Love Beneath the Christmas Tree: A Holiday Visit with Jae

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Three short stories that follow the lives of Rachel Lewis, self-confessed Christmas Grump, and Lillian Coleman, the woman who makes her believe in the magic of Christmas again.

***The Christmas Grump***
For Rachel Lewis, a security guard at the mall, the Christmas holiday season is one big headache. She wants nothing to do with the celebration of love, peace, and family harmony. Her disenchantment with the holiday slowly begins to change when she meets seven-year-old Tyler and his mother.

***Kissing Ms. Santa Claus***
Rachel is counting the days until she and Lillian celebrate their first Christmas together as a couple. She is filled with longing for only one thing to make her holiday complete: a long-term commitment from Lillian. She sets out to find the perfect gift that will reflect her love and devotion.

***The Christmas Elf***
After her home state finally recognizes same-sex marriages, Rachel wants to propose to Lillian. Rachel is confident she has it all covered. She plans to take a second job as the mall Santa Claus to earn the money for Lillian’s ring. But luck is not on her side, so Rachel finds herself with bells on her toes, playing a Christmas Elf.

Note: “The Christmas Grump” and “Kissing Ms. Santa Claus” have been previously published in the anthology “Gingerbread Hearts”.

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Guest blog:

Personally, I like Christmas. I mean, what’s not to like? Spending time with family and friends, eating good food, including German holiday classics such as Zimtsterne and Linzertorte, and having some time off to put your feet up and look back at the past year…

But, of course, not everyone feels that way.

Rachel Lewis, the main character in my series of short stories, doesn’t. She’s the proverbial Christmas grump. Her mother died a few months ago, her girlfriend left her and took their fake Christmas tree with her, and the Christmas carols in the shopping center, where she works as a security guard, are driving her crazy. No wonder she doesn’t like Christmas.

That is, until she meets Lillian Coleman and her seven-year-old son, Tyler. Lillian has her own reasons to dread Christmas. This is the first time she’ll have to celebrate Christmas without her late partner, and she’s still paying off medical bills, so she can’t afford the robot that is on Tyler’s wish list.

In “The Christmas Grump,” you can read about what happens when Rachel rediscovers her Christmas spirit and sets out on a mission to make at least one of Tyler’s wishes come true.

The next two stories, “Kissing Ms. Santa Claus” and “The Christmas Elf,” give us glimpses into the lives of our Christmas grump and her loved ones around Christmas one and two years later.

I hope you enjoy the stories in Love Beneath the Christmas Tree and have a merry Christmas!

Many greetings from Germany,

Jae

 

Thank you Jae for visiting the blog today. I am about to hunker down for a spell before going to work and start in on your wonderful holiday collection. I love your work and it an honor to share a publisher with you. Ylva is a special place that brings joy to readers everywhere and I hope you will all share your holidays with us this year.

Jae

Jae grew up amidst the vineyards of southern Germany. She spent her childhood with her nose buried in a book, earning her the nickname “professor.” The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven. For the last six years, she has been writing mostly in English.

She works as a psychologist and likes to spend her time reading, playing board games with friends, spending time with her nieces and nephew, and watching way too many crime shows.

E-Mail: jae_s1978@yahoo.de

Website: http://jae-fiction.com

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Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Beneath-Christmas-Tree-Jae-ebook/dp/B00H4FU3K6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386355166&sr=1-1&keywords=love+beneath+the+christmas+tree

 

Alpha Virtual Book Tour

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The Scattered Dark Series

Book Two

Fierce Dolan

Genre: erotic horror, hardcore paranormal erotica, BDSM

Publisher: Fierce Desires

Date of Publication: 23 October 2013

ISBN: 978-0-9860165-6-1

ASIN: B00G4V1ETU

Number of pages: 53

Word Count: 15,857

Cover Artist: Fierce Dolan

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Book Description:

When domme Alaine Dunham meets beautiful, young werewolf Seth, she dreams of training him to be the perfect bottom to fill her Alpha needs. She quickly finds that gentling the wild wolf is one thing; subduing the rebellious human is another. Tensions mount as the full moon pushes them to consummate their bond before relationship concerns are soothed.

After a strange book falls into Alaine’s hands she begins to doubt her relationship, her instincts, and the moon.

Book One, Journal of a Lycanthrophile , is free on Amazon starting December 2

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Chapter 1

A wolf. Alaine Dunham didn’t have to see him for that familiar life force to course through hers, for her body to ache to be near his—the telltale signs. Several years had passed since those sensations last sizzled up her spine, thudded behind her ribs, pooled hot and wet at her cunt, and she relished them. Scouting him from her vantage point on the stage, seeing his wild allure, got her even hotter.

