Friday, July 25, 2014

~ Symposium: Counting Stars ~

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my July Symposium!

Since we are at the halfway point of the year, this month I thought I’d asked my friends and fellow authors to give everyone an update on what they will be working on so all you readers out there will know what you have to look forward to. So, mark your calendars, ladies and gents...we have some awesome releases coming your way!

LAURIE ROMA: This year has been crazy so far, but I am looking forward to this next half and plan to stay pretty damn busy. I’m currently finishing up the 2nd book of my Breakers’ Bad Boy series, Nyght’s Eve, then I will be heading straight into my next contribution to the 3013 Series - 3013: SALVATION, which is Skylar, Dom and Arik’s story. I have several books planned for both of these series, but I also have another special project I will start working on here and there. It is going to be a trilogy, unlike anything I have written so far...and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. For all my Arcadian and IAD fans, I do plan on continuing those series, but they will have to wait for a little while. Now, if I can only find the time to write all these books. LOL Happy Reading!

Jared “Hammer” Caufield is a former Army Ranger and retired professional MMA champion that had to give up his fighting career due to a knee injury. He is a bad boy through and through, but that doesn’t stop him from craving the sweet little bakery owner, even though he knows she is too good for him…

Bakery owner, Kalista Redford, is a woman who has had a difficult past. She has always struggled with her self-esteem, and her last breakup hasn’t done anything to help improve her opinion of herself. When Kalista finds herself pursued by the dark and dangerous man she has secretly dreamed about, will she be able to follow her heart or will past insecurities threaten to ruin her chance at true love?



JOEY W. HILL: I’m working on Elusive Hero, my contribution to the Invitation to Eden series (think Fantasy Island, with 27 authors writing 27 adventures for an island paradise). Elusive Hero is also a standalone in my Vampire Queen series. My heroine is an anomaly - a submissive vampire - and in Eden she embraces one weekend where she can submit…to a human male! 

Buy links are up to date at Invitation to Eden website as the books go live (3 per month!). This page also has the book schedule and blurbs –

Vampires drink blood, they’re superior to humans, and they’re sexual Dominants. Every vampire knows those truths. A vampire’s human servant is property, plaything, pawn—and the only living being a vampire can trust. Though she may own him, body, heart and soul, a human servant keeps a vampire from feeling alone in her dangerous, political world.

But Kaela has a secret. She’s a vampire with a burning need to submit, to belong to a Master, and definitely not a vampire Master, who will use the advantage for political or emotional domination. But what kind of human male will consent to becoming a vampire’s servant, a 300-year life of utter servitude, to be her Master behind closed doors? An invitation to Eden offers her the chance to discover her elusive hero…and indulge the bliss of surrender.


NJ WALTERS: What can readers count on over the next few months? Plenty. Because so many readers wanted more, I’ve written three novellas for the Hades’ Carnival series. Watch for Heart of the Serpent (January 13, 2015), Flame of the Phoenix (April 14, 2015) and Lure of the Jaguar (July 14, 2015). I’ve also been busy with the Salvation Pack series. Wolf on the Run (Cole’s book) will be released on October 28th, 2014 and I’ve already signed a contract for Wolf from the Past (Gator’s book). I’m starting work on the fifth Salvation Pack book (Louis’ book) right now. I’ve also got a new futuristic series coming soon with Ellora’s Cave. It’s about the Marks brothers, a group of deep space traders/mercenaries who are searching for their missing sister. Rescuing Rory will be out later this year and I just finished working on the second book in this new series. So many books to write! 

Is he Prince Charming or the Big Bad Wolf?  
Salvation Pack, Book 2 

Anny Conrad is a single thirty-year-old librarian—a cliché complete with two cats. Dragged out to a local bar, she’s rethinking her life plan over a few drinks when a man walks up and asks her to dance. And what a man. Tall, rugged and more than a little untamed. Before she knows it, she’s in his arms and throwing caution to the wind. 

With a pack war in full, deadly swing, the last thing Armand LaForge needs right now is a woman in his life, much less a human. But one thing is certain, he’s met his mate, the one woman in the world for him. 

The kindest thing to do is give her all the hot sex she wants and then leave her alone. But when the morning comes, fate isn’t done screwing with them. Anny is confronted with the fact that the myths in her library books are real…and now she’s one of them. 

Warning: A night out at a club can lead to a loss of inhibitions and hot sex with a werewolf. Your life will never be the same. You’ve been warned. 



