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 m茅nage 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 J贸zsi, but different enough that they had distinctive personalities. Lukina, younger, fiery and passionate, appeals strongly to J贸zsi’s rational side. Ilona is sweeter, a little more delicate and adds balance to Lukina’s fire by being J贸zsi’s heart.
I hope you’ll give His Reign a try once it’s out from Secret Cravings Publishing!
Book Blurb:
J贸zsi 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鈥檛 want.
Ilona and Lukina grew up loving J贸zsi 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 J贸zsi 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?

HANDS OFF – AVAILABLE NOW!

HANDS OFF – an erotic contemporary romance short novella

Naomi Hill wants to feel alive again. The loss of her husband left her senses dull and her heart empty, yet every time she’s around Jude–her late husband’s best friend–her body responds in a way she can’t ignore. With a push from a friend and a party game that forces her and Jude alone in an empty room, she finally finds the courage to seduce the one man who can bring her back to life.

Self-made millionaire, Jude Colter, defied odds and grew up to be a successful man. The only thing missing in his life now is Naomi. He’s kept his hands off her since first meeting her in high school…for two reasons. One, for years she’d been obsessed with his best friend and business partner. And two, she rouses raw feelings in him that make him question his theories on women…and the possibility of love. When an unexpected opportunity arises, he must decide just how far he’s willing to go to win her heart for good.

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 I hope you enjoy Jude and Naomi’s story!

Lia

Hands Off – Coming Soon!

HANDS OFF, an erotic short story, coming to online retailers at the end of September.

Naomi Hill wants to feel alive again. Grieving left her senses dull and her heart empty, yet every time she鈥檚 around Jude鈥攈er late husband鈥檚 best friend鈥攈er body…her heart…responds in a way she can鈥檛 ignore. With a push from a friend and a party game that forces her and Jude alone in an empty room, she finally finds the courage to seduce the one man who can bring her back to life.

I hope you enjoy this second-chance-at-love story!

Welcome Lizzie T. Leaf!

The DEAD series is back鈥ewly edited, revised and contracted for more books in the series let the fun begin with DEAD Awake (formally Waking Up Dead) to kick off on July 20that Musa Publishing!

Answer Lizzie鈥檚 question to enter the prize drawing for a Musa Publishing gift certificate.

What immortals would you like to see connect with Dovey and her group in future stories?

BLURB:

Waking up to discover you’re dead isn’t a gal’s idea of fun.
   

Deb Stein loved to party until she took the hunk dressed as a vampire to her bed. Now she鈥檚 one of the living dead and pissed about it. Plus, she has to find a new identity and WORK!
   
EXCERPT:
  
Deb and Scott.  Aaron ran the names through his head a moment before they clicked.  He had crashed the party of Deb Stein, first class socialite and paparazzi darling.  No wonder she looked familiar.   This woman鈥檚 appearance created more media madness than Paris, Brittany or Lindsay when she showed up someplace.  She could out-party any of the celebrity bad girls. Plus she had the money to do it with after she turned thirty and inherited the millions her father had left to keep his little girl in the lifestyle she was accustomed to.
   
Given the tension between her and the couple, Scott would be Scott Hanson, the former boyfriend who had dumped Deb for Jenny Rames, the brunette clinging to his arm as if she was an attached appendage.  The love triangle had created headlines in the tabloids for months.  Great fodder for the news rags when any of the beautiful people had love problems.  Throw in the fact that Jenny was Deb鈥檚 best friend and the cause of the split, the story became a feeding frenzy among the piranha scandal sheets.
   
Aaron reached into Deb鈥檚 mind and probed her thoughts.  The fury raging there almost caused him to blow a fuse. This was one pissed lady and not because she lost the love of her life.  No, it was an ego thing; he鈥檇 dumped her before she had the chance to tell him to take a hike. 
 
Deb was none too pleased with Jenny, either.   
 
I expect my friends to cover my back, not stab me in it like Jenny did. The slut bitch not only went after Scott, but told the press things about me that she knew so I know she was the source! Hell, she was with me in school when we slipped out at night or smoked grass鈥攏one of those escapades needed to turn into fodder for the gossip mongers.
    
