Sunday, February 7, 2016

You Can't Scream Rock n' Roll

Well, you probably could, but youre missing the point! ;)

Hear me out. Lets start with what rock and metal have in common.

The ability to create awesome music can make a man a HELL of a lot sexier than hed be otherwise. Successful bands often have a frontman whose presence makes even typically restrained girls second guess the need for panties.

Or clothes at all.

Which is likely why so many underthings end up on stage. ;)

 Now, in itself, this appeal can vary on a woman's taste. 

You have the classic rock stars...

Modern rock?

Classic Metal

And then there's Metal...which has so many branches, let's keep it simple and look at these fine specimens.

There's something of a difference in the outward style, but to me, the biggest difference is in the sound. Some hard rock can sounds a bit like metalcore, but there's an edge to metal that rock usually doesn't touch on. Using screams almost as another instrument, but also for lyrics, can take a song about anger and make you feel the rage. The level of emotion in metal is usually pushed to the extreme.

Rock can be easier for some people to listen to. The love ballads are fine for any radio station and no one will think you're odd for playing them at your wedding. This isn't a bad thing, but these days, its a safer, more familiar kind of music. There's a reason so many rock songs hit the top of the charts. They have a mass appeal that can compete with the pop that teeny boppers and clubbers keep in the Top Ten.

Metal has managed, for the most part, to keep its status as the music that stands against conformity. It's for the rebels, the loners, the outcasts. And sometimes, it's for those who spend every minute of their day following all the rules. But when they go home, when they kick off the black heels and toss the grey tie...

They need to feed the animal within. Run a little wild.

So what do you think? Answer in the comments! Mention your favorite band and your favorite rock or metal song. Im always looking for new stuff to listen to while I write!

Heres some answers from when I posted the question on Facebook:


Stella Price-Rock and metal are fundamentally different in their time signatures, and rhythms. Now for me, Rock is the crap on the radio, its the stuff corporate music pushes down your throat. Metal is more abrasive, heavier, and less user friendly. Metal gives the feels through everything they are. Rock mostly through ballads. Metal, hardcore, whatever you wanna call it, Has a life all its own, and not because it was marketed that way, but because its part of the lives of the listeners and the music makers.

Shannon Lubold-Rock (whether contemporary or classic) is something I use to relax and unwind from my day. Metal motivates and energizes me. Kinda wanna kick ass in the gym...kinda want to punch someone in the throat.

Doug Price-Rock makes you move, make you remember the greatest times of your life... Metal helps you create those times rock reminds you of

Fred Hiller-Metal is malleable and workable. Rock crumbles.


Outcasts, black sheep, those who never fit in anywhere. Winter’s Wrath belongs to them. Every single member of the band rejects the norm when it comes to music.

They won’t settle when it comes to love.

Alder Trousseau, the lead guitarist in a band that owns his heart and soul, has always stood in the shadow of a man he hates. Braver “Brave” Trousseau, the voice of Winter’s Wrath.

For the success of the band, they have to work past their animosity, but that’s difficult when they have the same taste in women. And men.

Sex is a game to Brave. A game that might leave the people Alder cares for completely broken. Unless he claims them for his own.

If he steps out of the shadows, he’ll have no choice to play. To win.

On stage, the drama drives the fans insane. The songs they sing are a blood racing, body moving, warcry. But the very real battle taking place between the snares and the mic might tear the band apart.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

LITE EM UP! How cool is vaping?

Different kinda post, but those who know me are used to my randomness by now.

Let me make one thing clear right off the bat:

-I am not making ANY money from a vape shop, or anyone else for this post (though I wouldn't object to it, if any of you are interested in paying me! lol!)
-I'm not a scientist, or a doctor, so please do your own research before making any decisions. I will provide some links at the bottom of the post.
-I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I encourage discussion in the comments, but please keep it respectful. Trolls will be eliminated.

So let's get started.

Smoking is cool and vaping isn't. YET.

