Friday, July 24, 2015

No Longer Available: My Vampire Cover Model By @KarynGerrard #Paranormal #RightsReversal


NO LONGER AVAILABLE

MY VAMPIRE COVER MODEL~ Paranormal/Erotic Romance/Contemporary~ Decadent Publishing

Words: approx 22,000

Release date: August 10th 2012

BLURB: 

Life changed for Deanna Brooks the night she attended a book signing for her aunt's best-selling paranormal romance series. There she met Burney "Burn the Cover God" Sheridan. The model for the fictional vampire hero, Burn is beyond handsome with an over-abundance of Irish charm. 
Burn Sheridan, a man with scores of past lives, has a secret: He really is a vampire. Meeting Deanna was agony because for the first time in over two hundred years, Burn experiences the rarest of vampiric needs, the "mate of his soul" connection. Keeping people at a distance had been Burn's existence for centuries, but Deanna makes this pledge of staying detached impossible. 

Many obstacles lie ahead and the biggest of all may be Burn himself.   Can Deanna and Burn overcome them and find lasting love?
~~~~~

This was my first book with Decadent Publishing in the summer of 2012. The three year contract is up next month and I requested the rights back. I see its been taken down already at most if not all vendors. I do intend to ask for all my rights back on my Decadent releases as the 3 year dates draw close, except for Wild Pitch which I wrote with Gayl Taylor and has a five year contract. I no longer submit to Decadent Publishing.

My Vampire Cover Model will be receiving a complete rewrite, revision and re-edit.  I have too much on my plate right now, so look for it sometime next year. I will be self-pubbing through my KG Publishing banner and will no doubt keep the same title.

Meanwhile, My Highlander Cover Model is still available for awhile yet. :)

Next up? Requesting the rights back to The Blind Cupid. Cheers!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Taking a Break...Again. @KarynGerrard #WhineAlert #Meh


I often announce I'm taking breaks here and there the past several years, I also did it when I was doing Sims Fanfic stories. Sometimes, it all just overwhelms you.

No more so than now. I'm in a bit of a funk and I think a lot of it is because usually this time of year the hubs and I are travelling east. But we can't go this year due to his health concerns. So here we sit and I had no idea this place was so hot and humid in July and there seems to be a thunder storm every other day. Things have been a real bummer since last spring with my beloved father passing as well as a beloved uncle this winter, and the hubs' growing health problems and the waiting to hear of surgeries.

CAUTION WHINE ALERT:

I'm also in a funk about publishing. I have two self-pubs books at 99 cents that aren't selling. It's pretty bad when you can't even muster up sales at that price point. Okay, they haven't sold that badly, I just thought they would've done—better. *pout*

I have a book up for pre-order at a really good price and it's not selling either, which in my present state of mind means it will not sell when it goes live Sept 1. I know things could be worse. You tell yourself that, logically you know it, but everything still sucks anyway.

Yeah. Not in a good place.

Meanwhile, I need to step back. When a person feels blah, its best to leave the stage and recharge. So that's what I'm doing. I will keep up on my commitments for blog posts on E-Romance News and tweet a few news items here and there for the account, but that will be the extent.

Later, have a good July~




Monday, July 6, 2015

Available for Review at NetGalley: Bold Seduction by @KarynGerrard #Historical @lyricalpress @KensingtonBooks




BOLD SEDUCTION

by Karyn Gerrard
Release date: Sept 1 2015
Kensington Publishing Corp/Lyrical Press
Book #1 The Hornsby Brothers
Word Count 40,000
Historical Romance

 No offer is more daring…

BOLD SEDUCTION


An Intriguing Proposition
Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.


A Dangerous Game
Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued . . .


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Kensington Website




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Excerpt: Of all the replies this strange woman could give, that one Spence did not expect. Damn his interfering friends. The last time he’d been in their ignominious company they teased him mercilessly of his virgin state. Never should have admitted to such a confidence, but he had one too many brandies and his tongue loosened. At the time, they did not chortle at him, but merely commented the state should be taken care of—and soon. The teasing, he supposed, could be considered good-natured; it wasn’t cruel. He knew the difference.
