The commenter winner of the $25 Gift Card (Amazon/B&N) is DeeJay Sakata!
And the $25 Gift Card (Amazon/B&N) for the website host is Snarky Mom!
[Updated 6/29/14 with winners at each location and specials shown above. Those without winners didn’t have anyone commenting besides me and Goddess Fish Promotions and sometimes the web-host. So people missed out! Those who won, be sure to go back to the blog and post a thanks to the website. My info on how to collect is there. Congratulations to those who took the time out and commented.]
I’ll be traveling around today at the websites below, saying hi and giving away free copies of CIRCLE OF DISHONOR to commenters. At the end of the tour, I’ll give away a $25 Amazon/B&N gift card too. Hope to see you there!
- Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock – Erin
- Queen of the Night Reviews – Jay Riv
- Deal Sharing Aunt
- Bunny’s Review
- In Shadows
- The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
- Literary Nook – Carol Savoy
- Snarky Mom Reads… – Ashley Anne Applebe
- Read More Romance
- Our Wolves Den
- Brooke Blogs – D J Sakata
- Aly’s Miscellany
- Mismatched Bookends
- Two Ends of the Pen
- Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – RitaWray
- Room With Books
- Romance Novel Giveaways
- For the Love of Bookends – Shannon
- Serenity Doesn’t Come Easy
- Jodie Pierce’s Ink Slinger’s Blog
- Writer Wonderland – Angela Adams
- Welcome to My World of Dreams
- It’s Raining Books – Mary Preston
- Straight from the Library – Virginia
- Long and Short Reviews Elise-Maria Barton
- fundinmental – Laura Thomas
- Books and Other Spells – Anna
- Jen’s Reading Obsession
- The Simple Things in Life
- Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
- Carpe Libros
- Mia Downing – Kim Muhl
- Nephy’s World
- A Book Addict’s Delight
Over the years in romance and erotica, I’ve seen (or is that read) the size of a man’s penis go from average to King Kong in length and width (ouch!). I’ll never forget reading a historical romance where the guy’s cock was so big he had to wear a sheath around it whenever he rode out to battle the enemy. Funny but oddly sexy.
Anyway, I came across this interesting article called Does Size Really Matter? It’s worth a read and maybe the next time (if you’re a writer), you’ll think twice before giving your hero a huge “pleasure rod.” If you want to know more about penises and sizes, click here and read what Wikipedia said about it.
This all makes me remember a scene in CIRCLE OF DESIRE.
She [Olivia] leaned back in the chair, looking at him [Collin] with half-closed eyes. “Listen I hate men. No, I’m not sexually interested in women. I already have a pussy. Why would I want another one? I put up with men for one reason only. Their cocks. Big throbbing ones. A real live hot, hard cock is ten times better than any synthetic one at satisfying my needs. I like playing with them and then leaving before they want more. Was that what you wanted to hear?
The burning sensation in her stomach said it all. She hated this discussion. She hated that he couldn’t bring himself to care enough to protect her. Why she expected any man to protect her when she’d done it for herself all this time, she didn’t know. She just did.
Love that woman!
I’m having a release party on Facebook. If you’re not part of Facebook or having a problem getting on there, then comment here. On June 23, I’ll give away some books and even a gift card. But if you can come to the Facebook party, then be sure to comment there. Five other authors will be giving away goodies on Facebook!
They called this video First Moon Party, but I call it A Parent’s Revenge. See what happens when you lie. LOL! I laughed so hard, I had to watch it twice to hear it all. Mercy! I do have a warp sense of humor and obviously they do too.
For the last few weeks I’ve been listening to some NYT bestselling books on audio. It’s inspiring all the way around.
As I was telling a buddy the other day, when I decided to try my hand at writing, it was out of desperation for something I liked to read. I had read all of my favorite writers’ books at that point (they can only write only so fast) and wanted to read what I knew for sure I would enjoy. Other authors start writing because they read something awful and said they could do better. But me, I wanted something just as good.
Though I’m not up to the excellence as the ladies I read, I continue to work on improving my books while keeping true to my voice.
One of the things I’ve learned while listening to the audios is that they’re not perfect. Close enough, but I catch a few things. And when I say I catch a few things, I’m saying they’re minor. It proves to me to stop sweating the small stuff.
Side note: One of the ways an author self-edits her book is to read it out loud. You catch so many errors that way. Helps smooth out the writing. But we’re all human and still miss a few.
Yes. There are grammar rules and they should be followed. Yet, at times you can break the rules if it will make the scene more dramatic or funny or whatever. In other words, there must be a reason to break the rule.
My critique partner can tell you, I don’t believe in characters saying each other’s name over and over again, especially in a scene where there is only two people. Wouldn’t you get ticked, if your better half said your name at the beginning or end of every other sentence? You’d think they were mad at you or being sarcastic. But in one of the books, the hero refers to the heroine quite often by a nickname. It caught my attention, but didn’t irritate me (or the heroine). It actually helped the reader to remember there was a difference between the two lovers.
I caught inconsistencies in facts, but it didn’t bother me because the story was so wonderful. Yes. Great writing can help you overlook the small errors too.
So here’s to me hoping that my writing improves to the point people forgive me of all my small mistakes and understand the choices I make in my books.
Hey, want a free copy of my latest book scheduled to be released June 23? Then be on the lookout for the list of blogs hosting a review or just a good old fashioned promo stop. Come by and say hello, you’ll be eligible to win a free copy or even a $25 gift card to Amazon/B&N.
Now for something I keep forgetting to mention. Along with CIRCLE OF DISHONOR being a novella, it is different than the other three books. You’re wondering how, right? Without giving away too much of the little book, let me say that the plot is more about the relationship than the usual bad guy/girl versus good guy/girl. It’s hotter too. Much more sensual than the other books, plus it has a little bondage. HA! Surprised you?
It’s definitely a book you would want to read late at night with your sweetie within touching distance. *eyebrows wiggle*
I’m so excited! The book will be released June 23, 2014 at most on-line major booksellers. So be on the lookout!
Want to read the blurb and excerpt? Click here.