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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

GUEST BLOG: RED SAGE PUBLISHING

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Speed Date My Hero
Meet the hero of DANCING WITH DANGER, Marc Sloane! These answers are from his point-of-view, before the events in the novel take place.

1) What do you do for work?
I’m an L.A.P.D. officer, just got out of the Academy a few months ago.

2) Where are you from?
Originally I’m from NorCal, but now I live in Los Angeles.

3) When was your last relationship and how long did it last?
I don’t really do relationships. I had a long-term girlfriend in high school, but that was about it. There’ve been a few women I’ve dated for a few months here and there, but I don’t have the kind of career that invites anything long-term.

4) Do you want to marry or have you ever been married?
Never been married. Maybe one day… but she’d have to understand that I won’t give up my career for anything. I’m not going to make the same mistake my father made.

5) What do you do for fun?
I play softball on the squad’s team, third base. I also like to fix things up. I refurbished an old Ducati last year and now I’m renovating my condo.

6) What are you most proud of?
Probably the rooftop patio that I built. I’ve incorporated a bunch of Japanese garden features, including a waterfall feature with lily pads and bonsai trees, and it’s now my favorite place in the city to go when I need to unwind or relax. No one has been up there yet, but me. Well, at least not yet…

7 ) Do you believe in love at first sight?
Nah. How can you fall in love with someone if you don’t know anything about them? Lust at first sight: Sure. But love? Never gonna happen. At least, not to me.

8) What is your favorite music and who is your favorite singer/band?
I like rock music. Classic rock, alternative, hard rock, 50’s rock and roll, pretty much anything with a good beat.

9) Do you like animals/keep pets?
I grew up with dogs and love them, but don’t have one. Might get one someday, though.

10) Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Still working with the LAPD, hopefully still assigned to my partner, Pete. And I better be finished with the condo renovations by then!

11) Do you believe a cup is half empty or half full?
Ugh, I hate this question. It doesn’t really matter, right? If it’s half empty, then it just means there’s room for more. If it’s half full, then bottom’s up!

12) You have got six months to live, what will you do first?
Damn, this question’s even harder. Ummm… shit, I don’t know. This question’s depressing, let’s move on to the next one, that looks like way more fun.

13) Is sexual compatibility important to you?
Hell, yeah! Humans are sexual creatures, and both partners should be able to equally enjoy the experience. I don’t understand people who want to wait until marriage to have sex. To me, that’s like buying a car without test driving it.

14) If you won a lottery, how would you spend your millions?
I’d buy a house, put aside some money for my baby niece for her college fund, donate to some charities, travel the world, and probably buy a nice classic, fixer-upper, car to restore. But I don’t think I’d quit my job.

15) If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?
I don’t really cook… I’d probably order pizza, or maybe do something simple like Mac n’ Cheese. That counts as cooking, right? I mean, you have to boil water, so, yeah.

Buy Dancing with Danger: http://eredsage.com/store/DancingWithDanger.html Red Sage Publishing~ Discover Your Hero

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CONTEST! Win an Autographed Book!

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All month long we're featuring regular contests on all our blogs and giving away print books, eBooks, GCs and other prizes. Make sure you follow all our blogs! For more information, visit our Contest Page.

Today, leave a comment and be entered to win an eBook copy of "Ondine" by Giselle Renard.  Yep, that's all you have to do... leave a comment (make sure you include your email address so we can find you!) and you're entered!Drawing will be held the morning of 5/25/12.




An erotic journey through the worlds of ballet, art, and passionate liaisons, Ondine is a sensual exploration of pansexual free love wrapped in a boy-meets-girl tale of mix-ups and misunderstandings.

Monday, May 21, 2012

GUEST BLOG: KAREN KELLEY

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What do you think is the current appeal of angel/demon stories?

I just write what I enjoy reading so I’m glad to know there are readers looking for the same thing *smile* I can tell you why I like them. It’s the good versus bad and who will win. But I mixed things up a little. Destiny is a demon-in-training. The opening of Where There’s Smoke will give you a better idea of who she is:
Destiny Carter was six years old when she had the first inkling that her life wouldn’t be a fairy tale. That was the day her mother left her in a grocery store and never came back. Destiny was right, her life went downhill from there. Bad foster homes, bad boyfriends, and really, really bad choices.

Then she died and went to Hell.

Until she was kicked out.
And then there’s Chance, the hero:

He would do whatever it took to save Destiny. Yeah, sure, he skirted the very edges of what was legal—for an angel—but he would do whatever it took.

Not actually an angel when he thought about it. A nephilim, to be exact. All their fathers were angels. Centuries before, they mated with mortal women. When the women bore children, a new race was created. Immortals with powers—demigods.

The children didn’t live by the same rules as mortals, nor that of the typical robe-wearing, bright-light-surrounding-them angels. Hell, most of the time the nephilim were breaking the rules and making up new ones as they went. As long as they didn’t cross over to the dark side, everyone pretty much stayed out of their way.
So they’re not exactly good or bad, but all hell will certainly break loose when they get together.

What do you see coming next?

I wish I knew the answer, but I can only guess. With the popularity of erotic romance I think it will continue to be a hot topic—pun intended. My books have always been sexy. I write what I enjoy reading. This is my first erotic romance and I think I lucked out that erotic romances happen to be growing in popularity. I hope everyone enjoys Where There’s Smoke. You can find out more about me and my books at www.authorkarenkelley.com.

About the Author:
Rosemary Rodgers hooked me on romance with Sweet Savage Love. I consumed books after that until I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing. Not as easy as it looks! But I'd found my niche. I instinctively knew this is what I wanted to do.

Luckily, I'm married to a wonderful man who gives me 100% support in anything I want to try. He not only told me to go for my dream, but he encouraged me not to give up.

And the dream did become reality. Wow! I still have to pinch myself. I love being an author!

Friday, May 18, 2012

GUEST BLOG: WHISPERS PUBLISHING

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Reviews—how important are they?


Recently I’ve had a lot of questions about reviews. You need some, want more, had a bad one… How important are they?

Well, it’s obvious that a good movie review sometimes sends the production into the top sales rank. But have you ever watched a movie based on those trailers and reviews, and you ended up hating the film? The same theory applies for books. Most of us have taken the advice of a friend and read a book she loved, only to stop after three pages.

This is one of the biggest things to remember about reviews—they’re subjective. Opinions vary widely, and sometimes reviewers have very strong reactions to your books, whether good or bad.

Authors sometimes “stalk” themselves on sites such as Amazon or Goodreads, glutting themselves on their reviews like crack. It’s bad for you, but sometimes oh, so good, right? I always encourage authors not to bother looking at reviews. A lot of very successful authors throughout history have ignored their reviews—never look at them.

