Thursday, 30 January 2014

Love is in the Air…. Valentine’s Day Book / Ebook Giveaway

21 authors are giving away books.  Entry is free! Check out the first 4 books on offer today and come back in three days to see what's up next.

HERE ARE THE BOOKS!

DANGLED CARAT
HILARY GROSSMAN
#pages: 281
goodreads Hilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc. They had a great relationship—why rush into things? But after four years together, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready—and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to a turning point. In this relatable, playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc—from the awkward teenage years to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through the ease of their early time together up until that fateful New Year’s Eve, Hilary shares the details and considers how Marc’s inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn’t know she possessed. For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the picture of patience and grace, Hilary's humorous and honest story will hit home. Available on Amazon, Ebook $2.99, paperback $9.43

OUT TO LUNCH
STACEY BALLIS
#pages 417
out to lunch
Jenna has lost her best friend. With Aimee gone so tragically young, Jenna barely knows where to turn. Aimee was the one who always knew what to do—not to mention what to wear. The two built a catering company together and had so much in common—well, except their taste in men. Jenna never understood what the successful, sophisticated Aimee saw in Wayne, with his Star Wars obsession and harebrained business schemes.
And gained her best friend’s husband… But Aimee has left a shocking last request: Jenna now has financial custody of the not-so-merry widower. True, Wayne needs someone sensible around to keep him under control, but what was her dear departed friend thinking? The thing is, as she gets to know Wayne better, his latest moneymaking idea actually starts to intrigue her. Her attractive new lawyer boyfriend doesn’t approve of it—but then, Wayne doesn’t approve of her attractive new lawyer boyfriend. Now Jenna has to figure out what direction her life is going to take next. And she can’t help asking herself: What would Aimee do?
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble , Kobo Ebook $7.99, Paperback $10.74

A WOMAN LOST
T.B. MARKINSON
# pages 241
womanlostElizabeth “Lizzie” Petrie has it all. She’s rich, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. None of this matters to her mom. Les-Bi-An. That’s all her mom sees. Even though Lizzie insists her mom’s antagonism does not bother her, Lizzie distances herself from her entire family. When her brother, Peter, calls her out of the blue to announce he’s getting married, Lizzie’s entire life changes drastically. Peter’s fiancĂ©e wants to bring the lesbian outcast back into the family. Will this desire cause Lizzie to lose everything dear to her? Sarah, Lizzie’s girlfriend, is ecstatic about this change in Lizzie’s personal life. Sarah, the hopeless romantic, wants it all, including settling down with the fiercely independent Lizzie. Can Lizzie be tamed? And can she survive her family and all of their secrets?
Available Amazon. Amazon UK ebook: $2.99, Paperback $8.99




MURDER IN MOSCOW
STORM CHASE
#pages 222
Murder in Moscow By Storm Chase
When burned out ex-copper Cassidy Stone moves to Moscow, a favour for a friend leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is a Red Mafia agent bent on robbing her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer…

Monday, 27 January 2014

Guest Bogger: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar "Does Love Still Exist?"

Please welcome guest blogger Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar author of Love Comes Later

I had a great idea in 2009; I would write a book about how a modern person with traditional values would find love. I didn't think this would be so difficult. After all, I'd managed to resist the pressures of my own South Asian culture until the spinsterly age of 26, when, as my father put it, "to find a good man who would make a commitment to me" even if he wasn't Indian.

Fresh from an unlikely, whirlwind romance in the desert, I sat down to explore in fiction the difficult choices facing young Qatari men and women amongst the myriad dilemmas of love, choice, honor, and duty.

I put Abdulla and Sangita in a small London apartment and waited for sparks to fly.

But nothing was happening. There they were; young, attractive, in close proximity, and I couldn't believe that they were falling in love. All the elements were there but the emotions were missing.

I started asking everyone: "How do people fall in love?"

My older Indian friends were surprised.

"Didn't you have a love marriage?" They asked me, products of the arranged marriage system. "Don't you know?"

"Seems so long ago," I muttered, well out of earshot of my husband.

"I loved your book," another friend said. "I've never known what love is…" she said, with a dreamy look in her, having been arranged to her husband.

"It's all the same after a while," I said to her dryly, watching our husbands on their mobile phones while we mothers ran after our children.

"But how can they fall in love," I asked my Qatari friends, growing desperate for realism as the book entered a seemingly endless cycle of revisions.

"She has to be hot," one of my male beta readers said, in all honesty.

Chemistry. Right. I forgot that part, somehow, settling into comfortable domesticity.

Abdulla and Sangita did eventually find their way in the story. The sequel to the book is in progress and explores an equally murky area: what happens after the spark? Are the chances for survival of 'falling into' love greater?

I grew up with the idea that no, falling in love did not guarantee romantic success; making allegiances between well researched partners was stacking the cards in your favor. My parents' anti-falling in love argument was the 50% divorce rate in America.

What do you think? Do you fall in and out of love? Or do you choose to love?

Mohana is also on Facebook.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Burns Night giveaway extravaganza!

Robert Burns
It's Burns Night tomorrow, a Scots holiday that celebrates the life of the poet Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759.

My father's Scots and I grew up near Loch Lomond, so Burns is a bit special to me. Most people know him for writing "Auld Lang Syne" but for me his two best poems are Tam o'Shanter, the story of a drunk who stumbles onto a witches coven one dark night, and Ode to a Wee Mousie, that starts:

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murdering pattle.
I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
An' fellow mortal!
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!

For the rest of it, click on this link.

To celebrate our national poet, there's a Rafflecopter with prizes that includes my book, Blackmail Bride.  The link's below.

If you don't win, or you don't like Rafflecopters, I'm offering a 50% discount on Blackmail Bride, a modern story set in the Loch Lomond area.

