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Kate St. James and a Giveaway of A Little Wild!
Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Please join me in welcoming today’s guest author, Kate St. James. Her book, A Little Wild–a contemporary Red Hot from Samhain just released November 8th! She’s generously giving away a free download of it to one commenter who answers her question below. . Plus, if you haven’t yet entered for the free Kindle Touch 3-G in the Silken Rapture contest, do so here.

Welcome today’s guest author – Kate St. James!

Hi, everyone. I’m excited to be here today participating in Beth’s Silken Rapture contest. To help her celebrate, I’m giving away a digital copy of A LITTLE WILD, which just came out two days ago and is my first single title erotic romance as well as being my first Samhain Publishing release. I’ve previously published three erotic novellas with Red Sage—Kiss Me at Midnight in Secrets 28: SENSUAL CRAVINGS; Exes & Ahhs in Secrets 26: BOUND BY PASSION; and Good Vibrations in Secrets 21: PRIMAL HEAT. Also, my first erotica short, a ménage story called Tea for Three, came out from Ellora’s Cave Exotika Quickies in mid-October. It’s been a busy few weeks!


She wants a piece of his rock. He needs her, rock steady, in his heart.

Tess Sheridan won’t let anything stop her from making partner at a prestigious law firm, especially her notoriously soft heart. The result? She’s a handful of clients away from getting her name on that brass plate. And she hasn’t had sex in over a year.

When her best friend dares her to test-drive her erotic fantasies with a gorgeous stranger, she figures, why not? Loosening the reins will give her inner nympho some well-deserved pampering without jeopardizing her career goals.

Zach Halliday has enjoyed his bad-boy reputation to the fullest, but now it’s time to leave the relative safety of the family corporation and prove he can stand on his own in the business world. That doesn’t mean he’ll pass up an opportunity for some incredible phone sex with the beautiful strawberry blonde he met in a bar.

When business overlaps with the bedroom, Zach sees something special in Tess and is determined to convince her he’s the man she needs, anytime, anyplace. She can backpedal, but come hell or high-climbing-wall, he wants the fascinating, complicated sex bomb in his bed. Over and over again…

In the excerpt, a lead-in to the phone sex scene mentioned in the blurb, Tess is in the bathtub fantasizing about the hot guy she hit on a few days ago. However, Zach, who is often a target of his brother’s practical jokes, provided Tess with a false name. So when “Jack Halloran” calls her, Tess has no idea he’s really Zach Halliday, the son of her law firm’s biggest client—very off-limits! And Zach doesn’t know she’s Teresa Sheridan, the overworked lawyer a friend recommended for Zach’s new business. When they meet in the law firm two days after having phone sex, all sorts of trouble ensues.

The set-up was a lot of fun to write. I enjoy placing my characters in humorous situations. How do you feel about humor in erotic romance? Please leave a comment following the excerpt to enter for a chance to win.


