Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: Infatuation: A Little Military Harmless Romance by Melissa Schroeder

Infatuation

Infatuation: A Little Military Harmless Romance
Book 1

Francis McKade is a man in lust. He’s had a crush on his best friend’s little sister for years but he has never acted on it. Besides that fact that she’s Malachi’s sister, he’s a Seal and he learned his lesson with his ex-fiancé. Women do not like being left alone for long months at a time. Still, at a wedding in Hawaii anything can happen—and does. Unfortunately, after the best night of his life, he and Mal are called away to one of their most dangerous missions.

Shannon is blown over by Kade. She’s always had a crush on him and after their night together, it starts to feel a little like love. But, after the mission, Kade never calls or writes and she starts to wonder if it was all a dream. Until one night, her brother Mal drags him into her bar and grill and Shannon gets the shock of her life.

Kade isn’t the man Shannon knew in Hawaii, or even the last few years. Twelve hours of torture changes a man, especially one who had never felt so vulnerable. He still can’t shake the terror that keeps him up at night. Worse, he is realizing that the career he loves just might be over.

Shannon is still mad, but she can’t help but hurt for the man she loves. He is darker, a bit more dangerous, but beneath that, he is the Kade she's known for so many years. When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back down. One way or another, this military man is going to learn there is no walking away from love—not while she still has breath in her body.

Warning: This book contains two infatuated lovers, a hard-headed military man, a determined woman, some old friends, and a little taste of New Orleans. As always, ice water is suggested while reading. It might be the first military Harmless book, but the only thing that has changed is how hot our hero looks in his uniform—not to mention out of it.

This is an original novella that is approx 32,000 words. This is an interracial military romance with light BDSM.

I obtained the above information from Ms. Melissa's blog.

I was given this book for my honest thoughts ~ So here goes!

Ms. Melissa is another one of my favorite authors! She never ever disappoints me when it comes to the Little Harmless things she writes! =) She knows how to keep me on the edge of the dark side but she knows how to pull me slowly into the warm embrace of the romance side! She shows me all sides of my characters and makes me fall in love all over again! But I warn you... Her writing could be come a harmless little obsession of yours.... Because it is just that good.... Awesome in fact!

This is one story that completely took me ~ heart and soul. Ms. Melissa gave me absolutely everything. She held nothing back; allowing the flood gates of emotions just flow. She also gave me blood, sweat, tears, heartache but most of all... she gave me love. She gave me passion, desire, naughtiness, and some special kinda pleasures! But the emotion she pulled from within me, the feelings she made me feel, the way she captured the real life of the story.... was amazing.

I will say that this has become one of my favorites not only because of the story itself, but also where the story is based.... New Orleans. (For those that know me, that is where I use to call home). This truly has all the right ingredients to make this one of your favorite books. The story line is put together that you will want to read it in one day! Promise!

Shannon will blow you away. Growing up in part of a big family, especially with military men - she can hold her own. Actually she can hold more than her own. She is definitely a strong woman. Takes no crap kinda woman. She owns her own business... a bar in New Orleans. She knows what she wants and she normally goes after it - no matter the cost. But there is one thing that she wants... but she knows it might cost her her heart. But she is willing to give it her all and follow what her hearts desire is.... Are your dreams worth fighting to have??

Kade is a man that will make you smile, your heart skip a beat and your panties wet all at the same time! He is a SEAL and believe me... He is allllllll man! He goes after life with no regrets but the one thing that he wants, he knows is off limits. His best friends sister... Kade goes on a mission and comes back less than half himself... and there is only one person that can make him whole but will he allow her to make him complete? How much can you push a person away before they do not want you anymore? Can he risk his heart and soul for the one person that makes his heart and soul feel complete?

These two characters are unbelievable! They are great together, in bed and out. They have tap danced around each other for half of their lives... Knowing what their hearts desire but what they cannot have. Every one else knows they belong together. But will they allow their stubbornness to fall just a little in order to see what's right in front of them... If they would let the wall drop, the could have a love that is would be so awesome... You will fall in love with these two! And the rest of the gang! I can't wait for more stories to come!

Ms. Melissa gave me a lot in one little story! She paced it so that I thought she was teasing me... Drawing this out for me to not have what I wanted when I wanted... But then she gave it to me as the time Shannon and Kade needed it... Not me. Go.... Get....It...NOW! You won't be disappointed!

To read more about Kade and Shannon, you might want to visit Kade's interview with Melissa! It is priceless!

To see more from Ms. Melissa, please visit her website here!!! Enjoy!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Master Class by Rachel Haimowitz

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Broadway darling Nicky Avery is a shooting star by night, but by day he bounces from one heartless one-night stand to the next. A quick flogging, a rough lay, a new whip-hand to manipulate—yet still he yearns for something he cannot even name.

He finds his first true hint of satisfaction in Devon Turner, a self-possessed film star and expert Dom. Devon knows what he wants the moment he sees it, and what he wants is Nicky Avery. Nicky’s never learned to trust and has a nasty habit of topping from the bottom, but he learns fast that in the bedroom, Devon won’t tolerate his actor’s masks.

Nicky's a broken boy, but Devon knows exactly how to put his new sub back together. With patience, care, and all the punishments his little pain slut can handle, Devon breaks Nicky down one scene at a time, revealing a mind that yearns to trust and a heart that hungers for the ecstasy of true submission at last.

Genre: BDSM, contemporary, gay erotic romance
Length: 16,700 words (57 pages)

I obtained the above information from Ms. Rachel's website.


