Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My reject….or all my babies (books) are UGLY


Seriously, calling your books your babies can lead to a whole lot of trouble. Mommas can get downright feral to protect their babies, but as an author, you have to understand all those sticks and stones and words…well, they’re unlikely to hurt your book.

They can stop your book from going far though. Sometimes with reviews and sometimes because word is going around that you’re a BBA (badly behaving author). Even worse is when, right from the get go, you get a great big ‘No thank you’ from the people who matter most.

Readers, right? Well, no, actually. Those people who rejected your baby were business people and they eyed that pretty little book the way judges look at toddlers prancing around the stage at pageants.




It could be style, it could be a whole lot of things, but those ‘judges’ decided your book didn’t have what they were looking for. So naturally, you check out what they’re looking for and lose your damn mind!

Yes, I’ve totally had those moments. I read Twilight and did some serious damage grinding my teeth because my book had been rejected by that publisher. The book isn’t to my taste, but I try not to diss other people’s reading choices. I did hate on it a hell of a lot because ‘WTF! You chose sparkling vamps over my book? REALLY???’

I still think the book would have worked better with fairies, but…*shrug*
Anyway, the point is, it took a few more books getting rejected and taking my career in my own hands to figure out that the judges you’re trying to impress aren’t sitting behind a desk reading manuscript after manuscript until their eyes bleed and they start thinking of aspiring authors as if they're door to door vacuum salespeople. (Insert sucking pun).
The judges are the readers. Point final.
And what do readers want? Well, they know it when they see it. So you start off by dressing your baby pretty. Nope, you don’t have to have her all dolled up like a mini version of ‘Pretty Woman’. Unless that’s the kinda story you’re selling. ;)
 
Of course, your little darling has to be all polished, which means going through the same stages you would with a traditional publisher. Crit partners and beta readers and editors galore! You have to put your best work out there!
In my case, I got to that point, and now I’m a career author, full time and everything. Which is awesome! It’s everything I dreamed of!

But when it came to publishing my precious young adult? The one that wasn’t Twilight?
Yep, I forgot all about the ‘It’s not my baby’ and I held it tight because I didn’t think I could bear anyone saying it was ugly. I’m damn proud of all my books, I love each and every one and the characters are all special to me. But Eternal Neverland is where I started. Where the dream began. I see it as…
My precious was actually the most fitting.


So where do I go from here? Well, I’m a professional, so I polished that damn book up, gave it a kiss on the forehead, and sent it out the door. And I’m not looking at it like my baby. No, ma’am.

Here’s an excerpt if you want to check it out ;) :
 
**Special Sale price of $0.99 for pre-order and release week. Price will go up to $3.99 after release**

Excerpt:

Arm around her waist, hand curved behind her neck, Charlie pulled her against him. “I’ll make it quick. This will help with the pain.”
Her head fell back and he lowered his mouth to her throat. A light press and the sharp edge of his fangs cut her skin. Saliva seeped into the wound, burning around and inside like an injection of acid. She whimpered and stiffened. Charlie shifted and bit down deeper.
Body growing numb, pain receded and the slight pull became pleasant. Her fingers found their way into his hair and the texture seemed to flow from her calloused fingertips to fill her hands, drape around her arms and finally cover every inch of her flesh. In some part of her mind she knew his hair hadn’t changed, but every nerve carried the sensation of it, as though keyed to focus on the luscious feeling from without than the life being drained from within.
In the distance, a faint scuffing sound pulled her lazily from the soothing pleasure. She spotted a little head, peeking out of an alley. Cold washed over her, waking her fully. She mouthed the word ‘Run’. Charlie’s mouth left her neck as he followed her gaze.
His attention shifting to her little brother brought memories to play; mother bent over daddy’s ravaged body, a hushed sound in the backyard, soft footsteps on the thick grass that framed the in-ground pool. She could still see the water, clean and clear, glowing from the aqua lamps that shifted colors from tranquil blues to serene greens. The approaching figures showed in the reflection of the water, but nowhere else. Still, they could feel the predators closing in. Mother had screamed, ‘Get Toby!  Keep him safe!’ and stifling sobs with her hands, Helena had run to the nursery and taken Toby from his crib. He was too heavy to carry and too small to keep up and She almost abandoned him twice on the way to the neighbor’s house. The names she’d called the frightened two year old in an attempt to get him to move faster still disgusted her, but she’d gotten him to safety. The neighbors had met them on their lawn and rushed them into the house, the wife calling the cops, the husband manning the barricaded door with his gun.
The cops came and took her and Toby to the hospital, and after hours of questions, left her to the doctors. Who left her alone to rest.
She’d considered sneaking out of her room to find her brother, but the feeling of being watched overcame the urge and lured her to the window. She’d snapped the curtain aside and seen the creature, retreating into the well-lit courtyard, weaving through the night staff smokers who didn’t seem to see him. She couldn’t say for sure it had been Charlie that night, but she blamed him for putting her there, blamed him for the doctors trying to drug her when she told the story of the invisible people, and blamed him for leaving her no choice but to escape the hospital without Toby.
With Charlie distracted, she could escape again. But she wouldn’t. This time, she would do as her mother had asked. She would keep Toby safe.
Energy surged through her. Axel reached out and she twisted away. Charlie grabbed her arm before she could fall. She clenched her fist and swung it up toward his face with all the strength she had left. Her knuckles hit his mouth and a fang slit through his bottom lip.
For a while, he just stared at her. Droplets of blood plopped from his chin onto her lips. Spilled into her mouth, coppery and thick, sweet and tempting her to lick it all to save herself. She swallowed, sure she needed more, but she was afraid if she moved he’d snap her in two.
He laughed, making her jump as he used the back of his hand to swipe the rest of the blood from the already healing gash. “Like I said. Cute.”
Axel reached for her again and she let her weight drop. Charlie wouldn’t let her go. She didn’t have the strength to pull away so she screamed. All wrong. Toby’s presence had thrown her off. Her plans had failed. She was going to die.
The cold tip of Charlie’s nose skimmed the edge of her ear as he whispered. “Don’t give up so easy, kid. The cavalry has arrived.”

