Branding Myself…finally!

oklahoma_soonersAs most people know or don’t know about me, I was born in the great state of Oklahoma.  Boomer Sooner baby!  I know, people actually think that I’m from Texas but I’m not.  I bleed Sooner Red, not Teasipping burnt orange.  It was drilled in my head from the cradle that the Texas Longhorns are the devil and that the Sooners are the bomb.  Respect Tom Osborn, coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, just don’t cheer for them.  And its okay to cheer for Oklahoma State University when they AREN’T playing OU.  LOL!  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the state of Texas at all.  I married here in Texas, my son was born in Dallas and we now live in East Texas.

Everyone in the family went to OU except for my dad.  My grandparents didn’t have the money to send him.  Shoot, my mother was a Gamma Phi Beta at OU.  One of my uncle’s was an OU football cheerleader and a Lamda Chi.  My other uncles were Delts and my aunts were Chi Omega’s.  Yes, Norman got a lot of money from both sets of grandparents.  Then I had cousins that went there, too.  Yep, more money.

Anywoos…the purpose of the family history is because when I was thinking of my “brand”, I had to figure out some things about myself and what stories I am writing.  So here’s the short list:

1.  Small town Oklahoma is the setting for my books.

2.  My most cherished childhood memories are with my family and extended family and friends in Oklahoma.  My books feature real honest to goodness people.  The names of the *cough cough* innocent changed.  Sorry cousins and friends…

3.  When I think back to what I remember most about growing up, is Oklahoma.  Yes, I have spent 43 of the last 46 years of my life in Texas but Oklahoma is where my heart lives.  I can close my eyes and still remember places, things, people, smells from my childhood like it was yesterday.

4.  Since my stories aren’t erotic in nature going forward, I needed a name that reflected that.  Oh…in my family on the farm…pigs rule but that didn’t look good on the banners, so I opted for horses.  The paint is the perfect picture of our neighbor’s horse when we lived in Gun Barrel City.  I still miss walking out everyday and seeing Trinidad.  *sigh*

As you can tell, Oklahoma is where my heart lies, so Sweet Heat from Oklahoma is my brand.

Again, I love Texas.  Love my Riggins, Coach Taylor, Friday Night Lights, Houston Texans, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and the Dallas Stars.  Shoot, my husband is an Aggie fan.

We vacation in New Brunsfels and float the Comel River for a week every year in July.  Our condo is right on the Comel River with Schlitterbaun Water Park on the other side.  Yes, can literally walk across the Comel River and we are at the park.  We can see Master Blaster water coaster from our balacony.  Come on July 19th!!!!  Woo hoo!  I digress…

So there you have it.  My reasons for my branding and the new banner.  Be honest, what do you think?


Coach approves of the brand.
Coach approves of the brand.
Sorry, just had to have a picture of Riggins.  *sigh*
Sorry, just had to have a picture of Riggins. *sigh*

King Cobra (Hot Rods, book #1) by Jayne Rylon – Book Blitz/Giveaway/Guest Post

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Nothing’s sexier than seven men with hot rods.

Hot Rods, Book 1

After Eli’s mother died, his father honored her life’s mission as a social worker by taking in several kids from the wrong side of the tracks. Not all of them stuck, but those who did became Eli’s quasi family.

Their bonds, forged in fires set by their personal demons, are unbreakable—or so Eli wants to believe. Especially since he and Alanso, his best friend and head mechanic, witnessed the overpowering allure of polyamory while visiting the Powertools crew.

Much as Eli would like to deepen the relationships among his foster brothers and sister in the Hot Rods Restoration Team, he’s hesitant to risk everything on a quick romp behind a stack of tires.

But when Eli catches Alanso exploring their mutual fantasy at a known hookup spot in a public park, all bets are off. And Eli must decide if it’s time to jump in full throttle—and trust his instincts to guide him through the night. If the pair can dodge the potholes in their own relationship, maybe they can race together toward the unconventional arrangement with Mustang Sally they both desire.

Warning: Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a wild (and naughty) ride!

How much research did you have to do on cars for this series?

