Monday, 26 November 2012

Guest Blog and GIVEAWAY - Riding High by Zara Stoneley

I'm delighted to be hosting Zara on my blog today with her new release Riding High. Knowing Zara, this promises to be one hot read, that I know I will have to make time for very soon!

Over to you, Zara :-)

Hi Doris, Thanks for having me! As you know, I love your books and you’ve been a great inspiration to me, so I’m really excited to be here to kick off my blog tour for Riding High J

Over the last few years I’ve had massive upheaval in my life and I’ve now come out smiling on the other side, and that is partly what gave me inspiration for this story (although my life is much more mundane than Roisin’s in Riding High!).

It’s human nature to keep the status quo and most people don’t like change – but sometimes we have no choice… ‘Riding High’ is all about new beginnings, and seeing how far someone will go to keep what is important to them.

To the outside world, Roisin seems to have had a very cushy, protected upbringing (well that’s how Saul, the man who has the power to save or destroy her, sees it) – but then everything she has relied on starts to crumble. The most important things in Roisin’s life are her business and home, and she has a choice, to take a risk and do things she would have never imagined herself doing, or to give up, walk away and start a new life.

Saul never expects Roisin to rise to his challenge, he gives her a way out to ease his own conscience – but I like my heroine’s feisty and determined, which is just what Roisin is and she soon discovers an adventurous (and very sexy) side to herself. In the end though she’s not sure if she is going along with his plans to get him out of her life, or to keep him in it!

Some people seem to thrive on new challenges, it’s what makes them tick. Are you one of them, or would you always opt for keeping things the same? I’m giving away a copy (epub or pdf) of ‘Riding High’ to one person who adds a comment. Follow my tour for more chances to win!


Roisin stretched and flung out an arm. Then realisation hit her. One, it wasn’t her bed; two, she ached in places she didn’t know she had, and three, the sheets next to her were rumpled. Very rumpled. As though there had been an orgy in them.

Shit. She groaned and rolled over on her front, burying her face in the pillow. Which smelled unmistakeably of male. Double shit.

She rolled back over on her side and opened an eye. The pillow next to her had a definite dip in it. A head-shaped type of dip. But, luckily, no head. Which got her sitting bolt upright, and grabbing the sheet to cover her boobs, just in case.

Oh fuck, what had happened to her? What had she just done?

Oh yeah, she’d had sex. Lots of sex, in a way she’d never imagined before. Wild monkey sex, as Sam would have called it, with the first man she had bumped into.

She flopped back on the bed, stared at the ceiling. If she shut her eyes maybe it would all go away. Toby might only have been gone a matter of months, but it was much longer than that since she’d had sex, and even then that had been polite, “would you mind terribly if I come?” kind of sex. Which meant maybe Sam had been right – both about her being a prude and about wild monkey sex being the answer. Except now she wasn’t too sure.

The only good part was that he’d gone, which cut out the early morning embarrassment, the “what the hell do I say?” bit, and meant she could pretend everything was normal. But, if she was honest, that didn’t really feel that good at all now. Why the fuck had he been such a rude bastard that he’d bolted; had she been that bad? Maybe she had been frigid.

She glanced at the clock just to make sure, but yep, it was only six a.m. She always woke early, even, it seemed, after the type of shag-you-senseless sex that left you out for the count, and right now she had to get going. Not lie here clutching the sheets and trying to work out just how the hell she’d managed to get her leg over his shoulder like that. She wasn’t sure “legover” was supposed to mean that.


 ‘Have wild crazy monkey sex with the first man you bump into.’ Roisin Grant hadn’t intended to follow her best friend’s advice – but, sometimes, what you expect from life and what you get don’t match up. She never expected her husband would have a stash of home-made porn movies, with him in the starring role, or that he would die and leave her bankrupt. And she never expected to be faced with asset-stripper Saul Mathews and a choice. Walk away from her home and equestrian business, or call his bluff and help him deliver riding lessons of an altogether different kind.

An erotic novel with mixed themes including m/f, menage, sex in public and voyeurism.

Available from - Xcite BooksAmazon (UK)Amazon (US)

About the author
Zara is a writer and lover of all things romantic, from the sensual to the sexual, who knows that naughty can be nice. She lives in the UK, but whenever she can she heads off in search of some sunshine and inspiration for her stories.

She love sexy high heels...good food....good (lots and lots of coffee)... and Italy. All things Italian from the countryside to the culture, the wine to the food...and of course the sexy men.

She's been a consultant, a teacher, a mother, a wife, a lover... and has always been a writer and she'd love to hear from you.

Where you can find her-
Twitter:  @ZaraStoneley
Email –


  1. I like the premise of this book. Certainly one for the tbr pile!

    1. Hope you enjoy it, it was lots of fun to write :-)

  2. I can't wait to read this book. I love when they hero and heroine start out rough and come together stronger at the end because of it. This definitely sounds like it will be one of those. :)
    Rhonda D

    1. It's a bit love-hate for Roisin and Saul at the start, but worth the battle :-)

  3. This sounds like a great read...thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed the excerpt!

  4. Hi everyone! I've picked Rhonda D as the winner - can you please send your email address? :-)