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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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Esmae will be awarding the first three ebooks in the series: Ophelia’s Lessons, Ravishing Rosaline, and The Taming of the Prude to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Shakespeare and Erotica?
by
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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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/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cherylbrooksauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherylCatMaster @CherylCatMaster

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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…

Master by Julia Sykes – Spotlight and Giveaway



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I’m not a damsel in distress. Well, if I’m being honest, I’m a kick-ass FBI agent in distress.

My sexy new partner Reed Miller is determined to protect me, and he insists on staying close. Too close. His allure frightens me almost as much as the sadistic man who is stalking me.

I’m hunting down the most heinous criminal I’ve ever encountered. The man known to us only as The Mentor abducts and tortures women. And now he’s set his sights on me…

Note: Master is the sixth book in the Impossible series, but it can be read as a standalone.

About the Author:

Julia Sykes has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.

After spending four years living in England, Julia returned to her Southern homeland. She has recently settled down in North Carolina and spends her time petting her cat-children, reading, and binge watching TV with her husband when not writing. You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced caramel latte clutched in her hand.

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Age of Innocence by Eliza Lloyd – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Welcome to Eliza Lloyd whose newest book Age of Innocence, was recently released from Ellora’s Cave. Leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of the book.

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When I mention the word innocence in the context of a romance novel, what is the first thing you think? A virgin probably…but more specifically you are thinking about a female debutante – one who must be protected and coddled and married off to the highest title her dowry and beauty can snag.

Elizabeth Missing Sewell, a woman born in the heart of the Regency, understood this concept well: “Girls are to dwell in quiet homes among few friends, to exercise a noiseless influence.” Doesn’t that just frost you as woman of the modern world? One more comment about this before I get to the real reason I’ve tricked you into reading this far. While Miss Sewell’s comment seems foreign to us, we must take this attitude into consideration when we are writing from a historical vantage.

It wasn’t only the women who had this attitude but all of a girls’ peers, her parents and her tutors.
So what were the standards for young men?

Right now you are asking, “And this author writes erotica?” Well, we’ll get to that…

In general, it bores me to write about virgins but I was intrigued to think about an innocent man about town. A sportsman, well-liked, polite but completely afraid to pursue sexual relationships with women because of one humiliating experience when he was first introduced to sexual congress.

Naturally, I cannot pair my innocent Ferd with a ton virgin, even if Eartha Kitt claims that “innocence is one of the most exciting things in the world.” In an erotica, two virgins trying to figure it out ain’t gonna cut it because they didn’t have Sex for Dummies back in 1830. If anything, guides such as The Gentlemen’s Pocket Book of Etiquette are completely neutral on the subject of sex. It was basically hands off, to the point that “if you are introduced and dance with a lady, the acquaintance ceases with the entertainment.” When the party was over, so was the acquaintance. Wow, how did anyone get sex unless they were married? (Answer: they figured out how.)

Most, if not a very large majority of current romance novels, include an experienced male character but I wanted something different for my Ferd. Aside from a very large population of prostitutes in London during the Regency, there were also a lot of widows. Wouldn’t that be interesting, I thought. The erotica side of my brain (right or left, I’m not sure) went “Oh, yeah.”

So coupling a twice-widowed duchess with an inexperienced younger son of an earl had all of the ingredients an erotica writer dreams about – conflict that is continually resolved in the bedroom.
I like to be as true to the historical period as I can. Yes, I know that we writers use creative license a lot and maybe erotica writers more so. For me, the challenge of writing in the historical genre is using the mores and conventions of the age to my advantage. The fun starts when I can find ways to seamlessly entwine hot sex.

My latest release is titled Age of Innocence. I hope you’ll check it out to see how I’ve handled the experience/innocence question with my mad duchess and her newest boy toy, er, husband.
Oh, and if anyone asks, I do like the term bodice ripper.

