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January 5, 2010

SINFUL SURRENDER has been officially released!!! Finally!

I’m as busy as I can possibly be. There are book stores to visit and sites to guest blog on. So today I’m going to make this post short and all about Missy and James. It will be like Excerpt Thursday has moved to Tuesday. What do readers have in store for them when they pick up SINFUL SURRENDER? Take a peek. ๐Ÿ˜‰


In the dimly lit study, where the soft hiss of a fire dying played its own tune, James placed her solidly in front of him. โ€œOne kiss, you said. Well, one kiss is what youโ€™ll get if it will end this.โ€

She stared at him with big round eyes. After a moment, a nervous half smile tipped the edges of her lush mouth.

Oh God, her mouth. Oh hell, her mouth.

What he intended was sheer madness. He knew in that moment he should halt this silly game of hers. But it was either this or commit unspeakable acts with her out on the dance floor. He could almost hear the report of the pistol when Armstrong buried a bullet in his chest. At this point, he would do anything to end her flirtation. Her infatuation. The bloody chase. In this instance, the ends did indeed justify the means.

One kiss.

Surely he had enough willpower to remain impassive and unmoved for the duration of one bloody kiss? Good Lord, no matter what other appeal she possessed, Missy was a virgin. He preferred his women with much more expertise in the sexual arena.

But what sheโ€™d lacked in experience sheโ€™d made up in passion. He dismissed the provoking voice playing tantalizing games with his mind.

โ€œWell?โ€ Now it was his turn to challenge her.

โ€œAre you not going to kiss me?โ€ She shifted on her feet, looking younger and more uncertain than her years.

โ€œThis kiss was not my idea. Youโ€™re the one who wonโ€™t stop until we dispel the mystery of whatever you think is between us. Go ahead, dispel away.โ€

They stared at each other for several more seconds before Missy stepped forward and leaned until the silk corsage of her gown met the wool and satin of his jacket. James tried to ignore the shock of desire that pierced him and had him again rethinking his stratagem.

Tipping her head back, she placed her hands upon his shoulders, and when her eyes fluttered close, touched her lips to his. He remained still, afraid to move a single muscleโ€”at least of those he could control.ย  She pressed her lips more firmly against his closed mouth, her breasts flush against his chest. A jolt of lust coursed down to his loins.

Enough!ย  He couldnโ€™t draw a decent sanity-giving breath.

He lifted his hands to remove hers. There, sheโ€™d received her kiss. Now, if God above took pity on him, sheโ€™d leave him in peace. But before he could remove the hands from his shoulders, her arms wound tightly about his neck, forcing his head lower.

That was when she began the true assault.

I’d say James was in some serious trouble, wouldn’t you? LOL.


So on the last day of the countdown to SINFUL SURRENDER’s release, I’m giving away a copy AND a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate. Comment for a chance to win. I will be announcing the winners for ALL of the prizes tomorrow morning.

And if you’d like to double your chances of winning a copy of SINFUL SURRENDER, I’ll be blogging over at Vauxhall Vixens where I’ll be chatting about the enduring lure of the ‘in love with my brother’s bestfriend’ plotline and giving away 2 copies of my book.


  1. Congrats on your new release! I hope your are doing the Happy Dance right now because I would be. What a great prize! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  2. Congrats on your release date! The book sounds fabulous. I’m a sucker for ‘falling in love with best friend’s sister’ type of stories. I’m putting your book on my “must-get” list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Happy Release day!!!! It sounds like a fantastic book.

  4. Congratulations Beverley!!!! I found your books and gave them the honor that they deserve, and placed them up front in our store. Also….bought a copy for myself, of course!

  5. Congratulations on the release of Sinful Surrender! It sounds like a fantastic story, and I’m sure it will be flying off the shelves.

  6. Happy Release Day! I’m already hearing some very positive buzz.

  7. LOL. Deb, he is in serious trouble.;)

    Hi Cheryl, glad you’re hooked. That’s what I want. LOL.

    Thanks joder! I like the anticipation and sexual tension to grow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks CrystalGB, Susan, Aemelia and Meridan!!! I hoping to sell lots of books too, Meridan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks Estella and Anne!

    Hi Cathy, I’m so happy you checked out the downloadable excerpt. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Lisa. Yes, James is in trouble and will be in more trouble throughout the book. I hope you enjoy!!

    Hi Joye, thanks so much. I hope you enjoy James and Missy’s story!

    Thanks Tracey. Celebration tonight is getting my son to bed on time. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Woo-hoo! Huge congrats on your very first release! Sinful Surrender sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to read it (it’s on my tbr list).

    Best of Luck!


  9. Hi Quiltlady. I actually did the big Happy Dance when I found SS on Walmart’s bookshelves almost 2 wks ago. I don’t anything could replicate that experience. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks!! I hope you enjoy.

