Mid Week Tease: Are you ready for some smexy? #MWTease #ColorsofUs

Happy Mid-Week!

Colors of Us released yesterday, and get this, it’s already a couple Amazon TOP 100 lists. Really!

If you bought a copy, thank you. I hope you’ll love Hunter and Michelle’s story just as much as I loved writing it.

Here’s the last tease from Colors of Us for now. Next week I’ll move to my current WIP, Passion of Us. It’s Alex and Miranda’s story. I’ve committed to getting this one out by the holidays.

Now, are you ready for some smexy??

“Lean back,” he whispered and knelt again.

She pushed back on her elbows, breasts peeking out, and her dark hair spilling over her shoulders. He flipped her hair out of the way and traced his fingers over her soft globes and along her ribs, following his fingers with his tongue until he reached her tattoo. “I’ve dreamed about getting up close and personal with this ever since you teased me with a glimpse.”

Michelle giggled. “I didn’t tease you.”

His fingers traced the outline of a red rose. “Every time you reached above your head, a strip of skin showed at your waist and I’d get a peek at this.” She shivered at his light touch. “I’d wonder exactly where the design ended.”

“Now’s your chance to find out.” She wiggled out of her yoga pants, and he pulled them from her legs before getting a better look. The stem of the flower turned into an ivy pattern. It hooked over her hip and dipped into the soft, warm flesh of her lower abdomen.

“You know the inspiration of my tattoo. What does this represent?” he asked, tracing the flowing lines.

“Roses signify love, warmth, and resilience. The winding stem is life’s twists and turns. Plus it’s pretty badass, isn’t it?” A sexy laugh bubbled from her throat.

“You are amazing,” he said before inhaling the scent of her arousal. “I can’t wait.”

“Then what are you waiting for?” she asked, her eyelashes formed a sexy veil as the vivid blue of her eyes showed through.

Want more Colors of Us (and I hope you do!)? It’s now available here:

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A Special Release Day: Colors of Us (McAvery Brothers, 1)

I have to say, this is a special release for me. 

Colors of Us is not only my first full length novel, it’s the type of story I always wanted to write. Bits and pieces of this story have been marinating in my head for quite sometime. I started writing it last summer and finished the rough draft during National Novel Writing Month. It went through many reiterations (and titles) since then. The end result is sweet, sexy, means a great deal to me. So I’m thrilled to share it with you today, RELEASE DAY!

It feels so good to have a release day. *grins* 

Colors of Us is book one of the McAvery Brothers series. Books 2 & 3 are already in the works (plus a cool novella), so I promise it won’t take me another year to get the next one out. In fact, I’m targeting Nov/Dec for book 2, Passions of Us. 

Oh, and I found out Colors of Us is an Editor’s Pick (I love my editor, Trish xoxo). Woo-hoo! What a way to start a series! Thanks to everyone who stuck with me during my hiatus. Now, are you ready to meet Hunter McAvery, the youngest McAvery brother?

Colors of Us

McAvery Brothers, 1

Everything she knew to be true fell apart. Then fell apart again…

Michelle Willis is running from her past. What better place to hide than in the anonymity of New York City. Finding refuge in a tiny SoHo art gallery, she rebuilds her life one painting at a time.

A wrong turn sends Hunter McAvery on a crash course with disaster. He fights his own demons by following his big brother’s lead – drinking and bed-hopping his way through Manhattan.

A glance at Michelle’s self-portrait triggers emotions Hunter can’t tamp down. Driven to meet the artist, he discovers a fiery chemistry as their lives collide. But when their past threatens to tear them apart, can their love survive?

I can’t wait to share a deep dive into this story and series during my blog tour which kicks off September 15th. They will be plenty of prizes and swag giveaways so stay tuned for details. 

If you’d like to read Colors of Us (and I hope you do!), it’s now available here:

Evernight Publishing / Amazon US / Amazon UK / AllRomance eBooks

xoxo

~S

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Mid Week Tease: Forgettable? Not a chance. #MWTease #ColorsofUs

It’s a wonderful day! Not only is it my favorite day of the week, Mid-Week Tease day of course, but also Colors of Us will be on Amazon’s preorder status today. Woo-hoo!

I’m teasing just a little taste of Michelle’s boxing lesson with Hunter…

“I think you’re a natural, Willis.”

After a few sets, she brushed a sweaty strand of hair from her cheek with her forearm and pointed to the water bottles on the mat. “It’s harder than I thought it’d be.”

Hunter handed her a bottle. “Boxing has it all. Strength, endurance, cardio, balance. It’s a hell of a workout and a great stress reliever.” He turned to her and studied her face. “If you ever want to, you know, talk, I’d be happy to listen.”

