Monday, October 31, 2011

Maxim Jakubowski - Cities and Sex

Hi All!

Please welcome Maxim to the Blog!

Courtesy of Xcite Books, three lucky winners can get their hands on a copy of Ekaterina and the Night in their choice of paperback or digital format. (International entries welcome)
Simply leave a comment on this post to win. Be sure to check out the rest of the posts in the tour, because the more comments you make, the more chance you have of winning! Go here to see the blog tour schedule.
PLEASE leave your email address in the body of the comment. No email address = no entry. Winners will be drawn and contacted on the week ending 11th November 2011.


I've mentioned in another blog as part my blog tour for my new novel EKATERINA AND THE NIGHT how one of the most common questions I've been asked on the occasion of interviews is 'how do you do your research?' in view of the fact that most of my novels and stories are erotic.

Let's get over the sex part of it: I might not have personally experienced/experimented all the combinations and variations in sexual activity that appear in my books (although you might be surprised when the unlikely time comes for someone to write my biography...), but I read, observe, speculate wildly, spend much too much time on the internet and, come on, if there is one thing I am not short of as a writer, it's imagination!

And that apart, I don't do research. It's just not me; call it laziness, lack of time or whatever. As a result I've never really written anything set in a historical period I haven't lived through, even though I thoroughly enjoy books that do and have a great admiration for authors who write in the historical genre. I've tried, believe me.

However, one important aspect of my books and stories is the sense of place. I find it vital for my characters to always be situated in a specific geographical context. Maybe it's also because I write crime and thriller fiction (often combined with erotica) where that sense of place is all-important. To that extent I published a book two years ago called FOLLOWING THE DETECTIVES, a combination of travel book and literary essays, about the real places that fictional detectives belong to and inhabit (Sherlock Holmes' London, Maigret's Paris, Ian Rankin's Rebus' Edinburgh, etc...).

I find that knowing where my characters tread the pavements (or wallow in hotel room beds) is vital to my 'feel' for their story and peregrinations. It brings the pages to life in subtle but illuminating ways. The descriptions of places, streets, nature, landmarks provide textures for the story and are an element of my fictional palette. As I retrieve memories of cities and places I've spent time in and place my characters in their centre, the whole book or story I'm writing takes shape (and often goes in different directions I even expected, although never a dead-end street!) and I can see it all in my mind as I type. And because I'm more of a big city guy who feels lost and lonely in the countryside, however beautiful it might happen to be, my tales are essentially urban, with an occasional sprinkling of Southern beaches.

And when it comes to places, no research is needed. It's all there in my head. I travel  a lot; less so than I used to do when I was in export or in book publishing, but not a year goes by without my spending time in New York, New Orleans, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, for instance. All cities in which books or stories of mine have been set or passed through.

I have one rule: I never write about places I haven't been to. I need that reality of experience to bring my stories to life. And I would not encourage anyone to rely on maps or Google Earth, you need the feeling that only time in a city provides to make something believable as opposed to recognisable.

This was, of course, at the origin of the SEX IN THE CITY anthologies I assembled for Xcite Books recently, with 4 volumes presenting an variety of stories by some of my favourite erotic authors set, respectively, in London, Paris, New York and Dublin.

But EKATERINA AND THE NIGHT is also an erotic book about cities.

Ekaterina, a young Italian girl confronted by the abyss of sex is first encountered in Rome on the occasion of her first (non-penetrative) sexual encounter with her tennis coach.

Alexander, who will become the tragic love of her life, is first seen in London, then Paris, where his own sexual adventures and disappointments take on a melancholy hue.

Emma, my angel of death, whose origins are shrouded in mystery, also spreads her dark wings across New York and Paris.

And the sad finale where all the different plots finally come together in a wintery apocalypse is set in Venice. More specifically, on Venice's Lido, a fascinating small island, so different in nature from the main, watery city, where the annual film festival takes place and where Thomas Mann set his classic DEATH IN VENICE.

All places I have visited many times or have actually lived in. And which I hope I have evoked well in my novel, so that you can better visualise my characters' waltz into darkness as they progress along these murky streets, or might actually wish to visit once you have read my book.

Disclaimer: I also earn a commission from the local tourist offices in addition to my modest royalties!
Lolita meets Story of O, another memorable tale of love, sex and feelings from ‘the King of the erotic thriller’
When Ekaterina meets Alexander a shockingly sexy but tender romance develops.
She is a young Italian trainee journalist, who dreams of wild sexual adventures. He is the older Englishman who she believes can fulfill her fantasies. When Ekaterina is sent to interview the ageing writer Alexander in London, she is blinded by his charm and experience. Their relationship explodes in a sensual orgy, which defies society’s acceptance.
When a mysterious angel of death who calls herself Emma enters their lives, Ekaterina and Alexander know their days together are numbered.
A shocking climax set in Venice in winter brings the three protagonists together.
A tale of sex and tenderness that ranks alongside Jakubowski classic The State of Montana.

