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Savage Love NOW on sale (Crissy's 1st blog)

Can you believe that tomorrow is Halloween and it’s the end of another month? Now I'm posting this actually on the 29th here but over in the UK it is early early morning. That way over there you can read read with your morning coffee ot tea if you perfer!

Hi all. Let me introduce myself…my name is Crissy Smith and I am a new author with TEB. I will be blogging over here on the 30th of every month! So I’m sure we will get to know more about each other as we continue.
Here’s my BIG news of late…

My first release was just MONDAY…and I am so excited!!!!

October has been a wonderful month for me. Not only is my book out, Halloween is my fav holiday, I got a contract for my second book, and my daughter turned ten yesterday. Woo busy time!!!

For my first blog I would like to share an excerpt from Savage Love one of the six books out from the Halloween Bite Me! Collection.
I hope you enjoy… and be safe tomorrow but have loads of fun!

Kelly Walker will do anything to catch her sister's killer, including entering a world she'd had no idea existed, and giving her heart to a man not completely human.Kelly Walker is determined to bring down the man who killed her sister. One year later and there still hasn't been an arrest made. She knows there is an on-going investigation headed by the attractive and intriguing Alex Gray. The only man who has ever been able to touch something deep inside her she'd rather not know about. Their attraction is almost animalistic.Alex Gray has tried for a year to keep Kelly out of the investigation he's given two years of his life for. But when he finds her trapped with the man he knows has killed before, he must risk everything to protect her. Showing her what he really is and what they are up against could cost him the one thing he's waited his entire life for—a mate

Kelly wasn’t happy, but she left the bar. What was she going to do anyway? Walk up to Craig and introduce to herself as the sister of the woman he’d killed a year ago. He would probably pull out a gun and shoot her where she stood.
Shaking her head, Kelly walked to her car. A sound from behind her made her stop and twirl around. No one was there, but the hair on the back of her neck stand up. Digging through her purse, she found her keys and gripped them tightly in her hand. She looked back at the door. She could go back inside and have Alex walk her to her car.
No, he might think she was making it up to be alone with him. Biting her lip, she turned back towards the car and jumped in surprise. The man in front of her was over six feet tall, had on a long blank trench coat, and was snarling at her. As he reached out for her, Kelly backed away. He moved faster and grabbed her upper arm.
He quickly pulled her in the alley behind the bar. She could see three men waiting.
Kelly started to kick, but a hand covered her mouth and an arm went around her neck, cutting off her air. Then she was standing in front of the man she had come to see.
Craig Lambert leaned forward and sniffed her neck.
Kelly tried to kick out again, but the man holding her was just too strong.
"I love the smell of fear," Lambert said in a deep voice that made her stomach roll.
He straightened, and she could make out his facial features in the dim light of the alley. Just like the first time she’d seen a picture of him, she was amazed at how normal he looked. In fact, up close, he was quite attractive. No wonder why her sister had been interested in him.
"I saw you watching me. Do I know you?"
Kelly shook her head, unable to talk with a hand over her mouth.
"No? You do have something familiar about you though." He ran thin, bony fingers over her cheek, and Kelly felt tears threaten to fall. When his thumb flicked over the pulse in her neck, she could have sworn his eyes turned red.
Eyes wide, Kelly watched him as he leaned forward. His mouth opened and his teeth, which had been normal, started to lengthen. Her scream was barely audible as terror she’d never felt before shook her body.
Before he reached her, there was a howl and something knocked into them. Kelly went down on her side and rolled away from the two men. She heard someone call out, "wolf," as she scrambled to hide against the wall of the building.
The scene before her was like something in a movie. A grey-and-white wolf stood in the mouth of the alley as the four men spread out with guns drawn. Kelly didn’t know what to do, so she pulled her legs to her chest and wrapped her arms around them, hoping to stay invisible.
The first shot rang out and Kelly jumped. The wolf charged into the alley, attacking the wrist of the one who’d shot at him. While he was busy, another man aimed for the wolf, but the animal moved just in time and sidestepped another bullet.
The first man was holding his arm as he fell away from the wolf. Kelly watched as blood gushed from the wound and dripped to the dirty concrete. She felt her stomach turn at the sight and steeled herself not to get sick. That wouldn’t help the situation at all.
Then the wolf jumped on the other guy, his sharp canine teeth clamping down on the man’s throat. Kelly closed her eyes as the man’s scream turned into a gurgle but the sound of movement had her opening her eyes again. She watched as the wolf released the man and stalked towards the other two men. The one who had held her, and the one who had killed her sister.
The men exchanged looks before jumping straight up in the air. The wolf charged at the same time but met only air as the two men disappeared.
Kelly wasn’t aware she was sobbing until the wolf turned, and she met his stare. She’d never seen a real wolf before, only on television, but she knew this wasn’t just an ordinary wolf.
He stepped forward, and Kelly held out a hand. "St…st…ayyyy," she stuttered. Her hand shook and she could practically hear her own heart beat. The wolf stepped closer.
Hoping this was just a bad dream, she closed her eyes, counted to ten, then opened them, but the wolf was still there. Standing in front of her, his head tilted to one side, blood dripping from his mouth.
Kelly moved onto her knees and tried to crawl away. The wolf growled, and she froze in her spot. The growl vibrated the air around her. Obviously, the wolf didn’t want her to move. So she remained on her hands and knees against the old brick building, watching as he closed the distance between them. When he stepped in front of her, she once again got a look at the eyes.
A sense of calmness went over her as she looked in those deep grey eyes. She just stared, as she had done not more than half an hour ago. "Alex," she whispered.
The wolf moved and she felt his soft fur against her skin.
The back door of the club swung open, and they both jumped. Before she could blink, the wolf hunched down and growled. Kelly felt a wave of relief as Marcus stepped out the door.
Kelly watched Alex’s partner take in the scene before him. The wolf was still crouched down and growling, and Kelly was still on her knees. She looked over to where the men had been but they were gone. There were no bodies or anyone but them in the alley. No blood or sign of what had taken place. If Kelly hadn’t seen everything with her own eyes, she wouldn’t have known anything had even taken place.
Marcus closed the door and turned towards her. Kelly started to stand, but the wolf turned his head and snapped at her.
I hope you enjoyed the little tease and decide to give the book a try!!!
Crissy Smith
Letting the WILD out!


