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Meet Elsa from Down The Rabbit Hole by Monica Corwin

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Down the Rabbit Hole 200x300Elsa Waters works long hours running The Rabbit Hole, a coffee shop in the center of town. Her only dreams consist of keeping the business afloat and the sexy police officer who doesn’t even notice her on his daily coffee run.

Officer Harris March tried everything in the book to get Elsa to show some sort of interest in him. Finally a dangerous idea takes root in his mind and he decides to risk it all for the chance to have the woman of his dreams.

On a cold and rainy night two people begin to believe the impossible as their long held fantasies are finally realized.

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I’m really loving our Wonderland Tales for August.  Birthday’s are so much fun anyway, but to have all these special titles just makes it even more wonderful.  Today, I’m really excited to be chatting to Elsa from Down the Rabbit Hole by Monica Corwin and having read that tantalising blurb, I cannot wait to find out what makes her tick!

Hi Elsa and welcome to the Breathless Blog!!  I’d like to start by having you tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

She was sitting in a coffee shop watching the baristas and it seems that I popped into her head. Although I’m not entirely comfortable with the way the story went.

Really?  That’s interesting.  I’m guessing from the glint in your eye that I’ll have to read the story to find out what you mean?  Though so!  Well, how about you tell is what it was that drew you to your mate?

He is gorgeous, so that first drew me. He’s also a cop and I have thing for guys in uniforms.

There’s something about a man in uniform isn’t there?  It’s so sexy.  Dominic suspects I like it because it means that man is used to taking orders… *grin*  I’m not that kinda girl.  Honest!  So, where was the wildest place you seduced your partners?

So far we’ve only been intimate on the couch in my employee lounge.

Well, that certainly sounds steamy!  Is he a boxers, briefs or commando kind of guy?

Thankfully, briefs. I like a little modesty.

I would’ve said boxers were better for modesty, but then, you did say a “little” modesty…. Here’s a good one.  If your partner wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick he can play?

He just has to be in his work clothes. I’d melt for him.

Hmm… I bet he enjoys that!  Is there a special place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

I’m not sure yet but I’m willing to put the work in to find out.

Sounds like a fun research project *grin*  You certainly don’t look perturbed at the thought… What was the most embarrassing thing Monica did to you in Down the Rabbit Hole?

She made me so embarrassed capturing the moment I dropped coffee on him.

Maybe she figured it would make you more relatable?  After all… even I’ve been known to drop a beverage (or two) on a good looking man in my time!  Anything else you would like to add?

I hope everyone likes the story and that I don’t die.

Die??  Oh my, I think I’d better order my copy NOW!!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Catnip and Cauldrons by Autumn Jones Lake

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CatnipandCauldrons_200x300Over the past two years, readers have fallen in love with Autumn’s fantastic paranormal series Catnip and Cauldrons.  Now, fans (old and new) can fall in love with the series all over again as we release books 1, 2 and 3 in a brand new print edition.  You can order your copy here or by clicking on the cover image.

For those of you who haven’t come across her work before, let me introduce Autumn Jones Lake.  She was born and raised in Upstate, New York and in addition to writing, she runs her own business from home. A big fan of horror movies and spooky books, it wasn’t until recently she realized all the tales she writes need to include a hunky hero and a happily ever after.

When she’s not writing, she spends time listening to music, going to concerts, reading, gardening, acting, and collecting nail polish. While those things are fun, Autumn is happiest sitting in front of her computer into the wee hours of the night, weaving stories the characters in her head whisper to her.

She lives in Upstate New York with her husband and their three rescue dogs. She is actively involved with several dog rescue groups and her local RWA chapter.

Visit Autumn at:

AutumnJonesLake.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AutumnJonesLake

@AutumnJLake

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Onyx Night

When her parents are taken from her too soon, Onyx Night is thrust into a secret world and discovers something about herself she could never have imagined.

Onyx Knight has yearned to leave her tiny hometown behind for years. With her parents’ support she attends the local university where she has developed a not-so-innocent crush on her Medieval History professor, Cole Radcliffe. A family tragedy thrusts Onyx into a secret world she never knew existed and she discovers something about herself she could never have imagined.

