The Cami Files

DAY ONE –

He hasn’t revealed himself to me yet. He left a note with my first meal stating that I need to earn his presence. When he does speak to me, it’s through a slot in the heavy wooden door. His voice is vaguely familiar, but I can’t quite place it.

My favorite silver and emerald watch is gone. He said I must earn that back, too. Yet he wants me up at 7 AM sharp every morning. How am I supposed to know what time it is when I have nothing in which to tell time?

I have no clue how many days have passed since I left my cousin’s reception. I’m still in the same dress I wore to the wedding. My shoes are lost. My favorite ruby-red Isaac Mizrahi four-inch satin heels. It feels weird to mourn the loss of my shoes, especially when I don’t know where I am or how long I’ve been gone. Missing.

The walls are cinder, the floor bare stone. Not even a rug. A cell. Pain radiated up my legs the first time I dared cross the floor to the toilet in the corner. At least he gave me running water and toilet paper that doesn’t feel like sandpaper. When I got back to the bed I looked at my feet, which had been covered in scrapes, with one long gash along the arch of my left foot.

With my second meal, he included a bottle of water. It was already opened when I got to it, but I was so beyond thirsty that it didn’t occur to me that someone might’ve tampered with it. Though it should have, because the next thing I know, I’m waking up to bandaged feet. A vague image of running down a gravel shoulder along a busy highway flashes through my brain. My feet must’ve been cut and scraped during that dash.

I’ve done the Dom/sub relationship before – big mistake that was – so it isn’t like I’m totally clueless. But for some reason I feel like he’s setting me up to fail…

 

 

DAY TWO –

I didn’t see his face today. The two minutes he talked to me, he barked orders about beginning my ‘training.’

He hasn’t given me different clothes. The one shower I’ve been allowed was ten minutes, the water tepid. I had to air-dry my hair, and I have no clean bandages for the gash on my foot. He said I had to earn hot water, like I’m some recalcitrant child being punished.

He left a note with dinner praising me for not badgering him with questions. Apparently he doesn’t want me challenging his authority or something. So far his dick moves have been having me nabbed, and not giving me different clothes to change into.

When I was in the shower someone took my clothes to the laundry, the red dress came back but my panties disappeared. He hasn’t replaced them. This guy is either a total pervert who collects panties as souvenirs, or he just doesn’t want me wearing any. I hope it’s the former. It’s easier to hate him that way. If it is the latter, well, I’ll deal with that when the time comes.

I haven’t missed any meals, so starvation isn’t his agenda. But the proffered fare has been rather basic. Not prison food, but not gourmet either. Obviously he wants me for himself. But if he thinks I’ll be his submissive little slave, he has another think coming. This girl only shows her submissive side to one man, and this stranger – this abductor – isn’t him.

The mattress is still hard and lumpy, but at least it’s a bed. He’s not making me sleep on the flagstone floor. The threadbare blanket was replaced with something a little heavier, for which I’m grateful. I spent most of last night shivering from the cold,  and I’ve been given a beautiful turquoise satin pajama set.

All I need to do – for now anyway – is to stay silent and play his sick little game.

 

DAY THREE –

He finally added to my wardrobe. I’m now the owner of four slinky dresses and two sexy new bras. Still no panties. If he were someone else, I’d be turned on beyond belief that he wants me this way. However, I refuse to give this pervert the satisfaction.

The dresses he gave me are slinkier than anything I’d ever worn before, showing far more skin than I’m comfortable with. But they skim my curves rather than cling to them, whispering over my body with a soft caress. And to be honest, they’re not something I’d ever choose for myself. Yes, I’m a dirty girl who loves to play in the bedroom, but I’m not a slut. I still dress modestly out in public. But, because they’re a change from the gown I’d worn to my cousin’s wedding, I’ll wear them.

He talked to me for about ten minutes today after breakfast. Again he praised me for not asking questions, and hinted at a face-to-face meeting soon if I continued my progress.

According to him, I’ve now earned hot water, though my showers are still ten minutes and I still have to air-dry my hair. And the bandages on my feet were fresh. I’d examined them before my shower this morning. The minor scrapes are pretty much healed, though the long gash on my left foot still seeped blood.