7_2 ageofinnocence_msrEliza Lloyd currently has several novels published with Ellora’s Cave in their 19th Century/Legend historical line including several series: Wicked Affairs, Mad Duchesses and Birds of Paradise and a new series, Cold Play, in the Breathless line. Additionally, she has a new series of self-published books titled Body of Knowledge, stories with a lighter edge and cross genre along with a contemporary series Far From Home.

Eliza thinks romance writing is nearly as good as the real thing. Given her choice of professions, she would have preferred to be a 19th century archeologist, but she is perfectly happy living in the 21st century and comfortably writing about such romantic but inconceivably inconvenient times instead. She also writes contemporaries, romantic suspense and the occasional sci-fi when plotting and characterization don’t matter and invisibility does.

Eliza wrote her first romance novel after years of yearning. She finally woke up one day and asked, “Why the heck am I not writing?”

She enjoys traveling, movies, everyone else’s novels and a good meal out with friends on Saturday night. Her greatest flaw is that she believes there is such a thing as true love. Please don’t tell her otherwise.

Buy the book at Age of Innocence or Ellora’s Cave.

Eight Things I Love About the Characters in Release by Elizabeth Dunk – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Welcome to Elizabeth Dunk, whose newest offering, Release, is out this month. Leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of this book.

Eight things I love about the characters in ‘Release’

One of the really fun things about Release, my collection of paranormal erotic novellas, is that I had to come up with a range of different characters. In Release, there are four spirits who have been sentenced to a grey nothingness until they can atone for their sins. After centuries, they’ve worked out that the way to make up for their wrongs is to make women feel very, very right.

Each of the four spirits needed a backstory and character. Each of them needed a lady to seduce (or be seduced by). Each of them has something about them that I love, and I’m going to share those things with you.

1) The spirit of the house – the original and the best. It was he that began the whole idea of the four spirits, struggling to make up for the wrong they perpetrated during their lives. It is the spirit of the house that discovers the key to escaping their grey prison is to give what they had once taken – sexual delight. He decides to be gentlemanly about it, but still he steams up the house with Luisa.

2) Luisa – Luisa is a strong woman, determined that she’s going to live her life the way she wants it, not how she’s told it should be. She changes everything – her job, her style, her friendship group. When she buys the house, there’s just one thing left on her list – to fulfil her own sexuality and experience pleasure by her own rules. And man – does the spirit of the house provide!

3) The spirit of the beach – living in Australia, there was no way I wasn’t going to have the beach involved. The spirit of the beach is free, fun, warm and sunny – just like a great day at the beach should be. And when he comes with a desire to make you feel better than you’ve ever felt before, how can you say no?

4) Anna – Anna is mourning the loss of her husband, and has put her life on hold while she deals with that pain. But shutting herself away isn’t what her husband wanted for her, and the spirit of the beach is going to show Anna that the best way of honouring her husband is to be the woman he loved – sexy, playful, adventurous. That Anna embraces the journey with such enthusiasm and bravery is something I really respect.

5) The spirit of the field – Well, I find it hard to resist a man in jeans and a shirt, dusty and just a little bit sweaty – and that’s what this spirit is. He’s even harder to resist when you realise he’s a sweetie, and he wants to make your deepest desires come true – whatever it takes.

6) Cara – While she’s not one hundred percent sure she’s going to pull it off, Cara’s determination to show her ex-boyfriend that she isn’t the loser he told her she was is admirable. Thankfully, the spirit of the field arrives in time to convince Cara that she’s got everything it takes to make her ex regret leaving her – and he’s going to make her most secret fantasy come true too!

7) The spirit of the office – This spirit is stunning, and arrogantly aware of it – at least he was, until centuries in a type of prison showed how wrong he was. Now he’s scared of the power he can wield but if he doesn’t snap out of it, none of the spirits will be released. I love how he allows himself to be vulnerable with Jan and through that, achieves his salvation.

8) Jan – Jan is confident, determined, ambitious – the less kind amongst us would say she’s a real ball-buster. But when she meets the spirit of the office, she can’t allow him to continue to suffer and thankfully, her decision results in great delight for them both.

I had such fun writing the four stories of Release – put together, they create one of the most emotional and honest books I’ve written. I really hope you enjoy them too.

7_2 elizabeth dunk book coverFour stories of eroticism, strength, experimentation, and ultimate salvation.

Cursed after death to live in grey nothingness until they atone for their sins, four spirits have spent centuries doing good for others. Finally they stumble upon the true key to their salvation — because they hurt women in their lives, they’ll only find release by now helping women to become all they should be.

One by one, the spirits meet a woman and as each sexual delight unfurls, the grey nothingness disappears a little more. As the women find their happily ever after, they grant the spirits a chance at peace for eternity.

Follow the journey of four remarkable women — Luisa, Anna, Cara, and Jan — and the four spirits that set them on a new path to sexual freedom and boundless pleasure.

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About the Author: 7_2 elizabeth dunk author photo nicole-murphy-aka-elizabeth-dunkElizabeth Dunk is the contemporary romance and erotica-writing alter ego of Nicole Murphy, who cut her teeth writing science fiction and fantasy. This is the third Elizabeth Dunk book — Arranged to Love and The Lies We Tell were published by Escape Publishing in 2013. As Nicole, she has dozens of short stories in print and has published an urban fantasy trilogy, The Dream of Asarlai. Her science fiction romance trilogy The Jorda Series will be published by Escape, with the first book Loving the Prince out in August. Find out more about Elizabeth/Nicole at http://nicolermurphy.com. Follow her on Twitter – @nicole_r_murphy or Facebook.

Loved Up by Scarlett Scott – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Book one in the Coastal Heat series.

When she accidentally runs into the back of a gorgeous stranger’s truck at a stoplight, the last thing on Kassie’s mind is indulging in her deepest, hottest fantasies with him. Until he shows up on her doorstep as the contractor she’d hoped to hire to remodel her home and things get interesting…fast.

With a sexy drawl, skilled hands and a body that makes her panties all but melt, Jax is exactly the kind of man she shouldn’t get involved with after breaking off her engagement and starting over in another state. But she’s helpless to resist the powerful desire he makes her feel, and before long she’s letting him have his wicked way with her all over town.

Jax knows falling for a woman like Kassie’s a bad idea. He’s experienced enough heartbreak to see the signs. He can tell she’s ready to run, but when she’s in his arms, he’ll do everything he can to make her stay.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Enjoy an excerpt:

A dark beach, a blanket and Jax? That combination sounded far too good to be true. She really should tell him no, tell him that she couldn’t be out late with so much work waiting for her in the morning. The chance of her being on the beach with him under a sky full of stars and not having sex with him was very slim. Especially after how good it had been between them. He’d woken up a part of her that she hadn’t even known was sleeping. Tell him no, said her conscience.

“Sure,” she found herself saying.

“Another good answer.” He winked. “Let’s head out.”

The drive to the beach was only about ten minutes, but by the time they wound their way along a thin macadam road to an over-sand vehicle area and Jax aired down the tires, the sun had totally set. She’d never driven on a beach before, and she didn’t know what to expect.

“It’s going to be bumpy,” Jax warned. “Hold on to your seat belt.”

The paved road ended and they headed out onto the beach. As the Jeep settled into the ruts in the sand, she knew he hadn’t been joking about the bumpy part. But she had to admit that she kind of liked it. The salt air was cool, the ocean was roaring, and the night was alive.

Four-wheel drive vehicles dotted the beach here and there, along with campfires and the glowing tips of fishing rods. Jax drove for a few minutes before settling on a spot that was a good distance from any other vehicles. As he killed the ignition, he looked back to her.

“You might want to take off those shoes,” he suggested.