SAM CRESCENT: It has been a pretty good year for me so far and I’m working on my bad biker boys. The series, The Skulls and Chaos Bleeds, took me completely by surprise. They’re rough biker men who are determined to claim their women when they find her. With how dominating my men are being I’d say to expect more biker books from me. For the rest of the year, I’m looking toward The Skulls, Chaos Bleeds, along with completing a couple of the series I’ve already got running. Also, I’ve had some fitting inspiration for some wolves LOL. I think I’m just going to spend the rest of the year as I mean to go on, whatever inspiration hits, I’m going to go with it. What do you have planned for the rest of your year?

Cole Fowler never settles down and he doesn’t do love. He likes sex and women and he’s not ashamed to have both in abundance. When his bike is in need of repair, he stops at a bar intent on earning enough money for the bike and to live off in the coming months. Then he meets Sandy and all bets are off. 

Sandy has never fit in. She hates to be controlled and studying at the local college doesn’t challenge her. Nothing interests her. The need to travel is in her blood. 

The attraction between them is instant. Sandy knows Cole will not stick around but no one ever said she couldn’t become a nomad, too. Has Cole finally met his female match?



SUSAN HAYES: I’m not happy with Laurie for reminding me this year is half over already! I have a lot to do before 2014 is over. Wilde Ink, book three in the Wilde Brothers series is my next project. Nick Wilde is already talking to me, and he’s got a great many opinions on how he thinks his story should go. (I already can tell he’s not going to get it all his way.) After Wilde Ink, 3013: TARGETED is next. I’m going back to Alpha Station X2 for this book, which will be about T’karra, a Krytos female I introduced in 3013: STOWAWAY. Somewhere in there, I also hope to do another short story for my Finders Keepers series. So, three books and three different genres. Sci fi, contemporary and paranormal. That should keep me busy until the holiday season, when I’ll start the cycle all over again. 

Sonja Grekov has spent her life in a gilded cage, trapped by her wealthy family’s expectations and the scroll tattoo on her face that declares her to be one of the coveted fertile women on Earth. No longer willing to be a pawn to further her parents’ ambition, she finally finds the courage to break free before she can be claimed in a loveless match. She is determined to set her own path, but never expected where it would take her... 

Trevar Storm and Deacon Wilde are Alliance Elites, but there’s nothing elite about their current assignment. They crew one of the oldest freighters in the fleet, ferrying goods across Alliance controlled space with just each other for company. With a reputation for trouble and no chance at promotion, the two men are planning for the day they can go into business for themselves and leave their military lives behind. 

A straightforward supply run turns into a life changing event when the two elites discover a treasure hidden in their cargo bay. Keeping their sexy stowaway may bring the full wrath of the Alliance down on their heads, but Trevar and Deacon won’t let her go without a fight. Will their journey end in heartache, or can three misfit hearts find love in the darkness between the stars? 



LACEY THORN: Looking at my writing plans for the rest of the year has me ready to pull my hair out! Where has all my time gone, and why do I feel so behind schedule? I'd hoped to get so much more written this year! All in all, I'm pretty happy with what I've released and what's in the works to release by year's end! I still have two Awakening Pride books coming out. One is scheduled for August and the other in December! It won't be ending though! I'll jump back in next year with fresh stories. I have one more Pleasures book for this year, a Halloween spoof! Hoping fans of the series will enjoy it! I also have a special project I'm working on with several other authors! I can't be specific yet, but I will say there are two westerns coming out from me this year. Thanks to my awesome readers for all the love shown to me and my books! You guys rock!!!!

Skye has a secret she's kept from everyone. Three lovers who cross in and out of her life as time permits. Seeing her sisters so happy makes her want more for herself.

Rance, Sawyer and Jeff have taken turns joining in sex games with Skye. Now all three men are willing to admit they want more. If Skye wants to keep her agents of pleasure, she's going to have to agree to forever.



REBECCA JOYCE: Counting the Stars…well let me count the numerous open WIPS on my dry erase board…um, that’s what I thought, a whole bunch! But seriously, I am looking to wrap up the Treasure Cove Series in the next two or three books, as I head on over to Celestial. That’s right, those wacky folks from Celestial are getting their own series. I’m still working on the next Armstrong book, (Mitchell’s story), and hope to have it finished by the end of this year. I’m also venturing into something different, something dark, and delicious, but it’s still in the formatting phase, but as soon as something concrete comes about, ya’ll will be the first to know. Other than that, I plan on writing whatever pops into my naughty little head. (((HUGS))) & LOVE to everyone and Keep Reading!!!

Sara Joseph is hiding many secrets. Trying to forget her past, she moves on and resigns herself to best-friend status, until one night when an opportunity presents itself.

Jason Ramsey, known as ‘the Kid’ at the Pleasure Cave, is unsure of his life path. After a horrible motorcycle accident scars his body, he hides beneath a mask which has become a second skin to him.

