Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday Snapshots: 8/31/13

Saturday Snapshots is a picture prompt brought to you by Author to Author, meant to inspire the creative genius within you.
Maybe you’ll be moved to write flash fiction for it, perhaps it will kick start and old idea of a novel, or it may inspire a new short story. Whatever it does, we hope you’ll enjoy these images from around the web.
If inspiration does hit, we hope you’ll post a snippet or link in the comments.

Today’s image: Trust
Photo from: http://smartfulcoaching.com/attitude/forget-to-trust-yourself/attachment/trust/

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Wednesday Word

Wednesday Word
Author To Author’s Newsletter                                                 August 28, 2013

Writing & Publishing Tips

On Writing

One of the most common questions I get asked is where do I come up with my story ideas. There’s not really a straightforward answer unfortunately. I get my stories ideas everywhere. To give you an example, my second novel, Slave, came from a random idea to mix my new interest in BDSM fiction and a national news story about a young girl who’d been held against her will as a slave. I have no idea why my brain thought to put the two ideas together, but it did, and my Finding Anna Series was born.

My Daniels Brothers Series started with the memory of a book cover I’d seen ages ago. The cover featured a winding road in the country. From there, I imagined a woman driving down that road to a new life. I had to figure out why she needed to start a new life, and what she was leaving behind.

Then of course, I had to find the man to pair her with. When I started to develop Chris’s character, I also had to create his back story, which included his family. I discovered I had three other very sexy and eligible brothers. There was no way I couldn’t give them their HEA’s, too.

As you can see these two ideas came from very different sources, and I’m sure in the future, ideas will come to me for stories from a wide variety of places. The thing to remember is always to be open to ideas when they come to you whether it comes through a news story, a book cover, a song, or a conversation.

Think of the possibilities, and run with it. The worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work and you have to either rework the idea or scrap it and find a new idea to replace it with. That’s part of creativity.

Contributed By Author to Author Member, Contributing Writer, and Author, Sherri Hayes. Originally posted on her blog, http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/ 
 

Exciting News for Author to Author Group Members

Sydney Logan Celebrates the Anniversary of Lessons Learned

It's been almost a year since Sydney Logan released her Amazon Best Seller, Lessons Learned. This novel has been described as "Very intense, highly emotional, and extremely raw."

Well, isn't that what we all look for in books? To properly recognize the one year bash of Sydney's Amazon bestseller, she is holding a giveaway! Be sure to check Sydney's blog on September 6th to enter to win! Go ahead and pay her a visit now to read all about Lessons Learned. Happy book birthday, Sydney! http://www.sydneylogan.com/

Sherri Hayes to reveal cover of Hidden Threat

Ready for some more sensual romance with heart?

Check out Sherri Hayes' blog on August 29th for a revamped cover reveal of her novel, Hidden Threat. Sherri has authored many books, including the Finding Anna series as well as other romance and erotic romance novels. Congrats to Sherri on the new cover! http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/  

Wednesday’s Weird Word

Brimborion

Ugh, what?

Definition: A thing with little or no value or use.

Origin: French literature. Not known to be used in spoken language.

And that's a good thing because I doubt I could pronounce this one correctly!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tempting Tuesdays ~ Homemade Carmel Popcorn


This week, we have a yummy recipe that can be made on the fly with ingredients most people have in their cabinets everyday. Whether you're getting ready to curl up with your favorite book or having an impromptu get together, this Carmel Popcorn is a quick and easy treat.

This recipe is adapted from I'm A Lazy Mom.

Ingredients


2 bags of microwave popcorn
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 cup of butter






First, pop your popcorn and place it in a bowl.


In a large sauce pot, combine and heat butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir occasionally with spatula or spoon.


Get it to this point where it's nice an bubbly. Leave alone for 5 minutes. Do not stir!
While it is bubbling, place sheets of wax paper on your counter top to set your corn on after it's combined with your carmel. If you are like some of us and are out of wax paper, some plastic bowls will do in a pinch.


When your 5 minutes are up, remove carmel mixture from heat and add popcorn by the handful. Stir after every few handfuls and make sure you don't add any of the un-popped kerrnals. I know it might look like a lot of popcorn, but you need to use it all. If you don't, you might get large clumps of carmel and some very sticky pieces.


