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Meet Luke De Freitas and his author Raven McAllan

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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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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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A Touch of Death by Ella Grey

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A Touch of Death 200x300There is nothing Fiona Fire-Tongue won’t do for revenge.

It was supposed to be simple. Just break into a vampire’s office and steal a gem. With an unwanted partner in tow, it may get complicated. The air elemental has plans of his own, but he’s about to learn that if you piss off a fire witch it is at your own peril.

It’s been a busy week, but the great thing is that tomorrow is Friday and there are new books in my future!  Today, please give a warm welcome to Fiona from ­­A Touch of Death by Ella Grey today as we find out a little about what makes her tick.  She can’t stay long… but I’ll be sharing an excerpt to whet your appetite too!

Hi Fiona.  Please tell us a bit about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

There was a frog, a bottle of whisky and a carton of noodles. I told her that if she could drink me under the table I’d tell her my story. The moral of the story, never challenge Ella to a drink contest.

Sounds like my kinda girl.  I like a girl who can hold her drink!  So did you tell her what it was that drew you to your mate?

I couldn’t tell her because I don’t have one. In my line of work it isn’t easy to trust a guy. The last guy I was involved with was an air elemental and he tried to screw to me over. It didn’t end well for him.  

Having spent some time chatting to you, I can believe it!  Is there anything else you would like to add?

I’m on a journey to find my sister. I’ve waited a long time for revenge and I’m not going anywhere until I find her. I’ll even make a deal with the denizen of the Underworld if I have to.

Sounds like you’re very serious about finding her.  I don’t envy anyone who gets in your way!

I’m looking forward to reading your story… And I’m sure YOU are too.  To order your copy now, simply visit our website on www.breathlesspress.com or click on the cover above!

Chat soon,

Dominic

Excerpt

He was a good-looking guy, no doubt about it. A Sylph, which meant he was more element held together by will than a flesh and blood human. Light blue hair was brushed away from an angular face and piercing eyes that matched his hair. Elementals weren’t tied to any particular shape but the one he’d chosen had an interesting effect on something a lot lower than my heart. He’d managed to charm his way right into my bed and became my partner for my current plan.

It had bad idea written all over it.

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Now in Print – The Ulfric’s Mate by Leona Bushman

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You may have noticed that we’re releasing more titles in print lately, which is extremely exciting for all of us, but certainly for the author themselves.  Today I’m casting the spotlight on the newest author to join our print line, the talented Leona Bushman!

Author pic squareLeona can be found in Eastern Washington with her husband and children writing, painting, gardening, running, camping, or just reading or crafting. She also loves to swim but rarely gets a chance to as she’s busy chasing after three of five children still left at home. Sassy and saucy, she can be found writing about her trials and errors as a mom and writer at the following places:

Blog: http://lbushman.blogspot.com

The website:  http://www.leonajbushman.com

And don’t forget Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeonaBushman

If you want more of her, she’s found on twitter as often as not at @L_Bushman just follow and don’t be a spammer. She follows back if you look like a real person. Besides werewolves, she also likes zombies, vampires, and fairies. You’re likely to catch her attention if you talk to her about any of the above. Or sports. She loves sports but rarely gets a chance to indulge in that love. So speak up!

The Ulfric’s Mate

Ulfrics Mate 200x300Nolan Littlebull is the alpha of the Wahpawhat pack of Werewolves and the lead detective on a series of murders of pregnant women from his pack. Torn between human justice and were justice, he travels deep onto the Yakama Reservation tracking the ones responsible. He is attacked by one of the rival pack, only to be defended by another from the rival pack.

Alexandria George is the healer for the Lupins. She defends the mysterious wolf in their territory from her pack’s bully and escapes with the stranger.

Nolan and Alex face the complications of being mated and together they must find and identify the killer while facing an uncertain future.

 

Excerpt

“Thanks,” he said, his voice muffled through the shirt. “For the rescue as well,” he added quietly after pulling on the shirt she had dug out from behind his dirty truck seat.

“You’re welcome,” she replied as she stepped off the truck’s running board. “Lead me to my room. I’m exhausted and need my beauty rest.” As she came around the front end of the truck, she smiled.

“From where I’m standing, you get plenty of that.”

