Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Monday, October 23, 2017

SOMETHING MORE... Who's the DADDY?


Something More is available now at the re-release price of $0.99. Don't miss out! You'll also get a teaser from my upcoming release Redeeming Gavin!

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 This brings a secret baby romance to a whole new level. He may be fine with the pregnancy but what happens when he learns exactly who the father is...

A shocking secret threatens to tear apart a rich and powerful family.

Claudia Samson, housekeeper to the privileged Callahan family, finds herself alone and pregnant after a brief fling with Gavin, the youngest Callahan son. When she informed him of the pregnancy he accused her of running a scam and made it clear that she was on her own.

Brody Callahan, Gavin's older half-brother, has devoted his entire life to running the family business. He doesn't realize what he's been missing by throwing himself into his work until he finds Claudia asleep in the family guest bedroom. He has discovered his very own Sleeping Beauty. Intrigued by the young woman, he vows to get to know her better.

Although Claudia is instantly attracted to the charismatic businessman, she knows her secret will destroy any chance they have for a future together, but Brody's hard to resist.
Meanwhile, as Gavin watches Brody and Claudia's relationship develop, he begins to devise a plan to use the secret to his advantage. He wants full partnership in the business—something he was denied by both his brother and their deceased father—and maybe now he can finally obtain it.
Can Brody and Claudia survive the storm, or will the secrets and blackmail destroy both them and their love?

Content Warning: graphic sex and some explicit language


CHAPTER ONE

Claudia Samson climbed the grand staircase of the massive estate. She needed to change the sheets in the two guest bedrooms before her shift ended. The Callahans were having guests over the weekend, and Angela Callahan expected everything to be in order. It was Claudia’s job to see that everything was perfect.
She didn’t particularly like being a housekeeper, but her employer paid well and at this point in her life she needed all the money she could get her hands on. Her grandmother had been with the Callahans for nearly thirty years when she retired. Being raised by her grandmother, Claudia grew up in the presence of the rich and powerful family and began working for them to put herself through college. Her education plans were put on hold when her grandmother broke her hip and had to move to an assisted living facility. They had to sell her house, and Claudia was forced to move into a small apartment. At twenty-two years old, things weren’t moving in the direction she’d hoped they would.
She wanted to go back to college but her recent revelation didn’t help her situation any. It had been a few weeks since she found out about her current condition but her pregnancy wasn’t getting any easier to accept. She thought it might’ve been better once she told Gavin Callahan. That didn’t go so well. It wasn’t as if she’d expected him to totally embrace the idea of a baby, but she didn’t expect him to act the way he did either.
As Claudia placed fresh sheets on the queen-size bed she let her mind wander to the Thursday morning she’d broken the news to Gavin that he was going to be a father. They had spent the night together as they had every Wednesday in his swanky apartment overlooking the city. Their relationship wasn’t public. Claudia knew Gavin didn’t want his family to know he’d been seeing the housekeeper. Although technically, they weren’t seeing each other, unless sleeping together once a week was considered dating. Claudia wasn’t sure how she ended up in his bed on a weekly basis, but sex was exciting and new to her. She liked the time they spent together. When he approached her and asked if she’d be interested in coming to his new apartment, she assumed he wanted her to clean for him. She had no idea he wanted sex.

