Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas! FREEEEEEEE...


Many of my ebooks are FREE right now for the Holidays at the following places (sorry, not at Amazon...).

B&N (Nook):

~ Ruby Madden

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Amazon |  iBooks B&N | Kobo

Available for PRE-Order! Get lost in a Shifter Wonderland of Bears, Wolves, Horses and Dragons! 

This boxed set features twelve ALL NEW stand-alone Holiday stories from your favorite bestselling paranormal romance authors, and it’s only available for a LIMITED TIME! If you love Hot, Sexy Alpha Shapeshifters and the Beautiful, Curvy women who love them, then you don’t want to miss this LIMITED EDITION holiday boxed set! 

Featured Authors
Christin Lovell 
V. Vaughn 
Tasha Black 
Charlene Hartnady 
Kate Kent 
Lola Kidd 
Marie Mason 
Erika Masten 
Harmony Raines 
Ruby Shae 
Elle Thorne 
Emerald Wright

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FIFTY SHADES OF GRRR... 1 & 2 Bundles / BoxSets

Two new boxsets full of Shape-Shifter stories are available on PRE-ORDER

Hello Dear Readers! 

Got something fun for you... I'm part of a new boxset. Looking for new authors to read? Can't get enough of sexy shape-shifters in every variety? Love a screaming deal? Then, by all means, please ONE-CLICK. 
They will be available Sept 1st.  :)


Ruby Emerald 

Amazon US | Amazon UK
Books included are: 
Silverback Shift - Artemis Wolffe 
Bearly Hanging On - Wednesday Raven 
Cinder Wolf - Terra Wolf 
Rogue Bear - Amelia Jade 
Alpha Shot - Jacklyn Black 
Bear and Broken - Mercy May 
Tracing the Tiger - Rachael Slate 
Shifter (Grizzly) Part 1 - Emerald Wright 
Accidental Mate - Shelley Shifter 
Bear Trapped - Eve Hunter

Books included are: 
Bearing Gifts - Artemis Wolffe 
The Wolf Hunter - Wednesday Raven 
Bear in Mind - Alannah Blacke 
Secrets of the Snow Leopard - Terra Wolf 
Taming the Billionaire Bear - Christy Rivers 
Art of Cunning - Steffanie Holmes 
Aimée and the Bear - Cara Wylde 
Bearly Relative - Ever Coming 
The Alpha's Bet - Annora Soule 
Zorth - Crystal Dawn

Sunday, June 28, 2015

FREE: The Capture of Grace

Sometimes the stories we as authors love the most when we're writing them go on to get the least amount of love from readers when they're published. It's just how the cards lay sometimes and you learn to roll with the punches. 

That said, I'd like to remind you that this title is currently FREE everywhere. A novella that is part of the West Coast Erotica series, it is based in Portland and revolves around three characters. Sometimes, love isn't a straight shot like we so often read it being portrayed as in romance books. And this story is exactly what I was attempting to share.

For Grace, she has emotional wounds that have lingered, preventing her from feeling she can move forward in intimate relations with men. That is, until fate and serendipity intervene, breaking her out of her lonely and isolated spell.
Entering the picture are two wonderful men, Clay and Greg, who make her realize she wants erotic experiences and maybe even love too. That old adage that sometimes we have to be patient while waiting for love and remember that part of the journey is about meeting and discovering our own desires.  

Once of my favorite reviews is by Racy Carr / Tina Hall and you can read it here at GoodReads.

Hope you enjoy! As always, reviews and feedback are greatly appreciated. :)



Wednesday, May 27, 2015


My paranormal romance pen name, Emerald Wright has released PART 3 to SHIFTER - Grizzly!


This title is in KindleUnlimited (KU), so you can borrow to read if you're a member. Also, since I know some readers like to hold out for a longer read, I've released a BUNDLE of Parts 1 - 3.

There is a bit of a CLIFFHANGER... Since I'm writing Parts 4 - 6 currently!

DESCRIPTION: Cassidy is no longer an aspiring author. She hit the big-time, money-wise with her paranormal romance shifter titles that are all the rage. She's a success!

