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Release Day, again!

Confession is out today! This is the fourth of the five Curio Vignettes, episodic follow-up novellas to my popular erotic romance, Curio (the Parisian man-whore book). There will be one new vignette released each month, through December.

For devotees of the series, this is the installment where “it finally happens!” Not as kinky as the first three books, and the emotional torture’s an entirely different flavor. For everyone who survived Reversal, this is your pay-off! Here be the blurb:

Caroly has waited forever to fall in love. An American now living in Paris, she’s finally found what she craved all those lonely years—a passionate, sensitive man, more gorgeous than she’d ever dreamed, and just as beautiful on the inside.

The only issue? Well, that small matter of him being a prostitute.

Didier’s job is more than a calling. It’s a beloved craft, a chance to soothe broken hearts. It’s also a crutch—the perfect vocation for an agoraphobe, never forcing Didier to leave the safety of his flat. Yet the role he used to cherish has soured since he met Caroly, his admirers now feeling more like enablers. It’ll take a leap of faith to cast his fear aside in favor of a future, but when the alternative is to risk losing the woman he loves, he might discover he’s braver than he ever knew.

And here be some links:

Read the official excerpt

Add it on Goodreads

View the series on Goodreads

Buy it direct for $2.49

Buy from Amazon for $2.99

Buy it from Barnes & Noble for $2.99

Thanks! And Happy Thanksgiving to all my Stateside readers! Confession may be set in Paris in August, featuring a Frenchman and an ex-pat, but I was pleased to realize that in it, Didier roasts a chicken, so you may as well go ahead and round it in as a cozy holiday romance! Plus lots of festive sexxing.

Happy reading!
Cara

Six Sentence Sunday #37

Reversal is out! It’s the third of the Curio Vignettes, five episodic novelettes following up on my erotic romance Curio (the Parisian man-whore book). Definitely the roughest of the series, emotionally.

I smile to myself, remembering how it felt to be this man, to leave girls giddy from having mustered the courage to even address me, as if I were someone special.

Someday they’ll even pay for the chance to fuck you,
I want to tell that man. Don’t let them. The ones who coddle you now will pity you in time. They’ll pull the shades down and you’ll tell yourself it’s safer that way, but don’t believe it. Wait for the one who presses your face to the glass, the one who makes your heart pound so hard, in so many unexpected ways.

Thanks for stopping by! Now don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.

Release Day!

Reversal is out today! This is the third of the five Curio Vignettes, episodic follow-up novellas to my popular erotic romance, Curio (the Parisian man-whore book). There will be one new vignette released each month, through December.

Like the first two vignettes, Coercion and Craving, this one’s a little kinky. I suspect it’s also the roughest of the series, emotionally. Here be the blurb:

Didier Pedra can read a woman’s body like a book, sense her deepest needs and satisfy her every craving. It’s his job, after all.

But drop him in the center of Paris, the only city he’s ever known, and he’s lost, reduced to a trembling wreck by agoraphobia. When the world feels too frightening, he eagerly escapes into sex, that realm he could navigate blindfolded. Except one of his lovers—Caroly, the only woman who doesn’t pay for the pleasure of his gifts—insists she prefers the real Didier to the capable, seductive façade. She urges him to let her lead for a change, so he can confront the fears that haunt his mind through the familiar safety of his body.

A night’s cathartic reversal, when the masterful tutor submits to his student’s darkest curiosities.

And here be some links:

Read the official excerpt

Add it on Goodreads

View the series on Goodreads

Buy it direct for $2.49

Buy from Amazon for $2.99

Buy it from Barnes & Noble for $2.99

Thanks!

Six Sentence Sunday #36

Craving is out! It’s the second of the Curio Vignettes, five episodic novelettes following up on my erotic romance Curio (the Parisian man-whore book). In this snippet, Caroly is waiting patiently while her agoraphobic not-quite-a-boyfriend, Didier, works through an anxiety attack, having just ventured beyond his safe zone to meet her at a restaurant.

From the outside we must look like a couple on the verge of a breakup, me the cheerfully oblivious soon-to-be dumpee. But fuck what people think. Behind closed doors in the safety of the familiar, he’s warm and kind and wonderful. Not my boyfriend—his occupation doesn’t allow such an easy label. But he’s my first and only lover, my friend, and what feels more and more like a partner as the weeks pass.

Just now he’s as comfortable as an arachnophobe crawling with tarantulas, but I look past the fear to find his beauty, and past his beauty to all the fascinating depths beneath his skin.

Thanks for stopping by! Now don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.

Release Day!

