Friday, February 28, 2014

~ Symposium - All You Need Is Love! ~

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my February Symposium!




For this month’s Symposium I have asked my friends and fellow authors to share with us what inspires them to write romantic scenes. The scenes can be sweet and tender or hot and spicy…either way, they are bound to get your heart racing as you read them. Find out what they had to say, I’m sure you will enjoy the responses!





LAURIE ROMA: When I'm writing romantic scenes, first and foremost I am inspired by my characters…who they are and what type of relationship they have. Once that is solidified in my head, I tend to use music to help focus the scene I’m trying to create in my story. I love the way that music and certain songs can be used as mood enhancers or can even bring back specific memories. I'm eclectic with my music choices, and my characters and sex scenes vary just as much. Just to give you a little taste of what is currently on my ipod, here are a few selections that might entertain you... 

For sensual try Spiritual High by Moodswings and Chrissie Hynde, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy by Sarah McLachlan or The Mystic's Dream by Loreena McKennitt. For sweet try All I Want by Ahn Trio, That's How Strong My Love Is by Otis Redding or Quando by Michael Bublé. For fun try Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Say All I Need by One Republic or Black and Gold by Sam Sparro. If you want more of a beat try Bounce by Timbaland, Everyday by Swizz Beatz or Video Phone by Beyoncé. Or if you wanna rock out try Closer by Nine Inch Nails, My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy or Paralyzer by Finger Eleven.

I have a scene in an upcoming book that was inspired by Waiting Game by Banks, which is sure to get you in a sexy, sensual mood...



Alexis Donovan is a woman whose dream of falling in love with the perfect men has been dashed because of her infertile status. Still recovering from a war that almost destroyed the world, humans have fought to rebuild and have once again opened their shields to outside visitors. As a liaison officer for alien races that are visiting Earth, Alexis does her best to ignore what she can never have, but when she is put in charge of four visiting alien warriors, her entire world changes...

Dragons Warriors from Arcadia, Xavier and Galan Tesera and their best friends Thorn and Brydan Volis, have been curious about Earth ever since they helped the humans defeat their enemy years ago. As commanders of their own space vessel they travel the galaxies searching out the unknown, but in their hearts they know they will never truly be satisfied without a mate by their side.

When the four Dragon Warriors land on Earth they are instantly enamored with the sharp-tongued liaison who ignites a burning passion in their hearts, and know that she is the mate they have been searching for who will complete their souls. Will Alexis take a chance on four alien warriors or will the fear of leaving everything she has ever known destroy her chance of finding true love?

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON     ARe     B&N     SMASHWORDS


LORIE O'CLARE: They say that authors write about what they know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I have actually had sex the way my characters do in my books. The simple answer is…”I WISH!” :) My goal while writing is to know my characters intimately. Therefore, I know what kind of sex they like. In WITH HER CAPTURE, my Cariboo lunewulf male and Malta werewolf female know only one kind of sex—hot and spicy! There really is no inspiration needed. I do as my characters wish. A Cariboo male’s DNA make up requires that he hunt, capture and dominate the female he will have as his mate. However, the Malta werewolf female’s DNA make up demands that she bring her male to heel. As a result, when these two sniff each other out, find interest, and decide to pursue each other sexually, worlds quite literally collide!


Magda Keller and Ayden Toubec are in love. They are fulfilling every sexual fantasy and learning about each other at the same time. Life is perfect. Or it would be if they didn’t have to keep their love a secret. 

Magda is half Malta werewolf—the most despised breed of werewolf that the law says must be killed on sight! Magda is condemned to hide from the world for the rest of her life. It breaks her heart, but Magda runs from Ayden. She has to in order to save his life. He is alpha male, loved and respected by his entire pack. Being with her will have him kicked out of his pack, and even worse, killed on sight. There’s only one problem. 

Ayden chases Magda down. He won’t live without her. Now they must avoid every werewolf or risk death—including his very own littermate. There is only one spot on earth where they can love, and live in peace…if they can get there alive! 
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N.J. WALTERS: Love is what makes the world go round. Whether it’s love between a mother and child, the bond between lifelong friends or that very special connection between lovers, we all want and look for it. Is it any wonder that I write and read romance? Not really. I’m a believer in love and in “happily ever after.” Sure love doesn’t always work out the way we’d like it to and heartbreak happens to all of us at some point in our lives, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. I think that’s what I enjoy most about writing romance—the possibilities. Lovers can overcome any obstacles in their path and there is always a second chance to get it right. And amid the heartbreak and tears there is laughter and, most of all, love.


After ten years away from home, Cherry Edmonds returns to West Texas when her father is ill and dying. Now she is left to deal with the estate and pick up the pieces of her life. The past is waiting for her in the form of Wesson and Remington Smith, the two brothers she was half in love with when she was eighteen.

Wes and Remy know they’re different from most men. They are both in love with Cherry and have been since they were kids. One night of hot sex leaves all of them wanting more, but she believes their time together is just a one-night stand. It’s up to the Smith brothers to prove their love for Cherry and their commitment to the ménage, and to convince Cherry she’s definitely capable of loving two Texas cowboys.


