My guest today is Elizabeth SaFleur, author of LOVELY.
To get to the best and most deluxe places to stay, eat, escape, be inspired, or just hang-out in any town you have to ask the right people. Washington DC is no different. Well who would know more about where to go and what to do than than a Washington insider? On the other hand, if you want to know where to go that is still hot, but fun, affordable, entertaining, and delicious, you want to check with a savvy college student!
Elizabeth’s characters, Jonathan and Christiana, are the two people with all the details! This makes me want to run down to DC for a mini-break and check out all the fun!
Here’s a bit about her book and the characters, followed by her great guest post, an excerpt, and a fabulous tourwide giveaway!
Elite Doms of Washington Series Book One
Published by: Troll River Publications
ISBN: 978-1-939564-48-1 | ASIN: B00P3CHMQ0
Can you have love and power at the same time?
Congressman Jonathan Brond has mastered his work, his reputation and the art of sexual domination while keeping his family’s political legacy intact. But a chance encounter with college student Christiana Snow promises something he didn’t think was possible–meeting someone honest.
When the charismatic man proposes a summer of sensual, sexual submission, Christiana leaps into his world—the antidote to her bland life. But Washington, D.C. is an unforgiving place; soon gossip and scandal threatens their relationship.
Yet, in a town of players, sometimes introducing a new game is the only way out. Who knew love would be the winning plan?
Stand alone. Not a cliff-hanger.
Ten Favorite Places in Washington D.C., According to Lovely’s Hero and Heroine
By Elizabeth SaFleur
Washington, D.C. not only serves 600,000 residents, but thousands of visitors every month. From the historic monuments and memorials to museums, gardens and markets, from high-end restaurants to dozens of theatres and stages, our nation’s capital has something for everyone.
Lovely’s hero, Congressman Jonathan Brond, has particular tastes when being out and about. Though fairly young at age thirty, he gravitates to places in Washington that are hip and trendy but also remind him of the city’s rich history. His favorite places to go:
- The Oak, which is modeled after two real-life hotels: The Willard on Pennsylvania Avenue and the W Washington DC on Fifteenth Street. Both hotels boast discreet staff and many nooks and crannies where lovers may get lost in one another. In particular, the W offers the roof-top POV bar that has the best view of the city (other than the Washington Monument). The underground, semi-secret, sleek Wine bar hosts celebrities and insiders, who quietly hang out hoping not to be noticed—like Jonathan and his “date du jour.”
- Eastern Market. Many District residents walk to this Capitol Hill food and arts market all week. But on the weekends, Jonathan enjoys a stack of blueberry pancakes followed by strolling along the kiosks of arts & craft merchants just so he can disappear into the crowd of ordinary folks for a change. That’s not to say the “power elite” aren’t there. On the contrary, they’ve simply shed their power ties and suits while wandering through the aisles.
- The Mitsitam Café in the National Museum of the American Indian. Lawmakers are usually too busy to eat out and often grab something from the Longworth House cafeteria or other “in-house” venue. But Jonathan often takes a long stroll to clear his head and to enjoy this café’s cedar plank-roasted salmon. You don’t want to eat anywhere else on The Mall.
- The Jefferson Memorial. Jonathan believes this memorial is both aesthetically pleasing and a powerful reminder of one of our great president’s. He visits every year when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In the early fall, after Kennedy Center events, he can be seen slipping into the shadows with his date. Parking is difficult at this memorial, which ensures fewer people might interrupt them.
- Old Town Alexandria. Jonathan chose to live in Old Town, over the “usual” neighborhoods where members of Congress congregate. Historic but hip Old Town offers privacy, charm and history. He enjoys walking to restaurants and shops, as well as strolling along the waterfront. Jonathan also has quick access to his boat, docked in the nearby Washington Sailing Marina.
Christiana Snow, the heroine in Lovely, on the other hand, experiences a very different Washington. She is young but not frivolous. Forced to be independent and take care of herself from a young age, Christiana enjoys some of the more “basic” amenities that Washington has to offer, such as:
Rock Creek Park. This park is the closest Christiana will get to wildlife and woods without driving for hours into the Virginia countryside. The almost-three mile long park hugs a parkway, but deer and other wildlife abound anyway. She likes to jog along its many paths and pretend she’s far, far away.
