Saturday, January 28, 2012
Zoey Appleby was content with being single, until her good friend Heidi sets her up with this gorgeous Greek Adonis named Rafe. He awakens desires in her she never knew were there, and introduces her to a whole new lifestyle. Shy at first Zoey has some choices to make, will it be a new love, or the life she’s used to?
“What’s your name sweetheart?”
Rafe was out with Nathan and Heidi again at Drink Nights, and both he and Nathan couldn’t get the image of Heidi with another woman out of their minds. She’d painted the delicious picture of a foursome the very first time the three of them became an item and damn he wanted it bad.
They spotted a stacked brunette over at the bar and when Heidi casually mentioned an attraction, he and Nathan both smiled. Rafe excused himself from their booth with a perfect excuse to get them refills on their drinks, and an even more perfect opportunity to approach the sexy brunette with a proposition.
What’s the worst that could happen? Feeling confident enough in himself that he could make this happen, he couldn’t remember the last time a woman turned him down. Either way when I leave here tonight I’m going to get some. Heidi and Nathan are a guarantee.
“Amber.” She’d given a look from the tip of his toes to the top of his head, and smiled as she looked back into his eyes and extended her hand with evident interest. “And you are?”
“It’s a pleasure, Amber.” Rafe raised her hand to his lips, lightly nipping her knuckles with his teeth playfully before pulling back. He smiled, when he noticed her biting her bottom lip. Oh yeah, baby I know you want me. “My name is Rafe, and my friends Nathan and Heidi over there would like to know if you’d like to join us.”
“Nathan and Heidi?” Amber turned in the direction that Rafe pointed, and looked unsure momentarily, but when she faced Rafe again her expression changed. Her eyes were hooded, and the corner of her mouth quirked up in a slight smile. “And what about you Rafe, would you like me to join you tonight?”Bingo!
“Oh yeah, baby. I wouldn’t have introduced myself otherwise. In fact, I’m hoping to take you home with us. Let’s have a few more drinks first and get to know each other and then we could make some great memories.” He stepped forward to whisper in her ear, “Have you ever had two guys at once, baby, or a girl to play with, how about all three? Think about it.”He pulled back in time to see the expression on her face once she absorbed what he just said. In fact, he could pinpoint the moment it clicked. Her eyes suddenly went wide in shock, and then she bit her lip again momentarily as if to think about it before smiling.
“Sounds pretty intriguing, let me just go say goodnight to my friends and I’ll meet you back here in a minute.”
“Sure thing doll, I’ll just order us a couple drinks in the meantime.”
She nodded, and hurriedly walked to a table not far away. He watched the sway of her curvaceous ass as she retreated and then looked over to the booth he just left with a thumbs up. Nathan laughed, and Heidi smiled wide as if proud of him. He could see the mischievous glint in her eye and all was right in the world. He had the two people he loved beside him, and some fun times in the next hour or two to look forward to. Life was good.
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~Author Jennifer Labelle~
Friday, January 27, 2012
My days are spent like any other erotic author...nothing special really. But let me first squelch any myths that may have evolved over the years.
Myth: All erotic romance authors are addicted to having sex all the time.
Fact: We may think about sex, write about sex and talk about sex all the time...but in reality,we're too tired for sex.
Why? We promote, write and have a 24/7 job..simply...we ARE tired.
Myth: Every scene we write in our novels we have performed, witnessed or participated in- that's why the scenes are so descriptive.
Fact: No. We just have a very creative imagination. Maybe some of us have experienced these incidents, but not me.
Why? First off, I'm a female, so anatomically I cannot perform M/M scenes and vice versa for male erotic authors with F/F scenes. *NOTE: Plus we're tired.
Myth: Erotic authors' wardrobes consist of lingerie, sexy short skirts and provocative clothing.
Fact: We sit at our computer desks in our ratty pajamas, usually no make-up, uncombed hair and maybe showered before noon. We have a cup of cold coffee next to us because no one is around to refill it for us.
Why? Because we live double lives. The one you read, and assume we are, and the one actually are.
Myth: We are on the prowl for our next sex scene and novel idea wherever we are...OK, I'll give you that one but don't ask us to name a character after you...
So there it is ladies and gents...what a real erotic author's day is like. But let's not forget the laundry, the dishes, the kids and family and most importantly, a shower before noon.
