Guest Blog: Sascha Illyvich

Menage in Romance Stories
Well, not exactly free. But the facts are out there. Out of the fiction genre, romance fiction controls fifty four per cent of the market share according to an RWA study released in 2009. With e-readers like the Kindle, Nook, and the Kobo putting literature at one’s fingertips, readers have a much easier time finding their favorite authors.
Words, especially well-crafted ones can paint the picture and set a woman’s libido racing faster than any skin flick or how to sex videos. The highly rated genres? Gay male romance and bisexual erotic romance featuring ménage characters rank up there highest in fiction trends among romance readers.
Bisexuality is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in erotic fiction. For an industry that grossed $1.36 Billion in sales in 2009, during the beginning of a downturn in the economy, romance novels held a steady portion of market share, thanks in part to growing e-book sales.
Women make up the majority of romance readers and out of that number, the increase in readership for alternative stories has continued. Male-Female-Male romances where the men fall in love with each other, in addition to the heroine dominate the reading list.
Women love the fantasy of two men together and for the unselfish, there is a cerebral element involved. Because heterosexual sex has the act of submission by a woman, and her pussy being penetrated by the strong shaft of a man, subliminally the act becomes about dominance. In gay sex, there is often a top and a bottom and when penetration occurs, it’s the same mentality. Add to that the versatility of a woman and the fun increases.
When I wrote His Reign and started the Opeth Pack Saga, I gave my hero two heroines because of the obvious fantasy but digging deeper into their characters let me see that the two women were alike enough to be lovers with Józsi, but different enough that they had distinctive personalities. Lukina, younger, fiery and passionate, appeals strongly to Józsi’s rational side. Ilona is sweeter, a little more delicate and adds balance to Lukina’s fire by being Józsi’s heart.
I hope you’ll give His Reign a try once it’s out from Secret Cravings Publishing!
Book Blurb:
Józsi wants to maintain a normal life away from the Opeth pack. Moving from Hungary to Texas was a big change that he felt was necessary in order to avoid a prophecy that would ultimately make him Alpha of a dying pack, a responsibility he doesn’t want.
Ilona and Lukina grew up loving Józsi even after he moved away. Yet the current pack Alpha has gone rogue and begun kidnapping and abusing the younger wolves that remained without mates. Ilona, becomes his next target and Józsi must return to once again deal with pack politics only to find that his heart misses what it could have. Can Lukina and Ilona convince him to return to Hungary in order to rule the Opeth pack and mate or will Kiba destroy them in a fit of insanity?
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WereSlave is FREEEEEE!

Ellora’s Cave has made WereSlave, Book One in the Were Legends Series, FREE for two weeks. If you haven’t picked it up yet, now is your chance to check it out.

WereSlave: An erotic paranormal romance.

Book One in the Were Legends Series.

As the Queen of Paqualette, Nayla is forbidden to have a husband or a human lover. Her life is a lonely and disciplined existence, so when she’s given the opportunity to choose a Were from her dungeon as her sex slave, she takes a chance. Werewolves, she knows, are nothing but senseless monsters, but after the one she selects to be her WereSlave turns out to be more of a man than she’s ever known, she must question her beliefs.

As the alpha leader, Mace is responsible for his pack. He’ll do anything to keep them alive, even give into the Queen’s sexual demands. But not unless he’s in control. Turning his enticing captor into the submissive is the only way to show her he’s more man than she realizes. Falling in love is out of the question, but so is leaving her behind.

Warning: This story contains a steamy m/f/m menage scene, mild bondage, graphic language, anal sex, and sizzling sex scenes.

Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/WereSlave-Were-Legends-Book-ebook/dp/B0034KC3RQ/
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wereslave-lia-slater/1020150234?ean=9781419924323
Ellora’s Cave: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-8042-wereslave-free.aspx
All Romance eBooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wereslavewerelegendsbookone-419559-140.html
Sony: http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/slater-lia/wereslave/_/R-400000000000000197539

I hope you enjoy!

Lia

www.LiaSlater.com

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

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?

Writer with Sizzle: Miranda Stowe

Please welcome Miranda Stowe! Miranda would like to give away a free eBook copy of her sizzling story Caught in Heat. If you’d like to leave your email address in the comments, that would help her get a hold of you. Thanks!