Family friends promise to help Onyx through this transition, but they demand certain things in return. Things she can’t—and will not—give. When it becomes clear they are willing to get what they want from her by force, Onyx goes on the run.

Cole Radcliffe has his own secrets. When he finds Onyx in need of help, he takes her in, against his better judgment. He plans to keep her safe, but how can he keep her safe if he can’t even protect her from himself?

Onyx Shadows

When Onyx meets another werecat on the run, she learns she’s not alone. At first she’s thrilled to meet other shifters in her predicament, but something isn’t right. Could it be they’re on the same side after all?

While vacationing in Rome with her wizard boyfriend Cole—and enjoying more than the sights—Onyx Knight meets another werecat on the run. Kipp reveals that werecats all over are coming out of the shadows of tradition and striking out on their own. With the belief that joining forces can benefit everyone, Kipp encourages Onyx and Cole to join their group.

At first Onyx is thrilled to be among fellow shifters. However, the more Onyx learns about the werecats, the more danger she finds herself in. Will they be able to beat their attackers before it’s too late?

Feral Escape

Molly has been captured, imprisoned, and is near-death when rescued. Spending time with Ivan has her re-thinking her vow not to take a mate.

Molly finds the mysterious and aloof Ivan deeply irresistible—she has from the moment she met him. But she’s spent the last year dodging her family’s plans to mate her to another shifter with no intention of changing her mind. Will being kidnapped and imprisoned in a cell where food and water stopped coming days ago cause her to lose hope?

Ivan volunteers every waking moment to find Molly since she went missing. His reaction to the sweet little cat shifter surprises him. He’s fiercely determined to never settle down with another shifter, but he can’t escape the draw she has on him.

Rescuing Molly is only the beginning. The danger she and the rest of the runaway cat-shifters have managed to elude is closing in on them fast. Ivan is committed to protecting Molly from any threats, but his past comes back to bite him when his old enforcer friend tells him he’s been hired to bring Molly in. Will his love for Molly turn them both into prey?

 

 

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Mad Hatter’s Alice by Kelliea Ashley

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“Maybe a bear will come eat me. I could just stay here and wait for one. Wouldn’t be a bad idea.”

“I wouldn’t worry so much about bears.” She squeaked in surprise and turned to see Wayne standing next to her. “I’d be more worried about Hopps having a conniption when you didn’t show up.” His saucy grin set her heart to pounding even harder. He appeared calm and refreshed even though he carried a bundle of heavy-looking ropes and a backpack. She searched for sweat and didn’t see one bead anywhere on his handsome face.

“I’m tempted to head back down the mountain just to see him foam at the mouth.”

“That would be a sight.” His grin faded into a look of concern as he studied her face. “Are you all right, Alice?”

“Yeah, it’s nothing a long soak in a hot tub and a fistful of painkillers won’t cure. I need to lose some pounds. This body isn’t built for climbing like a mountain goat.”

“I don’t see anything wrong with your body.” She studied his face, but couldn’t find any sign of subterfuge.

“Um…about what I said last night…” She stopped as he lifted his hand with a cheeky grin that lit up the gold ring in his dark eyes.

“Alice, the last thing I want to hear is your apology for acknowledging this heat between us. Just be glad there were twenty people sitting around the fire or I might have ravished you right there on that log.” The hungry look in his eyes and the way his voice dropped seductively had more than her toes curling. She swallowed hard, her mouth going dry at the thought of his hands on her ass as they kissed.

“Oh, my.” She whispered and he laughed.

“Yeah, let’s get going before I get us both fired before my first day on the job.” He reached out a hand and she slowly placed hers in it. They both jumped at the contact. Then he smiled and tugged her away from the tree. “Watch your footing, Alice. We wouldn’t want to go falling down any rabbit holes.”

“I would if I got to land on top of you,” she whispered under her breath, but his happy laughter told her he’d heard.

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Kelliea’s new Flirt, Mad Hatter’s Alice, is one of our amazing birthday Wonderland Tales and releases on Friday.  We asked her who she would have over for dinner if she could have any five people alive or dead….

