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So it is summer time. The days are hot and the nights seem even hotter sometimes. Did you ever fancy having white hot sex outdoors on a sultry summer's night?

What if you lived in very religious, restrictive community and giving into temptation was a sin?

But what if that temptation was also reinforced by forbidden love?

Then what if late one hot summer's night you saw your beloved, dancing in the woods, nearly naked?

That is the heart of my novella that is coming July 16, 2012 to Total-e-Bound:

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Late summer days spent in the countryside at hunting parties also may lead to secret lover's trysts by night.

Excerpt From: A Measured Risk

Suffolk, England
August 1819

“Why did you run away?” His deep voice settled in her belly, rich and warm, like crème brûlée on a cold winter’s night.

“Because I wanted you to follow.” She tried to sound sophisticated and seductive, but her voice choked off on the last word.

Ruel placed his hand on the shelf above her head and blocked her path to the door. His tall, solidly muscled body leaned over her, surrounding her with the sumptuous, sinful scents of tobacco, Scotch whisky and something masculine and undeniably dangerous. A slow, sensual smile stretched his hard mouth.

He appeared different. Softer. More approachable.

At the change, her insides seemed to flip over.

“Well, sweeting, getting us off alone was a very inspired idea.” He touched one of her fallen ringlets. “I am bored to distraction with endless hunting and fencing.”

As he slowly wrapped the curl around two fingers, he brushed her collarbone. Fiery sparks tingled down her spine, so intense that she shivered and her nipples beaded, pressing against her stays. By some instinct she hadn’t even known she possessed, she arched her back, presenting herself for his assessment.

His eyes shone so vividly blue against his bronzed face that they resembled cornflowers. She swallowed tightly and wished for a long drink of claret. This more personal side of him suddenly seemed far more hazardous than his usually fierce exterior.

Well, no matter. There was nothing to fear. She would allow only as much contact as need be to get to know him a little. Since being torn from her lonely yet secure life in Ireland and thrust into society at age sixteen, she’d spent her time allowing people only as near as was comfortable. She was an expert at emotional evasion.

It should be easy to regain her control.

But now, as late afternoon sun rays played over his pale hair, turning it to the colour of winter wheat, all her carefully rehearsed words flew away.

Say something—anything—else he will think you’re a bird-wit.

An intimate smile, one that invited her to play, tugged at his mouth.

“In a situation like this, alone with a gentleman, it’s perfectly normal for a lady to feel some apprehension.” His hushed voice, barely audible above the piano and boisterous singing from down the corridor, accentuated their isolation. He brushed his fingertips over her cheek and his gaze became so piercing that she had to lower her eyes. “She will invariably ask herself if he will try to kiss her.”

She jerked her eyes back to his face. God, he couldn’t mean to—Not yet, surely… Peculiar, heated chills swept over her. She tried to take a step back, but found her arse flush against the bookshelf.

He leaned closer; so close that his Scotch-scented breath tickled her face. “And just in case you are wondering, Lady Cranfield—the answer is most assuredly yes.”

She should demand that he put his arm down so she could pass by and leave. She really should. But she couldn’t stop looking at his hard mouth and wondering what it would feel like upon hers. He was so close to her, his breath blew on her lips. If she moved but a fraction, she’d be kissing him.

Kissing him.

Dear God. Her breath began to come very fast and short. Her throat went tight with a suppressed moan.

His eyes burnt as brightly as aquamarines. He looked so fierce. If he kissed her, if he dared… Oh God, it would be so harsh. That cruel-looking mouth could express itself no other way.

Excitement rushed through her, sending tingles to every point of her body, even her toes.

But no, he wouldn’t. Not yet.

He kept leaning closer. He didn’t close his eyes. Instead, he seemed to focus all the harder upon her.

Heart pounding and unable to move away, she braced herself for his assault.

His lips brushed hers, barely. A gossamer caress.

He lifted his head.

It was done.


And it hadn’t even begun.

He held her chin, appearing so cool, so unaffected. His kiss had seemed to sear her. An urge to put her fingers to her lips arose in her. She resisted it, for it would give away too much of how she was affected.

Never show your feelings.

He traced his thumb along her lower lip, slowly, deliberately, as he studied her with eyes that now glittered with something powerful and predatory. Heat pooled in her pelvis, low and spreading even lower.

She went weak all over, as if she’d lain in a sunny window seat for too long. Her knees almost buckled. She forced them to lock. To be strong.

It should not have affected her so profoundly. It had just been a peck—not a true kiss at all. William had poured out all of his skill upon her and hadn’t garnered even a tenth of the reaction in her that this man’s peck had.

Ruel traced her jaw line with his fingertips. Unthinkingly, she leaned in to his touch.

“Of course, once he has kissed her, then it’s his turn to wonder…” His voice sounded unnaturally loud to her ears. “How will she respond? Will she withdraw, or can he ignite some hidden fire?”

