Anne Lange is On the Bench – Sliding into Home @Anne_Lange

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Please welcome my fellow Totally Bound author Anne Lange to On the Bench.

I just had to have Anne come downunder and pay a visit to my blog after I finished reading Sliding into Home. It’s pretty clear I love a sporty hero and so Jack pushed his way into my heart very quickly 😉 I had my mini iPad propped up at the table while I ate breakfast, couldn’t put the book down. There are sexy scenes aplenty and even some drunken shenanigans. I’ve also been to Vegas a few times so I think that helped me connect so strongly to the storyline. I do think Mason needs his own book Anne – Just saying! 😉




Anne Lange is On the Bench

Author Interview

Hi Anne, thank you for visiting.

Hi Donna! Thanks for having me here today 🙂

Tell us a bit about yourself,

Well, I’m a wife and a mom. I grew up the oldest of four in Southern Ontario, Canada and now live in Eastern Ontario. I work full-time and I write in my spare time…or rather, I make the time, otherwise I’d probably choose to curl up in a corner on my sofa with a good book.

Books and shoes are my passion. Reading is my escape, my form of relaxation.  I love to step into the shoes of the heroine I’m spending my time with, and dream about getting lucky with the sexy hero! I read most genres of fiction, but my favourites are romantic suspense and erotic romance, with a few historicals thrown in for good measure every so often.

What was the first book you had published?

My very first book was Worth the Risk. It was published in 2013. It’s a novella as well, and also a reunion story, actually. But it takes place on a camping trip. So it has outdoor sex scenes 🙂

What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract?

Pretty much. I called my husband down to re-read the email I’d received.

Of the books you have written is there one that holds a special place in your heart and why?

Well, Worth the Risk probably, because it was my first, but also because it was a therapeutic exercise for me. A part of my real life was the inspiration for the story.  Though my story didn’t play out the way it did for my heroine, and I was married to my husband at the time, her pain and anguish was mine.   Oh look, I did that without giving away any details. Sneaky 😉

Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood?

Oh, I am not disciplined at all. My muse goes on extended vacations and I have to literally drag him kicking and screaming back to the task at hand. It’s very painful. Unfortunately I don’t have a ritual, unless you want to count deadlines. Those seem to work. I’m pretty good under pressure.

What was the last book you read?

Last book was Roni Loren’s Forever Starts Tonight.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a few things. The next book in A New League series has been submitted.  It’s called The Final Quarter. So I’m now starting on the third book in that series, as well as the third in another series with another publisher. It’s a ménage and is called Wicked Indulgence. I’m also working on a couple of short stories, and I have a story that I’m self-publishing called Her Choice.  Lots of balls in the air!


What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own?

I’m trying my hand at paranormal. I have a shifter series that I’ve been working on. I have book 1 written, but I’m doing rewrites at the moment. And book 2 is also underway though on hold until I finish book 1. I’m really excited about that one because it’s a paranormal romantic suspense.  Completely new for me.

When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed?

Definitely feisty and focused. I have a process with edits. I run through the entire ms looking for quick and easy things and get them out of the way first—a fast pass to accept/revise. I don’t look at detail. Then I go back and deal with the bigger edits, but ones I accept. Then third pass is the ones I might take issue with. Those require more though sometimes but there is generally very few in number, if any.  And I don’t like to make my editor wait, so edits become my priority over everything else.

What is one thing in your books you’d like to try?

Does plotting them out count? LOL.  I’m not a plotter. I hate doing it. But I absolutely see benefit. I wish I could.  But alas…





Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!



A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR An embarrassing sporting memory.

Hockey but normally only during the playoffs. And I will watch winter Olympic games, specifically the downhill skiing.

Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician?

Hugh Jackman.

Your view on Vegemite?

What’s a vegemite? LOL **D – I’ll have to send you some 🙂

Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque?

Although I love prepping for a formal dinner party, I prefer a backyard barbeque.

Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool?

Relaxing by the pool. You can’t always read on an adventure holiday. You can ALWAYS read by the pool. J

Favourite Aussie holiday place or one you’ve always wanted to visit?

