BEYOND THE PAGE: The Final Round of Edits (Or, “Perfecting the Kiss”)

September 01, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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September 1, 2015

BEYOND THE PAGE: The Final Round of Edits (Or, “Perfecting the Kiss”)

It’s September, summer is fading, and you might be back in school (or continuing to slave away at work.). Either way, you can read this under your desk on your phone, because it’s Tuesday—so it’s time for the next post in Beyond the Page. We’re throwing the doors of the publishing house wide open, and showing you how we’ve taken Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series from a manuscript to a published book.

We’ve shown you how an editor picks apart an author’s work, and then how that author freaks out, explodes, dies, regroups, revises, and sends it back. In some cases, the back and forth between an editor and an author can last for years. Luckily for Catrina, we only had one more pass.

After an author returns a round of content and line edits, the editor will go back over the manuscript to check them out and add any more comments. If needed, they’ll send back another round of notes. The amount of back and forth depends on how easily the author was able to revise, and how much focus the publisher needs to put into the book. Often one editor will work on one book until it’s completely edited, but in this case, while Kayla started editing Dark Rituals #2: Possession, Samantha had the chance read over Cat’s last round of edits from Awakening. Cat did an amazing job of responding to Kayla’s notes, and Samantha had just a few more comments to add. We asked her for an example:

Samantha: There was one big thing Kayla didn’t comment on in Awakening that I couldn’t stop thinking about: Colina and Luke’s first kiss.

It happened very fast, before the characters had established any emotional relationship. I love a good kiss (and a good romance!), but it was too surprising —I didn’t think “aww”, I thought, “huh?” I wrote a few more comments in the margins of the manuscript about building up to the kiss more, and Cat immediately agreed (thank goodness! It’s not easy if your author disagrees with you). She added flirting into the scene instead of the kiss, and now we can actually see a relationship developing and the conflicting emotions of the characters. Who would have thought it would be more exciting than a kiss?

And maybe that kiss happens…eventually. You’ll have to wait and see ;).

Now that the editing is done, there’s only one step left before the manuscript is final: copyediting. It’s a job for a perfectionist—stay tuned next week when Beyond the Page continues, and we’ll tell you all about it.

What is BEYOND THE PAGE?

Ever wonder what happens after you sign with a publishing house? Catrina Burgess, author of The Dark Rituals series coming this October, has convinced us to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how a manuscript becomes a finished book. Tune in every Tuesday for a new installment, and check out the series on the author’s blog at catrinaburgess.com!

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Bobby’s Old Man by A.C. Katt

August 30, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

 

 

 

~Synopsis~

 

Keith Anderson is in love with Bobby Michaels. Unfortunately, Keith with
their fifteen year age difference, thinks he’s too old for Bobby. The two start
as “friends with benefits” but Keith dumps Bobby when it turns serious leaving
Bobby broken hearted.

 

When tragedy strikes and Bobby needs Keith, he steps up to support his
lover. But Bobby lacks trust in Keith and everything around him. Can Keith
convince Bobby that this time is for real, or will the two lovers never
reconcile?
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“I
also have an extensive library on my Kindle HD of science fiction, fantasy,”
Keith blushed, “and gay romances that you can read.”

 

Why
do I feel like I’m dealing with a used car salesman showing me the features?

 

“How
many titles do you own?” Bobby asked wondering how much Keith read.

 

“A
thousand, at least, I read fast. I have two Kindle Paperwhites and the Kindle
HD plus an iPad and an Android tablet. I also own a PC and a Mac. I use the PC
for the businesses and the Mac for home. There are two offices in the house. I
put them in long ago, hoping that someday I’d find someone. I hope I haven’t
screwed things up permanently with us.” Keith looked frightened.

 

He
is very disturbed. His hand is shaking. It could be the booze. I hope it’s not
the alcohol.

 

“I
still love you. I just don’t trust you right now, and I have to trust the man I
marry.” Bobby had a sad look on his face. “I could marry you now because I’m
scared and alone, but that wouldn’t be fair to either of us.” Brave words
you little shit, if your trust in him was such a scarce commodity, why are you
staying here and tormenting both of you. Am I punishing him or myself?

 

Keith
put his head on Bobby’s lap and mumbled, “I understand.” Bobby felt Keith’s
tears on his knee. I caused this. I caused Keith to cry. I wonder if he’s
feeling half of what I felt when I left this house that night.
He lifted Keith’s
head. I can’t forgive him yet, but I need to be with him and no one else.
I’m such a whiny coward when it comes to Keith.

