Archive for November, 2010

In a strange twist of events, Jess Dee and Vivian Arend became friends. Okay, it was Viv’s fault–she stalked Jess until in self-defense, Jess gave up and agreed to said friendship. It was safe, she figured, because there was an entire continent and an ocean separating them. Little did she know, distance is not a deterrent when it comes to Viv. Jess had no choice but to make Viv a BFF.

In a second strange twist of fate, Jess and Viv wrote two very HAWT books. In their stories they both have friends who discover that they might be even better as lovers.

Now, this is NOT a confession that Jess and Viv are in any way, shape or form, lovers. They are friends (and besides, there’s that lovely big ocean keeping them apart, right?) But they DO know how to help each other out, and the two stories in question, Raising the Stakes and Falling, Freestyle, are better books because they were also given the sneaky peek by each other as Critique Partners. Want to know a couple behind the scenes secrets?

Ever since I tormented Jess into becoming my CP, she’s been kicking my butt and helping make my stories better, When it came to Falling, Freestyle, the biggest two things I remember are her slapping me (via email) and telling me the story was GOOD, and that there were more than enough issues for the characters to face without me throwing outside troubles at them. Her advice really helped clarify the way the story progressed, and I have to say that Falling is one of my favorite stories I’ve written.

Falling, Freestyle
( Xtreme Adventures, Book 1)

Never venture out of bounds without a buddy—preferably two.

Dara’s past four incredible years have been lived to the fullest. Along with her best friends, Kane and Jack, she’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. When—or if—either man will cross that unspoken line.

It’s a line Kane eyes harder every day. Since high school, he and Jack have shared everything. A condo, vacations—and their best girl. Kane’s ready to get serious about his wilderness school and outfitter business, and that includes putting down roots. Preferably with Dara.

Wary of the men who’ve recently been sniffing around Dara, Jack has a growing sense that he or Kane better make a move soon, or they’re going to lose out on their perfect match. Question is, who does she prefer…and who’s going to bring their easygoing trio to an end?

Overhearing the boys arguing over her, Dara’s floored—and torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions.

Warning: Old friends turned lovers can get into the most trouble—exhibitionism, bondage, spanking. Anal sex, oral sex, unauthorized use of ski safety harnesses, icicles in the hot tub… The author apologizes in advance for any melted monitors.

Want a teaser? From Falling, Freestyle, available today from Samhain Publishing:

Dara stepped next to the table and they both turned their full attention her way. Darkness and light met her, in their eyes, their hair. Something inside her belly tingled with anticipation, and this time she let it build instead of beating it into submission.

Wanting them both wasn’t wrong, she was sure of it. Wanting them both, together…that seemed more risqué.

“I thought you’d fallen in and drowned.” Jack grinned and pushed the plate of fries toward her. “I saved some from the bottomless pit over there.”

“I’m a growing boy. I need to keep my strength up.” Kane slid to the side to give Dara room to join him. He had one leg on either side of the bench and as she nestled in she realized just how intimate the position was, her hip inches from his groin.

She choked down the fries, her gaze flicking from one to the other as they laughed and joked. Her guys, their faces glowing with health and energy. Drool-worthy Jack. Invigorating Kane. Daydream inducing—together or apart.

Something clicked inside and she took a deep breath.

They wanted to change the status quo? So be it, but she would be the one calling the shots. She had a few weeks to get everything in place, then come hell or high water she was going to make the most outrageous thing she’d ever dreamed of a reality.

She was going to seduce her best friends.


The thing about my dear friend Viv, is that she won’t accept anything less than perfect from my characters. So when the heroine from Raising The Stakes stepped out of line, man, did Viv ever kick her butt. Whipped her back into shape very quickly. And ya know what? Megan is a better, stronger woman for it. In fact, because of Viv, Megan was able to state in clear, concise language that she not only wanted her boyfriend to make love to her, but she wanted her best friend to as well. At the same time. 🙂

Raising The Stakes
(Three of a Kind, Book 2)

Play out the hand her way…or fold?

