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Saturday, January 24, 2015

My Journey 2015 – Depression & Dreams

Maybe because in January I try to take the time to look back over my life, count the blessing and build hope for the future, or maybe because I spent last night chatting with an old friend I hadn’t seen in forever, or possibly because semi-sleepless nights while my husband is in Poland have given me too much time to think, whatever the case may be, I was inspired to update my story, how I got to be where I am, who I am, what I’ve been through. The beginning has been posted before, but I’ve now so much more to add to that original post. My husband and I have spent a lot of time lately talking about all we’ve been given. This isn’t to brag, as anyone that knows me knows I’m not like that. It is meant to inspire, I hope.  I may not have it all, but in choosing to be grateful for every gift of family, friends, career, and yes, even depression as you will see if you read on, I have everything I need and am rich beyond my wildest dreams. Been feeling on top of the world lately, and I want to pass on the positive energy to everyone I touch, virtually or in person. So, here goes…

Being blatantly honest here, I grew up with my nose stuck in a book and what they’re now calling a depressive personality.  I was determined that I’d never get married, would be an English Teacher/Writer, and I always saw the glass as half empty. Well, life started laughing at me about the end of college.  During student teaching, I met my husband and became a believer in love at first sight! Of course, in true English Teacher fashion, of which we both were, we wrote letters for almost eleven months before even going out on our first date.

From there, life became a whirlwind.  October 1994 – First Date, February 1995 – Engagement, August – Wedding, March – Pregnant and on Bed Rest, November – Eight Pound Preemie. Quite a year!  Two years later, my second high-risk pregnancy ended that with another eight pound Preemie, and thus begun my battles with diabetes and severe depression among other things. My road to healing, which still continues today, is long and varied.  Often even, two steps back for every step forward. During the worst years of my depression, I read a lot of self-help books, studied quantum physics and even became a certified Feng Shui practitioner. 

In all of my desperate searching, I found that I held a lot of the power to obtain the happiness and the success that I wanted. I don’t say all because if you’ve ever experienced a depression at the hands of your brain that doesn’t make enough of this or that chemical, then you know that some days no amount of positive thinking will change things. I don’t say this to bring anyone down or be a pessimist, in fact, it is the exact opposite. For me accepting that as fact went a long way to accepting and loving me for me, flaws and all, as well as helping to still find the good even in a poor situation. I count the blessings I have had due to the depression, and I believe that a lot of my writing benefits, is born of it.

During that time I was also blessed to become a stay-at-home mother. And, as I look back on that decade or so when my boys were little, I realize what a blessing it was to get to have so much time with them, to have gathered so many memories. While I miss their childhood days, I don't feel like I missed them. It makes a huge difference as that empty nest stage keeps taunting me with coming soon.

On our ten year anniversary, my husband and I read those letters we’d sent each other after college. I’d written a lot about my writing in them and realized I’d not written in over a decade. My husband encouraged me to get back into it. Then, he went on a two week trip to Israel.  One phone call with an explosion in the distance, and I didn’t sleep well, not much anyway, for the next two weeks he was there.  At the time, my husband had given me a book of writing exercises to spark creativity. I’d been poking around on the internet looking at different publishing houses, and I read a call for a short story series called Celtic Love Knots with Whiskey Creek Press. Being Irish, my maiden name, Quinn, I let my mind wonder. Wicca had always fascinated me, so I started to research it. Plus, I'd had a few of those unexplained instances, that even now with research, I'm not sure I believe myself some days, or maybe I just don't want to, but all of that lead me to writing paranormal fiction. Long story getting shorter, I promise, the two stories I wrote for that series both got contracted. Commence second whirlwind in my life.  That was November 2007.

Now, here in 2015, my days are getting my youngest, now 15, off to school; homeschooling my oldest son, who is 18, due to medical conditions that took him out of brick and mortar schools, yes a whole other story and of itself; and then writing and promo; dinner; and whatever small amount of housework I can get away with before indulging in some family time or reading or watching TV or knitting for the night. There are the occasional nights where I’m completely absorbed with a story and stay up most of the night writing.  Of course, life doesn’t like to play be schedules either, so I am learning to roll with the punches these days.

Each of my stories are like little trophies to me, and they mark parts of my life, putting a part of me into each one of them, some big and some small. So, indulge me here to share about my writing process, and the ones that have come to mean so much to me and why. They come to me in so many different ways. For example, sometimes in research, something I’ve read, inspires the plot, and that has led to a whole slew of stories about witches.  Other times I come up with plot after hearing about a situation that bothers me, and I find it cathartic to write a story with a similar situation but a happy ending. I wrote my novella Rituals that way. Of course then there are the times when my writing is just an escape, pure fun, where I can let my imagination run wild. Like with The Witch’s Beast, a Twisted Fairy Tale, one of my first stories, which retells the Beauty and the Beast entirely from the witch’s point of view. It was written more to settle a score with the Grimm Brothers because even as a kid, I didn’t think it fair that the witch who started the whole tale only got one line in the story.  Sorry, a tangent that could not be stopped. I’ve even been challenged by publishers to write certain types of stories. My first ever trilogy, At War in the Willows came about that way. While I’ve written primarily paranormal, erotic romances for wonderful publishing houses like Excessica Publishing and Naughty Nights Press, I’ve recently, even self-published a few mainstream, paranormal tales.

Of all of them, though, I do have a few stories that were more personal to me, and served as challenges outside my typical genre. One was writing my novella, 
The Sorcerer's Songs. I wrote The Sorcerer’s Songs using my husband's song lyrics to create the plot. It was a lot of fun to write, and a great writing exercise! I think I was so inspired by his music that the story practically wrote itself.  The Senior Editor who accepted the story wrote these wonderful words about it: "I also want to note that you write about magick with a heart and understanding that's pretty rare.  There's a ritual feel to the music performance in your story." To listen to a medley of three of the songs included in the story, sung by my husband, go to 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6t6LbuBZ0E Sorry, can’t help but to brag brag the guy. In the video, the panoramic is of the small town I grew up in, Martin's Ferry, Ohio, taken by a friend from back home, Missie Tong, who has helped me out with her amazing photography a few times in my career.  And, the guy with the guitar is my husband, Steven Howell. I am just so excited, and so grateful to him for letting me use his music!

