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Release Party: Lara Archer’s Wild at Heart!

Hey there, lovely Readers! Lara Archer here….the just-a-bit-more-scarlet secret identity of one of the Ruby Sisters.

A little less than three months ago, I launched my first book, the historical erotic romance BARED TO THE VISCOUNT, and now I’m back for more: this time with a contemporary erotic romance, WILD AT HEART, which launches today!!!!

LaraArcher_WildAtHeart_web size new edit with burnAside from the super-smokin’ heat level, the two books share a “Friends to Lovers” theme, with a passionate romance at the core. (But sex…lots and lots of sex.)

It’s been so much fun knowing people are actually reading the first book. Both books are in Kindle Select at the moment…mostly because I couldn’t handle learning how to upload to all the different vendors right out of the gate. Which means every morning when I wake up, I check my KDP dashboard for “Kindle Normalized Pages Read” and learn that several people have already read VISCOUNT cover to cover….either that, or a whole bunch of people have read a couple chapters each. Or a ridiculous number have read one page each. Anyhow, SOMEBODY’S reading, and that’s a thrill for me.

The hardest one to know about? My 80-year-old dad and his wife live in one of those gated retirement villages in the middle of Florida, where everyone drives around in golf carts and plays pickle ball. The day after VISCOUNT came out, I learned that not only were my dad and his wife reading it, they were READING IT ALOUD TO EACH OTHER. And my stepmom told me, “This is going to be very popular in our circle of friends!”

Oh, dear Lord. Now I’m just imagining a whole crew of ladies and gents in their 70s and 80s sitting around together, with some poor soul with a hearing aid constantly shouting, “She licked his WHAT??”

Well, it’s been an adventure.

And I’m eager for WILD AT HEART to find its readers, too.

Here’s a blurb:

Cinematographer Nick Turner has yearned for independent film director Amber Wakeling for years, but he absolutely forbids himself to touch her. Their work together is the one thing that makes this notorious Hollywood Bad Boy feel like he has a soul. He’s just not wired for commitment, and he won’t risk his artistic bond with Amber for a few nights of even the most mind-blowing sex.

A new shoot on Colorado’s beautiful Wild Mountain, though, strains Nick’s resolve to the breaking point. Somehow in this lush, unspoiled setting, the rules of civilized life don’t seem to apply. When normally straight-laced Amber makes a sudden move on him, Nick is lost to desire.

But will stepping off the safe path lead to heartbreak for both of them, or will Nick discover he’s capable of something he’s always thought impossible—real and lasting love?

And here’s a (mildly expurgated) excerpt from the scene in which Amber’s about to tell Nick she’s not marrying her safe and boring fiancé after all:

Nick was definitely not marriage material himself. Women threw themselves at him, he caught them, made them very happy for a while, then waved them on their way. While Amber deserved a home, a real home, and a family and security.

But she wasn’t making things easy for him today.

Amber strode over, her lush hips swaying, and a mischievous gleam in her eye. “Best part is, the one filming permit covers the whole National Park, and it’s free!”

“Perfect choice, kiddo,” said Nick, trying to keep his mind off the swaying hips and the gleaming eyes. What the hell kind of mood was she in today? Amber was often playful, even exuberant, and she had a complicated sense of humor, but she usually didn’t try to provoke him. Did she have the slightest clue how much he wanted her?

He made himself think serious thoughts about lighting apertures and boom microphones and the chances of catching a hawk or eagle in flight in that opening panoramic shot. “How’d you even learn about this place?” he asked.

She actually batted her eyelids at him, and despite his best efforts at professionalism, Nick’s internal temperature shot up several degrees. “I have my ways,” said Amber, swaying closer still. “Us indie girls are clever about getting what we need.”

Nick took a step back, subtly adjusting the fit of his shorts. Thank goodness he always wore his shirts untucked and still had one large camera bag shielding the front of him—though he found himself wishing they’d brought a couple extra crew members up here with them. Preferably crew members armed with animal-tranquilizer guns.

