Writer with Sizzle Guest Blogger: Natalie Acres

Where to Begin…
A woman’s life is hectic. Between family and career, it’s often difficult to juggle day-to-day activities much less squeeze in something extra. As a writer, I often find myself in a crunch for time. My muse pulls one way and readers guide me in another direction altogether. Lately, I’ve discovered my muse shouldn’t have a dog in the race. When readers ask for a certain book, the excitement and energy they have for a particular series is a great source of inspiration when I finally sit down to write a new book.

Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts kicked off the Cowboy Boots series in April of 2009. The book captured the #1 spot at Siren-Bookstrand and went on to become the #1 bestselling erotica and western title at Amazon. A bestselling title at All Romance Ebooks and Mobipocket, Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts was soon followed by Cowboy Boots and Unfinished Business which was also received well by readers who supported the series.
I’m thrilled and excited about the new Cowboy Boots release, but must admit Cowboy Boots and Unfinished Business remains my favorite book in the series due to the unusual bond formed between sisters as one woman courageously faces her death while asking another woman to take care of the men she’ll soon leave behind.
The reader support for the Cowboy Boots series is one I can’t describe. Readers write and ask about continuing the series and I can promise there’s more in store. While writing Cowboy Boots and Unsettled Debts, book three, the idea for the fourth installment materialized as well. Cowboy Boots and Undesirable Characters will soon be submitted for consideration.
In the meantime, more books are in the pipeline for the Cowboy Sex series. Sex Party was my first western ménage romance. If you enjoy family sagas, come on over to the ranch and meet the Cartwell family. While you’re there, stop by and say hello to the McKay brothers, too.
The Cowboy Sex books tend to write themselves. The stories unfold quicker than I can put them down on paper. The Cowboy Boots books were a little more difficult to write. Driven by the hot romance and fast action, the characters in the Cowboy Boots books tend to ‘get carried away’ with their toys and props.
With several series to complete and numerous manuscripts stored on my desktop, there’s the ever-present daily question—Where to begin?
As readers, we ask the same question. It’s not easy locating the order in which series books were written. Today, as we celebrate the release day of Cowboy Boots and Unsettled Debts, I invite you to check out the entire series.
Start with Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts and meet the Donovan brothers from Southwest Virginia. Then, meet the Remington men and the women they love in Cowboy Boots and Unfinished Business. As they cope with tremendous loss, they find strength and hope in the arms of a woman they never expected to love. Finally, I invite you to pick up your copy of Cowboy Boots and Unsettled Debts, on sale today at Siren-Bookstrand.  

Releasing November 7th
Cowboy Boots and Unsettled Debts
Book Three in the Cowboy Boots Series

Blurb:


Seduction turns deadly when Abby Rose, an agent with the Underground Unit, decides to put a provocative spin on revenge. Her plan to sleep with a cartel leader backfires when fellow operatives refuse Abby the opportunity to face her enemy alone.
Abby’s fellow agents begin the fight of their lives. After discovering Abby will use her body to lure in the man who killed her father, and their command leader, seven highly trained operatives cope with high tensions as each man comes to terms with feelings never previously acknowledged.
This team isn’t fighting for another cause or plotting the best way to take out their mark. The stakes are much higher. These men will take up arms and meet their greatest challenge as they work together to protect the woman they admire and love.


Other books in the series available now:
Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts
Book One in the Cowboy Boots Series
Previous Milestones for Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts:

#1 Bestseller Bookstrand for Several Weeks
#1 Bestselling Erotica Amazon
#1 Bestselling Western Amazon
Bestselling Western ARE
Mobipocket Bestselling Title

The Beauty of the Male Physique by Lia Slater

(Previously published at www.cupoporn.wordpress.com)