The dark man clutched the hand of Hostess Kisha. Her rainbow-plaited head bobbed, a kaleidoscope beacon glinting under the strobing lights as she squinted and guided them through the fray on the glittering dance floor. The shifter pressed through the crowd with his shoulders squared and jaw jutted forward. A lock of wavy black hair obscured his eyes. His swagger betrayed that he was young, anxious, needy, though the power that emanated from him told her he was not newly made. Dancing clubbers parted and stared in his wake.

Alaine jumped down from the stage and waited for him to find her, as he most certainly would. She busied her trembling hands by slapping a cat-o-nine against her thigh. The welts that rose on her skin distracted her from the aching want between her legs. Licking her lips, she sighed and slowed her slamming pulse. If she was half the top she and the patrons of Malice in Fundaland thought she was, he’d be trained to knot in no time. Finally, a worthy conquest.

Shaking her ponytail down her back, she pulled her shoulders up and greeted Kisha. The waifish hostess clasped Alaine’s hand and kissed her cheek, conservative affection considering they had tribbed all afternoon, culminating with the caramel-complexioned beauty creaming on her face around sundown. Fraternizing amongst staff was forbidden, so they kept their bennie trysts secret. Smiling, she tucked a colorful ringlet behind Kisha’s ear and nodded to the lovely man.

“Mistress,” Kisha started, “this is Seth. He’s a regular on the scene, though it’s his first time in Malice.” His gaze roved over Alaine as the smaller woman spoke. “He asked for you. He knows the best when he sees it.”

“Ah.” She resisted the urge to rap his thigh with the flail handle. “I’m booked out several nights. Hostess Kisha can get you on the books for another evening.”

The wolf’s piercing gaze met hers, though his long lashes fluttered and his voice wavered. “Nice to meet you, thanks. For now, I’ll watch.”

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Writing the Sophomore of a Series

I was dubious about writing a series to start with, because it takes a lot of stamina to sustain momentum across several installments of a greater plot. I knew going into Alpha, the second book of The Scattered Dark Series, the challenges that would be ahead, and… I wrote it anyway!

Before we get into the challenges of the sophomore book, let’s talk about what a first in a series must do. Each book in a series must stand-alone, yet tie neatly into its sister books. The first book gets to be the darling—one hopes. It sets up the core conflict, introduces enticing characters, and jets the plot along so well that the second book is set up sublimely. Everyone falls in love with the freshman, or is so incensed by its setup that they want to know more.

So what about The End? The final book (we’ll assume the third one, for brevity’s sake), reveals all characters’ true colors, resolves individual character arcs (at least mostly), and to some degree brings an aptly satisfying resolution to the greater plot. With all of that candy, what’s sweet about the second in a series? Are they all just Jan Brady?

Well, that’s the question every author who writes a series has to clarify from the beginning. The sole purpose of the middle book is to get readers to the final installment. That’s it. Simple enough, right? Yet the majority of the time, the middle book is the one readers complain most about. The first book gets all the action, all the proper introduction, while the finale pushes toward thorough resolution. That said, there can be no lag, no deviating, no grand flourishes in either.

Apart from giving characters the chance to step up their role in plot resolution and possibly explain their connection to it bit more, second books allow a tad more room for dabbling. The very fact that they tend to focus on character development a bit more and rounding out the story allows them wider berth in how the story is told.

There’s a reason second books fall into what’s called the “sophomore slump,” or “sophomore syndrome.” It’s hard to live up to the hype generated by a first book, and sustain the interest to the finale. The truth is, there is no one formula for writing the second of a series. When a concept is created to develop across installments, the power of its story has to be strong enough to carry through.

Review:

This was a delicious short read that kept me glued to the pages in the midst of a mighty writerly deadline. The sexual tension between Alaine and Seth is toe curling. She is a Domme and this werewolf boy will come to heel. The best part about it is that he is no way less a man for being submissive. Just the opposite. Even as he learns to master the wolf within, he must harness his desire and do as his Mistress bids him. Sometimes that is easier said than done. With techniques that have conquered stronger men, Seth and Alaine begin a journey that will lead them both into a mutually beneficial arrangement. This was a great read either in the series or on its own. Fierce Dolan is an author to watch. I love a sexy lycanthrope tale!

4.5/5

 

About the Author:

Erotic mezzofiction writer, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn’t hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi.

