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It’s hot out! Let’s talk “hot” Christmas stories.

It’s hot outside, at least where I live. I’m looking forward to cooler weather, to the holidays. Are you? Are you also in the mood for reading some “hot” Christmas stories?

Blushing Books is having a Christmas in July sale, with books from seven authors. This is a limited sale. Each book is on sale for $2.99, but goes back to regular price on July 23rd. The books include:

Starla Kaye – A Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift – AmazonBarnes & NobleBlushing Books

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Kelli Stanton’s life has been tragically changed forever, her beloved brother’s even more so. She gives up her dreams to help care for him, even though he doesn’t want that. But how can she go on with her life when the stubborn man needs her? How can she be happy at holiday time when there’s nothing to be happy about? Worse, how can she possibly be attracted to the man she blames for ruining their lives? A man her brother lured to their ranch for reasons of his own.

 

 

The other Christmas in July books on sale:

Lee Savino – Rocky Mountain Romp

Christmas is coming, and the Rocky Mountain Brides are hatching a plan to find a wife for the shyest man in town. When a blizzard snows all the couples in together, their mischief is exposed when their matchmaking plot goes horribly wrong. Will the women’s schemes lead to love, or a long, hard discipline session – or both?

Joannie Kay – A Christmas to Remember

A Christmas to Remember contains seven short stories, all filled with love of the season, and all of them contain naughty ladies who require a sound spanking to make the holiday happy.

Laurel Joseph – The Christmas Project

Bobby Sutterfield cannot believe the nerve of Lawson Carter when he shows up on her father’s ranch after daring to spank her for jumping her stallion on his property! All thoughts of Christmas, and trying to find a suitable project of her own for the season of giving, fly right out the window when she sees him standing right there talking to their foreman. Bobby runs through the house, grabs her father’s new gun from his study, and dashes out the door, shooting the hat off of Lawson’s handsome head.

Misty Malone – Christmas at the Ranch

Christmas at The Winding Waters ranch is always a busy time, but this year it’s even busier than usual. The ranch owner, Wyatt Granger, is marrying Kayla Robertson. The best man will be his foreman and best friend, Bo Hamilton, and Bo’s wife, Alicia, who is Kayla’s best friend, is going to be matron of honor. They are newlyweds themselves, and are swiftly learning that marriage requires adjustments.

Abbie Adams and Katherine Deane – We Need a Little Christmas

We Need a Little Christmas by Katherine Deane
 
Thirty-three-year-old, Ivy Henry seems to have it all. A well-paying job, a new house, and her wonderful HOH/husband, Jack. At her request, they had incorporated Domestic Discipline into their marriage a few years ago and she flourished under his love, guidance, and support.
But, this year’s holiday season is wrecking havoc on their calm relationship. Between the stress of work and hosting this year’s Christmas Eve party for all the family, Ivy is becoming more and more out of control. To top it off, she has a secret she can’t share with Jack.
A Little Sugar, A Little Spice by Abbie Adams
 
Christmas is a time of magic and anticipation. Meri is far less concerned about what might be under her tree than she is about who is showing up on her doorstep. Though she adores her sister, Kim, even she has to admit that the woman tends to be the ‘naughty’ to Meri’s ‘nice’. Her husband, Sean, has already warned his little girl that he won’t hesitate to turn her over his knee if she doesn’t remember that their household has definite rules that are not to be broken. If she wishes to test her Daddy’s resolve, instead of visions of sugarplums dancing in her head, his naughty little one will be dancing to the tune of a thick wooden spoon.

 

Hot Sale on Starla Kaye books!

Four favorite historical romance books by Starla Kaye are on sale until July 10th.

His Lady Ashlynn and Abigail’s Earl (both Regency stories), as well as The Great Scottish Devil and Maggie Mine (books one and two in the medieval series).

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Each book is on sale for $2.99 during the “Author Spotlight” sale from Blushing Books (regular price will be back to $4.99 on Sunday, July 10th). The sale prices are on the Blushing Books site, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Blushing Books Link to more about the books: http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=page_view&p=free

Love of a Cowboy, Book 2 collection released

detail_3318_Loveofacowboy2_200x300Love of a Cowboy, Book 2 – COLLECTION

By Starla Kaye, Melinda Barron, Miranda George, Kira Barcelo, and Misty Malone

Genre: Contemporary western, BDSM, romance

Page Length: 528

 

Five great contemporary Western romances!

Buy Links:  Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Blushing Books

sonotacowgirl1838x2775BLURB: So Not a Cowgirl by Starla Kaye

Tanya Montrose was sexually harassed by her former boss and falsely accused of ruining his marriage. Men are seriously on her bad list. Her best friend invites her to Kansas so she can work for her older brother on his ranch. If Tanya didn’t need the job so badly, she’d refuse. The man gives all new meaning to the word “hot.” She doesn’t need that kind of temptation after what she’s gone through. And he doesn’t want her there, even if he does need a good accountant. Plus he tells her that he has a lot of rules and time schedules, and that she will be expected to follow them or face consequences.

Drew Weatherford is worn out from the stress of running a ranch, an animal rescue foundation, and trying to keep up with the books.  Then his sister shows up with her friend and informs him Tanya is the answer to his bookkeeping problems. Maybe so, but she’s more temptation than he wants. She’s the exact opposite of his two ex-wives and so not his type of woman. Really. Not his type. A month. He’ll give her a month.

BLURB: Lily’s Lessons by Melinda Barron

Eleven years ago, Lily was in an accident that killed her mother and seriously injured her. Her father blamed on her and said he never wanted to see her again. Now, Joe Park has become injured in a fall from his horse. He needs Lily’s help around the family’s ranch. At the urging of her sisters, Lily reluctantly comes home to Texas.

She and her father clash, and she soon regrets her decision. She especially regrets it after Chase Hamilton, her father’s foreman, lets her know that her nasty attitude won’t be tolerated. And he has just the right way to correct her behavior.

BLURB: No Laughing Matter by Miranda George

Jaide Templeton was always a prankster, but while home from college on summer break, the jokes intensify. Her parents and the ranch hands are none too happy about her new shenanigans, but she just keeps right on doing them.

Wesley Ford has worked at Templeton’s Alley for years. He’s watched Jaide grow from a teenager to a beautiful young woman. When he unwittingly becomes the butt of one of her jokes, he knows how to punish her for her behavior. By spanking her.

But, when the jokes continue, Wes tries and find out exactly what is wrong with Jaide, and how it can be rectified.

BLURB: Larkin’s Cowboy by Kira Barcelo

When Larkin Gregory arrives at her sister’s house in the (very) small town of Santo Pueblo Texas, her intention is to take a Thanksgiving vacation break from her life in New York and then return to the city to patch things up with her boyfriend Eric. In spite of the fact that Larkin’s sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew are her only remaining close family, she KNOWS she could never live outside the hustle and bustle of New York. She doesn’t think much of small town life.

Then she meets real-life cowboy Adam McLeod, and her perspective changes.

BLURB: Count This Cowboy In by Misty Malone

Trevor is suddenly running a large ranch on his own after the sudden death of his parents in a plane crash. The ranching is not a problem, but he has no clue how to keep the books or run the office and is frustrated when Sam shows up at his door looking for a job as a bookkeeper. She is familiar with his bookkeeping program and when she quickly gets his past due bills paid for him, he hires her on the spot.

She soon comes across a mystery in his books, though, and sets out to investigate. After finally getting her to talk about her past, he hears something that doesn’t sound right to him and hires his old friend, who is now a private detective, and they do some investigating of their own.

The feisty little redhead sure knows how to get under his skin, but she also works her way into his heart.

Love of a Cowboy, Book 1 collection released

detail_3290_LoveofaCowboy_200x300I am delighted to announce the latest boxed set release from Blushing Books: LOVE OF A COWBOY, Book 1.

The four great romantic reads of the Old West are from Starla Kaye, Paige Tyler, Courage Knight, and Carolyn Faulkner.

 

Genre: Historical western romance, BDSM

Page Length: 540 pages

 

BUY LINKS for LOVE OF A COWBOY, Book 1:  Amazon     Blushing Books

 

The Sheriff's Rebellious BrideBLURB: The Marshal’s Rebellious Bride by Starla Kaye

Whiskey, the mischievous imp of Dodge City, thought it was bad enough for her brothers to sell their shares of her father’s ranch to their US Marshal friend, Morgan, but what was even worse was that those men all had it in mind that Whiskey would actually marry Morgan–this hard, firm, large man she had barely met before.

Morgan thought Whiskey just needed a firm hand to keep her in line, but Whiskey, who is constantly getting tied up dangerous situations, was nearly impossible to control. Things get even more complicated when her twin sister comes into town.

