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Valentine’s Week Giveaway – Tuesday: The Biker

Giveaway Info: Each day we’ll have a different ‘kind’ of book boyfriend. And each of those days, thanks to the most generous authors, we’ll have paperbacks, e-copies and swag, up for grabs! More info here.

And now for today….

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Bikers… where do I begin? They talk dirty, they live dangerously, they love possessively… and even though they’re so badass, they find the women who can tame them :)

So I dedicate today to our favorite book bikers… We have:

  • Tack
  • Ruger
  • Casper + Matthias
  • Dragon
  • Isaac
  • Dex

That makes it 6 lucky winners!

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Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. And he lets Tyra know that in his motorcycle man way. Tyra fights for her job and wins it using sass and a technicality. Tack challenges her that if she hits his bed one more time, she loses her job.

*Motorcycle Man is a stand-alone novel. The paperback is not signed and is open US/Canada only.

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reapersLiving with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for her son, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.

*Reaper’s Legacy is a stand-alone novel. The signed paperback is open US only.

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defianceRebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

*Defiance can be read as a stand-alone novel. The winner will however also get book #2, Redemption! Kindle copies only.

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When Brenna decided to leave the only life she’d ever known, she never thought she’d ever be back. Now, five years later she’s running from her clean cut husband straight back to the motorcycle club that raised her… and the man she left behind. She left with a secret, and as soon as she returns the truth will break her carefully constructed life wide open.

*Craving Constellations is a stand-alone novel. Kindle copy only.

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move the sunLilli Accardo moves to the dying town of Signal Bend, Missouri, where the citizens have made a devil’s bargain to stay afloat. Lilli quickly garners the attention of the whole town, particularly Isaac Lunden, President of the Night Horde Motorcycle Club and de facto protector of the town and its citizens.

*Move the Sun is book #1 in a series. Kindle copy only.

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He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widow, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad.

*Under Locke is a stand-alone novel. Kindle copy only.

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Valentine’s Week Giveaway – Monday: The Professor/Teacher

Giveaway Info: Each day we’ll have a different ‘kind’ of book boyfriend. And each of those days, thanks to the most generous authors, we’ll have paperbacks, e-copies and swag, up for grabs! More info here.

And now for today….

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I love teacher/student romances. The illicit nature of them, the fight between what the heart wants and what society expects… the angst of it all… plus who can resist an intelligent man?

So I dedicate today to our favorite book professors and teachers… four very different ones at that! We have:

  • Professor Gabriel Emerson – a Dante Specialist
  • Professor Dean West – a Medieval History Scholar
  • Mark Connelly – a Calculus Teacher
  • Darcy Wilson – a History Teacher

Four lucky winners get one each – in the form of a signed paperback!!!

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An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption… This is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible… forgiveness and love.

*Gabriel’s Redemption is Book #3 in the Gabriel’s Inferno Series. The signed paperback is open internationally.

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Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv’s inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure.

*Arouse is the 1st book in the Spiral of Bliss series. The signed paperback is open internationally.

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Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake… But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her Calculus teacher. She falls hard for him. She can’t help it. She doesn’t expect him to reciprocate her feelings. But he does.  And that’s when her life goes from bad to good.

* Good is the 1st book in a two part series. The signed paperback is open US only.

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This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.

* A Different Blue is a stand-alone novel. The signed paperback is open internationally.

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* Don’t forget to check the Jessy’s Book Club Facebook page today, I’ll be posting more on these books!

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Giveaway – Twist Me by Anna Zaires!!!

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I’m a huge fan of Dark Erotica and I’m always out to discover new books in this genre… which is how I came across Anna Zaires’ upcoming book Twist Me.

***Blurb***

Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.

I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.

Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful – a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him – a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.

My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.

*** Click here to read my review ***

It goes live on February 11, BUT, one lucky reader will get a chance to read it before release day!

Just click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter! Good luck!

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WARNING: This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content. This is a work of fiction intended for a mature, 18+ audience only. The author neither endorses nor condones this type of behavior.

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Giveaway – Driven by K. Bromberg!!!

I’m excited to introduce you to Colton Donavan! That is, if you still haven’t met him yet ;)

“I bet he fucks like he drives— a little reckless, pushing all the limits, and in it until the very last lap.”

This Erotic Romance series has taken amazon by storm and one lucky person will get a signed paperback of the first book!!!

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Also, yes, it’s open internationally!

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Giveaway!!!

Katy is giving away:

  • An iPad mini
  • 25 autographed copies of Mine
  • 20 autographed mini boxing gloves

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One lucky winner will get all three books in digital (e-copy) form… and one other lucky winner will get all three signed paperbacks from Lisa herself!

Enter to win all 3 signed paperbacks by clicking on a Rafflecopter giveaway! Good luck!

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Check out the other series up for grabs in the coming weeks! – https://jessysbookclub.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/giveaway-favorite-series-book-giveaway/

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One lucky winner will get a red Inside Out bag and a paperback copy of Infinite Possibilities! Just click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter! Good luck!

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Giveaway- The Manhattanites Series – Avery Aster

Posted on August 23, 2013

GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter in The Manhattanites Rafflecopter prize contest (must sign up for Avery’s newsletter and will only be notified about upcoming releases) and win

    • First prize: a $200.00 American Express gift card.
    • Second prize: your name in Avery Aster’s upcoming novel; Unsaid (#3 The Manhattanites) scheduled to release fall/winter
    • Third prize: ebook of Unscrupulous & Undressed
    • Fourth prize: ebook of Unscrupulous
    • Fifth prize: ebook of Undressed

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Giveaway – Beyond Pain (Beyond #3) – Kit Rocha

Posted on August 22, 2013

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One Kindle copy of Beyond Pain is up for grabs! The book will be gifted to the winner on release day. Just click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter! Good luck!

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Blog Tour: Bonus Scene + Giveaway – Beg (Songs of Submission #1) – CD Reiss

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I am soooo excited to be on the Beg blog tour! I just can’t stop talking about the Songs of Submission series!

And for my reviews:

Beg (Songs of Submission Book #1)

Tease (Songs of Submission Book #2)

Submit (Songs of Submission Book #3)

Control, (Songs of Submission Book #4)

Burn, (Songs of Submission Book #5)

Resist (Songs of Submission Book #6)

Beg is written in Monica’s POV and today we have a special treat… Jonathan’s POV! Warning… extra extra steamy (+18 only!) And that’s not all, we have a HUGE giveaway – amazon giftcards and e-books = a total of 10 winners! Read on :)

Bonus Scene – Jonathan’s POV

She stared up at me with my dick at her cheek, smiling. I propped my hand under my head so I could watch her. She licked me with the flattest part of her tongue. When she got to the top, she slid the entire length of it down her throat. It felt endless.

She took my breath away.

“Where did you learn to do that?” I asked.

“Los Angeles High School of Performing Arts,” she said. “They taught me how to open my throat to sing. Then Kevin Wainwright taught me how to put his dick down it.”

She was perfectly within her rights to mention another man in passing. We were in the middle of exactly nothing. Our encounter would be forgotten in a week or a month. Yet, I didn’t care for it. Not at all.

“I’d like to thank LA Unified and Kevin Whatever for this moment.” I said.

A little laugh escaped her lips. “I like you, Jonathan.”

Lots of women had told me lots of things over the years, and many of them meant it so ardently I had to walk out of the room before they mistook another ounce of physical contact as agreement. But no other woman had made something so simple and non-committal sound so sincere.

“Feeling’s mutual Monica,” I replied with the same sincerity. I did like her. She was fun and smart, two traits that rarely kept company with beauty. “Put your hands behind your back.”

She did it without comment or complaint, and when I pushed her head slowly down onto my cock, she moved with me. Perfect. I gathered her hair in my fist and moved her. She gave me control like she was returning my wallet with the money still in it; as if it had always been mine.

I wanted to taste her, and did. I licked her. Then I fucked her slowly, then quickly, then slowly again. She was so easy to read, with her shuddering cunt and articulations melting into throaty gasps. I pulled her away, until she begged me for release, then I took her halfway, watching her lose herself in pleasure.

“Please,” she gasped. “I need to come.”

“No, you don’t.”

“May I? Please?”

I wanted to watch her fall apart, break into pleading. A few more strokes and I’d have her. I never in my life wanted a woman to shudder under the intensity of pleasure more than this one. And if she begged with the same words she’d used the first time, all the better.

“Jonathan,” she said. “Please let me come. I can’t…I’m going to lose it.  Please do it so I come.”

“Do what?”

“Fuck me hard. Please. I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll suck anywhere you want. I’ll be yours. It’s all I have, but please fuck me so I come.”

Her sincerity, her realness, the depth of her pleading could not be denied.

“Come then.”

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I went faster and harder. She clenched around me, arching, crying out. I bit her neck. I wouldn’t normally play with pain the first time, but I had to hurt her. I had to break the velvet texture of her pleasure. It was a craving, like running across the smooth sand of the beach just to put your footprints on it, or getting the first knife mark into the jar of peanut butter, breaking the flawless swirl with a slash. But never the first time. Unless I was dealing with a trained sub, I always waited until the second time to introduce a little pain. I didn’t seem to be able to wait with this one.

I thought she’d push me off, or squeal, but she groaned and pushed herself toward me. A beautiful, smart, funny, masochist.

Almost immediately, I started thinking of ways to see her more than three times while keeping my heart open for Jessica.

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I woke to the sound of the water pipes humming. The house had been expensive, but it was still old, and even new pipes didn’t keep a whoosh from being heard in the bedroom whenever a faucet was turned. I can’t say I minded knowing what was going on in another corner of the house.

I found her at the kitchen sink, back to me, hair slung over one shoulder so I could see her neck and the little red mark where I’d bitten her. It would be gone by noon, but I wanted to make more, to stamp my feet in new snow, and feel her buckle under my teeth. I offered her breakfast to get her to stay, but my mind was on that neck and the curve of it.

“How about another go?” I asked. It would count for the first time, and I could see her twice more without her getting attached. As a matter of fact, if I could get her to stay the morning, it would still count for the first time.

“The sun is up,” she teased. I slipped the dress’s zipper down. “You need to beg again. You’re good at it.” I kissed her back, sliding the dress off her shoulders, feeling her skin under it.

“Your phone rang,” she said.

“It’s always ringing.”

She threw her head back and her chest out, like a kitten under my touch. I’d have her on the counter, maybe. Or I’d throw her on the floor. Condoms were upstairs. Fuck. I’d have to drag her up there by the hair, or carry her like a gentleman. Whichever made her squirm more.

The phone buzzed.

I did work. I didn’t have to, but I enjoyed building things and not being a waste of life like my sister, Fiona. I cared about what I did. So when the phone buzzed, I glanced at it even though I had an erection pressed against a beautiful young woman’s ass.

Jessica.

“I think I need to take this,” I said, zipping her back up.

“Sure,” she whispered. “My shoes are upstairs.”

I popped the phone from the charger and went outside.

“Good morning,” I said.

“Jon.” Her voice, so collected and in control.

“Is this about the Eclipse show?”

“I need to know if you’re going.”

I sat on the patio couch, rubbing my eyes. I was tired again. Drained.

“You have a career now, Jess. You don’t need me at every event.”

I could hear the pout and look of discontent transmitted over fiber optic cables.

“You know how important this is. You know that you’re seen as a major collector. If you don’t go, it will look like you only supported me because we were married.”

“No, it’ll look like I had other plans.”

“I need you to go.”

“And I need to be left alone, Jessica. I don’t need to spend my time looking at you with Erik.” I was getting pissed thinking about it. “Do you enjoy that it upsets me? Does it get you off?”

“You know it doesn’t.”

“I’m not going. The end. Get your kicks elsewhere.”

I hung up.

That was a first. I’d never told her to fuck off before. It felt kind of good. I’d have to do it again some time. I leaned back in my chair staring out at the pool, the surface still in the late summer heat.

My phone buzzed, and I looked over it. A text.

I’ll tell Erik to stay home

I realized I didn’t want her to acquiesce. Erik pissed me off, but her friends whispering that I liked to fuck like a violent offender were worse.

Which reminded me of the night before.

The singer. One more go.

Yes!

I went inside.

“Monica?” I cursed the size of the house. I heard the rumble of a car starting out front. By the time I got out to the porch, she’d pulled into the street.

We’d have another go when I got back from my trip. I was sure of it.

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About Beg (Songs of Submission #1)

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This novella is the first in a series

My name is Monica. I’m a singer born and raised in Los Angeles.

I’ve stopped dating. When I cut a record, or win a Grammy, maybe then I’ll be with someone, but every man in my past has done everything he could to make me submit myself to him, and it’s gotten in the way of my career. I won’t do it again.

But there’s Jonathan. He owns the high-rise hotel where I work, and he is gorgeous and charming. I refuse to fall in love with him, even though when he asks me to submit to him, I want nothing more.

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GOODREADS LINK – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17258795-beg

BUY LINKS –

Amazon US – Beg (Los Angeles Nights) (Volume 1)

Amazon UK – http://tiny.cc/mkt50w

Kobo – http://tiny.cc/ult50w

Barnes & Noble – http://tiny.cc/6nt50w

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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CD Reiss lives smack in the middle of Los Angeles with her children and husband. She likes to make pretty pictures and write dirty scenes. She eats dark chocolate and chili, together, sometimes with bacon, and doesn’t care what you think about that.

There are a million more things she could tell you about herself besides that, but they’re all too boring to mention in company.

AUTHOR SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS 

Website – http://cdreiss.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CDReiss.writer

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6896405.C_D_Reiss

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CDReisswriter

Pinterst – http://pinterest.com/cdreiss/boards/

GIVEAWAY!!!

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CD Reiss is giving away FIVE $20 Amazon Giftcards and FIVE more people will get to choose one e-copy of either Beg, Tease, Submit, Control or Burn!

10 winners in total and all you have to do is click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter! Good luck!

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Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway – Travis (Alluring Indulgence #3) – Nicole Edwards

Well that was a first! I’ve always been curious of how a polyamourous relationship works and I finally got my answer…. all wrapped up in the sexy package of Travis Walker and Gage Matthews!

If you read the previous books in the Alluring Indulgence series (Kaleb and Zane), then you know how the Walker men roll ;) They LOVE their threesomes and Travis is no different… well, wait… he is. See unlike the rest of the rest of the Walker brothers, Travis is bisexual. And he has his sights on Kaleb’s best friend Gage. Lord these two steamed it up!

… he leaned in closer and brushed his mouth over Gage’s once more. Fuck, he needed to taste him. He wanted to inhale him until neither of them were strong enough to pull away…

But something’s missing. And that something comes in the form of one sexy woman… a blast from the past if you will. Yes, things were more than complicated from the beginning.

“But did you tell her the rest? Did you tell her how you kissed me? Or how about how you led me on, made me want you when you had no intention of following through,”

Ah… Gage… I loved him, loved the vulnerability under all that strength. But yes, things were complicated. I mean, how can they not be when they involve three people, and more than that, these three?! But as complicated as things were… the attraction between the three of them was undeniable.

