Seven Sexy Sins: Dani Collins “Won the Lotto” with Lust!

by Dani Collins, author of The Sheikh’s Sinful Seduction

Hello from snowy Canada, Presents Readers!

Last year, my editor contacted me to say thatse the team wanted to tackle the seven deadly sins in a very sexy way. When she asked me to write sexiest sin of them all, Lust, I felt like I’d won the lotto!

I immediately did what any good writer does when given such an assignment: I googled ‘lust.’ I wanted to know what provoked it. I learned that people are drawn to the exotic. It’s Mother Nature’s way of ensuring variety in the gene pool.

What’s more exotic (or erotic) than a sheikh hero? Zafir promptly showed up at an oasis in all his disciplined glory, ready to sacrifice his own wants for the good of his country.

Fern is a redheaded bookworm with freckles. She doesn’t provoke men to ask the time, let alone try to get her into bed. Of course she falls for him, but she grew up as the product of lust. A child of sin.

This thing between them simply can’t happen, but he winds up making a pass, one that she shuts down by admitting she’s a virgin. Here’s their exchange later that day:

“I shouldn’t have presumed this morning.” A mixture of compunction and frustration flashed in his expression. “If I frightened you, I apologize.” He sounded sincere. Looked it, even though his gaze was now penetrating hers in a way that was extremely uncomfortable. “It won’t happen again.”

Well, that certainly told her how irresistible she was. Her eyes grew damp with a startling mixture of frustration and longing. She lowered her lashes to hide her completely misplaced disappointment.

“Lust is bad,” she managed to say, stating it for her own benefit, hoping to soothe this sting of rejection by making it sound like she wouldn’t go to bed with him even if he wanted her to.

His mouth twitched, the corners deepening with a pained and secretive smile. “Says the woman who doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” He sobered into the man she had read was a determined leader of a troubled populace. “But in this case, yes. The consequences aren’t worth it.”

Find out what happens next in March 2015! And in the meantime, tell me: What do you think provokes lust? What do you consider ‘exotic’?

About The Sheikh’s Sinful Seduction:

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A king among men, Sheikh Zafir cannot allow emotion or feelings to color his judgment. His carnal desires must be curbed for the sake of peace in his kingdom. But his control is tested by the feisty Fern Davenport; Zafir must have her.

Driven by desire…

Innocent Fern Davenport tries to resist the sheikh’s skillful seduction—she knows that he could never marry her. But under the blistering sun an incendiary thirst awakes, and one incredible night results in a very lasting consequence.

Now this sheikh must claim his heir and his bride!

 

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Love and Lust: Harrington and Chatsfield

by Carol Marinelli, author of Princess’s Secret Baby

It was so much fun being a part of The Chatsfield miniseries and entering this glamorous world. I especially enjoyed the rivalry between the Chatsfield and Harrington hotels.

I love to write stories about love at first sight and lust at first sight, though usually they are two separate types of books. With this story they rather collided.

My wild and reckless hero, James, threw up a few challenges for me. Initially I had him partying the night away in a very trendy bar.  With his appalling reputation and a life lived in the fast lane, he wouldn’t usually be caught dead in the rather formal and staid Harrington hotel, but a last-minute decision to check out the competition saw him there.

It is Princess Leila of Al-Ahmar’s very first night out—not just in New York but away from the palace and life she has run from. The more I got to know her, the more I understood that she would never have made it to one of the bars that James more usually frequents.

When Leila walks into the sophisticated bar in a slinky black dress and high heels, all James sees is a poised and beautiful woman. He could never have guessed she had just left her entire world behind—from her title of Princess Leila right down to the silk robes and jeweled slippers she usually wears.

Their attraction is so instant that James even says at one point that Leila should have called him when she arrived at the airport because he would have come to collect her. I kept fiddling with that line, but I left it in because I wanted to convey how deep their initial connection went—that tonight was simply meant to be.

It only later became apparent to me that James, even if he hadn’t planned it, was simply meant to be at The Harrington that night—he needed to be there to save Leila.

So many times we go to events, not expecting to enjoy ourselves or find someone we connect with, never mind find the love our life.

