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Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Cotillion Christmas

Hello, again! As I mentioned, last month, the Cotillion imprint of EC’s Blush line will feature these five novellas as individual e-books. Although there were short summaries of the first three stories then, there were no covers available at that point. So, here are the remaining two summaries, followed by  all five covers for this year, and I think the folks at Ellora’s Cave who are in charge of covers deserve a huge ovation. I know I would be more than pleased to have any of these for my book.

The fourth of the five for this year is  It's Never Enough by Cynthia Moore, to be released on November 6, 2014.

     Lady Selina Durwood has been in love with Lord Robert Crestor since she was a young girl. As the years passed by and their relationship matured, it was assumed by all who knew them they would eventually marry.
     Robert makes a decision to join the British cavalry to assist in the fight against Napoleon. While attending a ball the night before he leaves, Robert observes his best friend Justin Wexley, Marquess of Rockton, speaking to Selina. They both appear to gaze longingly into each other’s eyes while they talk. Robert assumes they are in love with each other. Later that night, he informs Selina that she is released from any expectations of marriage with him.
     Invited to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents at his family’s estate, Selina agrees to attend believing Robert is still stationed with his cavalry in Brussels. Upon entering the kitchen with her maid for a late night meal, she unexpectedly encounters Robert.
     Will Robert come to realize he made a very unfortunate conjecture about his friend and Selina? Can Selina forgive Robert for the heartache and pain she has lived with since he set her free and went away to battle? The true strength of their love for one another is put to the test in this holiday story.

The final story for this year is A Christmas Scheme by Vivien Jackson and Christa Paige, due out on November 13, 2014.

     With her brother’s recent marriage, Kate Avery no longer is required to keep his house or look after their younger sister. She’s free. But for what? Secretly, she wishes for purpose and adventure, but finding it in the dull countryside seems unlikely. And then her brother arrives from London just in time for Christmas...with a visitor from a foreign land.
     A displaced Bengali lord, Kiran now serves the British crown in a covert capacity. Whilst on a mission to deliver a message to the Earl of Withering at his country estate, Kiran accepts an invitation to spend Christmas with the Avery family. He feels out of place and is eager to leave, until he meets Kate, who shares his desire for adventure.
     Caught in a winter storm, Kate and Kiran both must choose between the loyalties they have long held and the unexpected affection that blooms between them.

And here are the covers, with a reminder of release dates.  I think they’re spectacular, and I hope you will, too!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

A scorching new collection about men brought to their knees by love...and your last chance to win the BTHK Tiara!

The Brought to his Knees Collection is here! 11 steamy stories of men brought to their knees by love. This scorching set is available for a limited time for 99¢

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My story in the Brought to his Knees collection is Whipped, the tale of a hot hard military hero brought to his knees by a woman he cannot have! But don’t fret. It’s a lot of fun along the way. If you like a playful romp with a sizzling sexy dom, this is the story for you! Here’s the blurb!

Dane Coulter is mourning the loss of his best friend, fellow Special Ops buddy, Cody. Oh, Cody didn’t die. It’s worse. He’s getting married. Cody is, in Dane’s opinion, whipped. Dane swears he will never suffer the same fate. But when he meets a woman who can take all his dominant loving and beg for more, he realizes he may have met his match. It’s a damn shame she’s the one woman in the world his man-code deems untouchable…his best friend’s sister.