He’d noticed her heels. Okay, so maybe they hadn’t been the most practical, but she was a shoe girl. It was all about the look, and to hell with the rest. “I can manage that,” she said wryly, wondering if he was taking a dig. “I’m not as helpless as you seem to think I am. I may have lived in New York for ten years, but I grew up in the suburbs.”

Jax slid down from the driver’s side. “I never said you were helpless, darlin’.”

Darlin’. The way the endearment rolled off his tongue made her shiver.

About the Author: Award-winning author Scarlett Scott writes contemporary and historical romance with heat, heart and happily ever afters. After growing up on romance novels, she now crafts love stories of her own with a good dose of sizzle and an equal amount of humor. She lives in the Pennsylvania countryside with her Canadian husband and is a proud mom to their adorable but occasionally evil dog with a penchant for eating everything he shouldn’t.

For Scarlett’s latest releases, exclusive excerpts, contests and more, visit her website, http://www.scarsco.com. Also, visit her at her blog or find her on Twitter: @scarscoromance, Facebook, or Pinterest.

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The Mating Game by Melissa Snark – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Melissa will be awarding a Nordic Lights Dolphin Triskilian Pendant for Guidance and Inner Peace to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, as well as a signed paperback copy of The Mating Game to two randomly drawn winners (US ONLY) via the rafflecopter at the end of this post. 

 

Two males…two friends…a competition for the right to claim The Heart of the Iron Stone Pack.

An alpha female at her core, Theresa Sanchez struggles to protect her young daughter, but rivalries and politics create volatility in the pack. As Theresa comes into heat, lust and need rule her body. Her pack demands only the most virile male have her. How can she choose only one mate when her body craves two—the virile beta and the man she loves?

Zachary Hunter will do anything to take Theresa as his mate, even if it means killing his best friend. However, Robert Blane is just as determined to ascend to Alpha. Both their beasts howl to mark her flesh, but only one can survive to claim her.
But with enemies circling, they must fight…for the pack, for Theresa, and for a future together.

Warning: Book contains wolf shifters, pack politics, gritty fight scenes, offbeat humor, and sizzling sexual adventures between a ménage of partners.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Bright and early Saturday morning, Theresa Sanchez opened her front door to discover Zachary Hunter clad in a bright orange dress on her porch. The loose bodice fell low on his chest, displaying dark blond curls and showcasing his broad shoulders and powerful torso. The neon hemline stopped above the knees, revealing muscular calves, strong ankles, and shapely feet.

It was unusual attire for a dominant male werewolf.

She stepped closer and sniffed, seeking to satisfy the impulses of her she-wolf. The earthy scent of him flooded her nostrils—masculine and potent—inciting the heated ache of arousal between her thighs. She licked her lips, hoping that drool hadn’t dribbled down her chin. The man made her mouth water.

“My eyes are up here, love,” Zach quipped in a crisp British accent. His hand lifted and a long, elegant finger tapped her chin.

“Oh, right. Sorry.” She forced her roaming eyes upward, away from his buff chest, striving to remember that she and Zach didn’t play like that. The man was many things to her: best friend, confidant, and protector. He fixed leaky faucets and kept her ancient car running. But of all the roles he played, he remained “lover” only in her dreams.

Fast Facts About Melissa Snark:

• Melissa Snark is published with The Wild Rose Press & as an Indie author with five unique titles: A CAT’S TALE, THE MATING GAME, LEARNING TO FLY, THE CHILD THIEF, HUNGER MOON.

• Her Loki’s Wolves series includes THE CHILD THIEF, HUNGER MOON AND BATTLE CRY (to be released in 2014).

• She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children and a glaring of cats.

• She is a professional cat herder and unrepentant satirist who blogs about books and writing on The Snarkology.

Connect with Melissa Snark:

Author Website

http://www.melissasnark.com/

The Snarkology

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Email: melissasnark at gmail.com

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Amazon Author Page

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