Authors in Bloom 2018 with S.J. Maylee #gardeningtips #romance

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Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!

Gardening is one of my favorite things. In fact, it even inspired my tagline.

Blooming Hot Romance.

Life can be harsh. <- There is some honesty. It’s definitely my truth. Over the years, I’ve looked to my garden for tranquility. But it can be such a big undertaking, so overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Below you’ll find links to my posts filled with tips from my first two years from the Authors in Bloom hop, including new tips for this year, and details on my giveaway and the grand prize. I hope you find something that makes your gardening life easier, less harsh, and enjoyable.

Keep reading for my gardening tips, my giveaway, AND how to enter for your chance to win the fab GRAND PRIZE!


S.J.’s Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors!

I’ve started seeds before, but over the years I’ve gotten a bit more committed. 🙂 Here’s a look at a few of the things I’ve collected, heating pad, mini and larger seed trays, mini and larger lids for those trays, peat moss plugs, and adjustable lighting.

Before I get started, I spend time reading about my seeds. I take notes on the blooming or harvesting stats. After subtracting from the day I want them to bloom, I determine the day I start my seeds. Just this past week, I started several sunflower seeds. I’ll be starting several more over the next couple months. This year, I’m attempting to have sunflowers blooming in my garden all summer long.

There are several seeds that I don’t start indoors. Carrots, peas, and cucumbers sprout quickly. After I prepare my garden in the spring, I place the seeds directly into the ground.

To start seeds indoors you’ll need to control a few things.

  • Heat : Seeds need warmth to sprout. Most homes are warm enough for the seeds, but this time of year, our home is a little cooler. A seed heating pad will lift the temp by about ten degrees.
  • Dirt : Most soil is a bit too heavy and, well, dirty. Lol. Yes, I did call most soil dirty. Seeds need a clean environment, free of disease and no competition for the attention of the important stuff like moisture, heat, and light. Sterile starting soil is the way to go. Peat moss also creates a lovely environment for seeds. It holds onto moisture, but not too much. It’s light and won’t stop the delicate roots from growing.
  • Container : The container is another area with lots of options. You certainly could put the soil in any small container. I’ve found peat moss plugs that fit perfectly into a seed starter tray. I have the smaller trays you see in the picture above, since I’m only starting a few seeds at the moment. Depending on how much growth you get, you may need to re-pot your seedlings before transitioning them outdoors. Here’s an extra tip: When transplanting, pull tiny plants up by the leaf, not the stem. The stem is delicate at this stage and easily damaged.
  • Moisture : Your seeds need water, but not too much. Your soil starter should be wet, but not dripping the day you put your seeds in place. Each day there after, you’ll want to ensure the soil is moist and the air has humidity. If you have a tray with a plastic lid, be sure to set this on your tray to hold in the moisture. You can be creative here, lots of lids will do, as long as light can get through. If your container has holes in the bottom and you have it sitting on a tray of some kind, put some water, not a lot, in that bottom tray. The starter soil can suck up the water as needed through the hole in the bottom of the container. The last thing you want is the seeds to dry out! Dry seeds do not sprout. Each day, check on the water in the tray as well as the soil. Add water as needed.
  • Light : Seeds don’t need light before they sprout, but as soon as they do, they’ll need light. Get ready! To ensure you don’t have leggy, bendy stems, you’ll want to supplement sunlight. A simple sunny windowsill is not sufficient for young plants. Don’t make your tender plants bend to find the light. If you want straight plants, get that light directly overhead. Florescent lights are perfect for this task, even better if you can position that light a few inches from your plant. As your plants grow, you’ll need to raise the light. I actually have a lid for the larger tray you see in the pictures that will accommodate my young plants once they’ve outgrown the shorter lid. By raising the roof and raising the light, you’ll be directly the plants straight up.
  • Notes: It will be some time until you can tell what’s what. Be sure to document what seeds you have where. I have popsicle sticks ready to stick in as soon as the lids come off. Also, take notes on your process, based on your results, you can get ideas of what to change for next year and what to do the same.