My other fun, and more personal writing project was my children's picture book, What is a Witch Afraid Of?, where each image in the book are pictures I took of my dogs in costumes. The book deals with children's fears, and includes a parent's note about why dealing with them in the right ways is so important to creativity and thus compassion. To me right now, both of my dogs now gone, it is an amazing tribute to their selfless lives. 

Even now, when depression mostly losses to my new positive outlook on life, I’m still oversensitive to others emotions.  I still struggle with the realities of life and watching the effects they have on my children, for a big example.  But, I have an outlet, a healthy escape.  I truly believe, with all my heart, that everyone needs one.  I may have already known mine, but I lost it for a time, and had to re-discover it.  Whether buried or hidden, you have one too. I’ve now written over fifty different stories of various lengths about vampires, demons, witches, ghosts and shape shifters, etc in historical and contemporary settings, and so on, thanks to my escape.  They appear in anthologies, ebooks and trade paperbacks.  So, I believe that if I can, anyone can obtain their dreams. For me, a big part of that journey back to happiness, back to me, was pursuing my dream of being an author, and I believe it makes me a more complete person, who can then be a better wife, a better mother, and a better friend. I pray if nothing else, I’ve taught my sons that any dream can be obtained if you work for it, and that sacrifice is a big part of it.

“A destiny unfulfilled is an affront against the universe.”
~Anonymous Greek Philosopher

At this point, as far as my publishing dreams go, so many things have happened. In May, 2011, I was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for my historical novel, 
Torn Asunder. This novel holds another huge highlight in my career right on its cover. NY Times Bestselling author, Hannah Howell, did the cover quote for me. FYI: we are not related. Long before I took the name Howell, she was one of the first paranormal romance authors I’d ever read. To have her have read and liked my novel, well it leaves me rather star struck to think about it. The quote reads, "Kiki Howell spins a wonderful tale of passion, magic, betrayal, and a love that conquers all. Enjoy."  Can’t explain how my heart flutters still when I read that. I've also had three flash fiction stories win writing contests. In the fall of 2013, my novel, Hidden Salem, one also very personal to me, and thus my hardest to date to write, in that it meshes real life and fiction in relation to those unexplained events I mentioned earlier, made the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers Lists in Paranormal, Suspense and Ghosts; and in the fall of 2014, my Irish set novel. What Lies Within Us, made the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers Lists in Gothic Fiction and Occult Horror. So, the dreams coming true continue.

Going into this year, I’m very excited to be a part of the very first Erotic Romance StoryBundle with authors like Selena Kitt, Sommer Marsden, Alison Tyler and Skye Warren. I’ve also gotten other good news that I can’t wait to share, huge things happening this year already, and I working as a ghost writer as well, building that college fund and help you out as you go off on your own fund. As well, I’m grateful to finally see my dream of editing an anthology come true. With the help of family and friends, as well as many authors, We Go On, a Charity Anthology for Veterans, will be published on my father’s birthday, March 9, 2015.

I know this was long, so if you got to this point, I thank you kindly. I find it healing to see where I have come from and re-evaluate where I’m going, something I learned from celebrating The High Holy Days with my husband. If I’ve encouraged anyone, to keep going after their dreams, regardless, then I’ve done my job. There is so much more I could go on about, and I’m just so grateful for all that has happened to me. Gratefulness, Hope, Having Dreams, I find these things so important to life. And, even sad I can be on top of the world, if that makes any sense at all. I am well aware of how blessed I am!
Kiki 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Smut Luton 7th March 2015


The Hat factory, Luton will host the first smut event of 2015 sponsored by House of Erotica. Smut Events are fun, safe, inclusive days out when erotica & erotic romance readers and writers get together to socialize, exchange ideas and inspire one another.
The theme for Luton is Kinkification. We’ll be adding a little kink to your life with some great workshops, demonstrations and performances. Not to mention the book stall where you can pick up some sexy reading material and the erotic raffle where you’ll be able to win prizes from Segzi.co.uk and a special something from Smut UK.
Charlie J Forrest will be showing off some rope tricks and answering your questions on getting your lover all tied up, Zak Jane Keir will be talking about taking your hobbies and giving them a naughty spin for your erotic writing and sexy play and Victoria Blisse will be exploring all the senses and how they can heighten your sexual arousal on the page and in the bedroom.
We’ve got readings from Lucy Felthouse, Jennifer Denys, Charlotte Howard, Bella Settara, Charlie J Forrest, Meg Philip, Anna Sky, Cara Sutra and Victoria Blisse that are sure to tempt and tease.
Pick up your tickets at Smutluton.co.uk and join the facebook event to keep up with all the event news.







Sunday, January 18, 2015

Release Party for Once Bitten Twice Shy (Book Two of Wolf Smitten)





So you’ve read The Wolf In The Neighborhood, right? Oh, you haven’t? Well you’re in luck. It’s only 99c for the entire month! But you have been desperately waiting for Once Bitten Twice Shy, right? Well then, you’re in luck, as it’s release day! Once Bitten Twice Shy is now available at all good ebook distributors, but the best place to get it is directly from Naughty Nights Press. Not only can you get it in the format you need for your e-reader, but it also means that a third party isn’t taking hard earned money from the authors. It’s the second best way to support your favourite authors, after leaving reviews and spreading the word to friends and family. They’re tied for the absolute best way.

For those who are wondering what Once Bitten Twice Shy is about, here’s a little taste…
Blurb: In the days following their kidnapping, Krissy and Derek’s rest comes to an abrupt end with one phone call. Derek’s ex-girlfriend has just arrived from England, and she wants her man back.