Once you've stirred to your heart's content, separate your carmel popcorn onto your wax paper or plastic bowls. Break it up into manageable pieces and let it cool for a few minutes.


There you have it! A large bowl of salty and sweet goodness ready for any occasion.

We hope we tempted you into grabbing those bags of popcorn from your cabinet and making your own salty/sweet treat.



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sneak Peek with Jo Matthews, Bec Rose and NJ Cole






After nearly a year of begging from readers, Jo Matthews, Bec Rose and NJ Cole teamed up to bring you a steamy anthology. Illicit Affairs is a compilation of forbidden tales. Each told in first person point of views, readers get to experience the feelings of the characters first hand. A common theme in these three tales is that of strong women who even though they may have been delt a bad hand, have taken it upon themselves to find happiness.

Summary:

Illicit Affairs
Illicit Affairs is a compilation of three erotic tales with women giving into their darkest desires and pursuing the forbidden.
Unexpected Journey

Sarah thought she met her soulmate in Mitch Chandler. High school sweethearts, they married right after graduation. Eight years later, he is a stranger to her and their marriage is on the rocks. In a halfhearted attempt to placate her, Mitch suggests a trip to Hawaii, but schedules a business meeting to write off the expense.
Aaron Johnson, Mitch’s friend and business partner, agrees to help with the presentation and plans are made for all three to go. What happens when Mitch backs out at the last minute to spend a romantic weekend with his secretary, forcing Aaron’s hand so that he has to accompany Sarah alone?
Will an innocent friendship turn into something more as Aaron’s attraction for Sarah grows? How will Sarah manage when she realizes that Aaron is awakening feelings in her that she’s never felt before? The sexual tension burns hot as these two embark on an unexpected journey that neither are prepared for.

Hot Summer Nights

Annie Murphy had the picture perfect life. A beautiful home, two wonderful children, and a husband who adored her. It was every woman’s dream until her husband of over twenty years came out of the closet, leaving her a forty-five year old divorcee struggling to regain her confidence. Needing a distraction, she agrees to allow her son’s friend, Jamie, to spend the summer at her house while working as an intern. When Jamie, the cute female intern she’d been expecting turns out to be Jaime, the hot male intern with abs to drool over, it kicks Annie’s fantasies into overdrive. When she realizes that her desires are not one sided, it’s more than the temperature that causes some hot summer nights.

Second Chances

Calla Moretti married her college sweetheart, Bill. Married life was great at first, but as his career had her dropping out of college and moving away from her family and friends, Calla struggled with her role as a wife and homemaker. Stress due to infertility and Bill’s affairs, had the marriage on the brink of failure. When she drives home in the middle of a thunderstorm and spots first a broken down motorcycle, then the sexy rider, she decides to take a chance and offer him assistance. Realizing fate brought her together with a man who could give her the one thing her husband couldn’t—a baby—Calla decides to take a chance. One romantic night, one big lie, will it save her marriage or fill her heart with more emptiness? Will this be the answer to her prayers? In life, are there truly second chances?

Excerpts:


Unexpected Journey:
The flight to San Diego was quick, though the one to Hawaii was considerably longer. Somewhere over the Pacific, Sarah fell asleep; the day had obviously taken a toll on her emotions and exhausted her. I wasn’t really tired myself, so I grabbed a magazine from the caddy in front of me and started flipping through it. Not ten minutes later, she shifted in her sleep and leaned over, her head resting on my shoulder.
I froze in place, unsure of what to do. Part of me was screaming to wake her up or at least move her, while the other part of me—the part that tended to take over in any man when there was a sexy goddess nearby—wanted me to savor the moment. I must have warred with myself for three minutes straight until I decided it didn’t matter. There was no harm in letting Sarah sleep on my shoulder on a plane to Hawaii. No harm at all, considering her husband was the one who put us on the flight together.
Unable to resist any longer, I turned my head into her hair and breathed in her intoxicating scent. She smelled like wildflowers and sunshine, and I couldn’t help but inhale more deeply as I closed my eyes.
Hot Summer Nights:

It seemed like forever before he finally made his way back downstairs, and I heard him rummaging through the fridge for something before he walked into the den carrying some homemade chocolate mousse. I moved to the main sofa, sitting down next to him so we were both within reach of the dessert.