A sudden and slow simmer of anger stirred inside him. Were his so-called comrades lounging at a club in London, laughing with mirth at their joke? Sending a woman for hire all this way to bed him? Spence’s gaze narrowed. Perhaps this tart was in on it.
She made for quite a vision, standing there stroking her leg. A ripple of desire caused his dormant prick to twitch a little. Her gown, though garish, showed a certain style. Philomena the madam possessed an attractive figure and a pretty enough face, if not for the gaudy paint. Her hair shimmered with various shades of the midnight sky and glowed with health and vitality. His birthday was tomorrow, really? It must have meant Christmas had come and gone for another year. He did have turkey for dinner last week come to think of it. Back to the matter at hand.
“Please remove your limb from the chair, Madam McGrattan, and take a seat.”
She gave him a brief pout but did as he asked.
“I am not sure what manner of payment my acquaintances promised you for carrying out this means of humiliating me, but I will match the amount if you will leave me alone.”
She arched an eyebrow at him. “In the first place, Professor, your friends were genuinely concerned for your isolated life-state. This is not a joke at your expense, nor would I participate in someone’s mortification. Second, I’m stuck here for the week. Under the circumstances, we can hardly avoid each other. If you think I will be bringing in trays of food to you, or looking after those great beasts of yours, you are bloody well mistaken.”
Justinian woofed, raised his shaggy head, and after a few moments, rested it on his front paws, ignoring them both.
Her light brown eyes shone with determination. Quite an attractive shade, like tea after the milk had been added. One week. The place was large enough they could manage to avoid each other. He couldn’t very well turn her out into the teeth of cold, winter weather. Sharing accommodations with a stranger would upset his equilibrium; however, he must make an effort and keep his anxieties well hidden.
“On the second floor there are a few rooms. Pick one of the least dusty ones, and there you may stay until Boyle returns with the wagon in a week’s time.”
The madam crossed her arms across her ample chest, and the enticing glimpse of her bosom caused his cock to twitch again. “I can see to the meals as I’m able to cook, but you will eat in the bloody dining room with me. As I said, be damned if I’ll wait on you. You do have one?”
“Yes.Though the room hasn’t been used in some time. Is your verbosity always this colorful?”
“A lot of men like it. Yes, I suppose my talk could be considered salty.”
“Much like your cooking I’ll wager to guess,” he murmured.
Philomena smiled. “I like a man who gives as good as he gets. It bodes well for the task ahead.”
“There will be no ‘task’ between us, Miss McGrattan.”
She stood straight. “We’ll see on that score. I always follow a job through. Now there is plenty of food. I’ll see what I can scrounge up. I’ll come and fetch you when it’s ready.”
Philomena turned on her heel and marched from the room, her chin held high.
Theodora gave him a questioning woof.
“I know, old girl. I’m not sure what to make of her either.”





AUTHOR INFO: Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes the occasional contemporary.
As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden.


Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

     Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tsu/Amazon Page

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SERIES SPOTLIGHT: Wicked Men of Rockland Series by @KarynGerrard @Crimson_Romance #Contemp




It looks as though I am planning at least 4 books in this series. Already have the third book half-written. Working title is His Wicked Cold Heart.

The first book in the series is The Wicked Bad, Released April 13 2013 under Crimson Romance's Spicy line (yes, its hot. Erotic)

BLURB: Nick Crocetti is an imposing figure in black leather riding his motorcycle about the town of Rockland. Owner of a bar, The Chief, whispers of criminal dealings and a murky past swirl around him. Dark and brooding, Nick is "the wicked bad" in looks and demeanor.

 Veronica Barnes, leaving a husband from a disastrously quick Las Vegas marriage and her high-paying consulting job, returns home after ten years to follow a lifelong dream and open her own bakery. Despite the mutual physical attraction - and a shared past - Nick and Veronica are wary of each other and have protective fences around their hearts.

 Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against "the wicked bad"?

