Sin With Me

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Do you want to Sin with me? Then make sure you sign up for the Avarice Unleashed Cover Reveal being hosted by Saints and Sinners books by clicking on this link here:

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March 15th is the date, but you don’t have to wait… If you’d like to be among the first to see the new cover in all its naughty glory, PLUS have the chance to win a free eBook or $10 Amazon Gift Card, then make sure to subscribe to my author newsletter today. Just click on the link in my sidebar over there —->

It won’t be the last exclusive sneak peek or giveaway, but newsletters will be going out on Monday, March 6th. Winners will be drawn the evening of the 15th and announced in the 16th newsletter. That gives everyone 10 whole days to have the chance to join in and win!

Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Tour Host link for the Release Day Blitz – it’s coming soon, I promise!

A Big THANK YOU & virtual hugs for all those who help share this event!

#ReadWithMe ♥ Finding My Genre

readwithme3In celebration of National Reading Month, Ms. Felicia is hosting this amazing blog hop for all readers to spread the love and joy of this favorite pastime with the world. If you’d like to join in the fun, please click on the banner above to add your post to the linky list!

The Novel Brick Road

Every reader develops differently, but it seems that we eventually come to a specific genre that calls to us more than any other. Even if we take brief detours, we come back to the one genre that always puts a smile on our face.

My path to Erotic Romance is paved like a game of hopscotch, jumping genres back and forth and crossing wide gaps in random patterns. I’m not counting all the books I read as a kid or had to read for school. I’m talking about when I started taking control of my own reading choices.

It started off innocent enough. The reading bug coming to nestle in my brain, demanding that I find something to entertain it. My mom had a wide variety of books to choose from. She was a fan of Stephen King, Terry Brooks, Ann Rule and V.C. Andrews – I didn’t understand these were all different genres. They were just books! I read Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always and wanted to live in his brain, but it was really V.C. Andrews I became addicted to for quite some time. Luckily, my mom had plenty of her books to feed my obsession.

I went through a phase following this that I call the researching years. I wanted to know things, so my dad and I started going to the library on a regular basis. I love ancient Egypt. I have books and then I have BOOKS, as in large Coffee Table hardcovers spanning every dynasty of Ancient Egypt. I was going to become the next Howard Carter. I was 14. I was also going to be a supermodel, fashion designer and a Marine Biologist. Not necessarily in that order.

Around the same time, I got my first taste of the paranormal from the (now famous) author L.J. Smith and her Night World series, which includes the well known Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle. This was the first author I ever purchased from a book store with my own money. It was a big accomplishment in my life as an avid reader. I had never heard of L.J. Smith before, but I suddenly had options. Lots and lots of options!

It led to more research. With the help of Francis Ford Coppola, I became extremely interested in reading everything I could get my hands on about the truth behind the myth of Dracula and the real life Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia. It eventually led to me learning about the medical condition of Porphyria, which disenchanted my research, so I returned to my fiction. I read Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. My dad never would’ve let me check it out from the library if he’d known what it entailed. A fanfiction sequel of sorts to Bram Stoker’s masterpiece with all of the dirty details a Victorian era Englishman would never dare to write.

On the hunt for new material, I found Anne Rice and never looked back. As much as I loved L.J. Smith, I couldn’t return to what I suddenly realized was very YA in comparison. More than that, Anne opened my mind up to the world at large, sating my inner traveler and historian simultaneously.

I became obsessed again, and only wanted to read Anne Rice… until I couldn’t find anymore of her books and needed another loan – mind you, this was before the wonderful invention of eBook retailers. Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey was placed in my hand with a “You have to read this,” and so I fell headlong into the mind-blowing world of epic fantasy. Now, I remembered, vaguely, The Hobbit from when I was younger and my favorite movie The Last Unicorn. It was a bit nostalgic diving back into this kind of world – only better, because it was at an adult level without losing any of the wonder of magic.

My first book idea was born on the cusp of my 18th birthday, but not yet hatched… more on this later.

Over my young adult years I read a wide variety, even some non-fiction, but mostly it was keeping up with authors I already knew, like Rice and Lackey. Then I ended up with a Nora Roberts book (honestly can’t recall how) and found myself obsessed yet again. I wasn’t alone this time, though. My friends got on the same kick and we had a grand time swapping books, buying new ones to share, putting them on our birthday and Christmas wish lists and discussing them like crazy. I think between just 3 of us we might own almost 75% of the books she’s ever written… okay, maybe 50%. Nora was my first true Romance author and not what I’d been expecting. I had never even glanced at the ‘obvious’ romance books on the shelves with the bare-chested buccaneers and Scarlett O’Hara wannabe’s.

