Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.
When Did Naughty Become Nice?
By Louisa Bacio
On the way to Thanksgiving events, we stopped to see Santa Claus. My 8-year-old daughter drew up her Wish List, including colors and a naughty and nice, or good and bad, list of classmates. The little girl who passed her notes earlier this year with “Dumb” on it, went on the naughty list.
It used to be that there was no way you wanted to be on a naughty list. It got me thinking, when did being naughty become nice?
As adults, we like to push the edges a bit. Those who “tow the line” all the time are often viewed as being “boring.” Don’t get me wrong, I definitely consider myself nice. I enjoy doing things for people, and making sure they meet their dreams. At the same time, the idea of living on the dark side has become more fun.
I’m not the only one who thinks this way. Evidence by the saying, “I’m going to Hell …” T-shirts, slogans and goodies.
Maybe it’s the people I hang out with – romance authors. We’re often viewed as the “wild” side of the book industry. More so than horror and thrillers with serial killers, go figure. Sex is still viewed as “naughty,” and we write about sex – often lots of it, hot and messy and … ah, yes.
Once I started thinking about this theme, I started to see it everywhere. Author Milly Taiden posted a certificate proclaiming her officially on the “Naughty List.” A friend posted in a Facebook group Nice Girls Writing Naughty, and I received the new Fresh Fiction #BoxNotToMiss and the postcard said, “Naughty or Nice, there’s a book for everyone.”
So it’s OK to be naughty, and let me share a little secret: There are still presents, and sometimes they are even more fun.
Winter Solstice Ménage
Sugar isn’t as sweet as her big brother, Yas, believes. After he leaves the big city to venture a small pack in the hills he’s heard about from their mom, she decides to let loose in all the best ways. Except when all hell breaks loose and she’s faced with some tough decisions, she runs … to her family.
After growing up in Los Lobos, twins Derek and Tyler Baker lived through all the hardships under the former Alpha leader. While one twin is happy playing the dating field, the other wants something more special. They both find what they’re looking for when newcomer Sugar comes for a visit.
Where Sugar goes, trouble follows. It’ll take more than one member of this pack to tame the new shifter she-wolf. But will the Winter Solstice Ménage be enough to convince her to settle down?
Enjoy the following excerpt for Winter Solstice Ménage…
Forget the fancy spas; she’d take this spot any day. Before stripping down, she got as close to the hot spring as possible, and made a mental plan of attack. For the briefest of moments, she’d be butt-ass cold, but as soon as she hit the warmth…. Ahhh. She tossed her jacket and clothes on a nearby chair, uncovering a white bathing suit with pink flowers, and sank into the waters. Leaning back against the side, she closed her eyes. The contrast between the blustery winter weather and the bliss of the heat shocked the system, in the best way. Getting away from it all was unnatural. After the onslaught of harassing text messages from her ex, she’d left her phone home. Who’d be contacting her anyway? Plus, cell service here sucked. The idea was to get away from it all and let Jerry get some breathing space. Hopefully, he’d find someone else to focus on and leave her alone. He hadn’t been such a loser when she first met him, but, then again, he hadn’t been honest either. She’d been duped into thinking he was a college student. Then she learned he only saw them as an easy pickup.
“Mind if I join you?” A man’s deep voice broke through her thoughts, and she opened her eyes. Have mercy.
He towered over the spa, and she looked up, up, up—past those tapered hips and sculpted stomach to broad shoulders and a mouth that promised all sorts of wicked goodness. The cold didn’t seem to bother him much, except for those hard nipples.
“Come on in. There’s plenty of room.”
Rather than taking up residence on the other side, where someone who followed social norms might have, he sat next to her. Real close. The water level rose as he got in.
“You must be new to these parts. Haven’t seen you around. I’m Derek.”
The tone of his voice moved over her body, eliciting a physical response. Her nipples perked up, and the weight of his gaze settled on her chest, which just about floated on the water. Feeling uncharacteristically self-conscious, she dipped below.
“Ah, perceptive. I’m Sugar,” she said. “I’m staying with my brother Yas and Tala at the B&B.”
“Is Sugar short for anything?” he asked.
“You mean like “Sugar-licious?” She licked her lips, overemphasizing the way she ran her tongue over the full bottom one. The way his eyes zeroed in on her mouth gave her a thrill.
Men were so obvious.
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