Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thanks to those of you who have purchased my books. Please also consider buying titles associated with 28 Days of Heart whether it’s mine or not. My contribution is just about candy anyway. Click here to buy.
1. Describe a moment that really tugged at your heart.
The devastation from the earthquake in Haiti.
2. What is the most romantic thing that you've ever done?
Dropped everything and got on a plane to Europe with my true love.
3. Share a little about why you chose to participate in 28 Days of the Heart.
I’m involved with several organizations for humanity and continue to add to the list. It’s just the right thing to do.
4. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your stories?
Whatever the pay off is or isn’t, your best bet is to say what you want.
5. What do you enjoy reading? Can you name your five favorite authors?
Chuck Palahniuk, Chuck Palahniuk, Chuck Palahniuk. Okay there are others. Robert Harris comes to mind.
6. Reading romance reduces stress and can help relax you from your worries. Do you feel that writing romance helps you cope with your own worries and stress?
Nope. I’m more stressed most of the time than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Deadlines. But I love it.
Projects in the works: the third installment of the Quench series entitled Quenched and Hell’s Guitar Hero.
Friday, February 26, 2010
When I got to college, I eventually found my way to the Classics department and became a Classics major. Here was little me, the oldest kid in the family, the first one to leave the nest, hours away from home and from anything familiar. I was learning Latin, and doing all right with it, and trying to learn Greek, and not doing so well. I was lonely and stressed – but I had my mythology stories. They were comforting, familiar tales, something I could rely on in a strange new world. I read Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Latin, loving the syllables as they rolled around on my tongue and in my brain. It was a fresh new look at my beloved old friends.
I’ve always been drawn to humorous romance, the goofier the story, the better. I figured this story would be perfect for a fundraiser celebrating the heart and all its quirks. What better way to nurture the heart than to write a story about the goddess of Love? A Slightly Different Perfect is the story of a mousy fifth grade teacher, Trisha Gillespie, who gets turned into the goddess of love Aphrodite. In her new incarnation, she learns a valuable lesson about the price and the rewards of true love.
I’d be very pleased if you’d visit me at my website, www.sylviashults.com, or become a fan of my Facebook page, which I’ve called Sparkleheart. I hope you enjoy A Slightly Different Perfect, and I do appreciate your support of the American Heart Association. See, my mom’s got heart disease – she had a heart attack a couple of years ago and had to have a stent put in – so this really is a cause that I support for personal reasons. Enjoy the story, support the AHA, and Goddess bless.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Thanks for hosting me on the blog tour for All Romance eBooks’ (ARe) “28 Days of Heart” campaign! I’m thrilled to be one of the authors who donated sexy, romantic stories for this American Heart Association fundraiser. Heart disease is the #1 killer of woman, and due to Valentine’s Day, February has long been associated with matters of the heart. So this month is the perfect time to treat yourself to ARe’s sensual stories that will warm your heart (and other body parts!), while raising vital funds.
Love Unleashed is my contribution to ARe’s 28 Days of Heart: . A sexy contemporary, the story features an estranged couple who are reunited with the help of a stray dog. As with all of my “hot, humorous romances”, Love Unleashed’s canine character is a Chinese crested hairless dog.
Charlie, the “crestie” in Love Unleashed, is a homeless dog who’s fostered by the radio DJ hero as part of his plan to woo back his former lover, an animal shelter director. The little pooch wrangles his way into the hero’s heart while playing matchmaker to the couple. The idea behind Love Unleashed began when a friend complained that her boyfriend wasn’t wild enough in bed. (Her exact words were: “Gentle lovemaking is nice, but sometimes you just want to f*ck.”) When my story’s hero finally unleashes his inner sexy beast, the couple gets a second chance at their happily ever after – along with some seriously hot sex!
Here’s the blurb for Love Unleashed.
-- Marcia James
Love Unleashed blurb:
His best laid plans...
DJ “Rabid Ron” Hart has a grand scheme to win back the woman he loves. It involves an animal adoption fair, a goofy hairless dog named Charlie and an offer she can’t refuse.
