New Release News, Coming Soon Updates, and a Book Convention Appearance!

Hello! Happy Sunday, everyone. I have a release date for Desire Unexpected. The first book in the Assassins and Sweethearts series releases April 9th!

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The first two books in my Love Projects Series have been released in PRINT! That’s right. You can now have CreateSpace or Amazon send you a printed book with both novellas, Taking Chances and Taking Courage.

Check out the cover for Love Projects (Volume One) 😀

Love Projects Vol 1 Print Cover


I will be at Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together this June!

Cincinnati Marriott North

6189 Muhlhauser Rd.
West Chester, OH 45069

I’ll have a table at the book fair on Friday, June 5th, and I’ll have several copies of Love Projects Volume One available for purchase. Plus, I’ll have a bunch of goodies to pass out including cute zipper pulls and book charms.

The list of attending authors is exciting. I hope to see you there!

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This June, I’ll have a story in JUST DESSERTS: A Collection of Bite-Sized Delights. You can see the author reveals here. I have just a few more to share. They are so much fun because not only do you learn the authors that will be in the collection, but the authors are also sharing what they think is the sexiest food and five things you might be surprised to know about them.

Don’t miss author reveal #5 😀

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SatSpanks -Her Conflict- a snippet from Taking Chances

click to see a list of participants at Saturday SpankingsHello! Happy Saturday Spankings and Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂 I’m currently working on the third book in my Love Projects Series. So, I thought I would share some spanky bits from the first in the series, Taking Chances.

In this scene, Jake is trying to get to the bottom of why Lydia would believe Gina and her lies. He has her over his lap and her panties are long gone. Do you know what’s coming next?

He wouldn’t let himself think about all she was willing to walk away from for one of Gina’s lies. His hand would help her to remember communication was their only way. They would survive only by trusting each other.

Even now, he could sense her conflict. Her pussy wept with pleasure, but her heart hammered against his thigh. The unease would stop her from truly enjoying what he could offer. In this moment, she should let go and let him dominate. He pushed his finger deep into her passage.

“Do you think coming to this bathroom and hiding from me was a good decision?”

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BLURB:

Lydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he deserves the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.

The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. Together they find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed loved.

Be Warned: spanking, BDSM, public exhibition

Where you can find TAKING CHANCES:
Evernight | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
BookStrand | All Romance Ebooks
Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords
Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Nook UK

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Review from BDSM Book Review: Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles & Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5 “S.J. Maylee’s story is one of beauty and well researched or perhaps well experienced. The journey that is embarked upon is gently done instead of pushed. Though a short story, this is well developed and the BDSM scenes are well written. It is not often that a short story can convey the beauty that a Dominant and submissive relationship can have.”

Review from Romancing the Book: “The chemistry between Jake and Lydia is blistering. The sex scenes were scorching.”

Review from Cocktails and Books: “I’m such a fan of S.J. Maylee.  Her stories are short, exciting, and sexy with characters who have chemistry to spare.”

Thank you to Liz Castillo for putting this graphic together for me

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My Sexy Saturday and SatSpanks – Her Sweet Everything – a snippet from Taking Chances

click to see a list of participants at Saturday SpankingsMy Sexy Saturday - click to see their siteHello! This is my first My Sexy Saturday. Yay for the sexy and yay for the weekend. It’s finally here. 🙂 I’m currently working on the third book in my Love Projects Series. So, I thought I would share some sexy thoughts from my hero in the first Love Projects book. I also picked this bit because I enjoy participating in the Saturday Spankings.

These 7 paragraphs are from the first chapter in Taking Chances and they are the first seven in Jake’s point of view. Enjoy!

He had not expected to feel the pull of lust to Lydia, let alone the desire to dominate her body. Sure, she called him Sir, and that alone would please many dominants. The fact the formal address came from quiet Lydia’s lips made his cock rock hard. He adjusted himself, but it didn’t help the building pressure. He had a half hour to gather himself before getting locked in a room with her for the rest of the day.

He went through the motions of replying to emails and updating his projects. Nothing required enough concentration to shake his thoughts from Lydia. How had this woman grabbed his attention? She was the type you didn’t notice often, except her frequent trips to refill her coffee mug. This morning might have been the first time he heard her sweet voice.