Her face heated as a blush crept along her cheekbones. “Thanks.” She walked up the front steps to his two-story home. It looked like a phantom rising out of the ground. The windows reflected the mesmerizing moonlight and the glow made her think of stars in the predawn just before the sun rises to take away their backdrop.

He unlocked the door, opened it, and waited for her to precede him. Gentleman? Or the training of law enforcement to never have their backs turned to a criminal? She tried to read his mind, but he held it carefully blank.

“Main living area is upstairs. You keep going right as you get up the stairs, and the bathroom is at the end of the hall. The guest room is the last one on the left. My room’s on the right if you need anything.” Even his voice was neutral.

She looked at him curiously for a moment before heading to the bathroom. When she stepped under the shower’s stream, she sighed in relief. Her skin itched and felt over tight from the dried gunk left on her skin and in her hair after the shape-shifting.

As she relaxed under the spray of warm water, pictures of her in the shower started playing through her head. She was washing her hair and lathering the soap across her breasts when Nolan arrived. Her belly quivered with lust which pooled, then spread as she envisioned him in there with her.

When her daydream reached the point of him entering, she realized it was his thoughts in her head. The fantasy abruptly stopped as if someone had switched the channel. She tried to feel annoyed that his fantasy had intruded on her quiet moment, but the heat in her abdomen kept her from lying to herself.

She wanted him as much as he wanted her. She was aware of his struggle to control his thoughts and appreciated the attempt at valor. However, she knew that a single, healthy man with a woman he found attractive using his shower was bound to have sensual thoughts.

She finished, dressed in the clothes provided by him, and walked out to the main living area. He stood by a large bay window, looking out at the mountain in the distance. He turned toward her slightly, then shifted his gaze back to the picturesque view.

“I’m sorry,” he said quietly and with dignity. “I’ve always judged other men for how they seemed to objectify every woman they see. Then I go and do it with a woman in my protection. I’m aware that you saw what I was thinking. I—”

She put a finger on his lips. “I too have read men’s thoughts regarding women. Regarding me. You tried to keep yours in check. We saved each other’s lives. We’re coming down off the adrenaline high of battle combined with the lust of our animal sides. It’s natural and healthy for you to see me as desirable. It’s also honorable of you to stop them when you realized what you were doing.”

Nolan looked at her intently, and she could feel him in her mind probing her for truth. She thought he didn’t even know he was doing it. It was probably a technique he had employed since childhood. She smiled at him and kissed him softly on the mouth.

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Getting to know… Iyana Jenna

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Apparition 200x300I am having the best day ever.  I won enough money on a scratch card to pay for coffee (yeah, big win lol), got some advanced reading copies that I wasn’t expecting until next week and now…?  Now I get to chat to Iyana Jenna, author of Apparition which releases on Friday.

Hi Iyana and welcome to the blog!  Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi Dominic and thanks for having me over.  Well, I live in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, I can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties.  I prefer to spend the time during my trips writing into my cell phone rather than sleeping.

Another thing I love is kitties. Right now I have five of them. Their names are Larva, Nyil, Cil, Mermood, and Horus. When I’m not writing I play with them or heaven knows they’d try to play with me when I’m trying to write!

Yeah, Domino is a cat person too… Ok, we both are… so I can understand that!  What would you say is your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is imagining what happens in this unreal world I’m creating. I love to daydream and writing definitely gives me an outlet for it. I love to let my characters lead the way. I do plan my stories beforehand but so often they turn to the directions I didn’t see before. It’s just so much fun to play with our imagination like that.

Characters are sneaky like that.  I’ve never understood how anyone can say they planned the whole book… it’s yet to work out well for me!  Can you remember if there was a moment when you decided you wanted to be a writer?

Yes. It was about ten years ago. I suddenly wanted to write, to be a writer, but I wasn’t inspired yet to put anything onto paper.

That’s interesting.  Most people either don’t know or they were “hit by lightning” or it crept up on them.  What was the most terrifying thing about submitting your first book?

It wasn’t a book, just a short story that I submitted first. Was it terrifying? Well, it was terrifyingly embarrassing because I didn’t even remember having submitted it! It surprised me a lot when I got the acceptance. But I was very thrilled after that, of course.

