Beach House Nights Series

NEW RELEASE – Back To Basics #excerpt, #romance, #erotic, #interracial, #multicultural

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 | Book Pimpage, New Release | No Comments

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Back to Basics

Beach House Nights, Book #4

Harper Coleman learned the hard way to never let a man control her.

For the past three years the Miami chef has thrown her heart and soul into her cafe. But when she’s invited to a friend’s beach house for the weekend, she finds a little R&R is just what the doctor ordered. But how’s Harper supposed to get the rest she so desperately needs with sinfully sexy Blake Nelson throwing grease onto her already simmering lust?

Harper’s sassy charm hooked Blake Nelson the minute he tasted her famous homemade brownies. This weekend is his chance to get close to the beautiful and sexy woman who creates masterpieces with her hands. Blake might not be able to whip up a culinary dish fit for consumption, but he’s cooking up a challenge she won’t be able to resist.

As their sizzling competition flames into a feast for the senses, will going back to the basics be their final course for disaster…or love?

Excerpt

Harper stepped to the other side of the island now to give herself some distance, but instead of sitting at one of the stools, she went to the window seat overlooking the ocean. The farther away she got, the better. Spending this much time with Blake alone had done damage to her equilibrium. She’d gotten to a point where she wanted nothing more than to climb up onto the counter and let Blake have his way with her like in her favorite movie.

“Don’t let it get brown on either side. Flip it over if you need to,” she said as she sat and stared out the window.

A yellow-orange haze began to cast over the endless dark sea and reflected on every rippling wave. Whenever she got a chance to visit Dayna at the beach house, dusk was her favorite time of day. She never imagined sharing a perfect moment in time like this with Blake. And she loved this kitchen. Whoever designed it and put the kitchen on the top level instead of the bottom was a genius. To her, this window had the best views in the house.

As she glanced over her shoulder, he slid an almost perfect omelet onto a plate and presented it to her with another gorgeous smile. “A round of applause please, madam. I’ve cooked my first…but not last…omelet.”

She brought the palms of her hands together in a quiet clap. “Very good, sir. But you need to taste it first to be sure.”

Blake pulled a drawer open and grabbed a fork. She lowered her gaze but looked on, mesmerized as he used the side of the fork to cut into his creation. He speared the morsel, brought it to his mouth, and then stopped. Rounding the island, he walked over to her and held it out.

This cannot be real. But she leaned forward and wrapped her mouth around the utensil. When her tongue whipped out to catch the delicate string of cheese hanging over the side, she heard his sharp intake of breath. Exquisite flavor burst over her tongue. It might have been his first omelet, but it was superb.

“What do you think?” he asked quietly.

Think? There was no thinking while eating. There was no thinking when Blake Nelson was feeding her either.

“Another bite,” she demanded in a voice she didn’t recognize as her own.

Harper ate the proffered morsel with the same relish as the first, but couldn’t help thinking she’d like to taste something else. Something long, dark, and chocolate.

Oh God.

She was becoming a wanton.

“Mmmm,” she crooned and tried to mimic a little casual indifference. “Very good for a first-timer.”

Joining her on the bench, he cut into the omelet again. But instead of feeding it to her, he fed it to himself, and the carnal thought that he now tasted her, that his mouth was somewhere hers had been, sent need spiraling through her core.

Blake was ruining her for other men. No one would measure up now.

Hell…what men?

She hadn’t allowed a man near her in…shit…months, more months than she wanted to count.

If only… She caught herself smiling at the lascivious thoughts running rampant through her mind.

No no no.

Too dangerous. She needed to remember that.

Harper wouldn’t do anything stupid, like kiss his full lips to see if they felt as soft as she imagined.

She took another offered bite, slowly chewed, and swallowed. “Thank you.”

Then, they took turns.

Wow.

Would he be as generous in bed?

