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Monday, September 15, 2014

99 Cent Sale at Amazon Kindle

Deals and Steals From Leigh Ellwood!

Happy Autumn! Hope you're as excited as I am to see two of my books discounted to 99 CENTS at Amazon Kindle. Both are on sale this week only, so if you haven't read either/both this is a great time to get them.

Truth or Dare was my first erotic romance and it spawned a nice series for me. It's usually $4.99 so this is a great deal!

Love is Bliss is a duology of two paranormal romances in a newer series. Normally $2.99, it's a great deal, especially with a third story due soon.

New Releases Coming Soon

If you enjoyed my first Decadent Publishing 1Night Stand story, A Different Class, keep an eye out for A Class Act (M/M), which is newly contracted. A third story in the Love is Bliss series, Holiday Bliss (M/F), is due out this winter as part of a box set, and another M/M short (title TBA) is also coming at the end of the year. I'm excited to share these new stories with you!

In Other News...

I am close to my goal of 125 titles read in 2014. If you follow my blog I finished another title in the Sideboob TBR, and I also enjoyed recent releases from Mary Kubica (The Good Girl), Heather Ames (Indelible), and Cheryl Dragon (Rough Landing). You're welcome to chat me up on Twitter and tell me what you're reading.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Guest Author: Laila Blake and Forbidden Fruit

Hi, everybody. There's a new anthology of lesbian romance out called Forbidden Fruit. Today I'm pleased to host Axa Lee, who has interviewed one of the contributors - Laila Blake. Enjoy!


Who are your influences as a writer?

There is no greater influence than the writers close to me. From my friend and sometimes co-author L.C. Spoering to anyone I've been lucky enough to share space in anthology with. They are the people I learn from, and who push me – consciously or less so – to become a better writer, to work harder, to do better.

As for famous authors, it's hard to say. I always feel like the writers I admire most are the ones I could never hope to match, or those with just a very different skill set or interests. And I don't remember ever having read that one book that made me want to write: writing came long before I was aware of influences. If anything, I would say that my favourite writers mix genres very eloquently, break rules, and I think I always try to do that in some way.


Which books are on your “damn I wish I wrote that!” list?

A lot. For very different reasons: Momo by Michael Ende. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
It's those books that feel like they could have come from me, if I had that skill. Books that express the things I try to express, or hit on points I feel strongly about. I'm sure there are a lot more.

What do you wish you’d learned or put into practice in your writing career sooner?

This is a hard one to answer. I feel like I still am very early in my writing career: I started writing what would become my first finished novel about two years ago. In January 2013, my first ever short story was accepted into an erotic anthology (fun fact: that anthology has not yet come out, lol, but it's scheduled for this November). So maybe I haven't reached the stage yet, where I look upon my younger self with sage advice.

I think we learn all learn our lessons when we are ready to learn them, though, and I have no doubt that there are many more on the horizon for me. I have made good decisions and bad ones, but not one that I regret to this day. Writing is a journey of discovery, and you do the best you can at any given moment.

Who is your ideal reader?

Through long reiterations of trial and error, beta readers and book reviews, I have come to the conclusion that my ideal reader is a person who enjoys something just a little bit different (mostly because the people who love my work best, always tend to praise me for this, although I am never quite sure what they mean). They are a person who is interested in the world around them. In issues of equality and diversity. Someone who enjoys the way a story is written as much as what the story is about.

Tell me about your story.

The premise of Forbidden Fruit: Stories of Unwise Lesbian Desire gave me the chance to write something that's been spooking around in my head for a while. I am not usually a fan of historical novels, but I quite like period movies and series. And like a lot of people, I am quite taken in by the charms of Downton Abbey.

Now, dirty minded as I can be, I always liked the scenes of the maid, dressing the young ladies, the easy intimacy between them, the trust and the blossoming friendships.

The Law of Reciprocity isn't quite set in the same time as Downton Abbey, nor are the characters anything like the ones in the show, but that's definitely where the first spark hit. It follows the story of Hannah, a young maid desperately in love with her mistress, and the swell of feelings she harbors for her servant in return.

