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29.9.10

Start Spreading the Word...

I can't believe that it's been nearly two weeks since I left for New York and I haven't posted yet!!!! I blame my day job, my kids and well, life in general. I think I've been at the hockey rink every freaking day since I got back and who knew school would be so demanding... for the parents. Add in some trips to the dentist... yeah, I think you know what I've saying.

Anyway, I couldn't let the month slip away without posting some awesome pics of my trip to New York. Now, I really went to be part of the AAD conference, but let's face it...trolling around New York with my gal pals Bronwyn Green, Mia Watts and Brynn Paulin was the best. These ladies are spectacular and I can't wait to visit them in Michigan. Though I keep telling them that nothing beats Vancouver Island...so yes, ladies, come west.

Okay, so here goes...

No trip to New York is complete without a photo of the infamous New York Taxi. Okay, I think we're also on the edge of Times Square, but I can't really remember... Hey Bron... weren't we supposed to get some pics of the street signs?

This is the front of a restaurant called Jekyll and Hyde... it's a theme place and I can assure you the inside is spectacular. I even have the keepsake mug as proof. There was a brilliant lady inside who posed as a mad scientist. She was worth the price to eat there alone. For those of you not familiar with theme kinds of restaurants, it reminded me a bit of The Rainforest Café that they have here in Canada... but with a show too.


Okay, I really hate how I look in pictures, but... to prove that yes, indeed, it was me, here's a pic as we were taking a carriage ride around Central Park. Definitely the high-light for me as it's been a wish to do this forever... did I mention it was quite windy that day?

This is the building that John Lennon was killed in front of just outside of Central Park. Yoko Ono still lives there and they have a brilliant memorial to John just inside the gates here.

And here's a view of his memorial... aptly named... IMAGINE.

This is me, again.. I know... on the Staten Island Ferry. In the background, if you squint really hard, you can see the Statue of Liberty all lit up. You might also notice my hair all over the place. It was incredibly windy.


Anyway, that's the highlight of my trip. I hope you enjoyed the quick summary. The conference was great, but in the end, it's the people you meet, like Jennifer Armintrout, Carol Lynne and Sonya Bateman that make it amazing. Friends keep you sane and in the end, they're what it's all about. So thanks to Bron, Brynn, Mia, Jen, Carol and Sonya for making the trip more than worthwhile. Yes, the twelve hours of travelling, having to remove my shoes and endure the 'full-body scan' at the airport. For being asked the same five questions over and over at the Custom's counter, and for having to sit in the middle seat for four hours straight. You guys made it all worthwhile and then some.

Thanks for tuning in. I'll update next month with a blurb and excerpt from my new addition to the Dark Prophecy series, Twice Bitten, due out October 11th... but this month I just had to post about New York.

Cheers,
Kris

27.9.10

The end of an era! + Win kinky gay e-books!

Okay, so maybe it's not quite the end of an entire era, but in a few days time I will have officially finished my first series of e-books.

Gay-ish - the twelveth and final story in the G-A-Y Lust Bite series - will be released by Total-e-bound on the 4th October. (Leaving me with just five ongoing series to complete, lol.)

To celebrate, I'm going to be giving away some free copies of all the e-books in the series.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog post and tell me which of the books you'd choose if your name is pulled out of the hat. Names will be drawn on 3rd October. If you want to be e-mailed if you've won, leave an e-mail address, otherwise check out my blog on October 4th.

Here are you choices:

Find a gay man in a gay bar. Matt's sure that should be a lot easier than it actually is.

Matt's having a run of bad luck - one that's lasted ever since he stepped out of the closet. An uncanny ability to home in on the only straight guy in a bar room full of gay men really isn't doing his sex life any favours. A knack for picking complete jerks whenever he does stumble upon a genuinely gay man isn't helping either.

But, this time everything is going to be different. This time Matt's absolutely sure his gaydar has guided him towards a completely sane, entirely gay man - which is why he's arranged to meet him in the gents' room in five minutes.

What could possibly go wrong?


Cody's more than happy to have sex, he may even be willing to offer his submission, but experience has taught him that's as far as he can go as a gay man. Tristan disagrees…

Tristan has being gay all worked out rather nicely. His biggest problem with his sexuality is his mother's persistent attempts to find a nice young man to marry him off to. And even that doesn't seem like such a terrible thing when he arrives to have dinner with his parents and finds Cody sitting at the table.

Homosexuality isn't working out quite so well for Cody. As far as he can see, Tristan's appearance in his life is unlikely to make things any better. Nice guys rarely stay nice for long and dominants have a way of turning into complete psychos if he lets his guard down.

Cody needs to walk away before Tristan tempts him into wanting the sort of happiness he knows he can't have. Tristan needs to stop him.


A gay man should know better than to get involved with a guy who is only gay until graduation, but Baxter's never been very good at saying no to Spencer...

Stunning, dominant and cheerfully bi-sexual, Spenser's been screwing his way through both the male and female student population since he arrived at the university. Baxter is entirely gay, completely submissive and, by his own estimation at least, thoroughly average. He knows that being more than friend's with Spencer would be more trouble than it's worth.

When a drunken Spencer decides that he's going to be gay until graduation Baxter doesn't pay much attention. But when his friend's attention suddenly focuses in on him, the guy he's had a crush on for months soon becomes far more dangerous to his peace of mind.

Baxter knows he should say no to a relationship that will break his heart when they graduate, but he's never been very good at saying no to his friend - especially not when Spencer is offering him everything he's ever wanted.


An experienced gay dominant, a gay for pay submissive and an auction. Let the bidding commence!

Nate Lockwood has a plan. It involves slipping away from his security officers, hitting a BDSM club, entering himself in a submissive auction and spending the next twenty four hours as a gay for pay rent boy. If he wishes he could be submitting to someone far closer to home, but then at least he's realistic enough to know it's never going to happen.

Smith has a job to do. As chief of security for the Lockwood family, it's his responsibility to track down his boss's brat of a son and bring him home. The fact that his search leads to the kind of leather bar he considers beneath contempt is not important. The fact he's been fantasising about being Nate's master since he first set eyes on him isn't relevant.

The plan has to work. The job has to be done. And the bidding starts now...


Grayson gave up on the idea of gay marriage when he became a gay divorcee. Can Jones remind him that not all gay men are like his cheating ex?

