Friday, October 31, 2014

Melanie Still Can't Sleep...

Hi Everyone!

It's Saturday and I'm finally home, so I'm in a happy mood! I hope you guys are all having great weekends so far! Before we get to Melanie and Derek, I did want to let you all know that I have a book coming out soon! Keep your eyes open because soon I'll be doing a cover reveal and I know that y'all don't want to miss it! 

Now on to Derek and Melanie. Last week, Melanie woke up in the middle of the night. Derek tried to help her back to sleep, but his current method wasn't working...hopefully he can think of something else to help her fall back asleep! :-)

Despite Derek's back rub, I still could not fall back asleep.

"Melanie, just close your eyes and sleep," Derek commanded getting up on one elbow and looking down at me.

"I can't, I already tried that." 

"Alright, time for plan B then," He said, before he rolled on top of me and grabbed both of my hands so they were suspended above me.

"I'm liking this plan B," I said, feeling myself start to get wet just from the look in Derek's eyes.

"You are, are you," He asked, as he ground his increasingly hard shaft in to my pelvis.

I nodded my head as he captured my lips with his. 

That sounds like a really good plan B to me! ;-) Well, I hope that you all have a great rest of the weekend! Make sure to hop over to other author's never know what you'll find! ;-)

Maddie Taylor Visits Today!

Hi Everyone!

Today I am so lucky to have the fabulous Maddie Taylor stopping by my blog today to talk about her newly released book, Lanie's Lessons. 

Maddie, I'm so happy that you could stop by. Let's get started, shall we. 

Can you please give us a summary of your story?

Ethan Fischer is a law professor: calm, cool, collected and incredibly sexy.  He’s married to a trial lawyer who is calm and collected in the courtroom, but inside she’s an emotional wreck.  But she won’t or can’t let herself go emotionally, bottling up everything inside.  She's not sleeping, has lost weight and their sex life is beginning to suffer.  Something's got to give. 
Ethan can’t bear to watch anymore and decides to take charge and try an unconventional approach to help her relax, de-stress and let go of all those pent up emotions.  Dominance and submission, spanking, and sexy role-play.  

Ethan might have had an unconventional approach to relieve Lanie's stress, but boy was it hot to read about! You incorporated a lot of different types of role play in your story. Was there one that you favored writing about?

They were all HOT and pure fantasy.  I rather liked when Ethan bent her over the deck railing and took her with the Atlantic Ocean at their feet.  The medical play was a new twist for me.  As a nurse it always hits a bit close to home for me, so I introduced the pinwheel, which in years of practice I have never seen used. 

I agree with you that each role play was extremely hot! I was swooning a couple of times while reading some of the scenes. ;-) Throughout the story, you mention that Lanie hates Disney World. Can you please tell us why?

That is so me.  I don’t like Mickey and Minnie.  Never have, they annoy me for some reason.  Like Lanie, I might be the only American that feels that way, but what can I say.  

I'm sure that there are other people out there who feel the same way. Now, Ethan has always had a spanking fetish. Why did he wait so long to tell Lanie? (I love how he ends up doing it though!)

A little slap and tickle happened before Lanie.  It was fun, sexy but not a fetish really.  But with Lanie, something about her made his inner spanko broke free.  Maybe it was the love and trust, or it could have been the way she responded.  Basically, she loved it too.  Who knew???   They were married for 3 years before they tried anything more than a playful spanking.  I’m guessing many married couples have to build up to a level of trust before they feel comfortable letting their freak flag fly.

I could see that. I think that a couple who allows this sort of play in to their marriage definitley has to have a very strong, trusting relationship first. I love Victoria Studor in your story. She and her husband remind me of a young Ethan and Lanie. Did you mean to write the characters juxtaposed that way?    

Yes. Without coming out and revealing that they had a D/s or DD relationship, there are strong hints.  That Ethan was mentored by Ray early in his career and became a lot like him was totally planned. 

I loved how that worked out! I also really liked the concept of the all-woman lawyer firm, Lanie decided to create. What made you write it that way?   

