Spring Blogfest: Jewel Quinlan

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When I think of spring I think of flowers, the hills being green and perfect beach weather. For my day job I drive a lot and I often pass a beach in Ventura County CA where the kites of kite boarders can be seen. The colorful swaths of cloth catch my eye every time as they circle furiously in the wind. And make me wonder about the guys down there harnessing it so they can get a rush cutting through the waters of the Pacific on a board.

I love writing about people with unusual hobbies and interests. And the intrigue I felt every time I passed by led me to create a hero for one of my books that was a pro kite boarder. Pro kite boarders travel all over the world for competitions, to some of the most exotic and beautiful beaches you have ever seen. How could I not write about one? Sure it mean that I then have to spend hours researching this kind of stuff. I’m definitely not one of those write-what-you-know authors. I want to explore the unbeaten path and bring it to you in my stories. But in this day and age of the Internet we authors have it so much easier. You can write about virtually anything with the help of YouTube, Google Maps and Wikipedia. Yes, my name is Jewel Quinlan, and I use Wikipedia. LOL.

I wove my kite boarder hero into a short story I wrote for Evernight Publishing and I also made him Australian. What could be sexier than that? Here is the blurb so you can get a feel for the story:

JEWEL extremeheat1mWhen photographer Chloe Gaige gets assigned to cover the Pro Kiteboarding finals in Morocco she never expects to run into her childhood crush. Back then, their age difference is what caused her to pull away. Would he resent her for how she treated him back then?

Fully grown, pro kite boarder Kai Shephard is a tough competitor used to going after what he wants…and getting it. When he catches sight of Chloe in the crowd with her camera, nothing can stop him from trying to be with her again. Except Chloe, that is. Would she see him for the man he is now?

Extreme Heat is also available as an audiobook on Audible, iTunes and Amazon where you can hear Kai’s sexy Australian accent.

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About the Author: JEWEL Facebook EH PhotoRestless by nature, Jewel Quinlan is an avid traveler and has visited 16 countries so far. Lover of ice cream, beer and red wine she tries to stay fit when she’s not typing madly on her computer concocting another tale. In her spare time she likes to do yoga, hike, learn German and play with her spoiled Chihuahua; Penny. It is Penny’s mission in life to keep Jewel from the keyboard. But, with the help of dog-chew-making-companies, Jewel has been able to distract her canine companion and continues to get thousands of words on the page for your enjoyment.

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Spring Blogfest: Lola White

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We’re coming up on the Beltane season, and magic is in the air. Beltane is an ancient concept that had largely been abandoned by the mid-twentieth century, though it’s been revived in many neo-pagan religions. While it was meant to mark the beginning of summer, Beltane is a springtime festival, as well as the spring season, and most of us who have heard of the celebration hold mental images of roaring bonfires and lusty orgies to usher in the change from winter’s dearth to summer’s abundance.

Bonfires are very much a part of Beltane celebrations, though there are conflicting theories as to why. Maybe the fire’s light represented an end to the cold, dark winter. Perhaps the fire and smoke offered a blessing for the livestock and crops, or perhaps it’s more romantic—and definitely warmer—to conduct an orgy next to a roaring blaze. Maybe the ancient pagans who celebrated were a bunch of exhibitionists who simply wanted to see the revelry, and electricity was not yet a concept humans could dream of.

A festival of light and love, or an appeasement and a prayer to deities during a precarious time filled with hope yet shadowed by winter’s leftover chill? Whatever Beltane used to be, today we remember it as a celebration of fertility, growth and change, and the season is upon us—just in time for my first release with Totally Bound. Though unseen, a Beltane celebration is the catalyst for my story—a story of an epic love challenged by a deep distrust, a fated connection threatened by greed and insanity.

Betrothed, the first of my Magic Matched series, begins ten years after a Beltane night shared by Silviu Lovasz and Georgeanne Davenold, the rarest of witches. Their talents prompted their families to betroth them at the moment of Georgie’s birth, and both have been groomed to do whatever it takes to achieve positions of power in a modern society constrained by archaic traditions. In a world where magic and politics are the only things that matter, marriages are still arranged for advantage rather than love, and theirs is an alliance that defies divisive coven politics.

But Beltane is a season where love can take root and bloom. Ten years ago, Silviu found Georgie outcast and lonely while the bonfires blazed in the distance. He didn’t stop to consider the consequences of his actions, and neither did she. Her first taste of passion saw Georgie banished, and left her convinced Silviu had used her to further his political goals.

Marriage is forever in the witching world. The betrothal contract between Silviu and Georgie is unbreakable, and they are Magic Matches with the ability to wield great power, if their affection grows strong enough to stabilize their talent. Silviu is convinced Georgeanne is the true love his soul has been hungering for, and he’ll have a chance to convince her when they reunite in Poland at his sister’s betrothal celebration.