Gay marriage, civil commitment and equal rights. Jones doesn't care what it's called. He wants that security to be part of his future, and he wants it to be available to everyone else too. He's happy to tell his dominant friend Bernard, and anyone else who will listen, how wonderful it will be when every gay man can live happily ever after with the man he loves.

Gay divorce, cheating husbands and bad decisions. Grayson used to think that the right to marry another man would cure all gay ills too - until he married and divorced Claude. The adorably submissive Jones obviously needs someone to explain to him exactly why gay men should never get married before he makes all the same mistakes Grayson made.

Before the Christmas celebrations end, someone will have to accept that they are wrong and the other man is right. The only question is who?


Ford's hidden everything about his sexuality his whole life. Tyler says he can accept everything about him. But can he?

Tyler knows he's wasting his time fantasising about Ford. The guy he's had a crush on for months might make a wonderful dominant, but a straight dominant never did a gay submissive any good. It's time he stopped wasting his history lectures wondering what his life would be like if he belonged to James Ford.

Ford's had enough. A man can only stay in the closet for so long. It's time he came out and made his peace with who he really is. And if he can get a date with the cute guy from his history lecture, so much the better.


A naked submissive and a rainbow coloured flag, what gay dominant could resist?

Crenshaw hasn't had much time to hit the leather clubs since he got really involved in the gay pride movement, but when he finds a drunken submissive standing on his doorstep wearing nothing more than a rainbow coloured flag, it's obviously time for him to get back into the game.

Jayden might not be really into the whole gay pride thing, but he's very proud of his plan to get Crenshaw's attention. All he has to do now, is convince the older man to keep him around once he's sobered up.


Can a man who wants nothing more than to be part of a boring old married couple really find happiness with a man whose relationships have only ever lasted until he zips up his fly?

Craig knows what he's looking for in a lover. He wants someone just like him - a nice guy he can build a nice, simple, uneventful life with. He's hoping that's just the sort of man who will answer his internet ad.

Donovan's nothing like Craig. He's all about leather, fast cars and relationships that last hours rather than years. They may work at neighbouring desks, and Craig may have a crush on his colleague, but that doesn't mean he should forget about the kind of man he's sure will make him happy in the long run.

The only trouble with internet ads is you never know who will answer them...


Ellis thought a gay friendly hotel sounded nice. He didn't realise just how friendly the men there would be...

Ellis is gay and out - technically at least. Unfortunately the only other gay man he's acquainted with is his cousin Harry. When he suddenly gets the chance to visit a gay friendly hotel with his cousin, in exchange for paying his share of the petrol money, he assumes the impromptu holiday will be a nice gentle way to ease his way into gay society before he starts university in September.

Dominant Mitchell Thompson has fond memories of the hotel where he came out almost two decades ago. He returns there every year, and always finds it to be exactly the same unashamedly kinky hook-up party it has always been. When he stumbles across a sweet little novice who's obviously way out of his depth at the resort, his trip down memory lane suddenly becomes far more interesting.


What's a straight man to do when he can't stop fantasising about dominating his gay best friend? Should he resist temptation or simply give in and enjoy?

Carlton's not gay. He knows that, because he's checked. Internet gay porn does nothing for him. Checking out guys who he's pretty sure any genuinely gay man would find hot as hell doesn't even raise a flicker of interest inside him. He wouldn't mind being gay, but all the available evidence says he's as straight as they come. So why the hell can't he stop imagining himself tying up his gay best friend?

Carlton knows Bryce better than he's ever known any other man. He's all hard edges and even harder attitude, all sarcastic quips and uncertain temper. He might be gay, but he's not the kind of guy who'd let another man push him around. He's not the sort of man who'd humour someone who can't even decide which way he swings either. And he's sure as hell not the type to submit to anyone. Or is he?

Carlton's got lots of questions. It's time for him to find some answers...



A gayday signal—as Rip happily explains to his rather straight friend—is just like a mayday signal, except in this case, the distress flag going up is decidedly rainbow coloured.

When Rip needs a friend to rescue him from his date by pretending to be his disgruntled master, it's obvious that another sub isn't going to be up to the job. He needs a dominant, and a straight one will do in a pinch.

Slade isn't thrilled about being woken up in the middle of the night and asked to rescue his bratty little friend, but he can't bring himself to leave a sub to the mercy of an unknown dominant either. And, even if most of his previous lovers have been women, he can't quite resist the temptation to show Rip how he would act if he really were catching his sub flirting with another dominant.

Who knew a straight dominant could have so much fun playing white knight to a gay submissive?



A gay-ish submissive and a very gay dominant. Gay Pride rallies have never been so much fun.

When Langford sees Tayton lurking in the rain opposite a gay pride rally, he couldn’t be more thrilled that the cute guy from the sandwich shop is finally prepared to come out of the closet.

Tayton isn’t so sure he’s all that ready to come out. Technically, he’s not even sure he’s entirely gay—even if he has had a crush on Langford for months.

Can a man who’s not even sure he’s gay really find happiness with a man who’s never been in the closet?



And that's it. Just take your pick and leave a message.

But before I go I should mention that next summer I'll have a new series of Lust Bites starting with TEB - it will follow the same two characters over up to seven books and it will be an MM vamp tale.

Kim Dare
Kink, love and a happy ending. Do you Dare?

26.9.10

Tennis, Anyone?

I have a real passion for world-class sports, whether it be the Olympics (and I was fortunate enough to attend the Winter Olympics earlier this year), World Cup soccer (or football, depending where you live!), and, most recently, US Open tennis.

There is something spectacular about watching people, athletes, who are the best in the world at what they do. And it’s fascinating to see the different approaches, the different strategies these talented men and women use.

But they all have something in common, something that inspires me…dedication.

An athlete doesn’t show up on game day and hope for the best. They train, they practice, they learn, they change their approach. When things are going wrong, they still have to hang in there, even if the world is watching.

It’s easy to say that someone has natural talent, as if that explains success. Tennis legend Andre Agassi’s father had him hit 2,500 tennis balls per day, equaling nearly one million balls per year. His father believed that if Agassi hit a million balls a year, he’d be unbeatable.

Did Agassi have talent? No doubt. But what lessons did he learn from hitting one million tennis balls a year?

All of us can learn from this.

We, too, have to train, practice, learn, change our approach, hang in there when the going gets tough.

It took me over ten years to sell my first book. There were moments of horrendous disappointment. There were small victories, like awards for contest wins. But the biggest factor in finally publishing was in showing up every day, day in, day out, and doing the work necessary to succeed.

