Mel Blue is the author the popular Under the Kilt series. Don't forget to check out her webpage.
It's Mel Blue's 10th writing anniversary. Let's celebrate!
Mel Blue is the author the popular Under the Kilt series. Don't forget to check out her webpage.
It's been a long time coming, but I'm happy to announce that Taken by Temptation is now being proofed and formatted for ARCs. Release week is right around the corner. This title will be released to ARC readers a few days prior to publishing. If you just cannot wait, ARCs are available if you sign up for my ARC list and all you have to do is promise to leave a review at your favorite retailer. If you prefer a release day final copy, that's fine too. Same story, but you just get it direct to your e-reader.
Thank you Rugged Riders series readers! I wrote Taken by Temptation with you in mind and I really appreciate all your support. It has been a roller coaster ride because these brothers and their minds and motivations aren't the easiest to penetrate. I wanted a story true to character, even if that meant waiting until the hero was ready to talk to me and bear all.
I'm posting the first chapter down below just in case you missed it. Please don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter so you can get the announcement when Taken by Temptation officially drops at all retailers. The book will release next week after ARCs have been distributed.
Now for the chapter...
Taken by Temptation drops next week, but Driven by Desire is already available and is on sale for 99 cents! The sale is limited and 99 cents is not the permanent price. It will not remain 99 cents! Take advantage while you can ; )
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O for Two by Holley Trent
Olivia Patterson is a rolling stone...or maybe a flying one. As a flight attendant, she lives in the air. She's never put down roots, and liked it that way...until now. When she touches down on the ground, she wants there to be someone waiting for her. For now, she'd settle for a bit of no-strings-attached company. She accepts an invitation to the Hotel Beaudelaire's exclusive Den of Sin expecting to have her kinks indulged, not her heart battered.
Clint Morstad and Ken Brook have been in a committed, monogamous relationship for eleven years and are a mostly perfect match. However, after a decade together both admit their relationship needs a feminine influence. They visit the Den to search for their perfect woman, and believe easy-going Olivia could be their ideal match.
As much as she adores them, Olivia doesn't want to get attached to men she can't keep. When she slips away before they can invite her home, Clint and Ken left with a dilemma. Should they give chase to the only woman they've wanted to share, or let her fly?
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"You do know what I'm about to ask you, right?" Blake removed a hand from the steering wheel and lightly stroked her face with the soft side of his thumb.
Naomi turned her attention from the vivid lights of the truss bridge and the smell of fresh river water. Blake was driving a little slower than usual. He was usually the speed demon out of the two of them, but that was when they were together without worries and not a care in the world. When they were both members of the Arnou Pack, they had fewer problems, but then he decided to leave and she decided to stay.
"You always have a dozen questions, Blake," she said with a slow smile. "Why don't you start with the easy questions first? Let's get those out of the way."
"Why are you so beautiful?"
A heated blush warmed her face, and she pretended to be preoccupied with the AC dial on the dashboard. "That's not an easy question."
"Okay, next question. What happened to the shy girl next door I met twelve years ago at Arnou's fireworks show?"
"I grew up."
"Into a beautiful woman." His hands were planted on the steering wheel. He stared straight ahead at the road. "You were just fifteen when I met you. So young yet so vibrant and free spirited. I remember the night of Arnou's first fireworks show as though it was yesterday. Not only was it the day I returned to town after my uncle sent Aiden and me off to spend two years at a human Ivy League school, but it also was the day I imagined a purposeful life. I had no clear direction until I saw you."
She swallowed. This conversation always made her nervous. At fifteen years old, she received the shock of her life when she discovered Blake DeLuca was her mate. How many times as a young adolescent did she hear her counterparts and friends talking about how much they wanted to find their true mates, bond and have 5.2 kids, which was the average family size in the Arnou community? Finding her mate was never a priority for her like it was for so many other women, but to her surprise, she'd caught scent of Blake when she least expected to.
Back then, all she wanted to do was to find a way to please her father and find her independence in the process.
"You had a direction. You told me how Aiden and you wanted to go in business together and own your own security agency."
"Yeah, things haven't quite happened that way. Sometimes you make plans but then better ones develop."
Naomi bit the inside corner of her mouth. "I screwed up your plans, didn't I? If you'd never met me, you would've left the Arnou Pack long before you did. You wouldn't have made it past the Elite recruitment stage if you'd have left when you said you would."
Blake turned a corner, leading them into the metropolitan area where she'd booked a hotel for a week. The hotel was in the unmarked territories, but it was better than staying on Arnou lands where anyone might notice her and report to her superiors.
"I knew I had choices back then--both inside and outside of the Arnou Pack."
"But you had far better opportunities outside of the Arnou Pack. Look at you now. You're on the Caedmon Council. You're living a life you're proud of and one in which you believe."
He stopped under a red light and turned to face her. "I never wanted to leave without you. You backed out at the last minute and it was too late. Aiden and I refused the Belt. Do you know how many wolves we crippled to break from the Arnou prison cells?"
She shook her head. "They are not prison cells."
"Close enough. He wants all of you housed right outside his backdoor in that compound."
"It was to protect us. To keep us near."
Blake frowned. "To make sure that no one strayed away from him. It's why I refused. We're not dogs and we don't wear anyone's collar let alone a belt."
Arnou-kind had talked about Blake and Aiden's refusal for months. No one had ever refused the Elite Belt. No one had gone through a full training cycle, passed with high honors, and escaped without serving.
Naomi shook her head and diverted her eyes. "I couldn't...I couldn't put my father's health on the line and my brother--"
"I know. Your brother dreamed of climbing the ranks within the Arnou Pack. Your father would've been ashamed of you. You already told me this."
