Thursday, June 11, 2015

It's Your Lucky Day!

Hi Everyone, I have some awesome news. I've got Maddie Taylor here on my blog with me today. We're going to chat about authorly stuff and tease you with a bit naughtiness from her newest Club Decadence book.

Maddie, you’re becoming one of the most successful authors I know. From past blog spots with you I know you sacrifice a lot of sleep to put your books out in a timely manner, but what else helps to keep you on track?

I really enjoy creating, so it’s not a chore.  If an idea gets in my head, I can’t sleep until I get it into print so I might as well stay up instead of tossing and turning.  The worst part for me is editing, but I have these two amazing betas who read while I take a break.  They point out typos and plot holes that my tired eyes can’t see, and give me feedback about what they like or dislike and where they wanted to story to go as a reader.  Very helpful and I love them for it.  This takes a week or two depending on the length of the story.  Then when it comes back to me, my eyes are fresh and I incorporate their recommendations into my story before it’s off to my publisher.

When it comes to edits, I firmly believe the author cannot edit their own work. The more eyes you can get to view your work prior to publication the better. 

One of the funniest parts in Second Time Lucky is the chapter when Sean and Mara go shopping at Walmart. How did you do your research for this chapter?

Someone posted a picture of an aisle marker at Home Depot.  I don’t have it anymore or I would share, but it listed things like rope, chain, tie-downs, hardware.  I thought it was hysterical, but then I thought hey, a DIY (do it yourself) BDSM kit and the couple shopping for it would be awesome.  I changed to Walmart and voila.  I also googled kitchen items for BDSM and got some suggestions, others I have in my own kitchen. The banana bunker (<--click the link if your curious)  popped up in an ad on FB.

I wonder about the things you have in your kitchen.. lol 

A long time villain in the Club Decadence series finally gets his due in this book. How did you feel about killing one of your characters?

Ecstatic.  It was a long time coming and well deserved, the pig!  I will not miss him at all.  I had the scene going one way, but one of my betas recommended a little twist ( ahem! ) which I used and made the scene so much better and gave me opportunities for humor in the scene as well.

☺- I know the scene your talking about, but won't spoil it for readers. 
Most of us know how important covers that match our stories can be. How much time do you spend agonizing on just the right cover for your books?

The first four covers were all Blushing Book’s artist work.  For books 4 and 5, and Master My Love, Decadence LA, I picked out the cover couple and did look through stock photos to find my idea of my lead couple come to life.  The banner, fonts, colors were the cover artists on all of them, with a suggestion from me here and there.  Club Decadence covers weren’t as challenging as a historical, finding a good old west couple and a Victorian in stock photos is definitely a chore, believe me.

What is your favorite part of writing a book. The beginning, the middle, or the end?

Hm, that’s tough.  The beginning usually has back-story, laying out the history and his or hers emotional baggage can be challenging.  The middle is usually the pair learning about each other and falling in love, usually there is some sort of trauma or action that pulls them apart or brings them together, uniting them in one goal.  The end is the big finish, usually a huge climactic scene (not talking sex here, LOL) or a who done it moment, or a big fight scene, shooting or other dramatic action scene.  All are fun to write, but I’d have to say, if I had to pick, the big ending, because if you know me, it’s always followed by make-up sex, a big love scene, or an exciting set up for things yet to come.

It’s natural for authors to feel stressed when their book first comes out on the e-markets. Will it do well? Are people seeing it? Is it searchable? Ect… What do you do to help calm your fears?

I have those feelings like the rest of us.  I haven’t found anything to ease the angst yet.  Suggestions anyone?   I admit to stalking rankings.   I also promote away, getting the word out there, but really, other than a lemon drop or too, you just have to let your work speak for itself and hope readers love it as much as you do.

Share with us your favorite excerpt from this book.

This is a scene from Sean and Mara’s past, when their relationship was new and living in Washington D.C.   Upon the recommendation of Sean’s senior commanding officer, who we now know as Master Peter aka General Davis, they visit The Gilded Cage, DC’s most exclusive and sought out BDSM club.

An Excerpt from Second Time Lucky:

Telling herself to expect the unexpected, she clung to Sean’s hand like a lifeline as they passed through the doors of The Gilded Cage.

