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“Raynia’s Magic” on Sale Through Valentines Day

In honor of it’s publication anniversary, I am able to offer “Raynia’s Magic” vol 1 of The Amethyst Desire Collection” on sale for $.99. at Amazon


Raynia Castellano is drawn to purchase an amethyst pendant as an impulse buy but not before the clerk assures Raynia the magic is in the woman, not the necklace that seems to call to her. And given Raynia has just left an adulterous ex-husband and has recently settled into a law practice with her oh so sexy and oh so apparently gay law partners, surely a little magic is required.



Peter watched Raynia move past Sally’s desk. Just the view of her Marilyn Monroe curves awakened his cock and started an inevitable hard-on. As she turned for her office, the view of her heart shaped ass finished stiffening his erection to a painful thickness trapped in his briefs. This had to end soon.


The side door of his and Chase’s connecting offices opened and his partner watched him with a grin and similar evidence in the form of a tented crotch in his trousers.


Peter tossed instructions over his shoulder as he crossed the room. “Sally, hold our calls for a while.”


“Yes, Mr. Thornton.” He closed the office door and turned to Chase.


“I can’t suffer like this much longer.” He pulled out the chair and sat down, adjusting his pants and cock to a less uncomfortable position.


Chase leaned in the opening of the door. “You’re the one who had the bright idea to let her think we’re gay.”


“You know she was a wreck after her husband left her. She needed a place to stay where she felt safe. I didn’t exactly know how to broach the conversation of Chase and I are bi-sexual and have wanted to jump your bones since we were freshmen together. Chalk it up to, our timing sucks.”


Chase pushed away from the doorframe and crossed the room to lean over Peter’s chair. He punctuated his words with forefinger jabs to Peter’s chest. “Yes, well our little butterfly is emerging and if we don’t do something soon another bee is going to be dipping into that honey.”


Peter slapped Chase’s hand away. “Didn’t anyone ever brief you on the concept of metaphors and explain–what you do with them should be grounds for incarceration.” 

Raynia’s Magic The Amethyst Desire Collection Vol 1

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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoo, baby! April 24, 2012

By shlafe
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Hot hot hot story!!! I love that Raynia wasn’t your typical size 2 perfect boobed heroine. And I love friends to lovers stories. The writing itself was light and fun (except for that twist) and a truly enjoyable read.
Vol 4 Shifter’s Legacy TBR Spring/Summer 2014 Menage M/F/M Paranormal Erotic Romance
Vol 5 Emma’s New Year TBR Spring/Summer 2014 F/F Contemporary Erotic Romance

Beverly’s Secret The Amethyst Desire Collection Vol 2


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Phoenix Reborn The Amethyst Desire Collection Vol 3


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Author Spotlight – Jennifer Wilck

Today my guest for Author Spotlight is Jennifer Wilck.  My interview questions reveal a complex woman who has found expression through writing. Take a look and enjoy, my new friend and fellow Rebel Ink Press author,  Jennifer Wilck.



When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).

One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.

In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines, newspapers, and edit newsletters.

When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.


Samara Goldberg has a problem even the most beautiful singing voice can’t fix. She’s a walking disaster, especially when she’s around handsome men. To make matters worse, she’s in desperate need of someone to play the character of Mordecai for the Purim spiel she’s producing and the new congregant, Nathaniel Abramson, is a perfect fit. Nathaniel is a divorced dad who’s recovering from the biggest public scandal of his life. The last thing he needs is a relationship with the choir director at his new synagogue, who also happens to be playing the lead female role of Esther in the very play he’s been coerced into joining.

Woven around the Jewish holiday of Purim, The Seduction of Esther is a story of two people whose lives mirror the plot of the Purim story. Like Esther, who had to hide her Jewish identity from the King of Persia, Samara and Nathaniel are hiding key pieces of themselves. Evil Haman wanted to destroy the Jews, and the nasty Josh will do anything to keep Samara and Nathaniel apart. Will their love survive, like the Jewish people in Shushan, Persia, or will their fear keep them apart?

1.    Who is your favorite character in this book and why? 

I love the heroine, Samara, in The Seduction of Esther. While I am many things, one thing I’m not is a klutz, and she is. It was so much fun to write about the escapades she gets herself into. Most of Samara’s klutziness comes out when she’s around men she’s attracted to, so I really enjoyed putting her into situations with the hero to see how she reacts, and then with another man who likes her but whose feelings are not reciprocated. Hopefully the reader will laugh as much as I did!

2. What inspires you for your stories?

I get my inspiration from many places. Sometimes from minor characters on TV, sometimes from people I see during the course of my day. Once I got inspiration from a billboard. Actually, The Seduction of Esther revolves around the Jewish holiday of Purim, so my friends at Temple are dying to see if anyone they know is in the book.

