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September 3, 2015

Oh, harvest time. How I love you and mourn you. The end of summer but so much yumminess. Photos include:



Pantone tomato ripeness scale
Sunflower eating the sky
All the grapes: Interlaken are not super productive but each grape is the season distilled to perfection: high summer sweetness enrobed in the crisp bite of fall
Marigolds doing their golden thing, all season long
Beans going strong but their leaves are turning yellow
Huckleberries — what do I do with them? I need a bear!
Winter squash to remind me that this season won’t last either…


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August 26, 2015

At the Oregon Coast for a writing retreat and went for a sunset walk to work out some plot problems. On the walkway, found a downed nest and the baby birds on the ground. :(


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Plot problems on hold. The nest was in bad shape, missing part of its bottom. Dug through the rental place’s junk drawer and found a face mask and some picture wire. Strung the mask into some branches near where the nest fell and wired the nest into the mask.


With the babies nestled together, the nest was very warm to the touch. And when I put them back in the tree*, they started calling. So I’m hoping the parents hear them and find them. Because the sun is going down.


Good luck, little birds. Back to plotting.


* Not sure what kind of birds they are. Hopefully, they are one of the species where the babies actually leave the nest early and hop around on the ground for a few days before getting the rest of their feathers. In which case they’ll have to jump out of the nest again because I’m an interfering human. Sorry, little birds.


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July 18, 2015

moon and venus


Pretty sliver moon and Venus about to set together. Hope you’re having a starry night.


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July 15, 2015

“Running” out of books to read? Then RUN with the Wolf Pack!


July 15-17 Wolf Pack authors are offering great stories of shapeshifter romance for 99¢ or free, including the first in the Wolves of Angels Rest series from my alter ego Elsa Jade. Some of these are limited time only, so get ’em while they’re cheap.


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HERO by Elsa Jade

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Maddie Joplin’s heart was broken by the small-town golden boy who took her virginity and left her behind.

Now he’s back with secrets he won’t share and scars she doesn’t remember, and she wants just one chance to show him what he missed.

Kane Villalobos had one choice: abandon Maddie or reveal his dangerous life as a wolf shifter.

But with the mating moon on the rise, Kane is bound to take a mate. And this time, Maddie refuses to let him walk away alone.

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RECONSTRUCTED by Tasha Black

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Westley Worthington has it all. Piles of money, good looks, a head for business, and a seemingly limitless supply of women who want to please him. And that’s just the way he likes it. Until a brush with death causes him to rethink his priorities, and consider someone besides himself for the first time in his privileged life.

Cordelia Cross has never had it easy. Her duty to her family has her working as an assistant to a man she hates just to pay her sister’s medical bills. When her arrogant boss alienates his last true friend, she finds herself promoted from schedule-managing coffee grabber, to the newest member of West’s inner circle.


Tempers, and passions, ignite as the two start spending time together, until a shocking accident puts their newfound attraction on ice. When West is faced with the toughest trial of his life, Cordelia helps him realize that he has all the tools he needs to be a force for justice.


Together, they must turn West into the hero no one ever thought he could be.



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RIDE by A.C. James

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Felicity Forrest has the perfect job as an investigative blogger for Everyday Supernatural. This curvy girl gets sent to the Aran Islands to find out whether a púca shape shifter is responsible for the strange accidents haunting a construction site.

Niall O’Leary is tall, broody, and totally alpha. His mission is to discover why the veil between the human world and the Realm has lifted. And as the Chieftain’s son he must find a mate or his twin will be promised to a stallion he despises. He has a duty to his family, his clan, and a need for offspring. Otherwise the púca could become nothing more than folklore.


Passion and frustration ignite when a curvy human female tempts his inner stallion like no other. There’s only one problem… She just got out of a relationship that left her broken hearted. Is she ready for a second chance at love?



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CRAVING MORE by Brandy Walker

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Corrine Hart is ready for few days off for rest and relaxation. At the top of her to-do list is spending as much time as possible in tiger form and doing her best to banish all thoughts of the mysterious Hunky Cupcake Guy who spent the last two weeks driving her libido insane.

