2013-11-25

Going, going...


There's only a little time left to get this fabulous collection at such an awesomely low price. So, if you haven't picked up your copy yet...what're you waiting for?

There's also this contest going on:


Also, check out my updated app at: http://my.yapp.us/LBF5FH


I'll be at Keira Andrew's on the 29th, talking about Finders Keepers as part of her Make the Yuletide Gay event.


And at Lex Valentine's blog Sunlight Sucks, on the 30th--part of her 30 Days of Christmas event. I'll be giving away goodies there too!



Finally, from December 9th to December 23rd, it's Sweater Season at the Nine Naughty Novelists!


Look for info to go up on the blog on the 6th. The weather forecast calls for fun, prizes, new stories featuring some of your favorite characters and some truly memorable (and not always in a good way!) Christmas sweaters.

We'll also be partying on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/608592309212011/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1


2013-11-19

Got Ink? Yes, we do!

Release day for Midnight Ink is finally here! And to celebrate, we've set the price for the entire anthology at only .99 cents. That's eight, brand new, tattooliscious novellas for less than a dollar! But you have to act fast because that price won’t last for very long.
Midnight Ink
One tattoo shop in one infamous city sets the stage for eight stories about resolutions, kink, love and ink. Get ready to let the good times roll!
Jayne Rylon
Report For Booty
When Burke Levine got marching orders, he couldn’t bear to make his girlfriend Chavon White a military widow. Years later, discovering his name tattooed on her perfect ass via a New Orleans’ artist’s portfolio confirms his epic mistake. Will Midnight Ink’s New Year’s Eve party grant them a second chance?

Sidney Bristol
Picture Her Bound
She’s a police officer desperate enough to break the rules. He’s the bounty hunter standing between her and ruin. Picture Her Bound–the first book in the brand new Bayou Bound series from Sidney Bristol–a story of right, wrong and binding pleasures. 

Robin L. Rotham
Not So Over Eli 
Paramedic Bart Rigger finally has the life he wants rather than the one his father dictated, thanks to hot new fiancĂ©e Rhonda Giannetti. But a whirlwind trip to New Orleans puts it all at risk when he’s forced to confront unresolved feelings for his first love, tattoo artist Elijah Bell.
PG Forte
Inked Memories
All Sophie wants is a tattoo to commemorate her battle with cancer. What she gets is celebrity tattoo artist Declan Ross, the same sexy bad-boy who used to rock her world. This time, they’ve both got scars and it’s still the ones you can’t see that are the hardest to cover.

RG Alexander
To The Bone Etta Santos has one resolution—to cover up the last visible evidence of her past. When Christie Ryder, sexy musician and new owner of Midnight Ink, pursues her, he seems too good to be true. His music touches her soul, but can she risk trusting another bad boy with her heart?     

Eden Bradley
Dangerously Inked - A Dangerous Romance
When the tattoo artist Finn Carter lined up for his visit to New Orleans turns out to be the mysteriously alluring sub he played on New Year’s Eve at The Bastille, the city’s BDSM club, more than his skin will be marked forever—and Rosie is just the woman to bring this playboy to his knees.
Carrie Ann Ryan
Ink Inspired (Montgomery Ink 0.5)
In Carrie Ann Ryan’s Ink Inspired, the prequel to her upcoming Montgomery Ink series, Ice Princess Shea Little wants ink and a change. Shepard Montgomery not only wants to ink her, but get through that icy exterior.  Together, they’ll heat up the streets of New Orleans…and each other.
Blank Canvas, Big Easy, book one
Disillusioned by divorce, Jennifer’s about to discover her wild side, starting with a tattoo from Caliph. And continuing with submission, spankings, wax play…all under the skilled hands of her wickedly sexy tattoo master.
Midnight Ink is available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and ARe.

2013-11-15

Only Four More Days!

Hey everyone.  Only a few more days until Midnight Ink is released! Meanwhile, author Erin Nicholas and I are throwing a little contest. Since Erin's book, Best of Three, (book 3 in her Counting on Love series, available through Samhain)  also releases on Tuesday, we've taken over the Nine Naughty Novelists' Facebook page for a little fun. 
We're calling it the Friday Fight Club and we're pitting our two heroes against each other. 
PLEASE stop by and vote for your favorite.  And if Declan is your favorite, that won't hurt my feelings AT ALL.  LOL!  
I 've gotten a sneak peek at  Best of Three, so I know Nate is absolutely wonderful as well, but if Erin's gonna publicly proclaim that her guy is best...well, I guess I am too. 
Bring it, girl. Fight Club is on!
*ahem* As I was saying...
The guys will be answering 6 different questions and you can vote for your favorite answer to EACH AND EVERY question. That gives you six chances to win. You can vote for the same hero each time if you like...which apparently some of Erin's fans have decided to do. Not that I mind, or anything.   OR you can vote for your favorite answer--you know, based on merit or something.  OR, you can even vote for BOTH guys 6 times for a total of 12 chances to win. Hell, it's fight club, it's not like there are rules! Voting continues until Noon Saturday (PST) but, you know what they say: vote early, vote often. 