  • Hardening : Once your seedlings are growing strong, and the risk of frost has past, it will be time to transition them to growing outside. To start, take your plants outside for a few hours each day, in a protected (not windy) area, and bring them back inside at night. If you have a cold frame, that would be a perfect place to harden your plants. Each day, lengthen the amount of time you leave them outside and then at the end of a 7-day period, you can plant them in their final spot in your yard.

Hope these tips help!

Extra Tips:

General Gardening Tips – Authors in Bloom 2017

General Gardening Tips – Authors in Bloom 2016


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Here’s a look inside the newest release in my Assassins and Sweethearts Series:

Unexpected Destiny

Book Description:

Elizabeth Martin thought she already had her happily ever after, that is until her husband mysteriously disappeared. Aidan Clery is a skilled assassin for hire who wants nothing more than to find the love of his life. Fate throws Liz in his path and everything is perfect, except Aidan just won the contract on her life.

The truth surrounding Liz’s estranged husband takes the pair on a dangerous journey. Nothing in their lives will ever be the same. Destiny may be unexpected but it will be up to Aidan and Liz to discover the truth and claim their real happily ever after.

Excerpt:

Aidan turned off the faucet and caught the reflection of those gorgeous brown eyes in the mirror.

“Oops. Wrong door,” said his girl as she turned around.

“I can share.” He could handle the surveillance later. This woman deserved his attention.

She stopped and turned around. “Okay then.” She took a step toward him. “You know what? I should have asked for confirmation earlier.” Her gaze was full of mischief.

“You’re right. You should have asked.” He took a hold of her hand and pulled her close. “I sure would like to see that tiny scrap of lace.” And just like that his night got infinitely better.

She stopped her forward movement when their chests were a mere inch apart. A nice rosy blush heated her cheeks. He kept hold of her hand while her other played with the lapel of his dark leather jacket. “I can’t believe I’m doing this.”

“You need to get back to your friends?”

“Yes, but…” She licked her bottom lip. “Maybe I could stay here for a few minutes.”

“At least a few.” He tapped the bottom of her chin. “How about you start by telling me your name?”

“Liz.” Her gaze met his and he wanted time to stop. Something about the lonely look in her eyes called to him to not let her get away. She shifted closer. “Who are you?”

He pushed his finger over her waistband, rubbing her hipbone. “I’m Aidan.” He squeezed the hand he still held. Her soft body relaxed against his.

“I should probably go. I need to get my friends home.”

“I don’t think you should go anywhere.” He brushed his nose against hers.

A delicious moan slipped from her lips. “I don’t want to leave but I need to make sure they get home safely.”

“It’s nice of you to look out for them.” Damn, she smelled good. It was lilacs or roses or something.

“I’d rather stay here with you.” She leaned in and their lips almost met. “My friends are always right. I should have gone out with them months ago.”

“Stay a few more minutes.” He caressed over her hips to her round ass. Hot tension filled his thoughts. Forget a few more minutes, he’d take all night and then some to explore this beautiful woman.

“More.” She scraped her teeth over her bottom lip.

A second later, the door opened. “Lizzy, we got to go. Emily isn’t feeling well.”

She dropped her head to his shoulder and he wrapped his arms around her.

“Oh, I’m so sorry, Lizzy.” The woman held the door open. “You’re right. He is cute. Bring him with you. Emily won’t mind.”

“She’ll be right out,” he said. Once the friend left the bathroom, he brushed her hair behind her shoulders and stroked her back.

“I feel like I’m cursed.”

“You and me both, sweetheart.” He didn’t let her go.

“Well.” She looked up at him from under her long, dark lashes. “It’s not what I had in mind but would you help me with my friends?” The soft tone of her voice had him imagining how she’d purr if he made her come. “I think I might be the only one sober and they can be a bit much to wrangle into a cab. They live north in Edgewater and then we could do something, maybe go back to my place.” She worried her poor bottom lip once more.

“I’d like that.” He squeezed her ass. “Sure. I’ll help, Lizzy.” He tugged on her hair. Then he’d help himself to more of her.