Ekaterina and the Night buy links:


MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI worked for many years in book publishing as an editor (including titles by William Golding, Peter Ackroyd, Oliver Stone, Michael Moorcock, Peter Ustinov, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Paul Ableman, Sophie Grigson, Marc Behm, Cornell Woolrich, etc...) and launched the Murder One Bookshop, which he owned and ran for over 20 years. He now writes, edits and translates full-time in London.
Courtesy of Xcite Books, three lucky winners can get their hands on a copy of Ekaterina and the Night in their choice of paperback or digital format. (International entries welcome)
Simply leave a comment on this post to win. Be sure to check out the rest of the posts in the tour, because the more comments you make, the more chance you have of winning! Go here to see the blog tour schedule.
PLEASE leave your email address in the body of the comment. No email address = no entry. Winners will be drawn and contacted on the week ending 11th November 2011.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - #16

Hi Again! My debut release, An Alpha's Path, comes out Dec 5th. Its book 1 of the Redwood Pack Series. Here is just a glimpse into Kade.

          The smell of fresh pencils and wood shavings filled Kade’s nose. The grey stroke of lead on paper looked like a series of lines, but together, they would eventually morph into a building – a home. He planned, he designed, he drew. He was an architect. That was his day job and way of earning a living anyway. Though he loved it and needed the feel of fresh paper beneath his fingertips, it was not his only duty.

Friday, October 28, 2011

An Alpha's Path Excerpt

An Alpha's Path comes out on Dec 5th. I'm super excited about that and just wanted to give you another taste. Yum. An Alpha's Path is Book 1 of the Redwood Pack series.

            Kade’s arm wrapped around her as he slowly and methodically ran his hand up and down her back. Shivers of need racked her body. Oh my, he’s amazing. He led her toward the bed and sat her down gently before joining her. His warmth brushed against her skin through the thin peasant blouse she wore. Another ache ran down her spine, and she took a deep breath and inhaled his scent. Masculine pine and forest invaded her senses, causing her head to swim. She wanted taste him again. Mel wasn’t so hesitant and scared anymore. Well, maybe it was a new scared, but she was anxious to see what came of it.
            Kade’s hand brushed the underside of her breast and her breath caught. Goosebumps rose in the wake of his hand as it slid down to cup her bottom. She snuggled closer into to him and moved her hand onto his chest in small circles. His heartbeat under her palm increased and his breath quickened. Mel raised her head to look up at him – his pupils dilating in his forest green eyes.
            “I’m glad that you decided against the walk.” His voice had deepened and taken a rougher edge to it – almost a growl

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Skirting the Edge - with Daisy Harris

Skirting the Edge of BDSM

First, I’d like to thank Carrie Ann for having me on the blog, Thanks, lady!

The topic today is BDSM, and I’ll be honest—I’m not really sure what to say. I’m always dancing around the edges of BDSM in my writing. Hinting and suggesting…teasing and testing. I’ve never written a full-on BDSM scene, much less a whole book. And yet…it shows up, again and again in my stories.

Take my new release, Studenstein. It starts at a BDSM club. Why? Well, I wanted to drop my hero and heroine someplace slightly over-the-top and completely sexually charged. I’d originally planned to start Studenstein with my hero Royce speaking Klingon at some kind of Trekkie convention. But as it turns out I know less about the Trekkie world than the BDSM one. After all, I’ve been to a BDSM club. I have yet to make it to Comicon or Dragoncon.

The wonderful thing about adding a dash of BDSM to stories is that it gives the characters an opportunity to experiment with power, and power reversals. They can toy with trust and surrender. My characters never desire total power, nor do they romanticize total surrender. As an author, I can only write what I know. And in my world, power is traded and granted, but never given up entirely.

It’s the balancing act that interests me. My Studenstein hero, Royce, begins the book playing the role of a Dom, even though he’s working as a sex slave. I love the dichotomy of his power and powerlessness and that issue set the stage for the rest of the book.

For long tracks of time, my heroine Shani effectively “tops” Royce, but not by choice. And by the end of the story, Shani’s ready to trust him more deeply than she’s ever trusted anyone. Near the end of the book, she’s ready to experiment with surrender. But would I want her to hand over her power completely? Hells no!

Shani is a proud, strong, somewhat paranoid woman and would never want a man to have total control over her—not even for a minute. But she’d certainly think about it…and toy with the idea. I could see her giving it a try, dipping a toe in the water. She’d think about surrendering completely. And in my world, that’s as good as it gets. J

Thanks for having me on the blog! Remember to comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.  The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

Author bio:
Birkenstock-wearing glamour girl and mother of two by immaculate conception, Daisy Harris still isn’t sure if she writes erotica. Her paranormal romances start out innocently enough. However, her characters behave like complete sluts. Much to Miss Harris’s dismay, the sex tends to get completely out of hand.

 If you like science-y subplots, fantastical creatures, and red-hot chemistry, you’ll love Daisy Harris.

Studenstein (Book two in the Love-Bots series)

A man built for sex… A woman who wants more…

Freedom fighter Shani Brown is determined to drag the ungrateful Royce back to her team in Seattle. Despite his denial of mistreatment, she wants to give him a chance at a better life. Due to her horrific past as an unlicensed love-bot, Shani never plans to have sex again. But Royce’s makers punish him remotely with crippling pain. His only escape is to orgasm. Never one to turn her back on a job, Shani soon finds herself servicing him—and soon after, caring for him.

Love-bot Royce Harden wasn’t looking to be rescued, especially not from the San Francisco BDSM club where he was having a perfectly good time. But rescued he was—by a hellcat bent on delivering him to her people. As Royce starts to trust Shani, he begins to dream of freedom. But freedom comes with a price. Royce must face his vanity, his makers, and even the loss of his sexual upgrades if he’s going to be the man Shani deserves.


