Sunday, May 31, 2015

Extract: Predator's Kiss

This is an awesome book from Rosanna Leo. Her book 'Predator’s Kiss' is the first book in her Gemini Island Shifters series.
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"Bear shifter Ryland Snow just wants peace. The peace and quiet afforded him at his woodsy retreat, the Ursa Fishing Lodge. As owner of the lodge, Ryland enjoys the tranquil life he’s created among his fellow shifters. He lives to maintain a safe haven for them, away from meddlesome human eyes.
When his rock star brother arrives, bringing trouble in the form of a possible hitman, Ryland is incensed. He’s been cleaning up Soren’s messes as long as he can remember, and is tired of his brother’s lecherous exploits.
Things go from bad to worse when Lia Goodblood stumbles upon Ryland and his lodge. Yes, the reclusive erotica author is easy on the eyes, but the human woman is more trouble than she’s worth. To say nothing of her bizarre fear of furry creatures.
Ryland determines to rid himself of her presence. But when he learns she’s on the run from a crazed fan, Ryland’s protective bear instincts flare. And the bear won’t be denied."

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Extract

She was already reviving a few minutes later. Ryland let out a sigh of relief.
Thank God. When he’d first seen the petite woman hurtling through the trees, he’d worried someone was after her. But no one else had barreled behind her. And yet she’d seemed so scared.
They hadn’t helped, presenting her with a couple of snarling bears.
She moaned a little, and the soft sound warmed him, making him hard again. Damn. He glanced around the room, remembered he didn’t exactly tend to stash clothes in guest cabins, and raced for the bathroom. He grabbed a couple of clean towels off the rack and tossed one to Soren. “Cover yourself.”
Soren grinned like a devil and motioned to his nude bottom half. “I can conduct my flirting business much more efficiently this way.”
Ryland glared as he wrapped his lower half in the towel. “Cover yourself or I’ll strangle you with it, lover boy.”
His brother placed the woman’s backpack on the floor and threw the towel about his waist. “Such animosity is really not in keeping with your sainthood, Brother Ryland.”
Ryland ignored him and turned back to the woman. He didn’t know why it mattered so much she recover and feel comfortable in his presence, but it did. Of course, as owner of the lodge, it made sense he didn’t want to see anyone scared or hurt.
Yeah. That’s it. That’s all.
His rationalization did nothing to quell the nervous tremors in his gut, though. Or his excruciating hard-on.
Okay, she’s sorta pretty and has a body made for sin. So what? Get over yourself.
Clearly it had been too long since he’d allowed himself to get lost in a woman’s body for more than a quick fuck. And this woman’s body deserved slow, leisurely loving. Greedy licks. Sensual tugs. Why, her breasts alone were so full and perfect, they just begged one to suck. To say nothing of those rounded hips and soft, womanly ass.
Ryland ran a hand over his face, feeling overly hot. Jesus Christ. Stop thinking like a horny teenager. You sound like Carter.
Besides, she was nothing like him. Human. And if time had taught him anything, it was the pursuit of romance with a nonshifter was a fool’s errand. She didn’t belong here on his resort, on his island. He needed to revive her and get her out of there.
Desperate to relieve the sudden, raging desire shooting up through his body, Ryland forced himself to look away from the woman. In doing so, he caught a glimpse of his brother. Soren was sitting next to her, his gaze contemplative, his eyes trained on her boobs. Ryland realized he didn’t like the way baby brother was looking at her. “Hey.”
Soren looked up. “What?”
“What are you staring at?”
Without batting an eye, Soren turned back to their unexpected guest. “Her. Can’t I stare?”
Ryland’s eyebrows shot up. “Staring at women has already gotten you into trouble. Maybe you should find a new hobby.” He stifled the low growl building in his throat. Now wasn’t the time for brawling, but he didn’t appreciate the way his brother gawked. His cool eye, appraising, as if he’d never seen anything like her before.
“You were checking her out too,” Soren replied.
“No, I wasn’t. I’m not interested in this … person,” Ryland retorted. As he uttered the words, he bit his tongue hard by mistake, as if confirming the words were a lie. “Damn,” he whispered, tasting blood.
“Do you think someone was chasing her?” Soren asked in a pensive tone, picking up one of his drumsticks and stroking it as if it were a lover’s finger.
“I don’t know.” Ryland sat on the other side of her small body and looked her up and down as she lay under the covers. Despite his mistrust of humans, he couldn’t help wondering who would frighten such a tiny, delicate thing. Had someone tried to hurt her? The very idea made him want to bash his head against the wall. Or better yet, bash any lowlife who dared to touch her.
No one touches her but me, his heart declared.
What?
As another stress headache shot through his brain, he wondered at the ferocity and lunacy of the feeling.

