06 March 2015

Welcome special guest: author Beth D. Carter w. 'When Lightning Strikes' @BethDCarter @evernightpub #timetravel #romance

Today I'm excited to announce that I have Beth D. Carter visiting. Why am I excited? Because my awesome friend and fellow author will be telling us about her newest story, When Lightning Strikes! I had one of the first looks at the story after she finished writing it, and I loved it. This story made me want to travel through time, re-watch one of my favorite time travel movies, and in a way, inspired my next Raritan Manor Ranch series book that I'm currently working on. If you like romances, especially time travels, pick up When Lightning Strikes. This is a gem of a story that won't disappoint. :)

So, Beth D. Carter, tell us a bit about yourself. Also, what inspired you to become a writer?
* Hello! Thank you so much for having me on your site today! I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate highrollers. I try to write characters who aren't cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love. I love to hear from readers so I’ve made it really easy to find me on the web. You can find the social media links later on in the post.
* As for the inspiration... My mother’s Harlequin Presents novels, particularly those written by Carole Mortimer, shaped my writing career. They were so emotional and heartfelt that I was sucked into each story. I wanted to write stories like that.

When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?
* The first book I ever wrote was when I was about twelve. I wrote it longhand in a spiral note book, and each chapter was ten pages long. The heroine’s name was Amanda, and she was the daughter of a madam in the Old West, and the hero thought she was a prostitute working there. Deep stuff for a twelve year old, huh? LOL! I think I got frustrated with it and threw it away, much to my mortification now.

How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
* Two. One story is over 600 pages and took me two years to write. Sadly, that story will probably never see the light of day unless I can afford an editor and self pub that epic masterpiece.

What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
* Good question! Best: READ READ READ. Learn how to write by reading.
* Worst: Changing a story plot because the publisher didn’t like it.

The book you’re promoting, is it a stand-alone story or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, please list the order the books need to be read in for maximum reading enjoyment.
* When Lightning Strikes is a stand alone story, although I do have more ideas for “coma” induced paranormal events.

What sparked the idea for the story?
* I love time travel and I thought how interesting it would be for someone in the past to come to the future (our time).

Do you have anything else you'd like to share about the story?
* When Lightning Strikes has been one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written (so far!). It’s a time travel where the heroine comes forward to our time from 1794. I did a lot of research for this story, as well as paying tribute to some of my own ancestors.
* The heroine’s name is Henrietta Lydia Knapp and Knapp is a family name with a long history. My sixth great-grandmother, Lydia Knapp, had a prestigious family tree, linked back to Katherine Cromwell, the Tudor line, and Charles VI (the Mad King of France), whose own lineage was deeply engraved on England and France’s bloody history. Lydia Knapp’s grandfather came to Massachusetts in the 1600’s, making him one of the first people to settle the untamed new world. Genealogy is truly amazing and humbling at the same time.
* It was so interesting researching certain facts from Colonial America. One of the most interesting was The Flowing Hair dollar mentioned in When Lightning Strikes. It was designed by Robert Scot and on January 24, 2013, a specimen striking from the 1794 production sold for $10,016,875, the highest price ever paid for a coin. Wouldn’t that be a true pleasure to find in the attic!

*** Now for some fun info… ***
Would you/have you own(ed) a snake or some other exotic pet?
* Yes, if I really wanted a pet. But I have a kid and a dog that gets on my nerves, so I probably wouldn’t right now.

Which do you prefer: rain or sun & warm weather or cold weather?
* I prefer either rain or sun and warm. That would be a big HELL NO to cold.

If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be and why?
* The mom in me says anywhere my son is. The sci-fi geek in me says the Tardis.

If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?
* 1. a lifetime supply of chapstick; 2. a satellite phone; 3. a generator for electricity; 4. my laptop; 5. my tablet

* Thank you! This was a very fun interview!!!
*** About Beth D. Carter’s book… ***
~ Blurb ~
* Micah John drifts through life relying on his ability to count cards in the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. One bad turn has him owing a hundred thousand to an unscrupulous loan shark, with only a week to come up with the cash. He doesn’t have time for much of anything, except working and worrying.
* He sure the hell doesn’t have time for a woman claiming to be from 1794.
* Henrietta Knapp is trying to wrap her brain around the fact that she’s out of her time. A bolt of lightning has brought her more than two hundred twenty years forward. Why? She doesn’t know. Not until Micah John appears.
* As mistrust and fear drain away, Micah John and Etta find a love that outshines the bad and the ugly. But will they be given the chance to hold onto a happy ever after, or will the lightning strike again?
~ Excerpt ~
* He stopped in front of a popular clothing store. Mannequins modeled cute little outfits and Micah John looked expectantly at her.
* “What do you think?”
* She looked from him to the window and back again. “What do I think about what?”
* “The clothes.” He liked the Capri pants and thought they would nicely show off her cute ass. Of course, he would never tell her that.
* Her mouth dropped open a little. “You said my brain couldn’t wrap about the facts of technology, but truthfully I can’t understand how women can wear so little.”
* He laughed. “This is nothing. You should go to The French Riviera where you can to go topless on some of the beaches.”
* “You’re lying,” she accused.
* Micah John shook his head and held up his right hand. “Scout’s honor.”
* “Oh, my,” she said and looked back at the clothes being modeled. “Robert Burton wrote in his book The Anatomy of Melancholy, ‘When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done, puritans with puritans, papists with papists’.”
* “Right,” he said. “We’ve shorted it to when in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
* “I suppose that is a more succinct way of saying it.”
* She looked around at all the women passing by. Shorts, miniskirts and tank tops, all exposing more skin that she’d probably ever seen. He almost felt sorry for her. “I’ve come out in public in just my dress, sans petticoats. I suppose I can acclimate to being a Twenty-first century woman.”
* “Atta girl.”
* He pulled her into the store.
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Thank you for joining us here today, Beth D. Carter! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.

