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THE BABY Cover Reveal and Excerpt! (Plus a Boss Boxed Set! and other news)

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Everyone is getting antsy for news about The Baby, and today I’m going to deliver! Now, after the “read more” tag you’re going to find the cover to The Baby, the final book in the Boss series, as well as a super hot excerpt from the first chapter. However, if you skip straight there, you’re going to miss out on some Boss related news you’re going to need if you want to keep up with Neil and Sophie. So exercise some self-denial and read through these details first.

Release date: I’ve seen confusion about what the release date is, ranging anywhere from November 5 , 6, 10, or 25. The release date for The Baby is November 10.

Preorders: There won’t be a preorder for the The Baby, or any of my future self-published books. Here’s why: Amazon and other retailers have stopped counting preorders as first day sales. It used to be that authors could set up a preorder ninety days in advance and use that time to rack up sales that would rocket the book onto bestseller lists and to the top of retail charts. I’m not concerned with hitting lists; I did it once and nothing magical happened apart from an ego stroke, so it isn’t a huge priority. However, making it into the top one hundred in your category on Amazon, for example, increases your visibility and allows you to sell more copies. I learned this lesson the hard way when I made First Time available for preorder. Had preorders been counted toward first day sales, both books would have easily gained a spot in the top one hundred of their categories. They didn’t, and the book never broke the top thousand overall. Despite the fact that so many of you bought the book, without visibility the sales overall slowed to a trickle because new readers who might have been interested in it just didn’t find it.

Please, don’t think that I don’t appreciate that you preordered First Time. I loved the enthusiastic response it received, and I’m thankful for each and every copy sold. I’m just using it as an example to explain why The Baby won’t have a preorder.  And obviously, this is going to inconvenience or anger some of you. All I can do is apologize. While I love writing and sharing my writing with you, this is also a business, and I sometimes have to make business decisions based on circumstances I don’t have a say in. This is the final book in this series for Neil and Sophie, and if everyone who would normally preorder it just ends up buying it the first week, it’ll have a greater chance at the visibility and longevity that, frankly, I believe it deserves. I’m pretty proud of my work lately, and I want to see it do well.

Oh, about that whole “last book in the series” thing: While The Baby is the last book in this series, it is not the last Neil and Sophie book. I’m taking a break from them for now to focus on some other projects, but I have every intention of writing more for them. Stopping at five books gives us a convenient place for readers of the series to step off the train if they’re getting bored, but feel like they absolutely have to finish. It also gives me time to explore side characters, like the continuation of Ian and Penny’s story, and Emir’s own novel. So yes, Neil and Sophie will be back, but not in 2016.

THE BOSS boxed set: If you want to get caught up on all the novels in this series (or you want to force a friend to read them), there’s an easy way to do that now. A digital boxed set of the first four books is available now, for $1.99. The set is only available for a limited time, so spread the word. It’s currently available on Amazon and Smashwords.

All right. It’s cover and excerpt time. Are you ready?




Tonight. Pavilon Français. The moment you cross the threshold, you are mine. You will not speak unless spoken to. You will obey my every command.

I read the words over and over again as I stood in front of the doors. The building, a recreation of the Pavilion Français at Versailles, Neil had converted with the express purpose of holding all manner of carnal delights with which to torment me. And inside, my Sir waited.

My heart pounded in my chest. The gilt-edged note had arrived via courier that afternoon, written in Sir’s hand. I’d made the mistake of opening it at my desk. It had been incredibly difficult to concentrate on photos of jackets while pressing my thighs together all day.

And that had been his plan, all along. To get me thinking about him, his control over me, and the need I had to submit to his every sexual whim. It was a need that would never be satisfied.

So it was a good thing I was married to him.

I dragged in a shaky lungful of sharp January air. I’d arrived home in time to quickly bathe and shape my hair into large, fluffy curls that floated around my shoulders. I’d dressed my part, though I had no idea what Sir had planned. Some nights, I found myself spread-eagle, bound to a steel frame as Sir lashed my body all over with a flogger. Others, I’d be bent over a padded bench as a mechanical sex machine rammed into me while I screamed through my gag. No matter how much care I took with my appearance, it would be utterly ruined by the time we were finished. Still, I’d painted on sharp wings of black eyeliner over smoky silver shadow and stained my lips with a matte plum gloss. Beneath my black wrap dress with its three-quarter length sleeves, I wore dark maroon panties and bra—silky and perfectly cut. The panties were already wet from my anticipation.

I took a deep breath and pushed one of the doors open. The moment you cross the threshold. The toe of my black Madden Proto pump touched the tile. The bottoms of my feet tingled. My heart raced. My mouth went dry. I stepped through and closed the door behind me.

There he was. My Sir. My husband. Neil Elwood.

