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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jennifer Loy's Labor Day Romance Contest

. Friday, August 31, 2012
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Looking for a romantic read this weekend? Hop on over to www.jenniferloy.com and click "contact" then in the subject line put "Labor Day Special". Jennifer Loy will draw a name this Friday evening at 6pm PDT and send you one of her ebooks of your choice.

My favorite is Rodeo Drive, but I haven't read her new one, Million Dollar Bra, yet.


Million Dollar BraWho the hell can afford the four Million Dollar Bra that comes out of the Victoria’s Secret catalog holiday issue every year? Devin Warner, Brittany’s boss could and he did. But why? She gets kidnapped before she finds out... Ryan Blake, the world’s worst kidnapper has just discovered his mistake could very well work out for him, but can he convince the beautiful Brittany to take off this elegant jeweled bra? No way! They will steal it back and forth and enjoy every minute of it. An unruly adventure that criss-crosses across the country with more wild twists and turns than a roller coaster ride.




Rodeo DriveIn Rodeo Drive, starving artist, Tiffany Hunter, creates a new business as a Purchase Consultant, a gift saver for desperate, busy, hard-working, or just plain lazy men.Most have procrastinated to the last minute to buy gifts for their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, even their fiances.She gets a high from shopping, a rush from the lack of time, and finds pleasure in the women's faces when she pretends to be the delivery person as she drops the gift off at their door. Tiffany Hunter's favorite place to shop is of course, Lauren & Co. on Rodeo Drive, where she meets the sharp-dressed jeweler, Nick Bennett.As Tiffany and Nick's relationship heats up, two of their old flames return.As the summer temperature rises in Southern California, so does the anticipation of which path Tiffany will take.Follow Tiffany on her hilarious and surprising adventure.


I hope I win...but if not me, one of my grrls or grrly boys! Tell her I sent you. ;)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

East Valley Authors Query Contest

. Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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If you're an author who belongs to RWA and has a query all dressed up with no where to go, check this out:

 
 
 
The contest is open to members in good standing of RWA National and who are not members of the East Valley Authors chapter. Writers who have not published or been contracted in book-length fiction (40,000 words or more) in the last five years may enter. Entries will consist of a one-page query letter, a synopsis (no more than 5 pages), and a writing sample of the first 5 pages of the manuscript (not to be used for judging purposes).
 
*The finalist entries will be judged by Micki Nuding, Senior Editor @ Pocket Books*
 

A traditional submission package for a fiction project includes a query letter, a synopsis, and sample chapters. Is your submission package query ready? Do you have a great hook? Does your synopsis capture the major turning points on which the story revolves? Does your query capture the style and voice of your story? If so, you may be ready for this contest!
Each entry will be assigned 3 first-round judges. The scores will be averaged for a preliminary score and the top three overall scores will become finalists. Winners will be announced on/about December 15, 2012 and be awarded prizes:
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     * First place: $50.00
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     * Second place: $25.00
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     * Third place: $15.00

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Best Science Fiction Erotica

. Friday, August 24, 2012
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Right, so if you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m always on the search for the best erotic science fiction on this planet. (BTW, how creepy is the pic I found?)

Erotic science-fiction has become more popular over the years, and nothing could make me happier. More and more publishing houses have made room to include sci fi erotica.

Back in the 1990’s all that was around was anthologies like “The Greatest Science Fiction Erotica Anthology” and, well, let’s just say it is not exactly my thing, which brings up an interesting lesson learned: just because someone puts “best” or “greatest” in the title of their work, doesn’t make it true. In fact, I’ve found it usual means the opposite is true. (The one big exception that comes to mind is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, but I think the title is supposed to be sooooo ironic and it's not sci fi erotica.)

But I digress. ♪as usual♪♪

Back to my woes of seeking out and finding new and wonderful erotic science fiction—one of the reasons I write it—and deciding to list out here some of my recent and all time faves (and no I’m not including my own [see 2 paras up]):


Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

The first in the wonderful Alien Hunter series!

Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia's unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she's the perfect girl for the job. She's seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She's earned each of her scars. And she'll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects -- but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.

The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin's forbidden seduction...and embracing their electric attraction. She's walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs -- and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed.


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No Escape by Jaid Black

The fourth in the Trek Mi Q'an series.