Magic Matched is a four-part series about two witches who must open their hearts to each other in order to unlock their full magical potential. But with all that stands in their way—archaic traditions, murder plots, and a betrayal that threatens all they can be—Silviu and Georgeanne will need every advantage to navigate the dangerous world of witches, and the dark magic stalking them every step of the way.

lola betrothed_800In witching society, magic and politics are the only things that matter, and marriages are arranged for advantage rather than love.

But neither Ileana Lovasz nor Eliasz Levy are looking for love. Humiliated by a string of broken betrothals, Ileana only wants freedom from her manipulative grandfather. Eliasz simply wants an alliance with Ileana’s brother Silviu, a man rising through the witching ranks. That is, until the Lovasz woman arrives at his home and stirs up emotions he’d never thought to feel.

Silviu has bigger things on his mind than his sister’s marriage. Georgeanne Davenold, Silviu’s betrothed and the key to his rise in power, is back in his life after a ten year separation that left her distrustful of his intentions. Their union is a novelty, spanning the divide between Matriarchal and Patriarchal Families. Their union is also alarming, combining the influence and magic of two witches only heard of in myth and legend.

Ileana, Eliasz, Silviu and Georgie must build an alliance that will help them all get what they want but, with too many lies and too many enemies, the game they’re playing turns deadly. When the two women come under attack, neither Silviu nor Eliasz knows which is the target. They only know they will protect the women their hearts have claimed as their own, even though that means defying the traditions of witching society, risking every goal they hold dear and confronting the dangerous members of their own families.

About the Author: Lola White writes what she writes, which is erotic fiction. Sometimes horror, sometimes paranormal, sometimes romance. It’s all sexy, but never predictable because she likes to twist reality at its edges in her stories. She likes delving into the emotions of her characters, finding their strengths and weaknesses, and seeing (and showing) how they get themselves out of whatever trouble has found them—if they can.

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Spring Blogfest: Fel Fern

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Welcome to the Spring Fling blog hop!

Mention Spring and its not hard to associate the word “change” with it. New beginnings or second chances. Life and rebirth. The works. A welcome change in the seasons after a cold and freezing winter. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to try and grow something. Anything. Born with a black thumb and slapped with the notorious title of “Cactus killer”, the only pet I’ve managed to keep is pet rock a friend once gave me for my birthday as joke.

terrariumSolution? Enter the magical world of terrariums. Meet my tiny Venus Flytrap, which I named Ben. Trapped in a self-sustaining eco system, I don’t need to do much for Ben, not even water him. Just occasionally take off the cap, pass him some CO2 and he’s good to go. Wished all my relationships were as easy to maintain as him. Up until his roots grow wild in his gel anyway. Then, I would need to take him out, wash out the gel, and replant him elsewhere.

In other words? To prepare the noose. I dread the day and his roots seem to be growing each day. My girlfriend tells me not to worry. Assures me she’ll just buy me a new one, but it’s seriously not the same. And who knows? Maybe Ben will survive the transfer.

So…how does Ben relate to spring and writing exactly, you might ask?

Caring for Ben reminds me that even though it’s impossible to turn back the clock, sometimes change is not a bad thing. I’d been writing for a long time, but only started writing erotic romances a year ago. Looking back, its not hard to cringe at the mistakes, both big and small, every newbie is bound to make. But a milestone, whether shameful or not, is still a milestone. It takes time to improve a craft, and the patience to keep at it. So, emerging writers out there, never give up. Keep writing.

mountingthecatapult-fullLeft for dead by the leaders of his homeworld for being flawed, Ris Feral’s life takes a sharp turn when he’s picked up and trained by the Intergalactic Garuda Empire to pilot the Catapult, the galaxy’s deadliest thinking war machine. But Ris has always known the Catapult had been designed for two pilots, not one. When the ship noticeably reacts to a spy from an enemy planet, Ris knows the man posing as Inspector Caru Killas is his fated mate and his missing half.

Disobeying orders, being the most wanted man in the empire and risking his life is the easy bit. Can Ris convince Caru to surrender his heart and allegiance to him, and mount the Catapult?

About the Author: Felicia Fern writes erotic romances with an edge. A sadist who loves watching her heroes and heroines break their backs trying to earn their happy endings, Fel likes throwing in the occasional dash of the unknown to the usual romantic concoction. She usually favors MM and menage pairings.

Also an avid reader and book collector, Fel also loves nestling on the coach with her fresh mug of coffee while devouring a novel on rainy days. When not writing, you can find Fel mucking about in her garden pulling weeds, or learning to play her guitar.

