Friday, April 25, 2014

Spanking Stories Book Club--The Winter Storm: An Ever After Chronicle

Happy Friday!

Thank you to Katherine Deane who hosted a fun discussion and contest last week. And Congratulations to Adaline Raine who was the winner of a $20 Blushing Books gift card. Spend it wisely, Addy!

Thank you to all of the wonderful guest hosts over the last few weeks. I've become quite spoiled, but I'm excited to lead today's discussion of The Winter Storm: An Ever Afters Chronicle by Renee Rose, Casey Mckay and Katherine Deane.

Blurb: In a world where fairy tales and real life collide, in which truth is sometimes stranger than fiction and romance and fetish are the norm, a winter storm forces a cast of characters to converge at a unique lodge, and three interwoven tales are set in motion.
Jillian and her brother narrowly escape a wolf attack, thanks to a shapeshifter, Bertram. As the owner of the lodge, Bertram opens Jillian's eyes to a whole new world filled with spanking and so much more. Will she keep fighting her submission, or allow herself the chance for true love?
Coral is a fugitive - hiding from herself, her true desires, and the sea witch to whom she owes a great debt. She fears showing real emotion and letting herself be free, but Jake Hill's dominating presence beckons her to yield to him - not just her body, but her heart, mind, and soul. When the sea witch demands retribution, though, she may lose the one man she has come to trust.
When Faye blunders while casting a spell upon her landlord, he claims her as his slave until she can undo the magic, and she finds herself subject to his firm discipline. As her attraction to him grows, Faye fears she will give in to the handsome shifter and forever lose her maidenhood, and consequently her powers and the ability to fix her mistake.
Even as all three women struggle with surrendering to the dominant men they have fallen for, each finds herself on a journey to discover her true self. Can they find a way to yield to love without losing themselves in the process? 

This is an entertaining book which is very different from any other spanking romance that I've read. It is sexy, romantic and clever. Quite the winning combination. Several different times I'd find myself thinking about the book while doing other things and then a light bulb would go off and I'd realize "Ohhhh! Jake and Jillian Hill. Jack and Jill went up the hill. I get it." Maybe I'm just dense. Did everyone else see all these clever references all the way through the story or did they sort of sneak up on you later? 

Here are a few discussion questions. 

1. We've seen a large number of spanking story boxed sets and anthologies in the last year. This story has three authors and three distinct couples, but instead of separate stories, the three tales are woven together. 
What do you think of this format? Do you prefer it to collections of stories on a similar theme? Or does each have its pros and cons? 

2. As an author, I wonder if I'd be able to collaborate that much with other writers. What about you? 

3. Faye tries to cast a spell on her landlord and turns his feet into flippers. How inherently sexy must a man be to still be hot with flippers for feet? 

4. If you could be a fairy tale character who would you choose? 

5. If you could be in a romance with a fairy tale character, who would you choose? 

6. Shapeshifters----handy to have around or sort of freaky? If you could be a shapeshifter, what would you like to shift to? (I have no idea what the rules are for shapeshifters. Are there rules?)

Wondering What's Next? 

Next week we'll be discussing Sue Lyndon's hot new release Commander's Slave.

May 9--- La Forge by Rollin Hand with discussion leader Ken Charles

May 16--- Playing With Fire by Ruth Staunton with discussion leader Adaline Raine

Be sure to check out the Spanking Stories Book Club FAQ tab at the top of the page.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Got Liebstered!

Thanks so much to spanking romance author, Katherine Deane for nominating me for this award and for her awesome questions. You can read Katherine's Liebster award post here.  
 For future Liebster Award recipients, here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