Again, this was my first foray into an m-m-f relationship. To be honest I wasn’t even sure how to arrange the m-m-f… f-m-m? m-f-m? Does it matter? Not really… and boy was it explosive! But even more than the steam, I was curious how it would work. How two alpha males would co-exist not only in a relationship between the two of them, but with a third person to boot. And guess what? My questions were answered. I loved seeing their struggles… and especially loved how in tune with each other they were.

… everything just seemed to click into place when they were together – as though they were puzzle pieces that connected to one another to complete the whole picture.

We all know that Travis is probably the most closed off of the Walker brothers… and the best thing was seeing him opening up. Opening up about his feelings for Gage, his bisexuality and even most beautiful of all… everyone accepting it and taking it in stride. I did wish life was that simple… that people were that accepting of things outside the norm… Today is Canal Parade for Gay Pride in my city Amsterdam and it just felt fitting that this was the book I read today.

I loved it. And the steam… OFF-THE-CHARTS! Nicole Edwards does not disappoint! Now I’m off to the Parade!

4.5 stars!

Amazon Buy Link –  Travis by Nicole Edwards

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I’d like to thank Colt and Nicole Edwards for providing this copy for my review.

Reading Order – https://jessysbookclub.wordpress.com/nicole-edwards/

GIVEAWAY

You will love this bookers! Nicole Edwards is giving away

  • Four $50.00 Amazon Gift Cards
  • Two signed copies of Travis
  • Two Alluring Indulgence Drink ware sets: 1 AI shot Glass, 1 AI Pint Glass, 1 AI Mini Flask Necklaces!

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And that’s not all! We also have 2 e-copies of Travis to give away!

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Release Day Giveaway! closed

Mark July 30th on you calender bookers! We have three books coming out that I cant wait to share them with you! And what better way than a giveaway? Enter through the rafflecopter links…. good luck!

The first, one of my favorite book of 2013; The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz! I can’t wait to chat about this one once you’ve all read it.. Read my review here.

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The second, the final installment in the Stark Trilogy; Complete Me by J. Kenner! This was definitely my favorite of all 3.. Read my review here.

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The third, book #3 in the Alluring Indulgence series; Travis by Nicole Edwards! I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ve loved the other two in the series, Kaleb and Zane, so I’m dying to get my hands on this one!

Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter!

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NB: Kindly note that these are kindle copies and will be ‘gifted’ to the winners on the day the book goes live on amazon. The winner must be +18 and residing in a country that allows Kindle downloads.

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Impromptu Giveaway!!! – Sharing my Book Boyfriends 🙂 closed

I’m in a sharing mood so I thought why not share with you awesome people?!

I once posted a pic on my Facebook Page and called them my every-day-of-the-week-boyfriends.

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See, I have a favorite Professor, favorite biker, favorite fighter, favorite rocker, favorite cowboy, favorite billionaire – well that’s just a lie… I have many favorite billionaires, and a favorite priest. So I thought, if you haven’t met these favorites of mine, I’m going to introduce them to you… in a giveaway!

So for a chance to win a copy of each book, and each man ;) click on the Rafflecopter links next to each favorite!

Favorite Professor – Dean West – Arouse by Nina Lane -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Favorite Biker – Eric ‘Ripper’ Jacobs – Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Favorite Fighter – Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate – REAL by Katy Evans -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Favorite Rocker – Jake Wethers – The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Favorite Cowboy – Zane Walker – Zane by Nicole Edwards -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

(One of my) Favorite Billionaire – Chris Merit –  If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones ->  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Favorite Priest – Søren – The Original Sinners: The Angel by Tiffany Reisz -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Release Day Giveaway – This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas!!! closed

You all know by now how much I enjoyed This Man and Beneath This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas… well, book #3, This Man Confessed, is going to be released on July 2nd!

To celebrate the release, two kindle copies of This Man Confessed, a signed This Man Trilogy Keepsake book, 5 This Man bookmarks and 5 This Man postcards are up for grabs!!!

All you have to do is click on a Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win!!!

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An excerpt from This Man Confessed (Grand Central Publishing – July 2013)

I’m relishing in the calmness and quiet as I swim length after length, no one joining me, no one venturing in to use the Jacuzzis, and no one coming to relax on a sun lounger. But then I hear movement, and I stop mid-length to see who has arrived. My eyes flick to the entrance of the changing area, and then Jesse emerges, wearing a loose pair of black swimming shorts. I sigh in appreciation, and he blasts me with his smile, before diving straight in, his body stretching out, making minimal noise or splash as he slips below the surface. I float in the middle of the pool and watch the shadow of his tall body approaching me under water until he’s right in front of me, but he remains submerged.

Then I feel his palm wrap around my ankle, and I squeal as I’m yanked under the water, just catching a lungful of air before I disappear, my eyes naturally clenching shut. His lips meet mine, his arms surrounding me, and he rolls us around under the water, our skin slipping all over each other, our tongues dancing wildly.

This is nice, but I’m rubbish at holding my breath, and he must be gasping for air, having been down here a lot longer than me. I pinch him to indicate my depleting breath, and my lungs scream a thank you when we surface, my legs clenching around his waist and my arms around his shoulders. I try to grab a hold of my bearings and attempt to open my eyes, and when I do, I’m greeted by a dirty great big grin. I know he can’t touch the bottom himself, so he must me treading water frantically with my dead weight clinging to him. You would never know it, though. He looks like he’s just floating effortlessly in front of me.

I push his wet hair from his face and match his grin. ‘You closed the pool, didn’t you?’

‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ He shifts me around to his back and starts swimming to the side. ‘It’s never busy at this time of day.’

‘I don’t believe you.’ I rest my chin on his shoulder. ‘You couldn’t stand the thought of me in a bikini and others seeing it. Admit I’m right.’ I’ve got my Lord worked out.

He reaches the edge of the pool and pulls me from his back, pushing me up against the side. ‘I love the thought of you in a bikini.’

‘But for your eyes only?’

‘I’ve told you before, Ava. I don’t share you with anyone or anything, not even their eyes,’ He slides his hands down my sides and onto my thighs. ‘Just for my touch,’ he whispers. It makes me immediately clench my thighs as he leans in and kisses me gently before scanning my face. ‘Just for my eyes.’ His finger slips into the side of my bikini bottoms, and I hold my breath as he strokes me softly. ‘Just for my pleasure, baby. I know you understand me, don’t you?’

‘I do,’ I shift in front of him and drape my arms over his shoulders.

‘Good. Kiss me.’

I dive right in and show my appreciation with a long, hot, passionate kiss that draws a low moan from each of us. His hands shift to my waist, his big palms circling me completely as he holds me tight, and we kiss for the longest time – there in the middle of the pool, just me and him, drowning in each other, consuming each other, loving each other.ands shift to my waist, his big palms circling me completely as he holds me tight, and we kiss for the longest time – there in the middle of the pool, just me and him, drowning in each other, consuming each other, loving each other.

Click on Jodi’s site: http://jodiellenmalpas.co.uk for more info on this amazing trilogy!

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Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway – Bad Things by RK Lilley closed

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I’m so excited to be part of RK Lilley’s blog tour! I absolutely enjoyed Bad Things, the first book in Tristan and Danika’s story (Read my review here.) Today we have an excerpt, and one e-copy of Bad Things up for grabs!

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I let out the breath I’d been holding when I saw Tristan striding back to the car, five minutes later, as promised.

He got back into driver’s seat, hands going to the steering wheel and clenching. I could tell he was upset by the tenseness in his posture, and that grip on the wheel.

When he spoke, his voice was low and hoarse. “Can you tell me why you stayed with him for so long? I met him for five minutes, and there’s no doubt in my mind that you can do better. Worlds better. You’re a smart girl. Why did it take you two years to figure that out?”

I didn’t look away from him, but the answer to that question made me feel delicate. Still, I wanted to give him the real answer, no bullshit. “I guess I didn’t want better. I wanted…just what I could keep. This probably doesn’t make sense to you, since you have a family, but I wanted something like a family.

Even if he wasn’t perfect, I thought he’d stick around. No one’s ever stuck around for me.

“In the back of my mind, I guess I thought that if I aimed really low, things were more likely to last. I just wanted to belong to someone, and for someone to belong to me. It turns out, aiming low only brings you lower.” I took a long, shaky breath. “I’ve learned that lesson a few times. I think it finally stuck this time.”

His hand moved from its death grip on the steering wheel to softly cover mine where it was gripped in my lap. “I’ll always stick around for you, Danika. I mean that. You’re my best friend. No matter what, I’ll always be there for you, if you want me.”

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BAD THINGS

Danika hasn’t had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier.

One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given.

She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise. So why did crazy have to feel so damn fine?

For as long as she could remember, Danika had been focused on the future with single-minded purpose. Tristan came along and taught her everything there was to know about letting go, and living in the present. She fell, hard and deep. Of course, that only made her impact with the ground that much more devastating.

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R.K. Lilley lives in Colorado with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. She is the author of the erotic romance novels In Flight, Mile High, Grounded, and the novella, Lana.

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Excerpt + Giveaway – Songs of Submission Series – CD Reiss closed

By now you all know that this is my newest favorite series :) I’ve said it here and here and everywhere. If you haven’t read this series, the first book, Beg, is still free on amazon! And as if that wasn’t enough, we have a very steamy excerpt for you.. Plus, we have two e-copies of Sequence #1 (includes Beg, Tease and Submit) up for grabs!

Read my review for BegTease and Submit, then read on :) Giveaway details are at the end of the post xx

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I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was supposed to be getting undressed and waiting for him naked, but I couldn’t stand before him in all my nude, diamond-less glory. He’d see the missing jewel at some point, of course, but I’d rather it not be in the first three seconds, with him clothed and me squirming and naked.

So I paced the room, looked out the window at the disputable glories of Downtown, and waited with an anticipation that lacked sex in its tension. When the door clicked open, I wanted to run out, but Jonathan blocked the way.

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He looked me up and down, in my black jeans and T-shirt, then tilted his head as if trying to figure me out. “Something’s not adding up here,” he said, dropping his keycard on the dresser. He didn’t seem angry, just stern. Even when I smiled and shrugged, with a finger in my cheek like a pure innocent, he didn’t crack. He stepped so close to me I felt his breath on my cheek. “Naked, Monica.”

I shuddered. I wanted to obey. My hands twitched for my buttons and snaps, but I held them down and looked into his eyes. There was a smile there, buried under the rigidity. I couldn’t tell if it was humor or enjoyment, but there was pleasure. If I could get him to take my clothes off so fast or messily he didn’t notice, I’d consider this a success.

“Is this the submissive thing?” he asked. “You’re proving you’re not?”

I kept my mouth closed. I couldn’t speak, so I had the perfect excuse not to answer. I just kept my face close to his, feeling the heat come off him in waves.

He brushed his hand across the top edge of my jeans. “Are you taking that belt off, or am I?”

I gave my twitching hands something to do, yanking my leather belt though the loop and snapping it off. I was about to drop it on the floor when he caught it.

“Thank you,” he said.

He slipped his fingers in my waistband, and I gasped as he unbuttoned my jeans, then pulled down the zipper. He folded back the corners of the fly.

“My intention was to get you to use your voice one way or the other. You chose the other.” He took a handful of hair at the back of my neck and threw me on the bed, face down.

I landed with a bounce. He was on me before I had a chance to inhale, straddling me, his knees pressing my thighs together as he grabbed my arms at the elbows.

“Anything that sounds like ‘no’ or ‘stop’ is effective. But you have to say it.” He pulled my elbows together behind my back.

The restriction brought a tingle between my legs, a sensation that started deep in my gut and ran to the very tip of my crotch. When he wrapped the belt around my arms just above the elbows, I gasped from the sudden rush of arousal that nearly blinded me. He pulled it tight. I couldn’t move.

“You have to use your voice. Do you understand?”

I nodded, looking back at him, half my face on the bedspread, the other half covered with a mass of hair. He gripped my jeans at the waistband and yanked them down over my ass, taking my panties with them. I thought he was going to pull them all the way off, but he only got them down to mid-thigh before he stopped to raise my ass up and back until my knees were under me.

He moved the hair from my eyes, looking deeply into them as he brushed his fingers over my vagina. “You’re wet, Monica.” He circled the outside of it, pushing the lips aside.

I felt how wet I was in the way he touched me, moving smoothly. Watching my face, he drew his hand away, and in the half second I missed it, I thought he’d take off his pants or kiss my pussy, but instead, his hand landed on my ass with a hard slap. A hah left my lungs. Then he did it again, higher up. Hard.

The sting was intense, and the rush of arousal was undeniable, like the tide coming in. My arms tensed against their binds, but I wasn’t going anywhere. I was under him completely, confined, aroused, controlled. I had no will of my own, just the enslavement of his palm on my ass as he stroked it once across, down to my cunt, then brought it back up to slap me again.

“You okay, baby?” he asked.

I nodded, admitting to myself that I felt more than okay. I felt safe. He kept at it. Stroke, slap, caress, slap. I lost myself in the sting and heat on my ass, submitted completely to what was happening, what I allowed to happen. The seconds between his palm slapping me and the stinging whacks themselves were hot with anticipation, and he timed them so they came when I didn’t expect, thrusting me forward. My breathing got harsh and guttural as he moved down my thighs, one side, then the other. I knew he was going to hit the center. I knew the next slap was going to cut right into my pussy, and as if he knew I knew, he held it back an extra second, then whacked the backs of my thighs and my soaking clit.

I grunted.

“Monica, was that you?” He was breathless himself.

I couldn’t make the noise again until he slapped my cunt twice, hard and fast, and the sting, then the rush of pleasure pulled one long vowel sound from my throat.

“There it is. That beautiful voice.”

I felt the pressure on the mattress as he took off his pants. I couldn’t see what he was doing, but those seconds of anticipation were rewarded when I felt his cock against the raw skin of my ass. He pushed it down along the slick wetness of my cleft, and it slipped in as if meant to be there.

“Jonathan,” was the only word I had as I felt him glide so slowly into me. He felt better than he ever had, smoother, silken almost, and I groaned, using the vocal cords that never could or would have damaged my life.

He dug his fingers into my waist and pushed himself deep, hard. A grunt left his lips. He took me, owned me, used me, and I was going to come right there with my back to him.

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“No,” I said. “Not like this.”

He stopped and laid himself along the length of my back. “How do you want it?”

“Be sweet,” I whispered.

“I need to hear your voice.”

“Make love to me,” I said, more embarrassed to ask for that than to beg for a hard fuck. But after the spanking, I needed his arms around me, his face in my neck, his breath in my ear.

He undid the belt that held my arms in one motion and turned me around. When I was on my back and my ankles were in the air, he pulled my jeans off the rest of the way. His dick never left me. Once I saw his face, I knew something had just happened between us. The rigidity in his eyes was gone, replaced by a mask of longing, and the openness to reveal it. He kissed me as I wrapped my legs around him. We moved together, and the urgency in my cleft turned into a fire. He put his hands on my cheeks.

“Look at me.”

I took him in, all of him. We slid against each other, his cock rubbing my sensitive, reddened lips while he pressed my clit against his belly.

