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New Release from Nikka Michaels & Evernight Publishing!

Published January 26, 2014 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Evernight Publishing is well known for their HOT anthologies, and today I get to feature author Nikka Michaels, who has a story in their most recent antho, Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition. The Excerpt of Nikka’s Waking Up Wolf is sure to leave you wanting more. Read on…


Alpha's Claim Cover Waking up Wolf

By Nikka Michaels

Genre: Erotic Romance, M/M, Paranormal, Shifter

Length: Anthology Length Short Story

Release Date: January 24, 2014

 Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Anthology Title: Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition

Strength. Power. Domination. 

The shifters in our Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition anthology have one thing in common—they won’t take “no” for an answer. Whether they lead packs of their own, or whether they walk a solitary path, these alphas won’t let anyone stop them from claiming their men.

Lose yourself in these ten sinfully delicious love stories. After all, who could deny an Alpha’s claim?


When a radioactive leak in the local water source turns the inhabitants of Adam Baker’s small town into shape shifting wolves, he manages to hold and survive alone–alone except for the wolves he hears in the distance. When he doesn’t immediately undergo “the change” into a wolf himself, he begins to believe he’s immune. After his dreams begin to include another wolf, he finds himself drawn to the howls outside his window and the pack’s alpha Grady Conway.


Adam watched him carefully. “You don’t even know me. Why would you invite me back with your family, your pack?”

Grady looked down. “What if I told you we needed you? That I needed you?”

Adam stared at him like he’d gone crazy.

“Me? Why would you need me?”

A true alpha needs a mate.” Grady raised his head, meeting Adam’s eyes, and for a moment he couldn’t look away.

“And you think I’m your mate?”

“I don’t think. I know. You’re my mate, always have been.”

Adam backed away, and he felt himself shake and pain shoot through his body as he fell to his knees. Naked and sprawled in the dirt he stared up at Grady, who closed his eyes and shifted, leaving himself bare as well.

Adam swallowed hard as he stared up at Grady in shock. This close he could see every single inch of the tanned and toned body of the man who commanded a pack. Muscled and imposing, he stared down at Adam, his blue eyed gaze heated.

Without another word, Grady took a step closer, sliding his hand over the top of Adam’s head possessively. He slowly wrapped his hand around Adam’s long dark dreads and pulled his head back, exposing his neck. Adam’s eyes slammed shut as he waited for Grady to change and wolf teeth to tear out his throat. Instead, when Grady’s human teeth sank into his shoulder he shuddered and cried out.

Pleasure/pain surged through Adam’s body as he jerked awake, his cock throbbing as he felt hot cum stripe his belly. His legs shook as he panted for breath, his bed sheets and body soaked with sweat.

His dreams had never been that vivid before, and when he shifted his body his muscles screamed in protest and he flopped back with a moan.

When he yanked back the blankets he stared.

His feet were dirty, caked in mud along with his hands. On his neck, he could feel Grady’s teeth marks.

He’d been marked by the alpha.


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Nikka Michaels lives in the often rainy Pacific Northwest where she spends her time cooking, laughing and crafting romantic tales to satisfy her craving for HEAs with heat. A voracious reader, novice knitter and music lover she’s been known to multitask without breaking a sweat. She loves to read and write M/M romance but believes everyone deserves a love story. She currently has three releases out, Chasing Matt, a M/M novella co-authored with Eileen Griffin, Christmas with Caden, a M/F romance novella from Cobblestone Press, and “Waking up Wolf”, a M/M shifter romance in Evernight Publishing’s Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition anthology. Her short erotic M/M BDSM story, Room Service is forthcoming from Cobblestone Press in February 2014. Nikka is currently at work with her co-author on two M/M foodie romance novels, set to be released summer and fall 2014 from Carina Press.

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New Release: HerStory Anthology!!! and Giveaways!!!