Amazon - http://amzn.to/1v9gRwQ
B&N - http://bit.ly/1tBslfQ
Kobo - http://bit.ly/ZXu3vY
iTunes - http://bit.ly/1qBBQXr
ARE - http://bit.ly/1FSfsTF


Monday, October 6, 2014

Things are about to change...I hope. And the authors need YOU

Ellora's Cave vs Dear Author


So, I didn't jump on writing a post right away because there are so many others who are well informed and can give you the dirt. And seriously, that's what it is. I've been through this before when Noble was going under and I can tell you, there's no worse position to be in when you're an author.

Now, I can't say for sure it's exactly the same, because many EC authors are afraid to speak up and tell anyone how bad it really is. I'm doing my best to support them anyway because I can imagine what they're going through. For myself, since I became a full time author, late payments, or not getting payments at all threw my whole world into chaos. Suddenly money I was depending on to pay my rent, my bills, and food for my kids, wasn't there. I wasn't sure if it would ever come. Talk of bankruptcy filled me with dread because all my hard work, my books which are my babies, could be trapped with everything else the publisher 'owned'. Just another asset.

That's some scary shit. But in the end, I got lucky.

I don't know if the EC authors will get lucky, but I do know they've got some wicked support with big steel cojones. Dear Author, who I wasn't a huge fan of because they were mean to some of my favorites--gotta be honest here--is part of that support.

You might wonder how, and might even ask yourself WGAF about headbutting between a big pub and a big blogger. Well, it's simple. If the pub wins, and bloggers are afraid to report the truth--or share information in a way that makes it easier for people to LEARN the truth--then you won't see much of it in the future. You'll see exactly what the pubs, the powers that be, want you to see.

I could get into this, but instead, I'm gonna share some links and let you read more if you're interested. The point is I see a change coming. A lawsuit like this has never happened before. Authors, industry professionals (editors, cover artists, etc) and readers alike have put their money where their mouth is in standing behind Dear Author and raising enough money for a strong case with a damn good lawyer.

My biggest concern while all this is going down is how the authors are fairing. So I'm going to continue to share non-EC books by the Ellora's Cave authors and welcome them to share their books in the comments. PLEASE consider looking through the comments if you're looking for something to read.

There's also this list if you feel like adding a nice pile of books to your TBR: http://tinyurl.com/q8v8vhy

We're calling it The Blacklist. Some of the authors there aren't EC authors, but they have donated to the defense fund for Dear Author and have their fellow authors' backs! <g>

Before I share the links for info on everything, here's a pic I think is very fitting. Shows how many of us feel about how things were gonna turn out when EC tried to silence DA!



http://dearauthor.com/misc/elloras-cave-sues-dear-author/
http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.ca/2014/09/writer-beware-more-on-troubles-at.html



 Again, EC authors, please feel free to pimp your hearts out with your non-EC books in the comments! And ((Hugs)) I know you all probably need a few.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

RELEASE DAY for Iron Cross (The Dartmouth Cobras #6)

The plan was to release on June 20th, but we were trying to make sure Barnes & Noble people didn't have to wait for weeks this time. And we got a surprise!

