BDSM Backlist - Nothing to Fear
One of the great things about e-books is that they never go out of print. With all the recent mainstream interest in 50 Shades of Grey, I thought this would be a good time to remind readers of the BDSM releases I’ve had over the last few years. Then I realized I really have too many to list in a single post, so I’ve decided do BDSM Backlist once a month for the next few months. It's been fun to go back and remember these stories, re-read the excerpts and think, hey, these are good! :)
My very first release from Ellora’s Cave, Nothing to Fear, has a BDSM theme. This Halloween set Quickie is still one of my most popular. I wish all my stories would come as easily as this one did. Once I had the hero, the heroine and the premise, the story practically wrote itself. Yeah. I really wish they would all flow like that.
Here’s the blurb:
Mason Blake's dark good looks and domineering personality give Kelly Long all sorts of forbidden fantasies that frighten her. When she agrees to help out at the community Halloween haunted house, she never expects to be tied to a bed, playing damsel in distress to Mason’s masked, whip-wielding villain.
Kelly can’t run away from Mason this time. He knows she’s fighting her sexual needs and he hopes that a few hours of playing out her fantasies with him will prove to her that bondage - and Mason - are nothing to fear.
And a little excerpt for you:
“I have to tie you to the bed now,” he said smoothly, picking up the first length of rope. He lifted her right arm and ran his hand along her skin from shoulder to wrist, his fingers causing hot shivers to run in their wake. His fingers easily ringed her wrist. “I have to make it tight enough that it won’t come undone while you’re thrashing about.”
The thought of thrashing about underneath him made a hot flush sweep over her body. She swallowed. “Do what you have to do.”
The rope wasn’t as rough as she thought it would be. He wound the other end around the tall bedpost, and gradually stretched her arm almost straight up and to the side, then tied it off.
“Okay, give it a pull. Will it come loose?”
Kelly yanked with all her might, but it didn’t give a bit. Mason nodded and glanced at his watch.
He grabbed another length of rope and ran his hand down her leg, starting up at her hip, smoothing out the skirt of her dress as he went along. When he reached the bare skin of her calf, she shivered at his touch. He reached her ankle and lifted her leg a bit, looking at the sparkly pumps with the high heels. “Hot.”
She wanted to blurt out that they weren’t her shoes. She’d never owned anything so blatantly sexy. She’d been raised to never draw attention to herself like that. But she couldn’t force any words out of her mouth at the moment. She could only feel his hands on her leg, the rope slowly wrapping around her ankle, the gentle tug as her leg was stretched out and Mason secured it to the bedpost at the bottom of the bed.
He slowly rounded the bottom of the bed. She may have been covered with this cotton dress, but she felt naked as his gaze roamed over her body. He caught her left foot with his hand, lifting it from the mattress and rubbing his hand over the high instep, the arched top. “I love you in these shoes. You never wore shoes like this when you were with me.”
“They’re Lisa’s shoes. I don’t own a pair of shoes like this.”
“I’ll buy you a pair.”
You can download your own copy of Nothing to Fear through the links below and at other e-book sites:
Have a great Monday!
Plaything - Coming May 8th!
But this vacation destination also has its bustling side.
And here's the giveaway clue. This is an iconic picture for this particular vacation paradise.
So where are we?
Going Back to Where it all Started...
Guest: Babette James - Clear as Day
Babette James writes contemporary and fantasy romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. A teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! She lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and three extremely spoiled cats.
Writing Romance, Meeting Great Friends, and a Gift Card Giveaway!
Thanks to my good friend Natasha Moore for having me on Fierce Romance Author Blog today. I am so excited to announce my debut book, Random Acts, will be released tomorrow by Samhain Publishing. And I owe Natasha a huge mwah for that. Let me give you some background. See, I met Natasha some years ago at our local RWA chapter meeting and we became friends. Natasha had success much sooner than I and I hear she just signed her twentieth contract. Twenty! Wow! Congratulations, Natasha!
Over the years, we’d often brainstorm ideas and she’d graciously read my manuscripts when I needed an objective eye. I write romantic suspense and Natasha was always quick to remind me not to forget the romance. I had a knack for getting caught up in plotting the suspense and forgetting the hero and heroine hadn’t been together in oh, say five chapters. :) So, I’d tweak the manuscript, making sure to keep the romance front and center even while the villain lurked in the shadows.
