Monday, 7 April 2014

The Writing Process

Hi everyone, I’ve been tagged by two lovely ladies to participate in the writing process blog hop. Please take a moment to visit Tracey Alvarez, my amazing CP and amazing author of Contemporary Romance, and my friend Rachel Pudelek who writes dark edgy YA.

1. What are you working on? 
At the moment I’m working on the second book in my Personal Protection series with Ellora’s Cave, called For His Protection. In this book the roles are flipped, and feisty Brooke is our fearless bodyguard. Unfortunately for her the person she’s been assigned to protect is none other than Tyler Harrison, a man who will do anything to have her including letting her think she’s in charge—for now.  

This book is a little deeper and a little darker than the first book in the series, but I’m finding it to be a bittersweet, beautiful and heartbreaking book to write. I can’t wait until I can share it with you!

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre? 
I’m a total thrill seeker when it comes to books, I’m always skimming ahead searching out the next piece of action. So while hot, mind-blowing sexual tension and experiences might drive the characters through their journey’s in my work, there is no shortage of compelling plot. There’s always going to be a suspenseful undercurrent propelling the story.

3. Why do you write what you write?
When I first started writing I wrote a bit of everything because I hadn’t found myself as a writer yet. I was more conservative. Honestly, I was a little afraid to have people read work that was overtly sexual. When I was asked by my publisher to write an erotic romance, I made the decision to simply let it all out and completely do away with inhibitions. I started to write as if no one else would ever see what I put on the page, as if it were something private just for me. Writing that way was completely liberating. It brought elements of realism, authenticity and rawness, that I hadn’t achieved before. I could never go back to the old closed-off way of writing. I now put my whole self into it.

4. How does your writing process work?
I’ve now written six books and I don’t think I’ve done it the same way once. If I have to think of a process, I’d say I start with a single idea, such as What if a fiercely independent girl got stuck with a sexy domineering bodyguard? How would they compromise? Then the idea takes a life of its own and I usually have the key turning points mapped out in Scrivener, and then just start writing. I love scrivener because as I think of new scenes I can quickly outline it on a new note card, and drag ideas around if needed.

Who’s next?

I tag Stefanie London, her first book about a ballerina and a footballer will be published by Harlequin Bliss soon! You totally need to keep an eye on this girl!

I also tag my friend Lauren James, who writes small town romance.


Last, but not least, I tag Cassandra Page, who writes YA urban fantasy. You totally want to check out her great blog. 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Dena Garson Mystics Touch

Thank you so much, Amber, for letting me drop by today!

I’m very excited to have a chance to spread the word about my new book, Mystic’s Touch. It’s a fantasy novel that takes place in a kingdom built loosely on ancient Egypt. The story is centered around a Prince who falls ill with a mysterious malady and a healer who is called in to help him.

Egypt’s myths and legends have always fascinated me. So too has the culture and history of the days of the pharaohs. It was no hardship to research the medicinal practices of that age.

In my readings I learned a few surprising things.
1.       Honey was widely used by Egyptian physicians to cure many maladies of the skin. I didn’t realize it, but honey has antiseptic and antifungal properties. I thought it was just good for soothing an irritated throat and giving you a bit of energy!
2.       Garlic was popular with the working class such as those who hauled those big blocks as they built the pyramids. They believed it gave them vitality and strength. Garlic was also used to ease respiratory problems like asthma.
3.       Sandalwood, though popular for it’s a fragrance, aided digestive ailments like diarrhea and eased symptoms of gout. Oil from sandalwood was used in the embalming process.
4.       Corainder may have helped Egyptians with headaches or discomfort from arthritis or rheumatism. Oil made from Coriander improved circulation and eased muscular aches and pains.
5.       Dill was reported to aid in digestive complaints such as flatulence. It was also used as a laxative.
6.       Onion was almost as popular as garlic but was thought to prevent colds and help with heart problems.
7.       Poppy must have been discovered for its ability to dull pain and induce sleep before the Pyramids were built. The Egyptians also used to them for respiratory problems.
8.       Thyme was given as a pain reliever. Bandages were soaked in thyme infusions or oil of thyme to kill germs on the cloth and promote healing of wounds.
9.       Basil was supposedly good for the heart. It was often scattered over tombs since it was believed to open the gates of heaven.
10.   Mustard was used to induce vomiting. It was also given to relieve chest pain.