Instead of taking 48 hours like we expected, the book was up the same day!

Which meant EARLY RELEASE!!!!


Readers knew it was up even before I did and news spread fast! My wonderful formatter from Illustrious Illustions rushed to get Iron Cross up on Amazon and...

Now it's up EVERYWHERE!!!! 






Not only that, the INCREDIBLE fans of the Cobras have gotten Iron Cross up to #3 on the SPORTS FICTION list on Amazon! None of the books have ever gotten on the list this quickly!

Speaking of which, if you don't have it yet...

 http://amzn.com/B00L3V8PI4
 
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00L3V8PI4
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/UfzFPT
All Romance: http://bit.ly/1pirfRl
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1uFjB4V

If you're on the fence about getting it, you should check out some of the reviews. Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads has an amazing review and an exclusive excerpt. here: http://shaynareneesspicyreads.com/2014/06/arc-review-exclusive-excerpt-iron-cross-by-bianca-sommerland.html

I was so excited when I read it this morning! Seriously, this is not just a reason to use another animated .gif! lol! 

 
 "When authors create characters like this, they become a part of that author, a part of their family, and a part of that author’s heart and soul. I feel the same way as a reader. These people have become a part of my family, and every time I finish a book, it hurts to say goodbye. To reach a reader on such an emotional level, with the characters alone, is just unbelievably amazing to me. Bianca Sommerland is a brilliant author who I know will continue to do great things. She will continue to pull at our heart-strings. She will continue to make our breaths hitch. And she will continue to bring us some of the most erotic, emotional, sex scenes that I have ever read."~Shayna

There's also a few other places that have been spreading the word about the release. Click the banner below for more!

http://www.welovekink.com/iron-cross-the-dartmouth-cobras-6-by-bianca-sommerland-release-day-blitz-excerpt-giveaway/

So happy to finally get to share this with you all! Happy reading and...

Hope you enjoy getting into the game with the Cobras!

Monday, June 16, 2014

IRON CROSS (The Dartmouth Cobras #6) Cover reveal and Mega-author support CONTEST!

This is going to be a quick post, but I wanted to make sure to get you all caught up on what's been going on with our boys! <g>

First off, in case you haven't heard, IRON CROSS will be released JUNE 20th! That's right, only 


 The wonderful Shayna Renees Spicy Reads did the cover reveal here: http://shaynareneesspicyreads.com/2014/06/cover-reveal-giveaway-iron-cross-the-dartmouth-cobras-6-by-bianca-sommerland.html if you want to check it out.

She also made some wicked graphic snippets for your viewing pleasure!



So excited for this new release, and I'd also like to give you a heads up on a CONTEST that's coming together in support of all authors. The last I heard there are 50 authors involved and the numbers are growing. What do you have to do to enter? Well, first, grab one of these shirts:

And stay turned for all the different challenges you can take part in. The contest will run for about 6 months with many prizes along the way and an incredible grand prize at the end!

Just for fun, I decided to run a precontest for a chance to WIN one of these shirts. To enter, take a picture of yourself supporting your favorite author. You can be holding their book(s), wearing one of their shirts, holding up a sign proclaiming your undying love...get creative! Post this picture on Facebook and tag me, and the author if possible. 

Good luck and have fun! I'll be giving you updates on the contest regularly! :)

Last, but not least, make sure to check out  Shayna Renees Spicy Reads on June 20th from 8-10pm EST to celebrate the release of the latest Cobra book with me! I'll be answering questions and giving away tons of prizes! Hope to see you there and Happy Reading! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Authors After Dark 2014

Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is
going to be INSANE!

As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of
awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to
attend….

First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than
Alexandra Ivy
! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite
gargoyle, Levet on Friday
! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex
will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!

Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be
Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like We will
have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*

How about Parties? This year we have a special event called
the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your
inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance.
Cuffs and corsets encouraged.

With:
J. Kenner, Liliana Hart, Carly Phillips, Janelle
Denison, Jasinda Wilder and
Lorelei James

The ladies will be talking more about
this on the FB group starting soon!

