Snippet Saturday – Openings

Enjoy this Saturday’s snippet from Egyptian Voyage which just hit the shelves in print. At the end you’ll find a lovely list of other best selling authors that have snippets waiting for you. Happy Saturday!

Love,
TJ

Torrid Tarot: EGYPTIAN VOYAGE
Now in Print
By TJ Michaels, Copyright 2007
Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc., All Rights Reserved

Eden sat in the dark in his favorite overstuffed chair in the living room. The local news droned on while a small blue ticker scrolled across the bottom of the screen. He usually watched the screen with more than a little interest in the latest mayhem plaguing whatever port the ship happened to dock at. Tonight, the words of the news anchor, spoken in perfect Portuguese, rolled off him as he idly stroked the smooth bald head of the woman sitting quietly in his lap. She was twenty-six inches of porcelain perfection, clothed in the regalia of ancient Egypt and her station. Today, he’d clothed her in the white fine linen of the traditional shendyt kilt, leaving her caramel brown breasts bare.

He’d had her created with the face of the noble pharaoh, Hatshepsut. Perfectly formed lips and cheeks were free of rouge or coloring. Almond-shaped dark eyes were adorned with even darker liner that brought her face to life. Yes, she was definitely his favorite, his harem master, responsible for keeping the males in his harem in line. Not only was she beautiful and damned good at her job, her ability to interpret the tarot made her beyond valuable. Perhaps he’d keep her long enough to give her a name of his choosing.

Tilting his head, he contemplated the large tarot cards spread out on the coffee table. The surface of each was an exquisite work of art and displayed majestic Egyptian symbols of men and women who’d once ruled the ancient world. Their noble profiles brought a sense of kingship and kinship to him. The background of each was a mix of bold gold, turquoise and lapis blues laid over woven papyrus and set against a midnight deep black. Eying the beautiful tarot, the man stretched out a single finger and stroked the intricate borders of two that were separate from the rest of the deck.

Today, he’d drawn Strength and Justice.

Yes, beloved, you are both.

He looked away from the cards and into the lovely face of the woman who’d spoken into his mind. He still hadn’t figured out how she managed to do that. He could only hear her when she was near, but none of the others before her had ever been able to do even that much. She spoke again, her voice as clear as a summer sky in his head.

The cards proclaim you to be Strength and Justice, to bring balance to this world.
Everything Eden did had the tarot at its center. He never made a move without consulting them. Today, he looked directly at the cards, saw what they were. But what did they mean? It seemed the interpretation of the cards was almost always different from what he intuitively thought it should be. But his Egyptian golden-skinned beauty always explained it all.

Justice, she began in her smooth, seductive voice, is represented by a woman clad in white, a sword in one hand and a balance in the other. She sits on a throne with two lions at her feet. Strength is shown by a woman with a winged golden headdress, clothed in a white robe trimmed with turquoise jewels. A lion stands before her with the headdress of a pharaoh on his head. Strength holds the beast’s mouth closed and he can go no further.

Okay, so what?

Strength, my beloved, is a card of success as long as you retain your instincts and exercise self-control. Justice indicates that all is going as it should. Even if you do not realize it, you’re operating according to a divine plan. This plan is in harmony with you, my love, as well as correctness in your relationships.

Placing a gentle kiss on the top of his harem mistress’s head, his mouth lifted in a wide satisfied smile. All of it sounded wonderful.

“So, who is my goal this time?” he queried, as the usual excitement kindled at the base of his gut. There was nothing like the anticipation of what was to come.
There is a woman who has unbalanced the life of an important male. Her hair is a burnished hue and…

When he’d memorized the description of the female, he rose, placed the harem mistress back on her shelf at the top of the beveled glass cabinet and left the ship. Now he could hunt with precision.

Later that night, as his prey screamed into a hand held firmly over her mouth, he did indeed feel the imbalance of the world shift and groan until it settled into its proper place. The specimen’s sticky blood ran out of a fat hole in her back. It soaked through his shirt and streamed hot and thick over the ridges of his stomach, down to his navel. Yes, all was as it should be.

In spite of his ruined clothes, his chest puffed out with pride when the female took her final breath. Yes, once again he’d brought balance to the world and exacted justice on behalf of all those who depended on him as the rightful protector of the faith.

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Saturday Snippet – Livin It Up

Enjoy this snippet of our guy and gal livin’ it up on the beach in New Zealand! At the end you’ll find a bunch of links to other great authors who are ‘snippeting’ as well. Happy Weekend!

