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Indie Recs: What You Need

I’d highly recommend Landra Graf, and recently I had the chance to read all of her Desperately Seeking Submissive books! They were fantastic reads! (To be noted, they’re part of Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand series)

First off on the line-up is What You Need, and one of the things I loved about this was seeing a variation from the normal dom male, and instead it featured a dominant woman and submissive man. For a novelette, it got straight to the brass tacks, but featured a lot of emotional intensity amidst the raunchy sex. Definitely a worthwhile read.

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A sexual submissive, Royce wants a woman who’ll make his fantasies come true. The last thing he expects on his 1Night Stand is to be paired with Victoria, his ex-best friend. Haunted by their past, he refuses to deny his newfound attraction or his need for answers. This time, he doesn’t plan to let her go.

Victoria has loved Royce forever, but the sting of his rejection is not so easily forgotten. No longer the naïve girl he knew, she’s matured into a sexual dominant. This domme demands a chance to restart their relationship—on her terms. Knowing that one night will never be enough, she plans a seduction that will last forever.

 

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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- What You Crave

This Monday, let’s welcome Landra Graf with her new book, What You Crave!

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Dangerous by David Guetta ft. Sam Martin – This song sparked the initial ideas for the main characters in my latest release. As I listened I couldn’t get the thought of a sleek black Porsche, leather interior, and a woman in a black dress.

Bad by David Guetta ft. Vassy – Lauren, my heroine, is a good girl by nature. She doesn’t do anything crazy, until signing up for a 1NS. Meeting Sig and submitting to him is also something on her naughty list.

Damaged by Danity Kane – Both Lauren and Sig are damaged by their past relationships and so this song resonated with me to those parts of them and helped when developing the conflicts they faced.

Under Control by Calvin Harris ft. Alesso, Hurts – All those bondage scenes needed some inspirational help, and towards the end of the story things got super-heated, physically and emotionally.

I Want It All by Karmin – Every 1NS is typically just that, one night. This song plays up to the emotions riding high in my characters. As the story develops and the H/h become closer the question is will 1 night be enough?

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

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 Crave

Sigmund Bermudez has spent the last year out of the BDSM scene, mourning the death of his father and rebuilding the family business. When he loses a bet to his bodyguard that Madame Eve won’t locate a woman who’s down with his type of kink, he finds himself committed to a date he’s not sure he’ll enjoy.

Lauren Elser has heard about kinky escapades from one of her more challenging patients, and never taken in part in one. When offered a chance to explore this undiscovered side of herself courtesy of 1Night Stand, she jumps at it.

Neither of them is prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that comes with their date, and soon shibari bondage play turns into so much more. The only problem, is Sig’s not ready to open up and Lauren doesn’t want to be sued again. But if they work past the issues, there’s a world of wonder in store.

 

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Lovely Authors and a Release Day Party

Help me celebrate my release day by joining me and a bunch of the most kickass authors for this Facebook party!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1003808899683864/

The lineup includes:

Sawney Hatton

Sawney Hatton is an author, editor, and screenwriter. Other incarnations of Sawney have produced corporate videos, attended Scottish Highland games, and played the banjo and sousaphone (not at the same time). He laughs at death, which has made for some very awkward funeral services.

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Check out his novel Dead Size!

Sheri Velarde

I am a creative type who not only writes, but also paints and makes jewelry. I am most at home when creating. In my spare time I love to listen to live music, read, and just hang out with my fiancé and our two dogs.

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Check out her novel, Quest for Redemption!

Jessica Cale

Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in a place where no one understands his accent. You can visit her at www.authorjessicacale.com.

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Check out her novel Tyburn, first of the Southwark Saga series!

Olivia Night

Olivia Night, a fictional character herself, has always been an avid reader and writer. She found the romance genre in college and has never been able to get enough. One sleepless night, the main characters of Book One in her Seduction series sprang from her head fully formed. They demanded she tell their story; so she did. As they revealed themselves, so did two other intriguing characters. Those characters convinced her to give them their own books because their stories were worth telling too. And so Olivia suddenly became a romance author. When Olivia is not writing, she has the best job in the world, which, too, will remain a secret. In her free time, she reads, write, runs, or is, most likely, out emulating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Olivia lives in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S.—Baltimore. She lives with her cat, which she is convinced was a gladiator in his past life. Olivia plans to continue being awesome at this thing called life. Really, that’s her only goal.

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Check out her novel Seduction in Sierra Leone!

