WOW! I’ve been spinning around in circles. I cleaned house this morning – remember, last week I was worrying about it. I also packed up my swag to send to Wyoming AND I finished the GUIDE TO THE HELL YEAH! World. Let me tell you a little bit about this insider’s collector book. It has everything you need to know about the original hell yeah – all 22 books! Covers, blurbs, list of characters, a playlist, insider notes from the author, even blogs that were written while I was penning the book. There is also a generous excerpt for each book plus a heads up about what characters are getting a book for themselves. There’s also a section about the new HELL YEAH! Kindle World books and – I’m excited about this – a novella that is new and available NOWHERE ELSE. The name of this short book is A McCoy’s Favorite Sport and follows Aron and Libby & Heath and Cato on a trip together – a trip that is a comedy of errors but also includes some hot McCoy sex – of course!
Let me show you the cover.
Now, let me show you something else – this book will soon go up on preorder –
Here’s a taste –
“You’re right.” He gave her a sensual look. “I feel very blessed right now.” They rode deeper into Falconhead land where the trees were thicker – ancient live oaks and massive pecans whose branches hung low enough to be used as benches or places where small children could climb up and lay down for a nap, warmed by the dappled sunshine. “Look.”
Ryder let her gaze follow his pointing hand and what she saw made her gasp with wonder. Ahead lay a small clearing lit by thousands of tiny white lights that had been strung in the trees. A table and chairs sat in the middle adorned with flowers, a white table cloth and candles. “How beautiful,” Ryder breathed. The closer they came, the more she could see, the table was set with china and dishes covered with silver domes awaited them. All of it looked like a fantasy scene that had jumped right off the pages of a magazine…especially the dark, handsome man who stood there waiting for them.
“Yes, Gideon is waiting for us.”
Everything Ryder thought she knew and understood about what was going on between her and Samson flew out the window. Wasn’t this a date? What was his brother doing here?
“I…don’t understand,” Ryder muttered as Gideon stepped forward to meet them, coming to Ryder with a smile on his face. His dark hair tousled in an I don’t give a shit fashion that he wore so well.
“Hello, Ryder. It’s so good to see you. I’m glad you could join us.”
Ryder looked at Gideon, then back at Samson. “Hello.” Her mind and heart were in turmoil. She shivered with excitement, but that excitement was accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach. Truth slipped from her lips before she could call it back. “I wasn’t expecting to see you here.”
Instead of seeming disturbed, Gideon gave her a heated look, reaching up to lift her from the mare’s back. “You didn’t tell her I’d be joining you, Samson?”
Ryder allowed his hands on her body. Truth be told, she enjoyed his touch. Confused, she looked from one brother to the other. “What’s going on?” She couldn’t fathom their motives. Was this some kind of joke? Were they having fun at her expense? Despite the holdings and wealth her family had accumulated, she wasn’t sophisticated – she was just Ryder. “Are you two making fun of me?”
Samson dismounted and came to stand near to Ryder. She was surrounded by two men who overwhelmed her senses. Each in their own way – one light, one dark – each possessed enough raw male beauty to take her breath away.
His smile had faded and his expression was completely sincere. “We would never make fun of you. You, Ryder McCoy, have captured our complete attention in no way any other woman has in a long, long time.”
“He’s right,” Gideon whispered. “You’ve taken over our dreams, overwhelmed our senses. I’ve been able to think of nothing else.”
“I don’t understand.” Ryder shivered as she felt Samson run his hand beneath her hair, caressing her neck. He wasn’t the only one touching her, however. His brother ran a finger down her arm from elbow to wrist, causing frisson of excitement to rise along the path. “I thought Samson and I were here on a date. And now…” She closed her eyes and swallowed nervously. “Am I supposed to choose?”
Samson chuckled. “No, sweetheart. This isn’t some kind of weird competition between us.”
“No, Ryder, no competition.” Gideon took the same finger he used to caress her arm and lifted her chin so he could look into her eyes. “We share.”
Ryder heard his voice, but she couldn’t process the meaning of his words. “Share?”
“Surrender to us, Ryder,” Samson whispered, his lips branding the sensitive skin of her neck. “We’ll give you more pleasure than you ever knew possible.”
“Just a chance, Ryder,” Gideon murmured as he kissed her palm. “You’ll be the center of our attention, the focus of our passion. There’s nothing we wouldn’t do for you.”
In a haze of confused excitement, Ryder trembled at their touch. “Both of you want me?”
