Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Spotlight ~ Eochaid's Obsession by DW Adler

Long before the world was laid waste in Shelter from the Winter, Brijit lived a happy life with her husband Fáelán and daughter Almaith in medieval Ireland. The appearance of the mysterious Eochaid begins a dangerous obsession that will turn her life upside down and doom her to a life in darkness. Come see how it all began…

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Spotlight ~ A Miracle Melody by Ashley Chunell

It’s been two years since Noah and Ronan got married. They’ve settled into their new home in Dublin, Ireland, started a new Club Clover nightclub and have very-much enjoyed their married life and their new chapter together.
But after two years of doing anything they’ve wanted, just the two of them, Ronan and Noah just might be feeling a void in their lives that they’re unsure about filling.
In this third installment of the Noah and Ronan Series, the two make the life-changing decision to have a baby. Between an overwhelming process, struggles, disagreements and lots of insecurities about fatherhood along the way, Ronan and Noah come to find comfort in their melody more than ever before as they await their little miracle.

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Noah arrived home and spotted Ronan sitting at the kitchen table. He didn’t have a plan; he didn’t know exactly what he was going to say. All he knew was that this was something that he wanted and all he could do was hope that Ronan felt the same way.
“Hey,” Noah smiled as he walked in. Ronan stood from his seat and Noah could tell right away that there was something on his husband’s mind. “What’s up?”
“Umm, I, uh,” Ronan stammered until he noticed his husband biting his lip. “Are you okay?” he then asked.
Noah looked at him for a moment before letting out a sigh. “From the looks of it, neither of us is okay.”
“I think you’re right.” Ronan said. “Noah, there’s something I want to tell you.”
“I have something I want to tell you, too.” Noah told him.
Ronan took his husband’s hands in his and sat him down at the table. “All right, on the count of three, we’ll both tell each other whatever it is at the same time. Deal?”
“Deal.” Noah agreed.
“One.” Ronan began.
“Two.” Noah followed.
“Three.” Ronan said.
“I want to have a baby.”
The two spoke in unison, taking each other aback for a moment. Did he just say what I think he said?, they both thought to themselves.

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Ashley Chunell is a Romance and GLBT author.
Ashley grew up in Boston and has been writing her entire life. After penning numerous song lyrics, poems and short stories, she went on to write various articles and fan fictions, gaining much writing experience and grammar knowledge. After writing about the things and people she loved, it wasn't long until Ashley created her own characters and wrote and published her debut novel "Masterpiece" in November 2012, at the young age of 18.
In July 2013, Ashley published her second novel and first GLBT book, "A Melody in Harmony." The novel received 5-star reviews on Amazon and was recommended by USA Today. Ashley chose to write a GLBT story after becoming very involved and committed to equal rights and wanted to tell a story focusing on fighting for equality and showcasing two, young men in love. Ashley went on to write and publish a sequel book, "New Melody, Same Harmony," centered around marriage equality, which also received 5-star reviews on Amazon. The third book in the series titled "A Miracle Melody" was published in June 2014, centered around gay parenting and reached #2 on Hot New Releases in Fatherhood for Kindle in its first week.
Ashley is a strong supporter of the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer and a dedicated member of the Crush Kids' Cancer team. Ashley also supports the NOH8 Campaign, Charity Water and R-Word.
Ashley also puts real life into her books. A lot of the homophobia and ignorant remarks in the Noah and Ronan Series were based off a things Ashley heard and witnessed in real life, which made her stories all the more realistic to her.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interview with Erotic Romance Author Anita Cox

Hello everyone, please welcome Anita Cox to Sensuous Promos today as he/she shares with us a little bit about themselves and their work. 

Anita, thank you for joining us today. I know the readers are eager to get to know you , so let’s get started.

At what point did you first consider yourself a writer? 
I can’t define a moment in time that I actually coined myself a writer. I’ve always written. I dabbled in poetry and lyrical writing as a teen (and I really sucked at it.) I consistently overwrote every single paper due in each creative writing class. If they wanted a minimum of 3 pages, I’d give them 10. After a horrific divorce I was left with insomnia for nearly 2 ½ years. During that time, I gave up on sleep and just wrote what was in my head. It was my first published novel, though I’ve since abandoned it because…it’s horrible and I can’t get the rights back to it.

Do you have a specific writing style? 
 In other words, are you a plotter or a pantser?  When I started writing ten years ago, I was a total pantster. It left me with plot holes and more editing than was humane. I now have a marker board that looks like a road map most of the time.  I’m not a total plotster – I can lie to myself all I want, but I’m a total Type B personality. My life is an organized mess!