But why don't you check out this excerpt of The Law of Reciprocity?

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I just want to be close to her.

The letters were the awkward, hesitant scrawl of the barely literate, written shakily on a scrap of paper. The knuckles of Hannah’s fingers were white and bloodless around the feather. They trembled as she held it, and a drop of ink  dislodged, painted an uneven circle on the paper. Hannah blinked, watched the  writing swim in and out of focus before her eyes.

“Now give it to me,” the gypsy woman said. She held out her hand, white,  wrinkly, and covered in gaudy jewels. Her wrist jangled with glittering bracelets.

Instinctively, Hannah closed her hand around the scrap of paper and pulled it closer to her body, to protect it, to hide the terrible desire. The gypsy woman raised her brows. There was a mocking quality to her painted face. She  was old, and spoke with an accent that Hannah didn’t recognize. The woman’s accent, her air of mystery, her colorful tent, the golden thread and coins that had been worked into her glittering headscarf, the aroma of spices in the sticky air—all made Hannah dizzy.

“Give it,” the gypsy repeated. “Mama Katsu keeps all her little friends’ secrets.” Almost suggestively, she ran her finger over the small stack of coins on the table: two weeks’ wages for a heart’s desire.

Hannah pressed her eyes shut as she extended her hand. She could feel the heat of the flame that burned in a little bowl in the center of the table. Then the gypsy plucked the paper from her hand.

“Don’t...” Hannah whispered, but it was too late. The old woman’s eyes were already scanning her words. The wrinkles on her forehead seemed to multiply, to pile up in ridges and plunge down into crevasses of skin.

Then she tossed it into bowl of fire. The paper curled and blackened.

For a second, the words stood out in sharp relief and then everything crumpled to ash. It dispersed in the oil, darkened it.

“Now the name,” she said, and Hannah was sure her voice ran colder than just before. A shiver ran down her spine, and she rolled the feather between her thumb and index finger. The second scrap of paper lay on the table before her and Hannah stared at it, at the fraying edges, the beige color, the visible fibers.

The feather scratched on the paper, louder than the old woman’s rattling breath, louder than the sound of the fairground outside the tent, louder than the laughing, drinking country folk.

“Give it,” the gypsy repeated impatiently.

Again, Hannah reached across the flame. She watched the wrinkled hand approach, watched the firelight dance ominously on the shiny rings and bracelets. They too moved in and out of focus; 
Hannah felt woozy and sick, and she couldn’t breathe, as if the incense were coating the inside of her lungs.

With a last effort, she wrenched her hand from the center of the table and cradled the scrap of paper against her chest.

“I... I changed my mind,” she breathed, stumbling to her feet. From the corner of her eye, she saw the old woman slip the coins off the table, and then Hannah made for the tent flap and the open air.

It was almost dark outside. The bonfire threw sparks like stars into the spring air; skirts swished and flew in dancing circles. The music was louder here, so too the laughter and rhythmic clapping.
Hannah fought for air. Someone offered help, pushed a mug of ale into her shaking hand, and the paper fluttered away. She could read it, just for a second, before the wind tore toward the fire: Lady Rose Talbot.

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The next stop on the Forbidden Fruit blog tour is Niki Crow who is guest posting at Lesfic and Lipstick http://lesficandlipstick.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/forbidden-fruit-stories-of-unwise-lesbian-desire-and-a-visit-with-niki-crow-and-sacchi-green/ and who is interviewing Sacchi Green. 

Leave a comment on any post in the Forbidden Fruit blog tour to be entered into a random draw to win one of these great prizes.  Prizes include a paperback copy of Girls Who Score, lesbian sports erotica edited by Ily Goyanes, Best Lesbian Romance 2011 edited by Radclyffe, an ebook of Ladylit’s first lesbian anthology Anything She Wants, and a bundle of three mini-anthologies from Ladylit: Sweat, A Christmas to Remember and Bossy.  All of these titles contain some stories written by the fabulous contributors to Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire. You must include an email address in  your comment to be entered into the draw.

Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire is available direct from the publisher, Ladylit (http://www.ladylit.com/books/forbidden-fruit/) or from Amazon, Smashwords, and other good retailers of ebooks.  Check out http://www.ladylit.com/books/forbidden-fruit/ for all purchasing information.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: Rock My Senses by Lisa Carlisle

One of my fellow EC authors, Lisa Carlisle, has a hot cover and I had to share it. Check out ROCK MY SENSES:


Looks good, huh? I notice, too, Ellora's Cave has done away with the black top bar. The branding is still there, just subtle like you see with other publishers. I wonder if EC will retro fit covers or just do this going forward.

Anyway, go to Lisa's site now for the scoop on this book!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Libby Waterford - Passionate History

Please welcome fellow Decadent Publishing author Libby Waterford!

Thanks for stopping to chat! Please tell us a bit about your latest release, or what's coming up.

Thanks for having me, Leigh! Passionate History is an erotic novella that takes places at the reunion/commencement weekend at a small liberal arts college in New England. Aidan and Bree shared one hot night together on the eve of Bree’s college graduation. Now she’s back for her five-year reunion, but her former professor/lover isn’t exactly happy to see her.

What is a day in your writing life like? Do you have a set schedule?

I would love to have a set schedule, but I’m mostly at the whim of my two-year-old. I write when he’s napping and any other times I can sneak in.

Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? Or maybe both?

I definitely consider myself a pantser. For me, the magic of the story is finding out what happens as I write. I’ve grown to love self-editing, so that’s when the plot wrinkles get ironed out.

Do you prefer to write one specific genre, or are you a bit all over the map? What is your favorite genre to write and why?

I’m a contemporary romance author through and through. I love to read historicals and some paranormals, but I couldn’t write them to save my life. Where my variation comes in is heat level. I’ve written a variety, and I always strive to make sure the sex matches the needs of the story.

Are you published primarily in print or eBook, or both equally? Which format do you prefer and why?

I’m primarily published in ebook format. I read both, but I find ebook to be the most flexible format as a reader.

What do you have planned writing wise for the rest of the year?

I have two more novellas set at the same reunion/commencement weekend that Passionate History takes place at and I’m hoping to get them in reader’s hands by the end of the year!

Do you have any social media profiles/pages where readers can follow you?

I’m most active on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. Please come connect with me!


Website: http://libbywaterford.com

Email: libby@libbywaterford.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LibbyWaterford

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LibbyWaterford

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/libbywaterford


Do you have a blog/Yahoo group for readers to stay updated on your works?

I’ve got a blog and a newsletter: The blog gets the best photos and first news flashes.

Libby’s blog: http://libbywaterford.com/category/blog/

Libby’s newsletter: http://eepurl.com/sNDAf

What was the last book that you read? What did you think?

I just read Hard Glamour, a new adult novel by Maggie Marr, about an up and coming Hollywood action star and his new script reader, the proverbial girl from Kansas. It was hot and a great start to the series.

Most f***able movie star of the 1930s-50s? Why?

This is a tough one to narrow down. I’m going with Gregory Peck. Tall, dark, handsome, and that incredibly sexy voice!

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Passionate History
by Libby Waterford

A contemporary erotic romance novella

On the eve of her college graduation, Bree Ross seduces her favorite art history professor. She doesn’t expect buttoned-up Professor Worthy to give her the best sex of her life, or anticipate that leaving him to start her post-college life would be so difficult. Their unforgettable encounter haunts her, and five years later, she finds herself back on campus for her college reunion—with a specific goal in mind. How hard could it be to convince her ex-professor to write her a letter of recommendation for graduate school?

Straight-laced Professor Aidan Worthy has adhered to his carefully-aligned morals his entire teaching career…until Bree Ross walks into his classroom. Guilt plagues him for his one transgression because that one amazing night has been seared onto his brain. When she waltzes back into his life after five years of silence, he’s not thrilled. But he can’t deny the illicit spark they once shared has not disappeared, and he worries he won’t be able to resist temptation a second time.

Over the course of the tumultuous reunion and commencement weekend at Weston University, rain, relatives, and rental cars force the two to confront their sizzling desire and burgeoning feelings. Is their passionate history enough to keep them together, or will it drive them apart?