He shoved a dark lock of hair out of his eyes. He could barely fight off the impulse to reach out and grab Amber around the waist and see how close reality could come to his fantasies. Whatever mood she was in, Amber was not going to like him making a move like that.

Exuberant and playful and unpredictable she might be, but she was loyal to the core to those she loved—including her fiancé. Her loyalty was one of the things Nick liked best about her.

Nick tried to fix his attention on a line of swaying aspens twenty yards away, and racked his brain for something rational to say. “You sure those spoiled Hollywood stars are going to be willing to hike all the way up here?”

Amber came another hot inch closer, setting the whole surface of Nick’s skin ablaze. “I saw the way Miz Ruby looked at you when we met her for lunch,” she teased, her blue eyes locking with his. “She’d climb Everest if she had to, to get a shot at the ridiculously handsome and oh-so-notorious demon lover Nick Turner.” Amber leaned in and ran a fingertip across his chest. Jesus, she might as well drip a stream of lava across his flesh.

“Amber,” he said tentatively, though his voice had dropped an octave without him willing it, and came out like a growl.

“I’m just teasing, cowboy,” she said, darting away again. “I don’t care how many notches you’ve got on your bedpost, I know you’ve got a heart of gold.”

A muscle clenched in his jaw. Well, it was true enough about his damned bedpost, anyway. He had to do something with all the sexual energy Amber unleashed in him.

And it couldn’t be with her.

Hell, Amber’s parents were still married to each other. Thirty-two years in, and they still loved each other. And talked to their daughter on the phone three times a week. Amber was going to have a life like theirs and a family like theirs, even if Nick had to die to make it happen.

Of course, there was a fairly high chance he was going to die if she touched him again and he couldn’t have her.

Well, small price to pay to keep from hurting her.

“Let’s get some test shots, okay, kiddo?” he said. “Any sense of where exactly we should put the main action?”

Amber gazed around at the vibrant landscape, considering, and then swung around to look at Nick again. An odd spark came into her eye. “You know, it’s just you and me today,” she said, then paused and bit at her lower lip. Was she blushing? Her cheeks looked suddenly pink. Then she smiled again and murmured, “How about you and me just…try it out?”

Nick’s heart thumped. His dirty mind interpreted those words in a way Amber could not possibly mean. “Try it out?” he asked, trying to sound innocent.

“Yeah, try it out.” She was biting her lip again—and she was definitely blushing. “You and me, act out the love scene. See if it’ll work.”

Holy Lord. His lungs were seizing up. “I think we’d better get those test shots,” he managed to choke out, and crouched down to get his lenses out of his main pack.

“Nick,” interrupted Amber, her voice low, vaguely hurt. “Come on.” He felt her hand on his shoulder. “Why not? Am I so much less desirable than all those other women?”

“Less desirable?” He stood up again abruptly, looking at her in astonishment. “Jesus, Amber, did someone slip you a mickey at lunch or something? This is…this is not like you.”

“Maybe it should be,” she said. She brushed the back of her knuckles over his cheek, and he thought he might die from the sweetness of it. His pulse was beating hard, the main pressure of it pounding just below his belt buckle. Man, he was on the edge of losing it—and of making the biggest mistake of both their lives.

“Amber,” he said, grabbing her fingers and shoving them away from his face. “Stop—”

“Nick!” she said, and now her eyes glazed with tears. “Don’t make me beg, Nick.”

Beg?” He took a step backwards. “C’mon, kiddo—you don’t want this—”

“Yes,” she said. “Yes, I do.” He saw her tense, as if bracing herself for battle. With one quick move, she tugged the strap of his remaining camera bag from his shoulder, and it hit the ground with a slam.

Goddamn—she wasn’t teasing; she really meant to do this. Nick was too astonished to move.

Amber’s hands slid up the sides of his ribs, and she pressed her lush front against the hardness of his stomach and chest, stealing away his ability to breathe. Yet somehow he could still smell her—wildflowers and coconut-scented sunscreen, and the subtle sensuous heady scent of musk that came from the very core of her. And fire burst to life inside him. His body throbbed with raw need, and his gut was clenched so tight a bullet would bounce right off it.

