Sunday, May 27, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday ~ 5/27/2012

Today's six sentences come from a western romance novella I wrote, A Firm Husband, originally published on about a year ago.  It's now available on the Blushing Books website and on Amazon

"I am going to teach you a lesson, Miss Sutton – over my knee.”

Clara’s eyes bulged of their own accord and she lowered her chin a notch, suddenly short of breath.  She was very aware of Mr. Davies – physically – and second guessed her prior boldness.  He was tall and muscular, his starched white shirt hugging his broad chest underneath a leather vest.  His hair color matched that of his eyes.  And the resolve in those dark brown eyes was frightening.

Hope you enjoyed those six.  A Firm Husband has lots of spanking and steamy if that's your thing, please give it a look!

Thanks for stopping by:)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Please help me give a warm welcome to Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz.  She's stopped by to answer a few questions and talk about her latest release, Mirror, Mirror.

Penny, who are a few of your favorite authors?
My favorite authors tend to change after a period of time. Currently, I’m loving Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Devon Monk, and George R. R. Martin.

Tell us a little bit about your newest release.
My latest release is from MuseItUp Publishing: Mirror, Mirror.
Lindsey Baker is intrigued by everything about the middle ages, but when she purchases an antique mirror and a costume to attend a Renaissance Faire, she suddenly finds herself transported back in time. There she finds she’s been called by a witch to right a terrible wrong.

Graham loves Prudence, but he can’t marry her because he’s landed gentry, and she is only the baker’s daughter. Before Lindsey can return to her own time, she must convince Graham to marry against his father’s wishes. Unfortunately, she also finds herself falling for the handsome gentleman.