 

“I
also have an extensive library on my Kindle HD of science fiction, fantasy,”
Keith blushed, “and gay romances that you can read.”

 

Why
do I feel like I’m dealing with a used car salesman showing me the features?

 

“How
many titles do you own?” Bobby asked wondering how much Keith read.

 

“A
thousand, at least, I read fast. I have two Kindle Paperwhites and the Kindle
HD plus an iPad and an Android tablet. I also own a PC and a Mac. I use the PC
for the businesses and the Mac for home. There are two offices in the house. I
put them in long ago, hoping that someday I’d find someone. I hope I haven’t
screwed things up permanently with us.” Keith looked frightened.

 

He
is very disturbed. His hand is shaking. It could be the booze. I hope it’s not
the alcohol.

 

“I
still love you. I just don’t trust you right now, and I have to trust the man I
marry.” Bobby had a sad look on his face. “I could marry you now because I’m
scared and alone, but that wouldn’t be fair to either of us.” Brave words
you little shit, if your trust in him was such a scarce commodity, why are you
staying here and tormenting both of you. Am I punishing him or myself?

 

Keith
put his head on Bobby’s lap and mumbled, “I understand.” Bobby felt Keith’s
tears on his knee. I caused this. I caused Keith to cry. I wonder if he’s
feeling half of what I felt when I left this house that night.
He lifted
Keith’s head. I can’t forgive him yet, but I need to be with him and no one
else. I’m such a whiny coward when it comes to Keith.

 

 

~Author Bio~

 

 

AC
Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. €She remembers sitting at
the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they
passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew
up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic
fiction. €At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her
husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its
great beauty.
Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases
of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book.

She hangs out at ACKatt.com; or ackattsjournal.com. This is a very opinionated
kitty and at ackatt.com where you may find snippets of her current releases, as
well as some from works in progress. She also puts out a Newsletter once a
month. You can sign up at ackatt@ackatt.com.

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MAKE ME by Tessa Bailey

August 28, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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About MAKE ME

 In the final Broke and Beautiful novel from bestselling author Tessa Bailey, a blue collar construction worker and a quiet uptown girl are about to discover that the friendzone can sometimes be excellent foreplay.

 Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she’d stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.
With the future of her family’s hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn’t helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby’s suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?

As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she’s ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.

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About TESSA BAILEY

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives on Long Island with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

 

Where to buy MAKE ME

HarperCollins: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062369093/make-me

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Make-Me-Broke-Beautiful-Novel-ebook/dp/B00SG0WROS/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/make-me-tessa-bailey/1121093839

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/make-me/id959625481

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Tessa_Bailey_Make_Me?id=yOI_BgAAQBAJ

 

No Strings Attached by Cany Caine

August 28, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

 

Two passionate stories of women finding love when they least expect it…

Never is Not Forever 

Claudia Brown has the perfect life, full of all the trappings of success. She has put herself through school and has worked hard to become the youngest English department chairperson at a prestigious ivy-league university. One trap she swears to avoid is marriage—a sure-fire way to constrain her career. Besides, she likes playing the field. But when Claudia realizes her biological clock is a ticking time bomb, she decides to have a baby—minus the attachment of the father. After a meticulous search she finds the perfect specimen: Robert Sterling, a smart, sexy, fellow professor. But she doesn’t factor in the one thing that can derail her entire campaign—falling in love with the sperm donor!

Forever Yours 

When Jade Green meets successful trial lawyer, Charles Trotter, she finds herself relaxing in the warmth of his smiles and his off-beat humor. Best of all, even though he is a blue-eyed hunk, she thinks of him only as a great guy to hang with—no drama, no intimacy, no possibility of shattered dreams. And wonder of wonders, he seems to feel exactly the same way! When Charles Totter meets Jade Green, he thinks she is a walking wet dream. As he gets to know her better, he finds he also enjoys her company and her quirky sense of humor. Now if he can only find a way to get her into his bed!

 
Never is Not Forever

Robert took another sip of his drink. In the background the music throbbed sensually. “I’ve been alone most of my life. My parents died when I was an infant and an aunt raised me until she died when I was fourteen. Then I was placed in a foster home until I was eighteen. I’ve always been afraid to get close to anyone for fear they’d leave me—or so says a psychologist friend of mine.” He grimaced wryly.

Claudia thought he was sounding more and more like the perfect candidate to be the father of her baby. “I never had much of a family life, either,” she admitted.  At least that was the truth.

