InKitt Success and My Experience

So, if you have been keeping up on things then you already know that I have been competing in the InKitt $6000 publishing contest with my book, Forbidden Fantasies. This book is a contemporary urban fantasy/paranormal romance that takes place in Nashville, TN and centers around Araceli Nativa. So far, the book has had well over 500 reads and there are now only eleven (11) copies of the ebook available to download at this time.

So, in short, this is your prime time to get my newest completed book to read completely for free. Here are some of the reviews;

“the characters drew me in . . .” ~Cecily Wolfe *****

“this book it completely sucked me in…” Chaeli *****

“Could not put it down. Read the entire book in one sitting…” Bigvol *****

 

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Araceli Nativa

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A sheltered life has kept her from experiencing so much but college in Music City brings her away from the sleepy little Alabama town of her raising and yet Araceli still hasn’t experienced anything that the typical freshman collegiate has. That is until a fateful October night when peer pressure and her inhibitions are thrown the the wind but when the star quarterback for the Vanderbilt Commodores winds up dead with her being the last person to see him alive things get really strange.

Abel Slaine

For the past several millennia he has been on the hunt for her – The evil demon goddess who cursed him to walk the rest of his life in the shadows after murdering his beloved wife, and now there’s a new one; one who has freshly awaken and he would slay her just as he had all the rest. Abel’s judgment is never clouded and nothing could ever stop him from his goal – or could it?

Find out in Forbidden Fantasies

To see the reviews for yourself check them out here!

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Competing in the InkItt Competition

InkItt is a new reader based publishing platform that has monthly contests that authors can enter their books in for a chance to win a $6000 publishing deal. I decided to try my hand it by entering my newest story, which has not yet been officially published, Forbidden Fantasies and WOW! I am STUNNED!
 
InkItt begins by having 100 free downloads at the start of your entry and once they are all gone they take it down to gauge against their algorithms and reader reactions before deciding on who the winner is.
 
WOW – is all I have to say! There are now ONLY 28 #free ebook downloads left of Forbidden Fantasies, which is a paranormal urban fantasy romance. The book has already had over 200 reads and more than half of the available downloads have been accounted for in the InkItt contest, so hurry and don’t miss out on your chance to get ahold of this book that I am very proud of!
 
 
 
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Araceli Nativa
A sheltered life has kept her from experiencing so much but college in Music City brings her away from the sleepy little Alabama town of her raising and yet Araceli still hasn’t experienced anything that the typical freshman collegiate has. That is until a fateful October night when peer pressure and her inhibitions are thrown the the wind but when the star quarterback for the Vanderbilt Commodores winds up dead with her being the last person to see him alive things get really strange.
 
Abel Slaine
 
For the past several millennia he has been on the hunt for her – The evil demon goddess who cursed him to walk the rest of his life in the shadows after murdering his beloved wife, and now there’s a new one; one who has freshly awaken and he would slay her just as he had all the rest. Abel’s judgment is never clouded and nothing could ever stop him from his goal – or could it?
 
Find out in Forbidden Fantasies
 
 

Embracing His Empire by Sai Marie Johnson – Memorial Day Release –

Embracing His Empire

by Sai Marie Johnson

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Blushing Books Publications

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MEMORIAL DAY

MAY, 29, 2017

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Caecelia of House Servili was born and bred to be a powerful woman with an education and the life of splendor as a senator’s daughter, but when a foreign enemy sieges their estate, killing her family and abducting her, her entire world changes.

Now the captive of a strong and dominant king from the enemy kingdom, she learns truths about her past that will challenge everything she imagined for her future. In the process, will she learn to love the man she was destined to spend her life with?

Publisher’s note: This book contains sexual scenes and a hint of discipline. If this disturbs you, please do not read it.

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Title: Embracing His Empire

Publisher: Blushing Books Publications

Author: Sai Marie Johnson

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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“What happened?” I asked as soon as my mind focused on his face.Xenocrates crossed his arms and sighed with a shake of his head.

“You almost got yourself, and me, killed again. I told you to be cautious as you went about the ship, didn’t I?” he asked me. I sat up, realizing that I was completely naked, save for the fur he had thrown over my flesh. I knew not what to say to him, but I realized, in that moment, I had an opportunity to begin my inquisition. “I want to know why you keep saving me, if I am nothing but a product of your conquests. I want to know why you keep acting as if I am the most important spoil of this campaign,” I said vehemently. He slipped down to squat in front of me.

“That should be easy enough to figure out,shouldn’t it, Caecelia? You are a beautiful woman, and I am a detestable man. Is that not what you think of me?” he asked.

