Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Baby is TWO!

by Sara Daniel

And what a fine, strapping two-year-old he is! Okay, before I get us in trouble, let me set the record straight. Gabriel is definitely of age to do all those wonderful things you’re thinking of when you look at him on the cover of More Than a Fantasy.
My baby is two because this is the two year book birthday for More Than a Fantasy, which began my journey with Decadent Publishing and 1Night Stand. What a fabulous two years it has been!
Since More Than a Fantasy, I have published three more 1Night Stand books -- One Night With the Bride, One Night With the Bridesmaid and One Night with the Groom – and contracted a fourth book, One Night With the Best Man.
I have also tried my hand at Decadent’s Challenge series, shedding tears as I wrote the book of my heart, Captivating the CEO.
When Decadent put out the call to create a twisted version of an assigned fairy tale at the beginning of this year, my hand shot in the air. I was assigned the obscure, slightly gruesome Three Army Surgeons, which I twisted into a comedic second chance romance in Once Upon a Marriage.
And just a couple weeks ago, I released A Model Hero – Mr. September in the sexy Calendar Men series.
All of this started two years ago when I read the guidelines for the 1Night Stand series and knew Madame Eve wanted me to bring Regina and Gabriel together for More Than a Fantasy:

Regina’s fantasies about her hot marketing assistant, Gabriel, are interfering with her focus at work. In desperation, she turns to Madame Eve to give her a one night stand with a man who looks just like him. When the Gabriel arrives in her hotel room, she must choose between walking away and playing out her daydreams with the real thing. Their one night becomes a wrestling match for control as Regina strives to keep the upper hand. But Gabriel is just as determined to show her how to work together for business and for pleasure.

As passion trumps protocol, their one night stand quickly becomes much more than a fantasy.

Sara Daniel writes what she loves—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She lives her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband. Connect with her online at:
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What a Difference a Night Makes

By Louisa Bacio

Do you ever think about those decisions you’ve made in your life? Can one day or one night make a difference? In the 1Night Stand series, everything can change based upon the path chosen.

As a college professor, one assignment I often see is on the classic poem, The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost

The crossroads of choice often happens in a 1NS tale. The character first must choose to go on the date. Some may question the ultimate love match, but if you think about it – they’re already open to the possibility. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have agreed to the extracurricular activity in the first place. (There are always exceptions.) Plus, there’s always that mystery matchmaker Madame Eve who seems to know the best choice possible.
The three books in this series – A Date with Death, A Dance with Death and A Duel with Death – all feature paranormal elements, set in a contemporary world. Ultimately, the choices they make, change their lives.
Here’s a look at the latest:

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?


Louisa Bacio


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Cover Goodness ~ One Night Across the Galaxy

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by Jessica E. Subject
I always love checking my email and seeing one with the subject “Cover Package”. Opening it up is like tearing wrapping paper off gifts on special occasions. When a cover is redone, it is just as exciting.
Last week, I was lucky enough to get a new cover for my 1Night Stand box set. The only one was simple, showing just the covers of the stories it included. My new cover screams science fiction romance, which is mostly what I write. And even though not all of my stories included do not fit into the category, they all involve science fiction in one way or another.

Beneath the Starry Sky – hero is a former sci-fi television star
Celestial Seduction – hero is a sexy alien
Unknown Futures – date occurs on a space station
Sexy Suitors from Space – heroes are sexy aliens
Sudden Breakaway – heroine works for the Space Service, and her ex-husband is on a space station

Here’s an excerpt from Celestial Seduction:
Her intensity excited him, but he needed to find a way to keep her calm. She refused to look into his eyes. His mouth crashed down on hers, absorbing her next words. She objected at first, but then her tongue reached out to him, a passionate gesture unheard of on Ginnun.
He matched the force of her kiss and skimmed his hands down her arms to rest on her sides near her breasts. She no longer struggled. Her arms wrapped around him, keeping him close. When she released his mouth to take a breath, he sat up. She panted underneath him.
“That was incredible. I….I felt like I was flying through space. So many colors and the brightest stars.”
He experienced something different. With that kiss, he had finally found someone who could keep him grounded on Earth and repress any regret for not returning to Ginnun. He brushed his thumb along her cheekbone. “I’d like to continue if you’ll let me.” He leaned down and placed light kisses across her face.
A sigh escaped her lips and the last of her tight muscles relaxed underneath him. He slid his body down her legs, his hands returning to her belly.
“I thought you were going to continue something else,” she whispered.
His cock pressed against his pants already. Her sudden interest in sex made it painful. “I want to, but I need to finish giving you this gift.”
Her body moved but she didn’t struggle or try to get away. “What exactly are you doing to me? What is this gift? Why was my stomach glowing?”
He took in a deep breath and released it a little faster and louder than he’d wanted. He knew the answer would lead to more questions. While prepared to answer them, he didn’t want to scare her away. His response required carefully chosen words to ensure he gave her the gift before he told her of his origins.
“I’m healing you.” The blue glow returned across her belly as his hands warmed. “You’ll be able to have a child when I am finished.”
Her eyes widened. He sensed her fear, but she didn’t move. “Your child?”
“No, I am not giving you a child. That can only be done in the usual ways. I am simply making your body able to become pregnant and carry a child.”
Carrie propped herself up on her elbows. Her eyes stared down at her belly, but she remained calm. “How? No doctor could do that for me. How can you? Are you some type of voodoo priest or something?”
“No.” He needed to continue and keep his heritage from her for as long as possible.
“A religious fanatic who thinks I’m possessed by demons?”
Frey laughed. “Nope.” He was almost finished. Just a little longer. The scarring had all returned to normal, healthy tissue. He only needed to stimulate the maturation and release of eggs in her ovaries.
“How then? I know you’re doing something to me. I can feel it.”
“Remember how I said I needed an open-minded partner?”
She nodded, her eyes catching a quick glance from his before returning to her stomach.
Just a couple more minutes and he’d be finished. He prepared to hold her down should she freak out when he told her he came from space. “I’m not exactly like you and most of the people on Earth. I’m….different.”
“Like a demon or a guardian angel?”
He laughed. It sounded forced, but he needed to stay focused on healing Carrie rather than mating with her. “No, you’re thinking paranormal. Try science fiction.”
She began to squirm under him, but he didn’t need to restrain her. “A….clone? Artificial intelligence?”
He finished healing her and lay down beside her. His thumb ran across her lips, wanting to taste them again, but knowing he probably wouldn’t. “Try alien.”

