Eve Vaughn, Romance Author
A Night To Remember-Now Available at Samhain!!
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
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Excerpt:
Ma’am?” The desk agent interrupted her thoughts. “I’m sorry, but the other hotels are booked solid as well.

“Great, just my luck. Thanks for checking anyway.” Charlie turned away from the front desk only to run into something that felt like a brick wall. She would have fallen backwards if two strong arms hadn’t wrapped themselves around her. Charlie looked up to see whom she had run into. Damn, it was the pretty boy from the bar. Her heart beat a tattoo against her chest.

Oh dear, I hope he isn’t following me. This is the last thing I need.

“Thanks.” She pushed away from him, but not before Charlie noted how solid he felt. Why were her palms suddenly sweaty and her breathing abnormal?

“Can I be of some assistance to you?” His voice was deep and as sexy as the rest of him.

“No, thank you.” Charlie would have walked past him had he not been blocking her way.

“I couldn’t help but overhear you at the reception desk and I think I may have a solution to your problem.”

“Whatever solution you may have, I’m not interested.”

He went on as if she hadn’t spoken. “There’s a convention in town and all the hotels within walking distance are booked solid. I was fortunate enough to get one of the last available rooms in this hotel, which just happens to have two double beds. I would be happy to share with you tonight.”

“No, thank you.” Her voice came out in a weak croak. She hoped she sounded firmer to him than to her own ears.

This man was obviously out of his mind if he thought she was going to share a room with him. No matter how handsome he was, he could be a sex maniac for all she knew. Ted Bundy stood out in her mind.

“Don’t be so stubborn. You know as well as I do that you shouldn’t be driving. Where will you go?”

He had a point, but still, how could she know he wouldn’t try anything? As if reading her mind he said, “Look, I know what you must be thinking but I’m not some raving lunatic. You are a very attractive woman, but believe me, I need sleep more than anything else right now. I have an early flight to catch tomorrow. Besides, I’m placing myself in as much jeopardy as you are lady. How do I know that you won’t rob me blind?”

“I am not a thief!”

“And I’m not a sex fiend. Unwilling women aren’t my scene. Also, if I might suggest, you need to sleep off all the alcohol you drank tonight.”

Charlie felt like a jackass. She hadn’t meant to offend him; after all, he had been nice enough to pick up her tab at the bar. Charlie was generally a good judge of character and intuition told her she could trust this man. “I’m sorry. You’re very kind to offer me a bed for the night. I really appreciate it.”

“Does that mean you’re accepting my offer?”

“Yes, I am, that is if I haven’t pissed you off. I meant no harm, but you never know these days.”

He smiled at her. “It’s okay. Since we will be roommates for the night, you should at least tell me your name. I’m Jake Fox.” .He held out his hand to her.

“Charlie Brown.” She took his hand and laughed at the expression on his face.

“You’re joking right?” He smacked his head as though realizing how rude his question was. “Sorry,” he apologized quickly.

“Don’t worry about it. I get that quite a bit. Charlie is short for Charlotte, but no one but my parents call me Charlotte. Even then, they only use it when they’re mad at me. As you can imagine, my parents have a twisted sense of humor.” She smiled, feeling shy all of a sudden.

An indiscernible expression flickered in his blue eyes as Jake looked down at her, but it was nothing that made her feel ill at ease. He smiled back. “It suits you. Well, let’s go, Charlie Brown.”

To Charlie’s surprise she felt comfortable with Jake. All her reservations about staying with him slid away as he led her to his room. She shouldn’t have trusted this stranger on such short acquaintance, but she did. Charlie couldn’t explain the feeling, but his very presence put her at ease.

When they arrived at Jake’s room, he opened the door, motioning for her to enter first. Charlie hesitated for only a second. She looked at him and he smiled at her. Her heart twinged. It was the alcohol, she was sure of it.

“Don’t worry, I won’t bite if you don’t want me too,” he teased, as he nudged her further into the room.

“Well, you can’t exactly blame me for being a little nervous. I’ve never shared a hotel room with a stranger before,” she pointed out.

“Well, aren’t I taking as big a risk as you are? How do I know you won’t take advantage of me?”

She shook her head, seeing the playful gleam in his eyes. “Okay, you big idiot. I give. You’re going to have to turn your back while I undress, though.”

He pouted. “Do I have to?”

* * *

Something woke Jake up. He sat up in bed, disoriented, and shook his head to gather his senses. It was still dark outside, the moonlight seeping through the curtains. Looking over at the clock on the nightstand, Jake saw it was only midnight. It took him another moment to remember he had a roommate. He soon realized she was the one who’d caused the disturbance.

