2012 Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest – Contemporary

This week the Sizzlers at Southern Sizzle Romance are pleased to host the finalists of the 2012 Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest. Visiting today are the Single Title Contemporary finalists – Christina James, Catherine Bybee, and V. K. Sykes. Read their short excerpts, click on the book covers to read more, then hit that Buy Button.    


FOR THE LOVE OF A WOMAN by Christina James

Mitch stood quickly, but shakily, and reached her before she could turn away. “I know one way you can thank me.”

His mouth landed on hers so fast it caught her off guard. Her hands automatically rested on his chest. Her mouth gave in to the pleasures of his as the hardness of his lips crushed onto hers, sending sparks of pleasure throughout her body to places she’d long forgotten.

She remembered this kind of need. The hunger deep within her to be wanted, needed, taken. It was too powerful for her. Marly didn’t know if it was the kiss taking her breath away or the need to have more.

Mitch stopped the kiss. Her lips tingled and her cheeks warmed where the day’s old growth on his face had scraped. She rubbed at it absent mindedly while staring at him.

His fingers caressed her jaw. “Sorry about the stubble. Didn’t plan on kissing anyone, so I hadn’t bothered to shave.”

“I’m not sure we should do this as much as I want to. My life is way too complicated for intimacy.” She walked quickly to the kitchen.

He followed her, staying on her heels. It unnerved her to have him so close. She could clear the counter and have him take her right there. Good God, where are these thoughts coming from?

“It was just a kiss. And you kissed me first yesterday, so you started this.” 

Visit Christina at www.christinajamesauthor.com

WIFE BY WEDNESDAY by Catherine Bybee

“This is crazy, isn’t it?” she asked him, wanting desperately to know what his thoughts were.

He ran a hand through his hair in a gesture Sam started to recognize as a sign of stress. “What’s crazy is how much I want you, and how much effort we’re going through to convince people we’re sleeping together when we’re not.”

She tried smiling, to lighten the mood. “When you put it that way, we sound certifiable.”

Visit Catherine at www.catherinebybee.com

HARDBALL by V.K. Sykes


Finally, Holly glanced at him, signaling her readiness to leave.  As they got up, she wobbled just enough to let him know she could use an arm to steady her.  When he slid his arm around her waist as they said their goodbyes, she leaned into him slightly and Nate’s hormones kicked into overdrive.

He kept his arm firmly around her as they strolled down a flagstone path to the parking lot.  “Have a good time tonight?” he said softly.

“I sure did,” she murmured.  “Your friends are great.  I especially liked Maddie and Martha.”

Nate was not interested in talking about his well-meaning but sometimes annoying friends.  He wanted Holly’s attention fully on him.  “I usually find these banquets boring, but not tonight.  It’s obviously because I spent the evening with the most beautiful and interesting woman in the place.”

She hesitated a second longer than he liked.  “You’re sweet to say that, but I think that must be the wine talking.  And, speaking of wine, I could kick myself for drinking as much as I did.  I had a grand plan you know,” she said with a sleepy, sexy smile.

Oh, he had some grand plans too, and he was about to set them in motion.  “Hold that thought.”

 He opened the passenger door of the DB9 and handed an almost boneless Holly into the car seat.  After he went around and slid into his own seat, he turned to face her.

“Okay, the grand plan.  I’m almost afraid to ask,” he said, deadpan.

Visit the V. K. Sykes team at www.vksykes.com

Tomorrow, the Single Title Historical Finalists  RB


5 Responses

  1. Congratulations to the finalists!!! Looking forward to checking out some new books. 🙂

  2. Its amazing to have a RWA chapter hold a contest for Indie authors. Thank you all so much.

    Go Team Indie!

    • Indie authors have a place in publishing, so why not a contest? The entries were high quality and I plan to buy a few that I found especially interesting. Thank you for entering, hope to see you next year. Rita Bay

  3. It’s great to have a link directly to each finalist’s website and buy link! Good luck to all the ladies!

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