#WIPWednsday Tease

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Gold spilled over the tables skirting the gleaming marble floor of the immaculate ballroom. Mirrors reflected each other like tangible echos on either side, giving the illusion of endless space, glimmering light and people. The very room was designed to be a criminal’s best friend and an operative’s worst nightmare. There were at least two skilled pickpockets working the crowd, but humans behaving badly were not Aviana’s concern.

Their gracious hostess, Madame Fervaunte, was the biggest con of them all, at any rate. But with her help, the gala had been set up to lure a far more dangerous threat to the Parisian elite. A Succubus who’d been picking off the wealthiest and most entangled, which made the task of covering up the crimes a strain, even for the GSI.

Hence, Aviana and Stephan’s assignment. Her partner had been in France for months, living his backstory, carefully laying the delicate gossamer layers, until no one saw him for anyone other than Lord André Beauchene, a young aristocratic from Nice. Avi was playing his French-American girlfriend, Claire Dubois, on holiday from university. In reality, she’d been on another assignment in Moscow.

The plan was simple: confirm the target was on site, then spring a trap they couldn’t possibly resist. Easy, in theory. They just had to keep the night flowing in their favor. Seated across from their clever and witty hostess, both Avi and Stephan were attuned to everything happening around them. It helped that they were able to use their own supernatural senses to remain alert, rather than relying on their eyes. That’s how Aviana caught her first whiff of mud. A bitter, damp and almost decaying aroma that couldn’t be disguised with an entire vat of Chanel. She honed in on the smell, following it over the room’s occupants, then silently alerted Stephan to a beautiful brunette laughing and flirting with a minor viscount in the far corner of the dance floor. It was time. The faster they put their plan into motion, the faster they could stop the viscount’s naivety from becoming fatal.

“Madame,” Stephan politely interrupted their hostess, as he began rising from his chair.

The woman gasped and abruptly looked past him, her entire face lighting up with pleasant surprise. Aviana completely lost the Succubus’s scent, at that precise moment. Her senses taken hostage by the familiar, heady fragrances of morning dew on grass, fertile earth and windswept mountains. She nearly forgot herself and closed her eyes, as it overpowered everything else, flowing right into her like a jet stream. Purposeful. Driven. Demanding.

The room fell into a murmur of awe, people captured by whoever filled the entrance and Aviana didn’t even have to look to know. The only reason she did, was to not give herself away. Then her gaze was trapped by the reddish-brown irises of the one she thought she’d escaped. It was surreal to see him standing there, looking a thousand times deadlier in a damn skirt than he had in jeans and a t-shirt. His red, black and white tartan was complimented by the short, formal jacket of black with its big silver buttons. The decorative, fur lined sporran hanging from his hips boasted a large, snarling wolf head in more silver. It was arrogantly intimidating. A symbol of pride for his people that, like the living wolves beside him, the human guests couldn’t possibly see as anything more than eccentric, yet Avi found it ridiculously sexy.

“Caden McCuine MacSweyn,” the usher announced without a single waver, despite the giant wolf that brushed against his leg. “High Chief of Skye Clan Revan, Laird of Uig.”

No! Stunned, Avi didn’t dare share a glance with Stephan, but she had to wonder if he’d just connected the same dots. If that really was the Caden McCuine–Alpha of the UK packs–then their entire operation was in shambles. Because, if their target found viscounts tasty, she certainly wasn’t going to pass up on a king!

#WIP Untitled (The Úlfrinn series)
©A.C. Melody

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Dear Indie ♥ Quickie

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Hi Indies! I know I was supposed to post about Swag this time around, but I need to address something that’s undoubtedly a touchy subject, because I feel it’s extremely important: The dreaded typo.

Look, I’m not that Grammar Nazi that attacks every post or article I come across with a typo or two – we’ve all had typos! It happens. I’m so guilty of it, I’ve developed almost an OCD kind of self-conscience fear of them. I swear I re-edit my posts a million times before and AFTER publishing them. It doesn’t help that I’m all for word-inventification, but that’s a whole other post! 😉

I’m sure I’ve kind of touched on the subject in the past, but the reason I’d like to talk about it again now, is because these Dear Indie posts are supposed to be helpful for all published or aspiring writers who come across them and I feel like this topic needs more attention. Especially, when it seems like I’m coming across this unfortunate situation more frequently of late:

Typos in Marketing

Believe it or not, I care about your success, and part of that success is how you appear to your (potential) readers when you’re putting your work out there for the world to see. This includes Teasers, Excerpts, Book Trailers, Blurbs/Synopsis and Author Bios. You may think these things are far less important than the book, itself – and I’m here to tell you, they’re EQUALLY as important. You first have to get readers interested in your book, before it has the chance to dazzle them. (Aside from the cover art!)

