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Sweet Restraint, Adult Excerpt, Coming July 7 from Berkley
Friday, May 29th, 2009


This time, he’ll never let her go…

Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic was in love with Laura Vasquez until the day she left him and married another man. Thirteen years may have passed, but Laura’s never disappeared from his fantasies, or destroyed his desire to learn the truth about why she left him. When her husband, the criminal mastermind behind an international ring of thieves, is murdered, Shane knows this is his one last, desperate chance to learn Laura’s secrets. And he’s not above using their scorching hot passion for one another and a little domination to do it.

One look at Shane, and Laura’s own memories come back to haunt her. Her feelings run deep, but she’d never divulge her secrets—a desperate vow that’s compromised when Shane stuns her by taking her as his captive to a secluded cabin. Here, she will finally belong to him, be subjected to his every torturously erotic whim, and be forced to trust him with a shocking truth she’s hidden for so long—one that will expose them to a danger closing in on the both of them.


He leaned across the console toward her.

“I’m desperate here. That’s what you should understand. The cop that I’d hoped would give evidence on Moody is refusing to bargain. Moody must have a tighter hold on him than I’d thought. But even more importantly, you’re in danger, Laura. Someone broke into this house looking for you. A man pulled a gun on you tonight. I won’t sit by and watch while your stubbornness puts you in a grave.”

Her contemptuous expression faltered slightly when he slowly began to dip his head toward hers.

“Don’t Shane,” she whispered hoarsely.

“I don’t have any choice. You’ve forced me to this,” he said before he brushed his lips against hers. She made a soft, catchy sound. She stiffened when he put his hands on her back. Her body felt slender, curving…enticing.

“I know you want me, Laura. There are some things you just can’t hide from a man.”

Her lips felt cool and dry, but he could feel her heat just beneath the surface. So he pressed closer. When he slid his tongue between her lips she moaned softly, her flesh becoming suppler, bending to his demand.

He brought her closer and swept the depths of her mouth. His cock swelled tight as he surrounded himself in her taste. Time and again he sampled her sweetness. He plundered, suckled and coaxed until she fully participated in the kiss, her lips shaping his hungrily, her tongue sliding sensually against his.
The interior of his car suddenly felt as hot and sultry as the air on a tropical night.

She didn’t protest when he slid one hand along her knee, lifting her skirt. He encountered a delicious length of silky thigh encased in smooth nylon. He paused a moment when he reached the top of her thigh-highs, sending two fingers beneath the elastic to rhythmically stroke the smooth, soft skin beneath it.

He groaned and leaned down further over her, deepening their kiss. He probed beneath her panties, drawn to her heat. She gasped into his mouth when he worked his forefinger into her pussy. She was tight but a rush of warm liquid aided his cause considerably.

He drew his finger out only to plunge it back into her silky sheath. A considerable amount of her juices came with him when he withdrew the second time. He trailed his finger between her labia, lubricating her clit liberally. Her hips shifted restlessly against him and she moaned. Instead of giving her the pressure she wanted, however, he slid his wet finger along her lower belly, spreading her juices.

“That’s honesty, Laura,” he explained quietly. “Give me more of it.”

“No,” she whispered. She moved away from him, cloaking herself in the shadows.

He nodded his head slowly, having expected her answer. His hands slid down her arms. He grasped her wrists in one hand and moved them to her back. The sound of rattling metal broke the silence.

Her face registered mild confusion when he closed the handcuffs.

“What…what are you doing?” she asked in rising incredulity when he leaned back into his seat. She twisted around, her eyes widening further when she realized that she was truly bound. “Are you arresting me?”

Shane shook his head once. “I’m doing what I should have done thirteen and a half years ago. I’m taking you away so you don’t damage yourself any more than you already have.”

“That’s…that’s ridiculous,” she exclaimed shrilly. “That’s kidnapping!”