Can she find her way back to her own time, or will she be stuck in a time when women had no rights?
“Fool-born child!  Watch where you are walking. The master will have your hide for getting mud all over his clean shirts.”
Someone pulled her ear—hard—and Lindsey yelped with pain.  She was tugged up into a kneeling, then standing position, before she opened her eyes.  She realized in the first moment she was no longer in Oregon.
“Where is your cap?  If the master sees you with your hair hanging down all over your face, he will switch us both.”
She stared wide-eyed as a large, buxom woman bent down, picked up dirty white shirts from the ground, and thrust them into Lindsey’s arms.
“‘Tis not here. Take my extra one.”  The woman grabbed Lindsey’s hair, balled it, and shoved it into a long, sleeve-like cap, which came to Lindsey’s forehead and fell down around her shoulders.  Balancing the load of shirts with one hand, she felt the cap.  Not a shred of her hair was showing.
“Um, thanks,” she said.
“Well, donna be thanking me now.  You just watch what you be doing next time, clumsy girl.  Now march back into the washhouse and get the mud off those shirts.  When you have finished, hang them out to dry. Then get you into the kitchen and help cook with dinner.”  The woman brushed her hands off; then she smoothed her apron and marched through a courtyard toward a large stone house.
Dumbfounded, Lindsey stood where the woman left her.  She looked down at herself and saw she still wore her second-hand clothes from St. Vincent de Paul’s.  Her feet were bare. Then she noticed the woman walking away from her was also barefooted.  Despite the muddy courtyard, the air was warm and so was the soil.  But where am I?  As she looked around, the structure of the buildings reminded her of pictures from her British History course in college.
In the opposite direction from which the woman took, Lindsey noticed a path leading to a small outbuilding.  Smoke rose from a chimney.  She trudged back to the washhouse, opened the door but stepped back outside when her eyes began to tear, and the heat blasted her face.  Do people actually work under these conditions?  With the door opened, some of the smoke and steam cleared, and she was able to see a large wooden tub sitting on metal legs straddling hot coals. Lindsey dumped the load of shirts into the tub, picked up a stick and stirred the load in the water.  Before long, her muscles ached, and she had blisters on her hands. Once the tears began, there was no stopping them.  Until this point, she hadn’t thought much beyond putting one foot in front of the other.  She collapsed on a small overturned crate and with head in hands, had a good cry.
With red, puffy eyes, and stuffed nose, Lindsey looked up when the door opened.  A wizened old woman leaning on a cane shuffled in.  She looked at Lindsey with questioning eyes.  “Is it really you, Mistress?” she asked.
“What do you mean?  Who am I supposed to be?” Lindsey responded between sobs.
The old woman began to dance.  “It worked!  It worked!”
Lindsey wiped the tears from her eyes with the bottom of her skirt.  “What worked?” she asked, realizing this woman might know what happened.
“Why the summoning I did for Mistress Prudence.  So you’re the one, eh?”  The old woman pinched Lindsey’s cheek and turned Lindsey’s face from side to side to get a good look.  “Well you do look like the young Mistress.
When are you from, then?”
“You did say when, not where?”
“Of course.  I know you’re not from now, foolish simpkin.  I brung you here.”
“This morning it was 2011.  I’m not sure what year it is now.”
“‘Tis the year 1421, and you need to get busy, little missy.  You need to get the Master to accept Prudence as his bride.  Soon as you do, we can send you back from whence you came.”
Lindsey stood and looked down at the little woman. “Just how do you propose I do that?  Who is this master, anyway?”
“Why, he be the master of the house.  He loves our Prudence, he does, but his father wants him to marry for money.  He’s just distraught our Master is.  I wager you be a smart woman. You can get our Master to marry you. I canna help you anymore, but I’ll be watching you.”  The crone turned and shuffled toward the door.
Where can readers find your newest release?
Mirror, Mirror can be found at the MuseItUp Bookstore here.
at Amazon here
and online at other booksellers such as Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, etc.
Coffee or tea?
I actually enjoy both.  I start my day with a cup of coffee and then drink herbal, green, and white tea during the day and evening.  My favorite is Vanilla Chai.
What inspired you to start writing?
Like most writers, I’ve been writing since I was a child.  My father used to make up bedtime stories for us, and I think that stuck with me when I was old enough to write my own sentences.  As a child, I was (and still am) an avid reader.  I dreamt of the day, I would be able to entertain other people with my stories the way I was entertained.  Life got in the way for a number of years, and I didn’t start writing professionally until 1993.  Since then, I’ve written for both adults and children, fiction and non-fiction.
Where can others connect with you?
Twitter: @PennyEhrenkranz
What is your ultimate writing goal?
I hope to entertain my readers, no matter which genre I’m writing.  In addition to romance, I also enjoy writing fantasy, soft science fiction, light horror, and paranormal.  All of my stories tend to have a touch of romance (except maybe the horror), so I guess I also hope readers will feel good after they read them.
How do you go about choosing names for your characters?
I have a book of names that I consult, but I also pay attention when I meet someone.  If the person has an unusual name, I make a note of it.  I worked for several years in our county’s juvenile justice system and often came across unusual spellings of names. If one intrigued me, I added it to my list.  Sometimes, I just play around with common names and switch the letters, to make the name less common.
What genres have you written in?
Romance: contemporary, time travel, and historical, Fantasy, Soft Science Fiction, Light Horror, and Children’s: paranormal mystery; contemporary, picture books.  (I do not write erotica or any form of “steamy” sex scenes.)
Star Trek or Star Wars?
That’s a tough one, but I think I have to say the original Star Wars.  I can still remember sitting in a theatre in New York City the first time I saw it.  I was awestruck.  My friends and I must have seen it at least five times after that on the big screen. Years later, my husband and I bought the DVD collection.

Please feel free to leave Penny a nice comment:)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Lea Barrymire

Please give Lea Barrymire a warm welcome to my blog today for Spotlight Saturday.  She's here to answer a few questions and talk about her latest erotic romance release, Half in Love.