After four years, Megan Loxley has given up waiting for her best friend, Desmond Reed, to realize she loves him. It’s time to move on. When Des introduces her to his poker buddy, Alex Truman, the instantaneous sparks that flare between them signal her life is about to change forever.

Des could kick himself. How could he have failed to notice the perfect woman was by his side all this time? Now it’s too damn late. And her innocent prodding about why he’s suddenly so distant is only making his hunger for her worse. Then she gets one step too close—and his self-restraint snaps.

Stunned, bewildered, furious, Meg can’t help but respond to the kisses for which she waited so long. God help her, she loves Des. And Alex, too. Immeasurably. Now what?

It may make her the greediest woman alive, but she’s determined to win the next hand— even if she has to change the game a little. First step: state her wildly sexy proposition in a language both men will understand…and hope they’ll stick around and play by her rules.

Warning: If you’re looking for a cool game of poker, you won’t find it here. This novella is so hot the cards are still smoking. The heroine may be new to the game, but she knows exactly how to play her two kings.

Teaser from Raising the Stakes, available December 7 from Samhain Publishing:

“Don’t let go,” he ordered.

“I won’t, Al,” she promised. Her gaze caught his. Fire flickered in her eyes. “But I can’t let go of Des either.”

For a long moment they looked at each other. No words were spoken, but a million thoughts were shared.

Alex loved her. By God, he was head over heels, crazy in love with her. He’d known for the last month she loved Des too. Known that he shared her heart with her best friend. It wasn’t too crazy a leap to share her body with him too.

He couldn’t walk away. He was in too deep. But they’d reached a point where he could no longer have her to himself. From this moment on, if he wanted her, he took her with Des. There was no more Alex and Megan. If Des agreed, it would be Alex, Megan and Des.

Oddly enough, the thought did not disgust him. If anything it aroused him further. He’d seen Megan in her glory, relishing the love of one man. Seeing her in full splendor, radiant from the love of two men… She’d be magnificent.

Alex had to be there to witness it.

Megan lifted an eyebrow in question. Longing shone in her eyes. “Will you do it, Al? Still play your cards if I raise the stakes?”

Didn’t she know his answer? If the stakes were her, he’d play any hand she dealt.

“You bet I would, baby.” He’d do anything to be with her. Whatever it took. He’d place every damn chip on her.


If you’d like to know more about either of these books, here are the links:

Check out my website at:
Feel free to visit my blogs:
Jess’s Blog:
Down Under Divas:
International Heat:
Or come follow me Twitter @jessdeewriter

Viv: Website | BLOG | Falling, Freestyle excerpt/buy links | Twitter


And as a treat: If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of Book 1 in the Three of a Kind series (that’s book one Going All In that comes before Raising the Stakes), Jess and Viv are giving away three copies. Leave a comment about friendship to be eligible to win. Do you have a good friend you’ve never met in person? Do you have a friends to lovers story?


A big thank you to Viv and Jess for joining us today!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win GOING ALL IN. Good luck! 😀




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Vampire attacks are on the rise in the city that never sleeps. So why is half-human, half-Drow private eye Nyx tracking down Sprites? Sure, these “young bloods” are causing mischief all over town—like painting the Statue of Liberty’s toenails neon pink. But it’s not until Nyx finds herself at the Pit, Manhattan’s hottest nightclub for paranorms, that she understands what she’s really up against…

Seems Master Vampire Volod has a plan—and the Sprites are in on it. By targeting the weaknesses of every paranorm in the city, from Elves to Shifters to Zombies, Volod and his fang gang aim to rule the night once and for all. Over Nyx’s dead body. She loves a good challenge—and she will seduce danger at every turn to throw Volod off course. It’s time for Nyx to enter the beating heart of this dark conspiracy…before driving a stake through it.


A lot of authors talk about hitting a wall when they write. A mental block. I literally have a writing wall. I can even bang my head against it if I need to.

Thanks to my writing wall, I feel less and less like using my head as a battering ram. It’s actually a combination of three things that have changed the way I look at writing: my brainstorming whiteboard, my outline book, and my writing wall.