    Hi Cynthia, I think there are a bunch of us out there completely suckered by that plotline. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you enjoy it!

    Hi elaing8! Thanks so much.

    Aaaawwww Mary, you are so good to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much dear. ((hugs))

    Hi Barbara, from your lips to God’s ear. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much!!

    Thanks Amber!!! You’re hearing positive buzz??? SQUEEEEEEE that makes my heart jump up in excitement. LOL.

  10. Thanks so much Carol!! I hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Congratulations, Bev, on the release of Sinful Surrender. How exciting for you!! I’ve been catching up on emails and saw your post on The Season Forum that you were here today. Don’t know if I’m too late, but wanted to pop in anyway.

    I read your previous post on this site and was so impressed. Your candid, up-front attitude is refreshing in bringing up the subject of race, and I really admire that. But it’s so true. Write what you know. I grew up watching The Cosby’s, The Jeffersons, and Good Times, and thought nothing different about them, just like when I watched Happy Days, Andy Griffith, or Lavergne and Shirley. People are people. To me, they were all just good family shows. I can’t say who wrote the shows because I don’t know. But isn’t that the sign of a good storyteller? —that you have a story with no author intrusiveness or PC narrative? JMO

    Being raised a Ragin’ Cajun in South Louisiana, race never seemed to be a factor. Nationality either for that matter, as I’ve been friends with Vietnamese, Spanish, and Arabs. Funny thing is, when I met my DH, a Connecticut native, I went up there to ‘meet the folks,’ and people there (especially his college English professor) were stunned that I “sounded intelligent.” Good thing I have a sense of humor!

    So yes, I do agree, write what you know—and what you know will sell.

    Thank you for your previous post and for this excerpt, which sounds sinfully delicious ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh, and in answer to the previous post’s question, I’ve read books by Dahlia Rose and Lynn Emery, the latter who is from my area in Baton Rouge.

  12. WOHOOOOOOOO \^_^/
    Happy Release Day Bev. so happy for you !

  13. WHOO! and Congratulations

  14. Congratulations so much on your first book! I cannot imagine how incredible that must feel!

  15. Congratulations on seeing your first book in print!!

  16. Congratulations, Beverley! Any chance we will see a video of the Happy Dance?? Dance away, sweetie, you deserve it! I have pimped your book out to everyone I know. And that excerpt is priceless. He is in SO MUCH TROUBLE!! I love it!! I am really looking forward to reading Sinful Surrender!! And hey, what’s next for you? I want to see multiple Beverley Kendall books on my keeper shelf! Are you going to be at RWA in Nashville?

  17. Wow, congrats, how exciting!! It sounds like a really good read too!! I would love to win this book!! Thanks, Sue

  18. Yeah, congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to pick it up really soon, but in the meantime, would love to be put in the hat for the amazon.com gc! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep warm! ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. HOw exciting. Enjoy your new release

  20. OMG! Finally!…LOL..I’m so happy for you and I can’t wait to read it!

  21. Congrats Beverley! Sinful Surrender has been on my wishlist, and after reading that excerpt I dying even more to read it. James is definitely in some serious trouble…the good kind of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Love these giveaways! Thanks for showing your fans some love *hehe*

  23. nice giveaway

  24. Hooray on the debut release, Bev!! Enjoy this day — I hope sales ROCK for you~

  25. Congrats Bev….Can’t wait to get my hands on your books!!! I know it going to be awesome!!!

    And Thank You for The Contest/Giveaway!!!

  26. Congratulations on your release, and thanks for all the chances to win!

    After reading that excerpt, I think I’ll have to quote James: “Oh hell…”

  27. Hi Julie, thanks for stopping by and answering my question. ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ I’d never hear that term before. hehehe

    Mariska, Kelly, Tara and Kim, thanks so much!!

    Hi Louisa! (waves madly), I sure will be there in TN. I’m hoping I have good reason to be too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I want to publish as many books as publisher will print, so I’d love to keep your bookshelf packed. Next is The Gauntlet (title will change) and that’s Thomas and Amelia’s story. It’s due out Jan 2011. But I’ll be putting out a novella (maybe two) in between that long wait. LOL

    Hi Sue (QLady48), Lois M, Debra G and Marjana, thanks so much for stopping by and the well wishes. I really hope you enjoy SS.

    Booklover1335 if I can do anything else to make you want to read SS, let me know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hi Jen! I want EVERYONE reading historicals!! hehehe

    Hey Josh, no mention of the fiancee today. Hope you guys aren’t fighting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hi Anthea!!! Thanks so much. From your lips….

    Hi Mitzi!! I hope you enjoy it!

    Hi Julie, hehehehe, love it!