Nicole Austin – Scandalous

{March 13, 2010}   International Heat Blog Tour

International Heat is celebrating their one year anniversary with blog tour/contest. To win one of the fabulous prizes (see list following the excerpt) you must visit the each blog(also listed after the excerpt) between now and Wednesday, March 17th at 11:59PM EST, and leave a comment on each one. Be sure not to miss any of the blogs or you can’t win!

Note: This excerpt is intended for those readers 18 years old or older.

Predators Book Three
Copyright © NICOLE AUSTIN, 2010
Available March 31st from Ellora’s Cave Publishing


For Lance Corporal Renard, her career is everything and she’s anxious to tackle the latest training exercise. But the scientists at Nanotech have more in store for Shira than she could’ve imagined.

Restrained, injected with jacked up DNA, she’s become part of a twisted experiment. Escaping the lab is only the beginning. There can be no return to her old life. No outside knowledge of what she’s become. The permanent leash around her neck is more suffocating than a hangman’s noose.

Tasked with helping Renard adjust, Army medic Lex McLean had no concept of the challenges Shira faced. Not until he receives a very personal lesson in genetic manipulation.

There’s no denying the intense sexual chemistry between them. Not even Lex’s hate for Renard has the power to curb his lust. Regardless of a rocky start, survival means joining forces and working together against the true genius behind the Predator Project.

“Hey, Renard. I was just headed to your quarters. You got a package.” The security officer, Jake Hampton, held a plain box bearing a generic shipping label just out of her reach.
Thank you, Jesus. Her prayers had been answered.
It was about time. She’d called her favorite toy store and placed a rush order— paying extra for express shipping—and waited impatiently for it to arrive. Sweet relief from the constant ache Lex inspired was almost within her grasp.
Jake shot her a sultry grin as he rubbed his fingertips over the white cardboard. “Of course, we had to scan it…”
That stopped her short for only a moment. But with the tension and frustration riding her hard, she didn’t care if the whole base knew she’d ordered a vibrator.
“You could have the real thing, darlin’,” one of the other guards taunted and crudely grabbed his crotch. “All you had to do was ask.”
Another joined in the game. “Or maybe begged a little.”
“Not if you were the last man on earth, Chavez,” she huffed.
“If the lights start to dim…“ Jake teased.
“Well then you’ll have all sorts of yummy visions dancing around in your head.”
“Hell, I already have those,” he muttered under his breath.
With that, Shira snatched the box out of his hands, turned and dashed down the hallway, anticipation putting extra pep in her step. Her own fingers had never been enough. She required extra stimulation to find release. And the bad boy in her hands was guaranteed to send her soaring.
Halfway through the door she had the box ripped open then upturned it over her narrow bed, shivering in delight as each item hit the mattress. Grabbing scissors off the desk she set to work on the air-tight plastic imprisoning her new playmate.
Her hands shook as she traced her fingertips over the most wonderful device ever created by man, the Ultimate Pleasure Wand. Damn, was it gorgeous and worth every penny she’d paid.
The first articulation was short, thin and covered with little bumps, perfect for pleasuring the clitoris. The second was what every woman dreamed to find in a man. Eight inches long, perfectly curved to hit the G-spot, thick as her wrist, and riddled with simulated veins to create the most delightful friction.
But that wasn’t all. Oh no. The final wicked appendage consisted of four balls of increasing diameter connected together by a thin shaft for anal play.
The entire device was covered by the latest compound that felt like human skin and contained six vibrating bullets to ensure maximum enjoyment. And it heated up too. Oh hell yeah!
Damn thing did everything but take you out to dinner, practically rendering men obsolete. The only drawback she could see were batteries losing their juice but she’d purchased both regular and rechargeable ones. A tube of tingling mint lube completed her order. Shira figured she was better prepared than a Girl Scout.
She twisted off the base, grabbed the first battery, considered which way it was supposed to go in and dropped it into the chamber. When both batteries were in place she screwed on the bottom and hit the power button.
Nothing happened.
Okay, so she’d probably put the batteries in upside down. Fixable. Shira opened the bottom again and upturned the vibe. Only one battery plopped out onto the mattress.
“What the fuck?”
She peered into the guts of the vibe and saw the other battery nestled in place. Firmly in place.
“No. Don’t do this to me,” she pleaded. The battery wouldn’t budge no matter how much she shook and jostled the toy. Damn thing was stuck, wedged in tight.
“Nooooooooooooooooo! This can’t be happening. No fucking way.”
All right, she had to be calm and rational. How the hell could she get the battery out?
She glanced around the small room, looking for an answer. Her gaze landed on the large wooden wardrobe. Taking slow, easy breaths she walked across the room, placed the vibe against the side of the cabinet and proceeded to bang the hell out of the damn thing.
Breathing heavy now, Shira again peered inside and there was the battery, still lodged firmly in place.
“Son of a bitch.”
Possessing better-than-average intelligence, she should be able to figure this out. It couldn’t be that hard to get a battery out of the confines of the blasted device. She just needed to think.
She glowered at the battery and tapped her fingers on her chin. Obviously it was a tight fit between the walls of the compartment and the battery. She needed something to grasp the end and drag it out.
Inspiration struck. Tweezers.
Shira raced into the bathroom, grabbed her tweezers and set to work, quickly discovering that the job required something much longer. Shaking with frustration, she pulled on her robe and secured the belt in place before racing out into the hall. Her destination—the lab. They had lots of implements in there. Surely they’d have something that would reach the battery.
When she arrived at the locked glass door, Shira pounded as if the hounds of hell were on her heels. She imagined how she would appear to the technicians inside, wearing a silk robe, mussed hair framing her face, eyes wide and wild. Her entire body shook with frustration.
The startled lab geek who came to the door appeared frightened. Instead of opening the door, he pressed a button and talked through the intercom. “W-what is it, Corporal?”
“Let me in, Sims.” Even she heard the desperation in her voice. Shira fought for calm control. “I need to borrow some tweezers to fix a very important, top-secret device.”
“Umm…ma’am. You’re out of uniform.”
No shit, Sherlock!
Irritation boiled and she pounded her fist against the barrier. The tech trembled as she spoke through tightly clenched teeth. “I know. Just give me what I need and you can get back to work.”
He reached toward the lock, hesitated. Jesus, what a wimp. He was enlisted Army for crying out loud.
“Private,” she growled, using her most commanding tone. “Open the damn door or you’ll be running bunk drills for the next sixteen hours.”
That did it. The geek must be well versed in the torture of bunk drills because without second thought he opened the door and stood out of her way.
She knew what she wanted, and where it was kept. Had seen the techs using the long-limbed tweezers in their work. In less than five seconds she had what she’d come for and was running down the hall.
Back in her room, she fought to steady her hands. The first few tries resulted in scraping against the end of the battery but failed to dislodge it. Finally—on the tenth attempt—she grabbed hold of the cylinder and began rocking it loose. It seemed to take forever but finally she had the damn thing free and in anger, threw it across the room. The battery hit the wall with a loud thunk, leaving a mark, then fell to the floor and rolled under the wardrobe.
Shira took the time to read the instructions and successfully loaded fresh batteries into the wand. As she screwed on the base and depressed the power button, she held her breath.
The toy came to life in her hands, buzzing and gyrating. She let out a whoop of pure joy and triumph. Disaster had been adverted and now she was going to have some fun. Blow off some steam.
Get off.
Oh, hell yeah!

