Monday, November 18th, 2013
So. If you’ve noticed the disparity between the Unleashed cover and the rest of the Ross siblings series, you aren’t alone. Part of this is my fault–I never did foresee making this a series when I first wrote Unleashed. So the covers of the books don’t form the cohesive unit that they should, because I insisted this wouldn’t be a series. :p Anyway, now that I realize how wrong I was, the team at Samhain has presented me with a brand new Unleashed cover. And it’s yummy! And it’s awesome! And…EVAN!
So without further ado, I present the new face of my very first published novel, UNLEASHED.
Sunday, September 8th, 2013
I’m getting so excited about the Houston BookRave! It’s being held November 2nd at the Zotz Education Center in Houston, Texas, and it’s a FREE event–but you’ll need to click the link to the site and get a ticket. What I’m most excited about, though, is that this will be my first signing where I should have print copies of Leave Me Breathless available. Yay!
Also (and this is pretty awesome too) it’s my understanding the organizers are going to take orders for books from readers who are unable to attend the event…so what that means is, even if you can’t be there, you’ll have a way to purchase a book that I will sign while I’m there, and it will then be shipped to you afterward. I’ll get you that information as soon as I have it. :)
ETA: And now I have it! The link is here: http://houstonbookrave.blogspot.com/p/on-line-book-sales.html
I hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Finally, FINALLY, as of about 3:15 a.m. this very morning, Take Me On–the third and final book of the Ross Siblings series, is safe and sound with my editor…and damn, am I tired. This freaking summer cold is kicking my butt, and I can only hope my sleep-deprived ramblings make any kind of sense to my wonderful editor. :D Assuming they do, and all is well, you can look for the book to release in digital format on December 17, 2013. Print will come much later in 2014, which is my publisher’s usual schedule.
I’ve managed to get the book page all set up, so take a peek here! It’s complete with the cover and blurb, and I’ll be getting an excerpt and a playlist up soon.
I hope all of you had a fabulous summer. As mentioned on the Latest News page, Take Me On may be the final Ross book, but I’m sure I’m not done with the Dermamania crew. Starla is talking to me now. Wonder what could be in store for her? :D
All my best to you guys!
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
If you’re coming to see me and all the other fabulous authors at Book Bash in Orlando on June 29 (and I really hope you are!), I need to alert you to something. The bookseller who is providing the books for sale will only be bringing 20 copies each of Rock Me and Unleashed. With a projected 1200+ attendees, I’m afraid there’s a chance it won’t be enough! So if you’re coming for a signed book, PLEASE buy beforehand and bring it with you. I certainly don’t want anyone disappointed if I do run out. I approached my publisher about the possibility of getting more, and they are so wonderful and willing to help, but it’s complicated. Way more than I expected. If I were self-published, I could simply sell them at my table like many of the others. But I’m not, and I really wasn’t willing to try to negotiate for more books when I’ve never even done a signing before and don’t know for 100% certain that I NEED more books. So in the end I made the decision to stick with what we have and to let you all know about the limited quantities as best I can.
I will, of course, have other things on hand to sign–1000 Leave Me Breathless bookmarks and 250 cute little black/hot pink tote bags I had designed. I’ll be glad to take pictures and hang around until everyone gets their autograph! After that, I’ll go hang out at CRAVE for the Wicked Book GNO. And those will most likely be the only events I’ll be able to attend, as this is also our family vacation. :)
Thank you all so much for your support, and I really look forward to meeting many of you in Orlando! Only one month to go!
All my best,
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Yay! I’m so excited to present the cover of the stand-alone version of “Light Me Up“–coming soon to an ereader near you! :)
Please note there is little in the way of new content in this version–maybe some tweaks here and there. But if you bought and read this story in A Very Naughty Xmas, you won’t be getting anything new here. Except this awesome cover, of course!
I hope for this to go live at all the usual retailers by this weekend. Hopefully sooner. So be on the lookout! And I’ll post to Facebook and Twitter as soon as I see it’s available.
