Author Interview with Jeanne Bannon

 

I’m pleased to bring you a new author interview with Jeanne Bannon. Her book Nowhere to Run is an exciting romantic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

 
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Tell me a little about the characters and the conflict in Nowhere to Run.

 

The story takes place in a small town in Maine where the protagonist, Lily Valier is a suspect in the murder of her only sister, Sara. Sara inherited the family fortune and Lily got nothing. She’s the logical suspect but the evidence the sheriff’s department has on her is only circumstantial.

 

Enter Aiden O’Rouke, a private investigator hired by the sheriff to get the goods on Lily. His job is to charm her, seduce her, get her to confess any way he can.

 

But when things heat up between the two, Aiden is torn. Did Lily kill her sister? And if so, would he have the heart to turn her in? To complicate matters, when the murder weapon finally turns up, it’s Lily’s gun.

 

 

Were your characters difficult to write, or did they seem to spring easily from your mind to the page?

The characters were easy to write. Of course they are both gorgeous. I had a visual of them right off the bat. Aiden, the alpha male is my idea of what a man should be. Black-haired and blue-eyed, he’s a tough guy with a heart.

 

Lily is beautiful but not vain. She’s almost unaware of her looks and their effect on men. She’s also invested in her community and will stay at any cost.

 

 

How often does your muse distract you from day to day minutiae?

My muse is usually AWOL. I have to trudge on without her most of the time. But when she does make an appearance, I get upset when anything or anyone takes me away from my writing.

 

I wish my muse wasn’t as fickle as she is, but I find that once I put my butt in my chair and get to writing, she usually sneaks up behind me and before I know it, she’s looking over my shoulder and begins to whisper in my ear.

 

 

If you had to write your memoir in five words, what would you write?

 

My kids are my life.

 

What do readers have to look forward to in the future from Jeanne Bannon?

I’m finishing up a paranormal romance called Dark Angel about a female exorcist who also happens to be a vigilante. She’s sent on a mission to Costa Rica where she’s supposed to assassinate a well known faith healer. Much to her surprise, he’s expecting her and worse still, he already has plans for her.

 

What is your writing process like?

I write when I can. I work as an editor during the day and write in the evenings and on weekends. I get very cranky when I have to lose a day on the weekend to some other commitment because those are the days when I’m most productive.

 

Are there specific challenges that writers face as opposed to other artists?

I think as any type of artist, it’s hard to make a decent living. There’s piracy on the Internet that writers are faced with. I know there are TV shows and music and movies on the Internet, too, but most of the actors/singers are paid well and unfortunately, authors don’t make much money unless they happen to be Stephen King or Nora Roberts.

 

 

Writer’s block—real or hype?

Not real for me. If I sit down and begin to write, the words usually come. Mind you, some days the writing is just awful but I use that as a template and build upon it the next day. My advice is just get the words down. They don’t to be good, that’s what rewrite/editing is for.

 

 

Who are some of the writers that have most influenced you?

The writers I love are not those who write in my genre. My favs are Sarah Waters, Amy Tan, Anne Rice, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, John Irving. But out of the list, Stephen King has had the most influence on my writing. I began reading him as a teenager and he made me want to be a writer. Stylistically, I think I am influenced most by who I’m reading at the moment.

 

 

Do you prefer to extensively plot your stories, or do you write them as they come to you?

I always plan. They take on a life of their own anyway but I can’t stand to stare at blank page not knowing here to start.

 

 

Writers often discuss the things they love about writing, but what is it about writing that you most detest?

I usually just enjoy having written, not necessarily the writing process itself. It’s work and let’s face it, writing is hard work. I don’t mind edits when I’m in the final drafts because I know I’ll be done soon.

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Thanks for stopping by, Jeanne! Readers can discover more about Jeanne Bannon here:

Twitter: @JeanneBannon

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeanne-Bannon/182120961844916

 

Check out Nowhere to Run! An exciting new Romantic Suspense!

NowhereToRun_ByJeanneBannon-200x300Nowhere to Run
Jeanne Bannon
Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
Page Count: 298
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-23-3
Release Date: 10/3/2014

What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with the man whose mission it is to bring her down?