Now, before you flip the fuck out and argue that cigarettes have killed millions and is definitely not cool, I'm not saying it SHOULD be cool. Most would climb up on their judgy horses and sneer, calling it a disgusting habit and cheer for each and every law that pushes smokers out into the cold, or better yet, stuffs them in a box where no one ever has to see them again.

Let me tell you, as a former smoker, I find that attitude very productive. Why, the first time someone came to me with a disdainful sniff, reminding me how horrible smoking was for my health, you better believe I dropped that cancer stick and fell to my knees, thanking them for showing me the light!

If you missed the sarcasm, please stop reading now.

Anyway, most smokers are WELL aware how unhealthy smoking is. But very few are shamed into quitting. Parents, doctors, lovers...all those well meaning people often fail in getting their message across because until someone is ready to quit, they won't. 

Ecigs are an attractive alternative for many reasons. It's easier for many to switch to an ecig rather than stop smoking. Even without all the studies, just talking to those who vape you will quickly learn that they feel better vaping then they ever did while smoking. Taste improves, as does your sense of smell. You can breathe easier than you did before, and you might not even have noticed how bad it had gotten until that tightness in your chest is gone.

So why is it considered 'uncool' to vape?

Well, for one, money. Cigarette companies have spent decades marketing cigarettes as sexy and bad-ass. Public opinion has shifted, but not completely. There's still something about seeing a man in a leather jacket, lazily holding a cigarette between his lips. A woman with red lips, holding a long cigarette in her gloved hand, and a champagne glass in the other, still has a certain appeal. The image has been fed to us for so long it's going to take awhile before that really changes.

Vaping doesn't have the media on their side because they don't throw money at it. And even if they wanted to, with all the laws against promoting tobacco products, they really can't do much. Because even though ecigs AREN'T tobacco products, they're largely governed by the same laws.

Which means the only way they gain popularity is through people educating themselves and discussing it on this great big platform that's given the average Joe more power than we've had since we developed the technology to print papers en mass. The more people learned to read, the more they began to share ideas, the less power governments had. Social media is the next step and it's been responsible for some HUGE changes in the world.

But big companies still have the money to guide the market. If you see the same thing over and over, it's hard not to get it stuck in your head. That's often how trends begin. Tell people something is cool often enough and they'll start to believe it. Not everyone, of course. There are still, thankfully, many people who think for themselves. But the masses usually decide what's cool.

They've decided ecigs aren't cool. And they don't need a reason, right? Their sneering says it all and we should hide our faces and vape where no one can see us. Kinda like picking our noses or pulling out a wedgie.

And the cigarette companies LOVE that, because they're still cool. Cool enough that that bad boy you find so hot is still sucking back smoke as he climbs onto his Harley.

So will vaping ever be cool?

I don't know. And I don't really give a fuck.

I'm not cool when I pull on my jersey to go out to dinner with a bunch of nicely dressed authors, a baseball cap on my head and my hair in a ponytail. I'm not cool for going to heavy metal concerts at MY AGE and hanging out in the pit. I'm not cool for my SWAT boots and odd socks or the comic books I love. Loving Marvel more than 50 Shades of Grey is definitely, totally lame.

I'm bisexual. I can't even pick a side!

So not cool.

Which works for me. I don't need anyone telling me what's cool. And I'm kinda sad for those who still need that kind of acceptance, but I get it. You don't want to stand out and really, those vaping freaks are not your crowd. 


But the whole point of this post is to point out ecigs are helping people. They've changed people's lives. They changed mine. 

They can be sexy, they definitely smell better, and they're not hurting anyone. You wanna find me at any event, I'm probably outside, chilling with the smokers, with my ecig between my lips. I'm happier, healthier, and this choice likely means I'll be around a lot longer to write all those kinky books so many have come to love.

