Dear Indie | Using Daily Prompts to Stay Active

Hi Indies!

Whenever I stumble upon something that I feel would be a great resource for you all, you know I have to share. When I first started my blog back in October of 2013, I used the WordPress Daily Prompt challenge to build up my followers and writing network. It was great for awhile – actually for a few years, but it was so time-consuming it cut into hours I needed to spend working on my actual WIPs. Unfortunately, the cost of not doing the DP’s anymore, was losing all of those followers and the interaction I used to have with them on a regular basis.

My blog is still a work in progress and I rarely see likes, comments, or re-blogs the way I did way back when. But, I’m even worse when it comes to Social Media. It is unarguably one of the most daunting aspects of being an author that I have always struggled with. I’m not ashamed to admit that if I never had to use it, I wouldn’t. Unfortunately, in this day and age, authors and aspiring writers who don’t use things like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are cutting out a huge resource for building their platforms and potential readerships.

But it can be hard to think of what to share, especially for the long haul. For some, this seems to come naturally. For me, it’s a chore. I never know what to post. I never know when re-posting is not enough or too much and I’m a bit more picky about who I follow back, because I don’t want my feed clogged up with spam bots.

My latest discovery, however, has enabled me to go from maybe 1 tweet a month, to at least 1 tweet a day. First, if you’re not already a member of the #writingcommunity on Twitter, I would recommend checking it out. This is where I’ve found this fun writing challenge called #vss365 which stands for “Very Short Story” – Each month, a new host/ess is selected to come up with the Daily Prompts. What’s great about this DP challenge vs the WordPress one, is that there’s no pressure to have your post ready first thing in the morning to reach the most participants and Twitter is so limited, you’re only writing for a minute. No time-consuming creations followed by hours of editing. It’s short, fun, and offers positive results.

It’s keeping me active on Twitter regularly, helping me gain exposure while expanding my writing community network, and I’m enjoying reading others #vss365 creations. The inspiration from seeing how people can take so many different approaches to the same word is limitless. That’s why I knew I needed to share it here with you. In my opinion, these outcomes make this a good resource for any writer, but especially if you’re just starting to build your author platform or like many (myself, included) find social media overwhelming and intimidating to navigate.

There’s no wrong or right way to go about the challenge, as long you use the prompted word. There are even a few members who do multiple posts using a different approach each time, i.e. poetry for one, then a short story for another. Not to mention, there are many who include multiple challenge prompt words in the same post (#vss365, #bravewrite, etc.). I’m creeping in slowly, doing one DP challenge to start, but I might join in others later on down the road.

I thought it would be great fun to only draw from one book to create my posts – this has proved quite challenging! – but that only get’s my creative juices flowing all the more. Again, because it’s Twitter and the word count is limited, all of my posts are original. They wouldn’t actually be found verbatim in the book, itself, but the ideas behind them are definitely there. If I still like that process by the end of this month, than I’ll pick a different book for September, and so on.

❤ That’s it, Indies. If you’re already participating in the #vss365, #bravewrite or any other Daily Prompt challenge drop me a comment below to share your experience and how you prefer to approach your unique creations!

Dear Indie ♥ Weekly Resource Post

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Hello Indies!

If you’ve been following these posts right along with your self-publishing journey, than congratulations! You’re getting ready to launch your book to the world! I hope you have a huge celebration planned, but before we bust open the champagne bottles, your work isn’t done yet…

It’s your book’s launch day. The moment you’ve been dreaming about since you first sat down in front of that blank white document and turned a blinking courser into a spellbinding story for all the world to read. Through blood, sweat, tears, coffee spills, #$%@@#^%! moments, hair-pulling, head banging against the keyboard, too much chocolate and not enough sleep you have created a thriving, living, breathing world filled with characters you now know more intimately than most of your real life friends! They’re your babies and it’s a bittersweet moment to let them go out on their own into the big bad market. You’re not sure how they’ll get along, how they’ll be received, and you already know that no one could ever love them as much as you do, but you’re hoping against all the odds someone will love them almost as much. Take a deep breath mama and/or papa, because here they go!

Depending on how you prepared for your launch day, will determine how quickly you can get to that champagne. It also depends on who you booked your tour with. Some promoters are more thorough than others. Goddess Fish Promotions, for example will send you a spreadsheet listing all of their tour hosts where your tour will be posted and keep it updated with those who’ve already gotten their posts up and running. Other promoters won’t provide this and you have to go hunt your posts down.

