September 23, 2014

Goddess Fish Promotions: Take the Heat by Skye Warren


Take the Heat
by Skye Warren

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BLURB:

The ultimate bad boys, criminals capture our attention and awaken our darkest desires. Celebrate the illicit in this romantic suspense anthology, where handcuffs are used for more than play. These stories are shocking, sexy, and thought-provoking.

In New York Times Bestselling Author Skye Warren’s Magnolia Hotel, meet the heroine who pays her brother’s debt to a loan shark—who happens to be her childhood crush. Find out if the jury made the right decision in Acquitted by award-winning author Giselle Renarde. Explore a dark and sensual psychology with New York Times Bestselling Author Pam Godwin in Unlawful Seduction.

Ride the edge of desire and see if you can TAKE THE HEAT…

Skye Warren – Magnolia Hotel
Cynthia Richards – Captivated
Pam Godwin – Unlawful Seduction
Sheri Savill – Slipknot
Shoshanna Evers – This Might Hurt A Bit
Candy Quinn – The Bombshell
Tamsin Flowers – Playing with Fire
Elizabeth Coldwell – Disposing of Donnie
Audrey Lusk – Surprise Witness
Trent Evans – Last Day
Giselle Renarde – Acquitted


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Excerpt:

FROM “MAGNOLIA HOTEL” BY SKYE WARREN

Maybe Liam still had that spark of humanity, of compassion, I’d once loved as a child. And even if I knew my brother was partly to blame for his situation, I couldn’t leave him to the wolves. Namely, one wolf. Liam.

I turned to my childhood friend who looked so different now with the glint of scruff on his face, with a bend in his nose where it had been broken. He looked some much more distinguished. In fact, he looked intimidating.

Please let him go. Even if he… I know what he did. But he’s my brother. I can’t leave here without him. Take the two thousand. I’ll get you more, soon. I promise you. Just don’t hurt him.”

Do you know how much he owes me, Grace?”

I swallowed. “Five thousand dollars?”

His face pulled into a slight grimace. He sighed. “Fifteen.”

I stood there, stunned. Unable to gasp or even breathe. Fifteen thousand dollars. I would never have that much money, not ever. But he was my brother.

Please,” I whispered, reduced to begging.

Liam looked away, and for a horrible second I thought it was a refusal. My stomach pitched wildly, in fear and doubt and desperation. How could I fix this? I couldn’t, I couldn’t. My brother was going to be beaten or killed.

Then he turned back to me, a hard glint in his gunmetal eyes. “There is a way you can help. You can be mine, Grace. Mine to do whatever I want with.”

Seconds passed with excruciating slowness as my mind protected me. Then reality slammed into me—all at once. He meant sex. I was almost sure he meant sex. Then I laughed at myself, hollow and jaded. What else would it mean?

I hadn’t thought it possible to hate Liam more, but I did, because he’d setup an impossible choice. For fifteen thousand dollars—and for my brother’s safety—I had to agree.

What did that make me? A prostitute? A sex slave?

I looked at my brother as the offer stood in the air. He wouldn’t meet my eyes. Couldn’t he at least put up a token protest? At least try to protect my honor? But I was getting a clearer picture of Benny than I had our whole lives. Letting himself fall to this level was one thing, but dragging me into it was the last straw. I would do this for him—and that was it.

Never again,” I whispered.

I would never drain my bank account and come running to help ever again. Never sell my body for him. Never trust my brother again. It was like losing a family member. The only one I had.

Benny nodded, or maybe he was just drifting out of consciousness, his head bobbing slightly. Who knew? I was done. I would do what Liam required of me, and then I would be finished. Finished with family. Finished with criminals.

I’d be alone then.

I nodded grimly. “I’ll do it.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

EDITOR BIO
Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.

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Hi, Skye Warren here! I’m the New York Times Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction, and I’m also the editor of Take the Heat, an anthology of criminal romance. I’m so excited to share this release with you.
One of the best parts of putting together this anthology was seeing what each author did. Sheri Savill’s story is hot as hell and surprisingly tender. Plus, she’s a seriously funny lady, so I’m excited to interview her. This one’s going to get personal. And a little weird, but in a good way…
Sheri, what is your most embarrassing moment?
Sheri Savill: I was 13 and in ninth grade English honors class (skipped a grade), the professor lectured as to how very important it was to look up new words while reading. If you couldn’t look up a word, then ask him, he said. Fine. This was a small private boarding school, so students interacted with the professors all day and night, and they encouraged that. This particular professor was walking along between classes one day and I’d been reading whatever he’d assigned and suddenly decided it would be good to show him that I took his lecture seriously, I had a word I’m come across in the assignment and was too lazy to look it up, so I decided to pull the book out and ask point to the word I’d marked, and just ask him. “Pro-phy-lac-tic,” I said. “What does it mean?” The man turned beet red and looked to be having a mini-stroke. And then I did. He never answered. He couldn’t even hem and haw. He just walked away from me, very fast. I looked the word up a short while later. “Oh. Well then, that explains it.” But then I got pissed. He’d assigned the book, whatever it was, and it wasn’t porn or anything. I was maybe “Catch-22” or something. I forget. Anyway, it was just “another use” of the word. But yeah, that was embarrassing. I’ve been scarred for life.Skye Warren: Um, yeah. Of course no one would ever say that. *coughs* And definitely never me. But let’s say you do meet a writer just starting out, what advice would you give them?
Skye Warren: What is your strangest habit?
Sheri Savill: I sometimes make off the wall comments to total strangers, to everyone and anyone, while waiting in lines. Just to see if they’ll get it, or laugh, or whatever. If it’s a really long line and not moving well, sometimes I’ll start mooing, like we’re all cows, right? Restless, unhappy, cows. I do the moo sound really well, too. It sounds very realistic. If I’m lucky, a couple people in the line will join in. My people! It’s an icebreaker, mooing is. Underestimate its power at your peril.
Skye Warren: Have you ever eaten a crayon?
Sheri Savill: No, but my brother ate a few marbles once, and then mom went crazy and grabbed him by the ankles and turned him upside down and shook him. Mom? Really? She has a genius IQ. Which makes it funnier. Hi Mom. Just embarrassing you in an interview, like a good daughter should.Skye Warren: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Skye Warren: Where are you from and what do you love best about your hometown?