As they continued to talk, Claudia found herself becoming more interested in him as a person, nearly forgetting why she had lured him there in the first place. Then the moment happened. He put down his glass and removed his glasses revealing the most beautiful teal-colored eyes she’d ever seen on a man. Before that thought had been completely translated by her brain, his lips were covering hers.

It was a gentle kiss, slow and thoughtful. In the background she could hear the sensual guitar music of Ottmar Liebert and marveled how much it fit the mood. Claudia liked how Robert’s mouth felt on hers and actually wanted more. Surprised at her reaction to the kiss, she realized she might not need a script, after all…

Forever Yours
 
Despite the fact Jade knew she should end things with
Charles, it felt comfortable having breakfast with him. Worse, she could see
making a habit of it. After they finished he insisted on helping her clean up.
Standing next to him at the sink washing the dishes as he dried, she felt the
heat rising from his body. The scent of his after-shave was intoxicating and
going straight to her head. She wanted him to kiss her, but knew he wouldn’t.
Not after the last time. So she did the unthinkable and kissed him.
“This is for breakfast and two more inches to my waistline,”
she said. “Thanks a lot.”
He smacked his forehead and said, “I did it again, didn’t I?
I’m going to become a Pavlovian response. You’re going to equate me with food.”
“It’s a distinct possibility,” Jade replied as she playfully
punched his arm.

Charles gently took her face and held it between his large
hands. She looked into his eyes as they sought hers. She had to be blind not to
see the hope and longing there. “Are you going to run away this time?” he
asked, his deep voice resonating with emotion.

 

Whether she’s writing a short story or novel, Candy Caine will make her interracial romances hot and spicy. Always striving to entertain her readers, Candy tries to breathe life into her characters, making life often interesting for her husband, Robert back in their home on Long Island, NY. And both are trying to teach their fifteen-year old yellow Lab, Sammy, new tricks.
Candy loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at candy@candycaine.com.
Visit her website at www.candycaine.com.

 

HER ALASKAN HERO

August 27, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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I’m Zak Forrester. My brothers and I own the Forrester lodge in Gold Creek, Alaska.  Gold Creek is only accessible via airplane. We have everything you could want for an Alaskan getaway. We have fishing, hunting, hiking, gold-panning, we even have a hot springs. In the winter we have snow machining and gorgeous views of the Northern Lights. It’s a remote and rugged place not for the faint of heart.

So why this woman shows up without a reservation wearing only flip-flops, a windbreaker, and a skirt is beyond my comprehension. She not Alaskan, that’s for sure. What do these lower forty-eighters think? You need to be prepared for Alaska’s harsh climate. The weather can change in an instant—especially in the fall. She needs to go back to wherever it is she came from. I don’t have time to deal with her. I have work to do.

But she looks upset, something is bothering her, so at least I can offer her something to eat before I send her packing. A sandwich isn’t that much trouble, but what’s with the request for fat-free mayo? Hell will freeze over the day we carry fat-free mayo at the lodge. She needs to eat her sandwich and catch the next flight out of here.

She’s soaking wet. If she’s not careful, she’ll catch pneumonia. I’ll stick her by the fireplace and get her dry, then I’m escorting her out of my lodge.

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He’s a rugged outdoorsman, she’s a California princess out to prove she can make it on her own.

 Fans of contemporary romance are sure to love debut author, Rebecca Thomas’, sensual story where opposites attract in HER ALASKAN HERO.

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Synopsis:

 After being left at the altar, California girl Sabrina Tate needs to make a fast getaway. With her famous overbearing parents and the paparazzi hot on her heels, where else is a jilted bride to go to lick her wounds but Alaska? With only her tropical honeymoon clothes in tow, she makes her escape. For two weeks, she’ll live on her own and prove to herself—and her family—that she can make it without a husband.

Zak Forrester is a man on a mission. He’s turned his rugged yet luxurious Alaskan lodge into a hotspot for hunters, all in the hope to make up for a painful event in his past. But when Sabrina—one of the rare women to enter his rugged realm—stumbles into his world, he can’t get rid of her fast enough. He has no time for her yoga, vegetarian meal requests, or Scrabble.

Soon, neither can resist the other, and two hearts collide. With time ticking away, they have to decide where they belong. Is a life in a different world better than being a world apart?

