Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My brand new Quickie is available today from Ellora's Cave! I loved writing this story. Steve and Gwen both have insecurities, things about themselves that neither of them share easily.

Here is a quick blurb and you can purchase this ebook at

Gwen is looking for a fling in the Bahamas. She’s tired of the bars at home and just wants to relax and get laid. A tropical vacation seems like the perfect place to live in the moment. But when she meets a hunky history professor at the pool she has no idea what she’s in for.
Steve is stuck chaperoning a group of college girls on a trip to the Bahamas. When he meets Gwen, with her charm and sexy feet, he forgets his vow to steer clear of women. She makes him hot in all the right places and comes alive at his touch. But he fears his secret foot fetish will push her away like all the others. Little does he know she’s had more than enough of “normal” and is ready to explore.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Ain't No Angel Sneak Peek!

Excerpt from my new release "Ain't No Angel" Available today!

The morning rays of sun spilled through the drab brown curtains that hung on the lone window in the motel room. Jessie woke and reached for Travis, but the bed next to her was cold and empty.

Sitting up, she found him sitting in a chair, fully dressed and watching her.

"Hey," she said quietly and pulled the sheet up to cover her nakedness.

"Hey yourself," he answered. "Why don’t you get dressed and I’ll take you home."

It was a dismissal if she had ever heard one and it cut deeper than she expected. Throwing the sheet off her, she stood and gathered her clothes. Then she retreated to the bathroom to get dressed and wash her face.

Looking at her reflection in the cracked mirror, she was surprised at how angry she was at his dismissal. But they had agreed on one night and now it was over.

She didn’t know anything about him, after all. She didn’t even know what he did for a living. For all she knew he could be a criminal.

Heaving a sigh, she went back to the little motel room to find her shoes. Turning, she stopped when she realized he was standing behind her.

"I’m sorry, Jessie girl. I wish I had more time. But we both knew the stakes," he said as he reached to pull her into his arms.

Evading him, she sat and slipped her feet into her shoes.

"I know, Travis," she said as she stood and faced him. "Will you answer a question for me?"

"I’ll try," he answered as he crossed his arms over his chest.

"What do you do for a living?"

Her question took him by surprise, his eyebrows went up and he looked at her intently.

"I’m a bounty hunter and I’m here looking for someone."

Jessie released the breath she had been holding. At least he was on the right side of the law.

"Who are you looking for? I’ve lived here all my life, maybe I can help," she said as she swung her purse over her shoulder.

"I need to speak with Jessica Parker. Do you know her?"

Jessie stopped dead in her tracks and felt the beginning tremors of panic start in her chest. He was looking for her.

She had always gone with the name Jessie. It was the nickname her parents had called her and it felt right. But her ex-husband Cyrus hated it and wanted her to go by Jessica. And she had dropped her married name Parker the moment she left him.

"Jessie? Do you know her?" Travis prompted.

Jessie sat down on the bed, her knees threatening to give out. She was going to have to tell him.

"I’m Jessica Parker. Or rather I was."

Travis started at her in momentary shock.

"You are Cyrus Parker’s ex-wife?"

"Yes." She nodded and laced her fingers together in her lap until the knuckles were white.

Travis sat heavily back in the chair and ran his hands over his smooth head. Damn. Well, it couldn’t be helped now. He would have to stick to the plan, question her and go from there. If she didn’t offer him anything then he was hightailing it out of here and back home.

Before he was tempted to do something stupid and ask her for more than they had agreed on.

Thank you for reading!
The rest of the story is available at these locations:


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Totally excited about the acceptance of two more of my books! "Ain't No Angel" and "Dream Cravings" will be released soon with Ellora's Cave!

Dream Cravings (Ellora's Cave Twilight)
A cursed man, a jaded woman. An accidental spell and maybe true love.

Ain't No Angel (Ellora's Cave Breathless)
She seeks safety from a cop turned bounty hunter against her abusive ex-husband, he wants revenge against his old boss but can't keep his hands off the woman he swore to protect.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How exciting to be reviewed by such a wonderful website! Then to have it be a great review of my second release "Unleashing the Animal" is even better! Thank you to Tulip at!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Unleashing the Animal" Available Today!

My second release, "Unleashing the Animal" is available today from Ellora's Cave! Be sure to drop me a line or leave a review! I am very excited about this novella!
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Saturday, March 9, 2013

My First Interview! with ArtfulExpress


Digitally enhanced Portrait of J L Taft by ArtfulExpress

About J L Taft

Three times Published Erotic Romance Author J L Taft believes that variety is the spice of life. The love of a good man is irreplaceable and that determination will get you anywhere you want to go.

She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter and two dogs. She has a large extended family that provides her with a constant source of amusement and inspiration.

She spends her days glued to her laptop with her head in the clouds. When she isn’t writing she can be found reading, gardening, listening to Trans-Siberian Orchestra and enjoying great Finger Lakes wine.

RLHall Interview with Romance Author J L Taft:
(Warning links may lead to adult material)



Welcome. So pleased to be able to collaborate with you on this! I've read your first published e-book "Submitting to the Officer" and since it was a quickie romance story I found myself not wanting to put it down when the last page was read! I wanted to delve further into the relationship between Kris Elliot and Officer Mark Walker. I can only imagine what escapades ensued with their next run-in! Any chance there will be a sequel?

J L Taft:
First off, thanks for reading “Submitting to the Officer”. Kris and Mark’s story came to me after a young girl backed into my car at our local mall. There weren’t any police officers involved (unfortunately :) and I started thinking about how a police officer would meet a girl while on the job. Currently I have no plans to write a sequel to Kris and Mark’s story but no telling what the future will bring!