Aubree is not a woman who gives up easily, and it doesn’t take long for her to play dirty. The tables are turned, however, when the wolf takes offense.

Can Derek stop his canine self from hurting his former flame?
Who is the mysterious stranger on his way to Derek’s apartment?
Will Krissy and Derek ever get to lead a normal life?

Excerpt:
Thankful the blinds were up today, he had a good view up the street and noticed a tall
businesswoman who looked incredibly attractive. A few moments later, as she came closer, he realized it was Krissy. Without thinking, he smiled in pure delight He managed to resist the urge to wave, though, as he wanted Krissy’s appearance kept from Aubree until she was right with them.
“Ahem.” A little cough at his side announced Darla’s return, and she placed the plates on the table, along with a little pot of whipped cream. Derek noticed the look of daggers she gave Aubree as she straightened up and walked back toward the counter, only to bump into Krissy, who had just entered the small diner.
About time, I was about to send a search party, Derek joked across the link. Now that he knew they had such a connection, he planned on using it as much as he could. A sarcastic tilt of her head had him chuckle.
“What is so funny,” Aubree asked as she tucked into her slice of pie.
“Oh, just thinking,” Derek replied.
“Of what?” she demanded.
“Of me,” came Krissy’s voice from over Aubree’s shoulder. “Good morning, darling.” She beamed at Derek as he slid across to give her room next to him. They greeted each other with a tender kiss, slightly longer than necessary.
Pulling out of the kiss, the couple looked across the table at the intruder, who was fuming mad and it showed clearly on her red-suffused face.
“Jealousy is not a good look on you, honey,” Krissy contritely quipped, gently smiling at the woman who thought herself a competitor.
For the third time in only a few minutes Darla returned to the table with the coffee pot, a clean mug, and another plate of pie for Krissy. “Oh, thank you! Just what the doctor ordered.”
Derek silently applauded Krissy’s composure in the face of Aubree’s clear fury. “The pie is especially good today, sweetheart,” he told Krissy, winking at the pleasure on Darla’s face. Turning to Aubree he decided to make the introductions, however obvious and pointless they may be. “So, my dear, here is my former lover from England, Aubree. You know the one who stomped on my heart when it was in need of some comfort. Aubree, this is Krissy, the woman who is currently giving my heart all the tender loving care it needs, and then some.” Wrapping his arm around Krissy’s shoulders, he sighed with content.
Are you sure it’s wise to provoke her like this? Krissy asked, clearly unsure of Aubree’s reaction.
Sweetheart, if she tries anything, the wolf would strongly object. I’m not saying I would let him loose on the woman, but I’d let him show his teeth. Her chuckle was his reward and the animal howled again with delight.

There is a Facebook event happening over this whole weekend to celebrate the release of Once Bitten Twice Shy. There are author take overs, giveaways and two grand prizes up for grabs. Just head on over here and join in the fun!

About the Author: Phoenix Johnson is an Australian author who has always had the passion for the written word. She had her nose in at least one book ever since she could read and would even scrutinize the back of the cereal box every morning at breakfast. It was only natural she take up writing.
Phoenix had her first novella published in Januray 2013 as well as multiple works in progress, and her favourite writing genres are the same as her reading genres; erotica, romance, paranormal, thriller and a combination of these.
She currently lives in a small rural town west of Ipswich, Queensland, with her partner, their daughter, cats named Flash and Sirius, and their red cattle dog x named Rusty.

Important Links:

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Gentleman by Angelica Dawson

Harrold lives an empty life. He has no joy in his marriage, no love of his work. His only reprieve is found at the hands of the whores, the ones he pays to beat and debase him. Upon being accepted into Blue Moon House, he learns the real cost for his desires, and what underlying need is really aching to be filled.
In the third installment of her Blue Moon House series, Angelica continues to push her characters outside their comfort zones and gets right to the heart of their needs. You can find Gentleman at Naughty Nights Press, AllRomanceEbooks and Amazon. For the month of January, you can also pick up the original Blue Moon House for only $0.99.

Angelica Dawson is the author of Blue Moon House, which has been in the top ten best-selling titles at Naughty Nights Press for over six months. She has also written two short stories, “The Highest Bidder” and “Leave Taking” which were each included in anthologies.
She contributes flash fiction to several blogging collectives and excerpts from work in progress can also be found on her blog. She is active on Facebook and Twitter.
She has been writing for several years and having sex a lot longer than that. Angelica is a wife, mother and environmental consultant. Her love of plants and the outdoors is not diminished by the bloodsucking hoards – mosquitoes and black flies, not vampires.

Here is an excerpt from Gentleman. Let Angelica know what you think by leaving a comment and entering a draw for a free copy.

“I will not stop when you cry out. I will not stop when you scream. When the pain makes you see red, cry your own name, not mine. Only then will I stop.”
Harrold pulled off his shirt, surprised, but at the same time glad to hear it. “I understand.”
“Are you looking forward to it?” she asked, moving to the wardrobe.
Harrold unfastened his trousers, sighing in relief when his erection was freed. “Hungry,” he answered, turning toward her. She held a riding crop, a replica of the one Virgil used when driving their carriage.
“On your hands and knees.”
“Yes, madam.” He knelt at her feet, exhaling on her skin before putting his hands out in front of him.
Lynn's toes, clear in front of him, moved. The crop landed on his bare ass. Harrold gritted his teeth against the pain. Lynn's hand ran behind his dangling balls, massaging them. She let go a moment before the crop landed on his other cheek. If he weren't on his knees, they would have folded. He clenched his jaw against the urge to cry out. Lynn's fingers traced the crease between his inflamed cheeks, resulting in an unfamiliar tingling.
Crack. Harrold screamed at the unexpected pain erupting over his ass. His cock throbbed and Lynn took hold of it, stroking him slowly. Harry's entire body shook, his elbows threatening to drop him on his face. Lynn stopped stroking, holding him until he stilled. When he did, she used the crop once more.
Harry fell flat to the floor, screaming at the pain. Lynn gripped his hair and pulled his head back. “Do you see red?” she asked.
Breaking out in a sweat, he pushed himself up. “No, madam.” He gasped for breath, his bottom aching and burning at the same time. Every muscle of his body was held taut in anticipation of pain.
The leather of the crop tapped his cheek, the smell making him wild. His hips rocked, seeking release.
“Good boy,” Lynn murmured
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Announcement - Rebecca Hamilton's Come the Dark

