New Books Coming from Tara Lain! Cowboys, Dancers and BALLS!

deathdancer_9781786515179_800Hi  and Welcome!

I want to announce New Books Coming from Tara Lain! That’s me. LOL. People often ask about upcoming new releases so i wanted to catch you up. Here are some on the list —

Nov 29th — Death Dancer general release. This book, my first murder mystery romance, is currently available for early download at Pride Publishing. So if you want to read the book now, you can get it there. It will be available everywhere in 9 days!

End of Nov — Beauty, Inc. in audiobook

December — Lord of a Thousand Steps in audiobook

Dec 7th — Cowboys Don’t Come Out releases. It’s currently available for pre-order cowboysdontcomeout400x600everywhere. This is my first cowboy romance. It takes place largely in Hawaii and explores the Hawaiian cowboy tradition as well as the California cowboy.

Jan 11 — Volley Balls re-releases in a new EXPANDED and REWRITTEN version that’s nearly twice as long as the original. Come back to Laguna Beach and meet my alpha males.

Feb 8th — Fire Balls re-releases with all the feisty, snarky charm of Rodney Mansfield and the reserved gorgeousness of Hunter Fallon.

March — Brush with Catastrophe, the second book in the Aloysius Tales, re-releases. This is the story of Sammy, a crappy witch, who turns out to be far more than he seems.

April — Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns, the second of the Cowboys Don’t series, comes out in time for RT. You’ll meet gorgeous Danny in the first book and follow him on bull riding adventure in this story.

May — Volley Balls and Fire Balls release in a print anthology

May — Re-release of Beach Balls, the story that takes love underwater

June — Return of the Chauffeur’s Son is a charming little category romance that pays homage to a well known film.

The rest of the year is also scheduled, but i’ll share it later. This will keep you current for quite a while. Thanks so much to all who have asked. I hope you enjoy them all! : )

Grab Tara Lain’s F.A.S.T. Balls for FREE!

TaraLain_FastBalls_800Hey, guess what? Today i got a notice that my book, F.A.S.T. Balls is FREE on Amazon. I have no idea how long it will be there. hopefully, long enough or you to download it. So grab it quick. It’s the fifth book in my popular Balls to the Wall series. If you want to read one book before you read it, get Fire Balls to go with it. Both of the characters are introduced in the book. F.A.S.T stands for Firefighter Assist and Search Team. This is a hot love story in every way. Hey, it’s free. Give it a try! Download F.A.S.T. Balls for FREE

Thank you for stopping by. While you’re on Amazon, check out KNAVE OF BROKEN HEARTS, my new release, that also takes place in Laguna Beach, California. You can enter to win a $25 GC in my Blog Tour!

Newsletter Goodiness! Chance to WIN a Laguna Book!

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I’m editing a book today. I have been for days actually, so i’m hidden in the editing cave. But i’m sticking my head out to invite you to subscribe to my newsletter and tell you why you would want to. My newsletter called Read the Beautiful Boys of Romance comes out every two weeks and is usually packed with information about contests and special events you won’t want to miss. But best of all, it has Subscriber Specials. These usually take the form of drawings that are just for my subscribers. For example, in the previous issue, i gave away a signed copy of my three-book anthology, Balls to the Wall. All anyone had to do to enter, was send me an email that said Balls!  LOL.

This issue, i announced my new 3-book contract with Dreamspinner for the series Love in Laguna. Since i have a number of book set in Laguna, to celebrate the new contract, my newsletter subscribers get to send me an email with the name of the Laguna book they want to win in the subject line and the format they want in the body of the email. You can WIN a Laguna Book!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ENTER? First, you have to subscribe to my NEWSLETTER. Here is the Link written out —

http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=jwbsibjab&p=oi&m=1109217838793&sit=bt77devgb&f=fab8ff77-02bf-4211-a7fa-c0f83d7a9ff0

So, subscribe to the Newsletter, THEN send me an email to tara at taralain dot com and tell me which book you would like to win and what format you want. Okay?

Here are the books set in Laguna Beach you can choose from. To read about them, just check out the Books section of this website. —

VolleyBalls_ByTaraLain-453x680Volley Balls

Fire Balls

Beach Balls

Snow Balls

TaraLain_FastBalls_453F.A.S.T. Balls

Golden Dancer

Hearts and Flour

Mistletowed

Love You So Hard

Okay? So i’m back into my editing cave! Happy Summer!  : )

SNOW BALLS Goes to Print!

