BlogFest 2011


Welcome to BlogFest 2o11  Hosted By A Journey of Books!

My name is Mahalia a.k.a Hales and I am excited to be a part of the party!

I have loved words since I can remember.  I have read every genre out there. At different stages in my life I enjoyed different works.

Elementary- Laura Engles Wilder House on the Prairie Series, Judy Blume, A Little Princess, Where the Wild Things Are…and much more.

Middle School- Mafia Stories, The Babysitters Club, Black Poetry, Lord of the Flies, Autobiographies of important African American figures and young adult stories. Tiger Eyes was my fav then.

Highschool- I moved more into classic literature and onto mythology and military strategy.  By the Time I hit Senior Year I’d read every book equivelant to a college grad student with English as a major.  Then I found more romance, and I really fell in love. I could rattle of tons of authors but I’d leave so many more out!  I found paranormal and the DarkHunter Series, I found Chic Lit and humerous mainstream stories with great characters , little focus on sex or relationships.

And then I found Erotic Romance. Not stories ninety percent sex but expressive stories with great heroes and heroines and a up close view of their intimate relationship, not only sexual but complex and emotional. It was fantastical. My scrabble word. I decided I wanted to…I had to write and began. I currently write in the following genres: Interracial Romance/Contemporary Romance/BDSM/Military Romance/Paranormal Shifters and Paranormal Demons.


  Burn Me…If You Can

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A 1 Night Stand Story

Working for the Wichita Tribune is the best thing that’s ever happened to Rebekah Shayne, until she takes an assignment aimed to take down a prestigious matchmaking firm. She’s determined to ferret out the falsities, schemes, and swindling companies manipulating lonely souls.

Ashton Foster doesn’t believe in on line dating. When his mother takes charge of his personal life, he knows it’s useless to fight her and would rather go through a few dates with strangers than let her push the unending stream of locals down his throat vying for his pocketbook. In this he finds the perfect opportunity to downplay who he is and become a regular type of guy.


If she’d thought she suffered from butterflies coming into the establishment, entering the Aqua Lounge was much worse. She cast a surreptitious glance at the bar, her eyes widening at the sublime man chatting easily with the bartender. It was all Bekah could do not to fall over or drool. He presented a side pose, his relaxed shirt fitting the contours of his broad shoulders and back. Land sakes, when he stood up, she got the most delicious view of his ass. And what an ass it was—nice, round, and muscular. He stuck his hand in his pocket and shrugged at something the bartender said. She eyeballed him for all she was worth, getting the ogling out of the way. One glance was all she wrote. She hadn’t expected her date to be ultra hot. If not for her drenched panties, gravity would’ve pulled her cream along the inner seam of her thighs. The décor of the lounge fell away. Honed in on her date, she sashayed her way across the floor, adding a little bounce to her step, her breasts jiggling. The stool next to him remained unoccupied. She smoothed her kimono-style sundress to mid-thigh.

“Ashton.” Where did her normal voice go, and when did she start speaking in such an earthy tone. Hands clasped ladylike in her front of her, holding onto her pocketbook. Her breath came out in a swoosh when he turned to face her. A burning warmth filled the sexiest eyes, and not just any brown, but the color of milk chocolate, a shade lighter than her skin tone.

“Bekah, we finally meet,” He extended his hand to take hers. She accepted his hand and let out a startled sound of surprise, ill prepared for the jolt of awareness humming from such brief contact.

“Yes, we did…do.” She fell over her tongue, color rising in her cheeks. Boy, did she feel hot. He broke out in the sexiest smile—lordy above, a perfect smile—and her name all but purred from his mouth. He could call her Bekah anytime.

“You okay?”

“Peachy keen.” She licked her lips and studied him from under her lashes.

“Would you like a cocktail?”

“Can we just go straight to shots?”


His teasing demeanor made him all the more attractive. His manners pleased her, as well, when he stood, showing her his height, and pulled out her barstool. She sat, and he returned to his position on the stool next to her, his gaze never leaving hers, until she had to break eye contact to gather her thoughts. He inspired instant hot, naked, orgasmic fantasies. A flicker of question crossed his features, pulling her back to the present. Fantasy in check she smiled. “Very.”

“Me too,” Ashton said, motioning for the bartender.

“Really? You have such confidence about you.” She found herself relaxing, and hoped her mic caught all their byplay. When he leaned over to whisper in her ear, her first reaction was to pull back, but his warm hand settled over hers, brushing in gentle sweeps. She gulped in anticipation.

“I half thought you would run the other way when you entered.” The bartender approached and wiped her hands on a towel. “Two shots of coconut rum.” Ashton kept his eyes on Bekah while he ordered, pinning her with his gaze.

“The thought did cross my mind.” She didn’t admit the gravitational pull demanded she park her ass right next to him. “Being paired with you astonished me. I wasn’t expecting the full package, you could say.” Bekah took the shot of rum and raised it to his. “To new people.”


