Romance Your Autumn Night Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome to my blog!  As a guest, you’re here because I’m a participant in  Nicole Morgan’s Romance Your Autumn Night Giveaway.

Lots of prizes are available including:  a Kindle, gift cards, and swag.  Be sure to use the Rafflecopter link below to enter.  The event runs from October 21-November 30, 2016.

Keep reading to learn about my latest boxed set, Andrew Jericho:  Special Collection.  In addition, find out how to win my personal giveaway!




Welcome to the Romance Your Autumn Nights
Kindle Giveaway! 

GRAND PRIZE – Kindle eReader + $25 Amazon gift card
1st PRIZE – $50 Amazon gift card (2 winners)
2nd PRIZE – $25 Amazon gift card (2 winners)
3rd PRIZE – $10 Amazon gift card (2 winners)
4th PRIZE – $5 Amazon gift card (2 winners)
5th Various swag items (5 winners – US only)


And please join our FaceBook Party for more chances to win!





My Prize and How to Win!


2 readers will each receive 1 e-book copy of Andrew Jericho:  Special Collection

To be entered in my drawing e-mail me at: The subject line should read: Giveaway.  International participants are also welcome to enter. Two winners will be chosen at random on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM CST. The winner will be notified through e-mail. Also, an announcement will be made on my Website and Social Media platforms.




In Ripped, five years after the death of his wife and child in an automobile accident, Roman Carter, owner of Ripped specialty gym, begins a new chapter in his life. Roman admits becoming romantically involved with Kyle, gym physical therapist and trainer, was one of the best things he could have done, but when tragedy threatens to rip their marriage apart, can the couple evolve their wounded souls to find peace?

In Inferno, Lucas Wentworth has accepted loneliness as a way of life until he meets Dylan Raines. When Lucas’s twin Mark realizes his sibling has a taste for male affection, he kidnaps Dylan. Once Lucas locates Dylan, he discovers his partner has now developed a relationship with Whisman Cash. As Lucas fights his own attraction to Whisman, he formulates a plan to rescue both men. While he never expected two relationships, Lucas ultimately wants the trio to become one.

In Ice Cream and Kisses, Lance Carrington is arrogant and full of pride on the exterior. After a betrayal, Lance seeks solace in friend and fellow businessman DeMarco Alexander. What Lance really desires appears to be everything  DeMarco offers. When Lance finds his personality softening under DeMarco’s attention, can he trust the secret emotions long buried in his heart?

In Something Beautiful, transgender man Reed Collins and his partner, Levon Kruger, an openly gay drummer for the heavy metal band Hardcore, are on their honeymoon. Then Avery Gaines walks into their lives in what he calls, “a chance meeting.” The couple is immediately attracted to the tall, dark-haired stranger. Reed is the first to admit his love for Avery, but Levon holds his emotions in check. The romantic triangle goes through a period of conflict and turmoil, until Levon finally reveals a promise  he made to Reed, and how loving Avery would call into question the very foundation of the marriage he shares with his partner.

A Siren Erotic Romance


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Author Feature: RBTL Presents Aligned Volume 3 by Ella Miles Blog Tour

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m pleased to welcome Aligned Vol 3 by Ella Miles Blog Tour, sponsored by RBTL Book Promotions, to my Author Feature series.  Aligned (Vol 3) is a MF contemporary erotic romance.






aligned-3-amazon-200x300Aligned Book 3

Title: Aligned

Author: Ella Miles

Series: Aligned (Vol 3)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: April 30 2016

Edition/Formats: eBook & Print


He’s alive.

I don’t know how, but he’s standing here in the doorway. A torn piece of green silk sticking out of his pocket matching the fabric that I carry with me everywhere to remember him.

My heart has been torn in two.

I don’t know who I’m supposed to love. A man that has stolen my heart or my husband who I thought was dead.

— —

He’s fucking alive.

That can’t be possible. I found someone I could finally love. Someone I want to spend the rest of my life with.

But I can’t love Alex.

Not now. I have to let her go. It’s the only way I can save her. I just hope I’m strong enough to save myself.

