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Meet Daniel Barnes from When You Believe by Mia Epsilon

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whenyoubelieve_200x300Dan and Monica’s relationship gets a push from a handsome stranger, but will their love survive the test?

Monica has deep roots in the small town of Abbeville and manages the local coffee shop, which serves as the hub of town news. Deeply in love with Daniel, she still can’t help but notice the gorgeous stranger, Michael, who seemingly appears out of nowhere. When Dan begins to pull away from her, what’s a girl to do? Tempted to sit home and cry, Monica is determined to push through the uncertainty. Does that mean exploring new options?

Daniel carries secrets he can’t share with anyone, even Monica. He’s a man with no past and no relatives, so he doesn’t believe he deserves a bright future. Pulling away from Monica, his love and the closest thing he has to a family, he believes is the only way she can truly find happiness. But when tragedy strikes Abbeville will the man with no roots become its savior? Or will he discover Michael’s true reason for appearing among them?

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Did you know that this is the 3rd book in the delicious series by Mia Epsilon?  I absolutely adore her books and I know this one will be just as fab!!  Today we get up close and personal with Daniel, hero of the latest story, When You Believe.

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

Not much to tell about me, really. I’m almost done with college, thank God and plan to keep working at the floral shop with my boss, Adam. I have a girl, Monica. At least I think I have a girl. That darn idiot Mr. Tall-Dark-Wears-a-Leather-Coat-to-Makes-All-the-Girls-Go-Googly-Eyed Michael is making major moves on *my* woman.

I guess I got in her sights because of Adam, my boss, and because we all live in Abbeville where she’s had stories set before. I mean, I’m a pretty ordinary guy. I don’t know why else she’d want to write about me. All I’ve done is just sort of help her write the other stories, that’s all. Oh, and get Monica to make her coffee. Can’t imagine why the author focused on me.

You got someone to make her coffee?  Honey, I’m surprised you didn’t get a parade!  It certainly sounds like you’ve done more than enough to make yourself attractive to Mia!  So tell me, what was it that drew you to your mate?

Monica’s just awesome, you know? *big grin* I mean, sure, she looks great and has an amazing body and all, plus God, when she kisses me it’s like fireworks and bombs exploding all at the same time. She has this huge open heart and tries to make the whole world better. She loves video games and knows the difference between American football and British football. Plus the girl makes coffee like nobody’s business. Can’t help but love a woman who always has a steaming mug of joe ready for you at any time of day.

I have to admit, she sounds amazing and for the hot coffee… I’d be willing to consider changing teams on a busy day *grin*.  Have you and this fab woman of yours been up to any mischief?  Whisper to me and tell me where the wildest place was that you seduced her?

Oh, well, um, I’d probably get in big trouble if Adam knew this, but the storeroom of the floral shop. I took all the roses, removed the thorns and made this path on the floor and then Monica walked in and…well, we didn’t make the floor, the wall had to do, but it sure smelled nice.

That’s certainly different and I’m glad you clarified about the thorns *chuckles*.  That could’ve been uncomfortable!  Now to the important stuff… Boxers, briefs or commando?

Briefs at work, commando with Monica. She gets impatient sometimes. *grins*

I like a man who plans ahead!  Fill me in, if Monica wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick she can play?

Bring me coffee and wear that really tight red top with the little lace right above her…

Uh huh… and is there a place on her body that you know will drive her wild-in and out of bed?

Her wrists, right over the vein, there’s just something about that spot, if I kiss or lick it that drives Monica half crazy.

I’ve never come across that one before and it certainly doesn’t do anything for me, but I know it’s a pulse point so… Oh, I love this one.  What was one of the most embarrassing things Mia did to you in When You Believe?

There were several. I mean, it’s not bad enough I have to watch some stranger making moves on my woman and the whole town, except Amber, thinks he’s Brad Pitt, Tom Hiddleston, and James Bond rolled into one. Noooooo. She also has me on my knees in front of the whole town when—well, you’ll have to read for that one.

Oh man, you stopped before dishing on the good stuff!!  Hmph.  Oh well, it’ll make reading it so much more interesting!  Is there anything else you would like to add?

