Friday, 18 April 2014

The Return of Clever Bobby Stone


I'm thrilled to announce that my classic Black Lace title, ENTERTAINING MR STONE, has just been reprinted with a brand new, dramatic cover!

Entertaining Mr Stone is a favourite of mine, amongst my own books, for a number of reasons. When I was writing it, way back in 2004, I tried something of a different kind of voice for me, a story told in first person present, solely from the point of view of the heroine, Maria Lewis. I'd never done this before, but somehow it really worked and I had enormous fun with a new way of storytelling, really getting inside Maria's head and her thoughts and emotions.

I also loved writing the book because it gave me a chance to indulge my fannish passion for a fabulously talented actor who I had a major crush back then [and who I still think is sensational!], the amazing Vincent D'Onofrio. I was heavily into Law and Order Criminal Intent at the time, and I wanted to create a book boyfriend of my own who was somehow an expression of Robert Goren, but at the same time a new and unique character in his own right - a man who was sexy, powerful and dynamic, but not a classic pretty boy hero. Robert Stone is a middle aged man, husky of build, and with a touch of grey in his hair, but he has that certain je ne sais quo which makes woman fall at his feet and tremble at his - very kinky - touch.



Another fun part of the book was that instead of a glamorous international setting... I set the book in a reflection of the locale where I live myself, a medium sized city in the North of England. I also used other things from my own background ie. the specific setting is Borough Hall, a local government office building much like one I used to work in. Alas when I worked there, there was no Robert Stone-alike, and none of the shenanigans that take place in Entertaining Mr Stone... in that respect, the book is pure, escapist fantasy!

And Entertaining Mr Stone also initiated other stories, establishing the time and place for a lot of books that came after it.

In Suite Seventeen Stone and Maria are secondary characters and the Waverley Grange, which first appeared their book, becomes a major setting for not only Annie and Valentino's story, but many books that follow.

In Too Deep is set in the locale of Entertaining Mr Stone, but this time at the Borough Library. Gwendolynne meets Daniel there, but they too spend time at the Waverley Grange.

Another visitor to the Waverley Grange, is Jay Bentley in The Gift, and he and Sandy have many passionate encounters there, when they're not hanging out at her cafe in the small nearby town of Kissley.

The notorious Waverley draws many prestigious visitors, and one of them is handsome kinky billionaire John Smith, who has a piquant encounter with Lizzie Aitchison there, when he mistakes her for The Accidental Call Girl. John and Lizzie's story spans the The Accidental Mistress and The Accidental Bride too, shifting focus to Kissley Magna, the 'posh' end of Kissley, when John buys beautiful Dalethwaite Manor there.

So, Entertaining Mr Stone led to a lot of other things, and I'm pretty sure I'll visit the Borough and its environs again at some time in the future. In the meantime, here's the blurb:

When reforming bad girl Maria Lewis returns to her home town after a career blip she takes a drone job in local government, hope for breathing space and a chance to get her head straight. But the quiet life she was looking for is quickly disrupted by the enigmatic presence of her boss, Borough Director of Finance, Robert Stone. A dangerous and unlikely lust object, Stone touches something deep in Maria's sensual psyche and quickly attunes her to the secret erotic underworld that parallels life in the dusty offices of Borough Hall. 

But the charismatic Director of Finance isn't the only one interested in Maria. Knowing lesbian Mel has designs on the newcomer, and so does cute young techno geek Greg. Human Resources Manager William Youngblood would also like to prise the Borough's latest employee away from the arch-rival for whom he has ambiguous feelings.

Can adventurous Maria find time to experiment with this embarrassment of lovers? As well as entertaining her cool and sexy Mr Stone?

PRINT

Amazon.com :: Amazon.co.uk :: Amazon.ca
Barnes and Noble :: Waterstones

DIGITAL

Kindle: US :: UK :: CA :: AU
Epub: Nook :: Nook UK :: Kobo :: ARe :: Sainsbury's Ebooks :: Waterstones Ebooks
Apple: US :: UK :: CA :: AU



You can read an excerpt of ENTERTAINING MR STONE here.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

ANOTHER CHOICE - #2 of HIS BY CHOICE now available!

Here's my latest! It's #2 in my HIS BY CHOICE mini series and a sequel to AN APPOINTMENT WITH HER MASTER...


Enter a world of passionate imagination, where two inventive minds play luscious games of pleasure and power exchange.

Mary-Anne and her master, Benedict, are together now, and they're always exploring daring new fantasies. Happily his by choice, Mary-Anne grows daily in strength and self-confidence, and while she adores submitting to Benedict in their intimate scenarios, as a couple they’re very much equals.

When she devises their latest sensual challenge, Mary-Anne knows the wild scenario will test her limits, and Benedict's inventiveness. But will the elaborate, exotic adventure be a step too far, or the gateway to a higher level of sensation?

