Thursday, July 2, 2015

Celebrate Your Freedom to Live, Love, & Read—Freedom Hop


Welcome to the Freedom Hop, a great sampling of authors sharing short excerpts from their work. Please enjoy and consider picking up the full book by clicking on the buy link.


How wonderful is it to have the independence to choose how we live our lives, who we love, and what we read?

I'm lucky enough to have always had the choice and I've used my liberty to do what I love… write about hot romances between men and women, edit for authors who write about all kinds of love—from best friends who become lovers to same sex couples and relationships that include multiple partners, and read all of the above with voracious abandon.

When writing as Skylin O'Thomas, I tend to focus on contemporary romance, sometimes filled with those little relationship moments, but I also love to add a little adventure. There's something fun about weaving in tension with suspense or a perilous situation. It's also a joy to create adventure by adding a good bit of humor.

For this year's Freedom Hop, I'm sharing short samplings of all my current titles and a longer excerpt of my very first release, Down in Mexico, which I'm giving away for the blog hop.

Down in Mexico

Available on Amazon ~ $1.99

Kiernan Darby spends five long years playing dead. It's a life in limbo, but it lets Lars Rademacher do his job and eliminate the members of a lethal crime syndicate, Kiernan's former employers.

After discovering she's alive and well, Lars tracks Kiernan down in Mexico. Their reunion is sweet… until he reveals a pesky detail he conveniently forgot to mention.

Kiernan isn't completely safe. In fact, Lars is using her as bait to catch the last member of the espionage organization.


Kier picked up her glass, sipped the wine, contemplating.
"I learned to shoot. Small arms for the most part, but I know how to sight and fire a rifle." Her hand twirled the glass and her gaze turned hard. "It may be overkill, but I keep a handgun in the house, my shop, the car. I have two on my boat along with a rifle." She raised her eyes to his. "I didn't plan to make it easy for them to kill me."
She wouldn't. Even without the small arsenal, she'd have put up a hell of a fight before going down. It was in her nature to battle back.
Lars reached across the table and laced his fingers with her free hand. "You were smart, Kier. You had no way of knowing what would happen after you left."
She shrugged a shoulder. "There have been several times over the last five years that I've felt like something was off. Not quite right." She squeezed his hand. "It'll take some getting used to… this being safe thing."
Shit. He had to come clean. Now.
He had a feeling it wouldn't be pretty.
"Uh, Kier, about that." He took a deep breath and just spit it out. "You may not be that far off base thinking something's not quite kosher."
Her brow knit with confusion. "But I thought you said—"
"I did. I lied."
Her mouth opened, then snapped shut. So many emotions crossed her face he couldn't keep up with them.
She got up and paced the kitchen. "What exactly did you lie about?"

Book Tagline: Boy meets and falls for girl. Girl 'dies' in a fiery explosion. Five years later, they meet again.


To celebrate our freedom to live, love, and read, I'm giving away Down in Mexico, which is the first book in the South of the Border series. New titles will be coming soon.

To enter, please leave a comment and let me know how you like to spend the 4th of July. Non-US readers, let me know what would celebrate with fireworks.

Other titles by Skylin O'Thomas

Merry and Bright

Available on Amazon | BN | Resplendence Publishing | ARe | ~ $2.99

Presley wants to start some new holiday traditions, but waking up in bed with Gunnar and Frazier isn't what she had in mind. Yet… she can't think of a better way to be merry and bright.

Creative Ink

Available on Amazon ~ $1.49

Brian and Lucy are on the verge of mainstream success—watch it happen in Creative Ink.

Busted in Bubbles

Available on Amazon ~ $1.99

Is there anything better than a bath time romp with a hot man? Emsley Bourne wants to find out.

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Celebrate with more fireworks! Visit the other participating authors.


  1. I love to spend the time with my family. Enjoy yours!
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    1. Time with family is a great way to spend the 4th. Mine was actually pretty good, even with a bad case of poison ivy. LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  2. Im just spending the day with my daughter and husband. Later on well be watching the local fireworks.

    1. I hope you enjoyed the fireworks. I watched mine on television this year due to a bad case of poison ivy. LOL. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  3. The hubs and I like to sit around the fire pit after the girls go to bed and watch the fireworks.

    1. Sounds like an awesome way to spend the holiday. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. I love spending time with my family and friends. Having a cookout, enjoying being outside, watching fireworks, having fun and laughing a lot! Thank you!

    1. Your idea of a great 4th sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for stopping by. :D