Prize List:

Prize one:
Waiting for Wednesday ebook by Mari Carr
Autographed print copy of Dream Machine by Jayne Rylon
Only Yours ebook by J.R. Patrick
Choice of backlist ebook by Rhian Cahill or ARC of Coyote Home

Prize two:
Choice of ebook backlist by Jambrea Jo Jones
Death, The Vamp and his Brother tote bag, plus winner’s choice of Lexxie Couper ebook.
Choice of backlist title by Dawn Montgomery 
Autographed copy of backlist print title by Nicole Austin

Prize three:
Bath and Body gift bag courtesy of T
Choice of backlist title and a package of TimTams from Jess Dee
Rodeo Heat by Desiree Holt

Prize four:
Choice of backlist title from Amanda Young
$10 gift card to Amazon courtesy of Valerie Tibbs
Choice of backlist ebook from Vivian Arend

Blog Tour Stops: (there’s no need to go in order, but you do need to comment at all of them to be eligible for a prize.)
Mari Carr
Desiree Holt
Viv Arend
Pearl’s World of Romance
Jambrea Jo Jones
Z.A. Maxfield
J.R. Patrick
Carol Lynne
Jayne Rylon
Lexxie Couper
Dawn Montgomery
Valerie Tibbs
Larissa Ione
eBook addict
Amanda Young
Rhian Cahill
Nicole Austin
Jess Dee
Selena Illyria
Lila Dubois


Jennifer Graham says:

Wow thanks for participating. I had not heard of you prior to this tour and your excerpt sounds right up my alley. I can’t wait to read it!!!!

