New Releases for 5-22-2015!


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The Edgewood Trials
Series: The Edgewood Series
April Conley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Word Count: 52128
Page Count: 271
Price: 5.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-81-3
Release Date: 05-22-2015

Sometimes the greatest evil is found within ourselves.

With the evil warlock, Xander, defeated, Thorne can finally settle into a normal life with her husband Jarrett and their newborn child. But when a visitor arrives in Pine Ridge, a man long thought dead, Thorne’s nightmares begin. Her infant daughter crying. Hellhounds howling. An evil presence she cannot seem to shake. Jarrett does not trust the visitor and for good reason: he’s Xander’s brother, and he brings news that their mother, the grand high witch, Aretha, is coming to take revenge upon Thorne, her child, and anyone else who stands in her way.

But Aretha’s not the only threat to Pine Ridge. The inquisitors are coming. Children have been going missing. And Xander’s soul, trapped and contained within Thorne, is whispering to her to use the dark side of her magic. His power over her has been contained until now, but when a woman from town starts making advances on Jarrett, Thorne’s not sure how much more she can take, or if she can save both her marriage and everything else around her. Then the murders begin, and a prophecy is invoked. It soon becomes clear to Thorne that there’s nothing random about the recent evils that have descended upon Pine Ridge, and the fate of everyone rests in her hands…

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ThePleasurePrinciple_ByKimberlyAdkins-200x300The Pleasure Principle
Kimberly Adkins
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Novel
Word Count: 49442
Page Count: 226
Price: 5.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-80-6
Release Date: 05-22-2015

Warnings: Contains menage, light BDSM

They’ve never let a woman come between them. Until now.

Anderson Cain and Edgar Brax have been best friends since college, two men with very strict—and very different—approaches to finding love: one by studying the physical act of sex, the other by mastering the art of dominance and control. But throughout their relationship, one thing has remained a constant: They’ve never let a woman come between them. Until now.

Shy and mousy Alice Dahl spends her days cleaning houses for clients who value discretion. In her bulky uniform, glasses, and cap, she appears non-descript and unobtrusive, and does her job without asking questions. Until she begins working for the secretive, and stunningly gorgeous, Dr. Anderson Cain, who awakens a sexual longing in her that she can’t ignore. A new woman comes home with Dr. Cain nearly once a month—and that’s about how long they last. Alicia longs to have a chance to be with him, even though she knows that’s ridiculous. But when her curiosity lures her into his forbidden study, she can’t resist peeking at his notes. And what she finds astounds her. Dr. Cain is researching the subject of sexual pleasure. Even just skimming over the experiments arouses her as he describes each subject’s threshold of pleasure and the methods used to achieve climax. And she finds the venue where he meets his subjects: Damsels, a secretive BDSM club in the heart of the French Quarter.

Determined to take a chance, for once, Alice embarks on a masquerade into the exclusive New Orleans underworld of Dominants and submissives. Her stunning makeover gains her admittance at Damsels, but the owner of the Club, Edgar Brax, senses her innocence the moment he sees her. The Dom inside him feels a powerful and all-consuming need to protect her and make her his own. Until he finds out that the girl he’s set his heart upon is his friend Anderson’s next subject. They’ve never let a woman come between them before. Perhaps this time, they might enjoy it…

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TemptingFate_ByRhondaLaurel-200x300Tempting Fate
Series: The Blake Boys Book Nine
Rhonda Laurel
Genre: Interracial Romance
Length: Novella
Word Count: 37256
Page Count: 192
Price: 4.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-77-6
Release Date: 05-22-2015

Love can heal the most stubborn heart…
Attorney Channing Blake is looking forward to a new chapter in his life. He’s graduated law school in Washington, DC and has returned home to the Twelve Horseshoes Ranch to take a job with Blake Enterprises. But he’s not the only one who’s back in town. Emma Winterbourne, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, has failed to make it in the Big Apple and is back in Texas, looking to pick up where she left off with good old Channing. Although the chemistry between them has always burned hot, Channing isn’t sure he wants to be her whipping boy any longer.
But when he heads back to DC to attend a friend’s engagement party, he becomes sure of it. A chance meeting with the beautiful Cassidy Shaw dredges up all the old feelings he’d felt for her in law school. He’d dated her once or twice, but she’d mysteriously disappeared without a word. His attempts to find her had come up empty. He’d had no choice but to move on. Now, with Cassidy right there, looking at him with that same longing he was feeling, he knew he owed it to himself to follow his heart. But when Cassidy disappears again and won’t take his calls, he knows something isn’t right. Cassidy is keeping something from him, and he’s not above using Blake resources to find out what.

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WhiteHeat-BySergeDeMoliere-200x300White Heat
Serge de Moliere
Genre: Mystery & Suspense Romance
Page Count: 61
Price: .99
Release Date: 05-22-2015

 

A frigid wilderness. A blazing encounter.

In the frigid wilderness of Northern Canada, Carol treks through the snow, desperate to escape her violent and obsessed husband, Dugan. Unprepared for the harsh conditions, she soon finds herself trapped in the ice. She’s rescued by Josh, a loner who has fled society for his own reasons, and he brings her to his isolated cabin.

