Friday, March 4, 2011
Yay! This is kinda fun, giving away all of these books! But it's not just about my free copies. I have some guest bloggers coming your way. In fact, I'm counting the days 'til the amazingly talented Erin Quinn visits us--she's got another wonderful book in the Haunting series coming out in April, and she'll be here ahead of time to give you the full scoop on it. If you haven't read her stuff, you are SO missing out! Haunting Beauty is the first story in the series, followed by Haunting Warrior, which I recently finished and absolutely hated that it had to end! Now, that's a good book! Haunting Desire is next in line and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!
Okay, onto another winner! From Wicked Wednesday:
Hurray, Carly! I'll be sending you a copy of Stroke Me, Book 1 in the Body Scenes series, available at Ellora's Cave! Drop me a line to ensure I send the book to the right place. calista(at)calistafox(dot)com.
So, it's Friday. I'd really like to say I've got something big planned for the weekend, but that'll have to wait until next week when I'm at the Tucson Book Festival. These next several days will be filled with edits on two stories under contract and wrapping up the partial on a new series I've started. Luckily, I can do this work anywhere, so I can actually get outside to enjoy the fantastic weather we're having here in the Arizona desert.
I'll leave you with a fun excerpt, this one from Devil in Texas, which is a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, readers recommended/must read and 5-star book. To win an electronic copy, just leave a comment to let me know you were here! (If you'll include your email addy, I'll be able to get your free e-book to you quickly.)
Come back on Sinful Sunday for a super-easy-to-make dish that will knock his (or her) socks off!
Devil in Texas by Calista Fox
On Sale Now at Ellora's Cave!
New Yorker Liza is in desperate need of a fresh start—and libido CPR wouldn’t hurt either! Taking Fate into her own hands, she relocates to Wilder, Texas, on a whim. Her first night in town, she meets a devil in blue jeans named Jack. A sinner who willingly hands over a ticket for the most erotic ride of her life!
Jack doesn’t date Wilder women and he certainly doesn’t need another complication in his life. He’s running for City Council and trying to keep the morality crusaders in town from shutting down the last-standing public watering hole in Wilder. But when the sexy New Yorker sways her shapely hips through his door, Jack’s convictions instantly go up in flames, along with his body! Jack antes up and goes after everything he wants, including Liza. But is he the only one playing for keeps?
Copyright © CALISTA FOX, 2010
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
Tugging on the large bronze handle of the tall oak door of the only drinking establishment she had to choose from in the tiny town of Wilder, Texas, Elizabeth Brooks lamented the very limited selection she had this evening in her quest for a good girl turned wicked woman experience.
Yeah, she got that this was a small lakeside community. Population three thousand and twelve—make that thirteen as of today. But seriously. Only one bar in the entire town? Whatever happened to variety being the spice of life?
I’m not gay, Elizabeth. I’m bi. There is a difference.
The patronizing statement from her lying, cheating ex—whom she would refrain from calling Asshole of the Year and simply refer to as Peter—still grated on raw nerves. Despite the fact she’d just put six or so states between them. Right under her nose, her Mount Sinai-surgeon boyfriend had blown half of New York society, servicing the Misters of Wall Street right along with the Misses of Park Avenue. Expecting her to just “deal” with his equal-opportunity infidelity.
Okay, I can make do with a little less spice in my life.
Swallowing down the humiliation that rose in her throat at the remembrance of the life she’d left in the dust five short days ago, she entered the bar. From the nondescript exterior, she half-expected a dive with regulars hunched over their beers, listening to the twangy lyrics of ‘70s country songs her father had played off scratchy albums when she was a kid. Though the beer would likely be cold, two-stepping down Memory Lane with Waylon and Willie and The Boys was not at the top of her To Do list.
Getting laid was.
She wasn’t the least bit ashamed to admit it. Elizabeth was in desperate need of meeting someone capable of resuscitating her lifeless libido so she could wipe the slate clean of Peter’s betrayal, restore some of the dignity she’d lost and move on.
Mission possible, she assured herself and squared her shoulders. Lifting her chin a notch, she crossed the scuffed hardwood floor of Wilder’s only hotspot, peanut shells crunching beneath the thin soles of her olive-colored snakeskin pumps. The cozy room boasted a tall fireplace set into the far wall, trimmed in large, smooth river rock. Diffused lighting from the antler chandeliers cast a soft golden glow throughout the place and sent shadows chasing up the walnut-paneled walls, decorated with old-fashion rifles, stuffed animal heads and elk racks.
