Call Me Crazy
By Ashley Ladd
My erotic romance â€˜Her Menâ€™ releases today and thereâ€™s been a lot of work to prepare for it and thereâ€™s still a lot of work to do as of now even asÂ I writeÂ this post.
Iâ€™ve set up a large blog tour which entails a lot of thingsâ€”writing guest posts, answering interviews, pulling out excerpts, requesting reviews, and setting up contests. Thatâ€™s not counting doing this for my October release as well and thus finding more blog tour hosts. Itâ€™s all very time consuming but I hope worthwhile.
Yet, my day job employer believes they own me Monday â€“ Friday 8:30 â€“ 5:00, sometimes even until 6 pm. The nerve! That takes up a lot of hours of my day. And it usually wears me out.
Once the five oâ€™clock whistle finally blares, my family thinks they own me. They want dinner, for me to pick them up off their school bus, stop at the store to get milk, help with homework, walk the dogs, feed the cats, clean the house, etcetera etcetera… The list seems never ending.
This evening, I had plans (ha ha I had plansâ€”it sounds funny, even presumptuous, that I dare to make plans of my own) to come straight home, make a fast dinner, then get to work on writing this blog post plus a few others I owe.
Instead my daughter wanted me to take her shopping. That got pre-empted by my husband demanding dinner. Dinner got pre-empted by my son calling for a ride from the bus stop because he didnâ€™t feel well enough to walk home. WhenÂ we finally got home, my daughter needed help with her school work.
Can you say exhausted? Overwhelmed? Burned out?
Finally when I got on the computer I had emails requesting I rush information for my blog tour.
Then I found a four and five star review of ‘Her Men’ on Good Reads and I was refreshed. What a joy!
If I was to say I love all this despite occasionally feeling overwhelmed, would I sound crazy? Despite everything, I love the whirlwind.
Okay. Call me crazy. :)ïŠ
And here is an excerpt from ‘Her Men’
Title: Her Men
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary Erotic male-female-male romance
Book Length: 22,200 words
Forty-four year old Julie Weston has loved Timmy and James since her college days twenty something years ago. She’s fantasized about both all these long years, never able to choose between them.
Hoping Tim and James will attend, she attends their college marching band reunion. When both men show up her dreams are answered. They’re sexier than she imagined and she hopes they won’t be disappointed by her older self.
It turns out both men came just to see her again and neither is happy about the otherâ€™s presence. They fight over her, confusing her more than ever. It takes a hot mÃ©nageâ€¦or twoâ€¦for her heart to decide which one sheâ€™s in love with.
Oh God. She couldnâ€™t make up her mind, just as sheâ€™d feared. They were both fulfilling her dreams and almost her fantasies. Why couldnâ€™t she be like Connie and love just one man?
â€œIâ€™m single. And confused,â€ she admitted unhappily, hoping and praying her answer wouldnâ€™t drive either man away before her heart could decide who it wanted. She held her breath, waiting for James to drop her on her ass and leave in disgust.
But he stayed. His eyes darkened. His fingers bit into her arms, but he didnâ€™t walk away. Instead, he kissed her again, rubbing his groin against her. When he finally released her, he promised, â€œGame on.â€
Tim stomped over and shoved James away. â€œWhat the hell was that?â€
James pushed him back. â€œWhat in the hell does it look like?â€
â€œKeep your hands off her.â€
â€œI donâ€™t see a ring on her finger, and she started it.â€
Tim wrinkled his brow, captured her hand and yanked her to him. â€œSheâ€™s had too much to drink.â€
Again she help up one finger and repeated, â€œI just had one.â€ She thought it best not to mention the Benadryl.
With sad eyes, Tim asked, â€œWho do you want? Me or him?â€
Fighting back sudden, scalding tears, she freed herself, stepped back and regarded both men. â€œI donâ€™t know.â€
Timâ€™s expression grew incredulous as if sheâ€™d struck him. He echoed, â€œYou donâ€™t know? Since when do you like him?â€
â€œMaybe since you dumped her,â€ James said with a sneer. He puffed up and faced off with Tim. â€œIf you donâ€™t like it, back out. Iâ€™m going to fight for herâ€”like I should have before.â€
Timâ€™s eyes grew large as saucers. â€œI had no idea. You were with Theresaâ€¦â€
â€œTheresa dropped me like a hot cake. And you disappeared.â€
â€œAnd I heard she was going out with Gus, not you.â€ Tim looked around as though to make sure Gus wasnâ€™t about to pop out of nowhere.
She heaved a sigh. â€œGus was my friend. He fell for me, not vice versa. I feel bad if I led him on. It wasnâ€™t intentional.â€
â€œLike me? You never realized I liked you as more than a friend,â€ Phil interjected as he danced nearby with Anita.
She blanched and wanted to evaporate.
James winked. â€œIt seems you were quite the siren, leaving all of us shipwrecked in your wake.â€
Stunned, she clasped her hand to her throat. â€œI swear, I had no clue. Iâ€™m so sorry.â€
â€œYet youâ€™re still leaving us in your wake, honey.â€ Tim glared at all of them and fisted his hands on his hips.
Honey? She didnâ€™t like the sound of that.