Well, it's been a while, but since I'm loving writing this story so much, I thought I'd share a teaser! I started this after months of the idea swimming around in my brain, and now it's just flooding out. That does mean I'm neglecting another project, but I decided it's silly to ignore an idea if it's really flowing, so here we are! This is a sneak peek at A Dark Gift, a reverse harem vampire romance. Enjoy!
Happy Friday, folks! I'm about to start a three-day weekend and I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my latest WIP, and my loved ones, I guess. But right now, we're going to talk about Katherine Wyvern. Specifically, we're going to talk about her amazing book, WOMAN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. You're always looking for new books, right? Well, look no further than this one!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today to talk about my latest release, Woman as a Foreign Language. WaaFL came out last September, and has had some really wonderful reviews since then.
This is the story of Nina, a girl who, after years of bullying and psychological abuse has a very hard time expressing her femininity, until she meets Julia, a flamboyantly sexy woman who is in fact … a man (or is it the other way ‘round?).
Julian is very, very good at being feminine and within the safe space of their meltingly tender friendship (seriously, it made me go “aww” to write about these two) Nina finally finds the courage to explore her own gender. It helps that Julia/n’s carefully constructed femininity is something that s/he can break down to its grammar, and teach to Nina, like nobody else could or would. I was very intrigued by this element of the story, the way for both these characters “woman” is not something that came naturally, but something they had to learn and practice diligently, hoping to get it right someday, and not to make too much of a fool of themselves.
Nina is a very autobiographical character, so she was really written from first-hand experience. I hope you want to meet her and watch her growing into the beautiful person she always was, even if, for a long time, she didn’t know.
It took quite a bit of research to put this story together, and also I was so attached to these characters, that once I was done with the book I realized I still had a lot to say on the topic. All this spill-over turned into Spice and Vanilla, WaaFL darker, naughtier, whip-and-leather sister, which will be published in May. It’s not WaaFL’s sequel, but it treats similar themes, and Julia/n and Nina both make a brief appearance. Stay tuned!
Woman as a Foreign Language was Runner-Up for Best Contemporary story in the Evernight Readers’ Choice Awards, and is available on the Evernight site at a 25% discount with the coupon code WINNER2017
What do you do when the woman you want to be … is a man?
Nina’s abusive childhood left her feeling so vulnerable when wearing anything flimsier than combat boots that she has spent her whole adult life dressed like a gang boy. But when she meets the tall, glamourous, charismatic Julia (actually her cross-dressing neighbor, Julian, going out en femme), Nina is seized by an overwhelming and terrifying urge to finally express her own femininity.
Julia/n has not only a slightly split personality but also a thoroughly broken heart. What s/he wants most is a partner who will love both Julia and Julian. While Nina learns from Julia how to be a woman, Julian discovers that they might well be made for each other, but it will take a struggle against prejudice and a whole conservative mind-set before they can follow their hearts, and express their true, unique, and beautiful selves.
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You can also find an exclusive excerpt on my website, here:
All the neighbourhood kids hate Lannie. But she has a gift that makes her dangerous and powerful - she can freeze people with a mere touch of her hand. So when she extracts a promise from a young and frightened West, he knows everyone he loves is at risk unless he agrees. As the kids grow up, they forget how dangerous Lannie really is...Until she comes to collect.
Freeze Tag is one of the Point Horror books I remember most vividly. I read a fair few Caroline B Cooneys, and I love her dreamy, almost surreal style, and I think this is the book where that style is at its most elegant and memorable. It helps that the storyline is compelling too. We all knew a Lannie, I think. That weird kid that nobody really wants to be friends with, but everyone kind of feels guilty about ignoring, because clearly her home life is shit.
And her home life is shit. Throughout the book, over and over, we are told that nobody loves Lannie. Nobody ever has. Her parents don't want her. The neighbourhood kids are flat out scared of her. She has nobody to hug her, play with her, include her, or care for her. But on the flip side, she can literally freeze people with a touch, and has definitely murdered at least two people and one dog this way. So is Lannie unloveable because she's a monster, or is she a monster because she's unloveable?