She sensed that he was toying with her. She’d didn’t understand flirtation—why had she imagined she could carry this ruse off? Was he making advances in order to have a laugh with Francesca and her simpering friends later? Hurt blossomed in her chest. She resented him for that. She ought to feel indignant, superior, uncaring—anything but hurt.

“Please don’t make sport of me.”

She cringed. Was that quavering, pleading voice really hers?

An infinitesimal pause. “Now, why on earth would I do such a thing?” His voice was as smooth as velvet.

“To please your vanity,” she replied, trying to regain her wits.

“Here.” He placed her hand to his chest. The contours of his muscles were hard, powerfully developed. Even more so than she’d expected. His body heat radiated through the satin and, beneath her hand, his heart beat was rapid and strong.

“Is that vanity?” He put a finger under her chin, giving her no choice but to face him. “Is it?” He gentled his grip.

The warmth in his voice settled over her like luscious hot chocolate. Melting her insides to quivering burgoo, rendering her speechless, unable to move.

“My dear, lovely Lady Cranfield, I am going kiss you again.”

Then he touched his mouth to hers, more firmly this time. Delicious, steady pressure. Her lips trembled and she clutched his lapels. He lifted his head. At the loss, a throaty, pleading moan sounded in her ears. Had it really come from her?

Clearly, now was the time for her to reassert some control over her reactions. To put him at a more comfortable distance.

“Kiss me back.” At the commanding edge in his voice, hot, sweet honey pooled in her belly.

No. Focus.

What had she wanted to ask him? Focus? Dear God, what rubbish. She could scarcely remember her own name, much less anything else. What madness had made her think she could maintain control over him?

He traced her mouth with his tongue. Deliberately; lingeringly. This time she couldn’t hold back a moan. She had grown to dislike it when William kissed her opened mouthed. It had always seemed such an overheated, messy thing. But where was her coldness now? She was burning to know what it would feel like to know Ruel’s full kiss. She had to know—just once—or she would surely die.

Just once. Certainly once wouldn’t hurt.

Tentatively, tremulously, she opened her mouth.
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4. Optional question (thank you to Mel B for the idea) did you ever have a harrowing brush with nature? Or maybe you just tangled with an angry skunk? Please share all the details!


  1. I follow on Twitter - @SexySweepstakes. Thanks for the chance!

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  2. Love stopping by!! Of course I stalk all ways possible! Gotta keep up with the good stuff.

    A brush with nature you ask....I have had a few! The one I vividly remember is being chased by the meanest rooster that ever lived on my grandparent's farm in Manzanola, Colorado. He was the meanest SOB ever!!! I couldn't step outside without him coming out from behind the house, behind the barn, or around the hen house. I HATED that thing!!

    I know I have more stories, just need to remember them.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  3. Following your newsletter by email and Yahoo groups. I also Liked you on Facebook.
    I dont have a Twitter account :(

  4. Follow you by newsletter and Facebook. Ran into a raccoon and her babies at a summer camp one year. that damn thing was HUGE to my 15 year old eyes. I ran in one direction and I didn't know it but they ran in the other. hehe. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.


  5. I'm a email and Newsletter follower
    So my boyfriend talked me into going camping at a clothing optional resort which was cool at the campsite but we decided to go swimming in the lake and the fish kept biting my toes (i'm sure it was the red polish attracting them) anywho while swimming my bikini top came untied and i'm trying to get his help to tie it and he's yelling take it off but I was scared of what else the fish would nibble on of I did!

  6. I follow.. email, blog, newsletter, FB, Twitter...

  7. Thanks for the great giveaway. I follow. email, Twitter, Networked Blogs and newsletter.
    I don't really do too much with nature, though I do like to hike when I can, and no tangles with a skunk, yet.


  8. I follow you on Twitter..tmoyer6980
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  9. Follow by Email and GFC. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I am a newsletter and email subscriber using:

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  11. I am a google friend connect follower ERin Cook

  12. I remember my husband, my oldest who was two at the time and myself went to the zoo. No one was around to feed the birds so we decided to go to parakeet landing to feed them. next thing I know I was like a statue with the birds all over me. It was pretty scary

  13. Nature...let's just say that sand isn't as much fun as it seems sometimes :-)

    I'm a twitter follower (michele979)

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  14. I'm following you on Twitter and your Yahoo! group.

  15. Loved the excerpt! Congrats on your upcoming release! I have had some brushes with nature. I used to live in mountains so I'm sure you could imagine the things that could go wrong. Or right. ;) A boyfriend and I went into the woods once.
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  16. Have been following you for a while ;) via email and Twitter (@perez_evita).

    Congrats to NNP on their one year anniversary and to you on your books!


  17. I follow you on Twitter @carlabonesteel

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