Author Playdate–Welcome Becca Dale!

30 May

Tis the season of new releases! I’m thrilled to have my friend Becca Dale here, talking about her new release and the great stories you can find to sweeten up you summer!



Becoming our mothers…

Hi everyone. I am so excited to be on Plot Mamas today so in honor of that I had to talk about mamas, right? I look in the mirror, or open my mouth for that matter, and there is my mother in all her glory. Not saying that is a bad thing, it just is. Despite all the ways she is a reflection of her father, my daughter suffers the same fate, I’m afraid. I don’t think it can be avoided. But then again, maybe it shouldn’t be.

The Sweet Series started as food lust that blossomed into love and then into a family who falls hard and fast. In the latest, Sweet Satisfaction, the heroine must confront her submissive nature. A quality that has come down through her mother’s family. Kate spends her life pretending to be someone she’s not in order to avoid the heartache her mother and her aunts have suffered. But denying who she is has become a burden that disallows love. Connor sees beyond the sexy clothes and bold front to the fragile yet capable woman beneath. The family curse of love at first sight ensured he fell hard for Kate when they first met, and he wants nothing more than for her to accept who she is and stop running from what he knows they could have. However, fear of becoming her mother insists she push him away.

Unlike my heroine, I really don’t mind that I am like my mother. As much as she frustrates me some days, (I am certain my daughter feels the same about me) I love her and most of the traits she gave me. She could have kept the hips and the love of all things edible, but otherwise…. :-D So what about you? Becoming our mothers — good, bad, or neutral?

A late night phone call offers a glimpse of the mother/daughter dynamic from Sweet Satisfaction.


“You don’t have a right to judge me or the men in my life, Kate.”

“You’re right. It’s my place to shut up and turn a blind eye.”

“Did you have another question or are we done?”

Kate scrubbed her hands over her face and tried not to scream. “All right, I’m sorry. Again.” Rolling to her back, she stared at the ceiling. “Why’d you stay with them, Mom? Why put up with the abuse?”

“Because I needed them. I’d like to claim I stayed by choice, but we’d both know I lied. Not all of them were abusive. In fact, most weren’t. Including Lloyd. The nose thing was an accident. I’m not like you, darling. You’re so brave and confident, so certain of everything. I’ve never been strong enough to stand alone. Even now, Master Jarvin has only been gone three days and the walls are closing in. I struggle to sleep at night without him to steady me. In fact, when you called, I’d been cleaning the bathroom so I didn’t have to go to bed alone.”

“Mom, you won’t die without a man to tell you what to do all the time.”

“No, but I don’t live without one either.”

“But is that from years of dependency or personal choice? If you hadn’t started living this way, would you be better off now?”

“I am who I am.” A sound too close to a muffled sob drifted over the phone. “I don’t know if I always made the right choices in my life. But I do know that it’s my life. You might not agree with everything I’ve done or everyone I’ve loved, but at least I have loved—deeply and passionately. You on the other hand, my darling girl, too often hide behind that tough veneer and push people away. You will never find someone to share your life if you never show anyone the real you. Master Jarvin said the same thing the other day.”

“Better to be alone than shattered when it ends. I watched you hurt to the brink of suicide too many times to risk loving the wrong man, Mom. I can’t turn my body and soul over to some control freak and hope he handles it with respect. I need to know that I have some power in my life.”

“So are you contemplating a relationship with someone who won’t stand up to you? Or for you? I don’t think a man like that’s any better, and frankly it sounds boring as hell. You’d walk out before the ink dried on the marriage license.”

Connor had said basically the same thing. Kate laughed but there was no humor in the sound. “Why can’t I find a happy medium?”

“What happened to that friend of yours? The nice guy…the lawyer? Why didn’t you ever hook up with him?”

“Because he scares me half to death. Since the first day I met him, I’ve fought my attraction for him.”

“Why fight it if you love him?”

Because he’s Connor. She laughed again. “Because if I allowed myself to be in a relationship with him, I don’t think I’d survive when he walked away.”

“Maybe he would stay.”

He’s already gone.


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Super Love

23 May

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s an eBook of….Super Love!!!


I love superheroes. They push all the right buttons in my world. Fast ones, strong ones, near perfect or horribly flawed–I just…I think they are super.

Super Love
Reuniting to save the world.

Dinah just wanted to save the world. That didn’t pan out, so she turned to social work, only to find herself miserable. When she’s given the option of returning to the Justice Fraternity and her life as Dinah-Go, super fast superhero, she hesitates because going back means working side by side with her former lover Myles Steele, aka Man of Wonder.

To save their city from gargoyles, Man of Wonder needs Dinah-Go back in fighting shape. But Myles wants more than just his fighting partner at his side, he wants the lover and friend he lost two years earlier. Getting her will take more than even his super strength.


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Keep things super!!

Stephanie Beck

Playdate with Rhonda Carver!!