Books by Dawne Prochilo-
Crape Myrtle- June 2009On Her Own- July 2009Sex Sells- Feb 2011Room 11- Feb 2011Rachel's Desire- March 2011When We Meet Again- May 2011His Holiday Seduction- Oct 2011Insatiable Kate- Oct 2011On Her Own (re-release)- Nov 2011Wildfire Beach- Nov 2011A Cougar's Revenge- 2012Callie's Way- Jan 2012*Lynn's Chance- March 2012*Weekend Retreat- April 2012Melody's Dance- May 2012*Tessa's Passion- July 2012*She's the Promotion Director for Secret Cravings Publishing.
To learn more about her go to her blog at: http://dawneprochilo.blogspot.com.
*This is a re-release of A Day in The Life Of An Erotic Author- due to popularity and concise accuracy, it needed to be said again.
Thanks for the smile Dawne. This is a great post.
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
Monday, January 23, 2012
I’ve been thinking a lot on writing to an audience. As writers, should we write to one? And, if we do, how do we really know which one is the right one for us? I can promote all day long. I love hanging out with my Twitter followers and on Facebook with those that have liked my author page as well as on my main profile page. I absolutely love it. But, ask me to pick one exact type of book to write and I’m lost.
It would seem I’m the exact opposite of most writers. They tend to say they don’t do so well with promoting and prefer to write. While I do really enjoy writing, I couldn’t do just one thing. Even Stephen King picked up a pen name to write some of his books.
I imagine that if I could have readers tripping over one another for the next book in a series, it might motivate me to write that series a little faster. I know I hate waiting for the next book in a series from my favorite authors. So, I wouldn’t want them to have to wait forever to see what happens next. But, I fear, even if I sold billions of the first book in a series, I couldn’t write just that series. My brain is all over the place and if I try to trap it and make it do one thing, it literally rebels and I can’t get two sentences written, let alone an entire book.
As far as reading, I read across the board too. You never know what you might find on my book shelves or on my Kindle. Actually, I have a feeling most would be shocked to look at the variety on my shelves. I read from fiction to non-fiction. I read from paranormal, to historical, to crime, to horror to erotica….and more. My reading can’t be defined and I would guess the same holds true for my writing.
If someone were to email me and tell me they’d really like a book of one style or another or a certain type of plot, I’d try to write it and provide the best book I could in the end. Saying no seems to be another thing I can’t seem to do. Besides, I love a challenge and if there’s something I don’t already have jotted down as a future book idea – I’m excited to find it. I think I’d need four lifetimes to write all the books I have blurbed to be written. Who knows? Maybe one of my daughters will take up writing and I can pass it on to them.
So, my take on writing for your audience is: I write what I like and beg and beg someone to like it. However, I’m always open to hear ideas on what someone would like to see come out from me. The biggest thing we’re told as writers is to write what we like. Since I like to read pretty much everything, that’s an easy task for me.
My upcoming release from Rebel Ink is book 2 in my Living Deadly Series. It’s called Holding on to the Pain and is scheduled to be released February 17, 2012. I love history and the series shows this on and off through each book. I’ve also made my main character, Xander—a Vampire, very special to me. The reason he becomes one is explained in book 1. Again, it was just my take on it. In book 2, Xander starts to get comfortable and even bored within his new Vampire skin. There is sex within this book as well as a scene that is mffffff.
Here’s the unofficial blurb:
Xander steps into his new life as the very first Vampire. His desire for war and killing only increases and his conscience is non-existent. The only thing close to that desire is his need for women. He lusts after them even more than he had as a human.
At time passes, humans become toys for him to meddle in the affairs of. Xander finally finds warriors worth turning into his companions. He begins to create a force of mass destruction -- a force of only the best Greek warriors turned Vampire. His undead elite army.
To find out more about this series and my others and all the genres I am writing in, you can find my blog here and Kharisma Rhayne Books here.
I’m also on Twitter here and Facebook here and here.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Times have changed both in the book publishing industry and in romance writing. As I'm updating my romance novels, written from 1979-1988, I'm learning a lot – and it's thrilling!
My first book, Rules of the Game (1979) was written as a Dell Candlelight Romance (the American version of Harlequin Presents) and broke a lot of rules. It was the first romantic comedy, it was the first with more dialogue than description (I came from writing for TV), it was the first romance with a male POV, and, according to my editor, very sexy for its time.
So here I am updating it for 2012 and wondering how it ever got published in the first place! The story line is there: boy meets girl, attraction, conflict, boy gets girl. And the 'boy' actually talked to the girl – unlike the brooding, silent Harlequin Presents heroes who said nothing for 188 pages and then the reader read: "But you know I've always loved you." Where? Where was that? What page? Oh, the last page: 189!!!
