Jan 13, 2014

Ringing in the New Year with Susan Hayes!

Susan lives out on the Canadian west coast surrounded by open water, dear family and good friends. She’s jumped out of perfectly good airplanes on purpose and accidently swum with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.

She’s worked for local law enforcement, been a freelance wordsmith and bakes what she claims are the world’s best double-chocolate & caramel brownies. She’s passionately in love with the written word (and a few of her more hunky creations.) Writing is her joy, her escape from reality and the only way she knows of to quiet the nagging harridan of a muse the universe assigned to her.

Summoned and Stolen
Summoned Series Romances

Summoned into slavery, but unchained by love...

Lily is a magically bound slave who exists only to serve as a living ornament - the greatest of her master’s treasures.  When her master is killed, she finds herself bound to a vicious and cruel Duke whose dark intentions leave her terrified for her life.

Kel is the leader the fiercest mercenary army in the kingdoms, answering to no man and guided only by his personal code of honor. Upon learning that he and his men fought and died so their employer could gain control of a fae pleasure slave, he is furious. When that same man breaks his word and refuses to pay for Kel’s services, the mercenary knows just how to even the score.  He steals the Duke’s prize, the lovely fae slave.

Freedom comes at a cost, and the price Kel paid for the slave girl has made him a wanted man. Now the renegade warrior and the soft-hearted fae healer are running for their lives.  To survive, Lily must put her life in the bloodstained hands of a killer. To have what her heart desires, she’ll need to heal more than Kel’s wounds. She’ll need to heal his heart.


“We still have a little time left. Is there something you wish to do before I have to hide?”

“Aye, there is, little temptress. And I think you know full well what I wish for. Unfortunately, we’ve not got time to stop for that. I’ll have to be content with having you in my arms for now.”

Lily’s laughed and spread her wings, allowing herself to float until she was hovering above the saddle instead of sitting in it so that the two of them eye-to-eye. “Who said we have to stop?”

“Temptress indeed.” Kel slid a hand between their bodies to palm her breast while his other arm kept her close to his chest.

“Not a temptress. I just have no desire to be anywhere but in your arms,” Lily whispered her confession and Kel answered her with a kiss that made her quiver to the tips of her wings. There was hunger in his touch, but there was something else as well. His lips lingered, teasing and tasting her with a tenderness she’d never felt from him before. His hands, roughened by years handling weapons, were gentle as they caressed her.

The kiss deepened and she let her senses drink in everything as their tongues danced. His natural scent was earthy and dark, like the deep woods they had hidden in last night. The red-gold stubble of his jaw was scratchy where it touched her face, and she could feel the hard surface of his chainmail beneath his shirt. Kel’s hips rocked gently in time to his horse’s pace, an echo of the hard, fast thrusts he had used to bring her to orgasm just that morning. All around them birds sang and the trees rustled as they shifted, leading them out of the forest and back into a world full of danger. This time, though. She wouldn’t be facing that world alone.

She had Kel.

Kel’s need for Lily hit him with the force of sword blow, leaving him stunned. He had wanted women before, but never needed one. Lily was different. He couldn’t explain what it was that made her special, but she was. His men were going to be merciless when they saw him again. For so many years he’d claimed a true warrior needed nothing but his blade and an enemy to fight. Whether Lily stayed or not, Kel knew he’d never be able to make that claim again.

It was Lily who broke their kiss and then shifted herself in his arms so that she could reach the laces of his pants. Nimble fingers made short work of the knots he had tied, drawing out his cock with a soft coo of delight. That tiny sound made him even harder, and he had to resist the urge to haul her down onto his shaft and fuck her then and there. The only thing that stopped him was the knowledge that he’d hurt her if he did. The last thing Kel ever wanted to do was to cause her pain.

He removed his hand from the sweet curve of her ass, letting his fingers trace a line down between her legs to her pussy. Wet heat enveloped him as he slid a thick digit into her folds, seeking out her clit. “You’re already wet for me, little one, and I’ve barely touched you. Tonight I’m going to lay you down in the moonlight and learn every inch of your body. I will learn every secret place, every spot that makes you moan, and I will make you come harder than anyone has ever done. Your body is going to remember mine forever.”