Get Passionate History

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Short blurb:                                                                                                                                

On the eve of her college graduation, Bree Ross crosses a blurry line and seduces her favorite professor. Aidan Worthy has never been able to erase the guilt, or the erotic memories, from his one night with Bree. After five years, neither of them is thrilled to find their paths intersecting again, but they can’t deny the illicit spark between them lives on.

About the Author:

Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and works off her weekly pilgrimage to In-N-Out by swimming and climbing the city’s hidden staircases.

Contact Libby:

Email: libby@libbywaterford.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/libbywaterford


Enjoy the following excerpt for Passionate History:

“Professor—Aidan,” she said, sounding embarrassed.
Good. “What are you doing?”
“I’m trying to find my rental car. I think I parked it somewhere around here, and I can’t exactly remember what it looks like.”
“Can’t you click the remote key? If it’s nearby the lights will go off when you unlock it.” There, his brain had produced a sensible suggestion, even as it occupied itself with cataloguing her scent, the tired smudges under her eyes, and the curve of her hips outlined by a flowy skirt.
“I would, except the only car left on the lot was some micro-budget sedan. I can’t remember the model.” She held her key out to him. “No remote entry.”
“Can you call the rental car company?”
“I tried. They’re closed.”
Aidan stood in the street, staring at her. Bree Ross. Former student. Former lover. It was unbelievably frustrating how much he still desired her. But perhaps this was the universe telling him he had a second chance to be a gentleman.
“Well, you can’t go around looking in every car on campus. You’ll get arrested. Come on, I can give you a ride.”
“Oh, no, thanks. I can walk.”
“It’s pitch black and about to rain. I’m not letting you walk anywhere alone tonight.”
“I can go to the green, to the dance. I can catch a ride with a friend.”
“Then I’ll walk you to the dance.”
“That’s all right—”
“Bree.” His voice was a warning. “Don’t be an idiot. Let me help you.”




Monday, September 1, 2014

Leigh's Fabulous Fall

So...about my summer bucket list. I got most of it done, but fell short of the full goal. We traveled more than usual this year since my husband chose not to teach a summer term. Consequently, it meant less money for us as well. Time constraints prevented the Currituck trip, and cash shortage prevented the horse sightseeing tour. Same with the Appalachian Trail hiking - the closest trailhead is a few hours away, and it seemed as though something else intervened. The camping trip was put on hold when I discovered our tent was no longer up for the pitching. Also, you know, money...

Learning to crochet? Well, I gave it a few shots and managed the beginning chain. My eyesight isn't what it used to be, though, and I've had trouble getting beyond that. Looks like I finally need glasses.

The good news is, I can technically do these four things in September if I can get away. There are a number of campgrounds and parks open year round here, and the horses don't go south for the winter. Just need to set aside some mad money to make it happen. Either way, I enjoyed the summer bucket list so much I decided on one for Fall, too:


I carried over a few summer items, the ones I think I can manage before winter. As for the rest:

Finish 4th Doctor Scarf - I'm using my loom to create a variant of this scarf. This will be the third one I've made. First went to a friend for his birthday, second was a raffle prize at Authors After Dark, and this one is mine all mine. Would like to finish it before Halloween.

German Refresh - I minored in German in college, and retained enough of it when I went to Germany. I found the Duolingo site recently and intend to complete the courses.

Learn Italian - I figured I should learn Italian while I'm there. Wish I'd known about this site before the Sicily trip.

Make a Lasagna - I'm cooking more at home, and I love Italian food. Lasagna is fairly complicated and time-consuming, but I love it and would like to make one for a cool evening.

Bike 100 Miles - I intend to do this as a cumulative project. My personal best is 46 miles (Colonial Parkway, there and back) in a day. I haven't been on a bike since my daughter was born, and it's long past time I resumed.

Finish Sideboob TBR - I'm four books away from the end. I have three in my possession and I need to decide on an early Danielle Steel. I'll take suggestions for that one.

Finish Dune Trilogy - This would be the original Herbert novels - Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune. I've read the first one and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have the other two and just need to get it done.

