The Background of That You Are Here by Meredith Allard – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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The Background of That You Are Here

It’s no surprise that my latest novel, That You Are Here, is a love story. All of my novels are love stories in one way or another. My most popular novels, The Loving Husband Trilogy, is a paranormal story about eternal love. The surprise might be that That You Are Here is a completely present-day story set in one of my favorite places, Portland, Oregon, when I’m most known for historical fiction. Or, the surprise for That You Are Here might be that the romantic leads are both men. Andrew Whittaker and Mark Bryce have quite a journey to travel together, and I hope they are a couple readers cheer for. Andrew and Mark are very much in love but Andrew has to learn to accept himself if he can ever fully commit to Mark. It’s about Andrew’s journey to himself, as well as his journey to Mark. While it is about two men, I think the larger theme of learning to feel comfortable in your own skin is one that everyone can relate to in one way or another.

I happened to be visiting my cousin in Portland, Oregon (surprise) when the announcement of the Supreme Court decision overturning DOMA was made. The idea for That You Are Here occurred to me shortly afterward in some random daydream. On the outside, I don’t have much in common with Andrew and Mark since I am most definitely not a gay man. I’m not even a gay woman for that matter, but I believe that people who are in love should be able to get married, and suddenly I saw the characters from the story, Andrew Whittaker and Mark Bryce, so strongly, like they were standing in front of me. I had the idea for the story from beginning to end in a matter of days, and in November I wrote the first draft as the challenge for National Novel Writing Month. I had 62,000 words written in 30 days, which is super fast for me. My main goal wasn’t to write a gay story exactly, but rather to write a love story, a story about learning to feel comfortable in your own skin, which is one anyone can relate to, gay or straight. And Andrew’s story about having a secret to hide is one that a lot of people can also relate to. Andrew has to learn that he’s okay the way he is, again, a lesson that everyone needs to learn in one way or another.

That You Are Here is a present-day story when I’m most known for historical fiction, but everything I write is about people who are outsiders or different from the general society somehow. James Wentworth in the Loving Husband Trilogy struggles as a supernatural being (a vampire) in a human world. In Victory Garden, Rose Scofield struggles as a woman who wants to live on her own terms during a time (1917-1922) when women were fighting for their rights. In That You Are Here, Andrew Whittaker and Mark Bryce must make sense of what it means to be a gay man in the 21st century. Great progress has been made, certainly, but there is still prejudice to overcome. It’s a story about learning to feel comfortable in your own skin, which is something nearly everyone has to deal with in one way or another. I’m not gay so I haven’t had to hide a secret the way Andrew does in the story, but I understand Andrew’s struggle to make sense of his place in the world. I feel very lucky that That You Are Here is my highest rated novel on both Amazon and Goodreads, and I’m glad that readers have been able to relate to the universal aspect of the story.

7_30 THAT YOU ARE HERE Cover_That You Are HereOn the outside, handsome, successful attorney Andrew Whittaker has everything in life. On the inside, he has everything too, only he doesn’t know it. He hides the love of his life, Mark Bryce, from his family and everyone else where he lives in Portland, Oregon. Soon the weight of the secret becomes too much for Andrew. After wrestling with himself and his place in the world, he must decide how he’s going to live—with or without Mark.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Andrew’s cell phone buzzed in his pocket. He put his lunch bag on the counter, nodding at the message from Lisa Bloom, his secretary. He scanned his e-mails and grimaced at the phone. “I have to go.” He left at a sprint through the kitchen door to his silver Mercedes in the attached one-car garage. He didn’t even like the car, but that’s what the senior partners at his firm drove, so that’s what he drove too. Andrew opened the garage door, got into the driver’s seat, slid the key into the ignition, started the car, and jumped at the knock on his window. He shrugged sheepishly, opened the window, and took his lunch bag.

“Sorry,” he said. “I’m a little distracted today.”

“Today?” A sigh. “That car is such a gas guzzler. You need a hybrid. This is Portland. You’re supposed to be green.”

“Kermit the Frog green?”

“Any kind of green you want to be.”

Andrew looked at the person watching him with such open-hearted love in those soft gold-brown eyes.

“Mark?” Andrew said.

“Yes, Andrew.”

“Thank you.”

Mark Bryce leaned his head through the open window and kissed Andrew’s cheek. “Anything for you, beautiful boy.”

When Andrew stopped at the red light on Bancroft Street he felt his phone vibrate. He pulled his phone from his pocket, saw the screen and cringed, peering at the nearby drivers as though they were reporting his every move to some great eye in the sky. The text was from Mark.

