Review: Rannigan’s Redemption: Part 2: Running Rogue by Pandora Spocks

This story picks up right where Part 1 left off. I think someone who hadn’t read Part 1 could still enjoy this book, but you definitely should read Part 1 first in order to get the full emotional impact of the characters. And be warned – if you pick this one up, you’ll find yourself needing to go get Part 3!

This episode really adds some unexpected twists. So often romance novels are awfully predictable. Not so here! This book is full of surprises. But just like Part 1 the characters are realistic and multidimensional. They handle this wild ride in a way that is authentic and real. By the end, you feel like they are all old friends.

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SPIN Author Spotlight–Maggie Adams

In today’s SPIN Author Spotlight, meet romance author Maggie Adams.  Maggie is an Amazon Best Selling contemporary romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Amazon’s Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, humor, on November, 2014 and then again at #61 in 2016. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with Leather and Lace, Something’s Gotta Give, Love, Marriage & Mayhem, and Forged in Fire. She is also the recipient of the Dayreader Review’s Best New Series Award for 2015. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into International recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling (usually just to the grocery store), dancing (around the kitchen to avoid cooking) and relaxing with her family (aka taking a nap while watching a movie). She loves to chat, so feel free to look her up!

1. Describe your books and your writing style.

I write romance with an erotic Edge. The men are real men, faulty and yet endearing. The women are intelligent, sassy, and caring. Their dialogue is snappy and the sub characters are quirky and fun. The Tempered Steel Series is loosely based on actual events and set in a real town.

2. Talk about your process. Where do you write? When do you write? Are you linear or do you write scenes and put them together later? Who are your muses and where do you get your best ideas?

Lots of questions! Lol. I work at a small desk in my living room during the day because I own a home daycare. I work from my upstairs office on the weekend. I try to have a general idea of the storyline but I let those voices in my head take over and have their way! I like to get my ideas from the world around me. The grocery store, restaurants, the airport, wherever. I’m a people watcher.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

I’m releasing books 4-6 of my Tempered Steel Series in a bundle for eBook and paperback. It continues the saga of the Coalson Brothers as they search for the people respond for ruining their family business.

4. What is your current project?

I’m so excited to be working on my next book in my Lustful erotic trilogy, Lustful Lies! My lonely widow thinks she’s found someone but his kinky desires delve into dangerous territory for her.

5. Now about you… Very generally speaking, where do you call home?

The Midwest USA. I live in a rural country town.

6. As a reader… What genre do you most often read? What is your all-time favorite book, and why?

I read mostly the romance genre but I enjoy everything. My favorite book is The Flame and the Flower. It was the first romance novel I ever read and it set me on this wonderful journey as a novelist.

7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?

I cook, I dance sometimes at the same time! And I spend time with my family. I’m a big family oriented person.

8. We all have guilty pleasures. I enjoy boy bands. There, I said it. What is your guilty pleasure?

Goofy Romantic comedies. My faves are Beautician and the Beast and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

9. What superpower would you choose, and why?

Healing. Sorrow, Pain, mental health

10. If you could live anywhere, you’d choose…

Anywhere by my family

11. I wish _________________ would read my book.

Lexi Blake because she’s my fave author

12. In the airport, you overhear a heated argument between a husband and wife. You:

politely ignore it.
stop what you’re doing and watch with rapt attention.
mention it to airport personnel.
tuck it away for use in a future book.

Here are the links to follow romance author Maggie Adams:

Maggie Adams: Maggie Adams Books
Maggie Adams: Facebook
Maggie’s Minxes: Facebook
Maggie Adams: Twitter: @authrmaggieadms
Maggie Adams: LinkedIn
Maggie Adams: GoodReads

Want to know more about Maggie Adams’ Tempered Steel Series?

  Sexual Couple, Passion Man Kiss Sensual Woman to Neck, Love Flame

The Coalson family saga continues with only small clues leading to the person responsible for the downfall of the family business and the ever-increasing presence of criminal activity in their small town. They vow to wreak vengeance on those responsible, but unforeseen circumstances may put the brothers and the ones they love in jeopardy.

Brandon and Nick foil an attempt to assassinate a pretty private eye and her sweet sister. Together with Sam and his best SEAL buddies, Jax and Noah, they vow to bring the ringleader to justice and rid their town of the criminals. But nothing goes according to plan, and the men must fight Mother Nature, a murderer, and the local law enforcement. Not to mention that the new secretary, Anna Meeks, is definitely hiding something, and Brandon is determined to uncover her secrets, and the luscious body she’s trying to hide under those ridiculously conservative clothes.


Lucky Coalson’s luck has run out. He’s been accused of murder and it’s up to the Coalsons and the Morgan sisters to find the real killer. Lucky cringes to know that the very woman who threw him in the river is going to be the one to save him from a prison cell. And feisty P. I. Renee Morgan isn’t too happy herself about it because every time she’s near him, her body responds in a very unprofessional manner.

Although Nick Coalson is attracted to the fiery redhead, Rebecca Morgan, her dangerous job makes her off limits, especially as she is almost killed during their investigation. He wants quiet and submissive, not reckless and determined. But her sweet curves and sexy smile are melting his resolve and his heart. When she is kidnapped by a human trafficker, Nick will need the help of an outside source who wants Rebecca for himself. So, who will come out the victor?

