Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Blog Tour Spotlight]: C.J. Ellisson's WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Series + Excerpts!


WELCOME TO THE BLOG, C.J.! :) 



C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze. 

Unlike most full-time authors, she's also battling severe chronic illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly attacks her body. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy, erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity.


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Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (January 11, 2013) 
Series: Walk on the Wild Side (Heather and Tony), 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica

Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free...

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won't desire the real person she's desperate to hide.

Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event . . . and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he's ever encountered-until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.




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Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson
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The door creaks open and Tony steps out. You can do this, Heather. Take command. Tell him what you want. Tell him what to do, just like he said he wants. Now or never.

I smirk with a confidence I’m not completely feeling. “Nice of you to join me, Tony.” I relax against the brick and check him over from head to foot, making sure he knows with just my eyes exactly how desirable I find him. You can do this, don’t panic. He won’t laugh at you.

 I nod toward the stacked chairs. “Take off your coat.” He slips the expensive garment from his shoulders, pulling the starched fabric of his shirt across his defined chest. I nod my approval and his eyes glint with desire in the dimming light.

He smiles, seemingly eager to play whatever game I’ve got in mind. “Anything else?”

I push down my inner anxiety and grin, in what I hope is a teasing manner. “Your tie.”

His eyebrows shoot up, but he loosens the knot and pulls the material free. The red silk slides over his shirt, and then is tossed carelessly toward his coat.

Holy crap, hes doing it. Hes listening to me. What now?

“Unbutton the top two buttons of your shirt.” The command springs unbidden to my thoughts.

He complies and reveals the golden skin below his throat, with a few stray chest hairs visible near the neck of his undershirt. He looks so good I’d like to grab his shirt and rip it open, licking the skin as it’s uncovered.

Holy cow, where did that come from? I’m not this aggressive woman I’m pretending to be.

“How’s that?” he asks.

My pulse pounds so loudly in my ears I can only nod, afraid I’ll give too much away if I answer. I clear my throat, reaching for nonchalance. “It’ll do.” My hands slide to my hips and I take the plunge, pouring every ounce of courage I possess into my next actions.

I grab my skirt’s black material and work it slowly up my thighs. Tony’s eyes grow round as he follows my movements.

“Get down on your knees,” I say, forcing out my voice in a firm tone.




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Vanilla Twist  by C.J. Ellisson
Publisher: Red Hot Publishing (March 10, 2014) 
Series: Walk on the Wild Side (Heather and Tony), 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica


Heather thinks she has it all—an interesting lover, a dream job, and a new wardrobe to match her take-charge attitude. But everyone has a past, and when Heather confronts hers at work she’ll be hard-pressed to hold onto her newfound confidence and resolve. Does she trust Tony enough to let him help her or will she tackle the issue on her own?

Still intrigued by the young woman and the multiple layers she presents to the world, Tony begins to change his life, too—for what he hopes is the better. He quit his high-powered career to find peace in a less stressful day-to-day existence. Desire for Heather still invades his every waking moment, and when trouble threatens their sexual explorations he makes the hardest choice of his life. One he may soon regret.




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Avoiding Mr. Right by C.J. Ellisson
Publisher: Red Hot Publishing (March 17, 2014) 
Series: Walk on the Wild Side (Best Friends), 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica

In order to take control, you often have to let it go… 

Carla Johnson thinks issuing orders to a lover will keep her heart safe and leave her in charge of her own destiny. Afraid for Carla’s future, her best friend Heather implores her to change her self-centered ways, handing her a list of love life mistakes to steer clear of: 

1. Casual Sex 
2. Friends with Benefits 
3. Avoidance of Intimacy 

Carla ignores the list—unwilling to face she might have a commitment problem. Until she invites a co-worker to her place one night. She instantly regrets the hum-drum sexual encounter and discourages the accountant from pursuing her. 




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Excerpt from chapter five. We’re in Carla’s POV: She’d like to avoid Andy at work and the difficult topic he brings up.


“We still haven’t talked about our night together. How long do you intend to put me off?”

Forever? Damn, I was afraid this would happen. Holding in the heavy sigh longing to escape, I face my pushy co-worker. “No offense, but I’m not interested in dating an accountant.”

“Excuse me?” His tone comes out sharper than I’ve ever heard from him. “Do you think I’m not worthy of you because of my job?”

“Umm… no. Sorry.” That’s exactly it, but saying so is bitchier than I’d like. I switch to the next file and give him my back. “Listen, it was a fun night and all, but I want more excitement. Something spicy.”

His footsteps behind me are barely audible over the hum of the copier. Hands rest on my hips and I tense. “You have no idea what you want. You could have excitement right in front of you and you wouldn’t know what to do about it.”