As always, thanks to everyone for your amazing support!
Monday, February 4th, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve given you guys an update. Sorry about that! But the good news is, I’m writing to you, right now on Monday morning around 9:30 am or so, from my HOME office. Why? Because I’ve quit my day job. Also, I’ve quit my editing job (yes, I had three jobs, counting the writing). I’ve cleared everything I possibly could from my schedule so I can devote my full attention to writing. Of course, I couldn’t sell my kids off or anything like that, so they’re still around. :D But with the youngest still in day care and starting pre-K this fall, and the oldest in high school, they aren’t around to distract me for most of the day, at least for now. Whew.
So it’s time to tell you what’s on the horizon, now that I have no excuses. :) My MOST often asked question is will there be any follow-up books to Rock Me or Leave Me Breathless. Well…hopefully you know about “Light Me Up,” that naughty little number in the A Very Naughty Christmas anthology. It’s a short follow-up to Brian and Candace. Check it out! The thing I’m working on now is a novella for Ghost and Macy–it isn’t a follow-up, but a prequel. Ever wondered exactly what happened in the car before the events of Leave Me Breathless? You’ll find out. After that, it’s full steam ahead on Gabriella Ross’s book, wherein you will see them all again.
So. As far as any novel-length follow-ups where these guys are the main characters…no, probably not. Other writers do that, and kudos to them. Me? I kinda want to move on to other things once my characters get their happy-ever-after (I’m usually SICK of them by then, lol). But it’s always fun to revisit. I hope that answers your questions, but if not then feel free to fire away at me here. :)
I’d REALLY love to meet a lot of you on June 29 in Orlando, Florida at Maryse’s Book Bash. I’ll be there signing Rock Me and Unleashed–unfortunately LMB won’t be in print by then (October 1, in case you were wondering). I hope you can make it out.
And last but not least, I hope you are having a fabulous 2013 so far, and here’s to a PRODUCTIVE one for me!
All my best,
Friday, November 30th, 2012
Christmas came a little early! Light Me Up is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks (click the link to go to the Books page for buy links).
Still waiting for it to appear on Kobo and iBooks.
Update: It’s now available on Kobo, iBooks, and in print from Amazon.
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
So have you been good all year? Yes? Well, where’s the fun in that? ;)
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this Christmas, you’re getting a present from me and some of my awesome author friends. Olivia Cunning, Cari Quinn, Stephanie Julian, Raven Morris and myself have all joined forces to bring you A VERY NAUGHTY XMAS. As you might have heard, my contribution to this anthology is a sexy little number called “Light Me Up,” wherein I give you a glimpse into a very special Christmas for Brian and Candace of Rock Me. The back blurb reads: “She’s hoping for a little sparkle in her stocking this year. He’s planning a night that’s anything but silent.”
You should be able to buy this in ebook format from all the retailers on Monday. Also, there’s a print edition coming, but I don’t have an ETA on that yet. I’ll keep you updated.
In the meantime, here’s a tiny glimpse to whet your appetite…
Their apartment—his apartment that she’d moved into not long after they got together—was a sight for sore eyes. Decorated mostly with his art and a few of her girly touches, it was small but she considered it the first real home she’d ever had. Her parents’ house was like a museum: gigantic, cold, and while you could look, you could never, ever touch. Her first apartment had been paid for with their money and while she’d decorated it herself, it had been under her mother’s critical eye. But Sylvia had never stepped foot here, and probably never would. That was fine with Candace.
She moved around turning on lamps and then plugging in the lights on their Christmas tree. Brian started some music.
“So ready to get out of this dress,” she said, heading for the bathroom to do just that.
“I’m ready too,” Brian called after her, giving her a shiver of happiness.
“Want to help?”
“You know it.”
She flipped on the bathroom light and curled her lip at her appearance. “I suppose that’s a part of the plan you have for me tonight?”