What can you win?  I'm glad you asked! We'll each be giving away a copy of our new books to one lucky winner. In my case, that means the WHOLE MIDNIGHT INK COLLECTION which includes stories by Jayne Rylon, Mari Carr, Carrie Ann Ryan, Eden Bradley, RG Alexander, Robin Rotham, Sidney Bristol and, of course, ME. 

Yes! You read that right! We're giving away  NINE super-hot, awesome new books just for going here:  https://www.facebook.com/the9NN and casting your votes for Declan...um, or Nate. Sure, why not?  I probably won't hold it against you...much.

LMAO! Seriously, vote for whichever guy happens to float your boat. It's fun either way.  And good luck!!


2013-10-06

Look at the pretty!


Midnight Ink - November 19

Jayne Rylon
Report For BootyWhen Burke Levine got marching orders, he couldn’t bear to make his girlfriend Chavon White a military widow. Years later, discovering his name tattooed on her perfect ass via a New Orleans’ artist’s portfolio confirms his epic mistake. Will Midnight Ink’s New Year’s Eve party grant them a second chance?

Sidney Bristol
Picture Her Bound (Bayou Bound)
She’s a police officer desperate enough to break the rules. He’s the bounty hunter standing between her and ruin. Picture Her Bound–the first book in the brand new Bayou Bound series from Sidney Bristol–a story of right, wrong and binding pleasures. 

Robin L. Rotham
Not So Over Eli 
Paramedic Bart Rigger finally has the life he wants rather than the one his father dictated, thanks to hot new fiancĂ©e Rhonda Giannetti. But a whirlwind trip to New Orleans puts it all at risk when he’s forced to confront unresolved feelings for his first love, tattoo artist Elijah Bell.

PG Forte
Inked Memories
All Sophie wants is a tattoo to commemorate her battle with cancer. What she gets is celebrity tattoo artist Declan Ross, the same sexy bad-boy who used to rock her world. This time, they’ve both got scars and it’s still the ones you can’t see that are the hardest to cover.

RG Alexander
To The Bone (A novella in the Bone Daddy series)Etta Santos has one resolution—to cover up the last visible evidence of her past. When Christie Ryder, sexy musician and new owner of Midnight Ink, pursues her, he seems too good to be true. His music touches her soul, but can she risk trusting another bad boy with her heart?     

Eden Bradley
Dangerously Inked (A novella in the Dangerous series)
When the tattoo artist Finn Carter lined up for his visit to New Orleans turns out to be the mysteriously alluring sub he played on New Year’s Eve at The Bastille, the city’s BDSM club, more than his skin will be marked forever—and Rosie is just the woman to bring this playboy to his knees.

Carrie Ann Ryan
Ink Inspired (Montgomery Ink 0.5)
In Carrie Ann Ryan’s Ink Inspired, the prequel to her upcoming Montgomery Ink series, Ice Princess Shea Little wants ink and a change. Shepard Montgomery not only wants to ink her, but get through that icy exterior.  Together, they’ll heat up the streets of New Orleans…and each other.

Mari Carr
Blank Canvas (Big Easy, book one)
Disillusioned by divorce, Jennifer’s about to discover her wild side, starting with a tattoo from Caliph. And continuing with submission, spankings, wax play…all under the skilled hands of her wickedly sexy tattoo master.

2013-08-05

More Dream Men of Oberon

Jasmine: Hi everyone. I’m Jasmine Quinn. I know it’s a little early, but I’d like to welcome you all to another round of Oberon’s Sexiest Man. We’re going to be getting started in a couple of hours, but I thought I’d take some time now to introduce you to today’s contestants. I’ve been asked to be your hostess today on account of I know all three of these guys better’n anyone.

Seth: Excuse me? You what?

Chay: Hold on now, Jay, I don’t know if I’d go that far.

Brandon: Wait, what? You know all three of us…how well?

Jasmine: Guys! Minds out of the gutter! Jeez.  All I meant was that Seth and I practically grew up together, and—

Brandon: So he’s like a brother.

Jasmine: Right. And Chay is the brother of one of my closest friends. And she and I are almost like sisters so—

Brandon: He’s also like a brother.

Jasmine: Exactly. And now that that’s cleared up—

Brandon: But I’m not, right?