CARAMEL KISSES
Copyright 2008, TJ Michaels
Published by Ellora’s Cave
(WARNING: This is a explicit excerpt that leaves nothing to the imagination)

So far vacationing with Drew had been a blast. Sydni was having an awesome time exploring the land of The Lord of the Rings. There couldn’t possibly be another place like New Zealand anywhere on Earth. And certainly not another man anywhere like Drew. In addition to arranging the most out-of-the-way accommodations, he’d arranged helicopter tours of some of the locations where the movie had been filmed. The land was wild and untamed in places, bringing to mind certain scenes from her favorite epic film. And she had her own action hero in a rugby player’s body, but with a more stylish haircut.

Sydni leaned back in her chaise and frowned down at the baby powder fine sand underneath her feet, debating whether she wanted to swim and get sand up her ass, or just lay here and watch Drew play. Raising her gaze, she watched her man approach and had to force herself to breathe. As usual.

Rising up out of the waves, Drew dripped sex. After planting his surf board into the sand every step he made toward her sent her stomach rippling up into her throat. The water dripped down his body in sparkling rivulets, leaving wet paths in the downy hair of his bare chest. Packed slabs of muscle bunched and flexed as he wicked the water down and away from his arms. God the man had the most delicious thighs and well-formed calves she’d ever seen on a man. And an ass to simply die for, which happened to be nicely outlined by his soaked swim trunks.

His dark mop of hair was plastered to his head, curling about the ends as he made his way toward her, dripping wet. The dripping made her think of how he made other things…drip.

Yes, he looked great in shorts, and even better in nothing. His chaise groaned as he settled down in it right next to her with a contented sigh.

“Whoever thought sex on the beach was a great idea must have been crazy,” Sydni mumbled watching him try to get the stuff off his legs. It hung on to the fine little hairs for dear life.

“Not crazy, just a fraud.”

“You mean the person who thought of selling it as something sexy had never done it before?”

“Exactly. Who would be stupid enough to fuck on the beach? The last thing a man wants is sand up his cock.”

Sydni laughed, enjoying Drew’s wit. She settled deeper into the cushions of her lounger, more relaxed than she’d been in years. In truth, the man made her feel comfortable. Like an old robe or her favorite pair of slippers, she was becoming so used to his presence, she didn’t want to think of what it would be like without him. Nor did she want to think about breaking in a new pair comfies.

Sigh. Yes, Drew was a keeper.

After a few minutes of trying to read her novel, her attention was caught by a movement from the direction she couldn’t keep her eyes from straying to anyway. Drew had risen and now stood next to her. She looked up and came face to face with a cock pushing against the front of his swim shorts. Oh boy.

Sydni dropped her book, grasped his hand and let him lead her into the house and straight to the shower.

After rinsing the sand from their bodies, Drew snatched Sydni’s favorite massage oil off the dresser and headed for the screened-in private veranda out back.

“Coming?” he tossed over his shoulder. She grabbed a couple of clean towers and scrambled after him. Naked, he lay down on the leveled lounge and held out the bottle to her. “Do me, first?”

No problems there. Touching the man, easing her fingers over those miles of muscles, teasing him with her hands until he went crazy. Yep, she could certainly do him first.

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Saturday Snippet – Food!

For more awesome snippets by the most talented and popular authors, read mine then scroll down to the bottom for links to the author pages. Enjoy!

EXCERPT from HATSEPT HEAT
Vampire Council of Ethics Book 3
By TJ Michaels, Copyright 2007
Samhain Publishing, All Rights Reserved

“You ready to eat?”

Boy was he ever, but his stomach and his heart didn’t agree on what that meal should be. In truth Kenoe didn’t give a damn about food right now. Shinju looked utterly adorable with a smudge of flour across her cheek, and a few loose curls stuck to the side of her face. The smudges on her borrowed clothes told part of the story of what she’d been up to.

Obviously catching wind of his curiosity, she motioned toward the sumptuous spread on the table and said, “Well, you said your boss sent this jet for you and we’re the first to travel on it, right? So I thought we could christen it, so to speak.”

The image of her spread eagle on top of the large and thankfully bolted down table flashed into his head. Dragging his mind out of the gutter kicking and screaming, he forced himself to sit still while Shinju directed the wait staff to clear the hors-de-oeuvres and bring out the main course. Shinju took a plate up to Randall in the cockpit while Kenoe sat and watched in awe as two impeccably dressed chefs brought the food.

Even over the wonderful smells of the various dishes, he still scented Shinju before she re-entered the room. Rising, he pulled out a chair and dropped a kiss on the top of her head as she settled into it.

“Go ahead. Taste it,” she urged with a big, proud smile on her face.