He sat in one of the ornate Louis XVI chairs before the fireplace. He wore a white button down and sharkskin gray trousers, perfectly crisp and presentable, despite the depraved things he would be doing to me. The light from the tall tapers in the candelabras gilded and darkened his hair, which was more silver now than its former ash brown. The soft overhead lighting was on, as well, to supplement the candlelight.

He motioned me forward with a snap of his fingers, and held up a hand to halt me when he deemed me close enough.

He hadn’t said a single word yet, and I was already his.

A door creaked, but I didn’t dare look away from Sir’s gaze. I heard the footsteps behind me before the soft, faintly accented voice. “Good evening, Chloe.”

My heart stuttered in my chest.

“Yes, good evening, Chloe,” Sir said. Chloe was the role I played when we were with our lover, Emir. We’d met him at an exclusive sex club in Paris where anonymity had been of utmost importance, but we still used those club names while playing. They were like terms of endearment, now.

Emir slowly circled me, his dark eyes drifting over my body in open appraisal. I was an object under his gaze, the same as a priceless jewel or an exotic automobile. His golden brown skin was further burnished in the warm, dim light, and dark whorls of chest hair showed in the parted collar of his black button-down shirt.

Neil and I hadn’t seen Emir in months, as he had been settling his divorce and had kept his sexual proclivities more secret than usual. That he was here, standing in our miniature pleasure palace, on a night when I knew anything could happen, seemed like a dream.

“Do you understand the terms I sent you?” Neil asked, never moving from his chair.

I nodded.

“Answer me.”

My breath halted in my throat. “Yes, Sir.”

“Our usual safe word system is in place,” he went on. “Do you understand?”

“Yes, Sir.”

Emir said nothing, his gaze fixed on mine. He trailed one fingertip across my collar bones, then in a line down the V of flesh revealed by the dress’s low neckline. He pulled one side back, then the other, revealing my breasts and my satiny bra.

“Tonight, I’ve decided to loan you to my friend. He’ll use you as he likes, and you’ll let him,” Neil stated. “You may not object to a single command, except to safe word. You are nothing but a gift to please my friend. Do you understand?”

“Yes, Sir.” My clit pulsed almost painfully, and I squeezed my thighs together for some relief.

“Thank you, Leif,” Emir said with a sly smile. Another false name. Just as Neil had adopted Leif as his identity at the exclusive Parisian sex club they both belonged to, “Emir” was actually El-Mudad ibn Farid ibn Abdel Ati. Like Neil, El-Mudad was a billionaire with a penchant for kinky sex. He and Neil had planned this together, and that could only be to my advantage.

Emir reached for the tie of my dress and gave it a tug. It fell open, and he took in my body before pushing the sleeves down my shoulders. “Beautiful. Just as I remember.”

“What do you say, Chloe?” Neil prompted.

I met Emir’s gaze as my dress fell to the floor. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” Emir slipped his fingers beneath my bra straps. “Take this off.”

I’d only just gotten dressed, but I’d known I wouldn’t be dressed for long. The disrobing lifted my arousal. At that point, my bra was as much a sex toy as any of the vibrators in the toy closet.

As I unhooked my bra and slid it down, Emir moved to stand behind me. He pulled me back with a hand covering my throat. The other hand slipped into my panties.

“Look me in the eye, Chloe,” my Sir ordered. I did as he commanded and saw the dark fire of possessiveness kindling there.

“He’s angry,” Emir whispered against my ear. He rubbed my clit with his fingertips. “He’ll punish you after this, you know.”

I nodded. I wasn’t supposed to speak.

“How will you punish her, Leif?” Emir asked, the hand at my neck skimming down to my breast.

Neil leaned with his elbow on the arm of the chair and brought his hand to his face, his fingers curved thoughtfully in front of his mouth. He got off on his jealousy, and on punishing me, especially. With a long sigh, he said, “The cane, I think. We haven’t done that in a while.”

My nerves sang with joy at the promise of pain, and the pleasure that would come with it.

And before it. My clit pounded under Emir’s talented fingers. He wedged one foot between mine and whispered, “Spread for me.”

I widened my stance, offering him better access. His other hand cupped my breast, kneading it, and I leaned against him for support.

“I could make you come like this,” he murmured against my ear. “I’ve missed the way you gush over my hand.”

My knees trembled.

“But I can wait a little longer.”



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  1. Bragandbounce

    Oh, you’re killing me.

    In all the best possible ways, as usual.

    September 28, 2015
  2. Shirleyjo

    Love the cover. I pouted a little when I read that this was the last in the series – but smiled when I read it isn’t Neil and Sophie’s last book! Love them so much. And also look forward to more spin-offs.

    September 28, 2015
  3. AnnieB

    I’m really gutted to hear the First Time books stopped selling well because of a technicality. I really loved them! When you publish the next ones in that series I hope it’ll make more bestseller lists and bring new readers to the first books.

    September 28, 2015
  4. californianinkansas

    Thank you for posting the excerpt!
    I am thrilled to learn that there will be more Ian and Penny in the future -both Ian and Penny had/have unexpected depths of character that I did not expect after having met them in the Boss series.

