Archive for September, 2008

“Cause” … I said

September 29, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Book trailers, Guest Blogger 4 Comments →

mediumNina Pierce–Erotic Suspense Author
Thank you for letting me come over and play in your corner of the Internet, Romance Junkies! Sometimes a writer just needs to get out, stretch her legs, and check out  another blog! I’m happy to be here visiting with everyone today!

My debut novel “The Healer’s Garden” was a December 2007 molten erotic release from Liquid Silver Books. It’s not dark or chilling but it is a suspense story that takes place in an alternative future.

A world left after the devastating plague of the twenty-first century nearly wiped out the male population and significantly decreased the female population. A place where woman have evolved and developed the talents of prophesying, telepathy, telekinesis, and the greatest gift of all—healing.

In this female dominated society, continuing the human population is of utmost importance. The virus that decimated humans has also rendered male sperm incapable of surviving artificial insemination and cloning has yet to be perfected. The government has enslaved acceptable males and decreed that woman must mate with them and birth two infants before the age of thirty.

It’s at the government breeding facility known as the Garden of Serenity that gifted healer Jahara Hriznek meets the mating instructor Brenimyn and so begins their tumultuous relationship.

Brenimyn believes the time is now to rise up and restore social equality for all. He is searching for the one woman prophesied to be his mate and partner in the battle against the government and believes Jahara is that woman. But can Brenimyn convince Jahara to trust her heart and follow him? And will that love be enough to unite them in a coup against the government and bring about a new world order?

Here’s the book trailer:

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And a short excerpt:

The sound from the crowd rolled up from the grass. The noise engulfed Brenimyn like a thunderous storm. He had never delivered the words with such enthusiasm and confidence. Putting his arm around Jahara, he was showered with the strength flowing from her. He kissed her passionately, barely able to control the impulse to run his hands down her body and feel her respond to his touch. She melted into him and he held her until the noise diminished, satisfied in the minimal contact.

Knowing the next step would be the hardest, he hugged Jahara close to him. Her body tensed. She understood what was coming. “Most honorable friends.” He raised his arm, waiting for the din to subside. “The time has come. We have waited and now it will begin.” Pausing a heartbeat, Brenimyn let the suspense hang in the air. “Men, no longer will we submit to the domination of the female species.” The breeders whooped and raised their fists. “No more will we be treated as animals good only for increasing the female population.” Some men jumped to their feet. “We will no longer accept that we are not worthy of gifts and education.” Even with the amplifier, Brenimyn had to shout to be heard over the celebrating crowd.

“Women, you will no longer be forced to procreate for the sake of continuing humankind. Mating will be a choice, one’s body freely given to another for the sake of love, not obligation for reproduction.” Everyone was on their feet. “The time has come to stop ripping your children from your womb and your hearts.” He watched the pregnant women cradle their swollen stomachs. “We have waited long enough, the time is now.”

He let the crowd have their moment before lifting his hand. The crowd settled back into the grass. The murmurs of approval still rippled over them like a pebble dropped in water.

“The prophecy says: two great warriors, a woman and a man shall join together to ready an army for a monumental battle. It will not be fought with weapons as our ancestors had done, but with intellect and cunning. This war will oppose all common beliefs and bring about a new world order where men and women, as equals, shall reign.” Jahara went slack in his arms. She braced her hand on his chest, her gaze flicking wildly about the people below. Holding her quivering body, Brenimyn knew only his arm kept her from collapsing. This was a burden anyone would find difficult to shoulder.

“Many visionaries have confirmed the prophecy. As you know, from a young age, I understood I was the chosen one. I accepted the responsibility many years ago and have prepared the way, waiting anxiously for the woman who would stand at my side.” The crowd stilled, holding a collective breath, already knowing the words he would speak. Unsure of her reaction, Brenimyn looked down at Jahara. He watched her transformation in rapt fascination.