Jasmine: Like a brother to me? Ewww. No. Absolutely not. Never.

Brandon: That’s a relief.

Jasmine: I can’t even believe you tried to go there. That’s just so wrong!

Brandon: Hey, you started it.

Seth: Are you two going to be finished with this any time soon?

Chay; My guess is “no”. We still have two hours before we start, remember.

Seth: Great.

Jasmine: As I started to say earlier, I’d like to introduce today’s contestants. Contestant number one is Chayton Johnson. I’m sure everyone here has at least heard of him, right? Chay’s a long-time resident of Oberon. He founded the Kotoola Chook Native American Interpretive Center offering field trips, workshops and special events. Chay is also a renowned musician, flute maker, dancer, story-teller and all around good guy. Did I leave anything out?


Chay: You forgot tracker, animal rehabilitator and educator, but it doesn’t really matter. At least you didn’t say “baker”.  *winks* Thank you, Jasmine, that was a lovely introduction. And hello, everyone. Thank you for having me here today. I look forward to competing for your votes.

Jasmine: Contestant number two is a relative newcomer to Oberon. So everybody give a big hand to Brandon Ablemarle. Brandon is also an accomplished musician. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, stop by the Temple Garden almost any Saturday night to hear him play. Although he originally came to Oberon to pursue graduate studies at nearby UC Abraxas in business, he stayed to pursue a career in music.

Brandon: Not exactly.

Jasmine: What are you talking about? You did too.

Brandon: No, actually, I stayed to pursue you.

Jasmine: Oh. Well, that too.

Brandon: Hello everyone. It’s a pleasure to be here with you today and an honor to be competing for the title of Oberon’s Sexiest Man. Thank you for your votes.

Jasmine: And, finally, we come to contestant number three, a young man who probably needs no introduction. Please welcome Oberon’s own, Seth Cavanaugh.
Seth: Wait—that’s it? That’s all I get?

Jasmine: Hold on. I’m not finished yet. Seth is Oberon born and bred. He also has the distinction of being the youngest contender for the title.  Seth is the owner-operator of Cavanaugh’s Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services and can also be found helping out at Cavanaugh’s Farm Fresh Produce or, occasionally, at the Milagro Beach Nature Center.

Seth: Very occasionally.

Jasmine: Seth, is there anything you’d like to say to our audience?

Seth: Uh…yeah. Hi. Nice to see everybody. Thanks for the applause. And, uh…stick around, okay?  We’ll be getting started in just a little bit.

