Read science fiction romance for free! Join my review team #ScifiRom #SFR

Big publishers have reader teams and book bloggers to whom they send advance copies of books for review. As an author who is also an independent publisher, I also have a review team/street team.

I have a few positions open. If you’re familiar with my books/and or enjoy steamy science fiction romance, join my team! In exchange for writing an honest review, you’ll receive advance ebook copies of my books before they’re released to the public. Also, Cara Bristol team members are entered in monthly drawings for Amazon gift cards and receive double entries on any contest I run on my blog.

Join now, and receive your choice of one of my backlisted books. See what’s available here.

To be on my team, you must be willing to write reviews and you must have a Facebook account (the primary way I communicate to the team is via a private FB group). The next novel to be released will be Trapped with the Cyborg in mid-June. Please note that I write erotic romance, so my books contain sexually explicit scenes.

If you’re interested in joining the team and reading science fiction romance for FREE, email me at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com and say, “Tell me more!”

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How do you save someone who can kick your ass?

Cy-Ops series

Wimpy doesn’t sell.

Most modern romance readers expect the heroines to be strong and capable, the equal of the hero in every way.  That is especially true of science fiction romance.

Readers still want a powerful hero. But how do you show how powerful he is if she can kick his ass? How can he sweep her off her feet if she’s apt to deck him?

A conundrum. When I started writing the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, I envisioned a clandestine paramilitary force of cyborgs—big, brawny, tough computer-enhanced males—penultimate alphas on a mission to defeat terrorism in the galaxy. But defeating terrorism is science fiction (and too broad), not romance. So I intended to focus each book on a heroine in jeopardy.  The series theme became “saving the girl and galaxy one mission at a time.”

Remember, the damsel in distress trope doesn’t sell anymore. So how do you create a strong heroine who needs saving?

  • I tried to show Penelope’s strength in Stranded with the Cyborg (book 1) by making her an interplanetary ambassador, and the daughter of a female president.
  • In Mated with the Cyborg, Mariska starts out as a victim of a cruel regime, but grows into her mettle and becomes a fighter by the end of the book.
  • Illumina of Captured by the Cyborg is crafty and smart. Physically, she’s not as strong as the hero, but she has special abilities he doesn’t have, and the act that she commits at the end (no spoilers!) symbolizes her ability to stand up and fight for herself.

As the series has progressed, the heroines have gotten stronger. In Book 4, Trapped with the Cyborg, I have created the strongest heroine yet. A female cyberoperative. She is partnered with cyborg Sonny Masters (a secondary character in book 3). In fact, she leads their mission.

Meet Amanda Mansfield of Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4).

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The Malodonian leaned in close to the blonde. “What’s a pretty little thing like you doing in a place like this?”

Sonny snorted into his drink. Did pick-up lines like that ever work? He watched out of the corner of his eye and shamelessly eavesdropped. In the Nebula Lounge of the freewheeling Darius 4 Pleasure Resort, one could not expect privacy.

“Minding my own business.” The woman’s glare suggested the Malodonian do the same.

“How about I buy you a drink?” he persisted, unfazed by her rejection. His skin was as thick as it was blue.

“Already have one.” She raised a double shot of Cerinian brandy. Her second. Sonny’s cyborg brain had kept track—not that counting to two proved a challenge. However, one single shot of the potent alien liqueur had been known to put many a stout man under the table. This woman could hold her liquor.

She’d caught his attention the moment he’d entered the lounge. Like the Malodonian had noted, she was pretty—very pretty, but not so little. She was long limbed and toned in a way that he liked.

He might have been tempted to try his luck himself—with a better line, of course—except he had little time for R & R.  He needed to meet up with Manny, his Cyber Operations partner who would debrief him on the details of the next mission.

Hover lights floating around the bar flattered the woman, turning her hair to pure gold, but the warm-toned illumination wasn’t kind to the Malodonian, whose blue skin acquired an unattractive green cast.  “Why don’t I join you then?” He planted himself next to her.

“Why don’t you not?”  Without wince or wobble, she knocked back the brandy and slid off the barstool. Tall, like he’d guessed. Sonny stood six-foot-six. Most females barely breached his shoulders. The blonde’s head would graze his chin. A nice fit for dancing, vertical and horizontal.

“What’s the rush? Don’t run off.” The Malodonian grabbed her arm, his fingers biting into her skin.

Amusement vanished. Sonny leaped to his feet. “I believe the lady said—”

Before he could finish his sentence, she had the Malodonian on his knees, his arm wrenched at such an awkward angle Sonny almost felt sorry for the poor bastard.