He shrugged. “Call it what you like. I need the truth from you Laura, and I’m going to get it. I’ve seen how you respond to me. If Huey Mays had the ability to get you to do whatever he wanted, I believe I can do the same. In fact, I think I can do better than he did at getting you to submit to my demands.”

She went completely still. “You can’t be serious.”

“I’m serious all right. You’re going away with me for a few days and I’m going to plumb the depths of your honesty,” he nodded grimly to her lap, “and you’re going to discover the wisdom in telling me the truth about Huey.”

“I can’t believe this,” she muttered slowly, clearly flattened by his actions. Just as he’d suspected, this had been the last thing she’d expected. Shane was still a little amazed himself at what he was doing, but that didn’t deter him.

Something told him this was precisely the right thing to do. He knew he was breaking the law… was perfectly cognizant of the fact that he may go to jail for what he was doing.

But there was a higher law at work when it came to the issue of Laura. He needed to get her away, isolate her from whatever was influencing her. She’d been thrown back into his life again. He was convinced she was in danger because of something she knew. He would not let her go again without a fight.

Not this time.

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Summer is Here!
Monday, May 25th, 2009

For me, Memorial Day weekend always meant the beginning of summer. The pool opened that weekend. Back then, we had finished school by Memorial Day. I remember hot days and playing outdoor games with the neighborhood kids on summer nights…the feeling of the cool grass and a friend’s parent’s voice calling out for her to come home in the distance…

Oh, and when I was really little, I loved to run through the sprinkler. 🙂

Nowadays I glory in coming home from work when the sun is still bright and waking up to the same. I think of my deck, flowers, flips flops and cooking out.

What kind of things do you think of when summer comes…both as a kid and an adult? Any particular thing your kids get super excited about?

Snippet Saturday and How Are You All Doing?
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009


Hi all! Busy day at work, so I’m sorry I haven’t yet posted who is participating in Snippet Saturday.




The theme that these fabulous authors are posting about is a “Defining Moment.” Should be interesting to see what the various writers do with that theme.

So go and check them out! You will find additional links at the end of each post.

I hope everyone is doing well!

Snippet Saturdays
Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Hey all! I wanted to tell you about a cool communal author blog feature starting on May 23 called Snippet Saturdays. snippet-saturday

This is a Saturday event that a whole bunch of authors are taking part in. You can check here every Saturday and find out who is posting fabulous snippets on their blogs; themed snippets like “first kiss” “first touch” “fight scene,” “characterization” or “prologue.” Some awesome authors are participating. I think the idea is original, creative and fun.

I’m not participating in every one, but if you check here on Saturday morning, you can get a starting point for the ‘trail’ of themed blogs. Starting May 23 stop by and see who has themed snippets going on their blog. At the end of each entry, you will see links to authors who also put up snippets on their blogs with similar themes. (It’s a follow the bread crumb scenario…or pub crawl for authors and readers. lol.)

Even with your favorite authors, you might see cool things like outtake snippets (portions that have been removed from books that you know and love.) It’s a great way to celebrate your faves and discover new authors.

So see you here next Saturday!


The final cut
Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Well, we didn’t get many votes for Hope. It was two for Emma and two for Anne (I would voted for Anne, even though the nomination of Emily was awesome) so I threw in the tiebreaker. Here are our Ryan and Hope for the movie version of Daring Time.

And We Cannot Forget Hope
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Continuing with the ‘just for fun’ topic we began yesterday of choosing the actors to play Ryan Daire (see below) and Hope Stillwater for our fantasy movie version of Daring Time…

This is a tough one for me, because I really can’t picture anyone who is ‘perfect’ for Hope Stillwater. Hope has dark, curling hair, delicate features and dark, expressive eyes. She’s spunky and full of life, thus the nominations for

Kate Winslet

Drew Barrymore (We’d need to do wigs for these ladies.) 🙂

Emily Rossum (Below) Good one, Mari!

and Anne Hathaway
I even found one of her in a linen nightgown from Becoming Jane.
Can you think of another likely candidate? If so, let me know and I’ll put her up!