Having children gave me the perfect excuse to return to YA with Harry Potter, Narnia and Eragon… yes, the books, not the movies (though, I love those, too). My oldest also has some of the Immortal Instruments novels, which I’m very tempted to read since watching City of Bones.

Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb unwittingly led me to my first erotica series, though it falls further under the Crime/Detective genre, the sex scenes are explicitly detailed, whereas Nora Roberts’ usually aren’t. I think she sneaks it in every once in awhile.

I went through a stint where I felt left out from a pop-culture standpoint, because I’d never read any of the ‘literary classics’. So, I attempted the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and found it far too dry and boring (don’t hurt me), so I moved onto The Catcher in the Rye, which was entertaining, yet 100% pointless (again no hitting). Of Mice and Men left me emotionally damaged and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a prophetic masterpiece that’s already coming true, therefore should be reclassified as non-fiction horror.

My first BDSM novel was Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. Again, by ignorance. I thought it was just a fantasy. I was deliciously wrong. Later, I found out that Anne Rice also had other pseudonyms… and why. Exit to Eden followed by the Sleeping Beauty Chronicles added to my Erotic-BDSM shelf, Belinda borders on taboo and I haven’t finished reading it, but I think it might be along the lines of Nabokov’s Lolita – don’t quote me on that.

The ability to read an eBook helped open up the Erotic Romance genre for me even further when I became a reviewer for a friend’s reviewing site. It wasn’t long, though, before a new bug burrowed into my brain demanding to be fed – and I started writing…

But, I will save that for the next post. 😉

Are you still reading the same genre you first fell in love with, or perhaps the second? How many genres span your most cherished collection?

#MusicMonday

Bullet In My Hand

by: Redlight King

I’ve got a fast life and
A slow cuttin’ knife
I’ve been drinkin’ outta poisoned well
No home and a bag of bones
And nothin’ else left to sell
I know why I’m in this hell
I just don’t wanna believe
Past that line you just can’t tell
But right now

There’s someone lookin’ out for me

I came out of the darkness
With a bullet in my hand
I’ve got one more shot at livin’
I’m lucky that I can

Cause I got a little roughed up
Yeah I really got fucked up
I came out of the darkness
With a bullet in my hand

I got a cold stare, wound still there
But there ain’t much left to bleed
A short fuse that I still use
I’m my own worst enemy
I stare at the faces I once knew lined up just to bury me
There’s a long black car that’s waitin’ to leave
But right now

There’s someone looking out for me

I came out of the darkness
With a bullet in my hand
I got one more shot at livin’
I’m lucky that I can

Cause I got a little roughed up
Yeah I really got fucked up
I came out of the darkness
With a bullet in my hand

Cause I got a little roughed up
With a bullet in my hand
Yeah I really got fucked up
With a bullet in my hand

Can you see the light?
Can you see the light?
Can you see the light?
I can see the light

I can see the light
There’s someone looking out for me

I came out of the darkness
With a bullet in my hand
I got one more shot at livin’
I’m lucky that I can

Cause I got a little roughed up
Yeah I really got fucked up
I came out of the darkness
With a bullet in my hand

I do not own any rights to this song, video or lyrics. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents.

This was the hit single that led to my discovery of Redlight King, a band out of Hamilton, Ontario – but I love almost every song they put out. Their debut album is mostly a redemptive-inspiration collection about beating inner demons and finding the light again. With some gear head influence thrown in, of course. The video kicks a$$, and Kaz is very easy to drool over…er, look at. 😉

Here’s a post I did awhile back for Father’s Day, highlighting a song he wrote in honor of his dad. Same album, different kind of sound, both awesome.

Book Tag: My Life In Books

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I found this on Felicia’s page, who found it on Didi’s, but it appears to be an ongoing blog tag, and too fun to pass up. Make sure to visit the other sites to see their answers!

Find a book for each of your initials. I’ve chosen these books from my ‘Read’ list on Goodreads.