Here are the questions Katherine gave me to answer:
  1.  When did you start blogging and why? I started blogging in January, 2012 because I decided to get back into writing spanking stories. I had no idea what an adventure it would turn into. 
  2. How often do you blog, and what about? My goal is to post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Fridays I host the Spanking Stories Book Club on my blog which is either a post by me or someone else. Other posts are either something about what I'm writing, someone else's book or random ideas that I think might be of interest to readers. I also post for Saturday Spankings most of the time. 
  3. What are your favorite genres to read? Of course, I read a fair amount of spanking fiction and beta read for several people, so when I want to read something different it might be anything from true crime stories to biographies or an old favorite like Anne of Green Gables. 
  4. Who has been your biggest influence in writing and or life? I think I'd have to say my mother. She's got a pretty strong personality, so for good or bad, she's been a major influence. 
  5. What is your happiest memory? Driving home from the doctor's office after I found out I was pregnant. I was by myself in a pick up truck laughing and crying at the same time. 
  6. Do you have a spanking relationship in real life? My husband and I do a little spanky-spank for fun now and then, but nothing like what I write about. 
  7. Kirk or Picard? Picard! Sexy bald man...
  8. If you could only choose one implement to be spanked by (or spank with), what would it be? I think the hand. It's intimate and always available. 
  9. Who is your favorite written character? Interesting question. I would say Judy Abbott from Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. You can download this charming book for Free from Amazon because it's in the public domain. Click here. Seriously, give this book an hour and just see if you aren't totally charmed by Judy. 
  10. If you could travel in time, what time period would you go to? Since I write Regency spanking romances you'd think I'd want to go back to Regency England, but their lack of running water and basic hygiene makes that not too appealing. However, since I am impatient and want to know what's going to happen next, I think I'd like to travel a few years into the future to see how things go for the people in my life. 
  11. What grounds you? I have a sincere faith in God and a firm belief that He will see me through challenging times.  
11 random facts about me. 

1. I'm left handed. 
2. I have lots of freckles.
3. My husband and I have recently moved in with my parents. Please see #11 above. :) 
4. I'm a lawyer (though not currently practicing) and prefer to practice criminal defense. 
5. I can knit and read on my kindle at the same time. 
6. I'm hoping to convince my husband to go TV free in our little area of my parents' house. That doesn't mean I won't be watching online or on my Kindle Fire, but I'd really like to cut down. 
7. I'm going to Romance Times Convention in New Orleans in May where I will get to meet Cara Bristol, Sue Lyndon, Nomandie Alleman, Maren Smith and Kate Richards (sorry if I left anyone out). I'm pretty darned excited. 
8. I don't really like to watch movies and haven't been to a movie theater for about 5 years.
9. I make my own dog treats and laundry detergent. 
10. I've turned my dad into a fan of Dancing With The Stars. We watch on "his" TV in the living room. (See number 6). 
11. I know more about the Kardashians than I care to admit. 

And here are my questions for them. 

1. What is your fantasy vacation? 
2. Cats or Dogs?
3. What's your favorite breakfast?
4. What's your guilty pleasure? 
5. What's your favorite thing about blogging? 
6. What's your least favorite thing about blogging?
7. If you could go back in time to your 18 year old self, what message would you give yourself? 
8. If you had a day to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
9. What advice do you have for someone who is new to blogging?  
10. What is one of your pet peeves? 
11. What are some of the challenges of keeping your life as a spanking blogger/writer a secret? 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spanking Stories Book Club EGG-Stravaganza!

Please welcome Katherine Deane who is today's lucky guest hostess! 

Welcome to the Easter EGGstravaganza Event of the book club!

Celeste and I have pooled together to add something fun to your basket! How about some free books?
Answer the special “Easter Egg” question below, and get entered for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Blushing Books.

Enjoy the discussion, answer any or all of the questions below, and don’t forget to answer the “Easter Egg” question for a chance at the prize!

This will go all weekend, and the winner will be announced on Monday!

Today we’re talking about LauraSmith’s Sam McGee series (book 1, The Yukon Bride). Blurb: On the day of her twenty-fifth birthday and looking across her cake at her divorced parents as they snapped and bickered, Andria decided it was time to do something, anything.  When she came across a flyer from the Sam McGee Tours asking for Mail-Order Brides to go on a two to three month hike up to the Yukon, she jumped on it.  During her interview, she learns there's a little more to it than that.  The company sells tours for the disciplinary-inclined. 

Her main purpose as a bride would be to tip herself willing and eagerly over her pretend husband's knee.  And wouldn't she know it, she's paired not just with a gorgeous, large-handed man, but the man's younger and just as hot brother.  She's never been spanked before, but with Van and Tyson guiding her along the way (hairbrush and belt at the ready), she can't wait to get on the trail towards being their Yukon Bride.

I was so excited that Celeste let me host book club this week! I knew exactly which book I wanted to discuss - a story I read over a year and a half ago, when I was first coming to grips with my Spanking nature.  Since I couldn’t remember all the details, I just re-read it, and was pleasantly surprised to discover (with as much as my likes and dislikes have changed), I still loved this story!

