Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dreamspinner releases Priceless!


Hey guys! I’ve got some great news! On July 25th Priceless will be released by Dreamspinner. Below the cover is a link that will take you to it. (and oh my God, what a cover the artist came up with!!)



Now, I plan to do a contest the day Priceless is released. Just fyi, lol. I'll be visting some blogs too, and there might be a contest going on there. *Grin* I'll let ya'll know what's happening. I'm still setting up interviews/guest blogs.

God guys, I've waited a long time to see this day. And speaking of, I've got Perfect just about ready to send to Dreamspinner, possibly this week. Then Pure will be next. *Then* I'll focus The Harvest!

~M

Blurb:

Sparks ignite when Cupid takes aim at two mortals in Las Vegas: Randy Jones, an average guy on a company vacation, looks into Garrett’s eyes at a craps table and time stands still. Throwing aside everything he believes, Randy engages in a torrid two-night affair with Garrett—only to panic when he realizes he’s fallen in love.

Cynical billionaire Garrett Shiffler has everything money can buy, and most of his dates can’t see past the dollar signs. Life has taught him that innocence and love are figments of the imagination. But when Randy disappears, taking with him feelings Garrett thought he’d never know, Garrett wages the most important battle of his life to win Randy's love—but this time he fights with his heart, not his bank account.

Meanwhile, Cupid wonders what happened. His golden arrows never fail unless the Fates interfere. If Garrett wants to win Randy back, he’s going to have to do it on his own, because the Fates have other plans for Cupid. 

Excerpt:

After being carded yet again, the young-looking man entered the casino. Turquoise eyes sparkled with mischief as he searched the mob of people. He brushed his curly blond hair out of the way, looking for a certain type of person this time. Now he just needed inspiration to strike and he had his trusty arrows ready to go. Moving through the crowds, he looked this way and that. So many lonely humans to choose from, so many needed love in their life.

He was known by many names, but he preferred Cupid, the name his mother had given him. Greek mythology, Roman mythology… he shrugged. Little did the humans know just how badly they had messed up the pantheon, not that it mattered. He knew the truth, as did others of his kind.

His eyes searched the casino once more… there. There was what he was looking for. That man. With a grin he moved through the crowd.

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With a lazy, bored air, Garrett scanned the casino crowd at the Palms in Las Vegas, his eyes not seeing anything around him. He was restless, and even the usual thrill of gambling didn’t interest him. Idly, he bounced the dice in his hand, uninterested in the high-stakes game of craps he was playing. The crowd around him gasped when his luck took a turn for the worse, and he lost more on one roll than what some people made in a year. But even that didn’t snap him out of his current mood. Suddenly his luck changed with the next roll of the dice.

A shiver rolled through his body, and the hair pricked at the back of his neck. Something, a shift in the atmosphere maybe, caught his attention. Once again he scanned the crowd around the craps table, searching for… something. His eyes snapped back and focused on the man across the table from him. Time shifted and slowed, and the annoying noise of the casino floor receded into the background until all he could see was him.

Garrett’s heart shifted into fourth gear, revving wildly, then kicked in and took off at a pulse pounding pace. His mind conjured up a series of Technicolor scenes that required the man across from him to pose, bend, and stretch into any number of erotic and explicit positions. Garrett’s eyes traveled up to startled molten silver eyes, and another shiver raced through his body.

Those eyes shone with a sweet innocence Garrett rarely saw and doubted existed anymore. His mind crackled with disbelief. No one was that innocent, no one. But a long-buried part of his soul whispered in his ear… what if? What if the guy wasn’t a player and was what he seemed? Surprised by his body’s reaction, he decided to find out. He pinned the man across the table from him with his cold stare. A slight smirk hovered around Garrett’s mouth as he motioned the guy over next to him.

* * * *

Randy listened to the crowd cheer a player at the craps table. He strained to see, but being neither exceptionally large nor tall, he was at a distinct disadvantage. Then there was a break in the crowd and Randy wedged himself closer to the table. Dead center of the insanity, the very picture of male perfection stared at him intently.

He was taller than Randy by several inches, and his hair was the color of coffee, with silver streaks around the temples. It was cut above his ears with the back touching his collar. The top was teased a bit to stand up. He had a goatee and a dimple in his cheek, giving him a seductive, chiseled look. His eyes were the most amazing shade of minty green.

Muscular broad shoulders and a nice expanse of chest were wrapped in a desert sage dress shirt from the Prada’s line and matched with, oh yes, what was surely a tight ass poured into a pair of Botticelli’s handmade Italian jeans. He had to be in his early forties, a few years older than Randy.

His fingers, long and narrow, idly shifted through a huge mound of chips. Randy’s startled eyes landed on the fortune in front of the man. His eyes widened at the amount of chips, then shot up to the other man’s eyes. Randy trembled as chills ran up and down his spine as they made eye contact. The man across the table lifted his hand and motioned to Randy. Randy glanced around, then pointed at his chest in question. Again the man nodded and motioned Randy to join him.

“Me?” Randy mouthed at him.