How can I save face and not get another humiliating slam in the scandal sheets tomorrow? Wait鈥攎aybe that good-looking guy in the vampire costume that I just blew off can help me鈥
   
Aaron straightened his tie, pushed his way through the spectators to her side and slipped an arm around her waist.  鈥淒arling, you promised not to be gone so long.鈥  
   
He had to give her credit for maintaining her cool when he appeared beside her or the intimate manner in which he touched her.  Nothing in the way of surprise registered on her face when she turned to him and smiled.  鈥淚鈥檓 sorry love, but I didn鈥檛 expect to be detained by the arrival of new guests.鈥
   
鈥淥h.  Are they important enough that you neglect me for them?鈥  Aaron stroked her back while his gaze roamed over Scott and Jenny.
   
鈥淣o.鈥  Deb took Aaron鈥檚 hand.  鈥淎t one point I thought they were, but not now.  They have no importance in my life anymore.鈥
   
 Head held high, she linked her arm with his and led him through the gaping crowd.  Aaron picked up the grumbling of disappointment from several on-lookers now that the show was over. 
   
The rich want to see blood as much as any street gang.
  
DEAD Awake available at Musa Publishing July 20thhttp://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_39&products_id=335
  
Will also be available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and All Romance eBooks shortly after the Musa release.
   
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And keep up with her happenings on her blog: http://lizzietleaf.blogspot.com/

Writer with Sizzle: Lori Corsentino!

Please welcome romance author (and a good friend of mine) Lori Corsentino! Lori is giving away an eBook copy of Destiny’s Awakening–plus some cool swag–to a commenter, so be sure to leave an email address…

About Lori:

Lori鈥檚 love of reading has transcended to include penning her own tales of romance. She is experimenting with writing in several different genres, including paranormal 鈥 a definite favorite. 鈥淭here is just so much you can do when you step outside the known world,鈥 she explains 鈥渁nd creating a paranormal story allows you to take yourself and your readers anywhere your imagination wants to go!鈥
Destiny’s Awakening is Lori’s first foray into a planned paranormal romance trilogy. Spanning both the mortal and Fey worlds, be looking for the second novel to continue the legacy with Crown Princess Annora Ambrasia de Sha鈥檓i鈥檒iari and Sebastian “Bas” St. James in early 2013 from 5 Prince Publishing.
Visit her website at www.loricorsentino.com and follow her on Twitter @LoriCorsentino and on Facebook.com/LoriCorsentino. Also check out her blog weekly for a Manic Monday, Wicked Writer Wednesday, or Favorite Friday entry.
Lia: Great to have you here! Tell us about your books.
Lori: My current series, “Tales of the Fey” is a planned trilogy centering on three siblings in a Fey royal family. The first book is titled, “Destiny’s Awakening” and focuses on the brother, Alexander. The story itself is a bit of a twist on an old fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. A modern woman, Evelyn, or Evie as she prefers to be called, finds herself thrust into another world. She’s totally out of her element, especially when she finds out she’s the one who has to do the kissing to wake up a handsome Prince. It’s a definite favorite of mine.
Lia: Love that twist! What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?
Lori: The romance! I may not seem it, but I am a true romantic at heart. There鈥檚 nothing quite like penning a good story woven around an amazingly hot hero and a sassy heroine. You just get to write down all the amazing (and not so amazing) things that come into your head as you tell their tale.
Also 鈥 you get to read a romance novel as you write it. Unfortunately, by the time it鈥檚 done, you鈥檝e likely read it, oh a dozen times in less than 2 months, so you鈥檙e pretty sick of it. Still, nothing quite beats reading 鈥 and enjoying 鈥 a novel you鈥檝e written.
Lia: What physical aspect does your heroine love most about your hero? Details, please!
Lori: His lips! Seriously, hands down she loves his lips. They鈥檙e perfectly shaped, with the lower lobe a bit fuller than the top. The first time she looked at them she was hooked. She finds reasons to kiss him. Also, he鈥檚 got a cute little dimple just off to the side of his mouth, and she obsesses about it.
Lia: I’m picturing the lips. Yeah, good stuff. What else does your heroine love? What does she like least?
Lori: She likes his honor, strength, and integrity. She loves his broad shoulders, long legs, full, kissable lips, and the fact that he is large鈥verywhere.
What she likes least is his imperious nature, especially when he鈥檚 not getting his way. She finds ways to work around that, though. She鈥檚 nothing is not resourceful!
Lia: Have you ever cried or laughed out loud while writing a scene?
Lori: Absolutely! For example in my latest novel, Destiny鈥檚 Awakening, my heroine Evie is quite sassy. I鈥檝e laughed out loud at some of her one-liners and antics.
I鈥檝e also cried when I wrote my short novel, Fire Season. My hero was describing how he recently was injured in a blaze. His story really hit close to home. My brother is an active firefighter 鈥 a Lieutenant in a Denver metro area fire department. Writing the scene was pretty intense and really affected me personally.
I was focusing so much that I could see it 鈥 every bit of it 鈥 clearly. I really tapped into the emotion of the scene, and the next thing I knew, tears were rolling down my face. It鈥檚 crazy to have to stop to dab your eyes and blow your nose 5 times during a writing session!
Lia: How would you describe the world you鈥檝e built?
Lori: The world I鈥檝e built for my 鈥淭ales of the Fey鈥 series is a combination of modern and medieval. The mortal world, which is where we live, is modern 鈥 very like the world we currently live in. It鈥檚 based on science, so the rules of physics, etc. apply.
The world of the Fey, which also inhabits our world, but on a different plane, is very different. Their world is ruled by magic, so normal rules do not apply. Anything that is no longer in your control can be taken over by a magical force and neutralized. There are no guns, missiles, not even a bow and arrow.
Instead, conflicts that escalate to warfare are dealt with as they were in the middle ages 鈥 with hand to hand combat. Having a world based on magic also has many advantages, including a machine that transports you from one place to another. Talk about an easy commute!
Lia: Where can readers find your books?
Lori: Readers can find my books starting on June 28th on Amazon (www.amazon.com), Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com) and Smashwords (www.smashwords.com). You can also find them on my publisher鈥檚 website at www.5princebooks.com. I will also have buy links 鈥 and hot excerpts – on my website at http://www.loricorsentino.com.

