Welcome back to my Secrets!
This year, I’ll be celebrating 20 years in publishing! It’s been both a lifetime ago and the blink of an eye. When I sold my first book in 1998, I wasn’t even thinking this far into the future, and I certainly had no expectations of spending my career as a published author. I wanted to! But in my mind (and before indie publishing), that only happened for a lucky, exalted few. I NEVER thought it would be me. I launched with some names I’m sure you’ll recognize: Lara Adrian (w/a Tina St. John), Carly Phillips, Julie Kenner, Terri Brisbin—just to name a few. I’m happy and thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with them. I’ll be talking more about that through the year. For now…I’m going to toss out a teaser.
I’m excited to kick off Teaser Thursday with Wicked Ties. Why this book? Well, it debuted in January…of 2007. 11 years ago! Second, it’s the first Shayla Black book released. And, of course, it’s first in the Wicked Lovers series.
Things you may not know about this book? Jack’s Cajun heritage was based on a dear friend of mine who was tragically killed and I miss him all the time. The song that played over and over in my car (and my head) as I imagined this book is Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”. Not even sure why. It just seemed like a very “Jack” song to me. Lastly, I’m often asked for my inspirations. Here are Jack and Morgan and I always imagined them.
Scroll down to peek at the excerpt featuring Jack Cole and Morgan O’Malley. When I typed the first sentence of this book—Have you ever wanted to put yourself in the hands of a man whose sole purpose is to give you pleasure?—I knew this story would be a crazy ride. Discover “What would it be like to surrender” by reading for yourself below!
Share this Teaser Thursday with your reader friends. I’ve included a giveaway! For a signed copy of Wicked Ties, read below and find out how to enter. Enjoy!
I’ll see you again this coming Monday, January 8th for Wine Wednesday Rewind.
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.
Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past nine years.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.