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So, I don’t know what’s going on, but please do NOT buy Taught by the Tycoon on Barnes and Noble. They’re still sending out the pre-order version and have not uploaded the new version. I’ve asked them to take it off sale completely, but they haven’t done it yet. If you bought the book there, please email me at shelli@shellistevens.com and I’ll send you a copy via email! So sorry! This is embarrassing and I feel awful for those who bought it/pre-ordered it!

Today I’m giving a peek at Good Girl Gone Plaid, the first book in my series The McLaughlins. It’s free at:

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GoodGirlGonePlaid300(1)Falling for the bad boy is even more dangerous the second time around.

The McLaughlins, Book 1

In high school Sarah fell for her best friend’s older brother—one of the sexy, Scottish McLaughlin boys. But a painful betrayal showed her she’d been a fool to give her heart to a bad boy. At least it made it easier to leave him and move halfway around the world when her Navy dad got stationed in Japan.

Eleven years later, the death of her grandmother has forced Sarah back to Whidbey Island for a month. It’s the length of time she must stay in her inherited house before she’s allowed to sell it, take the money and run. But when she sees Ian, bad as ever and still looking like sin on a stick, she can’t keep her mouth from watering.

One look at Sarah stirs up the regret lingering in Ian’s heart—and never-forgotten desire lingering in his body. He should walk away, especially since divorced single mothers aren’t his style. But when she starts showing up at his family’s pub, he can’t resist a little casual seduction for old time’s sake.

One thing quickly becomes clear, though. The heat between them is causing an avalanche of secrets and betrayal and nothing will ever be the same.

Warning: A bad-boy hero who’s good with his hands, a heroine who’s trying to be good. Contains liberal consumption of Scotch whisky, a Highland Games competition, men in kilts wielding large poles, and a potential Sarah McLaughlin of the non-musical kind.

EXCERPT

Outside in the sun, Sarah struggled for her eyes to adjust as she dug in her purse for her keys.

“Always on the run, I see.”

Her fingers wrapped around the keys just as the soft, lilting voice reached her ears.

Dammit, he’d followed her outside? Heart thumping and mouth dry, she waited for
Kenzie or Aleck’s voice to demand he come back inside. But there was nothing, just silence.

As the seconds ticked by, her disbelief grew. She had to face him. Alone. Sarah turned around, struggling desperately not to let every emotion rushing through her reflect on her face.

“What do you want?” She’d meant to say something clever. Flippant. Not only had she not managed to, but her question was almost a plea, infused with a faint anguish that was chronic when she thought of him.

His lopsided smile fell back into a grim slash and his gaze darkened. “Now there’s a loaded question, aye?”

“Not really, no.” She clenched her hands around her keys and turned away to unlock the door. “It should be fairly simple.”

His hand fell past her to the door, holding it closed. “Well it’s not. We should talk.”

A laugh of disbelief ripped from her, but then it died and her throat went tight. “You want to talk? About what?”

“Fuck. I’m not even sure anymore.”

Really that shouldn’t shock her. He was making trouble, just because it’s what he did best. “I’m only here for a month. Can we just make it a point to avoid each other?”

“How very adult of us,” he mocked.

She spun around to face him, not bothering to hold back the frustration. “Maybe it isn’t, but I think we said everything that needed to be said eleven years ago…” She trailed off as his expression slid from mocking to dark. Bitter.

“Aye,” he said with deceptive softness. “Eleven years ago you were quite thorough in telling me how you really felt.”

She could feel her cheeks flushing at the memory of that day—at the alternate personality she’d seemed to instantly develop. She smothered the quick rise of regret and guilt—because her words had been well deserved. Hadn’t they?

“Which means there’s not a lot left to say, right?” She pushed his arm away from her car door and succeeded in opening it this time. “Go back inside, Ian. I’m sure your bimbo girlfriend is getting lonely.”

“Ouch.” He gave a harsh laugh, but didn’t stop her. “You’re really quite good with the barbed insults for someone who tries hard to be known as the nice girl.”

A response was on her tongue, but she refused to let it fly. Instead she climbed into her car, shut the door and drove off a moment later.

In the rearview she watched him move back into the pub, and she bit her lip.

He wanted to turn this on her? Make her look like the evil bitch? It wasn’t fair. But then it’d never been fair.

“He’s an asshole,” she whispered. “He’ll always be an asshole.”

When tears filled her eyes, she gave a growl of dismay. She wouldn’t cry over him. Not again.

You’re signed up to receive my newsletter, aye? If not, there’s still time before the next one comes out next week! I always give you the scoop on my books, signings, and all that fun stuff. Fun stuff including PRIZES. Next week, along with the usual prizes, I’ll be giving away this super fun Scottish/romance themed gift. It includes a Scottish Breakfast Selection from Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company, a romance reading rubber ducky, an “I <3 reading” charm, and an autographed copy of Good Girl Gone Plaid. This is being given away to one fabulous newsletter subscriber.

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So I have a paranormal series which is still mostly undiscovered, which makes me  because I LOVE it (some of my favorite stuff I wrote!). Which is why I’m super excited that book one is now free and can hopefully find its way onto readers of people who like paranormal books! So today I’m featuring a peek at Savage Hunger and if you know know paranormal fans, please let them know it’s free at:

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The man who vows to protect her may be her biggest threat.

savagehungerBook 1 in the Savage Series
Being the daughter of a world-renowned scientist, Sienna Peters has struggled to carve out her own career in the field. But her world is sent spinning when she discovers a secret species being held in the lab where she works, and the horrible things being done to them. Compelled to do more than hand off an information-packed jump drive to her father, she sets out to free the creatures.

