Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Naughty 'Nightmare' Basket

Are you naughty or nice? What a question to solicit hoppers! Thank you to Safari Heat Book Tours for setting up this hop.

We're being a bit naughty here.

My family enjoys all the traditional holiday shows such as Frosty the Snowman (and you can't forget his girlfriend Crystal), and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Then there's the weirdly named The Year Without Santa Claus with the rockin' Heat Miser!

Heat Miser
Our favorite show has to be The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack gets a bit naughty when he Santa-naps the big man in the red suit! To celebrate, I'm giving away a Nightmare-themed basket. Yep, that's Halloween candy you see in there, along with a Jack and Sally car magnet.

To enter, leave a comment on your favorite holiday movie & your email address.

Hop Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HDX 7”. Plus books to go on the winner’s new Kindle. Mailed prizes are limited to U.S., and Canada only. eBooks are international. Please make sure to leave an email address in order to enter.

There are four ways readers can get extra entries into the grand prize giveaway: Leaving a comment, following my blog, following on FB, or Twitter. 

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Happy holidays!

Louisa Bacio

Check out my 1Night Stand -- "A Dance with Death"

Coming soon: The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: Her Wolf Ménage 

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Chance Encounters with Karenna Colcroft

Have you ever had an instant connection with someone you’ve met? Maybe someone you just happened to be chatting with in line at the supermarket check-out. Or someone you sat next to on the train. Someone you shared a class or workshop with.

Sometimes those encounters can lead to friendships. Other times, that person is in your life for the length of the line or train ride, and then you never see them again. Even though you wish you could.

Then there are the parties. You’re dancing, drinking, having a great time, and you meet someone you instantly know should be part of your life. Maybe you dance with them. Stand or sit around chatting.

Maybe, if they’re the gender you prefer and you can find a quiet spot, you have sex with them.

And then you realize afterward, when the party has ended and you’ve walked away, that you have no idea how to ever reach them again.

In my new male/male contemporary novella Whatever He Wants, Randall considers himself the king of one-night stands, and usually he doesn’t care if he ever sees his partner again. A working grad student, Randall doesn’t believe he has time for relationships. As he puts it, he just wants to get in, get off, and get out.

That is, until he meets Isaiah at a party. He feels an almost instant “click” with Isaiah, and after some really hot sex, he knows he wants to see Isaiah again. But Isaiah has already walked away, and Randall has no idea how to find him. Unknown to Randall, his reputation has spread, and Isaiah wants to teach him a lesson about how it feels to be played.

Does Randall ever find Isaiah? I won’t answer that, but since it is a romance novella, I’m sure you can take a guess. Whatever He Wants is available from Ellora’s Cave, http://www.ellorascave.com/whatever-he-wants.html, and third-party retail sites. You can find out more about Karenna Colcroft and her books on her website, http://www.karennacolcroft.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karenna.colcroft, or Twitter @KarennaColcroft.

Share your own chance encounter story in the comments, and I’ll draw one winner on Dec. 14 to receive a PDF copy of Whatever He Wants.

Grad student Randall has a reputation to uphold. He’s too busy to fall in love, and is known among his friends as the king of one-night stands. He prefers it that way until he meets Isaiah at a party.
Against all of Randall’s expectations, Isaiah turns out to be exactly what he’s looking for, and for the first time Randall’s heart gets involved. Randall doesn’t know whether Isaiah is truly interested in him or just playing the player, but to find out, Randall will do whatever Isaiah wants.

