Sunday, March 29, 2015

And I'm off to VEGAS! BONUS: Mean Reviews 2

Of course, I'm not a HUGE fan of Vegas. I'm not a gambler and the zombies on the slot machines kinda freak me out. Add to that flying over the deadlands after leaving my lush land of snow and ice and you've got a situation where I might have to be dragged to the airport kicking and screaming and swearing to the Gods that I'll be good if I can just stay home!!!


Now, besides the tattoos and guns that tempted me, there's a whole bunch of cool people I haven't seen in way too long. I miss them enough to suffer the heat and risk being eaten by a demon in the desert. I imagine they look kinda like Tremors... The demons, not my friends. ;)


There's also some amazing trips planned and I'm getting to see a whole bunch of things I didn't last time. From the Titanic Exhibit to Thunder Down Under, trying new foods with the lovely Stella Price and Ann Mayburn, a breakfast with readers, and lots of drinking and laughing and craziness with everyone.

This is also in April, rather than August which is when I went last time, and probably explains a good part of why I felt like I had been dragged into the pits of hell! lol! I'm not big on heat.


So if you're around Vegas this week, come find me! The signing is next Saturday at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino from 10-5pm. I'll have a few things at my table available for the first time! :)

Check here for more details! http://novelexperienceevent.org/

http://novelexperienceevent.org/

 In other news, Authors Read Mean Reviews TWO!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Clean Reader is a whole lot of Dry Anal--Not that they asked, but...thanks, no thanks!

Some of you might have seen this new app, CleanReader, mentioned here and there. I'll share some links at the bottom of the post for some excellent opinion pieces on it, but in the meantime, I needed to get my thoughts down and share them with you all.

Then I've gotta move on.

Now, some might wonder why this whole situation pisses me off so much. Well, here's part of it:




Wait, you're an author and you've never heard of them and you don't want this app used on your books? Tough titties, they didn't ask. And neither did the vender that provided them with the books. No, they're not stealing them. 

You'll get paid by the original vender (my understanding, you might want to double check) but they can put your book out there to pimp their app, bragging how they've now made it a 'clean read'.

When I stopped being too mad to wrap my head around it, and doing what I do in getting as informed as possible, I realized that this app is doing something I don't think they intended. 

Those sweet romances with mild sex now have anal in them. I'm not even joking. Check this out:

http://www.romancenovelnews.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1167:my-clean-reader-app-experience&Itemid=53

"The most egregious example of this is the fact that all words for female genitalia (vagina and pussy) are replaced with bottom. Take the following:


“Where shall I [freak] you, Victoria? Where do you want my [groin]?”


“I want it in . . . my [bottom].” from Jackie Ashenden’s Living in Secret"



So despite my frustration, I have found some amusement in this whole thing. And I emailed to get my books taken out of the apps store. I'm interested to know if ANYONE believes a reader who has an issue with the word 'Fuck' would be okay with Deadly Captive if the few instances of it used were removed.

There's books out there for people who want a gentler reading experience. I'm not even against the app being available for author who opt in. TV shows and movies that have curse words bleeped out? That was done with permission. This wasn't. So it's bullshit.

Here's a few links if you want to read more:

Terrible Minds: Fuck You CleanReader Authorial Consent Matters

Lilith Saintcrow Email Exchange with Cleanreader Rep

Tymber Dalton: What the Actual Fark



Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Devil Went Down...Celestial Pets Part THREE with Excerpt. FREE limited Special on Part ONE

If you haven't checked out Celestial Pets: EVIL'S EMBRACE yet, not would be a great time to grab the first part because it's FREE until March 15th! :D

CLICK HERE to Grab it Now!

For those that have been following the story, part three is now available. Inside, we're introduced to a new...friend of Cravis and Travis.

Here's a sneak peek:


In his hand was a long, shining black feather. He trailed it over Fae’s stomach, up to her breasts, too lightly to tickle, but just enough to make goose bumps rise all over her flesh. She wasn’t unaffected by him, but she wasn’t stupid enough to give in to desire. And the only men she wanted couldn’t come to her yet.

“What do you want from me? Do you want me to become like them and collect souls for you? Serve you as so many already do? Is the point of the game for you to have yet another demon beneath you?”

Lucas grinned. “It’s not a horrible end result, but that would be quite boring. I wouldn’t be so interested in Azrael if having him was easy. He’s been a worthy challenge for millennia Maybe you will be as well. I doubt it, but with his help—”

“With Cravis and Travis. You will let me have them because I’m no challenge alone, and I don’t tempt Azrael. He will protect me without crossing the line, but that is all.” It was more than she could have asked for, but Azrael’s involvement wouldn’t help her men. Lucas had all the chess pieces laid out. She only had to be willing to play. “You don’t want the game to be over yet.”

