Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Party Time!!!

by Tawny

Wooohooooooooooooooooooo!!! It's that time again - Par-Tay Time in the Lair. I'm sooo excited to celebrate the release this next week of my 8th Harlequin Blaze, RIDING THE WAVES. Here's the blurb, in case you are wondering what kind of waves are being ridden *g*:

What happens in Mexico... doesn’t always stay there!

All uptight workaholic Drucilla Robichoux wants is to experience incredible sex, at least once in her life. So she heads off to Mexico for some sun, sand and sin. And she finds the perfect playmate in sexy surf instructor Alex. Her temporary boy toy teaches Dru to ride the waves, all right...
...right into the most intense climaxes she’s ever had!
But all vacation flings must end. When Dru heads home, she buttons up tight again. Might as well keep this delicious fantasy right where it belongs... in her naughty memories.

So it sure is a shock when she walks into work Monday morning and finds her secret fling is her new boss! And he’s definitely still interested in catching the big one with Dru.

Yeeeehaw! Drinks all around! The margarita fountain is flowing, party-hat wearing hotties are coming around with appetizer trays and wine and I think the tequila shooters are over there (pointing to that corner over there, where Madame and Aunty Cindy are whistling for the cabana boys).

This was a fun book to write. I got to learn to surf (virtually), learn new things about the science of astrophysics (virtually) and spend a whole lot of time thinking about fantasies. RIDING THE WAVES is a Forbidden Fantasy story. Which means Drucilla thinks she's in this perfect place where she can give herself over to all KINDS of indulgences. And her first indulgence she sees? It went something like this:

Reveling in the feel of the tiny grains shifting around her feet, Drucilla headed straight for the water. It wasn’t until she was halfway there that she saw him.

Her heart, and her feet, stopped.

Her mouth went as dry as the sand clinging to her ankles. She didn’t blink when the soft breeze sent tendrils of her hair into her eyes, just batted it away so it didn’t interfere with her view.

Oh. My. God.

He was incredible. Like some water god, he flew over the waves. The water glistened on his golden muscles like jewels in the fading light. Arms outstretched, biceps glinting as he balanced on the deep purple surfboard. Was he real? A figment of her lusty imagination? The manifestation of her every sexual fantasy? Dru’s breath came in long, labored bursts. Her eyes watered because she was afraid to blink, fearing he’d disappear.

Her hands itched to touch that bare chest, to run her fingers down the dusting of dark hair that perfectly highlighted his well-muscled chest. She stared as he got closer to shore, watching him shift his knees to a low crouch as he rode the wave all the way to the beach.

There was something so amazing about surfers. She’d always imagined them to be fearless. Able to embrace anything life handed them and ride it to success.

And talk about muscle control. That was the kind of guy who rock against-a-wall sex and not drop the woman as she melted in orgasmic glory all over him.

Was he real? Or had her sex-deprived imagination conjured up the perfect man to fulfill her every kinky fantasy?

About thirty feet away, she watched him walk across the sand. This close, she could see how young he was. Mid-twenties at the most. His dripping hair fell in inky black curls around his head, his beautiful face adding to the image of a Greek God come to life.

He stopped at the brightly decorated surf shop bungalow, and she watched him key in a code, then open the door and store his board. His familiarity made it obvious he wasn’t a guest. Did he work at the hotel?

Whatever he did, he was obviously out of her league. Not that it mattered. It wasn’t like a sweet young thing like him would have any interest in an almost thirty-year-old scientist with social anxieties and repressed sexual needs.

Needs she’d been perfectly fine ignoring until Nikki had gotten her all riled up over her crazy ideas. Insane ideas. Dru had no idea how to flirt, how to attract a man’s attention. Especially not a man like that. No matter what Nikki had suggested, Dru wasn’t here for a fling.

Except here he was. The most incredible man she’d ever seen. A man who would definitely not stop mid-thrust, but know how to bring a woman to a screaming orgasm, then make her writhe and beg for more.