How did you come up with the titles to your book(s)? 
I had the idea for the Dirty White Candy series floating in my head for about six months before I set pen to paper. I knew she’d go onto an online “hookup” site looking for someone to play with. I toyed with a few different names, and then searched Amazon to see if it was already used. I was elated when I didn’t find anything remotely close to Dirty White Candy.  The last thing I wanted was to get lost in the 15k other books with “Shades of” in the title. The Beginning, while simple, was as clear as it gets. It was the Beginning of Candy’s Sexual Awakening. Ultimate Vacation was about two weeks at an exclusive swinger’s resort. I struggled with this title because everything else I came up with was…crass. Trading Places was a no brainer because Candy trades in everything for a whole new life.

Is there a message in your book(s) that you want readers to grasp? 
Oh hell yes! Communication is so key to a healthy sex relationship with your partner(s).  Don’t assume your partner is psychic. If you want something, tell them. Really take charge of your sex life. Because sex is something you have, you do. It isn’t or shouldn’t be something that happens to you.

There’s no wrong sex. If it isn’t illegal, the other person is of legal age and consenting; don’t let anyone tell you it’s wrong. I’m a very sex positive person. Sex isn’t just fun, it’s a healthy and necessary part of life.  Don’t judge someone else’s kink. For them, it’s fulfilling and there’s a lesson to be learned in that fulfillment.

How much of your book(s) have a bit of you in the characters?  
Well, Candy’s inner monologue is probably the closest to mine.  She’s accidentally funny, which I tend to be most times. Case in point, when I get notes from readers about something she said or did that they find hilarious, I’m taken aback. I wasn’t really trying to be funny. I’m over the moon that I brought someone laughter and that they liked her, but still… it was a total accident. Except for her calling a guy “Dorito in a Speedo” in Book 2. That was all me.

What books have most influenced your life most?  
This is totally off the wall but James Redfield’s THE CELESTINE PROPHECY really changed the way I viewed myself and the world around me. I know it’s fiction, but there’s a ton of science to back up his message. The moral of the story is basically that life is like a bank account – the more positivity you put into it, the more you get (out of it.) If you feed it negativity, that’s all you’re left with. The book is a really horrible dry read IMHO but the message stuck to me.

The book spoke to me on a personal level, but I’ve carried with me in my professional life. I’m very giving to my fellow authors when I can be. I donate my services as a member of the Board of Directors for the Erotic Authors Guild and mostly I try to empower women. I’m a very sex positive person and I try to lend that to others…if that makes sense.

What book would we find you reading right now? 
I literally just finished The Road to Redemption by Nicky Charles. And after I’m finished with this interview, I’m going to leave her a great review. As an author, I know how valuable each review is – and yes, even the bad ones are valuable—hard to swallow, but valuable.  This is Book Two of a storyline but book 6 in a series Law of the Lycans. I’m totally hooked on Nicky Charles and I’m glad she’s planning on adding to this fantastic series.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 
Houston FREAKING Havens. She’s an absolute doll and a fantastic writer. Her debut was released this year by the same house that published mine.  When you get two Irish Lass’ together, things get interesting. I joke that she’s my soul sister, but I often wonder if that might be true. I adore her as a person and her writing…OMG. She’s interlaced so many genres in one novel that some might be wary. Don’t be. She has done a beautiful job of crossing genres and writing STEAM. I mean, it’s a ménage book for Pete’s sake!

What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peek? 
I’m working on an erotic short I considered putting up for free. It’s straight up erotica – no love story. It’s pretty hot but I don’t want to be thrown into the “book porn” category. Perma-free books seem to attract horrid reviews so the jury is still out on whether or not I put it up, or stuff it away.

Do you see writing as a career? Do you write full time? Or in addition to another job? 
I work between 13-16 hours a day. If I’m not writing, editing, marketing or reading, I’m trying to interact with readers. It’s a hellacious schedule and I literally work for peanuts. So…maybe it’s not a career – it’s a compulsion.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
No. I don’t look back, I keep my eyes firmly on the road ahead. There is one editing blunder that I, my editor, my final line editor and my copyeditor missed. A character’s name has two different spellings throughout the series. It annoyed one professional reviewer. I might fix that. Aside from that one little irritating detail – leave it alone. The baby was born, let it grow.

What was the hardest part of writing your book(s)? 
Keeping a story hot, but not redundant was probably the biggest challenge.  The series is about Candy’s sexual journey. I had to start off slow, with very basic experiences and build to the insanity that became her life. I thought a lot about the readers and how they would receive the message. The reader is going to follow Candy through three novels… there had to be something new for them to see and learn.

