The Sirens of Sensual Romances August 2010 Newsletter The Sirens Welcome to the Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter! Mechele Armstrong It’s the last gasp of summer. Soon the kids will start back to school and your Dee Brice life will be hectic again. Better take time for yourself first and read some Adrianna Dane books by the Sirens of Sensual Romances. Alice Gaines As a group, the Sirens of Sensual Romances have written more than 200 Treva Harte novels, spanning genres from historical to futuristic, from scary horror to action/adventure, from erotically sensual to pass-the-fire-extinguisher HOT! Katherine Kingston Lynn LaFleur Our newsletter is released around the 15th of each month. We’ll always have excerpts and featured author interviews as well as recipes, reviews, and Lynn Lorenz answers to any of your questions about our books and your favorite Judy Mays characters. Each month we’ll also have a contest with lots of good things to give away to our wonderful newsletter members. 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A Peek at What’s Inside Sirens Calendar Page 2 Appearances, News & Releases Pages 2-3 Contests and Winners Page 4 Featured Siren Interview—Ruby Storm Pages 5-6 August’s Birthstones—Peridot and Sardonyx Page 6 Featured Siren Excerpt Pages 7-8 Reviews Pages 9-11 Aphrodisiac Page 11 Enticing Excerpts Pages 12-20 Special Report on RWA Conference Pages 20-21 Decadent Delights Pages 22-25 Diane Lane and Oliver Martinez image Contacts and End Notes Page 26 Courtesy of the Internet Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 2 Sirens of Sensual Romances Calendar Appearances ~ News ~ Releases August 2010 Book Releases ALICE GAINES 6: Soft Focus by Lynn LaFleur (Ellora’s Cave) www.alicegaines.blogspot.com 10: Soleil by Caitlyn Willows (Loose Id) 22: Best Laid Plans by Caitlyn Willows writing as Alice Gaines is happy to announce that she’s signed Cassie Stevens (Amber Quill) contracts for two more erotic romance novellas. August Appearances Built for Lust will be released by 19: Caitlyn Willows cyber release party for Soleil at Changeling Press in September. The Romance Studio Blog It tells the story of a female werewolf who won’t submit to a September 2010 Book Releases real mate and so builds herself 21: Maxxed Out by Treva Harte (Loose Id) an android male. The male wolf develops ideas of his own. TBD: Built for Lust by Alice Gaines (Changeling) Also, Alice has sold a novella to October Appearances Red Sage for Secrets, Volume 30. 7-10: Dee Brice at RomantiCon, Richfield, Ohio The novella will appear in print 7-10: Lynn LaFleur at RomantiCon, Richfield, Ohio in June of 2011. Tentatively titled Cox Club, the story 7-10: Judy Mays at RomantiCon, Richfield, Ohio revolves around a woman who goes to a secret club 7-10: Ruby Storm at RomantiCon, Richfield, Ohio where all female desires are satisfied only to discover 23: Caitlyn Willows presenting two workshops at that Cox Club is owned by her former husband—the Pacific Northwest Writers Association only man she ever loved and the only man who could truly make her happy in bed. Autumn 2010 Book Releases A Little Broken by Lynn LaFleur (Ellora’s Cave) Public Lives, Private Pleasures by Adrianna Dane LYNN LAFLEUR (Loose Id) www.lynnlafleur.com Winter 2010 Book Releases New release! Soft Focus is now Silver by Adrianna Dane writing as Darcy Abriel available in ebook from Ellora’s (Samhain Publishing) Cave at http://www.jasminejade. The Way To a Man’s Heart by Lynn LaFleur com/ps-8543-50-soft-focus- (Ellora’s Cave) aspx?skinid=11. You can read the entire first chapter and a lengthy excerpt on Lynn’s website. Spring 2011 Book Releases Make Me Beg by Alice Gaines (Spice Briefs) Walking Sin by Lynn LaFleur (Ellora’s Cave) Appearances ~ News ~ Releases - Continued on Page 3 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 3 Sirens of Sensual Romances Appearances ~ News ~ Releases LYNN LAFLEUR CAITLYN WILLOWS www.lynnlafleur.com www.caitlynwillows.com Caitlyn Willows, writing as New print book! Destiny’s Path Cassie Stevens, proudly an- contains Lynn LaFleur’s book, nounces a new release. Save Me Premonition, plus A Different From Myself is a male/male Path, one of The Tarot Café stories novella now available from Am- she wrote with Randi Monroe. It’s ber Quill Press/Amber Allure. available at the Ellora’s Cave website, http://www.jasminejade. Reid Hansen has always had a com/p-8609-destinys-path.aspx? “thing” for Marines. But not for skinid=11. The first chapters and former Marine, now up and excerpts of both books are coming fashion designer, Jackson Tate. In fact, Reid available on Lynn’s website. would rather see Jackson dead. Jackson Tate has more success than he’d ever MECHELE ARMSTRONG imagined, and all the stress that goes with it. Who better to help pull him back from the edge than Reid www.mechelearmstrong.com Hansen? But his fateful and unexpected presence in Jackson’s life resurrects the ghost of the Marine Reid Mechele Armstrong is thrilled to announce the once loved, the Marine Jackson served with, the acceptance of Geek Love by Liquid Silver. Geek Love Marine who died saving Jackson’s life, and it’s quite is a story of two geeks who find their love at a clear that Reid has no intention of offering Jackson the gaming/science fiction convention. More details to salvation he seeks. In fact, it seems Reid would rather come later. deliver that final shove that destroys him. Mechele was also excited to find Jackson is the last man Reid wants to meet. Their lives Settler’s Mine 6: The Rogue on first intersected on an Iraqi desert years before. Now, the Coming Soon page at Loose finally face-to-face, resentment, anger, and guilt put Id. The Rogue follows McTavish, them at odds. Grief and the truth bind them. And then an outlaw, as he finds his way there’s the unrelenting want fueling their actions. A with two surprising mates. craving neither can deny. Yes, Reid’s the one man who could save Jackson from himself. But who is saving whom? Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 4 Sirens of Sensual Romances Contests and Winners July 2010 Contest Winner CAITLYN WILLOWS www.caitlynwillows.com The winner of the July Sirens of Sensual Romances contest prize is: Each month at least one lucky person on Caitlyn Willows’ newsletter loop will receive a goodie box. Yahoo ID: Books are old/new, hardcover/tradesize/paperback, firstname.lastname@example.org read/unread...in other words, a mix. Only newsletter subscribers are eligible for the monthly giveaway. You’ll find a link to the newsletter on Caitlyn’s Congratulations! Please contact our prize donor, Lynn website, www.caitlynwillows.com. LaFleur, for your choice of any of her print books, a box of assorted tealights, and some other goodies. LYNN LAFLEUR Subscribers, please note our contest rules: Winners must contact the featured author of the month named in www.lynnlafleur.com each issue to redeem prizes. The author must be contacted by the winner before the publication of the following Sign up for Lynn LaFleur’s newsletter! Find out about month’s newsletter to be eligible to win, or forfeit prize(s). Lynn’s writing, plus interviews with authors, excerpts, recipes, August 2010 Contest and other goodies. Everyone registered to receive the news- Ruby Storm will give the winner a free download of letter is automatically entered in Keeper of the Spirit, the first book of the Keeper series a drawing for prizes. Drop Lynn at Cerridwen Press. an email at lynn@lynnlafleur. com to sign up for Lynn’s Latest. Please include your full name and email address. JUDY MAYS www.judymays.com ADRIANNA DANE Judy Mays runs a newsletter contest every month. To www.adriannadane.com enter, a person must be a member of Judy’s Yahoo group. Anyone can join her group and read the New contest running for Adrianna’s newsletter newsletter in the files section to find out how to enter members only. Join the Torrid Tidbits Newsletter. the contest. To join, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/ Then enter the contest to win a box of free books and goodies. August contest ends August 30th. http:// group/judymays/. www.adriannadane.com/torridtidbitscontest.htm. Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 5 Sirens of Sensual Romances Featured Siren Ruby Storm Picture Ruby Storm with her hair on fire! Yup, that’s her What authors have influenced you? every morning when she bounds out of bed and heads for her home office. Kathleen Woodiwiss was my biggest influence. She is the one author who grabbed me by the throat and Ruby loves to write, plain and simple. So much so that she never let go. To this day I have a huge, huge love for took a leap of faith in herself and quit her “professional” job, historical romances because of her books. I actually stuck her butt in front of a computer, and finally discovered had a chance to visit with her and she was a what brings her true happiness in the wilds of Minnesota. wonderfully articulate lady. She gave me so much encouragement to do the thing I love. Most people who fantasize about strange Rosemary Rogers was another one. In fact, people and occurrences are sitting on the sixth I think these two women were trailblazers floor of some psychiatric hospital. Not Ruby— for the now popular erotic romances. They she gets paid for it! changed the course of romantic novels. Describe yourself in 25 words or less. What was most difficult about your latest book? What was easiest? I love to party like a rock star but I’m getting old! So I give a few good hours When I wrote His Toys for the Exotica line then sleep like a baby (in between hot at Ellora’s Cave, I found it hard to write flashes!). sex scenes that could potentially be just sex without romance (according to the guide- Now that summer is winding up, what do you still need to lines of what an Exotica could be). I don’t like writing do before fall? “sex” without the attachment, so I just went ahead and skewed the guidelines a bit and as I worked Ah, fall. I’m beginning to stress! LOL. So I have four through the story my hero and heroine fell in love. major things on my plate to accomplish by the end of Finding new and innovative ways to write sex scenes October. First off, I’m organizing a benefit that will without becoming stale is also difficult. Always have take place August 14th. We do have a four-day to let that imagination take you somewhere even if vacation planned—just a quick thing but a stress you’ve never been there. reliever nonetheless! When that’s completed I step right into finishing up some major organization for I don’t know if there really is anything “easy” when my trip to Ellora’s Cave’s RomantiCon at the you write. Writing is not simply sitting down and beginning of October! Can’t wait to see everyone! writing the words. As an author, you have to be aware Then at the same time I have to be completely ready of genre guidelines, mechanics of what you’re trying for my youngest son’s wedding at the end of October. to say and how, grammatically, those words must be Write? Did someone say “write”? I’m trying to finish written. I guess that part does become a bit easier with up at least two stories to get them subbed. I had really each book you write because your mind gets trained thought that at 54 I’d be slowing down. Whoa...don’t to be subconsciously aware of all these things. see that happening! Interview with Ruby Storm - Continued on Page 6 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 6 Sirens of Sensual Romances Featured Siren August Birthstones Ruby Storm Another month with more than one birthstone. Continued from page 5 Peridot: Regarded since ancient times as the symbol of the sun. The What is your favorite part about being an author? What is Greeks believed that it brought royal your least favorite? dignity upon its wearer. The Crusaders thought that Peridot were Meeting fans—hands down, is my favorite part! An emeralds and brought them back to author writes because she or he loves to do it. But Europe where they were featured as ornaments in when a reader lets you know how that book affected churches. them, that’s the very best part! Peridot stones range in color from olive to lime green, The least favorite part is the business end of writing. sometimes with a brownish tinge. The green color is There’s promotion which leads into bills which leads due to the presence of iron, while the brownish tinge into time away from the actual act of sitting at a indicates a higher iron content. Some of the finest computer and pounding out a story. Peridot stones are called “evening emeralds” because they appear greener under artificial light. They are What else would you like readers to know? among the oldest known gemstones. I would like them to know how much I appreciate Sardonyx: The second August their support and kind words in regard to my writing. birthstone is a variety of silica Also, never ever be afraid to tap me on the shoulder mineral called chalcedony. This sort (or wallop me across the arm) to get my attention. I of mineral contains layers of tiny love talking and getting personal! Hope to do a lot of quartz fibers, which are stacked on that at the RomantiCon Convention in Ohio this year! top of each other to give a banded appearance. The layers in these stones range from translucent to opaque. The stones also vary in color, from white or gray and ranging to many colorful varieties. Sardonyx stones usually contain flat-banded, white and brownish-red bands. Cameos and intaglios are often carved from Sardonyx. It is a relatively common and inexpensive gemstone. It was a favorite in ancient times, popular not only because it was attractive but also because it was widely available. From www.jewelryformother.com Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 7 Sirens of Sensual Romances Featured Siren Excerpt His Toys HIS TOYS His suggestion to sit had just offered her a few more minutes in his presence though. Her curiosity By Ruby Storm piqued, she closed the door and settled into a chair www.rubystorm.net opposite the desk. She studied his eyes. Blue, like the Publisher: Ellora’s Cave color of the sky on a clear day. Damn they were the http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-5444-158-his- perfect color, accentuated by his dark hair and tanned toys.aspx?skinid=11 cheeks. I bet he’d look wonderful draped across a mattress, ISBN: 978-1-41991-162-0 patting it with his big hand as he invited me to join him. Length: Novella Genre: Contemporary Mentally shaking herself, she wrestled her thoughts back from between the sheets. “Okay, I’m all ears.” Sanford Willard is a crafter of toys. “I’m going to get right to the point because I Not your standard run-of-the-mill know you have to get back to your office. How would playthings created for the general you like to make a thousand dollars for a weekend’s public, mind you, but items work?” designed for the woman who “What?” she spouted. “Who wouldn’t? You’re basks in her sexuality on all levels. kidding me, aren’t you?” He has one more step to complete “No, I’m serious as can be.” before taking the adult market by Her quick mind went into overdrive. How in storm and that’s to ensure his hell did anyone make that kind of money in two days’ time? Unless... “You’re not into anything illegal, are prototypes are the perfect com- you?” He hardly