About Miranda:

Miranda writes erotic romance of the contemporary, paranormal and suspense variety. She lives with her wonderful, Brad-Pitt-lookalike husband (hey, they’re both blond-haired and blue-eyed) and adorable still-needs-to-learn-the-meaning-of-NO toddler daughter on their spacious corn-field-and-cow-pasture-front property in Kansas. Librarian by day and author by night, she is also published in YA and contemporary mainstream romance under a different pen name.

You can find her at:

Website & Blog : http://mirandastowe.blogspot.com/

GoodReads : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4741738.Miranda_Stowe

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Miranda-Stowe/100002055561651

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/mirandastowebks

Lia: Great to have you here, Miranda. Tell us about your latest release.

Miranda: Caught in Heat came out in May from Cobblestone Press. It’s the beginning of my paranormal novella series called Half-breed Shifters.

The title pretty much says it all. When shapeshifter, Riley, is about to fall into her first mating heat, she frantically searches for a shifter refuge that’ll drug her up without feeling the need for sex.

But…Shaw Griffin, a human shifter hunter who is determined to wipe out the entire shapeshifting species after a pack of wolves slaughtered his family, catches her in one of his traps. As you can image, he just can’t kill Riley when he checks his trap because he’s a bit too turned on by the gorgeous, naked woman begging him to sex her up.

The second book in the series (Dreams of Wolf) just sold to Cobblestone. And its title tells you all you need to know there too!

Lia: Now that’s a hot premise! What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?

Miranda: The happily ever after.

Lia: I definitely agree. What does your heroine love most about your hero? Least?

Miranda: In Caught in Heat, Riley admires Shaw’s back-down-from-nothing attitude, not even an obviously stronger shapeshifter (he’s human). He doesn’t fear anything.

Least? Well, she doesn’t necessarily appreciate the fact he wants to kill her when they first meet. Kind of a buzz kill!

Lia: LOL! That’s understandable. Have you ever cried or laughed out loud while writing a scene?

Miranda: I have no idea why, but every time I read this one line I wrote in Dreams of Wolf, I just can’t stop myself from cracking a smile. When the heroine finds out the hero is also part deer, she makes him change into his stag side and when she sees him in all his antlered glory, she says, “You probably get this a lot, but…nice rack.”

Lia: Hilarious line! Made me smile too. Do you have a favorite writer you’ve read over and over?

Miranda: I can’t count the number of times I’ve read “London’s Perfect Scoundrel” by Suzanne Enoch. LOVE IT!

Lia: I’ll have to check it out. Where is the wildest place your characters have had sex?

Miranda: In a truck…while the hero is driving home from a funeral (in Taken by a Killer). Or there’s that scene (in Mile High Service) where the h/h get in on in an airplane bathroom on a commercial flight. Or are those places even considered wild? I dunno.

Lia: Oh yeah. I think so. Where can readers find your books?

Miranda:

Whispers Publishing, Cobblestone Press, LLC. Amazon, All Romance ebooks, Fictionwise, Mobipocket. And one is coming soon to Liquid Silver Books!

Caught in Heat Buy Link : http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/caughtinheat.htm

Lia: Thanks for being a Writer with Sizzle, Miranda!

My Self-publishing Venture…And a Sizzling Deal!

I’ve gained the rights back to two of my titles. Fatal Exposure and Off Limits. As I’m considering what to do with Fatal Exposure, a full length erotic romantic suspense, I’ve taken the big step of self-publishing Off Limits. So what does that mean?

For the reader, it simply means that Off Limits is now available with a new hot cover for the low price of 99 cents. It’s available right now for your Kindle. And can also be purchased in various formats from Smashwords. In the near future, this erotic short story will be available from Barnes & Noble, Diesel, All Romance Ebooks, and many other online ebook vendors.

I’ll have good news about the fate of Fatal Exposure soon, so be on the lookout for that, as well!

More about Off Limits:

Kara Reynolds has always been a law-abiding citizen, but when she’s forced to break into her ex’s house to retrieve a treasured memento, she’s caught off guard by his younger brother…who just happens to be a cop. And the star of Kara’s most forbidden fantasies.

Austin Bannon finally has Kara in his grasp. After ten years of trying to keep his hands off his brother’s wife, he sees his chance to claim the woman he loves. And to show her that he’s all the man she’ll ever need.
 
Page count is about 26 pages if the ebook is printed out. Word count is about 9600 words.
 
I hope you’ll enjoy the new low price and sizzling cover. So what do you think?