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spring cleaning…get busy with you by gia dawn

It’s that time of year when the weather warms up enough to open the doors and blow out the musty air that has accumulated throughout the winter months—especially if you live in parts of the US where we’ve seen our harshest winter in decades!! And while I am all for getting your space in tip-top shape, don’t forget to take a few extra moments to give your body a well deserved clean-up as well.

Now I’m not talking major detoxification diets or strenuous exercise regimens—I gave up on those years ago, but there are a few simple things you can do to slough the cold off your skin, and give your insides a bit of a boost as well. So here we go:

  1. Drink water with lemon every morning. Preferably warm, and you can add a dash of hot sauce if you like. Good for cleaning the liver and kidneys.
  2. If your skin has dried out like a prune—which mine has definitely started to look like, hah—make a great skin scrub with 1 tablespoon of brown s gar, a generous squeeze of honey, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. This is great for an easy facial scrub, and you can triple the recipe to give your entire body a fresh clean glow! Olive oil is closest to the skin’s own natural lipids, and a quick splash in the bathtub is another great way to soften your skin.
  3. Make this great apple breakfast. Throw a small handful of almonds or other nuts in a saucepan over medium heat. (Nuts are a good source of protein and vitamin E which is great for glowing skin.) Toast the nuts while you chop up one of your favorite apples—I love Fujis! Peel or not according to your preference. Apple peel contains the most nutrients, but I just don’t like the things so I take them off. Remove the nuts from the pan, add a dab of butter (or other oil), toss in the apples and cover the pan letting the apples simmer in their own juice for a minute or two. Remove the cover, add a good dash of vanilla extract and continue to cook the apples for a couple of minutes longer. Add the nuts, toss well and enjoy. This is especially healthy with a glass of milk, or add a generous splash of milk into your coffee or tea. This also makes a sweet snack in the afternoon when you need a pick-me-up.
  4. Drink tea. Any kind will do. Hot or cold it’s a great way to hydrate.
  5. Have more sex! You knew I had to throw this in there. Shirley Jones—of Partridge Family Fame—recently made a huge buzz on the talk show rounds when she emphasized that masturbation was her secret to staying young!! If you have a partner, go for them. If you prefer solo, enjoy some quality time with yourself. It’s all good.

If you need some hot reading material may I suggest my latest release, Master of Silk.

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Red Masks, Book Two

For the ladies of the Red Masks, pleasure waits behind every door…and no one is ever who they seem to be.

Physician by day, belly dancer by night, sensual beauty Isabella Seda keeps her two worlds strictly divided—until the arrival of Zayne Saladar, her exotically handsome, widowed new patient.

Unbeknownst to the good doctor, Zayne is also an avid fan of her dancing persona, Silk, and he invites her to a night of anonymous pleasure at the BDSM-heavy Red Mask Society, no questions asked. What he doesn’t reveal? That he’s secretly hoping for happily-ever-after.

After a night of thrilling sex, Dr. Seda is faced with an ethical dilemma. Should she keep her relationship with her new patient strictly professional—or give in to the passion sparking between them?

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

You can buy it here: http://www.ellorascave.com/master-of-silk.html

 Thanks for reading. Gia

www.GiaDawn.com

toy story…the treasure in your nightstand by elizabeth lister

I received my very first sex toy from my boyfriend-at-the-time for Christmas when I was twenty-six. His mom was in the sex toy business it seemed, and he was able to get it for a good price. This fact, and the reality of being presented with a vibrator as a gift as though it was the most normal thing in the world, really had an effect on my attitude toward sex and self pleasure ever after. It may not have been the most romantic or thoughtful gift, but it was downright practical.

We eventually broke up and I replaced the basic plastic vibrator he’d given me with a snazzier leopard print model, one that I selected myself for my very personal use. It served me well for many years and, once I became comfortable browsing the local sex shop, was replaced by more and more sophisticated models.

I say more sophisticated because I don’t mean fancier. In fact, I eventually abandoned the classic vibrator for the dildo, an even simpler device that has been around in one form or another for centuries, if not millennium. Turns out I’m a sensitive soul and don’t need the bells and whistles of a vibrator or rabbit to blow my mind. No, sir, the simple dildo will do just fine.

Nowadays, dildos come in so many different variations. There are latex models, realistic looking dildos, dildos shaped like body parts other than penises, stainless steel dildos and, my favorite, the tempered glass dildo. Some of the glass dildos are so pretty they could be mistaken for art pieces.

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And why not? Shouldn’t I own something that is as beautiful as it is functional? And believe me, those glass dildos get the job done. Because they are non-porous, they are easy to clean and require minimal lubrication. You can even warm them up in your hand first if you like. They eventually accommodate to your body temperature anyway.