I'm afraid the men in my book don't wear kilts, nor do they go about saying things like, "Hoots mon" as my family and friends don't speak that way unless they're acting up for tourists.

However, there's a love story, as well as a mystery to solve and a properly evil bad man.

Here's the blurb:
Stalked by her abusive ex-husband, Lucy Grant is desperate for a protector. Lucy aims for the one man who is tough enough for the job, ex-convict Jack Welsh.

Found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit, Jack Welsh is convinced Lucy’s ex set him up. Jack will do anything to clear his name - even if it means marrying Lucy.
A story of love and redemption with fully depicted love scenes. 

To get the 50% discount, visit Blackmail Bride: An Erotic Romance In Scotland at Smashwords and use Coupon Code: HT47L at checkout to get the promotional price of $1.50.  Coupon expires: February 14, 2014. The book is also available on Amazon US and Amazon UK but I can't offer a discount there.

For more goodies, prizes and Burns fun, take part in the blog hop.

Enjoy your Burns Night!  I'll be raising a glass soon and wishing you the traditional Glasgow toast: Here's tae us. Wha's like us. Damn few, And they're a' deid. Mair's the pity! 

Rafflecopter giveaway

1.Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains9.Inner Goddess17.Nina Mason
2.Samantha Holt10.Hunter S. Jones18.Kate Robbins
3.A Dirty Book Affair11.Christina Phillips19.Scenes from a Chaotic Mind
4.Anne Conley12.Andrea Bellmont20.Sarah Bella
5.Em Taylor13.Isobelle Cate21.Joanne Wadsworth
6.Kirsten S. Blacketer14.Storm Chase22.Anne Stenhouse
7.Willa Blair15.Ceci Giltenan

8.Nicole Hurley- Moore16.Tarah Scott


Saturday, 4 January 2014

Charlotte and Byron Erotica Romances - and a Special Offer

I've started writing a series of short, stand alone erotica romance tales featuring Charlotte and Byron.  I'm also running a special offer: if you buy and review The Maid at Amazon or Smashwords, you get The Knight for free.  Just email me at stormchaseromance@gmail.com and tell me where you reviewed it.

The Maid In The Cupboard
A Charlotte and Byron Erotica Romance, Book 1.

When Master Byron makes a pass at Charlotte the housemaid, and some unexpected visitors turn up, the cupboard beckons. A sweet erotica romance short story.




Lady Charlotte, the only daughter of Henry de Maine, Count of Summerville, is a law onto herself.Unlike the other gently bred maidens of Plantagenet England, Lady Charlotte does exactly what she wants, when she wants. She also has a reputation for rejecting suitors. However, when Lady Charlotte meets Sir Byron, the gallant knight just returned from the Crusades, she may have met her match…

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Pygophiles Rule

The Ancient Greeks believed that a nice bum was the personal gift of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Proving the old phrase Mixed Blessings, two girls who had been personally blessed by the goddess, fell out when trying to decide who was the most callipygious. In order to avoid bloodshed, they asked the two sons of their wealthy neighbour to judge between them.

As it turned out the young men were pygophilians: sexually aroused by the sight of nicely shaped bottoms. Smitten, they immediately married their callipygian sweethearts, catapulting them into a lifestyle beyond their wildest dreams and bestowing on them an exalted social rank to boot. As they were never heard of again, we can only assume that the girls were too impressed with their new status to fight further.

Deciding the general epithet callipygian wasn't expressive enough, the Greeks went one step further. They decided on spheropygian derived from the word sphere to describe beautifully full and rounded bottoms. For extreme cases of posterior munificence, there is also steatopyga. This is normally used to describe Hottentot women who have the most amazing bottom: the fat that sits upon the buttocks gives them a characteristic "parcel shelf" look.

The next time you see your best enemy, you may drop the vulgar phrase fat-bum and use the much more accurate steatopygous, pronounced stay-toh-pie-goose. An elegant insult is always so satisfying, don't you think?

Given this sums up the number of descriptive words available in the English language for this subject, perhaps we should invent some new ones. For example, if the Greek prefix bromo means smelly, then wouldn't bromopygian mean smelly bottom? Along the same lines we could have micropygian for tiny bottoms and talantepygian for wobbly bottoms.

I wonder if pygmy is a corruption of short arse...

The Ancient Greeks believed that a nice bum was the personal gift of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Proving the old phrase Mixed Blessings, two girls who had been personally blessed by the goddess, fell out when trying to decide who was the most callipygious. In order to avoid bloodshed, they asked the two sons of their wealthy neighbour to judge between them.

As it turned out the young men were pygophilians: sexually aroused by the sight of nicely shaped bottoms. Smitten, they immediately married their callipygian sweethearts, catapulting them into a lifestyle beyond their wildest dreams and bestowing on them an exalted social rank to boot. As they were never heard of again, we can only assume that the girls were too impressed with their new status to fight further.

Deciding the general epithet callipygian wasn't expressive enough, the Greeks went one step further. They decided on spheropygian derived from the word sphere to describe beautifully full and rounded bottoms. For extreme cases of posterior munificence, there is also steatopyga. This is normally used to describe Hottentot women who have the most amazing bottom: the fat that sits upon the buttocks gives them a characteristic "parcel shelf" look.

The next time you see your best enemy, you may drop the vulgar phrase fat-bum and use the much more accurate steatopygous, pronounced stay-toh-pie-goose. An elegant insult is always so satisfying, don't you think?

Given this sums up the number of descriptive words available in the English language for this subject, perhaps we should invent some new ones. For example, if the Greek prefix bromo means smelly, then wouldn't bromopygian mean smelly bottom? Along the same lines we could have micropygian for tiny bottoms and talantepygian for wobbly bottoms.

I wonder if pygmy is a corruption of short arse...