    September 28, 2015
  5. Jenna

    I’m actually sort of glad there’s no preorder. Amazon never transfered my purchase of First Time to my account and so I haven’t had the disposable money to rebuy them. But I’m really excited for The Baby; especially after that excerpt.

    September 28, 2015
  6. Carol

    I can’t wait to read this!!! Hurry up November 10th!!!

    September 28, 2015
  7. I may have shrieked when Emir showed up >_>

    September 28, 2015
  8. annie

    Omg your blog (and sometimes books) are the way I start every day at my desk at work. Days like today make it worth getting out of bed on a Monday 🙂 Thank yoooouuuu!! November will be a delicious tease of a wait

    September 28, 2015
  9. Emerald

    Omg Jenny! Why do you do this to me? November 10th can’t get here fast enough lol

    September 28, 2015
  10. Bought the set! You’re awesome!

    September 28, 2015
  11. CareBear

    Hi Jenny,
    first off, I’m a huge fan of you & your writing. You are delightfully entertaining and insightful.
    However, I hate to be that person, but I still have PTSD from LK Hamilton’s broken-ass French in her Anita Blake series, so I just wanted to point out that us frog eaters talk about the “Pavillon français”, “pavilion” being the anglicized version of the word.
    Do with that tidbit of info what you will, and I hope I do not offend you by pointing that out, as it might a stylistic choice. I’m no writer, merely a well-meaning reader.

    September 28, 2015
    • JennyTrout

      No offense at all! Check out my response to Biev below. I’m totally responsible for the French cock ups in my books.

      October 9, 2015
  12. Nancy

    I love Neil and Sophie… and I love Emir too! I can’t wait! Love the cover!

    September 28, 2015
  13. Melissa

    Unf. Oh my god, I can’t wait for November 10th!! As much as I love love love Neil and Sophie, I LOVE when Emir makes an appearance. CANNOT WAIT.

    September 29, 2015
  14. Diana

    I’m so ready for this book to be out, you don’t even know. I love Emir!

    September 29, 2015
  15. Konny

    Oh i´m sososo excited and hope November 10. comes fast. I´m dying here !!

    September 29, 2015
  16. Ethyl


    September 29, 2015
  17. shadowyfigure

    so glad there will be more First Time books. I hope you don’t mind my honesty, but I didn’t really like The Boss series so much, although I’ve read all 4 books. I find Sophie’s character really hard to relate to and the D/s stuff is triggering to me. But I LOVED First Time, the characters were so realistic and I really cared about them, and I found Penny’s insecurity and Ian’s hesitance, and their general dissatisfaction with some aspects of life, so human and relatable. PLEASE PLEASE do the 6 more books in that series which you promised, I can’t wait to find out what happens next. thanks so much for your writing.

    September 30, 2015
  18. L. D. COOKE
    L. D. COOKE


    WHOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 1, 2015
  19. Megan

    Ugh the wait is torture ( not the pleasurable kind)! I absolutely love love this series. These books make the lonely nights of single motherhood so much better. Amazing read by an amazing author!!!

    October 5, 2015
  20. Biev

    Jenny, I love you and your blog and all of your books, but I have to mention this, because it made me cringe, and I was only two words in. Every time you use French in your books, it is atrocious. When Sophie is butchering words, that’s easier to excuse, but Neil’s French is supposed to be perfect, when it’s actually awful. It’s very distracting for French-speaking readers, and even upsetting when the events are supposed to happen in France. Even beginner level French phrases and the name of famous places are often wrong. In this instance, it should be “Pavillon français” ( If you need a French proofreader, feel free to email me. I’ve been doing translation for years and it would be a pleasure to help you out.

    October 9, 2015
    • JennyTrout

      Here is was just a typo, and I don’t know why it ended up still there. I miss a lot of stuff, but no usually in the first sentence or first few pages. Once the manuscript is proofed, those won’t still be there, I promise!

      The Girlfriend was a weird situation, because I actually asked a native speaker to help me out with The Girlfriend, and they did the translation for me. All I can think is that maybe I worded things wrong when I asked them? A friend who’s a linguist was like, “Jenny, even Google translate has it done the right way!” LOL. Like the electric tea kettle incident, I guess it will go down in infamy.

      My Icelandic, however, is at the mercy of a non-native speaker, so hopefully that all checks out.

      October 9, 2015
      • Biev

        Well, if you ever plan on re-editing The Girlfriend, it would be my pleasure to correct it for you. Since I can’t support your work financially the way I’d like to (bless you for making your books super cheap!), I could at least support you in this way. Unfortunately I can’t help with the Icelandic ; )

        November 9, 2015
  21. Andrea

    I really love The Boss series. Can’t wait to read the gran finale. But I really loved The Hook-up. May I suggest you to do a whole series regarding Neil’s youth? He is my favorite character ever.

    November 8, 2015

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