Read an Excerpt
He was bigger than he’d been in high school. Bigger, taller and just…more. His muscles, lacquered by a tight black tee shirt, bulged. Tattoos danced over his biceps. The planes of his face were angled. High cheekbones, dark brows, long blade of a nose all the same, but sharper. His eyes hadn’t had those shadows back then either, that predatory glint. His hair—his thick mop of curls—was gone, shaved off, revealing the perfect shape of his head. His chin, however, wasn’t shaved. It was covered by a smattering of dark fuzz. A scar on his cheek, rather than detracting from his looks, made him even more fascinating, dangerous.
And he smelled…delicious. As he moved, his cologne, a clean enticing scent, enveloped her in a cloud.
Oh, he was dangerous all right.
She didn’t care.
The slight buzz from the margaritas at the bachelorette party, the sexual sizzle ignited by the strippers who’d burst in on their party wearing camo fatigues with rip-away crotches, all contributed to her bravado.
In real life she would never hook arms with some random guy and sashay by his side to his room. But hell. This was Dane. The man of her fantasies. And, judging from the hunger in his expression as he looked down at her, the heat that passed between them where they touched, he wanted her.
Thank God she wasn’t still the dorky teen with braces she’d been when they’d last met.
She looked amazing tonight. He happened to wander by and notice her. No one else was around. And he wanted her.
It was as though, somehow, magically, all the stars had aligned.
There was no way—no way—she would miss this opportunity.
Excitement danced low in her gut as he swiped his room key and led her into his suite. It was a nice suite—not as sumptuous as Angie’s, but nice all the same—with a small sitting area and an enormous king bed. The windows looked out on the sparkling lights of the City that Never Slept. Or one of them.
“Can I get you a drink?” he asked, taking off his watch and dropping it on the table by the door. It drew her attention to his forearms, thick and muscled and sprinkled with dark hairs. They were roped with thick veins. She’d always had a thing for bulky forearms. And she’d always had a thing for Dane. The combination was irresistible.
She tipped her head to the side and blew a bubble with her gum. “Margarita?”
He waved at the glossy wood armoire against the wall. “I have a mini bar. It’ll have to be shots. What’s your poison?”
“Tequila then.” Might as well keep a good thing going.
He hunkered down and searched through the fridge, pulling out a tiny bottle of tequila for her and whiskey for him. He cracked them open and dumped them unceremoniously into two glasses and handed her hers. No ice or anything.
Good thing it didn’t matter to her, or she’d be pissed at his cavalier attitude. The drink was lubricant, a time filler. They were dancing around a seduction, and they both knew it.
Or…not.
Apparently seduction was not necessary. Because Dane took a swig of his drink and said, with no preface whatsoever, “So do you have any no-nos?”
She gaped at him. “No-nos?”
“Anything you won’t do? Because I’ll be frank. I like a little kink.”
Holy God.
First of all, the heat scorching her was mind-numbing. Literally. Mind. Numbing. Those brash words from Dane’s gorgeous lips and she nearly lost her balance.
Second of all—he liked kink.
So, in fact, did she. Nothing super dark, but a little slap and tickle for sure.
“Um…” She took a sip of her drink. She shuddered as the harsh bite of liquor burned through her. It clashed with the flavor of her gum. “What kind of kink are we talking about?”
He strode to his suitcase and fished around, pulling out a long leather strap with two loops on the ends. Her eyes fixated on it. She shuddered.
“I want to tie you up,” he said, his voice low, taunting, as though he expected her to squeak like a mouse and scuttle from the room.
The. Fuck.
“Hmm. I think I can handle that.”
“I’ll probably smack your bottom.”
Also good. She tried not to flinch in anticipation. His hand on her ass? Gawd.
“I won’t hurt you, though. I’m not into that. And of course, I’ll use protection.” He held up a pack of condoms.
Well da-ham. He’d come prepared. A smile curled on her lips.
“Billy said your fee’s been paid.” His brow quirked.
The smile froze on Tina’s face. A combination of horror and rage and something else altogether snarled through her, as she realized how right she’d been. Not only did he not recognize her—after knowing her her entire life, for pity sake—he thought she was a hooker.
Granted, she did kind of look like a hooker, with makeup plastered on as if with a trowel. But still…
She glanced at him from beneath the impossibly long lashes The Master had glued to her lids. Not her style, but she liked the way they looked. The way they made her feel…like someone else. Someone sultry and daring. Someone Dane would want.
To tie up and spank.
Aside from that, the temptation to have him, taste him, fuck him, ran rampant in her. For years she’d fantasized about her older brother’s best friend. All through puberty and long after that. Every man she’d met, dated or been with had been gauged against Dane Coulter. None of them had measured up.
Ah yes, the temptation to have him was overwhelming.
Not to mention how much fun it would be watching him shit a brick tomorrow, when he realized who she really was.
Too delicious to pass up, really. The whole package.
He stood there in the middle of the room, holding the strap in one hand and the condoms in the other, waiting for her reply. Though he was all Dom, she couldn’t help but notice a hint of tension in him, as though he was, on some level, afraid she’d say no and waltz away.
He wanted her. And he wanted her bad. It was the heat in his eyes that gave him away, the way they flicked over her and burned with hunger. Yeah. Irresistible.
Sure. She could be a hooker for the evening.

