If There’s No Mistletoe, Can They Still Kiss? by Kimberly Dean – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Kimberly Dean has stopped by Long and Short Reviews to share a special holiday guest blog with us. Enter the rafflecopter below to win a 0.5 oz bottle of Boucheron Trouble.

If There’s No Mistletoe, Can They Still Kiss?

The holidays are upon us, and everyone is caught up in the season. I have a sexy new romance releasing, and it made me curious about one particular holiday tradition – kissing under the mistletoe. When did this start? What does it mean?

Dating way back to Celtic Druids and ancient Greeks, mistletoe has always been magical and mysterious. It was considered a sexual symbol, acting as an aphrodisiac and bestowing life and fertility. It was also thought to ward off evil spirits and was often hung over doors to prevent the entrance of witches.

Kissing under the mistletoe came later with the Greek festival of Saturnalia. Sometime thereafter, it was made a part of marriage rites. In Scandinavia, mistletoe was a sign of peace. Arguing couples would kiss under the mistletoe to make up, and enemies would declare truces underneath the plant.

Mistletoe seemed to become associated with Christmas later in the eighteenth-century. In England, a young lady would stand under a ball of mistletoe that had been decorated for the season, waiting for kisses which she couldn’t refuse. A kiss would mean friendship or romance, but if the girl received no kisses, it meant she would not marry the following year.

These days, kissing under the mistletoe is more about fun and romance. According to tradition, if you decide to kiss someone under the mistletoe, a berry must be picked from the sprig before the kiss. Once the berries are gone, no more kissing is allowed.

Based on all that, I think my new book, Courting Trouble, will fit into the season quite well. It’s sexy, flirty, and more than a little mischievous. There’s no mistletoe, but there’s a lot of kissing going on!

12_16 kimberly dean Courting Trouble_300x450When times get tough, how bad does a good girl have to get?

Sienna Blakely is bright, articulate, underemployed and forced to rely on the one asset she vowed never to use – her looks.

With bills piling up, Sienna signs a contract with Luxxor Escort Services. A contract that strictly forbids any sexual contact with clients… And then she’s assigned to companion Jason Sloan. Just meeting the man causes a full-body jolt. Arrogant, powerful, and sexy, he’s trouble. And he can see through the facade she’s erected, right down to the intelligent and sensual woman underneath. He challenges her wits, and he challenges the rules.

About the Author: 12_16 kimberly deanWhen taking the Myers-Briggs personality test in high school, Kimberly was rated as an INFJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging). This result sent her into a panic, because there were no career paths recommended for the type. Fortunately, it turned out to be well-suited to a writing career. Since receiving that dismal outlook, Kimberly has become an award-winning author of romance and erotica. When not writing, she enjoys movies, sports, traveling, music, and sunshine. Follow Kimberly on Twitter @KDean_writer or on her website at KimbrlyDean.com.

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Unexpected Moments by Bailey Bradford – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by the publisher. Click on the tour banner for the giveaway.

Good morning! Or afternoon or evening, depending on when you read this. I hope you’re having a fantastic day.

 

I’m Bailey and I’ve got a new book out, Unexpected Moments. It’s a follow-up to the short story, Unexpected Places, that debuted in Totally Bound’s new What’s His Passion? imprint. It continues the story of Eddie and Carter, along with new developments in their relationship. I don’t want to give too much away :D   I had great fun writing this book.

 

It continues the story of Carter and Eddie, and their quest to find the man they need to complete their relationship. It will take someone very special, and when they meet him, they hope to convince him to give them a chance.

 

Nothing in life or love comes easy, at least not often. The relationship between the three men is no exception. Between the condemnation from family members, an act of violence that leaves them all scared and one of them hurt, and their own insecurities, navigating a successful and loving path to the future is tricky, dangerous, and very hot.

 

In fact, the guys do some of their best communicating in the bedroom…or whichever room they happen to be in when the need for each other becomes too great to resist. That’s not to say there isn’t talking, because there is. There’s also bonding over beer, nature, and family issues. These guys are into communicating, because they know that can be sexy, and also because they want to make their relationship work. They’ve got big hearts, with room for one another, if they can just figure out how to do it.

 

12_15 unexpectedmoments_800So, if you want to read a sexy ménage story, please consider giving Unexpected Moments a chance. I’d advise reading the short, Unexpected Places, first. For Moments, if you purchase the book at Totallybound.com, you’ll receive bonus content, such as a very special scene I wrote that occurs after the epilogue. There’s also an author Q&A—those things always scare me, then they turn out to be so much fun!

 

And there’s an autograph in my chicken-scratch handwriting. I’m sorry for the sloppiness, that’ really is the best I can do. My handwriting has always been atrocious. It’s safe to say I never earned a good grade in that subject. Writing, as in stories and papers? That I did just fine in. Yes, I was the English teachers’ pet. Well, there was one who said I’d never amount to much. I think I turned out all right :-D

 

I hope you’ll check out all of the offerings in the What’s His Passion? imprint. There are incredible authors participating in it. I’m a lucky person to have been asked to be a part of it. I can’t wait to see what other authors come on board to share in the adventure! It’s been such a rush, and I’ve met so many incredible people through these releases.

 

I’ll let y’all get back to your day, or night. Take care, relax, enjoy, and be happy. :D

 

Thank you for stopping by!

 

Blurb for Unexpected Moments:

Love begins at the most unexpected moment…

Carter Hausemann and Eddie Canales are embarking on a new romance. They know they’re compatible sexually. Now it’s time to find out if they’re meant for each other—and a third man, because Carter has always known what he’s needed. He’d just been afraid to reach for it.

Eddie will do whatever it takes to make Carter happy, and since he’s not the jealous type as long as he’s included, he’s more than willing to see if a relationship can work between three men. But first he and Carter need to concentrate on them.

Dare Habrock has the microbrew everyone’s talking about. He also has a secret that has kept him from having a lover in far too long.

When these three meet, they begin to understand that love flourishes in the most unexpected moments.

But someone is determined to destroy every bit of joy they have.

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of multiple male ménage, light BDSM and references to fisting.

 

Like the sound of Unexpected Moments? Buy it here.

 

About Bailey Bradford:

A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn’t happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey’s brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey’s office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey’s presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

 

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Naked Montreal by Laura Roberts – Spotlight and Giveaway

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12_11 naked Cover_NakedMontrealBusiness is pleasure for Francesca “Frankie” Parker, Montreal’s go-to guide for all things seductive in the Underground City. “Sexy Tourism for Canada’s Fetish Capital” is what her card promises, and mon ami, she delivers. So toss the travel pamphlets and enjoy your tour as Frankie leads you deep into the Sin City of the North and all your wildest fantasies. If you haven’t developed a fetish yet, don’t worry – by the time Frankie bids you adieu, you may have a hard time choosing a favorite!

Enjoy an excerpt:

My date for tonight, an overstuffed businessman with slicked-back hair in a greasy little ponytail and a vaguely Bronx accent, is so chuffed to be here with a beautiful woman that he’s practically salivating over my white flesh, my smooth black hair, my pouty red lips.

Little does he realize, I’m just the appetizer. The main course is on her way, ready to beat him into submission. She goes by the name Lady Evelyn, but I’ve never seen any evidence of her title’s origins. I keep getting texts from her that say she’s on her way, which usually means she’ll be fifteen minutes late. I’ve got to keep the Catch wriggling on the line for a few more minutes, until she shows.

I finally receive a text from Lady Evelyn announcing her arrival, and swiftly draw our meal to a close as the Consultant inhales the last bits of mungfish left on the plate. I casually gesture for the check, and he signs off on our decadent feast with a look of pure evil in his eyes. I stand up, as if headed for the ladies’ room.

“Meet me in back in five minutes,” I whisper in his ear.

His eyes widen, and a smirk creeps across his face. Showtime.

About the Author:12_11 naked AuthorPic1Laura Roberts writes about sex, travel and ninjas. Because what’s better than hot sex on a dream vacation while dodging shuriken?

As the author of the “V for Vixen” sex column, Laura began her career writing about Montrealers’ sexcapades, which have been collected together for her book, The Vixen Files. Blending real-life observations with fictional fantasies, she’s penned parts 1 and 2 of her serial novel, Naked Montreal, along with the short story collection The Montreal Guide to Sex, saucy poetry volume 69 Sexy Haiku, and satirical novella Ninjas of the 512. She’s currently hard at work on a sexy murder mystery entitled The Case of the Cunning Linguist.

Laura lives in an Apocalypse-proof bunker in sunny SoCal with her artist husband and their literary kitties, and blogs regularly at Buttontapper.com.

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But Why Didn’t You Love It? Handling Negative Criticism by Elia Winters – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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But why didn’t you love it? Handling negative criticism

Johannes Kepler, noted astronomer and mathematician, once said “I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.”

I am not Johannes Kepler.

Granted, I want to have his attitude about criticism. I know it’s a good attitude: criticism is the lifeblood of creativity, the whetstone against which our literary knives are sharpened, or whatever metaphor you want to put here. But dammit, sometimes I just want to be loved by everyone and have the endless fawning adoration of fans.

Sometimes? Make that all the time. I want to send in a manuscript to my editor and have her crow, “It’s perfect! Change nothing! This is the best book I’ve ever read!”

Instead, she eviscerates my work and sends it back to me for fixing, and I die a little inside, but then I hunker down and get back to editing. And as I do so, of course I realize that her edits are all spot-on, and with her help, my book gets better. I’ve learned to… if not love, at least appreciate criticism while in the revision process. The more I write, the more I trust my beta readers, agent, and editor(s) to steer me down the right path, and the more I trust myself to make whatever revisions will help a book shine.

After the book goes out into the world, when it leaves my hands for the last time, then the reviews start rolling in… and that’s a whole different feeling. It turns out that people have opinions! And they share them! And then… I go read them.

I’ve been told many times not to read my own reviews. I wish I had the willpower to take that advice. But, like reading the comments on a Youtube video, sometimes I just can’t resist even if I know it will hurt. Often, people say wonderful things about my work and I blush and beam and feel wonderful. But sometimes they say not-so-wonderful things. Since publishing Purely Professional last year, I’ve learned that I have a choice about how to react to criticism.

I ignore some criticism. Some people don’t like this genre, or certain character traits, and I just sent that criticism aside. Other criticism I listen to. One scene in my book was disliked by several readers, and while I was deliberate about its inclusion, I understand why it may not have come off as I intended. For me, I’ll use that criticism to inform future books. I have two new novels coming out in the spring, Playing Knotty in March and Combustion in May, and each of those was improved by some of the feedback that at first felt too harsh.

In The Lion King, Rafiki hits Simba in the head to teach him that he can either run from the past or learn from it. Those are two options for criticism as well. And while I may initially wish for the “thoughtless approval of the masses,” I’ve come to realize that criticism will make me a better writer. I’m still not Johannes Kepler, but I’m a lot less dead, and that’s good enough for me.

12_8 purely Cover_Purely Professional Columnist Bridget Hartwell agrees to write about BDSM to impress her new executive editor at Sultry, the “sex-positive magazine for sex-positive women.” Unfortunately, it’s a topic she knows absolutely nothing about…but if she ever wants that promotion, she’ll need to learn the ropes, fast.

English professor Max Harlow is active in the Dom/sub scene, but only for casual play—he’s never found his ideal partner: a woman who is his equal, but sexually submissive. When he’s asked to explain the lifestyle to his cute but obviously inexperienced neighbor, Max is certain it’s best to approach it academically—to keep things purely professional.

Until Bridget’s first article is a huge hit, giving her the perfect excuse to delve deeper into the naturally submissive side of her sexuality. But as their encounters intensify and each of her boundaries is skillfully pushed, Bridget must decide what this all means… for her identity, her career, and, most importantly, her future with Max.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“What about your fantasies?”

Bridget hesitated.

“What? What is it?” Catching her hesitation, Max looked up from the Scrabble board.

“It’s just…” She paused and took a swig of beer. “I’ve had a lot of crushes on men in positions of power. My volleyball coach back in high school, my internship coordinator in college, a few professors…” Realizing he was grinning, she blushed, remembering he was a professor. “Right. Anyway, I never acted on any of them.”

“And yet you complain that you date weak men.” He swirled the beer around in his bottle and held it up to the light, his gaze thoughtful and distant.

“Well, I don’t want some guy to boss me around.” To hide the discomfort she suddenly felt, Bridget looked down at the board. She played reach off the H in hinder and fumbled as she chose four new tiles.

“I think we both know that’s a lie.“ Max said smoothly, and he drank his beer. “I’ll bet you’re just afraid of what kind of woman you would be if you gave in to those urges.” He rubbed a tile between a thumb and forefinger, then set it back on his shelf. “I’ve been doing this a long time, Bridget. You responded today like a natural submissive. You liked more than just the sex. You liked all of it.”

She set down her beer and looked at him. “All right.” She tried not to sound defensive. “So what does that mean?”

“It doesn’t have to mean anything.” Max shrugged. “Maybe this afternoon, I just want to play some Scrabble with you and order a pizza. But when we’re done with all this experimenting, you’re going to have a lot to write about.”

About the Author: 12_8 purely AuthorAvator_Purely ProfessionalElia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.

Elia’s virtual life is as busy as her real life. In addition to her website, http://eliawinters.com/, you can also find her on: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Purely Professional is available from Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other ebook retailers.

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Fairytales by Madeleine Shade – Guest Blog

A special welcome to Madeleine Shade, who has stopped by Long and Short Reviews to talk about her Shady Lady Fairy Tales series.

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 It seems as though fairy tales are everywhere these days and that’s fine by me. My childhood was spent in daydreams full of fairy tales and folklore. I still have some of those books, even though the bindings are crumbling and the pages are held together with rubber bands. As an adult, I started collecting fairy tales and mythology from cultures around the world. The oldest versions tended to be my favorite and before long I became an amateur scholar and a passionate archivist of fairy tales, folklore and mythology.

I have always been a writer and I actually worked as a successful freelance writer for more than a decade. Even then, I would sneak tidbits of folklore and allusions to fairy tales in my non-fiction work. On the side, I devoured scholarly books on the subject and dabbled in writing fantasy rooted in my studies. My entire life, including my work as a writer, crumbled after a series of unfortunate events and prolonged domestic violence issues forced me to change my identity. It was fairy tales that provided me the assurance that I could survive those difficult years as I worked to rebuild my life one step at a time.

With the increased attention to fairy tales in mainstream media, more and more people are discovering what I’ve known for years – fairy tales have deep roots digging into such dark social issues as forced unions, premarital sex, domestic violence, child abuse, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, rape, cannibalism, necrophilia, murder, disfigurement and dozens of other taboo topics. Bluebeard, a French folktale written by Charles Perrault, tells the story of a cunning nobleman who murders his wives. Being a victim of domestic violence, this story resonates with me and I read and reread Angela Carter’s version of the tale in her short story collection The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories. It gave me hope and it did so with prose so erotic and lush that I became inspired to write my own versions of the older tales, the darkest stories in the fairy tale canon.

The stories in the Shady Lady Fairy Tales universe are not your traditional childhood bedtime stories. I have taken elements from various collections and looked for unusual ways to connect tales both familiar and obscure. The stories work as stand-alone novellas, however there are complicated ties that link them all together. For instance, characters make cameo appearances and magical items often change hands. In order to help readers navigate the tales, I’ve included author’s notes and a transcript of the original tales in the back matter of each book.

In August, I released Rumpled: An Erotic Twist on Rumpelstiltskin, which explores concepts of nurturing and the practice of erotic lactation. This was followed up by the September release of Porked: An Erotic Twist on the Three Little Pigs, which delves into the practice of bondage and discipline while exploring issues of self-perception and body image. At the end of September, I had a major setback in my progress when I fell and hit my head. I spent the month of October in a daze as I slowly healed from the traumatic brain injury. When I was finally allowed to return to my creative pursuits, I returned to my beloved fairy tales and wrote Tangled: An Erotic Twist on Rapunzel, which was released at the end of November.

In writing Tangled, I worked through the anger I still hold from being abused by a man who promised to take care of me. It has been the most difficult re-telling I’ve tackled to date. This story blends together elements from two tales (Rapunzel and Donkeyskin), while tackling forced marriage, incest and sexual ethics. By chance or fate, Tangled happens to combine two fairy tales with links to Christian saints. Like Rapunzel, Saint Barbara was locked in a tower in an attempt to keep her away from the rest of the world. Her feast day is December 4 and she is the patron saint of armorers, architects, artillerymen, mathematicians and prisoners. And, as in the fairy tale Donkeyskin, a king decided to marry his daughter Dymphna after his wife died. When the girl resisted, he beheaded her. Saint Dymphna’s feast day is May 15 and she is the patron saint of mental disorders, neurological disorders, runaways and victims of incest.

On the editorial calendar, Hunted: An Erotic Twist on Little Red Riding Hood is scheduled for release in December and will be followed up with Tempted: An Erotic Twist on Snow White in January and Snowed: An Erotic Twist on The Snow Queen in February. Other fairy tales scheduled in 2015 include erotic twists on Cinderella, Diamonds and Toads, Sleeping Beauty, The Swan Maiden, Beauty and the Beast, and East of the Sun and West of the Moon. As a special treat, subscribers to the Shady Lady Fairy Tales blog (http://shadyladyfairytales.com/) will get sneak peeks at up-coming releases and access to free short stories set in the Shady Lady Fairy Tale ‘verse. Come on by and join the fairy tale fun!

About the Author:  12_4 madeileine Rumpled_Author_Photo_Madeleine_ShadeMadeleine Shade writes erotic fairy tales and cross-pollinated mythic fiction drawn from her extensive studies in folklore and mythology. Her erotic fairy tales take a steamy twist on childhood favorites and, as a special bonus, each novella comes complete with author’s notes and the transcript of the original fairy tale. Madeleine Shade is a member of the Erotic Authors Guild (http://eroticauthorsguild.org).

 

Web: http://shadyladyfairytales.com/

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12_4 madeleine Rumpled Cover_M ShadeRumpled: An Erotic Twist on Rumpelstiltskin

After freeing himself from a spell that left him trapped deep within the earth, Rumpelstiltskin returns to the kingdom built on the foundation of spun gold to claim his promised bride. Trapped in a twisted form, the ensorcelled fairy prince keeps the beautiful Bianca bound as he suckles at her breasts, inducing the virgin’s milk needed to return to his true form. Bianca witnesses her captor’s transformation from her breast milk and, in turn, begins to explore her new sensuality under his nimble touch. But when he refuses to consummate their union, Bianca must make the choice of returning to her place as a princess of the realm or reveling in her new-found sexual freedom. Can she seduce the fairy prince to succumb to her charms or will his noble resolve keep them apart forever? Will the fair prince Rumpelstiltskin keep his promise to free the woman of his dreams or will the captor become the captive?

 

Amazon Link: amazon.com/dp/B00MT60ZWG

 

 

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Painter extraordinaire Raúl Villalobos, known in the underground world of the fey by the title of the “Wolf,” has an insatiable hunger for shapely human women. When his appetites overpower his sensibilities, the artist breaks all the rules by binding a fairy woman in a canvas with magical pigment and paint. Fleeing the repercussions of his crime, the Wolf finds refuge in the form of an extravagant portrait commission extended by a reclusive heiress living in the remote South. She and her two curvy companions welcome the rangy painter with open arms. The Wolf seeks to slake his thirst with the buxom blonde Claire, a milliner known for her stunningly intricate straw hats. His hunger for power manifests in the domination of the leggy brunette Sophia, the owner of the perfect ass and a woodworker of the highest caliber. But Deidre, the redheaded leader of the curvaceous clan, keeps the artist at bay with her refusal to satiate his ravenous appetite. Eager to add the women to his private collection, the artist plots the perfect coup. Will the Wolf be able to blow down Deidre’s defenses or will the fiery minx prevail in the orchestration of the perfect ménage à trois? Will the Wolf ensnare the three voluptuous women in his clever trap or will the hunter become the hunted?

 

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When Adara’s fairy godmother Mireille fails to save her from a series of horrific events, the raven-haired princess is forced to flee her father’s realm. But before she leaves, Adara charges Mireille with the task of raising a girl child they save from the fate of poverty and abuse. Twenty years later, Adara is called back to take over the care of their charge after her fairy godmother flees the woodland sanctuary under the pursuit of Fae hunters sent to track her down. When Adara returns to the tower protecting Rapunzel from the dangers of the world, she finds a beautiful young woman full of quiet curiosity and wild desires. When a prince breaks through the enchanted wards to claim the lovely Zel, Adara is forced to acknowledge her love for the girl with the long golden hair. Will Zel succumb to the passionate pleas of the prince come to rescue her or will she remain in the tower under the domination of the princess who protects her? Will Adara relinquish her claim on the girl she devoted her life to protect or will she fight to save the woman who stole her heart?

 

Amazon Link: amazon.com/dp/B00PYQIPZC

 

 

Cursed: Brides of the Kindred 13 by Evangeline Anderson – Spotlight and Giveaway

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12_1 cursed Cover_CursedA fierce warrior, forced to feel the agony of others.
A girl with a past full of pain caused by his kind.
When the two of them go undercover on a dangerous mission will they bond?
Or are they Cursed to be apart forever?

Enjoy an excerpt:

“What is wrong with the female?” the male face boomed. The creature strode towards them, glaring at Charlie.

She backed away—all she could see was the two-faced monster that had terrified her so long ago. The recurring dream so dark and horrifying it made her afraid to go to sleep unless her sister was right there beside her. But Missy was gone now…had been gone for years…

Suddenly her back bumped into something hard and warm. She looked up to see Stavros standing behind her, looking down at her with obvious concern.

“Charlotte?” he said softly. “Are you well?”

“I…I…” The old fear robbed her of speech and she could only shake her head.
A sudden impulse struck her—the desperate urge to turn and bury her face in his broad, bare chest—to seek safety and shelter in his arms until the nightmare was past. He was so big and strong…clearly he could keep her safe!

Somehow she managed not to do it. She hung onto her dignity by a thread and stood her ground. But she didn’t try to shake off his hands when he placed them firmly on her shoulders. Instead, she huddled back against him, feeling his big body like a comforting wall, radiating heat and safety that surrounded her.

“Well?” The monster was getting closer and closer. Charlie couldn’t bear to look anymore—she closed her eyes.

“Step back.” Stavros’s voice was soft but it had an edge of steel in it. Pressed as she was against him, Charlie could feel it rumble through her entire body.

There was a little gasp from Nar’sa. “You must not speak so to a Joined One!”

“I will speak however I feel necessary,” Stav growled. “You are distressing my mate. Now step back.”

About the Author:12_1 cursed Authorpic_CursedEvangeline Anderson is a registered MRI tech who would rather be writing. And yes, she is nerdy enough to have a bumper sticker that says “I’d rather be writing.” Honk if you see her! She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.

You can find her online at her website. Come visit for some free reads and to find out what’s coming soon. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, or Twitter.

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Portrait of Passion by Lynne Barron – Spotlight and Giveaway

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What’s a Viscount to do when a mysterious lady with a secret past and a reputation frayed around the edges suddenly appears in London in hot pursuit of his naive young cousin, setting the gossips’ tongues wagging, stirring his family into pandemonium, and driving him mad with her irreverent ways?

If the Viscount in question is Simon Easton, the answer is quite simple. Seduce the beguiling lady. But Miss Beatrice Morgan isn’t your average tarnished lady. She’s lived a slapdash life wandering the globe like a gypsy, painting fantastical portraits of Duchesses as Sirens and landscapes featuring a crumbling old fountain, all the while harboring a secret desire to return to Idyllwild, the only home she’s ever known.

What Simon does not know is that Beatrice just might be willing to sacrifice her honor, her virtue, her very heart to reclaim Idyllwild.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Who is she?” asked Simon Carlisle, Viscount Easton.

“Isn’t she beautiful?” replied his cousin Henry Tinsdale, the Earl of Hastings.

She was beyond beautiful, Lord Easton thought as he watched her across the ballroom. She was mesmerizing. The willowy blonde had captured the attention of every person in the room as soon as she had entered on the arm of Viscount Moorehead only moments before. Simon heard whispers of conversation behind the fluttering fans of a group of ladies standing behind him.

“A scarlet dress, can you imagine?”

“Not so surprising, surely? They say she’s an artist, of all things.”

“Artist? Is that what they are calling them these days?”

While the ladies of the ton whispered and stared, the gentlemen silently watched and circled about her, gradually closing the distance. From Simon’s vantage point some twenty paces away, the men appeared to be involved in a slow dance whose moves were carefully orchestrated to appear subtle. They were anything but.

Moorehead had yet to introduce his beautiful companion to anyone in the ballroom. They simply stood off to the side of the cavernous room, framed by two potted ferns, as if waiting for the hordes to come to them.

With a gesture that clearly spoke of familiarity and affection, her escort placed his hand upon the small of her back and leaned in to whisper in her ear. She evidently found his remark amusing, for she tossed her head back and laughed. Even across the crowded room he Simon could hear the echo of that laughter, mellow and dark.

About the Author:Write About What You Know.

Every Creative Writing Teacher and College Professor said these words to Lynne Barron in one form or another. But what did she know?

She knew she enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels whenever she could find time between studying, working and raising her son as a single mother.

She knew quite a bit about women’s lives in the Regency and Victorian era from years spent bouncing back and forth between European History and English Literature as a major in college.

She knew precious little about romance except to know that it was more than the cliché card and a dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day.

Then she met her wonderfully romantic husband and finally she knew.

Passion, Love and Romance.

And she began to write.

If you would like to learn more about Lynne Barron and the Idyllwild Series, please visit her website at LynneBarron.com or follow her at Facebook or Twitter.

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Best Laid Intentions by Talia Carmichael – Guest Blog

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by the publisher.

Aspects of Personality

By: Talia Carmichael

 

Creating a character’s personality takes getting to know them very intimately. I have to dig deep within them and know them as well as I know myself. To do this I think beyond what is happening during their story. I go back to what shaped them and made them who they are. I create many parts of their personality and bring it to the page. Each character I create stays with me. Each of the characters have aspects of my own personality.

In my latest release, Best Laid Intentions (Impressions #6) it is the same. I’ve been told by my friends who have read the book I’m like Savage as I’m a musician. When I was younger I was in bands and loved playing music. I still do and I loved the camaraderie of my bandmates. We were there for each other and built our own family. Another aspect of Savage’s personality is his willingness to give up his time for others and never expecting anything from it. For Taylor my love of music and sharing it with others is what I do. I’ve been known to talk music when I meet someone and it leads to my finding new music and sharing with others. As well as new friends. :)

Another thing the characters from Best Laid Intentions (Impressions #6) has in common with me is I’m close to my family (those by blood and by choice—friends) and value friends. I believe in family and friendships. I also believe in love and finding the one who will get you and become your other half. Having a wacky sense of humor and quirks myself, I want to be with someone who will get it. That is sexier than anything else. Someone who I will have a meeting of minds with and understand completely. We can laugh and joke and just get each other. That is something my characters have. That understanding of each other.

The aspects of my personality present in Best Laid Intentions (Impressions #6) makes me smile. When I write I don’t plan to make parts of my characters personalities like mine, it just happens. When I finish any book I think of the characters. And I miss them and can’t wait to see them again. Best Laid Intentions (Impressions #6) is part of a series so there are glimpses of Savage and Taylor to come in future books. I’m already looking forward to writing my next book and seeing what aspects of personality will become part of the story.

About Talia Carmichael:

Talia Carmichael is a romantic who believes that family, no matter if it is by blood or those you choose as family, is integral to who you are. She is an author who writes sexy stories in a variety of genres. She believes in creating stories that encompass all that falling in love or lust entails, from the highs of that first blush of attraction to the lows of not knowing if you can make your coming together as a couple work, and then finally to the acceptance of the reality of making a life together. It’s all about the journey.

Among her books you’ll find contemporary, futuristic, fantasy, and paranormal settings with M/M themes that will have a happily-ever-after. Her books are passionate, intense, and real… to fill the craving. Check out more about Talia at http://taliacarmichael.com or http://taliacarmichael.com/blog. Contact her at http://taliacarmichael.com/blog/contact

or check her out on facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Talia-Carmichael/247134751977720. Twitter: @taliacarmichael

Blurb for Best Laid Intentions:

This is book six in the Impressions series, see the full series listing here

11_24 bestlaidintentions_800Taking a risk and going after what he wants leads a man to the most pleasurable of results…

Taylor Noble decides to take a chance on pursuing Savage. Savage makes him crave but Taylor knows that anything beyond the physical would be foolish. He has too much on his plate for a relationship. But he can have a good time… After all, there’s no way Savage would want more. And Taylor certainly doesn’t either… Yet, as he gets to know Savage, Taylor finds himself questioning his plans for fun with no strings.

From their very first meeting, Savage Griffin is drawn to Taylor. There’s something Savage cannot define that’s so different when he sees, thinks or talks to Taylor. Knowing Taylor is interested gives him the opportunity to explore more about this man who has captured his attention. Savage plans to take advantage of it. Each and every moment—sexual and platonic—brings him closer to Taylor, who captures all his senses. Now it’s just a matter of convincing Taylor that what they share goes way past the physical to the emotional. Yes, emotions are messy but Savage is ready, willing and able to get Taylor to change his best laid intentions and make some new plans.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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Red and her Big Bad Dom by Sydney St. Claire – Spotlight and Giveaway

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perf5.000x8.000.inddWealthy computer genius Graham Winters is in love with a woman who won’t join him for a stingy cup of coffee. How can he prove he’s nothing like her jerk of an ex if she won’t give him a chance? Then he spots her at a BDSM club and devises a plan. During the day, he’s “that damn geek.” At night, he’s the masked Dom known as The Wolf.

