Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Well hello there, and welcome to Kook's Nook.  If this is your first time here, well you are in good company because surprisingly enough, it's my first time as part of a blog hop.  So grab a mug or glass of something you fancy, make yourself comfortable and help yourself to the delicious array of biccies I have on offer,

As part of the blog hop I am giving away a $10 Amazon voucher AND a copy of my book Without Saying A Word.  All you need to do is follow/hop around each of the authors featured on the hop and one lucky winner could win
1st Grand Prize: (1) Kindle Fire!
2nd Grand Prize: (1) $100 Amazon Gift Card

Authors participating in the hop are:
So I hear you ask, how am I going to entertain you?  Well, I thought seeing as this is my first time on a blog hop and as my novel features a MALE virgin, I would talk about first times.

The term 'first times' can conjure up all kind of thoughts.  The first time I saw my child, the first time I met my husband.  The first kiss, and yes even the first time you make love with your partner.  It's the anticipation of something new happening.  My mind races, envisaging what 'could' happen. Running through scenarios left, right and centre. Yet nothing really prepares you for what happens.  Take for instance the first time I met my husband.  We met online and after a few weeks of chatting, we finally met in person.  At first there were nerves.  However, as we chatted and he helped me cook dinner, for some reason for me, I felt that I had known him for longer.  I enjoyed being with him.  He made me smile, and his off beat sense of humour struck a chord within me.  As for wanting to take him upstairs and well...... I had to restrain myself.  This was after all our first meeting, and being the impulsive woman that I am (attempts an innocent look) this was rather difficult for me.  Our first kiss felt as if I had come home at last. 

A year later we were married.  We have been married 7 years in August and together now for over 8.  We have three children and two insane cats, and there are times when things are rocky and up and down, but we work through them.

For Matt; marriage to me is his first time.  For me, it was my third, but it is my first time at seeing a relationship through.  My first time where I cannot walk off in a huff because something isn't going my way, nope. We work things through together; and this is the sort of thing I try to write in my novels.

So what first time for you sticks out in your mind?  Is it when you saw your baby new and innocent? or perhaps even the first time you tried some new recipe and it went tits up?  I would love to know, so please leave a comment below.  You may even win the voucher.

Here is an excerpt from my novel Without Saying A Word.  I hope you will like Rhean's first time and pehaps could encourage you to read my work.

Worked though, didn't it?” Rhean grinned at her, as his fingers stroked her arm sensuously enticing her to be aware of him. The softness of her skin slid against his roughened fingertips. His body reacted sharply. Rhean looked into the deep languid pools, searching for a flicker of awareness from Laura. He knew an attraction between them could be perilous, but felt an overwhelming need to know how her lips would feel against his. Their gazes meshed, the air around them electrified, and for a second he was afraid to take things any further.

Rhean saw the conflicting emotions in her face and knew deep down that now was his chance. He seized it. Moving closer to her, his thigh pressed against hers.

Laura,” he whispered her name raggedly. When she tried to turn away, Rhean stroked her face with a long finger back to him.

Please,” he begged, his voice harsh and raw with emotion.

Their breaths mingled, and his hand rested on her smooth cheek, caressing it with his thumb. At the same time, yet hesitantly, gently, his mouth covered hers. A delicious sensation of caressing more than kissing flooded him. Rhean's lips thrummed from the feel of her mouth on his, but then as if in a blind panic she turned her face away from him, and broke their kiss. Rhean pulled her back into his arms

No,″ he whispered, “Trust me Laura.” As they embraced, his mouth recaptured hers crushing her to him, deepening the kiss. Tentatively his tongue slipped onto hers. Stroking, dancing, they melded into one, aware of nothing but each other.

Rhean's heart soared. He was lost in the heady sweetness of her taste on his tongue and his lips. Finally, he hoped, she would be his.

Mother!” Rhean and Laura moved apart. They looked at James, standing in the doorway with an amused expression on his face. Laura's face flushed red and Rhean stood up, feeling as though he had been caught with his hands in the cookie jar. He shoved his hands into his trouser pockets then relaxed after the wink James gave him.

So there you go Laura and Rhean's first kiss.  Did that whet your appetite to read more?  If so leave a comment and you could be in for a chance of winning.

Keep it Kooky guys!


  1. Hi Manda,

    Yes, your excerpt did wet my appetite. Your book sounds wonderful. Great job.

  2. I loved your blog about first times -- they are really special. Rhean said the magic words to Laura -- "Trust Me." When you have a story where the hero is a trusting soul, you have a hit with female readers.

  3. Congrats on your "first" blog hop!

    susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com

  4. Nice excerpt!!

  5. Thanks for participating in the hop.
    Wendy Pogrant

  6. This book sounds very promising & sweet. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ncprincess96 at yahoo dot com

  7. Congrats on the first blog hop :D

  8. What a nice excerpt and sounds so good.


  9. My husband had never been camping before he met me. The year after our marriage, he agreed to a weekend camping trip. Well, a hurricane struck our first night in the mountains and his only pair of shoes got soaked as we set up camp. I got a campfire going, and he stuck his shoes on sticks and roasted them like hotdogs over the fire in a failed attempt to dry them. Despite this less-than-ideal experience, he’s been camping with me many, many times since then. What a trooper.
    Kimberly Comeau
    casey 446 at hot mail (dot) c o m

  10. Thanks for joining the hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  11. Hope you are enjoying the Hop...

    Literally Write

  12. I have always found the premise of a virgin hero to be especially titillating. Must be the cougar in me. The story line is so rare, that when I find one I snatch it up.


  13. Thank you and GL to everyone! jmelter(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway :) Such amazing prizes! Very generous of you! Have a happy summer :D

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  15. love a good romance story. thanks for the hop neonangelwings(at)yahoo(dot)com veronica vaughn

  16. Great excerpt!


  17. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  18. Nice excerpt, thank you.


  19. Amazing excerpt. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy Holiday to all.

  20. Yes, I want to read more! Great excerpt and thanks for the chance to win.
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  21. Nice excerpt; I enjoy first kisses, done well, in my romances.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  22. Nice words about first times. I think my most remarkable memory about first time is the day I met my husband. It was magical.
    And a story about a virgin male is quite unusual - I like ;-)
    alifeamongbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  23. Nice excerpt!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Nice excerpt!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. James seems to like Rhean:)

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  26. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. Hi! Oh yes it did!! I cant wait to read more! Sounds so good! Thank you for taking part in this awesome hop! Its so much fun! Its wonderful meeting and seeing so many great people! :)

  28. Great excerpt. The first I remember was the when I moved out on my own and my parents left and I was alone in the room for the first time. That's when it hit me. I will never forget that many emotions both good and bad lol

    Thanks for the giveaway! xo_veronica16[at]hotmail[dot]com