Friday, May 27, 2011

Guest post & Giveaway with Mari Carr

Today I want to welcome Author Mari Carr!!! Thank you Mari for stopping by I appreciate it more than you know. She will Be having a Giveaway and will she will pick the winner for on Monday. Good Luck!

         I had a new book release at Ellora’s Cave last week. It’s called Black Jack and it’s the first book in the Scoundrels series. It’s also my eighteenth contracted book with Ellora’s Cave—a fact that amazes me more than I can say. It also has the distinction of being my first Taboo book. Yep, after eighteen books, I finally managed to write a super dirty one! Woo Hoo! 

          The idea for the story started as a dare from some readers in my Yahoo group, Heat Wave Readers. Somehow in the midst of a conversation, I was dared to write a pirate story and in the book, the heroine needed to slap the hero. Odd combination, but it worked! A story popped into my mind and I couldn’t let it go until I’d written the whole thing and…now there’s a sequel screaming to be told as well.

            To celebrate this release, I thought I’d give away an ebook copy of Black Jack to one commenter. All you have to do is tell me which type of historical book you’d prefer to read—a pirate adventure, a Regency romance, or a Wild West tale.

            Today I thought I’d share the blurb and an excerpt from the story that shows the pirate AND the slap!

When pirate Black Jack captures a ship at sea, he considers the territorial governor’s haughty daughter part of the spoils of war. Tying the fiery beauty to his bed, Jack claims Emma as his…over and over again.

Jack has a secret. One he’s kept hidden from his best friend Emma…

When she calls in a favor, asking Jack to perform in a pirate fetish fantasy at the nightclub she manages, Emma inadvertently opens Pandora’s box—for both of them. As portraying a dominant pirate forces more of Jack’s secret desires to light, Emma finds herself enmeshed in sensual explorations of BDSM, wax play, bondage and sex in public that leave her questioning her vanilla existence.

When a second heated interlude on the stage finds her submitting to Jack, Emma suspects she’ll never find her way back to her simple missionary lifestyle. But with Jack in control…she’s not sure she wants to.


“Let go of me!”
“Take it easy, lass. Come peacefully and no one will be hurt.”
“No one will be hurt because I’m not going anywhere with you.”
Black Jack Carlysle tightened his grip on the young woman’s arm. He wasn’t accustomed to backtalk from any of his subordinates and he sure as hell wasn’t going to listen to it from a mere female.
“I don’t think you fully understand your position here. My men and I have taken over your ship. Now we’re seizing our reward.”
“Stealing is more like it. You haven’t earned anything on our ship. You’re a thief and a heathen and— Ouch! You’re hurting my arm!”
“I may be all you say and more, my dear, but the fact remains, I am the captain of this ship and you are part of the spoils of war.”
The haughty woman slapped him. Hard. “We’ll see about that.”
Jack was shocked momentarily. He heard a sharp gasp behind him and knew his men had witnessed her assault. He’d intended to take her below deck and lock her in the room next to his. He knew who she was. As daughter of the territorial governor, she’d fetch a fair price in ransom.
Her blow and fiery rage ignited his temper and his final destination changed as he pushed her toward the ladder that would take them to his cabin.
“You will pay for that, my lady. In my bedroom.”
His threat pulled her up short and her struggling ceasing. “You can’t be serious. Do you know who I am?”
He chuckled mirthlessly. “I think the question that should be asked is, do you know who I am?”
Her gaze narrowed, drawing his attention to light blue eyes surrounded by thick, long black lashes. Her cheeks were flushed a lovely pink due to anger and exertion. Her breathing had accelerated, each hastily inhaled breath thrusting her full breasts forward. She’d fill his hands nicely.
No, Jack thought. It wouldn’t be a hardship bringing this hellion to heel.
“I know exactly who you are, Black Jack. And if you think I’ll quiver at the mere mention of your dreaded name like the rest of the fools on my father’s ship, then I fear you’re destined for disappointment.”
He grinned, pushing her harder than necessary toward the ladder. She stumbled slightly before catching herself. She was provoking him, daring the devil inside to come out to play. She’d struck him in front of his men. At that point, she’d lost the right to be treated with courtesy. Now he needed to make an example of her. Regardless of how much that idea rubbed against the grain.
He liked to consider himself a gentleman—usually beyond kind with the terrified women they’d kidnapped in the past. More than a few times, he’d had to gently convince the captive ladies to return home once their ransoms had been paid.
Clearly that wouldn’t be a problem this time.
She turned to face him once more, but before she could speak, he raised his finger. “Silence, woman!”
He didn’t intend to wage this battle in front of his men. It was high time she realized who she was dealing with.
“How dare you speak to me—”
Jack growled. Bending forward, he put his shoulder to the lady’s middle and lifted until her upper body hung upside down along his back.
“What the—”
“I’ve warned you more than once, my lady. Now you’re going to pay the piper.”

