Author Spotlight: BJ Wane

15416174_1803343319906556_1794868121_nFirst tell us a little bit about yourself, and your ambitions for your writing career?

When the huge influx of e-books saturated the market in 2013, I learned real quick not be too ambitious in my expectations of new releases.  I have a wonderful, steady following of over 2000 readers and am grateful and happy with where I’m at now.  My hope is to just maintain that success with each new title.

So, what have you written?

I have written twenty-two books ranging from novellas to full length novels, the last two still pending release.

Where can we buy or see them?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance, Kobo and Blushing Books

Who is your favorite character, and why?

Even though my one and only paranormal, Mate With Me has been my lowest selling book, I love my three vampires and the honorable way they lived their extended lives despite the temptations their powers and longevity afforded them

What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?15423532_1803344489906439_1516550829_n.jpg

I’m finishing book one now of a three book erotic suspense series in which three cousins strive to solve the murder of a friend that occurred on their private island during one of their BDSM party weekends.  It will be spring before I finish the trilogy, but I have a Christmas novella out December 7 and another release in January.

What genre do you write in?

Erotic romance, most of them with an emphasis on erotic spanking

How much research do you do?

Not much-that’s my husband’s job!  He likes research and I much prefer saving my time for writing-it’s worked well for us so far.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

No, I wouldn’t know how!

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always been an avid reader, but my interest in trying to write didn’t peak until I started reading erotic romances, over ten years ago.

Why do you write?

Since I am unable to work outside of the home, writing has been a wonderful past-time for me, a way to keep my brain active and do something enjoyably constructive with my days.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Part-time as family always comes first.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

Usually six days a week, a few hours each day.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No, that would make it work instead of fun.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I come up with a plot, then a vague outline to start with and the story usually just takes off from there, as I’m writing.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face?

With the number of books being published now, selling enough to make the time and effort worthwhile has become the biggest challenge.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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Depending on length, 2-3 months.

How do you handle Writer’s Block?

Ignore it until it goes away.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Print books only-I have a love affair with our library.

What book/s are you reading at present?

In For The Kill by Shannon McKenna and Designed for Submission by Maggie Ryan

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I do it then my publisher’s editing staff take over-they’re awesome!

How are you publishing this book and why?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

My books are published by Stormy Night Publications and Blushing Books.  Their editing and marketing resources are invaluable and save me the time and hassle of that side of writing.

How do you market your books?

Facebook, my blog and with ads.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

No

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews can be very helpful to both readers and authors and I confess I pick my reading material based a lot on other reader’s comments.  Of course, I love positive reviews.  If a negative review makes a valid point, I try to learn from it and move on.  What I, and most authors, really take exception to are negative reviews because the reader didn’t read the disclaimer on the books content and read something that offended them.  Those are unfair to us.

Which social network works best for you?

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Just Facebook and my blog as I’m a very reserved, private person.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

Yes, I recently did two giveaways featuring my Virginia Bluebloods series and both went very well.  I do plan to do more.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

BJ Wane Author Blog

BJ Wane Facebook Author page

  BJ Wane Amazon Author Page

BJ Wane on Amazon

BJ Wane at Blushing Books

BJ Wane on Barnes & Noble

BJ Wane At All Romance eBooks

BJ Wane on Goodreads

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Author Spotlight: Tiffany Apan

 

15403103_10210449601450502_1481083384_n.jpgAuthor Tiffany Apan

Photo credit: Andrew Dantzler

First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:

Thank you for having me here!

I am a dark fiction author, along with a singer/songwriter/musician/actor, and also have a new product line of therapeutic candles and other products inspired by my written works, particularly The Birthrite. In addition, I also am involved in the world of Living History. You can say I have a very overactive imagination and always have. And I don’t think it’s going away any time soon.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

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To write stories that captivate the reader and take them into another world. That is always my goal when I write.

Which writers inspire you?

