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Caveman Ryan

Willkommen! No idea why I suddenly feel the need to speak German when I really only know a handful of words and most of them are bad. *shakes her head*

Is everyone gearing up for Christmas? You know, fighting the crowds at the store to get that last toy for your kids, or the perfect drill for your husband? Are you already tired of it all and eagerly anticipating Christmas morning so you can declare the season over? Never fear, my dear friends. I have a special early Christmas present for y’all. As you may have noticed, this post came at you in the middle of the morning. Why? Because I’m ending this week with a very special guest from South Africa and I want him to be able to participate in the insanity that’s bound to happen.

I’m thrilled to introduce Caveman Ryan today. Between his long, blond hair, his South African accent and his fantastic smile…among other attributes, he was a crowd favorite. Then people found out about his business. Oh, the excitement! But you’re not here to read about me. You’re here to learn more about this amazingly talented man. I give y’all, Caveman Ryan!

Danica: Do you have a favorite band? Is there a band you’ve always wanted to see live but haven’t?
Ryan: I have a variety of fav rock bands , guess one that I wanted to go to was Guns and Roses more so to see the past legend Axel Rose performing.
Danica: Axl before he went all weird? Yeah, I wish I would’ve seen them back in the day.

Danica: What’s the one place in the world you’d love to visit and why?
Ryan: Nepal – it has a mystery to it and the mountains … yeah the mountains…
Danica: Does anyone else hear him say that his gorgeous accent or is that just me?

Danica: What made you want to be a caveman?
Ryan: Got tired of living in the modern world.
Danica: I could say something about dragging women around by their hair…oh wait, I just did. *blush*

Danica: What do you plan to do after modeling?
Ryan: At present I am  building a brand  I call ROK  – and then long term would be to fund new ideas of others.
Danica: Trust me, y’all will want to check out his ROK website. Amazing craftsmanship!

Danica: How many hours do you spend in the gym?
Ryan: 45min to 1 hour – its ‘consistency ’ with training as with life goals…
Danica: There goes that consistency word again.

Danica: How long have you been designing jewelry? Are you a metal smith or leather worker?
Ryan: I am not a designer as to say , more so have  a grand idea and bring people together that can work towards my idea. That said, I still assemble a lot of the bands by hand and do make all the details for the packaging but with all the avenues I plan to take it I need to look for appropriate people to assist that have varied skills and I try to coordinate it all. That’s what I like – the creating and the coordinating part.
Danica: Your company definitely makes some amazing pieces.

Danica: If you could go back in time to any era, I’m going to take a stab at this and say you’d go back to Ancient Rome? Possibly the Ancient Greeks? Why?
Ryan: Yep without a doubt the Roman era – they were real men , wars were hand to hand. Like all that layered, rugged, worn, tough clothing they wear and all the chunky leather and cloth accessories covering their arms etc. Just looks so good *grin*. Clearly a rough lifestyle though… mmm
Danica: I will say you were definitely rockin’ the gladiator/Spartan look for the conference.

Fast questions with one word answers or elaborate if you like:

Danica: What’s your favorite color?
Ryan: Green

Danica: Favorite food?
Ryan: Fresh bread

Danica: Do you prefer winter or summer?
Ryan: Summer
Danica: Am I the only person who prefers the winter? *pout*

Danica: What’s one movie you can watch over and over?
Ryan: Gladiator

Danica: Do you prefer mountains or beaches?
Ryan: Mountains
Danica: Say it with me ladies, “Nepal.”

Danica: What attracts you to a woman?
Ryan: Down to earth, fun, and feels good about herself

Now if you have any questions of your own for Ryan, please post them in the comments and we’ll hope he gets a chance to answer them. Stop by ROK’s webpage and Facebook page to check out his awesome designs!

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Can I Have Some Lemonade?

Today marks the last of our misunderstood lyrics theme for What’s Playing Wednesdays. I had a lot of fun with these posts. Maybe I’ll have to do it again,next time asking for your misunderstood lyric stories. We’ll have to see.

Starting next Wednesday, I’m handing over What’s Playing Wednesdays to my friends in the Cabal of Hotness. Yup, you got it, I’ve asked the ladies to share songs that either remind them of their works in progress, their books, or whatever. I’m giving up my Wednesdays and inviting them in to wreak havoc.

