Snowbound Blog Hop

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

skiersWhile I was driving my three kids through a winter blizzard to a ski race in Vermont, my traveling husband was dining at the Fort Lauderdale airport with a porn star.

Ha! Got your attention? I want that line to be the start of a novel some day, but it happens to also be the truth.

If you live in New England, you need to love the snow and the way to love it is to get outdoors and enjoy all the fun winter sports. Hence, in my family, we are all skiers, and part of that is being on ski teams. You attend the races, whether it’s snowing or 16 degrees below zero or whatever.

But you want to hear about the porn star, right? Okay, this is hubby’s story and I’m in no position to dispute it. This woman had been swanning around the Fort Lauderdale airport, and hubby said hordes of men were flocking behind her. (Really? Have you guys no dignity at all?) She was dressed in denim short shorts, a red tank top and high heels.

My husband went into a restaurant to eat lunch, and was joined by a stranger (a man) because the restaurant was very crowded. They chatted while eating, and then the porn star appeared, getting in line at the counter to get her meal. This stranger went right up to her and invited her back to their table (since she wasn’t going to find a seat in the packed restaurant, ahem). So they all ate lunch together. Hubby said she told them about how her family (somewhere in Asia) disapproved of her livelihood. But she seemed happy. The truth is, he often finds himself in odd situations with strangers, so none of this surprises me.

Also, I have the better story since I was flashed by a kilt-wearing Scotsman at Oktoberfest in Austria. So now I DO know what they wear under that kilt. And I tell all in The Naked Male Tour of Austria.

We’re all here to talk about romances between snowbound couples. What could be more romantic with the right person? A cozy fire, no interruptions, and lots of time to play. This is exactly what happens in my novella, Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Now Available!

This novella was nominated for Best Romance this year at eFestival of Words!

Jenna entices the man of her dreams into providing a haven for the weekend during a New York City blizzard. Her tools are her flirting skills dressed up with a bit of deception. She needs to make amends for the great wrong she did to him five years ago. Tricking him into having sex would only add to that wrong.

Though he’s never met Jenna before, Grant is immediately drawn to this blizzard-bopping beach babe. He’ll do her, but he doesn’t do deception. He thinks he’s spotted her minor trickery, but the big secret that blew up his life is waiting in the wings…

And things are about to heat up.

Excerpt:

Grant watched Jenna shiver, despite the heat of the blaze that scorched his back. He didn’t know why she wasn’t warming up more quickly. Between the fire and the smoking hot woman in front of him, he might have to venture out into the blizzard himself to cool down. His stupid, clueless body didn’t care how lame her story was.

“How long have you known my sister?” His family was a subject that could kill his libido if anything could.

“Several years. I met Kate when I first moved to Florida. Recently, I took one of the classes she teaches at the community center.”

He nodded neutrally. He didn’t care about the damn classes.

“You shouldn’t blame Kate for anything I do,” Jenna added. “She doesn’t think I should be let out after dark without a keeper.”

Grant eyed her bedraggled state. “She might have a point—”

“Hey! I did not pop out of a cake! I am not your singing birthday telegram! So you can just stop eyeing me like I’m your playmate du jour.” She bolted upright and her feet hit the floor.

“Calm down.” He moved after her as she stood, and caught her arm. He was a little appalled at the sense of dismay that had whipped through him when she started to leave. “You can’t go. There’s a terrible storm out there.”

“I came in from that storm, and I can go right back out in it. I’m every bit as tough as I look.”

He couldn’t help laughing. “You don’t look tough at all.” Long, golden brown hair, curling a bit now that it was drying. Big brown eyes that managed to look both uncertain and inviting at the same time. And lips as full as Cupid’s arched bow. Just waiting to strike and slay a man.

She wrenched her arm from his hand. “And don’t patronize me.”

He held up a hand and pantomimed wiping the smile off his face. “Okay then. You are tougher than that ten line algorithm I’ve been working on over there.” He jerked his head towards his computer. “Lord knows it doesn’t talk back like you do.”