Published March 8, 2013 by Lorraine Nelson - Author
Today I have the pleasure of announcing the release of HerStory anthology featuring historical fiction from 27 great authors…myself included. 🙂
In ancient times, women were regarded as sacred. They were thought to hold the mystical power of creation—responsible for the continuation of our species. With the rise of Science and Religion, these myths were dispelled and their plight began.
HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women’s History Month is a collection of Flash Fiction and Short Stories from today’s top authors featuring female characters that exemplify strong strength of mind, body, and character. Some of these tales are based on real people while others are purely fictional. However, all are standing up for themselves and what they believe in.
Grab yourself a glass of wine or favorite hot beverage and get comfortable as you read about the lives of women who will light the fire in your soul.

It’s finally here. HerStory. Available to the masses. And to honor release day, we’re having a party. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win some terrific prizes. *U.S. residents only*
Here’s what’s up for grabs.

First Grand Prize
First Grand Prize

Because they have the same agenda: empowering girls/women, Keira’s Kollection owner Mr. Wagstaff has graciously agreed to donate a Strong is Beautiful T-shirt. One very lucky woman is not only going to walk away with a paperback copy of HerStory and be empowered through words, but she will also be showing her empowerment right there on her shirt.

And that’s not all, the grand prize winner also gets a pair of earrings from Cathy from Etsy, who runs Yesware. The earrings sparkle one side and have a message on the other side: the greatest story never told.

Only, we’re telling it, the authors of HerStory. We are telling it.


Author Laura DeLuca has donated an incense diffuser to go along with some handmade soap from Greenchild Creations.

And we’re throwing an e-book into this mix. Why soap and diffusers? What does that have to do with women’s history?

In HerStory, Mathilda of Ringelheim runs a bath house. It seems appropriate to honor herstory this way.

AND as Mathilda seems to know, every woman needs soap and every woman needs time to relax. So one lucky winner will take a nice long shower with her fantastic handmade soap, set her diffuser on a table, and curl up with HerStory on her kindle. Who says you can’t be relaxed and empowered at the same time? (and smell good)


Another donation from Laura DeLuca: an ebook, a Japanese tea set, and an Oriental incense diffuser. How does this tie into HerStory?

In Please Stay, Asuka, a Japanese wife of the 1600s, is preparing the evening meal while awkwardly trying to discuss a matter–somewhat delicate–but of great importance with her husband.

As you get lost in your ebook, in Asuka’s story (penned by Becca Diane), you can pretend you are there. Perhaps you feel your husband’s penetrating stare. But you serve him his tea, straighten your spine, and say what needs to be said…then wait, breath held, for his reply, incense lightening the tension in the air…


One lucky winner will have a chance to make their voice heard on the radio…with a $25 Amazon gift card burning a hole in their pocket!

HerStory goes behind the scenes to locate the stories of women who lived, laughed, and touched the lives of generations…

Now, here is your chance to have your story told to the world….or your mother’s…it’s your chance to talk about the most inspiring woman or women in YOUR life. Shout it out! Tell listeners everywhere about this amazing person. Honor her!

This prize is being donated by Indie Reviews Behind the Scenes.


Four of these tins of mints are being donated by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. That means four lucky winners are going to win a tin of mints to carry around in their pockets and every time they look at the tin, they’ll be empowered!

The tin is also the perfect size to serve as a pillbox once the mints are gone. This is something you can keep for a LONG time.

Author and editor Tara Chevrestt has a secret addiction and hobby. It makes her feel like an old lady, so she keeps it under wraps, but now the truth is out…

She likes to cross stitch!!!
And with the suffragette tales (Sister Suffragettes by Dahlia DeWinters and Chevrestt’s own From You No and Silent Suffragette) in the back of her mind, she found a pattern on Etsy by Patternbird and set to stitching.
Two lucky winners will walk away with these. They are 3.25″ by 6″ and have a hard backing so they may be placed on a wall.

PRIZE 7, ONE WINNER, FLAPPER-STYLE HATDonated from Rakestraw Book Design.

Toni Rakestraw, one of the HerStory contributors, is stitching this hat so one lucky reader can–in her mind–march in a suffragette parade as she reads HerStory. Or perhaps this is something Margaret Sanger would have worn as she leaves the workhouse in The Woman Rebel.

You’ve heard the term multi-published and many of HerStory’s authors can place that before their name, but how about multi-talented?