I’ve never been to Australia so I’d have to say anywhere in Australia. **D – Start in Sydney, you can visit me and we’ll take it from there 😉


Thank you, Donna, for inviting me to be on your blog today. I loved your questions! And I hope your readers enjoy hearing about this Canadian and her take on the Aussie flavoured ones J  And what is a vegemite? Seriously. Okay, I looked it up on the internet. Um…can’t say as I’ve ever tried it, and let’s just say it doesn’t tempt my pallet.





Can an injured ex ball player convince the woman he wakes up married to in Las Vegas to take a second chance on him?

After spending the last four months drowning his sorrows over the end of his baseball career, Jack Bishop finds himself winging through the blue skies to Las Vegas, not so ready to spend the weekend with some woman his best friend set him up with. He expects a paid escort. What he gets is the woman he walked away from ten years ago to pursue his passion, and she’s not very happy to see him.

Devyn Tate believes she’s quite capable of finding somebody to take her out to dinner. She’s no longer looking for a lifelong promise. She has a commitment only to her battery-operated toy to fulfill that particular need. Yet her friends have managed to talk her into spending the weekend in Las Vegas, on a blind date of all things. They promise the guy is trustworthy. They insist that she should have fun. Unfortunately, fun is not what she envisions when she discovers Jack Bishop lying on the floor of her suite in nothing but his underwear that’s on backward, and she has a wedding ring on her finger.



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I’m Visiting the @Totally_Bound Blog Championing the Sports Romance Genre

It’s my day again on the Totally Bound Blog. This month I decided to post about the sports romance genre and what type of heroes a reader might meet in this type of story.

There’s also an excerpt from book 3 in my League of Love series, Laura’s Light

player-matt-cooperOh and some kick ass photos too 😉


New Release – Daddy’s Game by Normandie Alleman. #Erotica #BDSM

Since my return from the US and the amazing experience of my first RT Booklover’s Convention in NOLA I’ve had my head down, the muse and I trying to whip this current work in progress into something worth reading. While I was distracted, tapping away on my computer, one of my author friends released another book and better yet one with a sports romance theme. Of course the moment I discovered this I just had to invite Normandie to visit my blog and tell me all about it 🙂



Writing My First Sports Romance

I’ve been a football fan as long as I can remember, so it only makes sense that at some point I would combine my love for erotic romance with football. Last year when my poor husband injured himself playing football the idea for Natron and Carmen’s story was born. (I actually wrote the first chapter of the first book in the Daddy’s Girl series, Daddy Morebucks, in the hospital while my husband was recovering from surgery.)

Having been a fan of football for years I thought I knew the game. But it wasn’t until I started writing about it that I realized how much I didn’t know. Getting the details right was important and it helped living with a football player and coach who was able to correct my mistakes and teach me some of the details of the game.

Daddy’s Game is a sexy story of a Daddy Dom and his little girl submissive and all the sex games they play, but it’s also a tale of redemption in which a football player who has everything has it all taken away from him in the blink of an eye.



Sparks fly when up-and-coming artist Carmen Harris meets football star Natron Dakers at her first gallery opening. Carmen soon discovers that Natron is the type of man who sees what he wants and goes after it… and apparently what he wants is her. Almost before she knows it Carmen finds herself taking everything Natron gives her and begging for more, and when he reveals that he wants to be her dominant daddy and her to be his submissive little girl, she doesn’t hesitate to agree.


At the top of his profession, Natron has money, fame, and all the perks that go with them, and now at last in Carmen he has found a woman he wants to share it with. His life feels complete… until in a split second everything comes crashing down when a devastating injury threatens to end his season—and maybe his career. Natron fears he will lose it all, but will he self-destruct or can he dig deep and fight hard for himself, his teammates, and his little girl?






Just then she heard a knock at the door, and her emotions did a tap dance in her abdomen. Her hands fluttered with excitement as she moved to let him in.

“Hey, babygirl,” Natron said leaning casually in the door frame, his smile lighting up the already sunny loft.

