Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year's Thoughts and Thanks

I saw the notice go up about the New Year theme day at M/M Romance Readers & Writers and it got me to thinking about how my last year went and the hopes I have for the next year. At this time last year, I was working in a job I absolutely hated. It was all I could do to get up in the morning and go to work. I was miserable, but it put food on the table and paid the bills.

This year, I'm still working, putting food on the table and paying my bills, but I'm living my dream job writing for a living. Does it get any better than this? Why yes...yes, it does...not only am I living my dream job, but also someone decided I could actually write. Who knew? LOL...it hasn't been easy. My family has had to make sacrifices so that I can get my foot in the door, so to speak, but here I am...

I'm 41,000 words into sequel number two of the Wolf Creek Pack, 24,600 words into Tri Omega Mates number 4. I work from home so that I can be here every day when my kids come home and I make my own hours (it's 3:15am right now). My family is very proud of me, but maybe not quite as proud as I am of myself. As scared as I was, I took the chance that someone somewhere might like the crazy stuff that comes out of my head.

I have a bunch of books coming out in the next three or four months and several more that I'm working on, including a new series called Warriors of Akasha. I've created sci-fi worlds with two moons, two entire werewolf cultures, and one horny chocolate eclair baker who falls in love with a doctor. I've dreamed up cat men, werewolves, and soldiers with paranormal abilities. My characters have fallen into love, out of love, and gone just plain crazy...all of this from the chaos of my own imagination and my laptop.

Does life get much better than this? Only if I win the lottery!

Thanks for everything you've all done to make this last year so wonderful for me. I've made a lot of friends, met a zillion people, and found an entire world filled with people that have great imaginations and even bigger hearts. Without your encouragement, I would still be working that horrible job and wishing I had the courage to follow my dreams.

So, as this new year dawns...I wish you and yours the very best that the new year has to bring.

Stormy

Saturday, December 27, 2008

5 Blue Ribbon for Forbidden Desires

I just got my review for Forbidden Desires from Romance Junkies. I received 5 blue ribbons. How cool is that? And the reviewer liked this one better than the first one, Secret Desires, which also recieved 5 blue ribbons. You can read the review below or check it out at Romance Junkies .


Ryland is running out of ideas of how to show his mate that he is ready to be claimed. Deciding to take the bull by the horns, he tells Gregory, the man who saved him years earlier and has been there for him through thick and thin – that he is ready to be claimed. This, however, evolves into a situation that has far reaching consequences.

Gregory is out of his mind with lust for his little mate, but wants to wait until he is ready. Knowing that he cannot have what he wants, he does the next best thing. This results in him having to face up to what was directly in front of him and laying claim to his mate.

After a night of passion, they find out that all is not perfect with their joining –as not only is Ryland unable to talk to Gregory, but they find out that he is a Tri-Omega and if his second mate is not found soon – Gregory may not have a mate at all.

Getting away from the pack for some much needed R&R seems to be the most logical thing to do – allowing Ryland and Gregory to spend some quality time together. However, they get more than they bargained for as not only does Ryland find his second mate, but his mate's wolf is in no mood to share.

After reading a wonderful first book in a series, it is always with a sense of trepidation that I read the second without comparing it to the first. Stormy Glenn has done what few authors have been able to do. She has given us a better book with FORBIDDEN DESIRES, the second book in The TRI-OMEGA series.

This book is a character driven book, it delves into the dynamics of two men who have waited what feels like an eternity to be together, only to find out that in their eagerness to be together they have set in motion a chain reaction that is unstoppable without a third to complete their partnership. Their third is not open to sharing and finds great difficulty in accepting that he is a part of an already established union.

Stormy Glenn has given us a plot, which will have readers putting The Tri-Omega series in their diaries for future release. Sex scenes are definitely not vanilla – they are hot, aggressive and in some case very much unexpected. I absolutely love this book and look forward to seeing where Ms. Glenn goes with this series.

If you're interested in the rest of the titles of the TRI-OMEGA series here's a list of them in order: SECRET DESIRES, FORBIDDEN DESIRES, and HIDDEN DESIRES which is due to be released in early 2009.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Best Man by Jenna Jones

Zack and Quaid have been lovers for more than a decade, but things aren't going well between them. Quaid is dependable, but Zack is bored, dissatisfied with their routine.