For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not     judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review... I was given this book for my honest thoughts... So let's go..

Ms. Rachel is a new to me author. However I will say this, her style is very intriguing. Now... Just in case the cover does not give this away... This is a m/m novel... So, if this is not your cup of flavor... You will not offend me, but just drop by to say Hi! If so... then let's go on!

Now, I will have to say though that this is a rather tad bit harsh bdsm m/m book. So, if being tested to your limits and being put out of your comfort zone... does not interest you... Again, just peek in to say hi, lol. But if I have piqued your interest, you really might want to think about reading this story.

I did find Devon to be a little rough/harsh on Nicky sometimes. But once I got in the story and found out his reasoning, it made sense. Devon knew or was praying he knew what Nicky needed all along. Hard love, stern punishment, and ownership can go a long way. And Devon was hoping that was exactly what Nicky would want... Especially from him!

Being a spoiled brat is not all what its cracked up to be. Especially if you dream of someday finding someone to control... You. Nicky was use to calling all the shots, all the time. In work and in the bedroom. Even though he thought himself to be a sub, he tries to act like a Dom. And the men he had in the past would allow him to do just that... play, act, pretend to be the Dom while acting like the sub. Nicky did not realize what he stirred inside Devon until it was almost to late.... And then his whole world will change but is he ready for that!

I enjoyed the story. I understood the harshness of Devon but I also understood Nicky and his emotions. The roughness is right for this story. Devon is a true Dom - with a capital D!  And he is falling for a sub who needs a little more the just the average TLC. Can their relationship work after the acting is done....

If you inclined to see more of Rachel Haimowitz  has to offer, please visit her website.

And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: Sucks & Blows by Storm Grant


Sucks and Blows: No greater love has a vampire than for his dentist

New & improved version to release October 2011 from Riptide Publishing

It's always pun and games until somebody loses and eye tooth!

I obtained the above information from Storm's website!

I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review..

I received this book from Riptide for my honest thoughts... So, here goes!

This is a super short story... Coming in under 20 pages. So, my review is going to be just as short!

Okay, first I have to tell you that this is a M/m book. So, for those of you that know this is not your cup of tea..... You will not hurt my feelings if just stop by to say hi! Just remember... One day, I might get this to be your cup of tea. **Evil grin** But for those of you that know this is your kinda reading.... Let's go....

Well, this is one super short story... But I giggled, I got hot... And hell, it is about a vampire! What more could a girl ask for.... Well, besides to be in the middle of them!!!

The characters are quirky, hot, horny, bleeding... and well... Sucking and Blowing!

Just imagine a vampire needing a dentist... The dentist... Well, he is a horny little bastard! Ha! Seriously though, this is a good book! If you are looking for a little quickie.... Pick this on up! You won't be disappointed! Oh and remember.... Go to your dentist to get your check up...  Or check him out! Never now what might pop up!!!

To see more of Storm Grant's work... please visit here!

And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy! 
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Smutty Hussy Thanksgiving!

Today, we bow our heads and give thanks for all the things we have in life....

And  I will steal my Wishes from Hawk's place......

I am here to say that with Thanksgiving around the corner...

First.... To all of you... From my warm home to your warm home...

Happy Thanksgiving!


Now.... I will do a little Thanksgiving of my Own....
Besides the normal things... For which I do not take lightly....
My health, my happiness, my family, my friends.
A roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table.
To be employed, to be loved, to be cherished.

Now for the Hussy's Thanksgivings....

I am thankful for the men in my life....
For they influence those wonderful Smutty Hussy fantasies that I sometimes come up with!
Ohhhhh Yummmm... Am I ever Thankful!


I am thankful for those couples that fuel those fantasies....
The ones that touch, grab, kiss, spank... And I only know what else!!!


And of course, I am forever thankful for my Girl Crushes...
They have lead me on some interesting journeys in my life!
Damn... Aren't they hot!!



And of course.... For those books that put it all together for us...
To dream, to escape, to fantasize, to learn, to use, to simply love.....
Damn.... Enough said!


So, truly from my heart and home... To yours.... 
I hope you have a wonderfully warm, blessed
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

***Geaux Tigers***




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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: Surprises #1 by Brita Adams



Surprises #1 - Romeo Club
Brita Addams

Are you willing to put yourself in our hands?

Smart, successful, handsome, and thoroughly sick of the club scene, Don ventures into a popular upscale dating service. Aroused and intrigued by the boldfaced sexual queries on the Romeo Club’s application, he finds himself embellishing one answer after the next. Don thinks he’s taking control of his fate, but when he’s done, he ends up turning over a lot more than just his questionnaire to the dominant Adonis who runs the service.

In a private back room, beneath the snick of handcuffs, the slide of silk over his eyes, and not one hot mouth but two upon his skin, Don learns just how much more than matchmaking the Romeo Club has to offer a guy who doesn’t mind a few surprises.


I obtained the above information from Ms. Brita's blog page.


I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review..


I received this book for my honest thoughts and words... So here goes!

This story comes in under 30 pages. I have to say that Ms. Brita Addams is a new to me author but I will be seeking out her other books - especially Romeo Club #2 Rubbed The Right Way. Oh, I will be begging like the Hussy I am for this book to come out.

Now, let me tell you... If m/m isn't your cup of tea or if this takes you out of your comfort zone, please just stop by to say hi and I'll see you later.... But if this falls into your kinda thing, keep reading!

I won't give to much away because this is a short story but Ms. Addams did a great job at bringing excitement to the table with such a quickie story.

