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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #27





Found some cute items for this week's "Gift Idea For The Book Lover"!  Scroll down below and check out this week's items and let me know which is your favorite? 





Game of Thrones Stark Direwolf and Tyrion Lannister Floating Charms
$5.00+ (plus S&H)

These floating charms are especially unique because they are handmade and very detailed. They fit well in living lockets like Origami Owl and many others.

Shown in a 30mm locket. Locket not included.















Cups // Ray Bradbury // 3 x 3 Unscented Pillar Candle // Made to Order // Custom Candle // Literary Quote
By LumiereMemories
$12.00 (plus S&H)

"We are all cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." -- Ray Bradbury

Spice up the decor of any room with this beautiful, literary quote candle. Be stylish and brainy with this typography candle with the quote from your favorite novel!

This listing is for a 3 x 3 candle in your choice of white or off-white. Other sizes available are 3" x 3", and 3" by 6" .







Book Cufflinks - Gifts for Men - Anniversary Gift - Handmade - Gift Box Included
$40.00 (plus S&H)


Book Cufflinks Set

100% money back guarantee in service and quality

Quick shipping with Delivery Confirmation

Beautiful gift box included






Neverending Story Leatherette Book Notepad, Journal (refillable) *Small version*
$29.00+ (plus S&H)

Crafted to replicate the mysterious book Bastian finds that leads to an incredible journey. Begin your own journey with this leatherette cover for a notepad or sketchpad (only one included).

Custom Quotes: (done in script on bookplate )
1. Childlike Empress: "Do what you dream."
2. Falkor: "Having a luck dragon with you is the only way to go on a quest."
3. Childlike Empress/Moonchild: "In the beginning, it is always dark."
4. Falkor: "Never give up and good luck will find you."
5. Other: Any other quote from the movie (there are so many!) or any favorite quote (there is only so much space, please message me if you think your quote is too long.)









CUSTOM iPad Mini cover, iPad Mini case, Kindle cover, Kindle case, Nook cover, Galaxy cover made from book "Anne of Green Gables"
$40.00 (plus S&H)

One of a kind handmade Tablet Cover made from an actual book "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery. 

Enjoy the feel and smell of an actual book as you read (or play candy crush) on your e-reader or tablet. Makes a one-of-a-kind gift for students, teachers, techie’s and book nerds alike! 





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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tempt Me Tuesday #111 by Mad Hatter Reads


Tempt Me Tuesday  
Is it Tuesday already? Wow the past week just sped by. That means it’s time for our weekly temptations! Here’s what I found for us this week.
 

Bloodkin by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

The Maeve’ra Trilogy, #2
Bloodkin (The Maeve’ra, #2)Fans of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone will love this second book in the Ma'evra trilogy by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes about loyalty, power, and the rules of survival.
Some lines should never be crossed.
Sixteen-year-old Kadee is proud to be a part of the Obsidian guild, whose members refuse to bow to anyone in Midnight-including the vampires who claim to rule this world and the shapeshifter royals who obey them. She knows firsthand what it's like to live with the Shantel and serpiente, and she'll never forgive these shapeshifters for taking her from her real father as a sick and frightened human child. Fortunately, Kadee is the master of her own life and decisions now, but some of the choices she's made to protect her Obsidian family-and one of her peers in the guild-have begun to haunt her.
How much is one life worth, and when is the price too much to pay?
 

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Silber, #1
Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, #1)Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.
The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery.
 

Flame of the Phoenix by N.J. Walters

Hades’ Carnival, #6
Flame of the Phoenix  (Hades' Carnival, #6)There’s enough heat between them to send them both up in flames.
Tilly Ledet has long been a friend of the immortal, shape-shifting warriors who follow the Lady of the Beasts, a willing helper in their battle against Hades. But now that Hades is free and unable to touch the warriors, Tilly is fair game.
When Phoenix shows up insisting she drop everything to go into hiding, Tilly balks. Phoenix is strong and courageous, but when she imagines being in his arms, the protective barriers guarding her heart slam down.
For the first time in his immortal life, Phoenix feels fear. Not for himself, but for the woman whose beauty and forthright nature heat both his mind and body. While one kiss easily ignites her passion, claiming her as his own will take more than heat.
It may require a sacrifice that could send them both up in flames.
Warning: This steamy love story may cause overheating and the possibility of bursting into flames. Read at your own risk.
 

