Sneak Peek Week, Day 5

I have a series at Ellora’s Cave called Cocktales. The stories are about four best friends who open up their dream business after graduating from college. Books and Brew is actually my dream store too–lol. It’s a bar/bookstore and the stories are set in Portland. Party Naked came out last fall, Screwdriver released in March and the final two books, Bachelor’s Bait and Screaming Orgasm are already contracted and waiting for me to sit down and write them!

Bachelor’s Bait is the next book on my writing to-do list and I am really looking forward to digging in to Sophie’s story. She has a love-to-hate relationship with attorney Marc. Sparks fly when she organizes a Bachelor’s Auction to raise funds for the Free Legal Aid clinic Marc runs. Unfortunately, the story is all in my head. Don’t have a single word on paper yet.

Today I thought I’d give you sneak peek of Screaming Orgasm. While it’s the last book, I actually do have a small part of it written. Hey…you have to strike while the story is churning and one day I simply couldn’t rest until I put that lone scene from Screaming Orgasm down…even though I knew I was months away from writing the book!
Party Naked:

Cocktales, Book One 

Stephanie Harper is perfectly happy co-owning Books and Brew, where she slings drinks and entertains her friends with cutting wit and a cynical take on love. She’s convinced she has no time for anything deeper than sex; she has a business to run, after all. And her thrice-married mother has proven happy ever after doesn’t exist.

Jarod Nolan begs to differ. Chance has him running into Steph—and giving her a ticket—one morning, but it’s fate that finds him in her place of business that same evening. A sizzling one-night stand ensues, and although Stephanie escapes before he wakes the next morning, Jarod is already sure she’s worth the chase.

Steph’s more than willing to party naked with the hot cop, but she’s adamant they’re driven by lust, not love. Jarod is prepared to prove otherwise, even if it means giving up one of the things he and Stephanie do best…

What’s that old saying? Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder?

Party Naked is available at Ellora’s CaveAmazonBarnes and NobleSony, and All Romance Ebooks.


Cocktales, Book Two

When Jordan Lance isn’t poring over spreadsheets for Books and Brew, she’s fantasizing about the store’s landlord. Too bad she’s squarely in Gabriel’s “just friends” column. Jordan’s prepared to pine forever—until she meets Casey. The handyman is hot, handsome, charming…and Gabriel’s best friend. Suddenly her wicked fantasies are porntastic times two.

Casey has suspected his friend’s interest in Jordan. If he can push them together, he might get Gabriel off the bimbo train he’s been riding. The plan? Jealousy. And it’s working. It’s not long before Gabriel’s deeper feelings for Jordan emerge. Problem is…so do Casey’s. What happens when two friends want the same woman? Red-hot ménage, baby.

Two gorgeous men exploring every inch of her body? Um, yes please! Jordan doesn’t know if threesomes are considered acceptable, but she’s sure of one thing—being this bad feels far too good.

Screwdriver is available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Ellora’s Cave.

Screaming Orgasm Sneak Peek (blah blah blah rough draft, unedited. You know the drill–lol):

“What are doing?”

Elias’s deep voice cut through the quiet and startled her. “Oh.”

He rose slowly and walked to the bar. She admired his smooth elegance. She’d never met a man quite like Elias. A research scientist and professor at a local university, everything about him fascinated her. Stephanie teased her about her crush on him, but what she felt for Elias felt too strong to be given such a juvenile description.

“I didn’t mean to frighten you.” He claimed a stool at the bar across from her. Even though he’d been coming to Books and Brew since they’d opened, she wasn’t sure she’d ever seen him sitting at the bar. He always opted for the out-of-the-way leather chair.

“You didn’t. I mean, I knew you were here. I think I was zoning out there a bit. What did you say?”

“I asked what you were doing.”

She looked down at the glass of Scotch she’d poured. “Having a drink.”

He gave her a slight smile. “You don’t drink.”

She shrugged. “I do tonight. Thought I’d see what all this fuss is about this Scotch of yours.”

He didn’t speak as she lifted the glass, silently toasting him, before taking a sip.

She gasped. “Oh my God. That’s terrible.” She put the glass down, quickly looking around for something to kill the taste.

