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Music Monday- What You Want

Musical Mondays for all!

Today let’s welcome Landra Graf with her book What You Want to discuss her musical inspiration for the book!

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Say You Do by Dierks Bentley – This song makes me think of early on in the story, when both hero and heroine have met, but she’s trying to convince him to agree to a little dessert.

Come a Little Closer Baby by Dierks Bentley – This is an end of the book song. One that has all the Happily Ever After and sexy I could dream of. Also, this guy’s voice… if you can’t tell I love it.

Come Over by Kenny Chesney – I easily got into the mood for writing Kanoa and Laney’s scenes leading up to the big smexy moments listening to this song.

Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum – This song means a ton for my heroine, Laney. I can’t say specifically why, but kisses are a big deal.

Like a Wrecking Ball by Eric Church – One of the naughtiest country songs I’ve heard in a while. It fits my characters and came in handy for the more sensual moments in this book.

What’s your next project on the horizon? What You Want is the second in the Desperately Seeking Submissive series. The third one, What You Desire, is coming in April and features one of the characters from this story. What You Crave, the first book in the series, is available now.

Where can your readers find you? I’m always wandering Facebook via Landra Graf. My website is another way to check out my books and what I’m up to. If you want the latest news I highly suggest signing up for my newsletter, which I share with the awesome Catherine Peace.

 

What You Want

When her sister gets sick on the night of her 1Night Stand date, Laney Malcolm is asked to fill in and pretend to be her twin. Treating it as a lark, she looks forward to an adventurous event with a free dinner and not much else. She isn’t prepared for the fierce attraction nor the urge to help the Hawaiian, tattooed submissive she’s introduced to.

Kanoa Mahelona has spent the last year trying to find himself, but he’s tired of random hook-ups and women who only want him for his bad-boy image. Madame Eve helped his boss, so he turns to her for assistance. Attractive and damn good at breaking through his barriers, the blonde Domme challenges him in a way he can’t seem to turn down.

Only she’s not who she appears to be, and, once the truth comes out, it may be too late to go back.

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Music Monday-Fractured Fantasies Volume 2

Music Mondays are BACK!

Today we’ve got the lovely Torie James here with her latest release, Fractured Fantasies Volume 2!

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I’d sat down with intentions to write only ONE volume for what became this series but my Dark Muse thought otherwise.

I’m entirely comfy writing paranormal romance, along with sub-genres like fantasy, sci-fi, etc. Erotica, however, was a field I never dreamt of taking but all it took was one person to double dog dare me and here we are.

I’m a huge fan of older shows such as The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Outer Limits, Tales from the Darkside and Tales from the Crypt. I wanted to write dark erotica with those shows in mind, those tales of erasing the lines between good and bad, blurring the limits of decadence and darkness and as always, learning valuable lessons only when its too late.

I’d like to think I’ve conquered that challenge with these lush, dangerous and sexy offerings.

Shakespeare said it best.

If music be the food of love, play on.

I’d like to offer an addendum, however.

If music be the food of love, play on. But if lust drives the bus, next stop is Kinkville!

Clearly, you can see why I don’t write profound poetry.

Making a playlist for these stories proved nearly as challenging as writing the stories themselves but when I did find songs that inspired me to go Dark Side, whole new worlds opened up and allowed me to paint a surreal, sexy backdrop. Here are a few of my faces.

Sweet Dreams (Marilyn Manson version) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUvVdTlA23w

Now, I’m an 80s girl, tried and true. As such, the original version done by the Eurythmics is an all time favorite, hands down. But Manson’s version is slow, creepy and hypnotic, adding the right amount of shadiness. The way some chords are shredded, along with screeching synth, always makes me shiver.

Hold me, Thrill me, Kiss me, Kill me – U2 –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDl1c0nR5SI&list=RDIDl1c0nR5SI

Bono and the boys knocked it out of the ball park with this one. Slow, throbbing  mystery and low, throaty lyrics that reach out and wrap around the psyche. Kind of like a stranglehold of seduction.

Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txBfhpm1jI0

Taylor Momsen surprised me with her vocal chops. I mean, wow. She was the little girl who played Cindy Lou Who in the Jim Carrey version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She went on to play a stellar role on Gossip Girl before fronting a bad ass band. This song is full of dark and delicious caution.

Take Me To Church – Hozier –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw

This one is fairly new in my repertoire but I’ve quickly fallen in love with it. Thumping bass, whispery strings and the lead singer’s amazing lyrics and voice bring it all together. It’s a song of depth and deception, heaven and hell. Sinner and saint. *swoon*

Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I

I stumbled on this gem a couple of months ago by total accident. It’s so trippy!! I kid you not! I can’t praise it enough, simply for the fact that is it completely unidentifiable, if that makes sense. I’ve forced my sister and mother to listen to it then tell me what they thought the song was about. They had different answers and mine was also different from theirs. Part ghost story, part insanity, it leaves me a bit sad every time I hear it but that’s also part of its allure.

