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.

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.
Want more? I hope to have it available soon. For now, leave a comment and let me know your favorite sub-genre of romance. I'll draw one 18+ winner to win a free eBook from me. 



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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 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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

After Authors After Dark + Giveaway

Authors After Dark
I am home from another fabulous Authors After Dark con. Of the six, this was my fourth (let me make sure - Suffern, Secaucus, Philly, Charlotte...yep, fourth), and the second time I majorly sponsored something. The first time around I provided nice insulated lunch bags (wish I could find mine), and this year I co-sponsored a lunch with some wonderful ladies.

I rode the mechanical bull at the Torquere Press welcome rodeo. I got a hug from Andrew Grey and shared a moment with Jenny Trout in the elevator. Good times.

I sat on many panels with some amazing authors. Recall is bad at the moment, but I can tell you I sat with the likes of Andrew Grey, Shoshanna Evers, Julia Talbot, B.A. Tortuga, Kiernan Kelly, T.C. Blue, Ann Mayburn, Louisa Bacio, Sahara Kelly, Alexandra Ivy, Jenn LeBlanc, Stella Price, and Opal Carew. Not all on one panel, mind you, but throughout the week. If I forgot your name, please forgive me. Still in recovery mode here.

I have to say, too, with each convention I attend where I sit on's getting better. I haven't mentioned this before on the blog, and I can't say how many people who read this blog know, but conventions and public events challenge me. As an introverted person, I find it takes work to sit in front of people and talk, especially about my work. I am not anti-social, if I were I wouldn't bother with cons at all. When I come to these events, I push myself out a bit more each time. When I ask a stranger at my table for dinner where she came from to attend, I consider that a victory for me. You can imagine what it's like being an author who must promote to make herself known.

So if I seemed standoffish or twitchy, it wasn't you. :-) If I do six more of these I'll be the life of the party.

That said, every year I attend RT or AAD I give away my swag bag and also include some of my stuff and a few extras. I have a nice haul this time around, including the following books:

  • Spider by Jennifer Estep
  • Release Me by J. Kenner
  • Blush by Opal Carew
  • Restless Heart by Emma Lang
  • Slow Surrender by Cecilia Tan
  • Awakened by Virna DePaul
  • Turned by Virna DePaul
Typically I open the giveaway to US residents, but I decided to make this one international. There is no purchase necessary to win, but due to the nature of the prizes you must be 18+. The swag bag will include promotion from a variety of romance authors - paranormal, LGBT, contemporary, BDSM, erotic - and ranges from bookmarks and flats to little doo-dads. I ate all the chocolate, sorry, but I guess you can go to the store for that. Be aware, if you win and are international it will take a while for the prize to get there, depending on the current postal rates.

The only thing I would ask of the winner is to review all the books you receive as you read them, either on Goodreads or a blog or wherever you talk about books. I know the authors would appreciate it.

Okay, good luck. Many ways to enter.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Guest Author Cover Reveal: Shattered Trust by Lynda Bailey

Learning to love is the easy part…

As a young woman, Kate Landry trusted the wrong man, and she paid dearly for her naiveté. Alone, pregnant and destitute, she survived by the sheer force of her will. Now forty-two, Kate has made a good living for herself and her daughter as the owner of the Bluebird Saloon. But she’s forgotten how to live. That is until he comes into her bar…

Liam St. James loved a girl once. And only once. After an accident paralyzed her, she didn’t trust he would continue to love her. Brokenhearted, Liam left and soon discovered a world where women did trust him—to be their sexual Dominant. He plays out the scenes masterfully, but the unexpected request from the stoic bar owner will pose his greatest challenge yet…

Kate and Liam embark on a journey to uncover repressed urges and, in the process, they discover new desires. They also fall in love with one another. But when you’ve been shattered as badly as they have by mistrust, deceit and abuse, loving is easy. Trusting is harder, if not impossible, especially when the heart is involved…

Shattered Trust is a BDSM romance. It contains explicit language and graphic love scenes, including bondage, domination, spanking, whipping and multiple partners. It is intended for mature readers only.


About Lynda

I’ve always loved stories, especially romances. For me the only thing better than reading a romance is writing one. That and drinking red wine while eating dark chocolate.

