Friday, December 28, 2018

"Shadow of a Man" by Denise Wheatley - Happy Release Day!

Good morning readers! Once again, I am tickled to be hosting my friend and fellow EXtasy Books author, Denise Wheatley!

Her novella, "Shadow of a Man" was released today, and it is another smoking hot read!

Congrats Denise! I wish you continued success!

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Shadow of a Man:

The pursuit of love can sometimes be a matter of life and death…

Veronica Level possesses the ability to read minds—but only during intense bouts of danger. It is within these perilous situations that she encounters Christopher Altman, a mysterious, centuries-old vigilante transformed into a dark, enigmatic shadow, who has always been there to protect her.

Despite the menacing circumstances surrounding their every encounter, neither Veronica nor Christopher can deny their desire for one another, especially after Veronica’s abilities show her the seductively handsome man hidden within the mystifying shadow. But just how far will they have to go in order to break the curse and be together without jeopardizing Veronica’s safety, or more importantly, her life?

Shadow of a Man is Available Now!


Veronica rolled over onto her back and stared up at the ceiling. Cold tears fell from the corners of her eyes and slid down her temples, landing somewhere along her hairline. She was exhausted. This situation with the dark shadow had completely consumed her. As she struggled to release him from the evil curse, she’d fallen behind on her magazine deadlines, stopped taking proper care of herself, and had practically cut off all contact with her friends. Veronica knew that they were worried about her, but there was no way she could share her ordeal with them.

She closed her eyes and held her head in her hand despairingly, drifting off into a deep slumber. Every muscle in her body slowly began to relax. She was overcome with a sense of peace. Her mind entered a dreamlike state, and a tingling sensation swept over her toes and the tops of her feet. The feeling slowly made its way up Veronica’s calves, causing her to stir and moan softly. The touch of gentle fingertips caressed every inch of her. Veronica’s taut nipples vibrated while an intense desire ignited deep within her. She spread her legs, relishing what she knew was her shadow’s [BV1] [DW2] presence. And then, just when she felt an erect force press between her thighs, a loud thud awakened her.

Veronica sat straight up in bed, her breath short. She turned her ear toward the door. There was complete silence. She sat still for a few moments, waiting to see if there would be more noise. When there wasn’t, she assumed that her dog, Mona, had knocked something over. She lay back down and closed her eyes, hoping that her sweet dream would pick up right where it had left off.
But then Veronica heard the wooden floor in her living room let out a long, shrill creak. Mona’s tiny paws weren’t heavy enough to make that sort of sound. As her dog gave a loud bark, Veronica’s mind began to buzz with someone else’s devious thoughts...

‘Tis the season with Shadow of a Man, a steamy paranormal erotic romance, which is the first in its series. The second installment, Shadow of a Man: The Curse Runs Deep, coming soon!

My contemporary erotic romance, A Naughty Jolly Christmas, is out now! It’s the first novella in my series, The Holiday Chronicles, and the follow up, My Unconditional Valentine, will be released in February 2019! Here’s where you can find all of my novellas on eXtasy Books website:


Hello everyone! My name is Denise, and I am a lover of romance, happy endings, and the art of storytelling. I used to cry as a three-year old child when my mother read to me because I so badly wanted to read the books myself! Once I learned, I constantly had my nose in a novel (especially the ones I’d sneak from my mom’s bookshelf). I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and draw inspiration from Chicago, the city where I was born and raised, as well as Los Angeles, which is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve published several books and short stories, and I’m an avid ghostwriter and editor. When I’m not sitting behind my computer, you can find me in a movie theater, on a tennis court, watching true crime television or chatting on social media.

Speaking of social media, I’d love to connect with you! Here’s where you can find me:

On Instagram:

On My Writer’s Blog:

On Twitter:

On Facebook:

 [BV1]Wait, she doesn’t have a name/identity yet, I thought
 [DW2]You’re right. I slipped up there.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

What Holiday Break?

Schools are done for the holidays in my district, but that doesn't mean all of us are on vacation.