 Available at:  Amazon | Kobo | Goodreads

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About Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas enjoys a love-hate relationship with Alaska. She lives there with her bush pilot husband and two teenaged sons. When she isn’t reading, writing, or playing board games, she is cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches.

A reluctant reader as a child, she didn’t become interested in books until her teen years when she discovered historical romance. Now she loves all sub-genres of romance and can’t decide which one is her favorite.

Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska and was employed in the airline industry for several years before working in her current position as a program manager in higher education.

Connect with Rebecca:  Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Google + | Tumblr  Goodreads | From Here to There Romance

 

Author Brantwijn Serrah

August 27, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Bio:

When she isn’t visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can’t handle coffee unless there’s enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

Brantwijn has published three full-length erotic novels: Lotus Petals, Goblin Fires, and His Cemetery Doll. In addition to these, Brantwijn has had several other stories published by Breathless Press, including contributions to the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She’s also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories and audio readings occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.

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Longer Blurb:

Rhiannon Donovan, daughter to the vampire Queen, would rather die than be made a bride to a demon Lord. Aijyn, courtesan to the undead Daimyo of Kansai, can think of nothing more horrifying than his promise of eternal life.  In the halls of the Blood Lotus Temple, the two women struggle against the chains of their fate, and find a solace in each other that could mean freedom for them both… or might cost each of them their lives.

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Brantwijn’s Facebook Page: http://tinyurl.com/qf2bzwk

Foreplay and Fangs blog: http://brantwijn.blogspot.com/?zx=6ba3380c7201b326

Foreplay and Fangs on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/q2cmnep

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And on Goodreads

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Lotus Petals at Champagne Books

Lotus Petals on Amazon

Lotus Petals on Barnes and Noble

 

Excerpt

“Rhiannon-sama,” she began again, well aware she might be broaching a subject Rhiannon would easily wish to avoid, even to the point of sending her attendant violently away.

“Hm?” the vampire murmured.

“Your bodyguard…she likes to see you in pain.”

Rhiannon waited a long time before she answered.

“Perhaps I like pain, mortal.”

Aijyn did not argue…but she had seen the expression on Rhiannon’s face when Sölva had tormented her.

“You must hide the scars from the daimyo,” she chided gently. “And you cannot allow her to leave any more marks on you, if you do not wish to anger him.”

“And if I do wish to anger him?”

“Do not be petulant,” Aijyn scolded.

“Does he believe his bride will be untouched? That his kin-born bastard bride will not have experienced acts of the flesh? I am over half a century a living birth-child. Does he realize how most kin-born are meant to earn their keep in demon houses?”

“He expects you will be untouched for him,” Aijyn said. “Whatever has gone before, now you are his. And Gohachiro is not a man to share his treasures.”

“Doesn’t he like to use pain?” Rhiannon asked. She rolled over under Aijyn’s hands, lying on her side and reaching out to touch the scar she herself had left on the courtesan’s wrist. At the light caress of her finger, a delicious tingle of pleasure ignited under the skin, making Aijyn shiver as the vampire had a moment ago.

Rhiannon pulled Aijyn closer, and lowered herself over the wound to kiss it a second time. The warm arousal intensified, and Aijyn caught her breath as her body awoke to the sensation, nipples stiffening under the soft silk of her kimono.

“Here,” Rhiannon whispered, reaching up to brush the dark strands of hair from Aijyn’s shoulder, revealing the tiny, neat scars of bites past. Scars that would never heal the way the vampire’s did, white little lines and half-moons, memories of Gohachiro’s affections.

“Doesn’t he give you pain…” Rhiannon said, following their contours with light but deliberate pressure.

“…so he may turn it into pleasure?”

“Rhiannon-sama…” Aijyn murmured vaguely. One hand had dropped into her lap; the other rested on the vampire’s warm, lean arm. Strange awareness filled her: the touch stirred up the first bloom of eagerness in her loins and the pit of her belly.

“Pain is what we are, courtesan. Pain, hunger, pleasure, death. We are the undead. I am just over half a century old, more than twice your age, and I have been Sölva’s for longer than you have been alive. There are scars you will never see, all over my body: the marks of her fangs, of her whip, the cut of her blade, the pierce of steel needles. And every one of them sings when she touches me, screams when she hurts me…and it is ecstasy.”

“Rhiannon-sama…”

Aijyn realized with some dread she had made a mistake. The vampire’s touch brushed against her, terribly light, terribly fleeting, but her voice…soft, beautiful, rich, like strong liquor.