I want you think of all the applications you have filled out in your life.... Have you ever thought of telling a lie or stretching the truth? Now think of doing that on a dating service application? What do you think your outcome would be if you were not honest.... If you ,let your imagination run wild and you just put the first thing your naughty mind thought of.... Well, that happened to Donnie and was he in for the time of his life for opening pandora's box....

The Romeo Club is sure give him quite a few Surprises!

If you want to know more about Brita... please visit her blog here!!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend


Rocky Mountain HeatRocky Mountain Heat
Six Pack Ranch, Book 1
He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.

Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

NOW AVAILABLE


I obtained the above information from Ms. Arend's website!

This is in no way a short story, lol... And if you come to by my place... You will see that Ms. Arend is one of my "very recommendable" authors! I love her writing style. She is one author that leaves me very satisfied and yet leaving me wanting more! Her style is across the board because she knows how to write me the best wolf tales... But yet write me the hottest romance story.... But above all, she knows how to keep it in the family!

This story was no different. Well, I should not say that because it really is a different tale! Ms. Arend introduces us the Coleman Clan. These boys **cough** men are known as the Six Pack Boys.... Well, because there are so many of them, lol! Believe me, I never in life wanted to live on or near a ranch as I do now that I have read this story. Ms. Arend gave and gave and gave and gave and left me wanting more of the Coleman Clan. Having just one is like eating an M&M... You can't just have one!

Jaxi is a very spirited woman. She gives and gives and gives even when you think there is no more to give. Her character makes you want to be her best friend, she just that likable. But I do have to say that I love her "mean" streak. She really is a character! She gives those Coleman boys a run for their money. She has known them for most of her life and yet even though all six are hotties... She knows the one she wants and she is determined to get the man of her dreams. Her life has not always been roses, but she always made the best of what was given to her. That is one of the things I love the most about her. She never played victim to any situation... She grabs life by the horns... And rides it for all it's worth! And she plans on showing one Coleman boy.... *ahem* Man... what a ride she can be!

Blake Coleman is the leader of his brothers. But being the oldest doesn't always mean being the smartest. He is man of morals and values that I think some men of today need to take stock on. They could learn a thing or two... or six things from. He makes you simply fall in love with him for being such a family man. He knows what needs to be done and just does it. He steps in when he knows he needs to... not has to. Coming from a big family taught him to always pitch in and help out your "brothers." But Blake tried to keep his distance from Jaxi... Because he thought he knew what was best... Being ten years her senior, he thought he knew what was best... But Jaxi plans on teaching him that he does not always know what's best!

This story truly has become one of my favorite readings! Ms. Arend drew me in the tale by letting me know that Jaxi has always had her heart set on Blake... And even though Jaxi tried to deter her heart away from him because she knew he was distancing himself away from her... Jaxi went after what she wanted. Showing me Jaxi has balls (so to speak, lol). I love that in a woman... One that is not afraid of going after what she wants. And Jaxi is just that kinda woman. The teasing and the banter was truly a delight to read! The family tension, the family drama was just enough to make the story that much more.... Ms. Vivian also included the family in the story with their own story. So, now I have a taste of what is to come when each of them get their own story...***HINT HINT***. Which I know will be coming! =)

This story is all about family and the Coleman's teach us that... And Jaxi just adds a dash of spice into that family! She stirs things and brings things to a simmer that I admire in my leading lady! And believe she does not let anyone forget she is the leading lady - Minus Mrs. Coleman, lol!!! Ms. Arend, you gave me such a satisfying story... You gave it all to me... Hot tension, sweet romance, spicy loving and delicious teasing... You also gave sweet stories, sad stories... stories that I am dying to learn more about.. You gave me the beginning of a wonderful series to come! Then the setting of the story is just so... refreshing it makes you wonder where stories like these have been all your reading life

Now what are you waiting for.... Go get this book! You won't regret it!

To see more of Ms. Vivian has in store for you... 
You might want to check out her website and blog and booklist and so much much much more here!!!!!

And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy! 
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Winners for Riptide!

It is time to announce the WINNERS for my Riptide Week!!!!


Monday was Aleksandr so kindly is giving away anything from his backlist... Except Counterpunch.
My winner is ~~~~  Emmettmke (emmettmke@yahoo.com)!!!

Tuesday was Rachel kindly is giving away anything from her backlist... Except Crescendo.
My winner is ~~~~ Maria (mariaml254 at yahoo dot com)!!!!

Wednesday was Damon Suede ~ First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).
My winner is ~~~~ Booklover0226 (booklover0226 at gmail dot com)!!!

And finally Thursday was Rhianon Etzweiler ~~ First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).
My winner is ~~~~~ Elaing8 (elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net)!!!

The rep from Riptide should be emailing you guys shortly!!! Just give them a few days! =)

Congrats to you all and thanks for coming out and showing your support!!! I hope you stick around because I will have more to come in December from Riptide!!!!!

And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy! 
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

I am Shameless.......

Well, I think you all knew it...
It was only a matter for it to come out...

I am a Shameless Smutty Hussy....


That is why I found myself wanting to play with these wonderful ladies!

~Jen (Red Hot Books), Brie (Romance Around the Corner) & Michelle (Michelle's Book Blog)~

Check them out... You will see why!!
But I am trying to get together some Extra Spicy Prezzies for you!!!
So.... Stay Tuned!

This is what is said by Jen......