It's a question the heroine of Freeze Tag, Meghan, battles to answer. Meghan's boyfriend, West, is the object of Lannie's sociopathic affections, and she blackmails him into dating her by threatening Meghan, and West's younger siblings. Meghan is the antithesis of Lannie. She's loved by her parents, has a handsome, considerate boyfriend, close friends, and is doing well in life. As she struggles to win West back from Lannie, she grows to understand how much she's taken all that for granted, and her hatred for Lannie is tempered by empathy for her. It's a pretty nuanced portrayal, and makes Meghan a wonderful heroine. As Lannie sinks her claws into West and casts her shadow over Meghan's happy life, Meghan fights to stay compassionate and kind, to find a solution where nobody gets hurt.
Between Meghan's warmth and Lannie's coldness, we have West. He starts out doing his best to protect Meghan and his siblings by giving into Lannie. But as the book progresses, we see Lannie's icy cruelness rub off on him. Is he still acting, or is Lannie changing him for real? Does evil spread, and can someone be pulled back from the edge? By the end of the book, West is not the same thoughtful, generous person he was at the start, and his dispassionate cruelty seems to be infecting his younger brother and sister too as they fight to get rid of Lannie.
Ultimately, this story isn't about defeating Lannie. It's about Meghan deciding what kind of person she wants to be. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing," as they say. Meghan has a choice - she can passively allow her boyfriend to "end" Lannie. She doesn't have to be involved - she just has to do nothing. Or she can save Lannie, even though Lannie would never save her. What's the right call?
If I have one frustration with this book, it's that we never learn if Meghan makes the right choice. We see her act, but we don't get a resolution. At the end of the book, Meghan has decided that she can't be passive, she can't be hateful, and she can't let West's own growing malice infect her. But is her compassion and bravery going to change Lannie? We don't know. I don't have a problem with ambiguous endings under the right circumstances, but the facts remain that Lannie has killed and blackmailed her way through life. Will one kind act change that?
We don't know, and I guess maybe that isn't the point, because this isn't Lannie's story and her redemption isn't the point. The point is that Meghan rises above the hatred and poison of the people around her, that she fights to be a good person and succeeds. That's pretty cool.*
*Puns always intended.
Happy Saturday, loves! Hopefully you're all having a good one, whatever you're doing. I'm shortly going to dig into the last part of a trilogy I'm co-writing with Olivia R Burton, but first I'm turning the blog over to Suzy Shearer for a look at her new release, HER DOM'S SECRET PAST. Can a holiday fling to turn to lasting love? There's only one way to find out!
When Anabelle Rowley, fifty-five, takes a two-week break at an exclusive beach-front villa, she meets a man—but not just any man. Instead, this one ticks every box on her imaginary boyfriend list.
For fifty-two-year-old John Ethan, going on a short vacation to recover from injury and moving to Australia comes rather fast. Imagine his surprise when he meets a woman who arouses his every desire.
Their holiday romance ignites fires in them both and this is something real, something long-lasting. But when Anabelle has to leave suddenly, neither has a way of finding the other again.
Will they ever be able to locate each other? And if they do, then John must reveal a secret, a secret that he fears Anabelle will never understand.
NOTE: This is told in 1st person POV from both the Hero and Heroine.
This is an erotic romance. There are explicit sexual descriptions and explicit language used throughout. It may offend some readers.
I let my gaze roam all over her body, exciting me more. She was perfect in every way. I loved all her soft curves, or as she called them, “her wiggly bits”. I drank her in and crooked my finger, beckoning her closer. With only a little help from me, I made her climb onto the kitchen bench then set my stool between her legs. Today, I intended to make her wait. I was going to take her to the edge and back as many times as I could.
Placing my hands on each thigh, I moved each leg apart and pulled her until she was right on the edge of the bench, at the perfect height for me. Running a finger up and down, I discovered she wasn’t a little moist, she was extremely wet. I let her rich juices coat my finger and licked it.
“If you’re a good girl, I may let you come.” Her beautiful green eyes widened in shock.
“You heard. Right now I’m in charge, so relax and enjoy.”