 Read the story from the beginning with Whistlin’ Dixie, and meet all brothers and the sexy, strong-willed women that win their hearts. https://goo.gl/j7yUPc

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SPIN Author Spotlight–Nia Farrell

Author Nia Farrell 300dpiI have been such a huge fan of erotic author Nia Farrell, so imagine my excitement when she joined SPIN.  Let me tell you a little about her.

Author Nia Farrell is a founding member of the Wicked Pens and a multi-genre author who is published in nonfiction, poetry, music, articles, and children’s books, with one documentary screenplay under her literary belt. She had nine nominations in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards; her BDSM MMF ménage erotic historical As Wicked as You Want was voted #1 Erotica and #10 overall in The 50 Best Indie Books of 2016, and Pride and Punishment was voted Best Historical Romance in the 2017 Menages Romance Readers Favorites.

Nia is an old soul and a period reenactor who’s been into corsets for centuries, although she wears them more to Civil War events these days. She has been involved in the metaphysical community for over twenty-five years. She is a Reiki Master and crystal healer whose work encompasses this and other lifetimes. In her book Something More, a 2016 Golden Flogger Awards Finalist, BDSM and submission are tools for healing post-rape PTSD, earning a nomination for Best BDSM Book of the Year, Ménage Category.

Her debut books from The Three Graces Series, Something Else, Something Different, and Something More, are kink with a paranormal twist. Soul mates, reincarnation, karmic fallout, shamanism, and psychic abilities come into play. Personal experience and extensive research go into crafting her characters, but it’s her sense of whimsy that has made fictional Posey, Minnesota, the ménage capital of the United States with a Monty-Python-themed diner that’s central to the plotlines.

Nia was fortunate enough to meet her soul mate early on. She married her high school sweetheart, raised two children, and began writing at her husband’s suggestion. She has been published in erotica since 2015.

Not long ago, Nia Farrell stopped by the SPIN offices to tell us more about herself.

1. Describe your books and your writing style.

I write hot sex and happy endings, MF, MMF, and MFM, contemporary and historical. My style is smooth and lyrical—which comes from writing music and poetry.

2. Talk about your process. Where do you write? When do you write? Are you linear or do you write scenes and put them together later? Who are your muses and where do you get your best ideas?

I have a studio that is shared with my musical instruments, and I write 24/7. I’m a pantster, linear scribe, following my characters wherever they lead. I have a vague idea of where we’re going, but they enjoy taking me the scenic route. I find inspiration everywhere. Everything has a story, and I’m always listening. Museums, antique stores, and coin shops are favorite places to visit.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is a 5K erotic historical short story called Wicked Lady. Set in Restoration England, it’s a tale of dubious consent times two. A lady highwayman who demands more than money from her victim must now pay for her crimes. The male lead is a hedonistic lord with few redeeming qualities and a huge sex drive, fed by the ultimate aphrodisiac—power.

4. What is your current project?

I just finished my August 1 release, Replay Book 7: Wing Men, set during WWI weekend at my BDSM theme resort. It’s the series’ first MFM ménage, with two rival flying aces and a singer with a golden throat. I’m currently writing Keeper: Avenging Angels MC Book 2, slated for release September 1, fleshing out Mad Dog and Isabella’s story from the series introduction.

5. Now about you… Very generally speaking, where do you call home?

I live in Southern Illinois, close to St. Louis

6. As a reader… What genre do you most often read? What is your all-time favorite book, and why?

I read erotic romance, preferably a BDSM MMF ménage. Naming a favorite book is like picking one movie. The book that started me on my journey into romance, then erotic romance was The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. The book I’ve found most inspirational is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?

My husband and I are period reenactors, mostly Civil War, with an occasional appearance at 18th century events and Ren Faires.

8. We all have guilty pleasures. I enjoy boy bands. There, I said it. What is your guilty pleasure?

gay porn

9. What superpower would you choose, and why?

Miraculous healing , easing suffering and pain

10. If you could live anywhere, you’d choose…

Ireland

11. I wish _________________ would read my book.

everyone (of course)

12. In the airport, you overhear a heated argument between a husband and wife. You:

politely ignore it.
stop what you’re doing and watch with rapt attention.
mention it to airport personnel.
tuck it away for use in a future book.
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Nia Farrell’s new release, Wing Men, is out August 1.  Wondering what it’s all about?  Here’s the description:

It’s World War I weekend at Replay resort, and vocalist Lara Eastman is one of the entertainers hired to help bring the past to life.  The offer comes at a time when she’s worried about how to pay her bills.  She accepts the job but declines getting vetted to play—something that she quickly regrets when she meets not one but two very attractive—and very Dominant—pilots.

Alexander Boulton is the resort owner’s cousin.  This weekend, the handsome Brit is flying a Sopwith Camel against his rival Dmitry Chezhekov, a Russian-born pilot who portrays a German flying ace.  On the ground, the red-haired singer comes under both men’s sights. 

Lara meets Alex first, but she’s equally attracted to Dmitry.  She rarely hooks up at events, but Alex and Dmitry will prove the exception to her rules.  The truth is, she wants them both.  Unwilling to settle for one when she can have it all, Lara proposes a threesome.

The men are fierce competitors.  Each is determined to bring her the ultimate in pleasure.  Only one thing is certain.  If they want her, they’ll have to learn to share.

