Friday, November 22, 2013

Fiery Friday (Author Spotlight: Kahlen Aymes)

Interview with Kahlen Aymes

Q: How long have you been writing erotica and what got you started?

I've been writing sexy romance since May of 2009.  I think I started writing sexy because most books weren't so steamy in general, and it seemed that women wanted more heat in books.  It turns out, they do.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration? 

I use music for inspiration a  lot, but mostly, I spend hours walking, thinking up my plots.

Q: Which of your characters would you most likely see yourself dating? Why?

Well, so far, I only have Ryan Matthews.  Alex Avery is written in two books, yet to publish and it's tough to choose!  They are both HOT!  I feel a menage coming on!

Q: If your books were made into movies, which actors/actresses do you see playing your main characters?

Hmmm.. again tough.  Most readers put Jensen Ackles in as Ryan on my Facebook Fan pages.  Alex... he's darker.  It would depend on who was the right age at the time.

Q: What's next for you? Any new releases coming up that we should know about?

After Dark is the next trilogy.  I have two books finished.  The first will publish as soon as I can.

In October, a book called Stories for Amanda (an anthology with 15 other writers) is publishing to benefit the Amanda Todd Legacy Society. ( 100% of the proceeds will go to help the fight against bullying.  I'm super excited about it!  Some are doing stand alone short stories and some, like myself, have missing scenes from our series.  I hope everyone will support it.  

Q: Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you or your writing?

Well....   I love to write more than anything.  Sometimes I think it's a sickness because I just can't stop.  I love my readers more than I can say!!   They are the true inspiration.


Thanks for chatting with us, Kahlen!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Works Wednesday (Author Spotlight: Kahlen Aymes)

A sexy excerpt from A Love Like This
by Kahlen Aymes

Ryan pulled out abruptly and moved to the edge of the bed, leaving my arms empty, my body bereft, and my heart breaking for both of us. I was still quaking with the aftershocks of my climax, and the air around me felt arctic at his absence. I rolled nearer, my eyes searching for his face, needing to read his expression, but his back was to me, his head dropped into his hands, his elbows on his knees. His body shook violently with the force of his pain, and I could almost smell his tears mixed in with the scent of our sex and his cologne. His quiet sobs were left alone in the silence; sorrow flowing and thundering around me like a violent storm.
He hadn’t let himself come. This wasn’t about sex. It was about love.
Nothing had changed the love; sometimes suffocating, sometimes debilitating, sometimes so joyous and incredible, but always overwhelming and utterly amazing. The mad, mad love remained, maybe stronger and more than it had ever been. Always growing, no matter what we faced. It had always been unconditional, and nothing could ever change it. Not in this lifetime or a thousand more. No matter how much we hurt each other, the love was still strong enough to make us invincible, or kill us both.
Crawling up behind him, I wordlessly slid my arms around his waist, one hand reaching out to wrap around one of his forearms. He didn’t resist or pull from me, but his body was ridged. Tears spilled from my eyes as I tried to find a way to take away the pain I myself had caused. More than anything, I needed to heal the abyss between us, but I felt more helpless than I’d ever been.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Meeting Monday: Author Spotlight with Kahlen Aymes (Week of 11/18)

Meet Kahlen Aymes

Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving and angst filled contemporary romance.
Her bestselling series, The Remembrance Trilogy: (The Future of Our Past, Don’t Forget to Remember Me & A Love Like This) will have you laughing, crying, yelling at your Kindle and jumping up and down screaming “Ryan is Mine!”
Kahlen and her daughter, Olivia, reside with three spoiled-rotten dogs, Gem, Riley and Sophie near Omaha, Nebraska. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater... But the love of her life is writing! She has a snarky sense of humor and a BSBA in Business Administration and Marketing.
Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency. 353 Lexington Avenue • New York, NY 10016
Discover her books...

The Remembrance Trilogy

The Future of Our Past (The Remembrance Trilogy #1)

Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle, unwilling to risk their incredible friendship, but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of Ryan’s departure to Harvard Medical School and Julia’s for her new job on the opposite coast, they are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings and find themselves enthralled in a passion like neither has ever known. 