Also, in this day and age, some people are sneaky. They pay their friends for reviews or pay a service to put up a certain number of 4 and 5 star reviews for their book. Did the people read the book? Unlikely. But it looks as if their buy page has a large amount of great reviews, and that makes the author feel good!

Another burning question is, “Will my bad reviews hurt my book’s sales?” IMHO, no. NO, NO, NO. Sometimes poor reviews just beg a reader to pick up the book and see what’s so bad about it. Other times, too many fantastic ratings turn people off. It makes people suspect that the book can’t be all that good if they’re getting so many rave reviews. Look for a balance of mid-range reviews, and you’ve got a solid story you’ll probably like.

My best advice is to find reviewers you trust, whether friends from a book club who will give honest opinions, or professional review sites where your review will have a large viewing. And don’t fret about those reviews—focus on your story and craft. Keep writing!

Whispers Publishing
Explore Your Fantasies
http://whispershome.com

Monday, May 14, 2012

CONTEST: WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED BOOK!

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All month long we're featuring regular contests on all our blogs and giving away print books, eBooks, GCs and other prizes. Make sure you follow all our blogs! For more information, visit our Contest Page.

Today, leave a comment and be entered to win a print copy of "Wild Wet and Wicked in Whispering Cove" by by Cathryn Fox, Nikki Duncan, and Mackenzie McKade and signed by Nikki Duncan.

Yep, that's all you have to do... leave a comment (make sure you include your email address so we can find you!) and you're entered (US and Canada only, please)!

When three poker playin’, rum drinkin’ granddads start schemin’ more than boats start rockin’ in Whispering Cove.

WILD by MacKenzie McKade

A tragic accident forced Andrea “Andie” Adair to leave her family, friends, and fiancé behind in Whispering Cove. A dark secret keeps her away, until she receives an ambiguous phone call that her grandfather is in the hospital. Desperate to cling to her only living relative she races back home and straight into the arms of Sheriff Brody McGrath, her former fiance. Neither is prepared for the onslaught of emotions—grief, regret, heartache, and love—and there is no denying the old spark between them still burns brightly. But can love defeat the demons of Andie’s past and allow her to live again?

WET by Cathryn Fox

Tired of big city life, Celebrity Chef Kathleen Wilson has returned to Whispering Cover for her high school reunion and is looking forward to some relaxation. She’s not looking forward to facing Firefighter Trent Parker, the boy she turned her back on ten years ago and has never gotten over. Distracted by her passion, Katy becomes easy prey to Trent’s blatant seduction. Sparks fly and there’s only one way to extinguish those fiery flames. Soon they‘re burning up the sheets but when morning comes and the smoke clears, one question remains. Will Katy leave again, or will she realize the fire they've ignited isn't about to burn out?

WICKED by Nikki Duncan

Braydon Mitchell loves his free-sailing life travelling the world’s oceans as a freelance writer so much he’s successfully avoided his grandfather’s pleas...until now. Returning home out of worry for his grandfather’s health, Braydon finds more than old friends in town for their high school reunion. He finds his grandfather’s doctor who was the awkward girl nursing a crush for him all through school. Only she’s turned into a sexy seductress enticing him into a vacation fling. With erotic sparks igniting at their first touch, Danica makes Braydon want everything he isn’t built for...small town stability, a strong woman’s love, family. Can they find a common ground in love?

Friday, May 11, 2012

GUEST BLOG: REBEL INK AUTHOR SUZZANA C. RYAN

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My name is Suzzana C Ryan, erotic romance author for Rebel Ink Press. First, I’d like to thank The Long and Short Reviews for having me as a guest author.

At a point in my life where I should be relaxing in the sun, retired in Miami I’m up nights writing and editing one manuscript or another. And loving it! Since I can remember, I’ve always loved romance. I’ve read thousands of books, mostly romance by a list of authors as long as my arm. I have my favorites. I admire the author who dares to push the limits and uses vocabulary to shock and arouse the reader. I read those pages twice. Okay so I like the sex scenes to be juicy, graphic, bosom heaving and downright nasty. Hence, my avid interest in erotic romance.

I started writing a manuscript about twenty-five years ago, a manuscript that I have since burned. Yes, burned the disaster; I can’t believe how far I’ve come. After reading some wonderful writers and getting my own e-reader, my journey into erotic romance began. Then two years ago, it began. A new manuscript, muses rapping at my door and the paranormal visions. My love affair with vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, angels began and then along came a publisher who was willing to take a chance and publish my first short story "A Vampire for her Birthday". I think the title gives you a clue to its content and the heat rating is hot; it’s a very erotic sexual romp through the paranormal.

I have three separate releases, "A Vampire for her Birthday", "My Body My Soul", yes a vampire short story and "For the Love of Jake", an erotic contemporary short story. I have a story in our anthology, Now Serving, "Maxwell’s Desire" and due to be released in May 2012 Black Roses another paranormal short story. Then due for release in June 2012 is my first stand-alone novel A Love Dipped in Blood, an erotic journey through the world of the paranormal.

You can get follow me on Face Book, Twitter, and my website and blogs. I have just begun to tell my stories my muses never stop. I would love you to take that journey with me. You will want more.

Rebel Ink Press
Find Suzzana on line:
http://www.suzzanacryanromanceauthor.blogspot.com
http://suzzanacryan.webs.com
http://www.suzzanacryan.blogspot.com

Chance Harris is a powerful Grand Witch. Her obsession is one gorgeous vampire named Eric Clayton. She’s loved the vampire forever.

It’s time for Chance to take a mate, time for her to give up her promiscuity and settle down. She only sees one man, one vampire, that will suit her needs. But Eric Clayton can’t be caught that easily. He can only see the witch whose claim to fame is a very tight female anatomy. He can only see a woman with a tainted reputation.

One flower grows that can enchant a witch, the black rose. Will Chance ever see love and black roses in her future?

Their hearts will clash and ignite. A push and pull of emotions will ensue, ending in a love that will transcend time and last an eternity.
Will be available: Barnes and Noble Amazon Bookstrand http://www.allromanceebooks.com .

GUEST BLOG REBEL INK AUTHOR CASSANDRE DAYNE

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WRITING SAME SEX – WHAT IS IT WE LIKE SO MUCH?


I love writing erotic romance and I enjoy writing about wonderful fantasies because I think in our lives we need an escape. Whether we have the relationship of our dreams we simply all have secret desires and there’s nothing wrong with that. Whether you’re in a heterosexual or same sex situation you crave. Don’t you? I write just about everything with regard to this from ménage to BDSM and latterly I’ve been concentrating on writing m/m, which my readers seem to love. I also challenged myself with writing a f/f piece and while the book was critically acclaimed, readers didn’t seem to enjoy it as much as I initially thought they would. What I do find is that my m/m pieces fly off the shelves. Why?