Her hidden desires...
Cara Wilson has fantasies she’s never admitted, and her ex-boyfriend still features in her erotic dreams. If only he didn’t keep his bad-boy urges so tightly leashed.
Tonight they’ll learn that winning sometimes takes losing control.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
But the omens that brush past us everyday were about to come in for a direct hit. In July, I’d received the first email from ARe about the campaign. But as with so many visitors to the inbox…DELETE. I hadn’t even noted the organization that was to benefit.
In October, my husband and I took our kids to Ireland for a large family wedding. The emotions, stories, and adventures were unforgettable. Part of that emotion was remembering my Aunt Tina, who would have been at the wedding, but had died the previous Christmas Eve of a heart attack. We raised a glass as well to my maternal grandmother, who had died of a heart attack at 73 years old. And in a final reminder of the fragile strength of a woman’s heart, I learned that same week that my best friend had suffered a heart attack at 45 years old.
I think you probably know what’s coming next, though, at the time, I didn’t. When I got back to work the second week in October, I opened another e-mail from ARe. This time, I read what charity would benefit from the “uncompensated” efforts of the participating authors. It was the American Heart Association.
I worked like a genie flying a carpet in a hurricane and turned in my novella two weeks later, on the last day for submissions. Enough magic remained that my story was selected to be a part of the 28 days and will be released on February 24th.
Granny Kelly would be proud. She used to smooth on some lipstick on her way out the door so Granddad wouldn’t see and be jealous. I know she would love this tale. Check it out. Match Ramsey rises to the occasion of ARe’s 28 Days of Heart campaign … and rises in proximity of a certain alluring teacher-turned-Realtor named Angeline Delaire. Angels & Genies is my fourth genie romance but the first to introduce Match and his surfer-dude angel sidekick Miguel. Together, they seek to block the entrance of evil jinni Iblis to the earthly realm. Angeline holds the key to the sought portal. The only hint I’ll give is—as any Realtor will tell you—it’s all about location, location, location.
You can learn more about the author, her books, and the race of jinn at www.kfzuzulo.com. Best Wishes!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Women and Sports
My name is Tilly Greene, an erotic romance author, and when I lived abroad, the way I found to stop being the foreigner and carry on over the water cooler type of conversation was through sports. Of course, it helped that I liked sports, period, but to delve into new ones was a challenge.
You see, football, baseball, tennis, ice hockey, and volley (beach and indoor)...those were the sporting events I went to and enjoyed. A good selection, unfortunately none of them were in England. Wait, I know what you're thinking: "They play football in England," and yes, they do, but unlike the rest of the world, Americans call is soccer, and that sport wasn't on my radar. The other sport the cutie and our friends liked was F1 racing. In America, there's NASCAR, and the only thing these two have in common is fast cars. I never could get into cricket, but I do like rugby. Through perseverance and after making some mistakes, I figured these new to me sports out, and I have added them to my roster. It means I can talk to men and women in a variety of countries about their nation's sport - it's a great ice breaker for those events I sometimes attend as a corporate wife.
The backlash for enjoying sport and being a writer is that they often show up in my stories. And, as an erotic romance author, the players and their unique uniforms inspire me to create elaborate back stories during lengthy timeouts. I've written about heroes that play ice hockey, rugby, F1 racing, and with And She Scores, it's (American) football. Pre-season is about to begin and, defensive end and captain, Patrick Conway, is returning from what could've been a career-ending injury. Sarah Winters, focused on making a career as a respected reporter in an all-male sport, is about to conduct his first interview. Did I mention they used to date? Were driven apart by lies? Still cared for each other?
Well, what could possibly happen between these two, while at a major arena, with a ton of people around them? To find out, you'll need to visit All Romance or OmniLit, and pick a copy of And She Scores.
WARNING! Red hot romances ahead
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
It's a rare day when I have two releases come out at the same time, so there definitely should be a drawing to celebrate! To make it easy on everybody, I only ask that you make a comment to this post, and I'll draw from the names here.