Inside, wasn’t quite like she’d read about online. (Yes, she’d done some research earlier while Sean was in the shower). The walls weren’t black and “dungeony” as was the norm, but a dark hunter green, trimmed in cream, much to her surprise. It was also well maintained, unlike the crumbling exterior, which was reassuring. Expecting to be fumbling around in the dark, she was pleased to find it well lit, not brilliantly bright but with numerous wall sconces giving off a warm glow. It was sufficient for viewing the many stations set up around the room and the carnal pursuits going at each one. There were dozens of couples and several trios, all engaged in kinky games while members, at least two dozen by her quick count, looked on as they played.
Baron began his tour by pointing out the equipment he’d mentioned earlier, he then moved on to the unique, including a bondage frame and Catherine’s wheel. The frame was little more than a metal square, but the huge wooden wheel had a multitude of straps and looked straight out of the Spanish Inquisition. In addition to binding a sub for play or punishment, Baron pointed out that both devices, as well as the intricate rigging system overhead could be used for suspension or inversion. He indicated a male sub hanging upside down in the far corner, his Mistress taking great delight in flaying his bare ass and exposed genitals with a strap. From the corner of her eye, she saw Sean unsuccessfully hide a wince.

Next came wooden stocks, a metal pillory and a whipping post. The post was centered in the middle of the room and currently in use by two men. A loud crack rent the air every time the top lashed the bottom with what Sean explained was a quirt. The three-foot long, braided whip had two thongs at the end called stingers, which were responsible for the loud noises coming from both the whip and the whippee. Mara eyed the bound man’s backside as he screamed with each crack of the lash, upon seeing only a light hue of pinkness with no visible welts or marks of any kind, she felt reassured that he wasn’t actually being tortured, and was more likely playing to the crowd. As she watched the odd-looking whip connect with the subs upside down cheeks once again, Mara worried that Sean knew more about all this than she thought.

They stopped at something called a queening chair where a restrained man was lying on his back, his face directly beneath the cut out seat upon which his Mistress sat. By the sounds of her appreciative groans, he was adeptly servicing her from below. With her bare pussy hovering over his face, no daylight separated them and it was obvious they were both enjoying themselves immensely by their unabashed moans. They were so engrossed in each other they seemed unmindful of their audience.

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From an early age, Mara Westbrook has led a troubled life. With no one to trust or rely on, she meets a breathtakingly handsome soldier on her ward at Walter Reed. He captures her eye and makes her yearn for things she never thought possible, not for a girl like her. Can she move beyond the traumatic secrets of her past and risk giving love a try?

Injured and in pain, the only light in Master Sergeant Sean O'Brien's dark days is his night nurse, his blonde haired, green eyed, deliciously curvy, modern day nightingale. Seeing her in those tight scrubs, tending to him and his fellow soldiers with her sweet, yet sexy smile eases the pain in his throbbing leg. Unfortunately, it shifts the ache about six inches higher. He sets out to make her his own, to earn her trust, her love and in the end her ultimate submission.

They come together beautifully with Sean teaching her the wicked and wonderful ways of a D/s lifestyle. Mara blossoms under his sensual domination and his firm but loving discipline, but her past won’t let her be. Relentlessly pursuing her and threatening her idyllic life with Sean. To protect what she holds dear, she does unspeakable things leading to more secrets, lies and betrayal. She runs as she always does.

When Mara unwittingly becomes the key witness to events that will finally bring down the Mendoza Cartel, Sean and the Rossi team step in to keep her safe. As her handler, Sean must protect her with his life and Mara must obey him in order to survive. Thrown together under impossible circumstances, Sean learns the awful truth of her past and realizes that despite it all, he still loves her. But can he forgive the lies? And will Mara be able to live under Sean’s stringent rules, learning to trust and submit fully to the only man she’s ever loved?

As threats against the Decadence Masters become fierce, answers are at long last revealed. Come visit old friends and as always watch desire ignite, love simmer, while kink and sex burn blazing hot in Club Decadence, the best damn BDSM club in the southwest.

Where is Club Decadence going from here, what can we expect next?