CoverMOTO M – Moto by M. Never
coverenslavemesweetly E – Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter
coverlasher L – Lasher (Lives of the Mayfair Witches #2) by Anne Rice
covermicemen O – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
coverdyingforaliving D – Dying For a Living by Kory M. Shrum

 

Y – I am now challenged to add a book beginning with Y to my ‘Read’ list!

Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

The 39th book on my shelf is The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles #6). It’s funny one of her books would come up in a post about my life in books, since I first discovered Anne Rice in a stack of old books when I was about 17. It was a dark green paperback with a small window showing a rundown Colonial mansion in NOLA. That was about 2 years before Interview With the Vampire hit the silver screen and by then, I was already fully invested in anything Anne Rice penned.

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Pick a book set in your city/country.

The closest major city to me is Seattle. Home to Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and 2 absurdly popular book series I will not be naming. Therefore, I choose Possession by Ann Rule. Referred to by many as the ‘foremost true crime writer in America’, Ann Rule is a former Seattle policewoman and based this fiction novel on a real event/crime that she later wrote about in her True Crime (non-fiction) series. I was quite young and naïve when I stole this off my mom’s bookshelf and was completely unprepared for the explicit, graphic details. If you like crime-thrillers that leave you questioning the human psyche, though, you might like this.

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Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

Since Middle Earth, Narnia and Hogwarts probably don’t count, I chose The Right Path by Nora Roberts. Although, I would love to travel to many places, Greece and the Greek Isles are at the very top of my list, especially Santorini. Nora goes into beautiful scene setting with this novel, plus it’s full of suspense, action and one dangerously sexy Greek Tycoon, Nicholas Gregoras. Yum.

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Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

No matter how girly my mom tried to make me growing up, blue has always been my favorite color. To keep with the theme of ‘Shameless Self Promotion’ my predecessors have established, I chose my own book The Zen Lounge for this one. TZL is the first full-length, standalone (no cliffhangers) novel in the Matron City Trilogy. It’s a Futuristic Erotic Romance with heavy Crime/Detective influence. You can read the first chapter for free right here: Chapter One of The Zen Lounge

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Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Dawn by V.C. Andrews. I read it when I was about 12 or 13 and it was my first real taste of a ‘grownup’ book, not to be confused with ‘adult novel’. It was my first non-YA fiction and I can still remember almost every detail – actually, of all the V.C. Andrews books I’ve ever read. She was another remarkable author that inspired me from a young age, especially in regards to character depth and development.

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Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

The Day of the Dolphin by Robert Merle, because it had little to no punctuation marks – anywhere. It was like one long, run-on sentence. Maybe it happened when it was translated from French? It took me forever to read because of this, but I don’t often stop reading a book once I’ve started. Curiosity vs. Cat= I don’t have many lives left.

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Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, because I know it’s going to put me through the ringer on every level. Literary classics tend to do that to me, which is why there are so many still on my TBR list. I actually started studying the Russian language, because I was hoping to read the original, rather than a translation, but I’m not that ambitious anymore. Yet, 407 pages of emotional upheavals, dark satire and mind-altering perspectives will undoubtedly feel like a major accomplishment once I’m through… I just hope I survive the aftermath.

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If you enjoyed reading this consider yourself tagged 🙂

#MusicMonday

You Make Me Feel…

by: Cobra Starship ft. Sabi

La la la la la
La la na na na
La la la la la
La la na na na

Girl I’ve been all over the world
Looking for you
I’m known for taking what I think I deserve
And you’re overdue

And if you listen you can hear me through the radio
In that bright white noise
What I been missing in my life
What I been dreaming of
You’ll be that girl
You’ll be that girl
You’ll be

[Sabi]
Everything you want so let me get up there
I’m the baddest baby in the atmosphere
Tell me what you want so we can do just what you like

You make me feel the
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel the
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You, you make me feel the

Get a little closer to me girl
And you’ll understand
‘Cause if you want a guy that knows what you need
Well, then I’m your man

And if I listen I can hear you through my radio
In that bright white noise
What I been missing in my life
What I been dreaming of
You’ll be that girl
You’ll be that girl
You’ll be

[Sabi]
Everything you want so let me get up there
I’m the baddest baby in the atmosphere
Tell me what you want so we can do just what you like

Ooh
Everything you know I’m flipping upside down
Take you ’round the world
You know I like it loud
Tell me what you want ’cause we can do just what you like

You make me feel the
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel the
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel, oh
La la la la la
You make me feel the
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel, oh
La la la la la

Put your hands up
Put your hands up
Let the lights drop
Let the lights drop
Make my world stop
Make my world stop

La la la la la
La la na na na
You make me feel the
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel the
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel, oh
La la la la la
You make me feel the
La la la la la
You make me feel so
La la la la la
You make me feel the
La la la la la

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or music video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents.