The lovers are faced with forced separation, great distances and others who try to sabotage their relationship as both of them work to build the shared future they both dream of. When their lives begin to finally gel, Julia is offered a promotion that will jettison her career to new heights. Ryan is left angry and bereft as it will only postpone their reunion yet again. In light of the sacrifices she has made for him, he can hardly deny her, and Julia is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. Will she choose the chance of a lifetime or the love of her life? 

The Future of Our Past is the first book in The Remembrance Trilogy, a transcendent love story about the type of powerful and passionate connection we all dream of.

Don't Forget to Remember Me (The Remembrance Trilogy #2)

Ryan Matthews has everything he ever wanted. Close to graduation from Harvard Medical School and on the verge of marrying his gorgeous and accomplished girlfriend, Julia Abbott, his dreams are about to come true.

Julia is on the fast track as a fashion editor for a big New York magazine. Ryan plans to join her there to complete his residency at a major trauma center and all of their sacrifice is finally at it's end.

When tragedy strikes, their relationship is hurled into turmoil that leaves Ryan devastated as sorrow drives him to keep his distance, while Julia reaches out to find him again.

The second book of The Remembrance Trilogy follows Ryan and Julia's quest to rebuild their stunning past; an incredibly beautiful and heart-breaking romance, full of passion, intensity and truly immeasurable love. You'll be left spellbound, breathless and aching for more...

A Love Like This (The Remembrance Trilogy #3)

Settled in New York City, Ryan and Julia Matthews seek to enjoy their idyllic newlywed life together. Julia’s high-profile job at Vogue and Ryan’s promising career in medicine will surely set them up for everything they could ever want. Their only obstacle seems to be finding enough time to spend together.

When a scuffle at Ryan’s hospital puts his life in danger, a colleague steps in to save him but is critically injured in the process. In a heroic and unwavering effort, Ryan manages to save her life, but her injuries irrevocably change her future forever.

What happens next will push Ryan beyond human endurance, when he is forced to decide how much he will pay for his new friendship and Julia, what she is willing to sacrifice in order to spare herself the unspeakable pain of watching someone else try to replace her in Ryan’s heart.

Join Ryan and Julia in the heart-wrenching conclusion to the unforgettable story of an incredible love, worth every single sacrifice…

For there is nothing more sacred than… A Love Like This…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Interview with Author Sherri Hayes

Note: This interview was originally posted on Under the Covers Book Blog on July 27, 2012 as part of the Need (Finding Anna, Book 2) blog tour.

What can we expect from Need, the second book in your Finding Anna Series?

In Need, Brianna is confronted with the reality that she’s not a slave anymore, that she’s free. She has to figure out, not just what that means for her, but for her and Stephan as well.

What research did you need to do for your Finding Anna Series? What made you think of writing a book based in BDSM?

I had to do quite a bit of research for the series. Staring out, I knew next to nothing about BDSM. I’d read a few online stories, but that was about it. I started with online research, and then as I continued writing, I met some people in the lifestyle, and would run things by them when I needed to. There is one chapter in Need where I spent almost eight hours on Skype with a Master going over every detail to make sure the phrasing and positioning was right.

Reading Slave and Need was very emotional, did you find it the same when you were writing it? 

Yes, especially writing Brianna’s point of view. She makes me tear up often.

Brianna has survived a lot of trauma and has barely made it out intact, and seems very fragile. How did you know when to push her to do more with Stephan, without it looking like he is taking advantage? 

It had a lot to do with Brianna herself. Aside from the initial kissing, Brianna has been the one to push more, in my opinion, than Stephan. He may have initiated things, but he’s also always willing to stop, step back, and give her more time or whatever else she needs. I think his willingness to do just that has also helped in it not appearing that he’s taking advantage.

How many books are you planning in the Finding Anna series and have you got it all planned out? 

There are four books planned. I don’t outline my stories, however, I do have a rough plan in my head on what is going to happen in the next two books.

Will you ever be writing a book showing us Lily and Logan's story? 

Doubtful. I love Lily and Logan, but they’re story hasn’t called to me like Stephan and Brianna’s.