She stifled a giggle.

But he didn’t feel like laughing any more. Her arm had still been cold and, when he considered the state of her clothes, he couldn’t be surprised.

“There won’t be any cabs out there, anyway,” he reminded her.

“I got a cab to come here.” She edged away from him.

He grasped her arm again, surprised at his own determination to keep her. “That cab driver was real anxious to hit the road and get home. He said the only good thing about this weather was that the streets are deserted.”

“There’s the subway.”

“They have problems in bad weather, too. Besides, the way you’re dressed you can’t go anywhere.” His eyes strayed to her tits for the hundredth time since she’d appeared. Though he tried not to be obvious, a woman couldn’t dress like she did and not expect a man to look.

“You could lend me a sweatshirt.”

He eyed her sexy sandals. Aside from their complete inability to protect her from the snow, he damn well knew what the message was. As would any other man who saw her in them. “I can’t help you with your footwear. And a sweatshirt with your bare legs sticking out—” He shook his head. “Not safe for public viewing.”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

“Are you kidding? You must know you have fabulous legs.”

“A leg man, are you?”

“Nope. More of a boobs and butts guy myself. Since you asked.” He couldn’t help grinning at her flustered face. “But I like anything and everything on the right woman.”

“I am not the right woman for—for whatever you might be implying.”

“Don’t be so defensive. You can’t go anywhere ’til you warm up.” He slung his arm around her shoulders. “I’ve got some body heat to share.” He tugged her to his side.

Wow, she smelled good. Snow and roses. A potent combination. Especially when combined with a barely-there outfit, a rack to die for, and those legs.

He tried to inhale discreetly. She was up to something more than what she’d told him. He knew that for a fact. But he’d been holed up in his apartment for days, working like the devil, and he could definitely use a break. Besides, he really couldn’t send her back out into the blizzard.”

He glanced out the window where the snow fell silently out of the dark sky, backlit by the lights of New York City. Its beauty didn’t hide its dangers. She had no money, no warm clothes, and nowhere to go, unless he chose to believe her story about the friend she could call. Which he didn’t.

But, even if she was a liar, what harm could she do him? He might as well take advantage of the opportunity fate had dropped into his lap. So to speak. Because his lap was the part insisting as loudly as possible that Jenna should stay at least until it got some relief.

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Reviews:

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside is hot, hot, hot…perfect for a snowy winter night or ANY night. I read this gem of a book in one sitting! ” (Teri on Amazon)

“This sexy short romance will warm you to your toes. I loved how the reader’s comprehension of the heroine’s initial situation kept changing as the hero discovered more about her. ” (Heather Hiestand on Amazon)

Comments:

Kaci Verdun on said:  My favorite romantic winter activity is iceskating – outside on the frozen pond!
Thanks for the chance to win! I love the winter/snowbound books because the situation always forces two people who are strangers or who don’t get along to comfort and discover each other. Love a good passion in a secluded snowy setting!

harvester5905 on said:

Not really, just staying warm under the covers.

Karina on said:

I still, despite the winter, love to go outside and enjoy the snow :)
thanks for sharing the excerpt!

godan2 on said:  just cuddling under the covers on the couch –

Dovile P. on said:
Lighting candles and cuddling:)
Thank you for the chance!

coletteplumley on said: Downhill skiing, but it’s the cozy fire after the day outdoors that’s the romantic part.

Carly Carson on said:

Hi Everyone, Thanks for stopping by. I had some trouble with my new Disqus comment system and had to finally delete it. Also, I got my link fixed for The Naked Male Tour of Austria blog. Sorry about that.
Kaci, you read my mind. I originally had written an interview with the 2 main characters of Baby, and the heroine had chosen ice-skating on a pond as her favorite! I used to love that as a kid. The hero, like Colette, chose downhill skiing, but he was thinking of picking snowmobiling.

Carly Carson on said:

We have a lot of cuddlers here! I guess it’s because you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t like romance. Dovile, the candles are a nice touch. Karina, I love to see kids playing in the snow and I love how quiet things are when it’s snowing. Godan and Harvester, keep warm under those covers.