Twitter and Facebook are the best places to find those links – but don’t assume that one equals the other. Make sure you check both. You’ll either find a link to their blog, or that they’ve only shared it on Facebook – either way, make sure you thank all of your hosts for sharing or posting, however you want to word it – and keep in mind that they’re not all in the same time zone, so your 1 day tour might actually last 2-3 days! If your Facebook is like mine, it doesn’t always notify me when someone new ‘mentions’ me in a post, so check your notifications every once in awhile to make sure you haven’t missed anyone.

If your tour includes a Giveaway, play that up in Tweets and Facebook statuses! Usually, your giveaway will last longer than your tour, so I highly recommend following the link to see when it’s due to end, that way you can be on top of your tour promoter to get the winner’s names so they’re not waiting for their prizes!

Okay, I’m done tormenting you – bust open that champagne! You can drink in between Tweets and status updates, what was I thinking?

Oh, you thought you were done? Hehehe – If you included ARCS in your tour, you might want to head over to Goodreads and Amazon to check out all of the reviews being posted now, or maybe you don’t want to read those yet, and that’s fine – but don’t forget to thank your tour hosts for reviewing, even if it wasn’t sparkling. It’s just the polite thing to do. I also “like” reviews on Goodreads, but again, that’s entirely up to you.

Things might start slowing down toward the end of the bottle day, but now you need to start thinking about marketing! All of those reviews are now advertising bits you get to Tweet and Facebook about over the next couple of days while people are still hyped about buying your book and spreading the word. Of course, they’re always there for marketing later on, as well, but this is definitely the time when you’ll want to highlight all of your book’s praise. Remember, there’s no such thing as too much advertisement! Shamelessly promote yourself. No one else is going to do it  – unless you’ve got a publicist in your pocket, in that case… sharing is caring, don’t be stingy.

Okay, now you can relax and give yourself a huge pat on the back! (If you’re not too intoxicated to accomplish it) – You’ve made it, sugar. You are now a

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Congratulations! 😀

 

Dear Indie ♥ Weekly Resource Post

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First, a special announcement: Last week’s Dear Indie post got 13 likes on Twitter! I have never had a tweet get that much exposure before, so this is very exciting for me and I really hope it helped at least one Indie out of the 13! 😀

After linking that post on the launch page, I noticed that my posts aren’t really coming through in any sense of order – and sometimes having a simple step-by-step guide is so much nicer than trying to pinpoint resources spread throughout various posts. So, this week I’m going to go back to the basics and approach this from the place of a beginner, an aspiring Indie with no experience. That way you all can just jump in wherever it’s relevant to your personal journey.

A Step-by-Step Timeline for Self-Publishing

You’re an aspiring author with amazing stories to tell, filled with characters the world needs to meet. Right now, you think your only job is to write the first draft of that manuscript and then you’ll worry about everything else. – As one who has already made this mistake, I’m here to tell you that 90% of the work that needs to be done in order for your book to have the best chance at success, has to start right this instant.

Pre-Publication 101 (while you are still writing your masterpiece):

Step 1: Decide on your Author name and stick with it. How many famous authors do you know have multiple pseudonyms? Eventually, it gets out and their original author name ends up becoming the “Selling” name posted on their books. ex: Anne Rice writing as Anne Rampling. Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb. Always, their original name is in larger print on the cover than their second pen-name, because they’ve already established a fan base for the original, so it has become their “Brand” name. Most marketing experts today advise to stick with just one name and let it carry your books all the way through. Unless you’re writing both Childrens books and BDSM Erotica, there’s really no legitimate reason to use more than one name or have more than one website/blog – plus balancing multiple names and sites is simply more time you’re taking away from your writing!

  • Write your Author Bio and decide how you want to represent yourself. My best advice is to just be yourself, as lame as that sounds, people can generally spot a fake from a mile away. You don’t have to divulge your true identity to give people your genuine personality, if you’d rather stay anonymous. Just remember that your Author Name is the same as a company name, so how you conduct yourself online is how you are representing your company and your product (aka your books).
    • Authors of Fiction: Stick with what you’re selling and leave the rest for your ‘real identity’ pages. You do not have to share your views about sensitive topics on your author page in order to remain true to yourself. The people visiting your page are looking for the author of the books they love – not an update on the presidential campaign. If you need to rant or address something relating to your genre, the writing craft, etc. then by all means that would be better received by your followers. Just remember, your site is the professional place to promote your product – it’s not a soapbox.
    • Authors of Non-Fiction: If you’re writing about sensitive topics, politics, religion and/or current events, then soapbox away! That is what your author name and product is all about and the people coming to your page already know that, so have it!
    • ALL Authors: Never slander another author/book/genre on your page. It’s just bad form and possible career suicide.

