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Monday, 28 November 2011

Support Four Début Authors and Snag $125

Four books
Two Days
Great Prizes

With this contest, there is something for everyone and it’s SO simple to be in on the winning!

On November 28 and/or 29, purchase one or all four of the debut author’s books listed here. Then forward proof of purchase (the receipt Amazon sends you will do just fine) to: motionsrider@yahoo.ca and get up to four entries into a draw for a $100 Amazon gift card!

It’s that easy, no reviews, no hoops to jump through. Just a great .99 book or two - or three or four. AND, if the person who wins the $100 Amazon Gift Card has purchased all 4 books an additional $25 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to the winner!

On top of that, two random commenter's picked from two of our participating blogs will receive $5 gift Amazon gift cards . So, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the promo, the books, or the authors.


Winners will be chosen randomly, one entry per person, per book.

All winners will be announced on December 7th on Wringing Out Words  and here in the comment section.


So purchase a book, or books below, comment and you may win. Books for purchasing in order to win are:

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Nancy Lawson is Somewhere After Seduction

I met a lovely lady on the Amazon forums. She did something "naughty" and spammed her book. In her defence a person was asking if there were any romances with older characters instead of the usual twenty-somethings. Somewhere After Seduction fit perfectly, and so Nancy Lawson told the potential customer about her book.

She was blasted, but kept her cool, apologised and removed her post. But I was intrigued about her book and being a nosy old bat, I wanted to know more about the person behind the book. I was moved by her story.

Read her interview below...


Betrayed by her own body, Morgan's memories of love and security were becoming a dream of her past.


What inspired you to write Somewhere after Seduction?
My husband passed away, and I found myself back in the dating world in my retirement years. I found it difficult. It’s so much easier to fall in love when you're young and naive.

Why do you say that?
When you are young, and life is roses and popcorn you believe what you want to believe, not necessarily what the facts really might be. After some age, and experience you find it harder to bypass truth, intuition and/or the bottom line with men and relationships. Not long ago, I read an article written by an elderly man thrown back into the dating world, and he said it was hard to turn "dumb" back on. It summed up what I felt.



And that’s when you started writing?

Saturday, 19 November 2011

I can't perform in the sexual department.


There. I’ve said it. Before I’m sent loads of porn-site links to “better” myself can I add that I’m talking about writing sex scenes? 

I find it very hard to write a sex scene and almost always have my characters kissing one minute then lighting a cigarette the next! 

My scenes seem silly when I read them back, and I end up giggling hysterically at them. When I’ve recovered enough I reread only, this time, I'm cringing with embarrassment!

I stink at writing sex scenes.

There is a sex scene in A Proper Charlie but I wrote that mainly for laughs not just for romance. Romance and sex is so hard to get right. 

Eden is more romantic, and I admit I cut the sex scenes because they just didn't seem right. There are only so many ways you can write about kissing, caressing and getting naked!

With The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am  I have many cut sex scenes on my, er, hard drive that didn't make the final book. Some were too explicit (for a chick lit), others felt plain daft while some ended up so bizarre I think I'd have been carted off for treatment with a sex therapist!

Suggestive sexy scenes are bloody hard to write! Writers (me anyway) fall into the trap of using cliques and inappropriate names for body parts (cue a list of inappropriate names for parts of the body):

Ladies:  
  • Special flower
  • Pussy
  • Love cave
  • Fanny
  • Front bottom
  • Kebab
  • Coochie
  • Lady garden
  • Silken/velvet nest/folds
  • Gash
  • Bearded clam
  • C*** (can't even bring myself to type it!)
Men:
  • Third leg
  • Junior and his twin brothers
  • prick
  • Hard appendage
  • Fun stick
  • One eyed monster
  • Dick
  • Dong
  • Love pump/stick/handle
  • Cock
  • Willy (that one has me giggling every time!)
Euphemisms are OK but get it right for goodness sake! What's acceptable are usually words that can be read without laughing (or flinching) ie member, shaft, manhood. For a woman it's: folds, core, heat etc. 