The flirty name caught her off guard and she could feel her face strain with how hard she was smiling. So much for playing it cool.

“Hey,” she said, ushering him in.

Natron strutted through the door and looked around. “Man, this place is fly.”

“Thanks,” Carmen said, pulling two bottles from the refrigerator and handing him one. Not exactly the luxury digs he was accustomed to but it was perfect for her.

She noticed him searching for a chair. “Sorry, I don’t entertain very often.” She motioned to the bar stools at the kitchenette and made a note to create a small seating area downstairs with some of the money she would earn from this commission.

He straddled the stool and took a slug of water. “So tell me, how’s this thing gonna go down?”

“Well, I was considering painting you from behind. I think that would make a statement.”

The corners of his mouth curled up. “Oh, so you think I have a fine ass is what you’re sayin’.”

She slapped at his arm playfully. “Natron! I’m thinking artistically here.”

“I know. That’s what I’m sayin’.”

Trying to hide her smile, she said, “Okay. We’ll do it from the front. Just like everybody else.”

He touched her chin and winked. “I’m just playin’, babygirl. We’ll do whatever you want. You’re the artist.”

“I know, but you’re paying me so it’s important that you like it.”

“I gotcha,” he nodded and pulled his shirt over his head.

She couldn’t help but stare at the chiseled muscles underneath. His skin was as smooth and dark as the finest chocolate. Unconsciously, she licked her lips then took a sip of water.

“So…just the shorts?” She gulped. “You gonna leave on the shorts?”

“Yeah, don’t worry. I’m not gonna strip naked on you,” he laughed. “At least not right now.”

She giggled. “Do you want to be holding a football or is that too…obvious? It’s up to you.”

“I think I need the ball. Without it, I’m just a guy.”

“I’m not so sure about that.”

He tried a few different poses, most of them giving her a prime view of his well-defined muscles. The way his back rippled with sinewy strength made her knees wobble. She didn’t know a person could have so many different back muscles, the way the hard bumps contrasted with his silky dark chocolate skin made her pussy cream.

She walked around him, snapping pictures with her phone. “I’ll use these for reference. That way you won’t have to stay in the same position for hours and hours at a time.”

He lifted a brow lazily, “Girl, you tryin’ to get rid of me?”

She shook her head. “Of course not.” The man was like a sunshiney day, being around him lifted her spirits.

Finally he lighted on the stairs, legs apart he leaned over clutching the ball powerfully between his hands.

“That’s it!” she exclaimed.


“That’s the pose right there. Don’t move.”

He stayed put as she circled him taking pictures from every conceivable angle. After she’d determined that she’d gotten the shots she wanted, she moved to her sketch pad. “Next I’m going to make some gesture drawings. Be sure this is the pose we want. Try to act natural and tell me about one of your favorite plays. Feel free to walk around, use your arms. Use your body to tell me the story.”

“Oh, I like that. You’re good,” he said waggling a finger at her.


Publisher’s Note: Daddy’s Game is the second book in the Daddy’s Girl series. It incorporates characters from the first book in the series, Daddy Morebucks, but it is a stand-alone novel. The content of Daddy’s Game includes spankings, graphic sexual scenes, elements of age play and BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book


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A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and Pinterest are a few of her favorite pastimes. She lives on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull.


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Character’s Perspective – Riley visits Tori Carsons Blog.

Riley, from Cassie’s Choice, was interviewed over at Tori Carson’s blog. My characters love doing their own interviews but some how it always ends up causing trouble between my alphas, each one thinking they are more interesting and popular than the other. Thank goodness my heroines are better behaved 😉

You can check out what Riley had to say here:







Kat Latham is On the Bench

There is nothing I love more than a good sports romance but if you know me at all you can appreciate that I have a special place in my heart for rugby themed books. So I was thrilled when the awesome Kat Latham agreed to visit downunder and showcase her new release Playing it Close, book two in the London Legends series. Kat Latham is a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She taught English in Prague and worked as an editor in London before she and her British husband moved to the Netherlands. Kats other career involves writing and editing for charities, and shes traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to meet heroic people helping their communities survive disasters. Kat writes novels about the world’s sexiest rugby team. – *** D- that would be rugby union Kat, my Jets boys are the sexiest rugby league team 😉 You can usually find Kat on her blog (, Twitter (@KatrinaLatham), Facebook ( and Goodreads. She hopes youll hang out with her there! Playing-It-Close-by-Kat-Latham-300-pxPlaying It Close Book two of the London Legends Where do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction. Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own. Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past. Barnes & Noble: Carina Press: Google Play: iBooks: Goodreads: Read Chapter One: Kats social media accounts: Twitter: Facebook: Newsletter: Website: Visit Kat at Give Me Books Blog


Kat Latham is On the Bench

What was the first book you had published? My first book was Knowing the Score, which is the first in my London Legends series about the world’s hottest rugby team. Rugby union, anyway. 😉 ***D- I’m glad you made that distinction Kat 😉 What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract? I found out that Carina Press wanted to publish me just a few weeks after finding out I was pregnant with my first child. Both of those journeys—to publication and to pregnancy—took two and a half years. So, honestly? Getting that email from Angela James was very cool and very exciting, but it was the icing on the cake (the cake being the bun in my oven). I wrote on my blog at the time about how frustrating the two-plus years were when I wasn’t sure either dream would come true. I’m thrilled to say that being a published author and being a mama are both so much more rewarding than I ever could’ve expected. Of the books you have written is there one that holds a special place in your heart and why? Oh, that’s a great question! I love Knowing the Score because it was the first novel I ever wrote—and I rewrote it about a dozen times as I learned more about the craft of writing! But Playing It Close came to me so easily; the characters were so vivid, and my early readers have told me they love it the best. It’s hard not to have a favorite when you get feedback like that! Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood? My writing habits have changed since having my daughter ten months ago. I used to wake up early—a couple of hours before I had to leave for work—and write at a cafe. Now my daughter gets me up at that time, so waking up earlier would mean getting up in the middle of the night. I think my husband would throw my phone across the room if the alarm went off at 4 a.m. Now I write whenever and wherever I can! What was the last book you read? I can’t tell you because it’s a book I judged for the Romance Writers of America RITA awards. 😉 But I can tell you that I liked it. What are you working on now? I’m writing two stories, both in my London Legends rugby series. One’s a full-length novel, Tempting the Player, which will come out in November. It’s a friends-to-lovers story, which is something I love. The other’s a Christmas novella featuring a 6’9” second row. I like ‘em big. 😉 What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own? I would loooove to write a historical romance because I’m fascinated by 18th century British history. I tried it though, and it took me weeks to write a few pages because I kept looking up details. What kind of trousers would he be wearing? Which servant would’ve shown her to the drawing room? Would she even be invited to the drawing room? Gah! I have so much respect for historical novelists. When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed? My editor, Deb Nemeth, is amazing. Her edits always make sense and always make my stories better. So while part of me dreads getting edits (Will I have time to do all the things she asks me to???), I also really look forward to getting her take on my stories. What is one thing in your books you’d like to try? You mean one thing my characters have done? Score the winning points in the Rugby World Cup. Pretty sure it won’t happen though. RU Heath ad

Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!

A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR An embarrassing sporting memory. I have SO many embarrassing sporting memories, so I’ll ignore that question. We’d be here forever. As you may guess from the novels I write, I watch quite a bit of rugby. Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician? Even though he’s gone, I’d have to say Heath Ledger. I had such a crush on him after Ten Things I Hate About You—and an even bigger one after Brokeback Mountain. Your view on Vegemite? Never tried it. I’m a big fan of Marmite, though, so that’s at least got four of the same letters. Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque? Barbeque, as long as there’s something veggie on the grill for me (and it’s not a portabella mushroom). Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool? Adventure holiday. My favourite vacation was in India with my husband the year I turned 30. I’ve been back there for work, but to the same area. I’d love to go somewhere new. Favourite Aussie holiday place or one you’ve always wanted to visit? This is really embarrassing, but I was obsessed with Australia when I was a kid. I remember reading a novel about a kid who was kidnapped and escaped into the Outback and had to survive. For some reason, that convinced me Australia would be a fantastic place to live. My only other exposure to the country was Crocodile Dundee, so I greeted everyone with “G’day, mate” until my best friend threatened to stop hanging out with me. I no longer do that (promise!), but I would still love to go to Australia. In fact, I think Australia’s the sexiest country in the world. Gday

Jennifer Wright Welcomes Back Guest Author Donna Gallagher!