“I hope you don’t mind, but I made this before dinner. I have a bit of a sweet tooth.” He grinned at me as he took a bite. I smiled back and dipped my spoon in, groaning at the amazing taste that exploded in my mouth when I took my first bite.

“Oh, god, Jaime, you’re going to make me fat if you cook like this all the time,” I laughed. When I heard no reply, I looked next to me, seeing Jaime staring at my lips with—if I wasn’t completely misinterpreting it—a look of lust in his eyes.

“Oh, um, I’m sorry?” He seemed confused.

“I just said that you’re going to make me fat if you keep cooking like this.”

“You don’t have to worry about that, Annie. You have an amazing figure if you don’t mind me saying.” I was surprised by his comment. It had been a long time since anyone had complimented me like that.

“Oh, well, um…thank you, Jaime,” I replied, embarrassed.

We finished off the dessert, both of us silently deciding to stay on the couch next to each other by settling back as Jaime changed the channel to watch an old movie. It was nice to sit with someone and not feel the need to fill the air with unnecessary conversation. Jaime was easy to just be with, and I was once again glad it had turned out to be a male houseguest instead of a female.

Excerpt Second Chances:

I couldn’t believe it when she’d stopped the car. That was a very dangerous thing for a woman to do, but I was so glad she did. When she’d rolled down the window I could barely see her, but what I could make out from the illumination of the dashboard left me breathless. Her skin looked flawless under the soft glow and her hair seemed to reflect back the blue-green light. What intrigued me the most, though, was her voice—the soft sweet voice of an angel.

I was shocked that she had offered me a ride, but I was grateful to be out of the rain. I’d wanted to take her to a nice dinner, partly to thank her and partly to get to know her better, but with it being a small town, nothing was open. I’d settled for a fast food restaurant and would have probably left it at that if the dining area had been open. We would have eaten, she would have left, and I would have gone to the motel.  Fate, however, had a different idea and we’d ended up in my hotel room together.




Check it out on Goodreads! 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18371043-illicit-affairs

About the Authors:

Jo Matthews:


Jo Matthews is an Arizona native, where she lives with her husband and son. A stay-at-home mom since 2007, she only recently discovered her love and passion for the written word. When she’s not writing, she’s usually knee deep in editing—an aspect she thoroughly enjoys.
As an editor she has propelled quite a few authors into the published world, and with her skills, has landed several stories on Amazon’s Top Sellers lists. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jo-Matthews/584982844878100

Bec Rose:

Bec Rose is a budding author and mother of two. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her son and daughter. Residing on the west coast of Australia, she possesses a subtle charm that carries through into her writing. In her debut novella, Bec Rose not only tugs on our heartstrings but leaves us panting for more.

NJ Cole:


NJ Cole is a mid-western girl with a kinky side. She works by day and writes by night, all while being a mother to her wonderful boys and serving her Sir. Unlike many of today’s authors, she chooses to write in first person, allowing the readers to experience life through the eyes of the unique characters that live in her head. Her love of those characters and respect for their stories come through loud and clear in her writing. Reaching Amazon’s top 100 list in Erotica with Midnight Caller and Landslide, NJ Cole promises to entertain and excite the reader with her newest tales of love, romance, and as always, hot, steamy sex. https://www.facebook.com/njcoleauthor



Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday Snapshots: 8/24/13


Saturday Snapshots is a picture prompt brought to you by Author to Author, meant to inspire the creative genius within you.

Maybe you'll be moved to write flash fiction for it, perhaps it will kick start an old idea for a novel, or it may inspire a new short story. Whatever it does, we hope you'll enjoy these images around the web.

If inspiration does hit, we hope you'll post a snippet in the comments.


Today's image: Lake House

 
Photo credit: http://www.wishfire.com/Gallery_2002/pix/Lake-House-2.jpg

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rockin' Reviews: Kahlen Aymes

Kahlen Aymes is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. Here is what one of her avid readers had to say about her book, The Future of Our Past (Book #1 Remembrance Trilogy).