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Fractured Fantasies Collection (Volume Two)

In the burning lands of rapturous fulfillment and unrequited desire, one false step can lead down the path towards delicious destruction. Impassioned appeals, sinful seductions and fevered longings can often hide degrees of twisted tenderness but don’t be fooled. Not all prisons have bars, silence can be deadly and even the sweetest face conceals monstrous insanity. Tread lightly, choose well or find sexual satisfaction at the dead end of one-way street.

 

Book One – The Factory

A glittering citadel born from blood money and power tripping provides the perfect stage for its mysterious owner and his young, dazzling wife. Before the final act is called and the curtain falls, they’ll both be tested to the limits of their personal, moral compasses. And neither of theirs point true north.

Book Two – Nevermore

Newlyweds on a romantic, Spanish honeymoon find themselves battling against stereotypes after a short engagement leads to a much longer commitment. In the shadows of infatuation, however, lay the groundwork for a cruel coupling that even death cannot part.

Book Three – The Nomad

In a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future, one young warrior woman travels the world in search of help against The Great Evil. When her travels take her far underground to the lair of the last great Champion, she finds duty mixing with desire and a tender temptation that threatens her mission.

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Author Bio:

Born on the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous, Torie is the illegitimate love child of Han Solo and Daenerys Targaryen. Rescued by Gandalf shortly before her home planet was destroyed in the last days of the Clone Wars, she was raised in relative obscurity by her foster parents, Severus Snape and Pippi Longstocking. At the tender age of 113, she inherited the best little whorehouse in Texas and is rumored to be bringing Sexy Back. A self- confessed chocoholic, she’s been engaged to Willy Wonka despite gossip surrounding a lifelong affair with Bruce Wayne.

And clearly, she practices delusion on a daily basis.

The truth is, I’m just an overgrown kid with a vivid imagination who loves to write and share my crazy with the world. My future plans include, hopefully, buying a lovely Scottish castle and convincing Queen Elizabeth I that I’d make a fab addition to the Royal Family.

Three years ago, I finally got my ‘brave’ on and submitted a wee story about true love, honor, friendship and the magic within us all. That story was Timeless Night, the first book in a five book series I’ve named New Camelot. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to have published Timeless Desire (Book 2 of New Camelot), Beauty and The Feast (A New Camelot Thanksgiving Novella) Ties That Bind (The Cloie Chronicles I), Fractured Fantasies (Valentine’s Venom), Fractured Fantasies (Volume 1) and coming soon, Fractured Fantasies (Volume Two).

I live in Southern California, a stone’s throw from Disneyland, with my family and the most ridiculously spoiled pets anyone could imagine. I wake everyday with the determination to make this life as random, quirky and beautiful as it can be.

 

Buy links:

www.amazon.com

http://thirteenbelow.com/shop/#!/Fractured-Fantasies-Volume-2-eBook/p/55704436/category=12024988

 

Social Media Links:

You can find/follow Torie at:

Blog and Website: https://toriejames.wordpress.com/

 FB: https://www.facebook.com/WriterGurl216

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 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054839.Torie_N_James

 Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CTBYH0M

 

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Music Mondays- Crave

Monday again, meaning your weekly dose of fantastic music!

Today, let’s welcome Erzabet Bishop to discuss the musical inspiration for her book, Crave!

Cold: Annie Lennox

This track is for Linnet when she is going through her angst about Gage.

I Miss You: Adele

Linnet still loves Gage but now craves the attendance of a certain male submissive.

No Light, No Light: Florence and the Machine

Love creeps in and seals the deal between Ryder, Gage and Linnet. Can they make a future together?

Fire Meet Gasoline: Sia

The interaction between Ryder and Linnet is combustible as he quivers beneath her touch. Can his fire be tamed? Can hers?

Broken: Seether with Amy Lee

A broken Linnet searches for her new path and finds it as a Domme and a detective.

Fetish: Joan Jett

Sex at the club. Hard, hot and luscious.

 

What’s your next project on the horizon?

My next project…as if there were only one! I have a cat shifter/wolf shifter book in edits right now called Wicked for You. I am also in heavy edits with my first long novel length work called Glitterlust. It is a FF pairing continuation of my story Sigil Fire and is centered on Reyna, a werewolf cop and her mate, Charley. I’m also in the middle of planning several ménage tales, a sweet romance under my other pen name and a MM romance.