As writers, we can train by reading other great books, by reading how-to books, by doing the exercises recommended by other writers. We can practice and stay sharp by showing up at the computer, even when we don’t want to, when we’re tired, “don’t feel like it,” even when it’s more enticing to watch television or “chill.”

It we want to stay relevant, we have to be responsive to the marketplace and write the kinds of stories that readers want. It may be necessary, published or not, to change our approach, write better, faster, stronger, deeper, with humor, with emotion. What worked in yesterday’s competition may not work in today’s.

Does raw talent help? You bet it does. I’ve seen authors with amazing talent sell the first thing they write.

But I also mentioned that part about when the whole world is watching. If you get a bad review as a writer, you can’t hide. It’s out there on the Internet for the whole world to see, forever.

No matter how much talent we have, no matter how much success we enjoy, we still need strategies to regroup and move forward. Some tennis players will put a towel on their head to block out the crowd and regain focus. For my writing, I use a “whining buddy.” When I have bad news, I’m allowed to whine for twenty-four hours, but only to my buddy. I don’t put it on Twitter or a blog. I then go back to what works…writing, rewriting, revising, learning from the experience, practicing my craft, changing my approach.

I appreciate watching the best of the best. I admire their dedication to do what it take, living it, breathing it, thinking about it, dreaming about it. And I am inspired.

Time to write…

24.9.10

The Only Thing That Stay the Same Is...Change

It's that time of year, when the kids have gone back to school, and I have all the free time in the world to write stories uninterrupted...

In my dreams.

Here I thought I'd get to the school year and suddenly have the benefit of five days a week without the older one, and four afternoons all to myself while  the little one's in preschool. And it's true, those chunks of time are there. Unfortunately, the time seems to get chewed up by things not remotely related to writing. Add to that my new-this-year day job editing, as well as school year extracurricular activities, and I actually have LESS time than before!

So this week I've started tracking my time, and it's been interesting to say the least. Each week I spend the following time doing things I didn't have to do in the summer:

2 hrs transporting kids to school
6 1/2 hrs transporting kids to activites and waiting around while they are in them
5 hrs supervising homework and making sure other school needs are kept up on

That's basically a whole day...gone. No wonder I'm feeling a time crunch! Not much I can do about it, but at least now I know, so I can grumble about 13 and 1/2 hours under my breath. :)

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I have all sorts of releases coming up at TEB in the next several weeks! My second Seasoned Women story, Falling For the Other Brother, comes out on October 11th. It's a M/F/M menage, and here's the blurb:

Erica had been planning to break it off with Trevor - he was really too young for her after all. But it's hard to use that excuse when the man she's really interested in is Trevor's twin, Colin.



Her biological clock ticking, a chance conversation leads Erica to Trevor, a former sperm donor, who helps convince her to move ahead with her plans. But he adamantly refuses to be her donor, in fact has pulled all his past donations, for a reason he won't discuss. Their subsequent relationship, while hot, just drives home the different goals the two have.


When Colin returns from overseas, his problem with intimacy still looming large, he never dreamt he would meet his ideal partner in Erica. Only two things stand in their way: her relationship with his brother, and the fact she wants children...the one thing he can no longer provide.


Next up is Pride and Joey, a M/M shifter story which releases on October 25th as part of TEB's Feral collection.

Vance thought his pride meant everything to him...until fate sent Joey into his lair and into his heart.



Vance grew up the odd one out in a macho and very insular pride of lion shifters. Differences like enjoying the cool fall weather are bad enough-his pridemates would kill him if they learned he was gay. Still, his pride is all he knows. He'd never even met a shifter of another type...until he discovers an unconscious cougar male in his lair.


Joey is on the run and wants to keep Vance at arm’s length, especially since someone very close to the lion is the root of all his troubles. But there is something irresistible about Vance, something which has Joey wanting more than he ever dared to dream.


When their lives are threatened, Joey must choose whether to sacrifice himself, or try to live and keep Vance close...for the very short remainder of his life.


On November 1st, my story Rough Riders, which was originally released in the Gaymes Anthology, will be coming out as an individual ebook. I believe this series is also scheduled to release in audio book the beginning of November.

Playing by different rules can lead to heartbreak, but changing the game plan can be the tiebreaker.



Luke Briscoe has a good reason to stay in the closet with his team, the Rough Riders. Bitter past experience has taught him to be cautious around athletic teams. But after Mario, his teammate and lover of ten years, leaves him, tired of the secrecy, Luke is forced to confront his fears, especially since the sexy and confident new member of the team, Derek Grimm, has no problem with being out and proud.


Derek has wanted Luke from the first moment he saw him. But he knows the timing is all wrong, and vows to let Luke have the time he needs to recover from his breakup. As time goes on, though, Derek becomes frustrated with Luke’s determination to stay in the closet.


Derek and Mario are out, and the team is fine with it. Why is Luke still holding back? Derek wonders if any amount of time will ever be enough. Maybe it’s time to try a different game plan...



Finally, on November 15th my M/M/F Menage, Sci-Fi/Futuristic story, Wet Your Whistle will be coming out. This one has a soft spot in my heart. Hope you enjoy it too!

Three lonely people trapped together on a distant, isolated planet...


When Rhea was left all alone at Wet Your Whistle after her beloved grandfather died, she vowed to seduce the next visitor into taking her along when they leave. Who knew she would have to choose between two mouthwatering men?


Jolan is wealthy and handsome and arrives just ahead of the storm. But his presence here isn't random, and he stands to gain more from this visit than anyone suspects. But will having Rhea and all she brings with her cost him the man he loves?


Bryce has committed himself to Jolan, his lover and savior. Now the sexy Captain finds himself drawn to Rhea, but with nothing to offer her, how can he compete with Jolan for her heart?


With attraction on all sides, and layers of secrets to reveal, the three play in the hot springs and delve into love. But before the storm is over, they will need to make hard choices, and see whether the truth will cost them their hearts.

23.9.10

Top 24 things you wouldn't know without the movies

I found this Top Ten list at Brain of Brian. It's about movies but many of these apply to books, too. LOL!

Enjoy!

24. It's easy for anyone to land a plane, providing there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.

23. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off - even while scuba diving.

22. During all police investigations, it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

21. All beds have special L-shaped cover sheets which reach up to the armpit level on a woman but only to waist level on the man lying beside her.

20. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building you want without difficulty.

