Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Fan’s Take on Art and Theft

 By Libby Waterford

I think all fiction is a form of fan fiction. We may not all be channeling our inner Stephanie Meyer and turning our stories into cultural touchstones, but we’re all fans of something and often seeing more of what we love is what drives authors to the keyboard.
Love Unlocked, a contemporary romantic suspense novel about an art thief and a painter, was inspired in many ways by my early exposure to Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. In this film, Cary Grant is his impeccably suave self as the retired jewel thief The Cat, Grace Kelly is at her most luminous, and the French Riviera has never seemed as exciting or sexy. Love Unlocked takes place on a different coast—that of Central California. The thief this time is a brunette with a penchant for paintings and her reluctant partner in crime is a brilliant but blocked artist who will do anything to keep her within arm’s reach and out of harm’s way. My characters, setting, and plot are completely different, but I hope the spirit of fun and glamour carries through.
Love Unlocked is on sale for 99 cents through April 3rd, and it’s also going to be available in print from Amazon.com.
If you’ve ever wanted to spend some time with art-loving thieves and thief-loving artists, I hope you’ll pick up Love Unlocked, and look for my next contemporary erotic romance, Sweet Imperfection, out next week on 3/31.

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About Libby:
Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and works off her weekly pilgrimage to In-N-Out by swimming and climbing the city’s hidden staircases.

Email: libby@libbywaterford.com
Twitter: @LibbyWaterford



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Romancing the Book Snob

By Deanna Wadsworth

The other day someone made a disgusted face at me I told them what I was reading. Naturally, I’m in the middle of another awesome gay romance—per my usual— and they said, “I wouldn’t get caught dead reading that.”
Feeling my hackles rising, I was like, “What? A gay book?”
They said back with a laugh, “No, a trashy romance novel.”
 Mind you this book snob joined the other lemmings and read 50 Shades, but that is another rant for another day, LOL
So, while I was somewhat relieved their snobbery wasn’t a gay vs. straight thing, but rather an overall self-inflated opinion of their literary prowess, it got me thinking: why do so many people turn their noses up when they see a paperback with a Highland warrior on the cover and a be-gowned heroine? Or a book with two gorgeous, muscled hunks? Or hey, even a combo of all three?
We all know a book snob only reading something that makes them look smart, think deeply or that a certain daytime talk show host recommended. Personally with the wide variety of storylines in the romance genre I ask, why read anything else?
In a romance genre you will find everything you could want in any type if book. Thrillers, spy novels, vampires, murderer mystery, science fiction, political thrillers, inspirational, westerns and fantasy that would make a Tolkien fan look twice. You can have any combo of protagonists too from M/F, M/M, F/F. The possibilities and combinations are only as endless as your imagination and the space on your Kindle.
The one thing you won’t find after devoting a week to 90k words, is your MC dying in the last ten pages. Unless the heroine has some magic power to resurrect him, that is.
Why, I ask, is the content of a book with a guaranteed happy ending somehow inferior reading? Why is a book tossed aside because of some tawdry cover art? Weren’t we always told not to judge a book by its cover? So why does that not actually apply to a romance novel?
One of the first things we often ask when being introduced to a new couple is, “How did you two meet?” Why do we ask this? Because we are hoping that it may be an interesting story. A romance novel always delivers on an interesting story.
In today’s stressful world we all need an escape. We go to the movies and we want to laugh and we want to walk away feeling happy. We should demand the same things from our reading material. Today’s romance novel is not what most people think. There is a subgenre for everyone. The publishing world is tough to break into and the competition is fierce, so the quality of the writing is better than you would ever imagine. So next time someone asks you if you have a good book to recommend try telling them to read a romance. They will find a well-crafted page turner that will leave you walking away with a smile on your face.
Nothing feels better than Happily Ever After!

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Diamond Moon: A Chat With Ross and Darci

Hi Everyone!

