Friday, August 26, 2016

Love In Carson Falls by Paisleigh Aumack

Author Paisleigh Aumack
Love In Carson Falls

Arianna Morgan: 
She never thought life would beat her down. She never imagined the man she loved doing it either. Starting over in a small town was her only option. Once she arrives in Carson Falls, she realizes her life never really began until the locals, one specifically, proves that there are things that can mend your spirit.
River Bradshaw:
He never thought the mother of his child would walk away. He also never thought she would end up dead. Living in a small town his whole life, he knew what his life’s meaning was, or so he thought. Once a stranger from out of town starts teaching his daughter piano, she proves that life has much more in store for him.

This is a story about loss, love, and how music can teach us about ourselves.

Paisleigh Aumack was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. She grew up in a small barrier island town and has lived there all her life. She has always loved music, going as far as being a trained musician. Her tastes in music range all over the board, but currently, her heart belongs to country music. 

Paisleigh is engaged to the love of her life and lives a fairly quiet, peaceful existence. When she isn’t working, she is writing or she is reading. Or singing at the top of her lungs. Paisleigh began writing a short time ago because she had a story to tell.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Perilous Play and One Peril of Indie Publishing by Suz deMello (#indiepubbing #memoir #BDSM)

I've written about indie publishing before in this blog, and as many writers (and some readers) know, there's a steep learning curve in this enterprise. Republication offers opportunities to revise and re-edit. Sounds good, doesn't it? Gives the writer an opportunity to make a good book into a great one.

But there must be limits on our insanity. Some of us are too picky for our own good.

And when it comes to my memoir, Perilous Play: The Real Fifty Shades, I'm compulsively drawn to edit whenever something happens to affect the existing content.

Perilous Play is a memoir of some of my experiences with BDSM. One of the men in it, a user I call Trapper Hart, has called me out for oversharing. But I felt that this story needed to be told precisely because of sharks like Trapper. 

Plus, with the popularity of Fifty Shades, I was concerned about newbies venturing into the world of alternative sexual practices without knowledge of the pitfalls and yes, the perils. There's a difference between inflicting a pleasurable sort of pain and causing injury from sheer stupidity. For example, bondage is great but tying up a person wrong can really mess up his or her joints.

The first version of Perilous Play was written in late 2013, and I had inserted an invented scene to wrap up the book in a satisfactory way. I had also changed the location and time of significant events, and had marketed it as "based on a true story." As time went on, that bothered me more and more. I base my behavior on The Four Agreements, and the first one (see the graphic to your left) is all about honesty. I believe that honesty has to be tinctured with diplomacy and kindness, but the inventions in the first version of Perilous Play went beyond that. So this new version excises any inventions and corrects falsehoods, so I'm able to market it as a true story.

I also had the wonderful Dar Albert create a new cover, which I love.
This is, BTW, a pic of me ;)

Here's an excerpt to pique your interest.

Chapter NineA Brief Confession and a Better Ending

The time of this writing is July 2016, and I feel it’s time to tell the truth, especially since I have emphasized my commitment to honesty both in this book and my life.

The events I discussed in Chapter One did not take place in the Bay Area when I was a student—they took place in Sacramento in 2012, centering around a yoga studio. Trapper Hart was not a law student, but a local businessman who attended the same class I did.

2014 was a year of exploration and growth for me...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Corporate Spin Explained for Authors @kayelleallen #humor #amwriting

Corporate spin -- the age old ability to make something wrong seem oh so right.

What is corporate spin?