All very masculine and Ted Nugent Kill It and Grill It. The wild, wild West personified and yet… Not so bad, really.
Sure, the scent of stale beer permeated every nook and cranny of the joint, but that was just one more element that added to the ambience. She’d found a real-live, honest-to-God Texas saloon. The kind her father, Austin native Wyatt Brooks, had waxed poetic about when he’d complained of Manhattan’s over-priced, pretentious cocktail lounges after an evening of business networking with CEOs in three-piece suits and power ties.
Her father would’ve loved Wade’s Saloon. Given his zest for life when he was alive, and her recent lack of it, he also might approve of Elizabeth’s wicked undertaking. Whereas her mother, Rachel Tabor-Brooks, would have a massive coronary if she knew her former Miss Teen USA daughter dared set foot in such an establishment. Looking for a hot hookup, no less.
Keep the smelling salts close at hand, Mother. I’m about to be bad!
Elizabeth was determined to shed her stuffy uptown girl skin and, at age twenty-eight, take her first walk on the wild side. She hoped this place—this town—would be the perfect venue for her much-needed liberation.
Stepping into the shadowy depths of the lively tavern, she scouted the “talent”. Cute cowboy wearing a black Stetson to the left raised her hopes of this being a target-rich environment. Edgy-looking biker to the right could take her on the wild ride she needed. And dead-ahead…
Elizabeth’s gaze swept the back portion of the saloon, crash-landing on the bartender. A tall, dark, devilish man who looked like pure sin in his faded Levi’s and tight black T-shirt.
The breath escaped her parted lips on what she hoped was not an overly audible whoosh. As her pulse kicked up a notch or ten, she took stock of the vision before her, admiring every masculine inch of the Devil in Blue Jeans, starting with his devastatingly handsome face. Perfectly sculpted with a square, strong jaw line that was clean-shaven, but which she guessed turned his features rugged and dangerous-looking when lined with a hint of dark stubble.
His obsidian-colored hair dusted the collar of his shirt, a tad too long and a bit wavy on the ends. Thick and unruly. The kind of hair a girl could tangle her fingers in while he kissed her, long and deep.
His broad shoulders gave way to rock-hard biceps and a wide chest, making her palms suddenly burn to splay across his tanned skin and toned muscles. The T-shirt, tucked into the worn, sinfully fitting Levi’s, pulled tight against the hard ledge of his pectoral muscles. The hem of the short sleeves seemed to strain against his bulging upper arms. Sinewy forearms led to large, strong-looking hands with long, blunt-tipped fingers. The important one on the left was blissfully bare.
Oh what a glorious gift from heaven!
Indeed, a guardian angel had to be on board for Elizabeth’s long-overdue vision quest, because the Devil’s electric gaze locked with hers as though he’d been waiting all night for her to come through the door and liven up his evening.
Sexual awareness shimmied through her, tightening her nipples behind the black lace bra she’d bought to go with her brand-new, curve-hugging cocktail dress. A little prickle along her clit made the corners of her mouth lift as she wove her way through the scattered tables, ignoring everyone in her path. Not to mention their curious—no, downright gawking—stares.
Forgetting the black Stetson and the edgy biker, Elizabeth headed for the massive wooden bar lining the back wall as though the man behind it were a homing beckon.
The Devil’s hypnotic gaze remained transfixed with hers. It was all she could do not to trip over her own two feet at his cat-about-to-eat-the-canary grin, which made her breath catch and her cunt clench. A nice change of pace, considering the only thing to sufficiently stimulate that particular part of her body the past few years was a G-spot vibrator with little bunny ears to lend a helping hand.
Lord knew Mr. Stick-It-Wherever-He-Can-Except-Inside-Her hadn’t initiated sex in longer than she could remember.
And now you know why.
Tamping down the hurt feelings she refused to give credence to, she closed the gap between her and the bar, attempting a sexy, confident stride. Hoping she didn’t look like Desperate Woman Walking.
Damn the man-whore for making her doubt herself. Then again, she had to admit she was also at fault for allowing Peter to manipulate her all this time.
