Courting Suspicion Excerpt

 

Coming March 29!

CourtingSuspicion_300x458‘So what big scandal is going to pull me out to Luxxor next?’ he asked. The crack of the bat against a ball reverberated around the park as the Phillies’ catcher smoked a line drive down the third base line. The action stopped just as suddenly when the ball smacked into the third baseman’s glove.

‘Nothing.’ Nina could feel the detective’s gaze on her rather than the action on the field.

She diligently wrote the out in her scorecard. On paper, all the fuss seemed like nothing. A simple out, the end of the inning – no sign of a close call.

‘There’s always something going on over there,’ Morgan said, not letting the subject drop. ‘Why is that?’

She felt that sizzle of danger again, riding along her nerve endings.

‘I couldn’t say, but we’ve appreciated your diligence. There’s no reason you should have to visit us again.’

‘So give me one.’

Her pen stopped, frozen on the paper.

‘Go to dinner with me tomorrow,’ he said softly. ‘My treat this time.’

Her brain stalled out, too.

The invitation was unexpected. It shouldn’t have been tempting . . . but it was. The plan tonight was to thank him for his efforts and then walk away. He was too close already. He’d seen more than he should.

But the words just wouldn’t come.

She could feel his gaze on her like a heavy weight. She knew she couldn’t see him again, inside her office or out of it. Yet, with every inning that passed, she was dreading the end of the night more and more.

Silence loomed between them. He wasn’t letting her off the hook. She felt like everyone in the park was looking at them and began to imagine murmurs. People in the stands close to them even turned to watch.

Suddenly, Nina realized she wasn’t imagining it. Looking up, she caught their reflection on the scoreboard. She and Josh were posted in stunning clarity on the big screen.

Her stomach dropped. Oh, dear Lord, no.

The Kiss Cam.

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Nina and Josh’s story is almost here! Coming March 29

 

CourtingSuspicion_300x458It’s difficult to run when you want to get caught. Book Four of the Courting Series.

Washington DC’s elite escort service, Luxxor is known for its beautiful companions and its discretion. Nina Lockwood — classy, gorgeous, and whip-smart — has spent years building this risky business, but everything is put in jeopardy when a bull-headed, sexy detective starts poking around.

Josh Morgan is the last man on earth she should be attracted to, but Nina can’t help it. A romance with a member of the Metro Police would be reckless, but she fantasizes about taking on her role of a D.C. madam in a more personal and pleasurable way.

Josh has always been suspicious of Luxxor but is more intrigued by the mystery of the woman who runs it. He knows she’s hiding secrets and he wants to discover each and every one of them — in uniform or not.

But when a Luxxor escort is found in a compromising situation with a prominent politician, the true cat-n-mouse game begins. Can Josh and Nina lower their guards to trust one another and give in to the attraction they both feel? Or will their suspicion minds keep them from seeing the true conspiracy going on behind the scenes?

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Joys of Self-Publishing

kimberlydean_Ghost_Flute_200x320Over my career, I’ve written for small publishers and large.  There are pluses and minuses to each.  It’s the same way with self-publishing, but one of the things I like most is having control over my stories.  I listen to advice, but I get to make the final call.  In the case of Ghost Flute, for example, there was originally an epilogue that ended the story.  However, the publisher I was working with decided they liked how the story ended without it.  I removed my ending, but that was something that always bugged me about the story.  I felt that without the epilogue, a thread was left hanging.  Once I retained the rights to the story and decided to re-issue it, I went back and read the story with fresh eyes.  Guess what?  I still loved the epilogue and thought it was needed.  So I put it back!  Ahhh, feels so good.

Ghost Flute excerpt

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Chatting at Night Owl Reviews Tonight

I’ll be chatting at Night Owl Reviews tonight along with three other wonderful authors:  Jen McLaughlin, Marie Johnston and Elle Kennedy.
Location, Time and Duration
Time: 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern
 
Duration: About 1 Hour (Not sure which part of that hour I’ll be on.)
Readers can RSVP now at the below link.
 
RSVP Benefits:
 
* The RSVP gives readers entry into the evenings prizes (must be an active chatter at the event)
* A reminder email around 30 minutes before the event starts.
Those who don’t RSVP can participate and still sign-up to get prizes. They just won’t get the reminder email.

I hope to see you there!

 

Breaking through Writers’ Block

People often ask how writers come up with story ideas. Really, we don’t always know. Sometimes they’re inspired by music, kimberlydean_Ghost_Flute_200x320movies, or current events. Other times, they’re just suddenly there in our heads. The idea for Ghost Flute, however, came together for me much differently than any other story I’ve written. At the time, I was struggling with writer’s block. It had gone on for well over a year.  I couldn’t brainstorm no matter how hard I tried. My creative well was dry, and too many people were telling me what to do and how to do it.