But Morgan has a dark shadow following in his path, threatening the peaceful life he meant to create with Whiskey. Will they come through this together? Or will Morgan’s past bring tragedy on everything he now holds dear?

Kayla and the rancherBLURB: Kayla and the Rancher by Paige Tyler

Cord Holderness needs a wife, but with few prospects in the Wyoming Territory, the only way to find a well-bred young lady is to get a mail-order bride. However, the girl that’s supposed to be his bride gets cold feet and leaves it up to her new friend, Kayla Mathison, to tell him that she’s changed her mind.

When the handsome rancher assumes that the fiercely independent and stubborn Kayla is his mail-order bride, she finds herself going along with it. Running from an arranged marriage herself, she decides to lead Cord on so she can steal the money she needs from him. As the days turn into weeks, she finds that the money doesn’t interest her anymore, especially when Cord puts her over his knee and spanks her whenever she becomes a little too willful for his liking. Much to her surprise, she discovers that she’s fallen in love with him.

Life on the ranch gets even more complicated when a ruthless land baron tries to take over every piece of grazing land in the territory, including Cord’s, and will do anything to get it. Then, as if that weren’t enough, Kayla’s very determined fiancé comes to town looking for her. But Kayla has built this relationship with Cord by letting him think that she’s someone else. Can she hope that Cord loves her enough to forgive her when he find out she’s not really his mail-order bride?

Mail Order MamaBLURB: Mail Order Mama by Courage Knight

Morgan gazed out of the stagecoach window, struggling to keep her disappointment from showing. She’d traveled hundreds of miles to marry a man she had never met before – a widower with five children, a hundred and sixty acres, and a flock of sheep. It had sounded so romantic once, before the dirty, dusty reality sprawled before her in all its fetid glory. She scanned the crowd, wondering which of the paunchy, balding men would claim her.

None of them, apparently. Mr. John O’Shea was nowhere to be seen. What’s more, the townspeople try to convince her to leave, to give up her dreams without even meeting her intended. They believe he’s not quite right in the head. Undaunted, she hires a driver to take her to his homestead.

But when she finally meets the man who sent the poetic letters and fare for her passage, her dreams are shattered, for John O’Shea is little more than a child himself. Had she come all this way for nothing? Would she ever be a bride, or was it her destiny to be a mail-order mama?

Depths of DesireBLURB: Depths of Desire by Carolyn Faulkner

A bright, adventurous young woman dreams of travelling to the Western frontier, but in the late 1800s, young women were expected to be neither bright nor adventurous. Despite the contentedness she sees in her mother, whom she knows is spanked by her father, Mary Rose thinks she’s looking for independence and the opposite of what her parents have.

Heroes come in strange packages and she’s not long there before a rough-seeming package finds reason to put her over his knee. Once she realizes he was right, she’s faced with a strange compulsion for someone -and something- she thought she’d never want.

It’s All About Love-collection released

Grunge BackgroundIT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE is an anthology of eleven stories. These stories all focus on domestic discipline, from first time spankings to those given by husbands settled into their roles of disciplining their wives when necessary. It has just been released by Blushing Books.

Genre: Contemporary, erotica, BDSM

Available at  Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Blushing Books

 

Spotlight: Kelly Dawson and Bracken Ridge

brakenridge500x755My special guest today is Kelly Dawson, talking about her newest book from Blushing Books, BRACKEN RIDGE.

Before we get started with the specifics of BRACKEN RIDGE, I have some questions for Anna Fletcher, the heroine of the story.

 

 

Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

I’m 24 years old with a Degree in Psychology, and Jeremy’s been my best friend forever. I’ve had a crush on him forever, too, but never thought it would go anywhere. Horses are in my blood. Riding them is as natural to me as walking, and when I’m training race horses, galloping along with the wind in my hair, it’s the best feeling in the world.

I can picture you doing that and it sounds wonderful.

What are a couple of random thoughts about yourself that will surprise the readers?

I love it when Jeremy spanks me. Well not at the time obviously, as it hurts like hell. But afterwards … I love what it, he, does to me. He’s so sexy when he’s stern, and getting told off by him is heaven. Being growled at is second only to making up afterwards. Don’t tell him I said that though!

It’s our secret.

What makes you blush?

