Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Win-A-Book Wednesday with...Jane Kindred!

Posted by: Jane Kindred

Jane Kindred

Jane Kindred is the author of The House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy, the Demons of Elysium series, and The Devil’s Garden. Born in Billings, Montana, she spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.

You can find Jane on her Twitter account and Facebook page—both of which are aptly named “janekindred"—and on her website, www.janekindred.com.

Master of the Game*

Master of the Game, available August 5 from Samhain Publishing, is the third and final book in the Demons of Elysium series: a blend of m/m BDSM erotic romance and epic fantasy with a paranormal contemporary twist. This is your chance to win an Advance Copy!

Here's what people are saying about Demons:
“A spicy erotic fantasy that submerges the reader into a tempestuous relationship that speaks of dark desires and wicked delights. Kindred tucks her burgeoning romance inside an intriguing story filled with deception and betrayal as luscious angels and demons all vie for the ultimate prize. Drenched in a decadent haze of pleasure, pain, discipline and punishment, Kindred’s voice captures readers, leaving them panting for more.” ★★★★  — RT Book Reviews
“This world is freaking awesome. ... Once I thought I had a hold on where Kindred was going with this story it would take another turn. I was glued to the pages of this book till the very end.” 4.25 stars — Crissy, Joyfully Jay
“What a seductive, devilishly delicious tale... Steamy, solid entertainment!” ★★★★Rainbow Book Reviews
“The second installment in Kindred's wickedly erotic, BDSM-based Demons of Elysium series immerses the reader in the dark and tempestuous relationship of Belphagor and his fire demon lover. Pain and pleasure vie for dominance as Kindred takes their relationship to a new level—a level that will make or break the fragile love that exists between them. Kindred does a splendid job of balancing the decadent romance with an engaging conflict filled with lust, lies and revelations.” ★★★★ — RT Book Reviews
*Note: If new to the series, winner of the giveaway has the option to receive Book 1 (Prince of Tricks) instead.

Love is the ultimate game changer…and this time it’s winner take all.

 

Now that his lover is back in his arms, Belphagor is taking his own sweet time to say the words Vasily longs to hear: “You’re my boy.” And savoring the sweet torture of driving the firespirit into a frenzy of unfulfilled need.

As the undisputed master of Heaven’s gaming tables, Belphagor never plays unless he’s certain of winning. But this time, political machinations send the game—and Vasily—tumbling to the brink of even his formidable control.

Vasily can’t deny enjoying their delightfully edgy play—until the airspirit auctions him off for a night to the one demon with a gift for taking things too far. Seductive Silk, tight-lipped about the end of his relationship with the sweet submissive Phaleg, may also be involved with a new faction threatening the pregnant queen of Heaven.

Belphagor couldn’t be less interested in the games angels play, but when angelic and demonic intrigues overlap, he’s drawn in against his will. And forced to break his one inviolable rule: Never gamble what you can’t afford to lose.

Warning: Contains more than a mouthful of m/m ménage, with intense D/s situations featuring intricate rope work, balaklavas, and a flurry of snow.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Here Be News

Posted by: Eleri Stone

New Releases


Book three of Country Roads

Thirteen years ago, Webb Hawkins and Clay McCreedy were best friends, more like brothers than business partners. Determined to push Hawkins Hardwood into the future, their lives were intertwined on every level. Until Webb came home and realized little Molly McCreedy had had grown up.

Stay away from my baby sister. It was the one thing Clay had asked of Webb, but it was a promise Webb couldn't keep, and his actions did more than ruin their friendship--it changed everything. Now Clay is dead, Molly is pregnant after a night of memories and alcohol, and a guilt-ridden Webb needs to put things right.

As what begins as a marriage in name only slowly grows to include the love Webb and Molly have always kept carefully buried, a series of fires erupts across Black Cherry Canyon. And an infamous eco-terrorist sets his sights on Molly--the ultimate pawn in his vendetta against Hawkins Hardwood. To save one, Webb may have to let the other go...
Get it today!

Announcements

FREE READ: The Adventures of Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire by Eleri Stone is about a pair of semi-reformed airship smugglers and their attempt to take down a corrupt politician in a world where zombie-like Reapers roam the plains of the American west. Read it for free! 

COVER REVEAL:
Veronica Scott reveals the cover for her new science fiction romance, Mission to Mahjundar, which will be released August 18th. For more details and the book blurb, visit the cover reveal article at USA Today Happily Ever After!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Going Off Cable

Posted by: Annie Nicholas

We did it. A few months ago we shut off cable. The only person using it was my husband. It took some hand holding and lots of reassurance but he survived. He now knows how to use the internet and has not uploaded a virus to my laptop...yet.

