Monday, April 17, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Difficulty of finding the perfect cover

Hey Everyone!

Happy Monday! Did y'all have a hoppy Easter? LOL! Get it, Hoppy, instead of happy. ;-) I had a great Easter. I sadly didn't get to spend it with family, but I did a bunch of writing yesterday on a secret project, so I call it a win. :-)

Today's topic for Meredith's Monday Musing is: Finding the perfect cover!

If you ask any author, I think they'll tell you that finding the perfect cover for their story is one of the most important, yet hardest things for them to do. For starters, a cover has to have either a person/people on it who look like the characters that you've just described in your story. This can be challenging at times. For instance, if I were to write a story about a heroine who was plus-sized, it'd be difficult to find a stock image with a plus-sized woman because there just aren't that many out there. Unfortunately, cover artists can't make women on stock images look heavier. So, that's an issue.

Furthermore, finding the right background to fit the story can be really hard! Lets say a story takes place mostly at a BDSM club. There really aren't that many stock photos of an actual BDSM club for cover artists to use. As a result, they have to get created to create a background that looks like a BDSM club, while making sure that readers understand that's what the background is supposed to be. It sounds easy, but it's not.

Tagging along with the background issue, finding a cover that will sell books too is difficult. Say I wrote a book about a dental hygienist falling in love with the dentist she works for. The cover artist can create a cover with a hot couple at the dentist. It sounds perfect, there's a hot couple on the cover to represent the characters and the background accurately reflects where the story takes place. However, many people have dental phobias. So seeing that background of the dental office might actually make readers not want to buy your story. That isn't good! Therefore, cover artists and authors need to work together and compromise to create a cover that not only correctly represents the characters and setting, but will also sell copies of the book.

Additionally, one thorn that is in cover artists' sides is Amazon. The biggest retailer of e-books is Amazon. Sadly, they are a bit prudish when it comes to covers. I might have my perfect cover with the heroine and hero in a sexy pose, where it looks like the hero is about to pleasure the heroine, but Amazon will throw it in their dungeon. (If this happens, the book will tank like the Titanic). This is really unfortunate for authors and cover artists because the cover might be absolutely perfect for the story, but they can't use it because Amazon will essentially hide it from readers.

Another issue that might not make the most sense, but it happens all the time is a cover might be perfect for one person, but not to another. For instance, a cover artist designs a cover and they think it perfectly represents the author's book and when they send it to the author, the author might think it has nothing to do with the book. This is where the author and cover artist have to work together and compromise to create a cover that represents the book well, but will also sell copies of the story. Another instance of this could be if you work on a box set with multiple authors. If a cover is handed to the group, some authors might love it, while others hate it. In that situation, the authors will have to compromise to choose a cover that works for everyone.

As an author, I'm very grateful to my cover artist, Korey Mae Johnson. She creates some pretty hot covers, while also abiding by Amazon's prudish rules. As an author, I get the best of both worlds with that.

That's all I have for now. Have a happy Monday, everyone!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Beauty and the Beast

Hello Folks!

Happy Monday! Less than one week left before Easter? Is everyone ready for it? I'm not. I still have to go buy my Easter meal. I'll get to the store sometime this week. One thing I'm really happy for is lent ends in 6 days! Woot woot! Going cold turkey with something you love is hard!!

To get on point, the topic for Meredith's Monday Musing today is: Beauty and the Beast!

I have a confession to make. I LOVE the animated version of Beauty and the Beast. It is my all time favorite Disney movie. Growing up, I watched the video so many times that my parents had to buy me a new copy of it for Christmas.

There's something so magical about the movie. Obviously, there's talking furniture in it, so duh there's magic in it, but I'm talking about the story. I love the concept that a beautiful lady looks beyond the hero's physical features and at his heart. Belle didn't care that Beast's outward appearance was not as handsome as Gaston's. She fell in love with his sweet personality. There's something so romantic about that to me.

On top of the beautiful love story, the movie has some awesome music in it. When I do the dishes, I love blasting the song, "Be Our Guest". It has a great beat and makes washing the dishes fun! Don't get me started on the actual "Beauty and the Beast" song. It's so romantic and makes me want to tear up each time I hear it.