 Sensuality Level: Hot


FREE READ: The epilogue to The Wicked Bad Click HERE

Also The Wicked Bad is a free read at Amazon if you have KINDLE UNLIMITED


Photos from my Wicked Men of Rockland board at Pinterest CLICK HERE to follow

Rockland is a fictional blue collar city on the shores of the Chesapeake, in the state of Maryland, population around 120,000, About an hour's drive south of Baltimore. Lives and loves intersect in this contemporary series, good and bad.  


In The Wicked Bad, we meet Nick Crocetti. Always a rebel right from high school, Nick rides a motorcycle and keeps to himself. He existed on the outer fringes of a criminal life, but soon moves back to Rockland and opens his own bar, The Chief.

When Veronica moves back to town shortly thereafter, he can't stay away from her, as he had a secret crush on her in high school.

Sparks fly, but he doesn't want anything permanent with any woman. He's not the settling down type. He is—the wicked bad.




 Veronica 'Ronnie" Barnes moves back to Rockland after living in California for years.

After a failed, brief first marriage, she's ready to start anew and does so by fulfilling her dream of owning and operating a bakery.

But her world is soon turned on its axis when Nick Crocetti saunters into her bakery one afternoon.

Hot sex with Nick? Yes. Because Veronica longs to rub against—the wicked bad.







Book Two in the Wicked Men of Rockland series HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS released October 20, 2014 (sensual heat) under Crimson Romance's Contemporary line.

BLURB: It took just one teasing wink and a sexy Irish lilt from bad boy Lorcan Byrne to turn Julie Denison’s world upside down. The problem is, he’s only in town for six months, and happily ever after isn't in this world traveler’s vocabulary.

Julie’s worked hard to get her life in a good place—dropping substantial weight and getting a great job at her friend’s bakery. But this handsome charmer is just as tempting as any of the decadent pastries she sells, and she can’t resist his advances for long. Julie fully expects Lorcan to break her heart—but she’s planning to enjoy every second she can of their explosive chemistry.

After years of danger as a soldier and a spy, Lorcan fled to tiny Rockland, Maryland for some boring downtime. He didn't count on meeting someone who could ignite his libido and soothe his damaged heart, and their passion soon leads to deeper feelings. But can Julie convince Lorcan he has more to offer her than just his wicked Celtic kiss?

Sensuality Level: Sensual




Muse for Lorcan Byrne in His Wicked Celtic Kiss. Straight from Dublin, Ireland.

Appeared in book 1 as a secondary character where he meets Julie for the first time. Their story continues in book 2, His Wicked Celtic Kiss.

Lorcan has a varied and interesting past, ex-soldier, ex-spy, travelling the world. Comes to Rockland for a temp job and a little downtime. Haunted by his past, this model gorgeous guy never counted on falling in love.



Muse for Julie Denison in His Wicked Celtic Kiss. Friend to Veronica, she comes to work at Titus Bakery.

Featured in Book 1 as a secondary character, that is where she first meets Lorcan. Their story continues in Book 2, His Wicked Celtic Kiss.

Julie has struggled with her weight nearly her entire life, and when she goes on a blind date with Lorcan, the beyond handsome guy rakes up all her past insecurities, even though none of them are his fault.

Both take a journey to move past hurts and traumas to find...love.



SECONDARY CHARACTERS:


Muse for Tyler Barnes, Veronica Barnes's brother, and detective with the Rockland Police Department. Assigned to the Major Crime Unit under Captain Mike Leary's command.

In book 1, The Wicked Bad, and will be in book 3 as secondary character. Plans are to have Tyler be the hero in book 4.

Described teasingly as a "Viking God" by Julie, Tyler's blond good looks have sent many a female heart fluttering in Rockland. But Tyler carries a torch for one woman only, and she is not a good girl.
Find out who in book 3.



Muse for Sullivan "Sully" McDermott is Lorcan's best friend from Dublin and cousin on his mother's side to the De Lucas, crime family of Rockland.

Came over to Rockland to take a temporary job with the De Lucas, bringing Lorcan with him. Both men wind up staying.

Sully is an imposing man physically, and doesn't speak much, but when he does, he has something to say.

Loyal to a fault, he'll do anything to protect those he cares about.





Muse for Liam De Luca is the oldest son of Vinnie De Luca, and older brother to Kieran and sister, Regan.