The prize will be one download each of GPS and Enter Sandman. In the comments, please specify what formats you want so I'll know what to buy from ARe. You can check the GPS listing to see what formats are available.
Winner is picked on Friday. Good luck!
Proceeds from the sale of GPS are donated to the American Heart Association in conjunction with their Wear RED campaign to raise awareness of heart disease among women. Usually when we think of women and overcoming illness, the discussion turns toward breast or ovarian cancer. Perhaps sometimes we lose focus and don't realize that good heart health is equally important. We only have one, after all, and we should take care of it. :)
Heart disease awareness is a cause close to my, er, heart as well. Both of my parents lost their fathers to heart attacks, and in both instances neither man lived to see 60. Granted, on my father's side there had been a history of heart problems among the men (up through his line, several men succumbed in their 50s and 60s to heart trouble), yet it's because of associations like the AHA that we learn things that break these cycles brought on by genetic patterns. As I head into my 40s, I don't want to worry about having my life cut short by something that could have been prevented.
For just two dollars (maybe more if you check out the other titles available at ARe), you can help a great cause and read a hot story that gets your heart pumping. Hope you enjoy it!
I'm pleased to announce my Phaze Rocks short with Phaze Books is now available for download! Enter Sandman is the first in a trilogy, my Metallirotica series. Heh.
Struck by insomnia, Len Crocker is desparate to try anything to get to sleep, even obtain the services of a mysterious living god, and probable huckster, known simply as The Sandman.
When the object of Len's desires, Andrew Gibbons, springs for the nighttime session, Len is amazed by The Sandman's effectiveness...and pleasantly surprised with what he finds in his bed the next morning.
Read the excerpt here, and head over to Phaze Books and buy it today!
I had a lot of fun writing this one. It's sort of a crazy fantasy/contemporary with a surprise ending. I was certainly surprised by it.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Mine will be released February 20th, TIMELESS VOYAGE. With the purchase of Timeless Voyage and any of the 28 Days of Heart Ebooks, all proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. As you read about the strong hearted warrior woman, Anwen, remember you are a warrior as well as your purchase helps AHA battle heart disease.
Love isn’t bound by the limits of time…
Off the mist shrouded coast of Ireland, a pagan lady-pirate, Anwen, captures the enemy, a Roman, Titus Rufius Kaeso. The Celtic warrior woman presses her hard iron dagger against Kaeso’s throat, but her arm does not obey the will to slay him. From time out of mind, memories of fated lovers, druids, and sacrifice, stay her hand. Kaeso is also captivated by dreams of the woman he loved in a previous life, the mirror image of Anwen. But in this lifetime they are foes, Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more.
“I shall sing to you, Ovid's poem, Amores.” In a tone muted with lust he recited, “‘Hair parted along her ivory neck.’”
Lifting one hand, he brushed his fingers down the back of her smooth neck in feathery strokes. Her skin was so warm and soft. Moving his hand to her face, he traced the outline of her lips. He pressed his lips against hers, gently covering her wet, warm mouth. As he slipped his fingers down her arm, he rested his other hand on her waist, drawing her close. Bodies pressed together, their feet moving in small rhythmic steps, they glided across the sand, dancing to the roar of rushing, white-foamed waves.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Everybody who comes to The 411 knows that if the owner buys you a drink, he wants more than a simple thank you. When the bartender sets the prized shot of Jack in front of Ridge Horton, he is shocked by the actual Jack's silent proposal. Aware of Jack's preference for no-strings sex, will one night of passion be enough for Ridge, or will he want another shot at Jack Mortenson?
Warning: this story features hot male on male sex, and a happy for now ending!
Really, they don't come cheap, even for the cheap seats. If I were getting some for a timely hot show, like Dancing with the Star tickets, I could justify the cost. This is Cats, now and forever. Surely everybody's seen it by now - I know how it ends. High costs is one reason we don't go out - that Star Wars orchestra thing that toured was 80 bucks a head! My husband would just as soon get Ralph Wilson Stadium tickets to see the Bills play, or worse yet Conseco Fieldhouse tickets for the Pacers and he can't stand them.
