Saturday Sexcerpt – Blood Tide by CJ Matthew

Blood Tide_Kindle cover_2500Setup: the human hero Noah and first time Dolphin shifter Sy have enjoyed sex, but now she’s falling in love and learning to enjoy teasing and fun along with the passion.

Later that evening, Sy stood in the steaming shower in her condo and peeked at Noah through the transparent curtain. He was standing at the opposite sink, his back to her, a towel knotted around his waist. He splashed hot water on his face, squirted bubbly white foam into his hand. Next he smoothed the whiteness over the lower half of his face.

And now? He was shaving. She had the knowledge of the task in her brain, but watching a gorgeous, mostly naked man perform the ritual was mesmerizing. Every motion was smooth and efficient. To reach certain whiskers, his face made the most adorable contortions.

“Are you about done?” Noah wiped a circle on the steam-fogged mirror. “I’m starving.”

“Yes, dear.”

“Let’s go. Get a move on.”

“Yes, dear.”

He scowled. “Don’t push it. I know where to find a bin of ice cubes.”

She turned off the water, wrapped one bath towel around her torso and circled another in a turban over her hair. She stepped from the tub and watched Noah grimace as he patted aftershave on his face.

“Would you really throw a bin of ice cubes on me while I’m in the shower?”

“Probably not. But I want to leave soon and you’re not ready.”

She moved closer and peered at Noah’s cheek. “Can I feel?”

“Sure.”

She knew Noah granted her permission to touch his face with her hand. But in the dolphin gesture of affection and support, they’d rub bodies and faces. On land, the shore-shifters settled for just facial cheeks. She wanted this with Noah. Since they were both close to naked anyway, she discarded both her towels and moved to press her nude body against him. Curling her arms around his neck, she slowly pressed her cheek to his and rubbed hers up and down his smooth, fragrant one.

It was wonderful. All the more meaningful because for her, the gesture lacked any sexual intent. She sighed, stepped back, and glanced around for her towels.

Noah grabbed her arms. His face was flushed, and he stammered, “That was…hot. The hottest…what was that?” Confused, she glanced down. He was aroused, his towel sporting a tent in front.

He totally misunderstood the gesture, but how could she possibly explain? Never mind. This could be fun. Challenged to distract him from his dinner, she drawled, “Want to do it again?”

“Hell, yes.”

“It’s better if we’re both naked.” He dropped his towel, and this time when she squeezed him, he hugged her tighter and rubbed against her cheek. They held the embrace in silence for a long moment.

Noah kissed her softly on the ear and whispered, “Forget food. I’m not hungry any more. Let’s go fool around instead.”

“I’d love to.” See. It was all good.

He scooped her up in his arms and carried her into the bedroom.

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AuThursday – CJ Matthew

CJ at Dell

Please welcome CJ Matthew to the Clog Blog.  CJ, we simply must know, when you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?

My characters and I share a team effort to get their story on the page (computer). Before I began researching the Dolphin Shore Shifter series, I was “approached” by two (potential) fictional couples and multiple supporting characters. We all worked together on the initial world building, with a stronger emphasis on my input. I decided on the rules, on what physical and mental strengths they would retain after shifting from dolphin to human form. For example, choosing Santa Barbara as the home of the pod and their non-profit corporation, Save Blue Water, was only logical.

Each book in the series features its own hero and heroine. Those two characters have a much bigger influence when it comes to setting their goals, motivations, and inner conflicts. I usually meet the antagonist or villain last. He or she makes huge contributions to the external conflicts in the book.

Q: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Not writer’s block in the traditional sense. Twice now I’ve written a book “out of order”. Once for this series and once for the Paladin Group. That mistake (on my part) makes the writing process much slower, more challenging, and frustrating for the characters and me. Not true writer’s block, but it’s a pain in the backside. Then there was the time I was requested to write a Shore Shifter novella. That took forever to write and was quickly turned into a full length novel.

Q:  How did you come up with the idea for your Shoreshifter series?CJMatthew_Postcard_Front

I love reading about shifters, and there certainly are a lot to choose from. I wanted something different, so I combined my love for dolphins with the idea of the Chumash origin legend: Mother Earth, Hutash, built a rainbow bridge to give her people more room on the main land. But when some of the Chumash people fell from the bridge, rather than let them die, she turned them into dolphins.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00006]Q: What inspired you to write your book, Deadly Reboot?

I grew up an Air Force brat and love reading about military warriors. My personal heroes are USAF Pararescuemen and F-15E Strike Eagle pilots and WSOs. I decided to create a small fictional company, The Paladin Group, owned by a rescued female AF pilot and staffed with wounded former PJs, now lawyers and investigators determined to continue their rescue work.

Think Scandal meets the A-Team-but nobody is sleeping with the President!

Q: What was the most difficult aspect of writing Deadly Reboot?

 This was my first “official” romantic suspense novel. Characters without paranormal issues. Which for me, meant I had to work hard at maintaining tension, slipping in clues, not giving too much away too soon. I bombarded my local police sources and deputy sheriffs with lots of questions about police procedure! And in the process, I learned different police departments do thing differently.

Q:  How did you come up with the title?

My hero/character Hale! My fictional former USAF Pararescueman was depressed about his leg injury, hated taking a medical discharge, and didn’t like law school. So when he was approached by Paladin at law school graduation, he looked at the opportunity as a “reboot” to his life. I thanked him for the idea and decided to use the word for all the titles in the series.

Q:  Tell us your latest news?

I’m deep in writing Lethal Tide, Dolphin Shore Shifters book 4. The story is set in one of my “home towns”- Long Beach, California. The hero, Conley is on his second three year mission with SBW and responds to danger with his gun and by the “seat-of-his-pants”. His partner, Betty believes in doing her research, thinking first before she leaps, or shoots. This book is scheduled to release the end of March.

After that I’ll go back to Peachwood, GA and next The Paladin Group story.

Q: How important is it for you to match your character’s written appearance with the models on the book cover?

Thanks for asking. I try to match but it’s an almost impossible feat. I believe that’s why you see photos of cover models with their heads cut off. I want my readers to use their imagination. I’ll give hints but they need to picture the characters in their brain. Make them a personal fantasy! I hope my readers get the “feel” of the cover, then mostly ignore the faces.

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

My website http://www.cjmatthew.com

(There is an entire section devoted to the Shore Shifters. The Paladin Group page is coming.)

Join me on Saturday, when we read a sexy excerpt from CJ’s first book, BLOOD TIDE. ~Tina