And then he turned. Their eyes met. Dru’s breath lodged somewhere between her aching nipples and her suddenly dry mouth. His gaze holding her captive from twenty feet away, one corner of his mouth quirked in a charmingly adorable little boy grin.

And he walked toward her. Frozen in the sand, Drucilla didn’t know if she should pull back her shoulders, stick out her chest and smile beguilingly. Or turn on her bare heel and run like hell.

Whew! I think we need to have cake and ice cream, and celebrate now, don't you? Who has the cake knife? Trish? Nancy?

I loved writing a Forbidden Fantasy. Don't you love the sound of that? Both forbidden and fantasy make me just sigh and go into dream-mode.

In the story, Drucilla gives in and indulges in her ultimate forbidden fantasy - a vacation fling. She also indulges in wildly patterned dresses, kicky heels and decadent breakfasts. The dresses, the heels and the food are all lovely vacation memories when she gets back home. And the fling? Ooops, he's her new partner! And as hot as that vacation fling was... this is when things really heat up!

How about you? What's your favorite fantasy? Would you go for the all night party? The hot young thing? A weekend of margaritas and a chocolate covered Johnny Depp (oh wait -that's my fantasy!)

Come on in, grab a drink (what're you having?), grab a fantasy hunk (who're you having?) and share a little vacation fantasy indulgence. And what's a party without party favors? I'll offer a book (anything from my back list) to three random commenter's today!


Helen said...

Whoo Hoo
Have Fun

Tawny said...

YAY Helen :-D Now you and that darling teddy bear have the Rooster to entertain you LOL

Helen said...

Tawny this books sounds sooo hot and fun and fantastic I can't wait to read it I do love your books.

And I do love a party in the lair I will have a margurita please and cake and ice cream as well after all it is dinner time here on Oz LOL.

Fantasty dreams aren't they wonderful of course Hugh Jackman will be my party guest and a fantasty holiday for me would be in the Scottish Highlands locked up in a cabin by snow with any number of heros from the fantastic books I have read LOL :)

Huge congrats on the new release Tawny you rock

Have Fun

Jane said...

Congrats on the GR, Helen.

Hi Tawny,
Congrats on the new release. Parties in the Lair are the best. I will start off with a mango margarita. A weekend of margaritas and some beach action would be awesome. I think I would also enjoy the all night party, but not sure I have the stamina to hang out all night.

Tawny said...

Aww, Helen :-D Thanks. I try! I'm so glad you enjoy my stories!!! and for those kind words, here, let me pour you another margarita and whistle for one of the yummy cabana boys to serve you an extra piece of cake. They'll bring extra for Hugh, too :-) I'm having chocolate, myself.

Oooh, I love the snowed in fantasy. So delicious with a roaring fire and, well, go you with all those hunks to keep you entertained ;-) I do like how you think!!!

Tawny said...

Jane :-D Hello!!!

Yum, mango margarita? I haven't tried one yet, but I'll definitely be drinking that next. It sounds delish. So does beach time. I love the beach!!!

Thanks so much for the congrats :-D I'm so thrilled with this book and really excited to share it with everyone. I hope its as tasty as the margarita ;-)

Whoohooo, too, for the all night partying! And we'll definitely still be here in the morning if you have to sneak out for a nap ;-)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new release!

Just give me a mojito and Johnny Depp (loved him since 21 Jump Street).

Party on!


Daz said...

This book sounds just amazing and so HOT! I want! I want!

Kim in Hawaii said...

Aloha, Tawny! If Johnny Depp is your fantasy, then Ride the Waves over to Hawaii. He is filming the next Pirates movie in Kaneohe Bay near the Marine Corps Bay. The news features daily sightings of him in his Pirate hair, makeup, and bling. I'm sure he'd share a Blue Hawaiian with you!

