Monthly Archives: December 2014
Hey! I decided to do things a little differently with my upcoming release, “Again for the First Time”. I’ve got ARCS! Never done them before, but I’ll try anything once LOL. The sign up sheet for ARCs (Advance Reader/Review Copies) is right here and it’s pretty simple, just a few painless questions to answer 😀 These copies will be distributed by January 12th in exchange for an honest review to be posted on Amazon by no later than February 11th.
In the meantime, here’s a teaser and a few other sneak peeks into Luke and Lissette’s world ❤ Enjoy!
XOXO – Raven
First, for those who don’t already know, “Again for the First Time” is my upcoming interracial romance novel (bw/wm), being released January 23rd, 2015! Can’t wait! Until then, feel free to check out the blurb and other info about the book here, or check out the trailer if you haven’t done so already 😀
Now… this excerpt was pulled from a scene where the couple decides to play a game during a power outage. Lissette, my heroine, has a fear of thunderstorms; however, Luke, the leading man, has come up with an interesting way to keep her mind off the thunder and lightnig. His plan? Get her to focus her attention… elsewhere 🙂
Enjoy and feel free to comment below!!
Excerpt from Lissette’s point of view: Twenty Questions
“Eleven: biggest turn off during sex.”
I smiled and looked down. “Mmmm… I guess I’d have to say being spanked. I always think the guy has some sort of sick incest fantasy that he’s trying to fulfill or something.”
The sound of Luke laughing made me look up. “I’ll keep that in mind.”
I frowned. “Ew. You don’t do that, do you?” The question came out quiet, like I was nervous of what his response might be, which made him crack up even harder.
“No, but if I did, I wouldn’t tell you. Not after that rationale you just gave.”
I shrugged. “Just makes sense to me. Kids get spanked, not grown women you’re having sex with.”
“Since we’re on the subject,” Luke said, a devilish grin taking over his expression. “Twelve: favorite position?”
I sighed and stared at the ceiling while I thought about it. “I honestly don’t think I have one. If a guy really knows what he’s doing, he can make any position my favorite.”
Luke raised an eyebrow and gave a half-smile. Clearly, he liked my answer. “Thirteen: Are you for or against oral sex?”
“Giving it or getting it?”
He shrugged. “Both.”
“For it… and for it.”
That slick smile came back, but he moved on. “Fourteen: When’s the last time you had sex?”
I shifted in my seat as I thought back. “Six months.”
He didn’t say anything right away and I imagined he assumed I was speaking about Gerard. Unfortunately, I was.
“Fifteen: How long do you intend to make me wait?”
I grinned up at him. “It fluctuates,” I admitted. “My original intention? A month at least, but when I’m around you… I find myself rethinking that.”
He chuckled a little and rubbed the stubble on his chin slowly when he looked away. That was the truth. Usually, I make a guy wait until we’ve been at it a good four weeks before giving up the goods. But the man before me was so incredibly sexy, so irresistible, that I was finding it difficult to hold to that rule. It wasn’t even anything in particular that he did—well not intentionally. It was in the way his eyes seemed to dim when he’d think about making love to me, which was fairly often. It was his physique, his mannerisms. Hell, even his teeth were sexy to me. I’d had more than one fantasy about him placing soft bites all over my body. The sound of him clearing his throat snatched me from my inner thoughts.
“Sixteen: What were you thinking when we were lying in bed last night and I touched you?” He looked me up and down, wetting his lips.
I released a slow breath and tried to focus on my response instead of my body’s memory of how he’d made me feel, of the effect his touch had on me. “Well… mostly I was self-conscious because you wouldn’t let me freshen up.” He chuckled a little at that and then his eyes dimmed in that way they do. “But once I got over that… I was thinking about how badly I didn’t want you to stop.”
The smile slowly faded and his teeth clamped the side of his lip while he thought. I could feel my pulse throbbing behind my ears while I watched him watch me.
“Seventeen: Do you touch yourself?”
As uncomfortable as the question made me, I had to answer because he didn’t shy away when I asked him the same thing. “Sometimes.”
“Eighteen: Fingers or toys?” He asked. “Please say fingers,” he added with a whisper and a smile.