Written for ages 18+.

Intrigued?  I know I am.  How about a little teaser?

An air raid signal sounded.  German soldiers grabbed their guns and took their places behind the sandbag barriers.  The planes came in low, strafing the field.  Bursts of blank rounds sounded from the German rifles.  Puffs of dirt flew into the air from charges that had been laid earlier.  The way that they detonated, it looked like bullets from the planes were hitting the ground.

Meanwhile, the German pilots were scrambling, climbing in their fighters, strapping on goggles, and preparing to start their engines.  Five ground crew members each took hold of a propeller and gave it a spin.  The radial engines roared to life.  Freed of their wheel chocks, the planes headed for the runway.

Dmitry was the last to take off, but his Fokker’s superb climbing ability allowed him to quickly join the others.  They flew only far enough to turn and meet the British head on.

From her vantage point, Dmitry and Alex’s planes seemed to be on a collision course.  She held her breath and fisted her gloved hands, watching, hoping, trusting that nothing went wrong.  At the last minute, the Sopwith Camel pulled up, barely missing the Fokker.

More passes were made.  Planes were “disabled.”  Billowing trails of blue smoke, the downed German planes landed here.  The “crippled” British planes returned to their imaginary base.

Finally, only three were left.  Dmitry, Alex, and another British pilot engaged in a stunning display of aerial combat, with all the climbs, rolls, and maneuvers that you’d expect in a big-budget motion picture.  Eventually, Dmitry simulated being shot, leaving a trail of smoke as he landed.  The two British planes flew off, victorious after their successful raid.

Cheers broke out from the crowd.  When the applause had quieted, Sir Piers addressed the spectators who’d come out for the morning battle.

“Thank you,” he said.  “What an amazing display!  The pilots shall all return shortly and will be joining us.  Lunch will be served at eleven thirty, to our reenactors, patrons, staff members, and guests.  The next reenactment, scheduled this afternoon at one, will be a German attack on a French airfield.  The final battle today at five pm will be a different version of this scenario.  Meanwhile, the bar will soon be open in the casino tent, where games of chance, music, and conversation may be found for those who wish to stay the day.”

While they had been watching the combat demonstration, a crew of workers had erected yet another tent, yellow striped with two massive center posts and a roof that would cover a one-ring circus.  She guessed that tables, chairs, and equipment were being carried in through a back opening.  The casino’s front door flaps were closed.

“I’m afraid that it is off limits to you, my dear,” Sir Piers said, “where you are not vetted.  Pity, but rules are rules where scenes are concerned.”

“I understand,” she assured him.  “But the day is lovely.  You’ve provided food, and shelter from the sun.  A place to sit and things to see.  I’m hoping to get a closer look at the planes, if they’ll let me.”

“I’m certain that can be arranged.”  He lowered his voice to a dramatic whisper.  “I know people.”

Lara laughed.  “I’m sure that you do.  Hopefully, he’ll be back soon.”

Sir Piers strained his ear, listening.  “I do believe that I hear a familiar stutter headed this way.  Alex should be here shortly.  I must leave soon to check on the situation at home.  With luck, I will not return alone.  We shall see.”

The German soldiers were already headed for the food tent.  The ground crews and pilots followed.  Lara sat in one of four folding chairs at a small round table in a shady corner of the space. With tea to drink and a scone to nibble on, she settled in to people watch.  It always fascinated her when costumed civilians and military reenactors intermingled.  And she loved listening to the reenactors who regaled each other with stories.  It truly was like stepping back in time.

Being a single female, sitting alone and therefore perceived as available, she halfway expected to be approached by the men, and possibly some of the women.  Introducing herself as a non-vetted performer worked like a charm.  Most of these people were here to play.

The only one who seemed to not mind that she couldn’t was Dmitry.  But then, she suspected that he looked upon her as a special challenge.  He took his time coming over, accepting accolades from the other reenactors and chatting with a few other guests.  Helping himself to a plate of late breakfast and a cup of coffee, he headed straight for her.

“I sit here, da?”

Lara managed to not smile.  “If that’s a question—May yousit here?—the answer is yes.  Yes, you may sit with me.”

Dmitry took the chair to her right.  His plate was heavy on protein and lower on carbs.  He spiked his coffee with a dash of whatever he was carrying in an antique silver flask.  Slipping it back inside his brown leather aviator’s jacket, he flashed an unrepentant grin.  “A touch,” he said.  “Safe to fly later.  Safe to sit now.  Tonight, I listen to you.  When done, maybe you listen to me.  We see.”

“Lara.”

Alex’s voice dashed the flame that Dmitry’s smoldering delivery had ignited inside her, but only for a moment.  Alex and Dmitry were rivals in the air, but were they willing to share?  She didn’t want to choose between them.  She wanted them both, if only for the weekend.

Which brought her to all of the obstacles that must be overcome.  She wasn’t vetted.  If the men could be talked into a threesome, it would be vanilla sex in Dmitry’s room at the resort, quiet kink at her bed and breakfast, or permission to use the St. Leger’s Dungeon for a full-blown session of kinky fuckery.

She knew what she wanted.

Lara wanted it all.

“Alex,” Lara chirped, hoping that she managed to sound relatively innocent.  So many naughty thoughts were in her head right now, her mind was doing a spin that would have earned her a nine point five at the Winter Olympics.  “Won’t you join us?”