Blake hit the gas as soon as the light changed to green.
"Then why bring it up? I can't wave a magic wand and change any of the past." She raised her palm, signaling the conversation was over. "We're behind this now. We've found a way to work around it."
"Work around it?" He must have lifted his foot off the gas pedal because the sports car slowed in pace. "I don't want to work around being with you. Call me selfish, but I want you in the center of my world. I want to wake in bed next to you. I want to enjoy breakfast with you every day at sunrise. When I go to bed, I not only want you as the last thing on my mind, but I also want your taste to be the last one on my lips when I drift off to sleep. I know I told you I could wait, Naomi, that I'd wait until we're old and gray, but I'm miserable trying to keep that promise. I don't like being miserable."
She sighed deeply, trying to calm her racing heart. The truth was every time Blake talked about them being together as he suggested, she became overjoyed, thinking of the possibilities. In the Elite training program, they were taught never to dream and fantasize about happily ever afters because the moment one let their emotions take over, their guards fell. Letting your guard fall meant challenging your enemies in a weak state of mind.
It was too late for her. When she escaped her short-term lock-down and walked out on her father and brother a couple days ago, she let her heart make the decision for her.
This time it was Naomi who rested her palm on his thigh. "I'm glad you think I'm beautiful, but a dose of real life and targeted training turned this shy girl next door into a bold, brave, action-oriented woman. At fifteen I met you, and you showed me I didn't have to shadow my brother to gain recognition. Like you, I had choices but mine affected the people around me directly. The only family I have left in this world are my father and brother. If I grew up knowing my mother, maybe things would've been different. She died bringing my twin brother and me into this world."
Blake's leg grew tense under her palm, and he placed a hand over hers. "I'm sorry."
"I'm being selfish too. Sometimes I have to remind myself both of your parents perished in an accident. You're so well-rounded, like the other people I know who grew up in homes with two parents."
"I had my uncle, who did right by Aiden and me. He punished us if we showed the slightest rivalry toward one another." Blake chuckled. "He told us if we wanted to fight, we should do it professionally. We both picked professions that involved the complete opposite."
Naomi smiled. "You own the shooting range and teach self-defense classes, and Aiden's the bodyguard. Funny how things turned out." She pointed to a green street sign up ahead. "North Main Street, this is it. Turn right up ahead."
"Pretty fancy for a night on the town after partying at a nightclub," Blake commented as he pulled into the parking lot. "This has got to be at least five stars."
"Good guess," she replied. "But it's for more than just a night on the town, and I didn't go to that nightclub to party."
"Your avid curiosity seems to be one trait you'll never lose." Blake grinned, put the car in park, and turned off the engine. "Which leads me to my other question..."
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Just this month something crazy happened. We all know computers, hard drives, and such don't last forever and eventually become obsolete and out of date. And sometimes they even do rage- inducing things like crash and display error messages that look like ancient cryptic code.
Yep, it happened to me. I lost count of the number of times that thing crashed while I was in the middle of doing something. I decided to put that PC to bed. Of course, I trouble-shooted, googled, and yelled bloody murder and even gave it to my IT guy to look at, but all arrows pointed to a hard drive that would eventually fail.
I wasn't taking any chances. Nope, not losing my work, reports, and important documents. Not if I can do something about it.
I'm already getting cozy using the new machine, but all this took quite a bit of time from writing and business related side of publishing.
The good thing is that because of my auto-sync with OneDrive (SkyDrive) and a quick back up to Dropbox, I salvaged almost everything of importance. With the exception of a few *clears throat* inspirational pics of handsome men in all stages of dress and undress. But those come a dime a dozen right? I'll eventually find some more.
So, I said all that to say this: Delays abound.
Not too bad since the whole scenario happened over a span of a few weeks.
I'm currently working on Taken by Temptation and the 3rd book in the Rugged Riders series. Some of the events happen simultaneously and these brothers are so closely connected that I figured keeping the writing of books 2 and 3 together would be my best bet. That also means that the releases will likely be closer together too.
I have a title for the 3rd book, which is about Marcus's brother, Sean: Seduced by Sin.
I'm working to get Taken by Temptation up at retailers by July.
Seduced by Sin will follow next.
Next on my radar are Donor Reloaded, which is the follow up to Dresdan Coven #1, and another bad boy outlaw book. That means Elaina is back and itching to take down District 5 and Dane Magnus isn't the only outlaw about to meet his match.
The next set of Den of Sin novellas will release in June. My contribution this season is Illicit Passions.
I also have a few surprises this month regarding the Caedmon Wolves. I'm still working out the details, but won't leave you waiting too much longer. If you haven't already, please like the Caedmon/Arnou Wolf Pack Facebook Page and signup to receive my newsletter.
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Illicit Passions is part of the Den of Sin series and releases as an addition to the Bacchanal Season. 3 new titles will release this May. Illicit Passions is an erotic contemporary novella with MF and MFM scenes.
Paige Houston has always been known by her friends for having her nose stuck in a book. Reading is her escape and the hotter the plot, the better. Unlike the heroines in her sexy stories, she hasn’t had much luck in the romance department. Her sorority sister dares her to indulge in a one night stand at a secret club where strings are never attached and holds are rarely barred. Paige’s adventurous side won’t allow her to pass up the opportunity.
Corey Shelton has his hands full these days. After inheriting a car repair shop from his late grandfather, he’s been working day in and day out on a business re-launch. He has no time for needy women and he’d encountered a string of them in this town lately. When one of his most respected client’s convinces him to fill out a matchmaking profile to attend a secret den of sin, he blindly agrees.
When Corey gets the invite to the Hotel Beaudelaire along with a note from Paige about her erotic fantasies, his libido goes into overdrive and he just has to have her.
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