I had a weird dream last night, of two men arguing. About me, I think. And money. One was pissed because the other wouldn’t give him the full agreed-upon amount. The other shouted something about damages to the merchandise during shipping. I looked at my feet again. I’d also noticed a large, raw-looking abrasion – like road rash – on my left hip during my first shower, and my ribs have been aching since day one. I don’t think anything was cracked, but I’ve definitely been bruised. Knocked down from behind, maybe? That makes the most sense. I don’t remember.

For the most part, I haven’t been abused or mistreated by my captor, so my only real complaint is why he won’t tell me who he is or what he wants with me. And holding my tongue is getting more difficult with each passing day…

In It To Win It

IN IT TO WIN IT releases on July 18, 2016!!

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Six steamy stories to take between the sheets…

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Hitting It Out of the Park by Ella Jade

Francesca “Frankie” Cuttino relocated to the baseball-obsessed town of Kingston, Rhode Island to start a new life. She’s been taking refuge in her teaching job and indulging in binge watching TV. Welcoming the break from her three-time ex-fiancé, she takes comfort in the much needed alone time. But her sexy new neighbor has her rethinking the single life.

Professional baseball player Jed Silver is on the hitting streak of his career. He’s the newest member of the Kingston Crushers and the town’s latest obsession. He’s enjoying his rookie status and all the attention it earns him with the women. That all changes when he stumbles onto his gorgeous next-door neighbor who doesn’t have a clue who he is.

As baseball fever overtakes the town these two heat up the sheets, making for one explosive summer, until Frankie’s past catches up with her.

Jab by A.K. Layton

Sabrina Alenin is a self-assured young woman who has a clear plan for her future. As a YouTube blogger who is gaining momentum, she needs the right type of man to help her reach her goal of creating her own empire. A wealthy, older man who likes hot blondes. Mixed martial arts fighter Silvio Almeida does not fit the bill, no matter how infuriatingly irresistible she finds him.

In training for an upcoming MMA fight, women aren’t on Silvio’s radar. Seeing firsthand how easily life can change in a single moment, he’s decided to live life not looking too far into the future. But his path keeps crossing with Sabrina’s, and he can’t get the beautiful blonde off his mind.

When love throws them from their determined paths, they will have to discover if the best future is the one unplanned.

Soccer Mum by Lisa Knight

When Maggie’s ten-year-old son joins a soccer team she hopes it will be an opportunity to meet new people and move forward from the disastrous past months. After all, a broken marriage and returning home to live with her parents wasn’t quite how she’d envisioned her thirties.

Agreeing to play soccer herself as part of the parents’ team, Maggie’s lack of skill requires a little extra coaching. Leo is happy to assist, and Maggie becomes captivated by the former professional player, who ignites feelings she thought had disappeared forever.

But as her ex-husband pressures her to re-kindle their relationship, Maggie’s guilt reaches overdrive. How can she possibly consider a future with Leo when there’s a chance of putting her family back together?

Second Time Around by Olivia Starke

Kelly Atkins has dedicated her life to caring for the horses at her off-track Thoroughbred rescue. When she’s forced to sell part of her land to cover mounting expenses, she’s shocked by who steps in to buy it—her high school sweetheart, Dustin. She didn’t even know the man had moved back to town. Seeing him brings back memories of the most painful time of her life. Not only had she lost the man she thought she would spend forever with, she had also lost her twin brother. And for years she held Dustin responsible for his death.

Dustin, a former rodeo bronc rider, has plans to start a retired rodeo horse rescue. As he and Kelly start to rekindle the love they once shared, he fears what will happen when she learns his secret. A secret that could drive her away forever.

All You Wanted by Lisa Huffman

Football superstar Wade McKinney is crushed when he’s cut from the team. How did this happen? In order to make a comeback, he needs to focus on becoming the best player he can possibly be. Leaving town for a fresh start, he takes a job as a sports reporter at a local news station. With no room in his life for anything else, Wade denies his attraction to co-anchor Rebecca Ryan.

Since tragedy struck mere months ago, Rebecca has become the rock holding her family together, leaving her no time for a personal life. But there’s something about Wade McKinney that has her wondering what his story is.

Wade only sees a future in football and Rebecca hasn’t the time for a relationship. But when fate steps in, Wade and Rebecca find something they weren’t looking for in each other.

