Issue No. 15

October 2014

  Message from Afton  

It has been a year of change, for me and the publishing industry. I have branched out to different publishers and have dipped my toe into the world of self-publishing. I think I'm in up to my neck now! Change is never easy but necessary and even exciting. I will keep telling stories, no matter what the platform.

Another trend for me this year is musicians, which have been showing up in a lot of my books lately. I'm not sure why except artists are sexy! Researching the history of the music business has been fascinating. Reggae riddims, R&B ballads, retro funk, and everything in between has been keeping my fingers busy on the keyborad.

Read on about my latest release, Jamaican Temptation. Also, Alexa Day will give us the inside scoop on her steamy interracial steampunk release, Turnabout Day, which also takes place in Jamaica.

  Jamaican Temptation - New Release!    

contemporary interracial romance
eBook ISBN #: 978-0-692-31622-1
Only $2.99!
releases: 06 November 2014
Pre-order buy links:  Amazon   Kobo   iBooks

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Can you resist?

Determined to forget a childhood full of poverty, Shopaholic Kyra Mays decides to shop for a rich man on her Jamaican vacation. Instead, she meets Justin Lance, a white reggae singer who’s nearly as poor as the orphans he devotes his life to helping. Overwhelmed by his magnetism, she decides to have a fling with him.

All that matters to Justin is being a perfect Rastafarian. Spiritually driven, he vows to avoid succumbing to temptation with the dark beauty at all costs. Unable to keep their hands off each other, they forge a bond that is just as emotional as physical as they explore their differences on the lush island of Jamaica. But Justin’s troubling secret will put their ability to compromise through an impossible test.

Excerpt (explicit)
Copyright © Afton Locke, 2014, All Rights Reserved

“You’re even more beautiful than I imagined,” he whispered.

His hungry gaze bathed her with warmth. Clearly, he wanted her more than he ever had. Telling him she’d experienced poverty earlier must have been the magic words. Ever since, he’d looked at her as if they were on the same team…and they could have a relationship. But why? What difference did her background make?

Her thighs trembled in response to his heated stare, anticipating the sensation of his tongue on her folds. Instead of lowering his head, though, he shook it.

“Am I really doing the right thing?” he asked. “I can justify it by saying I’m giving you pleasure, but I can’t help getting pleasure out of it as well.”

Kyra’s jaw tightened as she cupped a palm over her cleft to hide it. “Justin, this back-and-forth business is driving me crazy. A little pleasure isn’t going to make the world end.”

“The Rasta way of life is important to me,” he said. “I have to stay true to my faith every minute of every day, not only when I feel like it.”

She sighed. “I respect that. Hand me my pants, so I can get dressed.”

Instead, he lowered his head. His blue gaze, clear with his decision, sought hers on the way down. Apparently, he planned to continue. A shiver of anticipation she couldn’t have suppressed if she’d wanted to coursed through her.

“Yes, Justin, yes,” she whispered. “It’s all right.”

He kissed the insides of her thighs first, as gently as he’d massaged her feet earlier. His slight beard brushed her tender skin, igniting icy-hot flames everywhere it touched. Devon used to take her fast and hard. Foreplay was usually as compressed as his busy schedule. Closing her eyelids and surrendering to the titillating sensations, she wished Justin had been her first lover.

Maybe her only lover.

He gripped the undersides of her thighs and the bed squeaked as he shifted position. He must mean business. Perspiration broke out across her forehead and she opened her eyes. If he changed his mind, she swore she’d scream.

“I want to feel your hair…on me,” she demanded.

Where had that come from?

Without questioning her strange request, he gripped one of his locks and held it in front of his face with reverence. “Do you know what the dreadlocks signify, Kyra?”

They signify something hot and sexy I want on my body. Now!

“They stand for everything natural and good. No scissors, combs, styling gadgets, or dye touches them. According to the Rasta faith, those things are the work of Babylon.”

Babylon must be the name of her hairdresser because her hair was cut, straightened, and highlighted. Before she could reply, he grasped the end of one lock and brushed it across her mound. It probably went without saying that her bikini wax was also up Babylon’s alley. She watched, breathless, as his hair mingled with the scanty tuft of hers.

Then he lowered the tantalizing lock, brushing it across her clit. She cried out as each of his silky hairs brushed her nerve endings. How could the man be so spiritual one minute and scorching hot the next? The combination was more potent than fire and gasoline.

  Alexa Day - Turnabout Day  
  Author Alexa Day is here to give us the inside scoop about her recent release, Turnabout Day, from Musa Publishing. It combines history, the Caribbean, and a hot interracial couple. I learned a lot about Jamaica just from reading this post, and the story is at the top of my to-read list!

I'm so excited to have a spot in Afton's newsletter! She sat next to me at my very first book signing. This was just last year at Romanticon 2013, and the two of us were right in front of the entrance, so we got to meet lots of readers. I so enjoyed talking with another writer of erotic romance with interracial couples. I think we were both still in the planning stages of our Jamaican romances — the stories, of course. How cool to see both our stories out at about the same time!

