Guest Author – Daily Hollow with One Night in Charlotte

Hi all,

Well, weekend is finally here! I know I’m definitely ready for it – the two jobs is wearing me out a bit lol! Still, the weekend is off to a good start with the fab Daily Hollow dropping in for a visit 🙂

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I currently reside in the Carolinas, married to a wonderful wife, and have a beautiful but rambunctious five year old boy. I am reservist in the military and hold a Bachelor’s degree in English/writing and an MBA in business administration. I enjoy traveling with my family, reading, writing, and exercising (though I don’t do nearly enough).

Sounds like you’re busy anyway! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was in the fifth grade, I wrote a story about a hobbit who defeated a giant. My teacher hung it on the wall for all to read. I always liked books, but since I was little, I knew I would one day write them.

Hehe, well hobbits are always a good start for a writing career 😉 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I don’t really have a routine, but I do get many ideas from my morning walks/runs. I’m also in a writing group (ERA) and we have flash fiction Sundays. One of my 198 word stories became a 40k word novella (Leslie’s Dilemma).

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

At the moment I write erotic romance. I kinda stumbled into it by accident. I was looking for writing contests and during my Google search, I stumbled upon Literotica, a website for those who like reading and writing erotica. I started reading some of the stories and said to myself “I can write that.” However, when I was in college, I wrote mostly paranormal and horror. I think I will eventually go back to writing that genre.

Lol, well it’s a bit of a change from horror! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I’ve always been a Stephen King fan. I also like Dean Koontz, James Patterson, and Robert McCammon. I don’t really read a lot in the genre I currently write. If I do, it’s a short story. However, I do recommend Rosemary Wilhide, Spencer Dryden, Mikey Rakes, Lena Black, and Ghiselle St James. Ian Smith is another new author and I helped beta read his current novella, A Knight’s Errant. It should do very well.

What five things could you never do without?

Shrimp tacos from Real Mexico in Columbia SC, watching sports, my laptop, spell check, and, of course, my family.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

It’s a BWWM erotic thriller that is a part of the Tirgearr Publishing’s City Series. It’s about a female Jamaican assassin who begins to fall in love with the man she’s hired to kill. It’s about 25k words and features a lot of hot sex. There’s sex in a car, outdoors, a masturbation scene, and a bed even gets broken.

Ooh, *fans self* just a wee bit steamy then? Where did your inspiration for it come from?

A friend of mine posted the link to the series on FB last year, and it really intrigued me. I couldn’t get started right away because I was in the middle of doing edits for Leslie’s Dilemma and A Night of Firsts. However, once the idea planted itself, it stayed with me like a naughty lover.

Yeah, those little idea seeds do tend to latch on 🙂 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Incorporating my friends. Most of the minor characters are friends of mine in one of the small FB groups I belong to. I thought that was neat, and, of course they did too.

Aww, what a fun idea – might need to try this! I may need more secondary characters though lol. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Editing. God, it was hard to edit, and it also requited a bit of research. My friend Ghiselle’s from Jamaica and she helped with some of the logistics. I also scouted youtube videos as well as the internet about bullet proof vests. I even consulted a police officer friend.

Good friend to have 😉 Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Gabrella for sure. She’s HOT!

So, just in case we’re not convinced already, why should we run out and buy it right now?:)

Because it’s a page turner. Once you read it, you won’t put it down. One of the editors at Tigrearr said she almost missed the formatting deadline because she kept stopping what she was doing to read. There’s also a some pretty hot sex for those who like that sort of thing 🙂

The man knows us 😉 If you’re wanting to know more the book details are here:

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Mark Jenson is a handsome, easy going man who enjoys drinking with his buddies and the occasional Myrtle Beach golf outing.

Gabriella is a beautiful, yet intimidating Jamaican assassin who has nearly fifty kills to her credit. Because Mark unknowingly insulted a mobster’s daughter after they had a drunken night of sex, Gabriella is hired to end Mark’s life. Gabriella had an unusual ritual – she would take souvenirs from her victims. Since this was her last job, and Mark being extremely good looking, his final gift to her is going to be a child.

After hooking up at a club in Charlotte, North Carolina, Gabriella finds herself attracted to Mark. The more she tries to convince herself she needs to complete her job, her feelings for Mark deepen.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/One-Night-Charlotte-City-Nights-ebook/dp/B01CNZJ460?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Take care x

Guest Author Interview – Ember Leigh

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas! I’m travelling back home today after visiting family (well,hopefully anyway, we’ve had bad flooding down here so fingers crossed it doesn’t mess up the trains!) but I was lucky enough to take some time out to chat to the fab Ember Leigh about her new release.