Then one day, I was sitting at the computer, just staring out the window. My house backs up to woods and a small creek. It was sunset and the sky was in that hazy in-between stage. I started wondering what was back there that night. All forms of wildlife make their homes in those woods. It’s a very pretty, natural setting that can take on an entirely different personality at night. Once darkness falls, owls cry, raccoons scream, and trees creak in the wind. Watching the woods as dusk fell, I was suddenly caught by the feel of the nocturnal world coming alive. It was a sensual, spooky feeling, and it got my stalled brain churning again.

As much as the feeling intrigued me, though, I still didn’t have a story idea. The only thing I was sure of was that it tended towards the paranormal – but not vampires or zombies. It was closer to the earth, more primal. Suddenly, I remembered a book I own on Native American mythology. I love folklore and myths, but I don’t think I’d ever cracked the cover of that particular book. I did that night, and I stumbled across the inspiration I needed.

Suddenly, everything came together for me – the setting, the story’s vibe, and the characters. The story’s plot was so strong in my head, I could practically touch it. It was exciting to have a break-through like that, especially when I’d been struggling so badly. I started writing Ghost Flute the next day, and the story that ended up on the page is very close to what I saw in my imagination when I looked into those darkening woods.

Some writers insist that writers’ block isn’t real, but I can tell you it is.  Sitting down and forcing myself to write didn’t help; it only made things worse. What I really needed was to stop pushing, get other people’s voices and opinions out of my head (most important!), and let the inspiration come to me.

Ghost Flute excerpt

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Another Excerpt from Ghost Flute #multiculturalromance #paranormalromance

“Thank you for the ride,” she said.kimberlydean_Ghost_Flute_200x320

She stood, aiming the key for the keyhole, but went still when he braced his palm against the doorframe, close to her head.

“I don’t need a flute to tell you I want you under my blanket with me,” he said quietly. “I’m not shy.”

She stood motionless but, in the moonlight, he could see her breathing hard. Her eyes were focused determinedly on the door, but the pulse in her throat pounded wildly.

“What do you have against me, Serena?”

Her gaze flashed to his. Her eyes were wide, yet the vibe he was getting off of her wasn’t fear. Not totally. She stood her ground, not backing away from him, but he saw how she pressed her thighs together. It was a tiny, sinuous move, almost imperceptible.

But he saw it.

And it made the erection in his jeans nearly burst through the zipper.

She might be a little scared of him, but there was more to it than that.

He moved in closer. She turned sharply to face him, but he backed her up against the door. Planting both hands flat on the wooden surface behind her, he trapped her. Her breath caught, and he let his body press against hers. She shuddered, and her hands came up to his shoulders, yet she didn’t push him away. It gave him the opportunity to just feel her.

And she was perfection. Soft skin. Warm curves. Hard nipples. For a moment, it was the only thing in his head.

She might not trust him, but she wanted him.

“Why are you afraid of me?” he asked. “What have I done?”

She gave a tiny shake of her head. “I… I can’t get involved with you. It’s just not in me.”

It felt like it was in her. He brushed his nose against her temple. He could get addicted to her skin. He wanted to feel it all over him. “I won’t hurt you, Little Feather, and I won’t let anyone else either. Stay with me tonight.”

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Ghost Flute Release Day! #newbook

Ghost Flute is now available for sale through the Kindle Select program with a bonus epilogue added.  Readers enrolled in Kindle Select can read the story for free.  For those not enrolled, it’s only 99 cents to download.

kimberlydean_Ghost_Flute_200x320Ghost Flute

Genre:  Multicultural paranormal romance, short story

The bad boy next door or a ghost lover from ages past? When Serena Little Feather returns to the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, she finds herself caught in a dangerous love triangle. Chayton Arrowhead is dark and sexy, but she’s been warned against him. Yet at night, she hears a flute playing behind her house. The music is haunting and seductive, rousing feelings of lust and need.

Legend told of a Sioux warrior who’d lured many women with his flute music. The young brave had tossed his conquests aside until he’d been found dead with a knife in his stone heart. It was said that the brave’s spirit still roamed the countryside, playing his songs and looking for love. Every so often, a pretty girl responded.

Right now, that pretty girl is Serena. With her body ablaze and her mind spinning, she must choose a lover to ease her restless nights. Will she fall for the hot-blooded outcast or submit to the erotic call of a ghost?

Ghost Flute excerpt

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Contest Winner + Survey Results

Lindsey A was the winner of the newsletter giveaway.  Congrats, Lindsey! I hope you enjoy the Dream Weaver stocking.

Also, here’s what everybody is reading right now:

Paranormal Romance   22%
Romantic Suspense   19%
Other   19%Historical Romance   15%
Contemporary Romance   12%
Erotic Romance   6%
Nonfiction   3%
Who’s got time to read?  2%