Jett Montgomery-Murphy just wants to know if the tasty treats that keep showing up at work are the same ones his best friend used to get while they were in college. A trip out to Sweet Confections confirms what he thought and brings him in close contact with the one woman he’s secretly lusted after for years, his best friend’s sister Corrine.


A late night tryst leads to two tigers finding their mates and two humans unsure what to do next. Add in an overbearing brother, a best friend with her own drama, and a crazy ex-girlfriend that has a checkered past and you have a recipe for disaster.


Will Corrine and Jett be able to overcome the unexpected obstacles on their way to falling in love? Or will they throw in the towel before the relationship even gets off the ground?



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SANCTUARY A Hunted Novel – Book Two by Bethany Shaw

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Tess Monroe is a werecat on the run. Her family is missing, she’s been poisoned, and shot. What else can go wrong?


Nate Tucker is a werewolf, and a valuable asset to the shifter haven, Sanctuary. His job is to help wounded and displaced shifters. But wolves have a long-standing feud with werecats. He should turn Tess away, and forget he ever met her, but can he?


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DESERT MOON by Anna Lowe

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Lana Dixon knows well enough to steer clear of alpha males, but Ty Hawthorne is as impossible to avoid as the sizzling Arizona sun. Her inner wolf just won’t give up on the alpha who’s tall, dark, and more than a little dangerous. One midnight romp under the full moon is enough for Lana to know she’ll risk her life for him — but what about her pride?

Ty puts duty above everything — even the overwhelming instinct that says Lana’s the one. She’s the Juliet to his Romeo: forbidden. And with a pack of poaching rogues closing in, it’s hardly the time to yield to his desires. Or is love just what this lonely alpha needs to set his spirit free?


There’s more than meets the eye on Twin Moon Ranch, home to a pack of shapeshifting wolves willing to battle for life and love.



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GEMI by Solease M. Barner

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Gemi Draglen has been searching for the woman that is destined to become his Wella for hundreds of years. One eventful night while visiting the city of New Orleans, he unexpectedly sees the woman he wants to be his forever. Unfortunately, he has two very serious problems. First, the woman to become his Wella is a witch, an age old enemy to all dragons. Second and most importantly, she has no idea who Gemi truly is and he must convince her they belong together, forever.

Shalisi Narmon is no ordinary young lady. Shalisi is a witch from generations of witches and has known since birth that she is to have the most important role of all her sister witches. She has always accepted her destiny of becoming the Passer. At least that’s what she has always believed until Gemi Draglen suddenly enters her life. She has never experienced love and could never love a dragon, an enemy to witches. It seems Gemi is not so easily deterred and is determined to win her affection and show her the joy that true love can give. Will Shalisi choose her sisters or the love of her life?



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BREAKING THE STORM by Sedona Venez

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Don’t miss this sensuous paranormal romance:

When Stormy meets rock star Knox, she lets herself dare to fall in love. There’s just one problem — her family curse, which could turn their passion into an all-consuming fire…



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THE OMEGAS by Annie Nicholas

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Only a vampire is man enough to teach werewolves how to fight.

Pretty librarian Sugar wants her life to stay quiet. That’s hard enough when friends and neighbors turn into furry werewolves every full moon. But when a hot vampire gets involved, life’s bound to get complicated.


The Omegas have always been the pansies of the paranormal. Now Chicago’s top werewolf pack has issued them a life or death challenge. Their only option: hire a vampire warrior to teach them the moves.


Daedalus has been a powerful vampire for ages. Intrigued by the chance to train the geeks of the underworld, he wasn’t bargaining on losing his heart to a human. Can he make the Omegas a success, fit into Sugar’s quiet life, and avoid being ripped to shreds in the process?



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INTO THE LIGHT by Tami Lund

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They were supposed to be enemies, not lovers. Tanner Lyons is a shifter without a pack, which is just the way he likes it—until he rescues Olivia Bennett, princess of the Lightbearers. Suddenly, he finds himself fighting an attraction that makes no sense, because Lightbearers and shifters have been mortal enemies since the beginning of time. Intrigue, adventure, magic, and passion – you’ll find it all in Into the Light, Book 1 of Tami Lund’s exciting new fantasy series, Lightbearers.