Charlie wept softly into her pillow, but it was still loud enough for him to hear. He’d always been a light sleeper. Jake flipped the light switch on and slid out of his bed, unmindful of the fact he was only wearing a pair of boxers. Taking a seat next to her, he gently shook her shoulders, concern for her filling him. “Charlie, are you okay?”

She turned around then, tears clouding her beautiful dark brown eyes. “Did I wake you? I didn’t mean to. I’m sorry. Please go back to bed.”

“And leave you crying your eyes out? I don’t think so. You were upset at the bar and it’s obviously still bothering you. Won’t you tell me what’s wrong?” When she didn’t reply, he sighed. “I won’t go back to bed until you tell me. We can sit here like this all night if you want.”

After what seemed like several minutes, Charlie finally spoke. “It’s my second wedding anniversary.”

Jake pulled away abruptly as if he had been slapped. She was married? What the hell was she doing here then?

“Where’s your husband?” He felt an irrational sense of betrayal. It bothered him more than he cared to admit to know she was some other man’s wife. It didn’t make sense, but jealousy rarely did.

“He…he died a year ago tonight,” Charlie said through held tears.

“I’m sorry.” Shame washed through Jake at the brief moment of relief he felt. Charlie was obviously miserable.

He pulled her into his arms to console her. The warmth of her body against his nearly made him forget he was supposed to be comforting her. Charlie relaxed, seeming to melt as she surrendered to her apparent misery, bursting into loud, body-shaking sobs. Jake was not normally equipped for dealing with emotional females, but with Charlie, he felt protective. He wished he could make things better for her, but what could he do?

Jake tightened his arms around Charlie and began to rock her back and forth in his arms while she bawled. She clung to him tightly, releasing anguish like he’d never heard before.

Charlie cried as if her heart were breaking. Her gut-wrenching cries tore at his heart in sympathy. He stroked her hair and dropped light kisses on her head in an attempt to soothe her. He held her for several moments before her tears subsided into weak sniffles.

Jake suddenly realized she was only wearing a pair of panties. Her soft breasts pressed against his chest, her nipples burning holes into his flesh. He was also painfully aware that her lips were resting unconsciously against his throat. He could feel his body tightening in response to her nearness. If there were time for carnal thoughts to invade, this certainly wasn’t it.

He looked down at her, noticing Charlie was unaware of the effect she had on his body. When her tongue came out to moisten her lips, the tip grazed his throat. Jake shifted uncomfortably when his cock stirred to life. More than anything he wanted to bend down and capture that pink tongue between his teeth and suck it.

Damn!

I am an addict
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
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I realized tonight I am an addict. My love of reality shows has gone overboard. Tonight Dancing With The Stars, The Biggest Loser, Project Runway, and America’s Next Top Model came on!! I nearly lost my damn mind. What’s a poor girl to do when she’s having reality show overloard. I should have been writing, but I was glued in front of my television set, clutching my remote flipping channels so I wouldn’t miss anything. I swear when all the shows went off I was suffering from withdrawls. My hands were shaking and I felt like a crack head without a hit. I curled up in a ball and tried to figure out what to do with myself for the next ten minutes. Oh, God, I have a problem. *sigh*

I’ve been bad
Sunday, September 10th, 2006
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I know I said I’d update my blog more frequently, but life gets in the way. I’ll try to do better. Latest news is Jagger’s story will be included in a vampire anthology coming out in Oct, yeah, I should be starting on Dante’s story when I get some breathing space, I have a couple books ahead of it that need to be done first. The year is winding down but I’m still running around like a chicken with its head cut off. My works in progress include Paris Burning, the conclusion of the Gemini Rising series featuring Paris and Zahn, The Devil’s Plaything which is the follow up to Tag’s Folly and then when those are taken care of I can start working on Dante’s story. Now I just have to figure out how to fit sleep in.

4Saken Now Available
Friday, August 18th, 2006
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Finally my last contribution to the Agency of Extraordinary Mates series is out with Changeling Press. And it makes the last time I ever do a four person menage. It was fun doing it, but 4Play was only meant to be a one off, but then I got some email about doing a sequel. Then I thought, why the hell not. Big mistake, because then another character popped up and of course I had to do her story. *sigh* Why do I create more work for myself. I’m really quite lazy at heart and despise working. I need a vacation. LOL. Yeah, I know, just got back from one. I hope people will enjoy Shelby’s story. She’s going to put her men through the ringer. :-D

The Life And Loves of April Johnson
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
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Is finally out with Samhain!! Yeah! I have to be the biggest slacker when it comes to announcing my own stuff. When it comes to other authors, I shout it from the roof top, so why do I get out there and promo myself like I should? Is it procrastination or am I just plain lazy? Could be a little of both. Anyway, this story started out as a free read on my loop but with the encouraugement of my readers, I sold it. It was an extrememly emotional piece to write. I think it was one of the first stories I wrote as I was balling like a baby. It’s definitely not one of my hottest books, but hopefully, it will tug at the heart strings.