As Victoria mentions in the book, it’s still a good ole boys club.  Why not take them out of the equation and have women represent women and their unique issues.  

More power to the women! Haha! Why did you write Walt Simmons the way you did? You would think as a lawyer that he would know that he couldn’t get away with harassment of a female in the work place. 

I've worked for some real A-holes in my day, in the medical field however.  It’s another good ole boys club where arrogance reigns supreme.    I have seen many an arrogant, obnoxious, ass slapping senior partner portrayed in TV and movies.  I LOVE legal dramas, btw.  Alan Shore in Boston Legal comes to mind, and the law professor in Legally Blonde who propositioned Elle in exchange for a leg up are examples.  I guess those themes stuck and Walt Simons is an amalgam of all of them.  Didn’t you love to hate him and cheer for Lanie when she gave him what for?  You go girl!!!  

I did really hate Walt. I was SO happy when Ethan finally got a few shots at him. Will we be hearing from Ethan and Lanie again?

It was planned as a standalone, so at this point, no.  I have several series going on simultaneously.  I don’t think I can do anymore right now without my brain exploding.

Awww... I really wanted to hear more from Lanie and Ethan. I loved the two of them. Let's play the five question game now!

What is something that you couldn’t live without? 

Some THING not ONE?  My Kindle!

What’s a nervous habit of yours?  
I really had to think about this one.  I don’t smoke, bite my nails, pace or crack my knuckles.   If I get upset I like to indulge myself with a nice relaxing glass of sweet red wine or my signature lemon drop martini, but it’s not a habit.  Therefore, I’m going to say I don’t have one.

What is one of your guilty pleasures?  

Um… cheesecake, but I try not to overindulge.  Try being the pivotal word.  I’m not always successful.

If you could go to Paris or Rome, which would you chose?   

Rome, easy.  Been to Paris.  It was fun to see the sights but it was rainy, gray and rather dirty and the people, as the stereotype goes, not real friendly.  Of French ancestry (paternal), I’m a bit embarrassed to say that.  While in Europe, I’d love to visit Ireland.  I have copies of the ships log where my great-grandfather emigrated from Ireland in 1897, a picture of the ship too.  Plus, while I’m there, I’d love to go chat up Tara Finnegan. 


What was the last song that you listened to?   

<blush> Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.  It came on the radio by chance I swear.  (It’s always on the radio right now so the odds were against me).  While writing I listen to Steve Perry, LOVE me some Journey.  It is not by chance that one of my novels is titled Faithfully. 

Last question! Can you please attach one of your favorite excerpts from Lanie's Lessons here...

Leaning her forehead against it, she paused for a moment to catch her breath and calm her nerves.  The risk of getting caught in the inappropriate outfit by one of Ethan’s colleagues or worse, a student had left her a little frazzled. 
A throat cleared behind her.  Ethan.  She’d assumed he was here, locking herself in without checking.  What if it was someone else?  Horrified, she whirled around, searching the sunken large room with auditorium seating.  She found Ethan below her, seated at a desk in the front of the classroom, waiting and watching her.  With a relieved sigh, her tension eased.  Lips tipping upward, she moved forward. 
“Wait right there, Miss Langston.”  His voice rumbled in the near empty room stopped her.  “Did you follow the instructions I left you?”
“Yes, Professor Fischer.”  On his cue, she fell instantly into character, as if they were really teacher and student.
“Show me.  Lift your skirt.”
Her eyes swept the room looking for windows.  Seeing none, she relaxed.
“Dawdling?  Not starting off well, are we?  Lift your skirt and show me your panties.”
She did, glad she had worn her newest lacy white ones.   
“Very pretty.  Were those in the box that I left you?”
Crap.  Removing them hadn’t crossed her mind. “No, Sir.”
“Pull them down.”
Her thumbs went to the waistband.  Knowing she had his full attention, she teasingly peeled the lace down her thighs, letting them go at the knee so that they slid down her calves.  As she shifted to step out of them, his next order stopped her.
“I said down, not off.  I want them just above your knees.” 
Warmth flooded her face as she pulled the damp material back up.  She had to spread her legs far apart to keep them in place. 
“Since you’re having a hard time following directions, I’ll expect you to keep them there as part of your punishment.”  Quiet and controlled, his velvety smooth voice made her already simmering blood ignite.  