This first story in the three book Sam McGee series, gives us the background and insight into our main characters. The delightfully witty and charismatic, Andria, who chooses to become a paid “Bride” for the Yukon Trip of the Sam McGee Tours.  The handsome and oh so dominant brothers Van and Tyson, who play Andria’s “husbands” for the trip.  The antagonist, Olivia, beautiful and manipulating, who hates Andria and vows to hurt her.  All of these characters are flawed and wonderful in this story.  This is a Spanko’s dream come true! (At least a spanko with an adventurous streak!) I loved this story, and am looking forward to re-reading the rest of the series!

1.        Andria chooses to go on the Sam McGee adventure tour to get away from her family drama, and make some good money.  The only caveat is that it is a tour that caters to “spankos”.  If you had the opportunity to go on this kind of tour, would you?

2.        Would the fact that it is a dangerous trip through the Yukon deter you?

3.        What do you think about the fact that the trip planner attempted to place new spankers and spankees together instead of an experienced with an inexperienced.  Do you think this would hinder or help their overall experience?

4.        Andria’s “Spanking for Dummies” book claims that anything can be used as an implement, so she chooses to try out her tv remote. This was a hilarious self spanking scene! What do you think? Could this work? Can you think of any other items that one could use for a spanking? Easter Egg Challenge! Come up with the best idea for a non spanking item to be used as an implement. 

5.        Brothers, Tyson and Van offer to team up as husband / spankers with Andria. Ignoring the fact that they are both gorgeous, would you prefer a “one man show” or the sharing scene like Andria chooses?  This means double the spankings. J

6.        One of the things I adore about this book, is Andria’s atypical body stature- which is different from the “traditional” heroines I read about. Andria is strong, beautiful on the inside, witty, charming, pretty, and also very overweight. The author does a wonderful job of describing Andria’s larger stature, as something beautiful, tackling the traditionally held beliefs about beauty, wonderfully. And I have to agree, her charm and inner beauty are what makes her even more gorgeous than the beauty queen, Olivia. As is evidenced by Van and Tyson’s choice to have her as their bride. 

I’ll be honest and say I usually prefer inner beauty to external looks, within reason. But I also like the fantasy of the good looking partner vs the reality of the everyday guy.  Does it make a difference for you? Does the sex matter? Are average females ok, but hunky males necessary, or vice versa? What are your views on character appearance?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Becoming Lady Amherst Gets Some Love In Blogland!

Thank you to Rollin Hand and Cara Bristol for their blog posts and kind words about my latest book, Becoming Lady Amherst.

You can read Rollin's Review here. 

You can read Cara's Recommended Reads post here. 

Becoming Lady Amherst Blurb:

When Miss Sarah McLean causes a scandal in Boston, her father takes her to London in search of a husband.
At her first party in London Sarah insults Lord Amherst who takes her over his knee in an effort to spank some proper manners into her. When his actions come to light, Sarah's father offers him a choice: Marry Sarah or send her back to America where she has no prospects for a husband.
Intrigued by the spunky Yankee Girl, Lord Amherst offers her marriage.
Despite the circumstances of their marriage, Sarah and Jeffrey form a bond and appear headed for a bright future.

That is, until Sarah pretends to be someone she's not.

Get your copy: 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EGG-stra Special Spanking Stories Book Club This Week---Get The Details

Katherine Deane is hosting Spanking Stories Book Club this Friday for a discussion of The Sam McGee Series by Laura Smith (there's a link to the first book in the series over there ----> on the book club schedule.

As an Egg-stra special treat, Katherine has suggested a contest. More details on that later, but the winner will get a $20 gift certificate to Blushing Books. The contest will last all weekend too.

So, be sure to come back on Friday to talk about The Sam McGee Series and to enter the contest.

Monday, April 14, 2014

What Are Your Heirlooms?

I've been in the process of moving for a few weeks. I'm actually in the middle of a three way move (and not in the fun way). My son is buying my house and my husband and I are moving in with my parents. But before we can move in with my parents, we have to make space in their house. Hence, the long process.

Things got slowed down when we decided to do some renovations at my parents' house but we're on track and ought to have every done in a week or two.

It's a good move for everyone for a variety of reasons. My parents need the help. In fact, now that I've been spending more time at their house, their need for assistance (and just some company) has become more evident. Plus, they really like our dog.

It's a good move for my son because he'll be a homeowner and he's getting a good deal.

