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Guest Post & Giveaway: “Trading Up (1 Night Stand Series)” by Mahalia Levey

Aug 3
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It’s your lucky weekend! 🙂

One CABR follower will win an eBook copy of the latest book in Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand Series, TRADING UP.

The book’s author, Mahalia Levey, shares her thoughts below on romance and where it may have gone to.


Mahalia Levey: Where’s the Romance Gone?

In this technical saavy world, how likely is it that two individuals that meet through one of innumerous dating sites will meet and find they’re soul mate?

There are many factors that affect or skew a person’s perceptive on who is right for them and there are factors that play a big part in deciding to pursue a relationship after a few dates or jumping back in the abyss, the unending fish bowl.

There are those women and men who like to speed date, meet at coffee houses, and just keep on searching. I’d go as far as to say most people upon a single glance will decide on if the other sex is worth their time, or even exploring the possibility.

A few factors that can come into play on what qualifies a long term relationship. I put these in the order I see them in personally. Building a life and a future is not easy if any of these are not on the up and up.


Credit Score



Length of time in Career

Culture- Dynamics

Family Oriented

Familial expectations

Children on either side

These above mentioned are not little things. In fact some of these reasons are why individuals may meet and date for years but never combine names, income and become habitual daters.

Lists, how many people make lists for things? Grocery store items, To do list, spreadsheet for budget.

Where has the romance gone in dating? All of these stressors play havoc on both sides. Women I’d say more than men as we’re more cautious. Then again don’t call me sexist, maybe some men have lists and expectations of people they date from the jump. Sites and speed dating my help knock out some of these areas of concern, however the mystic side of meeting the special one is left on the back burner in face of reality.

I love writing for 1NS where men and women get a chance to meet and the mystical woman in charge knows just the right way to bring to like minded individuals together. If you haven’t picked up any 1NS story, make sure you do, because you’re in for a treat!



 An eBook copy of the latest book in Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand SeriesTRADING UP.

Trading Up coverBlurb:

Camilla’s deal breakers make finding a man to fit her wants, needs, and desires darn near impossible. For years she’s been primped and primed to be the perfect political daughter, when all she really wants to do is let loose without her world collapsing. When a friend sends her Madam Eve’s way, she grabs the opportunity to explore without being outed to the conservative watchdogs.

Jonah Black’s career is heading for a change. His friends have dubbed him married to the military, and he can’t deny that his focus has been off center. While they enjoy the pleasures of life and wives, he has nothing to come home to. When offered the chance for a 1NS, he signs up, unprepared for the exotic woman whose sweet exterior masks enticing sexuality.

Sensory depravation and the natural freedom of anonymity launch unexpected sexual desires. Madame Eve’s only request–Enjoy the sweetness of life and let the chips fall where they may–leaves this couple eager for an eye-opening experience that breaks all the rules.


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The flames licking inside her were too much to take, along with his roaming hand. She leaned forward and grasped the chilled wine goblet as a lifeline. When he nudged her lips to take a second taste, she pressed them together, holding her finger up and then laughing because he couldn’t see it in the dark. She took a long cool sip, more from Jonah’s effect on her than the food. She licked her lips then tucked herself against him, momentarily satisfied.


“Mmm.” Cam sighed. “When’s it your turn? I’m having all the fun.”

“I’m having a good time feeding you.”

“You’re not hungry?” In the dark, his heart pounded against her cheek. “I’m hungry, all right. Ravenous, even.” Jonah caressed her thigh. Cam had no doubt his eyes would scorch her to her very soul. His lazy trail along her skin left her smoldering in need. She let him ply her with another skewer to distract from the throb at the apex of her thighs. She sucked a piece of pineapple he held between his fingers. Juices trickled down her chin. He mopped the stream of liquid with the pad of his thumb and nosily sucked it off. Holy bananas, she wanted a taste of him now. Her mind kept rewinding to the feel of his finger parting her lips.

“I uh…need to use the ladies’ room.” Cam pressed the button on the table for assistance and slid off of Jonah’s lap and into her seat. Seconds later, her guide assisted her out of her chair and slid it back in.

“Here we go, Ms. Knox.”

She stepped awkwardly away from the table. Along the way, she heard soft sighs and giggles. Definitely some hard-core kissing action. The idea of giving in to the dark side and making out in public heightened her ardor. A loud bang startled her. She jumped, almost losing Cesaire’s grasp.

“Don’t worry Ms. Knox. Almost there.” A few more steps and he ushered her into a space where dim lighting burned her dilated pupils for a moment before her eyes adjusted. He sat on a lounge chair between two doors marked Men and Women. The dim glow brought her normal self-conscious thoughts raging forward. In the dark Jonah couldn’t see her physical flaws. Would that change once he saw the real her?


Mahalia Levey pictureABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Being smart and sassy with a great sense of humor comes easily for Mahalia Levey. An avid reader of books, she found herself enchanted with disappearing completely into the worlds authors created. One day she vowed to herself she’d be one of them. Then family life came, and college right after. Swayed from her childhood course of action, it took many years for her to get back to that place she held dear as a child. Now she is running full steam ahead to keep up with the many ideas flowing freely. She plans on taking her work to higher levels and expanding her genres. Her main focus is giving her readers variety. Her works in progress include paranormal, fantasy and mainstream romance. Taking characters and watching them grow past what she’s imagined is her true passion.

In her personal life, she vowed never to own a minivan and has so far succeeded in not being the soccer mom. The proud mother of one teen and two pre-teens is not easily flustered. Between sports and art classes for the eldest, she takes time out during the day for herself. Her one love, best friend of twelve years has finally caught her. They bought their first house together and are compromising over interior decorations.


CONTACT Mahalia Levey:

Website: www.mahalialevey.com

Email:  mahalialevey@yahoo.com

Twitter: @Hales3000




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