These crucial and often required elements aren’t just marketing tools, they’re like a resume and job interview all rolled into one: a reader’s first impression of you and your work. And you want them to be wowed, intrigued, captivated… not completely turned off.

If you have typos in your Blurb or in your Teaser that’s being spread all over the internet via a Blog Tour you paid good money for – you are setting yourself up for failure or at the very least, ridicule. From a reader’s standpoint, if you’re a new author to me, I would probably never buy your book. If I can’t trust you to write two sentences correctly and actually take the time to make sure it’s polished, then why would I trust your book is going to be any better? Especially, when I have so many other authors to choose from who’ve put time and effort into all of their marketing materials!

The emphasis of reaction here, isn’t so much about editing, as it is about care. My books and blurbs are edited by a professional–so in a perfect world, they should already be typo-free–but my Teasers are not. That’s why I check, double check and have someone else check them before I actually use them. The only thing a typo on a Teaser tells me is that you don’t care – not about me (your reader), your own work or your image as a writer.

Many readers actually feel insulted by these instances, despite your intentions. It’s just a negative experience all around that I’d hope for you to avoid.

I just deleted a book tour I was going to host, because there were no less than three glaring typos just in the Blurb, which wasn’t very long. I didn’t even check the Teaser or Excerpt, because I don’t want that nonsense on my blog. That sounds harsh, but it’s the truth: If the author doesn’t care enough, then why should I? I’m already cramming deadlines into time I don’t have, I’m not going to waste more by fighting HTML coding to fix someone else’s mistakes. And that’s typically the schedule of every blogger. They’re already too swamped to care about your mess and it’s not their responsibility, at any rate.

The most common problem faced by aspiring writers is trying to gain any kind of attention in an overpopulated market and especially, as an Indie Author. Yes, Indies have made some amazing strides to prove themselves and their work to the world at large, but shaking off the lingering stigma is a struggle we all face. So, why would you want to prove your own naysayers right by not taking the time to ensure every single piece of work you put out into public view is your best quality?

Here’s another example of typos working against you: Your social media bio. I came across a profile of someone claiming to be an author and writer of self-help books – only it came with typos. My first, knee-jerk instinct is distrust in their self-help advice and all I could think was: “Well, let’s hope those self-help books are not about how to become a better writer.” I don’t need that kind of help, thank you, I manage to mess up all on my own!

Once again, it comes down to first impressions. You’re asking new readers to trust you – which is hard enough when you’re 100% typo-free – why make it harder on yourself?

As Indies, we are trying to build our author platforms, gain exposure, make a name and reputation for ourselves. Our author names ARE our business/brand names – I’ve said this before – and it still stands. Everything we do that has our pen name attached to it, is going to reflect back on us, professionally, by our potential readers (aka customers), as well as by our critics. And those jackals really don’t need any more reasons to hate.

So, Indies, show your brand name lots of love and put just as much effort into your marketing, as you would into your book. Look after your creations and your success, by taking the time to care about how you’re representing yourself and all of your hard work. You should be proud of everything you put out into the public to attract readers. The devil is in the details, as they say, but in this respect, trouble comes with the lack of attention to them!

“Be the engineer of your own success” (I can’t find it, but I’m fairly certain this quote should be credited to someone who is not me).

p.s. If anyone finds a typo in this post, don’t hesitate to tell me, because that would be too effin’ funny. Now, I’m off to look up the definition of quickie…

#WednesdayWIP Tease

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#WIP Violet Night (The Úlfrinn Series, Book 3)

In an armchair facing her from the foot of the bed, Odin’s wolf slumbered in the shadows. His feet were propped on the end of the mattress, his inked hands laced over his stomach, which was now shrouded in a black thermal. Sleeves were shoved up strong forearms, turning more ink into something three-dimensional and dangerous. It was only a small portion of the tattoos she knew covered his entire chest and arms. More crawled up both sides of his neck from the unbuttoned gap at his throat. With caution, she pushed the blankets aside and crept closer. She didn’t want to wake him, but now that Max had squashed her fears, she definitely wanted to study him.