Carol and Josh are trapped together in the cabin as a snowstorm rages outside. Soon neither of them can fight their building desire, giving in to the temptation of shared heat and intimacy. Josh is nothing like the man Carol fled. He brings out feelings in her she’d long since suppressed.

But Dugan is hunting for her, and he plans to have his revenge on any man who dares share her company…

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WaitingOnTuesday_ByBellaSettarra-200x300Waiting on Tuesday
Series: Collar and Cuffs Book Two
Bella Settarra
Genre: Erotic Romance
Page Count: 213
Price: 5.99
ISBN: 9781941692820
Release Date: 05-22-2015

She craves the whip – but is she beaten?

Tuesday O’Leary hoped she had left her dreadful past behind her when she fled Ireland several years ago. She’s now happy working at Collar and Cuffs, and even happier when she can play in the dungeon when off-duty. Despite her past, she craves being beaten, and goads the Doms into “punishing” her. She is aware, however, that she is falling for Master Dan Parker, and although she loves being whipped by him, she won’t dare accept aftercare for fear of showing her emotions.

As her past catches up with her, she craves the beatings more than ever, but when an incident at the club leaves her vulnerable, she realizes that history is repeating itself. When her life is truly put in danger, there is only one man she can call on – Dan Parker. Can he help save her life and her heart –or is she finally beaten?

Reader discretion: contains light BDSM elements, whipping, spanking, themes of dominance and submission

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TwistedCandy_ByAshleyMBurner-200x300Twisted Candy
Ashley M. Burner
Genre: Erotic Romance
Price: 3.99
ISBN: 9781941692790
Release Date: 05-22-2015

Sex that melts in your mouth…

Twenty-eight year old Candy Richman is tortured by migraines. Nothing works, nothing that makes life livable, anyway. Until an internet search reveals a surprising theory—the pain can be relieved by sex. Excited to test the theory for herself, Candy decides she needs a test subject—someone she can have totally hot sex with, but no emotional ties. Sex with a perfect stranger could be risky—but it’s a risk she’s willing to take. So when she pulls up beside the gorgeous country boy in his red pick-up, she blows him a kiss…and his reaction blows her away.

Twenty-two year old Max Hart is tortured by grief. While trying to lure women to his bed and win a friendly on-going wager with his friends, Max sidles up to a hot, yellow Camaro with an even hotter blonde behind the wheel. When she declines his invitation to coffee, he thinks he’s struck out…until she suckles her finger and gives him a look that would make him follow her anywhere.

But Candy’s no-strings-attached approach isn’t working. For some reason, Max wants more of his sweet Candy, even after he learns how bitter her life can be. And when Candy’s actions garner the attention of a serial killer, things only go from bad to worse…

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Interview with J. Richards

I’m happy to present my interview with J Richards. Her book Yes, Sir.

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(blurb and excerpt below)

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Hi J., Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let’s jump right in. When did you begin writing and why?

I have always been a lover of books. I only started writing a few months ago even though it had been a life goal to publish something. I am a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell and am very thankful for Etopia Press for helping me tell mine.

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

I am very much a lover of erotica. I think passion is something everyone can understand yet not everyone experiences. I know this genre can limit the amount of readers looking into my book but it’s not something I could change if I wanted to.

Do certain themes and ideas tend to capture your writer’s imagination and fascinate you?

The BDSM Lifestyle controls my writing, I think mostly because it’s all fantasy for me. Like wishing to be a mermaid, I wish to swim in the pain and pleasure but settle for writing about it instead.

Do you have a favorite author who introduced you to the genre?

Anne Rice, but her pen name for the Beauty series is A. N. Roquelaure

What advantages or challenges does a writer in your genre face in today’s fiction market?

For me, telling my family that I wrote an Erotica is the biggest challenge! Most are supportive but there are a few who are understandable uncomfortable.

Can you tell readers who are interested the general difference between erotica and erotic romance?

I think everyone has their own thoughts on what the difference is, for me I stick to the rule erotic romance ends with a “Happily ever-after” and erotica doesn’t need to be all wrapped up in a happy bow.

Tell me a little about the characters in Yes, Sir.

Abby is a mother and a wife who I find easily relatable. She feels like she is drowning in her life and the routine she carried out each day. She desperately wants to find a spark somewhere in her life but it manages to stay just out of her reach.

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

This story actually began as a dream, one I kept having so I thought I would write it down and see what would come of it. Most of the story takes place in a hotel room with a strange man. *Eye brow wiggle*

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

The characters seemed to have a life of their own before I even attempted to write them down.

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

I much rather have a plan so I that I can avoid being stuck. Sometimes the outlines change as the characters develop more but I would rather have something rather than nothing.

What is your writing process like?

For me the first thing I do is come up with an outline. Starting with all the thoughts that I want to happen for the characters. Where will they be, what problems with arise and the like. Then I sit at my laptop with lots of iced coffee and music playing and I begin to fill in the blanks of the outline.

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

I think every “Job” has its struggles. My biggest challenge is trying not to sound too much like other authors. I want my work to stand out as something “new” and “fresh” rather than “Oh, she sounds like …”

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

I am distracted all day, every day! My brain is always wondering “what will happen next and how can I get them from A to B.” It’s a never ending thought process and my life seems to happen in auto pilot as my brain wanders off until I can get in front of my laptop and get the thoughts out!

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

Exciting process, I would repeat.

