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Juniper Bell and a Giveaway!
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Once upon a time I wrote a book called “Training the Receptionist”. I was in a strange mood at the time–a kind of bratty, thumb-your-nose-at-the-world mood. I’d never written in first person before, but this book insisted on it. Seriously, it bugged me until I gave in and wrote the whole story from my heroine’s point of view.

And wow, did she have a point of view! Sassy, full of attitude, quick with a wisecrack … but also deeply vulnerable and in need of love and respect. She kept things lively as she went through a very naughty “training” period with her sexy boss, Simon Dirk.

I loved this character, and readers seemed to as well. But she wasn’t satisfied with one book … oh no! Not my Dana. So here I go again, letting her tell another story, this one called Restraining the Receptionist. At the end of the first book, the firm’s senior partner, Ethan Cowell, entered the picture. So now she’s got two sexy bosses to contend with. This time, the mysterious Ethan Cowell takes the spotlight. Dana has her hands full, which is just how she likes it.

Two books later, I still shake my head at this character. Dana and I couldn’t be more different, yet when I sit down to write these books, she’s there. Stubborn, snarky, sexy, a woman who’s not afraid of her desires. I’m honestly not sure where she came from. Perhaps I should consult a therapist. 😉

In the meantime, she’s fun to write and I hope you find her fun to read. Here’s the blurb and an excerpt from “Restraining the Receptionist”, coming June 14 from Samhain Publishing. And thanks so much to Beth Kery for including me in her celebration of her upcoming release, “Addicted to You”.

Every deal has a loophole.

…the Receptionist, Book 2

Dana Arthur’s new job with the firm of Cowell & Dirk is going well. Translation: the occasionally kinky ménage with her two bosses, Ethan and Simon, has been several months of politically incorrect bliss.

Except the relationship feels unbalanced. While Ethan is the undisputed master, the partners’ iron-clad agreement stipulates that Simon must be present as she performs her “duties”. And she senses there’s a subtle, powerful tug-of-war developing for more than just her body.

Simon had agreed to share the firm’s fiery, sensually daring receptionist…to a point. With Simon out of town, Ethan plans a feast of erotic temptations designed to have Dana begging him to break the deal. He didn’t realize his heart would be a casualty.

Once she surrenders to his wicked demands, Dana realizes there’s no going back. It’s time for a three-way renegotiation…this time, all or nothing.

Product Warnings
NSFW!! Do Not Try This at Your Job. Contains highly inappropriate workplace behavior including m/f/m, m/m, bondage, creative use of office space and a high-stakes trip to Atlantic City.

…the Receptionist, Book 2

Enjoy the following ADULT excerpt for Restraining the Receptionist:

My unpredictable number one boss showed up in a new mood the next day. I’d never seen him light-hearted before. Now that I had an idea about his history, not a big surprise. But that’s exactly how he seemed when he breezed into the office. He wore casual clothes, blue jeans and a light blue open-collared shirt that made his eyes look like summer without the smog.
“I’ve got no pesky clients today, luv,” he told me, without pausing by my desk to check my outfit, which he usually did. “I’d like you to order us a picnic lunch.”
“Picnic. You have those in America, right? Or are they banned in the great state of New York?”
“We have them, but you can’t even spread out a blanket without kicking aside a stray used needle or two.” As soon as I said it I remembered the heroin. “I…I’m sorry,” I stammered.
But my thoughtless reference didn’t make him miss a beat. “A little local color will add to the experience, I’m sure. Handle the details and we’ll go around noon.”
Did a picnic violate the terms of our deal? Ethan and I would be doing something outside of work, just the two of us, something intimate. Almost like a date. But he hadn’t suggested anything physical. It was lunch. We both had to eat, right? It seemed perfectly harmless.
Since I was working from the company petty cash fund, I called up the neighborhood yuppie café where they served giant organic sandwiches. On my budget, I would have gone for a Subway footlong. But Ethan would no doubt demand something better.
We held our picnic on a concrete bench in a sweltering park a few blocks away from the office. Dog walkers and stroller-pushers, listless from the heat, wandered by now and then, but otherwise we were alone. The humid heat pressed on us like a steam iron. My hair stuck to my cheeks as I bit into my upscale sandwich.
Ethan didn’t comment on the slabs of free-range chicken that had probably been hand-raised and read bedtime stories before being slaughtered and inserted into a sandwich. He did remove the unruly mound of bean sprouts and toss it to a nearby pigeon. The pigeon pecked at the stuff, clucked scornfully and waddled the other direction.
I couldn’t help giggling at Ethan’s wounded expression. “I wouldn’t take it personally,” I told him. “He’s a New York pigeon. He’s used to eating dog crap.”
He chuckled. “Have you lived here your whole life, Dana?”
The sheer ordinariness of the question unnerved me. “Well, except for that semester abroad in Paris, and the year I spent in Fiji with the Peace Corps. I’m joking,” I added, when he didn’t laugh.
“Oh. Well, I’m certainly familiar with your sense of humor, but I confess I don’t understand the joke. You could have done those things.”
I let out a spurt of laughter that startled the pigeon. “I had other things to do.”
“Like what?”
“Like dodge my father’s fists after a drinking binge.”
“Ah.” Ethan didn’t show sympathy or disapproval or anything else. He chewed on his stack of multi-grain goodness. “And your mother?”
“No clue. My father always said she ran away, but for all I know he has her body dismembered in a freezer somewhere.”
That earned me a sharp taste of Blue Fury.
“I’m kidding. I have a dark sense of humor. My father’s not that bad. And my stepmother would have gone for poison instead.”
A crack of laughter from Ethan. “You really are something, you know that? You fascinate me.”
I filled my mouth with sandwich so I didn’t have to answer that. I was very much afraid the fascination was mutual. We settled into a munching, digesting kind of silence. He had one ankle crossed over the opposite knee, and occasionally his bent leg would brush against mine. Every time it happened, a little jolt of awareness zinged straight to my groin. Did he know it was happening? Was he doing it deliberately?
“Your knee keeps touching me.”
“Does it?” He didn’t move away.
“That’s against the rules.”
“So sorry.” But he didn’t look sorry. He looked entirely unconcerned, even though he moved his knee away. “One of these days we must write these rules down. For instance, is all physical contact forbidden while Simon is away, or only that of a sexual nature?”
Lord, why did he have to say “sexual” with that spark in his eyes and that slant of his eyebrow? It wasn’t fair, damn it.
“Another example. I’ve been longing to tell you how delicious you look today and how the shadow of your nipples through the fabric of your blouse keeps drawing my eyes. But is verbal praise also off-limits, since I’d be unable to keep it G-rated, I’m afraid?”
“You can’t see my nipples through my blouse!” I looked down to make sure.
“Oh, yes, I can. I know what they’re doing right now. They’re just beginning to stir to life. You’re probably feeling a pleasant prickling as they become engorged. I’ve realized something about you, you know. The sound of my voice has a powerful effect on you.”
So right he was. I tried to block out his voice. Might as well try to stop the Hudson River.
“In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I could bring you to orgasm just with my voice. I wouldn’t have to touch you at all. All I’d have to do is tell you what I wanted to do to you. I’d tell you how much I want to bend you over this bench and take you in the open air. Or how much I’d like to tie you to that birch tree over there, open your blouse and bring you to orgasm with my fist up your cunt. Sure, someone might see. For instance, those three fellows playing Frisbee over there. It’s entirely possible they’d start to notice when I tied your hands behind the tree and ripped off your blouse. Maybe they’d even come running to your rescue.”
His gravelly voice hypnotized me so I could practically picture the scene. My body melted into a shivery puddle of craving.
“And then, of course, I’d have no choice but to invite them to join us, either as witnesses or participants. They look like red-blooded, able-bodied, clean-cut gentlemen, nothing to fear. I’d have to convince them you were willing. More than willing. Eager. I’d have to show them how wet you already were, just from having your breasts exposed. You like being exposed, don’t you?”
“Stop,” I murmured. This was going into an area we’d never touched. Other men had had no place in our games so far.
As soon as I told him to stop, he did. And as soon as he did, I wanted him to start again. After all, what was the harm? He was going there in imagination only.
“Well…” I cleared my throat. “Would you let them touch my breasts?”
“I’d give them a chance, see how they behaved. Not just anyone gets to touch my Dana. Our Dana, I should say.”
I winced at the reminder of the absent Simon. But I was too caught up in Ethan’s hypothetical scenario to be bothered for long.
“Our Dana’s luscious nipples deserve nothing other than sweet tender care. Long, lingering suckles. Perhaps a man to each nipple, and one to jerk himself off as he watches. That should get you started, I’d say. You’d be making those adorable little whimpering sounds. But perhaps I’d begin to sense that you want more, that you need the grip of cold metal on your flesh.”
The image made my belly clench with need. My nipples were as hard as the bench we sat on. I thought I would suffocate if this went on much longer. I turned a pleading look on him. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of nipple clamps.
This was way over the line, totally against our rules, but I banished that thought from my mind. I nodded, biting my lip. I didn’t care who watched as he reached inside my blouse and fastened the silver clips to my nipples. The sweet pain of it made me sag against him and sigh. Exquisite relief flooded me. I leaned against him as if he were a boulder. When I looked down, the clips were clearly visible through my blouse. But I didn’t care. Ethan would take care of me.