I鈥檇 love to offer a free eBook copy of Destiny鈥檚 Awakening plus some other fun swag to one of your commenting readers!

Lia: Thanks for being a Writer with Sizzle, Lori!
Lori: Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Lia! I鈥檓 a huge fan of yours, so it鈥檚 real pleasure to spend some time with you.
Excerpt:
She had come.
He savored every stroke of the soft lips and relished in the feel of the minty moistness bathing his skin. Unable to open his eyes or move after his long sleep, he was at her mercy. Her lips barely touched his. The sweetness of the pressure when she gently rubbed her mouth against his was hot enough to stir his long dormant blood.
Soon, she devoured his mouth and encouraged his response. She caressed him with enthusiasm, feasting, nipping at his bottom lip then soothing it. He could feel the life returning to his body, running along his skin and into his limbs. The sensations she invoked were akin to ecstasy.
His hands twitched, itching to hold her. His lips softened under hers, then grew firm when he kissed her in return. She drew back. Was she surprised by his answering caress? He needed her to continue. She could not draw away from him. Not yet. With every bit of his returning strength, he raised his arm and cupped his hand over the back of her head. He held her to him and encouraged her to continue. He was desperate to capture the elusive lips, deepen The Kiss, and bring forth The Quickening. With her mouth to his in firm contact, his strength returned in degrees. He was gaining power and energy, fueled by her closeness and the warm moistness of her lips.
Soon he would be himself. His body stirred. His heart pumped in his chest, coursing blood to return warmth to his fingers and toes. His cock rose, hard and fast to butt against the mail and cup used for its protection.
Good. She was arousing him. He needed to be able to enact The Joining and bring forth The Bond shortly after The Kiss. Their success would complete The Awakening.
She was near. He inhaled her unique perfume with every breath. He was captivated by the faint scent of spring flowers and sweet spices. There was also something else, something elusive all her own.
She was his. She was The One. 
*Winner will be announced by Friday, 6/29!