I have to admit to you all there are two things that really make this movie fantastic. One is Belle's dress. As some of you might know, yellow is my favorite color. So growing up, I ALWAYS wanted to have a dress like Belle's. I was convinced if I did, I would be transformed into a princess. I went so far to tell my parents that for my wedding, my wedding dress would be Belle's dress. I've since changed my mind on that, but that goes to show you how much I love that dress! The second thing that made me fall in love with this movie was Beast's library that he gifted to Belle. Even as a little kid, I thought that was the most romantic thing a man could ever give to a woman. I would fantasize how it would feel to just sit and read in there. Oh my gosh, even know I wish that I could have a library like it.

Needless to say, I was in love with the animated version of this movie growing up. So when I heard that they were making a live action version of it, I got super excited, but also a little nervous. This movie was my favorite Disney movie, I was afraid that the life action version wouldn't live up to the animated version. I am very happy to say that it does!! The live action movie followed the animated version perfectly! The few changes they made to it, didn't harm the essence of the story either. It was super well done, which I am grateful for.

Do y'all have a favorite Disney movie? (It's okay if you don't).

That's all for now, folks! I hope that everyone has a great Monday!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musing: Author Newsletters

Greetings, Everyone!

Happy Monday! Can you all believe that it's April? I feel like it should still be February! Life is moving so fast, I can't believe it! Besides time flying by, I've been super-de-duper busy! I just got my comments back from my beta reader on my current WIP. I have to fix some issues, then my WIP will get sent to my editor. I'm excited! I think y'all will like this story.

Getting to the point of this post, today's topic for Meredith's Monday Musing is: Author Newsletters!

It seems like 2017 is going to be the year that every author creates their own newsletter. I think newsletters are great because it's a way for authors to directly connect with anyone who wants to sign up for their newsletters. Authors no longer have to worry about if their posts on Facebook or Twitter will be seen by all their fans. All they have to do is send out their newsletter and boom, they can guarantee that their fans get the information they want to share.

Additionally, authors can track via their newsletter homepage what readers click on in the newsletter, how many people opened it up, etc. I think that's really cool because this lets authors know precisely what parts of their newsletter are the biggest hit with their fans and which parts aren't as successful. Therefore, authors will know what to promote more and what to maybe revamp to get readers to like it more.
I'm a part of a newsletter with two amazing authors, Maddie Taylor and Morganna Williams. It has been amazing working with them to fill our newsletter with steamy content for our readers. Plus, we all get to share the load on producing a newsletter each month, so it's nice not to have the entire burden on just one of our shoulders.

Obviously, I'm a fan of newsletters from the authors perspective. However, as a reader, I'm not as in love with them. For the newsletters that I sign up for, I do enjoy receiving them to see what some of my favorite authors are up to. One of the biggest things that annoys me though is there have been a couple of newsletters that I haven't signed up for, yet my email address was added to that person's newsletter. My email is fairly well known, so I get a bit angry when a newsletter I know for 100% I didn't sign up for, shows up in my inbox. The few times it has happened, I've messaged the individual and they've taken me off their list. It just baffles me why someone would put another person on their list if they haven't signed up for it. That isn't right.

The only other thing that frustrates me about newsletters as a reader is I wish that authors would add more content to their newsletters. I'm on Facebook enough to know when someone has a new release. So, when I get that author's email and see that their newsletter only has an announcement that they're having a new release, it makes me sad. I enjoy snippets of the story or even announcements of what the author is planning to work on next, etc. I know that's more of a personal opinion, so I don't let it get in the way of my love for newsletter too much.

What do y'all think about newsletters? Do you love 'em or hate 'em?

While I have you all, don't forget to sign up for mine. It comes out every month and has a bunch of steamy content!!

Have a great Monday, everyone!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: The Big Bang Theory

Hi Everybody!

Happy Monday! Can you believe that it's already the end of March? I can't believe it! Can any of you? Today's Meredith's Monday Musing is all about: The Big Bang Theory!

I LOVE The Big Bang Theory! It has the right amount of drama, comedy, science references, romance, and action in it. The plot is fairly believable and the actors/actresses seem to have great chemistry with one another.