Stop looking at your phone!

About the Author:7_30 THAT YOU ARE HERE Author_PhotoMeredith Allard is the author of The Loving Husband Trilogy, That You Are Here, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press). She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, The Maxwell Digest, Wild Mind, Muse Apprentice Guild, Writer’s Weekly, Moondance, CarbLite, and ViewsHound. She has taught writing to students aged ten to sixty, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Rockin’ the Alternative by Morticia Knight – Character Interview and Giveaway

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An Interview with Rock Singer, Aubrey King

1. We’re here today with legendary rock music idol and former lead singer of the alternative rock band, Falling in Stereo. Thanks for sitting down with us today. How does it feel to be getting back out there on the scene after so long?

AK: Great man, really great. But, legendary? I don’t know about that. Plus, it makes me sound really old. (chuckles)

2. Hardly, you look great, and the word on the street is you sound better than ever. When can we expect to get a preview of the new songs?

AK: Soon, I hope. I’m still in the studio, but my manager is trying to work out something where I can do a few gigs unplugged, get a chance to show off a few of the new babies.

3. Right on. I know everyone’ll be looking forward to that, myself included. So, you’ve been out of the loop for almost ten years. What made you decide to come back after so long?

AK: The music. That’s the only reason. When I left it was because I needed to step back for a while, remember what really matters. All the other bullshit, the fame, the money, it’s not what counts. I love my fans and back then, well, I wasn’t being honest with them. I’d lost my hunger and the tunes were becoming more and more lifeless, bland. I couldn’t do it anymore.

4. You mentioned not being honest. Would that have anything to do with the rumors that have always circulated about your sexuality?

AK: I’ve never understood why my sexual orientation should be of any interest. The music is what matters. The rest is yet more bullshit.

5. Right, but you have to admit that a lot of what you write about in your songs is incredibly personal, revealing. You’ve never been linked to anyone of any gender. You don’t think that people would be curious about that aspect of your life?

AK: Look, I do reveal a lot in my songs, a lot of personal shit. But those are my feelings, my thoughts. They have nothing to do with anyone else.

6. Yet you write a lot of love songs, or should I say, songs of lost love. Those lyrics have to be inspired by things in your own life. Why don’t you want to share that with your fans?

AK: I share my soul with my fans. It doesn’t matter who I do or don’t love, or who that person is.

7. Okay, how about this? Is there anyone special right now?

AK: I hold out hope that someday there will be, I guess I’m a sucker for love. Like you said, it’s a recurring theme in my songs. But it would take someone incredibly unique and special to put up with me. I can get lost in myself for days when I’m creating. I tend to talk about nothing but music around the clock. That can be pretty fucking annoying to a partner that isn’t as turned on to rock ‘n’ roll the way I am.

8. Final question. We’ve heard that you plan on putting out a memoir, getting someone to help you with that. Any hints on who that might be?

AK: Sorry, but the deal hasn’t been finalized yet so I can’t give out any details. But I will say that I’d be the luckiest man alive if I get who I want.

9. If I know you Aubrey, you’ll get what you want. You always do. Thanks again for being here with us.

The chance of a lifetime and the touch of a rock god are offered to music journalist Bryan Gallagher on the same day. Embracing one is easy, but resisting the other is harder than he’d anticipated—especially since Bryan has never been with a man.

It could be his dream assignment. Aubrey King, the legendary god of alternative rock music, has requested to meet with journalist and writer Bryan about penning the star’s memoir. Aubrey and his dark, angsty songs are the reason Bryan was inspired to become a leading rock journalist. His obsession for his career has alienated the women in his life, but Bryan doesn’t care. What really matters to him is the music.

Aubrey King has been out of the music scene for almost ten years—ever since his alternative rock band, Falling in Stereo, broke up. Questions about his sexual preferences have always surrounded him, and now that he’s ready to make a solo comeback, he wants to tell his story, his way. He’s followed journalist Bryan Gallagher’s career for a while and believes that Bryan’s obvious passion for music mirrors his own. He loves his writing style, but is also enraptured by the boyishly handsome writer.

Brian finds pushing his fanboy nervousness aside is difficult when Aubrey finally stands before him. He’s amazed at how little Aubrey has changed—his intense gaze, his unique style and his still youthful looks epitomise the star he’s always been. But Aubrey’s vulnerability when he sings and shares the deeply personal lyrics of a new song triggers something in Bryan that he never knew was there. The need to give himself to Aubrey, to let the rock god do to him what he’s never before desired a man to do.