“Awesome,” Emma Potter said, wiggling loose from Jack’s hold. “That was perfect.”
Jack pulled the bandana off his head and stuffed it in the pocket of his jeans. “I feel like an ass.”
Emma laughed. “I owe you a big one for this, Smacker.”
Jack ignored her use of the annoying nickname. After years of friendship, she still persisted in calling him by the silly name. She’d given it to him after they’d gotten more than a bit tipsy at a bar the night Emma turned twenty-one. She’d tripped and spilled her strawberry daiquiri down the front of his shirt. He’d spent the evening smelling like a little girl’s tube of Bonne Bell lip gloss. Emma had teased him the entire night, calling him Lip Smacker. Sadly, fourteen years later, the shortened version of the name still stuck.
“I don’t think there’s a favor big enough in the world to repay me for this.” Jack leaned against the railing of the fake ship, looking out at the empty tables and chairs of the nightclub as he considered the fact they’d soon be filled with clubgoers, all watching his weak attempt at piracy.
“True that,” Emma conceded. “You’re a lifesaver, Jack. Really. I was at my wit’s end this morning. I bet I made at least fifty phone calls.”
“Glad to know I’m so high on your list,” he said sardonically, chuckling.
“Believe me, that call list isn’t one you want to be on top of.”
He looked around and shook his head. “Still find it hard to believe that you plan fetish fantasy shows for a nightclub. I’ve got to admit, when you were making your valedictory speech in high school, this wasn’t exactly where I pictured you ending up.”
“Maybe not, but I bet you knew I’d be organizing awesome parties attended by all the biggest names, right?”
Emma had been the queen of the social scene in high school. Jack thought it had probably surprised more than a few of their peers to discover she had such good grades, given her love of partying. Begrudgingly, he had to admit she was one of the most naturally intelligent people he’d ever met. She had a razor-sharp mind with a quick wit to match. Her photographic memory didn’t hurt either. Quite frankly, it had taken very little work for Emma to maintain her position at the top of their class. Not that it had been a very large class.
They’d both enrolled in USC and moved to Los Angeles from Bumfuck, North Dakota, determined to escape their small town. The third in their small gang of friends, Travis, had come along for the ride as well, mainly because he thought living in L.A. would be a lark. Little did Jack and Emma know their unmotivated, antisocial best friend would find his niche in the City of Angels.
“Yeah, I knew you’d plan awesome parties.” Jack reached up to rub his cheek. “Hey, did you have to slap me so hard?”
She rolled her eyes. “You big baby. It wasn’t that hard. Besides, the sound has to carry through the room to make it authentic.”
Jack crossed his arms. “I hope your actress doesn’t have your right hook or I’m likely to suffer a concussion.”
“Not my fault. If you’ll recall, it was you and Travis who taught me how to fight.”
“You were supposed to use those moves on the frat-boy assholes at college. Not me.”
Emma shrugged. “Looks like I got a bonus from my lessons.”
“Yeah, well, you try to lay another one of those bonuses on my face and I’m gonna return the smack. Only I won’t be aiming at the cheek on your face.”
“Promises, promises.”