I never thought Michael was really an assassin or anything. I just didn’t like him moving in on Monica. He could be okay, I suppose. Maybe he could lend me his leather coat.

Maybe *grin*

I hope you’re as excited as I am to read this one!!

Until next time…

Domino xx

 

 

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Meet Becky from Then, One Frozen Christmas Eve by Spencer Dryden

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Then One Frozen Christmas Eve 200x300On a snowy, frigid Christmas Eve in Minnesota, a heating technician makes an emergency call to a townhome without heat. Don is unable to repair the unit and tells Becky, the occupant, she must vacate the premises and stay in a hotel for her own safety. Becky breaks down and tells Don she has no money and no place to go. She has no friends or family locally and has maxed out her credit cards relocating from San Diego. Don invites her to stay with him until the furnace can be replaced.

Don is smitten by her good looks and warm, inviting manner. He begins to fantasize about a romantic connection, but is restrained by a crippling fear of his sexual inadequacy. Safe at his apartment, Becky turns up the heat on the shy divorcee. Can she melt his fears of intimacy and give him an unforgettable Christmas?

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I’m thrilled to welcome Becky Thompson from Then, One Frozen Christmas Eve by Spencer Dryden today as we sit down and see what makes her tick.

Hi Becky and welcome.  Please tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

Hi Dominic and thanks for having me.  As for what got me in my authors crosshairs?  My sixth sense. I know when a guy is going to get lucky.

Hmm… useful talent to have!  So was that what drew you to your mate?

No, at first it was his soulful eyes.

Yeah, eyes are one of the sexiest body parts.  Here’s a great question for you… where was the wildest place you seduced him?

I tried to seduce him when I was in his Jacuzzi tub, but he wasn’t getting the message at all.

Some men can be quite slow on the uptake *shrugs*.  I’m guessing it all worked out in the end though.  Hmm… boxers, briefs or commando on a man?

Briefs

Well alrighty then.  Oh, here’s a good one, if your partner wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick he can play?

Fix anything for me. I get weak knees watching him work on anything.

Aah… the handyman factor.  It’s certainly a great turn on … to have a man who’s proven that he’s good with his hands.  So is there one place on his body that you know will drive him wild-in and out of bed?

Are you kidding? Stroking his manhood.

That’s certainly direct!  And effective.  *grins*.  Here’s your chance to spill the beans on Spencer.  What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in Then, One Frozen Christmas Eve?

He damn near froze me to death in the opening scene. Do you know how cold it is in Minnesota in winter? He wanted me to show my vulnerability. I’ll say, he succeeded!?

I can’t wait to read all about it!  Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you to the lovely people of Minnesota, but you folks are nuts living in that kind of cold.

*chuckles*

I think this is one for us guys to really enjoy!  Have you ordered your copy yet??  Why not?

Chat soon,

Dominic

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Meet Lucien from No Angel by Pippa Jay

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NOANGEL_200x300How far would you fall for love?

Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave into his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he’d been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy and charming, he’s been top of his league for decades uncounted.

Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, since the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on.

But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.

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I hope everyone had a great weekend?  Ours was busy, filled with decorating and putting up the tree.  Dominic was up to his elbows in cookie making and I think there was way too much eggnogg drunk.  Today though I’m really thrilled to be able to introduce you to Lucien de la Vae from ­­No Angel by Pippa Jay today as we sit down and see what makes him tick.

Hi Lucien and welcome to the Breathless Blog.  Why not start by telling us about yourself.  What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

Me? Oh, no doubt my incredible good looks and overwhelming charm. No one can resist those. After seven hundred years as an incubus, I know my abilities well, and of course the beauty of angels, fallen or not, is well known. *smiles wickedly*

And of course there’s all that modesty too *chuckles*.  It certainly sounds like she wouldn’t be able to miss you!  Tell us, what was it that drew you to your mate?

She…*sigh*…where do I begin? So beautiful. So innocent. The light of goodness within her glows like a warm fire in winter, drawing all to her. Perfect skin, golden hair. There is a sweetness to her as tempting and clear as white wine and honey.

Wow… *fans self*…. I see why she got your attention.  Are you willing to share a little naughty fun? Where was the wildest place you seduced her?

