Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Sexy Saturday : One Sexy Night

Sorry it's late. Power issues this morning.  With no further delay here is my One Sexy Night post.

It's time for another My Sexy Saturday peek. This week the theme was One Sexy Night and I think I have just the peek to how you, my loyal readers. This is taken from a short story about two magical families.Our leading lady has just been branded with a magical symbol meant to give her enough magic to survive. Our leading hero has one last thing to do before the symbol will work properly.

Make sure to click through the links at the end of the post to find more great peeks into sexy romance stories!

Just Beyond Daybreak:

She nodded and answered, “Fine.” Slowly Meredith turned her head to catch a glance at the brand on her shoulder. She could just make out the upper crust of a circle. Moving her eyes up to look at Malcolm, Meredith wondered when she was supposed to get this extra magic and if she would even feel its arrival. “So it’s working?”

Malcolm looked up from a cloth he was using to wipe the chopstick. “Almost,” he said, sitting the silver stick down. “Just one more thing to do.”

“Well, what’s that?” Meredith asked, turning her head back around. She was contemplating pulling her shirt back up, when she was surprised by his hand taking hold of her unbranded shoulder and pulling her backwards. Meredith fell back and a sharp pain ran through her as his free hand caught the brand. He moved the other hand to cup her chin and tilt her head back. Then he was kissing her. For an instant it felt like Malcolm was stealing her very soul through his lips and she didn’t care. She found herself kissing him back.

She watched his half-closed eyes from the odd sideways, almost upside down, angle. This was not a gentle, innocent kiss. This was a lust provoking tease of lips and tongue. The feel of his palm pressed against the raw brand on her shoulder was scorching, but Meredith could not call it pain. A tingle of magic seemed to pass from his hand into her as their lips devoured each other. 

Realization that this was the connection Malcolm needed to link his power to hers set in, and some of the passion that had flared to life died away. As his lips slowly pulled away from her own, Meredith tried to mask her emotions. She fought back the urge to lean forward for another kiss as she watched the tip of his tongue swipe over his top lip. “So, now it’s working?” Meredith asked, forcing herself to maintain eye contact with him.

For just the briefest of seconds Malcolm’s composure was lost and she thought she could see disappointment drift through those blue hues. In a blink it was gone, and Malcolm was back to his smug, confident self.  Helping her sit back up, he said, “This should give you enough to keep going for a little while. If you don’t use too much you should have a few days, but if something happens you can defend yourself for a few minutes. If need be I can give you more, but it’ll be a more physical connection.” 

“How close of a physical connection are we talking about?” Meredith asked, straightening her shirt over her shoulders. 

That's it for this week. Hope you enjoyed this short scene between Meredith and Malcolm. Remember to check out the other great authors and their short scenes!

Peace and Love

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's With The Girls

It's a day that romance rules supreme. Along with flowers and chocolates I think adding a few books to the TBR list is a must. I'm sure that the girls from the Saving Grace Saga would agree. I've decided to sit down with the ladies today and have a bit of a chit chat to celebrate St. Valentine's Day. 

Dilly and Rei are here today not just to talk about romance, but I've also got a surprise for them. Our third guest will be showing up shortly.

"So, how are you girls doing? The boys treating you alright?"

Rei takes a hurried sip from her glass of wine and then answers, "I'm good. Aidan has Aiyana for the night and promised to let me sleep in tomorrow."

Dilly is full of smiles and I swear I can see a bit of a glow to her. "I'm good. Mike and I just got back from a bit of a honeymoon last month."

"So what did the guys get you for Valentine's Day?"

"Mike took me out to dinner last night and surprised me with chocolate strawberries when we got home," Dilly answered.

Rei lifted her glass a bit towards Dilly and answered, "That's so sweet. Aidan made me breakfast in bed."

"That's nice. I've got a bit of a surprise for you two today myself and she should be walking in right about ... now." The door opens and a blonde walks in. Rei and Dilly both recognize her at once and a round of hellos ring out. I clear my throat and ask Julia what she got for Valentine's Day.

Flashing a big smile, Julia answers, "Fire Hunt is getting published!"

This answer sets off a round of cheers and the chit chat is over. I'm happy to say that Fire Hunt the final story in the Saving Grace Saga was accepted for publication and will be out within the year.