Put in your vote for the man you would cast for Ryan Daire from Daring Time
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Okay, just for fun.
Mary made a joke about Daring Time making a good movie, so I said who do you think would be good to play Ryan Daire? (He’s your basic Irish-American, boxer, vice-cop Alpha male who also just happens to be able to quote Shakespeare.)
Mary said:
Eric Winter

and Fi said Ryan Reynolds

Robin nominates: Gerard Butler


Christian Bale.

Booklover 1335 nominates Dylan McDermott

Yvonne nominates Clive Owen

and Colin FarrellShe peeked over the covers cautiously and stared at the wardrobe.
Why had he been dressed so strangely? His trousers reminded her a little of the thick hickory cloth the men who worked for the railroad wore, but the man’s in the mirror had been uniformly dyed indigo blue. She would have assumed those pants marked him as some sort of laborer if it weren’t for the short coat he wore made completely of sleek, supple leather.
He’d been so large—not fat, if anything his hips had been trim and narrow—just big. Taller than any man she’d ever seen, with wide shoulders and long thighs the size of a sturdy young tree trunk. She blushed as she recalled how well those blue hickory cloth pants fit those strong thighs. He’d worn an unusual sort of beard that reminded her of the kind she’d glimpsed on Chinese men. It’d been as dark as his hair, short and well-trimmed.
Who—or what—in God’s name had he been?
If everything about him seemed strange and exotic, his eyes had struck her as wholly familiar. They’d been a singular greenish-blue hue that brought to mind the color of the Mediterranean Sea on a crystalline day. He’d clearly been shocked to see her, just as she was him, but when he’d glanced down over her ever so briefly something else had flashed into those compelling eyes; something even more exciting than the illicit thrill of seeing herself in a Marlborough gown.

Daring Time Article
Monday, May 11th, 2009

Hi all! Here’s an article I wrote recently about Daring Time for Berkley that I thought you might enjoy.

I’m here to tell you a bit about my newest Berkley release, an erotic romance/time-travel called Daring Time. For me, this story calls to mind a whole host of images of a bygone era of grace, elegance and pure romance. Daring Time was inspired by my love of my hometown—Chicago—and the history of this progressive city, most especially the Prairie Avenue District.


They called it “the sunny street of the sifted few.”

From the moment I visited this historic neighborhood just south of the Loop in downtown Chicago I was transported to another time and place. This is the famous avenue where self-made men and barons of industry lived shoulder to shoulder with retail giants like Marshall Field and Joseph Sears.

It was a street where late Victorian sedateness mixed together marvelously with unapologetic ostentation and neighborly one-upsmanship in regard to the grandeur of the family residence. On South Prairie Avenue the scientific marvels of the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893 were first put on proud display and mansions were installed with electricity. Lavish events such as the Mikado Ball (Marshall Field’s mansion was transformed into a Japanese Village) commemorated an emerging American awareness of its place in the international amphitheatre.

But this was also an era of growing social responsibility for the poor and unrepresented, a time period that saw vicious labor union and workers’ rights disputes and the creation of Jane Addams Hull House and the field of American social work. My heroine is a proud soldier of social reform. I could almost envision Hope marching down Prairie Avenue, intent on saving the world one person at a time.

I have a favorite scene in Daring Time where my early twentieth century heroine’s father asks her to show him how she saw them dance in the year 2008 at a charity event to the Frank Sinatra classic Fly Me to the Moon. For me, it represents all of the glamour of not only the era, but of the genre of time travel itself. Here’s a snippet.