Find out more about Restraining the Receptionist here!

Juniper is generously offering a $10 Amazon gift card to one commenter on her guest blog! And if you haven’t yet entered the Addicted to You Contest for a free Kindle, do so now just above this guest post!

57 comments to “Juniper Bell and a Giveaway!”

  1. CrystalGB
      · May 25th, 2011 at 8:01 am · Link

    Hi Juniper. Your book sounds great. Love the cover.

  2. Ivelisse
      · May 25th, 2011 at 8:12 am · Link

    Hi Juniper!! I have Training the Receptionist on my very long TBR pile, had to get this book because the title reminded me of that movie “Secretary”.

    Congrats on your upcoming release!

  3. Ericka S
      · May 25th, 2011 at 8:24 am · Link

    WOW!! thats all i can say is just WOW

  4. Amelia
      · May 25th, 2011 at 8:38 am · Link

    Wow! Enjoyed the excerpt!

  5. StacieDM
      · May 25th, 2011 at 9:05 am · Link

    OMG Juniper! Great excerpt. I’ve had several receptionist/assistant jobs in my past and none of them have been that exciting! LOL

  6. Robin Snodgrass
      · May 25th, 2011 at 9:05 am · Link

    Dayum! That was hot and sexy as all hell. Definitely one that I must read! Great choice of excerpt!!!

  7. Maureen
      · May 25th, 2011 at 9:11 am · Link

    Dana is an amazing character.

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 9:18 am · Link

      Hi Crystal, thanks for stopping by! I adore the cover too. 😉

      Ivelisse, I can’t wait until it’s my turn on your TBR list! I want to know what you think.

      Ericka, LOL, I hope that was a good “Wow”!

  8. Juniper Bell
      · May 25th, 2011 at 9:20 am · Link

    Amelia – thank you so much!

    Stacie – I’m with you, I’ve had office jobs but nothing like Dana’s, LOL!

    Robin – So glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

    Maureen – I love hearing you say that! Dana is very dear to me.

  9. Lea
      · May 25th, 2011 at 9:38 am · Link

    Hi Juniper:

    Thank you for the generous giveaway opportunity and wonderful post + steamy excerpt.

    After reading “Doll” and loving it I actually downloaded “Training The Receptionist” and have it waiting on my e-reader. You have certainly piqued my curiosity about Dana and I’ll have to move it up the que to read soon. I’ll definitely download “Restraining the Receptionist” when released.

