New Cover Yumminess

I am involved in an awesome anthology through It’s Raining Men group. Our first anthology is a Summer themed one and here is the cover….

Isn’t it sexy? I got to thank Sara York for being the ringleader for this and I am also thrilled to bein the same anthology as AJ Llewellyn, Ike Rose, Sue Brown, Rawiya, Jaxx Steele, Patricia Logan, CR Guiliano. What loads of talent these authors have and I am honored the be included.

My story is called Summer Lovin’ (working title so it may change) and is my first MM werecat story. *grins* If you read my first Friday Flash Fiction (FFF) a few weeks ago, you will get a sneak peek at my heroes, Cal and Alex. I look forward to sharing their story with you.

The Ebook is set to come out June 20th, 2012 and it will be in print as well.

More information as it comes available.


Welcome Elle Jade today

A Long Time Coming…

My new release Crossfire of Love was a real labor of love for me. It was a long time in the making. Like 22 years in the making. Now, of course I didn’t know when I was 16, I’d eventually be an author. I’d always wanted to write, but I could never have dreamed back then that there would be something called the Internet and people would be able to read books on-line. If I had, I’d be in a whole other profession.

What am I talking about? Oh, yes, my new release. Let me go back to the beginning. I’ve always been intrigued by mob movies, books and real life history. I grew up in South Philadelphia in the early eighties. It was a tight-knit Italian community with lots of mafia activity. Naturally, being the curious girl that I was, I researched as much as I could on the topic. It wasn’t as easy as it is today. Again, no Internet, and when a 16 year old girl walked into a library and asked for reference books on organized crime, a few eyebrows were raised. Hey, it was all in the name of research. The writer was born.

I lived for movies like The Godfather, GoodFellas and Once Upon a Time in America, to name a few. To this day, I’ll watch anything Robert DeNiro is in. He was probably the first crush I had on a bad boy. And, Martin Scorsese is a genius. Just sayin’.


Here it is, 22 years later and I’m penning my first mafia themed story. There was a reason I was doing all that research, even if I didn’t know why back then. Crossfire of Love is ultimately a love story, but it has a mob flair. The story begins when Gabriella is forced into an arranged marriage to Lorenzo, the son of a big NYC crime lord. It seems her father Ace has gotten himself into a bit of trouble with the Don and owes some big money. The head of the family offers him a way out. He’ll forgive the debt if Ace’s daughter agrees to marry his son. Hmm… I wonder how that will turn out?

I’ll leave you with the blurb and excerpt…

Can an arranged marriage lead to love?

Recent college graduate Gabriella has finally married the man of her dreams, the older, charismatic attorney Lorenzo Martinez. She’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember and always imagined they’d one day find their happily ever after. Unfortunately, they enter into a union arranged by their fathers.

Lorenzo is charming, protective, and loyal to his crime lord father Carlo. When Carlo asks Lorenzo to marry Gabriella he jumps at the opportunity. He’s been drawn to her for many years and knows by marrying her he’s helping to protect her father.

Gabby is resentful and won’t be Lorenzo’s charity case. But sparks fly and the couple soon gives into their desire, realizing they were meant to be together.

What happens when Carlo’s enemies threaten their future? Will someone get caught in the crossfire?


Lorenzo walked up the porch steps, turning to stare at her. “Are you coming, Gabriella?” No one but Lorenzo and his father called her by her full name. She liked when Lorenzo said it. He’d always made it sound so formal and sexy.

These were the first words he had spoken to her since they left the courthouse. They were married in the chambers of the prestigious Judge John Cartwright. He’d been a family friend of the Martinezes for many years. He was their go-to man whenever they needed something done fast and legally. Well, legal in her new father-in-law’s eyes anyway.

She hurried up the steps and followed Lorenzo inside their new home. It was built within a matter of months after she’d agreed to marry him. Carlo wanted them to have their privacy, but he also wanted to keep them close. He didn’t trust she’d hold up her end of the bargain, and keeping her on the property was the best way to ensure she wouldn’t run.

It was silly, really. How could she run from a family like this? They had ties all over the world. There wasn’t any place she could escape to that they wouldn’t know about. She was a woman of her word. She said she would marry Lorenzo and she did. She’d find a way to cope. She always had.