Now all he could think about were the other things he had never noticed before, such as the length of her long, brown hair and the intensity shining in her hazel eyes. He could get a nice grip and pull her hair as he fucked her from behind.

Get control of yourself, man. There will be no fucking. It was a pity, because the curve of her beautiful, full behind would look amazing with the red impression of his hand.

“Hey, Jake.”

He jumped at the sound of Keller’s assistant’s voice and then shook his head. “Oh, hey. Hi, Anne. I was lost in thought there for a second.”

“Sorry, didn’t mean to startle you, just wanted to see if you and Lydia would need anything today.”

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BLURB:

Lydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he deserves the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.

The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. Together they find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed loved.

Be Warned: spanking, BDSM, public exhibition

Where you can find TAKING CHANCES:
Evernight | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
BookStrand | All Romance Ebooks
Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords
Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Nook UK

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Review from BDSM Book Review: Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles & Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5 “S.J. Maylee’s story is one of beauty and well researched or perhaps well experienced. The journey that is embarked upon is gently done instead of pushed. Though a short story, this is well developed and the BDSM scenes are well written. It is not often that a short story can convey the beauty that a Dominant and submissive relationship can have.”

Review from Romancing the Book: “The chemistry between Jake and Lydia is blistering. The sex scenes were scorching.”

Review from Cocktails and Books: “I’m such a fan of S.J. Maylee.  Her stories are short, exciting, and sexy with characters who have chemistry to spare.”

Thank you to Liz Castillo for putting this graphic together for me

Thank you so much for visiting me, it means a lot to me that you took the time to visit my little place on the web. Don’t forget to check out the other My Sexy Saturday Posts. There are other groups gathering this weekend too including, Saturday SpankingsWeekend Warriors, and the Snippet Sunday Facebook Group.

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BOGO Sale with In the Blind and Taking Chances @EvernightPub

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My awesome publisher, Evernight Publishing has been celebrating 12 Days of Christmas with BOGO sales. I’m featured in today’s BOGO!!

If you buy In the Blind, you’ll get Taking Chances for FREE!!

I’m also super excited to see my books partying today with my fabulous friend, Sandra Bunino. You can’t go wrong with any of her books. So, don’t miss out on either of today’s BOGOs. 😀

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 In the Blind (Club Blind)

When a head hunter finds her dream lover in a night of pitch black unrestrained passion, she fears she’ll never find him again.

Be Warned: light BDSM, anal play, spanking

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Once In the Blind is in your cart at Evernight’s site, they’ll automatically add Taking Chances as well.

Happy BOGO!!

takingchances1mTaking Chances (Love Projects)

A shy technical writer, chosen by a dominant team leader to help save a vital project, discovers the inner strength to open her heart and take a chance at love.

Be Warned: spanking, BDSM, public exhibition

Contemporary Erotic Romance D/s
Novella

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Mid Week Tease – Assumptions Lead to Trouble – a snippet from Taking Chances

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the birthday girl, Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

For the remainder of this year, I’m going to share a snippet from each of my four other books. I’ll get back to In the Blind next year to get you excited about the next book in the series.

This week, I’m going to share a snippet from Taking Chances. In this tease:  It’s the day after Lydia and Jake come together the first time. Lydia has overheard that her hero is seeing Gina, the mean girl in the office, or at least he was last week. Enjoy!

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Last Friday was last week and long before yesterday. Jake hadn’t claimed he was celibate, but was he dating Gina? It certainly would explain the attention Gina had been paying her the last couple of days. Last night, she had given her body and she was tempted to give him more, but how could she now? She had no desire to enter a sex triangle. Tears filled her lower eye lids and threatened to overflow.

Gina. Why did it have to be Gina?

If Jake couldn’t see past Gina’s veneer, there was no way he would value what Lydia could offer. She forced her chin to stay high as a tear rolled down her check.

The door creaked open. “Lydia?”

“Leave me alone, Jake. I’ll be out in a minute.” She angled her face away from the door, and their stare caught in the mirror.

He stormed into the bathroom.