“Oh.” I had not another syllable.

“Look at me when you come.” He rocked back and forth, drawing his dick out just enough so my sore pussy felt the pain and pleasure of him thrusting back in.

I took his hair in my hands, bringing his face to mine, as I spread my legs as far as they’d go. My pussy became a bag of marbles dropped on the floor, as it opened and the feeling spread all over me, across the floor, and into the corners. Ice-cold and white-hot at the same time, to my toes in undulating waves, I pressed myself against him and screamed as the marbles reversed themselves and landed everywhere his dick touched me. Nowhere else. I couldn’t feel another thing, hear another thing, not even my own cries as I came, my cunt clenching him over and over.

I was looking right at him, but I couldn’t see a thing past my own pleasure or hear him over my own screams.

When I finally opened my eyes, his face had drooped, and his eyes closed, and he said, “Ah, no,” as he jerked into me like a reflex.

I felt close to him, tuned together, breathing in sync. He would tell me what happened when he was sixteen. He’d tell me about Westonwood Acres, and I promised myself I wouldn’t care. We were bound.

Sequence One – Beg, Tease, Submit – Blurbs

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My name is Monica. I’m a singer born and raised in Los Angeles.

I’ve stopped dating. When I cut a record, or win a Grammy, maybe then I’ll be with someone, but every man in my past has done everything he could to make me submit myself to him, and it’s gotten in the way of my career. I won’t do it again.

But there’s Jonathan. He owns the high-rise hotel where I work, and he is gorgeous and charming. I refuse to fall in love with him, even though when he asks me to submit to him, I want nothing more.

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Tease

When Jonathan was gone I couldn’t stop thinking about him, and the first thing he did when he got back was demand more of me. I’m willing to give him my body and my time, but I find myself giving up pieces of my heart.

My career is on track, and even though I can’t write a thing, I can sing. So I’ll go to the art opening with him, because his ex wife will be there. I feel this need to protect him from hurt, though in bed, his domination brings me to my knees.

This man is going to break me into a million little pieces.

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Submit

“You’re mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you. You never had to say a word. You are a natural submissive.”

No. God, no.

My name is Monica, and no matter what Jonathan says, I am not submissive.

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Blog Tour – Giveaway + Deleted Scene from Arouse by Nina Lane! closed

I just can’t get over this book…. One of my favorites ever! Click here to read my review then enjoy the deleted scene :) Oh and don’t forget the giveaway at the end! xx

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“One day I’m going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me,” he said.

And he did.

Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv’s inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure. But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other. And when dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface, the fallout might break them apart forever.

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I had good reason to distrust men, to shy away from them, even sometimes to be afraid of them. Except Dean. Never once did I feel the slightest hesitation about him. Not from the second I looked up and saw him standing on the other side of the counter at the registrar’s office.

Several weeks after I told him about my past, he come over to my apartment to watch a movie—some foreign thing about Cardinal Richelieu that was so slow I started to get sleepy less than halfway through. Dean, who apparently found the movie interesting, was commenting on the depiction of the Huguenots when I fell asleep.

I rarely slept well. A persistent unease filtered through my dreams—not nightmares exactly, but the strange sense that something was wrong, that danger was imminent.

Someone shook me by the shoulder. I startled awake, my heart pounding, uncertain for an instant where I even was.

“Liv?” A second hand closed on my other shoulder.

Dean’s face came into focus in front of me, his eyebrows drawn together with concern. Just the sight of him eased the tightness in my chest, the lingering fear. I knew where I was then. I knew I was safe.

“Liv?”

“W-what happened?”

“You were twisting and turning. Restless, like you were upset.” He pushed my hair away from my face. “You okay?”

“Yeah.” I sat up. “Sorry. I just…sometimes I don’t sleep all that well.”

“Why not?”

“Just…I don’t know.” I pressed my hands against my cheeks, unsure how to explain my broken sleep. “I didn’t sleep well as a kid. Sometimes I still don’t.”

“Bad dreams?”

“Bad memories, I guess. I spent a lot of time trying to sleep on lumpy sofas or living room floors. Never really learned how to get comfortable.”

I pulled my knees to my chest and rested my chin on them. He sat down and tugged the blanket away from me. I took that as the invitation it was and scooted over to tuck myself against him. He smelled like soap, a hint of laundry detergent clinging to his shirt.

He brushed his lips across my forehead. “Happen often?”

I shrugged. “More often than I’d like. I wake up a lot. Can’t settle down easily.”

We sat there for a long time. My heartbeat and breathing eased back to normal. Dean’s body against mine was warm, solid.

I shifted to look at him, drawing my gaze over the sharp planes of his face and jaw, his thick eyelashes. Already he’d become so familiar to me, so comforting. His presence alone made me happy in ways I’d never felt before.

It was all new and different. Uncertain.

“What?” Dean asked.

“I don’t know. I’m just…a little scared.”

“Not of me,” he said.

I almost laughed. “I’m scared of most other men, but you?” I shook my head. “Never.”

“Good.” He slid his hand around to the back of my neck and pulled me closer. He settled his mouth against mine, and that simple touch made my blood warm like honey in the sun.

“So what is it?” he murmured against my lips.

I knew to my bones I could be nothing less than completely honest with him.

“I don’t want this to end,” I whispered.

“Neither do I.” He studied me for a minute, then tucked a lock of my hair behind my ear. “You think it’s going to?”

“Isn’t that the way things work?” I asked. “Don’t good things always end?”

“Not always.” Something dark flashed in his eyes. “I hate whatever made you think like that.”

So did I. And I wasn’t looking for his pity or even his sympathy. It was just the plain truth of my childhood. I’d had good things in my life—my father, decent friends, places that were secure if unconventional—and they’d all gone. I’d even lost touch with friends from high school and college, likely because I’d learned to be distant with people.

Until Dean.

Maybe because of that, because of him, this particular good thing wouldn’t end.

He put his other hand on my hip and tugged me against his chest. A little more shifting and he was lying back on the sofa with me sprawled on top of him. I loved the feeling of his strong, lean body beneath mine, his big hands splayed on my lower back.

I threaded my hands into his hair and lowered my lips to his. Pressed a little harder to urge his mouth open—not that he needed encouragement. Our tongues tangled together. His kisses were always easy and intoxicating, filling my blood with warmth and pleasure.

He slipped one of his hands beneath my T-shirt and rubbed my bare skin, then eased his fingers beneath the elastic of my yoga pants. Then lower so his hand covered my bottom, the heat of his palm burning through my underwear. I shivered, sighed. I wanted his fingers lower. Even through his jeans, I felt the press of his erection against my thigh.

I lifted my head to look at him. Desire simmered in his eyes, but even then I knew it wouldn’t happen tonight. At least, not all the way.

But that didn’t mean we couldn’t be intimate. I moved my hand between our bodies to cup his groin. His heavy bulge pressed against my palm. Lust jolted through me. He winced a little and shifted, then grabbed my wrist.

“Liv. Not yet.”

I tried to swallow my disappointment.

“Okay.” I started to move away from him.

A hoarse laugh rumbled in his chest. He grabbed me and hauled me against him again, cupping a hand to the back of my head so he could quite thoroughly and deliciously plunder my mouth. I went all soft and mushy, like ice cream melting on hot apple pie.

“I meant,” he murmured, “not yet for you.”

I didn’t get it. I stared down at him again.

“For me?”

“Uh huh.” A wicked glint shone in his beautiful dark eyes. My pulse rate kicked up higher.

“Um…what does that mean?”

In response, he pulled me down alongside him. On my sofa, it was a tight but cozy fit. I hooked a leg over his hip and felt his cock so hard beneath his jeans I ached to take it out, stroke my fingers over his smooth length. I hadn’t even seen him naked yet, but God in heaven, I didn’t want to wait much longer.

“Dean, are you sure…”

“I’m sure.” His voice was strained, but unyielding.

I was oh so tempted to try and change his mind, but then he spread his hand flat on my belly and down into my pants. Again, not beneath my underwear. I squirmed, spread my legs farther apart in invitation. A very thin layer of cotton prevented him from touching my bare sex.

I was certain he’d slip his adept fingers under the elastic, that any minute now I’d feel his forefinger probing into me…I thrust my hips upward to give him a hint. He gave another low chuckle and pressed his lips to mine while dragging a finger along the folds of my panties.

“Dean.” His mouth was so warm. My blood filled with light and heat.

“Yeah.” The tip of his finger teased harder.

“Could you…oh…”

He pressed the flat of his hand right against the place where I ached the most acutely. I writhed hard and rubbed my breasts against his chest to soothe my tingling nipples. He pressed the damp cotton of my panties into my cleft and worked his fingers in slow, delicious circles that had me soaring toward a climax faster than I wanted to go.

I curled my fingers into his shirt and held on as he stroked me faster, as if sensing I was about to shatter. I pushed my tongue into his mouth, gasping, straining, and then one more hard rub made the tension snap into a riot of color and sensation.

I sank against him and tried to breathe while he worked the last vibrations from me. He pulled his hands from my pants, a self-satisfied and hot expression flashing in his eyes. I pressed my hand against his crotch again.

“I want to do it for you,” I said.

“I want that too. More than you know. But not today.”

“Why not?”

“Because when you do, you have to be sure about us.”

“I am sure about us,” I said, forcing the candid confession out. “It’s just…not a lot of people have stuck around in my life.”

“I’m not a lot of people.”

No. He was different from anyone I’d ever known.

“But even you can’t change my past,” I said.

“We can change your future.”

I didn’t realize until later that we already had.

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One digital copy of Arouse (mobi or e-pub) is up for grabs!

The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is comment below and tell me your favorite book(s) of 2013 so far! While you’re at it, head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :)

Giveaway closes on Friday 3 May 2013 at 17:00 EST.

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Spotlight + Giveaway – REAL by Katy Evans closed

Posted on April 30, 2013

I am so excited to be part of the REAL blog tour! You all know how much I LOVED this book! Definitely one of my favorites this year… and STILL April’s Book Club Read 🙂 There are 5 signed paperback copies of Real to giveaway (US only) and 5 e-copies (International) plus swag! Just click on the rafflecopter link 🙂

Book #1 of The Real, Raw & Ripped Series
266 pages
Published
April 8th 2013
Mature New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 18 and up.
Take a look at my review of REAL here! 

 

Katy
Evans grew up with book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to
love, married him, and now they are hard at work on their own happily ever
after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking,
baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The
End.” Which, is hopefully, only the beginning…
To find more about her, look her up on her website, Twitter, or Facebook, she’d
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Book Review + Giveaway – Breach – K.I. Lynn

I just finished reading this one! Steamy steamy STEAMY scenes!

Lila is a lawyer working at Holloway and Holloway where they have a strict non-fratenization clause. Its been so easy to obey all of her Law Firm’s rules until Nathan Thorne arrived; Sexy as sin Nathan Thorne. Lila is attracted to Nathan (who isn’t?) but she quickly discovers that there’s much more to his story. Lila however knows about hiding from the public, she also has some secrets of her own.

Wowzers! If you love men who talk dirty, then Nathan’s your guy. The things that come out his mouth! I was reading this sitting in a cafeteria, blushing the entire time (I should seriously stop reading in public!)

“He growed. “You’re not paying attention to my cock, lila.” … he thrust hard, using long strokes, causing me to scream out in response. “That’s it baby. That’s what I like to hear… Scream for me. I want everyone to hear what I do to you… Fuck you feel so damn good when you come around my cock..” 

That (above) is one of the tamer scenes :) And he’s super possessive too ;) Nathan however, has a horrific past. One he wants to shield everyone from, especially Lila. But she understands him more than he knows. Their relationship quickly grows almost into one of co-dependency. I say ‘almost’ because as much as they need each other, it’s not toxic. They help each other, understand each other, need each other to face the demons that plague them.

We do get to know what these demons are. And I loved that they seemed to help each other. But while Lila accepts it, it only seems to scare Nathan.

I hate that you turn me on. I hate the way I need you all the fucking time. I don’t want that. I can’t want that. I can’t want you… but I do, so fucking much I do.

I really loved these two together. They were seriously explosive… EXPLOSIVE …anywhere and everywhere… and I loved the fact that they didn’t attempt to heal each other, yet they just did.

In the end I loved them together, loved that though Nathan’s secrets are not fully out, we can at least guess at what they are. Yes, that means a second book people!

4 stars!

Amazon: Breach by K.I Lynn

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Interview + Giveaway (closed) – Leila DeSint author of the Confessions Collection!!!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to interview this author! Her book (more a collection of episodes) is currently my favorite book of 2013… AND, its definitely up there with my favorite books ever! Yes, that’s how much I loved it! Read my review HERE. Then let’s find out more about Leila, oh and she’s giving away two copies of Volume One!

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Jessy: Welcome to Jessy’s Book Club Leila and please tell us a bit about yourself.

Leila: Thank you Jessy for welcoming me to your blog I’m honored to be here.

It’s odd, but I find talking about myself one of the most difficult things. I don’t know if it’s because I spend a lot of timing working on making fictional people come to life but I will do my best. : )

I’m Canadian and French is my native tongue. I’m often told I’m outrageous.

Let me tell you little secret, I favor Italian red wine. I know it’s shocking!

The love of my life anchored my wandering spirit. Not an easy task I might add. We have two amazing children.

I love seeing the summer Blockbusters but adore films too. I’m a popcorn fanatic. No, I mean its kind of not normal how into popcorn I am.

I have a confession to make. Promise to keep this between us. I’m a goodreads voyeur. I love reading review of books. I especially enjoy the quotes, visual aids and the raw reactions. The status updates are fascinating. I think I should join a support group.

Another factoid about me is I’d love to learn more languages. I seem to have an ear for them. For a while as child I’m told I spoke Cree and Italian, which sounds pretty amazing to me but I don’t remember. I’ve dabbled in Arabic and Punjabi. I know what you might be thinking. And I assure you I did learn more than swear words and inappropriate things to say. But it’s hard to keep them up when you don’t practice.

I’m fascinated by culture and heritage, and work to incorporate that into my characters down to their names.

This would be a good time to mention that from as young as I can remember I felt compelled to tell stories even when much of it didn’t make sense. I’ll give more context on this in another question I promise.

Jessy: Oh wow, ok, I’m a voyeur also, well I should clarify, Goodreads Voyeur! Ha! Also I’ve seen you attempting Dutch so I’m hoping that’s the next language you learn :)

 How and when did you come up with the idea of the Confessions Collection?

Leila: I can’t pin point an exact date when but the earliest notes I have on the story are in 2o08.

The scene where London and Cade are face to face for the first time came to mind. Of course he doesn’t know that the person before him is a complete and total stranger. For him he is seeing the woman he loves for the first time in many years. The reasons for them being there kept unfolding in my mind.

But I just kept thinking, no way no how. No one would want to read this, at least not if I wrote it as dark as the story was coming to me.  Maybe if I could remove the unpalatable aspects and pretty it up then I might have chance at publishing it.

Jessy: So glad you didn’t! It’s such an incredibly well written book. The scenes where the personalities change for example, are so well done. Not to mention how the book completely sucks you in. I can’t help but wonder if writing it came easy… what was your writing experience like?