It’s a toss up between Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte. While there are contemporary authors that I do enjoy, I am quite taken by our writers of yore. Poe is just brilliant to me.
With Emily Bronte, the fact that her work, Wuthering Heights, is often so misunderstood and misinterpreted fascinates me alone. I’ve also been reading a lot on her life, those of her sisters Anne and Charlotte, her brother Branwell, and her father Patrick. It is quite interesting finding out what inspired them to write as they did.
Also Tolkien. Because Tolkien reigns supreme.
I also enjoy H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Zane Grey, Rod Serling, Washington Irving, Oscar Wilde, Clive Barker, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, George Orwell, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin, among others. Any author or writer that can tell a good story with vivid characters and a plot that makes you think (possibly even questioning your own sanity and the world around you) is more than okay by me!

So, what have you written?

I write fiction, along with some non-fiction/editorial pieces. My short stories, The Cemetery by the Lake, Dusk to Dawn, and Romancing Elena are currently available. In 2012, my screenplay, Driving Nowhere, won for Best Horror Short Script in the 2012 International Indie Gathering Film Festival, which was an amazing honor. I also write most of the lyrics to my released songs and I am currently in the process of writing a novel series titled The Birthrite (the first novel and novelette are currently available).
These can all be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble NOOK, iTunes, Smashwords, and other retailers.

What genre do you write in?

My overall genre is dark, gothic fiction. However, some of the subgenres include paranormal, romance, horror, occult, and historical. A lot of the Gothic Fiction I’ve read has shown some of the best depictions of the human experience. And that is the journey I enjoy going on when I write.
How much research do you do?

It depends on the story, as some require more research than others. For my series, The Birthrite, I did about three years of research before the story actually started taking shape. And I’m still researching as I write different installments.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

I have been on a couple anthologies and I’ve edited some works for other writers, but I still have yet to be a ‘co-author.’ 

When did you decide to become a writer?15328386_10210449610090718_506329641_n

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write stories, lyrics, and poetry. But it wasn’t until my fifth grade writing class that I and others realized just how vivid my imagination could be. At that time, we got to learning of and studying the principles of poetry, so naturally writing a poem was one of the assignments in the class. Because I had an obsession with Norway and Vikings (and still kind of do), I wrote of a Viking sea adventure (when everyone else chose to write of a family member or pet…are there any other ten-year-olds out there obsessed with Vikings or was I the only one?). My English teacher said that I had a great talent for writing and encouraged me to continue from there.

Why do you write?

I get great thrill out of exploring worlds outside of my own and putting them down for others to see.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I do try to write a little everyday, usually early in the morning or late at night (both of those times are when my creative juices are really going).

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

How much I write a day depends on what all I’m working on. If I have multiple projects or a deadline to meet, I will definitely increase the word/page count.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I usually type on a computer, but if there is a section that really needs fleshing out, I find I have an easier time with that in writing longhand.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains, and it had a HUGE impact on my writing. In fact, that setting serves as a backdrop for most of my stories. It is just so beautiful and peaceful up there. It’s almost like another world in itself. Which can lead to the imagination wandering to all sorts of places. I also draw a lot of inspiration from historical events, stories on the paranormal and paranormal events, and sometimes an idea just hits me out of nowhere.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a very organic writer, so I normally just start with an idea in mind and see where it takes me. However, when the story starts taking shape and the plot becomes more intricate, that is when I tend to outline as a way of keeping everything in order.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

A short story usually takes about a month or two, from rough draft to finished product. A novel can take up to about a year or year and a half. Sometimes less, though.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Though I have a soft spot for traditional paper/hard back books, I also don’t mind e-books. I do find the latter to be a great way of trying a new author.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

A little of both.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
When I go to design the cover for my books, I of course think of the story and what I would like to highlight from it. I then construct and sketch potential covers until I’m happy with the design. Then, with the help of graphics design extraordinaire, Rowen Poole, we bring it to life. 🙂
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I do. We humans tend to be visual creatures and an attractive cover tends to draw a potential reader’s attention before they will look into what the story is about.

How are you publishing this book and why?