seemed the type to even drop a gum plement to a woman’s body. wrapper on the floor. He was too put together, too flawless. Sanford was simply the type of man who One weekend. One thousand dollars on the table for had his priorities in order and he never seemed to payment to co-worker Melodee Dayton. Forty-eight make a mistake. hours of extreme pleasure in exchange for her honest His head tipped back with a low chuckle. Again, opinion. the sound went straight to her toes by way of her stomach. Two consenting adults. A fantasy come true. Get ready “No, it’s nothing illegal.” He steepled his fingers to roll the dice of fate. beneath his chin and eyed her closely, as if taking one more moment to make sure he wanted to continue the Excerpt: discussion. “Okay, here it is in a nutshell. You’ve heard me discuss numerous options for Random to “Melodee, do you have a minute? Want to shut build their sales but they won’t listen. The former the door? I have a proposition to offer you.” board was always willing to take suggestions from the A quick picture of Sanford taking her into his employees. This new hierarchy is too busy riding on arms and proclaiming his love whisked through her past laurels to see what’s going to happen here in the brain. She had to laugh at herself—that scenario was future. Because of their continued disinterest, I began the exact one she wasn’t searching for. to develop my own line of toys.” His Toys excerpt - Continued on Page 8 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 8 Sirens of Sensual Romances Featured Siren Excerpt HIS TOYS He smiled, which deepened the slight dimples in his shaved cheeks. “They succeeded in their efforts. By Ruby Storm That’s what makes you stand out, Melodee. So I heard Continued from page 7 that you’re presently unattached.” She flushed warmly. Good god, he knew about Mel was confused. So where did she come in her private life? “Yes, I am at the moment.” with the chance to make some quick money? “I’m not “That’s good. I’m not so sure how a guy would sure I’m following you yet.” feel about his girlfriend or wife helping me get my “I’m not targeting the twelve and under age prototypes to ensure that my creations work the way group. I’m looking more at toys and games for the they were intended. Since most are made for the mature audience.” female body, I need to hire a woman and I think you’d “Sounds interesting. Are you talking about be the perfect person.” video games and such?” To test his sex toys? Mel’s hand immediately “No. I’m talking about adult toys. Sexual aids, came up. “Whoa there. I’m trying to process this. You toys for the discerning woman.” would pay someone that amount of money for two Mel blinked and wondered if she’d heard him days worth of...of services, if that’s what you want to right. call it?” “I see you’re surprised.” “Most definitely. Every toy must work perfectly “I’m not surprised. I’m stunned.” In truth, she in the manner intended. I plan to make a lot of money, was a bit uncomfortable as she rethought her so I’m willing to put out cash up front in order to fantasies. Never once had they included toys. Only accomplish that. What do you say?” Sanford had been there in the recesses of her mind, Mel fidgeted on the chair. Her heart bounced toyless, but with a huge bulge at his crotch and magic about and her stomach quivered. “What...what exactly fingers that could send shivers up her spine. She gave would this offer entail?” Good god. A test subject for herself a mental shake. Sanford and his toys? Would he be tossing himself “I’ve watched trends in the adult toy market for into the mix? It was like a dream come true. a few years now,” Sanford continued. “In that time, “You’d have to come to my home and spend the I’ve also created some aids that I do plan to market.” weekend. I guarantee that by Sunday night I’ll put the He leaned forward and clasped his hands on the desk. cash in your hand. And hopefully, you’ll have thought “Do you know that I’ve been watching you, Melodee? it was easy money for the pleasure you’ll receive. The For quite a while now.” toys are perfectly safe.” “Me? Really?” She blinked. A weekend at his home? “You’re a sexy woman, beautiful and smart. “All my toys were created to bring pleasure and You’re very comfortable in your own skin and not in orgasm to the user.” an egotistical way. It’s easy to see that you like who Her belly clenched but she remained silent. She you are. Is that correct?” couldn’t believe he’d just said the word orgasm as if Mel crossed one knee over the other, smiled and he were talking about his damn charts. nodded her head. “I never thought about it that way but that’s a good explanation. My parents always taught me to be independent and self-sufficient but to tone those attributes with a bit of humbleness.” Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 9 Sirens of Sensual Romances Reviews MISS FOSTER’S FOLLY AND BEST FRIEND MAKES THREE By Alice Gaines By Lynn LaFleur Publisher: Carina Press Publisher: Ellora’s Cave http://tinyurl.com/2fsyh2p http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-8084-101-and-best- Length: Novel friend-makes-three.aspx?skinid=11 Genre: Victorian Length: Novella Genre: Contemporary/Ménage “At times I laughed out loud, and often smiled. Miss Foster’s Folly “For fans of erotic romantic is truly a delightful and pas- literature, this is as good as it gets. sionate historical romance!” I like this story. I liked the ~Caffey, Caffey’s Reads characters and I liked their loyalty to one another. It is a fun fast http://caffeys-reads.blogspot. read.” ~Judith, The Book Binge com http://thebookbinge.com/2010/ 07/guest-review-and-best-friend- makes.html WHISPERED SURRENDER MIRAGE By Lynn LaFleur and Randi Monroe Publisher: Ellora’s Cave By Lynn LaFleur h t t p : / / w w w. j a s m i n e j a d e . c o m / p m - 8 0 5 6 - 1 0 1 - Publisher: Ellora’s Cave whispered-surrender.aspx?skinid=11 h t t p : / / w w w. j a s m i n e j a d e . c o m / p m - 8 2 0 3 - 1 0 1 - Length: Novel mirage.aspx?skinid=11 Genre: Contemporary Length: Novella Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal “This is truly a very fun, cute “Mirage is a great novel. The story story. The dialogue sparkles, the is fast paced and well written. descriptive language used draws Lynn LaFleur is very imaginative some delightful word pictures and and creative with this Irish legend. the characters are forceful on the I recommend this book to anyone one hand and very likable on the who likes a little fantasy, with lots other. Any true romantic will find of romance.” ~Ammie, The Romance this an enjoyable read and quite Studio possibly hear themselves chuckle from time to time with the sheer http://theromancestudio.com/ fun of it.” ~Judith, The Book Binge reviews/miragelafleur.htm http://thebookbinge.com/2010/07/guest-review- whispered-surrender-by.html Reviews - Continued on Page 10 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 10 Sirens of Sensual Romances Reviews I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS CILLA’S MASTER By Adrianna Dane By Katherine Kingston Publisher: Loose Id Publisher: Ellora’s Cave http://www.loose-id.com/Ill-Be-Home-for-Christ http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-8345-97-cillas- mas.aspx master.aspx Length: Novella Length: Novella Genre: Contemporary/BDSM Genre: LGBT/Contemporary/Western “4 Stars! The writing is fantastic, “4 Hearts! I found the story the sex scenes sizzle, and the heart-wrenching and thought provoking. The plot was in- characters are well developed and teresting and slightly different likable. I enjoyed watching Cilla from a lot of romance stories. emerge from her shell and