Mentioned in Book 1, he figures prominently in Book 2 and in Book 3 (WIP), Liam will be the hero.

He is his father's right-hand man and heir apparent to the criminal empire his father has built. Cool and dangerous, his silver-gray eyed intense stare is known for making men shake in fear and women shiver with desire.

In book 2 he suffers a major loss that changes everything. Can he ever love again?

Stay tuned!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

News Updates, Hot Food, Hot Reads and Hot Guys! w/e June 27th @KarynGerrard #News


Hi all, I am rather discouraged with the whole newsletter concept. Mailchimp is a bitch to use. Even when you think the newsletter looks great by sending a test copy to yourself, you send it out and the writing all overlaps *headdesk* I don't have the time or inclination to figure it out.

So, instead, I am going to post updates on my website. There'a a strange concept!

First up, I just signed three contracts with Kensington Publishing Corp! Is this a big thing? Hell, yeah. To me, anyway. No, its not one of the 'Big 5' but it is a New York publisher of considerable standing. It's for three historicals to be released digitally. First up, The Vicar's Frozen Heart in March 2016. Next, Beloved Monster Sept 2016. Third, is the unwritten sequel to Beloved Monster for release in 2017. More details HERE. Beloved Monster and the sequel will be also available in Print on Demand (POD)

I have a new release, or re-release. TIMELESS HEART is available at Amazon. I thought for kicks I would put it in Kindle Unlimited for a 90 day trial. Two weeks later, Amazon announces sweeping changes for authors regarding the subscription program. Check it HERE. What does this mean for me? I have put any self-publishing releases on hold for a while until I see how this all shakes out, and also for personal reasons (Mr. Gerrard's health)

Being published is becoming rather depressing. E-book sales are soft, authors are being nickelled and dimed to death by publishers and vendors like Amazon. I predict smaller epubs are going to feel the pinch even more than before and so are authors of short stories. More to come!

Suffering from burnout, elementary school teacher Sandra Cranston is on leave and trying to eliminate stress from her life. That plan is blown when she discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies. Take him home? Sure, why not?
Jerrod Ross has been ripped from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England. A mine owner with many responsibilities, all he wants to do is return to his time. But his growing attraction for the lovely lady who found him makes staying in the future a temptation he finds hard to resist.
Torn between duty and desire, past and future, the hardest thing Sandra and Jerrod will do is admit their feelings. Or say—goodbye.



Previously published. Re-edited, revised, and more than 7500 words added.
Heat Level: Very sensual


TIMELESS HEART
by Karyn Gerrard
KG Publishing
Time Travel/Fantasy/Contemporary
30,432 Words
Release Date: June 9th 2015


AVAILABLE ONLY AT AMAZON for 90 Days, then will be released to other vendors.
FREE READ at KU (Kindle Unlimited)

HOT READS

I'm not a huge fan (meaning she's not an auto-buy) of Eloisa James, I've read a few in the past, but then I prefer my historicals a little darker. Not a fan of the light-hearted Regency romp. But I actually went to the library this week (what? you have 3 boxes of unread, second-hand romance paperback books in your closet and 300 unread free and 99 cents romances on your Kindle!) Yeah, but I wanted to read a few new releases.
So I checked out Four Nights with a Duke and the recent release from Tessa Dare, Say Yes to the Marquess.
I finished Four Nights, though the hero at times was a stubborn and arrogant ass, yes, he had his reasons, so you could empathize with him a bit. The book is very readable, keeps your interest even though the plot is a bit of an eye roller, the banter and emotion kept me hooked. A very good read. Recommend! As for Tessa Dare, I preferred her earlier releases, the Avon books, not so much. This is the first one of hers I read in a while and 1/3 of the way in, I am enjoying it. Love the hero.
Next up? Elizabeth Hoyt Dearest Rogue and Mary Balogh Only a Promise new releases just arrived from Amazon. Yes. Someday I will get to all the other unread books. Really! *wink*

HOT FOOD

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

Yield: Serves 10-15
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes (includes chilling time)
★ Make sure to read my TIPS above before you start baking!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy ranch dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup beer (I used Sam Adams OctoberFest)*
  • 3/4 cup cooked & chopped bacon

Directions:

STEP 1: In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and ranch dressing using an electric mixer or stand mixer until smooth and creamy.
