Win Prizes at the Sci-Fi Romance Shindig

SFR Shindig

It’s only a little more than a week before I re-release my erotic Science Fiction Romance (SFR), WAY OUT OF CONTROL. To celebrate, I’ve joined a group of authors at my favorite Science Fiction Romance blog, The Galaxy Express, for a week of SFR fun!

Starting today, 4/23/2015, there will be a new post everyday by a different author until 5/1/2015 (my post goes live on 4/30/2015).

Stop by The Galaxy Express blog every day and leave a comment for a chance to win prizes while you out some great authors that may be new to you. You have from today until midnight on  Saturday, May 2nd to enter the contest.

Hope to see you there!

May We Be Great!


May is almost over, but it’s going out with a bang! There’s a few exciting things happening over here this week:

  1. I’m a guest writer today over at author Kate Hill’s blog, talking about the difference between romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Check it out, and let me know what you think of my definitions!
  2. It’s release day! The second book in the “By The Tail” series, CAT ON THE FENCE, is available to buy now!
  3. There’s still a few days left in the contest over at Coffee Time Romance where you can enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card! Just scroll down to the first book in the “By The Tail” series, CAT OUT OF THE BAG, and click on the link to enter. A winner will be announced next week.


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Winter Blogfest Contest!

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Hope you had a very merry Christmas everyone! I sure did.  I had a blast spending time with family.

But the party’s not over yet…

Today I’m crashing the winter celebration over at Long and Short Reviews with a guest blog post. Go on over and read my post about how HOT winter can really be 😉 and just leave a comment to be automatically entered in a contest to win a prize. Then come back on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 to see if you are a winner!

Happy Holidays, and good luck on winning this Christmas gift from me! <3



Guest Post & Giveaway With Author Mima

There aren’t many things I enjoy more than good stories, sex & romance, and games. So today I’m especially excited to have romance author Mima, who just published a trio of interactive fiction with a promise of adventure and sexy fun.  Read her post below to learn more about her latest books, her thoughts on taglines, and her geeky awesomeness. Plus there’s also a chance to WIN a free book.  Don’t forget to check out her website for more of her work.

Enjoy, and good luck!

The Power in a Tagline

Tatiana’s website has a wonderful tagline. “Making Fantasies Take Flight” makes me imagine a honking huge dude, nekkid, with really cool tattoos (sorry. I’ve been brainwashed by the last few years of NY romance covers) and enormous black wings. Feathery wings, wide and tapered like a raven’s. He’s crouched on the edge of a flat-top city brick building about to jump. It’s a lovely mental image, but it’s mine and I bet a lot of people have a totally different, unique mental image when they read that tagline.

Take Control Trilogy

Tatiana invited me over to her pad to help celebrate the release of my three interactive romances. These choose your own adventure-style romances give the reader a choice and what they decide makes the story diverge to one of several different endings. Tatiana and I both loved the books as a kid, and she’s really supported me in my project.

The tagline for my series, called Take Control, is “Take control and brave the fates, for true love is hard to find.” I’m trying to do three things with this tagline.

  1. Embed the series name in the reader’s mind.
  2. Inform the reader that they are in charge and it isn’t all smooth sailing. This warning is imperative when selling to romance readers who demand HEAs. Because some of my endings are decidedly not HEA.
  3. Assure a reader who starts reading a Take Control and might get frustrated with the first few stories not being happy that the romance exists.

One of the stories in the book is definitely a romantic, sexy, swooningly-satisfying fairy tale ending. So keep trying. There’s a bunch that are sweet in each book, but only one where the heroine rides into the sunset on the hero’s white stallion (Disclaimer! That doesn’t happen in any of them, even the western. It’s just a metaphor. No spoilers here.) Although interestingly, I’ve heard from a few readers and their favorite endings vary and haven’t been the fairy tale.

When I make a picture in my mind for this tagline, I see the Prince from Sleeping Beauty, reins of the frantic stallion in one hand, sword in the other, giant briars all around. There’s struggle. There’s danger. Be resolute and persevere. In other words, don’t stop reading after your first “The End” because otherwise you’re not really “getting” the book.

I hope the tagline inspires you to try Becca, the scifi (Aliens! Mobsters! Heat pistols!), Lauren, the contemporary western (Rattlesnakes! Bar Fights! Rustlers!), or Charlotte, the paranormal (Mermaids! Evil fairies! Moon magic!). All of the opening chapters are available for reading at any of the sales sites. Other excerpts are at my website, along with reviews.