It's good for my husband and me because we're ready for a change and it's an opportunity for us to downsize even more. Plus, though I'm sure there will be many stresses of sharing a house, particularly with my aging parents, I'm grateful for the opportunity to be able to make their lives a bit easier.

I've been helping my mother sort through the mounds of items in her home. Many are nice things that she's kept, presumably at least in part to pass along to my brother and me and my son.

As I've been sorting through my own items, I'm forced to make decisions about what to keep and what to dispose of. I'm not sentimental and I don't have any grand family heirlooms to save.

All of this leads to today's question---what are your heirlooms? 

When I look around my house, the items that make me smile are an odd assortment.

A conch shell. It's pretty basic and probably came from The Shell Factory in Florida. So why does it matter to me? My grandparents had a trailer in a mobile home park in Florida for the last 30+ years of their lives (which is also the entire time I knew them) and the conch shell was prominently displayed there. The conch shell represents fond and funny memories: taking walks (pretty slowly in the later years) with my grandpa around the park where everyone knew him. Watching Wheel of Fortune with the two of them in their living room. The time grandpa started his car outside the guest room window early on a Sunday morning to make sure I woke up to go to church with him.

It's not like I come from a long line of pirates, but that conch shell connects me to my past.

Plastic Rats. Several years ago my mother sent my son a box of junk for Halloween, including a package of plastic rats. For some reason, my son started stashing them around the house to surprise me. I'd pull back the covers on my bed, and there'd be a plastic rat. Or I'd come home after doing errands and find one on my computer keyboard. We're not a real mushy family, so each of those rat sightings was an "I love you" as far as I am concerned.

I'm trying to think of a good place to hide a rat or two for him to find after he moves in.

What about you? What are some of the items that mean the most to you? 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spanking Stories Book Club---Becoming Lady Amherst

Patricia Green is here today to talk about my newest book, Becoming Lady Amherst. I don't usually feature my own books for Spanking Stories Book Club, but when Trish volunteered, I was thrilled. 

Thank you, Celeste, for allowing me to host this discussion. Your book very much merits it, and I hope you'll get the great feedback you deserve. 

Celeste Jones has written a thoroughly entertaining tale about sparky American, Sarah MacLean, and the rakish, and very British, Lord Jeffrey Amherst. Sarah is looking for a husband, or rather, her father is looking for one for her. She's not too keen on the idea, though she's going along with it under pressure.

Caught up in a spanking scandal, Amherst and Sarah find themselves married, and poor Sarah proves she has a penchant for getting herself into trouble. Lord Amherst has a rather definitive way of dealing with her various faux pas: a solid spanking.

Jeffrey and Sarah have to navigate the waters between a loving marriage and a forced one. They come out well in the end, but plenty of humor, loving, and spankings happen first.

I truly enjoyed this book by Celeste Jones. It can easily inspire a reader to read more by her, which can be nothing but a pleasure.

Discussion questions:

(1)    Becoming Lady Amherst has some great humor, which cannot be said for all of our books. How important do you think humor is to a spanking romance novel? If you are an author, how difficult do you find writing humor into your books?
(2)    A marriage forced by scandal is not a new concept, but done well, it's one we can all find fun. Do you think the spanking that sets off the firestorm in Becoming Lady Amherst is believable, or is this one you have to suspend your disbelief for?
(3)    Celeste captures all of the senses fairly equally in this book. Do you find one sense should be more emphasized in a novel over any other one? Which of the senses affects you most as you read about it?
(4)    There is no anal sex in this novel. When considering spanking novels, how important would you rate anal play/sex?

Thanks for joining me here today!



I've created an FAQ for Spanking Stories Book Club. Click here to see what it says.  

Next week, Katherine Deane will be here to lead the discussion of the Sam McGee Series by Laura Smith. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An Editor Speaks! Meet Laura Garland

Editors---we all need them. We want to please them, but sometimes, we butt heads.

To help sort out this relationship, I've invited Laura Garland, who suffered through several rounds of editing Becoming Lady Amherst, to answer a few questions.

Celeste Jones: Laura, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Laura Garland: I’m a mom of three rambunctious boys who keep me on my toes 24/7/365. LOL I met my husband in college. Turns out he was the love of my life, so I pulled out all the stops to snag him. Ah, success! I taught middle school, high school, and college math. (Yeah, don’t think I didn’t hear those groans out there, people! Believe it or not, I hated math until college—when I finally got a teacher who said, “Let me show you how easy it is.” Then everything changed for me, and I found myself in front of classrooms saying the exact same words.) I have a ton of hobbies from stained glass to cross stitching to flying helicopters and shooting bows and assault rifles. Setting off fireworks is a fav – pretty explosions. What’s not to like?