I peered back at him in confusion and uncertainty. He apparently knew I thought little ofhim, but I had never spoken such words aloud. “Is that truly why you keep showing me kindnesses and some semblance of humanity, Xenocrates? I cannot fathom how the servant you send to me has admitted that you have treated me better than any other captured prize in your years of owning her,” I stated.

Xenocrates chuckled and slid his hand to rest atop my knee. “Ah, you are a wise little wench, aren’t you? More than I had accredited you for, but your blood runs with such wit, I should know,” he stated.

“I am Daejian. Surely, you know our people are some of the most intelligent of any other country,” I said with an air of arrogance.

“Ah, yes, a Daejian wench, who thinks she is better than all the rest.”

I could tell this aggravated him and that he did not appreciate what I had said. in the least.

“What else could it be, Xenocrates?” I wondered, if I asked the correct questions, if he would give away what Livania had told me, but I did not want to betray her confidence. The only friend I  seemed to have was the Briekian girl, and solitude was not something I wanted to experience again, while in captivity.

“Perhaps it is that I find your mind to be intriguing. What difference does it make, in the end, Caecelia? I am the king, and you are the captured. I do as I wish, and you will do as I bid. I do not have to answer your queries,” he replied.

“First of all, Your Majesty, I am your equal in stationary class and, here, you continue to answer me and speak to me as if I were that equal. You have yet to put me in a collar or chain. You have kept me from the other men and you enjoy challenging my thoughts. So, I ask you—am I to be your pet, Xenocrates?” I asked.

“No, I do not see you as something meant to be kept for mere stroking, Caecelia. I will not touch you unless you beg for it. Mark my words; you will do so. Every woman I cross, eventually, begs it, and you will be no different.” He winked and stood again.

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Book Trailer Premiere for The Softer Side of Texas by Sai Marie Johnson and Blushing Books

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Monday Madness!

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Check out this amazing book trailer for The Softer Side of Texas by Author Sai Marie and Blushing Books Publications created by #LuminaryEdits

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🌷THE SOFTER SIDE OF TEXAS 🌷🌺
by Author Sai Marie

GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2017
PUBLISHER: Blushing Books Publications

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Since her brother’s death, Ivanka Jessup, known to her family and friends as Ivy, has struggled to help her family keep their ranch running.

Enduring harassment from a certain customer in the bar she works in, she works late hours, in addition to working on the ranch. Defending herself lands her without a job and she is rescued by stranger, Aaron Kilpatrick, who just happens to be on his way to talk to Ivy’s father about a job.

He lands a job as a ranch hand, Ivy finds a new job and things seem to be on the upswing.

Just about the time Aaron and Ivy both realize they have feelings for each other, Ivy goes missing. The race is on to find her before it is too late, as foul play is suspected.

What Ivy endures at the hands of a madman is horrendous, but the thought of reuniting with Aaron keeps her going.

Will she escape in time to find her happy ending?

Publisher’s Disclaimer: This book contains graphic sexual scenes. If that offends you, please do not purchase.

Check out the book trailer for The Softer Side of Texas by Author Sai Marie and Blushing Books Publications created by #LuminaryEdits

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Author Bio

Sai Marie is an author, creative writer, and concept creator. She resides in the Great Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the flora, fauna, action and adventure that bred the Pioneer Spirit. With a heart for advocacy, animals, the environment, and great imagination she is sure to capture your attention with something for everyone.

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Junior – Release by Author Gwendolyn Druyor

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Title: Junior

Series: A Wyrdos Tale, #3

Author: Gwendolyn Druyor

Genre: Fantasy

Release: March 31, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34661555-junior

Blurb:

You can die of fright.

Junior can’t live without it.

Junior Leo just found out he’s the boogeyman’s bastard and his job is to terrify children.

Trick is, none of us ever really grow up. We’re all children at heart.

Even Junior.

It’s the rare child that dreams of growing up to be a villain. Junior never did. But can you fight your genetic inheritance? Could he be a hero?

He’s been hiding from the question for eight years but he’s about to encounter an ancient artifact that’s going to show everyone the truth about Junior Leo.

Especially, Junior Leo.

Junior is the third standalone in the Wyrdos Tales series. The Tales each feature a different supernatural character’s involvement in the same apocalyptic event.  You get to live it through different eyes each time.

If you like the work of Jim Butcher, T S Paul, and Shayne Silvers, then you will love all the books in The Wyrdos Tales series by Gwendolyn Druyor!