Thing is, too, she's not very old - she's been to movies and proven she can sit still for 90 minutes or so, but a play is differently entirely. My husband doesn't think it's a good idea to expose her to a loud, potentially frightening production. There are dark moments in Cats, I remember Macavity scaring the crud out of me the first time. As much as I would like to expose my girl to the arts, perhaps it is too soon for Broadway.
Is five too young for a show like that? When I see some of these cartoons nowadays, they seem no tamer.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
On the 17th of February my Story Vanilla with Extra Nuts is released. This is the blurb:
She was just a vanilla girl until she found her perfect toppings…
Megan was slowly falling in love with Adam and was devastated to hear he was also sleeping with a man behind her back. When she confronts Adam she finds her lust for him over-riding her reticence.
When she makes a secret fantasy come true and goes to bed with both Adam and his lover at the same time, vanilla Megan has to decide. Can she come to terms with this unusual relationship?
And here’s a hot excerpt to get your heart pumping which will keep it nice and healthy.
“Before I could protest, Simon was in the room and shutting the door behind him. He seemed even bigger now than I remembered him and I felt threatened by his presence.
“Oh, hey, I see you’ve started without me. Give me a moment and I’ll catch up.”
I was so stunned as he threw off his black jacket and undid his tie that I didn’t say a word until he had his crisp white shirt unbuttoned to the navel.
“Wait, stop, what are you doing?”
“Undressing,” he replied as he finished the last button and I was treated to the sight of his hard chest as he pushed the white material off his shoulders. For a moment all I could think about was tracing my hands over his body.
“But, I mean, well, don’t we have to talk first?”
Simon looked at Adam and they both shrugged in unison.
“I think actions are louder than words,” Adam said and kissed the nape of my neck. “We can talk later.”
I looked at Adam and scrunched my brows so he would know I was pissed off. He just kissed me in the middle of my forehead, then whispered in my ear, “Trust me, darling, it’s going to work out all right, just trust me.”
When I looked up again, Simon was naked. I gulped as I let my eyes trace the length and breadth of his delicious, hard body. There was no doubting I wanted to taste him and feel his body against mine. I looked up into his dark brown eyes and he smiled, willing me to be okay with this. I could see he was nervous too, despite his striptease bravado. I smiled back then and thought, “What the hell?” If we couldn’t work things out after we fucked, well, at least I would have the memories of a fantasy come true to keep me warm at night.
“Are you sure you’re okay with this?” he asked as he walked over to my side of the bed. “I’ll go if you don’t want me here.” Part of me wanted him to go, but it really was a tiny fraction of the whole. My body was desperate to feel his bulk pressed against my soft, giving curves.
“I’m okay, I want this,” I said, then followed it up quickly with, “I think I do anyway.”
“That’s good enough for me,” he said and leaned in to kiss me. You know as well as I do that everyone kisses in a different way. Adam is a very smooth, very subtle kisser. He starts off slowly and builds up to a crescendo. Simon is not like that at all. His kisses are aggressive and hungry and leave you gasping for breath after only a matter of seconds.
I noticed, once I had become accustomed to Simon’s kissing, that Adam’s lips were on my neck again. I don’t think I can find the right words to convey to you the sheer excitement that two pairs of lips on your body brings. A kiss is a thrill but two kisses at the same time from two different people is pure ecstasy. I closed my eyes and the two pairs of lips began to roam. I could tell who was kissing where, but after a while I just didn’t care. “
Now you can benefit other hearts by buying a copy of this book or any of the others in the 28 days of Heart Campaign where all the profits go to the American Heart Association.
Take care and keep healthy!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I was thrilled to be invited to participate in ARe's 28 Days of Heart. I lost both of my grandfathers to heart attacks, as well as a close friend of my family. The idea that my words could possibly raise money for such a wonderful cause humbles me. Mad about Meg will be available on February 16.
