Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cold Nights, Hot Reads... and an excerpt from Big Blue Valentine

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For this hop I'm sharing a snippet from my latest release, Big Blue Valentine, a short sci-fi spanking romance.

Big Blue Valentine excerpt:

Minnie crept through the servants’ corridors, not wishing to run into Queen Terwina. Her mother-in-law gave her a disapproving look if she had a hair out of place. She couldn’t imagine how she would react to see her covered in red spots. Picking up her skirts, she rushed up the winding stairs of the last passage. She flung the door open, preparing to make a mad dash across the hall to her chambers. But after two steps, a large body blocked her path.

A large blue body.

She gasped and her gaze traveled from his muscled blue forearms up to his equally blue face. She had never seen her husband so displeased. Waves of anger radiated from his massive form, and she tried to slink back into the passageway, but he gripped her shoulders and hauled her forward.

“What happened to you, Minnie?” She chanced another glance into his eyes, only to find worry had replaced his anger. He looked her up and down and pressed a button on his wrist communicator.

“No! Don’t call Errtin. He’s already seen me. I’m not sick. It’s just marker.” At his confusion, she clarified. “It’s like paint. I just need a bath. It’s a long story.” She cleared her throat. “You’re, uh, quite blue.”

His dark eyes narrowed. “And you’re in quite a lot of trouble, wife. Let me guess. You made yourself appear ill so Errtin would contact me in Parliament.”

“But I don’t have clearance to—”

“Had I actually gone to Parliament this morning, your efforts would have been too late, and the repercussions would’ve been disastrous.”

Oh, he was right. She imagined the sequence of events that would occur if he’d turned blue in front of all of Erta’Aklann, from investigations to mocking to possible legal trouble for her once she confessed.

“Into our chambers, now.” His sharp command resounded through the spacious hallway.

Big Blue Valentine blurb:

It’s probably not smart to turn a powerful alien prince blue on purpose, but when Princess Minnie thinks her husband, Zak, forgot Valentine’s Day, she impulsively squeezes a lemon slice into his drink. She knows full well the effect lemon has on Aklannians. Now it’s just a matter of time before his golden skin turns a brilliant shade of blue. She plots to have him called back from Parliament so she can confess her naughtiness to him in private, but the scheme blows up in her face.

Prince Zak can’t believe someone slipped lemon into his drink, causing him to postpone his Valentine’s Day surprise for Minnie. But he’s even more stunned to discover his own wife is behind his sudden change in color. Big, blue, and infuriated, he storms through the palace halls in search of his wayward princess. She has some explaining to do.

**Big Blue Valentine is available for the low low price of 99 cents, and it's also part of Kindle Unlimited so KU members can borrow it for free.**

Big Blue Valentine Buy Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK

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  1. Read this in one sitting. It was so much fun, and quite yummy!
    Thanks, Sue
    katherinedeane40 at gmail dot com

  2. Love your books.....I've even shared them with my husband! :D
    Kathy Heare Watts

  3. This sounds like a fun story, really enjoyed reading the excerpt.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  4. This looks like a good story!

  5. I just bought the book but haven't read it yet. She's in big trouble.

  6. I so love sci-fi! Love the Big Blue, Valentine! Thank you!

  7. Now I'm wondering what it would be like if our politicians turned blue.

  8. Oh, she's in trouble this is gonna be am amazing read

  9. Buying it on Sunday :-)
    Amhart602 at gmail dot com

  10. This sounds like fun! Just thinking of all the ways she can make this up to him til he turns back, sigh! Thanks for the great hop!

  11. I loved the excerpt. I will definitely be purchasing this story on my next book shopping spree.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  12. This one sounds awesome. I love that he turns blue.

  13. nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  14. Her shenanigans were so much fun. Good story. I enjoyed it.

  15. I have a special affinity for all things blue, so I might have tried them lemon trick as well. Brava!

    1. Oops, forgot the email.
      blueshedevil32 (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Cool! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Oh! That sounds sooo good! I love the excerpt! What a tease it is! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Thanks to all who stopped by! The random winner of the $10 Amazon giftcard is Susan Clement. Congrats, Susan, and you should see an email with your prize soon! :)