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Author Bio:

Gwendolyn Druyor was born at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station Hospital, North Kingston, RI. The ID bracelet wrapped three times around her little wrist. She could swim before she could walk and read before she started school. Thanks to her pilot father, Gwendolyn got to grow up in Maine, Ohio, and Illinois. After completing 3 performance-based degree programs in 4 years at Illinois State University (with a minor in English), she started her illustrious acting career as a saloon girl dancing the cancan in upstate New York.

Gwendolyn has traveled the world telling stories. She spent a year in Amsterdam writing and performing sketch comedy at Boom Chicago with Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Allison Silverman (Colbert Report), and Greg Scott Shapiro(voice of the Dutch Trump!).

She’s toured North America with Shenandoah Shakespeare (11 people in 3 vehicles performing 78 roles) and with the incredible improv/educational show Sex Signals in an effort to make sex better for all.

Since kinda sorta settling down, Gwendolyn has written for and performed with various sketch groups in the states, including The Future Dead, Improv International, and G2 Productions. For now she lives in Hollywood with her Irish Jack Russell, Josh Lyman Zyrga, who is still pissed she didn’t put him on the cover of Laylea.

For more information on Gwendolyn and her projects sign up for her newsletter at www.GwendolynDruyor.com.

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Excerpt:

Text Copyright © 2017 by Gwendolyn Druyor

All Rights Reserved

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DON’T SLEEP

Don’t sleep with your closet door open.

When you were a child, you believed there were monsters in the closet. You watched your mom or dad or legal court appointed guardian leave your bedroom. They’d snake a hand back in through the doorway and flip off your light. With no consideration for the sliver of light they could leave you through the crack of that door, they shut it with a click. In the dark—no matter how many siblings share your room, in the dark you are always alone. You try breathing quietly, but he can hear the beating of your heart. You stare at the closet, thinking that if you don’t blink he can’t sneak up on you. But the dark is his ally. He can see your eyes glowing in the dark. And he can move invisibly through your room, under your bed. He’ll paralyze you with fear so that you cannot escape. So shut your eyes tight and pull the covers over your head if it makes you feel better. But it won’t help. If you leave the closet door open, the boogeyman can get you.

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The Trap

“Sorry, wrong room.” Junior turned to flee back into the bedroom closet.

He rebounded off a shimmering, intractable wall of air. The force sent him tripping backwards, avoiding the wailing infant that had drawn him into the room.

A few feet beyond the magical circle, under an outdated mobile of the solar system, a dusky boy of about ten sat crosslegged on a rag rug, his hands poised over the shuttle of a ouija board, his jaw hanging open.

The kid squeaked, coughed, and then exclaimed, “Holy crap, it worked! I caught the boogeyman!”

Junior fell against the side of the prison closest to the kid, who flinched. Junior used the magical wall to steady himself with one combat-booted foot on either side of the six-month-old’s flailing limbs. His pale hands glowed where they touched the magic. The gauze wrapped around each palm lit up. The bandages sizzled though he felt nothing on his burnt fingers. He pressed a hand flat and saw the bones through the bandages and skin as clearly as on an x-ray. Of course, skeletal as he was, he could see them almost that clearly without a magical prison wall for enhancement.

The wall rose from a chain of silverware encircling Junior in his peacoat and the wailing baby in her too-big Ewok onesie. It trapped them in the middle of a larger-than-average bedroom with books, clothes, and action figures strewn literally everywhere. Harley Quinn straddled the deep bowl of a torchiere floor lamp on the far side of a bed covered with a tangle of Star Wars sheets and a Batman comforter. A disturbingly muscular Spiderman dangled by red yarn from an air vent high on one wall. Just outside the circle of silverware, Junior saw Deadpool laying face-down in a pile of dirty socks, threatened by Wonder Woman wielding his own katana.

Junior couldn’t smell the socks. He could barely hear the hiss of the standing humidifier half-buried in a Slytherin cloak. The shimmering walls of his prison dulled everything outside. Inside the bright, nose-tickling powder of freshly-washed baby battled his own indefinable homeless musk. He brushed his teeth as often as he could and washed his face, socks, and underwear every few nights. His jeans and t-shirts got cleaned much less frequently.  

Pretty much every square inch of the bedroom’s plush carpet was covered except for a swath of space just in front of the closet door and within the circle of Junior and the baby’s prison. The walls fared no better. Pale green paint peeked out from the rare spaces between overlapping posters of superheroes, scientific theories, astrology, and Ohio.

The kid leapt to his feet, whacking his head on Jupiter and sending the planets spinning.  He gripped his curly black hair with both hands and then grabbed his Captain America pajama pants before they fell down. “I caught the boogeyman!”

Junior was too hungry and tired for this. He had somewhere to be. He reached up and ran a hand along the impenetrable, shimmering barrier of air stretching from ceiling to floor, searching for weaknesses. He found none.