Curving her wet hair behind one ear, Tess sat halfway up in the tub. She glanced at the call display. Private. Frowning, she clicked Talk. “Yes?”
“Tess S.?”
Jack! Her nipples contracted into tight, tingling peaks. She could blame the reaction on the fact that warm, sudsy water no longer covered her breasts, but she knew better. Her body had responded to his low, sensual voice in much the same way Wednesday night.
Wait. How had he found her phone number?
She jerked up. Her elbow hooked the towel, dragging it into the water. Shit!
“Just a minute.” She fumbled with the wet terry cloth. Too late. It was soaked through. And plastered against her stiff nipples.
“Tess?” he repeated, concern softening his deep voice.
She anchored the towel beneath her arms to prevent it from skating around and destroying her precious bubbles. She leaned back against the tub, the jasmine-scented water splashing and her breathing choppy. In her rush, she’d positioned the towel width-wise, and the wet terry cloth hovered at the tops of her thighs.
“Sorry, I…wasn’t dressed.” Her face warmed.
His concern segued into libidinous male interest. “Now you are?”
“Um, kind of.”
“Too bad,” he murmured.
The drenched towel rasped against her nipples, and a satisfying buzz centered between her thighs. She wiggled her hips, and the buzz deepened.
Hmm. She’d never before considered the erotic possibilities of having a towel in the tub—but she did now.
Of course, she wouldn’t act on those urges. At least not while she had Jack on the phone. Unless, well, he could participate, too.
She shook her head to dispel the hot fantasy. How had he found her? The fake number she’d passed him wasn’t anything like her own. The directory listed her as T. A. Sheridan—a far cry from Tess S. And she’d opted out of every online listing she could find.
“I’m surprised you could reach me,” she said warily.
His gravely chuckle spread through her. “I’ll bet.”
She didn’t want to think about bets. “How did you get this phone number?”
“You gave it to me, remember?”
No, she hadn’t. And he knew so. That he’d discovered it should alarm her. Aside from Wednesday night, she’d never met him before. He could be a lunatic—or worse.
Yet, something in Jack Halloran’s voice reassured her that he was quite sane. Recalling his affable responses to her botched pickup lines mollified her fears, too. If he’d wanted to take advantage of her, he could have done so Wednesday night.
But he hadn’t.
“Yeah, Jack, about that number…” She let her voice trail off. She’d circumvent the truth out of him, a handy trick learned in law school.
For a moment, he didn’t respond. Then the friendly tone she remembered from Danver’s returned. “Don’t worry about it. Women give me fake phone numbers all the time. That’s why I blocked mine before I called. In case you were toying with me again.”
Despite a few loitering notes of caution, she smiled. As if any woman wouldn’t love the attention of a gorgeous guy like Jack Halloran. He probably beat back hordes of adoring females on a daily basis.
Relaxing, she planted a foot on the tub’s overflow vent. The loosening towel rubbed her sensitized flesh, and the warm, bubbly water caressed her bikini-trimmed mound.
Mmm. She closed her eyes and luxuriated in the bliss of her arousal. Her fingers yearned to move with the water’s flow, to touch, dip, stroke, indulge herself…just a little bit…please.
What would be the harm? Jack wouldn’t know what she was doing, he couldn’t, unless she chose to tell him.
A sensuous shiver raced through her. “And you’re a PI?” she asked, her voice sounding languorous in the steam-filled bathroom. “That’s how you dig up the real numbers?”
“No. Your friend gave me yours as you were leaving.”
“She did what?” Tess bolted upright in the tub. The towel slipped and jasmine-scented froth slopped out onto the bathmat.
Chloe was about to become one very dead best fiend! No wonder she’d grinned the whole time she was here. She’d outwitted Tess at every turn.
“You were ahead of her leaving the pub, so maybe you didn’t notice,” Jack said. “She said you experience temporary dyslexia when you drink and might have written down the wrong phone number by mistake.”
“I don’t get temporary dyslexia!” Was there such a thing?
“Then you admit you gave me the wrong number on purpose?”
“I—” The towel drifted onto her lower legs. She kicked it partway off. She should drown herself. Here and now. Save herself the humiliation of dealing with the consequences of Chloe’s treachery.
“Or was hitting on me the tequila talking?”
Tess lifted a hand. “No. I wasn’t drunk, I promise.” Drinking and debauching wasn’t her style. That she’d hit on Jack while slightly buzzed was bad enough, but when she slept with him—uh, if—she intended to be stone-cold sober.
Well, not cold, exactly. Probably extra warm.
Ooh Godddd, she really was going nuts.
The point was, when and if they ever did it, she wanted to be fully aware of every delicious moment.
With a studmuffin like Jack Halloran at her disposal, she certainly wouldn’t risk dulling her senses with alcohol.

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39 comments to “Kate St. James and a Giveaway of A Little Wild!”

  1. Becky Jean
      · November 10th, 2011 at 9:12 am · Link

    This looks great! Congrats on the release!