Do you like to listen to music while you write?
I absolutely listen to music while I write. Usually I vary my playlists to match the mood of the scene, but honestly give me some Korn or Rob Zombie and I’m a happy camper. Anything alternative or hard works well for my writing style. I like to have the distraction of a strong beat playing in the background. I’m sure there’s something to that from a psychological standpoint, but I just know it works.
Tell us a little bit about your newest release.
My newest novel, Half in Love, released out May 10th from Siren Publishing. It’s a paranormal/shifter erotic romance about Willie, and yes she’s a girl, a cougar shifter who finds her mate in the most unlikely of circumstances.
Here’s the blurb: Willie Krenshaw wanted nothing more than a few minutes watching the waters of Lake Erie after a long workday. What she ended up with was a drugged male vampire and an itch to be a Good Samaritan.
When her inner kitty starts sniffing around at the male she's helping, she knows Fate's evil sense of humor is in full swing. Being a shifter-vampire hybrid is hard enough, but having a male vampire as her fated mate is just too much.
Nickola, the vampire she assists, finds her breathtaking and does all he can to push Fate's agenda.
Stephen is the male vampire Nickola is investigating for the Council. He takes aim at the couple, intent on pulling Nick to his side or killing him. Between Stephen's scheming and the Council's interest in Willie, can they survive the chaos long enough to test the depths of their passions?
Where can readers find your newest release?
Half in Love was published through Siren Publishing and will hit Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, etc. in a few weeks. It can be purchased now in all e-book formats through Siren BookStrand,
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, definitely! A little cream, dash of sugar and I’m all good.
Where can others connect with you?
I’ve become quite the Twitter addict! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, my Blog and email.
Twitter: @leabarrymire
How do you go about choosing names for your characters?
Don’t laugh, but the characters tend to give me their names. Yes, I am one of “those” writers that have enough extra people living in my head to fill a small town. If a character doesn’t have a name then I start tossing ideas around, asking who ever is sitting with me at the time, etc. until a name strikes me and the character agrees. I’ve had to change names a couple of times for characters that didn’t like the original one I gave them.
What genres have you written in?
I really enjoy writing paranormal and sci-fi, but I’ve dabbled in BDSM and ménage. I like reading paranormal and sci-fi, so I tend to think of those stories first when I’m daydreaming up ideas. The ménage is by far the hardest type of story for me to write. There’s something about writing sexual acts between so many bodies that is hard, pun totally intended.
Do you write under a pen name?
I do write under a pen name. Most of my family knows I write erotica, and if they ask I tell them my pen name, but there aren’t too many people out there that can connect the two. It’s all cloak and daggers, smoke and mirrors.
Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.
I have the first book in a paranormal/ futuristic series coming out on June 12th. The series features super soldiers that were engineered in a lab through genetic manipulation. They are designed with altered genes that give them heightened senses and skills. The doctors had also figured out how to unlock psychic abilities. One of the genes the doctors inadvertently unlock is a primal, animalistic gene that is triggered when a perfect match, or mate, is detected. Cain is the first of these men to exhibit the symptoms of this gene.
Other than Cain I have lots of things in the works. His brother-in-arms, Adam, will be getting his story written next. Willie, from Half in Love, will be getting a sequel, well, really Alex is getting a story but don’t tell Willie. She’ll be pissed that the jerk gets his own book. Her story is releasing May 29 from Siren BookStrand.
I have a BDSM Quickie story being published by Ellora’s Cave in the near future. Oh, and I tried my hand at their EC for Men series with a sexy prostitute named Destiny. Her book, Another Taste of Destiny, will be coming soon as well.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I’m super excited that my first interview as a published author is debuting on your page!

**Please feel free to leave Lea a nice comment:)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday ~ 5/13/2012

Did you know I have an erotic romance novella called Dark Without You coming out in a few months from Etopia Press?  Here's an R-rated snippet from the story:

" When she drifted back to reality, he was rubbing her bottom and telling her what a good girl she was.  She sniffled and lay limp over his lap, her brain momentarily turned to mush.
“I’m going to do something new today, Alice,” he said, his hand leaving her for a moment.
She perked up and was about to ask questions when a cool trickle of lube ran down her crevice.  She tensed as his finger probed her bottom hole.  She felt him apply more lubrication and was startled as he began to push something inside her. "
Hope you enjoyed that!  If you're in the mood for a spanking romance novella and haven't yet read my first release from Etopia Press, Mountain Devil, please check it out.  It's on Amazon, B&N, Bookstrand, Sony E-reader, Kobo, and All Romance.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Morticia Knight

I'm excited to have Morticia Knight visit my blog today for Spotlight Saturday.  Please give her a warm welcome!  Morticia writes HOT bdsm and ménage stories.  She's here today to answer a few questions and talk about her short story, "The Perfect Third", recently published in the All Together Now ménage anthology from Total E-Bound.

Morticia, who are a few of your favorite authors?

I could go on for days answering this question! When I was younger, it was all about Stephen King, I couldn’t get enough. Recently, the authors that got me back into romance are Karen Marie Moning and Elizabeth Hoyt, I like their snarky, strong and smart heroines. The hunks aren’t bad either! In erotica, there are so many diverse and interesting authors out there, but I have to admit that it was “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty” by A.N. Roquelare (Anne Rice) that introduced me to the concept that erotica could be legitimate literature - written and read by educated women.

Tell us a little bit about your newest release.

