Freebie Friday at Samhain – Private Deceptions

Samhain Publishing is giving away a copy of Private Deceptions today over on Facebook. Click on the link below, like or comment on their post to enter.

 

Want to read a snippet to see if you might like it? Here’s an excerpt from Private Property, book 1 in the anthology.

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Jodi Tyler has loved and lost too many times to believe in happily ever after. That’s what makes her no-strings affair with her boss so perfect—his power in bed matches his respect for her independence. Still, when he surprises her with a ménage for her birthday, her secret thrill wars with a nagging thought: Why would he so casually share her with another man?

Even though Mark Rodriguez holds Jodi at arm’s length from his heart, her self-confidence is a turn-on he can’t resist. Inviting old college buddy and future business partner Sam into their bed for one night was supposed to set free her wildest fantasy. Instead he finds the tables turned, forced to watch while Sam brings her to the height of ecstasy.

Now, Mark’s not so sure he wants to share his treasure…

Warning: This book contains a woman fulfilling her sexual fantasies—including two men who are happy to tie her up, and be tied up, while using graphic language and floggers.

Excerpt of Private Property
Copyright © 2009 by Leah Braemel
ISBN: 978-1-60504-368-5

“Punishment time, Jodi,” Mark whispered in her ear. Her heart immediately raced as if she’d been running.
A marathon.

Up the side of a mountain.

The sharp whistling sound of…what was that? It reminded her of a whip, or a belt arcing through the air. Her butt tightened at the thought of being paddled or spanked as her punishment.

“Now, sweet pea, we’re going to play a game. If you guess correctly, you get rewarded. If you guess incorrectly, you’ll be punished.”

“What do I have to do?”

Lips touched hers. Lips tasting of cigar smoke. “You have to guess which one of us—”

“—is doing what to you,” Mark finished, nibbling just below her ear.

Snippet Saturday: The First Time Ever He Saw Her Face

Last week was about the heroine seeing the hero for the first time. So naturally, this week is about the hero’s first glimpse of the heroine. With the exception of Tangled Past, all my heroes have known their heroines for a while, so…how about the first time the hero has seen the heroine in over ten years?


[W]hen the Humvee pulled into the garage, he got his first good look at her in the light. There were a few more lines on her face than there had been, no surprise, though fewer than on his. Her hair was longer than it had been last time he’d seen her. Damn it, why was he so turned on by the thought of threading his fingers through her hair, holding her in place while she…Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Focus on the mission, not on her sucking your dick, you fucking idiot!

So much for maintaining any sort of balance. Thank God Troy had said he’d hang around a few days.

Chad led her through the kitchen, introducing her to the couple who took care of the place throughout the year. He’d been here before, for visits and training exercises, so he stood back and watched her. Despite the circles under her eyes, she took the time to greet each of the agents who would be guarding her.

…a fabulous love story~ Scorching Book Reviews

Damn, she looked sexy in that totally oblivious I’m-all-business manner. No one else knew the body hidden beneath that demure white cotton blouse and navy blue slacks. No one else knew the passion and the heat waiting to be released when Lauren let go of her inhibitions. No one else here would know, he corrected himself.

As he stood back waiting, he caught Walters slanting him a glance from time to time. Did Andy know Lauren was his ex-wife and now wondered why he hadn’t removed himself as lead op? Some great example he was setting to his agents, wasn’t he?

Or was Andy attracted to her and wondered if Chad might be jealous if he put a move on her? The little green-eyed monster he thought he’d conquered long ago flared into a dragon that filled the room.

Nominated as Best Contemporary Romance by The Romance Studio reviewersAfter shooting Andy a narrow glance, Chad grasped Lauren’s elbow. “You must be tired. Let me show you your room.”

The second he touched her again his whole body reacted as if he’d grabbed a thousand-volt electrical wire—the same sensation he’d had that first night he’d escorted her at the bar. The same way it had each time he’d touched her every day they were married.


