Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop

 

Perhaps because I live in Canada where fall is already giving way to winter, the phrase “Hot Autumn Nights” conjures pictures of indoor activities for me. But before it reaches that point, I love walking in the outdoors. I’m lucky enough to live very close to a pine forest and open fields which I walk every night, although I’ll have to confess that after 30 years of marriage, my companion is usually my trusty dog, Chloe, not my husband. But I do love seeing people freshly in love out walking. It warms my heart, even if my fingers are cold.

 

 

Some other things that warm up a cool fall night for me:

 

Sipping the season’s first hot apple cider. Yum! It just feels so cozy.

 

Hot apple cider

 

Even cozier, sipping warm red wine in front of a fire with a special someone!

 

 

And of course, movie night with your significant other.

 

Couple Watching Movie

 

Speaking of watching TV on the couch, here’s a scene from Guarding Suzannah, Book 1 in my Serve and Protect series. Quigg and Suzannah aren’t as comfortable as the two pictured above. Far from it! Suzannah is attracted to Quigg, her self-appointed protector during a scary stalking situation, but she’s very skittish sexually. Quigg is a patient man and determined to show her it can be different. Let’s watch them get ready to get “cozy” on the couch:

 

 

 She held up a hand to stop him. “I know what I’m talking about, John. It’s not like I tried it once and decided okay, I guess sex isn’t for me. I do feel stirrings from time to time. I am human. And when it seemed like the right thing to do, the natural progression in a relationship, I tried it.” She dropped her eyes, twisting the delicate stem of the now empty wine glass in her hand. “It never got any better.”

“I don’t believe that for a minute,” he said. “The way you kissed me –”

“That’s why I was so upset last night. For a few minutes, it felt like I could … like I might want to….”

Her voice trailed off and the room was silent for a moment. When he spoke, his voice was a disbelieving croak. “And you don’t think you can get that back? Is that the trouble?”

She colored. “You don’t understand.”

“No, sweetheart, you don’t understand.” He stood and held a hand out to her. “Come here.”

She took a step back. “That was last night. I’ve changed my mind. I don’t want to go to bed with you anymore.”

God, she was beautiful. And so earnest. She really believed she was frigid. “Who said anything about bed?” he asked, advancing a step closer.

“Have sex, then.” Her voice was tight as she retreated another step.

“Who said anything about sex?” Something leapt in her eyes, and he didn’t think it was fear, though she did take another step backward. He smiled. “Don’t you want to know if you can recapture the feeling?”

The yearning and fear that chased across her face made his heart squeeze. This time when he reached for her hand, she didn’t retreat, possibly because she’d backed herself up against the antique buffet and had nowhere to go.

“Come on, Suzannah, trust me this once,” he said. “No pressure, no expectation, just some good old-fashioned necking on the couch.” He stroked the inside of her wrist, where her pulse pounded madly, though with fear or excitement, he couldn’t say. But she certainly wasn’t indifferent.

She chewed the inside of her lip. “I don’t know.”

“What have you got to lose? If it doesn’t work for you, you can tell me to take my hands off you. How’s that?”

He was gratified to see her breath come faster, but still she held out.

“I don’t get it. What’s in it for you?”

He laughed. “Baby, if you still have to ask that when we’re done, you can give me a failing grade.”

“Won’t it be … frustrating?”

“That’s a small price, and one I’ll happily pay.” Especially since he’d been fantasizing about kissing that prim mouth into a flushed, swollen bloom since the first moment he’d laid eyes on her in the courtroom two years ago.

Still she hesitated.

“I won’t let things get out of hand, if that’s what you’re worried about.” Even as he offered the assurance, he prayed for the strength and patience he was going to need to call upon to keep his promise.

“I know.”

With those two words and the trust implicit in them, any doubts about his self control fell away. He’d damned well die of sexual frustration before he betrayed that trust.

He stroked his thumb along the inside of her wrist again, felt the heat of her blood, the strength of her pulse. “So, what do you say?”

“Okay,” she said, her voice high and thin. He felt her fingers flex around his. “Okay, let’s do it.”

 

So, what’s you favorite way to heat up an autumn night? (Remember – keep it clean!) Post a comment below and you name will be entered in a draw to win one of two prizes:

 

  1. A signed copy of my newest romantic suspense from Montlake Romance, Every Breath She Takes (which is currently #1 in Romantic Suspense and #1 in Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost!); or
  2. A USD $10 Gift Certificate from Amazon.com or another online bookstore of your choice that sells gift certificates.

 

Once you’ve commented, please continue on your way! There’s lots more fun to be had and prizes to be won, culminating with the main prize, the ginormous $155 Gift Certificate giveaway! If these links don’t work for you, please visit the bloghop host site, Bella Media Management, and pick up where you left off. Happy hopping!

