Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Margie Church ~ Hard As Teak

Top of the mornin'. This fine morning Margie Church is hanging at my Place to talk about her new book, Hard as Teak and Teak's awesome tat. Mmmmm. Tats.  *whispers* I am such a tat junky. Tat's are yummy.

Hm, getting a little side tracked. Focus Amara.

While she's here, she'll be giving away a copy of Hard as Teak to a lucky commenter that leaves a comment answering the question at the end. We'll keep the contest open all week, closing Sunday, July 24th, 9:00pm PST. Good luck!  

Now, I shall hush up, and turn it over to Margie.  Welcome m'dear!

Teak's Tat

When I begin a new book, the first thing I do is try to visualize the character. There's a lot more to a person than the usual police blotter description. Piercings, freckles, scars, odd shaped ears, a crooked nose, crazy sexy dimples, baldness, and tattoos help make the character uniquely defined. Often, I'll search for photos of people (and locations) resembling what I'm thinking about.

In Hard as Teak, my sexy beast Teak has an amazing tattoo. Kevin is mesmerized by it several times in the story. It's a distraction and an attraction. Early in their relationship, focusing on the tattoo helps Kevin calm his jittery nerves over being near such an amazing, sexy man. As things heat up between them, that tattoo becomes a frequent object of Kevin's affection. He traces it with his finger and his tongue to the ultimate destination – Teak's hypersensitive nipple.

I don't have a tattoo – yet. I'm getting one on my forearm. No, not anchors aweigh. I'm getting a quill piercing a bleeding heart. Seems fitting for a romance author, don't you think? 

Let's see how Kevin deals with Teak's sexy tat in the excerpt from my bestselling, erotic, gay romance, Hard as Teak. Answer the question at the end and you could win the book.

Blurb: Hard as Teak

Kevin Marks escapes to the north woods to reignite his passion for photography and women. But the only flame he seems able to spark is for his latest photography subject, Teak Hildalgo. Kevin's never been in a man's arms before.

Teak, the raven-haired, photographer's dream come true, is hell bent on capturing Kevin's heart. He takes Kevin, body and soul, on a romantic, sexual journey previously lived only in Kevin's fantasies. And no dream was ever this good, no truth this undeniable.

Will Kevin ever be the same? When the camera's put away, will Teak live up to his name?


Teak rocked back in his chair, studying his new friend. Kevin had that all-American-boy look. Blond hair and blue-grey eyes the color of the sky just before sunset. His coloration fit right in with almost every Scandinavian person living in the area. Except for that all-over tan. Great shape, tall, clean-shaven—everywhere from what Teak had seen—and a dick that could definitely get someone's attention. He's certainly got mine.

His body had reacted strongly when he'd come upon Kevin lying naked on the dock. The cold-water bath took the edge off the throbbing in his cock this afternoon, but what about now? When Kevin smiled, his whole face lit up. Great lips. Thinking of Kevin going down on him made his balls tense. Wonder what he'd do if I made a move?

Teak got back to the subject of having his photo taken. "You know what? It's cool. No offense taken. I'm flattered, I guess. The chicks are always on me, but it's nice to . . . ."

"To what?"

"To know they're not entirely full of shit just because they wanna get laid." Teak slid his chair back and picked up his plate. He set it on the sink. "Thanks for dinner."

"You're not leaving are you? You probably shouldn't drive."

Teak leaned against the counter. Kevin's interest in him was apparent, but he wasn't sure Kevin was tuned into his own feelings. Kevin's behavior reminded him of a first date. Does he realize it? I'll take it slow. If it's a mistake, I'll say it's the beer talking. "If you don't mind, I'll stay. I'd hate to spend the night in jail. Even the DNR guys are a pain in the ass this time of year."

* * * * *

While Teak used the bathroom, Kevin grabbed his camera and went outside. The half-moon provided perfect illumination on the frost clinging to the wildflowers. Careful not to breathe on the tender crystals, he knelt next to his subject and adjusted the camera to capture the perfect moonlit conditions.

Kevin glanced over his shoulder when the front door opened and shut with a heavy thud. Teak rubbed his hands together and then shoved them under his arms. "What are you doing? It's freezing out here."

Kevin clicked the shutter one last time and rose. The effects of his last beer made him stumble back a step; Teak grabbed his arm. Kevin broke into an alcohol-induced fit of laughter. "Just what I need—to drop this camera—and break it—or my shutter finger." Kevin wiggled his index finger a few times while laughing at his own joke.

"I suppose that thing is pretty expensive."

"Very. Let's go inside before I die of thirst, too."

"We've probably both had enough beer for one night, but I won't argue about going inside. There'll definitely be a hard frost tonight."

Opening the cabin door let out a blast of warm air. The sharp temperature contrast hit Kevin in the face, making him woozy. "Shit, it's hot in here." He peeled off his jacket and shirt and tossed them one at a time onto a nearby chair. "Do you want a bottle of water or some coffee or something?"

"I'll take the water. Wouldn't hurt to sober up a bit," Teak said. "I hate hangovers."