Hmmm… I think people truly enjoy spreading their wings so to speak in reading something that might be just a little bit outside of their comfort zone. When I truly realized that writing same sex was so much more popular I changed a lot of what I was penning. Why? Well the first reason is I want to sell but I also find that certain readers of same sex are very loyal. Now that being said, is there is difference in writing m/m and f/f? You bet.

In what way? For some odd reason there’s a bit of a stigma attached to writing f/f pieces that continued today. I have many lesbian friend writers who have what they consider to be great success but how is that really measured? On of my first m/m pieces received a silver star from All Romance E Books but you really completely understand what grabs the reader. Because I write in so many of the sub-genres of erotic romance I’m often asked if there’s any real difference. I think there is. Both in the tone and ruggedness of writing m/m or f/f is a bit different.

I like to write very gritty m/m pieces and while the majority of readers are women I’m finally getting a male following. Are all gay men rugged and dangerous? Of course not and I have my share of secrets and angsts and tears in the pieces but I also depict my guys as men. That’s just my style. Writing the sex scenes for me also isn’t difficult. Not only do I consider myself a passionate woman but I also know that men sharing passion is beautiful and I enjoy pictures depicting acts of carnal hunger. Come on ladies – you know you enjoy seeing them as well. For some reason it’s like a hidden fantasy so many women have and now since you can hide behind a kindle or your computer you can keep your likes and fantasies in private.

Writing f/f is no different. I’m a rough and tumble kind of gal but I also love every aspect of Victoria’s Secret and candles, bubble bath and silk sheets so writing about touching and tasting a woman is very easy. As writers delve more into trying to grab the reader it’s going to get harder to snag their attention. We’re required to do our marketing and that means everything from guest blogging to tweeting, yahoo groups to chat sessions on line in which hopefully readers will give you feedback. Many of mine have and mostly in regards to how I handle my male characters sympathetically. Recently His Wrath and Hot Summer Nights – Key West came out and they have been hugely popular and while we always try and figure out why my thoughts are that it’s very gritty and futuristic with a heightened level of kink readers find believable.

I think though I enjoy writing my m/m pieces because they get to be regular guys on one hand and yet they enjoy and share fantasies and passion together and I as a writer am allowed to not only take the reader on a journey but my characters as well. I tend to try and explore options in my writing same sex that you might not think about as a reader. In penning Done for example, this one was inspired by a Lifetime Movie in which a couple appeared happy on the surface but the woman in the relationship decided to take the baby away from him out of the blue and the movie was about his struggle to rebuild and reclaim the baby. So I thought, what if two men had a baby together and one out of the blue decided the relationship was over? What would happen in society and how hard would it be to work within the system to try and figure out what happened and to get the child back?

Society is still a bit odd about same sex parents and I wanted to show a light surrounding them that is poignant yet also realistic in the angst and terror one might feel in this situation. Releasing on May 17th from Rebel Ink Press, you’ll find the synopsis on this blog and I hope you enjoy. Writing same sex is a passion of mine and one I hope to continue being able to pen with joy and love. After all, passion and love is the same no matter what type of relationship you’re in – isn’t it?

Kisses xxx
Cassandre
About the Author:
Cassandre started writing stories and poems before she knew how to ride a bike and proceeded onto novels by age eleven. By the time she was an early teenager, she had written fifteen novels. As early adulthood, college and life settled in; writing was placed on the back burner but never forgotten entirely. Suddenly awakened by the rampant fantasies and untold stories of characters that flowed through her dreams every night and filtered into her daylight hours; she could hold back the creative process no longer.

In addition, as her alter ego Bethany Halle, she is the host of two blog talk radio shows with Robin Falls Red River Radio. The Fire of Fantasy & Darkness airs every other month highlighting writers and other artists in the fantasy, science fiction and paranormal genres. Dare to Take the Plunge also airs every other month featuring writers, publishers, cover artists and reviewers in the erotic romance genre. She also is a weekly/monthly contributor to Naughty Nights Press, Erotic Diaries, After Dark Online, Kinke Magazine and Friendzstop Magazine and Community.

As Bethany Halle she is also the Director of Communications for Rebel Ink Press and currently serves on the Nominating Committee of the RWA’s Passionate Ink. She serves as President Elect for Passionate Ink in 2012.

Find Cassandre online at:

http://www.cassandredayne.com
http://cassandredayne.wordpress.com/
Email: cassandre@cassandredayne.com http://twitter.com/bethanyhalle
http://kindlegraph.com/authors/bethanyhalle
http://pinterest.com/cassandredayne/
http://www.romancenovelcenter.com/cassandredayne
Find her books at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Cassandre+Dayne
, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Pubit, Bookstrand and Coffee Time Romance

Simon Preston loved his life. Between his job as a highly paid architect and his lover, Chad Murphy, things couldn’t be better. And since adopting the precocious little girl who was the love of their lives, he was ready to take the next step - marriage. After a grueling day at work, Simon decided to surprise his melded family with a homemade dinner and a selection of the finest Disney movies available. He also had another surprise in mind. Gay marriages were legalized in the state of New York and even though their relationship wasn’t perfect, Simon knew it was time to make it official. The feast prepared, he waited. And waited. When the call came, Simon's life was immediately shattered. In disbelief, he fell into a state of despair. How could Chad leave him and take the baby? Hell bent on getting his life back, Simon fought his inner demons, an abusive past and false truths and walked a twisted path until he was a changed man. And suddenly, he was faced with the fact no one believed Chad was really in his life. Was he truly going mad?

Michael Dayton was a private investigator and former decorated cop. And he was the only man who believed Simon’s story. As both men slipped down a trail of lies and deceit, Michael attempted to drag Simon back from the brink of revenge and the ravages of insanity but he had demons of his own. Could the love and honesty given freely be their salvation or would Simon lose what was left of his humanity?

GUEST BLOG REBEL INK AUTHOR LILA MUNRO

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Love by the Numbers


Once upon a time there was a writer who believed she had her path all plotted out complete with twists and turns in the road, detours, and road blocks. All her ducks were in a row and her muses were sitting neatly on their tiny couch on her desk behaving. And then one day…

A house fell on her muses.

That writer was me and the tiny feet sticking out from under the house belonged to my muses. One set sported a cute pair of pink tennis shoes. And the other? Well, she had on a pair of stilettos with six inch heels...

