Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Single Kiss in Just 200 Words. #TantalizingTuesday

Without preamble, he leaned in to kiss her. His large hands held her smaller ones as if to hold her in place even though she’d never consider pulling away. She stepped in closer instead. She would be his, even if just for tonight.

She relaxed into the kiss and a nearly forgotten pleasure pounded through her veins. No one did what this man could do to her body with just his mouth. He sipped at her lower lip and nibbled on the swell of her upper lip. The kiss grew deeper and her body heated.

Closer now, their bodies nearly flushed together, his hands trailed down her back and traced along the curve of her hip, rediscovering her body. His touch after all this time was electric as their flesh made contact. He pulled back just long enough to look down at her, seeking reassurance of her willingness, before meeting her lips again with more demand. 

She couldn't close her eyes. She drank him in, memorizing his face as if taking a photo. She couldn't look away from him for fear he’d disappear but she couldn’t deny herself anymore. She ached for him, and she’d allow herself this reunion. For just tonight.
(c) Paloma Beck


1 Photo. 200 Words. 1 Story.
Tantalizing Tuesday Authors use a photo prompt to write a two-hundred word teaser every Tuesday. CLICK the LINK to read all the authors' stories.

BUT FIRST, tell me what you think.
Sometimes I use this weekly meme to try out characters for potential future books. Your feedback helps me and I appreciate it.

Monday, January 11, 2016

#Authors, Get More #Reviews! JOIN an Independent @NetGalley Cooperative.


THE ROMANCE BECKONS INDIE COOPERATIVE
An opportunity for self-published and indie-published authors on NetGalley!

The Romance Beckons Cooperative is a diverse group of authors coming together to list our books on NetGalley. From New Adult to Contemporary, Paranormal to Historical, GLBT to Sci-Fi, we share access to twenty books per month. With heat levels ranging from sweet to erotic, we offer books for all types of reviewers!

With another year beginning, we'll be welcoming back authors who've been a part of the co-op this past year and accepting new authors to join us. Indie authors interested in being a part of the ROMANCE BECKONS INDIE COOPERATIVE should contact me by email. Use "NetGalley CoOp" as your subject.
What Does NetGalley Do?
NetGalley provides a place where authors/publishers can upload their ebooks (ARCs or older titles) and reviewers can request a copy for review. If approved, NetGalley readers will read and review the titles.

NetGalley gives you fast and easy access to the 120,000 bloggers, journalists, librarians, booksellers, and media people who use NetGalley. And these reviewers are some high profile groups - movers and shakers in the book review realm.
LOOK AT THESE STATS...
On the first day of getting the Romance Beckons Cooperative started, we had 20 titles live in our online catalog, with 673 approved requests, of which 428 were downloaded immediately. By the end of that week, reviews began rolling in, and requests and approvals continued strong.

Throughout that year, our cooperative listed 240 books which garnered over 7800 review requests. Of those requests, approximately 5950 were approved for review. Of those, approximately 4650 posted reviews. Three authors have been contacted by media professionals regarding tv/ screen options.
THOSE ARE SOME SOLID STATS!

Become A Member.
Memberships are available for a full year at $325.  Authors are welcome to share a membership, alternating selected months, but only one author should serve as the contact person. Once you purchase a membership, you can post one book at a time for the full year (February 2016-January 2017).

What Membership Gets You...
  • It includes a year's worth of NetGalley access for as many books as you want! NetGalley allows you to switch them out which means you could have a new book live each month. 
  • It saves you the time of querying reviewers/ bloggers directly. No more cold call emails! 
  • It exposes your book to the right reviewers. NetGalley allows the reviewer to request the books they believe matches their reading interest so your book lands in the right hands. 
  • It puts your book in front of a diverse audience. NetGalley reviewers include librarians and other media people, as well as book bloggers, general Goodreads reviewers and booksellers. 
  • It places the power in your hands. You personally complete the book information and approve the review requests. You have the ultimate authority in how your book is presented.
Want more details? 
The CoOp page on my blog includes FAQs. If you'd like more information, follow this link: NetGalley Cooperative.

We are accepting new memberships through the first week of February.
CONTACT us now about joining the ROMANCE BECKONS INDIE COOPERATIVE.
-Paloma

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

1 Photo. 200 Words. 1 Story. #TantalizingTuesday In The Shower

A long shower would help clear her mind. She needed to pull herself together. She needed to do something to rid herself of the pain. Or maybe not. Maybe she deserved it. Maybe that easy escape she’d tried for was too much to ask for. She didn’t deserve easy. She should suffer for what she’d done.

The water that was supposed to give comfort, that should’ve warmed her, served only to cover the sobs that pulled their way from her chest. Her body ached with the force of her despair and she slid to the shower floor, locking her arms around her stomach and rocking.

The noise outside the shower stall should’ve alarmed her. The large body surrounding her should’ve made her resist. But she needed him. Despite being unworthy of comfort, she needed him. How absolutely selfish of her. And even knowing this, she’d allow this small respite from the pain. She’d take this one more kindness before she’d tell him why he should hate her.

“You followed me?” She asked through her tears, a quiver in her voice. Why did he have to be so kind when she deserved his hatred?

“I will follow you anywhere."
(c) Paloma Beck

1 Photo. 200 Words. 1 Story.
Tantalizing Tuesday Authors use a photo prompt to write a two-hundred word teaser every Tuesday. CLICK the LINK to read all the authors' stories.

BUT FIRST, tell me what you think.
Sometimes I use this weekly meme to try out characters for potential future books. Your feedback helps me and I appreciate it.
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