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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
A Family Thing

My Sexy Saturday

The theme for My Sexy Saturday this week is Thanksgiving and family. While some of my characters come with big families, others don’t have any parents or siblings. Instead, they tend to collect friends, and they become family.

Here’s a snippet from Snared by Saber, my recent release from Ellora’s Cave. It’s a sci-fi erotic shapeshifter romance.

“What do you think?” Saber Mitchell studied his four brothers, who were currently crowding his office, two sprawled in chairs and the other two leaning against the walls. He scanned each of his brothers’ faces before focusing on Felix, the second oldest of the Mitchell brothers. Leo came next in age, followed by the twins Sly and Joe. They had one more sibling, their sister Scarlett, who was the youngest of the Mitchell clan.

“I still think this is a crazy idea,” Leo said. “Why can’t we focus on farming the land? We had a successful farm on Earth. There’s no reason we can’t replicate that again.”

“We don’t need mates,” Felix said, folding his arms across his chest. His green eyes—the same green eyes Saber saw in his bedroom mirror each day—offered a dare.

“They won’t necessarily keep us on the straight and narrow,” troublemaker Joe agreed. “Women are good for one thing.”

“Your Mission Mate plan is flawed,” Sly said, with a smirk at his twin. “Ma might think copying an idea our ancestors used successfully will fix everything, but it won’t. And I don’t want to settle with one woman. Leo is right. We should focus on the land. If we’re dog-tired we won’t have time or energy for fucking around.”

Saber fought the urge to knock his brothers’ heads together. No point wasting the energy. Violence wouldn’t dent their heads or their confidence. Ever since they’d left Earth with a large contingent of friends and family to escape the feline virus, trouble had followed them. Often expensive trouble, with his brothers as the ringleaders.

“We don’t have the luxury of waiting for the land to become productive.” Saber strove for calm and logical arguments. “We have to take the assets we possess and use them to support our group. That means making the resort a success—and finding mates before the males kill each other.”

Snared by Saber

BLURB:

When a feline virus on Earth wipes out much of his race, Saber Mitchell moves his shifter family to the jungle planet of Tiraq. To provide an income—and keep the testosterone-fueled males from killing each other over the lack of mates—Saber opens Middlemarch Resort, specializing in women’s capture fantasies. Unbeknownst to the women, some captures will be more permanent than others.

Saber has no plans to find a mate himself…until a capture goes awry, landing both him and “kidnapped” guest Eva Henry on the other side of the huge island. Saber must face birds, beasts, hungry natives and Eva’s own penchant for escape to see her safely back to the resort.

Keeping his hands off her proves impossible…even after Saber learns mating Eva comes with bigger, more dangerous troubles than all their jungle perils combined.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014
Recipe: Lavosh Crackers

Lavosh Crackers

I’ve been looking for a cracker recipe for ages – something to eat with cheese or to serve with a dip. This is one of Annabel Langbein’s recipes. I’ve made it several times now and the end result is always good. These are moreish! They’re also very easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 cup plain white flour

1/3 cup wholemeal flour

2 Tablespoons black sesame seeds

2 Tablespoons white sesame seeds

1 Tablespoon fresh oregano (chopped) or substitute dried and reduce amount to 1 teaspoon

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1/2 cup water

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 165 C.

2. Place dry ingredients, seeds and herbs into a bowl.

3. Mix the oils and water together and add to dry ingredients. Mix to a dough.

4. Split dough into four and roll out each part as thin as possible.

5. Cut into strips and each strip into a cracker size.

6. Bake on a baking paper-covered tray until crisp and golden – about 15 – 18 minutes.

7. Cool and store in an airtight container.

 

Shelley’s notes:

1. I didn’t have any sesame oil and used all olive oil in my crackers.

2. I’ve substituted other herbs such as rosemary and other spices such as cumin seeds. Ms Langbein suggests chili or parmesan.

3. Hubby made this recipe and rolled the dough through the pasta machine to make it extra thin. I use the rolling pin. Winking smile

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Seven Signs That Summer is Here

Pohutukawa tree

Signs that summer and Christmas are really on the way…

1. Some of our native pohutukawa trees have burst into flower. The trees growing near the sea have started to flower and the others closer to our home should start flowering soon. The pohutukawa tree is known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

2. Daylight saving has kicked in and our days are longer. We’re starting to take the puppy for a walk after dinner.

3. All the local malls have put up their Christmas decorations.

4. I heard Snoopy’s Christmas (one of my fave Christmas songs) for the first time today.

5. I received an email from one of my favorite cafes telling me I’ll receive a free muffin since it’s my birthday. My birthday is at the beginning of December and slap-dab in summer.