It's the ability to use vague words in order to cover up a lack of actual facts, or to convey the idea that a bad thing has a good side that overrides objections. Take this line for example: "Moving forward, let's touch base about leveraging our chances at incentivising folks into purchasing these synergistically utilizable value-added, outside-the-box integrated solutions. They're low-hanging fruit, people! Let's put 110 percent into picking them while they're ripe." What does that mean? The person who wrote it has no idea either. Click the link for more hilarity on the subject.
The military has its own form of double speak, often using acronyms. When I was in the Navy, I found a book of slang terms and official Navy terms that included common acronyms. The book's name? NavAbrDic. o_O
Corporate spin may be as insidious as a butcher shop advertising that they're donating to an animal rights group. What's wrong with that? If we can't tell, perhaps we are too used to hearing this kind of speak.
I found a fun site when researching this subject. Here are two examples they provide of the "real meaning" behind some of the finest coporate spin.
Key Enabler
The person who will get all the credit for a project, no matter who else worked on it.
Outside the Box
Creativity. Those that do think outside the box are generally considered rabble-rousers and trouble-makers. While verbally encouraged, your reward for thinking outside the box may be a pink slip party.

And then there's Despair...

Have you ever been to http://despair.com and checked out some of their posters? They are a delight to read, with great lines that motivate through demotivational words.
Here's one called Consulting.
This is corporate speak used to change your mind about what is being said. The poster tells you that you are a loser, but makes you think twice about simply accepting that definition. It also makes you laugh. Check out their site for more terrific posters. Fair warning -- they're addictive!
How do we, as writers, avoid double speak and cliches? Sometimes it comes in handy. How's this:
At the end of the day, when all is said and done, it's simply a matter of not using the same old thing day in and day out, except in this case, it's meant in an entirely different way, and for a radically different purpose.
What do you think? Care to try some of your own? Leave a comment.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Bargain and More: First Chapter Box Sets

Booklovers are wild about genre Box Sets. Box Sets provide a lot of reading material so they satisfy bookworms who prefer to get more than a single novel at a time to binge read over the weekend or on a trip. They also ensure a bargain for the readers by bundling several books together for the price of one, and occasionally for an even lower price than most books sell for.  

First Chapter Box Sets give readers the opportunity to be introduced to a variety of new books and new authors in their favorite genre or a genre they want to check out. They are designed to offer readers an easy way to discover authors or books they enjoy the most and, what is more, they can just click on the links provided in the box set and get those ebooks immediately. As far as the value, First Chapter Box Sets happen to generally be free.

Here are some First Chapter Box Sets I've been fortunate enough to take part in:

FREE. For Sci-Fi Romance Fans are those who want to see for themselves why readers are falling fast for the SciFiRom genre will love the Portals. Portals: Volume One to Volume Six are available now for free and Volume Seven is coming soon.

Welcome! Six portals have appeared in your galaxy to transport you to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot … at their enemies and at romance!

And please check out the first chapters of my AI comedy romance, A Woman of Intelectual Means in Portals: Volume Three and its sequel, Code Of Misconduct, in Portals: Volume Six. 

Sample the first couple of chapters before you buy the complete books. Sneak Peek Samplers are free and a great introduction to books of bestselling and award-winning authors, as well as new up-and-coming gems in your favorite genres. These are sample chapters, not the entire books, with added bonus material you won’t find anywhere else. Each one has an extra bonus with the chapters, for instance my The Scottish Selkie in the Fantasy Romance volume has a bonus short story and my The Warrior and the Druidess in the Historical Romance volume has an interesting and humorous  bonus article and recipe on Heather Ale. 

Here are the links to Portals: Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three, Volume Four, Volume Five, Volume Six 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Fun

Do you read contemporary romance? Are you looking for something set in small town America with a paranormal twist? Give LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs a try.

"Adele Downs weaves together a magical love story." 5 Stars ~Girl With Pen

Some ghosts won’t take “yes” for an answer.

Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave.

Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’s virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is…and then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.

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The roar of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Rachel’s block and the rev of a throttle in her driveway announced Jack’s arrival. Legs tried to appear nonchalant when he walked through the poolside gate, but the sight of his sun-streaked hair and tanned, muscular good looks nearly knocked her off her seat. She eased her sunglasses down the bridge of her nose to get a better look.

When he stepped into the pool area dressed in black jeans, black biker boots, and a white muscle shirt that framed his pumped-up shoulders and biceps, she caught her breath. Everyone in the group said “hey” and Rachel offered him a cold drink, but his focus had remained on her. He slid his sunglasses on top of his head and nodded in her direction.

