Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Going Places with Ember Leigh!

A LOOK AT CARLOS AND CASEY: the new erotic short story from Ember Leigh.

Releasing from Breathless Press on September 12th, 2014.
NOW’S THE TIME…Get to know Ember Leigh’s work!
During September 10th – September 17th, get Ember Leigh’s erotic romance novel ‘Jaded’ for half off at Breathless Press.
Casey hasn't seen Carlos in four years, but a business trip brings the ex-lovers together, making them question whether the spark is still really there.
Blurb: Recently divorced, Casey has been longing for a man's touch. So when business brings her back to Carlos, the one that got away, it has to be fate. The four years apart have only done him better, and all she can think about is having his arms, and body, wrapped around hers. But Carlos is not the same man he was four years ago, and Casey too is feeling the weight of too much time gone by. Can Casey help reignite his fire or has time left them behind?


EXCERPT:

Her breath caught as she followed him up the staircase, tucked to the far side of the house. Carlos had always been fit enough, but it looked like he'd taken up some new form of exercise in the past four years. He was beefier, yet still lean. His ass moved round and tight in front of her as they climbed the stairs. At the landing, he gestured in front of them.
"This is my studio, but it's all yours for tonight."
It was a rec room that took up the whole second floor, and far more standard male than the ground floor alluded to. Movie posters, gaming systems, books scattered on floors and coffee tables, and, off to one side, the trumpet, asleep in a bed of sheet music. In the corner there was an overstuffed couch just about as wide as she was long – it would be great to sleep on, even better if he could bend her over that armrest and fuck her until dinner was ready.
She cleared her throat, deciding adult friendships could be fun, even after four questionable years. "I thought I'd be sharing a bed with you?" She tried to keep her tone playful as she sauntered toward the couch. She tossed him a smile and she caught a glimpse of him looking very stricken. Shit. Too far. Things are too different now. Abort!
Maybe too much time had passed in general. Maybe he was courting a girl and wanted to take it slow with her. Maybe he no longer found her attractive, four years becoming the dagger in the heart. Maybe he'd become celibate, or found her life too normal and boring. There was a whole list of reasons why she shouldn't make the first move.
"I was just joking," she said after a moment, rolling her eyes. "Come on, lighten up."
He exhaled slowly, looking down at the ground as his tongue found the corner of his mouth. "I know it was a joke, Case."
"In case you forgot, we used to share a bed." She looked at him pointedly, already horrified that the words were coming from her lips. What was the getting at? Who had authorized this dialogue?
He squeezed his eyes shut and laughed softly. "Oh, I remember."

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BIO:

Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young.  A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides in South America with her Argentinean partner, a detail she uses to justify her Bachelor's degree in Latin American Literature. In addition to romance novels, she also writes travel articles, maintains three blogs, and continually attempts to complete a mildly-gripping short story. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, travels the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

Find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EmberLeighAuthor

Twitter: @EmberLeighAuth

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Going Places with RJ Loom!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing R.J. Loom author of The Ilia Stone.

Quirky and insane is the name of my game so prepare yourself for random mixed with rational. Here we go!

If you were an element, what would you be?
Oh wow, stumping me right out of the gate I see. Hmm, maybe something resilient like a metal.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
As of right now, my ambitions are pretty simple. I like setting short term goals. They keep me moving and motivated.  They feel more attainable and less overwhelming. It allows me to keep my focus on where it needs to be, on my writing. I want to learn as much as I can.  I’d like to write the stories that develop in my mind without the pressure of putting too many expectations on them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m probably my biggest critic which drives my urge to stretch outside my comfort zone, grow and learn. I measure my success with each milestone I achieve. This can be as simple as reaching a word count goal for the week. I enjoy the challenge of piecing stories together. I enjoy writing. So I take it day by, with an eye on the future but my focus on the present.  In the end, hopefully others will enjoy the end product as much as I do.

What's your stance on chocolate?
Um…uh…I’m actually one of those weird people who could take it or leave it. (I’m actually wincing as I write this imagining the collective gasp and gaping looks at those words.) But yes, I do have the random chocolate craving and when it strikes, its milk chocolate all the way. Torie Says: Milk Choco....yes, yes. You're good people!