Her curiosity was nothing compared to her awe. He was so riveting in silence. As if even sleep couldn’t dilute his virility, weaken the power that stemmed from a darkness she could feel pulsing within him. There was a permanent scowl between his brows, giving him the look of a man deep in thought, rather than resting. Again, she caught herself marveling over how decorated a Warrior he was.

Her eyes locked onto the dark gray hoop that perfectly divided his bottom lip. The equally dark stud pierced into the flesh directly below it. Black studs in the shape of stars were nestled into the delicious hollows of his cheeks. There was something altogether sensual in the design of his piercings, the single barbell through the tapered end of his brow. The bits of black and silver randomly placed along the curves of his ears and the larger, disk-shaped studs against his lobes all seemed so…arrogantly sexy.

When his lashes swept upward, revealing those breathtaking eyes of royal violet, Cressa felt the lust simmering in her veins stir and spread. He was quite simply the most magnetizing man she’d ever seen, and she’d been alive for a very long time.

“I didn’t mean to wake you, wolf.”

“I wasn’t sleeping, Night,” he returned.

Cressa felt her lips curve, before the pleasure even registered in her brain. She couldn’t allow herself to revel in his cocky defensiveness quite yet, though, there was a burning question needing answering.

“Why do you feel like Asgard?”

His stare was intense, but not unkind. Cressa had been stared at unkindly before, she knew the difference.

“So, we’re speaking now?”

The guilt was mild, and possibly only felt because of the surprise appearance of hesitant hope in his eyes. “I apologize for that,” she said. “I had my reasons.”

“Your brother explained,” he dismissed. “Are you feeling better now? Were the Elders able to help?”

“I think so,” she nodded, touched by the sincere concern in his tone. “My mind is much clearer.”

“Good.” he smiled, but there was something quite determined behind it. “Shayd.”

“Sorry?”

“My name, Cressa, is Shayd Eklund,” he stated firmly, claiming his victory at last. “Not wolf.”

©A.C. Melody

Love this #WIP tease? Check out the rest of the series starting with Hearthstone Alpha and Little Queen!

Dear Indie ♥ Random Resource Post

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Hi Indies! It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to contribute to the “Dear Indie” resources, but I’ve recently had two brand new experiences in the self-publishing journey that I’d really like to share with you. Since there’s a lot to cover, I’ll have to break them up into their own posts. Today, I’d like to start with the most exciting:

Going to Print!

There are plenty of words to describe the feeling of holding your own book in your hands for the first time, but in short: I highly recommend experiencing it for yourself at least once! For us Indies, going to print means submitting our books to one of the well known Print-On-Demand (POD) Platforms such as CreateSpace or IngramSpark. I admit, I thought the entire process was going to be a lot more daunting. If you’re like me and visit Goodreads regularly, then I’m sure you’ve seen the many topics discussing printing mishaps, order delays, etc. It can be off-putting, to say the least. And, depending on how you decide to get your book to print, it can be yet another expense.  Let’s look at that first, before looking at the platform options…

DIY vs. Professional

Cover:

Since my first printed book was one that I’d already had a custom eBook cover made for by Deranged Doctor Design, they were able to render the print cover alongside it for a very small fee ($40). My first printed book is a box set – that’s not always going to be the case, and may not ever be the case for you. Even so, the total cost was under $200, which included the transparent 3-D render, 3-D Amazon render, eBook cover, Print cover, and a variety of Facebook and Twitter banners for “Coming Soon” or “Available Now” – I’m telling you, these book cover artists kick ass! 😉

If you’re considering DIY’ng your cover by using a POD’s ‘cover creator’ interface, be aware that the stock photo must be a certain size (dpi). So, if you already have the photo and it’s too small, you’re either going to have to purchase it again at the larger dpi or find a different one. I’m facing this exact problem with the current eBook cover for Collar Me Foxy, because I made it myself with a smaller dpi stock photo. On the bright side, now none of you will need to make the same mistake! LOL

Having your print cover created by a professional also gives you more creative options for the WHOLE cover, rather than just the front. The cover creator interfaces are limited and I’m not sure they allow you to add stock photos or other creative embellishments to the back cover or spine. But, since I’ve never used that feature, don’t quote me on that – do a little research first, before deciding which way you want to go.

