Welcome back to Anna’s World! Today I have a surprise for you. I’m going to introduce you to someone very near and dear to me. Her name is Isabella Kole, or as I affectionately call her, IzzyB. Just who is Isabella Kole? Well, to be quite honest, she’s me…or the spicier side of me…
A few months ago, a group of writer friends who write erotic romance and spanking stories asked me why I didn’t try one. As most of you know, if you’ve followed me at all, Anna writes mainstream romance, some dramatic, some light, but all just a little sweet and sexy. I mentioned this to one of my publishers in passing one day and she wasn’t opposed to the idea, so I wrote a rough draft. Then one night, Sable Hunter invited me to chat with her street team and promote my books in her group. She encouraged me to come forward and tell them about IzzyB. Up until that time, I was keeping the fact that IzzyB and Anna were the same person a secret. So I told them a little about the story, Accepting His Terms, and was met with such enthusiasm I couldn’t believe it. In fact, several of the people I met that night, came to me a few weeks later and asked if they could start a street team for me. And that’s how Anna’s Fab Friends began.
The writer friends who had first encouraged me came together and helped me too. One helped me kick around different ideas for a title until together we came up with the perfect one, another read the story and offered suggestions, another one did the same. All were supportive and encouraging. Members of the street team beta read for me as the story progressed. As I began to tell people about the new book, other author friends offered to host Isabella on their blogs. Everyone, including my readers, were very receptive to the idea.
My street team and I decided to market Isabella as the spicier side of Anna…because that’s exactly who she is. Isabella’s debut erotic romance is an Anna love story with Isabella spice. There is no better way to describe it. So if you like Anna’s romances but would like it spicier…Isabella’s your gal. If you prefer Anna’s sweet and sexy stories, there are plenty of them around and more to come.
Accepting His Terms by Isabella Kole debuts October 9th from LazyDay Publishing, the same publisher who released Anna’s Fab Five series. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook, it’s one you won’t want to miss. Not your ordinary spanking story…I wanted to do something just a little different…I did it my way…and I hope you’ll give it a chance. Branching out is never easy but I was determined to see this through because of all the support I was given from author friends, readers, friends, family, and my publisher. Will there be another Isabella Kole book in the near future? That remains to be seen as Anna is very busy at the moment, but if you like it, please let me know by leaving a review. If I know you like it, Isabella might be persuaded to do an encore.
Now here’s the blurb for Accepting His Terms:
Jill Lincoln has the hots for her stern, hunk of a boss, Jarrod Baine. With his piercing steel-gray-blue eyes, hair as black as coal, and a body to be enjoyed, she wonders what it would be like to be his woman. But she’s only one of many who would give her eye teeth to be in his bed.
The day Jarrod rescues her from a would-be assault by a young mail clerk; she finds that he is as attracted to her as she is to him. As the two begin a relationship, it becomes very apparent to Jarrod that Jill is a nervous, high-strung lady and he searches for the best way to ease her tensions. Together they begin to form a strong bond as they experiment with discipline.
As the couple realizes their feelings run much deeper than an office affair, Jarrod asks her to be his wife. As they enter into a hot, passionate marriage, complete with the discipline, by mutual consent, a deeper emotional bond is formed that continues to grow much stronger over time.
But when Jill suffers a heartbreaking miscarriage and Jarrod is not by her side, she retreats into a deep, dark depression, turning away from the one man who can save her.
Will their bond be severed forever?
Did that whet your appetite at all? Just in case, let’s throw in a small excerpt:
On Saturday morning, Jarrod kept his word and phoned Jill to tell her he would pick her up at noon.
She flew around her apartment, straightening, fluffing pillows, and making sure everything was in place. Then she treated herself to a long soak in a cherry-blossom scented bubble bath before getting dressed for their date. She chose a green floral sundress and a pair of sandals. It was spring in Tennessee and the weather had turned warm. After her makeup and hair were near perfect, she sat on the couch waiting for him to arrive.
At eleven-forty-five, her doorbell rang, she sprang from the couch and let him in.
“I’m early, I know, these are for you,” he said as he entered the room and handed her a bouquet of flowers.
“Flowers?” she asked, “Thank you.”
“Have you eaten?”
“No, I had a late breakfast,” she replied.
“Good, there’s a nice little Italian restaurant in the winery. I thought we could have lunch there before we do our wine tasting.”
“Oh, that sounds fantastic. I love Italian food.”
He grinned. “Are you ready to go?”