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Back To Basics – Pictures and Words #pinterest, #excerpt, #romance

Monday, February 24th, 2014 | Book Pimpage, New Release | No Comments

Release day is almost here!!! I’m so excited to be releasing the last and final book in the Beach House Nights series, book #4 – Back To Basics. It was so much fun writing this series and exploring the friendships of the four ladies who make up the heroines in this series. Dayna, who inherited the beach house from her grandmother, wasn’t look for love. Recently out of a bad relationships/breakup – she decides that a little revenge sex/one night stand with her ex’s best friend is what she needs. Next is Violet,  the most daring of the group, who decides that this weekend is it. She’s going to seduce her hero if it’s the last thing she does. Then, we have Stella, who’s a little uptight and not as outgoing as the rest of the group and prefers to spend the weekend in the attic picking out antique furniture for her fledgling store. But, her hero isn’t having it.

Finally, we have Harper who has issues with relationships in general and has made herself too busy with her cafe to make time for a man.

Enjoy today’s installment of pictures and words with Harper and her hero, Blake.

kitchen

Blake took one last swig of his beer, stood, and dropped his bottle in the recyclable trash before moving to the cooler to retrieve another. “Why should I when IHOP does it so well?”

Instead of sitting back down, he moved around the island to stand beside her as she put the rest of the dishes away. Harper inhaled. The scent was clean male, ocean, and sand. It made her shivery on the outside, hot on the inside, and completely fried her senses.

She took two steps away and pretended to wipe down the counter she’d already cleaned five minutes ago.

window seat

“Another bite,” she demanded in a voice she didn’t recognize as her own.

Harper ate the proffered morsel with the same relish as the first, but couldn’t help thinking she’d like to taste something else. Something long, dark, and chocolate.

Oh God.

She was becoming a wanton.

“Mmmm,” she crooned and tried to mimic a little casual indifference. “Very good for a first-timer.”

Joining her on the bench, he cut into the omelet again. But instead of feeding it to her, he fed it to himself, and the carnal thought that he now tasted her, that his mouth was somewhere hers had been, sent need spiraling through her core.

swing

When she cried out, he smiled, satisfied he’d given her the pleasure he so wanted her to have. But he wasn’t finished. He slid up her body and stood.

“Turn over.”

With dazed eyes, she blinked up at him. “Wh-what?”

“Turn over, Princess.”

He took her by the hips and twisted her around until she was on her knees, facing away from him. The rocking of the swing didn’t deter him one bit.

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Back to Basics

Beach House Nights, Book #4

Harper Coleman learned the hard way to never let a man control her.

For the past three years the Miami chef has thrown her heart and soul into her cafe. But when she’s invited to a friend’s beach house for the weekend, she finds a little R&R is just what the doctor ordered. But how’s Harper supposed to get the rest she so desperately needs with sinfully sexy Blake Nelson throwing grease onto her already simmering lust?

Harper’s sassy charm hooked Blake Nelson the minute he tasted her famous homemade brownies. This weekend is his chance to get close to the beautiful and sexy woman who creates masterpieces with her hands. Blake might not be able to whip up a culinary dish fit for consumption, but he’s cooking up a challenge she won’t be able to resist.

As their sizzling competition flames into a feast for the senses, will going back to the basics be their final course for disaster…or  love?

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You can check out my entire Pinterest board for the Beach House Nights series here.

If you haven’t read the first three books in the Beach House Night series – catch up now because Back To Basics releases TOMORROW!!!

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Up All Night – Pictures and Words #pinterest, #excerpt, #romance

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 | Book Pimpage | No Comments

Today’s picture and words is dedicated to Up All Night, book 3 in the Beach House Night series. The hero and heroine (Ian and Stella) are soooo different from each other. Opposites attract right? First we have Stella, an uptight workaholic who’s struggling to keep  her antique furniture store afloat. She’s visiting the beach house so she can get a look at the antique furniture Dayna (Lover’s Revenge) inherited from her grandmother. Now Ian on the other hand, is a complete free spirit. Lucky enough to win a multi-million dollar lottery prize when he was twenty-five, he enjoys life to the fullest. Stella thinks he’s nothing but a playboy who’s only interested in having fun, but she comes to find out there is more to Ian that just his pretty face and his money.

Enjoy this segment of “pictures and words” with Stella and Ian.