Last summer when I was at a crossroads with my current manuscript, Natasha recommended I submit it to Samhain. My first reaction: “Uh, Random Acts doesn’t have any S-E-X in it. Remember?” I write sweet romances. I knew Natasha wrote smokin’ hot romances for Samhain. After she pointed out that Samhain also published sweet romances—and two were on the bestseller list that very week—I contacted my agent and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since then I have sold two romantic suspense novels to Samhain. Both are considered “sweet” on the heat level. I am thrilled that the initial reviews for Random Acts are positive.
This romance with a slightly inspirational flavor is recommended for readers who are looking for a sweet, “clean” romance that still packs an emotional punch. The suspense angle works, too. This reviewer caught the red-herring but didn’t uncover the real perpetrator until the very end. Well done, Stone. ~ From Library Journal
Built with elements of suspense, emotion, a little bit of inspiration, and characters that are well worth reading about, Ms. Stone creates a heartwarming and intriguing tale in Random Acts. The pacing flows great, there's not a moment that's dull, and I was left guessing until the very end. ~Long and Short Reviews
The beautiful thing about romance is the vast selection of subgenres: from romantic suspense to paranormal, from sweet to hot and everything in between. A wonderful thing about my path to publication has been the friends I’ve made along the way. Here’s a big kiss kiss to my good friend, Natasha. Thanks for the hot tip! I probably owe you lunch or something. :)
If you’re in the mood for a little something sweet, check out Random Acts. Tomorrow is the big release day.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite type of romance. Or perhaps you like to mix it up and read in different genres. One lucky commenter will win a $5 gift card to Samhain Publishing. (Winner will be selected from all comments made prior to midnight EST April 27, 2012.) Be sure to leave your e-mail in the comment section so I can contact you if you win.
Alison Stone graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. After working in Corporate America for a number of years, she retired to raise her young family. Soon the writing bug bit. After years of conferences, critique groups and writing, Alison sold two manuscripts that will be released in 2012. She claims it was easier to earn her engineering degree. Random Acts is her debut novel. To learn more about Alison Stone please visit www.AlisonStone.com.
Blurb of Random Acts (available April 24, 2012):
Second chances can have a terrible sense of timing.
As a child, watching her mother always pick the wrong man left Danielle Carson wary of opening her heart to anyone—except Patrick Kingsley. But circumstances came between them and left Danielle with a broken heart. Now she buries the pain of what might have been by channeling all her energy into her career. When a family crisis brings her back to her hometown, she is forced to face the past—and the disturbing fact that her sister’s car accident was staged to mask a brutal beating.
A police officer and widower, Patrick guards his heart as fiercely as he guards his beloved daughter. Seeing Danielle again unexpectedly reignites their old flame, but no way will he introduce a woman into his daughter’s life. Certainly not one whose values on faith and family are so different from his own.
Despite their best intentions, they are drawn together—until Danielle learns Patrick had a hand in putting her sister in harm’s way. Her fragile trust is crushed, but Patrick is the only man who can help her stop the villain before everything they both love is destroyed. Faith, family…and their second chance at forever.
Random Acts available at:
Barnes & Noble
I've also learned quite a bit just from cohabitating with my hubby, including which questions to ask and which to withhold if I want to avoid a heated discussion about, literally, nothing at all.
We all have these relationship questions, those seemingly innocent inquiries to which we already know the answer but can't resist asking anyway. Don't know what I'm talking about? Let me give a couple of examples:
1. What do you want for dinner?
This questions is ALWAYS useless. We have this discussion endlessly, and it always turns out with a tie or default, however you wish to view it. Neither of us wants to foist our dinner menu choices on the other, for some unknown reason, and so this question usually starts a dialogue that can end only one way--with the IChoose app on my cell phone. Seriously, we've discussed dinner options for hours until I pull out the app and Hubby realizes that control has been taken away from both of us. Relinquishing control is not something he enjoys (writers take note of this very male trait), but he lets me whip out my cell phone in the spirit of cooperation. Ultimately, no matter what pops up as our selection, he chooses what he wanted in the first place or has me pressing buttons until we've played the best two out of three. Sometimes I wonder exactly how many relationships this app has saved. lol