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Spring Blogfest: Jennifer Lynne

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Spring – perfect time for a new release!

It might be spring in the northern hemisphere, but here in Australia we’re just heading into my favorite season, autumn. There’s a similarity to both seasons, I find, with mild weather, sunny days, cool evenings, and color. Lots of color – whether it be the new buds and flowers that symbolize spring, or the golden-red hues of autumn.

Love it! What better way to celebrate the start of these gloriously colorful seasons than with the release of a brand-new erotic series?
Not Vanilla is a collaborative project between USA Today bestselling author, Roz Lee, and myself. These sexy, novellette-length stories, while romantic, will take the reader on an erotic journey, offering a tantalizing glimpse into a range of “flavors” that are definitely not vanilla.

The first in the series, Not Vanilla (Voyeurism), will be out on May 19, and includes Watch Me by Jennifer Lynne, and Lookin’ Good by Roz Lee. Here’s the blurb:

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I wish I had never told Travis my deepest, darkest secret—that I like to watch. I should have known he would want to give me my heart’s desire. I love him more than anything, but I hate him for using my weakness to try to win me back. Moreover, I hate myself for not being able to turn down the gifts he brings me ~ Bailey Rose.

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I was so afraid, when my husband uncovered my secret. Afraid he’d hate me, or think me disgusting, or be completely turned off. Equally scared this watching game I play with our sexy neighbor might be shut down for good. Can William bring himself to join my addictive Sunday night ritual, or will he force me to choose between the man I love, and the sexual urges that consume me? ~ Isabel.

Jennifer Lynne is offering a swag pack giveaway valued at $20. Pack will include pen, bookmark, postcards and a set of wine glass charms featuring the Gods of Love book covers. Comment on this post to enter the draw. The winner will be drawn randomly at the conclusion of the Spring Blogfest on April 3.

About the Author: Jennifer Lynne writes sensual and erotic romance from her home in Melbourne, Australia. She is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press, and has forged a successful indie career with her popular GODS OF LOVE erotic series about sexy Greek gods searching for love in a modern-day world. Jen loves her family, her cats, good coffee, red wine, and sitting by a cozy log fire watching the misty rain outside turn everything fresh and green. She hopes her tales of love and lust continue to excite readers, and her dream is one day to be able to write full-time.

USA Today Best-Selling author Roz Lee is the author of twenty erotic romances. The first, The Lust Boat, was born of an idea acquired while on a Caribbean cruise with her family and soon blossomed into a five book series published by Red Sage. Following her love of baseball, she turned her attention to sexy athletes in tight pants, writing the critically acclaimed Mustangs Baseball series. Roz has been married to her best friend, and high school sweetheart, for over three decades. Roz and her husband have two grown daughters (and a new Son-in-law) they couldn’t be more proud of. Even though Roz has lived on both coasts, her heart lies in between, in Texas. A Texan by birth, she can trace her family back to the Republic of Texas. With roots that deep, she says, “You can’t ever really leave.” When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of travel.

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Spring Blogfest: Wendi Zwaduk

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Spring Has Sprung? It Can and It Will!

I don’t know about where you are, but spring hasn’t quite made it to the great state of Ohio. We’ve had some warmer days, but there’s still snow on the ground. A lot of snow. But since snow is cold and I’d rather be warm, I thought I’d post a photo of one of my favorite flowers, the daisy. Daisies remind me of summer and hotter temps. They’re pretty and I just love them.

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I also love a steamy story. That’s probably why I write them. I like to entertain myself and my readers. Grin.

Since it’s cold out here, I thought I’d work on one today. I can’t share my work in progress with you, but why not one of my latest releases?

Off Camera takes place on a college campus in late October, but for some reason college makes me think spring. Like it’s a new chance or an opportunity to start over. My writing has a lot of those elements, too. I’m a sucker for second chances. In Off Camera, Kade and Tony have a rocky start. Tony’s brash and Kade’s shy. In a way, they are the odd couple. But it’s how the mix things up when they finally decide what they want that’s key. Both are film students—Kade writes the scripts and Tony shoots the movies. Will these two get together and have a fun-filled spring after the rocky fall? You’ll have to read Off Camera to find out.

Wendi getthumbNavigating college is hard, but not as hard as learning to love and trust.

Kade Evans knew what he wanted to do with his life—write scripts for Hollywood. He’s poured his heart into his work and learning the tricks of the trade, but being only twenty-one he knows he needs experience. How’s a guy supposed to get experience when he’s shy and quiet? The answer might be closer and more forceful than he thinks.

