The Joy Of Walking In Wales – Guest Post By Lily Harlem

Many years ago I lived and worked in London. Life was busy, high-adrenaline and I rarely sat still. But since a move to the Welsh countryside my life is very different. I love living in Wales. I’m not Welsh but the people and the land have adopted me after so long of being in its gentle embrace.

One of the things I adore is walking with my dogs. Mr H prefers to run but occasionally he slows down a pace and we head off to the mountains to enjoy the views. Here are some pictures taken in the Brecon Beacons last month. We didn’t have snow in our valley but once we went up a few hundred feet there was plenty, and most of it unspoilt as this is a deserted part of the National Park – you’re most likely to see military here as they use its desolate, isolated landscape for survival training. I hope you enjoy these pictures. It’s days like this that inspire me to write.

IMG_1518Track leading to the mountains

sign for Taff Trail

This is a sign for the Taff Trail which goes on for miles and is enjoyed by many.

summitSummit – yes, it’s pretty high up!

steep!

Our walk got pretty steep and the snow deep but it was worth it for the views

half way upHalf way up!

Mr H disappearing over the topMr H just disappearing over the top

view from the topView from the top

waterfalls

Waterfalls – once the snow melts they’ll increase in size dramatically

back at ground level

Back at ground level and looking forward to a glass of wine in front of the fire!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this pictures I took with my phone. Being in the mountains is truly wonderful after spending a week writing and the clear air and sense of space good for my soul. I hope you’ll check out my new novel Breathe You In which has a summery setting and some seriously hot sexy scenes to warm you after these chilly photographs.

Lily x

Blurb for Breathe You In:

Soul-aching desire was only the first layer of emotion around a secret I had to keep for all of time.

breatheyouin_800If the road to heaven starts in hell, then I was ready to start climbing my way out and Ruben Strong was the man to accompany me. With his devastating good looks, seductively sexy charm and lust for adrenaline, he was sure to make it a sensual and erotic experience as well as one to re-awake the passionate, throw-caution-to-the-wind woman I’d once been.

I’d given Ruben something, though, without him realizing, and that gift had come from the man I’d loved before. But I couldn’t tell Ruben. I had to keep that a tight secret even on the nights our naked bodies wound together, sought out pleasure and hit the dizzy heights of ecstasy—because Ruben had my husband’s heart, literally, and that heart was still in love with me, so it seemed, and now I was in love with Ruben.

Emotions tangled with bliss and fears were locked away as I surrendered to the touch of Ruben’s hands, the taste of his skin and the sounds of his pleasure. I couldn’t deny that Ruben had brought me back to life the same way I had him, and there was no way I was giving up that feeling, not for anyone.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously self-published. It has been expanded, revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

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About Lily Harlem:

Lily Harlem lives in the UK with a workaholic hunk and a crazy cat. With a desk overlooking rolling hills her over active imagination has been allowed to run wild and free and she revels in using the written word as an outlet for her creativity.

Lily’s stories are made up of colourful characters exploring their sexuality and sensuality in a safe, consensual way. With the bedroom door left wide open the reader can hang on for the ride and Lily hopes by reading sensual romance people will be brave enough to try something new themselves? After all, life’s too short to be anything other than fully satisfied.

Excerpt from Breathe You In:

“Katie,” he whispered when I pulled back from our soft kiss.

“I’m sorry.” I could taste him, just a little. It hadn’t been a big, open-mouthed snog, merely a touch. But still, it had spoken a thousand words, and it was the first time I’d kissed anyone other than Matt in nearly a decade.

“No, please don’t apologize.” He placed his hands on my shoulders, his thumbs grazing my collarbones through my T-shirt. “I liked it, but…are you sure?”

“I’m trying to put my life back together, too, Ruben. Matt will always be with me, no one can replace him.” I paused, juddered in a breath and put my hand on Ruben’s chest again. “Our time together was cut short, but the memories I have, they’re good memories.” I tried to find the right words—my emotions were tangled, my thoughts jumbled, but basically I just wanted to be with Ruben, it felt right. In a very basic, limbic part of my brain Ruben was someone I needed. “But I want to make new memories, happy ones, fun ones. I can’t be a sad widow who everyone feels sorry for anymore. It’s not what Matt would have wanted for me, I know that.”

“If he loved you he would have wanted you to find happiness again.” He stroked his thumbs to the base of my throat, shifting my silky scarf. It was a small, delicate caress that sent a shiver of something scarily like desire tickling over my skin.