“More than you’ll ever know,” Gideon pressed her small hand between both of his, engulfing it in secure warmth.
Fantasies warred with expectations. Ryder’s heart raced as a wild, raging desire rose within her, trying to override all she believed, all she’d ever held to be true. “I can’t.”
“Oh, yes, you can.” Samson moved in front of her, taking her face in his hands, capturing her mouth with his. Giving her one long kiss after another, only pausing so they could take a breath.
“Don’t kiss me, please.” Her voice didn’t sound convincing as she blindly sought Samson’s mouth again with her own.
“We have to,” Gideon teased in her ear, “look at all the mistletoe.”
“What mistletoe? It isn’t Christmas,” she whimpered, her body on fire, her nipples as hard as river washed pebbles.
“Look up, beautiful, it’s all around us.” Samson pressed his lips to the upper swell of her breast.
In an erotic daze, Ryder lifted her head and saw the hundreds of green clumps hanging from the branches of the oaks like lush decoration. Her action exposed the creamy expanse of her neck and Gideon took advantage, blanketing her from behind. As she gave herself over to Samson Duke’s hunger, his brother’s lips blazed a hot trail across the tender flesh of her shoulder. “You won’t be sorry. We’ll worship your body, fulfil your every fantasy.”
As surely as she could feel their excitement, their hard aroused bodies pressing against her front and back, Ryder could feel her resolve slipping. She wasn’t afraid of these two men, they’d never hurt her, they’d proven that. She was afraid of herself, afraid of what she wanted – of what she couldn’t have.
“No!” Pulling away, she broke apart from them. They didn’t try to stop her, they only stood watching as she backed away, an unspeakable sadness on their faces. “I have to go. I shouldn’t be here. This is wrong. I’m not the type of woman you need.”
“You’re all we need,” Samson beseeched her, holding out his hand. “Let us show you how good it can be.”
“Give us a chance, Ryder.” Gideon stared at her with a hooded intense gaze.
“I wish I…” With a choked sob, Ryder turned and ran from the grove of oak trees, catching the horse’s bridle. Through a haze of tears, she mounted and rode back to the Highlands as if the devil himself were on her heels.
She saw nothing she passed – not Jaxson leading a breed bull by a bridle, not Tennessee driving a huge tractor from the hayfield – Ryder was intent only on reaching the house and the sanctuary of her room.
Entering the barn, she gave an apologetic glance at one of the ranch hands. “Would you make sure this horse is tended and returned to Falconhead, Hanse. I don’t feel well.”
“Of course, Miss Ryder.”
Without looking back, Ryder ran across the yard, barely glancing at the rose garden she and her sister lovingly tended in their mother’s memory. She only hoped Pepper wasn’t home. At the moment what she needed most was to be alone with her thoughts.
Flinging open the door to her suite, she flung herself on the bed and let the tide of despair wash over her.
Ryder felt like her heart was being torn in two. How could they do this to her? She didn’t know what to think. “I can’t choose. Don’t make me choose.”
The tormented whisper echoed in the empty room, and even as she said the words, she didn’t really know what they meant.
Was she talking about choosing between Samson and Gideon?
Her feelings for both men were so far beyond anything she’d ever felt or imagined feeling for a man that denying them was impossible.
Or was she talking about choosing between what she wanted more than air…and her family?
There was no question…a decision like she was tempted beyond measure to make would crumble the very foundation of the McCoy clan. Her brothers would never understand and the impact on her father could be deadly.
“I don’t know what to do.” Ryder sobbed into her pillow, realizing her happiness might come with a price tag higher than she was willing to pay.
And remember – this one is up on preorder now!
This is going to be an emotional, sensual read, this excerpt isn’t sexy – but it touches my heart. EXCERPT Oak Hill Plantation - 1816
“I don’t understand.” Jolie held her bare arm next to Charlotte’s. They lay on the floor of the attic basking in a bright beam of sunlight. “My skin isn’t any darker than yours.”
They compared their little arms. They did look the same, small, still baby round. The only difference they could see was that Charlotte had a smattering of reddish freckles where Jolie had only one or two darker freckles. “Mama called them beauty spots, Grandmere called them moles.” She wrinkled her nose and let her finger trace over her skin. “I’m not sure why, moles are those blind little creatures that live in the dirt.
“Yea, I don’t understand either. You look okay to me. I’m not sure why mother says you’re different but you are, I guess.” She raised up on her elbows. “Do you feel different?”