Indie for now, as I do want the creative freedom.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

I think they are a great advertising tool, especially with the now wide use of the internet.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I do. Here is the trailer for

The Birthrite:
The Birth Rite Trailer

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

I do. Keep checking my website and blog or follow me on social media if you would like to keep up to date on when I have a giveaway. I also have a newsletter at my website. 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Thank you for checking out my work. I am at the following links:

Tiffany Apan Offical Author Site
Tiffany Apan Writing Project Blog
Tiffany Apan FB Author Page
@tiffanyapan
Tiffany Apan Pinterest
Tiffany Apan Amazon Author Page
Tiffany Apan on Smashwords
Tiffany Apan Music
Tiffany Apan on Goodreads

Infectious Seduction

Infectious Seduction

by Author Sai Marie

It started with a look
An innocent demeanor
A few uttered words
Couldnt be spoken any sweeter
Quickening your heart
As you inch even closer
subtle glances, second chances
A heated intensity
You hold intrigue
You’re a mystery
I find myself drawn
Even when you’re not around
I wonder what I’ll see
when you open up those bounds
You watch, you speak, you move
you drink..
And somehow you’ve infected the way that I think.
Its wrong, its raw
Its odd, its true
How strange it is to see
that out there existed someone like you
In all my aging journeys
and every one I’ve met
There’s something odd about this.
I feel like I should be your pet.
You inspire a need with me
You bring me to a place I’ve not traipsed on before.
And every time you walk away
I stare longing at the door.
I dont know what will happen
I dont dare speak to defy it
I just know that hours pass and seem
not long enough to last whenever you are around
I know I shouldnt feel it
I know I shouldnt give it another thought
But it seems like since I met you..
You’ve invaded my every thought.

Start Reading the Scarlet Erotique Series TODAY!

START Reading The Scarlet Erotique Series Today! Parts 1 and 2 are available now and part 3 releases June 6TH! 
Synopsis from Book 1, Simply Crimson:
Camille de Clervaux’s life is rather luxurious. Her husband, Julien von Beirutt is a wealthy businessman with stock shares in several other big name companies. Cami herself owns a very successful equestrian company, and several well known racing horses. The convenience of their marriage, however, has become so suspicious that Camille begins to wonder if her husband is having extra-marital affairs. The answer is soon provided when she catches him in a very compromising position with another successful, and suave male by the name of Andre` DuPointe. With her husband’s sexual appetite revealed Camille is thrust into an exotic world of BDSM pleasure she had never before known. Will this new step into a world of sexual depravity corrupt her for good, and could Andre` DuPointe be the added ingredient she needed to spice up her life?
Synopsis from Book 2, Simply Rouge:
Camille de Clervaux’s delving into her husband’s tastes for BDSM gets even riskier in this second edition to the Scarlet Erotique Series. When a new stranger comes into the scene Cami finds herself set back and wondering if everything she presumed about Andre` DuPointe was all she thought it to be and the chemistry between Camille and this new stranger isn’t just obvious between the two of them. No, both Julien and Andre` have noticed the desire between the confident, capable, and suave Jeremiah St. Clair. Will Camille finally get her chance with the man of her fantasies, or will the possessive and dangerous sides of her husband and his chosen Dominant prove to be a deadly scenario?
REVIEWS:
Simply Crimson:
FROM AMAZON READERS:
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy…Wow! December 12, 2013
By Brittany Kayla
Format:Kindle Edition
Sai has done it yet again! This story draws you in from the very first page, and you can’t stop reading until the end. Once you reach the end, you’re left wanting more. I can’t wait until the next part is ready for release! If you enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey…let’s just say that this is much more kinkier, and you should check it out. It definitely gets your body ready for a date night! Lol. Thank you, Sai, for your continued writing! It never ceases to amaze me. xBrittany Kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars What does Camille’s future hold May 11, 2014
By maureen mckenzie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Left me anticipating what will come next in this unusual marriage of convenience and Julien’s extra curicular activities. I’m sure part 2 will be equally fascinating, and am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise May 1, 2014
By Trishie
Format:Kindle Edition
She is so lonely and he is so cold. Until the night she meets his master. He introduces her to the BDSM life. But Julian is not so happy. What is next?
FROM SMASHWORDS READERS:
Review by: Tiffany Apan on May 18, 2014 : Four Stars ****
Simply Crimson starts a new series by Sai Marie Johnson called The Scarlet Erotique Series. It tells of the story of trophy wife, Camille de Clervaux who suspects her husband of infidelity and decides to, one night, investigate. What she discovers goes way beyond anything she ever suspected and is suddenly thrust into a new and wonderfully dark world she never dreamed of being in.
I will start by saying that I don’t think I would recommend this to the squeamish reader or anyone looking for a more sweet romance. The title and cover say it all: it’s a really hot read. Though combined with Ms. Johnson’s writing style, even the most depraved acts come across as being almost poetic. For a short read, the characters are pretty well developed, as is the atmosphere, and in many ways I think this actually tops the first book in the Dark Priesthood series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenifer Hill on May 12, 2014 : Five Stars ***** 
Completely amazed by her knowledge of the Dom\Sub (BDSM) society!!! Hooked by page 3, couldn’t put it down until I finished!! Can’t wait to read the next book! 5 stars for sure!!! Way to go Sai!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Simply Rouge:
FROM AMAZON READERS:

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Everything I wanted and more continued from the first book! May 11, 2014
By XterraWeb
Format:Paperback
Wow! Started Simply Rouge and finished already! I just could not put it down. The ending really stood out to me – the way the book ended and with the scene used at the ending, it feels like a double entendre, and I loved how a certain word played into this (sorry if this doesn’t quite make sense, but I do not want to give anything away to those who haven’t read it). I really liked getting some more insight into the characters from Simply Crimson and the introduction of new characters – I really wish I could get into Camille’s head and know exactly what she is thinking. It seems there is some confusion/inner turmoil on Camille’s part as to what exactly she wants and this was expressed enough to make readers feel this. The only bad part (and not really a bad part) but I wanted more of Jeremiah St. Clair! Thank you for another great book, Sai!

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Captivated May 18, 2014
By GRESILDA
Format:Kindle Edition
Camille is a prudishTrophy wife who makes a life changing discovery about her husband and his business affairs.
Camille finds herself thrown into a lifestlye that suprises and excites her but it also horrifies her, she discovers a part of her self that she wasn’t awear she disired and a voyage of self discovery. The need to be to be found desireable and so much more.
I felt like a fly caught in a web being consumed by Ms Johnson’s story. I was totally captivated and drawn into Camille I felt her emotions good and bad her humilliation her passion to be wanted.
I would totally recommend these books to any body willing to experience such a jaw dropping story.
It however is a 18+ BDSM story and the story couldn’t be told any other way (I wouldn’t want it any other way ).
I did not want it to end.
Will You?
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! May 19, 2014
By kathy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started on the first page and got completely sucked in! This was an excellent book! It stirred emotions that I didn’t even know could be stirred, by a lifestyle that I do not know a lot about! I love Cami’s Character and the fact that this story causes you to think outside the box, and encourage you to be responsible in any and all decisions that you make with yourself and others! Oh yes, it’s extra hot and steamy too! I finished these books earlier today, and it is still all I can think about! Well, I for one cannot wait until June 6th to continue in this journey of trying to figure out what a person wants for themselves as opposed to what everyone else wants and expects!
Sincerely – Kathy Skinner/Lambert
FROM SMASHWORDS READERS:
Review by: Jenifer Hill on May 12, 2014 : Five Stars *****
Another smash hit out of the park!!! Kept me turning pages until the end. I’ve fallen in love with the characters and can’t wait to see who Camille chooses at the end. 
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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IN THE LIMELIGHT: INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HK STERLING/KD ROSE

In the Limelight: Interview with Author HK Sterling/KD Rose

 

How long have you been a writer? 
I’ve been writing all my life, but I just started publishing recently.
 