Every time Jeremy spanks me and makes me feel like I’m a naughty child. Especially when he leaves his office door open! Once I’m back on the floor, trying to get on with my work pretending nothing has happened, I blush every time someone looks in my direction. It’s shameful.

I’m sure it is awkward.

What upset your ordinary world and brought you into contact with each other?

Coming home from University as a failure – destitute, homeless and jobless, thinking I could take over the family business, to find Jeremy there as Manager, filling the job that should be mine.

That sounds like instant conflict.

What was your immediate reaction to each other?

He smacked me with his riding crop for swearing, without even saying hello! I swore at him again, then hugged him enthusiastically – I couldn’t believe he was still around!

Uh-oh, tricky start.

What do each of the lead characters think about love and romance?

I’m a woman – I love romance. I love to be romanced. Jeremy doesn’t have a romantic bone in his body, although he insists he waited for me while I was away, so that’s pretty romantic I guess.

Typical man.

Who took the first step in heating things up between you?

Jeremy. It took a long time for things to heat up between us though, everyone thought we were a couple long before we actually were.

Hmmm, sounds interesting.

Would you rather be caught in a wild moment of passion or tied down and taken?

Wild moments. Definitely. Spontaneity is the key to pleasure.

I totally agree. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

And now for the specifics about BRACKEN RIDGE.

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When Anna Fletcher comes home from University back to Bracken Ridge, the equine centre where she grew up, she is stunned to find Jeremy McCrae working as the manager. They were children together and she has had a crush on him forever. The years she’s been away, Jeremy has only gotten cuter.
Anna has plans for Bracken Ridge, but before she can implement them, she needs to prove herself. The biggest obstacle in her path is her nemesis, the stable hand who thinks Jeremy is mighty fine. Once Anna gets past her, Jeremy is standing in her way – he’s now the boss, but she can’t work for him. He’s been her best mate forever, and to cede to his authority now is going against every grain of her nature. Being the daughter of the owner, Jeremy isn’t allowed to fire Anna, so when she gets rebellious and sassy he decides to spank her instead.

Can Jeremy tame Anna’s rebellious spirit before it is too late?

BUY LINKS:  Blushing Books     Amazon     Barnes & Noble

EXCERPT

Jeremy gave her a grin when she walked past him in the stables the next morning. Dawn had barely broken, and the stables were a hive of activity. The three school-aged stable hands were hard at work, tying up horses, leading others outside to the day paddocks and mucking out stables. Anna gave him the fingers. The stable hands sniggered. They liked Jeremy for the most part, but they had each encountered his wrath at one time or another. He was a fair man, but firm. And the young stable hands thought he could be too bossy and had an occasional arrogant streak, so they loved it when someone gave him his come-uppance.

“Back to work,” Jeremy snapped at them. Then he looked directly at Anna and pointed towards the direction of his office. “My office. Now.”

“Ooooh, now you’re in trouble!” one of the stable hands murmured quietly, but Anna couldn’t tell which one it was. Jeremy smiled, shaking his head. Then he followed Anna into his office and shut the door. He indicated the chair on the side of the desk nearest the door, and he walked around the desk and sat in his big swivel chair.

“Your father’s advice was to haul you in here first thing this morning and give you a severe telling-off. I wasn’t going to, but it appears that he knows what he’s talking about. “

“Go on then, I’ll sit here and ogle you and listen. You’re sexy when you’re stern.” Anna leaned back casually in the chair and smiled, and she saw Jeremy stifle a grin.

“Do you still want to work for me?”

Anna nodded. She did. Well actually, she didn’t. She didn’t much enjoy working for Jeremy at all. She wanted to be in charge. And she liked him much better when he wasn’t in charge. But right now, her options were to work for him, or not. So she chose the former.

“Good. You’d better get it into your mind to follow my orders then, and stop undermining me in front of the staff. It’s hard enough to keep kids of that age in line, without you giving them a bad example. Your father reckons I’m not allowed to fire you. However, I have his full support in doing whatever I want to gain your compliance, and he will not question my methods.”

“And what methods will they be?” Anna asked sweetly, looking up at him flirtatiously. As her father had told her the exact same thing last night she wasn’t surprised, although she was curious as to how Jeremy thought he would force her to obey him.

“Spanking.” Jeremy replied, a twinkle in his eye.

“Spanking? Are you serious?” It was all Anna could do not to laugh.