New for 2014 is the Paranormal Party!
Join over 20 Paranormal authors who will be giving away goodies, some books and
hanging out with you to snack and chat! Wanna know what authors are involved?
You will have to join the FB group to see!





And of course, we have the amazing
Masquerade Ball! This year it’s the SINS AND VIRTUES BALL! Are you a sin or a
virtue? Join us for a wild costumed event! Prizes for the best costumes,
including a 200$ gift certificate to Lori Ann Costumes!

Your Sins and Virtues Sponsors:
Sin
Lust


Boone Brux

Opal Carew



Sin Pride

BA Tortuga

Andrew Grey



Sin Envy

Stella Price

TJ Michaels



Sin Gluttony

Desiree Holt

Saranna DeWylde



Sin Greed

Ann Mayburn

Heather Long



Sin Sloth

Lizzie T. Leaf

Julie Morgan



Sin Wrath

Stacey Kennedy

Marianne Morea



Virtue Charity

Kerry Adrienne

Trista Ann



Virtue Chastity

Jenn LeBlanc

Annabel Jospeh



Virtue Humility

Milly Taiden

Donna McDonald



Virtue Kindness

CJ Ellisson

Alexandra Ivy



Virtue Temprance

J. Kenner

Sidney



Virtue Diligence

Denise Grover Swank

Jenna McCormick



Virtue Patience

Lousia Bacio

Kallypso masters

And if THAT isn’t enough awesome that will be going on… This
year we have an amazing off site costumed event… the Ladies on the Green event
sponsored by the AAD Anachronistic Society! This will be an hour and a Half on
the famous GREEN in Charlotte (a half block from the hotel). It will be a
Costumed event (though Costumes are not required they are encouraged!) to
celebrate Gothic, Victorian, steampunk dark historical literature! Your hosts
will be: Sahara Kelly, Amanda McIntyre, Leanna Renee Hieber, A.L. Davroe and
S.A. Price. Prizes and readings will happen, as well as photo ops!


And NEVER forget the Amazing Open bar with Mel Schroeder and
friends! They have SO MUCH awesome set up for you just before the Bookies… you
do NOT wanna miss that!

Getting excited yet? How about some info on the AWESOME mini
events we have going on? Ready?

On Wed. Night,  Join
Sasha White and Joey W. Hill for a wild party and Q&A
, Also, the Blind Date
Book Party
will be open to start your con right! (If you have never done a
BDBP, you are MISSING out! You need to attend, Get your blind date book, find
the author that wrote it, and hang out with them!)

Thursday?  Panels up
the wazoo, and the Bookie Awards----- goodies and books to be given out! The
hangout with The GNO girls lead by CJ Ellisson and Boone Brux
for some crazy
fun! And if that wasn’t enough?  Readings
and a Blogger Sleepover party as well!

Friday? More panels, a games carnival with Nina Gooden and
Pals
, Name that Author with Cat Johnson, and some other fun surprises!

Saturday? A few panels, the Big ass booksigning with 100
authors
,  the Cowboy Stampede party, the
Readers Mad Tea Party with Hildie McQueen, An after the bookies event with a
special publisher sponsor
, And Jess Michaels’ Birthday extravaganza!

SEE? SO MUCH AWESOME! All the authors that are involved with
parties will be talking about their involvement on the FB group, so join up and
get ready to rock.

Oh? You say you’re not registered for AAD yet? You need to
be! All registrants get put in the hat for the welcome party prizes, and these
prizes are AMAZING! Breakfast with authors, Booze and Books, side trips to
Carrowwinds…. We have a minimum of 90 special prizes…. So…

You need to rock this con! And as if this wasn’t enough….
AAD will be giving away something really awesome to registrants…. Wanna know
what?

How about 5 VIP registrations for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE 2015
in LAS VEGAS? YES… 5!



And…

How about this… If we hit 100 more registrations from TODAY
April 10th to June 10th, we will give away 2 AAD
registrations for 2015…  2!!!!! So get
registered, get your room and get ready for one
HELL of an amazing year with
us!


 JOIN US! WE CANT WAIT TO HANGOUT WITH YOU!

Monday, April 7, 2014

SEDUCED BY THE GAME-Video Intro and Early Release!

There are so many books you all are waiting for from me, but one has taken all my time and attention and it's not hard to understand why. My readers helped make me who I am and through them I saw I could do a lot of good. So while I'm still working hard on the other books, I'm fully devoted to this one! BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5) in the Cancer Charity Anthology, SEDUCED BY THE GAME.