Coula Killed Me

Thanks for stopping by to view this quick announcement on Rebecca Hamilton's latest release, COME, THE DARK, book 2 in the Forever Girl series. Although this book is the second in the series, it is a complete standalone following a completely new set of characters. And you can grab your copy today for only $0.99! Still apprehensive about reading the second book in a series? Well, you can grab the prequel, HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL, off kindle--Always Free--and on January 9th, THE FOREVER GIRL will be free also, for the first time ever! Worried you might forget the date? Join the mailing list using the option on the Rafflecopter below and you'll receive a reminder on January 9th to download your free copy anytime between January 9th and 13th!
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COME, THE DARK

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

Come, the Dark 2

Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.
The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.
Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.
A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.
TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.
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THE FOREVER GIRL

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton
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At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.
Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous. One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him. The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.
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About the Author

Becca

Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

HUGE Naughty Nights Press 99 Cent Amazon Kindle Book Sale

You MUST see this HUGE 99 cents sale on Amazon Kindle!


Top Of The Class (Naughty Hot Shots) by J.S. Morbius

Have you ever had a teacher so hot you just couldn’t concentrate on the work? Were you in need of some “special” after-class instruction and discipline, perhaps?

Julian’s grades used to be at the top of the class in Psychology, but the new lecturer was the most distracting teacher he had ever encountered. Instead of concentrating on his studies, Julian spent his time in her class dreaming of all the things he wished he could do with her.

Ms. Hamilton knew why Julian’s work had slumped, and keeping him back after class she dished out her special brand of punishment, designed to teach him more than just a Psychology lesson.

Only, Ms. Hamilton was hiding a secret; a secret she knew she had to reveal. She just didn’t have a clue how Julian would react.

What is Ms. Hamilton’s secret? Will Julian’s grades improve?
Find out, as Julian begins a journey that reveals as much about him, as it does the beautiful, yet mysterious, Ms. Hamilton.


Reunited At A Reunion (Naughty Hot Shots) by J.S. Morbius

Going to a college reunion, Victor Pierce, a self-made businessman, is looking forward to seeing how his fellow classmates got on in life since they left. What he wasn’t expecting was to run into Ian Kraemer, the male he lost his virginity to, and the very man he had thought about almost every day since they lost contact.

What happens when the two men meet? Can they find what they once had? Or has their passion for each other long gone?


The Girl In The Red Bikini by J.S. Morbius

Single and new to the neighborhood, Michael had yet to meet any of his new neighbors. When he saw one for the first time, he received a shock. Living next door was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
The only problem was, she wasn’t just a woman. She was a transsexual woman.

Though he considered himself to be one hundred percent straight, Michael found himself falling for her more and more each time he saw her.
With the help of Jazz’s friends, Michael embarks on a relationship, which teaches him Jazz is what he truly wants, no longer caring she’s a transsexual.

Overcoming his fear of the unknown, Michael journeys through self-discovery, pushing boundaries, and ultimately finding true love.


Addicted To Charlie by J.S. Morbius

Karl meets and begins to date Charlie, a pre-op transsexual woman.

Never having been gay in his life, Karl journeys through confusion and lust, experiencing the delights of transsexual sex along the way, before realizing Charlie is the perfect woman for him.


For The Love Of Leon by J.S. Morbius

Leon wanted the same thing everyone else wants: a loving relationship lasting beyond a few weeks. All he’d ever been able to find, however, was a few weeks hot on sex, but cold on romance. The day he walks into the local pub and sees a newcomer sitting by the window, he hopes his luck is about to change.

As he and Simon spend time together, Leon realizes not everything is as perfect as he’d thought it would be. Experiencing love also means experiencing the ups and downs of a new relationship.

When Simon tells Leon they need to talk, Leon is forced to wonder...is he going to be unlucky in love, yet again?


Whisper On A Scream: A Paranormal Werewolf Fantasy (The Sugar & Spice Series Book 1) by Cree Walker

What would you do if you were separated from your life mate and you knew it was literally killing you both?
Would you fight against all odds, possibly to the death, to return to their side?

Werewolves –like their natural counterpart, the wolves– breed for life; and if there is no mate, there is no life. A prolonged separation between mates can kill them more efficiently than any bullet ever could.

The werewolves are dying. Years of war between the Born werewolves and bitten, along with a lack of healthy bloodlines, has taken its toll on the race, and if something isn't done soon, they will all be gone within the next fifty years. They are a strong breed, but have one major weakness that will probably end them all.

The Council are playing with fire when they use this very weakness against Sugar Lubec, the Born daughter of two bitten parents, to carry the offspring of Alpha Jack Coon. He is the leader of the largest werewolf pack in North America.

Ending the war between the two groups is the only thing that can save the werewolves and bring Jack and Sugar together. Can they do it before they end up paying the ultimate price for their long separation? Or, will that price be the only thing that can end the war?


Taming The Cougar (Naughty Hot Shots) by Cree Walker

Warning: This story has one hot-to-trot Cougar lady chasing a sizzling piece of man meat and when she catches him there’s sure to be biting involved. But wait, is the Predator about to become the Prey?
Oh boy! Watch out ladies, because now the Cub is on the prowl!

Lynn is a thirty-something, single woman who has just inherited her great aunt’s crumbling old Victorian. Lynn has a lot of work to do before the old place is ready to be called a bed and breakfast and her eyes are on the prize.