“Ah-ha. Spanking. I take it you’re familiar with the concept?” This time the smallest of smiles escaped Jeremy’s lips even though he fought to stop it – he’d grown up with Anna. He knew for a fact that she was very familiar with the concept of spankings.

“Crikey, that will just about be worth being naughty for!” She skipped out of his office lightly, and as she did, Jeremy reached out and slapped her butt.

“Ow you bastard! That hurt!” She shrieked at him, clutching the seat of her jeans in mock agony.

Jeremy grabbed her arm and pulled her in close to him so he could whisper in her ear. “That was just light. The next one will really hurt. And if you swear again, you will find out just how much it will hurt.” With a wicked grin and another hearty slap, he let her go. She walked away quickly, rubbing the sting out of her bottom as she went.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelly Dawson loves anything to do with horses, rodeos and cowboys, and loves to get lost in a good book – preferably a rural romance where a strong woman falls in love with a ruggedly-handsome, tough but gentle cowboy, and these are the types of characters who feature in the stories she writes. Only in Kelly’s books, the cowboys are even better because they spank!
She lives literally at the bottom of the world in the South Island of New Zealand, with her husband, four kids, a dog and a cat.

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Trouble Times Three released for the holidays

Trouble Times ThreeI am excited to announce that my three short story trilogy about triplet sisters and the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) has been released.

TROUBLE TIMES THREE: The Caruther’s Sisters Trilogy

Available from Blushing Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

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Her Bewitched Cowboy:

Kiley Caruthers isn’t interested in being tied down by the restrictions of marriage. She’s happy with her life. She has a growing career as a cookbook writer, with ambitions to have her own cooking show. She doesn’t need some man to get in her way, to slow her down, or to tell her what to do. But her sisters have a different opinion about what she needs. They are pressing her to choose her future husband from the men they invite to a Halloween party. She decides to play along because it promises to be fun…and because it annoys her older brother and his far-too-stiff best friend. Something she specializes in.

Ethan Talbot’s ranch is one of the biggest in the state, keeping him busy. He hasn’t had an interest in marriage until he realizes he needs the “perfect” woman by his side. She must be socially acceptable, mannerly at all times, stylish, and satisfied in a supportive wifely role, with no ambitions of her own. She must be completely opposite of the “triplet terrors,” the sisters of his best friend. Okay, he has a minor interest in one of them, Kiley. But Hell will freeze over before….

Thankful…Oh, Yes!

Korey Caruthers is happy one of her triplet sisters found a man potentially the love of her life. And it looks like the other triplet, Katie, may be “leaning the other way.” Which means their older brother is left to concentrate on finding her a husband, with the help of his friend Ethan. She doesn’t need help in the romance department. Most men can’t keep with her, so she is happy with “temporary” lovers. Everyone can just leave her alone, thank you very much.

Dante Tarrango’s life is in transition after retiring as a pro football quarterback. He’s grateful his friend, Ethan, is letting him hide out on his ranch while he figures out his next steps. He wants to be free of everyone wanting to use him because of his name, his influence, and his wealth. Most of all he wants to avoid husband-hunting women. A bad marriage soured him on romance. But there is just something about the spunky sister of Ethan’s girlfriend. Something that is damn tempting, particularly when she isn’t interested in “permanent” either.

Santo’s Naughty Wife

Katie Caruthers has a big secret she’s been keeping from her family: she’s married. It was one of those weird things that happened on vacation. They’d agreed to a divorce by the end of the year and they hadn’t seen each other since that fateful two weeks in February. So, shouldn’t one of them be starting the process to end something that shouldn’t have happened?

Santo Closs is a man who sets goals and reaches them. His businesses focusing on Christmas have taken him far from the poor life of his childhood. He has wealth, but he doesn’t have a wife and children. Actually, he does have a wife. It’s complicated, and it’s time for him to face her again. But to do what?

By Starla Kaye

I love writing holiday stories

I love everything to do with holidays this time of year, especially Christmas. The lights, the get-togethers with friends and family, the goodies, and so much more. And I really enjoy writing holiday stories.

The following are some of the ones I have written in the last few years:

New coverHolly’s Big, Bad Santa:  A second chance at love story, from Black Velvet Seductions

Jared had left Danville, Kansas, a confused and angry teenager. The black sheep of his family, he’d done his best not to look back. Then a letter from home made it impossible for him to stay away.