“What part of leave me alone didn’t you understand?” she said in the Malodonian language.

The man’s guttural insult ended on a high note when she twisted his arm. “Get out of here.” She shoved him, sending him sprawling into a table. He swore again, his epithet translating to the C-word, and scrambled for door.

“Impressive.” Sonny applauded—from a safe distance.

“The way I took him down?”

“That, and the way you hold your liquor.”

She scowled, but then her lips twitched in a reluctant smile that lit up her face. So she did have a sense of humor.  If he had the time…well, maybe he could make some. Once he departed Darius, it would be a long while before he could avail himself of feminine companionship. Manny wouldn’t arrive until morning. Perhaps he and the blonde could work something out for tonight?

Coming June 2016Tread carefully though. He’d hate to end up on his knees the way the Malodonian had. Not that the blonde could get him there.  Despite being well-toned, she couldn’t beat a cyborg’s nanocyte-enhanced brawn. The image of them naked and wrestling, vying for dominance, brought a smile to his face. He’d win, of course. But he’d allow her to think she had a chance.

“Something amuses you?” she asked.

He wiped the grin off his face. “No, ma’am.”

“Ma’am?”  She glowered.

He raised his hands in mock surrender. “Where I come from ma’am is an expression of respect.”

She jutted her chin. “And where’s that?”

“Texas.” He’d never set foot in that part of Terra, but his great-great-great-grand something or other had settled there centuries ago. “It’s in—”

“I know where Texas is.”

“You’re from Terra, too, then.”

She rolled her eyes. “Good guess.”

Trapped with the Cyborg description

The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…

Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

Like him.  Sonny Masters.  Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin who doesn’t understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) is a standalone read.

Watch for Trapped with the Cyborg  in June. I don’t have an exact release date yet. To take advantage of special, limited time discounted pricing on release day, subscribe to my new release newsletter. (To unsubscribe, just click on a link in any issue).

 

 

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Art imitating life: my moment of fame!

I’m used to seeing my name on the cover of my books. I’m just not used to seeing it INSIDE someone’s else novel.

Waiting at the optometrist’s office, I was reading The Seduction of Kinley Foster by Lisa Wells. It’s an erotic romance (with spanking!) about a librarian who runs into a man from her past at a writers’ conference. The heroine wants to be an erotic romance author. The hero is an agent. He thinks she doesn’t have enough sexual experience to write erotic romance and offers to tutor her to improve her writing.

Midway through the novel, I ran into this passage:

“Ian stepped into the session on Naughty Words for Nice Writers being presented by author Cara Bristol, a writer of erotic romances….’Some men have nicknames for their penises. I once knew a guy who referred to his as “Fred”‘ the speaker said. She was best known for her Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series.”

Oh my gosh. Starring as myself, I’m a minor character in an erotic romance novel! In the Seduction of Kinley Foster,  Cara Bristol is a guest speaker at the conference the heroine attends, and her topic, “Naughty Words for Nice Writer,” comes from the title of the thesaurus I wrote (in real life). The Rod and Cane Society is my spanking romance series.

Life imitates art, or art imitates life. Something like that. Anyway, I was flattered. And now I’m famous! LOL.

(BTW, Lisa used other real life people as characters in her romance novel. Check it out and see how many you recognize!).

Here’s the book Lisa Wells wrote:

TSoKF_1600Librarian Kinley Foster wants to write erotic romance—the steamy, sexy, curl-your-toes kind of stuff. The problem? She desperately needs a little erotic inspiration. And at a romance convention in Vegas, she finds it…or rather him. The sizzlingly sexy guy who refused Kinley—and her virginity—when she was sixteen.

Now it’s time for a little payback.

Literary agent Ian Thompson is a professional. Mentoring an aspiring author is one thing. Giving her a thorough and thoroughly satisfying sexy education is quite another. Especially when she’s as stunning and deliciously curvaceous as Kinley. Yet Ian can’t help himself when Kinley makes him a wager he can’t resist. A wager that will tempt Ian to cross every professional—and every sensual—boundary in the book…

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Here’s my book mentioned in her story:

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If you’ve struggled to find the right tone for your romantic sex scene, stared at the computer for 15 minutes trying to come up with the perfect verb, become stymied because some terms are too crude while others are too flowery, or found yourself reusing the same words over and over, Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus can help you break through those barriers. Cara Bristol, the author of 17 erotic romances, has written a guide to help you find the erotic words to write a sex scene that sizzles.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 1,200 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are 28 different “erotic word lists” such as male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, specific sexual acts and kink, sexual noises, spanking terminology, and much more. The guide offers suggestions on how to write a sex scene and how to tighten your writing so it sings.

