For the moment, let's pretend this place is mine.
I'd like to imagine the wonderful days I'd spend walking (or riding) the grounds, roaming through the nicely appointed rooms - hey, if there isn't Louis XIV furniture in this place, I'm not staying there - being waited on hand and foot by servants.
Ah, the life.
Let's be realistic though. It probably costs a couple of million just to heat the place in winter, tend to the grounds and fix all those crumbling old stones, but one can dream, can't they?
Unless I can wave my magic wand or cast a spell, a place like that isn't in my future. However, for one of my newest characters, Becca Salt, it might happen.
Note, I said might. You see, Becca's a bit of a lousy witch even though she owns and operates a makeover service for supernatural beings called From Crud to Stud. When the going gets tough, she usually has to ask her mom for a little advice when it comes to potions or spells that work. Just ask Eric, a descendant of Cupid who comes to Becca's place for a makeover - not to suppress his beast - to release it. Seems Eric's just too nice of a guy when the ladies want bad boys.
Not Becca. She thinks Eric's great just as he is - hot, funny, tall, and built for action.
Freeing the Beast, book one of my Taming the Beast series is out March 10. Here's the cover art and a blurb to give you an idea of the story.
No more Mr. Nice Guy.
Taming the Beast, Book 1
Magic is Becca Salt’s business, but it ain’t happening in her bedroom. The half-witch proprietress of From Crud to Stud performs miracle makeovers for paranormal creatures. Once she’s done with them, they’re out the door hunting for hot babes, not hanging around for a too-curvy, plain Jane like her.
Her newest client is hot, hung, mouthwatering perfection. What could she possibly improve upon?
Eric Diletto. Descendant of Cupid, bred for courtship, courtesy, and all that other gentlemanly junk. What has it gotten him? Dumped time and again for bad boys. He needs Becca’s help for an entirely different reason—regression therapy to release his inner beast. Grrrr.
Two potions later, they’re crawling all over each other. Becca aches for a man who loves her as she is, not because he’s under the influence. But Eric isn’t as impaired as she thinks. And he intends to take Becca here, there, and everywhere—anything to convince her his desire isn’t just the potions talking.
A witchdoctor’s nightmare. Contains potions with weird side effects, a sorceress with limited magical skills and a yearning heart, plus a minor god who wants to get down and dirty. Bad, bad boy!
About Me (You know you want to know!):
I’m an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, and Kensington. Yay! Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work, and trust me, I’m forever grateful for that. I’ve had my books reach finals in the EPIC competition, one title was named Book of the Year at a review site, and others have won awards in RWA-sponsored contests. I’m actually featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Talk about feeling like a freaking star. Before my writing career, I was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company. Outside of being an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, I’ve flown a single-engine plane (scary stuff), rewired an old house using an electricity for dummies book, and have been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally whenever I’m eating anything Mexican or Italian. Yeah, I like to eat (burp).
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