Lorenzo pulled his jacket off, poured himself a scotch, and then loosened his tie. “Would you like a drink?”

“No, thank you,” she said.

Most brides would be dancing the night away and drinking champagne by this point in their wedding night. She didn’t think that was part of Lorenzo’s plan.

“I didn’t think you’d go through with it.” He sipped the amber colored liquid as he looked her over.

“I said I would.”

“I know, but when push actually came to shove, I thought you’d run.”

“You don’t know me that well,” she said. “I don’t run.”

“Good.” He smirked as he put the glass to his lips.

Gabby couldn’t take her eyes away from those lips. She’d never had the pleasure of having them on her own. Judge Cartwright hadn’t asked him to kiss his bride. She hated herself for thinking about him that way.

“You could’ve stopped this. Why didn’t you?” she asked.

As they stood in front of the judge, she kept hoping he’d put an end to the charade and stop the wedding. It didn’t make sense to her why he had agreed to marry her. She didn’t have a choice. Her father’s gambling debts made sure of that. But she didn’t understand why he’d allowed things to get as far as they had.

“I was just as trapped as you were.” He downed the rest of his scotch.

She didn’t believe that. She knew he respected his dad, but she didn’t get why he wouldn’t have put his foot down and said no to such a life-altering decision.

“You could’ve told your father no from the beginning. Why would you agree to marry someone if you didn’t have to?”

“Look.” He shook his head. “It’s done now. We’re going to have to make the best of it.”

“Make the best of it?” She plopped down on the leather sofa. “I’m twenty-two years old. I just graduated from college, and you want me to make the best of it?”

“I know this isn’t what you might have wanted, but it is what it is. You agreed, and now it’s done. You can’t go back on it now. My father won’t forgive that.” 


Guest Author Day with Cassandra Dean & a Contest

Hi and welcome to my blog, Cassandra. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.  So tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks so much for having me here, Raine! I’m Cassandra Dean, and I write historical romance with a bit of the erotic for Decadent Publishing. I’m Australian and I’m intensely obsessed with cameras – I own 11 of the lovely things and I would love to own more!

Apart from that, I’m very excited to be sharing with you all- Oh, thanks for the pina colada, Zeke, how lovely of you!

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Everything I write is through the filter of my brain (um, obviously, Cassandra!) As such, my personality and life experiences influence everything. Nothing is overtly used, but I take bits and pieces of what I’ve experienced, and different aspects of my personality, and assemble a story and characters.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?

It takes me about two to three months to write the first draft, and then another two to three to edit the story to the point where I’m happy for my editor to see it. After that, it can take anywhere from two months to six months for the editorial process to be complete. Then, the book is done!

What is your writing routine once you start a book?

For some insane reason, I get creative around10.30pm. This is a horrible habit I’m trying to break myself of – it doesn’t help the day job when I’m bone-tired from writing. So, for writing routines, there’s the late nights ;p

Apart from that, I don’t have much of a routine. I write when I can, around the distractions of The Real Life. *sigh* The Writing Life would be so much easier if The Real Life didn’t intervene quite so much!

Tell us about your latest release or upcoming release. What inspired it?

TEACH ME is the tale of a curious widow who wishes to learn of erotic pleasure and the dissolute earl who undertakes her tutelage. Sounds pretty nifty, huh? 😀

TEACH ME was inspired by a slew of books that came out a few years ago where an innocent heroine was taught the sexy times by a world-weary dude. I thought, I could write one of those, and while on holiday inScotland, I did! Yay for those books and yay for the very inspiring scenery ofScotland.


What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write? (if you don’t have love scenes in your books, disregard this question)

I think love scenes are awesome, provided they are integral to the story. If it’s a gratuitous scene, and just there for the titillation, then it’s not so much fun and will probably have me rolling my eyes and setting the story aside.

As for my work, I have lots of fun writing love scenes, and think sex is an important part of romance. It’s a way of showing your affection and love for another person, a supremely important part of human interaction. I’m privileged to be able to write these stories, in way that is true and honest for me, and I hope those who read them feel the same.

What kind of research do you do for your books?

I do all sorts! The internet is a treasure trove of information, full of pictures and photos and research papers that help shape your story. I find fiction books of great help, although you should always remember an author will bend the truth to suit her purposes – take everything with a grain of salt! Similarly, television shows are fantastic for research.

