Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires - Intro and Interview with Authors


  
Lady Smut is a blog post for intelligent women who like to read smut.  On this blog we talk about our writing, the erotic romance industry, masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and whatever makes our pulses race. Here’s a bit more from the authors: Madeline Iva, Liz Everly, C. Margery Kempe, and Elizabeth Shore.


The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires,
Genre: Erotica/erotic romance

Book Blurb: Four sexy, edgy tales of paranormal encounters that will leave you shivering in the night.

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Please tell us how the idea came to you for (THE LADY SMUT BOOK OF DARK DESIRES). Please include all the fun details.

MADELINE IVA: All of us were wondering how to celebrate the first anniversary of LadySmut.com.  Liz had this awesome idea for a story where the vampire comes through the computer—and I just loved that idea.  I tried to come up with something to match it, and out came one word: Sexsomnia.  Then I had to run to the computer and look it up to see if it really existed. 

So we were talking about these story ideas and then decided that maybe we should do an anthology.  Elizabeth Shore and I were one day talking about when/if we should set a deadline for when the stories should be written.  The same day we get an email from Liz saying her story is done.  Eek! We hadn’t even started ours.  Then C. Margery Kempe is like, I’m done too.  So we scrambled to write our stories quick like a bunny.  

Liz’s agent, Sharon Bowers, was willing to represent us, Liz (mostly) put together the proposal and in no time at all we had two offers.  We went with Harper Impulse because we love their vibe.  Our editor Charlotte Ledger and her crew – along with all the other Harper Impulse authors are truly sweet and amazing people.  We lurve them.


Give us some insight into (place name of your heroine or hero here). What’s a bit of her back story?

MARGERY KEMPE: Christina of “The Lying, The Witch and The Wardrobe” comes from a family of witches that have passed down lore in their old New England farm orchard for generations. People always think that magic will solve all their problems, but really it’s just another thing that can bring on complications. Returning to your home town after losing your job doesn’t get much less magical.


Who is (JENNY in SEXSOMNIA) to (TURNER)? Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?

MADELINE IVA: In ‘Sexsomnia’ the heroine Jenny is super-shy.  She’s lusting after Turner, a hottie biologist, while they’re at this summer academic institute and Turner--who’s got it together--is receptive.  But, alas, Jenny has no game.  She turns into a spaz around him and can’t deal.  So she gives up.  The big question Jenny needs to discover the answer to is: who is she having sex with at night, when she wanders out of her room asleep? There are several possibilities.  Turner is the one possibility that doesn’t make her cringe until she wants to die.  If it’s him, it would also solve the mystery of his strange behavior whenever they meet up in the elevator.


Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?
Who is (BRENNA in BRENNA BANG’S IMMORTAL LONGINGS) to (XANDER)?

LIZ EVERLY: In “Brenna Bang’s Immortal Longings,” Brenna is a highly successful vampire romance author who is suddenly visited by a real vampire. He comes through her computer. The hunk of a vampire she writes about in her books is Xander and the vampire she meets takes that name—though she never figures out his real name in the story. Sparks fly between them (of course), but he’s reaching out for her help because of a murder case that is making vampires look bad.



Is (LADY SMUT BOOK OF DARK DESIRES) included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?

LIZ EVERLY: We are a group blog and we hope to do more anthologies. Also, I plan to write some follow-up novellas or novels to my story (what ever form it takes)  and I know several of the other individual writers are planning something, as well.


Can you share anything about the (pick any choices that pertains to your story - evil/ magic/ mystery/ paranormal or fantasy beings) in the story? What’s unique about them?

LIZ EVERLY: My Xander and his vampire community have a successful Internet gaming company. So they have mastered the virtual world. And they have also learned to travel through Wi-Fi signals and modems. So along with the other more typical vampire powers, they are tech savvy, as well as sex-savvy. ;-)

MARGERY KEMPE: The goblins are very mysterious. Christina really only knows them from children’s books and of course her copy of Rossetti’s Goblin Market. But are they anything like the books? No one knows anything except the disappearance of her ancestor. The secrets lay hidden within the wardrobe sealed with magic.