Dmitry bristled, but she ignored it.  Better to find out now if there was hope for both men tonight.  They would have to agree on a number of things—first and foremost, could they play with her together, or would she need to keep them apart?

Alex looked at his plate, at Dmitry, at her.  “I believe that I shall.  Thank you.”  He took the chair to her left, sandwiching her between them. 

Delicious.

Alex’s plate was a balance of protein and carbs.  He and Dmitry had both taken sausage links and scrambled eggs, but Alex had added hash browns, a biscuit with butter and jelly, and several pieces of fresh fruit.  Dmitry had opted for half a biscuit smothered in sausage gravy and no potatoes.

Dmitry seemed to be enjoying the Russian equivalent of Irish coffee.  Alex drank milk and nodded approvingly at her tea.

“So, tell me,” she said, looking at Alex.  “This morning’s combat.  From down here, it looked like you two were going to take each other out.  When you’re sharing airspace, how close do you get before you pull away?”

He sliced an apologetic glance at Dmitry.  “Today, closer than I like.  The controls were slow to respond.  I’ll check it out before I take her up again.”

Lara took a breath and looked at Dmitry, too.  “You didn’t try to avoid him.  No evasive action that I saw, anyway.”

Dmitry shrugged as if it were no big deal.  “He was close.  I wait.  He move.”

“Well,” she said, glancing at each man, connecting them with her gaze, “I’ve seen you share airspace.  I was wondering if—hoping that?—I might tempt you to share more.  Just so you know, I’m not a trained submissive.  I’ve never done anything much beyond having my wrists tied, wearing a blindfold, and getting spanked.  Pretty vanilla, I know.  But I’m willing, if you are.  Except that not being vetted limits us to what we can do on Replay property.  I’m going to leave you two to figure it out.  Come tonight and hear me sing.  After the concert, you can tell me what you want to do.”

She left them sitting, speechless.  It was a temporary state, she was certain.  While she went to look at the airplanes, they were probably stabbing at their breakfasts and dueling with each other for supremacy. 

There can be only one…

Maybe.

Maybe not.

Could two Doms be in control?  She thought so.  She hoped so.  One thing was certain.  If they wanted her, they’d have to learn to share.

 

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Review: Out: Five Erotic Stories of Gay Self-Discovery by Patient Lee

Out: Five Erotic Stories of Gay Self-Discovery by Patient Lee

This is a collection of MM erotic stories. More than that, though, these are stories of discovery. Men discovering new realms of sexual pleasure, and, as a result, discovering things about themselves. It’s a really fun and uplifting collection. The stories are:

“Come With a Friend” — I’ve reviewed this story as a stand-alone, so I won’t say much more here except to mention that this is a great, great story.

“Christmas in July” — this one brings the sweetness. It’s a tender story of a wounded man finding support and a place to belong.

“Come on Down” — this one brings the silliness. The Price is Right tie-ins might make you roll your eyes, but the sex scenes are scorching hot. A “F” is added to the MM here for some truly engaging three-way action.

“Gay Greenhorn” — a brilliant story. I’ve reviewed this also as a stand-alone, so I’ll only mention that this story alone is worth the 5-star rating.

“Love and a Hate Crime” — this story is deep. We see homophobic bias through the eyes of a mentally challenged man. In his simple wisdom, he wonders why he’s supposed to hate “the queers” just because they love each other. It’s a powerful message and very nicely sums up the attitude of this collection: Love is Love.

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SPIN Author Spotlight–Patient Lee

Patient Lee imageToday’s SPIN Author Spotlight is on Erotic Realism author Patient Lee.  She’s Chief of the Smut Desk, way back in the corner of the SPIN offices, and recently she put down her pen long enough to tell us a little bit about herself and to answer Pandora’s Dirty Dozen interview questions.

Get to know Patient Lee.
“When love wins, we ALL win!  Sign up for my newsletter at http://www.patientlee.com and get TWO free books!

 

My ideas come from a variety of sources– an overheard sentence (a student declaring “I have tasty fingers!” in the middle of class became “The Side Effect.”), a song, an announcement (“Come with a friend and save two dollars!”). I select the kink for the story based on what best works with the characters, which is the main reason I write with variety. The other, of course, is my short attention span caused by raising children and teaching high school.

I work full-time and have a husband, and three children. I write when I can, sometimes balancing the laptop on my knees and a cat on my chest. I enjoy my seasonal camp site that overlooks a beautiful creek in the mountains. In the summer, I spend many hours at a folding table under a canopy, writing and sipping chardonnay or a super-hoppy IPA.”

Let Patient Lee tell you about her genre:
erotic realism
noun :: e-ro-tic re-al-ism :: [ih-ro-tik ree-uh-liz-uh m]
a. a manner of treating subject matter that presents a careful description of everyday life, usually of regular people, often of lower and middle classes, and explicitly detailed, scorching-hot sex.
b. a theory of writing in which the ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is only with way more scorching-hot sex.
ex. Gay Greenhorn on the F/V Lost Agnes, Mobile Home for the Holidays, Mrs. Maitland’s SAD Valentine

1. Describe your books and your writing style.

Erotic Realism. I take the mundane and infuse it with all kinds of sexy stuff. I write about everyday people- teachers, crab fishermen, janitors, homeless people, the couple next door, the 18 year old down the block, people in trailer parks, victims of bullies. I write both straight and LGBTQ, happy and sad, gentle and rough, casual sex and romance and casual sex that turns into romance, BDSM, satire, and anything else that comes to mind. All of my stories are different because I focus on the story and the characters before I incorporate the sex. My stories are VERY explicit, so no readers under 18, please. Even if erotica isn’t your thing, you will enjoy the stories. (Skim the sex parts, if you have to!)

