Cover Reveal: Passing Through

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What a lovely way to start the week! Take a nice long look at the cover for my upcoming release, Passing Through. You might remember the original Passing Through, a novella that was part of the military-themed box set from Blushing Books that came out last year. Well, this is an expanded version. It’s 50% longer, with more of the she’s-on-top, workplace inappropriate goodness featured in the original.

Want to hear more? Here’s the official word:

The summer’s brought two surprises to bar owner Gigi Dean: the former Army Ranger she hired is the perfect barback, and he pleases her in bed as much as he does at work. Gigi swore long ago never to let a man come between her and her business, so allowing herself to succumb to her intense attraction to her employee for more than one night is a definite no-no. But for how long can she resist the desire to seduce this powerful alpha male?

Right at the start, Noah Monroe told his boss that he is just passing through on the way to a more permanent job. He hasn’t told her that his hunger for her keeps him awake at night. He won’t have more than this summer with the gorgeous woman who is his perfect match. Can he coax her into his arms for a summer fling? Or will acting on instinct cost him everything he’s begun to love?

You can get your very own copy of Passing Through this Friday, July 28. If you want some awesome exclusive extras to go with your smoking hot read, now is the time to join the mailing list. Folks on the mailing list saw this cover days ago! Click that candle on the right to sign up and enjoy a free short story while you wait.

See you on release day!

The Rebirth of Illicit Impulse, or Finding the Gold

Today's the day! Click to buy the deeply revised, re-edited Illicit Impulse.

Today’s the day! Click to buy the deeply revised, re-edited Illicit Impulse.

By Alexa Day

**Quick note: I wrote this post a few days before the announcement that Ellora’s Cave would be closing. I’m not going to write another post about this. I know a lot of people have a great deal tied up in business with EC, and I respect that. I don’t have very much that’s still attached to them, so I’ve made the personal decision to release them, keep the happy memories, and treasure the contacts. Y’all’s mileage may vary.**

Today is release day! I’m delighted to announce that Loose Id is re-releasing Illicit Impulse, the story of a man, a woman, and an experimental sex drug. In a way, Illicit Impulse is a story about second chances. John and Grace are close friends who almost went to the next level, and who are now working around their feelings for each other and their own awkwardness. Their experiments will force them close together, to share secrets in a way that would test any friendship, and they’ll have to find the courage to move forward, either together or apart.

Illicit Impulse is a second chance for me, too. The story was originally published by Ellora’s Cave. I’ve been pleased to have the chance to participate in a deep revision of the book, and I’m really happy with the end result. I hope readers find plenty to love with John and Grace and my favorite complication — a friend with benefits named Tal Crusoe.

I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted to tell my Ellora’s Cave story. A lot of people I admire and respect have gone public with their stories. A lot of people I admire and respect have not.

I wasn’t sure I had anything to say about my time as an Ellora’s Cave author until I went to San Diego for the RWA National Conference. By the time the conference was over, I decided to share some thoughts with you.

First, though, a word of wisdom from my mom.

Mom is a big fan of the idea that something good lies inside every unpleasant experience. One need never decide whether something is a blessing; it’s a blessing merely because it’s happening to you. The challenge is determining exactly what the benefit of that experience is.

The challenge is to find the gold buried within the dark times.

I’m not going to go into the details of the business relationship between me and Ellora’s Cave. As I’ve said, a lot of people I admire and respect have written about that sort of thing, and I personally do not wish to give bandwidth to it here on my blog.

Instead I want to turn back to San Diego.

I saw Christine d’Abo at a signing at Nationals. I hadn’t seen her since the steampunk presentation she gave with Delphine Dryden at Romanticon (the Ellora’s Cave conference), quite a few years ago. To my surprise, she recognized me. At the time, we weren’t connected in any other way; we were strangers on social media. But we spent a couple of minutes chatting before I snapped up one of her books, and I spent the afternoon smiling.

How cool that Christine d’Abo remembered me after such a long time, right? But she’s a cool person like that.