Author Morgan Summerfield can not only write as she shoes us in Adella, but she can paint too! She is kindly donating a painting 27″ wide by 11″ high, titled Morning Poppies. The frame is handmade with real wood and she stretches all her own canvases. It is hand-painted-by her!-in multi media.

And last, but certainly not least, we have a lovely Coco Chanel quote pendant donated by the lovely Jewelry Designs by Lula. One winner will win this delightful pendant that says  A girl should be two things: WHO and WHAT she wants.

We could not have said it better.

Enter for all prizes using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is for three weeks. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond with their snail mail addresses. After 48 hours, new winners will be chosen.

Thank you and enjoy HerStory! Be empowered! Learn something. Believe in yourself and womankind. 🙂

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New Release!!! Virgins Behaving Badly

Published March 16, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Nine authors, nine hot reads!!!

Check it out! 

15% off for the first 2 weeks at Evernight.

They may be virgins, but they’re ready to fulfill all their fantasies…

Who says the first time can’t include cuffs, ménage, or a spanking?

 Get ready to fan the flames of desire with this collection of nine erotic tales from Evernight Publishing.

Be Warned: some stories contain menage sex, spanking, anal sex, sex toys, public exhibition, BDSM.

Little Miss Frigid Knickers by Doris O’Connor

Be My First by Angelina Rain

The Siren Call by Melissa Hosack

Educating Sean by Carolyn Rosewood

Mutual Drive by Giselle Renarde

Her Seduction by Alyssa Fox

Hawk’s Woman by Lorraine Nelson

The Virgin—Aptly Named by Raven McAllan

Lucinda’ Song by Stacey Espino

In other news…

Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek is a Featured Title at Evernight.

And the book that started me on the road to publication, Zakia and the Cowboy, will soon be available in print.
Genre: Western Romance

Heat Level: 2

Word Count: 60, 770

ISBN: 9781926950907 

Editor: Emma Shortt

Cover Artist: LF Designs Zakia and the Cowboy by Lorraine Nelson


I Was a Virgin Once Blog Hop

Published March 12, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

 Well, it’s true!!!

We all were at one time. LOL

Once upon a time, back in 2009, this author set out to write her first sex scene. I revisited it recently for the promotion for our upcoming Evernight release, Virgins Behaving Badly. Angelina Rain came up with the idea for this blog hop and got us all involved. I hope you enjoy it. Have fun! 

My first sex scene was full of head-hopping, and it wasn’t very explicit, but not bad for a first effort. The following (unedited) excerpt is that love scene, taken from an, as yet, unpublished novel, Daydreams & Night Scenes.

Releasing March 16th!

He opened the passenger door for her and reached for her hand, momentarily distracted by the silken expanse of leg revealed when the slit in her gown fell open from hem to upper thigh.

As she rose to her feet she deliberately sidled against him, rubbing against the bulge that had been at eye level when he’d opened her door.

Not one to relinquish control that easily, Alex lifted her and sat her on the hood of the car, still warm from the drive.  Pushing his hands through her hair, he dislodged the pins that had held it in place all evening.  When it was flowing freely through his hands, he urged her face steadily toward him, until they were breathing each other’s breath.  Nipping first at the edges of her lips, he pulled her even closer and she was lost as he skillfully devoured her mouth.

Her legs were dangling freely and when she felt herself slipping off the hood she automatically wrapped her legs tight around him, bringing his erection into contact with her most private part as the skirt of her gown slipped sideways.  Tightening her legs as much as she could, still he wasn’t close enough.  Her hands glided from his lower back to his shoulders and she thrilled to the feel of his muscled torso against her breasts, only then realizing that Alex had lowered the zipper to hold the bodice in place. 

Self-conscious, she began to tense and pull away but he would have none of it.  Swooping down on the nearest exposed breast, he laved and suckled until she squirmed and pleaded with him for more.

“Yes, Baby.  I’ll give you more,” he promised, “lots more.”  Picking her up in his arms, he carried her into the house and up the winding stairs to the master bedroom, kissing her all the way without once stopping to catch his breath. 

What a turn on! 