Holly was leaving Danville for a new life in California. Suddenly he was desperate to return home, to convince her to build a life with him.

But convincing Holly proved to be more difficult than he’d thought. Holly had always loved Jared, but after fifteen years she’d given up hope of him returning to Danville and she’d decided to move on with her life, a life which didn’t include Jared.

 

northNorth Pole Magic: A boxed set of three stories about Kris Kringle’s grown children and his desire for grandchildren, from Blushing Books

The first story, All He Wants for Christmas, focuses on Santa’s daughter, Merry. Kris decides to play matchmaker between Merry and a cowboy, Nick Holiday, who had strayed away from celebrating Christmas. Merry has driven her father crazy long enough. Kris believes it’s time for another man to love and tame her wild ways. He gives her the task of working as Nick’s cook at his ranch and bringing him back to Christmas, healing his emotional wounds…or else be assigned the unpleasant, permanent role of manager of the Toy Factory.

The second story, Santa’s Surprise, focuses on Santa’s oldest son, Nicholas. Kris decides it’s time to retire as Santa and pass the role onto Nicholas, who also needs to get married and work on the grandchildren Kris wants. Nick has never wanted to take over the Santa role and steers clear of anything Santa related, going so far as to move to Kauai and run a tourist business there. Misty (Mistletoe) McGuire, a sexy little Hawaiian who collects Santa figurines and runs a Christmas shop, comes into his life and suddenly his world is changing. His dad is persistent. He is resistant. And Misty is caught in the middle of it all.

The final story, His Only Wish, Santa focuses on his youngest son, Pere Noel. Kris unhappily discovers that Pere has been lying to him. While visiting one day with his old friend, Pere Fouettard, the two fathers discover that their children have been married for almost seven years. Pere Kringle (now going by Perry Ingle) agreed to a marriage of convenience with Nikki Fouettard (now going by Nikki Ambrose) to keep both of their families from harassing them into getting married, when neither were ready to settle down. Now they must face their families, face the identity lies both have told, and discover the real reason neither have filed for an annulment.

ohsoniceandnaughty 200x300Oh So Nice…and Naughty: The boy from her past is now grown up and she wants…, from Blushing Books

Oh So Nice… and Naughty Kandee O’Connor left her home town as soon as she could, heart-bruised, and determined to never return for more than a visit. But she’s tired of her career that has kept her too busy for any kind of relationship, even for losing her virginity. Now she’s gone home and comes face-to-face with the boy – now a man – who was partly responsible for why she’d left all those years ago. Her feelings are stronger than ever for him … and she wants him to help her with the virginity problem, but that’s all. Right?

Sean Masters left his home town and became a successful pro-football quarterback, but now his football career is over. He’s lost, expected to take over the family ranch, but doubts he can do it. His life is a mess. Then he runs into Kandee, a girl – now a beautiful woman – who he still feels guilt over for something that happened when she was sixteen. In some twisted way, she wants him to right the wrong he’d done her. She wants him to be her first lover.

NEW Cover 9-10Santa Wears Spurs: She wants this cowboy for her love slave, from Blushing Books

Roxie Evans had left California, her wealthy but distant family, and a former fiance‚ who’d turned out to be Very Mr. Wrong. She’d moved halfway across the country to begin a new life as a librarian and try to find a happily-ever-after kind of man. What she found was a cowboy with a reputation as the best sweet-talker in the state. They had nothing in common, except an attraction that took them both by surprise. When he approached her to be Santa’s helper this year at the ranchers association’s Christmas party, she’d teased him about what he was prepared to offer her in exchange for saying yes. He mentioned several possible enticements: one was taking her over his knee and encouraging her agreement by warming her bottom; another was offering to be her love slave. Both suggestions were not really serious ones. Until Roxie decided to call his bluff and accepted the love slave offer, thinking her acceptance not serious either. But as it turned out, he was serious.

Love slave? Well, hell, who was he to turn down such an opportunity! Dexter Malone could certainly do his civic duty by acting as Santa, and as offering his body to the pretty new woman in town. ‘Course he figured they’d really only have a night or two of some mutually agreed upon fun. Then he’d go his way, as usual, and she would go hers. He sure hadn’t counted on losing his heart to a woman who enjoyed sex, sensual fun, and a playful spanking as much as he did.

Covers, covers, and more great covers!

