Trying something new

I’ve been whining for a while about how Facebook™ encourages authors to have pages by limiting us to 5,000 friends on our profiles. So we created pages and worked hard to get people to “Like” our page. But then they switched things up when they went public and we started noticing that they were showing our posts to less and less people. (I have almost 2200 Likes on my page yet on average any post on any given day is seen by less than 100 people, sometimes as few as 30.) Well, now they’re coming clean and saying basically they don’t want to show any post that might be considered promotion (in other words, anything with a link, which probably means even a link to my blog) — that if we want our posts to be seen, we have to pay them for visibility.

thumbs-downNow if they were charging a yearly fee for page ownership, I might be interested, as long as they guaranteed that everyone who liked my page actually saw my post. But to have to pay for every single post to be seen? It’s counter-productive, and far too expensive for this author.

My street team leaders set up a community page (Leah’s Lounge) as a work-around but it’s tough to see posts by non-admins and there wasn’t a lot of the interaction that I’d hoped to have with my readers.

thumbs-upSo I’ve created a Facebook Group. I’ll post snippets of what I’m working on, members can ask questions, or post eye candy pictures, or just chat! And of course there will be contests just for members only. It’s a closed group, so people can see who the members are, but not what they post. And since I get bothered by people adding me to groups without permission, I am not going to do that to my friends on Facebook. If you want to take part, you have to join up yourself–it’s easy, just click on the link above or ==> HERE . Either I or one of my moderators will approve your request and then you’re free to post away.  We will be posting rules — simple things like no trolling, no flaming, no naked men (sorry, but FB has already dinged me for a photo of a perfectly respectable man…which I’ve posted below so you can judge for yourself).  And we’ll try to limit how much promo there is so it’s not all spam, all the time. (Because I don’t like that in groups either!)

So if you’re on Facebook, come on over!  And if you’re not on Facebook, there’s also Leah’s Lounge over on Goodreads…you’re free to chat over there too. Please?

Oh and here’s a little exercise session for you (the one FB objected to…)

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Snippet Saturday _ Men (and Kisses) Hotter Than Flame

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I’m not surprised by how smokin’ hot this set is nor am I surprised by how well written and awesome these short stories are, so have a fire extinguisher nearby as you read because these ladies aim to set your panties on fire!”

~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Feeding the Flames
Copyright © 2014 Leah Braemel

“Wait a minute. Do you really think you can just show up and drop that type of bombshell and then walk away and leave me hanging? Not a chance, bud.” She tugged on his collar and stepped backward, leading him to the back of the diner. After pausing to flip off the remaining lights, she resumed their trek toward the rear exit. Well, she’d intended to. They’d made it as far as her office when Zac banded her wrists with one hand, dragged them above her head and pressed her against the wall with his body. With her trapped, he captured her mouth.

Even her most erotic fantasy hadn’t prepared her for his kiss.

Her eyes drifted closed so she could concentrate on the pure sensation. From the hardness of his chest pressing against her, holding her in place, and his breath on her skin, to the soft prickle of his stubble on her cheek. That he was showing a side of himself she’d never seen before was just as erotic. She’d seen him playful before, but there was an intensity to him, as if carefully stoked embers had ignited.

His long fingers slipped to the back of her neck. A quick tug and her apron sagged to her waist. Cool air from overhead brushed bare skin as he unbuttoned her shirt. The heat of his touch as he pushed the fabric aside caused her nipples to harden into tight buds.

Feeding the Flames is knock your bobby socks off sexy and worthy of a happy ending (and when you read it you’ll understand both those references)! ~ Slick Reads, Guilty Pleasure Reviews

He released his grip on her wrists and shoved her bra beneath her breasts, the fabric rasping over her sensitive nipples. She lost herself in how his eyes were now nearly black with desire.

His groan rumbled through her chest. “Do you have any idea how long I’ve wanted to see these?”

As long she’d wanted him to touch them? Why had she settled for Bill when she should have admitted to Zac she was attracted to him back in high school? All those wasted years.