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What people are saying about WHIPPED:

"5 Stars--Whipped by Sabrina York was so good, LOVED all the sexy scenes and then how she mixed in some humor parts. I know she's super busy but I'm really hoping she makes this one into a series because its that good :) 5-stars"--Read More Romance

"5 Stars--Oh my goodness! I loved, loved, loved this story! The sex was off-the-charts hot! And I mean HOT! The characters were witty and so entertaining. As always, Ms. York's humor and witty writing is on full display. I honestly don't think she could not write a story that doesn't leave me in awe of her slightly sarcastic, yet always smartly written style. I bow to the master."--Coffee and Books

"5 Stars--This was a great read that kept me glued to the events. Loved the epilogue!"--Ms Romantic Reads


More about Brought To His Knees

Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin: Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.
Building Bridges by Amy Ruttan: A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other...
Three Strikes by Anya Richards: Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.
A Cowboy’s Seduction by Cynthia D’Alba: One exhausted cowboy + One uptight account x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?
Born to Sin by Danica Avet: A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn’t easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.
The Sound of Your Name by Felice Fox: Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.
Beneath the Pages by Jennifer Kacey: One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.
Cruising for Love by Lynne Silver: A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can’t resist.
Whipped by Sabrina York: A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have…
Chief Sin by Sayde Grace: A taste of Sin isn’t enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.
Make Me Surrender by Tina Donahue: When it comes to two of the hottest guys in town, she has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.

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Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy to scorching erotic romance.  Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pintrest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/ And don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's the ants who kill you, so they say, never the elephants.
But the elephants who are EATING ME ALIVE are all those nasty buggers I cannot control. (What else is new? Life is survival of the tiny bits that bite, right?)

Let's talk about pirates!  They multiply worse than rabbits. They are criminals. Thieves.
Furthermore, they are very stupid.
Oh, you TORRENTS and "enterprising" copiers of an author's HOURS of work, where is your logic?
Why do you want to put us authors out of business? You rob each of us, you dastardly thieves, of hundreds of thousands of $$$$. At last survey that was approximately $4 billion per year...and that survey was 4 years ago! Do you not realize, you idiots of the internet highway, that you are decreasing the amount of money in circulation? That you are ROBBING authors of their hard-earned pay? That you are catering to a segment of the population who wants something for nothing? That they are as unscrupulous and conniving as you?

Cerise DeLand's BURNING FOR NERO

http://amzn.to/1leONH

An example will help you imagine my outrage? Sure. Right now, out in circulation, on one book of my 47 titles, 241 places list the book. If only 1 person downloads 1 copy of that book from one of the 241, and whose royalty per sale should be roughly $2.00, I have lost $ 482.00. $482.00 that is rightfully mine, not a gift to anyone! Then imagine what that amount becomes if 10 downloads occur off each listing. 100? A fortune lost.

And you barmy pirates, do you not see that if you rob enough of us often enough, we will have to stop writing? That we will have no income and have to go to work at the local Walmart? That there will be nothing to pirate? Nothing to read?

Now comes along GOOGLE CHROME, another chip off the old block, ready to allow their cruisers to pirate our works instead of buy them. Oh, Google, what idiots you mortals be! If you allow this, why not give away cars and homes and toaster ovens, hmmm? Because you, Google, have to attract more people to your engine AND make money does not mean that the rest of us shouldn't.

Finally, we move to AMAZON, that savior of many an author in years past who now has a new idea. Did it come from some lobbying group? FoxNews or MSNBC? Evangelical groups who wish to establish the purity of American "values"? No matter its origin, the practice is a killer. This new idea is to "hide" books ZON deems unfit for their morally proper servers. They have removed from customer sight and their SEARCH ENGINES books who by THE COVER ALONE would seemingly offend the eyes of the beholder.

Their new unwritten code judges a book by its cover. Maybe its title. But heaven forbid, ZON do a scan of the text to see if it REALLY does have offensive material in it. Garrrr. Because after all, if the cover offends the delicate Amazon folks, then it must offend readers, right?

So ZON hides the book, even DENIES it exists if you type in the title and search for it. So we have here a God-killa of a machine that now assumes the dictatorial right to hide books from buyers not based on a scan of the text for those pesky 4-letter words, but based on one Amazonian employee's assessment of "too-much-skin."

And BTW, the action by Amazon which prompts my vitriol, is that it took BURNING FOR NERO (see it here) and put it in their Erotica Dead Zone. Not a rope or a safe word in sight! One 5-letter word. And what is the basis for this exile???? She has a bare butt. And a hand across her bare breasts.
REALLY? This is terrible? She is not nude. She does not show anything that a five year old hasn't seen at the beach. Grumble, grumble.

So what is the cure?

Answer: Take 2 aspirin and go away.

