Character Interview with Jacey and Dominic by Anna Ellis – Spotlight and Giveaway


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Character Interview – Jacey and Dominic appear in Making Friends and the rest of the Husbands and Wives series, as well as Shared Accommodations.

I’d like to introduce Jacey and Dominic Hess, a happily married couple who enjoy having sex with other happily married couples. I sat down with them to find out why they’ve decided to join the swinger society and what it does to their marriage.

INTERVIEW: You’ve recently moved into a neighbourhood where everyone seems to be a swinger.

JACEY: We had no idea it was like that when we bought the house.

INTERVIEW: And if you had known…?

DOMINIC: Honestly, I can say we weren’t looking for this lifestyle. We have a good, strong marriage.

JACEY: Except for when-

DOMINIC: We’re not talking about that.

INTERVIEW: You have sex with your neighbours. How does that, er, work?

JACEY: It’s pretty easy. Tia has a party at her house about once a month or so. She has rooms set aside for us to use. It’s not like it’s a group thing, although most times there is a threesome or two. There’s about ten of us now, and sometimes Tia invites friends.

DOMINIC: She seems to know a lot of people in the, what do you call it? Swinger set?

INTERVIEW: I have no idea. I’m still blown away that you get to have sex with other people and your marriage seems amazing. Is this like polyamory?

JACEY: Swinging is defined as non-monogamy where a couple enjoys sexual relations outside their otherwise fidelitious relationship. Being polyamorous means having several sexual or romantic relationships at once. The line blurs in our situation. I love Dom, and I care for Mahak and Jackson, but I’m not in a relationship with them. I just have sex with them.

DOMINIC: Don’t forget Colin! And Nathan. And the wives.

INTERVIEW: You get to have sex with all those people?

JACEY: Not all at once!

INTERVIEW: Let’s talk details.

JACEY: I don’t kiss and tell, except with Dominic. He likes to hear about what’s going on. He really likes to hear about it.

DOMINIC: Jacey is much more…social…than I am.

JACEY: That’s funny, because I’m really not that social. I just like to have sex.

INTERVIEW: With other people.

JACEY: And my husband. I think the misunderstanding is that swingers look elsewhere because their own relationship doesn’t provide the necessary excitement. That’s not the case with us. Dominic’s amazing in bed. He keeps me perfectly satisfied.

DOMINIC: Thanks, baby. I think you’re making me blush.

INTERVIEW: Have you ever looked elsewhere, other than the neighbours?

JACEY: We just got back from a weekend at an adults only resort. It was fun. We met some new people.

INTERVIEW: This was a swingers resort?

DOMINIC: It was.

INTERVIEW: Are you looking to increase your friends, then?

JACEY: We’re always looking to make new friends. You interested?

Do you have naughty neighbours?

Happily married couple Jacey and Dominic had no idea they were moving into a neighbourhood where sharing is caring and wives swap husbands more often than a cup of sugar.

They had no idea living in the suburbs would be so exciting.

The Husbands and Wives series follows Jacey and Dominic as they learn to navigate the slippery sidewalks of swinging suburban sex-apades.

Being a good neighbour has never been so much fun!

Adults Only
“Nestled on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in picturesque Nova Scotia, Mrs. Robinson’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect spot to relax, to be refreshed and to reflect on the adventure of life.”

“I usually end up getting excited when I reflect on our adventures,” Jacey, Shared Accommodations.

Jacey and Dominic are back!

The happily married couple at the centre of the swinging series, Husbands and Wives are back in the first book of this new series from Anna Ellis, Adults Only.

In Shared Accommodations, Jacey and Dominic leave their naughty neighbours at home when they visit Mrs. Robinson’s B & B for the weekend. They meet Morena, aka Mrs. Robinson, a sexy fiftysomething who counts Tia as part of her past and is always ready for some excitement in rural Nova Scotia. And Michael Lorde, her hot handyman with a love story of his own.

Are you ready to head out with Jacey and Dom for an Adults Only weekend?

Enjoy an Excerpt from Making Friends, book one of Husbands and Wives series

I wonder what would happen if I picked Dominic’s keys. I could just say I want to have sex with my husband, rather than someone I’ve just met. But I’m here, and there are three attractive men willing and wanting to have sex with me. I have to admit, it’s a huge turn-on. And right now, Jackson and Colin and Mahak are looking at me expectantly, like I’m to make a choice.

I can’t choose.

How can I possibly choose?

Mahak smiles at me, his eyes doing the slow wander down my body, even though he’s sitting beside Melissa. There’s really no choice. If the way he’s looking at me is making the slow pulse between my legs beat insistently, then I want to see what it’s like when he touches me.

I stand up, leaving the safety of Dominic’s side. He gives my hand a squeeze but doesn’t say anything. I wonder if he’s as nervous as I am. I wonder if he’s regretting this whole idea.

I wonder if he’s excited, too?

I do a slow walk to Tia standing in the middle of the room and she smiles appreciatively at me. I’m really doing this. How can I be doing this? And again – why?

Why not?

Tia deliberately pulls out a set of keys with a smile at Mahak. For some reason she wants me to have sex with him. I’m not about to complain.

Mahak wraps his arms around me from behind, nuzzling his face into my neck. His beard is soft and so are his lips as he begins to kiss the sensitive skin. I can feel his tongue against my ear.

“I can’t wait to taste all of you,” he breathes.