Celeste Jones: Can you tell us what an editor does and what it's reasonable to expect an editor to do? Are there different types of editors?

Laura Garland: There are different type editors and they can vary from house to house. Most publishing houses have a Content Editor (CE) who works on the content of your story. Does it make sense, does it flow, are the characters consistent, does it have a good opening hook, help with sentence variation (so the cadence of the author’s words don’t get repetitive), etc.? A lot of CEs have also been line editors, so some will also do punctuation, fix typos, etc. But not all CEs do that. After the CE is finished, the story usually goes to a Line Editor (LE). That’s the person who combs through the story and finds all the technical issues, like punctuation and typos. Word usage (your and you’re, to and too, compliment and complement, etc.) and repeated words or high usage of a character’s name. As a second set of eyes on a story, some LEs mark other things as well, like a change in eye/hair color or other things that pop up and are out of place. Some houses have a Senior Editor (SE) who reads through the story from start to finish and makes sure nothing has been missed.
Overall, working with a epub house or using an editing service is good because you’ll have more people looking at your story, which means more issues will be found and corrected. Whatever you write, you owe it to your readers to always strive to make it the cleanest story possible. My motto? More eyes on tales means better sales! <wg>

Celeste Jones:  Has editing ruined reading for you? Are you able to read without wanting to make corrections?

Laura Garland: LOL Uhh…yes and no. If I come across glaring issues, then yes, it throws me out of the story. But on the other hand, when I read something that is wonderful, I appreciate all the work that went into it.

Celeste Jones: What are some of your pet peeves as an editor?

Laura Garland: Nit pick stuff would be like action tags used as dialogue tags. Lack of sentence variation. Overuse of ‘said’ or ‘asked’. Boring/irrelevant dialogue. Bigger stuff would be two-dimensional characters. Lack of setting. Authors who are tied to their words and won’t make any changes -- makes the editor’s job harder. Or opposite to that are authors who aren’t tied to their words but don’t want to do the work.

Celeste Jones: Please share your thoughts as an editor on the use of the following:

Exclamation marks: Only when it’s needed. Sparingly. Otherwise, it loses its impact.
Was: Used properly, I don’t have a problem with it. Used passively (was + -ing verb) uhhh no.
-ing words: Authors key on –ing words. Really, if they are used properly, they are fine.
Dialogue tags: Often confused with action tags. Seems the industry is moving more toward action tags.

Celeste Jones: How has your work as an editor improved your writing?

Laura Garland: If anything, it’s pointed out that I can never stop studying the craft.

Celeste Jones: How do you tell someone their story stinks without stepping on their toes?

Laura Garland: Honestly, sometimes it’s hard to tell if the story is the author’s first or fortieth. Everyone is different and at different levels of the craft. I try to put myself in their shoes and offer suggestions with the understanding that they are exactly that – suggestions. I also ask questions with the idea that maybe the author’s point for a particular scene or theme of a story is there but just not brought out strongly enough.

Celeste Jones: If you could only give one or two pieces of advice to writers, what would it be?

Laura Garland: Never stop studying the craft. Writing is a two-part process – creative and technical. One is very different from the other. Use both to the fullest. Of course, then there’s promo, but that’s a whole other animal. LOL

The second piece of advice is Be Professional. At the editing stage, don’t take every mark personally. However, you do need to consider each one. Do the work. And last, get the manuscript back in a timely manner. (Notice how earlier it was “story” and now it’s “manuscript”? J )

Celeste Jones: Anything else you'd like to share?

Laura Garland: I’ve been on both sides – editor and author. If your story comes back marked up, that doesn’t mean s/he didn’t like it. Far from it. If you have questions, ask. If you don’t agree with something, leave a comment. Editors are people, too, with emotions, families, and lives. And if you divided out the amount they are paid by the hours spent on your story, the wage is very, very low. So, why do they do it if there’s no hope of retiring on a beach somewhere? The reasons vary. Love of the job, the desire to give back, wanting to help budding authors, etc. But overall, one thing is true: Editors are there to help make your story the very best it can be – Clean, Clear, Consistent.

