Today we have an excerpt from a book I recently read, Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley! If you haven’t read this series yet, well, you’re missing out! Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about the level of writing, the world building, the kick ass females and completely alpha men. Kristen Ashley is simply a master!
Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Grand Central
Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love—no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club…
For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his tastes. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him—in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.
“I was leaning against the wall and, with no small amount of difficulty, tugging my jeans over my boots when Hop crouched at my feet, his hands out to help me.
My jeans successfully pulled over my boots, I straightened. He did too and slid an arm loose around my waist as I tugged them up, zipped, buttoned, and belted them.
“Um…not big on putting these back on after they’ve been on the floor of a public bathroom,” I murmured, giving my panties in my fingers a little twirl. “And I don’t have a purse.”
Hop’s eyes got dark but he said not a word, grabbed my panties and shoved them in his front pocket.
Knowing my panties were in Hop’s jeans pocket made my thighs quiver.”
“Just so you know,” I started, feeling suddenly nervous, “I’ve never had public handicapped bathroom sex before.”
“Just so you know,” Hop returned, grinning, “I haven’t either.”
“Uh…okay,” I muttered, finding it difficult to hold his smiling eyes and wanting to look at his shoulder. Instead, I lifted my hands to rest them there.
“Stall sex with a skank, yeah,” he went on and my head jerked. “Twice,” he continued and I felt my lips part. “Though, a private handicapped restroom is definitely the way to go with a lady. I’d never do you in a stall.”
He was teasing so I relaxed.
“I don’t think I could do a stall,” I shared.
“Like I said, wouldn’t do you in a stall.”
My lips curved up. “It’s good we agree on that.”
A Few Questions With Kristen:
1)How did you get into writing?
I have always had trouble falling asleep, from a wee girl. To get to sleep, I’d tell myself stories. At a young age, I started reading romance novels so that was when those stories I told myself before I went to sleep became romantic. It got to the point I’d remember where I left off when I fell asleep the night before and I’d start it up again. Then I realized I was pretty much writing books in my head. In the meantime, because I was dirt poor when I first started out after university, I wrote stories as presents to family and friends. Finally, one day I just sat down at a computer an started tapping out the story I was making up in my head to go to sleep. And away I went!
2)How do you pick names for your characters?
It isn’t the same for every one. Sometimes they come to me named. I also have a name list with hundreds of names that get my attention so I write them down on a note or put them in my phone and add them. If I need a first, last or nickname, I’ll go down the list, not reading, just scanning, until something pops out at me (it has to be organic that way). I’ve had readers tell me names they like (and those also go on the list). Or I’ll name folks after people I love. There are characters named Chris and Jessie in my book For You and those are my little brother and sister’s names. The characters are nothing like my baby bro and sis. But I wanted Chris and Jessie with me when I wrote that book. So there theywere!