If I could have a dinner party with five people, living or dead, it would be a wondrous opportunity. I think the choices depend on what a person is looking to gain from each guest. For example, if your main concern in life is bettering yourself financially, then you would surround yourself with individuals who can give you tips on how to gain more wealth. If knowledge and scholarly pursuits are your interests, then you might invite characters like Einstein or Tesla. I, myself would look for people who could make a dinner party a full out hoot.

My first guest would be a woman who was instrumental in creating me and my vivid imagination. My mother possessed a loving, giving nature, and could hold her own in any situation. She was also very intelligent and I’m sure she would fit in with anyone I invited to join us. A plus being, she could cook circles around me. True, that’s not a great challenge. Choosing her would be horribly selfish because I would give anything to see her, speak with her, and feel her loving hug once more.

My second choice is strictly for my dear husband. He loves music, so Kurt Cobain from Nirvana would be right up his alley. Plus, he’d be perfect entertainment for after dinner.

Charlotte Bronte would be an interesting choice because we could talk about her writing and the changes in our society since she’s been gone. I’d love some pointers from her on creating tall, dark, and moody heroes. Plus I’d really like her take on how romance novels have changed. I’m thinking she’d be rather shocked and intrigued.

Lady Godiva would also be a character I’d love to talk with. Finding out what made her so brave might spice up the conversation a bit. Also finding out she has my favorite sweet named after her might make it all worthwhile.

Lastly, I think inviting Robin Williams could add humor to the occasion. Just think of the characters that come with him. It’s like adding at least five more people to the party, and like a box of chocolate, you never know who you’re going to get.

My dream dinner party might not be a sophisticated event, but at least it wouldn’t be boring. As long as I’m not cooking, the food has a chance to be just as good as the company.

Love,

Kelliea x

 

 

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Digital Detox

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I’ve talked about my love of quiet Sundays devoid of distraction before, but last week, Domino and I were invited to participate in a discussion with a local group of authors and something new came up that I wanted to share with you.  One of the topics that came up was the problem of digital distraction.  Obviously – as we’ve discussed in previous blogs – authors need to work hard at self-promotion and brand building.

This is not limited to Indie authors either as I’ve seen more and more mainstream authors focusing on building their social media brand. All of this is well and good and practice makes perfect… or at least good enough to get by, but what about the downside of all this digital “stuff”?

The biggest problem that the group experienced was a decline in writing time.  This wasn’t actually a result of doing online promotion, but rather the distraction factor of being online and on social media!  On average, the group reported that despite the best of intentions, they ended up spending between 45 minutes and 2 hours on Facebook and Twitter, just reading posts and catching up.  Those with Pinterest and Instagram accounts confessed to losing anything from 20 minutes to a whole afternoon!

One thing that writers are good at is procrastinating and the pure fact that we HAVE to go onto social media to promote ourselves and our books means that we are lead squarely into temptation and I don’t know about the rest of you, but it takes a stronger will than I possess to make me do “only” what I need to and get off the internet and back to writing!

After a lively discussion, we eventually decided that there was no easy answer.  I know that what works for Domino and I is to have dedicated time for social media.  We also schedule as much as we can ahead of time and we both dedicate hours each day to working on our writing.  We guard that time jealously and are relatively intolerant of interruptions (unless they’re very necessary!).

I find that I work better if I avoid social media in the morning completely.  I will check mail to see if there is anything urgent and tackle those tasks first.  Then I work through my “to do” list for the day until lunch time.  Then, I indulge in some Facebook time for about 30 – 45 minutes while I eat and relax.  Then it’s more work or interviews or errands and then in the evening, I have time set aside to do promo posts and updates.  After the “business” side is done, I can either surf or go offline.  I also try to have a digital detox day at least once a week!  It’s good for my sanity!

The secret to being more productive as an author – or at least giving yourself a fighting chance – is to be honest with yourself about how much of your time online is productive and how much is wasted.  Then formulate a plan that works for you without losing any of the useful aspects of self-promotion.

I’d be curious to hear what you think of this problem?  Any advice you’ve picked up over the years?