Chip Patterson is determined to take back what he let go many years ago. Accepting a job as the Master of Whips in Tunnel 4, he has no clue what lies ahead of him.

Secrets from the past come to a boiling point, and Sara must choose between her best friend and the Master who let her go. Choosing between them is not an option for her, but figures a little manipulation will go a long way, especially when the whips are stacked in her favor!



JENIKA SNOW: This year is filled with a lot of new stories for me. I plan on adding to my already created series. My priorities right now are several more books in the Sweet Water series (a town full of shifters), adding some stories on my sci-fi, demon looking multiple partner series, The Warriors of Hades, and adding the next generation of stories to The Grizzly MC (a bear shifting biker club.) The next generation will be about the children of those bear shifting bikers. I have several more stories planned, and hope to write at least two books a month. For my next self-published endeavor I will be working on my contribution to the 3013 series, and adding another Dark Erotic story to my collection. 

Booshie, the vice president of The Vicious Bastards MC, wants Naggie in the filthiest of ways, but she is taken and off-limits. So, he backs off, and knows that this is one of the rare times he won't get what he wants. 

Naggie Conner is wild, speaks her mind, and is covered in ink. That is her life and she's happy with who she is. When she catches her boyfriend in bed with the town tramp, she doesn't hold back her anger.

A girls night out seems like the perfect therapy to put her ex behind her. But a night of drunken abandon ends up with her going home with Booshie. Being with the alpha biker is exactly how she envisioned: untamed, explosive, and addictive. But Booshie doesn't want just one night with Naggie, and he is not the type of man to be denied.



KD JONES: Hi everyone. It has been a crazy year so far. I have already written four books this year. I have more on the way. You will be seeing Isis (book 7 in the Galactic Cage Fighter Series.) which will be released August 26th, 2014. Then I will be working on book 2 in my Inter-Galactic Bounty Hunters Series, Book 9 in my Katieran Prime Series, and I will be introducing a brand new series that I hope everyone will love.

Isis fleas her homeworld and goes to the one place her own people would never think to look for her. She signs on as a fighter for the Galactic Cage Fighters Association on the halfsie side. It is a new start for a new life. The only problem is, she finds herself attracted to the wrong male. Her new life may be threatened as those that wish to control her, search for her.

Torch is a Voltan halfsie fighting for the Galactic Cage Fighters Association. He joined to get the GCFA so that he could get to know his niece. Torch knows he has a tendancy to self-destruct but can’t seem to stop drowning his loneliness in alcohol and females. But one female refuses his flirtations which drives him crazy. How could any female deny him?

He is fire and she is ice. The moment Torch sees her he knows that he has to have her. He is the one temptation that Isis cannot refuse. Will they give in to the mutual attraction? Will their passion erupt and burn them both? Or will the truth of who Isis is pull them apart forever?


VELLA DAY: I'm turning my focus to my Pack Wars paranormal books. Book 4, LOVING THEIR VIXEN MATE will be released Sept 10th. I will then turn my attention to Pack Wars, book 5 (untitled), but it will star the cousin and roommate of book 4's heroine. Sandwiched in between will be another contemporary novella, tentatively titled, AWAKENING PASSIONS. Should there be any days left in the year, I want to return to my MONTANA PROMISES series. Book 4 will star Vic Hart, the former undercover FBI agent from book 3. His heroine? He has yet to tell me, but recommendations are considered. 

What would you do if you were given a second chance to find love?

When fun loving, Ali McDaniels, is contracted to assist in creating an online training class for LACE hospital, she’s thrilled to be paired with her former college boyfriend, Dr. Randy Carstead. Too bad his ambition turned him into a too-serious doctor in the thirteen years they’ve been apart. Despite the job in Rock Hard being only three weeks, she’s determined to loosen him up. 

As an Emergency Room doctor, Randy has always had one goal—to help others. But when Ali McDaniels walks into his life, something changes. She intrigues him and turns his world upside down—both in and out of the bedroom.

What will Ali have to do to get Randy to go from scalpels and stethoscopes to being a bad boy biker and a tie-me-up, kiss-me-hard lover?


