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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Pleasures of Christmas Past by Lexi Post is now FREE!

 

PLEASURES OF CHRISTMAS PAST 

(A Scottish Christmas Carol #1) 

by Lexi Post

The first book in A Scottish Christmas Carol series is now FREE! It starts off the 4 book series with the Spirit of Christmas Past. Enjoy!

When present-day American social worker Jessica Thomas is assigned her first case as a spirit guide, she’s excited to serve as the Spirit of Christmas Past for her client and prove she knows her profession well. Unfortunately, her mentor, the very hot, very single, and very Scottish Duncan Montgomerie has little faith in her ability and plans to catch her when she falls. As far as she’s concerned, he’s going to be waiting a very long time. 

Bachelor Duncan Montgomerie hails from late 18th century Scotland where he enjoyed life to its fullest, something he continues in death. Having been dead a while, he is well equipped to handle the afterlife where time doesn’t exist and phasing is the norm. What has him stymied is his connection to the uptight Jessica and the strange feelings he’s experiencing being around her, even though she refuses to listen to his advice. Duncan needs to figure out what it all means and fast because the rules change after death and the path Jessica is headed down could cost her her soul.

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Excerpt:

From what Jessica could tell, there was no such thing as calories in the afterlife. Thankful she’d finally mastered the art of solidifying and phasing at will so she could enjoy her earthly pleasure, she took a bite of the sweet, cold ice cream. As the nutty flavor washed over her tongue, she closed her eyes in sheer bliss. Now this was heaven. Opening her eyes to take another bite, she froze. “What are you doing here?”

Duncan floated on the arm at the other end of her couch, looking absolutely delicious in his jeans, t-shirt and socks. Socks?

“This is when your private lessons start.” The sexy grin he gave her had her swallowing hard as excitement skittered across her skin and into her groin.

Shit. The man was a walking tease. Make that a floating tease. She wanted Mr. Knows-It-All back. He was easier to deal with. Not sure what to say, she dipped her spoon in the carton and took another bite as her mind raced. What kind of lessons? From his look, her bedroom would be the proper place for them.

“What are you eating?” He leaned forward and squinted at the carton.

She swallowed and tried for a professional air. “Pistachio ice cream.”

“I dinna think I’ve ever tried that flavor.” His body phased to solid, and he plucked the carton from her hand.

“Hey! The least you can do is ask.”

He shrugged as he dipped his finger into the green ice cream. “You’d just tell me I could have some, so why bother?” He lifted his finger and stuck the ice cream in his mouth. “Hmmm, this is good. No wonder it’s your favorite.” His grin could have talked a Sunday school teacher into stripping.

She stared, her body revving at the sight of him dipping his finger in again while her brain caught up to his words. “How do you know it’s my favorite?”

He winked. “I know everything about you.”

She flushed as her body heated. Crap, this man was a flirt if she’d ever seen one and his lilting accent didn’t help. She reached across the couch and grabbed the ice cream out of his hand. “If you don’t mind, I was enjoying that.”

He chuckled. “Oh, touchy.”

Why did she now feel like a bitch? She wasn’t like this usually. Mr. Distraction had her off balance and she didn’t like it.

If only Cameron could have given her a different mentor. Duncan Montgomerie would ruin her concentration and make fun of any mistake she might make. Her definition of “mentor” was not that. “I’m assuming you came here for a reason? I mean, besides the beautiful view.” She pointed toward the windows with her spoon.

He glanced that way before letting his gaze roam from the tops of her bare feet, over her legs, past her shorts to the stretchy fabric of her white tank-covered chest. She held her breath, waiting for his eyes to meet hers, but they stayed riveted on her breasts. Thankful she’d left her bra on so he couldn’t see how hard her nipples had turned at his perusal, she moved the ice cream to block his view and took another bite to cool down.

He smirked at her move. “As I said, it’s time for your private lessons. I thought you’d be more comfortable here than at my castle.”

She stilled at his comment. “You live in a castle?”


About Lexi

Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi's first love is romance novels so she married her two first loves, romance and the classics. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a sensuous experience with a “whole lotta story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her two cats in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Two FREE Holiday Romance Collections #pnr #contemporaryromance

 This holiday season I have two stories that are available FREE to readers! 


Trim the tree, hang the mistletoe, curl up by the fire, and snuggle in for these heartwarming tales of Christmas love.

A Christmas Kiss

Rachel Reed is working Christmas Eve to help customers find those last-minute gifts for their loved ones. Then sexy, handsome, miserable, Daniel Sheridan walks into her store. He never laughs. Never smiles. But, when Rachel discovers he'll be spending the holidays alone, she does something neither of them expects.  

She invites him to her apartment for Christmas dinner.  