With her finances secure, she is taking a break from the genre and revisiting a former dream of writing the great American novel. First, she needs to get her latest book completed and in the hands of her publisher, ASAP. There's just one problem, she's switched out the last three chapters and needs them to be edited. But her editor isn't available. What's an author to do?

Help comes in the shape and form of Abe. New to town, a seasoned editor and ruggedly handsome, he's not only willing to take on the editing job, he can do it fast. When they meet, the chemistry is instant and Abe is drawn to the curvy writer.

*  *  *


L. Levine: I like that this series takes a very different take on alphas and women in the shifter communities. It is a great concept to have Cassidy be a writer of paranormal romances and then get immersed in the actual world of shifters when she meets her new editor, Abe, who she learns is a bear shifter. Cassidy is a real fighter and she is not shy about asking for what she wants. Abe is a lot quieter and easy-going and the author takes time to build a romance. These three parts end right before some major changes are coming for their relationship. I look forward to seeing how things turn out for them.It should be very interesting. I received a copy from the author in return for a honest review.

Crystal SinThis series gets better and better!! Cassidy learns that she is an Alpha Female and all the goes along with it, can she accept it, and accept that Abe will allow another into their relationship? Will Jason go for it?

LindaI like that this series takes a very different take on alphas and women in the shifter communities. It is a great concept to have Cassidy be a writer of paranormal romances and then get immersed in the actual world of shifters when she meets her new editor, Abe, who she learns is a bear shifter. Cassidy is a real fighter and she is not shy about asking for what she wants. Abe is a lot quieter and easy-going and the author takes time to build a romance. These three parts end right before some major changes are coming for their relationship. I look forward to seeing how things turn out for them.It should be very interesting. I received a copy from the author in return for a honest review.

Wanda M.: I loved this book, it was different than other bear shifter books that I have read but it was totally fantastic.

I loved how Abe and Cass met for the very first time. Abe is a strong sexy alpha bear who has been looking for his soul mate for a long time. Cass is a strong, beautiful curvy woman who writes shifter romances and is in need of an editor to edit her novel

This story is non stop from the moment these two meet. I could not put the book down from the moment I started reading it. I was totally captivated by the characters and the the storyline the author has written. This is a wonderful read and a definite must read.

I highly recommend this book and this author to everyone who loves paranormal romances. I know you will love it as much as I did. Be sure to pick up a copy, you will be very very glad that you did.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Spooked as an AUDIO Book!

I'm very excited to share that my paranormal romance title, SPOOKED is now available as an AUDIO book via Audible, Amazon and iTunes! This is my first one and I'm very glad that I was able to partner with a narrator (Clay Lomakayu) whose voice is perfect for the theme.

Check out the FIRST chapter via YouTube to get a taste!

Chapter One from SPOOKED, an interracial paranormal romance by RUBY MADDEN. 

Full story available at: 

Clementine, an in-demand sketch artist who needs an escape from her hectic, stressful, and busy city life, decides to take a much-needed one-year sabbatical. She welcomes the chance to move to a small town in the South and inhabit the old, Victorian mansion that, upon her aunt's recent passing, was willed to her.

Upon arriving Clementine meets Gabe, a kindly, considerate, and sexy jack-of-all-trades who helped her aunt while she was alive with the house, doing maintenance, repairs, and property upkeep.

They are instantly drawn to one another, and Clementine wonders if he likes curvy women such as herself while worrying what he might think if he knows she's what's known as a white witch. - a benevolent practitioner of the elements, magic, and energy.

Meanwhile Gabe wonders if Clementine will figure out that he's not exactly mortal or living. That he is in fact a spook. A ghost.

Ultimately they will discover a hidden mystery about their unique connection, crossing time and space to reveal the truth: their enduring love.

Copyright Manifestiny Entertainment, LLC & Ruby Madden & Clay Lomakayu (narrator)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Introducing QUEERcentric Books!

Introducing QUEERcentric Books! 