For authors like myself, we never really take a "vacation". We're always promoting, networking, writing, editing, thinking about writing, or revising even when we're doing our regular every day routine - housework for example. I get a lot of ideas for scenes or stories while I'm scrubbing the toilet, doing the dishes, or even tossing a load of clothing into the washer.

The last two months have been crazy for me, ever since Maggie [Blackbird] yanked me out of my shell and encouraged me to talk to more authors at eXtasy Books. It's been such a fun whirlwind of talking, networking, exchanging ideas, and promoting each other that I haven't had much time to think! 

I am adoring every single second of it, and I would not change a bit of it for all of the money in the world. I've met some amazing, talented people who have become dear friends in such a short time!

This entire year has been a roller coaster. I went from being extremely depressed and spaced out due to medications, to upbeat and alert. 

I am back to being MYSELF, and it feels great!

What's been going on in my writing world, other than having guests post on my blog?

I've been busy. I'm still writing the yet unnamed MSIP and the sports short story, as well as revising one I wrote a few years ago. (NO, not the ABOMINATION, that is so awful that it will NEVER see the light of day - it's so bad I don't even have it on my hard drive!) 

The big news is I sent a story to be critiqued for the first time since STRICKEN - over 2 years. "Something About Alexis" was read over, edited and revised (the stuff I could see), and it went to six special people yesterday afternoon for their enjoyment.  

Yes, I am nervous. Stricken has amazing reviews, but not all of my work was liked. The Abomination for example... It was touted as me "trying to write like someone else", and it didn't work - at all. 

This is why I insist on having someone else read my work, whether it's a voracious reader like myself, or another author who knows what to look for as well as industry standards. I tend to miss something or go on a zillion tangents if I am not kept in line. 

A huge thank you to my betas for "Something About Alexis" - Gordon, Amy, Erin, Erica, Heather, and Sara. It's really appreciated, I hope you like it!

I wish all of you a happy whatever your reason for the season, and may all of you have a lovely holiday season! 

I will be back at least one more time between now and 2019, I have another guest blogger appearing on FRIDAY December 28th! 

I leave all of you with something different. "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" heavy metal style, care of TWISTED SISTER.

Friday, December 21, 2018

"A Naughty Jolly Christmas" by Denise Wheatley

I'm so happy to be hosting fellow EXtasy Books Author Denise Wheatley today, who is also a good friend of mine, as well as a talented author.

Today, she talks about her book "A Naughty Jolly Christmas", which was released today on eXtasy Books' website. 

Thanks for being here Denise! It's a pleasure to have you. 

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A Naughty Jolly Christmas:

Someone is about to have the best holiday ever…

Sasha Williams is an African-American public relations powerhouse who’s come a long way from the tough streets of Chicago to glamorous Los Angeles. While she loves her LA life, she hasn’t forgotten her roots and always goes back home to celebrate Christmas with her tight-knit family. This year, however, Sasha’s holiday plans are nixed when she’s forced to accompany her sexy, notoriously naughty new client Drake Lancaster on the press tour for his upcoming Christmas movie.

Sasha’s furious, yet finds herself overcome with lust when Drake strolls into her office. She’s surprised considering she’s never dated a white man. Drake’s attraction toward her is just as intense, the pair partake in a hot, steamy sex session right there in her office!

Despite Sasha’s promise to keep things all business during the press tour, their sensual trysts heat up even further while out on the road. In the end, Sasha must decide whether their cultural differences, along with her secret painful past and Drake’s playboy reputation, are worth her risking her heart and career—especially without knowing whether this is the real thing or a racy fling.

A Naughty Jolly Christmas is Available Now!


Drake appeared in Sasha’s office doorway, up close and personal, in all his sexy glory. He slowly eyed her from head to toe. Judging by the look of admiration in his penetrating gaze, he liked what he saw.

So,” Drake began, his titillating tone filled with flirtation, “you’re the notorious Sasha Williams who’s been hired to clean up my image and take me to the next level…”

Drake’s smooth, deep voice sent shivers through her eardrums straight down to her panties. And just like that, her self-control slipped away.

