Thursday, July 31, 2014

#THURSDAY13 Things About ME @AADconvention Featured Author

I signed on late as a Featured Author at Authors After Dark 2014 and didn't get the chance to do an interview on the AAD blog so I thought I'd share some things about ME before we meet at AAD.

Thirteen Things To Know About Me (Before AAD)

1 This is my first year attending AAD as an author. I attended a few years back when it was held in Philadelphia. Our whole book club went together and had a great time. Since I got my start in a book club, blogging book reviews, I have a chocolaty-soft spot for these folks. Watch for my chocolate-dipped spoons at the Blogger Chocolate Party!

2 I'm a quiet shy gal so you'll likely find me off to the side somewhere. I might even be reading... or writing, since I'm on a deadline. If you see me, say hi. I promise to stop whatever I'm doing to chat.

3 I love coffee so you might see me wherever they sell coffee, preferably Starbucks. My favorite drink of choice? In the summer, it's an Iced Skim Caramel Macchiato.

4 I'm giving away this amazing travel cup at the Welcome Event. It was a bit self-centered since I fell in love with them for myself! Yep, you'll see me walking around with one in my hand too.

5 I don't do crazy costumes. My outfits are understated, but I enjoy seeing others get all into the party themes. I think my baptist upbringing still lingers in my soul.

6 I'm hosting a Snap-a-Shot contest during AAD. Just take a selfie with any of my swag or my banner at the conference and tag me on facebook or instagram to be entered to win a fun prize.

7 I might be wallowing a bit on Saturday night because it's the premiere of Outlander on Starz and I'll be missing it. I know, I know, it'll be On Demand but you just don't understand how much I've been anticipating this moment.

8 I admit, however, that had this conference been on September 9th, you better believe I'd have been at home. What? You don't know what that date is?? It's the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy, my favorite tv series.

9 I'm one of the hosts of the Bookie Pre-Party. Yes, there will be alcohol. While you're at the bar, grab one of my coasters as a keepsake.

10 I got my push to work towards publishing from authors at a conference. To pay it forward, I'm inviting aspiring authors to join me on Saturday, 9:00am at the hotel restaurant. We can talk about your next steps over breakfast.

11 I'm bringing the first two books in my Heart & Soul series in print. They're just $10 at the book signing and I only have a limited amount so find me at table 34 early. I accept cash and charge cards.

12 I'm sitting at Anabel Joseph's CHASTITY table at the Sins & Virtues Ball. I have my sweet little white dress and patent leather mary janes all picked out and ready. Legs crossed!

13 My next book, Never Coming Home, will be released in September with Secret Cravings Publishing. It's a novella in the Home Series. If I could recommend one book to attendees, I'd say read Coming Home so you'll be ready for my next book.


#Thursday13 DOMS with Author @JulieCShelton

Welcome Julie Shelton back to Romance Beckons!
Julie has always loved stories, both reading and writing them, ever since she was old enough to hold a book in her hands. One of her favorite childhood activities was smuggling books under the covers to read by flashlight after she was supposed to be asleep.

A career as a children’s librarian eventually led to her dream career as a freelance storyteller and puppeteer, a business she operated successfully for twenty-five years. During that time she created and wrote all the original material for Kidstuff, a monthly language arts newsletter full of poems, songs, puppet and flannel-board stories, finger plays, and other resource material for early childhood educators. For that endeavor she won the prestigious EDPRESS Award for the best educational newsletter of 1982. Her 288-page book, Puppets, Poems and Songs was a major resource. She has also written other resource materials for librarians and preschool and early elementary teachers.

Julie lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Now widowed and retired, she once again has time to devote to her two favorite things—reading and writing—especially her new love, erotic romances with strong heroines, hunky alpha-male heroes, and lots of smokin’ hot sex.

Get To Know Julie Better Here:

Amazon  |  Website  |  Facebook


Keeping Sarah is Julie's third contemporary BDSM ménage romance for Siren Publishers. It is the third and final installment in the series which began with Loving Sarah, published in 2012, and its sequel, Owning Sarah, published last September. 

Today, Julie talks about her main hero, Jesse Colter...

It started with his name. Jesse Colter. It was the perfect name for a Dominant, alpha hero. I spent months thinking about him and coming up with a compelling back-story for him.

Abandoned by his Native American mother, neglected and abused by his alcoholic bully of a father, Jesse is embittered, angry and going nowhere fast. At age nineteen, he takes a summer job as part-time gardener at the Marshall estate and meets thirteen-year-old Sarah Marshall. To a hardened biker and sexual Dominant, Sarah Marshall is like some fey, magical creature from another world, and he is enchanted by her. For the first time in his life, Jesse has someone who thinks he’s wonderful. Someone who listens to him and values his opinion. Someone who makes him laugh and who cares for him. Sarah Marshall quickly becomes someone precious to him. Someone to treasure and protect. Someone to love. At first he loves her as an adult loves a child.

But as Sarah grows into a beautiful, voluptuous young woman who makes no effort to hide her growing love for him, Jesse is terrified that his carnal feelings for her and his Dominant nature will end up destroying the one thing he treasures most—Sarah Marshall. So he leaves their small town of Marshall’s Creek and joins the Navy, becoming a SEAL. Eight years of grueling training and dangerous missions give him a sense of identity and self-worth. He realizes that he is a man of honor and integrity and is finally able to admit to himself that he needs Sarah in order to make him complete. Determined to do whatever it takes to win her trust and her love, he returns to Marshall’s Creek. That’s where their love story begins in Loving Sarah. It continues in Owning Sarah, and finishes with a bang in Keeping Sarah.

