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Sexy Vampires with Emotional Stories Coming Your Way: Nocturnal Surrender Series Updates

Things are moving along quicker than I had expected with the next book in the series – so far. Let’s hope this keeps up.

NS 4 for blogFirst, an update on the upcoming novel, Night Therapy.

I finished the revisions three weeks earlier than I had planned, and I was able to get it to the editor two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

I believe that is a first for me. Normally, I run over my estimated time. Yay me!

I’m waiting to hear back from the editor to see how soon she thinks she’ll be done with the first round of edits, but I don’t think she’ll have it longer than two to four weeks. Again, that’s quicker than my initial expectations. Yay editor!

I’ll spend July – and August if needed – finishing the editing process, so I’m still expecting an early September release.

If you want to read a few unedited excerpts from Night Therapy, you’ll find themHERE.

If you want to get to know the hero, Johnathan McCombs, you’ll find his hero postHERE.

If you want more information about this book – or the others in this series, as well as purchase links, excerpts, and series extras – you’ll find it all HERE.

And for those of you who have read the previous books – and have fallen for Bastian – don’t worry. He has a major role in this book, and will continue to throughout the entire series.

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Second, I have started work on the fifth book in the series. This novel is still untitled. I hope to have the first draft finished by October for release sometime early next year.

As always, I will give updates on the progress as I write. When I get further into the novel, I’ll begin posting some teaser excerpts, as well.

The hero in this novel is Johnathan’s sire, Alexander Mitchell. He’s a calm and calculating vampire, smooth and charming. Everything he does is sensual, right down to how he drinks blood.

The heroine, Olivia Fournier, was introduced early on in the series, in Nocturnal Surrender. She’s cold and aloof, domineering and independent. And after what happens in Night Therapy, she has a huge chip on her shoulder and a lot to prove.

Their personalities clash. Their approaches to immortal life and how to run the Enforcer teams are completely opposite. Sparks will be flying – in more ways than one.

Plus, the war between vampires and Hunters will begin to intensify. All your favorite vampires from the series will be in jeopardy.

That’s all for now, but I will continue to update you on my progress. Until next time, enjoy the previous books in the series, the excerpts, and the extras at the links above.

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So what have you been reading lately? I just finished reading Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward, and now I’m reading Dark Curse by Christine Feehan.

 

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Updates: Book Covers, Upcoming Releases, New Sales Venues

These two books have had their covers updated. I knew I would be updating Nocturnal Bites to add the list of stories in the anthology, but I hadn’t planned on doing a new cover for Midnight Confessions. But since I decided to publish trade paperbacks of the first three novelettes/novellas, the original cover I’d done for MC was not high enough quality for printing, only for eBook. I loved that original cover, but had no choice if I wanted to have this book in print. So here you can see the new cover. It is still beautiful, though.
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Also, I’ve added a new short story to the mix, Auburn Lust. This is an erotic book–not a romance–that will be available individually and as part of the anthology, Nocutrnal Bites.

All three of these books will be released soon. Midnight Confessions’ tentative release will be 2/8/13, but may be as late as 2/14/13. Either way it will be out in time for Valentine’s Day. If you are signed up to follow this blog, you’ll know the day it is out because I will do a new post for the release–and I will for each future release, too.

I hope to have Auburn Lust ready for release by the end of February, which means Nocturnal Bites will be out at that time, as well.

Lastly, there are a few new sales venues for Nothing Lasts Forever, and those venues will eventually be added for all the books. Just head on over to The Nocturnal Surrender Series website for the links–and to see the information for Auburn Lust.

So how do you like the new covers?

 

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Guest Post at A Writer’s Naughty Thoughts

Today I’m over at Kathryn Blake’s blog talking about what inspired me to become an author and giving a little peak into my latest release, Nocturnal Surrender. Come on over and tell us what inspires you. And if you want to know more about the hero, Bastian Evanko, head on over to Paranormal Cravings to read his character interview if you haven’t already.

 

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Nothing Lasts Forever & Nocturnal Surrender in Print

That’s right, the first two books in The Nocturnal Surrender Series are available in trade paperback. For now, you can buy your copies at the Createspace store, but they will soon be available on Amazon, too. Remember, these are a novelette and novella so they are slim books, but it will be so nice to have the books in your hands. Click on the covers for the Createspace buy links.

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The Stigma of Erotica and Erotic Romance

I guess we have another hurdle to get over as authors. First we had to deal with the stigma of writing romance and how it was considered less than other genres. Then we had to deal with the stigma of self-publishing—for those of us who have gone that route. Now we have a new stigma to deal with: writing erotica or erotic romance and having it shunned because people think it’s nothing more than written pornography.

I know we still have the first two stigmas, but I think they have been getting better lately. And I believe they will keep getting better. With the third, who knows, maybe the whole 50 Shades explosion will help lift erotic romance and erotica up out of the gutter some would like to shove them in.

To me, comparing erotica—with plots just like any other story—and erotic romance to pornography is like comparing a wonderful sex scene in a movie to a porno. Pornography is fine—I like pornography. It has its place and time. Although, I would like to see more geared toward women, but I think our day is coming.

But erotica and erotic romance is far from pornography. Pornography usually doesn’t have a well-thought-out plot and is—as expected—completely about the sex act. Good erotica does have that plot and the sex is there to help enhance the plot. It is the same for erotic romance. None of those stories are merely about sex.