* * * *
Claudia opened her eyes to the sound of birds chirping in the spring air. It was early April. She sat up and pulled the sheets over her naked body. Gavin must have slipped out of bed while she was asleep. She hadn’t heard him, but they’d had a pretty intense night and now she was exhausted. She’d slept right through his alarm.
The previous evening had started out much the same way as it always did when they were together. Claudia showed up around eight and Gavin couldn’t keep his hands off her until the next morning. She promised herself she’d tell him her news before they made it to the bedroom, but his persistence left little time for words. Claudia knew she could have found time to tell him they were going to have a baby at some point in the evening, but she was afraid. She didn’t want to ruin the time they had together. She feared it might be their last night.
Gavin’s tall, lean form stepped out of the bathroom, towel slung dangerously low over his hips as the steam from the shower escaped from behind him. She could smell the mixture of his manly soap and shaving cream. The skin on his face looked smooth and clean, and his overgrown blond hair was still damp.
“Morning, gorgeous.” He smiled. “I thought you’d still be asleep. I think I tired you out last night.”
“Hey,” she said. “I didn’t hear you get up.”
“You were sleeping solid.” He walked over to his closet and took out a navy blue suit. “I have a meeting in an hour, and if I’m late my brother will kill me. He’s threatening to send me to the Boston office if I screw up one more time.”
Gavin’s brother Brody was all business. He’d inherited their father’s company after Mr. Callahan died a few years ago. Brody was only seven years older than Gavin but he was so much more focused and business oriented. Claudia always perceived Brody to be much older than he actually was. Gavin liked to play games and have a good time. The two of them clashed on so many levels. Gavin hadn’t shared much of his personal life with her, but she knew his brother was a sore subject.
“I need to tell you something.” Claudia tugged the sheet higher and held it tight against her swollen chest. Her breasts were sore and already fuller than normal. A nervous knot formed in her stomach, the one she couldn’t seem to will away, no matter how hard she tried. She hoped the morning sickness didn’t pick now to make an appearance. “I should have said something last night.”
Gavin removed the towel and slipped on his boxers and white t-shirt before turning and acknowledging her. “What is it?”
“I haven’t been feeling well,” she said. “I thought I was just tired.”
“Is everything okay?” He pulled the crisp, sharp dress shirt over his muscular shoulders.
“Gavin.” She took a deep breath as she looked down at the comforter. “I’m pregnant.” When he didn’t say anything after a few seconds, she looked up at him.
He continued to button his shirt. He didn’t look in her direction as he carefully took his well-tailored pressed pants from the hanger.
“Gavin?” Claudia watched his every move in the mirror over the dresser.
He slipped his pants on, but he still didn’t say anything. She figured her words must be settling in. He probably needed a few minutes to digest what she had just told him. When she took the pregnancy test the other day she was more than a little shocked. He needed time to process such life-changing news.
“I don’t know what happened,” she said. “I know how careful we are, but—”
“You don’t think…” He stopped dressing and looked at her. “You can’t possibly think I got you pregnant.”
“I haven’t been with anyone other than you. You’re the only one I’ve ever been with.”
“Well, that was true when we first got together. I mean, I know I was your first, but we’re only together once a week. How do I know what you’re doing the rest of the time?”
“You think I could be with someone else while we’re together?” She knew they weren’t exclusive. They’d never even been on a date, but the idea of sleeping with someone else while they were seeing one another never crossed her mind.
He nodded as he ran his fingers through his hair. “We’re only together on Wednesday nights. We’re just having fun. I told you that. It’s just friends with benefits.”
In that moment she saw in his expression everything she needed to know. How could she have been so dumb? “I’m not the only one you’ve been with.” It wasn’t a question, she already knew the answer.
“I never led you to believe that, but that’s not the issue we’re dealing with right now.” He reached for his belt hanging behind the door and threaded it through the loops of his pants.
“No, I guess it isn’t,” she said. “I just found out the other day, but I didn’t want to tell you on the phone, and I didn’t think this was a conversation we should have at the main house.”
“This isn’t a conversation we should be having at all. I didn’t get you pregnant. I always use protection.”
“It’s not a hundred percent.”
“Look, I don’t know what kind of game you’re playing here, but it won’t work.”
“What are you talking about?” Claudia knew he’d be upset, but she never thought he’d deny the baby was his. “This isn’t a game.”
“You’re a second generation housekeeper. You’ve been around my family long enough to know how much money we have.” He laughed as he pushed his hair from his eyes. “How didn’t I see you working me?”
“What?”Her stomach churned. She swallowed back the bile that rose in her throat. She was going to vomit all over his expensive bedding.
“You saw a chance and you took it. It’s not going to work.” Amusement flickered in his vibrant green eyes. “I’ll give you an ‘A’ for effort, sweetheart, but I’m shutting your scam down before it even starts.”
“What scam? You pursued me,” she said. “You were relentless.” She didn’t want to come off as desperate, but this was his responsibility too.
“I saw the vibes you were sending my way. That whole ‘babe in the woods’ routine. It was hot. I’ll admit it.” His laughter humiliated her. “Then when I found out you were a virgin, well shit, who wouldn’t want to hit  that?”
“You’re disgusting.” She hopped out of his bed and searched for her clothes. “I tell you I’m pregnant with your child and this is what you come up with?”
“I don’t believe you’re pregnant, but if you are, no way is it mine.” He calmly put his socks and shoes on as she managed to retrieve her clothes from around the room. “I suggest you drop this whole charade before you embarrass yourself.”
“Screw you.” She threw on her pants and tugged her t-shirt over her head.
He selected a tie from his closet and slung his jacket over his arm before walking over to her. She backed away, but he cornered her against the wall. “This game is over. If you want to keep your job at my family’s house, you keep your mouth shut. No one knows we slept together, and any ramblings of a baby will make you look like the slut you are.”
“What’s wrong with you?” she asked. Gavin was never a romantic, but he’d never shown this side of himself before. How could she have been so wrong about him?
“I don’t take kindly to women who use me for my money. I should’ve known better than to take you to my bed.”
“Pig!” She pushed past him, grabbed her bag, and headed for the front door. Her heart rate increased when she heard the sound of his footsteps following close behind her.
“Claudia,” he said. “I’m serious. I know how much my family contributes to your grandmother’s assisted living. Don’t screw that up.”
“Leave my grandmother out of this.” 
“Don’t force me to go to my mother and tell her you’re a con artist.” He moved to where she stood. “She’s not that fond of you as it is.”
He spoke the truth. Angela had never cared for Claudia. She was sure his mother would blame her for the pregnancy.
“I can’t believe how wrong I was about you.”
“I was thinking the same thing about you.” He opened the front door and nodded for her to go.
She stepped out into the hallway, and as she headed for the elevator she heard him slam the door behind her. She couldn’t contain the sob that escaped from someplace deep inside her chest. Now what was she going to do?