Which writers inspire you?
I suppose I should start by saying, “Hi, I’m R.J. Loom and I am a reading addict.” I’m not even sure how to respond to this because I think in one way or another all writers inspire me.  Yes, I have my favorites and there are a lot of them. But even writers whose stories or writing style may not be what I enjoy, they put themselves out there. They sat down and spent countless hours, weeks, months or even years pouring out the story they wanted to tell. You gotta admire that. Also, with each book I read, I learn what I do and don’t like to see in a book. I’ve also learned that there is no such thing as perfection in writing. On a daily basis though, I’d have to say my dear friend Jas T. Ward inspires me most. She’s supportive, encouraging and I’ve learned so much from her.

Movie adaptions of popular books? Yay or Nay?
My knee jerk answer is Nay. However, if I’m being honest, I’d have to say yay. The reason I say this is that I still get excited when I see that a favorite book is going to be made into a movie and I still end up going to see them with the hope that they will be exactly like the book.

Sarcasm. How fluent are you?
Not at all. My father immigrated here from the Ukraine right after WWII when he was 11. He’s fluent in several languages. I always bugged him to teach me at least Ukrainian. I was taught sarcasm instead.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Good question. I’ve never really thought about it. I suppose I should respond with some classic and maybe if I gave it more thought I would, but the two that come to mind are Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series or Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. I loved the world building in both series and I really loved how the characters evolved. Particularly in Moning’s Fever series.

Day person or night owl?
I’m totally night owl.

What advice would you give your younger self?
I’d tell myself to get out of my way and to not be my own worst enemy.

Do you think with the advent of "paperless" books (Kindle, Nook, Tablets, etc) that eventually physical books will become antique?
I certainly hope not. I prefer my paperback copies. I don’t think they’ll become a thing of the past but I could see them becoming more expensive.

What's your favorite motivational phrase?
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

And lastly, strictly for personal knowledge, do you like Star Wars? *shifty eyed*
Lol, actually, growing up I watched all the older movies with my dad and loved them. But I have not seen any of the newer ones. My husband and kids aren’t into it, so I guess I just never got around to watching them.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am wishing you all the love, success and magic you deserve!
Thank you so much for having me! It’s been fun!


Want more of RJ?
Twitter: @RJLoom

   

Find my review of The Ilia Stone at: Goodreads

Friday, September 5, 2014

You and Me. Time and Space. Watch Us Run.

37 years ago, I got one of the most extraordinary gifts a person can get. It wasn't the longed for dream pony I was going to name Sir Winchester Blatherford, Esq.

It was a tiny baby girl my parents named Wendy....after that Wendy of Peter Pan Legend. I didn't get to see her right away, there were a lot of complications during birth that resulted in her shacking down in the hospital for a long time.

I hadn't wanted a sibling...nope. Was perfectly content being the center of my family's universe. The thought of vying for attention against an infantile interloper was unappealing. I mean, I was already 7 years into the game....was I being benched permanently? Were my Golden Years over? There was no way I could compete with the adorbs cuteness of a baby! I was dead set against even liking the little bitch and for a small time, I contemplated asking the monsters under the bed to accept her as my sacrifice. It was called #winning.

Then the doctors gave the all clear and she did come home. I adopted a casually indifferent attitude, determined to keep my distance as everyone fawned over the little princess.

I did my best to stay away from her. Did I want to hold her? Um. No. Did I want to help feed her a bottle? Um. What part of no was everyone having a problem with?

Then as Fate would have it, Lil Miss was having a huge baby meltdown one afternoon which was disrupting my work schedule. I wound down from a hard day in elementary school by sculling back a glass of milk on the rocks and nomming some homemade cookies while indulging in contemporary art...you know...I colored in my coloring books.

But OMG...the baby wouldn't shut up. I finally stomped to the kitchen where Mum was doing prep work for dinner and promptly told her she needed to take care of my sister. She nodded, giving an angelic smile and told me that sometimes babies just...cry. She'd held her, fed her, bathed her, changed her diaper.

"Madame," Said I with complete arrogance, "You are a horrible mother letting your child cry like that. Don't make me call Grandma."

Mum, used to my grandiose dramatics, held her smile and continued peeling potatoes. "Teri. She's alright, I promise. Just grumpy. But if you think you can do a better job, go for it."

Stomping to the bassinet two feet away, I grumbled and scooped Wendy up, wrapping her in her blankie and sat down on the couch, quietly giving her the biz on how I was in charge...and she needed to fall in line.

She stopped crying....looking up at me with huge dark blue eyes. Her thin lil cheeks were flushed and wet with tears.

Yes. She looked at me and although still really little, reached up one lil baby hand and patted my cheek....and she smiled.

Fuck me running. Now, I was in love.

