Friday, February 24, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! MATT JACKSON, CATCHER BY JEAN C. JOACHIM

  
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MATT JACKSON, CATCHER
Bottom of the Ninth series
by Jean C. Joachim



SUMMARY:   Matt Jackson, clutch hitter, fielder extraordinaire, and team captain, is dynamite on the baseball field, but a loser with women. Or is he? He makes a show of coming on to chicks in bars, but always strikes out. Convinced being dateless is safer, Matt keeps his distance from women. Is he simply an insensitive chauvinist, or a crafty man hiding a secret? 

Everything he believes in is challenged the day he walks in on a beautiful woman in the locker room. Dusty, the sharp-tongued spitfire, cuts the all-star pro down to size. Unwilling to accept second-class status, she challenges everything he knows about women. 

Does a solo life make living with emotional pain easier? Drawn to the stunning, talented woman, Matt has a long way to go to win her trust. Getting close to Dusty is dangerous. Can he risk his well-protected heart? Matt faces a difficult choice -- will he make the right decision?


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TIME MANAGEMENT: JUST DO IT BY LAQUETTE



When people find out I’m an author, one of the first things they ask is how I manage to come up with all those words.  The next is how do I manage to find time to write?  Let me give you a brief rundown of what my life looks like.  I’m a wife, a mother of two small boys, ages six and four—one of whom has ADHD, and on top of all that, I’m an author.  For those of you that don’t know, being an author is time consuming.  It requires hours of sitting in one space at a computer, pecking your thoughts out on the screen one keystroke at a time. 

Now that you’ve been given the full picture of my existence, you’re probably raising questions about my sanity—don’t worry, I do too.  Although my life does sometimes feel out of control, for the most part, it’s a carefully balanced ball of organized chaos.  So how do I find time to write during all of that?  I just do it.

If you want to write, then you must make it happen, no matter the sacrifice.  So, I can’t be a writer when I need to be a mother, but I can make certain my kids have a fixed bedtime routine to ensure I have at least two hours to myself before I collapse into bed.  I might sometimes have to choose between cooking a balanced meal, and ordering takeout so I can meet my word count, but I get it done.  When I’m on a deadline, I might not be able to keep up with my housekeeping the way I’d like (and if you knew how much of a neat freak I am, you’d understand how painful this is), it’s expected I might be stepping over some things for a few days until I type the end.  However, in the middle of me tripping over whatever surprise one of my kids left in the floor, I completed an actual book.

Life can be a greedy narcissistic heifer at times, demanding all your attention and plotting to steal every free second you’d spend writing.  Although you may have to bow down to her during the important times, others, you need to make your writing the priority, and life your mistress.  Why?  Because the only way to do, is to do it.  That’s the only secret I have for time management and getting the work done.  I don’t make excuses, I write.  When I don’t want to, when I’m tired, when I’d rather be watching T.V., I sit my butt in a chair, put my hands on my keyboard, plug my earbuds in my ears, crank up my music, and I write.


LaQuette is a bestselling erotic romance author, and a 2015 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award Finalist in Erotic Romance, and a 2015 Swirl Awards Finalist in Romantic Suspense. Contact her on Facebook, Twitter, @LaQuetteLikes, her website, www.NovelsbyLaQuette.com, Amazon, her Facebook group, LaQuette's Lounge, and via email at NovelsbyLaQuette@gmail.com. 



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Monday, February 20, 2017

10 REASONS READERS FALL HARD FOR CHRISTIAN GREY BY A.C. ROSE


  


With the scheduled release of the Fifty Shades Darker on February 10, fans are getting excited about seeing their favorite characters and scenes come to life on the big screen.
Many of us remember getting pulled into 1,500 plus pages of non-stop reading and being stunned by the “book hangover” that ensued.

And may writers still wonder: what made so many go ga-ga for Mr. Grey?

Sex therapist Sari Cooper, LCSW, offered some great insights into this in “Fifty Shades of Grey: What You Can Learn about Sex Esteem from the Bestseller,” a lecture she gave in Manhattan a while back. Cooper, a columnist for Psychology Today and an ASECT certified sex therapist, outlined what she called “the erotic triggers” that are written into the book and said these triggers combined are what kept the heroine, Anastasia Steele (Ana) so stimulated and intrigued, and made the story so irresistible to readers.

“These are the multisensory messages that our bodies receive and that get us turned-on,” she explained. Writers of steamy fiction might find some new hints for making things hotter. With her permission, here are the top 10 erotic triggers:

1.    Powerful hero. “He is dark, mysterious, and possibly dangerous — a total Alpha male. He’s wild, dangerous and unpredictable. Being with him is like a roller coaster ride.”

