Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tea anyone?

Congratulations to "Kim A.", the winner in Robyn's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m so happy to stop by JCR to tell you a little bit about a fabulous boxset on sale right now for pennies. The Emerald Springs Legacy Collection contains all five books in the series, each written by a different author. The series is a sexy, small town contemporary with a lot of heart, humor, and tea!

And it was a total blast to be part of this continuity collaboration that was the brain-child of Nicole Flockton. We created a Facebook group and Pinterest Board to collaborate, share information, and keep it all straight. No detail was ignored like Elley Arden’s hero, Chad Whitman, drives his Jeep with Indie Rock blaring; or Holley Trent’s heroine, Colleen Sanders has quite the colorful collection of rain boots. Tea is obviously a big part of this series as the Whitman’s run a tea farm. Monica Tillery named all of our teas, and she did a fabulous job! (And she wrote the first book, building the world that the rest of us played in.)

Below you’ll find an excerpt from Ashley’s Allegiance, the final book in the series written by me. The boxset is still available at all e-retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble for under a dollar. Grab it before it’s gone!

If you could name a tea, what would you call it? Leave a comment for a chance to win an electronic copy from my backlist.

Excerpt from Ashley’s Allegiance – Book 5

Ashley waded over, letting the green tea-infused mud saturate her skin. The warm grains
immediately relaxed her. It had always been her favorite treatment, and somehow being
in here in the romantic candlelight with an unsuspecting Graham made it that much more
fun. She snuck up behind him and placed her hands on his shoulders and began to rub.
Needling his neck, she grabbed a handful of mud and exfoliated his back.

Wow. She knew he had a dark tan from working in his tea fields, but his shoulders
were so broad and muscular. She hadn’t realized this. His business suits always made him
appear a little on the lanky side, but he was, without a doubt, solid. A definite bonus. Now all
he needed to do was turn around and wrap his tight biceps around her.

Without saying a word, he cocked his head to the side, which she took as a nonverbal
approval to her teasing his pressure points. If this was what he liked, she’d happily
oblige. “Just thought you could use some help,” she breathed and swirled some of the
mud across his back. “You know green tea mud is very arou—”

“Ashley?” She turned around and her mouth flew open.
Standing in front of her was Graham. Dressed in a black business suit, lanky arms and

She pushed back. “What the hell?”

The mud-caked stranger she’d just rubbed down turned around and pulled out his
earbuds. “Jacob?”

This wasn’t happening.

“I think I'll leave you two alone.” Graham turned to leave.

“Wait! You have this all wrong.” Ashley attempted to get out of the tub. She
slipped and fell face first into the mud. Jacob’s muddy hands went immediately to her
waist, pulling her up.

She fought to free herself from him and regain her composure. “Don't touch me,” she
yelled. “Graham, I can explain.”

“I’ll be at the coffee bar working.” He exited, and Ashley turned to Jacob, ready to let
him have it.

He inched closer, his mud-crusted chest looking just as inviting as his back had. Any
verbal combat she planned to launch had decided to ignore her orders and ceased fire.
Jacob touched her cheek with the back of his hand, flinging some mud away. That
single stroke sent a shiver down her spine.

He leaned in and her mouth parted. Ashley’s inner voice sent her a blaring warning

Enemy’s lips approaching. Move the hell back.
She ignored it.

Her gaze rested on the candle flames flickering over his beautiful, full lips. She really
should be chasing after Graham, not waiting for Jacob’s mouth to press up against hers.
But for reasons she couldn’t explain, there was no place she’d rather be. 

Jacob moved his mouth to her ear. “Thanks for the back rub. You should probably go
talk to your boyfriend.” He turned and stepped out of the tub, giving her full view of his
naked backside before disappearing into the adjoining shower.

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  1. Thanks for chance to win.

  2. Hmmm, do not drink tea, but I am sure there are some really creative names out there... my sister has been on a kick lately with drinking apple tea...

  3. not sure; something fruity?

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. Spicy Lemon would be the name I would chose for a tea. I am a big tea drinker and think I would enjoy something with that name.



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