Sheri Savill: I grew up in Los Angeles and Hawaii. So I have no feeling of “hometown,” really. Most of my childhood is confused blur. Like I remember seeing some movie sets and famous people. You’d bump into them in the drugstore. Famous people buy corn pads just like the rest of us. Then I remember hot lava rolling slowly down a mountainside. Standing there watching it. I threw a stick. It burned up in the lava in a violent burst of orange flame. Happy childhood memories. Wait, you asked what I loved best about my hometown. Okay, I’ll say seeing that Barney dude from the original Mission: Impossible buying Slim Jims at 7-Eleven. I still tear up.

Skye Warren: If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?

Sheri Savill: I was published a long time ago (traditional) in all kinds of newspapers, magazines, journals. So my journey lately is only in e-publishing. In e-publishing, I would say I’d not bother with blog hops and stuff like that, I wouldn’t bother with ads, I wouldn’t bother with much self-promotion at all. It doesn’t work. I’m still invisible as hell. Also, I’d call in some favors from some big people I know. Shamelessly. Might still do that.

Skye Warren: Ebook or print? And why?

Sheri Savill: Blu-Ray. Heh. I love both print and e-books. I am always aware, however, that Amazon can, with the press of a button, delete everything I “own” from all my devices. Do not anger the Amazon Gods. So I tend to favor print books still. I have a LIBREE in my house. Yes. A real English library, with the whole leather-bound books thing going on. Butler, servants quarters, knot garden. It’s really pretty awesome.

Skye Warren: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

Sheri Savill: An appellate brief I did is on reserve in a law library as an example of a powerful argument and good legal writing or something like that.

Skye Warren: Thanks so much, Sheri! And thank you all for coming to check out Take the Heat. If you’re down for a dark ride, I hope you’ll read it!


TAKE THE HEAT
The ultimate bad boys, criminals capture our attention and awaken our darkest desires. Celebrate the illicit in this romantic suspense anthology, where handcuffs are used for more than play. These stories are shocking, sexy, and thought-provoking.

In New York Times Bestseller Skye Warren’s Magnolia Hotel, meet the heroine who pays her brother’s debt to a loan shark—who happens to be her childhood crush. Find out if the jury made the right decision in Acquitted by award-winning author Giselle Renarde. Explore a dark and sensual psychology with New York Times Bestseller Pam Godwin in Unlawful Seduction.

New York Times Bestseller Skye Warren – Magnolia Hotel
Cynthia Rayne – Captivated
New York Times Bestseller Pam Godwin – Unlawful Seduction
Sheri Savill – Slipknot
New York Times Bestseller Shoshanna Evers – This Might Hurt A Bit
Candy Quinn – The Bombshell
Tamsin Flowers – Playing with Fire
Elizabeth Coldwell – Disposing of Donnie
Audrey Lusk – Surprise Witness
Trent Evans – Last Day
Giselle Renarde – Acquitted

Ride the edge of desire and see if you can TAKE THE HEAT…

Read Take the Heat now: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | More buy links…

About Sheri Savill

Sheri Savill is the author of dark BDSM erotic romance, and humor, and is a real-life submissive who was into BDSM before it was cool. A career in media and journalism (reporter, editor, DJ, copywriter) drove her to the brink of insanity, so she became an attorney and web developer.

Known for her irreverent blog, Savill is tattooed, pierced, geeky, easily annoyed yet fun-loving, and well caffeinated. She speaks often of a treasured “letter from Dave Barry” that no one has actually seen. Award-winning sex author and columnist Violet Blue called Savill’s BDSM parody “painfully, hilariously timeless.”

When she’s not charging her portable electronic devices, Savill spends her time writing, thinking about writing, or wishing she had written. She scored a780 out of 800 on a standardized writing test of some sort and, just as she predicted, has never had to use calculus in her entire adult life.


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