Friday, October 24, 2014

It’s All About Eve(s)


Since I’m visiting the official Decadent blog, it seemed the perfect moment to share a fun fact about the genesis of my 1Night Stand. As you probably already know, all stories in this line refer to“Madame Eve,” the matchmaker in whose manicured hands the entire multi-author world is held.
I got my start in fan-fiction, where writing was game-ified, and participants had to put stories together like giant puzzles. Though I now prefer to create my own worlds and characters, I sometimes miss the challenge of matching Draco Malfoywith Hermione Granger, while forced to add two cats, a grandmother, and an enchanted painting.
Back when I first read the 1NS submission call, I decided it’d be a grand idea to honor the illustrious Madame by writing three interlinked stories that all take place on the “Eve” of a holiday, just to see if I could pull it off.Fast-forward a few months, and I’ve got my first “Eve” out for public viewing.
Releasing in time for Halloween, Flirting with Fire is set on All Hallows’ Eve. It features a witch who spends most of her time as a cat, one who needs help from a dating service to get the attention of her clueless warlock boss.The next installment in my A Witch’s Night Out series is Frosty Relations, which takes place on Christmas Eve. It’ll be followed byFireworks at Midnight, a New Year’s Everomance.
On that note, I’ll thank the lovely Blog Maven having me over today. To celebrate my book birthday, I’m giving away a $15 gift card. To enter, leave a comment here, and drop your details in the Rafflecopter widget (at the bottom of this post, assuming the code works, or at my website: TaraQuan.com/FlirtingwithFire)

Flirting with Fire (A Witch’s Night Out, 1)
Apprentice witch Catalina Gato is prohibited from assuming her human form in front of her new employer without his express permission. Since he doesn’t know he’s a warlock, he can’t give it, leaving her in a familiar’s limbo. To make matters worse, she’s barred from leaving his house, and her attempts to enlighten him of his true nature results in burnt notes, charred walls, and exploding laptops.
On All Hallows’ Eve, she gets one night of freedom. Deciding some no-strings-attached sex might take the edge off the intense attraction she feels for her clueless boss, she signs up for Madame Eve’s service. When she meets her masked mystery date at the Castillo Capital, she realizes she might have gotten much more than she bargained for.
After being gifted a one-night stand from his annoying best friend, attorney Leo Difuoco reluctantly ventures to the Castillo Capital to celebrate Halloween. When he meets his oddly familiar green-eyed date in a Cat Woman costume, flames literally ignite, sparks magically fly, and life as he knows it changes forever.

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Comedy, Interracial/Multicultural


Excerpt:
Her lips pursed, [Cat Woman] stared down at him for a long moment. Then she muttered, “What the hell,” and dropped her very attractive behind onto the opposite seat. “So, this is your idea of an easy place to pick up chicks in costume?”
Not only was the question out of place, it bore an uncanny similarity to something he might have said to his cat. “Well…one in particular, I guess. What’s your name, by the way?”
“Cat.”
She had to be joking. Or she obfuscated on purpose. He decided on the latter. After all, keeping one’s identity hidden made for a great exit strategy. “Mine’s Leo.”
She lifted the leather menu and opened it, blocking his view of her face. “I know.”
Madame Eve must employ a double standard, revealing the identity of men and not women. Another possible theory was Jack had forged the card and kept the woman’s details a secret on purpose. Both explanations seemed plausible. “What else do you know about me?”
She flipped a page. “Everything.”
Talk about unfair. Cat Woman must have received an actual profile, complete with a photo and an option to decline the date. “It might not be all true.”
She tilted the menu forward an inch, revealing the top half of her masked face. “What?”
“The profile you read. Jack has a weird sense of humor. You shouldn’t trust any of it.”
Her eyelids lowered into a slight squint, something the non-human Cat he knew had a habit of doing whenever he forgot to grab his keys. “I don’t follow.”
“It’s obvious you received some basic information about me.” When she shook her head, he waved off the denial. “It’s not a big deal, but I thought I should tell you someone else filled everything out. Since I hadn’t been offered a file on you at all, we should pretend this is a normal date and start over.”
With a shrug and a swift nod, she put the menu down, pulled her gloves off, and reached an arm across the table. The smile she sent him made his stomach do an unsettling flip. “My name is Catalina Gato. I’m a maid, accountant, and shape-shifting witch with a clueless boss and very meddlesome sister.”
What a sense of humor. Considering her costume, cat burglar would have been funnier, but she deserved bonus points for saying it all with a straight face. He took her hand and fought the odd urge to grab her, kiss her silly, and tear her clothes off.
The candle’s flame changed from blue to white. Then the fire shot up in a straight line, six inches high. Another round of nervous clapping followed.
Their palms still touching, he frowned. “Someone here must love Halloween. These special effects are over the top, not to mention dangerous.”
She shook her head and broke contact. Hints of disbelief and resignation laced her bell-like laugh. “Do you think Gomez has recovered enough to send a waiter our way?”