They tossed their shots, and Bekah licked a drop that lingered on her lips. Her date’s nostrils flared as he watched. She inhaled in a shallow breath and fought to clear the fog hazing her self-control. Seduction at that moment wasn’t planned. Yet, as his face descended toward hers, she didn’t pull away but leaned forward to meet his lips. Awareness spiked to new levels as he kissed her with masterful control, easing her mouth apart to taste her. Under his spell, she drowned and placed her hands on his shoulders for an anchor. He tasted of whiskey. Just as she got used to his delicious invasion,he broke the kiss with an abrupt halt. Shaken, she witnessed him rein himself in. Had he lost control with just a kiss? Hell, she was stuck for words her damn self. Flushed with arousal, she brought her eyes level with his.

My Giveway 

Please leave a comment with your email address in it! I’ll  ONE INTERNATIONAL winner to recive a backlisted title of  their choice and TWO US and Canadian winners for a backlisted choice  and  some fun swag:) 

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About mahalia2010

Mother, Sister, Friend, Author

Posted on July 14, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 144 Comments.

  1. Please enter me

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  2. I’d love to be entered!

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! Enjoy BlogFest!

    thecozyreader @

  4. Sheila Hickmon

    Thanks for the chance!

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  5. Loves To Dive

    Thanks for the giveaway, please enter me.
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  6. Thanks!!
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  7. Thank you for the great giveaway!

    I would love to read one of your novels 😀

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  8. Thanks for the chance! I am following you via Twitter @Maria_Smith_76

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  9. Burn Me If You Can is great! Hope you’re enjoying BlogFest.

  10. Wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the chance.

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  11. I’d like to enter too


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  12. Great blog site!! Please enter me in the contest, thanks!

  13. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. jennifer mathis

    please enter me

  15. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Jessica –

  16. I would love to read your books.

  17. Great Giveaway! Please enter me also.

    velvethubler at yahoo dot com

  18. Count me in.


  19. Please enter me in the draw!

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Hello Hales – thanks for the great giveaway – I’m loving the blog fest – (my first one).
    kaydeeroyal at msn dot com

  21. You got it Rebecca thanks for participating

  22. Sarahthehobbit

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  23. Awesome, thank you! Gloria

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  24. Great giveaway! Thanks. 🙂 -laura
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  25. Please enter me and thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
    booksnobsblog at gmail dot com

  26. This sounds like a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Love a little heat in a romance book (or a raging fire is good too) =)
    Thanks for a chance in your giveaway!

  28. Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

    Jen K
    admin.bookblog AT

  29. thanks
    Love visiting new blogs

  30. Cool giveaway, thank you! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  31. Hi and thanks for the giveaway your books sound very interesting
    I am following you on twitter@mistye_1

  32. thanks for the giveaway!


  33. Sarah Bibi Setar

    Thanks for the giveaway:)

    Isent you a Facebook friend request as Sarah Bibi Setar



  34. Thanks for the giveaway!


  35. yay, it looks very good burn if you can!
    My reading history is very similar to yours,well, i don’t write and i didn’t like Lord of flies 😉

    thanks for made this giveaway international!

  36. thanks for the giveaway!

    sweetpanda2010 at gmail dot com

  37. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Nice giveaway. 🙂
    Carol L
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  38. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Your books look great.


  39. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win a BDSM book and some swag!

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  40. Thank you for the giveaway!!
    Sent a friend request of Fb Shannon Johnson
    following on twitter IandSsmom

  41. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. Hi! Thank you for the giveaway! (:


  43. Thanks for the chance to win! davendos (at)

  44. I stalk you every where i an lol that book sounds awesome!

  45. I sent you a friend request on FB

    laurie brown

  46. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mary_reiss @

    Friend Requested you on Facebook ~ Mary Reiss

  47. 1 Night Stand yessssssssss!! Love these! I’m always super happy finding naughty giveaways. You make me smile!

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  48. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC Follower: Lisajo85

    Lisa Jo

    P.S. Come check out our Blogfest giveaway @ Once Upon A Chapter

  49. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  50. Thanks so much
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    Doreen R

  51. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

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  53. Thank you for joining blogfest and for the giveaway. US resident

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  54. Thanks for the chance to win- International.

  55. Hello Mahalia!
    Thank you for the great giveaway. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Bekah and Ashton’s story sounds lovely.

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  56. thanks for the chance!
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  57. Linda Henderson

    Thank you for the excellent giveaway.

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  58. I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  59. Cheryl Abdelnour

    This book sounds great! I love to lay in bed and read. Need time to get away from it all! Thanks! Cheryl

  60. Thanks for the great giveaway! Your books sound awesome! Im friended you on fb- shadow kohler.

  61. Thank you for hosting this stop for Blogfest. I’ve been having a great time meeting new people and finding new blogs. 🙂

    Please enter me into your giveaway (I am an international entrant).

    wordfiend at

  62. Chrysti Barry

    Thank you for the great giveaway

  63. Just catching my breath here. Thanks for this opportunity. Christmastv at aol dot com.

  64. Thanks for the giveaway and I don’t think I have ever read a real interracial romance (black/white) before it’s usually other races
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  65. Amber Dyer Atwat

    Thank You for this giveaway and prize
    Amber Dyer Atwat

  66. Thanks for the giveaway!


  67. Great giveaway!


  68. Thank you everyone for participating Blogfest2011 the contest is officially closed 11:59PM EST I’ll be drawing out the winners and notifying them tomorrow!

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