“I’m sure you’re everything your makers built you to be.”

Royce wondered why her compliment seemed backhanded.

“But boy…” She lifted her hand from the bed. Royce thought she might touch him—lay her slender brown fingers on his cheek, or pat his arm at least. Instead, she lowered her fist back to the bedspread. “You are more than that.”

He snickered, trying to throw off some of those sickly feelings invading his thoughts. Fear, self-doubt—those were things he only remembered from his very first days. He never planned to revisit that state again. “What they built was pretty damn awesome.” Royce rolled onto his back, breaking their connection.

“Yeah…” Shani did pat his arm then, and squeezed it right over his biceps. Royce smiled to think she’d been appreciating his muscles. Then he realized how fucking superficial that made him sound.

Whatever “but” she’d been planning, Shani left unsaid. “Hey, can you sleep? ’Cuz I’d like to.” She grabbed a couple of thin blankets from a shelf overhead.

“Yeah.” Royce tucked a hand between his legs. The numbness still felt odd—the sensation thick like Novocain. But the darting nerve pain was gone for the time being. “For a while, at least.”

Shani reached up and flicked off the light. Once it was dark, and they both lay cocooned in their own wrap, she spoke. “If… I mean, when you’re in pain like that again…” She let out a breath that ruffled his hair. In the dark, he saw the outline of her wild hair and her curvy body. “Well, it’s not like I minded. You can ask me…if you like.

He didn’t answer, fearing relief might shake his voice if he said thank you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Did I just invite you into my bedroom?

Hello Everyone!

April and Danielle are back! And they are here to talk about something every romance writer thinks about. They also have some great news to share as well.

Did I just invite you into my bedroom? 

            Writing sex scenes are sometimes tough for any author… who am I kidding. They are always tough for us. This is where the problem lies. What you’ve written is an insight into your mind and experiences (sometimes it’s what you’ve seen on TV and wanted to experience). When someone reads your work, they now have a direct line into your thoughts and what you like or know. So it’s always awkward when your father-in-law comes up to you and says, “I finally finished your book.” And you are like, dear God, please don’t ask me any questions about it. It’s not that you aren’t proud of your book, it’s just that you really don’t want to have to explain why “love interest” pulled down “main character’s” panties. And what’s even better than that is when your son goes to school and says my mom wrote this great book and it’s for sale on Amazon; and then he proceeds to look it up online for his teacher and show her. (True story.) Oh, but then I have to edit it. Not only edit it, but also hand my steamy manuscript over to others to edit – wondering what they will think about certain scenes. And as I look at these edits, I wonder to myself, have I been doing it wrong all these years?


           Love scenes and sex scenes are important to stories. And they can be so moving and inspiring. But sometimes, I feel like I have just cut on the video recorder during my private moments and hit the record button for the world to see. I have even been asked if any love scene I have written was captured from real life, granted it was a close friend. And of course I was completely honest and said absolutely not… then I proceeded to not make eye contact and change the subject.

            Finally, I’m down to writing the sex scene, and wow, is it yummy. John Doe is in love with Jane Doe and they have a moment of pure ecstasy. Scene completed! I’m proud! I’ve done it! It sounded great and sexy! I connected with my characters! I fell in love with John Doe just as Jane Doe did. He is all I can think about! I close my laptop and smile because I have a masterpiece finished. And then my husband walks in and says, “Hey, Honey. Whatcha been doing this evening?” My response is a startled, “Oh… um… nothing.” And beads of sweat appear on my forehead, hoping that he won’t ask for details.

            I know that with time, some of the insecurities about sex scenes will pass, but I wonder how other authors feel about this. I know that I love reading these scenes in books and have secretly skipped pages in them to get to the next hot steamy moment, but when I have written the scene myself, it’s a different story. I’m left with the thought, “Did I just invite you into my bedroom?”

April Fifer and Danielle Hylton
Authors of Flesh and Feathers

April and I are happy to share that we have been recently published with Silver Publishing. Our book "Flesh and Feathers" will be re-released for purchase in early March 2012.      WEBSITE    BLOG  FACEBOOK PAGE  TWITTER

Friday, October 21, 2011

An Interview with Jaz Primo's Characters

Hi Again! Jaz Primo is here with the Romancing Your Dark Side Tour!

            Hi Jaz – tell me again about Sunrise at Sunset!
Hi Carrie Ann, and thanks for having me on your blog again! Sunrise at Sunset is the first novel in my Sunset Vampire Series. Katrina Rawlings is a deadly vampire who falls in love with an innocent human named Caleb. An adversary from her past seeks revenge against her through Caleb. As dangerous traps unfold, Katrina and her closest friends desperately track her elusive enemy while also striving to protect the man she loves.

Here's the official teaser:
When is a bloodthirsty predator the best protection against a psychotic killer?
When the predator is both a vampire...and the woman you love.

“We vampires are focused and tend to shape our own realities.”
My name is Katrina Rawlings, and I am a vampire. I declare that with neither pride nor ego. I am simply nature’s most dangerous predator. On occasion, it’s a very valuable quality. It helped me protect Caleb Taylor one day when he was very young. But that single, traumatic day is behind him now; wiped from his memory, or so I hope.
Caleb has finally matured into a rather striking young man, and believe me, I like what I see. I’ll readily admit that there are issues for us to confront and overcome, though a sense of mutual commitment isn’t one of them. I’m feeling hopeful for our future together, in fact. But an adversary from my past has returned to haunt me, and she’s trying to get back at me through Caleb. That was her first...and last...mistake. I’ll protect my Caleb at all costs, and I’ll make her regret the day she was born.
So, I suppose that I’m not just a vampire. I’m about to become someone’s worst nightmare!