When he set her on her feet she almost whimpered in protest, until he stepped back just enough to let her now fully unzipped gown slide to the floor.  His heated gaze was causing a meltdown of inhibitions as she stood brazenly before him, wearing nothing but the skimpiest of panties, jewelry and high-heeled shoes, all in black.  Alex reached out a tentative hand and trailed a path from her shoulder to her navel, and she was hoping desperately that her legs wouldn’t fail her as she shivered wantonly, her nipples firming up before his devouring eyes.  Licking his lips he turned briefly to pull down the covers before sweeping her back up into his arms and laying her gently on the bed.  Carefully, almost reverently, he rubbed and massaged her dainty feet as he removed her shoes.

Alex shedding his suit jacket, shirt and tie, as he toed off his shoes was the most exquisite torture she’d ever known.  Randi could not take her eyes off him and was eagerly awaiting the chance to touch his gleaming torso.  When he finally lay down beside her, she welcomed him with open arms, splaying her hands open wide as she ran them up and down his gorgeous, muscled body, exulting in his heat as his body infused hers with untold warmth and desire.

Never in his wildest dreams had he had such a raging inferno in his bed.  She was wanton; she was all woman; she was all over him all at once.  With her hands she excited his upper body and her mouth mated with his while her legs and feet rubbed up his legs to the juncture of his thighs and down again, slowly driving him crazy with desire.  Shifting his position slightly, in one swift move, he ripped off her thong panties.  Next he reached to cup her mound as his mouth closed over her breast, delighting in the surprised arch of her back as she purred his name.

He played her body as gently and skillfully as he would a tightly strung instrument, increasing in tempo until the crescendo reached its peak before crashing down around them in a glorious explosion of sound.  Then and only then did he rise up and divest himself of his remaining clothing before splaying her legs and resting the bulk of his manhood at her core. 

Leaning forward to once again possess those delectable lips, he looked straight into her eyes, and holding her gaze with the intensity in his own he plunged to the depths of her inner core in one massive stroke…and heard her cry out in pain not pleasure!

“Randi!  You…a virgin?  Why didn’t you tell me?  Oh my God.  I’ve hurt you,” he said as he started to pull away from her.

“No, Alex.  Please, stay with me.  Make love to me,” she implored as she held him tight against her body.

“But your first time should have been so much better for you, if I’d known…”

“I was afraid you wouldn’t want me if you knew.”

“Nothing could stop my wanting you from the first time I saw you in Toronto.  I tried.  Believe me, I tried,” he said as he tenderly brushed the hair back from her face with one hand.  “Don’t you realize the effect you’ve had on me?  Your body screams sex appeal while your actions and mannerisms portray your innocence.  I’ve been going out of my mind.  Believe me, I do good just to walk when I am anywhere near you.”

“Then stop talking so much and teach me how to love you.  Teach me what I need to know to be your woman.  Make me feel alive.”

“Ahhh, Randi.  I will teach you, my love, but I may never want to let you go,” he warned as his shaft swelled to fullness once more inside her warmth.

“I’ll take my chances,” she assured him, and they began to move together in a dance as old as time, except when the music stopped they clung to each other in rapture, in tune with the beating of their hearts, instead of letting go and stepping back to await the next beat of the drum.

Before her breathing had returned to normal, Alex was running his free hand up and down her body in a caress that had her straining for more.  He cupped the fullness of her breast in the palm of his hand, rotating the bud with thumb and forefinger and causing it to stiffen and stand at attention.  Alex swooped in to lave and suckle and she began purring his name once again.

Shortly before dawn they drifted off to sleep, sleeping the sleep of the pleasantly exhausted.  Spending this night with Randi, he’d found his way to ecstasy at last.  That was Alex’s last thought before dozing off with Randi cuddled up at his side.

And now for a sneak peek at Hawk’s Woman, a western historical novella, one of nine short stories to be included in the Evernight anthology, Virgins Behaving Badly.


Tabitha Meadows, a member ofBoston’s elite, elopes with her boyfriend, only plans change when he absconds with her money. The conductor throws her off the train at the next stop. With no money and unwilling to face the scandal in returning home, she meets Brody Hawkins (Hawk) and takes a job as entertainer in his saloon. The handsome cowboy draws her fire and her passion as no one before. Does her virginity stand a chance of surviving his charms?