If you look at the wall, every page represents a chapter in my book.  There’s a process on how to get the ideas for the books. I start out with writing ideas for each chapter on my brainstorming whiteboard; then translating those ideas into a Word document on my laptop, then print out and put a copy into my writing notebook, and a copy also goes on my wall.

I write ideas for things I want to incorporate in the story on each page. Sometimes the pages are pretty sparse—as in one or two lines—and sometimes they’re very detailed. I write one page for every chapter I plan to write in the book.

Unlike the Ten Commandments, my chapters are not written in stone. I handwrite on the pages in my notebook, add pages, divide pages into two, sometimes three chapters when I’d only intended for it to be one chapter.

The wall itself is like looking at The Big Picture. I can review the pages on the wall and analyze where the story might need some depth, or perhaps there is a hole in the storyline.

One thing I’d like to mention is that these ideas came from not another writer, but from a businessman. He looked at the way I structured my writing—or perhaps the lack of structure—and made these suggestions. It has totally turned my writing process around to fabulous results. The key to keeping life fresh is to be willing to listen and try out new ideas—sometimes from places we never expected.

Vampires Not Invited was the first book to grace the writing wall in my office, the result of which is in stores November 30th.

To celebrate the release of Vampires Not Invited, two lucky winners will each receive a copy of No Werewolves Allowed. Leave a comment and go into the drawing to win. : )


Many thanks to Cheyenne for joining us today!

To find out more about Chey and her books, please visit her website at www.cheyennemccray.com. And don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win NO WEREWOLVES ALLOWED. Good luck! 😀


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Author in Need —

I got this from another author and had to share.

Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan has been taken suddenly and seriously
ill. She has an affliction called Arteriovenous malformation or AVM in her brain which has led to multiple surgeries and an extended stay in ICU. No
family is ever prepared for such a thing and Tina’s is no exception. In
times like this, every dollar helps and her friends in the writing community
are banding together to ask you to open your hearts (and wallets) to help
get Tina’s family through this.

Tina is well known to readers and authors across the country who have
embraced her books, most recently, (writing as Cassie Ryan) Seducing the
(Berkley/October 2010) and coming in April 2011, The Demon and the Succubus.

Please send your prayers, positive energy and love out into the universe
with Tina’s name on it. Cards can be mailed to: Tina Gerow, c/o SBP PO BOX
42255, Phoenix, AZ 85080.

Any donations you would like to make to Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan to help with
the burden of mounting medical bills, can be given by visiting:
https://sites.google.com/site/tinagerowandfamily or by sending a check to
Tina Gerow, c/o SBP PO BOX 42255, Phoenix, AZ 85080.

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Johanna Jochum and Janis

wins PROMISES IN THE DARK by Stephanie Tyler


is the new winner of CROSSROADS by Moira Rogers

Congratulations to all the winners! You have 48 hours to contact me at lillie80 at gmail dot com to claim your prizes.

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The winner of CAPTIVE SPIRIT by Anna Windsor is Kayleigh! Congratulations! Please contact Anna at anna@annawindsor.net with your mailing info.


Anna has also offered pressies for everyone that commented yesterday! Please see the comment thread of her interview for further details.

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Got the following from RWA’s website. As often as I’m in the bookstores, locally, and in Raleigh, I keep telling myself I’m helping the economy with my book-shopping. To me, there is nothing better than being in the bookstore, browsing for books. What about you? 😉

Shop Bookstores This Season!

During the excitement of the holiday season, bookstores offer shoppers the perfect opportunity to select some remarkably personal gifts for friends and family. A mother can buy her daughter her first young adult romance novel. A grandmother can seek out a baby book for her grandchild. A man can find the hottest new historical romance for his love. The possibilities are limitless.

RWA wants to encourage you to support the bookstores in your community. And more than that, we want you to spread the word and make this a season of joy for our bookstores, too.

