#MidweekTease – Secret Santa from Ariel Storm

I’m taking part in the Midweek Tease blog hop again this week. Today I’m sharing a bit about my new release Secret Santa.

Read on for a tease and then be sure to visit the other blogs in this weekly hop!

All she wants for Christmas is a new flogger….

Emily Cabrera and her sexy boss Alex West have kept their relationship under wraps for months. The risk of the rest of their office finding out about them keeps things nice and naughty. On the night of their office holiday gift exchange, Emily slips away to Alex’s office so they can participate in a private gift exchange of their own. In this holiday themed sequel to Her Dominant Boss, an erotic present takes their relationship to a new level of naughty.

I reached Alex’s door and knocked softly once, before entering. Seeing him behind his desk immediately made my breath hitch. The overhead lighting shone on his sandy-colored locks, my fingers itched to touch his meticulously groomed hair.

He wore a navy suit, crisp white shirt and red tie, his nod toward the holiday season and the festivities taking place in the office today. He’d yet to take his eyes off his computer screen, he worked tirelessly. Yet he maintained a perfectly organized appearance. I knew he’d been at it for nearly twelve hours, but he didn’t have a hair out of place or even a wrinkle in his suit. Always so controlled. How I longed to mess him up a bit.

“I have a little present for you,” I said as I locked the door behind me.

Wiggling the package in front of me, I took a few steps forward until I reached his desk. I propped a hip on one side and he closed out of the screen he’d been working on, finally turning his attention on me.

“Mmm, look at you.” His eyes followed his words, and his gaze flicked over my body. I warmed from his glance. “You look good enough to eat.” He gave me a wolfish grin and my pussy fluttered at his words.

Yes, please.

Get Secret Santa for .99 at iBooksKindle USKindle UKKindle CA, Kobo, Nook and Scribd.

Keep up the Mid Week fun! More teases await, visit the other blogs in this hop here.

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A Naughty Christmas Release Secret Santa – Out Tomorrow!

Snow, cocoa, fires crackling in the hearth, and of course, gifts! Who else loves the holidays? I’m so excited that my Christmas themed erotic romance is out tomorrow! Secret Santa is a holiday flavored short story that is a follow up to Her Dominant Boss. Read on for the blurb!

All she wants for Christmas is a new flogger….

Emily Cabrera and her sexy boss Alex West have kept their relationship under wraps for months. The risk of the rest of their office finding out about them keeps things nice and naughty. On the night of their office holiday gift exchange, Emily slips away to Alex’s office so they can participate in a private gift exchange of their own. In this holiday themed sequel to Her Dominant Boss, an erotic present takes their relationship to a new level of naughty.

Bonus! It’s already live at a few retailers! Get it for .99 at iBooks, Kindle US, Kindle UK, Kindle CA, Kobo  Nook and Scribd.

Saturday Spankings Excerpt from Marital Bonds

I’m taking part in the weekly hop Saturday Spankings, celebrating the release of Marital Bonds. Read on for the excerpt and make sure you visit all the other blogs taking part in this hop!

After three years of struggling, I’m tired. I miss my husband. I miss our intimacy.

Three years ago tragedy struck and destroyed our sex life. It nearly ruined our marriage.

Thanks to help from a sensuality coach, I’ve got three assignments to act out with my husband, each designed to help us find our way back to each other and reignite the flame on our once searing sex life.

Excerpt

His teeth scraped at my nipples, spreading fire through my chest. I loved it wild. Loved this man giving me these sensations. I suddenly remembered the thought I’d had earlier. The one where I’d pictured my husband doing wickedly wonderful things to my body with the silicone spatula.

“Eric,” I tugged gently on his hair. “I want you to do something.”

“Anything.”

I searched our area for the spatula and scooped it off the floor next to me. “Use this?”

“I’d almost forgotten about this fun little toy.” He looked at me a few beats, his eyes softening. “You’re sure? There’s always…next time.”

His voice caught on the last two words, as though he was worried I’d somehow crawl back into the shell I’d spent the last three years inside. I wouldn’t though. I wasn’t. No matter what had happened in the past, I’d been foolish and punished myself—and by extension Eric—denying us this. Our sex life was amazing. Time hadn’t changed that.