The Future of Our Past (The Remembrance Trilogy, #1)

I finished reading this book today and I'll make My first video review on it via YouTube later on. This book was amazing and it felt like My best Buddy wrote it because Kahlen have been amazing to me on here and Twitter. She's a jewel and I can't believe she isn't more well known throughout the world. EL James needs some serious writing lessons from this lady. Ryan's love letter to Julia at Christmas had me at tears and I just couldn't believe how any woman could write such a letter in a males place. I just adore this kind of writing. 100% thumbs up for Ryan and Julia.

 
- Stickylittleleaves, Sweden
 



For more information about Kahlen and her books, visit  http://www.kahlen-aymes.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday Word

Author To Author’s Newsletter                                                    August 21, 2013

Writing & Publishing Tips



“I have this great idea! See, there’s a villain, and he’s got a hideout in a gravity-shelter underground on this other planet. And there’s a hero, right? And he’s got psychic abilities and then they fight and a war breaks out and they hide from nuclear fallout and then the villain dies. Isn’t that a great story?“

Believe it or not, I have been approached with…a variety of scenarios over the years. Not this one precisely, but others that have been outlandish, disorganized and most enthusiastically presented. The hopeful writer is generally convinced that their idea is amazing and original and mind-blowing. And indeed, it may be. But it lacks … well… It lacks discipline. I tell authors about self-discipline often. To me, this is one of the KEY MUST-HAVES if one wants to work as a writer. DISCIPLINE. It does not mean spanking or whips or chains…so just tug your mind out of the gutter. Discipline means a structure for growth. For development. A writer needs that. So does her story.

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Do you think this kind of artwork happens without a plan? By no means. The macrame artist has a plan. She monitors the tension in each strand of string, braiding and designing and crafting knots at the appropriate intervals. She does this knowing there will be a support, or that it will hang “just so” and works to make sure the structure of the creation will work. The pattern is secure. There aren’t a bunch of oddly spaced loose ends dangling without form or function. This is a work of art and it requires discipline to achieve. Just like a novel. There are many ways to achieve the balance of tension necessary to achieve a work of fiction that is coherent and comprehensive. One way is to outline. Another is to put different pieces together – like a quilt – and work the pieces into a glorious whole. But both ways require some planning. Some idea of what the final product will look like.

For me, I HAVE TO KNOW where I will end up before I get much beyond chapter one when I write. I might write one chapter just because an idea won’t let me go. But if it goes much beyond that…I want to know where my story is stopping. Then, I make a plan to get there.

Contributed By Author to Author Member, Contributing Writer, and Author, Sandi Layne. Originally posted on her blog, http://sandyquill.com/2011/05/02/its-like-macrame/ on May 2, 2013.

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Congratulations to Savannah on her new release!

A2A Author N.K. Smith goes on blog tour with Are You Mine?

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 "These moments in life are the best there are. They’re heavy with emotion, messy with the what-ifs, and frightening with the unknowns."

Visit N.K. Smith’s blog and view the full schedule here: http://nksmithauthor.blogspot.com/2013/08/are-you-mine-blog-tour-schedule.html?zx=14a4f7adba85412a

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Wednesday’s Weird Word

Acersecomic

Definition: A person whose hair has never been cut.

Origin: Greek- kome /Latin- acersecomes

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Welcome to Tempting Tuesdays


The emergence of a new form of literature has set out taste buds ablaze. For those of us who don't want to pack on the pounds, we can now take a bite out of a new sub-genre, Food Lit. These are fictionalized stories where food is practically a character itself. Often, writers even include recipes from their books. In "Kissing Kendall" by Jennifer Shirk, Kendall is working on opening a bakery and perfecting all her sweet treats. Shirk actually includes her recipes for Donut Muffins which are raved about through the entire novel.

We here at Author to Author want to embrace our love of food in literature and pass on some of our favorite recipes. From desserts and snacks to main dishes and comfort food, we will be featuring the tastiest morsels we can come up with.

