Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing is turning one! I owe them so much. They took a story which rattled around in my brain for years and turned me into a published author. My one piece of  advice to people is never truly give up on your dreams. Sometimes they actually do come true with a whole lot of work involved, but they come true. Let's face it, would you appreciate it as much if it were so easy? I don't think I would!

Here is the contest info. My contribution to the contest is a copy of my book Fated Mates and a pair of snowman earrings. Aren't they pretty?

I'm sorry I don't have the links attached to the other author's name but just click the icon on the side of the blog to find out where to go and comment tomorrow!

From Secret Cravings
First prize - Kindle Fire
Second prize - Amazon GC $50
Third prize - SCP GC $25

Every participating author is having their own give-way, so make sure to stop by every blog and comment for more chances to win.
YOU MUST comment on EVERY blog over the next month to be eligible for the main prizes listed above- no purchase is necessary and please leave your email address. 

SPECIAL during the SCP Blog Hop Anniversary
For those who leave comments on the blogs, they'll receive a 25% off coupon for the SCP website. All purchases during the contest time will receive 10% off purchases on the website.

From December 16, 2011 through January 19, 2012 visit the below listed author's blogs and websites for your chances to win great prizes.

Secret Cravings Publishing December 16
AvrilAshton  December 17
Tabby December 18
DaisyDunn  December 19
MarieDuFour  December 20
JenniferLaBelle  December 21
Carol Preflatish December 22
SableHunter  December 23
Mindi Ferrari  December 24
Topaz Jordyn  December 25
Brandi Quick  December 26
BarbaraWestbrook  December 27
CynthiaArsuaga  December  28
MikeArsuaga  December  29
LacieNation  December  30
Skye Savoy  December  31
MahaliaLevey January 1
SamCrescent   January  2
DreaBecraft   January  3
TamaraMonteau January  4
.Imogene Nix    January  5
RaineDelight   January  6
MollyDaniels   January  7
ShannonWest   January  8
SandySullivan    January  9
DawneProchilo   January  10
DarleneFredette  January  11
CindyChristiansen   January  12
JanGraham   January  13
KellieKamryn   January  14
Natalie Bates  January  15
Giselle Renard   January  16
Cathy Greenfeder   January  17
Jean Joachim   January  18
LaylaHunter   January  19

