Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Not retired quite yet


Yesterday, when I was updating the "coming next" page on my website, I noted that not only is the Lust in the Dust anthology out in July, I've also already got 4 short erotica stories due to be published this year (from Cleis, Stupid Fish and Infernal Ink).

Plus 2 non-erotica shorts from fantasy publishers! I happen to be signing a contract for one of them today.

You can read all the smutty details here

So despite my fair share of rejections, it's looking like a surprisingly lively this year after a VERY slow 2018. (I blame the house move.)

Next I need to get on with this reprint double:

Technically a COVER REVEAL!

And a reboot of this series:


... which I am determined to finish!

Friday, 29 March 2019

And another one...

My second cover reveal in a week, lol


For anyone following my non-erotic work, my story The Price of Passage - which is about Aeneas'  escape from the sack of Troy - is due to appear in Legends Vol.3 out 25th May this year. Wheeeeee!

David Gemmell passed away in 2006, leaving behind a legacy of memorable characters, epic settings, and thrilling tales. The Legends series of anthologies, of which this the third and almost certainly final volume, is intended to pay homage to one of fantasy fiction's greatest writers. With stories written especially for the books by some of the finest fantasy authors from Britain and beyond, the series also acts as a fund raiser for the David Gemmell Awards.

It's a massive honour for me to be featured in this anthology alongside so many great fantasy authors!

Preorder link for paperback and limited-edition hardback

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Lust in the Dust - cover reveal, lineup, publication date!


BEHOLD!!!




I've got lots of news about the Lust in the Dust anthology -

First, since Sexy Little Pages closed its doors earlier in the year, Lust in the Dust will now be published by Sinful Press!

It has a new cover (above) and will be released on Friday 5th July. 😍😍😍   It will be available in e-format and paperback.

The TOC is as follows:

1: In Pursuit of the Millennium: S. Nano

2: Addicted to Disaster: Elizabeth Coldwell

3: First Contact: Raven Sky

4: Ring of Fire: Sommer Marsden

5: Virtual Insanity: Cara Thereon

6: Hollywood: Jones

7: Mourning Doves in Limbo: Gregory L. Norris

8: Better Than Therapy: Nicole Wolf

9: The Basque of the Red Death: Janine Ashbless

10: Checkout Girl: Quiet Ranger

The change of publisher was a tad stressful but honestly went far more swiftly and smoothly than I could ever have expected. All my wonderful authors stayed onboard for the jump 💖

I am eternally grateful to Anna Sky at Sexy Little Pages for getting the ball rolling with this project, being with us for the whole of the commissioning process, and making such efforts to see that it found a new home - and of course I owe my firstborn to Lisa Jenkins at Sinful Press for picking the manuscript up so enthusiastically and getting us a prompt publication slot.

Sinful Press is a perfect home for this eclectic, seething hot and - in places - challenging anthology and I couldn't be happier right now!

Monday, 25 March 2019

Blue Monday

Every Monday I post a sexy excerpt for your entertainment!

Spring has arrived here, thoughts turn to booking sunny holidays ... and so though I've never really  been on a cruise, here's an excerpt from my story Wherever I Wander:


While on holiday abroad, Adele and Hal have checked their remote home security cam - and caught the house-sitter frolicking with an unknown man on the sofa:


“I don't even know who he is!” I tried, my protests still screechy but diminishing in force. I could tell I wasn't winning here. Hal has always been fatalistic about these things, even when our own kids were growing up. And he likes Stacia. She's polite and sunny and reliable. Well, she had been until now. Right at this moment she was wriggling all over her friend and he was tugging at the belt of her jeans.

“I guess he's that cute boyfriend from university she was talking about. The geologist.”

I focused on the young man's face, trying to recall if she'd told us his name. He was certainly cute, with rather pouty lips and floppy blond hair that—I told myself cynically—wouldn't survive past his first real job interview. “It's my house!” I complained. “They shouldn't be doing that in someone else's house!”

“What . . . like we shouldn't have done it in the Alhambra Palace?” he asked. “Or in that hotel roof-garden? Or in the jacuzzi last night?”