2. Talk about your process. Where do you write? When do you write? Are you linear or do you write scenes and put them together later? Who are your muses and where do you get your best ideas?

My process looks a lot like a random mess of thoughts. I have a graph paper tablet which goes everywhere with me. If you flip through you’ll find complete story scenes, random sentences, my Walmart list, a bad sketch of something to come back to, the notes I took while on the phone with the doctor’s office, the same scene written four times in a row (true story! The first dream in Mrs. Maitland’s SAD Valentine took four complete rewrites to nail it.), diagramless crosswords, and anything else that can come out of the end of a 0.7 mm mechanical pencil (Bic Atlantis, when available). I don’t have a muse. I have vines of Laffy Taffy which fall from above like in the the Nestlé Quiksand scene in Wreck It Ralph. Unrelated ideas fall on my head, and when I get enough of them, I start to weave my tale. Mrs. Maitland’s SAD Valentine came from a conversation with a biology teacher. She mentioned breeding her ball pythons for Valentine’s Day (Vine #1). I was writing for the Literotica Valentine’s Day Contest, so that was perfect. Vine #2 came when hubby and I were discussing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which we both struggle with during the long winter months. As I thought about putting them together, Vine #3 dropped. Make it an older woman and a younger man. A biology teacher and a school custodian. 36,000 words later, I won the contest. I write anywhere I can, but I concentrate best at a desk or table. I prefer to sit outside my camper, overlooking the creek. Finding time is another story. I teach full time and have three kids who play travel hockey, so I spend most of my life driving my car.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is a collection of M/F erotica about milestones in relationships called Quick & Dirty 2: Milestones.
Birthday Girl: Brooke’s first time.
The Side Effect: Zack proposes to Lindsay in public.
Suffocating: A Dark Nuptial Tragedy (Seriously dark. Bring a flashlight.)
Wallpaper: Deanna’s pregnant and horny.
Purple Glitter: Laura seeks revenge when she assumes Danny is cheating.
*BONUS* Sharing Her Heart: The Prequel to Mrs. Maitland’s SAD Valentine.
The first five stories are brand new to Amazon, but Sharing Her Heart is available separately.
Here are a couple of reviews:
From Sheena D: Sharing her heart is an exquisite memoir about young love from the eyes of Judy Carlisle. Robert Maitland is the kind of student at Greenburg High who cannot do a thing right. Gradually he turns things around not just for himself but also for Judy Carlisle. Patient Lee brings to life all the loves and hates of school days. She touches on subjects like school bullying and the effects teachers can have on their students. It is a poignant and entertaining story which contains some erotica but the characters are real and spring to life as you turn the pages. A good read!
From MJ: Patient Lee has written a book as advertised. It’s about a teenage crush and the teachers around them with their sleights and mini-dramas. The story is kind of a YA coming-of-age story salted with erotica. The characters are well-developed. They are folks from a blue collar town in America and Patient Lee does a great job flushing them out for us. I enjoyed the read though I found the book a bit simplistic for my tastes (I like smutpunk because I like complexity). Furthermore, I thought some of the similes and metaphors were a little off but that’s no big deal and how regular people speak. SPOILER: The bit about dissecting the heart was quite a lot of fun. The young lovers feed each other chocolate while cutting open a pig’s heart. Pretty cool. Give it a read if you’re into romance.

4. What is your current project?

Pittsburgh- a MM shortie with sensory deprivation The Facebook challenge was to post a one-word story title and a brief synopsis. I looked up from my spot in the passenger seat and saw the sign for Pittsburgh. Three minutes later, the story was sketched out in my head. Clarke meets Joe in a Philadelphia sports bar while watching a 76ers basketball game. They leave together in a snowstorm, and an accident causes a total blackout before they get to Joe’s apartment, so when they get there, Clarke doesn’t see the sports memorabilia. He assumes they both root for Philadelphia. After all, they high-fived over the Sixers, right? Except Pittsburgh doesn’t have a basketball team, so who else do you root for when you grow up along the Allegheny River? Clarke falls hard and fast for Joe, who introduces him to the pleasure (with a hint of danger) of BDSM sensory deprivation. He imagines dates at Flyers games, decked out in black and orange, but will he still be in love when the lights go on?

5. Now about you… Very generally speaking, where do you call home?

Northeast US. I summer in my camper, overlooking the creek.

6. As a reader… What genre do you most often read? What is your all-time favorite book, and why?

I read a lot of realistic fiction, but I have a special place in my heart for Stephen King. I’m currently reading A Widow for One Year by John Irving, but I haven’t gotten too far yet. I always say my favorite books of all time are The Stand by Stephen King and I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. The Stand is not my usual reading material, but the book is incredible any way you look at it. Characters, good vs. evil, pop culture splashed throughout. What strikes me the most is how in the beginning of the book, there were so many missed opportunities to avert disaster. I thought about that a lot when I wrote Purple Glitter and incorporated the same kind of pivot points, where if the character had chosen differently, the story would have ended right there. I don’t even remember what I Know This Much Is True is really about, other than a schizophrenic brother, and that’s a good thing. When I reread it someday, it will be like déjà vu, a pleasant reconnecting with an old friend. I sobbed for hours when that book was over. A.M. Manay’s November Snow series is a recent addition to my favorites. Vampires aren’t usually my thing, but holy hell, can this author write.