THIRTEEN WORST NAMES FOR A DOM

1. Herkimer
2. Cadwalader
3. Arbuthnot
4. Binky
5. Evelyn
6. Percival
7. Norbert
8. Augie
9. Chumley
10. Fauntleroy
11. Orville
12. Barney
13. Phineas


KEEPING SARAH
Honeymooning in England, Jesse Colter, Adam Sinclair and their beloved wife, Sarah, are heading for their
friend Thorne Cahill’s BDSM club for dinner when another car deliberately tries to run them off the road. Thanks to their own driver’s skills, the other car is destroyed, the two unknown occupants killed.

Through Thorne, they discover that they’re the targets of a “blood feud”, instigated by Konstandin Sokolov, son of Viktor Sokolov, the Albanian mobster who had unwisely kidnapped Sarah a few months back, and paid for it with his life. They also discover that Thorne’s guests, ruthless human traffickers, have gathered at the club for a slave auction being held the following night. Konstandin Sokolov happens to be one of the buyers.

Fraught with treachery, betrayal, and deadly danger, Keeping Sarah keeps the reader on a knife’s edge of tension, while simultaneously exploring the deepening emotional and physical commitment between Jesse and Adam. They already trust each other with their lives. Now they must learn how to trust each other with their love.

LOVING SARAH
Eight years ago Jesse Colter fled his small town, leaving behind eighteen-year-old Sarah Marshall, broken-hearted and devastated. Now a retired Navy SEAL, he’s back and he wants only one thing—Sarah Marshall—preferably bound, naked, and on her knees before him.

She has never forgotten Jesse. He’s been the object of all her sexual fantasies since she was fifteen, as well as the star of nightly dreams that have become increasingly erotic over the years. So when he suddenly reappears in her life, she is torn. Can she trust him not to hurt her, or will he once again break her heart? Warily, she agrees to let him introduce her to his world—the world of bondage, Domination, and erotic slavery. When he also introduces her to his best friend, Adam Sinclair, Sarah faces a daunting future of sexual submission to two powerful alpha males.

But Sarah faces an even bigger challenge. Someone is stalking her. Is it the old enemy who’s just been released from prison? Or is it someone else from her past who is determined to destroy any chance she has at happiness? Can Adam’s and Jesse’s love protect her? Or will her world explode in a cataclysm of betrayal and violence that will destroy them all?

OWNING SARAH
It’s been a month since Sarah Marshall was kidnapped and held at knife-point by her ex-fiance. But Jesse Colter and Adam Sinclair, her two loving Doms, know that there is an even deadlier threat still out there—Ryder Malone.

He blames both Sarah and Jesse for sending him to prison eight years ago for attempted rape, and he’s
determined to make them pay. So, he begins a systematic campaign of terror and intimidation against them. But the danger he poses doesn’t end there.

Set against the deepening love and commitment between Sarah, Jesse, and Adam, Owning Sarah is more than just a sexy, sensual, BDSM love story. It is a harrowing race against time for Jesse, Adam, and a team of former SEALs to stop one of the biggest arms-for-drugs deals in U.S. history. And to rescue Sarah before Malone sells her to a human trafficker and she’s lost to her men forever.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GUESS WHAT #Authors Love About Conferences! #AADChar @Authorjennlhart @PaigeTyler @DenaGarson

Conferences are the chance for authors to interact with readers, to get out from behind our computers and talk to real people and to be a part of the real world. In ONE WEEK, Authors After Dark starts in Charlotte, NC and I am getting ready. I've got swag galore, banners hanging in the dining room, ribbons and baskets and boxes of books. All this prep is exciting but not nearly as exciting as the moment when readers begin checking in at the Westin Charlotte and the party begins!


So, what do you think authors love most about conferences?
I asked a few authors also attending AAD2014 and here's what they said...

My favorite thing about reader conferences is that you always meet such interesting people who love the same things I do - namely books!
Dena Garson









What I love most about reader events is giving away books. There's nothing like putting a book, credit or gift card in a readers hands myself and seeing her reaction!

Jennifer L. Hart, Author of mystery, mayhem, laughter and love 

I get to be completely in my element! I'm surrounded by authors and readers --- to a bookish girl like me, that's heaven! And then there's this... I get to chat with readers and find out who they are. I love hearing where they're from, finding out details and tidbits about their lives. So often, when an author writes a book, she imagines the folks who will read, and hopefully love, her work. At Cons, I get to meet those people! It's amazing. I'm very much a people person, so connecting with readers in person is just plain fun to me!
Author JoLynne Valerie



The best thing is hanging out with readers! I meet so many of them online and love getting to connect with them in person! Romance readers are some of the best people!
- Paige Tyler, USA Today Bestselling Author of "Hunky Heroes, Kickbutt Heroines, Unforgettable Romance!"


Authors After Dark

This is my first BIG Conference as an author. I took time out to attend a smaller conference last year but nothing measures up to Authors After Dark! So, if you're there, look for me. I'd love to meet readers, aspiring authors and you just might see me getting starry eyed when I see the authors I admire.

Before I was published, I attended conferences as a reader/ reviewer/ blogger and what got me then is still what gets me excited now... being in a place where I'm surrounded by other book lovers. It's the best experience to know we all share that commonality. I hope to see some of you there!

JOIN US! There's still a chance for readers to attend at the last minute. And those of you close enough can come just for the book signing on Saturday. Look for more information on the event HERE.

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