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Do Bear Shifters Sleep? by Kerry Adrienne

When I was asked to be a part of this box set, of course I jumped at the chance to be in the company of such amazing authors: Milly Taiden, Lia Davis, Andie Devaux, and Vella Day. I’d just finished writing a wolf shifter book for a shared world series with another publisher, and was looking forward to doing something a little different. I talked to Lia, who writes about all sorts of cool shifters (including dragons, oh yes!), and the topic of bear shifters came up. I’d just been to my family’s cabin in the North Carolina mountains and we’ve dealt with bears there, so my brain started working on the possibility of writing about bear shifter. I love the mountains and have wanted to write a story set there, so this seemed like a great plan.

As Lia (the expert on this subject) can attest, she got several frantic emails from me. Do bears do this? What about that? I’d read some bear shifteSpring Fever Cover vFinal 300dpir stories, but not many—so I wasn’t sure what was acceptable in the mythos. The more I pondered, the more confused I got. When I asked her if bear shifters hibernate, she laughed and said, “If you want them to.” At that point, I realized I was being ridiculous and was over-thinking the whole process. I knew my park ranger bear needed to hibernate—at least sleep a lot during the winter. He’d already told me, in no uncertain and a little bit grumpy, terms, that he was going to be sleeping. So, I finally relaxed and let my characters tell their story. Once I did that, the story flowed.

As any group of authors working together on a set will tell you, you have to work together, even though you are writing your own stories. One day, it came up that three of us were writing stories set in almost the same place! Great minds think alike! So I moved my story to different mountains—which ended up working better since I needed other things to be in place for the impending war. Amazing how things work out! Now, I have things set up for a follow-up story or two.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of this set—I’ve read the other stories and they are truly fun, and quite hot. The set will only be on sale for 99cents until one week after release on March 24, so get it while it’s cheap!

Thanks so much for reading!

Kerry Adrienne

Book Blurb:

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Thaw winter’s chill with FIVE brand new stories about SEXY, alpha male shifters with spring fever from FIVE of today’s hottest paranormal authors.

Waking the Bear by Kerry Adrienne: Overprotective bear shifter, Griff Martin, reluctantly rents his mountain cabin to an artist, Amy Francis. He quickly realizes the plucky artist is his mate. But danger is brewing in the forest, and Griff has to be ready to safeguard both his female and his den, at the risk of losing both.

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Kerry’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and many small animals, including a panther chameleon.

In addition to writing, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, guitarist, and editor. Her newest love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures together.

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Musical Score for “The Substitute” by Spencer Dryden

I love ball room dancing. Long ago in my single years some woman told me that dancing is foreplay. It’s true. There is an element of surrender in partner dancing that is like the best of sex. I have used dancing as a symbol of surrender in several of my stories.

In “The Substitute” my hero with an assumed identity of “Gary” is an accidental gigolo but as he and his client, Britta Sundstrum begin to connect emotionally, a romance blooms. It’s the dancing scene where this transition takes place and I use one of my favorite dancing/love songs, “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs as the background.

In the romance trope, we have to have HEA or HFN, but to me the most memorable taste in life is bittersweet. This song reminds me of a bitter/sweet moment about ‘the one who got away’. I’m very happily married to a woman who is my soulmate. But this song is about a woman I met before her that I let slip away.

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A substitute plumber’s world turns upside down when he discovers his buddy’s business is providing more than plumbing services to an exclusive female clientele.

A journeyman plumber breaks union rules, risking the loss of his career, and assumes a false identity to substitute for an injured friend who owns a non-union plumbing shop. When “Gary” arrives on the job, he is stunned to discover that the client is expecting sex and not plumbing services. It’s the beginning of a day of surprises.

Motivated by his obligation to a friend and seduced by the allure of the client, “Gary” has some of the best sex of his life. He is at peace until he overhears the client making an immediate referral to a friend. Torn between conscience and friendship, he accepts the referral.

His day turns again as Britta initially spurns his services, much to “Gary’s” relief, then asks him to do some plumbing work. While he is working, Britta slowly drops her hostile manner, sharing more of her personal story. “Gary” finds himself longing for a deeper connection, but has to dispel Britta’s feelings of inadequacy and deal with his hidden identity.

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Does a cover make all the difference? by Eva Lefoy

I have a confession to make. I look at books based on the cover first. Yep, I’m a sucker for a nice sexy body or a steamy scene that makes me say, whoa, I’ve got to know more! Heh. So to me, a cover is important, first and foremost. But… it’s not the only thing I look at in my buying decisions.

Secondly, I read the blurb. If the blurb matches the images on the cover and promises a good story, I often will buy the book – or, download the sample if I’m still not sure. If I read the sample and love it, I immediately hit the buy button!

This is how book buying is supposed to work! It’s what we’re all used to. In the old days, we’d go to the book store, browse a section and pick up an interesting looking book. Then, we’d study the cover before flipping it over to read the back cover blurb. If it sounded intriguing, we’d ruffle the pages and skim a bit here and there, see if anything caught our eye. Then, purchase in hand, we’d make our way to the counter.

Our buying decisions may have a taken a little bit longer than hitting the “buy button,” but it still works on the same principals. Cover. Blurb. Excerpt.