Welcome Back Guest Author Donna Gallagher!

Jennifer Wright invited me back to her blog so I dragged my Cowboy and Soldier with me. Gareth and Dylan were happy to take over the spotlight. I did have a tough time keeping them under control 😉

Welcome Back Guest Author Donna Gallagher!.



2013 ARRA finalist

Sports Romance Blog Hop – Combining My Love of Sport and Books #Giveaway

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I have always been obsessed with sport. When my school friends were all gushing over the latest and greatest pop idol or band I was more focussed on sportsmen. My school books were covered with pictures of rugby league players – my sport of choice. I tried at length to convert my girlfriends into sports fan – usually to no avail. Luckily for me my sister was as sports obsessed as me so she was my enabler, taking me to games of footy every weekend 😉


Said sister is now a well-known sports commentator in Australia and often referred to as the first female to dominate Australia’s then very male worlds of sports journalism. Yes she did venture into the hallowed walls of the athletes change rooms.

My addiction to romance novels began about 7 years ago – about the time my husband gave me my first smart phone and I discovered the reading apps available. I was hooked. The day I discovered there was a specific genre that included sports stars across a variety of sports I was ecstatic. I could combine my two great loves at once. Taking the children to swimming lessons, after school sports training sessions and doctor’s visits became a lot more fun when I could have as many books as I wanted all available with the swipe of my thumb 😉

I only began writing my own books a few years ago and it’s no surprise that my heroes are rugby league players. Set in Sydney, Australia my League of Love series tells the tales of the lives and loves of the players and staff from the Sydney Jets. My main characters are not just the footy players. Pippa’s Fantasy is about the club physiotherapist, Laura’s Light, the mother of the rising star and Sarah from Sarah’s Soldier is the Jets social media manager.  All my books do have one thing in common they all have a HEA.

emilyscowboy_800Here is the blurb to recently nominated ARRA Finalist in 4 categories and CTTR Award winner, Emily’s Cowboy.2013 ARRA finalist

When love is not enough to heal the scars, both physical and mental, of the one you thought you would spend your life with…what else is there?

It’s such a cliché—country boy moves to the big city to follow his dreams, leaving his girl and everything he loves behind—but that’s exactly what Gareth Andrews has done. Playing rugby league is Gareth’s dream, and he’s signed with one of the best teams in the competition, the Sydney Jets.

Of course, that has meant a move to the big city and leaving Emily Mackenzie and everything he loves behind. Not that Gareth hasn’t begged her to join him in the city—he has, on bended knee—but Emily needs to stay in Gunnedah and help her father on the family farm until her brother’s stint in the armed forces is over. But Gareth knows it’s more than that. Emily is hiding away, embarrassed by the scars that mar her body in a constant reminder of the bushfire that nearly took her life.

Can love give Emily the courage to face strangers again when her father is badly injured and Gareth shows up at the hospital to support her? Or will she let her fear and shame get the better of her, and break her one true love’s heart for a second time?


My giveaway for this blog will be an eBook copy of Emily’s Cowboy! Just leave a comment for a chance to win.

To find out more about me or my League of Love series the excerpts are available on my blog and website, as is my bio – and yes I did marry a rugby league player, but sometimes you do have to be careful what you wish for!

