Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rebel's Claw - #22 Black Hills Wolves

Rebel's Claw releases July 3rd and is now available for pre-order on Amazon!



Decadent Publishing - Black Hills Wolves series: (#22) 

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Blurb
Roark Archer’s Lamar Canyon Pack in Yellowstone has been decimated by ranchers and hunters. Although the Tao pack in Los Lobos, South Dakota, has offered to assimilate it, he cannot give up his heritage so easily. At least not until he gets revenge against whoever killed his best friend, Jared, three years ago.

Recluse Carrie Myers lives on the Wyoming cattle ranch her late father left her. One fateful night changes her life forever, leaving her questioning her sanity. She knows what she saw…or does she? Regardless, she’ll do anything to protect the awful secret that has haunted her for the past three years.

When fate brings Roark to Carrie’s doorstep, the connection between them is undeniable. Determined to avoid commitment, they agree to give in to their unexplainable attraction for one night. Will hatred consume this hell-raising shifter, or can he learn love and forgiveness in the enemy’s arms?

Excerpt
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Instead of taking the towels, he shucked off his jean jacket and let it drop to the floor. Next, he worked on the buttons of his flannel shirt. The sight of firm, dusky pectorals sent a strange rush of heat through her.

Good Lord. Did the man plan to strip naked right in front of her? She didn’t even know his name. His body looked whip-hard and strong. If he were a bull, he’d earn top dollar at the cattle auction. The heat hovering inside her arrowed to her abdomen, making her cotton panties damp and hot.

She averted her gaze. “Kindly change in the bathroom. It’s down the hall there.”

When he finally snatched the towels from her, she gasped.

Amusement glittered in his black eyes. “Kind of jumpy, aren’t you?”

Unease flickered down her spine as he strutted down the hall. The man’s cocky presence filled her home and took over as if he owned it. Exactly why she didn’t allow many men near the ranch. Why had she invited this one inside?

Because he was a gorgeous hunk? She’d successfully kept her distance from too many handsome ranchers and cowboys to weaken now for no reason. She couldn’t explain their unusual attraction.

And he looked familiar, as if he could be related to…. The face she’d seen in a flash of lightning would forever be engraved on her mind and soul. No, she refused to remember that night. But what if he’d arrived to investigate?

She flipped on the oven and hurried to the refrigerator, removing two fresh homegrown steaks. He seemed the type of man who enjoyed meat and lots of it. How would his hard mouth taste after chewing rare sirloin?

Since she’d committed to helping keep the stranger alive, she’d see it through. Come morning, she looked forward to sending him on his merry way. Maybe then, Yellow Barrel Ranch would return to normal.

Her hand shook so much, the spatula she held slipped out of it. She dropped so many things lately, it was a wonder the floor wasn’t pocked with more dent marks.

Normal. Whatever that was anymore.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sadie's Surrender releases 5/16 on Amazon and is NOW available on preorder!



Genre: interracial historical romance
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Blurb

After her husband leaves her for another woman, Sadie Johnson feels unattractive. Unable to face a dreary future of shucking oysters and living with her critical mother, she dreams of being a businesswoman. But in 1936, opportunities for women of color in Oyster Island are limited.

 An oysterman at heart, Henry Rockfield would rather sail than run the local branch of his brother’s oyster company. He’s not happy about belonging to the town Klan either, but he’ll do anything to keep the peace and help his family.

   When sassy Sadie proves she can run the plant, he can’t resist putting her secretly in charge so he can return to the sea. But when desire resurrects a tragic mistake from his past, he learns business and pleasure are a dangerous mix. When racial conflict hits home, forcing them to choose between love and duty, will Sadie surrender?

 Excerpt
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“Just punish me and get it over with.” Her voice was so low, he barely heard it. “I’m sure you have better things to do than hear about my life.”


“Tell me, anyway.”


She looked up, piercing him with her steady gaze. “Why do you care?”


Why did he? Was the attraction merely physical? Simply because he ached to unpeel that threadbare cotton dress from her generous curves and lose himself in her deep-brown skin? To take the pins out of her hair and slide his fingers through it? To catch her full bottom lip between his teeth and taste her?


Rockfield Heavenly Oysters. He forced himself to read the label on the empty blue can sitting on one of the cabinets. It reminded him of his mission, which did not include undressing the staff.


He cleared his throat. “Because everyone deserves a fair trial.”


“You’re an unusual man, Mr. Rockfield.”


The desire in her eyes echoed his own, shooting so much blood below his waist, he almost fainted.


“Since you insist on knowing, I’m tired of shucking oysters. I want a better life for me and Mama.”


“I understand.”


He’d shucked enough oysters to know how miserable the task was, even for a short period of time. Doing it all day long, day after day, year after year must be hell. Maybe he should just shut down the whole damn plant, but people needed the jobs. Honest work was better than a life of beggary or crime, wasn’t it?