Cupping my hand, I pushed a finger into her hot wet cunt while I leaned forward and breathed in deep. God, I loved the smell of her arousal. It was sweet. It added to my excitement. She was intoxicating. I licked her. She gave a little sigh. Right, time to tease.
Using my fingers and my mouth, I fucked her until she tensed, and then I stopped. Glancing up into her face, it was a picture. I could tell she was excited, but at the same time a little annoyed. I waited until I knew the urge to climax had subsided. Then I began licking and fucking again. She leaned back on her elbows and began those little mewling sounds that she made.
I loved them!
Taking her to the edge time and time again, I could tell how frustrated she was as she pouted at me. I wondered simply how much longer it would be before she demanded her orgasm. I was enjoying myself a lot. The downside was I had a hard-on that was now painfully pressed against my shorts.
Ah, the things we do for love.
This time, when she was hovering on the edge, she tried to bring her legs together to keep my hand inside her. I laughed and shook my head. She bit her bottom lip and I figured this next time I’d let her come. Once more, I pushed a finger inside her, then another. In and out of that cunt. I loved the squishy noises it made as I began sucking and biting at her clit. She moaned louder and louder as the beginnings of her orgasm started again.
Her demanding scream echoed across the kitchen as I sucked on that bead. Drawing it in, I bit down hard with my mouth. If we ever got into a real Dom-sub relationship, she’d learn to behave. Still, at the moment, we were only two people enjoying each other’s bodies.
© Suzy Shearer 2018
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Website : http://suzyshearer.wix.com/suzy
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Author Suzy Shearer writes contemporary and paranormal erotic romances filled with mature and interesting characters. Her book Build A Love was runner-up in the Ménage category in the Easy Chair Bookshop's Fiction competition 2015 and A Hunter's Heart was runner-up in the Series Category. Perfect Three reached #20 on Amazon's Top Paid 100 Bestsellers in the erotic/interracial category while Build A Love was #8 on Amazon's list in the erotic/ménage category.
In 2017 Suzy was nominated for the Best Established Author in the Australian Romance Today Readers’ Choice Award. She made it through all the rounds to reach the finals. She came 8th in that final round against some extremely talented and well-known Australian Romance Authors.
A Buddhist, Suzy is single and lives in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia with one very spoilt dog and two equally spoilt cats keeping her company.
Her books always feature older heroes and heroines; ranging from mid 40s to 60s. The heroines are usually confident plus-sized women who are proud of their curves. Suzy feels it's important for readers to connect. When she discovered many romance books seemed to cater for younger readers with their heroines and heroes in the 20s she decided to write about characters who were older but maybe not always wiser. As she is in her 60s Suzy feels she can relate to her characters desires, fears and hopes and hopes her readers can as well.
Suzy also wants her readers to understand just because people are older doesn't mean they aren't intriguing, desirable, open to challenges and willing to experiment. Sexy isn't just for the under 30s.
When Suzy is not writing, she is usually painting - an accomplished watercolour Artist her subjects range from portraits and animals to nudes and landscapes.
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A Hunter’s Challenge - Book 3
Dark Desires series
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Yep! I officially signed the contract this morning, so I'm now thrilled to announce that SLATER'S CLAIM, Wild Blood MC 3, is coming soon! Hopefully May, but I'll have more details on the release date a bit further down the line. I CAN'T WAIT! I fought my way through this book while battling depression and anxiety, as regular readers will know, and finishing it was a huge deal for me. I love my Wild Blood boys, and I love this story and everything it sets up for future books, and I can't wait for you to love it too! So here's a look at the blurb to hook your interest ;)
She won't be tied down
Freya can't afford commitment. She's deep in debt to a dangerous man and she refuses to drag anyone else into her mess. But Nathan Slater is forcing his way into her life and her problems - and Freya has to admit, she kinda likes it.
He won't be told no.
Slater is used to being in control. Freya Markham is testing his limits - and he kinda likes it. But Freya's problems could destroy her, and Slater just can't let that happen. He's going to fix things, whether she likes it or not.