Do you have a favorite character you have worked with?
(Jaz) Well, that's a little like asking someone to pick their favorite child. I have loved working with each of my primary characters, but I will confess that I've enjoyed working with the vampire Paige a lot more than I thought I would. She grew on me quickly, and was only supposed to be a lesser character in the series. However, she made her presence known to me, as well as making it clear that she had no intentions of being a secondary character. She told me, "Listen, mister, I'm top billing, and you're going to want me to take a larger part in your series. After all, I'm Katrina's best friend and Caleb's surrogate." Then she tried to misquote a line from Dirty Dancing about "nobody keeps Baby in the wings" but I called her on that. Needless to say, she's a major part of the Sunset Vampire Series now...and a fan favorite! *laughing*

Katrina – you declare yourself simply nature’s most dangerous predator – can you back that up?
(Katrina) Rest assured, I'm always more than happy to make a believer out of anyone who tries to hurt Caleb or attempts to come between us. In fact, I'd gladly refer you to others to corroborate my claim, but I'm afraid that they're all dead. Next question?

Katrina – What made you decide to protect Caleb?
(Katrina) Today, it's easy to answer that question: I love him. But you really have to have been there to see him on the day that we first met. Following a rather harsh encounter with the morning sun, there I was: a partially-burned being lying beneath a tarp-covered old car in his garage. The smell alone must have been twice as repulsive as I must have appeared. *arching her eyebrows* Oh sure, he was as curious as the next eight-year old might have been, but it was how he reacted when he realized that I was injured. I tried to get him to leave that musty garage, but he determined that I needed help and he was willing to make a difference. It's likely that I could have died without his assistance. It was just so. . .remarkable. . .in hindsight. There's such an innocence and sincerity about him, both as a youth then and as an adult today, that transcends what I've seen in most humans. Frankly, after that, protecting Caleb was the least that I could do. And I've never regretted a moment of it.

Katrina – What was your first impression of Caleb?
(Katrina) *smiling* Honestly, I had two first impressions. First, as an eight year old, Caleb was cute, innocent, and rather awkward as one might expect of someone his age. Yet, there was a touch of nobility in him, as well as an underlying sensitivity. Nearly twenty years later, we met a second time, but it was like a first meeting all over again. In fact, it definitely felt like meeting an entirely different person. Gone was the overtly-awkward child that I remembered, instead replaced by a mature and physically attractive young man with beautiful blue eyes. He took my breath away. Yet, I still sensed a subtle timidity in him, as well as the remnants of a wounded personality from the abuses that he had suffered as a child.

Caleb – What was your first impression of Katrina?
(Caleb) *grinning* Now that my childhood memories have been restored, I recall the events that Kat spoke of from the day we first met. She had rescued me from an actively abusive father, so I felt relief, as well as admiration and gratefulness towards her. But until recently, my first memory of her would have been the day she appeared in the back row of my college history class over a year ago. I recall standing at the lectern calling roll, and when my eyes met Kat's, I was mesmerized. I've never seen any woman quite so beautiful and captivating before.
*Katrina reaches out to hold Caleb's hand in hers*

Katrina – Are you comfortable being labeled a “female Alpha?”
(Katrina) I find it more amusing than anything else, really. A few years ago, I would have been called a "strong, independent woman." Forty years ago, I would have been called an "angry women's libber." A century ago, I would have been scandalized as "an unforgiving bitch who doesn't know her place." The nuances in language don't really matter to me. I'm who I am. For others, perhaps it's more comfortable to some women that the evolution of acceptance for independent and capable females has softened. In the end, with titles cast aside, not much has changed for me. I can still kill my opponents as easily today as I could five centuries ago. *grinning*
(Caleb) Oh, she's a regular Wonder Woman. *smiling*
*Katrina playfully nuzzles the side of Caleb's neck and softly kisses him*
(Caleb) With fangs, that is.

Katrina – Does that translate to a place more private? *wink*
(Katrina) *smirking* Oh, I'm very comfortable asserting myself with Caleb. And he seems to relish it, I might add.
*Caleb blushes and attempts not to look mortified*
(Katrina) Yet, I can be conventional when I want to be. I'm sure that even Wonder Woman enjoys lying on her back now and again. *winking at Caleb*

Caleb -  (as I back away from Katrina) – I fell for you as soon as I met your adult self – how do you mentally prepare for a relationship with a vampire?
(Caleb) Aww, thanks so much, Carrie Ann. I'm very flattered! Well, I'm hardly a vampire relationship expert, but it seems to me that you have to have a sense of trust with your vampire partner. At first, it unnerved me to be around vampires when they're hungry, but I trust Kat implicitly now. And it's true that you need to prepare yourself for certain environmental sensitivities. For example, if you have a habit of leaving curtains open on a sunny day, you may want to have UV-filtering put on all of your windows. And you have to give up a little refrigerator space for packets of blood. Although humans do gain a lot of cabinet space in the kitchen in return; vampires don't cook a lot or eat much human food. And if you startle easily, you have to become accustomed to your partner zipping around the house and appearing seemingly out of nowhere...
*Katrina gently clears her throat*
(Caleb) Hmm? Oh, sorry, I digressed. Most of all, I think that the traditional tenants of a healthy relationship are true whether your partner is a vampire or human: good communication, trust, love, mutual respect, and a sense of caring for the other person.

