Having released three stories in the first six months this year–River’s Edge, the first book in my Unlikely Gentlemen series, and two Eclipse Heat McCallister bounty hunting adventures–Wolf’s Tender and Trouble In Disguise–I’m brain-fried and ready for some R&R at the best place I know for a little down time…

As you’re reading this, I’m smiling in bliss AT THE BEACH!!! AT THE BEACH emoticon_tiny

While I was packing to leave, the UPS man delivered a treat from Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

Box of Five Card Stud books_print

Is this cool or what? Five Card Stud, Sam McCallister’s storyis now available in print as well as ebook @

Ellora’s Cave;  Amazon ; Books-A-Million;  Barnes & Noble.

Five Card Stud

When bounty hunter Sam McCallister sees Eden Pace playing poker for the first time, he loses all interest in the cards; instead, the thought of playing stud with the lady gambler stirs his cock to life. Eden’s the prettiest woman and the best card sharp Sam’s ever met. Sam discovers Eden’s got a price on her head and decides his bed is the safest place for her.
Eden’s doing her own outlaw hunting. She’s on the trail of the man who murdered her husband and the bounty hunter is in her way. She’d like nothing more than to give into the carnal pleasures Sam offers but she has to free herself from this hardheaded, softhearted McCallister in time to catch a killer.

Adult Excerpt:

Sam watched Eden kneel beside the shimmering bubbles as she tested the water—expecting, he was sure, to find it frigid. Instead, he knew heat pulsed under her touch, water as warm as the bath she’d taken in Wichita Falls. 

“Are we in for the night?” she asked without taking her eyes off the pool.

“Yep.” His one-word answer seemed to be enough this time.

“What do you plan to do with me?” Eden asked over her shoulder as she disrobed. Sam could see that she didn’t intend to play shy around him. That was good, because if she was waiting for him to look away, she’d be an old woman when she gave up.

“Plenty.” He worked the one word through lips almost as stiff as his cock. She was a sight to see and she knew it, standing there flaunting her wares at him.

“All right,” she huffed. Her words were filled with irritation as she stepped out of dress and chemise in one fluid motion. “Is that what this is about?” She sounded genuinely surprised when she asked, “You’re not interested in the bounty?”

Eden turned to face him as she gathered her long mane of hair, re-pinning it on top of her head. She stood naked on the rim of the rock pool, surrounded by torchlight.

Jesus, the woman’s trying to kill me.  Savoring the creamy skin covering her slender curves, he followed the lift of her arm and watched her rounded breast tilt upward. Licking lips suddenly gone dry, Sam let his eyes center on the patch of dark curls at the V of her thighs.

“You were on the top of my wanted list as soon as I set eyes on you. Handbill or not, I’d have claimed you,” he admitted gruffly.

“Ohhh…this is wonderful.” Eden walked around the hot spring and followed the ancient steps down into the pool. Her soft moan of pleasure echoed in the cave. 

His voice sounded pretty rough to his own ears when he called over to her, “You plannin’ on fuckin’ me senseless again so you can escape?” 

Her laughter bounced off the walls, followed by her answer. “Yes.” 

If there was one thing Sam enjoyed more than the chase, it was the challenge of keeping the prey once caught.

“Give me a minute to get us settled for the night, pretty lady. Then you can commence your getaway attempt.”

If you’d like an autographed copy of Five Card Stud, leave a comment and you’ll go in a drawing to win a signed book. Winner will receive her(his) book when I GET BACK FROM THE BEACH!

[Comments during the week of my vacation will go in the drawing when I get back.]

Thanks for stopping by~

Boots and Beach


About Gem

Author of contemporary women's fiction, paranormal urban fantasy, and historical western romance. Hermit by choice.
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26 Responses to Beached…

  1. Elena Moreno says:

    Hope you’re having fun. This new book sounds great…

  2. Jess Aldous says:

    Enjoy it for the rest of us with the rubbish weather!! Lol.
    Your books are amazing 🙂

  3. Clare O'Beara says:

    What a lovely picture of the boots on the beach! Enjoy!

  4. Hi Gem hope you have a awesome time at the beach.I’m so jealous.
    You so deserve it with all the writing you have done this year.
    I loved Wolf’s Tender and Trouble In Disguise.
    You did an amazing job with Deacon McCallister.
    I’ve been waiting for his story, loved (Beau) Miri Beauregard.
    Look forward to reading more of Eclipse Heat books.

  5. Teresa Hughes says:

    Sounds like a great read! Love the cover!

    Have an awesome time at the beach!

  6. Tracie says:

    Love the excerpt!
    Wishing you a wonderful relaxing day at the beach filled with great ideas for new reads.
    Good luck and happy writing!

  7. Susan says:

    I so wish I was sitting on a beach somewhere. Have a great time and can’t wait to read more Eclipse Heat.

  8. bn100 says:

    Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Kirsten says:

    Have a great time, Gem, you deserve a rest!! I’m reading Trouble in Disguise and LOVE IT!!


  10. Lisa Guertin says:

    Great excerpt and I’m so jealous of your beach time. Trouble In Disguise is great. Have fun and come back ready to write another great book for us to read, please.

  11. ronnie c says:

    not really into historical but after reading the excerpt I’ve changed my mind…this one sounds good!

  12. Linda says:

    I sure love the book cover! Hope you’re having a fun-filled time at the beach! Can’t wait to read your books. The sound adventurous, wild and HOT!

  13. Mel Bourn says:

    WOW! The book looks amazing! What a wonderful way to start a vacation at the beach! Hope you have a blast!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  14. jennifer mathis says:

    have a great time at the beach

  15. Karen says:

    Absolutely positively LOVE LOVE LOVE the pic of the boots on the sand. Gonna be my new screen saver. Hope you’re having a relaxing time!

  16. Becky Ward says:

    Gem, i hope you have a great time at the beach. I love the excerpt of Five Card Stud and looking forward to reading it.

  17. skyla11377 says:

    I hope you are having a very relaxing time at the beach. I haven’t been to the beach in ages but, it used to be one of my most favorite summer activity. Loved the Five Card Stud excerpt and would love, love, love to win a signed copy.

  18. rbeeyswan says:

    yippeeee…it’s sooo nice 2 Hear UR having a Sexy hot Beach /Cowboy kinda DAY !!! yayyyyyyy!:)

  19. tabbiecat23 says:

    Have a blast! The book sounds awesome!

  20. tabbiecat23 says:

    Hope you’re having a blast at the beach! The book sounds so good!
    My email is
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Mary Preston says:

    That is indeed a treat. Have fun at the beach. Loving the boots sitting on the sand.


  22. Donya C says:

    Love all of your books Gem! New ones are automatically put on my autobuy list. Have fun relaxing on the beach. May you find a cowboy lounging around.

    • Gem Sivad says:

      Woot! You’re a winner, Donya! I’ve emailed you for the particulars so that I can snail mail your book to you.

      Thanks so much for your enthusiastic support of my Eclipse Heat series. 😀


  23. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway. Have fun at the beach.

  24. just loved Trouble In Disguise, finished it in a you 🙂

  25. siobhanmuir says:

    Have a fantastic time at the beach, Gem. You totally deserve it. 🙂

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