 

  1. H.D. Thomson – Paranormal Romance Author   (Int)
  2. Bella Media Management
  3. Caris Roane
  4. Wendy Ely
  5. Dominique Eastwick   (Int)
  6. The Wiccan Haus    (Int)
  7. Romance Author Vanessa North
  8. The Beautiful People: A Writer’s Journey
  9. Bookswagger
  10. Malia Mallory
  11. Jannifer Labelle (Labelle Books)
  12. Discovering Nya Rayne
  13. June Kramin
  14. Tmonique Stephens
  15. Ann Montclair “Love Triumphs Past and Present”
  16. Author Nancy Lee Badger
  17. Kharisma Rhayne
  18. Happily Ever After Thoughts
  19. Janna Shay
  20. Kenra Daniels
  21. Kathryn R. Blake – A Writer’s Naughty Thoughts
  22. Sarah Gilman: A Thing for Wings
  23. CS Maxwell – Where’s My Muse?
  24. Confessions of a Writer
  25. A Page in the Life – Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
  26. Kim Carmichael’s Blog
  27. Sandra Cox
  28. Dirty Details – Author Alyssa Turner
  29. Jezebel Jorge – Witch Lit
  30. Elizabeth Black
  31. Holly Adair   (Int)
  32. Juliette Springs – The Darker Side of Romance
  33. Natalie-Nicole Bates
  34. Imagination Gone Wild
  35. Writerwaitress.blogspot.com/
  36. Amber Kallyn   (Int)
  37. Lawna Mackie – Romance, Wolves and Christmas
  38. Dianna Venetta
  39. Ami Blackwelder’s Novels
  40. Norah Wilson Writes   (Int)
  41. Not Now…Mommy’s Reading
  42. Cassandra Dean   (Int)
  43. Loni Flowers – Contemporary Romance
  44. L.J. Kentowski – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
  45. Journeys with Jana – Jana Richards
  46. Susan Frances, Romance Author
  47. I Smell Sheep
  48. Booked & Loaded   (US/CAN)
  49. Lexxx Christian: The Southern Belle from Hell
  50. Bloodthirsty Muses – Author H.A. Fowler
  51. Alt/Dark Romance by A. Sangrey Black
  52. Love is a Many Flavored Thing
  53. Sara Daniel Romance Author   (Int)
  54. Annalynne Russo Vampire Scribe
  55. Cinsearae S., Dark Para Rom/Horror Author
  56. Taylor Michaels
  57. The Jeep Diva   (US & Int)

 

 

50 Responses to “Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop”

  • Karina:

    I also love to be outdoors, I’d love to live near the forest, in the summer it’s my favorite place to be! 🙂
    Anyway, I love to watch a nice romantic movie or read a hot book 🙂

    Thank you so much, I really enjoyed your post!

    swordlily_girl[at]yahoo[dot]com

  • Dawna Newman:

    cuddling on the couch with my honey.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Norah!!

    I do not have *time* to read every book you’ve written. You’ve got to stop giving me snippets. Because now I have to read this. And I’m planning it out, too. My next deadline start on 12/16 and if I can post two reviews, read one novel and write an editorial letter than I’m free sailing until that day.

    I can average 3 books a week. So…4, 5 books? That’s a good start!

    Favorite way to warm autumn nights? Coffee or hot apple cider, next to hubby on couch, baby perched between us and dog at our feet. Perfection. 🙂

  • Sheba Holman:

    Since this is the Christmas season, I like to sit around the Christmas tree and read a good romantic book.

  • Rachel Daven Skinner:

    Outside: scarves, gloves and hats! Might not be romantic, but I love these accessories. But inside the house, nothing beats cozy clothes, and being curled up on the couch with a blanket, a book and a cup of tea. Norah, I’ve not read anything by you before, but after Kristin Ander’s glowing praise on facebook, I’m adding you to my list!

  • My husband bought me a heated blanket for Christmas a few years ago and it is pure HEAVEN! My circulation is awful and I’m always chilly when he’s warm, but even snuggling up to him isn’t enough to warm my absurdly cold feet sometimes… so the heated blanket was a godsend. When he gave it to me, he said it was “to keep you warm when I’m not there to do the job.” SWOON.

  • Rita Wray:

    Curling up with my husband under a warm blanket watching a good movie.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  • Lori Palmer:

    I live in FL and we wait all year for the beautiful ‘cool’ autumn weather, so love to go to a patio bar and listen to some awesome live music and enjoy the weather.

  • Raonaid Luckwell:

    I love cuddling on the couch while hubby is at work (nightshift) and boys are asleep with my dachshunds reading. They are great snugglers. Or taking advantage of the silence to write or chit chat with friends. I prefer a silent quiet night over a hot one

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  • Trix:

    Reading by the fire works for me!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  • JanD:

    hot cocoa and a book
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  • Natasha:

    Staying warm and reading a good book!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  • kimberly holgate:

    a nice cup of cider dose the trick
    kaholgate@ymail.com

  • Mary Roya:

    My ideal for an autumn night, in my lounge chair with a thow. My favorite dog on my lap. And finally, a book in my hand. Ahh heaven.

