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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Mary Hughes

Sparkling Possibilities

As a musician I’m gigging from mid-November to December 25, so my favorite holiday is the only one I can stop to enjoy—New Years.

But there’s more to New Years than that! It’s the cusp of new beginnings, a time when possibilities sparkle. A breath of fresh air, a clean start, clearing away old mistakes and regrets and stepping into new hope. I love beginnings. That’s why my stories feature the first meet. Here’s a short sample from Biting Me Softly with vampire Logan and computer geek Liese.

When I first clapped eyes on Logan, I thought, Hot damn. Look what the Sex Fairy brung me!

It was eight p.m. Sunday night, and I was at work. I do computers for the Meiers Corners Blood Center. The staff is me, the executive director and a part-time nurse named Battle. I was the only one who worked insane hours, but I was new and still trying to prove myself.

I don’t know what made me look up. The cool March air, perhaps. Maybe the aroma wafting in, mystery and magic with overtones of raw sex.

Whatever it was, my eyes lifted and there he was, the most stunning male I’d ever seen. Smack-me-between-the-eyes gorgeous. Bright blond hair rippled to broad, muscular shoulders. Lean strength roped a long, lithe body. Laughter and intelligence sparked gold-flecked hazel eyes. Perfect lips curved in a smile so sensuous it made my innards go bang.

Then he opened his mouth and spoke. Talk about ruining perfection.

“Hello, gorgeous.” His tone was deep and lazy. “I want to speak to the computer man in charge.”

Right. Well that just spoiled everything, didn’t it?

I crossed my arms under my breasts. “You’re looking at him. I’m the head apple. Minus the stem, but those are overrated anyway.”

My sarcasm didn’t even faze the man. He tucked one spectacular ass cheek on my desk and leaned in, so close I could feel his warmth on my face. “You’re L. Schmetterling? How…fruitful. And what, my Red Delicious, does the L stand for? Laurie? Lucy? Lovely?”

All that male beauty and a tight ass on top of it. I’d been burned once by a man with a flabby butt and no hair. This man would incinerate me.

I clutched the reminder of male perfidy on my ring finger and screwed up my most forbidding expression. “It stands for Leave. As in Me Alone.”

“I live to do your bidding, princess,” the man crooned, his lips inches from mine. He had perfect, chiseled lips—the kind designed by Michelangelo for kissing. “But if you’re L. Schmetterling, I can’t leave. I have business with you.”


Mary Hughes is a computer consultant, professional musician, and writer. At various points in her life she has taught Taekwondo, worked in the insurance industry, and studied religion. She is intensely interested in the origins of the universe. She has a wonderful husband (though happily-ever-after takes a lot of hard work) and two great kids. But she thinks that with all the advances in modern medicine, childbirth should be a lot less messy.

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I'll be giving away winner's choice of one Biting Love ebook: novels Bite My Fire, Biting Nixie, or Biting Me Softly, or novella The Bite of Silence, so leave a comment!


Ange said...

I love all of the Biting books - can't wait for the next one!!

wanda f said...

I havent read the Biting books but I am dying to sink my teeth in to them .They sound awesome.I love the excerpt.I will definately be reading these books. Thank you for sharing today .Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Debby said...

Love the interplay in the excerpt. Sounds like a great book.
debby236 at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

Thanks for sharing the great excerpt.

VampedChik said...

I haven't read any of them, So i would love to read whichever! Thanks for sharing! Loved the excerpt.

fcammer2 said...

I haven't read these books yet although I do have a couple of them in my TBR mountain. :)

Anonymous said...

Great excerpt. I can't wait to read more. And for the record...sarcasm is my thing.

Val Clarizio

flchen1 said...

Great post, Mary, and hoping your celebrating this season's been merry and memorable! Thanks for sharing with us!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Z said...

Hope you enjoyed your holidays Mary and are looking forward to the new year as it speeds toward us.

Mary Keith - Keith Publications, LLC said...

I haven't read any of the Biting books and would love to read them. They sound delicious...yummy.
Happy New Year and I love your cover.
Mary Keith
Keith Publications

Anonymous said...

Great excerpt and know that you are looking forward to relax on the 1st of 2012.

sapphirephelan at verizon (dot) net

Nay Nay said...

Love the Biting books and want to win this one. Thanks for the chance to win.

Happy New Year!

reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

Mountain Laurel said...

This book sounds Wonderful...hope I get to read it soon! HAPPY NEW YEAR and thanks for sharing!

Shelley said...

Ooohh...count me in! Love these books!!

shadow_kohler said...

I havent read this series but i plan too! They sound awesome! Thanks for sharing! Happy new years!

June M. said...

I don't know how I have not read these books. The book looks great. And that guy on the cover can bite me anytime, lol.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

pansypetal said...

I love your books. I devour them as soon as they come out. They are funny and entertaining with wonderful stories. Keep them coming! Thank you!

Mary Hughes said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for all the awesome comments. You make me smile :)

The winner of this giveaway (picked by random number) is Mountain Laurel! Congratulations! Please email me at for your prize.