She obligingly walked several feet into the enormous ballroom while her father sat down at the table. She closed her eyes, perfectly imagining Gail and Ramiro moving in tandem to the unusual, exciting music. She positioned her hands, picturing herself touching Ryan’s broad shoulder while his big hand spread at the back of her waist. She began to softly hum a tune while she swayed to the music, occasionally inserting remembered lyrics.
Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars, da da da ta da, ta da on Jupiter and Mars…
The train of her blue satin gown and her petticoats swished behind her as she circled the ballroom floor in her solitary dance.

Like Prairie Avenue itself, Daring Time mixes together flagrant, lush sensuality with pure, unadulterated romance. I hope you enjoy it.


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And the Winner of Larissas Contest Is
Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Congratulations, Alix! Write me at bethkery@aol.com within 48 hours and I’ll forward your information onto Larissa.

Sorry I took so long to announce the winner today…long day at work.

Well, I think this is the end of the Daring Time Contest. Sigh. I hope you guys enjoyed yourself as much as I did. I’m a little sad at closing things up, but the nice thing is…
Sweet Restraint is coming out July 7. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Larissa Ione!
Friday, May 8th, 2009

Mega-talented USA Today and NY Times bestselling author Larissa Ione is here today! What a perfect author to help us wind-down the Daring Time Contest with a touch of class. She’s talking about her latest Passion Unleashed (among other things…like tatoos) and doing a giveaway of Passion Unleashed
And a demon duckie!
Now this particular give away is going to be for US residents only, as Larissa is in the midst of a move and it’s difficult for her to get to the post office at this time. (Yep, authors get smacked by stress as much as anybody.)

So let’s show Larissa some love. 🙂


Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter—and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she’s been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn’t all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she’s finally met the one man she cannot resist.

Fatal Desires…

Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe—her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions, and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: he’s falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.

****A USA Today and New York Times bestseller!
Order Passion Unleashed here.

Larissa’s Interview

BK: Wow, that last line on the blurb gives me shivers. Thank you for joining us, Larissa!

LI: Thank you for having me!

BK: What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing?

LI: TV. Definitely the TV. I have to turn the thing off and keep it off, or my writing really suffers. Also, my husband is a HUGE distraction! He likes to turn on the TV, sit beside me, and flip through the channels. Constantly. I love the guy, but sometimes I wish HE had a remote control! *g*

BK: LOL. How interesting that your downfall (besides hubby, of course) is good, old-fashioned TV. What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?

LI: I’m currently working on the fourth book in the Demonica series, Ecstasy Unveiled. It is scheduled for release in Feb 2010, and I can’t wait! The hero, Lore, was introduced in Passion Unleashed, the third book…and he’s a big, bad assassin who suddenly has an angel on his shoulder and no idea how to deal with it. *g*

As far as upcoming releases, I have an entry in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2, which comes out at the end of September. The story in it is very loosely tied to the Demonica world, and features a demon slayer heroine who is faced with having to slay the man she loves.

For more information on these two books (including an excerpt of Ecstasy Unveiled,) click here.

I’m also working on revisions for the 5th Sydney Croft (my pen name with author Stephanie Tyler called Tempting The Fire. We’re looking at a summer 2010 release date for this erotic sci-fi adventure!

LI: What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or a book? The best compliment has to be when people send me pictures of their Demonica tattoos! I mean, how cool is it that people love the books and the caduceus (medical symbol on the front covers) enough to have the symbol permanently inked on their bodies? I got the tattoo myself, I have to admit!

BK: All right, that just might be one of the most amazing compliments I’ve heard during the Daring Time contest. Extremely cool. If you could time travel to any time or place—the past or future—where and when would you go to, and why?

BK: I would visit medieval England ““ not to live, but to observe. I’ve been fascinated with the medieval world for years, and I’d really, really like to see it. Though I’d love to visit the future too. If I had to pick…I honestly don’t know which I’d choose! Medieval days, or maybe 100 years into the future. Tough choice!

Thank you so much for having me, Beth! You’re awesome!

BK: You rock, Larissa!

Learn more about Larissa here.
Learn more about Sydney Croft here.

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