9 May

Who doesn’t love a good playdate? Plot mamas is thrilled to welcome Rhonda Carver!!


Why women love men who can cook

I love to eat. So, it shouldn’t be a shocker I think men who cook are sexy. Now, I’m not saying I don’t like men who can’t cook. If my hubby stopped cooking, I’d still love him the same. Although he’s not the best cook (I hope he’s not reading), he will whip up scrambled eggs and spaghetti and it’s a gourmet meal to me. Here’s my point. A man doesn’t have to be a chef in the kitchen, but what’s sexy is the effort he puts forth.

Just like the old cliché saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Yet this doesn’t hold as much weight for a woman’s stomach, it is a good start to show her you care enough to satisfy her hunger. In simpler terms, a woman likes to know she will be taken care of. Sure, we can take of ourselves, but when a man placates our most basic needs, he’s telling us by his actions that he wants to provide for us.

I created Sebastian Matthews, hero of Friends With Benefits, with a domesticated side. No, he’s still tough and masculine, but he’s not the bad-ass male I usually write. Sebastian may never hold a gun, put out a building on fire or ride bareback (take that how you will), but he wields a kitchen tool that’ll have you wondering what other tool he has skilled. And his cinnamon rolls…let’s just say…you’ll want to make up a homemade batch of your own and call them “Seb’s Buns.”


Suffering from years of hopeless romantic notions with sexy, sassy heroines and bad-ass heroes taking residence in her mind, Rhonda decided to write, bringing the stories alive. With baby on hip and laptop on the other, and a couple of years later, Rhonda has published six eBooks with a handful of spicy love stories waiting for the final touches.

When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you will find her with her children, watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places, doing (or trying) yoga, and finding new ways to keep her smile bright.

Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where one goes to get away. Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time…



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Friends With Benefits by Rhonda Lee Carver

Cassie’s admirer hides behind a blindfold…could he be somebody she knows?

Cassandra and Sebastian have been friends since college. They know everything about each other, and even own a restaurant together. Now she has a secret admirer—one who asks her to meet him wearing a blindfold…and nothing else. She complies, mostly, and must rely on how he smells, feels, and sounds when they meet. He seems familiar. Familiar enough to be Sebastian? Surely not. Maybe she’s hoping her admirer is Sebastian. Maybe…

Sebastian has a secret Cassie knows nothing of: He’s in love with her. But telling her could destroy their friendship. So he’s got to sit back and watch as she swoons for this secret admirer who uses all the right romantic words to win her heart.

Can Sebastian step forward and reveal himself? Supposing he dares to let Cassie know he loves her, can their friendship survive if she doesn’t feel the same for him?

CONTENT WARNING: strong language, graphic sex



Copyright 2013, Rhonda Lee Carver

All rights reserved, Lyrical Press, Inc.

She no longer heard his footsteps. Her breath caught. The presence of her lover changed the aura of her bedroom. The warmth of the room skyrocketed and a faint scent of cologne reached her nostrils. She frantically searched her mind for the fragrance. She knew the smell, but had no time to process the thought. All logical thinking faded when a deep, raspy growl penetrated the air. A lover’s sound of appreciation.

Knowing he was turned on charged her every nerve. Her breasts became tight. Her insides shuddered. She resisted the overwhelming urge to tear off her mask. Would he run away if she did?

A sliver of vulnerability targeted her senses. Yet, she was excited.

Cassie couldn’t be referred to as innocent. She’d had lovers in the past, but nothing like this. All experience floated out the window as she pondered what she should say, if she said anything at all.

The soft thumping of his shoes echoed off the walls as he moved across her hardwood floor. Sounded like he wore boots. Not cowboy boots, but work boots with rubber soles. Was he a construction worker? Her mind conjured up images of tight T-shirt clinging to a sweaty, toned upper body. Worn jeans cradling tight ass and muscular legs.

The apex of her thighs moistened. She had it bad. How could one man, a stranger at that, fan her thoughts into flaming desire?

With use of her sight off limits, her hearing became overly sensitive. She listened to every sound. The rustling of his clothes and a long, drawn-out sigh, then scuffling as he moved to the side of the bed. She pushed herself higher against the headboard, anticipation growing heavy.

He didn’t touch her. She tucked her bottom lip between her teeth. “Hello?” She wished she could have hidden the eagerness in her voice. She didn’t want to come off as desperate; however, her body throbbed in yearning.


She started to speak again, but the mattress lowered under his weight. Her body slid a few inches toward him across the slick material of the cover. She pushed herself back up, regaining her pose on the bed. Her breathing grew heavy in her ears. Her heart raced. Could he hear it?

Although she knew it was coming, she jerked when his fingers touched her ankle. She laughed at her involuntary reaction, but it fizzled. His touch seemed like a laser, sending rivulets of heated awareness up her leg and exploding like shards of glass into her loins.