I reached for him, and cradled his face between my hands. “There will be a next time. Many, many next times.”

He turned his head and kissed the inside of my wrist before removing my hands from either side of his face. The soft expression left his gaze and was replaced by the heat and intensity that made me squirm. Eric had always had the ability to just level me with a gaze. We’d always had that kind of connection and thank god time hadn’t diminished that.

Eric trailed the spatula over the mounds of my breasts, letting the cool silicone make contact with the tight points of my nipples. He gave one a light slap, the silicone making a loud popping noise and leaving a slight sting on my nipple. He treated the other breast to the same exquisite treat.

“How does my girl like that?” He asked as he gave me another light tap.

“Mmmm, I love it.”

“I want to use this on your luscious culo. Stand up.”

I rose and waited to see what way Eric wanted me. Would he have me stand in front of him or would he bend me over the arm of the couch?

“Turn around.”

I obeyed, my pulse pounding in my ears and my arousal mounting. The bite of the silicone striking my ass was the only answer I needed. The next strike came quickly, the slap of the spatula against my cheek landed with a sharp thwack. Warmth and the sting from the blows spread across my ass. My pussy grew wetter with each strike and my clit is pulsed with need.

My husband knows what pushes my buttons. This would be one of them. I’m a freak, I love it rough. I need both the pleasure and the pain.

Want more of this story? Get Marital Bonds at Amazon, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, and Nook.

Want more blogs? Visit the other authors in this hop here.

What’s Happening in Romance?

One of my goals for my blog is to share more about writing and the publishing industry. I’ve read dozens of great articles over the past few weeks, articles on writing, publishing and specifically, the romance genre.

I decided to post a round up of some of my favorite articles about the romance genre.

  1. Romance as Resistance, EW.com
  2. Why We Still Call Them Bodice Rippers, Racked.com
  3. America’s Love Affair with Romance Novels, Fox TV affiliate
  4. Romance Novels to Get You Through Tough Times, Shondaland.com
  5. Let’s Talk About Sex: Romance Publishing, Publishers Weekly.com
  6. It’s Still Complicated: Romance Publishing, Publishers Weekly.com

Midweek Tease from Marital Bonds by Ariel Storm

Today I’m taking part in the Midweek Tease! Here’s a snippet from my new release Marital Bonds.

After three years of struggling, I’m tired. I miss my husband. I miss our intimacy.

Three years ago tragedy struck and destroyed our sex life. It nearly ruined our marriage.

Thanks to help from a sensuality coach, I’ve got three assignments to act out with my husband, each designed to help us find our way back to each other and reignite the flame on our once searing sex life.

Excerpt

Eric cupped my head between his hands and brought our mouths together. The old spark was there, just as it had been every time we kissed, touched and the handfuls of times I’d been able to actually make love to my husband in the past three years.

It was there but it was only a glimmer. Nowhere near the kind of inferno it used to be. Maybe it could become that again. Eric edged his hands down my neck, down to my shoulders and he slowly let them slide further south. He stopped them just shy of my ass.

“Andi?” He asked, using my nick-name. His eyes were full of unspoken questions that I knew I couldn’t answer, despite how badly I wanted to.

I used my body to say the things I couldn’t. Leaning toward him, I unbuttoned his olive green button-down shirt. His warm skin beneath my palms made my pulse quicken. He groaned. He hadn’t had this much skin to skin contact with me in a while.

And it had been years since I had initiated any sort of contact like this. I pulled the ends of his shirt out of his pants and unbuckled his belt. He encircled my wrists and brought my gaze up to his.

“I want this so much, but don’t push yourself for me. Remember what happened the last time.”

My face fell at the mention of the last time I’d tried to have sex with my husband.

“I’m not trying to ruin things, I swear.” He brushed the hair off my face and dropped a kiss on my forehead. “There is nothing that I want more than to tear your panties off, bunch that skirt around your waist and take you right here against this wall.”

Get more of Marital Bonds here, for just .99 cents: Amazon, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, and Nook.

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Emotional Married Couple Erotic Romance Marital Bonds Out Today!

Marriage. It gets a bad rap. And in romance novels, it’s hardly ever depicted anywhere besides the begging stages, and even then, it’s usually placed at the end of the novel, i.e. the Happily Ever After.