19. If your town is threatened by an imminent natural disaster or killer beast, the mayor's first concern will be the tourist trade or his forthcoming art exhibition.

18. When paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a bill - just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

17. Kitchens don't have light switches. When entering a kitchen at night, you should open the fridge door and use that light instead.

16. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at that precise moment.

15. A single match will be sufficient to light up a room the size of Wembley Stadium.

14. Medieval peasants had perfect teeth.

13. It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.

12. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.

11. It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts - your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.

10. Police Departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.

9. An electric fence powerful enough to kill a dinosaur will cause no lasting damage to an eight-year-old child.

8. If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in their most revealing underwear.

7. It is not necessary to say hello or goodbye when beginning or ending phone conversations.

6. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language. A German accent will do.

5. Even when driving down a perfectly straight road it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

4. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.

3. You're very likely to survive any battle in any war - unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

2. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

1. If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St. Patrick's Day parade -- at any time of the year.

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Have a wonderful week!

Jenna Byrnes

Page Scorching Erotic Romance

http://www.jennabyrnes.com/


22.9.10

Too Much Television?

I don't know about the rest of you, but I like my TV. It's fun entertainment. Some of it's brainless, some involves some real thought.

I remember when I was younger--single--and had a ton of likeminded friends. I couldn't tell you what was on the television at any given time because I spent all my nights out on the town. Now I can tell you when Supernatural is on, what channel to find True Blood, and what House is doing. Wonder what that says about my current lifestyle? *grin* I have kids, a husband, and a ton of responsibilities. So my television viewing is an escape of sorts--kind of like books.

Reading gives me leave to escape into another place. Television gives me that same outlet, but I don't have to exercise as much thought doing it. No need to imagine what the heroine and hero look like. They're on the screen before me. As is the setting, the plot, and the nuances in the actors' expressions gives way to what they're thinking.

But when does viewing television become too much? I write during the day now that my kids are back in school. But I have to wonder, am I unduly influenced by the things I watch? I think writers absorb everything around us, both consciously and subconsciously. We watch and read what we like, so I'm sure on some level, the things I watch incorporate into the things I write.

It's interesting food for thought, in any case. And with the return of prime time premiers, my nights are taken by the new shows lined up. I can honestly say that nothing I'm currently watching will be reflected in my latest work, a m/m shifter romance for TEB. And too bad, because I wouldn't mind watching that on the telly!

Happy viewing.

Marie
www.marieharte.com

21.9.10

Time for the Autumnal Equinox and Saying Good-bye to Summer

Okay, my brilliant idea didn’t quite work. When I remembered my day to blog is always the twenty-first of the month I was delighted because posting on that date in September meant I’d be posting on the last day of summer.

I was planning a ‘last hurrah for summer’ kind of post until my plans were thrown into a tailspin when I looked on the internet and found out the September Equinox take place at 3:09 A.M. EST on Thursday September 23rd. I checked a chart for equinoxes and solstices and discovered that the Autumn Equinox consistently occurs on the 22nd or 23rd of September. So I decided to ignore all the scientific data and go with my original plan.

Thank goodness for the internet and the plethora of photos available there. I thought I’d give a farewell to summer by highlighting some of the amazing bathing suits for men. On those long, cold, Canadian winter nights, I can go back and look at the pics and dream about warmer weather and hot bodies. And feel better.

So here’s my little salute to the bathing suit.

The longer lines of the classic suit seem to always be popular.



Here’s the longer style with shorter legs.




Looks even better in living colour at the beach.




Speedos and the streamlined suits look fabulous on the right body.

















Interesting prints draw the eye. Like my eyes needed any encouragement!


















My swimsuit search lead to some very interesting discoveries.

Suits with a zipper.




Suits in plaid.



Suits with a pouch.





And here are some of the most unique ones I found.

Sheer.






Mesh.




Foreskin pouch.















So summer’s winding down for another year, but I’ll have lots of hot topics to keep you warm. Make sure you check out my latest Kaenar Unkovered in the Total-e-Bound newsletter. If you love shoes and boots as much as I do, stop by and have a look.

Check out Indulge Me, my latest book from Total-e-Bound, available in ebook, audio and print as part of the anthology Naughty Nooners.

See you next month and stay naughty,

Kaenar

Kaenar Langford
Tales to seduce and entice…
www.kaenar.com

18.9.10

Memorable Line

Have you had a moment when a line in a book just grabs you. Makes you laugh, cry or just go hmmmm. That right there is the gist of a wonderful memorable line.

A line that stays with you long after you have read it and still makes you feel the emotion it invoked. I love books that give me that feeling. Give me that line that I have to share. Not every book has it but those that do are reader gold. (For more on what in my opinion is Reader Gold go here). Those books are keepers.

In the book I was reading the other day I came across a line that was reader gold. In that one line the author portrayed what their whole book was about. Gave me what the character was all about. It was so awesome that it made me get that tingle I usually get when I find a reader gold. The book went on my keeper shelf.

To be able to portray all that in just a line is so great. It is something I strive for as an author. Writing a book that leaves a lasting impression. Make the reader remember long after they close that book. Making a story memorable… one line at a time.

Taige Crenshaw
http://www.taigecrenshaw.com/
…increasing the sizzle factor

Blog: http://www.taigecrenshaw.com/blog
Chat Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/crenshawcafe
Newsletter: http://www.taigecrenshaw.com/newsletterandgroups.shtml
Free Reads Site: http://www.satinnotes.com/

17.9.10

Real Menage



By Lisabet Sarai

What does it feel like to participate in a ménage? Threesomes are hugely popular in erotic romance, but are the books realistic? Is it as easy as it sounds, to get three people together in a sexual situation without someone feeling like the odd man (or woman) out? Does everyone really end up satisfied?

I've personally been involved in a number of threesomes, both M/F/M and F/M/F (but never—or at least not yet!—M/M/F). Obviously I can't claim that my experience is universal, but I think I'm qualified to make a couple of observations:

1. There's usually some imbalance of intimacy in a threesome. Rarely do three individuals come together from three different directions. It's much more common for an existing couple to add a third person to the mix. It might be two close (straight) male friends who are both attracted to the same woman, but more often there's a couple have been lovers before the three-way scene occurs.

