Q&A and Giveaway Giselle Renarde

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Hi, Skye Warren here! I’m the New York Times Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction, and I’m also the editor of Take the Heat, an anthology of criminal romance. I’m so excited to share this release with you.

 One of the best parts of putting together this anthology was seeing what each author did. Giselle Renarde’s story was so tense and expertly crafted and utterly unique. I’m excited to share her interview…

  1. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing professionally since 2006. I keep thinking I should turn that into a tagline, somehow. Like, “Pussies and dicks since 2006!” No? No good? I’ll stick with “Canada just got hotter,” in that case.

  1. Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

I got the idea for my story “Acquitted” when my girlfriend and I attended this pot luck read-through night with a local theatre company. My Sweet is such a theatre person—she works in theatre, she subscribes to seasons, she’s just mad for theatre. So we were at this event where they were doing scenes from every play in their upcoming season, and one scene had to do with this guy finding a dead body in a river, and how the image impacted him. It impacted me, too—the description, that is—and the whole thing kind of warped in my mind. What if the guy who found the body was actually the same guy who’d put her there?

  1. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?

I almost don’t want to talk about it because I’m so afraid of jinxing the project, but okay, you’ve pulled it out of me: I’m writing my first dark romance. The idea came to me when I was cutting through the property of this old Victorian mansion that is, apparently, a rehab centre. I’ve lived in the same neighbourhood for over a decade and never noticed this place before. It’s kind of tucked away, I guess. Anyway, as I was walking through this property, feeling like I shouldn’t be there, I wondered what would happen if the staff at the facility were as Victorian as the structure. What if they spotted me and were convinced I was a patient trying to escape? What if they grabbed me and forced me into the building and…and…and…?

  1. What are you reading now?

I pulled my copy of “La Belle et la Bete” off the shelf just the other day. I bought it couple years ago in Ottawa, but never read it. (Every time I’m there, I pick up a few folio livres de poche at Librairie du Soleil.) Anyway, as soon as I spotted it, it occurred to me that Beauty and the Beast is kinda THE ORIGINAL dark romance. Well, maybe not the first. It was written in the 1700s. There might have been others that came before it. But certainly, after all these centuries, it’s still a story that springs to mind when we think about capture.

  1. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

Either they come to me or they don’t. Titles strike like lightning. Either I have the PERFECT title before I even start writing the book, or I never find the perfect title and I just have to make do with whatever my brain comes up with. Better when inspiration strikes.

  1. What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I am a full-time writer and I’m always working. I write during the day, usually 7 days a week unless I have something special going on (like visiting my mom—HA! I’m such a dork.) and in the evenings I’m doing book formatting, uploading, marketing… basically anything I can do in front of the TV. Because what would life be without daily reruns of Gilmore Girls broadcast on the Christian network with all the profanity bleeped out? (They even bleep the word “sex”!)

  1. Have you ever eaten a crayon?

No, but I’d do it for $20. Hell, I’d do it for $5.

  1. Ebook or print? And why?

I only read print books. Ebooks feel like working, because when I’m revising or proofing my own work, I’m reading it on a computer screens. Screens equate to work, in my mind, so when I’m relaxing with a book I want to hold it in my hands and smell the paper (unless it’s one of those really old library books that smells like vomit. Pass.)

  1. How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I think it has to do with me being different. I’m queer. I’ll write straight stuff, but I’m not big-time into men and the men who do draw my eye look nothing like the Harlequin heroes. My work has always been called “quirky” and “different.” I honestly can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that from editors, reviewers, readers. My work won’t appeal to everyone, but that’s okay. I learned years ago that trying to be someone else just turns out awkward and unappealing.

  1. What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?

When I first started writing, a lot of publishers and editors told me to stop with the lesbian erotica and fiction about queer women. I understand why they said this: because, generally speaking, it does sell. But, honestly, telling a queer chick not to write about queer chicks is like… SUPER-super not cool. I kind of felt like they were placing my identity under erasure and telling me to be someone I’m not—telling me to act straight, in essence. And then Rachel Kramer Bussel came along and told me that was terrible advice and thank the gods of queerdom for her, because my bestselling book of all time is extremely raunchy lesbian fetish erotica. (It’s called Nanny State, in case you’re wondering.)

Skye Warren: Thanks so much, Giselle! And thank you all for coming to check out Take the Heat. If you’re down for a dark ride, I hope you’ll read it!

9_11 Cover_Take the HeatThe ultimate bad boys, criminals capture our attention and awaken our darkest desires. Celebrate the illicit in this romantic suspense anthology, where handcuffs are used for more than play. These stories are shocking, sexy, and thought-provoking.