In all seriousness, for this story, I wanted to write a romance that had Jewish elements in it, much like so many of the romances have Christian elements—Christmas, wedding in a church, etc. So I took one of the holidays, Purim, and used it as the theme for the book. One of the main themes of Purim is hiding one’s identity, and the hero and heroine in The Seduction of Esther have things that they hide from others as well.

3 Tell us something no one else knows about you.

I think that’s a trick question, since there’s probably a reason on one knows certain things about me.

Yes, Jennifer, I’m sneaky like that — E.G. LOL

Most people know (or soon figure out) that I hate public speaking. However, what they don’t know is that I used to do it all the time when I was working as an editor of trade magazine. I spoke at conferences and seminars and led panel discussions about all sorts of techie topics. My problem with public speaking is doing it in front of people I know. I’m not sure if that says more about my friends  or about me, though.

4. What genre classification would you put on your book and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?

The Seduction of Esther is a contemporary romance with a Jewish theme. As for heat level, I’d say moderate. There are sex scenes, but they’re not excessively graphic.

5.   When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?

I’ve always loved writing and have been writing in one form or another for as long as I can remember. However, I started “officially” writing romance when my oldest daughter was about six years old. I was watching TV one night and an idea for a story popped into my head. I ran to my computer and began writing it down. Three books later and I haven’t stopped writing. I’m hoping for a lot more books to be published in the future.

I can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160. I tweet at @JWilck. My blog (Fried Oreos) is www.jenniferwilck.wordpress.com and I contribute to Heroines With Hearts at www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com.

Jennifer I love the cover and the premise for the book sounds very interesting. Here is an excerpt that put this on my must read list. E.G.

Nathaniel logged out of Facebook and leaned back in his desk chair. It squeaked in protest. The application had suggested a number of potential “friends” for him and as usual, he’d ignored them. But this time, the names filled him with a twinge of unease. Both names had been from his old synagogue. Both people knew of his past. The past he’d do anything not to repeat. Which is why today’s time with Samara puzzled him.

He couldn’t deny his attraction to her. The past few weeks he’d tried to deny it and it hadn’t gotten him anywhere. Her appearance at the Met had surprised him, although he wasn’t sure why. He was bound to run into people he knew in the city—it was big, but crossing paths wasn’t unheard of or unexpected.

His heart beat faster as he remembered the warmth of her hand in his, the syncopation of their steps as they meandered through the galleries, the mutual looks they’d exchanged at a comment of Zoe’s. She was real, natural and warm. She made him feel things he didn’t want to feel, wasn’t ready to feel, but couldn’t deny. When they were together, electricity filled the air. His senses went on hyper-alert. The scent of her perfume filled his nostrils and he longed for more—and he didn’t even like perfume. His skin tingled at her nearness, every hair on his arm and neck stood on end and it was as if he could determine her exact position in the room in relation to himself like a compass. He could stare at her for hours, read every emotion on her expressive face, gaze into the endless pools of brown liquid as she looked back at him. He knew her emotions from the tone of her voice and her singing made him forget who and where he was. His mouth went dry at the thought of kissing her, tasting her skin. He shook his head to clear it. At this rate, he’d never get any sleep tonight. As he rose and went to bed, the only thing he could think of was Samara.

Find “The Seduction of Esther” and Jennifer’s other work at all fine e-book vendors.

Buy Links for The Seduction of Esther

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Seduction-of-Esther-ebook/dp/B00D4J6A80/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370452674&sr=8-3&keywords=jennifer+wilck

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seduction-of-esther-jennifer-wilck/1115470189?ean=2940016445038

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Author Spotlight – Abigail Sharpe

Today my guest is the brilliant, funny, one of my very best friends, my breast buddy, Abigail Sharp. She is my breast buddy because when I was recovering from Breast Cancer and had dropped out to hide from the medical community….there is only so much poking and prodding a person can stand… (anyway) Abigail dragged me to the doctor again to be sure I was still in remission and shared her wonderfully talented friend and cancer reconstruction surgeon with me who completely changed my life. BUT! That is a whole nother story.  Enjoy her interview



Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying “y’all” in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing stories of love and laughter and happily ever after.

Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. She is part of a kitchen blog with friends – chickletsinthekitchen.com – and you can keep up with her on Goodreads or at her website – http://www.abigailsharpe.com





1. Who is your favorite character in this book and why? 

My favorite character is the one I’m writing at the moment.  *laugh*  Of course I adore Ainsley and Riley in Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, so I’m going to leave them out of the running and go with Quinn Donnelly.  He’s the brother of a secondary character who’s getting married (the secondary character, not Quinn) and he’s all blue-eyed, dark-haired Irish charm.  It doesn’t hurt that he’s the hero in the next story, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?  And no, he’s not the doctor.

2. What inspires you for your stories?

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? was HEAVILY influenced by reality TV shows like The Bachelor.  Some men don’t want the attention of many women trying to lasso their hearts.  I thought, how funny would it be if the poor guy didn’t want to be there?  And cowboys are so hot and sexy that it made finding the hero so much easier

3. Tell us something no one else knows about you.

I used to suck my toes.

