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Want to help spread the word about #Erotic #Romance?

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-sharing-secrets-image23691454If you’re connected with me on Facebook you may have seen that I’m in the process of setting up a Street Team. In the past week I’ve had a number of private queries asking just what it is, and what being part of one involves, before people decide to join.

A Street Team is essentially a group of fans who come together (in my case within a Facebook group) to help an author or artist spread the word about his or her work. They “hit the streets” on behalf of the author to share book news with their friends and social media networks through word-of-mouth and by completing weekly or monthly tasks set by the team coordinator.

In return, team members receive swag and giveaway prizes in recognition of loyal support.

Of course, being an erotic romance author with a sometimes wicked mind, I’ve had a great deal of fun shopping around for giveaways for my lovely team ;)

Would you like to join our small but friendly group? If so, check us out here on Facebook, and click the “Join Group” button. It is that easy, and we’d love to see you there!

Author’s Database Featured Author: Jennifer Lynne

When I was a child I won a Mark Holden record album in a colouring contest. I cried when it was delivered – because I really wanted the red bicycle prize instead! That album is one of the few things I’ve ever won in my life – until today when I ventured onto Twitter and discovered I’ve been chosen to receive a featured author banner this week over at the Authors Database!

Very nice. And for someone 40+ it’s definitely better than a bicycle, don’t you think?

If you’d like to check out my page at AuthorsdB just click on the pretty picture at the top of this post :)

Reflecting on a year of highs and lows – Jennifer Lynne

Whether you’re about to spend the festive season in sweltering summer heat (like me!), or are enjoying the cold of winter and the possibility of snow like so many of my overseas friends, one thing seems clear.

Christmas, for those who celebrate it, is about spending time with the people we love and being thankful for all that we have in our lives.

2012 has been filled with enormous highs and the lowest of lows for our family. On the one hand I’ve been lucky enough to have three books released in the past 12 months, with numerous award nominations and letters from fans saying they love my writing.

For an author there is no better accolade than a reader who says you got it just right. :)

On a personal note I married my long-time partner in August in a small and beautiful ceremony surrounded by my children, step-children and our families.

On the flip side, we’ve faced serious illness this year, including teen depression and suicidality, as well as heart disease for an older member of the family. Oh, and a small car accident thrown in for good measure.

There were many times this year when I didn’t think I had the strength to face each coming day. But you know what? I did. As a family we’re still struggling at times, but we’re getting there, and I am SO THANKFUL that I will get to spend Christmas 2012 surrounded by the people I love – my beautiful family who mean everything to me.

Best wishes to you

I extend the same best wishes to each and every one of you. Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas, I hope that the coming year brings you good health, happiness and inner peace.

The blog in 2013

The blog will be quiet over the Christmas period, but will start back in 2013 with a bang. I’m participating in a Naughty New Year’s Blog Hop from 2nd Jan – with some wonderful prizes up for grabs including a $100 gift card from Eden Fantasys online  store!

Prolific romance author Kate Hill will be visiting on 4th Jan to talk about conflict and consummation and she has a contest giveaway, too!

Contemporary romance author Wendy Ely will be visiting on 10th Jan, so keep an eye out and help her feel welcome.

My next release, SEX CLUB SECRETS (GODS OF LOVE #3) will be out in January, so today I’ll leave you with a little excerpt (18+ ADULT-RATED) from this menage a trois erotic romance. Here is Kade, my bisexual hero, watching his best friend Ella with Anteros, god of requited/unrequited love:

He groaned.

Jesus, God, it was like his ultimate sexual fantasy right here, seeing the two halves of his craving come together in the one divine moment. Pure muscle, masculine strength and rock-hard cock on the one side, and the familiar softness and feminine beauty of the woman he wanted to love and cherish on the other.

She looked damn sexy as a blonde. The color change suited her, but he hadn’t got around to telling her that, yet.

His jeans grew tight around his groin.

A half-lidded look of sensual abandon softened her features and her head dropped in a dreamy fashion to one side as she began to shimmy her dress down. She peeled away the clothing from her shoulders, one slow inch at a time, to reveal pale skin with its faint smattering of freckles dusting the surface. There now was that slight hollow at her throat, the one he had almost kissed last week until he chickened out at the last moment.

