May 18th, 2015

red carpet

New release from Deanna Wadsworth and Giveaway!

Thank you Clare for hosting me as I near the end of my WRECKED Blog Tour!

Do you like pets in your books? Well, I read once that if you give a hero a pet, the reader falls in love with them a whole lot quicker—and don’t we all want that?

For my upcoming novel WRECKED, I needed my hero Rief Lawson to have a pet, not just because I wanted my fans to love him as much as I do, but because he needed something in his life to combat his deep loneliness. Rief is an outsider in his town of Key West, Florida not only because of his love of men, but because of the rumors about his mysterious gift of sight. He lives alone and even his family avoids him, leaving him to his solitude because they do not understand his gifts or why he is so troubled. Rief’s only friend is the imagined image of a man he’s been painting for years. Poor guy!
I could have given him a dog, a loyal friend, but I soon realized that Rief is more of a cat guy.
I honestly don’t think he would have a dog, because he wouldn’t feel that he deserved that kind of loyalty. He is drawn to a pet who loves him, but also an animal that sets the relationship terms, which matches with Rief’s submissive personality. The whole world might avoid or dislike Rief, but at least his kitty loves him, right?

Please enjoy the exclusive excerpt I brought along for Clare’s fans and all cat lovers out there. I hope you enjoy the dynamic between Rief and his black cat, Sully. To set the stage for you, it is late at night and Rief was painting in his studio, alone. Mathew has dropped in unannounced, and Sully is the one who eases the tension between my two heroes.

After you read it, don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win one of two copies of WRECKED in the rafflecopter link!

Thank you so much for hosting me, Clare!

Blurb from WRECKED:
Off the Key West coast, Rief Lawson works as a wrecker, salvaging ships and their cargo. Exiled to the outskirts of society because of his mysterious gift of sight, Rief’s only respite from his loneliness is painting an unknown blond man. When a merchant ship wrecks during a violent storm, Rief rescues a drowning victim and comes face-to-face with his destiny.
It is the man from his art!
Heir to an English barony, Mathew Weston entered the merchant trade with his greedy father and soon-to-be father-in-law. Dominated by his father and smothered by the people around him—including his sweet but tiresome fianceé—Mathew is terrified to follow his true desires. Marriage and obedience seem safer than a life of secrecy and possible prison.
After the daring rescue, a fire ignites between the two men. Powerless to resist his desire, Mathew learns what it means to be a man in Rief’s arms. With this newfound confidence, Mathew teaches Rief through gentle touch that he deserves the affection he’s long been denied. Yet their affair is doomed from the start. Two desperate men, wrecked in heart and mind, must find a way to salvage the chance at love fate has given them.

Excerpt from WRECKED:

“Please, make yourself at home,” Rief said, gesturing to the chair as he retrieved a bottle.
“Thank you.”                         
Mathew sat on the edge, his back unnaturally straight as if he were sitting for one of those photographs that were so fashionable nowadays. If Rief were going to sketch him, however, he’d instruct him to relax, perhaps take off his top hat, attempting to capture not just an image, but the true essence of the man.
“Might wanna take your coat off to dry,” Rief suggested, wishing Mathew would shed all of his finery, from cravat to plaid trousers. Then he could blend paint directly on his flesh, searching for the perfect shade, the right tone of his alabaster beauty.
“Yes, indeed.” He placed his top hat on the table, then laid his coat on the back of the chair. The lining was made of fine silk, the high quality obvious even at the distance.
Suddenly Rief felt conspicuous wearing only an old pair of trousers—vulnerable even. “Let me go put on a shirt.”
“Oh, you don’t have to do that for me.” Mathew opened his mouth, then squirmed, looking away.
Rief slipped behind the canvas sail hung from the rafters that served as a wall to separate the sleeping area from the rest of his upper loft. Sully followed him, jumping onto the bed. He imagined the animal mocked him with the question, Now what are you gonna do?
“Don’t look at me like that,” he warned the cat. “I know I’m a fool.”
“Did you say something?” Mathew called.
When he cursed under his breath, he swore Sully grinned.
Ignoring the precocious feline, he threw on a shirt and hurried back to Mathew. A flash of lightning pulsed through the room, illuminating him. Rief had to catch his breath. Reclining at the kitchen table, Mathew had one arm stretched over the back of the chair beside him, his leg crossed over the knee. His blond hair fell carelessly across his brow. He appeared deep in thought and probably had no clue how captivating he looked. How alluring.
A confident, bold man lurked inside that small youthful body.

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Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

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