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

I have a short series coming out after this book is released and plan on many more to come!

Thanks again for stopping by, J.! Readers can discover more about J. Richards here:

https://jrichardsauthor.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JRichardsauthor

https://twitter.com/Jrichards0929r

YesSir_ByJRichards-200x300jpgYes, Sir
J. Richards
Genre: Erotica
Length: Novella
Page Count: 96
Price: 3.99
Release Date: 5-15-2015

 

Is getting everything you want worth losing everything you have?

Abby Jackson is a frustrated housewife. Her husband pays more attention to his Xbox than to her. She fills her days with erotica novels, wishing her husband would listen to her desperate pleas for more excitement in their sex lives, but he wants nothing to do with her wild fantasies.

When Abby goes out for her weekly girl’s night with her best friend Kelly, they enjoy a dangerous game of truth or dare that leads Abby to a controlling stranger who takes a shot of vodka from her breasts. The night rattles her to her core, and keeps Mr. Dark and Handsome in her mind for days after.

Just as she returns to her boring, routine life, she gets a mysterious text message from an unknown number to come spend the night exploring her most secret desires. She knows she shouldn’t go, but how can she not? Arriving at the hotel and unsure what will happen, Abby finds a box with a skimpy panty set, a blindfold, and a riding crop inside. There are also instructions to wear only what the box contains and to be ready for when the stranger arrives. Abby’s first lesson in the dominant/submissive world has just begun. The only frightening thing is how much she gets off on it. But will it fulfill her secret fantasies…or endanger everything she has?

Reader discretion: contains light BDSM, spanking, blindfold play, multiple partners, intimate strangers, secret fantasies, domination/submission elements

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Chapter One

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Interview with C.P. Foster

I’m happy to present my interview with C.P. Foster. Her books Dark Studies, Secret Studies, and Lord Lucien’s Lessons.

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Arcaneology Book One

 Professional victim. Escaped slave. Grad student. Angie Clark is all three.  

 

 

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Arcaneology Book Two

 If she could only stop running, she could start living…

 

 

(blurb and excerpt below for Lord Lucien’s Lessons)

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Hi C.P., Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let’s jump right in!

What would you like readers to know about Dark Studies and Secret Studies?

These were originally one (enormous!) book. Because of the size, it was decided that it should be split into two, which makes sense from a marketing perspective. I thought I was going to pull out every hair in my head trying to make it work though. These two are actually one complex story, not two separate ones complete in and of themselves, though we tried very hard to make them stand alone. I think some readers are frustrated that Dark Studies doesn’t tie up all of the story lines in a neat bow, so I want to reassure them that Secret Studies does!

How much do exotic locations play in crafting your stories? Do you tend to start with a location or setting and then create characters and a plot, or vice versa?
Setting is secondary. The characters are always my starting point. Usually, I get a single scene loud and clear in my head, and from that scene I flesh out the characters and build a plot. Then I choose the location that best suits the story—preferably somewhere that I’ve spent a fair amount of time.

I’m leery of writing about places I’ve never visited, because I like to be accurate and capture the right feel for the setting. I always wince when I’m reading something set in Seattle that gets details wrong and totally misses the character of the city, and I assume other people feel the same way about their home towns. Sadly, I haven’t been to many exotic places. I wonder if I could claim a tax write-off for a trip around the world? The times that I choose a setting I’ve never been to, I research it like crazy first. Thank gods for Google maps with the street view, and especially for people who write blogs that bring their cities to life for the reader. Relying on maps and photographs is like looking at pictures of food on a menu: you see what the dish looks like, but that doesn’t tell you much about how it tastes.

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

Characters are my favorite part of writing. I wouldn’t say they leap off the page immediately, though. I approach characterization in much the same way that an actor approaches a role. For each of the major characters, I create a profile that includes a detailed background and life history. Where and how were they raised? Did they have pets? What’s their medical history? Do they watch TV? What music do they like? Favorite color, food, sport? Education level? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The bulk of it will never appear in the story, but it gives the person all sorts of layers of personality that will add nuance and depth to how I write them. It’s time consuming and takes a lot of effort, but I love doing it.

How important is writing momentum to you?

Very. Once I lose momentum, it takes forever for me to get back into the groove.

Do you enjoy research? Or is research a necessary evil?

I am a total research geek. Sometimes I get so caught up in it that I forget to actually write the story. (Oops.) One really cool discovery I’ve made is that my friends have an incredibly diverse range of knowledge. For instance, while I was writing Secret Studies, I needed to learn as much as I could about how a person could disappear and go into hiding, something very difficult in this day and age. I mentioned this on Facebook, and an old friend popped up to tell me that she worked with the Center for Missing Children. She gave me piles of information on how the authorities search for fugitives and what it takes to avoid capture. There is nothing like firsthand experience.

Can you tell readers who are interested the general difference between erotica and erotic romance?

I’ve heard differing opinions on this. Here’s mine: in erotic romance, the sex scenes serve the romantic relationship between the main characters, and there has to be a HEA or a HFN ending. In erotica, there doesn’t have to be a happy ending, and the sex doesn’t have to focus on that agenda. Erotica comes in many forms (ar ar). Sometimes it’s pure smut, but it can also be an artistic statement, a journey of self-discovery for the characters, or any number of things. Personally, I like a nice bit of smut now and then. Just for…fun.