Shifters dominate the human world, while Lightbearers stay hidden away in their magically protected coterie. That is, until Olivia Bennett, princess of the Lightbearers, is captured by the most powerful shifter of them all—Quentin Lyons, who believes that to kill a Lightbearer is to inherit her magic.


The attraction makes no sense. Lightbearers and shifters have been mortal enemies since the dawn of time. He’s supposed to feel the urge to kill her, not … well, you know.



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THE RELUCTANT ALPHA by A.K. Michaels

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Cameron Sinclair is a successful businessman, with offices all over the world and a multi-billionaire with all the trappings. He is also a Wolf and he vows never to return to Pack life, or his birthright as Alpha.

He is ‘summoned’ back to his Highland Pack by his estranged father and things do not go smoothly, resulting in him leaving to help his Uncle in the USA with several of his friends in tow.


What awaits is heartache, sorrow and the chance for a new life as Alpha of a large Pack. A life with love in it. His first sight of the white She-Wolf affecting him in ways he can’t even understand.


First, he and his Wolves have to take on a deadly threat, the deadliest of all; a corrupt and depraved Alpha with a horde of guards as immoral as their leader.  Will he take his chance at love? Or do as he always does; walk away?



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THE HIDDEN DEMON by Monica La Porta

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A pariah among paranormals, Peter can touch the dead and read their last thoughts. Once an angel, now a demon, he is only tolerated by most because of his gift. Cursed with the power of influencing every woman or man he touches, Peter has lost any hope to experience true intimacy and companionship.

Headstrong and sensual as only werewolves can be, Ophelia is desperately in love with her best friend, Samuel, who is in love with someone else. In the middle of her personal crisis, Rome is taken by storm by the latest archeology discovery, and as a forensic anthropologist, Ophelia is called to shed some light on the remains of a young couple embraced for eternity.


Peter is sent to the site to help identify the dead. There he meets the striking werewolf, and Ophelia’s exotic beauty and sharp tongue pique his interest immediately. Ophelia, too, is affected by Peter’s magnetism.  Will they survive a manhunt the likes of which Rome has never seen? Will Peter and Ophelia remain unscathed by the fire of their burning passion?



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TOO FAR GONE by K.C. Stewart

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It’s either the beginning or the end for Sadie James. She came to the small Adirondack town of Andora looking for a fresh start. One that didn’t include the pitying looks of strangers who saw her on the news. Only days into her new life and already she is in trouble. That is, unless the wolf in front of her was salivating at the sight of some other woman in the vast forest around her.

After killing his sister, Tyson searched for oblivion the only way he knew how to. As a wolf he could run from the life he left behind and become the animal he always was. The time between lucidness grows longer each times he surfaces. One day he won’t be able to come back at all. It was the only thing he looked forward to until a lost woman fell at his feet.


Sadie is in danger and she is blind to it. Although, it was never proven, Tyson always believed Jack was behind his sister’s ultimate demise. Now Jack has his sights set on Sadie. Can he fight the pull of the wild or will he let her face the wolves alone?



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SHIFTING CURRENTS by Lissa Matthews

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Blake doesn’t want a mate. No way. No how. And he certainly doesn’t want her camping on his land, floating down his stretch of river, or looking like she belongs in his bed.

But that’s exactly what he gets when he happens upon a curvy woman with shades of sunset hair named Leah. She’s on vacation and isn’t looking for any complications, especially in the form of a shifter or the possessive MINE signal he gives off.


So, what are two bears to do when they’ve convinced themselves they don’t want, much less need anyone else? They give in to the pull and mate, of course, but in sex only. No life commitment. No cubs. No changing the way they live: Separate and independent of each other.


Except when she leaves his mountain, Blake can’t get her off his mind and Leah can’t stop craving his particular brand of gruffness. Now, the one thing neither wanted, has come full circle, and is ready to bite them both.



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BENEATH THE BROKEN MOON by Sarah Makela

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Werewolf relationships are all about influence and offspring, especially as they are becoming extinct. But Carmela Santiago resents that type of life. She dreams of falling in love, not following the example her parents have set.

When sensual vampire Derek Ashmore rescues her from dangerous hunters, she tumbles head over heels for him. Not a wise decision since werewolves and vampires are mortal enemies.


