It’s Release Day Eve for BECAUSE!
So by now you’ve probably heard a bit about my erotic contemporary serial novel, BECAUSE YOU ARE MINE. I want to tell you a few important things. The book is being released in serial format: a novella length story, two substantial chapters, coming out every Tuesday for eight weeks on eBook (Kindle, Nook, iTunes). This is one overall book–Ian and Francesca’s erotic romance, being released in a weekly fashion. I know this is a different publishing concept (although it’s an old one–it’s how Dickens was first published, for instance). But I think it has some really cool opportunities for us to share as a reading community. Given the state of reading technology and social media, it gives us, as readers, the chance to enjoy a book like we do a television show episode. The serialization of the book controls the element of time, making it more likely that we will be reading similar content at the same time.
But much, much more important than the release format, I’m so excited about Ian and Francesca’s love story. I’ve never had so much fun writing a book. I hope the experience of reading will be as invigorating and vibrant as it was for me writing. I like to describe Because as a little bit Cinderella, a little bit Pretty Woman, a little Bit Fifty Shades, and lots of Beth Kery.
Also, I’m inviting people to TALK about Because You Are Mine using the hashtag at twitter #BecauseYouAreMine. At Berkley’s Love Always Facebook page, there will be an update every Tuesday (release day) with a sizzling line from the new installment. On Wednesday, there will be an update called, About Last Night, where people can jump in and talking about the portion of the new Because part they’d read the night before. I’ll be stopping by and participating. It should be lots of fun for the reading community, which is what I want this experience to be in spades. Hope you’ll join me for Francesca and Ian’s journey to HEA.
And now, a first time sneak peek at Because You Are Mine Part I: Because You Tempt Me
From Beth Kery, the national bestselling author of EXPLOSIVE, comes a red-hot romance like no other—where the rules of attraction are broken with that first electrifying touch. Meet Francesca and Ian. The fantasies of what’s to come begin…
It starts with that first look, when you know you have to have him…
Francesca Arno has been commissioned to create a grand centerpiece painting for the lobby of Ian Noble’s new skyscraper. It’s at a cocktail party in her honor that she first meets him—and the attraction is immediate for Francesca. It’s also bewildering. She’s not used to such a wholesale sexual response to a stranger. Enigmatic, darkly intense, with a commanding presence, Ian completely unnerves her. And she likes it.
For Ian, she’s the kind of woman he can’t resist—one that comes all too rarely: a true innocent. But he can sense in her a desire to open up, to experiment, to give herself to the fantasies of a man in control. The first kiss, the first caress, the first challenge for a woman who craves what she’s never had—a man who gets what he wants.
Francesca just nodded. She couldn’t speak. Her brain was temporarily overloaded by the image of him, the warmth of his encompassing hand, the sound of his low, Britsh-accented voice. His skin was pale next to his dark, stylishly coiffed, short hair and gray suit. Dark Angel. The words flew into her brain, unbidden.
“I can’t tell you how impressed I am with your work,” he said. No smile. No softness in his tone, even if there was a sharp curiosity in his stare.
She swallowed uneasily. “Thank you.” He released her hand slowly, causing his skin to slide against hers. A horrible moment of silence passed as he just looked at her. She gathered herself and straightened her spine.
“I’m glad to have this opportunity to thank you in person for awarding me the commission. It means more to me than I can convey.” She said the rehearsed words in a pressured fashion.
He gave an almost imperceptible shrug and waved his hand negligently. “You earned it.” He held her stare. “Or at least you will.”
She felt her pulse leap at her throat and hoped he didn’t notice.
“I earned it, yes. But you gave me the opportunity. It’s that I’m trying to express my thanks for. I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford the second year of my master’s program if you hadn’t given me this chance.”
He blinked. From the corner of her vision, Francesca noticed Zoe stiffen. Francesca glanced away in embarrassment. Had she sounded sharp?
“My grandmother often says I’m ungracious in the face of gratitude,” he said, his voice quieter . . . warmer. “You’re right to scold me. And you’re also very welcome for the opportunity, Ms. Arno,” he said, giving a nod of acknowledgement. “Zoe, would you mind taking a message to Lin for me? I’ve decided to cancel dinner with Xander LaGrange after all. Please have her reschedule.”
“Of course, Mr. Noble,” Zoe said before she walked away.
“Would you like to sit down?” he asked, nodding at an unoccupied circular leather booth.
He waited behind her while she scooted into the booth. She wished he wouldn’t. She felt awkward and ungainly. After she’d settled, he slid beside her in one graceful, swooping motion. Francesca smoothed the gauzy skirt of the vintage beaded baby-doll dress she’d bought at a secondhand store in Wicker Park. The early September evening had been cooler than she’d expected when planning for the cocktail party. The casual denim jacket she wore had been her only choice, given the thin straps of her dress. It struck her how ridiculous she must appear, seated next to this immaculately dressed, thoroughly masculine male.
She fussed anxiously with her collar, and then sensed his stare on her. She met his eyes. Her chin went up defiantly. A small smile flickered across his mouth, and something clenched in her lower belly.
I’m giving away a copy of Part I: Because You Tempt Me tomorrow morning, July 31, to one randomly selected commenter on this post. Afterwards, I will announce the four Huge Because You Are Mine Contest Winners! There’s still time to throw your hat in the ring for that contest, with a chance to win a Kindle Fire, Nook, and gift certificates here.