I was already pink with indignation, but his reminders made me flush deeper. We'd certainly reignited the old spark between us, on this sea-cruise. We'd discovered we were still capable not just of full-on passion, but of breaking the social rules. We'd had furtive quickie sex in darkened corners, groped each other under the cover of tablecloths, and even made love in public—though up to our shoulders in the waters of the Mediterranean. Set free from familiar surroundings and faces, it had turned out that boring old Adele and Hal were just a little bit naughty.

People will lose all inhibitions if they think they're not being watched.

“That's different . . .” I said, with no conviction at all. The reminder of our own transgressions had thrown me off-kilter.

“You know, darling,” Hal started, but broke off abruptly as something happened on-screen. Stacia slid off her guy's lap and the open fly of his pants was revealed to the camera. Jutting from it like the Leaning Tower of Pisa was his flushed, fully-erect cock.

That changed everything.

“Oh my God,” squeaked I. Not in shock—more in awe. It was one of the most impressive erections I'd ever seen, on or off a screen. On that slim body it actually looked out-of-proportion.

“That's . . .” said Hal.

But before either of us could react coherently, Stacia dropped face-down in the boy's lap and took his swollen cock-head between her lips. We both stared, our eyes wide, as she sucked that monster into her mouth. For a long moment that was absolute silence in our cabin, and I don't think either of us dared to breathe. We'd crossed a line here.

Suddenly the room seemed too hot, my few clothes too tight. My skin felt as if it were melting.

“We shouldn't be watching this!” I said at last, but ruined it by bursting into nervous giggles. I looked to Hal for support, and his gray eyes met mine. “Oh God, what do we do?”

“Have you got the mouse there?” he asked softly.

I handed the wireless device over, relieved to surrender responsibility. But Hal surprised me. He clicked. On-screen, the camera zoomed in—right on that stranger's crotch, and the pillar of his cock, and the hollow of Stacia's cheeks and the bounce of her dark curls as she bobbed up and down on that beautiful, beautiful length. We'd invested in a fairly expensive security system, with a decent zoom and good definition. I could see his skin glisten with the wetness of her mouth.

“Hal . . .”

“Just checking,” he said, in his softest, darkest, I'm-going-to-fuck-you voice. Even as I tried to catch up with his meaning, his next words made the world spin around me: “I was right—she's not as good as you.” I jumped slightly, and he added with audible relish, “You'd be able to take something that size all the way. Right down your throat.”

Now that's flattery.

He backed it up by laying his hand on my thigh. I'd been in the middle of getting dressed for dinner and was only wearing panties and a silk slip. His hand felt warm on my bare skin. There was something so deliberate about that hand, that touch. It took our inadvertent transgression, and it made it intentional. And oh, the response of my body was undeniable. I felt a hot plume of excitement surge through me and I licked my lips, unable to avoid picturing exactly what he'd described: that huge cock nudging to the back of my mouth, and my throat opening to take it.

“It's just practice,” I said. “She'll get better at it.”

“Yeah, I guess so. She's quite enthusiastic, don't you think?”

“Uh-huh.” She certainly was—licking and slurping away there like it was the first ice-cream cone of summer. Then she hefted his scrotum out from his open pants and soon she was playing with his balls too, tickling and rolling them. I couldn't see her boyfriend's face, but if he wasn't in heaven by now he must be dead from the waist down. I have to say that, judging from the girth and solidity of his cock, he seemed to be appreciating everything.

Hal's hand slid up my inner thigh and pressed against my mons, making me catch my breath.



Never Say Never: Tips, Tricks and Erotic Inspiration for Lovers is on sale at:
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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Oh Frabjous Day!



I have turned in to the publisher the edited manuscript of the Lust in the Dust! 😇😇😇

Now we wait ... there is a lot of waiting in this business! 😉

Monday, 11 March 2019

Blue Monday: Samantha MacLeod guests

Every Monday I post a sexy excerpt for your entertainment!

Fenris is back! Yes, today Samantha MacLeod - who clearly never sleeps - brings us a preview peek from the third in the Fenris series: The Monster and the Prisoner (and you can read excerpts from Book 1 and Book 2 to whet your appetite). It's officially out on the 26th of this month:


Captured by the cruel king!