BUY LINKS:
AMAZON     ELLORA'S CAVE     B&N     KOBO


KALLYPSO MASTERS: I wrote as a hobby for decades, but never could finish a Romance. Then I discovered erotic romance and something clicked. I not only could finish the books, but my sex scenes were more vivid and real than when I wrote in euphemisms. Now when waves are crashing on the shore in one of my scenes, you'd better believe it's sex on the beach (or in a beach cave, as the case may be). I also write about Marines, and they're going to call a cock a cock. But I also discovered while writing my last two books that the emotional journey trumps the sexual one sometimes. Bottom line is we have to write the story these characters need to tell, whatever heat level the story needs. Even within a series heat levels can vary, especially if you're an indie author like I am and don't have to deal with publisher's guidelines. 


The Rescue Me saga continues in this fifth book with updates on eight beloved characters in the series, but the primary focus is on Marc D'Alessio and Angelina Giardano who haven't been able to overcome the obstacles keeping them from their happily ever after. 

When Marc d’Alessio first rescued the curvaceous and spirited Italian Angelina Giardano at the Masters at Arms Club, he never expected her to turn his safe, controlled life upside down and pull at his long-broken heartstrings. Months later, the intense fire of their attraction still rages, but something holds him back from committing to her completely. Worse, secrets and memories from his past join forces to further complicate his relationships with family, friends, and his beautiful angel.

Angelina cannot give all of herself to someone who hides himself from her. She loves Marc, the BDSM world he brought her into, and the way their bodies respond to one another, but she needs more. Though she destroyed the wolf mask he once wore, only he can remove the mask he dons daily to hide his emotions. In a desperate attempt to break through his defenses and reclaim her connection to the man she loves, she attempts a full frontal assault that sends him into a fast retreat, leaving her nobody’s angel once again.

Marc finds that running to the mountains no longer gives him solace but instead leaves him empty and alone. Angelina is the one woman worth the risk of opening his heart. Will he risk everything to become the man she deserves and the man he wants to be? 

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON     B&N     ARe     KOBO     ITUNES

LACEY THORN: Anyone who reads me knows I lean toward the hot and spicy when it comes to writing romance. I always hated the books that took you to the bedroom door and...nothing. I felt cheated, lol. I want to go through the door and experience every part of the relationship. I think sweet and tender play a huge role in the hot and spicy, but then I'm the type of woman who wants it all. I want the love words, the romance, the soft touches, and heated looks filled with promise. I also want the hard and rough, gotta-have-you-now, pull my hair, bend me over, smack my ass, and nip me hard with your teeth kind of loving. I'm all worked up now! I'm just going to go work on the next Pleasures book now!

River, Tara, and Kat met in the police academy, but decided to forgo becoming cops and try life as private investigators instead. That easily, Angel Investigations was born.

Targeted by a killer, Kat is forced into lockdown, guarded by the three men she most wants to escape, along with her vivid memories of the night she indulged in her wildest fantasies. One woman can’t have three men as lovers forever… Can she?

Rafe has loved Kat since they were kids, spending his entire life looking after her and introducing her to his two best friends and the pleasure of being with them. He knows Kat loved every moment, despite her fleeing the following morning. 

Now Rafe, Liam, and Adrian are back, helping to protect Kat and wanting only one more thing— to arrange for her pleasure, in hopes of showing her just how possible it is to keep three men forever.


BUY LINKS:
AMAZON     ARe     RESPLENDENCE

SUSAN HAYES: I can’t write in silence, so there’s always music playing or else I have the television on when I am working on a book. I love 80’s music, so Air Supply and power ballads tend to be my go to music for sweet moments, and I will confess to throwing a little country in there too. If I’m going to write a hot scene, I often have a movie playing, something with a lot of explosions, car chases, and adrenaline. Michael Bay or J.J Abrams movies works well. (What does that say about my approach to sex? Let’s not ponder that too much…moving on!) I find my inspiration for everything I write in the world around me. Music, movies, and the people I see every day. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but reality is full of wonderful moments, and I try to capture that in my stories.

In the aftermath of a war that almost destroyed Earth, the Alliance now rules, but not everyone chooses to live by their laws. Alayna is a rebel living by her own rules in the harsh badlands, outside the Alliance’s control. She is a thief, stealing from the wealthy to provide for those who cannot survive on their own, all while hiding the tattoo that marks her as one of the few remaining fertile women on Earth…making her a target.

Alliance Elites Nikolai Grekov and Colin Nielson are stationed at a neglected base on the edge of the badlands after years spent in space. Their orders are to track down an elusive thief that’s been plaguing the area’s outposts, but they also have their own agenda. Both men want to find and claim a fertile woman to call their own and fulfill their dreams of becoming a family. 

When the men catch the sexy, headstrong, thief breaking into their home, they claim Alayna for their own. Nikolai and Colin may have claimed their chosen, but the battle for her heart has just begun. Can they find a way to win her trust or will their beautiful renegade’s need for freedom destroy their chance of happiness?