I have not yet had that pleasure, but I intend to take her to every corner of the world and sample all that it, and she, has to offer.

Oh boy… sounds like she’s in for a great time ahead!  Here’s my least favourite personal question, boxers, briefs or commando on a man?

Underwear is an unnecessary…inconvenience.

Good point.  Hmm, if she wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick she can play?

Miranda has no need of tricks. All she needs to do is smile at me and take my hand.

If she’s everything you said earlier, then it’s no wonder she doesn’t need to employ any tricks. Is there a place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

One touch from me anywhere would drive any woman wild with desire. But we have not yet finished exploring to see which will elicit the greater response for my one true soulmate.

Soulmate huh?  Sounds serious.  Here’s one of my favourite questions… what was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in No Angel?

She left me naked at the end of the story. Imagine that. To be stripped bare by her words, then abandoned as easily?

Naked?  Oh Pippa… you’re a mean one!  So Lucien, is there anything else you would like to add?

*takes interviewer’s hand and kisses it* feel free to invite me back again sometime soon…

So… um… where was I?  Phew… oh yes, you really should order your copy now so that you can see what the fuss is about!  Really!!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Getting to know Erzabet Bishop

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Red Dress 200x300Being naughty never felt so nice…

Cecily’s husband Neil has kept her waiting one too many times. After another lonely night of movie watching, she decides to take her pleasure into her own hands.

Tangled up tinsel, a smoking hot red dress, and a holiday wish come true are in store for Cecily when Neil comes home from work and catches her being a very naughty girl.

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Erzabet Bishop Author PicHi, we’re here this morning with Erzabet Bishop, author of The Red Dress.  Erzabet Bishop has been crafting stories since she could pound keys on her parents’ old typewriter. She has only just learned that it is a whole lot more fun writing naughty books. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores.

She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.

Follow her reviews and posts on Twitter @erzabetbishop.

Hi Erzabet and thanks for joining us today.  What advice would you give an aspiring writer?

Don’t quit. Ever. The more you write, the better you get and the more the words flow.

I think that’s great advice.  Like any skill, you can’t improve if you don’t actually work at it.  Hmm, if you aren’t writing, what creative outlet do you have?

I love to search for new crochet projects and cookie recipes online. It’s like an obsession. Lol

I can live with a cookie obsession… it’s a really yummy one to have and they make useful gifts!!  I wonder, if I had the power to grant you one wish, what would it be?

That’s a tough one. Everyone really does want world peace and the end to all things bad. I would, if I could, be a writer full time. It can be a challenge to write under two names and work a full time job.

That’s a really great dream to have and one you definitely share with other authors! Here’s another great one, if you could have one super power what would it be and why?

I would want to ability to jump time so I could write more and keep the house cleaned in one single swoop.

Oh my… YES!!  That is one I’d like too!!  Hermione used it for education, I’d use it for the same thing as you *grin*.  Here’s a great one.  What are some of the craziest places you’ve gotten inspiration for your work?

At work actually. Everyone I interact with is fodder for my stories. I have a lanyard with sticky notes crammed inside and I take them home every night and add them to the growing pile on my desk.

I have to agree that everyday life is one of the most inspiring places… every conversation, interaction, meeting… has the power to be a great plot point.

Here’s our quick draw for you…

Heels or flats: Flats

Jeans or a dress: Jeans

Sushi or burgers: Burgers

Favorite ice cream: Cinnamon

Movie or book: book

I know you’ll fall as much in love with Erzabet as we have.  Now, go and buy her book!!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Getting to know Pia Marsden from A Crystal Angel by Dawn Brower

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A Crystal Angel 200x300An unwanted betrothal drives Lily and Liam to run away, days before Christmas. Can Thor and Pia find the twins before something dire befalls them?

Thor makes a mistake that irritates his wife, Pia. He agreed to betroth their son Liam to the Earl of Devon’s daughter. Pia demands he make the contract disappear. In the meantime the twins find out about the betrothal contract and runaway. Pia and Thor have to find them before they get hurt or worse. Will they find them in time to celebrate Christmas or is their family about to fall apart forever.

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Today I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to Pia Marsden, Lady Torrington, from A Crystal Angel by Dawn Brower.  Let’s sit down with her and find out what makes her tick.