But that's my opinion as a reader, as a writer of erotic fiction I'm certainly no expert!

The fact is, I want to include a bit of how’s-your-father in my books. I want to learn how to write sexy novels! And I'm jealous of those who can!

To write juicy scenes I'm told it's best to delve outside of what you already experience as the norm. People read for escapism, so we must use our creative brain cells to dig deep: break taboos and recreate sexual fantasies that we'd otherwise be too shy to ask our partner about. 

So what are your thoughts on the subject? Can sex scenes in books be well written? 


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Sexy romance from Nancy Lawson "for the more mature reader".


Nancy Lawson's début novel - Somewhere after Seduction

Betrayed by her own body, Morgan's memories of love and security were becoming a dream of her past.





Slowly, his sure hands untied the red negligee, letting it drop to the floor. Forcing her to step back into the light, he took his time, devouring her body with his eyes. Watching her, he felt his body respond. He undressed. She stood frozen in place. His eyes held her body captive, the light from outside cast shadows on her curves. He held her in place, an arm’s length away, caressing her body with his hungry eyes. He whispered, “Don’t close your eyes. Look at me.”

His hand moved, dwelling over the curves of her breasts, their eyes locked on each other. He kissed her taut nipples bringing their pink tips to crested peaks. His hand slid slowly and softly up her leg, tormenting her while she stood in the dim light, until flames of passion burned within both of them.

Nancy Lawson has granted me an EXCLUSIVE interview here on Wise Words next month. So watch this space! 

Somewhere After Seduction is available to buy NOW

Somewhere After Seduction... 
you know you want to

Morgan Reynolds ability to overcome adversity, replacing it with optimistic dreams, put her on a course in life where she attracted success and love. Married to Ben Reynolds, together they raised their son Cam, and developed a thriving Real Estate management business. Both their careers flourished affording them a beautiful penthouse overlooking, Washington DC, monuments and a luxury yacht.


Neither realized the handsome bachelor rogue, Drake Taylor, whose yacht, docked next to theirs, would impact their future. Morgan’s naïve heart wasn’t prepared for the path her relationships would take. 
Betrayed by her own body she wonders what happens “Somewhere After Seduction”.





























Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Keeping Books Alive Conference


Keeping Books Alive
Conference to be held on Saturday 26 November 2011
Venue: RACV Club – Melbourne (501 Bourke Street)


A professional development seminar designed to inform and inspire secondary and primary teachers, librarians and those interested in promoting literacy. Presenters include Paul Collins, Susanne Gervay, Dianne Bates, Meredith Costain, Gabrielle Wang and many others. The $110 registration fee includes the cocktail party and dinner at the RACV Club. 
Enquiries should go to Rob Leonard: rob@ozkids.com.au

Monday, 14 November 2011

5 simple marketing tips from Ashley Dawn



Shadows of Pain Book 3
by Ashley Dawn

AVAILABLE FROM TODAY!
With so much going on with books on the Internet, there are a lot of options for authors to promote their work.  I’ve used several of these…some worked and some didn’t.  For me it was trial and error, so I thought I would share what has worked best for me:

  1. A Blog.  This can be FREE or there are some places where you pay for the blog, either way it is useful.  I have a review blog where      I read and review other author’s work.  It gets my name out there and I have a page on my blog dedicated just to my books.  That way, when authors are out there promoting their book and send people to my blog, I have the possibility to have them check out my books as well.  It isn’t a guarantee but it has worked for me. 
  2. Help other authors.  This one sort of goes along with the blog idea.  If you review an author’s book for them, you have made a contact that in the future (or sooner if you agree to do a swap with them) they can do a review for you.  If you help other authors with reviews and promotion, they will help you.
  3. Facebook page.  It is wonderful and FREE.  You can post what is going on in your writing life, upcoming releases, book covers, etc.  People click ‘like’ on your page and immediately see your feed.  You have to post on there for it to be useful but there is a whole lot of people on facebook that can be reached through this and it doesn’t tie up your personal account.
  4. Blog Tour.  On this, you set up a time frame (either by yourself or hire someone to do it) where on certain days you are on certain blogs either doing reviews, guestblogs, giveaways, excerpts…the possibilities are almost endless!  This way, you reach a completely new audience through the blogger’s followers and at the same time, you are helping them promote their blog by promoting your book!
  5. Twitter.  It works a lot like facebook only with more limited character space.  I admit I don’t utilize this one like I should but it is there as a promotion tool for us authors and once again it is FREE.  You can promote yourself, gain followers, announce release dates, or just talk about what you are working on to keep people interested.

