Upcoming Releases

Ylva Publishing

Are you wondering when your favorite author’s next book is coming out?

Today, we want to give you a preview of the books we’re going to publish in the next three months:

January:

Hidden-Truths-800 Cover reveal and PromotionalHidden Truths by Jae will be released as a revised version (e-book and paperback).

“Luke” Hamilton has been living as a husband and father for the past seventeen years. No one but her wife, Nora, knows she is not the man she appears to be. They have raised their daughters to become honest and hard-working young women, but even with their loving foundation, Amy and Nattie are hiding their own secrets.

Just as Luke sets out on a dangerous trip to Fort Boise, a newcomer arrives on the ranch—Rika Aaldenberg, who traveled to Oregon as a mail-order bride, hiding that she’s not the woman in the letters.

When hidden truths are revealed, will their lives and their…

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Puppy Love by LT Smith – Book Giveway!

UK Lesbian Fiction

puppyloveJust before Christmas, UK LesFic received a lovely e-mail from Astrid Ohletz over at Ylva Publishing, asking whether we would host a giveaway for LT Smith‘s latest novel Puppy Love. Naturally, we jumped at the chance, and LT has written us a short piece explaining her inspiration for the novel, and telling us about the charity to which she has pledged all the royalties.

We have three signed copies up for grabs, and it’s as easy as pie to enter: just leave a comment in this thread, or e-mail us here: uklesfic at gmail.com Closing date for entries is Monday 3rd February, noon GMT, and we’ll announce the winners in the news roundup that week.

So, all that remains for me to do is hand you over to LT, and go Google some cute puppy pictures…

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Submission Call: Halloween Anthology 2014

Ylva Publishing

kuerbis_hand_smallWerewolves, vampires, ghosts, fairies, djinns, goblins, trolls, witches, brownies, banshees—beings that are not of this world. Or maybe they are…

We had a blast doing a Halloween anthology in 2013. “When the Clock Strikes Thirteen” has been well received and has even won the “The Things That Go Bump & Grind In The Night Award” from the Rainbow Reader’s website.

So we decided that we’d love to publish another anthology in October 2014 with stories that involve Halloween in one way or another.

Here you go:

We are looking for lesbian fiction. That hasn’t changed.

All submissions must have either Halloween or supernatural beings as the main theme. The stories can be romantic, humorous, enthralling, spooky or erotic.

We accept only short stories that haven’t been previously published.

Word count:

We are looking for stories between 4,000 and 12,000 words in length.

Payment:

Writers whose stories are selected for the…

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Grannies and apple turnovers! Plus meet Regann: reading and reviewing, part three

Anastasia Vitsky

(This is part three in my series on reading and reviewing books. Please read parts one and two if you haven’t already. Thanks!)

Reading and Reviewing Part 1

Reading and Reviewing Part 2

Yesterday morning, armed with a brand-new food storage container filled with home-made apple turnovers, I popped into my church’s quilting session. I’ve never made apple turnovers before (or watched them being made), so I looked up ten different recipes online and cobbled together a plan. I used some regular bread dough instead of pastry (easier to work with and sturdier), sliced up a bagful of apples to simmer for filling, and learned by making a few mistakes.

One: cover the dough with a damp cloth while shaping the first turnovers, or the dough dries out. (I managed to salvage it with a bit of extra oil and a flick or two of water, but it was harder…

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Delicious Torment Blog Tour

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The Delicious Torment
A Story of Submission

Alison Tyler

Alison Tyler has been hailed as the best BDSM fiction writer of today. But wait a minute—is her work really purely fictional? Blurring lines between memoir and meta in The Delicious Torment, Tyler dares to expose in prose that pulsates off the page. Raising all bets that began in the critically acclaimed Dark Secret Love, this coming-of-age story sees Samantha entwined with an older man, a bondage connoisseur and her equal in every way, as she explores the deepest recesses of her master’s desires and her heart.

Story of O meets 9 1/2 WeeksThe Delicious Torment is fueled by lust, longing and need.