About the Author:

Anna Ellis likes to writes about happily married couples having sex with other happily married couples. There’s no werewolves or vampires, shapeshifters or tentacles involved – just good, old-fashioned sex. And maybe a little tying up. Or a spanking or two.

In her Husbands and Wives series, follow new neighbours Jacey and Dominic as they learn to navigate the slippery sidewalks of suburban swinger lifestyle. Being a good neighbour has never been so much fun!

Her Office Plays series take you to the workplace to meet the most excitable group of office employees you would ever want to work with. They give coffee breaks a new meaning. Look for the third and final book in the series, Love After Hours, coming soon.

The Touch series is an unconventional love story about a woman who falls in love with a man…and his wife. All nine books are available now.

And her latest series, Adults Only brings back favourite characters from her earlier books. In Shared Accommodations, catch up with those sexy swingers Jacey and Dominic as they visit Mrs. Robinson’s B & B for a weekend of fun!

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Master Me, Please by BJ Wane – Spotlight and Giveaway


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Krista Matthews thought nothing could be harder than losing her husband and Master to suicide until the man he’d entrusted her care to left her also. By the time Dr. Dax Hayes returned from an overseas, volunteer medical tour, she thought she was over his deflection and ready to re-immerse herself in the BDSM world she needed and missed so much without his help. One scene proved how wrong she was and after Master Dax’s timely rescue, she agrees to let him tutor her back into the lifestyle. She hadn’t counted on her growing feelings for the strict Dom or his refusal to take her over completely, like she craved.

Dr. Dax Hayes fell for Krista Matthews the minute he looked into her blue eyes and saw the sated, content look she shared with her husband, Dr. Kurt Matthews. He managed to keep his feelings and lust under control until his friend and colleague asked him to join him in gifting Krista with a menage for her birthday. Knowing it was a mistake, but unable to resist, Dax succumbs to the temptation of this one-time scene, never realizing where it would lead. A year later, after sealing his fate with a questionable act, he flees on a guilt trip only to return and discover nothing had changed-he still wanted Krista Matthews with an ache that wouldn’t be assuaged by anyone else.

Unable to resist stepping in when she gets herself in trouble, Dax again gives in to temptation and aids the one woman he can never have back into the lifestyle her submissive nature needed. When a vindictive woman tells Krista the truth, will her feelings be strong enough to forgive him, or did he gamble everything only to lose it all in the end?

DISCLAIMER: This book is intended for adults only. It contains elements of power exchange, BDSM, including explicit sexual scenes and anal play. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.

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Voices nearing the surgery room filtered through the swinging doors and one deep baritone sent a shiver of awareness dancing under Krista’s suddenly tight skin. She turned just as Dax pushed through them and her first thought was nothing had changed. He still towered over her, his coal black hair still curled around his ears and nape and those penetrating green eyes set in a tanned, chiseled face could still draw a quick, heated response from her. She wasn’t sure she could lay claim to being female if her heart rate didn’t pick up speed or she didn’t go slightly damp when Dr. Dax Hayes walked into a room.

He left without a word for a year and a half. The reminder helped her to believe that instant response meant nothing nor changed a thing. Inhaling until she couldn’t hold any more air in her lungs, she nodded and managed a small smile of welcome.

“Dr. Hayes. It’s good to have you back again.”

Crap. Krista had been about to congratulate herself on managing a cool, but friendly greeting when he fisted those large hands on his lean hips and cocked his head. His bland, generic reply belied his intense regard that turned the butterflies of unwanted pleasure in her stomach to jitters of long neglected need.

“It’s nice to be back. How have you been, Krista?”

So proper and reserved from a man whose cock she’d had in her mouth. “Good. You?” she returned just as detached, her heart aching for the easy friendship they shared before both he and Kurt deserted her. She felt as lost and alone at this moment of stiff formality as she had at her husband’s funeral.

He stiffened and gazed at her for another silent moment, as if he too found this initial meeting disappointing. “Better, now that I’m stateside again. Let’s just say my tour reinforced how lucky we are as opposed to some parts of the world.” Dax stepped forward, his eyes softening as he said, “Krista, I…”

The resident and nurse entered, and he clamped his mouth shut, yanking his eyes off her with an abruptness that allowed Krista to release her pent-up breath.

About the Author: I live in the Midwest with my husband and our two dogs. I love dogs, enjoy spending time with my daughter, babysitting dogs and kids, reading and working puzzles. We have traveled extensively throughout the states, Canada and just once overseas, but I much prefer being homebody. I worked for a while writing articles for a local magazine but soon found my interest in writing for myself peaking. My first book was strictly spanking erotica, but I slowly evolved to writing erotic romance with a touch of suspense. My favorite genre to read is suspense.

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The Theme’s the Thing ~ Keeping It Blue with @MeganSlayer #writing #themes #authorthemes

When I started writing, I was told I needed a theme. Not just a general idea for what I wanted my author overall image to be, but a theme. I know, sounds confusing, doesn’t it? A very wise friend told me as I was setting out, I needed to have something that said, this is Megan Slayer every time someone saw it. Why’d she question my theme? Because back then I had a picture of racing on my blog. The photo was right at the top and to the right. It totally went with my passion, but had only a little to do with my writing because at the time, I’d only written two stories and neither had racing in them. So I set out to create a theme.