A sigh fell from her lips before she could snatch it back. “Yes.” She clenched her hands at her sides.

Slowly, deftly, his palm trailed a frenzied path upward past her knee, and settled against her inner thigh. A shiver of need gripped her muscles.

The tip of her tongue slid out and moistened her lips on its own accord. She didn’t care that desire plagued her with physical signs of longing. All she knew was she wanted this man. Apprehension disappeared.

“Please,” she pleaded.

His hand, warm and large, relaxed against her stomach.

She squirmed, started to reach out to touch him, but he clutched her wrists with one hand and held them securely. She moaned. “I want to touch you.”

“No.” His voice came as a gruff whisper.




YOWSA!!! Thanks so much, Rhonda!!

All the best,

Stephanie Beck

aka Gnome Mama


Two Men Before the Virgin

4 Apr

Welcome All! Gnome Mama, Stephanie Beck here and I’m so excited to welcome the absolutely lovely Kate Richards to Plotmamas! Take it awaaaaaay, Kate!


Hi, I’m Kate and I was a M/M writing virgin, until this story. I’d been hesitant…just like any virgin, like the ones in The Virgin Series. Would I be good at it? Could I show the love between two men, an experience I had not had (as a woman could not have) in an accurate and compelling way?

But when I wrote Two Men and a Virgin, a number of my kind readers asked how the guys got together. And these men were already part of me. I knew how they got together, and how much they loved one another, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to share. Rex and Paul’s love is the culmination of years of friendship.  It isn’t something they are particularly comfortable admitting, but  love isn’t always predictable. Or comfortable. It’s a mystery and if it turns out that a lifemate is also a best friend, what greater fortune is there?



Before there were Two Men and a Virgin, there were Two Men. Friends since childhood. Andie’s two prom dates. And her best friends.

I’d love to hear how many people also ended up in a romance with their best friends. I will give a copy of the Virgin series story of their choice to a commenter.

Here’s an excerpt from Two Men to provide a little inspiration:

Paul lifted his duffel then stared at the pink sand beach before him. “So I just wade on in?”

“Yes,” the blonde said, sliding into the water and sloshing in their direction. When she arrived at their side, the water hit her lower thighs. At his height it wouldn’t even hit his knees. “If Donny beaches the taxi, it’s a lot harder to get going again than just letting you off here. Is that okay?” She reached for the hand the pilot offered and hopped onto the deck.

“Sure, no problem.” He kicked off his deck shoes, set his bag down, and dropped in, then grabbed his things and faced shore. “But where do I go when I get on land?”

“Just head straight up the beach to the path. You can’t miss it…there’s one building on the whole island.”

He returned their waves and started toward the date that would change his life. I can’t believe I’ve committed to having sex with a man. He would find out whether that was possible. Whether he could approach Rex when he got home rather than just hint. I’ve had a crush on you for years. Want to fool around? Couldn’t sound lamer. But if this one-night stand didn’t get him out of his system, he would do it. Rex would either be horrified and throw him out on his ass or assume he made another one of his jokes.

But he’d have to be clear as the sea around the island. Provided he could follow through. And since all his previous experiences were with women, he didn’t know for sure.

He had one reason to believe Rex might be interested, and it wasn’t much to go on. How long had he watched him on the couch? Hopefully all the way to the end.

Superhero Lovefest!

28 Feb

This summer my series, The Justice Fraternity Chronicles flies in from Beachwalk Press. I’m over the moon about this supehero inspired group of love stories.



First Up: Super Love

Featuring Man of Wonder and Dinah-Go–joining forces once again to save the world from gargoyles. Due out May 20th.
Later this summer: Crypto Love
When sidekicks are left on their own, big things happen. Crypto Man teams up with wanna-be superhero Penna Bannena. What the foxy model lacks in superhero power, she makes up with cunning and skill. The match up could take down a scam ring, or land them both in hot water.
Also, keep your eyes open for the coming installments of Obscure Superhero Quarterly, or OSHQ as we affectionally call it. This magazine details the live of supeheroes and gives a sneak peek into the super world!
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All the best,
Stephanie Beck
aka Gnome Mama

Get your giggle on.

31 Jan

Happy Thursday! I don’t know about you, but this week has in turns crawled and sped and I’m just not sure if I’m caught up or if I’m just missing things I was supposed to do….oops.


For this fine Thursday, here are a few gigglers for you.


Why did the bird cross the playground?  

Toooeat toooeat (as in tweet tweet)


Why do cows wear bells?

Because their horns don’t work.


What is brown and sticky?

A stick.  (this one might be my new favorite)


Where do books like to sleep?

Under their covers.


All right, catch your breath and rub that stitch out of your side. Feel free to spread the giggles today!


All the best,

Stephanie Beck (go check out the website–it’s all new and swanky)


Gnome Mama


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