STEP 2: Mix in your favorite beer until combined.
STEP 3: Add in shredded cheese.
STEP 4: Add chopped bacon and mix until combined.
STEP 5: Place dip in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Top with additional shredded cheese and chopped bacon, serve with crackers, pretzels, and/or potato chips.

*You can use any beer you would like. Also, if you don't want to use beer you can substitute it with chicken broth. 
*Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

HOT GUYS


Aidan Turner (born 19 June 1983) is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles as Kili in the three-part The Hobbit and John Mitchell in the supernatural drama series Being Human. Notable television roles include those of Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics. He also portrayed Luke Garroway in the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in 2013. Turner also portrays Ross Poldark in the 2015 BBC adaptation of The Poldark Novels by Winston Graham.

Pictured here in Ross Poldark mode. I have seen the new series, and while my nostalgic heart still prefers the 1975 version of Poldark, this is a very close second, thanks to Aidan's brooding, sexy performance. Poldark is now showing in the States on PBS Masterpiece Theatre Sunday nights! Definitely recommend! And its been renewed for multiple seasons to span all the books!


 Check my blog, E-Romance News for recent book spotlights and giveaways!  http://eroticromancenews.blogspot.ca/

Until next time~Cheers~


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In this Biz, Nice Guys Finish Last by @KarynGerrard #Opinion #Publishing #KU




In truth, I don't think it helps that at my core I was a cynical person before I even decided to publish. But after four years, I am still amazed at what I see in my internet travels.

Humans will always find a way to game to the system and turn things to their advantage. Its the nature of the beast and I am not going to stand here and accuse.

But after witnessing shenanigans across the board, its kind of weary some days to continue in the publishing biz.

From author exchanged reviews (I'll give you five stars if you give me five stars) or authors buying fake reviews to boost their visibility at Amazon. (just a couple of examples, there are more)

The new thing? Borrowing circles, where a group of authors all get together, buy Kindle Unlimited subscriptions (9.99) and 'borrow' each other's books so the author gets remuneration. Get 20 people, and at 1.38 a borrow, you've made 27.60. The cost of the subscription plus a profit. 50 people in the group? 69.00. 100? 138.00. Meanwhile, their sale ranking grows under false pretences and add that with the fake reviews and suddenly the author is on Amazon's radar and has a best seller.

NOTE: July 1st Amazon is changing its TOS (Terms of Service) for Kindle Unlimited. See HERE Going to pay now for pages read. And I am sure those who game the system will find a way around these new changes.

Meanwhile, most authors languish in obscurity because they are going about things in a more 'following the rules' way. Unfortunately, outside forces are also dictating the terms. You must have 10 reviews to even considered by numerous book promotions sites (like at Bookbub, where they turn down more authors than they accept and charge hundreds of dollars for the ones they do accept) I can't deny such exposure can boost your sales for a few days.

But in truth, after the sale and promo, your book drops back into the 6 digits in the sale rankings. And another disturbing fact, most people are ebook consumers than ebook readers, meaning chances are your Bookbub special is lost on someone's Kindle with hundreds or thousands of other unread books.

FACT: I have over 300 free and 99 cent unread ebooks on my Kindle. Will I ever get to them all? No. I still have three boxes of used romance paperbacks in my closet I haven't read yet either.

And this should give authors pause with the new changes coming for Kindle Unlimited. Amazon knows exactly how many ebooks are on people's Kindles unread. This is actually a shrewd move on Amazon's part. Before, you would get 1.40 (just an example) if someone borrowed your ebook in KU and read at least 10% of the book. Now if they borrow it and read 10%? The author will get whatever Amazon decides they will charge by the page. If its 1 cent, you may get 10-50 cents. (I'm guessing here, no one knows how the calculations will shake out, its all in 'wait and see' mode) I have the sneaking suspicion sometime down the road, ALL ebook purchases on Amazon will be by pages read. (See? I am a cynic) Oh, and Amazon will be deciding how many 'readable' pages your ebook has. Yeah.