Lily could only moan in response to his whispered words. Tonight couldn’t come fast enough. She had no doubt that Kel meant every syllable, and there was nothing she wanted more than to spend the night lost in his body. Until then, they would just have to settle for what they could get. His index finger found the swollen bundle of nerves and pressed down hard enough her entire body quivered. Her hand tightened around the thick shaft of his cock in response, and he groaned deep in his throat.

His mouth found hers again, hungry and wild with urgent demands that exactly matched her own. His fingers moved faster, sending her pulse racing. She rode his hand, letting his mouth muffle her sounds of pleasure. She stroked his cock in time to the rocking of her hips, and soon they were both breathing hard and she was lost to everything but her lover’s touch. Her attention slipped and she inadvertently dropped a few inches, bringing their bodies together. Once that happened, Lily let gravity work in her favor. She made a quick adjustment with her hands, wrapped her legs around Kel’s waist and sank down on his cock.

“Gods! You’re not ready for me yet.” Kel tried to move away, but there was nowhere for him to move to, no way to stop what was happening.

“I need you,” she whispered as she tightened her legs and drew him another incredible inch into her body.

“I need you too, little one. You have no idea how much.” Those softly spoken words were Lily’s undoing. She heard the pain buried in the words, and recognized the same loneliness that filled her heart. In that moment of instinctual connection with her battle scarred warrior Lily knew she’d found more than a protector. She’d found a kindred spirit.

CODE WORD: Summoned

Blog Post

I try to keep my New Year’s resolutions simple. The more ambitious I make my plans for a given year, the more likely it seems to be that the universe will take note of my carefully laid out goals and use them for target practice.

And so, for 2014, these are my resolutions:

I will eat more fresh vegetables than chocolate (by volume, not weight)
I will engage in a snowball fight.
I will seize at least one day, and one night.
I will write every day so the voices in my head don’t start a rebellion
I will only give in to temptation forty-nine percent of the time.
I will change my hair color at least once.

I hope that for each of you, 2014 brings more laughter than tears, more joyful memories than painful ones, and plenty of time to get lost in the books that we love.

Behind the Scenes

Ø What are your current projects?

Wilde Chase (Book one of a brand new series with Evernight Publishing) should be coming out in late January. I am currently writing my first book in a new, shared world concept: the 3013 series. 3013: Renegade. It’s a sexy science fiction story, set in a future where Earth is still recovering from an alien invasion. Fertile women have become rare, in this new where warriors rule and women are the ultimate prize.

Ø Name one person you feel supported you outside of family members.

My best friend, Karen. She was the one who first got me writing in this genre, and she has been cheerleading and supportive every step of this crazy journey.

Ø Do you see writing as a career?
A career is a lifelong pursuit, not just a pay cheque. Writing is my career. My 9-5 job pays the bills and keep me fed so I am free to write.

Ø Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

This past year I had the opportunity to write a series with four other romance novelists. The Sunset Point series are five books with overlapping storylines. It was challenging, fun, and ultimately produced an incredible series that I am very proud of.

Ø Why do you write?
Because I have to. There have been times in my life that I tried to ignore the need to be creative, and it made me miserable. My head is full of stories and characters whispering to me. I am happiest when I am putting those stories into words and giving them form.

Flash Round

What makes you blush?
Being complimented.

Do you have any irrational fears or phobias?
I’m sociophobic. The mall at Christmas time is my personal hell.

How do you think your exes would describe you?
Loyal but with high expectations

How deeply does your job / social role define you as a person?
I am single but totally independent. My job frees me from needing to rely on others for support.

What are you the most hopeless at?
Asking for help when I need it.

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  1. I've been waiting 13 days for this post. So great to get to know you better, Susan!
    pearls at Inner Goddess

  2. Love the excerpt!

  3. I am LOVING this "blog hop thingy" LOL Finding new to me authors is awesome! This book sounds fantastic! Definitely going in my TBR pile!