Tony Victor’s goal in life is to make movies. He won’t quit until he’s working on the next blockbuster. First, he’s got to get through college and get the handsome guy from script writing class to notice him. Tony’s never had trouble getting attention, but something about Kade calls to him. Tony’s head says go slow, but his heart is ready to take things to the next level.

Will these two find common ground or will the simmering passion between them fall apart when their secrets are revealed?

About the Author:Like spicy romance? So do I! Come along on this journey with me.

Welcome to my corner of the universe. I’ve always wanted to write. I love storytelling and weaving images with words. There’s something magical about a happily-ever-after that draws me to a story. Be it spicy and suspense-filled or lusty hot and bothered, I’m game for a good book. I’m still learning and growing and I hope you’ll join me. It’s been a crazy ride, but it’s totally worth it. You’ll see.

I’ve always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I love playing with words and letting the characters run wild.

NASCAR, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, animals and second chance romance all feature prominently in my books. I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Shara Azod Publishing, Turquoise Morning Press, Decadent Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!

If you like my work, tell your friends and email me. I love hearing from readers!

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Spring Blogfest: Ariel Storm

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Transform this Spring with Erotic Romance!

ariel purple flowerI love spring. I love how the themes of renewal and rejuvenation sprout up like the young, tender greenery in nature. There’s something so grounding and refreshing about this time of year, when fresh spring flowers push up from the soil, their scent filling the air while the songs of birds can be heard all around.

As the trees begin to grow leaves and frigid winter winds subtly turn to gentle, spring breezes, it feels a though the whole world is painted in pastel hues just like the Easter eggs I dyed as a child so long ago.

Sorry for gushing about nature, love, dying eggs and rebirth metaphors. Perhaps I got a little carried away. Please forgive me, but I am really excited for spring!

Typically, I don’t get a chance to wax poetic about such light, pretty topics. I write erotic romance with a darker twist. Although I’m drawn to paranormal stories, I also pen BDSM tales.

At first glance, it might seem the topics of springtime renewal and erotic romance—especially darker tales like paranormal or BDSM—are completely unrelated. Upon closer inspection, I’ve found the two themes are quite similar.

Rebirth or renewal is a pretty consistent metaphor found throughout paranormal and BDSM stories.

Take shifters, for instance, whenever a werewolf or other shifter changes into another form a metamorphosis tends to take place that usually extends beyond their physical alteration.

Likewise, D/s relationships can often be transformative. Surrendering control or discovering a dominant side of one’s personality are recurring themes of the BDSM novel and are often rejuvenating for the characters in said stories.

So, go ahead, catch spring fever with an erotic romance read. As part of the Long and Short Reviews blogfest I’m giving away one copy of my short erotic romance Red, an erotic retelling of the Red Riding Hood fairy tale.

ariel Dom Next Door Cvr copyViolet Hendrix is a writer stuck in a rut. Behind deadline on a manuscript and struggling with writer’s block, she tries people-watching as a way to jump-start her creativity. With her writing career on the line, and an inability to put words on the page, Violet becomes an obsessive voyeur. There’s no one she’s more interested in watching than Jack Riley, the commanding Dom who lives in the building next to hers.

As she admires him from afar, she begins to fantasize about being his submissive. When a chance encounter leads to an evening together, she has the opportunity to turn her submissive fantasy into reality. Can she submit to the Dom next door and surrender to pleasure?

About the Author: Ariel Storm believes that fantasies are meant to be explored, on the pages of her manuscripts, and beyond. Her obsession with the dark, dangerous and forbidden began in her teen years as a way to rebel against her strict religious upbringing. Ariel writes erotic romance and encourages readers to visit her.

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Spring Blogfest: Elizabeth Coldwell

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Easter in Amsterdam
Every country has its own Easter traditions. The United States gave us the Easter Bunny, while England is the home of the Simnel cake, which is decorated with eleven marzipan balls to represent the apostles – minus Jesus, of course. As I’m giving away a book which is set in Amsterdam, I’ve been exploring the various traditions my human hero, Kees, and his lion shifter mate, Arjan, would have grown up with.

The Dutch love their food, which can best be described as hearty – think lots of stews, a mixture of mashed potato and various vegetables known as stoemp, and ham and cheese with just about everything. Over Easter, they’ll enjoy an extended breakfast or brunch with hand-painted boiled eggs and paasstol, a rich fruit bread similar to the more well-known German Christmas treat, Stollen.

Many breweries in the Netherlands create a beer to mark the arrival of spring. This is known as lentebok, and is light in colour with a hoppy taste. The IJ brewery, which operates out of Amsterdam’s last remaining working windmill, call their brew Paas IJ, which is a pun on paasei, the Dutch for ‘Easter egg’. If you enjoy your beer, lentebok is well worth sampling – and Amsterdam has any number of specialist bars and brown cafés, so called because centuries of cigarette smoke turned the walls a deep shade of nicotine, in which to try it.