With the murder of her only sister, Sara, just a few months past, Lily Valier—a woman of beauty and substance—tops the sheriff’s list of suspects in small town Maine, and for a very good reason. Dear old Dad had willed his fortune to Sara and only Sara, leaving Lily to fend for herself. However, with no murder weapon or witnesses, the evidence against Lily is only circumstantial.

Enter P.I. Aiden O’Rourke, black-haired and blue-eyed, charged with gaining Lily’s trust and learning her secrets, all to finally get the goods on her. Things move fast and feelings run deep, yet when Lily discovers the truth about Aiden, everything begins to come apart.

Aiden’s torn. Despite his feelings for her, Lily is the most logical suspect, with a great big fat motive. Except something’s not quite right. Aiden trusts his instincts and they’re screaming at him to have a look at a former suspect with far more to hide than first appeared. With little left to lose, Lily decides to stand her ground, and staying put has its consequences when the murder weapon finally turns up—and it’s Lily’s gun.

What happens to love, when trust is betrayed?

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New Releases for 10/17/2014!

ThePerfectStorm-ByRhondaLaurel-200x300The Perfect Storm
The Blake Boys Book Six
Rhonda Laurel
Genre: Interracial Romance
Word Count: 43,836
Page Count: 266
Price: 4.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-28-8
Release Date: 10/17/2014






Sometimes you have to tear everything down and start over…

Private security specialist Samantha Jane Carson gets the surprise of her life when she arrives at Blake Enterprises for the annual security audit. Instead of her usual contact, she’s greeted by the company president himself, the sexy and elusive J.J. Blake. It’s her job to know everything about the Blake family, and J.J.’s recent divorce is the talk of the town. Women are lined up to become the next Mrs. Blake, and who wouldn’t want to be? J.J.’s gorgeous, rich, and has stormy green eyes that hold women captive.

J.J. Blake is making some major changes in his life. Freshly divorced from ex-wife Eden, he’s building a new house, coming to terms with the injury that ended his NFL career, and is ready to start fresh—without romance complicating things. His friends and family encourage him to get back into the dating pool, but he’d rather not be sucked into those rough waters again. Work is the obvious diversion, and he opts to handle the security audit himself for some good old-fashioned guy/tech work. But when Sam Carson walks into his office, J.J.’s brought up short. The “Sam” he was expecting turns out to be Samantha—beautiful, smart, and a tough-as-nails ex-cop in a polished, professional package. And she’s just the kind of woman who could drag him under…

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FeralSerenity-ByKellyNicolson-200x300Feral Serenity
Kelly Nicolson
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance
Length: Novella
Word Count: 25,111
Page Count: 120
Price: 3.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-27-1
Heat Level: 4
Release Date: 10/17/2014



A tranquil lake…a feral passion…

Mellissa has everything she needs to enjoy her tranquil, lakeside vacation: peace, quiet, wine, and books. But the serenity doesn’t last long when a big, wild-looking man shoves his way into her cabin, then promptly falls unconscious at her feet. Mellissa never expected hot sex to be on her itinerary, but she can’t refuse the dominating male who sets her body on fire with a simple touch. Her heart, though, is another story.

Dax, a bear shifter, is injured and on the run from the cats who had imprisoned him. Finding refuge in the lakeside cabin, he’s overwhelmed by the luscious female who makes his instincts roar and his body ache with the need to claim her as his own. But the stubborn female doesn’t seem to understand that she’s his. He’ll have to convince her that he’s worth the gamble of her heart, but when the cat shifters come for him, his feral side will do anything to keep her safe…

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Author Interview with CL Bledsoe

It is my privilege to share an interview with CL Bledsoe. His newest book Bloody Sexy has just released, the sequel to the excellent The Necro-Files. If you love exciting urban fantasy/paranormal with some great humor, be sure to check out his books!



Tell me a little about the characters and the conflict in The Necro-Files: Bloody Sexy.

