Happy Birthday, Evernight Publishing!
Join authors, bloggers and reviewers as we take a RED CARPET tour featuring Evernight’s smart and sexy books. Slip on your virtual stilettos and walk the red carpet of award winning titles, spectacular reviews and paparazzi style interviews.
Be sure to visit every stop on the tour where you can enter for a chance to win great prizes, including a new eReader, gift certificates, swag, books and much more!
Don’t forget to visit the Evernight Publishing website where all eBooks are 50% off through October 13th!
Wow! 50% off! If you’re looking for me, I’ll be book shopping. 🙂
Here are links to my smart and sexy books at Evernight’s website:
Taking Chances | Taking Courage | Untangle Me | Executive Assistant
I am a happy author. My fabulous publisher, Evernight Publishing has published four of my books and that number will soon grow to five. I’m in the middle of my last round of edits. I cannot wait to share In the Blind with you.
Last year, I had no idea if my dream of becoming a published author would ever happen. When Evernight Publishing said yes that first time, they took a chance on a dreamer, a lover of romance, and a nervous Nellie, lol. Little did I know, I would be welcomed into a family with open arms. The friendships I’ve made are priceless.
Today, I want to talk about my most recent release with Evernight. It’s the second book in my Love Projects series, Taking Courage. Here are quotes from a couple reviews on Goodreads:
“Author SJ Maylee keeps getting better and better!”
“This second book in the Love Project Series is witty and very steamy. Through the twists and turns, this book keep me enraptured until the end. And having a little of Jake and Lydia thrown is was a plus. What’s next Ms. Maylee? Cause I cannot wait!!”
“Prep list before you start reading this book: 1. A comfortable spot 2. A glass of wine 3. A vibrator and finally total privacy. Not an exaggeration if the chemistry between Janna and Simon upon first meeting isn’t enough to melt your undies off some of their scenes definitely will do the trick!”
Below is an excerpt from the first chapter. During her last night in town, Janna finally enters Club Voyage, a private BDSM club, as a guest. Her escort for the evening has asked her to strip and she’s about half way there. Enjoy!
The sounds of the club nagged at her attention, but they couldn’t compete with the dominant male watching her every move. She had a feeling his attention could be addictive.
She shook her head. Now was not the time to analyze. It was time to act. Her bra and panties needed to come off. She needed to reveal her body, not to the room, to this man … correction, this Dom. She was not leaving without giving this a real try.
Her gaze locked onto his and remained. After one more deep breath, she reached around and unclipped her bra. The free hand held the cups and smashed them into her chest. One arm, then the other and her shoulders were free. After one more deep breath, her fingers clawed around the bra cups and pulled, revealing her small breasts.
Cool air swirled around her tender tight nipples, and his gaze remained, unwavering. Could he see the nerves dancing along her skin? Her thumbs dragged along her thighs to her hips, hooked the corner of her panties, and pulled.
With the last of her clothes set on the table, she straightened her back and let her shoulders fall. She’d done it.
Master Simon made quick work of the buttons on his shirt, pulling it off his thick shoulders and added the garment to her pile. He stalked towards her, stopped about a foot away, tempting her. “Well done, pet.”
She melted on the inside and swayed her hips as warmth filled her core. His gaze released her, and she stood silent as he looked her over. Nerves threatened to walk back in, but she barred the way.
“Turn back around now and watch the others around us.”
A couple of new scenes had started. One in particular caught her attention. The sub was strapped to a horse of sorts and the Dom was fucking her from behind. Janna’s nipples tightened further, and her core heated until honey coated her sex. She’d watched similar scenes on-line dozens of times. The live version was unbearably hotter. A moan escaped her lips.
“You’re beautiful.” His warm body pressed up against her back, and a hand slid along her waist pulling her into him. She melted. His mouth caressed her ear. “Do you like what you see, pet?” He pressed her hips back against his fly. His hand lifted from her belly and smacked her pussy.
“Oh.” A delicious mingling of sensations floated over her.
“You must answer my questions. Do you understand?”
“I do, Sir.” Her sex heated further.
“Do you like what you see?” His hand returned to her stomach and pulled, pressing their bodies together.
“I will be touching you while you watch the sub get fucked. You are free to orgasm.”
“Thank you, Sir.”
“You will use your safe word if you need to?”
He shifted and pressed his hard cock into the left side of her ass. “Very good, pet. Now, watch the couple while I explore your body.”
His hand moved along her stomach and up to take hold of her breast, molding and tugging on the supple skin. She had never felt more alive. Pressure encased her nipples as he pinched and pulled.
“Oh!” Clamps were no match for the tension he was able to elicit. Her breasts swelled with glorious pleasure. “Sorry, Sir.”
“You can vocalize your pleasure. I like knowing you like what I do to you. Now is not the time for conversation, however. Unnecessary words will lead to punishment.” He pulled her nipples again. “I suspect you like the way that feels?”