I had a few fits and stalls along the way. I knew what I wanted to write–second chance romance. A lot of authors write that. So what made mine different? Back when I started, the heat level was the thing, too. The hotter the better. But heat levels then and now are totally different. What was HAWT back then is hot now. What was ‘oh-my-gosh-scorching-the-page-gonna-melt-the-screen’ hot is now HAWT. Back then, there was dark erotic romance, but not as prevalent as now. So my initial theme of HAWT second chance romance is still viable, but the heat isn’t as hot as I once thought.

I’m still all about my second chance romance. I’ve always had a soft spot for characters who had a rough start in life or whose initial romance didn’t quite work. I want them to have happy endings. Sometimes it’s with the same people and most of the time with new people. When you pick up one of my stories, there will be a second chance romance in it.

But I’ve got another theme I hadn’t planned on. Pretty much from the start of my career as an author, I’ve had blue hair. Why? I wanted something fun to do with my hair and it covered the grays nicely. Plus…it was fun. Still is, to be honest. It’s been brighter at times and more muted at others, but it’s always been blue. Okay, there was that one patch where I had it red for a while… And you know what? People didn’t like it. They wanted the blue back. Craziness, right? Not really. They identified me with the blue hair. That’s you, they’d tell me. When I think of you, I think of Blue. Pretty nice, eh? I love it.

I had thought about a logo, but I’m not sold on one and how do you make a logo concerning blue or second chance romance? I’m not sure.

But I’ll keep plugging along. I’ll stick with the blue hair and the second chance romances. Why? They make my heart happy. The characters demand their happy ending and I’m not going to argue with them. If people think of me and think blue, then that’s great with me, too. I like to have fun. What about you? How do you see me?

We Belong Together by Megan Slayer 

Super Novel

Contemporary

M/M, M/F, M/M/F, M/F/M, Menage, Anal Sex, Voyeurism

From Pride Publishing

Art by Posh Gosh

 

When the broken road leads you home, we will find each other.

Dare Evans left the small town of Kenton for the bright lights of Hollywood. The moment he climbed on the plane, he missed his college sweetheart. Coming home was always in the cards and a chance sighting is the catalyst he needs. But he’s not alone.

Liam Turner never thought he’d find love so soon after his divorce, but then came Dare. He’s in love and the happiest of his life—but he’s a secret. Dare, the hottest man in the movies, isn’t supposed to be married and certainly not to Liam. Liam’s learned to live with the charade because he knows Dare’s heart…that is until he finds out about Sarah.

Sarah Morrison wants nothing more than to teach at the college, raise her son and live her life. Celebrity was never in her cards. Then Dare and Liam walked back into Kenton. She never forgot Dare…or as she knew him, Daryl. He’s been the only one for her. When she meets Liam, her thoughts change. What if Liam could be the one? What if both men could be? Is she strong enough to withstand the bright lights of fame intruding on her existence?

Can these three people find a way to be together when the rest of the world says they should be apart? When the past joins the present to make a future, love is possible.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of ménage featuring m/m/f and m/f/m pairings, voyeurism. This book also contains scenes of murder, references to abuse, rape, stalking.

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Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm Sign up for the newsletter here: http://ymlp.com/xgjmjumygmgj 

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Balancing Life and Writing by A Gavazzoni – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Balancing life and writing

To write is a passion, and writing is my life.

My world is very crazy sometimes. I’m an active lawyer, I have many clients, and I have a husband and my dogs who need my attention. I also have friends who need a shoulder, sometimes, or just to spend some laughing together, and I can’t simply stop everything and write. For a long time, I suffered, trying to find a way to balance everything.

As writing is a pleasure for me, my time to dream and live another life, I used to feel guilty whenever I set aside my other responsibilities to write. On the other hand, I used to feel guilty when I was doing other things and was not putting my ideas and my stories down on paper, because I was afraid they would get lost.

Organization helped me. I start to organize my time, determined to have it all. I always kept an agenda for my legal activities, so I decided to start keeping one for my entire life.

I messed up in the beginning because I divided my time between working as a lawyer and writing, and I failed to factor in any “play” time. But then I realized how important it was to maintain my connections with other people who enrich my life. My friends and my personal life are very important to help me build my characters and to have stability to write.

Life is about all sorts of things—work, love, playing, laughing, experimenting new things, and experiencing all these things is what I believe makes me a better writer, one capable of writing about the human soul. A little bit of understanding about the importance of things and bringing some order to the chaos allowed me to become a better writer and to accomplish all the tasks with a happier attitude.

Writing is not about isolation; writing is about living.

When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.

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He seemed shy. She sensed it in his sweet smile, the one only shy people use when they want to be accepted. That was her mistake—she believed in the assurance the shy pass to others that they are gentle, calm, agreeable and pose no risks.

“The question I tried to ask before was what is normal sexuality and what is not?”

The way he spoke showed great interest. He looked her right in the eye while awaiting her response and reaction.

“I think I know where you want to go. Who defines normality? Who has the authority to do it? You don’t have a medical background, do you? You’re apparently unfamiliar with diagnostic standards. Is that correct?”

His little smile said “bingo.” Then he said, “Your diagnosis is right on the money. I’m a lawyer. I really don’t have the slightest idea about diagnostic standards.”

This truly surprised her. A lawyer? At a sexology workshop, she would have expected a psychologist or a therapist or a gay person trying to understand himself. But a lawyer?

“And what brings a lawyer to a sexual disorder workshop?”