What motivated you to become a writer?
 It’s something that just came naturally. I write poems in 
 
my head while traveling, make notes when I wake up from things I dream; have blank notebooks 
 
everywhere imaginable so I have a place to jot things down when they come to me. Believe it or not I 
 
*still* lose ideas. I fall for my own act that I will “remember it later”.
 
What is your favorite thing about writing?
 I live in an abstract world in my head so my favorite thing is 
 
trying and sometimes being successful at articulating those concepts. Other times I can’t because I just 
 
can’t seem to bring it down to earth.
 
What are some of the books by others that have inspired you? 
All the old science fiction writers. Harlan 
 
Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein. I would say Ellison’s Dangerous Visions remains 
 
my favorite, though all of Philip K Dick’s books are favorites. I also get inspiration from music, art and 
 
poetry. Oh, and when I was really young as a kid, I loved Agatha Christie.
 
Does anything else inspire you? Ie movies, music, etc if so, what?
 Ha, yeah, I couldn’t live without music. 
 
There you have the intersection of words ( which I love), ideas, and music so it’s a triple enticement.
 
Tell us about your latest book. What gave you the idea? My latest book ( releases June 13) is a sequel. 
 
Though both books are standalones ( no cliffhangers) they relate to each other and have the two main 
 
characters in each though from a different point of view. I wrote the first book “A Taste For Killing” 
 
because I wanted a strong female lead, but wanted to show her inner insecurities as well. I wrote 
 
the sequel “A Taste For Danger” in order to focus on the anti-hero from the first book, though both 
 
characters appear.
 
Have you ever experienced what others call writer’s block?
 If so, what are methods you use to get up 
 
and running again. Or, if you don’t believe in writers block, tell us why. I have experienced it and I 
 
do believe in it, though I understand why others don’t. If you are used to being a wellspring of ideas 
 
it comes as a shock when suddenly you aren’t. I get over it by reading ( others books or poetry) and 
 
listening to music. Also art. Anything that inspires you will connect with the creative part in you and 
 
then that part will want to speak again.
 
What is your favorite genre to write?
 If you write in multiple genres, tell us why you picked those 
 
particular ones. With two different pen names, I write in multiple genres. There will be even more in a 
 
year or two. I write in the genres I either love the most or come naturally. For example, I have a short 
 
story ( called a Breathless Press Flirt) titled “Eyes Only”. That story is a Russian Nesting Doll (http://
 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll if readers don’t know what that is) to the extreme and I loved 
 
writing that. And short too! I love economy of words.
 
In general writing in multiple genres keeps you from getting bored and let’s you try out new things. You 
 
never know what your creativity will find most fruitful.
 
What is your favorite character that you have written?
 
My anti-hero, Jack, in both “A Taste For Killing” and “A Taste for Danger” is my favorite. 
 
What is it about that character that you love? Gotta love the bad boys with good hearts. I typically love 
 
anti-heroes in general. Though I have to say, under my other pen name ( KD Rose) in Erasing: Shadows I 
 
love a character this is a grandmother, but is in no way your ordinary grandmother. She is wise and wily 
 
and full of secrets.
 
Where is your favorite place to write?
 I am lucky in that my husband is an architectural millman so we 
 
bought an old crappy house and made it into what we wanted. I got the office/library of my dreams 
 
and that is what I write in. Though as I said before, I am liable to make notes all over. I think poetry is 
 
probably the only thing I don’t write in my office. That I tend to write outside and in novel places that 
 
speak to me more.
 
Are you on social media?
 If so, which ones do you find most valuable as an author? Yes, I am on all 
 
the social media (Both pen names!) and it sucks the time out of your writing and life. LOL Right now, 
 
Facebook is still most valuable but of course as an author, Goodreads as well and Twitter is more 
 
valuable than one would think. Then of course there is your blogs and others’ blogs etc.
 
Have you ever done in-person events or signings or do you stay pretty much behind the screen?
 