Hi Pia and thanks for joining us today.  Start by telling us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

Hmmph. She should be more concerned about what I might do to her. Do you know she allowed me to be kidnapped by a pirate once?

What? Oh yeah, but, well I’m not happy right now. I don’t care how good of a lover he is I’m quite irritated with him.

Sorry about that she just reminded me I’m happily married—most of the time—to said pirate. She’s right, but I’m a little…shall we say irate with him at the moment so it’s easy to see how I’d forget that.

I think that’s true of many married couples *grin*.  So what was it that drew you to him?

Oh he’s a sexy beast—quite hard not to be drawn to him. Have you seen him? *winks*

I try not to perve over my guests partners… but yes, he is rather delicious!  So tell me this, where was the wildest place you seduced him?

Oh in our carriage—the uh… bumps make things a tad bit interesting.

I’m guessing the unexpected nature of said bumps added to the thrill *chuckles*.  I’ve heard it said that it can be quite… invigorating.  Hmm, do you prefer boxers, briefs or commando?

Pass—this is clearly not a question meant for a lady to answer.

And this from the lady who confessed to seducing her partner in a moving carriage?  Interesting *grin*. Fair enough though.  How about this one.  If you partner wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick he can play?

Start undressing…I can never get enough of seeing him naked.

Simple, practical… I like it!  It’s like having a gift that you get to unwrap and enjoy!  All things being equal, is there one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

Why would I tell you that? Are you trying to steal my husband from me? Do you take me for a fool?

I’ve seen how he smoulders at you dear lady… you are in no danger from me!  Aah, a chance to spill on your author… What was one of the most embarrassing things Dawn did to you in this story?

Nothing embarrassing happened to me. She knows better. I have a long memory.

You’re quite dangerous and feisty for a lady.  Before we go, is there anything else you would like to add?

Of course not, haven’t I said enough?

Quite!  I am SOOOOOO looking forward to reading this one!!

Until next time…

Domino xx

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Casting the Spotlight on Pelaam

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Living in clean, green New Zealand, Pelaam is a best-selling, multipublished author of gay romance and erotic books. When not busy writing, she can be found indulging in her other passions of cookery and wine appreciation.

Pelaam’s book Breath of the Feathered Serpent is a finalist for the 2014 Rainbow Awards in Gay Futuristic/Sci-fi and has been given an Honorable Mention. Bedazzled and Firebird were a combined finalist for the Rainbow Awards in Gay Futuristic/sci-fi 2013.

Facebook: Pamela Pelaam-One

E-mail: pelaam@hotmail.com

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atouchoftheheart_200x300Christmas—a time for Santa, elves, and angels. But they don’t exist. Or do they? Alex is about to find out.

Alex loves making Christmas special for the customers who visit his shop, despite his own sadness and loneliness. He employs Michael as his store Santa, and when a young would-be shoplifter, Jackson, is caught, he’s persuaded by Michael to give him a chance. To Alex’s surprise, he’s attracted to Jackson, but he really has no idea how to deal with it.

Will Alex get a touch of the heart from an angel to help him find the love he deserves?

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Heading downstairs on Michael’s heels, Alex ignored the curious glances of the gathered crowd. The guard had taken the young man over to Jayne, his senior till operator. The pinched and sour look on Jayne’s face told Alex she, too, had become judge, juror, and executer in regards to the would-be shoplifter. She met Alex’s gaze squarely as he approached.

“It’s all right. Everything’s under control. I’ve told security to call the police. He probably wanted to sell the scarf to get money for drink or drugs.”

An inner voice told Alex that wasn’t the case. Yes, the man had piercings, and tattoos, but that was no reason to make such a sweeping judgment. Especially in front of onlookers. The guilt and sadness in the young man’s eyes were unmissable. This was no seasoned thief. His skin was pale, but blemish-free, and he didn’t strike Alex as someone who did drugs.

Stepping between the guard and Jayne, Alex held up his hand. “Don’t call the police just yet. I haven’t decided whether I need them or not. What’s the story here, Max?”