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON     ARe     SMASHWORDS

ZAYNE MICHAELS: Okay, I’m going to tell you a secret. Are you ready? Lean in just a little closer. PORN! Yes, I turn to some good, old-fashioned, eye-poppin’ porn when I need inspiration to spice up a sex scene. Since I write M/M, and I can’t magically grow a penis to test out some of my more acrobatic ideas, so gay porn is kind of essential. For those achingly sweet moments when more sugar than spice is needed, I draw inspiration from a number of things—songs, movies, books, quotes. Having a vivid imagination is both a blessing and curse, because there are just some things you can never unsee, even if you only saw them in your mind. 


Despite being a dragon shifter, Ridley Dragos doesn’t lead a life of adventure or excitement. Instead, he prefers the quiet solitude of his bookstore and the brief interaction with his customers. He has no aspirations of falling in love or living happily ever after, but all of that is about to change.

When he walked into The Book Attic that morning, Julian Haell harbored no expectations other than finding a new book for his ever-growing collection. Ridley intrigues him, though, and challenges everything he thought he knew about friendship and desire. A simple chat over tea turns into a comfortable, weekly routine, but as the months pass, Julian can’t help but want more.

It’s not every day a guy realizes he’s fallen for his best friend, but unfortunately, Ridley’s window of opportunity is closing fast. When Julian visits the mysterious Cupid Inc in search of a date for Valentine’s Day, Ridley finds himself facing an impossible decision—either seize the moment and confess his feelings, or let the love of a lifetime disappear forever.

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON     ARe

ROSANNA LEO: What inspires me to write those hot and heavy scenes, or the ones that leave a reader gasping for more? Well, I believe we all need a bit of romance in our lives, and what better expression than a needy touch or a whisper laced with desire? When I read a romantic scene, my hearts starts pumping. My mouth waters. I want to give that to my readers. I want to fill their minds with luscious images of caresses and squeezes and all the wonderful things that follow. It’s good for the soul. It feeds and nourishes. The best compliment I ever got on my writing was from a reader’s hubby, who got excited reading over her shoulder. He said to her, “The $5 for this book was the best $5 you ever spent.” That’s why I write romance.


Lynx shifter Marci Lennox has worked at the shifter-friendly Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort all her adult life. It’s more a home to her than a job. When her boss goes on vacation, putting her in charge, Marci is thrilled. Finally a chance to prove she has the mettle to run a resort.

Her confidence is shaken when new employee Anton Gaspar appears. One look at the mysterious tiger shifter spells trouble for Marci and for her sex-crazed lynx. Anton is judgmental, condescending, and a little misogynistic. Unfortunately, Marci’s lynx thinks his tiger is more delicious than an oversized bag of Maltesers.

It becomes difficult for Marci to remain neutral near Anton, especially when she learns of his troubling past and unusual family circumstances. However, when dangerous incidents occur on the resort, the lynx woman and tiger man join forces to combat the threat to the lodge and its guests.

Harder still is the quest to combat their explosive feelings for one another. As they explore their mutual passion, they realize the danger at the resort is more insidious than they ever envisioned. Their dreams, their love, and their very lives are at stake.

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S.J. MAYLEE: My love for all things HEA led me to writing. I wanted to give the characters in my imagination a happily ever after. So, my endings are guaranteed happy places, but what happens along the way is the real test. One of the best ways to prove if a couple belongs together is to see what happens when they’re stripped bare. That true moment of passion when neither character can control their needs is page turning perfection. I enjoy ramping up the sexual tension. I relish the opportunities to push their boundaries. I love proving to them that the person who sparks their fire is their happily ever after.


Ivy’s revenge on the people behind her family’s downward spiral is simple and it’s working. There’s no need to long for help from the wealthy business owners who turned their backs on her father. Ivy may be worn out, but she’s finding herself again after joining the local BDSM club.

Seth has it all. He has homes around the world and the little red speedster he dreamed of as a little boy, but none of the things he can buy satisfy him, not the socialites hanging on his arm or the submissives falling at his feet. Then, he hires Ivy to plan his next event.

Seth and Ivy enjoy each other’s company in and out of the planning stages for Seth’s charity event. Their playful bets lead them to a first date. When their secret kinks are revealed, the pair fall deep, but it’s not meant to last. Past hurts come back to haunt Ivy. Now, it’s time for Seth to use all he’s learned, regardless if he can win back the girl.

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WILLOW BROOKE: Once again, thank you to the fabulous Ms. Laurie for inviting me to partake in another great event.  It is always an honor and so much fun! Love.  From the time we are born, girls have fairy tale romances thrown at them in every form.  From watching the classics, to bedtime stories, a picture perfect image of perfection is etched in stone. As we grow up, our hearts are broken time and time again, leaving a hole of disappointment and shattered dreams.  We reprogram our expectations and learn the reality through crying ourselves to sleep and pining over pints of Ben and Jerry’s.  Eventually, we realize that everything we grew up hoping for was nothing more than just that- a fairy tale. Whether it is a smoking hot, cosmic orgasmic experience or the purity of love given by fate and destiny, it is up to us to make our dreams come true.  Becoming an author has enabled me to create those perfect romances that can be sealed by true love’s first kiss, or give the unworldly forbidden fantasy that one can only dream of.  The power of literature makes anything possible.  


