Monday, February 27, 2017

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Excerpt: Surrender Your Heart (Just because)

Inspired by a thread in a certain Facebook group--I couldn't resist. This scene from Surrender Your Heart is completely on topic. I know I have another book to promote right now (The Gift), but Penny and Carter will always have a special place in my heart. Judging from my readers' response, they feel the same. If you are new to the Surrender Trilogy, I hope you're intrigued by this little snippet.


Excerpt:

I stand in the bathroom for a few indecisive moments, then I decide to take full advantage of the moment. It’s either that or driving myself crazy, crazier about all the ways this could go terribly wrong.

I find Marlene and ask her for a glass of bubbles, a little cocktail before dinner which she promptly provides. My next request is a little more delicate even though I don’t intend to go into details. Oh well. She’s a woman. She’ll know, but then again, she probably is aware of Carter’s intentions anyway.

“I’m so sorry, Ms. Elliot, I can’t do that,” she says, her eyes wide, expression a bit shocked that I would even ask for something like that. I sigh. Maybe I’ll have to go into specifics after all.

“I know Carter doesn’t want me to have sharp objects, but I swear, I’m not going to destroy anything with it, and I’m not going to try to kill myself. I just want to shave my legs.” …and trim in other areas, maybe, but that is definitely something I won’t spell out for Marlene. I’m blushing as it is.

“Can’t that wait for a few more hours?”

That’s the point, though, I don’t want Carter to be around. This is where I’m having trouble with playing the role that’s expected of me. I’ve been taking care of these things forever—having them taken out of my hands, even if those are small, inconsequential things, bothers me. I have a closet full of amazing dresses, skirts, and bathing suits. I want smooth legs, damn it, is that too much to ask for?

“I promise, I won’t tell. Please.” All of a sudden, this small piece of independence has become very important, more than the bubble bath in the giant tub, with a glass of champagne on the side. I want to do this, badly—and then I think, whatever. It’s not like Marlene can tell anyone.

“Listen, when Carter comes back, I’m sure she’d like something to take her mind off business…so I want everything to be ready. I want to be ready.” I break the eye contact, because I’m not able to do this otherwise. “You know what I mean. I’m sure you also know exactly how I got here, so I’d think you could help me with one little thing that would make me more comfortable. I am not going to hurt myself.”

When I look up, Marlene’s demeanor tells me she’s still uneasy, but she nods. “I’ll get you what you need. I’ll be right back, and I want you to give it back to me when you’re done. Just this once.”

“I can do that. Thank you.”

True to her word, she is back with one of the pink razors you love to hate, but use anyway. I’ll make do.

When she’s gone, I sink into the warm water, laughing at myself. What do I need a relaxing bath for? I did nothing all day except read and walk around for a bit. Frankly, I’m not a fan of exercise, but I should find something to do. It would help if I could go to the pool by myself. I have to talk it over with Carter. What is she afraid of? Where would I go?

I put on a short red dress and flat sandals, and for the first time, I add some jewelry to the outfit. This is all mine. I shouldn’t feel like a thief, or a gold digger.

I don’t put on evening make-up. I’ve never been a make-up person, and so my skills are sketchy, not that I ever thought they matter. A bit of lipstick and perfume will do. As much as I was creeped out, scared even in the beginning, I find as much fascination in exploring the possibilities of my new self.

This is all between me and Carter, and to some extent, Marlene…and the person who broke into my apartment, drugged and brought me here, but I don’t want to think about this now. Even taking into consideration that concepts of beauty vary, that many of them are ridiculous standards enforced by patriarchy, which I don’t give a damn about...I have to admit I like what I see in the mirror. I’m not exactly a model photoshopped for a magazine cover, just a woman in clothes that fit her well. I’m excited.

I find Marlene and give her the razor back as promised. The dinner table is set for one.

All of a sudden, I want to cry, but instead, I force a smile.

Carter will be back.
 
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Gift Release Day!

But first:

 
 
It seems like it's becoming a tradition for me to release a book on Valentine's Day...last year we had Penny and Carter's wedding in Surrender To Me, the long-awaited sequel of Surrender Your Heart.
 
This year, it's The Gift, the story of Chloe and Lacey, and a birthday surprise that's breaking taboos.
 
Will you let yourself be seduced? The Gift is, like all my titles, free for Kindle Unlimited. Whether you purchase or borrow, I hope you enjoy and consider taking a few minutes to write a review.
 
Today is all about love. Treat yourself! <3
 
 
 


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Gift: Second excerpt

Twenty days left until the release of The Gift! Here's another little teaser:
 
 
Another knock on the door wakes me, and I’m slightly disoriented for a moment until I remember. My birthday gift. This is why I’m here. I put the robe over my PJs, wondering what other surprise the hotel might have for me. The knock sounded firm, but not especially urgent, so I’m sure it’s not a fire or any other emergency.

The woman standing in front of the door must be mistaken. She’s wearing high heels, which almost put her at eye-level with me, a trench coat and a big handbag. No stockings, I realize, and frown. It’s a bit early in the year for that, although, none of my business. I’m still somewhat sleepy, and she doesn’t say anything either, so for a few heartbeats, we just study each other.

“Can I come in?” she asks with a cordial smile.