The thing is, a sex toy should be a treasure in your nightstand. It is a valuable key to your own pleasure and independence as a sexual being.  By all means, incorporate it into lovemaking with your significant other. But keep it where you can reach it when he’s not available or not in the mood (this occasionally does happen) or if you just want some special alone time.

~ Liz

NEW RELEASE – The Cross and the Trinity – Hot off the presses as of yesterday!

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Tate and Sebastian are having trouble maintaining a successful monogamous relationship. When trust is betrayed and old friends reappear, the men are faced with the challenge of making things work or changing the way they will be together. Nobody ever said relationships were easy, and when sexy Dom James Lucas swoops in at the right time, things get even more complicated. Or do they? Do gay men have to tow the traditional line, or is there room for a new definition of true love?

It has already received 4/5 stars from Prism Book Alliance and 5/5 stars at The Blogger Girls. This book is the sequel to Beyond the Edge, which received an Honorable Mention from the NLA-International for excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish writing.

The Cross and The Trinity struck me as a weightier read than Beyond The Edge. It looks at the fragility of life and there is even a bit of a philosophical bent. Don’t get me wrong, there is kinky sex galore-Ms. Lister can write some kinky sex like nobody’s business-and the fetish party sequence still makes my pupils dilate just thinking about it, but there is also depth and emotionality that moved me. I would categorize it much the same as its predecessor as a slice of life tale with infinitely relatable characters.

~ Optimist King’s Wench, Prism Book Alliance, 2014

Where to buy: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowAuthorBooks.php?list=_ABKLIST072&author=Elizabeth!Lister

Website/blog: http://elizabethlister.wordpress.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/moderneroticromance

 

bitches be writin’ guest blog with eve simon

What makes a story sexy?

As a debut erotica author, I’ve been asked several questions about my story, my first foray into the world of extreme steam, some of which I’ve had to take with a grain of salt.

“Is it sexy or smutty?  Do you write your real experiences? Is there a plot or is it just sex scenes? Don’t you feel embarrassed writing the sex?”  As I strive to answer the questions as truthfully and as politely as possible, it actually makes me ask a question of myself, what makes a story sexy?

To be honest, I’ve written all levels of steam and been published under other pseudonyms in children’s fiction, sweet romance and steamy paranormal romance. All of these share one thing with erotica, there has to be a story first and then you can build whatever world you want around it.

To me, graphic scenes or language, bare parts of the body and honest descriptions of sexual practices isn’t what makes a story sexy. The relationship between the two (or more) main characters is the key.

As I read or write a story, I’m most interested in the characters, their strengths and flaws, and the journey they embark on. These key elements must be the impetus for all actions and reactions in the story. In fact, one of the sexiest scenes in the story I’m touting right now is a caress that my hero, Jon gives Lori. It is in foreplay but it doesn’t involve an erogenous zone, per se. He just manages to make her feel loved and appealing in the best way possible, by admiring the very thing she sees in herself as a negative, her extra ten pounds.

As a reader of romance from way back, I’ve been moved by more eye gazes and simple caresses than I can name. When joined with a killer plot, two or more characters that are endearing and identifiable, as well as yummy scenes of lovemaking, the result is a keeper book that is reread over and over.

As a writer, the one thing I always insist on was a love story between generally two people that ends in a commitment of some sort. It doesn’t necessarily have to be marriage, but some commitment just the same. When the romance market opened up to more erotic forms I rejoiced. It was the type of book I loved to read and wanted to write. I love the fact that now, with the growth of affordable digital platforms, erotic books can find a home in libraries around the world. And the choices continue to expand. Our imaginations as both writers and readers are the limits of erotica.

So, to answer the questions I’ve been asked: Is it sexy or smutty?  My writing, I think is sexy. There’s an emotional undercurrent in all of my love scenes, whether it’s tenderness, laughter and joy or a realization that this person is the character’s other half, it is always my goal to have emotion tagging the sex.

Do you write your real experiences?  Not always.

Is there a plot or is it just sex scenes?  Oh, I sincerely hope there is a plot first in all of my fiction. If there isn’t, I’m not doing it right.

Don’t you feel embarrassed writing the sex? To be honest, not now. When I started writing the scenes with more graphic language, I had to actually practice typing certain words and usually ended up editing out some that I still have problems saying aloud. But, instead of focusing on the language, I try to hone in on the scene and the emotion and find it works.

Bio:

Eve Simon is the pseudonym of an author who is also published in paranormal romantic suspense and sweet romance. She spends most of her time in front of the computer but in her spare time, gardens, hikes and enjoys being outdoors. Eve’s first foray into erotic romance is Waking up Lori, by Secret Cravings Publishing.