About Tara Quan
Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Halloween!


It's that time of year again, the time when ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and other nefarious creatures stalk the night. When we can gobble down all the candy we want, overdose on scary movies and dress up like our favorite villain or hero. What other time of year can we let loose the child within us? Christmas brings with it the holiday stress of family get togethers, packed shopping centers, and trying to balance everything while keeping everyone happy. By New Year's Day most of us breathe a sigh of relief it's all over FINALLY.  
Halloween is the holiday we can simply enjoy and play. This Halloween I invite you to stock up on candy, and if you're not lucky enough to be able to hand it out to the kids, at least watch a few scary movies (I highly recommend my favorite Night of the Living Dead.) Take this pre-holidays holiday to simply enjoy childhood once more :)

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Kat goes on the prowl looking for a one night stand to rile up her new friends. A little shock and awe to keep her sane in a life no longer hers. When she’s matched with Jared through 1Night Stand, he seems perfect for her plans. Conservative, sweet, and sexy as sin, she’s ready for one hell of a ride.
But Jared is more than she bargained for—much more. And when her plans for amusement turn dangerous will the two find a way to stay alive? 
Excerpt:
“Come on.” She winked. “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.”
“I thought these things were urban legend. I never imagined I’d see one in real life.”
His date’s gaze glimmered with mischief. “There are lots of big hairy surprises out there for those brave enough to search for them.”
“Like you, for one.” He cleared his throat. “Except for the hairy part. I hope, anyway.”
A slight blush colored her cheeks, and he brushed his knuckles over the soft skin there. Shadows marred the smoothness beneath her eyes. Had she been sick? Or maybe her party girl lifestyle drew out too much. She stepped back.
“Cowboy up, sugar.” She grasped his hand and pulled him forward, again surprising him with her power. Under the softness of her curves lay a fair amount of muscle. He swallowed. She could ride him without tiring, take his maddened pounding for hours. It’d take all night to spend the pent up energy boiling in his veins. He’d passed the point of return; jerking off wouldn’t satiate his needs. Without sex, and soon, he’d run howling through the streets, a crazed animal.
After taking an elevator to the basement level of the parking garage, she led him to a red door and rapped on its freshly painted surface. Dark corners closed in on them. The hairs on his arms and neck rose. He sensed being watched. More cameras. Were as many inside? And maybe a live Internet feed his family could run across in some improbable way?
Don’t create imaginary monsters. He squared his shoulders.
A partition slid open. Dark eyes narrowed, focusing on Kat who lifted a pale brow. The panel slammed closed, and Jared let a small sigh slip. Could he be off the hook? This night had turned out to be more than he’d bargained for, leaving him ready to tuck tail and run. Find somewhere else to indulge his feral wants with his date. The door swung open, and the odor of incense assaulted him. His escape option evaporated.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What About Him?