Jasmine: Okay, it’s time for the first question of the day. If you guys are ready, here we go. What is your deepest regret?
Chay: Wow. Okay. Well, I’ve been warned not to say anything that might constitute a spoiler, you know, so that eliminates the first couple of things that came to mind. I guess I’d have to say, not being a better brother to my little sister while we were growing up.
Jasmine: Aw, that’s nice. I’m sure Chenoa appreciates that.
Chay: I’m sure she doesn’t. But that’s also beside the point, isn’t it?
Jasmine: If you say so. Brandon? How about you.
Brandon: Not being able to do more to save my great-grandmother.
Jasmine: You answered that kind of fast. Are you sure you don’t want to say something else?  Like…oh, I don’t know, maybe not telling a certain someone you loved them a little sooner?
Brandon: Now, sugar, you know how sorry I am about that, but Chay’s right about the spoilers. So why don’t we just leave it, okay?
Jasmine: Hmph. We’ll see. Seth?
Seth: *sigh* Where do I start?  That thing with the dogs? I don’t know. This is stupid. What does any of it have to do with being sexy?
Jasmine: It’s to show off your emotional side. Girls like guys who are sensitive, you know.
Seth: If you say so. Okay, um…I guess…well, there were a couple of years when I screwed up on pretty much a regular basis. In retrospect, I kinda wish I hadn’t done that so much.
Jasmine: So, basically, you’re saying you regret everything you did between sixteen and eighteen?
Seth: Yep. Pretty much.
Jasmine: Seth! You can’t say that. You have to pick something specific.
Brandon: C’mon, sugar, give him a break.  That was emotional. Besides, this is a sexy man contest, all right? Not a sensitive, puppy-eyed man contest.
Seth: Puppies? Was that some kind of dig? Are you trying to piss me off?
Chay: C’mon, guys. Settle down.
Brandon: Me?  What’d I do? I was just trying to help a brother out.
Seth: Okay, fine. You want specific? I regret that I ever agreed to be in this contest—how’s that?
Jasmine: You have to be in it. All the heroes are.
Seth: Oh, hell. You’re not gonna start with that hero crap again, are you?  I’m not a hero, okay?
Chay: As it happens, brah, I know a couple of folks who say otherwise.
Brandon: Plus I think she’s talking about “romantic heroes”. You can do that, right?
Seth: Whatever. That’s still my final answer. Take it or leave it.
Jasmine: Oh, you’re no fun.
Jasmine: Okay, moving on to question #2. Let’s see what you all do with this one. If your life was turned into a movie, who would play you in it?
Brandon: Matt Lauria, maybe? I don’t know. He photographs younger than he is—and younger than I am too, for that matter. But I think he looks like me. Kind of. Or maybe Jensen Ackles?
Jasmine: Yeah. I can see both of those.  But there’s just one thing missing. Neither of them have your pretty brown eyes.
Brandon: I guess they’ll have to wear contacts then, huh?
Jasmine: Would your movie have a theme song?
Brandon: Maybe.  Is this your way of sneaking in an extra question?
Jasmine: Maybe. You gonna answer it?
Brandon: Absolutely. Easiest answer of the day. Everything She Does is Magic.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_y5aB6Faa8
Jasmine: Nice. Seth? How about you?
Seth: I want to say Zachary Quinto. But I don’t know if he’s tall enough. Maybe Jared Padalecki? Or John
Francis Daley?
Jasmine: Okay. Those are good choices.  Does your movie have a song?
Seth: *sigh* Yeah. Everything by Stereo Fuse. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HjQr8kHPLY
Jasmine: Oh. Wow. Okay, moving on. Chay, how about you?
Chay: Well, he’s a little older than I am but I guess I’d have to say Rick Mora. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW4aVdxUpds
 Jasmine: Okay, he’s hot.
Brandon: Wait. You have your own tribute video?
Chay: Rick. Not me. And for a song, I’d pick And We Shall Dance by Mary Youngblood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LYcLRahr58
Jasmine: I see it’s time for another question. How about this one: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, dead/alive, fictional/real who would you choose?
Chay: Let’s see…Bob Marley, John Lennon and Chief Joseph.
Jasmine: Okay, so…you and three ghosts?
Chay: *shrugs* If I want to have dinner with living people, what’s stopping me? Although, I guess there’s nothing stopping me from meeting up with all those guys anyway. Hmm. Thanks for the idea.
Jasmine: Uh…you’re welcome, I think. Brandon? Seth? Either of you ready to answer?
Seth: I…shit. I have no idea. Who do I want to have dinner with? Who’s cooking?
Jasmine: It doesn’t matter who’s cooking! Just answer the question.
Seth: Of course it matters! It’s dinner, isn’t it? Okay, so I’m gonna choose Guy Fieri so I know at least we’ll have something decent to eat. Tony Hawke, so I can maybe get a little skating in afterwards. And Cesar Millan so we can talk about dogs.
Jasmine: Okay, that’ll work. Brandon? You ready?
Brandon: Yep. I’m going to go with John Coltrane, WD Gann and your father.
Jasmine: My father? Why him?
Brandon: Because there’s something I want to ask him for.
Jasmine: Oh? Oh! Okay. Well. *clears throat* I think we might need to take a quick break.  See you all back here in an hour.

Jasmine: I’ve been thinking we should try something simpler this time around. So, here we go. Guys, why don’t you tell me what your favorite season is?
Chay. Winter, because that’s when it rains. I have a special affinity for the rain. My love and I like to stay indoors. We spread a blanket in front of the fireplace and I serenade her with my flute.
Brandon: I’m going to have to go with winter too, even though I really don’t like the cold weather all that much. But someone once told me it’s the most magical time of the year. You can’t ever have too much magic.
Seth: Well, I like summer. I like to work outside so, summer’s the best time of the year, as far as I’m concerned. Plus it stays light later at night and there’s more to do—concerts and festivals, camping, skinny dipping. All that fun stuff. And I don’t care what you guys say, but if we’re talking about sex, being outside naked beats being bundled up inside any day of the week.
Chay: No one said anything about being dressed. That’s the whole point of the fire. And a blanket beats sand any day of the week.
Brandon: Yep. Plus, shared bodily warmth is still the best way to beat the cold.
Jasmine: I hope everyone’s ready for our next question. What’s your favorite form of exercise, guys?
Brandon: I like hitting the gym. Weights, treadmill, the whole deal.
Jasmine: Uh-huh. Yes, you do. And it certainly shows.
Brandon: Thank you.
Jasmine: You’re welcome. Chay?
Chay: I’d have to say dancing.
Brandon: Huh? Dancing is exercise now?
Chay: It is the way I do it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcPm0S_K6XM
Brandon: Yeah. I guess it is. Good point.
Jasmine: Seth?
Seth: Swimming. And that’s another reason I like summer. There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than cooling off with a nice swim. Or, you know, almost nothing.
Brandon: Okay, hold up. I’m changing my answer.
Jasmine: Ookay. So what do you want to say now?
Brandon: Sex.
Jasmine: What? No. You can’t say that!
Brandon: Sure I can. I just did. Besides, you know it’s true. Best exercise there is.
Chay: You know, he does have a point. In fact, I might have to re-think my answer too.
Seth: Yeah. Me, too.
Jasmine: No! Forget it. No more changes. We’re moving on now.