"You and me both." He retrieved two bottles of water from the fridge and handed one to Teak. "And if the night's still young, we can get drunk again later." Kevin laughed with his half-smashed friend and took a swig of water. "I'm going to make up the guest bed." He couldn't resist making another wisecrack. "The maid service sucks around this joint."

"You probably look stupid as hell in an apron anyway. Go make the bed."

"You're not helping? Shit, the assistant to the maid service sucks too." Chuckling, he walked to the closet to dig out some bed linens.

Kevin turned on the light. He'd used this bedroom countless times growing up and even got laid in here a couple of nights. The fitted sheet snapped as he shook it open. He made his way to the headboard to tuck in the corners.

He couldn't believe what a turn-on Teak was. The realization startled him. He'd never been sexually attracted to any man he'd met. At least not this strongly. He didn't mind watching a couple guys getting frisky with each other while they were messing with a woman in videos. But, I never really wanted to touch another guy's junk. He'd tasted his own cum many times. But from a cum-soaked pussy. He'd fantasized about sucking dick—countless times. But never thought I'd want it if I could actually get it. He unfolded the flat sheet.

With the sheets tucked in, he reached for the comforter and spread it on the bed. Lost in his lusty thoughts, he didn't hear Teak arrive and Kevin stumbled against him. Teak's arms wove around his ribs, preventing him from falling. Like the proverbial deer in the headlights, Kevin froze and didn't say a word. Pleasure whip corded his dick. His heart hammered. Resting his head rested against Teak's bare shoulder, he wondered when Teak had taken off his shirt. The trimmed hair felt stiff and foreign against his skin. No other man had ever held him this way. Kevin noticed rough calluses between softer patches of skin on Teak's hands. He soaked in the new sensations, enjoying them.

Silence thundered in Kevin's ears as he turned and met Teak's gaze. The intensity he saw nearly choked the breath right out of his lungs. What little air remained ran for cover when Teak's lips met his. The feelings reminded him of his very first kiss, heady and surreal. His lips twisted with Teak's. He'd never experienced the force of a man's tongue in his mouth or the scrape of another man's beard on his face. Not this way. Guttural sounds filled Kevin's throat. His breath hissed through his nostrils. These were the sounds of an aroused man. Except another man is turning me on.

Teak kept a loose hold on Kevin's waist. The non-threatening hold gave Kevin free reign to accept or deny him. For a long minute, he participated in the kiss as though moving with a partner in a choreographed dance. He knew what to do and how to do it, but his brain and his dick were going in opposite directions. Kevin's cock was so hard he wanted to take it out and come. His brain kept screaming at him to slow down. Confusion filled him. He broke from the kiss and focused on Teak's tattoo, glad for the distraction.

"Aren't you going to say something?" Teak asked in a soft voice.

"This is the most amazing tattoo." How fucking lame was that?

"Touch it."

With nervous hesitation, Kevin traced the pronounced veins on the dragon's side, and higher to its curved neck. Continuing to follow the dragon's neck with his index finger led to Teak's nipple. The hardened nub looked ready to be clenched in the dragon's sharp teeth. Or mine.

"Taste me," Teak said, his voice hoarse and hushed.

Contest: Do tattoos appeal to you? If so, tell me why and you could win Hard as Teak. Don't forget your email address!

Thanks for having me, Amara!

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  1. Hi, Margie!
    I like tattoos...in moderation. It doesn't matter how nice the ink is to me if all I can see of the person is ink and eyeballs. But a tattoo that means something very deep and personal to the bearer, instead of "Ooh, I'm going to get a rose on my ankle like half the female population of Las Vegas over the age of 14," can be very sexy. I've got one on my right arm, planning to get another on my left arm and one directly over my heart.
    And no...I ain't tellin', except to say that not ONE of them is "Mom" or a person's name. ;)

  2. Hi Margie. I'm the same way as JS, I like tattoos in moderation. While I respect people who get tattoos because they like the look of them, I think tattoos should be personal. Mine is, even if it seems cliche.

    Though I have to admit, I do like the look of tattoos that can be traced with my tongue...

  3. JS...I'll be doing tat checks in Vegas. Hopefully I'll have mine by then, too! Thx for coming by.

  4. Alex, hi! Good morning. I've seen some tattoos that look like a mantle of ink. Very striking. I've also seen those this guy in town who is walking ink. Startling. Teak's tat is pretty damn sexy. I hope someday you get the chance to do a little tracing. Thanks for visiting. Don't be a stranger!

  5. I love tatoos. They tell a story about the erson who is wearing them. They also are fun to look at. The best part is that they are alwaya fun to play with. :-)

  6. Margie, as usual your books are amazing and hot! The title of your book conjures up all sorts of "hard" visuals. And I had a "raised eyebrow" moment when I read what your tat is going to be! I have always wanted one, DH is not a fan so I'm not sure when it will happen, but I want a quill! A really feathery quill pen with a drop of ink for each book I publish! Great minds do think alike. I hope you post a pic of yours when you get it. I'll try not to get too jealous! LOL

  7. Oh, yes! Tattoos are very sexy because they tell a lot about a person from the mere fact that they have one to what/where they have a tattoo :-) And thanks for the giveaway - "Hard as Teak" sounds like a good book.