Just got back from a Luau at the Hale Koa (House of Warrior) - the military resort on Waikiki Beach. The Polynesians dancers were fabulous - and looking like a fantasy in their no shirt/tight loincloth costume. when the lead dancer demonstrated how to climb a coconut tree, my heart swooned. He posed for pictures at the top, looking very much like Fabio - gone - Polynesian.

I'm wondering if Lars and Sven could climb the tree, or dance with fire, likes these pros?!?!

My fantasy would be Henry Cavill as my personal cabana boy, refilling the Mai Thais as I read the Bandits' hot books!

Tawny said...

Hi Cories :-D

Thanks!!! And here ya go, one large mojito. As for Johnny... you mean I have to share?


*sigh* Okay. I guess that's the good-hostess thing to do. Just let me lick, I mean, wipe the chocolate off of him and he's all yours :-D

Tawny said...

Hey Daz :-D

Thank you!!! And welcome to the party :-D Pull up a cabana boy and have a drink.

Kim in Hawaii said...

Speaking of Riding the Waves, I watched a locally produced film on my Hawaiian Air flight home from RWA - The Ride.

It's a fantasy film, a la Field of Dreams, for surfing purists. A California surfing champion goes back in time to learn how to ride the waves with Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku. It is a beautiful film, heart warming story, and gorgeous shots of paradise.

I recommend it as we celebrate Hawaii Statehood this weekend.

Lars and Sven, a round of Blue Hawaiians, mahalo!

Tawny said...

Oh Kim, you're gonna make me cry. Two of my favorite fantasies and I can't have either. No trip to Hawaii and no Johnny Depp. I'm going to have to pout copiously now.

I love your fantasy :-D Definitely a winner! And the luau sounds so fun. Especially with sexy coconut tree climbers :-D As for Lars and Sven... well I've seen them run pretty fast and jump up on high objects when being chased by drunken partiers, so I'll bet they'd be pretty good at shimmying up a tree.

I do think we should find out, though. We just need to find a tree...

Tawny said...

That sounds like a fabulous film, Kim. I'll bet the footage is gorgoeus.

Are you doing something special to celebrate Hawaii's statehood this weekend?

Anonymous said...

Okay, okay. You can have Johnny Depp back. You are the host after all.

Then let me have John Abraham.


Tawny said...

Oh. My.

*wiping the drool off my chin* Cories, that is one HOT man!

Yowza, he's definitely worth fantasizing about :-D and since you have him, I won't feel too guilty about sliding Johnny back over her next to me LOL

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Woot! Woot! I'll have a couple of Roasted Toasted Almonds if you don't mind, I have to go to work so that should make for an interesting day, can't wait to read this one Tawny!

I don't know who I will bring with me, I think I will just ask Lars to join me on his breaks.

Tawny said...

Well at least there's coffee liqueur in those roasted toasted almonds, huh, Dianna? It'll kick your morning off just right :-D

And I'm sure Lars would love to serve you one or three. And anything else you'd like for your fantasy day ;-)

And thanks :-D I hope you like Dru and Alex's story!!

Dianna Love said...

Tawny - Your new book sounds like a fun and sexy adventure. It's so you. :) Huge congrats on your latest book - write quicker so we can have more parties and good reads.

Hmm...I was thinking Hugh Jackman, but Helen has already claimed him. Except I'd put him back in cowboy know, chaps. ;)

Did I hear Mango-tini? I'm in. Where is Sven?

barb said...

Get the drinks out Helen I will be up and we can have drinks with GR

Congrats on the book Tawny... sounds hot ... I think we made need ice cream to cool us off... I will go with Pierce Brosnan as I am a mature age lady LOL so fill the glass and woo hoo

Christie Kelley said...

Woo hoo, Tawny!! Congrats on your release. I have to go find that book today! It sounds completely yummy.

I will have to wrangle Hugh away from Helen so he can spend some time with me. Maybe then I can rewrite the ending of this book (he is my muse for the hero).