Gypsies, Knights and...damn fine looking men!

OK, OK. I'm late again! It's been one of those days already! I'm so brain dead that I couldn't even remember my phone number to give to the service guy when I dropped off my car. So there's not a prayer that you'll get witty, creative writing on the blog today.

Instead, the Renaissance Festival has just concluded in our neck of the woods, so I thought I would share some of what I saw while visiting every weekend. Some of the players got such enjoyment out of their roles, you thought you really were living in the Middle Ages.

OK, so I didn't see Adrian Paul at the Ren Fest. I can always WISH I saw him!

You still have time to order "Twelfth of Never", my Halloween short story from TEB with a ghost and lots and lots of sex. What could be better? (OK, besides candy?)
Have a great day!


October is upon us...and actually almost over

I love Halloween. Go figure, the vampire girl's favorite holiday is Halloween. I know. Shocker. But I can't help it. We get to dress up and strangers give us candy. What is not to love about this holiday.

Not to mention scary movies abound! Vampire movies (of course) are my favorite, but I enjoy Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and other standard slasher films of the 80's. Hitchcock movies are also quite common on late night television this month. Psycho is one of the best Hitch movies ever made. It is so creepy, and so good.

Mr Rebel and I love October movie nights. Curling up on the couch together, snuggled under the covers with a bowl of popcorn and M&Ms watching scary movies. At 28 years old I have to admit I still watch movies between splayed fingers. I get scared, I jump, I squig out, and the Mr. loves it. Especially when we are watching a movie he knows I have seen a thousand times. Can't help it, The Exorcist is horrifying.

So what will you be doing for Halloween? Are you ready for the most frightening time of year...because you know Christmas is now wright around the corner.


Dakota Rebel


The Kinky Code

The internet has truly transformed the options for those who want to get kinky. If you’re definitely into something that strays a little outside the mainstream or just curious to why some people like leather so much, sooner or later, you’re probably going to end up on the internet looking for the latest toy, a new story to read or just a bit more information.

But as soon as you hit a kinky website or message board regardless of if you’re there
OOC – Out of curiosity - or if you’ve BTDT – Been there, done that – all before, at some point you’re likely to stumble on a few abbreviations that don’t make a damn bit of sense ro you.

Since I don’t have any excerpts to share with you this month, I thought I’d post a mini beginners guide to the kinky code. So here goes.

A brief introduction to
WISTWD – What it is that we do. (With a few things thrown in from the romance genre, because in my mind kink and romance have always gone in hand in hand.)

I’d like to start off by saying there is no
OTW – One true way. Be very suspicious of anyone who tells you that real submissives or real dominants all do X. Real submissives and real dominants are first and foremost real people. Everyone does things they way that rocks their particular boat.