No one should be alone on Christmas. Even sexy grumps. But Rachel soon learns there's more to Daniel than a permanent frown. And she wonders if a Christmas kiss might be what it takes to make him smile again.

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Welcome to the most magical season of all, when hearts are happy...and sometimes devoured. Join these New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors for winter holiday stories of vampires, shapeshifters, witches, and more!

A Haunting for Christmas

Ava has called 911 countless times because of the footsteps she hears in her house, but an intruder is never found. When she tries to call for help again, her police officer brother-in-law finally shows up to check out the situation.

Jared promised he would look out for Ava after his brother died, but he’s been avoiding her for months, too fearful of betraying his brother's memory with his growing feelings for her. When he hears the 911 dispatch, he knows it's up to him to help her.

Jared promises Ava he will get to the bottom of the mysterious footsteps. But can he help her without revealing that he's in love with her?

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Tricia Schneider is a full-time dreamer who writes all kinds of romance. From werewolves and witches to pirates and Regency lords, she escapes into sensual stories where happily-ever-after is a guarantee.

When she's not hard at work typing away on her laptop, she's riding shotgun in a '67 Impala while keeping her eyes open for a madman in a big, blue box.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Courageous women who were true heroines!


Many of you know that I am unreal life Jo-Ann Power, that I write historical fiction and mysteries! I republish my 2013 novel, HEROIC MEASURES out January 18. And because of all the research I've done over the decades, I also serve as the curator for the U.S. National World War One Commission for ARMY NURSE COPRS.

Recently, I went to Fort Sam Houston here in San Antonio and took more pictures (most of them obscure and never before published) to show you just how marvelous these 22,000+ women were who traveled far from their homes to nurse wounded Doughboys and comfort the dying.

Please note the descriptions, many of them the originals on the photos. All are black and white and some have been reproduced over the century. But they show how courageous these women were to leave their homes, their towns and travel more than 3500 miles to serve their fellow Americans in need.

I hope you will read my novel, researched for decades, about them, HEROIC MEASURES. Find it here:

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For Gwen Spencer, fighting battles is nothing new. An orphan sent to live with a vengeful aunt, Gwen picked coal and scrubbed floors to earn her keep. But when she decides to become a nurse, she steps outside the boundaries of her aunts demands…and into a world of her own making.

But that world has gone to war.

Volunteering for the Army Nurse Corps, Gwen promises to serve until the end of the conflict, no matter how long that is. She leaves her small hometown with her friends and sails away in the dead of night, chased by German U-boats. Ashore she discovers her new world is dangerous and demanding, helping doctors heal thousands of sick and injured Doughboys in primitive conditions.

Shes determined to overcome the heartbreaks and the challenges. Becoming an expert at anesthesia, she volunteers to go to the front lines with an acute care team. Braving bombings and the madness of men crazed by pain and despair, she surprises herself when she falls in love with a man she admires—and should not want.

Amid the chaos, she learns the measure of her own bravery to bear any burden, pay any price and claim the one man she adores as she becomes all that she desires.

 




Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Holiday Punch and a Christmas Romance Sale #Romance #QuarantineLife #Thanksgiving

 

This Thanksgiving is like no other. Our families are scattered across several states, so instead of flying or road-tripping to a holiday reunion, we’re connecting on Zoom for meal-prep Show and Tell and a game of Lotería. My bro-in-law collects goofy prizes—tacky Christmas tchotchkes, toys, candy. This year, we’ll get our prizes in the mail. And you know what? I’m okay with that. This pandemic forces us to get creative, and we’re actually gathering (albeit virtually) more frequently than in a “normal” year—whatever normal means anymore. We even put up a Thanksgiving tree with handprint turkeys from our family kiddos.

Christmas tree decorated with Thanksgiving turkeys

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I wish I had a steamy Thanksgiving scene to share with you, but I’ve totally neglected that holiday in my books. Ah well—since the Bangers Tavern series takes place in a bar, I’ll share a delicious sparkling punch I made last year for Thanksgiving—just enough alcohol to soothe your nerves when your crude uncle tells that awful joke again, but not so much that you’ll forget to take the pies out of the oven.

Prosecco Pomegranate Punch

·                  Seeds from a pomegranate

·                  A bottle of chilled Prosecco

·                  A bottle of sparkling cider—or half a bottle if you want more punch in your punch

·                  A good-sized glug of pomegranate juice—add and taste, then adjust to the level of tartness you like.

The original recipe, which I’ve tweaked, calls for freezing the pomegranate seeds in a ring mold and floating it in a punchbowl. I froze the seeds in ice cubes made from sparkling cider and served the punch in a pitcher. Delish!


Christmas Rekindled on Sale!