    Thanks again! 😀

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:16 pm · Link

      Lea – You read Doll, thank you! I hope you enjoy the Receptionist books too, when it’s their turn on your TBR. (I know how that goes!)

  10. Junegirl63
      · May 25th, 2011 at 9:38 am · Link

    Can’t wait for this to come out! Love the cover and the blurb

    Thanks for the contest!

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:18 pm · Link

      Thanks, JuneGirl! I can’t wait either, tee-hee.

  11. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
      · May 25th, 2011 at 9:55 am · Link

    Whew! Hot excerpt! Someone said earlier it reminded her of the movie ‘Secretary’-one of my favorites and this makes me think of that movie, too.
    I *love* writing in 1st person-and reading it when it’s done well, which this definitely is! Loved it!
    Eden/Eve 🙂

    • Ivelisse
        · May 25th, 2011 at 11:35 am · Link

      Eden/Eve – that movie always reminds me of you don’t know why lol

      • Juniper Bell
          · May 25th, 2011 at 7:20 pm · Link

        Eden/Eve — Wow, thanks for the kind words from one of my idols! And yeah, I loved Secretary. James Spader and Maggie Gylenhall rocked those characters, I love them forever for it.

        And Ivelisse, I do see what you mean about our Eden! Hmmm…

  12. Becca Dale
      · May 25th, 2011 at 9:55 am · Link

    Wow, I know almost everyone has said that – but seriously – Wow. This is hot. Congrats on your upcoming release. 🙂

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:21 pm · Link

      Thank you very much, Becca!

  13. Stephanie M
      · May 25th, 2011 at 10:04 am · Link

    This looks great and something I will definitely be adding to my TBR list.

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:21 pm · Link

      I hope you enjoy it, Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Dawn
      · May 25th, 2011 at 11:00 am · Link

    Juniper you know I loved the first book and I’ve been dying for this book 🙂 I have read all your books and I will be waiting up for this book on June 14th so I can know what’s going happen. lots of luv and congrats on the new contract!! Xoxoxox 😀

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:23 pm · Link

      Dawn …. pssst … hot tip because I love you … Friday’s my birthday and I’m going to give away an ARC of Restraining at the Nine Naughty Novelists blog. I know you’ve been waiting, so hey … come on by!

  15. gigi
      · May 25th, 2011 at 11:03 am · Link

    Hi Juniper!

    Love, love, love Training the Receptionist and can’t wait for more Dana and the boys 😉

    Ive, sister move the book up on the pile!


    • Ivelisse
        · May 25th, 2011 at 11:36 am · Link

      Yes ma’am as soon as i finish studying for this awful test, this will be my treat 🙂

      • Juniper Bell
          · May 25th, 2011 at 7:24 pm · Link

        LOL Gigi! You tell her!

  16. Fedora
      · May 25th, 2011 at 11:38 am · Link

    LOL, Juniper! Love the warning 😉 And am thrilled that we’re getting more of this hot office story 😀 No office I’ve ever worked in has had such a steamy side… (or maybe it just hasn’t been revealed to me…)

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:24 pm · Link

      That’s right, Fedora, who knows what happens after everyone goes home and the night crew comes in … mwah-hah-ha!

  17. Chele Blades
      · May 25th, 2011 at 11:41 am · Link

    I have “Training the Receptionist” in my TBR…i think i am behind now…love the excert to this one…must have too


    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:25 pm · Link

      No worries, Chele, you can read them both at once, LOL! I hope you enjoy!

  18. Becky W
      · May 25th, 2011 at 12:00 pm · Link

    Loved the excerpt. Juniper, you are a new author to me, so I will have to get this one plus get “Training the Receptionist”.

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:26 pm · Link

      Hi Becky! Nice to meet you. I sure hope you enjoy them!

  19. Cathy M
      · May 25th, 2011 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I already love Dana, and Ethan is just…wow, lol. Can’t wait to read the rest of their story.

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:28 pm · Link

      Hi Cathy – yeah, that’s my opinion too .. Ethan is very “wow.” He knows just how far to push things, LOL!