640px-Amsterdam-tulip-marketYou’ll probably need a walk to burn off the calories in all that food and alcohol, and Easter is a perfect time to explore the canals that encircle the heart of Amsterdam. Make sure to fit in a stop-off at the Flower Market to buy some gorgeous seasonal blooms including the gloriously coloured tulips for which the country is famous.

And if you need a dose of culture to round off your day, then many churches and concert halls stage Bach’s St Matthew Passion. But if stunning choral music performed in a beautiful setting isn’t quite your thing, Amsterdam’s club scene is busy and vibrant. And of course there’s always the thrill of taking a stroll through the red-light district (though the city’s mayor is doing his best to reduce the number of windows where the girls work and gentrify the area…)

Just writing about everything the city has to offer makes me want to be there right now!

theprideofamsterdam_800“When an ancient enemy is summoned to destroy his pride, a lion shifter must fight to protect the man he loves.

Kees van der Veer has never forgotten the mysterious stranger who seduced him on Millennium Eve and who promised that when the time was right, they would be together again. Returning to Amsterdam after fifteen years away, he is reunited with that stranger, entering into a world of love and danger he could never have imagined.

Arjan is a lion shifter, part of a pride who has lived in Amsterdam since its Golden Age. He has spent fifteen years regretting the need to drive his destined mate away after one night of blissful passion. But only once they meet again can he reveal to Kees the truth of his heritage. When an old enemy is summoned to destroy the pride, Arjan must act to protect not only his family but also the man he loves.”

About the Author:Elizabeth Coldwell is the multi-published author of numerous short stories and novels. Her stories have appeared in the best-selling ‘Best Women’s Erotica’ series and Black Lace’s popular ‘Wicked Words’ collections. Formerly the editor of the UK edition of Forum magazine, she now contributes a spicy monthly column, ‘The Cougar Chronicles’, to its pages. When she is not busy writing, she is an avid supporter of Rotherham United Football Club and can be regularly found on the terraces at weekends, cheering her boys to victory (hopefully!).

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All in the Family by Lee Rowan – Guest Blog

A special welcome to Lee Rowan who is visiting with us today!

All in the Family

I made a big mistake while Christmas shopping at the pet supply store.

We have two dogs:  Watson is a big Shepherd-Lab-Collie mix who weighs in somewhere between 95 and 100 pounds. He’s 4 years old and at the top of his form, while Cassie is a dainty little Aussie-Husky (and maybe Cattle Dog) mix who seldom tops 50.   She’s 10 or 11 (rescue, so we’re not sure) and she can’t even get her mouth around some of the toys that Watson likes the most.

The store only had huge chew-bone candy canes—two feet plus—and little ones, about ten inches.  No medium size.  The big boy loved his:

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I didn’t think Cassie could handle the big chew-bone… so I got her a small one.  As you can probably tell from her expression, she felt a little shortchanged:

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And, being the senior dog who mentored Watson from a pup, she decided to rectify the situation – much to his dismay.

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Watson sounds like the Hound of the Baskervilles if a strange dog walks by outside his window, but when Cassie’s got his property, he doesn’t get aggressive, he just complains.  At length.  At the top of his lungs. If you can imagine Chewbacca with a hangover, that’s about what it sounds like.  I finally had to just put the damned thing up out of reach and give them both treats that were the same size.

And – since I wanted them both to enjoy the holiday (and shut up!)– we went out in -25 wind chill on Boxing Day to rectify the error.  The good news:   half-price Christmas clearance.  Peace and harmony (and quiet) were restored.

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Of course, they’ve been stealing each other’s toys back and forth ever since—Cassie likes to let Watson soften up an end of a rawhide so she can chew it more easily – but at least there are two of them.

How does that relate to my books?  Well, imagine that chew-toy is an estate worth millions in today’s market, and it goes, by law, to the eldest son.  Imagine a second son who has no interest in taking responsibility for the welfare of the people who live and work on the estate, but has run up a lot of gambling debts and wants to get his hands on that cash.  And he isn’t going to be satisfied with a two-foot rawhide candy cane.

home is the sailorThat’s the situation  that sets off the events of Home is the Sailor, published January 5 by Dreamspinner Press.  It’s the 3rd book in my Royal Navy series, following Ransom and Winds of Change/Eye of the Storm.

