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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Temporarily Employed 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick,
easy, and fun. Today’s guest is Vicki Batman.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite
“I know it will hit the spot” item.
I love hamburgers and
with 3 other friends, we try different burger restaurants.
What were you like when you were in school?
Painfully shy until about
age 15. Then I began working and getting praise which naturally boosted my self-esteem
and image.
What is your favorite quote?
“Life should Not
be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive
and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand,
champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming
Woo-hoo, what a ride!”
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
Boyhood—follows a boy
for twelve years. It is interesting how he changes over time physically. What happens
to him and his family.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what
would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Hmm. I have a different
answer. My hero, Handsome, has the ringtone “Diamonds Are Forever.” LOL

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Title: Temporarily Employed
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Author Name: Vicki Batman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Blurb (up to 300 words):
Hattie
Cook’s dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash
to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy
Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of
a former employee–the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash
with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.
Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly
adored Hattie all his life. He evolved from a pocket protector-wearing geek to a
handsome police detective. When the police determine there’s more to the death of
a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated,
always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one
he loves.
Can
the killer be found before Hattie’s time is up?

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Timeless Desire
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a
book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is Lucy Felthouse.
Emily arrives at Westbury Hall with a job to do. She’s to clean
and conserve all of the books in their impressive library, preserving them for future
generations. Not long into her stay at the house, she bumps into the night guard,
George. She’d expected an old, balding guy with a comb over, so the hunky chap she
actually meets is a very pleasant surprise. The introductions complete, George leaves
Emily in peace to get on with her job. But when a falling photograph sets off a
chain reaction of ghostly events, Emily and George are thrown together in order
to find out who—or what—is causing them. Their investigation uncovers a tragic past,
a lost love, and a stunning secret.
Please Note: This is a revised and extended of a previously published
title, Love Through Time.

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Author Bio

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic
romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to
her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best
Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another
string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies,
and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.

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Willow Smoke 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a
book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is Willow Smoke, Book Three in the Riders Up series
by Adriana Kraft.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher B&B Publishing
Cover by Rebecca Poole Dreams2Media
When the chips are down, there’s nobody there. Willowy blond
Daisy Matthews has survived the Chicago streets with this mantra but is unprepared
for the much older Nick Underwood’s urgent pursuit. The wealthy businessman receives
a thoroughbred in payment for a bad debt and is thrust into Daisy’s world. She teaches
him about horse racing; he teaches her about love. When Daisy’s seamy brother-in-law
threatens Nick’s safety, she doggedly tries to stop him by herself, but flees to
the familiar streets when he attacks. Can Nick find her in time – and if he does,
will she still want him?

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About the Author

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing
sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published
over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings
include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary
and paranormal settings.

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Starling 
Title Starling
Genre Contemporary Gay romance
Authors Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Interview with Erin and Racheline

What were you like when
you were in school?
Erin: When I was a junior in high school, I was bored out of
my mind in English class and one day I guess my teacher got tired of me just
sitting on the windowsill at the back of the room, doing my own thing, and took
me down to the school book room. Like, this massive room, with these weird
concrete walls because it was adjacent to the room under the pool, which was
also a nuclear fallout shelter — my school was built in the 60s — full of
shelves crammed with all the non-textbooks the school owned. And she just walked
me through the whole room, and pulled off a copy of every book she thought I
should read that the curriculum didn’t cover anymore. I still have them all.
Racheline: Most of my pre-university education was at a
private school that had been known as Miss Hewitt’s Classes for Young Ladies at
one time. I got a fantastic literature and Latin education there, and I am
grateful for it. But I was extremely awkward, and didn’t fit in in terms of
class and background. I spent a lot of time hanging around with adult artists
outside of school because my parents are painters. No one knew what to do with
me, and I got bullied a lot, but I also learned tons of trivia about forks and
courtesies.
Would you rather stay
inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Erin: Snowman. We don’t get a lot of snow in DC — and when
it does, it tends to be a disaster — so most of the snow I know is in my
hometown in upstate New York. There’s an incredible silence when snow is
falling, that’s not quite like silence anywhere else. I love all the cities
I’ve lived in, but I miss that silence.
Racheline: I am deeply superstitious about the first snow
each year. I’ve had a lot of really magical (and usually romantic and/or
sexual) luck happen around those first snowstorms. But I also hate the cold.
I’ll stay outside for the first one, then I am over it.
What is your favorite
quote?
Erin: “The work is the prayer.” For which even
Google isn’t giving me a proper attribution. But it’s one of those things you
hear everywhere.. And when a lot of people say it, it’s this sort of zen thing
about not being preoccupied with results and just letting the effort be what
counts. And there’s definitely value in that. But where I first encountered the
quote was from Baz Lurhmann, who says it all the time and it’s always like a
curse. From him, it’s about putting everything you have into the work and kind
of just fucking the obstacles that get in your way. On the hard days, it’s a
reminder to me to just put my head down and keep going.
Racheline: “Tomorrow is the first lie of the
Devil.” — Robert Fripp. I don’t really believe in the devil, but I think
it’s a useful quote, not just about procrastination, but about how seductive
time is. You never know when you’re going to be hit by a bus. If you want to do
a thing, do it now.
What was your favorite
book as a child?
Erin: I read Little House in the Big Woods so many times the
cover fell off, and I still come back to that book and everything else written
by Laura Ingalls Wilder. History was my first love, because for me it’s always
just about people, living their lives in so many different circumstances and
situations. Which is just what all stories are, really.
Racheline: When I was twelve, Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat
came out. For some inexplicable reason, it was available to buy at my school
book fair and a friend who knew I was afraid of vampires dared me to read it. I
read it again and again and again, because it was the first thing I had ever
read that said big emotions were truthful and okay and necessary. It was also
the first time I encountered any sort of queerness in text. It really saved me,
I think, from being more miserable than I already was at that age.
What was the last movie
you watched (home or theater)?
Erin: Marie Antoinette, for research purposes.
Racheline: Guardians of the Galaxy. That entire movie
succeeds on its soundtrack,which may tell you my age. But that film is all in
the hips.