Her knees trembled when he cupped her breasts, his long fingers toying with the hard buds. Between the kissing and his attention to her breasts, her body heated and softened.

Free of restraint, she brought her hands down, gave into the need to thread her fingers through the silky strands of his hair. It was just how she’d expected it to feel. And this wasn’t a fantasy, wasn’t a dream. She leaned in to resume the kiss, only to have him pull away.

“Behave.” Once again he banded her wrists with one hand and hauled them above her head.

The command in his tone had her immediately obeying. Strange, considering she usually balked whenever someone tried to take over. “But I want to touch you.”

“Kitten, you touch me right now and I’ll go off like a bottle rocket.”

Huh. Who knew she had such power over him?

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Snippet Saturday — is it getting hot in here?

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part of the Five Alarm Alpha bundle

Copyright © 2014 Leah Braemel

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“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to be more than just friends with you, Zac.”

“I want you to be absolutely sure about this, Tabby.” He stepped back from her, as if he realized he might be crowding her. “Now’s your last chance to say no.”

“Stop this.” She pressed a finger against his lips. “You’ve always been the Barnett Springs Champion Overthinker. And yes, I’m absolutely sure about this. I’d rather find out for sure if it won’t work than wait for you the rest of my life, wondering what might have been.”

She met his gaze, allowing him to search her eyes, but lost herself in the sapphire blue of his. What would his face look like when she took his cock in her mouth? As he pressed himself inside her? When he came?

Maybe her fantasies showed in her eyes and convinced him she was serious because he stepped back with a single nod. “All right. I’ll pick you up here on Saturday. Say, around six?”

“Wait a minute. Do you really think you can just show up and drop that type of bombshell and then walk away and leave me hanging? Not a chance, bud.” She tugged on his collar and stepped backward, leading him to the back of the diner. After pausing to flip off the remaining lights, she resumed their trek toward the rear exit. Well, she’d intended to. They’d made it as far as her office when Zac banded her wrists with one hand, dragged them above her head and pressed her against the wall with his body. With her trapped, he captured her mouth.

Even her most erotic fantasy hadn’t prepared her for his kiss.

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Note:  The Five Alarm Alpha bundle was loaded onto iTunes, and it was up for sale until yesterday morning, when it inexplicably disappeared. We are working on getting it back up for sale…

Five Alarm Alphas releases today!

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The bundle will be available for 99 cents for a limited time only!

I’m thrilled that my novella Feeding the Flames is out today as part of the Five Alarm Alpha bundle.  I’d originally started plotting and writing it back in 2012, but because I was about to sign the Grady Legacy contract, I stuck it away in a proverbial bottom drawer knowing that “one day” I’d get back to it and polish it off. So when the lovely and talented Lexxie Couper invited me to be in the bundle and mentioned firefighters, I knew exactly what story I could use.

I love friends to lovers stories — that moment when the embers between two long-time friends sparks into something more, into something intense and hot and long-lasting.


Feeding the Flames

Sometimes your soulmate has been right in front of you their whole life. It shouldn’t take almost losing them to find them.

Returning to her hometown of Barnett Springs after escaping a lacklustre marriage, chef Tabatha Morgan thought her school girl crush on firefighter Zac Buchanan would have died out long ago. Imagine her surprise and delight when Zac walks in the door to her diner and those slumbering embers flare to life. Trouble is, life with Zac means more than just Zac’s smokin’ hot attention in the bedroom— because the real-life smoke, flames and danger of his job are more than she can handle.


 

Copyright © 2014 Leah Braemel

Even if he didn’t like country music, Zac would have loved the Dirt Road Graduates for getting Tabatha up in her seat, playing music that had her dancing her great, big heart out. Since they’d first taken the stage, she hadn’t stopped smiling. Although, come to think of it, she’d been smiling ever since he’d kissed her goodbye the morning after he’d gone back to the diner and asked her to take him to the concert.