Rhiannon’s hand came to rest on the back of Aijyn’s neck. She gently pulled the courtesan closer, resting forehead-to-forehead and searching deep into Aijyn’s wide, dark eyes.

“You do this for him, too?” she whispered. “You…perform anma for him? You touch his body with such delicate affection?”

“Yes,” Aijyn whispered.

“And does it make him want to fuck?

Before she could think better of it, Aijyn lifted up a hand and slapped her.

The strike was not a hard one. At least, to Rhiannon it would not have been hard. Aijyn’s palm stung as though she had struck it against solid rock, and she quickly pressed it in her other hand, hissing with pain.

Rhiannon did not strike back. She remained perfectly still, her expression unchanging. After a moment, once Aijyn had collected herself, the vampire leaned closer and pressed her mouth against Aijyn’s own.

“It makes me want to fuck,” she said. Then she stood, one smooth, languid motion, and retreated to her coffin to at last submit to her daytime sleep.

Author Interview:

what projects you are currently working on?

 

As usual, I’ve got way too many irons in the fire. I’m working on the sequel to Goblin Fires, my second series, and also a BDSM novel I plan to self-publish, called Enslaved. I’m hoping to submit a new series with my publisher soon, too.

 

  1. How do you fit writing into your schedule? What does your workspace look like?
    1. I actually usually work in my living room, using my laptop. I’m surrounded by books of all sorts, from RP Player’s Guides to my husband’s novels to my own books on art technique and figure drawing. We also have a crazy collection of stuffed animals so I’ve always got a Gravespawn or a plushie Kyubei tumbling on me from the back of the couch. If it’s not stuffed animals, it’s living animals: I have four cats and a dog, and one of them always wants to be in my lap.

 

  1. Do you do a lot of research for your stories? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?
    1. I research quite a lot when it comes to my stories. I like the way interesting factual details and background knowledge adds authenticity to a story. Using the internet, I can get a decently accurate breakdown of places (like Pike’s Place Market in Seattle) I’ve never been to myself. In researching Lotus Petals, I assumed the culture of the time would make it easy for me to heighten tensions against a same-sex couple, but when I learned samurai culture had very little concern about same-sex unions and even, in some circumstances, embraced them as cultural norm, I had to work around my own preconceptions and come up with other ideas to build tensions. I think the result was much more pleasing.

 

 

  1. Are you a plotter or do you write as it comes? Do your characters start with names or do they have to have personalities before they can be named?
    1. I don’t outline or use a formal plotting technique, but I do have a plot in mind before I sit down to type. Characters come to me as concepts, first, a bundle of purpose, emotion and background. I find, however, I can plot all I want about them, but it doesn’t become writable before they have their own name attached to them. Similarly I can’t usually write anything until the work has a title.

 

  1. What do you want readers to take away after reading one of your stories? What do you want them to feel?
    1. At heart I’m a storyteller. I like to hear my readers react to the story, like to know it’s entertained them and they’ve enjoyed the experience of stepping into my world for a while.

 

  1. What genre would you love to write but haven’t yet? Is there one you would shy away from?
    1. I’m very interested in writing something in Steampunk. I don’t think I could ever write anything military or highly sci-fi. I love both those genres, but I’m not sure I have the head and voice to write them well.

 

  1. Have you taken any classes to hone your skills? What classes/workshops would you recommend the most?
    1. I can’t say enough good things about writing courses, and I think everyone who wants to become a published author needs to take at least one. You probably don’t need to spend 4 years in college earning a degree on the subject, but definitely try out a class, a couple exploring a couple of different styles or genres is even better. And really delve into it, make the most of it.

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies that you do in your spare time? Is there something you would love to learn but haven’t had the chance yet?
    1. I’m a gamer and an artist. I’ll either pull out my art materials and work on my next project, or I’ll get in a game or two of League of Legends or Vampire, the Masquerade. Recently I’ve taken on Bioshock Infinite and a cute little indie game, Game Dev Tycoon, on Steam.

 

  1. Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you?
    1. Yes, Brantwijn Serrah is a pen name. Frankly, I use it because I like it. It does have special meaning to me: it sort of ‘connects me to my roots’, in its own way.