Legs remembered his gaze meeting hers before his attention strayed to her gold and black bikini then savored every inch of her skin. An appreciative smirk curled his lips and desire flashed in his beautiful blue eyes. He took a long pull of the soft drink someone handed him and then set the can down on the patio table. He looked her way and said, “Want to go for a ride?”

The invitation came out like a dare. All eyes shifted to her, watching to see what she’d do. They all knew she wasn’t allowed to date Jack Harris. Taking a ride on his motorcycle might not have been the same thing, but there would be hell to pay if her aunt found out.

She stretched her arms over her head and offered a lazy smile. “I guess so.” Though she’d been as nervous and excited as a rabbit, she never let on. She stood and pulled on her shorts and shirt, slid her sandals over her feet, and made her way across the patio to him.

Her aunt’s spies might see her on the road, but she pushed that worry aside. Mere weeks remained before she’d move away to college and the subject would be moot. She’d be gone most of the next four years, and by the time she got back, Jack would probably be married with a couple of kids. Half the women in town had their eyes on him and his brothers.

The idea of Jack marrying someone else made her furious, and more determined than ever to enjoy this rare day alone with him.

His gaze tracked every step of her approach, as if memorizing the lines and planes of her face, learning the shape of her breasts, and tattooing the curves of her waist into his brain. When she reached his side, he smiled at her so intently she almost faltered. Her heartbeat raced when he took her hand. She barely heard her friends say good-bye as they exited the patio door.

His Harley was built in classic style—all black steel and leather with silver chrome, glinting majestically in the sunlight like a god. She ran her fingers over the warm plush seats.

“Ever been on a bike before?” he asked, watching her with eyes so blue she almost missed his question while she stared back.

She pulled an elastic band from her shorts pocket and tied her hair into a ponytail. “Uh. No.” Her hair swung with the shake of her head. He probably knew the answer, but she appreciated the benefit of his question. He hadn’t made her feel like a total geek.

He gave her a tutorial with simple instructions, including the demand that she hold on to him tight and not let go. No problem there. She resisted a fit of giggles, determined to act her age and accept responsibility for her own safety, as tenuous as that might be on the rear end of a motorcycle wearing shorts and sandals.

Yikes. Hormones really did rule the heart.

He slid his sunglasses into place and got on the bike, steadying it with his feet while she scooted in behind him. After shifting her weight to find her center of balance, she wrapped her arms tight around his chest. The solid feel of his body thrilled her beyond anything she’d imagined. He smelled fantastic too, like musk cologne, leather, and sweat tossed with August air and sunshine.

“Ready?” he asked.

Leaning closer for support, she pressed her torso against his back and stifled a gasp at the sensations the friction created. If he never started the engine, and they simply sat together like this, it would have been enough.

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Learn more about books by Adele Downs on her website at http://www.adeledowns.com 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New #AudioBook from @SSaraDaniel - Captivating the CEO #officeromance

If you like to listen as well as read, Captivating the CEO now joins A Man Worth Fighting For in my audio book collection.

Colin Vanderhayden might only be thirty-five, but he has retirement on his mind full time. Those financial gurus who encourage you to save and scrimp and plan for the worse? They have nothing on Colin. He is all work and no play, determined not to let his life crumble around him the way he watched his grandparents’ plans for retirement dissolve into tragedy.

Then Willow Jeffries steps into his life. If Willow wants something, she does it now. She doesn’t defer gratification. After all, who can guarantee you’re going to be around in the future to enjoy all those things you put off? Certainly not Willow. She doesn’t know how much time she has, but she’s going to make every minute count right now, and what she wants to do most with her time is show Colin how to have to good time and relax.

And she might just be making progress, as long as she doesn’t slip up and allow Colin to start planning on her as part of his future…

Captivating the CEO

He's all about the future. She might not have one...

