Thursday, April 10, 2014

Authors After Dark 2014

Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is
going to be INSANE!

As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of
awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to
attend….

First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than
Alexandra Ivy
! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite
gargoyle, Levet on Friday
! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex
will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!

Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be
Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like We will
have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*

How about Parties? This year we have a special event called
the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your
inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance.
Cuffs and corsets encouraged.

With:
J. Kenner, Liliana Hart, Carly Phillips, Janelle
Denison, Jasinda Wilder and
Lorelei James

The ladies will be talking more about
this on the FB group starting soon!

New for 2014 is the Paranormal Party!
Join over 20 Paranormal authors who will be giving away goodies, some books and
hanging out with you to snack and chat! Wanna know what authors are involved?
You will have to join the FB group to see!





And of course, we have the amazing
Masquerade Ball! This year it’s the SINS AND VIRTUES BALL! Are you a sin or a
virtue? Join us for a wild costumed event! Prizes for the best costumes,
including a 200$ gift certificate to Lori Ann Costumes!

Your Sins and Virtues Sponsors:
Sin
Lust


Boone Brux

Opal Carew



Sin Pride

BA Tortuga

Andrew Grey



Sin Envy

Stella Price

TJ Michaels



Sin Gluttony

Desiree Holt

Saranna DeWylde



Sin Greed

Ann Mayburn

Heather Long



Sin Sloth

Lizzie T. Leaf

Julie Morgan



Sin Wrath

Stacey Kennedy

Marianne Morea



Virtue Charity

Kerry Adrienne

Trista Ann



Virtue Chastity

Jenn LeBlanc

Annabel Jospeh



Virtue Humility

Milly Taiden

Donna McDonald



Virtue Kindness

CJ Ellisson

Alexandra Ivy



Virtue Temprance

J. Kenner

Sidney



Virtue Diligence

Denise Grover Swank

Jenna McCormick



Virtue Patience

Lousia Bacio

Kallypso masters

And if THAT isn’t enough awesome that will be going on… This
year we have an amazing off site costumed event… the Ladies on the Green event
sponsored by the AAD Anachronistic Society! This will be an hour and a Half on
the famous GREEN in Charlotte (a half block from the hotel). It will be a
Costumed event (though Costumes are not required they are encouraged!) to
celebrate Gothic, Victorian, steampunk dark historical literature! Your hosts
will be: Sahara Kelly, Amanda McIntyre, Leanna Renee Hieber, A.L. Davroe and
S.A. Price. Prizes and readings will happen, as well as photo ops!


And NEVER forget the Amazing Open bar with Mel Schroeder and
friends! They have SO MUCH awesome set up for you just before the Bookies… you
do NOT wanna miss that!

Getting excited yet? How about some info on the AWESOME mini
events we have going on? Ready?

On Wed. Night,  Join
Sasha White and Joey W. Hill for a wild party and Q&A
, Also, the Blind Date
Book Party
will be open to start your con right! (If you have never done a
BDBP, you are MISSING out! You need to attend, Get your blind date book, find
the author that wrote it, and hang out with them!)

Thursday?  Panels up
the wazoo, and the Bookie Awards----- goodies and books to be given out! The
hangout with The GNO girls lead by CJ Ellisson and Boone Brux
for some crazy
fun! And if that wasn’t enough?  Readings
and a Blogger Sleepover party as well!

Friday? More panels, a games carnival with Nina Gooden and
Pals
, Name that Author with Cat Johnson, and some other fun surprises!

Saturday? A few panels, the Big ass booksigning with 100
authors
,  the Cowboy Stampede party, the
Readers Mad Tea Party with Hildie McQueen, An after the bookies event with a
special publisher sponsor
, And Jess Michaels’ Birthday extravaganza!

SEE? SO MUCH AWESOME! All the authors that are involved with
parties will be talking about their involvement on the FB group, so join up and
get ready to rock.

Oh? You say you’re not registered for AAD yet? You need to
be! All registrants get put in the hat for the welcome party prizes, and these
prizes are AMAZING! Breakfast with authors, Booze and Books, side trips to
Carrowwinds…. We have a minimum of 90 special prizes…. So…

You need to rock this con! And as if this wasn’t enough….
AAD will be giving away something really awesome to registrants…. Wanna know
what?

