What have Lukus and Tiffany been up to in Having it All? #WIP

Happy New Year!  I am excited to be joining my first #WIP Wednesday blog hop.  I’ve been enjoying reading many other talented author’s excerpts each Wednesday for the last few months and am excited to join them this week.

Today, I’m sharing a fun (at least I think so) unedited excerpt from my upcoming release, Having it All which is the third book in my Passion series.    If you’ve read Wanting it All and Securing it All, you know that Lukus and Tiffany are each coming to terms with the exciting new dynamics of their new relationship.    As you can see, things don’t always go exactly as planned, but then if they did, what fun would that be to read about?  We join Lukus and Tiffany in the middle of their first real argument.

Unedited Excerpt:

“I hope you’re right, Bri.” A knock on the bathroom door interrupts the girl’s conversation. He must still be mad because the knock is echoing loud enough for Brianna to comment on the other end.

“Wow, where are you and why does it sound like he’s about to kick down the door?”

“I’m in the bathroom; the little part where the toilet is.”

“Ewww. You called me while you’re going to the bathroom? That’s just gross.”

“Will you stop already? I just came in here because it’s the only door that has a lock on it.”

The pounding is back. “Tiffany! Open up. Come on. We need to talk.” The sound of Lukus’ voice brings back her panic.

“Seriously? You felt like you had to put a locked door between you? Holy shit, he really did scare you. You need to tell him, Tiff.”

The pounding continues as Lukus keeps trying to open the door. “I don’t think I need to tell him. He is pretty much figuring it out.”

The pounding stops. “Please, baby. Open up. We need to talk.” He’s changing tactics.

“Go away, Lukus! I’m not ready to talk yet.”

“I know that’s not true. You’re talking to Brianna right now. Hang up the phone and open the door.”

“Fine, I’m not ready to talk to you yet. Go away.”

“I’m not leaving. Don’t make me try to find the key. God only knows where I’ve put it.”

Brianna is talking in her ear again. “Tiff, open the door and talk to him. I have to go anyway. I see Markus heading back my way and we’ve been gone a long time from our table.”

“Thanks for listening, Bri. I really don’t know what I’d do without you in my life.”

“You’d be bored, that’s for sure. Go take your lumps. Trust me. Make-up sex can be really awesome.”

“So I’ve heard. Unfortunately, I have to get through the argument first. My ass is not looking forward to that.”

Tiff can now hear Markus close to the phone. “You girls have talked long enough. Time to hang up. Let’s go.”

“We were just hanging up. I’m trying to calm her down. Here, take the phone. You talk to her.”

“Brianna, no! I don’t want to talk to…”

“So you snuck into the club and decided to have a run-in with Robinson.”

“…Markus. Go ahead. Let me have it. I’m stupid, and I should stop thinking, and just act like a robot, and do exactly, and only, what Lukus tells me to do and…”

He’s laughing at her. “Stop. You’re overreacting more than he is. Seriously, you need to hang up the phone and talk to him.”

“Last time I saw him, he wasn’t planning on talking.”

“Well, he is now. I’m hanging up.” And he does.

“How rude.”

The pounding is back. “I can hear you in there. Open the door, Tiff. Please, baby.”

She takes a few deep breaths to calm herself, using a few sheets of toilet paper to clean up her smeared make-up. The loud blowing of her nose brings a chuckle from the man on the other side of the locked door. At least he sounds in a better mood.

She’s seated on the floor with her back against the far wall of the small room. Taking a deep breath, she reaches up to unlock the door and Lukus presses the door open. The room is tiny, meant only for privacy when using the toilet. It’s not meant to be a place to hang out. When Tiffany makes no move to get up to leave, Lukus lets himself in. Leaning back against the now closed door, he slides down to sit on the floor. Their legs intertwine in a tangled mess in the small space.

“This is an odd place for us to make up.”

Tiff sneaks a glance up to see he’s smiling. “Is that what we’re going to do?”

“Yep. You’re going to say you’re sorry for not listening and defying me by going to the club without me. Most importantly you’re going to admit I was right to not want you to go there alone, especially since we haven’t gone through the club rules yet and you weren’t wearing my collar to keep you safe. Then I’m going to say I’m sorry for ‘losing my shit,’ as Derek calls it, and scaring the hell out of you in the process.” Lukus reaches out to take her hands in his, linking their fingers together as if to start weaving them back together. “I really am sorry, baby. You have to believe me. That’s never happened to me before. I would never hurt you intentionally.”

