Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Feature: Why Erotic Romance with Siren Allen AND GIVEAWAY!

I am so stoked for this week's Friday Feature! Siren Allen is taking over my blog to share her love of writing erotic romance, which happens to be one of my fave genres to read!



 
Why do you love to write Erotic Romance?



I was asked this question by a friend over the weekend. My first thought was...because I can. But that wouldn't have been a very nice thing to say to someone who wasn't being judgmental. She simply doesn't read erotica, have never read erotica and swears she never will read erotica...which is fine. Everyone is free to read whatever makes them happy. Likewise, I am free to write whatever makes me happy....or aroused, sometimes the two are interchangeable. (Joke) :)



The answer is simple - I write what I like to read. I'm not afraid to push boundaries. Of course I love stories that are not erotic...like Begin Again by author Christy Newton and In Plain Sight by author Susanne Matthews. But I also love stories that make me turn to my husband and say come here, NOW, like ‘Yours, For Now,’ by yours truly.



I don't think there's anything wrong with inviting the readers into your characters bedroom. Of course, Erotica is not for everyone. But for those of us who do enjoy it...don't you just love it when the hero stares into the heroine’s eyes and just from that one glance she can feel the love he has for her. Then he leans closer to her and she knows he's going to kiss her and she's ready for it. She shivers slightly in anticipation. For so long she has wanted him, has loved him and knowing that he feels the same way makes her heart swell with joy. Right before he kisses her he whispers in her ear, "I'm going to f**k you so hard, you'll never forget that I was here and that you are mine." Then he kisses her and proves that he's no liar by doing exactly what he said he would.



Yep, that's the kind of stuff I love to write and I'm not ashamed to say - I AM AN EROTIC ROMANCE WRITER.  If you like Erotic Romance you are going to love ‘Yours, For Now’. The chemistry between Preston and Elizabeth is steamy. My favorite scene is the kitchen scene, oh and the scene on the beach. Trust me you will need a fan near you while reading this yummy story.



((Editor's note: By the way, the cover is fricking YUMMY!))





Excerpt:

He took a step away from her and bumped into the chair he was just sitting in. He sank down onto the seat.  “You got five minutes to think of more rules. After that, you’re mine.” 

Her toes curled. She was ready to be his, all night long and again in the morning.

“First things first. You can’t tell me I have five minutes because I get to be in charge for the first two weeks.”

“Shit,” Preston mumbled under his breath.

“Rule number…whatever number we’re on now, no cursing. You know I hate that.”

“Okay, I promise not to curse when we’re together.” He waved his hand trying to speed her up.

“Great, next rule is…” Elizabeth ran her hands through her hair and glanced around the room looking for inspiration. “The next rule is…” She stared at the salad and dressing on the table. They probably wouldn’t be eating that tonight. “I need to put this in the refrigerator.”

“Elizabeth Abigail Kemp.” Preston leaned his head back against the chair and closed his eyes. She could hear the frustration in his voice. Her gaze travelled down the length of his body and landed on the erection straining against his pants.

“Oh my,” she whispered before turning and grabbing the salad bowl and taking it to the refrigerator. She was unable to see Preston with the refrigerator open. Instead of closing it after she was done, she leaned in further, relishing the feel of the cold air on her heated skin.

“Elizabeth, if I’m not inside you within the next few seconds I’m going to explode.”

Her knees buckled. She gripped the refrigerator tighter for balance. She heard a chair scrape against the kitchen floor. A second later she felt his erection against her ass. She stood up straight and nearly came undone, her movement pushing her closer against his hardness. 

“Your two weeks have just begun.” His breathing was irregular. “Where do you want me? The bedroom or the couch?” he asked.

She closed the door. Turning around, she pressed her back against the refrigerator. These two weeks were hers. She refused to let him dominate during her time no matter how delicious he looked standing in front of her.
“Take your clothes off.” 






 
Now that you know what my favorite Genre to read and write is, let me know what type of books you like to read. One lucky commenter will win either a pair of ‘Yours, For Now’, mini book earrings or a mini-book necklace. (You get to choose!)


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Information about the book:
Title: Yours, For Now
Author: Siren Allen
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: 23 September 2013

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About the Author:
Hi, my name is Siren Allen. I’m a writer and lover of all things erotic and romantic. I reside in southern Mississippi where I write steamy romances that are guaranteed to make you blush. When I’m not listening to the characters in my head and jotting down their adventures, I am busy working as a Clinical Laboratory Technician.