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Caitlin’s Hero, #1               Amazon     ARe

  Mandy’s He-man, #2           Amazon     ARe

  Laura’s Light, #3                 Amazon     ARe

 Pippa’s Fantasy, #4            Amazon    ARe

Emily’s Cowboy, #5            Amazon  ARe 

Sarah’s Soldier, #6           Amazon     ARe

Cassie’s Choice, #7         Amazon     ARe

Here is a list of authors participating in this blog hop all are giving away a prize so go and check them out 🙂

1. Cassandra Carr – Our hop organiser extraordinaire

2. Jami Davenport – Surprised she is up and about after the Superbowl!

3. N Kuhn

4. Liz Matis

5. VL Locey

6. Laurie Peterson writing as Laurie Terson

7. Michel Prince

8. Jean Joachim

9. Kate Willoughby

10. Lily Harlem I bet Lily is talking about her gorgeous Viper boys 🙂

11. Donna Gallagher – oh wait that’s me, you’ve already been here 😉

12. Normandie Alleman

13. Keira Andrews

14. Melanie Ting

15. Raw Talent Series

16. Bianca Sommerland

17. Suzan Butler

18. Megan Linden

For Hockey Romance lovers I thought I should mention there is a brand new website up and running, several of the authors participating
in this hop are involved in this new website,  so why not check it out

Cassie’s Choice Now Available for Early Download!

I’ve taken time away from my chair on the beach at Forster, a lovely little town on the north coast of New South Wales, to tell you my good news. images

Ho Ho Ho! Santa bought me another present…

I’m very excited (and slightly nauseous at the same time) to announce that Cassie’s Choice, book 7 in my League of Love series is now available for early download at my publisher Totally Bound. The official release for all other sites is still a month away.

cassieschoice_800 Cassie’s Choice Book seven in the League of Love Series

One night of regret and a simple lack of communication lead to two miserable years apart. What will happen when the two broken-hearted are forced to reunite?

One night has haunted Cassie for over two years. After agreeing to something she didn’t feel sure about, all for the sake of a man—or more correctly, her fear of losing him, she is still consumed with thoughts of her past.

Although a few years younger than her Riley Walters was all man, in and out of the bedroom. So much so that Cassie believed he would tire of her sexual inexperience quickly. For him she was just a bit of fun—he never said anything to her to make her doubt that assumption. The reason she put herself in such an uncomfortable situation in the first place – to keep him happy. Of course it didn’t help. Riley disappeared from her life and never had anything to do with her again. Now he’s back, part of her social circle, leaving Cassie to find a way to deal with the attraction she still feels for him even after two years of trying to convince herself otherwise.

Riley was horrified at how much rage he felt that night. Memories of a trauma from childhood quickly surfaced – He was terrified that he was becoming a monster, just like the man from his memory. Cassandra Davies filled his mind, his every thought, his obsession. Now he’s been offered a position at the Jets Rugby League Club, and an opportunity to work alongside the people he called family, which is something he’d always dreamed of—but how will he survive being around Cassie if he can’t drag her into his arms and back to his bed and never let her leave.


It was now or never. He had to make a choice. This was a chance to make things right with Cassie so that he could face his friends again. But Riley was worried that he would not be strong enough to let her leave. Once she entered his apartment would he have the fortitude to keep his hands from her? Keep from kissing those tempting lips? Running his fingers through her blonde curls or feeling the weight of her breasts in the palms of his hands again?

“No… Don’t go, Cass.” The words came, a plea, as he reached out to stop her. The moment his hand touched her arm, Riley knew he was in trouble. That small connection to her opened up a dam of emotions. The familiar tingle raced up his arm. Just barely a touch and his body was on fire. Needy. Wanting. The power of her over him was indescribable. He wanted to fall to his knees, beg her forgiveness. He would have given anything at that moment for her to touch him. But he could not be weak. He had to pull himself together. If Cassie wanted to talk then talk they would.

“You wanted to talk, let’s talk. Do you want to come in? I can make you a cuppa, I have tea. Actually, I’ve got some of your favourite—it’s still chamomile, right?”

“If you’re sure it’s no trouble, and yes it is.” The smile nearly did him in. When Cassie smiled, her face lit up a room, her eyes sparkled and a dimple appeared in her left cheek. It was adorable and sexy as all get out. He had teased her over it many times but it always turned him inside out. Tonight was no different. God he was in trouble.