Please share anything else about this story you’d like ~ maybe a difficult scene or character ~ someone or something not cooperating…

MADELINE IVA: I wrote a story that started off as contemporary and then takes a turn to the paranormal with an unsympathetic succubus character named Jennifer.  One of our bloggers, Kiersten Hallie Krum, thought Jennifer was interesting and suggested her point of view be included.  That sent my head spinning and now Jennifer has become one of those characters that will not behave.


What are you working on now?

MADELINE IVA: Well, this is almost a follow-up to the story above.  Jennifer is now demanding her own story, etc. etc.  So she’s making an appearance in the sequel, SEXSOMNIAC, which is coming out in February.  She gets her own romance story in the fourth book of the series.

MARGERY KEMPE: I’m working on a series of fairy tales with erotic romance, but I may steal one of them for another LADY SMUT anthology if I can wait that long.  I do love my fairy tales.


Would you share your writing schedule OR the best time of day / week to focus on writing?

MARGERY KEMPE: Always be writing (waits for Glengarry Glenross  fans to chime in…crickets). I write in meetings when the discussion has nothing to do with me, while my students are working on in class projects, while I’m waiting for anything, at restaurants, in pubs, on the bus, on the train, on planes. Make time for everything else. Writing comes first.


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

MARGERY KEMPE: The ‘net is full of good advice and help, everything from how to guides all the way to how to publish it yourself if you’re of a mind to do so. The one thing you may not find is why. The only reason you need ‘why’ is because no one else can tell stories the way you do. Your voice is worth getting out there.


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

LADY SMUT
Twitter: @ladysmut1


Quickie Quiz Getting to know
Madeline Iva, Margery Kempe, and Liz Everly…

2 Things you do to relax:

MARGERY KEMPE: well of course sex is one…


Cat or Dog or other:

MADELINE IVA: Dog, dog, dog.  I have two of the cutest tiny dogs on the planet.   They almost die of boredom each day while I sit around and write, but they are very consoling when I’ve had a crappy writing day.

MARGERY KEMPE: Both. My gorgeous kitty Kipper died unexpectedly this fall, but my brother’s dog Connor has been very sweet to me because he misses him too. They were pals.


Favorite places to write:

MARGERY KEMPE: in bed in Dundee, where tea magically appears by my side.


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

MARGERY KEMPE: India!


Breakfast drink:

MARGERY KEMPE: I should probably not say ‘martini’ should I? Um, sidecar?

MADELINE IVA: Banana blueberry smoothie with one tablespoon of maple syrup and one tablespoon of cinnamon.  I use water instead of rice milk or yogurt to keep the calorie count down and sometimes I throw in a few almonds.  Yummers!

LIZ EVERLY: Coffee, as dark and strong as possible.

Favorite season ~ why:

MARGERY KEMPE: Autumn. Always looking forward to October Country.


Car OR Plane:

MADELINE IVA: Train, baby.  Always take the train!
LIZ EVERLY: Train, then car. Plane has become the last resort for me.


Favorite Author:
 
MADELINE IVA: Charlotte Stein!
LIZ EVERLY: Sylvia Day
MARGERY KEMPE: One?! Jane Austen.

Beverage:

MARGERY KEMPE: Now I can say martini!


Lace, Denim, or Leather:

MARGERY KEMPE: silk


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Emily McKee - A Sorta Fairy Tale - Interview -n- Giveaway



Hello everyone – Emily McKee, author of A Sorta Fairy Tale, a sexy New Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance, is spending the week at my place and sharing an interview as well as a chance to enter her giveaway (details below). Before we get started here’s a little intro on Emily McKee…



For the past 21 years, I have been a planner and an organizer. I always needed things a specific way and then everything changed for me. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and thoughts racing through my mind. I realized that life is way too short to let things pass me by, because in the blink of an eye everything could change. So I decided to just live in the moment, taking every chance and opportunity led my way. No second thoughts and just going with the flow.

I decided to put the fictional characters and the conversations going on in my head to paper. I know it makes me sound crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve embraced crazy and hectic and last minute because it’s led me to making my dreams become a reality.