I also use children reference books. These are great as they boil the idea down to an easily digestible concept. This way, you can assess if the history is applicable and if so, you can research it in greater depth with more adult books.
What are some of your favorite things or hobbies to do?

I really like to cook, and have about 30 or so cookbooks. I like the pretty pictures as well 😀

I’m also a big fan of cameras, as previously mentioned, and love taking photos. I love film cameras, as it’s always a surprise as to what the photo is going to look like!
Who are some of your other favorite authors and genres to read?

Ohhh, fave authors! I’m a big fan of fantasy/urban fantasy and steampunk and as such, I heart Meljean Brook big time. I also love Ilona Andrews, Moira J. Moore, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Roberson.

I also adore young adult, and have a real love for Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black 😀

Among your own books, have you a favorite?  A favorite hero or heroine?

I love all my books. They are all special to me, and I heart them big time. However, TEACH ME holds a special placein my heart. The story came about after a dark period in my life, and the fact that I could write a story I love so intensely helped set me on the path to publication.


Elizabeth and Malvern were a reaction to this dark time, and intrinsically tied to the joy and relief I experienced at the end of the dark period. As such, they are some of my favourite characters, just for that reason alone.


Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?

Oh wow, this is a toughie! My kneejerk is to say they’re all bound together, and it’s a bit of a chicken or the egg situation. However, I would say the setting would be first, then characters, then story.

Hmm, but then again when I first think of characters, they are so tied to the setting that it sort of occurs at the same time! Wow, this is a bit of a non-answer, isn’t it? 😀

Okay, proper answer. For me, character and setting are tied together, and then the story is teased out after. Phew! I’m glad we all got there eventually!

What part of a book has been the easiest to write?  The hardest?

The easiest to write is the third draft. You have all the nuts and bolts worked out, you know exactly where the story is going, and all you have to do is make is shine. I LOVE this part.

The hardest is the first draft. Getting that story out is like pulling teeth. At the same time, you have to battle the notion that you should be writing something that’s perfect first go. Of course it’s not going to be fantastic first go, and once you give yourself permission to be less than perfect, the better off you’ll be. In fact, I read Felicia Day calls the first draft the ‘vomit draft’ and that fits the first draft to a tee.
What are the elements of a great romance for you?

A great romance for me is one that makes me feel deeply, one that grabs me and refuses to let go. I’ll be desperate to know what is going to happen next, will stay up til the wee hours of the morning to finish the story.

I want a hero and heroine who are perfectly suited to each other, who make each other better by the other’s presence. I love humour and passion, and the hero and heroine spending time just hanging out with each other.
What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you?

The hardest part for me is pushing through after the excitement of beginning the first draft fades. Once I have an idea, I’m all excited and eager to get it down on paper…but then, it turns out, writing is hard. Who knew, right? So I get the bones of the first few chapters out and then comes the dreaded “OH MY LORD, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NOW???”

The easiest part is looking at pretty pictures on the internet for research, watching TV for research, reading for research… 😀 Seriously, though, the easiest part is the initial idea, and the wonderful excitement that comes with it. There are so many possibilities before you and it’s such an amazing feeling.

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

As I progress through a manuscript, the characters will change from what I initially conceived as I get to know them better. Consequently, the story will change to encompass their personalities. I wouldn’t say they control me, but it’s all in service to the story, so I guess it’s the story controls me!

What are some of your current projects?

At the moment, I’m working on a Western, a sequel to my first book, ENSLAVED, a sequel to TEACH ME, and a couple of other projects. Phew, it’s busy, busy, busy!

Boxers, briefs, boxerbriefs…. Or commando on a man? Why?

Boxerbriefs, definitely. There’s just something about the way they hug a glorious behind… 😀

What is your strangest habit?

I love keeping used movie tickets. I write the names of the people I’ve seen the movie with and then I store them in my purse. Why? This is a really good question…I have no idea!

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

“My word, those are some dark circles under your eyes.”

What is your favorite pizza?