- The Washington Monument.Christiana loves to take the elevator to the top of this 555 foot monument. She enjoys going in winter when the tourists are long gone and just before her 4 p.m. shift at the Oak Room. It’s the tallest structure in the District of Columbia and provides the best view, which oddly helps her put things in perspective when she’s feeling overwhelmed.
- Perry’s. This Adam’s Morgan eatery has a wonderful rooftop bar and restaurant that serves the best sushi, according to Christiana. The youngish crowd isn’t as frivolous as the interns and junior associates you’d meet at the Washington Harbor bars, but it’s not stuffy like her best friends’ society crowd. She feels like she fits in with Perry’s more artistic patrons.
- The 9:30 Club. Her father will tell her the 9:30 club “isn’t the same” since it moved from 930 F street to its present location, the U Street corridor. But Christiana enjoys the small, inexpensive, music venue, especially the songwriter series. You’ve got to follow them on Tumblr, too, she says. By the way nobody calls it by its real name: Nightclub 930.
- C&O Canal in Georgetown. Whenever Christiana is dragged on yet another Georgetown shopping trip by her best friend, she often tries to slip out quietly to take a walk along the C&O Canal’s towpath. Some days she wants to run up this 185 mile long canal all the way to Maryland. She also doesn’t understand how some people could live in a place where your front door opens to a walking path. But, viva la difference!
For a sneak peak at the Elite Doms’ attempt to bring a little discipline to Washington, D.C., curious readers can download Holiday Ties,
The Jefferson Suite had a reputation. Everyone said so.
Christiana Snow watched Henrick, the sous-chef, slip a red rose into the silver bud vase on the room service tray she’d been tasked to deliver. “There are some naughty stories about the guests that stay in that suite.” He winked. “Let me take you to dinner, and I’ll tell you all about it.”
She turned her back on Henrick’s smirk—and his eyes that never seemed to travel farther north than her neck. Since the day Christiana started working at The Oak she’d fought the desire to bend her knees to force his gaze to her face. It would only give him the wrong idea.
Instead she threw back two ibuprofens with her milk and then set the glass into a nearby bin of dirty dishes. Gossip made her head hurt.
She felt Henrick’s eyes travel her body as she pushed the room service cart into the elevator. “For a reporter’s daughter, you aren’t very curious,” he called after her.
Curiosity wasn’t the issue. The Oak, which stood mere blocks from the White House, attracted politicians and paparazzi—and dozens of men, sporting earbuds attached to wires disappearing into their dark suits, sent to watch them both. It took real concentration to ignore the stories that the hotel’s staff collected like trophies.
At least the tips were good at the boutique hotel and restaurant, and the mundane work gave her time to think—or think forward, as her father always said. And that’s what she was going to do—think forward and move forward. She didn’t have time to get wrapped up in other people’s lives and certainly not the pseudo reality of the D.C. politicos.
The elevator creaked to a stop. Water sloshed in the silver pitcher as Christiana leaned over the cart to push the slatted metal door aside. A dusty, oil-paint smell greeted her as she started down the hallway, lined with canvases of hunting scenes set in over-sized, gilded frames higher than she was tall and wider than her arms could stretch.
Christiana took in a lungful of the stagnant air as she reached the Jefferson Suite’s double doors at the end of the corridor. She knocked and listened for the sound of footsteps. No one came.
Her leg danced with impatience. Mrs. DeCord’s order was Christiana’s last task of the day, and she wanted to finish it as fast as possible to rush off to meet Avery, her best friend. Christiana had agreed to be her “date” at some society fundraiser that afternoon.
Christiana studied the rich mahogany crown molding, lining the long hallway. Gold brocade wallpaper led her eyes to images of smiling women, draped in gossamer swaths of pastel blue and green fabric. They stared down from their ceiling mural home, their eyes cold and full of secrets.