 

I wanted to buck that trend and in my upcoming release Marital Bonds, I write about a couple who’ve been married for a while. Eric and Andrea have reached a point in their relationship where they’ve lost their intimacy, their love is still in tact, but their sex life is non-existent and Andrea wants to change that.

She has carried around guilt and a shameful secret that has driven a wedge between her and her husband for nearly three years. Andrea’s tired of the walls between them and so she visits a sensuality coach to help her move past her issues and rekindle the romance with Eric.

Marital Bonds features a dirty-talking hero, light BDSM elements, and is loaded with sexual tension and of course scorching sex scenes!

After three years of struggling, I’m tired. I miss my husband. I miss our intimacy.

Three years ago tragedy struck and destroyed our sex life. It nearly ruined our marriage.

Thanks to help from a sensuality coach, I’ve got three assignments to act out with my husband, each designed to help us find our way back to each other and reignite the flame on our once searing sex life.

Excerpt

“Hey, look at me.”

I did as he asked.

“You have nothing to feel guilty about. Nothing.”

Without saying another word Eric scooped me in his arms and walked over to our couch. He sat down and I settled onto his lap. His erection pressed against my hip. I wanted it so badly, but at the same time had forgotten how to ask for that. How to take it myself.

“I love you,” I said as I rested my head on his shoulder. He smelled fantastic. He always did. Like woodsy soap and clean skin.

He stroked my back and somehow in the middle of all the fear and anxiety, the moment clicked in my mind. This was intimate. It wasn’t sex, but it was more physical contact than we’d shared in a long time.

Somehow, after moments of just being with one another, I felt a shift inside myself and I was pretty sure that Eric did too. His hand slid further down my back until he reached my ass. He glided over the curves of my bottom, reaching down to my thighs. He slid his hand around so it was on top of my knee.

He slid it to the inside of my leg and shifted slightly, spreading my legs. My breathing became ragged as his hand approached the V between my thighs. His fingers grazed over the fabric covering my pussy. He gazed at me, making sure it was okay before going further. I nodded. Eric slipped a finger beneath the elastic of my panties.

His rough skin was a pleasant juxtaposition against the softness of me there. He ran the tip of his index finger along the seam. I could feel my considerable wetness lubricating his skin. He circled my clit and my head lulled onto his shoulder.

As fast as lightning his face was buried in my neck. His mouth nibbled on the sensitive flesh while his hand slid from my clit down to my entrance. He slipped his finger in, just a little, and I moaned. It had been so long. Taking that as his invitation to go further, he eased his finger inside me as far as it would go. My muscles stretched around him and my entire body cried out for more. He stroked it against a tender part inside of me. For the first time in years, I felt truly alive.

“God, I have missed this. I’ve missed you. I have missed the way you feel, how wet I can make you. The way your breath hitches when I slide inside you and how you say my name on a shudder as you come.”

Moisture flooded my pussy at his words and all the erotic memories they evoked. I remembered this and so did my body. Our sex life hadn’t just been satisfactory, it had been unbelievable. And, holy shit, did it feel good to get just a small part of it back.

Want more of Eric and Andrea’s story? Get Marital Bonds for just .99 at these retailers: Amazon, Amazon CA, Amazon UKiBooks, Kobo, and Nook.

Insights and Inspiration for Writers/Readers from Tom Hanks

I don’t talk about the process of writing nearly enough on my blog, but with NaNoWriMo beginning tomorrow, I couldn’t help but create a post after I listened to a helpful podcast earlier today.

I’ve followed self-help/entreprenuer blogger/writer Danielle LaPorte for years now. As much as I love seeing her written messages, I think I enjoy her video and audio messages more. Danielle has a calming, soothing aura about her that I really dig.

This morning on Instagram she shared a photo and link to her podcast she co-hosts with Linda Siversten called The Beautiful Writers. In their latest podcast they interviewed Tom Hanks abut his new book Uncommon Type and I found the interview to be super insightful, fun and inspiring.

Tom speaks about his experiences as a writer, his preference for typewriters (he owns over 200 of them!) and his thoughts on chasing the Muse in the modern world (here’s a hint, put down your Smartphone).

I hope you’ll take a listen to the podcast and you’ll get as much enjoyment out of it as I did!