There’s a saying – For some people 20 lashes is a terrible punishment, for others it’s just the start of a good night. Anyone with any sense will tell you that -
YMMV – Your mileage may vary. What one person loves bores another to tears. Not everyone gets the same thing out of the same experience. Sometimes you just have to admit that YKISMK – Your kink is not my kink or more politely YKIOK,IJNMK – Your kink is okay, it’s just not my kink.

Let's start with a few basics I think everyone knows:

BDSM - The big catch all acronym – Bondage and discipline, Dominance and submission, Sadism and masochism. The only problem with it is, it doesn’t really tell you much. If you buy a book that says it contains BDSM, you could end up reading just about anything.

Breaking it down, you have
B&D or BD – Bondage and Discipline. If it’s being tied up or spanked that rocks your boat, this might be where you’re interests lie in the kinky world. To my mind, it’s the external end of the kinky spectrum. It’s all about what happens to your body.

D/s or DS – Dominance and submission – on the other hand, is what I think of as the mental aspect of the lifestyle. It’s more about the way the people think. That’s not to say there isn’t quite a bit of other kink associated with it, but what a lot of people don’t realise is that there doesn’t have to be. It’s just about the way a dominant personality and a submissive personality interact, even if they don't own a single piece of leather.

S&M – Sadism and Masochism - This one is something that doesn’t really fit with the internal / external kink idea. It’s about pain on the outside that morphs into pleasure on the inside. And again, it might involve D/s or bondage, but it doesn’t have to. A submissive isn’t necessarily a masochist, a masochist isn’t necessarily a submissive. Just because one person likes being tied up doesn’t mean they like to be whipped and vice versa.

That moves us on to the most important bit:

The one thing I think everyone should avoid is anything
NC – Non-consensual. There are two acronyms that are all about this. If you’re playing you should be either following one or the other of these philosophies - RACK – Risk Aware Consensual Kink or SSC – Safe Sane and Consensual. They pretty much mean the same thing – don’t hurt anyone unless they want you to.

One of the big differences you’ll come across if you’re reading about kinky relationships is time scales:

24/7 or 24/7/365 – It’s used in the vanilla world as well, but in kinky conversation it’s usually specifically taken to mean that the kinky aspects of a relationship don’t stay in the bedroom. The people might be in question are in a APE – Absolute Power Exchange or a TPE – Total Power Exchange or they might not, but in some way their kinks effect every moment of every day.

This can involve
CIS – Complete and Irrevocable submission – where the submissive in the relationship says that this is it, they are making a lifetime commitment to the lifestyle, and often to one particular dominant. This type of relationship is sometimes referred to as M/s – Master/slave.

At the other end of the scale is an
EPE – Erotic power exchange. It’s not a lifestyle, but it is a very enjoyable way to arrange your sex life. As well as the kink, you’ll hear people in this sort of relationship talking about their R/L or RL – their real life, where they may have a completely different personality, different limits and a completely different relationship with their partner.

And then there are the more specific aspects of different relationships.

Many people enjoy
EC – Enforced Chastity, complete with a CB – Chastity belt. (Not to be confused with the slightly longer acronym CBT, which is cock and ball torture. Good typing is very important with acronyms!) Every person wearing a chastity belt needs a KH – Key holder. As you can probably guess, it’s the submissive who usually ends up with the belt and the dominant who ends up with the key – and complete control over their partners sexuality.

A lot of people also enjoy
CP – Corporal Punishment. Of course, just because it’s called a punishment, doesn’t mean it can’t be used for play as well. The person OTK – Over the knee – might well be enjoying every movement of it.

It’s quite possible in that case that the person in question is a
SAM – a Smart Arsed Masochist. A submissive who breaks their dominant’s rules just for the joy of being punished for it.

A lot of people would consider this to be
TFTB – Topping from the bottom – a submissive who tries to manipulate the scene to get they want rather than really giving control over to the dominant. And a good dominant might decide that a good hard spanking is a privilege the masochist has to earn in the future.

Of course, not all dominants are great dominants. And even the best can be struck down with
TD – Top’s disease. You know that saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely? Well, a dominant who has complete power over another human being sometimes forgets that they are human to. Top’s disease is a belief that they are all power, always right or don't have to remember how much you love the submissive under your care

Then there are a whole series of abbreviations about just who is what in the relationship. There are
FLR – Female led relationships. And there are other relationships where the dominant is an old fashioned HOH – Head of the household and the submissives in the house are TIH – Taken in hand.