One of the great things about being an independent author is the rich and vibrant community and network of like-minded authors and writers that I get to interact with on a regular basis. One such circle has recently launched something special and I was delighted to be invited to participate.

This subscription service will allow readers to get hot, new recommended reads via email. Just for joining, you will receive a bundle of ebooks from the list of following authors who have LGBT titles.

Jake Biondi
E. M. Leya
Kora Knight
Ruby Madden
Brad Vance
Sara York
Evan J. Xavier
Leigh Jarrett
Cat Grant
Olive Hiscock
Barry Lowe
Ethan Stone
A.E. Via

Check it out!!



Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Fling by KINKLECTIC

KINKLECTIC has a new boutique bundle out! 7 fresh stories to hop into for Spring...

7 Fresh Stories from KINKLECTIC! Perhaps our most eclectic bundle yet...

The Sultan’s Spring Review by Heather Cole 
DESCRIPTION: Every spring the Sultan of Saldyna opens the doors to his special menagerie for select guests, and this year, he invited the ambassador and his wife, Raya. Raya is surprised to learn that the sultan has a special request of her regarding a certain shapeshifter. And when Raya and the shapeshifter meet--sparks fly.

Spring Resort by Jane Danger 
DESCRIPTION: Still reeling from the very public demise of her last relationship, Willow is hard-pressed to get through a day without crying, let alone start looking for love again, but when a sexy new business acquaintance makes her an offer she can't deny, what Willow thought was impossible suddenly becomes possible or so she thinks.

Can paradise be just the thing she needs to begin anew or is she wading into dangerous territory by letting a wealthy banker tempt her heart and her body?

2.0 by Troy King 
DESCRIPTION: Katherine Zaya is beta testing a remarkable piece of software that’s about to get even more amazing with the upgrade to 2.0. Will she be able to retain herself when her mind becomes her ultimate playground?

Night Nurse: Spring Fling by Fallen Kittie 
DESCRIPTION: Melanie, resumes her indulgent intimacies following her night shift. Clark incinerates her inhibitions; but this time around, flames also fly between best friends.

Sprung by Audrey Lusk
DESCRIPTION: In a very near future of ultimate debt, some people still find a spot of brightness.

SHIFTER – Grizzly PART 1 by Emerald Wright 
DESCRIPTION: Cassidy is no longer an aspiring author. She hit the big-time, money-wise with her paranormal erotic romance shifter titles that are all the rage. She's a success!

With her finances secure, she is taking a break from the genre and revisiting a former dream of writing the great American novel. First, she needs to get her latest book completed and in the hands of her publisher, ASAP. There's just one problem, she's switched out the last three chapters and needs them to be edited. But her editor isn't available. What's an author to do?

Help comes in the shape and form of Abe. New to town, a seasoned editor and ruggedly handsome, he's not only willing to take on the editing job, he can do it fast. When they meet, the chemistry is instant and Abe is drawn to the curvy writer.

Undisclosed Desires by Evan J. Xavier 
DESCRIPTION: Two best friends escape their college dorm and head to spring break for a week of debauchery in one of the most salacious places on earth, New Orleans, looking for both the 'big' and the 'easy.' One dark alley, a cowboy and an ex-pro NFL stepbrother takes center stage.




Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Guess where I will be this upcoming weekend? The 38th Norwescon annual conference opens on Thursday and I will be gallavanting all weekend long with a friend and fellow writer.

I have no idea what to expect as this is the first time I've been to the festival, but as a Philip K. Dick fan, I'm thrilled to know that the same-named awards just so happen to be part of the event. And of course there is this little known Game Of Thrones author guy who will be there. Apparently, he has a TV series? :D

I'll be reporting back with all the shenanigans, so just know that my twitter feed, facebook posts and Instagram will be very lively!

Twitter: @ruby_madden (public) & @rubenesqueen (private)

Also, my paranormal-shifter pseudonym, Emerald Wright, has a Part 2 coming out this weekend. If that is your cup of tea, Part 1 will be FREE Friday-Sunday (4/3 - 4/5).