Meeting her caring mate-to-be Brendan Kelly has her further questioning the future. Regardless, her life has forever changed now that she’s met not one, but two men who pull at her heartstrings…



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McDOUGAL PACK ALPHA by Crystal Dawn

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Mandi finds herself waking from a drug induced sleep, in the arms of the handsome McDougal Pack’s alpha. But Mandi is a human, with no desire to be anything else. Just because the legendary white wolf blood might run through her veins, doesn’t give the werewolf council any say over her life. She may not be able to pick her relatives, but she can certainly choose the man she marries. Can’t she?

Mac doesn’t think the mate the council chose for him is going to work out for him at all. But when he meets her, he begins to wonder if she might not be the one he’s been looking for all along. She wants to fight him and the attraction that flares between them. He has a surprise for her. He’s a fighter and he’s enlisted an unexpected ally from her family. The white wolf herself is on his side and he doesn’t intend to stop until he wins.



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THE MATING CHALLENGE by Jami Brumfield

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Andrea Slater escaped an underground prison only to be captured by a shifter tribe and forced into a new form of imprisonment. As if, escaping death in 2014 and thrust into a dangerous future where the number one focus is procreation wasn’t enough, now she had six super hot, alpha males competing to the death to have the honor of mating with her. What’s a woman to do?

This is a stand alone romance. It is the second book in the Vanished series (book one, Death Interrupted is also available on Amazon). It is not necessary to read the first book in this series to follow the romance in The Mating Challenge but the first book can help enhance the story and can give readers a better understanding of the dystopia world the characters live in.



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WOLF’S DESIRE by Ambrielle Kirk

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After Keira’s husband is brutally murdered, she is more than just alone but vulnerable to threats and tangled in a web of greed. Her decisions lead her into a corner, and safety is jeopardized.

Aiden, Wolf shifter and Council member of the Caedmon Pack, has never failed when it comes to fulfilling the terms of his employment contract. When he is hired to protect an heiress, he doesn’t plan on her being the only woman to bring both challenge and purpose in his life. Without hesitation, he vows to keep the grieving Keira safe—even from himself.


Keira trusts Aiden unconditionally and finds joy whenever they are together, but can love transcend a tragedy? Aiden’s urge to protect her is just as great as his desire to claim her. Once the passion is unleashed and fueled by the need to have all of her, the wolf will accept nothing less than his mate.


Wolf’s Desire is Book Four of the Caedmon Wolves series. Books One through Six are also available now.



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FORBIDDEN by Elle Thorne

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A SPIN OFF SERIES OF SHIFTERS FOREVER!

This one takes place in Europe, the original home of the Tiero shifters. We start our journey in the Eternal City–Rome.


Vax’s half-brother Rafe has it bad for Callie, Vax’s woman. He thinks that’s the kind of woman he needs. Until he meets Jax–who has a boyfriend and a bit of a chip on her shoulder.



Now what, Rafe?

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FOLLOWING FABIAN by Holley Trent

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Believed to be kept under guard by his traveling circus’s owner, Fabian Castillo hasn’t been seen or heard from for more than seven months. Astrid Falk has one week to root him out. The private investigators at Shrew & Company always find their men, and Astrid is no exception.

When Astrid pulls the bewitching acrobat from captivity, however, he refuses to cut and run. He’s got a score to settle with his former foster father Jacques, and Astrid can’t leave Fabian on his own. He speaks no English, and she speaks no Spanish, but when they touch, they don’t need words. There are some perks to being psychic.


Solitary Fabian wants Astrid to be more than just his translator, and she just might be on the market for a new partner. But, the last man she gave her heart to left her high and dry when she needed him most. Committing to Fabian would require a leap of faith she’s not sure she can muster, especially if there’s no net below to catch her if she falls.



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DREAMING OF HER WOLF by Ever Coming

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Jolie’s life is turned upside down after the death of the father she never knew. Someone seems determined to run her over, she’s getting prank phone calls, and her mother is marrying a man Jolie has never met.

As if that wasn’t enough, a brief lust-filled meeting with a smokin’ hot stranger turns into dream filled nights of passion that feel almost too real.



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HUNGER MOON by Melissa Snark

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Victoria Storm faces seemingly insurmountable odds to keep her dwindling pack of werewolves alive and together. She fights hunters- including the brother and father of her deceased lover-and the pack takes another devastating loss.