Jasmine: Last question guys. And this is a good one. What is the one thing in the world that makes you cry?

Seth: What makes us cry? Do we really have to answer that?

Jasmine: Yes, of course.  It’s part of the game.

Brandon: This is just payback for the last answer, isn’t it?

Jasmine: Nope. Not at all.

Chay: Well, I’d have to say music. If it’s played from the heart with passion and sweetness, it can move you like nothing else.  http://rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com/p/the-courting-flute.html

Brandon: I’ll have to agree with that. Music, dancing, any kind of art, really. http://rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com/p/hed-been-surprised-when-she-turned-up.html

Jasmine: Really? Because I seem to recall your saying once that art was useless.  

Brandon: Nah, you must be thinking of somebody else, sugar. I’m sure I’d never say anything like that.

Jasmine: Yeah, right. And anyway, these are terrible answers you guys! Who cares about art and music? We want to hear something personal. We want to hear about YOU.

Chay: Music IS personal.

Brandon: You just want more emo stuff and I think we’ve done enough of that for one day. Cut us some slack, huh?

Jasmine: Well fine. Just don’t blame me when you don’t win. Seth? You ready?

Seth: Yeah. My mom.

Jasmine: Your…what?

Seth: *nods* My mom. She doesn’t do it often, but when she gets upset—you know, really upset? Like, when she breaks down and cries?  it really gets to me. Every time. Especially if I’m the reason.  http://rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com/p/seths-regret.html

Brandon: There. You happy now? You almost made us all cry.


Jasmine: As if! 

2013-07-18

The Dream Men of Oberon


When I first heard about the theme for this blog hop, I had only one thought: Oberon. No, not the King of the Fairies from A Midsummer's Night's Dream, which would have made perfect sense as well.  I'm talking about Oberon, California.


In case you don't know, Oberon is the fictional town in which my very first series takes place. The series has nine very dreamy heroes and starts and ends at Midsummer, so I knew I had to come up with something Oberon related for this post--but what?

Well, as it happens, for the last two months, I've been running a contest on Facebook to pick Oberon's Sexiest Man of the Month. I've decided to post some of the highlights here--questions and answers by the heroes of the first five books in the series. And pictures, of course. There have to be pictures!

Want to play along? Cast your vote for your favorite hero in the comments section and you'll be entered to win a copy of the Oberon prequel, Such Fleeting Pleasures!

Welcome to Round one of Oberon’s Sexiest Man! Nick, Sam, Dan, I'd like to thank you all for being here and I'm going to open with the most obvious question: What do you think makes you the sexiest man in Oberon?

Sam: I'd say experience, sophistication, a good sense of humor, an ability to roll with the punches. Not to take anything away from these other fine gentlemen, but I have lived a more cosmopolitan life than they have, at least until recently. Most of all, I’d say it’s the way I treat the woman I love. I make every effort to make Marsha feel like she’s the sexiest woman in Oberon. Because she is. 
Dan: You know, Sam, there’s experience and then there’s experience. I think we all know what I’m talking about—not to put too fine a point on it. 
Nick: Yeah. Better not put too fine a point on that, Dan, or Lucy’ll put a fine point in you. 
Sam (nodding): Hide the steak knives.
Dan: Laugh all you want, guys. But, c’mon. You know what they say. Practice makes perfect, right? And I’ve had a lot of practice. Why do I think I’m the sexiest man in Oberon? Because I am. Ask anyone.
Nick: Just don’t ask when his wife’s around. I don’t want to have to cover up a homicide.
Dan: I think you mean “another homicide” don’t you, bud?
Nick: I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Sam: Ah, I believe we’re still waiting for your answer, Nick.
Nick. Ah, good point. Okay, well, first of all I’m Italian. That gives me an edge right there, don’t you think? I am passionate about everything: cooking, driving, my family, my career, love. But most of all, I’m passionate about the woman in my life. I’d do anything for her. And I do mean anything.

Okay guys, it's time for Question #2: Strawberries, whipped cream, or handcuffs? Why?