* * * *

As she placed the last throw pillow on the bed, she couldn’t help but think how inviting it looked. It was a little after three o’clock, and she still had an hour to work, but she was so tired, and her back was sore. She just needed to sit for a moment. Angela was down at the stables and wasn’t due back for a bit, so she sat on the edge of the bed and closed her eyes.
She was only eleven weeks pregnant, but that little baby was sucking every last ounce of energy from her body. The afternoons were the worst. All she wanted to do was cuddle on the couch in her tiny apartment and sleep for an hour or two. She leaned back and sunk deep into the soft mattress. Her bed at home was nowhere near this comfortable. Everything was spotless and pretty in the guest bedroom. The sunlit room smelled like fresh-cut roses. The soft pink tones adorning the walls and curtains lulled her into a deep state of relaxation.
The last thing she remembered was the white of the ceiling before she heard a voice pull her from her unintentional slumber. A warm hand touched her arm. When she opened her eyes she realized what had happened.
She’d fallen asleep, on the job, in a guest bedroom of a home she was hired to clean. As she gazed into his stunning blue eyes she tried to recover from her nap. She’d never noticed how clear his eyes were. Then again, she’d never been this close to Brody Callahan before.
“Is everything okay, Ms. Samson?” He pushed a strand of his thick, dark hair from his forehead. He and Gavin had almost the same messy kind of haircut, but Brody’s hair was darker and tamer.
Claudia stood from the bed much too quickly. The room swirled around her and then she lost her balance, falling against his hard, muscular chest.
“Whoa.” He caught her by the forearm, staring down at her with concern. “Are you okay?”
“I’m sorry, Mr. Callahan.”
Could my day get any worse?



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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Secrets Hidden in the Glass by Cate Beauman

Bestselling author Cate Beauman is back with her 12th full length novel and her first stand-alone title: Secrets Hidden In the Glass.



Her multi award-winning Bodyguards of L.A. County series has over 500,000 copies sold and a 4.4 rating with 8000+ reviews.

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Stained glass artist Callie Davis is in desperate need of a vacation. Burnt out and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, she’s fleeing the pressures of her career and is taking refuge on Massachusetts’ tiny Carter Island. Callie yearns for long, lazy days and pretty walks on the beach—blessed solitude and an escape from the complications of her life. Then she bumps into gorgeous Nate Carter and everything changes.

Sheriff Nathan Carter couldn’t be happier now that the height of the summer season has finally come and gone. After four endless months, tourists have packed their bags and headed for the mainland. The quiet days of autumn are about to befall the town—the way Nate and his fellow Sandersonians like it best. 

But nothing ends up quite the way Nate expects when he meets the beautiful blonde with the big blue eyes. Callie’s pretty smiles hide secrets—deep, dark mysteries that could cost them both their lives if they continue digging into the past and cross a killer’s path.