Jolie rolled to her back. “No, I feel like me. Abraham was darker, his skin looked like the fine obsidian stone that Grandmere used to wear for protection. She said it came from a volcano that stood right behind her home on Martinique. But when we would catch our skin on bramble bushes, the color of our blood was exactly the same.” She rolled over to gaze at Charlotte. “What does that mean? How can we be different if we’re all the same on the inside?”
Charlotte sighed. “I don’t know, Jolie. I don’t understand a lot of things. Like ciphering. I hate numbers. And I don’t want to learn how to speak French.” A sudden smile lit up her face. “Was your grandmother a witch?”
“No!” Jolie made a face. “She had a broom, but she didn’t ride it. She just swept with it and would wallop me on the behind with it when I acted ugly.”
Charlotte giggled. “I wish you could come to Sophia’s birthday party with me.” She captured her cousin’s hand in her own.
“Me too.” Jolie stared at the ceiling. “Grandmother Dora says I’m a shame and a disgrace. I’ve tried to be better. I stand up straight and I don’t talk back. I haven’t played in the dirt all week.”
Charlotte sat up, placing her hands on her knees. “When we grow up, Jolie. We’ll go to parties all the time. We’ll have them right here at Oak Hill.” She spread her arms wide. “Grand parties and we’ll wear beautiful clothes and fine gentleman will come to call on us.”
Jolie giggled. “Do you think we’ll ever get married?”
“Oh, yes.” Charlotte put her hand under her chin and batted her eyes.
“My mama and papa weren’t married. He loved her, though.” Jolie was certain of this. Although, the thought did bother her.
“Charlotte! Charlotte! Come downstairs this instant. It’s time for you to get dressed!”
Charlotte and Jolie stood, dusting off their dresses. They could hear Lisette ascending the narrow staircase. “Jolie, are you up here?”
“I want you to get downstairs and stay in the kitchen. Help Cook get ready for dinner and don’t come into the parlor under any circumstance. Do you hear me?” By the time she finished her speech, Lisette was standing on the top step looking Jolie hard in the eye. “Charlotte, did you finish your lessons?”
“Yes, ma’am. Mr. Cryer said I did a fine job. Why doesn’t Jolie have to take lessons?”
“Jolie doesn’t get to take lessons. Why would we waste the money?”
Jolie bowed her head. She didn’t like to be the topic of conversation. “I don’t mind. I’ve already completed the level that Charlotte is working on.”
This bit of information didn’t seem to make Lisette happy. “You have no need for an education!”
Jolie didn’t argue, she didn’t know if she did or not. All she knew was that she missed her family. Her real family. The relatives she lived with now didn’t make her feel welcome. As she made her way slowly down the stairs, keeping out of Aunt Lisette’s way, Jolie wondered if she’d ever feel like she belonged anywhere again.
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As you can see, I have a lot to do! Have a good week.
Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sensuous romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the literature she loved while reading her favorite romance authors. It wasn’t long before she decided to marry her two first loves. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a steamy read with a “whole lotta story.”
Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.
1. Which three people (famous or otherwise) would you most like to invite to a dinner party?
Well, we need to establish the fact that I don’t cook, but my husband is awesome at it, so he would have to agree to be the host. Luckily, he loves to entertain. So as for invitees…
I’d have to invite Sam Elliott because he’s just such a cool, good-looking man and I could listen to his voice all day. Second, I’d like to invite someone from another planet because it would be awesome to learn what they do at their dinner parties. Lastly, I’d like to invite Homer and get the lowdown on exactly what part of the Iliad and the Odyssey is fact and what is fiction. What can I say? My romances are inspired by the classics :) My first book, Masque, was inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe short story which is why I brought a mask with me to give away. Just sayin’.
2. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I would have to say my husband. He’s inspired me by showing me exactly how a man loves a woman. Sometimes readers think my male characters from the planet Eden are a pipe dream, but they have a lot of the qualities that my husband has, with a number of their own quirks ;-) He’s also inspired me because he seriously believes I can do anything I set my mind to and he loves me just the way I am, hats, boots, ice cream, cat and all .
4. How do you handle criticism?
I generally smile through it and then mull it over alone and decide if it has any merit. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. I also take into consideration the source. If it’s my critique partner or agent, I seriously think about it and may ask follow up questions. If it’s from someone who knows nothing about writing, who is telling me what’s wrong with my story, chances are I won’t give it any weight and move on.