If it weren't for bad luck, Meg Williams wouldn't have any luck at all. As if traveling to a tropical island on Valentine's weekend in a nasty storm isn't bad enough, she's doing it alone after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Enduring the trip from hell, she arrives on Eden Isle only to discover that her hotel reservation has been lost and there are no vacancies anywhere on the island. Disheartened, Meg heads for the hotel bar.
Rob Madison is used to being in the limelight due his wealth and power. Used to being pursued by women for his fortune. When he meets Meg in the bar and realizes she doesn't know who he is, he decides to spend the evening as a regular guy. Discovering she doesn’t have a place to stay, he offers to share his penthouse with her.
As the night progresses and their mutual attraction becomes apparent, Meg wonders if her luck has turned, while Rob wonders if one weekend in each other's arms will be enough…
Order your copy here! To learn more about Mari Carr and her books, you can visit her website at www.maricarr.com.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Rather than take the opportunity to plug my works, (I do that plenty via my LeighEllwood.com site, my Twitter, and Facebook account) I thought I would take the opportunity to share some themed favorites: Valentine funnies, heart string strummers, and recommendations for anyone interested in a day of romance and indulgence. Lately, with the little one exhausting us, the DH and I don't spend Valentine's doing anything special beyond a nice dinner or a quiet evening at home. To think of it, we've had some rather unusual Valentine's Day celebrations - there was the all you can eat buffet in Athens, GA the first year we were married, and that one year spent at the NASCAR Busch Clash (now called the Bud Shootout, or whatever). These days, just give me a glass of wine and a pizza and I'll follow you home.
Now, if you want to get a bit sentimental, here are some video clips I'm happy to share which I think best fit the spirit of the holiday for lovers. Growing up, I used to watch Days of Our Lives religiously - since junior high through college, about until my early thirties. I drifted away as favorite characters left and the storyline got too ridiculous, but once in a while I still long for the old storylines that focused on romance and family and love overcoming any obstacles. I was particularly saddened to hear of actress Frances Reid's passing - she, of course, played matriarch Alice Horton for 30+ years, and figured much into the biggest romance stories on the show, considering she was a prime matchmaker.
Looking for romantic music to share for V-Day? Your mind may drift to something classical, or maybe light jazz, but I prefer what Frank Sinatra once called "the greatest love song ever written":
Of course, Frank also called it his favorite Lennon/McCartney composition, even though George Harrison wrote it. Apparently, too, while George's first wife Pattie claims "Something" had been written for her, others report that was not the case. Pattie, however, allegedly did inspire a few love songs by Eric Clapton.
If you're like me, you were introduced to Valentine's Day by Charlie Brown:
If these specials inspired love in me, it would be for the Dolley Madison cakes advertised during breaks. Yum! Hope whatever you do for Valentine's is great, and do check out my main site for my books. Please enjoy your visit to the next blog stop at Risque Business.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
In honor of the series release, I’m running a contest!
Enter the Your Heart’s Desire Contest
1. Post a list of the four titles from the series you’d most like to have someplace on the web. Facebook, myspace, twitter, your own blog, one belonging to a friend, this one…all fair game.
2. Using the contact page on my website samanthasommersby [dot] com, email me the URL where I can find your post and your email address
What’s the Fabulous Prize?
At the end of the month I will fulfill the wishes of seven winners for a total of 28 books. Winners will be contacted prior to fulfillment just in case their top four selections has changed.
Why seven winners, four books each? I really want to encourage everyone to support this endeavor. With 28 titles to choose from in so many sub-genres, AND for a super reasonable price ($1.99-$3.50), you’re sure to find some others that you can’t live without. Right?
Samantha Sommersby lives in San Diego with her husband and son. In 2007 she left what she used to call her “real life” day job as a psychotherapist to pursue writing full-time. She now happily spends her days immersed in the world of the Forbidden, a world where vampires are real, where magic is possible, and where love still conquers all. Samantha is the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The Temptation, book four in the critically acclaimed Forbidden series releasing March 5 and published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Blurb: Where can an angel find comfort? A lonely banished angel sits outside the gates of Paradise, lamenting the joy she has lost. When she is joined by a fallen archangel, she learns that one doesn't need to be in Heaven to experience bliss.
