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I admit I’m not exactly a social butterfly so it’s tricky to find me in the wild, but this year I will be appearing at TWO conferences on opposite coasts where I will be signing books along with a bunch of other amazing romance authors.
RWA National Conference Literacy Signing, Orlando, Florida
The first appearance will be in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort for the #RWA17 Readers for Life autographing on July 29, 2017 from 3-5 p.m. All proceeds for this event will be donated to local and national literacy organizations. This event is free to the public.
Ind’Scribe Author Reader Conference, Burbank, California
The second is in my own neck of the woods. On October 12-15 I will be at the Ind’Scribe conference in Burbank, California. This is a paid event where you get much more time with your favorite authors. The big signing happens on Saturday afternoon, October 14th.
Pomona lifted the tray. Passing through the door felt like walking by an open flame. Maybe it was all in her head, but the man radiated pure heat. Her head buzzed from the proximity to his body, her upper arm nearly brushing against the bulging bulk of his chest and the snug, knit shirt he wore. He even smelled hot—like spices that would burn so deliciously if they landed on her tongue. God, the recipes she would craft if she could bottle that scent for flavoring.
She swallowed, struggling to banish the sudden image she had of the sweat-covered tower of muscle she’d seen in the gym earlier lying on a bed and allowing her to lick him all over.
Get it together, Pomona. He’s your boss.
She gripped the tray tighter and paused once she passed him, waiting for him to lead the way …
… and nearly whimpered at the way his ass flexed in his trousers as he walked.
She hadn’t counted on landing a job with a pair of celebrities so gorgeous and athletic. It wasn’t even about their celebrity status here, either … not to her. On Earth, she’d wondered if she’d wind up too star-struck by her client to do her job well, should she ever succeed in getting hired for her dream job. But it wasn’t something that ever really worried her. She was a professional, after all.
But there was something about this man … both men … that just sent her mind spinning whenever she was in the same room with them.
She was here to do a job, she kept reminding herself. Part of that job was to make sure both these perfect male specimens were well cared for. Did that make her a sort of dragon-keeper, in a sense? Huh … maybe when her six months were up, she could write a cookbook: The Care and Feeding of Nova Aurora Arena Champions.
Hah. That was ridiculous.
“Did you say something?” Ignazio asked, pausing halfway up a staircase to look back at her.
Pomona stopped with one foot on the next step and stared at him. Fuck, she’d laughed out loud, hadn’t she?
“Um, no … I was just … you know, making up new recipes in my head.”
Ignazio chuckled and started climbing again. “You make up many recipes designed for humor? I’d like to taste one. What goes in it?”
“Oh, the usual …” A teaspoon of whatever that delicious scent of yours is. “That’s nice cologne you’re wearing, by the way. Is it the essence of some plant that grows on this planet?”
“I don’t wear cologne. It confuses Bryer’s animal when we train. We need to be able to scent each other in the arena.”
She paused on the steps, baffled by his response. Men were not supposed to smell that good. He kept walking.
“So, that’s all you, then, huh?” she murmured to herself when she thought he was out of earshot. Moving faster to catch up, she reached the landing where Ignazio was standing, grinning at her.
“You like my scent?”
“Um … sure! Of course! What’s not to like?” she stammered.
“Yours is nice, too,” he said. He leaned down then, his broad shoulders and chest filling her vision as he dipped his head to her neck and inhaled deeply.
Pomona stood frozen in place, her heart racing. Her awareness filled completely with him —that spicy scent; the black waves of his hair that from this close looked shot through with radiant copper strands; the searing heat that didn’t cease and made her hope her shower had an “ice” setting on it. And god, the slightest brush of his nose against her throat that instantly made her panties wet.
“Good enough to eat,” he rumbled as he leaned back again. For a guy who’d just eaten enough food to feed ten men on Earth, he’d taken on a distinctly hungry look.
For those of you curious about the next book coming, I have good and bad news:
- The good news is that I’m almost finished with the book (“Hot Wings”) and the release date is SET. It’ll be coming June 1st.
- The bad news is that this is not the sequel to “Dragon Splendor.” The next book in the Immortal Dragons series is slated to come sometime in July, most likely (or maybe August at the outside – I have no idea, really, since I haven’t even written it yet).
But there’s even MORE good news… “Hot Wings” is going to be just as steamy as anything you’ve read from me, so you won’t be disappointed (I hope). The story is a dragon shifter menage set in Milly Taiden’s upcoming “Paranormal Dating Agency” Kindle World, which is based on a fun and extremely hot series of shifter novellas that I recommend checking out (CLICK HERE if you’re curious).
Myself and several other amazing shifter romance authors are involved in this Kindle World launch, so there will be a ton of great new books to choose from to tide you over until I get “Dragon Rebel” finished. And who knows, if you guys love this new story and the premise, I might write more. Just fair warning, though – these dragon shifters are NOT the same as the Sleeping Dragons dragons. There’s no crossover between the worlds, but they are every bit as filled with sexytimes as my usual fare. Read on to find out more about this book, and stay tuned for a cover reveal to come within the next couple weeks!
“Hot Wings” Description
Pomona Maurin’s biggest dream is landing a coveted position as personal chef to the stars. She’s busted her ass and put her to-die-for recipes to the test, yet gained zero recognition for her efforts. That is, until shifter matchmaker, Gerri Wilder, discovers her culinary talents and knows just the “stars” who need Pomona’s skills the most.
Ignazio Karsten and Bryer Vargas are two of the most famous celebrities on the shifter home planet, Nova Aurora. The dragon shifter duo, known regionally as “Hot Wings,” are the reigning Nova Aurora Arena League champions for several seasons running. When a vindictive opponent breaks the rules and nearly kills Bryer during their championship fight, their streak might just be at an end—and so might their careers.
Only dedicated training and a strict diet will ensure Bryer’s return to health, and Ignazio’s recovery from a deep depression, but even that won’t guarantee the duo will make it back into the arena for the next season. They need a chef with the particular talents to fulfill their dietary needs and still satisfy their hungry dragons.
When they set eyes on Pomona, both men know there’s only one thing on the menu for them. Will they be able to convince their new chef that they want to share more than just her cooking?