I love to travel, preferably with my husband, so he can do all of the driving. I enjoy time with my family, who are just as silly as I am. I have no children…yet, wish me luck! My hobbies are reading, writing and shopping, though I hate trying on clothing. If I wasn’t a writer or a Laboratory Professional, I would probably be a Secret Agent. But that’s the beauty of being a writer; you can create your own world and be whoever you want to be. In my imaginary world, I am Queen and my siblings are my minions



Other books by Siren Allen –
Erotic Paranormal – Lovers Unchained -  
Romantic Comedy – The Makeover - 



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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tell Me About it Tuesday welcomes Tamara Lowery!

Today I have fellow Gypsy, Tamara Lowery! So excited! Her book looks like a fantastic read!

Meet Tamara!

Tamara Lowery is a former maid and current auto industry worker. She is a graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School and Chattanooga State, where she majored in Journalism. She is a new author. She currently lives in Tennessee with her husband and the Rottentots, her cats.






Q. Do you do any special research for your novels?

A. I do some, depending on the storyline, location of the story, and plot elements. For Silent Fathoms, I researched Mexican folklore, naga peppers (which rival ghost peppers for highest capsaicin content), Bengali names and folklore, the Sundarbans (pronounced shun-DAR-banz, an area bordering both India and Bangladesh), and coconut crabs. Ironically, for all the research involved, Silent Fathoms is the shortest book in my Waves of Darkness series, to date.

Q. What’s your favorite genre to read? Do you write it?

A. I would have to say my favorite genre is speculative fiction. That way I don’t have to pick just one. I enjoy fantasy, paranormal, hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, Steampunk, horror, adventure, mystery, historical fiction… the list goes on. What I write does fall in there somewhere. I don’t limit myself to one genre, even in the same book.

Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?

A. I just finished the rough draft for Hell’s Dodo, the fifth book in the Waves of Darkness series, a few months ago. I took a reading break to work down my ever-growing TBR pile. I am still waiting, as of this writing, for the editing round from Gypsy Shadow Publishing on Silent Fathoms, the third book in the series, which is due out as an ebook this Fall. The first two books in the series, Blood Curse and Demon Bayou, have been available for some time now as ebooks, but will be available as soft cover Print-on-Demand books after Halloween. Depending on its release date as an ebook, Silent Fathoms will be available in P-O-D at that time or early next year.

Currently, I am working on a project I started a couple of years ago. The Adventures of Pigg and Woolfe, is a Steampunk adventure serial. I am writing it in episodes for individual release and plan to do yearly omnibuses with bonus material. While the individual episodes will be suitable for most age groups, some of the bonus content is definitely adult-oriented. TAoPaW is the result of revisiting an old creative writing project from high school. We had been assigned to take a favorite nursery rhyme or fairy tale and rewrite it. I was deeply into Star Wars at the time and made a space opera short story out of The Three Little Pigs. Rather than continue in that vein for this incarnation, I chose to follow one of my more current interests, Steampunk, with the two main characters but in slightly different roles. I won’t go into detail, since I still don’t have anything ready even for beta readers, yet, but I will say that it is a fun serial to write.

Q. Did you ever write a character you didn’t like? Or one that gave you problems, going against your intentions for them or your story?

A. Oh yes! One character that I don’t like, because he is a completely despicable excuse for a human being, makes three appearances in the series, despite being a secondary (possibly even tertiary) character. I will not name him here; let’s give readers something to figure out. He first appeared in Blood Curse and makes a second appearance in Silent Fathoms. I took great pleasure in his horrible demise in his final appearance later in the series.

One of my main secondary characters has defied my original plot points, at least once, to the betterment of the story. She kept a tertiary character alive as a pet/tool when I had originally meant for her to kill him shortly after their initial meeting.

Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff. You know, just between the two of us.

Q. The opportunity to go on a surprise vacation arises. You have 90 minutes to pack and get to the airport. Where will you go and what will you pack?

A. Not happening. I’ve only flown twice in my life, and I loved it, but I refuse to go through TSA nonsense on the spur of the moment. Besides, I have too many obligations to just pick up and take off without serious planning and arrangements for my absence.

Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?

A. Oh wow, where to start? I have several authors I follow: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurel K. Hamilton, recently departed Barbara Mertz writing as Elizabeth Peters, Janet Evanovich, Anne McCaffrey (also lost in recent years), A.C. Crispin, Stephanie Osborn, Andy Deane, John Hartness, Kevin J. Anderson, D. A. Adams, Rocky Perry, the list goes on. I also enjoy discovering new authors; even if their writing needs some polishing, a good story is a good story.