Shelli Rosewarne

Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer, from the time she was handing in ten page stories at primary school and driving her teachers crazy. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way and she worked in various jobs from call centers to shops to offices. She eventually realized that life is too short not to try and follow your dreams, and has since had her first stand alone novella published with Breathless Press, along with several submissions in anthologies, another novel contracted for later in the year and various works in progress in the pipeline. Yup, she’s having to pinch herself as well!
She currently lives in Edinburgh with her long-suffering fiancé and slightly psycho cat. When not writing she loves reading, music and photography.

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Check out her novel, Love Reawakened!

Caroline Bradley

Still waters run very deep…

Caroline Bradley runs in the Philadelphia suburbs with her two teenage sons and a very boisterous cat named Mickey (who doesn’t run). And she’s never ever telling who inspired her fantasies…

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Check out her novel, Indulge my Fantasy

Terra James

I am 34 year old mother of two beautiful children with special needs, so I am an advocate for autism. I have loved to read, write, and blog/journal since I was 10 years old. I live in the beautiful mountains of TN. I love it here, but I would also love to live near a beach. I love reading, and I will read just about anything. I just recently started blogging, and I love it as well.

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Check out her novel, Chaotic Evolution: Inception!

Landra Graf

Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.

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Check out her novel, Raven, Pirate, Assassin, Spy!

 

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Music Mondays- A Rose By Any Other Name

It’s kind of a wonderful thing how other’s creativity breeds inspiration, and I love to see how that works so frequently with musicians and writers. So join in for another Music Monday!

Today let’s welcome Landra Graf with her book A Rose By Any Other Name

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Zombie by the Cranberries

– This song plays to the amount of violence my main characters have to deal with during the zombie epidemic. It’s not pretty nor is it happy.

Till I Hear It From You by the Gin Blossoms

– Whenever I listened to this song it brought to life my hero, Jason. He’s waiting for my heroine to wake up and realize he cares about her, wants more than just friendship, but he’s waiting for her to reciprocate.

La Vie En Rose by Louie Armstrong

– This is Rose’s song. She’s the main antagonist and it’s her theme. So naturally.

Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie

– This is the song that got everything started, all the action in the story is inspired by this one.

I Don’t Want to Wait by Paula Cole

– I still remember this song from Dawson’s Creek (yes, I watched the show). Emmaline is so my Joey and she’s always been in love with essentially the ‘boy next door’. So when sparks finally fly this song helped everything along.

I just finished the second book in my alternate history romance series titled, The Raven Who Caught The Canary. I’ll be moving into some contemporary work for a little bit to wrap up a few projects I’ve never gotten around to completing.

Where can your readers find you? They can check me out at my website: http://landragraf.com or find me on twitter @landragraf. I’m also on facebook, pinterest, and a slew of other social media haunts. It won’t be too hard to locate me.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Zombies don’t belong in fairy tales….at least not those with a good chance of a happily ever after…

Jason Prince, Charming’s once-upon-a-time star jock, only attends his Charming high school reunion to find his way into the heart of a certain wallflower who had no date for the prom.

Shy, geeky, chemical engineer, Emma Fay has been keeping her love for Jason a secret because she knows Jason and Rose belong together. But, when Rose Briar pricks her finger, fulfilling a prophecy about death and a plague, she throws a wrench into the class reunion that not even the best planning committee can tackle.

Can Jason and Emma stop Zombie Beauty Rose before she turns their loved ones into her undead court and sends them forth to spread the infestation to the rest of the world? Or will human flesh become the daily special at diners everywhere? And will there be enough left of Jason and Emma for romance to blossom?

Get it here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rose-any-Other-Name-Fairytales-ebook/dp/B014RKVLTC/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441845738&sr=1-3&keywords=a+rose+by+any+other+name

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-arosebyanyothername-1876890-149.html

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-rose-by-any-other-name-7

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26212498-a-rose-by-any-other-name

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/a-rose-by-any-other-name-0

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August 2015 Obsessions

What have I been tuning into during August? Well, I’ve been reading Terry Brooks’ Genesis of Shannara series which is quite delightful. I have to admit, I completely forgot how much I love getting wrapped into a high fantasy series, even though it requires the patience to weather through the setup. I admit though, I’ve been pining for a good YA book or urban fantasy series as of late.

However, this month has turned into the month of reading! I managed to read the first and second of the Genesis of Shannara books and followed that up with Shootout at Roulement Ridge by Einar Mercier, Dragonstone by Paula Millhouse, and What You Need by Landra Graf. It’s been a basking in indie authors sort of month, and I’m thrilled to read the works of such talented individuals. August has done a good job of reminding me of my favorite obsession: reading.

To cap it off though, even if you haven’t read the books, I think any fantasy fan can get excited about the Shannara show that’s airing this upcoming January.