Join RNIC in welcoming author Mahalia Levey to the site! Mahalia is introducing us to her novel, Trading Up, and doing a giveaway, but first, let’s get to know Mahalia.
What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
My fiancé George drove through a blizzard because I needed him. He told me as he packed up the house and got a moving truck to bring me home that he’d loved me for sixteen years and gave me an ultimatum. Let him take care of me and love me or lose his friendship. I doubt I’d have lost it but his words made me realize what I’d so blindly missed. Sometimes gestures are more important than words.
What type of music do you listen to?
Rock and Roll all the way. Although I have a mixture of all genres on my i-phone.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
Chickflicks. I love sappy romance movies.
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
There are so many. I have cowboy romance, BDSM, interracial and multicultural, romantic suspense. Paranormal, GBLT, Lesbian romance. Inspriational Romance, Sweet Romance, Demonic Romance. Biographies, Research books. I am a hard core reader of anything.
Short answer favorites:
Dessert: Oreo Mousse
City: New York
Type of hero: Alpha
Type of heroine: Strong
Actor: Channing Tatum.
Actress: Rosario Dawson
Band/solo singer: Avenged Sevenfold
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who…knows what you need even when you don’t.
What adjectives would your close friends use to describe you? Sweet and spicy, loyal, comical, mischievous, talented, beautiful.
Yes or no: Does size matter? Penis size of course! Body Size: I’m a plus size woman and I rock it. Sexy isn’t always about being a size zero.
Finish this sentence: I’m addicted to…sex.
What writing rituals help to get your mojo flowing so you can write?
I have a playlist. The first song is always Seize the Day by Avenged Sevenfold. I also have twizzlers next to me to suck on while pounding out the word count.
Which hero from your books would you absolutely not date and why? Orobus from Demonic Persuasion. I can’t handle his brand of heat.
Camilla’s deal breakers make finding a man to fit her wants, needs, and desires darn near impossible. For years she’s been primped and primed to be the perfect political daughter, when all she really wants to do is let loose without her world collapsing. When a friend sends her Madam Eve’s way, she grabs the opportunity to explore without being outed to the conservative watchdogs.
Jonah Dawson’s career is heading for a change. His friends have dubbed him married to the military, and he can’t deny that his focus has been off center. While they enjoy the pleasures of life and wives, he has nothing to come home to. When offered the chance for a 1NS, he signs up, unprepared for the exotic woman whose sweet exterior masks enticing sexuality.
Sensory depravation and the natural freedom of anonymity launch unexpected sexual desires. Madame Eve’s only request–Enjoy the sweetness of life and let the chips fall where they may–leaves this couple eager for an eye-opening experience that breaks all the rules.
The flames licking inside her were too much to take, along with his roaming hand. She leaned forward and grasped the chilled wine goblet as a lifeline. When he nudged her lips to take a second taste, she pressed them together, holding her finger up and then laughing because he couldn’t see it in the dark. She took a long cool sip, more from Jonah’s effect on her than the food. She licked her lips then tucked herself against him, momentarily satisfied.
“Mmm.” Cam sighed. “When’s it your turn? I’m having all the fun.”
“I’m having a good time feeding you.”
“You’re not hungry?” In the dark, his heart pounded against her cheek. “I’m hungry, all right. Ravenous, even.” Jonah caressed her thigh. Cam had no doubt his eyes would scorch her to her very soul. His lazy trail along her skin left her smoldering in need. She let him ply her with another skewer to distract from the throb at the apex of her thighs. She sucked a piece of pineapple he held between his fingers. Juices trickled down her chin. He mopped the stream of liquid with the pad of his thumb and nosily sucked it off. Holy bananas, she wanted a taste of him now. Her mind kept rewinding to the feel of his finger parting her lips.
“I uh…need to use the ladies’ room.” Cam pressed the button on the table for assistance and slid off of Jonah’s lap and into her seat. Seconds later, her guide assisted her out of her chair and slid it back in.
“Here we go, Ms. Knox.”
She stepped awkwardly away from the table. Along the way, she heard soft sighs and giggles. Definitely some hard-core kissing action. The idea of giving in to the dark side and making out in public heightened her ardor. A loud bang startled her. She jumped, almost losing Cesaire’s grasp.
“Don’t worry Ms. Knox. Almost there.” A few more steps and he ushered her into a space where dim lighting burned her dilated pupils for a moment before her eyes adjusted. He sat on a lounge chair between two doors marked Men and Women. The dim glow brought her normal self-conscious thoughts raging forward. In the dark Jonah couldn’t see her physical flaws. Would that change once he saw the real her?
Buy it Now
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: An ecopy of Trading Up.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: In the comment below tell what you love about romance and if you’ve read one of Decadent’s 1NS stories. Note: you do not have to include your email address.
Deadline: August 23, 2013 at 11:59pm (EST)
Mahalia, how can readers contact you?
About the Author
My name is Mahalia Levey. I began writing at an early age. My first story was about a pencil that got sick. My second was a My Little Pony Queen and King and their ninety-nine baby ponies. I lost track of writing after joining the Navy and then raising a family and have recently immersed myself in my favorite old pastime. I have three teens and a fiancé who’s been my best friend for 16 years. I write multi genre romance in varied heats. I enjoy reading, hiking, float trips, rock concerts visiting any zoo, bunko and of course saving the best for last meeting readers.
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