“A big part.” He appeared behind her, and she smiled at his reflection in the mirror.
“Want to clue me in yet?”
Without giving a reply, he slid his hands up her bare arms, leaving gooseflesh in their wake, then pulled the straps of her dress down. “You’ll put your hair back up for me?”
“Of course. You just like messing it up, don’t you?”
“I do, but not this time.” A tug at the back of her dress, then a loosening as he pulled down the zipper. She stood still as he let the fabric slip down her body and pool at her feet, glad to be rid of it. In short order, her strapless bra followed, leaving her naked since he’d demolished her panties in her old bathroom.
She watched in the mirror as his gaze slowly slid down and up again, seeming to caress her every curve and lingering on his favorite ones: her breasts and nipples with their silver rings. His fingers lightly traced around her waist to her belly, hands forming a V as he moved them down to the bare juncture of her thighs. He watched the slow progression intently, and she loved watching him. Before she knew it, her breath was coming in shallow pants as arousal tightened her muscles under his seeking fingers.
“I’m going to draw you like this,” he said, and her knees went weak. Again.
Monday, November 12th, 2012
What a wild ride the last week has been! Leave Me Breathless has performed so far beyond my expectations that I’m…well, left breathless! Right now, it’s at #7 in the Kindle store. Not in Contemporary, not in Romance, but over-freaking-all. How unbelievable is that!
I’m overjoyed that it’s doing so well. The only problem with this success is that I don’t think I can single-handedly answer all of the various correspondence I’ve received, as I’m also working WILDLY on a project. More on that later. I hope you can understand. What I decided to do is address the most frequently asked questions I’ve received here in one place, and maybe if you see these questions brought up elsewhere, at Goodreads or Facebook and such, you can get the word out for me. Or just keep it to yourself and be in the know. ;)
The main questions I’ve received are “Why no epilogue for Leave Me Breathless?” and “What’s next for you?” — and of course a statement: “Please write more in this series!” I can pretty much answer all of those together.
The reason there isn’t a prologue in LMB is the same reason there isn’t one in Rock Me. I’m not through with these guys! Gabriella’s book is next–you’ll see a lot of Brian and Candace in that one. A lot of Evan and Kelsey, too. It’ll kind of wrap up all their stories. Ghost and Macy…well, they were a monkey wrench tossed into the Ross siblings, but I’ll probably cook up something for them too–though I doubt it will be a full novel. Another reason is that I’m just not ready to send these guys down the aisle yet. I’m *certainly* not ready to give them babies. I love them carefree, spontaneous and without responsibility…and babies kinda take that away. Sorry, but they do! :) So I wouldn’t look for that. Evan and Kelsey were more than ready for a kid. These guys…I can’t even wrap my head around the thought at the moment.
Now, about that mystery project I mentioned. It’s a Christmas novella starring Brian and Candace. It will appear in an anthology with several other FABULOUS authors. The best part? We’re desperately trying to move this thing out to you guys NEXT WEEK for the Thanksgiving holiday. Awesome, right? The title I’m kicking around is “Light Me Up.” It just jumped out at me from a bit of cute dialogue they share. Oh, how I love these guys. I’m really excited about this; I hope you are, too.
As for what’s next beyond the Ross siblings…well, I’m not sure! But I’ll definitely keep you updated.
Any other Q’s, just leave them in comments and I’ll *try* to get to them. Once this novella is finished, I’ll have some breathing room. I’ll be forever grateful to you guys for all your support. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Here’s your final excerpt from Leave Me Breathless! Why? Because a mere week from today, you can have the whole freaking thing!
Here are Ghost and Macy in that awkward “We had blisteringly hot sex, now what?” phase. I so love them (though I might not have said that while I was writing them, lol). :) Enjoy! And thanks a million for hanging in there with me!
As soon as the others were gone, Ghost stepped over and shut the door. Macy’s eyebrows were practically in her hairline when he turned back to her.
“Hi,” she said simply.