CreateSpace FAQ link ♥ IngramSpark FAQ Link

Interior Layout:

An Indie friend of mine is currently taking the DIY route for the Interior Layout Formatting portion of her first printed book and I can’t wait to hear about her experience.

I chose to have my cover artists tackle the interior layout formatting for both my print and eBook version of the Collection – even though I’d done all of my own interior layout formatting for the individual novellas. Like many things we do along the way, there are often pros & cons:

• On the pro side, having DDD handle the interior formatting saved me a ton of time and since I don’t currently have Microsoft Office, it also saved me the headache of not having any compatible software for the free offered templates. If you do have MS, both CreateSpace and Derek Murphy (DIY Book Cover extraordinaire) offer a ton of free interior layout formatting templates that you can use to design the interior of your books – I do believe Derek’s are for both eBook and Print. I wouldn’t be surprised if you could find even more free templates merely by plugging that into your preferred search engine and looking around.

• The con side, is that you can’t make any changes after a professional has created those files for you – so if you notice a typo too late – it’s just too late. You can’t open the file on your own computer and make any necessary changes. My designer gave me that warning ahead of time – as a professional should.  So, be aware and make absolute certain that you’re giving them the cleanest, most polished version of your book. I don’t know about IngramSpark, but during the process of uploading a book to CreateSpace, they gave me a list of steps to take to ensure my book was awesome. I bypassed it, simply because this is a collection of already professionally edited, proofread and published books.

If your book hasn’t already been published as an eBook, Createspace offers to convert your printed files into eBook ready files and send it directly to KDP for you. This might be a great advantage if you’re planning to print prior to eBook – POD’s don’t allow you to publish for Pre-Orders, but you could print while your eBook is pre-order to rack up those Amazon reviews in advance!

My results: Having both the cover and the interior layout formatting done by a professional, I didn’t have 1 single error or print issue. My book turned out perfect inside and out and beautiful to boot! The colors appear a tad darker than in the electronic file, so that may be something to keep in mind if you already have dark colors for your cover.

The specs I chose were as follows:

Trim size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Paper: Cream
Ink: Black
Cover: Glossy (matte should be reserved for pastel colors, IMO)
Bleed: Stop before end of page (also known as No Bleed) – I learned that Bleed is for picture books, which allows illustrations to reach all corners and edges of the page, rather than having a white border.

Note: Be 100% sure on your specs when you order your print cover and make sure they match the specs you choose when uploading your files to the POD, otherwise you may have problems – however, I used an online page count calculator that ended up being 100 pages off and my cover still fit perfectly – my designers are either awesome or we lucked out!

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As you can see in this comparison photo, the trim size makes for a larger than average paperback book. Since it’s a collection with approximately 436 pages, this was the perfect size, as anything smaller would’ve made for a very thick book which may have been difficult to hold comfortably. However, if you’re printing a rather short novella, you may want to opt for smaller trim sizes so your book doesn’t come out as thin as a magazine.

My success with going professional is not to say this can’t also be accomplished by going DIY – I’ve seen positive stories on GR, too, not just negative. Everything we do, merely gives us more experience and broadens our knowledge of the industry as a whole. I plan to attempt going the DIY route in the future, so will undoubtedly revisit this topic to discuss that avenue further. Now, let’s look at our platform options…

CreateSpace vs. IngramSpark

I chose to use CS, not just because my eBooks are already enrolled in the KDP Select program, but mostly because it’s free and I spent time asking people I know and trust their opinions/experience with using that platform, which were positive.

After doing a bit of research, the most helpful article I found to show the differences between these two platforms can be found right here, it’s very succinct.

It seems that CreateSpace is in the lead simply by being faster, cheaper and more customer-friendly.

Their biggest downside: they don’t offer Hardbacks with dust covers, and IngramSpark does. In the CS community forums, the Ingram affiliated Lightning Source seems to be a popular choice for ordering just Hardbacks. Bookbaby and Nookpress were also noted. I would be leery about getting involved with anything related to Barnes & Noble ever since they shut down their European markets and became a U.S. presence only, but perhaps with just the hardbacks, your book’s range isn’t an issue? Again, do your research to find out which you’d want to try (if any).

Note: I realize I left a third contender out of this entire post – Amazon’s new beta print platform done through Kindle Direct Publishing, itself – that’s because I simply don’t have enough information about it yet, and most of the feedback I’ve seen on Goodreads is negative. If you have any insight on this platform, please share it with us in the comments below!