“He did love me,” I said, “with all of his heart.” And did that heart still love me? The one I could feel beating right now? Is that where love was stored, in the fibers of the cardiac muscle? And if so, did that mean Matt’s love had been transferred into Ruben when Matt’s heart was transplanted? Did Ruben love me already, because of the reassignment of an organ?

“Katie?” He frowned a little.

“For the first time it feels right to hear that said.”

“What?”

“That he would have wanted me to be happy. Oh, it’s been said to me by lots of well-meaning friends over the last year, since the anniversary of his death, and I’ve just nodded and agreed, put on my usual fake smile.” I shook my head. “But now, here, yes, he would have wanted me to be looking for happiness again, and I want to find it. Not because it’s what I’m supposed to be doing, but because it’s what I want. I need to feel alive again, because, like you said, I am alive.”

Ruben smiled, the edges of his mouth tilting a fraction and the creases at the corners of his eyes deepening. “Me too. God, me too.” He kissed me, a gentle connection, his tongue dipping into my mouth the tiniest amount.

I slid both my hands over his shoulders. He wrapped his arms around my body, and our chests touched. My breasts, through my top, squeezed up against his firm pectoral muscles.

His kiss was tender and sweet, his lips a new shape for me to learn. I touched the tip of my tongue to his, drew in the slightly salty, masculine flavor of him and knew it was something I wanted more of.

He pulled me closer still. I shifted and next thing I knew he was resting me backwards. I unfolded my legs, stretched out and knocked away the pot of carrot sticks.

The feel of Ruben over me, kissing me, was exciting, frightening, wonderful and painful all at the same time.

He kissed across my cheek, to my ear. His breaths were loud, his weight carefully held on his elbows. I ran my hands down his smooth back, tracing the slopes and rises of his spine then over the planes of his shoulder blades, all the time staring up at the cloudless sky and the bows of the birches, their tiny leaves shivering in the breeze.

“You smell like flowers,” he whispered into the shell of my ear.

“I do?”

“Yes, so pretty.” He lifted his head and looked down at me. “Kissing you here, now, it’s my top new memory.”

I smiled—the smile grew and grew until it balled my cheeks and another giggle escaped. “I think it’s mine too.”

He kissed me again. I shut my eyes, lost myself in the moment. That small shiver of desire was back. The need for more skin-on-skin and to get closer was growing. Ruben had that certain something that worked for me. His smell, taste and the way he made me feel like everything would be all right, it was something I could get hooked on.

I ran my hands over the waistband of his jeans, stroked his arse cheeks through the denim. Damn, what a cute bum, taut and the perfect handful.

He dropped his weight a little more, our chests pressed harder together and his groin pushed into my right hip. He deepened the kiss and a fizz of lust sparked through me. It couldn’t be ignored. My nipples were tight, there was a tug in my lower abdomen, the start of a need—a need I hadn’t thought of for so long.

I lifted my left leg, curled it over the back of his and squeezed up against him. It was then I felt a long, hard bulge.

“Ruben,” I gasped into his mouth as a fist of something raw and primitive gripped me. Could we? Here?

“Damn, I’m sorry, I…” He lifted up, completely off me.

“What’s the matter?”

Enter Totally Bound’s competition for the chance to win a copy of Breathe You In as well as three books from Lily Harlem’s backlist! Click on the banner below to enter:

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Win A Copy Of The Pride Of Amsterdam With The Romance Reviews

The anniversary party is in full swing over at The Romance Reviews, and today’s your chance to win an e-book copy of The Pride Of Amsterdam as part of their fantastic prize giveaway. To enter, simply log in to The Romance Reviews (you’ll need to register if you haven’t already done so), then and answer the multiple choice question relating to the book. There’s even a hint to help you find the correct answer.

Just click on the book cover below and it’ll take you to the TRR events page. Good luck!

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His Secret Boss Is Free On Kindle

Fancy reading a tale of desire and deception set in a Welsh hotel that’s perfect for fans of contemporary erotic romance? Well, His Secret Boss is available for free on Amazon Kindle between today and Sunday.  if you’re in the UK, you can pick up a copy by clicking on the banner below:

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If you’re in the US, click on the book jacket:

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Enjoy!

Sunday Snog – Something Within Him

Welcome to another Sunday Snog, and this week’s kissing action is for those of you who like stories with an older woman/younger man vibe. It’s from the Totally Bound novella Something Within Him, a particular favourite among the things I’ve written.