He knelt at her side. “Honey, please talk to me. Tell me what happened.” His thumb wiped away the next tear ready to fall.

“Why didn’t you tell me you were seeing Gina?”

“What? I’m not. Who put that idea in your head?”

“Gina.”

He lowered his head. He was caught. Lydia had to smile. Jake was no different. Men were scum. She could take comfort in their consistency.

His hands took hers. He rubbed his thumbs over the backs of her hands. She instinctively squeezed back, trying to take the last minutes back. She still wanted the possibility of a future with him, and the realization caused the ache to deepen.

His gaze found hers.

“Gina is an unattached submissive, and she frequents the club, as do I. I may not be in a relationship, but I do seek to fulfill my needs and needs of other unattached subs. Gina knows full well the extent of our scenes. I have never seen her outside of the club.”

“What does that mean? You touch her, but you don’t care about her?”

“You could look at it that way—”

She removed herself from his touch and found solace on the other side of the small room.

“That’s … I don’t know. I don’t understand.” Her sight focused on the floor as she tried to reconcile the man she thought she knew to the one she saw now.

“Lydia, ask me questions, or let me explain. Don’t make assumptions.”

“Assumptions!” She turned abruptly to face him. A big breath allowed her to calm her voice. “I’m not assuming anything. You just told me. At the club you touch other woman regularly. No wonder you don’t want me there. I’d probably put a crimp in your style.”

“Lydia, I don’t—”

“You don’t want a relationship,” she said and walked toward him. “We never made any promises to each other. No plans were made. It’s okay, really.” Her chest ached, but she wouldn’t let him see. She stood tall, shoulders back, and her hands gripped into her thighs like a lifeline.

The room was quiet as they stared at each other. Quietly he stepped around her and walked to the door. He was walking out, predictable.

He stopped at the door, locked it, and returned to her.

“We may not have voiced our promises, Lydia, but I don’t always make my motives known. I haven’t yet mentioned the club because we simply haven’t had time to discuss it, and to be honest, I’m not sure you’re ready.”

“Ready?”

“Do you know what would happen if I were to take you to the club?” He slipped around her and sat in the chair. His hand snaked around her hips.

“No.” Sweat broke out on her forehead, and nerves danced in her chest.

He pulled, and she landed across his lap. One hand held her upper body down, and the other fought to gain access between her thighs.

“Open. Now.”

His deep command had no problem cutting through her crumbling resolve.

His fingers found her bare and now wet pussy. “I’m not going anywhere, and you, my sweet gullible Lydia, will be receiving your first real punishment.”

“You—”

“I advise you to be quiet now.”

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BLURB:

Lydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he deserves the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.

The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. Together they find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed loved.

Review from BDSM Book Review: Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddlesSting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5 “S.J. Maylee’s story is one of beauty and well researched or perhaps well experienced. The journey that is embarked upon is gently done instead of pushed. Though a short story, this is well developed and the BDSM scenes are well written. It is not often that a short story can convey the beauty that a Dominant and submissive relationship can have.”

Review from Romancing the Book: Rose that Rules All “The chemistry between Jake and Lydia is blistering. The sex scenes were scorching.”

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Be Warned: spanking, BDSM, public exhibition

Where you can find TAKING CHANCES:
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BookStrand | All Romance Ebooks
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Weekend Writing Warriors – When Lydia Licks His Finger

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Welcome friends old and new. I’m glad you came. Today, I’m sharing from my birthday baby, the first in my Love Projects series, TAKING CHANCES. That’s right, yesterday my debut turned one. Happy First Authorversary to me!

THIS WEEK: Jake has return to the conference room, after his cold shower, to find Lydia in the middle of eating messy barbecue. Enjoy.

Before he could stop himself, he sat beside her, and his inquisitive finger reached out and rubbed the corner of her mouth. His finger hovered between them, an inch from her mouth. She licked her lips, and seconds ticked by. Nothing in the room captured his attention but her devilish mouth. Her tongue reached out and licked his finger. It took forever for his hand to return to his side. The air between them had become thick with heat. He couldn’t tear his sight from her beautiful eyes.

