Katie Porter Guest Post and GIVEAWAY

If Princess Leah Got a Kitten…

By Katie Porter

Captain Leah Girardi from Hold ’Em doesn’t have a pet. This is probably because she’s a smart woman—and because she doesn’t have an eleven year old son who gives very good begging eyes and promises to take care of it and clean the litter box every single day.

Yeah, I’m writing this post with a four-month-old kitten twining around my wrists and pawing at my keyboard. I ought to leave all his “help” in, except then this post wouldn’t make a lick of sense and would be half in caps. He’s lucky he’s cute.

I’m also writing this with a six year old shih-tzu sleeping on my toes. We’re pet people in our household.

When we set out to write the Vegas Top Guns series, we came up with compelling characters and gave them sexy kinks and amazing cars. What we forgot? Pets. None of them, from Ryan and Cass in Double Down, through Jon and Heather from Inside Bet or Leah and Michael from Hold ‘Em, have pets. (Omg. The pest is trying to eat my necklace. How do you discipline a kitten???)

We’ve joked that Ryan and Cass are such sweethearts that they’d be on their way to some fancy roleplay date and stop to pick up an abandoned litter of puppies on the side of the road. They’ll spend the next couple weeks finding carefully chosen homes for all of the mutts, except Cass will fall in love with the most rambunctious, high strung one and keep it. Ryan will have to take it along on his morning runs or suffer the consequences.

Someday Jon will probably buy Heather a puppy. He’ll point out that it’s a very expensive breed, but she’ll notice that he’s picked the runt of the litter and has a soft spot for the animal even when it eats his Italian loafers. Heather will name the puppy, but I bet it’s Jon who buys its first collar. With rhinestones on it, of course.

As for Leah and Michael… They’re a bit tougher. I think they’d be cat people. Maybe. To be honest, it’s a little hard to think of them as having any pets at all. Leah is so very high strung, and such a total adrenaline junky. Michael is zen and laid back, but his focus is on Leah. Completely. I would call her Michael’s sun, except Leah couldn’t possibly hold still the way the sun does. She’s way more zingy than that. The only time she finds her full focus is in the cockpit or when she’s wielding the flogger that takes Michael on the endorphin rush they both need.

So wait, yes. A cat. They’d adopt some independent tomcat that came to the back door hungry and damp. Michael would feed it scraps and Leah would roll her eyes, but she’d put together a bed for the bedraggled animal. They’d promise each other they’re only giving the cat shelter from the rain, except the next day it would still be raining, so the animal would stay. Again. And then Leah would accidentally name it Terminix when it was being a pest and nibbling on her hair.

And they’d have to make sure to lock it out of the playroom when they’re having sexy times or it tries to eat the falls of the flogger and that is so inappropriate.

A man with handcuffs. A woman with a paddle. Both fly F-16s. 

Daughter of a world-famous motocross champion, and head-on competitor with three brothers, Captain Leah “Princess” Girardi was born with a need for speed. No one tells her what to do, especially not men with chauvinistic “girls can’t be fighter pilots” attitudes.

That’s what ended her brief relationship with Captain Mike “Strap Happy” Templeton. Now, six years later, he’s been assigned to her squadron, and whoa damn, he’s filled out nicely. Plus he’s cultivated a Zen-like chill factor that pulls at her hormones.

Even after four tours, Mike’s the new kid in the 64th Aggressor Squadron. That’s not the only thing new. Since he last saw Leah, he’s learned a few things about himself. A female who outranks him still makes his teeth grind, but in the bedroom he craves the rush of pain inflicted by an adoring, powerful woman.

Their reunion is an explosive revelation. Leah is the beautiful mistress he’s been searching for, and she takes to her new role like a natural. But Leah’s aware one thing hasn’t changed. Loving him is still an all-or-nothing proposition. She’s not sure her reckless streak is wide enough to risk her career–and her heart.