2. How does this dress look on me?
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking a woman shouldn't ask this because the man will say something about her butt looking big, and animosity ensues. In truth, that's the least of my worries. I avoid asking how clothing looks on me because my dear spouse will inevitably say it something like, "Great! I like that blue on you." Which is very complimentary, except the color I'm wearing isn't blue. It's green. Not even sea green or greenish blue, but G-R-E-E-N like bad lunchmeat. However, Hubby, who is not colorblind, sees blue. He insists it's blue, too, even when I try to explain to him the subtle differences between, say, what color a turtle is and the color of the sky. Apparently, to him they're all the same. This goes for orange, red, and pink as well. I could be wearing a daring fuchsia dress that garners the attention of everyone at the King's ball, and Hubby, instead of acknowledging my bold choice and the social implications thereof, reduces its significance by labeling it red. Plain old red. Jeesh.
The outside colors, as I like to call them, are yellow and purple. Yellow falls under the orange category, while purple is a sub-color of red, although depending on which day of the week it is, the grape-y hue might qualify as a blue. Can you see my dilemma? How does a wife trust the judgement of a man to tell her how big her butt looks in a pair of pants if he can't even figure out that the pants are a fine shade of chartreuse?
Those are just two questions, and there's many more. However, I'd like to hear from our readers. What question do you know to never ask you significant other? Please do share!
Romantic Times review for My Fierce Highlander!
Lewiston - A Wee Scottish Village
|Columbine outside our hotel room|
Not much info but it tells you the shape of the village and it's location. Hopefully these photos will provide you with a virtual visit.
My husband and I were traveling between Argyll and Dunrobin Castle. We'd stopped at Urquhart Castle earlier in the day. We only spent one night in Lewiston but wish it had been longer. We fell in love with the place. When we arrived that evening, we took a walk along this very long, linear street (mentioned above) but I don't think we reached the end of it. We thought it might rain, so we headed back. We didn't want to get too far away from the hotel without an umbrella. Since it was late May, full dark didn't come until really late, around 11 pm.
|A beautiful wood carving we saw on our walk through the village.|
|Another view of the street that runs through the village. Some of these houses are B&Bs.|
|We loved staying at the Loch Ness Inn. Wish I was there now!|
|Golden chain tree|
Do you enjoy walks through small towns and/or nature walks? I hope you liked this virtual visit to Lewiston, Scotland.
Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans--her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?
Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her--give up her son or the man she loves.
First Review for Plaything
Plaything, the 4th story in the Paolo's Playhouse series, will be released May 8th. Less than a month away! It's available for pre-order at Amazon & Barnes&Noble, and at the Samhain site it's even on sale for only $1.75!
I'm excited to bring Paolo's story to readers. He's the hero who started the whole series in my mind and, in my opinion, one of the sexiest heroes I've ever written. The first review is in, from Stacey at Sizzling Hot Book Reviews! It says in part:
"... Plaything is an enjoyable and quick story that delves into a very successful woman ready to take a chance on her desires."
You can read the full review here.
All the stories in the series are short for a reason. I wanted to show a couple at a crossroads and how, by living out their sexual fantasy at the playhouse, their lives are changed forever. I've loved these stories and the characters who all came alive for me. I'm sorry to see the series end, but I suppose it's always possible that later on there might be other couples who need playhouse therapy!
But even more possible, and pretty darn probable, there will be a longer book telling the rest of Paolo's and Julianne's story. I'm looking forward to delving into their lives as they fall in love while they struggle to make their life together work.
Plaything - Coming May 8th
Spring Break. YAY!...Not.
This week is spring break. I hate to admit it, but I’m going to, I don’t like it when my kids are out of school. It really messes up my entire schedule. I try my best to do all my writing when they’re gone. It makes everything easier. They get my undivided attention when they’re home and I get six hours of uninterrupted writing time everyday. It’s a great compromise for us.
We’re on day three of spring break and I’m already dreading summer. Dreading it. For those that don’t know my living situation, I live with a friend of mine, who has three kids of her own. Between my two and her three, we have five kids running amuck in this house between the ages of seven and twelve.