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Underneath It All: Cassandra Carr

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UNDERNEATH IT ALL

CASSANDRA CARR

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Excerpt: Title: Underneath It All (Storm series 2)

Genre: Contemporary sports romance

Length: 363 pages (approx 86,000 words)

Publisher: Twenty or Less Press

Publication date: October 22, 2013

Buy links: TBD

 

Blurb:

Professional hockey player Rob D’Amico is confused when he’s chosen to take part in a reading program for inner-city students. While athletes are role models, he tends toward the gregarious and playful side, rather than a studious bent.

 

Despite the lack of funding plaguing her inner-city district, every day kindergarten teacher Alaina Rossa ensures her students learn something to prepare them for life. At first she’s unsure how a hockey player will help her achieve that goal.

 

When Rob visits Alaina’s class for the first time, they welcome him with open arms, despite the lack of even the basic supplies for their education. He takes it upon himself to get the students what they need, sweeping Alaina up in the excitement.

 

As time goes by and she learns more about Rob, Alaina finds her heart opening to him. Is it possible her soul mate could be found in a world so different from her own? And for Rob, the last person he thought he’d find forever love with was an elementary school teacher wearing clothes permanently stained with finger paint. But when you’re playing for keeps, sometimes you have to get a little dirty.

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G4C4AEA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00G4C4AEA&linkCode=as2&tag=amanshubpwebs-20

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Underneath-It-All-Storm-Series-ebook/dp/B00G4C4AEA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382545895&sr=8-1&keywords=underneath+it+all+carr

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/370148

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Bio:

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions/Twenty or Less Press, Decadent Publishing, Siren Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Currrently Cassandra also serves as president of Western New York Romance Writers.

 

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www. booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/ AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ Cassandra_Carr.

 

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Weekend at Wilderhope Manor: Lucy Felthouse

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When Stephanie and Jenny go to a Murder Mystery Halloween weekend at Wilderhope Manor, they’re expecting fun and games. But following creaky floorboards, spooky noises and an alarming encounter in the Manor’s grounds, the girls begin to wonder if there’s more to Wilderhope Manor than meets the eye. As they find frequent comfort in one another’s arms – and their bed – will the girls discover what’s causing the bumps in the night, or will they run scared?

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This story is perfect for the autumn season. Pumpkins, haunted houses and sexy girls that go bump in the night are just what the doctor ordered. When Steph and Jenny go on a much needed murder mystery vacation they are set to have some sexy moments and a great time with the guests. Tripping around the property, they have some very scandalous f/f moments (yay) and encounter a ghost or two to set the mood. I enjoyed this hot little number. Perfect for an afternoon read, munching on a pumpkin muffin and dreaming of sexy costume parties.

Love the cover art on this one!

4/5

A Tribute for Shane Willis

 

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On the 31st of August, Shane Willis, owner and photographic visionary of RadAct Photo and book cover artist for Naughty Nights Press, passed away at the young age of 43.

Shane was a huge inspiration for a lot of people.

Gina Kincade, CEO of Naughty Nights Press and its authors are putting together a silent auction of eBooks to help raise money in honor of Shane for a donation to his family.

We are asking all fellow authors and publishers we know or who belong in same Facebook groups, if they would be willing to donate one or two eBooks (more if you would like) that we can auction off through our blogs/websites.

These books don’t need to be of an adult nature, we are looking for all genres to offer to the reading community.

Once we know who is involved, a post will be written up with all the details on it and we ask that you help to advertise it via your own blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr or whatever other social network you belong to.

Direct donations are also welcome if people prefer.

A PayPal account in the name of Shane Willis will be created purely for this purpose.

An online auction site has been sourced out and a link will be provided with the information post.

If you choose to be involved, please email me at pennyp@naughtynightspress.com with the name of the book, author, genre, publishing house and most of all book cover.

The auction will be run for one month.

Thank you to everyone who participates. You will all be acknowledged for your help.

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Dirty Love by Olivia Starke: A 1 Night Stand Novel

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DIRTY LOVE

A 1Night Stand story by Olivia Starke

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I’m not sure what inspired the story, or my characters, for that matter. Kat and Jared are definitely an odd couple, and even more so once you get into the meat of the work. Perhaps I wanted to take two people who shouldn’t have ever considered one another and throw them together to see what happened. And it worked wonderfully! Their chemistry sizzles, and once they come together…well I’ll leave that for the story to tell 😉

I’ve thrown in a few twists, along with some vampire and werewolf fun. Though I don’t tell you who is what in the beginning, I let the reader find out as they read. And that isn’t the only surprise. I honestly had a lot of fun writing this, and thinking up ways to make my readers go “Oh wow, I didn’t see that coming.” Expect a fast paced and spicy good time as you go on the adventure with my hero and heroine. And I hope you’re thrilled in more ways than one!