 For all of you – Where do you see this going? What do you see in your future?
*Katrina glances lovingly at Caleb*
(Katrina) I see many happy days spent with the man of my dreams.
*Caleb smirks*
(Caleb) Really? Anybody I know?
*Katrina runs her fingernails lightly down the back of Caleb's neck.*
*He shivers slightly from the tickling sensation.*
(Caleb) Oh, I'm seeing a lot of happy days with Kat, for certain. Although I would imagine that trouble is just around the corner, too. I'm a bit of a trouble magnet. It's always on my horizon somehow.
*Katrina frowns and her eyes flash bright green*
(Katrina) Oh, I'm very good with handling trouble, my love.
*Jaz smiles*
(Jaz) It would seem that there will be many happy days of writing about what the future brings for Katrina and Caleb. I hope that new readers will happily join in on the journey, too. Of course, the third Sunset Vampire novel, Summit at Sunset, comes out in January 2012, so folks won't have to wait very long for the next adventure!
Thanks so very much for hosting an interview with all of us, Carrie Ann. This has been really wonderful!
(Katrina) Thank you, Carrie Ann. You've been very kind.
(Caleb) Yes, thanks! This is my first interview, in fact!
*Katrina adopts a sexy, yet predatory, expression*
(Katrina) Oh, I'll be very happy to conduct a private interview with you later, Caleb.
*Caleb smirks*
(Caleb) Lucky me, then.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bind Me and Love Stacey Kennedy

I get Stacey Kennedy back! Whoot! And FYI, I've read Bind Me and its HOT!

Tell me about Bind Me.
BIND ME is a contemporary BDSM erotic romance. Here’s the blurb:
Four best friends embrace their fantasies and make a pact of seduction to live out their deepest and darkest desires. The women place their lives in the hands of fate and one short straw declares Marley will be the first to awaken her secret wishes.
Reed, a Dom at sex club Castle Dolce Vita, has lived the BDSM lifestyle for awhile, but has yet to find a submissive that suits him. That is until he meets Marley, a woman seeking to indulge her fantasies.
As Reed guides her through a night of pleasure, Marley brings more to him than a perfect submissive–she stirs emotions in him long ago lost. By binding Marley, he runs up against his own limits, and now he has to choose between his self-protective barriers or surrendering to the wildfire Marley has reignited in his heart.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and elements, including spanking.
Would you ever make a pact of seduction with your friends?

Sigh. I wish I had when I was single. It would’ve been the perfect way to make sure I fulfilled all the fantasies I always dreamed of—now write about—that’d I would never actually do!

Would you ever trust a stranger with your secret wish?

Hell yes!

Why did you choose to write about BDSM? Is this your first foray into the genre?

No, I have written two other BDSM stories. One is Forever Bound that released with Decadent Publishing and another is All She Wants For Christmas is Her Dom that is releasing on November 25th, 2011.

I wrote the story because I dreamed it up! That’s the simple answer. The idea came to me and I started writing.

Rate the hotness of Bind Me.

Read while in bed with either your lover close by or something battery operated!

Marley – What was your first impression of Reed?

The sexiest piece of man I’d ever seen! I even stumbled over my own feet when I saw him, and maybe even my words too.

Marley – What is your favorite thing about him?

The power and confidence he possess, especially when he brings out his ropes. *grins*

Reed – What was your first impression of Marley?


Reed – What is your favorite thing about her?

Her long, sexy legs, and of course, her natural submissiveness.

Stacey – Is Bind Me part of a series? What is next in their world?

BIND ME is part of the Pact of Seduction series. The next story will be Bella’s and while her fantasy might be to have a steamy night with a woman, I have a feeling something else might be in store for her. I plan to start it next month and get it off to the publisher soon!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An Interview with Vanessa Deverau and a Contest

Hello Everyone!

Let me introduce Vanessa Deveraux to the blog!

Tell me about Then Came You.
It’s my first book featuring a cowboy. His name is Connor O’Riordan and he’s been infatuated with Gillian Matthews since he first met her. He’s a rancher in Wyoming and she’s a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company whose products Connor uses for his livestock and horses. The bad news for Connor is when they first met Gillian was in relationship but being the positive thinker that he is, he made her promise if she and her boyfriend ever broke up she’d tell him. When the book opens, Gillian lets him know that she’s now single which sets Connor into a panic knowing he’s got to make his move on her before another guy  does. He’s an old fashioned cowboy and wants to romance and woo her and suggests she spend Thanksgiving at his ranch. Things get off to rough start because Gillian thinks they’ll be sharing a bed but Connor wants to do the romancing first and shows her to the guest room. Gillian wonders if she jumped the gun and he just wants to be friends. Connor on the other hand thinks he’s offended her and when he finds her in the middle of the night in looking for something to drink in the kitchen…while she’s wearing a see through nightie, he realizes he can’t fight off his physical attraction to her any longer and things heat up from there. By the time she heads home to Chicago, the two are head over heels in love.