Unfortunately, her eyes are also firmly glued to the posterior of her twenty-one year old foundation expert, John Dillard. She finds herself drawn to the younger man like a moth to a flame. Lynn decides that if she is a cougar, she isn’t a very good one, but John has other plans and they involve a little game of chase.


Mystical Mayhem by Kiki Howell

When rogue shifters capture Aiyanna, a Native American Indian with a dragon spirit, she finds herself tied to the wall of a cave, about to be the sacrifice in their twisted sex ritual. Their intention is to conceive another chimera, the legendary paranormal superman of Alaska. What the group didn’t plan for, is the real chimera, Xander, coming to their sacrifice’s rescue.

Once in his cave, as Xander cares for Aiyanna’s wounds and shares a little of his rough life, the two find they are life mates. The next step in their lives should be clear. Instead, in this world gone mad, where paranormal creatures, which once lived secretly on the fringes of society, are currently joining together for evil purposes, indecision reigns.

As lines are drawn, war ensues, and personal struggles mount. Xander is called to join a Special Activities Division of the CIA. Decisions must be made even as the mystical mayhem continues around them.


Working Out The Kinks by Kiki Howell

Can an unconventional sex life a couple experimented with before their breakup, be the one thing that might just spark life back into their relationship after months of being apart?

Can a sex magick ritual combined with this BDSM lifestyle help a man win back the woman he loves?

Can he earn back her trust by putting her in a situation where she has to trust him with her safety and emotional well-being?

Making an appointment with his ex-girlfriend under a fake name, David buys himself one hour to get her attention. Hoping to apologize and remind her of their time together, he intends to do whatever he has to in order to make Meredith, a practicing Wiccan, forgive him for being idiot enough to have listened to those around him and choosing his political aspirations over love.

Meredith is resistant to let David anywhere near her heart again. Desperate, David plays all his trump cards and suggests a sexual magick ritual that incorporates the BDSM lifestyle he and Meredith used to experiment with. The methods he uses may be unconventional, like sensory deprivation and sensation play intended to build trust and to achieve altered states of consciousness. David is more than willing to do whatever it takes if he can just get Meredith to agree.


Snowed In! Winter Storm by Kiki Howell
Top advertising executive, Rachel, is on a roll until hot and sexy Aaron shows up and gives her more than just a run for her campaign budget.

Over the course of the last few months, their work relationship has gone from helpful friends to downright mortal enemies. In a game of one-upmanship, the battles are on from work proposals to their personal lives. Of course, Aaron has a reputation of being a ladies man around their all-male office, and Rachael wouldn't dare touch him…except in her wildest dreams.

A terrible winter storm is upon them, and through an unlucky chain of events she finds herself in the arms of Aaron, her most hated and heated adversary.
When the lights go off…the heat turns up!


Love, Creativity & Magick - A Steampunk, Valentine's Day Tale by Kiki Howell

All acts of magick take on shades of grey in the end. Especially for Emma, one of four females witches, who, by birthright, belongs in the social circles of the privileged, upper ten thousand in London. Yet, by rumor of the unknown and the misunderstood, she stands apart, cut by her peers along with her cousins, because they hold a secret – each is gifted with magick.

Their elders taught them respect for their powers, even when mixed with a spanking amount of fanciful mischief. On the other hand, if a lesson were warranted, then white verses black magick could be hard to define. Nowhere was the color of steam more evident than in the matters of justice, a slippery term to define.

Yet, the women had made breaking the laws of society their mission. Most of their nights at parties and balls were spent creating a magickal comedy of errors, helping the uptight aristocracy side step their fastidious standards.

Only, this year, just days before Valentine’s Day –a damnable day for women without suitors– Emma is not quite sure what is happening to her. Something dark and seductive, something not of this world, is luring her, possessing her, and she has no comprehension of what, or who, the presence really is.

When he does finally show his face, and she feels him to be a nightwalker, she must fear not only the threat he poses to her blood and to the energy or magick he can suck from her, but also the danger he poses to her heart. After all of these days feeling him, wanting him, she has to wonder if her feelings are just a matter of his compulsion, if she is under this vampire's own form of magick.

To complicate matters further, the vampire’s propositions are as exciting as they are scandalous. He plans to teach her how to power her magick with the overabundance of sexual energy she bears. But, he remains elusive about how he knows such things.

There is the added attraction that this vampire was a failed inventor in life, one with a basement full of contraptions she finds she can power through the use of her sexual energy. Valentine’s Day seems like it could be all kinds of fun this year.

Yet, in these days of social unrest and out of control creativity, what is a witch to do with a vampire? When Valentine’s Day rolls around, and a secret is revealed, what will be left for her?


The Girl Next Door (Naughty Hot Shots) by Abby Hayes

What woman could say no to two, sexy as hell, bisexual and experimental men asking her to join them?
What happens when they want her to dominate them both in their new sexual games?

Having run from vicious rumors her ex spread about their deviant sex life back home, when Mandy moves into her new apartment she is surprised to quickly and easily strike up a conversation with the man next door.

She is even more surprised, though, to learn Mike and his roommate, Kyle, have been experimenting with their own sexuality, and want her to join in on the fun and games.

When given the opportunity to play the dominant in their sexual games, should she take the golden opportunity or just walk away?


Dream Job? by Abby Hayes

Kim was tired of still working non-field-related jobs, three years after getting her B.A. in Film and Digital Media. After a bad break up, she talks herself into doing something about it and applies for a job in the adult film industry.

Thinking she's made a big mistake –looking at the cheesy posters on the walls while waiting for her interview– she comes close to leaving, taking another cashier job. However, when she catches a glimpse of her boss-to-be and his disheveled dusty blond hair, chocolate-brown eyes, and tight, white t-shirt showing ripped abs above taut-fitting, torn-at-the-thigh jeans, she is more than intrigued.

Now, between her sexy-as-hell boss man, David, and filming a ménage shoot, Kim is having feelings and thoughts she never dreamed she would. She begins to realize this just might be her dream job after all.