With an emphasis on verbs, this guide will help you “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you’re writing a “fade to black” scene or a graphic and explicit one, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will give you the words.

Available in a handy paperback version and take-it-on-go ebook

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#8Sunday: From Trapped with the Cyborg…a woman who can handle more than her liquor #SFR

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Coming in June!

Here we go, Weekend Writing Warriors! A new book. In this scene, cyborg Sonny Masters is at a bar, waiting to meet up with his male teammate who is supposed to brief him on their next Cy-Ops mission. As he waits, he eavesdrops as an alien attempts to pick up a blonde. This is Sonny’s POV. The first line of dialogue is the alien’s.

Hover lights floating around the bar flattered the woman, turning her hair to pure gold, but the warm-toned illumination wasn’t kind to the Malodonian, whose blue skin acquired an unattractive green cast.  “Why don’t I join you then?”

“Why don’t you not?”  Without wince or wobble, she knocked back the brandy and slid off the barstool.

“Don’t run off.” The Malodonian grabbed her arm, his fingers biting into her skin.

Amusement vanished. Sonny leaped to his feet. “I believe the lady said—”

Before he could finish his sentence, she had the Malodonian on his knees, his arm wrenched at such an awkward angle Sonny almost felt sorry for the bastard.

“What part of leave me alone didn’t you understand?” she said in the Malodonian language.

Trapped with the Cyborg description

The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…

Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

Like him.  Sonny Masters.  Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin who doesn’t understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) is a standalone read.

I don’t know exactly when in June Trapped with the Cyborg will release. It depends on how fast it can get through editing. So…if you’d like to be notified of the release, subscribe to my new release newsletter. It’s the best way to get info about new books, contests, and special deals. I’ll be having a one-day 99 cent sale on one of my books in June as well. Sign up here.

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Scandalous Summer Reads $150 Amazon #giveaway PLUS great book deals!

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Scandalous Summer Reads are going to help you STUFF YOUR eREADER! That’s right, we’re hosting a bumper F*R*E*E books and $0.99 BARGAIN STUFF YOUR eREADER campaign on the 15th June!

To celebrate we’re offering you the chance to WIN a $150 Amazon Gift Card. All you need to do is answer one simple question, below.

By sharing this competition with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Linked In – you’ll stand a much better chance at winning 🙂

Enter the giveaway here

The fine print:

No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited. Contest ends June 25, 2016. Winner will be notified on June 26, 2016. *** By entering this competition contestants agree to subscribe to the Scandalous Summer Reads newsletter and further giveaways from CPM Books ***

 

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SJ Maylee’s DESIRE PROTECTED (Assassins and Sweethearts) is FREE

By SJ Maylee

Thank you for having me today. I’m so excited! Desire Protected is now FREE everywhere.

I’m in LOVE with my Assassins and Sweethearts and I’m working hard to bring you more in this series. Until then, I give you a romance that will rock your world. With Desire Protected, I explore a couple who has already fallen in love. They’ve already committed their lives to one another. BUT, that’s not where their story ends. Desire Protected explores what happens next. Nadia is in love with an assassin. It isn’t going to be easy.

Will love conquer all?

Will love protect?

Find out in this sexy suspenseful NEW FREE Read.

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Desire Protected

Assassins and Sweethearts Series

by: S.J. Maylee

Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense

FREE READ!!

Book Description:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: light BDSM and spanking


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Early praise for

Desire Protected:

5 stars from Liz’s Reading Life: Desire Protected is a quick, sensual, heart pounding read that will have you desiring more.

5 stars from a reader, Tracy W: Another well done story from an author I come back to again and again.

5 stars from a reader, Doris O: Suspense, heat, and above all love. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.


Excerpt:

Coming here had been stupid. If she left quickly, Ethan would never know she’d been there.

A step inside and she knew she’d made the wrong decision.

Ethan stood and came at her. “What are you doing here?”

“Ah.” She pushed the door closed behind her and stayed put. “I’m ah…”

“How did you get in here?”

“I took a cab. You’re busy. I’ll just get back in a cab and go home.” She turned around.

He stepped in behind her and placed his hand on the door above her head. “Don’t make another move.” He kicked her feet apart and pressed his body to hers.

She stared at the door. An ache rushed from her chest to the back of her throat, and then she heard a tiny little click.

He pulled her hair back and brought his lips to her ear. “They can still see us but our voices are blocked for thirty seconds.”