Cassandra Hicks on said: Playing in the snow then cuddling up with hot chocolate :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

susan platt on said:

I enjoy snuggling up with a good book!

Carly Carson on said:

Cassandra, my hero makes the heroine a nice hot toddy when they get snowbound. lol. A little more than a hot chocolate, though I personally would prefer the hot chocolate.
Susan, nothing better than a good book. The romance of a great story is awesome.

kimberly holgate on said: going away on a ski holiday withn my husband

arly Carson on said:

Kimberly, a ski holiday is very romantic! Hope you’re planning one soon.

Krista on said:

Nothing exciting. I hate the cold so I mostly drink hot chocolate and snuggle up with a steamy book.
Loved the Scotsman story :D

Carly Carson on said:

Krista, I hope you don’t live in a cold climate. I liked that Scotsman myself. lol

April Holgate (@grapeapril75) on said: My fav winter activity is snuggling!! Very romantic!
Thanks for hopping!

Carly Carson on said:

April, another cuddler. Thanks for stopping by.

bn100 on said:

Nice excerpt. Sitting in front of a fire.

Carly Carson on said:

Thanks. A nice fire features in the story. lol

Marlena Fein on said: Yes, me and my loved one (AKA Kindle) LOVE to snuggle up under the blankets with some hot cocoa and enjoy long, meaningful nights together. :) Thanks so much for taking part in the hop and for the giveaway,

Carly Carson on said:

Marlena, lol, at least the Kindle won’t cheat on you.

June M. on said: When it is cold and snowy, I stay in doors! I fell about 4 years back and totally screwed up my back & hip so I loathe the snow! Now, I just curl up with a blanket and drink, and my kindle an stay were I am safe.

Carly Carson on said:

Sorry about the injury, June. At least the Kindle is not dangerous!

Stephanie on said:

One of my favorite winter memories of me and my husband is after a big blizzard. The next day we went out and played in the snow with our dog and then came inside and drank hot chocolate and cuddled up watching movies.

Carly Carson on said:

Stephanie, I bet the dog loved it too! We have a new puppy and it was so much fun to watch him with his first snow.

Michelle Tucker on said: Hottubbing in the snow…that’s my favorite!

Carly Carson on said: Edit

Hottubbing-excellent! I actually have a short story that takes place in Nantucket featuring a hot tub. (It’s not published.) So many sexy possibilities!

kimmyl on said:

Staying indoors and watching tv with my honey all cuddles up. Loved the post! I can’t wait to read all these new books and meet new authors!!!!!Thanks for the giveaway and can’t wait to see what 2013 brings!!!!!!

Carly Carson on said:

I found some authors I want to read, also. So many great books! Thanks for stopping by, Kimmy!

JanD on said: I don’t like being cold so I stay inside with hot cocoa.

Carly Carson on said:

Jan, you’re in good company here. We have a lot of people here who like their hot cocoa a lot more than they like the snow!

Nancy S on said:

My favorite winter activity is calendar watching, you know counting the days until it gets warm again.

Nancy S on said:

Forgot to ask: Do I have to go to Austria to get flashed by a kilt wearing Scotsman? I have put that on my bucket list.

Carly Carson on said:

Nancy, lol, well, I’ve only been flashed by a Scotsman in Austria. Never in Scotland. Of course, it was Oktoberfest and the large quantities of beer flowing may have been a factor.

Carly Carson on said:

Hi Everyone, Thanks for visiting my snowbound spot. The winner of the Amazon gift certificate is Colette Plumley. Congratulations, Colette! I’ll be contacting you directly.
To thank you all for participating, I’d like to offer each of you a free copy of Baby, It’s Cold Outside. If you’re interested in receiving one, please let me know either by saying ‘yes’ on your comment, or by using my Contact form. Be sure you let me know what format you prefer. I hope you all had fun on the hop!

Janie McGaugh on said:

The hubby and I cuddle up and watch a nice romantice movie.