Today is the release day of Seduction at Midnight - an all-new Anthology of modern-day, fairy tale romances!
I want to thank my friends and fellow authors Lacey Thorn, Jenika Snow, Susan Hayes, Catalina Harper, Kali Argent and Erika Reed for joining me for this special project. I am so proud to have worked with these amazing authors on this Anthology, and hope that everyone enjoys the stories we have written for you.
As most of you know, my mother is going through chemo right now, and will be having stem cell transplant surgery later this month, so this charity project is very near and dear to my heart. Please help up us spread the word on this project, because ALL proceeds of the Limited Edition Box Set will be going to the Make a Wish Foundation.
On Sale for .99¢ only from March 9 - 30th!
Beautiful Dreamer by Lacey Thorn - Chase wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the attack that left her best friend dead, and her lost in a deep slumber. Will Detective Phillip Wade be able to keep her safe, or will the secrets he's keeping tear them apart?
Cinder’s Rising by Jenika Snow - Cinder is the light to Ryder's darkness, and he must show her she's worth so much more than she gives herself credit for. It's up to him to show her that she's his world now.
Rescuing Red by Susan Hayes - When an act of kindness sparks a moment of chivalry, two lives are changed forever. Veronica and Lucas have a chance at a storybook ending, but first, they'll have to face the monster who wants Veronica for himself.
Wonderland by Catalina Harper - Alison has wanted eccentric club owner, Chris Jensen, since the day she started working at Wonderland. Nothing about a relationship with Chris will be easy, but Alison is determined to make the ex-Marine see her as more than just one of the guys.
Stardust by Kali Argent - What could a self-professed workaholic and a laid-back toy store owner possibly have in common? Nothing, as far as Starla Winters is concerned, but when roguishly handsome Turner McCord sets his sights on her, she’ll soon understand why sometimes, opposites do attract.
Goldie by Erika Reed - After being tricked into a weekend alone with her handsome boss, Goldie Locke is looking forward to getting to know Travis Baer outside of the office. Could this be the beginning to the fairy tale ending Goldie has always wanted?
Beauty by Laurie Roma - Tessa Campbell has to face the man everyone calls The Beast in order to protect her father. Can she find a way to see beyond Drake Vidal's savage veneer to the good hidden beneath, or will she think he isn't worth taming?
My contribution for the box-set is BEAUTY, which is inspired by the classic tale Beauty and the Beast...enjoy the short excerpt!
Tessa sighed. “Drake isn’t what everyone thinks. Once you get to know him...well, I wouldn’t call him sweet, but he’s smart and caring and thoughtful—”
“And sexy as hell,” Jamie added. “So...I have to ask, why haven’t you had sex with him yet?”
“What? I think it’s a fair question.”
“It’s not like that. We’re working together, you know that.”
Jamie rolled her eyes. “Working, right. Honestly, you’ve been spending so much time together it’s like you guys are practically attached at the hip. When you’re not with him, you talk about him constantly. Obviously, there is more to this than you’re admitting.”
“It can’t happen. Let’s just leave it at that.” Appetite gone, Tessa put the bag of candy back in her desk drawer.
“Oh, my God! You’ve gone and done it, haven’t you? You’re in love with him.”
Panic surged through Tessa. She looked up and shook her head vigorously. “What? That’s crazy! I’ve only known him a few months. Less than that, actually.”
“That doesn’t matter.” Jamie said with wide eyes. “I can see it all over your face.”
“I...Oh, God, Jamie. I am,” Tessa said with a moan. “I think I’m in love with Drake.”
“No it’s not! It’s horrible. I’ve fallen for one of the most unavailable men in Chicago. There is nothing great about that!”
“Come on, Tessa. It can’t be that bad. He obviously likes spending time with you.”
“But that doesn’t mean he wants a real relationship with me. Jesus, he dates supermodels, Jamie. I’m just...me.”
“Hey, now. You’re a beautiful, intelligent woman. Don’t sell yourself short, Tessa.”
“What am I going to do, Jamie? He’s going to break my heart. I just know it.” Tessa sighed again. “I just have to make it to the ball, then everything can go back to normal.”
Jamie looked thoughtful for a moment before she said, “You know...maybe you just need to get him out of your system. You know, just do it...or him to be more exact. Don’t you want to know what sex with him would be like?”
“Of course I do! What sane woman wouldn’t want to sleep with Drake? But he doesn’t want me—”
The sound of a throat clearing from the doorway had Tessa stiffening in her chair. Jamie’s expression of shocked horror told her all she needed to know. “Oh, God, oh, God. He’s standing there, isn’t he?” At Jamie’s silent nod, Tessa slowly lowered her head to her desk with a low moan of distress. “Just kill me now.”
There was the whisper of movement, then Jamie said, “I’m just going to...go.”
A few minutes passed, but it seemed like an eternity. The silence was unbearable. He made no sound, but she felt Drake’s presence looming over her. Like the angel of doom, she thought sullenly. Tessa raised her head and slowly looked up at Drake, who was indeed standing right in front of her desk. His strong, handsome face was a mask of impassivity, but his eyes—holy God, those bright blue eyes—were blazing with heat.
“Come with me.”
Another bit of exciting news is the announcement of The Midnight Gala! What simply started out as part of the plot in the Anthology stories has now become a reality! Come join me, Kali Argent, Lacey Thorn, Jenika Snow, Susan Hayes, Catalina Harper and Erika Reed in New Orleans the weekend of Oct 9-11th for the Midnight Gala Masquerade Ball and other events.
This will be my first author event, and I'm so excited about it. For registration and info on the event, please visit The Midnight Gala Website!
We hope to see you there, and remember to share the links and info about the Anthology and help us raise money for charity. Happy Reading!