You’d forgotten you’d submitted it??  Well, that’s certainly one way to avoid the obsessive email checking *grin*.  Was it easy to tell your friends and family that you were writing romance? What was their reaction?

Oh yeah. My family, especially my mom, my sister, and I, love reading romance, and my sister and I have written some stories (before I got to publishing but I’m not sure when she had her story in a magazine). So my family was just like, oh, you published a story, oh yeah yeah, great. I didn’t tell them that I write m/m stories, though. I still don’t know when I’ll be able to tell them. Anyway, it also helps that my mom doesn’t really speak English so I’m not afraid she wants to read my stories some day.

You don’t think they might look you up? *grin*.  Here’s a great question… How did you react to having to edit or make changes to your “baby”?

It so happens that my RL job is as an English course book writer. My work gets to be edited on a daily basis so it really is not a big deal to me having someone edit or make changes to my work as long as it is to improve my baby :-)

That seems like a good marriage of real life and author life!  Would you say it gets any easier with more releases?

Uh, no. No way. New releases always make me panic. Will people hate them or love them? Have I promoted them enough? Oh dear.

Good to know that you’re normal about this!! Is it still just as exciting to have a book accepted? Why do you think that is?

Oh man. Having a book accepted will always be thrilling. It’s your work and someone likes it enough to publish it. I will always be happy and grateful.

That’s a great way of looking at it.  After all, so much of what we do is solitary.  What is the hardest part of being published for you?

I wanted to say it was getting bad reviews. But reviews, bad or good, as well as edits, are good for you if you want to improve yourself. I also enjoy the things being published entails, like marketing and promotion. It needs hard work but I like doing it. I hope I’m getting better at that. I really can’t say what the hardest part is about being published. It is hard but I enjoy doing it.

That’s a good way of looking at it.  It’s important to be able to look at it that way.  If you were given 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 wish there was no change.

Without change you wouldn’t have any new experiences to write about though….

Good point, but I think you know what I mean :-)

I can guess.  So, if you weren’t writing, what other artistic outlet do you think you’d have?

I like working on pictures with Photoshop program but I’m not an expert.

Practice makes perfect!!  It’s also a valuable skill to have with marketing your work.  Oooh.  If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Teleportation would be great for someone who lives in a city so crowded like Jakarta ;-)

I LOVE it!  I’ve had so much fun chatting to Iyana today.  Head on over to our website to pre-order your copy NOW www.breathlesspress.com or simply click on the cover image above!

Chat soon…

Dominic

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RONE Award WINNER – Torie James

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timelessnight 200x300I know we’ve chatted to and about Torie a fair bit over the past few months, but considering all the excitement she’s had, it’s not surprising!  This past Thursday she had a very successful signing at her local Barnes and Noble and then, to crown a thoroughly FAB weekend, it was announced that Timeless Night had won the RONE Award for Best Paranormal title 2014.  I’m handing the blog over to her as she fills us in on how her signing went!

Hi Torie and let me start with a HUGE congratulations from all of us!!

Thanks Domino, I’m actually speechless that I won.  I can’t believe it.

I’m sure, it’s extremely exciting!! You’ve had a bumper weekend haven’t you?  It started with your  book signing on Thursday.  Can you tell us about it?

It was surreal, that was my only thought as I stood in front of one of my area’s largest Barnes and Noble’s, eyes greedily devouring the sign sitting out front:

Meet Local Author
Torie James
6pm – 8pm
July 10, 2014 

I peered through the clear windows, seeing all the booklovers inside as they shopped. I spotted the young lady who was sharing a table with me and smiled. She and I had been corresponding for a few weeks now, a kindred writing spirit and lovely human being. It would be our first face to face meeting. My mother and sister, my anchors, asked me if I was ready to go in.

Um. 

No.

I was terrified. This had been my dream for so long, the only thing in my life I ever felt good about was writing. But I’d let fear of rejection and self-doubt plague me for an eternity, I’d wasted so much time and energy on worrying about sucking that nothing else got through until I finally decided that regret was something I didn’t want to live with. The “never knowing” bit. So I sucked it up, poured my soul and heart into my first book. I submitted it to Breathless Press under a huge cloud of anxiety and waited for, what I knew, was rejection letter…

What happened was nothing I’d expected.