Really. We authors are politely told by many in the industry that:
  • Pirates are forever. We can't crack the code to prohibit them from copying your works. Sorry. Just write a new take-down notice and send it off...so that tomorrow the pirates can mount your work again and you send the take-down…again. Rinse. Repeat.
  • Google Chrome can now get in the act, too! Rinse. Repeat.
  • And yeah, BTW, Amazon—who once lured authors with their technology and attracted readers with their scope and pricing—now becomes our new moral litmus tester. Thanks, ZON. I needed that.
  • So now we hard-working authors must not only tolerate the thieves who break into our livelihoods, but we must also tolerate that new behemoth Amazon who makes moral choices for us all.
Where might the authors' rights be in any of this?
The giants of commerce have the power. We who sit and labor must sit in the corner and be quiet...and while you're at it, write another story, will you please?
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Cerise's website: http://cerisedeland.com
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Publishing Choices: One Author's Reflections

A month after RWA 2014, I'm still wondering where to go with my time travel novel. Do I want a New York publisher? An agent? Frankly, I'm not sure I do, especially after hearing the horror stories of authors at recent conferences I've attended.

Let's face it: publishers expect to make money publishing your work. If the sales numbers do not add up, you're toast. It doesn't even have to be your fault. It could be the greatest book ever written, but if enough readers don't find it, you will likely find the Big Publishing version of a Dear John letter in your inbox. And it doesn't have to be couched in subtlety either, from what I've heard.

Do I need that? Like most writers, I fight my own battles with doubts of my ability. Every single day. Why would I deliberately put myself in a position to be kicked around?

On the other hand, I could be the next Sabrina Jeffries or Elizabeth Hoyt and find myself flooded with royalties, flowers on book release day, and Hollywood producers banging on my door.

I'm beginning to wonder, however, if I'd prefer to be the next Courtney Milan instead.

Advantages of Self-Publishing

For one thing, I can self-publish something a heck of a lot faster than going through a traditional publisher. If I submit A Home For Helena to a publisher, I'll likely have to wait two years (plus the time it takes to get an editor to read it) to see it come out. I'm not a spring chicken anymore. I don't want to be dependent on someone else's schedule. I write because I want readers to enjoy my stories.

I've always valued my independence. I've learned lots about publishing in the two-plus years since being published by Ellora's Cave's Cotillion line. Since that's no longer an option—Ellora's Cave is dropping the entire Blush line except for re-issues—I think I'm ready to try it myself. I can hire an editor and cover designer, and I've learned a lot about the promotional side too, which I would also have to continue doing if I signed with a traditional publisher.

I actually like the idea of being able to design my own promotions, check my sales figures, and be able to keep my royalties without splitting them with a publisher and agent. What's not to like?

I have to say I was quite amazed to find at a recent writers' group meeting that there are still authors who think the traditional agent/publisher route is the best way to go because going through that gauntlet makes it likely you're not publishing trash. The implication being that you may be damaging your career by prematurely publishing your work. Yeah, it happens. But it doesn't have to, if you hire professionals to help you. New York keeps trying to reinforce the myth that what they offer is superior to what authors can do on their own. And it is a myth, folks. Some of these Big P's don't even edit your work anymore.

Advantages of Traditional Publishing

Indie-published books don't get mass-distributed—not yet—so if it's important to you to see your book in a bookstore or distributed nationwide, you'll have to court the Big P's. Mass-marketed print books are cheaper than POD too.

A No-Brainer

Hmm. I don't think it's really worth having to go through what Big P's make you go through to publish with them. Not to mention the fact that you could work all your life and never become one of the chosen few, just because what you're writing may not be trendy or appeal to the editor who reads it, supposing someone ever does.

What do you think?


Susana's Releases

She's a country lady. He's a London swell. They have nothing in common. Or have they?


A wounded soldier and the girl next door find peace and love amidst a backdrop of rural Christmas traditions. 

Ellora's CaveBarnes & NobleAmazon

About Susana

A former teacher, Susana is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical—Regency in particular—is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.

In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around the UK and visit many of the places she’s read about for years, and it was awesome! She is a member of the Maumee Valley, Central Florida and Beau Monde chapters of Romance Writers of America.


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Susana’s Parlour (Regency Blog) • Susana’s Morning Room (Romance Blog)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Is "Historical" a Turnoff?

I’ve been involved in an interesting discussion with other authors recently and have heard that there are a large number of readers who don’t care to read historical romance. Since I first came to the romance genre through a friend’s historical romances, and graduated to contemporary through another friend, I was surprised to learn this.

