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R.G. Alexander and a $25 Gift Card Giveaway!
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

I’m so thrilled to be apart of this week of amazing authors-which includes two of my fellow Smutketeers no less (Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin and Karen Erickson). I suppose I should tell you a little bit about myself. I’m R.G. Alexander, I’ve written for Samhain, Ellora’s Cave and Berkley Heat, predominantly paranormal erotic romance, but I have dabbled in the contemporary…as long as multiple partners are involved of course.

I have several paranormal series that I’m still in the middle of with each of my publishers. I am addicted to the series. Reading as well as writing. I also am a teensy bit addicted to menage…but that’s a long, boring, moderately incriminating story for another time.

My first Berkley book, Possess Me, came out last August. It was all about New Orleans, voodoo, and one incredibly sexy voodoo spirit with a dirty mind and a penchant for magical matchmaking. Gotta love that Bone Daddy. (hehe)

My next book, Three Sinful Wishes, is actually a bit more of a contemporary ménage anthology set in Sedona, Arizona. Coming out in one week, June 7th, it has just a hint of Hopi magic, a dash of New-Age-itude and…okay there is some spanking with an Eve Berlin book in one of the stories…and a really kinky coyote in another.

Why, you may ask, did I hop from an exciting, darkly sexy city like New Orleans to the serene red rocks of Sedona? Well, its beautiful there, more than beautiful. And the people who wander through or stop and stay are some of the most interesting and unique characters I’ve ever met in my life.

Plus, Sedona is where I lived when I fell in love with my husband—the Cookie. I was singing in a band, he was a chef creating culinary art for the tourists, and we were best friends. Kind of like Dani and Liam, the first couple you’ll meet in Three Sinful Wishes. And like Dani, I was a little oblivious to the fact that my roommate was actually my soul mate. Luckily for me, Cookie is a patient man, and I will always be grateful that he finally wore me down. *grin*

Why don’t I give you a blurb and an excerpt? Then we can have a contest!

 

Blurb

When Dani, Bailey and Kaya get together for an unusual girls night, they wish on a shower of falling stars and soon find their most erotic dreams coming true.

In Sinful Desires, magic is in the air when a mysterious stranger and one wild night of passion help Dani Harris admit her feelings for her longtime friend Liam, who has been in love with her for years.

Sinful Sensations follows the story of Bailey Wagner, who intends to stick to her five-year plan while she waits for Mr. Right. But when her sexy new boss convinces her to let loose with him–and a few of his friends–what begins as a kinky work break turns out to be a dream come true.

Fortune-teller by day and waitress by night, Kaya Honahni is too busy running from the expectations of her traditional Hopi family to search for romance, but in Sinful Pleasures, it finds her–times two. Despite her best efforts, Kaya can’t deny her attraction to Jace, or to his secretive best friend. And considering the way they respond to her, she won’t have to…

 

EXCERPT

Then we of the flowers of the earth come forth

to receive a long life of joy

We call ourselves the Butterfly Maidens

-Hopi Song of Creation

CHAPTER ONE

If she’s honest, every woman will admit she’s had at least one moment when she realized she might have made a hasty decision regarding a man. Either she picked the wrong one because he appeared magnetic and exciting, quickly learning she’d made a dangerous mistake . . . or she became the sexless buddy of the guy she later discovered had all the makings of Mr. Right.

In her case, Dani was two for two.

Only she hadn’t figured out her second miscalculation until early that morning. In the shower. With the disappearing spider.

When she first saw it she was too shocked to react. It was huge. Beautiful. Not a word she would normally associate with a spider, but this wasn’t like any other she’d ever seen. The designs on its body were geometrically perfect. White and blue angled lines formed a maze, a labyrinth that was so hypnotic, so stunning, that for a moment she wished she had a camera.

The next moment she remembered why she didn’t. Because she was in the shower. Unarmed. Naked. And that beautiful spider could be poisonous.

She’d like to think any other woman in her situation would have screamed as loudly as she did then, but she had her doubts.

She barely registered the sound of stomping feet up the stairs, the slam of the bathroom door as it bounced off the wall. When your life was in arachnid-induced jeopardy, everything else seemed unimportant.