I love to hear about chance meetings and last-minute decisions that end up having huge repercussions, so tell me, have you experienced this kind of kismet? Has a choice you made changed your life?

Happy reading!

Carol

About Princess’s Secret Baby:

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The Princess of Surhaadi is desperate to escape a life lived in the shadows of her family’s past. One misguided night of rebellion later and Leila’s world comes crashing down thanks to two little blue lines on the pregnancy test!

When James Chatsfield—world-renowned bad boy and soon-to-be father —hears the shocking news, he knows he needs to act, and fast! He’ll propose to protect his heir, but will Leila ever believe he sees her as more than just the mother of his child?

Welcome to The Chatsfield, New York!

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The Presents Team Loves…the Mediterranean

by Laura McCallen, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant

As I sit here at my desk with a hot water bottle in my lap, my coat over my shoulders and my frozen fingers blindly hitting the keyboard (fair warning that I can’t be held to standardized spelling norms this time ‘round…) my thoughts can’t help but drift to warmer climates and sun-filled escapes from reality. Logically, I know that the days are getting longer, but I can’t be alone in feeling that we’re being forced to endure an unnatural amount of cold, dark and dank days this January…and that I (along with all of you!) would benefit from some sun, sand and adventure. You might be asking yourself where one should travel to find these mythical beings but look no further than Mediterranean shores!

Where better than that haven of gorgeous Greeks, scintillating Sicilians, incredible Italians, and perfect Princes to lap up the luxury, top up your tan and enjoy the half-dressed eye candy that is inevitable in those sizzling, sultry temperatures? Imagine it now….the sound of the waves lapping at the perfect sands, the feel of the sun warming you from head to toe, the taste of a cocktail (or mocktail) on your tongue and the company of the Harlequin Presents hero of your choosing. Because with these sexy alpha billionaires it doesn’t matter where you choose to unlace your espadrilles and put your feet up…you’re in for a vacation to remember.

But how to choose your perfect Mediterranean man?! To help get you started thinking Presents authors Lynne Graham and Andie Brock are introducing some dashing new contenders this January!

Lynne Graham’s brings you gorgeous Greek, Giorgios Letsos, in The Secret His Mistress Carried

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Hiding from the Greek…

The ink is barely dry on Giorgios Letsos’s divorce papers but there’s only one thing on this unstoppable Greek’s mind:  finding Billie Smith, his mistress before his marriage. But the sweet, pliable woman he once knew slams the door in his face!

Billie fought hard to heal her broken heart after Gio chose to marry someone else. When he storms back into her life, she’s determined not to fall for his seduction again. Especially now that she has a secret to protect…their son.

But she hadn’t counted on just how badly he wants her back in his bed!

And Andie Brock’s rugged daredevil, Rafael Revaldi, will captivate you in her Harlequin Presents debut and So You Think You Can Write 2nd place winning The Last Heir of Monterrato

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He’s fallen 12,000 feet from the sky… Now he knows exactly what he wants!

Daredevil Rafael Revaldi has always lived for the moment. But having cheated death, the Conte di Monterrato is focused on the future. He needs an heir, but to get one he’ll face his toughest challenge yet – winning back his estranged wife!

Lottie returns to the castle she once called home with newfound strength. The intense sensual connection between Lottie and Rafe remains, but so do the emotional scars of their marriage. Can Lottie risk her heart again to give them the child they both so desperately want?

Look for these dazzling stories in stores now!

And in the meantime, tell us, if you could escape to the sunny Mediterranean where would you go and which Harlequin Presents hero would you take with you?!

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“I’ve always loved a sheikh story”: Rachael Thomas on Claimed by the Sheikh

by Rachael Thomas, author of Claimed by the Sheikh

0215-9781460349915-bigwAs a fan and reader of Presents, I’ve always loved a sheikh story. I mean, what’s not to like? Gorgeous and powerful sheikhs from faraway lands, being tamed by a woman’s love. I adore the worlds these demanding heroes inhabit, their power and control, which comes as easily as breathing. I love their sense of honor and duty, which knows no bounds, and their all-consuming passion. Could anything be a more intoxicating cocktail?