Can you say freaking noisy?
I’m in the middle of writing my second MMA book that is contracted. This actually puts a new stress on me. Hell, a new worry. I haven’t written a word since all the kidlets got out of school. Yes, I know it’s only been three days, but it’s got me stressed out. They get out of school in eight weeks for TEN weeks. TEN WEEKS.
I sat them all down yesterday to try and explain things to them. Why things will be different this summer than it was last summer. But they’re kids, I don’t think they grasped the importance of just watching a movie for a couple of hours instead screaming. (Man, when all five of them are together they do that ALL. DAY. LONG.)
When it's just my two, I really don't have an issue, but when they have friends to play with it's a whole different ballgame. The noise level reaches maddening, and its been at maddening all week.
I wish I could toss their little butts outside but that’s not an option. We live on the intersection of two busy streets with no fenced yard. So going outside is counterproductive even when I’m out there with them. I’m more focused on where they are in the yard, keeping count that I see all five of them at the same time, than I am on my laptop.
So the question of the day: Writers with large families. How in the hell do you do it?
Thanks for letting me vent.
Guest: Camryn Rhys - Airship Seduction
Sacha Camomescro, an Empath demon with an airship, is rescuing refugees from Victorian Europe’s war on magic when she meets a man unlike any other. Javier Vargas is a lone alpha werewolf, his pack nearly decimated by assassins, his appetite for justice superseded only by his desire for her.
Sharing My Joy!
And as a mom, it's been especially difficult to watch my child go through this, wishing there was something I could do for her. Knowing that all I can do is be there for her, to hold her when she cries and try to boost her spirits. To listen and share her hopes and disappointments.
I just wanted to give you a little background so you will know how truly joyful is was when our daughter asked us on Friday, "Are you ready to be grandparents???" OMG! The second IUI procedure that they thought didn't work?? Surprise! She only took the pregnancy test because she was feeling so lousy she wanted to rule it out before she went to the doctor to see what was wrong. She's so happy and she's feeling like crap! LOL Morning sickness all day long. Poor thing. Doesn't it figure?
So there will be a new baby before Christmas. I think I better increase my Christmas shopping budget. I have a feeling I just might go overboard this year!
In Need of Inspiration
Who wouldn’t want to open their computer to that every morning?
When I was writing Defying Convention, Luke was none other than:
Yes, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I love Wolverine.
When I was writing my paranormal that I have yet to send out into the world, McArmy was a perfect model for my Aidan.
I have a major soft spot for a red-head.
And the second book in that paranormal series already has a super inspiring muse.
My background is lonely. It’s so sad to have 20k written in this story without an inspiring picture to look at each morning. So here’s a bit about Tommy ‘Lightning’ Sparks, my next MMA fighter. He’s tall, muscular and...blonde. I don't write very many blondes. Nothing against them, I just happen to be a more dark-haired, light eyes sort of girl. Maybe this is why I'm having a hard time finding the right image.
So I’ve done some searching for the perfect Tommy tonight. Here's what I've come up with.
There is always one of the most popular blondes out there:
Then I came across Josh Lucas. He's got gorgeous eyes. Just freaking gorgeous.
And, I can’t forget Ryan Reynolds. (After this picture, I think I’ve made my decision:)) Umm... hello!!
What’s your vote?
A Spring Garden
|Ajuga and ivy groundcovers (and a spider.)|
|Lenten Rose from earlier in the spring|
|Bluebells and Hostas|
|Yellow primrose and fern fiddleheads|
Looking for Computer Suggestions
So before it totally crashes and dies, I need to start shopping for a new laptop. There are so many choices out there that it's easy to be overwhelmed. And besides the many brands of PCs, there is the on-going Mac vs PC debate.
I know what I want. First and foremost I need to write on it. But while I'm writing, I like to have Twitter open. And listen to music on Pandora. And run focusbooster, so I don't get sucked into the internet for too long. And while doing all this, I don't want the computer to slow down to a crawl. Am I asking too much?
So readers, I'm asking for your help. Do you love your computer? What models should I be looking at? Help!
PLAYTHING - Coming May 8th