  20. Jane
      · May 25th, 2011 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Juniper. Love the NSFW warning.

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:29 pm · Link

      Thanks Jane! Those warnings are always fun to write.

  21. jennifer mathis
      · May 25th, 2011 at 1:29 pm · Link

    on my tbr stack . Hoping to get to it this weekend , could have been sooner but schools out here and these kids think i need to do the mommy thing ( sheesh )


    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:31 pm · Link

      Jennifer – Okay, fine, kids come first. Or so they think, LOL. Good luck with the mommy thing!

  22. Joder
      · May 25th, 2011 at 1:30 pm · Link

    I LOVE steamy reads and can always count on you to deliver some amazing stuff. The new book sounds great!

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:32 pm · Link

      Wow, thanks Joder, what a great compliment!

  23. Nikki Barrett
      · May 25th, 2011 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Wow….HOT!! That’s all I have to say, lol.

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:38 pm · Link

      LOL Nikki! Works for me.

  24. Christine
      · May 25th, 2011 at 3:23 pm · Link

    I loved training the receptionist. Its not the type of story I normally like. I’m not a huge fan of first person stories (but I don’t rule them out, just not my first choice) and the premise of the story seem kind of unbelieveable to me. But on the recommendation of a friend, who I really trust to know a good book, I picked up training the receptionist.

    I was blown away. I loved the characters, especially Dana. The way the story came together was completely believeable and made sense. I was never pulled out of the story by the point of view or the themes. I was hardly pulled away from necessities like bathroom breaks. I read it cover to cover.

    My only disappointment was that it took so long for the second book to come out 😛 I will definitely be picking this book up once it comes out. I can hardly wait. I’d wish you luck with the book Juniper, but I know you don’t need it. I’m sure it will be a hit.

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:36 pm · Link

      Thank you so, so much, Christine! I’m glad you gave the book a chance even though it wouldn’t have been your first choice. And I hope you like this one too! I deeply apologize for the delay in bringing out the second one, LOL. I had no idea anyone would want a book two, so I got behind. I promise to be more on top of things!

  25. Chelsea B.
      · May 25th, 2011 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing about your books, Juniper! And hey, if you keep giving us great books, I think we can leave the therapist out of it 😉

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:36 pm · Link

      Oh whew, I can skip the therapist and stick to my computer. I like that much better! Thanks, Chelsea!

  26. elaing8
      · May 25th, 2011 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing that great excerpt.
    I can’t wait to read the rest.

    • Juniper Bell
        · May 25th, 2011 at 7:37 pm · Link

      Thanks, Elaine!!

  27. Diane Sadler
      · May 25th, 2011 at 8:46 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading blurbs on books I haven’t yet read!

  28. JoAnna B
      · May 25th, 2011 at 7:50 pm · Link

    Wow, great excerpt.
    Adding to my TBB list.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  29. Rabid Fox
      · May 26th, 2011 at 7:52 am · Link

    Yeah, that cover is very enticing. Best of luck with the new release. I may just have to look up the first in the series sometime.

  30. ClaudiaGC
      · May 26th, 2011 at 11:52 am · Link

    Love the excerpt and the cover! I will have to the book to my tbr pile!

    • ClaudiaGC
        · May 26th, 2011 at 11:53 am · Link

      Forgot the little word “add” there. 🙂

  31. Jeanette Juan
      · May 26th, 2011 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Loved the first book and so excited to read this next one!

  32. Lisa B
      · May 26th, 2011 at 9:06 pm · Link

    love the cover and the excerpt. Wow ! HOT! lol

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

  33. Jessica C.
      · May 26th, 2011 at 9:32 pm · Link

    This sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  34. Betty Lewis
      · May 28th, 2011 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Thanks for the chance to win!!


  35. Jen B.
      · June 1st, 2011 at 2:08 pm · Link

    I think this book sounds really interesting. I have seen it a couple of places on the web. It’s on my wish list.

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