I think it’s time for them to give in a take a chance. Don’t you agreee? 🙂 I know when they give in and I also know how hot it gets too. *fans self* You can know too. Pick up your own copy of TAKING CHANCES and find out everything today.

BLURB:

takingchances1mLydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he deserves the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.

The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. Together they find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed loved.

click to see TAKING CHANCES on Goodreads

Where you can find TAKING CHANCES:

Evernight | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

BookStrand | All Romance Ebooks | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Nook UK

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Happy First Authorversary to Me

One year ago today, my debut, TAKING CHANCES, was released. *throws confetti and serves cake*

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The last 365 days have kind of been a blur. The ups and downs of being an author are pretty relentless. It’s like the train keeps moving and I keep running along with it. I’m exhausted and exhilarated at the same time and I love it.

I’m extremely excited to share that I recently signed my fifth contract with Evernight Publishing. 😀 More on that news just below.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND BOOKS BY S.J. MAYLEE:
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Coming-SoonIn 2013, I published two books. After In the Blind releases in October, I’ll have released three books in 2014. So, what do I see in store for 2015? I’m hoping for at least four new releases. I’m not crossing my fingers, I’m simply going to keep getting my butt in this chair and enjoy the process.

I’m actually getting very close to finishing the next story I’d like to submit. The first in a series I’ve been calling Relentless. It’s about assassins and their sweethearts. It needs just a handful of new scenes. In the coming weeks, untangleme 300I’ll tease you with it on Wednesdays.

Very soon on Sundays, I’ll start sharing little snippets from In the Blind. I have a little bit about this story on my Coming Soon page. Like, Untangle Me and Unravel Me, this story fits in between my Love Projects books. It is the love story of Jane, the head hunter from Unravel Me, and Rob who is Gina’s ex-husband.

If you haven’t read my books yet, Gina is the trouble taking-courage300x200maker from Taking Chances and actually a little in Taking Courage too. She is also the heroine in the third Love Projects book. Gina is a piece of work. You’ve only seen a little of the trouble she can cause. I can’t wait to get back to her story and finish it up. Her and Marcus have already taken me on a wild ride. I’ll just say that you have no idea who Gina is, but Marcus is starting to learn.

After Gina and Marcus, I’ll finish the second Relentless story. Then, I’ll write Anne and Keller’s story, the forth Love Projects book. Their story blows me away. Talk about love and devotion. Yum. Taking Chances 200x300Yum. Yum!

Today is about my very first book birthday. This journey started with Lydia. The shy girl that knew what she wanted and had no idea how to ask for it. She certainly didn’t start out with Janna’s courage. I may not write heroines that have their lives all together or know exactly what to say, but neither do I, lol. I’d like to share with you the first couple of pages from my birthday baby. Next month, I’ll be sharing the whole first chapter at Evernight Publishing’s new blog.

The First Pages of TAKING CHANCES:

Lydia’s boss stared the team down. She squirmed in her seat and worked to contain her fidget. The glower she recognized. Mr. Keller’s fiery gaze swept over every person in the conference room. Praying he would skim right past her, she shrank a smidge in her seat. The transition to their new product management database had bombed. He wanted someone to blame.

The team worked hard, and yet dozens of things had gone wrong, but no one deserved to get chucked under the bus. Politics was never a strong suit for Lydia, and neither was talking in front of a group. Who would enjoy sweating profusely and forgetting all words except ah and um?

The threat of humiliation fired through her, making her eager for a solution. If she could figure out a way to shift the meeting away from the possibility of someone getting fired, she’d relax. An idea rolled about in her head, but not even a drop of courage lingered within her reach.

“Keller, the policies and procedures need strength and substance if we’re going to move forward as a team with our new system.” Jake pushed back from the table.

She needed to add mind-reading to the list of Jake’s gifts. She’d had the exact idea. It wasn’t the first time he offered a solution she’d been contemplating. It often left her with the idea they’d get along well, which was ludicrous. Men like Jake didn’t pay attention to a woman like Lydia. Hesitation was more her style, and it certainly wasn’t Jake’s. As a department director, he made things happen, and along the way he intimidated the heck out of her.