SnowBalls_ByTaraLain-453x680Hi —

Happy Day After Thanksgiving to the Americans. Remember to enter to win books and a gift card in the Thankfully Naughty Blog Hop! Click HERE to enter.

I want to let you know that SNOW BALLS, the fourth book in the Balls to the Wall Series, is now available in print.

This is an amazingly fun book with one of my all-time fave characters in it — JJ LaRousse. So if you happen to be a print book lover, you can have my JJ to snuggle with at night.

Excerpt:  SNOW BALLS by Tara Lain; MM “Opposites Attract” Romance

Available from Amazon 

Big, handsome and hunky, JJ LaRousse looks like an alpha male but acts like an interior decorator. And he’s trying to be happy about it — until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop, Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes guys who are manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors over his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan. Ryan Star may be tough but he hides in the closet at work since he learned in New York that being a gay cop can cost you your life. His attraction to that big, handsome kid threatens his anonymity, but he can’t seem to resist. JJ is just his type. But then JJ goes skiing and comes face to face with his greatest nemesis– and all the secrets come out of the closet. Can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More important, can JJ?

“David. David. Oh my God, oh my God.” JJ grabbed the smoothly muscled arm of his friend and boss.

David trapped JJ’s other waving hand between his. “OK, calm down. What is it? Did one of the exhibitors wear pink and orange together again?” David grinned. Nobody knew better how overreactive JJ was. Thank God, David loved him anyway.

He needed air. He took a deep breath. “The cop. The one I told you about. Oh my God of CSI, he wants me to come to the police station and look at mug shots.” JJ retrieved his hand. He needed it for fanning.

David looked up at JJ. It wasn’t far up since the handsome gallery owner stood a slim six foot one to JJ’s six four. “OK. That’s not hard. The police station is only a ten-minute walk away and I’m here to finish setting up the booth. Perfect timing.”

“Oh God.” JJ collapsed onto a packing crate.

“That’s the hand blown glass you’re sitting on, darling.”

JJ jumped up. “He’s just so…”

“Intimidating, overbearing?”

“Delicious.”

David laughed. “That’s a different kind of problem.”

“I’ve got to go to the men’s room.”

“Oh, OK.”

JJ took off at a run to the men’s room at the center of the festival grounds. Inside, he stuck his carefully spiked head under the faucet, pulled out his comb, and flattened the do. Of course, the pink streaks still stood out like candy canes in his light brown hair. Nothing to be done about it now. He washed his hands and headed back to the booth.

David glanced up from the last packing box. “What happened to your hair?”

“Rod says the cop likes guy’s guys.” David tucked in his T-shirt with the What Would Anna Do? logo, his homage to Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue. He pulled on his Windbreaker and zipped it up. He did a twirl. “With a cap, can I pass as Daniel Craig?”

David put his hands on his hips. “First off, how does Rod know who or what the cop likes? And even if he’s right, it’s never a good idea to try to be something you’re not. You know that. Pretend at the beginning and you have to keep living your lies. That’s a drag.”

JJ stuck out his lip. “It’s not exactly a lie. Hell, look at me.”

David frowned. “JJ, you’re gorgeous. And you’re a catch just the way you are.”

“But I’m such a…” he waved his hands “…fruit!”

“Strawberries and cream. Any man would be lucky to get you.”

JJ sighed. “Thanks. But I need to be more, you know, masculine.”

David smoothed the crease between his own brows with two fingers. “Who said that?”

JJ frowned. “You mean besides my father?”

“Ancient history. You have a life now with people who love you as you are. Don’t go looking for appreciation from those without the discrimination to give it.”

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Have a wonderful weekend. Next week, i have some great guests and Blog Hops going on, so plan to be here to enter to win all kinds of goodies. : )

Sexy Kazaky and the Winners!

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The WINNER of the Balls to the Wall Bangle Bracelet is Ruth Gutscher! Congratulations Ruth! Plus the Winners of the F.A.S.T. Balls Blog Tour Prizes are Jessica Bowed who won the Bangle, Jennifer Sapa who won the $15 GC and Christine Merritt who won the complete set of Balls to the Wall books! Thank you everyone for entering and congratulations to all the winners.