I observe my kids and their generation with their Youtube obsession and wonder what the future will hold for entertainment. Some Youtube personalities seem as popular as movie stars. I, personally, am a Netflix junkie. (And other such services like HBOGO). I like to watch a show when I want to and have the whole series available if I want to binge.

This is my present list of shows. I haven't started the last two but I'm sure by the end of summer I will have started.

Shows on my watchlist:

The Leftovers
Tru Blood (catching up)
Hemlock Grove
Carnivale
Beauty and the Beast


We also do a retro movie night at my place, where hubby and I show the boys our old favorites. Sometimes it's torture for them, sometimes they surprise me. We just finished going through all of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns. They loved The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I never would have guessed my techno geek boys would love cowboys movies.

Movies on our watchlist:

Fright Night
The Frighteners
King Kong (the old version)


So it's my birthday this week and every year I celebrate with a giveaway! I'm giving away signed copies of both Ravenous and Scent of Salvation plus a $10 GC.




Annie Nicholas

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Win-A-Book Wednesday with...Jeffe Kennedy!

Posted by: Jane Kindred

Jeffe Kennedy




Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook. 
Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns;  the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic  contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and the June Seal of Excellence from RT Book Reviews. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.  

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Foreword Literary.


Knowing all too well the damage online trolls can inflict, game designer Emily Bartwell takes privacy seriously. Living in solitude and working remotely under a male alias gives her a sense of security. The sexy writer renting the house next door ignites desires she’d forgotten she had, and when he invites her to play games of a very different sort, Em is ready and willing. Even if it means breaking all her own rules to abide by his. Undercover tech reporter Fox Mullins is so close to the biggest scoop of his career: finding the elusive programmer Phoenix. An increasingly erotic adventure with his reserved but passionate new neighbor is the ideal way to heat up the chilly Pacific Northwest nights as he tracks the brilliant gamer. At first Fox is happy to help Em explore her newly awakened kinky side, no holds barred, no strings attached. But as they push the limits of intimacy, both physical and emotional, Fox discovers he’s not the only one keeping secrets. And revealing hers may mean betraying the one woman who embodies everything he desires.

“Kennedy shows her talent for organic relationship-building in this erotic romance; both Emily and Fox display emotional growth and maturity, and their relationship develops from tentative flirting to domination to equality without feeling forced or implausible.”
“Fox and Em dance around each other in a way that manages to be witty, clever and extremely sexual, proving that they are equally matched.  Going Under is an exciting idea that showcases the changing roles in online gaming and the boundaries lovers explore when lies no longer keep them prisoner.”
~RT Book Reviews. 4 Stars
“Seriously go buy the book. Now.”
“This is a delicious read!”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Hero's Journey and the Magic Mirror

Posted by: Jeffe Kennedy
Between yesterday's Here Be News, my scheduled post today and Win-A-Book Wednesday tomorrow, the first half of this week on Here Be Magic is all about my new release, Going Under.

Ironic, since it's a contemporary erotic romance with nothing magical or speculative fiction about it.

Mostly.

See, this story is about, Emily, a woman who designs role-playing video games. She's brilliant at it, but she created a game that pissed off the online trolls. They went after her with a vengeance, intent on destroying her. She ends up fired from her job, divorced - and terrified. Going into hiding, she assumes a secret identity - that of "Phoenix" - a reclusive and enigmatic game designer everyone assumes is a man.

Because Emily lives in the world of storytelling and fantasy, her own tale is full of those metaphors. She's created layers of identities for herself, avatars that she wears in real life also, to protect her secrets. As she begins to fall in love, it becomes clear that the gaming metaphor she's created - of the hero facing him or herself in the mirror, passing through and coming out changed in some way - speaks to her own life, her own journey.

We often talk here on the Here Be Magic blog, about the fantastic being a metaphor for our daily lives. We read and write it both to escape, but also to see ourselves and our problems in a different light.

And to emerge full of hope.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Here Be News

Posted by: Eleri Stone

New Releases

Knowing all too well the damage online trolls can inflict, game designer Emily Bartwell takes privacy seriously. Living in solitude and working remotely under a male alias gives her a sense of security. The sexy writer renting the house next door ignites desires she'd forgotten she had, and when he invites her to play games of a very different sort, Em is ready and willing. Even if it means breaking all her own rules to abide by his.