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About the Author: Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale, with MM and MMF pairings. Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to her family in England and Scotland when she was a child.

She is currently working on a new historical MM series, as well as a steampunk horror and sci-fi ménage.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Today, our reviewer, Thornapple, has offered up her “Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From”. Welcome, Thornapple!

Thanks for having me! When I signed on to do this post, I thought I had a pretty good idea of who would make my top ten list. One thing I should explain is that I collect vintage paperbacks. So, I have some large collections of some of my all time favorite authors. I couldn’t decide if I should leave those out or include them. I decided to add a few of the collections but mostly these are authors I have on my kindle or have saved my favorite books by them. Some the authors that made the list was surprising to me. I had no idea I had that many books by some of these authors.

So, without further ado: Starting at number ten…

10) Martha Grimes. I have the entire Richard Jury Series!

09) Barbara Michaels. ( aka Elizabeth Peters) I have a huge Gothic collection and Barbara was one of the best, I also have a large collection of her Amelia Peabody novels written under the Elizabeth Peters name

08) Dick Francis. One of my favorite British Mystery Series. I don’t have all of his work, but I have most of them.

07) Christina Dodd. Now this was a surprise. Christiana has written quite a few historical romances, as well as paranormal and romantic suspense. I have saved quite a few of her historical novels. I do not have the infamous 3 armed cover–check that out-it’s legendary.

06) Stephen King. Okay, no surprises there except that I guess I haven’t actually saved many of his books.

05) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is a collection and I’m still working on it, but I have quite a number of Sherlock Holmes books, some are in a very nice collectors volume my son got me for Christmas one year.

04) Julia Quinn. Another head scratcher. I didn’t know I had kept so many of these. Julia is, along with Eloisa James one of my favorite regency period authors.

03) Sherrilyn Kenyon. If you have not read Sherrilyn Kenyon you might not get it. But, trust me when I say this is one popular author. If you manage to keep all the books she has written and try really hard to keep them in mint condition, you might have a small fortune on your hands. One of the best in Paranormal Romance.

02) Rex Stout. Sort of a surprise to me. I have collected Nero Wolfe novels for awhile, but I has no idea my collection was so large. I am really pleased to see I had so many because unless you want to pay a fortune for them on Ebay, they are really hard to find.

And the winner is…Drumroll please… A tie!! I know, what a rip off. However I have to be honest and this may be a little anti climatic, and no surprise to most…

01) Nora Roberts/ J.D. Robb. I have nearly all of the Eve Dallas “In Death” series and many, many, many Nora Roberts novels. I have collected the older Nora Roberts and still have quite a few of her paperbacks but I mostly have these in digital because I love her stories but simply do not have room for a collection of her books. Nora is the queen of romance–she can write anything: contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, and even science fiction.

So, there you have it folks- the strangest top ten list in history!! What’s on your bookshelf?

Snake Charmer by Carol Lynne – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Join Carol Lynne on her blog tour to celebrate the release of Snake Charmer. Find out more about her and her writing as each day she reveals answers to more questions.

 

Snake Charmer is book 31 in the Cattle Valley series, how do you continue to come up with inspiration for new titles in this series?

I’ve been writing Cattle Valley for so many years that it truly is a real town in my head. I try to imagine all the people coming in and out, and I believe everyone has a story that needs to be told. The man at the grocery store, the local bartender and the mailman, all have a story. No matter what occupation people have, what they’re background is, everyone has a unique life, which ultimately is going to be an intriguing base for a new story. The inspiration comes from the fact that that I have built this town and the men of Cattle Valley are mine and it’s up to me to give them the happily-ever-after they deserve.

When the concept for Cattle Valley came to me, I decided I needed a website for the town. I’d hoped it would give the stories an added dimension, and it was so much fun to create. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that the website would convince some people that Cattle Valley was literally a real town. For the first several years, I received emails asking for directions because people couldn’t find it on the map. They would email the mayor via the website asking political questions. While it made me feel good that people loved the town, it also made me feel bad. I suddenly felt like I was tricking them, something I never set out to do. I still have the website and it gets updated with my new releases. You can check it out at http://www.CattleValley.net.

Snake Charmer is the newest release from the Cattle Valley series and this story explores the relationship between Snake and Riley.

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When security consultant and ex-mercenary, Gabrielo ‘Snake’ Barbas, thwarts an attack of one of his co-workers, Riley Banks, he takes it upon himself to keep the smaller man safe. His job is made harder when he discovers the attacker is actually Riley’s ex-boyfriend, a ruthless man from a very wealthy and powerful family.