In New York Times Bestselling Author Skye Warren’s Magnolia Hotel, meet the heroine who pays her brother’s debt to a loan shark—who happens to be her childhood crush. Find out if the jury made the right decision in Acquitted by award-winning author Giselle Renarde. Explore a dark and sensual psychology with New York Times Bestselling Author Pam Godwin in Unlawful Seduction.

Ride the edge of desire and see if you can TAKE THE HEAT…

Skye Warren – Magnolia Hotel
Cynthia Richards – Captivated
Pam Godwin – Unlawful Seduction
Sheri Savill – Slipknot
Shoshanna Evers – This Might Hurt A Bit
Candy Quinn – The Bombshell
Tamsin Flowers – Playing with Fire
Elizabeth Coldwell – Disposing of Donnie
Audrey Lusk – Surprise Witness
Trent Evans – Last Day
Giselle Renarde – Acquitted

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About the Author:  Giselle Renarde is a queer Canadian, contributor to more than 100 short story anthologies, and award-winning author of juicy books like Anonymous, Cherry, Bali Nights, Nanny State, the Wedding Heat series and the Adam and Sheree trilogy. Giselle lives across from a park with two bilingual cats who sleep on her head.

 

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Unconscious Craft by Lisabet Sarai – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Unconscious Craft

By Lisabet Sarai

 No one ever taught me how to write a novel. Still, the very first one I wrote (Raw Silk, back in 1999) was accepted immediately by the publisher to whom I sent it (and has been reprinted to two publishers since). It’s not great literature, perhaps, but it has all the required features called out by texts on the writer’s craft: conflict, a plot arc, a climax, a resolution. The characters develop and change over the course of the book. There’s some nice symmetry from one chapter to the next. The ending leaves no serious loose ends.

I didn’t think about any of this while I was writing. However, I’ve been reading novels for as long as I can remember – lots and lots of novels. I assume that I’ve unconsciously absorbed quite a lot of knowledge about the typical structure of long fiction.

Since then, depending on your definitions, I’ve written seven or eight more novels – largely on instinct. I do make some conscious choices about novel structure, but to a large extent I’m going by what feels right.

Sometimes a critic will point out and praise stylistic or structural features after the fact. For instance, I had a reviewer comment on the Shakespearean allusions and parallels in Incognito. Aside from deliberately naming my heroine Miranda because her father was a Shakespearean scholar, I didn’t do any of that deliberately. However, I found the reviewer’s arguments persuasive.

The subconscious is a marvelous thing.

I was thinking about my latest novel The Ingredients of Bliss and realized it has a rather nice structural characteristic that I didn’t really plan. The book is simultaneously propelled by both an inner and an outer conflict. Although they are not directly related, the resolution of the outer conflict triggers or influences the inner conflict in a rather satisfying way.

The outer conflict is the heroine Emily’s quest to rescue her lovers Harry and Etienne from the clutches of a Chinese criminal gang. She hatches a multi-step plan that takes multiple chapters to execute. She encounters setbacks but pushes forward in her determination to save the two men.

The inner conflict revolves around Emily’s confusion about her feelings for Harry and Etienne. At the start of the book, she is sexually involved with both men, but is unsure about what role they might play in her future. Does she love Harry? Etienne? Both of them? Should she extricate herself from both relationships before someone gets hurt? The situation is complicated by the variability in her sexual role. Is she submissive? Dominant? Both? Neither?

As she perseveres in her efforts to resolve the outer conflict by freeing her lovers, answers to these questions become clear. I don’t want to tell you what she decides – I’d much rather have you read the book! However, I’m impressed by the way my subconscious managed to make it all work!

 

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One sexy French chef. One kinky American TV producer. One ambitious Chinese gal who thinks she wants them both. The ingredients of bliss? Or a recipe for disaster?

Accomplished cook Mei Lee ‘Emily’ Wong knows exactly what she wants—her own show on the Tastes of France food channel. But life is full of complications. First, her deceptively nerdy producer, Harry Sanborne, initiates Emily into the delights of submission. Then her boss, legendary chef Etienne Duvalier, begs her to dominate him. Emily just can’t resist—especially when Harry orders her to explore her inner Mistress. Suave and sexy Etienne will do whatever she asks—in the bedroom if not in the kitchen. And Harry, her lovingly diabolical Dom, adores pushing Emily’s limits.

When the network sends the trio to France to shoot a series of cooking shows on location, Emily knows her career is on the upswing. Her plans fall apart in Marseille as a Hong Kong drug syndicate kidnaps both Etienne and Harry. The Iron Hammer Triad mistakes Etienne for notorious gangster Jean Le Requin, who has stolen their drug shipment, worth millions. Emily realizes she must find the real Le Requin, retrieve the purloined dope, and bargain it for Harry’s and Etienne’s lives. The secret she’s been keeping from Harry might prove useful. Still, what chance does one woman whose knife skills are limited to chopping vegetables, have against the ruthless cruelty of two criminal organisations?

