Pay It Forward Friday – Red Garnier


Pay It Forward Friday is my way of thanking authors who have done something that has helped me either personally or professionally in some way in the past years. Some I’ve only met online, some at conferences, and some have become long-term friends. Others may not even know what they did, or even who I am, but at some point they said or posted something that helped me or inspired me in some way.

They have no idea they are being featured here; I’ve secretly gone to their website and gathered their information. I hope you’ll look up their books and support them by buying a book (or a whole series) because they’re not only great authors but great people too!


I’ve known Red since…well, I started following her blog around January 2007, and actually got to meet her on my trip to Texas that July. I don’t know if she knows it, but I partially based my character Rosie from Personal Protection on her, because like Rosie, Red’s a real spitfire. (Or maybe I should say Rosie is a spitfire because of Red!)

Red is the lady who gave me my tag line of “passionate…provocative…decadent” when she graciously offered me a quote for my website once I got published. Which happened partly because of her advice and support. Since I met her that summer, Red has achieved greatness I still dream of–she found an agent, sold to New York, has hit the New York Times Bestsellers list and been a runaway success. I’m sorry to say I’ve not kept up with her as I should have. As I wish I had… But sometimes life gets in the way… If you read this, Red, thank you! You’re part of the reason why I’m still writing…even on those days I don’t think I can.

You can find out more about Red on her website, or you can post to Red’s Facebook page: or tweet her @RedGarnier.

Featured-BooksReckless and Yours

recklessandyoursFirst released in the MEN OF DANGER anthology, dive into this sexy short story from bestselling author Red Garnier. Available for the first time ever as a stand-alone e-book, get lost in the sinful pleasures of a good cop gone so, so bad… 

Dangerous and sexy, police detective Zach Rivers isn’t the only man who’s obsessed with the beautiful Paige Avery—but he’s willing to risk everything to be the only man she needs in her life…and her bed…in Reckless and Yours.

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Claimed by Him

claimedbyhimThe Billionaire’s Club: The wealthiest, most powerful men, not only in Chicago, but in the world. They are used to having whatever they want, whenever they want it.

Graves Buchanan has had to climb farther and higher than any of his friends, singlehandedly becoming a billionaire in less than two decades, even with a rotten poor childhood in the streets. He likes sex the way he learned it; animal, raw and without any strings attached. But even as messed-up as he is, he cares deeply for his best friend’s baby sister, Chloe Lexington. But Chloe is an heiress, a ‘princess’, and no matter how much he wants her, Graves doesn’t think he has it in him to handle a girl like her.

But Chloe has other plans for him, and she’s not taking no for an answer. She’s been warned against Graves by her brother, Daniel, and against all of his eccentric billionaire friends, but Chloe has merely been biding her time. Now that she’s almost twenty-five, she’s determined to have the man she’s always wanted, and she’ll use anything as incentive to be claimed by him, at last.


Looking back, and forward too.

happy-sixthI’m celebrating my sixth anniversary of being a published author today. Though I could possibly have celebrated it when I received the offer letter, or even when I signed the contract, I’ve always counted today, the day PRIVATE PROPERTY actually released to the public, as being the day I should mark on my calendar.

It’s been a bumpy journey, filled with highs and lows. Opportunities I never expected, and challenges too. While I wish I was more prolific, as my hubby continues to say to me “if I showed you your webpage and your current booklist back before you were published, you’d be thrilled, wouldn’t you?”

He’s right. I would have been. Because despite having to deal with my father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2008 and his subsequent death in 2010, my mother’s stroke six months later, followed by taking her on numerous trips to the ophthamologist as she lost her vision the next year, despite the days helping her pack and move, despite the weeks and months educating ourselves about my husband’s diabetes diagnosis, or the numerous trips for Xrays and trips to specialists for the various illnesses my sons have had, and even more for my own hypothyroid diagnosis and all the issues that’s caused, despite the new stresses involving either my husband’s loss of his job or a transfer that would require us to sell our house and move … well, we’re not quite sure where yet, but it would be out of our area code anyway, that we face, I’m still writing. Be it all so slowly. And with a lot less hubris than I had back in 2009.

But this I promise will continue: I will always deliver a story that’s written to the best of my ability, one that has been professionally edited and has not been dashed out just for the sake of having another release on my “Coming Soon” page. I will not put out a story unless I’m proud of it and have fallen in love with my characters. In the hopes that you’ll fall in love with them too.

Snippet Saturday – First Night, First Kiss


For those of you who haven’t read First Night, or may not even know it exists, First Night is a short story I wrote back in 2008 as part of a Samhain holiday celebration. Since it came out before Private Property, it was my way of introducing the world to my writing and Jodi and Mark, the hero and heroine from Private Property. (At the time I had no idea Private Property would be the start of the Hauberk Protection series.)  Two years ago, the head of my street team started nudging me to lengthen it and put it up on Amazon and other vendors so more readers could find it. Well, I finally sat down and followed her advice. First Night is now doubled in length and explains how Mark’s company ended up becoming part of Hauberk Protection (yes, Sam is in it — on a video call at least).  It is currently available on Amazon, Scribd and Kobo, and will be available through Barnes & Noble and iBooks shortly.




First Night

copyright© 2014 Leah Braemel

“What do you say, Mark? Do we have a deal? You ready for a little R&R?”

First-Night_vs2-400x600The breathy hitch in her voice told him there was no misunderstanding her intention.

He caught her hand. “Are you aware of what I might ask of you?”

Her gaze dropped to the tent in his pants, then slowly raised to meet his. The heat in her eyes seared a path all the way up his chest. “I’ll be at your command for the night. In the bed. Up against the wall. Or on the floor if you prefer. Whatever you say, I’ll do.”

He forced his mind from the image of tying her hands behind her, of pressing her to her knees, when he realized she was still talking.

She ran a finger along his jaw, tracing her thumb over his lips. “Just tell me what you want.”

He pulled her toward him so she tumbled onto his lap. He cupped her head with one hand until her mouth hovered a hairsbreadth from his. “Let’s start with this.”

Despite the danger signals ringing in his head, he couldn’t pull back if someone held a knife to his balls. She tasted of champagne, and paradise. There was no hesitation from her when he slid his tongue past the part in her lips, no regrets, no second thoughts. If anything, there was a tenderness he’d rarely experienced, and never expected from his hard-ass operative.

Everything about her softened, and when he stroked her throat she leaned into his touch. A need to protect her, to treat her gently, while at the same time the need to master her roared over him.