She stared at him for a moment and looked down at her water. “I don’t want to be seen as the girl with the problems. That’s why I moved to New York, to blend into the scenery. To be that nondescript person you forget the moment she’s out of sight. As soon as I unload my issues, I become the girl with issues. Not the girl painting the kick-ass mural at the bar. I’m sure that makes no sense to you. I don’t want to be rude, but no, I don’t want to talk about it.”

“Is that really what you want? To blend? To be forgettable? I hate to break this to you, but you’re way too beautiful to be forgettable.”

Colors of Us releases August 26th!

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Mid Week Tease: The Portrait that Cried #ColorsOfUs

Happy Wednesday!

I can’t believe there’s less than 2 weeks until the release of Colors of Us! I started working on this story about one year ago when I saw the beautiful portrait shown below. It’s the creation of artist and romance reviewer extraordinaire, Michelle Wilson. The expression in the subjects eyes combined with the splashes of color moved me and I knew there was a story to tell. Michelle was kind enough to share her work with me and the Colors of Us was born.

Today’s tease is from the scene when Hunter enters the gallery to get a better look at the painting. 

Artist: Michelle Wilson

“That portrait….” Hunter’s gaze traveled to the painting of a woman’s face he’d seen from the window. Approaching the painting, he examined the details. Even more beautiful up close, he’d never seen anything like it before. Brilliant flashes of color throughout her hair and face disguised an expression of sadness and hurt. A series of smaller paintings of the same woman in different poses flanked the larger canvas. All showed different aspects of her emotional eyes.

Jacey’s heels echoed through the narrow gallery and came to a halt alongside of him. “It’s beautiful. I often wonder if portraits are of real people or are created by the artist.”

“I love that collection. The artist works here,” Cheyenne said.

Jacey and Hunter peered at the signature: MR Willis.

“Mr. Willis captures great expressions in his paintings. This woman seems to be special to him,” Jacey said, studying the picture.

Cheyenne approached with a playful smile that matched her pink hair. “Actually, miss, it’s M.R. Willis, as in Michelle Rachel Willis. These are self-portraits.”

Hunter stared at the expression-filled eyes and pointed to the portrait. “Believe it or not, I met her just a little while ago. We stood in line for coffee.”

Cheyenne wasn’t shy in her visual journey up his body as she crossed her arms. “You’re Hunter McAvery. Michelle mentioned she met you today.”

Jacey snorted and nudged Hunter in the ribs. “Hunter knows how to make an impression.” Jacey peered at the tag next to the smallest portrait. “She’s very talented, but these seem to be a little out of my range. I’m looking for a gift for my boyfriend. Unfortunately, I can’t pay a lot, though.” Jacey whined as though it’d make Cheyenne give her a blue-light special.

Cheyenne glanced at the door. “Michelle had to run an errand, but if leave your number, I’ll have her call you. Maybe she has something else that’ll work with your budget.”

Jacey pulled a business card from her purse and handed it to Cheyenne. “That’ll be great. Please let her know I’m very interested.” She hooked her arm around Hunter’s and they left the gallery. “I think we found our artist.”

Colors of Us releases August 26th!

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Mid Week Tease: Something A Little Different #MWTease #ColorsOfUs

Happy Mid Week Tease! I’m spending the week in California and loving it here!

Colors of Us is now with my editor for a second look, hope she likes a certain plot twist I decided to add. :)

This week’s tease is a little different. It’s a poem the heroine, Michelle, wrote for Hunter. It embodies the heart of Colors of Us.

Fun Fact: The first title of this manuscript was Before You.

Hope you enjoy Before You ~ A Poem…

Before you,

I walked through life without making a sound

I hid in shadows,

I cried in silence.

Before you,

I simply survived.

Like a window, you opened my soul.

You brought me courage and hope,

You helped me stand proud and strong,

You gave me a reason to live.

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Mid Week Tease: Fight or Flight #MWTease

Happy Middle of the Week! 

My round of edits are due today. Woo-hoo!

In true just-in-time management style, I’m spending the day putting the finishing touches on my editing pass before returning the MS of Colors of Us to my editor. The release date is pending her comments, but I should be able to announce it soon!

For now, please enjoy today’s tease from Colors of Us. Background to the scene: Hunter realizes something has Michelle spooked and asked her to join him at the gym… 

Michelle almost turned around at least three times on her way, but curiosity got the best of her and she found herself stepping down a flight of cement stairs to a metal door in need of a paint job. “Max’s Gym” is all that appeared on the card, along with an address and phone number. She wasn’t sure what she’d expected. Her best guess was a gym filled with weight and cardio machines and maybe some spin classes. What she found when she opened the basement-level door was anything but typical of a city gym. The aroma reminiscent of a high school locker room flooded her nose immediately. Her eyes adjusted to the dim light as she scanned the dusty room. Two boxing rings and an assortment of punching bags dangled from stands, walls, and the ceiling. Stony glances in her direction from the few men in the joint screamed, You’re in the wrong place, sweetheart.

