Thursday, 10 March 2016

Guest post from Ashe Barker

I'm so pleased to have Ashe Barker back on my blog today with her new release The Highway Man's Lady! Along with a sexy excerpt, Ashe is running a giveaway for an Amazon gift card! Read on to find out how to enter ... and have a look here to visit Ashe Barker's blog and see my new release!

Hi Kelly, and thank you so much for inviting me back over.  It’s awesome to be swapping blogs to celebrate our latest releases, and I’m delighted to have Melissa and Damien from Taking His Human Bride over at mine today. And here I am with you, giving a shout out about The Highwayman’s Lady.

I’m really excited about this story, Gray is a hero I’ve been hatching for a while now, and it just reached the point where he had to emerge. He’s a rogue and no one could mistake him for a gentleman, but I hope readers will love him as much as I do.

Here’s the blurb…
After the death of her mother, twenty-year-old Imogen Bennett faces the prospect of being coerced into marriage by a scheming relative, but fate intervenes when a masked highwayman accosts her on the road. Desperate to escape the unwanted wedding, Imogen pleads with the mysterious, handsome rogue to rescue her.

Alistair Graham – Gray - is a proud Scotsman who rebelled against British rule, and since the defeat of the highlanders at Culloden he has taken to robbing rich Englishmen travelling through Scottish lands. He is no gentleman, but he is certainly not a man who would ignore a young woman’s pleas for help, and he agrees to do what he can to assist the beautiful girl he has waylaid.

Imogen finds herself drawn to Gray, and though he warns her that he expects a woman’s complete obedience both in bed and out of it, she cannot resist offering her virgin body to him. He takes her hard and thoroughly, leaving her utterly spent yet still aching for more, and when her shock at her own wantonness leads her to speak disrespectfully to him he bares her bottom and punishes her soundly.

A highwayman is no suitable match for a lady, however, and Gray fears that her association with him can only put them both in danger, so he makes her promise that she’ll tell no one about what took place between them and then ensures that she is delivered safely to the home of her honourable cousin in Kirkleven. Yet despite her best efforts to put Gray out of her mind forever, in her heart Imogen knows she will always belong to the man who rescued her, mastered her, and made her his. But will her highwayman ever return to lay claim to his lady?

Publisher’s Note: The Highwayman’s Lady is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

Grab The Highwayman’s Lady now on Amazon and at All Romance

And an excerpt…
The bed shifts again and I know he is standing now, no doubt looking down on my form, still trembling from the intensity of the sensual onslaught he just unleashed. I turn my face in the direction I assume he has gone. “Gray? Please…”

“I told you I am a generous lover, did I not? Now you know what shall be your reward for obedience. You want more?”

“You could do that again?” I cannot keep the wonder from my tone, or the longing.

“I could. And I will. I intend for you to enjoy this night, my little Imogen.”

“There is more?”

“Aye, much more.”

I turn my head, seeking to follow his footsteps around the room. I release my hold on the bed head and start to sit up.

“Do not move.”

The curt command rings across the room. I subside back onto the mattress, mumbling my apology.
Several minutes pass. Occasional sounds offer clues—the thump of boots dropping onto the floorboards, the swish of clothing as he undresses. He will not permit me to see him, but might I touch?

“Please, may I move my hands?”

“No, you may not. If you believe you may struggle with that, I am happy to restrain you.”

“I, I will remain still. I promise.”

Despite my arousal and undimmed enthusiasm for this endeavour, I cannot help flinching as he re-joins me on the bed.

“Do not be afraid, Imogen. I promised you no harm and I will keep my word. But I will have your obedience and you should know that if you disappoint me in this matter, I will punish you.”

I want to know the nature of any punishment but do not dare to ask. Instead I tilt my face toward him.

“I mean no disrespect, Gray. I hope… I… I do not wish to disappoint you.” The very notion leaves me in despair.

The mattress shifts under him as he rolls over me. He cradles my face between his hands and places his lips against my ear.

“You know what I require of you. And I know what you want, what you need. Let us believe that neither of us is to be disappointed this night.”

“Yes, sir,” I breathe, as he lays a trail of soft kisses across my jaw. He covers my mouth with his and I part my lips in welcome. It is as though he has released a tap, my body arching as the well of pent-up lust gushes forth to meet his thrusting tongue.

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More about me:
I’ve been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres. I still love reading, the hotter the better. But now I have a good excuse for my guilty pleasure – research.

I tend to draw on my own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to my plots and characters. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea.

I live in the North of England, on the edge of the Brontë moors. When not writing – which is not very often these days - my time is divided between my role as resident taxi driver for my teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, tortoises. And a very grumpy cockatiel.

I have around thirty titles on general release with publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and I have several more in the pipeline. I write M/f, M/M, and occasionally ring the changes with a little M/M/f. All my books feature BDSM. I write explicit stories, always hot, but they offer far more than just sizzling sex. I like to read about complex characters, and compelling plots, so that’s what I write too.

I have a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keep thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from me.

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  1. I love blog swaps. Thank you for having me over today, and it's fabulous to see you over at my blog too.