Her coral-colored shower curtain was ripped open so ferociously it tore, leaving a large chunk of its vinyl body dangling from the fist of her savior.

“Spider!” Dani closed her eyes and pointed, not needing to look to know who’d come barreling in. Her roommate Liam. Her best friend. And right now her only chance of not dying a painful, ridiculous shower death that she would be embarrassed to talk about at dinner parties.

A thickly muscled arm wrapped around her waist, pulling her out of the tub and against him as he ducked his head inside the stall to face her attacker.

Dani’s eyes were squeezed tight as she waited for the sounds of the inevitable battle. But there were none. A minute passed. Another. The cooler air from the open doorway made her shiver.

“Dani?”

She heard the strange note in his voice and felt like an idiot. A stereotypical female idiot. She just hadn’t been expecting it. It was so . . . large. Hairy.

The spider. She was talking about the spider. Not the body pressed against hers.

“Is it gone? Did you kill it?” “I don’t know. Do you still see it?” Dani’s brow furrowed and she opened her eyes. The spider, the one that had been impossible to miss, that was the size of her old dog Bitsy, was gone. “What do you mean, do I still see it? Of course I don’t. It’s gone. Where did it go?”

She looked up at Liam and felt her breath catch. Several sensations registered at once. He smelled like heated, spicy man and coffee. She inhaled deeply. She couldn’t help herself. Had he always smelled this good?

His blond waves were tousled, just-rolled-out-of-bed tousled. Heavy-lidded eyes and a jaw shadowed with stubble confirmed her theory that he hadn’t been up long. It was criminally unfair that the man could look so good this early in the morning.

Her nipples hardened, with cold or awareness, poking into his side. His shirtless, warm-skinned side. He was wearing half- buttoned jeans and nothing else. And she—she bit the inside of her cheek as her body instinctively shuddered, feeling the rasp of denim against the curve of her stomach—well, she was in that nightmare where you realized you were skin to bare skin with your best friend beneath the harsh fluorescent bathroom light.

Only it didn’t feel like a nightmare. More like a really good dream. One so good she didn’t want to move in case she woke up.

Then he spoke and the forced playfulness in his tone brought reality crashing back in. “I had a sex dream that started out just like this.”

Dani attempted to pull away, but his arm around her waist was surprisingly strong. Who knew Liam’s forearm was that muscular? And since when did she think forearms were sexy?

She tried to chuckle but stopped when it came out sounding breathless. Needy. “Only instead of your roommate, you discovered Anna Paquin in my shower, hot and bothered and in need of a back scrub. Yeah, yeah I’ve heard that one before.”

“This time it was you and Anna. See? Not quite so predictable now, am I? Although, I will admit, even in my most distracting dreams I’d never fall for the spider gag.”

“The spider gag?” Dani still wasn’t looking at him. Instead she was subtly trying to extricate herself and get to a towel in the linen closet—or failing that, at least press a little less of her wet, naked skin against his.

All her squirming only seemed to make things worse, her breasts dragging along his side, the fabric of his jeans scraping her flesh, causing her insides to quiver. God, he felt as good as he smelled. “What spider gag?”

Liam’s voice was noticeably rougher and his grip on her tightened even more, holding her still. “ This gag. There was no spider, Dani. Admit it.”

“Admit what? Of course there . . . was . . . a spider . . .” Her gaze leapt up to meet his at that ludicrous statement and she promptly lost her train of thought. Why on earth would she pretend to have a spider in her shower? But her voice trailed off, running away with the last of her useable brain cells at the way he was looking at her. “Why are you looking at me like that?”

His glasses were off. In three years of knowing him, she’d rarely seen him without them. This close, without those sensible wire frames to distract her, she noticed how intensely blue his eyes were. Not dark blue, like hers. Perfect sky blue. Cornflower blue. Drown inside them and never want to escape blue. And those lashes.

Who was this delicious stranger and what had he done with her best friend?

Breathe, Dani. This was the guy who saw her every day with no makeup on, wearing sweatpants and fuzzy socks. The guy who made the most elaborate, decadently fattening midnight snacks for their science fiction movie marathons. The one she shared every secret with. Who’d helped her survive her real nightmare.

