Monday, October 20, 2014

Thomas Briar - Guest Post ~ Haute Couture Romance ~ Erotic Romance

Hey everyone, Thomas Briar is back with his newest release – an Erotic Romance short, Haute Couture Romance. I had the chance to read it and loved it (review is below). I’m so happy to introduce Thomas…here to share a little about the writing of this story – take it away, Mr. Briar; )

Hi there. My name is Thomas Briar. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by Kay Dee's Place to visit with me. I really appreciate it.

Today, I have fashionistas on my mind. In all honesty, I must admit that I've always admired the femininity they possess along with their impeccable fashion sense. I know others do as well. How can we not? Our brains are hardwired to appreciate beautiful things.

As a writer of erotica and erotic romance, I always strive to imbue my heroines with the physical and emotional characteristics of the fashionista. Just can't stop myself because it helps me to fall more deeply into love with them so I'll feel compelled to give them their happily ever after.

Um-hmmm, I really like giving my characters their happy endings. I suppose this is because although finding true love in real life can be really tough for people sometimes, it's never impossible. Not even under the worst of circumstances after one has given up all hope of it ever happening for them.

This is the case with Bethany, the heroine of Haute Couture Romance, my latest erotic romance short story to be published by Cobblestone Press.

To the casual observer it seems as if Bethany has it all. She's a beautiful former model, successful in business, and all around good girl. Except when she wasn't good, back before she gave up fashion modeling to move back to her hometown of Valdosta, Georgia to escape a terrible lapse in judgment.

The day Brian walks into her life she's not looking for love because she believes no one will ever love her. Two former boyfriends have already proved this to her in spades. Thus, she's determined not to experience that kind of heartbreak ever again.

But Brian's a lot different than those other guys. He knows all about overcoming past mistakes to become the person one wants to be. And he's not only going to accept Bethany as she is, he's also going to help her overcome that horrible mistake in her past.

Yes, without a doubt, I enjoyed writing this one. It has a little bit of intrigue, some sensual sex, and a love-affirming ending – all the elements I love in an erotic romance story.

Now, if you have the time and inclination please feel free to peruse the back cover blurb and excerpt at your leisure or simply click on the cover for more details. Also, please leave me a comment if you like and I'll certainly reply back.

Thanks again for stopping by and visiting with me!

Haute Couture Romance
Back Cover Blurb:
Bethany is a young woman who harbors a terrible secret. So, in spite of being beautiful and successful, she doesn’t date seriously because she knows there can never be a happily ever after for her…

On the day Brian walks into her life, he's so handsome and charming that she can't resist agreeing to go out with him when he asks. But she tells herself the date will only be for thrills and that nothing serious will ever come of it…

So just imagine Bethany's surprise when Brian shows her what true love really means…

“Welcome to Haute Couture.” Bethany greeted the handsome, thirtyish man as soon as the boutique’s front door closed behind him. “May I help you find something for the lovely lady in your life?”

The man, wearing a gray suit and standing six feet tall with short, wavy dark hair and flawless masculine features, grimaced. “You can try. She’s kind of hard to please.”

“Well, you’re in luck.” Bethany spread her arms to indicate the surrounding spring fashions. “We specialize in the finest women’s apparel and accessories to be found in the whole of Valdosta, Georgia. I’m certain we’ll be able to find something to suit her fancy.”

“I hope so. If not…well, it won’t be the first scolding I’ve taken from her.” The man gave up a charming smile and shrugged his broad shoulders as he turned toward the wall of shoes against the right side of the room. He weaved through the clothing racks to stand before the section hosting many different colors and variations of the peep-toed stiletto. He picked up a pink one with a five-inch heel.

“That is a very popular shoe.” Bethany walked over, transitioning into the hard sell. “It has very sleek lines and really enhances the beauty of a woman’s foot. It’s also very comfortable. And I like the open toe because it allows one to show off freshly painted toenails.”

“It does possess a certain amount of sexiness,” he admitted.

“Stilettos usually do.” Bethany sighed. “I like this particular shoe so well that I’ve already bought it in red, and now they’ve sent the pink one this week. But, as you probably already know, a young woman can never have too many shoes. I’ve got my eye on a new skirt over there as well. This year the spring colors are so vibrant and fun that I can’t resist them.”