Step 2: Once you have your name and bio in hand, your immediate next step is to start building your author platform. Your author name, whether legal or a pseudonym, is now your Brand. A Brand is a professionally marketed product. It is both who you are, and what you’re selling. The best part about this step is that it’s 100% FREE.

  • Start a Blog or Website: WordPress is the #1 blog site for writers with BlogSpot coming in 2nd, but there are new platforms on the rise like Wix.com. I don’t recommend Weebly, because it is practically unsearchable. If you don’t have your own domain name, the URL to your blog is a long string of numbers and letters that have nothing to do with your Author Name so won’t come up in the search results on Google or Bing. Spend time exploring to discover the best fit for you. If you want to own your domain right away, Godaddy is still the most popular place to purchase from.
    • The best way to get traffic to your blog is to cut out time each week or day for visiting other people’s blogs. Like, follow and comment on blogs and you might get followers and likes in return, but please don’t go on a Like-Spree just to get followers, be genuine! Most bloggers feel the same way about their time as you do and they’re not going to keep up with someone who doesn’t put any effort into the relationship. Just like in real life – you may never meet these people, but online, they are your friends and should be treated as such.
    • WordPress posts can be written in advance and scheduled to publish whenever you like, so you don’t have to be active on your blog 24/7 to be productive and keep your readers’ appetites fed. It doesn’t have to take a huge chunk out of your writing time.
  • Create an Author “Fan Page” on Facebook – this is different than a normal Facebook account/page, but very easy to set up.
  • Join Twitter and Instagram (the rest of the social media options are left up to you and how many you want to try to juggle.)
    • The rule of thumb for Twitter is to follow everyone back who follows you – but you will get hit with a lot of ‘fake’ accounts just looking to sell something, so take the time to look at their profile and make sure they’re a real person before following them back, or your Tweet feed will be filled with spam.
  • Sign into Crowdfire with your Twitter and/or Instagram account and use it to manage your social media without spending every second of every day trying to keep up – this program allows you to create as many Tweets and Instagram posts as you want in advance and assign them to a posting schedule, so you don’t feel pressured into pausing in your writing or guilty for your absence on social media. *Your personal preferences are your own, but I personally still respond to each and every follow or comment I get, I don’t have an ‘auto response’ set up, but that may be an option with this program, too. You’ll have to check.

Step 3: Create an account on Goodreads. As I stated in a previous post, Goodreads is the #1 spot for Indie support and resources. Take time to search through their groups and join those that fit your genre, as well as the Author and Indie Support groups. The combination will give you an endless supply of honest feedback, exposure and connections with professionals you may not find anywhere else. I found my best Beta Readers and my Editor on Goodreads – really, the sky is the limit on that site. Get critiques on your blurbs, bios, book covers, book trailers, anything and everything you may need a hand with! It is designed to help writers through the entire writing and publishing process, not just a place to promote your books after they’re already for sale.

  • Here is the direct link for the Goodreads Author Program. You can create a page for your upcoming books, it doesn’t have to already be published. Goodreads will generate a “Coming Soon” book icon for you.

Step 4: Let go of your Fears. Every new writer has the same exact fear as you about sharing their work with others. Let me explain to you why it is vitally important to let these following fears go:

  • It’s Still Rough / No One Will Like It: We are our #1 worst critic and #1 fan simultaneously, but getting feedback and constructive criticism on your novel is IMPERATIVE to your book’s success. You cannot see the forest through the trees, my friend – only an outsider can. Critique groups, Beta Readers and platforms like Wattpad can take your story from mediocre to spectacular in ways you can’t do on your own. You just have to let go of your fear of criticism and realize that it’s a necessary tool for your book. You want your story to be the absolute best it can be, right? The only way you’ll find out if it’s up to your reader’s expectations is to have them read it and give you that important feedback.
  • My Work/Idea Will Get Stolen: No, it won’t. First off, your idea is not original, I don’t care what you think – it’s already been done before. A famous trilogy about vampires that sparkle in the daylight is just a ‘new’ take on a non-original idea. It is not an ‘Original’ idea (vampire and werewolf stories are a dime a dozen). No one knows how well your story is going to sell, so why would they want to put the money and time out to edit, cover art, interior layout, publish and market your book as their own? Most Copyright cases that end up in court are only after an author has become a huge success, not before. And your work is 100% copyrighted from the moment you create it – registering it only protects you if you do wind up in court. But you probably have a better chance at winning the lottery than ever being taken to court over a copyright issue.
  • My Novel Will Get Pirated: Yep. It probably will and there’s nothing you can do about it, but guess what – that’s exposure you didn’t have to spend any of your marketing budget on so just take it as par for the course. Maybe it robbed you of a couple dollars worth of royalties, it just as likely saved you $50 on advertising. Say that person liked your book so much they came looking for more and were willing to spend this time around – what if they liked it so much, they told all of their friends about it and those people came looking to buy your books as a result? Whether you like it or not, piracy happens – so rather than fearing it – look at it as free marketing and exposure to audiences your book wouldn’t otherwise reach without dishing out money on ads.