What do readers have to look forward to in the future from C.P. Foster?

Lord Lucien’s Lessons, a short, erotic romp in Regency era London has just released!

 

Thanks again for stopping by, C.P.! Readers can discover more about C.P. Foster here:

http://cpfosterauthor.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/cpf.author

https://twitter.com/CPFoster1

LordLuciensLessons_ByCPFoster-200x300Lord Lucien’s Lessons
C. P. Foster
Genre: Historical Erotica
Length: Novella
Page Count: 63
Price: 2.99
Release Date: 5-15-2015

 

‘Tis a rake’s solemn duty to teach his friends how to please a lady.

No rake in London has a better reputation for pleasing the ladies than the handsome Lord Lucien. When his friends beg him for a bit of advice, how can he refuse? It would be downright churlish not to pass on the skills he has acquired. Of course, teaching such things requires more than a few words and naughty images, and hands-on experience is by far the best way to learn. Which means he’s going to need a willing wench to offer some demonstrations. And he knows just the lass for the job.

Cora, a sassy barmaid at Lord Lucien’s favorite tavern, has enjoyed his particular talents more than once. She’s shocked at first by his request that she help him show the lads a thing or two. Sharing her bed with him is one thing, but having an audience is quite another. Yet wouldn’t she be doing a favor to ladies and low-born girls alike if she helped teach these gents what to do? It would be an act of kindness, really. She certainly wouldn’t mind earning a hefty fee in exchange for having the time of her life. Why, with a bit of luck, it might even be the start of a new career.

Reader discretion: contains voyeurism, menage/multiple partners elements, public sex

 

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New Releases for 5-15-2015!

LordLuciensLessons_ByCPFoster-200x300Lord Lucien’s Lessons
C. P. Foster
Genre: Historical Erotica
Length: Novella
Word Count: 11,607
Page Count: 63
Price: 2.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-75-2
Release Date: 5/15/2015

‘Tis a rake’s solemn duty to teach his friends how to please a lady.

No rake in London has a better reputation for pleasing the ladies than the handsome Lord Lucien. When his friends beg him for a bit of advice, how can he refuse? It would be downright churlish not to pass on the skills he has acquired. Of course, teaching such things requires more than a few words and naughty images, and hands-on experience is by far the best way to learn. Which means he’s going to need a willing wench to offer some demonstrations. And he knows just the lass for the job.

Cora, a sassy barmaid at Lord Lucien’s favorite tavern, has enjoyed his particular talents more than once. She’s shocked at first by his request that she help him show the lads a thing or two. Sharing her bed with him is one thing, but having an audience is quite another. Yet wouldn’t she be doing a favor to ladies and low-born girls alike if she helped teach these gents what to do? It would be an act of kindness, really. She certainly wouldn’t mind earning a hefty fee in exchange for having the time of her life. Why, with a bit of luck, it might even be the start of a new career.

Reader discretion: contains voyeurism, menage/multiple partners elements, public sex

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Requiem for the Living
The Reanimation Files Book 2
A.J. Locke
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: Novel
Word Count: 83,485
Page Count: 234
Price: 5.99
Release Date: 5/15/2015


Selene is slowly dying…too bad that’s the least of her problems.

You could say that Selene Vanream has a lot of problems. First there’s the Rot that’s slowly killing her, despite everything Ilyse and Micah are doing to find a way to save her.

Then there’s Andrew, the ghost of her boss who is anchored to the living world. Selene would like to ignore him, but anchored ghosts with unsettled business turn into anchored beasties, so she can’t write him off. The government has sent a team to post up at Affairs of the Dead and keep an eye on her, which includes making sure she plays up to Andrew to keep him from turning.

On top of that, someone is using Selene’s new power to create anchored ghosts for their loved ones to keep around. Not good since the culprit doesn’t have a clue about that whole anchored beastie angle. Now Selene has a criminal to catch while trying to stay out of the hands of government goons who have stripping her reanimation power on their agenda.

When Micah and Ilyse finally find a way to save her, Selene thinks she can cross one bad thing off her list–until she learns the terrible price that must be paid to keep her alive. Full plate doesn’t cover it. Overflowing plate doesn’t cover it. Selene’s plate has damn near exploded.

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YesSir_ByJRichards-200x300jpgYes, Sir
J. Richards
Genre: Erotica
Length: Novella
Word Count: 22,031
Page Count: 96
Price: 3.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-76-9
Release Date: 5/15/2015

Is getting everything you want worth losing everything you have?

 Abby Jackson is a frustrated housewife. Her husband pays more attention to his Xbox than to her. She fills her days with erotica novels, wishing her husband would listen to her desperate pleas for more excitement in their sex lives, but he wants nothing to do with her wild fantasies.

When Abby goes out for her weekly girl’s night with her best friend Kelly, they enjoy a dangerous game of truth or dare that leads Abby to a controlling stranger who takes a shot of vodka from her breasts. The night rattles her to her core, and keeps Mr. Dark and Handsome in her mind for days after.