Bloody Sexy continues the adventures of Daisy Janney, a college freshman cum accidental badass hero in the supernatural world. Her friend, the vampire John Polidori, has become fed up with the way vampires are portrayed in popular movies and books, so he’s written a tell-all autobiography about his life as a vampire. Unfortunately, he’s sharing too many secrets, and some other vampires seem to want him to shut up about the truth. While this is going on, Daisy’s friend Nathan Venator, the protector of Baltimore, is busy tracking down a rogue serial killer who might just also be a vampire. And her mom’s got a new boyfriend. And her ex, Dave, has a new girlfriend who might just be a demon. And she’s got a major marketing project due. What’s a girl to do?

Where’s the story set? How much influence did the setting have on the atmosphere/characters/development of the story?

The Necro-Files books are set in Baltimore, which is a very funky, artsy town. I describe it in Bloody Sexy as resembling the ruins of some magnificent city, but one in which people have continued to live. So one street is all cobblestones and elegant row houses I could never even afford to set foot in, and the next is all potholes and boarded-up buildings. Baltimore has an incredibly vibrant arts scene, from literature to music to graffiti to everything else. There’s a rock opera society, and, of course, regular opera. There are literary readings all the time, and sometimes people get naked to read their stories. Art galleries are more plentiful than Starbucks. That funkiness informs the novels a great deal.

What do readers have to look forward to in the future from The Necro-Files?

Daisy learns a lot about the Council of Law in Bloody Sexy, but there are more mysteries than answers right now. She’s going to solve some of those mysteries about who these people are that seem to control the supernatural world and what their goals are. She’s going to learn more about her future role in this world. And she’s going to go camping and just maybe hook up in with a rock star.

On what level must writing succeed in order to resonate with a reader?

I think the most important element of story—or any kind of writing—is the element of joy. However it comes, the joy of discovery when a mystery is solved, the joy of wordplay, the joy of characters coming to life, the writer has to feel that joy in his/her story so that the reader can share in that joy. If there’s no joy—no fun—then the piece becomes boring. You’ve got to have fun with your writing or else no one will have fun reading it.

Do you have a favorite genre? Is it the same genre you prefer to write?

I’m weird. I must be, because I write in different genres. But the truth is, so do a lot of writers. I’ve published horror novels, urban fantasy, young adult, literary fiction, and poetry. My favorite is the one I’m working on right now. I started the Necro-Files books because I love urban fantasy, and I wanted to explore the genre, but with humor as well as ass-kicking and cool supernatural elements. Sometimes, I want to write action/adventure and horror and explore that. Sometimes, I want to write poetry. It’s all about exploring interesting ideas and characters; it’s all about having fun, as a writer, so the reader has fun.

What are some of your favorite characteristics of a good heroine? Do you have one from a book or movie you particularly like?

Daisy is sort of the opposite of a heroine in certain ways. She wasn’t born with mystical powers that make her the chosen one. She didn’t find some ancient talisman that gave her special powers. She’s just a college girl who was cursed by a witch, hunted by a demon, and crushed-on by a serial killing maybe-vampire. She has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but she’s also loyal, brave, and intelligent. She thinks her way out of (and, okay, into) bad situations. She’s just trying to get through life and enjoy herself a little while she can.

You write funny stories. Do you think humor makes your books more or less compelling?

I think people write off “funny” as being somehow easier to write and less affecting, but it’s a lot easier to depress someone than to make them laugh. For comedy to work, it has to have teeth. Silliness can get a laugh, sure, but the real laughs, the big laughs, come from tragedy, weirdly enough—tragedy masked as comedy. Comedy is, really, a kind of hyper-honesty. This is the stuff that we, as readers, connect to, also. We laugh as a defense. We laugh because life is absurd and what else are you going to do? In the Necro-Files books, Daisy is dealing with a lot of horrible stuff, really. She’s entering a world that’s totally different than she thought, and it can be a hostile world, literally, full of demons and evil witches and serial killers, people (and not people) doing terrible things to each other, which really isn’t hugely different from the real world. But there’s joy in everything. Comedy is Daisy’s defense, and it’s also her salvation; she isn’t just laughing at the world, she’s laughing with it.

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www.clbledsoe.com
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http://www.goodreads.com/clbledsoe

Check out these great titles by CL Bledsoe!