Can you tell us what your plans are for the Daniels Brother's Series?

I just finished writing the second book in that series, Red Zone. It’s with my editor right now, and I’m hoping it will be out the first part of next year. Red Zone is Chris’s youngest brother, Gage’s story. I had a blast writing it. Gage stole my heart completely, and Rebecca is perfect for him.

Give us a sneak peek into the day of an author! Do you have a set schedule to write, or do you write when inspiration strikes? 

My writing schedule varies depending on what else is going on with my life. I do, however, try to write at least one thousand words on most days, unless I’m editing, and then that takes priority.

Who are some of your favorite authors, and what books of theirs do you recommend we give a whirl?

I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series. Jamie Fraser has to be one of the best romantic hero’s ever written. With what said, Alexander from The Bronze Horseman Trilogy comes a close second in my opinion. I think both of these series are must-reads. I also happen to like Susan Andersen, but I prefer her earlier work. My favorite is Shadow Dance, which I believe was her debut novel.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beats for the Sheets: Sexy Song of the Month (November)

It's November. The air is cool, the days are short. At least that's how it is here in the Northeast. It's a perfect time of year to lay in bed, snuggled under a blanket with someone you love (or with a sexy book to read!).

As I was preparing this post, it made me think of a scene from my novel The Righteous and The Wicked, which will be released in May. I thought I'd share it with you:

"Emma awakes, caged in Eric’s arms. They tether her in place, and she doesn't object to the sensation. Sighing with contentment, she snuggles deeper beneath the blankets with him, but then a horrible reality makes itself known.
It’s Monday.
She rolls over to face him, and his lips touch hers, though his eyes remain unopened. Emma giggles at his zealousness. The first thought Eric has is a wish to wake up to that sound from this day on. He squints at the clock, and then flops his head back down on the pillow, knowing Emma will have to leave.
“You should quit your job.” He yawns.
Emma gets up from the downy bed, leaving her place beside the remarkable, and gorgeous, half-naked man. She pulls his T-shirt off her body and tosses it at him. He holds it to his nose, breathing in her lingering perfume.
“And do what? Become your personal sex slave?” She teases.
“Yes. That is exactly what you should do. It’s your calling in life.” He teases her back, but then becomes serious. “You should call in sick. Stay with me, Emma.”
The way he speaks to her is so tempting. The way it sounds when he says her name . . . it’s like she’s never heard it spoken before, by anyone, until now. After several attempts at saying good-bye, she dresses and makes her way home through the blanket of the morning mist."

The song I've chosen for the month of November is "Sweet Avenue" by Jets to Brazil. This song is slow and sweet and the lyrics reflect the gratitude that comes when you have finally found the person who completes you. The person who brings out the best version of you. Everything shines brighter and everything is possible. 
So snuggle up with the one you love, or a great erotic novel, and give this song a listen. 

"Sweet Avenue" Lyrics:
tasting you in rain I walk down to the train
try not to look down
this day could some day be an anniversary
everything is light and sound
facing forwards going slowly wait for you to show me
where this train wants to go
living by the hour I stop for every flower
everything is soft and slow
now all these tastes improve through the view that comes with you
like they handed me my life
for the first time it felt right
thank you for making me see there's a life in me
it was dying to get out
holding you we make two spoons beneath an April moon
everything is soft and sweet
this cigarette it could seduce
a nation with its smoke
crawling down my tired throat
scratches part of me that's purring
softly stirring
I'm a captain of industry smoking famously
feet up on the windowsill
looking at all these trees I feel affinity with
everything so soft and still
budding at my fingertips
touching you I start to bloom
alive with trains and passing ships
soft and sweet along your lips now
I go "oh wow"
thank you for taking me from my monastery
I was dying to get out
with tears of gratitude
I like my latitude
cross town train to you
now all these tastes improve
through the view that comes with you
like they handed me my life for the first time it felt worth it
like I deserved it.

Sweet, right? Do you have a song you think deserves to featured as sexy song of the month? Leave a comment!

*Song and lyrics property of Jets to Brazil
*excerpt from The Righteous and The Wicked property of April Emerson (c) 2012.