TAKE ME AWAY contest!
To celebrate the upcoming release of my first Aphrodisia title, Take Me, I’m holding my biggest contest yet! I want to get the word out about my book, and I need your help!
ENTERING THE CONTEST
To enter the contest, copy the code (click on ’share’) of the graphic above and post it to your Facebook, Blog, Myspace, Website, or any of the options that are offered in the graphic. Come back and leave a comment in this very post with a link to your blog entry or wherever you’ve posted the graphic and your answer to the following question: If you could close your eyes and just be Taken Away somewhere at this moment, where would you go?
If for some reason you are unable to post the graphic, just blog about my contest or post about it on Facebook or Myspace or in a group somewhere. Just tell me where you’ve posted about it and provide a link to it, even if I can’t go there to check it out. But of course, I’m hoping you can share the link since I just adore the graphic Frauke made me!
The winner of the First and Second prize will be announced the morning of August 2nd. This contest is open to both authors and readers alike!
MONTH LONG BOOK GIVEAWAY!
I’m also going to be giving away books by other authors during the month of this contest on my blog! So be sure to check back often! The winner will be posted the morning after, in the comments section in daily drawing. Because of the time it takes, I do not track down winners, so be sure to come back and check to see if you won!
AUGUST 1ST NEWSLETTER CONTEST
All members of my newsletter will be automatically entered in a special surprise contest. The winner will be drawn on August 2nd! Sign up for my newsletter
Because of the nature of some of these books, you must be at least 18 to enter! By entering this contest you’re stating that you are at least 18 years of age.
This contest is open to residents both inside and outside the U.S. (If for some reason the Amazon/LUSH gift certificates cannot be sent outside the U.S., alternate prize will be decided upon!).
Winners are drawn randomly. I will be sending out books to winners for the book giveaway on my blog once a week (so I’m not at the post office every day!). Because of the time it takes, I do not track down winners, so be sure to come back and check to see if you won!
Everyone over the age of eighteen is eligible for this contest, including authors and professionals in the publishing industry (we’re all readers!).
Have fun and thanks for entering! (And by the way, if your comment doesn’t show up right away, it likely got stuck in the spam filter and I’ll pluck it out!)
I’m also at the Aphrodisia blog asking you all ‘who said I love you first’. Come on by!
Welcome to Snippet Saturday! Today’s theme is ‘food scene’. Check out my excerpt from Trust and Dare and then visit the other blogs below!
TRUST AND DARE Food excerpt:
The memory of what had happened not even an hour ago had her heart thudding faster and heat moving throughout her body again. Food, Abby, he’s asking if you want food.
“I am a little hungry,” she admitted. “Before I…did the prank, I was out with some friends.”
He opened the fridge. “Ah, what were you girls up to? Clubbing?”
She gave a slight smile. “There’s a place we like to go dancing every now and then. But I actually prefer a night at The Lounge, watching a good jazz act. Grinding on the dance floor with some sweaty guy who’s trying to get into my pants has never really appealed to me.”
“I hear ya.”
“What,” Abby laughed and glanced at him through her lashes. “You’re not into grinding with men on the dance floor?”
His laughter mixed with hers. “Can’t say that I’ve tried it. But I’m not big on the whole club scene either. There was a time when it was all I did—that’d be my first four years in the service.”
The reminder that he was in the military sent a slow tension coiling through her body. “How long…have you been in?”
“Ten years. I joined after I finished college.”
Her eyebrows rose. “I’m impressed. Most people join to get help with college. You joined after?”
He nodded, pulling a brick of cheese from the fridge and then a bottle of wine. “Three generations of the men in my family have all joined. I grew up knowing I’d join up someday. I just decided to put college first—I got a full ride on a football scholarship.”
Now why didn’t that surprise her? Abby ran her gaze over his shoulders again and bit her lip to keep from sighing.
“So you’re career military?”
Her stomach sank a little. What, were you hoping he’d only be in for a short stint so you could justify getting serious with him? Dream on, Abby. You know what you’re getting into this weekend. Don’t get attached.