I totally adding to the list now!!! Thanks for stopping by Mari and I hope to have you back soon. Have a wonderful Holiday!!!


  1. I always love a good dominant cowboy story, but your new pirate tale sure sounds fine =) Thanks for doing this give-away!!

  2. Loved the excerpt, the boom sounds like my kinda read

  3. I do enjoy the regency period and when they travel to the New Americas, have not read many pirate books as of yet

    thanks for the giveaway

  4. Oh my, this looks good please enter me.

    Love the cover!

  5. Well out of the three choices I'm into pirates and Old Western novels, there are times though when I crave a good regency romance novel!

    Good luck with the new book Ms. Carr and I hope you have a good Memorial Day!

  6. Well crud, I had written this great comment and it got lost *when I tried to post sob*. I'll try again, but it surely won't be as eloquent LOL.

    Hi Mari! Don't enter me in the contest as I already have the book (have all your books, cuz your books kick ass, LOL). Just wanted to leave a comment to let everyone know that this book is AMAZING! It's one of Mari's best, and if you have read her books, you'll know that her best is excellent. It takes serious skill as an author to write a story with two story lines entwined throughout and do it well, so that it doesn't detract, but rather each add to the other's story. Not to mention that the story is hot, hot, hot, AND sweet. You should all rush out and buy a copy, you won't regret it.

    ps. love a good regency romance, so that's my pick. *g*

  7. I do love a Wild West tale with hot, hunky cowboys!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Generally I prefer cowboys, but pirates are pretty fascinating reading, too ;) And hey, Mari could publish her shopping list (or her ancestors' shopping lists) and those would be awesome reading, too... She's got MAD SKILZ!

    So, Mari, now you've done them all, right? Cowboys--check. Pirates--check. Regency--check! Although you might try historical cowboys next... ;) How about it??

  9. No need to enter me in the drawing.
    What a fantastically amazing story - LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT - Can't wait for the sequel to come out (hint, hint)- Congrats Mari, another incredible book!

  10. I haven't read a pirate historical (yet) but this makes me want to start and see what I may have been missing. Most of the historicals I've read have been western ones so far. Fe is right, Mari has done ALMOST everything-but I'm still waiting for a shifter story from her.

  11. My favorites are definately pirate and regency romances. If the two are combined I really love it. The book sounds great and I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  12. Good point, Nancy--so, Mari? How about it? A western historical with shifters? :D

  13. Lately, I have been reading alot of books with cowboys, but would love to read Mari's newest book!


  14. I love them all Mari but if someone forced me to cowboys...I think this question is unfair.

  15. Wow, does this book sound hot!

    I'm not really into the cowboy thing, though I have read some good ones, so I'd pick the pirate story or regency romance if there is intrigue.

  16. Pirate Pirate Pirate all the way! Sounds interesting. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing it!

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

  17. Wow! Count me in. Awesome excerpt.

    Lynne (at)lynneroberts dot com

  18. I like cowboy stories but after reading that excerpt I think I like the pirate ones too now :)
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this.

  19. Regency, Pirates, and Highlanders are among my fav historicals to read.

    This sounds like it will be a good read - interesting blurb and enjoyed the excerpt. Congrats on the release :)!

    pams00 @

  20. Thanks for dropping by and for the giveaway! Your new series sounds right up my alley! I enjoyed the excerpt!

  21. I have been on a Regency kick lately BUT I have read a few wild west romances (various subgenre - eg. paranormal)that I thought were great. AND, I have read a couple of rockin'pirate stories. So, maybe wild west because it's something different. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. can not go wrong with a hot cowboy or more...

    thanks for the giveaway & congrats on the relase