This was not a man she was allowed to have the hots for.

 

CONTEST

I’m currently having a release contest over at the Smutketeers, but I love them, and we’re celebrating, so I’m having another. Since Beth is also giving away a Kindle 3G, I will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card for ebooks to fill it and 3 of my own ebooks to someone who posts here and answers this question…

Have you ever had the hots for someone who was “just a friend”? (I’ll start-yes. Yes I have)

90 comments to “R.G. Alexander and a $25 Gift Card Giveaway!”

  1. Jane
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 1:49 pm · Link

    Yes, I have, but never acted on it. It’s only happened once.



  2. Jessie
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Oh yes! I was “in love” with my best friend. Of course a few dozen make out sessions and I decided it was best at friendship!



  3. Chelsea B.
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Yes, and it sucks. I don’t recommend it 🙄 😉



  4. jennifer mathis
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 2:11 pm · Link

    yes i have and at the same time i had a crush on one friend my now hub ( who was a great friend of mine) had a crush on me. He made me see that i was totally crushing on the wrong friend.



  5. jennifer mathis
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 2:13 pm · Link

    crap hit enter to soon … Wanted to add as someone lucky enough to have already read Three Sinful Wishes It is a awesome book and should be on everyones TBR list



  6. Raonaid Luckwell
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Not really… I’ve had crushes that eventually became just “friends” status. I just did not want to lose the few guy friends I had and make things awkward.



  7. Jennifer D.
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Hello,

    Yep, in the past, I had a crush on a “friend” – but never really did anything about it – probably for the best looking back!



  8. Fedora
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Yes, quite a few times. And thankfully, I’m blessed to married to the one that didn’t get away 😉



  9. Dana
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 3:00 pm · Link

    I’ve totally had the hots for a friend!!! He was my best friend from middle school through college. We’re still good friends today but my husband became my number one hottie. Can’t help wondering what if? sometimes…

    I’d wish you good luck on the book but you won’t need it…It’ll be fab like usual!!!

    Dana



  10. Darcy
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Yes I did. Eon’s ago when I was a much younger woman.
    But then I met my best friend’s brother, and a;though I didn’t want any relationship at the time due to the circumstance, the man couldn’t take no for an answer. Needless to say he chased, and chased and chased… .relentlessly.
    No, I still have him and he definitely not going anywhere after 35 years. We ended up marrying very young…*S*
    Thanks for the contest!

    pommawolf @ hotmail .com



  11. Danielle Gorman
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    61
      · May 31st, 2011 at 3:47 pm · Link

    Yes, I did. Nothing ever came of it but I had a huge crush on a friend.



  12. Blanche
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Yes! Thankfully nothing ever happened because our friendship is more important and I’m not sure that would have survived if we had gotten more serious!



  13. Kelly Thrash
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 4:41 pm · Link

    :mrgreen: Well of course. I think anyone who says they haven’t is not telling the truth! lol

    KittyKelly



  14. julie comins
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 5:08 pm · Link

    Hell yes! I’m more comfortable with male friends than female because they don’t go after a guy you like and then laugh at you. I was always just one of the guys, until the hot fireman joined the gang. I never got him but years later another one of the guys had to leave a motel room in the middle of the night to avoid ruinning our friendship. I would rather have a goof friend for life than ex-friend for sex.
    Thanks for hooking me up with some authors who are new to me
    My name is Julie and I’m a dirty old lady. Can you say …
    Hello Julie welcome to the smutkedettes.



  15. Maureen
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 5:11 pm · Link

    Of course I have but it was many years ago.



  16. Stacia
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Oh yeah. I was determined to stay single for a little longer since I was only 19. But, a friend I had known for about 3 years just kinda snuck into my heart. Still together after 22 years, 2 kids, and 3 deployments. Thank God we recognized a good thing right in front of us.



  17. JoAnna B
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 5:56 pm · Link

    I had a friend in school. At one point we each had the hots for each other but usually when the other was dating someone else. My parents always expected us to end up dating at some point and was quite surprised when we didn’t.
    Thanks for the great excerpt.