Seeing Red - A Valentine's Day Story by Abby Hayes

Three years ago when Shannon Murphy opened her bar, Rage on the Water, on the west bank of Cleveland, her boyfriend –a guy she thought she would spend the rest of her life with– dumped her on Valentine’s Day. Never a big fan of the holiday before the breakup, she now loathes it.

Having gone through a bit of a wild phase these past three years, she has given up dating altogether. Instead, she’s been exploring her wilder side, where her kinks and wanton interests will prevail.

This year on Valentine’s Day, a conversation with her long-time guy friend, Mark, lands her in a situation beyond any she has experienced before. Mark wants to change the way things have been between them, take the “friends with benefits” sex to the next level, but Shannon shares none of his feelings on the matter. Or, so she tells herself.

While ignoring Mark’s changing intentions toward her, she’s more than a bit excited to play dominatrix and spank a few asses.

Tonight Shannon, staring as Ms. Shan, has four bodies to play with. She goes with each whim of her body and mind. But, will they expose her? Will she still be able to play her role well? Or, will she give in to all that scares her?

With bodies exposed, asses red, it is truly her heart on the line…


Costumes and Dungeons: A Halloween Tale of Naughty BDSM and Erotic Role Play by Abby Hayes

As Christy gets ready for her once a year, letting go, night out with her friends, she vows to show them all just how wild she can be. Clad in a skimpy vampire costume this Halloween, her friends Laurie and Missy take her to a big party in a mansion across town.

But, after a small mishap leaves her covered in wine, a man dressed as a vampire, the homeowners' son, leads her downstairs with the promise of getting cleaned up.

But, the downstairs is more a bachelor pad, and Christopher is very direct in proposing a night in what he calls his 'dungeon'. And, things are not always as they seem…


Finding Paradise by Abby Hayes

Days before her high school reunion, Kelly reconnects on Facebook with childhood friend, Nevaeh—a woman who, rumor has it, has lived a life straight out of some erotic novel. And, Kelly has a lot of erotica on her ereader! Ménages, slave fantasies, strangers and BDSM are all included in the stories Nevaeh has to share.

This sexy, world traveler incites Kelly to forge a friendship unlike any she’s ever had before. She never knew a shopping trip could be so educational, especially in an adult store. With her head spinning and her panties damp, Kelly embarks on a crusade to re-ignite the passion her and her husband, Nate, once had with a few new toys and other surprises. When he surprises her by being a more than willing participant, she decides to test a few boundaries, push a few limits...

Kelly becomes determined to find out if her old neighbor is right, if paradise can be found within your own four walls with the man you married. But, what happens when Kelly’s husband finds out about all of her time spent with Nevaeh? What will happen when Nevaeh’s husband, Hayden, comes into town for the reunion? Will her marriage be in trouble, or will things go further than Kelly ever dreamed they could go?


The Fights Of Summer by Abby Hayes

I highly recommend this book!
The Fights of Summer by Abby Hayes is a scorching hot erotic story about three guys trying to make a challenging relationship work.
This story, even though it’s short, has action, drama, suspense, heated passion, and even tender romance. This is the first story that I have read by Abby Hayes but I am definitely a fan now. I will be looking for more of her books after reading this one.
---Michelle, Romance In Review

James, Carl, and Dane live together under the guise of being just roommates and nothing more. But, even as roommates, James doesn't feel he belongs with them, sometimes. Carl and Dane are MMA fighters, two boys pulled off the streets; while James, on the other hand, was raised with what Carl and Dane would refer to as 'middle class normal' - their joke.

James supports the two fighters he loves by attending all of their fights. The brutality of the cage fights is just something he has adjusted to. He doesn't mind it rough at all, though, when one of his lovers wins and comes home all hyped up for sex, which is more like naked wrestling in their apartment.

Their tense situation changes dramatically when Dane is hurt in the cage. James just can't understand why Dane is fighting so hard to get back into the cage where he almost died.

Will James' confusion make him the permanent odd man out? Or, will he eventually learn enough in play to make him understand his lovers' drive to fight?

Blue Moon House by Angelica Dawson

Julia has the chance to become one of the vampires of the Blue Moon House. Before being accepted, however, she must prove herself to each of the vampires, and each has their own exacting cost.

Ranging from lesbian, to being forced, to physical torture, she is pushed to her breaking point time and again. Eventually, her perseverance pays off and she crosses from submissive, to dominant and vampire.


Carnal Desires by Kara Huntington

Tara is an exchange student from India. After her betrothed's request for her hand in marriage, she muscled whatever leverage she could to delay the inevitable. The bargain? To allow her to attend university in the United States in exchange for her virginal self as his bride.

Four years later, Tara not only resents her upcoming nuptials, but is ravenous for a man who has kindled her carnal desires in the worst way. For the first time in her life, Tara considers refusing her family and fiance's control, and taking full advantage of Rati's gift instead. After all, who is she to deny the Hindu Goddess of Love and her gifts of lust, passion, sexual ecstasy, and carnal desire?


Misty In The Middle by Kendel Davi

During her freshman year in college, Misty develops a close friendship with her resident assistant Roger, and his track star girlfriend, Joi. Their support helps Misty navigate the battles with her weight, the challenges of college life, and the new sexual demands from her boyfriend, Andrew.

Roger and Joi share an intimacy that Misty desperately wants. In an attempt to garner that same closeness into her relationship, Misty gives into Andrew’s lascivious demands only to discover his desires have a sordid ulterior motive. Broken but not beaten, Misty leans on Roger and Joi for support and discovers that the three of them harbor sensual desires for one another.

Is Misty in danger of breaking up a solid relationship or will she discover that being loved by two people is better than being confused by one?


No Escape by Shawn Monrowe

A young woman with an axe to grind is forced to live in a sealed up house on a deserted island with a sex-crazed maniac, whom she suspects maybe her ex-husband. The same man she filed a false rape charge against and was assured died in prison.