As he drove to the winery, she said, “I thought it would seem odd to be out with you, but it doesn’t. The other night at dinner was the only time we’ve been together outside the office.”
“It feels perfectly natural to me, Jill,” he replied as he cast a sideways glance in her direction.
She smiled and asked him about the music playing in his CD player.
When they reached the winery, he walked around and opened her car door, helped her out, and took her hand as they walked inside.
They sat at a corner table and as Jill looked around, she said, “This is nice. I like the atmosphere.”
“Romantic?” he teased.
She blushed and took a sip of her water.
“So after we finish touring the winery, what would you like to do?” he asked.
“You mean there’s more?” she asked with a smile.
“If you’d like; we can extend this afternoon date into an evening date. Do you dance?”
“I love it,” she replied.
As his hand reached across the table to caress hers gently, she shivered. As her gaze met his, she saw amusement in his eyes.
“Are you cold, sweetheart?” he asked with a sexy grin.
“Uh… no…” she stammered.
Their lunch arrived and the moment passed. As they made pleasant small talk and enjoyed their food, Jill found herself becoming aroused. The sound of his voice, the look in his eyes, and the touch of his hand made her nipples harden and heat to flow through her veins. She caught him watching her and she was sure he’d looked down at her breasts. She shivered again.
“Are you sure you’re not cold?” he asked again, the amused look back in his eyes.
“I’m really quite… warm,” she answered with her sweetest smile.
“I can see that,” he said in a low voice as he leaned across the table. “I think we should get started on our tour before you get any… warmer.”
She stood up and took the hand he offered. As they made their way to the winery, he leaned over and whispered in her ear, “You’re cute when you’re… bothered.”
“Bothered? What makes you think I’m bothered?” she asked.
“Your body betrays you, my dear,” he teased as he leaned over to kiss her.
They began their tour, tasting many of the different wines offered and finally Jill chose her favorite, a sweet red.
“We’ll save it for a special occasion,” he said as they walked to his car.
“Where are we going dancing?” she asked.
“Well, this is Tennessee. Where else but a good old country dance hall?” he asked.
“You… like country?” she asked in surprise.
“I’m an old-fashioned southern country boy at heart.”
“I never would have guessed that,” she said as he pulled out of the parking lot.
They arrived at one of the well-known bars in town and as they sat waiting for the band to begin playing, he asked if she was hungry.
“A little, how about you?” she replied.
“They have great wings here, how about it?”
“Sure, that sounds good.”
They talked some more about movies they’d like to see, books they’d read, and when their wings arrived, they ate, laughed, and talked some more. It was becoming more and more natural for her to be in his company. He really was quite different away from the office. There was still a commanding presence, but there was also a softer, more romantic side to Jarrod Baine.
“Oh, look, the band is ready to play,” she said as she looked up at the stage.
“And they’re starting with a slow song. Let’s go,” he said as he stood and took her hand.
As she was whisked into the arms of the man she’d spent months dreaming about, Jill melted. The moment he pulled her close to his chest, she knew there was nothing she wouldn’t do for this man. She was his. Whether he knew it yet or not, she would surrender to him, and she would love him for as long as he wanted her in his life.
She looked up at him and caught sight of the corners of his mouth turned slightly upward. His eyes danced as they gazed at her. She put her head on his shoulder and as he pulled her closer, he whispered, “I could stay like this all night.”
She nestled closer, letting her right hand tease the hair at the nape of his neck. Her body was on fire, as a warm wetness flowed from within. Her nipples were aching, begging for attention. Her left hand moved down his back.
“If you don’t stop that, I’m going to take you to the parking lot and have my way with you in the car,” he warned as he nibbled at her ear.
“In that case, I won’t stop,” she teased.
“Oh, you’ve got such sass… you know I owe you a spanking for putting yourself at risk, for staying late that night, and now with all the sass and teasing you’ve been throwing around, I think you’ve had your three strikes. You’re out, baby.” He spoke in a low, husky voice.
“Three strikes? I’m out?” she asked as she raised her face his.
Hmmm…what’s gonna happen next? You can find out by downloading Accepting His Terms at either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
You can find Isabella on Facebook. Please swing by and give her a “Like”…she’ll appreciate it.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have my good friend, Ginger Ring, here on the twelfth talking about her first release which comes out on October 10th!!!! So excited for her!!!! And on the 22nd, I’ll be telling ghost stories…as part of Sable Hunter’s Halloween Blog Hop so you’re not going to want to miss that…contests and prizes too!!!