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‘Lucky’ Excerpt

Following up on yesterday’s post about my new novel, Lucky, being free until Sunday, June 25, I wanted to post an excerpt from the novel. Here’s the start of chapter 1:
 

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Hugo Freeman stared in disbelief at the lottery ticket in his hand, then at the television screen. But the string of numbers had vanished from the screen, replaced by the guy with poofed-up hair and cheese-ball grin and shiny suit.

“There you have it, folks,” the TV guy said in his ain’t everything great voice. “Congratulations to the lucky winners! If you’re not one of those, be sure to try again next week. Who knows when your luck will turn on the Cloud Nine Lottery? Good night folks!”

Cut to a commercial for some kind of drug to alleviate some kind of painful symptoms.

Hugo’s attention was more on the ticket than the screen. Did he win? The numbers that were on TV had seemed to match those on his ticket. Maybe some of the numbers were close. Was there a 39 in the winning numbers, or had it been 29?

Impossible that he matched every winning number. The chances of matching were astronomically against him — and everyone else who played Cloud Nine every week with the hope of picking the five regular numbers and the Lightning Strike number. Thousands of people across the many states where Cloud Nine was offered. All those people handing over a dollar for each ticket, buying several tickets every time.

Hugo had seen it happen regularly. He played regularly, too. Five tickets each week, never the same number. Some people played the same numbers with meanings: birthdays, anniversaries, and such. Hugo didn’t understand the idea behind that strategy. As if luck was somehow bound to catch up with numbers meaningful to a certain person.

It was like driving the same car on the same road and thinking the road would end up in a paradise of sexy beachgoers who handed you a tropical drink and invited you to join the party. But, in reality, the road led to the same Goddamn places it had always did. Same bullshit houses, same bullshit stores.

He would find out the winning numbers tomorrow, at work. He’d wait until Darnell was in his office doing paperwork, then Hugo would pull out the ticket and compare his numbers against the official ones. The numbers had looked close on TV, but that didn’t win anything. No prize for close. Only right on the money got you the money.

Hold on. The Internet didn’t provide answers to everything, but it gave a lot of answers. Would Cloud Nine’s website have the numbers so soon after the little plastic numbered balls were lifted out of the glass box, where they swirled in a mini tornado? It was worth checking out.

Hugo turned on his old laptop and retrieved a Budweiser from the fridge while the computer woke up. Taking a drink of beer, he knew he didn’t win. He never did. He was used to the slowness of his laptop, but it irritated him as he sat on the couch and watched the computer on the coffee table. He wanted to be done with this chore. See that his numbers were close losers, then he could wrap up Friday night.

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‘Lucky’ Published & Free

Lucky cover

Well, plans don’t always unfold smoothly. My novel wasn’t published during May, as I hoped — but it’s only a little late.

Lucky is not only available, but free until Sunday, June 25. Afterwards, this ebook will cost $2.99.

This story grew out of the mention of a movie that two characters in my novel The Sweet Taste of Revenge watch in a hotel room. I liked the idea of the movie, so I decided to write the story behind it. The movie was described as a comedy, but the novel was written to be more romantic and erotic than humorous (still, I hope readers find some parts funny).

The plot:

Hugo Freeman has become an (almost) overnight millionaire. Lots of people play the lottery in the hope of quick riches, and Hugo is one of the very lucky ones, giving him the freedom to quit his job at a convenience store and not have to worry about working for the rest of his life.

Then come the big questions: What to do next? Where to live? Stay in the (fictional) small town of Linden, Ohio — or relocate to a more exciting locale, as benefitting a rich bachelor?

Lovely temptations lay in exciting Miami, and Hugo enjoys them during a vacation. On his return home, Hugo’s friends claim he’s become a stranger in town. But help to find his way is not far off — and it comes with delicious cupcakes.

Please note this story contains mature content meant for readers of 18 years and older. The story includes descriptions of sexual activity between consenting adults. Please do not read if that offends you.