6. Some days it’s hot enough to wear shorts. Now all I have to do is make sure my legs are silky smooth!

6. The strawberries are ready to pick. Yum!

What is the first sign of summer for you? And if you’re in the Northern hemisphere – what is the first sign of winter for you?

Monday, November 17th, 2014
Exiting The Dark Tunnel

For the last few weeks – well, since I arrived back from holiday really—I’ve been working crazy hard on my writing. I’m finally almost out of the tunnel with some completed books in hand.

Fringe Benefits, one of my older titles, is now out with a pretty new cover.

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Claimed & Seduced, the second book in my House of Cats series is on the home stretch and should be available for purchase in late November/early December.

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BLURB:

Shapeshifter Prince Jarlath Leandros of Viros is a man who understands duty. As heir, he’s had his future as leader of the House of the Cat mapped since childhood. Boring! Jarlath yearns for an indefinable more.

Keira Cloud is beautiful and sexy, she’s independent and confident, and not only is she an enemy from the House of Cawdor, but her stepchildren accuse her of murder. Not a suitable woman for the prince, but Jarlath aches to claim her.

When the House of the Cat comes under attack, Jarlath is thrust into the middle of danger where life or death is the only option. A war is brewing, one that brands Jarlath and Keira enemies, yet their hearts shout otherwise and their animal selves—the leopard and the crow—care nothing for conventional barriers. Right or wrong, passion blooms out of control and with the city under siege soon Jarlath’s life is anything but boring. Now all he needs to do is survive…

 

I’ve also been working on a Christmas story called Merry & Seduced. This is part of the House of the Cat series and features the cast of characters from Captured & Seduced as they visit Earth for Christmas. It should be out shortly after Claimed & Seduced.

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BLURB:

All roads lead home at Christmas…

Cyborg Amme Vanak is wired to care for children and since her current charge is grown, she’s feeling edgy. She’s hoping a Christmas visit to Earth with her friends will offer distraction and maybe even a fling with a sexy Earthman before she flies on to Viros for a new adventure.

Wealthy entrepreneur Marcus Polo is single with a rockin’ social life until an unexpected Christmas gift throws his existence into chaos. A chance meeting with exotic Amme deepens his turmoil. She might be the solution to his problem, but she’s different from his exes, and she pushes every one of his sexual buttons.

Amme is torn. Marcus Polo is handsome and kind and so, so attractive. Even better, it seems the fascination is mutual. Amme is having a ball on Earth, but as departure day creeps closer, she becomes increasingly conflicted about leaving. Then there’s the whole alien thing. Somehow, she doesn’t think Earth and Marcus are ready to accept aliens are fact and not science fiction.

Warning: Contains a bunch of aliens intent on relaxing and enjoying a New Zealand Christmas, some canoodling under the mistletoe and addictions to chocolate.

Along with these three books, I have a new release on 25 November from Samhain Publishing. Part-Time Lovers is Nolan’s story, and he certainly meets his match in Yvonne.

After all this writing, I’m hoping I’ll have more time to do some baking and experiment with some new recipes. I’ll definitely have more time to blog Smile

Saturday, November 15th, 2014
I’m Too Sexy – Fringe Benefits

My Sexy Saturday

The theme for My Sexy Saturday is I’m Too Sexy. While the following excerpt doesn’t fit the bill one hundred percent, I wanted to feature Fringe Benefits this week since it’s a new release.

A whisper of sensation across one breast stirred her. Suspecting a fly, she swished a lazy hand. Then warm, wet suction closed around her nipple and her eyes flew open.

Kelvin pulled away to smile at her, a slightly lopsided smile with a heap of charm, and her pulse rate went from speedy to fast and choppy.

“I couldn’t resist. I love your breasts. A big handful of sexy.” His dark brown eyes challenged her, dared her to tell him to stop.

As if. Marie wanted to grab him by the ears and direct his mouth back to her breast. She wanted to bossily order him to suck her nipple hard in easy, rhythmic pulls that would echo in her pussy and start the journey to pleasure. Instead, she cleared her throat. “You okay?”

A shadow crossed his face. “It’s Friday and a long weekend. Why shouldn’t I be okay?”

Neat avoidance of her question. If he didn’t want to talk about Saffron, fine. “Have you seen my bikini top? I couldn’t find it.”

“I like you better without.” Mischief lit his eyes as his fingers, callused from his carpentry job, drifted across the lower curve of her breast. A prickle of heat shot from the spot he touched to settle in an ache between her legs. As they watched, her nipple pulled to a crest. “Much better,” he murmured with masculine appreciation, then lifted his gaze to hers. “Pretty blue eyes, curly brown hair.” He tugged a lock and watched it spring back into shape. “A hell of a way to improve my day.”