The e-book was released to the public on December 26, 2012 and since then I've seen mentions of your writing being steamy, hot, humorous (with a certain attitude) and true to life. As an author, where do you find inspiration for your story lines?

J L Taft:
Inspiration for my stories constantly seem to come from the little things in life. I am always asking myself, What if? I’m usually surprised after a story is done and I look back and realize where it came from. Sometimes the smallest thing can be spun into an exciting story.

It must be difficult to develop your characters fully within a short venue. In your writings do you find that your characters reflect real life observations or are their personalities completely fictional?

J L Taft:

I like to write about strong women who don’t realize they are strong until they are confronted with their worst fears and come out on top. Creating the right situation to push my heroines into looking conflict in the eye and saying "f" off...I got this, is my greatest challenge. So, my characters have real life issues to deal with but they are completely fictional.

I see that you have a second book release coming up soon. Can you elaborate more on that?

J L Taft:
My second release “Unleashing the Animal” is about a young woman who is oppressed by her high class parents and wants to break out on her own. She is an artist at heart and has had a long time connection with animals. She moves to a rustic cabin in upstate New York and is determined to concentrate on her painting with a quiet life. What she doesn’t expect is making friends with a big black wolf. As the story progresses she finds out that her sexy new neighbor and the black wolf are one and the same. I don’t want to ruin it for you but Blair gets the surprise of her life and a match that only fate could be blamed for.

Have you always loved the written word? When did you first begin writing seriously?

J L Taft:
I have always been a book worm, I spent my teenage years with my nose stuck between romance paperback pages. I have always been writing stories, some finished some not. I wrote seriously for a year before I submitted my first manuscript.

Photograph of Author by ArtfulExpress


Who is your all-time favorite Romance author?

J L Taft:

My all-time favorite is Nora Roberts I have read her books for years. But when it comes to erotic romance I love Desiree Holt, her stories stick with you long after the last page is turned.


To what do you attribute your success in being published with Ellora's Cave Publishing as a new author?

J L Taft:

Determination! If at first you don’t succeed…however, I spent weeks researching publishers before I submitted to Ellora's Cave. Finding the right publisher is half the battle. I also have a strong support system that makes all the difference in the world.


How do you see the publishing industry changing with the advent of e-book readers becoming so popular and how does this affect authors? What future do you foresee for printed book sales as a result?

J L Taft:

I think that the rise of e-books has made it so easy to have everything you want to read right at your fingertips. It also has widened who an author can reach with their books. I don’t think that it affects authors all that much, except for the marketing aspect but the process is still the same. Print book sales are obviously going to be lower but sometimes you just want those pages in your hand. There will always be a market for print books, it’s just not going to be as large as it used to be.

Erotic Romance sales have sky-rocketed in the last few years, has that influenced your choice of subject matter or have you always dreamed of being published as a romance novelist?

J L Taft:

I always knew romance was for me, in one form or another. Once I got older I hated that most romance novels will skip over the sex scenes or use so much purple prose that you didn’t really know what was going on. You spend half the story waiting for them to give in and do it and then the door is closed firmly behind them when they finally do. Erotic romance has given me the perfect opportunity to leave the door open and let my readers know each and every detail. So, no sales haven’t influenced what I write, I write what I love.


What advice do you have for new authors based on your experience?

J L Taft:

I read a book last year called “Love Writing” by Virna DePaulwith Tawny Weber. It has the simple and best advice I have heard so far. Submit, Survive and Start again. I have taken this motto to heart and it has helped tremendously.


Are you working on another manuscript now? Where can our readers keep up to date with your career and up-coming book releases?

J L Taft:

I am working on another novella now, called “Hooked for Life”. This one will also be published with "Ellora’s Cave Publishing". Readers can keep up to date with my releases through:

I love to hear from readers, email me directly at:


Thank you for the great conversation. I'll be watching for your new books!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Cover for my third release!

I am so excited to share the cover for my third book, "Hooked for Life"! It will be published with Ellora' s Cave!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Reality Check!


Suddenly I find myself wondering if this is real. Pinching my arm doesn't make me wake up. I have always, always wanted to write romance novels. Ever since I started sneaking Harlequin books from my grandma's house when I was fifteen.

I wrote my first story, about a horrible gorilla spirit that chased after the young girls who moved into his house when I was an early teen. It seems silly now but at the time just writing it gave me nightmares. I realized then, writing anything besides romance wasn’t for me.

But life gets in the way, like it somehow seems to do, offering the perfect excuses to not start writing that day.

Then I got to a point where my head was so full of stories I worried they would fall out and spill all over the place. So, I started writing. What started out as a hobby turned into an obsession. I can’t stop now. I write every single day and I love every moment of it.

Being published is a dream come true. It’s indescribable the feeling I had after seeing my name at the bottom of my first book.

Writing is no longer a hobby for me, it’s a way of life. One that I happily live!   

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

First Release!

My first release was inspired by a little fender bender I had while backing out of a parking space at our local mall. I had been working all day in the crush of the Holiday season. I waited patiently as a car went past behind me and then I slowly started to back out. The young woman who had just drove past, while talking on her cell phone, slammed on her breaks suddenly and backed up without ever looking behind her. Unfortunately for her she backed right into my car, mind you I was only two feet out of my spot. Luckily she left only a scuff mark on my car. But the story took off from there, I wrote it months later and it evolved into Kris and Mark's story. While my temper is nowhere near Kris's, I did explain the hazards of driving while talking on your cell to the young girl. ;)

Excited new Author!

Hello all! I am so excited about the release of my second book, "Unleashing the Animal"! I have always wanted to write romance novels and after several years of thinking about it, I finally got the nerve to submit a manuscript to a publisher. It's a long and winding road, with some deep pot holes along the way. :) But I'm a firm believer that getting there is half the fun!