The Story of Son by J.R. Ward

A Dark Vampire Romance
The Story of Son: A Dark Vampire RomanceFirst released in the anthology Dead After Dark, dive into this hot novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward. Available for the first time ever as a standalone ebook, get lost in the sinful pleasures of a vampire so obsessed with one woman, he will relinquish her blood, if only he can have her heart...
Held captive by a dark, seductive vampire with an unworldly hunger, the beautiful Claire Stroughton fears her life as a lawyer has irrevocably taken a turn for the worse. But when this deeply sensual-and highly dangerous-vampire convinces Claire that his desire for her is stronger than his lust for blood, she is compelled to give everything up to him, body and soul...
Please note: this is not part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood even though it's set in the same "world".
 

The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan

The Dispossessed, #3
The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed, #3)For fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.
Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near-and the timing couldn't be worse.
Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.
Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.
  Traci

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway; "The Gifted and The Damned" by Dana Michelle Burnett




The Gifted and The Damned 

(The Vampire Wars Series, Book #1)
by Dana Michelle Burnett

Blurb:


Seduction was her gift...He was her weakness...In the small town of Corydon Indiana, witches, seers, and shape shifters live hidden from the everyday world in plain sight. They live under the constant memory of the trials of Salem and live by a code of secrecy. 

Ruby Malone, the only siren ever born to her family of witches, held the hearts of many men in the palm of her hand, making her the talk of the supernatural community, but there was only one man that she wanted. Making seer Archer Wallace hers was the only thing Ruby cared about until a war between the gifted and the vampires turned her world upside down.

Suddenly, the world that Ruby knows is gone. Archer is off fighting in the war and Poe Corvus, a rebellious shape shifter with a past, tempts her to be the siren she was born to be.




Available for purchase at 




Excerpt

Ruby looked up at me, her green eyes glittering in the near darkness. My gaze fell on her red trembling lips.

Before I could stop myself, I was kissing her, forcing my tongue between her teeth. At first, she fought me, but then I felt her mold herself to me and press herself against my groin.

There was no waiting. I pulled at her clothes, almost tearing them off her. Her creamy flesh beckoned me, smelling of earth and sin. I tore away my own clothes so that I could hold her warm body against my naked skin.

She reached up and took my face in her hands, “Look at me.”

I looked down into her green eyes, feeling my very soul pull towards her. “What?”

Ruby brushed her hand over my cheek, “I do love you. I love you so much that it scares me sometimes.”

I was kissing her then, trailing my lips along her jawline and down to her neck. I could hear her unsteady and ragged breaths as I licked at her collarbone, but my own breath was coming just as fast.

I eased her down onto the floor and stretched out beside her. My lips found her breast, she cried out as they closed around her nipple. I brought my hand up to knead the other breast, pinching that nipple between my first finger and thumb. Ruby arched her back and twisted her fingers in my hair as my tongue circled her nipple before taking it between my teeth in a gentle nibble.

I pulled her closer, sliding my hand under her so that I could clutch her buttock. I ran one finger along her cleft, teasing her nether opening.

She drew in a sharp breath and bucked her hips upwards as if trying to get closer to me. I ached with my need to impale her, to fill her completely.

I groaned, low and animalistic. I shifted so that I could move further down, leaning over her and brushing her hair off her neck and shoulders.

“Can I really trust you?” I asked as I teased her skin with a feather touch.

“Yes,” she gasped. “Yes.”

I brought my lips back down to her lips and then trailed along her throat, between her breasts, and stopped just below her stomach. I positioned myself between her legs, eased her thighs apart, and then lowered my mouth to her wet slit.

Ruby gasped as I buried myself there, lapping at her inner folds. She bucked and cried out as I held her down and worked her over. She was still twitching when I moved back up her body, kissing her hot flesh, as I took her.

She clutched at my shoulders, pulling me closer. I felt her come apart again and again until I could not hold back anymore. I swore as a shudder overtook me.
We remained on the floor, Ruby’s head against my chest. My fingers tracing the ridges of her spine as I listened to our hearts beat in time.


About The Author

Dana Michelle Burnett spent most of her life writing short stories and sharing them with family and friends. Over the years, her work was published in numerous commercial and literary magazines including Just Labs, Mindprints: A Literary Journal, Foliate Oak, and many more. Her short story John Lennon and the Chicken Holocaust was include in The Best of Foliate Oak 2006.  