04 March 2015

A Look At Victoria Vale & 'Masquerade' @eroticabyvicki @LoveBitesSilk #erotic #regency

Masquerade by Victoria Vale
Genre: Erotic, Historical Romance, Regency
A look into the story

* Margaret Seymour is bored by the stifling constraints of society dictating her behavior as a debutante in search of a husband. Her prospects are promising by the standards of London society, yet, not one of them causes her heart to flutter, or her head to fill with scintillating, forbidden fantasies. Those feelings are reserved for Camden Rycroft, Duke of Avonleah—a man who isn’t even aware of her existence.
* While attending a scandalous Vauxhall Gardens masquerade, Margaret finds herself in the duke’s arms. His promise of a night of pleasure is tempting, but is it worth it when Avonleah is a known rake notorious for his short attention span and avoidance of marriage?
* Camden Rycroft is intrigued by the masked vixen he encounters in the Gardens. After one night with her leaves him hungry for more, his desire for her turns into a fiery obsession. Despite the scandal that could ensue from their affair, he finds himself unable to extract himself from a situation destined to end in pain. When faced with losing Margaret to a potential husband, will he rise to the occasion, or risk living without her?
* “You must know how many hearts you’ve stolen just by walking into a room. Many a night, I have watched you take a lady into your arms to waltz with her and wished I could be her. To be so close to you, moving together … to know your scent and your touch …” She paused, realizing she’d said far too much.
* Camden circled behind her, placing his hands upon her shoulders. His lips brushed the back of her neck and she shivered.
* “I cannot deny knowing you have watched me from afar all this time does not bring me pleasure, Maggie,” he murmured, his lips tracing a path toward her ear. “When you watched me with those women, did you wonder if there was more to our association than a simple waltz would suggest?”
* She nodded in response, unable to speak when he nibbled on her neck, teasing the most deliciously sensitive spot just beneath her ear.
* “You wondered if any of them would accompany me home, didn’t you? You thought about what I did to them.”
* She groaned as he took the shell of her ear between his teeth.
* “Yes,” she sighed. “I did.”
* “How did you feel when you thought about it—when you imagined all the wicked things I did to those other ladies?”
* His hands worked at the buttons running down her back, sliding them loose one by one, opening her gown.
* “Jealous,” she admitted.
* He gripped the sleeves of her gown and pulled, lowering it to the floor to pool around her feet. His hands took her waist and he pulled her against him, his lips trailing along her shoulder.
* “Did you fantasize about me, Maggie? Did you wonder what it would be like to be one of them?”
* “I did,” she said, her voice low and husky. “At night, alone in my bed, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine what it was like to be with you.”
* “Oh, Maggie,” he said, his voice tinged with amusement and mock horror. “Never say you were ever so naughty.”
* She giggled, bit her lower lip, and leaned back against him, resting her head on his chest. “I was.”
* “You touched yourself when you thought about me, didn’t you?” One of his hands slid across her stomach, lowering slowly toward the apex of her thighs. “Did you pleasure yourself to fantasies of me?”
* He cupped her mons, his fingers massaging gently and drawing moisture from her core.
* “Yes,” she gasped, her voice strained as he continued to tease her. “Yes, I did.”
* “Show me,” he whispered, removing his hand.
* She groaned in agitation, wishing for his touch again. Yet, he seemed to be waiting for her to fulfill his command.
* “Show me how you pleasured yourself, Maggie,” he said, his voice a bit rougher this time—a demand she dared not refuse. Not if she wished for more of the pleasure he could give her.

* Victoria Vale has written over two dozens Romance and Young Adult novels under various pseudonyms. As a lover of erotic romance, she enjoys nothing more than a sexy hero paired with a sassy heroine, flavored with a dash of spice and lots of heat. A wife and mother of three, she enjoys reading (of course), cooking, sewing … and other activities that aren’t appropriate for inclusion in a biography.
* Sexy heroes ... sassy heroines ... electrifying erotic romance.
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Thank you for joining us here today, Victoria Vale! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

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02 March 2015

A Look At London Saint James & 'Dark Tales Diaries' @LSJRomance @LoveBitesSilk #BDSM #shortstories

Title: Dark Tales Diaries: Volume One
Written by +London Saint James
Listening time: 1 hr. 23 min. 20 secs.
Narrated by John Thrust