Enjoy your Weekend! 


Friday, March 20, 2015

KINKLECTIC: Free, Free, & Free

Why hello! While my nose, lungs and eyes battle the early onset and onslaught of Spring and her seasonal allergies, I'm wide awake this Friday morning preparing for a busy weekend. I have a very nice treat for you and I plan on breaking some ranking records at Amazon.


You see, us ambitious folks at KINKLECTIC have decided to make all THREE of our BUNDLES FREE for the weekend. Yup, that's right - ALL THREE OF THEM.

So, go get em!!! Read em!!! And most importantly, RATE/REVIEW them!! I'd be thrilled for crazy amounts of stars at the end of this giveaway. Even if it is just for one, two or three of the stories in a bundle that you found yourself enjoying, please let the world know. Seriously, it matters. It's what will keep us putting together more BUNDLES. You like more, right? I know I do! :P

What READERS think matter the most to me. Serious.

Okay, off to go drink another SBUX. Have a great weekend. :)

~ Ruby

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Borrow, Read, Review, Repeat (BRRR...)

Hello Dear Readers,

I'm known for trying things out to see how it goes. Late last Fall, I launched an ARRC  program, which stands for Advance Read Review Copy. It garnered decent results, but nothing that surprised me. I like being pleasantly surprised, so I'm shaking things up.

One of the most crucial aspects to publishing is being able to get ratings/reviews. Why?

Well, outside of it providing other readers information about how good a book might be, there is another little known aspect to it.


That's right, ads. In order for an author to get and pay for an ad via many of the best book advertisers out there, they need a minimum # of ratings and reviews. Otherwise, they won't run the ad, doesn't matter if the author can pay or not. In a way, this sucks. In a way, this is great.

Advertisers do this so they can ensure that they're sending top-rated, quality reads to their subscribers. This, I support. I wouldn't want crappy reads pimped and promoted, so I get it. Since I know that on average most of you find my stories to be good (4-star) or great (5-star), I really want to reach more readers through targeted promotion and advertising.

Will you help me get there?

I have a 4.5 average star rating at GoodReads and a 4.0 star average rating via Amazon. This means I would qualify for most ads IF I have ten or more for the title I want to promote. This is how I will get out of the trenches.

So, I need your help. Seriously.

I've changed my ARRC program to a BRRR program. What's that,  you ask?


Basically, you join my BRRR mailing list, you request what title you would like to read. I send you the INSTAFREEBIE link where you select what file type you want to read (mobi or ePub). (Borrow is just a euphemism, you get to keep your copies. So, yes... FREE copies always for anything already published). You read it. You rate and review it at Amazon & GoodReads. You email me links to your reviews. And lastly, you select another title to start reading. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

My ENTIRE bibliography is available for YOU TO CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT TO READ. 

If  you like the sound of that, then by all means, subscribe now and let me know what you want to start with. :)

When I have new titles ready for release, they will AUTOMATICALLY be available to you to read, rate & review. Just ask.

Let me know what you think? It's a different approach to the advanced read/review programs that many authors use. Most of the time, they're telling you what they need read and reviewed. You might not get to choose. I'm offering you the CHOICE. Like a library system. :)

I'M ALL ABOUT THE READER. This business isn't so much a PUBLISHING business as it is a READER business. Yes, YOU. YOU are my priority. The rest are just MIDDLE MEN. That's right.

We don't need them anymore. :P



Friday, February 6, 2015

The Wait is Over! Cupid's Secrets by KINKLECTIC is alive!

It’s that time again! The folks over at KINKLECTIC have pulled together another great Holiday-themed bundle. There are thirteen (13) sexy to sweet, romantic to erotic, short stories to tickle your kinky fancy this Valentine’s Day. Take a peek at the offerings:

I Hate You, Cupid by Heather Cole

DESCRIPTION: It’s Valentine’s Day and Soledad, a librarian with a secret past, is trying to summon the courage to tell her vampire best friend that she has a crush. Cupid visits Soledad and makes a dangerous proposition, offering her an arrow of love if she aids him. Will Soledad help Cupid and win the heart of her favorite vampire?