I am so excited about the new covers I’ve gotten recently for new releases and pending releases. Check these out!

detail_3057_bewitchedcowboy200x300HER BEWITCHED COWBOY – Blushing Books’ FREE October release, a short story that will lead into more holiday short stories.

 

 

 

 

 

punished revised.inddPUNISHED! – A short story collection from Black Velvet Seductions. My stories are TRUSTING HER and TESTING THEIR LOVE. Released early October.

 

 

 

 

 

Holly's Big Bad Santa Banner.inddHOLLY’S BIG, BAD SANTA – A revised and lengthened re-release from Black Velvet Seductions. To be released late October. The actual cover isn’t ready yet.

 

For Ruby’s Love-110x165FOR RUBY’S LOVE – A novella length sequel to The CEO and the Cowboy from Decadent Publishing. Release date to be determined.

 

 

 

 

 

By Starla Kaye

Her Bewitched Cowboy – Free short story

detail_3057_bewitchedcowboy200x300Her Bewitched Cowboy is the October FREE monthly bonus story at Blushing Books.

If you like fun, cowboys, Halloween, and three troublesome triplets…. Check this out.

TEASER BLURB:

Kiley Caruthers isn’t interested in being tied down by the restrictions of marriage. She’s happy with her life. She has a growing career as a cookbook writer, with ambitions to have her own cooking show. She doesn’t need some man to get in her way, to slow her down, or to tell her what to do. But her sisters have a different opinion about what she needs. They are pressing her to choose her future husband from the men they invite to a Halloween party. She’s sure it’s a joke. She decides to play along because it promises to be fun…and because it annoys her older brother and his far-too-stiff best friend. Something she specializes in.

Ethan Talbot’s ranch is one of the biggest in the state, keeping him busy. He hasn’t had an interest in marriage until he realizes he needs the “perfect” woman by his side. She must be socially acceptable, mannerly at all times, stylish, and satisfied in a supportive wifely role, with no ambitions of her own. She must be completely opposite of the “triplet terrors,” the sisters of his best friend and neighboring rancher. Okay, he has a minor interest in one of them, Korey…or is it Kiley? He’s always had trouble telling them apart. But Hell will freeze over before….

By Starla Kaye

Promotion: When is enough, enough?

rubbish-button2Writing a book is hard work, every author knows that. After that grueling process, you need to figure out the whole “promotion” thing. It’s not enough to have the book published in some form and have it listed on one or many of the book selling sites. There is too much competition out there for similar books. You, the author, need to determine how best to Promo, Promo, and then Promo some more.

I’ve been preparing to present a program for a local writers’ organization this weekend on Social Media, in other words learning all about promotion. The task of just learning about it all was daunting. And I quickly realized how many things I’ve been doing wrong or not at all. (heavy sigh here)

The basic elements of an Author’s Promotion Platform should at least include some, in truth, a lot of the following:

  1. Website with a blog, or a blog site
  2. Brief bio to use whenever your name appears online
  3. Press kit
  4. Social media accounts: Facebook fan page, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest
  5. Social book cataloging sites for mix with readers: GoodReads, Shelfari, LibraryThing
  6. E-newsletter
  7. Contributing to other blogs
  8. Public appearances: book signings, speaking engagements, readings, interviews

Does that all seem daunting? Yes. So you need to do the best you can, choose the promotion ways that you can be the most comfortable with. I’m still working on fine-tuning my Author Promotion Platform. At the moment, because I write/publish under three pen names, I have 4 websites, 3 Facebooks, 3 Twitters, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Plus I’m loosely on GoodReads and Shelfari.

This promotion stuff takes a lot of time away from actually writing. Carefully consider what works best for you and will allow you to continue your real purpose: writing and selling your work.

Stop by and leave a comment on works best for you…or what doesn’t work for you.

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By Starla Criser

aka Starla Kaye and S.K. Fero

It’s All About Me (You) – May Contest

sonotacowboy_500x755Where is the year going? Time is just flying by and it’s time for my May contest in connection with Romance Books 4 Us. This time It’s All About Me (meaning you).

The contest begins May 1 and runs until May 31. The randomly selected winner will be chosen on June 1.

 

 

 

CONTEST DETAILS:

Shoe bottle openerIt’s All About Me – Leave a comment about how you like to pamper yourself. One randomly chosen commenter will win a Fabulous Shoe bottle opener (perfect for sitting out for display or opening a bottle of ?). The winner will be chosen June 2, 2014.

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