And while we're on the sexy and cool topic, here's some awesomeness for you to check out:

And the latest

If you'd like to learn more about vaping, here's some links:




And if you want to join the convo on Facebook, here's where I first brought up the subject:


Yes, I'm rather passionate about this. I won't fight to be able to vape in restaurants, or stores, or movie theaters. I respect those around me and I avoid blowing smoke in anyone's face. But it terrifies me that the cigarette companies will win in this fight to either make vaping seem as bad, if not worse than smoking. Or worse, that they'll take over and make that true.

The fillers they might put in e-liquids to mass produce them? Well, they'll change the fact that vaping has fewer chemicals than cigarettes. Maybe ecigs will be cool then, but I really fucking hope not.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


This is gonna be a quick post, but I just HAD to share! 

The Cobras now have AUDIOBOOKS!!!

This wasn't something I talked about much before, because I wasn't sure when they'd come out, but they're here!!!

If you're into audiobooks and wanna go grab them now, here are the links:

If you'd like the chance to WIN one of TEN audiobooks I'll be giving away, enter below. And GOOD LUCK!!!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NO ANGEL TOP 10 READS: RE-READ WORTHY ONLY 'Pop Books' need not apply


Of course, that's obvious, but there's one thing that I can't do with them...

I can't read a book I truly love only once.

Now, ebooks are awesome, because I used to travel with 5-10 books and that's obviously not fun. Totally worth it to have my escape wherever I go, but an ereader mean I don't have to limit myself to what I can carry. I can have all my favorites wherever I go.

But I'm not a complete convert. Ebooks can't give me the smell of an old book. The smooth feel of the pages as I brush my fingers over them, my eyes skimming the printed words that just aren't quite the same on screen.

This list has books I own. Books that are lovingly pulled off my shelves again and again. 

So what's different about this list, compared to all the other list you check out while looking for a new book to read?

Well, this isn't a specific genre list. This isn't a list of the 'pop books' repeated over and over on the biggest blogs. One or two of these authors might get the odd mention over the years, but they're not THE NEXT BIG THING! OMG, EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK!

I have a bad habit of catching up to those trends years later. And when I do pick up a 'pop book'? Well, it's kinda like when I listen to a pop song on the radio. It might be catchy for a bit, but replays tend to kill the appeal. And they're rarely as unique as what you'll find at your local venue. Bands that have to travel a lot to make it are usually more focused on the art.

Most of these authors, I find, are more focused on the art than being popular. 

Whatever the reasons, there's something in them that keeps me coming back for more. And even after reading them again and again...

I'm not bored of them. And I don't think I ever will be.

10. Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas
This was my first dark romance. To be honest, I don't consider it romance at all. I see it as a twisted, love story that plays as many mind games with the readers as the 'hero' plays with the heroine.

The writing is incredible and made me a fan of Kitty Thomas. She is truly the Dark Queen of storytelling. I re-read this book just to get that haunting feeling of falling in love with danger, again and again. No one else has ever given me that feeling. Yet.

Which is fine. This book doesn't need to be replaced.

9. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison 

Some might consider THIS a 'pop book' but if so, you don't understand the term. Or don't agree with whether it applies to this book, which is fine too. ;)

What I love about this book is the heroine is different, the storyline is deep and fun, and IMO, out of all the authors in the genre, Ms. Harrison stay most successfully true to the characters. I've found other good paranormal novels since, but no series that I'll start over again just because I want to spend time with the characters again.

8. Safe Harbor by Tymber Dalton

When I read this book, I'd been looking for a great menage romance and I was struggling to find anything even just GOOD. There are plenty of erotica menage, but too many 'menage romance'--more so then than now--aren't really romances at all. They end without a HEA or even a HFN. Not for all three lovers.

But I felt the love in this book. I loved the characters and I believed in the bond built between them. Reading this book has me letting out a happy sigh each and every time.

7. The Secret Circle by LJ Smith

I seriously thought I'd have more YA books on this list when I really sat down and started listing my favorites. I have shelves full of YA books, but none that I loved so much I had to replace my old copies.