But I think I'll pass on the drinks until I'm done writing today. I will finish this revision today!!

Congrats again!

Joan said...

Ok, just seeing the picture of Alex on the cover made me....

um, never mind.

This book sounds FABULOUS and can't wait to read it. I'll have a tropical sangria if you please and a side order of Matt Bomer.

Kim said: their no shirt/tight loincloth costume.

This um kind of sums up my fantasy..hence the Roman heroes..

Louisa Cornell said...

Yay Helen got the chook! He is obviously looking for a cooler clime in which to party!

Aloha Tawny and Crew!!

Can I just say that your latest sounds SMOKIN' HOT !!!!!!! Can't wait to get my hands on him, I mean IT ! IT! The book, I mean!

I think I need Richard Armitage on one arm and a big glass of strawberry frozen something on the other. LOVE a great party in the Lair.

My fantasy? Richard Armitage and Gerard Butler and a private beach on a private island. Nuff said.

PJ said...

Congrats, Tawny! I've had the pleasure (and I do mean pleasure) of already reading RIDING THE WAVES and it is one hot ride! Alex can fulfill my fantasies anytime! *grin*

Congrats on nabbing the GR, Helen! Better keep him away from the margarita fountain!

Donna MacMeans said...

Woohoo Tawny!

I think they should have titled this "Riding the Big One," and did you learn how to do that? Really? Amazing what one can learn over the internet (grin).

Send some drinks my way. I've got tickets to see WICKED tonight and feel the need to start to live up to the title. Heck with the drinks - send me the men!

Julia Smith said...

Chocolate-covered Johnny Depp

LOL! Now I can't remember what my fantasy is anymore...

Minna said...

Well, I brought Paul Gross with me.

Due South - The Mountie Song Revisited

Disney Tarzan - Savage Garden - Animal song

Dirty Dancing - The Time of my Life

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Tawny, that excerpt just melted an entire vat of ice cream! Paolo! You and a couple of other Cabana Boys need to clean up this mess!

Meanwhile, I'll down another of those mango margaritas, then saunter off into the tropical sunset with my ever-lovin Eric B. Hmmm, I do believe that is Jane on his other arm. ;-)


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Julia!
Yes, picturing a choccie covered Johnny D. is very disruptive to other fantasies!

Forgot to congratulate Helen on getting the chook! You and Barb better lock up ALL the Tim Tams in both your places. You know how he is. :-P

Also, Helen, LURVED your piccies from RWAus Conference! What a fantastic time you all looked to be having.


Gannon Carr said...

Party in the Lair! Woohoo! Congrats on your latest and greatest, Tawny! Sounds very hot---just the way I like it. And speaking of hot, where are those cabana boys with my margarita??

Ah, fantasies. I have a few, but I'll go with a tropical island, Hugh Jackman and moi! *sigh*

Tawny said...

Dianna... Hugh Jackman in chaps.

Hang on. I need to savour that image for a second.

Whew, okay :-D I love it!!! For bringing that gorgeous visual to the party, you definitely need an extra large mango-tini!!!

and thank you :-D

Tawny said...

Ooooh, Barb, I love Pierce. He's just so sweet and hunky at the same time.

He's the perfect fantasy date!!

Tawny said...

YAY Christie on finishing revisions!!! I'm only on chapter 3 but I can't wait for my next revisions :-D

For that great accomplishment, I do think you deserve a little Hugh Time. I think he's with Helen, or did Dianna haul him off to buckle him into chaps? Well, I know he's around here somewhere. Just watch for the glow of his smile.

Tawny said...

LOL Joanie. I like where your mind wanders ;-)

Thank you so much on the book love, I hope people like it as much as I love that cover *g*

A tropical sangria sounds lovely - and just perfect to go with Matt Bomer. Mmm mmm good :-D

Anna Campbell said...