A betrayal from the two people closest to her sends Jammi Price on the road to only place she ever experienced solace- a cabin her late aunt left to her.  After a slick winter road and a long walk in the rain, Jammi finds herself face to face with Mr. Sexy Cowboy.

Justin Henshall is no stranger to having life turned upside down.  When his world fell apart, Mrs. Price stepped in, providing the love, comfort, and security to make him the man he currently was.  After her death, Justin is hell bent on keeping the only place he ever felt safe.

One trip in the snow and a broken ankle later, Justin is forced to step up and take care of the little spitfire he so tried to avoid.  Instead of the stuck up spoiled brat he had anticipated, he begins to see the true beauty she is, cracking the wall around his heart.  

A friendly poker game with his childhood buddies pushes him to claim what is his—Jammi.  When clothes start to fly, Justin takes matters into his own hands and gives her a night filled with wild passion, laying his cards on the table.  But…is it all just a huge bluff?

When romance begins to bloom, will Justin be able to keep all he holds dear, or will Jammi be able to show him home is where the heart is?  

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON     B&N     JK PUBLISHING

REBECCA JOYCE: All you need is love…and a nice tanned six-pack, a well-toned gluteus maximus and a nice, long, tasty drink of cool water! (What? Did you think I was gonna say something else?) When it comes to getting in the ‘mood’ for romance I tend to gravitate towards the more realistic side of love, rather than the fanciful side of romance. Love at first sight is fine in all, but unless you have the balls to grab it and work to keep it, then what good did it do ya? Therefore, if Cupid’s Arrow bites one of my characters in the ass, I like to make them earn it, because we all know love isn’t easy…so why should it be for my characters? 


The Masterson brothers moved to Treasure Cove to begin again. Hot on the trail of a missing woman, nothing adding up. Determined to make the best of things and to close the case, they were prepared for anything. That was until someone from their past intervenes.

Camellia Anderson is running scared. Armed with knowledge that can change the lives of many, if brought to light, and could have dire consequences, she seeks out the only people she knows who can help her, her childhood friends. With no money for gas, she prays she can find them in time before the past catches up with her.


Can Camellia learn to trust the brothers once more, or will her fear push them farther apart? With a raging blizzard brewing, can the Masterson brothers put all the pieces together before time runs out? Or will their past come rushing forward to destroy everything they have created?



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CHERYL DRAGON: All You Need Is Love… I’m still looking for love so it’s easy for me to put that longing and uncertainty into my writing. Making the sex hot and the chemistry powerful so it’s hard to ignore the pull…that’s the fun of writing it. That’s how it should be in real life. Love it blitzed on the media so much that if you don’t have it, the world looks you like you’re missing something. Humans love to be in love and see others drama…but what about angels? They get to watch humans fall in love and feel these extreme emotional highs and lows. Some are bound to be envious and want to try it for themselves. That was the spark for The Angel Wears Prada. One angel fell to earth in hopes of finding love and enjoying a taste of human free will…but it’s not as easy as he thought it would be.

It’s hard to find a soul mate when you have no soul. Kaden may have to settle for a Valentine’s Day date instead. Born human and forced to go evil, he has turned his back on the demonic ways. Despite demons trying to lure him back, he wants to make up for what he’s done and find love. But who will believe in him? 
                               
Cupid Inc will do its best to find him a match! 

A fallen angel who adores the finer things in the human world is also looking for a Valentine’s date. Lonal longed for romance and human sexuality so much that he fell to earth to experience love. He just can’t find it. Sex and lust are easy to enjoy, but he wants a soul mate. It’s a good thing Lonal has a few tricks up his wings!



BUY LINKS:
AMAZON     B&N     ARe

ELODIE PARKES: I write erotic romance. I’m inspired by many things, but mostly the environment. I see a lovely scene, a sign post, and a character jumps into my head. I think love is in short supply in the real world. I give my characters love, hot, erotic, and lasting. My stories are love stories, pure and simple. The love scenes are sexually graphic to reflect reality and to show the love my characters have for each other. The strangeness of real life can be explained away in a story. The loneliness so many people feel can be soothed in a story. I fall in love with my characters. They become so real to me I see and hear them. I see the setting they live in so vividly it becomes real too. I love to write. Each of my stories has my heart in it. I hope that shines through.






Alice longs for love. Oliver wants to give her flowers and candy until he thinks she has another lover. Will his jealousy drive him away from Alice or straight into her arms?


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

~ Guest: Susan Hayes - 3013: RENEGADE ~



The year was 2013, and I was busy working on my book in the Sunset Point series, which was a collaborative work that included the owner of this blog, Laurie Roma. We were having a lot of fun working together on that series, and we had both published science fiction books in the last little while and really loved the genre. One thing led to another, and Laurie invited me to join her on a new project she’d been working on, a sci-fi, ménage series set a thousand years in the future. 

As you may have guessed, I said yes. (Actually I am pretty sure I said “hell yes!”)