Ebook is available from Amazon.


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Last Day for Free Books in August

Today’s the second — and last — day of my big giveaway of e-books! You can see the list of free e-books in this post. They’re erotica and romance, so readers only 18 and above, please. I hope you enjoy reading them!

And now, for no particular reason, here’s a photo I found on Flickr of a private island in Fiji. Looks like a nice place to relax … and write … and swim … and dream …

tropical island, by androidm (Flickr, Creative Commons)

androidm (Flickr, Creative Commons)

The photo above is used under the non-commercial Creative Commons license. Click on image to jump to photographer’s Flickr page.


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Ides of August: Free E-books!

August free e-books day

Julius Caesar was told to beware the Ides of March, but he didn’t listen. Amazon had their Prime Day on the Ides of July.

Now we’ve made it to the Ides of August, but you don’t have to beware it: because the books below are available today and tomorrow for FREE. And Brutus is nowhere in sight — I think he’s vacationing in the Caribbean, actually.

Please know that these are erotica and romantic stories, with explicit descriptions of sex, so these e-books are meant for readers who are 18 years and older. Maybe these aren’t the best stories for beach reading, but if that’s your thing, then go right ahead. Or, if you’re not on a beach, hopefully these stories would heat you up as if you were 🙂

If you like what you read, please write a book review on Amazon — reviews are valuable to us self-publishers. Actually, if you don’t like the book, feel free to write a review saying why. It’ll be feedback that helps me as a writer.

Click on the e-book title to jump to the book’s Amazon page. The books are arranged roughly by their size, from the first two being novels to the last few being short stories.

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Bavarian Beauty. Simon Edwards has a fetish for dirndls (the traditional Bavarian dress) which causes him to endure many disappointing dates with non-dirndl wearing women. But how far is he willing to go to deliver on someone else’s fantasy in return for receiving his?

An Eager Audience: A Cuckold Erotic Romance. Kim Rowland is stunned when her husband — Oscar — tells her that he is turned on by imagining her being with another man. Oscar explains that this is called a cuckold fantasy, which is also known as hotwife. This news comes as quite a turn-around, since Oscar used to be upset about Kim flirting with other men. When Kim gets over her surprise at Oscar’s sudden confession, she realizes that if they go down this road, she could achieve one of her fantasies: a threesome with two men. This story follows the path that Kim and Oscar take in discussing their fantasies, shopping for men on a dating website, and more.

Beltane: Night of Magic and Romance. Beltane is a Gaelic festival to celebrate fertility and the arrival of the warm season, rejoicing in the land as it awoke from the long slumber of winter. Katelyn is approached by a few men who wish to celebrate Beltane night by rolling in the woods with her, but she’s put off by their drunkenness and selfishness. Another man, Shandon, is much less cocky and drunk, but his conversation with Katelyn is interrupted by Queen Mab — queen of the faeries — and she whisks them to the spirit world, where Shandon is challenged to see what he is made of, and how much he cares for Katelyn in his budding love. Available for free only on August 15, as this book only has a day left for free promotion.

The Troll’s Bridge. A man dies across the street … A man dressed as a troll visits Sophie on Halloween… A man with piercing slate eyes appears in the house across the street. Strange things are happening in Sophie’s neighborhood. Will the man with the piercing eyes step up and give her the control — and the energetic sex that her mostly complacent husband doesn’t give her?

A Honeymoon For Our Lives Apart. Tabitha is an older woman whose husband has cheated on her for a while, and she has parried with affairs of her own. Including an affair with Ethan, but it grows serious when Ethan falls in love with her. With a heavy heart, Tabitha breaks off the relationship. But before they completely call it quits, she invites him to a honeymoon for their lives apart, to be spent indulging in a lush hotel.