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A rush of heat sparked along her veins when Ian trailed a finger over her cheek. “You mean, ” he said, huskily, “you’re going to waste that white sandy beach, that gorgeous pool and your beautiful body by rummaging around in the attic all weekend?”

Her insides tingled with pleasure and she nodded. He moved around her to the step above and took her by the waist. Heat suffused her skin, and she found herself leaning back into his embrace. A delicate whisper of wind pushed a tendril of hair from her ear when he leaned forward and said, “Nope. Not going to let you.”

ducati

Because of the windfall, he didn’t have to work and could take off to a foreign country whenever the mood struck. Or hit the highways on his Ducati to wherever his fancy took him. That didn’t mean there was no meaning to his life, no substance, that he didn’t have purpose. But Stella never took the time to find out. She stood her ground each and every time he saw her and didn’t bat an eyelash when he teased and flirted in an attempt to get her attention.

yellow sundress

“It was at Harper’s mother’s house three years ago, at her annual Fourth of July picnic. You were wearing a yellow sundress.” He twisted a tendril of her hair around his finger, pulled her to him, and slid a digit down her back. “And your hair was all the way down here.”

bed

“Damn,” he said as she stepped out of them. “Lie back on the bed.”

After she did as he asked, he began at her feet, inched up her legs, past her knees to her smooth thighs and delighted in the little hitched breaths she made the closer he got …

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Stella Lewis is excited when she receives a weekend invite to a friend’s beach house, especially when the beach house’s attic is full of priceless furniture she can sell at her struggling antique store. The last thing she expected was to be sidelined by her attraction to playboy millionaire, Ian Hollis. The two have nothing in common, except their insane but inexplicable attraction to each other.

After winning a multi-million dollar lottery when he was only twenty-five, Ian Hollis has been living the high life. But the first time he saw Stella, he knew there was something sinful hiding beneath the exterior of the prim and proper miss. Proving it to the workaholic beauty is a whole different story. Stella is running scared, but if she thinks she can rebuff Ian’s advances that easily, she’s in for a surprise. Ian is willing to prove to Stella he can stay up all night to prove she’s the woman of his dreams.

If you haven’t read Up All Night, get a copy now before I release Back To Basics, book four and the final installment in the series. You can grab an e-copy from Amazon, B&N or ARe. It’s only $1.99

Peace, love and sex!

Lyric

 

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Something Wet – PIctures and Words #pinterest, #excerpt, #romance

Monday, February 17th, 2014 | Book Pimpage, Uncategorized | No Comments

When I thought up the idea for the Beach House Night’s series, I knew that I would have at least one heroine who would be the pursuer in the relationship. I love reading about and writing strong female characters; women who know what they want and go after it, no matter what the consequences may or may not be. This is who Violet is in the second book of the series in Something Wet.

Violet has had a thing for Logan for a while and she decides that this weekend is her chance. She just went through a “shitty week from hell” and decides – you know what – I’m going for it. It’s time for “Operation: Seduce Logan McMasters.”

Enjoy this segment of “pictures and words” with Violet and Logan from Something Wet!

bonfire

It was dusk, and even though heat billowed from the blazing fire, the ocean waves carried a nice breeze over the beach. The sea salt air almost masked the acrid smell of burning wood. With her thumb and index finger, she took a small piece of the gooey marshmallow and put it in her mouth. A mixture of hard and soft sugar burst over her tongue. “What do you mean?”

“He likes her?”

As she pulled her finger out of her mouth, she glanced up to find Logan McMaster’s staring at her. She stared back and released the digit slowly and seductively over her bottom lip and smiled.

couple

He stopped her and brought her around to face him, pulling her close as his palms traveled down her arms to her hands. “Because I’ve been waiting a while for you to be free.”

His touch, like a spark of dynamite, sizzled fiercely against her skin. Did he just say what she thought she heard? He wanted her? “Have you now?” Violet played spider up his left arm until she reached the bunched muscles of his shoulder. She brushed her hands over the warm tensile beauty of his ripped chest and moved lower to the expanse of his tight flat belly and slid her fingers under his shirt.

Pool

He got off the lounge and held out his hand. “Stand up.”