 

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About Lisabet Sarai:

I started both writing and cooking at an early age, and I’ve continued to indulge both passions as I’ve matured. Usually I’m an improvisational cook; I’m not all that fond of following recipes, and when I do, I almost always introduce my own variations. My philosophy tends to be the more spice, the better.

You could say the same about my writing. Since the release of my debut novel Raw Silk in 1999, I’ve published lots of erotica and erotic romance in almost every sub-genre– more than fifty single author titles, plus dozens of short stories in various erotic anthologies, including the Lambda winner Where the Girls Are and the IPPIE Best Erotic Book of 2011, Carnal Machines. My gay scifi erotic romance Quarantine won a Rainbow Awards 2012 Honorable Mention.

I have more degrees than anyone would ever need, from prestigious educational institutions who would no doubt be deeply embarrassed by my chosen genre. Widely traveled but still with a long bucket list of places to go, I currently live in Southeast Asia with my indulgent husband and two exceptional felines, where I pursue an alternative career that is completely unrelated to my creative writing.

Website: http://www.lisabetsarai.com

Blog: http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com

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What Scares Me the Most by P.J. Fiala – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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As an author, what scares me the most is…

Critiques.

I have always wanted to be a writer. It was actually a running joke between my husband and I for years. Something would happen and he would say, “There’s a subject for your book” or “Put that one in your book.” We’ve been married for 29 years, so you can imagine, there were many things tucked away for the day I would write.

I finally started a job in late summer of 2012 which I absolutely hated. Terrible environment, horrible policies, no support for anything, egotistical, lazy bosses. I decided, it was time to finally write and maybe one day I could put that job behind me. I sat down to write my first book, Second Chances, and it was written in two months. Then came the first book in the Rolling Thunder Series, Dog Days of Summer and soon after the second book in the Rolling Thunder Series, Rydin The Storm Out. Sweet, right?

Not sweet. Writing the stories is the easiest part. You can write the best book in the world, but if no one knows about it, it doesn’t matter. Getting the word out is the hardest part. It’s a fine balancing act between self-promotion and marketing your work and yet not sounding like a broken record.

So, I set out to learn the world of marketing and publishing hoping to make my splash in that very large pool. What I learned, and continue to learn, is that there is a lot more to learn. There are many, many helpful independent authors out there who have taken me by the hand and helped me with this process. There are just as many people who can’t wait to knock you down a few pegs.

Every author will also tell you that every author has a different writing style than any other author. That’s okay, in fact, it’s better than okay, it’s fabulous. That means as readers, you get a variety of writing styles, authors and stories. It wouldn’t be very interesting if everyone wrote the same way, would it? When writing a review for a book, I would like to challenge all readers to answer the following questions in their reviews:

1. Was the story interesting? Sure you may have liked things to end differently or go a different way, but then you should write it. This was this particular author’s idea and they put it to paper and offered it to you for entertainment. There should be some reward for that.

2. Did it make you smile? Was there any part of the book or story that brought a smile to your face?

3. Did it make you cry or mad? If it brought any emotion out of you, it must have been a pretty good story, or you wouldn’t have gotten emotionally involved in it at all.

So, maybe you would have changed the beginning, middle or ending. Maybe you didn’t like a certain character. Maybe you thought a situation should have a different outcome. If you thought any of those things, you were involved in the story. When writing your review, please keep in mind, as an author, I have these stories running wild in my head. I’ve taken the time, energy, expense and emotional toil to bring those characters to life for you, the reader. That should count for something, shouldn’t it? My ego may be too fragile for reviews, but, being a writer shouldn’t be about people being mean for the sake of being mean. Be constructive, offer good comments as well as negative, if any, and be generous. After all, without authors writing stories to entertain you, you would be reading, well nothing.

9_9 Cover_Dog Days of SummerOwning Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. and raising his twin sons was top priority in Dog’s life. That was until he met Jocelyn James, the sweet, loving, single mother of Gunnar, a young man who works for Dog.

Joci raised Gunnar alone all of his life after her cheating, dickhead of a boyfriend ran off with another woman. She finished school, started her own graphic design business and hung out with friends and family. The last thing on her mind was men! That is until she met Dog.

The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is incredible. The family bond is like no other.