So why did THIS one make it into the top ten while the others are further up in the numbers? Well, it wasn't Vampire Diaries. That series had all the love, but THIS series had more characters, and I have a lot of respect for authors that can juggle many characters and give them all unique personalities. 

For a YA novel, this also has a more complex story than some. This isn't just about a girl looking for love. This is about a young woman learning about her own powers and it was an awesome journey to go on with her.

6. Stygian by Santino Hassel

I read this book VERY recently, but I loved it so much I literally closed it, went one day, then read it again. The writing style had me hooked and I started looking for EVERYTHING by this author. I really wanted more of THIS world, but he's talented and all his books are worth reading.

This book doesn't follow any formulas--actually, it's something I find most of my favorites manage to avoid. There's a beauty to Stygian that is impossible to explain though. You really have to read it to understand.

 5. Safeword Matte by Candace Blevins

I THINK this was my first book by Candace Blevins, but don't quote me on that. What I do know is the way she writes BDSM is very tangible. Her characters are realistic and you can feel EVERYTHING they experience.

It's so damn hot, but not in a way that had you reading with one hand...well, I mean, you could, but you'd be missing out on the details that have you catching your breath. Wincing and squirming and ready to use your safeword if you're not ready to be pushed a little closer to your limit.

4. The Men of Halfway House by Jaime Reese

This embodies everything I look for in a romance and I've lost track of how many times I've read the first book. And every book since.

The slow burn, the men who I've come to love, the storylines that draw you in...these books have everthing I enjoy in an emotional read. Another author with incredible talent, the words seem to disappear until you are standing right in the Halfway House, as desperate as the heroes for redemption and love.

3. Finding Eden by Kele Moon

One of my favorite movies is Dangerous Liaisons. Cruel Intentions is all right, but it doesn't have the same depth. Beyond Eden, and all the Eden books actually, gives me the same twisted, tempting characters that enjoy playing their own games to get what they want.

There's not much I enjoy more than a bit of naughty fun. A devilish smile and a well planned seduction heats up every page. Just talking about it makes me want to start reading them all again. Especially since I just finished the latest and these decadent characters are still purely wicked. In the best way, of course!

 2. The Stand by Stephan King

Growing up, I LOVED horror novels. At one point IT would have been on this list, but by the time I hit high school, the idea of the apocalypse, of wars spanning the entire planet, of evil rulers controlling us all began to fascinate me.

To be honest, I couldn't understand HOW people could let that happen. But King is a master at exploring the human mind and letting you see how truly fucked up it is.

There's no nice way to put it.

As a species, we're fucked up.

But we're also amazing.

And this book shows both sides, often in the same character. And what's scary isn't the evil lurking among us, waiting to take over.

What's truly frighting is the idea that it won't need to lurk. We've proved again and again that we're capable of ignoring horror until it's standing at our own front doors. That we can look away until the stench of death is thick in the air and blood pools into the streets.

Not recently of course, but when you read this book, you won't wonder how it could happen anymore. It's obvious.

1. Xenogenisis by Octavia Butler 

The name of this book was changed at one point to 'Lilith's Brood' and when my original copy fell apart I went to absolutely every bookstore in my area and NO ONE knew the book I was talking about. Since I read this book no less than THREE times a year, you can imagine I freaked.

I may have cried a little. I'm not ashamed to admit it. My grandmother gave me the original and while the book itself was still special, the story was the real gift.

The fact that it was a gift didn't make me love the story more or less though. I've been given other books, and while they look very nice on my shelves, they never held my interest for long.

Xenogenesis's frightening. It's a world constructed in the future we've built for ourselves, one where we need to be saved. In the same way we've been saving creatures for a long time. Breeding them, changing them a little so they're healthier and stronger. The entire world needs healing after the beating it's taken and it's not so welcoming to us anymore.

So if you're not a fan of science fiction, it's not for you, right?


The characters are so well developed, the world is so vivid, I'd be so bold as to say Xenogenesis is a must read for ANY author. Octavia Butler was an incredible storyteller, a master at her craft, and reading her work can teach anyone how to write in a way that makes your characters real. Even if they're not human.