Other new releases coming soon:

Holidays in Hell December 4th m/f, demons, BDSM series start novella

A Red Dress for Christmas December 9th m/f contemporary, spanking

Salacious box set Dec 15 pre-order ménage, ffm, BDSM-series start, novella

Wicked For You February release shifter, series start novella

 

Where can your readers find you?

Erzabet Bishop is an award winning author who loves to write naughty stories. She is the author of Lipstick, Dinner Date, Crave, The Science of Lust, Wicked for You, Arcane Imaginarium: Spirit Board, Holidays in Hell, Sigil Fire, Written on Skin, Club Beam, Pomegranate, A Red Dress for Christmas, The Black Magic Café, Fantasies in Red, Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection, Holiday Cruise, Fetish Fair, Temptation Resorts: Jess, Temptation Resorts: Marnie, Taming the Beast, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation along with being a contributor to many anthologies. Erzabet has been a finalist in the GCLS awards for 2014 and 2015, winning the Goldie for her spot in two anthologies. She has been nominated for the Golden Flogger Award for Crave. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.

Follow her reviews and posts on Twitter @erzabetbishop.

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In the darkness of night, desire reigns supreme.

The sins of the past live on in the present…

Carefree submissive Linnet Adams is living the dream with a promising future, another semester of school under her belt, and best of all, the devotion of Master Gage. Her life at Crave, the city’s most exclusive BDSM club, is everything to her until she’s thrust into a living nightmare.

Seven years, seven murders…

Ryder, a male submissive at Crave, is devoted to the lifestyle and one very hard to pin down Domme. He is also a Doctor of Psychology specializing in BDSM related crimes. When yet another murder occurs, he is asked to assist Detective Linnet Adams. Sometimes the truth is hiding in plain sight, and all it can take is one kiss.

The whisper of the cane can bring them heaven or hell…

Gage still dreams about the sub who got away. Linnet was his fantasy girl and the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. As the new owner of Crave, he still can’t get her out of his mind.

A discovery is about to rock his world and bring the past and future colliding together. If only he has the courage to embrace it.

iTunes: https://goo.gl/PUaLGZ

Amazon: http://goo.gl/DJbWvO

All Romance E-books: https://goo.gl/EUsNgv

 

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Music Monday- Web of Secrets

More music to liven up your Monday!

Today let’s welcome Terry Poole featuring her book, Web of Secrets!

I am a huge fan of soundtrack mixes by Felicjl on Youtube. Sometimes the words of a song are distracting and I need the pure music. Emotional soundtracks are perfect for angst, Legendary for action.

Jann Arden, Where No One Knows Me – The song is about starting over. That describes Kelly and Nathan when they rediscover each other. If they accept the challenges facing them, they can start over and have the love they were denied as teens.

Lykke Li, No Rest For The Wicked – This song is about separation, caving into pressure and missing the one that got away. Nathan and Kelly were forcefully separated as teens but never got over each other.

Staind, Believe in Me – The name says it all.  Trust me to be there for you, believe in me. Both Nathan and Kelly need to learn to trust each other and the strength of their love in order to survive.

Tyrone Wells, Sink or Swim – The challenges facing the men will either make or break them.  Choices must be made and the consequences faced.

I am currently working on two projects.

The first is a ghost story tentatively called Seeing is Believing.  An unassuming writer witnesses the murder of a police detective.  Imagine his shock when he wakes to find the dead detective at the foot of his bed. There is mayhem, betrayal, a murderer on the hunt and of course love.

I’ve also begun writing a sequel to Web of Secrets that I’m calling Price of Secrets. Just when everything seems to be going good for Kelly and Nathan, an old case of Kelly’s reopens wounds as treachery and revenge endanger both the men lives.

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When you want it hot, dive into Poole.

Brilliant surgeon Nathan Kirkfield comes face-to-face with his childhood demons when his parents’ deaths force him back home to settle the family estate. Sent to oversee the sale of the house and contents is former FBI Agent Kelly MacNiel, now of the MacNiel Auction House; he couldn’t possibly have imagined he’d find the young man from a case gone horribly wrong grown into a devastatingly attractive man. The two of them discover a connection built in the ruins from that tragedy.

Now Nathan must decide if he can accept the changes in his life that this relationship will bring while struggling with his boss’s harassment and her threats to destroy his work. To complicate matters, unexplained break-ins lead to an attempt upon Nathan’s life. If Kelly doesn’t conquer the monsters that besiege him, everything he’s come to love will be at stake.

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Music Monday- Chalvaren Rising

Want the perfect playlist to accompany the book you’re reading? Well, Music Mondays gives the authors a chance to weigh in on the music that inspired said story!

Today let’s welcome Paula Millhouse to discuss Chalvaren Rising!