There too, were her breasts, and they were even better than he’d imagined. Small and pert in shape, they were topped with long rosy nubs pointing right at him. So the little minx had not worn a bra this evening. She’d sat beside him all night, laughing and drinking her salt-encrusted margaritas, not letting on that the black velvet material of her dress must have been rubbing directly against those nipples all that time.

He leaned forward and touched the glass, spreading his fingers wide against the cool surface and wishing instead he could touch the heat of those crimson tips.

What would it feel like, to take one of Ella’s breasts into his mouth? What would she taste like? He ached to suckle on his friend, run his tongue over her skin, inhale her perfume and hear her moan in the way he’d been imagining in his dreams almost every night for the past few months.

PLATINUM PASSION (GODS OF LOVE #1) and APHRODITE CALLING (GODS OF LOVE #2) are out now.

What to do when your blog disappears!

dreamstime_xs_23595455I only wanted to try a new theme for my website/blog! It seemed easy at the time – just install my WordPress theme of choice, then click “Activate”. Maybe a bit of tweaking might be involved, to make sure everything looked good, and that was going to be all I did yesterday evening. I’d spent the day at work on the computer, and I wanted a night off at home.

Not so.

I hit that activate button and immediately got a white screen with a “fatal error” message. I tried to backpedal. Got the same thing. Tried to log out. Same thing. A whole bunch of white NOTHING.

What’s an erotic romance author to do in those circumstances? Other than panic, of course!

Thank goodness I have a “behind-the-scenes” web guru who checks his emails after hours! Thank goodness he had a back-up of the site from as recently as just over a week ago. And thank goodness he was kind enough to respond to my CAPITALIZED SCREAMING FIT via email!

He managed to reinstate the back-up version, and then I spent the rest of the night rebuilding and rewriting what I had done over the past week – and with a book tour for EDUCATING ETHAN finishing in that time there were quite a few updates to rewrite. I lost my latest post and had to rewrite that one from memory, too. I finally got to bed about 1am last night, so I’m not sure how effective I was at work today! All in all, it could have been better, but it sure could have been a heck of a lot worse.

My advice for anyone – and I mean ANYONE who has a website or blog, not just other romance authors – is to make sure you have some kind of arrangement in place to back up your data. Even if you end up having to pay a yearly or monthly fee, I think the peace of mind is worth it. The other thing I’m going to do from now on is write my blog posts in a Word document first – including the exact permalink title – rather than directly into WordPress, so that if something like this ever happens again, I will be able to recreate the damn post.

I couldn’t get back the comments, unfortunately, and I apologize to my commenters for that :(

Next time I want to try a new theme, I will wait until just after the site back-up is complete. Just in case.

But you know what? Maybe I’ll just stay with the status quo for now :)

Have any of you ever had a similar experience? And if so, did you handle it with more dignity and aplomb than I did last night?

Jennifer Lynne writes sensual and erotic romance and luckily her books have not disappeared from the web! You can find them at Amazon and All Romance ebooks – including her “Best Book of 2011″ nominated PLATINUM PASSION (Gods of Love #1).

EDUCATING ETHAN book tour: final week

VBT_CoverBanner_EducatingEthanThe virtual book tour for EDUCATING ETHAN is in its third and final week with all stops offering the chance for a reader to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card (plus one for the host with the most comments). We’ve been having a wonderful time on this tour with some great discussions, so if you want to join the fun, here are this week’s tour stops:

March 26: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess “The appeal of an older woman/younger man romance”

March 27: It’s Raining Books “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jennifer Lynne”

March 28: Book Junkie author interview

March 29: The Muse “What are the emotional challenges for the main characters in EDUCATING ETHAN?”

March 30: Queen of the Night Reviews author interview

The winner of the $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card will be drawn at the end of the tour on March 31st.I encourage everyone to drop by and comment, as often as you like. Every commenter will enter the draw for those two Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Cards – and we can never have enough ebooks on our readers, right? Hope to catch up with you on the tour!

Once again, thank you to all my wonderful hosts, as well as to Goddess Fish Promotions for organising the tour.