Just as she returns to her boring, routine life, she gets a mysterious text message from an unknown number to come spend the night exploring her most secret desires. She knows she shouldn’t go, but how can she not? Arriving at the hotel and unsure what will happen, Abby finds a box with a skimpy panty set, a blindfold, and a riding crop inside. There are also instructions to wear only what the box contains and to be ready for when the stranger arrives. Abby’s first lesson in the dominant/submissive world has just begun. The only frightening thing is how much she gets off on it. But will it fulfill her secret fantasies…or endanger everything she has?

Reader discretion: contains light BDSM, spanking, blindfold play, multiple partners, intimate strangers, secret fantasies, domination/submission elements

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Interview with Arianna Archer

I’m happy to present my interview with Arianna Archer. Her book The Alchemist.

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(blurb and excerpt below)

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Hi Arianna, Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let’s jump right in. When did you begin writing and why?

Ever since I can remember, I wrote stories. In second grade, a friend and I populated a series of stories with characters we borrowed from Richard Scarry.  When I was 12, a local auto dealership ran a short story contest, and the prize was $25 and publication in the Sunday newspaper. In my head, I spent that money twenty times over, fantasizing about unlimited supplies of gum and earrings. I won that contest, but my mom made me put all of my winnings directly in the bank. Nevertheless, I was hooked by the potential to make up stories for a living.

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

So many, especially writers of books I lived on as a kid, like L. Frank Baum, Tove Jansson, Jack London. Emile Zola, Charles Dickens, Tolstoy—their work is gritty and gut-wrenching, but also poetic and funny. Hemingway—his prose is perfectly spare, beautiful. Faulkner, for this ability to turn a phrase. Flannery O’Connor and John Steinbeck, for their grasp of the human condition. Modern authors like T.C. Boyle and Joyce Carol Oates, for their literary excellence.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

It’s always different. It’s a job that enables—encourages—you to really experience life. Every single thing that happens, whether it’s mundane or awesome or tragic, can be redeemed in your work. Nothing experienced is wasted. Being a writer forces you to forge a fantastically complex relationship with yourself and the world. And that never gets old.

What’s the worst thing about being a writer?

At first I was going to say that the worst thing is either going to dark, painful, ugly places in your head or making yourself excruciatingly vulnerable to other people by sharing your work. But really, I think the worst part is marketing yourself. For someone used to living in one’s own head, it’s tough to sell oneself. The good part is interacting with readers and other writers; the bad part is the nuts-and-bolts work of getting a book seen, reviewed, and purchased.

Do you enjoy research? Or is research a necessary evil?

I enjoy research on an almost pathological level. I have to cut myself off in order to get writing done. I could live in the library, careering from one subject to the other all day. So much to learn about ALL THE THINGS…so little time. And, of course, no paycheck.

Writer’s block—real or hype?

Writer’s block is real, but it can’t be indulged. To me, the difference between being a professional writer and an amateur is showing up and getting to work. Inspiration is for amateurs, they say; the pros get words on the page, even if they’re not feeling it. You may have to scrap 90 percent of what you wrote when you were “blocked,” but if you can salvage even 10 percent, that’s a success. It’s a lot like working out when you’re tired or not feeling well. You just have to push through sometimes.

Any advice to writers just starting out?

Don’t get hung up on the details—any details—just write. Writing a story is like decorating a cake. You start out with the basic cake layers—your rough draft. The cake layers might come out of the oven uneven or cracked or otherwise deeply flawed, but they’re still the foundation of your project. If you fuss too much about the cake layers, you’ll stall out with nothing but plain, ugly cake. If you want to get to buttercream roses, you have to keep moving. You assess your cooled cake layers and see how you can make them work for you. You tort the cake with a knife to make it even, brush it with syrup to keep it moist, pipe a frosting dam and add filling, ease the layers together in a neat stack, then smooth a crumb coat of icing over the whole thing to neaten the layers up. Then you slather it with frosting and start decorating.

All these things, careful layers of revisions, need to take place so that the final product will be smooth, beautiful, and delicious. If you get hung up on how those cake layers look straight out of the oven, you’ll never get to the roses part.

 

Thanks again for stopping by, Arianna! Readers can discover more about Arianna Archer here:

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TheAlchemist_ByAriannaArcher-200x300The Alchemist
Arianna Archer
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Time Travel
Length: Novel
Page Count: 406
Price: 5.99
Release Date: 2-20-2015

 

Is it alchemy that transforms fear into love?

 

Italy, 1565—Niccolo is a philosopher, a nobleman, and an honorable man. He’s also an alchemist—considered a heretic and an enemy of the church. When his beloved fiancée dies of a mysterious ailment on the eve of their wedding day, Niccolo loses all direction. Maddened by grief, he attempts a desperate, unthinkable act, one from which there is no turning back: transformation of the dead into the living…

Italy, 2015—While excavating a Renaissance-era burial site, Julia discovers a beautiful but mysterious carving. Wreathed in classic period symbols—a cross, a family crest, an open book—the piece contains another symbol she can’t quite place—an alembic—a type of distillation apparatus used in alchemy. Then she finds something else—a burial plaque commemorating the deaths of two people, a man and a woman. Curious, Julia continues to excavate the site, but before she can complete her work, something gives way beneath her and she falls…or is pulled…through the darkness and emptiness of time…

But when Julia turns up in the body of Niccolo’s fiancée, confusion battles with danger. Inextricably drawn to one another, Julia and Niccolo find solace in each other’s arms. But to love again, they’ll have to defy the deadly prejudice of others and the terrifying power of the Spanish Inquisition. Between love, loss, and murderous betrayal, can the alchemy of love create enough magic to save them?