 

  1. What kind of research do you do for your books? Where is your favorite place to find what you need to know? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?
    1. I keep an interesting collection of books on demons, fantasy creatures, monsters, ghosts, historical periods… and yes, I use Wikipedia. I’m aware everything gleaned from the Net needs to be very thoroughly vetted, of course, but it still is the biggest and best repository of information one can go to.  Researching the time period for Lotus Petals has been wonderful; I love the setting of Japan and the culture of this time. I also loved researching kimonos and their styles and meanings. When I started the book I didn’t realize Japan maintained a strong isolationist foreign policy at this time, but it contributed really well to the story!
  2. What is the last book that you read that left a big impression on you?
    1. Affinity, by Sarah Waters. The book grabbed me like no other story ever has; I was completely immersed in it. Then it ripped out my still-beating heart, crushed it, dropped it back in my chest backwards and upside down, and left me huddled in the corner crying my eyes out. No, seriously… for days after I finished Affinity, I was still utterly floored. I haven’t even been able to re-read it yet!

 

 

Fun Questions

 

  • What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite?
    1. My favorite commercial is one I saw in a movie theater with this really unique premise: these four dancers, all with different styles, are showing off their moves to, of all things, a horse. And the horse is echoing back the moves! It’s this really wild little back-and-forth, and the dancers and the horse are really fantastic. Of all things, it turned out to be a commercial for nail polish. Still, it’s very fun to watch. My least favorite ads are any car or cell phone commercials that play before a movie, because honest to God, they never make any sense and never have anything to do with what they are advertising.

 

  • Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot?
    1. Oh, Good God, no.  When I was in junior high I had the hots for Eddie Furlong from Terminator 2.  It almost pains me now.

 

  • What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you do without ever watching?
    1. I have way too many favorites to start counting but I’ll at least mention Futurama. It honestly never gets old for me. But I could go my whole life without ever seeing Lost, The Walking Dead, or any more episodes of True Blood. I know The Walking Dead is like, mana from heaven for some people, but to me it’s nothing but depressing over depressing with a heaping side of depressing. I can only watch so many terrible sad endings one after the other before I just give up and turn on something else.

The Sapphire Sacrifice

August 26, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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The Sapphire Sacrifice

Author: Ravyn Rayne

Series: Gem Apocalypse Book Three

Publisher: Blushing Books

Genre: Dystopian, Romantic Erotica

 

detail_3496_200x300A virus designed to murder Sapphire’s.

No one from Brayleigh saw it coming.

Neither James nor Aria expected four men in a deserted city to attack. Thrown into the back of a van, James is captured by claimers – men that hunt Sapphire’s and bring them into quarantine, where they must settle their debt for treatment. Those that can’t pay off their debt are held in the broker’s quarters until they’re bought by angels, often resulting in slavery, hunting humans, and a host of other horrendous atrocities.

Aria is different. She’s naturally immune, or so she’s told. On a mission to rescue James, she finds herself in danger and quickly learns the power of friendship, commitment, and undying love.

With a taste of age play, spanking, and a master/slave relationship with voyeurism, this dystopian erotic adventure is sure to leave you satisfied.

 

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Five Questions with James

(a character interview for The Gem Apocalypse series)

 

Of all the places you’ve lived, what is your favorite?

That’s a tough question to answer. I loved Brayleigh, before the uprising. I know it wasn’t a perfect society, but I was happy. It will always be my home as I have fond memories of my childhood growing up at the royal palace.

 

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Give me bacon! It’s hard to come by but I absolutely love it.

 

You’ve had you’re share of women at the royal harem. Any aside from Aria that you’ve loved?

I’ve loved all the women I’ve invited into my home. Who’s to say you can’t love everyone?

 

Do you prefer dominating or being dominated?

I love to spank Aria. So yes, I prefer to dominate my partner.

 

Would you ever let Aria spank you?

I wouldn’t bend over and let her spank me, but she can certainly try. I like to remain in charge.

 

 

Excerpt

Aria screamed. The air left her lungs, and her cheeks burned red. Sweat trickled down her forehead. Adrenaline pumped through her veins as she fought off their attackers. All four of them were men, a few years older, and they wore black tactical gear. Were they militia? Their eyes were similar with a deep green stoic expression. They could all be brothers.

After the genocide of anyone not a sapphire, a person with blue eyes, Aria had taken notice of eye color. They still couldn’t get past their differences, not a hundred or even a thousand years later. The world always seemed to be at war over something. Besides, she had never met another person with emerald eyes, and now four of them were attacking James and herself. What the hell was going on?

James kicked at the assailant, trying to gain distance between him and the man attacking them, slamming his fist into the assailant’s face. Blood oozed from the man’s nose. Who was he? What did he want with them?