But today is still about my misunderstood lyrics. Actually, it isn’t my misunderstood lyric. It’s one I knew the words to, yet knew it also sounded like something else. In fact, knowing what was and what it sounded like helped me win tickets to a wrestling match, which I didn’t go to. *eye roll* What am I going to do at a WWE wrestling match? Honestly. Unless those big, sweaty, muscular men are taking their clothes off…

Anyway, today’s song is by a band I really enjoyed in the 90s. The Black Crowes hit the rock scene with their funky, blues laden rock and really hit it big. They had a lot of great songs that I still enjoy listening to today, yet there’s one, just one that will always be my favorite because I swear it sounds like they’re asking for lemonade. The song is Remedy and if you listen to the backup singers, it sounds like “can I have some lemonaade?”

My sister and I thought that was hysterical and of course sang it that way.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s theme! And if you want, you can have some lemonade. I don’t mind.

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A Plague Upon the House of Avet

At least that’s what it feels like.

Last week, I thought I was dying. Went to the doctor to find out I had an upper respiratory infection. Okay, I can handle that as long as I get a shot and some meds. I was a good girl. I took all of my medicine, which is unusual for me, and I rested. I didn’t overdo it or anything. Thanksgiving rolled around and I had a wonderful time.

The food was plentiful and good. The football games were plentiful and two of them were really good. I had big plans for Friday and Saturday. I have so many WIPs that need to be worked on, I promised myself (and my muse) that we’d sit down and churn out some serious numbers. Friday morning I woke up, had a cup of coffee, took a shower, put clean pjs on and went back to bed. I slept until 2 pm. Obviously I wasn’t going to get any writing done. It had to be some kind of post-Thanksgiving funk. I shrugged off the thought and enjoyed a day of laziness because Saturday it was on like Donkey Kong!

Saturday morning I woke up, groaned and heaved and coughed and sneezed. Ugh. I wasn’t going anywhere. Not even the store to pick up groceries for me and the animals. I rolled back in bed, certain I’d feel better by Sunday when I absolutely had to go to the store. No excuses.

Yup, still sick on Sunday morning, but I went to the store and bought sweets. Why? I have no idea, but when I got home I had cookies and doughnuts and ice cream. I wanted to eat all of it, while sniffling and sneezing over it, permanently claiming it all as mine. I didn’t of course, but I did eat a lot of bad stuff yesterday. And guess what? It didn’t make me feel any better.

Here we are an exact week after my doctor’s appointment and the cold still lingers. *shakes her fist at the fates* However, I did start writing last night after the Saints broke my heart by losing. Despite the sniffling, sneezing and cold sweats, I got a good word count in and I did it again this morning. I haven’t worked out since Thanksgiving morning and I feel awful for it, but there’s no way I can sweat with this cold thing going on without feeling as though I was back in the 1600’s and still believed in the four humors.

Yeah, it’s a miserable Danica you’re reading about today. But I did have lovely Thanksgiving holiday otherwise. I read a lot. I watched a lot of movies (hello, The Black Swan was fucked up!) and I cuddled with fat cat and needy dog.

How was yours?

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Caveman Georgio

Oh yes. And you thought you only had to be thankful for your family and a good meal yesterday. HA!

I’ve made this the most epic Black Friday ever. How? Because I’m giving you an interview by super sexy caveman, Georgio, that’s how. Oh and did I mention I have pictures as well? Oh yes. Y’all go on and shop, shop, shop til you drop. I’ll just sit here licking my computer screen.

Danica: Do you have any favorite embarrassing/funny moments from a photo shoot?
Georgio: I usually enjoy and have lots of fun on my shoots and so far no embarrassing moments.

Danica: Are you a butt or a breast man?
Georgio: I’m a butt man lol. I just love playing with them 😉
Danica: Does anyone else find it a little warm in here? Or is that just him? *fans herself*

Danica: What’s your favorite place to take a date?
Georgio:  I like to take my dates to eat at nice restaurants. Cause it gives me a chance to get to know them.
Danica: Just a FYI, I like Thai food…just sayin’. Shut up, Sasha!

Danica: At the RomantiCon 2012 Meet and Greet, did you feel like you were in a zoo exhibit with everyone standing around taking pictures of you?
Georgio: I loved the meet & greet and I definitely love the attention.
Danica: Y’all were gettin’ a lot of that!