7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?

Crossword puzzles. I do the NYTimes Sunday puzzle every week. Sometimes I have to cheat, otherwise I don’t make any progress and it’s no fun, but I try not to. I also do diagramless crosswords and acrostics. Although I don’t like the driving (actually, I outright resent it. Don’t judge me.), one of the greatest pleasures in my life is watching my kids play ice hockey. All three play, including my daughter, who plays on a girls’ team two hours from home. And I hate driving.

8. We all have guilty pleasures. I enjoy boy bands. There, I said it. What is your guilty pleasure?

My answer to this used to be gay porn, but now, since I write it, I guess it isn’t a surprise. I’ll say Nickelback. I shouldn’t like them, but I do.

9. What superpower would you choose, and why?

Breathing underwater. I used to dream that I could. It was relaxing.

10. If you could live anywhere, you’d choose…

In my camper. Doesn’t matter where, as long as there is water to stare at.

11. I wish _________________ would read my book.

Stephen King

12. In the airport, you overhear a heated argument between a husband and wife. You:

politely ignore it.
stop what you’re doing and watch with rapt attention.
mention it to airport personnel.
tuck it away for use in a future book.
Other:
Take copious notes. Discreetly, of course.

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Get QUICK & DIRTY 2: MILESTONES
by Patient Lee
at this LINK.

SPIN Author Spotlight–Dr. J.

Dr. JToday in the SPIN Author Spotlight, we’re welcoming erotica and erotic romance author Dr. J., one the newest members of SPIN.

Dr. J. arrived at her writing career after being a condom packer, sex educator, sex therapist, and finally a college professor of human sexuality. Using her vast knowledge and experience of sexuality and the mind, she continues her education efforts to integrate positive sexuality into the human experience through her stories. She writes within the Romance and Erotica genres.

Living the island life on the Atlantic coast, Dr. J. plays petanque, knits, and supports all the visual and performing arts of the area.

Recently, Dr. J. was kind enough to stop by the SPIN offices long enough to answer Pandora’s Dirty Dozen.  Meet Dr. J.

1. Describe your books and your writing style.

 Erotica and Erotic Romance. I write with a therapist’s eye and an artist’s heart.

2. Talk about your process. Where do you write? When do you write? Are you linear or do you write scenes and put them together later? Who are your muses and where do you get your best ideas?

For now, my writing spot is the dining room table. That will change as I am moving to a new house where I have a dedicated office with balcony and a palm tree. I’m a systemic writer; I receive the story in full circular form. I capture that and get it on paper, and then I create the details or bones of the story. My ideas hit me in the middle of a walk, watching someone do a task, or in the midst of a conversation. It happens anywhere.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

Forever Tattooed is my last release. I hope to continue it into a novel. Here’s what it’s about: Tattooed Forever owner, Gabe Stewart, revisits his past when the international photographer, Dana Parker enters his shop, fresh off a plane from Thailand. Dana had kept a secret for two years and is now ready to share it with Gabe. She wonders if he can give her what she desperately wants and if he would want to. Much to Dana’s surprise, Gabe reveals a secret of his own. With these disclosures in the open, fireworks ignite between them.

4. What is your current project?

I have two current projects. The first one is called Chronicles of a Sex Doctor. It is a collection of short stories about how individuals step into their sexual desire, individually and within couples or groups. My next project is a novella currently titled, Our Lucky Charm. It is a sports story set at a Petanque Tournament. I get to introduce a new generation of people to this French game and entice them with the sexual rituals of my characters.

5. Now about you… Very generally speaking, where do you call home?

NE Florida, on the coast.

6. As a reader… What genre do you most often read? What is your all-time favorite book, and why?

I love thrillers, romance and erotica as genres but I enjoy stories that touch the heart. My all-time favorite book is by Barbara Kingsolver called The Prodigal Summer. It is vibrant writing and the way she weaved the story is masterful.

7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?

I am an avid knitter. My handmade socks are the choice of all my family members.

8. We all have guilty pleasures. I enjoy boy bands. There, I said it. What is your guilty pleasure?

Don’t tell. I’m a huge Nutella fan. So tasty.

9. What superpower would you choose, and why?

The ability to create food for all. I hate hunger.

10. If you could live anywhere, you’d choose…

Paradise. And I found it and choose it.

11. I wish _________________ would read my book.

my college freshman English professor

12. In the airport, you overhear a heated argument between a husband and wife. You:

politely ignore it.
stop what you’re doing and watch with rapt attention.
mention it to airport personnel.
tuck it away for use in a future book.
Dr. J Forever Tattooed

FOREVER TATTOOED
is Dr. J.’s latest release.
You can get it at this LINK.

Dr. J anthology

But be watching for Dr. J.’s contribution to Best Women’s Erotica of the Year,
Volume 3,
coming in November
(and on pre-order NOW)!

Want to stalk Dr. J. for hot erotica?  You can find her website at www.drjauthor.com.