Christiana knocked on the door once more. After no response, she pulled her master key card from her apron pocket and slipped it to the lock slot. The door cracked open but stopped against something on the other side. Through the gap in the door, she saw a man’s shoe lying on its side.
She called into the room, “Hello? Room service. Ma’am?” No one answered though muffled voices resonated deeper within.
Well, she couldn’t wait. She pushed harder on the door, and the shoe slid aside.
The cart’s wheels whispered over the marble entryway floor. She announced herself one more time. No reply. She picked up the man’s dress shoe, an expensive leather smell wafting to her nose. She set it down beside a tufted chair in the hall.
A male voice echoed from the bathroom off the suite’s master bedroom. “No, Yvette.”
“Please take me. I won’t say a thing.” Mrs. DeCord’s voice reverberated off the tile.
“You know our agreement.”
Mrs. DeCord whined, “I don’t understand why I wasn’t invited. I’ll show up anyway.”
“You won’t do any such thing, Yvette.” He spoke her name like a caress. “Take off your panties.”
Christiana’s insides seized at the man’s abrupt change in tone. Maybe she had heard wrong. After a long silence, she urged the cart forward, but the wheels bogged down on the plush carpet in the living area.
The voice spoke. “Bend over, put your hands on the counter. Good. Look in the mirror. Eyes on me, Yvette.”
Smack! A sharp slap pierced the air, and Christiana jerked backward as if stung. Mrs. DeCord moaned. Was she hurt?
Christiana couldn’t break her gaze, eyes glued on the bedroom doors. They weren’t closed completely. They were slightly ajar, a sliver of the interior showing through a small crack.
About the Author:
Elizabeth SaFleur is an erotic romance author who is finally sharing what simmers in her imagination—lots of alpha males, seductive encounters, and love. For many years she lived and worked in her novels’ setting, Washington, D.C., in public relations. In her thirty-year career, she represented or encountered some of the city’s powerful insiders.
Elizabeth now writes, tweets and posts under her pseudonym, Elizabeth SaFleur, since her former clients might be a little shocked at their past PR counselor’s new career choice. Then again, perhaps they would fear they provided inspiration. (She has sworn secrecy.)
Her series, the Elite Doms of Washington, is contemporary erotic romance for the progressive woman—unafraid and unencumbered by society’s boundaries.
Lovely, the first novel in the series debuting in January 2015, was inspired one sunny day at an outside café in Washington Harbor where Elizabeth swore she witnessed a woman being lashed to a sailboat mast, happily. Lovely’s hero, Jonathan Brond, was born that day when he silently answered her unspoken question, “does she like that?” with yet another question: “Would you like to find out?”
Today Elizabeth shares twenty-eight, wildlife-filled acres in Central Virginia with her husband and dog, and is sometimes separated from her laptop to indulge in dance classes and visits to wineries and hiking trails with friends. She lives by one quote: “If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you.”
Elizabeth is a member of the Romance Writers Association, the Washington Romance Writers, and avid reader of all fiction genres, but especially books with a happily-ever-after ending. Visit www.ElizabethSaFleur.com to drop her a note.
Author Website: http://www.elizabethsafleur.com/
Publisher Website: http://www.trollriverpub.com/
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–5 vanilla scented Yankee candles
–5 warm vanilla sugar Bath & Body Works sets
–One $50 Victoria’s Secret gift card
–3 pairs of silver handcuff earrings
–One blue flogger key ring
–One air freshener visor clip with 2 lavender and vanilla scent pods – this is an amazing gadget for your car!
Shipping is available only for U.S.
Links for all the places located above:
The W Hotel: http://www.wwashingtondc.com/
Eastern Market: http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/
Mitisitam Café: http://nmai.si.edu/visit/washington/mitsitam-cafe/
The Jefferson Memorial: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Memorial
Old Town Alexandria: http://www.visitalexandriava.com/about-alexandria/old-town-alexandria/
Washington Sailing Marina: http://www.washingtonsailingmarina.com/
Rock Creek Park: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Creek_Park
Washington Monument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument
Club 930: http://www.930.com/
Club 930 Tumblr: http://930club.tumblr.com/
C&O Canal in Georgetown: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc6.htm