So, I hope you’ll check out Intergalactic Heat ~ One Night Across the Galaxy.

It’s available for only 99¢ from:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Keeping Up with the Pro-mashians

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 by Landra Graf

For a marketing manager I win the ‘epic fall’ award for promoting my own work. I’m not good at it and I’m not afraid to admit it.  For the person, who others say is not introverted—at all, I’m horrible about getting to know new people, networking with authors from my own publishing company, *WAVES* “Love you ladies”, and tend to miss nearly every launch party or social media parade.
So, how do I publicize my work? I do what I can, when I can.
These blog posts help remind me that I need to promote, promote, promote, and I try to post sale information on Facebook or Twitter when I’m notified. The problem is that writing is more of a priority then promoting. Getting the next book out is a big deal and I don’t have a lot of extra time. Do any of us? Other writer’s tell me the focus should be on the next book and that I need to build a backlist. Promoting now is fine and dandy, but more books under your skirts is money in the bank.
I’m learning about Google Docs and cover reveal/blog tour sign ups. I network by offering my blog space up to other Decadent and non-Decadent authors to help promote their work. I’m always willing to assist where I can. I reach out to contacts and humbly ask their advice on giveaways and if I could post on their blogs at some point.
The other challenge is that big ‘what if’ behind all the promo efforts.
I also don’t like loading down my social media timelines and feeds with promos for books, sales, buy me posts, etc. My interactions are more organic than that. I’m definitely a ‘what you see, is what you get’ kind of gal and if you like me then maybe you’ll like what I write.
Plus, does online blogging, blog tours, and all the efforts really do anything? Some authors say yes, and other say no. Are readers really influenced by excerpt posts or guest spots?

That’s my question for the day. If you’re an author share the promo tips you recommend or if any promo efforts have worked for you. If you’re a reader, do the glitzy blog tours and the giveaways sway your purchase habits? Do you like ads or prefer to discover your future reads more organically?


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Name of the Person Sharing Your Bed

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I’ve been a big fan of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since the very beginning. Even when I was a very busy college student, that was one of the few shows I always made an effort to watch. It was during my college years that one of the most memorable episodes of the series aired: when Alex Cabot is shot and presumably killed, but surprise! She really survived and was placed in a witness protection program.
I’m not sure how to accurately convey how big of a deal this was. It was kept pretty quiet that Stephanie March (Alex) was leaving the show, so the episode was pretty shocking. I’ll also admit that I got a bit misty-eyed before it was revealed that she was still alive. My friends and I went crazy the following morning, all, “OMG!!! Did you see SVU last night?!?!?!?!” I couldn’t wait to be done with class so I could call my mom and make sure she saw it. All in all, it was a major television event in my TV-watching life.
But fear not! A couple seasons later, Alex came back to testify in a trial and temporarily reunite with the gang. (Her return in that episode was heavily publicized, at least.) There’s this fantastic scene where she’s catching up with Olivia and telling her all about her new life in witness protection. Obviously she’s glad to be alive and safe, but there’s a certain sadness as she discusses her journey from being a high-powered attorney in Manhattan to working some mindless job out in the middle of nowhere. 
In this conversation, Alex mentions how she’s dating a very nice man who treats her well and whispers her name when they lie in bed together: “Emily”. The look on her face when she says this is just absolutely heartbreaking. It’s an excellent scene all around, but Stephanie March really killed it with one word. 
That scene stayed with me for years and years after it originally aired. Somewhere along the line, my writer’s mind started thinking about how difficult it must be to be so close, so intimate with another person, and not being able share one of the most basic things about yourself. That situation had a lot of potential for drama and conflict, but I didn’t want to copy the exact circumstances of witness protection (especially since SVU had already done it so well). 

