I am delighted to welcome Shiloh Saddler back to the blog on such an auspicious day. A New Release is something every author enjoys. I am sure Saltwater Lover will be a success. Good luck with it, Shiloh.
The Ugly Christmas Sweater
Don’t laugh. We all get presents we don’t like. Let’s face it sometimes our friends and family really don’t know us that well. Either that or they are just horrible with finding a good present. By the way, if you know you are one of these people I highly recommend gift cards.
Every present I get is appreciated. It is the thought that counts, right? My great aunt is notorious for giving everyone an ugly Christmas sweater every year. Luckily she lives in another state so I am not required to wear said Christmas sweater to show her. I do admit to taking pictures with me wearing the sweater and mailing the picture to her. It made her happy, and hopefully she was the only person who saw the picture!
Now I hear there are holiday parties devoted to the ugly Christmas sweater. Some hosts are even giving awards to the person with the ugliest sweater. Maybe I wouldn’t feel so odd if everyone in the room was wearing an ugly sweater. I’m not sure.
What surprises me is that stores are continuing to sell these ugly sweaters. I would have hoped they would have gone extinct a long time ago. Really? This is a fashion trend that needs to die. I’m sure there are enough unwanted ugly Christmas sweaters to go around.
Okay. My little rant is over. You expect to see the picture of me in the ugly Christmas sweater? Sorry. I’m taking that picture to the grave with me. I do however have a pretty cover to show off. My M/M historical romance Saltwater Lover releases today. It is my first romance from Liquid Silver Books.
In 1800, Kojo is a native African with deep connections to the spirits—but those spirits choose not to save him from the slaving ship. He’s captured and taken aboard, where he meets Captain Mather. During the long journey to America, not even the spirits can save him from their growing attraction. Love blooms. A doomed love. For when they land, Kojo’s fate is to be sold.
Captain Mather can’t imagine Kojo being treated as a slave. Desperate to spare him from that life, the captain hides him, taking him to his home. When he’s blackmailed by a mutinous former crewmember, there seems little choice but to sell his ship and pay. Anything to save the man he loves.
When the captain reached him, Kojo’s pulse quickened, jumping several beats. The man’s green gaze scanned his muscular chest, glistening with sweat from the long walk. He wrapped a hand around Kojo’s chin, drawing his face gently toward him. His touch was not forceful as Kojo had expected, only enough pressure to direct the movement. The captain smelled of tobacco and rum and a spice Kojo couldn’t name. It was a manly, intoxicating scent.
The man’s calloused fingers trailed down Kojo’s neck, lingering for a moment at the base of his throat. Kojo felt the man’s hot breath on his lips, merely inches from his own. His round face and toned arms made it hard for Kojo to guess his age. A few strands of silver were mixed into his beard and at his hairline but were hard to see—perhaps forty?
Unbridled lust gleamed in the captain’s eyes and yet Kojo wasn’t terrified. It made him feel alive, wanted. Under the man’s predatory gaze, Kojo’s cock thickened, straining against the confines of his breechcloth. No man had looked at him or touched him like that before. And he liked it.
The captain smiled, the harshness in his eyes easing by a fraction.
Kojo’s cheeks burned.
One of the catchermen laughed, peering at Kojo’s loins.
The heat in Kojo’s cheeks spread throughout his whole body. He lowered his gaze, staring at his feet.
The captain shouted at the laughing man and he shut up.
The muscular white man guarding him started arguing with the captain. Kojo didn’t know what they were saying, but the man pointed at him. The captain must have told the man to guard another section of slaves, because his guard changed.
Returning his attention to Kojo, he tipped up his chin as if to tell him not to be ashamed. Then he slipped his fingers around the sacred bead hanging on a piece of leather from his neck. Kojo figured the man was going to cut it off with the small knife hanging in a sheath on his belt. But he didn’t.
The captain’s hand barely brushed his chest as he let go of the bead. The contact was so light Kojo wondered if he had imagined it. Gooseflesh rose on his arms. Then he was gone, leaving him alone with his strange, unmet desires.
If you comment and correctly guess the present Captain Mather gives Kojo you will be entered to win a copy of Saltwater Lover in any e-format you choose.
What present does Captain Mather give Kojo?
A. A bird
B. A staff
C. A hat
D. A ring
About the Author:
Shiloh Saddler likes to do research for her steamy romances first hand. She has invented a time machine and travels back to the 19th century on a regular basis. There are experimental settings on her time machine which could propel her into the future and even other worlds. She believes love and a good book makes anything possible.
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