*** Aligned: Volume 3 is the first Full Length Novel in a four part contemporary romance series. Volume 4 is the second Full Length Novel. Volumes 1 & 2 are novella length books that are already out. ***

****Warning: Four book series + bonus novella. Ends on a cliffhanger. Contains hot sex scenes, strong female, and dark pasts that turn darker as the series continues. Only for those that love dirty romances, edge of your seat suspense, twists, and a little bit of darkness. ****

Aligned: Volume 1 (Novella)

Aligned: Volume 2 (Novella)

Aligned: Volume 3 (Full Length Novel)

Aligned: Volume 4 (Full Length Novel)

Aligned: Ever After (Bonus Free Novella) –Coming September. Link to get bonus free book in back of Aligned: Volume 4




Book Links

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Print

Barnes and Nobles Nook

Barnes and Nobles Print






My heart is torn staring at the man in front of me. The man who is supposed to be buried in the ground along with my rings. My husband. He’s alive. The only fact that I knew for sure about my life was that Ethan, my husband, died in a car accident six months ago. In the same accident that took my leg, along with my memories.

I try to focus my gaze on the shattered man in front of me. Maybe this man isn’t him. After all, my memory isn’t reliable. My eyes run over his ripped and dirty dark black suit. Blood oozes out from large cuts along his arms and legs. I can’t bring myself to meet his eyes or even look at his face. I’m sure it is just as badly beaten as the rest of his body. Instead, my eyes are transfixed on the green piece of torn fabric barely protruding from the jacket. The missing piece of fabric in my pocket would align so perfectly with it. I reach my hand inside and pull out the torn fabric. I bring it to my face breathing in the lingering manly scent as I stare at the man in front of me. Ethan is alive.

I turn to look back at Landon standing behind me in the kitchen. Less than a few seconds must pass between the time I look at Ethan and the time it takes me to meet Landon’s gaze, but it feels like minutes, no hours. I don’t know how to feel. All I feel is disbelief. I meet Landon’s eyes. His gorgeous golden eyes that have seen me come now too many times to count. Eyes that I have told I love you to. Eyes that held promises of more. Of forever just the night before.


Author Information


KC Moreno

Ella Miles writes sexy romance with strong females that could kick your butt if you piss them off, which they often do to the men that fall for them. She’s currently living her own happily ever after near the Rocky Mountains with her high school sweetheart husband. Her heart is also taken by her goofy two year old black lab that is scared of everything, including her own shadow. Ella is the author of the Aligned Series and Maybe Series. Get her free books by visiting her website:


Author Links

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Twitter @AuthorEllaMiles





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Author Feature: Roping the Cowboy Book Tour

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m pleased to welcome Roping the Cowboy Book Tour, sponsored by Sensuous Promos, to my Author Feature series. All novellas in the anthology are MF romances.





FOLLOW YOUR COWBOY HEART by Janice Seagraves   
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

Max struggles daily to hide his psychic gift with animals. Being a hired hand at a local dairy probably wasn’t his best idea, but his mom needs the money he brings in. And there’s the dairy owner’s sexy daughter he can’t stop thinking about. Will he ever have anything other than himself to offer her?



COWBOYS ONLY by Nicole Morgan   
Genre: Contemporary romance
Chili Peppers Rating: 2

Terry Reynolds runs his family’s cattle ranch in Antonito, Colorado. Born and raised on the
one-hundred-plus acre property, it’s the only life he knows. Much to his match-making
mother’s dismay, it’s the only thing in his life he truly cares for.

Andie Donahue has just moved to Antonito after inheriting a small two-bedroom cabin from
her late aunt. She wants a new start and decides this is her chance. After discovering a
dating site has matched her to a handsome cowboy in the same town, she wastes no time
sending the hunk a message.

Terry has no clue why some strange woman has shown up at his ranch, or what the heck
she’s talking about. After running the adorable brunette off, he finds out the truth. Now he’s
faced with making amends for his mother’s meddling. But did he just blow the best chance
he had for love right out of the water? And worse…what does he do now?



LiGHTNING STRIKES TWICE by Rose Anderson writing as Madeline Archer 
Genre: Paranormal
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

In 1919, with soldiers off to war in Europe and influenza taking the heartiest in the homeland,
a small ranch in New Mexico hangs on the edge of foreclosure. After the granddaughter of a
Yaqui medicine man prays to the ancestors for guidance, a stranger arrives seeking work
and he’s is unlike any vaquero they’ve ever known. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:
for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.