The minute his team enters the compound, federal agent Warrick Donovan knows their mission will have more trouble than they bargained on. Unfortunately, trouble comes in the form of Sienna Peters, the younger sister of his close friend. Now not only does he need to save her pretty ass, he needs to discover just how involved she is with the imprisonment of the shifters.

Sienna knows she should trust no one–not even the man she might still love. But as the danger escalates and past passion ignites, her heart has other ideas. Even when the shroud of mystery is ripped off more than one stunning truth…The man who vows to protect her may be her biggest threat.

EXCERPT:
Warrick pressed himself against the wall and took another step toward her. He had to move fast. The woman, though still a good distance away, kept pausing and glancing around. And though he didn’t doubt for a moment he could easily take the petite gal, the fact that she appeared jumpy and wielded a knife made her unpredictable.

For a moment he thought she saw him—she stared down the hall where he stood in a dark shadow and seemed to hesitate—but then she turned and continued toward the hostages.

He kept his breathing shallow. The likelihood that she could see him was slim. He was covered in black from head to toe, with just his face exposed, and he was standing in a corner of the lab where the lighting was out, blending easily with the shadows.

Another ear-splitting scream ripped through the building and the woman jerked, sending the knife skittering across the floor.

It was the only opening he needed. Warrick reholstered the Glock, lunged away from the wall and went for her.

The woman didn’t even see him coming. She was leaning down to grab the knife when his arms locked around her waist and he knocked them both to the floor.

His palm slipped over her mouth, smothering the scream that erupted past her lips.

She bucked beneath him, the soft curve of her bottom grinding into his hips as her muffled cries of fear left hot puffs of air on his hand.

Jesus, she needed to stay the hell still. Warrick ground his teeth together, trying not to think about the softness of her body as he let his full weight pin her to the ground, making any movement on her part impossible.

He used his free hand to touch the communication button near his ear. “Tango apprehended.”

Lowering his head so that his mouth was just above the pale curve of her ear, he muttered, “Any more weapons on you, Cinderella?”

Another warm puff of air caressed his hand as she replied with what sounded like some kind of expletive. His lips curved into a humorless smile as he moved his hand down her side, searching for more weapons. Who was she? And more importantly, why was she here?

“I think you came to the wrong party, princess.”

He patted down her side, pressing firmly against the smooth fabric of her gown to check for more weapons. It became difficult to breathe as he slid his hand down her tiny waist and inward.

Warrick eased his weight off her just enough to maneuver his hand up her front, shutting his brain off from anything but finding more hidden weapons. The woman began to struggle again, her muffled cries outraged when she realized where his hand was traveling.

“Just need to make sure you’re not armed.” This time his lips brushed the soft curve of her ear.

An electric current ran through him and his eyelids narrowed as he breathed in the perfume she wore. Some kind of spicy vanilla scent. Sweet, sexy…and somewhat familiar. A memory tingled in the back of his head, but before he could acknowledge it pain rocketed through his hand.

“Shit!” He pulled at his hand, but her teeth followed, piercing the skin until he felt the wet trickle of blood.

“The hell you bite me,” he snarled.

Warrick flexed his hips against her, grinding her lower body hard to hold her still against the concrete floor, and used his free hand to grab the back of her hair.

His fingers wrapped in the knot on top of her head, grabbing her hair and jerking her head backward.

She eased her bite, opening her mouth and unclamping her teeth, before finally crying out in frustration and pain. Her furious scream pierced the air of the hallway, echoing in the building and setting off the hostages, their enraged howls starting up once more.

Warrick cursed and clamped his palm across her mouth again. “Bite me again and I swear to fucking God you’ll regret it.”

“Donovan, is that the tango? You need backup?”

Warrick’s lips tightened at the amusement in Larson’s tone as his voice came through the earpiece. He pressed the button to reply. “Under control.”

Larson gave a soft laugh. “Take all the time you need, buddy. I’m good here.”

All the time he needed? Bullshit. He’d have this bitch contained in seconds.

Warrick eased his weight off the woman and—without removing his hand from her mouth—grabbed her hip and flipped her onto her back. He caught her flailing hands and pinned her wrists above her head with his free hand.

“Now listen up, lady. I need you to…fuck me!” He blinked and shook his head against the roaring in his ears. “Sienna?”

I have news that I’m ridiculously excited about. In two words: FREE BOOKS. In a few more words? I know it can be expensive and time consuming to take a chance on an author or series, especially when so many have a free or discounted book in the series to give you a taste. So my publisher Samhain is letting me make the first e-book in all my series’ with them FREE. And I would be beyond appreciative if you would help me spread the word. Here are the free books:

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Dangerous Grounds (Seattle Steam series-contemporary romance)

Anybody but Justin

Anybody but Justin (Chances Are series–erotic contemporary romance)

Going Down
Going Down (Holding out for a Hero series–erotic contemporary romance)

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Savage Hunger (Savage series–paranormal romance)

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Good Girl Gone Plaid (The McLaughlins series–contemporary romance)

These are NOT ONLY on Amazon (which I linked to), but also iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, the Samhain site, basically any ebook retailer (including international). I hope you pick up one or all of the stories if you haven’t yet. And if you enjoy them, a review always goes a long way for an author! Happy reading, everyone and have a great week!

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