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About the Book

When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth
Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to
stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship
with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry,
Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an
ugly break-up.
Reeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair with a
polyamorous co-star and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame.
Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends — and even the paparazzi!
— quickly make Alex and Paul’s real life romance troubles the soap opera of
the television season.
But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows
better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in
Los Angeles.

Author bios

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s gay romance series Love
in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry, is published by
Torquere Press. The first novel, Starling, was released September 2014; its
sequel, Doves, is scheduled for January 2015. Racheline is a NYC-based
performer and storyteller focused on themes of sex, gender, desire and
mourning. Erin McRae is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. You can
find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

Previous Books

Starling, from Torquere Press
“Lake Effect,” in the They Do anthology from
Torquere Press

Books Coming Soon

Doves, coming January 2015 from Torquere Press
Room 1024, coming April 2015 from Torquere Press

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Joint Blog: http://Avian30.com
Racheline’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/racheline_m
Rumpled 

About the Book

Title Rumpled: An Erotic Twist on Rumpelstiltskin
Genre Erotic Fairy Tale
Author Madeleine Shade
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Interview with Madeleine Shade

Why did you write this book?
Rumpelstiltskin (also spelled as Rumpelstiltzkin) is a well-known fairy tale which was collected in Germany by the Brothers Grimm and originally published in “Children’s and Household Tales” (1812). The story follows the trials of a miller’s daughter who is imprisoned by the king after her father spreads a lie that she can spin straw into gold.
While this fairy tale sets up the miller’s daughter as the protagonist and Rumpelstiltskin as the antagonist, I’ve always felt that the dwarf was misunderstood and villainized. My version of this tale takes a different stance, revealing the miller’s daughter as a power-hungry woman who would sacrifice her own flesh and blood for the advancement of her station and, at the same time, portraying Rumpelstiltskin as one of the Fair Folk who was looking for a human bride to share an eternity and a soul with him.
In Rumpled, Rumpelstiltskin is a prince of his own race, one who fell in love with the miller’s daughter and attempted to save her from herself. The Fair Folk can hide or change their appearances, but when the miller’s daughter (turned queen) cast an evil spell on him, he was trapped in the visage he’d chosen as a subterfuge. In my retelling, the only thing that can save him and restore him to his true nature is the milk of his betrothed – Bianca.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I am an avid reader of fairy tales and fantasy. I love the original fairy tales, but I also enjoy modern renditions. Angela Carter is my all-time favorite when it comes to fairy tale retellings, but I also enjoy the work of Margaret Atwood, Gregory Maguire, Robin McKinley and many other masters working in the field.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I am a sucker for the evil stepmothers in fairy tales. They have always seemed more interesting and complex than traditional fairy tale heroines, who tend to be helpless and insipid. I like writing about strong women who shape their own destinies. Forget Prince Charming. My erotic twists on fairy tales reveal women characters discovering and utilizing their feminine power.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I don’t watch television, but I do enjoy films. My favorites are fairy tales and fantasy including Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the X-Men movies and Marvel’s superhero flicks.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am working on expanding the Shady Lady Fairy Tale series over the next several months and anticipate the release of two titles a month. Upcoming fairy tales slated for publication include twists on Rapunzel, Snow White, Bluebeard, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast as well as lesser known stories such as The Tinderbox and The Red Shoes.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The most recent release in the Shady Lady Fairy Tale series is Porked: An Erotic Twist on The Three Little Pigs. Like all of my twisted tales, this piece takes on new life as it follows the exploits of painter extraordinaire Mauricio Lobo, known in the underground world of the fae by the title of the “Wolf.” Fleeing the fae with a forbidden painting, the Wolf finds refuge in the form of an extravagant portrait commission extended by a reclusive Southern heiress. Eager to add the heiress and her female companions to his private art collection, the artist plots the perfect trap — with one fatal flaw. These three voluptuous women have connections to the fae world as well. And before long, the hunter becomes the hunted in this BDSM retelling of the classic favorite.
After freeing himself from a spell that left him trapped deep within the earth, Rumpelstiltskin returns to the kingdom built on the foundation of spun gold to claim his promised bride. Trapped in a twisted form, the ensorcelled fairy prince keeps the beautiful Bianca bound as he suckles at her breasts, inducing the virgin’s milk needed to return to his true form. Bianca witnesses her captor’s transformation from her breast milk and, in turn, begins to explore her new sensuality under his nimble touch. But when he refuses to consummate their union, Bianca must make the choice of returning to her place as a princess of the realm or reveling in her new-found sexual freedom. Can she seduce the fairy prince to succumb to her charms or will his noble resolve keep them apart forever? Will the fair prince Rumpelstiltskin keep his promise to free the woman of his dreams or will the captor become the captive?