Sasha struggled to compose herself. She managed to force a smile and extend her trembling hand. “Hello, Drake. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”  

He gently took her hand in his and bowed slightly, kissing it softly. “The pleasure is all mine.”

Drake straightened up but didn’t let go of her hand. His firm grip and rugged skin sent delicate tremors straight up her arm. He slowly studied her face. Then he shamelessly became transfixed on her breasts, licking his lips hungrily.

Sasha froze. She felt lost underneath the spell of his intoxicating stare and stimulating touch.

Drake sauntered over to the door and locked it.

Sasha swallowed hard. “Can I, uh, can I get you something to drink?”

“Nope. I’m good. I’ve got everything I need right in front of me.”

Sasha’s heart thumped erratically. She watched Drake head over to the other side of her office.

“Should we take a seat on the couch so you can tell me everything you’re going to do for me now that I’m officially your client?”

Drake didn’t wait for her to respond. He wrapped his arm around her waist and led her over to the couch. When she bent forward to sit down, his hand slid past her hip and cupped her ass.

Sasha gasped as Drake sat dangerously close to her. She moved over a few inches to put some space in between them, but he promptly moved in even closer.

“You’ve got such a beautiful complexion, Sasha. And I love your hair,” he murmured, lightly running his finger over her cheek.

She leaned back and eyed Drake suspiciously. “Do I really? Wait, let me guess what’s coming next. You’re going to tell me how exotic I look, then ask if you can touch my hair, right?”

“Actually no, I was—”

“Because, newsflash,” Sasha interrupted, now in full rant mode, “I’m just your typical, standard-looking African-American woman. My complexion, my hair…my entire look is the norm where I’m from.”

Sasha was so worked up she was beginning to perspire. She hadn’t meant to go off the deep end, but she was tired of that same old narrative of being viewed as some sort of foreign object—as if her form of beauty was somehow atypical. But Drake actually appeared somewhat amused.

“You made mention of where you’re from,” he said. “Where’s that?”

“Chicago. South side.”

“Ahh. Chi-town.”

“Please don’t call it that.” Sasha giggled. “It sounds so basic.”

“All right then, the Windy City. Great town. I shot a movie there last year. Fantastic food and even better people. Oh, and I hate to break this to you, Sasha Williams, but here’s my newsflash. There’s nothing typical about you, and you don’t resemble any other woman, period. You’re absolutely stunning.”

The compliment flipped Sasha’s feelings from offended to flattered within seconds. She looked into Drake’s eyes and saw nothing but sincerity, then felt herself falling under his spell once again. “Thank you,” she replied quietly.

“And no, I’m not going to ask to touch your beautiful hair, unless you want me to, of course. But your hair is not some sort of peculiar phenomenon to me. You’re not the first woman of color I’ve encountered. My guess is that you’ve never been with a white guy, though, have you?”

Sasha shifted in her seat. She wasn’t comfortable having such a personal, race-related conversation with this man she’d just met. “I’m sorry, Drake. But we’ve really gotten off track here. Why don’t we get back to business?”

“Sure. Whatever you want…”

Drake’s jeans rubbed against Sasha’s bare leg. He placed his arm behind her along the back of the couch, then let it slip forward over her shoulder, his fingertips practically brushing across her hardened nipples. If she moved an inch, her breast would fall right into his hand. Her entire body stiffened up.

“I’m sure you already heard about the altercation I had at the Hollywood Hills Resort last weekend. Do you think you could spin the story to somehow make me look like the victim? Because I’ve been slaughtered in the press, and when we go out on this press tour for Deck the Halls with Love, I need to have the fans’ sympathy and support.”

Sasha cleared her throat and allowed herself to slowly exhale, somehow managing to avoid having her hardened nipple graze Drake’s lingering fingertips.

“Well…” she began, struggling to steady her trembling voice. “The so-called fans who mobbed you at the resort were obviously trying to pick a fight. Their goal was to record the incident and upload it onto social media for likes and followers. I’ll counter the negative press by saying your actions were simply a matter of self-preservation. You were being attacked and had no security with you, so you had no choice but to protect yourself.”