2.    Awakened Heroine. “She is innocent. She is the yin to the yang of Christian Grey. She is a young woman awakened by this man who knows a lot more. “

3.    Christian Grey uses all the senses — taste, touch, sight, scent, sound. “For example, Ana is always talking about how he smells and he about her scent. He also consciously uses these different triggers to arouse her.”

4.    Music is huge part of it. There are many musical moments in the book that inspire erotic or emotionally charged moments.

5.    He appeals to her psychologically. “He sends signals to throw her off-balance, such as his first gift of the collector’s edition of Tess of the d’Urbervilles. He attached a quote from the book that says there may be danger waiting. It creates more intrigue for her and she is intrigued by him.”

6.    There is stimulation of all the erogenous zones and multisensory anticipation. “Christian does it with such expertise, and so much foreplay, with plenty of time to get Anastasia ready.
          A.   Primary erogenous zones. Genitals and breasts.
          B.   Secondary erogenous zones: Earlobe, neck.
          C.   Tertiary erogenous zones: Feet, arms, scalp. 

7.    BDSM. “The book has opened up the door a crack to things people may not have considered before. In Fifty Shades, Ana has many fears about being hurt, but when she is in the red room of pain she is not just in pain — she is in a state of arousal beyond what she would normally feel. Sexual arousal sometimes involves working with negative emotions such as fear and anxiety. It’s the experience of being on a roller coaster that enhances the state of arousal.”

8.    Love. “Ana pushes for ‘more’ than being his submissive and he ‘tries’ because he will do anything to keep her. He’s only had subs [submissive female partners] before, women that he has controlled, and he is pushed to his hard limits by Ana who is demanding more. That’s what people love about the book. They want the romance, the emotional tension. Will it work out for them? They want to know!”

9.    The experience of being desired. “This is a huge erotic trigger for women. It’s the experience of being that special someone. There is no one else in his eyes. He only has eyes for her. She is the one he longs for. It combines the erotic with the sensual. Being desired is such a turn on for women.”

10.  He’s very loyal. “At first we are not sure if we can trust him. She talks about his ‘stalker tendencies.’ What wins Ana over, and wins the reader over, is he’s very loyal. And when she needs him, he’s there. I think it works because women can feel the fantasy of having that danger, with the security of having a good relationship.”

The reader is constantly barraged with these triggers or cues, along with a genuine emotional connection between the characters. Even if some of the writing is corny, the sentiments can set women’s hearts afire because they stimulate the fantasy of the perfect man who is not only gorgeous and rich, but is sexually masterful and desires her pleasure. His virility and her fertility are a turn-on and can help the reader feel young, just reading about their interactions. Sigh.♥


A.C. Rose is a love and romance columnist and author of steamy romance books. Visit her at http://acroseauthor.net/. For more insights to why readers fell in love with Christian Grey, read FALLING HARD FOR FIFTY by A.C. Rose.

Read the full article at the Three Tomatoes: http://thethreetomatoes.com/category/love-sex/hot-romance

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Friday, February 17, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! HIS LADY CHARLIE BY MAGEELA TROCHE

  
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HIS LADY CHARLIE
The Maiden Series
by Mageela Troche



SUMMARY:   In glittering world of Regency England, Lady Charlotte Hammersley, Charlie as she is known, is more than a wallflower, she is the wall supporting the flower. Her father has pronounced this is her fourth and final season. The last chance for her to marry the man she loves. When she overhears the Earl of Harrington place a wager to turn any lady into the toast of the ton, Charlie presented herself.

The Earl of Harrington must win the wager to save his brother from destruction and the minx vows she is the perfect lady for him. He finds he cannot deny her as she intrigues him, as he has never been before. Navigating the London Season, they face scandal, jealously and the possibility their wager may be discovered and ruin their lives.  Will they win the biggest gamble of all—for their love?


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Friday, February 10, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! THE F STUDENT BY XYLA TURNER

  
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THE F STUDENT
by Xyla Turner


Find out what happens when this F student 
applies himself in more ways than one.

  



Monday, February 6, 2017

THE PUBLISHING GAME© – WRITER BEWARE!



By Lise Horton



Too many of our members have been personally impacted by publisher difficulties. Ellora’s Cave. Torquere Press, Samhain (which has experienced a rebirth), and Secret Cravings (which closure seems to have avoided major bumps, though I have no personal knowledge). But they are merely the most recent examples, and were preceded over the last several years by Triskelion, Crescent Moon Press, Dorchester Publishing, Aspen Press and the subsequent operation started by stranded Aspen personnel, Musa.

