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Tempting Jupiter Excerpt – Distracting Freaks of Nature

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Another fun Tempting Jupiter excerpt…

 

Seneca kept his voice soft to keep from waking the woman. “How’s she doing?”

Jupiter pressed his fingers to her forehead. “She’s cool. No sign of fever.”

“That’s good.” He might not trust her, but Seneca didn’t wish her any further harm.

Jupiter sat on the edge of the bed. “Fee, we have food prepared.” He too, spoke softly.

If she still needed sleep, they would let her sleep. But her body also needed fuel to aid the accelerated healing injection they’d given her.

Eyes still shut, she stretched her good arm over her head and pointed her toes, stretching out everything in between.

Jupiter watched intently as her movements shifted the blanket. “How’s your shoulder?”

“The pain seems manageable at the moment,” she said. Her voice was sleepy and warm and Jupiter responded with a soft growl that did funny things to Seneca’s gut. Did it affect her the same? He didn’t miss the way Jupiter leaned toward the woman, breathing in her scent. That didn’t affect anything so low as his abdomen, it tightened a fist around his heart.

“You haven’t tried moving the arm yet,” Jupiter teased.

She opened her eyes and frowned. “There’s no rush, is there?”

Jupiter barked under his breath. “You can stay in bed as long as you like, but I have no intention of letting my food get cold.”

Feeona lifted her head from the bed, eyes taking in her surroundings. “Well, why didn’t you say the food was warm?”

Seneca stilled, making himself just another item in the room. He wasn’t ready to know if she would include him into their banter or use her wit to put him firmly on the outside.

Jupiter moved off the bed and squatted down within her reaching distance. “Do you want something for the pain before you try getting up?”

“No.” Her head dropped back to the bed with a thump. “I don’t want to pass out again. How long was I out this time?”

“A day,” Jupiter rumbled.

“Not too bad.” She reached for Jupiter, using her good arm. She wrapped her fingers around his biceps and used him to slowly pull herself up into a seated position. She touched him like a woman sure of her mate.

Seneca had to look away. The ache in his chest insisted, but her scent, her voice painted a picture in his mind.

“Good,” she said. “Plenty of time for a meal before I have to check on the ship’s systems.” There was a buoyancy to her voice that Seneca found appealing. He could see how that might draw Jupiter.

Seneca’s own weakness defeated him and he let his gaze slip back to his pack-brother and the woman.

Jupiter lifted her out of the bed and into his arms. The night before, he’d urged her out of all but her under-things and into a Dog-sized tunic. It left her legs bare from just above the knee. When they’d found the tunic for her, they’d also found the clothes they were now wearing.

Jupiter carried Feeona to the table. She wrapped her good arm around his neck, pressing against him more than necessary, but not enough to be overtly seductive. She liked being in his arms—Seneca couldn’t fault her for that.

Jupiter put her down in one of the Dog-sized seats. Her bare feet didn’t reach the floor and she looked almost child-like. The lines of strain etched into her face, the way she held herself stiffly upright, made it impossible for Seneca to dislike her. She didn’t complain. She didn’t demand consideration. There was no need. Her quiet resilience did more to focus Jupiter’s attention than any play for his interest. His pack mate grabbed a pillow from the bed and stuffed it behind her back. She relaxed instantly, a result that stamped satisfaction across Jupiter’s face.

“Well, hello-there, Seneca.” Her words snapped his gaze to hers.

“Hello.” He’d been too busy studying Jupiter’s focus on her to realize hers had shifted to him. He went back to portioning the food onto platters. “I hope you’re hungry.”

“Starved.” She sniffed the air then pressed her lips together and made an mmm of approval. She shot him a smile, then her eyes went wide as she took a look at the cooking equipment. “Wow. That’s not your average food prepper.”

Seneca dipped his chin in agreement. “This room seems to have been converted for the use of Arena Dogs.”

She chuckled. “I’ll say. Looks like the standard nutrition processor units have been ripped out and replaced.” She narrowed her eyes. “Is that real meat?”

Jupiter chuckled. “We found packs of them in the ship’s supplies.”

“Yes.” Seneca turned to offer the server of food and the motion shifted the shirt he’d pulled on when he’d crawled out of bed. He hadn’t bothered to fasten it and the movement gave Fee a fair view of his chest. It surprised him to realize she noticed. He’d been ogled by humans plenty, but her momentary fascination didn’t bother him. Especially after she realized she’d been caught looking and her embarrassment showed on her face. He smiled pleasantly to let her off the hook then handed the server to Jupiter.

His pack mate took the food, but his gaze was fixed on Feeona. He was still shirtless and he quickly captured her attention. She seemed to find it hard to keep her concentration on Jupiter’s face. Seneca understood the temptation of Jupiter’s body, but he found Jupiter’s face even more fascinating. Those broad, masculine features and brown eyes warmed as he soaked in her appreciation.