The thing that I really enjoy about it is, it focuses on the lives of characters who would normally get ignored. If you look at most of the shows today, the shows focus on characters who work in the healthcare field, as a lawyer, or as a cop. (This isn't to say that ALL shows focus on this, but I believe most do.) Anyway, I really enjoy that The Big Bang Theory focuses on nerdy scientists. It allows viewers to watch a show from the perspective that they usually wouldn't get to see. Viewers can discover that being a nerd is okay and can even be fun.

Furthermore, I really like that this show empowers women to join the science field. Sadly today, I feel like women aren't encouraged as much as men are to join the science field. This is really a shame. I hope for the women who watch this show and see that two of the main characters are women and in the science field, it'll give them the courage to go into that field too.

Additionally, I love all the Marvel, D.C, and Star Wars references in this show. Being a fellow geek myself, I can appreciate when the characters talk about their fan theories. It's also hilarious when Leonard and Sheldon dispute a theory and Sheldon gets so upset.

I also love that this show has "silent" references to some of the actors/actresses past shows. For instance, the actor who plays Leonard also stared in the show, Roseanne. He had a pretty steady girlfriend throughout that show and she's made several appearances on The Big Bang Theory to act like Leonard's girlfriend. Another example is the actress who played Penny also stared in the show, 8 Simple Rules. The actress who played her mother on that show, also played her mother on The Big Bang Theory.

Overall, this is a great show and I really enjoy watching it!

That's all for now. Have a great week, everyone!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Can "turn-ons" change?

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! How's everyone doing so far? I'm hoping that y'all are having a great start to your week! Today's Meredith's Monday Musing topic is actually more of a question and that question is: Is it common for a person's "turn-ons" to change? (I'm not sure if "turn-ons" is the right word, but we'll have to go with it, because it's the only word that's coming to me.)

I'll need to explain this question for everyone to fully understand it. When I first got introduced into the erotic genre, I stumbled upon a few non-consensual stories and hated them. Being the newbie that I was, it was too much for me to read these stories because I didn't understand them. I vowed that when I became an author, I was never going to write a non-consensual or even dubious consensual scene in one of my stories ever!!!

Fast forward two and a half years later and after reading multiple books, getting to understand the genre much more, I can now understand why people like reading and writing these types of scenes. In fact, I realized that I began to enjoy reading some of them, there are others that are still too much for me. (FYI: I'm not judging anyone who enjoys reading or writing hard non-con scenes, some of them are just too much for me.)

Anywho, I was starting to enjoy reading these types of scenes and then, I found myself writing my first ever non-con spanking scene AND a dub-con sex scene. I was shocked that I was putting either of these scenes in one of MY books after vowing to never do so. To make sure I wasn't going crazy, I read over the scenes I wrote about a week after writing them and they turned me on as much as they did the first time I wrote them.

After reading over them, it made me realize how much my "turn-ons" had changed from way back then to now. It makes me wonder if some of my other current "turn-offs" will change with time.

That's my story, now back to the question: Is it common for a person's "turn-ons" to change?

That's it for now. I hope that everyone has a happy Monday!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Why I like age play!

Hi Guys and Gals!

Happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend? Mine was fantastic and I'm hoping that this week will be as good as this weekend was. Today's Meredith's Monday Musing post is all about: Why I love age play.

There are many reasons why age play is awesome and for each person who participates in it, the reason why they love age play is different. For me, I love age play because it's so relaxing.

In real life, I'm the person who tends to be the group leader, who tends to make sure that everyone knows what his/her task for the day is and that they're okay doing it. I enjoy this, I really enjoy the responsibility of working with co-workers and making sure the tasks assigned by our boss gets done in a timely and efficient manner. When I'm not working and at home, I'm the one who takes charge to make sure the house stays clean, that there's food in the fridge, and all the bills are paid. Honestly, I wouldn't have this any other way...most times.

There are times when the stress of keeping everything organized and running smoothly gets to me. That's when I like to put some comfy pajamas on, turn a children's show on Netflix, cuddle with one of my stuffies, and forget all my woes. Regressing is a time when I don't have to worry, I can let someone else do it. As a person who worries an incredible amount, it's really nice to take a break from it every once and awhile. Normally after an evening of this treatment, the next morning I'm ready to face the day head on.

