The Soldier’s Baby Bargain is available today, both in ebook and paperback!
She’d been his best friend’s wife…then widow. And air force pilot Ryan Itani has been enthralled with the very idea of Faith Holmes even before they met. They say grief makes one do crazy things—well, chalk sleeping with Faith as one of them. Then finding out she was carrying his baby… What was a man of honor to do?
But Faith wasn’t about to let him into her home, much less her heart. If there was any chance to be a part of her and their child’s life, he needed to prove he wasn’t just another carefree flyboy. Ryan had risked life and limb before, but this was about to be the soldier’s most important mission. Read the rest of this entry »
The end has finally come for the Because You Are Mine serial! The feeling is very bittersweet for me; I’ve met so many awesome new readers and friends during this one, and had the opportunity to chat with them on a weekly basis about the installments. It’s been loads of fun. I’m looking forward to the release of When I’m With You, which will also be done in the serial format and will start to release in late January. Look for Ian and ‘Cesca to be featured in that one, and then I hope to do yet another full story centered exclusively on Ian and ‘Cesca following that. Stay tuned!
Today however, is still officially Francesca and Ian’s day! Let’s celebrate with them as they declare their love for one another.Look for Because I am Yours, available now!
OH…and be sure to keep scrolling with your reader to the excerpt from EXPOSED TO YOU at the end of this installment! I think your interest will be peaked in the next novel in the One Night of Passion series, due out in November.
Also releasing in paperback today: The Soldier’s Baby Bargain, the last book in the Home to Harbor Town series from Harlequin! (For those of you who use ereaders, the ebook version is available October 1). This is a very sweet, sexy romance. I love Ryan and Faith. RT Book Reviews gave it 41/2 stars!
Kery wows with refreshing honesty and sparkling dialogue between a compassionate heroine and a real hero of a man.
Oh, my. I can’t believe Ian and Francesca’s journey in Because You Are Mine is almost complete. My deepest thanks to all of you who took the trip with me. As I’ve said in several interviews, the serialization process made me feel so close to not only this story, but to the readers as I heard feedback from each installment on a weekly basis. I’ve never had a fresher, more vibrant writing experience. Thank you again.
A lot happens in this part. Here’s a tension-filled excerpt. For those of you unfamiliar with Ian, he’s a bit…worked up here, but I think with good reason.
Adult Excerpt: Because You Are Mine Part VIII
“How did you know where I was?”
“I’ve seen you several times with Dr. Epstein…once in Paris and another time at the penthouse. I heard her mention ‘the Institute’ and Mrs. Hanson told me that she was a doctor.”
He flashed a glance in her direction. “That’s not an explanation, Francesca.”
She shrank in the passenger seat. “I…I noticed that you’d visited the Genomics Research and Treatment Institute website several times while I was borrowing your tablet to study for the driver’s test.” Guilt made her wilt farther when she noticed his outraged glance.
“You checked my history?”
“Yes,” she admitted miserably. “I’m sorry. I was curious…especially about where you’d run off to so abruptly. Then Jacob told me you never took him to London, and I started connecting the dots.”
“Well, I could never accuse you of being stupid,” he grated out, his hands tightening on the wheel. “You must be so proud of your detective skills.”
“I’m not. I’m miserable. I’m so sorry, Ian.”
He said nothing, but his mouth was strained and his skin looked especially pale next to the contrast of his dark hair. His silence effectively stopped her from any more communications until they boarded the plane.
The pilot came on the intercom, saying that had clearance to take off.
“Sit down and buckle up for takeoff,” he said tersely, nodding toward the lounger where she usually sat. “But once we’re airborne, I want you in the bedroom.”
Her mouth fell open at that. Something in his tone told her exactly why he wanted her in the bedroom. She buckled her seatbelt with trembling fingers. “Ian, it’s not going to make you feel better to try and control me because you feel so…”
She trailed off when she saw his eyes flash in barely subdued fury. “You’re wrong. It’s going to make me feel fantastic to turn your ass red and ride you hard. You’ve been on the pill long enough now. I’m going to fuck you raw and come so deep in you, I’ll be spilling out of you for days.”
She flinched, not because of his crudeness—under different circumstances, his raunchy talk would have aroused her. But it wasn’t another circumstance. He’d said what he’d said to intentionally hurt her for having the temerity to see him at his weakest.
“You wanted to gape into my private world, fine. Just remember that you might not like what you see,” he said quietly.
Because You Are Mine Part VIII, Because I Am Yours, available on Tuesday, September 18th.