She had no idea what to say to him. Many times they discussed how dangerous it would be for her to get caught up in his business. “I’m sorry.” What a pathetic thing to say. She knew better.

“You followed me here?”

“I did.” Her stupid jealousy had gotten her here. She felt like a child. Maybe she should be punished like one. She tapped her head on the door.

“We’ll have a long talk about this when we get home.”

“I understand, Sir.” Her voice came out crackly.

“How did you find my room?”

“I may have told this second blonde woman I just started working here.” She wanted to crawl under the table.

“You did what?” His tone had gotten awfully low. “What do you mean second blonde?”

“Shit.” She tapped her head on the door again. Then she remembered the cameras. “I’m supposed to be in here making you happy.”

 

“You’ve failed.”

“Hey!” She turned around and he plastered himself to her.

“You have no idea the kind of danger you’re in this very minute.”

“From you? Yeah, I have an idea.”

“I’m the least of your worries. I’m working tonight.”

She sucked in a deep breath. Her heartbeat raced. “I’m so sorry.” Not only had she betrayed her promise to Ethan, but she’d put both their lives in danger.

He put his hand around her throat and squeezed. “Shhh.” He stroked along the back of her neck. His touch may have been gentle but his palm pushed her head back, bringing her gaze to his. “Follow my lead and I’ll get you out of here, but first I will make good use of our time.” His beautiful hazel eyes turned dark as night.

“Okay.” She trusted him and believed with her whole heart he’d get her out of this situation. A tiny click signaled the end to their privacy.

“Are you sure about that?” He hauled her back to the couch where he’d been sitting and pulled her over his lap.

“What are you doing?” She kicked her legs.

“You need to make me happy, wouldn’t want you getting fired on your first day.” He flipped up her skirt and yanked down her panties.

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Praise for the first book in the Assassins and Sweethearts Series

Desire Unexpected:

5 stars from Cocktails and Books: “Their love for each other was very fierce, and when they began to have sex, it goes completely off the charts. Their love scenes were intense and oh, so hot! They had feeling of a kind of desperation to them. They’ve found what they were looking for in each other, and they’re clinging to it with everything they had.”

4 Hearts from Sizzling Hot Reads: “It had the hot steamy sex scenes but also the mystery behind the group Ethan belonged too. I look forward to more from the Assassins and Sweethearts series.”

4 stars from Redz World Reviews: “over all this is a great start to what promises to be a good series”

Where you can find Desire Unexpected
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S.J. MAYLEE BIO:

S.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.

When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.

As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.

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Enter PORTALS, your #Free e-ticket ride to Sci-fi Romance #SFR

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Portals, volume 1, a new FREE, sci-fi romance collection has just released!

Not sure if you like science fiction romance? Don’t know which authors to try? Boggled by the different subgenres of SFR? Now you can sample a little of it all in four Portal volumes, each with the first chapters of SFR romances by 10 different authors.

portals vol 1It’s new. It’s exciting. It’s FREE.

Brought to you by the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, Portals are organized according to the erotic heat level of the stories, mild, medium and hot. Volume 1, stories contain some love scenes; volume 2, frequent and fiery sex scenes described with graphic detail; volume 3, the mildest of all the volumes; volume 4, a mix from mild to hot.

Volume 1 has just been released with first chapters from: Athena Grayson, Donna S. Frelick, Greta van der Rol, Laurie A. Green, Lyn Brittain, Marcella Burnard, P.J. Deam, S. J. Pajonas, Sandy Williams, and Veronica Scott.

Think of Portals as an appetizer platter. You can sample a variety of stories by multiple authors, and then decide what you want to order! Download Portals, vol. 1, now and watch for volumes 2, 3, and 4 in the coming weeks. I’ll have a chapters in volume 2 (the hot one!).

Portals:  your gateway to the world of science fiction romance!

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#8Sunday: Why it’s CAPTURED by the Cyborg…

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This will be the last snippet of Captured by the Cyborg for Weekend Writing Warriors. Next week, I’ll switch to Trapped by the Cyborg, book 4 of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, to be released in June.

This final post was inspired by Ed Hoorneart’s comment last week that Illumina sounded more like the capturer than the capturee. This snippet shows why the book is called Captured by the Cyborg. We start with Illumina…

“You can’t keep me here!”

“Yes, I can.”

Let him try! “As you’ve realized,” she said, “I’m a master sensate. A computer system doesn’t exist that I can’t infiltrate. I can hijack one of your spaceships and be gone before you realize there was a breach. Your entry and exit protocols, for instance—”

He leaned in until his breath caressed her ear, and he whispered, “Did your orientation tour happen to include a visit to the brig?”