The woman was a wonder. The first meal she’d ever prepared for him in her neat little kitchen had made his stomach sing. This meal might just make his whole body break into a chorus of “One Singular Sensation.” And hallelujah, none of it was Japanese food!

Instead his plate was piled with seafood lasagna with a sauce so savory and light, the scent alone made his mouth water. The pasta was accompanied by a simple green salad garnished with fresh green peppers and tomatoes, tossed in a sweet ginger vinaigrette. The spices were unique, far from the typical basil and parsley in Italian-style cuisine. No, this was a culinary orgasm going off in his mouth. Simply delicious.

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Get 10% off at Ellora’s Cave!

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Now, go shoppin’ – Love,

TJ :cool:

They got me!

Terry from Romance in the Backseat (ritbs.blogspot.com) captured me singing! Oh my GAWD! She said she was gonna put that video blog up but I didn’t believe it. ROFL!!!

This is so very cool! I embedded the video here, but if you can’t see it you can visit this link.

So whatcha think?

Twitter-fied!

Where do you spend your time when you’re on the web? I’ve been finding myself enamored with Twitter. It’s so fast and so simple it’s almost irresistible. For those who have very little time to keep up with blogs and posts and websites in addition to ‘life’ stuff Twitter is a god-send! It’s the fastest communication tool I’ve ever used.

And it’s fun!

So that’s why I have a Twitter widget on my website now, so even if you don’t have a lot of time to comb through my website and see what I’m up to, you can always take a peek at the twitter-widget or hop on Twitter, take about 30 seconds (two minute tops) and catch up on what’s happening in the worlds of your favorite authors. Not to mention, there are plenty of good ole regular folks out there with interesting lives.

I’ve been converted! I am now a full-fledged Tweet-tee!

Support Diabetes Research With Us

You know, I’d never paid much attention to Diabetes…until I was diagnosed with it during Christmas of 2007. What a present, eh?

I felt fine. No symptoms other than I kept gaining weight no matter how well I ate, how much I walked or exercised. So I decided to go in for a typical routine physical. The doctor called me back into the office a week later to tell me the tests had come back. And that I was just “over the line” enough in my blood work to be a diabetic.

It didn’t make a damn bit of sense. I wasn’t overweight (not by much anyway *smile*). Ate pretty healthy. However, I had allowed myself to totally stress, and I mean stress, over my job for a whole year, getting very little sleep, few days off, and hardly any exercise. And even though we all know stress does all kinds of nasty things to our bodies and causes the secretion of nasty hormones.

It took me a year of keeping my stress to a minimum, taking a blood-sugar control medicine and making my already pretty good diet even better. I went into the doctors office about six months later and received some good news. My blood tests came back non-diabetic. YAY!!

So I shared all that to say I really, really support what Brenda Novak is doing with her auction fundraiser for diabetes. And it is my fervent hope that you’ll participate, too.

So you’re probably wondering who the ‘us’ in the title of the post refers to. Click on the banner, hop over to the auction and take a look at what some of your favorite authors, editors, agents and publishers are doing this year.

HATS OFF TO YOU, BRENDA!!!

Multicultural Madness at CataNetwork

Hi all,

This is really late notice, but the CataNetwork (ecataromance.com) is hosting a Multicultural Day where romance authors who specialize in this genre are coming out to play.

Check out my interview with them by the lovely and talented Donne *smooch* here.

There’s tons of excerpts from everyone, including small press authors and the big New York houses. The Yahoo group loop is here: CataNetwork on Yahoo.

TJ
www.tjmichaels.com

Book Signings Galore

Yesterday we had an awesome book signing at Barnes and Noble in Seattle. The author company was incredible: The most-fabulous Lauren Dane, Lacy Danes, Alexis Morgan, Shelli Stevens and myself. DOING IT THE HARD WAY was on the shelf ahead of schedule! And yes, I bought a copy of my own book *LOL*

There was some really good interaction with the folks in the audience and they asked a lot of really good questions. To our surprise we were asked to read excerpts from our books…which was a bit awkward because there were children in the audience. We’re all erotic romance authors so it was a bit funny to hear some of the substitutions for certain male body parts and adult words as we read ;D

Next signing is Valentine’s Day at Third Place Books in Seattle. Be there! Yeehaa!!

B&N Signing - Feb 7th 2009

Holiday Hotties and Merry Christmas

Thank you to all who joined us at the Holiday Hottie chat on December 19th. It was a load of fun. And now, HOLIDAY HOTTIES is done! The two grand prize winners will be announced on Monday, December 22, 2008. Stay tuned!

I’m giving books this year which, believe it or not, is something I’ve never done. If you’re doing the same here are some links to make it easier.


MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

TJ
www.tjmichaels.com