Where My Burning Women At?

“The Dalai Lama says that the world will be saved by women. Not any women, perhaps not all women, but Burning Women. Women who have stepped out of silence and into the fullness of their power. Angry women who love the world and her creatures too much to let it be destroyed so thoughtlessly for a moment longer. Burning Woman is the heart and soul of revolution inner and outer. She burns for change, she dances in the fire of the old, all the while visioning and weaving the new.” -Burning Woman

This quote appeared in my Facebook some time ago and I was immediately struck by it. Not just because we’ve seen an uprising of strong women recently with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.  It connected with me on another level because as a romance writer I feel its imperative that I create strong and unique voices, especially female voices.

Since November I’ve been working diligently on a new series. I’m not ready to reveal much about it yet, other than to say it’s going to be focused on feminist heroines and feminist heroes. This series will be full of swoon-worthy Beta males, and yes, some might call my leading ladies Alpha females.

I’m okay with that.

Time and again we see art giving the world what it needs, in what seems to be just the moment the hunger for it begins. I think that’s what the rise in feminism and women leadership is all about right now.

The romance community is fertile ground for pushing this movement forward. We’ve always been at the forefront of subverting the culture that tells us that women’s books are frivolous, or that romance creates unrealistic expectations (um, how is it unrealistic for me to know I deserve a partner that treats me well and cares about my pleasure????). Romance has been written off and dismissed for, well, as long as the genre has existed, basically.

What has changed in recent years is women feeling as though they no longer need to hide who they are, what they feel and believe, and yes, even what they read. I know I’ve found my voice in the last eighteen months or so and I’ve struggled with whether or not I should let those beliefs spill over into my writing.

I’ve come to realize they’ll spill over whether or not I talk about them, so why not vocalize about them on my blog and social media? I feel like I can use my voice and platform (no matter how small it may be at the moment) to give truth to power. And, really, isn’t that what a Burning Woman should do?

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#MidWeekTease from Twice the Temptation by @AuthorAriel

Today I’m taking part in the hump-day themed hop called the Midweek Tease.

Blurb:

One woman, two men.

Clarissa Stevens travels to beautiful Sanibel Island for her brother’s wedding, but the Florida destination is anything but a tropical getaway. Her life is in shambles, from her career, where she’s been recently downsized, to her non-existent dating life.

She’s prepared for the long weekend leading up to her brother’s wedding to be just another reminder of how truly craptastic her life has become. When her brother’s gorgeous best friends, the dominantly sexy Gavin and shy and brooding Trey, both show an interest in her, Clarissa thinks they might be the perfect distraction from all the problems that await her back home in New York.

Soon Clarissa learns that one man is fun, but two men? That’s twice the temptation.

Excerpt:

I tossed the items around until I found something I wanted to wear. The amethyst sundress I decided on was flowy, comfortable and it was cute enough to look like I actually gave a damn about my appearance. In truth, I wanted to roll into the resort’s tiki bar in yoga pants, a t-shirt and messy bun.

Despite the fact that I’d be spending the next four days in upscale accommodations for my brother’s wedding, I wasn’t in the mood to celebrate. My brother getting married underscored how truly shitty my life was at the moment. With the dress on and freshly applied makeup, I set out for the bar.

Although I felt somewhat cliched asking for it, I ordered a pina colada. I took a sip and savored the sweet freshness on my tongue.

“Well, I’ll be damned. Clarissa’s letting her hair down.”

At the sound of the deep melodic timbre I turned and locked gazes with Gavin. Several years had passed since I’d last seen him, but time hadn’t lessened his good looks.

“Gavin. Keeping tabs on me? Already? I see you’re still my big brother’s spy, I mean, best friend.”

“Still a little spitfire. I’ll have a scotch on the rocks with a twist.”

“Really? Take a look where we are,” I spread my hands wide and gestured toward the beach. “Sure you don’t want to reconsider your drink order? Maybe make it something a little more tropical?”

“Why fuck with something that’s tried and true?”