Has it really been almost a year since “Timeless Night” was published? Since I’d unleashed my personal literary Kraken on the world? This was so much more than “just” a book. It had saved my life on several levels. I won’t bore you with that tired old story.

I want to tell you a new one. I want to tell you about the best Thursday in the month of July, in the history of ever!

We were almost late because of the Girl Who Would Be Queen (me) as we were halfway to Barnes and Noble when I realized I’d left my author banner at home. Since I was driving, I shifted the MilleniumFalcon (yes, I named my car..shush) into hyperdrive and we sped back, grabbed Le Banner and got back on the road. I told my mother to just close her eyes as my driving was a cross between the Fast and the Furious and Cannonball Run.

After spending time oohing and ahhing over the front end sign with my name and books on it, Sister, Mum and I raced inside to get set up. This is one of the more “trafficked B &N’s,  so there is generally always a healthy amount of peeps looking to get their read on and last night was no different.  I felt like a Rock Star, despite my nerves, which I always cleverly disguise under the mask of loud and brash. I had a bottle of ice cold Fiji Water with my name on it on my end of our table but the best thing by far?

Sitting there in pretty, glossy stacks were copies of Timeless Night and Timeless Desire! 30 books in total. Two more signs graced the upper and lower levels of the store and I tried to busy myself with laying out the grab bags and goodies I’d brought with nervous glances at the time. I’d spent the day getting fancified and researching these types of events online. New Writers….it didn’t look encouraging for us. I made myself sick with the pro’s AND con’s, reading them until I could recite each bit of “advice” in crack-head detail.

So I did what I always did in these cases and hoped for the best but expect the worse. 

6 pm came and went. Tick Tock. Tick Tock. I got a bit disheartened…there was plenty of customers but no one was really paying us much notice. Even though we literally at the front door!

Then I glanced at the time on my Darth Vader watch again. 6:20pm. Heavy sigh.

*grins*

I didn’t have the chance to look at the damn thing again until after 8. AFTER 8!!!

It started with a trickle of new customers as they walked in, some heading our way, drawn by the huge bowl of candy that lovely authoress, Rachel Demeter, had the wisdom to  bring. Oh…piece of candy! Oh…piece of candy! That’s right my little ones…step into mah web, said the spider to the fly!  Candy grabbing led to inevitable conversations. Some patrons liked Rachel’s genre (Historical) and gravitated her way but barely gave me a smile. But on the other hand, I attracted my own little crowd. Those keen on smexy Paranormal shenanigans and looking for something new. Now, I could have sat back and simply smiled, nodding at the appropriate times but not really interacting. But that’s not my way.

I have always operated under the theory that there are no strangers, just friends I haven’t met yet. I’d forgotten how much I genuinely love people and getting to know them in these types of outings. I’d spent so much time the last few years perfecting my crazy ol’ recluse act that I’d let go of the fact that I AM a social creature and love, love, love meeting new folks. The good news is this is such a natural transition for me, I eased right back into my butterfly mode!

In the midst of greeting people, I was also blessed with the surprise appearances of several friends I’d made online! People whom I consider my family to be honest, cyberspace soulmates if you will. The best part was seeing them, knowing them and just throwing your arms around them and silently thanking the Fates for making that moment possible. They made me cry over how blessed I really am!

Another lovely surprise was looking up and seeing another author from my family at Breathless Press walk in! Lady Brantwijn! She got there after 6 and stayed the whole time and past, lending quiet moral support and her genuinely radiant presence. I love that woman!

There were moments where I lost my breath, moments when I looked up in the midst of signing book to just stop and look around. I saw some of my friends and fans talking TO each other and laughing, having a good time. Some only met last night. And yet, there they were, mingling and making memories. And that is the true magic and the one thing that made me prouder than anything. I didn’t know what to say when the niece of a fan showed up and bought book 2. She’d read Timeless Night and was hooked! She couldn’t wait to read more and asked so many questions about New Camelot I wanted to hug her. So I did! *grins* Another lady, a coworker of a friend of my mother’s, showed up and although she’d read both Ebook versions, wanted print copies as well! She made me cry hardcore when she told me she never was much impressed with “first timers” but I’d changed the game! ME! WTH?