Kara Q’ana Tal has been promised in marriage to Cam K’al Ra since she was a few months old. Determined to experience freedom rather than marriage, Kara flees from Cam and seeks refuge within the matriarchal planet of Galis. With the blessing of Kara’s father, the emperor, Cam sets out to track down his wayward bride, determined to claim her for all time.

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Berrr's Vow by Laurann Dohner

Book Four in the Zorn Warriors series.

Kidnapped from Earth and transported to planet Zorn to be sold as a sex slave, Shanna is one angry, frightened woman ready to fight anyone who tries to touch her. Raised in foster care, she’s not going to take any crap off some alien men no matter how big, terrifying or muscular they are. Before she can be sold, she’s freed by a huge, sexy Zorn warrior…a warrior with the most beautiful blue eyes she’s ever seen. Shanna demands he take her under his protection when she realizes she’s stuck on Zorn. Hyvin Berrr, the leader of Zorn, thinks humans are helpless and weak. Shanna decides to teach the big hunk he’s wrong by knocking him on his backside. He might think she’s playing but she’s trying to teach him a lesson. She’s not sure if she wants to fight her feelings for the sexy alien, though if a woman has to lose a battle, this just might be the one time to concede.

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Guardian: The Time Hunters by Angela Knight

Riane Arvid is a superhuman cop from the future, trapped in the year 2009 by group of murderous fanatics called the Xeran. Nick Wyatt is a handsome twenty first century warrior who has been a target of the Xeran his entire life. He’s the only one Riane can turn to, but his intentions are as mysterious as his origins. In an attempt to discover the truth about each other, both Riane and Nick decide seduction is the best tactic.

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Skin Tight Orbit by Elaine Lee, Ray Lago, Max Douglas, Ken Hooper, Jim Sherman, and Gabriel Morrissette

A nice set of erotic science fiction stories that centers on dreams. Ray Lago's writes about a marooned man's sexy delirium confusing his rescuer for a mermaid. Max Douglas brings the gritty virtual reality dreams of a warrior-to-be to life. Ken Hooper provides a beautifully graceful rendition on virtual reality phone sex. Jim Sherman shows a horny starship brain fantasizing over a sexy crewmate. Gabriel Morrissette deals with the reality of everyday life vs. the fantasies that keep us going. While Tony Luke presents Lee's cynical insight into the only real use for me.

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Touching Ice by Laurann Dohner

Book Four in the Cyborg Seduction series.

What can go wrong overseeing a bunch of android sex bots on an automated whorehouse in deep space? Great job, if Megan doesn’t die of boredom. Then she catches sight of the sexiest male she’s ever seen. On her grainy security monitor, she watches all his sexual exploits with the bots, and fantasizes. But that’s all she can do because he’s a cyborg. Then fate steps in. There’s a crash and Megan must escape or die. The cyborgs are rescuing the sex bots—taking them on board their ship. She knows cyborgs hate humans. They’ll kill her if she asks for help so she devises an insane plan—pretend to be the most realistic sex bot ever made. His name is Ice, and Megan is now his personal sex bot. He will satisfy every sexual fantasy she’s ever had—and as many more as she can dream up. She just has to figure out how to keep her big, sexy cyborg from discovering that she is all woman.

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Victorious Star by Morgan Hawke

Interstellar Service & Discipline series.

Victoria Stark is an Imperial Navigations Pilot known among the sentient battleships as the Victorious Star—for sacrificing her captains to save her ships. Strong-willed and resourceful, she has never lost a ship she's flown—and never serviced a captain she's had.

Captain Ravnos of the Mercenary dreadnaught Hellsbreath rules his crew with an iron will. First Officer Seht is a skeldhi prince whose specialty is erotic discipline. They're on a mission, and in need of a nav-pilot.

Kidnapped into service on the Hellsbreath, Victoria is caught between two very different men locked in their own private and erotic power struggle. And then there's the mission…

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Undercover by Lauren Dane

A sexy debut exploring an erotic future universe of passion, danger, and deceit.

On the battleground or in the bedroom, one woman and two men fight for dominance in a bold, new, and excitingly different direction in erotica.

As a lieutenant of the Federation military, Sera Ayers is accustomed to giving orders, not taking them. Now she must obey the one man she can’t stand—and can’t stop thinking about.

