Search And Rescue – Guest Post By Kitti Bernetti

My guest today is Kitti Bernetti, whose novel, Search And Rescue, is part of a Cariad hot romance double bill with my own His Secret Boss. Welcome, Kitti!

Hi Elizabeth

Thank you so much for inviting me to The Naughty Corner. I write erotica with a heart. I hope to bring readers the sort of emotional romance that can bring you to tears but that is hot, hot, hot… And I’d like to share with you how I came up with one of my favourite heroes.

search and rescueNow, don’t we all love a superhero? Those amazing guys who flash across our screens in Lycra and capes saving towns, cities, even the world with their superhuman powers. But, bringing us back down to earth, I was struck one day when watching the news how we have superhero guys right in our midst, in our own cities, in our own towns. The news I was watching concerned a disaster which had struck a small American community. There on the screen were these great hunks of guys, the search and rescue crews, digging for hours, days even. Covered in mud, they were pulling people from under fallen rocks when all hope had disappeared. In the background were snow capped mountains and awesomely beautiful lakes. It was so gorgeous I decided I wanted to set a story there.

This got me to pondering on those men with their huge boots and massive chests and how it must be to be the strong one, to have everyone rely on you in a crisis. To have families desperate for you to find their loved ones. What’s more, I loved the phrase, ‘Search and Rescue,’ it encompassed strength and nurturing. I wondered what it would be like if one of those oh so capable guys had a hidden flaw, a weakness, a dreadful secret he couldn’t declare to the world. It fired my imagination to produce my own search and rescue hero, Gig Briggs, a man his community look on to save them and nurture them. Gig has his faithful friend, a former police dog, Diesel, and a beautiful girlfriend, Milandra. All should be perfect in his world. But I needed as an author, to give Gig a hard time. I needed to test him and put him through hell to have a good story. So, while he’s strong and invincible on the outside, it is his inner demons he cannot defeat. That’s where Dr Desree Cain comes in. She’s the renowned sex therapist he absolutely does not want to consult. And boy are they opposites. She’s a city woman, he’s a country boy. What’s more, she’s scared. Someone from her own dark past is hunting her down. That’s why she’s come to hide in this small mountain community. The last thing she needs is Gig Briggs getting under her skin and awakening her as a woman. That’s when things get hot, too hot to handle. For the last thing any therapist should do is fall for her client…

I absolutely loved writing this book, so much so that I might even take one of the other characters, Gig’s best friend Clint, and give him his own book one day. But then that’s another story!

Bio:

Kitti Bernetti has been writing erotica for years, well before the Fifty Shades phenomenon. She lives and works in London where the vibrancy of the city keeps her imagination constantly fired with stories. You can often find her, pen in hand, in the coffee bars of Covent Garden. Wired on caffeine, seemingly staring into space and doodling, she is actually dreaming constructively and making notes for her next novella in a small red Moleskin, her favourite notebook.

Follow Kitti on Twitter @KittiBernetti
And on her website at http://www.kittibernetti.moonfruit.com/

The Cariad Double Bill is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Two Hot Cariad Reads – Double The Pleasure

It’s that time of year when everyone is looking for great poolside reading to load on their Kindle before they go on holiday, so may I recommend Cariad’s latest hot romance double bill? The two book-set is comprised of my tale of desire and deception in a sleepy Welsh seaside town, His Secret Boss, and Kitti Bernetti’s  romantic suspense novel, Search and Rescue.

cariad double billHere’s the blurb for Kitti’s book:

Gig Briggs is the Search and Rescue Officer you can rely on to save anybody from disaster. What he cannot do is save himself – harbouring a secret that has destroyed his ability to have a fulfilling relationship with a woman.

When he reluctantly walks into the consulting room of renowned sex therapist Desree Cain, he doesn’t believe she can help. However, Desree has secrets of her own, ones that are swiftly coming back to haunt her. She hasn’t told Gig why she had to run away from the city to hide in his New England community. Can Desree get through to this hero’s damaged heart, and can he save her from the twisted individual hunting her down?

The Cariad Double Bill Vol Two is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US. Make sure to come back tomorrow, when Kitti Bernetti will be my guest, sharing more of Search and Rescue’s secrets.

His Secret Boss Is Now Out In Paperback

His Secret Boss6Those of you who prefer the joys of a physical book to those new-fangled e-reader thingies will be delighted to know that my Cariad hot romance novel, His Secret Boss, is now available in paperback. (Sorry, I’ll have to break off here – Perry the cat has just brought her toy owl downstairs in a blatant attempt to get attention and treats, and if you’ve never seen her technique then I suggest you go to YouTube at your earliest convenience to check it out.)