“I wanted to go to business school. Work in a nice, clean office like you.”


“Cleaner than this, I hope,” he said, pointing to the messy papers on his desk.


The heat collecting in his groin hovered there when a small smile flashed across her face.


“So I went to Baltimore yesterday, in my Sunday best.” She pursed her lips. “And had doors slammed in my face.”


He wasn’t surprised, given the way things were, but he admired her for being brave enough to try.


“I have a good mind,” she insisted in a strong, clear voice that sent ripples over his flesh. “I could do well in school and one of those office jobs.”


“I bet you could. You must be very frustrated.”


Without knowing why, he stood and approached her chair. He’d simply meant to say he was sorry, but she deserved more than patronizing words.


She needed help. Someone who gave a damn.


Darn her husband for leaving her for another woman. If he was still around, she’d be his problem, not Henry’s. Why had he asked her to show him a porthole into her wretched life? The less he knew about it, the easier it would be to ignore.


Too late for that. For better or worse, he was involved in Sadie Johnson’s life. Her struggles. Her problems. His.


The air vibrated with more electricity than a summer storm on the water. As if she sensed it, she stood and faced him. Before he knew it, he’d clasped her face with both hands and lowered his mouth to hers. He’d meant to give comfort but found it instead in the softness of her parted lips. She yielded to him so fully, he could hardly believe she was the same woman who’d thrown oysters in the weighman’s face.


Her cheeks, sticky with dried tears, warmed beneath his fingertips. A low groan ripped from his throat. He knew better than to lean against her body. If he did, he wouldn’t stop until he was inside her. With his heart thudding, he pulled away from her.


“Why did you do that?” she asked.


“Because you needed it.”


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Alpha in Disguise

Alpha in Disguise releases 3/6/15 and is available NOW on pre-order!

Blurb
When her mother is shot by a rancher, Lara Wolfe becomes the last Dominant of Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon pack. Her mother’s dying wish sends her to South Dakota’s Black Hills to find her mate, but Lara would rather continue her mission—saving her pack.

When Ogden Woods, lumber supplier for the Tao pack, offers the newcomer a place to stay, an explosive attraction reveals they’re mates. Afraid of unleashing his inner Dominant and a secret that could get him exiled, he’ll do anything to avoid mating.

Although he begs Lara to stay in Los Lobos where she’ll be safe, she can’t turn her back on her pack. As her mate, Ogden is bound to protect her, but following her means risking his home and his very life. Are they willing to pay the price?

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jamaican Temptation is now available!

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Book Title: Jamaican Temptation Author: Afton Locke Release Date: November 6, 2014 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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Jamaican Temptation - Can you resist!

Shopaholic Kyra Mays decides to shop for a rich man on her Jamaican vacation. Instead, she meets Justin Lance, a white reggae singer who’s nearly as poor as the orphans he devotes his life to helping. Overwhelmed by his magnetism, she decides to have a fling with him.

All that matters to Justin is being a perfect Rastafarian. He vows to avoid succumbing to temptation with the dark beauty at all costs. Unable to keep their hands off each other, they forge a bond that is just as emotional as physical as they explore their differences on the lush island of Jamaica. But Justin’s secret will put their ability to compromise through an impossible test.

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“You’re even more beautiful than I imagined,” he whispered.

His hungry gaze bathed her with warmth. Clearly, he wanted her more than he ever had. Telling him she’d experienced poverty earlier must have been the magic words. Ever since, he’d looked at her as if they were on the same team…as if they could have a relationship. But why? What difference did her background make?

Her thighs trembled in response to his heated stare, anticipating the sensation of his tongue on her folds. Instead of lowering his head, though, he looked away, shaking it.

“Am I really doing the right thing?” he asked. “I can justify it by saying I’m giving you pleasure, but I can’t help getting pleasure out of it as well.”

Kyra’s jaw tightened as she cupped a palm over her cleft to hide it. “Justin, this back and forth business is driving me crazy. A little pleasure isn’t going to make the world end.”

“The Rasta way of life is important to me,” he said. “I have to stay true to my faith every minute of every day, not just when I feel like it.”

She sighed. “I respect that. Hand me my pants so I can get dressed.”

Instead, he lowered his head. His blue eyes, clear with his decision, sought hers on the way down. Apparently, he planned to continue. A shiver of anticipation she couldn’t have suppressed if she’d wanted to coursed through her.

“Yes, Justin, yes,” she whispered. “It’s all right.”

He kissed the insides of her thighs first, as gently as he’d massaged her feet earlier. His slight beard brushed her tender skin, igniting icy-hot flames everywhere it touched. Devon used to take her fast and hard. Foreplay was usually as compressed as his busy schedule. Closing her eyes and surrendering to the titillating sensations, she wished Justin had been her first lover.