“You lost?” a gruff female voice asked.

Michelle spun around to face the chipped Formica desk. An older woman with gray-streaked hair pulled into a ponytail offered a warm smile.

“Sorry?”

“Ya look lost,” the woman said, leaning her elbows on the desk.

“I’m meeting someone here.” Michelle passed her the card.

“Yup, you’re in the right place, then. I’m Max.” She extended a calloused hand. “Is that the guy you’re supposed to meet?” Max jerked her head toward the window.

Michelle turned and caught a flash of Hunter rushing down the stairs with a couple bottles of water and what looked to be black boxing gloves under his arm. A whoosh of cool wind bit her cheeks as he swung open the door.

His lips upturned into a smile when he saw Michelle. “Sorry I’m late. I stopped for water.” He jiggled the bottles in his right hand and turned to Max. “Good morning, Maxie. Have you been entertaining my new student?”

Michelle crossed her arms. “Your what?”

“Student. I’m going to show you how to defend yourself.”

Between his words, the noise of gloves hitting punching bags, and the pungent smell, nausea rose in her throat. “I-I don’t think this is a good idea after all.” She rushed past Hunter, pushed open the door, and climbed the stairs to the sidewalk. Stopping, she took a few deep breaths of fresh air. Footsteps sounded behind her.

“Where you going? I thought you wanted to learn to fight?”

She spun around. “Where’d you get that idea? I can’t fight. I don’t have it in me.”

“I think you do. Everybody has the ability to fight. Come back in and give it a shot.”

Michelle shifted her weight from one sneaker to the next. Her gaze moved from the gym door to Hunter.

“Trust me on this. It’s great therapy. I know what I’m talking about.” He held out his hand and raised his brows.

She searched his eyes. The heat of his gaze loosened the knot of anxiety in her belly. She had the feeling he needed to teach her as much as she needed to try. Maybe more.

Michelle nodded and took his hand. “Okay, I’ll try.”

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Sexy Sexclusive: Love by Design by Evie Knight

This week’s Sexy Sexclusive is from fabulous friend and author, Evie Knight, and her new release, Love by Design. I was fortunate to beta read Love by Design and I simply adored the story. If you closely on the cover you’ll see how much I loved it! :)

Enjoy this sexy exclusive from one of my favorite scene of the book….

He slipped a blindfold over her eyes. The cool brush of the satin on her skin heightened her senses even more. “The game is called Guess my Cupcake. I’ll give you a taste, and you tell me what it is.” Tristan tied the blindfold behind her head.

“That’s not fair.” Mandy inhaled deeply and waved her hands in front of her, trying to find any lingering baking smells in his kitchen. “I can’t smell anything. Did you bake them here? How am I supposed to know if I don’t even have a clue?”

Tristan’s rich laugh rippled through her, waking up every cell in her body. “I baked them at the store.”

The sound of drawers opening and closing, dishes, and silverware reached her ears. Then he sat next to her and ran his fingers lightly down her back, tracing a path. Mandy straightened in her seat, pressing her legs together, trying to ignore the effect his touch had on her.

“You only have to guess five of them right,” he whispered in her ear.

The brush of his lips on her earlobe made her breathless, and she swallowed. “Got it.”

“All right. Guess my cupcake, baby.”

“The heat emanating from his body covered the length of hers and her mouth watered. Mandy parted her lips, ready to finally have a taste of the famous cupcakes she’d denied herself up until now.

Nothing could’ve prepared her for this experience.

Flavors of rich dark chocolate, with a hint of vanilla, and raspberry melted in her mouth. Forget the rest of however many cupcakes he had. She wanted to eat this one and have one more of the same. If someone asked her to describe an orgasm, this would be her definition of it.

Love by Design by Evie Knight

Blurb:

Rules are meant to be broken… only, he chooses which ones to break.

Renowned, self-taught baker Tristan James has everything going for him. Great friends. Women. Business success. His ultimate goal is to host his own TV show. All is perfect… until Mandy walks into his life. Tristan fears she’ll make him unearth the secrets he keeps.

She plays by the rules.

Amanda Roberts dreams of becoming a famous shoe designer, but her insecurities stand between her and her dream. She’s ready to give up when Tristan dares her to pursue her goal. Falling prey to his charms isn’t something she counts on, yet it’s unavoidable.

As their dreams finally become a reality, they must choose between love or the opportunity of a lifetime.