Midori Sour – check. Robin Williams – check. #1 Best Music Video in the world – Oh yeah! Love this catchy song that never gets old. The video’s entertaining, the song makes you wanna dance. Enjoy!

Life and Other Upcoming Events

calendarDo you ever feel like your entire life gets put on hold while you’re cramming away in your writing cave, trying to meet deadlines? Bwahaha–just kidding–we LOVE being in our writing caves! But, I am looking forward to having more free time so I can get back to blogging and socializing with all my blogosphere peeps and Indies. Until then, I have some upcoming events that I’m really excited to share with everyone, so break out your calendars and get ready…

March 1st-5th:

During the first week of March, I will be sending out an exclusive First Peak Cover Reveal newsletter to all my subscribers for Avarice Unleashed, the 3rd and final novella to the Avarice Trilogy in my Hell on Earth series. It will also include the chance to win something (more details to come).

March 15th:

The amazing ladies at Saints and Sinners Books will be hosting the official Avarice Unleashed Cover Reveal. If you’d like to sign up for this event, please use the link below to fill out the form – and Thank You to all who do! 😀

https://goo.gl/forms/bDMYPHgfFnr9uPnL2

April 1st-5th:

This is the time frame I’ve tentatively penciled in to have Avarice Unleashed available for Pre-Orders on Amazon. It will be free for all Kindle Unlimited members, just like my other Indie books.

May Day Eve, aka Beltane (April 30th):

Saints and Sinners Books will once again be hosting, the official Release Day for Avarice Unleashed! I will get the link sent out and posted as soon as I’ve booked the promotion, which will be at the end of this month – and yes, ARCs will be available!

That’s all for now, lovelies. I must return to my bat…er…writing cave. If you’re ever curious about what I’m working on at any given time, just check out the “Currently Working On” corkboard on my side bar. 😉

Hope you’re all having a wonderful 3 day weekend!

 

#BookSale ♥ Twisted Honor by: Becky McGraw!

The last thing Slade wants is to be in charge of anyone but himself and his dog Lola. The military taught him the high price of being in command and he wants none of it. But Dave Logan, his boss and best friend, doesn’t care what he wants and puts Slade in the hot seat at Deep Six Security while he goes off the grid with his new bride. Just as Slade knew it would, a Charlie Foxtrot quickly follows and he loses the hard-won peace in his life when a high-profile client’s son is kidnapped from under their noses at a luxury hotel and Deep Six Security’s biggest contract in jeopardy on his watch.

With no leads in the case, Slade is desperate for help, so he hires Taylor Kincaid, the hotel’s small, but feisty former head of security when she gets fired over the incident. As the situation unravels Slade realizes hiring her has only added to his responsibilities, though, when someone takes pot shots at her and it doesn’t appear to be the kidnappers. Things go from bad to worse when a terrorist plot is uncovered and Slade has some tough choices to make fast. Does he save the child and the contract, the woman who ties him in knots but he might could see himself loving, or does he save the whole state before the grenade in his hand explodes?

Twisted Honor is the second book in a brand new erotic romantic suspense series, Deep Six Security, by New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Becky McGraw.

Other books in the Deep Six Security Series:

Till Death – Book One
Hell Bent – Book Three
SEALed Fate (Deep Six Security/Hot SEALs Kindle Worlds Crossover Novella)

PLEASE NOTE: This book contains strong language and graphic sex. It is intended for mature adult readers only.

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AUDIO: http://amzn.to/1ODVKMf

WLK Author Bio

Becky McGraw

A Jill of many trades, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Becky McGraw has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a real estate broker, web designer, graphic artist, and romance writer. She knows just enough to make her dangerous, and her humor-laced contemporary western cowboy, and military, police procedural romantic suspense novels varied and interesting. Becky resides in Florida with her husband of thirty-three years and her dog Abby. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America Published Authors Network.

You can contact Becky McGraw here:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beckymcgrawbooks
Website: http://www.beckymcgraw.com
Twitter: @beckymcgrawbook
Email: beckymcgrawbooks@gmail.com

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