How about 5 VIP registrations for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE 2015
in LAS VEGAS? YES… 5!



And…

How about this… If we hit 100 more registrations from TODAY
April 10th to June 10th, we will give away 2 AAD
registrations for 2015…  2!!!!! So get
registered, get your room and get ready for one
HELL of an amazing year with
us!


 JOIN US! WE CANT WAIT TO HANGOUT WITH YOU!

Monday, April 7, 2014

SEDUCED BY THE GAME-Video Intro and Early Release!

There are so many books you all are waiting for from me, but one has taken all my time and attention and it's not hard to understand why. My readers helped make me who I am and through them I saw I could do a lot of good. So while I'm still working hard on the other books, I'm fully devoted to this one! BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5) in the Cancer Charity Anthology, SEDUCED BY THE GAME.



Here's a little video I made to introduce the anthology. I hope you enjoy it! I was nervous about doing it until I reminded myself I was talking to the coolest people in the world! <g>



Now, I'm gonna keep this short, because I'm doing a lot of catch up on writing my other novels, but I had to share this with you. AND let you know about the EARLY release! Like I said in the video, I was out of town for a bit, but now that I'm back I'm grabbing all the links to share. I'll be putting up a page for the anthology on my website sometime tomorrow, but for now here are two links that you can grab it from:

Amazon:
  http://amzn.com/B00JHP9BM2

And All Romance Ebooks:
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-seducedbythegame-1470506-166.html

The site for the Anthology is:

http://www.seducedbythegame.com/

This is an amazing cause and 100% of the royalties are going to the charity. The time and effort that has gone into this is truly incredible. The stories are heartwarming and I couldn't imagine a greater group of authors to work with. They stepped up in every way and I'm so grateful to have my name up on the cover with each and every one of them.

I'd like to end this with handing the mic over to you guys. I'll be doing another video blog later in the week to answer any questions you might have. So comment here or on the video and I'll address everything in the next video.

Thank you so much for your support! :)


 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SEDUCED by THE GAME Cancer Charity Anthology

First for the official stuff, then I'll give you the blurb for BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5) and a tasty little snippet! I've mentioned this anthology before, but now we've got more to share!

A group of bestselling authors, myself included, has recently come together in a collection of original hockey romance stories called Seduced by The Game 2014. All of the proceeds from both the print and ebook sales of this anthology will be donated to various National Hockey League Foundations through “Hockey Fights Cancer” (more information can be found here http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25343) This will be the first in an annual release of anthologies dedicated to raising funds for the initiative.
This cause is very dear to all of us, not only because of our love for the sport, but because we truly believe in what the NHL* is doing to help fund the efforts to find a cure. This will be an independently published project and time has been donated to assist in marketing, cover design, formatting and editing. There will be eight novella length stories included in the anthology.

Publication is projected for mid to late April, 2014.


So far we have one team on board, but more details from them will come later. What I'm most excited about right now is the wonderful authors involved and all the hard work everyone's put in for this amazing cause. For the same price as any other ebook, you, the reader, will get an great collection of stories from your favorite authors, and for the next YEAR every cent of royalties from the anthology will be donated to the cause. After the year is up, the authors get their books back to publish separately if they choose and the next 'Seduced by The Game' will take it's place.

I'm so honored to be part of this and I'm overwhelmed by the wonderful response we've gotten already. The readers are the only reason we're all able to share our work with the world and this is our way of giving back in a big way. With the power of our words. And our love of The Game.

My contribution, BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5) will be a prequel to Game Misconduct. Those who've read the series will recognize a few names. This story is very special to me and I can't think of a better place for it to be told than in this anthology.

Blurb:

Tim Rowe, the assistant coach of the Dartmouth Cobras, is drawn to the lovely flight attendant after the care she shows one of his rookie players. A glimpse of her submissive urges has him thinking she’s far better suited to his brother, but after a single night with her at his side, he’s determined to find a way to keep her there.

Madeline’s heart wants only Tim, but can her need to surrender control be ignored? Or is there more to her than even she knows. Tim proves he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make her happy, but how far can they really go before the things they both crave destroy everything they’re trying to build.


