Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Cougar Challenge - Book Three - WINTER'S THAW by Dalton Diaz

Seven of the wildest women of erotic romance pull out all the stops in a series about women who dare to take the challenge and experience the delights of sex with a younger man. Women who cast off their cloaks of conventionality and indulge their inner wild woman.

Call it fate or coincidence, but when Autumn Kelley, Rachel Bridges, Camille Stockton, Monica Allen, Elizabeth Winters, and Stevie Jones meet at Romanticon™, an Erotic Romance convention, an instant bond is formed. Not only do they share a love of Erotic Romance, but their lives are traveling remarkably parallel paths. All single due to quirks of fate (or unfaithful men), each of them longs for the kind of sexual adventure and romance they read about in the erotic romance books they so love. And each one is terrified at the idea of trying to pursue that dream.

When the convention ends, the friendship grows. They chat online and by phone and even blog on a private blog Camille sets up. They discuss their fantasies and tease one another about not having the courage to have a “real” Cougar experience. Soon they are joined by an unlikely new member, Edie Howard, unbeknownst to them an ex-supermodel.

One of the women gets a bit tired of “all talk and no action” or as she refers to it “the Elvis song” (a little less conversation a little more action) and challenges everyone to get out there and see what’s available.

And so they do.

Each woman finds her own brand of sexual adventure and perhaps sexual reawakening. And she blogs about it to her friends. They cheer one another on, laugh at the “oops” moments and tease each other good naturedly as their stories unfold.

Books in the Cougar Challenge Series:
1. PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM by Samantha Kane
2. BEAUTY OF SUNSET by Lynne Connolly
3. WINTER’S THAW by Dalton Diaz
4. HOT TO TROT by Desiree Holt
6. SIN ON SKIN by Mari Freeman
7. CAM’S HOLIDAY by Ciana Stone

Come meet the ladies of Cougar Challenge at Romantic Times Booklovers convention. The Cougar Growl on Thursday, April 29 2:30-3:30 will have the authors in person and feature lots of prizes and giveaways. Visit their blog for yummy pictures, posts and details!

WINTER'S THAW By: Dalton Diaz

Book three of the Cougar Challenge series.

OR nurse Elizabeth Winters is forty-one, divorced and determined to figure out what all the fuss is about sex. Her ex spent over twenty years crushing her sensuality and it is long past time for release. Literally, dammit! In her quest, she befriends a group of women her age who admit having a passion for younger men—and thus begins a challenge…

Thirty-year-old engineer Kevin Springer loves solving puzzles and “Elle” has him aching to fit the pieces. The more he gets to know her, the more intrigued he becomes, especially in bed. He quickly realizes he wants more than her offered no-strings-attached, wild sex, but convincing her to take a chance on a relationship isn’t going to be easy.


WIN - Seven authors, seven books, seven days...each day this week, we'll talk about one of the books in this hot and sexy series from Ellora's Cave and each day, we'll give away a free download of that book to one of the readers who comments that day! All readers who comment on each of this week's seven posts will get their name in the hat for a beautiful tote bag filled with author goodies and signed by the authors at the 2009 RomantiCon! Please be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you're one of our winners.



    I love the Cougar series...they are each so well written and seriously smokin' HOT! I kid you not! I'm eager to read the rest of the books in the series.

    Happy Reading
    Anna Shah Hoque

  2. Thanks, Anna! Great to see you here.

  3. This story sounds great! I love a heroine who knows what she wants and goes after it.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Wow what a fun series and what a great sounding book! I'm off to read the excerpt but just wanted to ask what else this author has written and what her plans are currently.

  5. Thanks, Joderjo! Me, too, and mega fun to write.

    Sharon, this is a fun series, and lo and behold, it looks like another book for the Cougar Challenge is in my immediate future! These authors are an incredible group, and I'm so honored to be a part of it all.

    All of my books can be found on Ellora's Cave, and they run the gamut from hot fun (Love Cuffs - I wrote the male POV only in that one!) to explicit menage (Illegal Moves, which we just got word is up for a Beanpot award along with a book by Cougar Challenge author, Desiree Holt!) A sequel to IM, Seth's story, is also in the works.

    I'm also thrilled to announce that another co-write with Ashlyn Chase, Strokes, will be available this August as part of an artist anthology from EC.

    Thanks for asking!

  6. Ooh, Dalton! This sounds fantastic! And good to know that you and Ashlyn will be collaborating on some more hot reads this year!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  7. Great excerpt Dalton, and after taking a peek at your website, I now have a couple more books to add to my EC wish list. Great news on your upcoming Cougar Challenge book, I can't wait to start this series.


  8. God, yes! I'll collaborate with Ashlyn Chase anytime, anywhere! Funny, funny lady and if you've seen some of my interviews where I mention how we met, she's a helluva friend, too.

  9. Thank, Cathy! I know you won't be disappointed with the Cougar Challenge series.

  10. I haven't read Winter's Thaw, but I sure love the excerpt. Throw my name in the hat!!

  11. Awesome, DD! I'm loving the story line for this series, I personally love younger men :D Can't wait to add this to the TBR list!

  12. Awesome book, awesome series!


  13. Wow, this whole series sounds great! I really like the older woman/younger man theme. These books are definitely going on my wish list :)


  14. This book sounds really good. I love the idea behind the series of books and think it was great that the publisher got the 7 ladies together to do it.

  15. Huh. Just realized I should have changed my pic. Better late than never, eh?

    You bet, and thanks, Armenia and Katy!

    Big wave hello to Ash and Mai girl - great to see you here. You both rock!

    Maria, the Cougar Challenge is actually the brainchild of the fabulous author of cougar book 7 (Cam's Holiday), Ciana Stone. Wait until you see what's coming next!

  16. This series sounds great. I love the idea of older woman/younger man.

    kissinoak at verizon dot net

  17. I agree, Estella. Sure is fun to write about, too.

  18. Thank you so much to everyone who joined in the fun today. Stick around - four more books in the series, and an opportunity to win big coming up.

  19. As a Male I can say that it is about time that the ladies have realized the appeal of older women, have to younger men.
    Long has been the the fantasy of meeting that special "cougar" to guide them in the art of making love.
    We (men) have fantasised about how that special experienced woman would take us in hand "figuratively"(altough pratically enjoyable too), and show us the ins and outs of how really to satisfy a woman.
    We all need guidance, and to be shown in so pleasureable a way is the ultimate dream come true.
    In short. We guys have the same dream, although in the reverse.

    "Cougars rule"

  20. Garry, I think you just fueled the fire for that next book.
    You rock!

  21. This definitely sounds like it will be fun to read.

  22. Oh nice, a challenge to find the "O"! :D Sounds like he is more than up for it.

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  23. Thanks, Karin. And Sweet Vernal Zephyr, I see you won Mari Freeman's Sin on Skin. Woo-Hoo! Huge congrats to Estella, winner of Winters' Thaw. I'm sending it your way in a minute.
    Thanks to all who took the time to play.