It might even be another game entirely…

Available from:

Amazon :: US :: UK :: CA :: AU
Apple :: US :: UK :: CA :: AU
Also from :: Barnes and Noble :: All Romance Ebooks

Check out an sizzling excerpt here

Friday, 21 March 2014

The Accidental Call Girl - special price at Barnes and Noble Nook Book Store!

Do you have a Nook reader? Would you like to read my sexy, kinky billionaire meets feisty Bettie Page lookalike romance for a bargain price?

THE ACCIDENTAL CALL GIRL is now available digitally for only $2.99 at the Nook store.







When Lizzie Aitchison meets John Smith in the Lawns Bar of the Waverley Grange Hotel she doesn't realise at first that he thinks she's "working". The chemistry between them is dynamite from the very first glance exchanged across the room, and she can't resist the allure of his fallen angel face and the way his lean body looks in a sharp business suit. Pretty soon, she's playing a dangerous game with him.

John Smith is a no nonsense guy who seems to be set on engaging an escort for sex rather than simply meeting a pretty girl to chat up in a bar, and if that's the only way she can get this gorgeous, irresistible man, Lizzie decides to act the part. Over just one drink, she becomes "Bettie", the high class call girl...

Buy epub version for your US Nook reader at the tempting low price of $2.99 for the next two weeks only!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sebastian isn't cheap... but he's certainly good value!


Look at that grin! I've always loved that image! And now he's challenging you to plunge into a BDSM adventure with him... for a very modest price. :)

IN SEBASTIAN'S HANDS is on sale at a special low price of 99 cents, or equivalent, until the 31st of March. So now's the time to sample a trio of naughty spanking stories, with a sweet romantic heart, for less than a dollar or a pound. Here's the blurb:

When Megan meets Sebastian Holmwood at a fancy dress party, she little realizes how her life is going to change. Sebastian is a beautiful and unusual man with an irresistible dark mystique about him. The glint in his silver blue eyes, and the velvet rasp of his deep baritone voice make her want to do crazy things. Suddenly she finds herself longing to play perverse erotic games almost beyond her imagination. She wants Sebastian to spank her, touch her, dominate her, take her over in every way possible... and she knows that with him, the pleasure she earns will blow her mind.

Sebastian Holmwood is a dominant master who's never quite found his perfect submissive... until he meets Megan, dressed as Little Bo Peep, and carrying a crook that looks suspiciously like a punishment cane. Something about Megan's blend of naivety and mischief, and her bold willingness to follow his lead, speaks to his dominant soul as a never before, and he knows he won't rest until he's spanked her and much, much more.

The collection is already offered at the low price on Amazon, Apple, Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks, with other vendors to follow.

Here are the links:

Amazon :: US :: UK :: CA :: AU
Apple :: US :: UK :: CA :: AU
Also :: Barnes and Noble :: Nook UK :: Kobo :: All Romance Ebooks :: Smashwords :: Diesel Ebooks


There's a teaser excerpt here if you want to see what Sebastian is all about! :)

Saturday, 1 March 2014

17 Days to Get Lucky!


Take a look at this super giveaway that I'm involved in! Seventeen authors are all giving away prizes, and you've got seventeen days to enter and win.  Seventeen has always been a lucky number for me - Suite Seventeen, anybody? - so it could be auspicious for you too if you enter! Why not give it a shot? All the prizes are tempting, not least my own TEMPTED BY TWO and IN SEBASTIAN'S HANDS... so don't hesitate, enter now, and you might be a lucky winner!

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Legion by William Peter Blatty - my thoughts

Legion (Exorcist)Legion by William Peter Blatty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book. For me, it's better than The Exorcist, which I also think is wonderful. Legion manages to combing a gripping police procedural with a stark supernatural chiller, and enriches the whole mix with some profound philosophical observations and thought provoking questions on the meaning of life and death.

And Kinderman is an amazing character, one of the best I've ever read. He's wise and real and complete. I wish I knew him.

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Dune

DuneDune by Frank Herbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Second time of reading this, and I still don't quite know why I like it. It certainly isn't my normal kind of reading fare. In places it seems pretentious and incomprehensible, but it also has a compelling and page turning quality that grips you and keeps you reading. It's also a toweringly complex vision of the future, and a magnificently well imagined universe.

For that reason, I'm in awe of it, and can even see myself reading it again some time. I also find myself strangely fond of Paul, and his mother Jessica, even though sometimes they come across as rather cold characters.

Should I start on the sequels? Maybe... maybe not. I think I need a change of scene for the moment.

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

New cover, new price!


To celebrate the dramatic new cover of my short story collection, DARING INTERLUDES, I've reduced the price to a very tasty 99c [or 77p or equivalent in your currency]. These stories are super hot, and yes, very daring. They're all about couples who are established and happy together, but eager to have fun trying edgy new sensual pleasures.