“I’m here because I need to build a defense in a case involving sex games that led to a woman’s death. I need to understand the subject better so I can do my job.”

About the Author: Gavazzoni is a Brazilian author. She just won The Golden Book Award 2017- Readers Choice for her first novel Behind The Door and also an honorable mention at Paris Book Festval 2017

Adriana is a lawyer, a former professor of law and a writer of novels and legal books, but she is also a voracious reader.

She speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. When she is not practicing law or writing, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout.

She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She paints and loves to cook.

She has two poodles -Gaia and Juno -and loves all animals. She is an aunt of four nieces who enjoy to paint and cook alongside their aunt. She lives in Brazil and is in the process of writing her next novel.

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Duets and Dominance by Anya Summers – Spotlight and Giveaway


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Elizabeth “Lizzie” von Klepper has a problem of epic proportions—she’s the oldest virgin in the world. Invited to perform on Pleasure Island with her best friend Solomon, she devises a plan to seduce him, and rid herself of that infernal status. After all, they shared a mind-blowing kiss a year ago and that has to count for something, right?

Solomon Ventura adores Lizzie. She’s been his best friend since their humble beginnings at Julliard, but deep down he’s yearned for her. For more. And ever since he tasted her, a stolen kiss he hasn’t been able to forget, he cannot seem to stop his mind from conjuring up myriad fantasies with Lizzie in the starring role. But he’s not the man for her. She’s light where he is dark, and his brand of love would shatter the only woman he’s ever cared about.

Will the best friends move their relationship out of the friendzone? Or will a week spent on pleasure island destroy them both?

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Seven years of her life, down the toilet. Seven years of waiting for Edward to marry her. Seven years of patiently waiting for him to make an honest woman out of her. God, how he and the model he’d been banging must have laughed over her stupidity.

It was absurd, really, how gullible she’d been in their relationship. Most men didn’t want to wait to have a physical relationship, especially not with their intended bride.

Pretty stupid of her, in retrospect.

Lizzie rolled her eyes at herself and her predicament. Deep down, she had known that indisputable fact but she’d ignored the truth because she hadn’t loved Edward. Hell, she hadn’t been certain she even liked him. And he had obviously never cared for her, but had been as stuck as she in a prison of expectation.

She’d toed the line her parents had expected her to walk without overstepping the boundaries they erected. Because of that, she had lived a relatively sheltered life in pursuit of her career as a concert flutist. Even during her time at Julliard, she had been buttoned up with responsibilities and the terrible desire to please her parents, hoping that if she did as they asked of her, they would finally show a measure of warmth towards her.

So when her parents had introduced her to Edward Cunningham III, one of their friend’s sons, it had been the most natural extension in the world to accept his proposal.

Sheltered, secluded, and undeniably obtuse when it came to matters of the heart, Lizzie had caved to their unspoken demands. It was funny now, for when she looked back at how Edward had proposed, it had obviously been another business merger and nothing more.

About the Author:  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Don’t miss these exciting titles by Anya Summers and Blushing Books!

Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

Her Highland Master, Book 1

To Master and Defend, Book 2

Two Doms for Kara, Book 3

His Driven Domme, Book 4

Her Country Master, Book 5

Love Me, Master Me, Book 6

Submit To Me, Book 7

Her Wired Dom, Book 8

 

Pleasure Island Series

Her Master & Commander, Book 1

Her Music Masters, Book 2

Their Shy Submissive, Book 3

Her Undercover Doms, Book 4

Her Lawful Master, Book 5

Her Rockstar Dom, Book 6

Duets & Dominance, Book 7

Ménage In Paradise, Book 8

Her Rodeo Masters, Book 9
 

 

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Five Musts Every Erotic Romance Should Have by Thea Landen – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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5 Musts Every Erotic Romance Should Have

1. Attractive Characters

I don’t mean “attractive” in the physical sense. (Though that can help!) The main characters in a romance need to be appealing; otherwise, why are we rooting for them to get together? Now, that doesn’t mean they should be flawless. That would be boring. But romantic leads need something to draw the reader to them, to make readers invested in reading a romance about them. This can be tricky to achieve, as attractiveness is subjective, but if the character is compelling enough, the reader can overlook things that may not usually be his or her “type”.

2. Sexual Tension

This is a fine line to walk. Get your characters together too soon, and there’s nowhere for the story to go. Drag it out for pages and pages, and your readers will get frustrated. (See also: Every TV show that’s set up a “will they or won’t they?” situation.) There’s no one right answer here, but as long as the sexual tension keeps simmering and there aren’t too many unnecessary roadblocks thrown into the characters’ way, the reader should be happy.

3. Realistic Dialogue

Like #1, this can be awfully subjective. Natural-sounding dialogue can vary depending on the kind of character, the setting, and so on. There are a million different ways to say “I love you and want to be with you”, and some are better than others. What characters say in the bedroom is especially important – you want your readers to be excited, not laughing or rolling their eyes!

4. Safe Sex

This is another component that can be dependent on other factors. For example, if I’m writing futuristic sci-fi, I sort of work under the assumption that any potential unwanted side effects of sex have already been dealt with, because it’s THE FUTURE! Or if I’m writing a scene with an already-committed couple, I don’t spend a lot of time on contraceptives, as it’s implied that they’ve had those discussions before. (Or at least they should have!) But in a contemporary setting, especially when two people are getting together for the first time? Readers appreciate safe sex practices.