Author interview: Long and Short Romance Reviews

Interviewed by LASR Erotic RomanceI’m being interviewed today at Long and Short Romance, where I’m talking about my new release, Educating Ethan, plus the many ups and downs of writing life.

As well as revealing the weirdest thing I’ve ever done in the name of research (a sex shop was involved), or the most embarrassing thing my mother ever did to me (the words “bowl” and “haircut” come to mind), there’s a chance for you to enter the LASR monthly contest.

Three $10 Gift Cards to Amazon or BN are up for grabs and anyone who leaves a comment on my LASR interview will be entered in the draw.

Educating Ethan, an older woman/younger man romance, is available now from Breathless Press, Amazon and All Romance ebooks.

Here’s the book blurb:

Educating Ethan CoverIda Deloraine intends to build herself a new life and a new catering career, after a painful divorce. When the much younger Ethan Holt moves in across the street, an innocent flirtation quickly becomes serious when the two realise their age difference is no barrier to all-consuming passion. But Ethan is the exact opposite of what Ida is looking for in a sexual partner. In her eyes he is young and vibrant, with his life and his dreams still ahead of him, whereas hers are all in the past. Can Ethan, who is fighting his own demons in the form of a car accident, failed marriage and forced career change, convince Ida to overcome the past and live for the moment? And just who is educating who in this cougar encounter?

Guest author Doris O’Connor: Inspiration

Today’s guest is erotic romance author, Doris O’Connor. She’s talking about a writer’s inspiration and where it comes from. Please leave a comment for Doris on this fascinating post which includes a HOT 18+ excerpt from Too Hot to Handle:

One thing I am always asked is where my inspiration comes from. The other one is, but how does it work, really? Trying to explain to a non-writer that I simply follow the voices in my head always has me looking over my shoulder nervously, in case they call the men in the white coats, and cart me off to the mental asylum.

I suppose it must sound strange to someone, who hasn’t experienced it. Even hubby had a hard time getting his head round the fact that my characters are real people in their own right, who I have regular arguments with. He is used to me muttering now, when I write, or telling him about a particularly stubborn hero, who will simply not do as he’s told. I don’t know why I even try to argue with them to be honest. They always win!

Arguing just means they’re going into a sulk and stop talking to me, and then what do I do? Well, I go and catch up on my ever growing TBR pile. Never fails to get the voices back.

So, inspiration—where does it come from? Anything and anywhere would be the answer to that one.  A lot of my ideas come to me in dreams. I have dreamt entire scenes before now. The bath is another place to shut my eyes and let my mind wander. Sometimes it’s a picture, an overheard conversation, a newspaper article, even my children.

Whole parts of Too Hot To Handle were inspired by my then three year old. I smile to myself now when I read them, his little sayings forever memorized.

The other big inspiration for Too Hot To Handle was found in True Blood. I’m a huge fan of the series and I’d already used Eric for the hero in my Erotic romance Scandinavian Scandal, so when I first thought about Alex Giovanni, Alcide popped into my head.

joe-manganiello-alcide-true-blood-1 (2)I’m sure you can see how he would be inspirational right?  ;-)

I knew he needed a strong, fiery heroine to stand up to him and his interfering Mamma, so Kitty popped into my head. I wasn’t entirely sure about Alex’s profession. Originally this story was first set in an office.  Then I thought about setting it in Italy and Kitty was an au-pair. And then I was early for school pick up time one day. I sat in my car, waiting for the fire engine to leave, after one of their educational visits, and I observed the interaction between some of the staff and the firefighters, and I giggled to myself. Something about firefighters that turns grown women into giggling school girls…

Now there was a story just begging to be written, so Alex became a firefighter and Kitty a school teacher and the rest is beautiful history. Being a panster the story took on a life of its own, and Alex’s Mamma, well you have to read the book. She undergoes something of a journey herself and is a constant through the series of the Giovanni Clan. I’m still toying with the idea of giving Stella Giovanni her own book.

So, there you have it, a little insight into how this story came about. I can’t always pinpoint my inspiration this precisely, because an idea can hit me out of nowhere and with no warning. My upcoming Naughty Fairytale with Breathless Press, for instance, just grabbed hold of me one day and I sat down to write and couldn’t stop until it was done.