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ELODIE PARKES: Hi Laurie and readers, It’s great to be back at the July symposium to talk about what’s happening for me in the rest of the year. I have so many projects on the go it sure feels like a long hot summer. I have two releases coming up, ‘The Summer Heat’, and ‘Love at First Sigh,’ in August. I enjoyed creating these characters and stories so much. September I have a story, ‘The White Bear Prince’ in a Crushing Hearts anthology. September/October, Siren will release a full length story, ‘Café in the Park,’ a paranormal, erotic romance, and November I have a scorching love story in a Hot Ink anthology, titled, ‘Serendipity.’ I’ll be working with the publishers and editors on those releases in the latter half of the year. There’ll be exciting times when the cover art lands in my inbox and deadlines to meet with editing, but it’s so great when stories finally release. I put all my heart into everyone and hope that shines through. XOXO Elodie

When Melissa fleetingly meets Sascha in a nightclub, she hopes he will approach her.

Sascha has secrets and it’s a long time since there was a woman in his life.

Unknown to both of them someone watches jealously.

Will this jealousy stop the budding romance between two people who both have something to hide?

An erotic, paranormal romance, full of surprises.



ROSANNA LEO: Thanks to the lovely Laurie for hosting us again! This has been an exciting year for me with two hot releases and more coming soon. On Sept. 8, Predator's Fire, Gemini Island Shifters 5, is released, the newest installment of this sexy shifter series. I'm also busy with several new manuscripts. I have begun an incubus story involving a classical soprano, her hot conductor and a very possessive demon. I hope to finish this soon. I also hope to start the next book in my Orkney Selkies series. This seductive series caught the eye of a reporter at BBC Radio Orkney last year and it was featured for a short radio interview! And before long, I plan to write the last book in the Gemini Island Shifters series, and this one will be a menage featuring gorgeous jaguar brothers. Stay tuned and stay sexy!

For years, wolf shifter Bart Cairo has harbored secret feelings for his co-worker, Charlotte Moffatt. Even though he thinks he’s been discreet with his affections, everyone at Gemini Island’s Ursa Fishing Lodge knows he and Charlotte, a fellow wolf shifter, are meant to be mates. Everyone but Charlotte.

Charlotte couldn’t be less interested in mating. A free spirit, she wants nothing more than to succeed at her new career in the big city and leave small-town Gemini Island behind. However, she can’t deny Bart stirs up unwanted emotions inside her. Emotions she swore she’d never feel again.

The occasion of Bart’s family reunion compels him to assume new responsibilities, and to consider a role he never envisioned for himself. Family tensions rise to the surface as a new Alpha is proclaimed in his pack. And when old grudges escalate, Bart must stake his claim.

Charlotte resists as he stakes a claim on her as well. But when he begins to employ sexual tactics of temptation, she wonders if the only solution is submission to the enticing wolf man. Can she trust her heart again? And can they find their happy ending before an enemy cuts their story short?


JESS BUFFETT: The year may be half through, but there is still plenty more coming from me for the rest of the year. I have three new series taking off – Wickedly Ever After, which is a co-authored series where we bring you your favourite fairy tales with a wicked twist. Shore Point Pack, a new series which has grown from a short Christmas story I wrote last year. And The Vaucluse Coven which is a spin-off of my Hunter Clan series. I also have a number of sequels on their way this year for both my cowboys series and my my Angels – Sons of the Seven. And the last two instalments to my Keepers series will be released for Halloween and Christmas. Though most important will be the re-release of my book Always Been You which will hopefully be out before Christmas and with more than 15k added to the original story! 

Tessa Cardwell’s life changed overnight when she was left to raise her five siblings. When a friend suggested moving to the small town of New Hope, she packed up her family and set out with not a clue of what waited for them there. Used to doing everything on her own, she finds herself in the middle of a life changing experience—that is if she can let go of her inhibition and hold onto the two men fate placed in front of her.

Leontis Harper searched for the woman who turned his life upside down a few months earlier. Determined to find her lands him in New Hope Valley and places him in a situation he has come quite used to—rejection. He had dealt with it his whole life, but he finds rejection hurts more when it comes from the two who were supposed to accept him without question. 

Sage Ashcroft is the last White Tiger Alpha. What the Alpha wants he gets, well until now. He finds himself in a situation which could enhance his life or destroy it, if he doesn't learn to compromise. The wrong choice, and he could be the one on the outside looking in on a life that was destined for him. 

With the prophesy hanging over their heads, secrets being revealed, and enemies banding together, the New Hope Valley Pride faces many changes. Join in as the Pride gains strength it never knew was possible until the Alpha, the onyx, and the fire combine.


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ERIKA REED: I am excited about my new book I have just started working on. This new series is a special new project that I can’t really get into too many specifics about, but I assure all readers, it will be one that is sure to tap into everyone’s fantasies. I can tell you the research on this new book has been quite fascinating and has brought up new questions and even answers to things I have often wondered myself. I'll let you all in on a clue, at one time or another each of us have been curious and wondered, “what it would be like if” and that’s where my story pulls you in as a reader.  I have so many wild ideas pertaining to this new series and can’t wait to share them with you all very soon!