“Ah, you’re a fashionista.” The man smiled in appreciation. “I’ve always admired the way fashionistas dress. May I take a good look at you?”

“Sure,” Bethany answered. Dressing to be seen by others was a big part of her livelihood. And she really respected his asking, instead of just leering at her as though it was his inalienable right. Yes, having reached twenty-five years of age and having come into her own as a successful businesswoman, she appreciated the good manners of true gentlemen. Thus, she placed a hand on her hip to strike a subtle, sexy pose.

The man turned all his attention on her for the first time. His brilliant blue eyes searched her slender face and turquoise eyes and then lingered on the way she’d fashioned her blonde hair in an elegant up-style to show off diamond earrings.

Bethany stared back boldly under the scrutiny. Although she couldn’t categorize this examination on his part as being sexual in the least, a shiver of sexual attraction traced its way up the inside of her thighs.

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About The Author
Always edgy and provocative in his writing, Thomas Briar strives to exalt the virtues of love and lust in every erotic story he creates.

Book Review – Haute Couture Romance

Author: Thomas Briar

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance Short Story

First Line: “Welcome to Haute Couture,” Bethany greeted the handsome, thirtyish man as soon as the boutique’s front door closed behind him.

Bethany, a fashionista and owner of the Haute Couture woman’s clothing store, has a secret that left her high and dry in the romance relationship department.

Brian, a financial wizard, has his heart set on finding the perfect woman to love for life. Are there any left in the world?

Both have dealt with bitter disappointment until they happen to meet, and their worlds collide, giving them…hope, even with the skeletons stalking Bethany’s closet.

I so enjoy the story-stars of Mr. Briar’s erotic romance tales. He builds heroes every woman swoons over and heroines tattooed with a naughty side that men find fascinating…in this case, enough to pursue against the odds: )

Mr. Briar’s tales, besides being sensually erotic, always pack a twist that deepens the overall characters and story, finishing with a most satisfactory ending…like this one: ) It’s a quick fix if you’re wanting a perfect short love story that leaves you with a smile. Yum.

Reviewed by Kay Dee Royal

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Lissa Trevor ~ Shifting Currents ~ Sex is the main currency??

Hello everyone: ) Gotta ask…can you imagine “sex” as currency, not money. Hmmm – love the concept for a paranormal erotic romance – and the author is here this week ready to respond to any of your comments – please welcome, Lissa Trevor. Her newest release, Shifting Currents, an erotic, paranormal, dystopian romance…high heat: )

Before we get started on the interview, here’s a bit about Lissa…

Lissa Trevor has her stilettos firmly entrenched in the romance community. Spank Me, Mr. Darcy is her debut novel from Riverdale Avenue Books. She is a frequent reader at Manhattan's Between The Covers events, where her novellas Wild Oats and Timelash from Coliloquy's Entwined volumes 1 & 2 have been very popular. Lissa also created an erotic story template for Coliloquy's ValEntwined promotion that allowed readers to download a personalized ebook starring themselves and their significant other.

Hey, Lissa, the template for readers to personalize the ebook sounds fascinatingly brilliant – bravo: )

What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Bethany?

When Shifting Current opens, Bethany is watching her ex and his new bride getting all kissy and cozy. She doesn’t think she can remain in the tribe with them, even though she wasn’t in love with her ex.  The constant reminder though that he found love and she’s still looking would ache like a bad tooth.  So when the chance to take a caravan across country comes, she jumps at the chance – especially since Lucas, a shape shifter has bartered his bedroom skills to her in thanks for Bethany rescuing his sister.

How does Bethany survive, what does she do for a living?

Bethany is human who has mutated into a Tech, which means she can channel energy through her body to charge up electronic devices.  Because of her rare ability, she doesn’t need to trade her body for goods and services, but she misses the intimacy of a lover who wants her for herself instead of her being able to charge up his radio for a few hours.

Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?

My favorite scene to write was when Bethany and Lucas meet for the first time.  She mistakes him for her missing brother. Here’s a snippet:

Bethany was asleep on her cot in the Tech cabin when a tap, tap tapping at her window woke her up.  Instead of a raven, though, it was the eagle.  Tripping over Fluffy in her haste to get to the window, she sprawled against the pane.  When the bird did nothing but flutter its wings at her, Bethany knew it was a Shifter.

