Sail away with me

Because the ladies of International Heat have so many releases this week, I thought I’d take the themes from each book, match them all up with one of mine, and then post an excerpt from that book.

So I gave it some thought. Mari’s book is called Bachelor’s Bait and is book 3 in her Cocktales series. Lexxie is stepping into new waters, with her Suspicious Ways, a romantic suspense set around a yacht chartering business. Then there is JR and JJJ’s, From This Day, an interracial M/M where the heroes grapple with the idea of marriage. What are the common themes between these three books and mine? The answer is quite simple:


I could not match one of my books up to all of these. Interestingly enough, I’ve never written a suspenseful, interacial M/M set around a bar. So I’ve decided to take it one book at a time and see if individually I could find some common themes with my books. And the first one to strike a match was Lex’s Suspicious Ways. No, I’ve never written a romantic suspense. But I have written a book set on a luxury yacht.

Visiting Paradise was the story I wrote for an anthology of Aussie authors at Triskelion Publishing. It got lost in the Triskelion bankruptcy law suit, and I didn’t see it for over a year. Then it was published (as part of the same antho, and later individually) at Aspen Mountain Press. It got lost in the publisher’s disinterest in the company, and I never saw it for months after the publisher and company faded into oblivion without a word to any of its authors.

I’m happy to say, Visiting Paradise has finally found a home in the world of self publishing at Amazon. It also has a stunning new cover, compliments of Ms V Tibbs.

So here you go, a little excerpt (a real hot, steamy excerpt) and the blurb of VP.


Beth Brown needs a holiday. She’s burnt out, single and madly in love with the man who pays her salary, Joe Bastion. Much as she’d like to act on her feelings, Beth’s learned the hard way not to sleep with the men she works for.  As far as she is concerned, Joe is off limits.

Sometimes, to get what you want, you have to chase hard. And  Joe wants Beth  He’s organized the trip of a lifetime for her. Beth’s about to set sail into paradise, and she has no idea Joe’s the one who’ll be taking her there.

Product warning: This book is filled with sunny blue skies, gorgeous tropical islands and a whole lot of scorching hot loving.

VISITING PARADISE: A steamy excerpt

He knew he should reveal himself, should cough or something.  If Beth opened her eyes now…  However, at that moment, he would have chosen seven years of torture over disturbing his sweet Bethy.

The light in the cabin was subdued, flashes of color flickering from the screen the only source of illumination.  It made the scene seem surreal, unbelievable, and completely inflaming.  A burst of laughter from the TV sounded abnormally loud and he held his breath, praying it wouldn’t disturb her.

It didn’t.  One hand teased her rigid nipples, the other stroked her wet folds.  The flashes of color accentuated her dewy lips.  He would gladly have given his left testicle to replace her hand with his.

She trailed her finger up past her lips and stopped to twirl it around.  Her back arched and another moan escaped her.  He struggled to breathe.  She was playing with her clit.  How many times had he dreamed of licking her there?  Of drawing his tongue over her engorged bud until she screamed from sheer bliss?

Christ, he couldn’t think clearly.  His dick was so stiff he could have run a sail from it.

She slipped a finger between her lips and moaned.  “Joe…”

He nearly tripped over his chin.  She was fucking herself and moaning his name.  That was what he’d heard earlier, when she’d called to him.  A wave of hunger blasted through him, so powerful he was sure he’d come on the spot.  Without even touching himself, he’d belt his load clean across the dining room.

It wasn’t his imagination.  All those looks she’d cast his way when she thought he hadn’t noticed, all those loaded moments when she seemed to want to say one thing but said another instead.  She felt the same way he did.  Here was the proof.

Living, breathing, masturbating proof.

He bit his cheek and tasted blood.  Which was good in a sense, because it dampened his desire just enough to stem his orgasm.

“Oh, Joe,” she whispered again.  Her finger moved rhythmically in and out.  Her hand set the pace, moving leisurely at first, but gaining momentum after a couple of minutes.

Joe knew he was a selfish bastard, observing her in this most private of rituals.  What option did he have?  Every man’s fantasy played itself out before his very eyes.  He would not move an inch until the woman he loved peaked beneath her own touch.

Her breathing was audible—shallow gulps followed by low moans.

“Joe, don’t stop.”  She pulled her knees up and slipped another finger in, increasing her speed.

Joe ceased breathing altogether, watched in suspended animation as Beth’s entire body went rigid and then seemed to lift off the mattress before collapsing back down as tremors engulfed her.

She rode her orgasm in silent pleasure, her head thrown back, her mouth open.  When it was over she lay there, panting.  Her eyes were still closed.

Joe hadn’t tiptoed since he was a boy.  As best as he could with a massive hard-on, he silently pulled the door shut and tiptoed back to his cabin.  Closing his door behind him, he knew this would not be the last time he’d jerk off to the image of Beth fucking herself.


You can get your copy of Visiting Paradise at Amazon/Kindle.

You can also pre-order Lex’s Suspicious Ways there. And the wait for that book will be less than 24 hours.



2 Responses to “Sail away with me”

  1. Nice cover, did it have a big cruise ship on the cover before?

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