April 5, 2013

Friday Flames - Guest Post by Sara Walter Ellwood

Today I'm turning the blog over to contemporary western romance author Sara Walter Ellwood.

Thank you Sheri for highlighting my latest contemporary western romance, Heartstrings, on Friday Flames!!
Abby didn’t remember much of the drive home. Like a man possessed, Seth pulled into her drive and skidded to a stop on the loose gravel of the driveway.
He unfastened his seatbelt and leaned over at the same time she knelt in the leather seat facing him. Her arms went around his neck. His went around her waist and pulled her as close as the center console would allow.
Their lips clashed together, and he slid his hungry tongue into her mouth. She tasted the spicy passion sizzling between them, tangled her fingers into the strands of his hair, pulling him even closer. One of his hands slid up her side to cover her breast; the other slipped under her skirt and stroked the skin of her thigh, then slipped under the edge of her panties. When he stroked her, she shivered at the sensation of his rough hand so intimately touching her.
“Damn, you’re so wet.” He moaned as she sucked on his lower lip and nibbled on the captured flesh.
“Don’t stop.” She shivered again and her breathing went ragged. She was too close to the edge to not fall over it. When he slipped a finger inside her, it was too much. She clung to him as the shudders of her orgasm raked over her.

When she finally opened her eyes to meet his, he groaned as he pulled his hand away. His eyes were dark in the fickle light of the moon and porch shining through the windshield, but they burned with need.
“Let’s go inside,” she whispered against his lips.
He rushed around the SUV and yanked the door open. She went into his arms, wrapping her legs around his waist and her arms around his neck. He stopped and his breath hissed out of him, breaking the kiss.
“What’s wrong?”
He untangled her legs from around his waist and shifted her into a bridal carry. “Trust me this way is safer. Or I’ll strip you right here.”
“At this point I don’t care,” she murmured and pulled his mouth back to hers. “I want you inside me.”
He carried her to the front door. She fumbled with her key, while he suckled the soft skin behind her ear, making it damned hard to concentrate. When she finally got the door open, they didn’t bother with the light; he went straight through the house to the master bedroom.
He set her on her feet and buried his fingers in her hair as he kissed her. She pulled his shirt out of his jeans and yanked open the pearl snaps. His chest quivered under her touch. He broke the kiss as she explored the hard muscle and contrasting textures of the curls and smooth skin.
She undid the clasp and tie, then he shucked the shirt. She bit her bottom lip as the dim moonlight from the windows limned his wide chest and muscular shoulders. She ached for him and couldn’t wait much longer. As she reached for his belt, he reached around her and unzipped the dress.
He took possession of her mouth, his tongue plunging deep, imitating what they both wanted. Before his jeans slipped down his toned legs, he pulled a condom from his back pocket and placed it on the bedside table. He pushed the dress from her shoulders and it fell to the floor, followed by her bra and panties, then he lifted her against him again and laid her on the bed.
Moaning his name deep in her throat, she arched against him as he brushed his thumb over a puckered nipple. She reached between them and found his heavy erection. He broke the kiss with a hiss and caught her hands.
“You’ve got to slow down, baby.” He pulled her arms over her head.
“I don’t want slow.” She arched her body into him again. “I want you inside now.”
He growled and nuzzled her neck. “Jesus, I think you’re gonna kill me.”
“No, you’re killing me.” Was that breathy voice hers?
He shuddered then pulled back. “How can I want you this much?” he asked in a gravelly rumble that stilled her heart. “How did I survive without having you before now?”
For a long moment, she searched his gaze. What did he mean by that? “I swore this wouldn’t happen. But I want you so much I can’t breathe.”
Trailing openmouthed kisses down her throat, he stopped to nibble on the skin over her racing pulse. His facial hair tickled her oversensitive skin as he placed soft kisses over her breasts and suckled on the hard points of her nipples.
“Seth, please.”                                                                      
He took the condom and quickly sheathed himself. Her heart pounded so fast and hard against her ribs she feared it would crash out of her chest. He was so big and it had been so long since she’d had sex. She hoped she could take him.