Finding Her Rush. Henry doesn’t know what he’s doing wrong when it comes to the bedroom. Even though his girlfriend, Alison, says she enjoys having sex with him, she lacks the enthusiasm behind those words. Alison’s enthusiasm comes out in other ways: lively conversations, fun dinners, and dancing in a club. And Henry is too timid to come right out and ask the reason behind this change. But then, Alison takes Henry on a trip that changes everything in his search for answers.

Nurse House Call. Mr. Wombly is a donor at a sperm bank to earn extra cash, since he doesn’t have a full-time job and is working odd jobs to make ends meet. Rachel and Beverly are two staffers at the sperm bank who are impressed with the volume of his donation, but question if he’s actually offering fresh donations or, for some reason, is sneaking older donations and adding to his fresh stuff. So they barge in on him during one of his appointments to see for themselves. After they have some sexy fun with Mr. Wombly, is just one time enough for the two hot staffers?

Steakhouse Love. Where the steaks are thick and juicy. The ambiance is romantic. Yes, passion is in the steakhouse tonight. This story follows three couples as they dine in a steakhouse and act on their lust in different ways. Two of the couples pull off wickedly fun activities in the steakhouse itself, while the third couple carries their passion back to their hotel.

The Old Ball Game. As the closing pitcher in baseball, you’ve got to have intense concentration to get strikeouts and close down the game with your team winning. So it doesn’t help with a fan behind home plate flashes her breast at you. Joe complains to his manager about the fan interference, and that gets Ashley in hot water with the stadium’s head of security, Leo Mackey. But Ashley denies it all — as does her good friend, Lynn, who sat next to Ashley in the game. And when Joe is brought to Leo Mackey’s office, they argue about if the flashing even happened. That’s when things get sexy.

Peep Show. Jason promised his girlfriend, Carla, a surprise tonight, and he delivers with something she didn’t expect. Carla’s dressed up for a sexy night out, and she soaks in all the attention she gets as they hop through three bars to lubricate before they reach Jason’s surprise: a sex shop. When the couple enters a booth in the back of the shop, it’s the peep show that grabs a firm hold of Carla’s attention…. but she gives it right back as she follows Jason’s lead and gets into the sexiness of the place.

Beware the Ides of March. In Shakespeare’s play, it was the warning the soothsayer gave to Julius Caesar. And it’s the warning that Laura receives from her husband, Grant, in a text message. But what does it mean? Laura has no idea, but puts it to the side as she works hard in her office on a Saturday to finish a big job. When she returns home, she finds out what the warning means. How it leads to giving up control, feeling the danger and helplessness of giving into Grant’s commands. And by giving into him, feeling the wondrous heights of pleasure that come with it.


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Warm Up Winter with a Free Ebook!

On this final day of heating up January with summer-time erotica, here is an offering from yours truly. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, this story may sound familiar… and right you are! It started as flash fiction that I published in early August: “Etiquette at the Nude Beach.” I added extra content to the quickie story — more than doubling the word count.

This ebook is for readers 18 years and older, since it is a work of erotic fiction.

Etiquette at the Nude Beach cover

Etiquette at the Nude Beach
By August MacGregor
Free at Smashwords

Kiera and Bridgette are lesbian partners enjoying a nude beach when a muscular guy (sporting an erection) asks them to help him put suntan oil on those hard-to-reach places. They decline and give him a lesson on proper etiquette at a nude beach.

This interloper sets events in motion, as Kiera is disgusted by what she considers as rude behavior, and Bridgette is a little turned on, since she is bisexual. As they take a walk along the beach, Bridgette is determined to take her lover’s mind off the guy and onto more pleasurable things. After all, they’re naked and on a wonderful beach during a beautiful day.

But the pleasurable things don’t end there, for Kiera devises a plan to not only thank Bridgette for a roll in the dunes, but to deal with Bridgette’s arousal over the muscular guy with his carefully sculpted hair and his erection pointing at them. The day keeps heating up as they leave the beach for the privacy of their house–where they don’t have to be so quiet.