Danica: What do you have going on now? Any upcoming appearances?
Georgio: I’ve been working as a personal trainer and prepping people for competitions. That usually takes up all of my day. I do most of the private parties in Chicago and I dance every second Friday of the month at Bourbon Street at 115th St and  Kedzie Avenue.

Danica: Do you have a nickname?
Georgio: I have no nickname sorry.
Danica: Don’t be sorry. This is something we can fix…Ladies?
Danica: How many hours do you spend in the gym?
Georgio: I workout an hour a day, 6 days a week
 
Danica: What would you say is your best feature?
Georgio:  If I would  have to guess I would say my smile. At least that what they say lol
Danica: And they would be right. What do y’all think?
 
Danica: Favorite color?
Georgio: Blue
Danica: Favorite food?
Georgio: Alfredo spinach pizza
Danica: Hmph. Did I say I liked Thai food? I meant, I adooore alfredo spinach pizza! *cough*
 
Danica:  Summer or Winter?
Georgio: Summer
Danica: Again with summer…
 
Danica: Beaches or Mountains?
Georgio: Mountains
So…do y’all have any questions for Georgio?  I don’t know how often he’ll be able to stop in to answer them, but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind taking a few. Don’t be shy! Wait. I almost forgot who I was talking to. Y’all…you know, do your thing. I do believe there’s a smudge on the picture above. I have to study it better…

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Hacksaw to the Bone?

The theme for What’s Playing Wednesdays this month is misunderstood lyrics. You know you’ve done it. Everyone’s done it at least once and we’re going to embrace our silliness (or bad hearing) this month.

Today’s song was one I figured was a no-brainer. It’s obvious they’re saying “Hats off to the bull”. Yet I discovered a coworker completely misunderstood this song. Let me set the stage for you:

It was my boss’ birthday. We went to the golf course for lunch. It’s a nice place and the food is decent. Most of the office is crowded around this table and the coworker who’s my least favorite is seated across from me. I spent most of the lunch chatting with the girls and trying to ignore my boss and his main cohort’s antics (They’re going to hell. Just sayin’). Anyway, somehow we got on the subject of music for the company Christmas party (Which I’m not attending).

The coworker I least like suddenly stops and says, “You listen to that hard stuff. Do you like Chevelle?”

Feeling as though I was about to step into something sticky, I answered in the affirmative. Chevelle is one of those bands whose songs I love, but I’ve never managed to buy their albums. I listen to them when they come on the radio and jam out like there’s no tomorrow, yet I can’t be bothered to buy their music for some reason.

Anyway, he says, “You know that song, Hats Off to the Bull? Well I heard it, really liked it and started looking for it but I could never find it because I thought they were singing “hacksaw to the bone”.”

Hacksaw to the bone…Hats off to the bull…It must be a down the bayou thing. It seemed pretty straight forward to me, but the more I listened to this song and put myself in my Cajun mind…the more I could honestly hear “hacksaw to the bone” which sounds pretty bad ass, doesn’t it?

You be the judge, do you hear hats off to the bull or hacksaw to the bone?

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The Next Big Thing

 Writing is a peculiar business. *ponders* It makes for strange bedfellows as well, but that’s probably the best part of it. You never know who’s going to float into your life and impact it. One of those influential people is someone I met recently. I saw this lady I thought was another one of my editor’s authors (I kept doing that) and waved her over. Next thing I know, Lea Barrymire, Cara Carnes and A.M. Griffin and I were cutting up as though we’d been friends for years instead of just meeting.
Lea, who you can visit here, is a talented author of muy caliente romance. She tagged me in this game called The Next Big Thing. The great part about this game is it gives readers and writers the chance to explore new authors and get to meet them. I hope you’ll check out more about Lea, the other people she’s tagged, the people I’ve tagged and those who tagged her. See? Lots and lots of connections!
 
And now for my part in this crazy game. *crackes her knuckles*
What is your working title of your book?
I actually have three current works in progress. Today though, I’m working on Primal Flavor.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’d be lying if I told you where I came up with the idea. Ideas just sort of pounce on me, not the other way around. I was probably doing something completely unrelated to writing and though, Hm, I need to write a book about an overprotective, man-whore of a chef who can turn into a tiger and has issues seeing when his “charge” is all grown up.
 