Well, my friends, that is all I have for the very basic, preliminary steps. Next week, we’ll move onto the Post-Rough Draft/Pre-Publication phase. But first, here’s an additional resource I’d like to share:

The Best Article Ever Written About Twitter – Twitter for Authors, by T.K. Elliott: What it is, how it works and how best to use it to help build up your author platform!

Weekly Accomplishment: Collar Me Foxy has had 8 sample downloads from Smashwords! Thank you to all who have taken advantage of that feature! What are you celebrating this week? Let us know in the comment section below. 😀

Hands

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“Be careful, Catherine. Your hands are tied.”
Cat sucked in a hiccuping sob and fought the shiver of his deliberate words. He meant both literally and figuratively.
“Do you know why your hands are tied, Catherine?”
“Because I…” she managed around a sob. “Chose for them to be, Sir?”
“That’s right,” he praised. “You chose to give away all of your power and control to me. Are my hands tied, Catherine?”
“No, Sir.”
“Do you know why my hands aren’t tied, little sub?” He asked.
“Because, you’re the one in control now, Sir?” She sniffled.
He shook his head. “Because it’s my job to catch you when you fall, Catherine,” he corrected softly. “And put you back on your feet again.”

Tru Calling #WIP
A.C. Melody

Acceptance

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“Rochi,” she stated confidently. “I did it.”

“No,” Rochelle exhaled. “Is it up on the site now? I wanna see it!”

“Yes, but it’s not finished,” Cat admitted… “And it doesn’t matter. I have a date on Wednesday at 2:30 for coffee.”

“Shut the fuck up!” Rochelle steamed. “Already?! How the fuck?”

“I messaged a Dom and he answered, it’s really not rocket science, Chi,” Cat answered sweetly… “You just have to put yourself out there.”

“Put myself out there? Bitch, if I was anymore out there, I’d get arrested for Public Indecency! I can’t believe you! AHHGHH!”

When the phone disconnected, Cat simply set it down and opened a new word document on her laptop to start her lists. She made it as far as ‘Age play’ before her phone was ringing again.

“Yep?”

“Okay, fine I fucking love you, what’s his screenname so I can check this supposed Dom out?”

Tru Calling #WIP
A.C. Melody

♥Book Blast of “Skin Deep” by Trista Jaszczak!♥

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Skin Deep - CoverTitle: Skin Deep

Author: Trista Jaszczak

Genre: BDSM/Erotica

Release Date: July 31, 2015

Print Length: 241 pages

ASIN: B00Z1I5006

Cover Artist: Shoutlines Designs

 

WLK synopsis

WARNING: This story contains female submission, a Daddy Dom/babygirl relationship, hot oral sex scenes, and the beginning of an erotic BDSM lifestyle. This is intended for mature (18+) audiences only.

Lola’s top priority in life has always been her tattoo parlor, Skin Deep and for years all she has wanted was for it to succeed. But when two of her employees decide to venture to bigger cities for a change of pace she is devastated and finding replacements proves to be both difficult and stressful. When she does hire River Hawthorne she knows that there is something different about him and whatever it is, she finds it attractive. What she doesn’t know is what River is about to do to her…Or just how much time she’ll spend on her knees for him.

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WLK excerpt

River’s POV

You want to have a seat with me in the back? Have lunch together?”

She takes a moment to think about it and finally nods. She follows me from her office to the break room. I can tell that she’s been thinking. If she’s anything like me, she’s thinking about last night. Only I’m willing to bet she’s wondering what she did wrong, why she did what she did, and what she is going to do now. I want to tell her that she didn’t do anything wrong. But to feed her the cliché line of “it’s not you, it’s me” seems like a whole lot of bullshit at this point. I could easily man up and just tell her…but then I risk not only being fired but losing her altogether. Makes me hate being so fucked up. She looks at me with sad eyes as she has a seat at the table.