After a night of passion, Snake decides to take Riley far away from Richmond, Virginia to a town in Wyoming for the annual Cattle Valley Days celebration. He should have known that sex with Riley wouldn’t be enough, but he feels he has nothing else to give such a nice guy. Riley is the sexiest man Snake’s ever taken to his bed despite Riley’s claim otherwise.

Riley knows he’s average-looking at best, so why does Snake continue to flatter him? It’s obvious he’s not going to kick Snake out of bed, even after Snake informs him that sex is all he has to give. Why does Snake see him so differently than the rest of the world?

While Riley is busy trying to figure out the man who touches him like no other has before, Snake is busy trying to protect him from a monster in a business suit.

 

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About the Author:  An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.

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What’s His Passion Launch Blog Tour – Giveaway

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A bit about L.M. Somerton:

I’ve answered a lot of blog interview questions in the past, here are a few of my favorites on a whole range of random subjects!

Do you believe in love at first sight?
I do – what a lovely fantasy – but it’s never happened to me sadly, I’m more of a slow burn girl!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Wasdale in the English Lake District or maybe the North Cornwall coast. Can I have cottages in both places please?

If you were to do a reality show, which one would it be?
Strictly Come Dancing – love the sparkly dresses and the fit male dancers!

What is the craziest, most exciting, or most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve white water rafted the Zambezi – definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done.

Name a celebrity, athlete, musician, etc. you’d most like to get naughty with.
Just one? That’s too difficult…. Okay, Tyler Hoechlin who plays Derek in Teen Wolf. Scrummy.

Favourite movie?
The Sting

Dream Car?
Aston Martin DB9

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour?
Vanilla (yes, really!)

7_28 picturinglysander_800Photography, like love, should have no limits.

Lysander Brock is a talented photographer and capturing the perfect picture is his passion. His work takes him all over the world and he is famous for his willingness to take risks for the perfect image.

Kyle Dawson is tasked by his mysterious employer to obtain Brock’s services for a dangerous job and he’s prepared to use any method to ensure that the young photographer does as he’s told. Breaking and entering and blackmail are just tools of his trade.

Despite the circumstances, the spark of attraction between Brock and Kyle is strong. Brock’s addiction to adrenaline-fuelled adventure holds him captive, just as much as Kyle’s brooding dominant appeal. As a fragile trust builds between them, Kyle takes a gamble and tells Brock the truth about his mission. Can Brock accept the challenges ahead—as a photographer and as a man?

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About the Author: Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

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Interview and Giveaway: Jennah Scott

Long and Short Reviews welcome Jennah Scott, whose latest release Unexpected Vacation was released last month. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a digital copy of the book.

Jennah’s been writing for around four years, celebrating her first year of publication this past January. She has written about fifteen books and eleven of them have been published – a mix of full-length, short stories, and novellas.

“Which of the books you’ve written is your favorite?” I asked.

“My favorite…hmm which child would I pick,” she said with a smile. “I think I’ll go with Unexpected Vacation. Writing a f/f story was a challenge from a friend of mine. When I started writing it I didn’t want to stop. Their story flowed so easily. In fact, I love Haley and Savannah so much they are prominent in the next book as well.”

When she was growing up, she wanted to be a teacher.

“I used to set up all of my toys in my room like a class of students. My parents bought me a chalkboard and I had that to teach them with,” she told me. “If I remember correctly, my favorite subject to teach was English and Reading.”

“What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?” I wondered.

“I made my husband help me reenact a scene from Scrap Metal. My co-author wrote the scene, but as I read it I couldn’t picture it in my mind. The scene involved the tailgate of a truck with the heroine lying on it. Since I couldn’t see how it worked, and my husband has a truck, I made him go outside with me late at night and reenact the positions. For someone as short as I am (only five foot one) the scene didn’t work. For my co-writer who’s a bit taller it worked, but not as well as she’d envisioned! Needless to say, we rewrote that scene so it would be a little more comfortable for the characters.”

With Jennah’s work, most of the time the plot comes first. She’ll get an idea for a story (Hero/Heroine #1 goes to Fiji on vacation. They want…/ Hero/Heroine #2 are on a mission to find…). Then she fills in the details of the who the characters are.

She calls herself either a plottser or a planster.

“I do both plot and pants,” she explained. “When I write I find the story flows better if I have the beginning, middle, and end figured out. But I need the freedom to let my characters fill in the details on how I get to each point.”