Chalvaren Rising_FINALHere’s the novel playlist for Chalvaren Rising: https://play.spotify.com/user/pmillhouse.1/playlist/48pM8IoZwVaNjbiVvG5J0A

Music is such an amazing part of the arts. It inspires my creativity and often embodies the perfect emotions for my characters. I often write to movie instrumentals, but these five songs from the novel playlist inspired tons of scenes.

1) Leader of Men by Nickleback because in the beginning of Chalvaren Rising Elf Price Kort Elias questions the notion that he’s the kind of man to lead his kingdom. But, by the end of the story Mia gives him the incentive he needs to be the leader of his men, the dragon riders of Chalvaren.

2) I See Fire by Ed Sheeran because these characters all love their dragons so much. When I first heard this song from the movie The Hobbit, I could not get it out of my head. It fits Chalvaren Rising because the castle with the most dragons wins.

3) Feeling Way Too Damn Good by Nickleback because it fits the angsty magic of the romance between Kort and Mia.

4) Far Away by Nickleback because Kort loves Mia so much his whole world is focused on her being his princess. He loves her, and if he loses her he won’t be able to breathe.

5) A Thousand Years because when I first heard this song I knew there were two lovers in my heart I had to tell a story about. Yes, Bella and Edward from Twilight commanded the song, but Mia and Kort embody the romance and beauty of this timeless tune. Time does stand still for these elves, and every time I hear this song I think of Mia and Kort. They have loved each other for a thousand years. They believed in each other, weathered every storm thrown at them, and in the end they will love each other for a lifetime. Just wait until you read the final scene of the novel.

My next project on the horizon is a romantic suspense where a female FBI agent teams up with a Mafia hit man to take a killer down who has both their names on the top of his list.

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Chalvaren Rising

With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.

TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

Buy a copy HERE!

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Shelli Rosewarne

Writer Wednesday is back with a vengeance, with more interviews delving into the psyche and zodiac signs of your favorite authors!

Today let’s welcome Shelli Rosewarne!

Street of an old european cemetery in a foggy full moon night
Street of an old european cemetery in a foggy full moon night

So to kick things off, what’s your favorite quote about writing?

Ooh, that’s a tough one, I have a whole ‘writing quotes’ folder lol. I think one of my favourites would have to be Neil Gaiman, ‘This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word in front of the other until it’s done. It’s that easy and that hard.’ That to me just sums it up. It can be both the hardest and the easiest thing in the world at times, but the main thing is always to just keep going with it.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Pretty much anything and everything! I write because otherwise the voices in my head would never give me a moment’s peace (and because now when I mention voices in my head people don’t think I’m completely and utterly crazy).

Writers are known to get attached to their characters–is there one you feel like you could write about forever?

Oh god, I could never pick just one. It would be like picking a favourite child! I get very attached to all my characters and it’s always a bit sad to have to say goodbye to them at the end of a story. Even the secondary characters often creep their way in, and frequently end up with their own story. I’m also terrible for falling for my villains and wanting to redeem them (I partly blame Loki in the Avengers films, who can resist Tom Hiddleston?) Most people who have read Love Reawakened have been asking me about Deacan and Carisa, who are technically secondary characters but have a bad habit of stealing the scene 🙂

Where would your dream vacation be?

I’m a keen photographer so I love places with gorgeous scenery. I was up in the Highlands about a month ago and just loved it, the area was stunning – plus got to see lots of castles lol! I’d love to go to somewhere like Iceland to see the Northern Lights. I also love city breaks, just being to wander round a new place, soak up the culture and see the sights. I’m not much for beach holidays, I have a bit too short an attention span and I burn too quickly 🙂

Oh man, I feel you on the burning front. As for projects–any new ones you’re excited about?

I usually have several WIPs on the go, so if I get stuck on one I can work on one of the others for a bit. Re-editing Love Reawakened has definitely got me back into that world, and am working on both a prequel, that will show how Emma and Garret first met, as well as book two in the series. There’s going to be at least three set in this world as Deacon and Carisa will need their own story as well. I’ve also started two more books with my wolf shifters and am probably going to go back to an angels story to see if I can get it finished before Christmas. It keeps me busy 🙂

When you’re not writing, are there any shows on air you check out?

Tough one. I watch quite a lot of series and don’t think I have a strict favourite, it changes a lot depending on what I’m in the mood for. I’m loving the new series of Gotham so far though and am really excited that The Walking Dead is back. Other things I’m enjoying at the moment are Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and am looking forward to Grimm coming back soon.

How about in the book-o-sphere?

I’ve just finished Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is one of my favourite authors and a huge inspiration to me. I especially love her conflict build-up. You’re rooting so hard for the characters but at the same time are racking your brain for how on earth it’s ever going to be possible for them to be together with the obstacles in the way. I think next on my list is The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett, which I’m both dying to read and slightly dreading because I know it’s going to make me bawl my eyes out.