Chat soon,

Dominic

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A Very Happy Unbirthday…

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…. to you and you and you!  A very happy unbirthday to you!

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August is our birthday month and if there’s one thing we love, it’s an excuse to throw a party!!  The theme we’ve selected for our birthday this year is Wonderland.  We all love the story of Alice and her adventures, from print to cinematic interpretations, the story conjours images of fun, adventure and magic.  There’s even a cat!

To celebrate, 14 Breathless authors penned Flirts inspired by the characters from the Lewis Carroll classic and while some of the names may be familiar, these stories are guaranteed to take you on new and exciting adventures!  Most exciting of all, not only are these stories going to be available as digital downloads, but we’ve also decided to do a paperback collection and a limited edition hardcover collection! Our award winning cover artist, Victoria Miller has worked her magic and I have to say, the cover of the hardcover edition is beautiful!!  Don’t you agree?

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Dive into a world of seduction, mystery, and adventure as Breathless Press plunges head first down the rabbit hole with these fourteen tales inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Travel the road to a coffee shop or make a pit stop with a detective on the hunt.  Meet an intergalactic assassin or follow someone who is very, very late.  Slip into a brothel or party with Ailis in a strip club.  Celebrate a sweet 21st birthday gone wrong, or very right! Help solve a mystery with only one clue.  Will you be claimed by the seductive Mad Hatter?  Open a door to carnal passion and dangerous secrets.  Watch as the crowning of the true Queen of Wonderland hangs in the balance.  Take a journey through the Tulgey Wood alongside a handsome Wonderland hero.  Take part in a resistance to take down the Red and White Queens.  Wherever the path may lead you, it’s guaranteed to leave you breathless.

Sounds like a winning collection!!  There will be a launch party, a Goodreads give-away, a Rafflecopter give-away, authors on tour, hampers and more.  It’s going to be a crazy busy month, but we are all looking forward to it so much.  In fact, it’s been the topic of much excitement for weeks now!!

The GREAT news is that you can pre-order the hardcover collection by simply clicking on the cover image above or by visiting our website on (www.breathlesspress.com).

Roll on August… I cannot WAIT!!!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Meet Pippa Jay!

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Tethered_200x300She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

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I cannot believe it’s Friday tomorrow already.  Is it just me or are weeks going faster?  The great thing is that we’re heading for our 5th birthday in August and it’s going to be phenomenal!!  Today though, I’m super excited to chat to Pippa Jay, whose book Tethered releases tomorrow!

Hi Pippa and welcome to the Breathless Blog!

Hi Domino and thanks for having me.  I’ve been looking forward to hanging out *grin*

Me too! So Pippa, can you remember if there was a moment when you decided you wanted to be a writer?

Not a writer, because I’d written all my life so that was just something I always did. But a published author, yes. I’d just finished the first draft of what eventually became my debut novel, and I remember staring at the screen thinking ‘So what now? Stash this away on my hard drive and forget about it, or try and get it published?’ I went for the latter.

Awesomeness!  I’m glad that you did.  It’s a choice that a lot of people never make.  What was it that actually inspired you to write that first book?

It actually started with a dream. The dream became a rather bleak short story that sat in a file for a few years. Then one day I pulled it out and thought ‘I should do something with this’. And so it became a novel.

Sounds like it was a fairly determined story that didn’t like being in a drawer *grin* How did it feel to finish your first book?

Freeing. I hadn’t written in over a decade, and had poured the words out in an absolute frenzy that had my husband convinced I’d gone insane. It was a very cathartic experience, and a real epiphany at the time.

Wow!  Over a decade huh?  I’ll bet those words had been stomping around in there waiting to hear from you… So what would you say was the most terrifying thing about submitting that first book?

Thinking that everyone would hate it or laugh at me because it was so bad.

I’m guessing that’s a common fear for many writers and one that can be paralysing.  I know that it’s a fantastic feeling to hear someone say that they enjoyed your story and I’m guessing no-one laughed at yours!  How did it feel when you had to edit or make changes to your “baby”?

I cried the first time I ever got edits. Actually sobbed. I felt so crushed that so much needed changing and wondered why the heck I’d been offered a contract. It was hard!