Her family murdered, Sol has been taken in chains to the foreboding fortress of King Nøkkyn, where the King intends to make an example out of her disobedience with a public execution. What’s more, Nøkkyn plans to unleash a false prophecy strong enough to bring down the fiercest monster in the Ironwood forest: Fenris-wolf.

Is there any way for the daughter of slaves to escape the King’s castle? Or will Sol’s captivity also bring about the downfall of her husband Fenris?


I hadn’t realized I’d fallen asleep until I was jolted awake. The bedchamber was dark now, and rhythmic, low snores emanated from the heavy red velvet curtains around Nøkkyn’s bed. My legs throbbed when I shifted and stretched. I’d fallen asleep leaning against the wall. I bit down on the gag to keep from making noise as I tried to rub some feeling back into my burning, prickling legs.

Something moved in the room. I froze. Patches of watery, silver moonlight lay silent across the thick rugs and silk couches of Nøkkyn’s bedchamber. My eyes adjusted slowly to the low light, making out the black shadows of furniture. I turned toward the door closest to me.

The short guard was gone. A flicker of apprehension danced up my neck. What was going on? Was I about to witness an attack on King Nøkkyn?

A low, soft moan came from the far side of the room, deep in the shadows. I turned. My breath caught in my throat.

At first I thought the guards were struggling. It would explain the moan, the way their bodies twisted and pressed together. But, no. They were far too silent and delicate to be fighting.

Another flush of heat tightened in my gut. They were not fighting, these two guards who’d had to stand stock-still and silent as their cocks throbbed with desire. Not fighting at all.

With a low rustle, their intertwined bodies shifted into the moonlight. The tall guard faced me, his hands sunk into the hair of the shorter guard. Their lips pressed together in a deep, hungry kiss, and their hips moved as though they were dancing beneath the moon. As I watched, the taller guard’s hand left his partner’s dark tangle of hair and dropped down his silvery tunic, cupping the shorter’s guards ass. Someone groaned in appreciation, although it was impossible to tell where the sound had originated.

Heat pulsed through my core, winding the coil of arousal tighter. It as though I’d gone back in time to watch Fenris and Týr kissing in the firelight, but this time the scene before me was tinged with risk and danger. If Nøkkyn awoke to find his guards like this, I had no doubt they’d both end up on poles along the castle wall. Stars, I wondered, was it worth the risk?

The men parted for a minute, and my chest tightened with disappointment, although I understood why they had stopped. They were both panting, their chests rising and falling rapidly. The tall guard’s distant, unfocused expression was gone, and he was staring into his partner’s eyes with an intensity that rivaled the sun. I could only see the shorter guard’s back, and his hands coming forward, reaching around the tall guard’s waist.

Oh. As I watched, he unfastened the tall guard’s belt and pushed his tight, pale pants down to his knees. The guard’s stiff cock bobbed in the moonlight. Heat surged between my legs. The short guard brushed the head delicately with his fingers, and the tall man’s entire body shuddered. He said something so soft and low I couldn’t make it out. The men came together again, the tall guard’s arms wrapped around the shorter man’s shoulders.

I could hear them breathe. They were both panting now; the tall guard had turned his face to his partner’s neck to stifle his moans. My leg tingled as I pressed myself further into the shadows. I bit down on my gag, waiting for the last remnants of pain to evaporate, driven out by the fire of my arousal.

My fingers were on my sex almost before I realized what I was doing. The shorter guard’s arm moved down between their bodies, and my fingers pressed against my clit, up and down, following his rhythm. Their tight pants revealed the curve and sway of their leg muscles, the way the short guard’s ass clenched as he thrust his hips against his partner. I thrust my fingers deeper into the wet heat of my sex, imagining the cock I’d just seen in the moonlight, how its hard length would feel against my fingers, then my lips, then buried deep inside me, shooting out its seed into my hungry body.

The tall guard grunted, his words muffled against his partner’s neck. They moved apart, just for a moment, and I saw the silvery stream of the guard’s seed shoot across the room. His face rocked backward, his eyes closed and, for just a heartbeat, he looked like a man who had seen Val-hall itself.