The Royal Navy meets the Stately English Manor Murder Mystery, and if it were only a matter of Colonel Mustard in the library, things would be so much easier. After an ambush by the French while on a routine surveillance mission, Will Marshall and David Archer are advised to retreat to the English countryside to avoid Bonaparte’s animosity for a time. Upon their arrival, they discover that David’s eldest brother has died after a mysterious accident and this puts his other, very unsuitable brother in line for the title. David’s suspicions—that the new heir had a hand in his brother’s death—seem so unreasonable that even Will finds it difficult to believe his fears are valid. If Davy thought his lover was hard to convince, his autocratic father, who still sees him as the inept youngest son, won’t even listen to him. Davy and Will are thrust into the role of sleuths, trying to determine the truth behind the mystery. All the while Will has concerns of his own: his fear of losing Davy is still stronger than his desire to keep Davy beside him on the quarterdeck… but he knows no other life than the Navy.

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Collaborative Writing by Bellora Quinn and Angel Martinez – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Bellora: I think the first question people usually ask us is how we met.

Angel: So we tell them it was at a conference for paleo-anthropologists and…what? 

Bellora: It wasn’t that long ago, but it was right around the dawn of the internet. We were both writing for a Pbem (play by email). Do they even still have those? Anyway, the idea was to write your characters to fit into a pre-made setting. I lusted after Angel’s characters and was even more impressed with her writing so I made her write with me.

Angel: LOL – Bellora was already established at this site. I felt like an interloper and, for many months, wrote alone, too shy to approach anyone. When Bellora did ask me – and she really did ask, quite politely, I was thrilled. It was her approach and her willingness not to dictate what my characters should be thinking or doing that really cemented it for me. It was easy to write with her and not the stressful push-pull it was with other writers. (I am not a control freak. Stop that.)

Bellora: I remember reading what Angel wrote and thinking that the best way to write with her was to write as if my characters were ‘supporting’ characters. I think that’s why it worked so well, because there wasn’t a struggle as to who was going to be the center of the story so to speak. We both just wanted to write a really good story and not worry about one up-ing each other. It was so much fun.

Angel: That was the important part – that it was always about the story and not about egos. We may have started with my characters as the “main” characters, but Bellora’s characterizations have always been so vivid, that it certainly didn’t remain that way. And I think we’re a good balancing act for each other as well, which is vital to a writing team. I have a tendency for melodrama. Bellora pulls me back. Bellora might have a teensy bit more inclination toward the sensual, while I’m more plot oriented. The most wonderful words I have ever seen in emails became “I have an idea…”

Bellora: That’s another really cool part about collaborative writing, it’s like having your own personal muse. You start to feed each other’s idea train, both while writing together, and when writing separately too. I’ll see something Angel wrote and sometimes get a half dozen ideas for another story we could do together.

Angel: The “but what if we” conversations can go in some bizarre directions, but that’s half the fun.

Bellora: That’s why when the Pbem we were both a part of ended there was no way I could just stop. So I said to her, how would you like to write on this blog thing.

Angel: It actually started out in this Yahoo thing that I don’t think exists anymore. And we decided to write stories for characters who happened to live in the same city. Wait…we started writing separate story lines and Bellora put the florist shop from my story into hers. That was it. I think I may have been manipulated a teensy bit, or herded, but, hey, I was happy. We would get to play together again. That venture became our Erotic Spice blog, which is still up and has over 300 chapters.

Bellora: Writing chapter by chapter soap opera style blog posts was not only a great deal of fun but it was good practice. I don’t think we would have stuck with it as long as we did if it wasn’t fun for us both, and if we didn’t build a good understanding of how to give that next piece, the next part of the scene, in just the right amount so the other person is inspired and runs with it.

Angel: We’ve had to make some adjustments to style and focus in writing novels together, but the transition has been surprisingly easy, (Bellora still has POV nightmares, but we got through it) and I do think the process has only gotten smoother over time.

Bellora: I would say to anyone thinking of co-authoring a book with a partner to keep an open line of communication, be flexible enough to roll with a change of plans, and most importantly remember that even serious novels can be fun to write.

3_10 quinnsgambit_800After a terrible magical accident at Berkeley created unpredictable holes between realities—all manner of non-human creatures started popping into our world. These displacements, called RARE—Random Anomalous Reality Events—have taken magic out of fiction and relocated it firmly in reality, resulting in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Displaced elf Valerian works with AURA—the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation—to intercept these beings as they appear in the human world, helping the peaceful ones and subduing the violent, malevolent ones. It’s good, satisfying work, and Val would be happy if he wasn’t so lonely.

Quinten is a young mage just trying to get by, but New York isn’t the easiest city to make a living. If his methods are sometimes morally dubious, his heart is still in the right place. Of course for Quinn, the right place means firmly locked away, protected at all costs. Living by his wits and sometimes magically-induced luck, he works as a ‘free-lance magic user’, or unregistered mage and small time con—according to the authorities. The last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event happens right on top of him, he’s forced to turn to AURA for help. Valerian isn’t at all what he’d expected in an AURA cop, and he certainly wasn’t expecting to join forces with the sexy elf, a snarky drow and a bitter incubus when certain individuals in power try to stop the RARE by any means necessary.

