Good morning. For once I'm writing this on Saturday morning. I wish I could say I did something super exciting last night, but the truth is, I was feeling very low-energy so I sat on the sofa and binged on Parks & Rec.
I'm well rested this morning, though, so much so that I have that dull brain that is still half-unconcious. My coffee is here at my elbow, however. Hopefully I'll be up to speed shortly.
Part of my energy lull came from a busy week where I didn't get a lot of real writing accomplished, but I spent a lot of time figuring out what's next. I go along for months, making notes, scribbling on the white board, setting aside articles and other educational tools that I promise myself I'll get to.
Last week was all about going through those things, discarding a lot. I'm the kind of person who thinks I need to try everything at least once, but I'm realizing I spread myself too thin when I do that--thus the small attack of burn out. In all my sorting, I came across some really good advice about spending my time on the things that will have the most payback.
To that end, I spent a good hour at the beach taking photos for the Mills & Boon #SummerSizzler campaign. Now, you'd think that was an hour of lost writing time, but oh the gains in mental health!
I call that 'my' beach, but it's a public access point and gets quite crowded in the height of summer. I had it to myself that day, though. I wish I could upload the video to show you. It was so hot, I actually went swimming (okay, just dunked!) while I was there.
Then it cooled right off and I had the house closed and the slippers back on yesterday. That's probably another reason I powered down. I'm like a tropical bird. The weather changes and I can't cope!
But I should really get on with your next excerpt from Seduced Into The Greek's World, shouldn't I?
If you missed the first four, the quick links are below. I'll have one more next week, then I'm not sure what you'll see here. Check back and we'll both be surprised!
- Demitri believes Natalie is flirting with his (married) brother-in-law
- Natalie can't believe Demitri
- Demitri invites Natalie for dinner
- Demitri and Natalie chat over dinner
Here's a snippet from after dinner:
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“If you want an affair, Natalie, I’m your man.” His voice plummeted into throaty depravity, the want in him so quick and intense it tightened his airway.
Her lashes quivered and her pupils expanded. “I…It was just a fantasy,” she insisted—voice, tone, protest thin and insubstantial.
The elevator stopped again.
He pinned the door automatically with the well-practiced step of his foot into the sensor and the rest of him in her space.
She was off balance, breasts rising in a startled gasp as her hand went behind her searching blindly for the rail.
He braced his hands against the wall on either side of her head and took his time gazing on her wary expression, letting her get used to the idea. Some primal part of him deliberately forgot why he’d meant to let her go home alone.
“The first time I saw you I thought you would have such soft skin.” He leaned close enough to draw in the scent of her flushed cheek, letting their body heat build in the tiny space he allowed between them. Seduction was about giving a woman time to feel the want, then providing the relief.
“I’m not sure,” she whispered, but her gaze was on his mouth. Yearning parted her lips. “I didn’t mean for you to think…”
Patience, he warned himself, practically trembling with the avalanche of desire building behind his wall of self-control.
“I want this…” she whispered.
He moved in with the skill of a man who always got what he wanted, not by force, but persuasion.
Her mouth was a tender morsel that made his breath hiss out in gratification as he nuzzled it with his own. She responded hesitantly, then with openness, inviting his full possession, letting him guide her toward the sensual world he longed to explore with her. She was delightful, shy yet generous, eyes closed tight in pained pleasure. When a little sob of capitulation left her, when she brought her hands from behind her back to his chest and splayed them in a promising caress, he drew back just enough to speak.
“Come with me.”
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Seduced Into The Greek's World is still on the shelves of your grocery and drug stores, but if you prefer digital the quick links are below:
I'll leave you with one more view of my lake. I took this the other night, when I went for a walk in the evening.