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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. CARRIE BERNARD
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:24 am · Link

    YES,YES, YES. It was in high school & now that I am older, I am so glad we stayed just friends:-).



  2. Elizabeth
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:25 am · Link

    Yes i have, but he doesn’t know so we are just friends. At least untill i actually get the guts to tell him



  3. kris gilson
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:25 am · Link

    of course!



  4. Louise
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:25 am · Link

    YES! I ended up marrying him and we now have 3 children <3



  5. blodeuedd
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:26 am · Link

    Do I have to confess to that, lol, yes I have been. But then it was really complicated. What a mess



  6. Carlyn McKechnie
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:31 am · Link

    I was friends with a guy until one night I had one drink too many and told him how I felt.
    We have been together for seven years now and have 2 beautiful little girls!
    God bless wine! 🙂



  7. Natasha A.
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:36 am · Link

    Yes. *sigh* And to him I was only ever a friend….



  8. CrystalGB
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:36 am · Link

    Yes, I was friends with a guy who I had a big crush on and he treated me like one of the guys. 🙁



  9. Margie Hager
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 7:38 am · Link

    I sure have and I married him 39 years ago! So far we have been living happily ever after!!!



  10. Tracie Trump
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:04 am · Link

    Yes an ex’s Best friend! tracietrump@yahoo.com



  11. Junegirl63
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:05 am · Link

    To be completely honest….No…I guess that I’ve been unlucky in that regard…lol…I’m not sure why I’ve never had the “hots” for just a friend but I haven’t…..not even in high school….but it’s a good question!



  12. Erika W
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:10 am · Link

    Yes, my husband! We knew each other in high school since freshmen year!



  13. gigi
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:12 am · Link

    Yes, and no I did not end up ever dating him. That’s Ok I got my husband instead 😉

    You wanted us to distract you how about some singing…lol I will leave the singing to you, you are much better at it.

    Gigi



  14. Nancy Gilliland
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:13 am · Link

    Yes, back in college, but he only thought of me as a study partner *sigh*. We lost touch after graduation, although I do see his two brothers on television all the time 😕



  15. Antonia Pearce
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:14 am · Link

    Oh, yeah! He was my “pal” and I also totally loved him. I thought he hated me. Wrong. Long story short…we were together for a while, a very memorable while, but it didn’t work out. I guess sometimes love is not enough. He’s happily married now with two kids. 🙂 Maybe if we’d been in magical Sedona…? 😉



  16. Tina b
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:14 am · Link

    In high school I did. He happened to be my best friend but didnt want more than friendship…dang I sure did lol :mrgreen:



  17. Stephanie M
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:16 am · Link

    No. I have guy friends, but we all have our own relationships.



  18. Maranda Melton
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:19 am · Link

    Yes, I have. I loved my brother’s best friend for 13 years. After my brother was killed and I went off to college the best friend and I dated a couple of times. We both decided it was best to stay friends instead. 😉



  19. Mai
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:30 am · Link

    Yes I have! Didn’t realize it at the time, but I really really liked my best friend. Took me going to college to realize it, but I did. 😉



  20. Tracey D
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:37 am · Link

    Yes, I did, while in college. Apparently, he had the hots for me, too, but never said a word!

    I must add that I just love your book covers; they are wonderful.

    Thanks!



  21. Theresa M
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:48 am · Link

    Yes!! And now he’s my best friend and boy friend!!



  22. Robin Snodgrass
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:49 am · Link

    I have to answer YES to that question. He was one of my closest friends in high school. He was my “pooh bear” – such a sweet cutie. Eventually, we even went out a couple of times but it never went anywhere and he wound up marrying a mutual friend. Still love him to death though.

    Great excerpt and since it leaves the reader wanting more, it definitely does it’s job!! And, I love the cover – very sulty and sexy.



  23. danni
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:50 am · Link

    No I’ve never had the hots for a friend.



  24. Elise Teunis
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:13 am · Link

    Yes I did, sadly we tried to make a go of it and realized we were better friends



  25. Heather D
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:17 am · Link

    Yes! not only was he a friend of mine but he was my brother’s best friend and therefore completely off limits. We played with the idea of dating several times, but I would always go back to two things…you are my best friend and before my brother died he said you were off limits. I did end up losing him as a friend through the remaining years of HS because he hated the guy I did end up dating. We talk every now and again after finding each other on facebook. Its funny because his personality is just like my husbands and mine is just like his wife’s.

    Great excerpt! I look forward to reading Three Sinful Wishes.



  26. JeanP
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:19 am · Link

    Yes, but it was never acted on , which was probably for the best.



  27. Stacy Wilson
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:26 am · Link

    Yes, I have.