I asked her to tell us about her next project, and she admitted to having a bad habit of working on multiple projects at once.

“Let’s see.” She thought for a minute. “I can tell you about my next F/F book. It features Jamie from Unexpected Vacation and Mistress Phoenix. They get the chance to get to know each other in Fiji. I’ve got to say so far it’s one of my favorite books.”

The worse problem with starting multiple projects at a time is not being able to decide to work on when she has the time to sit down and write–not to mention that she’s easily distracted.

“Some days I’m certain I have the worst possible case of ADD,” she told me.

“Do you write in multiple genres or just one?” I wondered.

“I do write multiple genres. I have a 4-part serial novel in the works. Parts one and two are already available. It is a paranormal with a vampire species who live off the emotion of humans—good or bad. Also, I’m working on a shifter story for Decadent Publishing. I’m hoping it will be part of their new Roar line of new adult shifter stories.”

Finally, I asked, “What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?”

“The absolute hardest piece of advice I received is the same I share with new writers. Take your time. Publishing is a process full of waiting. You wait to finish that first book. You wait to hear from an agent or editor. After you get your agent or editor you wait for the next step. Nothing rushed ends in good results in this business.”

7_23 UnexpectedVacationThe one thing Savannah didn’t plan for on her wedding day was to be left standing alone at the altar. Runaway bride? Try runaway groom.

Haley had planned to stand at her best friend’s side through sickness and health, for richer or poorer…not to mention watching the woman she fell in love with marry a man she barely gets along with.

After Savannah’s wedding day falls apart Haley has to push all her intimate desires to the side and be the supportive friend she knows Savannah needs. But was suggesting they turn her would-be honeymoon into a vacation to Bora Bora her brightest idea?

When emotions boil over, desires are shared—hello, nipple play and oral teasing—and the sun and sand beckon. And two women discover they need each other more than they realized.

A Romantica® LGBT female/female erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

About the Author: 7_23 J.Scott PicBorn and raised in Texas, Jennah is a transplant to Missouri long enough ago she should probably consider that her hometown. But she will forever be a Texan. She loves to write any story that will make a reader smile, laugh, and maybe even cry (although you won’t ever hear her admit that she cries). Whether the next story she writes is contemporary, urban fantasy, LGBT, or whatever other crazy idea she comes up with, there will always be love and romance in the midst of trials and turmoil.

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Shakespeare and Erotica? by Esmae Browder – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Shakespeare and Erotica?
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Esmae Browder

“To be or not to be? That is the…wait! Stop! Put on thy clothes, woman!”

We all know that’s not how Shakespeare’s famous line from Hamlet was written! But wouldn’t it be fun if it was? In my latest erotic series, I attempt to take some of the Bard’s most famous works and spice them up a bit by adding in some steamy sexual adventures. Now before you get all upset and start screaming about how doing such a thing is practically sacrilegious, let me explain a few things…

I adore William Shakespeare. I am certain that in another life I was his girlfriend. Probably even his muse. Probably. However, I do feel that Will could have spiced up his leading female characters a bit! Some of them never really got a chance to explore their back story. Since he’s been dead for over 400 years, it’s fallen to me to do this task for him. Hence, the Naughty Shakespeare series. Each book in the series is either a prequel to the original Shakespearean tale or a retelling.

Ophelia’s Lessons is a modern day prequel to the tragedy, Hamlet. Remember how sweet, innocent, and virginal Ophelia was as Hamlet’s girlfriend? How she doted on him? How she was a complete doormat for her father and brother to walk on? I always wondered why she was like that! Ophelia’s Lessons sets up trying to explain who Ophelia really is. Trust me. She ain’t all that innocent! With the help of Hamlet’s best friend, Horatio, Ophelia learns a lot about sex, love, and pleasing yourself in the process of understanding both.

I love erotica and I love re-boots of old ideas. Shakespeare? Erotica? Oh yeah. They definitely go together! Shakespeare created a fantastic play. I just shook a little sexual spice on one of the characters! I hope you’ll check out the series in its entirety! It includes Ophelia’s Lessons (Hamlet), Ravishing Rosaline (Romeo and Juliet), and The Taming of the Prude (The Taming of the Shrew ). I’ll be at the Romance Writers of America Conference July 23-26 and have decided to do a free book giveaway those days for all three books. Be sure and drop by Amazon and get your copy!