Tucking that thought away, she focused on the exhilaration sparked by the devilishly handsome bartender, letting the inertia of it propel her forward until she reached her intended destination. His vibrant cerulean eyes were alight with mischief and an inner fire that spoke volumes—calling to the girl on a mission to leave the prim and proper prude in the past and embrace the wanton woman within.
As his eyes roamed her body from head to toe and back up, her heart skipped a beat or two and her stomach fluttered in an unusual way. Moisture dampened the crotch of her thong panties, the wetness having nothing to do with the Texas heat and humidity. Just eyeing the sexy stranger made her pussy throb and her pulse race.
Biting back a grin, she tried to play it cool as she slid onto a high-backed, wooden stool situated between two older gentlemen. Their gazes also eased over her, eyes popping just enough to convey their appreciation of the assets she’d strategically put on display. The hem of her black dress hit mid-thigh and hitched up a half-inch or so when she sat. The push-up pads in her bra did exactly as the package they’d come in had promised, plumping up her breasts so the inner swells filled the vee neckline of the halter-style dress.
Mouths gaped slightly before snapping shut. The gents next to her returned their attention to their respective beers as Elizabeth breathed an inward sigh of relief.
Ah success! Apparently she had some sex appeal.
Settling into her chair, she dropped her black leather clutch on the heavily scarred bar. The hotter than hell cowboy behind it set aside the towel and the shot glass he’d been drying.
“Darlin’,” he said, one corner of his tempting mouth lifting. “Those green eyes of yours could stop a truck dead in its tracks.” He didn’t talk loudly over the din of the crowd, which made his deep tone, tinged with the slightest hint of a southern drawl, all the more intimate and arousing.
If carnal sin had a voice, this would be it. A dull throb started deep in her cunt—an ache that longed to be sated.
She said, “That’s one I’ve not heard before.” Her voice was but a breathy, sultry whisper she didn’t even recognize. Yet it made her proud she could slip into seductress mode, given the train wreck that was her life.
“Those long legs could do the trick too,” he said, a heated look lighting his beautiful blue irises. As though he was imagining her legs wrapped around his waist as he thrust into her pussy, making her cry out in erotic joy. Making her come.
Elizabeth couldn’t stop the smile this time. Yes, indeed, this was exactly what she needed. A little flirting, a little mutual appreciation, a lot of hot, sweaty sex!
“Nice of you to notice.”
Okay, she was rusty at the flirting part. Not to mention the hot, sweaty sex part. But what the hell? There were cobwebs to be cleared away down there. And the hottie extraordinaire who turned her insides to magma might be the opportunity she needed to clean house. Her hard nipples and wet cunt seemed to think so, both remaining in a constant state of arousal because of the sexy cowboy.
“Impossible to miss,” he said of her legs. He reached for a cocktail napkin and tossed it her way so the paper square landed in front of her on a half-spin.
Elizabeth’s insides snapped, crackled and popped. This guy was all man. Pure, raw masculinity with a hint of wicked oozing from every pore. Precisely what she’d come looking for. He had a detached, love-’em-and-leave-’em air about him. Perfect for the new, carefree attitude she’d embraced upon leaving Manhattan.
Who needed the pain and heartache of relationships, anyway? Not her, that was for sure. She’d been played, plain and simple. Now she knew how degrading it felt. Knew she never wanted to experience that sort of deception and betrayal again.
As far as she was concerned, it was her turn to do a little sinning.
How long had it been since she’d felt big, strong hands on her body and warm, soft lips on her mouth? When was the last time she’d had a thick shaft sliding in and out of her cunt, pleasuring her and making her lose herself in sexual bliss?
Forever, it seemed.
Tonight, she was prepared to take action. Dressed to seduce, she was ready, willing and able to sin! And with the devilish bartender’s gaze riveted on her, she was already starting to feel sexy and desirable again, despite the recent blow to her ego.
“What can I pour ya, darlin’?” he asked in that deep tone that seemed to reverberate inside her. Making her squirm in her chair as that prickly sensation danced along her labia and clit again.
Oh yes! Let the libido CPR commence!
As excitement raced along her spine, she gave herself a mental pep talk. Be bold. Be daring. Let there be no mistake about what you want.