Is her husband truly alive and how did he fake his death? Will she escape this man who holds her hostage, uses her body for his own personal needs but still forces her to satisfaction every time? Or will she spend the rest of her life in eternal release...


A Voyeuristic Lover (Naughty Hot Shots) by Gemma Parkes

Rosie and Paul have a very unconventional relationship. Paul likes to watch her as she seduces other men to the point of complete sexual release. Seeing her pleasure as she succumbs to the desires she creates in the opposite sex, thrills him.

This kinky delight is a thrill for Rosie too, and she is more than enthusiastic about giving in to her lover’s increasing demands. Ruled by her desire to please and be pleased, Rosie embarks on a night out with a dark, decadent ending and finds herself the main performer in a multiple-partner orgy of lust at Paul’s home.

Just how far will she go to feed her libido and fulfill Paul’s fantasies?
What is the next surprise lying in wait for her when Paul buys something off the Internet?


Domme by Night, Slave By Day by Sherry Tooker

Jade is a big beautiful woman with an amazing talent for being naughty. Being a strong soul, she knows what she likes: to be in control in the bedroom. When her service calls her at night, she lets her Domme loose to play.

Everything she knows, she learned from her Master, Jack. A perfect switch from her night life to becoming a slave to her own dominant man, Jade's daytime rendezvous with Jack turn her from dominant into something more primal, passionate, and intense. No matter how much she likes being in charge, there is just something she can't resist about being Jack's slave.


Caged (Naughty Hot Shots) by May McQueen

Zara has far more thrilling things to do than engage in mundane conversation over drinks with boring co-workers. At Lief’s parties, she is masked, collared, manacled, and chained inside a cage for others to use as they see fit, known to them only as “little bird.” Each visitor brings with him or her a new way of using her body for their own gain. The little bird may remain caged, but what is released is what the guests are really after. Zara believes she knows what to expect, until a certain co-worker surprises her.


The Bare Bottom Resort by Diane Turner

Jake, an unadventurous IT worker, arrives at a luxury resort, unaware it’s an adult fantasy playground where nudity is the dress code, and all normal rules don’t apply. Needless to say, he is surprised at the realization, but he decides to “go with it” and take the opportunity for a real vacation.

Relaxing on the tropical beach, Jake spots a woman wandering along the water’s edge. He watches as other admirers look on, and are rejected by her. For once undeterred, Jake follows her, but things don’t go too well, and he’s left feeling like a confused teenager.

Tired and frustrated, Jake meets up with the outgoing Sandi, who makes it obvious she’s there to enjoy herself, with him. But, even as Jake becomes more involved with the lovely Sandi, he soon begins to realize he wants more than a just a holiday romance with his elusive beach woman. There’s just something about her.

Trouble erupts when Gwen spots him in a compromising situation with Sandi. Jake has to work fast to convince his beach girl, it’s her, and their future, he really wants.

Will Jake capture the woman he’s been chasing all over the island since he arrived? Or, will his heart be broken again before he even gets the chance to tell her how he truly feels?


Taking Turns (Naughty Hot Shots) by Sarah Bella

Warning: This story contains a unique D/s relationship between two consenting adults, featuring bondage play, spanking, domination, and other forms of power play desired by a submissive. BDSM is not for everyone. Please play responsibly.

Natalie has an unconventional relationship with the main man in her life. Once a week, she wears another man’s collar. For the hours they spend together, he owns her –body, mind and soul– and pushes her to every limit she has. He is...her Master.


The Wolf In The Neighborhood (The Wolf Smitten Series Book 1) by Phoenix Johnson

What do you do when your past comes back to haunt you?
Could a dark secret revealed by a new lover be something you could overlook just to have him?
What kind of secrets could you learn to live with for true love?

Krissy has a hunky new neighbor with a dark secret; Derek is a vet with an interesting past. They hit it off quickly but when Krissy’s abusive ex, James comes to town, Derek shows a side Krissy never could have guessed, but James refuses to give up.

Can Derek’s secret save them, or will James have his revenge?


The Return Of Their Master by Phoenix Johnson

Angie and her vampire sisters are happy, making their lives in the modern world after escaping from their abusive Creator, Vitalis. Jake is a mortal man who has fallen hard for Angie, unaware of her secret and just how it affects his own life. Their lives, however, are about to be thrown into chaos. Has Vitalis really found the sisters after all these years, just as Angie finds love?

Preparing to battle for their freedom and the life of their sister, Angie must ready herself. Not only must she take on the father she once loved, but she also must choose between the mortal life she wanted with Jake, or to protect vampires and humans alike from an unknown, ancient threat.

The Return of Their Master is the first taste of a dark world held in check by a covenant Angie believed was a myth. She is the only thing standing between the world of humanity and absolute chaos, but will she sacrifice her chance at a normal life with the man she loves?


Becoming The Master (Naughty Hot Shots) by Tessa Wanton

As a development of the character of Master Charles from ‘The Training of Tess’ series of books, Charles Black recounts the tale of how he turned the corner from living the vanilla lifestyle, and taking the first steps toward being a Dominant Master.

He is away for a two-day conference with his company, and a knock on his hotel room door just before midnight, leads to an unexpected encounter.

Will he be able to maintain self-control in the face of temptation? Will he be able to separate love, sex, and BDSM within his relationships, or will he be destroyed by guilt?

A sensual recounting from the memory of Master Charles expands on his liaisons with Tess in his later life, and perhaps reveals a few more secrets that even Tessa is not aware of. Yet...

Love In An Elevator (Naughty Hot Shots) by Tessa Wanton


Isabella Cavendish works at Canary Wharf, a financial district near the City of London. Her boss, Catherine Triannon, is a stunning distraction from her mundane, every day activities, and she was certainly the embodiment of every man's dreams in her office. She is also Isabella's waking fantasy, yet, hopelessly out of reach.

Then, one day, a little mechanical malfunction gives her the opportunity she's been waiting for.