felt that The main characters of Destrie Charles was the perfect hero to and Benedict are well written...” show her the way. Those in the ~Ana, The Romance Studio mood for a blistering BDSM erotic romance should definitely place http://theromancestudio.com/ Cilla’s Master on their TBR list.” reviews/reviews/homechrist ~J. Thomas, The Long and Short Of It masdane.htm Reviews UNDERCOVER HEAT By Judy Mays * * * * * Publisher: Ellora’s Cave h t t p : / / w w w. j a s m i n e j a d e . c o m / p m - 8 2 9 4 - 11 4 - undercover-heat.aspx “4 Stars! Cilla and Charles are both likable, relatable Length: Novel characters. The relationship between the two was Genre: Paranormal beautiful. Watching it grow was like watching a “5 and a Top Pick! Undercover blooming flower unfurl its petals—slow, soft, and Heat was an absolutely amazing sweet and with a beautiful ending. The sex was story that I loved reading. I wonderful, but not what you would expect from a finished it in one day and I never BDSM story. Granted, there was plenty of focus on the wanted to put it down. The D/s relationship, but it was more loving and caring storyline is great. It has the than harsh. I enjoyed reading Cilla’s Master and will romance and the love but also the be looking for more from Ms. Kingston. It is worth action that keeps the reader totally having on your bookshelf for when you want a nice engaged. The love scenes are hot... They are also detailed and very little romance that has a bit of an edge to it.” ~Jennifer enjoyable.” ~Tigger9, Night Owl Leigh, Just Erotic Romance Reviews Reviews http://www.nightowlreviews.com/nor/Reviews/ Tigger9-reviews-Undercover-Heat-by-Judy-Mays.aspx Reviews - Continued on Page 11 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 11 Sirens of Sensual Romances Reviews Aphrodisiac CILLA’S MASTER A food, drink or drug that stimulates sexual desire. The By Katherine Kingston name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Publisher: Ellora’s Cave sensuality and love. http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-8345-97-cillas- master.aspx In Part 2, three foods are featured—one you’ll surely Length: Novella have heard of as a sexual stimulant. The other two Genre: Contemporary/BDSM may be a surprise. “4 Blue Ribbons! Katherine Kingston’s Cilla’s Master is one Oysters hot book. From the moment you read page one you are convinced One of the most notorious this is going to be one electrifying aphrodisiacs, oysters are romance ride. This is the type of high in zinc and have a BDSM that dreams are made of. reputation for being great You definitely will be captivated for love and fertility. by all of the intense sexual plea- sure you find in this one book.” ~Suzie Housley, Romance Junkies Pine Nuts h t t p : / / ro m a n c e j u n k i e s re v i e w s . c o m / a r t m a n / publish/contemporary/Cilla_s_Master.shtml High in energizing zinc, pine nuts are also con- * * * * * sidered aphrodisiacs be- cause of the effort required “4 Hearts! Ms. Kingston has created a sensually to procure these oily gems sizzling and emotionally captivating story centered from pinecones. around two friends as they learn the give and take of building a relationship that goes far beyond the BDSM Watermelon club. Wonderfully portrayed and strongly matched hero and heroine, Charles and Cilla are an enchanting and passionate couple who demonstrate intelligence According to sciencedaily. with an extreme emotional depth but who continue to com, this “lycopene king” grow mentally, adding to the amazing character- may have a Viagra-like ization. The sexual scenes are smoking hot as well as effect on the body. It emotional. The supporting secondary characters add relaxes blood vessels and an additional depth and appeal to the characters as improves circulation. It’s well as the plot. A deliciously seductive story that also extremely low in shouldn’t be missed!” ~Shannon, The Romance Studio calories and delicious. http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/ reviews/cillasmasterkingston.htm Some information from readersdigest.com Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 12 Sirens of Sensual Romances Enticing Excerpts TIME WILL TELL suddenly, as she tried to force his cock inside. She hadn’t expected she would be so tight, but tight didn’t (Time Series 2) matter right now, except as a hindrance to what she By Treva Harte wanted. She wiggled, desperate to fit herself onto him, www.trevaharte.com Publisher: Liquid Silver desperate enough to ignore the twinges of pain. http://tinyurl.com/2332bj2 “Gently, darling.” His hands reached out, one to ISBN: 1-59578-139-0 steady her and the other to first fondle her clit and Length: Novel then stretch out the folds of her labia. Genre: Contemporary She moaned and then, fiercely, forced herself down. They both moaned then. Hard, thick—she’d Molly had a family and had been been so empty, waiting for this. He filled her, almost in love...but now she was alone too much, and then—as she writhed again—perfectly. on an isolated ranch with no one “‘s good,” she thought she heard him say. “Too but her baby. She’d learned that good.” even people you love can leave. J.B. drifted onto a ranch and into the life of a woman who needed help. He’d failed himself and others before and wasn’t inter- ested in risking anything more. But was it time to try again? Excerpt: “Don’t tease!” Molly couldn’t keep calm. Couldn’t even try. If he said no, now, she—she’d rape him. “Oh, baby, no. Not that. I don’t want to hurt you. It’s been a while for me, but it’s been even longer for you.” He lay down, pulling her on top of him. “Just this time, you do it, honey. However you want. Take whatever time you need.” She wondered how long his control would have lasted if she had slowed down, but she couldn’t wait to test. Now. She needed him now or sooner. She straddled him, gasping as she felt his cock at the entrance to her wet pussy. J.B.’s concern made sense sud Enticing Excerpts - Continued on Page 13 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 13 Sirens of Sensual Romances Enticing Excerpts COURTING KEL “Eye candy, yes. The blonde goes with the white truffles,” Tage shouted above the din to a crewman By Dee Brice with two lush females clinging to him like limpets. www.deebrice.com “Aye, Captain, if I can make ‘em understand Publisher: Ellora’s Cave they aren’t necessarily for me.” He continued down http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8525-50-courting- kel.aspx?skinid=11 the gangway, winking as he passed Aren and Tage ISBN: 978-1-41992-586-3 standing on the pier. Length: Plus Novel Stroking his chin, Aren watched as more women Genre: Futuristic of every size, shape and hair color debarked his flagship, The Herald. “You could group them by eye Abducted from her home world, color,” he said. Amazonian warrior Kel finds her- “Could sort them like fruits and vegetables as self imprisoned on Ondrican, a well. But then where would you put her?” Tage jutted willing sexual slave to its heir, his chin at the last woman in line. Two guards flanked Prince Aren. Kel is more than will- her. ing to discover pleasure in Aren’s “Strawberries,” Aren said without hesitation. embrace. But when he announces The sun turned the tall woman’s hair to red-gold his taking her virginity has made flames. “Why is she restrained?” them husband and wife, Kel vows “Easier to put one in the brig than the whole shipload.” to escape him and return home. “Tage,” Aren said, sounding as impatient as he She wants his wooing but not the felt. wedding. Tage said, looking rather irritated himself, “She claims she was drugged, kidnapped and sold. Aren has known for years that