“Why?”

“Just stand up.”

Violet placated him and stood. He surprised her by sitting back on the lounge, but he moved her in front of him so they were front to back and he wrapped his hands around her waist, his head resting beside hers on her shoulder. Ignoring the way her heart thumped, she snuggled up close. From this angle, they could see the tide wash up onto the sand. A cool breeze drifted up from the ocean, the sky was a vivid shade of dark blue.

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Violet Tanner had the shittiest week ever. She was demoted at work, her apartment got flooded, and the guy she’s been dating sends her an email to tell her he needs some space. When she gets an invite from one of her closet friends to a party at her beach house, her quick RSVP leaves her computer smoking.

Things start to look up when hottie Logan McMasters arrives. She’s lusted after the ex-pro ball player for years. She’s determined to have her weekend end on a hot and sexy note to get her man. Before the night is over, Logan is going to know what it means to experience something hot, something spicy, and something wet.

If you haven’t read Something Wet, get a copy now before I release Back To Basics, book four and the final installment in the series. You can grab an e-copy from Amazon and B&N. It’s only $1.99!

Peace, love and sex!

Lyric

 

 

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Lyric James’ New Release – Up All Night, #amazon, #kindle, #ebook, #amreading

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 | Book Pimpage, Feature Friday | 1 Comment

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Up All Night

Beach House Nights Book #3

Stella Lewis is excited when she receives a weekend invite to a friend’s beach house, especially when the beach house’s attic is full of priceless furniture she can sell at her struggling antique store. The last thing she expected was to be sidelined by her attraction to playboy millionaire, Ian Hollis. The two have nothing in common, except their insane but inexplicable attraction to each other.

After winning a multi-million dollar lottery when he was only twenty-five, Ian Hollis has been living the high life. But the first time he saw Stella, he knew there was something sinful hiding beneath the exterior of the prim and proper miss. Proving it to the workaholic beauty is a whole different story. Stella is running scared, but if she thinks she can rebuff Ian’s advances that easily, she’s in for a surprise. Ian is willing to prove to Stella he can stay up all night to prove she’s the woman of his dreams.

 

Excerpt:

Stella shivered a little when he tilted his head. She opened her mouth to speak but she never got the chance. Once his lips touched hers, she forgot everything and found herself being thoroughly kissed. The moment she felt his tongue invade her mouth, she lost every inhibition she’d buried deep inside her.

Ian introduced her to a range of sensations she never knew existed. It started in her toes and turned her knees into jelly. An erotic tingle began in the middle of her thighs, snaking up her pelvis to her breasts, squeezing her nipples into hard points.

Turbulent emotions, so unfamiliar to her, erupted across every inch of her skin. His lips were sure and potent, his mouth a feast of sugar and spice. An unexpected sizzle had her gripping his shirt, holding on for dear life.

The kiss was deadly. Blood rushed everywhere at once, fast and furious, with each swish of his tongue. He lapped at her lips, leaving her entire body shuddering from the inside out.

He tightened his arms around her waist, almost stealing her breath, and when he shifted, she found her back flat against the soft mattress, scorched by the heat of him, the thick hardness behind the zipper of his linen shorts pulsing between her spread legs. When she arched her hips, he moaned deep in his throat.

Ian released her mouth, and she protested until he brushed kisses across her forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, and temples. His hands eased from her waist to smooth up her stomach before cupping her breasts.

“Stella, you’ve been driving me crazy for years,” he muttered and moved back to her lips, allowing her to feel each glorious inch of muscle and man.

Stella gripped the front of his shirt and yanked. She heard the buttons scatter. Some hit the headboard, others the bed and the carpeted floor. Ian swore softly and pulled her up, ridding her of her blouse with a subtle and practiced ease.

He sucked a quick gulp of air into his lungs. “You’re exquisite,” he said, dragging his finger over the lace of her bra. “I knew you would be.”

It pleased her. The only thing Stella ever splurged on was her underwear, loving the feel of silk against her skin. She might be prim and proper on the outside, but she knew how to sex it up on the inside, even if no one ever saw it.

Until now.

Until Ian.