When they seek sanctuary in a small town near Lake Tahoe, high in the secluded Sierra Nevada Mountains, Victoria discovers they are infringing on the territory of a vastly more powerful Alpha wolf. To save her pack, she uses her feminine wiles to seduce the Alpha. Nothing comes easily for Victoria. Her plans are complicated by the Alpha’s erratic son, a ghostly wife, and a vengeful witch.


Not even her status as a Valkyrie or the favor of the Goddess Freya can change the course of destiny for Victoria or her pack mates.



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July 8, 2015

Stuff Your Kindle July 2015



What are YOU reading?

Boy, do I have some suggestions for you! Get your mid-summer reading fix with 50 (!) awesome romances for just 99¢ each. Some of these deals are limited time only, so check ’em out now. And please feel free to share these deals with your reading friends.


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My first Elsa Jade book in the Mating Season Collection — Wolves of Angels Rest: HERO — is featured in this sale, as is the HOT BEACH ROMANCE box set with KISSING DRAKE from my alter ego Jenna Dales. Happy summer reading!


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June 15, 2015

It rains a lot here in the Pacific Northwest where I live, and we have lots of jokes about various things “sprouting like mushrooms”, and apparently one of those things is pen names.


This year, I launched a new “me” for reasons. The primary reason being that it amused me, which as far as reasons go, seems as good as any. (If you are an aspiring writer, please do not follow that reasoning.)


So now that Elsa Jade has a few words behind her name, I thought it was time to share her with you. And she already has an exciting new project…


Mating Season FB profile headerSix authors writing three novellas each about six different werewolf packs in one shared world. Super cool, right? My first contribution to the the world of the Mating Season is the purple manly fellow in the third slot. I’ll have two more coming in short order. I’m really excited about writing alongside these authors, some of whom you probably already know and some who are as shiny and new as Elsa Jade. I hope you’ll like Elsa and her friends and this new world as much as I do!


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Mating Season: Wolves of Angels Rest #1: Hero by Elsa JadeMating Season: Wolves of Angels Rest #1: Hero by Elsa Jade

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The mating moon is rising…


A wandering werewolf returns to town during the mating season to become pack leader and reunites for one last fling with the high school crush he left behind, unaware of how short their time together might be…


Maddie Joplin left the high desert town of Angels Rest with the searing memory of her one night in the arms of the local golden boy nipping at her heels. Now, years later, she’s back, haunted by a need she couldn’t outrun and determined to finally set herself free from wishes that can never come true.


In the army, Kane Villalobos traveled the world, seeking other shapeshifters who’d learned to live in harmony with human, only to find secrecy and death. He’s destined to become alpha of the Mesa Diablo pack, but he can’t forget the lush curves and quick mouth of the girl he had to leave behind. Seeing her again arouses his wolf in dangerous ways, and keeping her safe—from himself and the perils of the werewolf world—might mean letting her go forever.


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June 5, 2015

Jessa Slade garden 2015


Getting our first run of strawberries and blueberries. So far, just enough for fresh eating, but soon, soon there will be desserts and freezing for winter. (Gah, no thinking of winter yet!) Happy, yummy Friday!


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May 25, 2015

amok monday guest authors


[Note from Jessa: When Ines Johnson offered up a guest post on seducing priests — in our stories, you wicked readers! — I said sign me up. I’m still deeply resentful that we didn’t get Book’s story in Firefly (cue copious tears) because he was a seriously sexy man with secrets that needed to be unveiled. And Joscelin in Kushiel’s Dart? Swoon! But I digress. Let’s get to Ms. Johnson’s story…]


Men of Devotion

By Ines Johnson


If you read my books, you may have noticed a theme. Between the covers of many of my stories you’ll find a man of the cloth, who struggles with his feelings for a woman, and ultimately succumbs to the glories of romantic love.


An Old Testament


My fascination with priests began with the television movie, The Thornbirds. Richard Chamberlain in robes -nuff said. Its not just priests I’m fascinated with. It was an illuminating experience for me watching the Jedi of Star Wars. I even found Yoda hot! And then there was that string of movies about fallen angels where Christopher Walken was a badass angel and Elias Koteas was a former priest. Yummy. But the priest to end all priests? Matthew McConaughey in Contact!