 

Ember Leigh Author PicWelcome Ember, and thanks so much for taking time out over the festive period to talk to us 🙂 So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

My name is Ember Leigh—erotic romance author with a penchant for TRAVEL! I think that’s really all anyone needs to know about me. I have a lot of trouble sitting still.

Hehe, I do know that feeling! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Since my earliest days, I’ve known I would be an author! I don’t know why it sprang forth, it just did. My mother and grandmother are also writers, so I think I come by it honestly. As of age 9, I had it set in my head that I was a writer, and that was that.

Aww, that’s lovely to have the family history of writing. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Pfff—I WISH I had a writing routine! I try to, at least. But really, what happens is I try to work on writing-related tasks whenever I can, like blogging, editing, revising, etc. The actual first-draft-novel-writing tends to come in unpredictable spurts—and I just have to hold on to the reins and let the words pour out!

Hmm, that sounds worryingly familar 😉 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Erotic romance, baby! Within that, however, I’m also including sub-genres—regular adult contemporary, NA, even suspense. But always with the erotic element. I don’t know why I was drawn to it. Probably has something to do with all the fan fiction I read back in the late 90’s…that stuff could get pretty explicit.

I do seem to recall something of the sort *gets the fan out* Perhaps we should move on lol! What five things could you never do without?

1. My husband (wait, I guess he’s not a thing…oh well, I’m keeping it). 2. My day planner. 3. Red Wine (preferably South American). 4. My yoga mat. 5. My library!

Yup, can’t manage without a library 🙂 Speaking of which, tell us a bit about your new release.

It’s “Turkish Delight”, which is book #3 of my travel-themed short story series, Erotic Destinations. This book follows Jenna in Miami, where she works as an assistant on the set of a reality dance competition. One of the guests for the new season is Kadir, a sexy Turkish soap opera. Once he lands in Miami, all sorts of sparks fly!

Ooh, sounds interesting. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Watching a reality dance competition in Argentina this summer, when my husband and I were visiting his family. Watching television in Spanish allows me to view the action on the screen in a different way. I don’t know if it’s because I only understand 85% of the crazy-fast Argentinian Spanish, or if it’s because I’m culturally removed. Either way, I was daydreaming a little while this particular show was on and, voila! Turkish Delight was born!

It’s always fun when something sparks that idea! What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The glitz and luxury of celebrities in Miami!

Oh, yes please! And what was the hardest part about writing it?

Keeping it to a short story! I mean, short stories are always hard for me—it seems like I’m perpetually destined to be ONLY a novelist. The characters in this one really wanted me to keep writing, though. I might revisit them in a future installment, who knows?

It’s always nice when the characters call you back. So, in case we’re not convinced already, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because of these three reasons: Miami, steamy, and $0.99!

Well, I think it’s definitely going on my reading list 🙂 Here’s the details:

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In the reality TV business, everyone is either a hottie or horny. When Turkish soap opera star Kadir shows up in Miami as a contestant on the dance show, Jenna is entranced. She’s made it a point to never go there with any of the celebrities she mingles with on a daily basis…but there’s something about Kadir that makes her second-guess her bottom-line. With so many women clawing for his attention, Jenna wants no part of the hullabaloo…but tasting this Turkish Delight might be worth bending the rules just once.

And you can get your hands on a copy at these buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Turkish-Delight-Erotic-Destinations-Book-ebook/dp/B017OL0EFI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450228366&sr=8-1&keywords=ember+leigh%2C+turkish+delight

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/turkish-delight-ember-leigh/1122924533?ean=2940152676495

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/turkish-delight-8?changeLanguage=True

Don’t forget to follow Ember on social media to keep up with the news on all her new releases:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/emberleighauth
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/emberleighauthor
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/emberleighauthor
Website: http://www.emberleighromance.com

Christmas Reading Recommends

Hi all,

Just a few days to go until Christmas! Are you all feeling festive? I’ve been enjoying getting through lots of Christmassy reads, some new and a couple re-reads from previous years – so I thought I would share reviews on a few of my personal favourites, in case you’re looking for a bit of inspiration 🙂

 

27256825The Perfect Gift (3 Wise Men) – Serenity Woods – 4 star

This was an enjoyable and sweet read about two people with troubled pasts who come together. Brock is just passing the two year anniversary of his wife’s death from cancer, he always swore that he would never love again, but single mum Erin makes him question that vow. Erin has always had terrible taste in men, ending with her son’s father who left them when she was pregnant, and has tried to focus on her son since, especially with him having life-threatening asthma attacks. While drawn to Brock, a doctor who has helped with her son’s treatment, she struggles with self-esteem in wondering what a billionaire doctor would see in her.

The struggles of both the characters were done well, and were relatable to. Brock’s guilt over moving on after his wife, and Erin’s struggle to accept being with someone rich after scrimping for every penny for years. It was nice to see them both working through those though and coming together. Could have maybe done with a little more conflict, but then I’m maybe a bit evil and like my characters to suffer a bit for their HEA lol!