For our first Tempting Tuesday post, we thought we'd feature one of the best American comfort foods, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese!

 This recipe was originally posted on Jo-Lynne Shane's Musings of a Housewife and has been adapted to post here.



Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick (4 TBSP) butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz  elbow pasta
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 cups (8 oz) grated cheddar cheese
  • Extra items to include if you desire:
  • Broccoli
  • Diced Chicken
  • Diced Hot Dogs, Bratwurst, or Keilbasa
  • Browned Hamburger
  • Diced Pre-cooked Bacon

You can prepare this using one saucepan or two. For the purpose of this post, we will be using two.






First, in one saucepan, bring your water to a boil. Add your pasta and cook according to the package directions. You can use elbow pasta if you want to keep with the original Macaroni theme, but Rotini can be a fun and kid-friendly pasta to spice up your recipe a bit.









While your pasta is boiling, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and begin on your roux, the thickening agent for this recipe.




In a separate saucepan, melt your butter. When melted, add your flour and stir together. It may look lumpy, but that is okay.

When you have sufficently mixed the butter and flour together, add your milk. Whisk in your saucepan over medium heat and slowly heat until boiling.






By this time, your pasta should be done. Drain it and set aside.







With your roux at a boil for about a minute, remove from heat. Add salt, pepper, mustard, and shredded cheese. At this point if you want to add any meat and/or veggies, you can do it here. Now you are ready to add your pasta and combine together.







Pour all that cheesy goodness into a buttered 9x13 casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.




TADA! You now have a delicious dinner even Martha Stewart would be proud to have on her table. It is best hot and gooey right out of the oven. When using two pots, prep time is usually about 20 minutes.




Please leave your comments and suggestions. We would love to hear about your favorite foods and Food Lit adventures!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sneak Peek with Sandi Layne

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Fans of historical romance will be happy to know that Sandi Layne's Éire's Viking trilogy will be continuing early in 2014 with the second book in the series: ÉIRE'S VIKING Beginning approximately ten years after Éire's Captive Moon, ended, this story continues telling of the incursion of the Norsemen into the interior of the green land of Éire.

Summary:

It's been years since Agnarr met his wyrd on the Green Island. Years since he left Charis, his former trell and medicine woman, with her new husband in her new village. Even though he lost her, he cannot help but feel his destiny lies with her people of Éire, so he returns with his final raiding party. Once there, a chance encounter strikes him speechless and without his memory, alone in a foreign land.

 He is taken to Aislinn, a physician who is serving in Bangor Monastery. Born in Ragor, the village Agnarr destroyed when she was a child, she is now the adopted daughter of Charis and Cowan, and has herself trained in healing. Drawn to her tall, blond patient in a way that she never has been to a man before, she is horrified and angry to find that he is the one responsible for the loss of her home.

 These are turbulent times in Éire, and there are volatile tempers all around. Still, Agnarr Halvardson would stay on the island, wed, and sire sons to live in strength and plenty in his adopted home. He wants Aislinn to be his wife and the mother of his children, but she won't marry without love. He worships Thor and Odin; she worships Jesu the Christ. Can two from such opposing backgrounds find happiness with one another? Might they even find a love that will change both their worlds?

Excerpt:

Eire forestAt length, her body eased into his, which pleased him. Her cloak and his shirt separated his skin from hers from her neck to mid-thigh. Her bare legs drew his gaze, but he shut his eyes and tilted his head back. By the gods, he had to think. Her illness had pervaded his every thought since she had dropped her bread that morning.

 They had to get back to her village. He had to figure out how to trade for land so he could farm. He swore under his breath. He should have claimed a share of the bounty from Tuirgeis to give him something to trade. Still, he would try. The berserker would know what to do. As the son of a king, he might be able to help.

 He could build a langhús of his own. And find a víf. One of the Islander women. He would first have to have the house to bring her to, since he no longer had his own in Balestrand. A gift for the bride night would also have to be secured. And crops. And sheep. This land had many sheep, as he well knew.

 It rankled more than a little to be in a subservient position, though. He could simply overtake a farm . . .