Leila: Thank you, Jessy for saying it’s well written, writing has never come easy for me. I was diagnosed with dyslexia as child and I had poor writing skills in my native language of French and then learning a second seemed like torture.

But I had this great English teacher who saw a storyteller in me and was encouraging. Despite, the obstacle, I focused on being disciplined about growing that skill. I wrote stories for myself and my friends. They loved them, which pushed me to keep writing and learning about the craft. I took workshops and courses. I joined groups. And I wrote, and wrote, and wrote, until I couldn’t type, to the point of anger, to the point of bliss. I worked in different formats, short, novella and novel length trying to figure out where I fit. Because it requires different skill sets, each taught me something different.

We kind of have to go back to 2008 when the story started to come to me.

I had started this story called The Merger back in 2008, needing to get it onto paper so it would leave me alone. Because, I didn’t want to write it and I yet I felt compelled to. But strangely enough while preparing for this interview I found an earlier version called FORGIVE ME with only a few hundred words written down with a similar story line.

At that time I was writing in third person, and if anyone asked me I would tell them I don’t read first person and won’t write it. Lol. As you can see I’m stubborn and learn things the hard way. Now I can’t imagine this story written in third person.

I abandon the story concept and start writing Sins of the Father in 2009 which I realized was the same story but starting from another angle, which annoyed me.

Am I a one story kind of writer? I’m going to revisit this same thing from a bunch of entry points. Ugh! At that point, I became so frustrated with myself. So I tried to split the darker aspects of the story into one called London Brown.

In 2010 and 2011 I tried to make it something else, something happier more acceptable to society out of the Merger while feeding the seedy aspects into London Brown.

After fighting this story for over three years, just after my birthday in late 2011 I decided I’m going to write London Brown in the most honest raw way I could deliver.

Jessy: What made you decide to release it in episodes?

Leila: I’m lucky to be published in a time where I have options as a writer. Ten years ago, I would have had limited choice of how I would structure the story.

For me the medium is integral to the message. I knew it was risky.

I struggled with how the story begged me to write it and readers expectations.

This isn’t a genre that has traditionally been serialized. How will readers react to episodes?

I had to hope that readers would trust in my method because this is a part of the craft of presenting the story.

Each character’s voice needed to come in its own package. Each of the characters episodes comes in a way unique to them and how I connect with them on different levels.

I really feel freed by writing this way and I hope it comes through in the characters.

Jessy: How long do you envision the series?

Leila: I believe the arch of this storyline will require no less than four volumes of at least nine episodes each.

I have the major plot events plotted for the series. In each volume I take those and place them into a spread sheet beside the episode number and then I allow the characters to react as they would.

Sometimes that brings new information or emotions to light that will effect past, current, and future events.  What I will do my best to avoid or not do with intent is stretch something to keep it going or rush it.

I will apologies now to readers for the cliffhangers. I really am very sorry. You see usually, an event occurs or something is learned that changes the direction of the characters—a catalyst, which leads to the next phase in the development. This is why one part ends in one episode or volume and another begins in the next.

There might be a spin off series.  But I can’t say for sure as of yet.

Jessy: Having read and loved this book, I’m still curious as to why both Rhys and Caleb seem to ‘accept’ that the two personalities exist as opposed to seeking help for Desniah. Can you tell us more about that?

Leila: I will admit that I’m not the kind of author that will draw conclusions for the reader. I rather the characters presents events and information then allow the reader to come to their own decision on the reason. Sometimes characters don’t know their own mind. For me that is reflective of our own actions in life sometimes. Other times they are very clear on why such and such is happening.

From episode 1 to 9 we have been privy to a span of nine days, Jan 2 to 13.

Rhys has yet to reveal specific details of what happened after Caden left and London reappeared. I believe in his coming confessions he will better answer his reasons.

Cade only found out recently, which leads me to believe he hasn’t gone through the array of understanding of what it means. I believe he has yet to truly express his understanding or views.

Jessy: I’ll wait and see how it all enfolds!

Which ‘character’ was easier to write, Desniah or London?

London is easier to write even fun as sick as that sounds. She goes to places most of us would never fathom to explore that as a writer is freeing.

Desniah is dissimilar to me so I am extremely attentive to who she is to remain true to her behavior and arch.

Jessy: I did wonder if Des will embrace ALL of Rhy’s sexual predilections, I’m excited to see ;) Did you study any real cases of Multiple Personality Disorder?

Leila: The short answer is no.

I choose not to be overly influenced by actual experiences of those coping with Dissociative Identity Disorder DID previously known as multiple personality disorder.

I read a number of summation of studies done on DID some gave examples of commonalities. Since there is debate surrounding the condition, I’ve thread carefully.

I’m not passing judgment or putting into question what the individuals with DID cope with but rather exploring London/Desniah’s experiences.

Jessy: I absolutely can’t choose between Caden and Rhys. I kept waiting for one of them to do something irrevocably horrible to make my choice easier. Was it a conscious decision to make it hard for a reader to choose sides?

Leila: This is my own personal believe that a ‘triangle’ must make it difficult for the reader to favor one over the other that includes the heroines feeling being equally strong for both. The other factor is their faults need to be of equal disadvantage to them. A distinct individuality is also important. Otherwise I think the reader will lean toward one over the other.

There are of course matters out of my hands, personal experiences that would lead a reader to pick one over the other because such and such happened to them which makes this action of a character something they could never accept.

But for the most part, for me, they had to be strong in their own right.

And I think that because I don’t know which one will get the girl in the end I’m not writing it favoring one over the other. It’s possible that if I knew I would write one stronger. I waver back and forth with Desniah and London about who is the better match.

Jessy: I’m having the same problem! I have to say that I’m probably rooting for Rhys now, but that’s always until the next episode!

While reading, I couldn’t help but picture it on TV, like on HBO or the like. What plans do you have for the series?

Leila: If ever that were to happen, I’d be excited and fascinated by the process. I feel like what I control is the delivery of the story and characters that are as honest as I’m able to do. If people connect with that and someone decided they want to make a TV adaptation then great. I’m open to it. But it isn’t something I’m pursuing at this time.

Jessy: I really can’t wait to read Rapture and Violin in Darkness! The covers are absolutely gorgeous and I loved the blurbs. 

Leila: That’s kind of you to say. I’m glad the blurbs intrigued you. Thank you, I’m thrilled that you like the covers.

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Jessy: (Had to put the covers up!) They’re clearly both in the same genre as the confessions collection. Do you plan on venturing into any other genres?

Leila: I would love too. I think I learned my lesson about saying I wouldn’t do one thing or another. At this time, however I’ve nothing on the horizon in another genre.

Jessy:  I loved interviewing you Leila! Thank you so much for joining us!

Leila: Het was me een genoegen (It was my pleasure), Jessy. Dank u wel (Thank you very much)! It was wonderful to chat with you about Confessions Collection Vol. 1 (London Brown).

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Descend into a world of deception, depravity, decadence, desire and desperation…

In the opulent setting of London’s aristocracy, lives a young woman fractured into two distinct individuals, one face with multiple facets.

One façade, a whore, London Brown, who will confess unfathomable truths, the other, a loving daughter, Desniah Williams will pull back the curtain to reveal what lurks in the shadows.

Caden Jacob Carrington V, a politician will do anything to reclaim the woman he lost, including dredging up pains of the past.

Rhys Christos Edward Stowell, a philanthropist will fight to win the woman he loves
while baring the darkness of his soul.

Two kindle copies of The Confessions Collection Volume One are up for grabs!

The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is comment below and tell me your favorite book of 2013 so far! While you’re at it, head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :)

Giveaway closes on Monday 15 April 2013 at 17:00 EST.

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Interview + Giveaway (closed) – Maya Cross author of Locked!

I’m so excited to welcome Maya Cross to Jessy’s Book Club! You all know how much I love new authors… more so if I loved their debuts… and I absolutely loved Locked! Highly recommend to anyone who loves a good story with an alpha male, a strong heroine and some seriously steamy scenes in between! Read my review HERE. Maya will be answering some questions and giving out two copies of Locked! xx

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Jessy: Welcome to Jessy’s Book Club! Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Maya: Thanks so much for having me Jessy. I’m not sure what there is to tell really. The most exciting parts about us writers are usually in our heads =) But I’ll try! I’m twenty eight, and I live in the beautiful Sydney, Australia, which is where this series is set. I’m a former journalist, and like most journalists, I’ve always felt like I had a few good books in me. Eventually I decided to take a shot and see if I could make it writing fiction full time, and so here we are. I have to say, I’m enjoying it a lot so far.

I’m a coffee and TV junkie, an avid reader (my mum has worked in book stores my entire life), and a bit of a geek at heart.

Jessy: I read somewhere that you’ve written different genres under a different pen name, what made you decide to venture into Erotic Romance?

Maya: I’ve never actually published in other genres, but there are quite a few half-finished novels and shorts gathering virtual dust on my hard drive. I read pretty widely, and most of my earlier efforts were dedicated to speculative fiction or young adult, but none of them were good enough or well-realized enough to publish.

To answer the question, I tend to write something when I have a cool idea to build upon. I really place a lot of importance on the concept behind a story, since that makes or breaks it in my opinion. You can tell a familiar story and make it feel fresh if the setting or drive behind the narrative is unique. I’d been toying with the idea of writing something much spicier than my norm for a while, but it wasn’t until I stumbled over a specific little piece of inspiration that I realized I’d found the perfect starting point.

Jessy: How and when did you come up with the idea of the Locked Trilogy?

Maya: It’s hard for me to give a full answer to that without giving some stuff away about the remaining two books =) In a nutshell, I was trying to write a similar story, but in a different genre. I really loved the general idea behind it, but it wasn’t quite coming off the way I wanted. Then one day when I was out, I had a Sophia moment (the lead character in my book, for readers who aren’t familiar) when I spotted this slightly out of place room with a sign that read ‘Members Only’. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite ballsy or liquored up enough to actually sneak in, but it set my mind wandering. There were so many possibilities as to what lay back there, and eventually I knew I had to write something about it. And then soon after it clicked that I could roll the two stories together, and so The Alpha Group was born.

Jessy: What made you decide to release it as a trilogy?

Maya: I know how frustrated this makes some readers, so it’s great to get a chance to explain my reasoning.

To put it simply, as an unknown author with no name recognition, it’s really hard to get noticed amongst the torrent of ebooks that get released every week now. Many authors much better than myself never find their audience. Low pricing is one of the best ways to help overcome this, since people are happier to gamble on cheap books, but I’m firmly in the camp that believes authors deserve more than $0.35 per book sold, which is what they make when they price their work at $0.99. I pour hundreds of hours into writing, editing etc, and I want to do this for a living eventually, which you just can’t do on that sort of money.

By splitting the book, I can start off charging $0.99 for the first part, at least in the beginning, to give as many people as possible a chance to check out my writing style and my story, and then I can charge $2.99 for the remaining parts and still make a fair return.

The Alpha Group is a longish story. If it was one novel, it would be about 120,000 words, which is roughly 1.5 full length romance novels. If I felt like people would have actually bought the full story at $4.99, I would totally have priced it that way, but the fact is, nobody is going to buy a self-published story from a no name author at that price.

I know trilogies with cliffhangers really annoy some readers, and I’m really sorry about that. My intention isn’t to exploit people for more money; this is just the best way I can think of to get the most eyes on some part of my work. I’m doing everything I can to make sure readers aren’t misled about the way the story is structured. And I’m writing the other parts as fast as I can, to leave people hanging for as little time as possible.

The good news is, if this series continues to do well, I will hopefully have the name recognition and credentials to write mostly full length works in the future, because that’s what I’d really like to do.

Jessy: As a reader I never thought about it that way, but you’re completely right. And Locked is doing so well I’ll definitely be expecting some full lengths in the future!

Authors can never go wrong with Alpha Males in my book ;)  but it was Sophia who caught my attention. Was it a conscious decision to make her a strong character? And if so, why?

Maya: A lot of people seem to love Sophia, which makes me extremely happy =) It was a very conscious decision to write her this way. I love that contrast of a strong, self-assured female character who realizes her bedroom predilections are completely contrary to the rest of her life. That’s one of the most fascinating parts of BDSM for me, the psychology behind it and the way that is entwined with the rest of your personality, and I wanted to explore it.

I also think it’s much more fun to read a confident, slightly snarky heroine, than one who is a total pushover. And I feel like it makes the payoff that much more enjoyable when the heroine can keep up with the hero and actually makes him work for it.

Jessy: Did you put any of your characteristics in her character?

Maya: I’m not sure I’m quite as adventurous as she is, but I’m definitely as stubborn and strong-willed.  And I have been known to indulge in a drink or five from time to time =)

Jessy: Sebastian is a Dom but the BDSM in the book is quite mild, do you intend on keeping it that way?

Maya: When I sat down to write this, I was pretty intent on making sure the sexy bits didn’t get boring, so I’m trying to give each one its own little creative spin. At the same time, I have my own comfort level with regards to what I will write, so it’s not going to progress to some of the more hardcore parts of BDSM, like needle play and those kinds of things. I think the best way to describe it is, expect the D/s side of the story to move sideways from where it’s at right now. It will get a little more creative, but stay at roughly the same level of hardcore-ness…if that makes sense. I’ve got a few parts in the next book I’m really excited about. For example, there’s a scene that I think is super hot, but Sebastian isn’t even in the same state as Sophia at the time =)

Jessy: Ohhh I’m looking forward to it!

My boyfriend fails to understand why women (read; me) are so attracted to possessive/controlling men, albeit in fiction. Why do you think this is?

Maya: I think it’s because reading these sorts of books is fundamentally about the fantasy of it, and in fantasy, you can ignore some of the negative aspects of whatever is going on. That possessive, nobody-else-can-fucking-have-you approach is hot because it makes you feel safe, protected, and incredibly desirable. In real life, it would probably get annoying. In a book? Yes please!

Jessy: Agreed!

I love asking this question to erotica authors; how do you prepare yourself to write a steamy scene?

Maya: I honestly don’t do too much prep. I’m not sure what that says about the way my mind works =) I do like to read steamy scenes from some of my other favourite books as a kind of warm up occasionally. Other than that, I just let my imagination run wild!

Jessy: Locked hit the top 100 in erotica super fast! What was your reaction when you found out?

Maya: I was totally flipping out. The rise has been beyond anything I could have expected. I’ve basically been walking around with a stupid grin on my face for the last two weeks =)

Jessy: All very deserved! So what can we expect next from Maya Cross?

Maya: I’m not entirely sure. I’m toying with several ideas for future projects. I’ve read a few new adult books lately that have made my jaw drop, and they’ve left me inspired to try my hand at that. I love coming of age stories so much, and new adult lets you explore that incredibly complex time, while still letting the naughtier parts of your mind come out and play occasionally. All I’ve really got right now is my male character though, and like I said above, I always want a cool concept before I delve in, so it depends on what I can come up with.