She’s also active on social media.  Find her here:

Facebook: Dr. J. Author
Twitter: @DoctorJAuthor
Instagram: @drjauthor_
Pinterest: drjauthor
G+: Dr. J. Author

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SPIN Author Spotlight–Ian Saul Whitcomb

ISW profile picThis week, erotica author Ian Saul Whitcomb is in the SPIN Author Spotlight.  If you’re not familiar with him and his work, you’re in for a treat.  Somewhere between Mexico and Canada, not too far from the centerline of the U.S., Ian Saul Whitcomb spends his days writing, blogging, and occasionally tweeting, while struggling to fend off his mid-life crisis (under the theory that if he can postpone it till the age of sixty, the definition of “mid” means he’ll live to be a hundred and twenty). He also works for a large corporation, but tries not to think about that any more than he has to.

Recently, he was kind enough to stop by the SPIN offices and answer Pandora’s Dirty Dozen interview.  Meet Ian Saul Whitcomb.

1. Describe your books and your writing style.

I write steamy erotica books about nice people in unusual situations/relationships. I don’t seem to be able to pick a sub-genre and stick with it … my bibliography ranges from sci-fi to interracial to supernatural to transgender to fantasy … though all of it’s dirty. I mostly use a POV of First Person, Horny.

2. Talk about your process. Where do you write? When do you write? Are you linear or do you write scenes and put them together later? Who are your muses and where do you get your best ideas?

I try to write at least one paragraph a day on whatever my project of the moment might be, usually in the evening. I find that if I sit down to write a whole page or two or three, I get daunted and blocked, but if I sit down to write a paragraph, I almost always end up doing at least a page. My ideas tend to grow organically from reactions to things. For instance, Sexpossessed came about because I read this bizarro fiction book that I thought was going to be a fun sex romp into supernatural perversity, and it turned out to be way more serious and less sexy than I expected. So I decided to write the kind of book I was hoping to read, since I’d been cheated out of having my expectations met. “I Married a Galaxy Conquering Alien Space Monstrosity” popped into my head as I was looking for my next project, and I mulled over alternatives. “Sci-fi or supernatural? I just did supernatural, so sci-fi. Okay, space opera or alien invaders? Alien invaders.” That got the word “Alien” stuck in my head, and I thought, what about a story that’s like the Alien movies, but the body-horror aliens are the good guys?

3. Tell us about your latest release.

Big Flipping Deal is an erotic romance about a guy who falls for a trans-woman while they’re remodeling a house together. Two people thrown together by unexpected circumstances, the narrator gets the hots for the heroine, and then he has to deal with the fact that he stays hot for her even after he finds out she’s trans. It won the Literotica Reader’s Choice Award in its serial form for the Transsexuals and Crossdressers category, and it seemed to be a big hit with the trans readers who gave me feedback.

4. What is your current project?

I’m revising my naughty fantasy novel, The Inn, for publication later this year. It’s about a fantasy writer who finds himself transported to the world of his books and then gets all of his heroic characters killed because he’s in the wrong place at just the wrong time. So he has to stop the big boss villain from destroying the world, and all he has to do it with is a pen.

5. Now about you… Very generally speaking, where do you call home?

I’m from Texas, and getting steadily more embarrassed about that with every news story about Texas politics that sees print.

6. As a reader… What genre do you most often read? What is your all-time favorite book, and why?

I read fantasy and science fiction, mostly, and I’m going to call my favorite book The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs gets a bad rap for perceived racism in his Tarzan books, but the dude was writing science fiction in 1914 where the hero, John Carter, is in an interracial romance, the bad guys are white supremacist religious fanatics, and every time a group starts touting itself as superior to other groups, John Carter ends up overturning their whole civilization and humiliating them.

7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?

Family friendly answer: I really like playing tabletop roleplaying games, and I’m a huge Star Wars fan.

8. We all have guilty pleasures. I enjoy boy bands. There, I said it. What is your guilty pleasure?

Family friendly answer: geez, I can’t even think of a family friendly answer. Let’s just say it’s very guilty.

9. What superpower would you choose, and why?

The power to make everyone in the world understand how love and empathy make human beings worthwhile.

10. If you could live anywhere, you’d choose…

Iain M. Banks’ sci-fi utopia, The Culture

11. I wish _________________ would read my book.

a powerful Hollywood director

12. In the airport, you overhear a heated argument between a husband and wife. You:

politely ignore it.
stop what you’re doing and watch with rapt attention.
mention it to airport personnel.
tuck it away for use in a future book.
Other:
feel affirmed in my conviction that monogamy is a pain in the ass, and that we really ought to fnd a better way.
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Ian Saul Whitcomb’s latest release is BIG FLIPPING DEAL, which I had the pleasure of reading and I absolutely loved it.  In fact, here’s my 5 STAR review.
What a great story! Terminally nice-guy Nick unexpectedly inherits half a house when his little-old-lady neighbor dies. The heir of the other half? Her niece, Lindsey, the hottest chick Nick has ever met. Their challenge: Renovate the house, flip it, and split the profits. But can Nick keep his libido in check, working side-by-side with his dream girl? But it turns out, Lindsey has a big secret. And it challenges everything Nick ever thought about himself, relationships, and love.