How emotional is this book? Will I need a tissue?
Without giving a crafty mention to my last release, One Night With You which I’ve been told readers had a good cry while reading…it’s not an emotional read like that one but, Then Came You has a few scenes where you might have a sniffle or two. Connor did suffer through a previous heartache that Gillian finds out about half way through the story and yes, it’s an emotional one. Also, when Gillian says goodbye to Connor at Casper airport after Thanksgiving…I have to say I got choked up writing it because by then these two were madly in love and I actually felt bad about separating them!

How would you rate the hotness of this book?
To start with Connor is hot, who doesn’t love a sexy cowboy so I don’t think many women would say no to him. On a scale of one to five cowboy hats with five being smokin’ hot, it’s a five cowboy hat story.

Who are your favorite romance authors? Why?
 I really enjoy all of Susan Wiggs’ books because she creates wonderful characters and I love the settings too. For romantic suspense I enjoy Brenda Novak, for sexy tales, Lori Foster…her books are funny too.

What are your favorite romance series/books? Why?
Having just mentioned Brenda Novak, I really enjoyed her trilogy set in Stillwater, Mississippi Dead Silence, Dead Wrong and Dead Giveaway. I really enjoyed the focus on each character, how they changed and grew and the underlying mystery kept me turning the pages.

If you could go on a date with your favorite character, who would it be and what would you do? Details please! *wink* 
I’m not trying to give an extra boost to Then Came You but it has to be Connor. He is sexy, rugged and a real gentleman who likes to woo a lady so he’d be my top pick. And as I probably need to keep this a PG-13 rating, I’ll just say that I’d want to spend the night at his ranch house and ask him to do everything he did to Gillian. Yeah that would put a big smile on my face.

Connor – What was your first impression of Gillian?
The most beautiful woman in the world.

Connor – What is your favorite part about her?
Hey, this cowboy is indecisive; no way can I narrow it down on a woman like Gillian but okay if I had to it’s her mouth which was made for kissing this cowboy.

Gillian – What was your first impression of Connor?
What a sweet guy, a true gentleman which is hard to find these days…cute too.

Gillian – What is your favorite part about him?
Am I allowed to say? No just kidding. I’d have to say his eyes. They’re beautiful and I believe you can see his soul in them. He’s a good man and I’m a lucky girl to have this cowboy so crazy in love with me.

Vanessa – What is next for you?
I have another story being released in December also with Total E-Bound. It’s called Forbidden and is my first older woman/younger man story. This one is set on the Spanish Island of Mallorca and also Maine, USA. As of writing I have two more stories under consideration, another one featuring a sexy cowboy , this one set in Montana. The other one, I wanted to write something not only sexy but funny too. It’s about a couple who meet under strange circumstances thinking they’re both someone else. I’m working on a couple more projects and next year I want to write an erotic romantic suspense.

Author Bio-
Bestselling author Vanessa Devereaux was born in London, England but now resides in the US. She writes erotic romances and erotica. A freelance writer during the day, her work has appeared in both US and UK magazines. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing some of her hobbies which include cooking, gardening, photography and biking. Prior to a writing career she worked in PR and was a book publicist for three years. Then Came You is Vanessa’s first title published with Total-E-Bound. Her other titles include, Mistaken Identity, The Man Next Door, Who’s The Boss and her Regency Trilogy, Brazen Ladies including What the Lady Wants, Caught in the Act and Double Her Pleasure, and the contemporary erotic romance, One Night With You. Her next release will be Forbidden which will be released in 2012 with Total E Bound.
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Connor O’Riordan had his heart set on Gillian Matthews the first day she stepped onto his ranch but the only problem was she had a boyfriend. He’d made her promise that if the two of them ever broke up she’d tell him. Gillian is a woman of her word and when Connor finds out she’s now available he’ll do anything to woo and 
romance the lady of his dreams. The best way to start…invite her to spend Thanksgiving at his ranch.

Thank you so much Vanessa for stopping by and good luck with your release! Please leave a comment or question for Vannessa! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaser from An Alpha's Path

We're getting close to the Dec 5th release day of An Alpha's Path, so I thought I'd give you a slight teaser from my debut release!
An Alpha's Path is the first book in my Redwood Pack series, so there is more to come!

          Melanie sat at her table and checked her watch. He was only three minutes late. That didn’t mean he was going to stand her up. Right? He just wasn’t a perpetually early person like her. It wasn’t evidence that they weren’t compatible.
          Compatible? Gawd. She needed another drink. This was just for one night. One night only – if he even showed.
          She let out a deep breath and was about to order another drink when she caught sight of an absolutely gorgeous specimen of man.
          His body towered over six feet with wide shoulders and a trim waist. The kind of guy displayed on one of those silly romance novel covers. Dark brown, almost black hair, that barely reached his shoulders begged for her hands to tangle in those silky looking strands. A few luscious locks fell into his eyes.
          Those eyes.
          Deep green eyes set under dark lashes. Pools of jade, swallowing her whole. They were piercing and shifted throughout the room, taking in his surroundings. Yet it felt as though he never let his eyes leave her. Oh my. Mel fanned her face before blushing when she realized what she was doing. Damn he was beautiful.
          He practically prowled through the room drawing the attention of almost every woman and even some of the men. An almost animalistic wave of seduction ebbed from him.
          Please, if there was a God, let this be the mysterious Kade Jamenson. Please. Larissa didn’t give her a picture or description of his looks as she said it would ruin the moment of first meeting. Melanie hadn’t agreed when she read that, but if this were Kade she would take back anything bad she ever thought about her best friend.
          His nostrils flared as if he were taking in a deep breath, then he smiled a truly feral and triumphant smile as he came to the head of her table.