Q. If they make a movie about your life, who do you want to play your part?

A. An unknown would be best. I so do not resemble most of the lead actresses favored by Hollywood. I would say pick someone from my region of the country, but I don’t really sound like most people around here (southeast Tennessee) due to moving around so much in my lifetime. I would adamantly protest anyone using a “fake” Southern accent. The only place I’ve ever encountered an accent that really sounds like that has been in Macon, Georgia.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)

A. My very first rejection letters were not for my writing, but my artwork. Back in the mid-1980s, just after high school, I submitted my portfolio to both Marvel Comics and to Disney Animation. I keep that little bit of ammo in the back of my mind in case I ever encounter at any of the conventions I attend any of these so-called geeks that insist geek-girls are fake and can’t possibly know anything about comic books. So far, none of that particular species of troll have made themselves known locally.


Now I'm excited to hear all about that upcoming book!
 

Silent Fathoms will be the third installment in my Waves of Darkness series. Although it will be closer to novella length than novel length, it covers a LOT of ocean and adventure.

Viktor Brandewyne, aka Bloody Vik Brandee, my pirate cursed to vampirism, continues his quest for the Sisters of Power. The third Sister is known by some as the Devil’s daughter, and she fully intends to entrap Viktor and bend him to her own purposes. In fact, the quest she sends him on (in exchange for a portion of her magic to help break his curse) will give her the means to enslave him.

To make matters worse, he has to face this challenge without the aid of the siren, Belladonna, whom he has come to rely on. The magic/psychic bond they share has gone dead, and he cannot contact her. It is as if she has simply ceased to exist. This proves very troubling to him, for not only does he need her aid in finding and dealing with the Sisters of Power, he has, on some level, come to love her, an awkward and unusual situation for a man whose sole care and priority has always been himself.

The ebook edition is due out this Fall, with the print edition following either this Fall or early Winter.



This is also the first book I have done the original cover art for. I felt this was better than settling for a stock photo that just missed capturing the imagery I wanted for this book. I feel very fortunate to have a publisher (Gypsy Shadow Publishing) and art director (Charlotte Holley) that are flexible enough to allow me to contribute my own art. Many of the larger publishing houses give their authors almost no voice in how their book is presented and represented. Some even give the author no voice in how their works are titled.




More Tamara:
Facebook Page
Facebook Profile
Tamara's Author Page at GSP
 
 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

100th Sunday Snog Celebration!




This is so much fun, I don't know why I haven't participated before! Victoria Bliss and many other a gifted author hosts a Sunday event, a Sunday Snog! Today is the 100th one and there's an awesome giveaway! Make sure you click here and check out ALL of the snogs! Talk about HOT STUFF!

And it's for a good cause!

Readers

On the Sunday 22nd September until Friday 27th you will be able to visit the below blogs and read lots of hot snogs and enter for lots and lots of fabulous prizes! Please consider visiting my Just Giving Page and donating to Médecins Sans Frontières so we can help these brave doctors kiss lots of boo-boos better.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a worldwide movement. They deliver medical aid to the people who need it most, wherever they are. We’re hoping to make at least 100 pounds to contribute to their work. Here’s to many snogs and many donations which will help to make this world a better place.


So my snog is from my recent release, Collision Force (Crossing Forces Book One). I hope you enjoy it!


She was at the sink scrubbing her electric skillet. Cole pressed a kiss to the back of her neck, then nuzzled the hollow of her ear, nipping her earlobe. He watched the shiver travel down her spine and slipped a hand around her waist, settling it low on her stomach. He pulled her bottom against him.

His cock shot from six o’clock to midnight in two seconds flat.

“I thought he would never leave,” he whispered against the baby hairs at the back of her neck. Her ponytail brushed his cheek.

“Cole…”

“Stop thinking, Andi.” He nuzzled her again, rocking against her firm bottom. “That’s half your problem.”

Cole whirled her around and covered her mouth with his. She yelped, but he smothered it with his tongue, exploring her sweetness. Kissing him back, she moaned after only a moment, shooting her arms around him.

He pulled back, staring into her half-lidded sapphire eyes. Warm, probably soapy water sank into the fabric of his pale blue button-down shirt—the only non-tee with him in Texas.

“You got me wet,” Cole said, his lips hovering over hers.