When live-for-the-moment massage therapist Willow Jeffries bursts into Colin Vanderhayden's office, she makes it her mission to loosen up the future-focused CEO, knowing each moment of the present is too precious to waste. Despite her immediate attraction, the only future she can offer is one full of heartache.

The last thing Colin needs is a flighty woman messing up his carefully-constructed plans, but her heavenly massages and addictive personality prove hard to resist. But he has no idea how sick she is.

No longer able to ignore her life-threatening medical condition, Willow slips away to spare Colin a miserable future with her. Is Colin willing to sacrifice his well-laid future plans to get Willow back?

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sneak Peek ~ Oracle's Vision ~ Wiccan Haus

Good afternoon everyone!

Sorry I am a bit late. (I totally forgot today is the 20th, lol) Today I thought I would share with you a snippet of Oracle's Vision a Wiccan Haus novel written with my co-writer and best friend, Michele Ryan. It's in edits right now and I can't wait for it to be available!

“Jack, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times—this island will eat you alive.” Anne’s husky voice cut through the whipping wind of the ocean.
“Darling,” he replied. “It’s full of money ripe for the pillaging. We entertain ourselves here, wait for someone to pass out, and take what they’ve left.” He cozied up to Anne. His lips brushed the shell of her ear. “We’ll fuck under the stars while drinking rum.”
Anne rolled her shoulders. “We’ll get shot is what we’ll do.”
Jack’s hand splayed across Bonney’s stomach. “I’m sure Mary will join us, won’t you, dear?”
She licked her lips. Anne had been a veracious lover. The way the woman ate pussy could be considered, although crudely, an art form. The first time she laid with her, Bonney spread Mary’s legs wide, then settled between them and drank of her flesh. The orgasms were amazing, the little tricks she learned far more important. “I will,” she said. “I have seen what debauchery lies before us.”
It had been her suggestion to join with Jack that led them toward the Bahamas and now Nassau Beach. Merchant ships were anchored a few miles from shore, filled with precious booty, which would be used for trade. Ransacked Man-O-War ships were also being prepped for battle, claimed by the pirates who’d made the island their home.
“Vane is also here,” Anne reminded him.
“It will be fine,” Jack answered. “The cur lost his nerve years ago. Not like we didn’t send him on his way. Right men?” he called out.
The rousing “Aye” that followed did nothing to sooth her fears.
They’d talked the night before, after a stimulating round of lovemaking. Jack had been a reckless man, sometimes picking fights with those he knew couldn’t win. She ran her fingers through Bonney’s hair, whispering words of encouragement, knowing their time had been coming to a close. Three years together had seemed like centuries. She loved Anne with all of her heart. So, she made the best of what remained of their life together.
“Anne,” she said, coming up beside her. “We’ll have fun. Find a whore or three to play with. Jack can join in.” She gave him a teasing look. “If his prick will rise.”
That got a laugh out of her friend. “I suppose you’re right,” she said. “Three days, Jack.”
“Of course, darling.”
Three days turned into to a month. A month turned into six months. Nassau became a port of refuge for them. Due to her abilities and Anne’s cunning, they’d taken over the whorehouse. They’d put the old woman running it out of her misery and turned it into a booming business. Even if it meant gutting a man to get their point across.
No one stole from Anne Bonney and Mary Read, as she called herself in those days.
Pirates from all over diverged on that beach. Blackbeard. Long John Silver. Billy Bones. Each had been more delectable than the last. Each one telling her secrets by candlelight. A few times she’d been tempted to follow them, leave the island behind, and create a new adventure for herself, but she stayed with Anne.
In the summer of Seventeen-Twenty, they finally left port. Jack acquired three ships and owned a rather auspicious packing and parcel company. Money flowed to them, hand over fist. A pirate’s treasure to be sure. But the call of the ocean drew them from land and sent them back to sea. The night before they departed, she tried to warn Anne, but Jack wouldn’t listen to her.
For months they rode the waves. A grand scheme would be taking place near Point Negril, Jamaica, and Jack had to be there.
The weasel, instead of fighting when they were ambushed by the British Armada, cowered like a little baby in the haul, leaving her and Anne to fend themselves.