Homemade! My friend is Italian, and makes the best pizza ever. I asked how she did it and she told me the magic recipe – it’s all in the base. Now, for  you lovely peeps, I’ll share her wisdom:

Pizza base – this will make five eight-slice pizzas

3 cups warm water

3 tablespoons dry yeast

3 tablespoons sugar

3 teaspoons salt

Combine together and allow to froth (about 10 minutes).

Once frothified, add enough flour to make a soft dough. Voila! Your dough is ready.

Divide into five, roll out and add your favourite toppings.

Cook in a hot over for 10 to 15 minutes.


This recipe is awesome because there’s hardly any kneading, no proving, and delicious homemade pizza will be ready in about half an hour. Yay!

What is one thing scientists should invent?

A  quicker mode of travel. I’d love to jet off to theUKandEuropeat a moments notice, but as I live inAustralia, it takes about 23 hours to get there! If it took…man, I’m not greedy, if it took 10 hours, I’d be very happy!

If you could time travel, where would you go?

There are so many fantastic time periods and places, itfs really hard to narrow it down. I think one time and place I would like to experience is a Victory Party inEnglandafter the end of World War II. I think it would be wonderfully emotional to stand with these people and rejoice that a long, bitter war was finally over, and at such a terrible cost to both sides.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer? (Romance or other genres)

I adore that I’m doing something I love for the cash money. Ultimately, I would write whether I was published or not, but now that I can proudly say I’m a published author, I’m so happy I can spend my time doing something I love.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?

Well, you currently have a choice of two, so it’s a bit 50/50! They are vastly different, so it depends on your personal preference.

My first novel, ENSLAVED, is the story of a Roman lady and the gladiator she falls in love with. I’m not ashamed to say I was hugely influenced by Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

My second novel, TEACH ME, I’ve been talking about a lot. An early Victorian erotic romance, TEACH ME is a book near and dear to my heart and I hope you peeps enjoy!

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

I hope they enjoy the story immensely, and I was able to help them escape the real world for an hour or two.

Anything else you want to mention?

Yes! I’m offering a contest# for you peeps!

Leave a comment below and you’ll go into the running to win an ebook copy of my previous release, ENSLAVED, as well as a signed TEACH ME postcard and a TEACH ME magnet. One lucky commenter will win the whole lot!

Thank you so much for having me, Raine, I’ve enjoyed myself muchly. Also, thanks to Zeke and Jake for making my stay so, ahem, comfortable.


# The small print: Comment before midnight on 29/03/2012(Australian Central Daylight Saving Time) to be entered to win one (1) ebook copy of ENSLAVED, one (1) signed TEACH ME postcard and one (1) TEACH ME magnet. Winner will be selected via, with winner’s name posted on Cassandra’s blog by 01/04/2012. Cassandra will also require the winner to contact her at; the winner will be required to provide their postal address so Cassandra can send the prize to them. Only one entry per ISP address. International entries are welcome. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited.



Ever curious, Elizabeth, Viscountess Rocksley, has turned her curiosity to erotic pleasure.  Three years a widow, she boldly employs the madame of a brothel for guidance but never had she expected her education to be conducted by a coldly handsome peer of the realm.

To the Earl of Malvern, the erotic tutelage of a skittish widow is little more than sport, however the woman he teaches is far from the mouse he expects. With her sly humor and insistent joy, Elizabeth obliterates all his expectations and he, unwillingly fascinated, can’t prevent his fall.

Each more intrigued than they are willing to admit, Elizabeth and Malvern embark upon a tutelage that will challenge them, change them, come to mean everything to them…until a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.


Moments passed, the Earl’s impassive gaze weighing heavy uponElizabeth. An overwhelming urge to twist her fingers assaulted her, but what if her fidgeting made him refuse?

He seemed to make some decision.  “I shall show you carnal pleasure, madam. As you say, both to receive and to give. However, pregnancy should be avoided at all costs.” His eyes flickered, the first sign of something resembling emotion crossing his face. “I will not marry you, no matter the circumstance.”

Well, of course he wouldn’t. She wouldn’t wed him either. In any event, conception was not a concern for her, not after a marriage that had never yielded—

Good Lord. He spoke of practical application. He spoke of touching and kissing and—Was it warmer of a sudden?

He continued with barely a pause. “Actual penetration will be avoided. While many people extol the virtues of withdrawal, I remain unconvinced. We will discuss methods of contraception during your education, but the most effective method is always avoidance. You are in agreement?”