Aside from that, I really love the way series like Olivia Cunning’s Sinners are written. A group of characters whose stories you are taken through one book at a time. Each book ends in a HEA, and they all build on each other. I have a vague concept for something similar, but it’s pretty rudimentary at this stage.

There’s also a chance for more Alpha Group when these three are released. Sophia and Sebastian are going to get their HEA at the end of book three, but I think the setting is really great so I may write something tangential to the main story.

Jessy: Sounds interesting! I’m looking forward to it all. Thank you so much for joining us!

Maya: Thanks for having me!

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Two kindle copies of Locked are up for grabs!

The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Since I think Sebastian and Sophia are so good together, comment letting me know your favorite fictional couples. While you’re at it, head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :)

Giveaway closes on Thursday 11 April 2013 at 17:00 EST.

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Author Interview + Giveaway (closed) – Tessa Bailey author of Protecting What’s His!!!

Today we have none other than Tessa Bailey at Jessy’s Book Club! She’s the author ofProtecting What’s His… her debut novel and one of the best debuts I’ve read this year! Read my review HERE and at the end of the interview Tessa will be giving one lucky winner an e-copy of Protecting What’s His!

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Jessy: Welcome to Jessy’s Book Club Tessa! Please tell us a bit about yourself. 

Tessa: I live in Brooklyn, a really great place to get inspiration. You can walk to the corner and see something unusual or crazy happening. I got in my car and drove to New York City the day after my high school graduation to pursue journalism, but I kept going back to romance. I have a lovely husband from Ireland with a killer accent and a beautiful little girl.

Jessy: What inspired you to become a writer? 

Tessa: Well I’ve always written creatively since a young age, but (and this is going to sound terrible because I write filthy, sexy romance) but wanting to give my my 20-month-old daughter a better life gave me the push I needed to pursue an actual career in writing.

Jessy: Were you faced with any challenges while writing the book?

Tessa: My husband was out of work for six weeks because of Hurricane Sandy, and I wrote the book so I’d have an excuse to get away from him! I love the guy but we were cooped up in the apartment for too long together. I think a little of Ginger’s take-no-shit attitude stemmed from my frustration.

Jessy: Lol! Ok, I have to ask you about Derek’s character… loved him … as did all women who read the book!  Is his character based on anyone you know? Or is he pure fiction? 

Tessa: Pure fiction. Sorry, gals. If a man like that existed, we’d all probably be camped out on his doorstep :)

Jessy: I know I’d be! The scenes between Derek and Ginger were off the charts steamy! How do you prepare to write a steamy scene? Music and wine? Complete silence and google? :)  

Tessa: No music during the actual writing, but there are a few songs that get me in a sexy mood like “In the Cold, Cold Night” by The White Stripes or “I Wanna Be Adored” by the Stone Roses. I do like to drink wine when I’m writing a sexy scene, though. I think it makes me more creative. I’m much more likely to take a chance on something (like a position or some dirty dialogue) when I have three glasses of wine in me. Then I usually giggle like a maniac.

Jessy: Ahhh… Dutch courage… I live in Amsterdam so I know all about Dutch courage :)

Ginger is a big country music (Dolly Parton) fan. Are you also into Country Music? 

Tessa: Not at all! But I LOVE Dolly Parton as an inspirational figure. If you’re not following her on Twitter, do yourself a favor. She’s like a fountain of wisdom and never has a bad thing to say about anyone. Love her.

Jessy:  What kinds of books do you read on your downtime? 

Tessa: Romance with a sprinkling of non-fiction. The most recent book I read was ICED, by Karen Marie Moning. Before that I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Jessy: What can we expect next from Tessa Bailey? 

Tessa: I’ve got an NYPD trilogy coming up! The first one should come out this summer – it’s about a skirt-chasing, hot shot hostage negotiator who falls for his mentor’s daughter. Before that, however, I believe there’s a novella on the horizon :)

Jessy: Ooooh! A hostage negotiator! Definitely looking forward to that! Thanks for joining us Tessa!

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One e-copy of Protecting What’s His is up for grabs!

The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know which author impressed you the most with their debut. While you’re at it, head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :)

Giveaway closes on Wednesday 20 March 2013 at 18:00 EST.

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Interview + Giveaway (closed) – C.J. Roberts author of The Dark Duet!!!

Remember how I said I don’t squee??! Well there’s a first time for everything apparently  We have C.J Roberts here!!! Squeee!! :) If you’ve followed my blog then you know she’s one of my favorites. The Dark Duet has featured in my ‘Best of 2012 list’ and my ‘Favorite Erotica list‘. I seriously thought about these books for weeks afterwards, dark, twisted and brilliant! She’ll also be giving away two copies of Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet Book #1). So let’s get on with it!

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Jessy: So so excited to have you at Jessy’s Book Club! Welcome, and please tell us a bit about yourself.

C.J.: If I must! Let’s see, I’m a self-deprecating narcissist, which means people tell me I’m awesome and I tell them they are full of shit and when they tell me I’m shitty I tell them I’m fucking awesome and they better recognize. I have an obsession with M/M fiction, especially if it’s paranormal. I will never walk away from a karaoke machine. I can make any conversation about sex and it isn’t always appropriate. I ride a Harley, have tattoos, and am STILL shy when people compliment me.

Jessy: Ha! 4 things in common ;) What compelled you to write a dark read and a Taboo topic at that?

C.J.: The Dark Duet was written through pure inspiration. It crawled into my brain and wouldn’t leave. Honestly, sometimes I don’t feel right taking credit for this story because I feel like it just came through me and all I did was type it out. I don’t know if I’ll ever write anything this good again, but I’m going to try like hell. That said, I can’t speak to the subject matter too much. It is what it is. I’m just glad so many people were willing to come on this ride with me.

Jessy: What stigma/backlash (if any) did you face after the books came out?

C.J.: Well, the majority of reviews are positive so I don’t worry overmuch about the negative ones. The biggest backlash I’ve gotten is from people who say I’m romanticizing human trafficking, or that I am romanticizing rape. Honestly, I think that’s bullshit. While I understand the hesitation and trepidation in ‘enjoying’ the work, I’d like to think my work can be compared to other controversial works such as, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. The work is written from the view point of the abuser and therefore entices the reader to sympathize.

I did not set out to ‘romanticize’ the slave trade; I do not paint it in a flattering light. Instead, I present my readers with characters. What my readers ultimately come to feel for those characters is up to them.

Some discover things about themselves they didn’t know were there, things they don’t wish to see, and others embrace it whole-heartedly.

I think people would be surprised by how many messages I receive from people who have suffered abuse, thanking me for writing this type of work. For some, it helps them explore deep-seeded fantasies they are too scared to admit to and explore. The sexual fantasies of former abuse victims are not always understood by mainstream society.

Additionally, I think some would also be surprised by how many readers HAD NO IDEA the sexual slave trade exists. It’s a different journey for everyone, in much the same way it was a journey for me just to write these two novels.

That said, I love the fact my books inspire so much dialogue and debate.

Jessy: Did you study any real cases of Stockholm Syndrome?

C.J.: I did a lot of research while writing these two books and I’ve been told by some of my readers who happen to be psychologists that I did a good job in portraying the transition from captive to sympathizer. Although, whether or not Livvie suffers from Stockholm Syndrome is something I let the readers decide for themselves. My personal opinion is that it doesn’t matter one way or the other. She wants to be with Caleb and he wants to be with her.

Jessy: Let’s talk one of my favorite fictional men. Caleb was brutal at times. Were you surprised by how much readers took to him?

C.J.: Yes and no. I think of Caleb as though he is a real person. I love the son of a bitch and I don’t always know why. I figure if I love him so much, it’s only natural for others to love him too. I think most of us are willing to take the bitter if the sweet is sweet enough. No one proves that more than Caleb. Goodness, the things we forgave him!!

Some hate him though and I think that’s okay too. I don’t think he gives a crap. The very nature of who he is predicated on the fact he does what he feels he needs to do in order to survive the world that surrounds him.

Jessy: You met Charlie Hunnam (jealous!) and gave him copies of the Dark Duet. Do you know if he’s read them?

C.J.: I don’t know if he ever read them. :( It was great meeting him though. He’s a real sweetie.

Jessy: I can’t picture anyone other than Charlie Hunnam for the role of Caleb!

I feel like your writing style significantly changed in Book #2. Was this a conscious decision and if so, why?

C.J.: Absolutely! Captive in the Dark took me something like eight years to write – ridiculous! I sort of cut my teeth on that book and because of it I desperately wanted to reach for the sky when writing the sequel. The fans were so supportive and with me every step of the way and I didn’t want to let them down, but I had changed since I startedCaptive in the Dark. The story needed to change too. My writing is part of my evolution and as I write more I think my readers can expect my writing to evolve as well. I hope for the better!

Jessy: A friend recently asked me why all authors are writing trilogies, so I’ll ask, why a duet and not a trilogy?

C.J.: LOL! This question would have been easy to answer if it weren’t for the fact I am currently in the process of writing Epilogue: The Dark Duet. Honestly, for as much as The Dark Duet was supposed to be erotica, I felt the story was the driving force behind my readership. I’m not a big fan of epilogues because they’re foregone conclusions. The story is over and the extra little bit is often contrived. However, as a writer I am also a slave to my fan base. They want more! They love Caleb and Livvie as much (or maybe more) than I do and they just aren’t ready to let them go quite yet. So I’m writing and writing and writing, and finding that I love being with these characters. I love spending time with them and seeing what they are up to, even if no one dies and there are no explosions.

Jessy: I’ve read the excerpts of Epilogue and damn! I can’t wait to get into Caleb’s head! Which of course leads us to my next favorite male character; Agent Reed. I can’t tell you how much I’m anticipating his book! We all know he’s a sub (love that!) so it will be a BDSM book, but do you plan on incorporating any taboo topics to make it a dark read?

C.J.: Oh God, I’m almost afraid of what’s going to happen with Reed. Honestly, for as fun and carefree as I can be, I pay the toll by being equally a nervous, easily agitated, and gloomy person. My fears take me places most people don’t think to go and in a very real way writing about it makes it less frightening. When I write about pain, I let my pain go. So to answer your question…yes, expect some messed up stuff. However, I can say it probably won’t be as bad as The Dark Duet. I’d really like to get published someday. If only to say I climbed that mountain. My ego demands it of me.

Jessy: I’m so excited for it all! Thank you so much for joining us and enjoy theBoston Author Event!

C.J.: Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog. I say it a lot, but I really wouldn’t be anywhere without my readers. Some days they are the difference between my joy and wallowing in uncontrollable and irrational self-pity. My deepest gratitude goes out to all of you. CJ

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GIVEAWAY

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Two e-copies of Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet Book #1) are up for grabs!

The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite Erotica/Dark Erotica books are. While you’re at it, head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :)

Giveaway closes on Wednesday 13 March 2013 at 18:00 EST.

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Interview + Giveaway (closed) – J.B Salsbury, author of Fighting for Flight!!!

As soon as I read Fighting for Flight I knew I had to interview J.B Salsbury! I was surprised to find out that it’s her debut novel AND I’m the first to interview her so I’m even more excited :) She’s also giving away two e-copies of Fighting for Flight! Read my review HERE, then check out how to win a copy at the end of the post.

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Jessy: Hi J.B! Welcome to Jessy’s Book Club! Tell us a bit about yourself.

J.B: Hi, Jessy!  Thanks for having me.

I’m a wife and the mother of two little girls. I’m a complete dork. I’m pretty sure I embarrass myself often. I absolutely love to read, and romance is my obsession. But other than that, I spend most my days doing all the wonderful things that keep us stay-at-home moms busy.

Jessy: Fighting for Flight is such a stunning debut! Have you written anything that readers never got to see or is this your first ever attempt?

J.B: I’m absolutely floored at the response to Fighting for Flight.  I had no idea it would do so well.  I told a friend of mine that if I sold six copies, to six people I didn’t know, I’d be happy with that. So this is beyond my wildest dreams.

Yes, this is my first attempt at writing anything.  I did study journalism as part of my Media Communications degree, but that was years ago.  I self published FFF with the hopes that it would be good enough to deserve a second chance.  So again, the success of the book is mind blowing.

Jessy: The community for these kinds of books is definitely like no other. One person picks up a good book and it spreads like wildfire! So what inspired you to write Fighting for Flight?

 J.B: I was reading romance obsessively and noticed that there were plenty of sports themed romance novels, but not a lot that covered Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). My husband and I enjoy watching UFC fights and those guys are as tough and badass as they get.  I talked to a friend of mine on Facebook, Jenny Aspinall, and she said, “If there’s a story out there you want to read that hasn’t been written, write it.”  So I did.

Raven came to me first, fully formed from her troubled childhood and parents up to where the book begins.  And Jonah came shortly after.  I just set up their meeting, and they took it from there.  I never plotted the story out, but rather let the characters dictate where the story went.  I had big plans for Raven and Jonah’s first time.  But as I was writing they started getting to it.  I remember talking to my computer screen saying, “No! Put your clothes back on!!  I had big plans for this moment to happen later in the book.  Ugh! Come on, you two! Stop doing that—darnit. Too late.” My characters don’t listen to me.  They really do have minds of their own.  I guess I should have added that besides being a dork, I’m also half crazy.

Jessy: LOL! I love it! And, I loved your characters! How much of yourself did you put into Raven’s character? 

J.B: Ahh, Raven. Yes, hmm.  That’s a tough question.  Her obsession with Victoria’s Secret is all me. I’ve struggled with anxiety and insecurity, but I think that’s true of most women. There is a lot about Raven that I wish I had. Her ability to smile in tough situations. Her strength and independence. I think that’s what I love about her the most. You’d think in her circumstances that she’d be weak and pitiful, but somewhere in there she finds this incredible strength and I find that so beautiful. There was a point in the book where Raven was crying.  I remember writing it and rolling my eyes thinking “Man, this girl has cried way too much.  I’m getting sick of it!” Real nice, right? But even with her pain and her tears, she never came across as wimpy and weak.  She had this inner stability in the midst of utter chaos. *sigh* I love that about her. I don’t know if I’m like that, but I sure hope I am.

Jessy: What would you say is your favorite scene in the book?

J.B: Psht! This is impossible for me to answer.  I love so many scenes in the book. For me, any scene with Blake and Jonah always had me smiling. Those two together were hilarious. And you’ll see more of them in Blake’s book too.  Obviously the tender scenes with Raven and Jonah I love too.  When they open up and share pieces of their pasts with each other.  Their heart to heart moments will always stand out to me.  And, this may come as a shock, but I actually enjoyed writing scenes with Dominick.(half crazy, remember?) He was such a nasty villain and again, because he came to me fully formed, I knew his backstory from the get-go, so I understood why he was the way he was which gave me some compassion for him.  It’s hard to choose just one. But I will say that I had to cut two of my favorite scenes. Maybe I’ll share those down the road sometime.

Jessy: Ooh I love deleted scenes! And gun to my head? I would have to say their first time together. God that was beautiful!

Music is a big part of the book (and I enjoyed your selection immensely!) What were your reasons for infusing music into the book?