May all your nights be steamy!–Esmae Browder

MEDIA KIT book cover ophelia's lessonsSweet, innocent Ophelia–she wants nothing more than to marry Hamlet Elsinore. But what does a simple virgin know about pleasing a man like the sophisticated and charming Hamlet? Not a whole lot, but when her seductive roommate, Portia, learns of Ophelia’s interest, she gets Horatio to “teach” the innocent girl everything she’ll need to know to seduce his best friend, Hamlet.

Set in modern day, this prequel to Hamlet is steamy enough to have even the Bard blushing! Enjoy this first book of Literotica in the Naughty Shakespeare series.

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Character Interview: Lucien from Size Matters – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Character Interview: Lucien from Size Matters

What’s your favorite pastime?

Lucien: That’s easy, reading. And my favorite kind of fiction is Horror and Mystery.

Do you see Trey as disabled?

Lucien: I did at first, oh that’s so sad that the guy is blind, you know? But then I got to know him and Trey is so curious about life and everything, so sensual and needy and eager. I have to consciously remember that he can’t see so some things are more difficult for him.

What’s your favorite position?

Lucien: I love being inside Trey while he’s on his hands and knees and making him come without any stimulation to his cock.

Speaking of Trey, what do you like best about him?

Lucien: That he’s so eager for sensation, for knowledge. And the way he lights up whenever he hears my voice. You can’t fake that – I know he really loves me.

7_21 sizematters_800Trey is a natural submissive, but no one wants to take on a blind man. When Trey and Lucien hit it off, it could be the answer to Trey’s prayers.

When Lucien meets his favorite author at a book signing, he’s surprised to discover the man is not only blind, but much younger than he’d expected. He’s even more surprised to discover that Trey shares a passion of his—BDSM.

Trey loves his life as a horror mystery writer, but it is a lonely one. Immediately drawn to Lucien, he’s surprised and intrigued when Lucien ferrets out his interests in certain aspects of BDSM right from the start.

Is Lucien exactly who Trey’s been waiting for, or is it too good to be true?

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About the Author: Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organising his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channelling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago”.

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything
www.seanmichaelwrites.com
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Where I Write by Casey Moss – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Casey will be awarding a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Amazon or B&N to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Where I Write by Casey Moss

Hi everyone! I’m happy to be here today talking about my favorite writing spot.

I typically write wherever I can. In a vehicle: if someone else is driving, I’m writing in a note book or on my iPhone, or if I’m driving, I’m dictating into a recorder. At the doctor’s office: sometimes it takes a while to get in and be seen. Might as well use that time wisely. ;) So I always have a notebook with me. At home: I’m either in my office, in the living room or outside.

When I had to sit down and think about what I wanted to say in this post, I realized my favorite place to write is outside. There’s something to be said about being out in nature—having the sunny, blue sky overhead, a gentle breeze, being away from the distractions of phones and computers…emails, social networks…and not getting sucked into a television show or two. I like being out in nature. I feel that I’m better able to hear my muse to channel the stories he wants me to write down. Being outdoors also helps me to just write and not have my internal editor yapping in my ear about every little thing and nitpicking me to distraction. :)

You may be asking, “You write outside? Don’t you live in the southwest of the United States?” Yes, I do, and it does get hot here in the summer, which means I can’t be out in the middle of the day for very long. So, for a couple of months, I have to make a point of it to get up early—and for those who know me they know how hard that can be—to have cool morning shade to write in. I’ll grab a notebook and pen and sit at the table on my patio. When the temps are behaving, I’ll lay out some times on the lounge chair or ground and write and get some sun at the same time. I’ve written many portions of my stories out in my back yard on my patio. Though in the summer when it is hot and I haven’t woken up early enough, I’ve gone down to the pool where I can take dips in the water to cool down in between writing scenes. I’ve been inspired for some interesting scenes down at the pool, too.

So dear readers, what do you do in the summer to cool down?

Thanks for joining me here today!

7_10 Cover_Open World – C.O.V.E.NThe world has broken out in wars. Las Vegas has been ravaged by chemical warfare and is now home to several clans and creatures.

Welcome to I-D-8 Entertainment’s newest game: Clans of Vegas—Endless Night.

Friends and family have gathered for a crunch time playtest of C.O.V.E.N.. When a horrible thunderstorm hits, everyone’s sucked into the game for real. In the MMORPG, Hope Collins is kidnapped by Buzz and forced to submit to his whims. Her boyfriend, Alden, has to delay his quest of defeating a clan’s prince to save her, but time and circumstance don’t seem to be on his side. Faith Collins is bombarded by strange dreams brought on by Buzz. Her boyfriend, Tavis, learns to dream walk, but can he help break the spell she’s under and save her before she’s lost to him?