More than once I read that Egypt’s ancient physicians were considered to be quite advanced in their practices. Despite a heavy belief in rituals and “magic” for healing, ancient healers really did have an understanding of the use of herbs and the human body. Some of their treatments are still used today.


Blurb:

When Prince Ceros returns home to take his place on the throne, he falls prey to a mysterious malady that leaves him unable to speak or move, though his thoughts and awareness remain intact. Danet, a talented healer, realizes the prince is alert inside his body. The two are able to share thoughts telepathically. Unfortunately her connection with Ceros may bring unwanted attention to her abilities and result in her banishment from the city.

Their unique bond grows as Danet races to find a remedy for the prince’s condition. Desire turns to love, which makes Danet fear for their future when he awakens. They seek out the villain attempting to take the throne and endeavor to find a way to stay together.

Inside Scoop: Ceros’ secret shifter status adds complication and intrigue to their budding romance.

A Blush® fantasy romance from Ellora’s Cave
Mystic’s Touch is a sensual romance (may have explicit love scenes, but not erotic in frequency or type).

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

7 Reasons To Love Beast Heroes by Cynthia Sax

Today I am thrilled to have Cynthia Sax guest blogging about sexy beastly heroes!

7 Reasons To Love Beast Heroes by Cynthia Sax

Flashes Of Me is a modern sexy twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. Henley, the hero, is a yummy beast, my favorite kind of hero.

Why do I love beast heroes?

1)      The beast hero doesn’t judge his heroine based on her appearance. Henley is huge and scarred and a bit scary. He’s been judged his entire life based on his appearance. He certainly doesn’t judge Kat based on her beautiful face. He looks beyond the exterior to see the beauty within her. This is a lasting beauty, a beauty that will withstand the ravages of time.

2)      The beast hero is a survivor. Henley, like many beast heroes, is scarred. He was hurt protecting a loved one. When this happened, he didn’t curl up into a ball and fade away to nothing. He endured. If he faces hardship again (and we all face hardship), I know he’ll survive.

3)      The beast hero values his friends. Many people are scared of Henley. They avoid him in the hallways, leave elevators when he enters. When he meets Kat and she treats him as a human being, he treasures her. He realizes she’s a rare, special person.

4)      The beast hero is protective. Henley knows that responsibilities come with his great strength and size. He willingly puts his heart and his life at risk to safeguard the people he cares about.

5)      The beast hero is passionate. Emotions are usually close to the surface with the beast. He’s primal, savage, and oh-so-very sexy. When Henley falls in love, he falls hard, and there’s nothing he won’t do for his woman.

6)      The beast hero takes action. Henley isn’t a big talker. Few beast heroes are. He expresses his love, his emotions, through his actions. He doesn’t simply tell Kat he cares for her. He shows her... in a BIG way.

7)      The beast hero doesn’t care about perception. Henley has been judged unfairly his entire life. He doesn’t care what strangers think. He’ll do anything to make Kat happy, even if that anything is embarrassing.

Why do you love beast heroes?






Blurb:

Henley, the head of cyber security at Blaine Technologies, is a man no one crosses. He watches employees constantly using his network of cameras and enforces his rules by any means possible. Rumors of his violent past, his scarred hands and huge size have resulted in him being feared by everyone… almost everyone.

Katalina, the new intern, worries about the revelation of her most painful secret much more than she fears her sexy boss’s wrath. She sees the loneliness in his dark eyes, feels the gentleness in his marred fingers, tastes the need in his kisses, and she knows he watches her. His silly rules about not stripping for the cameras and no sex at the office are destined to be broken.

Kat likes to be watched. Henley can’t look away. Will this beauty be able to tame her beastly boss?

Author Website: http://cynthiasax.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.sax
Twitter: @CynthiaSax


Monday, 27 January 2014

GIVEAWAY! For Her Protection Cover Reveal


Blurb
Charlize Halifax has a big last name and even bigger duty to uphold. Left to pick up the pieces of her family’s haemorrhaging Communications Empire, there’s no time for distractions. But when her take-no-prisoners management style lands her in physical danger, distraction arrives in the form of infuriating body guard Connor Crowe.

Having crossed swords with him that very morning, she knows a man who thinks he can push her around has no place in her life—especially when his cave man heroics kick her libido into hyper drive.