The first story of Annie and Soledad can be found in the KINKLECTIC anthology, Secret Lives, or on Heather Cole’s Amazon Author Page in Dangerous Seduction.

Cupid’s Arrow by Meg Cooper

DESCRIPTION: When Dawn is hit by Cupid's arrow, she's astonished to see an honest-to-love-god arrow sticking out of her. Her trauma surgeon blind date Matt springs to her aid, planning for a thorough examination.

Pinkie Promises by Jane Danger

DESCRIPTION: Delilah Limite's wedding planning business is thriving, in spite of her recent devastating break-up. Without good friends by her side, she's sure she'd be sullen and depressed.

Before she knows what's happening, she is enlisted to plan one of her friend’s weddings. As if that weren't enough, the marriage will take place on Valentine's Day – only one month away. Lucky for her, a florist has already been arranged. The only problem is, he's wickedly handsome and decidedly single. Delilah doesn't know whether to steer clear of him or trust her heart and hope it won't fail her again.

Is true love in the cards for Delilah or has her commitment to spinsterhood clouded her judgment?

Waiting for Cupid by Caia Fox

DESCRIPTION: Sometimes it seems like Cupid has passed you by on Valentine's Day. But once he finds a guy to warm your heart and your bottom, February can be hotter than July.

Horngry by Troy King

DESCRIPTION: Cupid’s arrows have a mythological ability to make people fall in love.  The truth, however, is far his arrows are far more dangerous, as Diana is about to find out.  The Roman God of Love is on the hunt tonight and his target will be tougher to bag than he thought.

Falling for Cupid by Christin Lovell

DESCRIPTION: Cupid Valentine, a.k.a. Coop, is the worst divorce attorney in the entire Southeast. Ninety-eight percent of his clients reconcile before the gavel hits the block. He’s dedicated his life to love; yet he’s never experienced it for himself…until Daisy.

Plus size Daisy and her best friend, Brad, made a pact when they were younger: if they weren’t married by thirty, they’d marry each other. Two years later, they’ve learned that love has many forms, and a passionate love is needed to have a fulfilling relationship.

The pair confounds Coop. His job has always been to repair relationships, but what happens when he suddenly finds himself rooting for the opposite of all he stands for? He does what any smart Cupid would do and flies away. But you can only escape Cupid’s arrow for so long, even if you happen to be Cupid.

Two Gods Walk Into a Bar by Audrey Lusk

DESCRIPTION: Karen, a psyche major and student of human nature doesn't know what to make of the man claiming to be Cupid - or rather, Eros - in a dive bar on Valentine's Day. The night just gets weirder when an even less predictable deity joins the party.

Candy’s Cupid by Ruby Madden

DESCRIPTION: Candy is a hardworking attorney that has next to no social life. Her friend has taken drastic steps to help her out since Candy is flirting with the idea of starting an affair with a married man.

Help comes in the form of Casey, called and nick-named Cupid, by his friends and clients. As an escort, he plays by the rules, providing company for his clients, truly only wining and dining them, and leaving the arrangement chaste.

Candy manages to figure out what her friend is up to and decides to push Cupid’s limits. It’s a battle of wills, until the handcuffs come out.

Kiss Me Tender by Ruby Madden

                DESCRIPTION: Caitlin and Gabe have each been broken in the last year.

For curvy Caitlin, it was her heart when her spouse and loving partner passed on from a terminal illness. Already a widow and only twenty-three years old. Seeking a way to mourn privately, she decides to move from her small hometown and spend a year elsewhere, seeking peace and quiet, so she can recover.

Gabe has just finally gotten the green-light from his doctor. Since his car accident from a year ago, resulting in a near-paralyzing injury, he’s worked hard and tirelessly to recover physically. Now that he has the okay to pursue his need for sexual intimacy and relations, he is eager and hungry to find a new lover.

Having met right before the Holidays, they each have to better understand the other's recent challenges, before their own love can take bloom. Will Valentine's Day be romantic and exciting, or is Caitlin's heart still in the past, with her deceased spouse?