*laughs at the memories*

I became her champion, protector, enforcer, guardian and mini mom. If anyone even so as much looked crosseyed at her....shit got extremely real.

Nothing's changed...even though we both grew up.

She is so many things to me...sister, best friend, fellow authoress, conscience and daughter of my heart. I always have and always will, fiercely watch over her until my last breath.

She was born with dismal chances of even making it to age 2. We were told she'd never be "normal"...she was mentally challenged, entirely deaf in her left ear with minimal auditory capacity in her right one. Only one kidney and an adult sized bladder in a baby body. She would walk funny due to the fact her sacrum didn't fully develop, her legs were uneven. She would talk funny because of the hearing issue.

She's 37 today and all those things still hound her...but they don't stop her from living. She struggles with them, on top of her anxiety/depression disorder. But never once...not ONCE...has she ever felt sorry for herself or wanted to give up on anything. Her body might have mortal frailness but her spirit, heart and soul? Oh...she is an immortal warrior princess.

She has taught ME so much about strength.

We've had rough patches..thanks to my past drug addiction. I wasn't not the sister I should have been then. I hurt her a lot and although she's forgiven me, I am very conscious of how close I came to losing the love, respect and affection of the most important person in my life. If there is anything in me resembling a truly selfless, good person...it's because of my baby sister....

Happy Birthday, Wendy Marie. I love you so much...and am so proud of YOU...and all you DO....all you ARE. You once told me you wanted to be like me when you grew up, that I was your idol.

Well guess what baby boo? You're mine....and I hope someday IF I grow up...I'll be just like you.

So, here's what being your sister has taught me.....












Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Going Places with Jas T. Ward!!!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Jas T. Ward author of The Shadow-Keepers Series and romance novel - Love's Bitter Harvest.

Quirky and insane is the name of my game so prepare yourself for random mixed with rational. Here we go!

If you were an element, what would you be?
Definitely water. Think about it. It can put out fire, it can erode rocks, it just goes with the wind and keeps on flowing. Water is the best element. It's the "Spock" of paper, rock scissors. (Geek reference, I'll put my geekness away now. :) )

{Torie says let your Geek Flag fly high babe! I do!}

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
That's always an odd question to answer. I honestly do not have the usual goal of some to hit the best sellers list (although I recently hit the top 10 on Amazon Best Sellers for Love's Bitter Harvest  and I will admit that was incredible) but I just want people, or a person, to read and love what I write. To embrace the characters and find something in them as I find myself in writing them.  My biggest overall ambition is to just write. Don't worry about a 9-to whenever job that takes up most of my time because I can write full-time and make a comfortable living off of it.

What's your stance on chocolate?
You're kidding right? Hello, a writer? I LOVE chocolate. Dark Chocolate with fruit? Ambrosia. My stance is this: Don't touch that. Be a shame to be killed over chocolate, but it can happen. Just saying.

Which writers inspire you?
Ken Follett and Amy Tan. I had the priviledge to speak with Mr. Follett in an email causal chat and he is amazing and very down to earth. Amy Tan has sent me personal notes of encouragement as well. I display them proudly on my desk.

Movie adaptions of popular books? Yay or Nay?
I'm a  book lover. I'll be  honest. If it's been a book? Chances are I won't be seeing it as a movie. It never matches up. If I have not read the book, I'll go see it. I just don't like having to reconcile the two different images my brain has from either creation.

Sarcasm. How fluent are you?
I've taught classes on it. No seriously, I have. :) I think you were there.
{I totally was!}

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Tom Sawyer.  Think about it. It's been an iconic book full of Americana loved across the world. It's policitical yet so geniune and sweet. And I believe it most likely is the most influential literary work in American literature.

Day person or night owl?
Total night owl. So much so, I rarely sleep. And I can't sleep during the day (if I nap? I'm sick or hit on the head--hard). But night is also my most creative time of day, so it works out well.

What advice would you give your younger self?
This...all of this. The bad and the good is going to make you a person that some will get and many won't. But, it will make you unique, strong and a force that can take on whatever you choose to take on. Pay attention, even through the tears and fears.

Do you think with the advent of "paperless" books (Kindle, Nook, Tablets, etc) that eventually physical books will become antique?
Actually no. There has been so much research that has found that the human mind does not retain electronic information as it does physical/paper form. And people love books. The smell and the feel of them. Curling up on a couch and just diving in. I think e-books help the sales of paper copies. If someone LOVED your ecopy, they'll want the physical copy to proudly have on their shelves. I think eventually the two forms of media will go hand and hand. And a customer buying an author's printed copy is like a thing to be proud of and treasured. Its another proving ground for the really great and well-written books.