When I first started writing, I never conceived that I would cross any of the invisible lines I had set up for myself. You know the lines I’m talking about right? The first line was…oh, I could never type X-X-X-X-X…nope neeeever!! Okay, three weeks later you find yourself looking out of one eye doing that very thing. Then you think, oh, I could never put her on her knees in front of him---eeekkk!! That’s just too close to that line. Before you know it a few weeks later you’ve not only got her on her knees but her hands are tied behind her back and they’re playing oxygen deprivation games. 

In my case, I crossed all the lines at once and I’ve never looked back. You should have seen the conversation I had with my muses over this line crossing game they were playing with me when they decided I would write outside all the polite lines.

“Go away, Bronwyn!! Arwen and I were perfectly normal until YOU got here.”

Then my hands would go over my ears and I’d stomp away only to look up and the little vixen would be standing right in front of me with an e-veel grin.

“What do you want now? I’ve beat my characters, I’ve tied them up, I’ve screwed with their minds until they are probably afraid to surface around here. Now what?”

“They need more players.”

“’Scuse me?”

“They. Need. More. Players.”

Yes, she actually was demanding I write not only BDSM, but ménage. Well, okay. Scowling, but smiling on the inside because to be perfectly honest the whole idea did intrigue me quite a bit, I put fingers to keyboard and it began.

“Satisfied, Bronwyn?”

“For now.”

I went back to life as normal after penning Identity Crisis, the first in what would turn into a full blown series little to my knowledge at the time. Then in between installments of that I wrote Three for Keeps, much to my muses’ satisfaction, another ménage involving not just three, but four, players. Things were definitely heating up and getting interesting. And I was really beginning to like that stuff. Then wouldn’t you know it…Bronwyn started tapping her little booted foot again.

“Ga-reat! What now?!”

“You know you have it in you to write a m/m/f ménage.”

“No, I don’t.”

“Yes, you do.”

I swallowed, twisted my lip up on one side, and shot her a dirty look.

“Yeah. No. I said I wouldn’t write m/m anything until I had a firm grasp on how it worked.”

“You know how it works.”

I picked Bronwyn up off her little couch and put her in her tiny cage with a ball gag in her mouth. Arwen, looking quite frightened, smiled sweetly and started telling the story the way she saw fit, which by the way wasn’t working at all. After a few chapters I went back, revised, fixed a transition, and brought Bronwyn out of her confinement. Her help was needed desperately and I discovered she was correct in that I knew how IT worked.

And here’s what I learned…

Male/male sex is only different from male/female sex in the logistics of it. The emotions are exactly the same, but my problem was how did I put together a bi-sexual man, a gay man and a straight woman and make that work? It took some doing and after digging out Barbie, GI Joe, and Ken, I managed to figure out how to connect all three without any touching between the gay man and straight woman and everyone was quite satisfied with the outcome.

Whew! Talk about love by the numbers…

Thanks for having me over today! And thanks to all the readers for coming by and having a read. Hope you enjoyed your time here as much as I have. Feel free to leave me some questions and comments. I’d love to chat a bit today!

About the Author:
Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and theIdentity series. She’s a member in good standing of RWA and Passionate Ink. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2012. And has a brand new line scheduled for winter 2012-13. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted via her website http://realmanticmoments.blogspot.com, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Lila_Munro, Pinterest at https://pinterest.com/lilamunro/, Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4200524.Lila_Munro. You can also contact her via email at lilasromance@gmail.com

We may be born to the lifestyle

Julie Stevens and Dante Larson always knew their tastes were a bit more eccentric than those of the average person, but acknowledgement of their chosen paths came at different times. While their lives have run parallel for the last twenty years, destiny always came knocking at the wrong time. Julie was a closeted edge player and before Dante could pull her free of her fears, Mason came along and dragged her kicking and screaming from her self-inflicted darkness, leaving Dante wanting. Although Dante’s been in love with Julie since the day he first laid eyes on her, he's happily married to Blake. But the tides are turning.

But Lady Fate dictates how it should be lived…

Still mourning the death of the only Master she’s ever known, Julie finds herself forced to live with the one man she’s been terrified of for years, Dante. While she has to admit something between them feels right, just as many things feel very, very wrong, starting with the fact he’s married to her gay best friend. Before she even has time to sort out her current predicament, another man catches Julie's attention. But after losing her mother, her sister, and her husband, can Julie come to grips with the fact that Keegan D’Amate jumps out of perfectly good helicopters for a living, rescue diving for the Coast Guard? And where exactly does that leave Dante, who knows for sure he needs a woman to complete his unconventional marriage? Quite frankly, he's tired of waiting.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

GUEST BLOG REBEL INK AUTHOR VIRGINIA NELSON

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Keeping it Sexy with Virg


I have a confession to make. I write dirty books.

Yes, this means that some of the books I write have pictures of headless heroes on the covers. They aren’t bodice rippers since most of my books are set in a contemporary world—and we don’t wear bodices—but there are a few scenes where buttons go flying off men’s shirts or women shoot their bras across the room like red lace sling shots.

I should be ashamed of myself.

But I’m not.

Falling in love is one of the biggest rushes. You feel beautiful. You don’t need to eat. The sky looks bluer and every texture and feeling is magnified to a point that you can’t help but revel in the glittering sensuality of life.

There is a lot of psychology involved in writing romance, at least good believable romance. For instance, the man who has complete control in the boardroom wants to give up that control in the bedroom. The woman who has no control in her day to day life, merely riding the rollercoaster of life during the day, loves to be the one…uh…on top in the bedroom.

Friends make good lovers but they bring all the weight and responsibility of the friendship to the romance. It is somehow easier to fall in love with someone that you might never see again…but if the person on the other end of the kiss that blows the top of your head off is someone that you need in your day to day life, that risk is much harder to take.

So to keep it sexy, really, you have to bring all that to your romance. If the people aren’t real, the reader can’t emotionally engage with them.

In Lips of Velvet, my ff erotic romance March Release with Rebel Ink Press, Sandra is a bookworm who meets a woman that makes her heart race. Lucy is nothing that Sandra was looking for but everything she needs. But, like in real life, sometimes people get stuck on what they should want rather than what they do want and Sandra messes things up royally. Will Lucy forgive her?

Find out in Lips of Velvet.

Grab your copy today, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks or Bookstrand.

Find me Online!

Website: virginianelson.webs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/virg.nelson
Blog: http://virginianelson.blogspot.com/

GUEST BLOG REBEL INK AUTHOR BLMORTICIA

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Writing Women with an Edge
BLMorticia


Greeting readers! This is BLMorticia, you know the snarky muse of Sharita Lira. Just in case you don’t know me, I’ll have a small bio at the end. *grins* What am I talking about today? The women I write in my books. Well, I haven’t wrote many since most of my books have been m/m but with my first m/f release coming out in June, I decided to chat about my fab heroines who are no nonsense, fearless, fun and of course SEXY!