Pretty much behind the screen.
 
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
 
Leave Reviews! ; )
 
 
BLURBS:
 
H.K. Sterling’s
A Taste For Danger 
 
Still licking his wounds over blowing it with the love of his life, detective Jack Heart finds 
 
himself in over his head with corporate politics, treachery, and vipers of the female variety. 
 
Under pressure to solve the case, Jack’s taste for danger will place him and those he loves on a 
 
collision course with disaster.
 
 
H.K. Sterling’s
A Taste For Killing
 
Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart 
 
find they are surrounded by murder on every side.
 
Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack 
 
Heart are both hired to solve the murder of Pete Wallace, only to realize they are working the 
 
same case. To complicate things, Carolyn and Jack have an on again-off again relationship. 
 
Then there is Evan Jones, a handsome architect— but he’s also a suspect. Can Carolyn manage 
 
to solve the case as more and more murders pile up? Will her relationship with Jack hinder 
 
their investigations? And what about Evan Jones? He seems like the perfect man, but could he 
 
actually be the murderer? One thing is for sure: someone close to both Carolyn and Jack has A 
 
Taste For Killing.
 
 
 
EXCERPT FROM A TASTE FOR KILLING
 

He had six-pack abs, and I wanted to feel the carbonation. This one dressed like the

stereotype of a construction worker, down to the handkerchief he used to wipe sweat off his

forehead. I don’t know if he or the hot day brought it out, but sweat poured off of me too. He

had no interest in me as a person, though. I was invading his territory. Still, I enjoyed the view.

For my part, I knew my clothes looked crappy. I didn’t have to wear uniforms anymore, but

my street clothes, well they were very—street. So there I stood, a turd in the sun in front of this

He pointed to a small trailer up a muddy hill. The supervisor I asked to see apparently

stayed in there. Stayed, as in never left. Great. Mud. Now I’d be a dried turd in the sun. Adonis

went back to digging and I started the trek up the hill. At least I came with boots. Steel toed.

Once I made it to the trailer, I heard an argument going on inside.

“Look, I don’t care who you are. The plans are publically filed. Go get them yourself!”

Then I heard a voice I knew. Calm, cool, subversive. “Is there any reason you’re being so

difficult? A man did die on your watch.”

An encounter I hadn’t planned on. Well, at least not until later tonight. I knocked loudly

on the door and with my sweetest voice said, “Hello, boys. Am I interrupting something?”

“Great,” groused the supervisor. “A party.” He appeared to me like another stereotype,

puffing on a cigar over a fat jowl line and rotund stomach that threatened to overturn the small

desk he was behind. I guess there’s a reason for stereotypes. He looked about four hamburgers

On a wooden chair in front of the supervisor sat Jack. A fellow independent detective, an

ally at times, a competitor…and my on and off lover.

“Well, well, well,” he said smiling, but I could tell he wasn’t happy to see me. Not here.

It meant we were both working the same case. “Hello, Carolyn. Who hired you?”

“Girlfriend,” he answered back.

We stared at each other. Complications.

A Taste for Killing is Available at the Following Book Vendors:
 
Breathless Press: 
 
Amazon: 
 
ARe:  
 
 
Bookstrand:
 
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FREE PROMO OF THE TWIN PACK STARTER SET OF THE SCARLET EROTIQUE SERIES ENDS TODAY!

****TWIN PACK FREE PROMO ENDS TODAY****

LAST CHANCE!

The special starter twin pack promo of The Scarlet Erotique Series parts 1 and 2, Simply Crimson and Simply Rouge will only be ‪#‎Free‬ for one more day. This is your last chance to get the starter set on free promo! So be sure to get it now, start reading it today, and put in your reviews! Look for the third installment in June!