2. A threesome takes more emotional effort than a normal pairwise encounter. (Sometimes more physical effort, too!) This is a consequence of (1). I at least was always aware of the need to make both of my partners feel that they had my attention. I didn't want either of them to feel left out. Only occasionally could I simply let go and bask in the sensations. I suspect that this generalization would be less true in a polyamorous relationship, with a threesome who had a long history together. It might be also apply to a lesser extent to the “third” person, the one who just joined the triad. I've never been in that situation, so I can't tell.

3. A (successful) ménage requires a certain level of sexual self-confidence from each of the participants. Performance anxiety gets magnified in a three-way sexual situation. It can be difficult for the two members of the same gender to avoid some feelings of competition.

4. It helps to have a sense of humor. This is true of sex in general—sometimes sex can get pretty absurd! In a ménage, there are even more ways for things to become awkward, more situations where body parts just plain don't fit—more opportunities to laugh together while working out the details. In the threesome I enjoyed most, we all approached it a bit light-heartedly, as a fun adventure rather than a deadly serious encounter with earth-shaking implications. This doesn't mean that we all didn't care deeply about one another. (Another reason I enjoyed this encounter was the closeness I felt to both my partners.)

5. You don't have to climax to enjoy yourself. Actually this is true of more traditional sex as well (though you'd never know it from reading erotica or erotic romance!) No matter how hard you and your partners try, perfect equality is pretty difficult to achieve in a threesome. The thrill comes at least partially from the process—from the added sensory stimulation as well as the excitement of breaking taboos. At very least, it's unlikely that all participants are going to come simultaneously (as they so often do in literature). That's hard enough to accomplish with one partner!

When I write a threesome, I'm trying to fulfill my readers' fantasies, but I also try for at least a bit of verisimilitude. And speaking of threesomes, I just signed a contract with TEB for my holiday tale, Almost Home, a M/M/F ménage story featuring hot loving in the middle of a major snowstorm! Here's the blurb.

Suzanne and Gino have history going back to high school, but for years Suzanne has been three thousand miles away, preoccupied with her challenging career. A mistletoe kiss at a holiday party reminds her of their old bond and proves that some things get better with age. When Gino rescues her from a New England blizzard, though, she discovers that she's not the only love in his life. Gino shares his bed and his colonial-era farm house with taciturn painter Harris Steele. Snowed in, without electricity or running water, the three explore the many shapes a triangle can assume. Although she's far away from her everyday existence, Suzanne realizes that she's almost home.

You can read an excerpt on my website.

Have any of you who read this post have been involved in a threesome? If so, do your conclusions agree with mine? I'd love to know—and I'll bet others would, too!

16.9.10

Why Were?

It's that time of the month and here I am trying to think of a blog topic!

Well, as you might no on the 27th of this month my short story Moon Shy will be released. It is the story of Lowell, a computer geek who keeps himself to himself and even works on his own in the basement of the demonet offices. It's not just because he's anti-social it's because Lowell is a werewolf and a very reluctant one at that.



Now why did I write a werewolf story? That's a good question, to this day I'm not quite sure why. I am about the wimpiest person you know. I'm not a fan of halloween or horror movies and I won't go on rollercoasters. I'm easily frightened but I love a good heroic fantasy story. David Gemmell is one of my favourite writers and his stories can contain some pretty frightful monsters but they don't scare me, well, not in the way a horror film does. So when I set down to write a werewolf story i sat down thinking of the fantasy genre not horror. It lends itself more to romance anyway I think.

So I heard the call for submissions and I tried my hardest to ignore it. At the time I had alot of other work on my plate and didn't think I really had time to write anything for it but the tiniest seed of an idea kept popping into my mind and wouldn't let me go and the next thing you know I was writing my first ever paranormal romance story.

I wanted my werewolf to be different and hence Lowell (which means 'young wolf', by the way) the social recluse was born. He hates the fact he's a werewolf and in fact my working title for the story was 'Reluctant Werewolf' but my awesome husband came up with Moon Shy and I liked that better.

Actually, my husband was a really great help in writing Moon Shy because I really didn't have a clue where to start. So he sat down with me and helped me to plan out the story from beginning to end. Now I don't usually do that but as I wanted to jump between 3 different characters perspectives I needed to have a good idea where I wanted the story to actually go. He helped me with technical details too. I wanted my werewolf to feel authentic and my husband had far more knowledge of the genre than I had.

So that is why I chose to write a were story. Basically, I had too. The idea got lodged in my head and I had to get it out for the sake of what little sanity I have left!

so to finish here is the blurb for Moon Shy.

Lowell is a werewolf. Desdemona is a werewolf. That is where the similarities end.

Desdemona takes great joy in the full moon. She maims and kills with enthusiasm and wishes she could be a werewolf every day. Lowell hates what he is. He wishes that the full moon would only come around once in a million years.

Jenny is a sweet girl who often acts before she thinks, especially when a man is involved. She finds herself between these two werewolves. She loves Lowell, he was her school crush way back when. Desdemona is her superior and makes her working life a misery.

But which werewolf will have Jenny in the end? Will Desdemona succeed in killing her during the full moon, or will Lowell be able to keep her safe and in the dark about his horrific secret? It comes down to a fight between two werewolves, one Moon lover and one Moon Shy. Who will win?

Remember you can pick it up on the 27th September but if you really can't wait you can read it now in the Over the Moon anthology.

Oh and as an aside I have finally got my act together and now have a goodreads account. If you're over there feel free to friend me, I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all at the moment. Also you can friend me on facebook but don't forget to like me too and I tweet a bit so you can keep up with me on twitter too.

15.9.10

5 Things I Love About Fall


1. The hot, hot summer days give way to cooler temperatures, and I can snuggle under the blankets with my hottie.

2. The leaves on the trees put on an art show better than any painting or photograph could ever capture.

3. The kids go back to school and I have the house to myself. Ahhh, the peace and solitude, and my magical Hitachi wand.

4. Cooler temperatures mean I can turn the oven on again and cook some of my favorite comfort foods - shepherd's pie, pot roast, lasagna.

5. Football season has started, and my beloved Chicago Bears have won their first game. It's hard to be a Bears fan. They disappoint more than they inspire, but I'll never give them up.

September has also been a special month with my newest story released in the Threefold Anthology. All those stories in this collection are incredible. When I read my copy, I was even more thrilled to be among these talented authors, to see my story Between A and Z alongside such unique voices.

Blurb:

'Between A and Z' by Suzanne Graham

Mia dubbed her life-sized clay sculpture, Adam, because he is the first man she’s ever made. Most of her work has been female torsos, but recently her muse insisted it was time for her to produce a man. Though, she might have been confusing her surging libido with her artistic muse.