“Let me go.”

His captor laughed. “Hell no.”

The wailing settled to silence as the towheaded baby sucked in a tiny lungful of air. Her mouth opened wide in an astonished O and she seemed to look right into Junior’s hazel eyes. Then she squeezed her own eyes, opened her mouth and renewed screaming. Junior crouched to comfort her. It was why he’d come through the door in the first place. “There, there. It’s okay. You’re okay.”

The kid chanted, “I did it! I caught the boogeyman. I caught the boogeyman.” He kicked the ouija board aside and danced around the room, scattering toys. When he passed the full-length mirror on his bedroom door, he spun around to announce to himself, “I, Ethan Durnell, caught the boogeyman.”

Junior stood, bouncing the baby girl in his arms, careful at first of her weight on his ruined hands. “No. You didn’t.”

Ethan turned, his brown eyes glowing. He held his arms out to the sides, inviting his guest to come at him. “Really? You can get out of there?”

Junior considered kicking the silverware but he was pretty sure he wouldn’t be able to break the spell. He sighed and crooned at the crying baby. “Please let me go. I’ve got somewhere to be and I’m not the boogeyman.”

The kid smirked, “Yeah right. You came out of my closet, but you’re not the boogeyman?”

“It’s complicated.”

“You have to grant me three wishes now.”

Junior raised an eyebrow at the kid. “That’s a djinni.”

“Isn’t the boogeyman a genie?”

“No, he’s an as—” Junior censored himself. The kid was a jerk but he was still a kid. “The boogeyman is a type of goblin.”

“Ewwww,” Ethan plopped down on the edge of his bed. “You’re a goblin?”

Junior cooed at the baby. “Is this your sister?”

“Half-sister.”

Junior noted the bile in Ethan’s tone. “What’s her name?”

“Dawn.” He spit the word. “She’s the dawn of their new life together.”

At that, Junior looked up. He stopped bouncing. “Really?”

Ethan nodded.

Dawn’s cries increased.

“Okay.” Junior rocked the unfortunately named baby as he paced around the small circle. This wasn’t an easy life. Jane said he should think of it as a calling. And Jane was a god; he should trust her advice. But it wasn’t a calling. He could travel from closet to closet and paralyze people with fear. That didn’t sound like a calling. Or a life. It sounded like the genetic lottery had handed him a sack of lemons.

“You’re not so ugly, for being a goblin. Aren’t goblins hideous?” Ethan lay on the bed, examining Junior.

Junior let his pacing take him back around to face the kid before he responded. Ethan could see him. Most people were so racked with fear every moment of their lives, they couldn’t see Junior at all. But Ethan, in the dark of the middle of the night, could see him. What ten-year-old was so fearless? He looked at the boy. “A) Thanks. B) I’m half-goblin. I’m not the boogeyman, kid. I’m the boogeyman’s kid.”

“Sooooo, wouldn’t that make you a boogeyman, then?”

“People don’t talk about a boogeyman. They talk about the boogeyman. That’s my dad.”

“But you just came out of my closet.”

“Sure. I can also roll my tongue because my mother could. What’s that got to do with who I am?”

The ten-year-old scrunched his face like he was talking to an idiot. “Everything.”

“No!” Junior stomped one booted foot. “I don’t want to be the boogeyman.”

Dawn had almost calmed. He shouldn’t have scared her. He looked down at her wide-open eyes staring at nothing. She was so scared she couldn’t see him. He sighed.

“Please let me go, Ethan.”

“No. I called you and caught you fair and square.”

“What do you want, kid? Why did you call me here? You really thought the boogeyman could grant wishes?”

Ethan shrugged. “Whatever.” He bounced over to a book on the floor by the door and dropped down to flip through the pages. “The instructions were for summoning a demon but that seemed, like, really stupid to me.”

“Yeah.” Junior shivered. “Yeah, that would be stupid. You don’t want a demon in your bedroom.”

Ethan spun around. “You’ve seen a demon?”

“Earlier today.”

“Cool.”

“No. It wasn’t cool at all. It was terrifying.”

“You’re an adult. Adults don’t get scared.”

Junior snorted. Dawn giggled. “You have a lot to learn kid.”

“So tell me. Nobody ever tells kids anything. It’s like we’re invisible until we do something wrong.”

“Like use your baby sister as bait to catch a demon.”

“You’re not a demon.” The kid kicked at the ouija board.

“No, but I am a monster. You want to know things? Listen.”