Stepping away from him, she stood with her feet planted, pulling herself up tall. She filled her lungs, her barebreasts held high. The dark triangle of her womanhood was visible through the gossamer fabric of her breeches billowing in the breeze. She looked so feminine. Yet, under the lifted chin and unpretentious set of her mouth, he could see the fierce warrior the visionaries had promised. She held her arms casually at her side, not at her hips in defiance as many would.

All this happened in a matter of seconds.

“I present to you today, my mate–the honorable Jahara Hriznek. She is the one sent to save us from the tyranny of the Governmental Body of the Garden.”

Bowing before the thunderous crowd, she accepted the accolades with humility. Brenimyn was sure his heart would burst with love for the brave woman standing not above him like so many other females, but at his side.

I love this couple… love that Brenimyn is willing to risk his life to stand up for something he believes in and fight for the woman he loves. I love that Jahara knows not what is asked of her, but she’s willing to go against the status quo to begin a monumental reform none the less.

I was born in the 60’s, but I am not a child of the 60’s. That was an era when men and women laid down in front of bulldozers or carried picket signs or stood up against the government on court hall steps. I’ve never stepped up in public and fought for a cause I believed in. I’m opinionated and not too shy to express myself, but have never gone to jail to prove a point. I greatly admire people who have stepped out of their comfort zone and stood up for a cause.

I love to hear stories of people with that much bravery. Have you taken a stand? Or would you like to? Tell me about it. I’ll pick one winner from all the commenters today to receive an e-copy of “The Healer’s Garden”. Don’t be shy, I’d love to hear from you! I’ll be here all day!

And if you’re interested in finding out more about my books, please visit me at my website  or friend me on MySpace. I’d love to hear from you!

The Power of Words

September 25, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 3 Comments →

 Words. They can hurt, appease, comfort, inspire, cajole, tickle, sadden and delight us.Finding the perfect word can sometimes be a daunting undertaking. The more we search for that gem, the more frustrated we can become when we can’t find it.

An important thing for a writer to remember is that words connote as well as denote. Once we think we’ve found the word we want to use, we must remember to check to be sure that, in using this word, we aren’t conveying any unwanted subtext.

For example, some years ago a little girl about six years old or so was telling me about being in her church’s Christmas play. She said she was one of the shepherds and her brother was one of the WISE GUYS.

While it is true that the words “guys” and “men” are quite interchangeable in the English language, a “wise man” and a “wise guy” connote two completely different types of people. I don’t think any of the Magi would appreciate being likened to a character like Eddie Haskel of “Leave it to Beaver” fame.

On another occasion, when I was a teacher, one of my students claimed in a test answer that a person could receive a traffic citation for “wreckless” driving.

I was amused by her answer, and began to visualize being stopped by a police officer for “wreckless” driving. Here is roughly what I envisioned the officer saying to me: “Mrs. Shaff, I’m sorry, but you haven’t had a car accident for years and years now. I’m afraid I’m going have to issue you a ticket for ‘wreckless’ driving.”

As a writer I’m always looking for the perfect word for a title, a phrase or a sentence. As a reader, I notice when a writer has used the perfect word to illustrate an idea, a scene or a characteristic of one of her characters.

The use of perfect words can make all the difference between a paragraph being mediocre and being great.

But words aren’t important only to writers and readers. Words have power for all of us. We can make or break a person’s day with words. Those of us networking on the Internet know this better than anyone, don’t we? We can receive notes from people we’ve never met wishing us a great week, a happy birthday or congratulations on a recent accomplishment we’ve achieved.  Those words can cheer us up and inspire us to not only feel better but to pass along our good feelings to others. What could be better than that?

Here’s hoping that all who read my words today have a week filled with love and happiness because each and every one of us deserves to be loved and happy.

Fran Shaff, Award-Winning Author

Mr. Webster might not approve

September 24, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 2 Comments →

Language is always evolving, and we writers are naturally inclined toward playing with words. So a few of my writing pals and I have created our own writing dictionary. It gives us laughs when we need them, and some shortcut words we use in our critiques.