I hear you on that. Someone the “silly” things that you missed are actually harder than the big things that you couldn’t necessarily have known needed changing, but ultimately, you usually end up with a better book!  Would you say that it gets any easier with more releases?

Much, much easier, although I still flinch every time I open the first round of edits. I can’t seem to help it. Even though I know I’ve improved as a writer and I often put my work through several critiques and beta readers, you just don’t know what you might get.

It’s kinda like a surprise party with booby traps *chuckles quietly*.  So you say it gets easier, but I wonder if it’s still just as exciting to have a book accepted and why do you think that is?

Yes! Because with the first one you could think it was just a one hit wonder. The fact that people keep on wanting your stories is awesome.

That’s a fairly great answer.  Hmm… What would you say is the hardest part of being published for you?

Pirates. I LOATHE them. And the people who download books from them.

I agree there, although I’d like to give some people the benefit of the doubt and think that maybe they don’t realise they’re on a pirate site.  It would be great however if for every 1 pirate book they downloaded, they would then go off and buy other titles by you!  Ok, if I had the power to grant you one wish, what would you do with it? (No, you can’t cure diseases or solve world peace…but for the rest… go nuts).

I would love to go back to my teenage self and give her a big hug and promise her everything would really be all right in the end. Then give her a slap for moping around being miserable instead of going out and having some fun.

I like that… although I wonder if that would change the person you are today?  It’s a timeloop conundrum!! What is your least favourite part of the whole process of writing, editing, publishing and promoting a book?

I don’t enjoy promoting very much. Networking, yes, but actually pimping my books, not at all.

It’s not always the fun part, but at least you’re good at it!  It’s an ongoing struggle though.  So how do you deal with it?

I’m a very reserved person, very introverted, so I’m really not good at putting myself forward, but that’s where the internet and social media has helped. It’s kind of like going to a big party and being able to chat with loads of people but still hide behind the pot plant in the corner of the room. And actually chatting to people is far better and heaps more fun than hitting on them with ‘buy my book’.

That’s the secret of it all… Simply going on about your book isn’t going to resonate with people, but once they’re invested in you as a brand or a person, then they’re more inclined to spend the money to support you.  What is your highest point since being published?

The next book I contract is always the high point. But this year I’ve had three titles contracted in quick succession, plus I’ll have self-published three titles myself by the end of the year, so reaching 2015 and looking back will be a huge high.

I like how you think.  Your highest point is still ahead of you!  Oh, here’s a great one!!  What has been the strangest place that inspiration has struck and how did you deal with it?

I’d taken my daughter to her first music concert – the music wasn’t really my kind of thing though hardly horrible, but I wanted her to be able to have her first experience with a band she loves – and while I sat there surrounded by screaming young teens I had an idea for a zombie story, and actually had the entire thing sketched out in my head from beginning to end (another rarity) by the time the concert finished. Although the story had absolutely nothing to do with my location, the event, the band…nada!

I have a similar story… remind me to tell you over cocktails some time… I get how the strangest things can trigger creativity in your mind.  Awesome!! Last one… If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Mind control. I’m such a control freak, and people who break the rules or are cruel for no reason or violent just drive me insane. I’d love to get inside their heads and make them stop.

Oooooo.  I wish I could give you that one!!  Pippa, thanks for an awesome day.  Here’s to a great release day tomorrow!  To order your copy, visit our website on www.breathlesspress.com or click on the cover image above.

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Who is D.F. Krieger… really?

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Wolves and Warrants  200x300Now Available in PRINT!!

Once you’ve discovered the Hidden World, you become part of it.

It was frightening at first, being overcome by this strange, invisible entity, but it was also empowering. The power was greater than Zeara, yet completely at her disposal, and she knew just what to do with it.

There is no rest for the weary as Zeara, Jake, and Magic are called upon by the very organization that threatened their lives. A murder investigation must take place in a local little town, but no one is quite sure who or what is dead, and why. It’s up to the team to place all the puzzle pieces when people start dying. The problem is, the local sheriff doesn’t want to cooperate and their most promising link to solving the case is in a psych ward. Can they solve it before another life is lost?

