Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It’s All About Vocabulary – Or Not! (Part Two!)

By Wendy Burke

    At one time, I was usually one of the youngest persons anywhere I worked. It gave me a sense of pride as I advanced through my profession at such a young age.
    Now, however….
    I have twice the years on most of the ‘kids’ I work with. And, damn, it’s true, kids DO say the darndest things!
    I mentioned last month about how words have meaning and vocabulary is slowly becoming archaic – well, so is common knowledge.
   For instance, I booked a camel farmer (yes, a CAMEL farmer) on one of the shows I produce, and he was mentioning how camel milk is incredibly nutritious. From one cubbie producer, “I didn’t know camels had nipples OR gave milk!” (She mentioned the same after a story about manatees.)
   One young lady passed my desk en route to the copier. “Uh, Wendy, could you help me? I don’t know how to use the copy machine.”  Sorry, had to reply, “Tough love, get on in there and figure it out!”
   Ever have a really good sandwich on Chewbacca Bread? One of the anchors at our station loves the stuff, regaling its deliciousness on air, although I’m not sure how she dodges all that hair! (Nope, still not sure if she knows it’s ‘ciabatta’).
  A few of us in the office actually remember a time before cable/satellite/streaming TV and we were discussing how few channels we could watch. We got twice as many in our household – three out of Milwaukee and three out of Green Bay. Of course, you had to turn the antenna from south to north. Same camel/manatee/nipple/milk producer asks, “Didn’t that suck having to go up on the roof and move the antenna all the time?” Uh, it’s called a ‘rotor, honey, and it sat on top of your TV…INSIDE.
   The same producer is full of wondering. News release: man found dead in apartment, died during an act of ‘auto-erotism. Her question, “What was he doing with a car?”
   And finally, my Chewbacca-bread eating coworker once asked about aspirin and how to pronounce analgesic. When I mentioned it’s ‘ANN-al-gee-zick’ she wiped her brow and let out a sigh of relief. “Thanks,” she says, “I’m glad I didn’t have to say it on the air, I thought it was ANAL-gesic.”
   That, my Decadent Publishing and 1Night Stand authors, you may use in your next m/m romance!
   You may think I’m making this up – another funny story out of my head. Sorry…not possible, truth is funnier than fiction!
   Like I mentioned last month, don’t worry, there is SO a book here! 

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.




#wendyburke, #decadentpub, #MadameEve, #1NS, #1nightstand, #onenightstand 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Do You Want to Date My Avatar



 

by Courtney Sheets
One of the hardest parts about being a writer is creating just the right world. The environment in which we build for our creations to inhabit and our readers to come for a visit is just as much a character as the hero and heroine. Writers strive to make the setting just perfect. When I was writing my 1Night Stand books, Betting on a God, capturing the feel, smell, and sounds of the Mount Olympus Casino was a must. To help with this task a few fellow writers and I have started a little club of sorts. The Metaverse Authors.
What is a Metaverse you ask? I’m so glad you did. Well the metaverse exists in such places as SecondLife, OpenSim, and Hypergrid to name a few. They are alternate worlds of sorts where you can create an avatar in whatever image you want and plunk them down into any environment you wish. The Metaverse Authros have two such places, one is in OpenSim and the other is in SecondLife. Both are called Greyville Writer’s Community.
Greyville’s Writer’s Community in SecondLife, which is where I spend most of my time when I’m being an avatar, has several scenarios set up to help stimulate a writer’s imagination. We have two cottages, one Irish and one Hobbit, a dungeon, a Viking Longhouse and a Steampunk Pirate Ship to name just a few. We have placed ‘desks’ in most of these places allowing the avatar to sit in various poses while the writer does what he or she does best…create new worlds for readers to enjoy.
Feel free to stop by and say hi to all of us if you’re in OpenSim and SecondLife, I’ll buy you a drink and help you place a bet at the Mount Olympus. You might even catch a glimpse of Dion and the other gods running around.

You can find me under the name of Courtney Sheets in OpenSim and Seege Rhapsody in SecondLife.



