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30 November 2011

Check it out ~ Holiday anthology information! @evernightpub @crmoss

     Coming soon to Evernight Publishing – Stockings & Suspenders – a ten author anthology sure to heat up the cold nights!
     Here’s the blurb…
     As the temperature drops, the women in this collection of stories find naughty and delicious ways to warm up for the holidays.
     A boss with a proposal to make her sweat, a promise from an Italian assistant, a cabin in the middle of nowhere with two men waiting to cater to her every desire, a special surprise for a lonely solider...
     All of these encounters and more from ten talented authors. Get ready for some holiday loving...Evernight style.
     I’d be happy to show you the cover, but the PTB want to do a slow reveal of it. The pic to the right is day one and here is day two:

     To see the rest of the reveals and learn about more stories in the anthology, click on the pic to the right for the list of participating authors. (Yesterday's was & tomorrow's is Every day during the 12 Days of Christmas Stocking & Suspenders blog tour, a new spot in the picture will be revealed. Plus, follow and leave a comment on all the wonderful blogs each day to have a chance of winning prizes, including a copy of Stockings & Suspenders and a $15 Evernight Publishing gift certificate (for deets visit: The more blogs you visit the more chances you have to win. For my part of the prize package, I’ll be giving away a cover flat of Wild West Weekend signed by the authors and cover model Jimmy Thomas! To enter Evernight's & my drawing, please leave a comment with your email address and either follow my blog and/or like my page  Also, you'll need to go to the Evernight blog (see EP link above) and comment and follow there, too. If you already follow me, though, email me & that will count for an entry. Drawing and notification of a winner for my prize will be on December 10.
     And, now for a taste of my contribution to the anthology… Chasing Miss Kringle
~ Blurb ~
Ex-cop turned private investigator, Jack Vorst, is a cynic when it comes to love and a skeptic when it comes to anything paranormal. When his PI partner requests his help on a paranormal investigation to find an elf, Jack thinks it’s a joke. It isn’t, and he’s roped into working on the case. In his search for the mystical creature, he meets a beautiful woman named Kristina at a local 5k race who starts to change his mind about love, magic and the holidays. Can the spirited woman melt his icy heart and change his outlook on life in time for Christmas?
~ Excerpt ~
     I looked over my shoulder. Vic’s long-legged, blonde-haired wife leaned against the doorjamb, a smile lingering on her face. Vic was one lucky SOB catching that hot California babe. Raising an eyebrow, I slung my arm on top of the chair’s back. “Is that so?”
     “We’re all of the same mind that with your dark good looks and slamming tall-drink-of-water runner’s body you should be able to find someone.”
     “I find women all the time.” I glanced at Vic and winked. “Another perk of being a bachelor.”
     Malory tsked. “You’re incorrigible. What about that woman you were dating? What happened to her?”
     “It didn’t work out.” The statement was curt, almost harsh sounding, but it was a topic of conversation I didn’t want to cover. Not working out was an understatement. The woman had been so clingy and desperate for love it drove me crazy and made me more surly than normal. Unfortunately, my blunt I-don’t-want-to-talk-about-it tone was lost on her.
     “What about anyone in your apartment complex or at the gym? I’m sure when you’re running on that treadmill for hours at a time training for your races you see a lot of ladies come through.”
     A shrug was all I answered with. My sex life shouldn’t be a concern of hers or anyone else’s. After thirty plus years of living, over a decade of those years with Metro, I understood I had a problem with commitment. Maybe if the right woman came along though.
     She’d have to be the right gal for me, the perfect feminine complement to my masculine. Someone who could bring light to the dark corners of my mind, chase away the scattered nightmarish memories and dreams I had on a regular basis. A tall order no doubt.
     If she looked like the woman I saw the other day, at the gym in fact, that’d be a great bonus. Calling her a Goddess didn’t do the beauty justice. Some might call her amazonish, but not me. Tall, toned, curvaceous women, and red-headed to boot, turned me on. A woman at the gym’s front desk had called the auburn-haired, athletic wonder Kristina. Pretty name. That chick was someone I wouldn’t mind seeing again and getting to know. Hell, my cock tightened at the mere thought of delving it into her hot core, feeling her legs wrap around me, diving my hands into her thick mane. I decided the next time I saw her I’d ask her out. What could it hurt? It would get Lory off my back which would be great. Hopefully, Kristina wasn’t one of those tourists taking advantage of the free week specials the gym constantly had advertised.
     “Okay.” Lory tutted again. “Play Mr. Mysterious. Be the strong, silent type. But you’re a nice guy even if you come off gruff and rough around the edges. I’ve seen it when you’ve paid attention to little Allie at our house. She’s a good judge of character, and she adores you. Plus, I’ll have you know, if you don’t find somebody soon, then I’ll have to start playing matchmaker. I’ll find the woman who will melt that icy heart of yours.”
     My gaze swung around to Vic. “She wouldn’t.”
     “She would.” With a shrug, Vic pushed the case folder named Elf toward me. “Here’s the intel so far. Take it. Read it over. If you have any questions, defer to Yente.” He jutted his chin in his wife’s direction.
     “Ha, ha.” She shook her head but kept a grin on her face. Her golden brown-eyed gaze caught mine. “Jack, I’m glad you’re going to help me out. In a week or so, my load and Trish’s will be lightened. We’ll be able to help you out if you haven’t solved the case by then.”
     A week, I thought. I could postpone starting on the case for a few days, and then by the time she was ready for it, I could just hand it back without having to subject myself to any weirdness. I picked up the folder, tipped it to my forehead then toward her. “No problem.”