Riley stepped back and as Cassie entered past him he caught a whiff of her perfume—no, not perfume, Cassie didn’t wear any, it was all her. Enticing and fresh. Reminding him of what he had lost, what he missed.

“I’ll just pop the kettle on then,” he muttered as he tried to not obsess over the fact that the woman he wanted so badly was now standing in his living room.

“Is this where you grew up? The place you shared with Caitlin?”

Riley stopped in his tracks and watched as Cassie roamed the small space that he called home. She touched the back of his sofa with her hand, and he imagined her stroking his shaft the same way. He refocused and returned to his original plan of making tea as he answered her.

“Only for a few years. We moved in with Brodie after that. It doesn’t look the same as it did back then. This furniture is new and the paintings and photos are courtesy of Caitlin. I didn’t really have much input.” For the life of him Riley didn’t know why he was spilling so much information. There was no reason for Cassie to be interested in who had decorated the place. Riley’s mouth just seemed to take on a life of its own. Pretty much just like the rest of him. His brain was saying slow down, but his mouth and dick had different ideas.

Turning his attention to filling the kettle with water and finding the tea bags, Riley tried to pull himself together.

“I like it, it’s cosy. Caitlin did a good job because the place suits you, Riley.” She spoke from directly behind him. She had entered the tiny space of the kitchen. Riley would only have to turn around and she would be within reach. The temptation of knowing that was torture. Riley, ignoring the belief that a watched pot never boils, stared at the kettle waiting for the steam to rise—tried to ignore the voice that was killing him.

He certainly could not take the chance of looking at her yet. He tried for some small talk, amazed at the length of time it took for the so-called rapid-boil kettle to heat up. “So how have you been?” It was the most ridiculous question he could have ever asked. As soon as the words had left his lips he wanted to haul them back in.

“Now that’s an interesting question… Confused, angry, sad and lonely just about sums it up. What about you, Riley? How have you been?”

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Lily Harlem and her boys from Hot Ice Visit – Where’s that Mistletoe When You Need It?

Christmas has come early for me, my next guest Lily Harlem has bought an entourage with her and let me say I could not be happier. Yummy sports heroes for me to play with. If I could just get Phoenix to step on over here under the mistletoe life would be perfect.mistletoe

When it comes to hockey I am definitely a Vipers fan 😉 I love this series. I read Hired first and then just inhaled the rest.

Lily has also offered to give away 3 copies of Hired – just leave an email address in the comments section for a chance to win. Winning a free book would start the New Year off nicely!

So without further ado let me welcome Lily Harlem and her sexy Vipers!

Donna, wow, thank you so much for hosting me on your lovely blog. And to be here at this festive time of year with fairy lights and tinsel, mulled wine and mince pies is really awesome. Thank you so much for inviting me to join in the fun… ah… but is that because you knew I’d bring sporting hunks to the party? I know how partial you are to a sexy athlete with rippling muscles and a determination to be the best of the best whether he’s on a pitch or in bed!

Mmm, my poison is your poison so let’s put up some mistletoe, pucker up and get the party started. Allow me to introduce you all to my plus one’s. Whoops, should I say plus 7! We have, dressed in their Christmas jumpers, Phoenix, Brick, Ramrod, Todd, Raven, Matthew, and Speed. Yes, I know, they’re nicknames, but it’s what they call each other on the ice. These guys make up the fictional hockey team The Vipers who are the stars of my Hot Ice series published by Ellora’s Cave.images copy

I love writing about my bad boys and the women who tame them. There is just something so rough and tough about these guys when they’re out there doing their stuff, yet when the fall in love, when someone catches their eye, then that’s it, the fall hard and fast and don’t let anything or anyone get in their way.

hired_msr copycrosschecked_msrHot Ice wasn’t originally going to be a series. The first book Hired came about because I had this wonderful scene in my head of a couple on a beautiful island having a wild and sexy time. But there was a secret beneath the surface of their idyllic holiday – she’d been paid to be there, but not by him!