Laura Garland writes as L.J. Garland and can be found here:

Garland & Gould Blog
Amazon Author Page
Follow me on Twitter: LJ_Garland1

Dead or Alive
A 1Night Stand Story

Rhykar Evierse has been on the Most Wanted list for years. His attempts to expose the evil deeds of Vast Innovations’ founder, Mertan Graiton, has landed him on the wrong end of the law—and on the wrong end of a sexy bounty hunter’s pistol. Now, Rhykar’s wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. Desperate to clear his name, he contacts the one woman who can save him. He hopes she’ll give him one night to prove himself.

When Selea Val’keer receives Rhykar’s call for help, anger and lust rip through her. How can she be attracted to a criminal? Unable to resist, she accepts his invitation to meet through Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand service. But what will she do when she sees him again—kiss him or shoot him?

Genre: Sci-fi romance, adventure, suspense/thriller
Heat level: 3
Word count – 15k
Cover art by LFD Designs


“So, what’s the plan here, Rhykar?” She glanced from the huge window to the door and back to him. “No way out.”
“I came to you for help.” He allowed his gaze to wander over her, taking in her rumpled clothing, disheveled hair. The package was more alluring than the daydreams of their first kiss. Gods, he’d hoped for more than this. “I go out there, I’m dead. I stay here, you’ll have to shoot me cause I’m not going in willfully. Seems either way I’m finished.”
“So, what then?”
His attention landed on her swollen, wet lips and his body answered for him. “Strip.”
Her eyes widened, astonishment surfacing her face. “What?”
He brandished the pistol. “Strip.”
She frowned, but with a slight shrug, her long coat slipped from her shoulders and crumpled to the floor. Beneath, dark pants hugged her hips and a tight, green shirt accentuated delicious dips and curves. Rhykar stared. Gods, she was really going to do it.
Stepping toward him, she gave him a sexy smile that sent his heart pounding and his body pulsing. He could forgive that she wanted to take him in, that she’d bit him. At this moment, he could forgive her anything.
Pivoting, she bent her knees in an evocative pose. He watched, mesmerized as she licked her lips and then slapped her hand against her rounded bottom. She smirked, and with a quick twist, she spun around, her foot connecting with his wrist, sending the pistol flying. Before he could react, she snagged the weapon midair and pointed it at him, a cool smile on her mouth.
He tilted his head and grimaced. “Now what, Selea?”
She arched a brow. “Strip.”

Love & Curses
Cursed Ink Book 1

Calista Page always gives her heart to the wrong guy. The latest one gives her a tattoo before she dumps him. As she falls apart from yet another failed relationship, her sexy, steadfast neighbor holds her. Why can’t she find a guy like him?
Successful restaurant owner, Andy Mitchell pines for the girl next door. Tired of being her go-to guy, he decides to tell her how he feels. But fresh off her latest rejection, he wonders if he can convince her this time love will last.
“Death is after you,” Calista’s crazy aunt warns. Gypsy mumbo-jumbo or not, Andy’s instincts kick in. But with Death determined to take Calista’s life at every turn, can he unravel the secret of Love and Curses before it’s too late?

Genre: Paranormal romance, suspense/thriller, erotic romance
Heat level: 3
Word count: 18k
Cover art: TygraPro Designs


Unable to stop himself, he reached over and brushed aside an ebony lock, tucking it behind her ear. He skimmed his knuckles along her jaw line, and she turned toward him. Leaning forward, he slipped his fingers beneath her chin, tilting her head up, and pressed his mouth to hers.
Oh yes, at last he’d kissed her—and she hadn’t pulled away. Emboldened by her response, he drew the tip of his tongue along the seam of her lips. She opened to him, and he took her mouth, darting his tongue against hers and drinking in the sweetness that was Calista. Heaven on Earth.
His body pulsed with fire, need and longing finally met. He pulled her closer, wound his arm around her waist. She was soft and pliant, and her heart pounded so hard he felt it against his chest.
Andy broke the kiss. Easing back, he stared down at her wet, swollen lips and wide eyes. Oh, shit.
“Calista, I’m…I don’t know why I—”
She slammed her mouth to his, threading her hand through his hair. She stroked his tongue with hers, the erotic motions sending lust to careen along every nerve. Lacing his arm beneath her knees, he scooped her onto his lap. As they dueled for dominance, a breeze washed over them, the smell of lavender tickling his nose—not her normal scent, but pleasant all the same. Leaving her lips, he trailed kisses along her jaw to her neck.
“Oh,” she said on a breathy moan. “Wait.”
“Calista,” he murmured against the supple flesh of her throat. He slid one hand to cup her breast taunting him from beneath her tight T-shirt. Grazing a thumb over the tip, he found her nipple peaked, and groaned. She was so hot and delicious.
Lightning flashed over the lake, and thunder rumbled the air.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Becoming Lady Amherst---The Best of Both Worlds

Based on the title, this post could be about mixing an American with a British Lord, but it's actually about publishing.