Today, i’m at the OCC RWA Birthday Bash, so while i’m partying, i’m leaving you with some sexy inspiration — Kazaky. Ginger Rogers may have danced backwards and in high heels, but these guys dance backwards, frontwards, and upside down in four inch heels and make it all look goooood. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday to ME! Let’s Give Each Other Presents!

bracelet1Hi everyone–

October 9th is my birthday — yes, astrology fans, i’m a Libra, but you guessed it, right? — and today i thought i’d celebrate by giving you a present. Would you like to win that F.A.S.T. Balls Bangle Bracelet so many people are lusting over? You can! Unless you’re international in which case i will give you a $10 GC if you win.

Okay, so to win my present, maybe you could give me a present? You leave me a comment below (be sure to do that) and pick some way to do a little promotion for moi! I will list all my contacts below. You choose something — Like my FB page, follow me on Twitter, tweet about the drawing, become my Fan on Goodreads, Like me on Amazon, leave me a rating or a review (that would be fantastic!) Maybe you’d like to join my Street Team –the Beautiful Dream Team? And maybe you’d like to sign up for my newsletter? See the icon inactherage the right column. Click on it and you’re on the list! It doesn’t have to be much. Just post in your comment what you did. If you already do all that stuff — THANK YOU! And think up something new even like telling a friend at lunch about my books! The drawing will be held Friday night, so you have time to be creative. Here are the contacts:

Website:              http://taralain.com

Blog:                      http://taralain.com/blog

Goodreads:        http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4541791.Tara_Lain

Pinterest:            http://pinterest.com/taralain/

Twitter:               http://twitter.com/taralain

FB Page:               http://www.facebook.com/taralain

Amazon:              http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Lain/e/B004U1W5QC/

B&N                       http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Tara-Lain?keyword=Tara+Lain&store=book

ARe        http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Tara+Lain

FireBalls_ByTaraLain453x680This has been a fun and exciting year for me. I ended last year with three books on the Top 100 gay romance bestseller list for Amazon, and was an Honorable Mention for Best Author of the Year in the LRC Awards. In 2013, i signed with my agent, Saritza Hernandez of Corvisiero Literary Agency, wrote my first werewolf books and received a 2-book contract from Dreamspinner for those wolves (both coming out in 2014). I wrote my first New Adult which will also be released in 2014, had three bestsellers including F.A.S.T. Balls which made #1 on ARe’s overall bestseller list and #2TaraLain_FastBalls_453 in gay romance on Amazon. I also had a very popular FREE book which you can download HERE is you haven’t read it yet.

LoveYouSoHardI got to present 4 workshops at RT including being one of the panelists in the first ever MM readers workshop. I’ve been delighted to have my books featured in the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog. My friend, the wonderful author and designer, Lex Valentine, built me this great website which everyone seems to be enjoying a lot! And i’m ending my birthday year with Cataclysmic Shift a Finalist in the Rainbow Awards and  my annual trip to GRL in Atlanta. Mighty fine.

My sincerest thanks to every one of you, even if you’ve only visited this blog one time. TL_AT#3_cataclysmicshift_coverinYou’ve helped make this year a joy. And to those on my Beautiful Dream Team, to Iris, and my beta readers, to the friends who cheer me on with Tweets and FB posts and reviews and pats on the back, hugs and love. You are amazing! You are happy birthday to me! : )

Sunset on Summer Fun! Win a Kindle Fire or a Nook HD!

hop-summer-september-1Welcome to the Sunset on Summer Fun Blog Hop where you can win a Kindle Fire or a NookHD!

If you’re here for the Fall into Romance Blog Hop, Fallintoromanceplease CLICK HERE!

I’m also happy dancing in another celebration. On September 20th, my new release, F.A.S.T. Balls, comes out, so i’ve included a snippet from that book in case you’re a Balls to the Wall fan. On Friday the 20th (release day) i’m celebrating with a big Facebook Party with lots of prizes from me and others. If you’d like to come, Click HERE to sign up. Following that will be a blog tour with more prizes still. I hope you can join in.

Here are the prizes you can win in this Hop.

