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This is the best job in the world. I love writing romance, especially erotic romance. And I mean real romance:
- two people
- an adventure, a conflict
- a Happily Ever After
A cute meet, some sex scenes, maybe a gun battle or a sword fight, then the kiss. Maybe some think that writing romance is easy. It's not. It's hard work. Creating two people who eventually become physically, emotionally, and intellectually attracted to each other is the most challenging thing I have ever done. Two flawed human beings like all of us - two people who find each other and somehow know that they belong together. The road may not be in a straight line, but, in the end, they make it to each other's arms - and bed.
Sensual fantasies have always been floating around in my mind. Now I'm writing them. Joining Romance Writers of America introduced me to other romance writers and helped hone the craft of sensual romance that has become my passion and niche in life. I love the creative process and am constantly, madly writing and revising the "next great novel."
Creativity in romance authors isn't usually limited to writing. My interests include building and decorating doll houses and miniature room boxes, as well as designing silk flower arrangements. Next up? Mosaics...
I live in Chicago with my loving, supportive husband.
A Promise at Dawn
Erotic Faery Tale (M/F)
Rose and Hyacinth—how can two such well meaning, but hapless faery god sisters meddle in one princess’s life without causing complete chaos?
King Eric promised Princess Violetta she would choose her own husband, then breaks that promise. He offers her hand in marriage to the winner of the joust in return for the knight’s support in war against his enemy. Chafing at this, Violetta, an expert with bow and arrow, accidentally shoots one of the competitors. She can’t believe the effeminate knight is also the most handsome man she’s ever seen. Knowing she shouldn’t, she still surrenders to his seduction, hungering for his kisses and caresses.
Prince Colin, on a spy mission, disguises himself as an outrageous fop. The last thing he expects to find is the beautiful, passionate princess. He treads a fine line fighting attraction to her and loyalty to his father. Then his mission turns from spy to love, and he must reveal his true identity risking a trip to the dungeon.
Will Colin’s honesty destroy their future? Will Violetta let go of her feelings of anger and betrayal? Two faery god sisters certainly hope so.
|Soldier, Come Home
(previously published as Windy City Love Affair)
Erotic Contemporary M/F
e-book - 21,400 words - $4.99
Army Ranger Jess Crofton doesn't plan on one last fling before his second deployment. He gets that and so much more with memories of a gorgeous Lorren Samples to carry with him into battle.
Lorren has her own fledgling career as a women's rights lawyer. She lives in the whirlwind that Jess creates in their one day together, not knowing until the moment he's leaving that he's an elite soldier. They promise to e-mail each other, but war intrudes on that plan.
Can a long deployment, a horrific Afghan mountain battle, and a wounded hero rekindle the passion he found on a hot Chicago summer's day? Will Lorren ignore their age difference and accept a new love in her life?
(sequel to Home to Stay - previously published elsewhere under the same title)
Erotic Contemporary M/F
I'll Be Your Last
Woody Kane’s gaydar spots Mack the moment they meet. And even though Mack rejects him, Woody lusts after the perfect masculine body and wants him in his bed. Woody believes in commitment. Mack makes it clear he does not. Can Woody prove to Mack that he's worthy of love? After all, he adopted a rescue dog. Isn't that a start?
What peril will it take for Mack to accept Woody's love and join him in a committed relationship?4 1/2 Stars Recommended Read from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Hot Under the Collar
After a spectacularly failed romance left her devastated, all Isis Garrett wants is to start her library in this west Texas town. The last thing she wants is another man, not even the handsome preacher who offers his church for her books. Pres MacKay is starting a new life as a preacher. He can't hide his attraction to the sweetly rounded new librarian even as she pushes him away. Can he discover the way into her closed heart and prove to her he's one of the good guys?
Pres isn't about to give up on Isis, though. The question is can she forget the pain of the past and see a future with him?
4.5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies
4 Stars from The Romance Reviews
4 1/2 Stars from Long and Short Reviews
His Hers & His
(previously published elsewhere in Goin Down Book Two)
Erotic Contemporary Menage Short Story
e-book - 12,400 words - $1.49
Still reeling from a break-up, Gwen Bailey is surprised to find two handsome men looking for her newly-married boss. Brede Harker and Rory O'Brien are themselves surprised to learn Gwen's boss is married, because the three of them had plans. Finding out her boss met the pair on a website catering to women looking for "sugar daddies", Gwen is not quite sure what to do when the pair invites her out to dinner. She takes a chance, and their lives are never the same.
4 Cups from Coffee Time Romance
4 Cherries from Whipped Cream
(previously published elsewhere in Torrid Teasers
Erotic Contemporary Short Story
e-book - 8,600 words - 99 cents
Valentine, her borther Ryan and his best friend Rafe, ran wild when they were kids. Val's crush on Rafe started early and never died. Recovering from his divorce, Rafe reunites with Val at Ryan's wedding and is thoroughly turned on by the stunning woman she's become. Sparks fly, and their mutual fascination turns to lust. Val and Rafe's lifelong fantasies are fulfilled in one night of breathtaking sensuality. Can this ecstatic reunion turn to love?
4 Angels from Fallen Angel Reviews
Blue Ribbon Rating 4 from Romance Junkies
4/5 Stars from Just Erotic Romance Reviews
4 1/2 Cherries - Whipped Cream
4 Stars - Just Erotic Romance Reviews
5 Blue Ribbons - Romance Junkies
Home to Stay
Erotic Contemporary Suspense
e-book - 73,165 words - $7.99
Deputy Hank Crossman doesn't want a relationship, he just wants sex.
Nickie Grace doesn't want either - until the hunky deputy starts putting the moves on her.
Creepy, perverted, then dangerous vandalism threatens Nickie, and the best way Hank can protect her is to guard her day and night. But can he protect his heart from her?
Joyfully Reviewed - "sweet, humorous, and sizzling hot"
5 Angels and Recommended Read from Fallen Angel
5 Thistles from My Book Cravings - Top Pick
5 Stars from Just Erotic Romance Reviews
4.5 Stars from Night Owl Romance - Top Pick
4 Cups from Coffee Time Romance
4 Stars from Romance Junkies
Home to Stay Awards -
The cover won 3rd Place in Romantic Suspense in the
Houston Bay Area RWA
2007 Judge a Book by its Cover Contest
Home to Stay won: