I'm very excited to welcome guest author
to the blog today!
Happy new release, Stacey!
And welcome! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
*waves* I’m Stacey Kennedy and I write everything from paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance to erotic romance. But my books always have the same themes—dominant men, humor and a whole lot of the steamy stuff!!
Awesome! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
My latest release is SUPERNATURALLY KISSED. It’s a ghost romance with a mystery and has a sexy romance as well. It was a blast to write and I never thought I could fall head over heels in love with a ghost but…it’s true, I did!
That’s awesome! I love the cover! Which character is your favorite and why?
Oh my, I could never answer this question. I have so many characters that I adore and all for different reasons. Of course, I love Tess and Kipp, plus Zach and Caley, but honestly I really do adore them all. If I picked just one they might get a wee bit jealous and we don’t want that!
LOL No, I suppose not! As the author, what surprised you about this story?
Everything! LOL! I’m a panster, which means I don’t plot my stories so every step of the way is a surprise to me. I don’t have a set idea what’s going to happen so I’m always pretty stunned at the end to see how it all turned out.
OMG me too! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
Yes, there will be four books in the Frostbite series. The second book, DEMONICALLY TEMPTED is completed and with my editor. I’m just waiting on hearing back if she approves of the story and to get working on edits. I’ll tell you this much, book two definitely shocked me silly! I totally wasn’t expecting to go where the characters took me. It’ll be exciting to get it out there and see if it surprises the readers too.
Oh, man, that’s the coolest feeling! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
The fact that the hero is a ghost. Kinda obvious, right? It was a real challenge when it came to the love scenes and I definitely had to get creative to get these two in a few hot and heavy moments. But I loved that challenge. It made it really interesting to write!
Definitely sounds intriguing! What are you working on right now?
I just wrapped up a BDSM full-length erotic romance, SWEET SUBMISSIVE. It’s currently in my agent’s hands and I’m waiting on feedback. Yes, I’m biting my nails and hoping to hear back soon!
Ooh, sounds dee-lish! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
The first book I ever wrote was The Willow that came out with Liquid Silver Books in 2010. It’s by far the most special series to me because it’s what started my journey as a writer. So I couldn’t have been happier when Entangled Publishing gave me the chance to lengthen the short novels into full-length. The first book, WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED, will be released in July 2012 in trade paperback.
Woot! Woot! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
The easiest and most fun for me is the first draft. I absolutely love it!! The hardest part for me is grammar and edits. The comma and I have a hate relationship. I’ll admit I’ve gotten better than when I first started out, but I still put commas in places they just shouldn’t go and leave them off all the time.
LOL The dreaded comma! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
HECK NO! I could never use anyone I know in my books. *shudders* That’d just be too weird!
ROFL! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
Easy answer. Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guardian series or her Dark Angels series. I’m a HUGE fan of hers. I love her work beyond words and the world she has created is simply fabulous! I’d LOVE the chance the write in it.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Like I said above that’s a really hard question to answer. I love Tess from SUPERNATURALLY KISSED because her snarky attitude makes me laugh. But I also enjoy my time with Nexi from WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED, she’s probably the funniest character I’ve ever written and she’s got a real kick-ass attitude that I enjoy!
Ooh, some heroine love, I see! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk Chocolate
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Bed or kitchen table? Both! *wiggles eyebrows* It’s fun when you start out in one place and end up in another!
Beach or mountains? Beach
Give or receive? Give, but you’ll never hear me complaining about receiving.
Ghosts harass and annoy Tess Jennings to save their souls. Sometimes she helps them. Other times she ignores them. But one ghost will give her no choice.
Kipp McGowen, a cop with the Memphis Police Department, will stop at nothing to gain her help, including using his ghostly charms to seduce her.
Tess must help solve the five year old cold case of Hannah Reid, because solving the case will save Kipp. But a bigger problem presents itself. Tess is falling in love with a ghost. Now she must decide. Keep Kipp forever or find the killer…
Thanks for coming on the blog, Stacey! Where can we find you on the web?
A ghost is determined to capture Tess's attention and make her admit she hears him, while she's on a blind date...
The boys headed to the bar. I glanced over at Caley, who bounced up and down on her seat in excitement. “I did good, right?”
I nodded, not at all ashamed to give her props for her choice. “He’s not only sexy as sin, but a gentleman too. You did great.”
The ghost snorted.
I’d forgotten all about him and had hoped he wouldn’t follow me into the bar. Nothing would ruin my excitement now. A long time had passed since I’d met anyone worth meeting. The ghost wouldn’t put a damper on my fun.
Within minutes, Trent and Brandon returned to the table with four beers in hand. I claimed a bottle, took a long sip and sighed in happiness. After the day I had, the beer comforted me. The alcohol refreshed the senses, revived the mood and removed the tension sitting heavy on my shoulders.