I’d been enjoying a sporting romance previously so I decided to make Logan ‘Phoenix’ Taylor a surly hockey star who’d been suspended for a week because of bad behavior. He’d been sent to ‘cool down’ on a private island. I really enjoyed writing his grumping, cursing, beer-swilling ways because I knew beneath it all he was a great guy, and, guess what, it didn’t take beautiful Brooke long to notice that either! The story is hot and sexy, there’s lots of time on the island for them to get up to all sorts though they do get interrupted by one of his teammates, Brick. Brick is important because he’s the star of book #2 Cross-Checked. He wasn’t going to be originally, but as soon as I decided to write another Viper story he was an obvious choice. Trouble was he actually hadn’t been very gentlemanly in Hired and Phoenix had to whoop his ass when he got over friendly with Brooke.

So writing Cross-Checked was a bit of a challenge but luckily Brick – real name Ben – comes good in the end. In fact it’s the lady who catches his eye, the heroine, who is a bit of a wild card in this novel! I liked her focused game-plan, her slightly stalkerish ways, it reminded me of several women in real life I’ve known over the years.


Book #3 features the captain of the team Rick ‘Ramrod’ Lewis, and I have to say I have a real soft spot for Rick. He’s had a crap time over the years despite his  present success. The guy can cook, is a deft negotiator and boy, does he have a naughty kinky side, let’s just say Dana has to hang on for the ride with him.

One thing I do like to write is ménage a trois. My first ever novel published was Shared, which as the title suggests is a ménage story. So I decided to go back to ménage scenes for book #4 Teamwork. After all what can be hotter than getting naked and sweaty with a hockey player? Two hockey players of course! Raven Starr and Todd ‘Pretty’ Carty are as good a team off the ice as on it and lucky Fiona gets to sample them in action together. But this isn’t a true ménage novel, things get complicated, sharing isn’t always easy after all!

Todd ‘Pretty’ Carty. Mmm, now he’s a character if ever I created one. He is beautiful and charming and also one heck of a player. But his looks aren’t an advantage to him in his male dominated world, despite an Armani contract adding millions to his bank account. He gets ribbed for being pretty by teammates and opposition alike. He’s chased by the press and an endless string of women want to be on his arm. So when he falls for photographer Matthew Foster, lets just say things escalate to such a scale that he finds the nations media hot on his tail.


Writing a gay hockey novel came with challenges. I wanted to be sensitive to the fact that there are very few ‘out’ athletes currently playing in any of the major sports in the US. But also I wanted to portray what it might actually be like for a top player to suddenly turn up at the team’s bar/lounge with a guy, or walk into a restaurant with a man as his date and not as a pulling partner. I worked hard to get the balance between reality and fantasy in High-Sticked and I hope I got it right.

They just keep calling to me these boys, and soon Misconduct will be hitting the shelves, that’ll be Dustin ‘Speed’ Reed, the goaltender, and then Russian Heat. As long as people keep reading and enjoying my Hot Ice series then I’ll keep on writing these novels because there’s nothing more fun than hanging out with rough, tough, sexy players who all have a sprinkle of kink and a good dose of lust just waiting to pour onto the page.

So pour yourself a drink, grab a mince pie and check out some first chapters, see which Hot Ice book takes your fancy. They don’t have to be read in order, they’re all fine as standalone reads, but if you do read them as I wrote them you’ll meet the hero of the next book as you go along.

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First Chapters

Hired #1

Cross-Checked #2

Slap Shot #3

Teamwork #4

High-Sticked #5

Misconduct #6 – coming soon

Russian Heat #7 – coming soon

And if you’d like to leave your email address in the comment box below I’ll give away three copies of Hired, the first book in the Hot Ice series, to winners picked at random on New Years Day!

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I’m Guest Blogging at Romancing The Jock! A Blog Dedicated to Sports Romance Lovers.

I’m so excited to be featuring on what’s quickly becoming one of my favourite blogs. So many awesome authors in the one place and I love being able to read about my two passions, romance and sport, in the one spot. So I was very excited when Koko Brown (author of Player’s Ultimatum a soccer romance and Jezebel to name a few)  offered me her monthly blog spot to talk about rugby league and my League of Love series. Try explaining a sport in 500 words Lol!

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