WHERE YOU CAN FIND BOOKS BY S.J. MAYLEE:

Evernight Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

BookStrand | Smashwords | iTunes


S.J. Maylee’s International Giveaway:

I’m giving away ALL the ebooks currently published in my Assassins and Sweethearts Series to one lucky commenter. To enter, leave a comment below with your favorite gardening tip and then click my >> Rafflecopter << for more chances to win.

GRAND PRIZE: We are giving away a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a 2nd prize of $25 gift card! Only those visitors who visit EACH and EVERY stop are eligible for the grand prize. So, keep hopping and comment at every stop. 😀


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Winners will be posted on both Dianne Venetta’s blog and the BloominThyme websites.

Giveaway ends April 27th at 11:59pm EST.


Remember to take the time to smell the roses.

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Top Pick News, Giveaways, Parties, and Anticipating Great Things! #FREE #giveaway #romance

I hope this winter has been kind to you. The snow has come and gone here many times. It’s currently covering our grass. It’s just enough to keep our ski hills open, just the way I like it. ❤

Below you’ll find information on a Giveaway, Facebook Party, Top Pick Reviews, a Sale, and a Book Fair!


GIVEAWAY

There’s one more day to enter Anne Lange’s 2017 Year of RomanceThe jackpot includes a Kindle Fire, all of the ebooks you see below (29 books!), as well as a necklace and set of wine glass charms made by the talented Nicole Laverdure.

Click the pic to see the rafflecopter and enter TODAY!

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PARTY!

Start your V-Day early and join Evernight authors for our Valentine’s Day Soirée! Author chats, contests, and giveaways will happen all day long.

My time slot will be from Noon-12:30 Eastern. Come have your lunch with me!

Click the pic to see the party on Facebook.

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TOP PICK REVIEWS!

THREE of my books have recently been given TOP PICK in their reviews at Night Owl Reviews. 😀 They include my very first release, TAKING CHANCES, my second release, UNTANGLE ME, and my FREE read, DESIRE PROTECTED. I’m over the moon happy that my books have been enjoyed. ❤ ❤ ❤ You can find more information about all my releases by clicking on the covers on my books page.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND BOOKS BY S.J. MAYLEE:

 Evernight Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

BookStrand | Smashwords | iTunes

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“In the end we get a wonderful story.”

“S.J. Maylee writes purely entertaining books that I absolutely love reading.”

“Despite the length of this novella, the story is still rich and full of suspense, drama, and holy hotness Batman!”

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SALE!

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Save 15% on your ENTIRE ORDER at evernightpublishing.com from now through 2/19. Coupon code: LOVE2017

You can find all my books at Evernight here.

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BOOK FAIR

I’ll be at the Great Lakes Book Bash this fall. Below you’ll find information about tickets and attending authors. Would LOVE to see you there. ❤

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#Free tickets for Saturday are almost gone! If you haven’t snagged your tickets yet, here are all your options…

Friday 10/27/17 – FREE tickets still available
Saturday 10/28/17 – 8 Free tickets available

TWO DAY SIGNING TICKETS – $15.00
ROCK STAR PASS (VIP Ticket) – $20.00

If you are traveling from outside the area and are looking for hotel accommodations, you are welcome to stay on site at the Radisson. When you call to make your reservation, please make sure you tell them you are there with GLBB and you will receive our group rate for your room.

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-book-bash-2017-tickets-19157619957#tickets
Hotel: 269/343.3333

Below is the most up-to-date list of attending authors.

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Mid Week Tease “I want to see her dance.” A snippet from Desire Protected, Assassins and Sweethearts Series #FreeRead

click to see SJ's Mid Week TeasesHappy Hump Day!

I’m teasing from my brand new FREE read, Desire Protected.

I’m starting from where I left off last week but this is all I’ll be sharing from this scene. To find out what happens next, pick up your free copy TODAY!

❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoy!


“I’ve seen your type before. You will not steal this girl from me. If you want her, you’ll have to pay for her like all the others. I won’t allow you to make any sideline deals. All transactions go through me.”