Craving is out today! This is the second of the five Curio Vignettes, episodic follow-up novellas to my popular erotic romance, Curio (the Parisian man-whore book). There will be one new vignette released each month, through December.

Like the first vignette, Coercion, this one’s a little kinky. Here be the blurb:

What a difference a season makes.

In the spring, Caroly arrived on Didier Pedra’s doorstep in Paris as so many women have—ready to buy an evening’s pleasure with a gorgeous man skilled in the craft of seduction. She was a trembling virgin then, but so much has changed. It’s summer now, and she no longer pays for his company…nor suffers from the delusion that he’s as perfect as he seems. He’s a shut-in with a crippling fear of the outdoors, but he’s also the kindest and most passionate man she’s ever known.

Having grown bolder with every visit and carnal lesson, Caroly’s ready to venture where she’s always feared—into the mysterious chest at the foot of Didier’s bed, filled with the accouterments to cater to the appetites of a hundred different women. Dozens of toys offering infinite delights…all hers to enjoy tonight.

And here be some links:

Read the official excerpt

Read my Six Sentence Sunday snippets

Add it on Goodreads

Buy it direct for $2.49

Buy from Amazon for $2.99

Buy it from Barnes & Noble for $2.99

Thanks!

Six Sentence Sunday #35

Just three days until Craving releases! It’s the second of the Curio Vignettes, five episodic novelettes following up on my erotic romance Curio. This installment finds us back in Caroly’s point-of-view, and she’s got it terminally bad for her Parisian prostitute not-a-boyfriend, Didier.

I sip my wine, liking the way he looks at me. Liking him, just being with him. If this is my first boyfriend, our romance doesn’t look like how I’d pictured it when I was that gawky mantis in Goodwill clothes. Our courtship is short on carnations and prom dresses, surprisingly heavy on the wine and antiques and orgasms. I missed out on getting groped in the cab of some redneck hockey player’s truck, but here I am in Paris, about to be taken to bed by a man so good-looking and so skilled at sex women pay for the chance to enjoy him for a night.

My first love came half a lifetime later than I’d hoped, and though it may look a bit twisted from the outside, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Thanks for stopping by! Now don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.

CONTEST!

Hey all! Me and my good pal Delphine Dryden both have new releases out next Wednesday, September 26, from Ellora’s Cave. Mine is the second of the Curio Vignettes, Craving, and Del’s is her new erotic short, Toy Box. Yet more coincidental, both of our new books feature toy chests…of the sextastical variety.

To celebrate our simultaneous releases [har] we’re running a contest, and the prize is a miniature toy chest full of goodies—items featured our new releases, plus some actual books!

Entering the giveaway is easy—you can simply reblog this post, or comment on it, or do likewise with any of the promo posts Del will be sharing—OR—if you’re on Twitter, you can RT one of our tweets about the contest. It’s all kinds of easy. So if you want a box of kinky fun, get to it! We’ll pick a random winner out all the rebloggers and retweeters and commenters on October 1! Good luck.

Six Sentence Sunday #34

Coercion is finally out! It’s the first of the Curio Vignettes, five episodic novelettes following up on my erotic romance Curio (aka the Parisian man-whore book). This’ll be my last six from this book. Next week maybe I’ll start taunting everyone with snippets from the next installment, Craving, which is out on September 26.

A beguiling, androgynous face worthy of a Dutch painting, high, rare cheekbones softened by those feminine curls. All of it even more enchanting in the candlelight.
Sometimes I see her touch her hips when she dresses, as though wishing there were curves there to accentuate. But with her angular body and her unusual face, she could buy the clothes off a couturier’s rack and be mistaken for a model. So utterly photographable and yet so terrified of being photographed. True, she is no classic American beauty—she is a single black pearl in a strand of the expected white, and so much lovelier for her difference.

Thanks for stopping by! Now don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.

Release Day!

Hey-oh! Coercion is finally out! This is the first of the five Curio Vignettes, episodic follow-up novellas to my popular erotic romance, Curio (the Parisian man-whore book). There will be one new vignette released each month, through December.

This one’s a touch kinky—beware anyone with forced-seduction triggers. Every last thing in the book is perfectly consensual, but there’s a bit of date rape role-playing some readers may find upsetting.

Here be the blurb:

June has come to Paris. But while his neighbors are shedding layers and going out in search of spring sunshine, Didier Pedra prefers the quiet sanctuary of his garret, content to watch the city’s bustle from the safety of his windows. He’s shaped his life around venturing inside of things—inside clocks and other brass curiosities to pass a lonely afternoon, and, once the sun sinks, inside the bodies and minds of the women who pay for the privilege of sampling his other skills.