With the enemy Imperialists gaining ground, a covert team is assembled by Ash Walker. Ten years before, Sera had lovingly submitted to Ash’s dominance in the bedroom. But when he was forced into a political marriage, she refused to play mistress. His marriage now over, Ash wants Sera on his team—and back in his bed.

The third team member, Brandt Pela, has an elegance to match Ash’s savage sexuality. And when their undercover plan requires Sera to pose as Brandt’s lover, it ignites a passion among the three of them more dangerous than their mission.

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Slave to His Desires by Ashlynn Monroe

As Madison Edwards is walking home one night, she finds herself face-to-face with strange creatures—aliens. They kidnap her and sell her into slavery. Out of place and alone, she struggles to understand the alien world where she’s being held captive. Her feelings about her new master are conflicted, and she’s torn between wanting to go home and wanting to fulfill all his desires.

Spontaneous and out-of-character, Jul purchases a rare human female at the market. Her people are known to have mystical sexual powers. He believes the tales are only myth until he has Madison in his home, and she soon consumes his life. She’s valuable, magical, and he fears he can’t protect her. His friends complicate the situation when they become involved, but they also offer him hope.

When everyone on the planet desires what you value most, it takes more than love to protect her.

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Sins of Summer: A Midsummer's Night Steam by Annmarie McKenna, MacKenzie McKade, Dawn Halliday

Fantasmagorical - Welcome to Fantasm Island! Leave your inhibitions at the door and let your fantasies soar. That's what the brochure said anyway. A week long fling with a stranger. Wheres the harm in that? Take a compatibility quiz and a slew of other health tests, sign a strict privacy agreement and give license to any sexual fantasy you've ever had. Evan Knight couldn't wait. Gabe and Lance have been searching for their perfect third for what seems like forever. One look at the woman he and his best friend and lover Lance have chosen to claim during her time on the island, and Gabe thinks they may have finally found her. But what if Evan isn't interested in more than the fling she signed up for? Or worse, what if she cant handle two men who are into each other too? Gabe and Lance have one week to convince Evan that the three of them belong together and they'll use every bit of seduction in their arsenal to make sure when the fantasy ends, their reality together will only just be beginning. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit fantasmagorical sex, graphic language, menage a trois, and hot naked man-love. Take Me - One tempting heiress. Two sexy cowboys. Three means fun beyond her wildest dreams until her Cord starts to unravel. Thoroughbred ranchers daughter Caitlyn Culver has always wanted playboy Cord Daily, even after her daddy threatened to bankrupt him. But winning a racehorse in a poker game means Cord is no longer just a cattle rancher. Hes come back wealthier and more wicked than ever. Snaring this cowboy wont be easy for Cait, and keeping him will be even harder. Still, his sexual antics and tastes won't scare her off.


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That's my top ten. Enjoy!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tender Guardian

. Monday, August 20, 2012
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I just found out that one of my favorite books by Cathie Linz, Tender Guardian, is coming out in ebook format. Hooray! I can read it on my Kindle. :)

It's one of those feel-good romances that leaves you totally satisfied at the end...and then you go back a re-read your favorite parts all over again.

The cute couple, Brittany and Michael, are really likable and easy to relate to, so it's fun to read about them falling in love. But the best part of the book is the kid characters. They are soooooo adorable and funny. Their dialogue is laugh out loud funny. They sound like the kids in my family and I laugh every time I read it.

Ok. Here's the blurb:

Brittany Evans wasn't the kind of woman who normally handcuffed a man to keep him by her side. Michael Devlin wasn't the kind of man who normally let a woman get the best of him. But then he'd never met a woman like Brittany and she'd never met a man like him. Could they make this thing between them work or were the odds against them too powerful to overcome?

Ooooo! And Linz is running a contest right now to win a free book. Her website has the deets.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Speaking of Witches

. Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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If you haven't read the Drake Sisters Series by one of my favorite authors, Christine Feehan, now is the time to open your mind to some witchy witch romance.

Here are the books in order:


------- Book One -------------- Book Two ------------- Book Three --------------- Book Four ------
     


------- Book Five -------------- Book Six ------------- Book Seven -------
                

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happy Lughnasadh

. Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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To all my witchy witches, happy Feast of Bread!






 
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