“I want to see her dance.” He kept a hold on Nadia. “Surely you don’t want to stop me from seeing the merchandise.” He took a quick glance at the gun. The slide was locked back. There was no way of knowing if she knew how to get the gun ready to fire.

“I have plenty of girls available for sale. This one is new and clearly doesn’t understand our protocol. Let me get her in the back, and then you and I can talk about how we do things around here.” She crooked her finger at Nadia. “Come on, girl.”

Nadia slipped from his grip and stepped around him. “It’s okay, Sir. I’ll go, and then you and Bev can take care of business.” She kissed his cheek and gazed into his eyes. He spotted her strong furrowed brow. He also didn’t miss the beads of sweat along her temple. It didn’t please him to see the clear signs of fear but, in the right amount and mixed with her strength, it could be what she needed to survive a night like this.

He ground his teeth as she walked out of his reach.


Desire-Protected-EvernightPublishing-JayAheer2016-smallpreviewBlurb:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: spanking, light BDSM

Where you can get your FREE copy:

Amazon | Evernight | Barnes & Noble
Bookstrand | All Romance Ebooks
Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

click to add DESIRE PROTECTED to your Goodreads want to read list

Thank you so much for visiting me. It means a lot that you took the time to visit my little place on the web. Be sure to check out all the Mid Week Teasers:

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Mid Week Tease “Not so fast, Mr. Fancy.” A snippet from Desire Protected, Assassins and Sweethearts Series #FreeRead

click to see SJ's Mid Week TeasesHappy Hump Day!

I’m teasing from my brand new FREE read, Desire Protected.

❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoy!


“Come on now, up you go.” He prayed Nadia worked with him. If they played their cards right, he’d have her back in the main part of the club where she could make her exit.

“Thank you for giving me another chance, Sir.” She stood on shaky legs and pulled up her panties.

“You’re doing fine.” He caressed her cheek. She was the most precious thing in the world to him. It would kill him if his work ever touched her again. He’d have to determine the cause of her jealousy and do what he could to diminish any worries she had. That was a task for later. Right now, he needed to get her out of there. “I am looking forward to seeing you dance.” He opened the door and pulled her behind him.

“Not so fast, Mr. Fancy.” Bev stood in the hall and pointed a gun at them.


Desire-Protected-EvernightPublishing-JayAheer2016-smallpreviewBlurb:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: spanking, light BDSM

Where you can get your FREE copy:

Amazon | Evernight | Barnes & Noble
Bookstrand | All Romance Ebooks
Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

click to add DESIRE PROTECTED to your Goodreads want to read list

Thank you so much for visiting me. It means a lot that you took the time to visit my little place on the web. Be sure to check out all the Mid Week Teasers:

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Click here to see a list of those participating this week.

http://midweektease.blogspot.com

 

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My NEW Release is now #FREE everywhere – Desire Protected, Assassins and Sweethearts Series

I’m so excited! Desire Protected is now FREE everywhere.

I’m in LOVE with my Assassins and Sweethearts and I’m working hard to bring you more in this series. Until then, I give you a romance that will rock your world. With Desire Protected, I explore a couple who has already fallen in love. They’ve already committed their lives to one another. BUT, that’s not where their story ends. Desire Protected explores what happens next. Nadia is in love with an assassin. It isn’t going to be easy.

Will love conquer all?

Will love protect?

Find out in this sexy suspenseful NEW FREE Read.

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Bookstrand | All Romance Ebooks
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Assassins and  Sweethearts Series

Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense

FREE READ!!

When a woman fears her fiancé is straying, she follows him and walks right into his Op. Now, he must incorporate her into his plan before they’re both killed.


Book Description:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: light BDSM and spanking


click to see DESIRE PROTECTED at Goodreads

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Early praise for

Desire Protected:

5 stars from Liz’s Reading Life: Desire Protected is a quick, sensual, heart pounding read that will have you desiring more.

5 stars from a reader, Tracy W: Another well done story from an author I come back to again and again.

5 stars from a reader, Doris O: Suspense, heat, and above all love. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.