Not for any purpose, really.  Just the fact that I could do it was enough.

Though I did have a boyfriend who liked to suck my toes.  That was a little weird for me.  I don’t like anyone but me touching them. Pedicures are more of a cringe-fest than any kind of relaxing.

My husband, however, has found the perfect way of massaging my feet, so I’m okay when he touches them.

4. What genre classification would you put on your book and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?

Contemporary fun and flirty romance.  Boy meets girl, boy does something stupid and loses girl, boy redeems himself and gets the girl.  It takes place on earth, in the present time, and without vampires.

As for the heat level – well, there are naked bodies and I don’t close the door.  But it’s one man-one woman and no gadgets.  What does that make it?  Am I 25 Shades of Vanilla?

5.   When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?

I’m not one of those “I always knew I wanted to be a writer” types.  I’m more of the “I read a really awful book and thought I could do better” type.  But let me tell you, now that I’ve written one, I have a lot more respect for the author who penned that book.  And I’ve also realized that just because I don’t like a book, it doesn’t mean the book is bad.  It means only that the book is not for me.

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“Charming and witty. Abigail Sharpe will delight you.”– New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig

“A rich and rustic tale of family, friendship, and love guaranteed to lasso your heart.” — Jessica Lemmon, author of TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE

In the bestselling tradition of Lori Wilde…


There’s nothing florist Ainsley Fairfax won’t do to help her sister get the love of her life-even if it means taking her place on a bachelorette weekend at a Wyoming ranch so Cecelia can sail off with the man of her dreams. Ainsley is determined to spend the time keeping her head down and her heart safely tucked away-until an encounter with the ranch’s hunky owner gets her heart-and steamy desires-to bloom . . .

Riley Pommer doesn’t want to be lassoed into any relationship. But with the family ranch in dire straits, Riley knows his sisters’ crazy plan to turn the ranch into the setting for a dating competition-and using Riley as the bait-is the only thing standing between them and foreclosure. But the rules of the game change the instant Riley lays eyes on the spirited Ainsley. Now, as others try to stampede over their love, can Riley prove to Ainsley that true love is a prize worth fighting for?

Rebel Elite Holiday Hop


DECEMBER 8TH THROUGH THE 15TH, 2012 I will be hosting interviews and promotion for my fellow Rebel Elite Authors as they make rounds on our Holiday Blog Hop

My Guests will be:

Dec 8th D.H. Black – “Grit Versus Dust…Find Your Retribution” M/M edgy and erotic

Dec 9th Michel Prince – Young Adult, Paranormal and Contemporary

Dec 10th Winfield H. Strock III – Steam Punk/Sci Fi

Dec 11th Donna Steele – Sci Fi/ Paranormal and Women’s Lit.

Dec 12th Lila Munro – Erotic romance/ Military and thriller suspense plots

Dec 13th Nancy LaPonzina –

Come on by each day to chat with authors. Click on the icon during the hope dates 12/8 thru 12/15 for your chance to win.

Paw Prints – Rebel Relay

The newest fun project from Rebel Ink Press. A bunch of the Rebel Gang of signed authors have jumped on board to be part of the Rebel Relay. The way it works is we ALL work together on a story line in tag team relay style. The story goes around twice with each author adding 500 words to the existing manuscript. Our magical editor will have final editorial bippity, boppity, boo and “Paw Prints” will be released. You can expect it to be fantastic. Rebel Ink has a line up of amazing talent.

“What happens when twenty five writers get together with a story idea geared toward helping better one small corner of the world? Meet Kylie Wright and Buster and find out this December in Paw Prints, a brand new story created by Rebel Writers for a Cause with all proceeds going to the National Humane Society.”

I have always loved animals. My undergraduate degree is actually in Equestrian Education with a full second major in Psychology. Tell me about one animal that you will never forget.

Mine is our family dog Sunny. She was loaned to us. (Cause you don’t give away someone you love.) by a family we knew with the stipulation that if our situation ever changed, we would give her back. Sunny was a yellow lab. She knew how to do amazing things. You name any dog trick and she could probably do it. Cheese on nose, yep. Fetch…why heck she could play baseball in the outfield. She was an animal our whole family and the family who gave her to us, loved every moment of her life.

She went on TV with me to teach children Dog Safety. She went with me to schools to teach programs on a variety of subjects. One even on nutrition and why it is important to eat right. She earned her canine good citizen standing. She could do obedience, agility, showmanship in the world of dog showing.

I saw her a little sore, off stride one day…I thought well, she’s 12 years old. She’d played hard all her life. Maybe she has a touch of arthritis. Then, I saw her shoulder swollen. I took her to the vet and received the news. She had a large tumor inside her shoulder joint. My children were out of town. They came home to spend Sunny’s last couple of days loving her and then we ended her suffering. We buried her out at the farm. She made our lives better and I will always miss her. She goes on record as the most wonderful dog I’ve ever known.

Tell me your favorite pet story.