Dana Michelle's Spiritus Series introduced the idea of a ghostly romance and became a Kindle bestselling series. Her Gypsy Fairy Tale Series combined the magic of the Tuatha De Danann and the Irish Travellers and the first book in the series, Once, was included in the Faery Realms Multi-Author Box Set. With this new series, Dana Michelle dives into the trials and tribulations surrounded the paranormal gifted during a war with vampires.

She's an avid reader of anything dark and romantic. Dana Michelle lives in Southern Indiana with her dancing diva daughter and an assortment of pets.
Dana Michelle loves connecting with her readers. 

You can find Dana at 

               


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

If Horror Movies From The '80s Were Actually Children's Books

Andrew Peña continues to make my day with his unique posts.

Check out his latest.  Enjoy!



If Horror Movies From The '80s Were Actually Children's Books:



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Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #26





Hi everyone! Viviana, Enchantress of Books, has a a great idea and has changed things up a bit and is doing something new with the series! Going forward, once a month we're going to focus on a favorite series and share gift ideas inspired by that series!!! We're starting this fun new tradition this week with the...
Harry Potter Series!  






Harry Potter Themed Hair bow or Bow tie
$7.50 (plus S&H)
This beautiful bow is made out of high quality cotton fabric.
Hair bow size 
SMALL 11 cm wide ←→ and 7 cm high ↑ 
Hair bow is attached to an alligator clip.
Barrette clip available upon request , please leave a note at checkout.







 Wizarding Badger Long Line Corset
$260.00 (plus S&H)


***Made to order***

Wizarding House Corsets!

This nerd-tastic corset is a fantastic item to make you the center of attention at the next Comic-Con. This is my best corset for waist training and tight lacing. The pattern cups under your underwire bra and helps lift and support the bust. The waist and hips get shaped all the way down, as the corset comes way down over your hip for a seamless curve. There's a strong steel busk at center front for the wearer's ease, and garter tabs to use for underwear or a sexy look. With 22 total steel bones (double boned at every seam), 10 spring steel and 12 spiral steel, look no further for your waist training needs!





 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Recycled Book Purse - Harry Potter Book Cover Handbag - American Made
$55.00 (plus S&H)


Harry Potter Fans will delight in this unique purse made 
from a favorite Harry Potter book!

The dust jacket is covered with a clear book cover then secured
to the book to allow you to wipe your purse clean and for durability.





Harry Potter Nail Decals
$2.99 (plus S&H)


The Harry Potter Nail Decal transfers are clear and can be polished with a clear top coat to give extra shine or adhere to your already painted nails. Results are best on white nail polish.


The Harry Potter Nail Decal transfers will last up to one week when sealed with a quality top coat.







Hogwarts House | Game of Thrones | Avatar The Last Airbender Canvas Weekend Duffle Bag
By FanFash
$97.00 (plus S&H)

Forget that lunky trunk, travel to Hogwarts in style with our beautiful canvas and leather weekender bag! 

Interior pocket, short leather handles and adjustable/detachable canvas & leather shoulder strap. 

Please include the name you would like embroidered in the banner under the crest upon checkout! (Name and Job Title for Ministry & St. Mungo's)

Due to the embroidery process and different length and letters, all names sew out differently. These bags are not mass produced so each one is embroidered individually and has it's own quirks. Because each bag is personalized these are not returnable pieces, thank you for your understanding. 







Harry Potter Underwear // Solemnly Swear Panties // Marauder's Map Undies // Harry Potter Gift // Double Sided
$12.00 (plus S&H)

Harry Potter inspired panties
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" is on the bum, and "mischief managed" is near the hip

95% cotton 5% spandex

Both the panties and the color of the designs can be changed. Please send me a message if you would ilk either to be changed so that I can send you color charts. 






This way to the Ministry of Magic Toilet decal/sticker. sku 535
$9.99 (plus S&H)

PACKAGE CONTENTS:
► Decal/Sticker (Selected size and color)
► Instructions (How to install)
► Clear plastic protector (Protection against dirt)
► Stiff board or Stiff envelope (prevents graphic from bending)










Grey Wideneck It's LeviOsa Oversized Sweatshirt Sweater Jumper Pullover
$27.99 (plus S&H)

An exceptionally plush wideneck sweatshirt made from our exclusive triblend sponge fleece. 

50% polyester 37.5% combed and ring-spun cotton 12.5% rayon triblend, 30 single 8.2 oz/yd2. 

Features: Wide ribbed cuffs and waistband. Pre-laundered triblend sponge fleece. Relaxed fit.