I’ll share this entry:

plotsticker – n. a mental pitstop regarding a particular element of a story, i.e. a plot-twist, historical fact, or event, which slows the momentum of or completely halts a work in progress. Usually requires extensive research. (see procrastolating and screwing off in general) as well as lengthy internet chats on the subject. A plotsticker can hinder to the point of long-term mental disability, given the right climate and time to flourish. Anti-venoms include but are not limited to: staring off into space for undefined intervals, self-induced quarantine, excessive chocolate as reward for brainstorming, skipping over said detail of story (see also plothole), hitting the Delete key until it snaps, a week off from writing, acupuncture, walking, staring for long hours at photos of Johnny Depp/Enrique/Orlando Bloom/ any male actor from Desperate Housewives, tweezing eyebrows, housecleaning, or – most effective of all- being entirely too busy to sit down and write a single sentence. This last remedy is nearly always guaranteed to cause a plot breakthrough.

ant: inspiration syn.: (the dreaded)writer’s block

Happy Wednesday!

Piper Denna

Romance is sexy!

While the cat’s away contest… by Delilah Devlin

September 21, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Contests, Guest Blogger 36 Comments →

I’m away at Lora Leigh’s Readers Appreciation Weekend (RAW 2008), but I pre-posted this to make sure I wouldn’t miss spending time with you.

I’ve been running a contest on my blog while I’m gone. The rules are as follows:

This contest runs Thursday through Monday. You may post as often as you like but only one entry will count each day. And the rules are easy. I’ll post a question; you post an answer on my blog (and here at Romance Junkies today!).

The prize will include a tote filled with books I scarf up at RAW and gifts from the writers attending the event. Take a look at the amazing list of authors who will be attending and get your appetites whetted for a great prize!

Shayla Black ◊ Diane Whiteside
Veronica Chadwick ◊ Kay Stockham
Lorie O’Clare ◊ Lora Leigh
Lucy Monroe ◊ Shiloh Walker
J.R. Ward ◊ Sylvia Day/S.J. Day
Jacqueline Frank ◊ Kate Douglas
Nalini Singh ◊ Diane Castell
Jules Bennett ◊ Mary Wine/Dawn Ryder
Angela Knight ◊ Bianca D’Arc
Jasmine Haynes/Jennifer Skully/JB Skully
Delilah Devlin


Today’s question:

If you had the time and money and could go on any month-long summer adventure of your choice, what would you choose to do?


Get in bed with Delilah…Everyone else has!

Unlock the Secrets of Love in the Outback by Romona Hilliger

September 17, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Latest News 5 Comments →

ROMONA HILLIGER  Author of Romantic Suspense, set in the untamed regions of Australia’s Northern Territory.  ——————– 

Hello to everyone First off, a little about, Romona At this point in time, I live in the southern states of Australia. We have all four seasons here and right now, it’s Spring.  In the Northern Territory of Australia, which is my home, there are only two seasons known as The Dry and The Wet.   

From a schoolteacher to a payroll manager, for one of Australia’s largest retail companies was a dramatic career-path change for me and which I enjoyed, until, another came along–Writing. So, how did that come about?

No. I haven’t been writing since I was six, or anything wonderful like that. My husband and I criss-cross the Outback of Australia, both with his work and on holidays.  Discovering the magnificence of wind-crafted outcrops of granite and sandstone, vast ochre plains stretching to eternity and the bush teeming with wildlife uniquely Australian, our interest escalated. We extended our trips into gold and gemstone-fossicking adventures and retracing tracks of explorers.  

The notes I kept translated into a series of travel articles for a magazine until, I realised what better backdrop than this sun-drenched wilderness for conjuring up stories of unique blend–love up against impossible odds. I undertook studies in creative writing, specialising in Romance, and set to work. Writing fulfils my most cherished dream, to breathe life, love, and emotion into the people in my imagination, mostly, derived from the men and women who dare to live out in the ‘never never’.