5. What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?
A willingness to continually learn
People who support you
6. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
My greatest strength is probably my positive attitude. I think that came from my dad who always told me I was great. Yes, he literally said that as well as smart, beautiful, resourceful, creative, etc. With that kind of upbringing, it really helps to see the good things in life. My greatest weakness? My inability to control my writing schedule. Even when I schedule a day off, it never works out that way. I would so like a guilt-free day :)
7. What type of writing environment do you prefer?
My office. It’s my haven and I am most productive there. It is very quiet (we just moved onto 4 acres in a rural area). I have my Venetian masks around which are colorful, my book covers which are colorful, and my family pictures which are colorful ;-) My kitty sleeps at my feet or on my desk (usually both throughout the day). I have my classic literature books nearby which inspire me, my unicorn tapestry, and I have my 3 calendars to keep me on track. And of course, my cup of tea. I drink tea all day, some in tea bags, some loose leaf. It’s my go-to beverage.
8. What was the first romance you read that stuck with you and why?
The first romance I ever read was Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna, but it was her book The Wolf and the Dove that stuck with me. The clash of cultures in that story with a strong hero and strong heroine torn between her own society and her feelings for him stayed with me. Plus, it took place in 1066 in England so I was hooked. I still have those two books, the very ones I read, along with The Flame and The Flower, on my shelves in my office.
9. Other than writing, what do you like doing in your spare time?
I would love some spare time! I’m trying to fit that into my schedule. Okay, that sounds a bit paradoxical, doesn’t it? I do carve out time for line dance class as I love to dance. I have danced all my life. Other than that I like to spend time with my hubby. Even if it’s just a trip to the hardware store or a drink down at one of the riverfront bars nearby. Of course, the best time is when we get to go dancing. He loves to dance too.
10. What is the title of the last book you wrote? Tell us how you relate to one of the characters.
Oh boy, that is loaded question! My last book released, Cowboy’s Best Shot (Poker Flat #3), contains a heroine who is a former high-end prostitute and now a bartender at a nudist resort. LOL. While I can’t relate to her profession, I do relate to the way she owned it. She loved sex and wasn’t afraid to indulge and felt no shame at having been a prostitute. That idea of being proud of what you do and who you are even if society snubs its nose is what I relate to. She also has a heart of gold and is so loyal to the other employees at the nudist resort that she would leave rather than have it lose business because of her. That loyalty is another trait I have, which can be a weakness on occasion. Also, she has great taste in men, a cowboy who has returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and is seriously hot. I can relate to that ;-)
Cowboy Hunter McKade is former military police who survived two tours overseas, but when he came home, his wife and his life as he knew it, disappeared in an instant. Now a security guard at Poker Flat Nudist Resort, he exists in his dark place, requiring little social interaction – until the night he breaks the barrier that separates him from her.
As a former prostitute from a high-end bordello, Adriana Perez loves sex – any kind, anywhere – and her rules are few. Her new bartending job at Poker Flat gives her lots of hospitality opportunities, so why is someone trying to get her fired? Baffled, she gratefully accepts Hunter’s help and protection, and is more than willing to show him her appreciation. But the man has far too much control.
Pushing Hunter beyond his boundaries becomes Adriana’s satisfying distraction. But the evidence against her mounts, and she ignores her gut to take matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, her best shot at fixing this may not be enough to save her job…or her heart.
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“Is something funny?” Hunter’s voice, though still low, sounded affronted.
“No, just laughing at myself and berating myself for my stupidity. I should have gone with the swinging foursome.” Adriana bent a little, testing the feel of her wound. “It’s probably good I got this scratch. It will remind me to be more careful next time.”
Hunter spun her around to face him so quickly, it took her eyes a moment to focus, and when they did, she forced herself not to pull away.
“This was not your fault. Understand?”
She nodded, the intensity in his eyes reminding her of the efficiency with which he’d wrapped the whip around the Dom’s throat.
“No woman deserves to be forced to do anything she doesn’t want.”
He clearly wasn’t seeing her anymore and her curiosity grew. Time to lighten the conversation a bit. She winked. “It’s pretty hard to find something I don’t want.”
He blinked, obviously not following, and then his lip quirked, but he didn’t say anything. Instead, he let go of her and screwed the cap back on the tube of cream. When he finished, he tipped his black hat slightly before turning and striding to the door.
She watched him, or rather his ass covered in black denim. When he opened the door and looked at her, she forced her gaze to meet his.
“Lock your door tonight.”
“Got it.” She moved forward, even as he pulled the door shut.
