Friday, July 26, 2013

Now Available: Happily Ever After by Leigh Ellwood

Now available from DLP Books, Happily Ever After. This novel is a re-release - it was first published as Muse, and has been revised for re-release. If you haven't read it before, it's new to you now so I hope you'll enjoy it.

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The world is waiting Tania Garber's next romance novel...all Tania has to do is write it. With her marriage ending and her inspiration gone, Tania doesn't know if she can write romance anymore. She needs a muse, and finds the next best thing in her new downstairs neighbor.

Wesley Boone needs a break, from his work and from romance. A sought-after fashion photographer, he has lost his eye for beauty and hopes a vacation will relax his nerves. Then he meets his new neighbor, who excites him to no end, but will the excitement end when she learns his secrets?

Can Tania and Boone find their happily ever after?

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She awoke, frustrated and horny, and hoped a shower and coffee would rejuvenate her. It didn’t completely, but she felt somewhat human as she slipped on a T-shirt and shorts. She hoped, too, that the loudmouthed beach bunny from yesterday was sleeping late, and sleeping somewhere far, far away.

She checked the parking lot from her living room window as the coffee brewed. Not a sign of her. Good.
Minutes later the doorbell’s chime caused Tania to squeal, and she nearly spilled her coffee. It rarely sounded, as Tania had very few visitors, and she had seen neither the mailman nor a UPS truck during her brief bout of voyeurism. She was not expecting any galleys right now, and all papers relative to her pending divorce were usually sent directly to her attorney’s office.

“Who is it?” she called, mainly out of habit. Hubby’s last act of charity before leaving six months ago was installing a new peephole in the front door. She hurried towards it to see a distorted image of Boone peering back at her.

“It’s Boone, from downstairs?” His elegant accent pitched high.

She smiled at his forlorn image in the fisheye lens. His already prominent nose dwarfed the rest of his face and seemed more pointed, like that of a Renaissance puppet. Even so, she could detect an attractiveness in this sight of him that caused the heat to pool low in her belly. She imagined he wouldn’t look so goofy up close without a door separating them.

“One second,” she said, stifling a giggle, and opened the door to find him holding an empty measuring cup.

“Let me guess.” She folded her arms and wondered if Boone had noticed she wasn’t wearing a bra underneath the white T-shirt. “It’s Grandma’s birthday and the cupboard is bare.”

Boone held up the opaque plastic cup and twirled the handle around his forefinger. “Actually, I need to cut down on refined sugars. I thought I’d bring this along for kicks. I mean, why defy neighborly tradition, eh?”

His smile was infectious, and enhanced by perfectly straight teeth. Tania responded in kind. “It’s just as well, anyway. I have only a carton of sweetener packets that I use for coffee, and it would seem tedious to have to rip through a thousand tiny pink envelopes to fill that cup,” she said. “So, how can I help you?”

“I do need to borrow something, I’m afraid. I’ve had a look through the captain’s quarters this morning,” he chuckled, “and I’ve been unable to find a map of the city.”

“Not surprising, since Captain Anderson’s lived here more than half his life and probably knows where everything is. You didn’t get a map en route from LA? No GPS on your phone?” Her right eyebrow rose with suspicion. Seemed like a lamer excuse than wanting to borrow sugar, but Tania had to give him points for effort.

“I used directions downloaded from the Internet to get this far, and I’d do it again if the captain had a computer, which he doesn’t,” Boone said. “Believe it or not, I decided to go off the grid for this trip, and my phone is a pay as you go model that doesn’t have Web capability.”

“I see. I wish I could live like that,” Tania said, thinking of the bliss she’d enjoy to never hear constant admonishments from her agent.

“I only need to find one particular store I found in the phone book, and I didn’t see the point in driving all the way out to that drugstore on the main road if it turned out I had to go in a completely different direction.”

Of course you didn’t, Tania thought. She knew very well that the phone book contained a few small maps of the area that Boone could have easily used. “Well, I’m sorry to say I don’t have any maps, either,” she said. “What are you looking for? I’ve been here all my life and pretty much know where everything is.”

“That would be very helpful, thanks.” Boone’s fleeting disappointment turned back into a smile, and he told her the name of the camera shop he wanted.

Tania motioned him into the living room. “I know where that is. How about I just print up another Internet map for you? I have a WiFi connection, so all I have to do is this.” With a few clicks of the mouse Tania hid her novel in progress and called up an Internet map site. Typing in the address Boone relayed for her, she clicked the enter button and a map illuminated on her screen. “Just take a second or two to print,” she announced.

