Engaging Passion

I wrote Engaging Passion in late 2016 and released it in early 2017. It features a young man in love with an older woman. This is all relative, of course. They have been working together for years. The age difference is mostly in her head. They have worked together for a well-to-do couple who are undercover workers. When Beth decides to retire, she is surprised when Ramon shows up at her door. The tension escalates when Beth realizes that the attempts on her life are becoming more aggressive. In the middle of all of this, she and Ramon deal with their growing realization that they are in love. I intentionally worked with a man speaking a language besides English. 

Here are a few excerpts:

“You are gorgeous,” he said, standing to get a better look at her. She gave a shy smile and looked away. He quickly divested himself of his pants, shirt and underclothes. He sat on the bed with her. He didn’t want to frighten her with the force of his passion, so he took another deep breath and tried to think of numbers, anything, to slow himself down and focus on her pleasure. 

. . . . “I want to see you too,” she said, marveling at the hard rippling plane of his stomach and his broad chest. He was simply beautiful. The muscles of his calves were large and well developed; his thigh muscles turned slightly where the tendons showed a thickness and strength that made her stomach flip.

It gets a great deal more interesting as the two play a dance of love with one another. This book is number four in the Hot Desire Series, It answers some questions raised in the first book, Heat, such as what happened to Val's parents.  

Heat: An Erotic Romance

We published Heat: An Erotic Romance through Smashwords and Kindle Direct as an ebook. So far, at Smashwords, there have been 44 downloads of the sample. It seems people are curious. I wrote it as a sexual fantasy. There are things about it I know a contemporary audience might not get. But the sex is sure to interest. The story is about two people who have no concerns regarding income. I wanted to work with that idea. What happens to a person when all basic needs are met? Does that person still need intimacy? Of course. How would they obtain it? This story gets to that. Though the sex occurs at a "sex" party, I borrowed the idea from the many historical texts I read where there were English living in the early 1800s who had "house parties" that included sex behind closed doors. Of course, sometimes it was out in the open and sometimes it was hush, hush. 

Blog about Heat

Heat came out Dec. 21 at Smashwords and Dec. 23 at Kindle. We meant for it to be part of three novellas. The second piece features Sadie who is trying to find herself. As soon as I can get some help cleaning it up, I'll have it formatted, or format it myself and upload it at Smashwords and Kindle. The third piece features a friend of Sadie's who has had some difficulties in her childhood but meets a handsome ship's captain. More later.


I rewrote the first chapter of Heat at Smashwords. It concerned me that readers might think it was aimed at a lesbian market. However, I don't think that should be a big problem. At any rate, I made the relationship between Val and Brice more evident. There's more internal dialogue from Brice in the beginning. One of the veins of thought regarding romantic literature is that it's not legitimate literature. I taught literature from the "canons" for years. Critics seldom consider the formulaic writing of the ancient Greeks. I think what makes some academics and critics think that romantic literature is not valid is that when it involves sex, it gets to the notion of women's sexual identity. I often introduced literature by asking students what fairy tales they remember from childhood. They'd mention stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. These are stories that generally frighten children. But psychologists say they are necessary in order to help children work through their fears in a healthy manner. 

Romance does the same thing for women or for anyone trying to work through certain fears. Whether it is a woman, who is even subconsciously working through anxieties about a male dominated environment, or a man trying to work through issues related to identity, life roles or belonging, romance can provide the hopeful note of resolution. It's not always possible in life, but it certainly helps us to disengage with the frustrations of our actual environment when we're suspended in time with an author's thoughts. More on this late.