“Yes, Sir. I do, more than I even thought I would.”
He pulled tighter and let go. Blood rushed back in, and her pleasure rose. She wanted to beg him to touch her pussy, but knew that might halt his progress and bring her away from her impending pleasure.
She let go of her need and watched the sub. She was bound and only moved when her Dom entered her from behind. The subs here had no control over what happened to their bodies. These Doms decided what they needed.
He pinched and pulled again. Her sex screamed to be touched. Fortunately, he left her stinging nipples and traveled in a line direct to her bare pussy. He pulled her outer lips apart, revealing her inner lips to anyone looking back at them and allowed the air in the room to feather across her damp skin.
His fingers delved into her. First one finger and then two pushed into her pussy and dragged the wetness around her clit. He pinched and pulled in short tugs to her clit, each time drawing more blood to the tender area. The pattern drove her right to the edge.
“Take a couple steps forward, spread your legs, and support yourself on the table.” When she didn’t move he added, “Now, pet.”
Did it just get hot in here. 😀
Janna’s ready to make over her life and get out from under the controlling thumb of her father. She doesn’t want another failed arranged marriage. She’s ready to do whatever it takes for the career she wants, enter the lifestyle she craves, and to earn the trust and love of the man that has captured her heart, but heartbreak and career hiccups seem to be her destiny.
Simon’s still recovering after his last submissive lied her way into his life. He’s not ready for Janna and how she pushes against his prejudices. He needs to decide if he’s willing to lose her or if he’ll fight for her love and submission.
Be Warned: sex toys, spanking, BDSM, public exhibition, anal sex
WHERE YOU CAN FIND TAKING COURAGE:
Evernight Publishing <- 50% off through October 13th!
All Romance eBooks | BookStrand | Smashwords | iTunes
Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Answer my question below in the comment section for a chance to win (be sure to include your email address):
* Your choice of an Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Kobo Arc 7
* $100 Amazon GC
* $50 Evernight GC
* My blog prize: the first prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card the second prize: swag pack (US only and includes one of each item in the picture below and your choice of book charm – if someone outside the US wins they’ll receive an ecopy of one of my released books)
Question: once you’ve read the above excerpt from Taking Courage, answer this question in the comments below. Do you think Janna and Simon have a hot and steamy future together or will Janna lose her courage and walk away?
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Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Evernight Publishing’s 4th Birthday! I’ve used a random formula to locate my winners. Congratulations to Brandi Dagwan for winning the gift card and to Alaina for winning the swag pack. I’m emailing you both now. 🙂 I have a brand new giveaway starting tomorrow with the release of my next book, In the Blind. I hope to see you all here.
Love the excerpt! Of course they would have a hot and steamy future… But only after something happens to tear them apart… A malicious rival maybe?! Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, Jennifer! It is hot and steamy and I know what that something is you’re talking about. It’s … 😉
Yup, they will have a blazing & steamy future. He will show her that she have that kinky side of herself. Amd she craves what he could give her. Janna just crave HIM.
Yes, Neringa! Oh does she crave him and the same goes for Simon. 🙂
They will have a hot and steamy future together but will have to work forit first.
debby236 at gmail dot com
Gosh that’s true, Debby. I give my heroes and heroines the hot and happy ending, but I make them work for it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in.
Love it!! I think they will have a steamy future filled with love and trust. I love when they have to work through what is inside themselves to find happiness together email@example.com
Thanks, Tabitha! That’s definitely what Janna and Simon had to do. I loved having these two courageous souls tell me how badly they wanted to fight for their love and I loved telling their story. 🙂
If only one scene was this hot, I can imagine their future hot as hell! She will find her courage, I’m certain. 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
Oh yes, this is just the beginning. It only gets hotter from here. 😀 You’re most welcome. Thanks for stopping by.
I love Simon and Jana! What a great start to an amazing story! 🙂
Thank you, Liz! I love that you’ve fallen for Simon. Happy Birthday weekend! 🙂
The excerpt was delicious and I just purchased my copy. I believe that have a hot and smoking future together. Thanks for the chance!!
Yay!!! Thank you, LaVida! 😀 I hope you enjoy their smoking hot story and you’re most welcome. These giveaways are a lot of fun.
They will have a hot and steamy future together. i haven’t read the book yet but hate to think they wouldnt get a happily ever after
I’m definitely in this for the happy endings, but it’s all about how they get there and it’s quite delicious. 🙂
Most definitely they have a future together! How could any woman walk away from that?? 😀
That was exactly my thought, Leisha. 😀 Thanks for coming over today.
I really enjoyed the excerpt. I do believe they have a chance at a hot and steamy relationship as long as Janna relaxes, lets go, and stop over analyzing everything.
Thank you, Haley. 🙂 Janna does need to relax. They both have some work to do and it takes several hot and steamy scenes to get there.
