There’s a new Dirty Birdy in town! I’m so excited to be here and rubbing feathers with the other birdies. I’m a big fan of each one. This is pretty thrilling for me. So cool! *pauses to recover from a fan girl moment*
This weekend I’ll be attending the Ignite Your Soul Author Event in London, ON. I’m so excited AND nervous. Last year I attended my very first book fair. Having a table at Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together was amazing. I was surrounded by incredible authors and such friendly readers. It took me over a week to recover from the nerves generated by putting myself out there like that. So, here I am again putting myself out there for the first time with all of you. Be gentle please. 🙂
This weekend I’ll need to share who I am and what I write. I thought you’d like to know that too.
I’m S.J. Maylee, just had my 3rd authorversary and my 12th release. My stories so far are all Contemporary Erotic Romance with D/s. My Love Projects Series takes on office romances and my Assassins and Sweethearts Series dives into Romantic Suspense.
I like to think I write about real people. Well, they’re real to me anyways. What I mean is, my stories highlight my heroine’s fantasies, but what happens next is very real. What happens when the fantasy has been explored and real life steps back in? Can they stuff those desires back in the box? I don’t think so.
Oh man, exploring my characters and writing wherever they lead me is an incredible experience, but one of the best things about being an author is connecting with other authors and readers. This weekend I’m meeting and tackle hugging my long time crit partner and our very own Dirty Birdy, Kacey Hammell. Squee! I cannot wait! This gal keeps me going. I can’t tell you how much she means to me.
In my new release, for the first time, I named my heroine after one of my readers. I’ve named characters after fictional people before, but this is the first time I’ve named a character after someone I’ve met on my writer’s journey, a reader who has allowed me to become a part of her life. She’s a real friend. What a gift this writing ride truly is.
Here are all the details and a dirty little excerpt from Liz’s book, Unexpected Destiny.
Elizabeth Martin thought she had her happily ever after, until her husband mysteriously disappeared. Aidan Clery is a skilled assassin-for-hire who wants nothing more than to find the love of his life. Fate throws Liz in his path and everything is perfect, except Aidan just won the contract on her life.
The truth surrounding Liz’s estranged husband takes the pair on a dangerous journey. Nothing in their lives will ever be the same. Destiny may be unexpected but it will be up to Aidan and Liz to discover the truth and claim their real happily ever after.
Be Warned: light BDSM, bondage, anal play
Where you can find UNEXPECTED DESTINY
Aidan turned off the faucet and caught the reflection of those gorgeous brown eyes in the mirror.
“Oops. Wrong door,” said his girl as she turned around.
“I can share.” He could handle the surveillance later. This woman deserved his attention.
She stopped and turned around. “Okay then.” She took a step toward him. “You know what? I should have asked for confirmation earlier.” Her gaze was full of mischief.
“You’re right. You should have asked.” He took a hold of her hand and pulled her close. “I sure would like to see that tiny scrap of lace.” And just like that his night got infinitely better.
She stopped her forward movement when their chests were a mere inch apart. A nice rosy blush heated her cheeks. He kept hold of her hand while her other played with the lapel of his dark leather jacket. “I can’t believe I’m doing this.”
“You need to get back to your friends?”
“Yes, but…” She licked her bottom lip. “Maybe I could stay here for a few minutes.”
“At least a few.” He tapped the bottom of her chin. “How about you start by telling me your name?”
“Liz.” Her gaze met his and he wanted time to stop. Something about the lonely look in her eyes called to him to not let her get away. She shifted closer. “Who are you?”
He pushed his finger over her waistband, rubbing her hipbone. “I’m Aidan.” He squeezed the hand he still held. Her soft body relaxed against his.
“I should probably go. I need to get my friends home.”
“I don’t think you should go anywhere.” He brushed his nose against hers.
A delicious moan slipped from her lips. “I don’t want to leave but I need to make sure they get home safely.”
“It’s nice of you to look out for them.” Damn, she smelled good. It was lilacs or roses or something.
“I’d rather stay here with you.” She leaned in and their lips almost met. “My friends are always right. I should have gone out with them months ago.”
“Stay a few more minutes.” He caressed over her hips to her round ass. Hot tension filled his thoughts. Forget a few more minutes, he’d take all night and then some to explore this beautiful woman.
“More.” She scraped her teeth over her bottom lip.
A second later, the door opened. “Lizzy, we got to go. Emily isn’t feeling well.”
She dropped her head to his shoulder and he wrapped his arms around her.
“Oh, I’m so sorry, Lizzy.” The woman held the door open. “You’re right. He is cute. Bring him with you. Emily won’t mind.”
“She’ll be right out,” he said. Once the friend left the bathroom, he brushed her hair behind her shoulders and stroked her back.
“I feel like I’m cursed.”
“You and me both, sweetheart.” He didn’t let her go.
“Well.” She looked up at him from under her long, dark lashes. “It’s not what I had in mind but would you help me with my friends?” The soft tone of her voice had him imagining how she’d purr if he made her come. “I think I might be the only one sober and they can be a bit much to wrangle into a cab. They live north in Edgewater and then we could do something, maybe go back to my place.” She worried her poor bottom lip once more.
“I’d like that.” He squeezed her ass. “Sure. I’ll help, Lizzy.” He tugged on her hair. Then he’d help himself to more of her.
S.J. MAYLEE BIO:
S.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.
When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.
As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.
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