Do you have anything else you’d like to add? 
Yes—thank you so much for having me today. It has been an absolute pleasure!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Spotlight ~ The Beginning (Dirty White Candy Book 1) by Anita Cox

Watch what happens when a recently divorced and sexually repressed thirty-something woman transforms from vapid novice to bombshell maven in The Beginning. Going bravely where she’s never gone before, Candy Kavana is about to take the first steps towards her new life in Book 1 of Anita Cox’s intensely passionate and entertaining series, Dirty White Candy. 

Traded in for a younger, newer model by the only man she’s ever made love to, thirty-something Candy Kavana finds herself craving human interaction of the carnal nature. Shy and sexually repressed, Candy turns to her best friend, Stacy, for advice. And what advice it is! 

Candy nervously dives into sex therapy and what she discovers is more than mind-blowing sex. She discovers a side of herself she never dreamed existed. Now that she’s whet her whistle, she can’t get enough. Just how far is Candy willing to take her sexual exploration? 

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I put a blanket and spare pillow on the couch for Olivia.

“Thank you for everything,” I said.

“Sit down. I’m not ready for bed yet.” She plopped down on the couch.

I really wanted to go to bed, but out of obligation I sat next to her, turning a bit to face her.

“So you’ve never done anything, really?”

“Nope. I gave my husband blow jobs, but that was it. It was missionary position, other than that. I really can’t believe I spilled my guts to you tonight.” It was true. After we’d reached our limit of drinks, I told Olivia everything. “This is so inappropriate. You’re my assistant.”

“Not tonight. Tonight we’re off the clock and I came to your apartment willingly. We’re just two girlfriends who confided over drinks.” She ran her hand along my thigh.

My body instantly reacted. I looked at her hand, then at her.

“So you don’t know whether or not you like women, other than the fact you wanted to touch the girl who was on the table at your friend’s house?” She reached up, running her index and middle fingers over my suit, where my nipples stood erect underneath.

“She looked nice. Soft like silk.” My breath hitched. Should I allow this?

“So, I’m here. I like women, and I find you incredibly sexy. Do you want to try with me? If not, I’ll stop touching you and lay down here on the couch and go to sleep.”

“But I don’t know what I’m doing,” I admitted.

“That’s okay. I can talk you through it. But only if you want. You have to say it though. You have to tell me you want to have sex with me.”

I couldn’t utter the words.

Her fingers circled around my knee before they slowly traveled up my skirt. I held my breath until she reached the area that only I had touched for so long. I let out a gasp as her educated fingers swirled around my clit, teasing and taunting with delicate pressure.

“Say it,” she whispered in my ear. “Ask me to fuck you.”

“Please,” I gasped.

“Please, what?” she asked, breathing heavily into my ear.

“Please make me come.” I admitted what I wanted on a gasp.

She removed her hand from my skirt and demanded I lead her to the bedroom.

I did as she asked.

She stopped me just inside the bedroom door, then reached down, grabbing the sides of her shirt and pulling it up over her head.

I barely had time to breathe before she unclasped her bra, exposing her breasts.

“Touch them,” she said. “You wanted to touch breasts before. Touch them in any way you want. I’m not sensitive.”

I reached both hands out and cupped her breasts. They were soft, but firm, nipples standing erect at my touch.

“Can I lick them?” I asked.

Her smile was sweet, warm even. “You can do anything you want.”

I leaned down, licking the nipple at first, then damn near French kissing them, sucking easily as I retreated. I could have done it for hours, but I was eager to discover what else there was.

She reached behind me, unzipping my skirt and sliding it, along with my panties, to the floor. Immediately, I became shy. She removed her pants, and we stood there admiring each other’s naked bodies.

“Lay on the bed,” she said.

I complied, and she followed, lying next to me.

Her fingers wandered along my thigh to the area around my ribcage. I yearned for more, but was I ready for a sexual encounter with a woman, let alone a woman who was my subordinate? There were laws protecting her. There were none protecting me.

“Now, we have two options here. Either I can please you, then walk you through pleasing me, or, I can teach you first, then blow your mind. It’s up to you.”

“I have no idea what to do, or how to start,” I admitted. I would have hesitated if it weren’t for the fact she was the first one to touch me in ages.

Author bio

Anita has been writing general fiction, under her given name, for nearly a decade. In 2012 she strapped on a new name for a new genre and dove head first into writing erotica.

Anita Cox's erotic debut series Dirty White Candy was picked up by Liquid Silver Books in 2013, but this wasn't her beginning. Under her given name she has written crime fiction (some with paranormal elements,) paranormal romance and suspense novels.

In 2014, she became a Director for the Erotic Author's Guild. Her altruistic nature found its purpose, assisting other erotic authors with issues specific to the genre.

With a busy home life, Anita manages to ferret out enough time for each hat she must wear, though secretly, she wants to shut the world out and just write.

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