Most definitely hot & steamy. Thanks for the giveaway! firstname.lastname@example.org
Definitely, Jana! 🙂 You’re welcome. Thanks for coming over.
It’ll take some doing, but hot and steamy is a given!
i wouldn’t have it any other way, Trix. 🙂
Oh yes, but nothing too easy I hope.
I tend to find the broken hearts. It takes some doing to put them back together, but I always get it done. You have this one. Don’t you, Mary? Thanks for coming by. 🙂
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Trying to escape the effects of a controlling father only to give up control to Simon may prove a trial. Will be interesting to see how they work out their issues to be able to trust one another and gain a HEA.
That is a big issue for Janna. She craves Simon’s dominating hand, but is she escaping one jail for another. It’s one heck of a journey. Hope you get to take it with her. 🙂
I enjoyed reading the excerpt and I do think Simon and Jana do have a hot and steamy future as long as they can trust each other.
Trust is so important for this steamy couple. Thanks for coming over. 🙂
I believe that they do have a wonderful kinky future awaiting them. She will have the courage to face it. She just had to place her trust in herself , him and the relationship. In fact both of them must trust that everything will work out.
A kinky future <- I really like that. 🙂 Yes, trusting yourself first is an often overlooked necessity. Thanks for stopping by, Kyra.
I’m very sure they will have a hot future together.
bituin76 at hotmail dot com
I hot future. Love it. 🙂 Thanks, Jan!
think it’s both
bn100candg at hotmail dot com
It’s definitely not a smooth journey. Thanks for coming over. 🙂
I’m not concerned about Janna. I think she knows what she wants and she seems to be enjoying herself in this excerpt. I think that the person that will have the most trouble in this relationship will be Simon. From reading the blurb, I think he will have a hard time trusting her beyond the sex and dominance.
You’re definitely onto something there, Shan. I’ll just say, for a bit there, Simon was not happy with me. 🙂 Thanks for helping us celebrate!
I’m not concerned about Janna, she seems to be enjoying herself in the excerpt. Simon on the other hand will most likely have some trust issues considering his last submissive lied to get next to him.
Yes, exactly. I got him right in his sore spot. 🙂
I am sure it would be hot and steamy! That is what I would love to read more of! Thanks for the excerpt and chance at the giveaway!
aegger.echo at yahoo dot com
You’re most welcome, Alaina. There’s lots more hot and steamy. 🙂
It will be a hot and steamy future together, but there will be something that tears them apart first.
skpetal at hotmail dot com
Thanks! Yes, you sense the storm before the happy. You’re onto something. 🙂
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Since she’s already accepting his touch, I think they stay together.
That’s an important sign for sure. Thanks for coming by, Anne. 🙂
I think that if she has the courage to stand up to her father, she’s going to have the courage to give Simon a chance and stay together.
Her father. Yes, he’s a tricky devil. Readers will need to watch out for that guy. Thanks for helping us celebrate. 🙂
Great excerpt. they definitely have steamy future ahead of them.
Thanks and yes they do. 😀 Thanks, Vanessa.
They’ll definitely have a hot and steamy future together! No doubt about that! 🙂 prettylittlepages[at]gmail[dot]com
Hot and steamy future. Yes, they do. 🙂 Thanks for coming over, Kristen.
Wow!! That was Hot! Oh she has the courage, she will stay and have lots of fun!!
Thanks! 🙂 Yes, Janna impressed me several times with her courage.
A hot and steamy future together!
I do like the sound of that. Thanks, Angie! 🙂
Holy hotness!!! I HAVE to read the rest of this book!!! I have no doubt he’ll keep her hot and courageous! 🙂
Thank you and yes you do. 😀
Great excerpt! Janna and Simon definitely have a hot and steamy future together. Thanks for the great giveaway!
You’re welcome. It’s definitely hot and steamy. 🙂 Thanks for helping us celebrate.
Thanks for sharing that hot excerpt!! It sounds like a great read!! And I def think Simon & Janna have a hot & steamy future together! =)
Take care & I hope you have a great day! =)
BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com
I hope you have a great day too, Brandi. 🙂 You’re welcome and I hope you get a chance to enjoy these two.
they’ll probably have a hot and steamy future together! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com
Truth! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Daniel. 🙂
I think they will be together (I love a HEA!). email@example.com
I love HEAs too. 🙂 Thanks for coming over, Marie.
I’m enough of a romantic to hope for the HEA (hot & steamy future together)…but enough of a realist to know it’s gonna take some work!
Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com
Good for you. Yes, my goal is the HEA too, but it’s not easy. You’re most welcome, Elizabeth. 🙂
Congrats on all of your success! Thank you for the fantastic hop! Oh they definitely do! Theyll become addicted to each other! Shell find hes worth fighting for! Awesome excerpt! I cant wait to read this! Im addicted! 🙂 lol Thank you!
Aw, thank you. Addicted. I really like that and so true. I hope you get a chance to read it. 🙂 Thanks for coming over!
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