Up next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown:

Now that the first three of the RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick “Vegas Top Guns” series have been released, readers can anticipate the final two installments, HARD WAY and BARE KNUCKLE, in 2013.

November brings the m/m Christmas-themed CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, described as “masterful” by Publishers Weekly. In January, LEAD AND FOLLOW will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.

Where to find us:


Twitter: @MsKatiePorter

Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown

We’d like to give away a copy of DOUBLE DOWN, INSIDE BET or HOLD ’EM (winner’s 

choice) in any format. Just tell me about your pet—or the pet you wish you had.

Open till 10/17/12 @ 11:59EST with winner announced shortly after

Thanks again to Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind for featuring Katie Porter and Hold ’Em!


  1. I would like to have a puppy but I do not want to train or take care of a puppy right now. Currently we have cats so maybe when they are all gone we will get one.

  2. Well I don’t know which one to start with. We have 5 dogs and 3 cats. When I tell people I have 5 dogs they think im crazy. But if I put them altogether I’d get maybe an average size Labrador.
    I understand your pain with your kitten trying to help you work. I tell everyone one of my favorite things about my ereader is when I have 3 dogs and a 20lb cat on my lap I only need 1 hand to hold it and turn a page.
    Pets are wonderful everyone should have one or three.
    I’ve never read you before but I’ll be changing that. Your books sound really good. Thanks for the chance to win book.

  3. I want to have a puppy, but my mother not allowed.. It’s so sad..
    Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win, hope can win hehehe *wink*

  4. I have three cats, all male, 1 who’s 7 1/2 and 2 (unrelated) six year olds. They’re a good bunch and get along well. They’re a little high strung right now because they’re inspecting apartments and testing fire alarms this week, plus we have noisy new neighbors with little kids who shriek in the halls (I’m not too happy about that either).


  5. I have a cat named Kitsune. She just turned 11 years old. She’s all black and all attitude. She’s pretty calm most of the time but she only likes to snuggle with me and gives dirty looks to my husband and our 9 year old daughter. I’m more of a cat person but I’d love to have a dog again too someday. I haven’t had one since I still lived with my parents more than a decade and a half ago, but this apartment doesn’t allow them. Maybe someday.

  6. We have a house full of pets. Kids have hermit crabs & fish, there’s a family cat & 3 dogs. Our two little dogs are Jack Russell/Yorkie mixes, one looks like a Russell & the other looks like a Yorkie, but they’re siblings. The big baby of the house (MY BABY) is my 125lb Harlequin Great Dane, Lucy. Lucy is 7, a senior dog for her breed. We rescued her when she was 9 months old & I just love her to pieces. She’s the sweetest girl, a pizza thief, bed & couch hog…and without a doubt the BEST dog we have ever had. Did I mention I LOVE HER LIKE CRAZY!!!

  7. I’ve had two cats, beautiful girls which I lost within a year of each other, one from cancer and one from old age. It broke my heart, they were like my own kids. Now my daughter who still lives at home has a young cat, Binx, and he is a handful. Lovable, loving and so independent!

  8. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats right now, with a bird thrown into the mix. My dogs are a Pekingese (Ming) and a mixed breed (Scruffy). I also have 2 cats (Mr. Whiskers & Tommy). Add to that, my cockatiel (Billy) . Basically, I have a zoo, lol. And they rule the house.

  9. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to everything so I have no pets, however, I’m totally a cat person and would give anything to be able to have one. Barring that, I would also love to have a dachshund. I love the way they have big dog attitude in little dog bodies.

  10. Hi everyone! I’m Carrie, stopping by to giggle at Lorelie’s post. I can’t imagine any of them with pets because even though I have three cats, I’ve only written one animal into ANY of my books. Weird, huh? Although I suppose I’ve written shapeshifters. That has to count somehow *g*

    Many appreciative thanks to RoaCM for letting us chat about HOLD ‘EM. Good luck with the drawing, and we hope you enjoy Vegas Top Guns!

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