“Seems this feller thought he didn’t need to pay like everyone else.” The guard shook the young man’s arm. “Spotted him slipping a scarf inside his jacket. Are you sure you don’t want me to call the police? This lady did.” Max indicated Jayne, who glowered at the young man.

“It would teach him a good lesson to be locked up.” Jayne sniffed loudly.

Instinctively, Alex felt certain that was far from the truth. He shook his head. “Not now. Thank you for spotting what happened, Max, but I’d like to speak to him in my office.”

“I’ll hang around.” Max glared at the man as Michael and the would-be shoplifter headed toward the stairs.

“Don’t let him fool you with some sob story,” Jayne called out.

“That won’t be necessary. I can call the police if needed.” Alex glanced over his shoulder and wasn’t surprised to see Jayne, the guard, and a few customers huddled around the till. He shook his head.

Once in his office, Alex sat at his desk with Michael and the stranger opposite him, seated next to each other. He steepled his fingers and leaned forward. “Why don’t you tell us your name to start with?”

“Look, I did it. Just call the cops and get this over, okay? I knew my luck would run out eventually. Don’t drag it out.” The young man’s green-eyed gaze was filled with defeat, and his voice was world-weary. Alex’s heart ached at the despondent tone.

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I know you’ll love this great title!!

Chat soon,

Dominic

 

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Chatting to Ivy Bateman

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theartoffallingforever_200x300A chaste kiss on the cheek leads to the discovery of a lifetime.

Even though Eilam has always been part of her world, Amy never thought of him as more than her mother’s friend. One night, after rehearsal for the town’s Christmas Pageant, Eilam reveals that not only is there more to him than Amy had ever imagined, but that together they could be the next chapter in a story that has played out in her family for over 2000 years.

While struggling to cope with the death of her mother and the responsibility of being in charge of the biggest even of the year, Amy must decide whether her future lies with her estranged boyfriend Troy or the enigmatic Eilam.

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Ivy Bateman Author PhotoOne of the best parts of this job is getting to read awesome books… but one of my favourite parts is getting to hang out with the talented authors of those awesome books! I know that many of you have already fallen in love with Ivy, but just in case you’re only meeting her today (seriously, where have you been???), I thought I’d introduce her to you all ahead of her latest release which hits the shelves on Friday!

Hi Ivy and thanks for taking the time to chat to us today.  I’m going to start you off nice and easy *grin*. Can you remember if there was a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be a writer?

No, not really as I’ve always liked writing, but what I really wanted to be was an actress. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing, but it just sort of happened. One day I was talking to a friend of mine about trying my hand at romance writing and about a year or later, I was signing my first contract. These days I write more than I act which is fine because I find as much joy in finishing a story as I do when taking a bow at the end of a performance.

Your acting skills will be a huge asset to your writing though.  I often think of writing as “written acting”.  After all, you have to be able to pace your story, have convincing dialogue, sets, costumes, storyline.  I’m sure having an understanding of all of those elements helps.  So if acting was your first love, what inspired you to write your first book?

I just wanted to see if I could do it and try a new way of creating.

Aaah.  So you were challenging yourself.  I like that. It’s always a good idea! How did it feel to finish your first book?

Shocked! When I was in high school I had a really hard time writing anything longer than about 5 pages, but here I was, sitting at my computer with a Novella on the screen. It was extremely rewarding, but surprising.

I had the opposite problem.  Write a 1 000 word essay?  Sure… reach 5 000 words and have to edit quickly!  I can relate to that sensation of succeeding though. Now you’d finished it, obviously at some point there was going to be a submission.  What would you say was the most terrifying thing about submitting your first book?

Aside from being rejected, the sex scenes. I was worried they were a bit too much. Actually, the sex scenes in my first novella, Between the Lines, still make me blush when I realize that people have actually read them. Especially chapter seven! And no, I don’t write from experience. Chapter seven has NEVER HAPPENED!

I confess, there is something voyeuristic about reading some of these books.  I can’t help but wonder if any of it is based on personal experiences or fantasies… but then again, I’m a guy.  Was it easy to tell your friends and family that you were writing romance? What was their reaction?