What will happen on their date? I'm so excited about this! Whoot!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rachel Leigh is Coming Back

Rachel Leigh is a new author to me and I'm happy to introduce you to her!

Tell me about Coming Back.

It is a ‘second chances’ story set in the small fictional town of Jessop Hill in South West England. Here’s the blurb:

Kelly Hampton loved once...and lost. After two years of looking for Sean MacKenzie in other men--and failing miserably--she takes a vow of celibacy. No sex until she finds love. Then Sean strolls back into her bar, reigniting old flames. No one has come close to understanding or satisfying her like he did. Her body burns for the passion they once shared, but her heart still remembers the pain. 
Sean escaped Jessop Hill and his father's fists in the middle of the night without a word--even to his love, Kelly--to protect his battered mother, but he never forgot the explosively erotic relationship he left behind. Now his father is dead and Sean is back for the only woman he's ever wanted. Their reunion is full of fire – but can sexual attraction and noble intentions overcome years of heartache or will Kelly walk away to protect her heart this time.
What made you choose to write about this?

It’s more a case of the characters choosing me to tell their story – as with most of my story ideas, Coming Back started with Kelly (the heroine) saying a single line of dialogue in my head. “From now on I’m going be celibate.” As soon as I heard that I rushed for a notebook and pen and scribbled down everything she told me. The how, why, when and where came very quickly – the next problem I had was finding out the ‘who’ – Who was her hero? The man she loved and lost?

Rate Coming Back in terms of steaminess.

Wooh!! Coming Back is hot enough to scald in places and tender enough to soothe in others. So as far as a steaminess rating goes, I’d give it ten flames of pure heat ;)

Who is your favorite romance Author?

Favorite romance author is Nora Roberts, favorite erotic romance author is varied – but a series of books I am devouring right now is The Wild Rose Press Cowboy Kink books. Highly recommended, ladies! J

Who is your favorite romance character? Why?

Ooh, tough question! I have fallen in love with so many romance heroes, it’s damn near impossible to name one. If you really force me, I would have to say Cameron Quinn from Nora Roberts’ Seaswept. That man still lingers in my mind even though I read the book years ago, lol!

If you could take that person out for a date, what would you do? Details Please!
Answer the door, drag him in the house and make our way upstairs…Done.

Kelly  – What was your first impression of Sean?

I have known Sean for a long time but my first impression was that he was kind but mysterious. He plays his cards very close to his chest but inside that chest beats a big old heart that makes me love the very essence of him.

Kelly  – What is your favorite part about him?

See above – I love Sean’s heart. He will do anything for anyone but he is nobody’s fool. I love that he is my man but if someone needs him, he will do whatever he can to help them. There are not enough people like that in the world.

Sean  – What was your first impression of Kelly?

Sexy, sexy, sexy – that’s it.

Sean  – What is your favorite part about her?

Her smile and the way she makes whoever’s talking to her feel like they are the most important person in the world to her in that moment. She never dismisses people and she’s a great listener. Whoever she turns those eyes and smile on, male or female, they instantly love her. But she’s all mine, I’m afraid, lol!

Rachel  – What is next for you? Is Coming Back part of a Series?

No, Coming Back is a stand-alone story, I’m afraid but you never know I might well visit Jessop Hill again in the future. Right now, I am working on a long-length novella which should come in around 40,000 words. It is about a British hero and heroine seeking happiness in the Greek island of Zante. 

Here is the working blurb:
Michelle Hutton leaves everything behind and flies from the UK to Greece in search of a new beginning. Her first encounter is with a sexy, pro-bono lawyer with a body that could adorn the cover of Playgirl. When they talk, he tells her his sister has a restaurant that desperately needs a new chef. Sam Clarke seems too good to be true. And Michelle doesn’t trust anyone else after being let down time and again by the people she loves. Including the mother she left behind. But damn, he’s hard to resist…
Sam Clarke is a busy man – a man on a mission to help women in jeopardy. So when a woman with hair like a sheet of gold and eyes bluer than the ocean walks into an airport bar needing help, what is he’s supposed to do? The electricity between them is hotter than a live wire and Sam soon learns Michelle is more than capable of demanding and getting what she wants. She doesn’t need him, he should walk away…yet time and again he goes back for more.
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 Thank so you much Rachel for stopping by! And please leave a comment or question for Rachel to show your support! Thank you!!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - #15

Although An Alpha's Path, book 1 of the Redwood Pack series, releases December 5th, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of book 2 in the series, A Taste for a Mate. 

          Throat too dry to swallow, she shook her head, begging for rational thoughts. Daunting pain cascaded through her body, as a chasm opened in her heart. A fog settled over her, as she slowly stepped off the porch to the path away from their home. Confusion and loss swallowed her whole. A pain that fractured her heart, pulsating down her arm, tingling her fingers. It was like when a limb fell asleep, but she couldn’t move for fear if she did, she’d lose feeling forever.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Interview with Sarah Grimm and a Contest

Hi All! Please welcome Sarah Grimm to the blog!

Tell me about After Midnight.