And that’s how I came up with the concept of Second Skin, and specifically the character of CIA agent Anna. Little by little her mask slips away, but as much as it hurts her, she stays true to her job and doesn’t disclose her real name during her date. Will she decide to take a risk and live openly as Anna, or will she be forced to disappear with another alias?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Playing Favorites

   I don't have children, so I can't say if this is true, but I'm told mothers 'have no favorites when it comes to their kids.
   I don't think that's the same when it comes to stories, because I'm definitely more partial to some of my five books than others.
   Is that wrong? I don't know. Is it common?  Again, I don't know, but if my fellow authors want to weigh in on the subject, I'd be glad to entertain their comments.
   Why does it happen?  I think it may have to do with 'where' I was when the story was penned -- what was going on in my life -- did the 'birth' of the story, and its subsequent 'upbringing,' end up being a peaceful process with few painful trips to Dr. Editor?

It's a toss up for me, "The One He Chose", and "Haste Ye Back."

"Chose" was the second story Decadent Publishing contracted from me. I got an awesome, threatening acceptance email from the submission specialist and from then on out the process was wonderful. The first line of the book came to me in a dream and the title bantered about over beers with my fellow-DP author, Deanna Wadsworth. "It'll probably be something overly sweet and uber-cheesy, like The One He Chose," I said with a slight slur. Yes, my non-author friends, this is how books get titles! When she swiped a character in the story for her own 1Night Stand, well, then we both knew we were on to something.

"Haste" pretty much wrote itself within days of returning from a vacation to Scotland. Although, it began as a much longer work, again Deanna stepped in and insisted it be a 1 Night Stand. (Damn, she's gonna want an agent's cut pretty soon!) The locale was imprinted in my mind, and I go back and read "Haste" every now and again, just to remind myself of the scenery on my vacation, which really isn't captured properly in photos.

In some ways, I'm a bit fonder of Ian and Bryn's 'situation' than that of Jake and Grace's in The One He Chose. But, there's also something about Grace and Jake's 'innocence' of their situation I'm drawn to, compared to Bryn and Ian's 'revenge,' so to speak.

I love each of the characters. Now, I guess, I'll get an email from Deanna forcing the two couples to meet!

When not playing with the people in her head, Wendy has a full time job behind the scenes in television, a part time job in radio and an even 'parter' time job trying to keep her house clean. She lives with her cute chef husband and three fuzzy felines in the Great Lakes region of the Mid-West. You can holler at her: wendyburke1994@bex.net.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Predicting the Future

by Jessica E. Subject
One of the joys of writing speculative fiction—which includes science fiction romance—is that as the author, I get to predict the future. And I’m not just talking about future technologies such as spaceflight and gadgetry that is based in science. We can also predict the future on a social level. This includes governments, religion, and even romance. Will class structures in society become more distinct? Will there be a greater divide? And when we do meet beings from outer space, will discrimination play a factor in our interactions as they unfortunately still do with those on Earth?
I look at these social aspects in many of my stories, including my 1Night Stand story, Another Night, Another Planet. And, of course, I like to add in some possible futuristic technology, too.

Here’s an excerpt from Another Night, Another Planet:
Buzzing through the heavy traffic on her hover bike, [Ava] reached the spaceport in record time. Perfect. She found a parking locker in the cold, dank underground lot to squeeze her bike into, then dashed toward security. If she could pick up a faint signal, maybe she would have a chance to check her email one last time before take-off. Unlike the guests on board, she couldn’t afford to connect her tablet from space to the wireless system on the mother traveler, not since she’d paid for her one-night stand. Though once a week, all crew were allowed a video call back to Earth. And she called her mom and dad.
She’d been raised by middle-class parents with little chance of furthering her education past what the government paid for. When her father had received a pink slip from his employer of twenty star cycles, any hope she’d held onto of going to college flew out the window. And without that diploma, she could only find meaningless jobs that paid less than the effort she put into them.
Bags checked, Ava dashed down the plain, white corridors of the employee level, pausing for the vacuum seals to release on doors along the way, until she reached her room for the duration of her stay. After thumbing the security pad to open the door, she crashed on the bed to the left, the right one belonging to Michelle, her best friend, who had convinced her to apply to housekeeping aboard Star Spirit. They’d been interviewed together, and started space training the very next day.
Four star cycles later, she was all set to venture out on her seventh tour. Though she didn’t have much of a life traveling through space, the pay was better than she would find anywhere on Earth. Her basic needs of food and shelter were met, and when she returned home, she always split her earnings between her parents and her savings account. She couldn’t let the people who had raised her suffer because she’d found an opportunity they hadn’t.

Giveaway!
Tell me: What societal changes would you like to see in the future?
Answer this question for your chance to WIN Another Night, Another Planet in ebook OR audio format. Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest is international excerpt where prohibited by law. Good luck!

About Another Night, Another Planet:

Limited by status…
Ava is a housekeeper aboard Star Spirit, a luxury cruise ship that travels 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…
Being banned from several planets across the universe has made it hard for Nate 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 go up in flames?

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Narrated by Audrey Lusk
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About Jessica E. Subject:
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.



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