Working with Laurie in the 3013 world was (and is) a labour of love. From the technology to the tattoos, things had to match from her book to mine.  Everything from the color of the uniforms to the geography of the planet got talked over at one point or another, and there were some late night conversations that had both Laurie and I laughing hysterically despite being 2200 miles (and one international border) apart. 

Transcripts of those conversations will never see the light of day. I’ve taken steps to ensure it! 

3013: RENEGADE is my first book in this amazing world, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

In the aftermath of a war that almost destroyed Earth, the Alliance now rules, but not everyone chooses to live by their laws. Alayna is a rebel living by her own rules in the harsh badlands, outside the Alliance’s control. She is a thief, stealing from the wealthy to provide for those who cannot survive on their own, all while hiding the tattoo that marks her as one of the few remaining fertile women on Earth…making her a target.


Alliance Elites Nikolai Grekov and Colin Nielson are stationed at a neglected base on the edge of the badlands after years spent in space. Their orders are to track down an elusive thief that’s been plaguing the area’s outposts, but they also have their own agenda. Both men want to find and claim a fertile woman to call their own and fulfill their dreams of becoming a family. 

When the men catch the sexy, headstrong, thief breaking into their home, they claim Alayna for their own. Nikolai and Colin may have claimed their chosen, but the battle for her heart has just begun. Can they find a way to win her trust or will their beautiful renegade’s need for freedom destroy their chance of happiness?


Story Excerpts

   She snarled in defiance as he turned his back on her, holding out her knife so she could see it. “And that’s why I’m keeping your knife. Watch yourself, Ghost. I’ll be right ba—” Nikolai’s instincts kicked in and he turned, catching the little minx in mid-air as she came at him, her hands already curved into claws. He used her own momentum against her, letting it spin them both around so that she wound up slammed against the kitchen wall. He didn’t want to hurt her, but despite trying to slow her impact he heard Alayna’s teeth clack together as her back hit the wall. 
   Shit.
   “Give me back my knife!” Alayna yelled, reaching for the blade despite the fact his reach was far longer than hers. 
   “Not fucking likely, minx. If I do, you’re going to stab me with it.” As much as he disliked the idea of hurting a woman, he had no intention of getting his ass handed to him by a girl either. And right now she was doing her best to take him on. She was stronger than he’d expected given her lean build, and a hell of a lot fiercer. 
   She kept struggling with him, her deep green eyes wild and her expression nearly feral. She was close enough he could smell her, a mix of warm woman and rainwater that somehow seemed like the best perfume he’d ever scented. She wrapped her legs around his waist and gripped tight enough Nikolai felt his spine creak in protest. Nails slashed at his cheek and he dropped the knife, freeing his hands to grip her wrists. His face burned where she’d scratched him, adding more fuel to the fire raging in his blood. He pinned her hands to the wall on either side of her shoulders and leaned in, using his body to trap hers and force her to stop fighting him. 
   Adrenaline surged through him, but coupled with it was a powerful need for the woman currently trying to scratch his eyes out. She was glorious in her fury. Like a goddess of battle from another time. He growled as she writhed against him and she responded in kind, her soft lips parting as she snarled in challenge. Every twist of her body ground her pussy against his cock and dragged the swell of her breasts across his chest. Gazes locked, bodies bucking, what had started as a struggle turned into something just as primal, but far more intimate. 
   Nikolai dropped his head and kissed her, crushing their mouths together and capturing that first sweet moan against his tongue. He released one of her wrists, using his newly freed hand to cradle the back of her head, cushioning it from the wall behind her. She grabbed the front of his uniform and twisted it in her fist, using it as leverage to lift herself up. Her mouth opened to his, tempting him to savor and taste. Her tongue dueled with his, their kiss evolving into a sexually charged battle for dominance that Nikolai had no intention of losing. He sensed that given an inch, the minx in his arms would take a light year and still not be satisfied. She was all fire and fury, and he wanted to fuck her so badly his dick throbbed in time to his pounding heart. 
   Thief or not, he wanted her, and he hoped like hell she was going to let him have her. Let them have her. 
   Alayna wasn’t sure when her anger had turned to lust. She wasn’t even sure why she had been so angered by Nikolai’s taunting that she’d gone after him. She only knew that having gotten a taste of what she’d been dreaming about for days, she wanted more. If this was to be her last night of freedom, then there was no reason she shouldn’t take what pleasure she could find. If she found a way to escape, she’d have to disappear. No matter what happened, she’d never see them again. 
   After a lifetime of dancing too close to the fire, Alayna had more than her share of scars and heartbreak. The one thing she didn’t have many of, was regrets. She nipped at Nikolai’s lip and then pulled back far enough she could meet his gaze. Fire and longing blazed in their dark depths. Longing for her. It was all she needed to know. 
   “Yes,” she said, giving him the answer to a question that hadn’t been asked yet.
   She expected him to kiss her then, or carry her upstairs. Instead he released her other wrist, gave her a cocky grin and inclined his head to one side. She glanced over and saw Colin standing a few feet away, his gray eyes glowing like molten steel as he arched a brow at her.
   “Yes?” Colin asked, his voice husky with desire.
   Alayna’s pulse kicked up another notch as she heard the hunger contained in that single word. Both of them. Stars, what would that be like? Her inner walls pulsed at the idea, and her pussy flooded with fresh cream as her head filled with lurid images. Out in the badlands, trios were still not the norm, and Alayna’s lovers had always been singular. There wasn’t much she hadn’t tried, but two men…that was something she’d never considered. Not until now. She reached for Colin with her newly freed hand. “Hell, yes.” 