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Born and raised in Colorado, Samantha MacLeod has lived in every time zone in the US, and London. She has a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago; yes, the U. of C. really is where fun comes to die.

Samantha lives with her husband and two small children in the woods of southern Maine. When she’s not shoveling snow or writing steamy sex scenes, Samantha can be found teaching college composition and philosophy to undergraduates who have no idea she leads a double life as an erotica author.

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Going Greek: William Russell Flint

Chorus and Musicians
Since I've been contemplating things Ancient Greek recently, it seems a good time to dust down (and wipe off) some Homeric pics by William Russell Flint (1880-1969)

Flint was a water-colourist who straddled the boundaries between Classicism and the Modern, commercial illustration and fine art, respectability and soft porn. He was knighted but "enjoyed little respect from art critics, who were disturbed by a perceived crassness in his eroticised treatment of the female figure." He painted illustrations for volumes of The Odyssey, Le Morte d'Arthur, King Solomon's Mines and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales among other family favourites, but he also did about a billion pics of topless ladies in Spanish costume, and OH BOY DID HE LIKE PAINTING TITS.

"Minxes Admonished: an album of deplorable caprices"

So here's some legendary Greek nudes 😍😍😍 mostly painted just before WWI.
Enjoy!











Wednesday, 6 March 2019

#AmEditing


I'm nearly done with line edits for Lust in the Dust...

My anxiety issues have been playing up today, but OMG this job makes me happy.


"Repetition of slid in this paragraph" says my little comment in the margin of a story.

"Slipped," the author substitutes for the second instance.


And just like that the passage is perfect, and I've helped (though the hard work and was all the author's - I'm not pretending I could have written it myself!) and I feel like I've made the world a better place 😊😊😊

I do love editing!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Blue Monday

Every Monday I post a sexy excerpt for your entertainment!

In celebration of selling a Trojan War story this weekend (see post below) today's excerpt is from another Greek-myth-inspired tale, Ruby Seeds, which appears in my Dark Enchantment collection:


Saffy is at a cocktail party and getting her flirt on:


With a sharp intake of breath I refocus on my surroundings: the hotel balcony, the party, Patrick. ‘How do I look to you?’ I wonder.

There’s a hint of teeth in his smile: he recognises he’s being challenged. ‘Bored with the party.’

I’ll grant him that, though he doesn’t score high. ‘I’ve been to a lot of parties.’

‘At first I thought you were one of the athletes.’ That gives his gaze an excuse to drop from my face and go exploring. ‘A swimmer, maybe, with a strong beautiful shape like that. But -’ He rescues himself from simple lechery by suddenly focusing on my hair and face with uttermost seriousness: on the black dreadlocks, pale skin, gold piercing in the side of my nose. ‘That’s not swimmer’s hair. You’re track and field, perhaps. On the other hand, you’re drinking. None of the athletes drink, not the night before the first heats. So maybe you’re like me, attached to a corporate sponsor. But – forgive me – you don’t look like a corporate drone either. Too much of an independent spirit, I’d say. So you’re a mystery.’

I giggle, pleased by his ingenuity - and by the raw, tight lines of his body under the evening-wear. ‘And a mystery is intriguing?’

‘I find it irresistible.’ His green eyes tread a dangerous line, leavening their appetite with a hint of twinkling self-awareness. My own body squirms with impatience but I force myself not to seize him.

‘I won’t ruin it for you then.’ I brush the rim of my glass down my throat. ‘Some things you’ll have to work at finding out.’

‘I’ll enjoy that.’ He’s standing very close now. The electricity between us is delicious and I can’t hide a shiver as he brushes the back of my wrist with his fingers. ‘Are you cold?’ he murmurs, tracing a line of goosebumps up my arm.

‘A little.’

‘Shall we go back inside?’

‘No.’