OTHER INTERESTS (Shared by my husband as well). Animal welfare. Both domestic and wildlife. I am a member of THE WILDLIFE WARRIORS. A STEVE IRWIN PROJECT 

A SHADOW FROM HIS PAST                  

contemporary  v. sensual 

Life hadn’t been easy for Brad Steele and he’d been forced to live on the edge until he was eighteen. Now twelve years on, a reclusive naturalist and wildlife photographer, Brad carves out a place in the raw rugged regions of Australia’s Northern Territory, helping to relocate marauding crocodiles and taking care of injured wildlife.

An injured bird brings Jodie Marshall into contact with Brad. His dark sensual good looks are the ultimate in a woman’s fantasy but any hopes the young English heiress, might have of touching the heart of the aloof hostile wildlife warrior are bleak indeed, until the night circumstance throws them together and into the firestorms of love and passion.

But Brad has a secret buried deep in his soul that forbids his loving her…The power of their love survives heartbreak, a jail sentence and poison pens but can it survive their worst nightmare — its evil meticulously crafted and now a reality?

Available  ROMANCE AT HEART PUBLICATIONS  Complimentary first chapter. 


Author Website

Come, Love me Again   
contemporary  v. sensual 

He snared her wrist in one powerful fist and pulled her to him.  Hunter Kincaid, the tall, striking, Australian cattle king still remembers, only too well, the girl who’d betrayed him in their youth, and he hates himself for still loving her…   “What do you want? Haven’t you done enough?” he hissed. Raw, untamed desires flaming through him and driven by naked longing, he’s but a step from taking her. “Don’t you know what I can do to you? What I want to do to you?” Torn by twelve years of remorse, the lovely young Becky, quivers at the very touch of him. She has returned from America and must tell him the truth — why she’d been forced to betray him. But the scars of betrayal burn deep in his soul and sex isn’t sufficient to expiate that pain – Hunter wants her to pay for past wounds. Let her suffer as he had. Her pain for his pain, her tears for his. 




Come, Love Me Again is one of the most emotionally packed stories I’ve read in a while. The exchanges between Rebecca and Hunter are powerful and sometimes gut wrenching. Their emotions are so raw and open that it is impossible not to feel them. Ms. Hilliger has portrayed the setting for this story in vivid detail, also. It fairly leaps off the page, and the cattle stations and the surrounding countryside are so vividly described that I could see everything in my mind. I felt like I stepped off the plane with the heroine and experienced everything she did. I was moved to tears by some of Hunter’s harshness toward her, especially when she tries to explain why she left him. This is a realistic story, and I enjoyed it very much.Reviewed by: Marlene

Read excerpts  Author Website  


Contemporary  v.sensual

Dangerously sexy and his eyes full of sinful promise, Jamie, the leather-clad, tattooed young biker is fascinated by his evening-class student—the sophisticated and elegant career-woman.  

Amy, in search of a little diversion, has taken up the study of Creative Writing little expecting her teacher to be a woman’s ultimate fantasy. But now, Amy faces the challenge of her life—what they have between them is too hot for mere friendship, colliding with the knowledge that she is seven years his senior and entangled in a long-soured marriage to boot.  

Would surrender to the intoxication of one night of passion in a younger man’s arms be enough? Or would it unleash what she didn’t dare hope for – LOVE.

 Available at  Champagne Books  


Read excerpts  at Author Website   

TAKE A LOOK AT  PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF OUTBACK PLACES WHERE MY  STORIES ARE SET also  MYTHS  AND LEGENDS MYTH.   THE MIN MIN LIGHS. Mysterious phenomena of dancing globes of light on the plains of Outback
Queensland. Nobody has yet figured them out.
LEGEND.  Lassiter’s gold. Gold nuggets and rubies as big as walnuts. Lassiter brought back a nugget, but the seam where it was found has not yet been located again. Expeditions still go out in search of it.