Big Flipping Deal is drop-dead sexy. But it’s also funny, heartfelt, and thoughtful as it challenges our own attitudes along with Nick’s. I love this book! 5 BIG STARS!

Get your copy of BIG FLIPPING DEAL
by Ian Saul Whitcomb
at this LINK.

SPIN Book Launch–Luka’s Dawn by A.M. Manay

If you adore paranormal author A.M. Manay’s award-winning November Snow series, and were heartbroken like I was when it ended, you’re in LUCK!

At the very end of She Marches Through Fire, Manay gave us a tiny glimpse of what happens next.  Now, she’s released the first November Snow epilogue story, Luka’s Dawn.  Luka is nothing if not the bad boy you hate to love, and he’s back.   Along with all your favorite characters.  And it’s brilliant!  I know, because I read an ARC.

Here’s the description.

What’s a failed supervillain to do when the object of his obsession dies?
Luka Lazarri, vampire terrorist and would-be dictator, faces life without November Snow. He now inhabits a world in which he is utterly defeated, sick and living in hiding, jailed by his own family. He waits for November to be born again, clinging to the hope that he will have the chance to know her. Will the consummate survivor succumb to despair, or will he build himself a new life? And if the reincarnated psychic finally lays her eyes on him, will she see a monster, or a friend?

I don’t want to tell you much more than that, it’s a shortie, one you’ll devour in an afternoon, then beg for more.  And, once again, you’re in luck, because this is just Episode 1.  More are on the way.  Cue extreme happy dance, y’all!

AM Manay Luka's dawn pre release

Get your copy of Luka’s Dawn at this LINK.

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Five Tips for Writing Dialogue

Dialogue is probably my favorite part of everything I write. It’s how I avoid exposition (which I hate) (No, seriously, hate) By getting my characters to reveal their settings, thoughts, and circumstances, the pace of my writing stays where I want it; At a brisk clip.

1. Get your characters to say what you don’t want to write

Because, honestly, they have a job to do. The author should not have to do everything.

We will use my new release Brother’s Keeper as an example mine since it’s easier to ask for my own permission. It’s a sequel. In the first novel, I introduced the world, including an alien race called the Brax. There could have been a lot of repeating of information.

Here, I use dialogue to convey simple facts a reader should have about the Brax going in. They are a very traditional and matriarchal society.

They turned right into a side corridor where Sandoval was waiting with his updates. The olive skinned man had a few years on Bryson, and plenty of experience in surveillance.

He should be running his own house by now, but he had no interest in command. “Laine reported in last night. She’s secured the evacuation site.”

“Excellent. Did the Braxian settlers get transport?”

They began to walk three wide down the long corridor. “Um, about that, Sir.” The taller of them looked uncomfortable. “They wouldn’t go.”

“Wouldn’t go?”

“Maroe, the matriarch, has decided this is safer. She won’t take her settlers anywhere.”

This conversation is basically a Sitrep for the reader. You get a glimpse of the Brax, and a line on where one of the characters are at the moment.

2. Dialogue is critical to story pacing.

In my case, the urge is always to speed things up, but there are moments (like love scenes) where you need to slow it down, let the momentum build up slowly.

Short, clipped sentences convey actions, speed. When I get somewhere that requires a softer touch, I’m still trying to run when I should be walking.  I just can’t slow down, and it seems to work for me. Here’s an example of short, fast-paced dialogue that sets the pace.

“I’m not a reporter. I’m no longer a princess, as you loved to call me. So, what am I? A rebel? A traitor?”

“You’re you.”

A fleeting anguish twisted her gentle expression into a fearsome frown. “That’s not enough, Bry. I have to have purpose. My work was what I had, until….”

“Until me,” he finished.

At this moment, the relationship is very unbalanced. She’s all in and he’s running scared. This is communicated most effectively in dialogue. She’s sharing. He’s not.

3. Do they all sound like me?

This happens to all of us, so let’s not indulge in denial here. I find at least one passage in every edit that was written in a flurry and sounds completely bland.

Dialogue must be read aloud during an edit. Every character should sound distinct. If you read it back and the only distinguishing difference in the way each person speaks is how you hear it in your head, then read it again. If there’s nothing that visually sets them apart, a reader will not be able to follow easily.

4. How your MC sounds will reflect his reality to your reader.

Typically, I write military men quite a bit. How do we all think they sound? Short, brusque, and all business, right?

That’s not wrong. It’s pretty close to the truth actually.

Gender plays a huge role in how a character sounds to a reader. Men tend to be more sparse and concrete in how they express themselves, the last example illustrates this as well. Women tend to share their thoughts more fluently as Cari was doing.  The young use slang. The elderly use outdated and out of use phrases. Young children have less vocabulary.  Everything can be a factor when you are trying to write realistic dialogue for a character.

5. People pay attention to what the characters say.

We’ve all heard it. The odd reader that says, “I skip the fight scenes.” I’ve even heard them say they skip the love scenes.

They seldom skip conversation.

Dialogue breaks up prose to keep the reader interested in these people you’re spinning into a tale. It’s one of the most crucial tools in your toolbox for creating a break, moving it along, or just sharing boring information with the reader in a more interesting way.

Take your time with it, and your reader will, too.Jolie Mason

Jolie Mason writes speculative fiction, mainly sci-fi romance. You can see her work at https://future-fairytales.com/

Her newest release, Brother’s Keeper, was released on June 20th.

 

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