Steamy Excerpt

   “Stroke our cocks, Alayna. I want to feel your hands on me,” Colin said and moved back a little, opening a space between their bodies.
   “Fuck, yeah,” Nikolai growled in agreement. 
   Alayna discovered her mouth had gone dry as she reached down and took a cock in each hand. Stars, they were big. Alayna couldn’t get her fingers to touch when she encircled their thick shafts. Thinking about what it would be like to have that impressive girth pounding into her drew a low moan of need from her throat, and both men’s cocks twitched in response. 
   She measured their length with her fingertips, running her thumbs over the slit at the top and spreading the moisture gathering there across their glans. When she ran the palm of her hand over the sensitive tip of his cock, Nikolai groaned and began to pump his hips so that his shaft slid between her fingers. “Fuck that feels good.” 
   Colin spoke. “Grip his cock tighter, Alayna. He likes it a little rougher.” She closed her tighter and Nikolai tensed, his hips working faster now. “See? Now you’ve got him. If you keep that up he’ll be coming soon.”
   “Bastard! You want me to come so you can fuck her first.”
   Alayna tightened her fingers around Colin’s cock and began working his the same way. “And how do you like to be touched?”
   “Just like that,” Colin groaned near her ear. “We both like it a little rough. You game, princess?”
   Her pussy creamed at Colin’s words and she nodded, not trusting her voice. She wanted these two any way she could get them, but if she was going to indulge in her fantasies, then hard and rough was exactly what she’d imagined it would be like with her two dream lovers.
   “Yes.”
   “Then that’s where your hands stay until we give you permission to move them,” Nikolai told her gruffly and ran a hand down the top of her thigh. Colin mirrored his action and when their hands reached her knees both men took hold and tugged, parting her legs. She gasped as they both drew one of her legs over their thighs, exposing her bare sex. One of them groaned and she knew they could see how wet she was for them. 
   Colin moved first, running his finger along the seam of her pussy. His touch was too light to do anything but tease, and she bucked her hips, craving more. He gave in to her silent demands, sliding two fingers into her channel and Alayna’s entire world lit up like a supernova. Colin started fucking her pussy with his fingers while Nikolai started rubbing her clit, the combination sending her hurtling into a place of mindless pleasure. Thick digits plunged deep and then retreated again, fucking her mercilessly. Fingers worked the swollen bundle of nerves tucked beneath its tender hood, flicking and teasing until she was barely able to breathe. Her hands never stopped moving, and she could tell by their low groans that she was not the only one being pushed to the brink. 
   She closed her eyes as time slowed to a crawl. They worked her body like maestros, holding her at the edge of release but not giving her enough to send her tumbling over.
   Nikolai was enjoying watching their little thief lose herself in her passion. It wasn’t often they found a woman with the combination of courage and confidence needed to take them both on without reservation, but here she was. Theirs, at least for the night. He had every intention making it an experience she’d never forget.
Maybe it would be enough to convince her to stick around for a few days. 
   He caught Colin’s gaze and gave his partner a single nod that had the other man grinning in answer. It was time. Nikolai curved his fingers upward on his next stroke, seeking the spot on her inner wall that he knew would send her into orbit and he felt Alayna tense as Colin pressed down hard on her clit. Her eyes flew open and her hips rose up off the bed as her climax struck, and Nikolai drank in her cries of pleasure.




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Monday, February 17, 2014

~ Operation - Ranger Up! ~



Ranger Up, the fast growing North Carolina-based apparel company owned by veterans of the United States Army Rangers and Special Forces, today launched a crowdfunding effort on indiegogo.com: to support their successful Veteran Entrepreneurship program which provides business training and seed investment to returning veterans interested in entrepreneurship.

Recently recognized by Internet Retailer as one of the Hot 100 e-commerce firms in the United States, Ranger Up was started in an apartment just seven years ago by a duo of veterans intent on providing the military community with its own brand. Now with a Facebook following of over 250,000 and millions in annual revenue, Ranger Up is equally focused on paying forward their success by working with and investing in the business ventures of other veterans.

“Engaging veterans in entrepreneurship is good for society. Small business is the driving force behind our economy and veterans succeed at it more than anyone,” said Ranger Up Founder and CEO Nick Palmisciano. “They come from a world where failure isn’t an option; they are used to having a mission they have to complete.”

Palmiciano and Ranger Up COO Tom Amenta have had their confidence in veteran entrepreneurial skills affirmed watching inaugural Veteran Entrepreneurship Jon Walsh successfully launch a Mixed Martial Arts training gym with the mentorship and investment capital of Ranger Up. Walsh, a former Force Recon Marine and a Navy Cross recipient is now the proud owner of Five Rings MMA, a fast-growing mixed martial arts gym in the greater Camp Lejeune area.