Couple’s Skate by A. Regina Cantatis

DESCRIPTION: Larry Szymanski is a pro hockey player who wants to break into show business, so he takes the most logical first step he can think of: joining a reality TV show. “Life Swap” pairs people from very different worlds, giving them two weeks to explore each other’s lifestyles to hilarious and (occasionally romantic) effect. Larry hopes he’ll be paired with a pretty young woman, but what he gets is a pretty young man: out-and-proud figure skater Jimmy DeVere. The partnership might work out all right if Larry can break him quickly, but Jimmy is tougher than any human has a right to be. And he wants something from Larry.

Love in the Wild by Twyla Turner

DESCRIPTION: Love is a beautiful and insecure curvy woman. She’s been alone her entire life, being abandoned by her parents when she was born. Gunnar and Ryker are two men that have loved her from afar for months. But the men aren’t exactly what they seem. Stuck at work on Valentine’s Day, Love is depressed and truly feeling the deep pang of loneliness that only the Hallmark holiday can bring. Little does she know, she’s about to have the best Valentine’s Day of her life.

Waiting for You by Lydia Young

DESCRIPTION: When the gorgeous Jonathan England shows up at her goodbye happy hour, Etta Coleridge is as shocked as everyone else. Her former boss never seemed to have time for anything but work, but all work and no play makes Jonny a dull boy. And as Etta soon realizes, Jonathan England is anything but dull.

Be sure to put this on your GoodReads shelf. This holiday bundle is exclusive to Amazon and can be bought or borrowed (KU). 490+ pages & 157,000+ words. For only $0.99, it’s a steal!

Currently, we have a FaceBook launch party going with a slew of great authors who will be hosting the main event tomorrow Sat, 2/7.

We’d love for you to join! There are lots of prizes and an eclectic variety of authors. See you at the party. J

Have a sexy and loving Valentine’s Day!

Ruby Madden & KINKLECTIC

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Friday Teaser by Author Grace Marshall (KD Grace)

Last year, I had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of an award-winning author, the talented and lovely KD Grace (Grace Marshall). She has a new title that is available for PRE-Order, to be released March 21st. I asked if I could 'pimp' & promote her! She graciously agreed and offered up a sexy teaser... :P


Blurb: The Executive Decisions Trilogy may be over, but the story continues. Intrepid reporter, Carla Flannery, wants to interview Wade Crittenden, the secretive creative genius behind Pneuma Inc. But when, against all odds, Wade actually agrees to the interview, Carla suspects ulterior motives.

Carla has made a lot of enemies in her work and when Wade discovers she’s being stalked, he agrees to the interview to keep her close and safe. As the situation turns deadly, lives and hearts are on the line, and the interview reveals far more about both than either ever expected.

Excerpt 1:

The dining area smelled of Chinese food. Lynn had spread the feast on the coffee table in front of the ratty sofa. For a moment, Carla stood staring at the food, feeling slightly nauseated. ‘I’m not hungry,’ she said.

‘Come on, you need to eat. With your metabolism, being what it is, if you don’t you’ll have wasted completely away by morning.’ He settled her onto the least lumpy part of the couch and then sat down next to her. When she made no effort, he opened the waxed cardboard containers and surveyed their contents. Then he ladled up a spoonful of egg flower soup and totally surprised her by bringing it, with a steady hand, to her lips. ‘A little bit,’ he said. ‘You don’t want to hurt Lynn’s feelings, do you?’

She opened her mouth, and he carefully spooned it in and watched while she swallowed. ‘Since when have you cared about hurting anyone’s feelings,’ she said. The soup had felt good against her throat, and it wasn’t so difficult to open her mouth when he spooned up the next bite. ‘I don’t, really, and just for the record, Lynn doesn’t care about mine either, but I’m not above lying to get my way.’ He ladled another spoonful into her mouth and this time she made an mmm sound at the back of her throat as she swallowed.

‘And are you getting what you want?’