Turning the lock, she pulled the curtain aside to look out, but Hunter was gone.
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Well, it’s been a good week and I’m looking forward to another. I finished one book and am about to complete another one. LOVE ME, I DARE YOU will be released early this week, probably Tuesday, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise – which in central Texas is always a fair to middlin possibility. TEXAS MAVERICK is so close to being through that I can see the whites of Maverick Cross’s eyes and I can tell you, I don’t mind looking at him either. To celebrate finishing the newest Hell Yeah! I went out and bought some BBQ, then stopped by the Container Store to get 3 wicker boxes to store things on that otherwise escape me – like…my glasses, the TV remote, my pen and plot notebook, my allergy medicine – you know, the essentials of life. My last stop before coming home was Petsmart to buy Mojo a Thundershirt. He doesn’t have anxiety when it thunders, not like Abby Grace, but he has horrible anxiety in the car, even though he begs like crazy to get to go somewhere. The ‘science’ behind the shirt is that it hugs the dog tightly. I was skeptical, but desperate. Once I purchased it, I put it right on him and his usual bat-shit-crazy display was reduced by at least half, if not more on the way home. I’m hopeful it will be the answer. I worked last night till 3 am on the final read of DARE before turning it over to the editors - - so, my next big step for today…is to take a nap.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Here are the two covers:
Now, sit with me and sigh for a few seconds.
Oh, yea. And here’s the blurb for LOVE ME, I DARE YOU.
Joshua Long, World Champion Cowboy, is known wide and far as the ‘cowgirl whisperer’. His looks are fallen-angel handsome and his talents in the bedroom are legendary. Josh prides himself on being able to give a woman sheet-clawing, back-arching, toe-curling multiple orgasms. But at the peak of his career, Josh loses it all when his knee is shattered by a one-ton bull and his reputation is shredded by a scorned woman. After investing blood, sweat, and years into the rodeo, he has lost his career and the lucrative sponsorships that went with it. Returning to his hometown of Kerrville, a place he hasn’t always felt welcome, Josh is uncertain of the direction his life will take. But sometimes fate is kind and the lifeline that we need to hang onto our hopes and dreams appears just within our grasp. Josh has such a moment when he walks into Isaac McCoy’s HARDBODIES bar. There, surrounded by old friends who offer him a second chance, Josh’s gaze lands on a beautiful, blue-eyed redhead who draws him like a moth to a flame. Emma Zachary has lived life on a dare. There is nothing she won’t try, she grabs onto happiness with both hands, embracing every moment of joy she can find. Unwilling to accept the hand that life has dealt her, Emma refuses to let her blindness hold her back. She intends to make all of her dreams come true, especially the ones that include a certain cowboy who seems to always be there when she needs him. Emma longs to know what it’s like to be loved, so she takes a dare and bids on a date with rodeo Romeo, Josh Long. What she discovers is that one night in Josh’s arms will never be enough. Josh is tired of his reputation. He wants to be more than his father’s son; he wants to be more than just a buckle-bunnies fantasy man. Joshua wants a woman who sees him for who he really is, failures and all, and loves him anyway. Emma is tired of being alone. She needs someone who will look beyond her faults and want her in spite of the challenge she faces. Their journey together is filled with laughter, tears, danger, and sex hot enough to set the Hill Country of Texas on fire.
Join Emma and Josh as they learn the true meaning of love.
I dare you.
A Hot Read for Happy Trails!
The second installment to the Hell Yeah! series, Sable Hunter has written a story filled with hope; where love wins out. The story proves everyone is worthy of being loved for who they are ~ not what the world expects them to be. Hot on Her Trail leaves you feeling good and happy. Can be read as a stand alone, but it it would be a shame to skip the first Hell Yeah! book Cowboy Heat. --Teresita, Amazon reviewer
Hot on her Trail
Sable Hunter does a great job keeping you interested and on the edge of your seat! Enjoyed!- Vicki, Amazon reviewerHOT ON HER TRAIL
Jacob McCoy wishes for a wife and a family. Tis the Season for miracles when a young woman shows up on his doorstep: homeless, in danger and expecting a child - Jacob's child.
Their relationship is complicated by the fact that, A - they've never met before and B - she's a virgin. Jessie is determined not to be a burden to the McCoy family. As far as she's concerned, she is just passing through. Jacob has a different opinion - he wants Jessie in his life, in his bed and in his heart. A sweet and spicy romance with another McCoy brother.