On a similar theme, you’ll find a lot of erotic romance books marked with some combination of
m/m or m/f or f/f or any combination there of. Most readers now know that the m and f are male and females and they tell you what combinations of sexes will be meeting up for some fun during the course of the book. But, perhaps fewer people are aware that in the kinky way of abbreviations, a capital is a dominant and a lower case letter is a submissive. So an M/f book is likely to turn out very differently to a F/m book.

I think that’s all the major bases covered. If you didn’t know before, you do now, and next time you are on the net and talking to someone who is
U&A(&LI) Used and Abused (and Loving It) I hope you find one or two of the abbreviations useful.

A final point, it’s always good to remember that kinky doesn’t necessarily mean short term. Kinky people can want to find someone to live
HEA - Happily ever after - with as much as everyone else. There are a lot of people who like leather, but would also like a LTR – Long term relationship – I know the people in my books do.

On the subject of my books, you can probably find a bit of everything above in one or another of them. The first one is coming out December 8th. It’s just hit the coming soon section of the
TEB - Total-e-bound website – it's an M/m erotic romance featuring a 24/7 D/s LTR, and a little bit of M/m/m, as well as a few bits of B&D and a HEA ending. You can see the blurb here.

And that's it. Did I miss out any of the obvious ones? Leave your favourite off my little list? Don't be afriad to le me know :)

Kim Dare
Kink, love and a happy ending.


A Great Big Juicy Bite

In this part of the world, it's time for a celebration of the harvest! Pumpkins, squash, apples... Fun!

And while it's a celebration of abundance, how about a time to celebrate you? And how about taking a moment to slow down and think about taking a great big, juicy, delicious bite

Is there some adventure your soul longs for? I'm not talking, necessarily, about jumping out of an airplane (although I'm game if you are!) or bungee jumping or even racing a NASCAR. I'm talking about a big, juicy bite of something that appeals to you!

That could mean painting a wall or a picture. Writing a book or penning a journal. It could mean traveling somewhere new and exciting, or even trying a new place for dinner or a drink. It could mean taking up a new sport or a new hobby. It could mean baking something new.

For me, my great big, juicy bite is about...owls! Tonight, I'm heading out to "band" Northern Saw-whet owls. I have no idea who else will be part of this adventure. I have no idea how you do it. The only thing I do will be cold in that part of the Rockies at night, and it will be dark. And it's something I've never done before. I'm excited and nervous.

I could easily have said "No" to the call to adventure, after all, it's a long way from home and it's cold and... You get the picture. There are always a dozen, legitimate reasons not to do so something new, something outside your comfort zone. But if you were to set aside that reluctance and to take a great big, juicy bite of something, what would it be?

Let me know what you decide!

Have to run now...I need down gloves and a headlamp for tonight's adventure. Let's hope it's a hoot! (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

Love, Sierra

Sierra Cartwright


A Howlin' Good Time

As Halloween approaches, my thoughts turn to ghosts, goblins, and my favorites, werewolves. Are they stuff of myths and legends? The result of psychosis. Or...real?

As I was researching werewolves this week for a new story I'm plotting, I came across the story of the Henrico County Werewolf. It is a well known local legend although no one seems to know its origins. The creature is only seen during the full moon and has been known to howl. It also chases people although it has never killed or hurt any humans. Six-feet tall, it's covered with grayish white hair. It can stand on its hind legs or run on all four legs. It has a human like body but a face like an animal.

This, along with all the books, movies, and stories told around the campfire when camping spurred my imagination. So, when I was looking for inspiration for a tale of seductive suspense, it's no surprise that werewolves came to mind.

But, not just any old werewolf. This one is of man's own making. As we know from the media and popular fiction, the government has the unfortunate habit of dabbling in biological warfare. Both real and fictional mad scientists are endeavoring to harness the power of ebola or, in my story, lycanthropy. Needless to say, these diseases weren't created to be servants of men and tend to have nightmarish results.

Which is how Eclipse, California came into being.

As you drive through town, it looks like any other middle class neighborhood. Nice houses, well-kept lawns, and a particularly well-stocked meat section at the grocery store. The only difference, the population of Eclipse are outcasts, nearly prisoners in their little town. For, once a month, at the full moon, the inhabitants turn into werewolves. For public safety, they've been isolated from the rest of the world.

Until Michael O'Toole inherited a mansion on the outskirts of town. Unfortunately, the pack wasn't content to let bygones be bygones, and someone had the smart idea of having Mike join in the fun.

Too bad no one asked him first.

I'm currently working on the character who will give Mikey a run for his money and claim his heart for her own.

Meanwhile, I want to leave you with a few more sightings, just to make sure you stay awake and glued to your windows during the next full moon.