  2. Vanessa N.
      · November 10th, 2011 at 9:16 am · Link

    I love humor in erotic romance. It makes the story fun. Some of my favorites have humor in them. I do love that she gave him a fake number and he still go her one. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance.


    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 10:51 am · Link

      Hi Vanessa,

      As writers we keep hearing that dark is what’s “in” for erotic romance. So it’s nice to have the validation that some readers still want to read “light.”

      I love infusing my stories with humor.


  3. Brunette LIbrarian
      · November 10th, 2011 at 10:08 am · Link

    I love funny stories!! Life is too short to be unhappy 🙂 I think all of my favorite books have made me laugh at some point in the story. Thanks for the excerpt, it looks great 🙂

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 10:52 am · Link

      Brunette Librarian, A LITTLE WILD has many funny moments in it. Thanks for commenting on the excerpt. Good luck in the contest!


  4. Natasha A.
      · November 10th, 2011 at 10:21 am · Link

    Humour is in every part of my life. Humour is totally erotic and I think it SHOULD be in those situations (doesn’t have to be all the time).
    But a good laugh during foreplay? Totally sexy!

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 10:55 am · Link

      Natasha, I love that: “Humour is totally erotic.” Totally agree that it doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be, all the time. That would destroy the erotic mood. But there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun in bed.

      Also, if you’re denying your true feelings for something, like Tess does with Zach in my story, then humor is a way to deflect those feelings. Tess, my heroine, doesn’t go around cracking jokes. But Zach has a natural wit, and she can’t help but respond to it. It’s part of what attracts her to him.


  5. Kate St. James
      · November 10th, 2011 at 10:55 am · Link

    I meant to say true feelings for SOMEONE.

    Sorry about that.


  6. Kate Austin
      · November 10th, 2011 at 12:47 pm · Link

    Kate – I think every book should have a little bit of humor, even if it’s black. In the darkest hours of the book, a little laugh brings the characters – and the reader – out of the dark, even if it’s only for a moment.


    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 1:33 pm · Link

      Hi Kate from Kate!

      I love your philosophy about humor in novels.


  7. nora snowdon
      · November 10th, 2011 at 12:48 pm · Link

    hey kate,
    this looks like a great read. for me, humour definitely is a plus in erotic fiction. and any book that uses the term stud muffin must be funny… 😉

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 1:35 pm · Link

      Hi Nora,

      Thanks for coming by. I hope the story brings a smile to readers’ faces. Humor is subjective, as we know. But the story also has a lot of heartfelt emotion and internal conflict as well as external conflict. It’s how the characters work around the external conflict that brings about some of the humor – and mostly the hot sex!

      There are a lot of love scenes in this story. An “almost” in an under-the-stairs closet at an art gallery opening is a favorite of mine.


  8. katsrus
      · November 10th, 2011 at 1:29 pm · Link

    I love humor in a book. It makes the story more fun. That was a great excerpt. Can’t wait to read more.
    Sue B

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 1:37 pm · Link

      Thank you, katrus. Some of the humor also comes from Tess’s scenes with her best friend, Chloe Nichols. You just know when someone calls her best friend her “best fiend” that they have a special relationship. 😉

      Eventually, Tess calls Zach her “sex fiend.”


  9. Sherry
      · November 10th, 2011 at 1:47 pm · Link

    I love humor in erotic romance. Makes the story seem more real to me. Congrats on your release. 🙂

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 2:08 pm · Link

      Thank you, Sherry!


  10. elaing8
      · November 10th, 2011 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Congrats on the new release.Thanks for sharing the excerpt.Sounds like a great book.

    I think humor is an essential part of a relationship so I really like seeing it in my erotic romance books.

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 2:30 pm · Link

      I’m glad to hear so many people like humor in erotic romance. it’s okay not to like it, too.

      Anyone, if you prefer not to have humor in erotic romance, it’s okay to tell me. Maybe you’ll win the download of my book and I can help you change your mind!


  11. Cathy M
      · November 10th, 2011 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Hi Kate,

    My favorite reading combo is a sexy romance story with a bit of humor. Plus I think a sense of humor is sexy in a man, and love characters that can laugh together.