“What all of us had hoped Fifty Shades would actually be.”
—Violet Blue

“This tightly written piece of erotica is absolutely fabulous…. The sex is scorching, the characterization divine. This is what erotica is supposed to be. Even if BDSM isn’t your kink, it’s easy to get off on the emotion and the tightly constructed prose. Tyler is a master wordsmith.”
—City Book Review

“Readers tired of sensationalistic portrayals of BDSM will appreciate Tyler’s nuanced and realistic approach.”
Publishers Weekly

“This could be a roadmap for other uninhibited young women, a trip down memory lane for older submissives, and escapist fantasy for the curious among us; any way you read it, this book is a lot of fun.”
—xoxoamore

Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Delicious Torment blog tour! When I heard Alison was continuing her series, I was overjoyed. I love a dark, sexy tale and who better to give the grrrrr in growl than Alison?  She rocks it down all the way to my toes–I don’t care what it is she is writing, but this series takes it to a whole new level.  Join me as Alison answers a few questions about her work, some sexy cookie moments and a suggestion for anyone submitting a short story to her anthology calls.

Without further ado…

The Interview:

1. What was your inspiration to write Delicious?
Years ago—and we’re now moving closer to a decade ago—a reader asked me how I got my start in erotica. I responded with a blog post. And then a second one. And, hell, a third. I’ve said this before, but half-a-million words later, I’m still answering the question.
2. The characters in the book are a continuation in a series. How many more books do you envision? A trilogy perhaps?
Well, I’ve definitely envisioned a ménage, because I recently turned in the third (but by no means final) book. Hopefully, I’ll be allowed six. What would I love? Ten.
3. What elements do you look for in good erotic fiction?
Push my buttons right away, from the very first sentence. Tie me up with your words. Hold me down with your phrases. Cuff me with your clever scenario. Then punctuate the fuck out of me, baby.
4. What are some of your pet peeves when you get a submission?
No title. What is up with that? Several stories for my latest call slid in without titles. Can you imagine the Table of Contents?
(Untitled) by so and so
(Untitled) by such and such
(Untitled) by who the fuck cares?
Honestly, even as an art history major, I was annoyed by artists who didn’t title their work. No idea why. But I really feel like things should be given a name.
Other pet peeves? Big blocks of text. No dialogue. Tired tropes. Same landscape I’ve seen before. Old-married couples looking to spice things up. Please.
5. Tell us about some of your new submission calls.
Right this second, I have a call for super-short stories. I won’t waste words. Check it out: http://alisontyler.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-next-big-thing.html
6. Flogger or whip?
Yes, please.
7. Heels or flats?
Stack-heeled, patent-leather Mary Janes. In every color. Motorcycle boots. Granny shoes. Mules.
8. If I was your favorite cookie, what flavor would I be?
Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux. And I would dunk you in chilled white wine. Because I’m trashy like that.
(I believe this is my turn to say yes please!)
 