For anyone else, the story is beautiful, terrifying, and engaging. You'll pray for the characters to escape. Then you'll beg them to stay.

And in the end, you won't be sure which would be better. But you'll accept one truth. With each new generation comes new ideas. Some that can make or break us. But without them, we'll never move forward. And that is...

The End.

I hope you enjoyed this list and if you haven't read all these books, go grab them now! If for no other reason than they're there.

And if you're here, you love books too. So go give 'em some lovin'!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bring on the SEX! Or...don't. Please don't!

I've seen a few posts lately about contemporary romance and how sick people are getting of all the sex. Like, seriously, many AUTHORS are getting sick of sex.

Shocking, right?

Only, not really.

You see, MOST authors are readers too. Like, mega-readers who just can't enough of all those beautiful words. 

The problem isn't sex itself. Sex is awesome. You will never hear me say I'm tired of sex.

But I'm tired of it being absolutely meaningless. If I just wanna get off, I can manage just fine on my own. Close my eyes, imagine whatever sexy scene I want in my head, and get down and dirty.

TMI? Sorry, not sorry! :P 

But anyway, the point is, if I'm reading a book, I need more than the right amount of kinky shit, covering enough pages, to get me off. I need a story. I need to be so drawn into what's going on that when the characters start fucking, I'm feeling it with them. 

Not just because he's hot and she's horny.

Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely a place for porn and erotica and when you grab either, you're looking for the down and dirty, get-me-off medium.

But lately, the lines between romance, erotic romance, and erotica have gotten so blurred, I'm not sure I blame ANYONE for labeling them all as smut. I've read about more cum just checking out the sample of books than I have in all of the hottest novels I've read combined.

Sexual comfort is awesome, and I'm glad we've gotten to a place where women can share their sexual fantasies so openly. I don't ever want that to change!

Maybe it's just me, and if so, feel free to click off the blog and give me the virtual finger.

With how many people I see getting bored of the influx of hot pussies and throbbing cocks, I don't think I'm alone in this. And if you're an author trying to figure out your way through the mess, what I suggest is you go back to the basics.

If your characters are gonna fuck, does it add to the story? Not sure? Well, can the sex scene be replaced without taking away from the plot? Are the characters, who are falling in love, pushing to climb in bed or are you filling a dick-in-slit quota?

Filling a quota? We can tell. And we're just as bored reading about it as you were writing it.

Look, I get it. Sex sells. And times are tough in the romance world. We're all trying to make it, and pumping out as many books as you can, as fast as possible, might seem like the answer.

Only, it's not.

Writing a great book has ALWAYS been the answer. A book you love to read will find other fans. But you have to be the first fan. The one who loves the book so much you HAVE to share it with the world.

If you're in the business to get rich, you've made a huge mistake. Because when things are tough and you're struggling to make ends meet, all the blood and tears won't pay your bills. Yes, this can become a career and it's great when an author can dedicate themselves to their craft.

Like any other job, if you don't love it, you're gonna start looking elsewhere when it's not all shiny and new anymore. Except, this is an art. And your craft suffers when it becomes a chore.

Am I saying you should stop writing? Absolutely not.

I'm saying if you want to write a romance, remember what you love about the genre. And write that.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

F**K The Rules...and how I write the books you LOVE! RELEASE DAY AND GIVEAWAY

Yes, I know, if I'm gonna swear in the title of a post, I should just do it, right?

But I get in enough trouble for all my naughty pictures, so I'm trying to be a good girl...

Fuck it!

I'll give you a minute to either enjoy the picture or run away. If that makes you uncomfortable, you probably stumbled into the wrong blog. Totally cool. My books probably aren't for you, but today is the release day for a TON of awesome books, so I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for!

Happy reading!

