Hi Mary, it’s great to be back visiting you on your lovely blog.
I’ve brought along my next release today for your readers. It’s erotic, contemporary romance with a twist of magic, and will be released by Hot Ink Press this June.
The Winter Girl is the title and it’s hot enough to melt any residual cold weather this inclement spring. Well it’s inclement where I live. I’ve just been running through icy rain…so much for the end of May. I was singing to myself after hearing on the car radio, ‘My Girl’. I remember song lines and in that the singer says, ‘when it’s cold outside I got the month of May’…(Smiles.)
Your readers have met me before, but just to refresh everyone’s memory. I’m a British author and still live there across the pond, although I’ve been tempted once or twice to visit the States on a permanent basis, I haven’t…yet. (Smiles)
My books are all set in Britain and more specifically England. There are so many historic and incredibly pretty old places that I find myself inspired by. Often a story will start up as I pass through or stop over at a place when I am working. Lately I’ve been sent to buy and bring back items for the antiques emporium where I work. The Winter Girl is inspired by a place I stopped for lunch.
The country town is in the middle of a huge stone circle and surrounding ring ditch. A road runs right through and is quite busy but in good weather, the place buzzes with tourists from all over the world. There is a main street with little shops and cafés. It’s not quite as big as the place I create for the setting of the book, but it’s gorgeously quaint and steeped in history. I found the characters of my book unfolding in my mind as I walked around the place, and especially my leading male character Starr Forrester. I would have loved to meet a real Starr Forrester there, but didn’t. I’m in love with him at the moment he’s so sexy, creative, clever, and naughty…
Here’s the blurb for The Winter Girl
Lily Prescott is only just over a relationship break up when she decides to take up residence in a house left to her by her recently deceased grandmother. Her corporate law job takes a back seat as she licks her wounds in the small country town. She looks around the main shopping street and discovers people who will befriend her, but she also runs into the town’s most eligible bachelor and secret bad boy, Starr Forrester.
Loved for his lifelong association with the town, Starr hides his methods for staying single well from his friends. He’s nearly thirty, gorgeous, a designer, owns a business and on the lookout for his ‘Winter Girl’….
Will it be Lily? What is a ‘Winter girl’?
Fun, sex, romance and a little twist of the paranormal, makes this a must read.
Read two snippets from The Winter Girl
1. The two main characters meet:
Ash saw her looking at the cakes as he stood at the back. He was on the outside looking in through the back window because he had been tidying the garden that was open for customers in summer. He had been bending to scoop up the stack of saturated leaves, and as she came in the door, he had seen her. He leaned on the leaf rake and watched her drift by the semi-precious stones, and jewelry, until she had reached the coffee ‘shop’ area.
He took a deep breath. She was pretty. This was his winter girl come at last. He had begun to believe there wouldn’t be one. His summer girl had been pretty too, but this one made his heart beat faster.
Ash leaned the leaf rake against the back wall, and entered the shop. Lily turned to the sound of the door opening. It was a sliding glass door that she had thought was a window, and she felt a strange flutter of anticipation as she saw Ash.
He smiled. “Hi, are you looking for a cup of coffee?”
Lily smiled in response.
“I’d love a cup of coffee. Are you open?” She looked around at the empty tables and realized the light was low down this end of the shop.
2. Something from a love scene:
“Come here babe.” He heard his own voice husky, but controlled. He saw a flicker of surprise in Lily’s eyes. ‘She couldn’t have known I was home.’ Ash hoped she would smile at him, but she didn’t, she simply walked to stand near him.
Ash forced what he wanted to be a hard expression into his eyes. He made a swift move and crushed her to his body. As soon as she was in his arms Ash felt it again, the overwhelming need to hear her say how much she felt for him. Any crumb of emotion in her words would do.
He kissed her mouth hard. Her softness and her response was intoxicating. She kissed him back so willingly he thrust his hips against hers. ‘Let her feel my cock hard for her.’
Ash moved his hands into her hair and held her still. He took control of the kiss. His lips devouring hers, he felt obsessed with stripping her naked. He wanted her under him. He wanted to slide into her, ram into her, pound into her until he was coming, coming, coming.
Ash pulled her damp sweater up and over her head. He dropped it at their feet. She was wearing that wisp of lace she called a ‘bra-top’ and it had no fastenings. He couldn’t take it this time. He took the front of it in both hands, and tore. He watched the lace fragment away from her breasts, and immediately needed a nipple in his mouth. He took what he wanted and listened as Lily gasped. He felt her move towards him. He knew it meant she wanted more, it always did.
Copyright Elodie Parkes 2013
Keep an eye on Elodie’s blog for the exact release date and the blog tour schedule. There are character interviews, Elodie talks about her lead male characters and about what makes erotic romance different from erotica. There will also be a giveaway launch even when the book hits the shelves, virtual and otherwise.
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Thank you for hosting me today, I had lots of fun, talking about behind the scenes type info about the book 🙂 It’s releasing on June 14, just heard woohoo 🙂
You’re welcome, Elodie! Come on and visit anytime:)