I had my Cherry Popped on Sunday!

16 Oct

My book signing cherry, that is ::blinks slowly:: why, whatever did you think I meant?

I recently attended Ellora’s Cave RomantiCon 2010. Along with it being a fun event, I met a hoard of wonderful authors, got to hang with my talented editor, attended a number of informative workshops and got to dance with the EC cavemen! Not much can actually compete with that, but I also had my first book signing! That is, I was sitting on the other side of the table signing and selling MY books. For real! It was such a wonderful and positive experience. Despite my worst fears (and nightmare that no-one would actually approach me), I talked to a bunch of people! It helped that it was a group signing. I sat between Helen Hardt and Francesca Hawley, two fabulous authors who just happen to be really nice people. A few of the Cavemen were also in attendance to provide some much needed visual stimulation.  I posted recently about what it meant to be a ‘real writer’, about what criteria really drove it. Well, attending a book signing, selling books, talking to readers and signing autographs certainly helps. Another notch on the publishing journey ladder!

It was doubly special because I had an opportunity to do some promotion and talk to readers directly about my new book, PAY UP which just released from Ellora’s Cave. It’s a friends to lovers story with a hot, ripped firefighter who knows his way around a woman’s body. I loved writing this story and getting deep into Rio’s point of view. I still sigh when I think about him and Carly together…


Neighbor. Friend. Lover.

 At least that’s what Carly Wagner wanted Rio Reyes to be. She’d settled for two out of three for almost a year and it just wasn’t enough. Not anymore. When Rio proposes a shockingly sexual bet, she knows it’s out of character and he’s not really serious, yet she can’t resist. The pay off could be finally getting her hands on the gorgeous firefighter she’s drooled over since she moved in next door.

 The timing had never seemed right for him and Carly, but that hadn’t stopped Rio from imagining wild and wicked things about her. It had been a joke—sort of, but Rio’s shocked when she takes him up on the dumbass bet. Now he’s in a world of hurt, because regardless of who wins, he might be crossing a line he never thought he would and jeopardize a friendship that means more to him than anything.


“Yes, yes, Rio, yes…oh…God, yes…”

Not again.

Carly felt heat flare in her cheeks, not to mention the other parts of her body. It washed over and through her all at once, leaving her weak, her breathing unsteady and just plain…hot.

What the hell did Rio do to get them to moan and scream and gasp that way? She’d never called out like that in the throes of passion or anywhere else for that matter. She was also pretty sure it wouldn’t have been with that sense of utter abandon or lack of regard for who might hear her. And let’s face it, she just wasn’t that great an actress.

One of the reasons she’d bought her condo in this building was for its construction, specifically the interior concrete walls. It should have been impossible, but some freak design with the ventilation system meant…they had to be going at it up against the entry wall that backed directly onto hers. Why hadn’t that occurred to her? They’d barely made it past his front door, before…


Carly inhaled quickly at the sharp pull low in her abdomen. She swore she could hear a faint rhythmic thumping and muffled groans too, but it could just as easily be her imagination taking over. It didn’t take much to have her picturing Rio’s big body and what he was doing with it to get that kind of response. God, he’d be hot and sweaty, his big body gleaming with exertion, his dark hair damp and sticking up where urgent hands had been buried in it, maybe holding on to him, urging him on. He’d have his shirt off, but maybe he’d been impatient, unfastening his pants just enough, having thrust them down roughly so he could—

She took a deep, shaky breath. She really, really needed to get a life. Unfortunately, she’d heard the whispers and giggles for a long time about how awesome Rio was in bed. About how built he was…down there, and about how he knew his way around a woman’s body like few guys did. Hearing the evidence of it for the second time in a week didn’t help.

Carly could feel how damp her panties were against the hot, aching flesh between her legs. She couldn’t help the clench of her inner muscles when she heard a definite thud and more with the moaning.

They were still going at it?

She’d figured after that crescendo they’d be done. She sighed. Yeah, she’d heard about Rio’s stamina as well.

How could she be hot and bothered and jealous as hell all at once? The hot and bothered she wasn’t so surprised about. She only had to picture Rio shirtless and she was there. Hell, she only had to imagine his big hands, the sharp line of his jaw, the flash of his smile or his startling blue eyes and that was enough. The shockingly intense jealousy had snuck up on her over time. And now? It was like acid burning through her veins at the thought of him and what he was doing with another woman, to another woman.

So, who did he have over there?

He hadn’t dated anyone regularly since the woman he’d been seeing when they’d first met. He never lacked feminine attention though. Being a tall, dark-haired, ripped firefighter didn’t hurt him in that department either, but he didn’t play the field like he could. Sometimes he went weeks without seeing anyone. Not that she was keeping track or anything. Aw, jeez, who was she kidding? She knew every woman he’d ever gone out with. It was the second time this week with the sound effects and it was getting on her nerves, not to mention her libido. So, all right…she didn’t have to stand in the kitchen, close to her front door where the sound seemed to be the loudest. She could have moved and spared herself, because she wasn’t sure her heart could stand much more either, but something kept her rooted to the spot.

She closed her eyes and leaned back against the counter. Her body was on fire, her clothing rough against her overheated skin. Even the softness of her washed-to-death t-shirt seemed abrasive against her pebble-hard nipples. She gasped as the muscles between her legs and deep inside where she burned flexed involuntarily. Her panties were soaked.


It was inevitable. She knew, she just knew, before she went to sleep tonight she was going to be making good use of her vibrator, imagining it was Rio pleasuring her, his unforgiving tongue flickering over the swollen bud of her clitoris before his big body thrust in and out of her as he braced her up against the wall. She had to give in to it, there was no choice, because if she held out, the need and want and lust became unbearable. Been there, done that. Greg hadn’t been able to satisfy that in her either. Despite how pleasant their sex, he couldn’t satisfy the craving she had for Rio. He never had. She snorted. Yeah, thinking sex with him was “pleasant” should have given her more than a clue, a long time ago.

God. Rio Reyes. He’d been her sexy neighbor for just over a year, a good friend for almost the same amount of time and her secret crush since the day he’d helped her “de-wedge” her console table from the apartment elevator. An elevator she wasn’t supposed to be using for moving in her furniture. He’d laughed at her with his infectious smile and gorgeous dimples and she’d been gone.

PAY UP is available from Ellora’s Cave TODAY! You can get it here – http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-8747-50-pay-up.aspx

And I couldn’t resist signing off without posting at least one picture of the Cavemen. These guys are freaks of nature, in the best way possible!

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One Response to “I had my Cherry Popped on Sunday!”

  1. Lauren Fraser October 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    Gotta love those cavemen. I’ll bet your first official signing was an amazing feeling. Glad you had such a great time. Congrats on the new release. Can’t wait to read it.

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