My character in Losing my Inhibitions is a lady cop who’s looking for a man on her own time. She’s cautious, likes to be in control, and refuses to go the conventional route to meet her desired lover. She reminds me of the lady up above from a movie I sort of liked called Losers. One of my fave actresses Zoe Saldana played Aisha who’s a double agent in the movie. The scene with her and Jeffery Dean Morgan in the beginning was totally kick ass. In short, they fought and she more than held her own against this man even though he was about twice her size.

The age of dainty, weak women are gone. Sure there still are a few movies that like to cast a lady who’s overly emotional, a drama queen, and couldn’t stand up to anyone in a fistacuffs but most films like the ladies to be badass and in Losers as well as her other movie, Columbiana, Zoe takes no prisoners.

Getting back to my book, Miss Vanessa Daniels would be that woman. As I said earlier, she likes to take control in all facets of her life. Despite what her friends, both male and female, tell her about her methods of trying to meet her ideal mate, she’s stubborn and decides to try meeting a man online. When she seems to have met the man of her dreams, she still wants to proceed with caution and not let go of the reins.

Will she do it to get the man she wants? And when she gets him will he do what her heart desires? Check out the blurb and excerpt from my humorous book with some romance and hot sex!

Officer Vanessa Daniels is fast approaching her 35th birthday which also happens to be on Valentine's day. She seeks a specific kind of man to be her lover and likes being the one in the driver's seat.

Jayson Freed is a bartender by day and a writer by night. He's looking to find the right woman to help fulfill some of his inner most fantasies. The two meet on an internet dating site and immediately start talking. Will the connection work? Will Jayson turn out to be just what this hard nose girl needs?
About the Author: BLMorticia is currently a published writer with Rebel Ink and Naughty Nights Press. Her first two novellas, My Lieutenant and Something Fresh Served Hot are Silver stars on All Romance Ebooks. She writes bi weekly for Erotic Diaries with Rawiya and a column twice a month on Blak Rayne Books. For more info, please visit, Erotica With Snark

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

GUEST BLOG: REBEL INK AUTHOR URSULA WHISTLER

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Back to Basics


It seems in life that people try to pigeonhole themselves as city lovers, small town lovers, outdoor lovers, etc. (I thought about suburbia lovers, but I’m not sure there are any out there. If you’re one, please let me know.) Truth is: We’re all mixtures of these things.

I live in a city where there are always too many things to do. From live music, plays, gallery nights, a fundraiser, to burlesque shows, New Orleans is thriving with entertainment possibilities. If you’re bored in the Big Easy, you’re not right. It’s that simple.

However, it’s also the same in the areas outside of New Orleans, the swamps and wetlands that surround this place and stretch out and beyond Acadiana. That is where some of us escape for weekends or weeks. Off to the fish camps that come in a variety of styles.

There are floating houses with little amenities besides being right on the water and under towering cypress trees. Catch your meals from your dock or take a short boat trip to your favorite fishing hole. Then, you’ve got the single-wide trailers on tall pylons so that there is very little risk of flooding. These can be amazingly fancy, with electricity, running water, and neighbors right next door. A store is a hop, skip, or a drive away, and fishing for your supper isn’t necessary. Other places offer hybrids of these, houses built on pylons that are larger, enough for a large party of people or a family.

No matter what the flavor of the house, you are out there--away from civilization. Let your wild side emerge, and that can me the naughty side of you.

It’s why I wrote Bascially Bad. I have friends that don’t get what I like about going out of the city to the fish camp. I’m free of all the demands of modern life out there. We don’t answer emails. We only answer the phone if it is an emergency. The water, crabs, and fish are all we have to worry about. It’s very freeing.

The character in Basically Bad, Jackie, is very worried about heading out to her man’s primitive fish camp. He has plans, though, to show her just how amazing sex can be without all the toys that she thinks are necessary to reach orgasm. It’s back and forth and up and down for those two as they negotiate their sexual lives.

Get yourself out to the wild place, whether in real life or your fantasy. Get back to basics, and be bad.

Ursula Whistler
I’m not bad. I just write that way.
UrsulaWhistler.com

GUEST BLOG: REBEL INK AUTHOR DESI MOON

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Long and Short of it Reviews May 2012 Desi Moon
Grapho/geno/phobia. Say what???


Hey all! I want to thank the lovely ladies at Long and Short Reviews for letting me take over today *Mwah*.

For those of who don’t know me (Which is probably most of you) let me take a brief moment to introduce myself. My name is Desi Moon. I live in Boulder Colorado with my husband and fellow creative neurotic Eben. I am proud mama of two humans, three cats and an incredibly high strung but loveable dog.

To date, I have two full length novels out. Summerland, a contemporary romance set in the wilds of the L.A. fashion district, and Accidental Intent, a romantic suspense that has gone to the dogs. Also I have a comedic romantic short titled “My Humiliating Valentine” in the Tempting Cupid Anthology and in June another romantic short, “For the Love of Mac” will be included in the Dad Plan Anthology. In October my very first erotic horror novella “Nowhere to Run” will be released just in time for Halloween, which brings me to the title of this post.

There are a myriad of words to describe me. Most often the terms open, honest, blunt are bandied about. I can talk about anything; nothing fazes me-- including talk of sex. Positions, experience, advice… I have no qualms discussing intimacy at length with anyone. Writing it however, is another story.

My two short stories for example have nothing beyond a kiss. When I wrote Summerland, my love scenes were sweetened with a bit of nudity and heavy panting but once the action moved upstairs, I was on my own and left in the dark.

I pushed a bit further with Accidental Intent. A sway of the hips here, a flick of the tongue there, wandering hands, tactile overload but my feverish lovers always seemed to be interrupted by someone needing the restroom, or the ringing of a cell phone, or a dead body falling into the room. It was always something. And although Lucy and Nicolai had an insatiable passion, it never seemed to go beyond ripping their shirts off.

For me, writing “intimate” scenes never seemed to work. The descriptions were clinical, the dialogue was something out of a really bad porn movie and my characters didn’t seem to be having that much fun. It had always been easier for me to let them have their way with each other when I wasn’t looking. I diagnosed myself with grapho-geno-phobia, the fear of writing sex.

I was okay sticking with romantic comedy. There is a formula to it, a fun whimsical quality that seems to make people happy. But as a writer I need the challenge of tackling something out of my comfort zone.

A submission call landed in my inbox, write an erotic horror novella involving a threesome. My first instinct was to trash it; I don’t write erotica. However, a little voice in back of my head started whispering to me. A new character, telling me I could do this with her help, actually with their help.