5. Happily Ever After

It’s argued that to be considered a “romance”, a story has to end Happily Ever After (or at least Happily For Now). I have mixed feelings on that philosophy, and mileage varies as to what “happy” means, but I’m willing to play by the rules. It makes sense – if you spend thousands of words developing a romance and the characters DON’T get together in the end, readers are likely going to be pissed. If they’re picking up something marketed as a romance, they have a decent idea of how it’s going to end, and they want that ending. After all, it’s the journey, not the destination, that’s the fun part!

A murder mystery weekend goes awry when the guests start dying for real. Veronica is desperate to survive and escape, but can’t deny her growing attraction to Adam, the handsome man staying in the room next door. Can she trust his intentions, or has she wound up in the arms of a cold-blooded killer?

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Adam glanced at where Ruth and Laura stood by the stove and lowered his voice. “Putting aside the fact you haven’t ruled me out as a suspect, what’s your read on the others?”

“You mean do I think those two are poisoning the pasta right now?”

He laughed. “I’m curious whether your perceptions are similar to mine or not.”

I pondered his question and cut into a third tomato. “That’s the thing. Nobody stands out to me as having the potential to be a cold-blooded murderer. All the other guests seem like regular, everyday people. People I might run into anywhere and not give it a second thought.”

“I agree.” He peeked over his shoulder again. “So, what about the staff?”

“What, you think Brittany’s ditzy comments are an act and she’s secretly plotting to kill us all?”

A grin spread across his face. “Maybe. She could even actually be French, for all we know.”

I put down the knife and raised an eyebrow. “Are you serious?”

“No.” His smile disappeared, and he resumed chopping the cucumbers. “What about Victor? He seems to know the most about this place and would have the easiest time carrying out his plans. Besides, don’t these stories always end with ‘the butler did it’?”

I shook my head. “I saw his reaction when the lights came back on and Jeremy was dead. He appeared genuinely shocked.”

“Okay. So that leaves the other guests.” Adam moved his cutting board over and opened a bag of pre-cut lettuce. “If you had to guess, who would it be?” The corners of his mouth turned up, and I saw a hint of dimples. “And I promise my feelings won’t be hurt if it’s me.”

About the Author: Thea Landen lives in New York with her husband and two children. She strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and adventure and anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.

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Top Five Books That Influenced Me As An Author by Tere Michaels


Long and Short Reviews welcomes Tere Michaels who is celebrating the recent release of The Heir Apparent.

Top Five Books That Influenced Me As An Author

I was an early reader – thank you Sesame Street! – and very soon after that, my author brain started to form. I wanted to read everything and I wanted to write my own stories as well. The action of scribbling stories on the back of school worksheets to “maybe I’ll be published one day” was a years long process. Baby writer me wanted to “sound” like my favorite authors. I wanted to be them. Figuring out who I was as a writer took time.

Fortunately, in my mad dash to read every book ever (or at least that’s what it felt like), I found these five books, which shaped my voice and freed me to be myself. That lightning bolt of – wait! You can sound like this? Write stories like this!? It was like a door flew open.

So thank you to all the authors on this list!!

1. The Wild Swan by Celeste De Blasis: I can’t remember why I picked up this book but once I did, that was it. The series became almost a fandom level experience for me. These books taught me world building in a very specific way – the world needs to be seen through the characters, not just a list of researched terms. There is an emotional connection between a person’s surroundings and their decision-making, and that level added to your story makes a huge impact. (Also the sprawling cast of characters – I mean, ha. I teach a class called “It Takes a Village” about supporting characters and um, guilty.)

2. Palomino by Danielle Steele: Okay, I read A LOT of Danielle Steele. She made me cry in a thousand different ways over the years – heck, there are moments still tattooed in my brain. Let’s talk about the final scene in “The Ring.” Let’s talk about the Valentine’s Day party in “Fine Things.” Let’s talk the goodbye scene in “Wanderlust.” You get my point! Anyway, Palomino was my first DS, picked up at a garage sale for a quarter. Oh I was hooked! But years later, I realized what Palomino unleashed for me as a writer. In the end, Samantha and Tate’s lives are changed by love – but she isn’t miraculously cured. They get what they wanted but without the promised packaging. A happy ending doesn’t mean everything is perfect! That felt so real to me and it’s absolutely influenced my writing.

3. Lightning by Dean Koontz: This book absolutely knocked me sideways because it was mixed genres with a very specific voice. Romance! Time Travel! Action! Humor! The dialogue felt like real people talking. If I had to pick any book that influenced my Vigilante Series, this would be it. Mixing tropes, weaving together genres, presenting real people in extraordinary circumstances – and highlighting their “um what?” as they experience it… This book felt like permission to go be free and not be afraid to play with all the things I love when I write a story.

4. Ordinary People by Judith Guest: We read this one in high school. This is one of the books that very clearly taught me that sometimes the most devastating emotional moments are QUIET. Or heck, even silent. That big drama is occasionally subtle. That not every terrible thing is loud and violent. To me, this story of a dysfunctional family reads almost like horror – the hair on your arms will stand up even as every moment is so.damn.civilized.

5. Maurice by E.M. Forrester: A gay romance before there was any such thing. Such a beautiful piece of writing from an amazing author (A Room With A View is one of my favorite books), but the true magic of this book is the palpable taste of emotion in every line. It reminds me to slow down, to think about a person’s inner life when I write. To forget easy explanations. To remind myself we are always unreliable narrators to our own lives! “This is the way it is and always will be” isn’t reality, even as we (and our characters!) truly believe it!