“Sorry,” she blurted out. “You’re both just damn distracting freaks of nature. In my experience, men don’t look like you.”

Jupiter’s eyes flashed and she threw up a hand to stop his anger. “No,” she said firmly. “That was a compliment.”

Seneca swallowed a chuckle at her bluntness.

“Less compliments,” grumbled Jupiter. “More eating.”

Tempting Jupiter Fun Excerpt

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To celebrate TJ’s official release date, here is a fun snippet for you!

Tempting Jupiter Excerpt:  good ideas 

Feeona shot him a look. “I am known to have good ideas on occasion.”

He pulled her into his arms and pressed her body up against his, meeting her eyes with fierce concentration. Slowly, he lowered his head and pressed his lips against hers, kissing her with small nips. His tongue slipped out to tease her lips open and he pushed into her mouth.

She kissed him back. Her senses were full of him. His scent. The heat of his body pressed all along hers. As slowly as he’d started he withdrew, leaving her bereft and glorious at the same time. Her heart beat strong and impatient. Her lips tingled. Heat from somewhere inside her pressed against her too tight skin.

Jupiter’s lips slowly stretched into a wide smile. “I have plenty of my own ideas right now. You can take the rest of the night off.”

Ideas? Oh yeah. They’d been talking about good ideas. She let her happiness escape on a laugh. She peeked around his shoulder to Seneca who was still sprawled on the cushions. “How about you? Do you have any good ideas we should consider?” It was her way to let him know she wanted him to join in the game they were playing.

Seneca raised his silver eyebrows. “I have ideas, but I’m content to follow Jupiter’s lead.”

She winked. “Me too. He is the biggest.”

“Pleasingly so, I’m sure.” Seneca’s gaze shifted to Jupiter’s ass in his form fitting training pants.

She shifted her attention to Jupiter’s well deserved smirk. He was big all over and she remembered just how good that had felt. “Can we go to bed now?”

“Demanding female,” Jupiter complained. Warmth coated the mock gruffness in his voice.

Seneca shifted across the cushions then stood. “I think she deserves a little indulgence.”

Jupiter lifted her up and guided her thighs to his hips. “I agree.” He pressed one more soft kiss to her lips then carried her up the steps.

Looking over his shoulder, she had a great view of Seneca flowing up the stairs behind them. Despite being all Dog, his body was part dancer, part cat. Grace and lazy confidence. Whatever had been in the way before, had been resolved.

Tonight she would have them both.

If you’ve already read Tempting Jupiter and enjoyed it, please help spread the news on social media or shelve the book on Goodreads. And reviews are always appreciated.  Have questions about the Arena Dogs? Ask your questions here or on Goodreads–the Q&A thread is now open.

Happy hump day,

Charlee

 

Tempting Jupiter

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It’s here! Amazon was kind and processed the book more quickly than I expected. Tempting Jupiter is now available as an ebook on Amazon and is available for preorder on iTunes and Kobo. It should be available on Nook any time now.  So excited! There will also be a print copy available in a few weeks.

US: Kindle  |  Kobo  | iTunes

Int’l: Kindle  AU  | DE  |  UK  |  CA

Tempting Jupiter is available to be added to your shelf on GoodReads and I have re-opened the Q&A threads there.

Happy reading!

 

November Release for Tempting Jupiter!

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I am beyond excited to tell you I’ll be releasing Tempting Jupiter, Arena Dogs Book 2, this week! I’m shooting for Wednesday Nov 8, but it might vary a day, give or take, depending on how quickly the retailers make it live. This book focuses on Jupiter and Seneca, the missing Arena Dogs of Mercury’s pack, and their heroine Feeona. I’ve fallen completely in love with them and I hope you will too.

Here is the book blurb:

Jupiter and Seneca are Arena Dogs, genetically engineered slaves created to serve at the will of their masters. From the beginning, Jupiter was destined for the gladiator arena where a Dog faces death every day. Seneca became a gladiator only after years of abuse in a pleasure house and he owes his success in the arena to the Dog he secretly loves—Jupiter. Slated for death after a rigged match in the gladiator arena, they’re instead rescued and taken off the planet by the Resistance. When the escape ship is recaptured, their only hope to remain free is a human woman with an agenda and secrets of her own.

Feeona is a thief and a con artist, but that doesn’t make her one of the bad guys. Normally, the Arena Dogs would be safe in her care. Even if she wasn’t crazy attracted to them she’d want to help them, but their presence has interfered with her plans and a cause so close to her soul that nothing can be more important—not even the two men who are rapidly taking up residence in her heart.