I also ran into Lexi Post at a signing. We had a very similar experience. Lexi and I first met at Romanticon, too, and while we are connected on social media, we hadn’t seen each other since then. But we also spent a few moments in friendly conversation before I left with the same little smile on my face. How cool to have bumped into Lexi Post after such a long time!

It’s taken me a while, but I see the real value of my time as an Ellora’s Cave author.

The real treasure is in the people I’ve met, starting with Grace Bradley, the brave soul who became my first editor.

I miss Dalton Diaz, whose amazing advice and guidance have been priceless to me as I find my place in the market. I remember Regina Carlyle telling me that erotic romance writers stuck together, like a family. I remember Shoshonna Gabriel (who was Shoshonna Evers then) giving me a hug in the parking garage.

The tiara I won from Sabrina York. Drinks with Sasha Devlin. The way Joey W. Hill smiled at me and Mom whenever we saw her in the hallway.

“There’s Joey Hill,” Mom would say.

“I see her,” I’d say. “Hi, Joey!”

We seriously did that every time we saw her. It’s a wonder she didn’t start to avoid us.

I remember that Mom was able to tell Shayla Kersten that she was the only author with a dedicated folder in her giant ebook library. I remember having breakfast at a table near Dee Brice on the morning after conference, when the waitress said things would be much quieter now that those people had gone.

“I am one of those people,” she said. That was golden. As golden as it is to read it now, it was even more golden to witness it.

I could go on and on like this. Regardless of how things have worked out with me and the company, regardless of what happens next, I’m endlessly grateful to have met so many wonderful people. And the truth is, I wouldn’t have met all these people without Romanticon. As I move away from the company, I’m so glad that those relationships have survived and endured.

Who knows what the future holds for me and my career? If nothing else, I’ve learned that anything can happen.

Anything. But I’ve also learned that success is really where I find it, and I can find it anywhere.

That’s enough for me.

You can grab a copy of Illicit Impulse by clicking here. Enjoy!

Hero to Obey … Deal to Love

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Want to hear some great news? I’m contributing to Hero to Obey, a box set of 22 stories featuring military heroes and loads of kink. It’s a collaborative effort unlike any I’ve ever worked on, and I’m proud to be a part of it!

The box set releases on June 28, but you can preorder your copy right now for just 99 pennies. You can find all the links over on the shop page.

Need convincing? I get it. Times are hard. Who knows what you might do with 99 cents?

But here are five reasons you should go ahead and drop that money on this box set.

1. Hot military men. What is it about military men? Is it their code of honor? Is it the air of command? Maybe it’s their well honed physiques. That’s my guess, anyway. Whatever the appeal is, the military man is very well represented in these 22 stories. You are sure to find someone to make you very tingly indeed.

2. A veritable smorgasbord of kink. Left cold by the same old kinky stories? Fear not. Hero to Obey covers a huge spectrum of naughtiness. From my femdom story (more below) to some hot historicals to some splendidly dark capture erotica, the set covers a wide range of wicked temptations. You will definitely find something you enjoy. (Especially if you happen to enjoy spanking.) You might also discover something new to tickle your fancy.

3. Femdom. The women are usually in charge in my stories, but not in quite this way! In “Passing Through,” the heroine, Gigi, owns a beachside bar and is crushing hard on her barback, a former Army Ranger. She wants him on his knees and at her service. And who wouldn’t? Whose heart doesn’t race just a little at the thought of having a man at the height of physical and mental fitness under her exclusive control? Who wouldn’t want a man like that at her command? That’s certainly a thought to sleep on, right?

4. It’s so … big! You’re not getting 22 short stories here. These are nice hefty novellas, weighing in between 15,000 and 35,000 words. Oh, yes, my friends. You’re welcome.

5. The outstanding company. My fellow contributors include some real luminaries in the world of erotic romance. Sierra Cartwright is among us, as is Desiree Holt. Paige Tyler and Alta Hensley are both here. There’s something for kink-loving fans, and there’s plenty of opportunity to find a new author to love.
Now’s your chance. Click on over to get your preorder on. Then get ready for a very hot summer!