Is your blog a little too racy for some people's taste? Maybe you like to look at pictures of half-naked men... maybe you like to read a little erotica... maybe, just maybe, you visit your favorite blogs when your kids are not in the room. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, you're in just the right place.

The Shameless Giveaway Hop is open to anyone who wants to give away a book or a book related prize. It doesn't have to be dirty. It can be anything from YA to a book of randy limericks. Whatever floats your boat. There aren't alot of rules. We just ask that you have your post up by 12:00am on Friday, January 20, 2012. Keep it up through 11:59pm Friday, January 27, 2012. And include the button & the link to the full list of participating hops. That's it. --Oh. And if you want to include a man candy photo in your post somewhere, nobody will complain. (We might even be grateful.)

Bloggers and authors are all welcome to participate. (((((Just hop over to Jen's place to sign up))))

--Jen (Red Hot Books), Brie (Romance Around the Corner) & Michelle (Michelle's Book Blog)

This is a list so far of who all the blogs that will be playing together...
There are some very smexy stuff going on here!!!
  • 1. Red Hot Books (Int)                        9. Cocktails and Books (Int)  
  • 2. Poison Rose                                      10. Bona Fide Reflections (US/INT)  
  • 3. Romance Around the Corner (Int)       11. Natasha Blackthorne (Int)  
  • 4. Michelle's Book Blog (INT)              12. Another Look Book Reviews (CAN/US)  
  • 5. The Book Nympho (Int)                      13. Happily Ever After - Reads (US/CAN)  
  • 6. Fictional Candy (Int)                      14. Jessica Rabbit's Corner (Int)  
  • 7. Shari @ Seduced By The Book (US)  15. Cecile Smutty Hussy (Int.)  
  • 8. Love To Read For Fun  


(Submissions close in 57d 15h 42m   ~~~ This is as of November 18, 2011 around 8:30pm EST)

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Friday, November 18, 2011

**Pimping Out** Stacey Kennedy's ~ Witches Be Dazzled Book Trailer

Witches Be Dazzled ~ Magic & Mayhem Book Two 
I sooooooo had to steal this from Stacey's place....
Just take a peek to see... 
You know you want to.....
Why... To be Dazzled....
And besides there is this really hot guy in there... Oh yes!!



To see more of what Ms. Stacey has to offer... You might want to slip on over to her place!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Giveaway & Guest Post by Rhianon Etzweiler for Riptide



Welcome, Ladies and Gents of the Lair... I want to welcome you to week long party! Let the party continue...

Lair.... Let's put together a warm welcome for Rhianon!


What do you like most about writing?
Control. Or rather, the muse-permitted illusion of control. Yeah, that’d be more accurate. My muses are generous. They let me think I’ve got control over every last detail in the story, the choice and placement of every word. It’s a lovely illusion, let me tell you…
Actually, what I love most about writing is the possibilities. The worlds and people, the places and characters you can explore. The only limit is your imagination. It’s my artistic medium of choice, you might say.


What genre do you write mostly and what appeals to you most about your genre?
I don’t perceive myself as adhering to a specific genre label, actually. But if I need to label myself, I’d say I write speculative fiction and gay romance. What appeals to me most about it is the flexibility. I make the rules, as I write. There are no preconceived notions about what the story will or will not be, with that label.
I prefer the label of gay romance genre over any other romance label, for much the same reason. It’s a nebulous group, with leniency, elasticity. There are some expectations within the M/M genre, but the niche is still young, comparatively, and I will enjoy its expansion over the coming years.


What is the most interesting thing you have learned from your research?
Narasimha is a demi-god, a half-lion half-man incarnation of Vishnu. Statues oftentimes show him wrist-deep in the abdomen of a human man arched over his lap, tossing entrails about.


What fascinates you most about writing m/m?
The power struggle. It’s inevitable, really, whenever testosterone meets testosterone. It isn’t always blatant, doesn’t always manifest physically, but it’s present. I enjoy exploring the dynamics, the parallels and similarities, the contrasts. There’s a different energy. Not sure how to describe it.


What does your family think of you writing erotica?
They don’t mind, they think it’s great that I’m doing what I love, something for which I have a passion.


What would you tell a reader reluctant to read erotica?
Quality writing is genreless. And sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of. On the other hand, everyone has their favored means of escapism, their preferred genres. It’s much like one’s preference for one alcohol over another. Doesn’t make one better than another, it’s a personal preference for what you enjoy, that’s all.


Have you ever tested out one of your sex scenes on your significant other?
Without them being aware of it? Yes.


Is there any topic you find taboo?
No, not if it legitimately falls within the realm of the story’s plot.


What role do you think toys play in sex?
Do guns count as toys?


Do you think food has a place in sex?
For me, food porn occurs in the kitchen, and never involves actual intercourse. Foreplay with clothes on, sure. Teasing the tastebuds with a fine wine and a slow-cooked lamb shank stew is a very pleasant form of prolonged foreplay. This is usually as far as I’ll go with food in my writing, as well. I prefer the sex to further the plot in some fashion. “He squirted honey all over the man’s nipples, and then slowly sucked each clean”—doesn’t strike me as doing a great deal to move the plot along. Unless there’s a pollen-borne virus rampant in the area, and the bees used it to make the honey, or something.


What do you think of role play?
In writing? My characters are already playing roles, so to speak. At times, even, a role within a role. If you’re referring to kink or fetish-play… well, I’m not inclined to go there in my writing, unless it furthers the main overarching plot in some fashion.


Would you prefer to be the submissive or the dominant?
Neither. Both.