That night I sat down and began writing my very first f/f/f scene. My threesome was kind, encouraging, helpful, and not at all shy about what they were doing. *Whoa* at one point I asked them, “Can you really do that?”

As a writer I find that I am in a constant state of flux and growth. If I don’t push through my phobias, or try new avenues then I am left with nothing but the same story over and over again. What is the fun in that? So it is for my future readers that I am now comfortable in writing detailed sentences about the versatility of a tongue.

Desi Moon

http://dbmoonauthor.blogspot.com

“Where over the top characters gather to create mayhem”

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Lucy saw Nicolai enter the cafe. Her stomach flipped a couple times before settling in her throat. Her three companions quickly followed the eye line to the tall dark detective. He spotted them and made his way to their table.

"Ladies." He nodded with formality.

"Detective." They replied except Lucy. She was watching his lips move.

"Lucy," He said slowly. "Could I speak with you in private?"

She nodded but continued to sit. Sheila kicked her under the table. It snapped Lucy back into the present. "Right, private."

Following the detective into a private alcove the air turned thick with his presence. In the small space their bodies were almost touching. Her head spun with the nearness of him. "Wha?" She cleared her throat and tried again. "What can I do for you detective?" She could see the battle in his eyes. It was the same battle going on in her head. Desire or duty?

"I, uh, came by to apologize for last night." His voice was breathy and caught in his throat. "It was very much out of character for me."

She smiled. Her hands clenched into fists to keep from grabbing fistfuls of black hair and pulling him to her. "I appreciate the apology but there were two of us in my office last night I responded in kind." She took a shuddering breath. "It really shouldn’t happen again." The minute the words were out, she wanted more than anything to take them back.

He nodded looking down at his shoes. "Maybe you’re right."

She could smell the wood scent of his shampoo. Before she could stop herself, her fingers found themselves entwined in his hair. Mouths connected in a fevered effort to get as close as possible. His arm pulled her into him. Her leg snaked its way around his waist.

"You have got to be kidding me." Sheila folded her arms tightly across her chest. "Can I at least get to the bathroom without feeling as if I am involved in some ménage a trios?"

They stepped out of the alcove muttering apologies. Back in the light of the cafe Lucy offered a nervous chuckle. "Okay, now it is my turn to apologize."

His head flipped up, waves of dark locks flew in slow motion to settle on his head. "I think we need to deal with this."

*****


About the Author:
Desi (D.B.) Moon lives in Boulder, CO with her husband Eben, two kids and an ever growing menagerie.

An animal activist and a Project Runway junkie with a passion for "really killer footwear", Desi is also an avid Muay Thai kickboxer and loves to bake decadent "plant based" desserts.

GUEST BLOG: REBEL INK AUTOHR MELISSA WEIR

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Character Interview with Alex Hunter


M: Hello Mr. Hunter. Welcome. I’m excited to sit down and talk with you about your recent love story. Can I call you Alex?

A: Thank you, Melissa. Feel free to call me Alex. I’m also looking forward to people hearing more about my sweetheart, Lissa. She is amazing. I couldn’t believe that I had been hoping to meet her for about six months before fate brought us together.

M: What do you love about Lissa?

A: Lissa is a kind and caring person. She wouldn’t harm a fly. Her children are first in her life. She is an outstanding mother. I don’t like how Steve, her ex, treats her. He brow-beats her and puts her down. Would you believe that he calls her daily to complain about how she is raising the boys?

M: That sounds frustrating. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for her. How did you and Lissa meet?

A: Lissa is best friends with my ex-wife, Chloe. They work together at a local pediatrician’s office. Chloe has been talking about Lissa for a long time. When Chloe told me that Lissa was going through a divorce, I wanted to reach out to her but wasn’t sure that she would be interested in hearing from me. I was sure that Chloe had shared a lot of our issues with her. Isn’t that what best friends do? I was positive Lissa had a skewed image of me. But when Joe, my son, was taken to the emergency room with possible meningitis, Lissa was the one who called me to let me know. When I saw her sitting in that ugly waiting room, I couldn’t believe how beautiful she was and couldn’t take my eyes off her.

M: What is the most romantic night you’ve had with Lissa?

A: I pulled out the stops the one night with dinner at my place. I had candles lit and soft music playing. The food was amazing and it was the night that I wanted to show Lissa just how much she meant to me. Everything was designed for a night of passion.

M: You mentioned that you have a secret sweet tooth. What is your favorite dessert?

A: Chocolate is my favorite. When Joe was in the hospital, I had gotten a couple of candy bars. The chocolate was melting on my fingers and I could only imagine licking the chocolate off Lissa’s body. When she came to Joe’s party, she brought her special recipe brownies. It was then and there that I knew she was the woman for me!

M: Did you have any worries about getting married again, especially with the divorce rate being so high for second marriages?

A: Yes, I had fears. My largest fear was bringing the boys together. I was pleased that they were already such good friends and loved spending time together but becoming a blended family is tough. There are now only two parents involved but in this case, we have four sets of parents involved. Chloe and Steve will be a part of our relationship because they are the boys’ parents. They may not always agree with us on our choices and compromise will be important.

M: I wish you all the best with a blended family. I understand that the benefits do outweigh the challenges but it will take work. Thank you for coming by today to share with us about your relationship with Lissa and your life. Is there anything else you would like to share?

A: I want everyone to read my romance tale of love. Afterall, Melissa you did spend a lot of time and energy to bring out story to life. I know we sort of took over your brain for awhile. At least you have it back to yourself now. I have to ask the readers… Would you have taken a chance on dating your best friend’s ex-husband? I am certainly glad that Lissa did. Second Time’s the Charm is available at Bookstrand, All Romance, Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only $1.99. Pick it up today!

www.melissakeir.com
www.facebook.com/AuthorMelissaKeir
www.twitter.com/#!/melissa_keir

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

GUEST BLOG: REBEL INK AUTHOR LORI GORDON

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My first attempt at writing romantic fiction was a 105,000 word Star Wars fan fiction piece. I grew up addicted to Star Wars, and have a collection of 120 books. And yes I have read them all—some more than once. You don’t even want to know how many times I watched the movies. (HA) What can I say? I was young.

Anyway my best friend's son, who was studying editing, told me I really needed to write a story using my own characters, and The Lost Night Trilogy was born.

After years of trying to find an agent or editor to read past my query—with no luck— I put the project aside and attempted a romantic suspense. Of course all my friends, relatives and neighbors loved Victims of Circumstanc, but alas the agents did not.

When I found out my husband’s cousin was good friends with a famous romance author (So good that Kim was mentioned in an acknowledgment) I was sure I would make it now! I read every book I could get my hands on, and then asked Kim if she could get her friend to help me. (Can I use the young excuse again?)