Still confused but now with cheeks aflame,Elizabethnodded. In all her life, no one had ever spoken so frankly. This, combined with his matter-of-fact manner and lack of emotion, banished any lingering apprehension and left only the excitement. Glorious, thrilling excitement.

“Excellent.” Stepping close to her once more, he brushed his hand from her neck to her shoulder, the back of his fingers now warm against her skin. “Shall we begin?”

The Lucky 7~Share your Work in progress

Here are the rules:
1. Go to page 77 (or 7th) of your current ms
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written. No cheating.
4. Tag 7 other authors. No cheating.


Here it is…..

Dust coated parts but otherwise it looked as if it was stuck together with lots of duct tape and prayers. Granted it was clean but man, she thought to herself, why did I have to pick a ship that looked as if it would fall apart if a solar flare came near it? Knowing time was the essence; she heaved her backpack more securely on her shoulder and tried to find a spot deep in the belly of the ship to hide in.  She didn’t want those two tall guys finding her before the ship took off. Even if they looked like a girl’s wet dream. Snap out of it girl. You are not here for a sexcapade but to help find Reggie. Now get a move on before those guys get back here. Moving quickly, she finally found a space in the back of the cargo hold. Swiftly opening the door she held her breath as it opened without a noise and she set foot in her temporary home. It was dark, musty smelling and her nose kept twitching like she was going to sneeze.

Welcome L. M. Brown Today

Judging a Book by its Cover

Are you a book cover snob?

  • Do you pick what you want to read based on the cover?
  • Do you try to hide what you are reading because of the cover?
  • Do you pass over books that do not have what you deem to be visually pleasing covers, potentially missing out on a lot of good books in the process?

If so then you might just be one.

I would like to think that I’m not a book cover snob, but if I’m truly honest then maybe I am.

Some years ago I did something rather stupid by leaving my bag somewhere by mistake.  To those who know me, this will come as no surprise.  My forgetfulness is something of a joke amongst my friends.  This particular day though I left it in a building that had a security desk.  I had just realised I had mislaid my bag when I heard my name over the tannoy system calling me to the main reception and high-tailed it down there to retrieve it.  My first thoughts were on the lines of ‘does my purse still have my cash in it?’ which, considering where I was is a perfectly reasonable question.  However, all thoughts about my purse disappeared when I was asked to prove it was my bag by telling the security guard what book I was reading.

Oh crap!

My mind went blank when it came to the title.  All I could recall was it was one of those bodice rippers with a suitably sexy cover.

Thankfully for me the security guards knew me pretty well and after they had finished having a good long laugh at my expense they were happy to return my bag into my possession.   Their teasing continued for some months afterwards with questions like ‘what smutty book are you reading today?’ every time they saw me.

But it is that incident that makes me think that perhaps I do let the covers of books influence me more than I should.

Whether it is picking a book with a simple cover, with flowers or jewels on, to try to hide the fact that it is a romance novel, or altering the dust jacket of a book so no one knows you’re actually engrossed in the latest Harry Potter rather than something more lofty, many of us hide the covers of what we are reading so as to appear in a different light to those around us.


Nowadays, with electronic reading devices becoming more and more popular, it is even easier to hide what we are reading.  But are we doing a disservice to the cover artists by trying to hide their work?  Maybe so.

I adore the cover that Reese Dante created for my new ebook, Between Heaven & Hell, and post it all over the place so as to share it.  But if this was a print book, how many people would be hiding the cover from prying eyes?  I bet more than would admit it.

It is a shame and I am resolved to try to be less judgemental about the covers of books, and not let the artwork deter me from reading what I want, when I want and where I want.


What about you?  Are you a cover snob?


Heavenly Sins Book 1

Between Heaven & Hell



Angel Machidiel (Mac) and demon Alastor have been denying the attraction they feel for each other for centuries because relationships between angels and demons are forbidden.
Things change forever when they both fall for the same mortal man and begin a relationship with him. Together with Tristan, the menage they form is filled with jealousy and insecurities, passion and love. Only time will tell if the relationship they have forged together is made in Heaven or Hell.