His gratification is undisguised. He knows I am his for the taking. ‘Well,’ he suggests; ‘my jacket, then.’ Slipping it off, he furls it gently about my bare shoulders. I ease away from the rail to make it easier for him, and am enveloped in his warmth and the perfume of his skin and whatever male scent it is he wears. My sex responds to the pheromone shock by blossoming into wet petals. He runs his fingers down the lapels of the jacket, those big knuckles just brushing the jut of my breasts, his grip saying I could pull you to me, his eyes promising a rough landing. I’m still holding my glass. When he looks down it’s there between us, tilted toward him, the carnelian contents threatening to spill.

Then Patrick lifts an eyebrow, the merest brush of his fingertip outlining the ring on my third finger.

‘We’re separated,’ I whisper. Most men don’t care, even when they do notice.

‘Ah.’

‘Nearly a year now.’ I don’t know why I have to say that, and I’m annoyed with myself as the words slip out.

‘Shall I?’ He moves to take the glass from my hand – but I’m quivering with tension and in the exchange I manage to spill a little down the side and onto his fingers. I laugh and lift the flute and his hand in both of mine, so that I can lick the dribble first from the cool hard glass and then, my eyes never leaving his, from his fingers. I lap those knuckles and suck one long finger into my mouth, teasing the sensitive skin with my tongue even as I hold it captive. ‘Oh God,’ says he softly, with reverence.

I take the glass and throw it over my shoulder. It hits a bush somewhere in the garden below. He touches my mouth with his other hand too, as if wondering how much I can fit between my full lips.

‘There’s got to be a quiet room somewhere…’

‘No.’ I pull my lips from his fingertips. ‘Out here.’ I watch the look of surprise and doubt and delight flash in his eyes, and I lay my hand on his shirtfront. Under the cool cotton his stomach is warm and flat. I slip a button and ease my fingers in through the gap, finding firm flesh. That’s too much for him; he finally steps in to close the gap between us, his thighs brushing up against mine, his hands taking my hips. His lips scout gently across my upturned face, checking for hostility and finding not even token resistance

‘We’re a bit visible,’ he murmurs.

‘Then we’ll have to be careful.’ He has a lovely hard bulge of anticipation in his trousers already, I’m pleased to find. ‘I promise not to scream if you don’t.’ I lick his bottom lip, then catch it in my teeth and give it a teasing nip, just as my hand goes to work on his cloth-covered erection. As our tongues meet he gives a thick little groan. Then he surprises me by taking the initiative and sliding his hand up between my thighs. He doesn’t have to lift the hem of the dress far to find the velvet mound of my pussy under the flimsiest of silken triangles. It’s shaven smooth, a fact he discovers as his fingers stroke me softly through the cloth. His tongue stirs my mouth in assured counterpoint to the movement of his hand.

I can’t help the noise that escapes as he finds the edge of the silk at the crease between thigh and pubic mound, but my moan is kept private by his lips. It’s a secret between us – like the secret movement of his finger slipping beneath the fabric to caress my bare flesh, soft and slow. Like the secret rush of heat to my sex. Like the hidden cleft of my sex-lips that he inevitably finds. Suddenly I’m not soft velvet under his hand any more, I am hot liquid melt and his fingers are delving the shallows of my furrow, back and forth.

Our tongues still dancing together, we shift out stances very slightly. I ease my legs open to make room for his hand. He leans in to me harder, arching me over the rail. To any observer it ought to look like we’re simply locked in a deep kiss. From the balcony windows the partygoers will only be sure of the hand he has locked on my hip, not the one plundering my panties. They’ll see the arm I have draped around his neck, not the way I’m stroking the thick bulge in his trousers, squeezing his tumescence greedily. They might guess, but however avidly anyone is spying upon us they cannot be sure.

What if he loses patience? Will he blow our cover? Will he pull the front of my dress down to expose my breasts, hoist my skirt and fuck me properly in full view of them all? The thought makes me wetter still. His fingertip skids in slippery circles upon my clit, stealing my senses.

He’s perfect.



Saturday, 2 March 2019

I'm going to be a Legend

Georges Rochegrosse: Andromache (1883)

What a week! We're still trying to catch up with life after running the Gothic LARP last weekend, but I had a story to turn in too. I sat up until 4 in the a.m.  on Thursday night finishing it, emailed it on Friday morning - and had it accepted on Friday afternoon 😮 My historical fantasy The Price of Passage is now booked to appear in Vol. 3 of the Legends series from Newcon  Press, to my great delight and pride!