Maybe her only lover.

He gripped the undersides of her thighs and the bed squeaked as he shifted position. He must mean business. Perspiration broke out across her forehead and she opened her eyes. If he changed his mind, she swore she’d scream.

“I want to feel your hair…on me,” she demanded.

Where had that come from?

Without questioning her strange request, he gripped one of his locks and held it in front of his face with reverence. “Do you know what the dreadlocks signify, Kyra?”

They signify something hot and sexy I want on my body. Now!

“They stand for everything natural and good. No scissors, combs, styling gadgets, or dye touches them. According to the Rasta faith, those things are the work of Babylon.”

Babylon must be the name of her hairdresser because her hair was cut, straightened, and highlighted. Before she could reply, he grasped the end of one lock and brushed it across her mound. It probably went without saying that her bikini wax was also up Babylon’s alley. She watched, breathless, as his hair mingled with the scanty tuft of hers.

Then he lowered the tantalizing lock, brushing it across her clit. She cried out as each of his silky hairs brushed her nerve endings. How could the man be so spiritual one minute and scorching hot the next? The combination was more potent than fire and gasoline.

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Positive Vibration by Bob Marley
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This song embodies the Jamaican reggae flavor of the hero and setting. Bob Marley was my inspiration and muse for writing the story.

This Woman's Work by Maxwell
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I pretty much had this song on an endless loop while writing the end of the book. The emotional tone matched perfectly, and struggling to make a relationship work is the theme of all romances.

Heaven Must Be Like This by The Ohio Players
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Not only is this song romantic and sensual, its lyrics show how the physical can connect to the divine, which I really explored in this novel.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Jamaican Temptation - Can you resist!

Shopaholic Kyra Mays decides to shop for a rich man on her Jamaican vacation. Instead, she meets Justin Lance, a white reggae singer who’s nearly as poor as the orphans he devotes his life to helping. Overwhelmed by his magnetism, she decides to have a fling with him.

All that matters to Justin is being a perfect Rastafarian. He vows to avoid succumbing to temptation with the dark beauty at all costs. Unable to keep their hands off each other, they forge a bond that is just as emotional as physical as they explore their differences on the lush island of Jamaica. But Justin’s secret will put their ability to compromise through an impossible test.

excerpt

Kyra sipped her yellow, frosty drink when it arrived, tasting pineapple, rum, and sugar. “Just what I thought. Lame. I told you we should have gone to Grand Cayman instead.”

“But Jamaica has more beauty,” Latasha insisted. “Did you see those mountains as we flew in? I already have ideas for at least ten paintings.”

“You’re such an artist. Grand Cayman has a zillion banks. That’s my kind of art.”

“Maybe we can tour a coffee plantation tomorrow,” Latasha suggested. “I want to see the island from up high, and you could meet a rich plantation owner.”

Kyra grinned for the first time since she’d strolled into this boring bar. “Me and a white plantation owner? I’m not so sure I like the sound of that.”

So why did her thighs clench under her black-and-gold striped sundress? She’d fantasized about getting intimate with a white man, but could she actually do it for real? As long as his money was green, she wasn’t too particular about her dream man’s skin color. It paid to have an open mind.

Both women focused on the stage when the band launched into the next song. The reggae beat drifted through Kyra’s body, washing away the frantic rhythm of her life and replacing it with something slower, sexier…. She found herself swaying in her seat as if rocked by an invisible tide.

In addition to the male lead singer, the band included a guy each on drums, keyboard, and bass guitar. A teenaged male swished a flag around. No white men there. Each had dreadlocks or braids of varying lengths.

Wait a minute. The lead singer had paler skin than the others. He was either mixed race or a white guy with a tan. He was so slim and lithe as he swayed to the music he appeared pretty young. Condensation dripped over Kyra’s fingers as she clutched her glass.

When the lights rotated and swept the stage, she caught a glimpse of blue. The lead singer had blue eyes. Come to think of it, his dreadlocks were brown instead of black and not quite as puffy as the others’ hair.

“I’ll be damned,” she muttered to herself. “He is white.”

“Huh?” Latasha asked.

“The lead singer is white.”

“So?” Her friend shrugged. “I don’t think there’s any rule against white people playing reggae.”

That’s not the point. The point is…he’s hot. Damn hot.

He wore a worn, light blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up. His faded jeans had holes in them and were one step away from the rag bag. Her gaze continued to his feet, finding a pair of biblical-style sandals.

Hardly the rich man she was looking for.

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Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her to different times, races, places, and beyond. She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

I was tagged to join the My Writing Process blog hop by Sam Cheever. Thanks for including me!