When it comes to her love life, Lucy Sanchez has one rule—no geeks. Not even rich, good looking geeks. She’s attracted to Graham but rules are rules. Besides, she has her wolf, the mysterious Dom who makes her blood sing. Then she’s invited to a fairytale event at Pleasure Manor and this Little Red Riding Hood plans to enjoy every delicious moment with her big, bad Dom.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Lucy stared at him. “I’ve never had a partner as good as you.”

He lowered his head and kissed her. “We fit.” Sex. Dance. And even their work, though she didn’t know that. So many things in common, like hiking in the woods, searching for and finding birds and other wildlife, not to mention some spontaneous sex. Hug a tree took on a new meaning. His heart ached for him to tell her the truth and claim her openly.

The music faded, and he leaned back. “Lucy—”

The sound of loud clapping broke the spell. He swung them around and saw the Queen Domme standing at the open doorway. “You two are magnificent.” She glided into the room.

He bowed. “Thank you, Glorie.”

Lucy leaned into her wolf, unconsciously seeking his comforting embrace. She smiled awkwardly and fully admitted she was still embarrassed that the woman had joined them for a threesome. Every time she saw the woman, she’d remember how good the Domme was at giving pleasure and how her Wolf had known her well enough, cared enough, to make her fantasies come true.

“Tomorrow night, you’ll dance for us?”

Lucy inclined her head. “We’d love that.”

Minutes later, tired but satisfied, Lucy’s wolf her back through the garden and down one of several paths that led into the woods. Each couple had specific routes and play areas so as not to disturb anyone else with their weekend.

About the Author: 11_20 susan picSydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.

Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.

Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…

When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining…

While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.

Email: Sydney@sydneystclaire.com

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My Ideal Writing Space by Janine Ashbless

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My ideal writing space
While I was writing Cover Him with Darkness, for one short week, I was lucky enough to have the ideal writing space.

My husband was working in Bologna, Italy, and while he was there he was given a rented apartment by his employers. It was a small open-plan space with a shower room attached. Not as luxurious as a hotel room, but with all the necessities. It even had a balcony that overlooked a park full of poplar trees. I flew out to stay with him, and for the five midweek days while he was working 8.30am-7.30pm, I stayed in that apartment and wrote.

It was perfect! – at least for me. No dogs to walk, no housework to catch up on. My phone didn’t work in mainland Europe. The TV showed only programs in Italian, which I don’t speak, so I never turned it on. There was no internet during the day when Mr. Ashbless went off with the dongle – so no e-mail and no Facebook (the bane of my writing life). No opportunity for online research either, of course, but I’d pre-loaded my Kindle with a bunch of relevant books. Pretty much all I could do was write, and plot more writing. I never left the apartment block during daylight hours. When I wanted a break I’d take a cup of tea and stand on the balcony. While I was struggling with a plot point I’d go take a shower and then lie on the bathroom floor staring at the tiles in that crazy glazed-eye way all writers do. [Don’t we…?]

I’ve never written so much at such a sustained pace in my life. It’s a good job I didn’t have a second week there, because I’d probably have descended into some primitive pre-vocal stage of evolution where my fingers would be physically gummed to the keyboard and I’d just glare at people who’d try to interact with me, not even seeing them, whilst running fictional dialogue through my head over and over.

What I’m trying to say is that the “perfect writing space” may be a Very Bad Thing.

But oh how I wish I could do it again…

xxx
Janine Ashbless

11_11 ashbless CoverHimwithDarkness_hires (2)If You Loved an Angel… How Far Would You Fall with Him?

What happens when the daughter of the village priest falls in love with an archangel banished from heaven? Milja’s heart is struck when she catches a glimpse of the preternaturally beautiful prisoner her father keeps captive beneath his church’s altar. Torn between tradition, loyalty and her growing obsession with the fallen angel, will Milja risk losing her family, and her eternal soul, for the love of this divine being? Janine Ashbless will transport you to a world where good and evil battle for true love.

 

 

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Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure – and that’s “fantasy” in the sense of swords ‘n’ sandals, contemporary paranormal, fairytale, and stories based on mythology and folklore.  She likes to write about magic and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000, and her novels and single-author collections now run into double figures. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology Geek Love.

Her work has been described as: “hardcore and literate” (Madeline Moore) and “vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love.”   (Portia Da Costa)

 

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