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Something Wet – Six Sentence Sunday, #sixsunday #amreading

Sunday, October 28th, 2012 | Book Pimpage, Six Sentence Sunday | 2 Comments

Today’s Six Sentence Sunday comes from my Beach House Nights series, Something Wet. This six comes from the part of the story where Violet and Logan share their first kiss. :-) Enjoy!

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He kissed her.

At first, she didn’t believe it was happening. A feeling of incredulity coasted around inside her when his tongue slid into her mouth, his teeth nipped at her bottom lip. He took his time and coaxed a response from her as he captured her essence.

Then she remembered what this weekend was about. Seducing Logan McMasters. And lost herself in the kiss.

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Violet Tanner had the shittiest week ever. She was demoted at work, her apartment got flooded, and the guy she’s dating sends her an email to tell her he needs some space. When she gets an invite from one of her closest friends to a party at her beach house, her quick RSVP leaves her computer smoking.

Things start to look up when hottie Logan McMasters arrives. She’s lusted after the ex-pro ball player for years. She’s determined to have her weekend end on a hot and sexy note and stops at nothing less than full-on seduction to get her man. Before the night is over, Logan is going to know what it means to experience something hot, something spicy, and something wet.

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Writing Wednesday – The Novella That Won’t End!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 | Day Job, Work In Progress, Writing | 4 Comments

It’s been a busy last couple of weeks. I spent last week in teacher staff development sessions and getting prepared for school to start. It’s taken some getting used too…being in a new library in a new building surrounded by new people, but I like it! I’m exactly where I want to be doing exactly what I “want” to do. There’s nothing like liking your career and the stage that it’s in.  I did get some bad health news about my father over the weekend but I’m optimistic that things will be all right. I refuse to mope around feeling depressed. If I did, my children would see right through it and I’m not going to diminish their joy of a new school year and meeting old and new friends. So…I’m putting on a happy face.

Now…to translate that happiness and motivation into writing. I’m still working on Up All Night. This is the short story that refuses to be short…well, as short as I thought it was going to be. I love these characters though. Ian and Stella are unique. I don’t think I’ve ever written a couple like them before. Ian is this “great” guy, enjoying life but hiding a big heart behind his wealth and Stella is this proper and prim miss who refuses to give him the time of day because she thinks he’s nothing but a playboy and is not seeing the sensitive soul underneath. But…it’s the story that WON’T END! I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

I’m determined to have this one completed, edited, formatted and uploaded by the end of the month…even if it kills a couple of brain cells.

What about you? If you’re a writer, have you ever had a story that seemed like it didn’t want to end? If you’re a reader, have you ever read a story where you thought…enough already…or got to the end and wish it hadn’t?

Happy Hump Day!

Peace, love and sex!

Lyric

Disclaimer: “Comic strip used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.” You can find all of Debbie’s comics here.

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Up All Night – Six Sentence Sunday

Sunday, August 5th, 2012 | Book Pimpage, Six Sentence Sunday, Writing | 7 Comments

This week my contribution to Six Sentence Sunday is the 3rd short in my Beach House Night Series that I will be publishing in the next few weeks. It’s going out to my editor by the end of the week and she usually gives me a really quick turn-around so hopefully, I’ll have it up at the usual places by the end of next week. This one is called Up All Night and it’s Ian and Stella’s story. Ian is a really great guy, however, Stella thinks he’s a millionaire playboy with no substance. She is soooo wrong about him. I really had fun writing this story. I hope you like the six I chose.

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Did you miss me?” His voice came from behind her.

She jolted and sat up straight, pushing her eye-glasses back onto her nose. “Actually, you took too long.” She made a move to stand up. “I really need to get back to the house.”

Ian grabbed her by the waist and wouldn’t let her stand, pulling her into his lap against his lean muscled body. Her stomach began to jitterbug. She twisted, placed her hands against his chest and almost melted. “Um…I was perfectly fine where I was sitting.”

A slow smile spread over his face. “But I like you much better right here.”

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Don’t forget to visit the other authors participating in Six Sentence Sunday. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend.

Peace, love and sex!

Lyric

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