C.O.V.E.N. is more than just a game. It’s a whole other world.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Hope appeared in the middle of what looked to be a homeless shelter. It wasn’t what she’d pictured back at…

She shook her head and scratched it. Where’d she come from? Where was it that she wanted to go? Her mind acted like a blank chalkboard being looked at through a fisheye lens. Writing appeared hazy and indecipherable on the outer edges of the sphere, but the blackness in the middle was clean.

Her body tensed, reacted as if she should run. With wide eyes, she surveyed the area. People on chairs and benches were scattered through the large room. Broken windows and shattered glass doors at the entrance looked out upon a gray day. The other way revealed an opening to a courtyard type parking lot with long carports on the perimeter.

A young, Goth-looking cashier with black hair, white makeup and piercings in her lips, eyebrows and ears, gaped at her as if she had grown a pair of horns and sprouted a third eye in the middle of her forehead.

Hope wavered, trying to reconcile what was happening. She knew her name, knew that she had a family and wanted to be a dancer? But anything else? “Where am I? How’d…how’d I get here?” Her voice faltered over the questions. She stared at the teen.

“You in the ol’ bus term.” The goth snapped the gum in her mouth. “How ya got ‘ere is beyon’ me. Ya jist kinda appeared outta nothing.”

Another teen in his goth phase came up to them. “Yeah. Poof. There you be. Totes mcgotes cray-cray.”

“But I don’t want to be here.” Tears of frustration pooled in Hope’s eyes. She swiped at them. She was tired. She was hungry. She was dirty and hot. In the time she’d been in the bus station, dry, oven-like air had sapped all the moisture from her skin. She believed she was a walking piece of water-depleted, brittle clay, which would crumble into dust and blow away with the slightest touch.

“Then flash on outta ‘ere like ya did to git ‘ere.” The goth’s voice was monotone with no vestige of sympathy.

Hope closed her eyes, did her best to picture a place to go to, but none came to mind. Try as she might to ‘flash on out,’ she continued to stand amongst a bunch of uncaring strangers.

The goth shook her head and ran her black-nailed fingers through her hair. “Guess ya usin’ the door like the rest o’ us.” She chomped on her gum a few times, then tilted her head toward the exit.

About the Author:7_10 AuthorPic_Open World – C.O.V.E.NCasey Moss delves into the darker aspects of life in her writing, sometimes basing the stories on reality, sometimes on myth. No matter the path, her stories will take you on a journey from the light-hearted paranormal to dark things unspeakable. What waits around the corner? Come explore…

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Character Interview with Onca and Kim from REBEL by Cheryl Brooks – guest blog and giveaway

A special welcome to Cheryl Brooks, author of the popular Cat Star Chronicle series. Her latest release is Rebel, and she brings us a character interview with Onca and Kim from that book. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a print copy of the book.

Marla Elkhorn: Good afternoon, everyone! Or evening or morning, or whatever time it is on whatever planet you happen to be on at the moment.

Onca: (chuckles) It’s ten in the morning in this sector of Rhylos, if that helps.

Marla: (smiles indulgently and clears throat) Well, yes…as I was saying… I’m here today with Onca and Kim, the hero and heroine of Rebel, the latest installment in The Cat Star Chronicles by Cheryl Brooks. Let’s start with you, Kim. Without giving away too many spoilers, tell us a little bit about your adventures. You’d been living on the streets of Damenk since the age of, what?

Kim: Ten. Everyone else in my family was killed by Nedwut bounty hunters. I’d been on the run for twelve years when I met Onca.

Marla: Just as an aside for those of you who don’t know the story of Zetith, Onca, can you give us a brief rundown of the history?

Onca: Not to put too fine a point on it, our planet, Zetith, was destroyed by Nedwuts working for Rutger Grekkor, a very rich man whose wife, Amelyana, took a Zetithian lover. After Grekkor killed the lover, Amelyana went back to Zetith to find another man. Grekkor then hired mercenaries to destroy our entire species along with our planet. Needless to say, he was kinda nutso on top of being the jealous type.

Marla: Another thing our viewers may not know is why Amelyana would take such a risk. Can you tell us—

Kim: It’s because Zetithian men are irresistible—particularly to Terran women. (giggles) They have to be because we Zetithian women aren’t what you’d call easy.

Onca: Earth girls are very easy for a Zetithian guy. Trust me. I know.

Marla: (bats eyelashes) And you made quite a lot of money finding that out, didn’t you?