I inhaled sharply and tried desperately not to look away from him. Nervous, I scratched the side of my neck. “I don’t have toys.”
His teeth sank into his lip again as he stared at me without even a hint of a smile. The dimness returned to his eyes, leaving me to feel naked under his gaze. “Nineteen: What do you fantasize about when you do it?”
I exhaled and started feeling dizzy. “Lately? Just you.”
He nodded slowly as if he already knew that would be my answer. “When you asked me about pleasuring myself, you had a look on your face.”
“A look?” I asked, half-dazed.
He nodded, still keeping his eyes trained on me. “Like you were curious.” He paused, but only for a second before asking his final question – a question that stole the breath I’d just inhaled.
“Twenty: Would you like to watch?”
A chill ran down my spine and again I shifted in my seat. He stared back at me with a dead-serious look on his face, waiting for me to respond. His eyes carved away at me, digging to the root of my subconscious, drawing out the answer he wanted to hear… the answer I wanted to give.
Thanks for checking it out and I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek 🙂 Just a reminder, the book will be available January 23rd on Amazon as well as other major retailers. Thanks for stopping by!
Here’s the trailer for the new book! Only five more weeks until release day and there’s still time to sign up for my newsletter for those interested in receiving the first chapter in the coming days 🙂
I’ll share the blurb again for anyone who may have missed it, then enjoy the trailer ❤
“Marry me” were the last words Luke thought he’d say to a perfect stranger. Then again, Lissette never dreamed she’d actually say “yes”. But she did… The odds are against them from the start of their less than conventional marriage, but the couple quickly realizes that their newfound love is absolutely worth the risk.
Good morning !!!! 😀 If you’re interested in checking out the first chapter (or two… or maybe three, not sure lol) of “Again for the First Time”, I’ll be giving all of my newsletter subscribers a sneak peek in the coming days! If you haven’t subscribed yet, there’s still time! It’s simple; just click here, fill out the short form (name and email address), then you’re done! Feel free to share this. The more the merrier 🙂 Have a great one!! ❤
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So…. as some of you may know, I’ve got a new book coming out in 6 short weeks! I’ve been toiling over this story for a lonnnnnng time, but that’s only because it’s so close to my heart. Luke and Lissy have a complicated love story that needed to be told a very specific way, so I chose not to rush it. My original plan was to release all the way back in August, shortly after book 3 of the Free Falling series, but clearly, that never happened. Instead, I continued to work on it until I got that warm, tingly feeling that tells me ‘I must tweak no more’ (sn: accidentally typed ‘I must twerk no more’…. whole other blog post). Now that edits are back, I’ve got a bit of last-minute fine-tuning to do before officially releasing it to the wild, on Friday, January 23rd to be exact, but I’ll answer a few questions that have come up in the meantime: Is this a standalone? How many pages? What’s it about? And I’ll also share a few tidbits at random. Let’s start with the blurb…
“Marry me” were the last words Luke thought he’d say to a perfect stranger. Then again, Lissette never dreamed she’d actually say “yes”.
But she did…
The odds are against them from the start of their less than conventional marriage, but the couple quickly realizes that their newfound love is absolutely worth the risk.
“Again for the First Time” is roughly 380 pages and is a standalone. No cliffy! Promise lol. There will, however, be a full-length story for secondary characters – I’m already working on it 😀 . I assure you, though, Luke and Lissy’s journey concludes in this one novel.
This project was different from anything else I’ve ever written based on one detail that I didn’t expect to have such a major impact. There’s a sense of family that I’ve never experimented with before (in terms of siblings). Not sure why, but for whatever reason, most of my lead characters come from homes where they are the only child (with the exception of Solei from Red Sun who lost a sister and then gained a step-sibling she hated). Luke is one of four children in his family, while Lissy is one of five girls with a half brother who isn’t around. I thoroughly enjoyed showing their interactions with their siblings and just the family element as a whole.
Another detail people seem to like to be privy to is the age of the characters. Lissette is twenty-four and Luke is twenty-six, but turns twenty-seven within the story. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, drop down to the comments and ask away! For now, you can check out the Again for the First Time Pinterest board to see who inspired the characters!! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to be among the first to read chapter one of this story, and also for the latest updates on new releases, sales, and more!
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