If I don't have the luxury of time to take a night off from all of my responsibilities, I try to spend at least thirty to sixty minutes, reading or writing an age play story. Both of these activities are a great way for me to slip into the mindset of a character and regress through them. Also as a writer, some of my best age play scenes have been written during this time.

Besides age play being relaxing for me, it's so much fun! Who doesn't enjoy getting to play with stuffed animals or going through a bright and shiny sticker collection? There's no rhyme or reason for how something has to be, it can just be fun and that's awesome!

This is why I love age play and it might not be the same reason why others love age play. Guess what, that's OKAY! Each person is unique and when it comes to age play, I've learned there's no right way to go about things.

That's all I have for now. I have to get to work.

Happy Monday, Y'All!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Pesky Muses!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! How's it going for y'all? I feel like I'm struggling a bit. This author needs a vacation. Thankfully, one is coming for me soonish. ;-) Today's topic for Meredith's Monday Musing is: Pesky Muses.

I love my muse. She has given me a lot of great story ideas over the years. Without her, I wouldn't be able to be an author. With that being said, she sometimes drives me crazy. (Yes, I know I sound a bit crazy referring to my muse as an actual person, but all you authors should understand what I mean.)

Lately, I've been very busy with other real life things and have had hardly any time to write. During the times that I haven't had time to write, my muse is talking to me nonstop. She has played out almost an entire book in my head with some seriously fantastic and kinky scenes in it. This is wonderful, except I don't have anytime to write, when these scenes are playing in my head. That isn't so wonderful.

So since my muse wouldn't zip it, I sat down twice last week for a meager hour, with the hopes that I could jot some of this story down. What do y'all think my muse did when I tried to write? If you guessed sat there quietly, while I stared at a blank computer screen, you'd be correct. This frustrated me so much!! Right now, I have limited time to write and when I try to write, my muse won't speak to me. But, if I'm super busy and can't get to my computer to type my story, my muse won't shut up.

So for now, I'm not really spending anytime writing, but I at least get to replay my stories in my head. I hope soon I can jot some of it down so the rest of you can enjoy my story.

That's all for now. I have another busy week ahead of me that I have to go face head on.

Have a great day, everyone!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musing: Colors!

Hi All!

Happy Monday! How's your day been going so far? Mine has been going well, for the most part. Today's topic for Meredith's Monday Musing is: Colors!

This topic is pretty hard to describe, but I'm going to try. I love colors, especially vibrant, bold colors. There are some days where I'll go on Pinterest, type in a color, and just look at the different pictures that come up in that color. It's a bit addicting.

I'm not sure why, but it seems like everywhere you look, there really aren't that many crazy colors. If you think about it, the majority of colors that you see are: red, black, white, silver, gray and brown. What is up with that? I don't get it, don't people want more colors in their life?

I wish that car manufacturers would start letting people be able to pick the color of their car before it's painted. For instance, if I purchased a new car, before it was ever painted, I could go in and request that I want my car to be bright yellow with pink stripes down the sides. That would be freaking amazing if I could do that!!

What if houses got a makeover? It would be awesome to see a purple house, then a blue house, then a red one, then maybe an orange one. Do you guys agree with me? Okay, maybe the different color houses is a bit much, but do you guys get my point?

I think that if we had more vibrant colors in our world, people would be more happy. Take a moment and think, how do you feel when you see the color gray, white, black, or brown? To me, those are just dreary colors. But when I think of sky blue, emerald green, fuchsia pink, and ruby red, I feel happy and excited.

Maybe it's just me, but I really do believe that our world would benefit with a splash of color here and there. Until then, I'll keep dreaming about the bright yellow and pink striped car that might be one day. :-)

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musing: Fifty Shades of Grey

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! Did everyone have a nice Valentine's Day? I did, I got to see Fifty Shades Darker. :-) Today's topic for Meredith's Monday Musing is: The Fifty Shades of Grey Series.

This book series sure has caused a lot of controversy, especially in our little author community. There are some who seem to think that EL James can do no wrong. On the flip side, there are some that hate this series and strongly dislike EL James for writing it. I can understand both group's reasoning.