“Even when there’s no way for me to lose?”

“There’s always a way. Otherwise, what’s the point?”

Lips spread in a broad smile, Lucas bent down to gently kiss her lips. “Very good, Fae. You’re still so new, but I will enjoy seeing the woman you will become. You’ve earned yourself several worthy champions.” He handed her the feather. “I’m not even quite sure how. Maybe just because you’re cute.”


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Are YOUR One Star Reviews WORTHY? Authors Read Mean Reviews First Edition!

Sometimes, mean reviews can hurt, but what you really need to think when you get one, or write one, is...

Is it worthy of 'AUTHORS READ MEAN REVIEWS'




Watch at least once before you tackle your next One Star. And you're welcome!

Here's a list of the authors in order of appearance so you can get you TBR list in order. ;)

Featuring (In Order Of Appearance):

  1. Carly Phillips - NYT and USA Today bestselling author of 47 books with Dare to Love
  2. Ranae Rose – Amazon bestselling author of 29 books with Sleepy Hollow
  3. Jayne Rylon - NYT and USA Today bestselling author of 40 book with Powertools
  4. Lori Foster - NYT and USA Today bestselling author of more than 80 books with A Perfect Storm
  5. Sidney Bristol - NYT and USA Today bestselling author of 26 books with Falling For His Best Friend
  6. Janelle Denison - USA Today bestselling author of 71 books with Born to be Wilde
  7. Bianca SommerlandUSA Today bestselling author of 14 books with Defensive Zone
  8. Mark Henry – author of 9 books with Road Trip of the Living Dead
  9. Melanie MarchandeNYT and USA Today bestselling author of 8 books with His Secretary: Undone
  10. Lorelei JamesNYT and USA Today bestselling author of 45 books with Hillbilly Rockstar
  11. Jennifer ProbstNYT and USA Today bestselling author of 25 books with The Marriage Merger
  12. Rebecca SheaUSA Today bestselling author of 4 books with Unbreakable
  13. Michelle A Valentine – NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of 8 books with Phenomenal X
  14. Desiree Holt – award winning author of 169 books with Joy Ride
  15. Saranna DeWylde – author of 28 books with How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days
  16. Dakota Cassidy – national bestselling author of 54 books with The Accidental Dragon
  17. Ann Mayburn - award winning author of 46 books with Dimitri’s Forbidden Submissive



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Most SHOCKING thing on The Walking Dead-Prepare to be absolutely stunned!

I love The Walking Dead, but I have to say I've gained a lot of respect for the writers and producers after last week's episode. There's something beautiful about showing tender moments with all the horror going on in their world.

Most of you probably saw this, or heard about it even if you're not a fan of the show. I'll let you enjoy it for a moment. :)


So what's shocking? In this day and age, what in the world about this would cause anyone to so much as blink?

Well, the reaction. Some people are not only disturbed, but PISSED that TWD went 'There'. Thankfully, I haven't completely lost my faith in humanity, because there's just as many cheering on the show for showing survivors in love appreciating every moment they have together. Maybe some people find that hard to believe, but if you think about it, without hope, you're as good as dead.

So maybe you think romance has no place in the show, but consider the strength of the human spirit. If people could survive a zombie apocalypse, many of the best parts of us would survive as well. <3

For those interested, here's the blog where I first heard about the fun little panic attacks people are having. ;)

http://www.thegailygrind.com/2015/02/24/homophobes-vented-fury-twitter-walking-deads-first-gay-kiss/


Monday, February 23, 2015

The GHOST that wanted me to get LOST (Or my experience at Wicked Wild Weekend 2015)

Imagine sleeping alone in a room with a history of being haunted, in a part of the hotel EVERYONE is saying they wouldn't stay. The old part. This guy's room actually.
Image source Poets.Org

This is Sidney Lanier and I had his name on my door and his picture on the wall beside it. The room was nice enough, but had an odd smell. A few people said it reminded them of tobacco, like an old pipe or cigar.

I smoke vapor now and never inside hotels or stuff, so it wasn't me. Kinda creeptastic right there.

But I don't think Mr. Lanier was hanging out in my room. He was a poet, and from what I read about him, a pretty cool guy. I don't see him getting off on scaring me stupid! lol!