While Ranger Up loves the program and is inspired to continue it, hopefully at a larger level, Palmisciano admits the program has a cost – in the case of Walsh, over $100,000.  

“We have so much knowledge to share, but at our revenue size, the program isn’t sustainable on an annual basis.  We’re left with a choice: do it every two years or look to our community for support.  So we’re asking for help.”




In order for the Veteran Entrepreneurship program to expand and continue without hindering Ranger Up’s growing business, Palmisciano and Amenta are turning to both the public and its loyal customer base to support the next addition to the program. Costs of full-time employment for the selected veteran during business training and the additional seed capital that will launch the new company are expected to exceed $100,000 once again. 

A five-minute video featuring Palmisciano and Walsh explaining the program has been posted indiegogo.com: where supporters from around the world will have the opportunity to contribute to making another year of the Veteran Entrepreneurship program a reality.




“I had 100% drive and zero percent direction,” said Walsh of himself once he left active duty military service and began thinking about starting his own company. “Ranger Up took me start to finish and taught me how to run a business successfully -- from bookkeeping to operations.” Ranger Up is based in Durham, N.C., where a team of mostly veterans oversee every aspect of one of the fasting growing apparel companies in America. Palmisciano and Amenta share ownership in Ranger Up with decorated UFC fighter Tim Kennedy, who also served as a Special Forces Army Ranger. For two consecutive years Ranger Up has ranked within the Top 1000 e-commerce sites on the internet. For more information on Ranger Up, patriotism, and veteran entrepreneurship, visit RangerUp.com.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

~ Guest: Cupid Inc. ~



Cupid Inc: The Angel Wears Prada
M/M Light Paranormal Erotic Romance

By Cheryl Dragon



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It’s hard to find a soul mate when you have no soul. Kaden may have to settle for a Valentine’s Day date instead. Born human and forced to go evil, he has turned his back on the demonic ways. Despite demons trying to lure him back, he wants to make up for what he’s done and find love. But who will believe in him? Cupid Inc. will do its best to find him a match! A fallen angel who adores the finer things in the human world is also looking for a Valentine’s date. Lonal longed for romance and human sexuality so much that he fell to Earth to experience love. He just can’t find it. Sex and lust are easy to enjoy but he wants a soul mate. It’s a good thing Lonal has a few tricks up his wings!




Cupid Inc: Letters to Julian
M/M Paranormal Erotic Romance
By Zayne Michaels




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Despite being a dragon shifter, Ridley Dragos doesn’t lead a life of adventure or excitement. Instead, he prefers the quiet solitude of his bookstore and the brief interaction with his customers. He has no aspirations of falling in love or living happily ever after, but all of that is about to change.

When he walked into The Book Attic that morning, Julian Haell harbored no expectations other than finding a new book for his ever-growing collection. Ridley intrigues him, though, and challenges everything he thought he knew about friendship and desire. A simple chat over tea turns into a comfortable, weekly routine, but as the months pass, Julian can’t help but want more.

It’s not every day a guy realizes he’s fallen for his best friend, but unfortunately, Ridley’s window of opportunity is closing fast. When Julian visits the mysterious Cupid Inc in search of a date for Valentine’s Day, Ridley finds himself facing an impossible decision—either seize the moment and confess his feelings, or let the love of a lifetime disappear forever.



Cupid Inc: Silver Lamp Playlist
M/M Paranormal Erotic Romance
By Skye Dragen





Hektor is a four hundred year old vampire with an interfering family and an antique shop. Bullied into a blind date by his sister, he signs up at Cupid Inc expecting little considering his questionnaire included deep questions like “if you were a nursery rhyme which would you be and why?”. At least he’ll get the women of his family off his back if he can get a complete stranger to stick around long enough to go to his mom’s birthday party. Finding out that his date is a genie might be the answer to his wishes if he can get past how very weird Vedran is.

Getting picked up by a gorgeous vampire was just what Vedran needed after several hundred years trapped in a magic lamp. From the second Hektor polished his teapot he’s been having fun being in the real world again. Maybe he’ll even have the chance to experience romance this time around if he helps Hektor out with his little family problem. When a thief snatches Vedran’s lamp, they’ll both see how far Hektor will go to make sure Vedran remains his.

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Cupid Inc: Practically Magic
M/M Paranormal Erotic Romance
By Kalista Kyle




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Friday, February 7, 2014

~ Evernight's Love Scene Blog Hop ~


Welcome to Evernight's Love Scene Blog Hop! 

Want a special sneak peak of the first book of my brand new series, coming soon from Evernight Publishing? HAMMER'S FALL is the first book of The Breakers' Bad Boys series. It has a little bit of everything…bad boys, military men, MMA fighters, bikers and best of all – spicy hot romance!

For this special blog hop, I've decided to share a wicked scene that involves a little lovin' on a bike. Beware...you may need a cold shower after reading!