What’s your favorite ménage trios: M/M/F, M/F/F, M/M/M, or F/F/F?
Well. Twist my arm. M/M/M, I’d have to say. Since you’re only giving me two gender options.


What do you think of orgies?
I prefer my stories to be plot-driven and engage emotional investment, in both the characters and reader. It’s rare that straight-up orgy erotica does that sort of thing. I’m not a writer of fluff, and I don’t read it either.


What’s the spiciest thing you can think of right now?
Cayenne pepper, ground. A whole bottle of it.


What do you enjoy the most about being a writer?
Control. Or rather, the muse-permitted illusion of control. Yeah, that’d be more accurate. My muses are generous. They let me think I’ve got control over every last detail in the story, the choice and placement of every word. It’s a lovely illusion, let me tell you…
Actually, what I love most about writing is the possibilities. The worlds and people, the places and characters you can explore. The only limit is your imagination. It’s my artistic medium of choice, you might say.


What do you find the most challenging about being a writer?
Finishing a story. I hate to let things end. I grow to love the characters so much through the course of a story unraveling, and like life—the story never truly ends, right? I try to see it as more of “finding a stopping point” instead. It helps.


What genre(s) do you write and why?
I don’t perceive myself as adhering to a specific genre label, actually. But if I need to label myself, I’d say I write speculative fiction and gay romance. What appeals to me most about it is the flexibility. I make the rules, as I write. There are no preconceived notions about what the story will or will not be, with that label.
I prefer the label of gay romance genre over any other romance label, for much the same reason. It’s a nebulous group, with leniency, elasticity. There are some formulaic expectations within the M/M genre, but the niche is still young, comparatively, and I will enjoy its expansion over the coming years.


What's the one thing you wished you had known about the publishing world before you got into the biz?
I walked into it with eyes wide open. It’s work—lots of it, really hard. It’s more than just writing stories. I wish someone would have explained a decade ago that it’s as much a business, the endeavor of being an author, as running a small firm is. You gotta go out there and sell yourself, ensure the visibility—being the ‘best kept secret’ doesn’t sell a thing. A little like politics, too, in its own way. Shake hands, kiss babies and old ladies on the cheeks. Except my stories deliver…


Are you a plotter or pantser?
I’ve been largely a pantser, mostly. And when in the early formative stages, I do it that way. But plotting becomes more necessary, the longer a story gets and the larger it grows. Planning becomes a requisite. So I’ve begun adopting a blend of the two. I use outlines like training wheels. Not a set path, just to keep things balanced. I swear by Scrivener. Best program ever invented.


Any advice you’d like to share with aspiring authors?
The largest obstacle you will ever come up against is finishing the first one. Write it, and stop getting in your own way doing it. Hardest lesson to learn, and you’ll probably have to keep relearning it.


Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy?
I have a joy of all things soldierporn. I drive out to the nearby National Guard base quite often, and just sit and watch the Black Hawks and Chinooks. I could watch them for hours. Listening to the roar of the rotors, the wind of the rotorwash, as they hover feet, and inches, above the ground. Like cicadas on steroids.


What inspired you to pen this sexy tale?
Years ago, in a galaxy far away, I stumbled across a “Red Light District” anthology call. A good friend and fellow writer challenged me to write something completely different, and I tackled the idea for NanoWrimo that year. I recall thinking that ‘red light’ was slightly cliché, so I turned it blue. I made my streetwalkers sell something besides sex, and Black’s story was born. I actually subbed the first chapter to the anthology as a standalone short, but it was rejected. So the next year for NanoWrimo, I worked on expanding it into something larger. It grew into the full-length novel that is now “Blacker Than Black.”


What’s the one thing readers can always count on when they pick up a book written by you?
The unexpected.


If you could be any mythical/fantasy creature what would you be and why?
I would love to be a firebird, a phoenix. To live so long as to watch the evolution of life, the cycles and patterns, the order in chaos. To be immortal, reborn from my own ashes, over and over again, feel the winds of time beneath my wings.


What do you think is sexy?
Regardless of gender, the sexiest feature for me is the mind. I’ve known some physically attractive individuals over the years who, the moment they opened their mouth, totally ruined it for me. At any rate, it’s ultimately intellect that attracts me. A lively debate or a controversial discussion that gets the blood flowing and challenges me to think… that’s porn for me. Yes, I’m a geek. Geek is chic. =)







Okay... Your favorite time.... Giveaway Time!!!!
This will be the rule for all Giveaways this week...
All Giveaways will end Friday, November 18th at Midnight....
The winners will all be picked and announced....
Monday, November 21st!
Good luck!

Now time for Rhianon's Giveaway!
First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).

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The Giveaway for Riptide: 

From October 1 to December 31, Riptde authors and editors will set sail on a massive
Grand Opening blog tour! 

We're gearing up for three months of games, prizes, interviews, chats, and scavenger hunts, and we'd love to have you along! At each stop along the tour, we'll be giving away great prizes - tons of books from our authors' backlists, swag by the boatload, gift ceritficates to All Romance Ebooks, and entries into the Grand Prize drawings for a Nook, a Kindle, and an iPad.

Go check it out!!!


And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Giveaway & Guest Post by Damon Suede for Riptide



Welcome, Ladies and Gents of the Lair... I want to welcome you to week long party! Let the party continue...

Let's put together a warm welcome for Damon Suede!


What does your family think of you writing erotica?
They LOVE it! Seriously. I was raised by a very out, very political lesbian who devoured all manner of LGBT fiction. I grew up reading pulps and romances that she recommended, both straight and gay. My mom passed away in 2008, but she would have been trumpeting my books on billboards and late night television if she were still with us. As it is, her widow has named herself my unofficial publicist, pushing my books as anyone who will sit still long enough to give her an opening. J She hands out swag at hardware stores, put a banner up at our ranch, and reads aloud from the books at parties and dinners! 


What would you tell a reader reluctant to read erotica?
Do you mean pornographic fiction or erotic romance? Because I think those are two points on a very wide spectrum. One person’s gonzo-porno is another person’s tender flirtation. First off I’d make sure to clarify terms with them before I stomped in with recommendations. J
Now I have a theory about this erotica/romance spectrum… in the simplest terms, erotica reduces characters to objects that lack an internal life and romance accomplishes the exact opposite, describing objectively beautiful bodies and bestowing the illusion of an interior life. The relative success of both genres depends on the reader encountering the degree of subjectification or objectification expected. Or to boil it down to a bumper sticker,erotica turns you on and romance turns you inside out.
With anyone curious but hesitant about looking at erotic romance, I’d let them know that their preconceptions of the genre might give them pause, but the books themselves are not what they expect. Skeptics seem to think that erotic romance is equivalent to porn, that any mention of intimacy is prurient or vulgar, and that sexuality is somehow corrosive of the social order. I’d encourage them to look around for recommendations to find an author with whom they’d feel comfortable. On the other hand, with someone hesitant to read flat-out porn, unless we had a sexual relationship, I’d say it’s none of my business what they do with their literature and their libido.
Erotic romance varies as widely and wildly as science fiction, fantasy, or mysteries or any other genre fiction. But hating all mystery fiction because you hated The Maltese Falcon when you were twelve seems a little myopic. Dismissing a book because you didn’t enjoy it is one thing. Dismissing an entire genre because you’ve ignored it simply closes off an entire world of characters and stories that might surprise and delight you in ways you hadn’t imagined. 


Have you ever tested out one of your sex scenes on your significant other?
Oh HELL yeah. J Why do you think all my readers crow about the obsessive realism in my books? LOL 

Is there any topic you find taboo?
Exploitation of children, the romantic eroticization of minors… it’s irresponsible and nauseating. My boyfriend is a federal investigator who spent eight years prosecuting kid cases (abuse and exploitation of children): horrifying, mindbending, soul-destroying shit. 
Now, I don’t believe in censorship. I’m not talking about stories that use sexualized children to repulse the reader or shock the lethargic (Lolita, End of Alice, Zombie, American Beauty), I don’t mean prurient pulps that use crimes against minors as the ne plus ultra of cultural violations (Andrew Vacchs Burke novels, Morality Play, The Serpent Club), and I don’t even mind lurid bourgie porn that trots out sex abuse to make the moron majority feel superior. No. I mean romance fiction taking a soft focus look at the rape and exploitation of minors as if the crimes do not utterly ruin their victims, as if there is a world in which such blameless suffering is a fantasy that deserves defense.
I don’t mind edgy fiction, or freaky age-gaps, or kinky fantasy, or even shocking role play… but a fantasy that exploits and romanticizes crimes with actual underage victims is capital-E evil and deserves repercussion, not because it somehow causes such crimes, but because it minimizes them. Stealing and trivializing a child’s agony to make a buck is lower than rape. And if you don’t believe me, my boyfriend has some crime scene photos to show you. 


What role do you think toys play in sex?
Depends on the sex. Depends on the people involved. Half the time people treat each other as toys, using someone else’s body as a hand to rub one out and then wiping them off soon as they’re finished. I think anything that helps people find their way to each other, that bridges the gaps between people can be powerful in the right hands, or pitiful in the wrong ones. As everything it depends on the context. But I don’t have a kneejerk prejudice about toys. They can be groovy.

Do you think food has a place in sex?
In fantasy great. In reality, not so much. I’ve used food in sex and had it be wonderful, but generally it’s messier than people imagine and only sexy as long as you can stay in the moment. Now, in fantasies, food is another thing that’s tactile, sensual, complicated, specific… so yeah it can be great.


What do you think of role play?
Love it when it’s intense and in the moment and feels authentic; hate it when it feels lame and scripted, or like a b-roll from a bad porno film. The best roleplay is always with adroit people who have enough imagination to inhabit the role deeply and interest to maintain the connection. The mutual performance should have the same heat and resonance of a great scene on stage, except that there’s not the same kind of audience, and you’re improvising almost exclusively. My best roleplaying memories have always been with very clever, very creative folks whose kinks run deep and intersect with my own in interesting ways. Still there is no greater moodkiller in the world than “yeah yeah do it harder stud” banalities swiped from a 1990s Vivid video. The one time that happened to me during sex I busted out laughing, which actually stopped the bullshit and led to a much better experience for both of us. J Clichés are death and they kill boners as easily as they slaughter genius. 


Would you prefer to be the submissive or the dominant?
Depends on the other person, dunnit? J As that goes, I’m a classic switch. I’ve got a fair amount of BDSM experience and I’ve taken my licks and earned my leathers, if you know what I mean. But I’m not a lifestyle Dom or sub. And I can’t imagine being only one thing your whole life. It’s always about the vibe between me and the other person and the vibe evolves. The real secrets cannot be communicated. J


What’s your favorite ménage trios: M/M/F, M/F/F, M/M/M, or F/F/F?
Well, I’m a big homo, so three blokes. I’ve had a couple successful threeway relationships in my life, but finding the right balance is tricky and it takes a certain type of person times three. In fiction, it doesn’t matter as long as the relationship gets the necessary attention and the characters (and their feelings) seem authentic.