Isaiah ended up eating only half his meal. He kept exchanging heated looks with Randall until Randall could barely stand it, and apparently Isaiah was just as turned-on. He shoved his plate away and tossed some cash on the table. “I’ve got yours. Let’s go.”
“Where?” Randall asked.
“Your place.” Isaiah smiled. “I want to see your bed.”
Randall grabbed him by the jacket and dragged him outside. Isaiah laughed the entire way to Randall’s apartment.
The second they were inside, before Randall even managed to speak Isaiah pinned him against the door, holding Randall’s hands to his sides. He crushed his mouth hard against Randall’s, teeth and tongues colliding so forcefully it hurt. Randall didn’t give a shit. He was here with Isaiah. With Isaiah’s body against his, cocks rubbing together through their jeans, heat building between them until he thought he would burst into flames.
And that was just a goddamn kiss.
Isaiah broke the kiss but stayed against Randall. “Do you feel how hard I am, baby?”
“Yeah.” Randall tried to pull a hand free to cup the pleasing bulge between them but Isaiah tightened his grip. “I want to touch you.”
“I’ve been this hard for you all week,” Isaiah growled. “All fucking week all I’ve thought about was plowing into your tight little ass and stroking your cock and making you scream. I jerked off so much I was almost raw and it wasn’t enough.”
“Because it wasn’t me,” Randall said. He was elated. Isaiah had suffered just as much as he had. Had wanted him just as much. He hadn’t been the only one to have a miserable week, and now they were going to make up for it.
“Because it wasn’t you,” Isaiah agreed. “What about you? Did you play with yourself while you thought about me? Did you come so hard you saw stars while you dreamed about having me play with your dick? Tell me, baby. Tell me how bad you missed me.”
Such intense arousal rushed through Randall that he almost wasn’t able to collect himself enough to speak. “Bad,” he blurted. “So, so bad. I stroked off every day. Saw you. Your eyes. Your hair. Your hands and cock. All about you and you weren’t here and I wanted to fucking kill you.”
“We really did a number on each other.” Isaiah let go of him and stepped back. “You only wanted a one-night stand last week before we hooked up, didn’t you?”
“Get in, get off, get out.” Randall took a deep breath and adjusted his painfully hard cock inside his pants. “The usual when I go to parties. But it wasn’t enough. I knew that before you even started to fuck me. I knew I wanted more. I wanted longer.”
“So did I.”
Isaiah stepped forward and touched his lips to Randall’s again. This kiss was a stark contrast to the previous one. Gentle, not rough. Tender, not forceful. Full of emotions Randall had never imagined feeling, let alone admitting to, but they were all there bare and obvious. And mutual.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

My Secret Saturday – I’m a Lagger

Via social media, I keep seeing these wonderful images of holiday decorating, trees with themed colors. I had someone tell me this week her scheme was blue and gray, but she hadn’t been able to find the right color bow.

Pah-leeze! I love the holidays. We’ll decorate and make cookies galore, but just not yet. Really, I just finished my latest book “Her Wolf Ménage” – the latest in The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf series – and I’m thisclose to finishing the fall semester. Once I post those final grades, I’ll be ready.

Until then … Shhhh! Here’s a picture of what is STILL on my front porch.

The shame!

What would you like to share?

Louisa Bacio

Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Secret Saturday Under the Pajamas

Want another glimpse into My Secret Saturday?  As writers, there is always so much talk about what we wear at home. Lingerie? Yeah, sure. But, if it's winter time, I can promise you my pajamas may come from Victoria's Secret (you know I used to work there?), but they're warm!

Now for my secret. What's under the pajamas? I'm a Scooby-Doo girl! When people ask, nope I don't have any tattoos, but I always joke that if I did ... I'd end up with a Scooby-Doo on my shoulder. While I love pop culture maybe not that much. 

What would you like to share?

Louisa Bacio

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Friday, November 29, 2013

5 Holiday Leftovers Made New

One of the best parts of holiday leftovers is easy-to-cook, ready-made meals afterward. No, I’m not taking turkey sandwiches or soup, which is good, too, but some diverse offerings such as ham fried rice and potato pancakes.

5) Turkey Pot Pie – Make sure to reserve some gravy and shred the turkey. Buy a refrigerated dough, and gather all those leftover veggies – carrots, peas and sliced potatoes, and bake until golden.

4) Fried Rice with Ham – Want something totally different? A Honeybaked ham offers some delicious flavors for homemade fried rice. Similar to the pot pie, feel free to throw in extra peas and carrots.

3) Potato Pancakes – I know, rarely are there leftover mashed potatoes. But if you made 10 pounds, odds are you’ll have some. Add a bit of breadcrumbs, shape them into flat pancakes and pan-fry them until golden.

2) Yam Biscuits – I looked this one up to feature those extra yams hanging around. If they are not cooked, consider making sweet potato fries. Must be done crispy, and pair with ranch dressing. For the biscuits recipe, check out Home Cooking. (http://homecooking.about.com/od/breadrecipes/r/blbread21.htm

1) Split Pea with Ham Soup – Mmm, especially when it’s cold outside. There’s nothing like a thick, filling soup to warm you up.

Tell me: Got a favorite recipe made from holiday leftovers? Please share. Which of these sound good enough to try out?

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio