Best Laid Intentions by Talia Carmichael – Guest Blog

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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 or Contact her at

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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.

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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.


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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…

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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Spin on Reality by Taige Crenshaw – Guest Blog

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Spin on Reality

By Taige Crenshaw


One of my favorite parts of writing is being able to put my own spin on reality. Taking something that is not of the real world and making it come to life. Creating a reality different to this world and where readers want to live. Be a part of the story as it unfolds.

To do this I can make it up totally in my thoughts and build it or take pieces of history, folklore and other interesting tidbits and molding it into what I want to. Doing this is a powerful aphrodisiac. The balance of creating a story that brings a person into it is just like a seductive dance. First you have to let them get a feel of your rhythm. Once they do then you move to the groove. Spinning it around. Weaving that reality to bring them deeper into the reality you’ve built. This is what I strive for in each world I build.

In the world and myths of my latest release Firestorm Encounters (Phoenix Intelligence Agency, Book #5) this is what I’ve done—put my own spin on reality. I’ve taken many parts of history, folklore and other interesting tidbits to create the world of the story. In writing the book I sank into the myths that I was creating. It was fun to bring in various things I find fascinating. Kaitya Erutan, my heroine is an Amazonian Warrior and Firebird which are two powerful races. Kaitya is a recently made hybrid and she is coming to terms with that when fate puts a man who will change her life in her path. The mythology of her and the world she inhabits grows with each book. This mythology is embedded into the very earth. Fyodor, the Shadow King has many obligations and things to overcome. The two come together as a couple and each has their own quirks and personality which leads them on a road to love. It is an exhilarating ride for them. As usual I put a major spin within the story which makes the series keep evolving and growing. When I built the world of the Phoenix Intelligence Agency I knew it would have so much to be revealed brick by brick and layer by layer. There are so many beings and things in that world to explore. As I write each book I’m having a wonderful time laying down the layers of the world and going on each adventure.

Each time I write a new book I wonder where I can go next. I get to push boundaries of belief and bring the reader into the journey of the story. I love doing that and making up worlds that become real. A world which readers want to become a part of. That is the thing with writing, you get to do a spin on reality.

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This is book five in the Phoenix Intelligence Agency series, see the full series listing here

What do you do when you find a man who sets your senses aflame but being with him could cause repercussions?

Kaitya Erutan is finally at ease with her two sides—Amazonian Warrior and Firebird—and she doesn’t need complications. Yet a little quirk of fate makes her realise what she wants. She’s overcome by desire burning through her when she sees him—a man who sets her pulse racing. Sometimes life throws the most pleasurable of curves, and Kaitya isn’t about to let this sexy man go. Be it destiny or something else, she doesn’t care—all she knows is he will be hers—and she his—in every sense of the word.

Fyodor, the Shadow King, has responsibilities to his people who have been displaced by a madman’s plan. Breaking out of the shadow of his father’s deception is a tough undertaking—his focus is on the task and he doesn’t need any distractions. From the moment he arrives at the Phoenix Intelligence Agency, he realizes he might not want anything to shift his attention. But he is about to get it. Kaitya resonates in his shadow and she will not be denied. Not that he could resist her—Kaitya’s deceptively laid-back attitude hides the core of a woman who is as determined and stubborn as he is. Her beauty is surpassed only by the depths of her soul. Kaitya is out to have everything he can give and demand that he go even further.

Each action and choice will change the course of their lives. They will need each other to face whatever comes. When will meets passion it will blaze under firestorm encounters.

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

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About the Author:    Taige Crenshaw is a multi-published author with books available at Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, Loose Id, and Totally Bound. Taige has been enthralled with the written word from time she picked up her first book. It wasn’t long before she started to make up her own tales of romance. With novels set in today, in alternate dimensions, or in the future she writes with adventure, fun sassy heroine’s, and sexy hero’s. Always hard at work creating new and exciting places Taige can be found curled up with a hot novel with exciting characters when she is not creating her own. Join her in the fun, frolic, interesting people and far reaches of the world in her novels. You can find out more about Taige at:

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Phantom Desire by Houston Havens – Spotlight and Giveaway

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11_10 Cover_Phantom DesireMind traveler Chandra Lamar is on the run, not only from her post-catastrophic dystopian government but from a past she can’t remember. A psychic vision pushes her to recall her purpose for being, but it’s a ghost that awakens her desires for a life she fears she’ll never have. Both push her to remember the past because it threatens what she wants in the now; the Nodin men.

Andonis Nodin battles to accept his failures. The heavy burden nearly breaks him when he can’t save a loved one from the grim reaper’s grip and questions his desire for Chandra, the woman he blames for the death around him.

Nikias finds true love with Chandra in his arms, but is desperate to stop her from seeking revenge on a mission he knows is a one way trip.

Ortello knows for them to recapture the love they once felt for each other, he must be willing to let her go. But overcoming his obsession to make Chandra his and his alone isn’t easy.

Will Chandra go through with the vengeance in her heart or give it up for love? Who is the powerful woman in her haunting visions and will those revealing apparitions crumble her world with the Nodin clan? Does Chandra find true love in the arms of the Nodin men or does her Phantom Desire forever own her heart?

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Chandra’s heart swelled with life. She teased back. “Are you blackmailing me into kissing you?”

“Never.” His clear gaze pierced hers with renewed life. “One would have to have something on you first and I don’t…yet. But if it works, I’ll work like hell to turn something up to hold against you.” He smiled suggestively. “Especially, if it means I’ll be able to get a kiss on command.”

It would be a long time before either one of them felt normal again, but this was a start to their healing. She leaned forward. An old, yet familiar feeling tingled at the center of her chest when he dropped an admiring gaze to her breasts before his stare made it back to her eyes.

“Shame on you, Nikias.” She leaned back, giving him an impish grin, forgetting for just a moment the sadness in her heart. “Taking advantage of a situation like this.”

“Me?” His playful expression was one of mocked shock. “I had the distinct feeling you were trying to seduce me.”

“I’m not the one sitting here half naked.” She glanced down at the telling sign of arousal in his workout shorts. She arched an accusing brow at him. “Looks like you’re a subscriber to the belief sex is a good way to help one find one’s way out of the black hole of grief.” She ran her tongue over her bottom lip with a suggestive sweep. With a hungry look in his eyes, his glance stalked the path her tongue took, leaving a wet trail for him to follow over her bottom lip. Nikias’ chest pumped in shallow takes, telling her she captured his interest.

“Hmmm, I hadn’t heard of the theory.” His sexy voice rumbled from his chest. His pupils dilated when she sucked her tongue back into her mouth. He met her stare with a knowing glint. “I’ll have to try it.”

About the Author: 11_10 Houston HavensHouston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.

Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series and numerous articles in literary magazines.

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The Bannockburn Spell by Nancy Adams – Excerpt and Giveaway

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11_5 bannockburn Cover_The Bannockburn SpellWith the help of a bet, an eight-hundred-year-old marriage contract, and a spell, ex-SBS soldier Will might just have enough in his arsenal to capture Meghan’s heart.

Since arriving in Little Glen, Scotland, Meghan Kennedy’s life has got decidedly more interesting. She enters into a bet with hunky ex-SBS soldier, William MacKenzie, discovers an ancient marriage contract and to top it all off, she learns that she had a spell cast on her…eight hundred years before she was even born. None of it matters, because she refuses to make the same mistake twice. Will’s hard body and sexy grin don’t matter, his beautiful hypnotic eyes don’t matter, and it doesn’t matter that every time they kiss her body calls out for his, as though denied of his touch for hundreds of years.

Ex-SBS soldier William MacKenzie is disciplined, trained to be an efficient soldier and he takes the same approach with his life as he does his business. Then Meghan arrives, with her fiery temper and hair to match, all he can think about is Meghan. Her feisty temper bemuses him, her beauty astounds him and her stubbornness annoys the hell out of him. Lucky for him, he doesn’t know how to quit, he can be just as stubborn and occasionally ruthless, and he will use any means necessary to get her. Of course the ‘means’ at his disposal just happen to be a bet, a marriage contract and an ancient spell, but if in the end Meghan belongs to him, who is he to argue?

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“Funny, I’m not scared by either one of you. Thanks for the water, Will.” She gave him a wink, then turned.

Will watched as she started to walk away, he couldn’t hold it back any longer and threw his head back and laughed. It wasn’t the answer he had been expecting. He wanted her to blush as she had yesterday in the airport. Nevertheless, this feisty side was more to his liking, and that wink. She was playful too. Very, very nice.

“Meghan!” he called out before he could stop himself. She turned to face him, just as she had taken another swallow from her bottle. He almost groaned out loud as he watched her lick the water from her lips.


“How about letting me try to rattle you tonight over drinks?”

He thought he saw doubt cross her face but she raised her chin, just a little, then nodded. “Okay. Duncan and I will meet you at The Black Ale. Around seven?”

Trying to turn him off by dragging Duncan along wouldn’t work, he happened to enjoy Duncan’s company, so the joke would be on her.

“Great, I’ll see you both then.” He grinned back at her. She gave him a confused smile, shook her head, then continued with her run.

Will stood rooted to the spot watching her. The sway of her hips held his attention until she was out of sight. He knew now how she must have come to have such a nice backside—running up hills would do it. He was surprised that she’d tackled his road first.

Before turning back to the house, he glanced at the old keep. A thick grey mist hovered along the bottom of the great wall, giving the impression the ruins were floating on a cloud.

The old castle had been in his family for over a thousand years, and they still owned it today, though now it was a pile of stones. Tourists would come every once in a while to see it but would leave shortly after, as it didn’t offer much in the way of grandeur. There were other castles in Scotland that offered more, which was fine with him. He couldn’t care less if the tourists came or not. He liked it just the way it was and had always felt drawn to the old keep and would usually end each of his runs up there. Meghan must’ve felt that same pull. Why else would she try his hill on her first day here?

A memory he never knew he had flashed before his eyes. A woman with long red hair and a long green gown was waving to him from the top of the great wall of the keep. A sudden fear pulled at his chest as he waved back, a fear that he would never see her beautiful face again.

Will blinked and the memory was gone. He walked back towards the house with Lucy at his side and stopped to look back up at the wall. Even though he couldn’t see the redhead’s face clearly, he knew with his entire being that it was Meghan standing on that wall waving to him.

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I am a full-blooded Canadian, right down to the maple syrup running through my veins. I enjoy watching hockey, but despise skating…and the cold. I enjoy a good helping of Tourtiere with a side of Poutine as must as the next person, yet I am only bilingual when it comes to swear words. I am proud to say I survived my token shot of Newfie Screech, although I did refuse to kiss the Cod – that is never going to happen – and I openly admit, that I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains the first time I saw them.

I have many occupations written down in my passport, mom, wife, author…zookeeper! However, I have to say that writing is by far the easiest part of my day.

I have three small -but legal- addictions: bed lines, lavender, and books. All of which, are replenished on a regular basis. Reading into the wee hours of the morning, is one of many bad habits, next to spontaneously rearranging furniture and randomly painting rooms in my house.

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Life Means Chaos – Writer Seeks Serenity by Nancy Fraser – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Life Means Chaos … Writer Seeks Serenity

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
~~~Reinhold Niebuhr

The beginning of Niebuhr’s serenity prayer is probably one of the most recognized and shared passages in all the world, and one of the most beautiful at that. As an author, I understand the power of the written word … the impact it can have, good and bad, on a reader. And, while I don’t liken the romances I write to something as profound as The Serenity Prayer, I do love to hear a reader say, “I got lost in the story”, “I put my feet up with a cup of coffee and just relaxed”, and “I loved this book!” – while neither accolade is life affirming by any means, they are still my contribution to an over-worked mother’s few moments of peace and quiet, or a reader’s search for a Happily Ever After! And, heaven knows, we need as many of those as we can get.

I’ve been seriously writing romance for over twenty years and a good portion of those years were spent juggling a full time job as well. Last December 13th, I retired from the outside grind. I was ecstatic … I could finally be what I wanted to be … a full time writer! Despite the outside work schedule, I’d managed to publish four books in 2013, and visions of four or more for 2014 sat perched on the edge of my subconscious like a hummingbird on his fourth cup of coffee.

Then, when I least expected it, life intervened and altered my plans, encroached on my serenity. My elderly cousin passed away. He and I were the last two immediate family members on my mother’s side. So, just six days short of the holiday, my two wonderful sons and I set out on a 1300 mile drive from Atlantic Canada to Dearborn Heights, Michigan, so that I could ‘accept that thing I couldn’t change’ … my responsibility to my family, including my appointment as my cousin’s trustee.

The evening of the 23rd, we reversed course and set out for home, hopeful we’d make it in time for my sons to be with their families and me to be with my grandchildren for Christmas. As they had on our drive down, the weather stations warned of ice storms, blowing snow and bad roads. And, again, we managed to beat the odds. At ten-thirty on Christmas Eve, we arrived home. It was a bittersweet holiday, given where we’d just been, but a joyous one in the fact that we were all together.

When I turned on my computer the evening of the 25th, the first thing staring at me was a reminder that my project calendar needed updating … my carefully executed “writer’s guide to writing everything” as I like to call it! I’d missed two self-imposed deadlines and was sorely unprepared for the next one. As I sat there staring at the missed deadlines, the black hole in my per-day word count, I realized one very simple thing: the words will wait! The muse has accepted that serenity comes and goes and is willing to wait while life haphazardly throws obstacles in its way!

As writers, we all envision that perfect work space, the uninterrupted hours of writing. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t happen that way. If you’re anything like me, life looks at our well-honed plans and laughs … on a fairly regular basis.

How do we get around these obstacles? How do we created that perfect nirvana for our muse?

First, and foremost, we have to set boundaries (something I’m still working on). Family and friends need to realize that writing isn’t just a hobby, it’s a profession. And, when done right, a decent paying profession.

Second, we need to organize ourselves. Whether it’s a schedule like my “guide to writing everything”, or it’s the physical layout of our writing space, it needs stability.

Third, we need to minimize online socializing to save time. Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest (among others) can be terrible time sucks. Yet, in this day of so many good books and so little time, we need to promote ourselves as much as we can and as often as we can without taking away from our writing.

I’d like offer up a few suggestions, if I may, of things that work for me.

1. Boundaries: Be flexible and realistic. Create yourself a work schedule, whether it’s full time or part time. Just as any employed person would have set hours, so should a writer. Depending on the outside pressures you must face, sometimes it’s best to schedule days off. Don’t expect to be able to write every day. It can become creatively crippling when you’re forced out of your schedule. Personally, I commit one weekday (usually the middle of the week) to errands and business and one weekend day to family. I find if I pre-schedule my free time, my writing time tends to flow smoother.

2. Organization: If you’re fortunate enough to have an office, make sure it’s set up for maximum efficiency. Remove any interruptions that take away from your writing. Keep your space neat and tidy, it’s easier to work in an organized space. Plus, clutter can derail the muse. You shouldn’t be thinking about the dust bunnies under your desk or on the bookshelf when you should be seducing your hero (or heroine).

It’s also important to organize your work files. When you first begin a project, take the time to set up computer files so that everything has its place. One of the things I set up almost immediately is a media/promotional file for each book. There I store ideas for FB posts, tweets, excerpts, the final blurb, a list of my media contacts, and buy links (once they’re available). I like to think of it as a Walmart for my creativity … one-stop shopping when I’m ready to begin promotion.

3. Online promotion: Part of your writing schedule should include promotion time. Think of scheduling this time the way you would coffee breaks at an outside job. Fifteen minutes in the morning, half an hour when you’re ready to break for lunch, another 15-30 minutes after you’re done writing. I had a fairly new writer ask me once, “How do you ignore social media while you write?” The easy answer: I turn it off. I close all social media programs when I write. If I find myself tempted, I’ll even go so far as to shut off my router. The social networking will also benefit from the “media kit” (mentioned above) to help cut time from your online presence.

These are only suggestions, of course, but they work well for me and allow me the balance between my writing, other obligations, and the all-important time with my family. Writing is an isolating business … it has to be if you’re going to write the best possible book. However, isolation doesn’t mean we should all become hermits. I know my creativity would suffer greatly if I didn’t have those hours/days with my friends and family.

Despite the pressure last year’s events caused me, I did manage to make my goal of four new releases this year, as well as an extra re-release of a previous novella. As we ease into the last quarter of 2014 and look forward to the coming year, I’ve set my goals even higher for next year. Now, if my muse will cooperate and life will run smoothly, I should make it with time to spare.

11_5 Cover_The MusePrivileged Hyde Park socialite, Susan Leland, wants more from life than being a rich man’s daughter. She wants excitement, daring, but most of all, she wants to explore her sexuality. A chance meeting with artist Evan Forrester, a man she’d met purely by ‘accident’ months earlier, leads Susan on a journey of sensual discovery that not only includes the handsome Evan, but also sultry torch singer, Holly Winters. Together, the singer and the artist uncover Susan’s utmost desires and unleash her inner vamp.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Susan tapped lightly on the solid oak door leading to Evan Forrester’s downtown loft. The building was old, in parts dilapidated and smelling of mold. The three-story climb to his studio had been precarious, with more broken stairs than good ones. The urge to turn and flee ran rampant through her thoughts. She still couldn’t believe she was actually taking him up on his suggestion.

She hesitated. She hadn’t pictured him being destitute, a starving artist unable to afford something better than this run-down building. As hard as she tried to ignore her inner voice, she couldn’t hide her concern for the safety of her situation. Eager to be out of the dark, damp hallway, she knuckled the door a bit harder, stopping just short of actually using her balled-up fist to pound the old wood.

From behind the barrier, she could hear the shuffle of footsteps, and held her breath in anticipation. When the door opened, she let her breath out on a sigh of relief.

“You’re here,” Evan said, his gaze flaring as if she’d caught him by surprise.

“You said one o’clock,” Susan reminded him. She made a rather deliberate show of staring at her bare wrist. “It’s five minutes of, according to my watch.”

He stepped back and allowed her inside. Unlike the dark entryway and corridors leading to the third floor, his loft was filled with color, vivid splashes of paint adorning walls full of original artwork. Windows rose from floor to ceiling, allowing the early afternoon sun to shine through, unimpeded by draperies of any kind. Sparsely furnished with nothing more than a few chairs and a small kitchen table. Susan wondered what lay behind each of the three doors along the back wall.

“Truthfully, I didn’t think you’d show.” He waved his hand in a circle, the arc encompassing the entire open living area. “I don’t get many Hyde Park society girls in my studio.”

She raised her chin a notch. “Whether you realize it or not, I’m not like most Hyde Park girls.” When he didn’t comment, she reminded him, “You said I could make up for the accident by posing for you. I’m here to make amends for—as you put it—the pain and suffering my recklessness caused.”

He chuckled, the teasing lilt of his voice drawing her attention to where he stood. It was then she realized he was dressed in little more than a pair of tight- fitting denim rousers and an unbuttoned shirt. A sparse patch of short curls adorned his well-muscled chest, trailing downward to disappear inside the waistband of his pants. His feet were bare and his dark hair tousled, as if she’d awoken him from a sound sleep. His second laugh, this one much heartier than the first, told her she’d been caught staring. A sudden wave of heat rushed her cheeks. Her pulse raced.

“As I said last night, I don’t do formal portraits.”

His words drew her gaze back to his face, his mouth, the fullness of his lips. She raised her head and nodded. “Let’s just get this over with, please.”

He crooked his finger and motioned for her to follow. “Bathroom’s through there, if you need the facilities.” He opened the door to the middle room. “This is my bedroom. You can change in here, if you’d like. There’s a dressing gown hanging on the back of the door.”

“Change into what?” she asked. Her throat suddenly as dry as a pile of cotton batting, she slipped out of her lightweight coat and cloche and laid them at the foot of the bed.

Evan shook his head; his eyebrows arched and wagged teasingly. “Into as very little as you’re comfortable with, Miss Leland. I prefer totally nude, but if you’d like to leave your fancy drawers on, I can use my imagination.” He motioned toward the wooden table in the corner of the room. “There are some props, jewelry and the sort, over there, if you’d like to doll yourself up.”

“Anything else?” She did her best to put a sarcastic bent to her question yet feared her voice trembled too much to make the right impression.

He lowered his gaze from her face, across her body, down her legs, settling at last on her ankles. The intensity of his perusal made her toes curl.

“Take off those shoes and put on a pair with ankle straps. Preferably black. There should be a pair in the closet that will fit you.” He turned toward the door, stopping to add, “My studio is in the next room over. I’ll prepare a fresh canvas. Don’t take forever. I have someone coming at three.”

About the Author: 11_5 NancyFraserLike most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five beautiful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.


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What Kind of Books Do I Read? by Cheyenne Meadows – Guest Blog

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What kind of books do I read?
I love any kind of romance, from erotic to sweet, from historical to fantasy. The century, the world, the place really doesn’t matter as long as the main characters are well written, the sexual tension building, and they inevitably fall in love at the end. After all, what is a romance novel without a happily ever after?

My favorites? I enjoy paranormal. Love Jayne Castle’s books with the paranormal twists. Always a mystery to keep you on your toes, surprising turns along the way, and realistic characters you can bond with. Also, I’ll pick up and devour anything Lora Leigh writes in her Breed series. Talk about steamy, hot, and drool worthy. If her love scenes don’t get your heart pumping, then nothing will. But, her stories are more than just carnal motivated. There’s an overall mystery to her books, each one slowly disclosing more and more about the Breeds themselves, their idiosyncrasies, their survival. All this makes me, and a lot of other fans, eagerly await the next installment in order to meet new characters, find out what genetic differences they carry, and take one step closer to solving some of the big questions which threaten all Breeds alike.

Growing up, I loved to read Cassie Edwards with all her Native American heroes. The history of each one, with their various cultural beliefs intrigued me as did the struggles each one had to overcome from bias, to hatred, to deadly threats. I developed a love of Native Americans and a fascination for their histories and views on the world. Then we learned about the World War II Navajo Code Talkers who sacrificed so much, went to war, and basically saved the world. These men came home under deep promises to keep their mouth shut and many have died before they could even tell their families what an exceptional service they willingly gave their country. This has stuck with me to this very day and served as an inspiration for one of my Wind Warrior men, Night in Summer’s Night.

Night’s a throwback to his ancestors, struggling in the modern world, post special ops service and founder of the Wind Warriors. Trying to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, he finds the world a different place with new battles than his grandfather could ever imagine. Yet, Night carries the same honor, pride, and determination which allowed those cherished few Code Talkers to save so many lives. He’s a tribute to his ancestors and I hope you will see the special qualities he shares with those close to him. Smart, brave, and perceptive, Night can pull strings, fight right alongside his men, and run a business like a seasoned CEO. He’s independent and loving to those favored few, intimidating and powerful to those who hurt others. He faces daunting odds and always comes out in one piece along with every man under his watch.

Then he stumbles across Summer and the sparks start to fly. Stubbornness can only go so far when the heart finds something it wants. One hundred and fifty years ago, he’d simply carry Summer off and make her his bride. In modern times, he has to go about things a bit differently. Yet, when Summer is kidnapped under his watch, the warrior inside emerges with more than counting coup on his mind.
Night, as you can find out for yourself, is a modern day Code Talker with a twist. I hope he touches you as much as he’s touched me along the way.

11_4 summersnight_800Night tells himself Summer is his mother’s physical therapist and nothing more. Until she’s kidnapped on his watch and he realises how much he truly cares.

Night, leader of the Wind Warriors, has little time for romance and no patience for his matchmaking mother’s selections, too busy focusing on special missions. His orderly life falls apart when Summer, his mother’s physical therapist and his budding romantic interest, is kidnapped at gunpoint.
Summer never expects to meet a man like Night, intelligent and downright sexy. She bristles under his dictatorial tone, stands up to him, while beginning to see the man underneath. A man she could spend a lifetime with.

The past comes back to haunt Night, dragging Summer into the midst of danger. Can he gather the team and rush to her rescue before it’s too late and he loses the woman he’s come to love?

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About the Author: Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick wall, resulting in a quick death in my first writing class in college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn’t any good at it. I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing dreams behind, eventually settling on becoming a nurse.

A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing site on a favorite author’s webpage. I began to read stories others wrote, not only making some wonderful close friends from the experience, but also, really learning to write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing. Now, I spend my days off with my alpha male characters, quick witted heroines, and see how much trouble everyone can get into.

Fueled by Lust: Caelius by Celeste Prater – Q&A and Giveaway


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1) Is there a story behind this book or any of the characters you’d like to share with us?

I think the most interesting part about the characters in the Fueled By Lust series is that I actually dreamed of them, even their names. When I saw them forming out of a ball of foggy mist, I knew they weren’t from this world, so science fiction was the only way to head with their stories. Another interesting fact is that after I had already written much of the background on their species, I discovered that some of it is actually based off fact, such as their original ancestor. There really was an emperor named Lucius Tarquinius and he was expelled from Rome around the same time period that I set for their genesis from pure energy life forms into half energy/half human. Sometimes I get chills when I see names I thought I had randomly picked show up as somehow connected to that same emperor’s family line. It’s exciting to discover something new tenuous thread to something in each installment.

2) What was the inspiration for this book?

This is book 5 of a series and takes the natural path leading out of the previous four installments, so I’ll have to give you the inspiration for the entire series.

It grew out of two solid years of reading every erotic romance I could get my hands on to figure out what the method to the madness was in creating a novel. Last count was close to 600 and I learned what had been done to death, what was riveting, and what NOT to do to the poor readers. I was also inspired to write this as a series since I thoroughly enjoyed knowing how my previous book’s characters continue with their lives. The timelines are very closely related. I never ran across a series where they would give you a storyline of a secondary character as they interacted with the main character in the previous books.

3) If you used a real setting, how intimate are you with it? Have you been there just to visit or have you lived there? Or did you do a lot of research about it?

Besides their home world of Insedivertus, the hub of the Insedi’s lives takes place in Austin, Texas. I’m from Texas, just not from there. I’ve been to Austin plenty of times and had a basic idea of the layout. However, I do research to make sure that I get the streets correct. Another setting is in the Chinati Mountains of West Texas. I have the Insedi entering Earth through a vortex there. There’s a small town outside of the mountains called Marfa. They have tourists come through constantly to observe the mysterious ‘ghost lights’. These are real places. I’ve never been. I didn’t find out about the ghost lights until after I’d written in my notes that the Insedi reform outside the vortex as a ball of light. I definitely researched the area after that. Very spooky!

4) Did you fall in love with you hero(es)? Why?

Oh, yes, every single time. Each one has such a unique personality. They are these gorgeous, hunky males and have no clue how spectacular they are. They are totally smitten and respectful with females. When they find their potential mate, they’re obsessed with making sure she’s happy (in and out of the bedroom). Just when I think I’ve found my favorite, I get the next one’s story out and I’m in love all over again. Lucy heroines!

5) How long did it take to write this book and how long before you found a publisher?

With each installment, it takes me about three months to complete. I start the next one within days of submitting the last one. I’m always anxious to find out what’s going to happen next. With book 1 Drusus, I was picked up by Siren Publishing eight months later. That was a very exciting day!

6) What was the toughest part about writing this book? Did any characters misbehave and if so, how?

As with any of the installments, they misbehave on me. I always write out an outline with major events and turning points. I’ll give some vague ideas in between each section. Once I start writing a scene or the dialog it becomes whatever is falling out of my head. Sometimes I’m trying to take them down a path to one of the major milestones and they veer me off in another direction. If I try to force my way back to the bullet point, everything gets stilted and doesn’t feel right. I have to backtrack and just let loose with where they want to take me. For example, in Cato’s story (Book 3) I had given a brief hint about the issue with Cato and his dad earlier in the book, but when I was writing the bar scene with Cato and Maxim, it wouldn’t let me bring up the topic I wanted them to talk about. It kept veering into Maxim being associated with the father/son issue. When I just relaxed and let the muse take over, I discovered that Cato and Maxim’s fathers are brothers.

7) If this book became a movie, who would you cast to play the parts?

The actor would have to be muscled up, gorgeous as hell, and have long flowing hair. I need to send my model Valentino to acting class since he’s PERFECT as Caelius. The only other one that comes to mind is Jason Momoa, but I’ve got him stuck in my mind while I’m writing Maxim’s story. I wish he had a lot of brothers. I’d be set!

8) What do you like to do when you need a break from writing?

I ride my Harley when I have an opportunity. No one can talk to me and my mind gets cleared of all the cobwebs. If that’s not feasible, I like to find a pool table and play a few rounds. Totally relaxes me.

9) Where do you usually write? Do you write in silence or with music or other background sounds?

I was chained to my tower computer and a desk when I was writing Drusus’ story (Book 1), so I got a laptop to keep it from feeling like work. I also have a snazzy cushioned lap desk with a built in air-cooling unit. It also has an extendable side table for the mouse. Most of the time I’m parked up on my bed or lounging anywhere I please. I don’t like total silence when trying to write because I’ll notice the smallest sounds and get sucked into whatever is going on. I prefer white-noise such as the low hum of an air conditioner or fan. Then I’m good to go.

10) Tell us a little more about what makes you tick.

I abhor drama. I’m one of those weird females that was born without the gene. I admit it. I don’t care if you don’t like the way Suzy is looking at you and want to get my take on it. How in the hell should I know what was running through someone’s mind at that exact moment? Walk your silly ass over there and ask her why, damn it. You can dream up more fake scenarios and drive yourself crazy when a good WTF moment might reveal that Suzy was looking over your shoulder at the person acting like they wanted to choke you.

