Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a fabulous time last night (and aren’t nursing a hangover!).

Well today I’m doubly excited. My story that won the contemporary category in the Stroke of Midnight contest almost two years back (formally titled Grounds for Arousal) releases from Samhain Publishing today!

Dangerous Grounds is the first book in the Seattle Steam series. The second book, comes out in April!

Something’s hot in Seattle, and it’s not just the espresso.

Madison’s needs are simple. All she wants are two things: Make Ooo La Latté the newest trend in espresso, and seduce the sexiest cop in Seattle. But things aren’t going exactly as planned.

First, Gabe’s a little hung up on the fact that she’s his best friend’s little sister, and he’s determined to keep his hands off. Second, her shop gets robbed by the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, and now she’s the only one who can identify him.

Gabe whisks her into hiding for her own protection, but soon finds his heart is under assault by the luscious—and persistent— Madison. But no matter where they hide, danger follows.

On such dangerous grounds, the trick will be to live long enough to keep the flame alive.

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EXCERPT

He picked up the wide mug and brought it to his mouth. His lips pursed as his blew on the steaming liquid.

Madison’s gaze focused on those lips and she held back a groan. Just think, soon those lips could be all over my body.

He took a sip and then swallowed. His expression remained the same. Then he raised his gaze to her questioning stare and gave a brief smile.

“Um, I like what you did with the fresh chocolate on top.”

“Thanks. I’m a chocolate activist.”

Time to get him thinking about something besides coffee. Madison walked back toward the counter, making sure her elbow nudged the straws so they tumbled onto the floor.

“Oops, I swear I am so clumsy sometimes.” She bent over slowly and smiled as she felt her jeans pull downward with the motion. If she was correct—and from the sudden coolness on her bare skin she knew she was—her thong would be quite visible right now.

She picked up the straws, trying to figure out if his silence meant he was checking her out. She glanced over her shoulder to where he was sitting. Bingo. His eyes were focused very intently on her ass. They immediately shifted when he realized she had turned to look at him.

“It’s good, huh?” she asked and turned her attention back to the straws. “Your mocha.”

“It’s…pretty damn good.”

Madison clutched the straws in her hand and deposited them in the garbage.

She came back and sat beside him. He glanced everywhere but at her. His mocha, the door, the wall full of ceramic mugs.

“Gabe?”

His gaze turned to her, almost with reluctance.

“Can I get you anything else? Are you hungry? Do you want some biscotti? Maybe a bagel?” She ran her tongue over her bottom lip. “Or how about a blowjob?”

* * *

Lauren Dane (who I love and whose book Wolf Unbound also comes out today) gave me my first author quote…

“Shelli Steven’s Dangerous Grounds is one sexy read! Friends to lovers is one of my favorite themes and in Dangerous Grounds Stevens gives us a mouthwateringly masculine and sexy hero who’ll protect the heroine with his own life. Wonderful sexual tension, witty dialog and a well written suspense backstory team up to give readers a thrilling ride.”

All week long I’ll be posting excerpts, and stories of how this book came to be. If you want to pick up Dangerous Grounds, you can buy it at Samhain publishing here.

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I’m off today to Lacy Danes, where we’ll be hanging out with the kids. Once the kids pass out… it’s champagne, fondue, movies and then a write off (deadlines don’t stop for holidays!)

But, hey, you should really drop by Naughty and Spice where I put up a few of my New Year’s resolutions and shared a short video that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve. It’s from one of my favorite movies (anyone guessed what it is yet??) Click on the banner and you’ll be whisked away to the land of Naughty.

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Well I was going to take the weekend off from blogging, but I just received two great reviews that I wanted to share!! Seriously, this made my day, probably my weekend!

Thanks to Melisa at Euro-Reviews and both of her 5 flag reviews!

Love for Sale
Title: Love for Sale
Rating:
Heat Rating:
Reviewer: Melisa


Shelli’s hunks are sexy and melt you panties hot! Of course her being a new favorite of mine, I might be biased, but you can’t blame me. These men should come with a warning label. Again, she blew me away.


Title: Dating Season
Series:Season of Change
Rating:
Heat Rating:
Reviewer: Melisa


Fantastic! Shelli has done it again. I couldn’t put it down. Antonio is an Alpha male and isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. And he isn’t going to let anything stand in his way. Sexy and explosive are good descriptions for what happens between them. Top marks all around.


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I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by! The holiday season is pretty much over and 2008 in just days away!!! I’m busy making New Year’s resolutions and getting excited for New Year’s Eve. Lacy Danes and I are going to spend it together. We have kids around the same age, so we love to get them together and plus that gives us time to hang out. We’re thinking good food, good wine, and lots of writing (all after the kids pass out!). Not the most wild or exciting New Year’s Eve plan, but when you’re two single moms, hey, it works!

But that’s not the only reason I’m excited for New Years. Did I happen to mention I have a book coming out on New Years day? I do! And I’m so excited! Here’s another peek at my book Dangerous Grounds, and what Lauren Dane (an author I truly admire) had to say about it!

Something’s hot in Seattle, and it’s not just the espresso.

Madison’s needs are simple. All she wants are two things: Make Ooo La Latté the newest trend in espresso, and seduce the sexiest cop in Seattle. But things aren’t going exactly as planned.

