I ran a free weekend promo for A Needful Heart, and I never expected it to do as well as it did, or affect as many people as it has. I’m so very proud of the reviews I’m getting, and if any of you reviewers read this, THANK YOU! I’m so glad you loved it and yes, I am debating a second book, although it may be a ways down the road. It took me a couple of years to get Matt and Gina ready, I wouldn’t want to rush them for more.
I followed my heart with this book and wrote what I would want to read. It was rejected several times by some of the bigger e-pubs, and now I’m glad that it was. It gave me the freedom to release it raw and unvarnished, and I think readers appreciate that.
I sincerely appreciate that you’ve downloaded, read, reviewed, tweeted about, gossiped about my book. And told me how much you loved it. I take it all to heart.
Although I had planned to release the second Awakening Society book next, this one was more ready. It was rejected from an e-publisher because they weren’t sure their audience would want to read about a child abuse issue. And that’s fine. I chose a fantastic cover from Viola Estrella, had it edited and formatted, and here it is.
I have to say, I have worked on this book in one form or another for a couple of years, and my hero Matt has gone through a lot of changes over that time. I hope you love him as much as I do.
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When Gina stepped forward and wrapped her arms around him, resting her curly head against his chest, Matt was floored. And humbled. And shamed. She was beautiful, and sweet, and had more friends than he had nails in his garage, and she was wrapped around him like he meant something to her. For the briefest second he wrapped his arms around her and squeezed, then stepped back. Or tried to step back. With his feet already up against the bottom stair, he couldn’t get them untangled fast enough from hers. He felt his weight shift, and knew he wouldn’t be able to keep them upright. Swinging his right arm out to break their fall, he encountered the base post of the banister. Clenching fiercely, his muscles strained as he tried to keep them both vertical.
It was no use. Under their substantial combined weight, the post snapped.
Matt landed on the stairs hard, with Gina clutched to his chest. He didn’t even care that he had fallen. His foremost concern was for her, and her recent injury. So, even though he had stairs digging into his back, and a four inch by four inch post fell over and conked him on the head, he cradled Gina as protectively as he could.
Gina looked up at him in a daze, her left hand clutched in his t-shirt and her right held against her chest. Her eyes were wide with fright and her hair wild. Their legs had gotten tangled, and her right leg was over his lap. Looking down, it was easy enough to imagine another, more intimate situation, and in spite of the crazy circumstance, his body responded. Even as he tried to ignore the tempting picture she made, his dick hardened.
“Uh, wow,” she laughed. She tried to adjust her leg, and Matt knew the exact second she noticed his erection. All movement stopped, and a pink tinge colored her cheeks, but she looked up with a smile, which surprised him. “We, uh, need to quit meeting like this. Really.” She pressed a quick, hard kiss to his chin before she scrambled off his lap.
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Not for readers under 18. Contains strong language and adult sexual situations.
Matt Calvin has watched Gina Carruthers sway up and down the doctor’s office hallway once a month for four long years. It’s time to do something about this fascination he has with her. He knows he’s not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far. He just wants to talk to her, and put himself out of his misery once and for all. Things never go as planned, though, and when fantasy crashes and burns into reality, Gina pays the price.
Gina doesn’t blame Matt for her injury, but she is appreciative when he steps into her crazy life to help out. Proximity fires the sudden attraction between them and Gina can’t believe she’s overlooked the sexy carpenter for this long. Tattooed and intimidating, he’s not the type she’s normally drawn to, but something about him tugs at her heartstrings.
When a dire situation develops and they have to save a little boy, Matt loses control of his tightly held emotions. Though his heart aches, Matt walks away, both for Gina’s safety and his own sanity. It’s up to Gina to convince him love can heal any heartache.
So, I’ve gone off the Amazon select program, and The Awakening Society poll is closed and the book is now available everywhere! I had over 100 responses to the poll and emails telling me what readers would like to see. I thought I would post the cover for Tempt Me, which should be out within the next few weeks. I thank everybody who took part in the poll or otherwise let me know what they wanted to see. And I hope you enjoy the outcome!
Well, The Awakening Society has been out 20 days exactly, and it is currently on a free promo. I’ve hit several free lists including #53 on the free erotica list US. UK I hit #29 so far and Germany has been the surprise. #7 free on the erotica list. Thanks Germany!
I’m so very excited that the book is moving the way it is. I thank all the readers that like free books! ;-D
NOTE– I climbed all the way up to #249 overall, and #15 on the erotica list. I was so very proud!
NOT for readers under 18. Contains explicit language and sexual situations.
Tonya Hughes is bittersweet about her last appointment for the Awakening Society. For twenty years she’s done her part to shape the young men of Savannah into lovers any Southern woman would want. But her teaching has come to an end. Unable to continue the line, she plans to ‘retire’ from the Society, after one last Awakening.
To Harrison Walker, the appointment with the statuesque brunette is everything he could ever hope for. Tonya is going to instruct him in the art of making love, and she promises to teach him anything he wants. But when his emotions get involved, will he be able to walk away the next day?
And will she be able to let him?
I received another great review for Wet Dream this week, and I have to tell you how very satisfying it is. When you work on something for weeks, tweeking and tidying, and throw it out into the world, it’s like you throw a piece of you out there. To be judged or condemned, ridiculed or possibly, hopefully loved. It’s a very tense experience when you see an email or notification from a review site with your name on it. For a heartbeat of time, you don’t want to open it. If it’s bad news, and you don’t read it, you won’t technically know about it, right? But you have to. You have to know what that person had to say about your baby. When the review is bad, or even luke warm, it hurts your heart. I’ve never gotten a terrible review, but I live in fear of the day I do.
But for now, I’ll enjoy the Good review I just received from Romancing The Book. Here’s part of it: I enjoyed every one of these twenty-four pages, and if you’ve read my reviews you know that’s saying a lot. Usually with pieces this short the reader is left feeling like something was neglected or left out. This is not the case with Wet Dream. Ms. Madden managed to weave an intriguing, touching and at times humorous tale together with molten lava loving to create a page turner. If you haven’t read this one yet, I suggest you go pick it up and allow yourself a mini break to be swept away into a different world.
Thank You Shyla.
Wet Dream is still getting great reviews. I’ve been trying to promote the heck out of this book, and am always looking for new places to blog.
I’m still writing on other projects too. Still plan to self-publish, although the dragon series is taking me a while to put together. May release a couple of contemporaries in the mean time.