But one visitor is unlike the rest. Once a hesitant patron, Caroly is now his eager lover and a challenging but cherished companion. For weeks Didier’s indulged her questions about what other women want from him, but in words only. Now he’s ready for them to take the storytelling to the next level, and act out his clients’ most wicked desires.

Reader Advisory: This story contains forced seduction role-playing.

And here be some links:

Read the official excerpt

Read my Six Sentence Sunday snippets

Add it on Goodreads

Buy it direct for $2.49

Buy from Amazon for $2.99

Buy it from Barnes & Noble for $2.99

Right. As you were.

Six Sentence Sunday #33

Happy Sunday! Only a few days until Coercion releases on Wednesday—the first of the Curio Vignettes, five episodic novelettes following up on my novel Curio (aka the Parisian man-whore book). Keeping it simple, here are the story’s first six sentences:

Inside, my world is small. Safe. Within the horizon of a curved boundary, everything is brass, steel, nickel. Air and shadows. The busyness of Paris fades, growing as distant as space, reality replaced by the movement of gears, the snap of springs. The rhythm and flow of the Métro, of walk signs and traffic lights—all are gone, and I’m lost in the tick and pivot of cogs.

Thanks for stopping by! Now don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.

Six Sentence Sunday #32

Happy Sunday! Six rather romantical sentences from Coercion, the first of the Curio Vignettes, five episodic novelettes following up on my novel Curio (aka the Parisian man-whore book). This story will be out August 29!

She settles against my chest. As I stroke her hair I think, I love this woman. For her kindness, her oddness, for the way she looks at me. I love her for having come to seek me, and even more so for spurring me to seek her, out in the wide world. In the most literal sense, she has brought warm sunshine and cool breezes and the smell of grass and clover back into my life. And if that isn’t love, I do not know what is.

Now if only Didier could ever find the balls to tell her.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.

Six Sentence Sunday #31

Happy Sunday! Long time no tease. Here are six sentences from Coercion, the first of the Curio Vignettes, five episodic novelettes based on my novel Curio (aka the Parisian man-whore book). This story will be out August 29!

It is a strange sensation to lie in this bed, a woman’s body against mine, and still suffer these insecurities. But Caroly’s no longer my client, and when she’s with me now I am only me, the faulty human, not the perfect man women pay me to be. It feels sometimes as though my skin has come off, as though she’s peeled away my clothes and not stopped at exposing my mere nudity, but shed every layer straight down to my heart and nerves and bones. If she lets go, I might come apart.

The anxiety hurts, so I go inside her body in my mind’s eye, and imagine all the places I might take her, within these walls. All the people we might become for an hour or two…women I’ve known and the man they wished me to play.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.

New cover for Coercion, the first of the Curio Vignettes, coming Wednesday, August 29 from Ellora’s Cave. (Blurb and excerpt and whatnot here.)

Six Sentence Sunday #30

Happy Sunday! I’ve been away awhile, but here are six sentences from the second of five episodic novelettes in an upcoming series following up on Didier and Caroly, from my novel Curio (aka the Parisian man-whore book).

“Show me the things other women want from you.” And what you want from them, so I can be everything…so I can maybe, just maybe, be enough.

Without a word he leaves me, standing beside the bed in the low light. A button is freed, exposing a slice of his chest, then another, two more and the shirt falls away. My heart speeds as it always does in the face of beauty, how I imagine a hunter’s pulse races when he spots a buck, how a wine lover’s mouth tingles as he twists the corkscrew. Didier opens his belt with those deft, capable fingers, sheds his trousers and kicks them aside, revealing an erection hugged in the boxer briefs he favors, a single spot of wetness darkening the cloud gray silk.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.

Six Sentence Sunday #29

Happy Sunday! For your pleasure, here are six sentences from that first in the upcoming series of short, episodic novelettes following up on Didier and Caroly, from my book Curio

SPOILER ALERT!!! If you haven’t read Curio but plan to, skip this excerpt if you don’t want to ruin a character reveal.

I was born of my father’s infidelity and my mother’s consumptive infatuation. I’m a bastard and a prostitute, crippled by agoraphobia…but I am beautiful. My deeper flaws seem to go unnoticed, cracks in the stained glass, lost amid the dazzling colors of the whole.

Had I not been beautiful, who knows what would have become of me. I might be as I am now, shut away in some garret with my projects and my view and my wine, but no woman would call on me, certainly none willing to pay for the luxury of sharing my bed. I might be forgotten, left in a cupboard to grow pale and soft and unmissed, unable to escape of my own volition.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to go check out all the other Six Sentence Sunday excerpts this week.