 


Blurb:
Badboy, married to his job FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts human trafficker Carlo Maldonado all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren. 
Cole doesn’t do small towns and he doesn’t get involved with women he works with, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge.
Two murders, her partner shot and leading the investigation on her own, the last thing Andi needs is a cocky FBI agent that sees her as no more than a tagalong. 
Widow and single mother Andi is used to being on her own. When Cole gets stuck without a place to stay, crashing on her couch puts them in dangerous territory. 
Attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she left behind when her husband died. 
Her three-year-old son quickly wiggles his way into Cole’s heart, and he starts contemplating things—family, love—that he’d never planned for himself. 
Can being forced to work together make them stronger or will their differences jeopardize their case and their hearts?
 
 



Happy Sunday!

Happy Reading!



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tell Me About it Tuesday Welcomes Genevieve Bergeron!

This week I'm welcoming fellow TEB author, Genevieve Bergeron!



Meet Gen!

Genevieve Bergeron has been an avid reader and writer of digital fiction for nearly two decades. A veteran journalist, children’s author and professional communicator, Genevieve now spends her time reading and writing hi-tech inspired romance and erotica, in addition to working a fast-paced day job as a communications director at a U.S.-based national nonprofit.
Genevieve, originally from Huntsville, Ala., has lived in New Orleans and Paris, and now resides in Washington, D.C., where she does her best to avoid any steamy political scandals. She holds a degree in International Communications and French from Tulane University and a Master’s Degree in Strategic and Digital Communications from Georgetown University. She loves collecting condoms, cooking for friends, and trying boxed wines.


Check out our interview!



 
Q. Do you do any special research for your novels?

If one would call it "research," then I'd have to say, "Sort of." I had never written a romance in a hospital setting until my most recent release, "Sorry, Bro." In preparation, I started watching copious amounts of "Grey's Anatomy." And when I confess, I usually get two reactions: shock that I had never seen an episode of "Grey's" before about six months ago and curiosity as to whether any of the anatomical/medical jargon/maladies/cures are correct. Luckily, the hospital serves as little more than a setting. I'll leave all technical matters to actual doctors.

Q. What’s your favorite genre to read? Do you write it?

I love science fiction and fantasy. A fantasy romance is on my to-do list.

Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?

I'm on a brief hiatus from writing at the moment (darn day job), but I've begun research into construction workers as the stars of my next novella. Specifically, I've looked at ironworkers. While there's obviously something inherently sexy about hypermasculine-manly-men who lug heavy objects and bang tools, I think there's something extra special about men who do all that, plus build stunning, mind-bogglingly large bridges and skyscrapers.


Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff. You know, just between the two of us.

Q. The opportunity to go on a surprise vacation arises. You have 90 minutes to pack and get to the airport. Where will you go and what will you pack?

Probably the Pacific Northwest because the scenery is stunning, and I know it well enough that a surprise vacation wouldn't be too much of a surprise. I travel light, hence I'd grab my carry-on, stuff it full of layerable clothes, a hat, my iPad, and I'm off!

Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?

Science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. I love nonfiction on the New York Times bestseller list.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)



well, it's drumroll time! tell us about that fantastic book!



"Sorry, Bro" is my second novella from Total E-Bound publishing. It's a little different than what you may expect from an M/M romance. It's heavy on the what-would-a-man-actually-do-and-think and light on the flowery prose. Especially the dialogue--I tried to channel my best guy friends and write as if they were talking over beers, the "bro's" and all!





 Blurb:

Still aching from the mistakes and denials of his past, this ER nurse could heal anyone but himself…until now.
Handsome, athletic and intelligent, twenty-six-year-old Bryce should be living the high life.
But he’s far from it.
After shunning his best baseball buddy in high school, dropping out of medical school and fleeing New York to put down roots—if only shallow ones—in New Orleans, Bryce is uncertain about both his past and his future. Working long hours as a low-level nurse and confined by a sexless relationship with a questionably devoted girlfriend, Bryce can’t shake the feeling that things should be somehow better now he’s escaped the confusion and indecision of his former life.
Yet when the ghost of Bryce’s high school past, the handsome and charismatic Tim, shows up injured in the ER, Bryce’s already turbulent emotions engulf him in a vortex of confusion and regret. Haunted by his own insensitivity towards Tim eight years before, Bryce first finds comfort in the powerful arms of a resident surgeon he barely knows, then gives Tim the explosive, cataclysmic relief he had denied him in high school. As Bryce comes to terms with his sexuality and recognises his undeniable attraction to both men, he must decide, once and for all, where his fidelity—and his desires—lie.


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For all Gen’s books published with Total E-Bound, visit her page at http://www.total-e-bound.com/authordetail.asp?A_ID=241.