He could only stare at her for a moment, then shook his head. “Damn, girl.”
“What, she asks.”
“Well…what? I mean really. I don’t know what to say, I don’t know… I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.” She blew out a breath, her gaze on the floor in the vicinity of his boots. She pulled that luscious bottom lip between her little white teeth. Jesus help him, he wanted to do the same thing with it.
He waited until her eyes flickered back up to him. “You seemed to know what the hell you were doing the other night. And I liked that.”
“That part’s easy. It’s this part I don’t like. You know we’re going to have to be around each other sometimes—our best friends live together. I don’t want it to be awkward for everyone. Including us.”
“Okay, so let’s deal with it. Here and now. Do you want to keep seeing me? Don’t worry about hurting my feelings or any shit like that. I’m a big boy; I can take it. But I’m not down for games at all. I let you have a few days’ cooling off time, and I’ve been thinking too.”
“Oh? What are you thinking?”
“Come on, Mace. You’re beautiful, and you’re accomplished, and any time a girl like you wants to hang out with a guy like me, you’d better believe I realize what a fucking idiot I’d be to pass that up.”
“Maybe I don’t want you to want me just because I’m…those things.”
“All right, I didn’t word that so well.” He was opening his mouth to go on, but she held up a hand.
“Listen, Seth…I think we’ve done this all backwards.”
She crossed her arms, her gaze startlingly direct under her cap. “Backwards for me. Typically, I get to know a guy before I land in the sack with him. That didn’t happen here. In the beginning, that was okay. I didn’t count on wanting anything more with you. I thought it would just be fun, like we said.”
“So you’re saying…you do want more?”
“All I’m saying at this moment is that I don’t really know you…but I would like to.”
Hell, if she got to know him, really know him, she might run screaming. This was a good thing, though. She hadn’t run yet. He thought about all the nights he could spend slowly exploring her beautiful body without rushing to memorize it all before she booted his ass out of her bed and her life. All the hours he could spend inhaling the vanilla sweetness of her skin, her hair. Oh yeah, he wanted to get to know her better.
“Maybe we should cool off?” she asked.
All his sensuous fantasies ground to a halt. Cool off? That did not compute. “What?”
Macy cleared her throat, for the first time glancing away and absently studying the drawings on the board. “You could, I don’t know, ask me on a date? A regular date?”
Do things the way she was used to having them done. Give her her comfort zone. He could handle that. But not without a little teasing. She might as well know that about him right away, if she didn’t already. “Fine. I didn’t want to have sex with you again anyway.”
God, he loved her smile. Even more when it was accompanied by her laugh. She graced him with both at that moment. “Gee, thank you. I feel much better about this whole thing.”
“You? I’m the one who was just informed about the whole cooling-off thing.”
“It’s not that I don’t want to sleep with you again. Honestly? I want to drag you home right now. It’s all I’ve thought about. But…” She sighed and shook her head. “I have thought about it, and I don’t want to get caught up in something like that. It’s not for me. I don’t want a revolving-door relationship. I don’t need someone blowing in and out of my life. Either you’re going to be around or you’re not. There’s no in-between with me. If you can’t deal with that…”
He stepped forward and took her hands in his. Warm and supple. But strong. Just like her. “Where should our first date be?”
She blinked up at him. In the bright overhead lights, her freckles were more prominent. And her lips too, pink and glistening with the gloss she wore. He wanted to taste it, touch her face, hell, plant her back against the wall right here, but he held off. Yeah, maybe his self-imposed restriction on getting involved had just been blown to hell and gone, but he didn’t care. Not when she looked at him like that. What could it hurt to see where things went?
“In case you haven’t realized,” she said with a wink, “I really am an old-fashioned girl. You can decide.”
“All right, but I think I should give you fair warning.” He leaned down and put his forehead to hers, their noses nestling next to each other as she tilted her head up to meet him. “I’ll give you all the dates you want. But that cooling-off thing? I can’t promise you that.”
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