Read on.

I have self-published books and worked with a couple different publishers. When it came time to decide what to do with Becoming Lady Amherst, I thought about what I wanted and how to get it.

Most writers look to a publisher for quality editing, a wonderful cover, and marketing assistance. In exchange, the publisher keeps half the royalties...and usually the author waits several months to get their share.

With self-publishing, the author is on their own for those items. But, they also get to keep all the royalties and have control over major decisions like publication date, title or price. Also, payment from Amazon is made 60 days after the month in which the books are sold vs. waiting until the end of the next quarter for payment from a publisher.

I asked myself
...what if there was a way to have The Best of Both Worlds?

I think I have been able to do that with Becoming Lady Amherst.

First, I wanted quality editing for both the story content (Does the plot work? Are the characters likeable? and the mechanics (spelling, grammar etc). I wanted more than just someone to fix the commas.

When I heard that Kate Richards (author of some of my favorite spanking books, Spanking Ms. Whitman and Switch) had a publishing company called Wizards In Publishing, I was intrigued. Kate's books are always impeccable...nary a stray period or omitted word, so I contacted her and we made a plan.

I was thrilled with the assistance of Laura Garland, the editor assigned to my book. I'm not sure how many times the manuscript passed back and forth between us, but I know that each "assignment" (try to cut down the number of times "I" is used, for example) taught me a ton and improved the book on many levels.

Then there was the matter of a cover... friend Anthony Walsh of The Cover Artisan came through for me again...though I'll admit I was sort of picky and it took a few tries back and forth between us. But, because I was paying, I felt like I could say "not quite, try again" and not feel like a prima donna (whether I was or not, you'll have to ask Anthony).

But...what about the marketing that a publisher can provide?

True. That is a consideration, but again, I think I've found a good solution. I'm now a Blushing Books Publishing Partner. Yes, little ol' me is a "publishing partner". That means Becoming Lady Amherst is available for purshase on Blushing Books (and is currently on their top 50 list!)  As all of us in the spanking fiction business know, Blushing Books is a powerhouse in the spanking fiction industry, so partnering with them brought my book to the attention of many potential readers.

Yes, I did have some out of pocket expenses. Quality work from professionals isn't free, but I wanted an outstanding product and was willing to pay for it. I also felt fairly confident, based on previous book sales, that I would be able to make my initial investment back quickly.

Is this the right path for every author? That's for each person to decide.

Does this mean I'll never work with a publisher again...actually no...since I am in the process of writing a book for a project (more on that later) with Blushing Books. But, I am someone who likes having lots of options and evaluating each project to see what will work best.

For me and for this book, I feel like it was an excellent way to go.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Recommended Reads

 I have three reviews posted on Spanking Romance Reviews. As I have said before, I do not post reviews on Amazon or other sites which require a star or other type of rating. I'm not comfortable rating my peers with stars.

However, Spanking Romance Reviews has changed their review policy. They no longer use stars or paddles to rate a book. If a book is reviewed on the site, that means it has been recommended by the site.

Click the titles to see my reviews:

The Second Notebook of Emily Orn Wilkes by Emily Tilton

The Chicagoan Switch by Patty Devlin

Journey's Valentine by Patricia Green

Friday, April 4, 2014

Saturday #Spankings

Welcome Saturday Spankers (and spankees!). 

Why yes, I do have another snippet from Becoming Lady Amherst. What else would I share? :) 

Here, more from Sarah's first disciplinary spanking. Enjoy! 

“Tell me, little wife, why are you being punished?” 

I had trouble recalling anything other than the sensations pulsing through the lower half of my body, but with focus, I remembered the reason. Unfortunately, I forgot my manners. “I am being punished because of that she-whore Mrs. White.”

“Oh, really?” He trailed a finger across my heated flesh. “Are you saying it is unreasonable for me to punish you because you are without fault?”

“If not for her, I would not have acted badly--she made me do it.” From my undignified position, I huffed to show my disdain.

