Saturday, June 28, 2014

#MySexySaturday SEXIEST EYE CANDY snippet #Romance #Bloghop @MySexySaturday #Saturday7

This week I'm taking part in the My Sexy Saturday Blog Hop. The hop require participating authors to post 7 paragraphs, 7 sentences or 7 words from a WIP (work in progress) or published work. 

My snippet comes from my latest release Sexiest Eye Candy, a spicy contemporary romance set here in the UK. My hero--Ethan Stone--is a celebrity weight loss coach and my heroine--Karis Van de Burke--is a cosmetic surgeon. From the moment these two meet, things heat up.


Blurb

He’s so sexy he has the title to prove it!

Super-hunky, weight-loss celebrity Ethan Stone brings out Dr. Karis Van de Burke’s inner bad-girl. To prove it, when Ethan accepts the challenge to persuade the sassy, love-rejected cosmetic surgeon to appear as a guest on his show, she ends up inviting him into her bed for one night of guilty pleasure instead.

Used to women throwing themselves at him boobs first, Ethan knows his way around every female erogenous zone, but the sizzling chemistry he has with Karis blindsides him. Soon he’s convincing her to extend their one-night to another ... and another ... and...

Karis can’t resist! Yet, if Ethan discovers her secret, he’ll ditch her as fast as her ex-fiancé had -- but really, what could go wrong in a one-week, tangle-free, affair?


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My 7 paragraph snippet is from the scene where Karis and Ethan see each other again after their one-night stand.



Ethan’s lips were a second from touching hers when she placed her fingers on her mouth creating a barrier and preventing the kiss he’d intended. “Hello, Ethan. Yes I did, thank you, but you really didn’t have to.”
“I wanted to.” He raised one brow. “What? No kiss hello? I thought we were friends.”
“Acquaintances.” She spoke from behind her fingers. Since Ethan hadn’t retreated, she didn’t dare remove the barrier between them.
“Ouch and there I was thinking we were slightly more than that.”
Heat crawled up the back of her neck. She fought to keep the embarrassed warmth from showing up in her face, offered him her right hand in a formal greeting to prove her point. “How nice to see you again.”
His smile was pure wickedness as he took her hand, leaned in the car, and kissed her cheek, his light stubble brushing her skin. A blast of electricity overcharged her body. Her breath stalled in her chest.
“Sweetheart.” The low rumble of his arousing voice vibrated next to her ear. “We can play games if you like, but I prefer the ones I know the rules to; the sort that has you moaning my name and begging me for more.”

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If you enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the entire novel, you can purchase SEXIEST EYE CANDY from any Amazon store. It's still 99c/77p until the end of June.



AmazonUS   ~*~   AmazonUK


Thanks for stopping by to read My Sexy Saturday 7. Please visit the other blogs in this hop for more tasty snippets HERE.



Hugs x

Monday, May 19, 2014

#NewRelease SEXIEST EYE CANDY #Romance #Kindle

I have a New Release and it has a story. 

Sexiest Eye Candy was originally intended for the Mills & Boon Modern Romance (KISS) line, but half way through I changed my mind and pulled the partial from HMB slush pile. 


I mention this to give you and idea of the type of book Sexiest Eye Candy is. It's spicy--OK some readers have already told me HOT!--yet, simple, clean romance. There isn't a whole lot of external plot since the focus is on the internal issues and the romance. 

Looking for more plot? Why not try Zach's Rebound Girl?

If you enjoy Harlequin type romances, I think you'll enjoy Sexiest Eye Candy. However, if you don't like fluffy romance--which is predominately what I write--you might want to give this story a miss, I won't hold it against you ヅ.


My hero Ethan Stone is a successful TV weight-loss coach--a sexy celebrity. And this guy is so sexy he has the title to prove it. 


My heroine Karis Van de Burke is a talented cosmetic surgeon looking for that illusive "something" that's missing from her life.


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Sexiest Eye Candy

© Monique DeVere 2014

Crystal Swan Publications
All Rights Reserved


Take one super-hunky TV weight-loss celebrity, one love-rejected cosmetic surgeon, a little guilty pleasure, and the consequences of one-night could prove shattering.

Back Cover Copy



He’s so sexy he has the title to prove it!

Super-hunky, weight-loss celebrity Ethan Stone brings out Dr. Karis Van de Burke’s inner bad-girl. To prove it, when Ethan accepts the challenge to persuade the sassy, love-rejected cosmetic surgeon to appear as a guest on his show, she ends up inviting him into her bed for one night of guilty pleasure instead.

Used to women throwing themselves at him boobs first, Ethan knows his way around every female erogenous zone, but the sizzling chemistry he has with Karis blindsides him. Soon he’s convincing her to extend their one-night to another ... and another ... and...