Things are not all what they seem at AURA headquarters, and a greater evil lurks at the top than anyone could have imagined. 

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Excerpt for Quinn’s Gambit: 

“No, you don’t understand,” Quinn said, starting to lose his temper. “This chick just fell out of the sky and knocked me on my ass. She’s probably losing what’s left of her marbles after the jog down from Central Park. Can’t you just help her?”

The receptionist gave him a coolly patronizing smile. “Sir, calm down. This isn’t an adoption agency or the city dog pound. You can’t just drop people off here. Now, if you will just take the clipboard, have a seat and fill out the form, I’ll see what we can do.”

Quinn stood with the clipboard in one hand, glaring back at her incredulously. “This is ridiculous! I have stuff to do, you know?” He looked down at the form. “’What is the nature of the problem you are experiencing’?” he read. “Oh my God, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell you! Look, can’t you just pick up the phone and ask someone in a uniform to put their donuts down and come to the lobby?”

“Yes, I will do just that. As soon as you—”

“Fill out the form,” Quinn interrupted her with a heavy sigh. “Fuck sake,” he grumbled, snatching up the pen. He refused to sit down. If he had to fill out the damn form, he was going to stand right here and remind her how stupid this was until she relented.

* * * *

“Event is local! Central Park area!” Marius cried out in triumph, his dowsing over the map pinpointing it almost at AURA’s doorstep.

Matt clapped Val on the shoulder. “No ‘porting today. Doesn’t make me sad.”

“All right, boys and girls,” Captain Lyons’ voice cut through the chatter. “We’ll quarter the park. We haven’t got a good reading on this, so weapons of choice handy at all times. Valerian, you and Kensington take the north side. McAndrews, you and Nestor on the south. Nyssa, can you fly today?”

The sphinx rose from her place by the door and shook out her wings. “Yes, ma’am. Winds are good. Pollution’s down.”

“Good. Aerial over the park. Keep in radio contact, folks. Let’s move out!”

Val grabbed his sword from his locker in the weapons room, settling the strap across his chest and feeling more himself with the familiar weight of Anvar on his back. A magical sword didn’t do much against gunfire, but it was more than helpful in subduing the most dangerous monsters. Matt carried the guns, three of them.

They dashed down toward the lobby, headed for the street, with Val in the lead. He nearly caused a pile up of human and non-human officers when he stopped short just inside the lobby.

A dryad stood there, her leaves trembling, eyes huge and glassy. That would have been arresting enough, but at the receptionist’s desk, yelling at the girl on duty, was one of the most lovely human boys Val had ever seen—lithe and lean, with cornflower blue eyes and a mop of honey-gold hair. He found himself mesmerized.

“Well, I think we found it,” Matt said with a snort.

“Yes,” Val said, his mouth gone dry. “Perhaps we have.”

Bellora Quinn: Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels.

The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavor. Bellora’s first published novel, co-authored with Angel, is scheduled for release at Totally Bound in March 2015.

For more info on Bellora’s work and current projects: Bellora Quinn

Angel Martinez: Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.

She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

For all the info on published work, WIP’s, and updates: Angel Martinez

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Where Do Ideas Come from by Cara Covington – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Where do your ideas come from?
The one question I’m always asked—by family, friends, and people who I’ve never met but who know I’m a writer is: where do your ideas come from? One good friend, on realizing that I’ve recently published my 40th book, has told me that she cannot even imagine how I could come up with so many ideas.

The answer to the question is both simple, and complex. I truly believe that if one is a writer, then the ideas come from the different way that we, as writers, look at the world.

What’s so different about it, you may ask.

I’m not sure I have the definitive answer to that, but I’ll try.

To begin with, those of us who write are blessed—or maybe cursed—with minds that work in a very convoluted way. A non writer would sit down at a table in a mall food court, for example and look around at the thirty or so people in plain sight. They might think, it’s not too busy today; or that it’s very busy today. But beyond that, they don’t focus on the individual people. They think about what they’ve done, what they have yet to do, what they’re going to have for lunch. Maybe, there’s an issue at home that needs to be resolved, and they think about that.