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a paranormal shapeshifter erotic romance. Say that ten times fast.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ooh! Um…tiger shifter…big tiger shifter. I’d have to go with Chris Hemsworth for Zach and Lauren Ambrose to play Ginny.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Um, I think I just said that…An overprotective, man-whore, tiger shifting chef finds big trouble in the human he’s always treated like a little sister when she decides it’s way past time to grow up.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping it’ll be picked up by Ellora’s Cave. Fingers crossed people. Fingers crossed.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Uh, I just restarted it. For the eightieth time. But if my word count holds true to past books, I can probably have the first draft written in 3-4 weeks.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t really know. Maybe the Shelly Laurenston Pride books? But I’d never compare myself to her. She’s awesome. I heart you, Shelly!

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The series is based on a small south Louisiana town and I guess I drew inspiration from growing up and living down here. There’s so much craziness, it’s kind of hard not to write about it.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

You’ll pee your pants reading it. No, that’s not something people want to do. Um…it’s a fun book, I think. With humor, heat and a man who makes food sexy. What more could a woman want?
 
And now for the authors I tagged. Be sure to look for their The Next Big Thing blogs the week of November 26, 2012
 
 
 
Message for the tagged authors and interested others:
Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Be sure to line up your victims in advance.

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Interview with Stuart Reardon

I wish I could say I found today’s guest on my own, but I didn’t. I discovered him through friends who posted pictures of him on Facebook. I was hesitant about approaching him for an interview, but I’m so very glad I did.

Today’s guest isn’t a caveman although he could very well become one. Nope. He’s  a professional rugby player. Are you dying yet? His name is Stuart Reardon and he made this Cajun girl very happy when he agreed to let me feature him on this blog. I hope you enjoy the interview. Oh and uh, the pictures. *wink*

Danica: Who’s your favorite author?
Stuart: My favourite author would be Stephenie Meyer…as I really like the Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, The Twilight Saga, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Books

Danica: What’s the weirdest/funniest/scariest thing you’ve ever seen in your line of work?
Stuart: In Rugby the injuries people sustain when playing…I’ve seen it all shoulder dislocations, Achilles rupture, broken legs, broken arms, the list goes on it’s a very tough sport…nothing so scary with modelling its pretty easy compared to Rugby League.

Danica: What’s one place in the world you’d love to visit?
Stuart: I loved my time in the US. I was in NYC, Miami, but I would love to visit Las Vegas the city that never sleeps…it looks amazing at night and day the whole place looks amazing from casinos to hotels to the lifestyle people live. That’s the place I would really like to visit.

Danica: What do you have going on at the moment?
Stuart: I have just signed for the Crusaders in the UK for the 2013 season…I’m becoming a personal Trainer and setting up my own business….I have a manager, Patrick Corcoran, now so things are going better in modelling…Looking to maybe try my hand at acting school to see if I have what it takes.

Danica: Do you have a nickname? Can you explain how you got it?
Stuart: Ray ray was a nickname I had at Rugby… as well as Rocket as I could run fast.

Danica: How many hours do you spend in the gym?
Stuart: I spend on Average 2 hours a day in the gym….an hour for weights and an hour for cardio…probably more as I’m really addicted to training I always have been from a young age…Its not a bad thing to be addicted too I guess it could be a lot worse lol. I love all kinds of Training, boxing, Muay thai, wrestling, MMA, sport is a massive part of my life… it always has been and always will be.

Danica: What do you think is your best feature?
Stuart: My best feature. I guess that’s a question for other people to answer really, not me lol…I would have to say my face…anybody can have a great body if you work hard and eat healthy…. but its our face that makes us different.

Danica: What kind of woman are you most sexually drawn to?
Stuart: Brunettes with tanned skin are the women I’m most drawn to sexually.

Danica: What’s your favorite kink?
Stuart: What’s my favorite kink? I don’t understand the question. If you mean kinky things I like….. nothing crazy. I like role play…to have my girlfriend dress up sexy for me in outfits.

Danica: Do you have funny/embarrassing moments from a photo shoot?
Stuart: No really crazy things from shoots…I guess it can get pretty embarrassing and funny when you’re shooting in public places but you just get used to it.