 

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Interview with Tessa McFionn

I’m happy to present my interview with Tessa McFionn. Her book is Spirit Fall.

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(blurb and excerpt below)

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Hi Tessa, Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let’s jump right in. Tell me a little about the characters and the conflict in Spirit Fall.

Well, Malakai had been rumbling around in my mind for quiet a while, but never saying much. Then one night, as I was crossing Laurel Street Bridge on a dark night, in more ways than one, that’s when Siobhan stepped into the mix. Kai is a hero, plain and simple, wanting only to help our heroine. Siobhan, or Voni, has been trying to deal with a devastating loss that pushes her to the limits, and is more than little lost when Kai finds her. As he works to show her the beauty in the world, and in her as well, he has to battle his ancient enemy who has designs on her, specifically on her death. Love, magic and heroes; my favorite things.

How much do exotic locations play in crafting your stories? Do you tend to start with a location or setting and then create characters and a plot, or vice versa?

Well, lucky for me, I live in a bit of a tourist destination. San Diego has been my home for most of my life and I decided to use my city as the backdrop, including some cool places I’ve always loved. For me, I find that once my characters speak up, they tell me where their stories unfold. The frustrating thing is if they decide they’re from someplace I’m not very familiar with. That’s when Google Earth and I become really good friends.

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

I envy plotters, I really do. I usually have a vague idea of where things are going, but for the most part, I just let the characters tell me what they want to accomplish. Sometimes, I’ll write a scene and sit back and think, “Really? This is what you want to do?” But the more events tumble into place, it makes sense and I love that sense of discovery.

Do you listen to music when you write? Does music ever influence your writing?

ALL THE TIME. I can’t imagine writing in silence. Between my ridiculously extensive personal collection and Pandora stations for various moods, I always have music going in the background. Music has always been such a huge part of my life before I started to take my writing seriously, and now, I use it to help channel the mood of a scene or to help kick start my muse. The biggest problem I have right now is, since I don’t have an office and do my writing on the living room couch on my laptop with my earbuds plugged in, hubby tends to have to repeat himself if I’m deep in the flow. Lol!

What do readers have to look forward to in the future from Tessa McFionn?

Well, the second installment in the Guardian Warriors series is on the way, and I’m currently working on a third. But I also have a couple of stand-alones bumping around, one is a shifter/fantasy and the other is a science fiction/time travel romp. I love to dream and imagine worlds beyond this one, and as long as my muse keeps sending me stories, I’m gonna keep telling them.

Thanks again for stopping by, Tessa! Readers can discover more about Tessa McFionn here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tessa-McFionn/703710772990582

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SpiritFall-ByTessaMcFionn-200x300Spirit Fall
Series: The Guardians Book One
Tessa McFionn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Page Count: 4.32
Price: 5.99
Release Date: 12-26-2014

 

After a year-long depression following the murder of her fiancé, Siobhan Whelan stands on a bridge, tormented by unending nightmares, one step away from jumping. Only the kindness of a seductive stranger brings her back down to earth. But the handsome stranger is more than meets the eye, and soon Voni finds herself thrust into a strange new world.

For seven hundred years, Malakai Vadim has shouldered the mantle of Guardian Warrior. But a chance encounter with the tormented beauty brings him face to face with his destiny. His nemesis, Dmitrius Konstantin, has been feeding Voni’s grief through nightmares, wanting her and her untapped powers for his own. As Kai learns of his foe’s deadly interest, he must solve the riddle of Voni’s tortured dreams while holding his growing desire for her at bay.

Too bad the enemy Rogue Warriors have other plans. Now, along with fellow Guardian Eamon McClearon, Kai must venture into the In-Between, the enemy’s powerbase, to save her soul as well as his own. But can his love be strong enough to save them both?

 

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New Releases for 5-1-2015!

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Kelly Nicolson
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance
Length: Novella
Word Count: 27,889
Page Count: 145
Price: 3.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-71-4
Release Date: 5/1/2015

 



Incubus and Sorceress, Magic and Passion…

When Thea is kidnapped, it doesn’t mean she’ll go without a fight.

Walking through her garden, she’s grabbed and slung over the shoulder of a sexy, stubborn incubus demon who has no problem with asserting his will to get his own way. Thea has no knowledge of who the male is or why she’s been stolen, but she knows she can’t risk giving in to him.

Unable to sleep, Bernt can’t get the energy he needs to feed and he’s starving. He’s heard of a Sorceress with great power who might give him the magical aid he needs. But if the only way to get her help is to steal her, then that’s what he’ll do.

As soon as she’s secure within the boundaries of his hometown, Bernt sets himself to enticing her into giving him what he needs. Only as he gets to know her, he’s not so sure what that is anymore. The beautiful female with a spirit that intrigues him, makes him forget about his own problems, and she quickly becomes his most important priority. And while Thea can’t resist the infuriating incubus, she has to decide what she is willing to sacrifice in order to stay with him. Can she trust that he wants her, and not just her powers?

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Losing Control
Samantha Keller
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Length: Novella
Word Count: 9,784
Page Count: 172
Price: .99
Release Date: 5-1-2015





Sometimes you just can’t help mixing business with pleasure?