Of course, CD 6, Lil T’s story is in the works.  It’s about 90% written and hopefully will be ready by early fall.  Before that, to tide over hungry and demanding Decadence fans, I’m rolling out my newest venture, Decadence Nights.  I will be a series of novellas with stories of secondary characters from the series that readers have requested to know more about.  The first has already been accepted by my publisher, Blushing Books.  I’m waiting for a release date now, but thinking sometime in early July.  Entitled, Hooked, it features attorney Joseph Hooks who we meet in Second Time Lucky.  I’m really excited about his story.  It came to me in a writing frenzy and took over my life for a week.  It was wonderful! 

Do you think you’ll miss writing more of this series when it reaches its completion? 

With Decadence LA and Decadence Nights, will it ever reach completion?  The fun part are the glimpses of the Club Decadence Masters who will make cameo appearances, maybe not all 6, maybe just 1 or 2 at a time, but someone will have a role in them all. I love keeping up with old friends, don’t you?

What a wonderful idea. I can hear the CD fans cheering already. 

Lastly, what do you find works the best for getting your book in the top rankings with Amazon shortly after release?

If I knew, I could retire and write full time at my leisure.  I hear about Amazon’s algorithms which are a big secret, I guess.  If someone figures it out they change it.  So you could go nuts trying to figure it out. 
I’ve been told by publishers that early reviews are important so an ARC or a beta reader review is crucial, and as a note to fans, if you like the book and want to see more of your favorite author’s books, REVIEW!  It helps tremendously.  I also think you have to have an eye-catching cover and, although some authors hate it, you have to promote.  It takes 5-6 days for Amazon recommendations to populate, you know the “customers who bought this book also bought” and such, and longer if the sales are slow.  So, you have to tell others that your book is out there or how the heck are they going to know?

Thanks for coming by today, Maddie, as always, it's so fun to have you on my blog. I know readers are going to love Second Time Lucky.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hot summer sale

Hi Folks! I hope your all having a wonderful Humpday and to make it just a little sweeter, 'The Immortal's Bite' is on sale this month at all major e-book retailers. 

Wait! Hang on a minute here Mel. This is a published book and not a 'wip'. 

I know that Yellow, but it's on sale right now and I need to let folks know. Sheesh! 

Well, I hope you have a good excerpt picked out. 

I do, and readers are going to love it. But first let's offer up the blurb. 

Blurb for The Immortal's Bite: 

On a drive to Springfield, Cassandra Dare loses control of her car on icy roads and ends up in a cornfield in Kansas. Hurt and disoriented after the crash, she makes her way to a run-down farmhouse. Finding the door unlocked but no one at home, she takes shelter inside and falls asleep, only to be awakened by the pale but incredibly handsome Gregorie Darnsworth.

Gregorie is immediately attracted to Cassandra and sees in her a strong resemblance to his late wife, so he encourages her to at least put something in her belly before going back out into the cold. In short order, the drug he mixes into the warm broth she drinks begins to work and she loses consciousness.

When Cassy awakens, she learns that Gregorie was once a doctor and has been caring for her injuries, but she laughs at him when he claims to be a vampire… until he transports her from his house to her home in the blink of an eye. She is shaken but intrigued—and drawn to his deep, silky voice, hard body, and old-fashioned ways—so she invites Gregorie back the following evening.

Cassy has been waiting for a dominant man who will pay no heed to the demons of her past and simply take her, and Gregorie does just that, showing her it is safe to let a man touch her again and then satisfying her in a masterful way unlike anything she has felt before, bringing her body to the highest peaks of pleasure again and again. Their passion for one another grows quickly, but can a vampire—and all of the darkness that is part of him—really be the man of her dreams, or will she ultimately have to face a life without Gregorie?

Publisher’s Note: The Immortal’s Bite is an erotic romance novel that contains spankings, graphic sexual scenes, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

And now the excerpt, enjoy! 

“Aren’t you going to come in?” he called, running his hand through the water as a streak of blue lit up in its wake. “Watch this,” he said, splashing. Little blue stars danced above his head and then fell like rain.

This was the most beautiful place on earth, and here she was standing on the shore, clutching her sarong because she didn’t trust herself.