Simply Crimson:

 

Camille de Clervaux’s life is rather luxurious. Her husband, Julien von Beirutt is a wealthy businessman with stock shares in several other big name companies. Cami herself owns a very successful equestrian company, and several well known racing horses. The convenience of their marriage, however, has become so suspicious that Camille begins to wonder if her husband is having extra-marital affairs. The answer is soon provided when she catches him in a very compromising position with another successful, and suave male by the name of Andre` DuPointe. With her husband’s sexual appetite revealed Camille is thrust into an exotic world of BDSM pleasure she had never before known. Will this new step into a world of sexual depravity corrupt her for good, and could Andre` DuPointe be the added ingredient she needed to spice up her life?

 

Simply Rouge:

 

Camille de Clervaux’s delving into her husband’s tastes for BDSM gets even riskier in this second edition to the Scarlet Erotique Series. When a new stranger comes into the scene Cami finds herself set back and wondering if everything she presumed about Andre` DuPointe was all she thought it to be and the chemistry between Camille and this new stranger isn’t just obvious between the two of them. No, both Julien and Andre` have noticed the desire between the confident, capable, and suave Jeremiah St. Clair. Will Camille finally get her chance with the man of her fantasies, or will the possessive and dangerous sides of her husband and his chosen Dominant prove to be a deadly scenario?

REVIEWS:

Simply Crimson:

FROM AMAZON READERS:

5.0 out of 5 stars Holy…Wow! December 12, 2013
By Brittany Kayla
Format:Kindle Edition
Sai has done it yet again! This story draws you in from the very first page, and you can’t stop reading until the end. Once you reach the end, you’re left wanting more. I can’t wait until the next part is ready for release! If you enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey…let’s just say that this is much more kinkier, and you should check it out. It definitely gets your body ready for a date night!  Lol. Thank you, Sai, for your continued writing! It never ceases to amaze me. xBrittany Kayla 

5.0 out of 5 stars What does Camille’s future hold May 11, 2014
By maureen mckenzie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Left me anticipating what will come next in this unusual marriage of convenience and Julien’s extra curicular activities. I’m sure part 2 will be equally fascinating, and am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to read.

4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise May 1, 2014
By Trishie
Format:Kindle Edition
She is so lonely and he is so cold. Until the night she meets his master. He introduces her to the BDSM life. But Julian is not so happy. What is next?

FROM SMASHWORDS READERS:

Review by: Tiffany Apan on May 18, 2014 : Four Stars ****
Simply Crimson starts a new series by Sai Marie Johnson called The Scarlet Erotique Series. It tells of the story of trophy wife, Camille de Clervaux who suspects her husband of infidelity and decides to, one night, investigate. What she discovers goes way beyond anything she ever suspected and is suddenly thrust into a new and wonderfully dark world she never dreamed of being in.

I will start by saying that I don’t think I would recommend this to the squeamish reader or anyone looking for a more sweet romance. The title and cover say it all: it’s a really hot read. Though combined with Ms. Johnson’s writing style, even the most depraved acts come across as being almost poetic. For a short read, the characters are pretty well developed, as is the atmosphere, and in many ways I think this actually tops the first book in the Dark Priesthood series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenifer Hill on May 12, 2014 : Five Stars ***** 
Completely amazed by her knowledge of the Dom\Sub (BDSM) society!!! Hooked by page 3, couldn’t put it down until I finished!! Can’t wait to read the next book! 5 stars for sure!!! Way to go Sai!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Simply Rouge:

FROM AMAZON READERS:

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Everything I wanted and more continued from the first book! May 11, 2014
By XterraWeb
Format:Paperback
Wow! Started Simply Rouge and finished already! I just could not put it down. The ending really stood out to me – the way the book ended and with the scene used at the ending, it feels like a double entendre, and I loved how a certain word played into this (sorry if this doesn’t quite make sense, but I do not want to give anything away to those who haven’t read it). I really liked getting some more insight into the characters from Simply Crimson and the introduction of new characters – I really wish I could get into Camille’s head and know exactly what she is thinking. It seems there is some confusion/inner turmoil on Camille’s part as to what exactly she wants and this was expressed enough to make readers feel this. The only bad part (and not really a bad part) but I wanted more of Jeremiah St. Clair! Thank you for another great book, Sai!