Elias’ smile grew and she realized she didn’t see him smile often. It wasn’t that he was miserable. Quite the opposite, he was very nice, genuinely friendly. While she’d always found him attractive, the full-fledged grin took his face from handsome to freaking hot in an instant.

“I should have warned you. It’s an acquired taste.” He rose and walked to the end of the bar, gesturing at the hinged entrance. “May I?”

She nodded. He lifted the wood and joined her. It was a night for all sorts of odd occurrences.

Elias reached for a clean glass and began to mix together several ingredients. Stirring, he handed her the new drink. “Given your love of coffee, I think you may find this more to your liking.”

She raised the glass with caution and sniffed at it. Elias’ face proved he was amused by her reticence.

“Trust me,” he said.

It was all she needed to hear. She took a drink. The liquor was smooth and creamy and quickly erased the lingering foul taste of the Scotch. “Delicious. What’s it called?”

Elias moved a step toward her. Jayne’s breath caught in her chest. They’d never been so close or alone. “Screaming Orgasm.”

She swallowed. Because of his nearness, Jayne was forced to look up. She’d known he was tall, but she’d never realized how great the disparity in their heights until now. He topped her short, five foot four frame by at least half a foot, maybe more.

Yet another big disparity between them. Another roadblock. She’d been surprised to learn from Stephanie that Elias was forty-three to her thirty. While her friends perceived that age difference as too great, Jayne wasn’t sure she agreed.

“Screaming Orgasm,” she repeated. She gave him a sad smile. “Never had one of those before.” There was definitely a double meaning behind her response. In the past, she never would have made such a revealing remark to him, but tonight, she felt too weary to shield her words.

His eyes narrowed slightly and she flushed.

Shit. Way to go too far, Jayne.

“I mean—”

“I know what you mean, Jayne.”

Hee hee–Screaming Orgasm is going to be one dirty book. Elias turns out to be a Dom and Jayne? Well…let’s just say she likes that part of him…a lot. SO…today’s question is going to be a racy one. Name one crazy, kinky, fun thing you’d love to try in bed…just once.

20 Responses to “Sneak Peek Week, Day 5”

  1. Mary Preston Says:

    I’m thinking it & sending the vibes.

    Got it?


  2. Mari, as you know both my husband and myself, we’ll leave it in my imagination.

  3. Hmm. I can’t tarnish my reputation as the smutty kitty but suffice it to say there is plenty left I’d like to try. Lol 😉


  4. reginamayross Says:

    Menage 🙂

  5. Ha! What a loaded question! No way I’m putting my naughty fantasies for public peeking! Just loved the excerpt. This has been a great week!

  6. Joanne B Says:

    There are so many things but the only one I feel comfortable saying here is a menage. You know what the rest of them are. so I’m not saying.

  7. wolphcall Says:

    Choosing just one thing is so difficult. I have so many things I would like to try and all my favorite authors (this includes you Mari) keep adding to the list. I will let your imagination run wild & I’m sure you will guess at least a few.

  8. Hi

    OK – my one thing would be a menage.

    Thanks for the post – very fun!


  9. Vanessa Says:

    ummmm… ack!
    Ok here it goes.. I would love to be with 2 (or maybe more) men at the same time.

    But this is between me and you and the it?!lol

  10. elaing8 Says:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt.
    A menage with 2 guys 😀

  11. mathlady68 Says:

    Well, I guess I’m just not kinky. I got nothing.

  12. caitymack Says:

    Light bondange would be fun.

  13. StacieD Says:

    A menage for sure!

  14. Cheryl S. Says:

    Shibari rope bondage.

  15. June M. Says:

    A menage with 2 really hot guys! Yep…sign me up!

  16. acorvin001 Says:

    m/m/f/m/m endless possibilities and total exhaustion. 😉

  17. Great excerpt!
    Menage – I want to be the middle of a yummy male sandwich. *blush*

  18. flchen1 Says:

    Mari, I’m not sure I can post my fantasies and still look you in the eye when we meet in person! But in reality, menage probably *isn’t* one of the fantasies I’d want to try–too much trust stuff involved that would make it less fun, I think, at least for me. I think I’ll stick with interesting toys or other stuff to explore with DH ;p

  19. hmmm…. I’m pretty adventurous but I think it would be safe to say my fantasy wouldn’t be taking place in a bedroom 🙂

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