“You,” he mouthed back.

Unsure, Randy stood there. Surely he didn’t mean him? The man hiked an eyebrow, and with an impatient gesture of his hand once more motioned for Randy to join him. Randy moved around the table, coming to stand nervously beside him.

“You seemed to have changed my luck when you walked up,” he said. His eyes traveled from Randy’s short, sun-streaked brown hair down to the tips of his shoes, then back up again, drinking in every detail. “Shall we see if I’m right?”

“Ah, sure,” Randy said, fighting to control the shiver that threatened to seize his body. He had never been so thoroughly checked out in his life. “But I don’t really believe I’m what you’d call a lucky charm, just so you know.”

Mr. Slick’s, Randy’s nickname for the guy, dimple deepened as he looked Randy over again, and his gaze lingered on Randy’s groin. Redness painted Randy’s cheeks as his mind questioned what he saw. Even if the stars were perfectly aligned and the galaxy tilted sideways, Randy couldn’t believe such a sexy man would find a regular guy like him interesting. The chances that Mr. Slick was gay were one in a billion, and really, who would take odds like that, even in Vegas?

“We’ll decide later what to call you. For right now let’s see if my luck holds now that you’re here.”

Randy stood quietly, unable to come back with anything witty. He hated situations like these. His mind went blank and he couldn’t think of anything to say that didn’t make him sound like a blathering idiot. He was so far out of his league with a guy like this. Mr. Slick was smooth and confident, polished and refined. And Randy… well, he worked an average job, owned an average house, and drove an average car.

That was him in a nutshell, just an average guy.

18 comments:

  1. I remember reading this story on Lit and loving it. Did you have to expand it at all to get it publshed?

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  2. I did add some to it. The plot is still the same, but there will be things you haven't read. :) There were parts that needed a bit more, you know. Plus I added stuff to make the transiton to Perfect smoother. I did the same with Perfect. And will with Pure when I get to that lol. :)

    ~M

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  3. I love the additions. The beginning really grabbed me on this story and it's what lead me to the rest of the trilogy and this blog.
    Can't wait fro release either and LOVE the cover!!! :o)

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    1. The artist did a fab job, for sure. :)

      I added that little bit at the beginning because some folks didn't catch who Cupid was in the story. And also, this is my take on Cupid and the other gods... which won't jive with what history tells us lol. Where's the fun in that LOLOLOL!!!

      ~M

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  4. I enjoyed Priceless, Perfect, and Pure very much, but what I'm really looking forward to is The Harvest. It's one of my all-time favorite stories that I've come across on Lit and I was terribly sad when it was removed; I read it over and over! I am looking forward to hearing about a release date for it.

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    1. It's probably my fav also. And the hardest thing I ever wrote lol. It won't be long now!

      ~M

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  5. Oh happy day! I'm so excited! I love all your stories but Pure is my favorite. This is one step closer to Mo. :-)

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    1. Mo just sort of tugs the ol' heart strings, doesn't he lol. I'll be beefing up certain scenes with him and Zygi lol. And do a full out bondage scene which I didn't do before. *wink*

      ~M

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  6. Garrett and Randy have one of the sweetest, hottest romances you've ever written (which is saying a lot, because all your romances are hot), and it's wonderful that now it will be available for readers to find and love. And that cover is perfect! Wait... Perfect is the other book! The cover is priceless! :D

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    1. LOL, too many 'P' words!

      Hey Tali, don't know if you'll see this, but maybe others will. You've been great. The help, the editing, the knowledge shared... thank you. You're a very special person. :)

      ~M

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  7. Gorgeous cover for a great story, I'm so glad I'm going to be able to read it again! :D

    Mo x

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    1. Seems like forever doesn't it lol?

      ~M

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  8. Yum :) I remember reading this on literotica, but that was a long as time ago. I think Priceless is the first story I have ever read from you :) That or Getting Perfect. I'm pretty sure it's Getting Perfect. Sorry Im rumbling :) But over all, they were the first ones I have ever read from your creative genius minds and I can't believe you got it publish. No wait, I do believe that because you are such a great writer :) Can't wait for the release of Priceless. *squeals like a fangirl*

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    1. LOl! Thank you Anon! It's comments like yours that keep me going. :)

      ~M

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  9. Ok I have it on my wish list. Now just have to wait. Hopefully the others dont take long. Oh yeah and because its me I only have one more thing to add. YOUNG!!

    Lol, Tat

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    1. I second you on that :) Patiently waiting for the YOUNG!

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  10. *Grin* Tat, if you hadn't thrown something about the Young stories off in a comment I'd been worried! And thank you. :)

    ~M

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  11. Ok, is it me or is the site keep disconnecting me or maybe it's my internet provider. *sighed* I've been meaning to come on here for months now but every time I've tried, my whole computer crashes down. Gosh, I hope it doesn't crash before I post this. Anyway....

    CONGRATULATIONS, Michelle!! Yayyyyy!! Oh, God! I think, it crashed! Gotta post this really quick and I'll be back!

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