9. What is one thing you want readers to get from Delicious?
That love doesn’t fit into a specific definition. That preconceived notions can be left in a glossy puddle on the bathroom floor. What if you loved someone who loved someone else? And rather than that be the end, the three of you looked at the situation as the beginning?
10. What is your steamiest sex scene ever? (And you have lots of them! xox)
Fabulous question. Thank you. Taking the pain for someone else is probably my number-one fantasy. “Take it,” may be the two most erotic words in English to my submissive ears.
In Dark Secret Love (the first novel in my latest series) Sam will not give her safeword and Jack shields her body from a whipping with his own skin. I fucking love that.
Alison Tyler is the author of the new series of submission novels from Cleis Press: Dark Secret Love, The Delicious Torment, Wrapped Around Your Finger. Find her atalisontyler.blogspot.com or at twitter.com/alisontyler.
Excerpt:
“When we’re finished here, you’ll get dressed. I don’t want to be late.”
            “Finished—“ I echoed, feeling the dismal mood slowly draining out of me, replaced bit by bit with a fresh wave of fear.
            “You don’t think I’m going to let your behavior today go unnoticed.”
            I hung my head.
            “Not rewarded, of course,” he continued. I heard the dark smirk in his voice, yet I knew that had I looked up, his face would be stone.
            “No, Jack.”
            He didn’t tell me what to next. He took over, coming forward and placing me roughly against the wall, palms flat to keep myself steady. He worked the buttons on my fly before hauling my jeans and panties down for me, just past my knees. His belt was already off, and he had easy access, was able to grab it up, double the leather, and start without hesitation.
            Each stroke felt impossible to bear. I don’t know why or even how the pain can fluctuate—or maybe it’s my ability to take the pain—maybe it’s the mood that matters. But I was in that place, that bratty, mule-headed place, and I lost my head. I tried to turn, to tell him—what? To tell him No? That it wasn’t fair? That I hadn’t done anything specifically to him? I’d been in a funk because of my writing. That was all.
            But none of that counted. My mood had bled into Jack’s world. And that’s all that mattered to him. That and the fact that I tried to fight the punishment, which changed the situation in a flash.
            He was on me, now, dragging me over to the bed. And I fought him, not wanting to get away—not really. If I had been desperate, I would have acted differently. We both knew that by now. I would have groveled. Begged. Wept. Instead, I tested him, struggling, and he had to work to get cuffs on me, to pin me down the way he wanted, ripping my jeans and panties all the way off and going to work on my ass now, seriously, with the belt, blow after blow, until the struggling subsided and I was….
            What was I?
            I was…. Tamed?
            No. Never tamed.
            Broken?
            No, not that either. Jack didn’t want to break me. He liked me wild and spirited.
            Fixed. That’s how I felt. Tuned up. Back to normal. As if he had given me a dose of some strong medicine. Jack knew. I don’t know how he knew. He knew because of who he was and who I was. He’d said he’d known me since he’d first seen me at Jody’s party, years before. He’d claimed he understood me way back then. Now, he’d known—in himself, in his heart—that I was craving this sort of treatment. The fighting on my part was merely a last desperate struggle to hang onto a foul mood. Why would I want to do that?
            When he was finished, we were both breathless. But I was me again.
Thanks Alison. I needed that…*sigh* Now I’m going back to reading this sexy tale. I just can’t get enough!

ALISON TYLER has made being naughty a full-time job. Her sultry short stories appear in more than 100 anthologies, and she is a prolific editor of bestselling erotic anthologies like The Big Book of BondageSudden Sex, and Down and Dirty. In all things important, she remains faithful to her husband of 15 years, but she still can’t choose just one perfume. Find her at alisontyler.com andalisontyler.blogspot.com

Recommendations for YA Fiction from Jennifer Lavoie

Now this is wonderful. 🙂

Women and Words

On Monday, a blog reader commented “Any chance you and your co-buds and readers could come up with a list of books appropriate for middle school girls coming out? Possible blog topic?” Now, it may come as a shock to y’all, but I know NOTHING about YA literature. So, I called in an expert.

Jennifer Lavoie is a YA author and she also teaches middle school. Who better to address this question? If you want to learn more about Jennifer (and you should), check out her website HERE, and you can check out her books HERE.

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As a middle school teacher, I know how difficult it can be to get students to enjoy reading. I also know how important it is for them to find that one book they connect with that makes them lifelong readers. I consider it a personal challenge whenever I get a new…

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Book Giveaway The Quickening: Book Two in the Sisters of Spirits Trilogy PLUS bonus

A f/f author I would love to read is having a giveaway! Check it out peeps!

Women and Words

Happy Monday!

I’ve been kicking it in the office with a fever, trying to come up with a blog that was interesting, amusing, and thought provoking.

Alas, Macy, the muse – has left the building; she hates it when I’m sick.

So, I called on the illustrious and very cool Andi Marquette for help. She suggested I do a book giveaway. Since I don’t have any paperbacks on hand today – the giveaway will be an eBook – choose your format!

Here’s a bonus snippet from the book, and one of my favorites to write.

Tiffany hopped the bus that would take her to the ferry terminal. She knew she could have asked Sunny or Jordan for a ride, but she didn’t want to bother them with it. Besides, she thought, this way she didn’t have to answer any questions. Sunny would have known in second what happened with Kat…

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Announcing Love Spanks 2014!

Anastasia Vitsky

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LOVE SPANKS IS NOW LIVE!

For contest posts, click these links:

 

When two grown-ups love each other, someone might get a spanking!

How would you like a brand-new Kindle Fire or Nook HD or another prize from a pool valued at over $1,000?