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We’ve chatted to D.F. Krieger before, but I have to say… adding a little wine and some great snacks makes a world of difference.  Half of what we chatted about can’t be shared, but believe me… you WISH you’d been a fly on the wall!  She is such a hoot and always a genuine pleasure to chat to.  Here’s what we can share with you…

What was it that inspired you to write your first book?

My very first book came from looking at a big pub’s special call for pirates. Think big or go home, right? I busted my butt writing that story in time for the deadline. I knew, though, that as a new author, I’d have to make my story really stand apart. Ergo, Lucy Verr, female captain on the space pirate ship, Tartarus, was born.

Sounds like you jumped in at the deep end, but from what I’ve seen, you’ve gone from strength to strength.  It must’ve been terrifying though.  What was the most terrifying thing about that first submission?

It took them about 6 months to get back to me, and I checked my email with shaking hands daily. The website said the standard was 12 weeks, but at eleven weeks I received a letter telling me I made it past the first acquisitions review and on an actual editor for final review. For the record…. I was rejected. Standard rejection form and everything. I locked myself in the bathroom and cried for like an hour. You know what? After that I busted my butt doing even more research, fixed my story, and sent it to another pub who accepted it within two hours. I haven’t had a rejection since that first one. *Knocks on wood* World domination must start somewhere. Apparently, it doesn’t start with tackling the biggest publisher in the e-book industry with no experience.

It sounds like tackling the biggest publisher gave you some valuable experience though.  Certainly in the fields of patience and rejection.  And you didn’t let it stop you… That’s the ultimate secret to success.  Was it easy to tell your friends and family that you were writing romance? What was their reaction?

“Hey, you finally reached your dream of being published. Congrats! What’s it about? Oh… I don’t read those kinds of books. But congrats!” For giggles, the ones who show the biggest disappointment, often receive copies of my books as Christmas gifts.

I would love to know what their reaction is on Christmas morning… (This answer makes me laugh even as I type this up.)  The biggest hurdle for most authors is the editing process.  How did you react to having to edit or make changes to your “baby”?

I bit the editor. Okay, so I imagined biting the editor. Same difference. They screamed apologies and called me a goddess of the quill and I forgave them…Because I am a merciful goddess.

This we have established.  Again, I apologise for not having Domino arrange great snacks last time.  Thank you for not flogging us *grin* (the rest of that is a whole other blog!!). You say that you’ve (touch wood) not been rejected since that first time.  Would you say that it gets any easier with more releases?

Nope. There’s always more to do. The problem with world domination through subliminal messaging in books is it doesn’t happen from just one book. This time, space pirates, next crazy cat ladies, soon, the WORLD!

I’m hoping there’s a space in your kingdom for us mere bloggers… and no, court jester isn’t my style! *grin*.  So it’s still as much work and just as nerve-wracking… but is it still just as exciting to have a book accepted? Why do you think that is?

Oh yes. It makes my black little heart nearly explode in pleasure. Each book accepted is one step closer to a new reader. A new reader equals a new minion. Soon, all shall bow to me. *Evil cackle*

“Yeth mithtreth”… Sorry, I couldn’t resist! What other artistic outlet do you think you would have if you weren’t writing?

I’m not sure. I seem to be a Jill of All Trades and a master of none. I can cross stitch, crochet (albeit very basic afghans), paint, and draw to varying degrees. More than likely, I wouldn’t pursue any of those to the degree I have writing. Nothing else calls to my soul like world dom— I mean writing does.

Maybe it’s not only the idea of world domination, but also the pleasure of being supreme creator of people and worlds that appeals to you about writing?

Hmm… could be *looks thoughtful*

Do you have a secret skill that you can share with us?

I can talk to animals. Though, I’ve not exactly made a secret out of that. I can, and will, find out all kinds of things about you from your pet. Mwahahaha!

*eyes the cats suspiciously* I’m not sure they have anything to tell you… Domino and I are open books! (makes a note to up the kitty bribes just in case…).  What has been your highest point since being published?