Telling my family was bit awkward, but they were very proud of me. They don’t read my work, which is fine, but they were, and still are, very proud of me. My friends, from what I can tell, think it’s pretty cool. Some of them read my work, but some of them can’t get past me writing saucy scenes. It’s too weird for them. But all of my friends, whether they read my work or not, are very supportive.

I’m guessing you’re more comfortable with the idea of them not reading your work from the look on your face *chuckles*.  Having submitted and been accepted for publication, how did you react to having to edit or make changes to your “baby”?

Well, you’d have to ask my editors, but I think I’m quite good at dealing with the changes. I’ve done my job as a writer and when they read it over and offer suggestions or corrections, they are doing their job as an editor. If I have a real issue, I’m polite about it (or hope I am!) but mostly, I accept their suggestions and work them into my story.

Having spent some time with you, I’m fairly sure you ARE polite about it.  I guess you’d be pretty protective if you felt strongly enough about something though, but all authors are like that and sometimes it’s important to stand up for something.  Here’s a tricky one, what is the hardest part of being published for you?

I’ve made the choice to stay anonymous, for the most part, about Ivy. That can be difficult because I know that I’m not promoting as loudly as perhaps my publisher would like. When my daughter is older, I’ll think about taking down the veil, but for now, she doesn’t need her friends to know I write romance or erotica. Perhaps I’m being vain in thinking kids at her school would even bother to take the time to look up my work, but just in case, I keep Ivy fairly secret to prevent any negative or embarrassed reactions that could harm my daughter.

That’s a really great reason for keeping the two separate.  Kids grow up fast enough these days without being exposed to too much, too early.  I think you’re also right that kids can be cruel.  From what I’ve seen though, you’re pretty active about promoting your work, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that side of things.  Oh I love this one, what has been the strangest place that inspiration has struck and how did you deal with it?

I’m not sure if this is strange, but it’s something I remember very vividly. In the summer, while I was out for a walk, I was listening to a podcast called Nerdist. Host Chris Hardwick, whom I adore, was interviewing Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who is a real inspiration. Anyway, astronaut Chris was telling host Chris about the feeling of being between the earth and forever. He said that when you’re in the space station, the earth is above you and the rest of the universe is below and it goes on forever. Just like that the title “The Art of Falling Forever” popped into my head. At that moment I knew I had to write a story with that title. I’m just hoping the story I wrote lives up to the title that I adore.

That’s a striking visual, the idea of the earth being above you and this unending line of universe below.  Turns our concept of spacial awareness on its head.  It’s also a very cool way to come up with a story idea.  Let’s have a fun one… 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)

Can I be selfish? I’d love to be on stage, in a big city, and act with someone I really admire. That would be a dream come true.

Of course you can, it’s your wish!  I think it’s important to use wishes in the way they were intended to be used.  To make dreams come true!  So if you weren’t writing, what other artistic outlet do you think you’d have?

I actually do have a couple other outlets. There’s quite a bit of community theatre where I live so when I can, I participate. Also, I love to sing and play guitar. I’m not a master by any stretch, but it’s fun and I really enjoy expressing myself that way.

We must get you to entertain us one day soon… Sounds like you have a lot of fun!  Hmm *waggles eyebrows*, do you have a secret skill that you can share with us?

It’s odd, but I’m really good at making disgusting cakes. For three years in a row, I won in the disgusting cake category at my husband’s work place.

Disgusting cakes?  Disgusting taste or decorations?  Actually, I’m not sure I want to know!  That’s certainly a unique talent *grin*.  Aaah… this is a great question! If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I think super speed would be very handy. Think about how much I could get done in a day?

So you’d love to be the Flash.  I agree, there are days when you just need more time to get through everything.  Could be quite handy!  Is there a certain song or soundtrack you listen to while writing?

Not really. I used to listen to music, but I’m easily distracted. These days I write with ear plugs in so I don’t hear anything but my fingers on the keyboard and my characters chattering away in my head.

That’s interesting, neither Domino nor I can work in silence.  Drives us both nuts.  Guess it goes to show that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do things!  If you work in silence while writing, are there any movies or television shows which inspire you?

I’m inspired by really good writing. Shows like “Sherlock” and “Breaking Bad” are filled with incredible writing and well-drawn characters. Watching those shows, and others like them, makes me want to be a better writer.