he must marry and Demanded to be returned to her homeworld. Tried to produce a legitimate heir. He finds Kel’s untutored convince the other women to mutiny.” lovemaking a sensual delight, but her refusal to “As Storr and I have told you, Tage, none of the acknowledge their marriage stuns him and hurts his brides were to be forced.” pride. Determined to win her warrior heart, he takes “I don’t know where she came from, Your his reluctant bride to the country and weaves a spell Majesty, and the others weren’t forced.” of sensual pleasure around them both. “Where’d you find her?” As if Aren should recognize her, Tage sneered. Only the marriage of their hearts will end centuries of Ah. My bride, Aren thought. Although he’d been feuding between their worlds. expecting her, he had not anticipated her arriving with a shipload of... But King Storr was noted throughout Excerpt: the galaxy for his frugality. Why send a special ship when Tage and The Herald were collecting brides for The Choosing? “Put that one in with the chocolates, her with “She found me. Marched right up to me on the the caramels.” flight deck. Claimed she’d been abducted and ordered Prince Aren of Ondrican watched his cousin and me to turn the ship around. ‘This minute,’ she said, spaceship’s commander sort through a bevy of like she was in command.” women according to... “Candy, Tage?” Courting Kel excerpt - Continued on Page 14 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 14 Sirens of Sensual Romances Enticing Excerpts COURTING KEL “She exercised instead of eating. Worked out By Dee Brice several times every day. And now stinks like Continued from page 13 guanshit.” Clapping Tage’s wide back, Aren laughed, “And?” drawing the woman’s gaze. Her dark eyebrows rose— “I had put her in with the other women. Two a dismissive expression that hit him like a slap to his days later, a delegation of brides...requested she be face. moved elsewhere.” “Have her taken to my quarters.” “Requested?” Tage sputtered, a sure sign of protest but said, Tage’s face turned red all the way to his hairline. “Yes, m’lord.” “That’s the word the brides used.” Aren watched him stride away and heard Tage “And you’re sticking to it, eh?” muttering, “Your rooms will stink for a week, m’lord. “‘Til I’m dead and buried.” And if I were you, m’lord, I’d hide my weapons. Plan Rubbing his chin and hiding a smile, Aren to keep my jewels, m’lord. Can’t say the same for studied the woman who’d rattled Tage’s composure. yours.” Taller than the other immigrating brides, she carried herself like someone who expected to be obeyed. And while the other women wore garments that showed off their assets, the redhead’s simple tunic concealed as much as it revealed. A hemp rope defined a slender waist and accented her narrow hips. Beyond that, he couldn’t say much about her figure. Given her height, however, he imagined her legs were long. Unbidden, his shaft swelled. He pictured her legs wrapped around his waist as he pumped into her heat. Distracting himself from that image, he said, “I don’t suppose you questioned her.” “I tried. She threw her dinner at me.” “At which point you threatened to starve her.” Had she really been abducted? That didn’t augur a happy beginning to their marriage. “Yes. Kept her on bread and water the entire week,” Tage said. “Blasted woman only drank the water. Said warriors were accustomed to going without food.” Tage focused puzzled blue eyes on Aren’s face. “She could have had the best food in the entire galaxy, but she refused to eat. Now...” “What?” Enticing Excerpts - Continued on Page 15 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 15 Sirens of Sensual Romances Enticing Excerpts RULING PASSION immediately helped her in. The water was hot and By Katherine Kingston cradled her in its steaming glory. She understood the Publisher: Ellora’s Cave size of the tub when Jeoffrey stepped into it with her http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-5839-97-ruling- and settled himself facing her. passion.aspx “My second bath in as many days,” she said, ISBN: 978-1-84360-019-0 resting her head against the edge of the tub while the Length: Novel heat penetrated her skin and relaxed her sinews. Genre: Historical/BDSM “It’s a pleasant habit.” He reached over the side of the tub to a small table where a flagon of wine During a daring raid to rescue stood beside two cups. His legs touched alongside prisoners he was hired to free, hers as he moved and poured a measure of liquid into Lord Jeoffrey Blaisdell discovers each cup. Rosalind admired the play of strong muscles Lady Rosalind Hamilton. To secure in his shoulders as he leaned away from her. He her own release as well, she agrees turned and handed one of the cups to her, then held to his price, though she knows she his own up, extended toward her. “What shall we cannot pay it. When he learns of drink to?” her deception, Jeoffrey offers her Rosalind remembered happier days when her an alternate price for rescue. The father had made such toasts before the start of a feast. payment is to be reaped by Lord “The usual are things like long life, health, happiness, Jeoffrey in his bedchambers— success.” swiftly, immediately, and all night long. He cocked his head, waiting for her to continue. She thought about her childhood and where she (For those who are offended by it, Ruling Passion was now. Just a few years ago she had felt so safe, so contains a number of bondage and spanking scenes.) secure in her future. Never would she have antici- pated what life would bring her to. She sighed and Comment: I had a lot of fun writing the following scene leaned back against the side of the tub. “I cannot think because of the verbal interchange. It was also fun because it of anything worth toasting.” comes after a series of much more intense scenes, with hero “You’re alive and no longer in a dungeon,” he and heroine having to make hard choices and facing difficult suggested gently. challenges. But here Jeoffrey and Rosalind indulge in a rare “But with an uncertain future.” moment of carefree fun. “Certainty is given to none of us,” he said. “We take what we’re given and do what can be done with Excerpt: it.” “Then shall we drink to that?” she asked. “To an Lord Jeoffrey climbed out of the bed, turned uncertain future and whatever opportunities it may back, slid his arms under her and carried her across offer.” the room. A smile spread across his face, lighting the stern “A bath will help soothe your aches,” he said, features with an unexpected joy. “To opportunities,” setting her down beside the most enormous hip bath he agreed and took a long swallow of the wine. she’d ever seen. Since she had no clothes to shed, he imm Ruling Passion excerpt - Continued on Page 16 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 16 Sirens of Sensual Romances Enticing Excerpts RULING PASSION “It’s the only thing about you I’d compare to so meek and mild a thing.” By Katherine Kingston Continued from page 15 “Then perhaps I’ll allow it,” he said. “To your nose, as delicate and graceful as the cup of a daffodil Rosalind straightened up and tried to copy his action, and to the freckles across it and your cheeks like the but was surprised by the unexpected burn of it going speckling of dew on the grass.” down and nearly choked. “Those freckles were my mother’s despair.” For “Take care,” he warned, a trifle late. “Bedwell’s a moment the memory brought sadness, but he brew is more potent than most people expect.” splashed a bit of water in her direction and she let it “That it is,” she said, staring into the cup, go. “Your nose, my lord, is anything but delicate, but I though nothing about the red liquid