By H K Carlton (Guest Blogger)
Thank you, Lisabet, for inviting me back. This time I'm bringing a few friends along. Shhh, they don't know it yet. My latest release is a part of an anthology. My first one! I'm excited to see my name alongside the lovely Lucy Felthouse, Helena Maeve, RA. Padmos and Cari Z as a part of the Ladies Only Antho from Pride Publishing.
For me, it all started with the submission call for Ladies Only. The specs: Passionate women who stand up for what they believe, strong female leads and exciting plots...
Oh the possibilities.
Lately, writing wise, I've been on an organized crime and exotic dancer kick. And what else goes hand-in-hand with the mob than the Feds.
I'm also a big fan of episodic cop shows which often feature strong female characters. For my contribution to the Ladies Only antho, In the Flesh, our female protag is an ATF agent who's next assignment takes her into the seedy underworld of organized crime. Even when it came to the naming the lead, Kate Benson, I combined the names of my favourite female TV detectives, Olivia Benson (SVU) and Kate Beckett (Castle). Two tough yet feminine women who kick ass and clean up this messed up world on a weekly basis. Who's with me? Any Castle and Law & Order fans out there?
I have a deep respect and appreciation for all law enforcement. Often a thankless job, and in this day and age, a scary and unpredictable one.
In the Flesh is a nod to the phenomenal woman who fight crime, right the wrongs and make this world a better place and in this case, look damn sexy doin' it.
Meet Kate & Carly...
Blurb: In the Flesh by H K Carlton
Working undercover, nothing is ever as it seems…
Assigned the unenviable task of taking down the untouchable Travino crime family, undercover ATF Agent Kate Benson and her veteran partner Mike Pennington are thrown into the seedy underworld of organized crime.
Kate is asked to draw on her past experience as a dancer and infiltrate one of Travino’s skin clubs, In the Flesh.
Posing as Vivienne, Kate meets exotic dancer Carly. From the moment they first dance together, she can’t seem to keep her mind or her greedy hands off the dynamic dancer. Together they sizzle on stage and off. She soon realizes she’s falling for Carly but knows from past experience that beginning a relationship built on half-truths is a recipe for failure.
As Kate attempts to straddle the line between doing her job and being as honest as she can be with Carly, while still maintaining her cover, Kate and Mike are caught snooping around the club after hours by none other than the mob boss himself.
And Kate knows there’s not a two-step in the world that can save them now.
“Bring on Carly,” one guy shouted, inciting the horde into a steady chant.
“My God.” Kate rolled her eyes. “Could they drag this out any more?”
“I believe this is called fever pitch, baby.”
The entire place plunged into darkness. A hush fell over the audience. Several seconds ticked by before the spotlight hit center stage.
In the circular glow stood a woman with her back to the crowd, dressed in a navy croptop and high-cut leather shorts, barely covering her shapely bottom. Thigh-high black boots hugged long beautiful legs, spread wide in a provocative stance.
Shrill whistles and lewd comments ensued, but Kate hardly noticed. A low hum of excitement began in her stomach.
An obscure warble pulsed through the sound system. The dancer rolled her shoulder to the weird rhythm.
It was a strange song. The beat seemed off for the kind of bump-and-grind expected.
With an impressive one-eighty, Carly faced the crowd, dressed as a cop. What Kate had mistaken for a crop-top was, in fact, a standard blue, beat cop’s dress shirt, tied at the waist, giving a tantalizing view of her belly. Pinned to one breast pocket was a shiny gold badge. On her head, an official-looking cap. Dark-lensed, gold-rimmed aviators topped off the look.
Oh, yeah, there was a twinge.
Another round of catcalls faded when the beat of the music tripled, fast and loud. It pounded in Kate’s chest.
In an exaggerated runway walk, Carly strutted the long catwalk splitting either side of the audience. A set of handcuffs swayed at her waist. She had a rockin’ body. A dancer’s body. Strong and muscular in all the right places, not bulky or angular.
She removed the sunglasses, tucking them at her ample cleavage, again diverting Kate’s attention to the swell of breasts pushed up in the vee of the shirt.
After inventorying her lovely assets, Kate zeroed in on her face. At that moment, Kate realized she’d met this gorgeous woman before. Several times. But always in another capacity. She was the sexy-as-fuck woman from the office. Body and brains.
Awesome investigative work, Kate, she berated. Granted, she always seemed to have a different hair color and style, along with slightly altered makeup. A true chameleon, an asset in this sort of work.
Carly looked down at her and winked before making her way back to the main stage. Kate’s gaze went straight to her shapely ass, following the long line of her dynamic legs.
There's already a wonderful review from Alpha Book Club, if you'd like to check it out. In the Flesh received 5 stars and a 'Holy Hotness' from reviewer Arlyna and I'm thrilled! Read the full review here:
Genre: contemporary lesbian erotic romance
Release Date: September 27
Publisher: Pride Publishing
With stories by:
Lucy Felthouse - Window Dressing
RA Padmos - The Tiny Blue House
Cari Z - Worth a Shot
Helena Maeve - The Woman Next Door
H K Carlton - In the Flesh
Grab your copy today!
Pride Publishing https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/ladies-only
Also Available in Print
About H K
H K Carlton is a multi-published Canadian author of romance and its varied sub-genres and couplings.
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I enjoy writing in many different genres. I write where the muse takes me and make no apologies for it. By now, it’s quite safe to say I will never pick just one genre and stick to it. There are just too many possibilities and stories left to tell. I hope you’ll join me for the ride.
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/HKCarlton/
Check out the Ladies Only Authors here:
Lucy Felthouse http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/
RA Padmos https://rapadmos.wordpress.com/
Cari Z http://cari-z.net/
Helena Maeve https://helenamaeve.wordpress.com/
H K Carlton http://pickagenrealready.blogspot.ca/