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Where do stories come from? by Charmaine Gordon

Often I’ve been asked where do my stories come from and I have to laugh.There is an endless supply if you’re a watcher and a listener like I am. For instance, while grocery shopping at Shop Rite, two young women were in deep conversation almost blocking the aisle. One cried and complained about her boring marital sex life; the other consoled her with advice so graphic I moved my cart a bit closer. A story in the making. I dropped the stalk of celery and hurried home to my trusty computer.

Another time while waiting at the doctor’s office, I overheard a group of women gossiping about Poor Edna. My ears perked up. “Did you know Edna’s husband left her for another man?” Gasps and murmurs all around. I mad a note about Edna. Stories are everywhere. Just listen.

Best of all was the night I had a sleep-over with my granddaughter who asked for help on a first grade project that only I could answer the questions. “Grans, you’re the oldest member of the family and that’s what this is all about.”

A few days later this sparked the idea for Breaking New Ground, my latest release, a River’s Edge series book.



When the CEO of a major Construction Company claims a part of Celia Brown’s property, he has no idea what he’s up against. The elderly widow and her six year old granddaughter prepare for battle. River’s Edge, the town that believes in kindness to strangers, jumps into the fray. Add romance, kids,and pride to the mix; there are lessons to be learned in Breaking New Ground.

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**GIVEAWAY: I’m interested in learning what commenters feel about seniors and romance. As a senior and when I was a widow just dating, my kids were weird about the whole business. Leave a comment and for one special person, I’d be happy to send a copy of Breaking New Ground. Contest ends 4/05 at 11:59PM EDT.*



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I write books about women who Survive and Thrive, one foot in front of the other and move on. In five years I’ve written six novels, To Be Continued is optioned for a television movie,Starting Over, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission, Now What? The Catch and a few novellas and now a series of mature romance The Beginning. . .Not the End and the River’s Edge series.

I didn’t realize at the time when I was an actor that I was like a sponge soaking up everything about writing. Directors like Mike Nichols led the way in how to move actors around for best effect and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Billy Crystal brought an extra joy to my life. When my precious voice failed, I kissed the sweet time good by and began to write.

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Thanks to the gals at Literary Lagniappe for inviting me here today. I so appreciate your courtesy.


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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:


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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**Giveaway: Paperback copy of Spring Fever: Shifters in Love to a US winner. Ebook to an international winner. Comment to enter. Contest ends 3/29 at 11:59PM EDT**

Author Bio:

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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Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive an e-book copy of The Substitute.  Comment to enter. Contest ends 3/26 at 11:59PM EDT. 


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.




Book Blurb:
NoGlass Between Them (Sturdy Accountant series book #1)

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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