Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Orleans in Pics

I was lucky enough to go to New Orleans last week, and eat my way across the French Quarter. I'm not sure that last part was a good thing, but man, that food is amazing!

This was a 20 year celebration trip for Stud's company, and that group knows how to throw a party! I've been to New Orleans a few times, but not since Katrina. It was, and still is, a fabulous place.




Stud and I came in with a group on Thurs, and we were met at the airport by these two fun ladies.










The hotel they put us in was all suites! What put me over the edge? It had a Keurig! Hey, I've always admitted I'm easy...












One really weird thing about the hotel? The fountain. Cool, but why the bidet?








The French Quarter is beautiful. There are a lot of 5 and dime places, but also unique stores that are a lot of fun to poke around in. And a marketplace where I found toe rings! Oh, and Stud bought me my first corset and 2 skirts because we couldn't decide on one, but you're not getting a pic of that.  









We ate, and ate, and ate! The food was incredible, though there were some things better left untried.












Friday night kicked off the official celebration, with about 250 of us at that point. So...we ate some more. There was a lot of drinking going on, too, but I don't drink so I can't give a good commentary on that. Well, other than people got really drunk.



The next day we all went out on an airboat tour. When we got to the site, there was a tent set up where they, um, fed us.









 I have to admit, I didn't like the alligator sausage.









Or the giant spiders




















But the Bayou was beautiful, even if we didn't get to see any big gators by the time we got a turn. We were last ones out, and the bigger ones had enough to eat at that point.









And the babies were adorable.

















That night, we rented out an entire restaurant so we could eat and drink again, because it had been more than a couple of hours since we did it last. As a big surprise, a guy with a horn came into the restaurant and we were all told to follow him. There was a brass band outside with dressed up bandleaders, and we were led in a parade through the French Quarter, police escort and all! It was really cool. People came out onto the street, waved, joined us for a few streets, whatever! Anything goes.

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Our final destination for this parade was a Burlesque club in the Jazz club district. Very cool!








All in all, a great time. If we'd stayed any longer, they would have been rolling me onto the airplane. I'd go to New Orleans again in a heartbeat.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thankful for You--Now Available for Pre-Order

Despite the burnout I talked about 2 weeks ago, I do have one more book coming out this year! Thankful For You is part of the Calendar Men series from Decadent Publishing--about 12 men who agree to model for a calendar to raise money for the families of veterans. I haven't done a lot of contemporary erotic romance lately, but this was a fun little jewel to write.



Thankful for You releases Nov. 1, but is now available for preorder on Amazon, All Romance e-Books, i-Tunes and Kobo.
 


Blurb: Appearing in a benefit calendar may have been the dumbest thing veteran Sig Nowicki ever did. Suddenly, he’s become his small town’s golden boy, and he doesn’t much like being in the spotlight. Mostly he needs a job, now that his military career was ended by a grenade.

Pet shop owner Elsie Jordan came to Michigan to start over. She’s attracted to Sig and doesn’t give a rip about his scars, but the ones she carries inside her heart are the real hurdle. She just isn’t sure she has it in her to love and trust, ever again.

Elsie and Sig set out to boost each other’s confidence and finally give in to their explosive passion. The entire town seems happy to help. But both of them need to come to grips with their imperfections and accept that they might just be perfect for each other.

Naughty Excerpt:



It had been so long Elsie wasn’t sure she’d remember what to do. Sig’s fingers were deft on her buttons, and he pushed off her jacket with a gentle touch, making her tremble as his hands grazed along her shoulders.
Wanting him to hurry, she reached back and undid the single button on her silk shell and lifted her arms so he could pull it over her head.

The shuddering breath Sig sucked in told Elsie he was as affected as she was.

“Your skin is amazing,” he whispered. “Smooth as satin. You sure you’re okay with seeing my messed-up hide? I can turn the light off.”

“Leave it.” Now she was the aggressor, yanking off his tie and undoing his shirt. Heady with power, she kissed each bit of skin she revealed button by button. “Any scars you have are part of who you are.” Truthfully, she was glad his body wasn’t perfect. His scars would be a constant reminder of who she was with—a good man, one who wouldn’t turn on her the moment his lust was sated.