I did really like the background of Brock in particular, he and his two brothers combine their very different skills to help sick children, calling themselved the ‘Three Wise Men’. The insight into the other two brothers was interesting and I’m assuming they will have their own stories to follow. I also liked a lot of the secondary characters, and Erin’s son was really cute, would have been nice to see more of him.

Overall, a fun and sweet story about people finding love when they had both given up on it. I will be looking out for more in the series.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/The-Perfect-Gift-Christmas-Billionaire-ebook/dp/B014HGM9YM

 

23508066.jpgFrosty Relations – Tara Quan – 4 stars

Mina is a familar while Jack Frost (as you might guess by the name lol) is a frost mage/warlock. They’ve known each other since childhood, Mina has always been in love with him and was destined to be Jack’s familar, instead he rejected her and that life and now they both work in ‘normal’jobs. When they both sign up for a paranormal one-night stand service they end up matched with each other.

It’s hard to find something a bit different when reading PNR but this managed it. Mina and Jack were both quite different kinds of paranormal creatures to the usual and I liked the details on their powers and the way they complemented each other magically. Mina was a great character, strong and independent, not afraid to stand up to Jack and their banter was fun and amusing. Jack initially came off as a bit of a petulant child, used to having his own way in everything, but you saw more to him as the story went on and he became a much more likeable character. It was also fascinating to see him using his powers in the bedroom – it certainly made things interesting 😉

Overall, a really enjoyable and fun story. Will definitely look for more in this series.

Buy link: Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Frosty-Relations-Witchs-Night-Book-ebook/dp/B00PCYLPWQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

51+azFaf41L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Blame it on the Fruitcake – Pat Henshaw – 4 stars

Sam is a working-class mechanic who has no family and was raised in a children’s home. When he arrives home to fruitcake on his doorstep and an invite to his new neighbours party he isn’t going to bother going – until he tastes the fruitcake! When he meets his new neighbour, Jay, he doesn’t understand why someone so hot, with a fancy job and a loving family would be interested in him.

This was a really fun and sweet read. Sam’s obsession with fruitcake was hilarious, as well as his despair with Jay’s meddling family. They were a lovely couple and you did slightly want to shake Sam sometimes for his insecurities, but it was nice to see him starting to work through them. I’m not always a fan of first person narrative but it did work well here, Sam’s internal voice was really funny and I loved some of his turns of phrases. It might have been nice to get a little more insight into Jay’s side of things, but that’s the trade-off I suppose.

Overall, this was a really sweet and funny romance that will def get you in the Christmas mood – and probably wanting fruitcake! Will def look for more from this author.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Blame-Fruitcake-2015-Advent-Calendar-ebook/dp/B018RUW5XO

 

indexNot so Silent Night – Sheri Velarde – 4 stars

Anna is a witch and a Christmas cynic so is not looking forward to the holidays – all that changes when a gorgeous Russian bear shifter shows up at her flower shop. There’s instant sparks between them but they will have to deal with trouble from the local werewolf pack.

This was a hot and steamy romance, with a nice Christmas theme. I liked Anna as a character and her powers were fascinating, it also was interesting to see them growing as the story progressed. Alexander was a scrummy shifter hero, but it was nice to see a change from the over-the-top alpha personality that often seems to go with that. While he was protective of Anna, he was also sweet and believed in her own abilities. The sex scenes were well-written and definitely fan-inducing 😉

Overall, a fun paranormal read, with a good mix of sweet and sexy.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Not-Silent-Night-Sheri-Velarde-ebook/dp/B0187T305M

 

index2Heart of the Season – Julianna Douglas – 5 stars

This really did have it all in a Christmas story, gorgeous yet scarred military hero, sweet yet strong animal activist, adorable hero dog, and a few Christmas miracles 🙂

Zach would never have survived the bomb blast that scarred his body and took his leg if it wasn’t for Akilah, the dog he befriended in Afganistan. When he wakes up back in hospital in the US, it’s not his leg he misses the most, but his furry best friend. He’s been desperately trying to get her out of there, but with military regulations and the remote location of the base it’s been an impossible task. Enter Jeannie, who runs an animal shelter in Afganistan, specialising in helping military personnel get their animals home.

The relationship development between them was really well done, being on opposite sides of the world they initially can only communicate over email and skype, which was a little unusual and allowed you to see the emotional attachment growing between them even before they had ever met in person. Jeannie was a really sweet and caring person, passionate about her work and protective of the people she cares about. Zach – well, what can I say?