Alastor left Tristan sleeping and padded downstairs to the kitchen. He didn’t know why he was surprised to see Mac sitting at the table.
“Don’t you believe in knocking?” he asked as he filled up the kettle at the sink.
“You gave quite a performance last night,” Mac replied. “Was it for my benefit?”

Alastor snorted and set the kettle to boil. “Contrary to what you may believe, my life doesn’t revolve around you.”

Mac’s eyes widened. “Oh, really? I thought perhaps it did, especially considering the amount of time you spent talking about me last night.”

“Didn’t you ever hear the old saying about eavesdroppers never hearing good about themselves?”
“I wouldn’t say that.” Mac smirked as he stood up, grabbed three mugs, set them down on the counter, and opened the fridge. “I notice you didn’t say you weren’t attracted to me.”
Alastor picked up a carving knife and started to pick at his nails with the tip.
“Well, aren’t you going to say anything?” Mac prodded.
“Like what? You know I’m attracted to you. You’ve known it for aeons. It doesn’t exactly change anything, does it?”
Mac continued to rummage around the fridge. “I guess not. You know I feel the same, right?”
Alastor shrugged and sat down at the table, still concentrating on his nails. “Like I said, it doesn’t change anything.”
“It might change everything if we both admit we want each other.”
Alastor looked up momentarily and saw Mac had turned away from the fridge to stare at him intensely. “How so?”
Mac looked towards the door, perhaps checking they were still alone. “I’ve been thinking about our situation, and I want more than this.”
“More than spying on me when I’m fucking someone else you mean?”
Mac rolled his eyes. “Like you weren’t watching me with Tristan last Halloween. I suspect you didn’t stay all night this time, otherwise you’d know I didn’t try to poison Tristan’s mind against you. But I know you followed us back here and watched me take him, wishing it was you.”
Alastor shrugged. “I don’t deny it. I knew you’d be back last night to watch us. Why do you think I took him on the stairs? Just a few feet away from where you had him up against the wall. Did it turn you on?”
Mac nodded shakily. “That’s not why I’m here this morning though. I noticed something last night.”
Alastor grinned. “Are you finally going to admit I’ve got a bigger package than you?”
“Certainly not. Don’t you want to know what it was?”
Alastor gestured for him to continue.
“You called out Tristan’s name when you came.” Mac leaned back and folded his arms across his chest. “What do you think about that?”
“Huh?” Alastor furrowed his brow. “I was having sex with him; what did you expect?”
“I expected you to call out my name,” Mac explained. “Just like you have every time you’ve got laid for centuries now. Why do you think so many men you sleep with kick you out of bed as soon as they’ve recovered?”
“How long have you been spying on me?” Alastor questioned.
Mac leaned forward and Alastor could feel his warm breath against his ear. “For as long as you’ve been watching me.”
Alastor felt his groin tighten.
Mac placed his hand lightly on Alastor’s thigh. “For the first time in as long as we’ve been doing this you were with someone else, and I mean really with him. You want Tristan more than you’ve ever wanted anyone, except perhaps me.”
“I don’t do relationships,” Alastor reminded him.
“Perhaps it’s time you did,” Mac suggested. His hand continued to lightly rub along Alastor’s thigh.
Alastor’s voice was barely more than a whisper when he replied. “With Tristan?”
Mac’s hand stilled. “Yes, and with me.”


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Give a warm welcome to Sorcha Mowbray


Hi and welcome to my blog, Sorcha Mowbray. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.  So tell us a little about yourself. 

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Personality…probably too much. J I tend to be a bit sarcastic and I am very stubborn. So when you see that in my characters you are totally seeing me. Life experience, not so much, since I have never been to a brothel.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book? 

A novella can take a few weeks of raw writing, editing can last a couple of months. Then the publisher gets a hold of it. LOL!

What is your writing routine once you start a book? 

Well, I work during the day, so I come home and check with the hubs to see if the Knicks are playing. If they are then I write, if not then I don’t unless I am on a deadline. Wednesday nights I write because hubs has band night. Most Saturday mornings I write while he plays golf, and then during football season I own Sundays for writing. You may notice a pattern here. LOL! This is all my attempts to balance married life with my writing life on top of having a day job.

Tell us about your latest release or upcoming release. What inspired it? 