Annoyed, I whip around to face him, dislodging his hands. “Really? And you think I don’t remember the tolerable three minutes we shared?”

His deep blue eyes darken in anger and he leans closer, crowding my space. “I think you recall someone named Johnny and seem to be attributing some of our time together to a dream about him.”

A blush creeps up my cheeks, I do remember having dreamed about an old college flame, but how the hell does he know that? “Umm… I…”

“You called out his name,” his warm breath tickles my lips, “while I pleasured you.”

Startled by the revelation, I dart to the side and make for the door. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

His voice whispers when the copier cycles down, “You’re sexy when you let down your guard.”

I turn to face him. He takes two quick strides and captures my mouth. His lips press against mine and a coil of heat unravels in my middle. A warm hand caresses the back of my head, gently drawing me closer.

I open my mouth to protest and his tongue slips inside to spar with my own. The rush of blood pounding through my veins brings a tingly feeling that halts my words before they form. His wide open eyes stare into my own, challenging me with the heat I see simmering in their depths.

His mouth tastes like fresh coffee heavily laced with cream. My knees weaken at the intensity and warmth pouring off him. He nibbles on my bottom lip and a spike of pleasure jolts down my spine, jarring me from the spell he’s weaving.

I place two hands on his chest and push him away. Our lips break and a shudder runs through me. “What the hell was that?” My tone sounds indignant, but my body betrays me with arousal.

Andy smiles, a slow, indulgent curve of his lips. His tongue slips out to run along his full mouth. “I think you know exactly what that was.” He boldly reaches out a hand and runs a finger over my right nipple, peaked hard and pressing against the inside of my bra.

I swat his hand away.


“It’s passion, Carla. Don’t fight it.”



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Loving Ms. Wrong by C.J. Ellisson
Publisher: Red Hot Publishing; 1 edition (May 7, 2014) 
Series: Walk on the Wild Side (Best Friends), 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica

Katrina attends a birthday party for her friend Carla. Little does the health food storeowner know that the fateful girls night out will change her life forever.

Marcus, the polished metrosexual who hates to get his hands dirty, stumbles upon the ladies at a local bar. Sparks fly when the two meet, courtesy of a 12-sided sex dice and a night neither one will ever forget.


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By ten-thirty we’re all a little buzzed and laughing so hard a few of us are wiping tears away. Julie brought a game called “Who’s the Biggest Pervert?” And I’m not sure if I should be appalled or proud that I’m the biggest pervert in the group so far. Heather and Carla toasted me twice, forcing all of us to drink even more of the brandy infused wine laced with fruit. It goes great with the chocolate cupcakes Heather made, so none of us complained. Then again, doesn’t everything go with chocolate?

I’m feeling no pain when Carla informs us it’s time to take the party on the road. Festooned with tacky pink sashes that say Girls Night Out, wearing pink Mardi-gras beads and the candy penis necklaces, and each carrying our glow in the dark straws in our purse, we’re ready to paint the town. I’m glad there’s no mirror near the elevators or I’d probably have second thoughts about being seen in public wearing this stuff.

“Oh, wait!” Julie shouts. “I have something fun for everyone to take home.” She wiggles her eyebrows suggestively. “Might stir up a little ‘magic.’ You never know.” She reaches into her purse while we enter the elevator and pulls out a handful of tiny plastic baggies. “Here,” she says while distributing one to each of us.

Heather opens hers first. “Are these dice? The shape is odd. What are these little pictures?” She gasps in understanding.

I look to mine and start laughing. “No way. Did you get us dirty gamer dice? These have pictures of people having sex in different positions on each side.”

Carla squeals in delight. “So cool! I can’t wait to try this later with Andy.”

Conversation and comments swirl over each other as everyone checks out their die.

“Hey,” Bekki says as we leave the elevator. “I got a bum one. There’s two spots on here with the guy getting head. Talk about unfair.”

“Lemme see,” says Gemma while she frantically searches her die, too. “Dammit. Mine is the same way.”

We spill into the night, giggling like a pack of randy college girls. Julie’s laughing so hard it takes her a second to respond. “Sorry, guys. Should have mentioned I think these things were designed by men. All of them have the two blow job sides.”

A man in his thirties wandering by us on the sidewalk looks up at her words, checks out the lot of us from head to toe, and smiles bright. We all laugh again.


“Seems unfair,” Heather says between gasps of laughter. “Maybe we should put white-out on one of them and insert a question mark… like lover’s choice?”




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Oh, the excerpts! *shudder-swoons* And I had a full chapter from Vanilla Twist to share, but it was so long I couldn't fit it all in this post (sorry!). Trust me, it's good though! I have these books on my list, and now that they are on sale I'm definitely grabbing them! 

Have you read C.J. Ellisson before? Do you have a favorite book of hers?






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