“I’ve never seen you like that, Lukus. It scared me.”

“Full disclosure here. I scared myself.”

Her eyes fly up to meet his with that comment. “What do you mean?”

He takes a few long seconds before he answers. “The only answer I can come up with is that I don’t think I’ve ever cared enough about anyone else to get so emotionally invested before. Part of me is still pissed that you’d defy me. You have to know. That never happens to me. Ever. It’s gonna take some time for me to get used to that happening. Tack on how scared I was when I saw Robinson with his hands on you and I lost it, okay. I’m not proud, but there it is.”

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Hallie and “The Spanker”

While Life’s Unexpected Gifts is not being marketed as a Christmas story, much of the story does take place over the Christmas holidays.   Let’s join Hallie and Troy for a snippet of their Christmas morning.  Merry Christmas to all!

Hallie and Troy

Hallie and Troy

 

The ladies join Adam and they spend time chatting over coffee and rolls, meant to tide them over until they eat the full brunch in a couple of hours. Hallie is just finished helping her aunt by putting the large ham in the oven when the doorbell rings. While Uncle Adam heads to receive their guests, Hallie takes the stick of lip-gloss out of her front jeans pocket. She’d done it subconsciously and quickly shoves it back in her pocket when she realizes what she’d done, angry with herself for feeling nervous.

She takes a deep breath, hoping to calm herself so her guests never suspect how nervous she is to see the tall, handsome spanker. Yes, that is how she vows to think of Troy from now on in an attempt to remind her body how much she doesn’t want to be attracted to a barbarian who thinks it’s okay to light up a perfectly good ass.

Her resolve crumbles the second she turns to see him walking confidently into the room. His presence commands her full attention, his eyes trained on her as if to assess how she is doing this morning. He must approve because his face lights into a broad smile that has her knees feeling weak. She’s luckily close enough to the island to nonchalantly reach for the counter to hold herself steady.

Had he kept his distance, all would have been fine, but he circles the end of the island stopping first to hand a bottle of wine to Aunt Gina, hugging her back when she throws her arms around him to deliver a big hug. Their eyes meet over her aunt’s turned back, proving she has his full attention. The second he is out of Aunt Gina’s hug, he continues forward to scoop a panicking Hallie into his arms for a similar greeting, although Hallie is pretty sure he hadn’t allowed his hands to rest against Aunt Gina’s ass during their brief hug.

Hallie pulls back far enough to look up into his mischievous eyes. He’s in no hurry to release her. “Good morning, sunshine. How did you sleep?” Did he have a camera in her room or is it just her own worry making her feel as if he knew exactly how she’d slept?

“Oh, I slept like a baby. How about you?” Two can play at this game as Hallie lifts her right leg until her knee presses up against the package between his legs. She knows she struck gold when she hears his sharp intake of his breath followed by a long, quiet groan. She smiles up at him sweetly.

After a long exhale, he answers her quietly. “Honestly, I didn’t sleep all that well. I felt a bit like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning so he could see what presents he might find under the tree.” Was it her imagination or did he squeeze her ass on the word present?

“Well, sorry. I didn’t have time to go out to get you the new bike you asked for.”

The look on his face is playful. “How did you know I wanted a bike? Oh well, I’m sure we can come up with an alternate gift.”

She’s thrown off by his bantering and even more flustered by the fact that while he’s moved his hand to her back, he continues to hold her against his body, forcing her to crane her neck to look up into this playful eyes. Troy had been dangerous last night. This playful Troy is lethal.

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Release Day is Finally Here!

I have always considered myself a patient person, but this one feels like I’ve been waiting for a while.  Maybe it’s because I’ve had the cover done for months.  Maybe it’s because I’m just so anxious to join so many other talented authors in the Corbin’s Bend series with my own story.  Regardless, Life’s Unexpected Gifts is now available on Amazon, Blushing Books and Barnes & Noble.    I’d love to hear what you think of the newest couple in town.

Hallie and Troy

Hallie and Troy

 

Blurb:

Violence has been part of Hallie Boudreaux’s life for too long. Deciding all men are barbaric abusers, she’s once again on the run away from danger. Desperate to feel safe, if even for a few days, Hallie remembers the only time she had felt truly happy in the last seven years were the summers spent at her Aunt Gina and Uncle Adam’s. Taking a chance her aunt might take her in, Hallie points her dilapidated car towards Corbin’s Bend, praying she makes it there before her clunker takes its last gasp.

