Thursday, January 29, 2015

Celebrating One Year!


By Tara Andrews

Wow! It’s the one year anniversary of Long Overdue’s release. Throws confetti!
One year! I’ve been trying to think back and recall exactly what I was doing a year ago and—honestly—I’m coming up blank.  LOL.  Seriously, it’s all a blur.  I had no idea what to expect, or what to do, but I can tell you I’ve never been so excited in my whole life! 
Most authors will tell you they’ve been writing forever—like since they were practically in the womb.  Same holds true for me.  Well, not the womb.  However, by seventh grade, my notebook and I were inseparable.  I can’t tell you how many pages I filled up with really, really bad first person fan-fic.  I wish I were kidding. :)  It had been a real dream come true for me to be published to say the least.
So what has happened this past year?  Well, I published another 1Night Stand, Her Everything!  I am working on (finishing) my first full-length book now.  Though, geez, no one’s added an extra hour to the day so that’s slow going.  And, as always, I have been working on my writing skills and getting stronger by the day (so says the lady herself!).
Now let’s talk about the stars of the hour, Blake and Jill!  (You mean it’s not all about me?  LOL.)  I’ve always imagined Blake waiting until their one year anniversary to ask Jill to marry him.  Last May, I had predicted he whisk Jill off to Hawaii and pop the question there.  But, I’d love to know what you think is the ideal question-popping setting.  At the top of the Eiffel Tower?  Having the question popped on the jumbotron at a ballgame? A candlelit dinner? 
Since I’m in the middle of a New York winter, I still vote for Hawaii!  LOL.

Blurb:
Jill Malone has been looking for love for all the wrong reasons. A reality check has her signing up for a no-strings attached night to simply forget about forever after. The last thing she expected was to know her blind date. 
Blake Anders doesn’t need help finding a date, but he’s tempted by 1Night Stand’s reputation of arranging exactly what a person needs. And he needs more. Though doubtful, he agrees to one night and hopes to discover his perfect match. He didn’t count on Madame Eve reaching deep into his past to give him a night with the woman he never forgot. 
Fearing another broken heart, Jill works to keep herself from becoming attached, but Blake goes all in to convince her that he wants their long-overdue love to be more than a one-night stand…

Excerpt:
“I think there’s been some sort of mistake,” she managed.
“But, we’re here. And I don’t think it’s a mistake.”
Of course, he’d be polite, while wondering what happened to the size zero, with extra-large breasts, he ordered. “I don’t know.” She shook her head and swore disappointment flashed across his face. “I’ll be honest; I am not comfortable.”
“And let me be honest. I’m looking forward to an evening with you.” Ooooh, smooth. Then again, she didn’t expect less, given his tabloid reputation. Still, her legs felt a little less stable.
She faced him. What really went on in his head? “You don’t find it strange that you know me?”
His killer smile set off butterflies in her belly and a warning bell in her mind. “No. In fact, it makes sense.”
“Why is that?”
“Because I used to wonder about you. A lot.”
Jill forgot to breathe. Forgot almost everything. Did he say…?
“Didn’t you ever wonder about me?”
Jill exhaled. “I’m taking the Fifth.” His smile grew. She shook her head, recognizing dangerous territory. “I’m still not sure.” Not sure she’d measured up. Not sure she’d survive with her heart intact.
“Stay for a drink.”
She wavered at his low-voiced offer. Dammit, he’d become even more handsome than she remembered.

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Author Bio:
Tara Andrews divides her time between a full-time job as an office manager, an even more full-time job as a wife and mother, and her dream job as a romance author.  An avid reader and writer, Tara continuously seeks to hone her craft in order to provide readers with stories that are provocative yet romantic.
Tara lives in upstate New York with her wonderful husband and two fabulous children.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Midnight Oil and Caffeine

 by Dakota Trace

“Yes. I just got back from the spa. All I can say is your brother-in-law had better appreciate this. Because I let them wax and color parts of me no good girl should ever allow.” – Akira to Venus, about the spa treatment Madame Eve arranged in preparation for her masquerade 1NS date at the newly minted Carnivore Club.

This is what happens when you give two authors, too much caffeine and a sub call starting out with the words “1Night Stand dates have reached new levels of kink with the opening of a new BDSM underground resort club in Las Vegas.”  
Seriously - they shouldn’t have.  Because letting an author’s mind run free is dangerous – especially when one of the two is hyper as TL Reeve is.  (Don’t believe me? Hit her up on Facebook some morning and you’ll swear some slipped her a triple shot of expresso. LOL)  But I love her…which is why she was the perfect partner to find myself up with at two in the morning making a small part of the Carnivore Club uniquely ours. 
Since the lovely Kate Richards said that the sky was the limit, TL and I took her at her word and created the Devil’s Playground, a unique dungeon that’s buried underground in an abandoned mineshaft. (But the kicker of it – well it all starts out in opulent ballroom at a masquerade ball, but I’ll let TL tell you more about that next week with her post.)  
So where was I?  Oh yeah two hyper authors scouring the web at two in the morning while we not only set up the rules of the masquerade, but what we thought the ultimate dungeon would look like.  What did it have to have?  Well of course, it had to have all the prerequisite items: shackles, spanking benches, bondage beds, and sex swings.  And we can’t forget the centerpiece – a St. Andrew’s Cross.  *drools* Oh and did I mention the coliseum seating that can seat about fifty horny Doms and their submissives.  No…well, I would say bad Dakota, but I think I’ll blame that all on Livvy, my muse.  Yep the seating had to be her idea. 

  
As you probably can tell, we did a lot of in-depth planning of how the dungeon was arranged.  We wanted the ultimate dungeon – cause come on, it’s in Vegas, where they have the best of the best and hedonism is not only accepted, but encouraged. It’s the ultimate dungeon with tons of naughty items for Doms to play with. A submissive’s wet dream, or we hope. But you’ll have to check out either, mine, TL’s books to find out which is your favorite J 

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Blurb:
A Dominant who just couldn’t let go….
As an experienced Dom, Seba Havas, specializes in helping traumatized submissives find the release they need. He knows when a firm hand is needed or a gentle touch will work better, but nothing in his nearly fifteen years in the scene prepares him for Akira. Like a whirlwind, she turns his orderly life upside down with her refusal to submit. Still reeling from his failure with her six months later, he turns to 1Night Stand. Madame Eve’s suggestion?  A trip to the Carnivore Club, the brand new BDSM themed Las Vegas Strip resort on a date to an elegant masquerade ball with a beautiful submissive.
A submissive who’s willing to sacrifice it all….
As the oldest daughter of the Ito clan, Akira has been responsible and self-controlled her entire life, up to the point it has caused her to lose the dominant she loves. Now she has one chance left to prove to Seba she can be what he needs. In true Vegas fashion, and with a little help from Madame Eve, she’s going to gamble it all on one night of dominance and submission. But will it be enough?