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About the Author :

Rosanna Leo
Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author with Liquid Silver Books. Her books include For the Love of a God, Up In Flames, Sweet Hell, The Selkie, Sunburn and her newest Predator’s Kiss. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

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Contact links for Rosanna Leo:

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Where you can buy the Gemini Island Shifters series:

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Coming Soon: Parker's Proceedings

Check out this awesome book from a friend of mine, Genevieve Scholl. Parker's Proceedings is a Legal Battle Short and a hot, great read.

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A slam dunk case of lust

Ashlee Rosenthal just hit the big 4-0, and life is as boring as watching paint dry. She’s a lawyer, which she loves, her son is grown and moved out, she hasn’t seen a movie in the cinemas in almost a decade, and her friendships are limited to a best friend half way across the country, a quirky assistant who talks faster than a freight train, and a chinchilla who thinks the countertops in her kitchen are its own personal bedroom.
Just as she’s contemplating doing something drastic and crazy in able to get some excitement in her life, Parker Bensley, a 20-something professional basketball player, walks into her office to file for divorce from his wife, and Ashlee’s libido is standing up and taking notice for the first time in forever. But he’s her client, and it would be considered a conflict of interest for her to feel anything toward him. So she shuts down her sexy thoughts and focuses on the case.
Until Parker makes the first move, and everything she had done to ensure she never compromised the case is thrown out the window. Ashlee knows it’s all kinds of wrong, but, damn, does it feel oh-so-good.

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Genevieve will be doing a cover reveal on the 1st of June.

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You can keep up with Genevieve on these sites:

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Keeping Up With Sophie!

So, I thought we'd do a little post about how you can keep up with all things Sophie Slade.

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"Sophie Slade is the author of Erotic Romance. She started writing TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE, never intending to publish it. However, her husband read it, loved it, and encouraged her to finish writing the book. Now, this book is the first in the series ETERNALLY YOURS. Sophie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, News Editorial sequence, from the University of Tennessee at Martin, with a minor in English. Sophie is a full-time author and resides in Florida with her husband and children."

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Extract: Armed and Dangerous

We're taking a peek at author D.C. Stone's book 'Armed and Dangerous'.

Armed and Dangerous is a hot cop novel.

Cover - Armed and Dangerous

"Being a cop can be a dirty job … but somebody’s got to do it.

Sergeant Alyssa Bloom, assigned as Patrolman Nate Wilshire’s trainer, knows what it means to stay in control, be alert to her surroundings, and keep a level head. Not so easy to do around the hot, young rookie.
Nate has the best job in the world—police officer with the sexiest partner a guy could ask for. Alyssa might be training him, but he has a few things he’d like to teach her. Unwilling to act on his desires and risk unprofessional conduct, he asks Madame Eve to find him someone to scratch the itch Alyssa can’t.

With the need to let loose hitting the red zone, Alyssa agrees to contact 1Night Stand. When her date is none other than her sexy partner, she has a decision to make—maintain professionalism and leave…or let her heart finally take control."

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Extract

Nate waited at the floor-to-ceiling window of the hotel room and stared out across downtown San Diego. Tall skyscrapers soared around the city, their tops dusted with popping colors of green, blue, and red. Cars passed by in a blur, and with dusk only minutes past and the weekend kicking off, nightlife began to bloom along with his own anticipation.
He tucked his hands inside the charcoal dress pants and rocked back and forth in the uncomfortable black dress shoes. After spending days in his boots and uniform, the toes of the shoes pinched at his toes, and the soles unforgiving. He did not miss them. At all.
The door behind him clicked and a brush of air alerted him someone entered the room. He stilled, his heartbeat kicking out an erratic tempo in his throat, but he didn’t turn, instead watching a woman cross the threshold in the window’s reflection. She assessed the larger-than-normal hotel suite before her gaze settled on his back.
Perplexed, he tipped his head, recognizing her familiar features. She progressed with a lethal grace only a trained law enforcement officer would know, her steps purposeful, but silent, even in heels higher than he’d ever seen her in.
Standing to the side, she set her purse and a small black bag on a table, giving him her profile. A flash of deep red hair grabbed his attention. He sucked in a breath and pivoted in slow motion, refusing to allow hope to grow any more than it had, yet at the same time, fear sliced through. The one person he needed to get out of his system stood in the same room as he.
The night was about to go to hell.
Facing away from him, she took in the overwhelming luxury of the room. Desire slammed into him, he came to life with a kick against his fly.