Interested in the One Night of Passion series, but confused by the release order (not to mention the change from Bethany Kane to Beth Kery in some books, and not others?) The publisher has decided to phase out the Bethany Kane pen name, but the transformation is in process. The stories themselves are unchanged, however, so if you follow the reading order itself, you will have a seamless experience. As an aside, each story stands on its own and can be appreciated on its own.
Here’s the lowdown in regard to reading order for One Night of Passion, which has a big upcoming novel release in November, Exposed to You.
1. ADDICTED TO YOU: Katie and Rill’s funny, emotionally intense, and smoking hot story, Addicted to You Available now in print and ebook.
Beth Kery writing as Bethany Kane
All it takes is a moment for your life to change—one night of desire to make you feel alive…
Irish film director Rill Pierce fled to the tiny, backwoods town of Vulture ‘s Canyon, seeking sanctuary and solitude after a devastating tragedy. Once, his raw sex appeal and sultry Irish accent made women across the globe swoon. Now, he’s barely recognizable…
But Katie Hughes, his best friend’s sister, is not the type of woman to give up on a man like Rill. She blazes into Vulture’s Canyon determined to save him from himself. Instead, she finds herself unleashing years of pent-up passion. In a storm of hunger and need, Katie and Rill forget themselves and the world. But will Rill’s insatiable attraction to Katie heal his pain—or will it just feed the darkness within him?
2. BOUND TO YOU, A Night of Passion Novella Jennifer and John’s tense, steamy encounter while trapped together in the Shawnee National Forest near Katie and Rill’s home, an experience that changes their lives forever. Available Now in ebook.
The sensual author of Addicted to You explores once again the rewards of impulsive desire in a new One Night of Passion novella…
Darkness can arouse the senses…
John Corcoran loved the isolation of the Shawnee National Forest with the crisp spring air, the sounds of nature, and the bracing scent of pine. Isolation is what movie star Jennifer Turner craved as well, an escape that only a weekend hike, a long and blissful distance from Hollywood, could provide.
Yesterday, they were strangers—until a fateful accident, deep in the forest and far from civilization, throws them together and plunges them both into darkness. For Jennifer it is as unnerving as the night itself, trapped in such close quarters with a man as mysterious as John. He is alpha: bold, rough, and masculine, but with a scent of firewood and spice she finds intoxicating.
In the dark, Jennifer’s nightmares spring to life. The only way to vanquish them is by submitting to blind, naked need. Now, as intimately close as a man and a woman can be, they find themselves alone, battling fear and vulnerability. Only an unexpected passion will comfort them—a sensual, raw experience from which neither is certain they want to be rescued. Read the rest of this entry »
Part VII, Because I Need To, is a favorite installment for me because it’s so romantic. I’ve been putting up a few favorite lines or pieces of dialogue from the current part when it comes out, so here are a few:
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Francesca shut her eyes and inhaled through constricted lungs. “Ian’s behind me, isn’t he?” she whispered to Lucien. Lucien’s flattened expression was her answer.
She twirled around on her stool, anxiety rising in her. He stood between the entrance of the restaurant and the portion of the bar where Zoe and she sat. The sight of him ripped a jagged, deep crack in her defenses. Longing welled up in her, so strong it stole her breath.
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“I thought they would make you happy. The paintings.”
For those of you clamoring to glimpse more of Ian’s interior world, I think you’ll be pleased with Part VII, releasing Tuesday! I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Because I Need To.
She seemed to have caught his subdued mood, because she said nothing as he meticulously washed her beautiful body in the minutes that followed. He felt her gaze on him though, as his lathered hands whisked over satiny skin. Steam curled around his knuckles as he washed…worshipped. A small part of him still wanted to withdraw like he had in Paris when he’d been so overwhelmed by her sweetness and generous response.
The experience tonight had choked his defenses, though, making it impossible for him to maintain his sanity and resist her.
He washed himself in a much more cursory, if thorough, fashion and shut off the water. After drying them both with a towel, he again took her hand and led her to his bed. He whipped back the duvet and turned to her, releasing the clip on her hair. The heavy weight of it fell, tumbling around her shoulders and back. His fingers immediately furrowed into the silky, unbound glory.
Her large, dark eyes made something clench tight inside his gut.
“Get into the bed,” he murmured.
She lay down, curling on her side, her front facing him. He came down next to her, his belly brushing against hers, and whipped the sheet and cover over them. He stroked the silky length of her hip as the heavy, pregnant silence settled upon them. Neither of them spoke for a moment or two, even though he sensed her alert attention on him.