Betting on a God

Welcome to Mount Olympus, Sin City’s most opulent casino resort. Here you will be served the finest food, the most decadent wines, and every desire you crave. All provided for you by Dion Eliades, owner. And just like most things in Las Vegas, there is more to Mount Olympus and Dion than meets the eye.
   After a thousand years, Dion, the Greek god of wine and merriment, is tired of playing human and wants to go home to Greece. That is, until he lays eyes on Sadie Flynn. Thanks to Madame Evangeline and 1Night Stand, this god is in for an adventure the likes of which he has never experienced. But only if Sadie agrees to bet on a god.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Outside the Box

By DC Stone

I’m working on a new trilogy to add to my list with Decadent Publishing, and the conflict my characters are presenting have created a slew of questions and thoughts in my mind. It all comes down to what she thinks he wants, but really, he doesn’t. And what he thinks she’s up to, but really, she isn’t.
Am I making sense yet? Probably not.
The thing with my two is despite the level of openness they share with one another and their desire they have for … again, one another, they aren’t who they say they are, or at least, who they think they are.
Still not making sense, huh?
Okay, let me lay it out. So, you have this Vice Detective who is also a partner in an underground gentlemen’s club. His involvement is very off the books, and very secretive. Then you have the heroine, who’s an undercover, brand-new baby to the force, and she’s investigating him for corrupt activities. Throw in the third wheel, known as the Chief of Police’s daughter who is infatuated with the Vice Detective, and her link to his missing twin, and things go berserk from there.
It got me thinking about the things she thinks he wants, but really, he doesn’t. Not really knowing him outside of the club and in a different capacity, other than he’s the subject of her investigation, has her being bold, reaching past her comfort limits, and pushing the extreme.
She’s become someone she thinks he wants her to be and she’s lost all sense of herself. And she’s done it all because of what almost 90% of romance novels come down to—communication.
Of course with Sierra (that’s my heroine), she really can’t communicate too much with Bennett (the hero), right? If she does, well, her entire case could go down the drain.
Well, her communication isn’t as deep as that. It’s more about the attraction, such as her ability to push her erotic ideas to a brink—such as the mirror she introduces, the silk scarf, a super –vampy little lingerie number, and of course the tease of seduction. It opens doors for her and him, but it also turns her into someone she doesn’t recognize. And all the while, he’s on to her.

In keeping with the theme, I’ve got to ask, just how far would one go to “think” outside the box and go after what one “thinks” the other wants?
Curious minds want to know…

About DC: D.C. Stone is a romance author and full-time fraud investigator. In 2013, she published Armed and Desired, an erotic view into the 1NS series with Decadent Publishing. She lives in the Northeast with her incredibly supportive husband and two kids. She’ll deny any association with the grumpy cat that also resides in the house, but he is there, nevertheless.
After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of financial crimes, and became a lead investigator for many years.

Come stop by on Facebook, Twitter, or her website and say hello!


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Comes After?