Actually, quite a bit.  The good news is that I really enjoy cars and so does my husband so between us we already knew most of the details I needed to get started.  However, I did extensive internet research, and watched lots of car shows that Mr. Rylon was happy to DVR for us, as well as using some reference books, including Mighty Muscle Cars, which was a gift from a friend.

Each of the men drives a car that tells a lot about their personality and is their nickname or involved in the title of their book.  Those symbolic choices tell a lot about each of them and hopefully helps readers keep people straight in a series that has a HUGE cast of characters.  Each book title has the name of the main character’s car along with something that tells a little about them.  For example, Eli’s book is King Cobra.  He drives a Shelby Cobra—classic, iconic, fast, agile, aspirational.  He’s the owner of the shop and the leader of the gang.

Other titles in the series are MUSTANG Sally, Super NOVA, REBEL on the Run, SWINGER Style, and BARRACUDA’s Heart.

Harlie here…I’m instantly hooked.  My dream car is a Shelby Cobra Mustang….preferably blue with a white stripe and the numbers must match.  I’m a totally gear head and nothing beats American muscle cars.  And yes, my car is about $80k and my husband keeps telling me no.  I can’t imagine why?  Or a ’67 Camaro, fire engine red.  Just saying…

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The Vitruvian Man, book 1

by Cate Masters

Paranormal romance novella

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Ten days of freedom. That’s all Fate had allotted me each year. In the streets of Venice,

I could walk among them. Mingle. Belong.


During Carnevale, they had no idea who I was. What I was.


For ten days, it didn’t matter.


Until I met her.

Bruno diCesare lives alone by necessity, not choice. An experiment performed by Leonardo da Vinci, who believed having a dual DNA would grant a person immortality, used magic to render Bruno a chimera – the head of a lion, body of a dragon. The only time he can mingle with people is during Carnevale, ten glorious days of masked anonymity, frivolity and intimacy.

Melina Weaver learned fire dancing to enliven her dull existence. A scientist, her long hours at the lab leave no time for a social life. For ten days at Carnevale, she can pretend to be someone else. Someone sexy and daring, who lives on the edge.

Once she meets Bruno, her wish comes true, but everything goes terribly wrong. Beneath Bruno’s costume lurks an alpha male, but is he dangerous? Worse, can she return to an employer who sells her research to the military to make an army of efficient killers? Her only hope may lie with the man she’s just met and never seen.


Light danced in his dark eyes. “I must admit, your fire dancing fascinated me. What made you choose such a dangerous skill to master?”
“The thrill of the challenge, I suppose.” It balanced the rest of her mundane life, to a degree. Mastering each new level gave her a sense of achievement, where work couldn’t.

Something flashed through his dark eyes. “Mistakes must be very painful.”

“I practiced a long time before I worked up the nerve to actually light the wands. I found the fire great incentive to focus, however.” God, her grin must be goofy, the way he stared. Such gorgeous eyes, such a deep brown they almost appeared black. He probably had rugged features, if his large hands provided any indication. Too bad he wore gloves, another barrier between them.

“Yes,” he said, “I imagine so.”

“What about you? What other magic do you know?” Oh please, can you get any more ridiculous? It sounded like a line from a bad chick flick.

The crinkle around his eyes was the only evidence of his smile, but enough to charm her.

“Lifetimes of studying the dark arts have provided me with many tricks.”

“Lifetimes?” she blurted.

He stiffened in her arms. “Pardon?”

She watched him carefully. “You said ‘lifetimes’. Plural.” And what the hell did he mean by ‘dark arts’?

Rigidity masked the grace of his movements. “I’m sure you’re mistaken.” He stared over her head as they whirled to the song’s rhythm.

Mistaken my ass. How very strange. More strange that the question upset him. He’d clammed up, and his muscles were so tense, she expected him to bolt. Better to drop it. For now. “Must have been a slip of the tongue.”

“Yes.” Relief sounded in his tone, though guarded.

This man had something to hide. How intriguing.

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Coming Unbound by Lacey Savage – Review/Author Interview

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Ginny and Cole have struggled to connect intimately since before their marriage. When Cole suggests they surprise each other with the most sexually daring things they can dream up for their anniversary, Ginny reluctantly musters every ounce of courage she possesses to get nipple piercings.

Cole’s surprise?