All 5 of these can be used together to help you market and promote your work.  Make sure to have fun with your marketing.  I know it is work and you badly want to get all the exposure you can but remember to take time to stop and see what you are accomplishing along the way.  I hope this helps or at least gives a few ideas!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Past Sins by Ellie Jones


Past Sins - a story of intrigue, romance, and deceit.

Past Sins
by
Ellie Jones

When wealthy Spanish artist, Juan García, dies, he leaves his beautiful Spanish villa and riding school, to Jenny. This is bizarre because she is English, has never been there, never met him, never heard of him, and is not related to him... 


Stakes are raised when in the entrance hall to the villa she discovers a painting of herself... naked.



Juan’s young brother, Eduardo, believes she is a gold-digger and is out to prove it. Jenny finds herself struggling with him on several levels; his certainty that she had an affair with Juan, his own escalating attraction towards her, his belief that she may be involved with threatening letters against him, and his absolute and unjustified dislike of her new friend... but then she starts to get threatening letters too, and it all gets out of hand.

Purchase info – $2.99

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island by C.K. Volnek

Evil haunts Roanoke Island and it’s up to young Jack Dahlgren to destroy it...before it destroys him.
Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island
by 
C.K. Volnek

In 1587,117 colonists disappeared from Roanoke Island without a trace, leaving behind not only unanswered questions, but a terrifying evil. 


Now it’s up to twelve year-old Jack Dahlgren to unravel the age-old mystery and save his family from the hateful beast that haunts the island. 


With the help of newfound friend, Manny, a Native American shaman, and an elusive Giant Mastiff, Jack must piece together the clues of the Lost Colony to discover what really happened. Shrouded in ancient Native American folklore, it's up to Jack to uncover what the evil is and why it haunts his island.


But can he destroy it...before it destroys him?

Buy it now:
Find out more at: www.ckvolnek.com

Capable of Murder by Brian Kavanagh


CAPABLE OF MURDER. 
The first book introduces amateur sleuth, Belinda Lawrence and begins her adventures.


Capable of Murder
by
Brian Kavanagh

The old lady's decaying body lay at the foot of the stairs.
The police believe it was simply an accidental fall that killed great-aunt Jane.

But was it?

Young Australian, Belinda Lawrence is convinced it was murder and when she inherits her great-aunt's ancient cottage and garden on the outskirts of Bath, England, she finds herself deep in a taut mystery surrounding her legacy.


A secret room. Unknown intruders. A hidden ancient document. They all contribute to the mounting dread.



A second vicious murder by a ruthless killer intensifies the tension and Belinda, now under threat herself, is befriended by two charming men: her neighbour Jacob and real-estate agent Mark Sallinger. But can she trust them? And what interest has befuddled antique dealer Hazel Whitby in the cottage?



Could one of them be the killer?


An excellent example of a time-honoured English village murder mystery with a lively young heroine pitting her intellect against an evil killer, both bent on solving the riddle of an ancient garden. An inventive puzzle glazed with wit and the first of the Belinda Lawrence series. 

Purchase: BeWrite Books 

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Highway to Hell by Alex Laybourne

Heaven and Hell, Angels and Demons, these things were once considered opposites, but now you will see that they are neighbors, allies…. friends.




Marcus, Becky, Richard, Helen, Sammy and Graham. All complete strangers, different ages, backgrounds and even countries, but they all have one major thing in common…

They all must DIE.