Style: Bella 7501 Women's Triblend Slouchy Wideneck Sweatshirt














Custom Hufflepuff Black and Yellow Hogwart's House Harry Potter Stash Jewelry Box
$38.00 (plus S&H)


This item is custom and made to order. It takes 5 - 7 days to complete.

Hufflepuff - Black and Yellow - Harry Potter Stash Jewelry Box
Four drawer decoupaged jewelry box.
Box is 7 1/4 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep.
Has a satin finish.
















Nook Color and Nook Tab 7" - Harry Potter Hogwarts A History Leather - Tablet Case
$25.00 (plus S&H)


This Case Only Fits the Nook Color and Nook Tab

These Nook Color cases make nice decoration and provide ultimate protection for your Nook Color.

Material- Faux Leather and Suede with sublimatable canvas white panel

Color: Black

This case allows you to slide in and provide the ultimate protection from wear and tear on your Nook Color.









Harry Potter Lumos- Nox Light Switch Plate
$7.00 (plus S&H)


LUMOS!! NOX! 
The spells for light and dark come together in this inspired little light switch plate.

*Make yourself feel less like a Muggle, and a little more magical while turning your lights on and off.

*The "on" position says LUMOS. The "off" position says NOX, handwritten by me in my best attempt at the Lumos font used in the books' chapter titles.






Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Always Wooden iPhone 5 5s iPhone 6 case walnut bamaboo wood iphone case
$20.99+ (plus S&H)


Laser engraved wood case with a perfect matte plastic fitting. Nice texture and good looking with a good performance and strong. Ultra thin and perfectly fit to iPhone 5 5s 6. Wood surface pattern and laser engraving may different from the picture shown.



















Wizard Magnetic Bookmark

$4.94 (plus S&H)


This magnetic bookmark does a great job at cheering you up and always stay where you've last left them! Designed, printed, hand-cut, and assembled with lots of love! Created using durable photo stock and magnet.

ALSO PERFECT FOR:

- Kids party favors
- Wedding favors
- Textbooks/Agendas
- Gifts for your favorite bookworm
- Recipe holders

Includes 1 Jumbo bookmark as shown in picture

Height: appx. 6 cm






Made to Order Always Mug - Small or Med/Lg, WHITE mug painted with your choice of colors - Harry Potter, Owl, Lightning Bolt, Glasses
$12.00+ (plus S&H)


This listing is for a made-to order, white Always mug, which you may choose to order as a small cup, or a medium-large cup. (Small will be around 8 oz, medium-large will be between 12 and 14 oz.) Your mug will NOT look like the one pictured, but it will be white, and it will be painted with the pictured design. (I scavenge my mugs from all over, so what you end up with depends utterly on what I find when I go out mug-hunting.) I'll paint it when you order it, so expect to wait a week or so before it ships.





Wizard Glasses Throw Pillow, Baby Safe, Machine Wash and Dry
$22.00 (plus S&H)

I will be happy to make a Harry Potter pillow for you! I should have it shipped within 24-48 hours. Shipping may be delayed during the Christmas season.

Size: 12 x 12 inches square
Materials: anti pill fleece, poly fiber fill
Features: no buttons, baby safe
Care: Machine wash and dry
US Shipping: Priority Mail 
International Shipping: US First Class Mail International takes 2-3 weeks and there is no tracking.
Thanks and please come again!!








Harry Potter Themed Digital Scrapbooking Background Papers - 12x12 300 ppi - DiY - INSTANT DOWNLOAD
$3.99

10 Harry Potter themed, digital background papers, measuring 12"x12". They are ideal for digital scrap-booking, traditional scrapbooking, invitations, stationary, card-making, gift wraps, book-covers, altered art projects, canvases, etc.. 


300 ppi, jpg file format images.











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Blog Tour & Giveaway: "Dance Off" by Ariel Tachna & Nessa L. Warin





Dance Off 
By Ariel Tachna & Nessa L. Warin

Blurb: 
On the reality show Dance Off, pro rugby player Olivier Gautier and Olympic swimmer JC Webster each have one goal in mind: to stay on the show as long as possible to earn his charity of choice maximum exposure and a larger donation. As the competition heats up, their goals expand to catching each other's interest, but Olivier is firmly in the closet and plans to stay there. JC is willing to be discreet, but not to hide forever.