Why am I attracted to priests, monks, angels, and even cone-headed, Buddha-like aliens? Because these men of devotion have a lot of qualities that women look for in their partners. They’re disciplined, full of grace, devoted, and they understand sacrifice.


A Beautiful Mind


Spiritual men are smart. Monks spend their lives studying ancient texts. Priests have to get a degree from college or seminary school, which can take anywhere from four to eight years. Jedi are taken as children, younglings, into the order. Other than Luke Skywalker, we know they spend all of their formative years training in the mental and physical art of the force.


Hopelessly Devoted


Speaking of Skywalkers, Padme didn’t fall for cute and cuddly Anakin. No, she fell for the grown Jedi who began to tug at the rules of his order as he pursued her affections. We all like a rebel, a bad boy, to some degree. The man of cloth might not be the bad boy, but their situation is definitely a naughty and forbidden one. He’s pledged his loyalty and devotion to another: namely god, a goddess, or some higher power.


The Sexy Priest trope is the perfect love triangle. You have the sexy priest, the first leg of the triangle. The priest is devoted to his vows, the second leg of the triangle. And then in walks another set of legs, the heroine. Admit it: we all want to be the chosen one in a love triangle. And if you can emerge the victor over a god-figure…


I already recognize that I’m going to hell. But that’s okay, because that’s where all of the sexy, fallen priests will be!


The Loyal Steed: A Pleasure Hound Novel

What starts as a series of carnal lessons turns into more as two rivals vie for the woman of their dreams.


Jaspir has been in love with Lady Merlyn since they were children, but she has always been out of his reach. Trained as a Pleasure Hound and now surviving by selling his body to rich women, his heart has always remained loyal to his true love.


Liam was promised to Merlyn in their youth, but he’s always known that he’s not the man in her heart. With their betrothal approaching, Liam seeks out Jaspir for help. Eager to ensure the happiness of the woman they both love, Jaspir agrees to train Liam in the pleasure arts.


What starts as rivals in an uneasy truce, soon turns carnal when Merlyn learns of their secret lessons. In a society where men are second class citizens, Merlyn is torn between the attentions of two men who would do anything to rule her heart.


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Lesson One

Jaspir regarded his longtime foe. Set in Liam’s pale face was green eyes with thick lashes, a strong jaw and a mouth with a thin upper lip, but full lower lip. Jaspir had hated this pale face for many years. He blocked out Liam’s face and focused on the man’s lips. As he did with his more unattractive clients, Jaspir pictured Merlyn in his head, narrowing his world to what these lips would do for her.


Jaspir grazed his fingers along the lips before him. They were thinner than his own. His lessons would have to account for that. “Lesson number one,” he said. “The bedroom is the only place where a man can truly rule a woman.”


Jaspir clasped the chin that belonged to the lips, eliciting another gasp.


“You need to take charge,” he said. “Be in control.”


Jaspir’s fingers curled about the neck and the lips parted as he did so.


“Merlyn thinks too much. Her head rules her entire body. If you have control of her head…”


His fingers went into the red hairs at the nape of the neck that belonged to the lips. With a firm tug, the head went back exposing the neck. “…you have control of her.”


Jaspir let his focus extend from the lips to the exposed neck. His tongue struck out and he licked. He felt the body trembling in his grasp.


“Lesson number two, never do what’s expected.” Jaspir bit lightly at the chin. “Merlyn will anticipate your every move. She can’t help it. She remembers the sequence of things. If you are repetitive, you will lose her. Do you understand?”


Jaspir watched as the lips tried to form words, but the trembling thwarted them. In the end, Jaspir was given a nod of acquiescence.


“Good.”


Jaspir focused on the lips once more. He nipped at them. He nipped at the bottom lip, which was plumper than the top. He nipped at the corner, flicking his tongue out. He continued this random pattern as the lips tried to anticipate his next move, each time failing to predict it.


“Lesson three, make her chase you. Once you—”


The lips cut him off. The lips Jaspir had thought so small covered his own and tried to devour him. For unpracticed lips they were warm and wanton. Perhaps Liam could please Merlyn after all. But first, he had to pay attention.