THE SHADOWS IN OUR PAST by Denyse Bridger   
Genre: Historical Western
Chili Peppers Rating: 3

Enroute home to Gold Ridge, Colorado after their honeymoon, David and Hannah Logan are
attacked by a pair of bandits who plunge them back into a past they shared, but never truly
came to terms with together… It’s been almost a year since the nightmare of violence and
assault tore Hannah from David’s side and left him bereft and angry. When she returned to
him, determined to rebuild what they’d lost, the light of love had come with her. Now, a new
torment threatens to destroy everything, and Hannah’s biggest enemy might just be David



LOVE, TEXAS STYLE by Gemma Juliana  
Genre: Contemporary
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

Amy Waterstone must return to the family ranch in Glen Creek, Texas because her father had
a serious accident. Then she learns her father compromised the ranch by taking a loan he
can’t repay from Chase Storm, the cowboy next door. He’s the one man she never wants to
see again. Chase has waited seven years for Amy to come home, and for a chance to
redeem himself in her eyes. They’re both older, but are they any wiser?



BEAR COUNTRY by Michele  Zurlo  
Genre: Paranormal/shifter
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

Tasked with scattering the ashes of her beloved aunt at the source of the Big Bear River
high in the mountains, Mallory must swallow her pride and ask Gavin, a laconic, sexy ranch
hand, to guide her.



Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Chili Peppers Rating: 4

This luscious cowboy’s been on her radar for years, but he’s never noticed her. A speeding
ticket changes everything, leading to a sultry weekend and no-holds-barred romance –
Texas style.



Genre: Western Contemporary Romance
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

Dr. Miranda Chase didn’t want to be home but she’d do just about anything for her dad
including temporarily taking over his veterinarian practice. However, once she met her dad’s
client Garrett, she wanted to drop everything and run. Cocky cowboys just weren’t her thing.

Garrett Jackson cares more about his horse than himself or anyone else and when a tiny bit
of a thing calling herself a vet blows into his life like a tornado, he’s literally knocked for a
loop. He doesn’t have time for women.

But, when Garrett’s horse turns up missing, Miranda isn’t going anywhere. Forced to work
together, they’ll learn a little bit about each other or die trying.



Genre:  Historial (Victorian England)
Chili Peppers Rating: 3

(England, 1870) The Honorable Amelia Haddon must marry, or lose the income that supports
her and her “companion.”  Averse to men, she is desperate until an American cowboy
proves to be her unlikely rescuer. But will judgmental society drag this happy trio apart?




B & N


Roping the Cowboy Book Tour


Release Day









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Author Feature: Mackenzie William’s The Orchard: Revive Me

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

mw-revive-to-3160926_0219*Please note the content contained within this post is for mature readers only.*

I’m pleased to welcome Mackenzie Williams to my Author Feature series.  She has stopped by to share her book, The Orchard: Revive Me. The title is published by Siren-BookStrand.  The Orchard: Revive Me is a MF contemporary erotic romance.





[Siren Allure: Erotic Consensual BDSM Romance, public exhibition, HEA]

A horrific experience when Zoe was just a teenager has left her emotionally scarred and closed off. Tragically, two people very close to her ended up dead, which is exactly how she feels inside most of the time. There is a permanent gloom in her heart that never completely lifts. However, when she is at The Orchard, it lessens just enough to allow her a bit of peace.

Master Luke is intrigued with the black-haired sub with melancholy eyes. He can see that she carries a great burden. He doesn’t completely understand why, but he has a deep need to help wounded subs. This has hurt him before, though. His only claimed sub used him in more ways than one.

Does Master Luke want to risk being taken advantage of again for Zoe? Should Zoe let this tattooed Dom into her injured heart?

A Siren Erotic Romance




Zoe rolled up her windows before turning off her car. She had received a message on her phone the day before reminding her that the party started promptly at seven, and that clothes would be provided for her. Her excitement and joy were increasing as she exited her car in The Orchard parking lot. She loved nights that were unexpected.

She was soon in the locker room, heading toward her locker. She expected to see bags out. That is usually what happened on nights when the men planned an outfit for their subs. There were usually bags around the room with names on them. Zoe didn’t see any tonight.

Sherry walked past her just then. “Hey, Sherry. I thought clothes were provided tonight?”

Zoe always kept her uniform in a bag in her trunk, just in case, so she wasn’t nervous yet.

