Thursday, December 20, 2012

New release! The Haunting of Belle Sauvage

I have a new release!
This one has ghosts, vampires, an old plantation house and lots of action. It’s a heavy rewrite of a book I had out years ago, but I’ve rewritten it so it fits better into the Hosts to Ghosts series.
I’ve planned more stories for this series, if this one does well, so fingers crossed!
Here’s the description and an excerpt.

After three weeks of married bliss, Jordan Arcenaux wants a divorce. Reeling from his rejection, Karey agrees  to exorcise Belle Sauvage, a plantation house being renovated as a luxury resort.
The ghosts of Belle Sauvage are dangerous. They want a treasure lost a hundred years before, the sapphire necklace known as the Blue Star, but more than that, they want to find a way back to life. They want Karey.
Newly made vampire Jordan follows his vampire ex-lover to Belle Sauvage to try to save the wife he still loves. Karey can’t be part of his new life, but his efforts to push her away become more desperate as he tries to save her from himself and Karey makes it clear she doesn’t want to be saved.
Ghosts in search of a body to inhabit, a lost treasure and a voodoo practitioner turned rogue all conspire against Jordan and Karey finding any kind of happiness together.
But in the heat of the Louisiana night, that’s all they can think of and all they want. Despite impossible odds, they still want each other.

“Let’s see how much you’ve changed,” she said hoarsely, and put her lips to his.
It was too much. Jordan groaned, and swept her close, her upper body molding to his, even through the layers of clothes they wore. When she opened her lips slightly he surged in, taking her mouth and her senses, his hands restlessly roaming up and down her spine. She tasted like all the things forbidden to him now; sunlight and laughter, sweetness and life.
She didn’t try to pull away; rather, she curled her arms around his neck and thrust her fingers into his hair, sifting the short strands, drawing him closer. She leaned back and Jordan followed, tracing her waist with his hands, curving them up to stroke the underside of her full breasts, caressing her form hungrily. He was at breaking point. In another moment he would be inside her, taking what he had missed all these months.
He couldn’t do this. He couldn’t take her again, and then walk away. If he ever allowed himself to make love to her again, he wouldn’t leave her. And he had to leave her; he had to give her back to life.
So he did the only thing he could think of. Still kissing her, listening to her delicious sounds of desire, he entered her mind again and pushed her into sleep.
He couldn’t bear to release her, even when she slumped in his arms. He held her, pressing small kisses to her face and neck until he knew she’d fallen deeply asleep.
It was hard to let her go, knowing he didn’t dare do that again. “It’s for the best,” he said, and stopped to tell her the truth, now she was too deeply asleep to hear him. “Everything I read about vampires and the paranormal blew apart in one night, mon amour. I don’t know who I am any more. Fuck, I don’t know what I am, either. I have all the powers I dreamed of. I can move objects, transport myself in space. I can enter minds, persuade and coerce. But I can’t tell you any of this. If I do, they will kill you. I’m so sorry, Karey. I hope you find the happiness you deserve, the happiness I wanted to give you once. I still love you. I’ll always love you.”

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December News

A big month for me. Not only is it one of my favourite months of the year, it’s the month the second Nightstar book comes out. I really am excited about this series. I mean, every release leaves me checking the websites with an “Is this really me?” kind of wonderment, but the books about the music world have a special place in my heart. Music means a lot to me, and I usually write to a soundtrack.
Although Jace, the hero of “Born on the Bayou” is a badass half-French, half Louisiana guitarist, this book reveals that he also has a soft heart.
And I can finally reveal that the book I’m doing for the Clandestine Classics line is – “Tom Jones!” Those of you who enjoy my historical romances know that I’ve featured the Fielding brothers in quite a few books. They are fascinating characters, and I’ve done a fair bit of research into them, because their lives were roller-coaster ones.
Henry Fielding published “Tom Jones” in 1749, the same year another notorious book came out—“Fanny Hill” (yes, both of these titles have longer titles, but most people these days know them by their shorter names). What I hadn’t realised when I said I’d do this book was the length! “Tom Jones” is a bouncy, boisterous read, bursting with life, so it doesn’t seem that long. Except that it is. Since I’m adding to it, we’re splitting it into four parts, easier to put on ereaders and to navigate, as well as the print version being less heavy on the purse. Eight hundred pages long, this book, but it was an absolute delight. I found it a serious challenge getting into Fielding’s style. The thing about Clandestine Classics is that the modern author isn't allowed to change one word of the original. The rumpy-pumpy has to be added as seamlessly as possible. It’s very hard to do, but I do hope I did the original at least a little justice. I chose the book because it invites this treatment, and I’m not sure that Fielding might have added the naughty bits and taken them out later—there are so many scenes that seem to indicate that.
The first part of “Tom Jones” is due out in January. “Born on the Bayou” is out on December 7th.
I’m also planning to put the books already on Kindle on other platforms, so those of you with Kobos and Nooks can get them, too.
And can I say thank you and “goodnight sweetheart” to Angelo, who graces the cover of “Born on the Bayou.”