   As they drove through a forested area, a wicked idea flickered through her mind. Feeling mischievous, she slid one of her hands lower, exploring until she found the thick column of his shaft straining against his pants where it was trapped against his thigh. She could practically feel his hard cock pulsing against her palm as she slowly stroked him through the material of his pants and boxers.
   “You better stop that, Kali. It’s gonna get you into trouble if you keep that up,” he warned.
   She didn’t want to stop. Thinking back over their time together, she realized that this was the first time she had made the first move. He always seemed to know exactly how to arouse her to the point she was desperate to feel him inside her, but so far she had never instigated their love play. He always made love to her passionately, but without that primal urgency he had taken her with that first time they were together. She wanted that with him again. Wanted him to take her as if he couldn’t breathe with the need clawing through his system.
   To be as wild and crazed for her as she was for him.
   No longer willing to wait for him to take the lead, she refused to release her hold on his cock. There was something wildly erotic about stroking him while she couldn’t see what she was doing. Her clit pulsed in time to the blood flowing into his cock, making him thicker and harder in her hand.
   “Do you really want me to stop?”
   “Fuck no.”
   Casting a quick glance around their surroundings, she was emboldened by the isolated area they were driving through. Using some of her newfound courage, she reached up and loosened the ties of his drawstring pants. Slipping her hand beneath the fabric of his boxers, she took his shaft into her hand. Feeling the bare length of him throbbing against her palm sent a shiver of need surging through her body so strong it left her breathless.
   Revving the engine, he made a quick turn onto a small road that led into a secluded picnic area in the woods, never once losing control as he did. He drove the bike up onto a grassy area, away from the road then turned it off and shoved down the kickstand with his foot. The silence was deafening after the throaty rumble of the machine cut off, and a wave of nervousness filled her when he didn’t move or speak. He just sat there with his large hands gripping the handlebars as she stroked his erection.
   She slowly moved her hand up his shaft, loving that he was too big for her fingers to meet. She rubbed her thumb over the head of his cock, spreading the pre-cum leaking from the tip and she felt his big body shudder.
   “Kali,” he growled out her name, his chest billowing as he breathed out in hard pants.
   “Jared?”
   “You’re fucking torturing me.”
   That had her hand pausing. “Do you want me to stop?”
   “Hell no, but this is your one warning. If you don’t take your hand off my dick right now you’re gonna get fucked. Right here. Right now. I won’t be able to wait to get you to my house.”
   The harsh tone of his voice had wisps of excitement whipping through her, and she bit her lip to hold back a moan. Instead of removing her hand, she squeezed him harder, drawing out a ragged groan from him. In a flash, he ripped off his helmet, throwing it on the ground. He turned in his seat, grabbing her around the waist so he could drag her off of the bike with him.
   He pulled the helmet off of her head, tossing it next to his own then his mouth slammed down on hers, claiming her with a brutal kiss that made her knees go weak. Her hands flew up, holding onto his arms to brace herself as he picked her up and sat her down sideways on the seat.
   He shoved her legs apart, pressing between her thighs as he ravaged her mouth, tongue stroking deep.  She could feel the liquid heat coating her tight channel, her body preparing for his possession. Whenever he touched her or even smiled at her, she instantly became wet, but the vibration of the bike had her riding the edge already.
   She wanted him now, so deep that he became a part of her.
  He pulled back, his dark eyes filled with heat as he let out a primitive growl. “Damn it, woman. You’re driving me out of my fucking mind.”
   She loved seeing that raw hunger on his face and embraced the moment by flicking her tongue out to trace his lower lip. “Good,” she whispered.
   Before she knew it, he unfastened her jeans and was pushing his hand beneath her panties, two thick fingers stroking over her saturated folds. She cried out as he shoved his fingers into her hot hole, parting her tight muscles. The feeling was so exquisite she found herself pushing against him, wanting more. Her grip on him tightened, afraid as he leaned over her, pressing her back into air.
   “I won’t let you fall. Just hold on to me. Such a tight little pussy. So hot and wet, and all mine.”
   “Oh god, Jared. Please, please…” She had learned that he loved when she vocalized what she wanted from him, but couldn’t even manage to form the words.
   “What do you want, Kali? Do you want me to finger fuck until you come?”
   “Yes! Jared, please. It’s so good.”
   “Yeah, baby. I’ll make you come all over my hand then I’m going to shove my cock inside you and make you come again.”
   She arched her hips, silently asking for more as he curled his fingers in her, stroking her sweet spot from inside her pussy. The pressure begin to build in her core as he worked her closer to orgasm. She closed her eyes, reaching out blindly to take his thick cock in her hand, pumping her fist over him in time to the fingers thrusting inside her clenching heat.
   Jared leaned down, pressing his lips close to her ear as his thumb began messaging her distended clit. “Come for me, little fairy. Get that hot, little cunt ready for me, because I’m gonna ride you hard and fast once I get my dick inside you.”



Want a chance to win a copy of my Sci-fi Bestseller, 3013: MATED? Just scroll down to the comments section of this post and let me know what wicked places you'd like to see a love scene set in. Is it in an elevator? On a bike? Do tell!

One lucky winner will win an eBook copy of 3013: MATED at the end of the Blog Hop!




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One lucky winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card for a night out! The Grand Prize winner will be randomly chosen by Evernight Publishing from ALL the blog hop comments. 

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