Wow, Tawny, talk about heating up a chilly morning here in Oz! Your new book sounds absolutely fantastic! But then, ALL your books are fantastic! Um, not sure I want to share my secret fantasy with you - I might end up putting it in a book somewhere, yanno? Congratulations on your eighth Blaze! You are da bomb!!!!!!

Tawny said...

Aloha Louisa :-D

Yanno, I was raising my brow at the visual of you getting your hands on IT. We have rooms for that kind of thing you know. There, off to the side. Little cozy rooms with soft beds and silky covers.

You know, for reading :-D (what, you thought I meant something else?)

The margarita machine is churning out the strawberry margaritas, garnished with ripe strawberries, right about now. Have a couple, then you can tell me more about your Gerard, Richard and you alone on the beach fantasy *g*

Tawny said...

Awww, PJ :-D

Thank you!!! You just made my day!

Champagne all around to celebrate!!!! I'm so so excited that you liked the story!!!

And that Alex, he's so good at fantasy fulfillment ;-)

Laney4 said...

OMG, Tawny! What a delish topic.

My drink would be a Shirley Temple. I don't want to forget a single moment of my fantasy, nor do I want a headache afterward.

As for my fantasy hunk, I still salivate over George Clooney. What can I say? I love his body, his smile, his deep voice, and did I mention his body?

Now for that fantasy indulgence, that's a "hard one", LOL! Suffice to say, ANYWHERE with George would be decadent, but I'd prefer lots of privacy. After all, I don't need competition for his attention/affection! Perhaps there could be some chocolate "at hand" ... oh! And a pool! A private pool where we could "explore our surroundings", so to speak. I don't want a sunburn, mind you, but I would appreciate enough heat that my lips don't turn purple! (I've heard that isn't a turn on, LOL!)

Well, I guess it's time to think about something else, but this "staycation" was just what the doctor ordered. Thanks!

chey said...

Hi Tawny,
This book sounds fantastic!
Since it's a fantasy, I'm bringing a character from a book, Jamie Fraser. I'd like a strawberry margarita please.

Tawny said...


Riding the Big One? I like that :-D I can so see that on the cover.

I was so lucky that a friend, Nancy Haddock whose latest book was Last Vampire Standing (about Cesca, a surfer girl vampire - omg I love it!) helped me out. She gave me a verbal surfing lesson and really rocked at helping me understand how it worked.

Whoohooo on going to see Wicked. My daughter saw it when she was in New York and said it was so fab. I can't wait to hear how you love it :-D

Tawny said...

Julia said: Chocolate-covered Johnny Depp

LOL! Now I can't remember what my fantasy is anymore...


Sorry about that :-D

Tawny said...

Minna, Paul Gross is a wonderful party date :-D

alinaduffer said...

Hi Tawny!

The book sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it! Sexy summer fun is always good. I would have to say that my fantasy would be Robert Pattinson and chocolate! Two of my favorite things, lol! He is younger, but so Hot! And I cant help but love the accent!

Have a great day!

Tawny said...

But you can roll the hunks in melted ice cream and then add sprinkles, Aunty Cindy!!!!

They are always better with sprinkles.

Mmmmm, now I'm imagining Eric B with sprinkles. And whipped cream.

Sorry, what were we talking about? Did you want your margarita now? I think I need one too, to cool off! Here ya go ;-)

Tawny said...

Hey Gannon :-D

Thank you! I'm a fan of hot books in the summer, aren't you? And hot books in the winter. And hot books... yeah, year round.

I know Hugh's around here somewhere. He had chaps on and a few sprinkles, well, sprinkled over him, last time I saw. I'll bet he'd love a nice tropical dip about now :-D

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Woot! Par-ty! Par-ty! Glad I saw this post before heading out to Target. Going to get my very own copy.

I do love cake, and that picture of the cake is so cool. Dang it, now I want real cake!

Tawny said...

Ooooh, Foanna... now I'm intrigued.