The writer, on the other hand, will sit down at that same table in that same mall, and look at the same thirty or so people. And then it’s: hmm. That guy over there with the trench coat. He kind of looks like a 60s era spy. I wonder what his story is? Yes, look, he’s scanning the whole court while he’s reading his paper….or more likely, pretending to read his paper! Who is he waiting for? Oh! Maybe that blonde who just came into the food court. She looks around, a little nervous, as if she’s looking for someone and…yes! Look, she’s sitting down at a table two away from the spy. He’s the only one here who’s dressed in a trench coat! That was the “sign” they told her to look for. She’s scanning too, but yeah, she really noticed him. She looks very nervous. Is she about to do something illegal? Is someone after her? Maybe he’s there to rescue her. Maybe she’s a spy too, and he’s come to bring her out of the cold….
likely been completely superseded by the above plot in said writer’s mind.

Writers are by nature neurotic. Anyone who willingly opens a blank word document and stares at it until their mind begins to fill the page with stuff, has to be neurotic. They have to be able to suspend their own disbelief completely so that they can then create and describe a whole new world. They have to be able to discern nuances and challenges, and themes and then figure out how to show those themes, as well as the method by which the characters resolve their challenges.

Writing is not for the faint of heart. Writing erotic romance is absolutely not for the faint of heart or imagination. Our business is fiction—I’d even go so far as to say fantasy. We write stories so that you, the reader, can have a safe and happy place to visit whilst taking a break from all that makes up your busy, vital life.

For that reason, writing is the best job in the whole world.

4_6 Cover_LoveUnderTwoOutcastsCharlotta Carmichael is mostly not ashamed of the way she paid for her college degree. Mostly. As an exotic dancer at a gentlemen’s club, she earned enough to get her degree in psychology.

But sometimes the scorn she’s suffered in the past comes back to haunt her. She fears a similar reaction from Jesse and Barry Benedict. Will they still think she’s good enough for them if she tells them the truth?

Jesse and Barry know all about past mistakes and regret. Feeling like outcasts, they left their Montana home and headed to Lusty, hoping to make a new start. Once they understand that Charlotta is their soul mate, they confess their sins of the past—because they want their relationship to have a solid foundation.

As Jesse and Barry rush to save Charlotta from a stalker, they all soon learn that moving on is easier said than done—and requires a bigger leap of faith than they’d ever imagined.

Enjoy an excerpt:

The sound of high heels on the marble floor echoed in the reception area. Jesse realized belatedly the feminine footsteps were coming their way.

“Gentlemen, I apologize for keeping you waiting.”

Jesse knew the voice from the two telephone conversations he’d had with the doctor. He looked up—and had the surreal sensation that in that instant, with that simple tilt of his head, his entire life had just changed. One quick glance over at Barry, and he knew his twin was experiencing his own personal epiphany.

Jesse got to his feet, his gaze taking in her piled high blonde hair, soft grey eyes, and the way her beige silk blouse and trim brown skirt displayed her made-for-sin body.

He met her gaze, pleased when he read in hers that he and his brother weren’t the only ones to get gob smacked with a flood of pheromones.

She’d extended her hand and Jesse wasted no time in clasping it in his. The zing of electricity shot straight to his groin, and it took supreme will to keep his wood from tenting his jeans.

“I’m Jesse. And you have no need to apologize, ma’am. We’re here at your service.” He saw the double entendre hit its mark and liked the humor he read in her eyes.

And then he appreciated her ability to give as well as she got, when she said, “Well in that case, please follow me to someplace a little more private.”

About the Author: 4_6 AuthorPic_Love Under Two OutcastsMorgan Ashbury, also writing as Cara Covington, has been a writer since she was first able to pick up a pen. In the beginning it was a hobby, a way to create a world of her own, and who could resist the allure of that? Then as she grew and matured, life got in the way, as life often does. She got married and had three children, and worked in the field of accounting, for that was the practical thing to do and the children did need to be fed. And all the time she was being practical, she would squirrel herself away on quiet Sunday afternoons, and write.

Most children are raised knowing the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. Morgan’s children also learned the Paper Rule: thou shalt not throw out any paper that has thy mother’s words upon it.

Believing in tradition, Morgan ensured that her children’s children learned this rule, too.

Life threw Morgan a curve when, in 2002, she underwent emergency triple bypass surgery. Second chances are to be cherished, and with the encouragement and support of her husband, Morgan decided to use hers to do what she’d always dreamed of doing—writing full time.

Morgan has always loved writing romance. It is the one genre that can incorporate every other genre within its pulsating heart. Romance showcases all that humankind can aspire to be. And, she admits, she’s a sucker for a happy ending.

Morgan’s favorite hobbies are reading, cooking, and traveling—though she would rather you didn’t mention that last one to her husband. She has too much fun teasing him about having become a “Traveling Fool” of late.

Morgan lives in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, with a mysterious cat, an eight pound Morkie dog who thinks he’s a German shepherd, and her husband of forty-two years, David.

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