Sunday, July 6, 2014

Back to the Wild West! #RomFantasy

Since my Western romances seem to have suddenly become a hit, I thought I'd talk about them today - not that it's difficult, this genre has been a passion from the time I was a small child - my first adored hero was none other than Richard Boone's Paladin!

A new genre débuts at Naughty Nights Press with this highly charged, erotic Historical Western.

Available from these sellers:

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From different worlds, drawn by desire, passion is about to change their lives forever...

Indulge in a wickedly seductive taste of CHAMPAGNE AND CHOCOLATE:

Austin Standish is a man of refined tastes. Intelligent and educated, Austin enjoys all of the best life has to offer. A gambler, a gunslinger, and a man who has plans to taste the sweetest prize at The Palace Casino and Saloon - the lovely owner, Chantille L'Amour, the most sought after jewel on the Barbary Coast.

Running a high-class brothel and casino isn't exactly the life she was born to but Chantille is determined to overcome the ruin her family was left in once the Civil War ended. But, she has chosen a difficult path... one that demands much and leaves her lonely. She's noticed the handsome man who comes into her world from time to time, and when she chooses to give in to desire, the passion evoked by Austin's touch may change her life forever...

I was informed a few days ago, Champagne and Chocolate is on a list for Historical Fiction, and you just need to do a quick click if you're on Goodreads. I'm currently at 106, I believe, and it would only take about 10 votes to at least put me in the top 100, so could ya vote? Pretty please? List is here 

And this is the book trailer that was made for me by Sensuous Promotions!

I’ve long been an author who doesn’t linger long in any one genre, so imagine my surprise last week when one of my lesser promoted and known books suddenly climbed to the #17 spot on Amazon’s best-seller list in Westerns! A week later it’s sitting at #24, and a review posted today that made me laugh out loud. (In a good way!)

I’ve always considered myself more an Historical writer than contemporary, though in recent years I’ve become very associated with both contemporary and paranormal genres. The thing is, when I am feeling lost about where to go next, I inevitably go back to the Old West. My first heroes were cowboys and the love affair has never died.

Winner Take All is a combination of influences for me, and Dylan Coulter is many heroes rolled into one. He has Paladin’s charm and easy grace, Chris Larabee’s intensity and deadly accuracy with a gun, and probably both men’s tempers when pushed. (For those who don’t recognize those names – Paladin is Have Gun, Will Travel, played by the late Richard Boone, and Chris Larabee is The Magnificent Seven, played by Michael Biehn.) The heroine, Maggie, is a lady with fight, brains, and independence–she’s the heroine I often wished had graced the screen with the heroes I love.

This particular novella has an odd history. It was first published back in 2005, and sold virtually nothing. Once I got the rights back, I filed it away for a number of years. In 2012, I decided it was time to bring it back for readers. It was a disaster, the company I contracted it with was the wrong publisher for it, and it languished again. I think it was on their catalogue for a couple of months, then I requested termination. Winner had lost again, and I put it back in the literary vault. XoXo Publishing asked to publish it months later, and I decided to let it go again. Another doomed release. So, earlier this year, New Dawning Book Fair, a company I love working with, put out a call for Westerns. This is one of my best books, and I am fond of it. I considered it for a time, then decided to take a chance again. This time I think the book has found a home. Less than six months out, Winner Take All has found its audience.

Probably no surprise that I’m creating a new Western, too – one with some amazing and sizzling possibilities. It’s called Parlour Photography, and I think readers will love the idea!

Exclusive to my blog excerpt: Winner Take All
Historical/Western Erotica Novella

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When Dylan Coulter rides into Sparkling Springs, he quickly discovers the woman who runs the local saloon is worth the risk of facing the hangman. Things get ugly fast when Dylan is accused of killing the only son of the richest rancher in the area. Unwilling to leave her behind, Dylan takes Maggie with him as he tries to dodge bounty hunters and a determined Pinkerton agent who just happens to be Maggie's old love...

"Live the Romance, Become the Fantasy..."
** Preditors & Editors Best Author 2012 - 2013 **


Tina Donahue said...

I love your covers, Denyse and the premises of your stories. Champagne and Chocolate is a great title! :)

Denysé Bridger said...

Thank so much, Tina. I love this genre, and no matter what, I always seem to go back to it. C&C is a Fiona Jayde cover, and Winner is Kayden McLeod. I'm well blessed to have that kind of talent making me look good! Hugs, D

jean hart stewart said...

Love your alpha heroes. These covers are great.

Denysé Bridger said...

Thank you so much, Jean!! Happy Sunday, and big hugs to you. D

Elizabeth Babcock said...

I love your covers and your writing. Your stories always have a great flow. I love reading anything you write.