    He and I dated senior year in high school. Discovered we were tooooooooooooo much alike, so we ended up as “friends with benefits”. That lasted, off and on, until I had my blind date with my hubby. Hubby and I just celebrated 23 years Sunday. 😉

    Stacy

    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com



  28. Jen X
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:28 am · Link

    Yes, I have.

    He ended up becoming my HS & College sweetheart.



  29. Leagh Christensen
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:39 am · Link

    My husband started out as my best friend and the two guys I dated prior to him were really good friends. With both the guys prior, things didn’t work out and we are still really good friends 🙂 My husband and I just clicked and have been together for 13 yrs now 😀



  30. Cybercliper
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:43 am · Link

    Oh yes I have and I thank the fates that it was just a passing fancy. Friendship works well and anything beyond that would have been a diaster! Course, I see that now but back then it was definitely a thought!



  31. Chele Blades
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:48 am · Link

    yes i did …back in 8th grade…use to tease him to no end then freshman year I dated his brother so he never really hang out with me again after that!!! mistakes mistakes the one who got away



  32. BLACKROZE37@YAHOO.COM
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:49 am · Link

    yea and it really sux . he never thought i was more than a friend though, lol usually it is differnt, .. guys are so blind 😥



  33. Joder
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:54 am · Link

    I definitely have. It was in high school and I definitely regret not acting on it.



  34. Becky W
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 9:57 am · Link

    Great excerpt. I really like the sound of this book.

    Yes, I have. It was in high school.



  35. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:01 am · Link

    I’m not entering, but I know who your friend was that you had the hots for-just sayin’…*G*



  36. Aubrey
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:16 am · Link

    I guess I am going to have to be the sole lady here that hasn’t!! lol!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com



  37. Gabrielle J.
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:25 am · Link

    I unfortunately have never had any really close guy friends that I had the the hots for. I’d always hoped that I meet a guy we’d become really good friends and then maybe it would go a little further then that; but that hasn’t happened yet.

    I had one friend that we talk about relationships and stuff, but we just stayed friends up until he moved. This was in Jr. High I think.

    *Sigh.* 😐

    kakuchouakisame_19(at)yahoo(dot)com



  38. Lori McPhetridge
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:44 am · Link

    No not yet. But I do want to say how much I like your books



  39. June M.
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:46 am · Link

    Oh yeah! I was too afraid to ruin the friendship though. If I had known that the friendship would drift apart anyway through the years, I would have done things differently.



  40. Amelia
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 11:01 am · Link

    I had a friend whom I wanted to be more than a friend, but he wasn’t interested.



  41. Dawn
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 11:10 am · Link

    Oh yes I had a very close friend I had the hots for 2 in fact 😉 one was my first girl crush and the other was my best guy friend. We were so close we would sleep in the same bed and everything but nothing ever happened. Think it was for best though we were better friends then we would’ve been lovers. Xoxoxox



  42. elaing8
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 11:14 am · Link

    Yes,I have had the hots for a friend.And acted on it 😀
    Thanks for sharing the first chapter,i can’t wait to read the rest.



  43. DaphnieW
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 11:36 am · Link

    Yes I did, but I never told him, because he had a habit of going through women like tissues. But he sure was pretty, sigh.



  44. Jeanette Juan
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Definitely yes and I could never really do anything about it because he had a girlfriend 😛



  45. Nikki Barrett
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Well, actually, yes. I was friends with my husband for six years before we ended up together. When we first met we were both in other relationships, and then when he was going through a divorce he turned to me as a friend and awhile after the divorce we told each other our feelings for each other, and now we are married. Celebrating our first wedding anniversary this Thursday, actually. And we have a two year old son.



  46. Rabid
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 12:55 pm · Link

    Can anyone honestly say no to a question like that if they’re the least bit sociable? Of course, yes. Shamefully, embarrassingly yes. 🙂



  47. Susan C
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 1:12 pm · Link

    Yes. We met when I was in a car accident and he was on the ambulance crew! He would stop in and visit me while I was in the hospital and we became very good friends. I had a huge crush on him. Sadly he died from cancer before we could try to go beyond friendship. I miss him so much. 😥



  48. StacieDM
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 1:13 pm · Link

    In college I was head over heels in love with my friend but he never knew. At least I think he didn’t know. I haven’t seen him in decades.



  49. Susan R
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Yes – I have had a few friends who developed into more – sometimes being good friends first really helps!

    susanmik AT gmail DOT com



  50. Cathy M
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      · May 31st, 2011 at 1:41 pm · Link

    You bet, love that tingly feeling and that extra spark of awareness. Never acted on it though, since I’ve been happily married for about a hundred years now, lol.







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