I read my first romance in the early 80s (and began writing my first time-travel romance soon after, but that’s another story!), so I have seen the progression of many of the sub-genres from the violent heroes and virgin heroines to sullen and mysterious heroes and sassy, feisty heroines. I’ll bet as you read those descriptions, characters in something you’ve read came to mind. But whether the story was contemporary or historical, it involved two characters with a problem to solve either working together against an outside force, or standing on opposite sides of the issue.

The settings change, the clothing too, and the goal the heroine has more options than marriage to support herself, but I don’t see a lot of difference otherwise in the stories. So, I’m asking you readers, do you read historical romance, and if not, what makes you steer toward another shelf in the store, or click on a different category in your ereader?

~*~


Aileen Fish writes both historical romance and contemporary romance depending on what her heroes and heroines demand. Mr. David Lumley is the hero most recently to speak up, requesting a spot in the boxed set now available, Timeless: Historical Romance Through the Ages. You can find buy links at her website.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

9 Last Minute Ways Authors Can Promote a Book #amwriting #MFRWauthor @kayelleallen

Item #9: MFRW
You've written a book, and it's about to launch. You're excited, nervous, and maybe even a little panicky that it's all finally coming to pass. This is what you've dreamed of for ages! And then one of your author friends says, "So what's your marketing plan?"
Your mouth goes dry. Your heart pounds. The room darkens. Your brain freezes, and all you can think is "My WHAT?!? You mean I have to sell this thing too?"
Relax. You're not the first author who missed the "Authors Must Sell Their Own Books" Memo. It's easy to focus so hard on writing and editing that once your release date is announced you find yourself at a loss for even a semblance of a plan to market that darling piece of literature you've spent the last however many days/weeks/months creating.
Grab a paper bag and breathe into it to keep from hyperventilating and passing out. Once you've calmed down enough to read, check out these ten last minute things you can do to get off to a good start. You might want to use some of them for the next book as well.

Nine Basic Things

1. Use what's already at hand. Unless your book is the very first ever released by your publisher, they likely have things in place you can use to promote. Check to see if they have an author blog, Yahoo group, announcement list, or newsletter. Sign up and use all of them.
2. Find other authors whose books are releasing close to the same date as yours. See what they're doing to promote their books. Ask if they'd like to partner with you for a contest, blog hop, or other event. After all, you both gain by working together.
3. Make the most of social media. If you aren't using them yet, by all means sign up for Facebook and Twitter. If you don't know how to use them, start by going to Google and searching "how to use Twitter" (likewise for Facebook). There are thousands of tutorials. The most read generally pop to the top of a search, so pick three or four articles and read them. Twitter is fun and easy. Facebook is a bit more complicated, but IMHO, it's a necessity for authors today. You need an internet footprint, and these two powerhouses are great spots to start.
4. Join Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/ You can upload your book information, create an author page, and find reviewers for your books.
5. Pick an author promotion site and stick with it. I use the Romance Studio. I've been one of their featured authors since 2004, and if I had to pick only my website and two other sources, TRS would be one of the two. The benefits far outweigh the cost. Go to http://theromancestudio.com and look for information on becoming a featured author. Choosing a second site is tough -- there are so many to choose from. I'd recommend CoffeeTime Romance or Romance Junkies. I'm friends with the owners of both and really would have a hard time saying which is better -- each is perfect in its own way. But definitely start with the Romance Studio.
6. Join a few Yahoo groups. I said a "few" -- not hundreds. Join ones you can follow and enjoy being on. There are many good ones. Choose groups that fit your genre, and keep up on what they offer. TRS, CoffeeTime, and Romance Junkies all have great Yahoo groups.
7. Create a countdown to the release date for your book. For the next (however many days you have) list one item about your characters, the setting, or give background info about yourself on your blog. Goodness, you do have a blog, right? Mine is a lifeline and brings me new readers every time I post. Yes, you do need one. Trust me. Mine: Unstoppable Heroes.
8. Do something every day to promote your book. Whether it's tweeting about research you did, sharing a writing tip on Facebook, posting a character insight on Goodreads, or writing on your blog... do something every day to move your career forward. And that includes writing the next book. Don't become a one-trick pony. Write every day, no matter how long it is. A daily habit (of anything) builds experience, confidence, and ability.
The Last Vhalgenn 
9. Join Marketing for Romance Writers. I created this site, and two things differentiate it from other places online. A) There are no membership fees. It's free. B) It's chock full of industry-people including published (and wannabe) authors, publishers, editors, agents, cover artists, promo groups, and more. It's a self-help group that fosters mentoring and enables anyone to ask for help and advice -- and to give it. You can ask for promo help, offer guest spots on your blog, share contests with others, and find out who knows what about that new publisher in town. There is even a monthly newsletter to help you promote your new release. There are also Coordinators for Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook who help promote YOU. Want to see what that "My book is on Pinterest" button is about? Click the link. Jump on Twitter and use the #MFRWauthor hashtag. What are you waiting for? Get over to MFRW now. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarketingForRomanceWriters/