Starting a romance with another man is challenge enough for any celebrity, but doing it under the microscope of reality TV—and one majorly intolerant costar—is even harder. Add in meddling dance pros, JC’s overbearing family, and the need to play up chemistry with dance partners to win America’s hearts, and JC and Olivier’s time together is looking more and more like a recipe for disaster.

As the pressure to stay in the competition mounts, JC and Olivier must face their inevitable separation at the end of the show as well as decide whether a relationship as complicated as theirs can survive in the real world, outside the bubble of the set and practice studios.




Available for purchase at 





Excerpt


JC stretched up on his toes in the doorway to the old restaurant that had been converted to a dining room for the cast, hooked his fingers over the molding at the top, and leaned forward a little to stretch his chest muscles. It hurt with the good kind of pain, and he stayed on his toes until Chelsea came up behind him.

“Move,” she said, smacking him lightly on the ass and knocking him off balance. “Some of us want to eat.”

“Some of us don’t want cramps later,” JC countered as he stumbled forward. “I forgot to stretch my arms before coming up.”

“Well, you’ve stretched. Now let’s eat. We need to get back downstairs.” Chelsea grinned and started making a sandwich from the deli meat platter on the island. “The more we practice, the better you’ll be.”

“Not if I’m so stiff I can’t move.”

The sight of JC’s strong, compact body in a full stretch was, as far as Olivier was concerned, the perfect anodyne for four hours of dancing in shoes that felt like they were solid steel. He figured whatever Chelsea had spent the morning doing to her partner, she needed to keep doing for another several hours so Olivier could get another such view at the end of the day. “What’s this about being stiff?” he asked as he took a plate for himself and prepared a sandwich.

“Chelsea seems to think I should scarf down lunch and head straight back to work.” JC took four bottles of water out of the refrigerator and handed them around to Chelsea, Olivier, and Tricia. “I think I should take time to stretch so I can move in the morning.”

“Worry about tomorrow in the morning,” Tricia said. “You’ve still got four hours of rehearsal this afternoon. Everyone will be exhausted by the end of the first week. It’s just the way it goes.”

“It can’t possibly be worse than the start of off-season training after we’ve had a break post championships,” Olivier said. “Yes, it’s eight hour days, but we aren’t lifting weights or running drills.”

“I’m just worried about using muscles I’m not used to using. Swimming is very repetitive once you learn the right way to move. This is different.” JC pulled his arms across his chest one at a time, stretching them. The pull of muscle felt good and let him relax a little as he took a long swallow of water and picked up his sandwich.

“You’ll be fine,” Chelsea said with a wink. “Though I would like it if you could move in the morning.”

Olivier took another moment to appreciate the play of JC’s muscles beneath his T-shirt and then forced himself to concentrate on lunch. He still didn’t think it would be worse than the start of off-season training, but that didn’t mean he intended to let anyone get the best of him. “You didn’t stay here at the house last night,” he said to JC after a few minutes. “Do you live nearby?”

JC swallowed the last of his sandwich and grinned. “No. I live in Texas when I’m not training. My aunt has a house here in LA, though, so Mama and I are staying with her.” He ducked his head as he realized he’d just admitted he’d brought his mother with him, and he tried not to think about whether he was more embarrassed because it was Olivier or not. “She’s a huge fan of the show and insisted. My aunt said she could stay too, and, well….” He shrugged, trying to play it off.

“And well, you love your Mama, and that’s as it should be,” Olivier replied. “Don’t disappear every night, though. We had a good time sitting around playing cards last night. Tyler says tonight he will teach me to play rummy.”

“Tonight is family dinner. Mama, my aunt, all my cousins….” JC chuckled ruefully. “There’s no way I can stay around tonight. If I miss it, I’ll never live it down. You, uh—” He bit back the urge to invite Olivier over, though he knew his mama would love it. “Let me know how the rummy goes. Maybe I’ll stick around later in the week, and we can play.”

“Yes, another night,” Olivier said. This way he could learn the game without JC present to see him embarrass himself. “You should bring your mama to watch a rehearsal. I’m sure other couples would let her watch as well.”

“Maybe once we’ve had a few more days to practice. I don’t think Chelsea would appreciate Mama trying to give advice when I’m just learning the moves.”

“I would be happy to meet your mother, but maybe not just yet,” Chelsea said. “I’d hate for you to be embarrassed.”

“She’s more likely to embarrass you. I’m used to her.” JC grinned. “She loves dancing, and she’s watched every episode of Dance Off. She’ll probably try to give you advice about what the judges like and what gets audience votes. I wouldn’t dare let her watch other couples yet.”