By Deanna Wadsworth
Every novella that steals our heart leaves us wanting more, which is what a good 1Night Stand story is all about. My personal favorite (I know writer’s shouldn’t have one but I do) is my book Accidentally Beautiful. It tells the story of an uptight Scottish man named Martin Baird. A concierge for Castillo Resorts, he personally ensures Madame Eve’s customers have flawless encounters. He first appears in The One He Chose by Wendy Burke, as the best butler anyone could ever want. Then he “accidentally” meets Garret Fisher, a confident sexy Dom from America while in the Caribbean. It’s soon becomes apparent that they are made for each other—as if Madame Eve makes mistakes! Ha!
We are gifted with a peek at their life in Haste Ye Back by Wendy Burke, but how can a Scot living in Canada make a HEA with a guy from Detroit?
Well, Garret took care of everything, per his usual.
He found them an apartment in Windsor, Ontario, less than a half hour drive from his bar The Fifth Base, a popular sports bar near Ford Field. Being in Canada but so close to the states works great for both of them and Martin didn’t even have to bother with a US visa.
Three hours from their new home is the Toronto Castillo Resort and Casino. Though he is rarely on site, Martin transferred there soon after returning home from the vacation which changed his life forever. He makes an average of three to four out of town trips a month all over the world to set up 1Night Stand encounters according to Madame Eve’s very specific requirements. The Castillo family is exceedingly happy to entrust Martin with this job, because very few concierges would go to the trouble of collecting an ancient suit of armor from an antique shop in Queens and setting it up in a room at the Castillo Resort-Dalmahoy’s in Scotland then not question why the occupants and suit of armor completely vanished the next morning. (I bet you wanna read that book but I haven’t written it yet!)
 Martin’s newfound confidence is something Garret looks upon with a deep sense of pride. But by no means is Martin any less of a sub. Under Garrets gentle direction, both in and out of the bedroom, he has come to a greater understanding of his nature, embracing his need to serve others and thus growing in confidence. The ease the two men share, the perfection of the roles both of them were born into, has created a devoted love that others can easily see when they are together—which they try to do as often as possible. At least once a month, Garret goes with him on assignments, checking out the local color and of course the beer!
Garret’s family has welcomed Martin into the fold and when he’s in town he’s often seen bussing tables and waiting on customers at The Fifth Base. After a fair amount of teasing and harassing from his brothers—which Garret only allowed to continue for a while—Martin is a bone fide member of the Fisher clan.
Garret and Martin have no intention of bothering with a marriage certificate—much to Garret’s mother’s disappointment because she has always wanted to attend a gay wedding. The bond the two men share transcends the normal, and mere paper cannot define the depth of their devotion to one another. They are going to be together for the rest of their lives and that is no accident!
And in case you were wondering, it didn’t take long for Garret to get Martin into a kilt. He bought one of the Baird family plaid, instructed Martin to wear it and nothing else on their first night at their new apartment in Windsor, and then...let’s just say, after that Martin had a whole new appreciation for the garment of his countrymen and the inventive mind of his lover.

Accidentally Beautiful—A 1Night Stand Story
Martin Baird is perfectly content in his safe, predictable job as head concierge for Castillo Resorts, but when a handsome stranger whisks him away for a night of tropical escapades—first visiting an isolated gay bar then to a secluded beach where erotic delights await—Martin’s world is thrown upside down. He’s never met a man like Garret Fisher, but it seems he has been waiting for a night like this all his life.
Could something truly beautiful come out of this accidental meeting? Or was it really not an accident at all?

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.


#1NS, #1nightstand, #MadameEve, #deannawadsworth, #onenightstand, #decadentpub



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Personification of Death

by Louisa Bacio

How do you see Death? Most commonly through mythology, we imagine the image of the Grim Reaper – A dark-shadowed figure with a scythe. To others, it’s something akin to the Devil.
In my first 1Night Stand A Date with Death, readers don’t really see Death. The story opens in the “Waiting Room” outside Heaven. Likewise, the end-of-life adversary is something not-exactly tangible in the second book A Dance with Death. All of that changed in the latest book – Duel. Death appears more forceful, and present: An entity with his own desires.
As I’ve been writing this series all set in the same location within the 1Night Stand world, my own mythology has grown. Death has become a character, and you know what … he just may not be done.


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?


A Dance with Death 
She’s a classic…
After recovering from an injury and uncertain of her future in the world of
dance, ballerina Isabella treats herself to a dating service–some frolicking between the sheets before she decides what to do with the rest of her life is just the jeté her heart and mind needs.
He’s a bit more modern…
A successful music video choreographer, Raul is constantly surrounded by gorgeous dancers. But his life lacks a vitality and depth he needs to fuel his creative passion. He turns to a 1Night Stand to discover inspiration.
A dance between life and death…
When an accident threatens to cancel the evening of romance, Isabella and Raul will have to dance to a new beat. Can a dance with death change fate?


A Date with Death is still FREE on All Romance eBooks


Get it HERE

Death sucks. It’s boring, and there’s no chance of getting laid. Stuck in the waiting room of Heaven, Maise fantasizes about all the pleasures of the flesh she didn’t get to experience. When Maise discovers a business card for the dating service, 1Night Stand, she wonders if there’s still a chance.
Reece normally wouldn’t consider being set up, but after his brother buys him a certificate, he feels obligated. A romantic night on the Southern California coast, with the full-of-life Maise leaves him wanting more.

