Friday, April 23, 2010

An Excerpt of Sweet Carolina by Lissa Matthews

I want to share a new author I just found recently!!
She is amazing... and so is her new book!!!
I am happy to say that I can share with you an excerpt of the book ~ But I am warning you.....
you WILL need a big ol'glass of ICE COLD water to read this...
It is set to come out April 27th!!!

“Sweet Caroline” by Lissa Matthews
ISBN: 978-1-60928-029-1
Length: Novella
Price: 3.50
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Cover art by Angie Waters
The second time around is even sweeter…with cherries on top.

Blue Jeans and Hard Hats, Book 1

Buck doesn’t do personal projects. Until he runs into a woman wandering the aisles of the local home-improvement store, looking lost and confused. Just the way this fantasy looks at him nearly buckles his knees. In a hot second, the successful owner of a contracting company becomes a simple handyman, ready and willing to get as personal as the lady will allow.
Since her less-than-golden marriage to the local golden boy ended, Caroline’s declaration of independence includes her own business, road trips…and nipple piercings. Now it’s time to cut the last tie to her old life, but the house needs some work before she can unload it and move to her dream cabin in the mountains. Hard as it is to admit, she needs a little help.
Over the next few months, he shows her his toys, like hammers and drills, and she shows him hers—like floggers and paddles. And their attraction is the tinder that could send Caroline’s plans for an independent life up in flames…

 I obtained all of this information  from Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Sweet Caroline
Copyright © 2010 Lissa Matthews
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

Caroline’s hands were still shaking as she held onto the steering wheel so tight her knuckles were ghostly white. She couldn’t believe she’d been so forward with Buck, especially kissing him, telling him she wanted him, liked him wanting her, but… He’d been aroused. Had she pushed him too much though? Had she been too forward?

Seeing him in the store surprised her, but when she heard his voice, the amused interest in it, saw his smile, something happened inside her. Her lust for the handyman took over and she showed him what he wanted to see. He wanted to know what she liked, and she was more than willing to oblige. She’d harbored the fantasy of wanting him to see her as a forty-year-old woman who had life and hunger and freedom to be herself and not the forty-year-old woman whose husband emotionally and physically left her long before she’d ever asked him to move out. It had taken a lot of courage, but then a lot of what she had done over the last year and especially over the last few months had taken more courage than she knew she possessed. Showing Buck what kind of sex toys she liked wasn’t really such a big deal. If it ended up that he wasn’t interested, well, that was okay. It at least showed her she could put herself out there again and express herself.

Pulling into her driveway, she had to admit to being a bit relieved he hadn’t beaten her back. She’d made a few more stops before heading home and figured he’d had some errands of his own. He said he’d be back this afternoon, and she didn’t doubt him. There was a job to do, and even if a personal line had been crossed in the adult store, he’d finish the work on her house.

She pressed the button on the garage door opener and drove in. She grabbed her purse and her purchases and exited the car. Leaning against the warm metal, she closed her eyes, still thinking of Buck. The arousal from earlier in the morning when she’d taken coffee to him out at the shed combined with the arousal from the adult store thrummed through her. She took a deep, shaky breath and let it out slowly. What’s done was done, and it was time to get to work and stop thinking about it for a while.

“Yeah, you go ahead and try that,” she muttered to herself, pushing away from the car in the direction of the door to the house. Straight into her home office, she shrugged out of her hoodie and tossed it and her purse into the corner before setting the bag from the yarn store on her worktable. She had an order to fill for a crochet basket for a newly pregnant woman. The mother of the mom-to-be ordered the theme basket as a birthday gift, and Caroline needed to get it out in the mail first thing tomorrow.

She pulled a set of three boxes with a pale green stripe pattern from the top shelf of the closet. In the bottom box went a spiral bound crochet patterns for baby book and three skeins of hand-dyed yarn—baby green, baby yellow and a variegated purple ranging from dark violet to very light lavender. Being they didn’t know what sex the baby would be, the mother’d requested colors other than pink or blue. In the middle box she put crochet needles, handcrafted and personalized with the name of the recipient. The mother’d requested that, also saying she had been given needles with her name engraved on them. It seemed to be a tradition passed down from mother to daughter during the first pregnancy.