When he lay over her, he captured her lips with his. Legs wound around his hips, and arms clasped his shoulders, she held on to him, afraid to let go.
When his erection touched her, he closed his eyes and groaned deep in his chest. She moved against him, and he entered in a single thrust.
“Oh, God, Abby...you feel so good.” His head went back; his jaw clenched taut. His shoulders and chest tensed. He was so beautiful, her soul wept.
He met her gaze with one heavy with desire as he moved over her and within her, finding the perfect rhythm.
Her nails bit into his shoulders as she urged him to move faster. Her body pulsed around him, taking him deeper. He consumed her, and she wanted to consume him. He dove into her over and over again, rushing them both to completion.
He gripped her hips, lifted her, angling her pelvis. She cried out at the jolt of pleasure flowing through her. A rattling groan came from his chest as she tightened around him, drawing him deep into her. His biceps bulged, and his face contorted with strained control.
Had she ever felt like this?
She screamed when the orgasm hit. Wave after wave of ecstasy washed over her heated flesh, and light burst behind her eyes. Calling out his name, she held on to him and rode out the storm.
He plunged into her one last time, and his sweat-slicked body stilled over hers, the muscles under her hands becoming as firm as granite. Growling her name into her neck, he followed her to fulfillment.

He’s determined to set things right, no matter the cost.
The last person Abby Crawford wants to face down is country music superstar Seth Kendall. Last time she did, she flat-out lied so he’d go to Nashville without her. She’s never understood why their mutual best friend proposed, but she went with it so her baby wouldn’t be fatherless. Now she’s a divorced mother of a teenager, and secretly Seth’s biggest fan.
Seth is home in McAllister, Texas for his father’s funeral…and a chance to meet the daughter he’s never known. He’s willing to face the music of his own making and admit he’s known about his little girl all along. For fifteen years he’s kept his distance because Abby told him to follow his dreams without her, insisting she didn’t love him. But now he won’t leave until he knows his daughter and she knows him, even if it means facing the woman who broke his heart for good.
Confessing she’s lied about her daughter’s paternity all these years won’t be easy for Abby, especially with her ex blackmailing her to keep the secret. And Seth doesn’t know the hardest truth of all: Every love song he plays on his guitar still plucks her heartstrings.

Sara Walter Ellwood is an award winning author whose novel Gambling On A Secret was named by bestselling author Carolyn Brown in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today as one of her favorite romances of 2012. Although Sara has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her stories. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for nearly 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia.
She also writes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name of Cera duBois.

 Buy Links:
Lyrical Press: http://lyricalpress.com/heartstrings/

 Author Links:


***Please leave your email address to be eligible***

~~I will be giving away two ebook copies of Heartstrings at the end of each week of the tour, so make sure you leave your email address.

~Tour Grand Prize is a swag pack full of goodies! A signed copy of Carolyn Brown’s Just a Cowboy and His Baby, an ebook copy of my last release Gambling On A Secret, a notebook, a pen, custom jewelry set, $5 Starbuck’s gift card—all tucked into a keepsake box. (Sorry, only US residents are eligible. Comparable International Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card.) *Swag pack(gift card) is for the entire two-month tour. Winner will be announced on June 1, 2013.


  1. Holy hottness! Love the excerpt and just added this to my wish list.
    email addy is ck1290@charter.net

    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks for stopping by!! Good luck :)

  2. Thanks ladies! At least my excerpt won't be adding to the hot water bill....Cold showers are cheap.

  3. Wow, Sara, that was a smoking HOT scene. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    1. Can't wait until YOU are the headliner for Friday Flames!

    2. Thanks, Brenda... I can't wait until you headline either!

  4. Whew! The flames are aburnin'! Nice excerpt.

  5. YUM! I'm reading this book currently :)

    Nikki @ Stormgoddess925@yahoo.com

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nikki!!

    2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  6. Thank you so much! Hope you're enjoying it, Nikki!

  7. Congratulations on the new release, Sara. Loved reading the excerpt!

    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for popping out of your writing cave and stopping by. :)

    2. Thanks, Melissa... Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. That was a very nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Wow, that was hot!! I tweeted.

    1. Better sit next to the fan, Ella! LOL

    2. I agree with Sheri. Here's the fan. Thank you for always tweeting, Ella. That is so nice of you!

  10. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  11. ::Fans self:: I cant wait to read more!

    1. Whew! It sure is getting hot in here! LOL Thanks for stopping by!


Welcome to my romantic world - I look forward to your comment!