Erica Chase was all business.  But all that changed when she met Mark Winston, a sex loving pilot.  He was moving to town and her job was to find him a place to live.   He was busy too.  Making moves on her as soon as he arrived.  She wasn’t accustomed to a man with so much power over her.  But she didn’t complain and she certainly didn’t stop him.  It felt too good.

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LoveYoga-BySergeDeMoliere-200x300Love Yoga
Serge de Moliere
Genre: Erotic Romance/Interracial Romance
Page Count: 77
Price: .99
Release Date: 5-1-2015








Morgan Love is one of the few African American yoga instructors in town. After her studies in India with the legendary Swami Monda, students flock to her classes. But without her own studio, money remains tight, and her personal life is a wreck after the last man in her life cheated on her.

When an attractive man enters her yoga studio, Morgan is instantly drawn to him. When she discovers the attraction is mutual, things quickly escalate, taking a dramatic and passionate turn. Eli is like no other man she’s ever met, and that includes his incredible sexual prowess.

But when Morgan’s past comes back to haunt her, she finds herself forced to turn to Eli. Are her hopes and dreams safe with this seemingly too-perfect man? Or will Morgan end up once again as a man’s sex toy?

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Interview with Serge deMoliere

I’m happy to present my interview with Serge de Moliere. His book Love Yoga is his first book with Etopia Press.

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(excerpt below)

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Hi Serge, Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let’s jump right in. I understand that you have a new, exciting romance coming out the first of May. Care to tell us a little bit about it?.

Sure. The title is “Love Yoga” and it’s a romance about an African American yoga instructor. She’s studied in India with a noted Swami and is now trying to get herself known in this country. Her practice is slowly becoming popular. However, her own long term love relationship has gone sour, and this is quite traumatic for her even though she’s begun to realize that he’s not quite the man she originally thought he was. When a handsome and sizzling hot new male student suddenly walks into the yoga studio, she’s bowled over by his gorgeous violet eyes and incredible physique. And, as she helps him with his yoga postures and touches his body in rather intimate fashion, things get quite steamy. It begins to look like there may be a new romantic possibility in her life. And a smoking one at that!

Is this story based on a real life Yoga instructor?

Let’s just say that the protagonist is a blend of several real life yoga instructors with a little hyperbole thrown in. It’s a great read so get ready to be aroused!

You also have another book coming soon, The Intern, could you tell me a little about the characters and the conflict in that book?

Carlina is an attractive young lawyer and Harvard graduate who has, through hard work and a bit of luck, been chosen as one of a select group of White House interns. Coincidentally, this is during the term of the first Latino president of the United States. Al is attractive, bright and hardworking, and his goal is to promote peace in the world and accomplish as much good as he can during his presidency. Needless to say, Carlina, who is also Latina, is attracted to him and they have many traits in common. Unfortunately, he is older and much more accomplished than Carlina; and he is also married, although rumor has it that his marriage is a loveless one.

When Carlina discovers that the President may be as attracted to her as she is to him, a major conflict arises. And when the First Lady enters the White House dwelling to find them naked and in bed together, events seem to take a potentially catastrophic turn.

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

The setting is the White House and the Capitol in Washington D.C. It adds to the excitement because Carlina has the opportunity to attend functions including the State of the Union address and see many celebrated dignitaries. Later, she is able to travel to Stockholm, Sweden where the President is to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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

The characters arose fairly easily in part because they were assembled from a combination of various real persons and events with modifications and extrapolations.

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

Frequently! And sometimes even in the middle of the night.

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

Veni, vidi, vici and Excelsior

What do readers have to look forward to in the future from Serge de Moliere?

I am in the process of completing a story about a big beautiful woman who has a crush on her boss, a handsome lawyer and physical fitness buff whose last wife, was a  former Victoria Secrets model.

Thanks again for stopping by, Serge! Stay tuned for many more books from Serge! Readers can discover more about Serge de Moliere here:
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Serge de Moliere
Genre: Romance
Length: Novella
Price: .99
Release Date: 5-1-2015

 

 

 

 

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New Release for 4-24-2015!


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Shift Happens
Series: I Heart Shifters Book One
Christy Gissendaner
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Length: Novella
Word Count: 24,886
Page Count: 137
Price: 3.99
ISBN: 978-1-941692-69-1
Release Date: 04-24-2015

Ellie Reynolds runs a nail salon that caters to shifters of all varieties. The proverbial shift hits the fan when billionaire mogul Jackson Lawrence walks in the door and offers Ellie two million dollars to sell her shop. Ellie has no intention of selling out, especially to someone who plans to bulldoze her shop to the ground and replace it with a fast food joint. Their battle of wit and will is brought to a sudden halt when Jackson’s enemies appear, throwing them into a fight for their lives.

Jackson believed he’d left violence behind when he resigned his position with the Blood Wolves, a secret shifter military group, but someone wants his company’s cyber invention and will stop at nothing to get it. He didn’t mean to drag Ellie into his mess, but he’s willing to do anything to protect her and the firewall his friend created…anything except fight his attraction to the outspoken redhead he’s suddenly responsible for. Jackson soon learns Ellie is hotter than he first gave her credit for…like dragon hot…and life is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

Sometimes shift happens when you least expect it.