Of course she’d never been alone in a room with Jake, never even had a casual conversation. Fortunately, he never sought her out. Whenever Jake neared, her pulse raced, and naughty ideas filled her mind. Her fascination with him had started on her first day with the company over a year ago.

The sidewalks had been a mess of snow and ice in front of their building that morning. She’d picked style over practicality in shoes and was rewarded with a slip and fall, flat on her butt. Jake had helped her up. He’d placed her purse strap in one hand and held the other while he asked if she was okay. Embarrassment might have flared through her, but his gaze had melted her, and she hadn’t been able to think straight in his presence since.

He made her aware of her body, the way it heated and awakened. It wasn’t the chiseled cheek bones, or his tall lean body that had to be fit as a Navy Seal. Okay, maybe in her fantasies it was heaven to grab onto his thick neck and shoulders. When Jake was around, she either got lost in a fantasy or felt like a teenager worrying about her hair being flat, smudged mascara, or worse things. What if he saw her nipples hardening? Luckily for her they worked in two different departments and didn’t find themselves with the need to talk to each other.

If she could get to know him she wouldn’t suffer so much. Most people had issues, and if she could find his she wouldn’t be so intimidated. She had a long history of finding flaws in people. First with her dad, she had been eight when he left. She led a lonely existence and wore it like an armor, and it stopped her from being let down.

“I think you’re onto something.” Boss man Keller usually agreed with Jake.

Disappointment ticked at her ragged nerves. Once again someone else was getting credit for an idea she couldn’t voice.

For Keller to ever agree with her, she’d have to have the audacity to speak about her own ideas. Until she had the guts to offer her own opinion there would be no recognition, no advancement. Soon it would be time to go back to her familiar little box, a place she usually thought of as comfortable, a place made easy to hold onto her armor.

“I’d like you to head the team on this.” Keller inclined his head toward Jake. “Pick one of the technical writers from this table, lock yourselves in a room, and get it done. I want a report tomorrow, my office, ten o’clock.” He stomped from the room and took another opportunity to sneer at each of them.

The room, without Keller’s presence, grew eerily quiet.

All attention turned to Jake. He towered over them as they waited for the chosen partner to be selected. Whispers bubbled up around her.

A door slammed down the hall, probably Keller letting off some steam. She didn’t want to think about Keller. She desperately wanted to fill her mind with one idea, that she could be the technical writer Jake chose. He could choose her.

She blocked out her surroundings, peeled back her protective layer and allowed herself to feel. She bit her lower lip and sucked it into her mouth. She could be locked in a room with Jake. Her mouth dried, and her heart pounded. She took another look at Jake and drank in his dark features and the muscles she imagined hidden under his blue collared shirt. A fantasy, starring the infamous Jake, filled her imagination.

He sauntered around the table and stopped at her chair. His hand took hold of hers, and he pulled her into his strong arms. Once he settled her bottom on the table, he stepped in between her thighs. As he devoured her mouth in eager kisses, he popped the buttons on her blouse, unclasped her bra, and exposed her. Powerful hands molded her breasts. She let her needy body fall to the table to give him access to every inch of her.

“Lydia.”

The fantasy was in full swing now. Jake shouted her name. Oh, her name sounded sinful on his lips.

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Mid Week Tease – Honesty and Punishments

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the amazing Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

My first book, Taking Chances turns 1 on Saturday! I’m going to tease again from this first book in my Love Projects series.

In this tease, Jake is answering several of Lydia’s questions.

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“You probably have your choice of girls who already know what they’re doing.”

“Just because a woman has similar appetites doesn’t make her a match.”

“Oh.” A shiver shook her body. “Sorry, I was just so nervous. I’m surprised I got it all out.”

“That will be a problem.”

“What?”

“We must be honest with each other. Lesson number two. I promise to listen and watch for what your body needs, but you must be honest with me, or this will never work. Holding back will get you punished.”

“Punished?”

“Yes, Lydia, I’m looking forward to punishing you.”

“Is it okay if I don’t ask about punishments? My head is full right now, and I still haven’t figured out why I liked you spanking me.”

“You can put off the conversation, which is fine because we do have a lot to do today, but you are only delaying the inevitable.”