The Inspiration Behind Secrets Hidden In The Glass:
I always find the process of writing fascinating—imagining words and thoughts into subsistence that had once only existed in my head. Oftentimes, the undertaking is daunting. Months of research, careful plotting, planning, character development, and revising go into every page. There are many moments of doubt and worry. On occasion, there’s even a triumph or two. But finally, you type The End and you realize you’ve created a miracle of sorts—a story to share with your eager readers who are always waiting for what’s next. 
I had such fun telling Nate and Callie’s adventure. There was something extra enjoyable about bringing Sanderson, Massachusetts to life—the fictitious, tiny town on the equally made-up Carter Island. Imagine dreaming up a beachy setting that gets to be exactly what you want it to be. Add a group of intriguing (and on occasion quirky) characters. Throw plenty of steamy romance and several sprinkles of mystery and suspense into the mix and you’ve got yourself one heck of a good time. 
I hope you’ll enjoy Secrets Hidden In The Glass as much as I enjoyed telling it.


Read an excerpt from Secrets Hidden In The Glass:

Chapter 1:

Callie stood next to the grease-smudged door, sucking her thumb and clutching Emily Dolly close in the crook of her arm. Tinny music played through cheap speakers as she stared at the big man sitting in a booth across the room, snoring with his chin touching his chest while the food on his plate went cold. Glancing around at empty tables and chairs, Callie recognized that she was in a restaurant. Mommy took her out to eat sometimes, but she’d never been to this place before. She flinched and her gaze flew to a set of metallic doors when a woman with bold red hair pushed them open and walked from the kitchen. 
The woman stopped abruptly and rolled her eyes as she looked toward the man, who sounded like a pig. “Good grief, I need to get off this midnight shift.” The woman shook her head, grabbing a washcloth from a bucket, then wiped down the long counter top. Her dangling hoop earrings caught in the light while she hummed along with the radio and wiggled her hips in the pink skirt she wore. After tossing the cloth back into the bucket, she picked up a stack of menus and turned, gasping when she made eye contact with Callie. “Dear God in heaven,” she said as her free hand flew to her chest. “You scared me half to death.” 
Callie gripped Emily Dolly tighter and stepped back, bumping into the cool glass. 
The woman frowned as her gaze tracked around the room. She set the menus on a table, walked over, and crouched down in front of Callie. “Sweetie, are you alone?”
Callie tried to move farther away but there was nowhere left to go. 
“You don’t have to be afraid of me.” She smiled and stroked her fingers down a lock of Callie’s long blond hair. “I work here.”  
Callie stared into the woman’s green eyes while her stomach twisted and turned and felt yucky.
“Let’s see if I can find your mommy.” The woman gained her feet and walked down a short hallway, opening a door. “Hello?” She moved a few steps and turned another doorknob, doing the same thing. “Hello?” 
The woman came back and pushed through the door Callie stood by, letting in the sounds of the cars driving by as she walked off into the dark. Moments later, she came back inside, hurrying over to the man in the corner, shoving on his arm. “Hey.” She did it again. “Hey, you.”
The man snorted as his eyes flew open. “Jeez, lady. What the hell?”
“Is that your little girl?” The waitress pointed in Callie’s direction.
The man turned his head, looking at Callie. “No, that’s not my little girl.”
The woman’s hand ended up on her hip. “Did you see her come in with anyone?”
He stared at Callie a second longer and shook his head. “I’m seeing her for the first time right now.” 
“Well, where did she come from?”
He shrugged. “Beats me.”
The waitress walked back to Callie, crouched down again, and sent her another warm smile. “Can you talk?”
Callie nodded.
“What’s your name, pretty girl?”
She took her thumb out of her mouth. “Callie.”
“Do you know how old you are?”
She nodded again. 
“How old?”
“Four.”
“Where’s your mommy, sweetie?”
Callie’s breath shuddered in and out when her tummy felt yucky all over again. “I don’t know.”
“How did you get here?”
She blinked rapidly and tears trailed down her cheeks. “I don’t know.”
“Oh, good heavens.” The woman picked her up and hugged her close. “Everything’s going to be all right.” She walked toward the metallic doors and pushed her way into the big kitchen. “Earl, call the police. I think we have an abandoned child on our hands.”