Anyway, here’s the blurb for His Secret Boss:

Claudia Anthony, the overachieving owner of a successful hotel chain, is recruited to take part in the reality TV show Secret CEO. Disguised as Jane Ennis, she takes on a job at The Anthony in Aberpentre, a Welsh seaside town that has seen better days. She finds herself working under young, headstrong Rhodri Wynn-Jones, who has no clue of her real identity. Soon, passion flares between them, and although Claudia knows there are lines she can’t cross, she just can’t keep away. Rhodri is falling in love with Jane – but what will happen if he learns he’s actually having an affair with his boss?

And here’s the opening of the book, to give a flavour of Claudia’s dilemma:

‘You have to admit, Claudia, it’ll be wonderful publicity for you …’

Gina paused, and took a sip from her cappuccino, waiting for my reaction. In the chair beside her, Hugo Murray of Wild Card Productions regarded me intently. According to Gina, Hugo had been anxious to speak to me pretty much since the day I’d taken over running the company.

I glanced out of the window. Three floors below us on St Martin’s Lane, the traffic was its usual Friday snarl-up, and the pavement tables outside the café across the road were occupied by shoppers enjoying the first pleasantly warm afternoon of spring. As I contemplated the familiar scene, I gave myself some thinking time. Why, I wondered again, had I agreed to this meeting? With everything I had on my plate since Dad died, I didn’t have time to get involved with some reality show; even if Gina assured me it would be as good as free advertising for us. When I’d asked her to beef up our PR strategy, I’d expected advertorials in the Saturday travel supplements, maybe being asked to put myself up for a sympathetic profile on the business pages. Not this.

Turning the chair back to face them both, I said, ‘So tell me exactly what it would involve. What you’d expect me to do.’

‘OK, Claudia.’ Hugo smiled, a dimple appearing in his left cheek as he did. ‘Well, as I’m sure you know, the viewing public don’t have a very favourable opinion of the people who run our businesses. The conception is that they’re all smug, uncaring fat cats, creaming off the profits and awarding themselves massive bonuses while their employees struggle by on peanuts.’

‘Well, that’s certainly not the case here …’ The man had been in my office five minutes and already I was on the defensive. I couldn’t see anything good coming out of this.

The paperback is available from Amazon UK, Amazon US and Accent Press, among other places.

Okay, plug over. Enjoy yourself watching cute animal videos this lunchtime. I know I will be…

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:

his secret boss promo

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

His Secret Boss6

Enjoy!

His Secret Boss Is Officially Out

His Secret Boss6I’ve been teasing it for a while, but here’s the blurb:

Claudia Anthony, the overachieving owner of a successful hotel chain, is recruited to take part in the reality TV show Secret CEO. Disguised as Jane Ennis, she takes on a job at The Anthony in Aberpentre, a Welsh seaside town that has seen better days. She finds herself working under young, headstrong Rhodri Wynn-Jones, who has no clue of her real identity. Soon, passion flares and although Claudia knows there are lines she can’t cross, she just can’t keep away.

Rhodri is falling in love with Jane – but what will happen if he learns he’s actually having an affair with his boss?

And here’s the beginning of the story, where Claudia receives the pitch that will see her become a reality TV star:

‘You have to admit, Claudia, it’ll be wonderful publicity for you …’

Gina paused, and took a sip from her cappuccino, waiting for my reaction. In the chair beside her, Hugo Murray of Wild Card Productions regarded me intently. According to Gina, Hugo had been anxious to speak to me pretty much since the day I’d taken over running the company.

I glanced out of the window. Three floors below us on St Martin’s Lane, the traffic was its usual Friday snarl-up, and the pavement tables outside the café across the road were occupied by shoppers enjoying the first pleasantly warm afternoon of spring. As I contemplated the familiar scene, I gave myself some thinking time. Why, I wondered again, had I agreed to this meeting? With everything I had on my plate since Dad died, I didn’t have time to get involved with some reality show; even if Gina assured me it would be as good as free advertising for us. When I’d asked her to beef up our PR strategy, I’d expected advertorials in the Saturday travel supplements, maybe being asked to put myself up for a sympathetic profile on the business pages. Not this.

Turning the chair back to face them both, I said, ‘So tell me exactly what it would involve. What you’d expect me to do.’

‘OK, Claudia.’ Hugo smiled, a dimple appearing in his left cheek as he did. ‘Well, as I’m sure you know, the viewing public don’t have a very favourable opinion of the people who run our businesses. The conception is that they’re all smug, uncaring fat cats, creaming off the profits and awarding themselves massive bonuses while their employees struggle by on peanuts.’

‘Well, that’s certainly not the case here …’ The man had been in my office five minutes and already I was on the defensive. I couldn’t see anything good coming out of this.

‘I’m already aware of that. Gina’s briefed me extensively on your commitment to paying the living wage, the various opportunities for career advancement within the Anthony Hotels chain, and the donations you make to charity. You’re clearly a good employer.’ His words should have mollified me more than they did. I was on edge, waiting for the next barb. It wasn’t long in coming.

To find out more, pick up a copy of His Secret Boss from Amazon.