*watery laugh* I’ve started crying again…but happy tears only! It was a lovely experience I hope to know again. I hadn’t even realized we’d gone past our time until I just happened to glimpse a wall clock. It was 8:15! And people were STILL at our table! It was surreal and unforgettable! I didn’t actually leave until about 8:50 pm. *winks* Last minute sale and sign!

So…now what?

I’ll tell you what! We are just getting started! As it stands now, I’ll be making a couple more appearances at other Barnes and Noble stores as soon as we can get it set up. The Community Manager, Lady Shay, was impressed with the turnout and said she hadn’t seen such a gathering for any brand new authors in a long time. *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* We’re going to attempt to gather up a few more local area writers and do a panel. Brantwijn and I are going to ComicKaze in L.A. over Halloween weekend. HUGE turnout is expected and we’re gonna shag that thing hard!

I made new connections, made new plans and got to hug people I’ve been dying to meet. I signed books, talked shop and even gave good advice to a new fan about writing. I got to listen to a gnarly Dr. Who debate rage on at the table. Brantwijn showed me a lot of smut on her Kindle. I say smut but we writers call it ‘research’. I watched my normally introverted sister interact with strangers and smile as she did it. She even grabbed some flyers and freebies to take to the upper level and gave stuff out. I got to see the gift bags I’d made (full of pretties from some of the most talented people I know!) be received with awe. I heard compliments about some of the goodies, preened with praise when people told me how much they loved the covers of both Timeless Night and Desire! (Lady Victoria Miller…THAT WAS ALL YOU!! YOU ROCK). I was experiencing the type of happy that is rare.  Not just for myself but for my friends who contributed to the bags. You guys have some new fans now too!

It was the best feeling. I wish you had ALL been able to be with me. But I had you in my heart and that made it precious. Because for those few moments when I did falter…I heard your voices in my head….loving me and encouraging me, just as you’ve done all along.

This small success….its yours as well as mine.

And I hope, a dazzling example of what can happen for YOU, when you dare to take a risk. It won’t just fall in your lap.

So, are you going to go kick ass or what?

Love,

Torie

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Meet Ella Gilby from An Outlaw in Her Bed

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K E Shade Author Pic - 300 (260x300)What a pleasure it is to hang out with K.E. Shade today.  We’ve managed to work our way through a box of chocolates, half a bottle of wine and we’re debating the death by chocolate cupcakes that Dominic left on the counter… he won’t miss them will he?  At any rate, we’re not only hanging out for fun (although you wouldn’t know it to look at us *grin*)… we’re also here so that she can help me interview the heroine – Ella Gilby – from her book An Outlaw in Her Bed and I think we should do that before we have any more wine!

Hi Ella and thanks for joining us today.  Please could you tell us how you got in the crosshairs for your author?

Hi Domino and thanks for asking me to be here.  Well, K.E is awfully fond of Western films. I suppose she wanted to give it a whirl with words. Personally, I don’t think she’s satisfied until she rakes her characters over the fire pit.

She is a little wicked isn’t she!  She’s keeping very quiet on this question, so I’m hoping you’ll tell us what it was that drew you to your mate?

An Outlaw in her Bed 200x300Well, at first I just wanted to know who killed my husband but Travis? I think he was meant to be in my life. I can’t deny what the good Lord steers me toward. Owen, my husband, rescued me. Travis saved me.

It’s unusual enough to find one person, but to find two is a blessing!  A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner?

*giggles* In my bedroom after a particularly harrowing experience. I wasn’t going to let that man out of my bed without seeing if we had more in common.   

Here’s an interesting one… Boxers, briefs or commando on a man?

Domino, I’m not sure what you’re getting at.

Fair enough… I suppose it is a question that makes more sense in later decades.  I’ll ask K.E. to explain it to you later… Instead, why don’t you tell us what sure fire trick Travis can play if he wants to seduce you?

I must say it get mighty hot when Travis is out in the yard chopping wood without his shirt on. There’s just not enough trees around for my liking.

Oooh yes!  There’s something about watching those muscles ripple under the skin. *sigh*  Not enough trees around here either come to think of it!  Is there one place his body that you know will drive him wild-in and out of bed?