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About the author:

International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, Aspen Gold Award, Heart of Excellence Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2017 FINDING LYLA was chosen as the Booksellers Best Award Winner, the Maggie Award for Excellence, and received the Holt Medallion Award. REAGAN'S REDEMPTION and ANSWERS FOR JULIE were selected as rare co-winners of the Aspen Gold Award in 2016. JUSTICE FOR ABBY received the 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Haunting Savannah RELEASE DAY! #HauntSav #vampires #giveaway #echodot

I’m so excited to be participating in the Haunting Savannah boxed set. Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year so when I was given the opportunity to take part in this collection I jumped at the chance.




I started writing my contribution, True Companions, back in 2012. Long time ago! It was one of those books that I kept putting on the back burner for other projects but the plot and the characters were always in my head. I write contemporary romance and very rarely delve into paranormal, although it is my first love as a reader. I’ve always had a thing for vampires (long before Twilight) but I just couldn’t motivate myself to finish writing this book. Until... I saw the call for Haunting Savannah. 

I knew the story was a perfect fit. I hope you’ll agree. Here’s a look at the blurb and a sneak peek of what you can expect.

Can two destined souls open their hearts and their bed to a third?

Vampires Maxim Avery and Grant Bellow have been lovers for a century. Companions in the truest sense. While attending an auction where a human woman offers herself to the highest vampire bidder, Grant inadvertently connects with her from across the room. Their interaction so powerful that Maxim has no choice but to secure the human for his soulmate. He’d do anything for him, but at what cost?

Cassie Kelley survived years of being a product of foster care never fitting in where anywhere. After aging out of the system, she falls on hard times. At twenty-three, she finds herself broke, uneducated and nowhere to live. The auction house was supposed to be her saving grace, and things were looking up when not one, but two sexy, charismatic vampires take her home. She quickly realizes her new arrangement may not be what she expected. She’s more of an intrusion or so it would seem. 

Cassie wonders if this situation will be like all the other homes she tried when she was a kid. Another place where she doesn’t belong. Grant falls hard for Cassie, realizing she is his human. But how will that work when he’s already found his fate in Maxim? 

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As October came to a close the nights were growing colder in Savannah. The shelters were filling faster. Not that Cassie Kelley wanted to spend the night in any of them. What choice did she have? With no money or family her options were limited. She was used to getting by on her own, but lately she’d been dealt a harder hand than usual. Losing her job and the room she’d been renting in a matter of weeks were taking a toll on her. She was hungry. But not as hungry as them...

She pulled her hoodie up and shoved her hands in her pockets. The dark, wooded area known as Dead Way, just beneath the dimly lit bridge frightened her, but not as much as those who spent their time under the old bridge. Creatures of the night, immortals, bloodsuckers or just plain old vampires. Society had become used to them. Most vamps kept to themselves. Most humans chose to believe that such types were myths, urban legends, but others embraced their presence. Cassie had always been indifferent to them. She’d never seen one before. Growing up in the foster system, she heard stories of vampires taking kids in. Getting them off the streets and providing them an alternative to the dead end lives most of them faced. She’d never been fortunate enough to have been adopted by either a human or a vampire, so she never cared one way or the other if they had existed. She aged out of the system five years before and hit the streets, surviving, scraping to get by and hoping things would get better. They hadn’t.

As she slowly made her way down the dirt covered path, muffled voices spoke beyond the mist. One time, she told herself. She would try this one time. Vampires needed humans to survive and her blood was just as good as the next. Why shouldn’t she sell it? A chill prickled down her spine when two shadowy figures appeared in the distance.

Just this one time...

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Something More... new release alert... sort of! #chapterone #secretbaby


In 2013, I wrote Something More. It instantly became my favorite book I had written. There was something about the hero that stayed with me. It also became one of my best selling books. Fast forward to 2017... I retained my rights on the book, freshened up the cover, and tightened up the writing (because we all get stronger as writers). Now it's five years later and I have a much bigger readership than I had when I first published the book. So that means I get to introduce these characters to a whole new audience. How exciting is that?



 This brings a secret baby romance to a whole new level. He may be fine with the pregnancy but what happens when he learns exactly who the father is...

A shocking secret threatens to tear apart a rich and powerful family.

Claudia Samson, housekeeper to the privileged Callahan family, finds herself alone and pregnant after a brief fling with Gavin, the youngest Callahan son. When she informed him of the pregnancy he accused her of running a scam and made it clear that she was on her own.