Mason held up the bottle of wine. “Do you like cheese? And is red wine okay?”
She smiled, forcing away the cloud of reality that threatened their intimate moment. “I’m addicted to cheese, and you score points on the red wine. Actually, I finish each day with a glass of red wine and a square of dark chocolate.”
“Nice. I can do the wine, but I don’t keep any chocolate in the house.” He winked and began to slice the cheese.
Abby watched his hands, big with long thick fingers, slicing the cheese with quick strokes. When he’d laid out a good amount of slices, he reached into the cupboard and pulled out a loaf of bread. He made quick time cutting chunks of the dark rye and then arranging them next to the cheese.
“Man, you’re kind of good at that,” she murmured.
“That’s another thing about my family. We like to cook.” He set the plate on the counter that separated the kitchen from the living room. “Dig in. I’ll pour you some wine.”
“Thank you.” She snagged a piece of cheese and took a bite just as her stomach growled. Wincing, she looked up to see if he’d heard, but he was busy filling her glass of wine. She really should’ve grabbed a snack after the club.
“Is it good?” He handed her a glass of wine.
“It’s really good.” She took a sip of wine, closing her eyes as the liquid warmed her body. “Mmm. Thank you, Mason.”
The man had a certain class that she hadn’t expected. Then again, she’d never given him the chance to find out otherwise.
“You’re welcome, Abby.”
Her name on his lips was sweet and sensual. He walked around the counter and stood next to her. Abby’s fingers trembled and she dropped the cheese onto the plate.
He lifted his own wine glass and tapped hers. “Here’s to a weekend that should have happened a month ago.”
He held her gaze while they both took a sip of wine, and her knees went weak at the intent in his eyes. She lowered her gaze and picked up another piece of cheese.
Mason walked across the room and turned on the stereo, filling the room with the smooth notes of Miles Davis.
“So, tell me, Abby,” he murmured, moving slowly back towards her. “What happened in the field tonight—was it too much for you?”
“Too much?” Her voice sounded hoarse to her own ears. “What do you mean?”
He lifted a piece of bread to her mouth and she parted her lips, closing her teeth over it. While she ate it, he tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.
“I mean was I too aggressive for you?”
Did he mean the whole dominating thing? Her nipples tightened and she forced the bread down her throat. Too aggressive? Hardly. An unknown, untapped fantasy was more like it. And maybe that’s what this weekend should be about. Having fun and exploring her every desire.
“No, you weren’t too aggressive, Mason.” She met his gaze. “I liked it. I liked it a lot.”
Mason caught his breath. God, she was so damn sexy. He wanted her again. Maybe he was acting like a kid given a shopping spree in a candy store, but he planned on taking full advantage of the deal they’d made. Especially now, after her bold confession.
“Good.” He took the glass of wine out of her hand and set it down on the counter next to his own.
“Take off your shirt, Abby.”
Her eyes widened and she licked her lips. “Now?”
She’d given him the go ahead, let’s see how far she’d let him take it. “Well, you did agree to play by my rules. You’re not going to break that little bargain of ours just yet, are you? I might have to spank that sweet ass of yours.”
Her lips curled upward and her tongue darted across her mouth. “Oh, well now…that might be kind of fun.”
Okay so I had a pretty decent weekend. Well, besides that whole part where I went to the ER after placing a contact full of ear piercing cleanser on my eyeball. Oh, and then that part where my daughter did a face plant into a jetty rock on the beach. Never seen so much blood come out of my kid….but yeah, it was good otherwise. I got out of town for a bit, and my cousin from Vegas is visiting. Good times!