“I’ll be a perfect gentleman. I promise.” But there was deviousness in his voice that said otherwise.
She untied her sarong, letting the soft material fall away from her naked body. Sexy, naked vampire or not, she couldn’t resist the urge to swim in this amazing phenomenon. Tossing her wrap behind her, she walked into the water. It was so warm. With every step she took, the dancing blue plankton came alive around her.
A devilish smile spread across Gregorie’s face as he moved toward her, closing the gap between them. She was a little more than waist deep in the sparkling sea of stars when his arms wrapped around her waist.

“You are so beautiful.” His words were like dark, smooth chocolate. His eyes danced over her breasts as she brought her hands up, placing them on his shoulders.

“And you’re—” She felt his cock brush against her, sending a streak of lightning straight to her clit. “Hey!” she said, slapping his shoulder. She took a couple of steps back, putting some distance between them. “You promised to be a gentleman.” Without waiting for his reaction, she dove under the water and started to swim away from him. She knew he was going to follow her, but she hadn’t anticipated the speed at which he caught up with her. Before she came to the surface, she felt his hand on the back of her leg, then over the plump globes of her ass before snagging her around the waist and pulling her into him. She wiped the water and hair from her face as they surfaced, her toes barely able to touch the soft sandy bottom while his long arms encircled her waist.

“What did I say about hitting?”

His hair stuck to the sides of his face as little droplets of water fell from the thick strands and ran down to the edge of his smooth firm jaw. How could she think about anything when those gorgeous wet lips were only inches away from her, not to mention the feel of his growing arousal pressed between them? He hadn’t felt that large through his pants. She stifled a groan as images of him inside her flickered to life. He was already so close, just a little lower and… it was inevitable the moment she got in the water—she needed him to make love to her.

“Kiss me,” she whispered, putting her arms around his neck.

Her toes lifted from the sand as his hands cupped her bottom. Instinctively, she wrapped her slender legs around his waist as their lips touched. He groaned as she opened her mouth for him. The irresistible taste of his darting tongue filled the inside of her mouth and she moaned, feeling his cock pulse against her in response.
“Gregorie.” She pulled from the kiss, putting her hands on his biceps and leaned back so she could look into his dark dazzling eyes. It was time to trust her heart again, even though a tiny part of her mind was still saying no. “Take me—For real this time.” Her voice was breathy and her heart felt like it was beating out of her chest. “I need you… inside me.”

His hand slid farther up her back, cradling the back of her head as he pulled her back to his mouth. “You don’t know what you’re saying,” he mumbled into her mouth, his voice husky.

She felt his firm hands squeezing her cheeks, which compelled her to rock her hips forward. His long shaft pressed firmly into her folds and throbbed against her swollen clit. “Yes, I do,” she whined. To prove it, she wiggled her hips, trying to readjust herself, positioning his cock at the entrance of what made her a woman.

“No!” he growled next to her ear. Both of his large, strong hands clamped around her hips, restricting her movements.

“Please?” she begged as he started walking closer to the shore with her wrapped tightly around him. Neon stars danced around his legs the closer to shore he took them. When he didn’t answer, she began to plant soft kisses along his neck, feeling his shaft throb between her thighs. “Fuck me,” she said low and soft next to his ear, and then ran her tongue down his neck.

He groaned, sinking to his knees. “You won’t like the consequences,” he whispered, encouraging her to unwrap her legs from his torso.

“I trust you,” she whispered back. Her knees settled into the warm wet sand as she put her hands on his shoulders. She looked down between them, seeing his erection for the first time. She swallowed hard—he was big. Her pussy clenched as she thought about being impaled by something so large, especially since it had been so long. The thought of it being slightly painful caused her clit to throb.
That wasn’t going to be the only thing he would impale her with. It both thrilled and scared her to think about his fangs sinking into her flesh. That part didn’t bother her as much as knowing he would always carry a part of her with him, knowing where she was anytime he liked, but she couldn’t dwell on that right now.
All she wanted to think about was their bodies entwined, his cock seated deep inside her, watching his enjoyment while they pleasured each other. And seeing him finally lose control and give way to the vampire inside of him. His vampire blood would boil in his body until he could no longer will it back, and then he would claim her… savagely!