Brody Callahan, Gavin's older half-brother, has devoted his entire life to running the family business. He doesn't realize what he's been missing by throwing himself into his work until he finds Claudia asleep in the family guest bedroom. He has discovered his very own Sleeping Beauty. Intrigued by the young woman, he vows to get to know her better.

Although Claudia is instantly attracted to the charismatic businessman, she knows her secret will destroy any chance they have for a future together, but Brody's hard to resist.
Meanwhile, as Gavin watches Brody and Claudia's relationship develop, he begins to devise a plan to use the secret to his advantage. He wants full partnership in the business—something he was denied by both his brother and their deceased father—and maybe now he can finally obtain it.
Can Brody and Claudia survive the storm, or will the secrets and blackmail destroy both them and their love?

Content Warning: graphic sex and some explicit language


CHAPTER ONE

Claudia Samson climbed the grand staircase of the massive estate. She needed to change the sheets in the two guest bedrooms before her shift ended. The Callahans were having guests over the weekend, and Angela Callahan expected everything to be in order. It was Claudia’s job to see that everything was perfect.
She didn’t particularly like being a housekeeper, but her employer paid well and at this point in her life she needed all the money she could get her hands on. Her grandmother had been with the Callahans for nearly thirty years when she retired. Being raised by her grandmother, Claudia grew up in the presence of the rich and powerful family and began working for them to put herself through college. Her education plans were put on hold when her grandmother broke her hip and had to move to an assisted living facility. They had to sell her house, and Claudia was forced to move into a small apartment. At twenty-two years old, things weren’t moving in the direction she’d hoped they would.
She wanted to go back to college but her recent revelation didn’t help her situation any. It had been a few weeks since she found out about her current condition but her pregnancy wasn’t getting any easier to accept. She thought it might’ve been better once she told Gavin Callahan. That didn’t go so well. It wasn’t as if she’d expected him to totally embrace the idea of a baby, but she didn’t expect him to act the way he did either.
As Claudia placed fresh sheets on the queen-size bed she let her mind wander to the Thursday morning she’d broken the news to Gavin that he was going to be a father. They had spent the night together as they had every Wednesday in his swanky apartment overlooking the city. Their relationship wasn’t public. Claudia knew Gavin didn’t want his family to know he’d been seeing the housekeeper. Although technically, they weren’t seeing each other, unless sleeping together once a week was considered dating. Claudia wasn’t sure how she ended up in his bed on a weekly basis, but sex was exciting and new to her. She liked the time they spent together. When he approached her and asked if she’d be interested in coming to his new apartment, she assumed he wanted her to clean for him. She had no idea he wanted sex.