I am very honored to be a part of the All Together Now ménage anthology from Total-E-Bound Publishing that was just released this week. My story, “The Perfect Third” is part of this cool collection that explores ménage in a variety of interesting situations – and eras!

Here's an adult excerpt:

Denise had been begging for what they were about to do for a long time, but they always wanted to make sure a girl knew what she was getting into—or, more accurately, what was getting into her—before they attempted it.

“Hold on, boys,” she said lasciviously. “If we’re going to do what I think we’re going to do, I want to use some of my toys.”

Lorne was puzzled, but Antony looked almost insulted.

“I’m sure you’ll get plenty of pleasure from what our cocks are about to do to you,” said Antony, trying not to let his pride bring the evening to a halt.

“Oh, sugar, I know they will! It’s just that, well, you boys are so…organic in your tastes. I’ve wanted to add a little more spice to things for a while. I promise you, it’s purely to heighten what I’m already sure will be sensational.”

Antony looked at Lorne to gauge his reaction. Lorne merely shrugged as if to say ‘Why not?’

“Sure, babe, tell us what you want.”

“Okay, Lorne darling. Antony’s already nice and ready for me here. Do you mind grabbing my little bag of tricks over by my closet door?”

Lorne looked in the direction she was pointing and saw a small black tote. He picked it up, and when he unzipped the top to view the contents he got the complete picture of what she wanted. Their kinky little Denise liked it rough. Lorne and Antony had very little in the way of taboos, but BDSM had never been their first choice with a date. They both truly loved women, and would never do anything to hurt or degrade one. But if that was something the woman wanted, they would do their best to please her.

“Any requests?”

He could see Antony sitting up on the bed, straining around Denise to try to get a good look at what was going on. The evening had taken an interesting turn.

 Where can readers find your newest release?

What inspired you to start writing?

I was alone a lot as a child – both parents worked long hours, I didn’t have siblings near my age, and I was often left with senior citizen babysitters. One had to invent a much better scenario than that! So, in the beginning, it was picture stories with captions, and I moved on from there. Sorry – no graphic pics in the new book!

Where can others connect with you?

Twitter: @Morticiaknight

What genres have you written in?

Contemporary ménage, paranormal, M/M, M/F and BDSM. I have an entire BDSM series available at Amazon (Bound by Pleasure) that is still nagging at me for more sequels. Those characters are not done yet. I’ve also started toying with some historical ideas, but none of them have knocked me down and dragged me to the computer yet, so we’ll see.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Lord of the Rings. Sorry – I’m a very militant LOTR geek.

Do you write under a pen name?  If so, who knows about your naughty writing activities?

You didn’t believe that Morticia was my real name? Tee-hee. A few friends and family know what I do – but only the hubby, my #1 fan, and a couple very close friends know the actual name. Until I win the Pulitzer, I need to maintain a certain persona at my day gig!

Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.

I have a 3 book series called “Uniform Encounters” that will be contemporary M/M and MMF. It’s – you guessed it – all about those hunky guys in uniform. It will include firemen, police and paramedics. I also have an MMF Halloween story out at a publisher right now – it has a great paranormal slant, and I really fell in love with the boys in this one. *Crossing my fingers*. Thanks for having me Sue!

Please feel free to leave Morticia a nice comment:)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

13 Books with HOT Spanking Scenes! ~ Thursday Thirteen 5/10/12

I love a book with good spanking scenes, whether it falls in the bdsm category or is a spanking romance or a domestic discipline story.  It gets my heart pumping!  If you're the same way, you'll want to check out the books on this list.  I've read them all, some twice, and I heartily recommend them.  Of course I had to list two of mine...can't blame a girl for a little shameless self-promo now and then:)  Enjoy!

1.  Mountain Devil by Sue Lyndon
2.  Valentine Submission by Sue Lyndon
3.  Traditional Love by Alta Hensley
4.  Unexpected Consequences by Cara Bristol
5.  Lily Mine by Annabel Joseph
6.  The Point Of It All by Jade Cary
7.  Kindred Spirits by Maren Smith
8.  The Unrequited Dom by Carolyn Faulkner
9.  Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey
10.  Plain Passion by Nattie Jones
11.  Spanked Princesses:  The Pianist by Erika Moran
12.  The Lonely Dominant by Ella Jade
13.  Treasured by Crystal Jordan

Please feel free to leave a comment listing your favorite books with spanking scenes...I'd love to hear them!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Spotlight Saturday with Jennifer Chambers

Please help me welcome fellow BTGN author Jennifer Chambers to my blog today for Spotlight Saturday. She's here to answer a few questions and talk about her upcoming release, The Curious Bookshop.