Undercover tech reporter Fox Mullins is so close to the biggest scoop of his career: finding the elusive programmer Phoenix. An increasingly erotic adventure with his reserved but passionate new neighbor is the ideal way to heat up the chilly Pacific Northwest nights as he tracks the brilliant gamer.

At first Fox is happy to help Em explore her newly awakened kinky side, no holds barred, no strings attached. But as they push the limits of intimacy, both physical and emotional, Fox discovers he's not the only one keeping secrets. And revealing hers may mean betraying the one woman who embodies everything he desires.

Get it today!

Announcements

Veronica Scott was named the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award winner, in the "Paranormal and Futuristic" category, for her novel ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE. Here's the story for the book, which also won a 2014 SFR Galaxy Award:

Andi Markriss hasn’t exactly enjoyed being the houseguest of the planetary high-lord, but her company sent her to represent them at a political wedding. When hotshot Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane barges in on the night of the biggest social event of the summer, Andi isn’t about to offend her high-ranking host on Deverane’s say-so—no matter how sexy he is, or how much he believes they need to leave now.
Rebel fighters attack the village and raze it to the ground. Deverane escapes with Andi, and on their hazardous journey through the wilderness, Andi finds herself fighting her uncomfortable attraction to the gallant and courageous captain. But Deverane’s not the type to settle down, and running for one’s life doesn’t leave much time to explore a romance.
Then Andi is captured by the rebel fighters, but Deverane has discovered that Zulaire’s so-called civil war is part of a terrifying alien race’s attempt to subjugate the entire Sector. If he pushes on to the capitol Andi will die. Deverane must decide whether to save the woman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

It Takes a Village

Posted by: Shawna Reppert


There’s a stereotype of the writer, laboring alone in an attic in a solitary effort to be discovered in a cold, cold world.  It is true that most writers work alone in the actual drafting stage (the exception being those that write in collaboration, and hats off to them, as I can’t imagine how they avoid homicide.)  But there’s a lot more to bringing a finished book into the world than the laying down of words, so today I want to sing the praises of all those hidden people who help make books what they are.  Some of them are unpaid as well as unsung.  Those that are paid often give of their time, their hearts and their souls a value far beyond their fee.

From the beginning, there are the writers that have gone before that have inspired us and the teachers and mentors who taught us how to get the story on the pages to match the one in our heads.  Let’s not forget all the specialists that take time out of their busy day to help us with our research.

Then there are the beta readers.  Some of them are fellow authors, some are just readers whose opinions we respect.  Because it’s next to impossible for most writers to step outside our work and see it as a reader would, betas are the ones who help us avoid over-explaining or under-explaining, and a myriad of other crimes.  When the work is as polished as we can make it, it goes past one or more editors.  (There are different kinds of editors, but sometimes one editor wears more than one hat.)  Content editors are like betas on steroids; they catch everything—from character inconsistencies to anachronistic language.  I’ve had serious discussions with an editor on the precise word for a certain shade of red.  The writer has the final say, but good writers think hard before rejecting their editor’s advice.  

The copyeditor is often a separate person, especially in a large publishing house.  Copyeditors have amazing skills at catching every little typo that the author and content editor managed to miss in their many passes through the book.  Truly, they have a rare and special talent, the worth of which is often overlooked.

Cover artists make a book look good (hopefully).  Sad as it seems, people do judge a book by its cover.  I was fortunate that Carina Press asks for writer’s input in the cover planning stage, and very fortunate that The Stolen Luck came out with such a gorgeous cover.  For my indie work-in-progress, a sequel to Ravensblood, I have the privilege of working even more directly with a talented artist.  The conception stage was very much a collaborative process, and she was very patient as I insisted this version of the raven looked too hopeful, that version too angry.

We may not always agree with our reviewers, but most of them are motivated by a sincere love of books.  We can't deny that they help us get the word out, and that counts for a lot.

Above all, we owe gratitude to our readers for their support.  For indie writers, that support is quite literal, as many indie novels only see light of day through crowdsource funding such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo.  In fact, the aforementioned cover artist for Raven’s Wing was paid for by a generous reader, even though the official crowdsource campaign has not begun.  Science fiction and fantasy writers are especially blessed with a vocal and supportive fandom.   Writers rely on readers to spread the word about our work through social media, blogs, and word of mouth.  A bit of fan mail can give us the umph we need to go on, and knowing that readers are waiting for the next book can drag us out of bed and to the laptop.  Let's face it, without readers, we'd be talking to ourselves.

Though it’s the author’s name on the cover, it takes a village to raise a book.


Shawna Reppert is the award-winning author of  The Stolen Luck and Ravensblood.
author website: http://www.shawna-reppert.com/
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