Here's a little video I made to introduce the anthology. I hope you enjoy it! I was nervous about doing it until I reminded myself I was talking to the coolest people in the world! <g>



Now, I'm gonna keep this short, because I'm doing a lot of catch up on writing my other novels, but I had to share this with you. AND let you know about the EARLY release! Like I said in the video, I was out of town for a bit, but now that I'm back I'm grabbing all the links to share. I'll be putting up a page for the anthology on my website sometime tomorrow, but for now here are two links that you can grab it from:

Amazon:
  http://amzn.com/B00JHP9BM2

And All Romance Ebooks:
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-seducedbythegame-1470506-166.html

The site for the Anthology is:

http://www.seducedbythegame.com/

This is an amazing cause and 100% of the royalties are going to the charity. The time and effort that has gone into this is truly incredible. The stories are heartwarming and I couldn't imagine a greater group of authors to work with. They stepped up in every way and I'm so grateful to have my name up on the cover with each and every one of them.

I'd like to end this with handing the mic over to you guys. I'll be doing another video blog later in the week to answer any questions you might have. So comment here or on the video and I'll address everything in the next video.

Thank you so much for your support! :)


 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SEDUCED by THE GAME Cancer Charity Anthology

First for the official stuff, then I'll give you the blurb for BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5) and a tasty little snippet! I've mentioned this anthology before, but now we've got more to share!

A group of bestselling authors, myself included, has recently come together in a collection of original hockey romance stories called Seduced by The Game 2014. All of the proceeds from both the print and ebook sales of this anthology will be donated to various National Hockey League Foundations through “Hockey Fights Cancer” (more information can be found here http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25343) This will be the first in an annual release of anthologies dedicated to raising funds for the initiative.
This cause is very dear to all of us, not only because of our love for the sport, but because we truly believe in what the NHL* is doing to help fund the efforts to find a cure. This will be an independently published project and time has been donated to assist in marketing, cover design, formatting and editing. There will be eight novella length stories included in the anthology.

Publication is projected for mid to late April, 2014.


So far we have one team on board, but more details from them will come later. What I'm most excited about right now is the wonderful authors involved and all the hard work everyone's put in for this amazing cause. For the same price as any other ebook, you, the reader, will get an great collection of stories from your favorite authors, and for the next YEAR every cent of royalties from the anthology will be donated to the cause. After the year is up, the authors get their books back to publish separately if they choose and the next 'Seduced by The Game' will take it's place.

I'm so honored to be part of this and I'm overwhelmed by the wonderful response we've gotten already. The readers are the only reason we're all able to share our work with the world and this is our way of giving back in a big way. With the power of our words. And our love of The Game.

My contribution, BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5) will be a prequel to Game Misconduct. Those who've read the series will recognize a few names. This story is very special to me and I can't think of a better place for it to be told than in this anthology.

Blurb:

Tim Rowe, the assistant coach of the Dartmouth Cobras, is drawn to the lovely flight attendant after the care she shows one of his rookie players. A glimpse of her submissive urges has him thinking she’s far better suited to his brother, but after a single night with her at his side, he’s determined to find a way to keep her there.

Madeline’s heart wants only Tim, but can her need to surrender control be ignored? Or is there more to her than even she knows. Tim proves he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make her happy, but how far can they really go before the things they both crave destroy everything they’re trying to build.


Excerpt:

Tim, who’d been sitting at the edge of one of the last seats before the bathroom stall speaking to his brother, glanced over and stood quickly when he spotted her. His head hit the bottom of the luggage compartment. Hard.

“Fu—damn it! Ow!” Tim laughed at himself and rubbed his head as he moved closer to her. “I wasn’t expecting to see you again until we got back on the plane. Not that I didn’t want to, I—”

Dean snorted without looking up from the clipboard in his hands.

Usually, uncertainty in a man turned Madeline off. For some reason, it made Tim more approachable. She stopped worrying about how coming here looked and smiled at him. “Ian asked me if I could get his pillow back to him after the game tonight. We both agreed it would be easier if I met with you to return it.”

“The pillow . . .” He blinked. Nodded quickly. “Of course. We’re staying at the Marriott. I could meet you in the lobby—of course, White could meet you there himself.”

