There’s always a moment for me in October that feels like someone has fired a starting gun for the race to New Year’s. I can’t help feeling that someone has signaled the beginning of an all out sprint to get the Halloween costumes made, the travel plans nailed down, the Thanksgiving menu decided on, the Christmas card photo chosen, the presents purchased.
Over time, I’ve learned that the trick to enjoying the holiday season is to find events, activities, music, and reading that will give me a reason to stop and enjoy and remember why I am doing all this. This year, I’ve actually been part of the creation of just such a treat—the eBook bundle Heating Up the Holidays, which goes on sale today. Heating Up the Holidays is a collection of tantalizingly sexy stories by three authors – the USA Today and NYT bestseller Lisa Renée Jones, the talented and popular Mary Ann Rivers, and me.
The three stories are meant to take you on a journey through the holiday season — starting with “Play With Me,” a Thanksgiving story by Lisa Renée Jones, then “Snowfall,” a Christmas story by Mary Ann Rivers, and last but not least, “After Midnight,” my steamy reverse-Cinderella New Year’s Eve tale (there’s an excerpt below!!).
It’s the perfect way to take a break from the holiday madness, a fun and sexy way to steal a few minutes from the hectic rush of life to remember how delightful this season can be, how romantic, how full of love, how rich with meaning.
I invite you to explore and enjoy the holiday season with us and to remember what it’s all about!
PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones
Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.
SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers
Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.
AFTER MIDNIGHT by Serena Bell
The clock is ticking down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and all Nora Hart and Miles Shephard can think about is kissing each other—even though they met just minutes before. Then, as fast as Miles enters Nora’s life, he’s gone . . . and she never even gets the name of the man she thinks might just be “the one.” One year later, Nora and Miles are reunited. The chemistry between them is just as strong as they remember. But Miles broke her heart once before—and this time around, Nora’s not sure whether she can give love a second chance.