“Daniel,” she said, muscling the window of the cabin open.

The eagle flew in and perched on the dresser.

“Daniel?  Is that you?  It’s not safe for you here.  The Orange Grove tribe is here.  They’ll probably recognize you.  If you can stay a bird until we go back to the Bluff, my new tribe will take you in.”

The bird’s image fluttered and standing before her was a man straight out of the fantasy books.  His eyes remained amber, but the rest of him was rock solid muscle and sinew.  His hair was jet black and hanging to his wide, powerful shoulders.  A hard jaw was set in a grim line, but he didn’t say anything.  Without meaning to, Bethany’s gaze dropped down over his romance novel cover chest and washboard abs.  After a quick check lower, Bethany’s face turned beet red and locked her eyes back to his.  His gaze was shuttered. Without a word, she handed him the sheet off the bed.

He took it, wrapping it around himself toga style.

“You’re not Daniel,” she said lamely.

The man cocked his head like a bird would and attempted to speak, but only a coughing caw came out.

“Oh shit,” she said.  “And you’re feral.”  Bethany tripped over Fluffy again as she backed away.  She landed on the bed, which was better than the floor but now she had to crane her eyes to stare up at the big man.  “But if you’re feral, you shouldn’t have been able to shift back into human.”  She inched her hand towards her pack where the pistol was.

“I’m . . . not . . . feral,” he wheezed out.  “Too  . . . long . . . as a bird.”  He was starting to get his voice back.

What are you working on now?

I’m doing final edits on Triad, an erotic Halloween ménage novella that’s coming out with LooseID on October 28th.  I’m also doing preliminary edits on my follow up to last year’s Spank Me, Mr. Darcy – an erotic mash-up of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  The follow-up book is also an erotic parody. It’s called Ménage a Musketeer – a book of sword and debauchery. All for One and One for All – indeed.  That’s coming out in December from Riverdale Avenue Books.

Would you share your writing schedule?

I write every night after my son goes to bed, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  If I’m on deadline or have been farting around on Facebook instead of writing, that gets extended to midnight.  When I’m on deadline, I’ll usually work 6:00 p.m. to midnight and beyond.

Where is your best place to find readers?

Netgalley.  Book bloggers are incredibly important for a new author to get the word out about their book.

What tip or advice would you give to an aspiring author?

Write every day.  If you can, write everyday on one piece of work.  Set a word count goal and don’t do anything else until you make it.  Set a deadline for yourself when this work will be finished and then do everything possible to make that deadline.

Where can we find you? List all of your links.

Quickie Quiz
       Getting to know Lissa Trevor

2 Things you do to relax: Knit and play video games

Favorite movie: Krull

Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t: Alaska

Breakfast drink: Chocolate Protein Powder mixed with sugar free almond milk

Car OR Plane: Plane, if it’s first class.  If not, train.

Favorite Authors: Ilona Andrews, Karen Marie Moning, Lauren Dane.

Shifting Currents

Book Blurb:

After the meteorite wiped out civilization and most of the population, it took thirty years to scrabble together rudiments of society again. Sex is the main currency, for those who haven’t mutated special abilities.

Bethany, a Tech, is able to channel electricity through her body and charge up electronics. When she saves a Shifter girl about to be sold at auction, the girl’s brother, Lucas, offers to repay the debt with his body. While Bethany would love to have Lucas at her beck and call, she’d rather have sex with someone who wanted her as a partner instead of an obligation. But unable to resist the sexy Shifter, she agrees to his terms.

When an opportunity presents itself to travel cross the ravaged countryside to loot the remains of California, Bethany believes this is the best chance for her to find her own brother, a rogue Shifter on the run for a crime he didn’t commit. Lucas wants to go, too, to free his Shifter pack.

The caravan members are expected to provide sexual services to the owners in exchange for passage out and back. As the lines between pleasure and payment become blurred, Bethany struggles to remain human while the pull of the energy feels good enough to leave her meat sack body behind. Can Lucas learn to ground her against the shifting currents?

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