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There were times like this when Joci wanted to burst out laughing it felt so good. The wind in her face, running through her hair, the sun warming her skin, the roar all around her, seven hundred-plus pounds of pure unadulterated power between her legs, and she was controlling it all. Gliding through traffic with her son, Gunnar, just a few yards in front of her, feeling all the love and joy God made for her, just her. Yes, these were the times Joci enjoyed. She smiled as they came up behind a car and floated over to the left lane to pass. As she watched, Gunnar glided easily past the car, his dark hair pulled into a low ponytail, the two little kids in the back seat watching him and smiling at each other. You could tell they were thinking, Someday, I’m going to do that. Then as she pulled up alongside to pass them, they started smiling and pointing at her, one of them turning to the adult in the front seat and saying something causing the driver to look over at her as she passed him. He smiled at her, and Joci smiled back at the reaction; it happened often. She could almost hear the kids in the back: Look dad, a girl on a motorcycle.

She easily pulled in front of the car and continued on down the highway to their destination. She loved this life, this group of people that she had, at least, this in common with. A few minutes later, Gunnar and Joci put their turn signals on to turn off the highway, onto a frontage road, and into the parking lot of Rolling Thunder Motorcycles. They navigated the last few shoppers straggling out at the end of the day.

Gunnar worked at Rolling Thunder Motorcycles as a mechanic for the past year. He loved working here. He loved the people he worked with, he loved the customers and their bikes, he loved building bikes, and lately Dog had let him help in the design on some of the custom bikes they were known for. And well-known they were becoming. Dog built some of the hottest bikes around. He had recently been in Rider magazine, and showcased on several “biker” shows. His reputation for building beautiful, custom, mechanically sound bikes was becoming legend.

About the Author:9_9 AuthorPic_Dog Days of SummerI was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, and played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm! That was interesting. Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the humane society because they had been abused was interesting. I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of breeding and feeding schedules, the never ending haying in the summer, and trying to stay warm in the winter. Our first winter in Wisconsin we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days! Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.

I am now married with four children and two grandchildren and a new one on the way this summer. I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow. Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful, and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way. At every gas station, restaurant, and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing as well as offer advice on which roads in the area are better than others.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud. Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

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Ten Things You Might Not Know About London Saint James – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Thanks so much for having me over to visit today to talk a little bit about my new release from Roane Publishing, Welcome to Paradise and to talk a smidge about me! I had a great time writing this novella which is the introduction to a new western erotic romance series I’m writing called Paradise Ranch, set on a 980 acre cattle ranch in West Texas.

As I sat down to write my post, in hopes to give you and your readers some insight into London and who I am, I thought about the topic, “A day behind the scenes with me.” But, um, yeah. I’m not that exciting. Like many women, I wear many hats, and do normal things like laundry and grocery shopping. I thought, perhaps it might be a little more fun to let you know ten things most people don’t know about me instead. After all, that has to be more entertaining than the life and times of London folding towels and cleaning out the lent trap. *Smiles* At least I hope it is.

Drum roll….Throws confetti…. Okay. No confetti. I hate when it gets in my hair.

1. I sometimes dance when I vacuum/clean the house. Not well, mind you, but I dance.

2. I sing in the shower.

3. I want to investigate a haunted dwelling with the Ghost Hunters.

4. I jumped off an extremely high cliff into a deep spring of water once, and have the video to prove my stupidity.

5. I watched Jack Nicholson (the famous actor) cross the crosswalk in front of my car while I was stopped at a stop light. I thought I was nuts or losing my mind until later that night on the local news I found out I wasn’t seeing things. He’d been filming in the vicinity I’d been that day.

6. I can play four musical instruments. Flute. Piccolo. Piano. Saxophone.

7. I love strawberry licorice.

8. I cut off my waist long hair to a short, short cut once to be given to Locks of Love.

9. On a whim I got a tattoo on a part of my body that isn’t usually exposed.

10. When you take a tumble while on a nature hike in the desert and the cacti becomes a prickly seat for your shocked and violated bottom, it really does hurt like a bitch. I know this for a fact!

9_5 ParadiseCoverJust three days before her thirtieth birthday, Acquisition Editor for Starling Press, Sutton Callaway, has buried the last of her family in the cemetery on the plot of land she inherited.

After turning down the powerful and wealthy owner of Triple Bar-S Ranch to sell her inheritance and walk away from the obligations of running one of the biggest cattle ranches in West Texas, Sutton puts her Dallas condo on the market, resigns her position from SP, packs the contents of her life into boxes, and heads for the one place filled with bittersweet memories—Paradise Ranch.

Will Sutton be able to handle the pressures of being the newly appointed cattle baroness, the rough and tumble men under her employ, and the temptation of a sexy mystery man? Or will her grandmother’s matriarchal boots be too big for her to fill?