Get your own copy of Becoming Lady Amherst

Amazon UK 

Barnes and Noble

Blushing Books

Becoming Lady Amherst Blurb: When Miss Sarah McLean causes a scandal in Boston, her father takes her to London in search of a husband.
At her first party, Sarah insults Lord Amherst who takes her over his knee to spank some manners into her. When this spanking comes to light, Sarah's father offers him a choice: Marry Sarah or send her back to America where she has no prospects for a husband.
Intrigued by the spirited Yankee Girl, Lord Amherst proposes.
Despite the circumstances of their marriage, Sarah and Jeffrey form a bond and appear headed for a bright future. That is, until Sarah pretends to be someone she's not.
Note: This books contains spanking, domestic discipline, and graphic sex.

Spanking Stories Book Club: The Cowboy's Rules by Maggie Carpenter

Please welcome Rhonda Griffith, reader extraordinaire, as this week's book club discussion leader. If you'd like to learn more about Rhonda, here's an interview she did a few weeks ago.  

Today Rhonda is here to talk about The Cowboy's Rules by Maggie Carpenter. 

BlurbChad Douglas, a successful western horse trainer, is facing a six hour drive back to his home, Horse Haven Ranch, when he receives a call from a friend begging him to come to the aid of a damsel in distress.  

The damsel in question is Cassandra Davidson, and her distress is the desperate need for someone to drive her horses to a five-day show jumping event in which she is competing. 
Chad has heard that Cassandra is a spoiled princess who can be difficult and demanding, but he has also heard she has a unique appeal that is truly endearing. His curiosity is piqued, and since the show is being held close to his ranch, he decides to come to her rescue. Though sparks fly when they first meet, their long road trip begins, but with a stern warning from Chad. 

“What you need is an old-fashioned spankin’, and if you don’t get your head on straight I’ll be happy to oblige.” 

As their story unfolds, Chad discovers there is more to ‘Sassy Cassie’ than he first thought, and she is utterly captivated by the handsome, no-nonsense cowboy, but Chad lives by a set of rules, and if Cassie wants to spend time with him, she has to follow them or face the consequences. 
The Cowboy’s Rules is an old-fashioned love story about a strong-willed cowboy, who has no qualms about yanking a disobedient female across his lap, and an equally strong-willed, defiant young woman, who thinks she’s smarter than the average bear. She is, but so is he. 

Centered around a western ranch and a major show jumping event, The Cowboy’s Rules is a romantic page-turner, filled with passionate encounters, sexy spankings, and a love affair that will leave you sighing.

Take it away Rhonda....

It is no secret that I’m a big fan of past and/or present anything Cowboy. I could talk cowboys all day long with anyone that will listen. The Cowboy’s Rules has been on my “to read” list for a couple of months, so when Celeste gave me the opportunity to be apart of her Friday book club blog, I thought what the heck, I need to read the book anyway, so why not use the The Cowboy’s Rules for the book club discussion. Not only is the book a topic that I enjoy but I really like the author as well. 

Book club questions for “The Cowboys Rules”:

  1. “The Cowboys Rules” focuses mainly on Chad & Cassandra but it also has secondary characters, Marty & Hannah. Do you enjoy books that not only follow one set of characters but two?
  2. In “The Cowboys Rules” Cassandra’s parents never said anything to her about her attitude towards people or bad habits like smoking, because of their own guilt over things that Cassandra witnessed as a child. How many times do we do things in the present that are based on feelings from the past, like guilt? 
  3. Cassandra earned her first ever spanking in chapter two, by Chad who she had just met that day. Would you allow someone to spank you for your bad attitude if you had just met him? 
  4. Chad thought that Cassandra was given everything that she had from her parents (horses, horse trail, barn). When in reality she bought that stuff with her winnings from her horse show jumping events. It’s only human nature to have first opinions of people we first meet. Have you ever had a first impression of someone to find out later you were way off base about that person?
  5. Chad told Cassie to lay back and relax after her first spanking. He said that she was strung so tight before the spanking, but had relaxed a lot after. Do you think a well deserved spanking can help you release tension that you have been holding onto?
Thank you Rhonda! These are some excellent questions and I can't wait to read the responses. 

P.S. Next week Patricia Green will be leading a discussion of my latest book, Becoming Lady Amherst. I hope you'll all stop by for that discussion too. And if you haven't bought the book yet...