Now, I don't know for sure that my room was haunted, but it was very hard to convince myself it wasn't. The eerie quiet of the long halls leading up to my room, the lack of any signs of life--no one went into or came out of any of the rooms around mine while I was there--the sharp pain at the curve between my shoulder and my neck which I DO believe was a muscle thing and not an actual bite by something I couldn't see.

And the strange noises...

Granted, construction was going on at the end of the hall, which was blocked off by a sign mentioning the renovations and an...old desk? Might have been a piano, I'm not sure. But someone wrote 'REDRUM' on it.

The fact that I watched her do it is irrelevant. ;)

So, will I be going back?

ABSOLUTELY! Not to the same room and I'm bringing my wonderful Stacey with me. And maybe some sage and an exorcist, but despite the fact that I had trouble sleeping and spent my nights pretty freaked out...

The event was INCREDIBLE. And the hotel staff is the best of any place I've ever been to. The hotel I stayed at in Savannah comes very close, but there was something just a bit more welcoming about The Menger. I didn't meet a single member of the staff that wasn't friendly and helpful. If I hadn't been too embarrassed about being afraid of my room to ask, they probably would have moved me to another room.

If you all wanna hear more about my experiences in the room, I'll make another post, but my big thing was no matter how tired I was, this is a great event and a wonderful group. Everyone was always very inclusive and the minute I went down to the lobby, even if I didn't have something scheduled to check out, I'd find people to hang out with.
Credit for this and the pictures of the models, hotel and the Alamo go to
Dawn Daydrmz Blogg

From a visit to the Alamo, to a trip down the river walk, a rodeo and the Cowboy Dance hall where I learned some two-step, I had the chance to experience a great deal of the beautiful city of San Antonio. There's plenty to do at the event itself, but not so much that you can't explore. The group on Facebook was also very active, which made it easy to see who was going where and tag along. 

With the event itself, there were a lot of meals provided, and each one was different, which was really nice. You didn't have to worry about getting the same old thing. The tables always had cool center pieces--I got two more rubber duckies for my collection! <g>

There was music and dancing and tons of laughter and fun. Every event had a few giveaways and many authors provided baskets. I sent some in too, but I screwed up and got the books for one basket in late and forgot to check on it until the last minute.

When I talked to the organizers, they were so awesome about it and took care of it without making me feel bad. Believe me, I've been to enough events to have expected the irritation I probably deserved. Events like this are tough to put together and unexpected stuff can be annoying as hell. I felt bad, but things worked out. And they were understanding and fixed it without a problem.

Now, aside 
from the wonderful ladies running things, and the collection of authors and bloggers and readers to chill with, there were several cover models. I've been to events where the models are pushy and skeezy, but this wasn't like that. If you're into flirting, the models were happy to play along, but they were good at reading people who just wanted to chat it up. I liked the balance and was able to enjoy the eye candy without wondering if I'd get groped.


Unless I wanted to be. ;)

Hard not to want this, eh? <g>

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=892265894157022&pnref=story (Trying to figure out how to get the vid on here, but for now TRUST ME, you wanna click and watch!)

I could say so much more about the event, but this post would end up crazy long, so I'll just leave it at I am so going BACK!!! So far I only had two events I really wanted to return to, but Wicked Wild Weekend just made it on that list. So if you're considering an event for next year, make sure to check it out! 



Monday, February 16, 2015

Guest Post-SLIDING INTO SECOND with EXCERPT



If you're into hot, dirty-talkin', sexy baseball heroes I may have just the thing to quench that thirst...




Have you met my players? 

Available now for a limited release price of .99 cents...

Sliding Into Second


Jilted once before, now it's her turn to level the playing field.

Hotshot sports reporter Sage Millan has been busy making a name for herself in the male dominated world of baseball. She's just landed her dream job, and her first assignment is covering the newly crowned World Series champions, The Kingston Crushers. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. The only problem…her ex-boyfriend, and the only man she's ever loved, is the team's second baseman. Things ended badly between them, and she's not sure she can put those demons to rest.

Professional baseball player Nicolas Cordova is having the time of his life. His team has just won the World Series, and with the victory comes more fame, women, and exposure than he ever could have imagined. But things are about to change for the sexy, charismatic athlete. He never expected his ex-girlfriend to walk back into his life, much less the locker room.

These days Sage is smarter, more mature, and doesn't plan on being played a second time. Her appearance stirs old memories for Nic. She's the one he let get away in the name of his career. He vows he can be the man she needs this time around. Will that be enough to mend her broken heart?