The brothel that centers in Love Revealed (my debut release!), and in two more novellas in the series, was born out of necessity. I had this idea of two people who know each other in passing discover that they “know” each other in a much more elemental sense. But how? I mean, they couldn’t, very well, not make the connection if they have met in society and then end up sleeping together in another setting.

What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write? 

I have to be in the mood to write a love scene. Not exactly a sexy mood (although that helps), but I have to feel relaxed and ready to commit. If I am pent up or agitated then forget it! I am far better off writing an argument or something.

What kind of research do you do for your books? 

Whatever is required. I research everything from types of fabrics to sexual practices of the Victorian era. I have a whole blog post on historical sex toys. 😉 I have honestly lost whole days looking at maps of cities and trying to figure out which way my characters went or where in the hell they are.

What are some of your favorite things or hobbies to do?

Reading. I know…but that’s how I started writing. I am an avid reader. I am also almost never without an electronic device be it my phone or my Kindle Fire.

Who are some of your other favorite authors and genres to read?

I love Lorelie James, Cherise Sinclair, Kate Pearce, Thea Devine, and Susan Johnson for erotic romance. Other genres I read are all kinds of romance. LOL! I don’t really deviate much. I really enjoy the Gail Carriger Parasol Protectorate books and almost anything paranormal pulls me in.

Among your own books, have you a favorite?  A favorite hero or heroine? 

Love Revealed may be my favorite (let me write a few more and we’ll talk again!), mostly because it was my first sale and debut book. I think for that fact alone, Heath and Kat will always hold a special place in my heart.

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?

The characters came first in Love Revealed. Or at least a notional idea of them and their story. But honestly, it varies from book to book. Mostly the setting comes last for me, dependent on the story and characters.

What part of a book has been the easiest to write?  The hardest? 

None of it is really easy, but some days you just get into a flow and the words seem to just fly on to the page. Hardest? Sometimes writing The End is hardest. I mean getting to that point where I can say, okay the story is over, can be hard. Really freaking hard.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

Two well-developed characters that I can find some level of empathy for. I mean, I have to root for them. That paired with a solid plot and I am sold. It can be set anyplace or anytime and I probably wouldn’t care.
What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you? 

Editing is SO hard! Don’t tell my editors, but I get really attached to my words. I mean, like I need a glass of wine with the first round of edits attached. LOL! The easiest is probably starting. I mean there are so many possibilities at that point.

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? 

We fight. Sometimes I run the show and sometimes they do. Somehow it all works out in the end.

What are some of your current projects? 

I am working on books 2 and 3 of The Market Series. Book 2 is about a textiles importer and one of the ladies of the Market. Book 3 is Madame Marchander’s story and HEA.

Boxers, briefs, boxerbriefs…. Or commando on a man? Why?

I am a relatively new convert to the power of the boxerbrief. I just like the way they hug a man’s body, but don’t look childish like tighty whiteies.

What is your strangest habit? 

I change my hair all the time. You never know what color I am going to show up with. I have had blond, red, and all different shades of brown hair. I don’t do wild colors because of my day job. I also cut my hair regularly…like on a whim with paper cutting scissors. DH gets a little annoyed about that. *giggles* I am really bad about actually going to a salon for a hair cut.

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? 

I need to straighten out my bangs. I then grabbed those scissors and did just that. It was4:30am and I was getting ready to go to the gym.

What is your favorite pizza? 

Pesto Pizza – olive oil, pesto, mozzarella, feta cheese, onions, and tomatoes. Yummy!

What is one thing scientists should invent? 

A cure for diabetes. My dad is a Type I diabetic and so I can’t help but wish scientists would hurry up and find a cure. Because insulin and a syringe is not a cure.

If you could time travel, where would you go? 

Just one? *chews lip thinking* It’s a toss-up for me between the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and a chance to go to Elizabethan England and meet Elizabeth I.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

Telling the story. I love a good story, and getting to put that on paper and then share it with the world is the absolute best thing about being a writer.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why? 

Well, I’d have to say Love Revealed. LOL! It’s the only one out.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? 

I guess I want readers to walk away with a sense of hope that there is someone out there for everyone no matter who you are. I try to write stories about men and women who defy convention and/or the odds to be together. Couples that discover, that with a little effort on their part, love can conquer all.