Excerpt:

Coming here had been stupid. If she left quickly, Ethan would never know she’d been there.

A step inside and she knew she’d made the wrong decision.

Ethan stood and came at her. “What are you doing here?”

“Ah.” She pushed the door closed behind her and stayed put. “I’m ah…”

“How did you get in here?”

Ethan2.3“I took a cab. You’re busy. I’ll just get back in a cab and go home.” She turned around.

He stepped in behind her and placed his hand on the door above her head. “Don’t make another move.” He kicked her feet apart and pressed his body to hers.

She stared at the door. An ache rushed from her chest to the back of her throat, and then she heard a tiny little click.

He pulled her hair back and brought his lips to her ear. “They can still see us but our voices are blocked for thirty seconds.”

She had no idea what to say to him. Many times they discussed how dangerous it would be for her to get caught up in his business. “I’m sorry.” What a pathetic thing to say. She knew better.

“You followed me here?”

“I did.” Her stupid jealousy had gotten her here. She felt like a child. Maybe she should be punished like one. She tapped her head on the door.

“We’ll have a long talk about this when we get home.”

“I understand, Sir.” Her voice came out crackly.

“How did you find my room?”

“I may have told this second blonde woman I just started working here.” She wanted to crawl under the table.

“You did what?” His tone had gotten awfully low. “What do you mean second blonde?”

“Shit.” She tapped her head on the door again. Then she remembered the cameras. “I’m supposed to be in here making you happy.”

Ethan

“You’ve failed.”

“Hey!” She turned around and he plastered himself to her.

“You have no idea the kind of danger you’re in this very minute.”

“From you? Yeah, I have an idea.”

“I’m the least of your worries. I’m working tonight.”

She sucked in a deep breath. Her heartbeat raced. “I’m so sorry.” Not only had she betrayed her promise to Ethan, but she’d put both their lives in danger.

He put his hand around her throat and squeezed. “Shhh.” He stroked along the back of her neck. His touch may have been gentle but his palm pushed her head back, bringing her gaze to his. “Follow my lead and I’ll get you out of here, but first I will make good use of our time.” His beautiful hazel eyes turned dark as night.

“Okay.” She trusted him and believed with her whole heart he’d get her out of this situation. A tiny click signaled the end to their privacy.

“Are you sure about that?” He hauled her back to the couch where he’d been sitting and pulled her over his lap.

“What are you doing?” She kicked her legs.

“You need to make me happy, wouldn’t want you getting fired on your first day.” He flipped up her skirt and yanked down her panties.

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Praise for the first book in the Assassins and Sweethearts Series

Desire Unexpected:

5 stars from Cocktails and Books: “Their love for each other was very fierce, and when they began to have sex, it goes completely off the charts. Their love scenes were intense and oh, so hot!  They had feeling of a kind of desperation to them. They’ve found what they were looking for in each other, and they’re clinging to it with everything they had.”

4 Hearts from Sizzling Hot Reads: “It had the hot steamy sex scenes but also the mystery behind the group Ethan belonged too. I look forward to more from the Assassins and Sweethearts series.”

4 stars from Redz World Reviews: “over all this is a great start to what promises to be a good series”

Where you can find Desire Unexpected
Amazon | Evernight Publishing | Barnes & Noble
Bookstrand | All Romance Ebooks
Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords


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Mid Week Tease “Up on your knees.” A snippet from Desire Protected, Assassins and Sweethearts Series #FreeRead

click to see SJ's Mid Week TeasesHappy Hump Day!

I’m teasing from my brand new FREE read, Desire Protected.

In this snippet, Nadia is receiving a well deserved spanking.

Ouch!

❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoy!


She took a deep breath and took in the pain. Knowing it served a purpose filled her with the deepest love. She knew Ethan loved her. She knew it like she knew her own love for him. Today, she’d risked it all. “I’m sorry, Sir.”

“Say it again.” He rubbed her bottom.

“I’m so sorry.” The rustling of clothing had her taking a peek. “Sir?”