The top box would contain a pair of white baby booties, crocheted by Caroline herself. Throughout the package, were little hidden gifts—a crochet charm, a little book about being a first time mom, a baby duck stuffed animal, even packets of decaf herbal teas and a small journal.

Caroline smiled. She loved the baby ducks. They were her signature of sorts, her extra special touch. For every gift she put together, there was always a baby duck.

She went to the chest of drawers on the opposite wall from her table and in the top drawer, rifled through the ribbons. She had a pretty purple ribbon with very thin green and brown stripes somewhere. It would be perfect for the boxes, but damn if she knew where it was. She closed the drawer and opened the second one. Nope, still nothing. Surely it wouldn’t be in the third one, that’s where she kept…other things, but she looked anyway.

“What are you looking for?”

Caroline slammed the drawer shut and turned her head at the voice in the doorway. Buck. She hadn’t heard him drive up, hadn’t heard him come in the house. “Hi. How long have you been standing there?”

“Since you started looking through the first drawer and mumbling to yourself.”

“Oh.” She stood from her crouching position. “I’m looking for a ribbon.”

“To be tied up with?”

She grinned. She didn’t mean to. It just happened. She should have been shocked instead, right? Well, maybe not, probably not, considering their earlier encounter, but it seemed her uncertainty when she was driving home of having maybe pushed went right out the window when she was face to face with him.

It had always been the other way around with other men, but with Buck, from the first time they met, she was comfortable with him. It didn’t hurt that he looked like he wanted to devour her at times. And she had to remind herself that Buck wasn’t a lover chosen for her by another man, by Derek. He was just a man and maybe they were choosing each other.

“Well no, but now that you mention it…” She winked at him and was rewarded with heat flaring in his eyes and a smile spreading over his mouth.

“I’ll keep that in mind. I brought the stuff I needed for fixing the deck out back and the new screen door. I’ll be working on it tomorrow.”

“Okay. Are you leaving for today? I mean, you could have picked up what you needed tomorrow instead of coming back now.”

“No, I’m not leaving today. But I am done working outside. I have some things in the house I need to do.”

“Sure, okay.” Arousal was back full force, and her blood was hot. He was going to be in the house working. She’d be able to hear him, probably even see him when she left her office. It was time to honestly admit how much she wanted him, and it wasn’t just a little bit. No, it was a whole hell of a lot.

She turned away, intent on going back to work. She put her hands on her hips and gazed around the room. The ribbon had to be there somewhere. She—

Her thoughts were interrupted by his voice again, though this time from right behind her, his breath on her neck, his body a solid wall at her back.

“You didn’t ask what I’m going to be doing in the house.”

“Oh. Was I supposed to?” She really didn’t care what he was going to do. She just liked the idea of him being nearby. She was coming to like that way too much.

“Yes, you were.”

“Okay. Well, what are you going to do?”

His lips feathered kisses at her ear. “You. I’m going to do you.”

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  1. Hi Cecile,

    This looks like a great read and I love the cover!

    Thanks for sharing and I have added this one to my TBR pile!

  2. I just read a Lissa Matthews book and really enjoyed it!

  3. I love it Cecile! This book sounds great. I am definitely adding it to my list of books to buy.



  4. Ok baby girl...WANT WANT WANT! Ive never read this author and I LOVE handyman turned lover! Mmmm...and that man meat of a cover is to die for! ;)

    Happy Friday pookey-pie!

  5. Hi Cecile,
    Wishing you a great weekend :D
    Glad to see you have found a new author, I just love finding new great ones

  6. Cecile, you tease! You already know I want this and now you taunt me with more hot snippets... shame on you!

  7. Razlover! Hey hon! Thanks for coming over! This is a great read!!! You are more than welcome ~ for the sharing... you know I love sharing hot men!!! **Evil wink*

    Mandi!! Hey hon! Ohhh what did you read...?? I love her books! She is very hot!

    MsM!!!! Hey honey! Haven't seen you in a while! Thanks for coming over! Ohhh just wait till you read it, you will love it even more!
    If you get it, you must let me know how you liked it!!

    Monroe Dawson!! Hey pookie!!! Now calm down.. you will be able to get this book in a couple of days, I promise!!!! Isn't it just the hottest thing!!! And the story is to die for!!!! I mean come'on.. His name is BUCK!!!!!!

