Burning Up July: Angel Payne




Happy Erotic Romance Month, UTC!

Hello, everyone! I am SO thrilled to be a part of the erotic romance focus month at Under the Covers. Thank you for inviting me to come be a part of things.

My own journey to writing things “on the hotter side” contained a ton of twists and turns—and rejection letters. I actually thought that I’d try my hand at a Young Adult novel, believe it or not…and after spending half a year laboring over the book then sending it out to every agent and editor in New York, promptly learned that I really suck butt at writing YA.

Thank goodness for my friend Shayla Black, who saw the light—and then promptly beseeched me to join her on the dark side. After her cajoling, I entered the first 3 chapters of THREE-PART HARMONY, my first erotic romance, into a writing contest—and before the contest was through, I’d landed a contract for the book with Loose-Id Publishing.

Francesca asked me to talk about something that I especially enjoy writing about in my books. I would have to say that unequivocally, outdoor sex borders on a fetish for me. (Those who read this who really know me are nodding their heads adamantly…LOL…) Hey, what’s there not to love, huh? As the brilliant Ms. Cherry Adair says, “There’s not much that beats wild monkey sex in the jungle.” (And judging by the woman’s shoe collection, she’s gotta know what she’s talking about…) At the most basic level, doesn’t the wild outdoors bring out the animal side in us? Sounds like a great recipe for sexy heat in my world…mmmmm.

What’s that? Cite some examples from the books? Well hell yeah; I’d love to…

Back of an Escalade in the forest (THREE-PART HARMONY)

Pool chaise lounge during a rain storm (PERMANENT MARKER)

Against a tree (almost!) in the Cascades forest (SAVED BY HIS SUBMISSIVE)

On a cliff in the rain (WET FOR HER WARRIORS)

In a jungle at midnight (WET FOR HER WARRIORS)

I’m happy to confirm that there’s probably going to be a scene or two of some more wild, wild love in the great outdoors, coming up in the next W.I.L.D. Boys of Special Forces book: HOT FOR HIS HOSTAGE. So strap up those hiking books and get ready for the fun! It’s going to be released on August 13th. Here is an exclusive preview just for UTC readers!

Thanks as always for your support…and I hope you enjoy the excerpt!


HFHH Promo with legal art



Damn it.

Zoe almost spat the words aloud, despite risking another heart-halting “look” from Mr. Shane Burnett. She could ignore her animal-level attraction to everything else about the man—his thick chestnut hair, sinful gold eyes, model-perfect jaw, and linebacker-wide shoulders—but when he turned on the look, something strange happened to her bloodstream.

Strange. And magical. And terrifying.

It had been a long time since she’d had some scary magic in her life.

Too long to be projecting such feelings on a stranger from an airport bar.

She’d first seen him use the “look” on his phone, glowering at the thing as if willing the texts on it into submission. He’d likely succeeded, too. God knew how her knees went weak, surrendering to the same heat that flowed between them and the most tender folds of her body, from just watching him. That was when she would’ve bet her favorite pair of heels that he was a lifestyle Dominant. And imagining him in a Dom’s skintight leathers, holding a flogger in his hand instead of a phone…approaching her across a dungeon with that look on his face…


Ohhhh, no.

She couldn’t foster that fantasy again. Ever. The near-disaster with Bryce had taught her that much. Her submissive dreams were doomed to be just that. Dreams. If she had a drop of truly submissive blood in her body, fate had dried it up well before she could do anything about it.

No, it wasn’t even fate’s fault. When Mom died, Papi had fallen apart. Someone had to take care of Ava, and Zoe was the obvious choice. Maybe the angels had forgotten about her being only eleven years old. She’d been livid with them for a while, of course, but now saw it gave her a stubborn strength she was proud of. Well, most of the time.

On other occasions, she opted for full retreat. Seemed the easiest route tonight with Mr. Sexy Scowl. She’d gone for duck and cover, sipping her water and checking her phone, desperately hoping El and Brynn would get a clue about the man’s polite rebuffs. Before that could happen, Ellie had become Sleeping Beauty on the bar. Then the man himself had gained a name. He was no longer anonymous-fantasy-Dom-to-ignore but Shane Burnett, a businessman with endless patience for her friends, a smile more captivating than his scowl, and a protective streak as huge as the arms in which he now held Ellie.

And oh, yeah. One more thing.

A presence that pulled on her like the moon did the tides.

Which was why she could muster nothing but a prissy huff before following him out of the terminal and into a cab.

What the hell was she doing? She was easily the only sober one left in the company tonight. She had to take care of the others, not just El and Brynn, yet she followed Burnett right out the door, letting him load the three of them into a cab. She knew, perhaps better than most, that dominant men could also be assholes, even abusers. Though Burnett directed the driver to the Hilton, what plans did he have for the three of them after he got them to the room? Images blared to mind of tomorrow’s headlines, relaying the news that she, El, and Brynn had been beaten to death by an unknown attacker…

She shook her head free of the melodrama. Resolve time. She simply wouldn’t let him get past the lobby elevators.