Content Warning: contains explicit sex and adult content

Excerpt...

“I’ll admit I’ve had many women in the past, and I can’t apologize for living. But as the years went by, my feelings for you were always someplace deep in my heart. I know that’s why I can’t settle down. Why I can’t find the peace I’ve been searching for. It doesn’t exist without you.”

“How can you say things like that? You don’t even know the woman I’ve become. I’m not that girl who relied on you, the one who would’ve followed you anywhere. I’m not her anymore, Nic. I can’t ever be her again.”

“Maybe I’m not asking for her.” He leaned closer to her face. “Maybe I want to know the woman you are today. I want another shot at this.”

“No,” she whispered.

“If you remember anything about me, I have a hard time with that word.” He tipped her chin, focusing on her lips. “I am going to kiss you. Right here and right now.”

Her knees buckled as a cool tremor swept through her. She wanted to say no. It was the only logical word to mutter, but her heart didn’t want her to say it. Her body wasn’t on board with turning him down either. The warmth that built in her stomach had moved lower, and now all she could think about was his lips on hers.

“It doesn’t sound like you’re asking,” she breathed out.

“I’m not.”

Before she could say anything else, his mouth was on hers, eager, but slow and soft. His stubble grazed along her chin as he tilted his head and deepened their bond. The sound throughout the crowded lobby seemed to fade into the background, and soon, all she could hear was her heart pumping loud between her ears. Why did he have to be such a freakin’ good kisser?

After the incredibly long connection, he pulled away, but not before stopping to kiss the bottom corner of her mouth like he used to.

“I’ve waited a long time to do that,” he said. “It was worth every lonely minute.”

“I... Nic...” She’d always had the gift of words. It was what she did for a living, but in that moment, all of her thoughts were jumbled and senseless.

“It’s okay.” He grinned as he stroked her cheek. “Let’s get something to eat and maybe figure this out. Whatever this is.”

“No.” She ran her hands along his strong chest, resting them on his shoulders.

“Don’t over analyze this, baby.” He glanced down at her hands on his body. “Let’s just go with it.”

“That’s what I’m trying to tell you.” She took a breath and continued before she lost her nerve. “Take me upstairs to your room. I know how we can figure this out.”

“What are you asking?” He placed his hand on the small of her back, drawing her closer to him. “You need to be real clear.”

“I want to go upstairs with you.”

“That’s not why I kissed you.”

“Isn’t it?” She smirked. “We’re adults now, Nicky. Let’s settle this like adults.”

“I’m not looking to settle anything. That usually means it’s over, and we’re nowhere near over.” He motioned for Joe. “I’ll take care of the bar tab and then we’ll get dinner.”

“No.” She draped her arms around his neck, intoxicated by the idea of being so close to him again. He may be older now, and may have lost those boyish looks, but the man he had become suited him and drove her wild with need.

“What did I tell you about that word?”

“I can guarantee I won’t be using it once we’re in your bedroom.” She ran her tongue along her top lip. “I’m going to the ladies room. When I come out, if you’re not by the elevators waiting for me, I’ll know that kiss was nothing more than the heat of the moment and we can go on with our lives.”

“Sage?”

“Shh.” She pressed her lips to his. “Now who’s over analyzing?” She reached for her purse and coat hanging on the back of the stool. “I’ll see you in a few minutes.” I hope.


This is book 2 in the Kingston Heat Series but both books stand alone and can be read in either order.

Book One... Stealing His Heart available now.

WARNING... Pax will steal your heart




Will the bad-boy pitcher strike out when it comes to love?

Shy music teacher Sophia Ballis has sworn off men. After a bad experience with a college jock she decided it was better to be alone than to get burned again. She focused on her education and now her new job at a local private school.

Professional baseball pitcher Paxton Hughes is a player both on and off the field. He's signed to the Kingston Crushers to bring home the coveted championship title. Nothing can get in his way. Serious relationships don't mix with a life on the road and he never loses focus on the game. One-night stands are his specialty for a reason.

While out jogging one spring morning, the two collide, setting their course in motion. Pax is immediately drawn to the unassuming beauty. Sophia is aware of his reputation and decides one night of meaningless sex with the attractive Texas charmer is just what she needs to get over her self-imposed dry spell. Pax has more than a one-night stand on his mind, but will his bad-boy persona and demanding schedule ruin any chances of a happily ever after?

Content Warning: contains explicit sex and adult content


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Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.

Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy creating sexy, domineering men and the strong women who know how to challenge them in and out of the bedroom.  She hopes you'll get lost in her words.

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