J.B: I’m so inspired by music.  I can’t tell you how many times I’d be driving to pick up my kids from school or run errands and a song would come on the radio and I’d immediately think of Jonah and Raven. The last part of Jay-Z’s Niggas in Paris. The first time I heard that I could ‘see’ Jonah making his grand entrance into the octagon on title fight night. The oldies that I love I associated with Raven right away. She’s so different from other girls, her backpack and non-designer clothes (well, except for her lingerie), and her obsession with old cars, the old Motown and oldies just seemed to fit her perfectly.  There isn’t a single genre of music I don’t like so I loved mixing it up in the book.

Blake’s book has strong musical influences as well. I’m excited to see what you think of his playlist.  I already have a handful of songs that are so him.

But ultimately the music makes it into the book because I like the idea of the reader having a multi-sensory experience.  Reading and living the book in their heads, and listening to the songs that go with certain scenes help to bring the story to life.  And I love to relive a great story through music, so that’s pretty cool too.

Jessy: I definitely loved the addition of Halo. Like I said in my review, no other song is more fitting! Do you write in complete silence or does any particular music get your creative juices flowing?

J.B: It depends.  Sometimes the words don’t come easily. The characters take a vacation and I’m left staring at the computer screen, forcing the words out.  In those situations I hit Pandora and the music seems to bring those little buggers back to life. Other times, I’m so deep in a moment or so taken over by the situation that silence is best.

But any and all music gets my creative juices flowing. When writing from Jonah’s POV it was almost always gangster rap or metal.  Raven was oldies, Motown, and R&B.

Jessy:  I found Blake hilarious! I can’t wait for his book… How many books do you intend to have in this series?

J.B: The lineup as it stands is Blake then Rex. I’d like to do a book on Killian (all grown up, of course), I planned on Caleb but he’s snoring and not screaming for his story to be written yet. In Blake’s book you’ll meet a few members of Rex’s band, Talon and a few others.  I may do a spin off Rockstar series on them, but not sure.  I’m also introducing a new fighter in Blake’s book named Mason. He may get a book too.

I find Blake completely hilarious.  I think everyone has an inner Blake. It’s that part of you that dances on table tops after a couple beers, or the one that wants to say “That’s what she said” when someone unknowingly makes a comment that sounds like something sexual.  Or even the part of you that wishes so badly you could just say what you want to say without caring what everyone around you is going to think.  That is your inner Blake.

Jessy: There’s a quote from Blake I was dying to add in my review, so hilarious! But eventually thought I’ll have plenty of those in his book instead :) Any plans of venturing into other genres?

J.B: I have wondered if I could write paranormal.  My guess is no.  I have a very good friend who writes it and the stuff she comes up with is amazing.  I don’t think my brain works that way.  I’m sure you can tell by my love scenes that erotica is out of the question.  I’m a total prude. But I do love the darker side of romance. I have no idea where things will lead. Like I said earlier, I was just hoping to sell a few copies to people I didn’t know.  My ultimate dream was to make enough money to buy myself a laptop so I could write anywhere.  This has been such an incredible experience and at this point, I’m up for wherever it takes me.

Jessy: I’m not so sure about erotica being out ;) Thank you so much for joining us and sharing this story with us! 

J.B: No, thank you! And thank you to all the people who took a chance on a new writer. I appreciate your support and I’m seriously feelin’ the love. Xx JB

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GIVEAWAY

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Two e-copies of Fighting for Flight are up for grabs!

The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Since I’m always looking for recommendations, tell me the best book you’ve read this year. While you’re at it, head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :)

Giveaway closes on Friday 8 March 2013 at 17:00 EST.

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Exclusive Scene + Giveaway (closed) – Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany A. Snow!!!

I am so excited to be on Tiffany A. Snow’s Turning Point Blog Tour! The Kathleen Turner Series is my FAVORITE series to date! Click these links to read my reviews; No Turning Back (Book 1)Turn to Me (Book 2) and recently released Turning Point (Book 3).

The author, Tiffany A. Snow, is giving one lucky commenter here a chance to win a digital copy of one of her Kathleen Turner books! As if that’s not enough, there’s a Tour Grand Prize of a KINDLE Paperwhite or HD! Giveaway details are at the bottom of the post.

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Thank you to Jessy’s Book Club for hosting me on the blog tour for TURNING POINT, the third book in The Kathleen Turner Series.  There will be a total of five books in the series.  Book four, OUT OF TURN, will be released on 12/17/13.

Sometimes I will write a “deleted” scene out of one of the books in the series, usually from a third-person perspective (since the books are written in first person, we only get Kathleen’s point of view).  This is a “deleted” scene from the first book in the series – NO TURNING BACK.  In it, we see Blane Kirk’s point of view the first time he and Kathleen spend some…quality time together.

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Blane Kirk hit the key fob to lock his Jaguar as he headed into the law firm.  He’d had to deal with the mess at the courthouse from his idiot client who’d decided to attack his runner.  That had taken most of the day.  Needing to blow off steam, since beating the shit out of your clients was bad for business, he’d stopped by the gym afterwards to work out.  Gladly discarding his suit and tie, he was now in much more comfortable jeans and black Henley shirt.

The wind had picked up, turning the October evening chilly, but Blane didn’t feel it as he crossed the lot, his mind elsewhere.  He hoped Clarice had gotten that brief typed up before she’d left for the night, though he’d given her little notice.  She was divorced with a couple of kids, though Blane couldn’t say how old or if boy or girl.  She’d told him at some point, but he couldn’t remember.  What he did remember was that Clarice had trouble staying later than six or so because of them.

The elevator deposited him on the fifth floor and it was quiet when he stepped out, the only sound that of the grandfather clock ticking in the corner and the quiet clacking of a keyboard as someone typed.

Blane glanced at his watch, surprised.  It was nearly seven.  Damn.  Now he felt bad.  Clarice had probably had to jump through hoops to get someone to watch her kids so she could work late.  Secretary’s Day was going to be expensive this year.

But it wasn’t Clarice typing at her desk.

Blane stopped a few feet away, staring at the woman concentrating so hard on typing that she hadn’t even heard him come in.  He knew her without even seeing her face.

It was that girl.  Kathleen.

The girl with the palest of reddish-blonde hair and eyes a startlingly clear blue.  Blane would never forget the way she’d looked up at him…right after she’d crashed head first into his lap in the middle of the conference room, surrounded by clients.  Things had then gone from bad to worse when she’d shoved her hand in a place unused to such rough treatment.

At least, not without his consent.

It was strange though, her being here, especially after what had happened today.  Crazy ass clients.  Sometimes he wondered if he’d chosen the right profession.  Blane was damn lucky, as was the firm, that the idiot hadn’t done more damage.  The liability damages on that lawsuit would’ve been painful to see.

Blane stepped closer, but Kathleen still didn’t look up.  Finally, he said, “What are you doing?”

She shrieked, a piercing sound that made Blane flinch.  Jumping up, she overturned her chair in a cacophony of noise as she spun around to face him.

“Jesus,” he said, shoving a hand through his hair in irritation.  “What was that for?”

“You scared me,” she snapped, her blue eyes flashing.  “You shouldn’t sneak up on people.”

Was that a reprimand?  “I didn’t sneak,” he corrected her.  “And you didn’t answer me.  What are you doing?”

“I’m typing, obviously.”

Her tone oozed you’re-a-dipshit and Blane’s eyes narrowed.  She had spunk, he had to hand it to her.  It had been a while since anyone had dared to take that tone with him. Even as he thought it, she seemed to realize she might have overstepped.  Her pale cheeks flushed pink and her eyes dropped from his.

Her gaze seemed to give him a slow once over, taking in his shirt, his jeans, all the way down to his shoes.  Then she licked her lips and swallowed.

Well.  That certainly got his attention.  Blane wondered if she did it unconsciously or if she was trying to send a signal.  Was she interested?

“Clarice had plans so I offered to help finish this for her,” she said, finally lifting her eyes back to his.

Ah.  That explained it.  But it was a Friday…  “Don’t you have plans for tonight, too?”  She was young, pretty.  He imagined she had a boyfriend waiting for her.  No ring, so not married or engaged.

Kathleen turned pinker and shook her head, looking away as though embarrassed. Blane debated saying anything more to her, but she looked nervous now, her earlier bravado gone.  She righted her chair and threw him a quick glance before resuming typing.

Her movements were quick and jerky.  Blane frowned as he saw the screen beyond her.  Gibberish, it looked like.  He hoped she could type.  Maybe he was making her uncomfortable.  Probably best to just leave her alone.

But he hesitated just a beat longer, watching her.  She was very pretty, very…innocent.  It was practically stamped on her forehead.  With an inward sigh, Blane turned his thoughts away from the direction they’d been heading and went into his office.

Maybe ten, fifteen minutes later, there was a tentative tap on his open door.  Blane glanced up.

“Clarice said to leave these for you,” Kathleen said, handing him the file.

“Thank you,” he said.  The temptation to say something, prolong their interaction, was great.  But she was his employee.  His very young, very pretty, and no doubt very naïve employee.  Blane turned back to his computer.

After a moment, she seemed to realize she’d been dismissed, and turned and left.  A draft of air and Blane caught the slight floral scent of her perfume.  It was fresh and light, reminding him of spring near the ocean.  It suited her.

Two minutes later and Blane knew he wouldn’t be able to concentrate any more tonight.  He had to run that file by anyway.  Definitely couldn’t ask Kathleen to go there.  Besides, it was dark.  Shouldn’t he head outside and make sure she’d left safely?

That thought had him hurrying to pack his things in his briefcase and lock up the office.  Moments later, he was scanning the deserted parking lot as he walked to his car.

There.  Blane frowned.  Odd she was still here.  He switched directions and headed for her car.  When he got closer, he saw what the problem was.  A telltale clicking sound when she turned the key.  Dead battery.

Approaching the driver’s side window, he saw her bang her forehead lightly against the steering wheel.  The sight made his lips twitch.

Blane tapped lightly on the glass and she jerked upright.  She seemed less than pleased to see him as she opened the door.  “Yeah?”

“Car trouble?” he asked.

She nodded.  “Guess so.”  Her tone was comically miserable.  Blane hid a smile.

“Need a lift?”  No, she needed someone to jump her car. Even as Blane thought of the jumper cables in his trunk, he still heard the offer come out his mouth.

To his surprise, she shook her head.  “No, thanks.  I’ll just call a tow truck or something.”

This was a first.  Blane didn’t usually have women turn down an opportunity to spend time with him.  For some reason, her refusal made him persist in this idiocy.  “It’s late and it’s cold.  Let me take you home.”

Kathleen was shivering and Blane wished he’d worn a coat just so he could offer it to her.  Tiny as she was, she had to be freezing.

She still seemed to hesitate and Blane decided to take matters in his own hands.  She’d freeze to death deciding whether or not he could give her a ride home.

“Come on,” he said, pulling her door open the rest of the way.  His hand had grasped her arm before he realized he’d wanted an excuse to touch her.  “I have to run an errand first, but I should be able to get you home before a tow truck would show up here.”

It wasn’t until she finally acquiesced, grabbing her things from the passenger seat, that Blane realized he’d been holding his breath.  She walked beside him to his car, her stature diminutive, but Blane’s every sense was focused on her.  He didn’t release her arm and he wondered slightly at the feeling of satisfaction it gave him to be able to help Kathleen tonight.

He handed her into his car, and judging from her sharp intake of breath, his car had made a good impression.  As Blane rounded to his side, he realized that this probably wasn’t the best idea he’d ever had, but surely he’d spend a few minutes talking to her, assuage his curiosity, and that would be that.

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You seriously have to read the books to see where it all goes from there!

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To win a digital copy of one of the books, all you have to do is comment below. Tell me if you’ve read the series, if you have are you Team Blane or Team Kade? :) If you haven’t, no worries, here’s your chance! In your comment, tell me which of the three books you’d love to win.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY – J. KENNER – RELEASE ME (CLOSED)

Happy Valentines Day Ladies! I’m so excited and very honored to have J. Kenner with us…you know, Author of Release Me (the Stark Trilogy)!!!!! Isn’t it just like having Damien Stark with us for Valentines?! Well as close as we’ll ever get! :) First she answers some questions then she gives away a signed paperback copy of Release Me!!! Read on….

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Jessy: Tell us a bit about yourself.

J. Kenner: Sure thing!

I’m a former lawyer who always wanted to write, but somehow found herself in law school.  I loved law school, though,  and after graduation, I clerked on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  It was a great job, but it didn’t leave a lot of time for writing, and I had the bug.  (I did write a Really Bad Play while I worked at the court.  It shall never ever see the light of day!)

After that, I moved to California and did entertainment law for a while.  I met a lot of cool people, did some fascinating First Amendment work … and continued to battle the urge to write (difficult as young lawyers do not have a lot of spare time).

Eventually, though, I dove in full throttle, and I’m happy to say that I’ve been writing full time since 2004, just a few years after my oldest daughter was born.  (We have two girls and two cats!)

I live in Texas now (where I grew up), and  I drink way too much coffee and adore dark chocolate!

Jessy: You gave up your law career to write. Looking back, what would you have done differently between leaving your career and starting the new one? 

J. Kenner: Not a single thing.

(and now you get the long explanation of that very short answer!)

When I graduated from college with a degree in film at 19, I was too shy and too chicken to try to move to LA and become a movie person, partly because I had no idea what I wanted to do in the movies.  All I really wanted to do was write, but I’d caught (and still have) the movie bug.  I love cinema and after working on a movie, I switched my major from journalism to film.  Loved it, but didn’t feel prepared to tackle that world.  And colleges don’t really prepare you for the kind of freelance life that is the lot of a writer.  So though my love from a writing standpoint was novels, I didn’t know how to do that, and I was too chicken to pursue the film thing, and I’d already decided that journalism wasn’t my thing, as I was painfully, painfully shy back then, and the idea of interviewing someone was not making me a happy person.

So I took a not-terribly-exciting job in the media center of a local community college.  I got tired of being broke and not having a career, and so I took the LSAT and went back to school.  I had never considered being an attorney, but found that I had a knack for it.  I did fabulously in school and loved it.  I was the geek who would camp outside a professor’s door to ask mundane questions about work that hadn’t actually been assigned.  And I ended up clerking on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then, two years later, moving to Los Angeles.  I had some fabulous times in my practice and met great people.  And I got over being shy.  When you have to stand up in Practice Court and recite the Rules of Civil Procedure from memory, you learn to get over those fears.

I did fun things like meet celebrities and corporate chairmen and take depositions and argue summary judgments and write briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.  But I still had the writing bug, and one thing that being a lawyer in a really big firm and/or a really busy firm doesn’t allow for is much free time.  Eventually, I started writing again, but it wasn’t until my husband and I moved back to Texas that I really settled into it.  I moved to a firm that understood the concept of both excellent work and free time.  I wrote on weekends.  After my daughter was born and my career was doing well, I cut back to four days.  And after Carpe Demon was optioned for film, I was able to quit to write full time.  So there never really was a gap between one and the other.

But the heart of your question is what would I change about the shift in careers, and the answer is nothing.  Every one of those experiences shaped where and who I am today.  Without the law part and the move to LA, I wouldn’t have met my husband.  Without my family, I doubt I would have thought to write about a demon-hunting soccer mom, and on and on and on.