Liz woke up with the sounds of waves crashing in her ears. Confident of the lack of beachfront property within her condo, she wondered what destiny had in mind for her now. She sat up looking around at her surroundings. Lying under a beautiful canopy tent draped with yards and yards of gauzy royal blue material swaying gently in the breeze, and keeping the rays of the sun from beating down on her body. Liz ran her hands over the bedding beneath her. It felt softer and smoother than the highest count Egyptian cotton sheets bought in Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
The beautiful beach reminded her of pictures of exquisite Caribbean beaches with turquoise waves and miles and miles of powdery white sand. The gentle breezes lightly ruffled her hair as she walked down the beach to the edge of the water which rose up to meet her feet, tickling her toes.
“Well, Dorothy, you’re not in Kansas anymore,” she said looking up at a foreign sky with two moons in the distance.
“I must be dreaming. I read so much information about Serralia I’m dreaming about it in Technicolor. Damn! This is one realistic mother of a dream.”
Suddenly, her senses went on high alert. She didn’t know if the air around her had changed or if her body sensed another person behind her, but she knew she was no longer alone and somehow her mate stood behind her.
Two strong bronze hands slowly encircled her waist, pulling her gently back to into a lean, hard body. Liz sighed. This felt right. She snuggled deeper into the embrace. Nothing ever felt this right before. She could stand here in the safety of his arms forever.
“I’ve been waiting for you. I thought you would never get here,” she whispered.
“I’m sorry it took so long. I never let myself believe you existed.”
“I read your file.” The hands moving on her stomach stilled. “I’m sorry for what you had to go through alone. I would have been there for you if I had known.”
“I wouldn’t have been there if I had faith I would find you someday.” Dragon’s chest expanded letting her love and comfort wash over him. “So you know?”
“About everything that happened to you when you were taken prisoner? Yes, I know. I know you lost an eye and still wear an eye patch. I bet it makes you look rakishly handsome.”
She felt the chuckle in his chest before she heard it. The heat of his body warmed her back and aroused her body.
“I have never been told such a thing.”
“Well, I’m sure it does.”
She stroked the muscular forearms at her waist with light caresses. His body trembled behind her.
“We’ve never met in person, but I already feel connected to you. Is it normal?”
“The bonding happens when we are connected as mates. Normal. I don’t know. Right, yes.”
“Do you know about me?” she whispered.
“I know you are perfect.” He leaned down and sweetly kissed the top of her head.
Liz stilled, she might as well tell him about her marriage. She didn’t want any secrets between them.
“I was married before,” she blurted out nervously. “He was not a nice man. He hurt me, not only physically, but verbally too. It took a long time, but I left him.”
Dragon fully stilled behind her. All the wonderful stroking stopped. Her stomach dropped down to her feet. Shit! I’ve ruined this already. She knew her mistake of a marriage would follow her around for the rest of her life. She knew it.
“You don’t know how much pain it causes me to know how much pain you had to endure. I would gladly be tortured again if it meant taking it away from you. You never have to be afraid with me. I would sooner cut off my own arm than hurt a hair on this beautiful head.”
Liz nodded, the lump in her throat making any physical speech impossible.
“I realize it might be a while before you believe this, but it is true.”
“I do believe you. I don’t know why, but I do.”
“Good. Now, we can continue what we started here.”
Callused thumbs again stroked her stomach making it quiver and her pulse quicken. If this was what he could do to her body with only his thumbs, she might actually die from pleasure. She smiled thinking about what her obituary would say. Woman dies from having the most intense sexual experience of her life, then her brain stopped working; her body took over and went into overload.



Happy playing. Remember you can't be eligible for the Kindle or any other prize if you don't comment! So comment away!

Peace out, 


  1. The earrings are much nicer looking. My shadow is cast across them as I took the picture.


  2. Happy Birthday Secret Cravings!!! The snowman earrings are just adorable. I can already picture me wearing them and my toddle instantly noticing them and saying "pretty, mama."

    Hope you have a merry Christmas!

  3. Congrats on getting published and thanks for participating.


  4. Happy Anniversary Secret Cravings! Thanks for the excerpt from Fated Mates! The earrings are really cute!


  5. Congratulations on becoming a published author. I do think some of the best things in life are those that take work to achieve.


  6. Congrats on being published & to Secret Cravings for their one year Anniversary.

    That excerpt for Fated Mates is fantastic. I would love to win a copy.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  7. Thank you for the giveaway. Snowmen are my fave decorations. And the book sounds really good. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  8. Holey moley....great excerpt! And if someone could actually have a wish on how to leave this world, that would be mine!! LOL Death by multiple orgasms!! Yowwwzzzeeerrr!!

    Happy Holidays to all !!

    thewildtwo {@} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  9. Thanks for the contest! Would love to win something. Congrats on your publication.

  10. Wouldn't it be great to have someone who knows you so well right from the first? *sigh*

  11. Happy Anniversary Secret Cravings Publishing!!

    I can see why SCP published your story! The excerpt is enough to have me craving more!! Congrats to whoever won this book!!


  12. Awww, I totally missed the party, but I do want to congratulate the winner and Happy Anniversary to SCP!


  13. OMGosh! These look like the exact earrings I saw when I was home this Christmas and wanted! Did you make them? They are so cute!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  14. Good morning. Happy Anniversary to SCP. Continued blessings on all of your endeavors. vanessaajohnson@att.net

  15. The earrings are so cute. Congrats to the winner and hope everyone had a great Christmas!!!


  16. The excerpt was wonderful. I look forward to reading this book.

    I wish you much success in 2012 and many blessings.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com