Sasha was pleased with her impromptu response. And apparently Drake was, too, because she glanced down at his crotch and noticed he was fully erect.

“Wow, Ms. Williams. That was a very impressive answer.”

Sasha gazed into his eyes and saw a glimmer of insatiability. She became so memorized that when he slid his hand onto her thigh and gripped it firmly, she didn’t stop him. He boldly took her chin in his hand, pressed his soft, moist lips against hers, and slipped his tongue inside her mouth.

Her rigid body slowly relaxed. She couldn’t believe this was happening and was even more shocked by the fact that she was actually kissing Drake back.

When his hand glided up her leg, underneath her dress, and he slid her panties to the side, Sasha’s first instinct was to close her legs and deny him. But desire overtook her, and she instead opened her legs wider to give him easier access…

A Naughty Jolly Christmas is the first novella of my series, The Holiday Chronicles. Tis the season with this steamy novella, and be on the lookout for the follow-up, My Unconditional Valentine, coming February 2019!

Hello everyone! My name is Denise, and I am a lover of romance, happy endings, and the art of storytelling. I used to cry as a three-year old child when my mother read to me because I so badly wanted to read the books myself! Once I learned, I constantly had my nose in a novel (especially the ones I’d sneak from my mom’s bookshelf). I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and draw inspiration from Chicago, the city where I was born and raised, as well as Los Angeles, which is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve published several books and short stories, and I’m an avid ghostwriter and editor. When I’m not sitting behind my computer, you can find me in a movie theater, on a tennis court, watching true crime television or chatting on social media.

Speaking of social media, I’d love to connect with you! Here’s where you can find me:

On Instagram:

On My Writer’s Blog:

On Twitter:

On Facebook:

More of my novellas, including the paranormal erotic romance Shadow of a Man, can be found at eXtasy Books:

Monday, December 3, 2018

Meet the Author - ROUND TWO!

CONGRATS to SE White, who won a copy of STRICKEN in a random drawing today!

Today was my second MEET THE AUTHOR in Book Carousel, and although it started slow, it picked up and was going full tilt by the time my hour was up.  We had a few "Name Generators" and a Four Word Story rolling, and I shared photos of my mom and mother in law, each holding their paperback copies of Stricken.

THANK YOU AGAIN to eXtasy Books and Devine Destinies for having me! It was fun!

I'm unsure when my next round will be, but it will be sometime in the new year. I have to get on the ball more with actual writing and the dreaded EDITS and REVISIONS (GAG!) before I do any more public appearances. I think people are getting sick of seeing me give away copies of that book, it's time for new things to show up...

I'm finally going to answer a question I've been asked a lot lately:

What are you working on now?

I have FOUR projects currently on the go, in various stages of writing and editing.

Two are currently being drafted - a short story, and one that I hope will be novel length. I'm bouncing back and forth between them. The subject is ROMANCE... Duh! However, only my betas, a few trusted friends, and a few of my fellow authors and editors at eXtasy Books/Devine Destinies know the nitty gritty of my work, and it will stay that way until we deem it's okay to start sharing a bit more. I need titles for both, so I'll definitely be brainstorming with the gang.

I also have two finished drafts that are currently being overhauled. They had been written before I got on with eXtasy Books, so they need to be formatted to the way they want the pages, and other items that's required of a book published by them and Devine Destinies. It's a lot of work, I made a lot of mistakes in both, and they are full of JUNK. So far, the one lost over 20 K, it was all passive scenes and nonsense. Let's keep it simple! *wink!*

On that note, I should shut up and get back to work.... These stories do not sell themselves, you have to network, talk to other authors, give away free copies now and then, and promote, promote, PROMOTE yourself until you turn blue... And promote yourself some more!!!

Have a great week everyone! Don't forget that eXtasy Books has their STOCKING STUFFERS available starting DECEMBER 8th! My friend LYNN MICHAELS has her story "A Frostbite Christmas" coming out on Sunday, December 9th - GET IT! I dare you!!!

I leave you with my favorite song by GODSMACK, "Voodoo".