Planning is Everything

Next book, you'll have a list of nine quick things you are already doing as a basis for an even stronger plan. Although from personal experience, I suggest you keep that paper bag handy.
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Kayelle Allen is the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers. She is a multi-published, award-winning author, and the owner of The Author's Secret, an author support company. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary characters, futuristic immortals, covert agents, and warriors who purr.
Unstoppable Heroes Blog http://kayelleallen.com/blog
The Author's Secret https://theauthorssecret.com


Saturday, August 23, 2014

New Release - One Dance With A Vampire

As the Celtic Romance Queen, I love all things Celtic, but I wanted to move out of the Iron Age and Dark Ages I usually write about to create something to interest more readers whether they like the ancient Celts or not. When I came across the Scottish lore of the baobhan sith (bah von shee), the vampiric fey I thought, that's it. I'll write about Scottish vampires. That’ll be fun. The baobhan sith have several names but one of them is the Dancing Vampires. That is how the series Dancing Vampires was born. 

The baobhan sith are vampirc fey from the Scottish highalnds. If you like vampires you’ll love the series but it’s also for those who like dark fey.  

 Baobhan sith roam the highlands in packs and all of them are women, no men. Voluptuous and enticing, these beauties always wear green gowns. Also, they have talons. No fangs. Like other vampires, they drink human blood and fry in the sunlight. Often referred to as dancing vampires, they target young men coming from pubs at night. The baobhan sith dance with them until the men grow exhausted. Then the vampiric temptresses transform their long nails into talons and rake them across the men’s backs. Clawing at their victim’s skin, draining their blood, then drinking it. My baobhan sith are seven sisters who roam the highlands looking for men but not to drain their blood, these fey sisters are looking for love.

For a modern take on the baobhan sith, visit these dark fey in the Dancing Vampire series: Dance Of The Vampires, Vampire Highland Fling, Ever So Bonnie A Vampire, and One Dance With A Vampire just released Aug 22.  http://www.ellorascave.com/one-dance-with-a-vampire.html

One Dance With A Vampire - Fourth in the Dancing Vampires series.
Sexy Scot Angus is consumed with dreams of the fiery vampiric fey Tearlag. Their dancing steps came to a halt a year ago when they almost killed each other. Angus comes upon the alluring woman again and despite the danger, he has to have one dance with her. Angus’ muscular arms clasp Tearlag tightly as they dance across a field of heather. An insatiable hunger rises in her and it isn’t for his blood.

From different worlds, fey and human, her sisters and his brothers threaten at every turn  to keep them apart. 

Excerpt: When her gaze met his, the gleam returned to her eyes and the rosy tint to her cheeks. Warmth lit in him and ignited a flame, burning all his fears, regrets, and sadness away. An intense need flared through him. Pressure coiled in his groin. He leaned closer and brushed his lips against hers. His mouth tingled as he kissed her smooth, warm lips. He twisted his mouth over hers, his lips dancing with hers. His neck muscles stretched as a hot, relaxing energy flowed through him. 

Tearlag tilted her neck back. “My sisters warned me about the kiss of a mortal.” She licked her red lips. “Now I know why.”

“Again.” He tilted his head toward her. 

“No.” Tearlag pulled back. “I think not.” She shook her head. “I have to go.”

Angus watched her hips jiggle and her red hair sway against her back as she strolled across the road and waded through the long grass in the field. 

He followed her. 

When Tearlag reached the pile of ancient stones, he grabbed her hand from behind and twirled her around, pulling her to him.

“Before you go, give me one dance.”

She held up a single finger. “One dance.”

He clung to her sultry skin. Her subtle, sweet scent, floral and smoky, danced in the evening air. Her breasts rubbed against his chest and his breath caught in his throat. His erection swelled and his balls grew tight with tension. Her hips jolted his lower body as they moved in a slow, sensual dance to their own music of want and desire. Tilting his head to her neck, he darted his tongue out and licked her creamy flesh. When he planted kisses on her neck, she shivered. Angus pulled her tighter to him. 

Sliding his mouth from her neck to her hot lips, he massaged them with tugs and twists. As he prodded her lips with the tip of his tongue, she opened her mouth. He thrust his tongue within and tangled it with hers. When she pulled out of the kiss, he left her face flushed. The salty taste of her skin lingered on his tingling tongue. 