What's your favorite motivational phrase?
There is no such thing as can't. It's always won't. Stop saying that.

And lastly, strictly for personal knowledge, do you like Star Wars? *shifty eyed*
LOVE Star Wars. The original ones. Not so sure about the latest and torn on a re-vamp. There is just something so amazing when you go back to look at the originals. They did all of that with old school technology and hand painting. That and the characters, to me, were far more rich. HUGE, giant geek hard-on for Hans Solo.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am wishing you all the love, success and magic you deserve!

Lastest EXCITING novella in the Shadow-Keepers Series: BOUNCE
Twitter: @jastward

Monday, September 1, 2014

Take A Chance on Me Cover Reveal (by the Magical Mia Epsilon)

New Month...New Hot Cover Reveal!

One of my fave people and a wonderful writer herself, Mia Epsilon is sharing the smexy new cover of her next novel, Take a Chance on Me! I likee! 



Friends and lovers rarely mix well with coworkers and embezzlement cases as Charlie and Christine are about to discover.


After a near fatal accident leads to one incredible night of amazing sex, Christine and Charlie take the leap from friends to lovers.

Christine has battled many demons in the last few years. Charlie has always been her confident and support. When Charlie refuses to answer emails or texts after an embezzling scheme arises at work, Christine must come to terms with not only losing a fabulous lover and her best friend but her job as well.

Charlie carries his own scars when it comes to women. Yet there's something about Christine which brings out his protective side and makes him hope for love he's wanted for years.


Christine and Charlie must work together to catch the thief before they can secure a love of a lifetime. Can they catch the embezzler before they lose not only their jobs and each other, but their lives as well?



More about our Mia:

Mia Epsilon lives with her enduring soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. She's an avid reader of almost anything but particularly romance, with too many favorite authors to name. Mia is a never-miss-an-episode viewer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, eagerly awaits each new season, and tends to binge watch both on Netflix with a couple of pots of tea and a plate of blueberry scones. She also happily suffers a coffee and chocolate addiction which causes her to visit her favorite chocolate store, The Chocolate Fetish an abnormally high number of times.
She can most often be found at her computer, spinning new tales, or in a quiet padded nook with her e reader happily engrossed in a new story. Look for more books and favorite characters in the 'Weddings by C & C' line including: 'Wedding Belle Blues', 'Take a Chance on Me', 'When You Believe', and 'That Night'.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Family Isn't Always Blood


I've been blessed the last few years with getting to know several soulmates. Each represents a part of me I didn't even know existed until I met them.

Let me tell you a short story about this sweet, almost shy girl I met a while back. It was through a Role Play group called Dark Hunters Revolt. I won't give extended details but suffice it to say that one day this girl and I got to talking, messaging each other and such. One conversation, short and sweet...and now this phenomenal woman is such a huge part of my life, I wouldn't know what to do without her! She was one of my bright lights, still is. I saw such .....unlimited potential in her, oh her heart....so huge...it was beautiful. Pain from her past didn't cloud her soul or make her into a bitter mean person. It strengthened her on so many levels! Lil doubt and fear to dare, to dream, to hope. She just needed a lil nudge...one little nudge...and faith in herself to step off that cliff of doubt....and guess what????

She flew. She fucking FLEW! So high, she almost touched the face of The Heavens.....and I bet, given a bit more time...she will do just that!

Tomorrow, sees her DEBUT novel, The Grey Curse, hit the public. Her world, burning to be free. Her heart and soul....you watch them glow!

Krista Kelley...my little adopted sister.....I love you. I am with you every step of the way!



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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Krista Kelley, author of The Grey Curse.

Quirky and insane is the name of my game so prepare yourself for random mixed with rational. Here we go!

If you were an element, what would you be?
Water. Calm, yet deadly when riled.


What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Ambitions? I guess to sell more than two copies. I never expected to get this far, truthfully.

What's your stance on chocolate?
There can never be enough chocolate. It is the answer to everything.

Which writers inspire you?
*grins* You mean, besides the infamous Torie James? Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Movie adaptions of popular books? Yay or Nay?
I think it really depends. I've seen some amazing adaptations and some that really bombed.