In the old days, the cover came directly from the book publisher. These days though, it can come from literally anywhere. Covers can be publisher-made, self-made, purchased from a third party, re-used, tweaked or even 3D. We are so all over the place with the new shiny aspects of covers that sometimes, it’s good to stop for a minute and take a breather. Inhale. Exhale, and look.

 

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What I saw when I looked was this: the original cover for No Glass Between Them, a lesbian erotica story, had to go. Yes, I’d hobbled it together myself and with the help of friends. It had freshness and suited the story well, but … it was just lacking …something. It needed more …panache. In the interest of attracting more readers and urging them to take step #2 and read the blurb, I decided to get a new cover.

 

I shopped and I browed and I looked and of course, I’m always a day late buying a cover. Oh, yeah. It’s always “it just sold, sorry,” that I hear. I hesitate too long – I’m a Libra!! – and then the perfect one is gone. *sobs* Happens ALL THE TIME. But this time, I had a backup in the form of one super good graphic artist who helped make the new cover possible. Here it is:

 

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Isn’t it delish? So much better than the old one, I think. And yes, the story IS about a stripper! This new cover fits the story and looks a bit more professional, yes? Do you agree? It is more pleasing to the eye, and would entice buyers to linger longer, no? But wait. There’s more.

 

After getting this hot new cover, I decided to go one more step. To make the story just as great as the cover. Keep in mind I first published the book in 2013, which meant I likely wrote it in 2012. It’s now 2015. My writing has changed. I’ve learned and grown (at least I like to THINK that’s the case! LOL). It was time to add the missing pieces to make the full buying experience better all the way around.

 

So that in the end…it’s not just about the cover after all!

 

Look for the new cover and book to hit virtual stores the end of March.

 

Eva

 

Book Blurb:
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Alyce visits Club Paradise every Friday night and watches her dream woman dance. The dark-haired beauty Contessa fuels her fantasies, but Alyce knows they’ll never meet in person. When a mysterious note requests her presence at a hotel, she’s shocked to find she’s come face-to-face with Contessa. With the glass between them no more, will Alyce give in to the temptation to make her dream a reality?

Warning: Contains *hot* butch-on-femme lovin’ and some smexy stripper dancing, may fog mirrors.

***Giveaway: I will make you a brand new copy of No Glass Between Them in any file format you’d like. Be the first – the only one – in the universe to have it! Comment to enter. Contest ends 3/22 at 11:59PM EDT. ***

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It’s Still Tomorrow by Larion Wills

Ever read a book you liked so well, it started you on one of your own? That’s what happened to me with It’s Still Tomorrow. I so enjoyed the witches, the light humor, the romance, and the mystery combination I created my own witch, reluctant though she was, gave her a man to droll over, tease, and fall in love with, but I couldn’t make it too easy for her. Enter the villain. It’s Still Tomorrow turned out to be one of my favorite books. I giggled, caught my breath, sighed in relief, and got close to tears while working on it and fell in love with the characters. I chose a familiar setting, where I live, the high desert in Arizona. Throw in a cat and a dog, another witch or two, and you can’t help but have fun.

Would you call the book I read inspiration or influence? I say influence. Every book I read influences me in some way, good writing or bad. Bad, of course, is don’t do it that way. Good, not to copy their style, but to study and incorporate positive technique. Many popular writers, Stephen King for example, will tell you one thing, if you want to write, read. He says read everything whether it’s something you like to read it or not, boxes, newspapers, even cereal boxes. Why? If you read it and it’s confusing or annoying then you will know not to write like that. Other advice from popular writers is if you want to be an author, write. Don’t decide you’re going to sit down and turn out a complete novel first try that’s going to be accepted and sell millions. Few of us ever sell millions compared to how many there are. Only a small percentage ever make any money at it either. Neither of which keep any of us from writing, writing, writing.

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After the article in a cheap tabloid called her a black witch, blamed her for everything from one neighbor’s hangnail to another’s cancer, her apartment was firebombed, and her cat shot, Sarah fled. No home, no job, and very little money left her no choice but to accept the unfinished house she’d inherited. She soon found herself with a contractor, already paid to finish the house, long legged, blue eyed, and capable of waking every desire she’d never known she had. Dem was also the only one who didn’t think she was a neurotic, imagining a nightly prowler, putting himself in harm’s way as her self-appointed protector. When his life is threatened by escalating attacks, her enemy learns that not all written about Sarah was false. You should let sleeping witches lay.

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Author Bio:

Larion Wills, a multi-genre author, also writes under the name of Larriane Wills. From contemporary, some paranormal, to science fiction to historical western romances she holds up to her tag of ‘two names, one author, thousands of stories.’

Born in Oklahoma, but raised in Arizona she feels a native to the state and has settled in the high desert country. In a quiet, rural area with a family who tolerates her writer’s single-mindedness, she presents us with a collection of contemporary romances while still producing unique westerns and science fiction, all with strong characterizations and suspenseful plots, capable of dragging you into a story in a genre you thought you didn’t care for. At her website, http://www.larriane.com/ you can keep abreast of releases under both pen names, keep up with new releases through various publishers and self-pubbed and she invites you to contact her at: larriane@larriane.com

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