Seven Sexy Sins: How Cathy Williams Made Sloth Sexy

by Cathy Williams, author of To Sin With the Tycoon

Dear Reader,

When I was asked to write a Harlequin Presents embodying one of the seven deadly sins, I was pretty excited. When I was told that my sin would be sloth, I wondered… What’s there to find sexy in a lazy man?! I had visions of someone unkempt, unshaven and overweight, sitting around with cans of lager watching television…

But sloth, of course, encompasses so much more than physical laziness! And as soon as I came to that conclusion, I knew just what I was going to write.

The guy who has it all no longer has to try, and Gabriel Cabrera is the guy who has it all. He can have any woman he wants, and he’s always wanted them lightweight and very easy on the eye. He snaps his fingers and they come running. Why waste time trying when you can have what you want without the effort?

But he meets his match in his new secretary, Alice Morgan. She’s not one of his women ready to fall over herself at his command, and she’s not the sort of decoration he’s been accustomed to having around his office. She isn’t charmed by him, and that kick-starts all sorts of unheard of responses in him! He finds that emotional laziness can’t work with her, and is there anything more sexy than the guy who finally has to really try to get the girl?

So, from wondering how on earth I could find the sexy in sloth, I discovered that, when you put the right guy and the right girl together in just the right situation, it was pretty easy after all!

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it! And I bet, readers, you can think of all sorts of guys you know who have fallen victim to this particular sin. I’d love to hear your stories, so please do share them in the comments!

Cathy

About To Sin With the Tycoon:

sinWith the quirk of an eyebrow, Gabriel Cabrera can get anything he wants!

That is, until he meets PA Alice Morgan and he realizes three things

1) He’s jealous…a first.

2) He’s in pursuit…also a first.

3) She’s immune to his charms…definitely a first!

So he’ll draw her to him–;his every word an innuendo promising pleasure, his every touch sinfully seductive. And sweet, virginal Alice will come to him willingly so Gabriel can claim his prize…

Seven Sexy Sins…The true taste of temptation!

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Poll: What’s Your Sexy Sin?

Yesterday we introduced you to an exciting upcoming series, Seven Sexy Sins! In the coming weeks, you’ll get to hear from the authors and how they were inspired by each of the sins to come up with wickedly good stories. In the meantime, have your say and let us know which sexy sin is YOUR favorite!

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Exclusive Presents Sneak Peek!

By Laura McCallen, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant

The Presents team have two absolutely sensational new series starting in January 2015, and we just couldn’t wait to tell you all about them…so consider this an early Christmas gift from us to you! :)

First, we’d like to welcome you back to….

 

The Chatsfield

Synonymous with style, sensation…and scandal! 

With the eight Chatsfield siblings happily married and settling down, it’s time for a new generation of Chatsfields to shine!

Spencer Chatsfield steps in as CEO, determined to prove his worth. But when he approaches Isabella Harrington, of Harringtons Boutique hotels, with the offer of a merger that would benefit them both…he’s left with a stinging, red palm-shaped mark on his cheek!

And so begins a game of cat and mouse that will shape the future of the Chatsfields and the Harringtons forever.

But neither knows that there’s one stakeholder with the power to decide their fate…whose identity will shock both the Harringtons and the Chatsfields.

Just who will come out on top?

Find out in

Sheikh’s Desert Duty—Maisey Yates

Delucca’s Marriage Contract—Abby Green

Princess’s Secret Baby—Carol Marinelli

Virgin’s Sweet Rebellion—Kate Hewitt

Greek’s Last Redemption—Caitlin Crews

Russian’s Ruthless Demand—Michelle Conder

Tycoon’s Delicious Debt—Susanna Carr

Chatsfield’s Ultimate Acquisition—Melanie Milburne

 

8 titles to collect—you won’t want to miss out!

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We’d also like to encourage you to indulge your every wicked fantasy in…

 

Seven Sexy Sins

The true taste of temptation!

From greed to gluttony, lust to envy, these fabulous stories explore what seven sexy sins mean in the twenty-first century!

Whether pride goes before a fall or wrath leads to passion that consumes entirely, one thing is certain…the road to true love has never been more enticing!

So you decide:

How can it be a sin when it feels so good?

Sloth—Cathy Williams

Lust—Dani Collins

Pride—Kim Lawrence

Gluttony—Maggie Cox

Greed—Sara Craven

Wrath—Maya Blake

Envy—Annie West

Seven titles by some of Harlequin Presents’ most treasured and exciting authors!

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 With exciting new cover designs and sensational editorial you won’t want to miss any of these dazzling offerings from some of your favorite Presents authors. In the meantime, though, tell us, which series are you most excited about?

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Presents Hearts Secret Babies!

by Carly Byrne, Editor for Presents

As the new mum on the Presents team it seemed appropriate for me to write this blog about one of Presents most popular story themes – secret baby – and why authors, editors and readers alike go gaga for it!

The Presents Guide to Parenthood

As you know, Presents is the home of alpha males, decadent glamour and jet-set lifestyles not play dates, teething and tantrums. And any night time activities most certainly do not involve night-feeds! So where do babies fit in such a sophisticated world?