Love in Victory Lane by CJ Bower

Racing is all Catalina Bryant has ever wanted to do. She’s spent the past fifteen years climbing the ranks and paying her dues, which included fighting off slurs and innuendos regarding her gender. Overcoming many setbacks, she has finally made it to the highest level in NASCAR and is on the eve of starting her rookie season.

Her new crew chief, Chad Kiesgen, is incredible. He has a strong work ethic and amazing integrity. Just the guy to help her reach her goal. However, she hits a speed bump when the sizzling chemistry between them carries over to their personal lives, which could damage both of their careers.

There’s another man lurking in the background who wants Cat for himself and will stop at nothing to claim her. Will Cat find love in Victory Lane, or will her career crash and burn before she leaves the starting line?

Content Warning: each of these stories contain a hot athlete and scorching sex scenes

Love In Victory Lane

I’ve had my second story accepted by Beachwalk Press, a short novella for the upcoming sports anthology.

Racing is all Catalina Bryant wants to do. She has finally made it to the highest level in NASCAR, and is on the eve of starting her rookie season in her new ride.

However, she hits a snag when the chemistry with her sexy new crew chief Chad Kiesgen carries over to their personal lives. Working with him on a daily basis shows her that he’s a man with a strong work ethic and amazing integrity.

But someone else wants Cat for himself and will stop at nothing to claim her first. Will Cat find love in Victory Lane? Or will her fledgling career crash and burn before she leaves the starting line?

Icing the Competition – one step closer to submission

Icing the Competition has progressed much faster than I had anticipated. The old adage, “The road to true love never runs smoothly” certainly applies to this amazing couple.

Peri is a throwback to the era of hoop skirts and cotillions. She’s a genteel Southern woman who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. But she also has compassion and kindness, usually not speaking out of turn and has a delicate turn of phrase that keep her best friends on their toes.

Shawn is very much as rough-and-tumble as it gets. He’s headstrong, and even arrogant at times, which he uses to his advantage. His ex-wife’s betrayal blindsides him, shattering  his heart.

In the year between On Track with Icing and Icing the Competition, Peri and Shawn cross paths several times through Jacqui and Nick. Peri has harbored a secret crush from the day he walked into Jacqui’s corporate suite at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. She knows she’s not yet a blip on Shawn’s radar, but she’s okay with that. She’s patient, willing to wait for Shawn to heal from the damage his disastrous marriage has caused, and to make sure he’s ready to move on before before she lets him know how she feels.

When Shawn meets Peri at the art gallery, he’s inexplicably drawn to her. He can’t seem to figure it out, but something about her seems familiar. Only when they meet up again at Nick and Jacqui’s party does he realize where he’d seen her before. He hasn’t quite healed from his heartbreak – Lisa’s betrayal was just too great – but he knows he wants to know Peri on a personal level and decides to court her to see where things go.

I loved writing their story, though at first I had apprehensions. I wasn’t sure if Peri had what it takes to carry her own book. Boy did she prove me wrong! Peri may not be as forceful as Jacqui or Cami, and she enjoys blending in more than standing out. However, her strength comes from inside, a quiet confidence she’s steadily built from the knowledge that she can do anything her heart desires.

They’re with my beta readers right now, but my goal is to submit their story to my publisher sometime in early April. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading Persephone and Shawn’s journey as much as I enjoyed writing it.

CJB

Release date!

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We’re getting closer to the release date of On Track with Icing. And let me tell you, I’m freaking out. I’ve spent the last three days all over the place. My rational thought has scattered to the wind, and I haven’t written anything productive in a month! If I’d known this book would have taken over my life the way it has …

Oh, hell. Who am I kidding? I’d do it anyway! Maybe the next one will go much smoother.

The official release date of On Track with Icing is this coming Monday, January 18, 2016. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Leave me a message here, through my email at CJBowerAuthor@hotmail.com, or Twitter @CJBowerAuthor. In the meantime, check out my Facebook page.

Thank you!

CJB

 

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I love the way Jacqui and Nick’s story came together for me. Jacqui is such a feisty woman with a strong personality, and Nick has definitely met his match. I love the fact that he’s willing to wait for her, letting her sort out her issues in her own time.

This teaser was created for me by the wonderful Liz Castillo, who has also done similar work for other Beachwalk Press authors like Lacey Wolfe and Ella Jade.

Thank you, Liz. I love them all!