* * * *
Claudia opened her eyes to the sound of birds chirping in the spring air. It was early April. She sat up and pulled the sheets over her naked body. Gavin must have slipped out of bed while she was asleep. She hadn’t heard him, but they’d had a pretty intense night and now she was exhausted. She’d slept right through his alarm.
The previous evening had started out much the same way as it always did when they were together. Claudia showed up around eight and Gavin couldn’t keep his hands off her until the next morning. She promised herself she’d tell him her news before they made it to the bedroom, but his persistence left little time for words. Claudia knew she could have found time to tell him they were going to have a baby at some point in the evening, but she was afraid. She didn’t want to ruin the time they had together. She feared it might be their last night.
Gavin’s tall, lean form stepped out of the bathroom, towel slung dangerously low over his hips as the steam from the shower escaped from behind him. She could smell the mixture of his manly soap and shaving cream. The skin on his face looked smooth and clean, and his overgrown blond hair was still damp.
“Morning, gorgeous.” He smiled. “I thought you’d still be asleep. I think I tired you out last night.”
“Hey,” she said. “I didn’t hear you get up.”
“You were sleeping solid.” He walked over to his closet and took out a navy blue suit. “I have a meeting in an hour, and if I’m late my brother will kill me. He’s threatening to send me to the Boston office if I screw up one more time.”
Gavin’s brother Brody was all business. He’d inherited their father’s company after Mr. Callahan died a few years ago. Brody was only seven years older than Gavin but he was so much more focused and business oriented. Claudia always perceived Brody to be much older than he actually was. Gavin liked to play games and have a good time. The two of them clashed on so many levels. Gavin hadn’t shared much of his personal life with her, but she knew his brother was a sore subject.
“I need to tell you something.” Claudia tugged the sheet higher and held it tight against her swollen chest. Her breasts were sore and already fuller than normal. A nervous knot formed in her stomach, the one she couldn’t seem to will away, no matter how hard she tried. She hoped the morning sickness didn’t pick now to make an appearance. “I should have said something last night.”
Gavin removed the towel and slipped on his boxers and white t-shirt before turning and acknowledging her. “What is it?”
“I haven’t been feeling well,” she said. “I thought I was just tired.”
“Is everything okay?” He pulled the crisp, sharp dress shirt over his muscular shoulders.
“Gavin.” She took a deep breath as she looked down at the comforter. “I’m pregnant.” When he didn’t say anything after a few seconds, she looked up at him.
He continued to button his shirt. He didn’t look in her direction as he carefully took his well-tailored pressed pants from the hanger.
“Gavin?” Claudia watched his every move in the mirror over the dresser.
He slipped his pants on, but he still didn’t say anything. She figured her words must be settling in. He probably needed a few minutes to digest what she had just told him. When she took the pregnancy test the other day she was more than a little shocked. He needed time to process such life-changing news.
“I don’t know what happened,” she said. “I know how careful we are, but—”
“You don’t think…” He stopped dressing and looked at her. “You can’t possibly think I got you pregnant.”
“I haven’t been with anyone other than you. You’re the only one I’ve ever been with.”
“Well, that was true when we first got together. I mean, I know I was your first, but we’re only together once a week. How do I know what you’re doing the rest of the time?”
“You think I could be with someone else while we’re together?” She knew they weren’t exclusive. They’d never even been on a date, but the idea of sleeping with someone else while they were seeing one another never crossed her mind.
He nodded as he ran his fingers through his hair. “We’re only together on Wednesday nights. We’re just having fun. I told you that. It’s just friends with benefits.”
In that moment she saw in his expression everything she needed to know. How could she have been so dumb? “I’m not the only one you’ve been with.” It wasn’t a question, she already knew the answer.
“I never led you to believe that, but that’s not the issue we’re dealing with right now.” He reached for his belt hanging behind the door and threaded it through the loops of his pants.
“No, I guess it isn’t,” she said. “I just found out the other day, but I didn’t want to tell you on the phone, and I didn’t think this was a conversation we should have at the main house.”
“This isn’t a conversation we should be having at all. I didn’t get you pregnant. I always use protection.”
“It’s not a hundred percent.”
“Look, I don’t know what kind of game you’re playing here, but it won’t work.”
“What are you talking about?” Claudia knew he’d be upset, but she never thought he’d deny the baby was his. “This isn’t a game.”
“You’re a second generation housekeeper. You’ve been around my family long enough to know how much money we have.” He laughed as he pushed his hair from his eyes. “How didn’t I see you working me?”
“What?”Her stomach churned. She swallowed back the bile that rose in her throat. She was going to vomit all over his expensive bedding.
“You saw a chance and you took it. It’s not going to work.” Amusement flickered in his vibrant green eyes. “I’ll give you an ‘A’ for effort, sweetheart, but I’m shutting your scam down before it even starts.”
“What scam? You pursued me,” she said. “You were relentless.” She didn’t want to come off as desperate, but this was his responsibility too.
“I saw the vibes you were sending my way. That whole ‘babe in the woods’ routine. It was hot. I’ll admit it.” His laughter humiliated her. “Then when I found out you were a virgin, well shit, who wouldn’t want to hit  that?”
“You’re disgusting.” She hopped out of his bed and searched for her clothes. “I tell you I’m pregnant with your child and this is what you come up with?”
“I don’t believe you’re pregnant, but if you are, no way is it mine.” He calmly put his socks and shoes on as she managed to retrieve her clothes from around the room. “I suggest you drop this whole charade before you embarrass yourself.”
“Screw you.” She threw on her pants and tugged her t-shirt over her head.
He selected a tie from his closet and slung his jacket over his arm before walking over to her. She backed away, but he cornered her against the wall. “This game is over. If you want to keep your job at my family’s house, you keep your mouth shut. No one knows we slept together, and any ramblings of a baby will make you look like the slut you are.”
“What’s wrong with you?” she asked. Gavin was never a romantic, but he’d never shown this side of himself before. How could she have been so wrong about him?
“I don’t take kindly to women who use me for my money. I should’ve known better than to take you to my bed.”
“Pig!” She pushed past him, grabbed her bag, and headed for the front door. Her heart rate increased when she heard the sound of his footsteps following close behind her.
“Claudia,” he said. “I’m serious. I know how much my family contributes to your grandmother’s assisted living. Don’t screw that up.”
“Leave my grandmother out of this.” 
“Don’t force me to go to my mother and tell her you’re a con artist.” He moved to where she stood. “She’s not that fond of you as it is.”
He spoke the truth. Angela had never cared for Claudia. She was sure his mother would blame her for the pregnancy.
“I can’t believe how wrong I was about you.”
“I was thinking the same thing about you.” He opened the front door and nodded for her to go.
She stepped out into the hallway, and as she headed for the elevator she heard him slam the door behind her. She couldn’t contain the sob that escaped from someplace deep inside her chest. Now what was she going to do?