First, Gabe’s a little hung up on the fact that she’s his best friend’s little sister, and he’s determined to keep his hands off. Second, her shop gets robbed by the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, and now she’s the only one who can identify him.

Gabe whisks her into hiding for her own protection, but soon finds his heart is under assault by the luscious—and persistent—Madison. But no matter where they hide, danger follows.

On such dangerous grounds, the trick will be to live long enough to keep the flame alive.

“Shelli Steven’s Dangerous Grounds is one sexy read! Friends to lovers is one of my favorite themes and in Dangerous Grounds Stevens gives us a mouthwateringly masculine and sexy hero who’ll protect the heroine with his own life. Wonderful sexual tension, witty dialog and a well written suspense backstory team up to give readers a thrilling ride.” Lauren Dane, author of Samhain’s Chase brothers series.

I’ll be posting fun facts and excerpts about the book all next week, so be sure to check back.

Hope you all have a wonderful and fabulous weekend and New Year’s if I don’t talk to you before then!

Fortune Cookie Thursday will resume next week since I did not have lunch with grams yesterday :) Actually all week has been a bit sans theme, but we’ll be back on track in the New Year!


Sooo I have this editor, Laurie M. Rauch, and she goes by grammargeek, right? Well, now I’m giving her the alter ego of technogeek. Because Laurie, who must have seen my mournful status on Yahoo, or MySpace, or just read my blog, approached me with the offer to walk me through my MP3 player. I’m thrilled to say that as of last night I now have 25 songs on there!!! Yaaaaay! Yaaaay! Thanks, Laurie! You’re the best.

I took the kid to see Alvin and the Chipmunks. It’s so funny, because those guys were huge in my childhood. To see the movie brought it all back. Though I kept waiting for the girl chipmunks to show up. Sigh. They never did. But it was a cute movie. The kid did considerably better at her third movie… if you don’t count the five bathroom breaks.

I’m starting to get back into the work mode again, post holiday and all. I think one more day and I’ll be good to go! It’s been nice to spend some time away from my computer…although it’s kind of like having a missing limb. I keep looking for it like it’s still attached to me. Go figure.

Have a great Thursday!

Well I had an absolutely wonderful Christmas. Lots of build up and excitement. And what made it perfect was the fact that it actually snowed yesterday! We don’t usually get much snow and so to have it happen on Christmas was amazing! My daughter is at the age where she gets excited about Santa and presents.

I have to say I was really blessed this year! And it was the year of technology to be given. From amazing friends and family I received…

A new and fabulous (and way easier and quicker) digital camera

A small and fabulous DVD player (really, I’ve been playing videos)

And an MP3 player that I picked out but have no idea how to work. (I want to hurl it through a window and scream for it to die).

Did I mention I’m technology challenged? Cause I am. Totally. THIS is when I wish I had a man who could say, “Look, honey. All you gotta do is this…” Instead, I’ll continue to beat my head into the wall and hope something starts to make sense. Or call up a friend who might have a clue. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t depend on a guy (cause they could be just as clueless) but I’m old fashioned.

I also received a lot of girly lotion stuff, gift cards to bookstores, and Starbucks gift cards to last me until…well, okay, the way I drink it? A couple weeks. If that. Santa gave my daughter a Thomas the Train laptop, and she’s in heaven. She gets to sit by mommy while we both work on our computers! *Grin* And this morning I braved the mall and went to try on a new pair of jeans… I’m down a size! (A little tight, but ya know, it’s all good. It motivates me to keep going!)

So how was your holiday if you celebrated?


Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. Prior to the creation of the story of Twas the night before Christmas, St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers! The author of the poem Twas the night before Christmas was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem.

If you’d like to see a naughtier version of this poem, visit Naughty and Spice–but, I’ll warn you, it’s not for the easily offended!

For the purists, here for you enjoyment is Twas the Night before Christmas.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”


Favorite Movie Lines Sunday

One of my favorite holiday movie quotes will come from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!


Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.

So last night I hung out with a group of people for my friend’s birthday. We ate food we shouldn’t have, but it was a lot of fun. Afterward we went to see a chick flick P.S. I love you. I figured it would be a cute little light hearted romance. Hmm. Not so much. Bring tissue.

Let me try and sum it up. If you’re mad at your boyfriend/hubby, this is the perfect revenge flick to take him to. Seriously, the guys on dates I could see them looking at the Exit frequently, as the tension in their shoulders became visibly obvious. And I swear I could hear their thoughts. She’d better put out tonight. What the hell did I do to deserve this? I paid how much to watch this?

I wouldn’t say I hated the movie, though I am a bit on the fence about it. It was just completely not what I expected. OH! Though I must say I never really got that whole fascination with Gerard Butler, but let me say that tonight…I got it. Mmm. What have I been missing?

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Well, next week is Christmas. And I am DONE shopping :) From tomorrow on it’s just one party after another. Family, friends, and such. I’m so excited! I love this time of year…and yet I hate it for other reasons. The tempt-me-with-bad food-until-my-arse-has-expanded-to-blimp-size
-proportions part of this year can really suck quite a bit.

On another note, my daughter just watched Mary Poppins for the first time tonight…and honestly so did I. I had seen various short clips, but never the full thing. I used to brush off this movie as creepy (ok and it still has its moments) but tonight I realized it’s rather fascinating and makes you kind of happy. Yes. Shelli JUST discovered why M.P. is a classic. *Grin*

Happy Friday!