Archive for August 22nd, 2011

Picture this: A room with a table, three authors sitting around that table, utterly focused on the conversation at hand. There’s no getting sidetracked, there’s no outside interference. The authors have a goal, and they need to reach it. They’re going to develop a storyline for an anthology they can all write together, and they’re going to do it before the sun sets.


That image is nothing at all like the chaos involved in Vivian Arend, Lexxie Couper and my discussions regarding Bandicoot Cove. Nope, all of those discussions took place on Yahoo Instant Messenger, and just getting all three of us on the same instant messaging system, at the same moment, was a comedy of errors. (Honestly? I’d signed up with AOL, iChat, AIM, Bonjour and Gmail before I realized I needed to be on Yahoo. And once I finally got there, I signed in under my real name, not my author name, and Lex and Viv still couldn’t find me.) Fortunately, they didn’t give up on me. And finally, finally, we were altogether, in different places around the world, chatting online.


You ever tried to chat to two other enthusiastic authors online? When ideas are pouring forth so fast, it’s hard to keep up with your own thoughts, never mind the thoughts from two other people? It’s exhilarating and exciting and loads and loads of fun. But hours later you realize that even though you have laughed a lot, you haven’t accomplished terribly much. So you have to schedule another time for another discussion because it’s suddenly bedtime, or school pick-up time, or meals need to be cooked…


Indeed, with all the discussions and suggestions being thrown around, it’s almost a miracle we came up with an idea we all instantly loved. But we did. And as soon as the words Tropical Island, Luxury Resort and Ménage were mentioned, we were hooked. We all knew there was no turning back. Bandicoot Cove was born.


Then came establishing our characters and all the interpersonal relationships between them. We knew at the centre of it all would be a tight group of friends, three women who’d been together since school: Kylie, Mac and Sienna. Of course, once the friends were establish, their family members and school friends just kept popping up out of the woodwork. Twin brothers, little brothers, old crushes, and even one token Canadian, Paige – just to appease Viv. See, most of the characters had to know each other. There had to be a reason for their continual appearances throughout all of the books.


And then we had to discuss setting. Ooh, this was fun. Viv loved the idea of an Australian Island just as much as Lex and I did. And creating the resort? Wow, now I know how architects feels, when they get to work on a blank slate—and create paradise. We created the hotel of our dreams. And once the foundations of the resort had been laid, and the hotel built, Kylie—uh, I mean we—finally got to send out the invitations for the soft opening.


And that, dear friends, is where you will begin your journey to Bandicoot Cove. With an invitation:


You Are Personally and Cordially Invited to Attend

The Soft Opening of Australia’s Newest FIVE-STAR Luxury Resort

BANDICOOT COVE on Bilby Island.

Bring a plus one if you desire.


All expenses and needs will be catered for

as we test our customer services in preparation for the Grand Opening.

Four stories, one setting, friends and lovers—Bandicoot Cove.

Island Idyll, by Jess Dee

 Adolescent fantasies can grow into very adult realities.

 Bandicoot Cove, Book 4

Sienna James has come to Bandicoot Cove to mourn the end of her eight-year relationship with Ben Cowley. The last person she expects to meet is the star of every one of her high school fantasies.

Joshua Lye is not only as appealing as he was in high school, he reveals she was the main feature in his adolescent wet dreams. As kids they never got it together. But they’re adults now, and there’s nothing keeping them apart.

When Ben arrives at the resort determined to win Sienna back, finding another man in her bed kind of throws a spanner in the works. But he isn’t deterred. Rather than admit defeat, he comes up with an alternative plan: Let Sienna sleep with both men—at the same time. Then she can make an informed decision as to which man she wants.

Sienna shouldn’t want to go through with this shockingly sexy plan, but she does. Desperately. Except after the sexual storm passes, she could have it all…or be left holding an empty heart.


Product Warnings

Contains a suggestion beyond risqué, a solution beyond orgasmic, and two men who know how to play dirty. Really, really dirty.