Just 99¢ through 12/4



Amazon reviewer Redi44Crew says:

I loved how the bar, Bangers, in this story is a third party to the main character’s romance. Just as Charlie must make the decision between her high-flying life back in Portland versus her down-to-earth options in Tacoma, Sixth Street is at a crossroads. The story wouldn’t be the same without the war against the gentrification of “proud to be weird” sixth street with its dive bars, retro shops, and vintage boutiques. My little Millennial heart was bursting at the seams with references to gourmet tater tots, mom & pop coffee shops, vintage gift shopping, and ugly sweaters. An updated, trendy holiday story sure to become a classic!

Overall, Christmas Rekindled is a holiday romance that brings the heat, the heart, and the funky vibes to capture the Millennial Christmas with 100% accuracy. It will pull your heartstrings, give you the giggles, raise your temperature, and reimagine your drink order with every chapter.

Get your copy from your favorite ebook retailer: https://books2read.com/b/3JjPxP

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! May the holiday season find you healthy, safe, well-fed, and with a huge pile of steamy romance books to keep you warm!




Monday, November 23, 2020

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

 Everyone is wrapping packages and mailing them to relatives and friends, especially this Christmas when Covid makes it hard or unsafe to be with our families. And the post office has some problems now so everyone is trying to get the packages off early. 

But as crazy as all of this it, things regarding the post office have been crazier in the past. It’s hard to believe but in 1913, a little over 100 years ago, when the parcel post service began in the US, people mailed babies. At least two children were mailed with stamps stuck on their clothes. I swear I’m not making this up. There’re actually pictures of mail carriers with children they delivered.

This inspires all sorts of ideas for books, especailly steampunk stories or those set in the early 1900s. A child could be sent by mail by the mother to the baby’s father, who didn’t know about the baby. A child could mail themselves to the North Pole so they could see Santa and get all the toys. A runaway child could even stamp themselves to go out west for adventure. A child could get delivered to the wrong address.

Western mail order brides could actually be sent by mail with stamps on their dresses or foreheads.  A mail order bride could be delivered to the wrong man. Instead of a train to deliver mail you can use an airship or a mail balloon to send stamped people about. And you certainly don’t have to keep this practice in the Edwardian era, you can move it to the Victorian era wild west.

A mailed woman or child could end up riding pillion with a pony express rider through Indian country. They could even ride on a stagecoach that carries mail.  If the train, stage or airship is held up by outlaws and a mailed person is taken as a hostage is that tampering with US mail? Would the Calvary be brought in to recover the stolen person or rather package? The ideas are endless.

Wood Guthrie wrote a cute song about this practice of mailing children.

This practice of mailing children is definitely one of those what were they thinking scenarios. In this case, what they were thinking was how to do something cheaper. How to get out of the cost of an expensive train ticket. The how to do something cheaper thought process often causes people to do strange things. As a writer, you can always use that idea for one of your characters and as a reader, it's a fun premise to read. ; It might be a challenge to come up with something crazier than mailing children but if you can think of it chances are someone has actually done it. For many people cheaper and easier seems to outweigh unresponsible and dangerous and leads people to make some pretty foolish mistakes. Also characters who always try to do things on the cheap can be fun for readers to read and for writers to create. 

And if you like to read Steampunk or Victorian comedy romance, here are two of mine that fit the bill.

The Brass Octopus

Spinster Librarian Piety Plunkett is happy alone with her books, until … 
Piety's sister transforms her with a bras octopus beautifying machine. With her new look, the librarian catches the lusty attentions of London’s most notorious rogue. Blake Blackmore enjoys the favors of beautiful women from the brothels of London to high society’s most fashionable debutantes but only the spinster librarian consumes his mind night and day. Piety insists she will not wed but devote her life to her position as head librarian, but Blake will stop at nothing to win her. He takes matters into his own hands and tutors her in carnal pleasure in three passion filled lessons. Now that she is sharing her body, instead of just her books, Piety is shocked yet pleased at how naughty she can be under Blake’s personal tutelage. But if anyone finds out about what goes on in the library after closing time, her reputation would be ruined. Is that Blake’ ultimate plan?

To Love A London Ghost

A Wild Ghost Chase
Queen Victoria orders the premiere phantom hunter, Sexton Dukenfield, to track down England’s missing ghosts. On the job, Sexton stumbles into Ceridwen, a phantom Celtic warrior woman. Not only does Sexton find her intriguing as a clue to the missing spirits, her sultry beauty haunts him as well. Though they both burn with desire, it’s difficult to quench their fiery passion since Ceridwen is so translucent.

On a mission through the bustling narrow streets of London, to a dreary match factory, and to the Otherworld and back to stop a genius scientist and his phantasm debilitater machine, the ghost and the ghost hunter also seek the secret …to freeing the boundaries of life and death. Is it possible…or just a wild ghost chase?