To start with the authors who love the Fifty Shades series, I can understand the appeal. EL James wrote the classic story: billionaire meets a nobody, falls in love, they have to face a couple of struggles, and live happily ever after. No one can ever go wrong with that storyline. The fact that EL incorporates some "kinkey fuckery" to the stories, doesn't hurt either. ;-)

Besides being a decent story, Fifty Shades has opened the world to the kinky side of things. I'll admit, before I read Fifty Shades, I had no idea that spanking, bondage, submission, etc existed. I think that many people were in the same boat as me. All authors, whether they love this series or not have to agree that EL James opened the world's eyes to what we write and have helped our readership grow through the years.

Now, I can almost feel the naysayers ready to jump at my throat for writing the last two paragraphs. ;-) So, getting to why I can understand why some authors hate this series, what EL James wrote isn't a healthy BDSM relationship. In the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, EL dabbles in a domestic discipline relationship and it didn't go over well. She clearly hadn't done her research and got the reasoning for why people live in that type of relationship wrong. After being an author for awhile and going back and reading this series, I cringe at some of the stuff I read. The main hero, Christian, comes off as a major douche bag, stalker, and very selfish person at times. Jamie Dornan, the man who plays Christian in the movies does not help the situation or his character at all with this. So, I can understand why some authors get angry. If a movie was made about something that I lived and was portrayed wrong, I'd be pissed off!!!

Instead of getting angry about EL James' lack of knowledge, I like to think it gives us the perfect opportunity to educate readers on what a healthy BDSM relationship looks like. I'm not sure if all will agree with me on that, but I'm just trying to make lemonade out of the lemons that were handed to me.

No matter if you love the series or hate it, I think we can all agree that Fifty Shades has definitely changed our little community. It has brought many new authors to us and readers, which all in all, is a pretty good thing.

That's all I have for today. Happy Monday, folks!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"You do have an incredibly spankable ass." Maggie Carpenter is visiting today!

Hi Everyone!

Today, we have the fantastic Maggie Carpenter over! She's super sweet and just came out with a new book titled, Protecting Paige! I have to say, after seeing the cover and reading the blurb, I'm going to buy my copy RIGHT NOW! Maggie was sweet enough to bring us a snippet of her story, so I hope that y'all enjoy!

As Cole slipped her dress over her head, Holly rolled into him and urgently grabbed at the buttons of his shirt, but grasping her wrists he pushed her on to her back and pinned them on either side of her head.

Weve got all night, he softly murmured, and Im going to make the most of every minute. Dont move.

Rising to his feet he leisurely stripped, then returning to lay at her side he slid her panties down her legs and popped the front fastener of her bra. As it sprung free he slid it down her arms and tossed it aside, then kneeling over her he gazed at her in wonder; the huge setting sun was cloaking her skin in a golden glow.

Youre even more lovely than I remember, he crooned, then straddling her body he sent his grasp back to her wrists, lowered his lips, and began kissing her neck.

That makes me crazy, she bleated. I love it. I love it so much.

I know, he purred traveling his lips across her shoulders towards her breasts. I remember the things that make you crazy. Ive relived them many times.

She moaned in response, and as he drew in her nipples, sucking hungrily, she raised her chest to meet his mouth.

Remember what I said? he murmured lifting his head and locking her eyes.

Ooh, dont stop.

Does that mean you dont remember?

I cant stand it, she complained, remember what?

My promise to spank you. I promised when we were together before, and I promised you a few minutes ago. I think its time I kept that promise.

Youre going to do it now? she gasped. Right now?

Seems as good a time as any, he said with a wicked grin, and releasing her wrists, he quickly flipped her on to her stomach and yanked up her hips.

OH, MY GOSH! What are you doing?

You do have an incredibly spankable ass.

I cant believe this! Why do I feel so—”

So what? he asked smoothing his hand over her backside. So embarrassed?

Yes, and, ooh, I feel so weird.

Thats natural, but Ill bet…” he said, his voice trailing off as he slipped his fingers between her legs, uh-huh, youre soaked, and in a few minutes youre going to be even more soaked. Now keep still, and dont shout out like that again.