Fringe Benefits

BLURB:

Flatmates. Best friends. Casual lovers.

Life’s good—a friends-with-benefits deal works perfectly with her male flatmates, but Marie Wright secretly craves more. A hot threesome. Erotic pleasure. Silken touches from both Shane and Kelvin. One hot summer day the sensual tension explodes between the three friends. For Marie each caress is a slice of ecstasy. It’s seductive magic, and she’s bewitched. Momentary pleasure isn’t enough. She wants a future with her lovers—a permanent ménage a trois—but if she makes a wrong move, she might irreparably destroy their friendship and lose everything.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014
A Day of Firsts ~ Part-Time Lovers

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The theme this week is Sexy First. My next release, Part-Time Lovers, is due out on 25 November, so I thought I’d feature that this week. Yvonne and Nolan used to be lovers, but they’re not anymore…

A little introduction:

Yvonne is at work in the local cafe. It’s been busy and her feet are sore.

A flood of whispers stormed the café. Stray words struck Yvonne like bullets. Farmer. Reality show. Susan. Nolan.

“Yvonne.” The familiar masculine voice hurled her into the past…

A dark bedroom.

Naked bodies sliding together.

Mind-numbing touches.

Pleasure storming her body, culminating in sweet, sweet bliss.

Stellar sex. Superior and awesome and stellar sex.

Part-Time Lovers

BLURB:

The heart’s best defense is a lusty offense.

Clare Chronicles, Book 1

Now that Nolan Penrith is finished with the Farmer Wants a Wife reality show, he’s ready to get back to the farm and a normal life free of publicity. Normal also means resuming his relationship with divorced, solo mother Yvonne McDonald.

Except she seems determined to resist any talk of reconciliation. On to plan B: woo her to his way of thinking. And if persuasion includes plenty of raunchy sex, he’s ready to man up.

Yvonne McDonald might still have feelings for Nolan, but she resents the way he expects to pick up right where they left off. Still, she’s a healthy woman with a body that—damn it—melts for him, so maybe she can twist this situation to suit her needs.

All she needs to do is hold her heart out of reach, hold her head high, and enjoy his brand of lusty sex without a care in the world. Easy-peasy. At least until her plan gets a little kink in it…

Warning: Contains hot country loving between an arrogant, sexy farmer and a woman who intends to prick his confidence and slap him down—her way!

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Winner – Fright Night Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by and taking part in the Fright Night Blog hop. I enjoyed hearing about your prospective costumes and food offerings. Deviled eggs were very popular!

And the winner is…

Heather P

Congratulations, Heather. I’ve sent you an email about your prize.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween Night. Not long until Christmas!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Date Night. Speed Dates. What fun!

My Sexy Saturday

The theme for My Sexy Saturday this week is Date Night. When I thought about it, my characters aren’t daters. They often start off as friends and know each other well or else they’re charging around outer space, blasters in hand, trying to stay alive. Not the time or the place for a date!

Then I thought about a scene from The Bottom Line where the group of friends go Speed Dating. Close enough, I thought, so I give you an excerpt featuring Maggie speaking with one of her speed dates.

Saved by the bell. Surely the dates couldn’t be all as bad as Stewart?

She slipped into the next seat and smiled a welcome. To her relief he wasn’t as bad. He just wasn’t very interesting either. Her mind drifted to spanking and her blog.

“Is there anything you’d like to know about me?” he asked. “Maggie?”

“Yes, what do you think of the idea of spanking in a consenting adult relationship?”

The man’s mouth opened and closed before he replied. “Spanking? During sex, you mean?”

“That’s right,” Maggie said in a crisp voice. She almost felt sorry for him. Almost.

“I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “Er…I suppose I could try it. What would you spank me with? Would it hurt?”

The Bottom LineHere’s the blurb for The Bottom Line, the first in my Love and Friendship series:

Spicing up her sex life sounds exciting…until the fantasy hits the fan.

When Maggie Drummond buys an erotic romance novel by mistake, she gets more than an unexpected eyeful. She gets an introduction to a world that arouses her to a fever pitch: Spanking.

Her boyfriend isn’t interested in pushing his vanilla-flavored sexual boundaries. Then there’s Connor Grey, who haunts her fantasies like a magical genie. As a source of masculine advice for her and her female friends, he’s off limits. The only safe place to explore her fetish is her anonymous blog.