I agree.  Great writing makes or breaks a show or movie for me too.  Doesn’t matter how great the cast or effects, if the writing is weak… sigh.  Finally, what advice would you give an aspiring writer?

It’s probably a bit cliché, but write from your heart. Write what feels right to you and listen to your characters.

I love that advice.  Cliché or not, it’s real advice and I hope that aspiring writers take it to heart.

Huge thanks to Ivy for hanging out today.  I hope you’ll go and order her book now!

Chat soon,

Dominic

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Meet Raschael from Angel’s Keeping by Brantwijn Serrah

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As a succubus, preying on humans is Raschael’s business, and mortal holidays are a frivolous waste of time. So maybe her king meant to punish her when he sent her out to hunt on Christmas Eve. Or maybe he just wanted her far, far away, so he could banish Raschael’s one trusted friend.

“Your little pet has run off.”

Now Raschael must track down a missing fallen angel, and she doesn’t have a clue where to start. Bigger predators are closing in, and Rasche’s only lead is a Christmas stripper named Noelle.

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It’s always an exciting time when we get to chat to returning characters, so I hope you’ll be just as warm in welcoming Raschael from The Wages of Sin and the brand-new holiday release, Angel’s Keeping, by Brantwijn Serrah. Welcome back, Raschael!

Hi Domino and thanks for having me here again!

So, Raschael, tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

I’ve been a bit of a constant, if background character in Brantwijn’s “Blood and Fire” world. She’s had me in mind and been looking for a chance to revisit me, ever since “The Wages of Sin“. The call went out for an “Angel” themed holiday story, and–as a fallen angel–I was the lucky lady that sprang to her mind.

I’ve spent time chatting to your author and I would think any lady that sprang to her mind would be lucky *grin*.  So what was that drew you to your mate?

As a succubus, I have many mortals I call prey, but as for a “mate”… “Angel’s Keeping” is about the relationship I share with another succubus, Kyriel. She is not what you’d expect, in a fallen angel…soft and shy, small in stature and such a daydreamer. I suppose what draws me to her is her sweetness and vulnerability. She makes me feel like the wolf about to take the rabbit, and I love that feeling. She’s so…wildly wrong, for a succubus, but yet so…so very wonderful, in her way.

She certainly sounds complex and intriguing!  Where was the wildest place you seduced her?

For all she is shy and sweet, Kyrie can be a wanton little slut when I have her in my clutches. I’m fond of taking her somewhere like a mortal bar or nightclub and sneaking her off into a shadowy corner or out the back door, somewhere the humans are close by and could so easily catch us. I love to drive her mad with pleasure when she knows someone might witness her being bad.

That definitely sounds incredibly wild!  More than a little adrenalin rush there.  Do you prefer boxers, briefs or commando on a man?

Why are you always asking about men, Domino? Women’s underwear is so much more interesting! I like a subtly lacy, sheer thong.

Thongs huh… lace… I have to say it’s definitely a sexy look regardless of who you’re showing it to *grin*.  Now, if Kyrie wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick she can play?

Mm, I like my lovers to show me their yearning. They must ask for my attention…I don’t necessarily mean to beg or to grovel, but to supplicate themselves tenderly, humbly request the pleasure of my attention. Of course I must always conduct myself with class and decorum, but underneath the facade, seeing one of my lovers show me their want really lights my fire.

That’s a secret to most seduction success… being wanted! So tell me, what is the one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

Kyriel? Most definitely her horns. Stroke them and she melts.

Takes being “horny” to a whole new level then huh? Here’s a chance to rat out your author… What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in “Angel’s Keeping?

Stuck me in a flower shop’s refrigerator. I mean, cold doesn’t bother me, but really? Why on earth did I end up there?

That’s certainly different! Brantwijn certainly is a little twisted *grin*.  Is there anything else you would like to add?

Hm, well, I’d like to let your readers know that while this story is a “Blood and Fire” novella, there’s no need for them to have read others in the series for this one to be enjoyed. It is a…a “stand-alone”, I think they’re called? Anyway, they’re welcome to join me and Kyrie and a very strange stripper named Noelle, even if they’ve never read a “Blood and Fire” book before.