At a family wedding in Las Vegas, Zack does his thing, with little consideration of what Quaid wants or needs, until he notices how much attention one of the other guests is paying to Quaid. And how much Quaid is loving it.

Zack has always known Quaid was the best man for him. Now, can he prove he's the best man for Quaid?


~Excerpt~
From the top of the Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas looked like a starry night, as if someone had flipped the world onto its back. Zack Palmer leaned against the railing, looked at the billion neon bulbs below, and thought that riding the Big Shot in the dark would be like blasting off for the moon.
He glanced over as Quaid's hand slid down the railing to wrap around his -- it was unusually clammy and shaking. Zack let Quaid hold his hand, but he didn't think it would be for long. People would make remarks and he was no in mood for a confrontation tonight.

"I don't think I can do this," Quaid said, looking up as the ride shot into the night and the next load of passengers screamed.

"Of course you can. It's just a thrill ride. It's not even the scariest ride in Vegas."

"That's really not helping, Zack." Quaid winced and shivered a little as the vehicle roared up its track, passengers shouting with laughter and artificial terror.

The other members of the wedding party were in line ahead of them: the other two Brannigan brothers, Peyton and Riley; the bride, Isabel, tucked under Peyton's arm; the bride's sister and the sister's husband; the bride's best friend; cousins from both sides of the family, friends from college or the bride and groom's current jobs.
The older generation had declined to join them; Zack had no doubt they were back in the Bellagio casino, playing slots and downing martinis.

After supper at the vast buffet at the Aladdin, Riley had the idea to walk to the Stratosphere to go on the rides and look at the view. It would be a symbolic gesture, he said, to start the marriage with something that seemed terrifying but actually wasn't. Everyone had exclaimed over the idea except Quaid, but he wasn't given to exclaiming over things anyway.

"You'll be fine." Zack let go of his hand. "You always are."

Quaid chuckled dryly and his body relaxed until another vehicle shot up the tower and into the sky. Riley glanced back at them, his expression concerned, but when he caught Zack's eye he smiled and turned again to talk to Isabel.

"Oh, God," Zack murmured when he saw one of Isabel's cousins working his way down the line to join them. Jeremy was nineteen and newly out, and had latched himself onto Zack and Quaid as his role models and new best friends.

"Be nice. He's just young," Quaid whispered back and smiled at the younger man. "Hey, Jeremy."

"I'm so excited," Jeremy said, bouncing on his toes with eagerness. "Aren't you excited, Quaid?"

"He's scared," Zack said. "Big old baby."

Quaid glanced at him, his brows furrowing. "Roller coasters aren't my favorite thing."

"It'll be fun," Jeremy coaxed Quaid and touched his arm. "I'll sit with you. Do you want me to sit with you?"

"Thanks, but I'll sit with Zack," Quaid said.

Jeremy pouted a moment. "Okay. Can I stand in line with you? Maybe we'll be in the same row!"

"Of course you can," Quaid said and gave Zack a warning look when Zack rolled his eyes. Jeremy beamed and his shoulders got a little straighter as he waited with them.

It wasn't much longer before they reached the front of the line, and Zack was glad: that kept short the time he had to listen to Jeremy babble. The younger members of their group jumped into their seats, squealing with excitement.
Riley climbed in beside one of Isabel's girlfriends, a vivacious girl with chestnut hair who'd been flirting with him since they’d first met earlier that day. Peyton and Isabel took the next row behind him and Jeremy got into the next seat, nearly bouncing with excitement.
Zack got into the seat beside Jeremy and looked up expectantly at Quaid, who stood frowning on the edge of the platform.

"Quaid, come on," Zack said.

Quaid looked out at the dark night and then shook his head. "I can't."

Monday, December 22, 2008

~Sweet Treats~ Coming Christmas Day!



Brandon Erikson knows he doesn't have much chance of finding love. There aren't a lot of opportunities for a man with a little extra padding around the waist and hectic work hours to find the man of his dreams. That is, until he slips and falls at the jazz festival and discovers that the way to a man's heart is through sweet treats.

