Friday, November 30, 2012

Lily Harlem's new release, Teamwork!

Congratulations to lovely Lily Harlem, whose new book, Teamwork is out now!

Book four in the Hot Ice series. (Can be enjoyed as a stand alone read.)

What I know about hockey could fit on the back of a stamp. So my latest patient may be one of the NHL’s hottest defensemen, but I’m not exactly blown away by his stardom. Add in the fact that he’s a surly, growling grump, and I’m more than happy to work my magic on his battered body and then hot-foot to my date with his teammate, Todd “Pretty” Carty.

Todd is sex on a stick, a slice of man heaven and I want a bit of the action, preferably of the bedroom variety. But when Raven emerges from his bad mood and throws his energy into blowing my mind with just one kiss, I find my head spinning and my libido raging.

What I didn’t bargain on is these hard-training, hard-playing hockey players working as efficiently off the ice as on it when it comes to getting results. But who am I to complain when satisfaction is their ultimate goal?

Reader Advisory: Contains m/f/m. Go on, you know you want to indulge!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Next Big Thing

I've been tagged to answer ten questions about my new book, on the Next Big Thing blog hop. Scroll down to the bottom for links to others taking part!

What is the title of your book?
Born on the Bayou

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It's from a stonking song by Credence Clearwater Revival. My hero is half French, half Louisianan. Not a Cajun, precisely, but pretty close. If you've seen lanky, gorgeous Ed O'Brien from Radiohead on stage, he's a bit like that, only with tatts and a different style, but his dedication is just as concentrated.  He speaks through his guitar, and finds it hard to express himself, but when a prank he plays on the stuck-up manager of Great Oaks Plantation House goes wrong, he has to make amends. Turns out she's not that stuck up after all!

What genre does your book fall under?
Erotic contemporary romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Lord, I don’t know. My default isn’t an actor, it’s the gorgeous David Gandy, and he has that air of wicked that really works for Jace.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
You can’t turn back time, but sometimes your past catches up with you.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s going to be published by Ellora’s Cave as part of the Murder City Ravens series

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Two or three months. I always work on one book at a time, so apart from edits and promotion, it's pretty much solid.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I wrote a rock star series before, but that had paranormal elements, Pure Wildfire. I just love writing stories about rock bands. In my reprehensible youth, I hung around rock bands and learned a lot!

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Music, pure and simple. This time Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and Massive Attack spoke to me the strongest. If you see Thom Yorke on stage, you know what I mean. The man opens his soul and shares it.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s part of the Nightstar series, and the first book, about saxophonist V is already out. It’s called In The Mood. There will be six stories in the series, and probably one linked story about the manager, since people are writing to me about him!

Check out these blogs, for more of The Next Big Thing!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

November News

And we’re swinging into November! Can you believe it? Bonfire night is on us already! Bonfire Night celebrates the time that Guy Fawkes, “the only man to enter Parliament with good intentions” tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with James I in it. He failed, but two hundred years later, the Palace of Westminster, where the government meets, was burned to the ground and the competition for a new building resulted in the building we know today.
Every year on November 5th, people celebrate by letting off fireworks, as many as possible. And the next day, the air stinks of burned gunpowder.
I’ve just got back from a visit to London, for pleasure and for research. It went well, and I got to see Sir John Soane’s house and Denis Severs’ house, two amazing places you must not miss if you ever go there.
And I had a new release, the one I told you about last month. “Unlaced,” with the yellow corset on the cover.
The second Nightstar book, "Born on the Bayou" is coming on December 7th. This is Jace's story, a half-French, half Louisiana man who grew up loving the blues and rock, and now has the chance to live his dream. Beverley, on the other hand, had to give up her dream through no fault of her own and is trying to find a new life. When they meet, they burn! Just look at that steaming hot cover!
I have plans for other books, too. I have a book almost ready to go up on Amazon, an adaptation of a book that originally came out years ago but that I have the rights back for. And I want to write some originals for that series, “Hosts to Ghosts.” The idea is that the children of vampires, whether they are vampires themselves or not, can see, converse and eliminate malignant ghosts. And there’s a company set up to film it, and record the results both for scientific research and for the TV.
And I’ve had another idea, which I’m still developing and I can’t tell you about. No, honestly, I can’t.
The RT Convention will be on us against soon, so I’m planning my annual trek across to the States. I was thinking of visiting DC this time, because I’m thinking of setting a few books there, some new STORM books about the political ramifications of the world accepting paranormal beings into their midst. But don’t worry, there’ll be sexy bodyguards as well!
For November, I’m going to do NaNoWriMo. I’m writing the story of Zazz, one of the British members of Murder City Ravens, the band in the Nightstar books. Zazz has a problem father, and ex jazz musician, still on methadone after a lifetime’s drug addiction. His lady is his father’s social worker Laura, who has played it safe all her life. Will she throw caution in the air and live her life uncompromisingly? Will she dare?
I’ve had a few people write to me asking when a new historical will come out. The truth is, I don’t know. I have one ready, bar a little polishing, but I just haven’t had time to deal with it yet. It’s the first in a new linked series, and I will probably end up dealing with it next year.
The publishing world is changing so much that it’s hard to keep up sometimes, but it does mean I have some great choices to make.
News just in: I’ve received an offer from Loose-Id for another book about the people who work for, or are connected, with Symbiotics Computers. For those of you who wanted the story of Mick O’Donnell, here’s your chance!