Friday, August 19, 2016

A New Home~ Evelise Archer

When my old publisher had to close its doors, I was scared, sad, and disappointed. As a new author, grateful to *** for taking a chance on me~ I met wonderful people and  grew as an author. I will not forget the care and encouragement those at *** gave me.
Now, I am happy to announce many of my M/M books have found a new home, and my first release will be August 24th~ revised and reedited~ I am very excited for this new venture.

Eldridge Cristoff worked hard and rarely played, always leery of letting himself go after the humiliation he suffered at the hands of his college boyfriend. Best friend Isabella Catana, submissive and lover of Johnson Petri, invited him to a night at an upscale BDSM club, Club Rebellion-owned and operated by Johnson and his trio of friends. All dominants.
Dalton Peters has never collared his own sub nor had the desire until he met Eldridge. Dalton was immediately taken with the skittish man, deciding to make it his mission to release Eldridge from his sexual prison.
Slowly Eldridge realized the world he was meant to be in. A loving man and master at his side; he discovered submission was not a weakness but a true testament of his strong inner spirit. With Dalton’s careful guidance, Eldridge had no choice but to give into his desires and heart, allowing Dalton to dominate his body and soul. 
Previously published by Secret Cravings Publishing.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Special Hero

I wasn't here in July to post my blog. My dad was unwell and in the hospital. I had been posting pictures about him for a few years after my mom died. He became a top priority for me. We hoped we'd have more time with him, but sadly, he died on July 23. He was 93 and I still can't believe he's gone.

One of my writing goals is to write his story and I shouldn't have waited. I should have written it while he was alive. I will regret that forever :( He would tell us his World War II experiences and I remember them from when I was a kid. When my oldest son was about twelve, dad held him and a few of his friends spellbound as he recounted event after event. A few years ago I wanted something more permanent to record his memories so I got him a map of Europe and a notebook. He painstakingly recorded everything. I even have him on video and audio talking about things. 

Dad was born in Poland in 1923, and prior to Poland's occupation by Germany he was a student, working in a shop where he was to learn business. My dad was a very intelligent man. Anyway, long story short, he was forced to fight for the German's and had to sign a paper stating he would not defect. If he did his family would be shot. I found a whole envelope of papers that I will have to get translated. I also discovered a box of photo's that are simply a treasure.

He remained in the German artillery until his gun - a Howizter drawn by six horses - was bombed. After a few days of wandering he became an American POW, then was transferred to the British where he was ultimately decommissioned after adventures through Italy. He even had audience with the Pope and received these medals. He met my mom, she was a child evacuee during the Blitz, a true English Rose if there ever was one and their life began which brought them to Canada. They were married for sixty years until my mom died in December 2012.

My dad was my hero. In so many ways. He's baled me out of tricky situations. Was there to help when a strong arm was needed or something in the house needed fixing. He even read my first Harlequin Blaze. He was my dad, my handyman, my mentor, my sounding board, my supporter, my everything and the only man I've ever truly been able to count on. And now he's gone. The world has a hole in it, but a bright new star shines in the night skies. I am so thankful he was my dad. I couldn't have picked a better one. Ten o'clock at night will never be the same for me. That was the time I called dad every night since my mom died. He lived for those phone calls and the only time I missed one was if I didn't have phone service when I was away. Now I message my son's at 10pm.

He was my own special hero.

My next book release coming in November 2016 is for him. I was writing this great story while he was in the hospital and my deadline was the day he died. I finished the story, my wonderful agent was a godsend during this difficult time. So when you see the book come out this November, think of my dad because Working Girl will be dedicated to him. 

 Working Girl, a sexy serial where a woman plans to get revenge for her father's downfall by applying for a position as an executive assistant to the elusive, elderly head of his old company thinking she will find a way to bring them down, but the job will only be hers if she performs a seven-day quest that entails meeting and receiving help from seven sexy, mysterious men. 
Coming November 2016 from Headline Eternal UK 
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