Here is the blurb for Lanie's Lessons...

Attorney Lanie Fischer is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but the stress of her caseload has been mounting relentlessly. She puts on a brave face at work, but behind closed doors Lanie has become an emotional wreck, and her husband, law professor Ethan Fischer, is tired of watching her self-destruct. She’s not sleeping, she’s lost weight, and their sex life is starting to suffer. Something has to give, and as far as he is concerned, it is time for a radical new approach. From now on, Ethan decides, his wife will be spending quite a bit of quality time over his knee with her bottom bare, learning some lessons she has needed for a long time.

Some of Lanie’s spankings turn out to be purely erotic, ending with the hottest sex she and Ethan have ever had, but others are meant to teach her what happens when naughty wives disobey their husbands and fail to take care of themselves. Unconventional though it may be, to her surprise Lanie soon begins to crave both her husband’s sexier spankings and his discipline as well. But can she live happily as a loving wife and obedient submissive at home even as she battles in court at work every day, or will the conflicting demands tear her apart.

Publisher’s Note: Lanie’s Lessons is an erotic romance novel that contains spankings, sexual scenes, elements of medical play and BDSM, anal play, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

If you want to go buy Lanie's Lessons now, click on one of these links!
This is a brand spanking new book.  It just went live on Amazon last 3 days ago. 

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You can find my books on the following sites; Lanie’s Lessons will be up within the week. 

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Thank you for stopping by today Maddie!
You're welcome! ;-) 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Etta Stark Visits Me Today!

Hi Everyone!

Today I have wonderful author Etta Stark with me, to talk about her latest book, Lord Westbrook's Muse.

Etta, I'm so glad that you could make it here today. Let's get this started. 

Please tell us a little bit about your story.

Lord Westbrook’s Muse contains a lot of the same characters as my previous book Lady Westbrook’s Discovery. It’s not really a sequel though. It can be read as a standalone story.

The hero, Lord Westbrook, is a stuffy Lord in a small English village who isn’t really very happy with his life. This changes when he meets Cass, a rather unconventional young woman with whom he starts a passionate affair which develops into love. However Cass has a secret life she hasn’t told him about and for a while it looks like a future between the two of them will be impossible.

What made you write a historical romance?
I guess the simple answer to that is because historical romance is the thing I love reading most so it seemed a fun idea to try to write them myself.

Plus most of my fantasies are set in the nineteenth century and most of my stories start off that way.

I'll admit, I love a well written historical romance story every once in a while. Most authors write during different time periods. What made you chose to write a story taking place in this specific time period? 

I think the Victorian period is absolutely fascinating. Everything seems so very different from how we live now in terms of the fashions, the social structure, how households were managed etc. And yet they were just on the brink of the modern age. Electricity, photography and steam engines were all invented during this period. The social changes were huge as well, including the campaigns for women’s votes which began in the 1860s. 

I so did love reading about how Cass and Lord Westbrook's aunt were both apart of the women suffrage movement. It captured both characters independent spirit, especially Cass'. What made you write her that way when most women at the time were more dependent on their husbands.

Well, that’s the fun of writing historical novels. You can give your nineteenth century heroes and heroines twenty-first century virtues. Cass’s independent spirit which is shown in things like her involvement in the woman’s suffrage movement and her ‘rational’ style of dress make her quite eccentric amongst her contemporaries but – I hope – quite endearing to the readers.

I loved her! Now unlike Cass, Lord Westbrook was very quiet and wasn’t fond of having to deal with people. What made you write him that way? I ask because most dominant men tend to be written as the strong, can handle any situation: social, physical, etc.