Central Australia. TheMacDonnell Ranges. JUNDAMARRA’S CAVE.   Hiding place of INDIGENOUS LEGENDARY WARRIOR of the Bunaba people.  A man who fought the British police in defence of his people.  Kimberley region of North-West Australia.    
A good ‘bush tucker’ recipe for that camping occasion and roaring campfire.  DAMPER  Recipe of an authentic Northern Territory bushman. My husband Bill. Enjoyed by us both on many an occasion with a good cup of ‘billie’ tea. For one loaf. Required.  Cast-iron camp oven. 

Plain flour 3 cups.

Margarine 2 tablespoons

Baking powder one tablespoon

Salt  ¼ teaspoon

Milk 1/3 cup

Water ½ cup.

Grated cheese, if you want to add it. 

In a mixing bowl rub margarine with flour, salt, and baking powder.Add milk and water and form dough.  Shape to a round, dust lightly with flour and place in cast-iron camp oven. Fire should be hot cinders, into which oven is placed, covering top of oven with more hot cinders and ash.  Leave to bake. Lift lid and check after twenty minutes. As damper bakes, keep your ‘billie’ boiling at one side of fire. When damper is ready, turn out of oven, cut into wedges and drizzle liberally with golden syrup. Eat it hot with your cup of ‘billie’ tea. 

Many thanks to Romance Junkies 

Romona Hilliger 

Author website  

Romancing the RJ Blog with Phaze Books

September 16, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 7 Comments →

Somewhere in this rambling post is a discount code for our website!

Hello, RJ readers! I am Kathryn Lively, publisher of Phaze Books, and I thank the good folks of Romance Junkies for allowing me the time to blog today. I’d like to thank our readers, too, for making 2008 one of our best years so far, and as we near our fifth year of business I hope we can continue to offer you a great selection of erotic and sensual romance. If you have visited us online at, you’ve seen the variety of stories we offer – romantic and sizzling happily-ever-afters to thrilling paranormals and urban fantasies. We have among us several bestselling and award-winning authors, and a few new faces to the genre who are certain to become very familiar in the romance world. I wish I could take the time to sing the praise of every author in the Phaze universe, but I just have today. Therefore, I will touch upon some of our more popular genres and series and invite you to visit us today. Use the coupon RJUNKIES when you next purchase from to receive 30% off the total price!

Interracial Romance

Love is colorblind, and at Phaze Books we celebrate the diversity of relationships with wonderful stories from authors who specialize in interracial romance. Marie Rochelle’s Drace Brothers series is especially popular with readers, and Bridget Midway’s Fascination Street is gaining an enthusiastic following as well. We’re excited to announce, too, that our next Coming Together charity anthology will feature all interracial stories, and an introduction by L.A. Banks! A future Phaze Fantasies volume will be comprised of interracials, with a pending release date in late 2009. Authors interested in submitting such works to us are welcome to query.

M/M Erotic Romance

Some woman love men who love men, and we are proud to publish some of the best writers capable of conveying the eroticism and emotion of homosexual relationships. James Buchanan’s Twice the Cowboy was a P&E Reader’s Award Winner, and our first M/M collection Phaze Fantasies, Vol. III was a finalist in last year’s EPPIEs. From L.E. Bryce’s elegant Water Lovers of Sirilon to Jade Falconer’s Morningstar saga to the Dark Needs of Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael, fans of M/M are certain to be satisfied here.

Interesting in writing M/M? We always welcome the opportunity to evaluate new stories in this genre. If you can keep it in one “place” you might want to consider one of our newer lines, where a number of M/M titles have done well:

Phaze Urban

We launched Phaze Urban in February as a means of presenting stories of big love set in big cities. Each Urban release is set entirely within a global metropolis, with genres ranging from M/M to paranormal.  That the first six Urban releases have been M/M shouldn’t deter authors of other genres from considering this line. Our latest Urban, Ava Rose Johnson’s In Control, is a beautiful contemporary set in Dublin,  and we’ll soon have more tales from around the world by Christine London, Jane Leopold Quinn, and Alessia Brio. If you’ve browsed the Phaze map and are worried that your city has been taken, don’t worry. Some cities are big enough for more than one story.