Troy Jackson can’t wait to surprise his sister on her 30th birthday. He’s recently moved back to Colorado to be closer to his only relative, Traci, a psychologist living in Corbin’s Bend. The surprise is on Troy when his normally conscientious sister runs amok on her big birthday proving that even intelligent, independent women still need the stern guidance of the men in their lives. Having grown up with loving parents who practiced the domestic discipline way of life, both Traci and Troy subscribe to the founding principles of the Corbin’s Bend community wholeheartedly.

Hallie’s family is thrilled to have her in Corbin’s Bend, but can Hallie come to terms with living in a community based on its endorsement of spanking, a practice Hallie sees as abuse. Can Traci’s counseling help her overcome her fear in order to accept her new life in Corbin’s Bend, or is it Traci’s brother who ultimately has the power to show Hallie that not all men are abusers?

 

Countdown to Release Day!

At the start of 2014, I hoped this would be the year I would get across the finish line and become a published author.  What a year I’ve had!  In just a few days, my third full-length novel will be released.  To say I feel blessed is an understatement.

This Wednesday, I get to join the Corbin’s Bend amazing authors with my own contribution to the series, Life’s Unexpected Gifts.  I can’t wait to hear what the fans of my Passion Series think of this new book  and I equally can’t wait to hear what the die-hard Corbin’s Bend fans think of the newest couple in town.   Here is just a taste of Hallie and Troy’s story.  We join them and their families opening gifts on Christmas morning.

Hallie and Troy

Hallie and Troy

Excerpt:

They are torn out of their brief interlude by the clearing of Adam’s throat and as he stands to walk across the room to deliver a gift to Hallie’s lap.

“Here you go, Hallie. This is your gift from your Aunt Gina and me.” Troy detects uncertainty in the older man and suspects the confident HoH is feeling unsure. It makes Troy curious about what’s in the package.

Hallie doesn’t open it right away. When she starts pulling at the ribbons and wrapping paper, he can see her fingers trembling. He whispers into her ear, “What’s wrong?”

She turns to him whispering, knowing everyone is watching them. “I know what this is. I… well… I heard them talking about it the other night.”

Troy doesn’t know what’s in the package, but he understands Hallie isn’t happy about it. “Well, okay. Is it something you don’t want?”

Tears are spilling from her red-rimmed eyes. Her answer is almost choked out. “I don’t know.”

He smiles, trying to comfort her. “Well, there’s only one way to figure this out. Go ahead and open it. It’s can’t be that bad, right?”

He sees her push her fear aside, and she finishes opening the gift box to uncover a big folder with the Corbin’s Bend logo all over the front of it. Troy doesn’t need to open the folder to know what’s inside. It isn’t a surprise to him at all.

Aunt Gina’s crying is the only sound to be heard over the Christmas carols playing softly in the background.

“Your aunt and I know you don’t have the money to buy into the co-op on your own, but this is where you belong, Hallie. Here with your only family. We’ve gone ahead and put your name in on an application and paid the down payment so you can stay here in Corbin’s Bend with us. Merry Christmas, honey.”

Adam and Gina obviously meant well, but Troy could belt them for springing this on Hallie like this. Deciding where she is going to live needs to be discussed. Deciding to live in a town based on the principles of the domestic discipline way of life is not something to be taken lightly for anyone, but for Hallie, who has obviously experienced violence in her life, it is a huge decision. No wonder she was afraid to open this present. She doesn’t want to hurt her aunt and uncle’s feelings by rejecting the gift, but she also doesn’t want to get railroaded into living in a place that could make her miserable.

A pregnant pause has fallen over the room, all eyes on Hallie. Maybe he’s being a hypocrite by jumping in with his opinion on the matter. At least Adam and Gina are blood relatives. Who the hell is he to butt his nose into this decision? Yet, when Hallie turns to him, vulnerable and sad, there is nothing he wouldn’t do to make her feel better.

Troy looks up to the HoH in the room, choosing his words carefully. “That’s quite a generous gift, Adam. I know having Hallie here with you and Gina has made you very happy. Hallie is lucky to have family that loves her so much.”