The second she said that, Tania felt her heart sink. Why had she said it wouldn’t take long? Boone would just take the directions and leave. She should have stalled, offered him some coffee. It would seem silly to do that now.

“I can’t thank you enough,” Boone said.

“Uh, thanks. You know, if the temptation to go online becomes too great and you get a computer, let me know and I’ll give you my WiFi password.”

“Very generous of you, thanks.”

Tania watched as Boone idly paced her living room, admiring the spacious setup, and relaxed. He didn’t seem to be in a hurry.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Blogger Fair: Drako Damone

Please welcome Drako Damone as part of the Book Blogger Fair.

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

My latest release is Heir of Mjolnir, the fourth book in my Dragon Hunter series. This one features a very new and different main character than the first three books.

2) How did you become inspired to write this work?

I’m a large fan of mythology. I’m pretty well versed in both Greek and Norse. I wanted to bring a little of the Norse into my stories and I loved Thor the best of the Norse gods. With him gone, I figured the goddess of magic would take a magical weapon and bestow it as she sees fit.

3) Did you have to do a lot of research to complete this work?

Not really. I was already very knowledgeable in this subject. I’ve been studying mythology since fifth grade.

4) What is a day in your writing life like? Do you have a set schedule?
I don’t have a set schedule because I work during the day. I pretty much write when I get a minute. When it’s slow at work, when I’m at home and not doing school work or cleaning. Whenever its handy.

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

Pantser, definitely a pantser. I despise planning. I like to let the plot flow from me naturally.

6) 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 blend my genres. I’m mainly a paranormal/fantasy author. I bring in some LGBT situations but I don’t want my work classified solely as that genre because my characters can be gay, straight, or bi. I’ve yet to write a transgender character in this series. I wouldn’t be opposed to it, if they popped into my mind that way.

7) Of your backlist/WIPs, which would you say was the easiest to write? The most challenging? Why?

The Dragon Witch, book 2, was the easiest. It’s the largest book, but it just flew out. I loved the heroine, Victoria, because she was a woman and so self confident, powerful, and a smart ass. She doesn’t know when to back down or shut up, and I love that about her. Plus, she can kick ass. That’s why she’ll continue popping up in the series.

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

Both equally. I don’t have a preference. I publish in both methods to get to all readers.

9) Do you own an e-reader, or maybe two? How do you like it?

I own a kindle and I just gave my nook to my best friend. I like the e-readers. It’s much easier to carry around and get my reading done.

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

I’m working on book 5, The Three Fates. This book has become much larger than I thought it would be. I think it will be my longest yet. It has a lot of extra conflict that I didn’t see coming but I think fans will enjoy. I have another book outside of this series currently entitled Journeys, which is strictly LGBT fiction. I’m working on a joint project that hasn’t been named yet.

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

Yes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/drakosden

Twitter: @drakosden

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

www.drakosden.net

13) Desert Island quiz: you can only bring one album, one DVD set for your favorite TV show, and one movie. What are they?

Brandy’s Two Eleven album, Xena dvd set, and V for Vendetta.

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

Cloak and Silence by Sherilyn Kenyon. Amazing book. A bit short, but she did her two male characters justice.

15) Who are your favorite authors in your primary genre?

Anne Rice Sherilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, and JR Ward

16) Do you have a favorite charity? How does it appeal to you?

Not really

17) What is the farthest you've traveled for a concert and who did you see?

Only ever traveled in the same city, for Brandy most recently. Also Deborah Cox and Nelly.

18) Will we see you at any cons/signings soon?

Not sure. I’m looking into it

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

Not my favorite era of movies, so no clue

20) Who do you like in the next World Series?

Cardinals maybe? I dunno, not really a sports guy.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Blogger Fair: Eva LeFoy

Please welcome Eva LeFoy as part of the Book Blogger Fair!

No Glass Between Them

I’m  glad to see another LGBT author participating in the Blogger Book Fair. One of my recent works, No Glass Between Them, marks the start of a three-part serial called the Sturdy Accountant Series. Here in a nutshell are the three parts of the story:

Part 1 – Alyce the shy butch accountant has a wicked crush on Contessa the stripper but doesn’t think she’ll ever have her. When Contessa seeks her out and wants to stay with her, Alyce faces a conundrum: does she or doesn’t she fulfill her fantasies? Let’s just say that Contessa has something to say about that...

