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First Course — The Amuse Bouche

Whispered Pain (by Ashley Fontainne): “Who am I? Where am I? How do I escape this black void? Help. Please, help me.”

The Scarlett Mark (by Shelley Kassian): “A Lord cursed. A Princess cast aside. A Mark that could change everything!”

Second Course — The Appetizer

Changing it up a little this week, I’m sharing one of my favorite novels of all time, The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler. You might be familiar with the movie starring Bogie and Bacall, but, take my word for it, the book is even better. I saw the movie first, many years ago, and later found the book and was wowed by it. Since Chandler is long dead, this book is posthumously printed by Black Lizard Publishing, a Penguin Imprint for classic books. They set the price. Here’s the blurb for it.

“When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.”

If you love murder mysteries of the noir, hard-boiled detective kind, get this first of the Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator, books and enjoy. It’s set in Los Angeles, my old stompin’ ground, and it’s quite authentic. The language is also perfect. I try to emulate his brilliance with each of my mystery-based books.

Journey Series in Print-smThird Course — The Entrée

Are you familiar with my Journey Family series? There are seven books, all about the five Journey siblings, their father, their trusted and loved housekeeper, and their spouses. Meet Ace, Deuce, Queenie, Trey, and Jackie (their mother was a poker player and named the five), Leo and Consuelo. These books are about Texans, and the main action takes place in that state on the large cattle ranch, Journey’s End. Each sibling has his or her own story, and often other siblings are mentioned in the various books, though it is not strictly necessary to read all the books in order.

The series has been available on Kindle for a while, but now the books are available as a three volume paperback set as well. The first paperback volume (Journey’s Luck) includes, Liv’s Journey and Ace-High Flush; the second volume (Journey’s Turn) includes, Spanking Her Highness and Deuce’s Dancer; and the third paperback (Journey’s Chances) includes, Jackie Draws a Straight, Journey’s End, and a bonus novella, Journey’s Valentine. If you’re into paperbacks, the set is worth having. If you’d like the Kindle books, they’re available as individuals. Following any of the links in this Entrée segment will lead you to the descriptions and excerpts from each book.

Fourth Course — The Dessert

I would like to give a public thank you to Joey Buchan, the terrific person who put me in touch with so many drag queens for the book I’m writing right now. Without him, I couldn’t have begun the work. You can find Joey at Blushing Books and Mystic Books, where he is an awesome publishing professional.

All characters depicted on this blog are adults. You should be an adult, too. If you’re not 18+, please find entertainment somewhere else. Thank you.

Saturday Spankings

Saturday is here, so it’s time for Saturday Spankings!

This week, I’m offering a little piece of Liv’s Journey, the first in my Journey Family series. The book tells the tale of Liv Aune and Trey Journey, and their taste of BDSM, but mainly their travels into domestic discipline. There’s sex, there’s spanking…I mean, what more could you want?

Cover: Liv's Journey Blushing BooksIn this segment, from the beginning of the book, we have a little flash-forward to the culmination of Liv and Trey’s romance. This is their wedding day, and Liv has been a jumble of nerves, manifested in her ongoing frustrations with food. They end up outside and…well, you’ll see.

As his hand passed over her bottom, Trey hummed softly. It was a sound of pleasure, a calm sound, a controlled sound.

Liv’s heart beat faster, knowing what that sound presaged. The humiliation of being bare-assed and over his lap was nothing compared to what was to come.

The sharp retort of the strap on her butt cheeks silenced the birds entirely. Some flew away in fright. And it hurt, but Liv gasped not out of pain but surprise at the sudden smack. Even knowing that it was to come, the exact moment it fell was always one second before it was expected.

To read more of Liv’s Journey, you can find an excerpt here on this site, or you can pick up a copy of the book at these distributors:

Blushing Books,, and Barnes and Noble.

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All characters depicted on this blog are adults. You should be an adult, too. If you’re not 18+, please find entertainment somewhere else. Thank you.

Saturday Spankings

Last week, I was so focused on my Aussie WIP that I totally forgot to sign up for the Saturday Spankings hop. Only one or two people knew I’d posted, but my post was here! So, in order to get these fun 8 sentences out in the public eye, I’m sharing them again. If you read them last week, thank you for coming by; I promise I’ll do something new next week.

journeys-valentine-fullHere are 8 sentences from my latest release, Journey’s Valentine, available now at Blushing Books (all formats) and

In this segment, things lead to bad mojo between Pilar and Deuce. It started off with her yelling at him and calling him names.

Her vituperation had gone beyond Deuce’s patience level. “I have feelings, and you’re stomping all over them with hobnail boots, Pilar. You need to get control of yourself or I’m going to paddle your behind and maybe get some sense into you.”

She shouted her response. “You think that solves everything, don’t you! Give Pilar a spanking and the whole world is right again! Well, I’m not going to calm down. I’m upset, and if you had any compassion you’d understand!”

“Over the top” doesn’t begin to describe Pilar’s behavior. Have you ever felt the way Pilar does here?

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