What’s your astrological sign?

Libra. Though I must admit I’m not a big believer in astrology. I know right – witches, zombies, necromancers, shifters, but astrology is a bit unbelievable 😉

What’s your biggest pet peeve in a story? Anything that will make you put a book down?

I like a strong story and relatable characters so I can get annoyed if that doesn’t happen for me. My biggest pet peeve is probably ‘lazy writing’ – where something hugely unbelievable and unrelated appears out of nowhere for the sole purpose of fixing all the obstacles in the story. I think that can sometimes be especially prevalent in genres like fantasy and paranormal, where you have options like magic that can give a ‘quick fix’. For me, it’s more important than ever in these genres that the realism is there to ground the other elements.

Where can readers find you and your books?

I’m on social media at the following links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Shelli-Rosewarne-364962230246715/

Twitter – @shellirosewarne

Blog – https://shellirosewarne.wordpress.com/

And you can get my new release, Love Reawakened, here:

Amazon – getBook.at/LoveReawakened

ARE – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lovereawakened-1910642-140.html

Love Reawakened

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For Emma Strachan, raising zombies is all in a day’s work. A girl has to pay the bills somehow! But when what should be a simple raising goes horribly wrong, Emma is forced to ask for help from the one man she swore never to see again.

Garret is used to being a loner, as a necromancer he works best that way and frankly, with the dangers he faces every day, it’s easier not to have to look out for anyone else. When Emma shows up on his doorstep desperate for help, he vows to ignore the raging attraction between them – after all a pretty, fun-loving witch has no place in his world.

Can Emma and Garret put aside old resentments in order to try and defeat a zombie unlike anything they have seen before? When the dust settles, can they count on any future between them?

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Tara Quan

It’s Wednesday again and time to meet another fantastic author! What lies behind those innovative minds, constantly churning to produce new works for you to read? Well, here’s your chance to find out, as I dive in and chat with some of the talent out there.

Today let’s welcome Tara Quan!

Layla Tarar  Photo by Melissa Golden
Layla Tarar
Photo by Melissa Golden

Do you have a quote about writing that speaks to you?

“Exercise those writing muscles until they get itchy if you don’t use them every day.” – Nalini Singh

[Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m there yet. Sundays are sacrosanct, reserved for vegging on the couch.]

Where do you find your inspiration to write?

Books by my favorite authors. Whenever I read something that I immediately want to reread after I finish, I think: “If only I could write like that.” I’m told practice makes perfect, and one day I’ll hopefully get there.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, do you have one you feel like you could write about forever?

My favorite hero thus far is Jack Frost. He has some great lines both as the hero’s best friend in Flirting with Fire, and as the male protagonist in Frosty Relations. He’s super witty, and his somewhat abrasive “bad boy” shell hides a really sweet interior. However, I’ve been told I might have hid his mushy side a little too well…

Every writer needs a break–where would you go on your dream vacation?

Huh. This is a tough one. Right now, I really want to go to the Ice Hotel in Sweden. They build it out of ice every year in the winter and it melts away each summer. From the pictures, it seems like it’d be a magical (if somewhat impractical) stay.

I’ve seen pictures too–it looks stunning! So, what project are you most excited for right now?

I just got the next installment of my A Witch’s Night Out series back from my beta. It needs a few tweaks, and then I’ll have to write the dreaded blurb and come up with a title, followed by the even more-dreaded submissions process. The one person who’s read it (and all my other books) says it’s the best story I’ve written thus far. Unfortunately, every book he’s liked has crashed and burned at the box office.

When you’re not writing, are there any shows on air you tune into?

Right now, I’m addicted to Humans. Each episode ends on a quasi-cliffhanger, which makes the wait oh-so-painful.

Any recommendations for what to read?

Before I pull the trigger on Archangel’s Enigma, I’m rereading the entire Guild Hunter series. It’s sort of a tradition I repeat every time Nalini Singh has a new book out.

What’s your astrological sign?

Depending on the publication, I’m either a Sagittarius or Capricorn. I tried to figure it out using personality profiles, but it didn’t quite work.

That just makes me want to look up your star chart 😀 Now, when you’re reading a book, do you have any pet peeves that irk you or make you want to put it down?