Fall Weekend Away - Fall is the best time to come to Virginia. A bazillion food and/or wine festivals happen, and every year we keep saying we'll do this one or that one and we never do because reasons. Well, this year it's happening. I want to lie on somebody else's expansive lawn, staring up or down at Shenandoah, drunk on Viognier and crackers.

So that's my Fall plan. I look forward to seeing what I do first, and blogging about it.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

30% off My Books After Rebate This Weekend!

So, you like eBook sales? I love them. Every time ARe has a rebate I'm there. I have a few books on my radar already and I love racking up the rebate bucks. If only I had time to read everything in one sitting.

Anyway, all of my titles are eligible for the rebate. You'll get 30% off after rebate now through September 1. It's a great time to stock up on backlist stories and for picking up Sugar Rush and my Phaze books.

I also recommend shopping the Coming Together titles at ARe, since all proceeds go to charity. Speaking of, Alessia Brio is putting together a holiday anthology called For the Holidays. It's a short submission period, and I'd like to write something for it. Hopefully I can make some time while the little one is at school.

As for other WIPs, I have decided to push the pause button on Sugar High until I see what is happening with you-know-what. I have a final edit to do on my holiday box set story, and I've turned in my pre-edits for A Class Act. I also started a new M/M which will be published as a free short. It will anchor a new series I have outlined. If you love M/M I hope you'll enjoy it.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sideboob Reading Challenge: Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins

You can find a few reprints of Jackie Collins's novels in low-priced Kindle versions, made available by Jackie. It's cool she's acquired the rights to some of her older works to self-publish, though in searching to complete my Sideboob Reading Challenge I found every one but the book I intended to read. It took a while to get to Hollywood Wives, but once I did I tore through the book in about four days.

I saw parallels to Jacqueline Susann's style in this book - the story is split primarily between three women.

  • Elaine is presented as a stereotypical, vapid, Beverly Hills wife who pays more attention to outward appearances.
  • Montana is a second wife and ambitious. She wants to see her screenplay produced and is constantly railroaded by her director husband and some asshole producer.
  • Angel is fresh off the turnip truck, married to a loser and probably the only person in the book without dreams of stardom.
Very few, if any, likable people in this story, yet you're drawn to them like crack. As if they don't have enough problems risking the clap as they sleep around, there's a nutball traveling across country to kill one of them. You may learn a lesson about the consequences of using poppers during sex, and perhaps come to the conclusion that Hollywood is a soulless cesspool. Sunny, but soulless.

As a reading diversion, I'd rate this one above the Lace novels and The Lonely Lady. It's dirty, poolside fun if you want to feel better about yourself and meet some people who could use a nice kick.

Next up, The Immortals by Michael Korda.

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Decadent Publishing Contract

I received a wonderful early birthday present: a new contract. I am happy to announce I have signed on to publish a second M/M 1Night Stand story with Decadent Publishing. A Class Act follows up my first short, A Different Class, and I hope you enjoy it.

I enjoyed writing A Class Act. While it's part of the Class in Session series, it reads standalone. Of course, you're welcome to get A Different Class if you like the 1Night Stand stories. With this on the way, I'll soon start work on a third M/M. I'm debating Class-themed titles and have a few ideas. The goal is to have about four or five of these, enough for a print collection or box set if that is in the future.

Speaking of box sets, I'll have a novella in one this winter. For this I finished a story in my Love is Bliss series, an M/F shifter - so look for Holiday Bliss later in the year.

After that, I have a few re-releases to polish and extend. I wish I had more time to get everything done. My inbox never shrinks, but at least I have an idea of where to take my writing in the future. I think you'll see more M/M than anything else. Readers seems to ask for it from me more, and I do like writing them. I'd like to write an M/M in the Bliss series as well, and I have outlined a four-story series I want to finish in 2015. I find the anticipation of a new story is a great boost. As always, we'll see what happens.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Never Had a Friend...