Love by Design is available here:

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Author Bio:

Evie Knight writes wickedly sexy contemporary romances with irresistible bad boys, sassy heroines, a bit of conflict, humor and a dash of spice. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time blogging, reading, listening to music, or looking for a muse.

She lives in sunny Southern California.

Evie loves hearing from her readers. Feel free to drop her a line at evie@evie-knight.com or you can stalk her on Twitter @inlovewromance.

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Mid Week Tease: A McAvery Misunderstanding #MWTease

It’s teasing time and almost time for the Colors of Us launch!

Today’s tease is from Michelle’s first visit to McAvery’s Bar where she’s meeting Jacey about a painting (teaser for the teaser: we’ll see more of Jacey later in the series! :) ).

The door swung open, streaming sunlight into the darkened bar. A slight form with long dark hair carrying a large portfolio bag shuffled in. Looking up, she scanned the bar and met Hunter’s stare before averting her eyes to the floor.

Since seeing her face captured in the painting, he noticed things about her that weren’t evident when he spoke to her at the coffee shop. One thing was for sure, the canvas didn’t do her justice. She was beautiful, but not in an obvious way. Hunter couldn’t help but try to get her to look his way again, so he could look into eyes the color of blueberries at summertime. But it was more than her features that set her apart from anyone else he’d known. She exhibited a grace and maturity beyond her young years.

“Can I help you with that?” Alex asked as he held the door.

Her gaze moved to Alex, and she shook her head, wisps of hair falling into her eyes. “No, I can manage,” she said quietly.

Jacey shooed Alex out of the bar before turning to greet the visitor. “You must be Michelle. I’m Jacey.” She extended her hand.

Michelle shifted her bulky portfolio case into her left hand and slipped her right palm into Jacey’s, offering her a shy smile.

“Let’s sit over there where we can spread out.” Jacey pointed to a table across from the bar.

Michelle followed to the table, laid the portfolio on the surface, and carefully removed the contents. Hunter watched as she treated each sketch, photograph, and small canvas with the care of handling England’s crown jewels.

He wiped his hands on a towel and walked around the bar to the table. “Hi, we met yesterday at Primo,” Hunter said, offering his hand.

Michelle’s eyes met his and she extended her hand. “That’s right. Hi again.”

“That cookie you suggested was amazing. You certainly know your baked goods.”

Her gaze traveled from his eyes to his mouth before her cheeks flushed.

Hunter shook her hand and tilted his head, trying to regain her gaze. “You’re talented.” Her palm was small and warm in his grasp.

“Thank you,” she said, pulling her hand away. She turned to the table and straightened one of the sketches as her cheeks turned redder.

Hunter looked over her samples. “You didn’t bring pictures of your self-portraits from the gallery.”

“No. Um. They seemed to be out of Jacey’s price range.”

Hunter chuckled. “I think everything is out of Jacey’s price range.”

Jacey stood and nudged Hunter with her hip. “Look at this one. It’s perfect for Alex.” She pointed to a rendering of a city pub Michelle painted when she first moved to the city.

Michelle furrowed her brow. “Who’s Alex?”

“My boyfriend, silly. I thought I mentioned the painting was for my boyfriend,” Jacey said as she flipped through Michelle’s sketches.

“You did, but I thought—” Michelle turned to Hunter.

“You thought Hunter was my boyfriend?” Jacey giggled and swatted Hunter on the shoulder. “No, this is for the other McAvery brother, Alex. You and I, Hunt. Imagine that.” Jacey winked.

“I’m having a hard time picturing it, Jace.” Hunter exaggerated a shudder.

“Hey!” Jacey punched him lightly and turned to Michelle. “I’m not his type, anyway.” Jacey’s gaze traveled down to Michelle’s boot-clad feet and up to her long dark hair, seemingly assessing her as a possible candidate.

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Cover Art Reveal: Colors of Us #CoverReveal @EvernightPub

Look what landed in my inbox this weekend! Oh yes, it’s cover art goodness for Color of Us, the first book in my brand new McAvery Brothers Series…

Colors of Us (The McAvery Brothers #1)

Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult

August 2014 release from Evernight Publishing

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Everything she knew to be true fell apart. Then fell apart again…

Michelle Willis is running from her past. What better place to hide than in the anonymity of New York City. Finding refuge in a tiny SoHo art gallery, she rebuilds her life one painting at a time.

A wrong turn sends Hunter McAvery on a crash course with disaster. He fights his own demons by following his big brother’s lead – drinking and bed-hopping his way through Manhattan.

A glance at Michelle’s self-portrait triggers emotions Hunter can’t tamp down. Driven to meet the artist, he discovers a fiery chemistry as their lives collide. But when their past threatens to tear them apart, can their love survive?

 

ARC contest coming soon! Stay tuned….

xoxo

~S

 

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