    Happy Release Week

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 2:31 pm · Link

      Thank you, Cathy! Good luck in the draw.


  12. Renee B
      · November 10th, 2011 at 3:07 pm · Link

    I love a little humor in erotic romances. There is nothing sexier than a man with a sense of humor. And if the hero and heroine exchange some snarky dialect, it makes it more fun. It can even have a little bit of slapstick if it’s done right and doesn’t mess up the story.

    I liked the blurb and excerpt.
    Thanks for the chance to win. 😉

    Renee B

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 5:54 pm · Link

      That’s the key, Renee – it can’t get in the way of the story.


  13. ella
      · November 10th, 2011 at 3:18 pm · Link

    I think humor in any story is great. A lot of us, me included use humor to lighten the seriousness of any moment. After all romance of any kind without humor is boring!!


    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 5:54 pm · Link

      Good luck in the draw, ella, and thank you for your thoughts!


  14. Jane
      · November 10th, 2011 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Congrats on the new release, Kate. I love humor in romance and I do find myself looking out for those light moments in a story.

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 5:55 pm · Link

      Excellent, Jane. I hope you enjoy A LITTLE WILD (if you win it, that is. Or if you don’t win it, but give it a chance regardless).


  15. Nancy Bristow
      · November 10th, 2011 at 3:45 pm · Link

    I love humor in all my reads…especially playful snark between h/h. I love those moments that strike a cord and actually cause me to LOL or even put a smile on my face. What’s life or fantasy without humor?!

    You’re a new to me author but I’m more than familiar with Red Sage and have always considered them quality publishing. Even though I’m not an anthology fan, the exception is the Secret Volumes…I have at least 20 of them. Unfortunately I’m behind on acquiring the volumes you’ve been in but it already says something about your work to me.

    Congrats on A Little Wild…your first single title erotic romance. It sounds like a book I’d enjoy 😛

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 5:59 pm · Link

      Nancy, thank you for mentioning the Secrets volumes! I’m in 21, 26 and 28 with some fantastic authors. Cynthia Eden is in 21, Larissa Ione is in 26 or 28 (I can’t recall at the moment), Calista Fox is in another and Juliet Burns is in both 26 and 28 with me.

      All of my Secrets novellas have humorous moments. Kiss Me at Midnight in Secrets 28 have an H/h who do a lot of banter. I loved writing that story.

      If you check out A LITTLE WILD or any of my Secrets novellas, please check in at my website and drop me a line. I’d love to know what you think.


  16. Amelia
      · November 10th, 2011 at 5:00 pm · Link

    I like humor in erotic romance!

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 6:00 pm · Link

      I like readers who like humor!


  17. Fedora
      · November 10th, 2011 at 5:33 pm · Link

    I have to say that I’m a big fan of humor, even in erotic romance–I think it keeps it a little more real to me, and keeps things light enough so the mood isn’t overly intense 🙂 Congrats on your new release, Kate!

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 6:01 pm · Link

      Thanks, Fedora. And thanks for dropping by!

      Interesting comment about the mood. I agree.


  18. Tracy
      · November 10th, 2011 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Humor in erotic romance is very good. It cuts the tension a bit and makes for fun interactions between the characters. Many congrats on the new release!

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 7:35 pm · Link

      Thanks, Tracy. I’m very excited about publishing with Samhain.


  19. Ive
      · November 10th, 2011 at 8:22 pm · Link

    I love humor in erotic romance, I love to laugh :). Congrats on your new release!

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 11:42 pm · Link

      Thanks, Ive. Good luck in the draw!


  20. Nancy Gilliland
      · November 10th, 2011 at 11:24 pm · Link

    Congrats on the release. Romance is always better with a bit of humor.

    • Kate St. James
        · November 10th, 2011 at 11:42 pm · Link

      Thanks for the congrats, Nancy, and thanks for dropping by.

      Have fun with the contest, everyone!


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