Sage Monroe is tired of being stepped on and feeling unloved by the people she cares most about in life. To make matters worse, her ex is trying to extort money from her with a video she knows nothing about. When the attractive Duffey cousins come to her rescue, she’s grateful, especially if they can help fix her problems before word gets back to her father. 

Tye, Kash, and Tristan Duffey have been smitten over the sexy little cocktail waitress since the moment they laid eyes on the beautiful blonde. When they discover Sage’s apartment had been robbed and her ex is blackmailing their woman, the three will stop at nothing to ensure her safety. The three cousins take control of the situation and vow to eliminate the problem that is causing chaos in her life. 

Can their love for one another overcome life’s obstacles that threaten to jeopardize their future? 


WILLOW BROOKE: Hi everyone! Thank you so much to the amazing Laurie for inviting me back again! Love you girl. As much as I hate to admit it, I get bored easily and start things I don’t finish. From the trash sack full of material shoved in my closet with my sewing machine, to the half afghan sitting on my dresser with the crochet hook still in mid stitch, the proof is everywhere. When I started writing, I found the perfect job that keeps me entertained and on a straight path that allows me to bounce around yet still finish what I start. So, you all know I have my military series, Breaking Protocol, my paranormal series, Twisted Fate, and the fairy tale series, Wickedly Ever After. Now that my muse has squirrelified once more, I’ve started a western and a detective series to add to my list with ideas for body guards and assassins on the back burner. I want to break through and embrace every genre I can with the hopes to have a little something for everyone. In the detective series, I’m taking a new approach. Instead of the normal 30 to 80k length, I want to push this one into full length novels over the 100k word count and expand my writing style with new angles and techniques. So, that’s my plans for the rest of 2014! Super hugs and happy reading!

Robin Hoode was born with a silver spoon in mouth, but never felt comfortable in the life of wealth and privilege. Growing up, she had always been the odd sheep in the family, taking her over abundance of lunch money and extra food to the homeless and less fortunate in secrecy. When the mayor taxes the town’s people out of their homes and out on the streets, Robin sees an opportunity to take a stand and give back to the very people whose blood and sweat built their city. Like a thief in the night, Robin Hoode steals from the rich to give to the poor. 

Will Scarlett had a great career, owned his own house, and lived a comfortable life…until Mayor Nottingham ruined the blue-collar economy and he lost everything. Forced out of his home, he joins forces with others like him and takes refuge in Sherwood Forest, living a life of serene simplicity. When a nosey little journalist starts poking around in their business threatening their existence with promises of money and supplies, he fights the undeniable attraction and the ache in his jeans to protect their last resort for survival. 

John Naylor, or Little John as he was known growing up, has loved Robin as long as he could remember. When she takes notice of him for the first time as the attractive man he has become, John risks it all to help her on her mission—even at the cost of family and his position in life. 

Come to Sherwood Forest where fairy tales are made and love has no boundaries. Robin Hoode, one thief—two men who love her—and a town full of despair. 



KALI ARGENT: It’s already July? How the hell did that happen? I guess you could say I’m a little late to the party since I just released my first book, so I’ll be playing catch-up for the rest of the year. The second and third books in the Prelude series are in the immediate queue. These are short, sexy stories of first meetings, accidental encounters, and new beginnings. Night’s Edge is a fun urban fantasy piece that I’m just so excited about I could spit, and I hope everyone loves Ara and Fawkes as much as I do! I’m also very pleased to announce my contribution to the 3013 series—3013: MENDED. I’m so honored and overwhelmed to be working with such a talented group of ladies, and I can’t wait to share with everyone. Happy reading! 

Sometimes, new beginnings come from unexpected places. 

To Cecily Baker, being unattached means making her own decisions, living by her own rules, and never answering to anyone. So when her sister drags her to a singles night at a local club—and then ditches her—it only strengthens Cecily’s conviction that dating just isn’t for her. 

Pulling double duty as a bouncer and a bartender, Rafe Serento has seen a parade of beautiful women walk through the doors of Electric Mist, but he’s never met anyone like Cecily. Lovely in every sense of the word, and just as stubborn, she challenges everything he thought he wanted in a relationship. 

The more Cecily pushes him away, though, the harder Rafe pushes back, and unless they find some common ground, they’ll both end up Alone. 


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  1. Thanks for having me, Laurie. The second half of this year looks to be full of books I need to buy!

  2. Thanks for letting me join you and all these fab authors, Laurie! Hugs to all.

  3. A few new authors I haven't read. Thanks. A few of my favorite authors to look forward to.