‘You’re eating, aren’t you?’

He gave a little gasp of surprise when she took the spoon away from him, dipped up a nice fat egg drop and pointed the utensil in his direction. When he stared at her like she had two heads, she laughed softly. ‘Come on Crittenden, open up. Here comes a choo-choo.’ She wasn’t sure if he opened his mouth for the soup or because he was about to say something rude. Either way she took advantage and shoved the spoon home. When he took the bite, holding her gaze as though he didn’t quite understand what kind of creature had assaulted him with a soup spoon, holding her gaze with absolutely no sexual innuendo, but her insides trembled and hollowed anyway.

‘It’s good,’ he said, his cheeks turning a warm shade of pink, as he took the spoon back and returned the favour, and this time he didn’t protest when it was his turn,– even as she picked up a pair of chopsticks and brazenly served up a sloppy mouthful of Singapore noodles while he sat with his mouth slightly open, making her think of a hungry nestling waiting for a worm. The thought made her giggle at the last instant, and he barely caught the end of an escaping noodle in time to slurp it off his chin and into his mouth. ‘You’re sloppy, Flannery,’ he said, licking his lips with two flicks of his tongue that made her breath catch and her nipples ache.

Dear Christ, he had no idea whatsoever what he did to her. This time, as she waited open-mouthed for her bite of soup, his hand was far less steady and at least half of it ended up in her cleavage. She yelped. ‘You did that on purpose.’

‘Did not’ he said. Handing her a napkin and watching wide-eyed as she dabbed away chicken broth.

‘Did so.’

‘Did not,’ he said. Then he filled the chopsticks dangerously full of noodles and brought them toward her mouth. ‘This –’ he fumbled the chopsticks and the whole bite slipped off the ends and right down between her breasts ‘—I did on purpose.’

Excerpt 2:

Carla nodded to the chair opposite her and Wade sat down cautiously. She offered a dry smile and spoke around a mouthful of toast. ‘Chair’s not booby-trapped, food’s not poisoned. My security system’s not that good.’

When he made no reply but savoured a forkful of eggs, she joined him in devouring the feast, satisfied that after the first bite, he shovelled it in with as much relish and lack of delicate table manners as she did. With her, eating was always done in a hurry to get on with what was always way more work than she had time for, unless she was settling in for a meal with her father. She suspected he cooked for her especially for that reason. And as she watched Wade stuff half a slice of toast into his mouth in one go, she figured he was probably the same, with no one to make sure he got a good meal from time to time. Though possibly Ellis invited him over occasionally, or maybe Harris Walker and his new wife, Stacie Emerson. Apparently her culinary skills were spoken about in hush tones. Strange, but it felt good to be able to offer something to Wade, even if the idiot did show up at three in the morning

‘Good,’ he said, at last, covering his full mouth with the paper towel she’d given him in lieu of the napkins she didn’t have.

‘Thanks. You think this is good, you should see me make Pop Tarts.

‘I like Pop Tarts,’ he said.
‘The secret is,’ she leaned across the table, ‘you’ve got to get the toaster set just right. And then afterwards,’ he leaned closer with wrapped attention, ‘afterwards I put butter on ‘em and stick ‘em in the microwave until it melts.’

Wade’s eyes were huge and very green in the kitchen lighting. He looked dead serious, as though she had just given him her secret for cold fusion. ‘I never thought about melting the butter on them in the microwave,’ he said, rubbing his chin thoughtfully. ‘But I find that I do like mine so that the little pastry edges are just beginning to get almost too brown.’

Christ! Were they actually talking about Pop Tarts? She laughed. ‘I like ‘em almost burnt, but I know that’s a matter of personal taste. My Dad likes his just barely warm.’
He lowered his head and went back to shovelling eggs.

She popped the last of her bacon into her mouth and spoke around it. ‘So tell me, is Fort Flannery as unassailable as my father assured me, or are we in need of an upgrade?’
He drained his glass of orange juice and pushed back from the table. ‘Your father did a good job. I didn’t have to do hardly anything.’