I pull out a chair across from her and begin sitting our food and drinks on the table. I look up at her with my eyes and catch her staring. She quickly looks away and purses her lips. It doesn’t seem to be sitting well with her either. I’m reducing her to nothing more than a fucking one night stand. What a dick move. I open a straw and place it in one of the thirty-two ounce cups and push it over to her. “Have a drink.”

Her cheeks fill with color and she takes the cup, bringing the straw to her lips. She has a quick sip and looks away from me and down to her right. She can barely look at me. Not like I can blame her. She presses her lips around the straw for a moment and I catch her eyes again. She hurries to look away as she sets the cup on the table. I start pulling her food from the bag. A bacon cheeseburger and a large order of fries from Pepper’s Bar and Grill just down the street. “Hungry?”

She finally looks at me and gives me a little nod. “Starved, actually.”

Then you shouldn’t have told me that you didn’t want anything,” I say. “You have to eat.” I begin unwrapping her burger and place it front of her. She looks up at me confused as I sit down and grab my own burger and fries.

I’m just trying to keep the shop running,” she explains. “I have to work your schedules around all the appointments you have all while making sure someone can be out front in case we have walk-ins.”

Understandable, but you can’t just not eat. It’s not good for you.” I say, diverting my attention to my burger. I look up slightly and see that she is chewing quietly but seems to refuse to look at me as she reaches for her cup and has a drink of pop.

Sometimes I just forget.”

Well,” I start, “you shouldn’t. It’s not healthy.”

She gives me a silent nod as she still looks to my left.

Something interesting over there?” I ask, wiping my mouth with a napkin.

Her mouth drops and her eyes move to meet mine. “I’m sorry…I just…” Her voice trails and she looks up at me with the saddest blue eyes I’ve ever seen in my life.

Lola, this doesn’t have to be awkward,” I tell her. “Things happened really fast last night. I never wanted to make things like this…I just…see I have this thing…” I stop my words and watch as her mouth drops.

Oh, my fucking God.” Her blue eyes go from sad to angry quickly as she pushes her food away.

I shake my head. “No, that’s not what I meant, see, I just…there’s this thing about me.” Out with it, dude. Tell her. Tell her now. Tell her what you are. I look down at her burger that has no more than two bites taken out. “You should eat some more. Two bites will not help you. I know it’s not exactly healthy, but it’s something.”

Do you have a fucking girlfriend?” She snaps in a loud whisper, leaning across the table.

I shake my head furiously. “No! I wouldn’t do that!”

Some disease?”

This one just makes me laugh as I sit back and shake my head. I lean back in my chair and shake my head. “No, I don’t have some STD that I didn’t tell you about.”

Then what?”

You should sit back, calm down, and eat your fucking food, Lola.” I tell her.

Then what?! Just tell me?! What thing do you have?!” She looks directly into my eyes. She’s worried, she’s scared, and she’s a mess. I can see that all in her eyes. She pouts slightly and gets up. “It was fun…really, it was great. I hope you like your job here.”

I love my job,” I tell her, being completely honest. “I fucking love it. Which is why I don’t want to lose it.”

She pouts again, this time crossing her arms and nodding as she starts to walk away.

Lola, sit down, now,” I command her.

She turns to look at me, shocked at my order. Her mouth drops and her arms slowly fall to her sides.

Sit down and eat, now.” I order.

She reaches for the chair and pulls it out slowly. She looks at me, pouts, and finally has a seat, taking a bite of her burger. I look away and smirk slightly. All I can think to myself is good girl.

 

WLK Author Bio

 

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Trista Jaszczak (jazz-ick) is the author of the Believe series (reinterpreted fairy tales), and upcoming relaunches, Loverboy, What Lies Inside and the Darkness Falls series. She is an Air Force spouse and mother to two mischievous and rambunctious little girls. She is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls home where ever the Air Force sends her. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where she finds endless inspiration in the pure Alaskan wilderness. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time with her family in the vast Alaskan outdoors, plucking away at her old guitar or working on self-improvement in the gym. She loves the outdoors, the moon, old movies and music.