Yet when the threat to Charlize’s safety becomes outright attack, she knows there’s only one man she’d trust with her life.


Resisting Connor’s intrusion into her life is easy, denying his affect on her body, now that’s another thing...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

What I Do When I’m Not Writing by Lucy Felthouse GIVEAWAY

What I Do When I’m Not Writing by Lucy Felthouse
First, I want to thank Amber for having me here. It’s so nice to be visiting.
My life pretty much revolves around books, one way or the other. My full-time job is made up of several elements – writing, reading, editing, PR & Marketing and web design. Because of this, I think it’s really important that I have a hobby that has nothing to do with books. One of those hobbies is knitting.
Knitting is a pretty new thing for me. I do to do it as a kid with my nan, but stopped doing it as I got older. But last year I decided I wanted to learn again, so my mother-in-law taught me and I quickly got hooked! Now I’ve knitted toys, wrist warmers, cowls, phone cases, Kindle cases and more. Because of this, I thought it’d be cool to do something a little different and share a knitting pattern. So here’s the pattern for a Kindle Fire 7 inch. Enjoy!

Case for Kindle Fire (7inch)
This pattern has two colours.
Needles 3.75mm.
 Cast on 35 stitches.
  • Single rib for ten rows, starting with knit. (K1, P1 etc)
  • Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch for 114 rows, alternating colours as often as you like.
  • Single rib for ten more rows in same colour used at the start.
  • Cast off in single rib.
  • Stitch up sides using mattress stitch.


Blurb:
Alice Brown has just landed her dream job. Property manager at Davenport Manor, a British stately home. It’s only a nine-month contract to cover maternity leave, but it’s the boost up the career ladder she so desperately needs.
Unfortunately, things don’t get off to the best start, when Alice finds her boss, Jeremy Davenport, in a compromising position. Far from being embarrassed by what’s happened, Jeremy turns things around on Alice and makes her out to be the one in the wrong. So when he and his best friend and head of security, Ethan Hayes, then throw an ultimatum at her, she’s so stunned and confused that she goes along with their indecent proposal.
When the dust settles and Alice has time to think about things, though, she realises that perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing. There are worse things she could be doing to advance her career, after all.

Excerpt:
Alice took a deep breath, in through her nose and out through her mouth. Repeated the process once more. Then, realising she could sit there all day doing it and not feel any calmer, she forced herself to step out of the car and close and lock the door.
She bent to peer into the wing mirror of the vehicle and checked her hair and make-up. Satisfied, she straightened, then turned on her heel and walked quickly across the driveway to the great house before her nerve failed her.
Davenport Manor was currently open for visitors, so she walked in through the front door and was met by a smiling elderly lady.
‘Can I help you?’ the woman asked kindly.
‘Yes, please.’ Alice twisted her hands together nervously. ‘I’m here to see Mr Davenport. I’m here for an interview for the property manager’s role.’
‘Yes, of course,’ the woman replied, ‘that’s today, isn’t it? Follow me; I’ll take you to Mr Davenport’s office. But just hang on one second.’
She ducked through the doorway into the next room and spoke with her colleague. Alice guessed she was letting her co-worker know she’d be gone for a few minutes. A few seconds later, she was back. ‘OK, follow me, Miss …’
‘Brown,’ Alice said, then fell in behind the other woman as she led her to Mr Davenport’s office, and the interview that could change her life for ever. It was hardly surprising that she was shaking like a leaf.
Alice quickly felt lost as their journey took several twists and turns along dim corridors – their blinds drawn to protect paintings, tapestries, and furniture from the sunlight – and up a flight of stairs. She had a few seconds to worry about finding her way if she was lucky enough to get the job, then, suddenly, her guide stopped outside a door and turned around.
‘Here you go, Miss Brown. Mr Davenport’s office. Good luck with your interview.’
Alice smiled and thanked the elderly woman, then smoothed down her skirt, which also conveniently helped wipe the nervous sweat off her hands. She stood up straight, gave herself a mental pep talk about being more than qualified for the role, and knocked on the door.
‘Enter.’
Alice knew that voice could only belong to Jeremy Davenport. The posh accent, and the fact he’d said “enter” instead of “come in”, screamed money and an upper-class upbringing. Alice was suddenly nervous of her broad Midlands accent and lowly background, despite the fact she’d worked her backside off to get into a decent university in order to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree and then a Master’s degree. No matter what she sounded like, or what her past was, she had all the skills necessary to do the job she was about to be interviewed for.
Suddenly, she realised that she’d left rather a long pause before opening the door, and she turned the handle before the occupants of the room thought they were about to interview some kind of simpleton who couldn’t follow a simple instruction.
Fixing a polite – but hopefully not inane – smile onto her face, Alice stepped into Jeremy Davenport’s office. Her first thought – which certainly did nothing to help her nerves – was good God, he’s hot.
Jeremy sat behind a desk, with a heavily pregnant woman sitting beside it. Alice barely noticed the woman. All she saw was him. A man with cropped dark brown hair, hazel/green eyes, a jawline you could cut bread with, and lips that looked capable of doing incredibly wicked, sexual things to a woman. Or a man. Alice had no idea what his sexuality was, but she found herself hoping he liked women.
She chastised herself. Even if he did like women, he wouldn’t go for someone like her. A Plain Jane, with mousy brown shoulder-length hair, blue eyes, average height and above average weight. Alice had always known she’d never be a supermodel, so she’d worked extra hard academically, and here she was. About to be interviewed for her dream job.