What's changed in writing romances – be they sweet/sensuous/erotic – well for one, the audience. The 1980's were the skyrocketing times for all types of romance novels, magazines, newsletters, reviewers, and conferences. Romance Writers of America was started by my original editor Vivian Stephens; Kathryn Falk created Romantic Times; and Lady Barbara Cartland was still Queen of the Realm when it came to historical's.
Readers and critics knew romance. They knew that "love at first site" or even "love at first bite" – instant attraction was the main plot point. Oddly enough, Prevention Magazine just reported 60% of Americans believe in love at first site; Match.com reported 59% of men believe in love at first site; Cosmo reported 1 out of 4 men know on the first date, if the woman is a keeper. And – Prevention also noted that women see brooding men as significantly more sexually attractive than happy fellows!
But what about readers who post those reviews on your eBook site? Calculated Risk, which is still a free download on Amazon, was until Rules my most updated book, especially going from hot to erotic. And I was startled to read some of the reviews – "way too erotic for me"; "erotic? Mrs. Chase doesn't write the stuff"; "Cover was shameful"; "I skimmed over the erotic sex scenes"; "we left romance to concentrate on too graphic erotica"; And then of course all the negative comments about the attraction between the main characters.
I'll admit some days my skin is too thin. Some days I want to scream out…if people aren't attracted to each other at first site, who wants to work that hard at it? Hey…it's fiction!!!
So as I'm putting the final updates, erotica-wise on Rules of the Game, at lot of those negative comments derail me. (I know, I know…thicker skin, honey) The sexual interaction comes from the characters interacting with each other. It can't be forced. It has to be what each needs from the other. Sometimes sweet. Sometimes spicy. Sometimes erotic.
I hope you'll enjoy a free download of Calculated Risk and look for the ad here, when Rules of the Game gets posted. I asked my husband, who after 42 years is still a hottie but hates these questions: "was it love at first site, when you first saw me?" Usually he groans, grabs the newspaper and tries to hide in the bathroom – but this time he said: "No, it was lust at first site. You still have great tits and a perky ass." Gosh..what more could a romance writer ask for!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Welcome Dana, how long have you been an author?
Dana: Published, 5 months, but all my life, really.
Awesome, what is your favourite genre?
Dana: Any kind of romance from time travel to paranormal, inspirational to historical.
I love a good romance myself. What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
Dana: It’s never over! Even when the book is in print you’ll probably always find something you wish you could add, remove or change.
*grins* Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
Dana: I have several in progress but one is about a woman who is suddenly gifted with an amazing singing voice and the choices she must make because of it, as well as the consequences of those choices.
If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Dana: Contents under pressure, might explode any moment.
LOL, if you could choose to time travel, would you go backward or forward, and why?
Dana: Back. I sometimes think I might have been born in the wrong era. I feel at home when I read historical novels. It’s odd that I don’t write them. Maybe one day ;-)
I'd go back too if I could. I'd like to thank Dana for joining us today, for those of you who would like to learn more about Dana and her work she can be reached on her website: www.danapratola.webs.com , Twitter: www.twitter.com/danapratola , or on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DanaPratolaAuthor
What do a Christian woman and a faithless bike builder have in common? The devil of course.
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The aroma of food halted Gunnar at the bottom of the stairs. He tossed the jacket on the staircase rail and followed his appetite to the kitchen.
Tessa stood at the stove wearing a light blue satin robe and fuzzy orange slippers. A radio murmured softly from an unseen source. To her credit, she didn’t scream when she saw him, though she did drop the spatula.
Gunnar stayed put, not wanting to frighten her further. He could see the pulse jumping in her throat from five feet away.
“I didn’t mean to scare you,” he said.
“Well you do,” Tessa snapped in reflex.
He frowned at the wording. Not he had scared her, but he did scare her. It shouldn’t have mattered, but it did.
When she turned, the look on her face awakened a heat low in his belly. Those fascinating, innocent eyes fixed for a second on his mouth; her tongue ran lightly across her full bottom lip. He wondered if she knew she was causing another kind of hunger to simmer inside him.
Oh, the idea of kissing her senseless was appealing—extremely—but the fact remained that she didn’t simply look vulnerable, she was. It didn’t matter that they were alone. There was a line. Drawing on his new resolve, he took a seat at the table.
“Fine,” he answered at length. Though he kept his voice steady, his pulse throbbed erratically. The way she averted her gaze, more so than the way she looked at him, was making him nuts. He couldn’t win.
“Eggs,” he mumbled so she couldn’t hear. He was going to concentrate on eggs.
“I was going to have some warm milk. Can I get you some?”