“I do. I’m always listening to the blah, blah, blah—”

“Now, Ethan! I mean shut up and listen now. You want to know about feeling invisible?” Junior let the words tumble out. “I have been invisible for eight years. Eight years ago when you were still as cute as Dawn, I discovered that I could travel through time and space using bedroom closets. I traveled back in time and did something stupid. Now I can’t get back to my life. I’m stuck in this world, this . . .” He struggled to find the word.

“Alternate timeline.” Ethan scrambled over to his pale blue bookshelf and dug through the pile of books on the floor around it. He waved A Wrinkle in Time in the air, hitting the solar system mobile again.

“Never read it.”

The kid gave Junior a pitying look.

“I’m stuck in this alternate timeline where I’m older than my mother who has no son.”

Dawn gurgled around the two fingers she’d stuck in her mouth. Junior looked down. Her pale blue eyes were still wide but he couldn’t tell if she could see him or not. She stared at the wobbling planets. He cooed at her to calm himself. Ethan waited.

“I’m invisible to anyone who’s afraid, which is, sorry to tell you kid, everyone. I can make people see me but that paralyzes them. I can travel anywhere in the world through closets, but only through bedroom closets for some reason.”

“And you can time travel.” Ethan tossed a Dr. Who action figure in the air. “Just go back if you want to.”

“I don’t know how I did it. I don’t know how I do any of it. I don’t want to scare people.” He mumbled down at Dawn, “I don’t want to be the boogeyman.”

“Sorry, dude. Sometimes you’re given a sister and you just have to deal with it. That’s the way it is.”

Junior looked up from the baby. He raised his eyebrows at Ethan. “A) You don’t strike me as one of those kids who just repeats what others say.”

Ethan hung his head at that. He pretended to pick at a smudge on his pajama pants.

“B) I am a monster who tortures kids. I accept that. Fine. Maybe kids like you deserve to be tortured. But I met a demon today who tortured a grown woman who definitely didn’t deserve to die. I am the only one who can get to her grandson, a kid named Louis. That’s where I was going when you trapped me here. Do you know what it’s like to lose someone you love?”

Ethan sat, leaning against the shelves crammed with books. He shrugged.

Junior turned away to face the open closet on the far side of the silver ring. He sucked in deep, slow breaths. He didn’t have a lot of time. If he wanted to help Louis, he had to get there now. One of Ethan’s many posters featured a listing of age appropriate books with checkmarks drawn in beside most of them. His doorway was blocked with a Bartlett’s, a dictionary, and the Bevington edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Ethan himself was surrounded by books on the shelves and on the floor around him.

He faced the kid. “You like a good story?”

“Duh.”

Junior ran a hand through his unruly mop of dirty blond curls. “How about I tell you a story. If you like it, you let me go.”

“It’s gotta be a good story.”

Junior grinned down at Dawn then raised his eyes to Ethan’s. “Duh.”

The kid rolled over to his bed. He settled into the corner created by his bed and the bookshelf and hugged his knees to his chest. “Go.”

Junior shook his head. “Do we have a deal?”

“Yeah.”

“You’ll let me go?”

“Yeah. I already said I would. I’m not my dad either. I don’t say things if I don’t mean them. I’m not gonna tell you I’ll let you go and then poof, ha ha, sorry, I have to work and you’re stuck here with Dawn and—”

“Ethan.” Junior waited while the kid wound down again. “You called me here and trapped me. I may not be a demon or the real boogeyman, but still, you have to know a little something about magic to have gotten this far. Yes?”

“Yeah.”

“So you have to promise to let me go, three times.”

“Oh. Then it’s binding and I can’t welsh.”

“Yeah.”

“Fine. I’ll let you go. I’ll let you go. I’ll let you go.” He said. “After your story.”

Junior nodded. “Where are we?”

Ethan glanced up at a map on the wall like Junior should have already seen it and known. “Ohio.”

“Well this story takes place in Illinois. In Chicago. It’s the story of how meeting a few real monsters made me realize I’m not so bad.” Junior frowned down at Dawn’s infectious grin as he thought about where to begin. A lot had happened in the past twelve hours.

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Cover Reveal – The Softer Side of Texas by Sai Marie Johnson and Blushing Books

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THE SOFTER SIDE OF TEXAS by Sai Marie Johnson

GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2017

Publisher: Blushing Books Publications

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Blurb:

Since her brother’s death, Ivanka Jessup, known to her family and friends as Ivy, has struggled to help her family keep their ranch running. Enduring harassment from a certain customer in the bar she works in, she works late hours, in addition to working on the ranch. Defending herself lands her without a job and she is rescued by stranger, Aaron Kilpatrick, who just happens to be on his way to talk to Ivy’s father about a job. He lands a job as a ranch hand, Ivy finds a new job and things seem to be on the upswing.