“Yes, he probably could.” Madeline decided to just go for it. She wanted to spend some time with Tim, away from his brother and the team. That he hadn’t taken over and asked her out didn’t change that. This would probably go nowhere, but she needed to see that for herself. So she went for blunt honesty. “I think he’s playing matchmaker, which is adorable. I couldn’t disappoint him.”

The skin around Tim’s eyes crinkled as he gave her a broad smile. “You do know he’s almost twenty-two, not twelve? And a big boy like that isn’t ‘adorable’.”

“Ha! I’ll have you know men don’t fully grow up until they hit their thirties. Most of your team is made up of children.”

“True.” Tim cocked his head slightly. “So you’re going out with me to make the boy happy?”

“I don’t know, Tim.” She grinned at him, having more fun just talking to Tim than she’d had on actual dates. “You haven’t asked me.”

Casually resting his hip on the arm of a seat, arms folded over his chest, Tim shrugged. “I said we could meet in the lobby.”

Something slapped a seat in the back of the bus. Dean made an irritated sound as Tim looked over at him. “You, brother, are an idiot. If you don’t ask for coffee, I will.”

Dean’s sharp tone made Madeline shiver. She could imagine him using that tone with her if he wasn’t pleased. Could see herself doing everything in her power to make sure he rarely had a reason to.

She’d been in the lifestyle for a few years, going to clubs in different cities, always sceneing with men more like Dean than Tim. There was no way she’d refuse if Dean asked her for coffee . . . or pretty much anything. He pushed all the right buttons by simply being in the same space as her.

Tim seemed to notice. He gave her a stiff smile. “He doesn’t say anything he doesn’t mean. He will take you.”

No mistaking his meaning. She frowned, irritated that Tim wasn’t making more of an effort. Even more irritated at herself for wanting him to. She took a deep breath. “I didn’t come here to see him. But I do think I’m wasting both our time. I’ll meet you in the lobby after the game. Good luck.”

Before she could turn her back on him, he put his hand on her arm. She went still. He spoke softly. “Wait.”

For several beats, she stood there, shaking with a strange mix of humiliation, frustration, and . . . anticipation. His grip on her arm was firm, not enough to hurt, but enough to keep her from walking away. She sensed something in him that she’d been missing before, a power that wasn’t quite as bold as his brother’s, but no less intense.

“I think I misunderstood—it doesn’t matter. Would you like to have coffee with me? Or we could go out for a beer.” He loosened his hold on her arm, but didn’t move it. “I’ll pick you up wherever you’re staying.” His lips twitched at the edges. “We’ll have to stop by the hotel to bring White his pillow though.”

“Naturally.” She wasn’t sure why it made her so happy that he’d finally stepped up, but it did. She turned to face him. “And I wouldn’t mind a beer actually. My treat if your boys win.”

“Hell no! I’ve made enough of a mess of this.” He lifted his hand, brushing his fingertips across her cheek, his gaze as soft and warm as his touch. “Let me show you I can be a gentleman.”

Dean covered a laugh with a cough.

Madeline ignored him. Which was so much easier now with Tim so close. All the Doms she’d been with were sure of themselves, took control of her easily, fulfilled her needs—and nothing more. She had a feeling Tim could give her more, which was frightening and thrilling all at once. She hadn’t gone on a date in a very long time unless one was to count a few meeting with a potential Top. Having a beer with a man who clearly wasn’t trying to get in her pants as quickly as possible, who wasn’t interested in her submission, would be a nice change.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever met a ‘gentleman’.” Oh, that sounded lame. She rolled her eyes and laughed. “Forget I said that. Going out for beer would be nice.”

“Nice?” Tim slid his hand into her hair, moving forward until she was trapped between a seat and his body. He brushed his lips over hers. “Nice sounds boring.”

She swallowed hard, waiting for him to kiss her. Knowing if he did she was a goner. “It does.”

“I promise not to bore you, Madeline.”

“Good.”

“I hope you enjoy the game.” He released her hair and took her hand. Bent down to press a kiss to the back of it. Smiled up at her when she stared at him. “The way you were looking at me, you were about to make me into a liar. You should go before I stop caring that this bus is about to get very crowded.”
____________

Hope you enjoyed! And more news coming soon!


*While all proceeds on the anthology will be donated to various charities through Hockey Fights Cancer, the authors claim no connection to the NHL or the NHLPA. All stories contained within the anthology 'Seduced by The Game' are the property of the authors. The Cover and the logo for 'Seduced by The Game' is the property of the artists. Credit will be given to those who've contributed in promotion or marketing with permission of involved parties.