Her breasts heaved as she rasped, “Leave a rock loose for tonight.” 

Her soft, breathy tone sent a hot tremor through him. 

Her reddened lips, still wet and swollen from the kiss, turned up at the corners into a sensuous smile, promising more to come.

“I’ll be here at sunset. Waiting.” Ecstatic with hope, he couldn’t breathe. She wanted to see him again.

Tearlag stepped on the cairn, portal to the fey realm, and vanished before his eyes.

“Tomorrow night.” His voice sounded hoarse, even to his own ears. He swallowed hard as he stared at the air above the cairn where Tearlag had stood, and wondered if he’d ever see her again.

Contest: Please comment (with your email so I can reach you if you win). I will choose one winner for an epub or mobi ebook of One Dance With A Vampire and a pack of Ellora’s Cave 2004 playing cards – Throwdown Hoedown.
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Drawing on her love of a happy ending, Cornelia Amiri , who also writes under Maeve Alpin, is the author of 20 books. She is known for her Celtic/paranormal tales and her sci-fi fantasy romances. Cornelia is inspired by her muse, Severus the Cat, who always lounges beside or (when Cornelia’s not looking) on top of her laptop. Cornelia and Severus live in sultry Houston, Texas. 
http://CelticRomanceQueen.com

Friday, August 22, 2014

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU CALL INSPIRATION

Copyright infringement has become pervasive on the Internet, particularly with the misuse of photographs. It’s a violation of copyright law to copy and paste pictures from blog to blog or other social media sites without permission from the photographer. More than one author has been taken to task for this practice.

A famous singer was sued recently for a percentage of royalties on a successful album by the man she publicly called her “inspiration” or “muse” for the music she wrote. The takeaway for me from this suit was that romance authors should avoid posting pictures of hot guys on social media and calling the models the “inspiration” for their story heroes. An attorney who visited my local writers group to discuss copyright law confirmed this when she advised against ever calling anyone the “inspiration” for your work, and to never post photographs for that purpose. I decided to listen to her advice.

The outcome has led to my experimentation with photography. I haven’t taken original photographs of hot models yet, but that’s definitely on my bucket list. For now, I’m snapping pictures to promote my books and having tons of fun. I’m no expert, but at least I own the rights to all the photos, can use them as I please, and am enjoying the learning experience. I highly recommend giving photography a try. All you need is a digital camera or a smartphone to get started.

Here are some examples of my original promotional photographs. 









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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Be An Angel Giveaway

Hey Sweet N Sexy Diva romance fans! I'm hosting a giveaway at Romance Books 4 Us for the celebration of Be An Angel Day coming this Friday August 22nd. This special day was founded by Jayne Howard Feldman and she encourages us all to "be an angel" for someone who might need it.

There is no act of kindness too small or too big. With so many people struggling in this world, I, too, encourage you to reach out to someone who needs a little pick me up.

So, here's the details of my giveaway. It's very simple...and all you have to do is go to my Romance Books 4 Us giveaway post and do two easy things:
  • Click the "Like" button on my Facebook Fan Page
  • Click the "Like" button on my Amazon author page and tell me what number you are in the comments section of my Romance Books 4 Us post. (this number is located in the top right hand corner next to the LIKE button after you click it. See screen shot below) 
And I will do two things in return:
  • In celebration of the Be An Angel Day, I will also donate $100 to St. Jude's Hospital.
  • AND from those who click and leave their "Amazon Like number" in the comments section (of my Romance Books 4 Us post) I will choose one random person to receive the entire Jamett & Joseph Series autographed and sent to their home address. (Please leave your email address in the comments as well so I can contact you should you win.)


***Contest ends August 23, 2014***


As always, I encourage my romance fans (cause we all know what big hearts you have) to be an angel for someone this week. It's such a simple thing to do and I imagine there's got to be someone in your life, or even a perfect stranger that could use a little warmth and happiness in their life. So, go ahead and pay it forward! Good luck!

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By the way, if any of you are going to be in Cincinnati, Ohio the weekend of October 24th and 25th, come see me! I, along with fellow Ink Heart Author, Jayne Rylon, are going to be signing at the Queen City Indie Con 2014!