How about free stories from award-winning authors?

This Valentine’s Day, you can participate in a short story extravaganza! F/F authors will showcase romance, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy and spanking fiction for your enjoyment. Chat with your favorite authors, meet new-to-you authors, find great new books, and meet new friends!

Want to become a Love Spanks…

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Voodoo on Bayou LaFonte Virtual Tour

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Voodoo on Bayou Lafonte

Occult Series

Book 3

Susan C. Muller

 

Genre: Paranormal romantic suspense

Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing

Date of Publication: Jan 2, 2014

Word Count: 80,000

Cover Artist: Rae Monet

Book Description:

A frantic phone call leads Detective Remy Steinberg racing through the night toward the one place he vowed never to return. With the life of his kidnapped daughter at stake, he willingly faces shotgun-wielding drug dealers, corrupt law-enforcement officials, and a raging hurricane.

 

Scouring the seedy back alleys of New Orleans for information, he goes undercover at a sinister voodoo ceremony, and struggles to understand the forces of black magic that hold his daughter hostage.

 

With time ticking down, he battles for his life against a high voodoo priest, but can he face the two things he fears most: the swamp that terrorized his childhood, and the ex-wife he’s never stopped loving?

 

Detective Remy Steinberg must return to Louisiana in search of his kidnapped daughter. Can he save her before the swamp swallows her up and he loses any chance at happiness?

 

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Guest post:

 

Thanks for inviting me on your blog today. I wanted to talk about the power of persistence.

 I recently visited the top of Corcovado Mountain, raising 2,300 feet s above Rio de Janeiro. The view of the city is amazing, but even more impressive is the 100 foot statue of Cristo Redentor  (Christ  the Redeemer.)

I’ll never forget the beauty of the statue, the quality of the workmanship, and the breathtaking scenery. But it was something else that made a lasting impression on me.

Someone thought of this piece of art. That person had a small seed of an idea.  That seed was nourished, expanded on, studied, and fought for.  I’m sure things didn’t always go smoothly.  Budget concerns, logistics, naysayers, all must have stood in the way.

Yet today, this iconic statue stands as testament to the power of persistence.

Writing a novel might not seem as impressive an undertaking as sculpting a 100 foot statue, but it can sure feel like it. And that’s just the beginning. Editing, publishing, and promoting are every bit as important. Even luck plays a part. But then luck seems to happen more often to those who are prepared and persistent.

A novel is written one word at a time. Each word builds on the next until a story is told. With perseverance, persistence, and a small helping of luck, anything is possible.

What have you achieved that you once thought impossible?  What are you the most proud of?


Review:


This book hooked me from the get go. The creepy supernatural specter of voodoo was an awesome beginning and element in the story. Remy and Gabby stole my heart in their search for their daughter. All the old feelings came bubbling up to the surface, despite all the really good reasons for things not to work. The characters came off the page, their emotions coming across flawlessly. This is an author I am going to watch and I am going to go back and read the rest of the series! Great sexual tension and a page turner! Hawt!!


5/5

 susanmiller

 

About the Author:

 

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a fourth generation Texan and I attended Stephen F. Austin State University where I majored in Business Administration, but took creative writing classes on the side because that’s where my heart was.

I have always loved reading and if it’s true that God doesn’t subtract the hours you spend reading from your life span, then I should pass the century mark with flying colors. I first tried my hand at writing when I was eleven, but the sun was shining and I had a new bike so that effort was doomed to failure.

 

I didn’t try writing again until I was well into my sixties. People ask me why I took it up then and my answer is simple, because my husband retired. If you don’t understand, just wait, you will.

 

My first novel, The Secrets on Forest Bend, won several awards. After that, I was hooked.

 

I’ve been blessed with two great kids and four grandkids. My late husband and I loved to travel and we saw much of the world. Kenya, New Zealand, and the Galapagos Islands are a few of my favorite places. After he passed, I thought my traveling days were over, yet I’ve since been to Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela.

 

I live in Spring, Texas where I currently serve as president of the Northwest Houston chapter of RWA and volunteer at a local hospital. I also enjoy speaking to book clubs and writers groups.

 
 
 

Twitter: @susancmuller