Mia has been abstinent for nearly a year, but not because of any plan. Her best friend, Shirle, has organized a party for Mia to put an end to her long dry spell and give her vibrator a night off. Before she even gets out of Shirle’s car, Mia meets Zed.

Zed has come to the party to win a challenge. The waiters at the restaurant where he is the head chef and owner don’t think a black French chef can country line dance. Once he meets Mia, his purpose for the night changes. He plans to spend the evening with this incredibly sexy woman whose sense of humour is developed enough to subject herself to the intense teasing from her friends about her lacking sex life. But he must decide whether he still wants Mia when he discovers Adam plays an important role in her life.


Have a good September!
Suzanne




14.9.10

This and that...OR...My aching...

It's been such a crazy month. Dentist appointments for both hubby and I (did I tell you, I dislike dentists, a lot?). One of my teeth abscessed because of an old filling and it went downhill from there. I went on antibiotics to get rid of the infection, then had to have a root canal. OMG! I've had one of those before, years ago. I remembered some of the procedure, but not all, and of course things change. Anyhoo, when it was done, he says innocently, "You'll need to make appointments to have a crown done."

CROWN, what crown?

"Oh, and by the way, don't bite down on this tooth or it's very likely to break."

I came home more upset than I've been in a very long while. But, after some talking and frustration, decided I didn't have a lot of choice. And, my mouth was killing me. I phoned two days later because it was still really hurting. I got more antibiotics because they assumed the infection had come back.

Sigh!

So, I went back and low and behold, the freakin took had broken. I think it must have broken the day the root canal was done. That was the intense pain I'd been experiencing. It wasn't infected. Every time I moved my mouth or tried to bite down on anything, the roots shifted and bingo, I hit the ceiling. The only thing to do then was, pull the tooth.

I'm now going to have not one crown, but a triple crown. No, I'm not going to the horse races. Get your minds back on topic here. Sheesh!

I'm feeling a lot better, but the cost is going to be horrendous. I thought about just not getting anything done. I mean, it's not the worst thing in the world to have a tooth pulled. When I was a kid, I had four out. One from each side at the back. I managed to eat well enough all my life and no one complained. But, this latest extraction is noticeable. When I smile, you can see where the tooth should be. I'm feeling very self-conscious. Grrrr! Still grumbling, but I'll get over it.

So, the dentist taken care off, for now, hubby also had an appointment with an eye specialist on Friday to check things out. He's good. Well, I already knew that, but now you do too... LOL! His eyes are aging, what a shocker. He needs to wear glasses for close up work, but not for distance. Annoying as all get out, but I'm sure he'll sort something out.

AND, the most important stuff. I have two new book acceptances. Yay! One, Daybreak 2525: Doc, is the first in the series. I'm thrilled about that one being accepted. The contract is signed and in my grubby little hands now. The other, a shorter book is called Jett's Gift. I wasn't sure TEB would want this one. It's a little edgy in a different way, but I'm not telling you more 'cause you're gonna have to wait. Patience is a good thing.

So, life hasn't been dull, for sure. I'm off to get some work done on Jenna Byrnes and my latest Dylan's Dilemma now.


Oh, be on the look out for our latest in the Kindred Spirits Series, Quinn's Blessing. We're in edits at the moment, but it'll be ready for you all on November 15th, so mark your calendars. Between now and then, I've got both audio and e-books coming out, so keep your eyes peeled. Hmm, I wonder where THAT one came from? Sounds very painful to me. 


How about a nice excerpt from Quinn's Blessing? Yes? You'll have to remember, we are in edits so it may be slightly different. 

Quinn's Blessing
Jude Mason & Jenna Byrnes
Release date: Nov. 15.2010

Tagline: Jack Donner arrives at Whiskers’ just in time for a wedding, but so has someone else, whose motives aren’t quite so pure.

Blurb: There’s a cook’s position open at Whiskers’ Seaside Inn and Jack Donner thinks he’s just the man for the job. Resume and references in hand, he applies to fill the spot and lands himself a gig that will pay his bills, not to mention give him a room with a killer view. He’s doesn’t expect to meet the sexiest hunk imaginable, but that turns out to be another perk of the job.

Quinn Stevens is the handsome minister preparing to unite the inn owners, Ethan Roberts and Cade Wyatt, in marriage. When he arrives to discuss the ceremony, he’s bowled over by the new cook and sexual sparks fly between them.

Jack’s intrigued by the bride ghost who visits him in the night, until her actions take a sinister turn. It seems the view’s not the only thing ‘killer’ at the inn. With his great new job in jeopardy, Jack struggles to save it, and the fragile relationship he’s forged with the reverend. He and Quinn soon discover if there’s going to be a wedding, they have work to do. Can they solve the mystery of Catherine’s 1898 nuptials so Ethan and Cade—and everyone else at Whiskers’—can live happily ever after?

All righty, that's it for this month. I hope you have an amazing month ahead and I'll see you in October.


Hugs

11.9.10

Introducing....Me!



I'm going to start out with this since this is a symbolic day. This date marks a time when a lot of us had to grow up. A time when a lot of us realized that all the things we hold dear can be gone in a matter of moments. September 11th reminds me of sitting in the seventh grade art class I taught, trying to explain to a room full of scared 12-13 yr olds that bad things happen to good people and we'd be safe. I hoped anyway. We sat and cried and tried to make sense of the things we saw on television. I'll never forget. I can't say I've lost any good friends because of date, but at least one of my stories has been inspired by a friend who has served multiple times in Iraq.

"Dance like no one's watching and love like there's no tomorrow."

~~

On to the rest of my post...

I'm not necesarily new to the Total-E-Bound family. I have three books out now with them. But to the blog? I'm a newbie. *Grin*

I'm a mom, wife, cleaning lady (ever stepped on those stupid Star Wars Figures at 3 AM? Don't. It's not fun.), erotica author, chauffeur, soudning board, CSI:Miami and chocolate addict, and race fan.

How'd I get started writing dirty little stories? Glad you asked.

Back in the day, saying the word S-E-X was a dirty word. Yeah, like back in the '50's. Sadly, that idea stuck around the household I grew up in. Yes, 1997 and S-E-X was still a dirty word. At the same time, I watched General Hospital. Really exciting stuff. I thought to myself, gee, they talk about sex all the time, have lots of sex, and no one seems offended. Maybe that dirty nasty thing I'd been taught to stay away from wasnt' so bad after all.

