Saturday, June 29, 2013

My Sexy Saturday -- BODY HEAT

I'm trying something new and am participating in a blog hop today. I hope I do this right! Thanks to Lynn Crain and her My Sexy Saturday site.

I am posting 7 sexy paragraphs today from my latest release, BODY HEAT. Here is the set-up for the scene:

All Blaire Kincaid really wants is to make her father proud. So far, though, her track record isn’t so good. That’s why she takes the case from Reva MacGlenary, one of the richest women in the area, to find Reva’s long lost nephew. The advance she gave her and the promise of more to come, should Blaire be successful in finding the black sheep family member, would go a long way on getting her new Private Investigator business up and going. So, using her newly polished P.I. skillset, she heads out to find the long missing Darian MacGlenary.

But Darian doesn’t want to be found. And when he sees her traipsing up his Appalachian holler, he wonders what a girl like her is doing in his neck of the woods. The burly and bearded mountain man has tucked himself far into the backwoods on purpose—he doesn’t want to see anyone. Man. Woman. Especially not a woman. But coming, she is, and for him.

When a chilled and ill Blaire arrives, followed by an early winter snowstorm, things heat up. Darian battles not only the ghosts of his past looming large in the small cabin, but also the woman who haunts every hot and bothered night they spend together within its four walls.

The following passage is the last 7 paragraphs of Chapter One....

He bristled upon hearing her mumble the man’s name in her semi-conscious state. He might have to endure the invasion of this woman into his home and his life—if only brief at that—but he didn’t want to have to endure the moaning of a woman for her man while she was here.

Darian ran a hand under the blanket to check the condition of her legs and feet and knew they were still entirely too cold. He raced to the fire, snatched the heated towels off the chairs, and crossed the room once more. He peeled her covers back long enough to wrap the warmed towels around her feet and legs and then replaced them.

She coughed again, still shivering, and Darian looked to her face. He didn’t want to do it, not really, but he knew he was going to have to. Needed to. It might mean her life. She had to get warm. He had to bring her temperature up.

Body heat.

Darian removed his heavy flannel shirt and laid it on the foot of the bed. His boots came next—he left his socks on—then he removed his own denim jeans. Stepping a few steps away to a pile of laundry on top of an ancient chest of drawers, Darian picked up a pair of insulated long johns and put them on. As he padded back to the bed, he still reasoned with himself that it was the right thing to do. Then as he looked into her pitifully beautiful face, he knew. It was the right thing to do. And she would thank him for it when she woke up. Right?

Darian slipped between the covers, pulled her cold and shivering body next to his, and wrapped his arms around her upper body, turning her into him, searing his warm naked chest against her frigid breasts as he tucked her into the nest he made for her within his arms; then he threw one leg over her towel-covered legs, pulling her even closer into the warmth his body offered.

Yes, he thought, as he drew in the strawberry essence of her hair, she would thank him in the morning.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A brand new release (from an old, old story...)

One of my favorite scenarios for a romance novel is when hero and heroine are forced to spend time together in a place they cannot leave. And of course, they are not liking each other very much when they get stuck together -- wherever that might be. Elevator. A stranded yacht in the middle of the ocean. An hour long cab ride. A cabin in a winter snowstorm.

I love when that happens. Apparently, I loved it so much, I wrote a story about that last scenario -- the cabin. I'm sure it's been done a thousand times or more.

But this story is mine. MINE! And I am quite fond of it.

BODY HEAT, which released yesterday, is part of the new VINTAGE Category Romance line at Turquoise Morning Press. It is a story that I originally wrote back in the 90s. Yes, a while ago. Back in the late 90s, I published my first book with Kensington, and I believe this story was written about that same time. I didn't have much success pushing it out there. I remember I wrote it with Harlequin Presents in mind, and even sent it off to the UK with grand hopes that it would be perfect.

It wasn't. Okay....

Fast-forward several years while life marches on, and this particular manuscript lay trapped in the bowels of an old Mac computer, circa 1992 aka FLOPPY DISKS, and the like. I stewed over it, because the computer appeared dead, but I had these disks, and they were full of stories...  I took them to a Mac shop; they said they couldn't read them. I bought a floppy disk reader that connected to my PC. It worked, sorta...  But I had to somehow connect to the old Mac for things to finally work. I don't remember exactly how I did it, and I don't want to have to replicate the process in the future, but 10 years after I wrote the book and thought it long gone, I suddenly had it back.

And... another one, too!

I didn't immediately set out to rewrite. Things happen, life progressed, and a few years later FINALLY I started rewriting, revising and editing this story. It wasn't titled BODY HEAT then. It was something hokey like, "No Man's Land," I think. BODY HEAT came to me just a couple of months ago, while doing final edits.

I really like this story. I had forgotten that it has Beauty and the Beast elements. I love the scenes with hero/heroine in the cabin -- the high sexual tension rippling throughout as Blaire and Darian explore this love-hate thing between them.

I'm happy that BODY HEAT finally has its day! It always scares me a little bit when a new book comes out -- fear of failure, I guess -- but the energy that I get from a new release is addictive, and I'm ready to do it again. My next release will be sometime in the fall (gee, that seems so far away!)

BODY HEAT is available now at the publisher website, and several other online retailers. More coming soon. You can read more about BODY HEAT, and chapter one, by visiting my website

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Herding the dust bunnies...

Not only the physical ones but the virtual ones.

Last week I cleaned my day job office -- filing, shredding, recycling, etc...  Felt good to work in a clean and organized office. I had fully intended to give my home office and my entire house the same treatment this weekend.

Didn't happen.

Instead, I did some other computer work and then when that was finished, decided to revamp my website. So, that's what I did. But honestly, there were a lot of dust bunnies there that needed to be taken care of, as well.

Like, the Coming Soon spot on the site needed updating. I mean, I have a THIS WEEK release and didn't even have the cover up there yet. Gah! I need to get organized and clear the clutter.

So I dug in. I decided that my website looked like an 80s style dining room with bad wall paper border. Oh, it wasn't really that bad (I don't think) but the mauve and gold needed a freshening up. I was not real fond of the decorating schemes in the 80s, anyway.

It's still a work in progress but you can check out the progress here, if you want. And I'll be needing to further update this blog too. Like, the header needs an overhaul, since I matched the colors here, to the web site. Right now we'll keep with the plain "Maddie James Blog" thingie above.

Looks classy, eh?

Now, I suppose I have to blog. That's been a pitiful attempt lately, if you can even call posting some infographics blogging. (Sigh) All of this sprucing up and herding of dust bunnies should not go for naught though, right? Well, stay tuned. Well see....

p.s. Please just ignore the dust bunnies if you see them. I'm trying to take care of them. Truly.