As a die-hard romance reader, I can’t stand it if there’s no happy ending, or if a character I care about dies in the end. Of course, I make exceptions when I read out of genre. For example, I’ve read the entire Song of Ice and Fire series.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Wherever ebooks are sold, but I’ll take this opportunity to plug my website: http://www.taraquan.com/books

Submissive on Display by Tara Quan

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After a disastrous engagement and ensuing public breakup knocks him off this year’s list of Boston’s most eligible bachelors, Luka Petrovich’s confidence in women is at an all-time low. With a psycho ex-fiancé stalking him at every BDSM club, he embraces a prolonged hiatus from his social life. The last thing he expects is to fall into bed with his dog’s sexy sitter. Craving more after the first taste, he can’t wait to handcuff her to his bed. There’s one problem—she’s not a submissive.

Veterinary student Naomi Price is too busy juggling part-time jobs and a full course- load to have a relationship. Though she’s crushed on her client’s gorgeous owner for close to a year, their accidental night together couldn’t have come at a worse moment. With his sexual preferences fodder for countless tabloid blogs, she knows exactly how to keep this Dominant at an arm’s length. So she tells the biggest lie of her life, turns in her notice, and escapes on a vacation to Las Vegas.

At the Carnivore Club, two exhibitionists meet for a one-night stand, unaware their compatibility stretches far beyond a simple limit list. When their identities are revealed, a reluctant sub must face public spanking for her deceit, and accept several delectable wrinkles in her best-laid plans.

Genre: BDSM Romance, Romantic Comedy, Interracial/Multicultural

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Carolyn LaRoche

It’s that time again, to meet a new talented writer! All the work it takes to put into the books you read means countless hours of writing, editing, and promotion from these authors. This is a chance to get to know the one behind the book.

Today let’s welcome Carolyn LaRoche!

carolynlarocheWhat’s your favorite quote on writing?

My favorite quote actually hangs on the wall of my son’s bedroom. He is a huge baseball fan and the poster is of Babe Ruth with the words “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” There is so much rejection in this business that it is easy to give up. Or, you can just keep on getting up to bat until eventually you get that homerun.

When you sit down to write, where do you draw inspiration from?

I’m not sure if there is anyone thing that inspires me. There are times that I binge write- even in the middle of the night my brain is plotting and developing characters. Then there are times when I can go days without the interest or the energy to even open a document let alone tell a story. When I get into those sort of lulls, I tend to read a lot. After a while my characters get jealous and start talking again.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, is there one that sticks with you? One you feel you could write about forever?

Probably my most favorite character can be found in Homeland Security. Actually she appears in every book of the series. I call her Aunt Clara as she is the aunt to Logan James and mother of twins Kaiden and Keegan James. Clara is the sort of woman who calls it like she sees it and says whatever comes to mind in every situation. She is independent, can handle a shot gun like a pro and offers a good deal of comic relief to each of the stories she appears in. The James men would consider her the glue that holds them all together.

If you got the chance to vacation anywhere, where would you go?

If I could go anywhere in the world I would visit Italy. My mother’s family is from Italy and we grew up appreciating that heritage. It would be fantastic to try and trace that lineage back a few generations.

What project are you most excited for right now?

I am thrilled with my new release Homeland Security. It’s getting a lot of great feedback from reviewers. Who doesn’t love a sexy man in uniform? I also have another series in edits right now, the first book Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos will be released in early November.

When you’re not writing, what shows do you watch?

Castle. I love that show! I have been a fan of Nathan Fillion since his Firefly days. One of the best shows that never made it on television. He was made to play the role of Richard Castle. I joke my husband sometimes that he is my Beckett- the cop that acts as my muse for story-telling. You will find a little bit of him in every one of my books.

Nathan Fillion’s just fantastic : ) Do you have any books you’d recommend?

I recently discovered author Jill Shalvis by reading her book Second Chance Summer. Every so often my mom will take me to the book store and tell me to pick something out. That day I was looking to try something different than my usual romantic suspense and mysteries. The book was amazing- I couldn’t put it down! I am also a fan of Gena Showalter’s new contemporary series, Original Heartbreakers. I’ve read two of those so far and am about to start a third.

What’s your astrological sign?

I am a Scorpio. I don’t really know much about astrology but people tell me I fit the Scorpio profile very well.

Do you have any pet peeves when you begin reading a book? Anything that might make you stop reading?

If a book doesn’t catch my attention in the first couple of pages, I won’t bother with it. I don’t want to read a lot of flowery words and long descriptions. There needs to be action from the get go. There just isn’t enough time in my life to muddle through a story I am not instantly drawn into. I want a book that forces me to stay up way past my bedtime because I just have to know what happens next.

Where can readers find you and your book?

The easiest place to find me is on Amazon. Several of my books are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited and are free to read for members. I also hang out on Facebook and Twitter pretty regularly. If you stop by my blog, I usually have something going on there about once per week as well.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolynLaRoche?ref=hl

Blog: http://carolynlarocheauthor.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7734909.Carolyn_LaRoche?from_search=true

Twitter: @CarolynLaRoche

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Carolyn-LaRoche/e/B005OKHIDI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Homeland Security

By: Carolyn LaRoche

Book 2: Defenders of Love Series

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Fool me once… shame on me. Fool me twice?