Most of the time when we think about romance, we (women) focus on ourselves. What do we think of as romantic? How can our lover please us? How can we get our lover to…? Well, anything that would make our tender hearts pound in excitement.
What about him? Doesn’t the man you love deserve equal treatment? Of course, this same thought can apply to the other person in your relationship, whether it is a woman-woman one or a man-man one. Generally speaking, there is one person in the relationship who tends to be the leader in the romance department.
I’m focusing here on suggestions about what a woman can do for her man, or the non-romance-leader to do for person they love.
Dress with your lover in mind. Wear one of his favorite outfits or wear your hair in a way her prefers. Buy some sexy underwear or some that has a suggestive message on it. Purchase some body paint and write a love message on your personal billboard just for him. Or wear one of his shirts and nothing else; make sure he knows that’s all you’re wearing.
Are you into touching? So are men. They’re not only visually oriented but very tactile loving. Play footsie under the table in a public place, keeping it appropriate so as not to embarrass either of you. Walk by him and touch his shoulder, maybe give it a little squeeze, and walk away. Give him a big hug for no apparent reason. Give him a hit-and-run surprise kiss on the cheek. Walk by him where he is sitting and lightly run your fingers through his hair.
Do you like being pampered? So do men. They like to know they’re appreciated, too. After he’s had a tough day, give him a massage or run him a hot bath…join him in it. Watch his favorite TV show (or game) with him, put his feet in your lap, and rub them. Buy some massage oil and have him stretch out on the sofa for a soothing rubdown. Set a romantic scene with blankets and pillows in front of the fireplace (or someplace special), serve him your favorite wine or his favorite drink, and….
Keep him aware of you. Put a nice or naughty note in his briefcase, or to open on his laptop. Call him at work and tell him you’re looking forward to having a special time with him that night. Tuck a suggestive picture of you in his shirt pocket. Show up at his office with his favorite snack or with tickets to an event he likes: a concert, a game, a special movie. Give him a long, hot kiss out of the blue.
The list can go on and on. But I think you get the idea. Be creative and have fun with showing your love of the important person in your life.

CONTEST: Share either something you’ve tried to show appreciation to your lover, or another suggestion to consider. I will select a random winner from the responses on October 27th. The prize is a $25 gift card to Babeland Toys. Winner will receive one e-book of their choice from my Decadent Publishing backlist. Good luck!

Starla Kaye’s 1Night Stand books:
Maggie’s Secret Wish
Starting Over
Acceptance

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Away From Home


by Jessica E. Subject
If you applied for a 1Night Stand, would you want to have yours close to home, or would you rather travel a couple of hours away?  Personally, if I were single, I would want to leave my home city and visit another. Not only to explore a new place, but also to escape the possibility of running into someone I know. How much would that ruin a date?
In Unknown Futures, Jewel wants to leave her home town to get away from the closed-mindedness that exists there. She doesn't believe she will ever find someone to love close to home. Little does she know that Madame Eve arranges for her to go very far from home. To a space station to be exact.
Another Night, Another Planet is a little different. Ava travels across the galaxy in a luxury spacecraft, but when she applies to the 1Night Stand service, she expects her date to happen back on Earth. So when Madame Eve sends her a message indicating her date will happen during her layover on the planet Elatia, she doesn't expect anything to come out of the evening except one night of pleasure.

Readers: If you could have a 1Night Stand anywhere on Earth or throughout the galaxy,  where would you want to go?


Another Night, Another Planet
Limited by status…
Ava is a housekeeper aboard Star Spirit, a luxury cruise ship travelling between the Milky Way and the Belvarian System. Coming from a middle-class family on Earth, she is considered by passengers as nothing more than an object to be tossed away when they’re done with her.
Shunned because of his lineage…
Banned from several planets across the universe, Nate struggles to run his interstellar shipping business. But the DNA of an exterminated race runs through his blood, giving him a diluted form of their powers, and leaving him labeled as a terrorist.
Both searching for the one…
Through her 1Night Stand dating service, Madame Evangeline matches these two together for a celestial escape on the pleasure planet, Elatia.
Will Ava and Nate find what they’re looking for, or will their date be just another night on another planet?

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Unknown Futures
Attacked as a young adult, Jewel is left scarred and alone. She applies to the 1 Night Stand service, believing no one can see past her appearance to love her. But she doesn’t expect to be sent to a space station where her date could be any number of unusual alien species.
Flavia left everything behind to be one of five humans working for the Space Service space station. Extremely homesick, she is excited to learn she will be a guide to a woman from Earth visiting the station for a couple days. She is immediately drawn to the petite woman, seeing past her scars to her true inner beauty, stirring unforeseen desires.
Unfortunately, Jewel is there for a date which Flavia hasn’t been told about. Can she contain her lust and simply show her a good time? Or will she let her desire lead them into an unknown future?