One man grabbed Aria, pinning her arms back, keeping her from stopping the attack on James. Why were they doing this? She attempted to shake the man off her, but his grip tightened. “Let me go!” She stomped hard on the man’s toe and then used her elbow to attack his chest behind her. Breaking free, she headed for James, wanting to help him any way that she could.

James fought two men and Aria ran forward, slamming her knee into the groin of a third assailant.

“Run!” James grabbed her hand and they took off on foot. His hand was wet and gross from the blood caked to his skin. James and Aria were a mess. Thunder rumbled in the distance. The sky a dark murky gray filled with low-lying clouds.

Aria’s heart beat wildly as if it would leap out of her chest. The pain unbearable, but neither of them slowed. Darting through streets and around broken down vehicles, she knew the men were close. She heard the engine of their vehicle one street over.

 

Grab the The Emerald Virgin and start at the beginning of the series.

 

9781627509121The Emerald Virgin (Gem Apocalypse #1)

Published: June 19, 2015 by Blushing Books

Emerald – a girl with green eyes and a rarity after the horrific genocide that slaughtered millions.

After the war, King Gideon rose in power. A lust-filled and greedy king that believed in the power of slavery.

At eighteen, women were required to come before King Gideon and his four sons, to offer themselves as a courtesan. The princes took only those they found most attractive and alluring. The rest were returned to their homes with a brand on their wrist proving they had been through the process and rejected. Ignoring the ritual was punishable by death.

Aria Stone had been kept hidden from the princes and the ceremony, because she was an Emerald. At twenty-three, the royal guards storm her home, murder her mother, and drag her to court. She must face the four princes.

A dystopian erotic adventure.

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Excerpt

“Your guards murdered my mother, dragged and drugged me from my home. Anything else you wish to know?” Aria asked, short-tempered.
James stepped close enough to feel his breath against her cheek. “I can see your reluctance to be here, but I assure you no harm will come to you, Aria.”
It was hard to believe him given the circumstances. Aria crossed her arms defensively. She didn’t say a word. There was nothing to say that would please him and make her happy. She wouldn’t lie or pretend to care about him when anger ebbed away at her and boiled in her blood. Not when he made Aria think of her mother and asked her about what happened, as if he pretended to care. Unlike the other women here looking for something, she just wanted her freedom returned. Pretending eluded her.

 

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The Amber Voyeur (Gem Apocalypse #2)9781627509824

Published: July 20, 2015 by Blushing Books

No longer safe in Brayleigh, Aria and James travel by ship to find refuge and discover what’s left of the world.

Dangerous seas and pirates lurking are only the start of their troubles. Forced off the boat with nothing but the clothes on their back, the crew and passengers make it to a nearby island, only to be abducted by the Knight Tribe, a clan of romantic warriors with a voyeuristic culture and a taste for nightly entertainment.

Get swept away in this dystopian erotic adventure, brimming with romance, spankings, and betrayal.

Now available on Kindle Unlimited! Borrow for FREE or purchase on Amazon

 

Excerpt

 

“Hey!” Aria shouted, not that it did anything to stop their fighting.
“Enough!” James’s voice echoed in the confined space.
The men let go of one another and stood, dusting off the dirt caked to their skin.
A gentleman with red hair and blue eyes stepped toward Aria. He’d been one of the three fighting, a crewmember on the ship. “Do you know what they’re having us do?” he asked.
“No,” Aria said, glancing back at the die lying on the floor. Aria rolled the large die slightly with her hand. It stood up to her waist in height, though it felt lighter than it looked. She’d never seen a die quite so large. Who made it?
“The festival tonight is entertainment for the commander and the tribe. She’s choosing two from the pit and they’ll have to do whatever the die says.”
Aria swallowed nervously as she further examined the giant die. One side showed two people battling with swords. Aria frowned, turning the die onto another side, it revealed a pictograph of two men with guns in a shoot-out. That wouldn’t end well for someone. Her heart skipped a beat, and she rolled the die onto another side, covering her lips in surprise. Was that a paddle? Her cheeks burned and she took a step back from the die.
James didn’t appear nearly as affected as Aria from the news. He stepped forward, resting his hand on her lower back. “Do we know who has been elected for the festival?”
Kali shook her head. “The commander chooses two worthy opponents from the pit of invaders and mainlanders. Seeing as how the mainlanders have assimilated or died,” Kali said, clearing her throat, “it’s safe to say that one of you that has not been chosen by a tribe member, will be selected.”