Do you have a mental image created by either Tatiana’s tagline “Making fantasy take flight” or my series tagline “Take control and brave the fates, for true love is hard to find”? If you share it in the comments, you’ll be entered to win your choice of a Take Control book. So what picture springs to your mind?


Guest Blog: Paige Tyler

Today I have a guest blogger! Friend and fellow Romance Diva, Paige Tyler is here. She has a book which just came out that I am practically dying to read. I’ll let you read her post below to understand why ….


Thanks so much for letting me guest blog today!

Readers often ask me how I come up with ideas for my books, so I thought I’d give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at how I came up with my new release, a paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave called DEAD SEXY.

Before I say anything else though, isn’t that cover too hot for words?! When the art department sent it to me, I probably gazed at it for a good ten minutes in mouth-drooling appreciation before I could email them back telling the artist it not only rocked, but totally fit the book. The hero is “Dead Sexy,” after all!

Okay, back to the story and how I came up with it. First, to set the stage, I need to share a little something with you about myself. Well, about my hubby and me, actually. We love zombie movies, from the George Romero gems to Shaun of the Dead and everything in between, including “Walking Dead,” the new series on AMC. You just can’t go wrong with a movie full of walking dead people, can you? Well, if you’ve ever seen a zombie movie (or even you haven’t), then you know the creatures aren’t the heroes of the film. I mean, how can they be, right? They’re all dead and decayed and downright unattractive, not to mention pretty damn scary. Which was why you can imagine my surprise when my hubby suggested I write an erotic romance about a zombie hero. I was like, you’re kidding, right? What woman in her right mind would fall in love with a dead guy? No way could that possibly work, or so I thought.

Turns out, my hubby wasn’t kidding. In fact, he started working up ideas for the story.

“The hero didn’t have to be a zombie all the time,” he told me. “Think outside the box – take a little literary license!”

Okay, I thought. I suppose I could be open minded.

My hubby told me that in his out-of-the-box world, the hunky hero got cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess and only turns into a zombie sometimes.

“I’m listening,” I said.

“And when he does go zombie, he doesn’t have to be like the kind in the movies,” my hubby added. “Well, he has to look like one, you know all dead and stuff, but he doesn’t have to be a mindless creature or attack humans or eat anything gross.”

So, brains are completely out, thanks goodness!

“Think Jensen Ackles or Jared Padelecki, with a really, really, really dark tan – (yes, my hubby knows I’ve got a thing for the Supernatural hunks!) – well, maybe more gray and black than tan, but you get the idea.”

I thought about that for a minute. “So, the hero’s dead, but he’s still sexy, is that what you’re saying?”

“Exactly,” he said, giving me a grin as my eyes lit up with understanding.

By that point, my hubby had pretty much sold me on the idea. Of course, I knew if I ran with it, I was going to have to sell it to a publisher, and I knew that could be tough since the hero is a zombie. But I ran with it anyway and ended up with a full-length novel. And it came out pretty damn good, if I do say so myself! I still had to find a publisher for it, though.

About this same time, It just so happens that several of my other books were in the process of being picked up by Ellora’s Cave and I thought what the heck? Why not pitch it to my editor there and see what she thinks? So I did, and she told me to send it to her. She was interested to see how I handled the whole zombie-thing. Well, long story, short, she liked it. A lot! My zombie romance with it’s dead-sexy hero had a home! I was thrilled and my hubby walked around for a week with a smug, “I-told-you-so” look on his face.

I’ve been getting the word out there about DEAD SEXY ever since I signed the contract for it and I’m thrilled with the interest from readers who can’t wait to get their hands on it! I can’t wait for them to read it, too!

Now that I’ve revealed the story behind the story, I thought I’d share the blurb and an excerpt just to whet your appetite for more!


Romance author Simone Kent thinks she might just have found the most perfect guy in all of New York City – in bed and out. But Drake Parrish is about as far from perfect as any man can get. Eight years ago, he was cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess to live part of his life as a zombie. Since then, he has lived like a recluse on New York’s Upper East Side, afraid to go out for fear he’ll suddenly turn into one of the walking dead.
The sex if the hottest either of them has ever experienced and Simone discovers just how naughty she can be with Drake, while he finds himself feeling things for her that he hasn’t felt in a very long time. When the Voodoo priestess learns of their relationship, however, she comes after him again. She is determined to make sure he won’t have a future with Simone, even if that means killing both him and the woman he loves.


As she led him up the steps to the second floor, Drake found himself wondering if she would ask him in. And wondering what he’d say if she did. When they came to a stop outside the door to her apartment, Simone turned to give him a smile.

“I had a great time tonight.”

“Me, too.”

She caught her bottom lip between her perfect white teeth and chewed on it thoughtfully as if unsure what she wanted to say next. It was probably an unconscious gesture, something she did whenever she was thinking, but to him, it was sexy as hell and all he could think about was kissing her.

Surely, one kiss couldn’t hurt. He desperately wanted to. He hadn’t kissed a woman in so long. It would be nice to see if he still remembered how.

Before he could stop himself, Drake tilted Simone’s face up to his and pressed his mouth to hers.

She tasted just as sweet and delicious as he thought she would. Her lips were soft and pliant under his as she kissed him back, her tongue eagerly seeking his out.

Drake groaned and slid his hand into her hair, deepening the kiss. Simone sighed into his mouth, running her hands up the front of his shirt to grasp his shoulders. The feel of her touch was like a tonic to his deprived soul and he let out another groan, deeper this time.

He ran his free hand up her side and around to her breast, cupping it through the soft material of her dress. He couldn’t stop himself and apparently, Simone didn’t want him to. She moaned and arched against him. He could feel the heat of her pussy through their clothes as she pressed up against his hard cock. Damn, she felt good.

Drake drew her bottom lip into his mouth and gently suckled on it before slowly kissing his way along the delicate curve of her jaw. Simone clutched his shoulders and tilted her head back. He eagerly trailed a path of hot kisses down her neck, then back up, his mouth finding hers again. Simone looped her arms around his neck, pulling him in even closer as their tongues met.

Down the hall, a door slammed, reminding him where they were.

Drake dragged his mouth away from hers, his breathing ragged as he tried to regain control. He had to get it together because he was about five seconds away from doing something really stupid. Like taking her to bed. “I should go.”

Her lips curved into a sexy, flirtatious smile. “Or you could stay.”

God, how he wanted to. But as much as he’d love to spend the rest of the night exploring every inch of her body, he couldn’t take the chance he might go zombie on her right in the middle of sex. Talk about coitus interruptus, And it had already been almost four days since he last turned, which meant he was already pushing his luck.

“You don’t know how much I want to,” he groaned. “But I can’t.”

Simone looked up at him with those big, blue eyes. “Why not?”

“Because I…” He hesitated, trying to come up with something that would sound believable. “I have a column due in the morning and I haven’t even started on it yet.” She knew all about deadlines, so she would understand that. Besides, he did have a column to write, it just wasn’t due until next week. “Rain check?”

She looked disappointed, but she smiled anyway. “Absolutely. How does coming over for dinner tomorrow night sound?”

It would be crazy to agree when he could be so close to having an episode, but he couldn’t say no. Not when she asked in that soft, sultry voice. “Sounds great.”

“Good. Be here at seven.”

“Seven it is.”

She pulled him down for another long, slow kiss on the mouth. “Don’t be late.”

His mouth twitched. “I won’t.” He bent his head to kiss her again, then groaned. “If I don’t go now, I’ll be here all night.”

Simone laughed. “Would that be such a bad thing?”

“Not to me, but my editor at Money Issues might not be too understanding when he doesn’t find my column sitting in his inbox tomorrow.”

She sighed. “Deadlines can be a real pain in the butt sometimes. Okay, go home and write your column. I’ll cuddle up with a bowl of ice cream instead.”

He chuckled. “Sounds better than taking a cold shower, which is what I’m going to be doing when I get home.” He closed his mouth over hers once more. “See you tomorrow night, beautiful.”

Resisting the urge to pull her into his arms again, Drake turned and walked down the hallway toward the stairwell. At the top of the steps, he glanced over his shoulder to see Simone standing where he’d left her, a sexy curve to her lips.

It took every ounce of strength he possessed not to go back and pin her against the door for one more long, lingering kiss. God, what he wouldn’t give to spend the night with her. Man, it was going to take more than a cold shower to get her out of his head.

Hope you enjoyed the excerpt and that you can’t wait to read more! You can get DEAD SEXY from Ellora’s Cave at

You can also check out the trailer here!

If you decide to pick up DEAD SEXY, let me know how you like it!