Hi! I’m Jackie Kessler, and I like to write about demons and angels, among other things. When I heard about the 28 Days of Heart, and that all proceeds would be going to the American Heart Association, I knew I wanted to write a Hell story for it, one that was about connection, and possibly even redemption.
The angel called Angel first appears in my second book, THE ROAD TO HELL, but you don’t need to read it to understand why Angel is alone outside the gates of Paradise...or why she feels so horribly alone. And you don’t need to read the first book, , to know who the archangel is that she meets. (But of course, I hope you **will** read the books!)
“Hell’s Angel” is somewhat of a departure from the Hell on Earth series in that it’s not humorous, it’s not written in first person, and it’s not about the former succubus Jezebel. Whether you’re new to Hell on Earth or if you’ve read all the books and novellas, I think you’ll enjoy the story.
Books and stories by Jackie Kessler:
Hell on Earth series:
The Road to Hell
“A Hell of a Time,” Eternal Lover
Hotter than Hell (mass-market reissue coming )
“When Hell Comes Calling,” Lilith Unbound
“Hell Is Where the Heart Is,” A Red Hot Valentine’s Day
“Hell’s Angel,” 28 Days of Heart
“ ,” Those Who Fight Monsters (coming fall 2010)
Hell to Pay (date TBA)
“Hell’s Fury,” Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (date TBA)
The Icarus Project series (with ):
Young Adult novels (by Jackie Morse Kessler):
Hunger (coming )
Rage (coming spring 2011)
Jackie Kessler on the Internet:
Deadline Dames: http://www.deadlinedames.com
League of Reluctant Adults: http://reluctantadults.blogspot.com
Twitter: @JackieKessler, @JackieMorseKess
Thursday, February 4, 2010
In an attempt to loosen the creative sluices, I started another project around Boone, about an author dealing with writer's block. That book became Muse, and I ended up incorporating the bits and pieces of Boone into the MS to make a book within a book. I liked the end result, and by the time it was completed I had a contract for Truth or Dare, so I sent it to Phaze for consideration.
The publisher at the time liked the Muse part of the story, but suggested I excise most of the Boone text and revise that into a separate companion piece. So there I was, back at square one. Just when I thought I had done Boone justice, I ended up with a truncated version of his tale - one I never officially finished anyway. In retrospect I should have stuck to my guns and insisted the book be published in its entirely, else I wouldn't be obsessing over this years later. As it turns out, I may be better off.
Muse, to my initial disappointment, did not sell as I'd hoped. It took forever to release, too. The story was officially my first start in romance, and by the time it came out the first two Dareville novels were long released. Those books sold rather well, and Muse bombed by comparison. To this day I don't know if readers had expected another Dare novel and decided to pass on this one, or maybe some didn't care for the first books and wrote me off (I hope not), or maybe it was the cover. I can laugh at it now, but at the time the cover artist (also my editor, and the publisher) really agonized over the concept. Phaze hadn't made the switch to stock photography yet, and while I could probably petition for a new cover I probably won't - unless I decide to ask for the rights back and revise and release. For now, it will stay put.
But, we're talking about Boone now. Recently, with more time to write, I opened up the original manuscript featuring the material that didn't make it into Muse. There's a good 20K words there, too much to let go to waste, so I've decided to give the story another shot. I actually have an idea of where to take the action, and anticipate ending around 40K in a few months.
Why finish it despite Muse's pale showing? For one, it's a matter of pride. I started the work, and I want to finish it, no matter how long it takes. For two, perhaps a new release will stimulate interest in Muse, which is now only $3 at Phaze Books.
Once it's edited and polished, I'll release Boone through DLP. The way it's going now, it really isn't an erotic romance - more like heavy sensual - so it's not quite hot enough for Phaze. I also have a cover I've hoarded forever, and it will be nice to finally use it.
So maybe Boone will finally be heard, for real this time. :)