could serve drink to the strength and length of it, which reminds warning as to how it would burn in the mouth. “But it me of a guard tower on a castle wall.” feels warm all the way down.” He smiled at that and tipped his cup again. She looked up and surprised him staring very “Your lips, my lady, are the soft pink of the earliest hard at her. She watched the intent way his eyes spring rosebuds.” studied her, then let her gaze slip down along his She sipped from her own cup and then straight nose, the mouth set in uncompromising lines, responded in kind. “To your chin, my lord, which is the firm chin, to the broad, solidly muscled shoulders. like the jutting prow of a ship set to sail.” The strength and power in the man made her feel “Have you seen such a ship, my lady?” small, helpless, frightened. “Once. I accompanied my family to France when “Your eyes appear to change color,” he said. I was small. The ship made a great impression on me. I “Earlier I would have sworn they were brown, but should like to set sail on one again sometime.” now they look more greenish.” “Perhaps it will be so for you.” “It has been remarked on before.” “Perhaps,” she agreed. He raised the cup and extended it. “I’ll drink to “In the meantime, I drink to your white your changeable eyes.” He took a long sip from the shoulders like shapely cliffs and your breasts...to what cup. shall I compare your breasts? Such perfection of form Hesitantly she held out her cup in turn. “And I’ll and feel and taste? Perhaps like cook’s egg pudding drink to your eyes—the color of the clouds that when it comes forth perfect from the mold.” precede snow on a winter day.” She sipped her wine The wine and the heat and the man combined to and waited to see how he would react. make her head swim in a pleasantly relaxed way. She His expression lightened and brightened at her let her gaze skim down his form. “And I, my lord, response. “And I’ll drink to your hair, neither red nor drink to your shoulders, strong as cliffs overlooking brown, exactly; the color of some leaves in October,” the sea; and to your cock, strong, jutting lance that it he added, suiting action to his words as he finished. is, set to penetrate, to bring both pain and ecstasy.” “And I’ll drink to your hair, the yellow of the When his arms wrapped around her and his lips buttercups in the field.” locked against hers, the pleasure spurted through her He frowned wryly. “I know not that I like being in joyous waves. compared to a flower.” Enticing Excerpts - Continued on Page 17 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 17 Sirens of Sensual Romances Enticing Excerpts SAVE ME FROM MYSELF at himself in one of the floor-to-ceiling mirrors ringing the ballroom. Thankfully, the crowd cut off his view. By Cassie Stevens (aka Caitlyn Willows) www.cassiestevens.com Why couldn’t the crush of people cut off his view of Publisher: Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure the man of the hour—Jackson Tate. Even from a http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/SaveMe distance, the impact of seeing Jackson cut Reid’s heart FromMyself.html into ribbons of fire and pain. ISBN: 978-1-60272-720-5 They’d never officially met, but the animosity Length: Novella was there just the same. Reid was a fool to think he Genre: Contemporary M/M could be in the same room with Jackson now. One glance dredged up all the pain and grief like it’d Reid Hansen has always had a “thing” for Marines. But not for happened yesterday. He’d wanted the man dead then, former Marine, now up and wanted Stan back and Jackson Tate’s blood and guts coming fashion designer, Jackson strewn across the Iraqi sands instead. Seeing Jackson Tate. In fact, Reid would rather now, in all his supposed glory, Reid still wanted him see Jackson dead. dead. Jackson’s broad shoulders filled out the tuxedo Jackson is the last man Reid he’d designed. After all, if a man couldn’t wear the wants to meet. Their lives first clothes he’d designed, what would that say about his intersected on an Iraqi desert label? He’d also managed to tame his shaggy blond years before. Now, finally face- hair into the semblance of gentleman tonight. to-face, resentment, anger, and guilt put them at odds. Jackson’s night to shine, all eyes were on him, on the Grief and the truth bind them. And then there’s the clothing line unveiled hours before. Wealth and all the unrelenting want fueling their actions. A craving prestige that went with it were a hand grasp away. neither can deny. But Reid knew. He could read the man like a book, like every other man and woman in the place. Excerpt: What he saw in Jackson was a mirror to Reid’s own grief. A man on the cusp of the pinnacle of success, Few things rattled Reid Hansen. He never haunted by the monster he’d created—the clothing walked into any situation, personal or business, line everyone clamored to have for their closets. God without being fully informed and prepared for only knew what else lurked behind those brown eyes. anything. He prided himself—no, pride was a word It sure as hell wasn’t joy, despite the blinding white filled with hubris waiting to happen. Reid racked his smile Jackson flashed to those around him. He’d been brain looking for a similar comparison. That he’d given a gift—life. He’d been given a talent— allowed his thoughts to stumble tonight was yet designing. And what Reid saw was a man ready to another signal of how easily even the most prepared throw it all away, wasting the precious moments fate could fall from grace. had given him while Stan’s body lay six feet under. Reid knew how to read people, how body Damn, I thought I was better than this. language broadcast feelings, emotions, and needs. He shuddered to think what he’d see if he dared to glance Save Me From Myself excerpt - Continued on Page 18 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 18 Sirens of Sensual Romances Enticing Excerpts SAVE ME FROM MYSELF SOFT FOCUS By Cassie Stevens By Lynn LaFleur Continued from page 17 www.lynnlafleur.com Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Apparently not. Apparently, old ghosts were http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8543-50-soft- easy to resurrect. Control was Reid’s middle name. focus.aspx?skinid=11 He’d be doing good to exercise a bit of that on himself. ISBN: 978-1-41993-026-3 “Something wrong?” Length: Short Novella Reid blinked away the emotion crushing him Genre: Contemporary and managed to give Cabot Logan the semblance of a Daphne Kemp is trying to get her smile. “A little distracted with some of the court cases life and finances back in order coming up.” He hid the lie behind a feigned sip of after her ex-husband left her with golden champagne. Rarely did a sip actually pass his a huge debt. When her friend sug- lips. gests she answer an ad to model “Come on”—he clapped Reid on the back—”I for famous photographer Gerard want you to meet Jackson.” Lynch, the lure of paying off some Reid wanted anything but. He ordered his feet of that debt is too strong to resist. to follow Cabot through the tangle of guests and models—both male and female—and keep his eyes off One look at Gerard lures Daphne the exit doors somewhere behind him. into more than modeling. She Cabot breached the remaining few steps with breaks her rules about one-night stands and younger outstretched arms—one to Jackson, the other to Reid. men and spends a sex-filled evening with the “Jackson Tate, Reid Hansen.” handsome photographer. Smiles, nods for those watching. Their hands came up at the same time. Clasped in the standard Gerard never gets involved with his models, yet he is greeting. Jackson’s grip tightened. Then