Just about the time Aaron and Ivy both realize they have feelings for each other, Ivy goes missing. The race is on to find her before it is too late, as foul play is suspected.

What Ivy endures at the hands of a madman is horrendous, but the thought of reuniting with Aaron keeps her going. Will she escape in time to find her happy ending?

Publisher’s Disclaimer: This book contains graphic sexual scenes. If that offends you, please do not purchase.

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Author Bio

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Sai Marie is an author, creative writer, and concept creator. She resides in the Great Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the flora, fauna, action and adventure that bred the Pioneer Spirit. With a heart for advocacy, animals, the environment, and great imagination she is sure to capture your attention with something for everyone.

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A Limelight on Debut Author: Lu Groblebe

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Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: It was something I always had a knack for so it was always in the back of my mind growing up. It was never my first choice though. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, because I had other talents I wanted to pursue. Those were my priority. It was always an outlet for my angst as a teenager. I filled notebooks full of poetry and fanfiction stories a my old 80s model Mac too eventually. I didn’t take it seriously until adulthood. I’d say I was close to my mid twenties when I finally decided to go to college for writing. Even then though, I wasn’t confident I had a chance to make it. I’m an all or nothing type of person. I may eventually regret not trying but I’ll live with it. If I invest in something, I give it all I have and I don’t settle for anything but the top.


Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It depends but I’ll admit I’m a slow writer. I have spells where I can whip out a chapter a day, but then I can go months without touching the book. I will say my speed has improved though since I entered the indie community. Having them just be there, on my friend’s list, knowing they’re watching me holds me accountable. It reminds me I have something I need to be working on, so I’ve been more proactive in doing it whereas before I never really had a reason. It became a case of, “I’ll finish it when I finish it.” I didn’t feel rushed to do something no one even knew or cared about. Being apart of the indie community really changed the game for me. Just being there, watching others talk about their books is motivation enough.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: It really varies on my mood and personal life schedule. I do have other commitments. I run my own makeup distribution as a day job and I’m a mom. There are periods where I will write a chapter a day when I have the chance. There are others where, if I write anything, it isn’t more than a few paragraphs.

 

Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: I’ve honestly never thought about it. When I plan to write, I plan to do so nonstop until I reach whatever goal I’ve set. I have a bad habit of getting distracted easily though so I enclose myself in a room alone, get a stock of drinks and snacks handy and I shut all notifications off on all devices. Otherwise I will be pulled away from writing when one from Facebook goes off. I loathe repeating words too much so I keep a dictionary site open in a new tab and I usually just let the story carry me in whatever direction it wants to go even if it goes against the outline I have. When you have the situation mapped out in front of you, it becomes different than what you preplanned in your head during the outlining phase.

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Q: How do books get published?
A: Initially I intended to self published but I took a big chance and I was able to get a publishing deal with Bella Tulip Publishing who now publishes my work for me.

Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: I spent almost ten years in text based roleplay that gave me a stock pile of ideas. That isn’t to say I don’t have or will never get new ones but it was an outlet for a long time that sparked my creativity.


Q: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
A: I got the idea for it in 2009 so I was 23. I didn’t start writing it though until 2012. I ended up shelfing the story for a later date when I went back into editing and found some large plots holes.


Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: Honestly, not much. I’m a big introvert, I’m easy going and easily amused so that combination makes me very boring. (Laughs) I’d go along with about anything that is suggested to me entertainment wise as long as it doesn’t scare me or is harmful. However, I don’t do much without a reason. I’m truly a workaholic. I spend most of my time either working on my writing/make business career or organizing and planning ahead for them. I like to karaoke on occasion but rarely do. I like to be at home alone but I don’t want to go out alone. What’s the fun in that? (Laughs)


Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: Honestly, none of them care about it or are supportive, which is fine. It’s something I’ve grown used to and learned to accept. I’m not expecting a single family member to purchase any of my books.


Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: Outlines are a helpful organizational tool for the beginning stages but the story rarely ever sticks to the outline as the book is being written. Either by your own choice or the characters’ it just doesn’t happen.


Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
A: Technically, two but only one is in the process of being published. However I’m already in the beginning stages of another novel series project I’m gonna be doubling up writing on while writing the follow up to my current WIP, but the new project will be under a new pen name.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
A: Make the dictionary your best friend.

Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: I don’t have readers yet actually since the book I am waiting to release is my debut. I have heard from people who have beta read for me and enjoyed the story so much they have insisted on purchasing it when it is released finally.

