Rites of Spring Blog Hop! CONTEST!

Rites of Spring blog hop

Welcome to the RITES OF SPRING blog hop! Thank you to Jessica and Heather for hosting it!

Starting March 20, visit the participating authors and bloggers to learn more about current titles and upcoming releases, and for your chance to WIN print books, ebooks, gift certificates, book swag, or other goodies.

1st Place: Kindle Fire
2nd Place: $50 Amazon gift certificate

When you think spring, what comes to mind? Flowers, birds chirping, grass poking up from the soil. And if you're a romance author like me, it might make you think about your first love or your first kiss.
I thought I'd share the first kiss scene from VIRGIN TERRITORY, my novel from Decadent Publishing.


Network analyst by day, erotic romance writer by night Vincent Buonfiglio is dealing with a work-in-progress that has gone colder than winter in his hometown of Ridgley, North Dakota. So what does a man who needs to write hot do to get cranking?

Search out a woman for a night of no-strings sex, of course.

But his choice of partner, Katherine "Kiki" Wyatt, manager of the Quikky Snak Gas & Lube, isn't biting. Flirting over his nightly chili dog is one thing. But a date? Sex? Not happening. Vincent reminds Kiki way too much of her cheating ex-fiancé, and she's learned her lesson—dangerously sexy geeks with lots to offer outside the bedroom are off-limits. Until they're held up at the gas station, and Vincent gets shot protecting her. Then all bets are off.

With a painful shoulder injury and four weeks to get his book written, he turns to Kiki. She agrees to help him with his novel, but she doesn't expect to end up naked in the reformed womanizer's arms—or that helping Vincent write the spiciest book of the year will allow her to pen her own happy ending.



She didn’t notice he’d stepped toward her until his sneakers bumped her bare feet. Wet snow gushed between her toes as her gaze snapped up to his.

Whoa. What she saw simmering there—namely blatant, undisguised lust—had her fingers clenching around the knob.

Unless she was very mistaken, he hadn’t stopped by for a neighborly pinch of sugar. No, the sugar Vincent wanted was a different substance entirely.

He threaded his hand through her hair, tugging her closer. Her body strained toward him, her breasts all but bursting the buttons of her flannel pajamas. She swallowed the last of the candy cane as he lowered his mouth to hers.

He didn’t ravage, as she’d expected. His mouth was soft and warm on hers, and the scrape of his stubbled jaw added to the thrill. She moaned and clung to him, her mind emptying like sand tumbling from a bucket.

Resist? Absolutely not. She wanted this.


His tongue swept between her lips to tangle with hers, to explore her mouth so slowly and thoroughly that the snow melting between her toes had nothing on the melting happening between her legs.

The word sang through her, an acquiescence she couldn’t voice. It was as if she’d been frozen after Nico, and here was the heat, the life, that would finally allow her to come back to herself.

Thinking about Nico was her mistake. She stiffened, but Vincent was already drawing back, the gold rims surrounding his pupils burning.

"I didn’t intend to do that."

She rubbed the back of her hand over her mouth. Her lips still sizzled. "I didn’t intend to let you."

"I guess neither of us has control of our intentions." He smiled slightly, his gaze wandering from her messy hair to her old pajamas. The desire warming his eyes never waned.

Kiss me again. Everywhere.

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Jessica Subject said...

Thanks for participating, Cari! :)

Anonymous said...

I love the flowers in spring. The daffodils and crocus are awesome!

laurie said...

The blooming of trees and flowers!!

Anonymous said...

Not too cold, not too hot, plus sunshine!

Danielle Hoover said...

I love the warm weather that comes along with Spring. After being stuck in a snow globe for months, it’s such a nice change! Thank you for the giveaway and hop!!

Jean MP said...

Love all the bulbs coming up, the warmer temps, being able to open up the windows in the house.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Stacey Price said...

The first thing I do is open the windows and let in the sun and fresh fragrant air!


Shelly Hammond said...

My very favorite thing about spring is opening up the windows again. I am starting to miss the fresh air!It might be nice to see a few flowers poking up out of someone’s yard as well (I don’t have a green thumb but I like looking at other peoples flowers!) Mostly I think I am looking forward to the cold going away so the heating bills can go away!!

Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway and happy spring everyone!
Shelly H.

Kaye Manro said...

Hi Cari! I just love it when the snow stops. And the sun. Always need that sunlight.

Kelsey Summer said...

I love the warmer weather and the longer days in Spring.


susanmp said...

I love the warmer weather in spring!

susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

Kyla Whitley said...

My flowers coming up out of the soil. Thank you for the hop.

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Shannon Bereza said...

My favorite thing about spring is watching the outside green up with flowers blooming, trees budding, and birds chirping. I also love watching my children running through the yard enjoying the warm sunshine! sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

Angela said...

The first thing I do is open the windows. I love the smell of spring and the birds chirping just before the sun comes up. It automatically puts me in a good mood!

Ingeborg said...

I love the warmer weather and spring flowers.

Jo said...

Having more daylight when I get home from work and see buds come out.

veRONIca said...

I love going out on my bicycle for a ride near the river. It's great to see everyone out running, cycling or just relaxing by the water


Anonymous said...

I love Spring because of the flowers. I love planting them and watching them bloom.

Keep writing so I can keep reading.

Josie Hink said...

The first day of spring we celebrate my sons birthday..he is 16 today Woohoo for Spring!!!


Sheri Vidal said...

I love flowers, when they aren't trying to kill me. I love the beach and amusement parks and reading outside.

smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

Missie1 said...

I think of warm weather, frogs & crickets chirping. :D
Thanks for the giveaway & hop
Missie Jones
missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

celina k said...

I celebrate by opening all the windows and leaving my door open to air out our house! And working out in the garden :)

Natasha said...

The first thing I do is go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

bn100 said...

open the windows


Joselyn Vaughn said...

I'm still waiting for it to stop snowing. :-)
joselynvaughn at

celina k said...

Of course I forget my email - as always :)

I like your facebook page as well.

dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

BookLady said...

I plant some flowers by the front door.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy watching the spring showers build. If it's a light drizzle or rain, I'll even go outside a dance in it.
I liked your FB page. :) {#327}
Thanks for being part of the hop.

magic5905 said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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Michelle Bledsoe said...

I usher Spring in with reading a book on my porch with a glass of sweet tea while wearing only ONE LAYER of

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

KaryRN said...

The first thing for me.... looking for the buds on the tree. That wakes up my spring senses! Then when it is warm enough to take walks!!!! Thank you for the giveaways

Catherine Lee said...

When I think Spring, I think of the haze of yellow pollen covering EVERYTHING (including the cats), seasonal allergies, tourists, crowds at my favorite restaurants, traffic jams, resuming pay-for-parking at the beach, even mosquitoes. It's not my favorite season! I do love to look at the blooms of forsythia, azalea, pear and cherry trees.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Pepper Penn said...

i LOVE opening the windows and getting fresh air. and i also love my annual spring cleaning. thanks for the blurb, i def want this book!!!
pepperpenn42 at gmail dot com

books4me said...

Spring means warmer weather to read outside on my patio!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I love how one day everything is brown, gray & gloomy then overnight it bursts into life!

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