Why so silent? Well I've been writing like a fiend. December rolled around and I kind of noticed I only had one book written that I planned to release in 2014. Given I planned to have at least six releases...Cue an epic panic. Thankfully when I decide to put the pedal to the metal I can be quite prolific. So far I've knocked out 3 out of the 5 planned releases. One of them being Debauching the Virgin. Another installment in the Den of Sin series.The official release date May 9th. I'll provide more details the closer the date looms.
Speaking of...Did you know we decided to put the four books into a boxed set for a limited time? Yeah. We totally did. You can pick it up for a buck right now. So don't miss out on that sale. Here's the blurbarge: Leave your inhibitions at the door...and turn the page.
New Orleans's elegant Beaudelaire isn't just an acclaimed five-star hotel. Several times per year, the Beaudelaire transforms into a discreet den of sin, and its most important rule is guests must leave their inhibitions at the door. At the Den, lonely hearts connect and secrets are kept. Some guests go home alone wearing smiles, but others find the start of their happily-ever-afters.
Forbidden Rendezvous by Mel Blue
Seraphina orchestrates fantasies, but this year she'll create one of her own. It's against the rules for an employee to participate in the weekend-long sex-capade but she's willing to risk it for Luke. His past and connection to her boss is clouded in intrigue, but she knows what he wants, and she plans to star in one of his voyeuristic fantasies.
Ménage à Troys by Holley Trent
At the Den of Sin anything goes, so instead of two newlyweds letting down their guards to finally consummate their marriage of convenience, three people desperate to be touched forge bonds. That's all well and good for the weekend, but what will shake out of their tentative ménage à trois when it's time to go home?
Wicked Surrender by Ambrielle Kirk
Kris is tired of spending her nights playing with hard plastic and silicone. She enters the den in search of a man who will indulge her intimate desires only for one night. When she spots Travis Brenden, a bachelor known for both his lucrative business deals and womanizing ways, she uses his lack of memory of her as an advantage.
Redeeming the Amazon by L. V. Lewis
Karen hasn't made love fully unclothed since her double mastectomy and demise of her marriage. Paul once left his heart in Baltimore with a former model, whose crumbling marriage was the only deterrent to his waning honor. A fantasy weekend at his uncle's hotel may give him a second chance with his contemporary Amazon...if her fear of rejection doesn't become a barrier to their reconnection.
You guys remember that book I put out in December. The one called Forbidden Rendezvous. Yeah. That one. It would seem almost negligent not to do some sort of Mardi Gras celebration given the Den of Sin is set in NOLO. I'm giving out 5 copies of Forbidden Rendezvous.
AND, I have friends giving away copies too. Where do you enter?
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Aye. The man you know as the Dirty Scot has a big brother. His name is Tristan. And his book is out!
Keri Pearson is currently between jobs, so there's nothing to lose when her cousin promises her a glowing recommendation from a top expert in their field in exchange for a small favor. All she has to do is lie about who she is and pretend to be married to a charming Scot for three hours. Her sexy-as-hell pretend husband makes it too easy to play the part of newlyweds. The last thing she should do is trust him or the genuineness of his lust or adoration, but his touch ignites an unexpected desire. Tristan Baird turned his back on his past with plenty of regrets, but when his brother blackmails him, Tristan can’t say no. Given his brother saved his neck, an afternoon doing what he does best doesn’t seem like too much to ask. And it’s for a good cause. Doing the job right guarantees his brother and new wife will have the home of their dreams. But his stunning accomplice complicates the job. She is everything he always wanted and couldn’t have. The kind of woman who is too smart to ever trust a former conman. The three-hour commitment stretches into five sexually charged days as they fight the explosive connection. As each day passes, Keri must remind herself what is true and what is false, but the lines are blurring. Tristan can only hope his past doesn't come back to ruin their future.
We're gearing up for a new season of sin. Check out the latest from Holley Trent!
Rosalinda Gutierrez, the Hotel Beaudelaire’s night auditor, finds a beautiful bouquet of roses on her desk on Valentine’s Day. She quickly learns her secret admirer is someone she’s been quietly fantasizing about for several years. They’ve been two ships passing in the night: she works nights, and he works days.
Trevor Reed tends the five-star hotel’s grounds, and in his free time cultivates flowers nearly as stunning as Rosalinda. The unsophisticated gardener is pleasantly surprised the white-collar girl is receptive to his advances, and when she escalates their friendly date to an erotic fantasy, he figures she’ll want him only for the night.