Sounds like an excellent reason to invest in this book!!  Hopefully all our readers will take the time…

Until next time…

Domino xx

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The Borrowers and their impact on Sales!

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moneyOver the past year or so there has been a lot of debate about the impact of policy changes at online retailers regarding cover art and classifying “erotica” as a form of porn… from which the buying public must be protected!  There have been proven incidents of sales dropping thanks to the fact that books no longer appear on certain sites.  A trend that has caused consternation for authors and publishers alike!

There has been much discussion regarding ways of working around this trend and thanks in part to some changes to cover designs and an ongoing dialogue with retailers, many publishers have now been able to ensure that their titles are appearing more openly again.  Don’t get us started on trying to figure out how the sales algorithms work on some of these sites… might as well be written in Klingon for all the sense it makes to us!

Some authors have recently noticed a disturbing trend in eBook sales.  Books are “sold” and then returned to the retailer within a day or so for a full refund.  That is plenty of time for a person to have read the book, so essentially, they’ve had the full benefit of the book and the author is left high and dry.  Now there is a new hurdle to deal with… The borrowers.

Amazon (there may be others) has a service which allows readers to borrow books from their library… and in addition, if you purchase the book, you can now lend it to your friends (more info below).  I’m sure that this is a fantastic service and one that is highly valued by many users, but consider if you will, the impact that this move has no doubt had on sales figures for authors.

If a reader no longer has to purchase your book in order to read it… why would they?  I would love to hear your ideas for ways to increase sales in the face of these potential hazards and how you think the lending library idea will impact on authors in the long-term.

Chat soon,

Dominic

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Meet Nayla from Sins of an Angel by Ishabelle Torry

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Seven Deadly Sins…one tempted angel…

As an Angel of Mercy, Nayla’s duty is to collect the souls of the mortals who’ve given up on life and return them to the Guff for rebirth. But her loyalty to duty is challenged when she’s sent to destroy the essence of Grant Farris. Calling upon the Archangel Michael, she begs for leniency. After all, how can one be happy when all one has known is pain?

Grant has no idea that his eternal soul is facing total annihilation. As far as he’s concerned, this life can go straight to hell…which is exactly what Lucifer intends. But when the angel Nayla interferes and is granted mortality to aid in Grant’s redemption, Lucifer realizes an even better opportunity. He could have his very own Angel of Mercy!

Can Nayla save Grant’s soul without losing her own to temptation?

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I hope everyone had an epic weekend? Too much food this side, but it was totally worth it! Today, as I dodge leftovers, I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you all to Nayla from Sins of an Angel by Ishabelle Torry. I hope you’ll enjoy finding out what makes her tick.

Hi Nayla and welcome. Why not start by telling us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

I believe my author simply likes to sin!

Really? She does have a naughty twinkle in her eye, but I guess you’d know her mind… Having lived there *grin*. Why not tell us what it was that drew you to your mate?

Ohh! Everything! The moment I saw him through the window I knew there was more to him than a hard outer shell. I felt the goodness inside him!

Interesting… So… Share a little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner?

*blushes* I believe it was at breakfast, and it involved delicious apple pie.

Pie? I’m going to leave that one alone *grin* How about you tell me what you prefer… Boxers, briefs or Commando on a man?

*blushes even brighter* Oh my word! You are most curious! *whispers* I find commando to be beautiful on Grant Farris.

Well, enquiring minds want to know! Here’s a great one. If your partner wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick he can play?
*grins* He’s always teaching me and showing me new tricks.

New tricks? I’m hoping we’ll find out more in the book! Ok, tell me this, wWphat is the one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

I bat my eyelashes! He loves my eyes. So I suppose I just have to look at him. Like this…*bats lashes and smiles prettily*

Good for you! Oh, here’s a chance to get your own back on Ishabelle… What was one of the most embarrassing things she did to you in Sins of an Angel?

Oh! Oh! Oh! *waves hands in the air* She made people think I was crazy!

That’s just mean!! Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes, please! I am not crazy! And have you ever eaten apple pie? It is so heavenly… HMMM

Oh yes… Pie…. Yum. Thanks so much for joining us today. I hope that you will grab your copy now!

Until next time…

Domino xxx

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