He shrugged out of his shirt and Elsie stepped back to gaze at him. Yes, there were scars. Her heart broke for the pain he must have suffered, probably still did suffer from time to time. Otherwise, though, he was a damn fine-looking man—muscled without being bulky, with a lean waist and a patch of dark hair on his chest that tapered down to a line disappearing into the waistband of his slacks. She licked her lips and squeezed her thighs together to ease the ache in her core.

“Come here.” His deep growl reverberated in his chest as he pulled her close.

“I’m not going anywhere else.” She laced her fingers through the short, crisp hair, above his heart, and felt it pounding every bit as hard as her own. Moisture soaked her panties and hose and her breasts ached with need.

“Good.” He caught her hair in his hands and kissed her while she rubbed her nipples against his washboard abs, seeking relief. His heavy erection pressed against her stomach.

Elsie wasn’t sure which one of them groaned. It could have been both.

When they came up for air, she slid her hand down the front of his trousers and cupped him. Sig pulsed into her palm, even though his boxers.

“Naked,” he gasped. “Now.”

Elsie nodded. Taking an unsteady step back, she stripped. He dropped his slacks, pushing off a pair of plain white boxers at the same time. Elsie caught her breath. “Beautiful.” She reached out to trace the thick ridge running the length of his cock. The flared tip pointed straight toward his chest, a small bead of pre-cum already gathered at the slit. She’d never seen a man this aroused. Certainly not for her.

Sig inhaled sharply. “This is going to be over fast if you keep doing that.” He tugged her back into his arms, kissing her until she couldn’t breathe. His tongue plundered her mouth, possessing her with a raw imitation of what was to come next.

Elsie was on fire. She stood on her tiptoes, trying to get his cock lined up against her pussy, feeling every hair on his arms as they brushed her back. The need overwhelmed her senses. She rubbed against him shamelessly, all but begging him to fuck her. He slid a hand between their bodies and closed it around her breast. Elsie’s knees gave out and she sagged into him. Sig lifted her and laid her down on the bed. He spread her legs wide and knelt between them.

“I’ve imagined you like this.” His gravelly voice shook. He ran a finger along the seam of her pussy. “All naked and pink and wet, all for me.”

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Literacy Auction.2

Ashlyn Chase here...Yesterday's post and video was from Casey Crow, my agency sibling, (That's what the authors represented by The Seymour Agency call each other.) We're participating in an auction to benefit a literacy charity. ( To auction ) Casey told you about her favorite book from childhood.

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Today it's my turn. My video tells of my love of being read to as a child. I won't repeat the story here. I'll just tell you about how this love of listening to my mother or father reading to me translated into my love of audiobooks as an adult.

In 2007, I found myself flat on my back for a solid month after a spinal fusion. I can't tell you how much fun it was to stare at the ceiling fan and wonder how long it had been since I'd dusted it. (Insert sarcastic eyeroll here.) I tried to hold a book over my head, but my arms got tired really fast and the heavy duty pain meds made it hard to concentrate.

Well, rather than letting me go slowly insane, my wonderful husband found out how to sign me up for audiobooks from my state library. These were MP3 files, so he didn't even need to go to the local or state library. He was able to download them onto my laptop from the privacy of our own home. That meant I could browse and choose my own titles too.

I listened to a number of wonderful audiobooks that way. I found I liked the narrators with British accents the best, and later on I found a British publisher who made erotic romances into audiobooks. Oh, happy day! I only share that here on Naughty Author Chicks, because I know readers with similar taste will understand. ;)

I have another link for you. Here's my auction and guess what I'm giving away?

Why, it's an MP3 CD of my audiobook Flirting Under a Full Moon! You get the disc so you can download it again and again. Heck, you can become your own lending library! And you won't have to wait for the person to finish listening to it in order to return it to you. The book can be downloaded onto a laptop, PC, phone, iPad, iPod, or any other gizmo that will read to you.

I hope you'll check out the auction, or the literacy foundation nearest you. Let's create a more informed, entertained, and intelligent world!  

   

Friday, September 12, 2014

#Literacy Matters




Hey y'all! 

My agency (and Ashlynn's) is hosting an auction with over 80 items to raise money for Literacy Council Gulf Coast. We're giving away books, real Amish quilts, book trailers, critiques, gift baskets and more! Check it out The Seymour Agency 's blog. Let's do all we can to support literacy!

Here's a video of me being interview to support the event.


Southern Smiles, 
Casey Crow