“Hold your position.” After several long seconds, he seized her hips. “Up on your knees.”


Desire-Protected-EvernightPublishing-JayAheer2016-smallpreviewBlurb:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: spanking, light BDSM

Where you can get your FREE copy:

Evernight | Barnes & Noble
Bookstrand | All Romance Ebooks
Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

click to add DESIRE PROTECTED to your Goodreads want to read list

Thank you so much for visiting me. It means a lot that you took the time to visit my little place on the web. Be sure to check out all the Mid Week Teasers:

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Mid Week Tease “I want you naked.” A snippet from Desire Protected, Assassins and Sweethearts Series #FreeRead

click to see SJ's Mid Week TeasesHappy Hump Day!

I’m teasing from my brand new FREE read, Desire Protected.

❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoy!


“Hey, you already spanked me tonight.” She squirmed as he yanked off her tiny skirt and her panties along with it.

“That spanking only served to clear my head and allow me time to come up with a plan.” He removed her shoes and tossed them over his shoulder. “This spanking is your punishment.” He rubbed her ass.

Oh shit.

“Take off your silly little shirt and your bra too.” He rolled up his sleeves. “I want you naked.”

She got up on her knees and pulled her shirt over her head. After unclipping her bar, she tossed it at him. “What about you?”

“You’re not in a position to make demands.” He snatched her ankle and pulled her down and around until her legs and butt hung off the bed. “Now that’s a beautiful ass.”


Desire-Protected-EvernightPublishing-JayAheer2016-smallpreviewBlurb:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: spanking, light BDSM

Where you can get your FREE copy:

Evernight | Barnes & Noble
Bookstrand | All Romance Ebooks
Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

click to add DESIRE PROTECTED to your Goodreads want to read list

Thank you so much for visiting me. It means a lot that you took the time to visit my little place on the web. Be sure to check out all the Mid Week Teasers:

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to see a list of those participating this week.

http://midweektease.blogspot.com

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Desire Protected is HERE and it’s a #FreeRead! Assassins and Sweethearts Series

<<< CLICK HERE for the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop >>>

Desire-Protected-EvernightPublishing-JayAheer2016-smallpreviewHooray!! Toss the confetti. Pop the champagne. Grind the beans.

😀

Desire Protected is here!!

I’ve been working on Aidan’s story, the next Assassin you’ll get to know, and I realized Nadia and Ethan’s story wasn’t done yet.

But Desire Unexpected came out last April. What to do?

FREE READ!

Desire Protected is a standalone. The story starts where Desire Unexpected left off.

>> Desire Unexpected is currently on sale for .99 cents at Evernight <<


The first review from Liz’s Reading Life

5-Stars: “Desire Protected is a quick, sensual, heart pounding read that will have you desiring more.”


Book Description:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Where you can get your FREE copy:

Evernight | Bookstrand | All Romance Ebooks

Smashwords

*I’ll add more links as they become available

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Excerpt: 

Coming here had been stupid. If she left quickly, Ethan would never know she’d been there.

A step inside and she knew she’d made the wrong decision.

Ethan stood and came at her. “What are you doing here?”

“Ah.” She pushed the door closed behind her and stayed put. “I’m ah…”

“How did you get in here?”

“I took a cab. You’re busy. I’ll just get back in a cab and go home.” She turned around.

He stepped in behind her and placed his hand on the door above her head. “Don’t make another move.” He kicked her feet apart and pressed his body to hers.

She stared at the door. An ache rushed from her chest to the back of her throat, and then she heard a tiny little click.

He pulled her hair back and brought his lips to her ear. “They can still see us but our voices are blocked for thirty seconds.”

She had no idea what to say to him. Many times they discussed how dangerous it would be for her to get caught up in his business. “I’m sorry.” What a pathetic thing to say. She knew better.

“You followed me here?”

“I did.” Her stupid jealousy had gotten her here. She felt like a child. Maybe she should be punished like one. She tapped her head on the door.

“We’ll have a long talk about this when we get home.”

“I understand, Sir.” Her voice came out crackly.

“How did you find my room?”