Too bad, because he halfway hoped someone would just shoot him and be done with it.

 

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aspen leafPoor Nick! He’s got lots of angsty times ahead of him….and sex, remember, lots and lots of sex.

Grab your copy of WILD AT HEART at Amazon today!!!

Also, leave a comment here, and you’ll be entered into a drawing (U.S. recipients only; overseas I’ll substitute an e-gift-card) for a 24 K gold-dipped aspen leaf pendant, to celebrate the wild and beautiful Colorado mountain setting.

 

 

 

34 responses to “Release Party: Lara Archer’s Wild at Heart!”

  1. lori says:

    Heading to Amazon now to check it out!

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  2. Holy Guacamole! That’s sounds AMAZING! ~trots over to Amazon~

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  3. Sounds fantastically naughty : ) Huge Congrats!

    I must check this out!
    Heather

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  4. liz Talley says:

    Wow! Another Lara Archer book! How lucky are your readers 🙂

    Congrats – I know you’ll see a lot.

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  5. Lynda Bailey says:

    Whew! *fans face* What an excerpt! Love the concept…and Amber’s tenacity… 😉 Best of luck with your sales, my friend. Off to Zon to check it out.

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  6. Jen Gilroy says:

    Congratulations on your new release, Lara. Great excerpt!

    I’m sure this book will also be very popular in your dad and stepmom’s circle of friends! That comment, and your related ‘imaginings’ started my day with a smile.

    Wishing you many sales, and happy book publishing adventures.

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  7. Jean Willett says:

    What a great cover!! Congratulations on another book birthday. Wishing you lots of success. 🙂

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  8. Abby Sharpe says:

    I know that mid-Florida retirement community and their tricked-out golf carts! And I can just picture the residents sitting at an outdoor restaurant reading aloud.

    Congrats on your release! <3

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    • Lara Archer says:

      They really remind me of teenagers, running around having a good time as much as they can. Word on the street is they’re up to all sorts of hijinks most people don’t associate with their grandparents…. It’s a wild place!

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  9. Congratulations! Love your cover, blurb and excerpt! Can’t wait to see what Lara Archer creates next 🙂

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    • Lara Archer says:

      Thanks, Jacqui!

      The sequel to BARED TO THE VISCOUNT is next. Then the follow-up to WILD AT HEART will be out….WILD AT HEART is actually part of a trilogy of simultaneous romances, all happening during the indie film shoot in the wilds of a national park.

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  10. Looks like a great book – congratulations!! And the necklace pendant is beautiful. 🙂

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    • Lara Archer says:

      Thanks, Anne Marie! I love the gold-dipped real leaves…I have a lovely one that’s a little spray of redwood needles with a tiny pine-cone, and also a gingko leaf.

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  11. Shoshana says:

    Happy book birthday, Lara! Sounds like an awesome read. 🙂

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  12. Rita Henuber says:

    WONDERFUL excerpt. Super congrats on this release. Wishing you many sales.

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  13. Lara Archer says:

    Thank you, Rita!!!

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  14. Cia says:

    Congratulations, Lara! Imagining the seniors, particularly the one with the hearing aid:-)

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  15. Terri Osburn says:

    I’m eye-ball deep in a deadline but I had to stop by to say whoohooo!!! for another Lara Archer book. (I almost typed release, but that sounds too dirty considering the post above. Heh.)

    This is hot hot hot. And I love the “She licked his WHAT??” You’re kicking butt, lady. Keep it up!

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  16. Kate Parker says:

    Congrats, Ruby sister. May these stories find their way into waiting hands and willing hearing aids. still laughing about THAT mental image.

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  17. Caroline says:

    As the button I grabbed from the Goodie Room at National says, “I one-clicked the crap out of that baby!” 🙂 Congratulations, happy book birthday, and many happy sales!!

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  18. Tracy Brody says:

    Congrats on the steamy new release. Look forward to the day I get the thrill of seeing that people are reading my books. Loved the image of the seniors reading your books – aloud! lol

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