You might be thinking I went off the rails at this point. Sadly, no. I'm too anal retentive to really act crazy. I waited like a good little late bloomer.

Once I came to the conclusion that my lips wouldn't fall off because I said cock or because I thought the horizontal mambo was fun... I ran with it. I have the best research partner who loves to help me work out the mechanics of a love scene.

Now that I'm off the leash, I'm having more fun and more comfortable in my own skin. Life is good.

10.9.10

Happy Odds and Ends

I don't have a well thought out blog post this month. It's been a bit crazy around here with school starting - a very happy crazy for this mom of four. ;-)

I love my kids, but summer vacation is sooooo not a vacation for moms. There was much running around and fun being had, but I'll be the first to admit my writing suffers when the kiddos are home all day, every day. A big reason? They've all grown up and can read. LMAO So when one of the darlings plops down next to me, I have to shut the laptop to conceal the wild monkey sex happening. I'm not ashamed of what I write, by any means, but the kids really don't need to be reading momma's work right now. :-D Now they're back in school, I can even leave the manuscript up on the screen when I take a potty break. Ah, freedom.

It was a bit frustrating this summer because we were down to one computer. ARGHHH! Yeah, one computer, family of six... this does NOT work. Our desktop had been running slow then suddenly we were getting an error message an it wouldn't boot up. Then, the laptop decided it had "no bootable device". Huh? At that point, all we had was my kicky little netbook. And I don't like to share. LOL

Thank goodness for my computer savvy brother in law. He completely came to the rescue, though it took a while to mesh our schedules so he could get it done. And he did. *happy dance* He even hooked up an external hard drive that is now backing up all 3 computers regularly. My netbook is back in the "off limits" category and life is good again.

Besides, back to school chaos and adjusting to the fall schedule, I am writing. :) I'm working on some sexy contemporary novels right now, after finishing the third book in my Into the Shadows series. That will release in December at TEB.

Now I should go and take advantage of the hour or so I have until the kids start arriving home. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Hugs,
Jess

Real Women...Irresisible Men...Endless Possibilites
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9.9.10

Character Traits and the Author

Do you rub off on your characters? Do many of them have similarities? Mine do. Most of my heroes have expensive taste in fine wines and tobacco. Many drive luxury cars when the need arises for them to do so in my romance stories. My heroines and I have taste in lingerie and erotic fantasies.

Take my heroine, Katalin, from Light and Shadow. She has a yearning for a higher sense of enjoyment, living life closer to fantasy than reality. In her story, a light hearted BDSM tale, Stefan whisks her off to New Orleans to offer her an illusion he’d like to make into reality. Only, the real world interferes and she runs off into a dangerous part of town where she hurts herself. Stefan chases after her and the story progresses from there.

Very similar to Stefan is Reinhold from Her Shelter. While Stefan is not a wolf as Reinhold is, he is a definite Alpha on a learning curve with his mates. Both men share that trait as I have in the past. Reinhold’s connection to Stefan is that he aspires to give those in his care a fantasy come true in the form of a better life.

Most of my heroines tend towards the curvy side, as that’s the type of woman I’m generally attracted to though if you saw my twitter stream you’d see I flirt with pretty much everyone. Reinhold has that affect on the women in his life. They flirt back and enjoy his rich, sometimes ribald humor.

Then there’s my love of drink. I can’t find one hero I’ve ever written for ANY publisher that didn’t enjoy fine wine, whisky or woman. I guess the latter has to be incorporated since I am a romance author, but the wine and whisky aren’t a part of the stories. Or are they?

These character traits lend depth to my romance stories and give the characters more than just dialogue and action. I like to think they tie me to the theme of whom and what I write about. What about you and your characters?

8.9.10

It's my birthday!


Yep. It's my birthday. So, I thought I'd give you all a gift - an excerpt of What's Your Pleasure? and what more traditional way to celebrate than with a spanking - Enjoy!

Vince reached down and rolled her over. Joe cringed and bit her lip as she heard Vince snap the leather together. She knew this was going to hurt, but damned if she wasn’t trembling with excitement. Without realising what she did, she tensed her ass muscles, bracing herself for the first blow. She heard the sing of leather and felt the bed beneath her jerk. Curiously, she felt no pain, so she glanced over her shoulder at Vincent.
He stood there, his chest heaving, the thick, black belt in his hand, a sardonic smile on his face.
“Surprised?” he asked.
“Yes,” she acknowledged. “I thought you were going to…”
“Did I say you could turn around? I’m your Master. I’ll beat your ass or not as my pleasure warrants. Right now, I want you to keep your face to the bed. You are not to look at me. Sometimes I’ll hit the bed, sometimes you. My choice. Understand?”
“Yes,” she said as she whipped her head back again. Her senses jumped as he once again snapped the leather and hit the mattress next to her. The third swing of the belt, though, smacked her bottom, and she howled, not so much from pain as from surprise. She knew he had lightened the power behind the stroke that smacked her ass, but still, the sting of the leather brought tears to her eyes and moisture to her pussy.
Over and over again, he tortured her. She never knew if the bed or her ass would be the target for the next swipe, and the disorientation left her breathless. She thought she’d go mad. Finally, she heard him drop the belt and unzip his pants.
Without thinking, she rose on her elbows so she could turn to him. Catching herself, she stopped and quickly dropped back down.
“Not quite quick enough, my naughty submissive. Good thing I brought a few supplies. Stay put. I’ll be right back,” Vincent ordered.

7.9.10

The friendly skies?

I've never quite understood the romanticised appeal of air travel, especially airports. Maybe I'm just the cranky woman whose ears STILL haven't popped after her flight home this evening (oww), but I just don't get it.

I mean, yes, international airports always have an air of the unusual about them. They can be the portal to home, an escape to the exotic, or maybe just that awesome place where you buy sanctified sin in the form of cheap alcohol and Toblerone.

And there's no question about it—airlines sell destinations but airports sell dreams. Plane ticket bought, your fantasy begins when you first step into that terminal. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? It's going to be an easy flight. That person sitting across the aisle will be attractive and unmarried. The baby next to you won't cry. The mile high club really IS that good.