Happy Friday, folks! I hope everyone's keeping warm and planning something fun for the weekend. Last Sunday I submitted Slater's Claim to Evernight, and tomorrow I'll be celebrating by going to see Black Panther, followed by dinner at a fancy sushi restaurant! Can't wait! But there is still Friday to get through, and Lynn Burke is here to help with her new release, DIVULGING SECRETS!
by Lynn Burke
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Art Work: Jay Aheer, Simply Defined Art
Keywords: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
Candace Lake's testimony against her father landed her in the Witness Protection program. With a new identity comes a new beginning, one based on lies and loneliness. How can she find someone to share her future with when a relationship without trust at its foundation won’t stand the storms of life?
Tom Berkley didn’t expect his new tenant to make him question his solitary lifestyle in the backwoods of Maine. He also didn’t expect to be caught up in the secrets of her past that bring his own tragic ones to the forefront of his mind.
The sizzling chemistry between them can’t be ignored, but when the threats from Candace's turbulent past catch up with her, can she trust Tom enough to protect her from the price on her head?
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She set her wine down on the chair beside mine, and I didn’t breathe as she moved through the water, settling herself on my lap, her pussy mere inches from my throbbing cock. Mind blank, my hands moved on their own beneath the water, settling on her tiny waist and pulling her close. Our mouths collided.
So much for restraint.
She ground herself against my cock and tangled her fingers in my hair, moaning. “I want you so bad it hurts, Tom.” Breasts pressed against my chest, she attacked my lips again.
I couldn’t form the words to tell her I felt the same, my mind was so damn focused on the feel of her curves against me. The taste of her mouth. My hands slid down her ass, squeezing and holding her still as my hips moved, thrusting my cock against her softness.
Candace reached between us and grasped me through my swim trunks. I grunted as she squeezed. “I want you inside of me,” she murmured against my lips and slid her hand beneath my waist band.
“Fuck.” My head fell back as her hand closed around me, skin on skin. Talk about seeing fucking stars. I thrust into her grasp, gone.
She wiggled and tugged, yanking my shorts down enough to free my hard length.
“I-I can’t do this,” I heard myself whisper.
“Yes, you can,” she whispered against my ear, moving her hips forward. She’d untied her fucking bathing suit bottoms.
I groaned a few curses as she rubbed her bare pussy against me, her blue eyes overcome by the black of her pupils.
She lifted and lined up my cock, sinking down an inch before I could breathe.
ABOUT LYNN BURKE:
Lynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.
So it's already nearly the end of January, which I think means I am well overdue a January accountability post, not to mention a 2018 goals post, and probably just a general update post. Consider this post to be a three for the price of one!
Readers who follow my (sporadic) blog posts will know that last year I was greatly knocked back in my writing by anxiety and depression. I started Slater's Claim in July 2017, and it's still not done. My writing got bogged down, and eventually stopped altogether, because I was in such a low mood. Worrying about work, worrying about my health, worrying that I was no good at writing, worrying that it didn't matter if I stopped, and finally becoming convinced that it absolutely didn't matter if I stopped. So I stopped.
Of course, all of this was in my head. Which is not to say it wasn't real. But once I started taking medication for the depression, I got a better grip on my emotions and worries. Getting through Christmas without any stresses was a big help (it's a difficult time of year for me, as it is for a lot of people). And then going on an amazing holiday in Japan straight after Christmas helped some more. I got to relax, have incredible experiences, and remove myself from some of the physical causes of my anxiety.
Over the past several weeks, I've gradually gotten into a much better state of mind. I'm feeling happier and more level-headed, and ready to pick up Slater's Claim again. One of the nasty things my anxiety always tells me is that the book I'm working on is boring. The only way to confront that is to re-read it and see for myself whether there's any truth to that. I can't always be the best judge of my own work, but it was a relief to me when I genuinely enjoyed what I read. It reminded me that I have a solid plan for the Wild Blood MC series, and I'm excited to get to the next books and the next couples.
So my 2018 goal is pretty simple: focus on Wild Blood MC. My January goal was just to get writing again, which I'm slowly doing. I'm not back at a level I'd like, but I'm definitely doing more than I have been since about September. February's goal will be to finish and submit Slater's Claim. After that, I'll be working on a Naomi Clark book. My plan for the rest of 2018 is to just work on Wild Blood MC books whenever I'm "being Amber." I have plans for another five books in the series in total, and I'm keen to crack on.
