Happy Valentine's everyone! 

Please welcome Jeffe Kennedy to the blog today.  She's going to talk about her new releases, Platinum (which look smokin' hot! and releases February 25th) and the first in her Facets of Passion series, Sapphire.  Jeffe's also going to tell us a little about her journey to writing.

Facets of Passion, Book II

Althea Grant is doing fine. Sure, her Charleston gallery is suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere. But she’s happy enough. When rugged metal sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.

Steel, fascinated by Althea’s rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr that can be used for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the coolly polite lady into modeling for him is the second.

As Steel peels away her careful manners and tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn’t just fine at all—it’s as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she’s failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?


SapphireFacets of Passion, Book I

A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht.

Taylor writes the adventure off as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterwards, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally.

Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her – and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?


And now I'll turn the blog over to Jeffe!

Many years ago, after my stepson had graduated from high school, he asked to move in with us while he looked for a job. We said yes, but laid down some rules, along with a fairly tight deadline for finding a job.

As we’d feared when we set the deadline, it came and went without him finding work. My stepson complained that there were few jobs to be had and he was doing his best. His father mentioned a business in town that was hiring. My stepson sputtered and said, “Yeah, but they only pay $X an hour. I could make twice that down at the lumberyard!”

Never mind that he was making $0 an hour, not working at any job. He had standards.

It’s become a running joke between me and my husband. Whenever we see someone refusing to lower their standards, holding out for some wonderful thing and meanwhile having nothing at all, we’ll say, “Yeah, but I could make twice that at the lumberyard!”

Claire asked me to talk about the Journey to Writing today and this is my way of sliding into the topic.
Becoming a writer is a journey, full of small steps, occasional set-backs and the very rare leap forward. Even the writers who appear to be overnight successes never are. The work they’ve put in – all those hours alone, frustrated, painstakingly hacking away at the story – are invisible.

I see hopeful authors asking how to write a novel. Or worse, how to get a novel published that they haven’t even finished. Maybe it’s enough to write 100 words a day. And then get practiced at writing 250 words a day. Work up from there. Once you accumulate enough words, they can be shaped into a story. A story can become a novel. A novel can become a bestseller.

Starting small can work. Better – starting small is doable. Having 100 solid words is worth more than the dream of a novel that doesn’t exist.

And, if you don’t sell that first novel? You can always get a job down at the lumberyard. ;-)

Claire: Very Sound Advice!


Kirliss captured her other wrist and held them close in front of her, his warm fingers massaging her skin, while he studied her face. The boat surged over a wave, disturbing her balance. Kirliss’s unusual eyes caught the light, boring into her.

“This is silly,” she tried.

“Do you want me to make you stay?”

“What?” Taylor choked. She couldn’t let him treat her this way. “No! You’ll do no such—”
She lost her breath entirely when he pressed up against her. Thinking he was trying to embrace her, she pulled away and found herself backed against the brass railing.

By the time she gathered her flustered thoughts, her wrists were handcuffed to the rail behind her. Mortified, a bit afraid and—worse—suddenly and wildly aroused…


About the Author:

Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.

Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website.

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