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I’m the featured author over at Jean Maxwell’s Featured Artist Friday. There’s no chance to comment, but if you want to see how she grilled me (she was actually quite nice), see what I’m working on next, or read a funny excerpt from Forever Men, stop on over. We’d love to have you visit!

The Jean Journal

And don’t forget to follow me here on the blog for a chance to win a copy of Forever Men!

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Taming the Boss Lady by Jan Bowles

I know I’ve been talking a lot lately about my new release, so I thought I’d give y’all a break and showcase a new release by a friend of mine, Jan Bowles.  It looks to be hot, hot, hot. And, if I know Jan, very intense. As well, she designed the cover herself. Well done, Jan!

The Blurb:
Twenty-nine-year-old Kelly McCloud is not the average submissive. CEO of a large corporate company, she demands and gets respect wherever she goes. Surrounded by weak yes-men, Kelly yearns for the touch of a dominant man—someone who can relieve the pressure in her hectic life.

Natural Dom and Club Submission owner Matthew Strong is instantly drawn to the sexy, self-assured woman. Just who is this opinionated, outspoken lady who frequents his club night after night? When she turns down all the other Masters, he decides to take control.
At thirty-five, Matthew has the experience to handle any woman, however important she may believe herself to be. With a little careful training, he can mold Kelly into the perfect sub, but when enemies from within surface unexpectedly, his well-laid plans may just have to be put on hold.
Has Matthew finally met his match taming the boss lady?

Buy link:

SirenBookStrand Publishing

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Should I have or shouldn’t I have? Which tag line would you picked?

I’m guest-blogging at my friend Jillian Chantal’s place today about the tag line I wanted to use for Forever Men but couldn’t. I picked the serious one. It felt more like the tone of the story. But the other one is stuck in my mind like a skipping cd. So stop on over and let me know if I chose the right tag line for my story:

Jillian’s blog

Forever Men – Release Day and Giveaway!

It’s release day! Forever Men, an erotic novella, is now available from Evernight Publishing. I’m very excited about this story. I met the characters first. Fun-loving Alec, serious-minded Matt, and Desi, whose love is boundless. I knew when they all appeared in my mind, they would quickly wrap themselves around my heart, so I had to find a story for them. Forever Men is that story and I hope you get the chance to read it and enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

To celebrate this release, I’m giving a copy of Forever Men away. All you have to do is click on the follow link on the right side and subscribe to this blog. On August 1st, I’ll pool all subscribers and randomly select a winner.

 Buy links:  

Evernight Publishing (all digital formats)
Amazon (Kindle format)

Blurb:

Walls crumble when you build a forever love.

 As a couple, the deep, sensual connection between Desi and Alec is imaginative and limitless, even though Desi’s fear that love is transient keeps her from telling her man how she feels. Fun-loving Alec, who lost his parents in a tragic accident, has found that kind of forever love again. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep it, including giving Desi the one thing he lacks—a partner with a serious side.

With their fledgling construction company headed for the skids if they don’t finish the job on time, Desi and Alec are frantic to catch up. Enter Alec’s friend, Matt, a man haunted by the “dull and unimaginative” label his ex-fiancé pinned on him.

Working side by side, a thirst grows that seems unquenchable and each must come to terms with old hurts in order to consider possibilities never before imagined.

First pages:

Bam! Bam! Bam!

Desi drove another nail into the two-by-four with a practiced swing. And another, and another, using her current “life sucks” attitude as the power behind her hammer. Reaching for more nails, she took a minute to ease abused muscles and tuck a wayward lock of dark hair back into the ball-cap that kept the midday sun off her face.

They were behind schedule. Way behind and, for the life of her, she couldn’t figure out how they would ever catch up. If they didn’t get this house done on time, she and Alec were screwed.

She looked around at the two-story, four-thousand square foot mansion they’d been contracted to build, the first bid their fledgling business had won. Coming in on time and at or under budget meant a future for their company. If they blew this project, they might as well close their doors.

The sub-siding was in place on the first floor, but the second floor framework wasn’t yet finished. Glancing up into unobstructed sunshine, she prayed for two things. That the roof trusses would arrive tomorrow on schedule. And that they wouldn’t. Setting another nail, Desi wondered again if they’d be ready in time. If they didn’t finish framing today, there would be no base for the trusses to be off-loaded onto. With no roof and a project timeline that was no longer valid, she could forget the currently non-existent windows.

If they had to reschedule the trusses, they’d be royally screwed.

Desi glanced down to the empty dirt yard. Where the hell was Alec, anyhow? She’d sent him to pick up materials two hours ago.

Right on cue, a black truck raced up the treed lane and squirreled to a stop in front of the house, sending a dust cloud skyward.

About time.

When Alec jumped out and grinned up at her, Desi’s irritation started to fade.

He bounded up the stairs, brushing his shaggy blond hair back as he joined her and wrapped tanned arms around her waist.

“Hey, Gorgeous.”

When his eyes brimmed with amusement, as they did now, Desi found it hard to stay annoyed with him. She tried, pushing against him. “I’m mad at you.”

Alec threw his head back and laughed. “You can never stay mad at me.”

The smile she tried to hide refused to cooperate. Staying mad at Alec was just too damn hard. Everything about him was designed to make the world seem perfect, from his construction-hardened body to the almost constant gleam in his eyes. When Alec was near, it was easy to believe The Dream. Desi sobered as she looked around. Things were a far sight from all right at the moment.

“We’re so far behind, Alec.”

“Trust me,” he said. “We’ll be fine.”

“I don’t know…” Desi chewed her lower lip. Alec always saw the bright side of things, sometimes to the exclusion of the issues they needed to solve.

Alec took the hammer out of her hand and let it drop to the plywood sub-floor. “It sounds like you need a distraction.”

The flash of his dark eyes as they inspected her from toe to head started a familiar fire deep in her belly. “Oh-h-h, no,” she stuttered. Desi backed up until a two-by-four, part of the wall frame, stopped her. “No way, Alec. We’ve got no time for that.”

Together over a year now, she still couldn’t get enough of him. When he turned on the charm, like now, the man was irresistible. But they couldn’t. Not now. Not today.

The look in his eyes crumbled her resolve further. He stepped closer, and heat, both familiar and delicious, spread between her legs.

“We can’t, Alec. We’re so far behind schedule.”

“What’s a few more minutes, then?” He leaned in, his lips grazing her neck, strumming an already taut thread of need.

Arousal swept away the last vestiges of hesitation, and Desi wound her hands into Alec’s hair. “Work can wait.”

Links to purchase or read more about it:

My website:  http://www.lacedaltyn.com/ldbooks.html

Evernight Publishing:  http://www.evernightpublishing.com/