Sunday, November 9, 2014

Changing Jody, Episode I

Changing Jody


“Fuck that!” Crystal yelled.  “You need to get with the program here.  How are you ever going to get laid in that get up?”

I cringed because I knew she was right.  My oversized sweater in the middle of July didn’t make me very appealing.  The sad part was… I didn’t care.  I wanted to hide under layers of wool. 

“I have no interest in getting laid, as you put it,” I told her. “I have my cat and my books.  Don’t need anything else.” My one and only experience with sex had been a disaster.  Ron Baker had been cute and attractive enough—personally, I wanted to get it over with.  My virginity was like a looming sign over my head and I had wanted it gone.  Come to find out, Ron had also been a virgin. 

I watched as my childhood friend threw her hands up in the air, a sure sign of her frustration. She turned, swinging her thick blonde hair and placing a manicured hand on her slim hip.  She was a knockout and I couldn’t possibly compare.  I didn’t even want to.  Crystal had always attracted the boys in school while I hid around the corner waiting for them to get lost.  Dozens of dates later, she still hadn’t found “the one”.  We were both in our third year of college and her list of boyfriends was as long as 8th Avenue.   Nope, that was not where I wanted to be.  I was perfectly content with my furry partner and my fantasy world of books.

“Jody Louise Maroni, you are going to cause me to have a solid fit! All my life I’ve watched you cower and hide what your mama blessed you with.  I’ve given you time to adjust to college, praying that you would stop with this utter bullshit you insist on.  It’s time to have fun.  You’re in college, for God’s sake!”

I slammed the book I was currently reading shut.  “That’s what you don’t understand.  I don’t want too!”

A calculating look came into Crystal’s eyes and I should have bolted right then and there. 

“What if I promised never to pester you on this subject again?”

I rolled my eyes and adjusted my glasses.  “I should be so lucky.”

She shook her finger at me.  “You just have to agree to one thing.”

I should have listened to my instincts and said no, but I was intrigued and desperate to stop Crystal’s insistence that I change.  Taking a deep breath, I answered.


Her smile terrified me.  “You have to come with me to Blake Steel’s annual bash.”

My eyes widened.  The Blake Steel—as in the owner of the restaurant chain we both worked our part time jobs at?  How the hell had Crystal even gotten an invite? 

She reads minds. 

“I know people and those people happen to like me.  One of the managers is hot for me so I kissed him in exchange for an invite.”

My gasp made her laugh. 

“Oh come on.  It’s just a kiss and he is a hottie anyway. Now what will it be?”

“You’ve got to be joking.  I’ve only seen Blake a handful of times in the last three years I’ve worked there.  Won’t he wonder what the hell we are doing there?”

Crystal studied her French manicure.  “I think we will blend in nicely.”  She glanced up and smiled.  “It’s a rooftop party.  At his place in South Beach.”

I gawked at her.  The possibilities for disaster were steadily increasing.  Crystal in South Beach was potentially dangerous.  I’d heard the morning after stories and they weren’t fun. 

She crossed her arms and tapped her fingers against her elbows.  “So what’s it gonna be?  One night of party town and I’ll leave you alone.”

I glanced down at my book and wished I could just disappear inside of it and from the outside world.  But I had to admit the possibility of not having to endure Crystal’s pestering was too appealing.  So I dress up and mingle for a bit—what could be the harm?

I was about to find out…


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Monday, September 1, 2014


For those of you who haven't read it yet, A Vampire's Touch (Prequel) will be free 6.2.14 on Amazon.  Velvet Dawn, a short intro, is already being offered for free.  Get them both and enjoy the sexy world of The Red Velvet Trilogy!

Download Free Copy Now!


Velvet Dreams, Book One - Coming soon...


Monday, July 14, 2014


Summer is a hard time for me to put my writing first.  It should totally be first.  Maybe if I lived alone and didn't have a teenager and an eight year old son.  Oh and did I mention the full time job?  It's tough.  Kids are enjoying their free time and camp while I continue with the same routine.  Summer vacation with the family looms ahead and now that it's over, I find myself with a ton to do.
Writing is like an addiction and I tend to get cranky if I can't get to it.  My husband has pointed this out repeatedly.  I tend to get quiet and if someone makes any noise including the wrapper of a candy being scrunched, I can blow in five seconds.  Yes, it's that bad.
Now that the family is settled back into the fun time routine of lounging around (my teenager) and camp (the younger son), I can hopefully dedicate more time to the sexy hot stories you all love.

Coming up 2014-2015

Velvet Dreams (Book 1, The Red Velvet Trilogy)
Velvet Dreams Release Party
Print/Signed copies (Not sure which book yet)

Velvet Shadows (Book 2, The Red Velvet Trilogy
A Submissive's Pain (The Dominants, Book 3)
Velvet Lies (Book 3, The Red Velvet Trilogy)

Monday, June 30, 2014


I have decided to go back to what works.  Velvet Dawn was originally written to benefit breast cancer in collaboration with other authors.  After it's run, we each published our work through different retailers.  Smashwords was the best option at that time and I offered it for free with over 1200 downloads.  Yes, I was a happy camper.  It propelled the next book, A Vampire's Touch, into the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list in it's category and I was jumping like a banshee on one foot.

I think you guys get the point.  It's a very short introduction to that series (25 pages) but it's action packed (in every way) and takes place in one night.  So, Free is the way to go with that puppy.

Once it's live on Smashwords then I will start the campaign to get Amazon to offer it for Free also.

Until then, keep reading and loving!


Friday, June 20, 2014

VELVET DAWN - FREE 6.21.14 & 6.22.14

You've probably heard me talk about The Red Velvet Trilogy forever.  Well, now you have a chance to download the short introduction, Velvet Dawn, for FREE!  Take advantage this weekend and start at the very beginning.

Happy Reading!