Another week is ending and the chill of fall is hovering all around us.  I love the coziness that autumn brings but, at the same time, it also makes me miss the warmth of summer all the more.

I snapped this photo months ago, possibly somewhere in the neighborhood of late June, just when the breath of summer was first touching the air.  This morning, as I sat contemplating all of the subtleties of romance – for the nine thousandth time – this particular pic flashed in my mind.  I immediately started to liken this photo to my personal thoughts and perspective on love, writing, and my love of writing. The image itself is off-center and slightly blurred (professional photography is definitely not my calling :)); however, the distortion doesn’t necessarily detract from the beauty of the flowers within the frame.  You can still spot the loveliness at the edges of the petals that I saw with my own eyes and can almost imagine how the soft shade of pink peeking out from amongst the throng of greenery first caught my attention, causing me to pause mid-step (how similar to the very first time I realized how beautiful IR romance truly is).  A moment wasn’t enough to wonder at this natural perfection and serene balance, so I decided to hold on the delicate seconds for a while longer.

At times, love, romance, and personal fulfillment have a tendency to hide just off camera or become a bit out of focus, yet they remain ever-present and patiently waiting to be captured and admired…for a while longer. (Such are the inner musings of an aspiring author and independent publisher – completely in love with a new kind of romance and constantly comparing life to art, and back again.)

Wishing you a fabulous and cheery weekend, Dear Reader, and concluding with a present for you – “Another crimson rose awaited me this morning.  I tried desperately not to be swept back into the forbidden and carnal moment, but was helpless to resist the urge to relive every thrilling and sensuous touch…” (From Simone: Second Chances by Lenise Lee)

What busy and historically paramount times we live in lately, Dear Reader…which is why, every now and again, I try to add a little splash of fun for myself during my writing projects.   I rarely dig down into an erotic story and try to make it into more than what it is meant to be…naughty play...but I consider Simone: First Encounter as a unique addition to my publications.  If you haven’t read the story (insert sad face here, LOL), it is strictly from my male character’s perspective.  The thought occurred to me one morning that I had never before attempted to pen from that particular point of view.   Although I cannot truly live out a romance or a sizzling rendevous from this angle, I imagined that it might be a coupling that was highly erotic with a splash of sensuality.  I say that as a lead in to this next sentence…As a writer who aspires to become an author, I understand and accept that my ideas won’t always hit the mark but will have a high chance of garnering lots of criticsm; however, as I typed out in a previous post, I would rather take a chance at trying something new and becoming an altogether different type of BWWM writer than merely trying to hit a certain number.  For me, money is nice but opting for creative freedom is a better turn in the road to follow. Anywho…for this second installment, I decided to flip the tone and go for sensual with a splash of eroticsm.  I couldn’t resist doubling back and figuring out how Simone would react after such a daring encounter…Coming Soon to an ebookstore nearest you, Dear Reader…Simone: Second Chances.  Happy Tuesday 🙂 LL

Tamed & Bonded by Kiana Lee

Word Count 9532

Price: $0.99

‘Silhouettes of Alysia & Dakken’. Last Phase. Can you turn away? Alysia’s magical secret is exposed. She is transforming at an incredible rate while Dakken’s need to claim her as his lover is escalating to a dizzying and lethal intensity. The moment of truth has arrived just as new hunters are hot on the couple’s heels. Will Alysia abandon her mortal life and allow her tender passion to seal her eternal fate? The next thrilling spin-off of our best-selling Rise series concludes. Includes a bonus chapter ‘On the Horizon’ by Leilani Harvey.


He lowered her to the bed and caressed her cheek with the back of his hand. His elongated canines dragged across the moist skin of her neck. There was no fear, only a steadily mounting yearning to become one with Dakken, to belong to him forever. The spiky points of his teeth pressed into her and Alysia closed her eyes to await her destiny with the man she had fallen into a deep love spell with. Dakken widened his mouth and prepared to claim Alysia as his one true mate to walk with him for all time, then he suddenly retracted his fangs and withdrew to the other side of the dim room…

Publisher’s Note: This is not an erotic title.