    Blodeuedd!! Hey honey! I am glad that you could make it over! I promise I am getting to your place soon!!! I hope you have a great weekend honey!!! It is prom for us this weekend ~ Brooke has prom Saturday night!
    I love finding and sharing new authors ~ especially when they are this hot!!!

    Sweet! Hey my honey!!! You know I love to tease you... LOL!!!! Ohhhhh shame on me huh.... lol!!! Love ya too!!!! **wicked smile**

  8. I love Lissa's books I've reread Simple Needs two or three times and it gets better every time I read it. This sounds like another winner and I can't wait to read it.

  9. Great snippet.This is definitely something I must read. You are sucha good book pimp :)

  10. I recently read Lissa Matthews Sugar Rush (fabulous) and her short ebook Simple Need.

  11. Ok you were right glad I had my Mt. Dew here handy lol. ;) LOVE that cover. Hope you are having a great one my friend! HUGS

  12. Blue Hats and Hard Jeans, phew! Ain't much more I can say Cecile, but I'll chip in as and when I can - though I reckon I'll have to shield my eyes from the pictures.

  13. Thanks Cecile! I love finding new authors and that cover is hot! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Hey y'all!

    Cecile just wants the hot yummy man on the cover! Which honestly, I can't blame her. He really exceeded my expectations and he's quite delicious!

    I am excited about this release and I hope all of you enjoy it! I love writing Buck and Caroline and their naughty times together.

    Thanks for making me smile! And thanks Cecile... we'll talk about the other books that are coming!


  15. The cover alone makes you need a dunk in cold lake!!!! IT sure feels sizzling in here!!! I so feel the desire to read that book!!!! Thanks for sharing Cecile!!! I am a new follower to your blog, and I love it, and I am looking forward to reading more post from you!!!

  16. Hi Honey!

    Just dropped in to see what's new...Love that cover.


  17. Nice! It going on my TBR pile :)

  18. Sherry! Thanks for coming over! Ohhh, another fan of Ms. Lissa! Yaya. A re-read ~ wow! Must go to my ebook store now! Thanks for the add to my own list!

    elaing8! Hey honey! This is definitely something you SHOULD read! I know your taste and you will eat this up!!!!
    **does a book hussy blush at being a good pimp, lol**
    Hope you had a great weekend!

    Chris~ I could not agree with you more honey!!!!!

    Smokinhotbooks! Hey Smokin, thanks for coming over! Oh.... putting another one on my list! Thanks hon!

    JennJ! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over this weekend! Told you that you would need something nice and cold to handle this post, lol!!!
    Hugs to you honey!!!! Hope you had a great weekend!

    A man called Valance! This is one series, Mr. V that you might want to peek inside. You chip in as often as you like Mr. V. We love having a gent like you speak your mind. I might not have soup... but I make a hellva a good chili and a strong drink! Thanks for coming over!

    Tricia! Hey hon! You are more than welcome! I love introducing new authors to my fellow friends!!!
    I hope you had a great weekend!

    Lissa!!! Thanks for coming over honey!!! I can not wait for Tuesday to have you over!!!!!!!!
    And yea... I do ant the hot man on the cover, I am glad that you can't blame me... he is smoking hot!!!

    Lover of Romance! Welcome honey! I hope you enjoy your stay and come back for more! Honey... I only have one temperature here... HOT lmbo!!! If you stay tune, Ms. Lissa will be coming back to my place!

    Houston A.W. Knight! Hey honey!! Hugs to you!!!! I am glad that you came over to my place today! Isn't that cover just hot!!!I hope you had a great weekend!

    host! Hey honey!!!! How have you been?? I hope school is almost over for you! Thanks for coming over! I am glad that you can put Ms. Lissa on your list! She is awesome!

    Thank you all for coming over~! Stay tune cuz we have more from Ms. Lissa!

    Nice! It going on my TBR pile :)

    April 25, 2010 12:25 PM

  19. Hi Cecile, how are you?
    Quin in Italy, so good. It burst the spring and also the my allergy to pollen. I not stop sneezing:)))))))!
    An affectionate hug

  20. Very nice! Thanks for sharing, hon!
    I hope all is well, sweetie :)


I want to thank you for stopping by my place... I hope to see you again!!
I hope you enjoy my little bloggie home as much as I do!
With hugs, love and smiles... Cecile

My Fictional Smutty Boyfriend.... =)