Dave makes a great point in this video. I tried to catch his show often, but we rarely missed it when we knew Robin Williams was scheduled. RIP

Monday, August 18, 2014

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

I have worked in writing and publishing in some capacity or another for about twenty years. I've written for trade magazines, I've freelanced for newspapers and web companies, and I've written greeting cards. One time I helped a National Enquirer reporter research a story - got three figures for about twenty minutes of work. These days, I make up things - sexy things. It's my hope that I'll eventually make a living off the sexy. Every time I put forward a new story I keep that hope strong. The results, however, vary.

Seems everybody wants to self-publish these days, or else convince you to self-publish. I would prefer to do what it takes to get my name out there and interest readers in my work. I may choose to submit my work to a publisher. Mind you, I do consider everything about the house before I hit send. Having worked with a number of publishers over the last decade, I can tell you that if you ask ten authors at that house what they think, you'll get eleven different answers.

I've enjoyed successes and failures with publishers and with self-publishing. If I choose a house, I base the decision on a number of factors and how the result could benefit me. One author can make a bajillion dollars with Super Awesome Publishing Company or via self-publishing, but it doesn't mean I will. I learned that already.

Why am I rambling? Well, you probably heard about what's happening at Ellora's Cave. If not, here's a nutshell:

  • Freelance editors have been let go. They are currently working with an in-house skeleton crew.
  • Jaid Black is launching a new non-erotica house, but that has nothing to do with what's happening at EC. (meh)
  • EC is not going bankrupt, so they say.
  • This was announced before the other stuff, but EC plans to discontinue submissions for Blush. Established authors may still have backlist titles pubbed under the imprint, but no new stuff. I don't know if that's related to Jaid's new house.

News like that doesn't stay contained for long, especially when dissatisfied people see the need to vent. Mind you, I am fairly new to this house, and at this writing I do not know how I am yet affected. My thoughts go to all involved and I send positive mojo to everybody, especially those who face losing steady income.

Many are angry and have that right, but my experiences differ. I have only the one story out with EC, and I have yet no idea about the sales. I am aware that having a lesbian romance in a house full of alpha male hotties likely means I won't be hitting the NYT anytime soon, but there are other things weighing on my mind now. Some authors at EC have several books there - perhaps some their entire catalog - and therefore have more at stake. I may see only a bump in the road, others a sinkhole. It's distressing, yes.

I will say this: I had such a wonderful editor. I would not have traded the experience of working with her for anything. As it stands now, she may or may not be working with me going forward. I do hope one day we will reconnect, be it with a pub or on my own.

Another thing: I am well into a follow-up to Sugar Rush. Do I finish it, or set it aside and write something else until I'm more certain of the future? According to my contracts, I am not obligated to submit sequel/series work attached to non-EC books. I could write more Love is Bliss stories, or revive Dareville, or write follow up stories on other published works. I have the rights back to a few older stories that I could revise and publish.

I am not obligated to submit a work under seven thousand words. I could write a short-short, then write longer sequels attached to that work.

Do I dare take a chance with another publisher in a volatile industry? Granted, I don't know the future of EC - will they rally, will they tank - but I've been burned before. Venus Press? Silk's Vault Publishing? 'Memba them?

Do I continue to promo Sugar Rush given the uncertainty of seeing money for it? I am proud of this story. I had a wonderful editor whip it into shape for me. I loved the world so much I started on a sequel. I loved that Ellora's Cave saw potential in F/F romance that I bought every one of the other F/F stories released in June. They are solid stories by great authors.

I'd hate to neglect telling readers who want F/F to buy it. Then again, I have rent and bills. Ellora's Cave wants me to tell you to buy it directly from them. You are welcome to do that, but I don't like telling people where to shop. It's at All Romance and Kindle and NOOK as well. Vote with your dollars.

If I never make the USA Today or NYT lists, I won't die of heartbreak. I have only wanted to make a comfortable living using my best skills. I happen to write, and I love it. If I make enough a year to set aside a few bucks to go to New York or Charlottesville for a weekend, that will suffice. I don't look for happiness in money. An email from a reader saying "I liked your book" is the best boost ever. The occasional sexy dreams about Christopher Eccleston help, too.

So here you have it. Once again I'm staring down two roads to decide where to turn. I'm disappointed in the news I received from EC, but right now I need to concentrate on my professional well-being. It would be nice if the sky rent in two and an angel floated down with a book of instructions, but I can't hold my breath.