Order Deliberate Deceptions in digital: 
Samhain ~ Amazon Kindle ~ Amazon  UK ~ All Romance ebooks ~ 
Barnes and Noble ~ Kobo ~ Sony

Or buy it in print in the PRIVATE DECEPTIONS anthology

at Amazon.com ~ Amazon.ca ~  Barnes & Noble,
Book Depository US and Book Depository UK or Indiebound


Don’t forget to visit the other Snippet Saturday participants:

Myla Jackson
Lauren Dane
Caris Roane
Eliza Gayle
Jody Wallace
McKenna Jeffries
Shiloh Walker
Taige Crenshaw
Delilah Devlin
HelenKay Dimon
Felicity Heaton
Lissa Matthews
TJ Michaels

Want a bookmark but aren’t going to RT or RAGT?

I just got a brand new batch of bookmarks for the entire Hauberk series. If you want a bookmark of your own, or if you’d like a few to give to your friends, just send a long (#10) self-addressed stamped envelope to my mail box and my street team leaders Tabatha and Kayla will send you some.

Leah Braemel
P.O. Box 1431
Sulphur Springs, TX 75483

If you want postcards of my books as well as the trading cards, bookmarks and some swag, send a 4×6 envelope with 3 stamps. (Don’t forget to add your own address to it so we know where to send it!)

If you’re going to the Romantic Times Convention May 1 – 5, I’ll leave some in promo alley, and I’ll also have some on my desk during the book fairs, as well as on me if you run into me anywhere else. Stop by and say hi! If you’re attending Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together in June, they’ll be there too.

I’m getting so jazzed about those conferences — I’ve already started packing my suitcase! Leave a comment here if you’re planning on attending. I’d love to meet you.

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Snippet Saturday – Character

Character. It’s not one particular trait you should usually be able to point to in someone, even a fictional someone. But I have always loved this scene because both these characters share a similar character. They love the chase…and the capture. ;)


Copyright © 2011 Leah Braemel
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

[H]e found her pounding hell bent for leather down the path.

“Lauren.”

DeliberateDeceptions200x300She glanced over her shoulder but kept running. “Leave me alone right now, Chad. I’m not very good company.”

His step hesitated as he almost did turn around. No, if someone was trying to discredit Hauberk through her, he owed it to Sam—and Troy—to find out just what the hell was going on.

“Lauren, slow down, damn it.”

She didn’t.

He sprinted, thinking he was fresher and could take advantage of her exhaustion.

Considering she’d probably run close to five kilometers already, it still took a concerted effort to catch up. “You’re worn out and if you keep this up, you’re going to trip over a root and twist your ankle.” Not to mention he needed to talk to her face-to-face instead of to her ass, as nice a view as that was.

With a huff of exasperation, most likely more at herself than at him, Lauren slowed down and a few hundred yards up stopped entirely. Breathing hard, she braced her hands on her knees.

“Just leave me alone for a while. Please.”

“That’s not what you were begging me to do last night. Or have you forgotten how you got on your knees and sucked my dick?” Fuck. That was a stupid

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CAPA nominee for Best Contemporary Romance

Before he could finish the thought, Lauren did a neat sweep with her foot he wasn’t expecting and he found himself flat on his back, the breath driven from him. He rolled to a stand and watched her disappear down the trail.

So she wanted to play it that way, did she? Game on.

They ran half the trail dodging and evading each other’s attacks. At some point, he couldn’t figure out when, his anger morphed to arousal. He found himself admiring that she’d run more than twice as far as he had yet showed no signs of tiring; he also found himself admiring the swing of her hips as she ran in front of him, the bounce of her breasts when they wrestled. Until they reached the steep hill and she stumbled over a protruding root as he’d predicted would happen. Launching himself at her, Chad trapped her by using his full weight on top of her.

She fought him for a moment, attempting to buck him off, then relaxed. Chuckling, she reached up and skimmed a finger down his jaw. “You still get turned on by the chase, don’t you?”