* * * *

As she placed the last throw pillow on the bed, she couldn’t help but think how inviting it looked. It was a little after three o’clock, and she still had an hour to work, but she was so tired, and her back was sore. She just needed to sit for a moment. Angela was down at the stables and wasn’t due back for a bit, so she sat on the edge of the bed and closed her eyes.
She was only eleven weeks pregnant, but that little baby was sucking every last ounce of energy from her body. The afternoons were the worst. All she wanted to do was cuddle on the couch in her tiny apartment and sleep for an hour or two. She leaned back and sunk deep into the soft mattress. Her bed at home was nowhere near this comfortable. Everything was spotless and pretty in the guest bedroom. The sunlit room smelled like fresh-cut roses. The soft pink tones adorning the walls and curtains lulled her into a deep state of relaxation.
The last thing she remembered was the white of the ceiling before she heard a voice pull her from her unintentional slumber. A warm hand touched her arm. When she opened her eyes she realized what had happened.
She’d fallen asleep, on the job, in a guest bedroom of a home she was hired to clean. As she gazed into his stunning blue eyes she tried to recover from her nap. She’d never noticed how clear his eyes were. Then again, she’d never been this close to Brody Callahan before.
“Is everything okay, Ms. Samson?” He pushed a strand of his thick, dark hair from his forehead. He and Gavin had almost the same messy kind of haircut, but Brody’s hair was darker and tamer.
Claudia stood from the bed much too quickly. The room swirled around her and then she lost her balance, falling against his hard, muscular chest.
“Whoa.” He caught her by the forearm, staring down at her with concern. “Are you okay?”
“I’m sorry, Mr. Callahan.”
Could my day get any worse?


Available on October 23, 2017





Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Let's DO BAD THINGS!!!! Release Day! #newrelease #99 #dobadthings #giveaway @ellajade1


FINALLY! I feel like I've been waiting forever to release this book!


My mother is dying. Without the experimental trial she’ll succumb to her cancer. Our bills are out of control and I’m desperate. Desperate enough to accept a mysterious, sexy stranger’s inappropriate proposal. The terms...

1-My body is his to do as he pleases
2-He doesn’t care about my pleasure
3-I say yes and I get paid
4-Deny him one time and it all ends

I should stop what I started, but it didn’t take long to become addicted to his forbidden touch. Now all I want is for him to do bad things...




When did Mr. Wrong become Mr. Right? 

Jameson Clark spiraled out of control years ago. Drugs and alcohol nearly ruined his life but somehow he managed to get himself back on track. His career as a political consultant is at an all time high but his personal life is lacking. Old habits die hard but the addictions that almost killed him must stay buried. He needs an outlet. Something to take the edge off. Sex. Unattached, no commitment sex. He’s found the perfect candidate for what he has in mind.

Struggling legal intern Cecilia Keller’s world is crumbling around her. College debts and her mother’s medical bills are more than she can handle. Working hard seems to be getting her nowhere. No matter what she does she can’t manage to get ahead until an intriguing stranger with a tormented soul makes her an improper offer. Straight up sex. When he wants it and how he wants it. Nothing else. No small talk, no dating, and definitely no intimacy. No one has to know he’s paying her.

As the unlikely pair move forward neither expect for their arrangement to turn into anything more than what it is. When Cecilia becomes infatuated with Jameson she knows he can never be the one she can turn to. What happens when she breaks one of the terms of their deal? Can Jameson walk away without looking back? Just who needs who?

***Contains Mature Content
***Not intended for readers under 18


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