     Stockings & Suspenders will be available at on December 9th!


London Saint James said...

Love your excerpt! Can't wait to read all of your story. XoXo London

Laurie said...

I can't wait to read these stories. They sound so good...but could we hurry with the cover reveal?? Please??

Laurie said...

oops, forgot my email:
goaliemom00 at

Vanessa N. said...

Great excerpt. Can't wait to find out what happens next. Thanks for the chance.

C.R. Moss / Casey Moss said...

Hi London, Laurie and Vanessa! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I, too, am looking forward to reading all the great stories!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Casey, loved the excerpt! Following your blog (whoops, I thought I was already, but I am now!)

Great prize, I meant to ask, did you happen to tell Jimmy how much we love him at Evernight? lol!

gayl said...

I am really looking forward to the anthology and the reveal! Am following your blog and Evernight's.

gtaylor423 at

C.R. Moss / Casey Moss said...

Thanks for stopping by Karyn and Gayl!
& Jimmy Thomas feels the love & is very appreciative of all his fans!

Teresa Tio Miller said...

I can't wait to see what Jack does next! This blog hop is fun, thank you all for participating in it and giving us the chance to win bling!?


Lila Shaw said...

Looking forward to reading this!

C.R. Moss / Casey Moss said...

Thanks for stopping by Teresa & Lila! Glad y'all are looking forward to the book and like the hop!

Judith said...

Thanks for the excerpt, this one sounds so good.
I love your writing style...
"Someone who could bring light to the dark corners of my mind"...
Wow, just one example of the sentences that had me rereading just for the pleasure of it.

C.R. Moss / Casey Moss said...

Thank you so much Judith! You made my day. I hope when you read the anthology you enjoy the rest of my story (& all the others) just as much as you did this excerpt.

mnjcarter said...

Great blog hop! The daily reveal gives it a little something extra, fun. Can't wait to read more of Jack and Kristina's story, and find out how the elf comes into play.

C.R. Moss / Casey Moss said...

Hi MNJ! Yep, the reveal is an interesting twist. :D Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and are looking forward to the story!

Kathryn Merkel said...

This sounds very promising. Looking forward to reading about Jack & his wake up call on love & the paranormal.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at

Sandra Bunino said...

I really like the pace of your story! I'm looking forward to reading Chasing Miss Kringle and the others in this fabulous anthology!

sbunino (@) gmail (.) com

Seleste deLaney/Julie Particka said...

Sounds like a great story. Can't wait to read the rest :)

Eva's Flowers said...

I really like reading anthologies, holiday ones especially. Thanks for sharing that excerpt :)
Liked your FB page under: Evita's Reads


C.R. Moss / Casey Moss said...

Hi Kathryn, Sandra, Seleste, & Eva! Thanks all for stopping by & the compliments. Only a few days now till the wonderful anthology is available for purchase!

Andrea said...

Another story I can't wait to read.