This is exactly what I imagined as I started writing Kazim and Amber’s story before I got “the call” at the beginning of this year to say that my So You Think You Can Write 2013 entry was going to be published. It goes without saying that I was ecstatic. I had achieved my dream. I was a Presents author. Then I realized the story I was working on, just for the fun of it, was going to be my second book.

Ever since I first had the idea for this story, I could see the opening scene in my mind so clearly. It was as if I’d just watched it on the television. Amber, a runaway princess, is waitressing in a dubious club in Paris when the man she’d loved and married out of duty to her family finally catches up with her. His rejection of her on their wedding night still hurts, but his powerful presence in the club can’t be ignored–neither can the sizzle of attraction that surrounds them. And very soon she finds herself back in his desert kingdom and in his arms.

So many questions bombarded me from the moment that first scene in the club came to mind, I just had to write their story and take them to their happy-ever-after. They had married out of duty, but questions about Amber’s past invaded that marriage before the night was over and Amber fled to Paris. Kazim, in true alpha-hero style, tracks her down and insists on her return to his homeland, but soon realizes he hasn’t only returned to his kingdom with his wife–but also with the woman he loves.

When I started this story, I never envisaged it being my second Presents book, with such a stunning cover. I’m really honored and proud to be able to share an excerpt here on a blog I’ve followed for quite a few years and always dreamed of being on!

 

Read on for an exclusive excerpt of Rachael Thomas’s Claimed by the Sheikh

Kazim turned and marched from the room, away from the woman who’d practically driven him mad with desire. He had thought her allure would fade once he’d tasted the forbidden fruit, but the fact that she was now truly his and his alone only intensified his need for her. She made him want things he could never have, be the person he could never be.

He thought of her insistence on leaving, and irritation bubbled inside him. His people had welcomed her and were expecting her to stay. They wanted her to be their princess and one day their queen. He wanted her by his side on the path through life that fate had forged him—the same fate that had led her to him. He also wanted her in his bed at night. Each and every night. This was a new realization, one he hadn’t totally come to terms with.

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What setting sets your pulse racing?

by Abby Green, author of Fonseca’s Fury

The idea for the heroine in this book actually came from another book entirely. When I was writing The Legend of de Marco, I gave my hero, Rocco, a back story featuring two younger half – sisters.

In his story I’d written that they were pampered blonde and blue – eyed princesses who had literally stepped over him in the street after he’d confronted their father.

I wrote a story featuring one of the sisters, Siena and in her story I depicted her sister Serena as a wild child, addicted to alcohol and drugs. I thought at the time that there was no way I could use her as a heroine but she refused to get out of my head.

So I sat down and had to think of why she was the way she was and how I could possibly redeem her.

I think anyone’s actions can be justified as long as you can show very compelling evidence for their actions or behaviour, and Serena certainly had no chance once her corrupt father decided he had to control her at all costs…

Serena has just got her life back on track when she meets the one man in the world who has plenty of reason to doubt that she might have changed her ways. Luca Fonseca is the man who ended up in jail with his reputation in shreds because of his brief yet cataclysmic association with her.

When it turns out that he’s Serena’s boss, he wastes no time in sending her packing. But Serena isn’t that easy to get rid of and Luca fears for his precious reputation again. So he does the next best thing to get her out of sight and hopefully, out of his hair completely – he takes her into the Amazon jungle on a grueling trek in the hope that she’ll run screaming within ten minutes.

But she doesn’t. And in the confines of one of the world’s most awe – inspiring yet potentially deadly environments, he faces the very unpalatable revelation that Serena DePiero is a lot stronger than she looks, and…she’s not the woman he remembers.

I loved the jungle setting – pitting these two people against each other against such a lush and sensual backdrop.

What setting sets your pulse racing?

About Fonseca’s Fury:

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The last time Luca Fonseca saw Serena DePiero, he ended up in a jail cell. The Brazilian billionaire has since clawed back his reputation, but he’s never forgotten her. So when Luca discovers Serena’s working for his charity, his anger reignites!

Serena has changed. Finally in control of her life, she refuses to let Luca intimidate her. She’ll deal with whatever her new boss throws at her—from a rain-forest trek to the social jungle of Rio! But she can’t handle the passion that flares hotter than Luca’s fury.

Especially when it threatens to consume them both!

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