I didnt mean to, I was just shocked.

I know youve been craving this.

How could I be craving something Ive never had?

Now youre just being coy. I think Ill add a few extra slaps for that.

Okay, I have, she said quickly, but its weird and I dont know why.

There is no why. Its just how God made you, and Im the other side of that coin. Are you ready?

I guess.

Nope, I need more than that.

Good grief.

Are you ready?

Yes, Im ready.

Though her voice had been filled with trepidation, hed also heard excitement, and raising his hand he brought it down with several quick slaps, not hard, but carrying a sting that would not disappoint her.


I said no shouting.


Here, bury your head in this, he suggested, reaching for her dress and handing to her.

You mean Ill need to?

You might. I wont spank you too hard, but its still going to hurt.


Unless youd rather I stop. Do you want me to stop, Holly?

Uh, nono I dont.

Right then, roll up your dress and bury your head.

Though he didnt think her yelps or the sound of his smacking hand would carry around to the rocky point to Jacks ears, having her muffle her squeals in her dress added some extra spice to the moment, and waiting until she was settled, he began to land his slaps in an easy rhythm as he traveled his flattened palm across her cheeks. When she began to squirm, he moved his slaps lower, and after adding a few good swats to her sit spot, eliciting a series of mewling cries, he paused and ran his hand over her warm pink skin.

How are you feeling?

Please will you touch me? she begged, turning her head to look at him over her shoulder.

That was not the answer to my question, he said firmly, delivering a solid smack to the center of her bottom. How are you feeling?

OW, did you have to do that?

And again, he declared landing another hard slap.


How are you feeling?

My ass is stinging, how do you think I feel?

I cant believe you just said that, he muttered, shaking his head and grinning at her nerve. Anything else?

Yes. I feel…”

Go on, everything. Tell me everything.

Cole, I love it. I mean, I dont but I do. I really do, I just dont know why.

We dont always need to know why we like something, now close your eyes and feel my hand rub away the burn. That was your introduction.




Protecting Paige Blurb 

Cole Barrington, a sexy dominant and a movie producer with a reputation as a player, has been haunted by one particular young lady who unexpectedly tugged his heart strings during a five-day romp on a tropical island. Why she ducked his calls on their return he has no idea, and the question still shadows him.

Paige Brooks is a publicist, and when she learns she must accompany Cole to an annual charity event at the same Caribbean island where shed spent an idyllic week with him, she grits her teeth and clenches her fists. The man broke her heart. How can she possibly get through it?

Thrown together on a tiny seaplane, as they fly to the private island where the event is to be held, fate throws them an unexpected curve ball. Forced to land near a tiny uninhabited island, they suddenly find themselves completely stranded and alone. Their intense attraction soon fires their passion, and when theyre drawn into a wild treasure hunt, Cole must use his dominant skill to control the impetuous woman from the perils surrounding them.

If you enjoy a suspenseful romance starring a take-charge alpha male, and a feisty young woman with a sharp wit and impetuous nature, look no further than this panty-melting page-turner from Maggie Carpenter.


Award-winning and best-selling author Maggie Carpenter has published over fifty romance novels, and is the recipient of a number Spanking Romance Reviews awards spanning a variety of genres. Her readers describe her work as, romantic, funny, suspenseful, beyond a five-star read, exciting romance with a ton of surprises.
Her work includes a best-selling twelve-book contemporary cowboy series, Cowboys After Dark, a warrior fantasy trilogy, Warriors After Dark, contemporary love stories, and several Victorian romances. His Willful Bride was a #1 best-seller for several weeks and a BookBub Feature Deal. She is best known for her smart, witty, strong-willed women who  bring unexpected challenge, mystery and humor into the lives of passionate, dominant men.
Maggie has a history in show-business both in front of and behind the camera, but
moved from Los Angeles to live in the Pacific Northwest to pursue her writing. She is an equine enthusiast who rides every day, and writes until the wee hours of the morning when her eyes close only because they must.  

This author loves to hear from readers. You can contact her through her website: To sample her work for free, go to,



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Thank you so much for coming over today, Maggie! Congrats on the new release! 

Have a fantastic day, everyone!