Have you ever been caught staring at your husband or boyfriend…or the neighbor guy jogging down the street or the trainer at the gym or the CEO type who’s catching a quick lunch or blue-collar guy who forgot to swipe the grease off his jaw or…? You get the point, right? You realize you were in a reverie, admiring his physique or swagger or smile or whatever. The man might not be supermodel gorgeous but he has that certain something that caught your eye…and your breath. And you had to revel in his features for just a bit. Maybe even take a mental picture. And, of course, wipe the drool from your mouth. You realize staring at this man is like being captivated by a work of art.
One of the reasons I love writing erotic romance is because I get to describe the male physique in great detail. The lines, the dips, the valleys, the shadows…all the sinewy goodness and hard muscles. The possessive look in his eyes as he watches my heroine from across the room. The flex of his jaw as he shows his irritation or anger. I get to think about what I find attractive—possibly do a little research as a reminder—and then convey the particulars to the reader.
My hero is, of course, always a hot piece of work. His looks and personality differ from story to story, but he always, always magnetizes my heroine—and my imagination. There’s an immediate attraction, very similar to what I explained above. She might not be sure what it is about him that has her stuttering her words, but she knows she’s in trouble as he catches her ogling him. He might walk across the room and ask for her name. Or he might simply stare back in interest. His eyes are alluring or cold or warm or seductive or callous. In any case they’re intriguing. She wants to know more about him. But the size of his physique is fairly intimidating. She notices how his clothes fit him, how the cotton stretches across his chest and bicep. How the denim or leather fits snug or loose to his thighs.
 
His hair is either long or cut short, in a ponytail, styled just-so, or a messy mop of hair. His smile might be a rarity or something she can count on when she’s feeling blue. Either way she loves the fullness of his lips. And she knows how they feel against her mouth—firm and powerful. Or maybe lingering and seductive, depending on the mood.
When she finally sees him unclothed, she’s taken aback yet again. Yes, he’s a work of art. His chest is either bare or lightly sprinkled with hair that arrows down to his erect cock. His nipples are dark. His muscles are bunched, like a predator ready to attack. Or perhaps he’s relaxed and confident she’ll make the first move.
She has the urge to explore all the dips and valleys. She wants to run her fingers over his rigid muscles, feel the power beneath her fingertips. Her gaze slowly sweeps down his body. So many curves and angles, each leading to a new and wonderful place.
She watches him closely, not sure what part of him she loves the most. The wicked glint in his eye.  His stubbly or clean-shaven cheeks. The set angle of his jaw. His bottom lip as he bites it. The width of his shoulders and back. His muscled chest as he takes in even breaths. His powerful arms. Masculine hands. Long fingers. The shadowed lines running along his abdomen. The dip in his navel. The corded muscles that arrow down his pelvis. His cock, standing erect, responding to her. His rounded ass. The circumference of his thighs…his calves, his everything.
Tough choice.
 
 
Sigh. It never gets old describing the male physique…or getting caught basking in all its glory.
 
 
Readers, what is your favorite part of the male physique? Where do you like authors to spend extra time when it comes to description? I sometimes get caught staring at my husband’s profile, his warm brown eyes or kind smile. Where have you been caught staring?

Contest for Published Romance Authors

2012 Award of Excellence Opens October 1st, 2011 for entries

Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers

Fee: $20.00

Receipt Deadline: January 13, 2012

Eligibility: Books published in 2011. Bound hard copies of e-books also eligible.

Categories: Short Contemporary (60,000 words or less), Long Contemporary (over 60,000 words), Historical, Romantic Suspense, Single Title, P/TT/F/F, Inspirational, Mainstream w/Romantic Elements, Erotic Romance.

Judges: Readers, booksellers, published authors

Top Prize: Award of Excellence Trophy and certificate; letter congratulating the editor.

FMI: For more information contact: Jessica Aspen (aoecoordinator1@yahoo.com). For entry forms and rules see: www.coloradoromancewriters.com

Permission to forward granted and appreciated.

Launch of Short Story Seductions

Today is the launch of Short Story Seductions, where erotic romance authors write installments to sizzling short stories. Lynda Bailey starts us off with the Halloween themed story “Unmasked”. I’m writing the next installment so be sure to stop by next week, as well.

Readers, leave comments for a chance to win giveaways from contributing authors. 

shortstoryseduction.blogspot.com

And the authors are…

Lia Slater (That’s me!)
Hope you’ll join in on the fun.

(Another) New Cover for Stripped Defenseless AKA Fatal Exposure

I’m going to try out a new cover for Stripped Defenseless. I thought it would be fun to switch it out every so often. I think this one matches my heroine, plus the way the hero is watching her is super sexy. Overall the image matches the storyline.