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Jake is the Master at calming one worry and lighting up another. Oh boy. 🙂 I’ll share a bit more from my birthday baby this weekend, but you can also pick up this hot love story from your favorite retailer and find out everything whenever you want.

click to see TAKING CHANCES on Goodreads

Where you can find TAKING CHANCES:

Evernight | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

BookStrand | All Romance Ebooks | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Nook UK

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Lydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he deserves the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.

The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. Together they find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed loved.

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Mid Week Tease – The First Side Project

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the amazing Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

Next week, I’ll be celebrating my very first book birthday. Taking Chances turns 1 on August 23rd! So, I’m sharing from this first book in my Love Projects series.

In this tease, you’ll find Jake working hard to keep his lust for Lydia under control. While on his way to take a cold shower in his boss’s office, he finds Simon, the hero from the second book in the series, Taking Courage.

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Her scent filled his mind. He could practically taste her already. She was off limits, something that needed to be left alone. Maybe he should take a quick, cold shower in Keller’s office. Keller would understand. Damn Keller and his suggestions. The man kept denying his match-maker moniker, but Jake wanted to blame him all the same. He needed to stand strong, Jake couldn’t let go of his rules.

He stormed into Keller’s office, with a chip on his shoulder. Running up the stairs had only fueled his fury.

“Hey there, Jake, how’s it going with the little betty?” Keller said.

“Just great.”

“Your new side project is Jake?” Simon sat casually in one of the guest chairs.

“I don’t have side projects,” Keller said unconvincingly.

“Whatever, I should report you for this,” Jake said, pacing back and forth.

“What did I do?” Keller threw his hands in the air, but the smirk on his face gave him away.

“Shit, I’m sorry, Jake.” Simon turned his attention back to Keller. “Who did you select for our boy here?”

“You stay out of this. I thought we stood together on standing alone.”

“Sorry, I got caught in the action. Now, don’t leave me hangin’. Who is it?”

“Gees, it’s Lydia, okay? And you know what?” Jake turned his attention to Keller and pointed to Simon. “Do me a favor. Pick on him next.”

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And there you have it. That was my clue that Simon would be the hero for book two. Come back next week and I’ll share another teaser from my birthday baby. You can also pick up this hot love story from your favorite retailer and find out everything whenever you want.

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Lydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he deserves the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.

The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. Together they find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed loved.

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Ten Things to know about the Love Projects Series

I’m so thrilled that the second book in my Love Project series, TAKING COURAGE has released. I’m proud of the characters and their journey and I want to share more of them with you. I’m visiting many friends around the web for interviews, exclusive excerpts, and more. See the links on my Appearances page. Today, I’m giving you the inside scoop on this series of mine.

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  • All of the Love Project stories are standalones. However, if you read the whole series, you will find fun overlaps.
  • I created a chart! Can you see the Project Manager in SJ standing in a conference room explaining the details of the Love Projects. 😉

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  • TAKING CHANCES is the first in the series. Its epilogue took place at Club Voyage on the same night TAKING COURAGE begins.
  • If you read the epilogue in Taking Chances, you’ll find information not only on Taking Courage, but also on the third and forth books in the series.
  • The epilogue for Taking Chances occurs three months later and the epilogue for Taking Courage occurs only one week later.
  • Once you’ve read Taking Courage you’ll have met the heroes and heroines for the third and forth books, plus the hero from Unravel Me which is in an anthology releasing Friday!
  • There are two characters that will appear in each of the Love Project books. They’ve been at least mentioned in Untangle Me and Unravel Me as well. I’m curious if anyone knows who they are?
  • The manuscripts for both Taking Chances and Taking Courage didn’t originally have epilogues. My fabulous editor said something to me in both cases that sparked the idea. Now, I can’t imagine either without them.
  • June 11th is officially my Take a Chance Day. It’s the day I submitted Taking Chances to Evernight Publishing for their consideration. It’s a day I believed in my dream. It’s a day I’ll never forget.
  • I wrote an *extra love scene for Jake and Lydia from Taking Chances. Lydia talks about what led up to this scene in Taking Courage.You can read the love scene right here:

* Extra Love Scene:Bonus logo by SJ

Lydia removed all her clothes and stepped into the lukewarm shower. She hadn’t second guessed her decision to get a tattoo until her toe touched the not hot enough water, but she’d always wanted ink and she wanted nothing more than to show off her commitment to the Dom she loved.