Jessy: What was your inspiration to write “Release Me”?

J. Kenner: I was between projects and pondering stories.  One was a magical realism series that I really love (hardly any sex), but at the same time I was also interested in writing something that was really hot, but in which the sex is so intricately tied to the growth of the characters.  I wanted to create smart but damaged people who had learned to live their lives “behind masks.” And I wanted to see how their attraction and their physical relationship changed them and gave them strength.  I sent a tv guide blurb to my editor, and she loved it, so I went ahead and did a synopsis.  The story literally flowed out of me.  Twenty-two single spaced pages in one night! But it was worth it.  Bantam loved it and bought it and now I get to spend time with Nikki and Damien!

Jessy: What kind of music gets your creative juices flowing?

J. Kenner: My writing juices?  None.  I really don’t like to write to music.

My general creative juices?  Pretty much anything.  I don’t *know* music that well, but my husband and kids do.  Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift and Nightwish and quite a few singles that my kids buy and then they show up on my iPhone since they use my account!  Broadway musicals, though?  Those I know.  At least, ones from the past.  I’ve lost track in the last few years!

Jessy: I’m a huge tennis fan! Did you have a male tennis player in mind when creating Damien’s character? Or anybody in mind?

J. Kenner: Very, very, very generally I had Andre Agassi in mind because a) I think he’s hot, and b) he moved from a tennis career to a philanthropic career.

Jessy: There was a hint of BDSM in the story. Is Damien a Dom?

J. Kenner: He’s not.  There’s a difference, I think, to being “a Dom” and to liking control during sex (and the rest of your life).  He doesn’t give up control easily, but neither is he strict with the rules with Nikki.  It’s much more of a game with him, a tease–and fulfills Damien’s need to be in control of pretty much everything around him.  Is it BDSM? Definitely those elements are there between the two of them, but it’s not a dom/sub relationship even if there might be dom/sub-like play.  More important, though, Damien’s not into labels.  What he’s into, is Nikki :)

Jessy: The words “You’re Mine” do something to me and a lot of women :) It’s so caveman you’d think most women in this generation would be offended. What do you think it is with women fantasizing about being owned, possessed?

J. Kenner: Oh, my.  That could probably be a dissertation.  I think it harkens to both biology and ego.  There is something so satisfying about knowing that your partner desires you, wants you, claims you.  There’s nothing romantic about being wishy-washy.  But a bold statement of ownership? That’s flattering and sexy and digs deep into our basic need to be loved and to find a partner.

Jessy: Erotic Romance is big at the moment. You’ve got authors who usually don’t write this genre trying their hand at it. Do you think it’s a phase or is it here to stay?

J. Kenner: What’s funny is that I’m going to give you the same answer to this that I gave to a similar question about vampire paranormal fiction.  It’s here to stay, but it isn’t new.  Just as vampires were a hot topic centuries ago, so was erotica.  In fact, erotic art and erotic literature have been around for, well, forever (just walk through a museum or check out the Kama Sutra or the original-not-for-kids version of the Arabian Nights).  I’ll grant you that it’s bigger than it has been in a while, and my own theory is that ebooks have a lot to do with that.  Rightly or wrongly, a lot of folks don’t want to carry a copy of The Story of O around to the doctor’s office.  But your Kindle is anonymous.  You could just as easily be reading Rebecca as Release Me (frankly, I think you should read both!).  So we’re in a time where technology is winning over puritanism :)

Do I think that erotica will stay at the level it’s at now?  Probably not.  All genres see cyclical sales. But the fact that the stigma of reading “those books” has faded coupled with the ability to read on your phone or ereader will, I think, play into a long cycle of erotica and, even when it falls, it won’t crash.

Jessy: You’ve written different types of genres, which one would you say was your favorite or easiest to write?  

J. Kenner: Good question.  You know, I don’t think it’s a question of genre for me.  It’s really a question of story.  Some books are easier, some harder.  I will say that my favorite pov to write in is first person.  I love writing from the heroine’s point of view!

Jessy: You write as J Kenner, Julie Kenner and J.K Beck. Why the multiple pseudonyms?

J. Kenner: I started out as Julie Kenner because that’s my name, and I published as Julie Kenner exclusively from 2000 to 2010 when the Shadow Keeper books came out as J.K. Beck.  My Julie Kenner books were all over the map genre-wise, but for the most part they were lighter and quirkier (superhero romances, demon-hunting soccer moms, chick lit suspense, lighter contemporary romances, young adult…).  I only had 3 books as Julie Kenner that I would consider “dark,” and those were the Blood Lily Chronicles, an urban fantasy trilogy told in first person from the heroine’s point of view.

The Shadow Keepers books were something new and different.  They are dark.  They are deeply paranormal.  They have characters who live by a moral code that not everyone is going to agree with.  And some of the heroes are in need of some serious redemption.  So we wanted a line of demarcation b/w those books and the Julie Kenner titles.  Thus, J.K. Beck was born!

When I sold my current erotic romance, Release Me, Bantam was happy to go with Julie Kenner.  But about that time I was starting to dip my toe into indie publishing, and two series that I know I am going to continue are the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series (some edgy darkness later in the series, but no sex) and my YA vampire series (definitely no sex!).  So I wanted to make clear that–although these books are written by me–they are different.  And, most definitely, not for kids or teens.

Jessy: What should we expect next from J Kenner, Julie Kenner and J.K Beck?:)

J. Kenner: The next two in the Stark trilogy, obviously.  And I also have a sixth demon hunting  soccer mom book coming out very, very soon.  I was fortunate enough to get the rights back to most of my demon hunting soccer mom books, so I’ve delayed the publication of book 6 (Pax Demonica) until I get the earlier books back on sale. (I’d planned to put it out in 2012, but I wasn’t expecting the rights thing.  Kate’s fans are waiting, so that’s tops on my priority list!)

And I’ll be indie pubbing my urban fantasy series, The Blood Lily Chronicles, and some new superhero novellas.

And, finally, doing the third book in my reluctant vampire YA series as well as a Shadow Keepers novella.  All of thatshould happen in 2013!  Wish me luck … and 36 hour days!

Jessy: Thank you so much for joining us Julie!

J. Kenner: Thanks so much for having me!

J. Kenner is the pen name of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (who also writes dark, sexy paranormal as J.K. Beck).  Release Me, an erotic romance, is the first in the Stark Trilogy, and is a New York Times bestseller, and has been on the USA Today bestseller list for multiple weeks.  It has already sold to over a dozen countries, and the international editions are starting to roll out, with the upcoming U.K. and French paperback releases.

You can hang out with J.K., learn more about Release Me and her other novels as Julie Kenner and J.K. Beck, or just poke around and see what catches your eye at her website, www.jkenner.com, and also at her J. Kenner Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jkennerbooks and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juliekenner.

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GIVEAWAY

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Read my review of Release Me here.

The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Lets make it fun…. Comment and tell me the first erotica/erotic romance book you ever read :)  While you’re at it, head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :)

Giveaway closes on Saturday 16 February 2013 at 17:00 EST.

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EXCLUSIVE JAMES CAVENDISH POV + GROUNDED GIVEAWAY (Up in the Air Series by R.K Lilley)(CLOSED)

Ever wondered what James was doing or thinking during “the break”? You know, when the infamous photos of Bianca and Damien made it to the tabloids? We get to find out thanks to this exclusive scene by R.K Lilley!! Then read on to see how to win an e-copy of Grounded (Up in the Air #3) by R.K Lilley on release day!

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JAMES – BETWEEN BOOKS 1&2

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I checked my phone again, feeling pathetic. It was my birthday today, and all I
was hoping for was a text, and even that wasn’t likely. My mouth twisted bitterly when I
saw that she hadn’t responded to my latest inquiry about her welfare. She usually
didn’t.

I checked my computer. I had an entire network keeping tabs on her-sending me
every photo and scrap of information that they found. I was basically torturing myself,
because most of it was taking the form of petty tabloid gossip. Still, I looked.

The first picture I saw made my jaw clench. I gritted my teeth hard enough that
the sound of it filled my office. I had the childish urge to throw my computer across the
room in a fit, but I tamped it down. It wouldn’t make me feel better to break something.
Nothing would make me feel better, aside from hearing from her.

In the picture, Bianca was lying on a pool lounger, wearing a see-through black
cover-up with a little bikini under it. Her face was peaceful. She could have been
sleeping, in fact. It was his face that bothered me. Damien was sitting on a lounger
beside her, and he was staring at her breasts. Even in a picture, I could read his filthy
thoughts.

Mine, I thought savagely.

I clicked to the next picture rather violently. It was no better. Worse, in fact.
I studied the picture for a long time. I rubbed at my chest. It hurt. The picture
troubled me on a number of levels. She was with Damien again in the picture. They
were walking on the beach. Even the lighting was romantic.

They walked side by side, barefoot in the sand. They looked like a fucking
Hallmark card, and he was touching her.

Mine, I thought again.

Her expression was hard to read. She was wearing dark shades, but I could tell
that she was blushing. I didn’t know what to think of the look on her face. Again, it was
his face that made me want to break things. Namely, his face.

I was well aware that the man was infatuated with her. I’d known it from the first
time I’d met him. It actually pissed me off even more that he’d been nothing but polite to
me, as though I was her passing fancy, and he was content to wait me out. And that
was my fear…

When I looked at her, some part of me thought I’d walked into the most beautiful
love story. Looking into her eyes, I imagined that there was someone for everyone, and
that I had finally found my someone. It made me feel optimistic–and I began to dream
that even the severely damaged could have happy endings.

But when I looked at him, or them together, I felt my gut churn and doubt fill me.
Perhaps this was their love story, and I was just the passing fancy. I could see Bianca
thinking of our tempestuous affair as a brief passionate interlude before she set her feet
firmly back on the ground again, and found a normal guy. Would that be her happy
ending? Is that what would be best for her, in the end? I didn’t know the answer. All I
knew was that I wasn’t unselfish enough to let it happen without a fight.

I spent too long looking at that damned picture–that hand touching her. Abruptly,
I picked the computer up and threw it as hard as I could across the room. It hit the wall
with a satisfying crash.

I’d been wrong. I did feel a little better after breaking something.
Clark burst in the door, looking a little ruffled, though he quickly shook it off when
he saw the mess that used to be my computer. He looked between me and the iMac,
raising his brows. “Time for another workout?” he asked mildly. He was always happy
to hit the gym.

I nodded.

“I’ll have that taken care of,” he added, nodding towards the mess that used to be
my computer.

I just nodded again.

We were nearly to the elevator when my phone beeped at me. I checked it way
too eagerly.

Bianca: I’m doing fine. Please stop worrying about me.

It had taken her over six hours to text me back, but I was messaging within five
seconds of reading hers.

James: Thank you. I miss you desperately, Love.

As sad as it was, it made my day when she responded right away.

Bianca: I miss u 2.

I was smiling as we boarded the elevator.

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Sigh :) Love me some James!!!

GIVEAWAY

Read my review of Grounded HERE.

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The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Tell me who you’d love to see play James Cavendish and Bianca Karlsson in a movie adaptation of the Up in the Air Series. While you’re at it, head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :) 

One winner will be chosen on Monday 11th February and the kindle book will be gifted on release day Tuesday 12th February.

Giveaway closes on Monday 11 February 2013 at 17:00 EST.

Follow the author – Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RkLilley

– Twitter: @Authorrklilley

– Goodreads: R.K Lilley

-Website: http://www.rklilley.com/

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY (CLOSED) – JODI ELLEN MALPAS – BENEATH THIS MAN

This Man is another book I have voted for in every Goodreads list I could come across. I can’t say enough good things about that book! With Beneath this Man, Book #2 (one of the most highly anticipated sequels this year) coming out this Friday (January 18) I just had to chat with the author! PLUS she’s giving away two copies of Beneath this Man on release day!

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Jessy: Welcome to Jessy’s Book Club Jodi! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Jodi: I’m a normal British girl! Does 32 count as a girl? I hope so. I have worked for my Father’s construction business for 12 years, although I recently handed in my notice because I can’t possibly hold down a day job, look after my home and family and write. I have been for too long now, and I am thoroughly exhausted! I was born and raised in the Midlands, UK, and have had a normal life, until now. I have two boys, a husband and a Beagle. Like I said..normal!

Jessy: You’re self published. Why and how did this decision come about?

Jodi: I did my research here. Out of 1000 manuscripts an agent receives, they take just one, sometimes none. It’s a tough world. I planned on self-publishing, but I did send This Man to some London agents anyway. They can take months to respond, if they even do. I went ahead with self-publishing, and I still haven’t heard back from some of them – probably never will, but I went into that with no expectations or hope, so I’m not at all disappointed. Self-publishing is incredible. It’s given authors all over the world the opportunity to get their work out there without a publishing deal, and it’s opened up a massive library of amazing books to readers, too.

Jessy: Agreed. 90% of my favorite books last year were self-published.

So after publishing This Man, did people (strangers or friends) come up to you wanting to talk about sex and erotica? I’ve always imagined this happens to Erotica/Erotic Romance authors.

Jodi: Haha! I obviously get asked where my ideas and inspirations come from, but I have a vivid imagination. I know exactly what I want to achieve in sex scenes, depending on what sort of situation the characters are in -romantic, lustful, frantic… The list goes on! I’ve no doubt people are intrigued, especially the men I know.

Jessy: What would you say is your favorite book of all time?

Jodi: Oh? That’s a tough one. I was most intrigued with The Da Vinci Code. Strange, I know, but history really gets me.

Jessy: Let’s talk This Man. He’s as Alpha Male as they come but some found him a tad crazy. You also refer to him as crazy man. Why the need to create such a complex character?

Jodi: He is a bit crazy, isn’t he? I really wanted to create a man who women would hate but can’t help loving either. I’ve said it before, he’s a lucky bag of a man. Sometimes you’re delighted, sometimes you want to throw him at the wall in disgust! It’s an emotional thing that seems to capture women’s interest and imagination. I really didn’t want women to understand him, not at first, anyway. Beneath This Man will answer some questions that I know are driving people insane. I would like to take this opportunity to give a public apology for ending This Man so horribly. Sorry. But it sets the pace for Beneath perfectly.

Jessy: Yeah I came close to tossing my kindle in the bin after that ending! 

How much of yourself did you put into Ava’s character or Jesse’s for that matter?

Jodi: Haha! There is none of Jesse in me! A bit of Ava. She’s strong-minded, independent and loyal. She’s a normal girl about town, and I guess I am too. Everyone always gets so into the hero of a story. I wanted to create a heroine who my readers could relate to. Like I said, a normal girl about town.

Jessy: Now for a naughty one. Describe to us your process of writing a steamy scene. Do you draw from experience? Fantasies? Google?

Jodi: LOL!!!! No experiences! Fantasies? Maybe, I’m not ashamed to admit that. What woman doesn’t want to be taken with such intensity? I have numerous tracks that really get my sexual juices flowing, and I was surprised how easy I found it to write my first ever erotic scene. It just came, and came! I was dreading it as well – really dreading it, but Jesse and Ava have a lot of sex. They communicate through sex, so it’s a good job I don’t struggle in this area of my writing.

