Hot tunes and cool works in progress

Many authors find inspiration in music.  I’ve asked several of our most talented writers to share a bit about how a particular song relates to their current works in progress.  Read on, and find both some new tunes for your playlist and new authors to add to your TBR list.  Song links lead to YouTube.

Odelia Floris (Romance Author)

WIP: The Stolen God

One of my current works in progress is The Stolen God, a contemporary romantic suspense novel set in Florence, Italy.The music of the classical crossover group, Il Divo, perfectly captures the mood I want to create in The Stolen God.

At the centre of The Stolen God is a story of second-chance love.  A lot of different Il Divo songs inspired me, but as I have to choose just one to share with you, I am going to pick my favourite. It is “Heroe“. Using the metaphor of a book, the Spanish words talk about how uncertain our destinies are, and how we are sometimes ‘afraid of what we read.’ But you will find the courage, because ‘there is no hero like you.’ All the main characters in The Stolen God overcome difficult challenges of one kind or another. This song really speaks to the need for each of us to be the hero in our own lives.

Find out more about me and my work on my website:

Pandora Spocks (Erotic Romance)

WIP:  Lost and Found

My work in progress is a contemporary erotic light BDSM romance.  Spoiled Hollywood starlet Shasta Pyke gets into legal trouble and is sent to cool her heels for a few weeks at a secluded lodge in the woods of northern Ontario.  There she meets sexy Dominant mountain man Blake Walker, owner of the lodge and a former wilderness counselor.  He sees behind her ‘game face’ to the frightened, vulnerable little girl she really is.

My song is “Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.  Both Shasta and Blake are, in their own ways, damaged souls, and it’s a broken road that brings them together.

Find out more about me and my work on my website:

Siren Allen (Sci-Fi Romance)

WIP: Silver

You Don’t Own Me” by Grace and G-Eazy definitely describes how the heroine in my current WIP is feeling. She’s her own woman and doesn’t want anyone, especially her so-called mate, trying to change her or to tell her what to do. My current WIP is a Sci-Fi romance, titled Silver, and will be available in September.

Find out more about me and my work on my website:

A.M. Manay (Paranormal/Supernatural Fantasy)

WIP: Untitled (November Snow Book 3)

The hero of my November Snow Series is a tough cookie who has had a rough ride.  In Book 3, she has the fight of her life on her hands as she tries to get justice for the man who made her a vampire while also, you know, saving the world.  The song “No Money” by Galantis calls to mind standing up to a schoolyard bully and fills me with the fighting spirit that November embodies.

Find out more about me and my work on my website:


Inspired by the songs above? Try Patient Lee’s Radio Challenge!


Feel free to share your thoughts and more inspiring tunes in the comments below!



New Member Showcase 2

We have been blessed with an abundance of riches lately, welcoming a slew of new members to our group.  This particular group exemplifies the diversity found in the erotica genre.  Take a look, if you dare.


Author: Lisa Kulow
Genre: paranormal romance, scifi, erotica
Blurb: This story is a different tale then you might have been told.  Atlantis is being destroyed, but what if the royal family where something more?  Maybe they had somewhere else to go as well?  The love between an orphaned girl and the Prince of Atlantis is truly epic.
Author: Ian Saul Whitcomb
Genre: Comedic Supernatural Erotica
Blurb: In Sexpossessed, a catastrophic screw-up gets Tim’s girlfriend, Liv, possessed by a ghost. And not just any ghost, but a horny goth ghost who compels her to have crazy amounts of sex. Tim and Liv just want their lives to go back to normal, but they soon learn that the only way to rid themselves of ghostly Julia is a madcap erotic journey into ever-more-bizarre realms of supernatural sensuality. And even if their mythic sex quest works … will the memories ever let them see the real world the same?

New Member Showcase

The Alliance is thrilled to be welcoming a number of new members this week, and I wanted to take the time to give you all a little taste of their work.  I suspect the taste will leave you wanting more.  Click on the cover to get the Amazon listing.  And away, we go . . .



Author: Siren Allen
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Short blurb:
Raynor Batiste was a monster, a killer, one of the most feared creatures in the galaxy. Because of this, his mate feared him. To claim her, he would have to shed his bad boy image. That was easier said than done, especially since his beast wanted a piece of her. Will Beauty give in to the Beast in order to save her planet? Or is he a bigger threat than her enemies?
Author: Fiona Murphy
Genre: Erotic Romance
Short blurb:
A rebound affair, is exactly what I need. No promises, no expectations, and no broken heart. At least, that’s the way it started.
Barbara Underwood 2
Author: Barbara Underwood
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Short Blurb:
In the mystical past when an Atlantis-like civilization flourished, Rhuna discovers her exceptional mental powers which can transform elements such as sand to stone and metal to gold.  But these are only the basic Atlan powers, and Rhuna must use all of her extra skills to help defeat the Dark Master who threatens the peace and harmony of her idyllic society.
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Author: Ken Fry
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspence
Short Blurb:
Lost Art. Murder. A Collector Who Will Stop At Nothing.
In the tradition of Dan Brown and Robert Ludlum’s novels, The Brodsky Affair will keep you on the edge of your seat as Ken Fry weaves a tale of murder, mystery and intrigue.
Jack Manton, an art dealer, and his partner, Tamsin Greene, did not expect to be targets of assassination attempts. But, when they began to track down the lost paintings of Russian artist, Mikhail Brodsky, now worth millions… that is what happened.
Looks like we are welcoming a talented bunch, wouldn’t you agree?  Let us know what you think in the comments.

The editor is in the building

Hi, everyone!  This is just a little post to introduce myself, as I have recently been appointed as a moderator of our merry band and as an editor of this fine WordPress work-in-progress.  My name is Anne Margaret (A.M. Manay on my books).   I currently write paranormal/supernatural fantasy.  I also edit and do a bit of graphic design on the side.  I’m a married mother of one and a former high school science teacher.  I grew up in Georgia, but I have lived in California for a number of years.

I published my first novel, She Dies at the End, last August and joined the Alliance of Self-Published Authors shortly thereafter.  I was a total novice, a babe in the woods, an innocent little lamb.  I knew nothing, Jon Snow.  I had published my book in something of a leap of faith.  I had written it for fun, to combat the loneliness and boredom of stay-at-home motherhood.  Only my husband and a few friends had read it.  They had encouraged me to publish it on Kindle, and I finally got up the courage to do so.  I was sure everyone would hate it, and even if they didn’t, I had no idea where to start as far as marketing it was concerned.  I had no author friends from whom I could learn.

So when I ran across the Alliance, I decided to give it a try.  Here I have found a group of dedicated, gifted writers who are willing to support and help one another with encouragement, reviews, marketing, and critical feedback during the writing process.  It is a diverse group of people scattered all over the globe and writing in many genres.  As I have gotten to know them and their work, I have been blown away by their talent and generosity.  Reading their books has broadened my mind.  Their feedback and example have been crucial to my continued growth as a writer as well as a marketer of my work.  My little book now has 60 Amazon reviews, and I’ve published two more besides.  When I’m uncertain about something, or need some help or advice, I generally turn to one of my fellow Alliance members.  Over time, they’ve become my tribe.

And we can be your tribe, too, if you’re willing to join and put in the effort to participate.  We are writers, artists, editors, readers, sounding boards, cheerleaders, and, occasionally, therapists.  Writing can be a lonely pursuit.  Making connections really does help.  So, why not make a connection with us?  Join us over on Google+.  We’ll leave the light on.

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