Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Silver Chasings


By today, you may have seen FSOG movie and loved it or hated it. Writing Silver Chasings during the almost hysterical run-up to FSOG has challenged me to stay true to the vision for my story and not be not be tempted to tie into to the multi-media juggernaut.
The challenge I’ve embraced is to move stories out into a (somewhat) more real world setting with many characters beyond the first blush of youth, various socioeconomic backgrounds and a variety of kinks.  All this while trying to hold onto the elements of romance and erotica that draw a reader into a story and make them wish they could experience the ecstasy and the agony of the heroine for themselves.
Silver Chasings is the first in a series of stories that follow the denizens of Oceanfront as they experience life’s adventures, spiced by their BDSM desires.

About Silver Chasings

Taking a risk can lead to rewards of silver…
After fleeing a vicious divorce, Quin Landry has established a life, rebooted her career in Oceanfront, and resigned herself to an unfulfilling romantic life. Garrick Custis is an experienced Dom, long without his own submissive. Can Garrick and Quin overcome their longstanding barriers to a committed BDSM relationship? Of course they can! But getting there is all the fun.
While Garrick and Quin explore the erotic possibilities in Oceanfront, life goes on, including the murder of one of Garrick’s BDSM brethren. Meet the key players in the Oceanfront BDSM scene and plan to join them on future adventures.

Excerpt:
Quin stepped into the bistro and peered around, eyes adjusting from the bright boardwalk to the dim interior. She spotted Nicole waving to her from a back table. And, oh damn, Garrick lounged in the seat opposite her. The man disturbed her equilibrium. He had been back to her place twice, planning renovations Nicole wanted for the duplex. Each time, his commanding presence had evoked yearnings. She had put BDSM out of her life several years ago. Maybe it was time to rethink.
She considered fleeing, but such a cowardly act would shred whatever dignity she had left with Mr. G.J. Custis. Why she cared, she couldn’t fathom at this moment.
The interior evoked Mediterranean seaside, and the menu tended toward the French. A romantic vibe Quin considered inappropriate, or perhaps unnerving, for a meal shared with Garrick. She slipped onto the bench seat next to Nicole, fussing with stowing sunglasses, turning off her ringer, smoothing her hair, bussing Nicole’s cheek. Fleeting annoyance roused at the sight of his faint smile, both acknowledgement of her delaying tactics and tacit acceptance of her fluster as his due. She sighed and his dimple flashed. “Good to see you again, Quin.”
She flushed at his wording, but pulled her professional armor up. She’d survived and thrived in tougher meetings than this. “And you, Garrick.”
 “Hey you two, I’m here,” Nicole said.
“Behave Nic. I’ve an hour before I need to meet my next clients.”
“Okay Garrick. I’d like to bring Nicole to Tempest this weekend. I need another sponsor for her. ”
Quin darted a glance between Nicole and Garrick. She’d agreed to accompany Nicole to a party. After all, they’d met in a dungeon in Washington. But Nicole hadn’t mentioned, not once, the contractor, the owner of the contracting business, participated in the lifestyle. She glared at Nicole who grinned back.
Garrick turned to Quin. “Why do you want to attend?”
She spun the stem of her wineglass, watched the liquid swirl. “I…how much has Nicole told you about me?”

About Kestra Gravier:
Kestra Gravier lives on the water’s edge at various times on the Eastern Seaboard, Ohio River Valley and Lac LĂ©man. She excels at writing characters with life experiences that drive their romances and adventures, and allows her characters to live in interesting settings.  
Several career changes and way too much education provide a vast array of plot drivers for Kestra’s stories.  Passion in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace? Flirtation with a Louisville iron sculptor? Zero-gravity flogging? Kestra lets you experience the sensations, the settings and the romance yourself.
Winner of the BDSM Writer Con inaugural Book Contest, receiving the highest praise from numerous reviewers for her short stories and novellas, Kestra continues to dramatize the stories welling in her imagination.

You can find out more about Kestra and her writing at: http://www.kestragravier.com/ and on Facebook.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Timing is Everything

 by Libby Waterford

I’ve always wanted to write a friends-to-lovers story, and Sweet Imperfection is my take on two friends who haven’t seen each other in ten years meeting again at their college reunion. Life has thrown both of them curveballs, but in many ways they are able to pick up where they left off—talking, teasing, and trying to ignore their unresolved sexual tension.
Emma and Nate never hooked up back in the day because they were never single at the same time. Has that ever happened to you? There’s someone you have a connection with, someone who makes you look twice, who makes you think “hmm…what would that be like?” But there’s never an opportunity it act because the timing is never right.
I gave Emma and Nate a chance to see what they’d been missing all those years ago and all those years since, and think they made the most of the opportunity. Check it out and see for yourself if their chemistry is as hot as they always suspected it would be!
And if you’re in the mood for another steamy reunion romance, try Passionate History, another contemporary erotic romance novella set at the same university reunion weekend.