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About the author:
Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. 
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Love Boobies



Did that title catch you? There’s a reason for it, and more than to be gimmicky. The 1Night Stand paranormal romance A Duel with Death deals with real-life situations, including a woman’s battle with breast cancer.
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we’re seeing all sorts of pink-ness spreading around, I wanted to do a fun, related giveaway. Yes, I just happen to have these cute I Love Boobies bracelets lying around.
This disease touches so many lives. Women, young and old. We’re talking mothers, and daughters and wives. And men. The earlier it’s caught, the better the chances for survival.
As a woman past 40, I’ve been squished, and I feel myself up on a regular basis. I’m being a bit lighthearted here, but it’s a serious topic.
Be aware for yourself, and those you love.

A Duel with Death
After a tumultuous, fatherless childhood, Johnny Castillo tends to date women his mama doesn’t approve of, and for good reason. Tired of relationships that end badly, he turns to Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand dating service for help. He’s seen what her incredible matchmaking skills have done for his cousins and friends, and he’s open to her helping him find a woman he can have a future with. If that’s even possible.
Carmen Sanchez has put up a strong fight against the cancer attacking her body and she’s ready to start living life once more. With the results of her latest medical tests unopened and tucked in her purse, she enlists Madame Eve in her search for the right guy to share a weekend of lusty pursuits, before unsealing the envelope and discovering her fate.
But Johnny and Carmen’s date includes a battle where the stakes are high—life or death. Love may conquer all, but Death has something else in mind. Is their newfound love strong enough to win the battle?




Contest: Enter to win an I Love Boobies bracelet. What’s one thing you’ve seen to increase breast cancer awareness? I’ll pick a winner from random comments on Monday, October 20. Make sure to leave a valid email address.



Louisa Bacio


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coming back to BDSM and 1NS

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It's been a while since I've written BDSM or at least a contemporary with BDSM elements. I've been working my skills with other genres and attempting to shed the BDSM portion of my writing. It's been pretty hard. I like writing those characters who need something different in the satisfaction department. Something that can't be won by simple conversation or a vanilla relationship.
In essence, as a writer I need a challenge. That being said I think I'll be jumping back into the 1NS world soon. I'm looking to write another story on those submissive and dominant elements. My first 1NS, What You Need, took a light approach to BDSM. The focus being about a Dom and a Sub who were just starting to truly explore their needs and wants within those roles and luckily found each other.
My new ideas are deeper, darker, and will definitely put my knowledge and research abilities to the test. I also learned my readers want a longer story. Sure, the characters were great, the romance believable, but they want a little more than ten thousand words. So my new goals are to hit that max word count.
That being said I ask you, readers and writers, what do you enjoy out of BDSM books? What are you looking for? What haven't you read over and over again?

Let's push the boundaries, break out of the text book formulas and characters. Tell me what you want to see.

What You Need

A sexual submissive, Royce wants a woman who’ll make his fantasies come true. The last thing he expects on his 1Night Stand is to be paired with Victoria, his ex-best friend.  Haunted by their past, he refuses to deny his newfound attraction or his need for answers.  This time, he doesn’t plan to let her go.
Victoria has loved Royce forever, but the sting of his rejection is not so easily forgotten. No longer the naïve girl he knew, she’s matured into a sexual dominant. This domme demands a chance to restart their relationship—on her terms. Knowing that one night will never be enough, she plans a seduction that will last forever.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Gift and New Beginnings