TheNecroFiles_ByCLBledsoe-200x300The Necro-Files: $7.50/Hr. + Curses
The Necro-Files Book One
CL Bledsoe
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel
Word Count: 48,492
Page Count: 218
Price: 3.99
ISBN: 978-1-937976-66-8
Release Date: 3/8/2013




Ever wonder what happens after the hero kills the monster?

Daisy Janney just wanted to go to college next year like everybody else—get out of her mom’s house, go to some parties, maybe meet some cute guys. But when she finds out she has to pay for it herself, she has no choice but to get a job. Too bad no one wants her, not even the burger joint. Way to feel like a total loser.

Desperate, she takes the only job she can find—at Calvert Funeral Home. Putting makeup on dead people might not be glamorous, but at least dead people don’t complain. Too bad no one told her they wouldn’t always stay dead. Or that they weren’t always people.

One salt-covered, burnt witch later, Daisy finds herself the recipient of an evil curse. She’s got two weeks to figure out how to break it before she’s scheduled for dismemberment by an angry demon. And she hasn’t even gotten her first paycheck yet. She turns to an old boyfriend for help, but with finals coming up, and some weird guy stalking her who looks like Johnny Cash, she’s not sure there’s enough help on the planet for her kind of trouble…

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BloodySexy-ByCLBledsoe-200x300Bloody Sexy
The Necro-Files Book Two
CL Bledsoe
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel
Page Count: 264
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-25-7
Release Date: 10/3/2014

Not all vampires suck.

Daisy Janney—college student, assistant mortician, and supernatural detective—is excited about her friend John Polidori’s new book, Bloody Sexy, the autobiography of his life as a vampire. But when someone attacks Polidori at the book reading, Daisy will have to figure out who’s after him on her own. There’s a killer on the loose, and Nathan Venator, the hero of Baltimore (although he looks more like a young Johnny Cash), has got his hands full tracking him down. If that wasn’t enough, it seems like everyone’s in a relationship except Daisy, even her mom. So when Daisy agrees to go on a date with someone who just might be the killer, she begins to wonder how she’s going to juggle her classes, her investigations, and her social life—all without winding up in the funeral home at which she works.

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Sunlight_200-300_300dpiSunlight
CL Bledsoe
Young Adult
Length: Novel
Word Count: 50,532
Price: $2.99
ISBN: 9781936751136

The sunflower farm was the most boring place on earth. Until weird things started happening…

What’s the most boring place in the world? The farm. After his mother’s death, Sol is sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle, but with no cell service and only an old dinosaur of a computer, Sol’s not sure how he’s going to survive. But his boredom is interrupted by strange sounds at night, the discovery of a mysterious cave, and stuff that starts to sound an awful lot like a bedtime story his mother used to tell him when he was small…that just might be true…

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Impostors’ Kiss is free for a limited time!

Impostors’ Kiss by Renea Mason, the prequel to her excellent Symphony of Light series, is free at Amazon for a limited time. Get it today and start enjoying a new paranormal world we know you’ll love!

TheImpostorsKiss_ByReneaMason-200x300Impostors’ Kiss
Symphony of Light Book 0.5
Renea Mason
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Length: Short
Word Count: 7601
Page Count: 44
Price: Free until Oct 14th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-940223-62-9
Release Date: 11-15-2013




One night of sexual pleasure could teach a lesson in love.

Cyril is weary from weeks of traveling the Scottish moors, but his luck takes a turn when he rescues a battered and broken child. To express his gratitude, the boy’s father offers Cyril a night of carnal indulgence with his eldest daughter. Cyril graciously accepts, looking forward to a night of sexual release to ease the loneliness of his travels.

But what the supernatural sex god and deliverer of souls doesn’t expect is to be taught a lesson in love from the young and beautiful Celestine.

In a night of passion, two lost spirits find solace in an impostor’s kiss: one longing for a love that doesn’t yet exist, the other drowning in pain and guilt over love lost. Neither is what they seem…but what they learn will change them forever…

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Don’t miss out on the rest of Renea Mason’s Symphony of Light series!