That draws me out of my reverie. “I’m sorry, you must have the wrong room. I’m not expecting anybody, Ms…”

“Lacey.” She steps into the room and closes the door.

“Okay. Lacey, whatever this is, I think you should—” Leave, I was going to say, but the word refuses to come out when she slips the coat from her shoulders, and all she’s wearing underneath is midnight blue lingerie. Tasteful, but still. I must be dreaming. I realize that my gaze has been lingering on her body far too long. She has noticed it too, an amused smile playing over her lips. I quickly bend to pick up the coat and lay it around her shoulders. It has to be a dream. Cruel, but nevertheless, a dream. Things like that do not happen in my life.

“You need to leave,” I finally manage. “Someone made a mistake.”

“Oh, I don’t think so. You’re Chloe, right? Happy Birthday. My job is to make it an especially memorable one.”
 
 
I hope you enjoyed this preview. Release Day for The Gift will be February 14th, but you'll be able to pre-order it next week, starting on January 31st!
 

Like sensuality between women, mixed with a little taboo? Please check out my other titles at www.amazon.com/author/ravenjspencer Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Gift: First excerpt!

And here's a little teaser from The Gift. You'll be able to purchase the ebook on Valentine's Day, but watch out for a pre-order link earlier than that.



 
It’s still all a pretense, at least on her part. I resent a world that defines our boundaries, as women, as lovers, making something this good impossible.

I wake up, disoriented, in the middle of the night. We retreated to the bed earlier, but now Lacey is dressed, picking up her purse.

“Where are you going?”

“It’s two a.m.,” she says ruefully.

“Yeah, so?”

“Oh, didn’t Debra tell you? That’s where the segment ends.”

Oh dear God.

“No, Debra didn’t tell me anything about that.” I get up, wrapping the sheet around me. “This is ridiculous. You have to get up at two and sneak out? Come back here, get some sleep.” Unless… “You have another appointment?” I try not to let it sound awfully judgmental. Seeing the dejected look on her face, I think I’ve failed.

“No. Not right away. I mean I do have an early appointment tomorrow. With the dentist,” Lacey clarifies quickly. She steps closer for a chaste kiss on the lips. “I’m sorry, it seems like everyone’s messing up when it comes to explaining the fine print. Not everyone wants to cuddle. I fell asleep…I’m sorry,” she says again.

I sigh, drawing her in a quick embrace. “It’s okay. You do what you have to do.”

This means the majority of her clients just kick her out once the job is done? There’s a small window, until two a.m., for those who don’t?

“The dentist, huh? I hope it’s quick and painless. When can I see you again?”

The question brings a smile to her face. At this point, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Perhaps she’s right, and I should stop obsessing about what could be, when we’re both enjoying the moment. She doesn’t want out.

The best way to assure myself that Lacey is okay, and continues to be, is to see her again—it gives me some sort of control over the situation, and the opportunity to step in if need be. Meanwhile, this arrangement comes with orgasms that are transcendental. It’s win-win.

“You have to call Debra. I don’t have my schedule with me, but I believe I could squeeze you in tomorrow.”

I think about what this means for a moment, but not very long or hard.

“I’d love to see you.”

“Okay. You can reach her at eight in the morning.”

“I’ll call her then. Wait a second. I’m going home too.”

Lacey waits by the door as I dress, and we leave the hotel together.


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Coming this Valentine's Day: THE GIFT

Happy New Year! Here's a little reminder of what's coming to a Kindle near you fairly soon...

Out February 14th:

What do you do when your friends' birthday surprise turns awkward?

It's Chloe's birthday. She's successful and single, and content with her life the way it is. When her friends give her a relaxing spa weekend in a luxury hotel, she thinks nothing of going alone--after working hard for a long time, she has earned it. Chloe doesn't know that the weekend includes some time with Lacey, or that what she has to offer to her, would be so hard to resist.

Lacey knows how to keep her emotional distance from a client. Reluctant Chloe turns out to be a challenge in many ways, and soon both of them face difficult decisions. Can they really go back to the way things were before--do they want to? Or can life go into a different, unexpected direction altogether?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Surrender Trilogy on sale & a glimpse into 2017 (The Gift, cover reveal)

On sale for 99cts only on Amazon.com!

Get the complete Surrender Trilogy for < $3!



 


 



The Christmas sequel, Surrender & Joy, is permanently 99cts, and all titles can be borrowed via Kindle Unlimited at all times.

 
http://smarturl.it/surrenderjoy (Surrender & Joy)




In these challenging times, I wish you a safe transition into the New Year. Keep imagining the world as it should be.

And before we see each other in 2017, here's a little glimpse at what's coming publishing-wise.

This Valentine's Day, I'll bring you The Gift.

It's Chloe's birthday. She's successful and single, and content with her life the way it is. When her friends give her a relaxing spa weekend in a luxury hotel, she thinks nothing of going alone--after working hard for a long time, she has earned it. Chloe doesn't know that the weekend includes some time with Lacey, or that what she has to offer to her, would be so hard to resist.

Lacey knows how to keep her emotional distance from a client. Reluctant Chloe turns out to be a challenge in many ways, and soon both of them face difficult decisions. Can they really go back to the way things were before--do they want to? Or can life go into a different, unexpected direction altogether?