    Now with my sweetie, suggling on the couch and laughter. Not only is it a turn on, it’s hot!

    roya-clan@sbcglobal.net Amazon, kindle ebook.

  • Sandra:

    Awesome tease 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    I like to curl up in my robe and crack open a new book. I looove the smell of them!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    hisboywonder(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Michel Reinhard:

    Getting in my most comfy jammies, my fleece blanket, pumpkin spice latte, and a great book.

  • April:

    I am a happily single bookworm so my idea of a hot autumn night involves a good book, hot cocoa and my snuggie in a big armchair!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail.com

  • Eva:

    It’s snowing here so all I can think about it curling up by the fire with my boyfriend after work! Can’t wait! Maybe even some cocoa will be involved!

    booksconsidered[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Diane Sallans:

    I just like a walk on a clear night to look at the stars, then home for a warm drink & cuddle.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • Rose:

    I love to cuddle on the couch with a good book and hot choco 😉
    (at night I cuddle in bed with a naughty book with a cold beverage on the nightstand 😉 )

    rosemchallen[at]gmail[dot]com

  • deb p:

    My hubby and I go for a walk everyday and watch the autumn leaves change.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

  • Yvette:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love a great cup of coffee or two and my Kindle on a cold Autumn night.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  • latisha depoortere:

    I love snuggling up with my blanket and reading a great book staying nice and warm almost forgot the hot cocoa!
    Thank you for the great giveaway What a fun blog hop!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  • ki pha:

    hot coco, apple cider, hot bath, cuddling with a good book in bed…
    Thanks

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • SheriV:

    The perfect night is hot chocolate and my cuddle kitties

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  • Holly Calhoun:

    Curling up on the couch with a good book ,and a comfy blanket.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    holcalhoun@comcast.net

  • Kaci Verdun:

    A rainy autumn night snuggled on the couch with a cozy blanket, hot apple cider and a good book!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  • Belinda G:

    A romantic night for me is either sitting by the fire snuggling under a throw and just talking; or snuggling and watching a chick flick, as long as you are with the one you love, ok you manly men.…deal with! LOL

    Awesome hop! Thanks for the opportunity to meet new authors and add to my out of control TBR list. I’m liking the serve and protect series.

    Belinda G
    belgre AT comcast DOT net

  • Michelle Bledsoe:

    A warm crackling fire, a soft blanket, and a good book are all I need for a great autumn night.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  • Lacey T:

    I love curling up in bed with warm blankets reading a favorite book!
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

  • cheryl:

    my idea of a hot autumn night is getting out of the cold – sitting on a beach in the caribbean watching the twinkling stars overhead and the moon dance off the ocean

  • Lisa Walker:

    Thanks for the great excerpt!
    My favorite autumn activity is snuggling by the fire. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

  • Shani:

    Snuggling while watching a nice movie!

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Jenny:

    I just like to curl up under a blanket with a good book.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  • Katie Amanda:

    My idea of a hot autumn night is relaxing in the hot tub under the stars. Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Catherine:

    I’m in the South so HOT AUTUMN NIGHTS can be a fact of life. I’m usually cranky, waiting for the long summer heat & humidity to break and for my favorite time of year to come: “sweater weather”! So I don’t want to heat up the nights. I want to cool them off!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  • Sherry S.:

    I love to snuggle up with a warm blanket, a hot cup of coffee and a good book.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  • Beckey.:

    Me personally I enjoy snuggling up in a blanket with cup of herbal tea and good book but as the holidays approach us (rather quickly in my opinion)I find myself in the kitchen baking more..

    Happy Holidays
    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

  • Winnie Lim:

    A nice walk to enjoy the crisp autumn wind followed by a nice cuppa hot chocolate or mocha, snuggling between cushions to read a nice book.

    wlht79@yahoo.co.uk

  • Daniel M:

    cuddle under a blanket watching movies!

  • my 10 pomeranians and i like to curl up with a good book, a pot of hot tea, and read by candlelight. preciousyipperbear uses gmail

  • Judy-Ree:

    My cozy, fuzzy robe, a cup of hot tea and a good book. What could be better?

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    bookworm.judy@gmail.com

  • Since I haven’t meet the one yet, it’s the steamy Romance books what keeps me warm.

    Thanks for allowing INT entries.

    Adila (from Azerbaijan)

  • BookAttict:

    I love curling up with a cozy blanket, a good book and an exceptional glass of scotch!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  • bn100:

    Reading a good book and drinking hot tea

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Shadow:

    My favorite is snuggling underneath a blanket and reading a good book! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you and yours!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Norah:

    Thank you all for commenting on my post during this Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop. I had a ton of fun reading your comments!

    Today I picked my two winners.

    Karina (Comment #1), you win the signed copy of Every Breath She Takes! I’ll be in touch to get you mailing address.

    Cheryl (Comment #31), you are the winner of the $10 gift certificate from an online book store of your choice. I’ll be in touch to determine what your preference is.

    Again, thank you all. I had a great time!

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