Posted by: Author | July 17, 2012

LACE is in the House!!

JILLIAN: Today’s guest is a long time friend and she has her debut erotic novel out now. It promises to be a scorcher. I did make her leave the excerpt as PG13 though so if you want the really good stuff, you need to use the links below.

LACE: Hi, Jillian and everyone. First and foremost, many thanks to the very gracious Jillian Chantal for having me here.

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to showcase my new novella, Forever Men, which just released yesterday. With all the attention that erotic stories are getting these days, I thought I’d dip my toes in the deep end of the pool, so to speak. I got lucky with this first story. These characters made it easy for me to design a setting, put them to work, then let them pound out their differences. Hey, I didn’t mean it like THAT! (Well, maybe I did just a little.)

Have you figured out yet that there’s a construction theme to my story?  I had a lot of fun writing this story, but had the worst time coming up with a tag line for it. That’s not entirely true. I came up with one pretty quickly, but it didn’t fit the mood of the story. Forever Men has some funny moments in it, but it’s a serious look at relationships. So I needed a serious tag line, and came up with:

Walls crumble when you build a forever love.

Not bad, right? It sets a good tone for the novella and is a good intro for the blurb. There’s just one problem. I can’t get the first tag line out of my head. So I thought it would be fun to blog about it and Jillian’s sense of humor made this seem like the perfect place.

You remember that construction theme, right? And that this is an erotic novella? The original tag line I came up with was…drum roll, please:

Building a forever love, one screw at a time.

 What do you think? Should I have used it?

Here’s the specs on Forever Men


Walls crumble when you build a forever love.
As a couple, the deep, sensual connection between Desi and Alec is imaginative and limitless, even though Desi’s fear that love is transient keeps her from telling her man how she feels. Fun-loving Alec, who lost his parents in a tragic accident, has found that kind of forever love again. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep it, including giving Desi the one thing he lacks—a partner with a serious side.
With their fledgling construction company headed for the skids if they don’t finish the job on time, Desi and Alec are frantic to catch up. Enter Alec’s friend, Matt, a man haunted by the “dull and unimaginative” label his ex-fiancé pinned on him.
Working side by side, a thirst grows that seems unquenchable and each must come to terms with old hurts in order to consider possibilities never before imagined.


Desi glanced down to the empty dirt yard. Where the hell was Alec, anyhow? She’d sent him to pick up materials two hours ago.
Right on cue, a black truck raced up the treed lane and squirreled to a stop in front of the house, sending a dust cloud skyward.
About time.
When Alec jumped out and grinned up at her, Desi’s irritation started to fade.
He bounded up the stairs, brushing his shaggy blond hair back as he joined her and wrapped tanned arms around her waist.
“Hey, Gorgeous.”
When his eyes brimmed with amusement, as they did now, Desi found it hard to stay annoyed with him. She tried, pushing against him. “I’m mad at you.”
Alec threw his head back and laughed. “You can never stay mad at me.”
The smile she tried to hide refused to cooperate. Staying mad at Alec was just too damn hard. Everything about him was designed to make the world seem perfect, from his construction-hardened body to the almost constant gleam in his eyes. When Alec was near, it was easy to believe The Dream. Desi sobered as she looked around. Things were a far sight from all right at the moment.
“We’re so far behind, Alec.”
“Trust me,” he said. “We’ll be fine.”
“I don’t know…” Desi chewed her lower lip. Alec always saw the bright side of things, sometimes to the exclusion of the issues they needed to solve.
Alec took the hammer out of her hand and let it drop to the plywood sub-floor. “It sounds like you need a distraction.”
The flash of his dark eyes as they inspected her from toe to head started a familiar fire deep in her belly. “Oh-h-h, no,” she stuttered. Desi backed up until a two-by-four, part of the wall frame, stopped her. “No way, Alec. We’ve got no time for that.”
Together over a year now, she still couldn’t get enough of him. When he turned on the charm, like now, the man was irresistible. But they couldn’t. Not now. Not today.
The look in his eyes crumbled her resolve further. He stepped closer, and heat, both familiar and delicious, spread between her legs.
“We can’t, Alec. We’re so far behind schedule.”
“What’s a few more minutes, then?” He leaned in, his lips grazing her neck, strumming an already taut thread of need.
Arousal swept away the last vestiges of hesitation, and Desi wound her hands into Alec’s hair. “Work can wait.”

Links to purchase or read more about this story or Lace Daltyn:

Evernight Publishing:


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  2. Hi, Jillian. Thanks for letting me hang out here today. I’m curious to see which tag line folks think I should have used. 🙂

  3. Hi, Jillian. Thanks for letting me hang out here today. I’m curious to see which tag line folks think I should have gone with for Forever Men. 🙂

  4. Hi Jillian and Lace, great excerpt. Loved this book and how emotional and sexy it was. As far as the tag lines go, I have to admit how much I love your original version, Lace. But I think you made the right decision with the latter version – it fits the tone of your book perfectly.

    Wishing you mega sales!

    • Hi, Tricia. Thanks for stopping by. And for liking my story! Okay, so we’ve got one vote for the serious tag line. We’ll see how things are at the end of the day, eh?

  5. Lace, Ther’e’s nothing hotter than construction workers. Good luck with your debut release!

  6. Thanks for being here today, Lace. It was a pleasure to have you drop in. AND I vote for the screw tag line! LOL!

  7. Great read and I loved the first tag line. But I agreed that the second one fit the story more. Still I’m glad your promoting with the ‘screw’ one. Makes for some fun. Wishing you much success with Forever Men.

  8. I had the opportunity to read Forever Men early and WOW. Perfect setting for Lace’s first erotic. Oh and perfect characters. My favorite is Matt though I wavered back and forth.

    I’m ready for your next story.

  9. Oh, yeah, I didn’t tell you how much I love the cover!!

  10. Great story, Lace. I agree, I think you chose the right tag line, but I so loved the screw one, too. It made me sit up and and smile! By the way, I’m really enjoying your story, the guys are very sexy. Jan x

    • Thanks, Jan. That’s high praise.

  11. Hi, everyone! . It’s looking like most folks I agree that I used the right tag line, but we all WANTED the “screw” tag line. So I guess it’s a good thing to blog about, eh? 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  12. Hi Lace! I’m so late, I was afraid I’d missed my chance to read the blog! You have an interesting premise here. My vote? I liked the first tag you came up with better.


    • Thanks, Janette. That makes it pretty near a dead heat, so it’s been a fun question to ask.

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