Currently #1 in Paranormal Romance & Erotic Romance

Louisa Bacio



#louisabacio, #decadentpub, #1NS, #1nightstand, #onenightstand, #MadameEve

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hot Summer Read!

Available HERE
By V.S. Morgan 

Minnesota is really freaking cold in the winter. Shocked? Surprised? I thought not. That’s why I chose a tropical location with two hot, steamy men when I penned The Gift a few Januaries ago. Some may think Minnesota is cold year round, but I’m happy to report we do usually have a few good months a year. 
I love summer reads, stories that are hot without a ton of angst and end on a happy note. Stories I read curled up on my cushy swing in my backyard or when I’m relaxing at the lake. I’ve been really enjoying the latest Decadent releases as well as finding some back list story gems. The last book I read was Operation Owl by Tara Quan. Awesome read!
How about you? What are you reading this summer?

In honor of the great weather I swore I would enjoy every minute of after a particularly grueling winter, I’m offering a special giveaway! In addition to receiving an electronic copy of my book The Gift, the lucky person selected will also receive a purple beach tote bag perfect for carrying your e-reader to your favorite summer locations!
Be sure to include your e-mail address when you comment.  Note: US shipping only.

The Gift:

At twenty-two, 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? 

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.” 


#thegift, #decadentpub, #1NS, #1nightstand, #onenightstand, #MadameEve 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Release Day for Eagle Dance!

Available HERE
Here it is the middle of summer and I release a book that takes places in winter. Hey, what better way to cool off than with a hot book! Right? So find your favorite reading spot, grab a cool drink and prepare to fly off into a magical sunset with a sexy Native American Eagle shapeshifter.
Eagle Dance is the 2nd book in the Legend of the Spirit series.

Blurb
Dyami Schafer, a Native American from the Chippewa tribe, leads a lonely life due to his large size and unusual appearance. When his nesting instinct sets in, he turns to Madame Eve and 1Night Stand to help him find his spirit mate. Or at least a woman who accepts him as an eagle shifter.
Amanda Collins never stopped loving the Chippewa boy she knew from her childhood. Maybe a night with a Native American man will help her forget the past and let her move on with her life.
Sometimes, it’s necessary to take a step into the past before dancing into the future. With the help of Madame Eve, will the Spirit of the Eagle carry Dyami and Amanda?

Excerpt
She brushed the gray tips and white strands of hair that gave him such untamed nobility. With a finger, she traced his face from his temple to his jaw, across his lips, then scraping her nails along the fine hair under his chin. A man of his enormous size would be capable of great strength, and a gal could easily lose herself in his arms for more than one night. His gaze intensified under her scrutiny.
“What do you see when you look at me?” he asked and lowered his eyes. Sinfully long lashes brushed his cheeks.
She considered him to be the most gorgeous man alive. His eyes mesmerized her. Some would consider the unusual color to be eerie, but she saw a whirlwind of emotions, from pain to hope, drawing her into his soul. Did his unusual appearance cause issues and uncertainty in his life? Despite his intimidating frame, he exhibited control and gentle qualities in the tender way he’d held her when they danced and the way he’d admitted his soft spot for animals. In arms like his, a woman could find paradise in many ways.
She cupped his face and forced him to meet her gaze. “I see a handsome, mystical warrior from another world.”
“Handsome, huh? I think you need your vision checked. I am nothing more than a simple Chippewa from Michigan.” His mouth was inches from hers. “However, I can be magical and take you wherever you want to go.”
“Then dance with me,” she whispered.

Romance author and Artist Mary Quast lives in a log home affectionately named "Camp Run-A-Muk" located in the woods of Michigan with her husband, three sons, and a collection of animal family members.
    As a professional artist, Mary Quast answered the call to express herself creatively. With her descriptive writing style she has developed a knack for creating passionate characters and realistic settings. When this author is not busy writing contemporary erotic romance for Decadent Publishing, Mary doles out sensual tips and yummy eye candy on her blog Romantic Interludes.


Twitter: @MaryQuast

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