I’m excited to be here on the Decadent Pub blog today to celebrate release day for Diamond Moon, Book 12 in the Black Hills Wolves multi-author series.  Woot! ::happy dance::
Diamond Moon is my first story for the BHW line, and I have two others in progress. Each story features one of three Wolf siblings.  First up, you’ll meet hunky Dominant Wolf Ross Luparell and his love-interest Darci Diamond.  Ross’s sister arrives in the next story, followed by the eldest brother in the third.
The official Diamond Moon Release Tour starts today.  Please visit the tour stops for more fun info on Diamond Moon (soundtrack, character interviews, etc.), book reviews, and author interviews, and to enter my tour giveaway – 2 gift cards up for grabs!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Celia

Diamond Moon Tour Schedule

March 27 – Review - Fanatical Paranormal Romantical

March 27 – Spotlight - Marianne Willis Author


March 30 - Interview and Review - Happy Tails and Tales

March 31 - Guest blog - Sapphyria's Book Reviews

April 1 - Spotlight - Mischievous Reads

April 1 – Spotlight - Share My Destiny

April 2 - Guest blog - The Bookish & The Romantic

April 2 - Review/Spotlight - Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

April 3 – Spotlight - All I Want and More Books 

April 3 - Spotlight - Books N Pearls

April 6 - Guest blog - Diane’s Book Blog

April 6 – Spotlight - Booklover Sue

April 7 – Interview - Urban Fantasy Investigations

April 7 - Interview - Houston Havens 

April 8 – Interview - I Smell Sheep


April 9 - Interview Part 2 - I Smell Sheep

April 9 – Review - Crazy Four Books

April 10 - Guest blog - Sophia Kimble

April 10 - Spotlight and Review - Imagine a World


BOOK INFO

Title:  Diamond Moon
Series:
Black Hills Wolves
Number: Book 12
Author: Celia Breslin

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Date of Publication: March 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-61333-803-2
ASIN: B00T2E7ZEY

Number of pages: 85
Word Count: 29,737K

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Blurb:
Human-wolf hybrid Darci Diamond spends every full moon locked in auntie’s basement in Southern Oregon. Her excruciating shifts terrify her, the last one causing her heart to stop beating. Seeking a cure, she journeys to Los Lobos.
Ross Luparell returns to the struggling Tao pack, using his millions made in the tech industry to build homes for pack families in need. He never imagined he would also find his one true mate. But when a hybrid with the biggest green eyes he’s ever seen lands on his doorstep in the middle of a wicked summer storm, there’s no denying it. She’s the one.
She wants a normal human life, free from pain-filled shifts. He won’t give up on her Wolf, and will do whatever it takes to help her accept her true nature. But can he convince her to trust him with her heart?

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EXCERPT:
     He reached out with his Wolf senses. The feedback froze his fingers on the doorknob. Female. Damn, she smelled good. Human. Wolf. Wait…both? The copper tang of blood hit his nose. And injured.
     He flung open the door. His abrupt move caught his visitor off guard, one small, white fist raised to knock. The woman startled and fell forward. Catching her, he pulled her inside, kicking the door shut with his foot.
     She sagged against him, a shivering bundle of wet woman. Underneath the dampness, her scent drop-kicked his gut. Apples and cinnamon. Roses and honey. His body perked up, taking extreme notice. He fought the growl of possession threatening to tear out of his throat. Holy hell, had his potential mate just walked into his home in the middle of a storm?
     The scent of her blood jump-started his brain into action. He lowered her gently to the floor. “Jesus. You okay?”
His instincts urged him to check her for wounds, but he was a stranger and didn’t want to spook her. But goddamn, he wanted to touch her. Peel off her wet clothes. See all of her. With a jacket covering her torso, tight jeans hiding her legs, and her ball cap pulled low on her face, all he’d seen so far was her quivering pale chin, full red lips, and those delicate, trembling hands.
     “S-s-sorry, d-dripping all ov-v-ver your f-f-floor,” she said, teeth chattering. Her snow white fingers curled on the hardwood, arms trembling with her effort to keep herself upright. Blood streaked the wood. A line of liquid crimson slid down her jaw and dripped from her chin onto her jacket.
     To hell with propriety. “You’re injured. Let me help you.” He pulled off her cap and damn near swallowed his tongue.
     Big green eyes blinked up at him from a face so pale it made him think of moonlight. Drenched, short black hair lay plastered to her head, the ends framing features reminiscent of the fairies his sister loved to draw for the hidden-object games she designed. Ethereal beauty. My beauty. He stroked a knuckle down her cheek then ran his thumb over her soft, full lower lip.
     She flinched and batted his hand away, falling to her side in the process.
     Ross snapped back to reality with a healthy hit of guilt. “Shit. Sorry.”
     His gaze shot to her forehead where a two-inch cut sent blood trailing over her prominent cheekbone with its silky-smooth skin he’d so enjoyed caressing—
     Shit. He gave himself a mental ass kicking for scaring her. “I’m Ross. You’re safe here. Promise.”