The recent changes in Maggie don’t escape Connor’s notice. Now that her boyfriend has dropped her, he can finally—carefully—make his move. Given his family history, laying a hand on any woman, even in fun, is a line he’s reluctant to cross. But for Maggie? Anything the lady wants.

As Maggie gives in to the temptation to let Connor add some sin to her life, she finds herself juggling lies, half-truths, friendship and sensual delights. Her job is in jeopardy—and she’s falling in love. Exploring her fantasy is one thing, but she’s beginning to question if indulging her own pleasure is worth the cost to everyone around her. Especially Connor…

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Friday, October 24th, 2014
Fright Night Blog Hop

Fright Night Blog Hop

For the next week I’m taking part in the Fright Night blog hop, which is sponsored by Simply Angela and Herding Cats & Burning Soup. It’s that time of the year when paranormal creatures breach the barrier between the worlds. It’s not safe out there for you and I—not with witches and ghosts, vampires and shifters, fae and goblins roaming the night.

Scared yet? You should be because it’s FRIGHT NIGHT!

As an author I adore writing about these creatures. In fact, my very first published book was called Aislyn and it featured fairies who lived in the bottom of an Auckland garden. It’s no longer available, but I graduated to shifters and ghosts. I’m currently writing a lot of feline shifters, but they’re not Earth bound. They roam the universes and work and play on far flung planets.

Here are a selection of paranormal titles from my backlist. Click on the links to read blurbs and excerpts:

Curse of Brandon Lupinus (ghost wolf)

Captured & Seduced (feline shifter)

Snared by Saber (feline shifter)

Lone Wolf (werewolves)

Stoned (wizard curse)

One of my favorite ways to procrastinate instead of writing is to play on Pinterest. I’ve been noticing lots of pictures of yummy foods with a Halloween theme and also some fun costumes. I sort of feel as if I’m missing out since we don’t celebrate Halloween in New Zealand.

CONTEST:

I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate. All you need to do to enter the draw is to imagine you’re attending a special FRIGHT NIGHT ball where humans mingle with all sorts of paranormal beings. In order to attend you need to take a plate (food) and wear a costume otherwise the skeleton at the door won’t let you in!

Tell me what costume you’d wear and what type of food you’d contribute to the midnight feast. I can’t wait to read your answers. Party smile

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Thirteen Holiday Highlights

Thursday Thirteen

Hubby and I had an awesome holiday in September and visited the Baltic area along with parts of the Mediterranean.

Thirteen Holiday Highlights

1. Visiting St Petersburg, Russia and gawking at some of the many treasures displayed in the palaces and mansions. So many valuables everywhere!

Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Palace and the gravity fed fountains in front of the palace. They’re switched on a 11.00am each day.

2. Eating fresh wild blueberries purchased from a Helsinki market. Hubby ate the reindeer meatballs and some tiny fish.

3. Seeing the Viking Museum and the incredible boats, which are still mainly intact in Oslo, Norway.

Viking Ship

4. Visiting the Folk Museum with the range of old buildings that have been relocated to make a village. Loved the Stave Church and the buildings with grass growing on the roofs. Saw a man up on a roof, mowing the grass.

Stave Church

5. The Vasa Museum in Stockholm. The Vasa is an old ship that sank in the harbor on its maiden voyage. The king had ordered more cannons, which wasn’t a good idea! Who was going to argue?

Vasa, Stockholm

6. Dubrovnik  – a place I’ve wanted to visit for ages. We spent far too long in the heat, wandering around the walls of the old city and exploring the buildings inside.

7. Corfu – exploring the old fort and finding a taverna for lunch. Delicious!

8. Venice. I love Venice, and it’s never a hardship to get lost in the back streets. It was the Regatta on the day we were there, and we saw the parade of old gondolas down the Grand Canal. Discovered a fun place to have a drink (The Corner Pub), tried a peach bellini and had a hazelnut gelato. Yum, yum, yum!

Me in a Traghetto on the Grand Canal

9. Visited Gibraltar and caught the cable car up to the top of the Rock. Got up close to the Barbary apes that make the Rock their home.

10. Visited London where we lived for six years and hadn’t realized how much I missed this city. It was the same but different too, with lots of rebuilding going on.

11. Made quick visits to the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museums. So much history and lots of fascinating things to gawk at.

12 Walking around many of the London sights. Walking in Hyde Park and visiting the pubs where we worked in London. Walking, walking, walking until our feet ached.

13. Afternoon tea at the Ritz. Expensive but such a lot of fun and so memorable. Scones with jam and clotted cream, tiny sandwiches and lots of delicious cakes plus lots of tea. Oh, and a glass of champagne to start.