“Nice language.” I shot the bartender a sheepish look. He didn’t seem fazed by Gavin. He probably heard and saw a lot worse.

“You’re looking…” he paused and let his gaze do a slow tour of my body. “All grown up.”

I ignored the way my body flushed at his sensual gaze. It was probably due to the tropical weather and the alcohol, not Gavin’s aura of walking sex and darkly handsome looks.

“I’m twenty-five. I’m a grown woman, not a little girl anymore.”

“Believe me, that is completely obvious,” he said as he looked pointedly at my breasts.

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#SexySnippets – 7 Sentences from Twice the Temptation, a MFM Menage Romance

It’s Sunday and that means it’s #SexySnippets time. Today I’m sharing seven sentences from my forthcoming release Twice the Temptation, a MFM menage that releases this Tuesday 2/13/18!

Blurb:

One woman, two men.

Clarissa Stevens travels to beautiful Sanibel Island for her brother’s wedding, but the Florida destination is anything but a tropical getaway. Her life is in shambles, from her career, where she’s been recently downsized, to her non-existent dating life.

She’s prepared for the long weekend leading up to her brother’s wedding to be just another reminder of how truly craptastic her life has become. When her brother’s gorgeous best friends, the dominantly sexy Gavin and shy and brooding Trey, both show an interest in her, Clarissa thinks they might be the perfect distraction from all the problems that await her back home in New York.

Soon Clarissa learns that one man is fun, but two men? That’s twice the temptation.

7 Sentences:

“I’ve had a crush on both of you, for years.” I set my mug down and clearing my throat. Fuck the shy, innocent routine. I tossed my head back and met Gavin’s dark stare. Desire, hot and intense, burned in his gaze.

“Are you sure, you’re in for this, Liss?” Trey’s soft, thoughtful voice cut through my thoughts, though he didn’t dim my desire. If anything, his caring tone made me want him—want this—even more.

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Saturday Spankings – MFM Menage Twice the Temptation by @AuthorAriel

Today I’m taking part in the naughty weekly blog hop Saturday Spankings.

I’m featuring an excerpt from my forthcoming release Twice the Temptation, a MFM menage romance, out on Tuesday 2/13/18.

Read on for the blurb, excerpt and to of course continue hopping along to the other blogs taking part.

Blurb:

One woman, two men.

Clarissa Stevens travels to beautiful Sanibel Island for her brother’s wedding, but the Florida destination is anything but a tropical getaway. Her life is in shambles, from her career, where she’s been recently downsized, to her non-existent dating life.

She’s prepared for the long weekend leading up to her brother’s wedding to be just another reminder of how truly craptastic her life has become. When her brother’s gorgeous best friends, the dominantly sexy Gavin and shy and brooding Trey, both show an interest in her, Clarissa thinks they might be the perfect distraction from all the problems that await her back home in New York.

Soon Clarissa learns that one man is fun, but two men? That’s twice the temptation.

“Why are you so…angry? Agitated?”

“Maybe you just annoy the hell out of me,” I said sulkily as I swirled the ice in my glass.

“I have another theory.”

“Oh and what would that be?” I asked, not really caring to hear the answer. I was pretty sure I knew what he was going to say. James and his friends had always called me a brat. And I had been as a kid. I was the apple of my father’s eye, I’d had him wrapped around my little finger as far back as I could remember. He’d given me everything I’d ever wanted and I used that to my advantage especially when James had friends over and they wanted to hang out. I’d always had a crush on Gavin and I wanted to be near him, so I’d insisted that my daddy let James and his friends allow me to tag along with them to most places they went.

“Yes, I know exactly what’s wrong with you,” he said again, without elaborating.

“Yeah, I know. I’m a brat.”

“No, that wasn’t what I was going to say at all. Although the idea of taking you over my knee and paddling your ass sounds appealing as all get out.”

My nipples hardened and I let out a soft gasp.

“Gavin did you really just say that to me?”

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#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.

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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.

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