Excerpt:

Tim, who’d been sitting at the edge of one of the last seats before the bathroom stall speaking to his brother, glanced over and stood quickly when he spotted her. His head hit the bottom of the luggage compartment. Hard.

“Fu—damn it! Ow!” Tim laughed at himself and rubbed his head as he moved closer to her. “I wasn’t expecting to see you again until we got back on the plane. Not that I didn’t want to, I—”

Dean snorted without looking up from the clipboard in his hands.

Usually, uncertainty in a man turned Madeline off. For some reason, it made Tim more approachable. She stopped worrying about how coming here looked and smiled at him. “Ian asked me if I could get his pillow back to him after the game tonight. We both agreed it would be easier if I met with you to return it.”

“The pillow . . .” He blinked. Nodded quickly. “Of course. We’re staying at the Marriott. I could meet you in the lobby—of course, White could meet you there himself.”

“Yes, he probably could.” Madeline decided to just go for it. She wanted to spend some time with Tim, away from his brother and the team. That he hadn’t taken over and asked her out didn’t change that. This would probably go nowhere, but she needed to see that for herself. So she went for blunt honesty. “I think he’s playing matchmaker, which is adorable. I couldn’t disappoint him.”

The skin around Tim’s eyes crinkled as he gave her a broad smile. “You do know he’s almost twenty-two, not twelve? And a big boy like that isn’t ‘adorable’.”

“Ha! I’ll have you know men don’t fully grow up until they hit their thirties. Most of your team is made up of children.”

“True.” Tim cocked his head slightly. “So you’re going out with me to make the boy happy?”

“I don’t know, Tim.” She grinned at him, having more fun just talking to Tim than she’d had on actual dates. “You haven’t asked me.”

Casually resting his hip on the arm of a seat, arms folded over his chest, Tim shrugged. “I said we could meet in the lobby.”

Something slapped a seat in the back of the bus. Dean made an irritated sound as Tim looked over at him. “You, brother, are an idiot. If you don’t ask for coffee, I will.”

Dean’s sharp tone made Madeline shiver. She could imagine him using that tone with her if he wasn’t pleased. Could see herself doing everything in her power to make sure he rarely had a reason to.

She’d been in the lifestyle for a few years, going to clubs in different cities, always sceneing with men more like Dean than Tim. There was no way she’d refuse if Dean asked her for coffee . . . or pretty much anything. He pushed all the right buttons by simply being in the same space as her.

Tim seemed to notice. He gave her a stiff smile. “He doesn’t say anything he doesn’t mean. He will take you.”

No mistaking his meaning. She frowned, irritated that Tim wasn’t making more of an effort. Even more irritated at herself for wanting him to. She took a deep breath. “I didn’t come here to see him. But I do think I’m wasting both our time. I’ll meet you in the lobby after the game. Good luck.”

Before she could turn her back on him, he put his hand on her arm. She went still. He spoke softly. “Wait.”

For several beats, she stood there, shaking with a strange mix of humiliation, frustration, and . . . anticipation. His grip on her arm was firm, not enough to hurt, but enough to keep her from walking away. She sensed something in him that she’d been missing before, a power that wasn’t quite as bold as his brother’s, but no less intense.

“I think I misunderstood—it doesn’t matter. Would you like to have coffee with me? Or we could go out for a beer.” He loosened his hold on her arm, but didn’t move it. “I’ll pick you up wherever you’re staying.” His lips twitched at the edges. “We’ll have to stop by the hotel to bring White his pillow though.”

“Naturally.” She wasn’t sure why it made her so happy that he’d finally stepped up, but it did. She turned to face him. “And I wouldn’t mind a beer actually. My treat if your boys win.”

“Hell no! I’ve made enough of a mess of this.” He lifted his hand, brushing his fingertips across her cheek, his gaze as soft and warm as his touch. “Let me show you I can be a gentleman.”

Dean covered a laugh with a cough.