For the time being, he offered a true favor. El was down for the count and Brynn was more than a bit borroacha, as well. Handling them by herself really would have been a bitch. The ride was only four blocks, and—

Every inch of it was going to be hell. In all the most tantalizing, torturous ways.



It’s the layover she’ll never forget.

Stuck in an airport bar with a choice between three drunk roommates or one dark and delicious stranger, Zoe Chestain decides to live dangerously for once, and succumbs to a night of Shay Bommer’s dominant passion. But her cloud of sensual bliss is blown apart the next day, when the Vegas dancer and her friends are taken hostage by the hijackers of their flight home. Zoe’s horror deepens when her kidnapper reveals himself. Shay.

It’s the mission he’ll never give up.

Shay Bommer is one of the Army’s best, a Special Forces soldier who followed in the footsteps of his brother knowing infiltration with the enemy would sometimes be necessary. But this operation, deep under cover with one of the CIA’s most sought-after criminals, has cost him more than the trust of the most breathtaking submissive he’s ever had in his arms. He’s given up the camaraderie of his unit, the protection of his country, and even the esteem of his brother  in the quest to rescue one priceless treasure. His mother.

Can they turn “never” into forever?

Zoe’s danced to some crazy songs in her time, but no wild choreography has prepared her for the adventure of life with Shay—or the return to his bed that means surrendering more than just her body. As they run from the bad guys, the good guys, and everyone in between, she learns about the man behind all his masks, and the Dominant for whom she’s always longed.

When Shay honors his word and unlocks her bonds for good, Zoe must face the truth—that her heart will always be Shay’s willing captive. But staying with him means dying with him. The heat is on. Can Shay and Zoe’s love survive the flames?



savedbyhissubmissiveBOOK 1 handcuffedbyherheroBOOK 2 surrenderingtohersergeantBOOK 3
WILDERWONDERLANDBOOK 4 wetforherwarriorsBOOK 5 hotforhishostageBOOK 6

SAVED BY HIS SUBMISSIVE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
HANDCUFFED BY HER HERO: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
SURRENDERING TO HER SERGEANT: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
A WILDER WONDERLAND: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
WET FOR HER WARRIORS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
HOT FOR HIS HOSTAGE: Coming August 13,2014


About Angel Payne

Hi there. I’m Angel: book lover, hopeless romantic, pop culture geek, shoe addict, coffee-aholic, and occasional vinophile, too.

I’ve been hooked on books since I was a kid but it all got worse in my twenties, when I discovered romances—-the hotter, the better. Growing up in Southern California, with lots of surfer-type manliness surrounded me, certainly didn’t help to assuage the need for reading about delicious alpha guys and the women who adore them. When I learned I had a knack for telling these stories too, I guess you could say I was doomed, though my path toward erotic romance novelist took a few detours via a concert-reviewing gig for my college newspaper (free show tickets…backstage passes…that was sort of a no-brainer), artist interviews for a Beverly Hills dance music mag, and a very, very bad try at a Young Adult novel (don’t ask; it’s not pretty).

These days, I still live in California, and have found an amazing alpha guy of my own who was brave enough to marry me. We live on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with our beautiful daughter and a crazy dog. I have the best life ever, and never forget to thank the Big Guy Upstairs for it, either.

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denise smith

christian grey i love 50 shades of grey


I haven’t read any of the books yet. I am going over to Amazon today to buy them. They all look soo good to read.


Oooooh… this series sounds fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Lori Meehan

I’ve not read any of the books yet but the sound really good.


I haven’t read any of the books as yet so I don’t have a fave


I haven’t read the series yet, but I’ll be curious to find out!

Amy R

I haven’t read any of this series but the books sound good.


Haven’t read any of these….but I plan to remedy that VERY SOON!

Kristine R

Book 6 sounds like a great one for me to read. Tait Bommer is my favorite W.I.L.D. Boy so far.


I’ve only read the first two of this series, so far. It’s been a while, but I loved the second book a lot and he was my favorite WILD guy. I really need to catch up on this one!

Sue G.

Haven’t read any but these do sound interesting.


haven’t read any, so no fav yet

Stephanie F.

Garrett will always be my favorite. He was such a damaged hero, you couldn’t help but fall for him. Love the series, sexy stories and memorable characters.

Claire Bow

I have bought most of them, just not had the chance to read any yet! From the book blurb, I love the sound of Garrett Hawkins though.

Melanie J

This book sounds fantastic.. thanks for the giveaway!



I havent read it yet but would love to 🙂


Thank you UTC for highlighting one of my favorite authors!! Angel’s books are amazing! “The boys” and “their ladies” are just like part of my “fantasy family”. For anyone who hasn’t read these books – BUY THEM NOW!!! You won’t be sorry. Can’t wait for Hostage!!!


Thanks for the review and excerpt. I have not read this series, but now I have added to the TBR thanks to UTC for helping me find a new author. I do like suspense and erotic romance, I also like military heroes. So this book has everything in one novel. :).

Diana Doan

Thank you for sharing the excerpt! Sounds like my type of book. 🙂

Irma Jurejevčič

Well I just love Travis Maddox <3 Can't help it!