About the Author: London wrote her first short story in the second grade. Her teacher informed her parents she had a big imagination, and as far as he was concerned, having a big imagination wasn’t necessarily a good thing, so she placed her vivid characters, her childhood stories, along with her imagination on the shelf, where they would wither for a while. After all, she needed to grow up and do the “sensible thing.”

Life moved on, London grew up, and the sensible thing earned London a degree in Psychology. She took a serious job in the real world, doing serious things and being a responsible adult, although the need to be a little irresponsible crept in. As a result, she started scribbling again.

Happy to find her imagination was still alive and kicking, she decided to pursue writing, walked away from doing the sensible thing, took on the world of the written word, and has never looked back!

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Q&A and Giveaway with Cecilia Tan, author of Slow Satisfaction

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How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?

A lot of people only use the word “pornography” when they want to put something down or criticize it, as if “porn” implies only things that are of low quality or in poor taste–but it comes from the misguided idea that ANY writing about sex is automatically of low quality or in poor taste. To me personally, there’s no real difference between “erotica” and “pornography” because it’s a false dichotomy between “good” and “bad,” or between “art” and “commercial.” It becomes erotic romance when you include emotional bonding and guarantee a happy ending. Erotic romance is a very specific flavor of erotica.

What authors do you think write excellent erotic fiction?

There are so many! There are some who were my erotic fiction peers in the nineties like Laura Antoniou, Thomas S. Roche, and M. Christian, and there are folks who broke onto the scene in the 2000s like Alison Tyler and Kal Cobalt, and more recently you’ve got a lot of talent coming through romance specifically, like Elizabeth Schechter, Tiffany Reisz, and L.A. Witt. I don’t get to read as much as I used to, though, because I’m writing so much. I’ve learned I can’t read a book while I’m writing a book. And lately I’m always writing a book.

How do you judge what makes a good erotic story when writing your own fiction?

Did it get me hot? That’s the number one thing. If I’m bored or unaroused while writing it, the reader will feel the same.

What are the biggest public misconceptions about erotic romance?

I think the biggest misconception is that romance novels are stupid or brainless, and especially that if there’s sex involved it must be even stupider. What’s terrible is that so many of the negative attitudes about romance are really just hidden misogyny. If men were writing and reading it, it’d be considered an art form, but because it’s by women for women a lot of people assume it’s worthless. The other really huge misconception is that what women enjoy in an erotic romance novel is the same thing they want in the actual bedroom. No one assumes that people who like to read mysteries actually want to be detectives, or murderers, for that matter. Readers of fiction actually do understand that they are reading fiction and that there’s a difference between fantasy and reality.

Who is your favorite erotic author and why?

I really can’t pick a single favorite of all time. I gave quite a list to an earlier question, and I could just keep adding to it: Pat Califia, John Preston, Angela Carter, Anais Nin, etc. If I had to say who I’m most excited about at the moment, whose books I’m hotly anticipating, though? It’s a tie between Tiffany Reisz and Alison Tyler. They both write very authentically and openly about kink and sexuality, with interesting characters and none of the “oh no!” blushing virgin kind of attitude that infuses a lot of the stuff out there.

9_1 Tan_Slow Satisfaction_TPJames has finally pushed Karina beyond her limit—not her limit for kinky sex play, but for his extreme secrecy. She has had enough and breaks things off. But James won’t give up on Karina and will do whatever it takes to get her back. He’s ready to share his deepest, darkest secrets, but is Karina ready to hear them?

James offers Karina not only the truth but a place at his side… onstage. He wants Karina to star in his final musical production and enter his life and his world fully and completely. As the two work together, they rekindle the trust and love they’d lost. But James’s world is full of deceit. When he is blackmailed by an unscrupulous music industry executive, James must give in to unreasonable demands or risk exposure of his and Karina’s secret sex life.

Will Karina and James’s love be strong enough to withstand the many obstacles being thrown their way?

 

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Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball, from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including The Siren and the Sword, The Tower and the Tears, The Incubus and the Angel, Black Feathers, Mind Games, White Flames,and The 50 Greatest Yankee Games. She has edited over 50 anthologies of erotica for Red Silk Editions, Thunder’s Mouth Press, Blue Moon Books, Masquerade Books, Ravenous Romance, and for the publishing house she founded, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Best American Erotica, and many other places, and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Slow Trains, Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball Magazine, Yankees Magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere.
 

 

 

 

 

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Summer In Australia
lacey hill-inlet-t (2)Summer in the land downunder is from December to February. Temperatures soar across our hot, dry continent but humidity is almost unbearable in coastal areas. Aussies hit the beaches, dams, rivers and pools. Wherever they can find water and relief. It’s the holiday season and over the six weeks of school holidays, which encompass Christmas and New Year, there is a mass migration to the coast.
The white, sandy beaches of Australia are vast and, it is said, the most beautiful in the world. The hunky lifesavers aren’t bad either. Kids build sandcastles, bury each other, or their parents and soak up the sun.