Author Bio

Madeleine Shade grew up reading fairy tales and spent her college years studying the work of Angela Carter, Anne Sexton, Margaret Atwood, Maria Warner and Jack Zipes among others. Her erotic fairy tales take a steamy twist on childhood favorites. As a special bonus, each twisted tale comes complete with an original version of the fairy tale and author’s notes.

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A Forbidden Rumspringa 

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Title: A Forbidden Rumspringa
Genre: M/M contemporary
Author: Keira Andrews
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?
In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a
hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men
dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict
Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration
beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he’ll have to officially
join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something
he can’t name.
Dark tragedy has left carpenter David Lantz alone to support
his mother and sisters, and he can’t put off joining the church any longer. But
when he takes on Isaac as an apprentice, their attraction grows amid the sweat and
sawdust. David shares his sinful secrets, and he and Isaac struggle to reconcile
their shocking desires with their commitment to faith, family and community.
Now that they’ve found each other, are they willing to lose it
all?

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About the Character

Name: Isaac Byler
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Red Hills, Ohio
Profession: Apprentice carpenter
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): n/a
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Caucasian, slim and just
under six feet tall. Isaac has sandy hair and amber eyes, as well as freckles across
his nose.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life? David
Lantz, a 22-year-old mysterious carpenter Isaac is going to work with.
How does your hero dress?
In a very regimented way! As a Swartzentruber Amish man, Isaac’s
clothes are very strictly governed by the rules of his community. The brim of his
hat (straw in the summer and black felt in the winter and for church) must be exactly
four inches wide, and the band five-eighths of an inch. No more, and no less. He
can’t wear bright colors, and dresses in simple fabrics in black, navy, brown and
gray. There are three hooks at the top of his shirts, and two buttons to do up the
flap over the fly of his trousers. He doesn’t wear underwear and wouldn’t know a
boxer brief from a hole in the ground.
If you could only hear
this character’s voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
When Isaac’s nervous (which happens a lot around David) he laughs,
and according to him he sounds like a braying donkey.
How educated is this character?
Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Like almost all Amish, Isaac only went to school through eighth
grade. In a one-room Amish schoolhouse, one of the young unmarried women taught
him basic math and how to read, write and speak English. He learned a tiny bit of
science (Creationist-compliant only, of course), and some Amish history. He knows
very little about the world outside his small community.
What does he have a knack
for doing?
Isaac’s always had a knack for woodworking. He’s not keen on
farming, so his father has arranged for Isaac to apprentice with the best carpenter
in Zebulon—David Lantz. David puts Isaac on edge for some reason he can’t figure
out. Maybe it’s the way David looked at him that day at the barn raising like he
was seeing right into the most secret part of him…
Is your character involved
in his community?
Absolutely. Isaac’s life revolves around his family and his community.
God and the community are everything to the Amish. It’s the only way of life Isaac’s
ever known.
Does this character see
morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
He sees it as black and white, but as he comes to terms with
his sexuality, he begins to see more shades of gray. Reconciling his homosexuality
with the Amish rules of morality is not easy to do, to say the least.
Can your hero keep a secret?
If not, why not? If yes, why?
He can—out of necessity. If Isaac told the truth about who he
really was and what he felt for David, he would be an outcast in his community,
and his family would be devastated.
What inner doubt causes
your character the most difficulty?
Now that Isaac’s 18, the pressure is building for him to officially
be baptized and join the Amish church—after which he’ll naturally get married to
one of the local girls. But Isaac isn’t sure the plain life is what he truly wants.
When he tries to imagine his future as a good Amish man with a wife, he can’t seem
to. This doubt that he wants to remain Amish only intensifies as he gets to know
David and their connection grows.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
Because there are hardly any books out there about gay Amish
people, and we have a lot of stories to tell.
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
*blushes* I wish she hadn’t told them about how much I like being
intimate with David!
Was there anything your
writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
*blushes again* It was a surprise just how flexible I can be
when David and I are…you know.
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
I wish she’d write about what happens to me and David next. Lucky
for me that’s what she’s working on!

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration,
Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes
contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves
delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar
Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what
fiction means.”

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