“Warm milk?” Distracted by the way her robe parted slightly when she shifted, alternately revealing and concealing bits of shoulder and leg, he would have accepted a glass of snake venom.
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~Author Jennifer Labelle~
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Contest Time: Spice It Up was nominated in the "Best Menage Book 2011" category in the LRC Best of 2011...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Baylee Crawford thought she had her whole life figured out, right up until she accepts a scandalous little dare involving a mysterious man that makes her throw caution to the wind. When she falls completely in love with her mystery man, how will she cope when she has to say goodbye to him as he leaves for war?
When a tragedy threatens to tear her world apart, Baylee is left feel lost and has no idea how to help her family in the midst of this loss. Follow Baylee and Nash through a tale of love, passion, longing, war, and tragedy.
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The story begins between siblings as Baylee Crawford welcomes home her big brother, and twin, Ethan while he's on leave from Afghanistan. To celebrate they throw a big halloween bash were Baylee meets some of his sexy soldier friends, inlcuding the sinfully gorgeous Nash Jensen. There are instant sparks, and when an innocent turned adventerous game of "truth or dare" starts, Baylee finds the courage to make her move on him.
They have seven weeks of bliss together with a ton of surprises along the way, but that changes once Nash and then Ethan have to return to duty leaving Baylee and her family in constant worry until their safe return.
Tragedy strikes just when things begin to perk up again, and Baylee and her family are not sure how to pick up the pieces. Is it Nash, her brother Ethan, or both? Find out for yourself and follow Baylee, and family on their journey of friendship, love, grief, and strength as this amazingly emotional love story tugs at your heart strings.
Ms. Nation is fabulous when it comes to instantly hooking a reader from the very beginning, and knows how to draw out the right amount of emotion along the way. I'm not sure I've cried this much over a book in my life, but it was well worth the read. This book begins as a fairytale, with tragedy along the way, and has a bittersweet HEA in the end.
So I encourage you to again check out Ms. Nations books and get your copy today. You won't be disappointed. Just be sure to have a box of kleenex handy. You're going to need it.
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~Author Jennifer Labelle~
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Lillian a strong willed, carefree, sexual, witty women has a hot steamy sexual relationship with her brother’s best friend Duncan. Lillian struggling with the fact that she is deceiving her brother learns that Duncan is in love with her. Just as Lillian thinks she’s in love with Duncan Alec comes to collect his debt, HER! Lillian angry, confused and hurt struggles with her conflicting feelings of lust passion and desire as she starts to fall in love with the vampire that ripped her away from everything she knew and loved. Just when Lillian thinks her life is the way she wants it an unfortunate turn of events rips Alec from her. On her journey to find her Love Lillian is thrown in the arms of an ex lover, Duncan. Lillian now finds herself not only searching for Alec but tormented by her lust and growing feelings for Duncan. Will Lillian find Alec or will she fall in love with Duncan? Who is Lillian’s Immortal Love?
Hitting my head on the table so hard the vase of flowers fell off. My eyes closed as I tried rubbing the pain away from my head he helped me up by my elbow laughing,
“Something have you distracted?”
I slowly opened one eye; there stood Duncan with his long brown wet tousled hair, wearing only a towel that was draped over his shoulders and the seam that rolled off of his body. Staring at him for a moment my eyes couldn’t resisted taking a ride on the Duncan express. Hey there is nothing wrong with appreciating a lovely view right! It’s no different than diving down the road and stopping for a moment to take in a lovely field of wild flowers, then driving off, I’m not getting out of the car to play, I’m just looking.
“Ummm, I was just getting my bag.”
I held up the bag,
“See got it.”
I stepped back as he stepped closer. With each step I took he took two more, he locked his eyes on mine, for the first time in decades I was nervous around a naked man around Duncan.
Still walking backwards,
“I didn’t think you would mind if I used your shower, it’s roomier than the other one.”
“No… I mean yeah sure no problem.”
I swallowed hard as my back hit the wall. Duncan place his hands on the wall leaving me trapped between his arms, he leaned into me and in his deep voice he whispered,
“So Lillian have I changed much since you seen me last?”
I felt my heart racing,
“aaaa no, no not at all…. You still look… yeah you look lovely.”
I ducked under his arm, and headed for the door,
“I need to get back on these files,”
I held up the bag, he grinned at me, I pointed toward the office,
I opened the door and looked back as I went to step out of the room,
“Oh Duncan, wet doesn’t look half bad on you either.”
Shutting the door behind me I leaded against it for a moment and took a deep breath,
“Damn the Godds were good to that man!”