About the Author:

Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. Her award-winning vampire series - The Tranquilli Bloodline - is available from Champagne Books.  Diamond Moon is her first werewolf story for Decadent Publishing’s Black Hills Wolves shifter series. When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.








Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Top Ten List ~ Zero, Ohio

 by Megan Slayer

I did this for my 1Night Stand book and thought it was fun. So why not create a top ten list for the Zero books? Grin. I’m all for it! Here we go!

10. “If you’re willing, I’d really like to grab this second chance and find out what kind of hotness we can create. Tell me you want to.” ~ Josh from Saving Sam
9.  Fame or not, Layne wasn’t interested in starting a relationship. Love meant opening himself up to someone else and that proved too painful. He was done with pain. ~Layne from Catching Cary
8. “Yeah. I find it hard to believe, but I’m not shocked. People have been getting freaky for a lot longer than anyone expects.” ~ Bobby from Redeeming Raygan
7. “Hey.” Josh massaged the back of Sam’s neck, then rested his forehead on his temple. “We can take this slow. I won Zig over. Now it’s time to win you over, too.” ~ Josh from Saving Sam
6. “So many people are all about digital, but there’s something about the pops and crackles in a good record that can’t be matched.” ~ Leon in Mixing Mike
5. “I was beginning to think I was the last single guy in Zero.” ~ Bobby from Redeeming Raygan
4. “And I am in love.” The tips of Leon’s ears burned. He shouldn’t have blurted out those words, especially not when he barely knew Mike. “I mean, I love vinyl, too, hon.” ~ Leon from Mixing Mike
3. “Okay, Zero,” he said to himself. “Amaze me.” ~ Jeep from Redeeming Raygan
2. “What’s this guy’s name? The only time you get caught up on people is when you like them. He’s got to be a real looker.” ~ Duke from Catching Cary
1. No more. If he held back any longer, he’d explode. “I’m coming. Oh my God.” He pumped his hips. The room blurred and his control shattered. The words ripped from his throat. “John, Paul, George, and Ringo.” ~ Mike from Mixing Mike

Want to know more about the Zero, Ohio series? Keep reading!



Saving Sam by Megan Slayer
Zero, Ohio, Book 2

Give up his dream or go for exactly what he wants?
Sam Grau never planned on seeing his former best friend again. One-night stands worked well enough to ease his heartache and loneliness...except he wanted more. He’s got a choice—chase his dreams or the man he loves. He can’t have both.
Josh Thomas never gave up on finding the one man who understood him down to the cellular level. He walked away once, but not a second time. He’s willing to sacrifice his heart and pride to show his quirky friends the men they’ve both become, all in the name of saving Sam.

An AllRomance Ebooks Bestseller



Mixing Mike by Megan Slayer
Zero, Ohio Book 3
Zero, Ohio, where the temperatures might be below freezing but you can always melt the frost with smoking hot sex. 