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Interview with Ellie Eden

I’m happy to present my interview with Ellie Eden. Her book Letting Evil In.

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(blurb and excerpt below)

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Hi Ellie, Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let’s jump right in. Tell me a little about the characters and the conflict in Letting Evil In.

Letting Evil In is a romantic suspense novel partly based on real life and the chaos caused by internet affairs. I found it fascinating and frightening that a laptop is a wide open window into your home. All sorts of people can come creeping in–people you would never, ever normally encounter.

My heroine, Kristi, gets caught in the fallout of her husband’s internet affair with Nara, a young Brazilian drug dealer. Kristi leads a happy life in the mostly safe suburbs of Livingston NJ. She loves her husband, Michael and their teenage son, and six-year-old twins.

Michael, the unfaithful husband, isn’t quite as content. He spends the cold New Jersey winter in hot Brazilian chat rooms.

Nara, the Brazilian girl, who Michael goes to Rio to meet, is self centered, poverty-stricken but upbeat and gloriously wild. The guy she really fancies, Azul, the Harley-riding drug dealer with the cold blue wolf’s eyes was fun to write about and definitely hot.

Kristi and her teenage son go to Rio in search of the vanished Michael and she turns to Tony, an Italian-Brazilian federal agent, for help. I fell in love with Tony, the sexy federal agent. He’s the hero and every girl’s dream, but is he too good to be true?

The ruthless drug lord, O Dentista, is someone I never want to meet. I would tell you here why he is called that but its too creepy. Lets keep the interview on a less nightmarish note!

Kristi’s young son is kidnapped in Rio. She finds herself alone in a strange and dangerous city with no one she can trust. A great situation for a heroine to land in!

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

Letting Evil In is set in Livingston, New Jersey and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I thought the contrast between the two cities and the contrast between the two main female characters would be fun to write and read about.

Rio is a marvelous place for a suspenseful book as it has awful slums, beautiful romantic beaches, wild rainforest, and even a spooky gothic cemetery. Once I saw the creepy mausoleums, I knew I had to include them in the plot.

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

For some weird reason it was easier to write about the bad guys. I really loved writing about Nara and her world. I loved her casual and quirky attitude to life. The other main characters slipped into their roles. I identified with Kristi as she feels let down and hurt by her unfaithful husband and starts to fall for the sexy and sweet Tony.

Tell us a little bit about the heroine and hero and the challenges threatening their love.

Kristi and Tony come from very different backgrounds. She has led a sheltered life in suburban Livingston, NJ. Tony is Italian-Brazilian and comes from an enormously wealthy, politically corrupt family in Brazil. Kristi does not want to fall for Tony and he certainly doesn’t want the problems of falling for a beautiful American woman with children and an unfaithful and missing husband.

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

I like the strong silent type. And I like him good-looking and well built. Also a caring man, someone thoughtful. And tough of course, you can rely on him in a scary situation. Its fun if the two people don’t quite know what the other is thinking or wanting but the writer and reader can guess.

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

I like a beautiful and determined heroine. It helps if she is somewhat rash and so gets into dangerous situations.

When did you begin writing and why?

I started writing in elementary school. I had this great story about a house where the four winds wailed. I wasn’t sure about the rest of the plot. Just the winds wailing!

What is your writing process like?

I research a lot. I think it enriches the plot to add a lot of interesting background facts.

Do you enjoy research? Or is research a necessary evil?

I love research. Almost anything becomes interesting once you begin to research it.

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

Romantic suspense and thrillers. Also travel books about bad vacations.

Do you have a favorite author who introduced you to the genre?

Daphne du Maurier

What do readers have to look forward to in the future from Ellie Eden?

I’ve writing a Dystopian book and enjoying researching for that world.

 

Thanks again for stopping by, Ellie! Readers can discover more about Ellie Eden here:

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LettingEvilIn_ByEllieEden-200x300Letting Evil In
Ellie Eden
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
Page Count: 368
Price: 4.99
Release Date: 4-18-2014

 

When Michael goes on a photographic assignment to Brazil and fails to return, Kristi and her son fly to Rio de Janeiro, desperate to find him. Instead she finds that during the cold New Jersey winter, her husband has spent his time in steamy chat rooms with Nara, a young woman desperate for attention and involved in the Rio drug world.

As she searches for Michael in exotic but crime-ridden Rio, Kristi finds herself way out of her league. She turns to Italian-Brazilian Federal Agent Tony Lamazzo for help. As the harsh truth of her marriage brings a dose of reality to her life, she finds the temptation of getting closer to the strong, capable—and totally hot—Tony difficult to resist. She’s in Brazil on the Day of Dead, a day when Brazilians go wild. Why shouldn’t she go wild with Tony, for just one night, before returning home to start the new life alone she’ll have to learn to make for herself?

But when her son vanishes too, Kristi doesn’t know where to turn. Michael’s affair with drug-dealing Nara has exposed them all to the murderous wrath of a ruthless drug lord, and while she longs to trust Tony, she can’t trust his powerful and politically corrupt family. But in the dangerous slums and rainforests of Brazil, the danger mounts for both Kristi and her son, and a cold-blooded enemy has an agenda of his own. If she trusts Tony, she might save her son. Or it might just get them all killed…

 

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