He’s turned their suburban basement into a dungeon—and hired a sexy Dom to teach them the art of BDSM.

Desperately in love with his wife, Cole’s aware of sensitive sexual demons in Ginny’s past, and will try anything to beat them. Whips, toys, ménage play with the Dom…all these and more could help Ginny find pleasure, break through her issues.

Or, if they’re not careful, possibly just break Ginny.


By the time our third round of drinks arrived, we’d determined that I had no imagination of my own, which probably explained why I had chosen technical writing as a career.

We had also established that I’d never thought about dressing up as a naughty nurse or a strict schoolteacher or a sexy maid. I didn’t fantasize about being blindfolded or tickled with a feather or covered in chocolate sauce. I’d also never wanted to have sex in public or watch porn or pose for nude photos.

“Wow.” Donna twirled the stem of her martini glass between her fingers. “So what do you fantasize about?”

An image of a woman tied to a tree in a dark forest flashed through my head. It was brief and sudden, jolting me so I sat ramrod straight in my chair. “Nothing.”

She tilted her head at an angle and looked at me as if I’d just sprouted a third eyeball in the middle of my forehead. “Come on. You can’t be serious.”

I couldn’t hold her gaze anymore, so I looked past her right shoulder into the crowd. I used to have fantasies. Filthy ones that involved whips and pain and reddened flesh. But Ben had cured me of those long ago.

“There’s something wrong with me, isn’t there?” I was feeling more and more miserable with each passing second, and the cocktails weren’t helping. I huffed out a breath. “Listen, I like sex. It’s pleasurable and pleasant and nice.”

Donna’s laugh startled me. It went on and on. “Nice?” She gasped when she could finally catch her breath and dabbed a tear from the corner of her eye. “Sex is nice? No, no, no. A foot rub is nice. A perfect creme brûlée is nice. The sight of a sleeping kitten is nice. Sex is… It’s toe-curling, incredible, mind-blowing.”

I lifted an eyebrow. “Mind-blowing?”

She nodded. “If you’re doing it right.”

Clearly I’d been doing it wrong for a very long time. Was that my fault or Cole’s? I still had so many questions, and I was no closer to figuring out how to surprise my husband for our anniversary.

I stared down into my empty glass. “There aren’t enough drinks in the world for this.”

Welcome Lacey Savage! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Hi Harlie! Thanks so much for having me here today.

I live in Ottawa, Canada, with my fabulous husband of 14 years and a cat who’s convinced he runs the place. (We don’t have the heart to tell him otherwise.) I’ve been published since 2003, and I currently write for Ellora’s Cave, Carina Press (under a different pen name), Changeling Press, Loose Id, and Amber Quill Press.

Is Coming Unbound a single title, or part of a series?

It’s a single title, but I’ve learned to never say never when it comes to possible sequels.

What were your inspirations for the story?

I had a flash of inspiration while lying in bed one morning. I imagined a married couple wanting to bring some heat back into their bedroom, and started to wonder how things could get complicated for them. I knew I had my story when I pictured the husband opening the door to what had previously been a run-of-the-mill suburban basement, and showing his wife the BDSM dungeon he’d had installed. Surprise!


Please share your setting for Coming Unbound. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?  

Coming Unbound is set in Chicago, with a detour in San Francisco. I visited Chicago last year for the Romantic Times Convention, and promptly fell in love with the city. There’s so much wonderful architecture, and so many things to see and do. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but I have a friend who adores the place, so I’m looking forward to taking a trip there sometime soon.


When did the writing bug first bite?

When I was in sixth grade, my parents and I moved to New York City from Romania. I was having trouble fitting in at school, but on a whim I entered a creative writing competition despite the fact that I barely spoke English. And let’s not talk about my grasp of English grammar or spelling, because both were pretty much non-existent at the time. So it wasn’t a surprise to me when my entry came back drowning in a sea of red pen. I don’t think there was one word the teacher didn’t have to correct. But what was surprising was the fact that despite all that, I actually won! Turns out my storytelling skills were much stronger than my grammar skills, and that’s what counted the most. Winning that competition gave me such a sense of accomplishment, and made me feel like I could follow my passion no matter what obstacles stood in my way.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

Oh boy, too many to count! I adore epic fantasy, so I’m a huge fan of George R.R. Martin’s A GAME OF THRONES. I also love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. And a friend recently recommended Nalini Singh’s archangel series, which I’m devouring right now.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

I’d love to pick Nora Roberts’ brain, so she’d definitely be at the top of the list. I’d also like to talk to Stephen King and Dean Koontz, as well as George R. R. Martin, Tad Williams, and Janet Evanovich. That would be one fun discussion!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? 