C'mon, share your fantasy with me. Just sit down right here and have a glass - a big glass - of wine and tell me all about it.

Oops, hang on a second, I have to get the recorder turned on. Okay, now, tell me all about it :-D

And thank you :-D So so much! Your sweet words mean a lot to me.

Tawny said...

Laney, you are such a smart fantasizer (is that a word?) I love that you think ahead to remembering the fun AND avoiding the headache.

And what a lovely 'staycation' you planned. George, anywhere and any way, would definitely rock!! I mean, yum. What more do you need than him, right? And he's so into privacy himself, it sounds like your fantasy would be right up his alley :-D

Tawny said...

Chey - all characters are welcome!!!

And thank you :-D I hope you and Jamie enjoy the party - I'll get your margaritas.

Tawny said...

ooooh, Alina.

That Robert Pattinson. Yeah, he's a hottie. And I think he'd definitely be yummy with chocolate :-D

And what's a fantasy without a little younger man wishing, right? I think that's what forbidden fantasies are all about, pushing those limits just a smidge ;-D

Tawny said...

LOL Trish.

So your fantasy is cake, right?

I'll have to send you a picture of the one my daughter and I are making this weekend (as long as it turns out)

We're doing a rocker dragon. Yes, a rock star dragon complete with tattoo and spiked collar. It should be cute *g*

PinkPeony said...

Gee, somehow I KNEW I'd see Johnny's pic on this post! :)

My latest hunkalicious crush is Thomas Jane. While I'm not a fan of blonds, but he's a "healthy" looking guy.

Congrats on the new release, Tawny!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Tawny, the rocker dragon sounds awesome! I wasn't able to get your book at Target, but it's just because they haven't stocked the book section yet. This was a Target that was flooded during our massive flooding here in May. It just re-opened yesterday, but they're not fully stocked yet. Will have to get the book elsewhere.

Tawny said...

LOL Pink - how could I party without my Johnny?

I saw a picture of Thomas Jane the other day, he is looking mighty nice. And about to be single, right? I'll bet he's in the market for a little fantasy fun, too :-D (hey, why can't they fantasize about us? I'd like to think they do)

Thanks so much for the congrats - I owe you an email :-D

Tawny said...

Trish, I'm so glad to hear stores are reopening and business moving again in Nashville!

I haven't seen the book in stores yet myself. It's always a hit or miss with releases. Blazes are 'officially' out by the first of the month, but I've seen them in stores as early as the 18th of the previous month.

I'll share a pic of the cake when we're through ;-) I won't be eating any, though. Its a birthday cake for a friend and totally off limits to me LOL

flchen1 said...

Ooh, Tawny!!! Can't wait to read your latest! Is it awful that one fantasy is just me, my TBR, and a big, comfy chair in a quiet home library? *sigh* ;p

Tawny said...

LOL Fedora. I think that's an awesome fantasy!!!

Anna Campbell said...

Tawny, I remember the last time I fell for your big eyed innocent look, a glass of wine and a hidden tape recorder! I'm still playing the blackmail!!!! ;-) So excited I've got a new Tawny Depp to read!!!

Tawny said...

But Drucilla, I mean, But Anna... whatever are you talking about?

More wine, btw? How about some chocolate? *fluttering my lashes*

And I'm so excited that you're so excited *g* Seriously!!

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Anonymous said...

If we're having younger men around, how about Taylor Lautner? I'd take Jacob over Edward (Robert Pattison) any day.

But I still want to keep John Abraham.


Tawny said...

Ooooooh, Team Jacob vs Team Edward? Okay, I'm gonna say that Team Jacob has the abs to die for, but Team Edward has the pretty face :-D

So, oh yeah, baby :-D Definitely bring in the younger man - and hold onto John :-D Gotta make it a party to remember, after all.

kim h said...

congrats ont eh book
hot cover
love tom brady in chocatlate w
love football cant wiat