he gripped immediately drawn to Daphne. He has to find a way both hands over Reid’s in a double shake that sent to break down the walls she’s erected around her heart tremors up Reid’s arms. and give them a chance at forever. “I’m so glad to finally meet you face-to-face. I’ve heard a lot about you over the years.” Excerpt: He squeezed Reid’s trapped hand a little harder, like it was his lifeline. Relief washed over his strained Daphne had had a grand total of two lovers features. His smile softened. before she married Len when she was twenty-seven. Reid’s heart slipped to his throat. “Nice to meet Her first, in high school, had no idea what to do with a you as well,” he replied. Now...where the hell was that girl other than get off as quickly as he could. Her exit? The last thing he wanted was to be this man’s second, in college, hadn’t been much better. Len had lifeline, or to be his friend, or...anything else. made all the right moves, yet sex with him had been...predictable and boring. She’d rarely had a climax with him and had to take care of herself after he’d rolled over and fallen asleep. Soft Focus excerpt - Continued on Page 19 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 19 Sirens of Sensual Romances Enticing Excerpts SOFT FOCUS Her thoughts must have shown on her face. Heat rushed to her cheeks. She didn’t want him to By Lynn LaFleur Continued from page 18 think she no longer desired him. “No, not at all. I was just...thinking.” She had no doubt sex with Gerard would be “Ah.” One corner of his mouth quirked in a grin. anything but boring. “It usually means trouble for a man when a woman He kissed her again, slowly, thoroughly, his lips thinks.” sliding over hers one way, then another. His tongue She chuckled at his joke and squeezed his hands. touched each corner of her mouth, glided along her “No trouble, I promise. I saw the robe on the bed and bottom lip, touched the tip of hers. wondered if you live in hotels.” By the time he ended the kiss, Daphne was “Most of the time. But that’s something to talk panting for breath. She clutched his shoulders to hold about later.” He released one of her hands and herself up because her legs felt like overcooked fingered a button on her blouse. “There are much noodles. more pleasurable things we can do, aren’t there?” Daphne’s eyes crossed when he nipped the side The brush of his fingers against her breast sent of her neck. “I love the way you kiss,” he said in a tingles straight to her clit. Oh yes, there were raspy voice. He gripped her ass and pulled her against definitely much more pleasurable things they could his groin. “I want to taste every part of you.” do. She waited until he’d loosened the last button She wanted that too. The eight-year age differ- before she tugged his T-shirt from his waistband. “Lift ence didn’t seem to matter. He made her feel attractive your arms.” She pulled the shirt over his head and and sexy, something she hadn’t felt in much too long. dropped it on the floor. She knew Gerard would be leaving Dallas in a A moan escaped before she could stop it. His few days. She doubted she’d ever see him again. chest was broad with well-defined muscles. A light While she’d never had a one-night stand, she’d make sprinkling of dark hair ran across it and arrowed an exception for this man. If she could only have one down his stomach. It swirled around his navel. She night with him, she’d take it. followed the downy arrow with her fingertip from the After one more toe-curling kiss, he took her top of his stomach until it disappeared into his jeans. hand and led her from the office through an open “Don’t stop now,” Gerard said, his voice husky. doorway. A single lamp cast a soft glow over the king- Looking into his eyes, Daphne unfastened his size bed. She noticed a white terry cloth robe lying on belt. She had to move her hands away from him for a the end of the bed. She assumed it was one the hotel moment while he slipped her blouse from her provided for their guests. She didn’t see anything shoulders. She longed to be wearing one of the sexy personal, anything that would prove Gerard lived bras she’d seen in the dressing area instead of the here for the short time he’d be in Dallas. plain flesh-colored one she wore. Gerard didn’t seem How sad that he didn’t have a home. Or perhaps to mind. He cradled both breasts in his hands, pushed he had one, but his traveling took him away from it them together, dipped his tongue into the cleavage. for months at a time. Daphne had trouble concentrating on moving He took both her hands in his, raised them to his her fingers when every part of her body focused on mouth and kissed her palms. “Have you changed Gerard’s mouth. She worked to unfasten the buttons your mind about being with me?” on Soft Focus excerpt - Continued on Page 20 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 20 Sirens of Sensual Romances SOFT FOCUS Special Report: RWA Conference By Lynn LaFleur Continued from page 19 by Dee Brice on his jeans while he nipped and licked the sides of I always promise myself I’ll keep a journal when I her breasts. Finally, she released the last button and attend conferences but...we all know where good dipped her hand inside the fly. intentions lead. So I won’t tell you about the two-hour She wrapped her hand around velvety steel. flight extension due to mechanical difficulties. I “Oh God, you aren’t wearing briefs.” arrived in Orlando, debarked into humidity so over- “I don’t like them.” whelming I thought I’d gone blind. I thank the gods “Boxers?” that nothing worse than my glasses fogging had “Don’t like them either.” He tugged down one happened. DH got us to the hotel and, after checking bra cup and swiped his tongue across her nipple. in and unpacking, we headed to the bar. “Mmm, this I like.” She liked what she held in her hand too. His Wednesday, I registered then went in search of some- cock was thick and long and so hard, she wondered if body who could tell me if I was signing at the Readers it hurt. for Life event that night. (I wasn’t on the signing list Gerard sucked in a sharp breath between his on RWA’s website.) They had my books and promised teeth. “Ah, Daphne, you have magic hands.” I’d even have space and a nameplate. I had both! And She felt her bra strap tighten and loosen. Gerard a constant delivery of water during the entire two- slid the straps down her arms and let her bra fall to hour event! Thanks to whoever thought to add that to the floor. He cradled her breasts again, lifting them as the signing process, which raised over $55,000.00 for he brushed his thumbs over the hard peaks. literacy! Way to go, RWA! “Ravissante.” The word sounded lovely in his accent, even Ellora’s Cave sponsored a get-together for its authors though she didn’t understand it. Grasping the waist- following the signing. It gave us a chance to sit down band of his jeans, she pulled them down enough so with each other, snack on fruits and desserts and get his cock sprang free. A trimmed thatch of black hair yet another wonderful goodie from EC! They do treat surrounded the base. us right. No shorts and trimmed pubic hair. If he were any sexier, she wouldn’t be able to draw a breath. Thursday the conference began in earnest with the fastest Annual General Meeting (AGM) in history! I think it lasted all of twelve minutes. No quorum, no new business. For those of you planning to attend future conferences, please attend the AGM or give your proxy to someone who is attending. Yes, the AGM is generally dry as dust, but it’s where individual members have a chance to voice our opinions. It’s a very important meeting. Special RWA Report - Continued on Page 21 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 21 Sirens of Sensual Romances Special Report: RWA Conference by Dee Brice Workshops began after lunch, following an inspiring Overall, I rate this conference well above average. Yes, keynote address from Nora Roberts. One hundred I wish I’d had the opportunity to go to Nashville and sixty-five published books and still counting. And a stay at the Gaylord. I hope RWA will reschedule that wonderful speaker, too! location in the near future—and maybe during spring or fall, although I’m not holding my breath. But, con- Friday, more workshops, spotlights on publishers sidering all that happened, Orlando turned out just and—joy of joys!