After Midnight is a story that is near and dear to me. The story of Isabeau, owner of Izzy’s Bar, child prodigy and piano phenom—a woman who hides behind a lie of her own making. Here is the official blurb:
Thirteen years—that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal--one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

I recently received my first review - 5 Books!  Here’s what Lea at Book Lovers, Inc. had to say:

“It’s a special feeling when you start a reading a novel not expecting much but are immediately drawn into the storyline, then by the end of the second chapter you are captivated After Midnight was a compelling, sensual page-turner and I was sorry when it concluded.”

Rate After Midnight  in terms of steaminess.
I have to credit my husband with this one, as he came up with this scale a few years back:

Two-handed read: Both hands are holding the book - not that hot.

One-Handed Read: Hot enough that one hand holds the book while the other is 'occupied'.

No hands read: AKA Holy Shit I need a book stand for this one!

Using his scale, After Midnight is a one handed read. J

Who is your favorite Contemporary Romance Author?

Linda Howard. I started reading her when she was writing for Harlequin/Silhouette, and I still buy her books the moment they are released.

What is your favorite Contemporary Romance series/book?

Picking a favorite book is as impossible for me as choosing which of my sons is my favorite – they’re each special to me for different reasons. I recently finished Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy by HelenKay Dimon, which features a tortured hero, my favorite kind, and Sex, Lies and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson.

Who is your favorite Contemporary Romance character? Why?

Isabeau Montgomery from my new release, After Midnight.  She’s just so very tortured, her past so full of tragedy… She deserves a happy ending, and Noah is just the man to share it with her.

If you could take that person out for a date, what would you do? Details Please!

I would buy tickets to a Black Phoenix concert and have Izzy take me backstage to meet the band.

Isabeau – What was your first impression of Noah?

That he was going to change my life, whether I wanted him to or not.

Isabeau – What is your favorite part about him?

His chest – lightly tanned with six-pack abs, and a dark blonde line of hair that starts below his navel and disappears beneath the waistband of his jeans – Noah looks better than a lot of men half his age.

Noah – What was your first impression of Isabeau?

I didn’t know what to think. I was in Long Island City, New York, checking out a recording studio owned by a friend of my band’s manager. It was my birthday, and I didn’t want to spend it alone in my hotel room, so I went to a local bar I’d seen earlier in the day – Izzy’s Bar. I don’t drink much anymore, but at least other people were around. Then up walks the bartender to get my order and…it was like every nerve ending in my body stood at attention. I couldn’t breathe. No woman has ever affected me that way with just a smile. Right then I knew I had to get close to her.

Noah – What is your favorite part about her?

Her eyes. Isa has the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen. Pale grey/blue eyes that change color depending on what she’s feeling.

Sarah – What is next for you and the Midnight Series?

While writing After Midnight, one of the secondary characters kept telling me he needed his own story, so I’m writing that one now. Midnight Heat is a reunion romance, and although I had no plans to give Dominic his own book, about half-way through writing After Midnight, I fell so in love with his character I had to make sure he got his own happily-ever- after.

I routinely post snippets from all of my books on my blog:

Thank you so much Sarah for dropping by the blog today!

Sarah Grimm is an award winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two sons and three miniature schnauzers. Between mom's taxi service, parts runs, and answering the phone for the family marine repair business, Sarah can be found curled in her favorite chair, crafting her next novel.

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Oh! And here's an excerpt! 

I’m not the type of woman men fall for.”

“I’ve fallen for you.”

Heat flooded her system. She forced herself to breathe, to keep her eyes locked with his. “No you haven’t. You …”

He pushed off the mantel and stepped in her direction. “I—what?”

“Never mind.”

“Finish the sentence, Isabeau.”

“I don’t think so.”

“Then let me.” He closed the distance between them. “You were going to say I haven’t fallen for you, weren’t you? You actually believe him? That you’re nothing more to me than convenient?”

Her pulse throbbed thick and hard. Heat radiated off his body. The scent of him filled her head. She wanted, more than anything, to press herself against him and relive the pleasure of his mouth against hers. Instead, she lifted her chin.


He leaned in close. So close his breath brushed across her lips. “You believe him, but not me?”

“You are here only temporarily.”


“And I am just down the street.”

“I suppose.”

She ran her tongue over her dry lips. “So the whole thing does seem rather—”

“Don’t say it.”


Something dangerous came and went in his eyes. “Now I’m getting angry.”

His hands skimmed down her sides, slipped under her shirt and settled on her lace-covered bottom. Her breath went uneven. Searing need swarmed her.

“You want something to believe, believe this.”

He pulled her into the solid ridge of his erection. She lost her concentration. “There is nothing convenient about the way I feel about you.”


“You think you’re not the type to draw a man’s attention, think again. I can’t stand in the same room as you without wanting to taste you. I can’t taste you without wanting to taste all of you.”

Oh, God. Her knees turned to jelly. A hot, wet pulse came to life between her legs.

“If you can’t see in yourself what it is that I see, feel what you do to me.” Taking hold of her wrist, he placed her hand in the center of his chest.

His heart was racing. She tipped her head back and looked into his eyes. Her bones began to liquefy. “The way you’re looking at me,” she whispered.

“How am I looking at you?”

“Like I’m important.”

“You are.”

She swallowed hard, wanting to believe him. “Like I’m beautiful.”

His lips brushed across her temple and her eyes drifted shut. “I wish you could see yourself the way I see you. Then you would know how beautiful you are.”

Her eyes snapped open as he spun her in his arms. His hands settled on her shoulders, drawing her back against his chest. She gasped at their image reflected in the trio of mirrors that hung on her wall. When had this become a seduction?