The abrupt closing of All Romance E-books has once again fomented that bitter backlash that has arisen in the past when a publisher has sunk into chaos and shut its doors. ARe’s demise may have been without warning, but with publishers, both for the submitting author, as well as the author established with a particular house, there are ways to be vigilant and hopefully avoid a bad situation before it starts, or gets worse.

Of course, there will be times when a shutdown will catch everyone unawares, and if you are a contracted or published author with a house, you can perhaps be attuned to certain issues that can signal a problem and you can extricate yourself early in the process to avoid being tied up in legal issues or bankruptcy.  

So you want to submit. How do you vet a publisher?

First, go to the source. Check every nook and cranny of the publisher’s website. Is it professional looking? One house that engendered criticism had numerous typos, grammatical errors and punctuation problems, and representative samples of authors’ work showed bad writing and bad editing.

How much information is given about the principals? Their industry experience or credentials? (Too many turn out to be a couple of friends who self-published and then decided to become “publishers” with no real expertise, and sometimes merely a desire to make an easier buck.)

What details are included for submitting authors? It’s vital you know what is TYPICAL in order to spot an aberration, such as the claim I saw on one site that no marketing would be expected of an author because they needed to immerse themselves in their art, and not deal with such trivial realities (the actual language was even more florid).

Do they include the most important details, such as formats they publish in and basic royalty rates? Response times on submissions?

Delve deeper. Pick a representative sample of the house’s titles. Check out reviews on Amazon. Are there substantive complaints about bad editing, problematic formatting, lousy cover art and writing skill in the books? (Every book gets a couple of bad reviews, but be wary if a lot of the house titles get a lot of bad reviews.) If you can afford to, even buy a couple of titles and vet them.

Reach out to a few authors for references for the house.

And check out author sites like Writer Beware, Absolute Water Cooler, Preditors & Editors and Dear Author for consistent complaints and discussions about a house (a caveat being you’ll always find a couple of grumpy folk in the best of places). And keep abreast of your RWA email blasts and news because they keep on top of bad situations too, like ARe, and previously Ellora’s Cave.

Give yourself a research window. Follow the publisher on social media. Do they promote authors? Do they have a blog, newsletter, author contributions? How do they comport themselves? Recall Tina Engler/Jaid Black’s on-line meltdowns and threats, at the very worst of the EC scandal, yet they were still soliciting submissions and people were still submitting! That behavior should be a major red flag.

If everything passes the sniff test and you submit and are offered a contract, undertake phase 2 of your vetting (you’re not committed until you sign that contract). NOTE: Do not be so eager to be published, no matter what, that you ignore concerns about any aspect of this process! And talk to your RWA friends! They’ve seen it all!

Your best option would be to consult a publishing lawyer (or literary agent) if you’re given a contract. NOT your Uncle Dick, the personal injury guy. Publishing is industry specific and not knowing industry standards means they might not spot an egregious clause, or realize a vital provision is missing.

The entire contract is important, but a few areas are key when a house might be in trouble.

Reversion of rights. Know how you can request your rights back; under what circumstances (e.g., breach of contract terms such as scheduled payment of royalties or royalty statements).

If the publisher can assign the rights to a third party (typical), what are the terms and restrictions?  Do you lose additional rights, do the royalties or reversion terms change?

Does the contract address bankruptcy (it is a quagmire, no matter what, but if they don’t even MENTION the potential situation, that should make you very wary)?

As for basic provisions, if they’re muddy, or missing, or vastly different than standard, ask for clarification. This is a business transaction and you need to embrace your power as a party to a legal contract. Don’t be cowed. And keep accurate records of email correspondence on these topics, because any promises made (such as “good faith negotiation”) can be your legal ace in the hole.

Bottom line. You have to eventually make a choice. If the stars align, it may be a publishing match made in heaven. But if something goes wrong, from bad luck at a good house, to nefarious doings at a bad one, you should gird your loins, handle what needs doing and then move on. Hard to do. Painful, frustrating, maddening.

Then write your next book, find a new publisher, and get back on your author horse.♥


Lise Horton in published in erotica and erotic romance, including her Golden Flogger-nominated 2015 BDSM erotic romance, HOLD TIGHT, and she presented her workshop on sensory description, A Feast for the Senses, at the 2016 BDSM Writers Conference. She returns in 2017 as Chapter Secretary and at her day job is in her 26th year as legal assistant at an entertainment law firm dealing with publishing. Lise writes smoldering, intense romance replete with laughter, and kink. Visit her at www.LiseHorton.com





Friday, February 3, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! FALLING HARD FOR FIFTY BY A.C. ROSE

  
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FALLING HARD FOR FIFTY
by A.C. Rose


This book is a tribute to all the fans who fell in love with Christian Grey and continue to be so.