An award-winning author of 50+ books of romantic suspense and fantasy/paranormal, Sam Cheever’s books have won the Dream Realm Award for fantasy and The Swirl (interracial romance) Award; have been nominated and/or won several CAPAs; were nominated for “Best of” with LRC and The Romance Reviews; and have won eCataromance’s Reviewer’s Choice award. She’s published with Ellora’s Cave, both Romantica and Blush; Changeling Press; and Musa Publishing. Sam also publishes as Declan Sands, writing m/m fiction, and under her own imprint, Electric Prose Publications. Visit her at http://www.samcheever.com.

1) What am I working on?

I’m working on Rock My Boat, part of the Tall, Dark & Alpha boxed set, which is releasing March 8. My story is a paranormal novella about a blue marlin shape shifter and takes place on a cruise. Although this is the first time I’ve written something on a deadline (not counting edits for novels I’ve written previously), it’s been a lot of fun! Writing a short piece requires more planning, but it’s also more manageable because it’s short. I also got to hire an editor. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been very similar to working with editors in a published house.

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2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Setting is always a strong part of my stories and one of my favorite things to write. I often get inspired while traveling. As part of my polishing process, I spend time on the five senses. When I look at my old unpublished manuscripts, wondering if I can rework them, I usually decide the setting is great but I’d have to start over with everything else.

I also like to read and write paranormal stories with unique elements, which is why I chose to write about a different kind of shape shifter. Although I like to stay tuned to the market, I also hate following the herd. Why write something hundreds of authors have already done so well? It’s more fun to do something new.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write different genres because I need the variety. When the muse tells me to follow, I know better than to argue. It’s exciting not knowing where he’ll lead me next. (Yes, my muse is a sexy he!) Anything with a good setting is fair game.

4) How does my writing process work?

The hero usually comes to me first. I write the rough draft pretty quickly and always in order. I have a day job, so I’m only able to write on days off, but I do promotion on the other days. Unless I’m attending a writer/reader conference, the only time I really take off from my writing career is when I travel. When I do sit down to write, I make myself write a whole chapter at a time. The first couple of pages take the longest. I play music a lot while I write, and sometimes I’ll play the same song over and over. When the rough draft is done, I do my polishing and layering routine, which takes longer. Starting out, I do a little pre-plotting and create a document with main plot points and scene ideas, but mostly I go by the seat of my pants.

About Afton Locke

Afton Locke is a multi-published erotic romance author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her everywhere--from other worlds and races to the top of a corporate desk. She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading. Visit her at Ellora’s Cave and http://www.aftonlocke.com.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Desperately Seeking an Alpha

Desperately Seeking an Alpha - Rock My Boat
What I love best about the sexy alpha male is his take charge attitude.

explicit excerpt from Rock My Boat by Afton Locke part of the Tall, Dark & Alpha boxed set


“You’re strong,” he said, “but keep your reflexes ready at all times.”

As if to prove his point, he snaked an arm around her waist and yanked her backward. The movement was so sudden, she fell against his chest.

“That was a big sea wave, Ms. Simms, and you weren’t ready.” His stern voice, laced with mocking, scraped her nipples and hardened them.

While she scrambled to get her footing, her lower back accidentally brushed against his crotch. The crisp white fabric of his trousers hid an erection as hard as a pier piling! The swollen lips of her cunt parted inside her panties. Why hadn’t she ever made the time to find the right man and go to bed with him? She must be the world’s only thirty-year-old virgin. Every ounce of her energy had gone into her career.

Her skin blazed under the waistband of her shorts. She needed to be between the hard wall and his equally hard body.

What was going on here? She might be a cruise newbie, but this couldn’t be part of the standard safety procedure. As the CEO of her own company, Simms Creative Advertising Agency, she was well versed in sexual harassment policy and knew he was acting very inappropriately. If she was lucky, he’d lose his job and be sent home before the Trident pulled out of dock.

“You’re the one,” he whispered against her neck, sending another delicious tremor through her.

He didn’t even sound professional anymore. This scene was something out of a bad porn movie. Gathering her wits despite the flood of hormones surging through her body, she launched herself out of his arms and landed against the wall. After turning around, she leaned against it for support and read his name tag.

“Your behavior is way out of line, Officer Whitney. I’m going to report you.”

“Oh, I don’t think you will.” He thrust his hands into his pockets, his dark eyes flickering with amusement. “You enjoyed it too much.”

“I’m not even going to dignify that with a response.” But she didn’t have to. Glancing down, she realized her nipples spoke for her by protruding against her beige blouse. So much for dignity and her thin, useless bra. Straightening her spine, she crossed to the door. Her cunt was so wet it probably needed its own fleet of lifeboats. Before she could turn the handle, his hand closed over hers.

“You’re much too uptight, Rhonda.”

“That’s Ms. Simms to you, Officer Whitney.” She drawled his title as if to tell him how little she thought of it. “I’m warning you. Keep your distance if you don’t want to lose your job.”

“Ms. Simms, what you need is a good fucking.”



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