Sherry slowed up and stopped just past Zoe’s locker. “There are. Check your locker.”

“Wait. Someone got in my locker?” Zoe wasn’t really worried about it since she didn’t keep anything of value here, but it was the principle of the thing.

“No, not really.” Sherry smiled at her.

Zoe turned and took a closer look at her locker. The door was closed, the lock locked. Then she spotted the difference. Hanging out of one of the vents at the top of her locker was the end of a silver, magnetic clip. She couldn’t see what was clipped to the other end, but it was in her locker. Someone had fed something into her locker through the slit and then secured it.

“Who put that in there? I thought the Doms weren’t allowed to come into the locker room.”

“During the day, they can do whatever they please.” Sherry’s smile grew wicked before she turned away from Zoe.

Zoe’s own lips curled up into a smirk as she thought about that. What would this place be like during the day when it was empty? That sparked a small idea that she would revisit after tonight’s party. She unlocked her locker and opened it to find out just what was hanging from the top of the door.

“Panties?” Zoe scrunched her nose up as she looked at them.

She had never worn underwear while at The Orchard. Funny. She unclasped the pair of panties and examined them further. They were pale pink with white lace frills over the ass. That wasn’t the most surprising part, however. On the front, off to the left side, a name was embroidered on it, like a nametag.


Zoe turned around looking to see if any other subs had pulled out their “outfits” for the night. A few lockers down, a redhead was opening her locker. Zoe could see a light green pair of panties hanging inside her locker. The other woman pulled them down.

“Excuse me. Can I ask if yours has a nickname on it?”

The other sub lifted the pair up, turning them back and forth before holding them up for Zoe to see. “Mine says Sweetpea. Is that weird?” The other sub chuckled.

“I’m not sure what to think about this.” Zoe held up her pair for the redhead to see.

“Is this it? Just the underwear?”

Another sub stepped up next to the other girl. She was topless. “I think so. All I found were these.” She pointed down to the panties she was wearing. They were cream colored with blue fringe around the edges. Her apparent pet name was Cupcake.

Zoe smirked at her. “Well, I can’t wait to see where these take us.”

Fifteen minutes later, the subs were heading out of the locker room. All of them wore nothing but their panties. It was quite the sight to see a small crowd of young women, topless, in different colored panties, all with nametags.

The crew barely came to a stop before the grand door opened. A very tall, handsome Dom held it open. His eyes slowly slid over every single girl. He was taking his time enjoying the exposed breasts, it seemed.

Some of the girls started to fidget, others stood up straighter. Zoe lowered her head when his stare reached her. She was unsure of how long he looked at her, but after another minute, he spoke to the group.

“Slaves, you know what to do. Enter.”

The subs around Zoe moved, but she waited with her head still down until she thought the area had cleared out some. Finally, she lifted her head and walked toward the door. The Dom was intently taking in each girl as they walked under his nose.

When it was Zoe’s turn, she chanced one look into his eyes. They were winter gray in color and very greedy. His gaze moved from her bare tits up to her eyes. Zoe felt herself blush as a crooked grin lifted his pink lips. She lowered her eyes when he spoke to her.

“In you go, love.”



Zoe’s clit pulsated. She wanted to touch herself so badly, but didn’t. She simply stared up at her Master, waiting for his move. She didn’t wait long.

“Master Luke, I think I’m feeling like an old-fashioned spanking. It’s been awhile since I’ve just straight up spanked a sub.”

“Sounds like as good a plan as any.”

Zoe wanted to turn so she would be able to see who Master Luke was looking at, and how, but again, she refrained. In her mind, she imagined that he was looking down at her with a crooked smile. Her heart fluttered a bit. Why did she care if he was looking at her?

Master Ian made his way over to his bed. Zoe stayed put as he sat down. She heard Master Luke move back to his chair. A funny thought popped into her head then. This would make a great porno. A small smile broke free on her lips. “Pet, crawl over here, and then place that cute ass in the right position.”

Zoe didn’t want to wait another second to be touched by the Dom. Even if the touches were punishments. She turned and started to crawl toward him as Master Luke spoke behind her to his own sub. She wondered how good of a view he was getting just then.

“Little one, I need you on my lap again. Laying and face down now.”