Title: Dark Tales Diaries: Volume Two
Written by +London Saint James
Listening time: 1 hr. 41 min. 55 secs.
Narrated by John Thrust

About the Narrator ~ John Thrust
The path that lead me to record erotic literature would make a pretty good story in itself. I may write it someday. It involves a cyber-relationship with a virginal gal whose secret goal in life was to become a full time sex slave. True Story. Her family would have NEVER guessed! I’d been recording regular “vanilla” type books prior to that, as a hobby, with an eye toward becoming a “real” voice actor. This gal pointed me to a specific book and in so doing introduced me to the world of BDSM literature (this, by the way, was right BEFORE “50 Shades of Grey” broke huge). Rather than just read the book, I recorded it. I shared it with her and with some other gals I’d met online. The response was startling to me. For the sake of modesty, I’ll spare the specific accolades. The one book led to the recording of another and then others. The feedback continued to be really, REALLY positive. So much so, that it occurred to me that this ‘erotic genre’ may be a niche I should pursue. So here I am pursuing it. I still record other books as well… but these books are the most fun *sly grin*. My background started in radio in college. I toyed with theater, did some plays - even did a short stint in Chicago’s famed Second City training program. LIFE intervened however and I got ‘a real job’ supporting computer networks in Chicago. Eventually that career ran its course and I decided it was time to do what I really WANTED to do – Voice Act. I enjoy it and I hope to help you enjoy your listening experience too.
– John
Top Ten Things People Have to Say about Dark Tales Diaries
1. “The narrator has one of those voices that make you take notice, continue to listen, and make you want to swoon.”
2. “I loved reading these books but I think I'm in love with listening to them. The man you have as a narrator is totally one of the greatest voices I've heard on audiobooks.”
3. “I'm glad I listened to the audible version because it added to the overall erotic theme. The narrator was made for this genre and absolutely makes all the voices in the story sexy and fun to listen to. If you don't hear the audio you're missing out!”
4. “The concept of this book is unique and made up of a set of short stories. I was blown away by this audiobook actually and by the way the author writes a beautiful yet sexy tale about one man on a quest to find his lost love within the pages of people stories written to his publishing company. We get a glimpse of him, and then hear each story submission to Dear Dark Tales…”
5. “Dark Tale Diaries 2 is hotter than the first!”
6. “Dark Tales Diaries 2 follows the same principles as the first book, a glimpse into the life of Tristan and then the letters which have been submitted to his publishing company. I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. The author continues with Tristan’s quest to find Keira and then the hot tales of three submissions are read. And I do mean hot!”
7. “I felt as though I had a complete voyeuristic moment while reading these smoking stories.”
8. “I’m hoping we have book 3 soon.”
9. “Ms. Saint James knows how to bring the heat!”
10. “Whoa, baby. This is an anthology with 3 great BDSM stories with a back story you want more of, and I want more. What an original idea from Ms. St. James. Keep them coming.”
Blurb for Dark Tales Diaries: Volume One
* For years, Tristan Blackthorn has toiled to find his lost love. He finally decides to use Blackthorn Printing, along with his newly created Dark Tales Diaries, as a way to find her. Will her story be one of the three tales in Volume One?
* Mistress Guinevere’s calling card is her Red Stilettos. She specializes in a particular fetish and always maintains her control, until a man from her past returns to test her will.
* A recently divorced woman experiences the effects of empty nest syndrome after her twins head off to college. With the clock ticking away, she decides it’s far past time to seek out something that has always eluded her. Will she find what she’s looking for with The Leather’s Edge?
* And a bored computer programmer learns what it’s like to feel sexual freedom after being bound by a Master in Safe Word.
* Be Warned: Bondage, anal sex, sex toys, fetish
* Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, BDSM, Short Stories, Series
Blurb for Dark Tales Diaries: Volume Two
* Blackthorn Printing made a splash in the publishing world with the introduction of Dark Tales Diaries, yet despite his efforts, Tristan Blackthorn isn’t any closer to finding the woman he seeks. Unwilling to give up on his lost love, his search for Keira continues in Volume Two.
* A voyeuristic moment leads an astronomy professor and his assistant to a steamy endeavor on The Observation Deck.
* An invitation for cocktails has the reclusive woman who lives in 204-B pondering why the handsome, wealthy owner of her building would invite her to anything. Does she have enough guts to go to The Top Floor?
* And a Maestro strikes the right cord with a young and talented cellist who is trying to find her passion.
* Be Warned: BDSM, anal sex, public exhibition, voyeurism, sex toys, spanking
* Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, BDSM, Short Stories, Series
Dark Tales Diaries Vol 1
Dark Tales Diaries Vol 2

* London Saint James has lived in many places, but never felt “at home” until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.
* As an award-winning, bestselling, multi-published author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.
Find London Saint James here...
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | TSU | Google+ | Goodreads | You can also e-mail London with any questions or comments at London@londonsaintjames.com. She loves to hear from her readers. Would you like to know more? Join her mailing list for her monthly Newsletter. Or, join her book group on Facebook, Slip Between the Pages with London

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Thank you for joining us here today, London Saint James! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.
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