Danica: Are you a breast or a butt man?
Stuart: I’m both I like breast and bums can’t really separate them for me…I love a pretty face too. I think a beautiful face will always attract you to a person first…that’s just my opinion.

Danica: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done as a model?
Stuart: The craziest thing I’ve ever done is probably going to the states on my own for 2 months traveling… meeting so many good people, photographers, the places I saw, I’m really glad I did it but it was not easy on your own.

Danica: What’s your favorite place to take a date?
Stuart: My favourite place would the sapporo Teppanyaki Restaurants. They’re everywhere in the UK. It’s a fun place to go for a meal… good entertainment really great food and drinks all cooked right in front of you…I’ve had some great dates there with Emma, my girlfriend.

Danica: Is there anything about yourself you don’t feel enough people know? Stuart: I’m a good person. People who know me know that….that’s my best quality in my opinion. My personality…I treat people how I would like to be treated…I think if you are like that as a person you won’t go too wrong in life.
Danica: I’d like to send out a very heartfelt thank you to Stuart for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions.

He won’t be able to stop by for a visit, but I don’t think y’all mind too much, right? However, he has said he’ll be glad to answer questions from his Facebook fans. Just send him a message and he’ll get to you as soon as he can. Be polite, people! LOL

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It Feeds the Geek

I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m something of a geek, a nerd if you will. I’m okay with that.

I actually adore Monty Python movies and skits. I used to play video games before the graphics improved too much (3-D is not my friend) and I have a music fetish. I played a text-based Multi-User Dungeon for a decade. I was a level 28 Druid elf jokingly referred to as the hanging judge (I had a bit of a harsh reputation when I was on Council). I actually like sitting around chatting about physics (what I remember of it), philosophy, history and anything else that most people find boring. I’m a car whore and apparently I also have a fingernail polish obsession.

But deep down in the very heart of me, I’m a band nerd. Oh yes. I actually pouted when I found out the marching band festival was the same weekend as my nephew’s birthday party. I love those things. I adored being in band and even though I bitched about the hours spent practicing and the idiots I had to deal with on the parade routes, I really loved being in marching band. Concert band was okay, but it wasn’t anything to write home about.

So when I saw this video posted on the news, I had to watch it. Again, and again, and again. Because it’s just that cool. It feeds the band geek and video gamer in my soul. The bands I was in, both in high school and in college, were never big enough for shows like this, but we were pretty awesome. I thought we were at least. Okay, maybe not high school, but college was fun. Freshman year we did a Blues Brothers show. I remember that one because it was the first time I’d marched backwards across the length of the football field in thirty-six steps. I wish I had video of it because it had to be funny to see 11 tuba players crouch down and stretch their short little legs that far. *laugh*

Okay enough reminiscing about the good ole days. This post is for the band nerds and the video game geeks who will understand it. The rest of y’all, just check it out because it really is cool.

 

Oh and tomorrow I’ve interviewed a smexy man who isn’t a caveman. *waggles her eyebrows* And today, my buddy Lea Barrymire has yet another Demystifying the Male post. This time it’s about male orgasms and other things I won’t prepare you for, LOL. Stop by!

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Nuthin’ But A G-String

If you’re not sure you’re in the right place or not…I’m playing songs that were misunderstood by people. The lyrics, specifically. Last week I talked about a friend’s coworker who misunderstood “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” to be “Do the regulator.” This week I’m pulling my own embarrassing misunderstood lyrics from the closet.

I was a fairly…innocent kid when it came to music. I didn’t listen to hard rock or rap in my teen years. Okay, there was that one summer my friends and I memorized the lyrics to 2 Live Crew’s Me So Horny, but honestly? I had no idea what horny meant at the time. Looking back, I’m horrified at myself. Meh.

High school wasn’t that much different. Not really. I listened to classic rock, some choice alternative rock and country. Yes, I said it. I listened to country music. A lot. So I was completely unprepared for the question shouted my way during a parade. If you remember, I’ve mentioned before that I was a band nerd. I played tuba for eight years starting in 8th grade into college. Along with the drummers, I was part of the rhythm section. We were the ones helped the rest of the band keep the beat. We were also the ones who were supposed to be able “funk it out”.