When I’m not writing Happily Ever After’s I’m reading about them and living one. I think this world is filled with too much sadness already we don’t need to read about them as well. I write because I love it and I’ve allowed my imagination to run wild and be crazy and free. Just like me.





Please tell us how the idea came to you for A Sorta Fairytale Please include all the fun details.

Sadly, I can’t give you much detail. However, I’ve always hated love-triangles, with a passion! I always thought they were dumb. There’s always one man the girl should choose over the other. But she has to run to the guy who treats her like crap or doesn’t deserve her. But then in the end, because this is a book, the reader always gets a happy ending.

Well this is a love triangle with a twist. All of these people are caring and generous, thoughtful, and the reader is wanting to root for both Thomas and Alex.

But there’s just one twist and the reader will find that out at the end of the book J


Who is Stella to Thomas and Alex? Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?

Thomas is Stella’s boss.

Alex meets Stella at a bar while she is waiting for Thomas to get there.


Is A Sorta Fairytale included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?

It is not included in a series. This is actually my first standalone novel!


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

The ending. Hands down. Unfortunately though, I can’t share any of it. There’s a huge twist at the end of the book so readers are just going to have to wait until the end to be surprised.


What are you working on now?

A book called Our Whispers in the Woods. I’m starting to love shocking the readers and giving them that, “Holy shit!” moment.

Blurb:

Whispers.

I hate them. I love them. Sometimes, I don’t know how I feel about them. They’ve ruined me. They’ve made me whole. I guess it really all depends on who they’re coming from.
I think I belong locked up. Hidden away from society. Only sometimes. The other time I’m happy. It’s when I’m with Ethan. He brings light to the dark hole I’m trapped in. I love him. There’s no question about it. There’s just one problem.

I don’t know if he’s real.

I’m Charlotte Flaherty. This is my story.


Would you share your writing schedule OR the best time of day / week to focus on writing?

I don’t really have a writing schedule. I wish I did but it’s really whenever I have some free time. I work a 9 to 5 job and I need to fit in time to hang out with my boyfriend J, do my laundry; ya know; all the fun stuff, find time to shave, take a shower, and write. Hopefully, someday, I’m able to put a lot more time into writing. But until then, this is what I have to do. It’s something I love and I wouldn’t not do it for anything.


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

I say go for it. That’s what I did and I am not like that at all. I figured what the hell? If someone puts enough time and effort, blood, sweat and tears, amounts of alcohol into their system, I say go for it and don’t hold back. Go big or go home, right?


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


Twitter:  EmilyMcKee1206





Quickie Quiz
       Getting to know Emily McKee

2 Things you do to relax:

Drinking white wine and cuddling with my boyfriend.

Favorite movie:

Notting Hill.

Cat or Dog or other:

I have a dog named Annabelle and a kitten named Sophie. I love both of them, but in completely different ways. So honestly, I don’t think I could pick one over the other.

Favorite places to write:

Starbucks J I can get my coffee and listen to music while I write sex scenes and laugh when nosy customers look wide eyed at my laptop.

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

I really want to go to Australia, Spain and Italy.

Breakfast drink:

Coffee.

Favorite season ~ why:

Fall. I love wearing jeans and a sweatshirt with a pair of boots or sneakers.

Favorite Novel:

I have two.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.
         
I think it is a true gift/ talent when someone can write a longer novel and it seems like five minutes have gone by when in all actuality it’s been hours and the book is over. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.

That is a very eye-opening book and I have never cried so much from a novel.


Beverage:

Red Bull because it gives me wings.




A Sorta Fairytale

Emily McKee

Genre: Erotic/ Contemporary

Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Date of Publication: January 6th, 2015

Word Count: 58,000 

Book Blurb:

I have my own sorta fairytale.

Only thing is that it’s with two people.

Thomas Braxton and Alex McNeil. They know I’m not with them completely. They know I have another. Everything else is pointless…useless.

From the moment I met Thomas and Alex I’ve thought if only I could blend them together? Thomas’s sexual endeavors. Alex’s sensitivity and passion for life. Then I would have the perfect person.

But perfect is overrated.

It doesn’t exist.

Plus, it’s not at all interesting.

And my relationships with Thomas and Alex?

Well that’s a story for the ages…




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