Peace and love everyone and enjoy your Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Submission Blues

You've worked hard. You've written the best story you can and you've gone over it with a fine toothed comb making sure it's perfect. Finally it's time to submit it. You have the cover letter perfect and a synopsis that you fought with for hours because it's so dang hard to condense a novel into just a few pages. The blurb is done. The email is open. One last formatting check before you attach your file and then you're ready. Does the arrow hover over the send button? Is it a close your eyes and let the gods take it from here?

It happens to me every time I finish a story and get ready to submit it. I read over it twice, three times or sometimes more just to make sure it's where I want it to be when I finally submit it to a publisher. It always seems to take at least ten minutes for me to talk myself into sending that submission. No matter what the story and I know that when I do send it in the waiting game starts.

I call it submission blues and while its a part of the crazy life of a writer I can't say it's one of the better parts. It's almost an adrenalin rush but not as fun. I've sent in countless submissions and gotten countless rejections. That's also part of the craziness. I file rejections away until I have a small stack. Once that stack is tall enough I pour a glass of wine and light a match. It's a nice way to deal with the rejected feeling. I hold nothing against the publishers. They did their job and if my story wasn't a fit for them then it wasn't the right publisher.

Submission blues, however, aren't so easy to deal with. I don't know if the story will be accepted or not. Will the editor love the characters the way I do? Probably not, but just enough love is good enough. Those characters will be honed and edited and in the end they'll grow even more than they did while I was writing them.

Moving on from the blues I'm going to try to focus on another story. Don't ask me witch one because right now they're fighting for attention. For tonight I'm going to enjoy a glass of wine and share a toast with the characters that have been mooching off my brain for the last year.

Peace and love.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Full Moon New Releases (Feb 2015)

Time to curl up with a warm blanket, a nice cup of hot coco and dive into a brand new book.

Forged in Fire by Juliette Cross

She never knew this demon world existed. Now she just wants to survive it.

The Vessel Trilogy, Book 1

Genevieve Drake never needed a man to come to her rescue. Not until the night of her twentieth birthday, when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley behind a New Orleans Goth club. And a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

The hunky rescuer? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons, now her guardian, whether she likes it or not. But she’s seriously beginning to like it.

Her would-be murderer turns out to be only the first of many minions of the demon prince, Danté, who has all kinds of lascivious and sadistic plans. Which means when the formidably beautiful Jude offers his protection, Genevieve has no problem accepting it.

For Jude and his fellow demon hunters tell her she is a Vessel, one who is born to serve the Light, but can be corrupted into a weapon of darkness. And to survive, she must trust a man whose unearthly eyes promise heaven…but whose powers unleash hell.

Warning: Contains a dark and brooding demon hunter who harbors even darker secrets, a snarky heroine who’s being hunted by every demon in the underworld, and a sadistic demon prince with a fancy for violent sexual encounters.

Released by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

 The Renfield Syndrome by J.A. Saare

Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my.

Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she's about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco, the better.

Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things, including those most trusted around her. When she's faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she'll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.

After all, when it's all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul.

Released by Samhain Publishing.

 The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

Forensic science, magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy steampunk fantasy—a retelling of the horror classic, in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll, daughter of the infamous Dr. Henry Jekyll—pursues a dangerous murderer in an alternate Victorian London.

In an electrified Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with newfangled technological gadgets. She will need every advantage available to catch a terrifying new psychopath splattering London with blood. Hidden in the grimy shadows, the fiendish murderer preys on beautiful women, drugging them before slicing off their limbs. Finding the “Slicer” can make Eliza’s career . . . or unmask her darkest secret. Like her father, she has a hidden second self that emerges when she drinks his forbidden magical elixir. Just a few sips, and a seductive and impulsive Lizzie Hyde is unleashed.

The members of the Royal Society do not trust Eliza, and they send their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a dangerous sorceress. The careful doctor knows that one wrong step can make her prey to the clever Lafayette, a man who harbors an evil curse of his own. No matter how much she craves the elixir, she must resist.

But as the Slicer case draws her into London’s luminous magical underworld, Eliza will need the potion’s power to help her . . . even if it might attract the attentions of Lafayette. .

Even if it means setting the wild Lizzie free. . . .

That's it for this month. Peace and love everyone!