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A few years ago I took an on-line class called “BDSM for Writers.” While I’d read a number of erotic romances with BDSM themes, I didn’t truly appreciate the strength it takes to be a submissive until I took this class. Subs aren’t door mats, and they can be leaders in their day-to-day lives, yet need to submit in the bedroom.
I began to think about the most masculine types of men in American culture, and the idea of having a huge cowboy be a sub struck me as something different and interesting to write about. So I made myself a note, which simply said, “Cowboy Submissive.”
When I decided to write a story for the 1Night Stand line, my thoughts immediately returned to the cowboy submissive idea. I began to flesh out the character, and Wyatt was “born.” I decided to make his Dom somewhat his opposite, a bit shorter, leaner, older,darker, more sophisticated and world-wary than the blond six-foot-six Montana cowboy.
Wyatt was extremely dedicated to his family, so when his parents died in an accident, he left Rafael to raise his younger brothers. Rafael was devastated to lose his sub and lover, yet pride got in the way of chasing after his man.
The two were apart for ten years until Wyatt’s brothers treated him to a 1Night Stand package as a birthday gift.  Madame Eve worked her magic and reunited the two. While there is BDSM in this story, it is light. The Gift has been called sweet and sexy by readers. I can imagine some who haven’t read the story might wonder how this combination is possible when BDSM is involved. It comes from showing this reunion as a thing of love. Rafael woos his sub as the two cherish their time together.
If you haven’t had a chance to read The Gift, I hope you check it out. When I wrote it, I didn’t want to stop with Wyatt and Rafael’s story. I’d introduced Blackbird, the Malone family guest and working ranch and mentioned Wyatt’s four younger brothers. When I created Wyatt and Rafael’s character sketches, I also followed through and created one for each brother. The plan was to write a story for each of them. I was thrilled when readers asked for more Malone brother stories, as well.
I’m happy to announce Sam’s Temptation was contracted by Decadent Publishing, and I will begin the editing process soon. It’s a sequel to The Gift, but can be read as a standalone. This story centers on the second oldest Malone brother, Sam, and Rafael’s younger cousin, Gabriela (Gabi). It begins a few months after the conclusion of The Gift, and Wyatt and Rafael are prominent secondary characters in this story, which is set in Montana. This foodie romance highlights Montana,Argentine, and quinceañera cuisine.
Here’s a peek via the unedited blurb:
Chef Gabi Inez leaves a trendy Manhattan restaurant to take a working vacation in Montana. Her schedule allows her to enjoy planned activities and hangout with her cousin and his new family. She’s not looking for love, but spending time with a hunky cowboy sounds perfect.
Sam Malone is the brains behind Blackbird, a guest and working ranch. Since his parents’ death, his sole purpose has been family and the ranch’s survival. Burned by love in the past, he avoids the distraction that comes with beautiful women. But what’s a cowboy to do when a sweet and sassy chef gets under his skin, only to be told by her overprotective cousin she’s off limits?
Thank you for stopping by today!

Blurb:
At 22, rancher Wyatt Malone sacrificed almost everything, including the Dom he served and loved, to raise his younger brothers. Now, with the ranch running well, his grown up siblings surprise him with a trip to a Caribbean paradise and a date from Madame Evangeline's 1Night Stand. Taking his courage in hand, he fills out an application that bares his soul for a single night of surrender to a nearly forgotten passion.

Rafael is a Dom without a sub. His desires exceed the available men in the dungeon he frequents and memories of rejected love keep him aloof. Can the submission of a Montana cowboy free him or will the date be nothing more than another meaningless scene?

Excerpt:
Rafael blotted his mouth with his napkin and placed it on the table. Wyatt set his fork down and waited. The old familiar energy pulsed between them. Heat zipped through his groin, and he shifted in his seat as his erection pressed against his jeans.
“Wyatt, you asked Madame Eve for a Dominant for one night.” Rafael slid a keycard on the table between them. “If you accept my invitation to play, you will take this card and be in my suite, ready, in fifteen minutes.”
Without hesitation, he reached over and grasped it. When his wrist was grabbed, tugging him forward, Wyatt braced his free hand on the table and accepted Rafael’s lips. At first they brushed, a tease, and then the kiss became a sensual play of tongues. His heart pounded at the taste of curry and tequila. He twirled his tongue around the other man’s and groaned. Rafael’s lips trailed across his jaw and down his neck, stubble scraping across sensitive skin, creating a rasp of pleasure that flowed all the way down his spine.
The Dom followed it with a nip on the bottom lip and then pulled back, twisting Wyatt’s wrist slightly to glance at his watch. Rafael released him and leaned back with a wicked grin. Wyatt’s heart raced.
“You now have thirteen minutes.”