Well, Katie has no plans to let that old saying play out in her love life. After being duped by a man who only used her to further his political agenda, Katie has no place in her life for love, for men. She can live with the broken heart, with knowing Nathan slept with her best friend. But when she’s accused of domestic terrorism, thanks to Nathan, she’s forced to accept the help of Homeland Security Agent Kaiden James. Once he gets her off the hook she’ll send him on his way and pick up the pieces of her broken life—no matter how kind, intelligent, or sinfully sexy he is.

When duty called him away from his cousin’s wedding to deal with a high profile case, Kaiden James could hardly believe his eyes. The last person he’d expected to see handcuffed to a table was the lovely nurse that had taken care of his gunshot wound last year. Memories of the sponge bath she’d given him had kept him awake more than a few nights since. Working with Katie will put his professionalism to the test.

Will Kaiden once again let duty come before love?

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014OAOGJC

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Ember Leigh

Writers work hard spending time with their words, whether it be writing manuscripts, marketing, or blog posts. Every Wednesday we tap into some of that wisdom, and get to learn about another creative person.

Today let’s welcome Ember Leigh!

When it comes to writing, do you have any quotes on the subject that speak to you?

“Write to discover, not to wither.” This is a quote coined by one of my best friends and I. She is also an author and we spent our adolescence cooped up in editing meetings reading each other’s manuscripts, and groaning about the writing process. (Though really, 15 years later, I suppose we’re doing much the same.) We came up with this little nugget during our college years, when reflecting about the first-stage writing process, which includes a lot of question marks: who are my characters? Where is this story going? What will the theme be? Writing to discover is one of the most important stages of the creation process, since none of us comes to the page knowing the full story. As long as you don’t wither during the creative process, then you’re on the right track.

Where do you find your writing inspiration?

Everything around me. I’m not sure how inspiration works, or where it comes from, other than on the back of a Technicolor gilded unicorn who comes flying in and out of my brain without warning. It’s just something that’s been inside my body, within the nooks and crannies of my DNA, since conception. Life is fascinating.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, are there any you feel like you could write about forever?

Why? YES! My first NA novel, which is still in the editing stages, features two characters—Trent and Lucie—that I feel like I could write about for eons. That novel is part of a planned series, so luckily I WILL have the chance to revisit them in later installments, if only peripherally. But there’s something about the chemistry between them. I just love their story, I love their They are long-time best friends turned lovers, and although there was lots of confusion and hesitation, especially as they transition into real-life and adulthood, they are one of the strongest couples I’ve ever written.

If you could dart off anywhere for a dream vacation, where would you go?

I have been itching to get to either Hawaii or Bali (or preferably both) for a couple years now. On the other end of the spectrum, my partner and I are planning our honeymoon to Yellowstone National Park, hopefully for the fall of next year. So really I can’t pick one. The world is too big to only have one dream vacation!

What project are you the most excited for right now?

My travel-themed short story series! It’s my first foray into self-publishing, and it has been such a fun and creative journey. I’m releasing a new installment every month, and each short story features new characters, new locations, and new steamy adventures! I can’t wait to reveal all the destinations and sexy characters I have planned…*evil laughter* I love it so much because I love TRAVEL so much, so it combines my passions (international travel & writing) in a way that feels so organic and also titillating at the same time!

Do you have a favorite TV show on air?

Oh, boy, I’m not sure. I don’t watch television that much. But if I catch re-runs of something in the off-chance I’m watching TV, I always pick “The Big Bang Theory” or “The Office”.

What about books? Any recommendations?

I’m finishing up “Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard” by Kiran Desai (she wrote “The Inheritance of Loss”), which is a fiction book I picked up while traveling through India and has the lushest imagery I’ve read in a long while. I’m reading Osho’s book “Nowhere To Go But In”, which I also picked up while traveling India. It’s dense but fascinating.

And my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

Pisces and proud!

What’s your biggest pet peeve while you’re reading a book?

My pet peeves stem from a lack of editorial eye. Abuse of adverbs, too many tags or pronouns, things like that. Hiring an editor if self-publishing, or finding the right editor within a publishing house, is so important for the final product. Small things like that speak volumes, to me, about the quality of the work overall (and how serious the author is about their work).

Where can readers find you and your work?

Right now, my travel-themed short story series, Erotic Destinations, can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and more. Later this year, my forthcoming novel, A New York Minute, will be available in most major outlets via The Wild Rose Press.