Sarcasm. How fluent are you?
Oh, my dear. Sarcasm is my native tongue. *winks*

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
The House at Pooh Corner. Why? Because that book is such a large part of so many childhoods. There are movies, TV shows, and everything imaginable! And they are just wonderful stories for children. Even at *grumbles age*, I love reading them to my daughter.

Day person or night owl?
I'm a little of both, but I would have to say mainly a night owl.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't give up. Things may look rough, but it'll get better. Oh, and don't buy that Jeep. It turns out to be a piece of crud.

Do you think with the advent of "paperless" books (Kindle, Nook, Tablets, etc) that eventually physical books will become antique?
Never. Too many people still enjoy the feel and, yes, smell of a print book. We love the ability to dog ear pages and see just how well loved a book is by how much it's falling apart at the seams. I have quite a few books like that.

What's your favorite motivational phrase?
Fate loves the fearless.

And lastly, strictly for personal knowledge, do you like Star Wars? *shifty eyed*
*laughs and says in best Yoda voice* Star Wars, I do love.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am wishing you all the love, success and magic you deserve!

Breathless Press:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Going Places with K. Perrin

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing K Perrin author of Raven's War: Earth's Light

Quirky and insane is the name of my game so prepare yourself for random mixed with rational. Here we go!

If you were an element, what would you be?
Water. I have this tendency to change with the moon, including all those lovely mood swings!

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
First, to get this monster written. But I'm also dabbling in short stories, hoping that sometime soon I'll luck out and get something published.

What's your stance on chocolate?
Stance? You stand on chocolate? Sacrilege! Seriously though, I can't live, or write, without it! Milky Way wrappers are a hazard in my house, as are the brownies that keep magically disappearing .

Which writers inspire you?
Stephen King, Mark Twain, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne Rice, Laurell K Hamilton, Shakespeare, Torie James, Bram Stoker, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, Anne McCaffery... Really there are too many to count. I don't just read, I devour. I submerge myself into a book and disappear. All of those, and a few more, have been able to write so that I can disappear and lives in these worlds.

Movie adaptions of popular books? Yay or Nay?
Depends. The Harry Potter movies were ok, and King's movies weren't horrid, but I've seen some bad ones that made me want to toss my popcorn at the screen. Then again, I don't watch movies much...

Sarcasm. How fluent are you?
Sadly, I'm more likely to miss the sarcasm than to use it, I swear it!

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
My own? No? Well I'd have to say “Of Mice and Men”. There have been three books that I have thrown at the wall. They have made me so emotional, they ended so... emotional, that it was a knee-jerk reaction. “Of Mice and Men” was the first. I was int honest tears at the end of the book, and wished I had been able to choke the author. That is a good book. One that triggers such a profound emotional response that you can't help that knee-jerk reaction. For me, its throwing the book at the wall. I want to write that book, I want to write something that will tear people apart.

Day person or night owl?
I have narcolepsy. I can fall asleep anywhere at anytime. That being said, I'd rather be up all night. Its quieter, the moon is brighter, and I just feel more at peace. Then again, I have fewer nightmares when sleeping during the day...

What advice would you give your younger self?
I'd tell my 13 year old self to stay strong. I'd tell her that life won't end after high school, even though it seems as if it will. And I'd warn her to take self defense classes and get counseling. Id tell her to never marry, and to never stop singing and acting, and never stop writing.

Do you think with the advent of "paperless" books (Kindle, Nook, Tablets, etc) that eventually physical books will become antique?
Fahrenheit 451. Its a must read for everyone. I swear that book was prophetic. Wall sized tv's hooked up to internet? The rise of video games? Even computers in classrooms. I pray we never go as far as that book, but I'm worried it may already be too late. E books are wonderful, mind you. I love being able to read on my laptop and notepad. But I also enjoy the feel of pages, the smell of a book. New ones and really old ones are the best smelling, by the way. But to be honest, I only recently gave in to the e books. I held out until last year because I do feel so strongly that we still need traditional publishing.

What's your favorite motivational phrase?
I'm writing a series of books about the general over the nightmare demons, Raven. He haunts my nightmares. My motivation? Stephen King — 'Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.' King is a huge influence on me, and seeing this reminds me that Raven is real, I just need to show everyone else how real he is. It motivates me to write, to get it out.

And lastly, strictly for personal knowledge, do you like Star Wars? *shifty eyed*
Like? Or dear, I had the hugest crush on Hans Solo growing up. I kept asking Santa for a lightsaber or Deathstar, but alas, he thought I needed Barbies more.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am wishing you all the love, success and magic you deserve!
No, thank you!