Buy Sweet Imperfection HERE:  Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

About Sweet Imperfection:

Single and childless, Emma Chen-Delvaux is finding her ten-year college reunion almost more than she can handle. Running into recently divorced Nate Hirsch is a welcome distraction, especially when the old friends’ flirtation escalates from banter to the bedroom. Nate and Emma have off-the-charts chemistry, but will their imperfections end their affair after one red-hot reunion weekend?

Links: 
Decadent Publishing || Amazon || Barnes & Noble || Kobo || Smashwords || iBooks || Amazon UK || Amazon CA

About Libby:
Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and works off her weekly pilgrimage to In-N-Out by swimming and climbing the city’s hidden staircases.

Email: libby@libbywaterford.com
Twitter: @LibbyWaterford


Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Fan’s Take on Art and Theft

 By Libby Waterford

I think all fiction is a form of fan fiction. We may not all be channeling our inner Stephanie Meyer and turning our stories into cultural touchstones, but we’re all fans of something and often seeing more of what we love is what drives authors to the keyboard.
Love Unlocked, a contemporary romantic suspense novel about an art thief and a painter, was inspired in many ways by my early exposure to Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. In this film, Cary Grant is his impeccably suave self as the retired jewel thief The Cat, Grace Kelly is at her most luminous, and the French Riviera has never seemed as exciting or sexy. Love Unlocked takes place on a different coast—that of Central California. The thief this time is a brunette with a penchant for paintings and her reluctant partner in crime is a brilliant but blocked artist who will do anything to keep her within arm’s reach and out of harm’s way. My characters, setting, and plot are completely different, but I hope the spirit of fun and glamour carries through.
Love Unlocked is on sale for 99 cents through April 3rd, and it’s also going to be available in print from Amazon.com.
If you’ve ever wanted to spend some time with art-loving thieves and thief-loving artists, I hope you’ll pick up Love Unlocked, and look for my next contemporary erotic romance, Sweet Imperfection, out next week on 3/31.

Links: 

About Libby:
Libby Waterford writes steamy contemporary romances. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and works off her weekly pilgrimage to In-N-Out by swimming and climbing the city’s hidden staircases.

Email: libby@libbywaterford.com
Twitter: @LibbyWaterford



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Romancing the Book Snob

By Deanna Wadsworth

The other day someone made a disgusted face at me I told them what I was reading. Naturally, I’m in the middle of another awesome gay romance—per my usual— and they said, “I wouldn’t get caught dead reading that.”
Feeling my hackles rising, I was like, “What? A gay book?”
They said back with a laugh, “No, a trashy romance novel.”
 Mind you this book snob joined the other lemmings and read 50 Shades, but that is another rant for another day, LOL
So, while I was somewhat relieved their snobbery wasn’t a gay vs. straight thing, but rather an overall self-inflated opinion of their literary prowess, it got me thinking: why do so many people turn their noses up when they see a paperback with a Highland warrior on the cover and a be-gowned heroine? Or a book with two gorgeous, muscled hunks? Or hey, even a combo of all three?
We all know a book snob only reading something that makes them look smart, think deeply or that a certain daytime talk show host recommended. Personally with the wide variety of storylines in the romance genre I ask, why read anything else?
In a romance genre you will find everything you could want in any type if book. Thrillers, spy novels, vampires, murderer mystery, science fiction, political thrillers, inspirational, westerns and fantasy that would make a Tolkien fan look twice. You can have any combo of protagonists too from M/F, M/M, F/F. The possibilities and combinations are only as endless as your imagination and the space on your Kindle.
The one thing you won’t find after devoting a week to 90k words, is your MC dying in the last ten pages. Unless the heroine has some magic power to resurrect him, that is.
Why, I ask, is the content of a book with a guaranteed happy ending somehow inferior reading? Why is a book tossed aside because of some tawdry cover art? Weren’t we always told not to judge a book by its cover? So why does that not actually apply to a romance novel?
One of the first things we often ask when being introduced to a new couple is, “How did you two meet?” Why do we ask this? Because we are hoping that it may be an interesting story. A romance novel always delivers on an interesting story.
In today’s stressful world we all need an escape. We go to the movies and we want to laugh and we want to walk away feeling happy. We should demand the same things from our reading material. Today’s romance novel is not what most people think. There is a subgenre for everyone. The publishing world is tough to break into and the competition is fierce, so the quality of the writing is better than you would ever imagine. So next time someone asks you if you have a good book to recommend try telling them to read a romance. They will find a well-crafted page turner that will leave you walking away with a smile on your face.
Nothing feels better than Happily Ever After!

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.