Thank you all for visiting my blog today, I hope you enjoyed the expert and if you want more, you can get the full story on sale at Amazon  Barns and Noble All Romance and Kobo.
For more exciting scenes please visit a few of the other participating authors this week and enjoy your day.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Freebie and more with Adaline Raine

This book is free until June 10th

Hi Everyone. I'm really excited to have Adaline Rain here with me today. Her thrilling paranormal Marked By The Alpha is free on amazon until Wednesday. Yup, you read correctly, FREE. Click the link and grab your copy today and get prepared for the thrilling sequel, Rule Of The Pack! also available now on amazon. 

Blurb for Marked by the Alpha: 

Dani had always been a lone wolf and she had no desire to join a pack, but that didn’t matter to a true alpha wolf like Mason Daniels. When he finds out that human hunters have been threatening Dani, he puts his mark on her.

Unfortunately, the hunters are foolish enough to disregard his mark, and Dani is captured. After Mason and his pack rescue her from certain death, Dani is given no choice about joining Mason’s pack for her own protection. She soon learns that Mason is fully prepared to spank her bare bottom as often as is necessary to teach her to respect and obey him.

With more hunters closing in and the pack under threat, Mason begins to realize that he must claim Dani as his mate for life—whether she likes it or not—before his need for her drives him mad. At the same time, she is forced to learn her role in the pack and come to terms with her instinctual need to submit to Mason as her alpha and her mate.

Publisher’s Note: Marked by the Alpha is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

Now lets see what Adaline has for us with her thrilling sequel.
Hi Melody, thanks for having me over. I'm super excited to be sharing a snippet from my sequel, The Rules Of The Pack, now available on amazon. 

In this scene Alisha has gone over to where the pack lives, and asked if she can properly apologize to Phil for being rude when he attempted to take her to dinner and she refused. They feel an incredible pull towards one another, but wolf/human relationships have their own set of learning pains.

“No more talking.” Phil growled under his breath, more so to collect his thoughts than to prevent her from speaking.

He started up again and quickly found a steady rhythm as he smacked her beautiful mocha cheeks. They were now blushing a lovely shade of pink that he stopped to admire before continuing the lesson. She whimpered with every spank until her breath caught and he heard her choke back a sob.

He carefully eased her panties back into place, then turned her over and pulled her up against his chest. She looped her arms around his neck and pressed her head against him.

“I’ve had some things on my mind too.”

“Like what?” Alisha’s reply was muffled by his shirt.

Phil nuzzled the side of her head until she looked up at him. “Things.” He couldn’t think about anything else other than Alisha, such a tiny little thing, while she stared up at him expectantly.

She shifted slightly so she could see his whole face. “Have you been thinking about me?”

If she knew he had literally been thinking of her since the night they’d met, she would probably get all high and mighty. No, it wasn’t fair to assume that of her. He studied her for a moment without speaking. How the hell do I get out of this one?

“Maybe.” He kept his real feelings away from almost everyone that such a direct question left him speechless.

Alisha pressed her lips to his, hesitantly at first, and then she deepened the kiss when he responded in kind.

Blurb for Rule Of The Pack:

Alisha Knight is a down-to-earth woman who just so happens to have her sights set on the beta of a large werewolf pack. But despite the way her body reacts to his powerful presence, bitter experience has shown her that a wolf pack is no place for a human girl.

As his alpha’s trusted second-in-command, Phil McKenna takes his responsibilities seriously, even when that means taking disobedient females over his knee for an attitude adjustment. Though he is smitten with Alisha, the feisty little human friend of his alpha’s mate, humans and wolves don’t usually mix well and her presence could easily put both her and the pack in danger.

Yet try as he might, Phil can’t keep his hands off Alisha. His fearsome urge to mark her, claim her, and dominate her completely is only increased when her defiant attitude earns her a hard, bare-bottom spanking. But when the pack is attacked by a cunning, vicious enemy and Alisha’s life is put in grave peril, Phil must decide if he is ready to cast aside caution and take her as his mate.

Publisher’s Note: Rules of the Pack is the sequel to Marked by the Alpha. It is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

Whew! Hot snippet and very inciting blurb, Adaline. Thank you so much for coming over and sharing that. If you'd like to read more hot snippets visit Adaline's blog here.

Thanks for having me Melody, I hope you and all the wonderful readers of your blog will enjoy the free read along with its hot new sequel.