The incredibly grim piece of art above shows a scene from the sacking of ancient Troy. Princess Andromache, stripped nearly naked, has been seized by Greek soldiers and is helpless to stop her infant son being carried off by another Greek and dumped to his death off the walls of  the city. The antagonists are posed against a background of hanged, raped and beheaded corpses and a city in flames. Rochgrosse had a bit of a penchant for violence in his paintings, and this one is quite extreme by Victorian standards.

Next ... back to finishing off edits on Lust in the Dust! I'm just such a huge fan of sunny, optimistic themes, clearly ;-)

Thursday, 28 February 2019

You've got red on you

Lady Bagehot shortly after ripping a guest's throat out

 I had the most wonderful weekend, and honestly it's hard being back here in the real world this week! "Write? Walk the dog? Get up in time to meet the door-fitter? Pah!"

I was helping run the first game in the Victorian supernatural LARP campaign, Gothic.  We've spent the last few months writing, prop-making and stressing out about it all - but it all went smoothly (exception: the fog machine didn't work) and the players were an outstanding group who threw themselves into the drama, and the response has been so positive that I'm now looking for a site for the next one!

Malham House. Don't go down into the cellar...

 

It's been decades since I reffed a weekender and I was delighted to find that some things now make it easier, like using Facebook to communicate, (OMG, that halves the work on its own!) and the incredible ease of finding props and costume on Amazon, Wish, and Ebay instead of having to make everything yourselves (tiger-skin?  mop caps? emerald necklace? certainly madame!). That's probably a good thing, since my energy levels are lower these days!

 It's incredibly validating and rewarding to run a game and I've been on Cloud Nine! It almost makes up for the prior stress 😆😆😆

"It's pronounced Batshit"

Monday, 25 February 2019

Blue Monday: Sherry Perkins guests

Every Monday I post a sexy excerpt for your entertainment!

Today's guest is Sherry Perkins. Her paranormal romance novel At the End of the Rainbow featured on a Blue Monday last year - and here's an excerpt from the sequel, What You Wished For - which is out now!


Strange circumstances brought Morgan Patterson from the sandy beaches of the US East Coast to rocky Northern Ireland. Some called those circumstances destiny. Morgan called it something else. 

For her, it was just a college senior year abroad. Until, that is, her studies were interrupted when she met the man of her dreams. A man who took her by the hand, leading her into a world where promises were binding things, where nothing was as it seemed, and where wishing for something could get you more than you bargained for -- including killed. But it was also a world of enduring love, hidden treasures, and the chance to right the wrongs of long ago. 

What Morgan called it was her kingdom. A kingdom she was willing to die to protect.



Morgan could hear Connor moving around downstairs. He was probably getting some cookies before coming to bed. The man was a cookie eating fool if ever there was one. She rolled over in the bed. He’d been to see Em earlier. Morgan had more than a sneaking suspicion she wasn’t going to like whatever he was going to tell her about that—if he managed to pry himself away from the cookies and come to bed.

Conner walked upstairs, the treads squeaking under the weight of his footsteps. When he got to the top of the landing, he leaned his shoulder against the bedroom doorway. Morgan was lying on her side, wearing one of his tee shirts and nothing else. Her pregnant belly was protruding from beneath the shirt. It was quite a lovely thing to see, but that was a thing that he never would have admitted to Em. He smiled, resting his head on the jamb.

“Are you staring at my tummy?” she asked. She stretched a little, then rolled onto her back—her hands on her stomach, and her knees spread just enough that it made him hard to look at her.

He nodded. “Sugar, I’ve something to tell you, and I don’t want you to have a feckin’ cow, yeah?”

Morgan sighed. Loudly. “Connor, we are getting married in a few days. Please don’t tell me that you slept with Em.” She stared expectantly at Connor, waiting for his answer. He had that stupid look on his face guys get sometimes when they want some ass, and Morgan had some trouble reading him because of it.