I wouldn’t want to push anything erotic on someone who didn’t want it, but when I try looking for places to post my free book or to get reviews and they tell me, “Sorry, no erotica,” it kind of pisses me off. They’ll take anything else, any other genre, but oh my, if there’s an explicit sex scene or two the world must be coming to an end.

Those same places that refuse erotica or erotic romance have no problem hosting horror with all kinds of killing and violence. It’s just like media in general. We can show all the violence imaginable, but the minute sex is involved the censors come out screaming. Blow someone’s brains out, but you better not give them a blow job first. (I also love horror and don’t want an end to that genre; I’m just trying to make a point.)

Ooh, speaking of BJs, did anyone watch CNN’s New Year’s Eve show? I loved it when Kathy Griffin kept threatening to give Anderson Cooper a blow job. Now that was some good TV.

Okay, I could rant about this forever, but I’d like to know what you guys think about the subject. Please leave a comment and weigh in.

I say it’s time we shout loudly from the top of a mountain, “I write erotic romance (and/or erotica) and I am not ashamed. My books should be right there beside all the others.”

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in My Writing, Writing

 

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Schedule Changes Due to my Surgery

I just wanted to let everyone know that because of my surgery this week I won’t be responding to comments for a while. I’ll be in the hospital at least two days and will obviously still be recovering when I come home so I don’t think I’ll be on the computer for at least a week or two.

I have scheduled some posts to go live on different days over the next few weeks, but most won’t be quite as involved as I would like due to time constraints. I have a lot of great posts planned for when I get back, though. More posts on Hump Day Heat, my road to publication, and the general craziness I love to share will be coming in January.

Besides affecting my blogging schedule, this surgery has also affected my writing schedule. This means the next novelette in The Nocturnal Surrender Series, Midnight Confessions, will be released a little later than I’d planned. Instead of late December or early January, I’d say it will be at least a month or so later. All depends on my recovery.

This book is already written and has gone through one round of edits, but the rest of the edits will have to wait until after the surgery. Luckily the cover design and formatting are already done so nothing else will delay it.

Of course, this will also push back the release of the first novel in the series, Night Therapy. I had hoped for a spring release, but it will now most likely be in the summer.

Too bad life has to get in the way. But I’d rather get this taken care of before it gets worse. Thanks again for all the well-wishes and thanks for your patience. I promise it will be worth the wait.

 

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My Inspiration for Becoming an Author

Ever wonder what gave your favorite author the spark to make them want to write? I have, and for most it seems reading was the key. But it was different for me.

So what was it that inspired me to write?

Would you believe me if I told you it was a TV show?

Eh, maybe that’s not such a strange thing. I’m sure other writers have been inspired by TV shows. In truth, maybe it wasn’t the show itself as much as it was the actor’s portrayal of the main character. He pulled me in—as I now know he did to countless others—and made me love his character.

The show was Moonlight, and the actor was Alex O’Loughlin. If you haven’t seen his work, you should—and not only because he looks good shirtless. He is an amazing actor and an all-around good guy. Oh, and did I mention the sexy Australian accent? Hmm, wonder why one of the heroes in my series is an Aussie? I have no idea.

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Alex O’Loughlin

I’ve loved vampires ever since seeing the movie Interview with the Vampire. I hadn’t read a vampire novel before that but I ran out to gather up the first three in Anne Rice’s series. Come on. Who doesn’t love Lestat?

Still, that never inspired me to write.

It was the vampire PI, Mick St. John, on Moonlight who captured my heart enough to make me want to write. To actually publish. To give someone else the same enjoyment I’d received from my new obsession with all things vampire.

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Alex as Mick St. John

I started like a lot of others, with fan fiction. My Moonlight fanfic was very well received, though it was a long way from the type of writing I would need in order to publish. But it was my start.

From there, I learned all I could about writing—but that is for a future post.

My first manuscript, which is still not fit to see the light of day, was a cross between Interview and Moonlight. I wanted to create a Mick St. John mixed with Lestat—and I did. If I’d only known how to write back then, it might have been great. I hope to rewrite it someday, but I had to leave it behind for now in order to keep moving forward.

At some point I discovered paranormal romance novels. Then erotic paranormal romance. I was hooked. Kresley Cole’s Immortals after Dark Series was an immediate favorite.

My first manuscript did have some wonderful romantic scenes in it, but the fact that the hero and heroine never ended up together meant it was absolutely not a romance.

I eventually decided to write an erotic paranormal romance novel with some of the characters from that original work. This is where Night Therapy, an upcoming novel in my Nocturnal Surrender Series, came from. I started it a while ago, put it on hold and wrote the three novelettes/novellas that precede it in the series, and am now back to working on it again—although, my upcoming surgery will affect the release by at least a month or two. I’m still hoping for a spring release, but it may be early summer.

I have many other stories I’ve begun, but they have been put on hold because the vampires in The Nocturnal Surrender Series are my favorite. They want to come to life. They’re in my head, banging around, yelling at me to let them out. Yes, writers can be a little crazy with their imaginary friends.

Now what was the point I was trying to make? Oh, yeah. That’s right. It’s that inspiration can strike from anywhere, and when it does, you need to grab onto it and let it take you for an amazing ride. I know I’m glad I did.

So what inspires you in life, whether it is to write or to do anything else?

 

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