“I may have told this second blonde woman I just started working here.” She wanted to crawl under the table.

“You did what?” His tone had gotten awfully low. “What do you mean second blonde?”

“Shit.” She tapped her head on the door again. Then she remembered the cameras. “I’m supposed to be in here making you happy.”

“You’ve failed.”

“Hey!” She turned around and he plastered himself to her.

“You have no idea the kind of danger you’re in this very minute.”

“From you? Yeah, I have an idea.”

“I’m the least of your worries. I’m working tonight.”

She sucked in a deep breath. Her heartbeat raced. “I’m so sorry.” Not only had she betrayed her promise to Ethan, but she’d put both their lives in danger.

He put his hand around her throat and squeezed. “Shhh.” He stroked along the back of her neck. His touch may have been gentle but his palm pushed her head back, bringing her gaze to his. “Follow my lead and I’ll get you out of here, but first I will make good use of our time.” His beautiful hazel eyes turned dark as night.

“Okay.” She trusted him and believed with her whole heart he’d get her out of this situation. A tiny click signaled the end to their privacy.

“Are you sure about that?” He hauled her back to the couch where he’d been sitting and pulled her over his lap.

“What are you doing?” She kicked her legs.

“You need to make me happy, wouldn’t want you getting fired on your first day.” He flipped up her skirt and yanked down her panties.

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Coming Soon! Desire Protected, Assassins and Sweethearts 1.5 by S.J. Maylee #FreeRead

coming-soon 300x450I signed a new contract this week! 😀 I’m excited to share I’m adding to Ethan and Nadia’s story. ❤ You fell for them in Desire Unexpected, Assassins and Sweethearts 1 and now their love is about to be tested in a whole new way. Desire Protected is a fast paced, heart pounding, delicious read. I absolutely loved writing these two again.

I hadn’t planned for this book. While writing Assassins and Sweethearts book 2, Ethan and Nadia demanded I give them more attention. I’m so glad I listened!

And what’s even more exciting, we’re making this a free read! That’s right. FREE! Squee.

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Here are all the details:

Desire Protected
Assassins and  Sweethearts Book 1.5

Releasing in April 2016

Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense

Nadia & Ethan

This will be a FREE read!!

When a woman fears her fiancé is straying, she follows him and walks right into his Op. Now, he must incorporate her into his plan before they’re both killed.


Book Description:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him. Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: light BDSM and spanking

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Inside Look with Cherrie Mack author of The Beginning (Witches Of The Bayou)

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First, I would like to thank SJ for having me as a guest today. I am thrilled to be here.

My newest read is free, courtesy of Evernight Publishing. This paranormal romance is based on a character from A Late Summer Bloom. It occurred to me, Cecily Jareau, needed her story told. Why was she so jaded? What caused her to hate her royal coven? Why did she want to walk away from her power and her witchhood?

Because her story comes to a satisfying conclusion in A Late Summer Bloom, I thought it would be fun to go back, just a little and tell the story of how it all began. After all, don’t we all love to fall in love? That no holds barred, can’t keep our hands to ourselves, butterflies in the belly kinda love?

Yeah, me too. My hope is you take the time to download and read, The Beginning-Witches Of The Bayou and love it as much as I loved writing it.

((HUGS))

Cherrie Mack

The BeginningThe Beginning

Witches Of The Bayou

Free Read

Cherrie Mack

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Date of Publication: 5/27/14

Number of pages: 46

Word Count: 11k

Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs

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Book Description:

A young and powerful witch of royal birthright longs to be human. When she meets a human man who gives her the love she’s never known, her decision to renounce her heritage is an easy one. But, not everything is what it seems.

This exciting, short story is a prequel to A Late Summer Bloom—Witches Of The Bayou.

Excerpt:

Cecily sat at Al’s House of Blue’s for the fifth night in a row. She sat in the same seat sipping the same drink and watching James play his trumpet. Having a date afterward had become a welcome routine. She was falling hard for the dashing, swoon-worthy musician and her libido had suddenly awakened from its life of hibernation. Wanting him on every level, not just physical, had her worried.

