Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hot Books For A Hot July

July has turned out to be one HOT month! And it deserves some HOT books.

We've certainly had our share of hot weather during July, several days of temperatures hovering around and above 100 degrees along with high humidity. All-in-all, the kind of days where I don't want to stray very far from the air conditioned comfort of home.

But the weather isn't the only thing that's contributed to the hot days of July. There's also the sultry heat found on FORBIDDEN ISLAND, a privately owned Caribbean retreat, and the blazing SUMMER SIZZLE of a California beach town. It's been a long time since I've had two books released only a week apart, but it happened this July. These two books are incendiary enough to burn up the pages while making you reach for the we need to cool things down setting on the air conditioner.

FORBIDDEN ISLAND is part of the Destination Pleasure series of short story quick reads set in exotic locations and featuring characters who quite simply can't keep their hands off each other. The Destination Pleasure books are available from The Wilder Roses, the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romances from The Wild Rose Press.

Have you ever met someone in passing and immediately knew you wanted to rip off his clothes and drag him to the nearest bedroom? No commitment. No concern about tomorrow. Someone you couldn't get out of your mind regardless of how much you tried?

That's Chantal Stevens problem. All it took was an introduction and a businesslike handshake for her to know Murphy Abbott was that someone. But nothing came of their meeting. He was polite and charming, but seemed in a hurry to leave. She was mesmerized. But that's all the further it went. For the next ten years she continued to ask herself what if until she knew she had to do whatever it took to find the answer to that question, something that would allow her to satisfy her curiosity. Could any man really be as incredible a lover or have as much stamina as her imagination had attributed to Murphy?

So Chantal devised a plan—a deception that would get her an invitation to Forbidden Island so she could meet face-to-face with Murphy at his private enclave in the Caribbean and answer once and for all that elusive question…what if?

But to Chantal's surprise, when she arrives at Murphy's island she discovers she's not the only one who has played the mental what if game during the last ten years. Murphy has his own thoughts about what the weekend will bring.

To maintain the heat level of our HOT July, we should indulge in some SUMMER SIZZLE—an erotic romance novel from Cobblestone Press that's set in a beach town location.

Do opposites really attract? And if they do, is it something real rather than a momentary connection based on nothing more than a hot physical attraction?

Vicki Templeton and Blake Callahan seem to be about as opposite as two people can be. She's compulsively organized, every hour of her day planned out in advance. All her efforts go toward building a financially secure future for herself by working hard and sacrificing today's fun for tomorrow's security. Blake, on the other hand, has learned a painful and emotionally devastating lesson about the emptiness of tomorrow. His experience has taught him that no one is guaranteed a tomorrow so living for today is what's important.

Regimented work schedule versus spontaneous spur-of-the-moment fun. So what happens when these two totally mismatched people each claim to have a legal rental agreement for the same beach bungalow? While Blake plays havoc with her neatly ordered life, Vicki has him thinking beyond today and speculating about what tomorrow.

Can two people who don't agree on much of anything other than the scorching hot physical relationship that nearly bursts into flame whenever they come into physical proximity manage to cohabitate for the duration of the summer? Can each discover the pieces missing from their respective lives? Can the reality of the day match the SUMMER SIZZLE pulling them together?

I hope I've caught your interest and you'll pick up these two HOT reads. FORBIDDEN ISLAND from The Wilder Roses and SUMMER SIZZLE from Cobblestone Press. Check my website for excerpts from these two books, as well as my other current releases.

I'll be posting a new blog next Sunday, August 2. I'm going to talk about old television situation comedies, the ones that had terrific ensemble casts.

So be sure to check back next week for a trip to television's Nostalgia Lane and a visit to some fun shows.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Just Getting Started

Blogging is new to me. I've only done maybe a half dozen blogs at various sites. Having my own blog is definitely brand new to me. Even using an already prepared "point and click" template is a little bit unsettling.

I don't know if I'll stay with this format or end up with something else, but for now I'm using this selection. For one reason, the color scheme goes with my website color scheme. :)

I'd appreciate any comments and/or suggestions.