It is at this time of year the North of Australia is peppered with Cyclones, both large and small. No Aussie will ever forget Cyclone Tracy which hit Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1975 all but wiping out the entire city. The whole country rallied around these poor unfortunate souls. Then there were the floods which engulfed most of Queensland in 2011. Ninety percent of the state was under water, thousands of people had to be evacuated and you could have gone white water rafting down our street.

Summer is a time for gathering the family together, enjoying a beer and a barbie, seeing the latest movies, catching up with friends and enjoying the outdoors. It’s a time to relax and unwind before beginning a new year.

Australia is a lucky country and despite summer storms, floods and cyclones, we are blessed to call this great continent home.

lacey Greek Affair (2)Adrastos ‘Addie’ Papadakos is a Criminal. He arranges gun and drug deals with Russia and Niger. He is the product of a rape and to provide for her son, his mother is forced to become a whore. He grew up in a brothel where he learns about sex at the tender age of thirteen. He hates women.

Mario Anastopolous is a successful Banking Executive. He has just come out of a relationship where he hadn’t been satisfied.

When Addie ventures into a Gay Men’s Club in Athens, he meets Mario. Both had been on the lookout for a lover. Their attraction is instant.

Addie is domineering, in charge. Mario is meek, submissive.

When Mario accepts the invitation to go home with Addie, he doesn’t realize just how good his life is about to become. Following a night of spanking, sex, pain and pleasure, Addie makes Mario an offer that is too good to refuse. Mario gives up everything to be with this man who can provide him with the sexual variety he craves.

For the first time in his life, Addie has genuine feelings for someone else.

About the Author: I began writing romance with erotic overtones after being bombarded with ideas.

I am married, have two adult aged children and I am retired which gives me plenty of free time to enjoy the things I love most- family, travel, our dogs and writing.

I have two new books available, which I hope you enjoy, and another is in the planning.

I can be contacted by emailing: robertslacey1955@gmail.com

I am always happy to answer your questions or just have a chat.

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Happy Anniversary to LASR!

I thought I’d share some fun summer trivia with you today.

Did you know . . .

ky ann eiffel.tower (2)France’s Eiffel Tower can grow by more than 6 inches in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days.

July is the month where most ice cream is sold in the US. That’s why it’s National Ice Cream Month. Americans eat about 5.5 gallons of ice cream per year on average.

The Dog Days of Summer refers to the weeks between July 3rd and August 11th. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major.

Watermelon is a vegetable and is part of the cucumber, squash and pumpkin family. Americans eat 15 pounds each year.

Firefly light is usually intermittent and flashes in patterns that are unique to each species. Each blinking pattern is an optical signal that helps fireflies find potential mates.

Mosquitoes are insects that have been around for 30 million years. They have chemical sensors that can detect mammals from 100 feet away, and they have heat sensors to detect warm-blooded creatures. They have visual sensors that detect movement and contrast in colors. The first activity of an adult mosquito is to mate. The females lay their eggs and then live from days to months afterward. The male mosquito dies within days after mating.

A cricket’s chirp frequency fluctuates with temperature. Count the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, then add 37 to whatever number you reach and you have an approximate outside temperature.

And For a sizzling story on a hot summer day read Roped And Branded.

Do you have any special summer traditions? I love to garden. I can jams and jellies in the spring and salsa and veggies in the fall.

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ky ann ropedandbranded_msr (2)Southern Texas is in the grips of a heat wave and DaniLee Hunter needs a distraction. The man she wants refuses to acknowledge she’s all grown up, but the sexy ranch hand Waco is more than willing for an erotic roll in the hay. Everything in South Texas stings, bites, or prickles…including Cord Stiles. As foreman of the Iron H, he has enough to deal with—including his growing attraction for DaniLee. She’s wild and reckless—and impossible to ignore. It’s time she’s roped and branded…and he’s just the man to do it. The stakes are high in a late-night poke-her game. Cord, Dani and Waco lay their cards on the table. Winner takes all.

 

 

About the Author:KyAnn Waters is a multi-published, award winning author of erotic romance. She lives in Utah with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She spends her days writing and her evenings with her family. She enjoys sporting events on the television, thrillers on the big screen, and hot scenes between the pages of her books.

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Summer of Sport by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)
As I write this post, Wimbledon is winding down, but it’s been an exciting couple of weeks. And as this post goes live, the US Open is taking place. No doubt the tension will be rife once more.