Then she touched his mouth with soft fingertips. He closed his eyes, trying and failing to shelter himself from a rising tide of unwanted, but unstoppable feeling.
He rarely allowed a woman to touch him so intimately, but he let Francesca. Her eager, searching fingertips tormented him for the next several minutes as she charted his face, neck, shoulders, chest and belly. When she gently scraped a nipple with her nails, he hissed in a burst of sublime pleasure. He held her stare as she wrapped her hand around his cock a moment later.
Her touch was so gentle. Why did it feel like she ripped bandage off a wound deep inside him when she began to move her arm, pumping him?
Unable to take anymore of her sweet torture, he twisted around and located a condom in the bedside drawer, longing for the day when Francesca had been on the pill long enough, when he could be inside her naked.
A moment later, he lay on top of her, their bellies heaving against one another in tandem, his cock fully sheathed in her warm, clasping pussy. He opened his clenched eyelids and saw her staring up at him.
“Do I wrong you, Francesca?” he demanded roughly.
She didn’t answer for a moment, but he knew from the somber, sad expression in her eyes that she understood he’d meant not just tonight, but everything—his inability to resist this vibrant, talented, beautiful woman, despite the fact that he’d inevitably taint her brilliance with his darkness…eventually make her turn away in hurt.
The thought of seeing rejection of him on her beautiful face sliced at him deep.
“Does it matter?” A spasm clenched his facial muscles at her soft reply. He began to move, fucking her with long, thorough strokes, shuddering at the distilled blast of pleasure.
No. It didn’t matter.
He couldn’t stay away from her, no matter the consequence to her…or to himself.
Because You Are Mine: Because I Need To, available September 11.
Because You Are Mine Part VI releases today! I titled it Because You Torment Me, which is an apt descriptor. Ian and Francesca both torment each other a bit in this installment, but it’s a real toss up as to who wins the prize. Here are a few of my favorite Ian-lines from Part VI. I’m getting the feeling just from these lines alone that Ian is the one who gets pushed just a bit too far over the edge. Francesca is the loser in this episode…and the glorious winner. 🙂
“Take care, Francesca,” he said in a quiet, ominous tone, brushing his fingertip across the soft skin of her jaw and feeling her shiver.
“Take care of what?” she asked.
“You know what I think of impulsiveness. You know the consequences for it,” he added quietly, before he took her hand and led her out of the suite.
“You want to play the games of a woman, you want to flick matches at me to see if I burn? Well you better be willing to take the consequences, Francesca…”
Greetings from beautiful Cape Cod! As many of you already know, Because You Are Mine: Because You Torment Me releases at midnight tonight! This is a personal favorite installment. I hope you love it, as well. In celebration of Release Day-Eve, here’s an exclusive sneak peek at Part VI!
Swallowing thickly, she opened the box. She gasped. Nestled in black velvet were eight large hairpins, each with a delicate crescent of stones at the tip. Once they were pushed into a twist of hair, it would appear that the upswept style glittered with diamonds. It wasn’t only a luxurious gift, it was incredibly tasteful and personal.
She looked at Ian, eyes wide in amazement.
“I told the jeweler about the amount of hair that you had, and she assured me this number of pins would restrain even your glory.” He blinked when she didn’t speak. “Francesca? You like them, don’t you?”
If she hadn’t heard the hint of uncertainty in his usually level, brisk tone, she might have had the wherewithal to refuse what she suspected was a very expensive gift. As it was—
“Are you kidding? Ian, they’re gorgeous.” Her lips trembled as she looked back at the pins. “They’re not real diamonds, are they?”
“If they’re rhinestones, I paid a great deal too much,” he said dryly, all traces of his former uncertainty gone. “Will you wear them? Thursday night at dinner?”
She looked into his shadowed face. Why was it so difficult to say no to him? It wasn’t that need to please him that she experienced with him sexually. It was something else . . . a desire to show him that she’d found his gift thoughtful . . . beautiful . . .
. . . that he was beautiful to her.
“Yes,” she answered, wondering how diamond-studded hair and jeans would look together.
Ian’s slow smile was reason enough to accept the luxurious gift. She forced herself to look away from that addictive sight and reach for the door handle.
She glanced back, breathless.
“Just so you know,” he said, his smile now seeming to laugh at himself, “if it weren’t for this damn acquisition, I’d have you in my bed right this second, and we’d be continuing your lessons with vigor.”
Because You Are Mine Part VI, available Tuesday September 4!