Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hot Winter Nights Blog Hop -- Rudy and Trish's First Winter

The Junkanoo celebration was winding down, the hour was late and she was full and relaxed. She could see far off in the distance the outline of the home that Rudy had built for her, and she smiled at their life together as he stood taking her hand in his.

The waves brushed against their bare feet as they walked along. "Did you have a good time my love? You seemed quite taken with one of the dancers, Kimi I think is her name." Trish hip bumped him in jest. "Maybe I should learn the finer points of the Kumina."

He smiled as they strolled slowly along the beach. Trish wrapped her arms around the crook of his and leaned her head into his shoulder. It was December here in the southern Caribbean, but of course it was still balmy with a warm breeze coming off the water. Life had calmed down greatly in the weeks since they had gotten back from their adventures in the ruins of Atlantis. Now they were married, and bonded, and he had never experienced anything like this in his life. Just a few short months ago, he had no idea that mermaids even existed ... now he had one in his life that he could not live without.

"You know, love, there will never be anyone in my life but you. My life started the day we met." She squeezed him tighter, and then lifted her head.

"What's that?" she asked, looking at some flickering in the distance. As they crested the dune, they saw a roaring bonfire with a blanket laid out near it. Rudy had decided to surprise her while they were at the celebration, having a couple of friends set up this scene just for them.

It’s just like him to think of something like this, she mused.  She was about to tell him that hers began also when she met him, a smile playing across her relaxed features. She slid her fingers down his muscled arm intertwining her slender fingers with his. "What have you been up to?" She cried in excitement instead, all the long pulling him with a gentle plea across the sugar white sands of their beach. It had become so when Rudy had built them a home from the beginnings of her shack. Trish long ago had made a sort of unwritten law; unless invited this side of the island was off limits. This provided them the privacy the newly mated couple needed.

The sparks from the driftwood looked like so many thousands of fireflies floating on the breeze.  A burst of laughter left her lips as he scooped her up in a cradle carry swinging her around his lips sealing and trapping her giggles. Giggles that quickly turned to soft moans. Her feet magically found their way to the ground again, his hands gently cupping her upturned face.

Rudy lowered her slowly to the ground, lost in her embrace. His hands slid down her back and he laid her gently onto the large blanket that had been placed near the bonfire. The two men he had trusted to set this up for him had done exactly as he asked. Her hair fell around her as she sighed and he hovered over her, his eyes tracing her body as his hand slid up her thigh under her sarong. "I love you, Trish. I will always love you and come for you, til the stars burn no more." Her arms went around his neck and she pulled him down, her leg wrapping around his waist.

Her fingers threaded through the silky strands of his hair lifting her lips to his, she whispered in a near prayer, "You, my light, my touchstone my other half, without you there is no me." Her lips sealed over his, tilting his head just so. Tongues slowly stroked over each other testing, teasing, pleasing till they broke apart needing sweet oxygen, but that didn't stop the exploration of seeking hands. She kept her gaze locked with his while her hands caressed every available inch of exposed skin she could reach. She had untucked his natural cotton shirt in her haste to feel the smooth texture of his sun-bronzed skin. She raked her nails in a light caress up and down his washboard abdomen raising a host of tiny goosebumps in her wake. His lips nipped at her collarbone then trailed a heated path lower. She arched her throat with a soft yet meaningful groan giving him better access. With one hand his fingers nimbly untied the bandeau knot at the center of her breast and the same style knot at her hip that held her sarong …


I’m afraid we will have to leave the rest to your imagination, dear reader … but if you want to meet Rudy and Trish in the stories that started it all … you can pick them up here ….

“Tears of the Mermaid” by Aaron Speca and Patricia Laffoon … in the anthology “Evernight Volume 1” from Allison Cassatta …

“Heart of the Mermaid” by Aaron Speca and Patricia Laffoon … in the anthology “Evernight Volume 2” from Allison Cassatta …

XOXO Publishing:

“The Realmwalker Prophecy Book 1: Heart of the Mermaid” by Aaron Speca and Patricia Laffoon (working title; work in progress)

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One lucky visitor to this post will win a free copy of “Evernight Volume 1” … just leave a comment here and someone will be selected at random on December 5th!

One lucky visitor to ANY of the Hot Winter Nights Blog Hop posts (see the Link List below) will win a prize package valued at $100!!!!  This consists of a $50 Amazon gift card, $10 in Bookstrand Bucks, and an e-book package including 11 e-books!  You MUST include a valid e-mail address in the comment to be eligible for the grand prize.


  1. Nice story!

  2. wonderful story!

  3. Great Story!
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  4. Thanks!! I am adding so many books to my TBR list!!


  5. sweet excerpt.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  6. Thanks for all your wonderful comments! We love these characters and hope you do too :)

  7. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  8. All of these smoking hot excerpts on this hop are getting it warm in this ummm house, yeah that's it!

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway and being a a part of this amazing hop.

    Happy Holidays,

  9. Thanks for participating. I'm taking a look at all the blogs participating on this hop!

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

  10. I love Christmas! And I'd rather snuggle up with a good book than go out in the cold.

  11. I like to sit in front of the fireplace with my warm fuzzies on and a good book. Can only do 1 of the 3 in the summer. Thank you for being a part of the hop.

  12. Very nice story.
    Thanks for being part of this fun hop.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  13. Ooo, a mermaid book! I will definitely have to check these out. I think there are way too few mermaid books out there.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  14. oooo i cant wait to read this one its about a mermaid thats new and sounds soo good like i said i cant wait thanks for the hop

  15. You had me with the excerpts but I definitely want to read it because it's a mermaid book :)

    Dawna Newman


  16. Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

  17. Thank you for the excerpt & being a part of this hop!


  18. nice excerpt

    like to read by the fire

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  19. Great excerpt! The book sounds so good!
    Thanks for the chance!

  20. OMG, where have you been, I love books about mermaids and will so be checking out “Tears of the Mermaid”.

    Wishing you many blissful hot winter nights this holiday season.

    Ronda Tutt

  21. Loved the except and want more. :D I love to curl up by the fire on a cold winter night with the hubby drinking hot chocolate toddies and watching a movie, or reading a HOT romance book if hubby is working. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  22. i love anthologys cant waite to read thanks for hop
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  23. Thank you for sharing great except! Thank you for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    Latisha D

  24. I have not read many stories with mermaids in it. Thanks for the post & giveaway.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  25. Love mermaids! Thanks for the giveaway and for being part of the blog hop!

  26. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  27. thank you!!


  28. Sounds great! Great giveaway!
    Merry Christmas

  29. Great job Aaron! You now know you can right. :-) I loved the snippet.

    A hot winter night to me is either sitting by the fire snuggling under a soft comfy throw just talking or watching a movie with the love of your life...which could lead to a little somethin, somethin...hehe

    Thanks for the opportunity to share, meet new authors and perhaps snag new books to read.

    Belinda G

  30. I like to stay warm by snuggling underneath a blanket and reading a good romance book! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you and yours!

  31. Stay warm with my electric blanket my friend bought me last year for christmas, cuddled with my dachshunds and a book

    raonaid at gmail dot com

  32. love to snuggle with the honey and babies (the dogs) in front of the fire place.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  33. I wrap up in a warm blanket, grab a cup of hot chocolate and read a spicy book. Thanks for participating.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  34. Oh, mermaids. There aren't many authors that use mermaids.

  35. Congratulations to Latisha D, who was selected by the random number generator at to receive a free copy of Evernight Volume 1! I will be contacting you shortly!!!!!