Then of course there's the allure of anonymity. A gentleman at the airport bar might buy you a drink (with umbrellas), take you back to his (conveniently across the terminal) hotel, spread you over the seats of the deserted (yet oh so plush) business class lounge. As with the international destinations, the pre-take-off and post-landing possibilities are endless.

For me, however, it's all about the hassle, the jetlag and the overpriced bottles of water. Yet while I just can't ever really get into the idea of airports as sexy myself, plenty of women obviously do. I've been totally agog to notice that in just about every airport bookstore that I've been to in the UK, there is always a very (ahem) well-endowed erotica section. Naughty schoolgirls with lots of spanking, BDSM clubs, girl-next-door menages, you name it. At first I put it down to an adorably kinky local WH Smith's buyer, but there seems to be quite a lot of this erotica stocking going on in airports around the country.

I AM INTRIGUED! Who buys these? Are women reading them on the flights while ignoring the screaming baby next to them? Are they shoving them into their handbags prior to liaisons in the business class lounge? Are they entertaining themselves in their anonymous hotel rooms before the 9am meeting? Are they spanking the secretly submissive Border Guards with them in the isolation rooms off Passport Control? Or is it just that the airports are taking it upon themselves to extend their reach into our fantasies after we've left the airport? If that's the case, I'm all for it – a good sexy read will certainly distract from the (oww) pain in my ears ;)

Let me know if you've seen erotica in any airports *you've* travelled through—and would you read erotica in plane (sorry, couldn't resist) sight?

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5.9.10

Pure and Innocent?

I'm in awe today. My second youngest child is twenty today. She thinks she's ancient. Later tonight we're going to party with subs, soda, and ice cream. We might sing some karaoke, too. We're real party animals, aren't we? :)

My real life is so much different than my online erotic writer persona. I imagine that's true for most of us.

People who know me personally and don't know I write erotic romance are afraid to curse around me, or mention dirty things. They think I'm too pure and innocent. Read one of my books and you'll be laughing with me. LOL

In real life I don't have menages. I only write and fantasize about them.

In real life I don't travel much and have never been to Europe or Asia, but I write about other planets and universes. If I could, I'd be out in space with Kirk and Spock.

In real life I don't hear well, but in my books, I know everything that's going on.

In real life I'm a workaholic, but in my books, I get to do all sorts of fun things.

In real life I laugh at myself a lot and I do that in my books, too. Okay, so that's the same.

Many of these things I hope to do in real life as I have more time and opportunity.

And in real life, I'm not really pure and innocent. I only pretend to be in certain places with certain people.

If I were like Colleen, my heroine in "Whirlwind Relationship", I'd do a lot of things differently if I could go back. Or would I? My 20 year old and my other kids might not be here if I did. But it's fun to dream about having a different life (or many different lives). And so it was fun to write "Whirlwind Relationship" and all my stories and it's fun to read the many stories here at TEB and dream.

Ashley

4.9.10

Orgy or Menage


In honor of the upcoming Threefold anthology which includes my menage, Party of Three, I thought I'd post a little bit about orgy and menage...and the difference.
Recently on one of my loops there was a discussion about what makes a menage and what makes an orgy. Is it just the number of people? Is it the relationship? Is it both? I decided to check out the difference myself, and I want to thank all the peole—who shall definitely be namesless—who contributed to my information, if not, necessarily my experience! So here we go.
An orgy in ancient times was a secet, nighttime ritual in an ancient Greek religion, connected wuith Dionysus and Baccanalia. There are two sorts of orgies, the kind where couples gather to couple with other couples, and free-for-alls. Either kind works, depending on who’s involved and particular sexual preferences. The only rule is it must include both sexes. So, if you plan to have an orgy, guest list is key.
An orgy is like any party, except with ample fresh towels, lubricants, and nowadays bowls of condoms every six square feet. The liquor should flow freely, the food should not be especially gas-producing (save the Three Bean Salad for the church picnic), and the music should be cosmopolitan, exotic, and daring. Set a mood with music and lighting, something that encourages people to shed their everyday skins.
Expect at least one awkward scene at your orgy-the wife/husband who got talked into it and then changed his/her mind. The man/woman who dives in from the platform of excitement, then can’t control his/her embarrassment. Set aside space for these people to recover, opportunities for them to leave gracefully, whatever will work to keep the orgy flowing.
But the basic thing to remember is that in an orgy, which can be any number from three on up, the people are not emotionally involved. The exception is people who participate as couples and are involved with each other but not anyone else. The sex is purely physical and people are not there looking for wedding veils. They want off-the-wall sex with multiple partners, usually at the same time.
Ménage à trois is the French term describing a relationship or domestic arrangement in which three people share a sexual relationship. It literally translates as "household of three." Simply put, it’s a romantic relationship in which three people, maybe a married couple and a lover, live together and have sexual relations always involving all three of them. This can expand to include four or even five people. But there’s one big difference between a menage and an orgy-ROMANCE!
There is an emotional link between the members of the menage on which the relationshipmis founded. This link is not necessary for an orgy, nor does it exist.
So what do you think—orgy or ménage? What floats your boat? Which one do you like to read about? Leave me a comment, And come visit me at http://www.desireeheolt.com/ and http://www.desireeholttellsall.com/

2 Tough Texas men this month at Total-e-bound!


I've got two Texas men for you this month at www.total-e-bound.com !
HARD DRIVIN' MAN on 9/13 and ONE TOUGH HOMBRE the following Monday. I live in Texas and I must say, these men are true to life.
Since I moved here 14 years ago, I have never met such endearing, funny, hard driving men as I have here. (And hey, I used to live and work on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.!) But a Texas man is definitely a different breed of cat. Let that read, LION.
HARD DRIVIN' MAN is out today. Lovely cover, no? This is a very real story for so many Texans who struggle to get what they want. Struggle against the environment--and each other.
This hero is a rancher and so is the heroine.
ONE TOUGH HOMBRE debuts 9.20 at http://www.total-e-bound.com/ and wow, do I hope you like my big ol' Texas Ranger who has one damn big problem: He's got the hots for the sweet thing who owns the bakery shop. Name of Kandy. Tastes like it, too, he imagines. He is fixing to have a big taste.
Only problem is Kandy does not date. She does not sleep around. She only marries.
And our man, Dane Masters, does not date...or marry. He only craves Kandy.
Who's gonna get what they want?
(You can in this series, because there are two more where Dane Masters came from. TWO TOUGH HOMBRES and THREE TOUGH HOMBRES coming soon from me at Total-e!)