Anything else you want to mention? 

I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of Love Revealed so far, and to those of you who will go out and buy it. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have my first book out and that people want to read it. Also, I want to thank Raine Delight for having me as a guest today.

And I hope everyone is having a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! *smooches*


The Market: Love Revealed (Buy it!)

Decadent Publishing 

Lady Katherine Drummond plays by society’s rules, even after the Ton turns on her. Shunned by her peers, she keeps up appearances by day but allows her true self out in the privacy of The Market. There, in the arms of one man, she comes alive. So much so, she signs a contract to be his for six months. Despite never having seen his face and knowing him only as Sir, she fears losing her heart to the man who breaks through her defenses.

Lord Raymond Tarkenton, the Earl of Heathington, despises being one of the most sought after bachelors of the Ton. He could never ask a woman of his circle to submit to his sexual needs, and a mistress would never be an option. For now, one masked woman at The Market holds his undivided attention. When he realizes that his masked lover and Lady Katherine Drummond are one and the same, he must find a way to convince her that they are bound together by more than the straps at her wrists and the contract they signed. He must reveal himself and his love to her. But will she accept him for more than a sexual escape.


“Why is it you were compelled to make me wait when you were aware I was here and ready? This is not how we should start this arrangement.”

“I was delayed.” She met his gaze, hers teamed with desire, hope, defiance, and perhaps even a tinge of fear. Mostly promising reactions, the defiance would need to be addressed.

“You will of course be punished.” He paused. “When I am ready.”

“Yes, Sir.” Her eyes lit up with his pronouncement.

“Not when you are, and it is clear you are.” Yes, Kat was the exact woman he needed in his bed. She fit him, was a perfect foil for him, for his base compulsion. No. He must be caught up in the moment. She was no more than a desirable woman.

He sat next to her on the bed and caressed the outer edge of one breast. “It was good of you to tell me the truth, Kat. You must always tell me the truth, just as I will always tell you the truth. Do you understand?”

“I will always be honest with you, Sir.” Surprise flitted across her features as the truth of her vow rang through her words and warmed him.

“Do you trust me, Kat?” Curiosity got the better of him.

She hesitated, her thoughts whirling like crazy behind her beautiful eyes. “No.” She finally responded and dropped her gaze. He stopped caressing her soft flesh.

Trepidation reared its head before logic squashed the anomaly. His pulse thrummed through his veins. “And yet you let me restrain you. Perhaps you trust me more than you think?”

She glanced up at him. “Maybe a little.”

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I am at The Romance Studio St. Patty’s Day Party

I am at The Romance Studio’s St. patrick’s Day Party today and tomorrow. Drop by, comment on a wide variety of posts and enter to win some cool prizes that also include a $100 gift card for Barnes & Nobles or a Nook.

I am giving away in the general entry form area (right  hand side of the TRS Party site) a $15 gift card to Starbucks.

Where is it going to be held?

The event will be held exclusively at our PARTY SITE. Registration isn’t required if you’re a reader who wants to comment or enter any of the giveaways.

When is it going to be held?

From March 15th – through Midnight EST March 17, 2012.

Who’s going to be there?

Eliza Knight
Cate Masters
Annabelle Weston
Val Muller
Cassandra Pierce
Cricket Sawyer
Deena Remiel
Savannah Chase
Ingela F. Hyatt
Stephanie Beck
Renee Reeves
Carolina Valdez
Celine Chatillon
Marie Dees
Zrinka Jelic
J. K. Maze
Natalie J. Damschroder
Natasha Blackthorne
Paige Tyler
Cynnara Tregarth
Cassandre Dayne
Sean Michael
Avril Ashton
Mary Eason
Erin Quinn
Ranae Rose
Clarissa Yip
Laura Harner
Natalie-Nicole Bates
Marteeka Karland
Elise Marion
Kacey Hammell
Tina Donahue
Davee Jones
Calista Fox
Tarah Scott
T. C. Archer
Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Lucy Monroe
Christiane France
Samantha Gentry
Shawna Delacorte
Raine Delight
Mary Leo
Rita Hestand
Cornelia Amiri
Kayelle Allen
Naomi Bellina
Stephanie Morris

Hope to see you there!