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Bringing the Goddess Aphrodite to Erotic Romance by Anh Leod

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Some characters are never going to get together unless their world is turned on its axis. I never liked those kinds of romances where the characters mostly just seem like they are dating. I want action, drama, short, intense timelines. Maybe none of it is realistic or very smart in real life terms, but it is certainly exciting to read. After all, it’s a romance novel. There is a basic assumption that both the hero and heroine are good, worthy people. Once they work through their difficulties and grow emotionally, there’s no long term risk that the match is going to turn out to be a bad one.

It’s romance!

In Aphrodite’s Necklace, I have a hero and a heroine who would never, ever get together in real life. It’s the 1830s. The heroine is the virginal daughter of the house. A wealthy house. Her family needs her to marry. The hero is the family butler! The heroine, Emily, describes him as such: “Coxe, if he weren’t such an insufferably stuffy bore, would be a handsome man, with unruly mahogany hair that flopped on his brow no matter how much Macassar hair oil he applied, and only the most delicate of side-whiskers. His jaw was very square and the molded lips above her were tight with disapproval.”

So yes, he’s hot, but so far beneath her as to be unimaginable. And yet, he’s handy. To bring these two together despite Victorian mores, I have the Greek goddess Aphrodite cast a spell upon them. It is only when they become unwitting lovers that they can discover each other’s true worth as a romantic partner and fight back against the society that would keep them apart.

Now that’s my idea of a fun, erotic romance!

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EXCERPT

Emily caught a glimpse of the mysterious woman in the doorway that opened onto the corridor. She walked forward as quickly as she could without losing all decorum, but the woman had vanished into the hall. Nearly skipping in her eagerness to reach her, Emily didn’t see the obstacle until she stumbled over it.

A candelabra cast its light to the floor and she saw what had impeded her progress, nearly causing her to fall. She gasped and reached down a hand. It was the woman in red’s necklace.

How could she have missed her jewels tumbling to the floor? Emily examined the piece. The clasp was undone, though it didn’t appear to be broken. Perhaps it was loose, or hadn’t been fastened properly. Emily saw the winking diamonds and sparkling emeralds were quite real. If it were hers she could sell it for not only a significant dowry, but also a year’s household expenses.

Holding such expensive gems made her feel funny, as if her heart and senses wanted to jump out of her skin. What felt almost like a cool breeze lifted her skirt and the air caressed her womanflesh. She shuddered and looked around. Thankfully, no one was paying any attention to her.

Holding the necklace and feeling quite steamy in her private area, she stepped into the hallway. She pressed her thighs together and when she separated them, they were sticky with some kind of hot fluid that had moistened her inside. She swallowed her shock as her nipples thrust against her corset. What was happening to her?

Once again, she saw Coxe coming toward her. She must have strayed too far from the party for a second time. This time, instead of embarrassment at shirking her duties, she felt a hot flush of excitement. She folded her arms around herself and leaned against the wall.

Her face felt feverish and she licked her lips, thirsty despite the lemonade she had so recently finished.

“Are you well, Miss Rogers?” Coxe asked. She saw genuine emotion in his eyes, an unusual concern for her as she held up the necklace to him.

“Where did it come from?” he asked, touching the pearl drop at the end of the necklace’s center stones.

She watched with wonder as his entire body shuddered and when he looked at her again, his eyes were alight with the same kind of fever she was experiencing.

“The lady in red,” she whispered, “I saw it on her before.”

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About Anh Leod

Anh Leod, AKA Heather Hiestand, was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

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Scandalously YoursBuy links:

Amazon.com— http://amzn.to/1QG7y2d

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All Romance Ebooks– http://bit.ly/1Vk1rED

Kobo– https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/scandalously-yours-2-166.html

Smashwords– https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/612550?ref=cw1985

Books will also be available at barnesandnoble.com and iTunes (Apple), but buy links are not yet available for them.

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New Release: Sweet Sensations #romance #boxset #erotica

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to announce the release of the Sweet Sensations boxed set! This contemporary romance collection contains stories from USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors, including yours truly. My novella in this set is a brand new, never-seen-before erotic romance called Love Through a Lens. It’s set in the Peak District in England – one of my favourite places.

Here’s a snippet about my story:

On location shooting film together, new graduate, Celene, is drawn to Edward, a British actor 30 years her senior… Can the inevitable romance between them blossom into love?

So, what are you waiting for? Grab this bargain boxed set today (or read it as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription)! As well as my story, there are amazing tales from Lynn LaFleur, Ann Jacobs, Denise A. Agnew, L.M. Connolly, Ari Thatcher, Anh Leod and Marilu Mann.

You can also read an excerpt from my story here.