Buy Links:


Exotic Indulgence, by Vivian Arend, Lexxie Couper and Jess Dee

Releases 23 Aug, 2011


Paradise Found, by Vivian Arend:

Releases 23 Aug, 2011


Tropical Sin, by Lexxie Couper

Releases 6 Sep, 2011


Island Idyll, by Jess Dee

Releases 20 Sep, 2011


Thank you Jess for visiting with us today!

For a chance to win a book from Jess’ backlist, just leave a comment below. And come back tomorrow when Vivian Arend joins us to talk about her contribution to Bandicoot Cove. Good luck!

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Three short sexy stories of mouth-watering cowboys and the women who lasso their hearts.

Cowboy Up

Anna Landon doesn’t do long distance relationships and she doesn’t do cowboys. But when Mike McDaniel comes to her rescue again and again and again, she finds herself attracted to the tall, sexy cowboy more than she ever imagined.

Mike finds Anna intriguing. She’s nothing like the buckle bunnies who want nothing more than to snag a world champion bull rider. He doesn’t get into groupies and Anna is anything but. She’s a whole lot of woman rolled up into one sexy package.

Anna learns that Mike competes on the rodeo circuit and she knows that’s not for her. She doesn’t want a man who will be traveling so much, much less a bull rider who competes in one of the world’s most dangerous sports. Her heart couldn’t take it.

Mike knows he has some convincing to do but he’s determined to make Anna his own.

Rough Rider

Brianna Wilson knows a thing or two about business after running a successful Boston boutique. When she inherits her estranged father’s ranch she has some ideas of her own to get the failing ranch back in the black, and dives in with plan in hand.

Joe Carter never believed he could fall for a woman so fast until he finds Brianna sprawled out in a mud puddle. Problem is she comes charging into her role as boss, making decisions that could end up with every ranch hand quitting.

Brianna and Joe butt heads but she soon comes to realize there’s no controlling an Alpha male cowboy like Joe. She might be the boss, but in the bedroom he’s the one with the control.

Brianna has a lot to learn and Joe makes one great teacher.

Back in the Saddle

Susan Fairfield’s return from Dallas to the family ranch in Arizona is bittersweet. It’s been nine years since she’d fallen in love with Gray Reardon, when her dreams of happily ever afters had been crushed to dust.

Seeing Susan again stuns Gray. He’d fallen for her hard but she’d left without one word that would explain why she wouldn’t see him anymore. She’d broken his heart and he’s not about to go through that hell again.

But when Gray learns the truth, he’s determined that nothing come hell or high water will keep them part. Even when Susan insists that she has to go back to Dallas to run her family business, this time he’s not about to let her out of his life.


What is it I love about cowboys?

The raw sexuality, the stubbled jaws, the tough alpha, the man of few words.

Who looks really good in Wrangler jeans, a Stetson, and a pair of chaps.

I grew up in southeastern Arizona in a family of cowboys. I went to school with cowboys, was in 4-H and FFA with cowboys. And as an adult I still have a crush on cowboys.

That’s part of what makes it so much fun to write about them. I don’t write “Awe shucks, Ma’am. It weren’t nothin’,” and “yee-haw,” stereotypical kind of cowboy.

My cowboy heroes are genuine, true to the men I grew up with and around. These rugged men might have a slow, easy drawl and tend to think things through before they open their mouths. They’re men of honor, men who stand by what they say and what they do. With a cowboy, what you see is what you get—they don’t have one face that they show the world and one when they’re alone. They are true to themselves.

One of the most appealing characteristics of a cowboy is the way they stand by their women. Nothing and no one is going to hurt the women they love.

Modern cowboys aren’t just ranchers or rodeo cowboys. My cowboys have also been DEA, Border Patrol, and ICE agents, police officers, private investigators, and sheriffs. I even grew up with a fireman in the family.

In my most recent release, Lipstick & Leather, you’ll find three short stories with three very hot cowboys.

1. What appeals to you in a cowboy?

2. What do you find appealing about any kind of hero?

Everyone who posts a comment will go in for a drawing for a print copy of Clay: Armed & Dangerous, and a second drawing for a print copy of Kade: Armed & Dangers, two of my hotter cowboys. 🙂 Good luck!

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