Coming Together

Giving is sexy! While Phaze doesn’t have the market on this series of terrific erotic collections, I think we have some of the best. Coming Together for the Cure, a collection of stories benefitting the Komen Foundation, has been racking up the praise and awards since its release. In addition to the aforementioned At Last collection of interracial stories, be on the lookout for Against the Odds a collection to benefit Austism Speaks, and Into the Light, to benefit V-Day. That all authors and artists involved in this venture have donated their talents to help others is truly testament to the generosity of the romance community.

As for the future of Phaze…I’m not one to kiss and tell. I do promise, though, we will do our best to provide the hottest, most scintillating romance in eBook and print for you to enjoy. Happy reading!

Are Torrid Love Scenes Unrealistic Romance?

September 15, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 14 Comments →

HI RJ Blogging Community!

Amanda McIntyre coming at you from a very cool and gray day in Iowa.

Fall has always been one of my favorite times and this year is particularly special as it is the debut of my erotic historical, DIARY OF COZETTE (Harlequin Spice) Set during the white slave trade era of London (mid-late 1800s) it follows the journey of a young woman, bright, curious and resilient from poverty to a women of wealth. The road is not a snmoothone, but every experience, evey person she meets and loves or thinks that she loves, creates the woman that she (and the reader also) sees herself becoming. It was an interesting journey for me as a writer. Much research went into this book, as well as having the freedom of so many fascintaing characters.  Just this week I recieved my authors copies and I opened the book and began to read it.  Well over a year in the writing, editing and publishing process, it was like reading someone elses book! Which was great! I actually found myself enjoying it!  I hope you will too.

In a conversation with a friend of mine today however and, understanding everyone is entitled to their preference, or more than one for that matter.

I would love to ask this question: Do you think that torrid love scenes are realistic or unrealistic, insofar as portraying romance? 

I’ll check back to see what you all have to say! Meantime, I hope you will consider picking up a copy of Diary of Cozette and let me know what you think! 



Passion knows no status or wealth…

True, I am but a mere maidservant from a great house, snatched from a wretched existence of poverty and desperation to serve noblemen of wealth and privilege.

And yet…

While I am indeed of lowly rank, I am also a young woman who allowed herself to sample life’s greatest pleasures in the hands of these titled men. My tales overflow in this journal, penning my journey to becoming a woman of power of the most base, yet stimulating, breed.

Unmarried and twenty, yet betrothed to no man, I would be considered a spinster by most, yet this is of my own ardent intention. With my unabashed lushness and wisdom regarding a man’s most vehement cravings, I am not lacking for suitors or proposals given in the heat of passion. No, I have yet to meet the man who will challenge me, satisfy me in all ways, not only of the flesh.

For where passion and desire are fleeting, my heart continues to beat.…

Romantic Time BOOKlovers Reviews gives Diary of Cozette “4 stars!” calling it “persuasive and beguiling!”

Be well & have a great Autumn!


RJ Sept Chat Schedule

September 14, 2008 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 1 Comment →

(Different Schedule due to Holiday)

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Some of our chats are scheduled for the same day every month. Come join us and find out how much fun we have!

First Monday of every month: 9-10pm Eastern Time

Samhain Publishing Authors:
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Join us each month when we meet the Samhain authors and find out about their current books and what’s coming soon!



Second Monday of every month: 9-10 PM Eastern Time

Lyrical Press Authors

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Join us on the second Monday of every month to meet with Lyrical Press authors and find out about their current book and what is coming soon!


Second Tuesday of every month: 9-10pm Eastern Time

Midnight Seduction Authors

RJ Chat Room
Every month we get together with Midnight Seduction authors and talk about what’s new with them on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. These are crazy, wild chats that will have you laughing and possibly winning one of the many prizes given away.
Third Thursday of every month: 9-10pm Eastern Time
eXasy Books Authors:

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Every third Thursday, we chat with authors from eXtasy about what’s new with this epublisher. This promises to be a fun night filled with books you’ll just have to add to your ‘to buy’ list! Prizes!