Will Isabella act on what she yearns for, with every ounce of her being, in the short space of time given to them by the unexpected elevator issue?
Or, is she going to make the biggest mistake of her life...


Spankdown: A Kinky Game Of University Professor Group Domination by Cassandre Dayne

Victoria Miller is a professor at one of the most prestigious schools in the country. She's also the creator of several adult blogs about spanking and BDSM.
Craving a man who can understand her kinky needs, she settles for enjoying her passion through her writing, but still she admires one hot, college student, Drake Myers.
The God-like blond fuels her every night fantasies, but he is completely untouchable.
Or so she believes.

Stumbling upon her blogs by accident, Drake decides to turn up the heat between them. He adores the voluptuous, redheaded vixen, and enlists the help of a college buddy, developing a kinky plan to have her take a tumble with him in bed, and perhaps more.
As he begins sending her secret poems, indulging in her need to be dominated, he is unable to resist her, and one day they enter into a wicked tryst smack in the middle of her office.
The game still yet to be played out, he threatens to expose her secret. And, just as he decides to stop his nefarious rouse, she turns the tables.

Will the lusty professor gain the man of her fantasies? Perhaps, if she plays her cards right, she might just gain a whole lot more than only one night with the handsome hunk!


Phone Sex (Naughty Hot Shots) by Cassandre Dayne

Shannon Denton is a high-powered attorney by day and a phone sex operator at night, fulfilling fantasies for men across the globe. The rush of doing something so sinful in her evenings soothes the fact her daytime clients are generally guilty as charged.

Sadly, she’s alone and lonely, and unable to fulfill her own hidden desires. When the owner of Eden’s Fantasies asks for a favor –requesting a woman become a client– Shannon realizes sex talk is 'just that'.

Allowing the call, there’s something dangerous and alluring about Portia, and against company policy Shannon agrees to meet her. When the electric current sparks between them, Portia is determined to have Shannon succumb to her dark hungers.
Unfortunately, there’s a mysterious secret that could jeopardize their rather kinky adventure and force Shannon to face an ugly realization.


Orally Fixated (Naughty Hot Shots) by Cassandre Dayne

Michael Jordan adored his friends –enough to drag them into a contest he needed to win in order to save his career– and perhaps kick up his love life. While working at the hottest gay magazine in town had its perks, his boss thought of him as far too conservative to write the kinky sex pieces he’d been hired to do. It was too bad his boss had no idea just how dark his cravings really were.

Michael was determined to come up with an entirely new angle and give his sexy gal pal, Autumn, a birthday she’d never forget. After all, she had the hots for a woman and fantasized every night about tasting the vivacious vixen. What better way than have Autumn be the center of attention for a series of articles?

His idea? Host a hot party to study and depict all forms of oral sex and other sinful acts in vivid color. And just when he thought he had everything set in motion – a series of events brings out his inner wild child.

Would his boss see the real man inside and the one who had set his sights on seduction?


Oral Sex (Naughty Hot Shots) by Cassandre Dayne

Trevor Williams was stymied. Enlisted to write a scintillating article for the city’s hottest magazine, Down & Dirty, he wasn’t sure of how to approach the angle. Granted, writing about oral sex seemed to be every man’s fantasy, but his boss wasn’t looking for a vanilla laced version. This one had to sizzle the pages in an effort to garner more subscribers. In truth, his job was on the line.

During a sultry exchange over lunch with his two best friends, they tossed around ideas. And, it didn’t hurt that Bridget was a naughty minx at heart. Too bad Trevor preferred men.

Undaunted, Bridget decided to kick up the heat and remind him just how enjoyable oral sex could be. What a better way than showing versus telling? Her point made, an idea for one kinky party was created, and Trevor finally had his first in a series of articles set to release.

Not to be outdone by her scandalous behavior, Trevor decided to turn the tables and give Bridget her ultimate in fantasies. What he didn’t tell her, was she was going to be the star of the show. Was this taking their friendship too far or would she learn to enjoy oral sex in a whole new light?


Beltane Fires (The Erotic Pagans Series) by Erzabet Bishop

A recent breakup has left Ceri alone on her birthday. Her friends, Alex and Fiona, spirit her away to a Beltane festival guaranteed to light up her night. When everyone at the event seems to be a couple, Ceri ventures out for a walk along a wooded path.

In the darkness, the Forest Lord has come to find his May Queen. He is everything she ever dreamed of in a lover, but is she willing to take the leap?


Samhain Shadows (The Erotic Pagans Series Book 2) by Erzabet Bishop

If you were lost and lonely, where would you look for love and belonging?

Samhain has come too soon for Brigit. Her mother has recently passed and she is feeling lost and isolated in her new role as the owner of Morrigan’s Promise. She is not the witch her mother was no matter what she sets out to do. To top it off, her mother’s cat is ill, and she hasn’t heard from the dreamy Dr. Oliver all day.

Taking a much needed rest, she finds herself awakened by a murder of crows and a vision that will leave Brigit’s world upended.

Will a blessing from The Morrigan help Brigit find her own power?
Does a visit from the sexy Dr. Julia Oliver hold the belonging she seeks?


Yuletide Temptation (The Erotic Pagans Series Book 3) by Erzabet Bishop

Jasmin is rocking the Yuletide season as she oversees the party for Morrigan's Promise with Brigit and Julia. Shane, her old school girl crush is back in town. When she goes to talk with him about decorations for the event, his large dog greets her instead, letting loose some holiday mischief.

When Jasmin realizes that Shane doesn't remember her at all, she refuses his help and leaves. A little intervention from her friends and some Yuletide magic help the lovers connect, only to fall apart again with a heated misunderstanding.

Will Shane accept Jasmin being a witch?
Can Jasmin learn to conquer her fear of dogs?
Will they both give into the passion that will bind them as lovers?


A little mistletoe and a bag of dog biscuits might just seal the deal, helping them give in to Yuletide Temptation.

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