What I say is about 99.9% of what I mean. I don’t like messing with people’s heads (unless they deserve it, then I’m brutally wicked on the mind play). No gray areas please, black and white it with me. I won’t zone out on you and we might actually have a decent conversation.

11) Is this book part of a series and if so, tell us about the series please.

Oops! I guess I took the guess out of this one since I’ve already blathered on about the series. I will give this piece of advice. To truly enjoy the series, I definitely recommend that any that haven’t started it yet, begin with Drusus first (Book 1) so you can get the complete overall plot. Even though each book has its own HEA, there’s a lot you learn as you move from book to book.

If you don’t mind, I’d like to give a shout out to the hunks that grace the cover of this series. I personally pick my models (except for Drusus, I’m still trying to figure out who he is), and they become my partners on this awesome journey. Total hot, alpha males and the sweetest bunch of men I’ve ever met.

Cisco Perez portrayed Severus. He’s with a male revue club out of Orlando, Florida called Rock Hard Revue. They just recently appeared on America’s Got Talent. Find Cisco on Facebook under Cisco Male Entertainer.

Devon Sutton is from Cleveland, Ohio and did a great job as Cato with that awesome tat. His male revue club, IronMen The Show, recently finished filming a pilot for A&E. Find him on twitter under @devonsutton75.

The awesome Richard Jimenez, producer for Magnificent 7 Male Revue out of Los Angeles, California introduced me to Lucien’s model and a Magnificent 7 entertainer, the very sexy and intelligent Axel. You can find them at

Valentino is an independent male entertainer and is the hunk you see on Caelius’s cover. All that hair is real ladies! You can find him on Facebook under ValentinoMx.

Jason Spears is with a nutritional company out of Texas and will be the model for Maxim’s book. He’ll knock you out with his smile. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing his social media sites coming up soon.

Thanks for having me here. Enjoyed it! Big kiss to my fans!

Cover-fueledbylustcaeliusCaelius Meron strips at Heat Seekers Male Revue just so he can find his mate. So imagine his shock when he finds her in a cooking class he was forced to attend. So what’s the problem? There’s twenty-two of them according to Rhia Brennan. Undaunted by her claim that he’s too young, Caelius battles every roadblock she places. But what if one may be too difficult to ignore?

Kallon Aceso knows exactly who should own his heart, but Ulixes Dionysus doesn’t appear to want it. But is it really something else buried so deep that it may keep them apart forever?

Travel with these two Insedi as they both chase their hearts desire, only to be thwarted by misconceptions and mistakes from the past. Can they scale these insurmountable walls, or will they have to walk away and forever mourn what they could never have?

Book 5 in the Fueled By Lust Series brings back the sexy males that make your legs tremble just by saying your name.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Lowering his voice, Caelius leaned in even closer. He feared he may have disappointed her, and he didn’t want to miss any part of her expression.

“Does what I do each night bother you?”

She looked up and blinked a few times before she spoke. Her voice came low and husky, and his skin pebbled.

“No. Not in the least. It was the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” He watched her throat work on a hard swallow before she continued.

“Your body was gleaming and showed off every single muscle as you swung that sword. It was the first time I’d seen your hair down, too. It’s…it’s beautiful. After you won, you worked your way down the row of women and paid each one of them close attention. I’m sure they felt like they were the only person in the room when you looked at them. With every song, your body swayed perfectly to the music, and it mesmerized me. I…uh…yeah…it was great.”

Caelius was having a hard time focusing on her answer. Her jasmine-scented desire had resurfaced and was wreaking havoc on his concentration, not to mention his cock. It was at full length and pushing insistently against his jeans. He said the first thing that came to mind. Something he wanted very badly.

“I want to kiss you, Rhia.” He wasn’t expecting her to recoil as if he was a hissing viper. Her laughter was shaky and broken.

“Good grief, Caelius. Why on Earth would you want to kiss me?

AuthorPicI was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than my small Texas town, I joined the Marines, which satisfied my craving to see more of the U.S. and my drive to see if I could be one of the few and the proud.

A firm believer in educating the mind, I have achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a master’s of science.

My true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.

Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Maxim and many more have swirled in my dreams until I had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the Fueled by Lust book series.

Book 1 DRUSUS was nominated as Top 5 Finalist and placed 3rd in the 2014 RWA Passionate Ink’s 9th Annual Passionate Plume Book Contest in Erotic SciFi/Fantasy Category, Book 2 SEVERUS achieved BEST BOOK review rating and won April 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, Book 3 CATO won the May/June 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS. All currently released books in the series have resided made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.

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November Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Caught! by JL Merrow

Caught! by JL Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (240 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

You can run from the past…but the past runs faster.

Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.

Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good…