Katie Porter – Guest Blog and Giveaway!!

October 3, 2012 Contest, Guest Post, Read in 2012 9

I’d like to welcome the wonderful writing duo of Katie Porter to the blog as my first ever guest!  I love the work these ladies have shared with me over the past few months and highly recommend running out and grabbing this series.

And now….

Reunited Lovers

By Katie Porter

I have to admit, I have a special fondness for the reunited lover trope. When I first started reading romances, I snapped them up like candy. The absolute best ones were when the little regency miss had a suitor run off by their evil-intentioned guardians. (My tastes ran a bit gothic. Sorry.) It only got better if the suitor in question was a stable hand who went off to make his fortune and came back big and bad and alpha. Nom worthy. I’ve got quite a few on my keeper shelves.

So when it was time to plot the Vegas Top Guns series, I only managed to hold out until the third book before I suggested we explore the reunited lovers trope. Captain Leah Girardi is no stranger to Captain Michael Templeton when Hold ’Em starts. They dated for a short time when “Princess” Leah was fresh out of flight school, but things didn’t work out. Of course, that leads to the next step: if we’re writing an erotic romance, then the reason they didn’t work out the first time had to be sexual, right? Right, because that’s where the fun stuff is.

We didn’t want Leah to be one of those “pent up” chicks who just never learned how to have an orgasm. Too boring, plus it wouldn’t have fit with the drive and ambition she would have to cultivate to become a fighter pilot. So maybe it was him, then. Maybe Michael and his family-originating chauvinism kept him from understanding some vital part of himself. Like a penchant for taking pain and submitting to a strong woman. *cough* See? The best part of reuniting is the surprises.

And of course, Michael has improved with age. (They always came back more handsome, did you notice that? Ten years never packs a pot-belly on nor makes their hair thin.)

“I really don’t want to spend the whole weekend dragging some random guy all around Vegas trying to find him a place to live.”

“Then we’re good on that front,” said a voice from the doorway behind her. “I’m already locked down. Had my household goods delivered this morning.”

Leah went stock-still, like her engines had shut off. She gripped the padded arms of the seat. And her heartbeat… Yeah, she could admit her heartbeat went into overdrive. Hardcore.

She knew that voice.

It had been a long time—six years, as a matter of fact—but that didn’t matter. When a woman’s strongest memory of a man was his voice in her ear telling her that he loved the way she smiled when she came, it tended to be memorable.

Ryan smiled past Leah. “There you are. Templeton, I’d like you to meet Captain Leah Girardi. Also known as Princess Leah.”

Her eyes narrowed. She was tempted to deck Fang. Princess might be her call sign, but that didn’t mean she liked it.

Ryan kept talking as if he didn’t feel the death threats she was telepathically sending his way. “Princess, this is Captain Mike Templeton. Call sign Strap Happy, right?”

She made herself twist in the seat to look. Seeing him would only get worse the longer she put it off.

In the absence of any logical thought, a creative string of curses assembled in her mind. The man looked better than ever. Good enough to nom down on. A few times.

When Leah had last seen him, Mike had been…cute. Kind of adorable in the way he hadn’t yet grown into his lanky hands and tall height.

But now…

He wore the usual olive-green flight suit, but he filled it out like whoa and damn. His shoulders had gotten wider—way wider—while his hips were as narrow as when she’d wrapped her ankles around him. He’d even matured through the face, his jawline sharper. His eyes were still that unforgettable neon blue, silently laughing at her. Constantly.

He grinned at her. “Leah and I go way back.

Who can resist a guy like that? Certainly not Leah—though she definitely tries.


Up next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown:

Now that the first three of the RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick “Vegas Top Guns” series have been released, readers can anticipate the final two installments, HARD WAY and BARE KNUCKLE, in 2013.

November brings the m/m Christmas-themed CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR , described as “masterful” by Publishers Weekly.

In January, LEAD AND FOLLOW will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.

Where to find us:


Twitter: @MsKatiePorter

Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown

We’d like to give away a copy of DOUBLE DOWN, INSIDE BET or HOLD ’EM (winner’s choice) in any format. Just answer the question: Have you ever dreamt of reuniting with someone from your past? Or is there one person in particular you’d go a thousand miles out of your way to avoid reuniting with? 

Contest open through Sunday October 7th.  Winner will be send an email so please make sure to include your email address in the comment below.

Thanks again to Book-A-Holic Anon for featuring Katie Porter and Hold ’Em!

9 Responses to “Katie Porter – Guest Blog and Giveaway!!”

  1. Elizabeth Haney

    Hi ladies! I have dreamt of reuniting with one guy I knew a very long time ago, but he’s married now and that is a deal-breaker for me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for the chance to win!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  2. Katie Porter

    Just stopping in to say hi and to thank Book-a-Holic for letting us talk about Vegas Top Guns. Best of luck with the giveaway!

    • sac402

      Thank you so much for allowing me to have you on the site!! You’ve made my first time enjoyable!! 😉

  3. Trish

    Hi All! I am married to a fantastic guy so there isn’t anyone I would want to reunite with. If I was single however, I would avoid a reunion with my first husband at almost any cost. I made the mistake of getting married the first time at 17 and based on what I have heard he hasn’t grown up any in the 20 years since!

    Stephanie has been telling me about your books and she has me curious. I am not convinced that a relationship where the female is the dominant is for me but she swears you did a great job and I should check it out. I look forward to checking out the series to find out if I agree 🙂

    • Katie Porter

      Hi, Trish! (I’m the Carrie half, btw!) If the female dominant aspect is your hang-up even after reading HOLD ‘EM, maybe it’s really not your thing! But I hope you’ll give the idea a chance with us. We love these characters and I dare anyone to think of a person they’re better suited for other than one another–the perfect romance *g*

      And yeah, ditch those baby-husbands. No good!! Thanks for stopping by!

      • sac402

        I think she’ll love it. 🙂

        She has to deal with me sending her messages all the time at work saying… “You’ve got to read this one!! It’s just HAWT!!!”

  4. JaneC

    I loved Double Down!

    I wish there was someone who I would like to meet again from my past – I really like those stories. But, other than occasionally being mildly curious about what happened to someone, not much interest. I do wish to avoid an ex (though fortunately he lives in a different country, so it is easy). It was just a bad relationship that lasted far longer than it ever should have!

    • Katie Porter

      Thanks, Jane! We’re so glad you enjoyed Double Down.

      And I think most people can relate to the “bad relationship that lasted far longer” experience! You look back and thing DOH! But it’s all part of the learning/becoming ourselves process.

  5. Joanne B

    I think at some point in time, most people think about a past love and getting back together. I do think about my first boyfriend, not so much about getting back together, but just wondering where he is and if I can avoid him. Things didn’t end well and if I ever see him, I’d have to try not to hurt him. He was a d*ck.
    This book sounds like a winner. Can’t wait to read it.