Sam: Strawberries—with champagne. The combination is as sweet and intoxicating as my woman. I see us naked in the grass, sunlight dappling her skin as we feed each other berries. After a few minutes, I’ll dip a strawberry in champagne and stroke it over her skin. I’ll follow up with my mouth, licking the berry juices and the wine off her body very, very slowly…
Dan: Okay, WTF? Sam, are you like…reading my mind or something? Because that is so my thing. Except, why do we have to choose strawberries OR whipped cream? I’m telling you, PG darlin’ that’s just plain wrong. They belong together, obviously—anyone’ll tell you that. But if I have to choose just one, I’m gonna have to go with the whipped cream. You really can’t go wrong with whipped cream.
Nick: Handcuffs? Really? I think you must have me confused with someone else on the force. But, you know what? They are handy. And I can think of at least a couple of occasions when they’d have been damn useful. Okay, wait. That probably came out sounding a little more stalkery than I meant it to.

Here's Question #3: What would be your perfect date on a rainy day in Oberon?

Sam: Honestly? I have to tell you, I’m not a big fan of rain right now. But, as long as we’re not talking about flood conditions, I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a rainy day than being at home together—just the two of us. We’d soak in the hot tub, share some tea, maybe read poetry to each other.
Dan: Poetry? Damn it, you are reading my mind. 
Sam: Maybe. That’s what comes of living with a witch, you know.
Dan: Yeah? Well it’s also cheating.
Nick: Might be kind of hard to prove though.
Dan: No kidding. You go first. I have to think about this a little more. I don’t like the rain either. It’s entirely too dangerous.
Nick: Okay. Well, I don’t mind the rain—as long as you keep out of the canyons, there’s no reason anyone should run into trouble. It’s exhilarating. I think we’ll drive out to the coast. There’s a diner there where we used to go back when we were first dating. She loves their milkshakes. 
Dan: All right, I’m ready now. First thing I’d do is crank up the heaters in one of the greenhouses. Then I’d fill it with tropical plants, order up some food from the Temple Garden and create our own, private, tropical getaway right there in the nursery. Damn. I don’t know why I never thought of doing that before.

Question #4: If money were no object, what would you buy your girlfriend/spouse?

Sam: Money is no object. And anything she wants. Personally, I’m partial to jewelry because that’s something she secretly loves but hardly ever buys for herself. 
Nick: I’m partial to jewelry too, come to think of it. But I think I’ll go with a weekend getaway—just the two of us. There’s a place on the coast she’s really fond of. Or maybe we’d go to Paris, take in a few art museums. (turns to Sam) See? Cosmopolitan is easy.
Sam: I never said it wasn’t. I merely pointed out that it would be sexy. And I’d also like to point out that one of our most memorable dates involved feathers, ice cubes, silk scarves and a blindfold—all things she already had on hand. It doesn’t take a lot of money to be sexy.
Nick: Uh-huh. Tell me something else I don’t know. (turns to Dan) You want to weigh in here?
Dan: What would I buy my wife if money was no object? I dunno, driving lessons, maybe? Or an armored tank? 
Nick: Man, you’re gonna need that tank for yourself, if you can’t come up with something better than that.
Dan: True dat. But I can always talk her out of a bad mood and that doesn’t cost a thing either. 
PG: So, Dan, that’s your final answer? Driving lessons and a tank?
Dan: I think so. That and chocolate. Oh, and maybe a lifetime supply of lavender ice cream.

Question #5: What song best describes your life and why?

Sam: That would be "Angel Mine" by Cowboy Junkies.
 And the why is obvious. It reminds me of my angel. 
Nick: Yeah, this is definitely an easy one. I'm going to pick "I Know You’re Out ThereSomewhere" by the Moody Blues.
 I can’t even tell you how many times I used to listen to that song during the years Scout was away. 
Dan: "You’re Still the One" Shania Twain. 
And, babe, I’m sorry if I messed up on that last question, but you are still the one and always will be.
PG: Uh, guys, these songs are great, but they’re supposed to describe your life--not the ladies in them. 
Dan: Oh, like there’s a difference? That woman is my life—and you damn well know it.
Nick: I totally agree. But, fine. Here’s one. It’s a perfect driving song and sexy to boot: It’s AC/Dc’s "Fire YourGuns". 

Dan: Damn. That is sexy.
Nick: Yup. I’m not here to fool around. I’m here to win.
Sam: All right, in that case I’m going to go with "Lucky" by Melissa Etheridge because I’ve always been very lucky in my life.

Nick: You just had to get that Angel reference in there too, didn’t you?
Sam (winks): Yes I did. You’re not the only one who’s here to win, you know.
Dan: Yeah? Well, you can both get ready to lose because here’s my choice: "Sixty Minute Man" by Billy Ward and the Dominoes

Nick: Well, hell.
Sam: I have to admit, I’m impressed.
Dan: Damn straight. I’m not fooling around here either.