“No, it’s not that,” he said, repositioning his head against the door frame. “I’d gave you my word. I’d said I’d be faithful to you and you alone, yeah? Besides you know I’d not be able to lie to you if I’d done it.”

Morgan snickered. She closed her thighs, her knees touching but her feet splayed outward. “Of course you can. You lie to me all the time. You and Tiernan both.”

He shifted on his feet. “Naw, sugar, that much is true. Neither he nor I can lie to you. You’ve been told as much before, yeah?”

“I have been told it before. Ryan told me. Fergal said it too. But they never said why. So why is that? Why can’t you lie?”

He shrugged. “It’s not so much about the lying itself. You’ve always known we could be more than a bit manipulative—or what’s that college-girl word you like to use? Obfuscate? Yeah, that’s the word. You knew we could obfuscate. No, it’s more about you, yourself. Like a biological imperative or that.”

“Connor, you don’t even know what a biological imperative is.”

“I do know, Morgan. I’m not a fucking dunderhead, am I now? Reproducing is a biological imperative. Protecting kith and kin. Getting enough roughage in your diet. Stuff like that.” He paused and shifted on his feet again. “Lying to you is counterproductive, literally and figuratively.” He laughed. “Your productiveness, sugar, is of some importance to me. So no, I’d not slept with Em but she wanted it. She wanted it bad. Only that would be counterproductive to what I’m trying to accomplish with you, and for you.”

“What did she do?” Morgan asked.

“It’s not what she’d done. I did it. It’s what I’d done. I gave her exactly what she wanted.” He walked to the bed, sitting on the mattress at Morgan’s feet. He placed his head against her knees, then rolled his forehead against her. “Open your legs, sugar. Let me explain it to you.”

“Stop it, Connor. I’m not in the mood.”

“Sure you are, and I can prove it.” He separated her knees with his hands. kissing the inside of one thigh. Morgan relaxed just a bit. He licked two fingers, wetting them before sliding them deep inside her.

“Connor Doyle, tell me what you did. Tell me what you and Em did.”

He pushed his fingers inside her again, then again and one more time after that. “I told her what she
wanted to know. Because after I’d thought about it, pissing Tiernan around was part of your Big Plan, was it not?” He moved his fingers, feeling for the little indentation that marked her g-spot. When he’d found it, he rubbed it rather enthusiastically.

Morgan whispered something in response.

“What?” he asked, rubbing a tad more insistently.

“I said, I said don’t stop,” she murmured.

“You mean this? Don’t stop this?” When she didn’t answer, he said, “I won’t stop. Not until you tell me, yeah?” She still didn’t answer, which he took as encouragement to continue. He rubbed some more until she held her breath and arched her back, moaning loudly and wetting his fingers with her warm viscous fluid. “Morgan,” he sighed. “Morgan, Morgan, Morgan.”

“Tell me. It’s OK. Just tell me.” She reached between her legs, touching Connor on the side of his face. He leaned into her hand.

“She wanted me to tell her a secret. Something that only Tiernan would know about you and hurt him in the bargain. She wants to hurt him. She wants to punish him. But first, she wants to make him suffer. It wasn’t an altogether unpleasant proposition, yeah? Because I wouldn’t mind it so much, neither—making him suffer. Especially if he suffered because of you and me, something we’d done together.”

“What did you tell her, Connor?”

“I told her that when we were at it, you got off when I licked your calves and you watched my mouth and tongue on you.”



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Sherry Perkins has worked as a licensed practical nurse for more than thirty-five years and has experience in psychiatric/addictions nursing, nursing-care coordination, and risk management. She earned a BS in health sciences from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and has spoken at public health functions on topics such as addiction prevention and treatment, prevention of teenage opioid deaths, and connecting patients who are resistant to treatment with appropriate services.

A mother of four, Perkins lives with extended family on the Delmarva Peninsula, where she enjoys collecting shells and sea glass; reading mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy; doing organic gardening; and following the Dave Matthews Band around the East Coast. At the End of the Rainbow was the first in a series of books inspired by a visit to Northern Ireland and a yearning to return there one day.

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