The Heir Apparent is my current (re)release. It takes place in the world of the uber-rich, where “one day all this will be yours” is a heavy burden! Henry – heir to a huge fortune – longs to be enough for his demanding father. He balances his work with a secret – a quiet affair with his childhood best friend and currently his chauffer, Archie Banks. But time is running out on their arrangement as Archie prepares to move on. When a terrible act of violence upends their world, Henry and Archie must make serious decisions on how to put their lives together.

The heir apparent to a vast international company, Henry Walker has focused his entire life on pleasing his cold and distant father, a futile effort that’s left him no time for life, love, or making his own decisions. He has just one friend—one dirty little secret—Archie Banks. Raised on the Walker estate alongside Henry, Archie is now Henry’s driver, bodyguard… and occasional lover. Archie is loyal, but he’s about to graduate from college and has plans for his life that don’t include living every moment at the beck and call of Henry’s father. Not even for Henry.

With no warning, a shocking kidnapping leads to tragedy and chaos, thrusting Henry and Archie into a dramatic struggle that threatens them individually and as a couple. Can they find a way to heal the hurt of the past, save the company that is Henry’s birthright, and find a future together?

1st Edition Published by Loose Id, February 2013

About the Author:

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Tere Michaels writes happily ever afters in the big city – with heaps of snark, angst and humor. Her focus is on characters and all the ridiculous ways they trip through life and love. She has written fifteen books including her popular Faith, Love & Devotion series and the superhero saga, The Vigilante.

She is a member of RWA and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

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Biting Love and Halloween Fun with @MeganSlayer

I love writing vampire stories and the season of Halloween. I’m not fond of gore and blood. I faint at the sight of my own blood. I know…it’s not fun. And I love to write vampires?

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 Don’t they drink blood and aren’t they a tad gory? They can be. I love the mean, scary vampires. Nosferatu and Dracula are favorites. I’m not wild about pretty vampires. Now let me clarify this. I want vampires that are alluring. The kind that draw you in only to bite the crap out of you. The ones who look sexy, but are scary as heck and will kill you. Those are my kind.

One thing I’ve struggled with when writing my vampires is the alluring factor. You might ask why or you may see the conundrum. I write romance. How can a vampire be romantic and still want to rip out your throat? Isn’t that an odd pairing? It is. Here’s the thing: vampires have to be alluring. They’re the undead. If you saw someone strolling up to you who has half of his face falling off and smells like death…you might not want to offer your blood up to him. He’s essentially a zombie. The walking dead. This is one of the genesis stories for vampires – they’re really zombies who don’t eat brains, but rather drink the life blood from living beings. Okay, so zombies on the whole might not be terribly sexy. So what’s a vampire to do to be alluring? Be sexy. That’s why vampires got the Dracula, handsome, but deranged count overlay. He’s handsome. His minions are pretty. Or her minions. One might be more attracted to a guy with money, nice clothes and something that draws you to him.

So that’s how I want to write my vampires. They can kill you, but they’re still handsome and sexy. They’re still something attractive, but they can turn on a dime.

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When I wrote Biting Love, I wanted Anson, my vampire, to be attractive. He’s got to win the trust of Parker. How can he do that if he opens with the line, I can and will kill you? Um, probably won’t work. Grin. So  he has to be charming. Has to be protective. I loved writing Anson and Parker because they’re very opposite, too. Anson is dark, kind of scary and sexy. Parker is a geeky kind of guy. They might not have run in the same circles to begin with, but once they find each other…it’s a whole new thing.

Part of the fun of writing Biting Love has been my getting to work with my dear friend, Madison Sevier, again. We wrote in her Rosie Peaks series earlier in the year when we wrote Faeries After Dark together. Biting Love is the next in the crossover world. Her book, Out Foxxe’d features her characters after Faeries. She went with a shifter and I have vampires. Hehe. And there will be more books in the crossover world. Vampires are like potato chips. I can’t have just one.

Want to know more about Biting Love? Then keep reading!!

Biting Love By Megan Slayer

A Rosie Peaks Crossover Novella

Megan Slayer Publications

M/M, Anal Sex

Vampires

Contemporary, Paranormal

 

Mix one vampire with one human who doesn’t believe in the paranormal and add some sizzle.

Anson wasn’t looking for a partner when he spotted the handsome human, but he’s not about to argue when the mood strikes. He’s got to bring a date to the Halloween bash and Parker fits his bill exactly. Now all he needs to do is convince Parker that vampires truly exist.

Parker is practical, intelligent and a little on the geeky side. He can’t believe his eyes—a handsome man has not only hit on him, but asked him out…to a masquerade ball. He doesn’t believe in vampires, but Anson wears his Dracula costume a bit too well.

Can these two find love and trust after all or will the sparks only last until the dawn?

 

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“Okay, then where’s your boyfriend?”

“Don’t have one.” Not since Seth dumped him a year ago. Seth wanted to sleep around and Parker wanted monogamy. According to Seth, gay men couldn’t be monogamous. The asshole. Parker tried to get him back, but Seth never called him again.

“You should.” Anson grasped Parker’s hand. “But it makes this so much easier.”

“Me? I? What?” Oh Jesus, he had to stop talking. He made no sense and he could’ve sworn Anson wanted to kiss him.