Actually, she was kind enough to strongly suggest that I join the RWA and attend the upcoming San Francisco Conference.

I did.

I was feeling pretty good when I snagged an appointment with a Harlequin editor. I was devastated when she replied that my book was too dark and somewhat offensive for her. (Ugghh ) Back to the drawing board. I polished and revised, received another rejection, then revised and polished again. After one more painful rejection in which the editor suggested I add something in, which I’d just taken out—on the suggestion of someone else—I knew I had set it aside and start something new.

I joined the SVRWA Chapter of the RWA and was amazed by the support and friendship I found there. They inspired me to complete my second suspense.

But I just couldn’t let my first one go.

So I started searching again—there just had to be a home for my baby.

I found Rebel Ink Press mentioned in the RWR magazine and went to their website to get the submission guidelines. When I hit the send button on my submission to Rebel Ink Press I thought, it can’t hurt—much—to try.

It was six a.m. when I opened the e-mail offering me a contract. I’m not ashamed to say I danced around my living room before e-mailing everyone in my contact list. “I finally did it!”

In March 2012 Rebel Ink Press released Victim of Circumstances on e-book.

Someone once told me, ‘There are no rules in writing. You can do anything as long as you do it well.’

Thanks,Rebel Ink Press, for proving them right! (I couldn’t resist. Ha, ha…)

On the private side, I married my husband 21 years ago last July. We are the parents of a six-month-old Jack Russell puppy, and an eight-year-old orange cat. We live in Northern California (Bay Area) where I work as a retail supervisor.

Obviously, my hobbies are reading and writing. I read three to four books per week and my favorite author is Nora Roberts / JD Robb. I own, and have read every book in the In Death Series.

I also enjoy the paranormal genre and just finished my first attempt at a paranormal romance (Sorry, no vampires. I am a Twilight fan, but it’s just not in me to write about vampires.)

I hope you will enjoy Victim of Circumstances.

Kari Stewart has resigned herself to the fact she’ll never find a man who can see beyond her troubled past. But that was before a crank call, followed by a threatening note has her seeking help from the New York Police Department.

Sparks fly when Kari meets Detective Brandon Matthews.

A survivor of a messy divorce, Brandon Matthews promised himself he’d never fall in love again. In order to keep that promise he must ignore the instant attraction that has him vowing to find the person threatening Kari Stewart.

When the couple narrowly escapes death at the hands of Kari’s stalker, they learn just how precious life—and love—really is.
Available at http://www.bookstrand.com/rebeli-ink-press
Lori Gordon http://ligordon.com

Monday, May 7, 2012

GUEST BLOG: REBEL INK AUTHOR BETHANY CROSS

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I have been asked why I wrote Mr. Thursday Night the way I did…crossing racial lines and social standings. Well, Mr. Thursday Night is interracial and erotic…but first and foremost it is a romance. I believe love is not blind, the heart is; it doesn’t see color or size or gender or even social standing…it just feels. And I wanted my story to be more than the same vanilla boy-meets-girl, boy & girl fall in love, boy and girl have sex, story…

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the vanilla happily-ever-after romances I love them, read them all the time! But not all real-life relationships are all roses and sunny days ending in the couple riding off into the sunset on a white horse. My characters are the most unlikely pair…Catherine has always had the best of everything, born with the proverbial silver spoon; while Ty was faced with the challenges of being raised in the hood, literally running the streets witnessing horrible acts and expected to carry the torch, so to speak.

We don’t pick who we fall in love with…it just happens. Catherine actually notices Ty in a restaurant, hears him speak and in the length of a heartbeat she falls in love…she just doesn’t realize it yet.

And let’s face it there’s just something awesomely sexy about a rough and tough guy that can take on the world and win, but still chooses to treat his woman like a Queen.

Catherine knows her association with Ty could damage her chances of making partner. Ty fears for Catherine's safety if his associates or rival gang members discover their relationship.

But they find peace and their true selves in the time they spend together on Thursday nights... steamy passion filled nights that leave each wanting more.
Find Bethany Cross online:

Visit my blog at bethanycross.blogspot.com
Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bethanycross _
Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/bethanycross
Facebook at Bethany Cross
Manic Readers at http://www.manicreaders.com/BethanyCross/

GUEST BLOG REBEL INK AUTHOR LEE ANN SONTHEIMER MURPHY

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As a young child my imagination was forever captured and my mind warped by the classic film based on Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz. The multi-layered story is much more than it may seem on first viewing. In my various writings I’ve had characters reference the show and quotes from it as well. One of my favorite themes within The Wizard of Oz is power. Dorothy possessed the power to go home all the time but doesn’t realize it. It takes a journey through dangers and facing fears to find out. It requires others to show her what she possessed all the time. And at the end of the movie the viewer learns that exotic, lovely Oz is no more than Dorothy’s imagination or so it seems.

I’m thinking about Oz today because I’m thinking about settings. Some writers like to choose exotic settings someplace far, far from home. Others write about places in their own backyard. I do a little of both although I seldom write about any place I haven’t been. Why? Because as a reader, nothing infuriates me quicker than reading about a place I know and I can tell the author doesn’t. I usually read any book to the end but I quit on a book by a well-known author because her story set in the southwest corner of Arkansas, flat country dotted with oil wells and known as part of the Ark-La-Tex was described as being in the Ozark Mountains and dotted with pine trees. The Ozarks ended about mid-state and pines aren’t common. A friend of mine hated Stephen King’s The Stand for the simple reason scenes set in her hometown of Pratt, Kansas said the town had a square when it doesn’t, didn’t, and never will.

I think of these things when I sit to write and I do my best to make sure I get the settings right.

My upcoming May 17 full length historical romance In The Shadow of War from Rebel Ink Press is set where I now live, in the small Ozarks town of Neosho, Missouri, during a pivotal point in history. Neosho was home to the “real” Camp Swampy, Camp Crowder during World War II. Mort Walker, artist known for his famous comic strip Beetle Bailey, was stationed there and the soldiers did indeed call the place Camp Swampy. My next up from Rebel is also a historical but set this time in my hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri. People in both places are eager to read fiction by a hometown author in a familiar setting.

Here’s the blurb for In The Shadow of War:

Her great-granddaughter wants to know if Bette remembers World War II for a school project and her questions revive old memories….

Small town school teacher Bette Sullivan's life was interrupted when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941 but her world changed forever when she met Private Benny Levy, a soldier from the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York stationed at Camp Crowder, the local Army base.

Their attraction is immediate and mutual but as their relationship grows their love and lives are shadowed by World War II. As the future looms uncertain the couple comes together with almost desperate need and a powerful love they hope can weather anything, including the war.