The men are in a visual showdown. Adam is intuitive enough to pick up on Troy’s protective stance. “But…” Adam is defensive.

Troy stays calm. “But, nothing. It is a very generous gift. I’m just not sure Hallie is ready to decide where she wants to live yet. She still has a lot to work through with Traci.”

Adam snaps back. “And she will be able to do that since she’ll be living in Corbin’s Bend full time.”

“But what if Hallie decides this isn’t the right place for her? Let’s face it. This is a very unique town with very unique rules and customs. I’m not sure Hallie is ready to commit to living in Corbin’s Bend. I thought she had more time before the January Housing Board meeting to make up her mind?”

“She doesn’t need to wait that long. She needs to stay here with her family.” Each of Adam’s answers are coming back faster and more terse. He isn’t used to having his decisions questioned. As the only other male in the room, Troy suspects he’s the only one who can say what needs to be said with a hope of getting through to the older man.

“With all due respect, Adam, none of us, including myself, can push Hallie into accepting a domestic discipline way of life. To make her live here if she truly cannot accept the way of life is actually worse than the kind of judgmental crap all of us who have lived outside of Corbin’s Bend are faced with when friends and neighbors find out about our unique kinks and practices. You choose to live here so you could be with like-minded people who won’t judge you. Doesn’t Hallie deserve the same courtesy?”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about, young man. You don’t live here either. The people of Corbin’s Bend will welcome her with open arms. They will love her and protect her as their own.”

“I’m sure they will, but that isn’t the real problem now, is it?”

Adam looks like he is about to blow, so upset he is not able to come up with a new retort to Troy. Troy looks down at Hallie in his lap and finds her staring up at him in awe. It gives him the courage to push forward.

“Let me give you just a couple of examples from the last twenty-four hours. Last night at the party, we were welcomed with party gifts. Hallie was given a lotion for TiH’s to use on her ass after receiving a harsh punishment. She took her gift in stride, but you should have seen the look of fear on her face when I opened my heavy wooden spoon. We all know the men of Corbin’s Bend are not home using those spoons to cook Christmas brunch today, now don’t we?”

Adam is listening intently so Troy continues on. “The biggest example however was that the woman who was passing out the gifts happens to be the same woman Hallie got to know by innocently walking from your house to Traci’s for a counseling session. Hallie heard a submissive crying out in pain while being paddled by her HoH through an open window. Hallie had to go through the torture of having to walk by without helping. To you and me, we understand what was happening in that house was consensual and if done right, even loving. But to Hallie, she had to turn her back on someone who was being abused. Are you really sure you want your niece with you so much that you are willing to constantly put her into these types of uncomfortable situations as she goes about her normal everyday life? Trust me, Adam. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on this very topic myself.”

Troy stops and looks back down into Hallie’s eyes, tears now streaming down her face. His anger at Adam is fading as he reaches out to cup her face, never taking his eyes from hers as he continues on. “If we really care about Hallie, we need to give her the space and time she needs to figure out what it is that’s going to make her happy. I don’t know all of the things she’s had to go through, but I know it’s been a long time since she’s… since you’ve got to decide what you really want in life. I’m not willing to force you into something I know you could never accept in the long run. You’re too important to me for that.”

There. He’s said it. He’s outed himself. Twenty reasons or not, he wants Hallie in every sense of the word. They barely know each other, but it doesn’t matter. During the two weeks apart, he had convinced himself his memory was faulty. He was sure that when he saw her again last night he would realize his attraction to her had been a fleeting result of the extraordinary events that brought them together. Now, less than twenty-four hours after being back in Corbin’s Bend, he is just as sure that his life has been irrevocably changed by the spitfire in his lap. The depth of his feelings for her should scare him, but the only emotion he can recognize is excitement.

Adam clearing his throat brings Troy back to the moment. Looking up, he can see he had gotten through to the older man. Troy can hear the emotion in his warbling voice as he addresses his niece. “Hallie, honey. I never thought of it that way. You have to know, your aunt and I just love you so much that we want you to be happy and safe. I’m sorry if I tried to railroad you into staying here with us if you aren’t going to be happy here.”

Hallie speaks for the first time since opening the gift. “I know you both love me and I love you too, but I am just so confused right now. I’m not saying I won’t want to stay here… but I’m also not ready to say that I am ready to stay for good. Can’t you please give me a little more time to figure things out before I have to make a decision?”

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