Kate has taken her young assistant Stephen on a business trip abroad, and they’ve reached the point where the attraction that’s been simmering between them has finally boiled over:

somethingwithinhim_800In the lobby, I slipped off my shoes once more, so I could negotiate the stairs without mishap. “If the staircase weren’t quite so narrow, I’d carry you up to the room,” Stephen told me. I didn’t doubt that he could manage it, and I was loving the way he made me feel so special, as though nothing were too much effort as long as it pleased me.

“I should make you do it anyway,” I replied, “after your little performance in the dining room. What would have happened if anyone had realised what you were doing to me?”

“But you looked so beautiful,” Stephen said, “trying not to come, but not being able to stop yourself. I’d love to get you off like that in one of your publishing meetings, with you trying to be really professional while my fingers were buried in your cunt under the table.”

By this time, we were at the door of our room. The first time I swiped the card key, it didn’t open. Then I realised I had inserted it the wrong way round, I was so flustered by Stephen’s dirty talk and the way his fingers had insinuated themselves into the sides of my dress so he could cup my breasts and rub my nipples.

“You’ve got gorgeous tits,” he sighed, turning me round and pressing me against the door before I could attempt to open it again. The next thing I knew, he was fumbling with the fastening at the neck of my dress. He swiftly undid it and let it slither off my shoulders, leaving me standing in the corridor naked except for my stockings and panties.

“Stephen, what if anyone sees us?” I exclaimed, a note of panic in my voice. although my pussy was pulsing hotly with the excitement of being stripped bare in public.

“Then they’ll just think what a lucky so-and-so I am.” He took the card key from my fingers and let us into the room. I scooped up my dress from the floor, and dashed inside before anyone could come up the stairs.

Once inside, Stephen flicked on the lights and turned the dimmer switch down, bathing us both in a flattering golden glow. He pulled me down onto the couch beside him and we kissed, our tongues twining together. I tugged at Stephen’s shirt buttons, anxious to get him naked. He joined in, pulling off his shoes and socks and undoing his trousers. By the time I had him down to his underwear, I thought we were about even, and I took my first good look at his body.

He looked practically edible, his skin bearing the faint remnants of a honeyed tan. His muscles were nicely toned, his body tapering down from broad shoulders and a hairless chest to a slim waist and hips. Through the tight-fitting white trunks he wore, I could see the outline of his erection, thick and bending to the left. A little spot of pre cum on the front of the cotton clearly betrayed his excitement. Seeing the lust shining in his eyes, I could tell how much he wanted me. It no longer mattered that I was twice his age, nor that I was a working woman at the top of my profession and he was a mere student. We were just two horny, near-naked people who were desperate to fuck each other.

It didn’t mean I had to relinquish complete control, though. After all, I’d had all the pleasure up till now, and I was anxious to return the favour. As Stephen stood by the couch, I sank to my knees and pressed my lips to his cock through his trunks. Just as he had teased me without actually touching my bare sex, I was going to do the same to him—at least for a little while. Gently, I mouthed him through the cotton, planting little kisses along his length. He groaned, registering the feeling of my wet mouth and the way it made his underwear cling to him, revealing his shaft and balls even more explicitly.

“God, Kate, no one’s ever thought to suck me like this before,” he said. “It feels so good.”

Something Within Him is available from Totally Bound. And there are plenty more sizzling snogs to be found as part of this week’s Sunday Snog, brought to you by Blissekiss.

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Do You Like Men In Uniform?

Then you’ll love the sale that’s on at Totally Bound from now until Sunday. You can get 15 per cent off all Men in Uniform titles, so whether you’re into soldiers, firemen, policemen or paramedics there’s bound to be a book to tempt you. Why not try my male/male novella An Act of Duty, the Emergency Servicing anthology or just click on the banner below to start browsing the bookshop.

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Scenes Of Rome

I’m currently hard at work on Book Four of the Lionhearts series, Into The Arena, and this time part of the storyline takes place in Rome. So here are some views of the Eternal City to whet your appetite:

The Colosseum at Night by Aaron Logan

Fontana del Tritone by Gianlorenzo Bernini

Fontana del Tritone by Gianlorenzo Bernini

The Forum of Caesar by Briseis

The Forum of Caesar by Briseis

The Spanish Steps by Kkkdc

The Spanish Steps by Kkkdc

 

Fifty Shades Hotter – Totally Bound’s Valentine Specials

Hopefully the postman came staggering up the drive with armfuls of Valentine cards for you today, but if not, treat yourself to some pampering. Pour yourself a glass of something fizzy and head over to Totally Bound, where all BDSM and contemporary titles are 25% off this weekend. Try one of my BDSM-themed novellas, including Neil and Obey, Wagers of Sin and Away From It All, or simply browse the store by clicking on the image below

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