Just as Zoe reached her Master’s feet, she turned her head slightly to watch the blonde slave climbing onto Master Luke’s lap. His expression was greedy. Zoe turned back and looked up at her own Dom. His expression was identical.

A shiver ran down her back and she had to stop herself from shaking. Damn, these men are intense. She tried to be graceful as she climbed up onto his lap, but she wasn’t sure she succeeded. Zoe’s limbs were too jelly-like to really look sexy in their movements. She was beyond ready for her orgasm.

“Ah, sweetie. You feel nervous. Don’t worry. You’ll enjoy it as much as I do.” Master Luke’s tone was light as he spoke to Alice.

“Right, and if not, too bad.” Master Ian chuckled just as Zoe came down to rest on his lap.

His black slacks were still open with his cock out. She adjusted herself so his erection was pressed forward a bit. He groaned, and she took the hint, adjusting their bodies again. This time his stiff dick was pressing into her abdomen. It was uncomfortable, but he made no more noises, so she stayed still.

“Gorgeous, sub.” Master Ian rubbed his warm, callused hand over her soft ass.

A quiet moan left Zoe from merely this little bit of skin on skin. Just then, she heard a smack followed closely by a yelp coming from the other side of the room. This only made her hungrier for her Master’s punishment.

Master Ian leaned forward and whispered, “I want you to beg me, pet. Ask me to spank that squirm from your ass.”

Zoe had no problem giving him what he wanted. She needed it. “Master Ian, please.”

“Please, what?” His tone was tense.

“Please, punish me.”

He didn’t answer her with words. A hard swat came down on her ass, and Zoe whimpered. Master Ian hummed in approval as another hard smack came down on her ass. She was concentrating on the burn in her skin when she heard the other sub cry out. It sounded as if Master Luke was being a bit harsher with his spanking. Alice’s noises gave no indication she hated it, though.

Master Ian smacked Zoe’s ass again just as Alice moaned loudly. Zoe turned her attention on the other couple just in time to see Master Luke move on from the spanking. He roughly shoved his fingers into her pussy. Alice’s chest came off her Dom’s lap for a few seconds as she whimpered.

“Holy hell, girl. She’s already coming.” Master Luke looked up at Master Ian, but his gaze soon came down to Zoe.

Master Ian slapped Zoe’s ass one more time, harder than before. Her skin felt like it was on fire as he did another one in rapid succession. Zoe squirmed against her Master’s lap without thinking. Her clit was so sensitive, and begging for any touch.

“Ah, sub. I thought we were exercising that squirm out. I guess you aren’t done, yet.”

Zoe’s eyes flicked up to Master Luke. He had a wicked smile on his face. Just then, two more quick and harsh smacks landed on Zoe’s ass, and she whined loudly. Master Luke’s blue eyes widened as his smile faded a bit. His jaw clenched, and it looked like he was trying to stop himself from standing.

Alice was hanging her head while moaning lightly. She looked sated. Master Luke was still very slowly playing with her pussy, but at this point, it looked like it was more for him than his slave. Zoe’s attention was brought back to her own ass as one more hard spank hit her.

This one was the hardest yet and Zoe lifted herself up off his lap a few inches. She inhaled roughly before letting out a loud moan.

“That’s right, pet. That ass will listen to me.”

She slowly lowered herself back down and clenched her ass cheeks, waiting for the next smack. Instead, it seemed her reward was starting. Master Ian lightly grazed her exposed pussy lips for just a second before plunging two fingers deep into her cunt.

The sensation intensified immediately. The Dom was neither slow, nor gentle, with his finger fucking. Zoe whimpered and felt her orgasm building. Master Ian was a pro, it seemed, because he stopped the in and out of his fingers to focus on her throbbing clit.


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Author Feature: April Zyon’s Hacked

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

*Please note the content contained within this post is for mature readers only.*

I’m pleased to welcome April Zyon to my Author Feature series.  She has stopped by to share her book, Hacked (Warriors of Light 5).  The title is  published by Evernight Publishing.  Hacked is a MF sci-fi erotic romance.

April is also sponsoring a giveaway.  Details below.






April has a special message for her readers.

Thank you Andrew, for having me on your blog! I appreciate you for allowing me to share my book with your readers.


As you well know I’m doing a giveaway as well.