Jamaica is, I think, a tremendously underserved setting for interracial romances. The beautiful island is a model of diversity. In addition to the British who eventually colonized the place, large populations of Chinese people, native Arawak Indians, people from India, and Africans have called Jamaica home. A quick study of Jamaican history also reveals a Jewish community, as well as many Scottish indentured servants. With so many different races, nationalities and ethnicities in Jamaica, it's very easy to imagine couples coming together to share, explore, and finally join cultures. Jamaica's past might have been built on divisions meant to keep people apart, but that sort of thing has never been victorious when two people fall in love.

I couldn't resist the urge to tweak Jamaican history just a bit when I wrote my short story, "Turnabout Day." I made mechanized sugarcane harvesting a fact of Jamaican life a little early. The ornery machines bring Chloe Newton, the mistress of her family's sugarcane estate, back to Peter Darrow, the man who left Jamaica as an indentured servant but returned as an engineer. Chloe and Peter have some history together; memories of a childhood kiss have kept them both warm for years. But now their attraction has grown into something a little less innocent. "Turnabout Day" is a sexy role-reversal story, revealing what happens when the lady of the manor learns to take orders from her former servant. It's as hot as a Jamaican summer — but much, much shorter!

I hope you'll check it out! And please feel free to catch up with me on Facebook, Twitter, and on every Sunday. I love hearing from readers!

Buy links:
Musa Publishing
Barnes & Noble
All Romance eBooks

Alexa's links:
Lady Smut

  Afton's News  

I'm now a USA Today Bestselling Author! It's the biggest news I've had in a while. It happened in April as part of the Tall, Dark and Alpha boxed set with 9 other authors.

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Because I got a 4.5 star review for Stripper With Spice, I'm a BTS Red Carpet Review Award nominee for the Erotic category! Voting ends Nov. 21st.


  Afton's Travels      
  I will be reading from Jamaican Temptation at Lady Jane's Salon Silver Spring on November 15th.

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I spoke on the Sex and Sensuality panel at the Baltimore Book Festival in September. It was a beautiful, warm day at the Inner Harbor. The Maryland Romance Writers tent with its series of panels was voted one of the top 10 things to do at the festival by the Baltimore Sun.

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As always, I had a great time at RomantiCon 2014, hosted by Ellora's Cave, in Canton, Ohio. The theme was Hoedown/Throwdown.

I also won a golden ankh award in the holiday category for Under Holly's Stockings!

  Coming Soon      
  Alpha in Disguise - Decadent Publishing - Black Hills Wolves - paranormal - March 13, 2015

When her mother is shot by a rancher, Lara Wolfe becomes the last Dominant of Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon pack. Her mother’s dying wish sends her to South Dakota’s Black Hills to find her mate, but Lara would rather continue her mission—seducing and blackmailing married wolf hunters.

When Ogden Woods, lumber supplier for the Tao pack, offers the newcomer a place to stay, an explosive attraction reveals they’re mates. Afraid of unleashing his inner Dominant and a secret that could get him thrown out of his home, he’ll do anything to avoid mating.

Although he begs Lara to stay in Los Lobos where she’ll be safe, she can’t turn her back on her pack. As her mate, Ogden is bound to protect her, but following her means risking his home and his very life. Are they willing to pay the price?

This was my first time writing as part of a shared world with other authors. It was fun!

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Deeper Than Perfect - Musa Publishing - time-travel

Desi Warner is ready to end her life after an accident disfigures her face and destroys her modeling career. Instead, she goes back in time to 1974 to meet her destiny—R&B superstar Bernie Benson. Although her scars vanish, she and Bernie only have one month before a car accident will supposedly claim their lives.

The enigmatic singer ignites her senses, but her restored beauty is an illusion she can’t trust. Abandoned by his mother in childhood, Bernie has his own trust issues. Obsessed with completing his album, he’s just as hooked on his perfect singing career as Desi is to modeling.

Although they open each other’s eyes to different paths, change is not easy. When the fated day of the crash arrives, they must choose between life and perfection. A love that is deeper than perfect may be their only key to survival.

  Contests & Giveaways      
  Jamaican Temptation Beach Party - 11/6/14 - 12pm-4pm EST - Facebook party - grand prize: $40 gift card + numerous flash giveaways
hosted by eBooks Galore

guest authors:
Sam Cheever
Desiree Holt
Paige Tyler

Jamaican Temptation Release Blitz - 11/9/14 - grand prize: $25 gift card
hosted by Book Enthusiast Promotions

Stay tuned for details and links on the Jamaican Temptation page on my web site.

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Most books are available at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple, All Romance eBooks, and more. Plucking the Pearl, Sexual Energy, and Entrance to Ecstasy are also available in print!


Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her to different times, races, places, and beyond. She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading.

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