Sunday, September 16, 2012

Happy Anniversary Indulgent Blog Hop- Let the winning begin


I am honored to be part of the Anniversary Indulgent Blog Hop. September is special to be because it's my own anniversary of a sort. September 18th is the one year anniversary of when I first became a published writer. I can't tell you how excited, overwhelmed, and frightened I was over the prospect of having my first book published. Yes, I did say frightened. One of the major fears a writer has is, what if no one buys my book! It's true and it's really scary. Then, you start thinking about what if they don't like it but that comes later. I'm also glad to say that two more have been published in my first year as a professional writer and I am feverishly working on a four which should come out in December and be in print also. I can't wait just to hold the book in my hands. 

So I am giving away a copy of my first book Fated Mated to a lucky commenter. Please leave a comment about your favorite indulgence, and your email address. The story is a sci-fi erotic romance with a lot of heat. I just want to let you know!

Fated Mates Blurb:
We know that we are no longer alone in the universe. Descendants of Earthly ancestors have returned to find the other halves of themselves, their destined mates.

Dragon, a scarred Serralian warrior drawn to the planet of his ancestors, never believed the Goddess had a mate for him but no matter what he believes, he’s unable to resist the pull of the planet deep within in soul.
Liz, a curvy teacher who escaped an abusive marriage three years earlier is afraid to take another chance on love. Tired of being a
bystander in her own love life, she participates in an ancient ritual to identify Serralian mates. Taking that chance changes her life forever. Can these two people overcome their pasts to become each other’s true Fated Mates?

Fated Mates Excerpt:

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.

The blog hop runs from September 16-22. I will be picking the winner on September 23, so be on the look out for it. 

Here is where you enter for that GRAND PRIZE SHOT:

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Happy hopping!



  1. Favorite indulgence? Books and coffee!

  2. Books are my major indulgence. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  3. Coffee,bubble baths and books. All 3 together is even better. :D
    no1lefthere@ coxdotnet

  4. Shoes, books, and chocolate. Oh, and ice cream, can't forget that! Thanks for the giveaway! Fated Mates sounds good!

  5. for me it's books and the spartacus blood and sand tv series!

  6. My favorite indigence is peanut m&m's and books, but I never met a purse I didn't like :O) Thanks Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

    Holy Cat's your excerpt was amazing! I don't think there is enough sci-fi romance out there!

  7. Books and Chocolate!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

    Put Fated Mates on wishlist!!

  8. What a great hop!
    My indulgence: CHOCOLATE & BOOKS! And not feeling guilty about it at all. LOL
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>

  9. One of my favorite things to indulge in is a hot bubble bath with a huge glass of Merlot and a great book. Congrats on your anniversary. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Coffee, wine and taking a day to curl up with a few good books or watch a few movies.

  11. My indulgence is a bubble bath, chocolate, good wine and a good book (ideally,all at the same time) followed by a massage!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  12. Hi Marie,
    See you work in a school also. I'm back to school myself with less time to write. So, my indulgence is writing.
    I love it so much I teach it to middle schoolers. Some love it too. My other indulgence is chocolates and after school naps. I've had three books published in six years. Sacred Fires, my latest, is an SCP erotic paranormal romance. I'm on your loop. Congratulations! Best wishes on your own writing. Hang in there! June is coming! LOL Catherine

  13. I love Chocolate, Books, Shoes and Purses...LOL..

    GFC Follower/ ronnkelly3

  14. I'm a book & cheesecake lover :)
    I follow with GFC Cassandra Hicks
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  15. I saw the chocolate dipped strawberry on the blog hop picture, so now that's all I can think about. But I also love to indulge in reading and writing too!

    CONGRATS on the print book. That is so totally exciting. I also heard Secret Cravings won some cool best publisher award. Publishing a story is always frightening. What if no one buys it, or worse, no one LIKES it?? I'm so glad you were brave enough to publish though. I love your stories.

  16. Chocolate and reading. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  17. My indulgence is my book collection and of course reading ...

    Congrats on the one year anniversary :)

    Thanks for being a part of the blog hop & the excerpt of the book :)



  18. Books are my indulgence! I cant resist them. I see them and want them. When i read them, i want even more! lol And chocolate is high up there too! :D Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! :)
    GFC: shadow_kohler

  19. Books, pepsi and chocolate are my indulgences.



  20. I like chocolate.