Authors are clamouring over each other to be noticed. And it does place a lot of stress on an already stressful situation.

 I need 10 reviews! How do I get them? What do I do? *pulls hair* Short cuts start looking more and more feasible. And doable.

Also add plagiarism, book pirating and less than honest publishers and a writer begins to wonder: Is this worth it? Any of it?


On paper, at times it really isn't. Many surveys have shown only the top 5% is making all the money (just like in real life!) the majority are NOT making a living wage.

So why do it? Personally, because I love to write and share my stories. Though I will be giving some thought on what do with any possible upcoming self-pub releases, and if I will even bother to continue the venture. I have too much going on in my life at the moment outside of writing and far too weary to jump through hoops and take short cuts to be noticed. If that means I languish, so be it. I'll just go about my business and live in hope that the old adage 'nice guys finish last' is not true.





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

(Re) Release Day! Timeless Heart is Back! @KarynGerrard #99Cents #TimeTravel #Fantasy


TIMELESS HEART
by Karyn Gerrard
KG Publishing
Time Travel/Fantasy/Contemporary
30,432 Words
Release Date: June 9th 2015

BLURB:
Suffering from burnout, elementary school teacher Sandra Cranston is on leave and trying to eliminate stress from her life. That plan is blown when she discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies. Take him home? Sure, why not?
Jerrod Ross has been ripped from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England. A mine owner with many responsibilities, all he wants to do is return to his time. But his growing attraction for the lovely lady who found him makes staying in the future a temptation he finds hard to resist.
Torn between duty and desire, past and future, the hardest thing Sandra and Jerrod will do is admit their feelings. Or say—goodbye.

Previously published. Re-edited, revised, and more than 7500 words added.
Heat Level: Very sensual

AVAILABLE ONLY AT AMAZON for 90 Days, then will be released to other vendors.
FREE READ at KU (Kindle Unlimited)



Excerpt: 

Sandra, with eyes closed, soaked in the lush bubbles, her head resting on the bath pillow. She’d been tempted to go to Jerrod’s room and knock on the door and offer comfort and sympathy, but ultimately decided to leave him in peace. Could she have handled the conversation between them any better? Hardly. Jerrod had to be told what she found out, and she couldn’t blame his reaction either. The look of raw devastation on his handsome face cut straight through her heart. She hurt for him. Maybe she should check on him after her soak.
A deep sensuous voice filled the silence. “Move forward, Sandra.”
            Gasping, her eyes snapped open.  “I thought you retired for the night?”
“I’ve had a change of heart.” He gave her a brief, but sensual smile. “I am not a man who wallows for long in a state of piteous self-indulgence. In fact, I am more of a man of action.”
Jerrod stood next to the tub gloriously naked. And aroused. What a delicious sight. Taking a moment to savor the view, she realized things between them were moving in a different direction tonight. The prospect of sex with this man amped her desire right off the charts. Good thing she owned an old-fashioned clawed foot tub that could easily accommodate them both. As she slid forward, Jarrod stepped in behind her and sank to his knees, gently pulling her against his hard chest. Slowly and with purpose, he stroked her skin.
“Allow me to wash you,” he whispered. His arousal pressed heavy and thick against her back. While massaging her scalp, he laid kisses along the exposed part of her neck setting her skin ablaze. With a flip of the cap of her bottle of bodywash, the odor of grapefruit filled the air. He moved his gel-covered hands in circular motions on her neck, then down to her shoulders. “Still not fond of the scent, but on you it is quite enticing,” he murmured. White, foamy suds oozed through his fingers while he lingered on her breasts. She reached for a washcloth and with a trembling hand, held it behind her.
“Maybe you would like to use this,” she whispered.
“I want no impediment between my hands and your glorious skin,” his husky voice rumbled.
Obviously, what in hell was she thinking? What did she know about bathtub seduction rules? Sandra threw the damp cloth across the room where it landed with a splat against the toilet tank. No impediment. Check.


Cover art by Cora Graphics


AUTHOR INFO: Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes the occasional contemporary.
As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden.


Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

     Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tsu/Amazon Page
 
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