Excerpt & Giveaway: I NEED YOU FOR CHRISTMAS by Leah Braemel

Coming December 3, 2012 from Carina Press as part of their 2012 Red Hot Holiday Anthology, edited by Angela James.

Title: I Need You For Christmas
Leah Braemel
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Holiday, Romance
Length: 34k words
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Ryan Porter is a sculptor, and beneath his callused hands, even the most rigid metals bend to his will. So, too, does his girlfriend Megan—a confident, strong woman who delights in submitting to Ryan’s dominance in the bedroom.

Megan is a Mountie, and she’s spent the past few years in the arctic following her career dreams. Family obligations kept Ryan at home, but their love survived the distance thanks to several hot visits. A Mountie always gets her man, and Megan is bound and determined to keep Ryan.

Now Megan’s with Ryan for the holidays…but how long will this visit last? She’s always been willing to do anything Ryan desires, but will he finally tell her that all he needs for Christmas is her?

   The scent of bacon and cinnamon and coffee penetrated Meg’s consciousness long before she convinced her eyelids to open. Accompanied by Ryan’s off-key warbling of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, she stretched beneath the duvet and planned out her day. Which consisted of…what? Staying in bed all day was tempting, but that probably wasn’t an option, especially since she’d promised Amy she’d help her do her annual Christmas-cookie-making marathon.

   Grumbling about having to get up, yet excited to be spending the day with Ryan, she tossed back the covers and padded to the washroom. Once she’d had a shower and dressed, she wandered out to the kitchen where Ryan was frying bacon wearing only a T-shirt and butt-hugging briefs. Standing in the doorway, she stayed quiet, appreciating the sight of his long legs with their muscular thighs and calves from miles of riding his bike over the hilly gravel roads in the area. Legs that had clenched around her the night before, the rough hair tickling her cheeks when she’d gone down on him. Then later, they’d brushed the insides of her thighs when he’d ridden her until they were both out of breath, sweaty and sore and thoroughly satisfied.

   The music changed to “Silver Bells”, or as he sang it, Silver Balls. Guys. For such a talented artist, talk about tone deaf.

   “Aren’t you worried about grease splatter?” She grabbed a mug and filled it with coffee.

   Ever the wise man, he waited until she’d had her first full hit of caffeine before taking the cup and placing it on the counter. As she was about to protest, he wrapped his arms around her. With one hand firmly cupping her butt, he kissed her until they were both breathless.

   “I wasn’t expecting you to wake up so early. You were sleeping like a log when I got up.” Ryan’s satisfied smile told her he knew full well he was the reason she’d slept soundly. “I was planning on bringing you breakfast in bed.” His hand squeezed her behind then released her. “But now you’re up, you sit your butt on the couch while I finish here.”

   “You spoil me.” She picked up her coffee and headed to the couch, but not before stopping off to admire the seven-foot live pine taking over the corner. Nestled among the original blown glass ornaments and metal pieces Ryan created were a dozen or more embroidered pieces. They’d been his mother’s creations—he’d told her that until his father remarried and his new wife moved in, his mother’s needlework adorned just about every surface in the house.

   She stroked the long needles; the scent of pine brought memories flooding back. “Do you remember our first Christmas tree?”

   He chuckled. “Not the tree itself, but I remember trying to impress you by driving you out to Shewchuk’s tree farm and getting stuck in the ditch. Not my finest moment.”

   “I was remembering what happened after we brought it home.” How they’d made love after they’d decorated it.

   “I’ll never forget that part of the day, babe.” His voice was soft.

   While she’d always loved the spirit of Christmas, she’d seldom found it at her family’s home. For some reason her parents fought more over the holidays, and the Christmas carols she’d play seldom drowned out the shouting matches. Though she hadn’t told him, she suspected Ryan had
when he had invited her to his family’s place for Christmas their first year together and included her on the tradition of picking out the family’s tree.

   If she hadn’t already been falling in love with him, he’d sealed the deal when he’d said he loved her that afternoon.


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Leah is giving away a back list copy of one of her books to one lucky winner per blog. Just comment with your email below to enter! How great is that?

Also, Leah is having a tour wide giveaway of a Kindle Fire—To Enter to win, visit the I Need Your For Christmas giveaway page!

Good luck on both giveaways!!!

Growing up in rural Ontario, Leah Braemel (pronounced Bray-mel, with the emphasis on the mel) learned to lose herself in the make-believe worlds in her books. Once she realized she could write her own stories, charts and maps to keep track of her fantasy worlds littered her bedroom. In her early teens she discovered her love of romances and soon all her stories revolved around giving her heroes and heroines their Happy-Ever-After.

[pullquote align="right" textalign="justify" width="30%"]Leah Braemel is an amazing talent!
~ NAL Heat author Red Garnier

Married to her college sweet-heart and the mother of two sons, Leah is the only woman in a houseful of men—even their dog is male. She gained some varied and interesting insights while working with a security firm liaising with Toronto’s Emergency Task Force and bomb squad and later teaching computers to women escaping abusive relationships.

After a conversation with her eldest son about how he needed to follow his dreams, Leah decided to follow her own advice and make her dreams of getting published come true. She was thrilled when her first sizzling romance, Private Property, was published by Samhain Publishing in 2009. In January 2010, the reviewers at The Romance Studio nominated Private Property for a CAPA award for “Best Erotic Romance.” Leah was also nominated in the “Best Erotic Romance Author” category. Reviewers have since awarded her books numerous Top Pick and Recommended Reads designations along with another CAPA nomination for Deliberate Deceptions as “Best Contemporary Romance of 2011″ and her historical erotic romance, Tangled Past, was nominated as “Best Erotic Menage and More of 2011″ by the reviewers at The Romance Reviews.

Leah is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Toronto Romance Writers, Kiss of Death Mystery & Suspense writers, as well as Sisters in Crime.

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  1. ooo this looks like an interesting book me likey a little xmas bdsm 🙂

  2. Sounds like my kind of Christmas book! Adding it to my Wish List!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    • Beckey on November 28th, 2012 at 7:19 am

    The cover is interesting then add the blurb, seems like it’ll be a great BDSM holiday read.
    Congrats on the release…


    • Maria D. on November 28th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I loved the excerpt – though it did make me hungry…lol…..

    I have Leah’s backlist:) Not entering the contest

  3. THis book looks super sexy! Adding it to my TBR list!


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