That’s it, Indies, I hope you find this post helpful for your publishing goals! Next time, I’m going to cover my first experience with ordering Swag. 😀

Show Me Your Worst

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Getting comfortable with discomfort is one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a writer, and it’s a work in progress. When I first started writing, I never left my comfort zone for any reason. Which meant, no matter how hard I tried to make my characters as epic as the ones I was reading, it wasn’t happening. I was able to get uncomfortable for my antagonists, because I didn’t have to spend any more time with them than that and I certainly didn’t need them to be likable. A completely different issue for main characters, and it took me awhile to realize that my cozy corner was their biggest enemy. Sometimes, I’m a slow learner. But eventually, I had to face the fact that I was the one robbing my protagonists of the greatness they deserved.

As most writers can attest, the ease in which we’re able to explore the emotional and psychological range of a protagonist, really depends on the character. There are the vibrant personality types that can be completely fleshed out within minutes – and, then there are the characters who aren’t nearly as forthcoming. When we decide to draw our character’s flaws to the surface and pick at them, it starts getting a little uncomfortable, because we love them and we want our readers to love them, too. But a hero or heroine who is flawless is both unrealistic and flat. Not epic. Imagine how forgettable Frodo Baggins would’ve been, if he’d never struggled with and overcame the temptation of the ring’s power.

Show me your worst. I want to see how deep the pit in your soul goes. Or do I?

It’s one thing to tell a writer: “You have to leave your comfort zone to write well.” Quite another for that writer to decide just how far to plunge into the dark unknown. Again, I think this depends a lot on the character. By my guesstimation, there are 3 basic degrees of Bad Guy/Girl protagonists.

1) The circumstantial bad: They’re bad due to horrible circumstances, tragedy, childhood trauma, etc. but really good at heart and easily redeemable.

2) The lost soul bad: They’ve spiraled so far into the darkness of revenge, tragedy, addiction, bad luck, etc. they’re barely hanging onto the edge of no return and it’s going to take more than just a quick genuflection and three Hail Mary’s to pull them out of it.

3) The unapologetic bad: They have fully embraced their dark side and have no qualms using it to their every advantage, yet there’s still a spark of good in them that allows them to love and be loved. They’re not on a quest for redemption, but to find that last missing piece that would make them feel whole.

The thing I try to consider when I’m working with option 1 or 2, is just how much work I can feasibly put into it. The deeper your character’s flaws, the steeper the climb to redemption, and to show one side in great detail without the other getting equal attention is the fastest way to disappoint readers. Sometimes, it’s a natural trajectory and I’m just following the character’s lead and then realize – Oh, snap! Now I have to dig them out of this mess. Ugh! Not just out of the mess, but within the confines of a word-count limit.

This is why I write a lot of series, that’s the naked truth of it. Word count caps and I, we’re not friends. You can laugh, but 100,000 words is rarely enough for this writer. With a series, I can let my characters get into all the messes they want and then dig them out little by little over a few books.

When it comes to option 3, there’s both an easier flow to it and more of a challenge. First, you have to convince (and frequently remind) yourself that your character has no boundaries except the ones you’re placing on them via yourself. The other side of that is figuring out where to draw the lines for your audience’s sake. Knowing your character is 100% okay with being bad frees up moral restrictions and can be extremely fun to take beyond your comfort zone – If you don’t get carried away! It’s not a good idea to make them so outrageously bad that they lack any and all qualities your readers would want to root for – especially, in a typical romance genre.

Last year, I started exploring the realm of Dark Erotica where the rules are completely different and pushing boundaries is not only expected, the lack of it will stir up the wrath of the villagers. I went beyond some of my comfort zones with the Avarice trilogy, but not to the point where I was squirming and sweating in my seat…much. A lot of Dark Erotica fans probably wouldn’t even label those books as such, but since it has triggers in religion, demonology and R.A.C.K. (Risk Awareness Consensual Kink) – which is the sadistic side of BDSM – I wanted to make sure my readers were more targeted and expectant (accepting?) of those kind of situations.

Compared to some of the Dark Erotica novels I’ve read, it’s quite tame. Definitely in the mild end of the spectrum. That just means I should push myself farther away from my comfort zones for the rest of the series. More truthfully, I want to. I want the challenge of it, to see just how far I can go while still writing read-worthy material with characters my readers want to see win in the end. Though, Dark Erotica doesn’t demand a HEA, it is my personal preference.