A Night To Remember
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
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A Night To Remember has been posted to the coming soon page at Samhain. It’s due out Oct 3rd. I’m really excited about its re-release, because I’ve added an addition 10K so far and changed around some of the dynamics of the story. More scenes with Christy and Jake, I thought they the kid needed a little more face time, and another steamy love scene. Yeah. Graphic sex is always great isn’t it. LOL I’m so excited that I will be getting a new cover for it as well, and I can’t wait to see it. Now that I have a pub to send my contemporaries to I can write more of them. :-) Doesn’t mean I’m giving up the paranormal stuff, but I thought it would be a nice change from what I’ve been doing quite a bit of lately.

Finally….
Monday, June 26th, 2006
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I finally updated my website. I’ve been trolling around other authors websites lately because I’m going to get my webmistress to redesign my site. Yeah, its time for a new look. I was thinking of going a lighter purple, one that wasn’t so glaring, but changed my mind. You know what? I like green. Green for the money baybee!! Mint green because it’s a lighter happier color, and plus I think I like the color green better than I like purple. Since I have about 18 books now and by the end of the year will have a bout 20 something, I think I need to section off my books to make it easier for readers looking for a specific genre. So far I’ve seen some great sites I’d like and some not so great, but hey what do I know. I’m really excited about the new update. If anyone has any suggestions for what they’d like to see on my site and what would make it easier to navigate, please feel free to email, I would love your suggestions. eve@evevaughn.com

On the writing front I’m finishing up two stories. One is for a new multi-author series coming out with Changeling Press called Rockery Cove. My book is called Seducing Serena and it’s a menage. Three people, no more four person menages for me. That was just a damn headache. Now that Shelby’s story is complete, I’m through with that storyline and those characters. I’m hoping I tied it up nicely enough for the fans of those particular books because…that’s all she wrote. Anyway with Seducing Serena I step into a new arena also. My first m/m/f story. (a woman and two bi-sexual males) Yes, there will be man on man love in this one. To be honest I never thought I’d ever write two men together, but I certainly never minded reading it. For some reason the characters in my head wanted this and I couldn’t write it any other way. I guess I’ll see how that turns out. This is my first, and could be my last, but I hope it turns out well.

The next story I’m finishing up is The Kyriakis Curse. This is a werewolf/shifter story in the same world as the Blood Brothers. It surrounds a family of Greek Shifters. This is the first in what I’m projecting to be a four book series, but I guess you never know. Blood Brothers was only supposed to be four books and right now I’ve already figured there will be at least six before that ends. *sigh* woe is me. *g* Dante Grimaldi makes an appearance in this book and reader will be introduced to the woman I’d like to see him matched with. Her name is Isis, and that’s all I’m saying on that so far. That book will be coming out with Loose-id

Of course I can’t forget to mention The Life and Loves of April Johnson will be out next month at Samhain. For those of you who followed the free story the In Crowd, you finally get to see what happens to April after she calls Marcus. A lot of the high school stuff was cut and woven in the story so it won’t read so much like a YA and a real story. I’m very excited about the release.

Okay, that’s my update for now. I’ll try not to leave it too long in between postings.

I know I promised to keep my blog updated more faithfully..
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
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Well, I lied. I didn’t really but life kind of got in the way. I’m going to update very soon. :-)

I am through with American Idol
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
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My favorite Chris was voted off tonight and I’m beside myself. I have no reason to watch. The DH says I should back his choice Taylor Hicks, but no!!! I’m going to be honest and true to my Chris. I suppose if you look on the bright side, Chris doesn’t have to sign the crappy contract they make all the idol winners sign. *WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH*

My first RT
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
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I’m so excited to be going to my first Romantic Times conference, where I’ll have my first official book signing. I’m giddy like a little school girl. Not only will I have one book to sign but two. I am in two anthologies for Changeling. It’s the AOEM series, and I’m in volume one(4Play) with Kate Douglas and Alice Gaines, and volume three (4’s Company) with Aubrey Ross and Camille Anthony. It’s such an honor to be published with these ladies because a year and a half ago, I was reading these authors just lucky to breath the same air as them, now I’m in a frikin book with them. *giggles* Oh well, I know it sounds corny, but I have truly been blessed and I have the greatest support system. I have a great readers loop, My husband who gives me a cuddle when I need it, and my mom who reads everything I write and impatiently waits for my next release. I have to say I’m pretty lucky.
I hope I’ll get to meet some of my readers in Daytona at RT. Hope to see some of you there.