Jessy: There’re definitely a few scenes I can’t get out of my head ;)

I remember the day after I found This Man on Amazon. I searched for your Facebook Page and your post was something like “I slept and in the meantime America woke up and bought my book.” Was that the day you realized your book has taken off? Can you tell us more about the actual day?

Jodi: God, I’ll never forget that day. I don’t even know what happened. It just kind of exploded. I absolutely never anticipated selling a book in the US, so to say I was shocked would be an understatement. I published on October 20th, and I think this happened around the beginning of November. I was in London, shopping at the time. Now, I have more American friends on Facebook and Twitter than I do British. I love the banter I have with my US readers. It’s all about jumpers and knickers!

Jessy: I can honestly say I’ve never used the word ‘knickers’ in my life…I just might start :) 

Moving on. There are many who credit the success of Erotic Romance and Erotica books in general to Fifty Shades of Grey/E.L James. However, some author’s don’t want their books associated with the Fifty Shades Trilogy. What’s your take on this?

Jodi: This Man has been compared to Fifty Shades a lot, but the only similarity I see is the dominant male. I have absolutely no problem at all with being compared to Fifty. It can only be a good thing, given that the trilogy has captured the imagination of millions of women all over the world. Nope, no problem at all. E.L James has opened up a whole new world to millions of women. She should get a medal.

Jessy: Speaking of medals, as a service to my countrymen and none-English speakers, I have to ask. Are there any plans of publishing the trilogy in other languages?

Jodi: Unfortunately, I believe, you only get your work translated if you have a publishing deal and they sell the rights to other countries. I’m self-published, so the answer is no, I suppose. Maybe one day, who knows?

Jesse: Do you plan on venturing into other genres?

Jodi: No. For now, I’m sticking to romance and erotica! I love the response I’m getting from women. I love feeding their imaginations and fantasies. I love it! I’m definitely happy staying where I am with love, sex and intensity, but keeping a good story line too. That’s top of my achieve list. Maybe in the future, though.

Jessy: What’s next after the trilogy?

Jodi: I had a pure clarity moment the other day. My first standalone novel all fell into place. I mapped it out in my journal so it’s ready to crack on with once I complete book#3 of the This Man Trilogy. That will be strange after devoting the last few years to Jesse and Ava. I’ll be so sad when I finish telling their story.

Jessy: I can imagine… though i’m glad that even after their story is told we have much more to look forward to from you. Thanks so much Jodi! Friday can’t get here soon enough!

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GIVEAWAY

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The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below.Anything you like. And while you’re at it, why don’t you head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :) 

Two winners will be chosen on Friday 18th January. Kindly remember that these are Kindle copies. If you don’t have a Kindle Device you can download the free kindle app to your laptop, ipad or phone.

Competition closes on Friday 18 January 2013. I’ll try to get the books to the winners soon after release. It will all go quite fast so make sure you comment as soon as you see the post.

Follow the author – Twitter: @JodiEllenMalpas

– Goodreads: Jodi Ellen Malpas

-Facebook: This Man Page

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – R.K LILLEY – UP IN THE AIR SERIES (CLOSED)

I have posted these two books (In Flight and Mile High) on every list I could come across, both here and on Goodreads. The books are in my Favorite Books of 2012 List, my What to Read after Fifty Shades of Grey list, my Best Romance Books of 2012 list…let’s just say I LOVED these books! I was incredibly elated when the author agreed to an interview AND she’s giving away 2 e-copies of In Flight and 2 of Mile High!!! Check below on how to win a copy.

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Jessy: Welcome to Jessy’s Book Club! Tell us a bit about yourself.

R.K: I’m happily married to the love of my life.  My husband and I have been devoted to each other for fourteen years now.  We have two ridiculously beautiful boys, ages three and seven, who keep me on my toes, day and night.  I’ve been an avid reader since I can remember.  I can recall being ten years old and working on my epic fantasy saga, and onto writing a grand romance at fourteen.  There have always been stories in my head.

Writing is such a labor of love for me.  It’s a creative outlet that I absolutely need(possibly more than sleep)  There’s nothing I would rather do for a living.  I feel so lucky to get to do it every day.

Jessy: As a first class flight attendant, did you actually meet a James Cavendish type, or was the character a mix of different people you came across, are just your imagination?

R.K: I’d say that the inspiration for James Cavendish is a mix of things, including my imagination.  Two qualities, though, he got directly from my husband.  The first being that he says things in my ear on a regular basis that still manage to shock me, and if you’ve read my books, that’s quite a feat :)   The second is that he’s always honest, sometimes too much so.  If I don’t want a totally honest answer about a new haircut, I don’t ask him, lol.

Jessy: You get to live it and write it…lucky lucky! Ok, now a naughty one, did you you ever catch passengers attempting to join the Mile High Club? 

R.K: Yes!  You would not believe how often that actually happens.  My specific airline had the policy of just leaving the couples alone, as long as they weren’t having sex out in the open.  And I will also say that my husband was a passenger on many of my redeye flights, when he joined me on my layovers.  That’s all I’ll say about that :)

Jessy: Ha! We’ve read what happens between James and Bianca on those flights! But now you’ve got me wondering if the policy exists on other airlines…but let me not digress!

‘Controlling/Possessive men’ is the most searched term on this blog. What do you think it is with women loving men like James Cavendish?

R.K: Men that take control are sexy.  Nothing is more attractive to me than a man that knows what to do with himself.  I want the man controlling the chess board, not the pawn being played.  Power is seductive.  And the very idea of possession is a romantic one, under the right circumstances.  Why I adore James so much is not just because he’s a dominant man, but also because he’s complicated, and the more you dig, the better it gets.

Jessy: I feel like most books in this genre consist of Alpha Male types and women who tend to be pushovers. Though James is the one holding the flogger :) Bianca is definitely the one holding the reins in this relationship. Was it a conscious decision to create a strong female? And why?

R.K: It was conscious in some ways.  I feel like you couldn’t survive the things she has without being strong.  I felt like, to be a real character, she had to have that strength.  Bianca is very self-aware.  She’s been through hell and come out a stronger person for it, but she’d be the first to admit that it’s also made her guarded.  She’s uncompromising in a lot of ways because she feels that it’s the only way to survive.  This has shaped the dynamic of their relationship in interesting ways.  James is by no means a pushover, but he’s made some very big concessions as he’s come to understand her.  It’s pretty clear that James would do anything to keep her, and she does need control with certain aspects of her life, which is why you see her calling a lot of the shots outside of the bedroom.

Jessy: Were you surprised by the success of the series?

R.K: Oh yes!  I mean, I loved the books, but it’s my debut in the genre, and I did literally no promotion for it.  Some wonderful women just happened to get a hold of the book, and they spread the news.  The community for this genre is like no other.  The support has been so unexpected and I’m still constantly amazed by it.

Jessy: Do you remember the actual moment you realized the series has really taken off?

R.K: For me it was just hearing how enthusiastic the readers were about these books.  Someone wrote me and told me they had a girl crush on Bianca just a few days after the first book’s release.  I loved that!  I thought, Me too!  Finally I’m not the only one!

Jessy: :) You’ve written Urban Fantasy and Erotic Romance, any plans of venturing into other genres?

R.K: Definitely.  I don’t think I could ever be a one genre author.  Always in the back of my mind is an epic dark fantasy series, and different sub-genres in romance are certainly on the table, as well.  Hell, who knows, I might even write a YA novel one of these days, lol:)  I wouldn’t rule anything out.

Jesse: What’s next for R.K Lilley?

R.K: Grounded will be released on February 12th, and about a month later I will release a novella about the character, Lana.  After that I will be working on another erotic romance series, tentatively titled, Bad Things.  The characters for this will be introduced in Grounded.  They’re a mess.  I look forward to straightening them out.  I’ll be curious to see if people can spot them right away when they’re reading Grounded.

Later in the year, hopefully late summer, will be the second book in my Heretic Daughters series.  You will be seeing many more books from me.  I have no plans of slowing down.  Just the opposite:)

Jessy: God I hope so! I’m already looking forward to Bad Things! But first things first, February 12, 2013 is the release date for Grounded (Book #3 in the Up in the Air Series)… mark it on your calendar people!

Thank you R.K!

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GIVEAWAY

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The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below (feel free to state which book you’d prefer of the two). While you’re at it, why don’t you head over to Jessy’s Book Club on Facebook and like the page :)  

Four winners will be chosen on Tuesday 15th January. Kindly remember that these are Kindle copies. If you don’t have a Kindle Device you can download the free kindle app to your laptop, ipad or phone.

Competition closes on Tuesday 15 January 2013 at 17:00 EST.

Follow the author – Twitter: @Authorrklilley

– Goodreads: R.K Lilley

-Website: http://www.rklilley.com/

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – ALEATHA ROMIG – CONSEQUENCES SERIES (CLOSED)

January 4, 2013 by jessys book club | Edit

If you’ve visited my blog before then you know how much I lovedCONSEQUENCES and TRUTH by Aleatha Romig! (Check my Reviews:Consequences here and Truth here.)

Both books are in my best of 2012 list AND the author has been voted #1 “New Author to Read” on Goodreads July, August, September, October and December 2012! So imagine my elation when she agreed to an interview :)PLUS, she’s generously giving away an e-copy of either Consequences or Truthto FOUR lucky readers! (This is an international giveaway, check below on how to win!)

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Jessy: I’m so excited to have you at Jessy’s Book Club! Welcome… and please tell us a bit about yourself.

Aleatha: Thank you for having me, this is going to be fun!! I’m wild and crazy – not!

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 26 years, we have 3 children who are growing too fast and I work full-time as a dental hygienist. I also have a hobby, one that’s been taking more and more of my time, as of late. I enjoy writing – very much! I have a great life, no complaints; however, I love getting lost in the lives of my characters. This hobby is more addicting than anything else I’ve ever tried – I can’t get enough!

Jessy: More books for us! :) We know about your day job (via twitter) how many hours do you dedicate to writing?

Aleatha: The amount of time I spend writing varies. When the storyline is rushing full-speed through my head, I can’t write enough! I take my laptop to work and spend my lunch hour typing away! I write through the night. TRUTH was mostly written between mid-night and five in the morning. I would make myself “take a nap” before my alarm. No one wants their dental hygienist falling asleep while she has sharp things in their mouth!

The best answer: not enough. I would love to have at least five hours a day totally devoted to writing. I have found lately I spend many hours interacting with readers. It is so new to me, I truly enjoy hearing (reading) their reactions and thoughts! Then there is my family, they like to eat and have clean clothes… there are just NOT enough hours in a day.

Jessy: When did you first come up with the idea of Consequences and how did it come about?

Aleatha: My life changed in 2008. Our oldest son graduated high school, went to Purdue University and my husband lost his job. He went to a third shift job. In 2009 our daughter left for Hanover College. This left me home with our youngest every night. At the time he went to bed early. I was lonely. My busy house was now tomb quiet!

I had a “thought” a “vision” of the opening scene in CONSEQUENCES. On a whim I decided to write it down. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know. Who is this woman? Why is she there? How did she get there? Who is her captor? Why did he choose her? The more I questioned the more I wanted to know… I left my quiet house every evening and immersed myself in this fictional world. CONSEQUENCES was my therapy!

Jessy: Truth is not as dark as Consequences was, was this a conscious decision you made to give it a lighter feel? And if so why?

Aleatha:  I don’t think it was a conscious decision. I don’t plan my books. When I start, I know the beginning and the ending. How I get from point A to point B is a journey. Each time I sit down at the keyboard I’m as shocked and amazed at the twists and turns as my readers. So, no, I didn’t set out to make TRUTH less dark. I let the characters lead the way; and that is the way they took me.

Jessy: The end of Truth is still haunting me…so let’s talk book #3. Convictedis set for late 2013, early 2014….why the long wait?

Aleatha: Anticipation makes the heart grow fonder!

CONVICTED isn’t done. I promise I’m not hording it on my laptop refusing to show it to anyone. It is still a work in progress. My series is complicated and multi-layered. I take a lot of time making sure all the pieces fit together. I don’t want to rush CONVICTED and have it not be right. I want my readers to love book 3 as much or more than 1 & 2!

Jessy: Since I’m based in Europe, I have to ask, any plans on making the series available in other languages?

Aleatha: That is an excellent question and one my agent and I have been discussing. We’ll see.

Jessy: I had a hard time categorizing this series. How would you categorize it?

Aleatha: When I wrote CONSEQUENCES, I categorized it as “Psychological Thriller”. I was told in order to be a “Romance” there must be a HEA. Well, here’s a secret, CONSEQUENCES (book 1) does NOT end with a HEA!

However, I have more recently been told that because the relationship between Tony and Claire drives the series, it is a “Romance” — NOT your typical romance. The CONSEQUENCES Series is now categorized as: “Contemporary Dark Romance/ Thriller”!!! There – it’s official!

Jessy: I’ll make sure to add that category to my reviews! Ok, I know for sure I’d like to see you write dark erotica. Do you plan on venturing into this or more genres?

Aleatha: Ha ha! I’ve been pondering this question now for days! Other genres… well, as I just said, I’m making my own genre with my series, so sure – why not?

I love to write and I love to read. I do enjoy reading erotica – dark erotica? I guess I can like some of that too… write it? I don’t know – do you think anyone would read it???

Jessy: I can definitely see you writing dark erotica and I can assure youConsequences readers will love it! Thank you so much for stopping by! I CANNOT wait for Convicted!

Aleatha: Thank you Jessy, for having me on your blog, and telling the world about CONSEQUENCES, TRUTH and CONVICTED. It has been so fun! Now, let’s giveaway some books!!! Aleatha

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GIVEWAY!!!

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The giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is leave a comment below (feel free to state which book you’d prefer of the two) and four winners will be chosen on Sunday 6 January. Here’s the deal, these are digital books and the lucky four will get to chose the e-retailer they use (e-pub or mobi). Remember you don’t have to have a kindle or nook device, you can download the free kindle app to your laptop, ipad or phone.

Competition closes on Sunday 6 January 2013 at 18:00 EST.

Follow the author- Twitter: @AleathaRomig

– Goodreads: Aleatha Romig

-Website: http://www.consequencesbyromig.com/

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7 Responses to Giveaways, Interviews and More

  1. Anonymous says:

    love a good book with a great plot

  2. Anita Powers says:

    Not sure where to leave this comment but I am answering the question who are my favorite characters from RK Lilley’s books for the giveaway of the two signed paperbacks. My favorite characters are Bianca and James, from the Up in the AIr series, I love them.

  3. Amy says:

    R.K. LILLEY ROCKS!!!!….. I L ❤ VE Bianca and James BUT love her bestie too!!

  4. Misty Luh says:

    Just found a new blog Thank you 🙂

  5. Shelly F. says:

    Was trying to find where to leave a comment for A Different Blue’s giveaway question on who’s your favorite professor/teacher? I have to say Gabrielle Emerson is my favorite professor hands down!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

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