Q: Do you like to create books for adults?
A: I consider myself a multi-genre author so I don’t like to rule anything out. I believe my career will lead me into every genre at some point down the line. By adult as in sexual? I know I can write erotica but it isn’t my forte. It isn’t what I’m best at or most comfortable writing, nor my preference. I do know that I can though. I’d say because of the level of profanity and the progressive speed of the relationship between the two leads my current WIP has in it, it’s more than likely considered “adult.”

Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Believable character development (arcs) and the unexpected. There are only so many ways an outcome can be used before it becomes predictable and bland. I try to incorporate that spirit into my own work.


Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A: A lot of things. At one point an ice skater, at another a singer, another a dancer, and in my early adult life, a police officer/detective.

You can learn more about Lu by connecting with her via social media at the following links:

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Lu Groblebe – Bella Tulip Publishing Author Page

Facebook Author Page

Lu Groblebe Website

Lu Groblebe on Goodreads

Author Update

sai.jpgSo, I’ve decided which manuscript (never before released) will be sent off to Blushing Books
next. Here’s a preview….
(WIP Rough Draft, Author Edition)

“Mm,” I moaned which only served to heighten his need. Stripping the rest of my clothing off my body he grabbed a jar from the nightstand beside the bed, and pulled out a brightly colored neon package, which appeared to be a condom. He no longer held control of himself.

He wanted me, and he was going to have me. There was no escaping it. He shifted his body to place the condom in appropriate positioning before He quickly plunged the length of his throbbing shaft deep inside my aching warmth. I screamed in anguish as my maidenhead ripped apart in one sudden thrust, but as he moved within me the pain resided slowly working itself into a rhythm that I could just not get enough of, “You like that, don’t you? You whore. Yeah, I knew you were a slut.” He said, slamming his body into mine harder, and harder with each pounding movement. His words stung, and hurt, but as he started to come more to life so did I.

A strange sensation began to burn within the root of my gums, and I suddenly had the strong urge to bite him. Yes, I wanted to bite him, and sink my teeth completely into the veins of his protruding muscly neck. A power surged within my blood; I felt fire in my veins. My heart felt as if it were going to beat right out of my chest, and suddenly he lowered his eyes to peer into mine, “What the fuck?” he gasped, “Your eyes, what the hell is wrong with them?”

#ForbiddenFantasies by Sai Marie

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I also wanted to let everyone know that I officially signed the contract to sell The Softer Side of Texas, and I will be revealing the release date, teasers and setting up blog opportunities for the much anticipated cover reveal!

 

Don’t forget to pick up Simply Scarlet on just in time for Valentine’s Day next

Monday

February 13, 2017

From Blushing Books

and

Author Sai Marie!

Author Announcements

I am very excited to announce that Blushing Books Publications has now accepted my second manuscript and I will be releasing yet another new story to the public under their imprint very soon. Stay tuned to learn more as I am certain there will be plenty more development in my writing career. ❤

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I also wanted to announce that I will be at the Pieces of the Heart Release Party for an Author Takeover on February 16, 2017 at 10AM CST. This will be an online release party taking place at the following link:

Pieces of the Heart Release Party

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Also stay tuned because the cover reveal for my upcoming release from Blushing Books, Simply Scarlet, will be shown soon!

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day

Come meet your new book boyfriend, Jeremiah St. Clair.

He’s got class and he can kick some ass!

Watch for Simply Scarlet at Book Retailers Near You

February 13, 2017

Author Spotlight: Tabitha Black

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:
My name is Tabitha Black. I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pen, and had my first erotic romance novel published in 2005. I’ve never looked back.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Just to keep writing, and to keep making readers happy with what I put out there. Selling lots of books and making money is nice, but I started writing because I love it and because I love hearing from people that they enjoyed my stories.

Which writers inspire you?

There are way too many to list. From George Orwell to Roald Dahl, from Jilly Cooper to Stephen King and probably hundreds in between – all for different reasons. In my genre, I’d have to say that Carolyn Faulkner and Maren Smith have been my biggest inspirations, but since then, that list has also grown.

So, what have you written?

(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
The Abbeyville Way
Taken In Hand
Estelana
Educating Eva: Silverlake Priory Book 1
Summer Camp
Little Tudor Rose
Conquering Cassia
Fulfilling Her Fantasy (A Masters of the Castle novella)
Sharing Silver (A Masters of the Castle novel, Golden Flogger award nominee and winner of the SRR best ménage 2015)
Restraint: His Empire Book 1
Sapphire’s Surrender (A Red Petticoat Novel)
One For Luck (Confessions of a Spanking Author anthology)
Taken By The Enemy (Hero To Obey Military Box set – USA Today bestseller)

Where can we buy or see them?