FROM SMASHWORDS READERS:

Review by: Jenifer Hill on May 12, 2014 : Five Stars *****
Another smash hit out of the park!!! Kept me turning pages until the end. I’ve fallen in love with the characters and can’t wait to see who Camille chooses at the end. 
(reviewed the day of purchase)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Scarlet-Erotique-Series-Twinpack-ebook/dp/B00KD2RSE6/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_tnr_3

Sai Marie Johnson Guest Blog Spot on Tiffany Apan’s Blog: Topic: Gothic Erotica

Sai Marie Johnson Guest Blog Spot on Tiffany Apan’s Blog: Topic: Gothic Erotica

This is the latest blog posting from Sai Marie for Tiffany Apan’s blog. It discusses the current state of gothicism and erotica, and how the two worlds are meshing. Take a look.

 

http://tiffanyapanwritingproject.blogspot.com/2014/05/guest-post-sai-marie-johnson-merging-of.html?zx=7e74373c9dbb911f

What is Beauty?

What Is Beauty?

Everyday we are exposed to imagery, and ideology. Even at the moments that we are not trying to we are steadily exposed to the idea of what beauty should be.

The issue with beauty is that it is something everyone sees differently, and yet it also causes shallowness to develop within our personalities because either we are too absorbed with it, or we are obsessed with thinking it is something we cannot attain.

The unattainable is something that humanity has long been attracted to, and the thrill of the chase is probably one of the strongest motivating factors in many people’s lives. We yearn for that thrill, and that moment of euphoria that comes from seeing something strikingly beautiful.

And then what happens? Life passes by, and we gain and lose weight, we gain and lose scars, and we gain and lose other identifying marks. Marks that at times induce pride, and at other times cause feelings of hopelessness, and depression.

I’m an average woman. I’m not strikingly beautiful. I do not have the body of a model. I do not have the picture perfect description of society’s ideas of beauty.

Does that make me ugly? In the eyes of some people I am sure it does, and throughout my life I have been consistently told I was ugly. In elementary and middle school I was always made fun of for having freckles, and being shy. In middle school girls made up a rumor I was a lesbian who had tried to date my best friend. It was so devastating to me that I ended up being pulled out of school because I was close to getting into fights everyday with the girls who were lying about me.

For years and years I believed that I wasn’t a pretty person, and that I just had to accept that life would be different for me because I wasn’t one of “The Beautiful People.”

I first got married at 16, and I admit that was a very young age to be married at, but I had my reasons. In the end I was married for 7 years, and had things been different with him I would probably have stayed married. They weren’t different though, and so I had to make decisions about my life that required realizing that yes I was pretty, both inside and out, and that I could succeed in life by applying other skills in the necessary places to succeed.

Still let’s come back to beauty. It is the topic of the posting, right?

I’ve been a size 8, a size 16, a size 9, a size 12, a size 10. What I have never been is a size 0, or anything below an 8. I am a curvaceous woman. I was blessed with hips, and a petite frame. I’ve never been model size. I don’t think I ever will be, but does that make women like myself any less beautiful?

And let’s not makes this a beanpole versus a whale topic by insinuating that skinnier girls are prettier than heavier girls or vice-versa. Each woman is uniquely beautiful to herself. Her strengths as a person, and what make her amazing are the traits of her character. They’re not the size of her boobs, or how well her butt fills out a pair of shorts.

Those are all attributes, but they are not beauty.

And that is the problem with today’s society, and youth. We think big booty women are what define beauty. We call out people for being ugly when they’re different, but when do we look past the outside and start seeing REAL beauty?

Because to me real beauty is in a beautiful song, a thought-provoking poem, an entrancing story, a butterfly on a flower, the birds singing, and sunshine on my face.

If people think I am ugly when those things happen? So be it, but to me I’m beautiful, and so are all of you. So remember beauty isn’t skin deep, and it comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and packaging.

And that’s the beauty of beauty. She’s an everchanging drama queen.