We’re back with round two of Oberon’s Sexiest Man. Dan is continuing on to this round, joined by Ryan and Adam. Let’s get started, shall we? Here’s your first question: Do you believe in love at first sight or do you believe it's fate? 

Adam: That’s easy. It’s both.
Ryan: Bullshit. It’s neither.
Dan: *shakes head* C’mon, you guys. I know you’re both new to this, but you have to at least try. 
Adam: New? Would you care to clarify that?
Ryan: Hey, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Bring it on.
PG: Okay, guys, settle down. Dan? Want to show them how it’s done?
Dan: Love to. For me, it was love at first sight—no question. One look and I was a goner. I won’t say I’ve never looked at another woman—
Ryan: ‘Cause we’d never believe you.
Dan: As I was saying, we all know I have. 
Adam: Understatement.
Dan: Hey, I like to watch—I’m not going to deny it or apologize. But that’s beside the point. There’s never been another woman who’s affected me like that. Not before, not since, not ever. 
PG: Very nice answer. Adam? Ryan? Either of you want to expand on your answers?
Adam: Certainly. Like I said originally, it’s both. I was fated to meet my soulmate when I did. I knew she was coming. I dreamed her into my life. And when I first laid eyes on her? I fell even more in love with her. It was an instantaneous reaction and yet, the truth is, I knew I loved her before I met her. 
Ryan: Yeah, yeah. You and Savage Garden. I still say it’s bullshit. I believe in chemistry, okay? There’s probably a whole range of complicated biological reasons for why we’re attracted to one another. But looks aren’t everything and, you know what? It’s a damn good thing they’re not too. ‘Cause there’re all sorts of complications in the world.
Dan: Complications? You mean, like…oh, I don’t know, identical twins, perhaps?
Ryan: Yes, now that you mention it. That’s exactly what I mean. Identical twins. That’s every guy’s fantasy, right? Well, put them together with love at first sight, and you’re looking at a world of pain, brother. A world of pain. And as for fate…you know, I think love would be a whole lot easier if any of us were really fated to be together. It would be a whole lot simpler. But is it? Hell, no. Instead we got hurt feelings, we got confusion, we got conversations—which more often than not lead to even more confusion. There’re complications all over the damn place. Love’s kind of a pain in the ass, you know? I’m not saying it’s not worth it, but fate? Hell, no. Fate would make things a whole lot simpler.

Okay, next question: What books to you have on your bed side table right now?

Adam: The Alchemist’s Kitchen, World Atlas of Wine and Smart Parenting for Smart Kids.
Dan: The Alchemist’s Kitchen? Really?
Adam: Yes. Why?
Dan: Oh, no reason. 
PG: Dan?
Dan: Uh, sure. I just have one, at the moment, but it’s big and very...comprehensive. The Encyclopedia of English Limericks. 
Ryan: Not the Kama Sutra?
Dan: Nah. Got it memorized.
PG: Ryan?
Ryan: Right now…Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and a Guide to California Marine Life
PG: Is that it?
Ryan: Um…oh, yeah. One more. Stronger Than Steel
PG: Sounds interesting. What’s it about?
Ryan: *shrugs* It’s about recent advancements in bulletproof vest technology. What? I have a very keen interest in the subject.

Oberon's Sexiest Man competition continues with Question # 3: What is your favorite part of a woman's body?

Ryan: Her mind.
Adam: Oh, FFS. Seriously? Do you expect anyone’s going to believe that?
Ryan: What can I say? I’m sapiosexual, all right? Intelligence turns me on.
Dan: *chuckles* That may be so, but I still don’t think that’s the kind of thing they’re asking for.
Ryan: *shugs* Whatever. How about…I know. Her eyes. No wait. Even better. Her hair. You know the way it feels when it’s wrapped around your hand? Yeah, that’s it. Gotta love that.
Adam: I’d have to say her legs. And, just so you know, if we’re talking about the way things feel when they’re wrapped around you? You can’t beat a great pair of legs.
Ryan: And she does have nice ones.
Adam: Excuse me?
Ryan: Twins, remember? I have practically the same set at home. 
Adam: And your point? 
Ryan: I’m just saying they’re nice, that’s all.
PG: Dan? You want to maybe weigh in here before things turn ugly…or uglier?
Dan: Well, I’m trying to decide. You know I hate choosing. I mean, one part’s better than the next—how am I supposed to pick just one? But I guess…I’ll have to say…her mouth.
Ryan: Because of the way her lips feel wrapped around your…?
Dan: *smiles smugly* Because the sweetest words come out of it.
Adam: Right. So neither of you are taking this seriously. Is that it?
Dan: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
PG: I think we’ll move on now…

Things are heating up around here. And at this point it's anyone's guess who's going to win this thing. (I've already lost track!)  Very well, gentlemen. If you were to make a romantic dinner, what would you make?