I’m glad you found me Jennifer and I hope you enjoy my books!

Lisa J says:

Where do you get that toy? Great excerpt.

Unfortunately its a mere figment of my imagination. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Lisa!

molli says:

oooh, sounds good! *adds to growing list*

Thanks for stopping by, Molli. I hope you enjoy the book!

Maria63303 says:

Great excerpt, will have to put this on my list at EC…

I hope you enjoy it, Maria!

Hey Nicole,
I love your books and I can’t wait to read this latest release. Thanks for throwing an awesome blog tour, I’m having a blast.

The Predators trilogy was so much fun to write. I’m glad you’re enjoying the tour, Anna. Good luck on the prizes!

Thanks for joining the blog tour! Your excerpt makes me want to read more! Keep up the good work!

Thanks, Andrea! Have fun on the tour.

Cathy M says:

Oh I loved it, ‘a very important, top secret device’.

Yes, a very important device. Shira has some trouble with it though.

Heather P. says:

Very interesting am definitely cheking this one out.

Thanks, Heather! Enjoy the book and the tour. 😀

Joy L Remson-Johnson says:

GREAT excerpt. Thanks for the read.

You’re welcome, Joy. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

RC says:

Man, this book just gets better every time I read it.
Thanks for joining in our tour, Nic. And I can’t wait for this to come out on March 31st so I can buy it a read it all over again. *grin* Yeah, I’m bragging. LOL

Hey, lady! Brag away. I’m so glad you love this book as much as I do. 😀

Doreen R says:

Oh Yes….what a great tour. Thanks. I loved it.

You’re welcome, Doreen. I wish you luck in snagging a prize!

Nancy Gilliland says:

This sounds good. It just went on my EC wishlist.

Thanks, Nancy! I can’t wait for the book to go live. Not much longer now.

hilda says:

haha nice excerpt!!

Rhonda W says:

Nicole, this sounds good! Thanks for participating in the tour.

Thanks, Rhonda. Have fun on the tour. There are a lot of great authors participating!

kaisquared says:

LOL at the battery crisis, thanks for a fun tour stop!

Those darn batteries can be tricky 😀

Leni says:

Good Luck on the March 31st release.

RobynL says:

congrats on the March 31 release; thanks for the excerpt.

Thanks, Robyn! I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

Fran Lee says:

Great excerpt! Thanks!

Hey, Fran. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna says:

How about one of the vibrators from your excerpt as a prize?

Love the excerpt!


That would be a great prize if someone actually made that vibe! I’d like to have one too. LOL!

gigi says:

great can’t wait to read the rest

Thanks, Gigi. I hope you enjoy Foxy Lady!

jennifer mathis says:

great excerpt

Karin says:

Interesting excerpt. I’m sure the rest of the story will be just as interesting, if not more so. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Thanks, Karin! Foxy Lady was a blast to write. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Miranda says:

Whoot! Nice action packed excerpt! Thanks.

You’re welcome, Miranda! Thanks for taking the time to read the excerpt.

Fedora says:

Wow, poor Shira! Thanks for the incredible excerpt, Nicole! This story is a must-have!

Thank you, Fedora! I hope you enjoy Shira & Lex’s story.

Great excerpt! Thanks for helping the IH ladies celebrate!!

Thanks for reading, Natasha. The IH ladies are great. It was my plesaure to join the tour. 😀

Jean P says:

Really enjoyed the excerpt, look forward to the book

Katy says:

Great excerpt! I was both laughing at the situation and frustrated for poor Shira. Now I’ll have to check out the first two Predators books 😀

Tracey D says:

Thanks for the great excerpt; I look forward in reading the book!

Joder says:

Thanks for the great excerpt! And what a cruel situation for her to be in. I’d complain to customer service if I were her. LOL!

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Sue A. says:

A fun excerpt! I’m assuming Shira gets rewarded for all her efforts! LOL

April S says:

men are great but toys are better they don’t talk back, don’t dirty your house and never let you down (this excerpt sounds great) thanks.

Beth C. says:

Thanks for the excerpt. Haven’t read this series yet, but now I know I will have to.

Lindsey Ekland says:

Sounds like a great read. Whips out TBB list to add another book.

Thank you everyone for participating in the blog tour it is now over the names have been gathered and the winners will be announced later today. T

Thanks for participating in the blog tour. I hope y’all had fun and found lots of great books to read. Good luck in the contests!

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