Onca: A fortune, actually. I was the last star attraction of the Zetithian Palace brothel. My two partners, Tarq and Jerden, each found love, and since Zetithians mate for life, once you’ve chosen a mate and become imprinted with their scent, your days as a hooker are over.

Marla: I see. And you and Kim are mates now?

Kim: I believe that’s a given, considering the genre of our story.

Marla: And just how would you describe that genre?

Kim: (runs a hand through her mop of brown curls) I’m not sure, really. Romantic erotic action/adventure humorous suspense?

Onca: Don’t forget the futuristic sci-fi aspect. And the mystery of why your friends disappeared.

Marla: (frowns) Doesn’t the romance get lost with all of that going on?

Onca: (laughing) It was the other way around, actually. The romance tended to get in the way of the action. Damned inconvenient sometimes.

Kim: (gives Onca a playful slap on his muscular arm) Can I help it if you’re my type? Those sexy green eyes and that long auburn hair—not to mention the pointed ears, fangs, and cat-like eyes. And he purrs. *sighs* He makes me purr, too. I never much cared for men until he came along.

Onca: (shrugs) That’s the way Zetithian girls are. They gotta have a guy who can purr—among other things.

Marla: That’s, um, nice… Oh, my… You’re purring now, aren’t you?

Kim: Cool, huh? But don’t get your hopes up. He’s mine, and I’m keeping him. He thought he was too old for me, but I proved him wrong. If you want a Zetithian of your own, you’ll have to go to Terra Minor to find one. That’s where most of us live now.

Marla: (fans self) I may have to do that.

Kim: Of course, you’ll have a lot of competition. The female population there has doubled since it was designated as the new Zetithian homeworld. You might even have trouble getting your immigration application approved.

Onca: (taps chin) My friends Cat and Jack have three sons who are about nineteen now. Last I heard they were still unmated, but since they live on Jack’s starship, you might have a hard time tracking them down. (turns toward Kim) You know, what with Jack considering an unmated male Zetithian to be such an abomination, I’m surprised she hasn’t found mates for them yet. She’s been hounding me to quit the brothel and settle down for years.

Kim: Maybe she’s waiting until they turn twenty.

Onca: Maybe. Either that or she’s advising them to hold out for rich wives.

Kim: (leaps to her feet, her hands fisted on her hips) Jack isn’t like that, and you know it!

Onca: Yeah yeah… You’re right. And if the woman’s scent isn’t right, the show’s over, no matter how rich she is. Case in point, Trag and Tychar. They never could do it with that Darconian queen who owned them. I needed a fluffer to do the Darconians who came to the brothel. (shakes head) Still can’t believe it worked.

Kim: Seeing as how Darconians are reptilian, I’m not surprised. Although Ganyn was really put out when you and I got together.

Onca:(still purring) She’ll get over it. Someday. You, on the other hand, never will…

Kim: Do you hear me complaining?

Marla: Have I lost control of this interview?

Kim: Probably. When he starts purring, well… Let’s just say we need to find someplace more, um, private to finish the discussion.

Marla: (jaw drops in astonishment) Discussion? You mean you want me to come with you?

Onca: (takes Kim’s hand and kisses it before nipping her thumb with his fangs) Nope. She’s telling you we need to get lost for a while. Or maybe you’re the one who needs to get lost.

Marla: Yes, well, that’s all for now, everyone. This is Marla Elkhorn signing off from possibly my final interview. (switches off her comlink and turns to Onca) Now… tell me again. How can I get to Terra Minor?

About the Author:  7_8 Cheryl Brooks Cheryl Brooks is a former critical care nurse turned romance writer. Her Cat Star Chronicles series includes Slave, Warrior, Rogue, Outcast, Fugitive, Hero, Virgin, Stud, Wildcat, and the current release, Rebel. She is a member of the RWA and IRWA and lives with her husband and sons near Bloomfield, Indiana.

Author Website: http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/

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7_8 rebelHe’s Had a Galaxy of Women

A refugee of the annihilated planet Zetith, Onca has no family and no surname—only the fortune accrued by selling his prime services in a high-class brothel. When he comes to the rescue of a homeless Zetithian woman, passion flares, but he dares not touch someone who seems so young and innocent…

But None Has Touched His Heart

Kimcasha has lived by her wits on the streets since the age of ten. When her friends start to go missing, Kim uses herself as bait to find them, but her plans goes awry when Onca intervenes. As they are led into a dangerous underworld, Onca offers to join her crusade to liberate her friends, and Kim cannot refuse…