For these two men, this record could be the soundtrack to their lives – if they’re willing to mix things up.
Meticulous and organized, air traffic controller Mike Larson has every reason to be wary of mixing his passion for music with love. When Mike’s hunt to complete his Top 100 of the ‘80s list brings him to Vintage Vinyl, a shock of guyliner, dyed hair and flamboyant personality rocks his orderly world. Can he risk a step outside his comfort zone for a chance with Leon?  
Flamboyant Leon Sanders uses attitude to keep others at a distance, because he doesn’t believe in love or a lasting relationship. When he turns up the charm at his music store Vintage Vinyl, he makes the best sales. Something about the quiet man beckons Leon to give love a chance, but does he dare mix it up with Mike? 


Catching Cary by Megan Slayer
Zero, Ohio, Book 4

Sometimes giving into fate gets you to the place you most want to be.
Cary Hazard walked away from his life as the front man for the band, Cascadia, to embrace a quieter existence in Zero. With no celebrities and no one wanting things from him, he’s happy. He’s also lonely. He wants to find that one special person to warm his nights and love him—tattoos and all. Will he or end up alone again or will the hunk at the Eight Ball bar be his saving grace?
Layne Stevens has a past he’s not proud of.  He’s looking for redemption, but not in the hands of a former star. If he can stay in the shadows, he’s happy, but lonely. The man singing at the bar has his full attention. He wants to wrap himself up in the guy’s strong arms. Will he be able to open up and offer his heart or will the truth destroy everything he holds dear? It’s a matter of catching Cary.
An All Romance Ebooks Bestseller!


Redeeming Raygan by Megan Slayer
Zero, Ohio Book 5

Zero, Ohio, where the temperatures might be below freezing but you can always melt the frost with smoking hot sex.

Two rough endings can equal one hot beginning.
Raygan Mason is done with love. After plenty of failed relationships, he wants nothing of the emotion. He’s broken inside and believes he’s not worthy of redemption …until he meets a man named after a car. Then his structured, but closed off world gets turned upside down.
Jamie “Jeep” Grusin isn’t big on love, either. Fresh out of a marriage filled with cheating and lies, he’s not looking for another partner. The writer wants a fresh start and is told Zero will cure what ails him. He’s not convinced …until he ends up at Eight Ball bar.
Can two men who think they are totally wrong for each other find out that redemption and a new start is so right?

And now for that excerpt!
©Megan Slayer, 2014

He drove nearly the length of the main street before he spotted the bar. The gigantic eight ball wasn’t lit, but there were lights on within the building.
“This must be the place. Jeep pulled into the parking lot, then stopped. He grabbed his wallet, phone and notebook. He refused to be anywhere without a paper and pen.
The bell dinged as he headed into the bar. Two men stood behind the counter.
“Sorry, buddy,” the black-haired man said. “We’re closed.”
The taller man shrugged. “Bobby, lock the main door. We can go out the back when we’re done. One patron won’t hurt anything, but I don’t want a group coming in.” The man turned his attention to Jeep. “What’ll you have?”
“Uh—” He’d always known what to say in every situation, but not now. Looking at the brown-haired man twisted Jeep’s tongue. He shook his head to clear his thoughts. “Which one of you has a place for me to stay?” Holy shit. What an unintentional come-on!
Both men froze. Jeep knew exactly what he’d said and wished he could’ve taken it back. He scratched his forehead. Shit. He needed to unlearn that bad habit. Still, the nervous gesture gave him time to think.
“I meant, I’m new in town and need a place to rent for the next few nights. My publisher, Nelson Vickers, told me someone here has a place for me to stay. I need it while I’m writing.”
“You must be looking for Sam,” the black-haired man said. “He’s got half a duplex.”
“Yeah.” Jeep nodded. “Him. Which one of you are him?” Hopefully the taller guy was the man he needed to see. He wouldn’t mind spending some quiet time with the handsome man.
“Neither. This is Bobby and my name is Raygan. Sam, the one you’re looking for, works at the community center. It’s closed now, but I’d be willing to bet he’ll help you in the morning.” Raygan placed a coaster on the bar top. “Want a beer?”

And here’s a little bit more about me!

When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.
When she’s not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best. The cabana boys are willing to serve, unless she needs them. She always need them. So be nice to Javier or he will bite--on command.
She also masquerades under the name Wendi Zwaduk and is published through many places including Decadent Publishing.

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