Blurb for Waking up Lori

WakingUpLori_MEDLori and Jon have been friends and gym buddies for a couple of years. For Lori, Jon is the one person she can turn to when she needs to unwind, to destress and be herself. She’s willing to keep their friendship on casual terms. After all, a best friend is hard to find.

Jon doesn’t agree. He’s hot for Lori and more, he wants her to know what a treasure she is. And he’s determined to take a weekend to prove it, once and for all, and in no uncertain sexual terms. When Lori calls Jon to request a workout session after a stressful day, he takes her up on the offer. But his version of stress relief is a little different than hers, and a lot more enjoyable.

Can Jon convince Lori she is everything he needs and wants?

bitches be writin’ guest blog with nikki lynn barrett

Hi everyone!

First I want to say thanks for letting me hijack your blog today!

I’m talking about covers today. Yep, book covers!  One of my favorite parts of the finalization of a book is the cover. And with me, I try to come up with a cover that has a huge, integral part of the story somehow.  The cover is supposed to signify something, right?  Don’t get me wrong, I love the good looking half naked male models, but I think it’s starting to get a little cliché. I want a cover to tell me/give me an impression about the story I’m looking at.  I’ve been graced with five amazing colors for my published books.

The Secret Santa Wishing Well, my debut book. I love the cover for this one! It’s got holiday colors, a touch of magic, and it really gives me the impression that something magic is going to happen. Love. Love is magic!

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Then came Baby Stetson, my second novel. It’s the kick off book to my Love and Music in Texas Series. The cover AND the book title play an important role with the story. It’s bright, different, unique, and I love the way the cover came out. It’s simple, but it tells so much about the story.

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Same thing with The Melody In My Head, Book 2 of the series. There’s a guitar there because the hero is a guitarist for the band.  I love the couple, too. My husband actually picked out their picture and when I saw it, I knew they were my perfect Jameson and Melody.

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The fun thing when I was searching for cover ideas on Melody, I came across a couple that I felt fit for my next book, the ‘follow up’ to Secret Santa. On the 12th Date of Christmas’s cover came out AMAZING!  Putting that side by side with Secret Santa gets me all holiday festive like. The blue…I just love it, and the couple on the front really fit Robin and Jonas. Playful, in love, young.

Then comes my latest, my new release A Masterpiece Of Our Love. I actually came across the picture and used it to create a scene in the book. But then not only is it a scene from the book, it play an important role because of the way we altered the picture a bit. My heroine, Becca, is an artist. It’s her way of expressing herself.  I’m in love with it!

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A cover goes a long way. I think if you have the power to make your cover, REALLY try to fit your story somehow. It’s one of my favorite processes, and I hope to always make my covers all about the story inside.

What kind of covers do you like? I’d love to know!

To follow me and my ramblings, find me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLynnBarrettauthor

I also have a reader/author group…Nikki’s Book Nook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/713425282019067/

Check out the blurb to my latest release!: Two Lives Torn by tragedy.

Eight-year-old Becca and twelve-year-old Hunter cling to each other and life after surviving a plane crash which stole their families.

Two Souls Seeking Love.

Each year, from the time she was old enough to travel on her own, Becca met up with Hunter on the island that altered their lives forever.

Until he stopped showing.

Her constant. Her link to the past. Gone in the blink of an eye.

Two Lives Bound by Secret.

Suffering more heartbreak, Hunter returns to the one place he’s always sought comfort, the island where he and Becca met. It was the place that stole from him, and in the same instance gave to him. He hasn’t been back or spoken to Becca in four years.

Though he’s sure she must hate him for disappearing, Hunter discovers the girl gone, now a woman in her place. Hunter is determined to prove to Becca he isn’t the same twelve-year-old boy of yesteryear.

But someone isn’t happy about their reunion…

Strange things begin happening. Letters start showing up in their hotel rooms and at home with cryptic messages.

Two Broken Hearts Heal as One.

With the mystery unsolved, Hunter convinces Becca to spend the remainder of the summer back home with him, both for safety and to give them a chance to discover the adults they’ve now become.

Will love get a chance to blossom, or will the past come back and tear the masterpiece of their love apart once and for all?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Masterpiece-Our-Love-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00J2QO8Y2

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-masterpiece-of-our-love-nikki-lynn-barrett/1118929164?ean=2940149365722

bitches be writin’ guest blog with nina pierce

Will You Remember Me?

Like so many authors, I read all the time. I have a book with me wherever I go whether it’s a doctor’s appointment or the vet’s office. Nothing passes time like hanging out with some good friends or at least … a hawt hero or two.