  18. Lisa B
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Oh yes but never acted on it. lol why the heck now too. It happens right?????

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

    LOVED this excerpt.



  19. Karen Erickson
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:05 pm · Link

    Of course, please don’t enter me in the contest but I just had to say that I LOVED that excerpt and of course I’ve had the hots on a guy who was just a friend. A few times in fact.

    And once I acted on them and now I’m married to the guy. LOL 😉



    • Karen Erickson
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        · May 31st, 2011 at 7:06 pm · Link

      And could I say of course one more time? Of course I can!



  20. Pamk
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:46 pm · Link

    yep my first serious boy friend started out as a best friend. But we went back to best friends and it worked lots better in the end.



  21. Diane Sadler
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:15 pm · Link

    Nope can’t say I ever have.



  22. Booklover1335
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Hey RG!

    I love that title Three Sinful Wishes (the excerpt too 🙂 )!

    To answer you question, yes, yes I have 🙂 I used to work with him and we worked closely on a few projects. The first time I saw him from across a room he took my breath away. Nothing ever happened, but it did making going to work everyday a bit more fun…until he quit to become a firefighter…but how could you not love that too! Ultimately he wasn’t the right one for me, but yeah he was HAWT! 😳



  23. poups
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Yes! One of my closest guy friends and when he got married it was a very happy and sad moment for me.



  24. Brenda Hyde
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Oh yes, friend to lover in high school, and later in college. Neither one ended well, but I can’t say I regret it. My husband is my best friend– but we went straight to attraction after we met. LOL



  25. Lisa F.
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Yes, I have. Started out as just friends, then became alittle more than friends and now we are married.



  26. Leni
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:38 pm · Link

    So far I haven’t been attracted to any of my friends and that’s probably why we’re still all such great friends 😆



  27. Michelle
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:26 pm · Link

    yeah and when we got together we ended up messing up a good friendship. It turned out he made a great friend but not real steady for anything else. The excerpt you posted has added another book to my TB list.



  28. Allison H.
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:32 pm · Link

    Hi RG, my answer is also “yes” and more than one, though not at the same time. 😛



  29. Rachel
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:37 pm · Link

    Yep, I surely have. Twice! The first set of “hots” lasted for way longer than it should have and never went anywhere. The second went somewhere and shouldn’t have; definitely better just friends. 🙂



  30. infinitieh
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 11:48 pm · Link

    Yup, although I used to befriend the guys I had the hots for just so I could stop having the hots for them.



  31. Miranda
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 11:57 pm · Link

    Of course isn’t that like a requirement for High School and the really sad part he was into my Best Friend. Ah fond memories of the HS drama! I’m am so lmao over the “Gotta love that Bone Daddy” comment and intrigued 🙂



  32. Carol Thompson
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 11:57 pm · Link

    When I was a teeneger I had a terrible crush on my best friends brother. Who hasn’t had that ! LOL

    I was too shy to ever follow it up but for a long time afterwards I still dreamt of him.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Caol T



  33. Stella (Ex Libris)
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:20 am · Link

    Oh yes! For me the perfect,k ideal romance stemd from friendhsip. Just like Chabdler and Monica’s relationship on Friends for exmaple 😉

    And yes, I usually had a crush on a couple of my guy friends 😉

    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com



  34. R.G. Alexander
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 7:32 am · Link

    Love these comments 🙂 Thank you all so much!



  35. Jen B.
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 2:17 pm · Link

    If by the hots you mean you could imagine a relationship being possible if the situation was very different then yes. Actually, my husband started as my best friend and then one day WHAM I just knew he was mine. 😀



  36. Betty Lewis
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Yes I have, a few times. It can be very awkward when they’re talking about something and you’re fantasizing about something totally different lol. And I’ve also acted on it once. It was nice for a while, and now we are still friends.



  37. Jessica C.
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Yes! I married him. Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com



  38. Jessica B.
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Yes I have. I can think of a few guys that I felt I wanted to date at least once.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica



  39. Zina
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      · June 2nd, 2011 at 8:11 am · Link

    Yep, in college, but I knew him in Highschool too but he had gone away for awhile then came back, after I was engaged.
    Zina



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