Part 2 – In part 2 Contessa’s past catches up with her. Alyce can’t say she’s too surprised – after all she never believed this beautiful woman was meant to be a stripper anyway. But can she get Contessa off the hook for past crimes, or will a nice long prison sentence come between them?

Part 3 – With Meaghan’s (Contessa) past issues resolved, the two enter into a space of cohabitating bliss. But then another part of Meaghan’s past crops up: Lilly. She’s blonde, she’s tall, she’s gorgeous and Alyce doesn’t like the way she’s all buddy-buddy with her girlfriend. Alyce can’t tell Lilly to go without risking losing Meaghan. So she does the next best thing – she gives in to the woman coming between them and risks it all…

Here’s an excerpt from No Glass Between Them, out now for .99:

Contessa gathered a few things and disappeared into the bathroom. As soon as the water started running, Alyce’s mind spun into turmoil. She stood and paced from the bed to the dresser and back.

Good God, what am I going to do? I can’t live with Contessa without wanting her. I just can’t. How am I going to keep my hands off her? Already her pussy ached with the need to touch her.

But at the same time, the woman had asked for her help. Alyce sure as hell wouldn’t deny her assistance, come hell or high water, no matter her personal feelings. Still, the fact Contessa had come to her for help shocked her. Why me? Maybe it was just as she said, she felt comfortable with her.

The water turned off. The shower curtain parted. Soon Contessa would step out on the cheap white hotel mat naked, dry herself off, and slip into something more comfortable. Like a thin silk robe. Alyce groaned softly at the thought. Still moist from the performance, her panties grew wet again. God, what the hell am I going to do? I can’t be here alone with her without wanting her… I’ll go crazy.

Contessa stepped from the bathroom wearing nothing but a towel. Her silken long legs did tiny dance steps as she hummed a tune Alyce didn’t recognize.

The thump, thump, thump of Alyce’s heart pummeled her chest. She white knuckled the dresser as Contessa came up behind her.

“Are you ready for bed?” She tossed her damp ringlets as she spun around. The towel didn’t quite cover the bottom of her ass. “I am.”

In the mirror, she saw Contessa drop the towel. Saw her backside as she strode to the bed, crawled on top and lay on her stomach. Alyce gulped. If she stayed like that, maybe she could still sleep tonight. Maybe she could close her eyes and pretend to be at home with her cat and her books…

Contessa patted the bedspread beside her. “Come here. I don’t bite.”

Burning with hidden desire, Alyce made her way to the bed, sat down, and then laid on her back. Fully dressed. All the while she kept her eyes and hands to herself. Just like a normal person. Very normal.

Snuggling up next to her, Contessa pressed her naked form close and laid her head on Alyce’s shoulder. “Mmmm. You smell good.”

Assuming she was only seeking comfort, Alyce put her arm around her. The damp warmth of her bare skin invited her to cradle Contessa, keep her safe. So that’s what she’d do. Even if it killed her, she wouldn’t make a move on this woman. She choked on a gasp when Contessa leaned over and pressed a soft mouth to hers.

Buy link: http://amzn.to/173d21O

Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Eva-Lefoy/e/B00CE0EY0G

Blog: http://writery.wordpress.com/

Monday, July 22, 2013

Book Blogger Fair: Lillian MacKenzie Rhine

Welcome, Book Blogger Fair fans! I am pleased to host a few authors this week, and I hope you'll enjoy the interviews and guest blogs. First up is the author Lillian MacKenzie Rhine!

Welcome, Lillian! Please tell us about your new book.

My latest release is my debut novella, Memoirs of a Succubus, released June 2013. Its a book that deals with a few controversial subjects, one being sexual struggles of women vs morality. My main character, Natalya Hart, is a sexually free woman using men to satisfy her needs without a care in the world. After a series of interesting events, she starts to question some of her lifestyle choices.

What inspired this book?

My inspiration for this piece came from my personal past. Each chapter, including the paranormal chapters, were something based on my past trysts with former lovers.

Do you favor a specific genre in your writing?

I do not prefer to write a specific genre. My motto is my pencil creates the story. I have that pantser approach to my writing.

What else can we expect from you soon?

I have a lot going on writing wise for the rest of 2013. The second book for Memoirs of a Succubus will release in December. This piece will include a full fantasy world, so much of the urban part will be taken out. August will bring for the release of my anticipated vampire romance titled Winter's Island. This novel encompasses the quintessential love triangle with a backdrop of the Virgin Islands. I am also doing a co-authored shifter paranormal piece and a youth paranormal romance with a different author.