Madeline ignored him. Which was so much easier now with Tim so close. All the Doms she’d been with were sure of themselves, took control of her easily, fulfilled her needs—and nothing more. She had a feeling Tim could give her more, which was frightening and thrilling all at once. She hadn’t gone on a date in a very long time unless one was to count a few meeting with a potential Top. Having a beer with a man who clearly wasn’t trying to get in her pants as quickly as possible, who wasn’t interested in her submission, would be a nice change.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever met a ‘gentleman’.” Oh, that sounded lame. She rolled her eyes and laughed. “Forget I said that. Going out for beer would be nice.”

“Nice?” Tim slid his hand into her hair, moving forward until she was trapped between a seat and his body. He brushed his lips over hers. “Nice sounds boring.”

She swallowed hard, waiting for him to kiss her. Knowing if he did she was a goner. “It does.”

“I promise not to bore you, Madeline.”

“Good.”

“I hope you enjoy the game.” He released her hair and took her hand. Bent down to press a kiss to the back of it. Smiled up at her when she stared at him. “The way you were looking at me, you were about to make me into a liar. You should go before I stop caring that this bus is about to get very crowded.”
____________

Hope you enjoyed! And more news coming soon!


*While all proceeds on the anthology will be donated to various charities through Hockey Fights Cancer, the authors claim no connection to the NHL or the NHLPA. All stories contained within the anthology 'Seduced by The Game' are the property of the authors. The Cover and the logo for 'Seduced by The Game' is the property of the artists. Credit will be given to those who've contributed in promotion or marketing with permission of involved parties.

Monday, February 3, 2014

SPORTS ROMANCE BLOG HOP with awesome NEWS and a GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Cassandra for putting together this awesome Sports Blog Hop!


If you don't know me, I write hockey romance with more than a little heat


My latest, Delayed Penalty, is the 5th book in The Dartmouth Cobra's series which is best read in order.







Pick up Game Misconduct, Book 1, for FREE at all major retailers!


I am also putting together an anthology for charity.

http://www.illustriousillusions.com/p/hockey-fights-cancer-anthology.html

A few months back I came across the website for 'Hockey Fights Cancer'. It's been around for awhile, but this was the first I'd heard of it. So I thought a hockey romance anthology with all proceeds going to the charity for a year could be pretty awesome! I shared the idea with some other hockey authors and Cassandra Carr and Toni Mothereffin Aleo jumped right on board!

We are lucky enough to have the amazing Fiona Jayde as our cover artist and Lisa A. Hollett for editing. My amazing assistant Stacey Price is taking care of organizing everything and formatting for the anthology.

Myself, well I'm helping out too! But mostly I'm contributing a story I think will interest many of you...

After DELAYED PENALTY I got so many messages and emails about the story you'd all hoped would happen, but now never would. Without spoiling for those who haven't read it, you wanted the story of Tim Rowe.

The thing is, Tim had his HEA with his wife Madeline. Their story came before GAME MISCONDUCT.

And that will be the story that will be told in the anthology. BLIND PASS will begin when they first met and tell the story of how they fell in love. I think it's fitting that their story will be part of something that's for such a good cause.

Anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is because I'm so excited for this project! And hoping to get a few more authors on board that love hockey and are willing to donate their time and talent to the cause. Click on the link to sign up--we're looking for 4-6 authors and a short story from 15-20k.

Now that I've shared that, I'm gonna get back to the writing the words thing! lol! For those keeping count, that's FOUR books I'm working on now! Between hopping all over the continent.

Tell me I can't do it! I dare ya!

Finally, a giveaway for you :) 

One winner will with their choice of a Dartmouth Cobra eBook any format.  Leave a comment about your favorite hockey team, real or fictional for a chance to win!

Don't forget your email address or we can't contact you!!

Other stops on the BLOG HOP!

booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/sports-romance-blog-hop/ 1. Cassandra Carr

www.jamidavenport.com 2. Jami Davenport

nkuhnebooks.blogspot.com 3. N Kuhn

www.taoofliz.blogspot.com 4. Liz Matis

thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/ 5. V.L. Locey

ljterson.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/sports-romance-blog-hop/ 6. Laurie Peterson writing as Laurie Terson

www.michelprincebooks.com/the-little-people-in-my-head.html 7. Michel Prince

joachimbooks.blogspot.com 8. Jean Joachim

kate-willoughby.blogspot.com 9. Kate Willoughby

lilyharlem.blogspot.com/2014/01/sports-romance-blog-hop.html 10. Lily Harlem

donnagallagherromance.wordpress.com 11. Donna Gallagher

normandiealleman.com/2014/02/sports-romance-blog-football/ 12. Normandie Alleman

www.keiraandrews.com/ 13. Keira Andrews

melanieting.blogspot.com/ 14. Melanie Ting

wp.me/p3KFoq-3y 15. Raw Talent Series


www.suzanbutler.com 17. Suzan Butler

bit.ly/1aO16Yk 18. Megan Linden

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Delayed Penalty and a little warning...

