12:01 am • Filed under: Writing
Shelli Stevens is one of my bestest friends. I mean it. We’ve known each other for five years. I “talk” (okay we instant message) to her every single day. She’s not only a great person but she is a GREAT writer. If you’re looking for sexy contemporaries, she’s your woman!
Here’s her latest release!
One taste of her lips, and friendship is off the menu
Holding Out for a Hero, Book 3
Kate has always been everybody’s friend and the de-facto little sister to the Wyatt brothers. But her feelings for Todd Wyatt, the town’s hottest firefighter, run far beyond the sibling variety. Not that he’s ever noticed.
After years of nursing her crush, Kate decides it’s time to take action. Except she has one awkward little secret: she’s still a virgin. She hopes she can seduce Todd without him realizing just how inexperienced she is.
In Todd’s mind, Kate’s the sweet girl he teases and hits up for free cupcakes. One surprise kiss over the summer, though, and suddenly she’s jumped from the platonic side of his brain to the want-her-in-my-bed side. Even though the last thing he wants is to lose her friendship, his resistance to her determined seduction is slipping. Fast.
When malicious attacks on her bakery escalate, it soon becomes clear that for all Kate’s friends, she’s made at least one big enemy. And if they don’t figure it out soon, things could take a deadly turn.
“Ms. Stevens takes a couple who has been friends their whole lives, adds a bit of spice and turns it into a grab a fan and ice water because this one is a HOT story. She also adds just the right amount of suspense combined with a knock out romance and made this the kind of book that I will read again and again.” Fallen Angel Reviews, Recommended Read
“I would definitely recommend to any fan of contemporary romance.” Whipped Cream Reviews
“Flash Point is a delightful story centering around Kate who is a great friend and Todd who is slowly realizing that she maybe more.” Sensual Reads
Silence fell between them, heavy and awkward, and the longer she kept quiet, the more she just wanted to scream. She could barely deal with Todd talking to her about the women in his life, seeing them was bad enough, but having to help him with it?
Todd seemed to sense her mood change, because any further attempts at conversation stayed firmly away from the topic of women and dating.
When the check arrived, he handled it despite her insisting that she pay half. The entire ride home, the hot ball of anger in her belly just kept expanding, until her vision was tinted with red and her hands were clenched into fists.
When they pulled up outside her house, she didn’t trust herself to say anything more than a terse, “Goodnight.”
She climbed out of the truck, slamming the door behind her as she strode toward her front door. She’d just blown any pretense of playing it cool, but so what? She heard the truck door slam again, and she flinched, increasing her pace.
Todd’s fingers curled around her elbow, spinning her around and off balance. She reached out to catch herself, just like she’d done earlier today with Walt. Only this time, there was no urge to pull away when her palms flattened against Todd’s hard, broad chest. But the fact that she was pissed, not just angry, downright pissed at Todd, had her jerking away regardless.
Todd didn’t let her go though, instead slid his hands up her arm to pull her closer to him.
Her heart lurched in her chest and her mouth went dry.
“I’m sorry,” he muttered.
She lifted her gaze to his and from the light of her porch saw the regret in his eyes.
“There isn’t a woman I’m trying to impress with baking. I made that up.”
Kate frowned, stilling in her efforts to free herself. “Why did you say that then?”
“Damn it, to keep this from happening.” His head blocked out the light as it dipped, and then his mouth crashed down on hers.
Shock ripped through her as his lips masterfully parted hers, his tongue plunging inside to taste her. She couldn’t move, couldn’t even respond for a moment. Until the tingling began and a liquid heat seeped through her veins, pooling heavily between her thighs.
She was in Todd’s arms and he was kissing the hell out of her? How long had she fantasized about this?
3:40 pm • Filed under: Writing
Hopefully I can share my new covers soon – one for my book coming out with Loose Id and the other from Carina Press. I’ve seen the Loose Id cover – oh, MY. Dark and edgy and sexy and I can’t WAIT to show everyone!
I’m excited about the Carina one (Lessons in Indiscretion) because it’s my first historical cover and oh, I love a good historical clench cover. I just finished edits on it this morning. Now waiting for copy edits. I think (hope, pray!) it’s a sexy little story.
I will share the covers here as soon as I can!
9:43 pm • Filed under: Writing
A few things going on with me that are book-related…
– My first book with Loose Id is coming out in a month. Fell for You will release on March 29th. More info coming soon – including excerpts to tease you with!
– My backlist from Cobblestone Press is now available on Amazon Kindle! Yeah, go check it out here!
– I have sold the third and final novella in the Fated series at Samhain. But I’m whispering this announcement because it’s semi-official not official-official. But I had to tell you all because I’m excited about this one. I hope it comes out closer to the end of the year.
– And finally, My Favorite Mistake got a FANTASTIC review from Black Raven Reviews! Five Ravens and a Recommended Read! Whoo hoo! Here’s a bit of what Ashley had to say:
“As always, I’m thrilled to read another excellent romance from Karen Erickson! The sex is always red-hot and plentiful, the romance itself, always sensual. I can never get enough of her books.”
You can read the rest of the review here. And thanks, Ashley! I appreciate the kind words!
7:48 pm • Filed under: inspiration,Writing
For the weekend…
Tags: inspiration, Writing
12:23 pm • Filed under: Writing
It’s the day of love…so head on over to Lissa Matthew’s blog and show her some love! My fellow Smutketeers and I are the lucky guests there today. Did you know she’s having a month long celebration of her birthday at her blog? Yes, she’s a February girl just like me!
Add some spice to your life today — read a romance book!
Once again, I’m remiss in my blogging duties. Forgive me. I was busy most of January writing like a maniac. Which hopefully will result in good things i.e. contracts which in turn will be good for you, my readers. (psst I’ve already received one contract offer from Carina Press for my second historical novella. More details to come!)
It’s February so that means a few birthdays going down in my house. My daughter’s is tomorrow – she’s turning 8 on the 8th. My baby girl is 8! Where did the time go? We had her birthday party Saturday. Lots of friends and family and food and presents. We had it here. Everyone had a blast.
My birthday is Thursday. I’ve decided this year I’m turning 31…again. Such a great age, I want to repeat it! If you’re feeling a little, um, aged and want to lower it a bit, I will NOT hold it against you. You can join my club. The 31 club!
This week I plan on working on more administrative type stuff (paperwork, updating my website, ooh I need to do taxes – you know, that stuff) and starting the third Fated novella. I pondered the storyline all weekend and I think I’m ready to dig in. I’m excited.
What excites you this week? Did you watch the Super Bowl? The game was all right. The commercials, I thought they were weak. But that’s just me…