SymphonyofLightandWinter_ByReneaMason-200x300Symphony of Light and Winter
Symphony of Light Book One
Renea Mason
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Length: Novel
Word Count: 88,375
Page Count: 389
Price: 5.99
ISBN: 978-1-940223-10-0
Heat Level: 4
Release Date: 06/21/2013




One woman. Seven men. All bound by one man’s undying devotion.

Fundraiser Linden Hill has knack for reading people. She always knows which conversations will put a prospect at ease, which drink will loosen a patron’s lips—or his wallet, and how cleavage will make a donor sweeten the deal. She’s even foreseen her dateless weekends four hundred and sixty-four times in a row.

But ten years after watching life drain from her former mentor’s and first love’s eyes, her skills for divining the predictable are lost. When Cyril returns, he’s still gorgeous, but this time he’s beyond human, far less dead, and pissed. His lack of memory drives him to desperate acts, and his turbulent re-acquaintance with Linden pulls her into his war with a creature hell-bent on his destruction. His group of six supernatural men share a tantalizing secret, but despite the hunger, it’s love that leads her to sacrifice everything to save him…

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BetweenTheWaters_ByReneaMason-200x300Between the Waters
Symphony of Light Book Two
Renea Mason
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Length: Novel
Word Count: 63,434
Page Count: 317
Price: 5.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-06-6
Release Date: 5/16/2014



Magic is no match for love…

Trapped somewhere between life and death, demigod Cyril has lost the ability to communicate with his love. But not before giving her valuable lessons in magic, as well as his blessing to move on without him.

Coming to terms with Cyril’s absence isn’t easy, but Linden is doing her best to honor his wishes. Until she receives an unusual request from Moreaux, an estranged member of Cyril’s family. Bizarre things are going on with Mary, the former housekeeper, and Linden can’t let them go. But when her investigation leads to a mistake that nearly costs her life, Cyril’s best friend, Overton, steps in and violates a promise he made centuries before to bring her back from the dead.

Gratitude turns to comfort, comfort turns to desire, and desire leads Linden to a shocking revelation. In her charge to uncover the truth behind Mary and Moreaux, she discovers a spell she can’t undo without leaving wounds on her heart, wounds she knows will never heal…

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New Releases for 10-3-2014!

CrossKeys-ByAllyShields-200x300Cross Keys
Ally Shields
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Novel
Page Count: 445
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-22-6
Release Date: 10/3/2014

Conspiracy, murder, and magic…and the death of all they hold dear.

When the first wanderer—a common elf who isn’t authorized to use the portal—is spotted on the streets of New Orleans, the king assigns Kameo Ryndel to assist in the elf’s capture. But before she can intervene, humans with guns shoot the wanderer and steal his body. When Seth Lormarc, an Elite elf from a rival guild, appears at the scene, Kam suspects he is involved.

Seth Lormarc is in New Orleans to find out who was behind the portal breach, and his best lead is the intriguing Kam Ryndel. When he stakes out her apartment and finds her sneaking out in the middle of the night, dressed in black and leaping to the top of the nearest building, he knows there’s something unique about the beautiful elf. That kind of feat requires magic. Ancient magic.

As their paths cross during their investigations, they develop an irresistible attraction, although there’s little time for romance. The portal breach is tied to an illegal smuggling operation that has come to the attention of the human CIA. But the stakes are raised when Kam and Seth discover a band of conspirators and a rebellion deep in Elvenrude that promises nothing except destruction of their world.

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BloodySexy-ByCLBledsoe-200x300Bloody Sexy
The Necro-Files Book Two
CL Bledsoe
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel
Page Count: 264
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-25-7
Release Date: 10/3/2014

Not all vampires suck.

Daisy Janney—college student, assistant mortician, and supernatural detective—is excited about her friend John Polidori’s new book, Bloody Sexy, the autobiography of his life as a vampire. But when someone attacks Polidori at the book reading, Daisy will have to figure out who’s after him on her own. There’s a killer on the loose, and Nathan Venator, the hero of Baltimore (although he looks more like a young Johnny Cash), has got his hands full tracking him down. If that wasn’t enough, it seems like everyone’s in a relationship except Daisy, even her mom. So when Daisy agrees to go on a date with someone who just might be the killer, she begins to wonder how she’s going to juggle her classes, her investigations, and her social life—all without winding up in the funeral home at which she works.