What do you think of orgies?
In life? They can be awesome if the organizers know what they’re doing. A blind free-for-all is generally grotty but they’re parties really. And have to be planned and managed as any gathering of personalities. The right combo? Heaven! J In books, I don’t think they’re that interesting. What I love in romance is seeing people connect. Hard enough to do with TWO, let alone 15. LOL And even if your two lovers are polyamorous, it’s hard to bring the reader along without losing the immediacy of the POV. All those bodies are distracting; actually that’s true about fiction and life as well.


What’s the spiciest thing you can think of right now?
A smile in a whisper. A throat kiss in the dark. A post-orgasmic sigh in a gravelly bass.
Unless you mean another kind of spicy, then I’d say a cayenne used as a urethral sound! LOL


What do you enjoy the most about being a writer?
Building worlds from the ground up. Unleashing three-dimensional characters to test the limits of the worlds. Articulating their stories sot that a reader submits to the fantasy. I think reading should be like dreaming… ineluctable and seductive. I constantly push for ways to make the dream more seamless and seedless, to keep the sand out of the sheets so that nothing wakes from the story before it’s finished.
When Hot Head first came out, I noticed the funniest thing about the comments. Four out of five people mentioned that they hadn’t wanted to start reading right away but as soon as they started they literally plunked down, abandoned their day and finished the 320 pages with Griff and Dante in a single sitting. So MANY people read the whole story in a single day, and many flipped right back to the front and read it again. THAT is what I want. J 


What do you find the most challenging about being a writer?
Waiting. Writing empowers our imaginations, allowing us to build worlds so sturdy that others can inhabit them. But that deceptively godlike control has nothing to do with the nuts-n-bolts process of bringing a book to market. Everything takes time; most people read unbelievably slowly. Decisions take forever and committees take even longer. Sometimes the whole world moves like tar in winter. And you have to deal with it or find another job. Any collaborative artform (and that’s pretty much all of them) requires give and take to put a piece of work in front of an audience. And the minute a second opinion exists about a situation, everything takes ten times longer… with each additional opinion increasing the delay exponentially. As my agent used to say, you don’t have to love the process, but you have to learn to live with it. 


What genre(s) do you write and why?
Contemporary, mystery, gothic, steampunk, fantasy, science fiction, rom-com… You name it, I’ve pretty much written it. The only genre I’ve never written in is Westerns and only because I’ve never been hired to do so. 
Now in M/M I’ve only written Contemporary, Science Fiction, Historical Fantasy, and Steampunk… For scripts I’ve written in several genres because I got hired and the script came to me already situated in a given genre. In truth, I learned a valuable lesson from that stricture. Your voice exists in every genre, if you can find the point of cohesion and resonance. 
So in M/M, I’ve written in the genres that the stories demanded. The story would present a given plot and cast of characters and the genre became obvious by default. 


What's the one thing you wished you had known about the publishing world before you got into the biz?
Well, I’m a bad person to ask because I’d written for so long and in so many formats before crossing into romance. With regard to M/M especially, I wish I’d known how friendly and supportive the community is because I would’ve been writing gay romance a decade ago!! I’ve said it elsewhere, but the raw, rushing freedom afforded by writing romance has changed ALL my writing for the better. And unlike film or stage, which can be unbelievable petty and random communities, M/M romance (and by extension romance e-publishing) opened its arms wide and warmly from day one. Had I but known sooner, it’s have ten years of stories told. Time to get busy! J


Are you a plotter or panster?
Y’all are determined to make me seem like an evil taskmaster!
I am an adamant, dyed-in-the-wool plotter. I have to be in order to earn a living. As a screenwriter and playwright, I often get paid for a pitch, a treatment, a synopsis, an outline before I’m allowed to write a single word of the actual script. I’d never book a job if I could organize my thoughts about the story without sitting down to right the thing! LOL   You do not reach a destination without context. And outline is only structured context.
Even more damningly, I’m a teacher. I’ve taught writing for well over a decade. The value of sitting down and simply puking on the page is that it doesn’t let students procrastinate. The “just get started” model became popular in the 1970s when fiction underwent radical changes. It’s great for getting children to write ANYTHING rather than nothing, but it’s actually a pretty rotten way to teach writers anything about craft. Anyone can type words on paper, but typing is not writing. Random clumps of unstructured prose will never become genre fiction. The outline is the way you write the book. The bottom line is that genre fiction (by definition) is structured. So we can either structure it before we get to work, or slog through blind and then go back to make sense of what we did.
Plotter: hands down, no bones. And really opinionated about it obviously.
Here’s the thing: and this is the part where people will get annoyed with me. I don’t believe in pantsers. I belive that some writers convince themselves that they are not outlining. I believe that some writers draft these long messy, muddled outlines that they call rough drafts. I believe that these “pantsers” have no choice but to go back and revise those messy outlines before the book actually gets written. But a Pantsers so-called “rough draft” IS an outline, a jumbled structure that wastes a lot of valuable time and energy. Outlining is part of craft, and craft is where professionalism starts. 
If that sounds medieval, then tough shit. J I believe in apprenticeship and discipline. No amateur ever built a cathedral by winging it. 
Some people can outline in their heads so they know where they’re headed. Some feel stifled by deadlines and drop dates and drive producers/publishers mad. Some folks hate thinking about their stories in abstractions, and so what I see as wasted time/energy is part of the creative crucible. That’s their business. Art is individual and we aren’t insects. LOL If that’s how the book has to come, then so be it, but anyone can learn to structuregenre fiction. And while many professional writers might start out as so-called pantsers, dealing with deadlines cures 90% of those cases, right quick. The other 10% are stubborn, brave souls.
Look: you get the book done by any means necessary. But if you want to do it again, do it well, do it for a living, I would advise that you learn the craft of getting it done efficiently or you will waste yourself and your talent on the oyster instead of the pearl. 