  • The Grand Prize is the winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook HD. International winners receive a cash equivalent on PayPal. Enter on the Rafflecopter below

Here on my blog you can win:

  • A $10 GC to Amazon
  • Your choice of any Balls to the Wall backlist book — Volley Balls, FireFireBalls_ByTaraLain453x680 Balls, Beach Balls, or Snow Balls

To Win my prizes, Here’s what you do:

  • Leave a comment with the name of a favorite friends-to-lovers story if you have one
  • If you feel like it, Like my Facebook Page
  • Like my Amazon Page
  • If you plan on reading F.A.S.T. Balls, would you say so on Goodreads? (not required) 

Do you like enemies-to-lovers stories? Certainly the most famous story of that kind is Romeo and Juliet, and, of course, the famous musical made from it, West Side Story. Enemies to lovers stories are notable because they often end unhappily, but, of course, in romance novels that’s not the case. I’ve had the fun of writing two enemies-to-lovers stories in my Balls to the Wall series. Beach Balls, like many stories with this trope, starts with the lovers meeting and not knowing they are enemies ala Romeo and Juliet. In my new story, F.A.S.T. Balls, the two men start out knowing they are enemies — a gay firefighter and a homophobic firefighter — and finding a way to bring these lovers together was much harder. Here’s a nibble from F.A.S.T. Balls. Below that, you’ll find the entry form for the Hop and the list of authors and other goodies! : )

TaraLain_FastBalls_453Excerpt: F.A.S.T. Balls by Tara Lain; The Gay Fireman and the Homophobe

Available September 20th at AMAZON  ARe

Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded.  On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on?

Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with people. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known.  Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.

The band got into the spirit and segued from the cha cha into a meringue. Jerry didn’t know this one as well but he mimicked Andres and pretty soon had the rhythm. Some people were standing around watching them while others joined in and danced. Andres was so gorgeous and so great at dancing. He even spun a couple of the women around as he danced by them and they squealed. What a charmer.

The musicians worked up to a big finish. Andres pulled Jerry in close then spun him out in a twirl. He circled twice, laughed, and…stopped dead.

Holy crap. Standing on the edge of the dance floor staring at the dancers with big green eyes was the yummiest thing he’d ever seen. Mick Cassidy, tall, straight and strong in a dress blue uniform, the light from the ballroom chandeliers shining off his pale gold hair.

Jerry stared.

Mick stared.

Jerry glanced at the girl standing next to Mick. Really pretty in a blue dress. But nothing, underline nothing, he had seen in a long time was as pretty as that big, hunky homophobe. Mick might be mean as piss, as Hunter said, but he stood there proving that sometimes things that were bad for you are the ones you want most.

A hand on his shoulder woke him up. “You okay, Jerry?”

“Oh, sorry.” He turned and smiled at Andres, but man, it was hard tearing his eyes away. “I just saw someone I know.”

He headed back to the table and Andres stepped up beside him. “Was the person you know that golden dreamboat in blue by any chance?”

He wasn’t going to pretend he didn’t know who Andres meant. “Yeah, that’s the guy I was telling Rod and Hunter about. The one who was nice to me.”

“Oh guapo, he can be nice to me anytime.”

Jerry laughed. “Yeah. Too bad he’s a raging fag hater.”

“So why was he nice?”

“I still haven’t figured that out.”

* * *

He’d been turned to stone. Hell, he had to move. This was stupid. Mick watched Jerry’s retreating back moving off the dance floor and saw him guiding a beautiful Mexican with him. Who the hell was that? Jerry had said his boyfriend had left him. He’d sure moved on fast.

“You know that guy?”

He glanced at Jezebel. Oh right, she was with him. “Yes, he works on my shift a lot of the time.”

“Sure is a good dancer. He a fag? Must be, if he’s dancing with a guy, right.”

Whoa. He used that word all the time but it sounded bad when she said it about Jerry. “Yeah, he’s gay.”

“Must be like your father says. You see a lot of gay guys in Laguna.”

“Yes.” It felt weird to have his father’s ideas dragged into his work life.

She looked out at the dancers. “I always figured what your father says is a load of crap. Gay people are born that way so it has to be God’s will and if it’s not then God’s a load of crap.”

Mick gasped and looked at her. Really looked. “I don’t believe you just said that.”

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F.A.S.T. Balls! Two Week Notice! Excerpt 4 U

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In two weeks, Friday September 20, my new release, the next Balls to the Wall book, F.A.S.T. Balls, will be released. An enemies-to-lovers story about a gay firefighter and a homophobe, F.A.S.T. Balls is a complex, challenging and fun book. Want to know all the events, prizes, freebies, fun and games coming up? Sign up for the NEWSLETTER! See the sign up in the right column? Click that.