It will be hosted at the gorgeous Memorial Hall, with 2 days of giveaways, food, interesting talks, and a book signing - PLUS a ball! So, register today, get all dressed up and hang out with me!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Honeymoon's Over




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Blurb

Honeymoon’s Over

Kelli Scott 

Macy loves her new husband Bryan, but she’s discovered living with him is taking considerable adjustment. Towels on the bathroom floor, dropping clothes wherever, division of household chores…it isn’t long before the small annoyances threaten to become a big problem. Until Macy’s best friend offers some sage advice…

1. Pick your battles wisely.

2. When annoyed, have angry sex to blow off the small stuff.

Soon, Macy and Bryan are having sex several times a day, and while he’s not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Bryan has gotten some advice of his own. Advice that will take them from angry sex to ecstasy before you can say “silk tie”.

All’s fair in love, war and the bid for marital bliss!

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Excerpt
“Hey there, gorgeous.”
“Hi, honey.” She shut off the faucet, wiping her hands on a dishtowel. “How was work?”
“Excellent.” He tossed his suit jacket casually over the sofa back. She eyed him. Eyed the jacket. Eyed him again. He plucked the jacket up and hooked it on a peg by the front door to avoid her derision. “Boss gave me a couple new accounts today.”
He made it sound like a good thing instead of a pain in his ass. He added his tie to the peg by the door and unbuttoned the top two buttons of his dress shirt. Flipping through the mail on a side table, he shook off the irritation of seeing her maiden name—Marshall. Not even a hyphen—Macy Marshall-Dade, which, by the way, sounded very cool. No acknowledgement whatsoever of their very expensive union. He decided not to push the subject—yet. But dropping hints hadn’t worked so far.
“That’s great, Bry.”
They met in the center of the living room where she looped her arms around his neck. He squeezed her tightly, letting go of more stress. Please don’t let this ever end. Macy was the eye of the storm called life. He thought of her as a beacon keeping him on course. With her red hair and freckles, he could spot her in a sea of people. Hell, he could smell her lavender scent in a crowd.
He playfully swatted her butt and she valiantly attempted to hide a delighted smile. “How was your day?”
She recounted her day at the preschool where she worked. Macy had her degree in education but couldn’t find a job in her desired field of teaching middle-grade English, settling instead at a preschool. It was good experience for her resume, a steady paycheck until something better shook loose and damn good parenting experience for the future. After a few minutes of listening to her recap, sounded to him like her day was filled with nose wiping, finger painting and nap taking.
She kissed him sweetly. “What were you going to make for dinner?”
Bryan groaned. It was his turn to cook. Her turn to clean. Although, she’d just finished cleaning the kitchen from last night when it had been his turn to clean. None of the other guys at work mentioned having to cook dinner. Were they too emasculated to admit it out loud? Or am I the only pussy-whipped man on the planet? “I completely forgot. How ’bout I run out and get something or order a pizza?”
She planted her hands on her waist. “We’re saving for a down payment on a house, Bryan. Every penny counts.”
The American dream of home ownership would dash his hopes of pepperoni pizza. He wanted to point out to her that he made three times more money, but that would make him a first-rate asshole who made three times more money. Besides, she’d agreed to cook four nights a week, he cooked only twice and they ate out or ordered in the seventh night. Usually on Friday or Saturday date night. Sometimes date night was a movie out. Other times it was a movie in, depending on the checkbook balance. She had a five-year, ten-year and twenty-year plan for their future and apparently pizza would throw a monkey wrench in the works.
“I’m sorry. You’re right.” He held his hands up in surrender. “You’re always right.”
She tilted her head. “What does that mean?”
“Nothing.” He unfastened the buttons at his wrists and began rolling up his sleeves. He’d rather cook than wash dishes anyhow, not that he’d washed the dishes the night before. Slipped his mind. He’d also rather cook than fight since he couldn’t have his first choice of numbing his mind with TV until bedtime. “You’re right, that’s all.”
Macy inclined her head to the other side. “Am…am I annoying you?”
“No.” He snorted a laugh. “Where did that come from? I’m just all about keeping the peace and spreading harmony.”
“Did you just say peace and harmony?”
He detected a hint of hostility, but without the telltale clues as to why. Dinner? Dishes? Anita? Of course. He should have known. Sometimes his wife’s best friend was his staunch ally, other times she completely threw him under the bus. Apparently it was bus day. “How is Anita?” He stopped himself from asking how much lunch cost. Probably more than a large pepperoni pizza.
“Forget about Anita. Do you want to have sex?”
“What?” Sounded like a trick question to him. Yes. Always. Why do you ask?
“Sex.” Macy yanked her shirt over her head and tossed it to the floor, which was very uncharacteristic of her tidy tendencies. “Do you want to—?”
“Yes.” He decided her trick question sounded more like a stupid question.

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