Rosalinda has other things in mind. She likes men who can make things other than money, and Trevor’s quiet dominance pushes all the right buttons for her. She doesn’t care that he’s just a gardener, but now she has to make him believe it.
If you’d like to get the full schedule of where Bettye’s
characters are visiting this week, please check her blog.
Secrets & Sins by Bettye Griffin
In this sweeping, 115K-word novel, Bettye Griffin introduces
readers to the Cheeks family of Zion, Illinois: Eldest daughter Faye,
whose placid, orderly life is about to be disrupted in a way she
never could have imagined...middle child and only son Scott, who
brings new meaning to the phrase 'midlife crisis'...and youngest
daughter Robin, who is divorced from but not exactly rid of her
At the center of the story is their mother, Julia Scott Cheeks,
who along with her devoted husband Melvin, has tried to keep two
scandalous family secrets hidden and has been successful for 55
years...but when Robin mentions the name of the former classmate she
has a romantic interest in, Julia fears that the events she has tried
so hard and for so long to keep her children from knowing are in
danger of being exposed...
Bettye would love to give a complimentary download of Secrets
& Sins to a reader. To be eligible, all you have to do is
leave a comment before midnight Central Time today. There must be
at least two comments left for an eBook to be given away, if there is
only one there will be no prize. Bettye will post the name of the
winner tomorrow morning, so please check back, for she will need to
hear from the winner.
And now, today’s character sketch:
Zion, Illinois, January 2010
I’m Diana Major McMahon. I’m 55 years old and am right back
where I started: Zion, Illinois…and broke as the day I was born.
I was born here, but moved to St. Louis when I was 17. I was
unmarried and pregnant, and every day I had to endure comments from
my parents about how it was all my fault that they had to leave their
home and friends behind. You see, the reason we moved wasn’t so
much just because I was pregnant, but because I knew the baby was
going to be biracial. My parents were beside themselves when I broke
the news, worrying about what all their so-called friends would say
once it became apparent that their daughter had spread her legs for a
black guy. My mother even suggested they tell everyone I’d been
raped…except one of our neighbors was a policeman and would have
known about it. My father arranged for a job transfer, and to rent
our house in Zion to a colleague, because it was their intent to
return to there as soon as I could stand on my own two feet. They
longed for that day. Never mind that they were merrily planning their
return well before I even had a high school diploma.
I gave birth to my daughter, Sabrina, and then got my GED. I
worked nights at a supermarket and studied when I could. Then I went
to a technical school to learn computer programming, which was a hot
profession back then. I’d been working for three months when my
parents informed me they were going home. They helped me rent and
furnish a one-bedroom apartment for Sabrina and me. They told me
they’d be back to visit us when they could…in other words, don’t
visit us; we’ll visit you. They still didn’t want their friends
and neighbors to know they had a mixed-race granddaughter.
I resolved right then and there that I was
going to make it. I was 22 with a 5-year-old daughter. I’d managed
to have a sex life once I got out on my own, after Sabrina was in bed
for the night. She never knew what went on after she was asleep; I
didn’t want to expose her to a parade of lovers. Looking back,
having sex with the knowledge that you could be discovered at any
moment added to the excitement. With no bedroom of my own, my partner
of the moment and I would do it in the bathroom or in the coat
closet, and occasionally on the sofa, always half-dressed, always
ready to spring to our feet if the door to Sabrina’s bedroom
opened. I was always drawn to black guys; I’d never experienced sex
with a man of my own race, but eventually I got tired of illicit
relations with men who were always broke and had nothing else to
offer me but a bottle of cheap wine and a hard dick. I knew guys who
made nice salaries from work, but they were always married.
Then one day at the supermarket, Sabrina wandered away from me. I
was frantic when I saw she was gone, and I rushed to the customer
service desk to report it…and there she was, smiling and holding
hands with a clean-cut, handsome, brown-haired man with a lock of
hair that kept falling over one eye. His name was Larry McMahon. He
hadn’t wanted to leave Sabrina until her mommy came to get her.