I’m an artist in every sense of the word. I sketch, draw and paint every day. I also scrapbook, make handmade greeting cards, and create a wide variety of home décor – everything from mixed media art canvases to upcycled antique furniture.


What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

Hmm… When I was living in New York, my mom and I went for a walk in Central Park and saw a naked man selling flowers. He seemed completely unfazed by the fact that he was nude, and sold us a lovely bunch of carnations.


Oh my…take a tried and true troupe, married couple needs to get a spark back in their sex life, and spank it hard.  Yes, hard and bring in the St. Andrews Cross, toys and one sexy Dom and what do you get?  Coming Unbound by Lacey Savage.

Ms. Savage has managed to throw a troupe hard, against a wall and I’m still trying to catch my breath.  She writes intelligently about the one thing that most couples don’t talk about it and that’s the woman’s orgasm.  Yes, the elusive orgasm.  Its been argued, written about, talked about and laughed at for a long time.  Most men don’t understand it and women don’t like to talk about with their partners.  For them, its embarrassing and they don’t want to disappoint their lovers with their inability to have one.

Ginny is no different but with her, the orgasm has a lot more to do with a single thing in her life that she has repressed so far back in her mind that it wasn’t until the Dom figured it out and pulled it out of her.  Plus, it doesn’t help that her only other lover belittle her and suppressed even further her sexual needs.  Her husband Cole is well aware of her demons but is desperate to help her find her orgasm for her.  He just never knew how repressed she really was sexually.

*Taking a very deep breath*  The scenes were very well written and intense.  Ginny and Cole had no idea how the whole Dom teachings would take.  It would either make them stronger or pull them apart.  I held my breath after one scene because I became very afraid that they had reached Ginny’s breaking point.  While the sex scenes were highly intense they only enhanced Ginny’s journey to find the truth about her sexual needs.

Be warned that when you find out about what has been repressed in the far back of Ginny’s mind, you will be able breath again.  At least, I was.  🙂  Ms. Savage wrote a beautifully intense, highly sexual book about sexually repression and the lengths that one couple went to find out the who, what, where and how to help Ginny.

I can not highly recommend Coming Unbound.  Yes, its that’s AWESOME.  🙂


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Award-winning author Lacey Savage loves to write about her dreams – or more specifically, she loves to breathe life into her steamy fantasies (and she’s got plenty!). She pens erotic tales of true love and mythical destiny, peopled with strong alpha heroes and feisty heroines. A hopeless romantic, Lacey loves writing about the intimate, sensual side of relationships. She currently resides in Ottawa, Canada, with her loving husband and their mischievous cat.






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Fall in Love by Melissa Kendall – Review/Excerpt




Fall In Love

by Melissa Kendall

Contemporary (Aussie Outback) Romance

Publisher: Rebel Ink Press

Heat Level: Steamy

Word Count: 9,243 words


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Michael Dunbar runs his family’s cattle station in the far north of Western   Australia. Station life is lonely and he wishes there was a way he could find a companion that wouldn’t mind living the outback life with him. In hopes of finding a woman, Michael heads to Broome for a few weeks holiday. What he finds is something he never expected.


Mia Mason is a Perth girl who longs to leave the city behind for a life in the country.


Can two like minds fall in love? Only destiny knows.


Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.


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After the best night’s sleep I’d ever had, I awoke to see the sun much higher in the sky than I expected. Rolling over to look at the alarm clock, I was shocked to see it was almost eight in the morning. Never in my life had I slept in so long. On rare occasions, I had sometimes slept until seven, but usually my internal alarm clock had my eyes open at four a.m., rain, hail or shine.


Rolling over I saw the beautiful woman, who the previous night told me she was mine, still sound asleep. Careful not to wake her just yet, I hopped out of bed, threw on a tee, and went in search of my mum.