This book cover is amazing. Reese Dante is a true artist and she captured everything in this book...

And that's where the warning comes in. Those who've read the books know I don't shy away from tough subjects. Just to name a few without spoiling for those new to the series all I need to say is Silver, Landon, Dominik...Scott.

I'll keep this short, but I just want to let you know that it's not going to get easier. If you want a light, happy read...well, we have different tastes so I have nothing to recommend. I read books that contain real issues. I write the same. Those who follow me on FB have seen me post things that I probably shouldn't have. My betas usually save me from the worst, but sometimes, I rip open scars and just let them bleed.

Why? Because I was taught to keep my mouth shut about certain things most of my life. And as an author, I now have the power to shine light on things that may reach someone. Help someone. And that makes me feel good. Yeah, sometimes my muse throws something at me that tosses me back into my past and makes me want to drown myself in a bottle of whiskey, but I don't need to hide that from you guys. My experiences make me who I am. And damn it, I survived. And that's something to be proud of.

I look at other authors, like Kallypso Masters, and can't help but be thankful that we who had to be silent for so long now have a voice. We can write these books, expose our blood, sweat, and tears, and maybe make a difference. We are still authors, but more importantly, we are artist that can bring what we suffered into the light. We aren't just writing stories. We are showing a different perspective through the characters that speak so loudly in our heads. 

I've seen things recently about a popular show and the reactions to ignorant comments and it really drove it home the power we authors have. We can stifle the ignorance. We can show that love, in whatever form, is beautiful. And by putting real characters out there, we can show how people can live through terrible things and come out stronger. Strong enough to make a difference.

Some may say there's not enough sex in my books. I'm sorry I can't give you what you're looking for. But my heart swells at that single message from a reader telling me I reached them. That I wrote a story with a character who touched them, who they could relate to. Who helped them take that next step towards healing.

This is my warning. You stood by Silver as she had her baby and went through PPD. You watched Landon deal with his son's death. You saw Dominik left alone. Akira heal from rape. Jami recover from addiction.

My books are not stroking material--for the most part!--Real issues come up. Life happens and I don't play directer as the characters tell me their stories. I write what I'm told. I'm the body behind the keyboard typing as fast as I can to get the story of the people you've come to love.

With that, I'll leave you with this unedited excerpt. And thank all those who've stuck with the Cobras this long. There's more coming. Much more. You'll get to experience the Cobras like I do. Moving forward. Falling back.

Just living.

Delayed Penalty

Copyright 2013, Bianca Sommerland



“Cort, you didn’t know.” Ford’s soft tone made Cort want to get up and punch him. How could Ford say that when so many had hated him—including Akira—for so long for his mistakes? Jami had almost been raped. But she hadn’t been. And she was still alive. So it was nothing compared to what Cort had done.

“Take her, Ford. Get her away from me.” Cort released Akira. As he should have done in the first place. He’d never be the man for her. At least she had Ford and Ford loved her. And Ford wasn’t too far gone to be there for her. He felt a gentle hand on the side of his throat and jerked away. “Get her out of here!”

“No.” It sounded like Ford and Sutter had spoken at the same time. Cort could almost feel them staring each other down. It was Ford that continued. “I think she might object. And I refuse to take her away from you, so that’s not gonna work. She had to watch us both be hauled in for bullshit. We’re both here now. I won’t have her feeling alone again.”

“She loves you.” That’s what Ford had wanted. Why couldn’t he just go with it? It would kill Cort to lose her, but better that than her being with someone whose hands would always be soaked in innocent blood. “You owe me, Ford. You better fucking remember that and give her . . . give her everything. Every fucking day you better look at her and know you’ve gotta work hard to deserve her.”