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Milestones

 

Today is my birthday. It’s always a milestone to celebrate another year. I’m healthy and have a wonderful family, so life is good. I usually make it a weeklong event. Okay, sometimes a month long one. It’s the simple things that make me happy. I’ll have a small cake, or a large cupcake, depending on my mood. I’ll buy a book, maybe visit a favorite store and treat myself to a small treasure. I’ll also look at the past year and see how I’ve changed and grown and contemplate the coming year.

 

I’ve recently celebrated another milestone—16 years as a published author and 106 books. October 27, 2020 marked 16 years since my first book Annabelle Lee (now available as Uncovering Annabelle) was released by Ellora’s Cave. It’s been a wild journey, filled with huge ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have missed a moment of it. I’m looking forward to what the next year brings.

 


And the release of IVAR’S ESCAPE, book 2 of the Assassins of Gravas series, earlier this month, makes it 107 books. I’m sharing a teaser below.

 

The American Thanksgiving is in a few days. Have a safe and wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

 

Ivar’s Escape

Assassins of Gravas, Book 2

 

Ivar el Gravaso—a prince of Gravas—wakes in a prison cell with no idea how he got there or even who he is. If his captor can’t get answers from Ivar, his days are numbered. When a strange woman sneaks into the prison and promises to get him out, he’s suspicious. Is this nothing more than another trick by his captor or is she truly there to help?

Delphi is an assassin sent by the Gravasian government to infiltrate the space pirate stronghold of Tortuga in search of the missing prince. She finds a prisoner who is well-spoken, knowledgeable, and ready to fight, even though he has no idea who he is. He might be her target. It’s difficult to tell due to his ragged appearance. But no way can she leave him behind, no matter who he is.

 

TEASER:

 

“I’m going to get you out of here.” Her words sent warmth to his heart.

 

“It’s too dangerous.” It was a miracle she hadn’t been found out.

 

“I won’t be caught. And if I am, I’m not without skills.”

 

He shook his head, not sure if she could see him. “The guards don’t have blasters, but they have knives and clubs and they’re big bastards.”

 

“And I’m deadlier than I look.” The air in front of him stirred as her dark hand came toward him. He flinched before he could stop himself. When she started to withdraw, he grabbed her fingers. She curled them into his, squeezing gently. “I’m going to get you out of here.”

 

The promise sank into his bones, strengthening them, firing his determination. “You can’t risk yourself. I don’t have much time left. Balthazar wants information I can’t give him. Even if I could remember it, I wouldn’t.”

 

“Not even to save yourself?”

 

He shook his head. “No, honor is everything.” He’d said it without thinking. It was part of the very fabric of his being. “Family and honor is all.”

 

Her fingers tightened around his. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Ivar.”

 

 

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Evernight Publishing: https://www.evernightpublishing.com/ivars-escape-by-n-j-walters/

 

 


 

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

                   

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Welcome to Sweet and Sexy Divas & This Week's Word

Hello Fans and Friends of Sweet and Sexy Divas, 

I like to post new words for everyone to learn. Whether you're a reader or a writer, we can all extend our knowledge by learning new words. Visuals help too. I hope you'll be able to use This Week's Word in your writing . . . or, if you're a reader, when you come across the word in a book you can say, "Hey, I know what that word means!

 


Hoise

Verb [hoyz]


Lift, raise, especially to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle.

You'll rarely encounter hoise in any of its regular forms: hoise, hoised, or hoising. But a variant of its past participle shows up fairly frequently as part of a set expression. That variant past participle is hoist. The expression is hoist with (or by) one's own petard, which means victimized or hurt by one's own scheme. This phrase owes it popularity to Shakespeare's Hamlet."For 'tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petar(d)." A petard is a medieval explosive.

Oh, and if you're playing scrabble this word is worth 7 points! How about that.

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I'd like to share with you one of most recent contemporary romance novellas - TRUTH OR DAIRE.

About the book: (for a few more days, this book is available in KDP

When the unthinkable happens and Cagney Kissler discovers her boyfriend, Daire Bembry, is a lying, two-timing cheater, she tosses him out on his a** and heads to Florida to mend her fractured heart.

The Villa Bay Resort is everything her best friend, Lily, told her it would be, and more. But the trendy, popular bar at the resort, known as Sleazy Swallows, is a little more than Cagney can stomach.

On her way out the door, she meets someone who shares her reservations about public sexual-indulgence. Evan might be just what she’s looking for, and even if he isn’t, she’ll show her ex the true meaning of Truth or Daire.

Stand-alone erotic romance. Happy Ending
 


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