Dan: In my opinion, there’s nothing more romantic than a picnic. 
Adam: A picnic? Doesn’t that seem a little too…oh, I don’t know. Casual?
Dan: Well, there are picnics and then there are picnics, if you know what I mean.
Ryan: No, not really. 
Dan: *sighing*Look, I’m talking about finger foods, all right? I’m talking feeding each other, teasing each other. You know, like Tom Jones.
Ryan: The singer?
Dan: No. The novel. By Henry Fielding. 
Adam: I think the movie’s better.
Dan: Possibly. You could be right about that. Oh, and al fresco. It’s not an absolute requirement, but if you can do it, it’s a nice touch.
Adam: Yes, because nothing says romance to a woman like bugs and rocks. 
Ryan: Uh…well, when you put it that way, I hate to say it, but he might have a point.
Adam: *rolls eyes* Whatever. It still seems a little too casual for my tastes.
Dan: Not at all. “A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness-- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!” It’s not casual, it’s classical. Besides, I haven’t even mentioned the most important part yet. It’s also clothing optional.
Ryan: Now that would definitely make a difference, as far as I’m concerned. How about pizza? That’s always good. Or maybe Cioppino. It was invented right here in California, after all. Plus there’s nothing sexier or more romantic than warm fish stew on a cold, rainy day. Plus the two of you can make it together. That’s romantic, right?
PG: Adam? What about you?
Adam: *sighs* You do realize I’m at a serious disadvantage here, don’t you? I am married to the best cook in Oberon after all.
Dan: No offense, but I’d say that’s debatable. Have you tasted my wife's cooking?
Adam: My point still stands. What could I ever make for Sinead that could possibly be better than what she can make for herself? Or for me.
Dan: A picnic, like I said. Not a lot of cooking involved and you really can’t go wrong with it. Besides, you already have the wine.
PG: I’m sorry, Adam, but you have to say something.
Adam: Very well. I’d order in. I’d get hold of someone who’s also, reputedly, a good cook and who’s known her most of her life and get him to prepare all her favorite dishes. 
Dan: You have someone specific in mind, I assume?
Adam: Absolutely.
Ryan: And you think he’s gonna do all this for you…why, exactly?
Adam: I’m not above using bribery to get what I want. Or even a little bit of blackmail, if I have to. 
Ryan: Cause nothing says romance like coercion.
Adam: I prefer to think of it as "all’s fair in love and war". It’s the fact that I’d be willing to go to so much effort and to such extreme lengths—that’s what she’d find romantic. Besides, what’s family for? 
Dan: Yeah, I’m not even touching that one.


All right, gentlemen. Here's your final question of the day: If you had a recipe for love what would it include?

Dan: The right woman. Once you find that, the rest’ll just fall into place. Assuming you’re smart enough to recognize her once you meet her, that is.
Adam: Oh, I hear that.
Ryan: STFU. Both of you.
PG: Uh, guys? Can we be serious here for a little while longer?
Dan: I was trying to be serious. If you don't have the right woman, you have nothing. And even with love at first sight, there are times when you don’t realize what you’ve got until you come too close to losing it. 
PG: So your answer is…?
Dan: The right woman. Enough sense to know when you’ve found her. Compatibility—
Adam: In bed? 
Dan: Well, sure. That goes without saying. But it’s important outside of bed as well. Also communication, commitment, and friggin’ nerves of steel; because even the right woman is going to do things that’ll scare you shitless at times.
Ryan: Amen to that. 
PG: Adam? Ryan? Do you have your answers ready?
Ryan: Yeah, everything he said less communication. It’s nice if you can get it, but it’s kind of overrated. There are more important things.
Dan: Such as?
Ryan: I dunno. Body armor and a good sense of humor?
Dan: Fair enough.
PG: Adam?
Adam: Two souls. One dream. A little bit of magic. And whatever else is necessary to make that dream a reality.
Ryan: Aw, that’s nice. But aren’t you leaving a couple of things out?
Adam: I don't think so. What, for example?
Ryan: Oh, you know. Things like a telescope and a bottle of tequila.
Adam: *clenches jaw* Twins. They really do talk too much don’t they?
Ryan: *grins* They really do.


This summer, ALL nine books in the primary series (not the novellas...yet) are going into print for the very first time! To commemorate this momentous occasion, I've dubbed the second half of 2013 "Oberon's Endless Summer". I'll be hosting a variety of fun events both here on my blog and on my Facebook Group page The Crone's Nest.