Perhaps one of the most famous cases is told by Delburt Gregg of Greggton, Texas. In 1958, she was alone on a dark and stormy night. Her husband was away, and she had of the night, she awoke to the sound of scratching at the screen. When the lightning flashed, a "huge, shaggy, wolf-like creature" was "clawing at the screen and glaring ... with baleful, glowing, slitted eyes." As she jumped from the bed to grab a flashlight to get a closer look, the creature dashed away and hid in a large collection of bushes. Ms. Gregg didn't fall asleep right away and was stunned to later see a tall man walk down the road and into the darkness.

In 1936, Mark Schackelman claimed to have seen a six-foot tall, hair-covered creature digging in an Indian mound near Jefferson, Wisconsin. The creature had a large muzzle and included both ape and dog characteristics. With pointed ears and human-like hands, the creature smelled to high heaven with the scent of dead meat. The next night, Schackelman saw the same creature and heard it making a strange "three-syllable growling". When he began to pray, the creature quickly turned and dashed away.

Then, there's the Beast of Bray Road. On October 31, a young woman was driving along Bray Road near Delavan, Wisconsin when she felt her car jump as if the right tire had hit an object. After stopping the car, she saw a dark and hairy figure running toward her. She sped away only to have the creature jump onto the car's trunk. Due to the slick metal, the beast was unable to gain a hold of the vehicle. When returning with a friend, the duo saw a large dark shape standing near the side of the road.

When the report got out, several other people also claimed to have seen the strange creature. In 1989, Lorianne Endrizzi was traveling along the same road when she caught site of a figure kneeling at the side of the road. When she slowed the car, she claimed the creature stared at her through the passenger window. She estimated the beast was about six feet away and had grayish brown hair with large fangs and pointed ears. She also claimed the creature had a snout and human-like hands. A local farmer also saw the creature, but took it to be a gigantic dog.

Real or Fiction?

What do you believe?


Top Ten Reasons why Trick or Treating is Better than Sex

It's almost Halloween and I couldn't resist one more top ten list. Of course, I can't forget that I have a fantastic new release this month with co-author Jude Mason called Feral Heat, a paranormal, changeling, m/m/f extravaganza, so be sure and check it out here!

Business out of the way, on to this lists!

Top Ten Reasons why Trick or Treating is Better than Sex

10) You are guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.
9) If you get tired, you can wait 10 minutes and go at it again.
8) The uglier you look, the easier it is to get some.
7) You don't have to compliment the person who gives you some.
6) It's O.K. when the person you're with fantasizes you're someone else, because you are.
5) Forty years from now you'll still enjoy candy.
4) If you don't like what you get, you can always go next door.
3) It doesn't matter if the kids hear you moaning and groaning.
2) Less guilt the morning after.

I found this yesterday on a Yahoo blog and it was so funny I had to share it. Erin Zimmer put together this list of our top 10 Halloween treats that nobody wants... (She wrote the commentary,I just laughed!)


Dentists and orthodontists should not be allowed to celebrate Halloween if they're going to get all tooth doctory on us.


Little boxes of stuck-together shriveled globs are not what little kids schlep around the neighborhood for all night.

Candy Corn

The most polarizing candy of all. The fruitcake of Halloween; it just never goes away. If you love them, fine. But don't subject the rest of us haters to the sickeningly sweet triangle that tastes like neither candy nor corn.

Smarties and Necco Wafers

These chalky candies are supposedly "fruit-flavored," but no fruit I know tastes like dust -- and makes everything eaten after taste like dust, too.

Dum Dum Lollipops

Usually, foods on a stick are yummy (corn dogs, ice pops), but Dum Dums just can't be included on that list. Not even if they were breaded and deep-fried and served at a fair.


Long before "poisoned candy" scares, evil people were handing out apples instead of candy on Halloween. This disappointing "treat" is the main reason to avoid unwrapped food while trick-or-treating.

Tootsie Rolls

It looks like chocolate and sort of smells like chocolate, but the mini brown tubes are not real chocolate. They taste like watered-down chocolate, and have a chewy texture that will strip the fillings right off your molars.

Miscellaneous, Wrapped Hard Candies

Halloween is supposed to be a holiday for young people, not senior citizens who suck on hard candies all day.

Laffy Taffy

I do not laffy when I get these. I sobby. I get depressedy. Because it gets all stucky to my teethy and doesn't even taste that goody.


Anything Fun-Sized

Who started calling it this? Since when is one bite fun?! Give us the rich houses with the sprawling driveways and full-sized candy bars any day. Portion control doesn't need to start this young.

Happy Halloween everyone!!!