Dr. Nicolas Syranno is tired of dating men who order salad when he takes them out. He wants someone who takes pleasure in life the way he does, someone who isn't toothpick thin, and someone who understands his crazy work hours as an emergency room doctor.

When Nicolas sees a sexy little blond slip at the jazz festival, has he found the love he has been searching for?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Game by Jeanne Barrack



Author: Jeanne Barrack
ISBN: 978-1-60168-168-3
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publication Date: 12/19/2008
Sexual Content: M/M, Multiple Partners
Price: $3.50


Dave Harris is a NYPD vice detective. Single, handsome and straight, with a brand new sexy girlfriend, he shares an apartment with Frank Paterno, his best friend from high school, unaware of Frankie's feelings for him.

Shari Nelson, a freelance reporter is madly in love with Dave, but has some secrets that are driving her crazy. Only Marcie Kaplan, her roommate and a lady with a few secrets of her own, knows just how much Shari's little vices are eating at her. When Dave invites Shari to share his grandfather's cabin in upstate New York for a Hanukah weekend, she spontaneously invites Marcie along for moral support forcing Dave to invite Frankie along as Marcie's date.

Snowbound in the cabin, with no way of getting help and a cupboard more empty than Old Mother Hubbard's, they divert the time playing "Strip Dreidle", a game that will force them to reveal their hidden secrets and desires. If they're rescued, will they still feel the same?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dust and Moonlight by Keta Diablo

"Fantasy lives in all of us. We long to be carried away to an extraordinary world, contrary to the one we live in. In Dust and Moonlight I've tried to do just that. Join me in a journey where magical powers and true identities are concealed, where an ordinary woman is thrust into a mystical land that threatens her very existence. Kira must rely on conventional wisdom to stay alive in this alien kingdom where wizards, sorcerers and evil reside. Well, conventional wisdom and a wee bit of help from her deceased grandmother who practiced witchcraft in her day. When she meets Balion, Prince of Locke Cress, she discovers cosmic love, a love that crosses all boundaries and withstands the test of time. Live the fantasy, believe in the magic, and join Kira for the adventure of her life . . . and yours. "

~Keta~


Balion, Prince of Locke Cress, waited a long time for the forest nymph with lavender eyes to come to him. The dreams told him it was just a matter of time. What they hadn’t told him was that he’d lose his heart to the strange creature from another world.

After the serial killer attacked Kira, she awoke in a strange land. Now, she’s running for her life from wild boars, wizards, and sorcerers, not to mention a Prince that makes her body melt in all the wrong places. Facing extraordinary circumstances as the evil plots unfold, Kira fights for her life, and for a love that neither time nor distance can ever dispel from her soul.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Miracles by Ashley Ladd

Christmas Miracles
By Ashley Ladd


The ghost of Christmas Past...

Tifanny gains courage from a visit by the Ghost of Christmas Past to reunite with three important people from her past.

Tiffany's alone and lonely again this Christmas until the Ghost of Christmas Past takes her to revisit her cousin, her best friend, and her lost love, Dax. Although she's not sure it wasn't just a bad dream induced by an overload of Christmas movies and spiked Eggnog, she still tries to make things better with the people she lost long ago.

But her mission's tougher than she'd hoped and she's only got till the Epiphany before real life reclaims her and she has to return to the day job a thousand miles away.


Book Details
Erotic Rating Total-e-burning
Genre Seasonal/ Paranormal
Cover art by April Martinez
Book Length Novella
ISBN# 978-1-906811-45-7

By reading any further, you are stating that you are 18 years of age, or over.
If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to exit this site. Copyright © Ashley Ladd, 2008 All Rights Reserved, Total-E-Ntwined Limited, T/A Total-e-bound.

Excerpt from: Christmas Miracles

Tiffany Davis stared at her ornately decorated tree tied up with fancy, blue and silver ribbons. It was absolutely perfect. The built-in, multicoloured lights merrily twinkled at just the right intervals. A gorgeous angel with serenely flowing blonde hair topped the tree.

Beneath the tree, beautifully wrapped gifts were piled high, also in blue and silver to match. Only she knew they were empty, merely for decoration and affectation.
They were as fake as the pine scent she’d sprayed on the metal monstrosity, as fake and empty as she was.