All right, now that those who don't love manlove are gone, let's get down to the how and why of what I do. Not sure it will help any new authors who hope that I know what I'm doing and can point them in the right direction. The best piece of advice I can probably give you is 'Don't do what I do.'


Seriously, don't.

UNLESS you're willing to spend most of your career swimming against the tide.

If so, grab a seat, pour yourself some whiskey, and let's be friends! <g> I collect crazy little authors and you're cute! 

Now, not only have I stepped into the rockstar romance genre without writing rockstars, but I ignored all the very successful trends in the genre. Not even trying to be a rebel, I just don't do formulas.

At all.

Actually, to be fair, I CAN'T do formulas. If I could I'd have a nice stable job writing for Harlequin. My books would fit neatly into categories and my life would be a whole lot simpler.

But I get bored easily and I can't write the kind of book I wouldn't be passionate about reading. Books others love that are cozy and comfortable gather dust on my shelves. I actually get a little jealous about those who can keep it simple because...

Well, remember what I said about swimming against the tide? It gets tiring. You're constantly sucking in mouthfuls of salty water while getting dragged under. You're never sure if your gonna gain some distance or drown.

Is it worth it though?


I thought long and hard about what I was going to post today. The smartest thing would have been a happy 'It's RELEASE DAY!' post, with an excerpt. But this is the first book I've put out in awhile that isn't a rewrite, an expansion, or a completion. Ever since I released GOAL LINE this summer, this is the first book that's completely new.

It's about a super rich rockstar that meets one of his fangirls, who isn't like other fangirls, and they fall in love! Remember the formula deficiency I have? That right there is one that works for rockstar romance. So of course what I wrote is absolutely nothing like that.

And if that's the book you wanted, check out the bestsellers in the category. You'll find plenty of amazing books for your reading pleasure.

BACKLASH doesn't even start with introducing the heroine for quite some time. Actually, she takes her sweet time joining in and even I had a few moments where I was like 'This is a mistake. People are going to HATE this book.'

Then...I got out of my own fucking way and let the characters do their thing. This series isn't just about the heroine, or the heroes. Their lives revolve around a metalcore band that's struggling not to implode. None of the guys are rich, their tour schedule is crazy, and all but ONE has faced the reality that the lifestyle isn't all sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. It's hard work and they've got to fight to make it in a world where cheesy pop tunes dominate all the charts.

Which is how it works in real life.

So how do I do it? Well, like with the Cobras, I learn absolutely everything I can about the world my characters live in. I don't bother smoothing the edges or making anything easier on them. If a character is gay or bisexual, which many tend to be, they're not living in a world where everyone is accepting.

Life is hard. And books can be an escape, but they can also be a place that reflects your own failures and triumphs. Where you're just as uncertain as you are in your own life, but you know if you keep pressing forward, if you give it your all, you can be proud of every damn thing you accomplish.

This is the story of a band that doesn't get anything handed to them on a silver platter. But when they breakout? When they accomplish everything they've been fighting so hard for?

You get to celebrate with them. Because you were right by their sides every step of the way.

And when they fall in love? Damn, you feel it. You believe they've got someone who'll stand by their side.

Nothing is easy. Nothing is neat and shiny and pretty.

But it's a wild fucking ride!


Last, but not least, I mentioned a GIVEAWAY!

I'll keep it simple! <g> ONE commenter will receive a PLATINUM PRINT PRE-ORDER PACKAGE. Simply comment, asking me a question about ANYTHING. Not only will I answer every question, but I'll pick one person at random for the prize.

And if there's enough questions, I'll giveaway a couple of surprise packs!

So good luck and don't bother keeping it clean! lol! It's me! ;)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

8 DAYS Until the release of BACKLASH (Winter's Wrath #1)

Just a quick little update for those who follow me here. :)


A few advanced readers have already gotten back to me and they LOVE the men of Winter's Wrath. I can't wait for you all to get a chance to meet them. You're gonna love them too!

Well, most of them. ;)

Heavy Metal bands are as sexy as Rock bands...

Only more hard core. ;)


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