Writing about things you would never do in real life is not the same as writing outside of your comfort zone. I would never go skydiving, because I’m terrified of open heights. But it wouldn’t stress me in the least to have one of my main characters do it. Actually, that would be kind of fun. One of the joys of both reading and writing is to have adventures, right? But, having your main character do something that makes you feel physically or emotionally drained when your through- that’s writing outside of your comfort zone!

One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced so far, is having an ‘unapologetic bad’ protagonist show up for an established series that’s NOT labeled dark – and by his own admission, he is one sadistic f**k. When he first appeared, I was faced with the choice of either staying true to his character or true to the genre, because I can’t really do both without sacrificing something. This is still a WIP, but I’ve decided to stay true to my character, mainly because I know it can be done. I’ve seen Nora Roberts push this particular envelope more than once and while fame may be on her side, I’m still a big advocate for characters who are purely themselves and not diluted for genre’s sake. What’s your thoughts on that, as both a reader and a writer?

 I’d love to hear more of your take on this subject: How comfortable are you with discomfort? Do you try to challenge yourself with every new novel, or do you have to wait for the right character to come along? Show me your worst, writers! 🙂

#WIP Invasion

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Can we talk for a moment, writer to writer?

Lookit, I can’t be the only one who’ll be happily plugging away at a highly anticipated novel (that’s code for it’s way overdue and readers are jumping ship by the hordes. *snort* You actually thought I had hordes of readers? Awww, that’s sweet) – and all the sudden a NEW book decides to just plop its big, bony ass right down on top of everything else with no intention of moving. A massive blob of scenes and backstory, brooding hunks, damsels in defiance, whips, chains and garden hoses (don’t ask), all reminding me that I have absolutely no willpower!

I’m not alone, right?

How do you deal with this kind of situation? Do you:

a). Ignore the new story until you’re done with the first one, because you’ve got discipline and the memory of an elephant?

b). Take the detour just long enough to frantically jot down everything you can for the new story, because your discipline’s flexible, but your memory’s a toss?

Or

c). Attempt the juggling routine, because you’re fairly sure the 100th time is the charm?

I made the mistake of thinking I could pull off a combination of options b & c….1 week later… Update: Scavenger (Dark Day Isle, Book 2) will be delayed, yet again. I’m sorry. Please refer to the part where I have no willpower.

How many #WIPs are you working on and what’s your favorite strategy for those invading new ideas?

#CampNaNoWriMo

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Yay! It’s Day 1 of Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m already plugging away at my official project for this month: Scavenger (Dark Day Isle, #2) Revision with a goal of 45,000 words by July 31st. Here’s the Most-Likely-To-Change synopsis:

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It’s only day two of the week-long getaway on Dark Day Isle, and already Tessa is having doubts about her temporary Master’s real reason for bidding on her at the auction. After an intense confrontation, there’s no going back to the way things were before between them…yet, that might be for the best.

At a luncheon social, Tessa learns details about the resort she’d never expected and the information will ease more of her concerns, while piquing her curiosity higher. Together, Tessa, Gema and Kip only seem to deepen the mystery surrounding their anonymous host, rather than getting any closer to the answer.

One thing the unknown mastermind knows best, though, is how to throw a party and that’s further proven with the evening’s selected activity. Both Tessa and Master Felix’s competitive spirits come out to play during the kinky festivities, but they’re not the only ones hoping to scavenge a prize by the end of the night.

While I’ll be trying to meet my word count goals every day – I’m simultaneously working on the tail end of Shades Soirèe (Matron City Trilogy, #2) which is way overdue to my publisher and I think they’re assembling a task force as we speak to collect it! So, I won’t be around much this month – but there are a couple of events you won’t want to miss out on…

July 3-7: Avarice Unforgiving (Hell on Earth, #2) will be 100% FREE on Amazon

July 10-14: The #AwesomeAmazonAuthors #FollowFive are at it again! Beginning July 10th, one lucky winner will have the chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card in the second easiest giveaway on earth. All you have to do is follow us on Goodreads for your chance to win.

July 12th: Release Blitz for Little Queen (The Úlfrinn series, #2) hosted by Goddess Fish. The book actually released today and is already available for purchase on all your favorite retail sites, but the 12th will include a $25 Gift Card Giveaway for entries, excerpts, teasers and a $10 gift card to a random host.

Good Luck to all my fellow Campers, hope we all reach our project goals this month!