My romances are full of passion, with heat levels that range from hot to sizzling! I'm proud to have been a 2010 finalist in the prestigious Golden Heart®. Please join me for laughter and love, and where the good guys always win in the end.

I live in Reno with my husband of thirty+ years and our two pampered pooches. You can visit me at Or drop me an email

Friday, August 1, 2014

Blog Tour - Touched by the Sandman by Beverly Ovalle

Please welcome Beverly Ovalle!

I asked Beverly, how do you break writer's block? Here's her Top Ten list:

  1. Read the story from the beginning to where I got stuck
  2. Exercise
  3. Turn to another story and leave that one alone for a while
  4. Cook or bake
  5. Just keep writing even if it doesn’t flow
  6. Watch a movie
  7. Talk to a friend about it – maybe they have some ideas
  8. Shopping (Retail Therapy J )
  9. Go fishing
  10. Read a book

Title – Touched by the Sandman
Author – Beverly Ovalle
Genre – Erotic Paranormal
Publication Date – March 20, 2014
Length (Pages/# Words) – 34
Publisher – Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover Artist – Boroughs Publishing Group


~A lonely woman's torrid sexual dreams and fantasy partner await her as a dominant reality in another dimension~

The sandman visits those that need him, assisting them to sleep. Until one night he meets a woman that he cannot help but return to time after time.

She is lonely. He comes to her as she drifts off to sleep, the man of her dreams. Awake or asleep, which is her reality?

He knows she is the one meant for him. He will find a way to make both of their dreams come true.


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The darkness blurred and shimmered, bringing to life a man of moonlight and darkness: Aryne.

Before him Aryne could see her, lying in bed, tears of loneliness staining her pillow. She made his heart ache. He softly stepped to her side. His hand touched her face and gently pushed back her hair. He leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on her forehead, turning her dreams from sadness to joy. Her body arched toward his touch as the skim of his hand, the heat of his skin traced the edges of her curves. He stepped back…and then within the shimmer of dreams disappeared.

Night after night her loneliness cried to him. Unable to resist, he came to her. Subtly he inserted himself into her dreams, into her arms. Aryne knew it was wrong. As a guide, his job was to bring sweet, peaceful dreams. But no one affected him like she had. He was unable to resist comforting her, drawing her into his arms, covering her body with his…but only in her dreams. There Aryne stole the passion from her lips, igniting an ache in his body that would not go away.

Touching her shattered him. He knew instinctively that her touch would be his downfall. Her touch could keep him here in this splinter of his world, isolated as all of the Outcasts were. Generations had gone by; those exiled had died long ago, their children mixing amongst the races of the universe.

He had tried to stay away, fearing this. He was adrift, swept away, drowning in her passion, breaths away from losing himself. Giving in, acknowledging the power she unknowingly had over him would condemn him, keep him here if she was unable to travel to his world. Very few could navigate between worlds. And this world would drain his power rather than enhance it. Even the short time he spent there took its toll on him, the drain only in abeyance when he was in her arms. Try as he might, he could not resist her siren call. Only by controlling her and the passion between them could he make sure that he would not become lost. Lost in her. Trapped forever in her world.

He had done his best, gentling her to his hand, to his control. She knew the unspoken rules, knew the consequences. He played them out in her dreams, a dark symphony of passion and restraint. Perhaps unforgivable for a guide, but he could not resist. And just her body was no longer enough. Eventually he would capture her heart and soul.

A man of shadows, it would be during the midnight hours of her slumber.


Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 24 years and two Chinese Water Dragons. Having her own Dragons is expected as she is dragon crazy and anyone that walks in her house can tell. Her son Nicholas visits when he is on leave from the Marines.  Her daughter Susannah visits from time to time to make sure us ‘old’ folks are alive and kicking.

Beverly has traveled around the world thanks to five years in the US Navy and has worked for the government in one capacity or another for the past 30 years. Beverly and her brothers have travelled most of the continental United States as children due to the station wagon from Hell.  Still active with veterans, she is adjutant for her local AMVETS.

Beverly has been reading romances since her Aunt introduced her to the gothic romance in the fourth grade and is still reading every chance she gets.




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