Jennifer's last two releases, Christmas Miracle at the Mall, and Learning Life Again, are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Jennifer, who are a few of your favorite authors?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I read books like a glutton inhales Big Macs, so I’d have to go with some of my all-time favorites: Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte as far as classic writers, and I do love a good cozy mystery like those by M.C. Beaton and Laura Childs. Currently I’m reading a Jayne Ann Krentz- love her.

Tell us a little bit about your upcoming release.

My YA novel, The Curious Bookshop, is a historical where the teenage heroine time-travels through a magical book into the body of Queen Elizabeth the First.

Where can readers find your newest release?

I received the (very helpful, I might add) edits for the book from the editors at Books to Go Now. http// I hope to have them turned in ASAP so I imagine it will come out quite soon. This is my third book with the company. I love the e-book format, having published books both ways. It helps to have a wonderful company to work with!

Coffee or tea?

Can I answer both? Near the beginning of 2012 I went gluten-free due to a health condition and boy do I need my coffee to get going! I drink a lot of tea as well, mostly decaf in the afternoons. Nothing like a cuppa. With Milk!

What inspired you to start writing?

When I was 15, I was in a car accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. I had to re-learn everything, from walking and talking to tying my shoes and brushing my teeth. In the process of recovery I had to intensely observe people for cues. Really basic things, like how many seconds to pause after you’re spoken to before you respond, were the most difficult to regain. But they were also the most valuable. Nuances like that are some of the most important emotional “tells,” I write about. This is a round-about way of saying that I was inspired to write because it’s in my nature to observe; and I want to figure out what makes people do the things they do. Real life is infinitely fascinating!

Where can others connect with you?

My blog, where I talk about writing, books, and food, is My website is, and it has my speaking/signing schedule as well as links to all my other work.

What genres have you written in?

Lots of them! Horror (Ghost Stories, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies.) Women’s Fiction, Inspirational Fiction.

Anything else you would like to share with readers?

I won the Erika Atkinsson Award given by the South Coast Writer's Conference in February 2012. You can read my entry, which is the first section of the book I'm working on, here:
Also, I own part of and edit for a literary magazine, Groundwaters, Our mission is to help writers, artists, and photographers learn and grow through the publication process and have the satisfaction of seeing their work in print.

Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!  Please feel free to leave Jennifer a nice comment or a question:)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I'm a Kreativ Blogger Award Nominee!

I've been nominated for a Kreativ Blogger Award by erotic romance author Cara Bristol.  Thank you so much, Cara!  I'm grateful for the nomination.  I became an instant fan of Cara's after reading her domestic discipline book, Unexpected Consequences.   It's the first book in her Rod and Cane series.  The second book in the series, False Pretenses, will be released on June 12th.  I can't wait to read it!

 The Kreativ Blogger rules say I must:
  • Thank my nominator
  • Provide a link to his/her blog
  • List 7 things readers might find interesting about me
  • And nominate 7 others

7 things about me:

1.  I'm terrified of airplanes and have never traveled the friendly skies once in my life. 
2.  I've seen Melissa Etheridge in concert almost 20 times and I've touched her hand twice. 
3.  I can crochet a mean blanket, sweater, hat - anything, but I can't knit a single stitch.  I've tried knitting classes and how-to books, all to no avail.
4.  A few years ago while I was driving cross county, I stopped for the night at a motel in South Dakota. I woke up at 2am and swear I saw a woman standing in my room. She vanished when I turned on the light.  Needless to say, I packed up and got the hell out of there and drove away in the middle of the night.
5.  I have a lot of firsthand knowledge about the Amish.  I've been in their houses, ridden in a buggy a few times, and played with Amish children when I was growing up. 
6. Mike Tyson once walked right by me in a Cheesecake Factory.  He looked badass!  Hmm...maybe I should write a hero with facial tattoos.
7.  The best job I ever had (besides writing!) was working in a coffee shop.

I nominate these 7 authors:

1.  Jane Wakely
2.  Lea Barrymire
3.  Liz Adams
4.  Morticia Knight
5.  Danica Winters
6.  Lara Valentine
7.  Dianna Hardy