Where can readers contact you socially?

I do have a Facebook author page. https://www.facebook.com/LillianMackenzieRhine

Do you have a blog?

My blog is http://lillianmackenzierhine.wordpress.com.

Desert Island Picks time. Choose one set of DVDs to take with you.

If I could bring one TV show series it would be MISFITS based in the UK. That show gives you all the goodness of a great messed up dark comedy all wrapped in hilarious hourly bites. My movie of choice would be FOUR ROOMS, pretty much for the same dark comedy reasons. Dark comedies are the best because it is great to laugh at your own pain.

What was the last book you read?

Last book I read was By Chance by Cat Grant. It was my first m/m read and I loved every moment of it. The love story was very intriguing and the erotic scenes were hot as well as tasteful. I am now a fan.

Thanks for stopping by, Lillian!

About Memoirs of a Succubus

Sex – the carnal desire shared between two or more beings resulting in the most powerful of energy surges exhibited by man, animal and beast. Even promiscuity can be seen as normal in today's world of “hooking up”. Natalya Hart has certainly experienced all the joys that an enormous sexual appetite can provide. Picking up men and making them submit to her has become a sport – an art. However, an unfortunate combination of events take place that cause her to evaluate her present, her past and finally her future. Is she really a young woman having fun living in the hedonistic now, or, is there something else burning in her soul, itching to come out?

Natalya feels alienated – no one to help her make sense of her shifting emotions. Natalya is hopelessly alone – but is she? An unlikely ally, Sinnocent, has been Natalya's guardian for years unbeknownst to her. Alerting her to the looming danger soon to encompass her life, he takes on the role of protector after he foolishly crosses a line, embedding the woman into his soul for an eternity. The two beings are ultimately confronted with the same question with results forever changing the lives of the two and possibly more– does love and trust bring tranquility or does giving up, giving in to temptation by ending it all provide true peace?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Quiet Contemplation and Writing

Let me say right now that I am useless in a political argument. I have always been a right brain thinker, and as a person of faith I am often at odds when it comes to situations where one should do what's right for himself or for society as a whole. It's been a rough few weeks for the country between the bills in Texas and the trials in Florida. Sometimes you wish you could just wave a magic wand and make everything better. Doesn't happen that way. My heart aches for so many people for different reasons, and I fear if I say something it will come out wrong. Funny how a writer suffers a loss for words. For now, though, I've taken the advice of St. Francis: pray.

I am having a busy summer. I am ohsoclose to turning in the final draft of Coming Together: Girl on Girl to Coming Together for publication. I have a blog tour in the works for that, and I'm excited to share the first F/F anthology from that publisher. Writing-wise, I'm working on an untitled F/F and the sequel to Long Awaited Friend at the same time. I have a solo weekend coming up, so it's time to break out the Red Bull and kale chips and get to work. Also, the story I contributed to Girl on Girl will be lengthened into a novella or short novel. Haven't decided yet.

Recently, I finished the first draft of a book I'll release under my real name. I foresee quite a bit of work on that one, so I'll have more news later. Also, I signed up to appear at The Novel Experience Event in Atlanta next year - that and AAD 2014 are my two big book events for the next year. Already I'm working on goodies to give away.

So my summer is pretty much spoken for. I hope to log some time at the beach on weekends, provided the sidewalk doesn't melt on the walk there. Stay cool, wherever you are, and find peace and love.

Monday, July 1, 2013

First Kiss With a Bang Blog Hop

I'm please to be a part of the First Kiss With a Bang Blog Hop! Please have a look around, and comment to win $10 in eBook bucks from B&N, ARe, or Amazon!

The first kiss is always magical, especially if it's with somebody you truly love. The first time I kissed my husband was a brave peck on the lips as we said goodbye after our first date. We were both shy and weren't sure where the night was heading. He took the initiative and it must have worked, because 20 years later I'm still here!

When it comes to romance novels, I feel there should be more kissing. When a couple is occupied with kissing, there's little time to feel upset or angry, and in most stories the kiss can wipe your memory - you forget the argument and the reasons why you argued in the first place. Anticipating the kiss in a story is almost as fun as reading it - you constantly turn pages and wonder when is it going to happen?

Probably one of my favorite romance kisses is between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind. Yes, it's made more memorable by the movie, but you have to admit a kiss in the middle of a war is a good way to forget your problems...if only for a moment.

What's your favorite kiss moment in a story?