Monday, July 22, 2013

Guest Blogger: Adriana Kraft on STEPPING OFF A CLIFF

Have you ever stepped off a cliff? Literally, I mean.

I never have. My mother did – I have photos of her rappelling Outlook Rock in Carderock, Maryland, before she met and married my father. Truthfully, most likely she was ascending, rather than having stepped off…but she faced the challenge of the cliff, nonetheless – repeatedly, it turns out.

But figuratively? Countless times. Both my husband and I (who co-author erotic romance under our pen name, Adriana Kraft), feel a strong affinity for the Fool card in the Tarot Deck. He would probably say just marrying him was stepping off a cliff – taking on three stepsons, including a teenager, and embarking on our hopelessly romantic journey to co-author fiction. Most recently, we’ve sold our house, sold or given away nearly all our belongings (our now-grown kids got the important family pieces), packed our remaining possessions into our motorhome, and embarked on a full time journey of traveling, writing, marketing, and editing. A big leap, indeed – and so far, very satisfying. 

It’s no wonder that we ask our characters to jump off cliffs, too. Most characters in our genre have to, when you think about it. There’s always some fear they have to face, some terrible consequence they have to either endure or discover doesn’t occur, in order to claim the happy ending we so long for.

Kitty Paige is no exception. Always rebellious, she got pregnant at seventeen, but was deserted by the high school quarterback who’d fathered her daughter. Her conservative preacher father turned his back on her as well, and she’s been independent – and successful – for over two decades. She builds her life, including her very active and satisfying sex life, around the premise that emotional entanglement with a man will only lead to disaster and abandonment.

We think readers will love what happens when Jared Jacobs – father of the best man at her daughter’s wedding – walks into her life. They both have to jump off a cliff to have the relationship, and the extreme measures they take to avoid the inevitable lead to some raw, steamy sex scenes that definitely turn up the heat!

Here’s a glimpse into Kiitty’s reverie just after her first electric but abrasive encounter with Jared:

 Lifting a leg above the steamy, sudsy water, Kitty washed it carefully. She paid it the same sort of attention she’d devoted to her other leg, her arms, her breasts and her loins. There wasn’t much she enjoyed more than a thorough soak and scrubbing. Like lovemaking, she believed a bath should seldom be rushed.

She’d realized long ago that for her, bathing was an act of self-love. She had no qualms about that. There was a long period in her life when she hadn’t had the time for such pleasure.
Kitty tucked her leg back under the hot water and rested her head on the lip of the tub. This was a luxury she’d earned. Never again would she work for a boss—male or female. She thoroughly enjoyed being her own boss. Any mistakes she made were hers. The same could be said for her successes.

She closed her eyes, replaying her trip to Seattle. Although never pleased with redeye flights, she felt like a soothsayer having booked that return trip. Events swirled too rapidly in the Pacific Northwest, even for her.

She sighed and yawned. No matter what people said about traveling first class, the seating space was still too confined to get a good rest. Though she had to admit that was better than traveling in coach with the other sardines. 

She hoped Susan would be as happy in the future as she looked back on her wedding day. Some of Kitty’s divorced friends rued the day of their marriages. Everything apparently went downhill from there.

Kitty scrunched her shoulders together. She peered through eyelashes at her breasts breaking the surface of the water. Her nipples immediately pebbled under the cooler air temperature, causing her to smile. She wouldn’t know about weddings. She’d never had one. And that was fine with her. 

She’d never had to worry whether a husband remained faithful to her. And—she searched and found the bar of soap under the water—she didn’t have to wonder if she could be faithful. 

Remaining single meant she could pretty much find a cock whenever she needed one without all the domestic expectations and inevitable grief. 

She had no need to depend upon a man, and more importantly, no need to trust one. She only had to rely on her good sense and judgment. 

Readers can find me at the following links:
Adriana’s Author Pages at and All Romance Ebooks


We are offering two contests in connection with our Tour:
BUY ONE – GET TWO: Purchase a copy of The Best Man any time before August 1 and email us a copy of your receipt to receive a free download of any novel on our backlist.

SILK SCARF: Did you notice the yellow scarf that’s just dropped to the floor between Jared and Kitty on their cover? It has some very special scenes of its own in the bookand you have a chance to win it (U.S. delivery only)! One lucky reader will win a hand-finished yellow scarf made of genuine Thai Dupioni silk, just like Kitty's. Leave a comment here and on any of our Tour Stops to enter. No purchase necessary. Contest runs through July 31 

Bad boy meets bad girl – is that all there is?


Passionate, hard working and every inch a business woman, Chicago realtor Kitty Paige likes her sex raw and edgy, and sees no reason to limit herself to just one man. Never married and not quite forty, the striking blonde has successfully raised her daughter, Susan, and is already pushing her new-found freedom to the limits.

Wealthy commodities middle-man and race horse owner Jared Jacobs is father of the best man at Susan’s wedding. He is smitten by the vision in yellow who exudes sex as she escorts her daughter down the aisle. Also single, the handsome mustached California ranch owner with mischievous eyes views his sex life as a series of splendid love affairs, and sets out to make Kitty next on the list.

Together and apart, their chemistry is explosive, and their sparkling repartee and steamy sex catch both partners by surprise. Jared is first to recognize he’s fallen in love. When Kitty panics, can Jared finesse his every move and reel her in?

The Best Man just received a top pick at The Romance Reviews

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About the Author:
Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing Erotic Romance for Two, Three or More. The award-winning pair has published over thirty erotic romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Long and Short Reviews: “scorching hot…refreshing...something to read when you want straight up hotness.” Romance Junkies: “filled with warmth, blazing hot sex, well-developed characters…not for the faint of heart.”  Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.


Adriana said...

A big thank-you to Romance Reviews Today for hosting me on my Tour for The Best Man!

bn100 said...

Nice excerpt

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Adriana said...

Glad you liked it - thanks for stopping by!

Fedora said...

Wow, that's intriguing, Adriana! Congrats to you both on your newest releases, and thanks for giving us a peek!

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