(Warning, insert sappy, out of Evil Dominatress moment here) I wrote a story once about a woman whose husband had been involved in an emotional affair. This, along with several other life altering issues, caused her to attempt suicide. From day one, I’ve stated that this story was a reflection (though facts were changed) of a situation I’d just gone through. I received an email, about 3 months after the book came out, from a woman thanking me. Her husband recently revealed his affair in an effort to get help and she was feeling pretty rough. She was even contemplating suicide. In a spur of the moment action, she searched Amazon for books about affairs and mine popped up. To see her emotions were normal –that her pain and her feelings of hopelessness weren’t a childish tantrum—gave her the strength to seek out counselling for herself and her husband. Knowing I saved one person from the agony and embarrassment of a psych ward and a suicide attempt makes every tear I shed writing that book worth it.

That is perhaps the ultimate reward for a writer.  Any time your words resonate with another living human being, there is a sense of connection, of knowing that not only were you not alone in what you felt, but that you spoke directly to that other person.  I can see why that would be the highlight for you.  It’s powerful stuff.  Here’s one of my favourite questions.  What is the strangest thing you have ever done while researching your story or characters?

I cornered a manager at my local zoo to ask him questions about zoologist and a zoos involvement with the police. He was very kind in answering my questions, though I’m sure he spent the whole time trying to figure out how to summon security. LOL

That’s really funny actually!!  I’m sure you were very charming though.  I’ve had such an amazing time and I couldn’t be happier that your book is now available in print!  I would suggest that you all go and pre-order your copy NOW!!  Simply visit our website on www.breathless.com or click on the cover image.

Chat soon,

Dominic

 

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Meet Luke De Freitas and his author Raven McAllan

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Categories: Breathless Press Authors, Character Spotlight, Fresh Blog, Interview, Timeless, Tags: , , , ,

MSS-Jane_200x300I love hanging out with Raven and even though interviews aren’t her favourite thing, she was persuaded (possibly thanks to a new gluten free baked goods delivery service) to interview Luke De Freitas for us.  Let’s see how that went…

L: Now before you all demand my balls in a vise and Raven’s head on a plate, I coerced her into doing this. I know fine well she finds doing interviews really difficult. And let’s say I’m a stubborn bastard and said no asking Jane questions, and I’m only answering what I like.

She told me Jane and I had no option, she’d spill the beans on us with or without our cooperation.

So I said I will if you will.

This is what we came up with.

L: My name is Luke De Freitas. It used to be Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to know De Freitas to my friends and my enemies. I *looks pious* have turned over a new leaf with the help of a good woman. No I don’t mean Raven although I guess she did play her part. I mean my lovely lady, Jane.

R: I’m not so sure about turned the new leaf. I reckon the pair of them are teasing me. Just as they have all along, since they popped into my head and shouted at me to write their story. Why?

L: It needed telling and you were ignoring us. I’d know Jane for years in one way, and I needed to know her in another *wink*

R: Jane wasn’t sure she needed you though, was she?

L: I knew.

R: Okay, and I listened to you.

L: She did. She’s learned if a character shouts you listen, and do as they say.

R: Oh yes. That’s rule number one of writing for me. Trust your characters.

L: If you do that they’ll talk to you. Tell you about their lives and why things happen as they do. For instance my lovely Jane and I live in Regency times. So don’t talk about things that didn’t exist then and *lowers voice* don’t use words that we don’t use in our era. I told her, that the word pussy for a glorious quim was not something we said.

R: I knew that.

L: Well?

R: That’s important. He nearly threw his horsewhip at me when he saw one of the questions was Boxers, briefs, or commando? His reply, although couched in more pithy words, was, codswallop and irrelevant.

L: I also remarked that to ask questions about our love life were going to be ignored. If we want to swing from the chandeliers, and not tell Raven, that’s our business.

R: Do you mean I missed that? Damn.

L: Never you mind. You embarrassed me enough by letting that sodding Lady Matcham cuckold me.

R: But you got your own back.

L: And I’ll get it back some more. You answer my questions.

R: No thanks. You’ve done well enough yourself, don’t you think?