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NowhereToRun_ByJeanneBannon-200x300Nowhere to Run
Jeanne Bannon
Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
Page Count: 298
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-23-3
Release Date: 10/3/2014

What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with the man whose mission it is to bring her down?

With the murder of her only sister, Sara, just a few months past, Lily Valier—a woman of beauty and substance—tops the sheriff’s list of suspects in small town Maine, and for a very good reason. Dear old Dad had willed his fortune to Sara and only Sara, leaving Lily to fend for herself. However, with no murder weapon or witnesses, the evidence against Lily is only circumstantial.

Enter P.I. Aiden O’Rourke, black-haired and blue-eyed, charged with gaining Lily’s trust and learning her secrets, all to finally get the goods on her. Things move fast and feelings run deep, yet when Lily discovers the truth about Aiden, everything begins to come apart.

Aiden’s torn. Despite his feelings for her, Lily is the most logical suspect, with a great big fat motive. Except something’s not quite right. Aiden trusts his instincts and they’re screaming at him to have a look at a former suspect with far more to hide than first appeared. With little left to lose, Lily decides to stand her ground, and staying put has its consequences when the murder weapon finally turns up—and it’s Lily’s gun.

What happens to love, when trust is betrayed?

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MakingDemonsPurr-BySelenaIllyria-200x300Making Demons Purr
Flushed and Fevered Book 2
Selena Illyria
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Novel
Page Count: 288
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-26-4
Release Date: 10/3/2014

They will bind her to them in every way they can.

Seraphena, a black panther shifter and familiar, hasn’t had a night off in months. Between work, dealing with her mother, and issues with her leap, her life is one challenge after the next. So when she finally finds herself with a night to herself, the last thing she expects is spending it with her secret crushes, Carver and Thorn, demons and owners of her favorite café, The Java Demon. Neither does she expect what happens when you play high card strip with a couple of pros. They give her a hot game, a night to remember with a little kink on the side. But Sera knows it can’t last with all the complications in her life. The last thing she needs is having to explain two men at once—and demons at that.

Carver and Thorn have wanted Sera from the moment she first strolled into the Java Demon for her daily caffeine fix. Now that they have her in their life, they refuse to let her go. They will bind her to them in every way they can, fulfill her fantasies, and show her the love and support she needs. Nothing will stand in their way—not work, not her mother, not her leap. But it might be Sera herself who shuts them out if she can’t stand up to those who would dictate their love…

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Cover Artist Opportunities

We’re growing! Etopia Press is looking for a couple of exceptional, experienced cover artists to add to our freelance team. We’re looking for artists with:


  • Experience working for a publisher

  • A strong portfolio of erotic, mainstream, or gay romance covers, particularly those which have been strong sellers

  • An understanding of:

    * the various romance genre conventions and how to portray them on a cover

    * the various heat levels in erotic and mainstream romance and how to portray them on a cover

    * how to convey mood and tone

    * what types of heroes are appropriate for various romance genres (and which are turn-offs)

  • Strong skills in composition, color, and in particular, typography

  • Strong Photoshop skills

  • An understanding of the needs of both print and digital art (with respect to color, resolution, bleed, etc) and the difference between the two

  • Experience in preparing print wraps to printer specifications

  • Knowledge of what covers are out there and what stock art has been used to death

  • Experience designing web graphics and ads is a plus


Please send an email listing:


  • a summary of your experience

  • a list of any publishers you have worked for or currently work for

  • the amount of work you’re currently looking for (number of covers per month)

  • your approximate turn-around time from assignment to mock-up

  • your rates for both front covers and print wraps


Please send your email to Shelly Scafani at production (at) etopia – press (dot) net We look forward to adding you to our team!

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Coming Soon! Available for Pre-Order Now!