Trent grinned. “Looks like you needed a drink.”
I licked the dribble of beer from my lips. “I’ve been craving a beer all day long.” I set the bottle onto the table. “So, tell me, what’s it like to play baseball as a pro?”
I’ve never regretted saying words more in my life. One question led to a twenty-minute conversation I wished I’d never instigated. Caley, the traitor, had vanished onto the dance floor with Brandon, which left me with the pompous stud.
“I’ve grown as a player…” Trent went on.
“This guy is a fucking joke,” the ghost said.
I almost turned my head to nod, but of course refrained. I continued to listen to Trent’s words without truly hearing what he had to say. I merely muttered “yeah” or “cool” when appropriate.
“If I were him, I would’ve skipped the conversation all together and had you back in my bed the moment I laid eyes on you.”
He did not just say that! My stomach leapt up into my throat and my body warmed in places that shouldn’t from a ghost. He’d only said words—not used soft touches to entice me—but the way his voice carried into my soul, the effect had been similar to sweet caresses. “The coach has been pleased…”
The ghost’s tone dropped an octave. “I wouldn’t have wasted the time with small talk. I would’ve used my mouth to learn my way around your luscious curves and used your responses to tell me about the woman you are.”
I squirmed on the stool in an attempt to ignore the soft purr of his voice sending shivers down my spine. I even leaned in further toward Trent and tried to concentrate on his boring conversation.
“After I tasted your sweet skin and saw your desperation for more, I would kiss your mouth until your lips were rosy and swollen. I’d deepen the kiss by tangling my fingers through your hair and holding you close to feel all of me.”
I gulped, crossed my legs and squeezed them tight. He’s a ghost! Nothing that involved him should arouse me. But the pulse between my thighs declared he held the power to make me undone.
“I’d kiss my way along your jaw while I lowered my hand to trail along your stomach. Then I would seek to discover all those little places that make you squirm.”
He ran his finger from below my ear all the way to my nape. His touch forced my eyes closed. A cold shiver danced along my skin to leave goose bumps in its wake. Wild sensations stole my logical mind. My will to ignore him plummeted.
“Tess,” Caley shouted.
I opened my eyes, and after taking a moment to focus, I discovered not only Caley staring at me, but Trent and Brandon too.
She frowned. “What’s wrong with you?”
I shook my head and released the breath stuck in my throat, which came out in a slow wisp of air. “Nothing—I’m fine.”
“I’d lower myself between those luscious legs of yours, tempting you and teasing you. I’d stare into those pretty green eyes of yours until they widened in pleasure.”
“You’re not fine,” Caley retorted. “Your face is bright red.”
“I’d wait until your hips arched toward me and begged me to take you. Then, and only then, would I give you what you desire.”
I grabbed my beer, took a big swig and a couple more. All eyes stared at me with blatant confusion. Part of me wanted to move away, while the other needed to hear more.
“Ah, Tess,” Caley whispered. “Seriously, are you okay?”
I paid my obvious inappropriate behavior no attention. The fantasy the ghost built in my mind needed to have a conclusion. “Yes. Yes. I’m good.”
“I would thrust against you, demanding you react to my intentions. You’d scream out and I would echo the sound with a moan of my own, as I used all my strength to satisfy you.”
Caley chuckled nervously.
I gripped the edge of the table in front of me and held on tight.
“You’d come into your orgasm because I’d leave you with no other choice. But I wouldn’t stop there.” He ran his finger along my exposed lower back and the coldness against my hot skin made me shiver. “Without giving you the chance to recover, I’d flip you over on your knees,” his tone dipped lower, “and fuck you senseless.”
I shot up from my seat, which caused the stool to slam back into the person behind me, who swore in return. “I have to go.”
Caley nodded. “Ah yeah, I think you do.”
Without another word—or a goodbye to the living men or the dead one who had got me all hot and bothered—I bolted from the bar and ran so hard my calves burned, reminding me of the three-inch heels strapped to my feet.
The ghost didn’t follow me and nothing pleased me more. I needed some space, time to return to reality or to pleasure the need out of me—either would do.
Within only a few minutes, I arrived at my condominium, which appeared more like an old textile factory, but inside were renovated modern apartments. The arousal burning inside me hadn’t vanished. The wetness between my thighs was a constant reminder of the ghost’s words.
I ran up the stairs while I took my keys out from my back pocket. At the thick mahogany wooden door, I raised my key pass to the scanner, grabbed the chrome door handle and swung it open.
Just three doors down, I opened the door to my condo before slamming it closed behind me. I didn’t bother to lock the door and did the only thing I thought of now. I sprinted to the bedroom, stripped out of my clothes and finished the fantasy the ghost had built in my mind.
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Laura & Stacey