Karis can’t resist! Yet, if Ethan discovers her secret, he’ll ditch her as fast as her ex-fiancé had – but really, what could go wrong in a one-week, tangle-free, affair?

Excerpt

Her expression guarded, she worked the tissue over his cheek with a light stroke, as if she was afraid to touch him. Yet she managed to make the deed feel more like a caress than a platonic chore. She may avoid meeting his gaze as she worked him over with the tissue, but he knew she was as aware as he of their sizzling chemistry.
He’d seen the flash of heat in her eyes just before his fan interrupted. By the time he’d dealt with the girl, Karis had erased every trace of desire from her face and had looked at him as though the thought of touching him repulsed her. So he’d pushed the issue for the hell of it, and forced her to do it anyway. He could have gone to the washroom to scrub off the lipstick, but he liked the idea of Karis performing the intimate task for him. 

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Story Rating 
Heat Level: Hot (R)
Language: Clean
Violence: None
Feelgood Factor: High

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Sexiest Eye Candy is now on sale at Amazon for the launch price of 99c/77p.




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pull Up A Chair With Mon ~ Let's Talk About: Initial 'ING' verbs #writetip



Initial –ING verbs


It's been a while since I last added to my Pull Up A Chair blog series. I thought I'd talk about starting sentences with an ING verbs. If you're a writer, and have critique partners, no doubt you'd be familiar with the policing that goes on when it comes to the way we write/construct our sentences. As such, you probably have the red pen pulled out to highlight every time a sentence begins with an ING verb.  Some readers find it annoying when authors begin a sentence with an ING verb. Me--I don't care, so long as it's used correctly and you're telling me a good story. 

The occasional ING at the beginning of a sentence is perfectly okay. Just think, if we all constructed sentences the same way, how would we ever differentiate between authors' voices--or even cultivate our own unique voice?! I really don't think there's a problem with starting a sentence with ING verbs, providing they aren't overused! 

However, they're often misused. 

Since I mentioned using the ING incorrectly, I must now point out how to use it correctly. The trick is to only ever start a sentence with an initial ING verb if the action you are describing matches the action which follows. Your character has to be able to do both the ING verb and the verb that follows at the same time.

For instance, perhaps your character is  making a cup of tea. You can say: pouring the milk, she stirred the tea. These two actions can be done simultaneously.

However, you can't say: Opening the milk carton, she stirred the tea. This would be incorrect since one cannot open a carton and stir tea at the same time--not unless you have more than the two hands most people are born with. 

If you ever wondered about the ins and outs of the ING verb, now you know. And if you've never considered this subject, I hope I've shed a bit of light on it.

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed your company. 

Until next time God bless. 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#Rafflecopter #Giveaway YOU DON'T GET JOE! #RomanticComedy #Kindle #Novella #ValentinesDay #VDay


Fancy a FREE copy of You Don't Get Joe!? Enter my Valentine's Day Giveaway to be in with a chance to win one of 3 digital copies of the novella. 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

#SaturdaySnippet YOU DON'T GET JOE! #VDay #ebooks #Romance #ShortReads #KindleReaders

As promised, here is an excerpt from my new Valentine's Day story. Hope you enjoy this snippet of You Don't Get Joe! which will be on sale February 11th 2014.

Excerpt

You Don't Get Joe!
Copyright © 2014 Monique DeVere
Published by Crystal Swan Publications
United Kingdom
All rights reserved.


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He carried her to her room, torn between wanting to hurry and get her soft body out of his arms yet yearning to hold her close for a while longer. With her honey-blonde hair, sassy smile, and wide chestnut eyes he had a tough time not falling for her all over again.
He laid her on the bed atop the covers. What was it about her that tangled his emotions? She was just a woman. There were a billion of them out there, so why her?
As he attempted to pull back, Robyn clung.
“Joe?”
Man, that soft husk was too much for him to take so soon after holding her in his arms for the five minutes it’d taken him to ease her out of the car and carry her—surrounded by her light sexy perfume—to her room.
“Yeah?” He tried to unhook her arms from around his neck, but she wouldn’t comply.
“Kiss me.” She exhaled a slow, shattered breath.
Everything in Joe stilled. Even the atmosphere in Robyn’s room paused.
It was the jet lag talking. He knew this, and should walk away. So why couldn’t he make his feet move? And why was fastening his lips to Robbie’s the only prominent thought in his mind?
“You don’t mean that.”
“Yes, I do.” Her soft reply prodded at his self-control, close to poking a hole right through. “I’ve wanted it all evening.”
Oh, man!
He wanted it, too. Did that make him pathetic? But he couldn’t kiss her. This was Robbie—the one woman he wanted. Joe wasn’t entirely sure he’d be able to stop once he started.
“Just one, Joe.” 


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UPDATE!

Early release! You Don't Get Joe! is on sale at all Amazon sites. For your convenience:

AmazonUK ~ AmazonUS

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