Right now I can do just about anything to Travis being as he’s not had much experience as I have. *blushes but chuckles*

Oh yes?  I’m going to have to read this and find out more!!  Hmm… K.E. didn’t want me to ask this one, but I’m dying to know what was one of the most embarrassing things she did to you in An Outlaw in Her Bed?

Having Travis come out from the bedroom buck naked. The poor man had no idea where he was and all with the fever and, well, I couldn’t rightly leave him just laying there. Oh my, it’s getting hot in here. *fans self*

That’s pretty terrible of her… in fact, she’s poured herself some more wine and is contriving to look innocent!  Is there anything else you would like to add?

The Lord works in mysterious ways. I always thought Owen was the one and only man for me. He made me the happiest woman in the world. Travis, however, is a whole another sort. I’m a strong woman but Travis makes me even stronger.

That is the best kind of man!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed chatting to Ella and I know that you’ll enjoy reading her story!  Before I go off to grab a cupcake… Please head over to our website to pre-order your copy NOW on www.breathlesspress.com or simply click on the cover above!

Until next time…

Domino xx

Blurb

Ella Gilby lost her husband to the perils of living in the wilderness of the new frontier. When her son finds a wounded man in the barn, she does what any Christian woman would do for a needy soul. She takes him in until he’s able to move on but never expects the attraction to blossom between them. When she realizes that her mysterious guest Travis has a deadly past, she has to come to terms that it may just be the cause of her husband’s untimely death.

 

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Chatting to Rebekah Lewis

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SONY DSCI love Wednesday.  If you’re having a great week, it reminds you that you still have 2 days to go and if you’re having a crap week… well, the there are only 2 days until Friday!  This particular Wednesday I’m loving it even more because I get to chat to the enchanting Rebekah Lewis!  Domino has had her way far too often lately and I simply put my foot down about this one!

Hi Rebekah and thanks for joining me today.

Hi Dominic.  It’s always a pleasure to be here.

That’s great to hear.  I believe you have exciting news to share with us today?

I do indeed!  “Under the Satyr Moon” is being released in PRINT!!

That’s fantastic news and well deserved!!  Shall we begin?UndertheSatyrMoon_200x300

Let’s!

How about you start by telling us what inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, and had planned several stories before the first one I completed. One day I will get to the others. However, the inspiration for the first one completed was a love of mythology.

Sounds interesting.  I enjoy mythology from different countries myself.  I wonder, how did it feel to finish your first book?

Like I just climbed the highest mountain. It leaves a huge sense of accomplishment, especially when you have a busy, busy schedule.

I can imagine.  When you’re busy, simply making the time is an achievement, but to have actually finished.  Must’ve been amazing! Was it easy to tell your friends and family that you were writing romance? What was their reaction?

I was afraid to tell them at first, and even considered not doing so. But I realized, even with a pen name, my family on facebook were sure to figure it out eventually. LOL They have actually been very supportive, even if I banned my grandmother and father from reading them.

It’s interesting because we’ve blogged about this in the past.  It’s always great to hear from authors how they’ve dealt with this situation.  On the whole, they’ve been positive experiences.  Does it get any easier with more releases?

I wouldn’t say easier, but it does get less overwhelming going through submitting and waiting for the results and all the stuff between submitting and release day.

That makes sense… after all, the process becomes more familiar each time you go through it.  Is it still just as exciting to have a book accepted as the first time? Why do you think that is?

YES! Because it makes the book seem more real, if that makes sense. The acceptance means it is one step closer to having readers enjoy it.

Actually, that does make sense.  After all, you can write a book that lives on your hard drive or printed in a drawer, but it’s not necessarily a “book” yet.  Oh, I love this question… If you were going to prepare a meal for the man / woman of your dreams, what would it be?

I make a mean lasagna. It is sure to win the heart of a man. LOL

Lasagna is one of my favourites!  A well made lasagna is definitely a winner for me! If I could 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)

It would involve Tom Hiddleston and likely end with me being in jail. LOL (or not, if I make him lasagna)

Now therein lies a tale… care to share more?

*grin* uh uh

Fair enough.  If you weren’t writing, what other artistic outlet do you think you’d have?

Well, I am a cover artist. I do have that to fall back on ;)

That’s a very important skill to have and certainly a vital one in this industry!  What would you say has been your highest point since being published?