“Maybe we should get her to come give us advice too,” Olivier said with a wink for Tricia. “I could use all the help I can get.”

“Don’t you worry about that,” Tricia said. “We’ll make sure to give the audience what they want. I already have an idea for your costume.”

“Nothing too over-the-top,” Olivier insisted.

JC smirked. “Oh please, Tricia, over-the-top. I want to see Olivier shirtless. It’ll make all the girls swoon.”

No one would be swooning if they saw the burn scars on his back, but he’d worry about convincing Tricia of that if it actually came up with the costume department.

“Careful or I’ll get you shirtless too, JC,” Chelsea warned as she bumped her shoulder against his. “I’m sure all the girls would love to see your abs as well.”

“I’ve competed in a Speedo,” JC pointed out, trying to hide his amusement and failing. Dance Off was different from swimming, but shirtless was shirtless, and on the ballroom floor, he’d still have on pants and shoes. “Dripping wet in a Speedo, mind you. No outfit you put me in could possibly be more revealing than that.”

“Don’t tempt her,” Tricia said. “I saw some of the outfits her partners wore in previous seasons.”

Don’t tempt me, Olivier thought, but he wasn’t quite ready to share with everyone else just yet. He didn’t know Tricia and Chelsea that well, and while he knew JC was bi, he didn’t know how JC would react to anything more than the light flirting they had done so far. Olivier was willing to find out, but not when they had an audience.

“I thought this was a family show,” Olivier said instead. “Doesn’t everything have to be appropriate for children?”

“Swim meets are generally considered family friendly.” JC had definitely gotten some well-concealed enjoyment out of watching some of his teammates climb out of the pool at the end of practice or after swimming in a meet, but there was no doubt that families of all sorts had watched them in competition. “No one objected to the Speedo when I won races.”

“Swimming pools and dance floors are a little different,” Chelsea said. “People expect you to be mostly naked and soaking wet at a pool. Not while you’re dancing.”

“The costume designers know the guidelines,” Tricia added. “They’ll keep everything in line. They do a fabulous job with fitting everything. We’ll probably have the first meetings with them tomorrow so they can take measurements.”

“It will be interesting to see what they come up with,” Olivier said. He finished his sandwich and his bottle of water. “But now it is time for more practice, yes?”

“Yes.” Chelsea finished her water and tossed the bottle in the recycling bin under the counter. “Come on, JC. Time’s a-wastin’.”

“Slave driver,” JC muttered fondly, but he tossed his water bottle in the bin and followed Chelsea out of the dining room, pausing to touch the top of the doorframe as he passed through. “Don’t work too hard, Olivier.”

Olivier narrowed his eyes as JC disappeared down the hallway. If they had known each other better, Olivier would have sworn that last little stretch was for his benefit. As it was, he was left hot and bothered thinking about it without any way to do anything about it.

“Don’t work too hard, mon oeil,” Olivier muttered. “We will show them how to do the cha-cha, n’est-ce pas, Tricia?”

She smiled at him. “Believe me—you have advantages in this he doesn’t. Come on. Let’s get back to work.”


About the Authors


Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their two dogs.  Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with France, where she met her husband, and India, where she hopes to retire some day.  She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.




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Nessa L. Warin lives in a fantasy world that’s mostly inside her head, though her physical address is in southwestern Ohio. Her two cats kindly play along with her fantasies and graciously let her pay all the bills, but they do require her to provide pampering on a regular basis. Nessa enjoys exploring the wonders of this world through travel—something her cats strongly disapprove of as it cuts into their pampering time—and can find whimsy in the most mundane places. When the real world becomes too much, Nessa enjoys dressing in costume and going to Renaissance Festivals and fantasy conventions. A short trip to either does wonders for her state of mind, so she makes sure to attend at least one of each a year. These trips help Nessa add to her collection of faerie and dragon art, and she swears she will frame and hang all the prints she’s collected some time soon.

When she’s not living in a fantasy world, Nessa enjoys tasting and learning about wine, particularly since it’s one of the few things she and the rest of her family agree on. She’s a regular at the wine tastings held by her local wine shop, and considers it a sin for her wine rack to have more empty spots than full ones. She’d prefer her wine rack to be filled with Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Syrah, but one of her favorite things about wine is the way it can always surprise her. More than once she’s been taken aback by which wine she likes best at a tasting, and she loves the way her wine rack illustrates the joys of trying new things.


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