And with Too Hot To Handle too, once I started writing it, there was no stopping me, until Kitty and Alex had their HEA. Because it has to be a HEA. I couldn’t write a story without one. :)

Too-Hot-M (2)Blurb:

When firefighter Alex Giovanni returns to his old neighborhood to fulfill family obligations, he is reunited with the woman inhabiting his dreams. The sexy siren ran out on him after one explosive night many years ago. Hiding behind her sensible clothes she portrays the perfect image of Miss Prim and Proper and Alex vows to unlock the passionate woman he remembers. Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun.

Kitty Jenkins’ orderly life gets turned upside down when Alex walks into her school. Their passion filled night four years ago has left her with a secret that threatens to tear them apart. Giving into Alex is out of the question, regardless of how much her body craves his touch.

When secrets spill and disaster strikes, can their passion turn into love?

Excerpt (Adult-rated, 18+):

Kitty’s heart beat a strange staccato against her breastbone. What had possessed her to slip back into her school girl outfit, she would never know. Yet here she was, dressed like some third-rate hooker, about to embark on a one night stand. Taking a deep, fortifying breath, she knocked on the door of Alex’s hotel room. All was quiet on the other side, and she was just about to turn round when the door opened; and Kitty’s greeting stuck in her throat.

Dressed in nothing but low riding jeans, Alex smiled at her, and she hastily wrenched her eyes upwards from the incredible abs on display. Covered with a light dusting of chest hair that trailed down to his jeans, they would give any model a run for his money, and Kitty swallowed. Dressed he was bad enough, but like this he was breathtaking, and judging by that lazy smile he knew it, too.

“Room service around here just keeps on getting better.” Alex’s husky voice raised goose bumps on her exposed skin. “Coming in?”

He hooked one finger under her chin and tugged the end of her shirt tails with the other hand, forcing her to take a step toward him.

“I-I shouldn’t be here, really. I’m not sure why I’m even here.” Kitty mumbled the words, and heat spread into her cheeks.

Alex merely smiled and pulled her closer still. “Liar, we both know why you’re here. Question is, my naughty little girl, will you step through the door and expand your curriculum?” Alex’s heated whispers against her ear sent her heart into overdrive, and she leant into his warmth.  His clean, male scent wrapped itself round her senses, and her stomach flip-flopped in delicious anticipation. It had been so long since any man had held her. That had to be the reason for her immediate reaction to this man.

“Well, Sir, that all depends what you have in mind, because I have been very naughty.”

Alex went very still at her breathy statement, and Kitty bit her lip. Has she read this wrong? Was he not up for a little role-play? She hesitantly raised her eyes to his face to read his expression, and the heat in his gaze scorched her skin.

“So, I’ve heard. Come here, and take your punishment.” His deep voice had dropped several octaves, and he grabbed her by the wrist and spun her into the room. The door clicked shut, the sound loud in the quiet room, and before she could even blink, he had her pinned against the wall. One jeans clad thigh spread her legs wide, and he raised her hands high above her head, whilst his other hand blazed a trail of heat along her exposed tummy. His mouth claimed hers in a bruising kiss, and she opened to his quiet demand automatically. His tongue found hers in an erotic dance that left her jelly-legged, breathless, and grateful for his big body holding her up against the wall.

He groaned his approval when she kissed him back, and he deepened the kiss, his fingers slowly slipping south, until they dipped under the elastic of her thong.

“My, you are a naughty girl. What have we here?”

He chuckled into her neck, and Kitty gasped when he thrust one finger into her wet core.

“So wet already, and we’ve only just started.” He flicked her clitoris once, and the slight pain caused a renewed burst of moisture to coat his fingers as he inserted another finger into her and found her g-spot. Kitty moaned into his shoulder as sensations built deep inside her core, and he licked himself down the column of her throat towards her breast. She screamed when he bit one nipple through the shirt and bra and thrust her hips at him, desperate to reach the release his talented fingers were driving her toward.

“Not so fast. You’re being punished, remember.”

Alex smiled and withdrew his fingers.  He licked each digit in turn, murmuring his approval and then stepped back, his heated gaze roaming over her body. Kitty clenched her thighs together in a vain effort to relieve the hot ache in her pussy.