As part of the release for Hacked I’m giving away the following:


First Place: $50 USD Gift Certificate* + 1 Free eCopy of HACKED
2nd Place: $25 USD Gift Certificate*
3rd Place: $10 USD Gift Certificate*


* Winner has choice between Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Bookstrand, Evernight or Smashwords


So, the word that you would need to email to me at from this blog is:






Author Bio:

Having been a lover of the written word all her life April has always wanted to expand her horizons and write something that could be shared with the world. Only one thing held April back, the fact that the letters and numbers mixed and jumbled more often than not. Diagnosed with Dyslexia when she was eight years old April had to work her butt off just to be able to keep up with the other kids in reading and writing, so her love for fictional writing was tossed to the wayside for the moment.

Time marched on, as it always does, and she forgot her childhood dream of becoming an author and instead focused on what she had to – creating a career for herself.

As the endless waves of time passed the shores became less rocky and more sandy, a place where she could find an even foot. That and Microsoft invented Word. Hallelujah.

This is where April began her journey into the written world, the world that her imagination had been ceaselessly creating for her entire adult life.

Now she has been given a chance to let her literary wings unfold and fly, thanks to the amazing publishers with Evernight Publishing and Secret Cravings Publishing.

Now its time to let the dream take flight and watch it soar!





Holly Smith has always had a certain affinity with computers. By day, she strengthens Internet security for corporations. By night, she’s a hacker. When she hits upon what she believes to be an author’s unpublished manuscript, she finds herself reading about a world where warriors of old wage war against a dark force bent on consuming everything it touches. Then she finds out it’s all true.

Demaratus of Corinth has seen a lot during his lifetime. And while many things prove useful, he finds technology to be a greater hindrance than a help. Sent to find the hacker who managed to penetrate their base’s security, he is stunned to realize who she is to him. As the darkness closes in on them, Demaratus and Holly will have to battle to survive not only the coming fight but the war that is gaining momentum.


Adult Excerpt:

“Oh my God.” Holly reached out and traced a bit of the scar. The skin instantly heated under her hand. She looked up at him and asked, “And does that desire to touch only affect the VV’s?” She didn’t want to ask him if he wanted to touch her as much as she wanted him to touch her. No, that wouldn’t be right.

Demaratus shook his head, his gaze fixed on her, and Holly felt a spark of hope begin to take root. “Holly, I know we got off to a rocky start…” he began.

“So let’s start over,” she said quietly, feeling her pulse leap at his close proximity. “And you didn’t answer my question. Are the VV’s the only ones affected?”

“No. Since I figured out what was going on, and even before then, I’ve been fighting the urge to tear your clothing off. Along with everything else that would come after I had you naked. A sound spanking for your thoughts on dating a Marine is first on that list.”

Her panties were wet at the thought. “So, what’s stopping you now?” she asked, then swallowed hard. “From stripping me naked?” She stepped in closer to him. “As for the Marine,” she shrugged, “I only thought that because I was sure that you had some honey stashed away. You don’t, right? I mean, if I recall history correctly, you had a wife, right?”

“Prior to my death, yes. But there was little love lost between myself and my wife. In that day, marriages were more like chess moves and very rarely included even warm feelings, let alone love.” He took a step toward her so her breasts were pressing to his rib cage. “As to what’s stopping me… There is nothing but hard, cold surfaces in this room. Not conducive to the foreplay and the hours of wild, sexual adventures I have been planning in my head since meeting you.”

“God, I love how that sounds.” She took a deep breath. “I have a confession.” She laid her cheek to his chest and closed her eyes. “I’ve had one lover in my life, and it was a one-time, total mistake. I was sixteen, way too young for sex and way too stupid. Do you think that will be okay?”

His arms came around her, a hand settling on the back of her head, the other resting low on her spine. “Do you want me to kill him? It really wouldn’t be much of a bother.”

That had her laughing, and she shook her head. “You are cute, so cute. He and his boyfriend are currently planning their wedding. It was so bad because he was trying to be something he wasn’t, and I was just simply wanting someone to want me.” She was an orphan, so all she had ever wanted was to be needed, to have a family and be loved. At least, she was an orphan in her mind because of her parents’ need to get rid of her.