So wish me luck! I plan to blog more regularly to keep myself on track, and you can also find me on Facebook and Twitter, naturally. Here's to a creative and productive 2018!
Well, Happy New Year, everyone! It's been... a while since I updated here. Partly that was because I didn't have much to say. I've not been writing much since September. I think I mentioned in an early post that I've been having some issues with anxiety lately, and my writing has fallen by the wayside as a result. Then on December 29th, Nero and I took off for an amazing holiday in Tokyo! It did me a hell of a lot of good, and I've come back with a fresh focus and resolve as far as my writing goes, and for life in general, and I'll probably talk a bit more about that in a future post where I go over my aims for 2018.
But before we get to that, SOUL REUNION is live!
Actually, it's been live since Tuesday, but I got back to the UK at 4am on Tuesday morning and haven't quite got my head together yet, so this is the first chance I've had to update the site and say something about it. But yes! My vampire threesome is unleashed!
Will and Thomas lost their beloved Anne over four hundred years ago. Now the vampire lovers have a chance to bring her back, by calling her soul home to the world of the living.
Ruby has never known lust like the kind Will and Thomas make her feel, but do they really want her, or just the woman she used to be?Will she join them in eternity? On Halloween night, Ruby must choose between the life she knows and immortal love.
You can grab your copy at Evernight, Amazon US, and Amazon UK, and probably wherever else you buy your ebooks! And if you buy it through Evernight, you can get a copy of TANNER'S WAR for free!
So that's one red-hot vampire romance, and one smokin' MC romance! Go and stock up your e-readers, and I'll be back as soon as I've caught up on my work emails...
And it's already a bestseller!
You can get your copy from Evernight, Amazon US, and Amazon UK, as well as wherever else your favourite ebooks are sold!
Meet the hardcore heroes of LAWLESS! They’re fearless, dangerous, big on revenge, and defiantly walk on the wrong side of the law. Although their morals may be compromised, their loyalty to that one woman is never in question.
Our twelve hand-picked novellas are dark, dirty, and will make you see bad boys in a whole new light. From bikers to hitmen, these dangerous men won’t be satisfied until they have everything they came for—until they have her.
The King of South Side by Loralynne Summers
Gentleman Jackson by Nicola M. Cameron
Hungry Eyes (The Covenant) by Gwendolyn Casey
Vandal by Amber Morgan
Given to a Killer by Sam Crescent
Angel Mine by Maia Dylan
Kiss of Death (Dark Heart) by Sandra Bunino
Hitman's Seduction by Olivia Starke
Hitman's Angel by Elyzabeth M. VaLey
Eli Logan's Return by Lila Shaw
Trust by Kait Gamble
The Last DiLuca by Beth D. Carter
That's a crazy line-up of talent, I can tell you. I can't wait to dig into my copy!
Now, at some point I'll stop by properly and explain what happened to Anti-Nano and why I haven't been checking in, but I don't think I have the energy for it today, so I'm just going to wish you all a happy Saturday and suggest you curl up with a good book and enjoy yourselves! ;)
Right. Let's just get it out of the way. I did end up watching all the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films all weekend, I did not do anything else at all apart from eat and sleep, and I do regret nothing.
I've been dealing with recurring tension headaches for about eight days now, and by Friday last week, despite my best intentions, I was just feeling too low and wrung out to think. I just felt like I was about to burst into tears constantly. So I gave myself the weekend off. I slept in, ate homemade cheesecake (thank you, Nero <3) and watched films, and it was blissful. And today I woke up without a headache for the first time in days, so that's a win!
So with that out of the way, let's check the stats:
Word count: 46026
Have you written every day?: See above. I haven't written since Thursday last week.
Best line written: N/A
Tea status: The dregs of my precious Spiced Pumpkin Pie chai from Bluebird Tea Co.
Plans for the week: Write, goshdarnit! Starting today. Hopefully on Wednesday I'll be back with a snippet! Happy Monday, everyone!
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