She snorted. Who was she kidding?

This year, like many of the previous ones, she found Christmas depressing. An only child of deceased parents, divorced, childless, she was alone in the world.
Oh, sure, she had a lot of friends. Go-to-lunch kind of friends. None had invited her to join them for their Christmas celebrations.

Well, that wasn’t entirely true. Her cousins had invited her, but they were a day’s drive away, and she couldn’t justify travelling so far with the astronomical gas prices when she only had a three-day weekend off work. Besides, it wasn’t like they were close. She could count on one hand the number of times she’d seen them since her mom had died ten years ago.

Thoughts of her mother rumbled in her mind. Tears pricked the back of her eyes, and she choked on a sob. God, she missed her mom like hell. And she felt guilty she hadn’t spent more time with her. But Tiffany had been too busy building her career. She’d always thought they’d have plenty of time.

Her mom’s favourite Christmas CD by Elvis filled the empty apartment. Then the AC whooshed on, and a dry chuckle tickled her throat. AC—on Christmas Eve? That and hurricanes were what she got for living in Southern Florida. It was nothing like the white snowy Christmases she used to love in Cincinnati.

She thought about attending midnight mass and hearing the beautiful bell choir, but voted against it as she’d feel even more alone in the crowd of families and loving couples. Instead, she turned on the TV and landed on a station that was having a Christmas marathon, starting with a Jimmy Stewart tear-jerker.

Although she was on a perpetual diet, she felt sorry enough for herself to open the box of iced Christmas cookies a co-worker had given her and pour a glass of eggnog to sip as she watched the show. Curling her feet beneath her on the couch, splayed her Christmas skirt over her knees then dipped her cookies in the drink. She wondered if the world would miss her like they had Jimmy Stewart. She had no husband. No kids. Not even a dog. She wasn’t a humanitarian like Jimmy was in the movie—she sold socks for a living. Not cute, frilly socks. Just plain white socks.

Maybe she should get a dog, she mused. At least, she’d have a warm body to cuddle, and someone who would be eager to see her when she got home from work. She’d always had a dog as a kid, usually a big, lovable husky.

She sighed as reality decked her square between the eyes. She worked and travelled way too much. It wouldn’t be fair to a dog to leave it alone so much.

In a fit of self pity, she downed the rest of her eggnog in one gulp and flicked the TV to another station. She didn’t need any more tear-jerkers tonight. She felt sorry enough for herself as it was.

Again it was a blasted Christmas movie, but at least it was a funny one with Bill Murray getting the snot kicked out of him by a pissed-off angel. Much more in keeping with her style and her mood. She dimmed the lights, stretched out on the couch and laughed despite herself as the miserable wretch got himself Scrooged by the three ghosts of Christmas.

At the stroke of midnight, she sat up long enough to lift another glass of eggnog. “To me. To Christmas,” she murmured ruefully. She couldn’t wait for the holidays to be over so she’d stop feeling so wretched.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Forbidden Desires - Available Dec.15th

Erotic Paranormal, Werewolves, M/M/M, Male Ménage a Trois Romance

FORBIDDEN DESIRES

Tri-Omega Mates #2






Title: Forgotten Desires
Author: Stormy Glenn
ISBN: 1-60601-204-5
Publisher: Siren Publishing.
Publication Date: December 15, 2008
Sensuality Rating: Scorching
Genres/Themes: Siren Menage Amour, Erotic Paranormal Romance, Gay Menage a Trois M/M/M, Werewolves.




Ryland has loved Gregory for six years, ever since Gregory rescued him from the brink of death. He has also known since then that Gregory is his mate. He's been old enough for a couple of years now, he just can't understand why Gregory won't claim him.

Gregory knew the moment he saw Ryland six years ago that they were mates. Ryland just wasn't old enough to be claimed. So, Gregory bided his time, waiting for Ryland to grow up. But as his desire for Ryland builds, he wonders how much longer he can wait.

Gregory finally claims Ryland only to learn that by doing so, he has endangered his life. Ryland is a tri-omega and needs two mates to keep him grounded and safe. But he hasn't met his other mate yet, which could be a problem. It could mean Ryland's life if they don't find him.

Coming December 15th from Siren Publishing!