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9


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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

In Too Deep Release and GIVEAWAY!



 She vowed never to return.


To save her brother from financial ruin, Piper Harland must do the one thing she swore she’d never do—return to the tiny island hometown where Ryan “West” Westlake crushed her heart. Piper is tough, resilient and a little wild—much like the remote and beautiful Stewart Island where she grew up. As a cop who’s part of the elite New Zealand Police National Dive Squad, bringing the dead back to their families still doesn’t stop the guilt she feels over her father’s drowning  death. Now nine years later she’s obligated to return to a hostile community as the outsider, and forced to work with the man who was once her best friend and first lover.

She’s a risk he can’t take.

West is an Island man, through and through. As owner of the local pub, he lives and breathes the local community, and sure as hell can’t imagine living anywhere else. But most of all he refuses to ever fall for a woman like his flighty mother. He lost Piper once to give her the chance to fulfil her dreams of becoming a cop. But now she’s back for an unexpected six week visit to help her brother—his best mate. Maybe West wants her a little bit, maybe he can’t resist the temptation to tease and touch her, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk?
Saying goodbye the second time might just destroy them both. 

(Excerpt)

Red alert. Red alert. Her next inhale stopped halfway down her lungs and her nipples budded into two hard points of Ohmigod-yes-please. She raised the tip of her chef’s knife and pointed it at his nose. “Keep your hands to yourself, Westlake.”
His gaze flared hot. “What if I don’t want to?” He took two slow steps sideways, two steps closer to her. “What if I’m tired of playing your game of ‘there’s nothing going on here.’”The knife in her hand swiveled to follow his cat-like movements. “I don’t play games. And FYI there is nothing going on here. Nothing I’m interested in pursuing, anyway.”Another step and he rounded the corner, crowding her backward until her butt hit the counter. He rescued the knife from her shaking fingers, laid it on the chopping board, and left his hand resting there, effectively trapping her.“Liar, liar, pants on fire,” he murmured.She shoved a hand against West’s chest to stop him coming closer, but all that achieved was runaway tingles up her arm from the hard, hot muscles beneath his shirt. He leaned into her fingers and the rapid bump of his heartbeat throbbed against her palm. Close enough to see her own reflection in West’s eyes, she froze when his pupils shrunk to tiny dots.His nose twitched. “Something’s burning.”Yeah, something was burning, all right. One more touch, one more second of him looking like he planned to do her on the kitchen counter and she would either catch fire or do something absurd like kiss him again. 

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Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, she can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework. 


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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Smoking Hot Teaser Tuesday

I've fallen behind on well...pretty much everything. I'll put it down to childcare being closed and getting ready to move house. So today I'm hoping you'll forgive my neglect, by giving you all a treat...



Sigh...Connor Crowe. He's a special guy. So okay, maybe he has some caveman tendencies, and okay maybe he has been known to throw the occasional lady over he's scrumptious shoulder, but no one's perfect right? Connor cuts it pretty close. I can't wait for you all to meet him, this guy stole my heart.

Also some exciting news, the cover reveal for For Her Protection will be happening on January 27th! Stay tuned because there will be giveaways! I've put together a very special swag to say thanks for following on this crazy journey.



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