Jaspir used the hand still at the nape of Liam’s neck to yank him away. Liam groaned at the loss, his chest panting, his eyes hooded.


“Are you listening, Liam?”


Liam blinked once, twice. By the third blink, he’d recovered himself and yanked away from Jaspir’s hold, embarrassment clear on his face. “All right,” Liam said. “You’ve made your point.”


“I don’t think I have.”


Liam clenched his jaw.


“Show me what you’ve learned.”


Liam’s eyes whipped to Jaspir’s. Jaspir placed his hands in his lap and waited.


Slowly Liam raised his hands. They grazed Jaspir’s chin. The soft, un-callused fingers reminding Jaspir of a woman’s gentle touch. Before Jaspir could process the softness, Liam’s fingers tangled in his hair and wrenched Jaspir’s head back.


Jaspir barely held back his moan of pleasure. He liked it rough from time to time, but that would not do for Lady Merlyn. “Not that firm. She’s more delicate than I am. Just enough to let her know that you’re in control.”


Liam loosened his grip a fraction. He looked to Jaspir for approval. Jaspir recognized the spark of need in the other male’s eyes. How this man lived ten years under Merlyn’s roof and never stole a single kiss was a true mystery to Jaspir.


“Good,” Jaspir nodded.


The spark in Liam’s eyes ignited into the smallest of flames before he dipped his head and put his mouth to Jaspir’s throat. Liam’s movements were unpracticed and hesitant, but the heat of his mouth sent a message to Jaspir’s dick. Jaspir focused on his breaths instead of the heat climbing across his hips.


There was no way he’d be turned on by this soft-hand, unpracticed, First, virgin.


Liam nibbled at Jaspir’s lip now, his hunger making up for his lack of skill. Jaspir knew desire. He understood wanting something that he thought was off limits to him. Jaspir softened and turned his head into the kiss.


For a moment, Jaspir allowed Liam to claim him. Allowed him to taste that thing that he could never possess. To pretend for just a moment that it could be this way; that they could be together always. That they could live on a land away from society and everything tearing them apart. To live in a small cottage surrounded by impossible flowers of red, purple and green.


The kiss turned brutal as both men fought to stake their claim. Until finally, Jaspir gave a tug of Liam’s hair, pulling them apart. Both men stared at the other, panting, eyes clear, realization dawning that neither held the object of their desire.


“That’ll be all for today’s lessons.”


It took a moment, but finally Liam rose. “When do I—” He stopped and cleared his throat.


“When do I come back for our second appointment?”


Jaspir turned to him, his face a mask of unconcern. “Pick any day you’d like. I’ve cleared my entire schedule just for you.”


Part One: May 12th, 2015

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Part Two: May 19th, 2015

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Part Three: May 26th, 2015

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The Complete Serial: June 2nd, 2015

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Bio

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!


Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.


Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.


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May 20, 2015

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Here are some of my little garden friends. I know some people don’t like spiders, but these are garden spiders. They are very good about (mostly) staying outside and eating flies. The ladybugs eats aphids. Thank you, ladybug. I’m eating the radishes — which are already much bigger than these because I took the photos a week ago. Radishes are the best for instant (okay, two weeks) gratification. And I planted waaaaaaay too many of my little poppy seed friends, which reseeded at a 120% germination rate, apparently. Not sure how that happened. Whatever, it’s a welcoming garden.


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May 6, 2015

Jessa Slade:

My “See Jane Publish” post after a writing retreat at the coast…


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In my notes, I see that this month���s topic at See Jane Publish is ���Where were you when?��� Honestly, I���m not sure what that was supposed to inspire in me. Sometimes I don���t take such good notes. Hopefully the other Janes are more organizationally inclined or at least have better handwriting.



So instead I���m going to share where I am now. This has a couple advantages. One being that I know the answer to this question. And two, where I am is quite lovely.



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This is the Oregon coast in May. I���m here to write a book and a half in four days. Admittedly, they are not long books, but��they are still keeping me busy with my morning, afternoon, and evening word counts.



Still, I can���t visit the coast without a daily walk on the beach. Because writing a book ��� even a short book ��� can feel long, and���


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