Hawk isn’t looking for a woman, especially one as innocent as Tabitha, but he finds himself drawn to her just the same. He should be a gentleman and buy her a ticket east on the morning train, but he wants her in his bed. Could he convince her to stay?


Honey! Her skin tasted like the purest of honey and he couldn’t get enough of her as he worked her body to a fever pitch. His hands explored with a mind of their own, reveling in the satin smooth expanse of skin as they skimmed her luscious curves, drawing her closer.

Her kisses were sweet, but he wanted hot. His tongue pressed against her teeth in a silent bid for her to open for him. She did. The kiss that followed was hotter than any before. Their tongues danced and swirled, imitating the mating to come.

He moved to rain kisses over her eyes, her cheeks, stopping to nibble at her ears, and earning a mindless groan in response. He nuzzled her neck, bestowing the tiniest of love bites before moving to untie her undies.

Her pantaloons sailed through the air, followed by his jeans. Their bodies entwined as he kissed her again, impatient to learn every inch of her. He loved the tentative forays her hands made as they explored his skin, shyly coming to rest before touching his hardened cock.

“Go ahead. Touch me. It doesn’t bite,” he teased.

He thought he was ready for it, but her touch, so soft and light, had him gasping in response, so great was his need. He cupped her pussy, rubbing circles with his thumb and she writhed beneath his ministrations. Her rosy nubs hardened, begging for attention, which he freely gave. He suckled first one, then the other, nipping and laving, then blowing on them to increase the sensations. This was her night. A night in which he’d give her all he had to offer.

He plunged one finger into her moist heat, steadily rubbing against her clit, until she screamed his name.

“Hawk! Please!” she begged.

In answer he shifted position and parted her legs, wanting—no needing—to taste her. At the first swipe of his tongue, her hands tangled in his hair, to push him away or hold him closer, he didn’t know, but he didn’t stop to ask. Sweet, so sweet, like nectar from the gods. He slipped his tongue inside her, licking and pushing his tongue against her clit, rewarded by her uncontrollable moaning and thrashing about until she let go with a gush of juices. He didn’t come up for air until he lapped up every drop.

“Oh my! I never dreamed….” was all she said.

“You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Wet and ready, he wasted no time covering her body with his as he nudged her legs further apart. With a single thrust, he broke through the barrier and stilled.

“You’re a virgin?” he questioned, astonished.

 “Not anymore. Is that all there is to it?” she asked, disappointment evident in her voice.

 He smiled as she wriggled beneath him. “Not by a long shot, sweetheart.”

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Now for some fun! We’re asking you to blog, post on facebook, and tweet Virgins Behaving Badly, directing people to Evernight’s Coming Soon page. Visit each of the blogs listed below and share the links to your blog, facebook, and tweet in our blog comments in order to win a free copy. You have until release day, March 16th, to get your name in the draw. Each blog will pick one winner. Best of luck!

Other authors participating:

Stacey Espino:

Doris O’Connor:

Alyssa Fox:

Raven McAllan:

Angelina Rain:

Carolyn Rosewood:

3 New Contracts Signed!

Published January 28, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I recently submitted 3 books to Breathless Press and was totally astounded to find out they wanted all 3!

Her Unlikely Bodyguard fits their Embers line and is scheduled for release on June 15th, 2012.

Blessed HomecomingI feel honored to say that this novel is to be the first title released in BP’s new Blessings line on July 13, 2012.

Love on the Rocks, my first ever completed novel fits their Sweet Confection line. Look for it on August 10, 2012.

You can read a short summary of all 3 books here.

In other news…I have finally finished tweaking and polishing A Cowgirl’s Pride, Book 4 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series with Evernight Publishing. I submitted it tonight and am waiting to hear.


What do you think of this cover?

             Hot! Hot! Hot!

                  I love it!

Last but not least, I’m excited to announce that my western historical short story, Hawk’s Woman, has found it’s way into this Evernight Anthology, Virgins Behaving Badly, scheduled for release in March, 2012.