Let me take you back to about 1992, 1993. I was a junior in high school. I think. That was a long time ago. It was Mardi Gras Day. My high school was marching in the big parade. It was bright and sunny, and hot as hell in my uniform. Lugging a tuba for 8 miles and playing it isn’t as easy as it looks. We stopped on the corner of Main Street and I believe it was Columbus. When this happened, it meant the parade king and queen were doing their toast. If no one falls off their float (from drinking too much) it usually takes 15 minutes to get going again.

I’m tired as hell. We still had another quarter of the parade route to go and I just wanted to get out of my polyester nightmare. The crowd was rowdy. Most likely they’d been up at dawn and started drinking as soon as they got out of bed. I slung my tuba off my shoulder and rested it on my foot for a break, chatting with the others in the rhythm section. A couple other tuba players, few trombone players and a couple of trumpets.

I looked around and this lady in the crowd shouts, and I swear this is what she said, “Play Ain’t Nuthin’ But A G-String, baby!”

Amused because what the hell kind of song is that, I look at a friend of mine and repeat what I thought she said. Michael nearly fell on the street laughing. Of course he had to share this embarrassing little tidbit with the entire brass section which then moved to the woodwinds and the drummers. Hell, the chaperones were probably even laughing at me. It wasn’t until later that I realized there was a song out there called Nuthin’ But A G Thang and that’s what the lady in the crowd wanted us to play. Yeah, okay. I’ll get right on that with my white girl rhythm.

*shuts up*

Now that you’ve read the whole embarrassing story, here’s Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg with Nuthin’ But A G Thang. G Thang. Not G-Strang. Funny thing is, I really liked the song after I heard it. Now when it comes on, I jam out. *Shrug*

By the way, I’ll have a very special guest stopping by for an interview on Friday. I hope y’all will visit to learn more about him!

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Guest Author: Cristal Ryder

I think this is almost as good as my debut release with Ellora’s Cave. What you ask? Why my first print book, that’s what! Hot Fusion was originally release in October 2011 in the Oh! Canada line. I was so thrilled for it to be re-released in paperback, along with Letting Jack Watch by Katheryn Wallis. This two book treat is called Canadian Connections.

Hot Fusion is set in a beautiful Ontario town called Niagara-on-the-Lake. I’m fortunate to live close to NOTL and visit frequently. It’s a wonderful area and where the story of Kara and Max unfold. She is a Cordon Bleu chef and he owns a vineyard. In the cooking world when you combine two types of food, like Creole and Japanese for example, it’s called fusion. In this story I combine some steamy stuff between Kara and Max creating a delicious buffet of Hot Fusion. I hope you are inspired to give it a read.

I can’t promote this cover without a shout out to Christian Boeving. He’s the cover model on Canadian Connections. I had the wonderful fortune to meet him at RomantiCon this past October. All the way around he is one yummy guy.

I know Danica will have no problem at all with me talking about Christian, since she has a…ahem…*thing* for the Cavemen in case you haven’t noticed. They seem to turn up here at Unearthly Musings quite frequently.

So feast your eyes upon the delicious Christian, subject of my crush. Le sigh. But, you’ll have to wander on through the excerpt before the reward of Christian 😉 Yes, I can play naughty too, check out some of my other books for that 😉

An Excerpt From: HOT FUSION

Copyright © CRISTAL RYDER, 2011

All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.

The afternoon slipped leisurely by and Kara enjoyed a mellow languor she hadn’t experienced in such a long time. Sure, it was the wine and the company, but this little bit of patio time in her hometown was the best medicine.

Max ordered a scrumptious antipasto plate and slid his chair around the table beside her so they could share. Their knees touched, sending little shock waves of desire along her nerve endings to settle between her thighs, keeping her arousal at a nice, pleasant hum. She didn’t move her leg and neither did he. Their connection continued to grow like a live wire sparking between them. She wondered if he was as turned-on as she. And when he glanced at her over the rim of his glass, she knew. The look in his eyes that drove her to distraction as a ripe teenage girl reflected in his gaze now. A little shiver of delight ran down her spine.

She kept glancing at him over the plate of food, unable to take her eyes off him. They had since moved to a nice Pinot Grigio rather than the ice wine and both glasses now sat empty, begging to be filled. She wondered if it was wise to order more. But she longed to continue sitting here with him, sipping wine, people watching and being enveloped in the intoxicating scent of Max and the flowers. Kara was captivated by him all over again.