L: I do, thank you. So I won’t make you admit, you have no favorite TV shows, pop groups or places to write in. After all, I got my lady. Who is waiting for me so… *bows and leaves the room*

R: See what I mean? How on earth could I interview him?

To pre-order your copy – and find out more for yourself – simply click on the cover image above or visit www.breathlesspress.com

Until next time…

Domino xx

Blurb

Take one virginal widow, add Molly Simpkins School of Seduction and one obliging gentleman, and what do you get? Scandal avoided and a virgin no more?

Molly Simpkins’ School for Seduction has helped many ladies of the ton to achieve their hearts desires, so helping Lady Jane Nicholby ought to be easy.

However, this young widow’s deep, dark secret means she can never remarry for fear of the scandal it would cause. Widows are not supposed to be virgins, after all.

Fortunately, Molly knows just the person to help her change this state of affairs. Persuading Luke De Freitas to fall in with her plans, though, will require all of her considerable skill.

A spot of blackmail should do the trick quite nicely…

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Girls like Girls who like it Hot!

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Categories: Aphrodite, Author Tips, F/F, Fresh Blog, Writing, Tags: , , , ,

girl-loveThere seems to be this idea that when women make love to women it’s all soft and beautiful.  You can picture the soft lighting, the romantic music, the very sweetness of it.  I have to confess that this is something I see often in movies or TV shows and even read in the odd book.

However, that is not always the case.  Women are much the same as men when it comes to sex and passion and in much the same way as men will have one night stands or engage in a bit of rough from time to time, women are no different.  In fact, just because a woman loves other women doesn’t mean that she’s not going to be keen for a bit of good, clean, “dirty” fun!  Being lesbian doesn’t change much except the fact that there is no man required *grin*.  In fact, my friend Mireilles argues that many single women with access to batteries may well be lesbians by that definition… but that’s a whole other blog! Sometimes sex is just sex and that is more than okay!

Here at Breathless Press, we are on the hunt for new F/F stories to add to our library of talented writers.  Stories that speak to women from all walks of life, women who are looking for stories of love, sex, passion and romance between women.  Stories they can relate to and envisage themselves in.  We’re keen to find new voices and fresh approaches and we believe that not only is that talent out there, but that it will be something to behold!

Aphrodite Call July 2014

We’re also giving away 4 aphrodite titles to one lucky winner in our Rafflecopter giveaway.  Have you entered yet? http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/05de022/

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I’d also love to hear from you as to what you think is the most important reason for having great F/F fiction available in the world!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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WIN WIN WIN – With Lesbian Fiction

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Categories: Aphrodite, F/F, Fresh Blog, Give-away, Submission Calls, Writing, Tags: , , , , , ,

If you’ve been following my posts on Facebook (and really, if you haven’t, what is wrong with you?! *grin*), then you will have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot about our current call for submissions for our Aphrodite range.  We are actively looking for new, talented writers to join our family of authors. It’s important to us to grow our range of F/F titles, especially as our M/M titles are so strong.

Aphrodite Call July 2014

Of course, we’re promoting F/F all through July and we’re offering a fantastic 4 book give-away through rafflecopter. ENTER NOW http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/05de022/

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It’s interesting to me that when I sit down with some of my girlfriends and the topic of lesbian fiction comes up, the responses are so varied.  Get a few cocktails into this group and the confessions are extremely interesting.  No, no naughty sorority explorations… most of them admitted to having read various books and there were a few bashful admitions of having watched porn.  When I asked them why, they admitted to wanting to know the “how” of it all.  After all, as Mel (not her real name) said, “we know how to get our own rocks off and guys have the tools to get our rocks off, but is it really that easy for another woman to figure us out?”

She went on to admit that even if you have gay friends, it’s not always easy to ask the questions that you really want to ask.  The how’s, the specifics.  I think that is one of the great roles that F/F romance books fill.  It allows us to explore the questions we have, unveil the mystery of the situation and even to open our minds to other possibilities.

Of course, that’s not the only role… After all, everyone needs to read love stories they can relate to and find heroines they can identify with.  That is why we’re looking for more stories, so we can reach more people.

Is the next great story going to be yours?

Until next time…

Domino xx

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