Here's the lowdown on each one:

In The Concubine, Merry spices up Rick's convalescence by telling him one of her super sexy stories and transporting him to a fantasy kindom where a beautiful and sensually accomplished courtesan serves her lord and master.

Silver Screen is a walk on the wild side for the heroine when she's compelled to take breathtaking erotic risks at the behest of her wickedly imaginative lover.

Vickie and Terrence both have sexual secrets, and neither quite knows what's going on in the other's head when they're in bed, making love. But one day, Vickie reveals her Naughty Thoughts... and discovers a brand new, thrilling Terrence. A powerful man who likes to play spanking games.

Daring Interludes is available from Barnes and Noble, Nook UK, Kobo Ebooks, Amazon Kindle US and Amazon Kindle UK.

There's a mini excerpt here.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas with the SubClub gals!


The girls at THE SUBCLUB are running a super HOLIDAY BUNDLE contest, and I'm helping them celebrate by donating a prize of my two Christmas themed titles 'tied' in a festive bundle, THE GIFT and FIRE AND ICE.

So zip on over there, and find out how to enter. It's a simple question, promise, and there are lots of great prizes on odder as well as my humble offering. :)

http://thesubclubbooks.com/?p=17689

 

Friday, 6 December 2013

THE GIFT is out now!


My Christmas novel THE GIFT is out now! Complete with festive red bow and golden lettering on the cover [see piccie below for more detail].

THE GIFT isn't entirely a new title. It's a re-imagining of an earlier book of mine, KISS IT BETTER, transferring a generic sort of Spring/Summer setting to the more seasonal one of December and the run up to Christmas. Although this was an idea suggested to me by my editor, I do think it works perfectly, as The Gift has a strong 'fairytale' type romance vibe to it, with shades of Sleeping Beauty, almost, along with reunited lovers, and a tough and slightly cranky Prince Charming, who's been through the mill of pain and injury, and almost literally come out on the other side as an entirely different man.

There's also an entirely new and rather sexy epilogue, which includes not only a love scene for hero and heroine Jay and Sandy, but a 'sighting' of Lizzie and John from my ACCIDENTAL TRILOGY. The books are all set in the same 'world' as a few of my other titles, including Entertaining Mr Stone, Suite Seventeen, and In Too Deep.


[Look at that blingy lettering, eh!]

Blurb for THE GIFT

Pleasure with a perfect stranger...

Jay Bentley is a man with issues. Haunted by physical and psychological demons, he seeks solace and sexual oblivion in the pursuit of an exquisite erotic daydream from his youth, and the reality of a woman who has illuminated his inner fantasies since a brief meeting years ago.

Sandy Jackson has always known that a certain magic is 'missing' from her life. She's feisty and philosophical, but her dreams are filled with heated images of a handsome Prince Charming she once encountered, a man who will kiss everything better and gift her with glorious, dangerous pleasure.

But the past is an illusion, and the present fraught with conflict and uneasy compromise… can two passionate lovers reconcile their differences and slake their burning sensual hunger for each other in a wild and daring liaison?

Excerpt here:

http://www.portiadacosta.com/thegift.html


Available from:

Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Kindle UK and Kindle US
 
Also from Barnes and Noble, W H Smith, Nook UK, Kobo, All Romance Ebooks, Waterstones Books and Waterstones Ebooks

And while we're on a Christmas theme... here's another of my titles set during the Festive Season...


Cally and Innes, the boss she secretly adores, are marooned in a freezing flat over Christmas, with broken central heating... and a dose of the forty eight hour flu for Innes. What else is a girl to do but administer her body heat as a therapy to make him feel better?

More info and a sexy excerpt here:

http://www.portiadacosta.com/fireandice2.html

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

STOP PRESS! HAWT EXCERPT ALERT!


What, a second blog post in a day?

Anyway, I'm just alerting you all to an *exclusive* and very hot excerpt of THE ACCIDENTAL BRIDE that's available for your delectation over at my buddy Limecello's blog!

http://www.tartsweet.com/2013/11/26/teaser-tueday-exclusive-excerpt-the-accidental-bride-by-portia-da-costa/

Cover reveal... sort of...



Okay, so it's not *really* a cover reveal. ;)

I've been freshening up some of the covers of my self published titles, adding a little colour. I think those stark, dramatic black and white type covers look great on physical printed books, but I feel that the covers for digital titles need to be a bit 'brighter' somehow. So... I've given Hettie some nice coral coloured lipstick and warmed her skintone with a touch of light honeyed tan.

You can discover a little bit about her complicated love story and her relationship with Starr, her hunky personal assistant, here:

http://www.portiadacosta.com/lessons2.html