Lord Westbrook originally appeared in my previous book, Lady’s Westbrook’s Discovery. I wrote him as my heroine’s grumpy disapproving son who didn’t like his mother marrying a much younger man. After I had finished the book, I thought about Lord Westbrook and wondered why he was so bad-tempered with everyone. I decided it was because he wasn’t particularly happy with his life and had never really felt like he had fitted in. It was nice to write things from Lord Westbrook’s point of view because I could show by his internal dialogue that he wasn’t really as angry as he appeared and his apparently grumpy demeanor was often to cover up his awkwardness.

He’s still pretty dominant and strong in lots of ways – physically and in the way he uses his authority. He just hates talking to people. Eventually the love of a good woman thaws a lot of the social awkwardness.

You're right about that. Lord Westbrook definitely did have a dominant streak in him. ;-) The title of this story is Lord Westbrook's Muse. Why do you refer to Cass as Lord Westbrook’s muse?

It’s mentioned several times in the book that Cass’s style of dress makes her look like an ancient goddess or like the subject of a pre-Raphaelite painting. So she could be a classical Muse or an artistic one like Lizzie Siddel.

The main reason is because Lord Westbrook’s life is very unfocused at the start of the book. He doesn’t know what he wants from life. Cass provides Lord Westbrook’s focus. She becomes his inspiration.

Awww! That's so romantic to think that Cass became Lord Westbrook's life focus. I loved reading about Cass and Lord Westbrook's blooming love, but I also loved hearing about Charles and Jasper. Will we see a book just for them and why did you decide to make Jasper gay during this time period?

It was certainly a difficult time to be gay. The book is set only about fifteen years after the crime of buggery was punishable by death. Obviously all Jasper’s family are supportive of him because I am writing for 2014 audiences and you’d lose sympathy pretty quickly if the hero denounced his brother for being gay. From my reading around the subject, I don’t think that this support was unusual though. There was a lot of acceptance of loved one’s ‘close companions’ and ‘roommates’. People knew what was going on.

Yes, I am planning to write a book with Jasper and Charles although I have several other books I need to finish first. 

Oh yes! I can't wait for that book to come out! Here is a pretty silly question, but something that I have always wondered about. It is revealed that one of the characters is a duchess. What exactly is a duchess and why wouldn't someone just use the term Princess?

Be warned, if you haven’t read the book yet. This answer gets a bit spoilery.

For Cass to have been a princess, she would have needed to be one of the daughters of Queen Victoria (or one of the other European monarchs, I suppose.) It’s an interesting idea but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to have a real historical figure as the spanked heroine of one of my novels.

The reason I made her a Duchess is because she outranks Lord Westbrook. There are five ranks of peerage and Dukes and Duchesses are at the top. British nobility operates on a sort of Top Trumps system. Lord Westbrook has been assuming that he was the more aristocratic of the two of them. When he finds out this isn’t the case, it flips everything he thought he knew about their relationship on its head.

Okay, I gotcha. Now my favorite question to ask new authors who appear on my blog...what is your writing process?

A writing process sounds far more organized than anything I manage to do. Up until recently I was commuting into London each day so my books were largely written in longhand while I was sitting on the train and then typed up later. Now I’m working closer to home so I’m writing directly on the computer. I am really not writing as much as I want to at the moment. Real life keeps getting in the way!

I know the feeling all to well about real life getting in the way of your writing. Now, can you please tell me, what does Etta Stark do when she isn’t writing hot historical romance novels?
Well, at the moment Etta Stark is moving house. I shall be completing on Friday and I ought to be packing right now. When I’m not writing romance, I’m often to be found writing far duller things in my day job as a Technical Writer.

Good luck on your move...let's play the five question game!

What is your favorite color?
Black. Yes, it is a color. And it goes with everything.

What is your favorite food?
Cheese. If I had to choose one particular type of cheese, I’d choose a strong, creamy Stilton.

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were six?
Heh. I probably wanted to be a writer. I used to write a lot of books in spiral notepads and give them to my mum to read. (Awww! I used to do the same thing!)