The funny thing is, until last year I wasn’t all that into tennis. It just wasn’t really on my radar. Then, when good friend and fellow erotic romance writer, Lily Harlem, and I decided to co-write a novel, she presented me with a first chapter. It was about a hunky tennis player. I admit I was intrigued by the sexy athlete, but immediately panicked—how could I write about tennis? Fortunately, Lily’s well versed on many sports, including tennis, and she helped me out. At the same time, I took to YouTube (what would we do without it?) to brush up on my knowledge. And Grand Slam was born.

Clearly, I was bitten by the bug, because I wrote a solo story to follow up—a lesbian novella called Sweet Spot, which released in June. So this year I’ve been well and truly sucked into the summer of sport—when it comes to tennis, anyway—and eagerly watched some Wimbledon (not all of it, of course, otherwise I’d never have gotten any work done!), and will be checking out the US Open when it hits our screens in August and September.

lucy felthouse raw talent rtsidebargraphic (2)When it comes to tennis, I enjoy the passion, the grace, the strength, all the nuances and traditions that are observed. I’m also in total envy of the skill and talent of the players. And, because I’m a writer, I can’t help but wonder what goes on behind the scenes—the rivalry, friendships, attractions, relationships… so watch this space, because there will be more books to come in the Raw Talent series, I’m sure of it!

 

 

 

lucy felthouse SweetSpot (2)Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility—Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.

But Virginia finds herself distracted—Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?

 

 

 

About the Author:Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.

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Summer Vacation Sex
Why is summer vacation sex the best ever?

The heat? The fact that you can shed most of your clothes? Wear a skimpy, flirty dress with stilettos? Shirtless hunks? That your skin’s bronzed and glowing? You feel pretty? The sudden relief from the pressure of not having to go to work? Not having to deal with the mundane, day-to-day responsibilities of life? Or, maybe the simple fact that you’re sans kids for a few days? Lying on a beach sipping wickedly strong cocktails? Ogling the studs ambling by? Feeling the sun heat your body?

Perhaps it’s a combination of all of the above, but for some peculiar reason almost every woman I’ve spoken with on this topic agrees; summer vacation sex is the best.

One of my friends says that from the time she awakes to the time she slips into bed late at night, every moment’s scheduled according to everyone else’s demands. First it’s what needs to be done for the kids, then her partner, and then her boss. Then she tosses and turns and makes mental to do lists for the following day. Once she’s awake it’s a matter of juggling, work, hubby, kids, and social media.

Somehow a winter, fall, or spring vacation doesn’t have the same liberating factor that does the time you take off in the summer. Routine dissipates, a lazy languor dictates your unhurried dawdling, an un-faze-able sanguinity steals over you, and time slows to a mere trickle. The minute that clock ticks into summer va-cay-at-ion, and you hit a beach, or a theme park—you do two things:

1. Let out a long, relieved sigh and feast on something forbidden—a loaded Coney dog, a banana split, or fries with cheese and gravy.

2. Release your fierce grip on ‘being plugged in’. You know, that desperate urge to update your FB status, or tweet some inane outing like ‘at the gas pump’.

Who cares when you’re on summer vacation?

jianne Frozen Watermelon Margarita (2)Especially, if it’s the last few weeks of blessed warmth. We’ve barely three weeks left for the summer. I say—throw out the baby, bath water, and your inhibitions. Do something crazy and spontaneous! Shuck your clothes by the pool. Treat yourself to icy watermelon margaritas. Wear a totally outrageous outfit. Invite friends over to do—exactly nothing, but hang out. Wring every single drop of fun out of the next twenty-one days!

Cheers!

 

 

jianne Prymal_Lust-Jianne_Carlo-200x320 (2)The primal call of Mate Claim sparks a battle among the three species of shifters—Wylfen, Feral, and Rogue—and has for generations. These violent feuds incite hunts by humankind, driving shifters near extinction. To protect their people the aristocratic Wylfen ban the practice of Mate Claim. When a Rogue alpha claims a Wylfen female, the mated pair forms a coalition with a Feral male. An alliance is created: Prymal, a new species and pack born of Rogue, Wylfen, and Feral. And war begins…

Tania, a Wylfen aristocrat, hooks up with a stranger right before her twin’s graduation from military college. Hours later, the bottom drops out of her world when she’s introduced to Axe, her twin’s new SEAL instructor. Then she discovers he’s a Feral Wolf, the archenemy of her people. Wylfen laws prohibit her from mating with a half-breed. If anyone finds out she’s mated with Axe, exile is the least she has to fear…

About the Author: Award winning author, Jianne Carlo’s motto is simple: Alpha Me Please.
While strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are her forte, she goes weak in the knees for warriors and alphas. Send her a man with an attitude and she’ll find the right woman to tame him.

