Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.


Thanks so much to the Under the Covers ladies for inviting me onto their blog today.

When Angela James invited me to be part of the Carina Press erotic holiday anthology, I knew immediately I wanted to write an homage to O. Henry’s Gift of the Magi, where the two lovers sacrifice something that’s extremely important to them for the love of their life.  I wanted it to be upbeat, to take the reader away from some of the stresses the season brings. Enter Ryan who is a sculptor and Meg, who is Mountie. But since Ryan lives in Ontario (which is usually patrolled by the Ontario Provincial police so RCMP postings are rare), Meg’s been patrolling up in one of Canada’s territories along the arctic circle. This year, both of them have made plans without telling the other which normally isn’t a smart thing to do  but it’s Christmas and for their presents they’re trying to give each other the best surprise they can.  After they make up for all the lost nights since they’ve been apart.


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?



He lowered her head and kissed the soft skin beneath her ear. “I love you.”

I always have. I always will.

Her breath hitched when his hand dipped beneath the water and over her belly. Her legs fell open, pressing against his, as his fingers continued their journey over her mound and between her folds. He toyed with her clit, teasing it until her pulse sped up. When he speared her sheath with two fingers, her hips arched into his hand, causing water to slosh up dangerously close to the top.

“Oh God, yeah.” She writhed against him, rubbing her ass against his erect cock in an erotic torture.

On occasion he wished he was a photographer, that he could capture the dreamy expression on her face as she started to come, could forever immortalize the creamy hue of her breasts with their cinnamon nipples now taut and hard. Oh he could sculpt her expression and her face, but it would be hard marble, which couldn’t capture the warmth, or clay, which couldn’t match the softness. But no camera, drawing or sculpture could convey how her body clenched and rippled around his fingers in sync with the soft puffs of breath with each stroke. Nor could they capture the heady scent of her arousal, or the spicy taste of the cream coating his fingers.

Her moans vibrated through him, echoing off the marble walls, until his balls drew up close to his body. He’d had to satisfy himself with handjobs since he’d seen her last, and as much as he wanted to bury his cock deep in her body, this time was all about her needs, not his.

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Tour Schedule:

December 3
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December 10th
December 11th

About the Author:

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.Leah Braemel is an amazing talent! ~ NAL Heat author Red Garnier Married to her college sweetheart 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.

Follow Leah on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads. You can also follow Leah on her Amazon Author page or chat with her and other fans on her Yahoo chat loop, Facebook Fanpage Leah’s Lounge, or the Leah’s Lounge group on Goodreads.


Leah will be at the Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City, Missouri from May 1 through May 5, 2013

What’s the best present that someone has given you that came as a total surprise? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win your choice of my backlist.

Leah is also giving away a Kindle Fire for the tour overall.  You will need to enter at her website: and fill out the Rafflecopter.

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  1. This sounds like something I need to read to make me all warm and fuzzy during this chilly winter time.
    I love Leah’s writing and need to add this to my TBR pile 🙂 Merry Christmas to me.
    The best present I have received? A couples massage certificate for my hubby and me–BEST GIFT EVER–since I spend a lot of time writing and at the computer. And I’m hoping to get another one this Christmas.

  2. Last Christmas I got the newest cd from one of my favorite singers, Michael Buble from my husband AND my daughter ! Ha, ha, same CD from both of them- so I took 1 copy to work to listen to there. Leah, I have read several of your books and liked them- this one sounds yummy!

  3. Thanks again for hosting me — one correction, the giveaway I’m having on my blog is for a Kindle, not a Kindle Fire. (I WISH I could afford to giveaway a Kindle Fire!) And you only need to leave a comment to enter on that contest — unfortunately the Rafflecopter widget didn’t work properly the first day and I ended up taking it down. (But I do have another contest for a print book with a rafflecopter widget 😉 )

  4. I have loved every book I’ve read by Leah and can’t wait to read this one. The best (unexpected) present I ever received was my iPhone a few years ago. Hubby went out and got it on Christmas eve right before the store closed. I remember him keeping me away from my phone all night – telling me it was Christmas eve and I didn’t need to check my texts. The next morning, as soon as I woke up I checked my phone as I always do, and it wasn’t working (because hubby had switched it to the new one). I was all disgruntled and annoyed and then a few hours later I opened the iPhone. He never surprises me, but with that one he really did.


  5. I loved this book! It was so sexy and romantic and the perfect holiday read. I hope we get to see these characters again in another book.

  6. Thanks for the great post! I’m definitely going to have to go check out Leah’s books 🙂 Ummm… I got a puppy (my avatar pic… Sammie… taken at 5 months old… he’s 3 now 🙂 )

  7. Since I buy all my gifts and give them to my husband to give me I’ve never been surprised.

  8. This book looks & sounds amazing! The cover is gorgeous and I really love the excerpt.

    The gift that surprised me the most…a signed set of books that I wasn’t expecting 🙂

    Congratulations on the release!


  9. Can’t say that I’ve been really surprised. The best gifts I’ve gotten were from those who asked me what I wanted so not too much of a surprise since the items were on my wish list.

  10. The gift that surprised me the most was getting a hamster for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  11. Eeek. Loved that excerpt 🙂 Definitely adding this one to my TBR list. Hmmm… A few years ago my mom and dad got me an iTouch ^_^ I was not expecting that one. I remember a month or so before that Christmas day, my mom brought home one of her co-workers iTouch and we got to mess around with it. We thought it was pretty cool. She asked if we liked it and we said yeah, didn’t think anything of it. Come Christmas day, we’re opening presents and inside one of the sweaters fell an iTouch. oh, yeah. I was happy lol. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Happy holidays 🙂

    Ana♥ @ Beach Bum Reads

  12. Well I guess that would be today. One of my clients just gave me my Christmas gift of 100.00. That’s a very large sum for my usual gifts from clients…she is a very nice. I was so surprised.

    I love Leah’s books I highly recommend all of her books.

  13. Great blog, this book sound great, bet surprise pressie I got was a few years back when my hubby got me an iPod touch, I had no clue he was going to get it for me. Just love that man 🙂

  14. The book sounds so sexy- I would love to be able to read more than a small excerpt. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. This books sounds great. I think my best gift that was a surprise was the kindle fire hd I got last year from my mom. I didnt let anyone know that I wanted it because of the cost and it was the last gift I opened. It was great.

  16. For my birthday last year I turned 40 and asked my kids to give me something meaningful and special to the two of us…My youngest who was 11 gave me a Harry Potter time turner (from the actual Harry Potter magazine) so I could turn back time to when they were younger or to remember all the good times we have had together. I cried and it made him very happy!!!


  17. Hi everyone — what great surprises you have received. Especially since all of them show how much thought went into them. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a stress-free and happy New Year.

  18. The best present I got that was a surprise was a Kindle last year. I kept asking for one and everyone kept telling me that I wouldn’t like it, so I stopped asking. They were just trying to throw me offtrack. It worked.
    Thanks for the great excerpt.

  19. Many years ago my husband (we were only 2 years into our marriage) went to one of my very favorite stores and bought me a vase to go with our dining room set. I was speechless! First off, my husband went shopping? Wow! Second, it was a perfect match. Finally, the store was a favorite but I didn’t necessarily buy anything there because it was out of budget range. He had apparently been planning this purchase for a while. It was really romanctic.