Third Monday every month: 9-10pm Eastern Time

Lora Leigh
and Veronica Chadwick

Chat in their private room: Warriors and Warlords

Lora and Roni gather with their fans every month in a wild, fast moving chat each month on the third Monday of the month. Come find out what is new with these authors! Prizes!


Monday, September 22nd: 9-10 PM EST
TJ Killian

Come and chat with TJ Killian about her newest release!


Thursday, September 25th: 9-10 PM EST

Dani Harper:
Catherine Stang:
Buffi BeCraft-Woodall:

Come and chat with these three lovely women about their newest and upcoming releases. Great fun and maybe a surprise or two.

Desired Silence

September 13, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 2 Comments →

This always seems to happen to me and wondered if it happens to other.

Once again I was right in the middle of a really intense scene in a book. I mean it is heart pounding, sweaty and you’re at the edge of your seat. Then wham the phone rings or someone talks to you yanking you right out of it. Oyy. That happened to me today. Not once but 6 times damn it. My phone has never rang that much. The first time I was reading a JD Robb book (I’m rereading the series again for the new book next month. I love the series) and just as I reached the pivotal part the phone rang. It frightened me so bad I threw the book up in the air. Yeah if you’ve read my blog this is a similar to what happened to me before.

Since my phone rarely rings I was peeved. I picked it up and tried to answer pleasantly but I can’t tell you if I succeeded or not. I’m sure you guessed it already who was on the other end of the phone. A TELEMARKETER. Since I know they are only doing there job I was okay I tried to be polite and told them not interested and they kept going on and on. I hung up and went and got my book.

So I started reading again and was back into the book when … you guessed it the phone rang again. This time I at least kept my book in hand and answered the phone all the while I was thinking was I Verizon or what. And I’m sure you know what I am about to say. It was another TELEMARKETER trying to sell me a newspaper subscription. I didn’t even try to listen I hung up. I went back to my book and then the phone rang, rang and rang. Each time another TELEMARKETER. By this time I was so annoyed. When I hung up I did something I should have done in the first place. Took the phone off the hook.

Achieved. Silence.

~Taige Crenshaw
…increasing the sizzle factor

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Protective Custody by Paige Tyler – New from Liquid Silver Books!

September 12, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 15 Comments →

Paige Tyler pcBefore I get to Protective Custody, I wanted to thank Romance Junkies for asking me to guest blog!  I’m totally flattered!

I’m thrilled to announce that I have hot, new, contemporary romance out from Liquid Silver Books called Protective Custody!  If you like books about guys that come with their own handcuffs, then you’ll love this sexy story!

If you’re familiar with my other books, then it’s probably no surprise that I love to write about strong, sexy, alpha males, and Gray Beckham, the hero in Protective Custody is about as strong, sexy and alpha as they come!

Check out the synopsis and excerpt below to get an idea of what Protective Custody is all about. It has romance, adventure, humor, and obviously, lots of hot, steamy sex!  I think you’re going to love it!


Paisley McCoy is a sexy reporter who writes about the San Francisco club scene for a local magazine. Having a dad on the force has led to one hard and fast rule – she doesn’t date cops. She likes her men sensitive and intellectual, two qualities in short supply in any cop she’s ever met. But now she’s stuck with this standard-issue cop – aggressive, opinionated, and sure he’s always right. In short, the complete opposite of the kind of man she usually goes for.

Gray Beckham is a no-nonsense cop who’s peeved about being taken off a major burglary investigation to babysit the captain’s bratty daughter, even if she is gorgeous. To make it even more annoying, she acts like the whole thing is a joke and insists she doesn’t need his protection. And while she might be sexy as hell, there’s no way he’s going anywhere near the captain’s daughter.

Despite their differences, though, Paisley and Gray can’t deny the chemistry between them. But as that connection turns into romance, they find out that the stalker is a far greater threat than they had originally thought. And that if he can’t have her, no one will.