Happy Reading!
Lucy x

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Enchanted Eternally – Paranormal Boxed Set

Enchanted EternallyParanormal romances for your every reading mood: urban fantasies, ghosts, futuristic threesomes, a fairytale fantasy for grown-up readers–and shapeshifters with unusual twists–perfect fare for your Halloween haunting…

MUSE, by Alexa Silver

After Slate is attacked on stage, Blaze acts instinctively.. Staying safe is only part of the battle, as their hearts are in the balance as well.

BLISS HOUSE, by Ann Jacobs

Two wounded mortals, two ghostly lovers. The ghosts must bring the mortals together in their haunted house, or be damned for all eternity.

LADY’S CHOICE, by J. L. Miller

Two Zelion interstellar traders may settle their differences by playing kids’ games, but they find they must compromise when they discover the same woman—Lija—is each one’s perfect mate.

HUNTING JOHN DOE, by Anh Leod

A man running for his life…a woman on the lam… Secrets they can’t unlock alone.

THE WOODSMAN, by Belle Scarlett

In the Enchanted Forest, where cursed beings are consigned until the spells that bind them are broken, The Big Bad Wolf-shifter meets his match in Lady Lily Rouge, whose first sexual surrender he must win by sundown or else stay a lonely shifter forever.

HAUNTING MELODY, by Flo Fitzpatrick

A musical doll and an eccentric, stupidly- short witch send Melody Flynn through time to the 1919 Ziegfield Follies—and into the arms of stagehand Briley McShan.

THE BANSHEE AND THE REAPER, by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

In the arms of a Reaper, a Banshee’s wail has nothing to do with sorrow.

BARED TO HIM, by NY TIMES bestselling author, Jan Springer

When custom boatmaker Miranda shifts, Gray Wagner goes primal…

Available from: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Cover Pretties for Upcoming Releases! #erotica #romance

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to show off a couple of cover pretties for a couple of upcoming releases!

First of all, the Sweet Sensations boxed set, which contains contemporary romance stories from Lynn LaFleur, Ann Jacobs, Denise A. Agnew, L.M. Connolly, Ari Thatcher, yours truly, Anh Leod and Marilu Mann. Once you’re done admiring the artwork, scroll down to find out more about my story in the set.

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Love Through a Lens by Lucy Felthouse

Celine Patterson is a recent graduate eager to begin her career as a camerawoman—with the fashion world and all its glitz and glamour calling to her. Things aren’t that simple, however, and she’s forced to take a job making a documentary in the Peak District countryside with a mid-list British actor.

In spite of her initial disappointment—not only is the job not what she wanted, the pay is appalling, too—Celine warms to the project. The actor she’s working with, Edward Robson, is kind, considerate, funny and a consummate professional. She realizes she can learn a great deal from him, and resolves to do so.

As the days of the shoot pass by, Celine grows increasingly fond of Edward, and that fondness quickly goes beyond the platonic. Convinced her crush is completely one-sided—he’s over three decades her senior, for starters—she tries hard to ignore it, hoping the feelings will go away.

But then something happens to change Celine’s opinion, and flip her world upside-down. How will she react? And can she emerge from this project with both her career and her heart intact?

 

This set is due for release on 24th November, and the price during the pre-order period is just 99p/99c. So if you want to bag this amazing collection at a bargain price, I recommend 1-clicking now 😉 http://getbook.at/sweetsensations

My second cover reveal is for Cupid. Some of you may think this sounds familiar… this is because it’s a re-release. Sadly, when the previous publisher closed its doors, I had to find a new home for this book. Happily, Evernight Publishing accepted this M/F paranormal erotic romance, gave it this gorgeous new cover, and have it scheduled for release in December as part of their holiday release schedule. I don’t have an exact date yet, but I’ll update the site as soon as I do.

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Here’s a reminder of what the book is about, for those of you that haven’t read it:

As a postman by day, and one of Santa’s reindeer on a single very special night, Cassius Cupid eats, sleeps, and breathes deliveries. He doesn’t mind, but sometimes wishes that someone would send him something more exciting than bills and junk mail.

One cold January morning, Cassius gets his wish. A young woman arrives with a parcel. Turns out it’s for his housemate – but Cassius doesn’t care. All he’s interested in is Carina – the beautiful female courier.

Has Cupid finally met his match?

 

I hope you like the covers, and will check out the books! 🙂

Lucy x

Cover Reveal: Bring On the Heat

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Bring On the Heat

A scorching collection from ten of today’s hottest authors

 

Title: Bring On the Heat

Genre: Erotic romance

Length: Approx 263k words

Release date: January 6, 2014

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/BringOnTheHeat

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Boxed Set:

Eden Bradley: Breaking Skye

Cassandra Carr: Caught

Stephanie Julian: An Indecent Proposition Part I

Amber Kallyn: Burned

Keira Kohl: Laundry day

Adriana Kraft: Cherry Tune-Up

Emma Lai: Riding Romeo

Anh Leod: Clockwork Captive

Ann Mayburn: First Kiss

Cari Quinn: Jingle Ball