He draped his arm across the back of her chair in a casual movement and her heart did a little jump when his thumb stroked her bare shoulder. The air between them fairly crackled and she decided the decision had been taken from her. She’d stay. Here, with him, and let jazzy tunes from the hidden speakers wrap them in anonymity.

“So, you liked the wine, eh?”

“Yes, it was very nice. I should do a sweets night featuring your ice wine.”

“I like that idea.”

“Good.” Kara needed to bring something important up but didn’t know how, and was afraid it would shatter the fragile ease that was developing between them. But she had to for her own peace of mine.

“Max. A-are you still marr…” He shook his head and Kara let the word trail away. Relief flooded through her and she didn’t want to press it further right now, or know the reasons he was now single. Time for that later. The fact he was no longer married was all she needed to know.

He gazed at her intently and raised his eyebrows. “Do you want to know why?”

This time Kara shook her head and wagged her finger back and forth. “Not really. At least right now. I just needed to know your, um, situation.”

He sat back and smiled. “Don’t want be the other woman, eh?”

Kara laughed and covered her mouth with her hand, a little embarrassed. “No, definitely not on my bucket list!” She also felt a little ashamed being so thrilled by the news he wasn’t married. Divorce was never easy.

The rest of the afternoon fell to mindless, comfortable banter and Kara’s contentment grew. The stress and hectic days prior began to fade away and she relaxed more as the afternoon wore on.

Kara’s mind began to wander. What would come next? How would they part? Should she ask him to come back and open another bottle of wine? Worry furrowed her brow and she jumped when his hand cupped her shoulder. His fingers traced up the column of her throat and pushed into the curls at her nape, massaging gently. The movement chased the worry from her.

“Mmm, that feels nice.” Kara smiled and faced him. She shivered in delight and he chuckled at her involuntary reaction.

“Cold?”

She shook her head and without a second thought leaned toward him. He encouraged her with a gentle pull. Their gazes stayed connected and just before their lips met, Kara’s eyelids fluttered close.

Her breath caught when he kissed her—chaste and gentle, but with an underlying power she longed to unleash. Kara craved it and kissed him back, opening her mouth to dart her tongue out and taste his. He met her with a sudden ferocity that liquefied her insides. She was helpless to him, her muscles slack and weak. If he didn’t have his arm around her, she would have dissolved into a puddle of passion at his feet.

Kara forgot where they were, all sense of place and time vanished. Her hand crept up to the back of his neck and her fingers played with his hair at the nape. Sound faded and Kara was only aware of him, nothing else. She sensed the sexual tension building in him and knew they should slow down before they embarrassed themselves in public. But she couldn’t stop and moved closer to him, needing the feel of his body next to hers.

The sharp ring and vibrating buzz of her cell phone on the metal table pierced the moment and she jolted away, almost panting. Kara couldn’t catch her breath and fumbled to grab the phone and flip it open. It was the bakery number.

“Hel—” Kara cleared the roughness from her throat and glanced at Max, who was flushed and watching her intently. His dark gaze made promises she wanted him to keep. Kara looked away to try to rebalance herself. “Uhm, hello?”

“Hi, Kara.” It was Jilly, one of her co-op students. “Hey, are you all right?”

“Uh, sure. Why?”

“You sound kinda weird.”

Weird? No, just incredibly horny. “What do you need?” she asked a little too harshly and immediately regretted it.

“Oh, anyway, the health inspector is here.”

“What? Holy shit, I completely forgot.” Kara’s passion extinguished as if a bucket of cold water had been sloshed on her. “I’ll be right there.”

Kara quickly gathered her bags and turned to Max. “I gotta go. Totally forgot an appointment.” She cupped his cheek in her palm. “Thank you, it was a great afternoon.”

She stood and ignored the curious looks from the other patrons and dashed from the patio. As she rounded the wall of flowers, she glanced over her shoulder at Max. He leaned comfortably in his seat, his arm once again draped across the back of the chair she had been sitting in. He winked and smiled at her.

Holy crap.

That one simple and utterly sexy look totally reignited her passion for him. How could she possibly concentrate on a boring old health inspector now?

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….and, Christian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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