In Presents, it’s about the emotional journey towards parenthood, rather than the trials and tribulations of parenthood itself, that’s the focus. The white-hot night of passion where it all begins, the world-shattering moment when the little blue line appears on the pregnancy test, the drama of the heroine telling the man she’s just met or her ex or the ruler of a far distant land that they’re going to be bound together for a lifetime whether they like it or not! The pressure this puts on a fledgling or already fragile relationship, the duty bound proposal, the remembrance of their own childhood traumas to finally cradling the product of their love in the epilogue! It’s this rollercoaster of emotions that keeps us turning the pages and coming back for more!

So it’s the emotional repercussions of the baby bombshell that is the apple of our eye in a Presents secret baby story – whether it’s one night with a lifetime of consequences, a years old secret where the baby is now a child or even double the trouble with twins! We’re certainly broody for babies in Presents…secret babies that is!

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Carly’s not-so-secret baby daughter Ella – Presents heroine in the making!
(We couldn’t not mention the smallest (and cutest!) member of the Presents team!)

 If you also love secret baby stories look out for more from the miniseries One Night with Consequences coming in 2015!

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In the meantime, tell us…what do you love about secret baby stories? And what are your favourite kind of secret baby stories – one night babies, royal babies, twins?!

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Everyone Loves a Bad Boy + Giveaway!

by Melanie Milburne, author of The Valquez Seduction

Everyone loves a bad boy…except London schoolteacher Daisy Wyndham. Good girl Daisy has no time for the slick moves of Prince of the Pickups, Luiz Valquez when she meets him in a Las Vegas bar. He’s too smooth, too sure of himself so she spurns his hot come on with a cool brush off.

But when Luiz comes to her rescue after her drink is spiked everything changes. Captured by the press coming out of his room the next morning, Daisy suddenly finds herself labeled as Luiz’s latest pickup. Ack!

If that wasn’t bad enough, Daisy’s (rumoured) mob-connected father is after Luiz’s blood for sullying his baby girl’s reputation.

Luiz decides for a win-win. He will play at being good for a few days until this all blows over. Sure, his reputation as a one-night stand guy will get a little tarnished but it’s not as if he’s going to do anything with the uptight little English schoolmarm. She’s not his type.  :)

But Daisy has other ideas. This is her one chance to take a walk on the wild side. And who better than with Luiz Valquez? He has already shown her he can be a gentleman. What else can he show her?!!

A little thought took hold in her mind…She could have a holiday fling with him to get herself out there. He wasn’t interested in anything permanent. And there was no way she could ever be serious about someone so unsuitable as husband material. But for a few days of flirting and fun… who better than a man who really knew how to lay on the charm? ‘Are you sure you’re not too busy?’

‘For you, querida?’ He clinked his glass against hers once more, his black eyes gleaming. ‘I am more than happy to clear my diary.’

‘Well… if you insist.’

‘I do.’

She smiled at him. ‘You know something? When I first met you I thought you were brash and arrogant and ridiculously shallow.’

‘And now?’

‘I think underneath that easy come, easy go exterior you’re a really nice guy.’

A dangerous light came back on in his eyes as he trailed a lazy finger down the curve of her cheek. ‘Don’t be fooled, little English girl. Your white Knight has the blackest of hearts.’

‘At least you have one.’

He studied her mouth for a heart-stopping moment. Daisy felt her breath come to a screeching halt as his fingertip traced the outline of her lips, the top one and then the bottom one. The movement of his finger stirred every nerve into a happy dance. She could feel her lips buzzing as if a swarm of bees was trapped beneath their surface.

‘Are you going to kiss me?’ Had she really asked that? She really needed to work on her flirting lines. But hey, this might just be the opportunity to do it.

His mouth curved upwards in an enigmatic smile. ‘Let’s say I’m measuring the risks.’

‘Just so you know… I don’t bite.’

‘No.’ He took a fistful of her hair in his hand and pulled her close as his mouth come down towards hers. ‘But I do.’

I hope you enjoy The Valquez Seduction, the second book in the Playboys of Argentina series. I have a signed copy (all regions) for a reader who tells me what’s the most gallant thing someone has done for you.

And just because it’s close to Christmas I will also send a signed copy of The Valquez Bride- a perfect gift for a friend or loved one!

 

Happy reading!

Melanie Milburne xx

 

Giveaway! Answer the above question and you could win a copy of The Valquez Seduction! The contest will close on November 27 and a winner by random draw will be selected on the 28. For full giveaway rules, click here.

About The Valquez Seduction:

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Standing outside a decadent Las Vegas nightclub, innocent schoolteacher Daisy Wyndham has never felt more out of her depth. And that’s before sultry Argentinian polo player Luiz Valquez rides to her rescue in front of the global media, leading to reports of their engagement….

It’s a dangerous charade, but one they’re both prepared to play! Luiz can shake his playboy image, and Daisy can cast aside her cloistered upbringing. With Luiz doing his best to be good and Daisy trying her hardest to be bad, it’s only a matter of time before one of them gives in….

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