Etiquette at the Nude Beach is an erotic short story (10,496 words) that contains explicit descriptions of sex, a lovely beach, two grilled hamburgers, an outdoor shower, and tasty margaritas.


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“101 Degrees Fahrenheit”: A Review

101 Degrees Fahrenheit, by Eva Gale

101 Degrees Fahrenheit
By Eva Gale
Free at Smashwords

This ebook is only for readers 18 years and older.

101 Degrees Fahrenheit has 55 reviews and rated an average of 4.06 out of 5 (as of today), and this info made me really want to read it to see what the praise was about.

In many cases, books by us indie authors don’t have any reviews. And when there are reviews, only a handful are there. It’s something we very much appreciate.

Okay, my plug for reviews is over. Helpful to this book is probably that it’s free to read, so you don’t have to risk any cash if you’ve never read Eva Gale before. And it was published several years ago (2009). I have no idea if the book has been free the entire time, though.

The book is well worth those many reviews. It’s hot, and not just because of the title. Yes, it takes place during a steamy summer day when the air conditioner breaks at the barber shop where the female character works. Kathy Roberts works at the barber shop called Great Headz, which I’m sure would attract a great deal of customers should it actually exist. It’s a lot catchier than Hair Cuttery.

Kathy has one last customer for a haircut, and things get steamier on this hot summer day. Because the last customer is a sexy hunk of a guy, a mechanic clad in jeans (which I’m sure makes the day even hotter for him).

Turns out that the last customer is Kathy’s husband, Dean. I’m not letting out a big spoiler here, because this news comes out soon into the story.

This discovery allows for a deeper story. Because this married couple has had problems, and Dean is working hard to keep his marriage.

And he works really hard at it, given what he does in the story.

The mentions of the deeper story gave the book more depth than two characters meeting in a single scene and just getting it on — which is a lot of erotica, and that can be entertaining. But having some back story to Kathy and Dean offers more substance, and I enjoyed that. Hell, there could’ve been more back story, and I wouldn’t have complained.

The book’s description:

On the hottest day of the summer Kathy Robert’s airconditoner breaks at her barber shop, Great Headz, and she still has one more customer. It’s hot and sticky, but he’s not going anywhere.

And he wants more than a trim.


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“Beach Heat”: A Review

Beach Heat by Tamsin Flowers

Beach Heat
By Tamsin Flowers
Free at Smashwords

This ebook is only for readers 18 years and older.

Let’s heat it up in winter! For three days, I’m going to highlight erotica at the beach, or simply on a hot summer day. Today and tomorrow, I’m reviewing erotica by other authors — and then on the third day, I’ll post about one of my ebooks.

We’ll start it off with Beach Heat by Tamsin Flowers, a hot free story that takes place right on the beach.

You say you want a babe in a red bikini? She’s on the beach and needing a hand with suntan lotion in those hard-to-reach places. You say you also want a muscular hunk in some board shorts? He’s on the beach and ready to help a damsel in distress with some strong hands.

Scott is good with his hands as he rubs lotion onto Nina’s back, relaxing her along with the hot sun beating down on them. But that’s not all he’s good with. He’s talented with his mouth and hips, too. Those talents get pulled out after he leads Nina away from the pesky crowd far off into the privacy of dunes.

Before they get to those dunes, they grab some beer in a cooler from his car, and the beer helps cool them down on this hot beach day. But it doesn’t only cool their mouths, as the beer is put to a couple of sexy uses.

The sun’s not the only hot thing around here, dear reader.

If you’re low on logs for the fire, give this a read and the story will heat up your January day.

The book’s description:

When Nina decides to enjoy a day out at the beach it calls to mind an old memory. Visiting the beach as a teenager, she felt left out when her friend disappeared into the sand dunes with a boy. So this time she’s determined she’s not going to miss out on any fun. When hunky surfer Scott offers to rub suntan lotion into her back, Nina gets the feeling that he’s got the same thing on his mind… And this time, Nina gets her chance to find out what goes on up in the sand dunes.