Did she dare to dream he felt the same way? He certainly gave off a territorial vibe when it came to her. And although being human was James’ advantage, it served as his drawback as well. The fact remained, she was a witch—a witch of royal status. The covens wouldn’t allow her to renounce her origins so easily.

She sighed. James hadn’t even kissed her yet and here she was thinking of a life outside the boundaries of magic.

“You look far away tonight. Everything okay?” James stood near, his aftershave soothing her anxiety.

“I’m fine.”

He pulled a chair up close to her and sat down, taking her hands in his. “No. You were thinking about something that made you sad. I could see it in your eyes.”

“And that bothers you?”

“It bothers me a great deal.”

She stared at his mouth, licking her lips. “Why?” And why haven’t you kissed me?

Without warning, swift and certain, James leaned in and kissed her lips. The contact surprised her, making her pull back. But as she leaned away, he leaned forward, not allowing her to move out of his reach. His lips claimed her, branding her with a fiery passion she never experienced. The crowd was no longer a consequence as she returned his affection. Their tongues entwined in a blistering exchange sending a mass of intense impulses bolting through her blood.

The velvety texture of his mouth was more than she could stand. His tongue, hot and slick, moved in a sinuous rhythm, owning her, imprinting his being within her heart. This wasn’t a kiss—this was a declaration. And Cecily wanted more of it. When he pulled away, she felt exposed, like a raw bundle of nerves left unprotected in the smoky atmosphere.

Applause could be heard from behind her, the audience clapping at their display. The glorious feeling disappeared quickly when Cecily recognized Brigitte standing at the back of the room. James leaned over to whisper in her ear. “After this set is over—I wanna do that again.”

She gave him a nervous smile. “Yes. I’d like that. But right now, I need to use the powder room.” She fanned herself, gave him a wink and rose up on wobbly legs. When she headed for the ladies room she saw Brigitte fall in step behind her.

After they waited for it to clear out, Brigitte leveled a stern look at her. “A human man? Really?”

Cecily stood with her hands on her hips. “James. His name is James. And yes I want a human man because ultimately, I want to be human.”

Brigitte’s eyes widened as if Cecily had committed the worst of sins. “They are unworthy. Not just of a witch but—but you? You have aristocratic blood in your veins. You can’t be serious.”

“Oh I’m serious. Neither you, nor Percy and his band of blue-blooded bullies are gonna change my mind.”

Brigitte’s facial features relaxed. “We’ll just see about that.” Cecily panicked. She’d been living as a human for over a week, performing no spells, no magic. She washed dishes and clothes and floors. She purchased food at the market, she cooked. And she was comfortable doing all of it. Now, about to embark on a human relationship, so close to a physical, loving connection, an obstacle was thrown in her path.

Just like always. Her life was one big hurdle after another.  Happiness was a breath away and once again she was faced with a complication she never saw coming. That kiss should have been one of her happiest moments but was ruined by the mere presence of another of her kind.

About the Author:

Cherrie Mack is a multi-published romance author who grew up in Flushing Queens NY, the youngest child of six. The city’s diversity gave her a great appreciation for many different cultures and lifestyles. After love finally claimed the girl from the city Cherrieand dragged her to the suburban madness of Long Island, she settled into a quiet life with her new husband. Two children and one mini-van later, the family found themselves moving towards the sunny skies of Florida where they currently reside. When she isn’t writing, she is busy chasing her children around, laughing with her husband, struggling to learn meditation and hanging out with her best friend–a mutt named Bailey.

Over the last year, Cherrie has continued to flourish, writing contemporary erotic romance, romantic comedy, urban fantasy and her latest, paranormal romance. Her ability to cross genre’s fuels her imagination and gives her the desire to continue to push her boundaries and branch out as a writer. Although she hasn’t settled into any given sub-genre, she is confident her ability will lead her down the right path.

A member of Romance Writers of America, Cherrie is slowly spreading her wings as a romance author. Look for her books at all digital bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, ITunes, Nook, Kobo and many more.