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!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why vampires and do they have to be naked?

Welcome to awesome author Tracy Kitts today! Tracy writes the most amazing stories, and she wants to tell you about a new one coming our way!

 A lot of people (relatives in particular) have asked me why I write so much about vampires. I write werewolves too, but vamps seem to draw the most attention. At least, it gets the most questions. The truth is, I write what I like. When I was in school I read every book that had anything to do with vampires. Anything I could get my hands on that had vampires in it, I read it so thoroughly it could be considered studying. I also wrote a few short and semi-erotic stories about werewolves just for fun. Of course, they weren’t up to par with what is considered erotica now, but it was pretty sexy to me and my friends.
I always knew that I wanted to write professionally some day. It wasn’t something that just came to me out of the blue or something I did on a whim. Everything I have ever done in my life I have viewed as “good writing material.” I knew that each experience, whether it was a job or a relationship that went wrong, would somehow end up in my books. In the case of bad relationships, it could be considered therapy. Ha. Ha. Of course, names have been changed to protect the guilty, but there are a few of those along the way.
Since I always knew I wanted to write and I have always been drawn to vampires, it seemed only logical to me that’s what I’d write about. The other question I get even more often than, “Why vampires?” is “Why sex?”
The short answer: Why not?
Now, for something more in depth:  I love science fiction, but find it grossly lacking in sex. Ha. Seriously, I enjoy a good story but what I also enjoy is a good romance. I used to read the really old romances, the ones you could find at garage sales and such. So, they were really outdated and for my tastes, too … sweet. I wanted a heroine who could kick ass and take names. I wanted someone I could identify with. Someone who wasn’t “pure as the driven snow,” and all that crap. I wanted someone real.
Of course, I also wanted a hero who was sexy beyond imagination. I don’t want the guy next door. Let’s face it, unless Hugh Jackman lives next door, none of us are really interested in normal guys, are we?
I also have a deep love of fantasy. So, you take all that, mix it together (shaken, not stirred) and you get paranormal romance. Paranormal romance is really an adventure for women. We just happen to find romance to be part of the adventure.
I write what I like to read. Why would I try to sell something to someone if I didn’t even like it myself? That’s ridiculous. I love vampires and if we get them alone in the story, someone better tell me what they look like naked! I don’t know about you, but I’d feel cheated otherwise. Of course, I’m okay with waiting for such a moment (like in the case of a series, which I enjoy writing). But once we get there, I want details. Ha. Ha.
The last and probably best answer I could give is this: Writing is wish fulfillment and so is reading. Who hasn’t fantasized about living forever with some gorgeous hunk? Tall, dark and immortal sounds pretty darn good to me. To never grow old, never get sick and die. And let us not forget, eternal love. I think these are all pretty strong fantasies that most people can identify with, even if they don’t get into the whole, “Bite me,” thing.
Unfortunately, in the area where I live most people just see it as macabre. For the rest of the fang baitout there (like myself), please check out my latest release. LOL For everyone else, I do hope we can move beyond that some day.

My latest release is Bitten and it’s available at Amazon.


Sandra Ashton is a witch who suddenly finds herself dating three vampires. So, what do you do when you’ve got three immortal beings professing their undying or is that undead love for you? You agree to what they like to call, “joint custody.”

WARNING: This book contains graphic language, violence, and lots of sex.

This book was previously published. It has since been revised, re-edited, and expanded.


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