After carefully removing the wet bandage, she cleaned the area. The tattoo artist better be right about the cold water because she felt like a cat who was asking for a rocking chair to smoosh its tail. She angled her body as far out of the spray as possible and turned up the cold water.

click to see my TAKING CHANCES pageShe counted faster than she should have and turned off the shower. “Shit. That was stupid.” She slammed the shower door back and reached for her towel, but it wasn’t there.

“I agree. That was stupid.”

“Jake!” She pressed her hand over her heart, thankfully covering the tattoo. “When did you come in?” She didn’t ask for the towel, knowing he wouldn’t release it from his clenched fists.

“Why the cold shower?” He stepped closer and reached for her hand.

Instinctively she reached for him.

“What did you do?” He helped her out of the show and then stopped her forward movement. After throwing the towel on the counter, he got down on one knee and caressed the skin around her new permanent mark.

“Surprise. Do you like it?” She trembled from his touch and the goose bumps covering her skin.

“It’s sexy.” He kissed her breast gently and looked up into her eyes. “I love it and I love you.”

click to see my UNTANGLE ME pageShe pressed her palm to his cheek. “I love you.”

He reached for the towel, pressed it over her ink, and then picked her up and carried her to the center of their bed. She reached for the towel, but he threw it across the room.

“Naughty girls who do things to their bodies without their Doms approval don’t get the luxury of warm towels.” He crawled between her legs and kissed a trail from her navel to her left breast. “Your work here is done. I’m taking charge of your heat. Now, be a good pet and reach for the head board and hang on.”

Once she grabbed the rungs of the headboard, she gasped as he took her nipple into his mouth. The sweet pull of his greedy mouth sent warmth in a direct path to her pussy and out over her needy body. He pushed her breast up and flicked her nipple with his tongue. She looked down and found his gaze trained on her. The passion and love returning to her opened her heart and her legs.

“My mind is filling with all kinds of punishments for you.” He traced a circle around the new tattoo and then around her nipple, but all I can think about right now is getting my cock deep inside you.”

click to see my UNRAVEL ME page“Oh yes, please. Please, fuck me, Sir.”

A smile spread wide across his face. “You’ve gotten a hell of a lot better at telling me what you want. I’ll have to reward that behavior.” He crawled up the bed and hovered over her. “You know, I don’t think it’s good to cover a new tattoo.” He nibbled on her ear lobe. “You’ll have to stay in the nude all weekend.”

“All weekend.” A shiver rolled through her, but heat followed when a long list of wicked things entered her thoughts.

“It’s the gift that keeps on giving.” The tip of his cock teased at her entrance. “Are you ready my love?”

“I’m always ready for you, Sir.” She pulled at the headboard and sucked in a breath as he filled her.

“You were ready for me. You’re so hot and wet.” He pulled out and pushed right back in. The bed rocked under them as he worked into a fierce rhythm.

click to see my TAKING COURAGE page“Reach for that orgasm now my love, because it’s the last one you’ll be getting for a while.”

“What! Oh.” She pulled her knees back and he thrust his hard cock into her again. He’d been pushing her farther and farther lately. She wondered how far she’d fly this weekend once he finally let her orgasm break free. His cock stroked her sweet spot. Thankfully, she didn’t have to worry about holding back right now. “It’s coming.”

He angled her hips and pushed in as her orgasm spread in bright pulses all over her body. His strokes became slower, but stronger and in no time he was grunting his pleasure and she rolled right into another round of tingling bliss.

She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him down. He pushed his tongue into her mouth and claimed her all over again.

When he pulled from her body, they snuggled into a tight embrace. Warm comfort surrounded them and left her wondering what chance she would take next for the man who had captured her body and soul.

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I hope you enjoyed that extra scene. My release day party is still going with an exclusive excerpt and a few giveaways to be won. You can see that post here and don’t forget to check my Appearances page for more inside scope.

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