Jianne loves hot and spicy food, stomach-plunging park rides, and is kept on her toes by her Viking husband of thirty-five years, and three, handsome grown sons. There’s nothing she likes more than hearing from readers.

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Skunks and Skanks

Skunks and skanks. There isn’t much difference in these nuisance critters. They both show up where they aren’t wanted and generally stir up a stink before someone runs them off. In Heather Rainier’s latest edition to the Divine Creek Ranch series, Brokenhearted Beauty, Leah Woodworth has the misfortune to have a run-in with both of these irritating varmints in the small town of Tuspita, TX. The situation is exacerbated when the local stuffed shirt, Deputy Dicky Bob, tries to assert his authority. It becomes painfully clear, pretty quick, that he has more than a passing acquaintance with the local hoochie-mama, Georgina, who has recklessly plowed into Leah’s car. The fun really begins when a skunk with perfect timing strolls into the picture. Here’s an excerpt:

Wondering what Georgina was getting so worked up about, Leah said, “Do you know each other, Deputy? Is she implying you have some sort of ‘deal’?”

Georgina bared her teeth and pointed her finger. “You don’t tell her nothin’, Dicky Bob!”

Deputy Dicky Bob responded to the situation by hauling off and kicking the tree stump in the vacant lot that neighbored the gas station property. “That’s it, I’m taking both of you damn bitches down to the jail. We’ll sort all this out down there.”

He grabbed for Leah and she pulled away. “If you’re not arresting me, I’m not going anywhere with you or this skank.”

“What the fuck did you just call me?” Georgina screeched as she ran at Leah, claws bared.

The atmosphere was suddenly split by a high-pitched scream and the most horrendous odor Leah had ever experienced up close. Her eyes watered and felt like they were on fire and her stomach rebelled violently as she spun around, searching for the cause.

Deputy Dicky Bob was holding his hands to his face, screaming, like a girl. “It sprayed me!”

The source of the odor became apparent as the skunk raced right between Georgina’s legs and across the parking lot in terror. Georgina shrieked like a fire alarm, “No, it sprayed me!”

“No, it sprayed me!” he hollered and then made a gagging sound.

Not hanging around for a debate about exactly who got sprayed, Leah ran with the rest of the crowd, dodging the poor, frightened skunk. Anyone within ten yards of that critter could consider themselves sprayed.

Her stomach rolled as she stumbled to her car to grab her box of tissues to mop her eyes, but she was suddenly grabbed from behind.

“Oh, no you don’t!” Dicky Bob hollered. His face was red, his eyes were watering and his nose was running. “You’re under arrest for…for…evading arrest, and a bunch of other stuff.”

I have died and gone to Hell.

“I wasn’t evading arrest, you idiot! I was evading a skunk!”

“We’ll just see about that,” he said as he roughly pushed her against her car. Georgina screamed again and then vomited all over her mustard yellow tank top.

“I think that means you won’t be getting your blow job from Georgina after all, Dicky Bob.” Leah turned after he finished putting handcuffs on her and she smiled at him.

The nausea finally won and she lost her lunch on his shirtfront.

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HEATHER RAINIER me-hr-dcr-brokenheartedbeauty-full (2)Brokenhearted and grieving, Leah Woodworth’s heart is filled with regret for never confessing her love to Patterson Elder. His loss haunts her dreams and she can’t set eyes on his brothers, James and Vincent without seeing his face. Having denied her attraction to them until it was too late, how can they possibly still want her?

James and Vincent were sure Leah was the one from the moment they met her. Patterson had always shared that belief, taking every chance to convince her that she was meant to be theirs. With Patterson gone, James and Vincent are deep in their own mourning and at a loss as to why Leah avoids them.

When she is offered an opportunity that may take her permanently out of Divine, they realize time has run out and seize what may be the last chance they have to make her theirs forever.

About the Author:Heather Rainier lives and writes in South Central Texas. Her stories offer up the content of her fantasies, with autobiographical humor, triumph and tragedy mixed in.

Heather’s love of romance fiction began as a teenager when her mom gave her copies of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s “”The Flame and the Flower”” and Bertrice Small’s “”Skye O’Malley””. To this day she’s pretty sure that was her mom’s version of the “”birds and the bees”” talk.

Heather writes the type of novel she loves to read: More erotic and edgy than the mainstream, with plenty of sweet romance mixed in and a happily ever after guaranteed. Heather’s favorite type of hero is the gentle, lovable giant but readers will discover a wide variety of heroes and alphas on the pages of her novels, from nearly perfect to very flawed.

When not happily typing at her keyboard, Heather is usually busy corralling her kids, or loving on her smokin’ hot husband, who thankfully loves to cook.

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