Hello hello hello! As you see today is Megan Hart’s birthday! I love birthdays! And Megan Hart isn’t bad either. 😉 She’s a fabulous writer – and I’m so excited she’s visiting with us on her special day. Whoo! Everyone give Megan a warm welcome and remember to wish her the best birthday evaaaahhhhh! And in true awesome ALBTALBS guest and birthday form – Ms. Hart is giving you (well, one of you) a present on her birthday! How’s that for generosity and celebration?! 😀
Birthday, Birthday, Birthday
Hey, everyone, hi! Today’s my birthday, and thank you so much to Limecello for hosting me here today. Let’s have some birthday cake and champagne and open presents!
What kind of presents, you ask? Well, though it’s my birthday and that’s usually when I get presents, I’m going to give something away! How about a copy of your choice of any of the five parts to my digital serial Every Part of You? You could start with part one if you haven’t yet read any, or pick up where you left off, your choice!
Every Part of You, a story told in five parts, is perfect for readers who like to tantalize themselves with anticipation and draw out the reading pleasure, OR readers who, with a little patience, prefer to wait until all the pieces are released and gobble them up at once!
My favorite part of writing the serial was getting to explore the stages of Simone and Elliott’s relationship, each within its own story. They meet, acknowledge their attraction, act on it, deny it and finally admit it! But it’s also no secret that I love both of these characters. Simone’s sassy and confident, a masochist who’s not a submissive. Elliott’s a grouch with a damaged past who can’t admit what he wants and likes until he realizes he can’t live with Simone. Together, they’re electric.
Simone Kahan’s been watching Elliott Anderson through her office window for months. He likes to bring women back to his office for late-night trysts, and Simone enjoys her voyeurism until one night, Elliott appears to go too far with his date. The other woman might not be into spanking, but Simone is, and when she meets Elliott in the elevator later that night, she makes sure he’s intrigued enough by her to ask her to go with him to the party he no longer has a date for.
Thrown together by circumstances he’d never have imagined, Elliott isn’t sure what to think about Simone. She’s nothing like the women he normally dates, but something about her draws him in until he can’t stop himself from wanting her…until their goodnight kiss becomes something harder. Harsher. Simone responds to his rough hands as no woman ever has, and Elliott’s not ready to pursue what he’s always told himself is wrong.
After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again.
And then they’re both invited to the same party.
Admitting to Simone that he really likes her is a big step for Elliott, but before they can move on with this new relationship, there are some things they need to get straight. Amused by his “guidelines,” Simone is willing to try to understand Elliott’s point of view, so long as he gives her what she wants, too. Everything seems to be moving along until a misunderstanding about Simone’s relationship with an ex lover forces them to face their real feelings for each other.
Passion has bloomed to love, but when Elliott’s estranged father shows up back on the scene, he brings trouble with him.
The dating thing goes well at first, with both of them taking things slow…though their passion can’t be contained. But when Elliott’s stepmother tells him she’s been in touch with his father, Elliott’s past comes back to remind him that hurting other people is wrong. Despite Simone trying to tell him there’s a difference between the sort of things they do in the bedroom and hurting someone in anger, Elliott again puts up an emotional block and Simone seeks refuge in a former lover’s embrace.
Together, they were on fire. Apart, they’re miserable. Can Simone and Elliott find their way back to each other? Bereft after Elliott leaves her, Simone is urged to find solace in a non-emotional connection with a stranger that leaves her body fulfilled but her heart still empty. When Elliott learns she’s been with someone else, jealousy prompts him to make a move on her, but passion is no longer enough. He needs to open up to Simone, who’s not sure she can accept even his sincerest apology. A final run-in with his father convinces Elliott he has to make amends with Simone, no matter what it takes.
Excerpt: Every Part of You: Takes Me
The elevator stopped. The doors opened. Nobody got on, but the doors didn’t close. Neither of them moved, though Elliott itched to slam the close-door button again. He wasn’t going to give her the satisfaction.
Simone shifted as the elevator doors closed. She wore a completely work-appropriate dress of some dark blue material with a scoop neck and three-quarter sleeves. The fit was vintage and hit her just above the knees. She curled her fingers in the material, inching it higher without looking at him, her gaze focused on the floor indicator above the elevator door.
All at once, Elliott couldn’t breathe.
Higher, slowly, revealing the first teasing hint of the edge of her stockings. He hadn’t noticed her shoes before but saw them now. Pointed toes. Low heel. She pointed one toe, cocking a hip as she eased the fabric of her dress just high enough now to show him the flash of a garter and the pale flesh of her inner thigh. She kept her body angled so that anyone getting on the elevator wouldn’t see that she was showing him anything at all.
She shifted once again as the elevator stopped. The door opened to reveal nobody waiting to get on. Simone tugged her dress up enough to show him the dark bruises on the insides of her thighs, just before she let the hem fall back to just above her knees. The doors closed.
His throat dried. His cock throbbed, thickening. His fists clenched again, but he kept them at his sides. Someone else had left those marks on her, and he wanted to find whoever it was and make them wish they’d never touched her. He wanted to pound his fists into the wall and break it.
Mostly, Elliott wanted to get on his knees in front of her and beg her to look at him the way she used to.
The elevator opened on his floor. He got off, meaning to keep going without even looking at her, to make her a stranger the way she’d done to him, but at the last second, he couldn’t stop himself from turning. His hand slammed the door open, startling her. Her eyes went wide and she moved a few steps until she bumped into the back of the elevator, though she wasn’t scared. He knew her better than that. Her breath might’ve caught in her throat, but the pounding of her heart was from arousal, not fear.
“Simone,” Elliott said in a low, grinding voice. He hated himself for the desperation in it.
He hated her more for the way she lifted her chin, giving him her attention but making it very clear she wasn’t going to soften by so much as a blink. She said nothing. She simply waited for him to speak.
And Elliott, tongue-tied, unable to find the words and cursing himself for it, simply shook his head. The elevator doors bumped against his hand again. Soon the alarm would start to buzz , but he couldn’t move.
Simone licked her bottom lip. Slowly. Deliberately. Then she took her gaze from his and made herself very busy with her paper bag.
Elliott stepped out of the elevator and let the doors shut.
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