WildFire_ByAllyShields-200x300Wild Fire
Guardian Witch Book 6
Ally Shields
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
$5.99
Releases 11/7/2014

A vision. A lost talisman. A dangerous journey through time…

A month after their bonding, Ari and Andreas are still adjusting to married life when they learn the hard way that the O-Seven, the terrifying and brutal vampire elders, still have them in their sights. A three million dollar bounty hangs over each of their heads, and there’s no lack of assassins eager to collect.

When the local seer has a terrifying vision of the destruction of Riverdale, it’s up to Ari—as usual—to keep everyone safe. Only this time, an enemy from the past has bound her fire powers, and the city’s string of arsons seems connected.

Daron, the vampire prince in Toronto, has information that two of the vampire elders are on their way to Riverdale. Which can’t be good. Only a risky and unprecedented journey through time can provide the help they need. But that will leave Andreas to face the O-Seven alone…

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NowhereToRun_ByJeanneBannon-200x300Nowhere to Run
Jeanne Bannon
Romantic Suspense
$5.99
Releases 10/3/2014

What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with the man whose mission it is to bring her down?

With the murder of her only sister, Sara, just a few months past, Lily Valier—a woman of beauty and substance—tops the sheriff’s list of suspects in small town Maine, and for a very good reason. Dear old Dad had willed his fortune to Sara and only Sara, leaving Lily to fend for herself. However, with no murder weapon or witnesses, the evidence against Lily is only circumstantial.

Enter P.I. Aiden O’Rourke, black-haired and blue-eyed, charged with gaining Lily’s trust and learning her secrets, all to finally get the goods on her. Things move fast and feelings run deep, yet when Lily discovers the truth about Aiden, everything begins to come apart.

Aiden’s torn. Despite his feelings for her, Lily is the most logical suspect, with a great big fat motive. Except something’s not quite right. Aiden trusts his instincts and they’re screaming at him to have a look at a former suspect with far more to hide than first appeared. With little left to lose, Lily decides to stand her ground, and staying put has its consequences when the murder weapon finally turns up—and it’s Lily’s gun.

What happens to love, when trust is betrayed?

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CrossKeys-ByAllyShields-200x300Cross Keys
An Elvenrude Novel
Ally Shields
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
$5.99
Releases 10/3/2014

Conspiracy, murder, and magic…and the death of all they hold dear.

When the first wanderer—a common elf who isn’t authorized to use the portal—is spotted on the streets of New Orleans, the king assigns Kameo Ryndel to assist in the elf’s capture. But before she can intervene, humans with guns shoot the wanderer and steal his body. When Seth Lormarc, an Elite elf from a rival guild, appears at the scene, Kam suspects he is involved.

Seth Lormarc is in New Orleans to find out who was behind the portal breach, and his best lead is the intriguing Kam Ryndel. When he stakes out her apartment and finds her sneaking out in the middle of the night, dressed in black and leaping to the top of the nearest building, he knows there’s something unique about the beautiful elf. That kind of feat requires magic. Ancient magic.

As their paths cross during their investigations, they develop an irresistible attraction, although there’s little time for romance. The portal breach is tied to an illegal smuggling operation that has come to the attention of the human CIA. But the stakes are raised when Kam and Seth discover a band of conspirators and a rebellion deep in Elvenrude that promises nothing except destruction of their world.

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New for September 19th, 2014!

BewitchingTheVampire-BySelenaIllyria-200x300Bewitching the Vampire
Flushed and Fevered Book One
Selena Illyria
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Interracial
Length: Novella
Word Count: 43,036
Page Count: 220
Price: 4.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-21-9
Release Date: 9-19-2014

A stubborn witch vs a vampire king…who will win on Halloween?

Bridget is a witch who has been given a sweet deal—nab a rogue vampire and score a big payday, but she must deliver him within twenty-four hours. She’ll need help from Joe, the local vampire liege, to find the rogue vampire fast. Joe agrees to give her the information…if she agrees to play a few hands of poker with him. For each hand, she must reveal a bit about herself. And for each hand she wins, he’ll answer any question she asks. But Bridget isn’t sure she can keep things objective—not when Joe gives her that seductive grin.