Carlos & Casey (Book 1 of Erotic Destinations):

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZSATW3I

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carlos-casey-ember-leigh/1122257742;jsessionid=9F8BFFD9E199C4DDD813526A201ABBBF.prodny_store03-4?ean=2940152210774

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1016727011

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/carlos-casey

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Meet the Writer- Einar Mercer

One community that’s blossoming with talent is the steampunk one. Whether it be artists, musicians, writers, or any of the other talented creators that make inventions and crafts, this group of individuals has produced unparalleled creativity.

Today welcome Einar Mercer to the blog!

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What’s your favorite quote about writing?

Because so many quotes about writing are from writers, there are hundreds of excellent quotes and it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. At the moment I am inspired by these two:

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” –Graham Greene

When you’re settling down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?

People are fascinating and inspiring and while I know some writers develop a plot and then populate it with characters, almost everything I have ever written has begun with a person. There is a lot of beauty and tragedy in the world but there is something uniquely magnificent about the combination of mannerisms, language, physical features, worldviews, and emotional ranges that compose and person and distinguish them from others. Sometimes when it is a particularly potent combination I will immediately imagine them in another place, or another time, or how they would react to this opportunity or that obstacle- and a story begins.

With all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re attached enough to keep writing about?

Because of the way in which I fall in love with characters, asking which is my favorite is like asking a parent which child they like best- in my estimation there is always an answer, but they feel a little conflicted about it. I have written some colorful characters and some meaningful characters, some that reflect the best and worst parts of myself… it has been rumored that I have even created characters based on people I disliked for the sole purpose of killing them in novels!

My favorite character to date is probably Adelaide “Calamity” Sinclair, a main character in the first trilogy of my Gears & Gunfighters books. She represents the best in womankind to me, independent and practical, beautiful and vibrant, comfortable with her sexuality and dedicated to those she cares for.

If you could choose anywhere to go for a dream vacation, where would you travel?

I grew up on the northern Atlantic coast and have an abiding love for the rocky shores and frigid whitecaps of that region. If I could vacation in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and spend my days at Odiorne Point writing followed by nights in the Coat of Arms Pub, that would be about as perfect as I can imagine.

Do you have any project you’re super excited about right now?

I am most excited to continue writing in my Gears & Gunfighters universe as it expands. My fourth book and the start of a new trilogy will be released at the end of July, and my fifth book is underway. I have eight more outlined, with some loose plans to write some novels in the classic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure format and a role-playing game in the same setting. A fan has asked how I would feel about other authors writing short stories in the Gears & Gunfighters setting, so that may be on the horizon as well.

When you’re not writing, are there any shows you keep up with?

I am a big fan of Hell on Wheels and just finished Season 4, while Season 5 premieres on July 18th. It is a bit of an underdog on AMC with Walking Dead and Mad Men in the spotlight, but I am thoroughly addicted and looking forward to the final season.

Do you have any book recommendations to share?

I just picked up “Bull Mountain” by Brian Panowich, a work of Southern Outlaw fiction. Not normally a genre I read, I was impressed at his book launch party by the grit and noir of the first chapter and the breadth of his plot arc (the novel spans four generations of a family from the end of prohibition to modern day).

When people ask me to recommend a book, I invariably recommend “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I consider Oscar Wilde to be one of the finest writers of all time, and genuinely believe he was possessed of a uniquely deep understanding of the human condition.

Now the question I ask everyone–what’s your zodiac sign?

I am a classic Virgo.

Do you have any pet peeves when reading a book that might cause you to put it down?

I would like to preface my reply to this question by saying that completing a novel and sending it to print is a monumental accomplishment and worthy of recognition, and that my pet peeves are simply matters of preference rather than a comment on any author who falls victim to them- nothing can detract from the milestone that is fearlessly putting your story out into the world and giving it to others to do with what they will.

I do not care for fiction in which agenda overruns plot. If a character is anti-government, or focused on putting an end to bullying, or some other socially relevant cause, that is fine and perhaps even integral to the story. When that transitions to a sense that the author is using characters as props to drive their personal agenda to the reader, I lose interest immediately. I believe such objectives belong in the realm of non-fiction where the reader chooses to be informed on the subject, while such dialogues in fiction should be more subtle and collateral to falling in love with characters or plotlines.

Where can readers find you and your books?

My books are all available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Einar-Mercier/e/B00VKW1JLQ)

Links to all of my books and social media presence can be found on my blog as well, at www.gearsandgunfighters.com.

If you happen to be in the Augusta, Georgia area, my friend David Hutchison is stocking my novels on the shelves of the Book Tavern on Broad Street, downtown. As a plug for his business, David owns and operates his bookstore with an incredible selection of new and used titles and proudly supports independent authors for events, one of the rare gems of the central Savannah River valley.

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