Alyssa.

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About the Author

DC Stone - Author Pic
D.C. Stone is an e-book author and full-time fraud investigator when she isn’t diving into the world of Fiction.
She lives in the north-east with her incredibly supporting husband, two kids, and the all American black Labrador puppy. She’ll deny any association with the grumpy cat that also resides in the house, but he is there, never-the-less.
After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of Financial Crimes and became a lead investigator for many years.
Reading has always been a passion of hers, getting lost in a good, steamy romance one of her favorite past times. That passion took a back seat as soon as she discovered her own love for writing and recreating her own stories and characters. Her writing concentrates on Romance with specifics in Paranormal, Suspense, and Erotica.
Now, when she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. Trying to keep up with that crazy bunch is a skill many would yearn to have.
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. Come stop by on Facebook, Twitter or her website and say hello!

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How to Get in Touch with DC Stone:

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Essence of Man

In literature, there are many types of male characters. There's the best friend, the Alpha male, the sensitive, vulnerable type. Men have as many stereotypes in literature as women do, though something they're stronger and the most complaints come when you step out of those stereotypes.

So let's take a look at these stereotypes:

The Alpha Male

Typically so hot that he can burn the pants of any woman within twenty feet. The Alpha Male is generally tall, dark haired, super attractive, so rich that he has more money than he knows what to do with and lives in the life of comfortable luxury, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Cool as a cucumber, in the most stressful, intense situations, he's also a sex God, fallen from the heavens, to bring some lucky woman the night of her life, over and over again. They are typically shown as independent men, in high flying careers: CEO, businessman, lawyer, politician, restaurant owner. Generally something in a suit.

The Alpha Male is often the lead male in the novel.


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The Sensitive Soul

The Sensitive Soul is generally the good guy, sometimes who comes across as the bad guy a few times, throughout the story. They're misunderstood, creative and often travelers. They can either be the homebodies, that haven't left the town they grew up in, or they're the traveling type, who drift from place to place, 'searching for themselves'.

The Sensitive Soul is often kind, thoughtful, a good friend, loyal (sometimes to a fault) and very rarely the love interest, unless they're used as an opposites-attract with the bad girl/sassy girl. They're also more likely to have jobs that revolve around other people: bodyguard, doctor/nurse, vet, therapist.

The Sensitive Soul is not typically the lead male, though obviously there are exceptions.



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The Best Friend

Ah! The best friend. The one most often relegated to the 'friend-zone'.

The Best Friend is the guy that the female lead spends the most time with, gets advice from, gets the closest to and can have all those 'almost' moments where they nearly kiss, boob-graze or see the girl naked, without it getting awkward. This is the guy the lead female is most comfortable with, yet never notices is generally the hottest guy in the room. Then, typically, he's looked over, for The Alpha Male, and is relegated to always pining away for the girl he's closest to, but will never be with.

The Best Friend is thoughtful, sweet, helpful in all the ways that count (choosing outfits, hairstyles, gifts for others, advice) and never gets the credit he deserves. The have a 50/50 chance of finally getting their HEA, with the female lead, unless there's an Alpha Male around.

The Best Friend also doesn't generally have a job (as they spend all their time with the female MC), but if they do, it's something fun or with a lot of free time: bartender, waiter, assistant, nurse, photographer, shop assistant, unemployed.


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Whatever the type of guy your MC is, most writers tend to slip into these stereotypes naturally, because these are the kind of men we know/grew up with or want to be with. We want the Sensitive Soul, who can be our Best Friend, while being The Alpha Male in the bedroom. We want the strong, thoughtful, creative man, who can be unlike anyone else we know.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Music Inspiration

We all need some inspiration, when we hit that awful writer's block. It's even more important when it comes to writing those hot, sexy scenes.

These are just some of the songs that I love for their romanticism, sexiness or overall lovey-dovey nature. They're ranged all over the place - oldies, new songs and classics. Feel free to find something you like and make your own list, if you want.

There's nothing better than a good 'sexy' playlist, to get you in the mood for writing the hottest scenes.


~ Written by Elaine White.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Let's Talk About Sex...