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The Fate of Her Dragon

Excerpt

Alicia crept through the forest, careful not to run into any of her sisters, her mother, one of the other witches, and most definitely a Dragon Guardsmen. It wouldn’t do to try to explain why she was traipsing all over the countryside before the sun had even risen. Not that she was really going anywhere near the entire countryside. In all actuality, her destination was always the same, a cave on the far side of the clearing that had been sealed tight with a huge boulder.

Her daily, sometimes twice daily, hikes had started the day after they’d come to stay with the Blue Dragons. It began with a dream that she couldn’t get out of her head. One that reoccurred every night, twice if she woke up, she tried to ignore it and return to sleep. Always starting and ending the same way. A haunting scene inside what she could only imagine was a deep cave. The scratchy, heavily-accented voice of a man calling her name over and over. He searched for her as if his life depended upon it. She could feel his panic always coupled with his absolute need to find her. It ended just as abruptly as it had begun and always left her feeling as if she’d somehow failed him.

How do you fail a man you’ve never met?

The worst thing was the dream would then begin again like a recording stuck on a loop. Every once in a while to break up the monotony, she would catch a glimpse of the side of his face, the slope of his broad shoulders, or if he ran in the opposite direction, his bare feet that were cut and bruised as if he’d climbed mountains without shoes. Unfortunately, nothing that gave a real clue as to his identity.

Alicia had tried calling out to him to no avail. He never answered or gave any indication he could hear her. She’d tried every spell or charm she knew of, and a few she’d looked up when Kyra had let her peruse her library, to stop dreams but nothing worked. Her mystery man still came to her and left her feeling as if she’d somehow failed him.

The dream was taking over every aspect of her life. There were even times it came to her during the day while she was zoning out doing dishes or pulling weeds in their ‘almost living’ garden. When she wasn’t trying to avoid sleeping and dreaming, she was searching for anyone that knew anything about the sealed up cave, just sure that whatever had been locked away in its rocky interior held the solution to her dilemma.

The only thing the young witch knew for sure was that if she didn’t get a good night’s sleep soon, she was going to go bat-shit crazy and that was not a good look on anyone.

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Julia-Mills-author_pic-282x300Mom of two rockin’ girls, Reader of everything, Author of The Dragon Guards series and many more surprises to come!

I am a sarcastic,sometimes foul-mouthed, not afraid to drink a beer, always southern woman with 2 of the most amazing teenage daughters, a menagerie of animals and a voracious appetite for reading who recently decided to write the storied running through her brain. I read my first book, Dr Suess’ Cat in The Hat by myself at 4 and was hooked. I believe a good book along with shoes, makeup and purses will never let a girl down and that all heroes of all the books I have ever read or will

ever write pale in comparison to my daddy! I am a sucker for a happy ending and love some hot sweaty sex with a healthy dose of romance. I am still working on my story but believe it will contain all of the above with as much SPICE as I can work into it. CHEERS!

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Perspective

Perspective

Raife couldn’t keep from laughing, which only caused her face to flush angrily. A bonus for him, really. “Sweetheart, you more than just like me,” he reminded her. “And secondly, you slept in my bed last night, so whatever haughty morals you’re trying to portray have already gone right out the window.”
Prisoner,” Nessara gnashed her teeth. “I was held prisoner in your bed last night!”
Raife just shrugged. “I’m sure that’s what everyone else thinks, too,” he winked.
Letting that sink in, he continued past her and into the kitchen.

Dark Atlantis #WIP
A.C. Melody

Inebriated

“You look like shit.”
Hilo looked up at him, his brows rising slightly in emphasis. “Pot calling the kettle, pal.”
“How much of that Cognac did you drink?” Voryk asked.
“Enough that I should not, under any circumstance, condition or natural law of physics, be coherent or conscious at this moment.”

The Zen Lounge
A.C. Melody

“Police! Open Up!”

“How did we not hear any of this upstairs?” Sahara asked in awe over the loud, brassy number the redhead onstage was gyrating her hips to.
Noise was everywhere, from the din of voices at the bar, to the slot machines lining the walls on the open second level. The catcalls, whistles and creative suggestions from the audience around the stage were the loudest and most enthusiastic, of course.
“The penthouse is completely soundproof,” Berlin answered.
“Oh,” Sahara replied, before looking at him quizzically. “Why the penthouse and not the club?”
Berlin looked down at her, lust still swimming in his eyes from the scream Damascus had lured out of her diaphragm. “You really have to ask?” He countered. “What happens in Vegas, still gets reported to the Vegas P.D. I doubt they’d buy that we have a pension for horror movies and a damn good surround sound system.”

Hot Water #WIP
A.C. Melody