My first book going into print. Holding the physical book in my hand made it seem more official.

I think that’s a feeling like no other and such a fantastic reward for all the hard work!  What has been the strangest place that inspiration has struck and how did you deal with it?

I get the best ideas when I can’t write things down. In the shower, driving on the highway, in bed trying to sleep, when you are trying to do edits on something and your editor is glaring at you from afar because she knows you are thinking about something other than edits….basically inspiration strikes at the most inopportune times.

Isn’t that always the way for it though.  I almost always get great inspiration for blogs and books when I’m about as far away from being able to note things down as you can be!  I can relate for sure!  So, if you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

To become an extrovert at will. I have grown used to being an introvert, but sometimes it is most unfortunate. LOL

I think many authors are essentiall introverted.  It’s part of what allows us to spend so much time in isolation creating life from letters.

I’d like to thank Rebekah for joining me today.  We’re off to open a bottle of champagne while YOU dear readers head off and pre-order your print copy of Under the Satyr Moon which releases this Friday!  Simply visit our website www.breathlesspress.com or click on the cover image above.

Chat soon,

Dominic

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Meet Levi from A Cowboy Sunrise

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A Cowboy Sunrise 200x300Kirsten S. Blacketer has an exciting month because she has two books releasing in July.  One of these is a Flirt (you remember these… they contain a 50% off coupon for another Flirt AND a 20% off coupon for any other eBook on our site).  I’ve asked her to help me out today so that I can interview the hero of her Flirt – A Cowboy Sunrise. Thankfully, I could ply her with cookies and we’ve had a blast!  So, without further delay… let’s chat to Levi and find out what makes him tick!

Hi Levi and welcome to the Breathless Blog!  Why don’t we start by having you tell us a bit about yourself?  Oh, and how you got in the crosshairs for your author?

Doesn’t take much more than a pair of hip huggin’ wranglers to catch my author’s attention.  I’m just a hardworking man who enjoys the wide open spaces and freedom of being on the range.

I suspect from the light flush on your authors face that you may well have nailed it in that opening statement… but maybe you fill them out really well?  Don’t answer that!  Rather tell me what it was that drew you to your mate?

Katie is comfortable being herself. She has a quiet confidence that makes people take notice. Her sense of humor and amazing skills in the kitchen didn’t hurt either. *winks*

Well, they always say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and there’s nothing sexier than a woman who is comfortable being herself!  Here’s a little naughty fun… where was the wildest place you seduced Katie?

In the stables…I’m not one to kiss and tell, but it took hours to pick all the hay out of her hair.

Yeah… hay and sand are two “no-no’s” for me *grin*. Are you a boxers, briefs or commando kind of guy?

I prefer the comfort of boxer briefs myself, can’t speak for other men though.

It would be a little odd if you did *grin*.  Tell me… if Katie wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick she can play?

Talk dirty to me, tell me exactly what you want and how you want it. Nothing’s sexier than a woman who knows what she wants and has no qualms about going after it.

Duly noted! Turn around is fair play… what is the one place on her body that you know will drive her wild – in and out of bed?

Tracing my fingers across her bare skin, anywhere, will drive her wild. That feather light touch is her kryptonite.

Here’s a chance to rat Kirsten out a little. What was one of the most embarrassing things she did to you in A Cowboy’s Sunrise?

She didn’t really do anything embarrassing to me, but I’m sure had my story been longer, she would have.

She’s looking a little sheepish, so you may be right!  Is there anything else that you’d like to add?

Remember, confidence is sexy.

A huge thanks to Kirsten and Levi for joining me today.  To pre-order this great title simply visit our website on www.breathlesspress.com or click on the cover above!  Do it now!!

Until next time…

Domino xx

Blurb

Katie never expected her impromptu vacation at her best friend’s dude ranch to have such glorious scenery…or tight wrangler clad cowboys.

Frustrated over losing her job, Katie accepts her best friend’s invitation to spend a few weeks at their dude ranch in Wyoming. She never expected the stampede of desire when she caught a glimpse of her first authentic cowboy. Her mind immediately wondered what the handsome cowboy hid beneath his dusty wranglers. Katie never expected to find a man, let alone one whose kisses turned her limbs into jello. Can she return to her life in the city and leave the charming cowboy behind?

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