Will Feeona find a way to save them all or will she be forced to choose who to save and who to betray?

This is book two in the Arena Dogs Series, but the story is a novel length, stand alone romance.

Tempting Jupiter Update

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First, I am so grateful to everyone who still has the next Arena Dogs book on their wish list. Your messages have been a huge boon to me. I don’t want to keep you waiting any longer than necessary, so there won’t be a preorder or much lead-up for Tempting Jupiter. “LIST” subscribers will be first to know when I set a release date and the moment it’s available I’ll shout it out everywhere I can. I can’t wait to share Jupiter, Feeona, and Seneca with you.

Hugs!

Gladiator Giveaway!

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paperback_giveawaySci-fi romance author Anna Hackett has a new book out in her brand new series, Galactic Gladiators! As part of the Gladiator Release Celebration, Anna, myself, and fellow sci-fi romance authors SE Smith and Susan Grant are giving away some action-packed, science fiction romance paperbacks.

All these books center around fierce arenas and gaming set in our distant future. THREE lucky winners will win copies of Anna’s book, Hell Squad: Marcus PLUS my book, Stealing Mercury or Susan’s Champion of Baresh, or SE’s Dagger’s Hope.

To enter the paperback giveaway, just leave a comment on Anna’s blog(international entries welcome): http://annahackettbooks.com/gladiator-release-celebration-and-paperback-giveaway

The paperback giveaway is open until close of business Friday, don’t miss out!

And be sure to check out Anna’s new series. Currently at $.99!

gladiatorFighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy’s lawless outer rim…

When Earth space marine Harper Adams finds herself abducted by alien slavers off a space station, her life turns into a battle for survival. Dumped into an arena on a desert planet on the outer rim, she finds herself face to face with a big, tattooed alien gladiator…the champion of the Kor Magna Arena.

A former prince abandoned to the arena as a teen, Raiden Tiago has long ago earned his freedom. Now he rules the arena, but he doesn’t fight for the glory, but instead for his own dark purpose–revenge against the Thraxian aliens who destroyed his planet. Then his existence is rocked by one small, fierce female fighter from an unknown planet called Earth.

Harper is determined to find a way home, but when she spots her best friend in the arena–a slave of the evil Thraxian aliens–she’ll do anything to save her friend…even join forces with the tough alpha male who sets her body on fire. But as Harper and Raiden step foot onto the blood-soaked sands of the arena, Harper worries that Raiden has his own dangerous agenda…

Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and daring rescues), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a fierce space marine and a gritty alpha male gladiator). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!

 

Stealing Mercury to be Featured

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Excited to share that Stealing Mercury will be featured in the upcoming Books that need MORE Attention Giveaway Hop. SM is being featured by Angela at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures book blog. According to Angela “The theme of the hop is books that we loved, but haven’t gotten the attention they deserve.”  I’m truly honored to be included.

Angela is giving away a $5 Amazon gift card and a copy of Stealing Mercury during the hop. See her post starting the 3rd for more details.

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Thanks Angela!

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Best laid plans…

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I’m feeling a bit sad this week. Due to circumstances beyond my control I’ve had to cancel my attendance at the Indie Romance Convention taking place in Lebanon, TN. There were so many wonderful people I was looking forward to meeting!

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For any of you that were hoping to see me there, please be sure to get in touch through the contacts form on my website and I’ll be sure to put you on my VIP list until I can find a way to make it up to you.

Have a fun weekend everyone!

 

Florida Readers: Event Reminder

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This weekend, I’ll be at the 2nd Annual Romance Expo in Central Florida. I would love to meet you! I’ll have print copies of Stealing Mercury and Deadly Lover for $5 each plus other swag for ebook readers. If you already bought a print book, bring it with you and I’d be happy to sign that. There will be about 20 authors attending, with lots of prize giveaways and fun.

Where:
WT Bland Public Library
1995 N. Donnelly St.
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Phone: (352) 735-7180

When:
10am – 1PM

Free to attend!

Arena Dogs, Book Two, Cover Reveal

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Is Arena Dogs a series? You bet! The second book is called Tempting Jupiter and I finally have a cover to show off. I was hoping to have a release date, too. But alas, I’m not quite there yet. Still, it is on the way and I have not only the cover, but also the book description and the first scene of the book ready for you.

These great blogs are helping me reveal the cover and description:

6 Feet Under Book Blog
Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
Boundless Book Reviews
Monlatable Book Reviews
SFR Station
The Galaxy Express
The Reading Cafe
I Love Books Blog

You can read the opening of Tempting Jupiter here:  Tempting Jupiter, Scene One

To help celebrate the cover reveal, I am doing a mystery swag giveaway. Visit any of the blogs above to enter!

Enjoy!