All of them are available on Blushing Books, with the exception of Restraint, which is currently exclusive to Amazon. The rest are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and, in some cases, Kobo and iBooks.

Who is your favorite character, and why?

Oh, this is tricky. I don’t think I have a favorite. I’m a little bit in love/lust with all my heroes.
What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?
I’m currently working on several projects simultaneously… the current current one is a novella which will be released in January 2017; part of a dark fairytales set I’m doing with six amazing authors.

What genre do you write in?

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Erotic romance. The sub-genres have varied; historical, age-play, contemporary BDSM, Western, post-apocalyptic, dark erotica… but the hero is always strong and the scenes are always explicit.

How much research do you do?

It depends entirely on the genre. If it’s something I already know a lot about (like contemporary BDSM), I don’t need to do as much research as I do when I’m writing a historical book, for example.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

I’m currently co-authoring my first one… not sure when it will be finished, though.

When did you decide to become a writer?

It was never a conscious decision. I was reading when I was three and writing when I was four. I started my first novel when I was seven years old. I never wanted to be anything else (even though I did have several other jobs in the meantime).

Why do you write?

Because I can’t not. It’s my life, and I love it.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

It depends… I’m also a managing editor for a romance publisher, and that’s what I’d call my ‘day job’. But when I have a big deadline, I write more than I edit. So it varies.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
As and when my schedule allows it.

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

Only if I have a deadline. Then I’ll set myself a daily target, like 3k words per day as a minimum.

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

I write on my laptop with an extra wireless keyboard I enjoy typing on.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everywhere. My own experiences, my own fantasies, films, books, music… I’m always surrounded by inspiration and sometimes it can come from the oddest places.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I usually start with a seed of an idea, get writing, and see where the characters take me. I only resort to an outline if I get horribly stuck; then I brainstorm ideas of what could happen next.

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

It takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline, and it’s all too easy to be discouraged by negative reviews or other unpleasant feedback.

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

I wrote Sharing Silver in two weeks; others have taken me a year because I set them aside after a chapter or two and resumed them much later. It depends entirely on what else I have going on in my life – and/or if I have a deadline. The most I wrote in a day was 17k words.

How do you handle Writer’s Block?

Not very well. If I can, I take a day or two off to let the ideas ‘ferment’ in my head. Or I go to my own personal romantic hero for inspiration.

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Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block?

I think people all handle it differently. What works for some, may not work for others. Sometimes it helps to set whatever it is you’re working on aside and write something completely different… other times, you just need to take a break from writing and do something else. But never give up!

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

I read a mixture of both. I love both my Kindle and my Kobo for the convenience, but I still have hundreds of paperbacks in my apartment and I could never part with any of them. I also go back and re-read them, if they’re good.

What book are you reading at present?

Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn. I love her writing style.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
As I’m traditionally published, all my books are professionally edited, although I do edit and proofread them thoroughly before I submit, so they’re generally pretty clean.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
Again, they’re done by the publisher, although I do get to give lots of input. The cover for Restraint, for example, features a picture by my partner, who’s a photographer.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

I think it depends. I know some people buy books based on the cover, but I’m always far more interested in the blurb, especially if it’s an author I haven’t read before. I also have some go-to authors whose new books I buy automatically with barely a glance at the cover or the blurb.

How are you publishing this book and why?

I like traditional publishing, and have been with the same company for eleven years now. I can see the pros and cons of both traditional and self-publishing but for me it’s mostly a question of time now; my publisher has far more reach than I do and I like being able to send my book off and not have to worry about the editing, cover, marketing and so on. I do some marketing myself but all the other details are taken care of. And getting an advance is always a bonus.

How do you market your books?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, my blog and via my publisher’s channels, mostly.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews are a mixed bag. The good ones are fantastic; inspirational, I copy the best ones down and re-read them whenever I’m feeling disheartened. When it comes to the bad ones, it depends. If they’re just unnecessarily mean, I ignore them. If they’re offering constructive criticism, I try to take it on board despite the initial sting.

Which social network works best for you?

I’m most active on Facebook.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

Absolutely. I like to take part in Facebook parties and blog hops, and often give away free copies of my books or audio books, as well as other prizes, like naming a character after the winner.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

“When I want to read a good book, I write a good book. I’ve never not been writing.” ~ Gore Vidal

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read. A lot. Both in your chosen genre and out of it. Learn your craft, and don’t give up.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Tabitha Black Official Website
Tabitha Black on Facebook
@BlushingTabitha
Tabitha Black Amazon Author Page
Tabitha Black on Smashwords
Tabitha Black on Goodreads