“Spread your legs, naughty girl.” Alex growled the demand, and Kitty’s eyes widened at the steely determination she saw in his face. “You will not come until I give you permission. Do you hear me?”

“Yes.”  Good God, does that porn star voice really belong to me?

Alex’s eyes narrowed, and Kitty automatically dropped her gaze. She licked her lips, seeing the huge erection straining the flies of his jeans. Oh my. He was clearly as turned on as she by their little game. But how far would he take this? And did she trust him enough to find out?

“Yes, what?” His deep voice held an edge of steel, and she bit back her moan. That voice alone would send her over the edge. Who’d have thought a little role-play could be so erotic?

“Yes, Sir.”

“Good girl. Now strip – slowly.”

Alex’s voice brooked no argument, and Kitty hastened to comply. She fumbled with the tails of her blouse until Alex stepped forward and ripped the thing clean off her.

“Not that slowly.”

His eyes wicked, he unhooked her bra and sent that, too, flying. He whistled his approval as her breasts fell free. He cupped each mound in turn, and spun her around and toward the double bed, which took up one side of the hotel room. The slap on her ass took her by surprise, and she yelped. He soothed the sting with his large hand massaging her ass cheeks, and he chuckled into her neck.

His fingers once again dipped into her wet folds, and she froze when he inserted one digit, slick with her juices, into her anus.  Heaven help her, that felt way too good. Heat spread across her skin, and Alex bit into her earlobe, as his fingers continued their erotic dance in and out of her forbidden passage, and her body betrayed her arousal by a renewed gush of moisture between her legs.

“That’s my naughty girl.” Alex’s erratic breathing into her neck pitched her own arousal sky high, and she put up no resistance when he urged her onto the bed, his naked, warm, torso heating her back.

“Get on all fours for me.”

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Interview and book giveaway – Cynthia Woolf

Today’s interview is with author Cynthia Woolf. She reveals the exciting new cover for her latest book, Centauri Midnight, and offers a generous giveaway to two lucky commenters – a paperback or digital copy of Centauri Series book 1, Centauri Dawn, and a paperback or digital copy of Centauri Midnight.

Centauri Midnight CoverJen:  How did you get started writing?

CW:  I wrote my first story when I was about ten.  It was a romance about me and a little boy I liked.  I also wrote some very depressing poetry.  I decided that poetry was not for me and stuck to romance.

Jen:  What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

CW:  I have a historical western romance and a sci-fi romance out now.  The sci-fi is the first in a series.  I write in these genres because they are the ones whose stories reached out to me.  The western was the first book I wrote and was inspired by my parents’ love story.  It’s set on the same ranch that they met on in 1941.  My book is set in 1885, so it’s not their love story.  My dad was a cowboy and trapper but to the best of my knowledge was never a bounty hunter.

The sci-fi series was done because of dreams I had when I was a teenager.  I knew I was a princess from Alpha Centauri.  There was no way I could belong to the crazy family I had.  Of course, I adore that crazy family now.

Jen:  What movie best describes your life?  Why?

CW:  I think Romancing the Stone best describes my life.  It’s just one crazy misstep after another, but I got my happy ending.

Jen:  What inspired your latest book?

CW:  Centauri Twilight is the second book in the Centauri series.  I used to dream that I was a princess from Alpha Centauri, that was the basis for Centauri Dawn, book 1 in the series.

Book 2 is much darker.  Lara is the twin sister of Audra in book 1.  Lara has been a sex slave since she was a child.  Having escaped, she’s now an outlaw and working to free the rest of the slaves who are now her people.

Jen:  What is your favorite part of writing?

CW:  My favorite part is what I call the ‘puking’ phase.  Just getting it all down on paper for the first time.  You just let if flow out of you, not caring, for the moment, if it is good or bad.

(Jen: LOL, I love that description!).

Jen:  What is your least favorite part of writing?

CW:  Editing is my least favorite.  I’m constantly questioning myself and my work.  Changing it, correcting it, putting it back to what it was and starting it all again.  It’s never good enough for me.

Jen:  What is your next project and when will it be released?