With Decadent Publishing’s popular 1Night Stand series, the most unlikely pairings are put together by Madame Evangeline, 1NS owner. Though her clients originally plan one hot night of passion, she has other ideas for a happily ever after.

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Kat goes on the prowl looking for a one night stand to rile up her new friends. A little shock and awe to keep her sane in a life no longer hers. When she’s matched with Jared through 1Night Stand, he seems perfect for her plans. Conservative, sweet, and sexy as sin, she’s ready for one hell of a ride.

But Jared is more than she bargained for—much more. And when her plans for amusement turn dangerous will the two find a way to stay alive?

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“Come on.” She winked. “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.”

“I thought these things were urban legend. I never imagined I’d see one in real life.”

His date’s gaze glimmered with mischief. “There are lots of big hairy surprises out there for those brave enough to search for them.”

“Like you, for one.” He cleared his throat. “Except for the hairy part. I hope, anyway.”

A slight blush colored her cheeks, and he brushed his knuckles over the soft skin there. Shadows marred the smoothness beneath her eyes. Had she been sick? Or maybe her party girl lifestyle drew out too much. She stepped back.

“Cowboy up, sugar.” She grasped his hand and pulled him forward, again surprising him with her power. Under the softness of her curves lay a fair amount of muscle. He swallowed. She could ride him without tiring, take his maddened pounding for hours. It’d take all night to spend the pent up energy boiling in his veins. He’d passed the point of return; jerking off wouldn’t satiate his needs. Without sex, and soon, he’d run howling through the streets, a crazed animal.

After taking an elevator to the basement level of the parking garage, she led him to a red door and rapped on its freshly painted surface. Dark corners closed in on them. The hairs on his arms and neck rose. He sensed being watched. More cameras. Were as many inside? And maybe a live Internet feed his family could run across in some improbable way?

Don’t create imaginary monsters. He squared his shoulders.

A partition slid open. Dark eyes narrowed, focusing on Kat who lifted a pale brow. The panel slammed closed, and Jared let a small sigh slip. Could he be off the hook? This night had turned out to be more than he’d bargained for, leaving him ready to tuck tail and run. Find somewhere else to indulge his feral wants with his date. The door swung open, and the odor of incense assaulted him. His escape option evaporated.

 

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Olivia Starke calls the Ozarks home. One of the most beautiful areas in the country, she loves hiking trails with her dogs, kayaking on the numerous waterways, and enjoying southern Missouri’s fresh air and sunshine.

She’s also ‘Mom’ to four dogs, a growing number of kitties that show up at her door, and four VERY spoiled horses that do little to earn their keep. Not that she’d ever hold that against them.

She’s a HUGE fangirl of Doctor Who and to a lesser extent Supernatural, and has a pretty interesting love triangle (or square?) going on in her head between the Doctor and the Winchesters.

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Thanks for being on the blog today Olivia! I can’t wait to read this smokin hot book!

Stage Fright

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Follow reluctant spiritual medium Toni Bianchi as she discovers the extent of her powers over ghosts and men. Toni’s powerful sexual energy acts as a conduit for wayward spirits and affects the mortals around her.

Her impulsive nature and misguided business sense lead her into a string of odd real estate ventures with one common amenity – each has a resident ghost who needs Toni’s special gift to help find eternal peace through earthly gratification.

Toni is guided through her adventures by the quirky cast and crew of the hit television ghost-hunting show “Paranormal Research Team”. Sexy host Thomas Becker hopes that Toni can help him prove that ghosts exist and he’s glad to step in when the paranormal encounters turn erotic.

Will Toni be able to manage her ghost encounters long enough to forge a lasting human connection?

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Review:

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

I am a fan of this series. Ghosts and real estate. What could be better? When Toni helps check out an old theater, she is instantly drawn to the sexual energy of accused arsonist, Kip. His residual energy haunts the old place. With the help of the ghost hunting crew and a photographer that has also passed on the the other side, Toni solves the mystery of who really burned down the old theater. Sexy and smoking hot, this story was a very pleasant paranormal read with some phantasmagorical love scenes that will make you wish you had a ghost in residence. (I know I did. Mmmmm.)

Gabriel Holly has done a great job with this book and I enjoyed it immensely.

4.5/5