A Prelude to a Kiss


As you likely know by now, I adore first kisses. One of my favorites to write was the first kiss shared by Lilith and Jasper in Taming Beauty.  It was an unexpected and unanticipated kiss that took Lilith by surprise and changed her fate forever.

And for a limited time you can enjoy that delicious moment, and many more besides, for free!

Taming Beauty Free on Amazon thru November 13


I hope you enjoy this prelude to a kiss…

Then he stalked her, prowling across the space separating them, slowly and purposefully.

Lilith lifted her chin and eyed him, enjoying the fluid grace of his movements, so rare in a man of his size, while she waited for him to commence with the lecture on propriety and children and dirty laundry strung about and flapping on the breeze for all to witness.

Malleville did not halt a proper distance from her, nor did he halt an improper distance from her, but kept coming until he was almost upon her.

Then he was upon her, his strong arms lashing out and winding around her, lifting her clear off the ground. In the next moment they were falling, tumbling into the tall grass. Malleville twisted to take the brunt of the fall, landing with Lilith splayed along all those hard muscles, her legs tangling with his, her breasts flattened to the hard wall of his chest, her fingers clutching his shoulders.

Before Lilith could offer up a single word in protestation or entreaty, he rolled, taking her with him and tucking her under him with his elbows resting beside her pinned arms and his legs clamped along the length of hers.

He was going to kiss her. Lilith knew the prelude to a kiss when it knocked her to ground, even if it was unfamiliar ground, soft and springy and faintly prickly.

It wasn’t until his lips touched hers that she realized she knew precious little about kissing.

Malleville’s lips were cool, blessedly cool and firm. And unbelievably soft.

He didn’t plunder but took his time, pressing tender kisses along her upper lip before exploring the lower with little nips and nudges that had her mouth falling open on a gasp of surprised delight.

His tongue swept from one corner of her lips to the other, as if he must discover every texture and taste before accepting the invitation she offered.

Cradling her head, he sifted his fingers through the wayward curls unleashed from the bun atop her head, exploring the tangled locks with the same gentle diligence and patience.

Lilith sighed, awed and undone by the tenderness she hadn’t anticipated, hadn’t realized had been missing from her life for years, for eons. Forever.

Taming Beauty Free thru November 13


Congratulations to my latest Corset Winner: Joanna Davis.

Sadly, in South Florida we skip right over autumn and go from eleven-and-a-half months of summer to two measly weeks of what passes for winter in the tropics. So anytime I can find a way to pay homage this neglected season and the myriad shades of yellow, orange and red that go with it, I happily do so. This lovely creation in a russet shade reminiscent of fall foliage seems an ideal way to celebrate autumn. 
To enter for a chance to win this corset simply post a Comment. Any comment will do, a bit of news, an idiom that’s always struck you as amusing, a historical ideal you’ve found ludicrous or a notion of any sort.
I’ll randomly choose one winner from all entrants . 
(U.S. Only)



  1. Bethany
    Nov 11, 2017

    Sadly, the colors of fall were rather dull in my part of the world and I missed the myriad of colors on the trees. Mostly everything became brown and then fell to the ground.

  2. Erin Bradshaw
    Nov 11, 2017

    Your post this time that included Clue of Affection and I think that sounds like a good read. Thank you for sending us some suggestions! It was 16 degrees in Pennsylvania today, so a nice warm read will do some good.

  3. Lesia Chambliss
    Nov 12, 2017

    I love living where there are 4 seasons, but I’d love to find that perfect location where all 4 of those seasons are mild! I don’t do well in upper 80’s and -10 below. Lol

  4. Darlene Holley
    Nov 12, 2017

    Thank you for the free book!! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for the chance to win this cute corset!!

  5. Jazz Pandell
    Nov 12, 2017

    Needs must when The Devil drives!

    I’ve always loved that phrase.

  6. Pam Potter
    Nov 12, 2017

    I enjoy reading Regency romance. Look forward to reading more of yours.

  7. Kimberly Hatten
    Nov 12, 2017

    The corset would be great for a pirate outfit!

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