GUEST POST: REBEL INK AUTHOR KIKI HOWELL

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As an author who writes both pagan and paranormal stories, I’ve done a lot of my research for my stories in Wiccan books, studying pagan spells and rituals for inspiration. Once I stumbled upon my first sex magic spell in a book, I simply became fascinated with the practice. This method of building energy captured me, made me want to learn more, hmm, maybe even try out a few methods myself *winks* Before long I posed a challenge to myself to write a pagan story, to incorporate these spells, and to keep things real. I more than met my own challenge, I guess, because to date, I’ve written several.

Before I get into some of the basics I see among these spells, let’s get a good solid definition of what Sex Magick is.

Wikipedia says: “Sex magic is a term for various types of sexual activity used in magical, ritualistic or otherwise religious and spiritual pursuits. One practice of sex magic is using the energy of sexual arousal or orgasm with visualization of a desired result. A premise of sex magic is the concept that sexual energy is a potent force that can be harnessed to transcend one’s normally perceived reality.”
As I see it, the energy built during sex is used to power a spell where an intention (what the witch wants or is trying to achieve) is held in the participants' minds as orgasm is achieved. Sex here can mean anything from masturbation to heterosexual to homosexual even multiple partner situations even incorporating some light BDSM practices to achieve an altered state in which magic can happen. So how is this done? Well, just like any other type of spell or ritual there are many, many ways to go about this. But in my research, I’ve seen few common denominators. Let’s go through those.

First, the solitary practitioner or couple or coven practicing the ritual or conducting the spell, have to center themselves, clear away all the negative energy attached to them. Often this is begun by showering, alone or together. The water helps to cleanse away negative energies while also relaxing the people involved. Many times soothing scents are used as well as candles, etc. I like the spells for couples that mention washing each other as well envisioning clearing away all the energy ties.

Next, a clear intention must be devised. Of course, the practitioners went into this process already having a good idea of what this intention is; it is just at this point that the participants make sure the intention is very detailed, very clear. Some intentions for sex spells may be for a couple to see if they are meant to be together or to heal one who is sick, but really, any intention can be done as long as it harms none in the process. The intention is usually written down in very specific words at this point on paper or simply scratched into a candle to be burnt during the ritual. Also, the participants need to come up with a clear image in their heads, the more detailed the better chance the spell has of working.

Once this intention is set, there are many ritual items that need to be gathered. Of course, if these are things you would need to buy before hand, things you just don’t have on hand, one must shop before the bathing. LOL Pre-planning like this would have already been done, just this is the point of set-up of the sacred space. Moving these things around with purpose helps begin the energy building process. The room would have been cleared prior to the bath.

Okay, back to the items. Lots of them have special meanings like herbs, oils, candles, colors, crystals, etc. So, many of these items can be gathered which represent the intention can be placed on an altar in the room. The interaction with these things depends upon the complexity of the ritual. Sometimes herbs are mixed in a tiny cauldron now, or oils are mixed together to be later used in sensual massages, etc. Next the participants must rebuild their energy. At this point it is important to build sexual energy, not to climax. So, here rituals vary a lot. Sometimes sensual massage is used here or light touching, bodies connected in intimate ways while couples simply lose themselves in each other’s eyes. Other times, sensual spanking, using whips made of ribbons with small knots at the ends are run up and down the body or hit against the skin until the sub at this point starts to reach an altered state of consciousness through sexual arousal. If this step is done alone, say by a woman, she may masturbate in front of a mirror, building her sexual energy slowly, all senses engaged in the process.

Now, this isn’t easy. Participants are brought to a point just before climax many times before they actually get to climax. During this climax though, the intention is thought of, visualized, chanted, whatever depending upon the spell. This takes focus, a lot of concentration gained through practice. And, the spell doesn’t always end here. Sometimes, if the intention is a reoccurring problem, like a sex spell done to break down creative blocks, a talisman will be made. Some sort of amulet, a necklace with a pendant can be covered in the sexual fluids, mixed fluids if a couple is doing the spell, and then worn, carrying the energy of the spell with the person after.

If you are interested in learning more, some great books are:

Modern Sex Magick: Secrets of Erotic Spirituality by Donald Michael Kraig
Sexual Sorcery: A Complete Guide to Sex Magick by Jason Augustus Newcomb
Secrets of Sex Magic: A Practical Handbook for Men & Women (Llewellyn’s Tantra and Sexual Arts Series) byFrater U. D. (This one is on my wish list! But, I think it looks really good!)

About the Author:
About the Author: Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do.

To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.

“After a long break having my boys, I finally just had to write again. And, as soon as I gave the stories the space, they entered it. It’s both awesome and humbling to find the words in my mind become characters on a page and create their lives.”

Kiki resides in the Midwest with her incredibly handsome and talented, singer/songwriter husband and two children. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading, baking or knitting.

Find Kiki online:

http://www.kikihowell.com
http://www.facebook.com/kikihowell
http://twitter.com/KikiHowell
http://authorsbyauthors.blogspot.com

Working Out The Kinks

Making an appointment with his ex-girlfriend under a fake name, David buys himself one hour to get her attention. Hoping to apologize and remind her of their time together, he intends to do whatever he has to in order to make Meredith, a practicing Wiccan, forgive him for being idiot enough to have listened to those around him and choosing his political aspirations over love.

Meredith is resistant to let David anywhere near her heart again. Desperate, David plays all his trump cards and suggests a sexual magick ritual which incorporates the BDSM lifestyle he and Meredith used to experiment with. The methods he uses may be unconventional, like sensory deprivation and sensation play intended to build trust and to achieve altered states of consciousness. But David is more than willing to do whatever it takes if he can just get Meredith to agree.

Genres: Pagan, Contemorary, Erotic Romance
Adult Content Warnings: Explicit Graphic Language and Sex Magic with mild BDSM Elements
from Rebel Ink Press

Sacred Sex

Just a few days before Valentine’s Day, Margaret visits her aunt’s craft consignment shop hoping for a spell or oil, and any advice on how to re-connect with her husband, Michael, who has become distant since losing his job. Determined to save her marriage, she gets more than she bargained for from Aunt Minny, a practicing witch. Armed with recipes to enhance love, a massage oil type love potion, a new Valentine’s Day candle and a book on Sacred Sex Rituals, Margaret prepares to seduce her husband.

But, his initial reaction is not what she planned for…

Follow Margaret and Michael on a holiday of love journey, a throwback to the kinky pagan sex rituals once practiced long ago on this day before it was named after a saint. You may want to take notes to enhance your own Valentine's Day this year!

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Wiccan/Pagan, Holiday - Valentine’s Day
from Rebel Ink Press