May 13th, 2020

A Little Bit of Sunshine #MFRWhooks #MFRWauthor

I’m participating in Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW) Book Hooks today—a weekly meme that gives authors the opportunity to showcase their work and readers an opportunity to find their next read!

This is an excerpt from my brand new short story collection, Initiative: Tales of Erotic Boldness, which just released on May 1. It’s from the story “Sunshine”:

“What do you want?” she asked.

Sean blanched. What was he supposed to say? As he started fumbling for an answer, the question struck him: What did he want?

“I mean, there must have been a reason you came over to talk to me,” she continued. “What was it?”

Emboldened by her straightforwardness, Sean went with the truth. “I found you attractive.”

“And do you still?”

Sean was waiting to see some form of expression on her face. The evenness it had displayed so far, especially in contrast to the volatility he was experiencing, was a bit discomfiting.

At that moment she shifted, and he felt the heat of her body. Whatever response she may have been seeking, the answer was undeniable.


Her mask slipped then, and he sucked in a breath at the sudden and unequivocal softness he saw. The placidity moved back into place quickly enough, but that moment was like the crack in an invisible door letting in a tiny beam of sunshine. And suddenly what Sean wanted more than anything else was to see it come out again.

Please enjoy visiting the other participants’ posts from the list below, and read on for more about Intiative!

Initiative by Emerald coverWith encounters between strangers, hotly developing romances, forays into domination, and sometimes all of the above, Initiative delivers sizzling stories of boldness and satisfaction.

From audacious proposals to first-time exploits to newfound inner confidence, taking initiative delves into the risqué in these thirteen smoldering tales. An accidental catalyst invokes a bold move in “Fulfillment,” while the brassiness in “Shift Change” belongs entirely to narrator Stacey. “Who’s on Top?” sees a meeting between fans of rival baseball teams turn into a game of chance and wits, and “The Beast Within” offers a present-day “Beauty and the Beast” rendition that puts a twist on ugliness, beauty, pain, and pleasure—and the surprising ways they can intertwine.

Sometimes brazen, sometimes subtle, the initiatives between these pages always showcase the erotic and how it can both inspire and evoke our most emboldened selves.

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12 Responses “A Little Bit of Sunshine #MFRWhooks #MFRWauthor”

  1. Daryl Devore says:

    Great line about the tiny bit of sunshine.

  2. I agree with Daryl! That is one great line. :)

  3. Janet says:

    A great scene with a lot of the unknown surrounding it

  4. Holly Bargo says:

    This scene is ready to explode.

  5. McKenna Dean says:

    Love that she’s so direct. :-)

  6. Emerald says:

    Thanks so much for visiting and for commenting, everybody. She is indeed direct, and there is also a lot of unknown in this scene…and in the story, really. It has an almost mysterious tone, and I recall not knowing certain things about her character myself until they came out as I was writing them. :)

    Thank you all again; it’s been so fun to be a part of Book Hooks today!

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    The whole snippet is excellent, but I particularly liked the description in your final line.

    I totally forgot what day it was and thus didn’t go to the signup page until after it closed. I do have a hook, though, if you get around to visiting it. Here it is.

  8. Becky Flade says:

    Such a beautiful line “…but that moment was like the crack in an invisible door letting in a tiny beam of sunshine.”

  9. Tena says:

    Oh I loved the tiny beam of sunshine. Enjoyed the excerpt. Excellent job.

  10. Emerald says:

    Thank you Ed, Becky, and Tena! I appreciate your stopping by and your comments very much.

  11. My goodness. I sent this before filling out my name, etc. It really isn’t from Anonymous. Sorry.

    I love her wit when she responded: “And do you still?” I enjoyed your excerpt. Great description about Initiative too.

  12. Emerald says:

    Thank you, Mary! I appreciate it very much, and thank you for coming by. (I went ahead and deleted your “anonymous” comment. ;) ) Be well!

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