I've also asked each author to share a fun Christmas memory. Should be interesting. Be sure to stop by every day this week for a new post and excerpt.
We start the week off with Maddie Taylor and her story.
The Naughty List is a collection of holiday stories from some of your favorite romance and spanking authors like Patty Devlin, Dinah McLeod, Renee Rose, Maren Smith and of course, yours truly Maddie Taylor. We have teamed up to bring you five brand spanking new novellas, all filled with sexy hunks, sassy heroines and plenty of holiday spankings and cheer. A word of caution, I've seen a lot of boxed sets this year, but they seem to be repackaged old releases from Christmas past. Ours are brand spanking new, pun intended. I hope you'll enjoy them all. Here's a little sneak peak from my contribution.
Buy link for The Naughty List box set: Amazon
The blurb for "Everything Christmas"
New in town, Merry has been so busy with opening her new store, that she hasn't really had time to unpack! She always seems to be in a rush and accidents seem to follow her around like sleigh bells at Christmas. Her new neighbor, the hunky tall guy in a cop's uniform, is definitely drool-worthy, but he always seems to be cross with her about something, and he even issued her three tickets! All in the same day! So no one is more surprised than Merry when he rushes to rescue her from what could have been a nasty situation.
Reese has had his heart broken before, and he's not eager to go through that again, so he intentionally dates a string of women that are definitely NOT his type. Unfortunately, the cute little red-head across the street is exactly what he would look for in a woman - if he were looking. He tries to keep her at arm's length by being intentionally rude, but if ever a woman needed a protector more, he'd yet to meet her. Seriously, he wondered how she'd made it this far already!
As she sat in a fog, completely depleted of energy, she debated whether to get up and go, or just pass out. She'd just opted in favor of passing out, when a movement in the window caught her attention. Across the street was a man dressed only in running shorts and shoes. He was stretching his legs against a tree. She figured he'd just finished a run because his sweat drenched body was glistening in the late evening sun. Her eyes traveled over his tight, toned muscular body with pleasure. When he bent down to pick up a water bottle, his shorts pulled snugly against his tight rear and her breath caught in her throat. The man had the body of a Greek God.
He began stretching his back muscles, twisting at the waist until he was looking directly at her condo. Their eyes met from across the street and she suddenly realized that she was pressed against her front window gawking at him. He smiled and gave her a quick nod before walking up the drive and entering the house directly across the street. Holy Moly! The Adonis was her neighbor.
A hand rose to her chin, checking for drool. Thankfully finding none, she swallowed her mortification before rushing to the kitchen to grab her purse. How could she have gotten off the couch and walked across her carton littered floor without knowing it? What had kept her from tripping over something in the moving day mess? It must be low blood sugar she decided, that had her completely embarrassing herself in front of the man. She needed food, stat!
Buy Link for Everything Christmas: Amazon
Like Reese and Merry, I also have a romantic scene of making love beneath the Christmas tree. It was my first Christmas with my husband, the lights were off except for the glow from the 400 twinkling lights on our first Christmas tree. Just as we were getting busy, the tree began to shake. All the glass bulbs were tinkling and a few fell off and rolled away. What on earth??? All of a sudden, this furry creature lept onto the tree, climbing higher and higher toward the glimmering star atop the 6 ft tall Douglas fir. WTF my husband said as the tree swayed back and forth and finally toppled over as we both tried to catch it, both butt naked standing in front of our picture window.
No, it wasn't as in Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation. It was my darling puss, Bandit. Evidently, it was his first Christmas tree, too. He never did get that star on top. I guess when you're only 10 pounds of fluff, falling from a 6 ft high tree can put you off your game. However, by the end of the season, all of my bulbs and other ornaments were at the top of the tree and my bottom half was butt naked. <teehee>
Love the story, Maddie! Thanks for sharing.