Any advice you’d like to share with aspiring authors?
Being an artist is not a disability.
Write every day, no excuses. Professionalism counts. Treat it like a job or it will treat you like a joke. Manners matter. Throw away your TV. Make bold choices. The things about you that irritate people are often the things other people admire: every sword cuts both ways. Know who you are and practice being it. Be specific.
If you write for fame or fortune, you’ve made a terrible mistake about the nature of the job as they are the least of its rewards. Cultivate big eyes, a thick skin, and a full heart. Smile.  Listen. Write about the things that matter to you. Nothing is worse than a flop you didn’t believe in. Challenge yourself every day, and challenge your readers every time. Get better


Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy?
I read like a maniac. I see a ton of theatre, which is partially work, but occasionally bliss. I love skiing, but I don’t have a lot of time for it lately. I go twostepping once a week and used to rodeo every chance I got.  I collect tarot decks and orreries. I love hosting hilariously bad movie nights with my friends… and maintain a shocking library of sleazy and overproduced cinematic trash (everything from Showgirls to Body Rock). My boyfriend and I have Jane Austen marathons where we read a novel while drowning ourselves in every adaptation of that novel for film, television, or radio.


What inspired you to pen this sexy tale?
Grown Men grew out of a photograph posted at the M/M Romance Group at Goodreads. Their amazing mods set up a massive collaborative anthology project in which people could select a photo and propose a plot germ and writers picked a prompt. The prompt I chose was an odd one: a gigantic man easily 7¾ feet tall with his arm draped over another man easily a yard shorter... both muscular, uncircumcised, and sun-bronzed, standing on a beach under a tropical tree.
Romance needs an element of impossibility for the proper friction and heat. The two guys’ photoshopped size disparity was SO extreme and so impossible that it sparked something in my imagination. The image felt like a Sci-Fi story, but more contained than a space opera: something primal, but something a little… off world.
Out of that image and that imaginal friction, an entire HardCell Universe sprang up around me!  I could barely keep up and loved what I learned. It’s set at a point in the future when massive corporations have scattered human civilization across planets and breed employees who must earn citizenship by life-or-death contracts. The only art form left is elaborate adver-tainments and human relationships have dwindled to fast-food convenience. Totally harsh and sexy. LOL Perfect for a swoony romance too!
The trouble was, the characters and the world took hold of me and wouldn’t let go. What started out as a simple two-hander rapidly ballooned beyond a length that suited a large collection of shorts. So I set the original story aside, and instead wrote its prequel for the anthology, a snarky compressed heist set in the same universe, but with different characters, a different situation.  To explain two giants, they had to become twins, natch, J  but of radically different temperaments. And the HardCell domination of the Universe kept growing and deepening. LOL 


Seedy Business, the first HardCell “transmission,” wound up being about sperm piracy and illegal organ theft with a pair of world-class scumbags forced to un-scum themselves. The second “transmission” became 
Grown Men and dwelt on terraforming and the threat of corporate assassination with a relatively sweet duo marooned on a planet ranching eel so they can earn corporate citizenship. And of course, like all science fiction, they poke at a lot of modern cultural assumptions, in sexy (and sometimes sweet) ways.
All because of a photo posted at random.


Here's the blurb from Grown Men: 


Every future has dirty roots.
Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and undersized, Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to fear of violent “retirement.”
When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach, Runt searches frantically for a replacement wife among the tools and food. Instead he gets Ox, a mute hulk who seems more like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmer.
Shackwacky and near-starving, Runt has no choice but to work with his silent partner despite his mounting paranoia and the unsettling appeal of Ox’s genetically altered pheromones. Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well, but Runt’s still not convinced he hasn’t arrived with murder in mind.
Between brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship, Runt’s fears and Ox’s inhuman past collide on a fertile world where hope and love just might have room to grow.


This title is #1 of the HardCell series.



Okay... Your favorite time.... Giveaway Time!!!!
This will be the rule for all Giveaways this week...
All Giveaways will end Friday, November 18th at Midnight....
The winners will all be picked and announced....
Monday, November 21st!
Good luck!

Now time for Damon's Giveaway!

First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).

What do I want from you.....
Well, you have to leave your email address ~ A MUST.
You have to be a follower of this blog ~ A MUST.
You must leave a comment or question for Damon ~ A MUST!

Good Luck!



Grown Men is available at Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/grown-men
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The Giveaway for Riptide: 

From October 1 to December 31, Riptde authors and editors will set sail on a massive
Grand Opening blog tour! 

We're gearing up for three months of games, prizes, interviews, chats, and scavenger hunts, and we'd love to have you along! At each stop along the tour, we'll be giving away great prizes - tons of books from our authors' backlists, swag by the boatload, gift ceritficates to All Romance Ebooks, and entries into the Grand Prize drawings for a Nook, a Kindle, and an iPad.

Go check it out!!!


And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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My Fictional Smutty Boyfriend.... =)

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