Saturday Sexcerpt – The Caress of a Commander by Linda Rae Sande


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“How many men have you kissed?”

Victoria blinked. And blinked again as she straightened on the seat. “I do not see how that is any of your concern, sir,” she replied, rather indignant just then.

Stephen narrowed his own eyes at her. “I am one. How many others are there?” Try as he might, he couldn’t get the hint of anger out of his voice. He didn’t even know why it was there, or even why he wanted to know how often she kissed other men. But for some reason, at that moment, he wanted to know. He needed to know.

Victoria’s resolve to ignore his question melted away after a moment. “One. My second cousin,” she finally admitted. “We were five at the time.”

Furrowing his brows, Stephen considered her answer for a moment. “Did he put his tongue in your mouth?”

Victoria allowed a rather loud gasp. “Of course not!” she replied, now really indignant. “He was five!”

“Did you put your tongue into his?”

Stephen realized after the fact that he really should have been more aware of the fact that her right arm was entirely unencumbered, even by his topcoat resting over her shoulders, for when she suddenly leaned back and swung at him, he felt the full force of her open hand as it impacted his left cheek.

“Ow!” he exclaimed, his eyes squeezed shut against the sting of the blow. Had his eyes been open, he would have seen her wince and the surreptitious shaking of her right hand, probably because it felt as if all the bones were broken.

“You rake!” she exclaimed, her anger most evident. “My first kiss—at a ball, no less—and you have to go ruin it with … innuendo and rude questions!’

Stephen sighed, realizing he had angered the girl. Offended her with his assumption that she had kissed other men besides him. Been kissed by other men besides him. But, dammit, her kiss—or series of kisses, rather— had been so delicious. So passionate. So perfect.

How could he be her first?

I am her first! The thought had him feeling rather proud just then, so it wasn’t a surprise his ego would follow suit.

Before he quite knew what he was doing, Stephen had his arms wrapped around her shoulders and his mouth pressed against hers, a move made easier in that she was still so startled by his earlier implied accusation that her mouth was open and perfectly placed to accept his.

He thought at first she was going to fight him off. And he wouldn’t have blamed her one bit. He couldn’t quite believe what he was doing, either, but then he was lost just then, lost in the sensation of her soft lips against his, in the sensation of a slight buzz which he realized was due to the fact that he was pressing far too hard. Bruising her lips, no doubt. He couldn’t even imagine what his looked like.

Softening the kiss, he gently nipped her lower lip and took her mouth again, this time using his tongue as he had the night before, teasing her tongue to join his, tasting her teeth and tongue and once again nipping her lower lip, kissing her jaw line, her neck, the line of her collarbone to the hollow at the base of her throat.

He felt more than heard her soft moans, felt more than heard her staccato heartbeats where her bosom was pressed into his waistcoat. And he would have continued his assault of soft kisses along the tops of her breasts except that he was suddenly aware that the coach had come to a bumpy halt. The tell-tale jerk of the driver dismounting from his box had Stephen straightening, although he still had his arms around Victoria’s shoulders.

He dropped his forehead to hers while he attempted to catch his breath. “I’ll walk you to your door,” he managed to get out.

Victoria shook her head against his. “I would rather you didn’t,” she whispered.

The coach door opened at the same time Stephen pulled his arms from around her shoulders, one of his hands suddenly clutching his topcoat as Victoria stood up and took her leave of the town coach. She managed to look rather steady as she did so, a feat Stephen found he admired in the chit.

He rather doubted he could stand up just then.

Join me next Thursday when we meet romance author, Jana Richards.~Tina

AuThursday – Linda Rae Sande

Please welcome historical romance author Linda Rae Sande to the Clog Blog.  Welcome Linda Rae, you have so many novels, how do you make time to write?

Thanks, Tina! My favorite time to write is at night, and my favorite places to write are at local restaurants that have bars or cantinas. I bring my old iPad and keyboard and either sit at the bar or a small table. I can usually write an entire chapter while I enjoy dinner and a drink.

Q: Why did you decide to write Historicals?

About twenty years ago, I started helping my mother with genealogical research. At the time, I was more interested in finding the names and dates than I was in learning what was happening to those people. How and where they lived was so important! Those that lived during the Regency era were the most interesting.

