GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: with Tina Donahue In His Arms

 When the Mood is on Love. . .

That’s when a little foreplay can make things interesting, only not the kind I know you’re thinking about. 

A well-placed smile, a wink, some sexy kidding around can also do the job. What’s more, it can bond two people more effectively than a quick roll across the sheets.

In my upcoming erotic romance In His Arms, I tackle a serious subject within the love story. Wanting the intimate moments to be both steamy and joyous, I opted for a bit of fun before the actual event. To show you what I mean, here’s a blurb and an excerpt.


Owned by one man, loved by another. . .

Abducted and delivered into sexual slavery, Lori has surrendered her will in order to survive. For more than a decade, she’s been known as Summer, a lovely submissive, her owner’s possession until he gives her to his newest lieutenant, a mysterious man called RJ. Commanding and virile, RJ dominates without cruelty and possesses without threat, engendering a mixture of safety and passion. In his strong arms, Summer enjoys carnal pleasure she’s never known and tenderness she’s craved. In his heated gaze, she experiences a sense of recognition she doesn’t immediately understand until it proves dangerous in a way she could never have imagined. Bound by desire and their growing love, RJ traverses the shadowy world of human trafficking, risking all for Summer’s freedom only to learn she harbors a fateful secret that threatens to tear her from him, leading to an irrevocable event that risks both their lives.

With great care, RJ carried Summer to the paneled hall, careful not to alarm her in any way, wanting to maintain the fragile trust he’d already built, grateful for her current response.
She ran her fingers across his pecs and pressed her lips to his cheek, her mouth and breath warming his skin.
His lids sank to half-mast, complementing his pleased grunt. It drew Summer closer. She snuggled against his chest, her arm draped across his shoulders, her fingers leaving his pecs and going to his ear, circling the lobe, tickling it.
RJ stopped mid-step and loosened his hold briefly, pretending to drop her.
She yelped, then giggled at his horseplay. The joyous sound touched his soul. Arms wrapped around his neck, she held tight.
He adjusted her weight, an easy matter. Although she was physically taller than he would have guessed, she was smaller too, her shoulders narrow, her bone structure delicate. Head turned to hers, he noticed again that her hazel eyes were more gold than tawny, their color arresting behind her long lashes.
Holding her gaze, he winked.
A new flush crept up her throat, staining her cheeks. She curled her fingers on his pec, glancing down shyly.
The moment humbled RJ. She wasn’t anything like Anthony had described. He needed to know why she wanted to stay with that kind of man.
Why don’t you want to go with me? he’d asked.
I don’t know you.
No matter what he was—and he’d done many things that made him ashamed, beginning when he was a teenager—he wasn’t the man she thought. Hunger for her to understand that, a sudden desire for her to see him and no other man nudged RJ, encouraging him to continue down the hall.
Behind them, Hogan still followed, his shoes slapping the hardwood floor, keeping time with the sharp clap of RJ’s.
Frowning at the man’s unending intrusion, RJ turned the corner and entered the master bedroom.
Bathed in the glow of the city, its gold-papered walls and polished furnishings glimmered with understated excess. Here, no larger buildings loomed nearby to allow strangers a view from their windows or to obstruct the sweeping view. Outside, twinkling lights in a riot of colors ate away the darkness. The Golden Gate Bridge, illuminated with street lamps, rose imperiously, slashing the dusky sky with its scarlet color.
RJ carried Summer to the California King bed, its tall mahogany headboard flush against the wall, its linens fragrant with the fragile scent she wore.
Without anyone asking, Hogan turned on the lights.
Brass wall sconces with fluted glass shades provided delicate illumination, the faint glow almost mocking the primal acts that would soon occur.
RJ lowered Summer to the mattress. She lay back, rubbing her palms over the silk comforter, her body vulnerable, her eyes on him.
Bending down, he ran his knuckles across her cheek, hoping the simple gesture assured her she wouldn’t come to harm, not at his hands.
Her lids fluttered. She smiled.
“Comfortable?” he asked.
Summer nodded.
Giving her another wink that widened her smile, he grabbed the black-and-gold tasseled pillows, tossing them on the floor. With his knees touching the edge of the gold comforter, RJ lowered his eyes to her thong, her navel, nipples, throat and then her eyes.
A surge of lust battered him. He forced it down, determined not to take anything without her approval and without first seeing to her pleasure.
Hand resting on her thigh, he trailed his fingers toward her cunt, glancing up to see her response.
She parted her lips, her gaze softening, accepting. As if to prove her desire for him, her willingness to engage in sex, she dragged her hands above her head, crossing her right wrist over her left, exposing her breasts fully to him. Her areolas puckered around the long tips, firm and ready for his use.
The muscles in RJ’s chest tightened, not allowing him to take a full breath.

RJ’s playfulness draws Summer to him faster than a command, encouraging her to open her heart, and despite the many dangers they face. . .to fall in love.

In His Arms will be available September 3

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To celebrate the upcoming release of In His Arms, I’m offering a contest today. One lucky commenter will have her choice of one of my following books**:
    1. Lush Velvet Nights – ebook
    2. Adored – ebook
    3. Deep, Dark, Delicious – ebook
    4. Close to Perfect – mass market paperback
    5. Bad Boys with Red Roses – trade paperback
    6. Take My Breath Away – trade paperback
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About Tina Donahue:
Tina Donahue is a multi–published novelist in contemporary, historical and erotic romance. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and /or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper, worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company, and is currently the Managing Editor for a global business document concern.

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  1. Hey, Sassy!! Thanks for having me here today!

    Ladies - leave a comment and you'll be entered to win your choice of one of my back titles listed above. :)

  2. Sounds good, but no need to enter me, I am banning myself from ebooks until I get an ereader, I just don't get them read otherwise.

    Kind of tricky subject you wrote about, was it easy or hard?

  3. Hi, Blodeuedd - In His Arms was difficult to write at times, because of the emotional content. However, it was well worth it. Even before its release, it's received rave reviews from respected online sites (posted in my newsletter and on my website). The reviewers praised the story's twists and turns, the emotional build between the characters, the moving love story between RJ & Summer and, of course, the stunning end. I really enjoyed writing it. :)

  4. Love the cover and the excerpt. I would love to win one of your books.

    I follow on GFC

    seriousreader at live dot com

  5. Hey, Linda - thanks for dropping by - glad you liked the excerpt. And that is one hot cover, isn't it??? :)

  6. Hi Tina. Congrats on your upcoming release. Loved the excerpt. And the cover is a great cover.
    I am a new follower of the blog and like on facebook(sue brandes).

  7. meingee5:18 am

    congrats on the new release. Love the excerpt.


  8. Hey, Sue and Gabrielle - thanks for dropping by!! Glad you liked the cover/excerpt. :)


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