Guest Author: Elaine White
This article is by Elaine White. All opinions are her own.
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Let’s get into the sticky subject of ‘romance’ and ‘disclosure’. When you write a romance, you are always faced with the impossible task of deciding whether to include that three letter word, sex, and how far you want to take it. When you write Erotica, there's also a fine line between being descriptive enough to make a visual and getting so descriptive that you're heading into porn territory.
Personally, I've written everything across the board. Not all of it has been published yet, but I've written it. The porn, the erotica, the YA friendly "off page" sex and the NA "it-happens-on-page-but-you-don't-see-anything" sex. I like the mix of NA and erotica. The porn is actually really hard to write, but it was necessary as I was writing about a porn star. The YA "off page" is really easy to write, but I always feel it leaves something lacking. There's so much chemistry you can include in a sex scene.
I’m not one of these who have read, or are in love with Christian Grey. I've never read it, never seen it and don't plan to do either; it's just a personal choice. I have no interest in reading that kind of book. I like Alpha males, but I also don't approve of stalking or emotional abuse, which are vibes I've got from reading snippets of FSOG. Of course, this could be because it was out of context, but again, I choose not to read it to find out.
I have read my fair share of ‘dodgy’ or ‘descriptive’ sex scenes, in some detail. You can’t avoid it if you want to read Game of Thrones, and the books are far more tame than the TV series, believe me. I’m also a fan of the Carpathian novels, by Christine Feehan, despite their heavy influence of sex used as a bonding mechanism.
So when, in a story is enough really enough? When do you decide to add more, take some out, or avoid it altogether?
Well, in my vampire series 'The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles', there are varying degrees of description on this subject. Most end with the door closing, or a refocus on ‘love’ or talking. That’s because I aim to allow my books to be read by any age. I don’t want to alienate a younger audience by being graphic or putting in too much detail where it really isn’t necessary. And, having released book 1 and recently book 2, I've found that the audience is primarily YA, so I want to keep it broad.
I also have a book based for teens or younger, about a magical school…can’t have sex in that. The kids in the book are 16, for sure, but I’m not getting caught up in that tricky web of what is and what isn’t appropriate. I still remember when Harry Potter came out. It was banned in countries and states because of its MAGICAL CONTENT! Could you imagine how much worse it would have been had it actually contained even a mention of sex? I mean, everyone was scandalised when the movies came out and there was that scene with a naked Harry and Hermione, to torment Ron. It exploded with criticism!
Which is why you always have to ask yourself when you write, the following questions –
Who is the intended audience?
Is it going to be read mainly be teenage girls or can guys enjoy the story too?
What is the age range, likely to be drawn to the cover and story plot?

These are important. Even when you write erotica, you still have to take these things into consideration. An innocent looking cover, for whatever reason, can land you in hot water if the wrong person buys it for the cover, without reading the 18+ warning. I've seen it happen many a time.
They may all come under ‘intended audience’ in any other aspect of thinking, but not when it comes to sex. You have to think about those readers who love a good romance and buy it not expecting explicit sex scenes (yes, even after you put big bold red letters warning them!). There are some readers who are happy with a little sex, but turn into a 12-year-old when they read it and realise how detailed it actually is. Shocking, I know, but everyone has their limits and - as an author - it's impossible for us to know where this line is drawn.
There are some people who have read my 18+ raunchier books and complained that there wasn't enough sex, when there's quite literally 5 big scenes. There are also some who claim there's no chemistry, just constant sex, because their limit is lower than the other reader.
It’s the burden of a writer to accept responsibility for these things. Sex is still a subject that makes some people uncomfortable, others angry, and some who just don’t care. Enough is enough very quickly, when it comes to sex in literature. There isn’t much wiggly room between ‘just right’ and ‘enough’.
But, for me, I want to give them a story they will enjoy first and foremost, and secondly, I want to make sure that they get a little heat with that plot. It's about providing a balance between page-burner and page-turner.
Enough is enough when it steps that last step before crossing the line between being erotica and porn. I write romance, so I want the love story to take prominence, but some love stories require more heat than other sand I'm just going to listen to my gut instincts about when to stop, when to keep going and when to try something new.

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Elaine White is the author of YA paranormal romance Runaway Girl  and Reckless Abandon, books 1 and 2 in The Secrets of Avelina Chrinicles; MM Romance author of Decadent and The Other Side,  books 1 and 2 in The Decadent Series, both available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords; and her first nonfiction book An Unpredictable Life, detailing her teenage strugle with cancer, coming soon. She is also the author of The Alpha and the Oracle, in The Belesone Pack Trilogy, 
coming May 31. 
Visit Elaine White's author page on Amazon for more:
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Monday, May 18, 2015

First Page...Touched By A Vampire

Take a peek at an extract of Touched by a Vampire, with this first page view.


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