Although I was reading science fiction at the time, I soon started reading Regencies. I thought they would be “lighter fare”, and some were, but most of the stories had very dark themes. Mistreated women, poverty, prison, illegitimate children—I actually wrote one and found I just didn’t enjoy the process until I realized I could write a lighter story and include some humor. Now I’m always looking for ways to add humor to the overall story.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for this series?

My series have all been about the relatives of those who make up the aristocrats in Regency England. I’ve written about the daughters, the sons, the cousins, and the sisters, so it made sense to do the brothers next.

I love writing male characters, and with “The Brothers of the Aristocracy” centered on men, I concentrated on using characters I’ve mentioned in the past as well as created some new ones.

Each book in this series has a theme. Rake cover.inddTHE LOVE OF A RAKE is about two men who are confirmed bachelors and who happen to enjoy bedding women. One realizes he wants to be married while the other swears he won’t ever. Two days is all it takes for plans to change.  THE CARESS OF A COMMANDER centers on two bastard brothers who are each at a crossroads in their lives, one determined to find a lost love and marry her while the other just wants to be accepted in London society. THE EPIPHANY OF AN EXPLORER will feature Harry Tennison, Earl of Everly. He’s been in several books as a background character, and it’s finally time for this world explorer and naturalist to get bit by the marriage bug.

Q: To date which of your books was the hardest to write and why?

Promise cover.inddTHE PROMISE OF A GENTLEMAN. The story takes place in 1802 and involves three couples, a huge cast of background characters, and several plots and subplots. Although none of the main characters are aristocrats themselves, they’re related to some either directly or by marriage. Since it was my first foray into writing in that period, I spent far more time researching than I did writing, and so it took two years to complete the first draft. At 740 pages in print, it’s also my longest book.  I love the characters, though. They make up the half-generation that comes before those featured in most of my books (and they make occasional guest appearances in the other books).

Q: Who designed the covers?

Karen Gee at KGee Designs in Cody, WY.  My early discussions with her centered on developing a common theme and color schemes to use for each series. Since I already had five Regencies written before the first one was published, it was easy to establish a consistent look and use it for all the titles. The photographs are from a number of sources including, Period Images, Inc., Novelstock, Inc. and HotDamn!

Q:  Like many successful authors, it looks like you have dipped your toe into the self-publishing waters.  What can you tell us about this process vs. working with a publisher?  What are some of the benefits and challenges?

I’ve only ever been self-published. Even when I worked with a publisher (briefly), I had such a frustrating experience, I decided I was better off going it alone. I haven’t regretted it. It does mean I have to keep track of everything (expenses, royalties and book signing and convention arrangements), and I have to do my own marketing (my least favorite part of the job). However, I like making the decisions about my cover photos, doing my own book design for the print versions (I used to make books for a living), and creating the ePub and Mobi files for the ebook versions of my titles. Of course, it’s on me to get everything right, but I try really hard to post updated versions as quickly as possible when errors are pointed out to me. Even with an editor and a proofreader, errors slip through, which leads to my biggest frustration—finding good editors. I’m not sure if it’s just historicals or if it’s all genres in general, but finding a good editor has been a challenge for many of my fellow authors.

Q:  What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories?

Don’t get discouraged! This is one of the most difficult times to get “discovered” as a writer. There are just so many books out there vying for readers. As long as you don’t expect to sell thousands of books your first year or two, and you don’t expect to sell to friends and family—you are on your own when it comes to finding readers—you can quietly keep writing and publishing until you have proven you can do it. By publishing on a regular basis, you’ll soon have a collection of books for readers to discover and enjoy. Oh, and series fiction seems to sell better than single titles. We like our sequels as much in books as we do in movies because we come to care about certain characters and want to know more about their story.

Q:  What books can we expect to see in the near future?

THE CARESS OF A COMMANDER will be followed by THE EPIPHANY OF AN EXPLORER this summer, and the next book in “The Cousins of the Aristocracy”, THE PRIDE OF A GENTLEMAN, will be out later this year.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

Join me on Saturday as we read an excerpt from Linda’s latest release “The Caress of a Commander” ~Tina