You can buy SD on Amazon Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Stripped-Defenseless-ebook/dp/B005C1AMWI/  Still only $2.99. Also coming soon to BarnesandNoble.com!

Denver Lady Jane’s Salon Reading

I’ll be reading from one of my works at the Denver Lady Jane’s Salon tomorrow night.

A little info:

Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: The Wine Loft at LoDo (1527 Wazee St. Denver, CO 80202)

Note: While food and drinks are available, it is not required to order a meal or to drink wine in order to attend this event.

Special Summer Scorcher Erotica Authors:

Proxy reading of Tiffany Reisz

Marie Sexton

Lia Slater (Hey, that’s me!)

Entrance Fee: $5 cash or one gently used romance novel (proceeds go to Hope House of Colorado)

More info at: http://denverladyjanes.blogspot.com/

Fatal Exposure: New and Improved!

I’m re-releasing my award-winning erotic romantic suspense FATAL EXPOSURE, but I’m giving it a new look. A new title. And a NEW PRICE!! But the same sexy story remains.

The new title is STRIPPED DEFENSELESS (Thanks to author Helen Hardt for the idea!!). It works well with the story line, and it’s sexy.

STRIPPED DEFENSELESS is an erotic romantic suspense, and it will be available in eBook form from Amazon in 1-2 days. I’ll post the link when I find out what it is. I’m working on making it available from other online eBook retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Diesel, Sony, etc. So be on the lookout in the next month or so. [Update: Link to purchase for your Kindle here: Stripped Defenseless]

Here’s the new blurb:
On the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Ava Lureau doesn’t expect to trust anyone, let alone have a one night stand with a dangerously gorgeous stranger. But leaving her cold, lonely bed behind and jumping into Kade’s strong arms is something she can’t resist. If only for a night.

Kade Gavin’s job is simple—capture his target and deliver her to the man who hired him. Nothing but a paycheck matters in Kade’s bleak existence…until the enticing stripper with soft curves and a puzzling persona climbs into his bed—and under his skin.

When one night turns into a deadly adventure, snowbound in an isolated cabin, Ava must determine if her tempting captor is her savior…or the man who’ll leave her stripped defenseless.

Here’s the new cover:

What do you think?

Contest for Unpublished Romance Writers!

From the Colorado Romance Writers’s President:

The Heart of the Rockies Unpublished Writer’s Contest deadline is tomorrow, 6/30/11. We are low in most categories. Please submit!!!

CONTEST FORMAT: 2011 Heart of the Rockies Contest

Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers

Fee: $25 (CRW members) $30 (Non-members)

Deadline: June 30, 2011

Eligibility: Open to unpublished authors only

Entry: The first two chapters and a 1-5 page synopsis, 35 pages

total max. Save money on printing and postage! We are accepting

electronic submissions only!

Categories: Young adult, short contemporary, long contemporary, romantic suspense,

single title contemporary, historical, paranormal/time travel/futuristic/fantasy, inspirational,

and mainstream with romantic elements.

Judges: one published and one un-published author

Final Judges:

* Short Contemporary: Laura Barth, Associate Editor, Harlequin

* Long Contemporary: Charles Griemsman, Associate Editor, Harlequin

* Single Title: Stephany Evans, Agent, Fine Print Literary Agency

* Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy: Laura Bradford, The Bradford Literary Agency

* Historical: Sara Megibow, Associate Literary Agent, Nelson Literary Agency

* Romantic Suspense: Laura Baumbach, Editor, Passion in Print

* Inspirational Category: Julie Gwinn, Fiction Manager, B&H Publishing Group

* Young Adult: Megan Records, Associate Editor, Kensington Publishing

* Mainstream w/Romantic Elements: Kristin Sevick, TOR

FMI, entry form and rules, go to http://www.coloradoromancewriters.comhttp://www.coloradoromancewriters.com/  and select the Heart of the Rockies option from the Contests tab. You may also email the contest Coordinator Liz Pelletier at HOTRCoordinator@yahoo.com
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Jen Maitlen

2011 CRW President