To the sexy cowboy behind the bar, she said, “I’m in the mood for some local flavor.”
She hoped like hell her double entendre sounded as good to him as it did to her. Hard to say. The Devil just grinned at her, waiting for her to commit to a drink while another bartender scurried around behind him, diligently filling the waitresses’ orders.
As the sexually charged air seemed to sizzle between them with unspoken promises of wicked things to come, the gorgeous cowboy finally reached for a wineglass, automatically pegging her for the type. Though she was a dead-ringer for his easy assumption, Elizabeth had vowed to leave the champagne-drinking, obsessive-compulsive workaholic in New York with her equally obsessive-compulsive mother. Not to mention her bi-not-gay—yeah, whatever!—ex-boyfriend.
She was now in search of a more down-to-earth existence. A much simpler Elizabeth Brooks.
The very formal name gave her pause and made her frown. Her name hardly suited a simpler lifestyle. She’d have to put extra effort into defining her new persona.
Back to contemplating her cocktail of choice for the evening, she guessed the wine varietals in a place like this all came from a box sporting its own tap, so she said, “Make it a beer. And a shot,” she added for good measure. Not just in hopes it would make her sound like she knew what she was doing, but because it might help her to relax. Step out of the boardroom and into the bedroom with a man who could no doubt rock her world. And then some.
A thought that made her nearly melt right off her stool. That little tickle along her clit suddenly felt more like an electrical zap from two exposed wires. A much-needed jolt that jumpstarted her long-lost desire.
“What kind of beer?” he asked, his dark eyebrow lifting as if his question was a challenge.
“Light,” she lobbed back.
His brow crooked further and she realized he wanted a brand name. Clearly a challenge. He obviously knew she was out of her element. Scanning the colorful taps lining the back wall of the bar, she didn’t recognize a single one.
“Whatever’s coldest will do.”
Returning the wineglass to its rack overhead, he turned away to pour the beer. Elizabeth lost all train of thought as she stared at her idea of “local flavor”—that being the bartender’s very nice ass. High and tight and looking so sinfully delicious in his faded Levi’s, she had the insane urge to bite a cheek!
Surely, Levi Strauss & Co. had a man like this in mind when they’d created 501s. Hell, the Devil in Blue Jeans may as well have been the one to form the mold.
To be fair, the bulge in front was equally impressive. She commended herself for noticing before he’d moved away. She might help herself get laid after all.
Speaking over one impossibly broad shoulder, he said, “I’ve got a pale ale on tap, if you’re interested.”
Oh she was interested all right!
“That’ll do nicely,” she replied, though it really didn’t matter what he poured. She’d just found the crown jewels of the never-ending cowboy kingdom that was Texas!
Now, what to do with him…
Her very first wicked grin teased her lips at the endless possibilities suddenly running rampant through her mind. Visions of naked limbs tangled together and body parts joined flashed in her head. Her moans of ecstasy mingled with his groans of pleasure. Oh yes… He was definitely a delicacy she wanted to sample!
The Devil returned and set the frost-covered pilsner in front of her. She eyed the half-inch of frothy head and the small slivers of ice that slid down the outside of the glass, suddenly realizing how hot she was. And the reason for her escalating internal temperature had nothing to do with being down south in the middle of summer.
She shifted on her stool, feeling uncomfortable in a sexy, tingly way. The bartender’s half-assed grin and the sensual gleam in his ultra-blue eyes, which were fringed by sooty lashes, did the most titillating things to her inner thighs. A sizzling sensation mingled with the slightest quivering of her flesh, as though his fingers had just skimmed over that highly sensitive part of her body. Making her even hotter.
As she reached for the cold glass, the sexy cowboy asked, “So how about that shot?”
“What about it?” She’d forgotten that part of her drink order, because she was totally lost in thought over how her body responded to him. Savoring how her body responded to him.
“What kind of shot do you want, darlin’?” The glimmer in his eyes told her he found her amusing. The slow, easy tipping of his full mouth was as sinful-looking as his perfect ass. When his grin deepened, a sigh-worthy dimple made the left cheek up top as appealing as the one she wanted to take a nip at.
People magazine could call off their search for the Sexiest Man Alive. She’d found him in Hill Country. He was a tall, cool glass of water at the end of a twenty-mile trek through the desert…and this girl was parched!