Gorgeous army hero with a love for animals – yes please. I liked that the author didn’t make him too perfect though, his insecurities about himself after his accident, as well as issues from a past relationship give him a vulnerability, and it was nice to see him starting to get some self-esteem back by the end, with Jeannie’s help.

This was a well-paced story, great characters, including some good supporting players, a sweet and well-developed love story, some steamy sex and a strong belief in Christmas miracles. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be looking for more from this author.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Season-Loving-Hearts-Book-ebook/dp/B012VN5ZLM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

HolidaysInHell_ByErzabetBishop-453x680Holidays in Hell – Erzabet Bishop – 4 stars

Jonas is an incubus, trapped into a deal with a demon, he has to deliver a certain number of souls within a timeframe or he’s dead. There’s just one soul to go, but time is running short. When he meets Holly, a erotica reading book-seller who is still mourning her husband and dom, they have an instant connection. Will Jonas be willing to sacrifice her though?

This was a fun read, short and steamy. Jonas was an interesting character, the big bad demon with a secret love for all things Christmassy. Holly was sweet and endearing, trying to come to terms with the loss of her beloved husband, while struggling with the guilt of being able to move on. The sex scenes were steamy and well-written, and though I would personally have liked a little more on the relationship development side, I appreciate you don’t always get that in a short story.

I thought some of the secondary characters were interesting, and would be intrigued to see more of them in further books. They did all suddenly seem to appear out of nowhere at the end though, and the ending for me did feel a little rushed, I would have liked it to be more of a confrontation between Jonas and Bael. Personal preference though I suppose.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, hot demons, some steamy sex, and a good dose of Christmas spirit.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Holidays-Hell-Demons-Darkness-Book-ebook/dp/B0199AU1QE/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450830103&sr=1-2&keywords=erzabet+bishop+holidays

 

index3Ribbon of Darkness: The Trouble with Elves, Book 1 – Decadent Kane – 4 stars

Ribbon lived a perfectly normal life, working in her parents bookstore. But now, weird things are happening to her ears, the hot and mysterious Draven keeps showing up, and before she knows it Ribbon is finding out that not only is she not what she seems, but that her and her family may be the only ones who can save Christmas.

I’m a big fan of Decadent Kane’s elves and this delivers a fun and sexy short read with a nice dose of Christmas spirit. Ribbon is an endearing and relatable character while Draven takes Santa’s elves in a whole different direction 😉 Enjoyable read, and will definitely warm you up on cold winter nights!

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Ribbon-Darkness-Trouble-Elves-Book-ebook/dp/B00XSZQZIK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450830149&sr=1-1&keywords=ribbon+of+darkness+decadent

 

Angel 600x400Am sure there’s something there to tempt you! And if don’t forget I have a Christmassy read out as well, if you haven’t checked it out already, An Angel for the Tree is at these links 🙂

Amazon: getBook.at/AngelfortheTree

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1068305251

Nook/Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-angel-for-the-tree-shelli-rosewarne/1114512565;jsessionid=9EDB3BF630242896981C8DD2E2C10911.prodny_store01-atgap09?ean=2940152724677

Hope you have a lovely and festive week 🙂

 

Be Mine Blog Tour

Hi all,

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for the new ‘Be Mine’ anthology. For Valentine’s Day there are 10 great romances, in a range of genres and from some fab authors, all for the bargain price of just 99 cents! It’s only available for a limited time though so get your hands on it while you can 🙂 And don’t miss the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end!

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BE MINE: Ten Erotic Romances for Valentine’s Day features contemporary romance, paranormal romance, military romance, and BDSM romance from today’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. This boxed set is ONLY available for a LIMITED TIME so get your copy before it’s gone.

So…won’t you Be Mine?

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Snowed in With the Tycoon by Shoshanna Evers
When they get snowed in together on the same piece of land they’re each fighting for, unexpected desire sparks.

Wrong Bride by Geri Foster
Short, sexy, fun…

Crashing Down by Cathryn Fox
Will the fire they created turn to ash when truths come spilling out?

Eternal Ever After by A.C. James
BDSM and HOT alpha Vampires… Oh, my!

The Erotic Dark (A BDSM Erotica Novel) by Nina Lane
A downright dirty book!

Stay the Night: A Navy Seal Erotic Romance by Caridad Pineiro

He was the kind of man that every woman would want . . .

Marley’s Ménage by Jan Springer
Single, soon-to-be mom, Marley Madison’s latest cravings are downright…naughty. She wants a menage, and she needs it bad.

Heat Wave by Denise A. Agnew
He’s one hot man she can’t resist

Romance Quickies (Encounter 2) by Monique DuBois
Brooke is determined to have a one-night stand, but will the sexy stranger let her ride him on the subway?

Morgan’s Match by Krystal Shannan
The biggest catch to being a matchmaker…you can’t work a spell on yourself.
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