You see, it’s not the surprising twisting plot or the amazing world the author creates that keeps me turning the pages (though that is certainly important). It’s the people in the story and their journey that propels me from chapter to chapter. I’m all about the character driven stories. Of course I love to read romance. I make no bones about it. I enjoy all subgenres of romance from dark paranormals to action packed science fiction to cozy mysteries. But no matter where I find myself in time, contemporary or historical, I want to fall in love even as the hero and heroine are falling in love. I want to laugh and cry and ache for the characters as life throws one hardship after another at them.

I’ve loved many books, but there are some characters I’ve thought about long after I finished the book. Meggie, from the Thornbirds (Colleen McCullough), Ayla and Jondalar from the Earth’s Children series (Jean M. Auel), Zainal from the Freedoms series (Anne McCaffrey) and more recently, those sexy vampires from the Black Dagger Brotherhood (JR Ward), to name just a few. They just left a mark on me that I couldn’t seem to shake even after the author offered me their happy endings.

All writers want to create those kinds of characters. The ones that haunt your dreams and sneak up on you while you’re doing the dishes, random thoughts bumping over your synapses and making you smile or better yet … sigh. And I’m no exception.

My newest romantic thriller, IN HIS EYES, has a cast of characters I hope worm their way into your heart (and psyche) and keep you up late at night turning the pages.

Do you have any favorite characters that have stayed with you?

cover-e-reader-copy BLURB:

It’s always wonderful to be noticed … or is it?

 

To those around her, Maggie Callaghan appears to have the perfect life…a handsome husband, three beautiful children, and her own business. But beneath her thin veneer lies a dark past and self-doubts. When evidence of her husband’s infidelity surfaces, Maggie leases a cottage on the Maine coast and prepares for her inevitable divorce. But a serial killer is on the hunt—and he’s marked Maggie as his next victim. Now her beachside retreat is the focus of an undercover FBI investigation targeting the murderer who’s left a trail of bodies across two states. As lies and secrets are revealed, Maggie realizes her life depends on knowing who’s protecting her—and who’s got her in his sights.

 EXCERPT:

He shouldn’t be doing this. Rainmaker knew it and continued to berate himself even as he pulled open the heavy door to the dingy bar. The run-down establishments in the Old Port section of Portland, Maine were a hell of a long way down the chain from the upscale waterfront bars he frequented when he was home in Boston. But then killers of prostitutes didn’t seek out victims in lavish establishments. Well, that was his argument, anyway…and until some other theory felt right, he was sticking to it.

Inside, the conditions were even more dismal than the other two bars he’d already checked out. Both light and fresh air had given up on the joint. Hopelessness oozed from the exposed wooden beams and clung to the patrons in a dank fog that hunched their shoulders and slowed their movements.

He slid across the cracked vinyl of a booth in the back corner, strategically located so the front door, the bar, and the Friday night crowd were all visible. He ordered drinks from a woman with a tray in her hand and the troubles of her life furrowing her brow. Not even her bright lipstick and plastic smile could disguise the despair clinging to her like the silk shirt she’d squeezed into. He hoped the dark blotch on her right tit was a tattoo and not her lover’s attempt at seduction.

Scanning the tables, he located the raven-haired woman he’d been tailing for the last hour. The wedding band on her finger hadn’t stopped the guy at the last bar from hitting on her. She’d flirted with him for over half an hour before slipping out the back and leaving the poor schlep with a boner and the check.

The leather skirt brushing her creamy thighs as she’d skulked into the night and the three-inch stilettos clicking a rapid staccato against the cobblestones screamed hooker, but the expensive handbag and classy makeup said something else entirely. He hoped uncovering her secrets would also unearth a killer who apparently had an affinity for women with black hair.

As the woman sipped some girly martini, Rainmaker wondered again why he couldn’t let go of a case the Bureau didn’t believe existed. People died every day. Crimes, unfortunately, went unsolved. And only foolhardy FBI agents went on sabbatical to bring down a serial killer with no connected murders.

Yeah, he was an idiot, working hard to ruin his career.

Buy from:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00H2BBPNG

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-his-eyes-nina-pierce/1117544616?ean=2940148950561&itm=1&usri=nina+pierce

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/in-his-eyes-5

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Close up Cane

USA Today bestselling author, Nina Pierce, resides in New England with her high school sweetheart and soul mate of twenty-nine years and several spoiled cats who consider her staff. She spends her days at the keyboard writing romance stories, blissfully creating chaos for her characters by throwing in a villain or two, a little murder and a whole lot of mayhem as they struggle toward their happy-ever-afters. You can check out all her books on her website (http://www.ninapierce.com) and follow her day-to-day happenings on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/author.nina.pierce) or twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ninapierce).