As an author, I'm used to asking people to buy my books. Right now, I could use some good mojo or whatever powers you spiritually. And chocolate. I'd never turn that down.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hot Days and Hotter Nights Blog Hop + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be one of the authors sponsoring the Hot Days and Hotter Nights blog hop! You can stop by the Red Hot Authors Cafe daily for your dose of romantic hotness, book news and reviews. It's a fun group and we're happy to have you join in on the fun.

It's been a busy summer for me. Book release, story written, more writing done, juggling work and family. I don't know about you, but it's a great time to take a break with a hot book excerpt. I have a number of re-releases to take care of, but first I want to share something original, from an upcoming episodic work, as yet untitled. I had originally planned a serial, but I understand they're getting bad press because readers don't care much for cliffhangers. Fair enough. Instead I'm going to put everything in one book. Here's a preview of the first part, Tom.

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How can I get this man off my couch tonight and into my bed next to me? Better yet, on top of me?
I’d asked myself that more than once, too often in the space of a few hours that it had become my new mantra. Tom O’Keefe worked for the London branch of Kline Creative Associates and suffered the misfortune of visiting our Miami headquarters at the height of storm season. One has to question the wisdom of scheduling the annual retreat while an unwelcome guest named Hurricane Lily reached triple-digit wind speeds on her path toward our coast, but when I finally placed Tom’s handsome face with the sexy English accent I savored during phone conferences I wanted to dry hump Mother Nature in thanks. The bad weather would surely keep him in town for an extra day or so.
From the moment he strolled into our offices this morning, his charcoal jacket draped over one crooked arm, the corners of his green eyes crinkling as he smiled, one could no doubt sense the collective wobbling of high heels as every woman in his crosshairs grasped something for support. “He’s fucking gorgeous,” whispered the front desk receptionist as I walked past. Yeah, understatement of the year. She pushed her glasses back to the bridge of her nose. “He could be the next Doctor. God, he’s so suave.”
I didn’t catch the obvious geek reference she made. Lucy wore striped wizard scarves to work and quoted Hobbits. Her zeal for fantasy fandoms and her slim figure made her a dream fuck for any guy in the office, but it was interesting to watch Tom glide past her with nothing more seductive than a nod in greeting as he followed the group into the conference room.
Other members of the secretarial pool, huddled around the front desk to view the parade, proved less subtle.
“I could chew on that pouty lower lip all day,” murmured Ellen.
“I’d nibble on that fine white ass,” chimed in Keisha.
I only straightened my posture so as to bring some elegance to my size sixteen frame and brushed a fleck of paper dust from my black pencil skirt. I kept my own fantasies about Tom O’Keefe to myself—I didn’t need reality to edge closer and spoil the lovely images in my head. No doubt, somewhere in London, a size zero Burberry model bearing a perpetual frown awaited between satin sheets for his return.

“Back to work, ladies,” I chided before resuming my duties.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Free Story By Me For Download

It doesn't matter if I am a featured author or a reader at a con, I always come away from an event knowing more about the industry. This year at AAD, I sort of came to a few realizations. For one, perhaps I need to tighten my focus. I write everything because nobody told me I couldn't, and sometimes a story calls for a specific pairing. I shall spend my fall thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my career. Until then, I plan to finish a few works in progress before consulting a clean slate.

I had originally planned to set up a short series, like a serial, spurring from a story I wrote for Coming Together. "...And Lily Makes Three" is M/F erotica, written for Through the Storm. To be honest, halfway into the second story I didn't like the direction of the characters and arc. I hate to excise words, but sometimes it is necessary, and in this case I made the difficult decision of leaving the first story in its revised form. Also, because it is under 7,000 words I have made it a free download.

Get ...And Lily Makes Three free at AllRomance.com and Smashwords. There are no plans to upload elsewhere, because it's truly a pain to make something permafree on certain retailers. ARe and Smashwords are easiest in this regard, and I am feeling generous after AAD. Please note this is an erotic work with an HFN ending. If you see if for sale anywhere please let me know. Hope you enjoy it.