Want a nibble from F.A.S.T. Balls?  I talked with a friend who is also a reviewer today about the book. (BTW, if you’re a reviewer and want an advance copy, contact me). I told her this book was both hard to write and fun! The pairing is unexpected. Someone with the background of Mick, one of my two firefighters, who changes his angle of vision and turns his life around is a true hero IMO.

Excerpt: F.A.S.T. Balls by Tara Lain; The Gay Fireman and the Homophobe

Available at AMAZON  ARe

Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded.  On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on?

Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with 6132046_speople. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known.  Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.

The band got into the spirit and segued from the cha cha into a meringue. Jerry didn’t know this one as well but he mimicked Andres and pretty soon had the rhythm. Some people were standing around watching them while others joined in and danced. Andres was so gorgeous and so great at dancing. He even spun a couple of the women around as he danced by them and they squealed. What a charmer.

The musicians worked up to a big finish. Andres pulled Jerry in close then spun him out in a twirl. He circled twice, laughed, and…stopped dead.

Holy crap. Standing on the edge of the dance floor staring at the dancers with big green eyes was the yummiest thing he’d ever seen. Mick Cassidy, tall, straight and strong in a dress blue uniform, the light from the ballroom chandeliers shining off his pale gold hair.

Jerry stared.

Mick stared.

Jerry glanced at the girl standing next to Mick. Really pretty in a blue dress. But nothing, underline nothing, he had seen in a long time was as pretty as that big, hunky homophobe. Mick might be mean as piss, as Hunter said, but he stood there proving that sometimes things that were bad for you are the ones you want most.

A hand on his shoulder woke him up. “You okay, Jerry?”

“Oh, sorry.” He turned and smiled at Andres, but man, it was hard tearing his eyes away. “I just saw someone I know.”

He headed back to the table and Andres stepped up beside him. “Was the person you know that golden dreamboat in blue by any chance?”

He wasn’t going to pretend he didn’t know who Andres meant. “Yeah, that’s the guy I was telling Rod and Hunter about. The one who was nice to me.”

“Oh guapo, he can be nice to me anytime.”

Jerry laughed. “Yeah. Too bad he’s a raging fag hater.”

“So why was he nice?”

“I still haven’t figured that out.”

 

* * *

 

He’d been turned to stone. Hell, he had to move. This was stupid. Mick watched Jerry’s retreating back moving off the dance floor and saw him guiding a beautiful Mexican with him. Who the hell was that? Jerry had said his boyfriend had left him. He’d sure moved on fast.

“You know that guy?”

He glanced at Jezebel. Oh right, she was with him. “Yes, he works on my shift a lot of the time.”

“Sure is a good dancer. He a fag? Must be, if he’s dancing with a guy, right.”

Whoa. He used that word all the time but it sounded bad when she said it about Jerry. “Yeah, he’s gay.”

“Must be like your father says. You see a lot of gay guys in Laguna.”

“Yes.” It felt weird to have his father’s ideas dragged into his work life.

She looked out at the dancers. “I always figured what your father says is a load of crap. Gay people are born that way so it has to be God’s will and if it’s not then God’s a load of crap.”

Mick gasped and looked at her. Really looked. “I don’t believe you just said that.”

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I hope you enjoyed it. The Facebook Party is happening on September 20th! Sign Up HERE! There will be tons of prizes and not just from me. : )

 

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F.A.S.T. Balls is Coming. Sign Up for Party!

9981892_sHi everyone —

I know some of you are fans of my Balls to the Wall series because you send me messages and holler that you’re waiting impatiently for the next book. Well as you may already know, that book is coming on September 20th. The book is called F.A.S.T. Balls. F.A.S.T. stands for Firefighter Assist and Search Team. If you read Fire Balls and maybe Snow Balls you know that one of my readers’ favorite characters, Jerry Wallender the surfer dude, became a firefighter, and YES, this is his story.  F.A.S.T. Balls is coming September 20th.