 In his arms, the healer shuddered. A cold, clammy sensation slid over his skin. Had she sensed the direction his thoughts were taking? These were her people, after all. No, he should not plan on gaining land by warfare. But chance? Maybe. If Thor was pleased with him, the god himself might make it happen. Yes.

 More at ease on that score, Agnarr felt his eyes grow heavy. The fire burned low, so he leaned as far as he could, grabbing a branch to throw into it. Sparks flew and he shielded Aislinn’s bare skin with his arm, getting a couple of tiny burns for his trouble. It was of no matter.

  She was another thing altogether. As his eyes slid shut, his mind found the woman he wanted as his own on the Green Island. She had braids as black as obsidian, eyes as blue as the deepest, purest lake of Nordweg, a form as entrancing as any he had ever seen. Half-dozing with the warmth of Aislinn’s body pressed into his, he noticed too late the intruders into the small camp—and Mjøllnir had been left by the fire when he had removed his shirt.

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The first book of this trilogy, Éire's Captive Moon, is available here:

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Headshot8aSandi Layne writes historical and inspirational fiction. Having self-published for many years, she only relatively recently has entered a more conventional publishing world. Wife of one and mom of two, she currently lives in Maryland, where she enjoys these fantastic things called seasons. She has won an award for Celtic fiction as well as sundry minor online writing kudos over the years. She enjoys cooking but not baking, walking but not running, swimming when weather permits, and Mondays. You can find her on her website: http://sandyquill.com, on twitter: http://twitter.com/sandyquill, on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/sandi_layne, and Facebook: Sandi Layne - Author

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saturday Snapshots: 8/17/13


Saturday Snapshots is a picture prompt brought to you by Author to Author, meant to inspire the creative genius within you.

Maybe you'll be moved to write flash fiction for it, perhaps it will kick start an old idea for a novel, or it may inspire a new short story. Whatever it does, we hope you'll enjoy these images around the web.

If inspiration does hit, we hope you'll post a snippet in the comments.


Today's image: Tranquility

Taken from: news.bbc.co.uk Monday, 23 October 2006 Dimmingsdale Wood, Staffordshire. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cover Reveal - Feather Light by Lorenz Font

Summary:

Parker Davis has conquered three major American cities and is the new ‘it’ man in massage. He earned the nickname ‘Feather Light’ for his sensual touches, tender caresses, and soft voice eliciting an almost orgasmic release. Clients from all over clamor for his services, and his clientele is growing by the minute. Business is at its peak, which makes Parker a busy man who has no time to deal with problems, let alone dwell on his blindness. With his declining vision, Parker has to accept his limitations and the changes brought forth by this disease, but he is not ready to relinquish the last control he has left. He is still the master in his bedroom.
Kelly Storm, a Hollywood actress, will do whatever it takes to get some much-deserved peace. Being famous has its perks, except the little privacy her popularity afforded her is slowly eating at her. With the paparazzi hounding her every minute of the day and her personal life under constant scrutiny, Kelly wants a semblance of normalcy wherever she can get it. Under the urging of a close friend, she agrees give Parker a try.   
Their first meeting is nothing she expects. Kelly finds comfort in his gentle probing and the spellbinding experience guaranteed to keep her coming back for more. Parker knows the woman on his table is special. He feels her vulnerability with his fingertips, and her smooth curves leave a burning ache inside him.
One night of steamy passion is all it takes to know that they wanted each other in more ways than one. Kelly hides in heavy disguises, making it impossible for Parker to know her true identity. What secret is Kelly keeping, and will she trust Parker enough to tell him the truth? Will Parker see beyond Kelly’s lies to show her what a future with him holds?
Category: Romance / Erotica
Publication date: Oct 10, 2013
ISBN (paper): 978-1-61213-129-0
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-61213-130-6
Author bio:
Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her debut novel Hunted, the first book of The Gates Legacy Trilogy and Indivisible Line, a romantic thriller. Her newest novel, Tormented, the second installment of The Gates Legacy, is now available for vampire lovers everywhere.   
Writing is a therapy for Lorenz, and a perfect day consists of writing and playing with her characters while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.
Lorenz currently lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. She divides her time between a full-time job as a Business Office Manager for a hospital and her busy writing schedule.