I found her in the kitchen, busy as she washed some dishes.


“Morning sleepyhead,” she said with a chuckle.


“Morning. How come you let me sleep in so long?”


“Well, technically you’re still on holidays, so there’s no need for you to be up at the crack of dawn, and well…”


“Yeah, fine, I get it.” It was obvious Mum tried to give Mia and me a little private time.


“Your dad saddled Mack and Jessie before he left this morning, so feel free to take Mia out and show her the property.” I just nodded my head in understanding. “Also, I have something for you that I think you’ll need.” She reached into her pocket and pulled out a red velvet jewellery box. “This was your Grandma’s ring. I’m pretty sure you know what to do with it.”


As I took the ring, I knew Mum had given me her and Dad’s blessing to ask Mia to marry me. Ideas had already started to form as to where and when I would do it as I headed back into the bedroom to see if Sleeping Beauty was awake yet.


The most beautiful sight greeted me as I walked in the door. Mia was indeed awake. She yawned and stretched as she shook off the sleep haze. A tantalising sliver of skin was visible between her shorts and top. My mouth watered in anticipation to see more.


“Good morning,” I said as I walked over and sat down next to her on the bed.


“You should have woken me up,” she grumbled.


“I’ve only been awake about fifteen minutes myself. Mum has bacon and eggs cooking as we speak. Do you want to eat or shower first?” I asked.


“Eat please,” she said as she crawled into my lap. She then gave me a fantastic good morning kiss, wiggling her hips just enough to tease me into a hard-on. After the kiss ended, she laughed and hopped off my lap.


“You coming?” she asked as she headed to the door.


“Almost,” I said in a cheeky tone. I stood up so she could get the full effect of what she’d done to me.


She ran back over to me and whispered in my ear, “If you’re a good boy I’ll take care of that for you in the shower after breakfast.”


That didn’t help the situation in my pants at all. The sassy woman then had the hide to flash me her boobs as she ran out the door. I was the luckiest man on the planet. I followed her out of the bedroom with the intention on being the most well behaved boy I could be because if that was the only price I had to pay to get her in the shower with me, it was one I was more than willing to pay.



Good lord Ms. Kendall knows how to write a short story.  She packs so much in her short stories that its never rushed, nor plot points skimmed over, just a good old fashioned romance that when you finish, you are craving for more.  I swear, I wanted Michael and Mia’s story to never end.  I read every Harlequin romance book that I can get my hands that deals with the Australian Outback.  There is something romantic in the setting, the way of life and the characters that come alive for me.  Someone asked me once why I crave them and for me, they remind me of Oklahoma (where I was born) and Texas (where I live).  There is something sexy about a ranch and the people that live and work them.

Michael has decided that he needs a vacation from the station and embarks to the city of  Broome for a couple of weeks to relax and maybe find a woman.  *sigh*  I really felt for Michael in the opening pages.  He has pretty much decided that he would be lonely for the rest of his life.  Seriously, how do you convince a woman to move to a remote location and live happily ever after?  Well, fate has other plans for Michael in this little ditty of a story.

Mia was a wonderful compliment to Michael.  At first she seemed like a bit of a tease but as the story progressed, she really grew on me and the way she was written.  Layer upon layer was revealed and in the end, she not only won Michael but me as well.  Her sass and sexiness were spot on for the story.  The excerpt above gives you a tidbit of her personality.

I can not impress upon you to find Melissa Kendall’s short stories, buy them, read them and fall in love with the romance genre all over again.  She writes with a deft hand and knows how to draw you in and never lets you go.  While short, they are well worth it.  Plus, come on this one is set in Australia…what’s not to love?

I’m cheating and stealing Harlie’s signature button….  Oh wait, I’m not cheating…  I am Harlie so I can use it if I want to…



About the Author

Melissa is a 37 year-old stay at home mum and part-time Software Support Consultant. She lives in Perth Western Australia the most isolated capital city in the world.


She’s always loved to read and write and spent most of her teens scribbling poetry and short stories on any scrap of paper she could get her hands on. Over the years as daily life pressures got in the way she lost the passion for it. After her son was born, she discovered online books and her interest in writing was rekindled. It has been a large part of her life ever since.


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