So here’s what’s happening. There will be a launch party for F.A.S.T. Balls on September 20th on Facebook. It’s a one evening event. There will be tons of prizes from me and a bunch of friends of mine — books, GCs, swag, who knows what all. Plus, excerpts from the new book and friend’s books as well. If you want to come to the party go to this link and sign up. That way, you’ll get reminders and stuff. Okay?  Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/551252528258089/?context=create

There will also be a Blog Tour with more prizes to win! I’ll tell you more about it as we get closer. But sign up for the Party so we know how many to plan for! More prizes may be needed!  LOL. : )

 

Dirty Birdie Flock Hop! Free Books and Prizes for You

DBFH1.1-204x300Welcome to the Dirty Birdies Flock Hop with great books and prizes! The Dirty Birdies are a group of so fabulous (she said modestly) erotic romance writers who believe pervs of a feather flock together and that’s why you’re here! You can see our delicious blog HERE.

This is a perfectly sized Hop that lets you get to everyone on the list in three days! You can see all the participants HERE. But while the number of bloggers is moderate, our grand prize is very nice indeed.

  • Someone who posts their comment and email on one of the participating blogs will win a $100 Gift Card!

In addition to that, here on my blog you can win:

  • A $5 GC to Amazon
  • Your choice of any Balls to the Wall book — Volley Balls, Fire Balls, Beach Balls, or Snow Balls
  • Everyone can also receive my new book, Love You So Hard, FREE by BottomYousohardclicking HERE. (You will have to join the MM Romance Group to get the book  for now)

So let’s talk about dirty! Lots of erotic romance authors, including myself, often joke that we write dirty books or smut. Lord knows, my books are as erotic as they come. I had one reviewer say she flushed a few times at the sex scenes in one of my menages! But after twenty or so stories, i have to firmly say i don’t write dirty books. I write books about love.

In a workshop recently, i was teaching the group about “how to write erotic romance for fun and profit”. I said an erotic romance is a work of fiction which centers on the growing love relationship between main characters and during the growth of love they have sex (very much as in life). The thing that distinguishes erotic romance is that the door stays open during the sex. But seriously, we get to know these characters inside and out. We know what they want, what they fear, and what stands in the way of them having their desires fulfilled. Why on earth should we exclude their sexual experiences and feelings from what we know? I love erotic romance, reading it and writing it.

TL_SpellCatJust for fun, here’s a romantic little nibble from my MM paranormal romance, Spell Cat. 

 

“Shouldn’t you be getting married too?”

 

What the…? The voice came from behind him. He turned and looked at the entry to the living room, into that most-loved face. The face that had launched the Witch Master. Blaine walked into the room with Aloysius on his shoulder. Killian shook his head. “I don’t think so… Uh, I don’t know? Should I?”

 

Blaine walked around the couch to where Killian stood. Lavender scooted aside to make room for him. “Of course. Since you are uniting witches and humans here, shouldn’t you show your support by marrying a human? I happen to be one, and I even have a ring.”

 

“But I’m a witch.”

 

“Yes.”

 

Sweet gods, Blaine believed him. “But you don’t want to marry a witch.”

 

“I want to marry you.”

 

“But the spell?”

 

“Fuck the spell.” He looked around at the gathered witches. “Please excuse me.” The green eyes came back to him. “I don’t care about spells; I care about you. Marry me.”

 

Love was the greatest power. Greater than any spell.

 

The room stilled. Killian bet they could hear his heart beating. He took a deep breath.

 

A little voice rose. One of the mixed-race witch children said, “Oh, c’mon, Witch Master. Say yes.”

 

Laughter erupted everywhere. He felt his own chest shaking, and Blaine reached up and wiped the wet from his cheeks. Oh, blessed gods, don’t take this away. Make it be true. He smiled. “Are you sure? I really am a witch, you know.”

 

Blaine laughed. “Hell, yes, I know. Even I couldn’t explain away today’s demonstration. But I’ll share with you my theories about the relationship of the quantum reality to witchcraft…”

 

Jimmy laughed. “Hey, I want to hear that. But first, don’t you have to get a reply?”

 

Blaine’s face softened. Al purred so loudly, the children nearby laughed. “Marry me, Killian. I love you. We’ll work out the details.”

 

“Yes, oh gods, yes. I love you so much.”

 

Lavender raised a glass. “Friends, on Saturday you are also invited to the wedding of Killian Barth, Witch Master, and Blaine Genneau, professor of quantum physics. Human.”

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