Sentenced to offer their penance in the many chambers of Hell, their lives are nothing but a torturous experience. They are brought face to face with their past, their mistakes and the implications that had for others. Until one by one they are rescued and thrown together. Waking in a dying world, they are introduced to their rescuers who do anything but conform to their angelic stereotype.

Together, bonded by an unknown destiny the group is set on their quest; to find one individual buried deep within the many Hell worlds. Not only does the fate of their world rest on their shoulders, but that of existence itself.


Purchase Links:
Amazon.com 
Amazon.de  
Amazon.co.uk 
Smashwords 
Blog

Monday, 7 November 2011

Eternal Beginning by Christine Cunningham

Live the life you desire

Eternal Beginnings
by
Christine Cunningham


Imagine a world that draws out your true potential.
It’s just beyond the arch.
Can you hear your guide calling you?
Heed the call and open yourself to the life that you desire.


Purchase information:
Amazon (ebook) http://amzn.to/pkBzEC
Barnes & Noble (paperback) http://bit.ly/nKy6Va Paypal (autographed paperback) http://bit.ly/o41IIO 

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Brilliant Prey by Brenda Wallace

“A twisting, intense psychological thriller.”
— Best selling author Scott Nicholson, Liquid Fear


Brilliant Prey
by
Brenda Wallace

Even a genius can be played for a pawn by a cunning and deadly manipulator.

Lauren James is a former psychiatrist, still reeling from her husband’s suicide and the subsequent miscarriage that swept away her tidy life the year before. On the anniversary of his death, she opens what she hopes to be a "Welcome to Mensa" envelope and pulls out a threatening puzzle along with the identical suicide note she had burned the previous year. 

Unraveling the twisted clues, Lauren embarks on a harrowing journey drawn in by a child’s neglected grave, a professor from the island of St. Croix, and a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. When Lauren discovers the reason behind her husband’s shocking death, she must struggle with her deepest convictions and whether killing is acceptable if it saves more lives.

Purchase links:


Saturday, 5 November 2011

ALPHA ONE – THE JUMP PILOT by Chris Burton


What lies beyond the wormhole… is the devil incarnate



ALPHA ONE – THE JUMP PILOT
by
Chris Burton.


Jake is a trainee Jump Pilot and war is rife in the galaxy...


The Sentinels are very sensitive about a region of space, light years from their territorial boundaries. They are guided by the Betanica Sect, who seek to protect the galaxy and in particular the Tri Star Region from invasion by the Kryl. The Kryl are the devil incarnate…

Jake is a final year Alpha Academy student and he has chosen Jump Ship Command to launch his career. He and Steve are two of the brightest academy pilots. They are also vying for the affection of the same girl. Carla is looking for her sister, who left home 6 years before to join the Collective, led by the sinister and mysterious Professor Winterburn. Winterburn casts a spell over everyone he meets.

The Sentinels and the Betanica Sect lock horns with Alpha in a battle to assume control of the Tri Star System. Alpha's aim is to open the Blue Worm hole; a gateway to another galaxy. The gathering masses are joined by Winterburn and his flock and by Jake and Steve whose sole intention is to rescue Carla Stevenson from Winterburn’s clutches.



Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Remember, remember the fifth of November

This Guy Fawkes week I have SEVEN authors to show-off.
I picked seven books all with a different genre.

So, starting Saturday 5th November 
Chris Burton will be spotlighting his science fiction Alpha One - The Jump Pilot.
Brenda Wallace will follow with her thriller called Brilliant Prey, then we have a spiritual novel by Christine Cunningham called Eternal Beginning. 




To follow those there will be a fantasy adventure Highway To Hell by Alex Laybourne, and Brian Kavangh will be along with his crime/thriller Capable of Murder and leading up the rear is YA author C.K. Volnek with Ghost Dog of Roanoke, and last but not least, a romance called Past Sins by Ellie Jones.


So lots of colour and variety for all readers.

Remember, I am here for blog tours/interviews/spotlights. 
Please see submissions for more information.

Happy Firework night!