“It’s rather difficult to ask someone out if they’ve already got a date or boyfriend.” Anson scooted he chair around the table until he sat next to Parker. “Right?”

“You’re asking me out?” He must’ve heard Anson wrong and understood the wrong vibes. “Really?”

“Of course…unless you don’t want to.” Anson trailed his fingers down the back of Parker’s neck. His eyes shimmered. “Not interested?”

“I…yes.” Christ. Start going for what you want, Parker. “I’d like a date. Yes. But I need some time. I mean—not tonight.” Shit. He was fucking up the plan. “I mean…”

“I’m pretty free. What works for you?”

“Uh…I need to get this paper down. But I’ve got time around lunch tomorrow. If I can get this turned in before tomorrow night, I’ll be free for Halloween. Would lunch work? Then if you don’t like me, we’re not committed to a night date?” He’d just talked himself out of a date. Shit.

“No good. I’m…in a class at lunch.” Anson draped his arm across the back of Parker’s chair. “I’m better at night.”

“Oh.” Anson didn’t strike him as a college student. “Which class? I could meet you at your building afterward.”

“Uh…it’s off campus at the sculpture building at the old farm.” Anson nodded. “You know, all of those power tools and bending machines. They can’t have it too close to campus in case one of the artists does something crazy.”

“I doubt that.” He turned in his seat to face Anson. “The worst you could do is burn down the building, but why? Performance art? Nah. You’re all careful. It’s a reason to be out there.” He wanted to touch Anson and prove to himself the man was real. He rested his forearms on his thighs instead. “I’ve never been to the arts building out there, so I wouldn’t know too much about it.”

“Oh? Why not?”

“No wheels.” Embarrassment washed over him. If his dorky personality wasn’t enough to push Anson away, his lack of a car would be the topper. “I had to sell my car to make my tuition payment. My job at the front desk at the student housing complex was cut.”

“That’s awful.” Anson didn’t pull away. He kept caressing Parker’s biceps.

“Unless I can find a sugar daddy or get some cash flowing from my writing, I’ll have to get a part time job over at the burger joint across from the student center. It’s not a bad job, but I’d rather be writing.” He smiled to hide how he felt—embarrassed, dejected, screwed over. He had to get more positivity into his life, but damn it. Life kept throwing him curveballs.

“You never told me what you write.” Anson wriggled his eyebrows. “Anything juicy?”

“No.” Here he wanted to be a writer and he hadn’t self-promoted. Bad Parker. “Science fiction with a little paranormal mixed in. It really depends on the day and my mood. I’ve got one about aliens invading the earth and this one is more paranormal.”

“Really?” Anson smiled.

Parker couldn’t read his expression. “You don’t like it? Too out there for you?”

“No, I’m fascinated.”

“You are?”

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Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm Sign up for the newsletter here: http://ymlp.com/xgjmjumygmgj

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Top 5 Breakfasts by Kim Dias – Guest Blog and Giveaway


Long and Short Reviews welcomes Kim Dias who is celebrating the upcoming release of Breakfast at Midnight. Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy of the book.

In Breakfast at Midnight, Fred and Callum meet at a Denny’s and bond over breakfast eaten at, yes, you guessed it, midnight. They talk about Fred’s divorce, Callum’s troubles with his band, their individual insecurities (and they may fall in love along the way). Fred orders the same thing every time he’s there, but I’m not that consistent with my favourite breakfast foods.

Kim’s Top 5 Breakfasts

1. Avocado toast.

Maybe it’s awfully millennial of me, but I have no shame about my love for avocado toast. I like it simple: the avo mashed with salt, pepper, and a little bit of lemon juice; sourdough bread lightly spread with butter. If I was the kind of person who had basil growing on her windowsill, I’d crush up a few leaves of basil into the avocado, but, alas, I have not once been able to keep a basil plant alive. (A moment of silence, please, for all those poor dead basil plants.)

2. Eggs Benedict.

It’s my ideal brunch, really, but I’m fussy about it. There are only two or three restaurants I’ll order it and one of those restaurants is my older sister’s apartment. It’s the Hollandaise sauce that makes or breaks the dish, and there’s nothing more disappointing than getting excited for a wonderful breakfast only to discover your Hollandaise tastes like plastic. If I feel like spoiling myself, I’ll go to the little brunch place in town that serves perfect Eggs Benny (they have a chipotle Hollandaise that’ll make your tastebuds see stars) or I’ll show up at my sister’s apartment saying, “Please will you feed me?”
(A cup of coffee helps the bribery process.)

3. Omelette.

The omelette is the perfect breakfast for when you’re feeling indecisive. Do you want veggies or bacon? Protein or carbs? Mozzarella or cheddar? Just throw everything you have in your fridge into a frying pan, toss some eggs in after it, mix it all up, and put it on some toast. Voila—breakfast.
(Omelette also makes a brilliant I-haven’t-been-to-the-shops-in-two-weeks-but-I-want-to-eat-actual-food meal. Unless you’ve run out of eggs. In that case, I can’t help you.)

4. French toast

My favourite thing when I was a kid was waking up on Sunday mornings and heading downstairs, sleepy-eyed and still in my pyjamas, to find my mom making French toast. Now that I’m older and trusted near a stove, I love lazy Sunday mornings where I’m still in my pyjamas, still sleepy-eyed, a little bit taller, and making French toast just for myself rather than for a family of four kids. Pair it with a cup of coffee for the perfect I’m-the-protagonist-of-a-romance-novel breakfast.
(An additional tip: top your French toast with syrup and grated cheese. You’re welcome.)