 

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An Interview with the Author

 

What can we expect next from you?

About twice a month, you can anticipate a new release! In September, I’ve got quite a few books coming out, including Hot-Blooded Lust (Federal Agent Chronicles 3) and Grave Misfortune. There’s also talk of releasing The Courtesan Slave Trade series in September. It’ll be a busy month. I hope you love reading.

 

What book are you writing right now?

Well, it’s currently untitled. (I have a few working titles but I’m not sure any of them fit it perfectly). It’s a romantic dystopian erotica with a very edgy twist. I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of August. Right now I’m about 7k words in to the story, and I have a very busy month.

 

When do you typically decide the title for a book?

After the book is written or perhaps when it’s about 2/3rd’s completed. By then I’m usually writing up the book blurb at the same time and working on the title or series name.

 

Can you tell us about your next upcoming event?

I’ll be speaking at the Passionate Pen Conference in Arlington, Virginia beginning August 27th. It’s hosted by Blushing Books and Lazy Day Publishing.

 

About the Author

Ravyn RayneRavyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation,
Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.wherever it might be.
Currently on schedule to publish two books a month through Blushing Books, Ravyn is incredibly prolific. Her series include: Federal Agent Chronicles, Palace Secrets, and Gem Apocalypse. She is also writing a spin-off series to Gem Apocalypse, titled Courtesan Slave Trade. Her goal is to write two romance novels per month. She has been published professionally since 2013. You can find her young adult books here.

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America’s First Daughter

August 26, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

 

 

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AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER
Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Releasing March 1st, 2016
William Morrow
Historical Fiction 
In a compelling, richly
researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources,
bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating,
untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson
Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and
shaped an American legacy.
From her earliest days, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson
knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his
country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes
his helpmate in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he
becomes American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering
court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her
father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.
Patsy too has fallen in love—with her father’s
protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe.
Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted
daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his
choosing, raising eleven children of her own.
Yet as family secrets come to light during her
father’s presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to
protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political
legacy, but that of the nation he founded.
 
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Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, Laura Kaye. Her debut historical novel, America’s First Daughter, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.
 
As LAURA KAYE, she is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling
author of over a dozen titles in contemporary and paranormal romance. Her books
have won numerous industry awards, including the EPIC eBook Award, the Golden
Leaf award, the PRISM award, and the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit. She is a
frequent panelist at national writing conferences and a frequent instructor of
craft and social media workshops. Laura lives just outside the nation’s capital
with her husband and two young daughters.
 
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STEPHANIE
DRAY is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women’s
fiction. Her series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into six
different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award and won the Golden Leaf. As
STEPHANIE DRAVEN, she is a national bestselling author of paranormal romance,
contemporary romance, and American-set historical women’s fiction. She is a
frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near
the nation’s capital. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game
designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the stories of women in history to
inspire the young women of today.
 
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EARL THAT I WANT by Kelly Bowen

August 25, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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About YOU’RE THE EARL THAT I WANT
THE EARL DOTH PROTEST . . .
For businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been a damnable nuisance. The answer: find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties. But it’s always been clear that Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman. Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.. . . BUT THE LADY KNOWS BEST
In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person she’s always been able to count on. That doesn’t mean she wants to marry him though. Without a husband, Joss can do as she pleases-and now, it pleases her to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a dying man. It’s put Heath in peril once, and Joss won’t let that happen again. She’ll do what she must to ensure the earl’s safety. And to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.
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About the Author
Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.  But it was Kelly’s infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance.  When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields. Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process.  Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

DESIRE A HIGHLANDER by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

August 25, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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AN UNWILLING BRIDE
Proud, passionate Lady Gillian MacGuire is known as the Spitfire of the Isles. She can take care of herself and hasn’t yet met a man who could impress her . . . especially not Donell MacDonnell, the man she was promised to five years ago. She’s been dreading his return, but when her intended comes back to claim her, she’s stunned at how different he seems. The man she swore she would spurn forever now invades her thoughts, her dreams, and her heart.AN UNEXPECTED DESIRE
When Roag agrees to assume the identity of the recently deceased MacDonnell chieftain, no one warns him that the man was betrothed. As a member of the King’s Fenris Guard, he is oath-bound to embark on whatever mission the crown gives him. Of course, he was expecting a battle-not a bride. Yet after sharing one kiss with Lady Gillian, the powerful Highlander becomes the one seduced and captivated. Now giving in to temptation could ruin them both

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About the Author
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.

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