‘He’ll be glad to hear that,’ she said. ‘Sorry you had to waste your valuable time in the wee hours. I know how busy you are.’

‘Yes, well, it was on my mind. If you’ll let me see your Android, I’ll give it a little upgrade too.’

‘Will I be able to watch Russian porn on it?’ she asked.

‘Japanese and Chinese porn as well, if you like.’ There was that quirk of a smile that she really would love to eat right off his face.

‘And I’ll assume you’ve given it a test-drive.’

To her delight, the smile didn’t disappear, even though the blush was hot on those chiselled cheeks. ‘I’m my own best guinea pig.’

‘Wade Crittenden, that borders on too much information, but in the interest of consumer protection and all, I thank you.’ The blush grew, but the smile stayed put as she offered him a salute and went into her bedroom to get the device.

She returned to find that he’d shed his hoodie and was filling the sink with soapy water, his broad back mantling the counter like a giant bird of prey. For a second her stomach bottomed at the sight of Wade Crittenden doing dishes at her sink. She stood, Android crushed to her chest, feeling flushed and slightly off-balance. His t-shirt was a loose fit, misshapen and short in the back from too many washings for something that should have migrated to the rag drawer some time ago, and when he reached across the sink to add still more soap, the shirt rode up to reveal the slim line of his back and the muscles where his hips joined his torso just above the swell of his buttocks. The baggy jeans gave enough of an intimation of that swelling to leave Carla breathless and hot enough to want to throw off her own hoodie and splash herself with the soapy water in which he was nearly elbow-deep.

As though he sensed her watching, he turned, slopped water down the front of his shirt and onto his jeans and uttered a surprised curse.

Without thinking she rushed to his side, dropping the device on the table. ‘You don’t have to do that,’ she managed, in a breathless gasp. ‘Sometimes I go for weeks without ever washing so much as a coffee cup.’ She stretched around him, grabbed for a dish towel and offered it to him instead of patting him dry herself, which was what she really wanted to do.

He reached for the towel, holding her gaze. ‘You cook for me, I do the clean-up for you. Fair’s fair.’ His hand slid into the cloth and around her fingers as he drew it to his chest. His breath caught, his lips parted as though to speak, and God help her, she couldn’t resist, she leaned into him on tippy-toe and planted a kiss firmly on his mouth. She only meant for it to be a friendly peck, a way of saying thanks for checking up on her and for doing the dishes, but his other hand, covered with soapy water, swooped in and grabbed the front of her hoodie reeling her to him. Then he curled his fingers in the tangle of her wild hair and cradled the back of her head, pulling her still further up on her toes. ‘Oh God,’ he whispered, his tongue darting deep, his lips, soft and hard and bruising all at the same time, meeting hers in a clash of wills and a heroic effort to get closer and deeper. ‘Oh God, Carla, why did you do that,’ he gasped against her mouth.

‘Just being friendly,’ she managed, before the tongue sparring got serious. He gave the towel a toss and yanked down the zipper of her hoodie, shoving it off onto the floor, his hands skimming her breasts in his efforts, thumbs lingering to rake her nipples that were already painful in their peaking. His jeans might have been loose, but they were not loose enough to disguise his erection, and he didn’t seem to care. Both hands slid to cup her bottom and he lifted her, settling her onto the kitchen table, pushing her legs apart with his knees and moving in between her thighs as she went to work on his fly.

‘I have lots of friends, ‘ he breathed. ‘None of them do that to me.’

‘How about this,’ she said biting his lower lip and sliding her hand down inside his boxers. ‘Do they do this?’

‘No,’ he returned the nip. ‘Never, none of them.’ For a second he faltered. ‘Carla, I –’

‘Shut up, Wade. I don’t wanna hear it.’ This time she bit his tongue before she took his hand and guided it down into her baggy sweat bottoms and into her own boxers.


About K D Grace/Grace Marshall
Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, and a proud member of The Brit Babes, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.

KD has erotica published with SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.

K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, Fulfilling the Contract, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Witches trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.
K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, The Exhibition are all available.

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