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  8. I like tattoos, but I definitely prefer one or two well-placed and meaningful pieces over sleeves or epic chest pieces. Also, for me, I don't like leg tattoos, especially on men. Maybe it has something to do with the leg hair. [shrug}

  9. Angel, hi! I hope you enjoyed the idea of Kevin playing with Teak's tat. I sure did. ;-)

  10. Valerie, I saw a tat yesterday and it was the perfect quill. My forearm isn't very large so I can't have a billowy kinda quill. Your idea about the droplets for each book is a good one. When I get mine done I will post a photo for sure!

  11. Bookwyrm - welcome back! We met last week at JS Wayne's. Nice to see you again. Tattoos sure are a very personal choice. I definitely don't want mine to be an impulse since I have to live with it forever! I hope you enjoy the book!

  12. Hey Melanie, I've seen a few really large tattoos that were very beautiful. The men who had them were equally so. Perhaps that is why I liked them? LOL I think tats with leg hair or even chest hair is kinda awkward. Thx for stopping!

  13. I like this form of art. The process of designing something that represents what you want to say is fascinating.


  14. Hey Leni, ICAM. It was fun for me to find something that was strong and erotic for Teak to have. I wondered if it would hurt a lot to have the tat done in such a sensitive spot. So, I looked up the subject and got a map of the human body that showed where it would hurt most/least. Teak squirmed, lemme tell ya when the dragon's head was put on. :-)

  15. Good afternoon, Margie. Be careful what you put right over a bone, too.

  16. Amber! Yes, I've heard those cute tattoos on the top of your foot will hurt like hell! Mine is going on my forearm. Thx for coming by.

  17. The book sounds really great. I do love tats, within reason. A few well placed tats can highlight the person's body. I don't have any (can never decide what I want, and take blood thinners so I don't know if they would come out good) but I do love a hawt man with a few tats on arms, chest, back, hip, abs,.....

  18. LOL June! sounds like you're up for some exploration like Kevin was! Go girlfriend! Thanks for coming by. I hope you enjoy the book.

  19. Hi Margie, Your book sounds so so good!! And yes, I love tats. Don't have any myself(only piercings-8 of them, yet you can only see 2 of em) since a back piece is what I want 1st. Pretty expensive!! I think tats and piercings are a very personal thing, not for everybody. Besides being sexy as hell, they are a way to learn more about yourself too.

  20. Hi Luna...secret piercings, huh? Does sound sexy as hell. Glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy the book.

  21. I like this form of art. The process of designing something that represents what you want to say is fascinating.
    me 2 its a amazing artform/who says no go to hell


  22. Roro! LOL Kinda like it's my body, I can do what I like? This is an art form, no doubt. Thanks for stopping by.

  23. Tattoos can be very hot, but too much can be a real turn off.


  24. Marybelle, ICAM. There's a guy in town - he looks like a walking tat. I hate to stare but his eyelids seem to be the only thing without a tattoo or piercing! thanks for visiting!

  25. Hi Margie! Your book looks great and tattoos are one of my favorite subjects:) I especially like it when a tattoo can be meaningful, beautiful and totally lickable!!!


  26. LOL Wendy! Seems licking tattoos is a common pleasure here. Me likey! Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

  27. I like some of the delicate floral and starry tattoos that I've seen recently. Very appealing!

  28. Oops - forgot my email address:


  29. Diannakay, on a woman that is lovely. I like the more beastly tats for men, tho. Thx for stopping and I got your email addy. Don't be a stranger!

  30. Great excerpt! Hard As Teak looks really good. I love tattoos. I think they look really hot on whoever has them but besides that, there is something captivating about them. Like when one is done extremely well where it has multiple layers to it, it's extremely interesting to me because there has to be a meaning behind all that right? I love just looking at them and trying to figure out why someone would get something like it. Why is it so big or so small? Why is it a certain creature, person or scenery? I guess it's the mystery behind the tattoos that appeal to me the most. Either way, they are usually so beautiful! :D


  31. I love tattoos. They are so personal and can tell you so much about the person, even how they feel about themselves. They can be sexy or repulsive. They are endlessly fascinating to me.


  32. *waves* Hi everyone! Thanks so much for coming by this week! :D

    And thank you Margie, for coming to hang out and play blog. You're awesome m'dear. :D

  33. Nikyta, I've heard some people don't like to be asked about their tattoos. I sense you're a woman who would ask. Welcome.

  34. BlueSmokey - so does this mean you have one?

  35. Amara, thank you for having me. I'd love to come back again soon.

    The lucky winner of Hard as Teak is Alex! Please get in touch with me Alex to take care of business.

    And thanks to everyone for stopping by and sharing their desires about tattoos.

    Hugs, Margie

  36. @Margie: We'll totally have to do this again. Twas awesome.

    @Alex: Congrats darlin'!

    Thanks all! Have a great weekend!!

  37. Amara, I have a new book out next month and I'd love to come by. Your fans are tops!



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