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Saving humanity from the supernatural has been challenging lately—even for a well-trained earth Sybil like Bela Argos, who must harness the magic of a fractious group of warrior sisters and battle a new wave of paranormal attacks. Another challenge is Duncan Sharp, the hunky NYPD detective who might turn into a demon overnight and devour Bela in her sleep. Still, the darkness taking over Duncan’s body can’t stop the molten heat unleashed by the intense attraction between them.

Duncan has two major problems: First, he has the soul of a suspected serial killer hitching a ride on his vibe. Worse (yes, worse) he’s got a demonic fever raging inside that promises a world of hurt for everybody, especially Bela. Now he’s all about getting even with the demons that put this freak curse in his blood—satanic forces that dare to unleash their savage lust on Duncan’s soul, his city, and the woman he loves.


NT: Hi Anna! Thank you for being our guest today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Anna: Hi! I’m Anna Windsor, and I love writing paranormal romance. I also write for teens under a different name, and in my “day job” I work in state psychiatric facility–one of the oldest functioning asylums in the U.S.

NT: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Anna: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write. I’ve been writing since I could first move a pencil.

NT: You have a new release this month, can you tell us about CAPTIVE SPIRIT?

Anna: Captive Spirit picks up the story of Bela Argos, a character readers first met in the BOUND books–though she was secondary, and it’s not necessary to read those first three to enjoy these new ones. Bela isn’t a cooperative, meek “good girl” by any means. She grew up rough and she’s had a tough road as a Sibyl. She’s determined to redeem herself and rebuild a fighting group, and she’s barely gotten started when some wicked new demons hit the scene in New York City. The last thing Bela needs is a serious distraction–so that’s the first thing she gets.

Duncan Sharp fought hard in the Gulf War and he’s been with the NYPD since he left the Middle East. He’s tracked a serial killer, a man he once considered his best friend, all across the city. The night he catches the bastard, he’s attacked by monsters and saved by beautiful women in leather. Duncan figures he’s died and gone to some weird heaven until he understands that his best friend his dead, his best friend’s ghost is hitching a ride in his head, and oh, yeah, the monsters infected him, and he’s turning demon himself. His only hope lies with the Sibyls, and one Sibyl in particular.

Duncan and Bela have their hands full with a new breed of wicked demons–and with each other.

NT: What inspired the idea for this series?

Anna: I’ve always been fascinated by natural magic, earth magic–powers that rise from nature herself. I wanted to create warriors who weren’t necessarily witches, but drew on some of the same energy that traditional witches use. Legends of wise women from different cultures inspired me, and the Sibyls were born.

NT: What aspects of your life have you found creeping into your stories?

Anna: My work with the seriously mentally ill always bleeds into what I write. Character quirks, motivations, and human frailty permeate my work–and because of the old state hospital where I work, I can rarely resist describing weird ancient buildings that become something close to characters themselves.

NT: Is there anyone you use as a sounding board when you’re stuck on a scene?

Anna: I use a couple of friends, one in particular who is even patient with me when I need to make sure bodies can really do what I’m asking them to do. Judy, Gisele, and my old buddy Chey McCray really help me out.

NT: When not busy writing, what do you like to do in your spare time? (If there is such a thing *G*)

Anna: Spare time? Spare time. . .  I know I’ve heard that phrase before . . . .

Well, I farm, bake bread, and try to exercise. I try to eat whole foods now, so cooking takes a lot more time, but I hope it’s worth it.

NT: What can your fans look forward to from you in the near future? What are you working on now?

Anna: Captive Soul comes next, and it tells the tale of Camille Fitzgerald, a fire Sibyl who struggles to find her spark. After that is Captive Heart, where all the Andy fans finally get to read the story of the world’s only water Sibyl. I just turned in a proposal to my agent–a recurring human heroine, an old asylum, and a much wider range of supernatural characters. Fingers crossed!

NT: How can readers contact you?

Anna: anna@annawindsor.net

I love hearing from readers!


Many thanks to Anna for joining us today! For a chance to win a copy of CAPTIVE SPIRIT, just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀


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