What is one of your pet peeves?
People say ‘literally’ when they don’t really mean it.
“I literally pissed myself laughing!” Well, that must have been unpleasant. Thanks for sharing, dude.

What is the one thing that you could not live without?
Tea. I don’t think I have gone 24 hours without a cup of tea since I was about five. I can’t imagine what would happen if I did. I’m sure it would be hideous.

Here's my last question for you...can you please paste one of your favorite excerpts from Lord Westbrook's Muse here...
The excerpt below is from Cass and Lord Westbrook’s third “date”. I enjoyed writing this bit because the two of them are in quite a flirty mode and are still getting to know one another. Yes, they’re all ‘sex first, getting to know one another later’. It’s quite shocking behavior.

Dialogue is always the most fun to write, I think. Those bits are usually when I just have a couple of people having a conversation in my head and all I have to do is transcribe what they’re saying.

The following night, they lay together in the bed in the gardener’s cottage – post coital and both entirely satisfied.

Robert lay beside Cass who was propped up on her side. He ran his hand over her breasts relishing the feeling of her smooth skin beneath his touch.

“I never know what to call you,” Cass said.

“You should call me your Lord and Master,” Robert replied tweaking her nipple.

“Ouch! I want to call you Robert.”


Cass’s expression was first hurt and then turned mischievous. “What about Bob?”

He drew his hand back behind her and landed a sharp smack on her backside.

“Bobby? Rob? Rab?”

Three more smacks. “No.”

“Do you have a middle name?” she asked.

“My middle names are Ernest Stephen Louis. You are not permitted to call me any of those.”

“What about just plain Westbrook? Can I at least drop the honorifics?” Cass asked, moving her hand to shield her bottom.

Robert removed her hands but did not deliver any more spanks. “Hmm. That might be acceptable,” he said.

“Or Brook?”


“Short for Westbrook.”

Another smack. “No.”

“So I suppose West wouldn’t be acceptable either?” she said.

“Actually, I rather like that. You can call me West. Unless you’re in trouble, in which case you will refer to me as ‘My Lord’.”

“Am I in trouble now?” she asked.

Robert rolled Cass onto her front and sat astride her. He delivered half a dozen more smacks. “No, you’re not in trouble now.”

She turned her head to look at him. She was pouting. It was adorable. “And yet I still get spanked?” she said.

“Call this a spanking?” Robert said. “This is barely anything. Believe me, if you deserve it, you will get far worse than this. Bad girls get much harsher spankings.”

“So, I’m a good girl am I, West?”

“Oh, yes,” he breathed.

“And what do good girls get?”

He pushed her up onto her knees, leveraging her legs apart with his knees. The top of her body pressed against the bed, her slightly reddened bottom was raised in the air and her moist sex was gloriously on display. He pushed his fingers into her glistening folds and gently rubbed her clitoris. “Good girls get whatever they want,” he said softly before entering her for the second time that night.

Here is the blurb for Lord Westbrook's Muse:
Lord Robert Westbrook’s life of responsibility and social obligations is turned on its head when he meets Cass, a beautiful and idiosyncratic woman at his mother’s garden party. Cass is a staunch supporter of women’s rights as well as an advocate of dress reform, rejecting the restrictive fashions of the nineteenth century.

In fact, Cass’s rebellion isn’t limited to her dress sense. She is also determined to experience the excitement and passion of a sexual liaison. Lord Westbrook, she has decided, is the very man she wants to seduce her. Meanwhile Lord Westbrook has determined that Cass requires some stern discipline.

The couple’s passionate and fiery romance breaks every rule of Victorian decency and kindles a love that neither Cass nor Robert were prepared for. However, when Cass’s secret past finally catches up with her, it seems that the couple’s happiness might be doomed forever.

Dying to buy Lord Westbrook's Muse right are some links for you to do so!

Do you want to chat with the incredible Etta is the link to her blog and her twitter name!
My Twitter: etta_stark

Thanks for stopping by Etta! It was a joy to have you!
Thank you!