Captured by the Cyborg description

Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….

An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.

Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe….even if it means keeping her captive.

Captured by the Cyborg is third in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series but is written to be read as a stand-alone novella.

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When is a blonde not a blonde?

In the opening scene of Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4), to be released in June, readers will note right away that the heroine has blonde hair. It catches the hero’s attention. But on the book cover, the woman has brunette hair.

What gives?

Well, heroine Amanda is a natural blonde, but  soon after meeting the hero, she  ingests a chemical that changes the pigment to brown (it is science fiction), and for the remainder of the story, she has brunette hair.

So in picking my cover models, I had to decide, blonde or brunette? Since the last heroine (Illumina of Captured by the Cyborg, book 3) was a platinum blonde, and Amanda has brown hair for most of the book, I chose to go with darker hair color on the cover.

Watch for Trapped with Cyborg in June!

Get notified of its release AND take advantage of special release day  pricing by subscribing to my new release newsletter.

Trapped with the Cyborg Description

Trapped_600x900The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…

Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

Like him.  Sonny Masters.  Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin who doesn’t understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) is a standalone read.

Did you know?

  • I have a Hair board on Pinterest.
  • The first book of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Series, Stranded with the Cyborg is now on Kindle Unlimited. More info here.
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What happens in Vegas…The Seduction of Kinley Foster by Lisa Wells

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Today’s guest is Lisa Wells, an author friend whom I know in real life. She’s written a contemporary romance, The Seduction of Kinley Foster, one of the What Happens in Vegas series. It came out on Monday, and I started reading it the other night. Charming, fun book (with spanking!).

The Seduction of Kinley Foster blurb

Librarian Kinley Foster wants to write erotic romance—the steamy, sexy, curl-your-toes kind of stuff. The problem? She desperately needs a little erotic inspiration. And at a romance convention in Vegas, she finds it…or rather him. The sizzlingly sexy guy who refused Kinley—and her virginity—when she was sixteen.

Now it’s time for a little payback.

Literary agent Ian Thompson is a professional. Mentoring an aspiring author is one thing. Giving her a thorough and thoroughly satisfying sexy education is quite another. Especially when she’s as stunning and deliciously curvaceous as Kinley. Yet Ian can’t help himself when Kinley makes him a wager he can’t resist. A wager that will tempt Ian to cross every professional—and every sensual—boundary in the book…

An excerpt from the Seduction of Kinley Foster

Kinley’s phone vibrated. She pushed her glasses up her nose and read the incoming text message.

Did you use subtext on me this morning? – Ian

Kinley’s heart stopped. Her girly parts clenched. She frowned. Was he in the same session? Why was he texting her? He was supposed to be avoiding her so she didn’t have to avoid him.

She fanned herself with her hand. Damn. He was older than her. He should know the rule of one-night stands: no further contact. Nada. Zilch. The big fat Uno. It happened. It’s over.

What game was he playing? She sat up straight. She refused to turn her head and find him in the crowd. She would ignore him.

She typed what the speaker was saying. Mid-paragraph, her fingers stalled on the keys.

If she didn’t respond, would he think it was because she cared? Knowing him, he probably would. No way in hell was she going to let him think she cared. She grabbed her phone.

Using her index finger, she punched out her response. None of it was subtext. All truth. -Kinley

She wished she could see his face when he read her reply. Was he really so self-absorbed as to think she lied? That she was into him and just didn’t want him to know? What an egomaniac.

Maybe I spoke in subtext.

Her brows furrowed. She chewed the inside of her lip. What did that mean? Was that comment subtext for something else? Damn him. Damn her for being curious. Damn. Damn. Damn.

What did you not say?

Why wasn’t he out schmoozing with other important people instead of attending a session on the craft of writing? He didn’t need to be here.

The speaker segued from subtext to yes/no alternatives. “Never answer a yes/no question with a yes/no answer. Always have them respond in a way that is more interesting. Have your characters respond in a way that makes the reader an active participant in deciphering what the characters are saying.”

I enjoyed spanking you. -Ian

Of course he enjoyed spanking her. He enjoyed embarrassing her. He’d always enjoyed embarrassing her.

Because you’re an ASS.

She wanted to stand up and shout the words at him, but she settled with texting them in caps. God, this man brought out the worst in her. Five seconds in his presence and she’d reverted back to middle school.

He didn’t respond right back. Was he having second thoughts on what he was going to say? Or was he done with their war of words?

Or because you have a fabulous ass, and when it’s rosy from my hand it’s every man’s fantasy.

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