But first - Happy Chinese New Year! I was extremely busy in the past few days because of that particular holiday, which is pretty important to us Chinese peeps. :) We went to the temple again and thankfully the master there didn't list my sign (Year of the Dog) as being unlucky this year.
Okay, back to business.
As you know, my two solo boxed sets are now out and thanks to YOU guys, both are doing quite well! :) Actually, they're doing a lot better than I've hoped for, with Eternally Seduced in Amazon's Top 800 and To Love a Shifter in Amazon's Top 500. Not bad! :)
One thing that did NOT make it to the boxed set was the excerpt I prepared for the second half of Rathe and Mary's story. You didn't really think How Not to be Seduced by Dukes was the end of it, did you? :)
Mary Ashton is the mistress of Rathe Wellesley, the Duke of Flanders and England’s #1 Heartthrob. As winter approaches, they leave behind the tragedies they’ve overcome together and set for Rathe’s homeland, where they are instantly swept into the dazzling world of Europe’s high society.
However, what was supposed to be a secret romantic holiday explodes into a dirty scandal when the Ton, London’s centuries-old clique of aristocrats, challenge their still-fragile feelings for each other.
He is thirty-four years old, a man in his prime and with a wealth of experience behind him. She is eighteen years old, a girl who has just blossomed into womanhood and whose innocence cannot be completely concealed.
Is he really too old for her…and is she really too young for him? And if everyone say it’s so, should that be enough for them to turn their backs on each other?
“What are you doing here?” His voice was colder than what she had been used to in the past few weeks, reminding her that he had not always been just Rathe, the man she loved and the man who loved her back.
This is my first ever holiday romance - and when I say holiday, I'm not talking about just Christmas - I'm talking about a vacation / getaway / whirlwind romance set in an exotic locale like...Hong Kong! :)
So first, the blurb ---
23-year-old Ayah Chandler believes in love at first sight, and she should – since it only took that one time for her to fall head over heels for a man who looks like an angel but seduces like the devil.
Billionaire Nic de Koningh grew up trusting no one but himself, but all it took was that one time with the free-spirited Instagram-loving Ayah to question everything he believes and doesn’t believe in.
As they meet once more in the exotic urban paradise of Hong Kong, Nic and Ayah finally have a chance to discover the answer to the burning question in their hearts.
Can love spring from a moment of connection or is it an illusion that will only scar them for eternity?
I can promise you that you'll never see the twists coming. My editor didn't. :P If you received my latest newsletter, then you've already your first glimpse of Nic and Ayah. Here's another---
Hope you like it! :)
So I'm really, really excited about the new cover of Drawn: His Secret Toy, which is the first book of the series. I've seen the drafts and they're amazing. Once it's out, I'll definitely share the artist's name so you can all check his drawings. You'll fall in love with them, too, I promise.
Anyway, it got me to thinking about Book 2...It will NOT have the same pairing though. It will be a companion novel of sorts, a single-title featuring a new couple. But Yuki and KC from Drawn will be there and have bit roles in it. In fact, when the new cover is out next month you will find the bonus chapter including not just Yuki and KC but a character from Book 2 as well.
When I smile I think about how lucky I am, to have the three hottest guys in uni doting on me, wanting to spend all their time with me, fighting with each other for the right to take me home.
When I scowl I think about how unlucky I am, to have three crazy protective jerks as stepbrothers, scaring away every boy in town while all the girls hate me because all they see is me and never them.
When I cry I tell myself I will never do anything to jeopardize what we have. Dad and the three boys are everything to me. I am lost without them, and I'm so scared I will lose them one day because I don't deserve their love.
But oh when I moan, I tell myself it's just for work, that as a voice actress for a smutty anime it's my job to make the audience feel as hot and bothered as I am.
When I moan no one should know I can only feel this beautiful terrible need to touch and be touched by secretly fantasizing about him. The gorgeous superstar I'm going to be paired with. The one every girl wants to own, and the man I’m forbidden to have because he’s the stepbrother I’ve fallen in love with.
And so I just moan, the pain driving me crazy. One day, he’ll fall for another girl, and then I’ll have to close my eyes, pretending I love someone else just so my true feelings will never show.
Do you like it? I hope so. I'm not sure when this will be out - but I'm estimating it will be done by August at the latest. Not too far off, right? Next time, we'll have the excerpt out, maybe for our next newsletter or with the new cover of Drawn, too. We'll see!
Here is where I talk about behind-the-scene stuff that readers may want to know more about.