5. Crepes

The perfect versatile breakfast. Do you want to be healthy? Spread them with peanut butter. Feel like something a little bit sweet? A mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Are you in the need of something indulgent? Nutella. My recipe is ridiculously easy, but saying, “I made crepes” always sounds amazing and it’s my go-to breakfast when I want to impress people.
(My recipe: whisk two eggs, one cup of milk, one cup of water, and one teaspoon of vegetable oil together. Add two cups of flour, two teaspoons of baking powder, and half a teaspoon of salt. Beat well to remove lumps. Cook the crepes in a hot pan and serve them to whomever you’re trying to woo.)

Hope can be found in unexpected places.

Lonely, still struggling with his divorce, and suffering from writer’s block, successful thriller author Fred spends much more time in an all-night Denny’s than is healthy for any man. It’s the last place he thought he’d meet someone like Callum, who has literally run away from the internationally famous boy band Leos.

Despite their age difference, the two become friends, and their long nights of soul-searching might help them find the courage to face their problems: Fred’s deteriorating relationship with his daughter and Callum’s career issues. It’s easy for their lives to tangle together, and each might provide the other the means to move beyond the past—even if it’s not a journey they can take together.

About the Author: Kim Dias has been writing for years, but has been making up stories for what feels like forever. She writes love stories, preferably with a side of hot sex; Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards constantly inspire her to do better.

When not focused on her studies at the University of Victoria, Kim spends her time working on her novel, which she swears will one day be finished. She loves dogs, reading in front of fireplaces, and days spent in the sunshine. She believes whole-heartedly that stories can change the world.

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Blindsided by K D Grace – Spotlight

Long and Short Reviews welcomes K D Grace as she celebrates the recent release of Blindsided.

Book two in the Medusa’s Consortium series.

In New York City, away from those she loves, living with the enigmatic vampire, Desiree Fielding, Susan Innes struggles to come to terms with life as a vampire whose body serves as the prison for a deadly demon.

When Reese Chambers arrives unexpectedly from England, desperate for her help, she discovers that Alonso Darlington, his lover and her maker, has been taken captive and Reese has been warned to tell no one but her. Before the two can make a plan, Susan receives her own message from a man calling himself just Cyrus. He not only holds her maker prisoner, but also her lover, the angel Michael. If she wishes to see either of them alive, she’ll come to him and not tell Magda Gardener, the woman they all work for and fear.

With no help coming from Magda or her Consortium, Susan and Reese must turn to the Guardian – the terrifying demon now imprisoned in her body. He alone can help them, but how can she possibly trust him after all he’s done?

Enjoy an Excerpt

It was a dark place where she found him, with walls so high only a small patch of starlight was visible above, but she was a vampire now. She didn’t need the light, and he, well he had never needed the light, had he? He stood naked with his back to her. He was broad of shoulder. There were white scars like latticework across muscles stretched taut over his shoulder blades. At first she thought they were from a whip, but as she drew nearer, she saw that they were more geometric in form, as though perhaps they were some sort of ancient ceremonial writing. She traced the shapes of them with the tips of her fingers, and his muscles rippled with the sensation. With a start she realized she’d never seen his body before.

“That is because I have none,” came his reply. “Only in dreams can I wear the flesh of my choosing.”

“You’ve worn flesh often enough. I would have thought it was always of your choosing,” she said, making no effort to hide her bitterness.

“It was not my own, though. That pleasure, I have never known.”

“Only in dreams, you say. Then this is a dream.”

“You know that it is.” He didn’t turn to face her but leaned toward her, and she slipped her arms around him and rested her head on the flat of his back. His belly tensed at the touch of her hands, and he caught his breath in a soft moan. “Touch is what I longed for most,” he said. “I thought the lack of it would drive me insane while I languished in my previous prison. But here, with you, I’m closer to touch than I would have thought possible. I do not mind it, you know. It is no hardship to be nestled inside you, close to your heart.”

She released him and took in their surroundings once more. “This is the place I’ve created for you?”

He pulled her arms back around him and sighed with contentment as she laid her head against him once more. “This is how I have decorated. The place you created for me was only the shape of myself, both boundless and infinitesimal. Oh, it did not matter. I could see through your eyes, feel through your flesh, even though it no longer lived as it once did, even though you never spoke to me. I hoped that someday you would.”

“And when I refuse, you come uninvited into my dreams?”

“All dreams are uninvited, Susan, and perhaps this time it is you who have come uninvited into my dream.”

She thought about that for a moment. Was it even possible to visit the dreams of a demon? Did demons even have dreams?

“Susan?”

“Yes?”

“If I had come to you more gently, if I had courted you and companioned you and been patient with you in the ways of your world, would you have loved me?”

“You never gave me that chance.”

About the Author: Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, K D Grace believes Freud was right. It really IS all about sex—sex and love—and that is an absolute writer’s playground.

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening or walking. Her creativity is directly proportional to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She loves mythology, which inspires many of her stories. She enjoys time in the gym, where she’s having a mad affair with a pair of kettle bells. Her first love is writing, but she loves reading and watching birds. She adores anything that gets her outdoors.

K D’s novels and other works are published by Totally Bound, SourceBooks, Accent Press, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, and others. She also writes romance under the name Grace Marshall.

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