He’d spent last night at her apartment too, stopping off at the diner on the premise of checking what time he should pick her up tonight.

Come to think of it, he’d been smiling a lot too.

With a woot and a pumped fist in the air, she wiggled her behind to the next song, which had the creepy old guy behind them ogling her. Hell, most of the guys in the rows behind them were checking her out. Damned if the woman didn’t have moves worthy of a stripper.

Jake Grady whipped the crowd into a frenzy. If he’d thought Tabatha was psyched up before, as this guy sang she practically vibrated in excitement. She wasn’t the only one. The whole stadium pulsed from the stamping feet and clapping hands. Pity they couldn’t bottle that type of enthusiasm—it would solve the world’s energy crisis.

But for tonight he only had eyes for Tabatha. For the way her hair danced over her shoulders, and the bright smile she flashed at him, as she checked to make sure he was having an equally good time. Just like her.

“Don’t just stand there. Dance with me.” She caught his hand and pulled him into the aisle. As she did, the music slowed.

“Hey, pretty girl.” Zac wrapped his arms around her waist and swayed against her. “I think I forgot to tell you how beautiful you are tonight.”

“Sweet talker.”

Unable to resist, he bent down and touched his lips to hers in what he’d intended to be a fleeting kiss. Except she wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him back down for a another, this one deeper, longer. Dear God, she tasted of the caramel apple he’d bought her when they’d first arrived, along her own sweetness.


Also in the bundle:

Lexxie Couper: Combustible: Arson investigator, Desmond Russell is the best in Australia. Cool, calm and collected, nothing ruffles him. Until he meets Outback fire brigade captain, Jess Montgomery, a woman who ignites all his sexual desires. The initial spark will engulf them both…but will their hearts survive the inferno?

Delilah Devlin: Wet DownOut with the old, in with the new… Or so Sherry Thacker thinks. Problem is, her ex is always on her mind—shirtless, sweaty, sooty, and way too handsome—and right across the street. When a “Wet Down” ceremony to retire an old fire truck is planned by the city council to raise funds for the firehouse, she has to put aside her hurt and anger and do her job. Blake Thacker wants his wife back—in the house they shared, in their marriage bed. Still confused how Sherry’s becoming mayor managed to drive a wedge between them, he’ll use whatever means necessary to win her back. Sex is always best served WET.

Marie Harte: Two to Spark:  When a psychic predicts that a faulty toaster, a black cat, and the wrong address will bring Cooper together with Ms. Right, he shrugs off the notion as crazy. But before long, fate has something else in store for the sexy firefighter when a spark of attraction ignites into true love.

FiveAlarmAlpha_final_400x667Desiree Holt: Controlled Burn: Montana Wade was home after writing off the past ten years of her life, but she needed one more night of courage before she faced her family. Boone Crider, hotshot firefighter, was burned out form the rash of malicious fires. They thought one night as strangers would cure them both, but the fire they started between them soon became a barely controlled burn.

Lissa Matthews: Up in Smoke: Half-brothers, Josh and Jay, share everything from a house, to a love of curvy, older women. So when their dream woman accidentally sets her kitchen on fire, they ride to her rescue, sirens blaring, promising to kindle flames that may never be extinguished.

Cari Quinn: Rekindled: Some blazes refuse to be contained. It’s been months since ex-firefighter Katie Kemp has spoken to her former lover and squad mate, Dash Carlton. But when a late night drive down memory lane leads her to a small fire at Dash’s house, she realizes she’s not willing to turn her back on the hottest flame of her life.

Shelli Stevens: Into the Fire: Shannon has always prided herself on holding her own in the male dominated field of firefighting. She likes to be in control. Until she strikes a bargain with a sexy man from her past who makes her give it all up in the bedroom.


 

Invited party signDon’t forget, the authors in the bundle, along with a few special guests, are hosting a party over on Facebook to celebrate today’s release. There are contests with prizes, so if you have a chance, stop in. We’ll be there from 9 a.m. eastern to 9 p.m. eastern.