—book signings with free books and fine. an opportunity for brief visits with some of my favorite authors. Another inspiring address by Jayne Meeting old friends, making new. Learning more Ann Krentz. about my craft and coming home with all those beautiful books. There really is a heaven! Saturday was more of the same, with the entire event capped by the RITA and Golden Heart ceremony. Complaints? I have a few. The miserable humidity that comes with having the conference in July/August in locations known for it. Take a look at the schedule for the next few years: New York City, Atlanta and San Antonio. As a third generation Californian, I can only pray Anaheim will offer some respite. At least, the humidity may not knock us flat on our... Of course, there’s that all-too-frequent need to house attendees in other hotels. I don’t know if it’s due to late registration or RWA having to compete with other conventions. As far as I know, all attendees were on the beautiful Epcot Resorts property and were within (melting) walking distance. I chose to stay at the Swan so I could avoid the elevator-use contention at the Dolphin—although I haven’t heard any complaints about the elevators there. Beware of those at the Marriott Marquis, however. They’ve been known to get stuck just when you’re in a hurry to get someplace—like an editor or agent appointment! Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 22 Sirens of Sensual Romances Decadent Delights Compiled by Dee Brice BACON CHEESEBURGER MEATLOAF from Dee Brice I’ve made this recipe and it’s delicious! The meat holds together whether it’s hot or cold and makes great leftovers! Ingredients: 1 pound ground chuck 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 (8-ounce) package sharp Cheddar, grated 2 large eggs, slightly beaten 1 ⁄4 cup bread crumbs, toasted 1 ⁄4 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 ⁄3 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons prepared mustard 1 (3-ounce) can French fried onions Directions: Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, bacon, cheese, eggs, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper, mixing well. In a small bowl, combine ketchup and mustard. Stir 1⁄4 cup ketchup mixture into meat mixture, reserving remaining ketchup mixture. Press meat mixture into a 9” x 5” x 3” loaf pan, or shape into a loaf and place on a rack in a broiler pan. Spread remaining ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 40 minutes. Top with French fried onions; bake another 10 to 15 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen Decadent Delights - Continued on Page 23 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 23 Sirens of Sensual Romances Decadent Delights Compiled by Dee Brice PECAN-CRUSTED PORK TENDERLOIN CROSTINI WITH STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC SAUCE from Dee Brice I haven’t made this, but it sounds delicious and who can resist strawberries and pork and balsamic? Ingredients: 1 cup ground pecans 1 cup bread crumbs 1 ⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes 2 large eggs 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed Toasted French bread rounds 2 cups baby arugula leaves Herbed Cream Cheese Spread (recipe follows) Balsamic Strawberry Sauce (recipe follows) Fresh thyme leaves for garnish, optional Directions: Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Lightly grease foil. In a shallow dish, combine pecans, bread crumbs, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and red pepper. In a separate shallow dish, lightly beat eggs. Dip tenderloins in eggs to coat. Dredge them in pecan mixture, completely covering tenderloins. Arrange them on prepared baking sheet and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 155ºF, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove tenderloins from oven to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Cut into 1⁄4” slices. Spread Herbed Cream Cheese Spread evenly over bread rounds. Top each with arugula. Put 1 slice of pork over arugula. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of Balsamic Strawberry Sauce over pork. Garnish with fresh thyme, if desired, and serve immediately. (Herbed Cream Cheese Spread and Balsamic Strawberry Sauce on following page) Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen Pork Tenderloin recipe - Continued on Page 24 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 24 Sirens of Sensual Romances Decadent Delights Compiled by Dee Brice HERBED CREAM CHEESE SPREAD from Dee Brice Ingredients: 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 ⁄4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme leaves 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives Salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions: In a small bowl, combine ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. BALSAMIC STRAWBERRY SAUCE from Dee Brice Ingredients: 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries (about 1 pound) 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 ⁄4 cup chicken broth Directions: In a medium saucepan, combine strawberries, sugar, and vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and chicken broth, stirring until smooth. Add it to strawberry mixture, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Decadent Delights - Continued on Page 25 Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 25 Sirens of Sensual Romances Decadent Delights Compiled by Dee Brice LEMON SQUARES from Lynn LaFleur This recipe is courtesy of a very good friend who gave it to me twenty years ago. Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1 ⁄3 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 1 ⁄2 cup cold butter 4 eggs 3 ⁄4 cup sugar 1 ⁄2 cup bottled lemon juice Directions: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix flour and 1⁄3 cup powdered sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles small peas. Mixture will be dry and crumbly. Press in bottom of ungreased 9” square baking dish. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Beat eggs at high speed about 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar and continue beating 1 minute or until mixture is thick. Stir in lemon juice. Pour over hot crust and bake 15 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon powdered sugar. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into squares. Makes approximately 16. Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter August 2010 Page 26 Sirens of Sensual Romances Contacts and End Notes For more, please visit our website Sensual Romances at www.sensualromances.com. For comments or suggestions in general about the Sirens of Sensual Romances Newsletter, please email email@example.com. Or we can be reached by writing to: Sensual Romances Newsletter, PO Box 763, Westerville, OH 43086. To email individual authors, please visit their websites, or use the email addresses listed below. 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