Joe has always had an interest in the little witch. She defies his expectations and surprises at every turn. But despite his natural inclination to help her, he decides to make her work for the information she needs in the most delicious ways. With a little bit of seduction and a little bit of bondage, he tests her resolve to play the game…and tests his own self-control to contain the blood beast inside him. The stakes are sky-high, for both of them. But on Halloween, the most powerful night of the year, which one will be the winner?

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New Releases for September 5th, 2014!

PicturePerfect-ByNikkiDeeHouston-200x300Picture Perfect
Nikki Dee Houston
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Novella
Word Count: 26,758
Page Count: 127
Price: 3.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-19-6
Heat Level: 4
Release Date: September 5, 2014

After being dumped by her boyfriend, Chelsea is lonely, loveless—and horny as hell. Her friend suggests she get out more—meet some new people, maybe take an art class…who knows, maybe she’ll meet someone who has what she needs. And if not, then there are worse things than having to stare at the gorgeous hunk of man candy that’s modeling for them.

But when a new student shows up in class, the tight, white T-shirt stretched over his muscled shoulders, six-pack abs, and bulging biceps makes Chelsea’s head spin. Peter is friendly, quiet, and when the model can’t make it to class—you guessed it—Peter fills in. Chelsea nearly slips off her artist stool, her panties are so wet. But will lust be enough?

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MenageOnMooneMountain_ByBellaSettara-200x300aMénage on Moone Mountain
Men of Moone Mountain Book One
Bella Settarra
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Novella
Word Count: 65,286
Page Count: 290
Price: 5.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-20-2
Heat Level: 5
Warnings: ménage, mmf, gay romance
Release Date: September 5, 2014

Her legs can run, but her heart can’t hide.

While on the run from a violent ex-boyfriend, Brooke finds herself being looked after by Travis and Kent, two gorgeous bi-sexual cowboys. While every instinct she has tells her to keep running, the pull that these men have on her is so strong that she hesitates…and gives in. For now.

Travis Beaumont and Kent Freeman enjoy a loving relationship on Moone Mountain. But when Travis rescues the beautiful young Brooke Adams, both men end up falling for her. They’ve almost given up on their dream of adding a submissive girl to their “family” to make a ménage relationship. However, she refuses to tell them much about herself, although her nightmares and scars are a sure indication that the girl’s in big trouble.

When Brooke’s ex catches up with her, he’s intent on wreaking revenge. Can the love of her two cowboys give her the strength necessary to overcome his torment? And can the skill and courage of the two men lead them to save her before it is too late?

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Now Free at Amazon for a Limited Time! Romance and YA!

The following titles are available free at Amazon from 8/22/2014 until 8/26/2014

TheVendetta_ByKeciaAdams_200x300The Vendetta
Kecia Adams
Romance
Novel

A missing painting, a family legacy, a blood oath of vengeance…

Italian businessman Nick Carnavale has spent his life seeking revenge for his father’s murder. So when an old woman—with an agenda of her own and access to a rare painting—contacts him with a proposal, he jumps at the chance to launch his plans for vengeance, no matter the cost.

Ski-town barista Lisa Schumacher meets sexy NIck when she serves him espresso in the small art gallery-café where she works. Intrigued by her unusual customer, and ignorant of Nick’s connection with her grandmother, Lisa shares dinner and a heart-stopping kiss with him.

Spurred by temptation and an unexpected invitation, Lisa takes up Nick’s challenge to follow him to Rome and reunite with her one remaining family member. But when Lisa’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, and her will dictates a marriage-of-convenience to Nick, Lisa must weigh her family’s legacy against her dreams for her future. And as Nick draws ever closer to his revenge, they both must decide if love is stronger than the blood oath of vengeance—la vendetta.

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EverSince_ByRalphHartman200x300Ever Since
Ralph Hartman
Young Adult
Novel

It’s not about getting fixed—it’s knowing you aren’t broken.

Tony Fuller has a terrible secret. He’s running from what he’s done—a horrible thing he can never undo. Outcast and bullied, diagnosed and treated as a borderline dissociative, Tony’s life is utter chaos. But if the ancient Naztec teachings are right, he’ll have one more choice, one last chance to get it right…

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