Demaratus gave a grunt and shrugged. “I suppose I’ll let him live. Shame, really, I haven’t killed anything in nearly a month, and I fear I’m losing my edge.” He rubbed her back gently. “Why don’t you do the list for Mercury? After that, I’ll take you to HR to get the paperwork Mercury will already have them putting together. We can take it to the dining hall for a meal, since it will take you a couple of hours to get through it all.”

“Sounds like a plan.” Reluctantly, she stepped away from Demaratus’s arms and frowned. Taking a seat at the computer station, she once more started with her list.

His hands came to rest on her shoulders and he squeezed lightly. “The sooner you finish up, the sooner we can get out of here. Once you have all the paperwork done, we can go to your new rooms for a talk. Or to mine.”

“Can we go back to yours? I felt comfortable in your room. Besides, I really do want to spend some time with you.”

“If you want,” he said. Moving his hands, he shifted around to sit on the desk next to her so that his thigh brushed against her arm.

“I’m almost done. Most of what I needed I pretty much knew the second that I walked in.” She found the e-mail for Mercury in the contacts folder. “Okay, I’m done. When I come back another day, I’ll do a complete overhaul of all of this crap. I’ve locked out her old passwords and all that fun stuff already.”

“We need to give you a passcode for the doors first. Except for the private rooms, the code will work for everything on the base.” Pushing off of the desk, he went to the wall near the door and touched the large panel there. It lit up. Putting in a code, he got a blank keypad to appear. “Put the code in, then hit ‘okay’. It will ask you to put it in a second time. Once that is done, a box will appear you will press your thumb into. After that vanishes, look at the spot indicated for the eye scan. You’ll have to have your nose practically pressed to the screen for it to work. Finally, I’ll put my code in again to ensure the system takes it.”

“Biometrics. Totally cool. I can’t wait to dig into this place and see what secrets it holds.” Holly was a bit like a kid in a candy store. She leaned in and held her eyes open after pushing her blonde hair out of her face. Once Demaratus had made sure her code held, she smiled. “You know, we could totally do chips in our hands for the doors as well. It could be programmed so that they wouldn’t work if the chip was damaged or the body was damaged. You know, like a hand cut off and stuff?”

“We thought of that at one point,” he said while he worked at the screen. “But we’ve had some of the guardians go play for the other team. A few we didn’t realize until they tried to kill us. The downside is that they could do a lot of damage if we aren’t paying attention. It’s subtle in the beginning, until the urge to destroy us finally fills them with enough rage to lash out.” Pushing a final button, he stepped to the side and pulled the door open. “It was discussed at great length, but we decided until the tech was more advanced, it was enough of a disadvantage to not warrant the advantages.”

“So, how do you keep the bad guys out? When they turn bad, how do you know? Do they start to smell, like what’s in the dossier of one of the people that I found? I think the woman had it as something along the lines of when one of the guardians turned they began to smell like sulfur. Said that she found it out when one of them started to wear heavy cologne?”

“In time, they do.” Demaratus put his hand on her back and guided her through the halls. How he knew where he was going was beyond her. Nothing seemed to be labeled in any manner, yet he just kept on moving. “In the very beginning, there’s nothing. The sulfur smell comes after a month or so, when the soul begins to rot from the stain of the evil.” Pushing a door open, he stepped in. “Deidre, this is Holly. Holly, this is Deidre, our HR maven. Don’t ever piss this woman off. Mercury should have asked you to get some papers ready.”

“Of course he did,” the woman said. She pulled out a folder about an inch thick and handed it over. “Once you have everything filled out, you bring it back here, with picture ID, and we’ll get you sorted out.”

“Oh crap, seriously, you want a picture of me? Have I mentioned how much I hate having my picture taken?” Holly glanced up at Demaratus. “I hate this. When you have a photo taken, it’s out there for anyone to pick up on. How do I know that it won’t be posted all over the world?” She narrowed her eyes at him. “Because I had that happen once. It took me a week to find all of the images and pull them down. I prefer to fly under the radar.”

“Do you not have a license?” Deidre asked with a frown. “That’s what I need. I have to have something that proves you are you, so that I can put you on the payroll. No one else, beyond Mercury, has access to any of the personnel files in here. Even those that help me have to view them under my supervision.”

“No, I don’t have a license,” Holly admitted, feeling her face heat. “I can’t drive. If I get stressed out or freaked out, then everything electronic or computerized fries. That’s not exactly something that you can admit to when you walk up to the DMV, you know?”


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