Dare to Love Extras

Excerpt from Dare to Love (Lyrical Press)

Chapter 1

Adair Landis braced himself on the bed as he gulped in a lungful of air. The scent of perfume and passion spurred him on, and with a few satisfying thrusts, he collapsed onto the quivering body of an obliging, young widow.

That had been a pleasant treat.

He lay there motionless for a minute or two until his heart rate settled, and then he rose from the bed. It was time to go.

He fumbled across the darkened room to find his shirt thrown over the nearby chair, and drew it over his head. Through the cloth, he heard his partner’s muffled sigh. “Oh, Adair, you were wonderful. I never dreamed it could be like that.”

Of course she hadn’t. But she’d been hoping. Dropping hints for several weeks, as a matter of fact. It wasn’t until today that he’d decided to accommodate her. “I’m glad you were pleased.”

She hummed her agreement. Then, in a tentative tone asked, “Can you untie me now?”

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I confess, I loved Fifty Shades of Grey. Granted it could have used a good editor…and the thought that a 27-year-old guy could be a billionaire, accomplished in flying, sailing, dancing, playing the piano, food, wine and still have time to be a sex-crazed dominant was a little far fetched. But I loved the humor and I especially enjoyed the musical soundtrack. It helped set the mood for all their naughty little adventures.

So when I wrote Dare to Love, I created a playlist. It gave my characters a certain depth and tapped into the emotions of the scenes. I’ll admit, it’s a weird assortment and you may not recognize all the songs*, but you’ll get the idea.

  • Mr. Bad Example – Warren Zevon
  • Hole in My Soul – Aerosmith
  • Could it be Magic – Barry Manilow
  • Chrome Plated Heart – Melissa Etheridge
  • Bad Boys Get Spanked – Pretenders
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
  • Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
  • Uninvited – Alanis Morrisette
  • Ain’t that a Bitch – Aerosmith
  • Everybody Hurts – REM
  • Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
  • What a Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
  • Poor Poor Pitiful Me – Linda Ronstadt (or Zevon)
  • Tonight – Elton John (George Michael)
  • You Oughta be Home with Me – Barry Manilow
  • You’re my Best Friend – Queen
  • I Will Buy You a New Life – Everclear
  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

 * I’m not web savvy enough to know how or IF I can link songs, but you could search Rhapsody for snippets.



raised flowerbed

Inspiration for D/N’s garden wall liaison during Joseph’s b-day party

Renoir Nivea dancing

This Renoir is how I picture Nivea and Dare a few years into their marriage (should I have included a “spoiler alert”?)




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