They spoke little on the ride to her apartment. Once they got there, Gray told her to wait in the entryway while he took a look around. It seemed like overkill to her, but she didn’t argue. However, she didn’t stay where he’d told her to, either. Instead, she went into the kitchen to open her mail. That earned her a dark scowl from Gray when he came out of the bedroom several minutes later. Paisley pretended not to notice.

“I’ve been on a stakeout for a couple of days,” he said after declaring the apartment clear. “Do you mind if I use your shower?”

She glanced up from the Victoria’s Secret catalog she had been flipping through. “No, go ahead.”

“Thanks.” He picked up his overnight bag from the floor where he’d left it. “I won’t be long. Keep the door locked and don’t open it to anyone.”

Yeah, yeah. She went back to flipping through the catalog, only to pause when she heard the shower turn on a few minutes later. She had looked for a way to give Gray the slip ever since they’d walked out of the police station, and she decided she wasn’t going to get a better opportunity than right then. While she had to admit she really didn’t mind having the hunky inspector around, she hated being told what to do, especially by her father. Time to exercise her independence.

Tossing the catalog on the counter, Paisley hurried out of the kitchen and into her bedroom. Knowing she wouldn’t have enough time to do more than pack a few things before Gray came out, she decided to forget about the basics and instead, just grab a dress and a pair of high heels to wear that night. Everything else she could borrow from whichever friend she stayed with. At least until it was safe to come back to her place. By safe, she meant when there wasn’t some cop hanging around it.

Shoving the dress into an evening purse, Paisley picked up her shoes in her free hand and darted from the room. She had barely made it past the bathroom when the door opened.

“Where the hell do you think you’re going?” Gray demanded from behind her.

Paisley stopped in her tracks at the commanding tone in his voice. Crap! She had hoped to slip out before Gray finished taking his shower. It just wasn’t fair that guys could clean up so fast.

Squaring her shoulders, she whirled around to face him. And blinked. Though he had put on jeans, he hadn’t bothered with a shirt, and all she could do was stare at him in feminine appreciation. She had known he was built, but she hadn’t realized just how well. Broad shoulders, a chiseled chest, and rock-hard abs. Daaaaammmm! He had a body that just wouldn’t quit.
Gray crossed his arms over his chest. “Well?” he prompted when she said nothing.

Paisley tore her gaze from his perfectly sculpted arms to look up at him. She hadn’t realized he was so tall. Even in heels, she was still almost a head shorter than he was. She lifted her chin. “Out.”

His golden brown eyes narrowed. “Not without me, you’re not.”

She let out a sigh. “Look. Like I told you before, this isn’t going to work. I’m going to stay with some friends until this whole thing blows over. You can just tell my dad that I gave you the slip. He won’t hold it against you.”

“I don’t think so.”

She clenched her jaw. “I wasn’t asking for your permission, Inspector. I’m leaving and you can’t stop me.”

With that, Paisley whirled around and started for the door. She didn’t even make it halfway before Gray caught her arm and turned her back around.

“You’re not going anywhere.”

She glared up at him. “Oh, really?” she countered. “And just how are you going to stop me? Handcuff me to the bed?”

Her words hung in the air between them for a long moment before his mouth finally quirked.

“Though I’ll admit that’s tempting,” he said, “I have something more effective in mind.”

Before she could ask what he meant by that, Gray led her over to the couch. What was he going to do, sit her down and lecture her?

To her surprise, Gray didn’t sit her down at all, but instead took a seat himself. Totally perplexed, she was just about to ask what he was doing when a tug on her arm sent her sprawling over his knee. She had no choice but to drop the purse and shoes so she could put her hands on the floor to keep herself balanced.

For a moment, Paisley was so stunned she just lay there. She recovered quickly enough though, and when she did, she immediately tried to push herself upright. But a strong hand on her back held her firmly in place. Furious at being manhandled, she glared at him over her shoulder.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” she demanded.

He returned her glower with one of his own. “Teaching you a lesson.”

Paisley opened her mouth to retort, only to let out a startled little gasp when she felt him smack her upturned bottom. He did not just spank her!

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