CW:  My next book is called Centauri Midnight and is the third book in the Centauri series.  It will be released in January 2012.

Jen:  What is your typical day like?

CW:  I don’t know that I have a typical day.  I’m lucky enough to be able to write full time.  I was laid off in June and am taking advantage of it to write while I look for another job.

Jen:  How much time do you spend promoting your books? What works best for you?

CW:  I spend a lot of time promoting my books.  A minimum of two hours per day.  Usually more but it is in 15 or 20 minute increments throughout the day, not in one big chunk.  Between Facebook, Twitter, blogging, putting announcements on loops, etc., I spend a lot of time doing it.  So far, blogging seems to get me the biggest bump in  my sales.

Jen:  How has your experience with self-publishing been?

CW:  My experience has been wonderful.  I highly recommend it for everyone out there who doesn’t want to be constrained by the “big” traditional publisher.  For everyone who wants to write from their heart and not according to the industry rules and constraints, self publishing is the only way to go.

Jen:  Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

CW:  I have ideas from everywhere.  My sci-fi series is from my dreams as a teenager.  My western was inspired by my parents own meeting and love story.  I place Tame A Wild Heart about 60 years earlier than when my parents met but the setting on a ranch is the same.  My dad was a real cowboy and my mom was what we would call a nanny now.  They were called nursemaids then.

Jen:  What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

CW:  Go for it.  It’s a wild ride but totally worth it.

Please join me in thanking Cynthia for visiting with us today by leaving a comment on her interview. You’ll go in the draw to WIN a paperback or digital copy of Centauri Dawn, book 1 in her Centauri series, or Centauri Midnight.

Cynthia Woolf

Cynthia Woolf writes fiction with both futuristic and historical settings. Whether set on the planet Centauri or outside Creede, Colorado, her books are fast paced, romantic and suspenseful. Find out more at Cynthia’s Website, or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

Tame a Wild Heart, Centauri Dawn and Centauri Twilight are available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and All Romance ebooks.

TRS Blue: Featured Author Jennifer Lynne

Platinum Passion CoverWhat do Charlaine Harris books, torn shoulder tendons, and menage erotic romance Platinum Passion have in common?

They have all been a big part of my life this past year :-)

I’m one of the featured authors over at The Romance Studio, and I’d love it if you popped by to take a look! See how – and why – a busy working mum can find time in the day to pen erotic romance stories.

Writing is HARD!

I can’t seem to get back into the groove of it. I have several works in progress, some of them near complete, and every time I open one of them I just sit there staring at it. Why? What is wrong with me? I know I can write. I have two already published. I got great reviews. So what is stopping me third time around?

I’m pretty sure of the answer, actually. But I want to put it down here on my own blog, where I can see it clearly in black and white (well, technically white on purple) and hopefully, I can face it more directly that way.

Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of having “lost it”. Fear that this time around, I’ll get a rejection and everyone will know I just fluked it before. But that’s what the second one was for, wasn’t it? To prove to everyone (make that, myself) that it wasn’t just a one-off. And truth be told, I liked Pandora’s Gift even more than Seducing Serena. (Is it okay for an author to have a favourite book? Seems kind of disloyal to my firstborn, Serena, but I love her too not least because she was my first!). Its just that the writing seemed to flow much more easily the second time. It felt right.

But I stopped writing for a bit. Worked a day job, ran an internet business at night, ran teenage kids around all over the place, sold a house, moved, got sick, got better, got sick again. Hmm. Well. Now that I’m finally on the mend, the business is sold, the house is unpacked and the kids’ activities are relatively under control, I’m gonna give myself a piece of advice:

If you’re a writer, you write. Only 500 words at a time if thats what it takes to make it achievable. When, and only when, the story is finished, you edit. Then you think about submitting and all the emotional angst that comes with it. Not before. For today, just write, damn it!

I’m going to print that last sentence out and put it on the cork board above my computer. Hope it works!

Jennifer Lynne writes erotic romance and is published by Red Sage. Her first novella, Seducing Serena, appeared in the popular Secrets anthology (Secrets Volume 28 Sensual Cravings). Her second, Pandora’s Gift, is available as an e-book from Red Sage.