Larry was a rising financial star, an accounting director at a
manufacturer. He asked us to lunch on the spot, and we went. I was
thrilled at my good fortune. This good-looking, free-spending man was
interested in me. Sabrina’s biracial heritage didn’t bother him
at all. I soon learned that I needn’t have worried about him being
able to satisfy my strong sex drive. Well-off, handsome, and a great
lover…I was in heaven.
When he was promoted to corporate treasurer, he asked me to marry
him. I hesitated, thinking of how wonderful my life could be:
manicures, pedicures, facials, shopping, the gym, lunches with
girlfriends. I didn’t want to tie myself down with diaper duty
unless it was a deal-breaker. I told him that I wasn’t sure if I’d
be able to have any more children due to some unspecified female
problem, and that I didn’t think I was made to be an adoptive
mother. He said not to worry, that he loved Sabrina like she was his
Sabrina asked me about her daddy as soon as she made friends who
had two parents. I told her that he really hadn’t wanted us around,
so it was just the two of us. I was so happy when Larry asked her if
he could be her daddy. Heaven knew I couldn’t tell either Sabrina
or Larry the real story…
Anyway, Larry and I got married, and he kept climbing the
corporate ladder. Eventually he became the CFO of a beverage
corporation. We lived the good life…a mansion in a pricey
suburb…private school for Sabrina…wonderful
vacations…furs…jewelry. I had a housekeeper and always drove a
sleek late model car. How I gloated when my parents came for one of
their rare visits.
The party continued for thirty years. Larry suffered some
financial setbacks from investments that went south. He told me we
needed to tighten our belts, and I tried, I really did. I honestly
didn’t think it was that bad. He kept the magnitude of our
financial situation hidden from me. It wasn’t until after he died
that I found out just how bad things were, that the years of high
living were over and that I’d been left with nothing.
So here I am, back in Zion. I hate to say it, but the best thing
my mother did for me was pass away when she did. My father had died a
few years earlier, and her passing meant Sabrina, her kids, and I
would have a place to live. My brother, Mark, and I had never been
close. He’s a college professor at the University of Wisconsin in
Madison and didn’t want the house, which had been left to us
jointly. The house is paid for, but Mark said if I wanted to live in
it, I’d be responsible for taxes and upkeep.
I hadn’t worked in years, and jobs writing code aren’t nearly
as plentiful as they used to be anyway. Sabrina was a trained LPN,
and not only hadn’t she worked in years, she had never really
warmed to the profession. Besides, not having an RN degree limited
her earnings. Since both of us knew how to type, we got
administrative positions at the largest employer in the area, Abbott
So I’ve gone from living the high life to barely eking out a
living. I can’t remember the last time I bought something new for
myself. There’s a possible way I can get my hands on some money,
though. Now that I’m back in Zion, I’m hoping I can get the
answer to the question I’ve been wondering about for 38 years…
Which one of the guys that I slept with in high school got me
Read more about Diana in Secrets & Sins, out
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Readers needing EPUB or PDF formats can get theirs from Bettye’s
where eBooks always cost less, usually $1. You can always whet your
appetite by getting the FREE download of the prequel, Sinner
Man, which is available at Amazon,
& Noble, and at Bettye’s eStore.
Were you aware the Dirty Scot had a brother? Well, he does and his story is coming soon.
Keri Pearson is currently between jobs, so there's nothing to lose when her cousin promises her a glowing recommendation from a top expert in their field in exchange for a small favor. All she has to do is lie about who she is and pretend to be married to a charming Scot for three hours. Her sexy-as-hell pretend husband makes it too easy to play the part of newlyweds. The last thing she should do is trust him or the genuineness of his lust or adoration, but his touch ignites an unexpected desire.
Tristan Baird turned his back on his past with plenty of regrets, but when his brother blackmails him, Tristan can’t say no. Given his brother saved his neck, an afternoon doing what he does best doesn’t seem like too much to ask. And it’s for a good cause. Doing the job right guarantees his brother and new wife will have the home of their dreams. But his stunning accomplice complicates the job. She is everything he always wanted and couldn’t have. The kind of woman who is too smart to ever trust a former conman.
The three-hour commitment stretches into five sexually charged days as they fight the explosive connection. As each day passes, Keri must remind herself what is true and what is false, but the lines are blurring. Tristan can only hope his past doesn't come back to ruin their future.
If you're interested in receiving an ARC for this book, you can fill out a form here. I'm hoping to have this baby out on Feb. 20th. I shall keep you updated.