Considering the erection jabbing into her belly he could hardly deny it.

“Never could understand guys who liked submissive women.”


Order eBook: Samhain ~ Amazon Kindle Amazon UK ~ All Romance ebooks ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Kobo ~ Sony

Or buy it in print at Amazon.comAmazon.ca,  Barnes & Noble,
Book Depository US and Book Depository UK or Indiebound


Don’t forget to visit the other Snippet Saturday participants:

Lissa Matthews
Rhian Cahill
Eliza Gayle
Leah Braemel
Myla Jackson
Caris Roane
Jody Wallace
McKenna Jeffries
Taige Crenshaw
HelenKay Dimon
Shiloh Walker
Delilah Devlin
Lauren Dane
TJ Michaels

Snippet Saturday – Emotion

It’s all about emotion. How about a peek into Chad from Deliberate Deceptions, and how Lauren can read him?


Copyright © 2011 Leah Braemel
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

[S]tay. I don’t want to be alone tonight.” Like she’d been for so long.

If she’d had any question he could still love her, the look he gave her removed any doubt. There was no trace of the predator on the hunt he’d had when they were first dating or even five minutes ago, the dominant man determined to win her. This look spoke of the depth of his love and longing. His voice, though controlled, revealed his pain and need even though it was barely above a whisper, husky as if he’d been screaming all night. “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

a gorgeous love story that will break your heart and mend it all over again. Deliberate Deceptions is a stand-out in the contemporary erotic genre. ~ MirandaJoyfully Reviewed

“I do.” She walked toward him, trying to be quiet, desperate not to give in to the urge to fall at his feet and prove herself to him. If she did, he might react like a wounded animal. One that could turn on her and rip her limb from limb.

No doubts tonight, she told herself, afraid to speak out loud, afraid of breaking whatever force was holding them together. She undid the remaining buttons, tugged her blouse from her slacks and let it drop from her shoulders onto the floor.

His gaze dropped to the lace of her chemise where her nipples had hardened. He’d always loved her breasts, loved touching them, cupping them, kissing them. She debated pulling the chemise over her head, letting him view them unencumbered but decided the peep show might be more provocative. It felt strange to be deliberately leading him on, to have to seduce him. She shimmied out of her slacks and stepped out of them, leaving them in a heap on the floor beside her blouse.

Seconds later, her thong rested on top of the pile.

DeliberateDeceptions200x300One moment he was clutching the door frame, the next moment she was flattened against it, his thigh between her legs, holding her in place. His voice rasped as he asked, “What’s your game, Lauren?”

“I’m not playing a game, Chad.” Just doing a lousy job of seducing you.

He closed his eyes for just a second before meeting her gaze again. “So it’s just sex you’re looking for? You want to fuck and that’s it? Like an itch you want to scratch?”

We cared more about fucking than making sure Emily didn’t die, a tiny voice in the back of her head nagged. A voice she thought she’d long since banished. “I miss you. I miss us.”

His lips hovered centimeters above hers, his breath warm on her cheek, his eyes locked on her mouth. She expected him to lean down, to take charge, to kiss her. But he didn’t. Instead he held himself in check with a rigid control, as if he were fighting a battle. And winning.

“I don’t want just one night, Lauren. I want it all back again—us, the way we were. We both know that’s not going to happen.”


Order eBook: Samhain ~ Amazon Kindle
Amazon UK ~ All Romance ebooks ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Kobo ~ Sony

Or buy it in print at Amazon.comAmazon.ca,  Barnes & Noble,
Book Depository US and Book Depository UK or Indiebound


Don’t forget to visit the other Snippet Saturday participants:

Lissa Matthews
Rhian Cahill
Shelli Stevens
Eliza Gayle
Leah Braemel
Myla Jackson
Caris Roane
Jody Wallace
McKenna Jeffries
Taige Crenshaw
HelenKay Dimon
Shiloh Walker
Delilah Devlin
Lauren Dane
TJ Michaels