And I’ve had a couple of reviews come in for Take Me! (Oooh so soon until it’s release!) Did you know I’ll be holding a fabulous contest starting in the next couple of weeks? You’ll want to check back! Anyway, back to the reviews! Here’s what’s being said so far…
After years as a slave to the pleasures of the powerful, Talia knows how to make a man mad with lust. But her pleasure counts for nothing—until a handsome, ruthless stranger appears. Ryder dares to look at her… to touch her… to awake in her a desire she’s never imagined. When he kidnaps her to learn her secrets, Talia vows not to let her passion take control. But soon she discovers that her captor’s intense gaze and searching hands can perform their own kind of interrogation, a sweet torture she finds impossible to resist…
“I always enjoy a little sci-fi intrigue mixed in with some very hot romance, and Take Me is a wonderful combination… a little something to spice up your life, and put a smile on your face.” Lototy, Coffee Time Romance
“…the sex scenes between the lead characters are plentiful and surprisingly well done.” Romantic Times
Not to mention the lovely quotes other authors have given me!
“Stevens is a provocative new voice in erotic romance. Take Me will leave you breathless.” – USA Best Selling author Jaid Black
“Shelli Stevens’ vision of future worlds is powerful and sexy. Hang on! This is a scorcher.” Author, Bonnie Edwards
“A sizzling and emotional tale of a woman’s journey from captivity to strength, freedom and love. Couldn’t put it down!” Author, Susan Lyons
“Enter the lush erotic world of ‘Take Me’ by Shelli Stevens-you’ll be instantly hooked.” Author, Kate Pearce
Take Me is available for pre-order now at Amazon and other online bookstores! Or if you’d like to read an excerpt, click right on over here.
Welcome to another Snippet Satuday! Today’s snippets are ‘Heroine Seduction Fail’ theme. My excerpt is from my Samhain Book Dangerous Grounds! Enjoy, and then go do some blog hopping!
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
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?”
Gabe bit back a groan. Thank God his lower body was hidden under the table, so that Madison couldn’t see the way his cock jumped to immediate attention.
“I don’t drink,” he answered.
Her laugh turned husky. “I don’t sell alcohol.”
He knew he shouldn’t have come today. He had every intention of not coming this weekend. But then he’d had a reason to come and he’d searched his house like an idiot trying to find that business card she’d handed him. For the life of him, he couldn’t remember that reason now.
And, God, was he going to pay for it. Just leave. Say no, and leave. Or he could just pretend she hadn’t said that last bit.
She looked surprised, almost offended. “A…bagel?”
Maddie narrowed her eyes and leaned forward. “Okay, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m not being subtle here, Gabe. What’s the problem?”
Damn, she was aggressive. The blatant invitation made him grow harder. His hands itched to pull her onto his lap and rip the They’re Real shirt off her full breasts and feel for himself. But that wasn’t going to happen. He’d tempted fate enough by coming here, and damn it, he had to get out while he still could.
“I appreciate your directness, Maddie.” He tried an apologetic smile, but his words were obviously not what she wanted to hear. “And I’d hoped to save you some embarrassment by not answering your question.”
“So you won’t consider having sex with me?” she demanded, standing and walking toward the door.
“That’s not it,” he answered in a tight voice, watching as her breasts jiggled with each movement. “A man would have to be an idiot to not want to have sex with you.”
“All right, and we both know you’re not an idiot. So, what’s the problem?” She reached the door and flipped off the light switch, making the room dark except for the neon glow from the grocery store sign across the street.
Ah, shit, what was she up to now? He sighed, trying to keep his frustration at bay. “Look, Maddie, of course I want to have sex with you. You’re a desirable woman. But I’m not going to do it. It’s just not worth the trouble it’ll create.”
“That’s so sweet. You sure know how to charm a woman. Good thing I’m a guarantee.” She gave him a brief smile. “Is this about my brother?”
Too tired to blog anything fabulous, so I thought I’d just share a song I love.
The song alone can bring me to tears (and so can the video, because come on, that movie can make a grown man sob!) So if you haven’t heard this song, you need to! It’s called Now We are Free by Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard and it’s from the Gladiator soundtrack.
Oh…and can I also say that I still lust after Joaquin Pheonix in this movie. Even if he’s the dirty, evil bad guy? He’s just so hot.