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Sunday Snippet: May I Have This Dance

Hi All, seeing as it is Father’s day, I thought I’d share a snippet from May I Have This Dance between Sebastian and his father. Warning this shows a bit of the tension between them, you’ll have to read more just to find out how their relationship turns out.  As for all those fathers out there, have a great one today!

Freshly showered and dressed in clean clothes, Sebastian entered his father’s office. The scent of cigars and books permeated the air.

Behind his huge antique desk, Armando Reyes sat in a leather swivel chair, staring at the estate’s expansive gardens, back to him. “You kept me waiting,” he said.

“I needed a shower.” More to collect his thoughts than get clean, but his father didn’t need an explanation. Sebastian sat in a burgundy, plush chair in front of the desk. “So what is it you wanted to talk to me about?”

“What do you think?” His father faced him. “I leave the party I am hosting and find my thirty-year-old son fighting with a bunch of riff-raff instead of toasting history-making legislation. I’ve sat here for half an hour, trying to figure out what to do. What is it you want, Sebastian?”

“Why bother asking, Father? You don’t care.”

“Try me.”

He ached to tell him the truth about the dance studio, but Father wouldn’t understand. Perhaps he could remind him. “Do you remember Saturdays when Mom was alive, before she got sick?”

Father’s brow creased. “Movie Saturdays?”

“Yeah. We’d go to a matinee, have dinner somewhere nice and then the three of us would come back and dance to jazz. Mom knew all the greats, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis—”

“Where are you going with this?”

Sebastian sighed. A framed picture of his father, mother and him, sat on a bookshelf across the room. “We were happy.”

“Nothing lasts forever.”

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Cover Reveal: May I Have This Dance

Hi All!

Thought I’d make an impromptu stop in to share my cover reveal for my paranormal novella, May I Have This Dance? Thanks for stopping by:

MIHTDCoverBlurb:

The right partner makes all the difference… in love and dancing.

Half-demon Sebastian Reyes is tired of hiding who and what he is. He’s determined to set his own path to happiness, even at the risk of disappointing his father. However, this is easier said than done when the truths he wants to reveal may very well scare away the one he loves.

For once in her life, Gemma Ashton, is aspiring for more, including her dreamy dance instructor, Sebastian Reyes. Told from a young age she was plain and plump, these terms are ingrained in her head, even if they’re no longer true. Can she rid herself of her insecurities and follow what’s in her heart?

Will Sebastian and Gemma embrace their pasts enough to pave way for a future together?

 

Buy this book here.

 

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Sunday Snippet: May I Have This Dance?

Check out a fight scene from a old work that I’ve now decided to rework. This is near where this novella starts where Gemma (our heroine) sees Sebastian (our main man or hero if you prefer). Enjoy!

 

Up ahead, three males surrounded Sebastian and another male. This wouldn’t usually concern Gemma but the red streak across Sebastian’s shirt did. “Is that blood on Sebastian?”

Carlyn frowned. “I don’t see him as the fighting type.”

“Not usually,” Sara said.

Yet it became quite obvious Sebastian and the largest of the males were not on friendly terms. Gemma balled her hands into fists as Carlyn stopped the car. Every muscle in her tensed as the dark-haired male rushed Sebastian. Their bodies connected, but Sebastian twisted, pushing him into the bushes.

Pulled by instinct, fear or plain insanity, Gemma couldn’t open the passenger side of the car fast enough. She ran toward the fight. Three other men stood watching as Sebastian and his attacker wrestled between punches. Sebastian’s dominance soothed her nerves. He ducked his attacker’s fist and landed a hook to the side of the man’s face.

As she neared, Sebastian’s gaze registered surprise. Her chest fluttered for an instant, then clenched as his attacker’s fist connected with his face, knocking him off balance.

“No.” Gemma fell to the ground beside him.

A thick arm wrapped around her neck, hoisting her up and away before she could touch him. She stumbled, losing her footing as she clawed away the pressure preventing her from breathing

“Take your hands off her or I will rip you to shreds.” Sebastian stood in front of her, chest heaving, eyes burning with fury.

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Cover Reveal: First Frost Anthology

Check out Lyrical Press’ Cover for their First Frost Anthology, set to release November 11th! This truly is a gift from nine of us authors and Lyrical to all you wonderful readers out there. Thank you for reading our stories and supporting the art of writing, we hope you’ll enjoy this gift.

Note: Each short story is labeled with it’s genre, the anthology does include erotic romance.

FirstFrost

First Frost

Melt away the winter chill with a little help from Lyrical’s authors.

A Lyrical Press anthology

Keep the Fire Burning Fantasy romance by Daisy Banks A flame of passion turns into an ever-burning fire of love. Devastation unites a Prince and a village maiden and together they discover the sweet fire of the flame of love.

Three-Way Tie, a Neighborly Affection short BDSM erotic romance by MQ Barber Strong knots hold love fast. Henry gives his submissive lovers a day filled with the best kind of tension.

In His Embrace Contemporary romance by Wendy Ely When life’s glow threatens to die in a person, love’s light guides the way. Tori expected Friday to be completely ordinary: a quick goodbye to her best friend who was going away on a business trip for the weekend, a routine checkup at her doctor’s office, and the rest of the day filled with work. But she was wrong. Ben’s hand rested on her hips a little longer than usual during their goodbye, igniting sparks she’d tried to ignore for years, and then her tests came back abnormal. Scared and alone, she wishes for one person’s hand to hold–Ben’s. He is trying to make it back before her next doctor visit, but can he?

May I Have This Dance Paranormal romance by Toni Kelly The right partner makes all the difference…in love and dancing. Tired of hiding who and what he is, half-demon Sebastian Reyes is determined to find happiness. Easier said than done, though—his true identity could drive away the only woman he loves.

A Keeper Contemporary sweet romance by Charlotte McClain Some things are worth keeping. Some guys are keepers. Dina Paxson has a few days before going back to work on the cruise ship to straighten out a billing snafu at the storage facility. Paul Hanover is baby-sitting the facility for his mother when Dina comes in. She’s a little odd, but in a way that makes him want to know more about her. Too bad his need to know conflicts with her desire to be a little more anonymous.

Like Autumn Leaves and Campfires GLBT erotic romance by Elle Parker Mysterious neighbors, scheming wives and bar fights. This was not Dino’s idea of a relaxing vacation. All Dino Martini wants is to enjoy his vacation with best friend turned boyfriend, Seth Donnelly. But when he stumbles across a mystery, it feels like business as usual. If Dino wants to spend his time focused on Seth instead of fighting in bars, he might have to get back to work.

Ripe for Trouble Contemporary romance by Autumn Piper Are they ready for love this time around, or just ripe for trouble? When Ivy Leeds takes a job in her hometown, few things have changed…but Ridley, the bad boy of her graduating class, has cleaned up his act. Or so everyone else thinks. After hearing him and his friend practicing pickup lines, she has her doubts. Ridley Tucker can hardly believe his eyes. Ivy, the president of the Brainiac Club, has returned to town. Some things never change—she’ll barely give him the time of day, and she still looks as fine as she did that night at Prom, when they almost… Well, when he blew their chances forever. Or…did he?

Slip the Skin Paranormal romance by Tera Shanley His curse is her cure. Just when Linden Ashby finally accepts her impending doom, a handsome stranger gives her another chance at life. But will it be at the expense of her soul?

Highlander’s Captive Historical romance by Joanne Wadsworth His mission is to capture. Hers is to turn the tide. Julia MacLeod is held captive by a Highland warrior, a man whose deep-seated honor may just turn him into becoming the captured instead.

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