Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Welcome to Serpent's Kiss by Sherri Hayes

From Goodreads:

After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize. 

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

Genre: BDSM Erotica
Series: Serpent's Kiss
Length: 40 pages
Price on Amazon: $0.99

R.E. Hargrave's Review
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Liking the premise of the Welcome to Serpent’s Kiss summary, I signed up for an ARC without realizing it would be so short. I’m personally not a fan of the latest trend of .5 style books that are flooding the market and feel like they are a way to make a fast buck. While well-crafted, this first installment is nothing more than a prologue, and could’ve easily waited for the full book instead of being launched as a solo release.

That being said, I am intrigued as to what is going to happen within the walls of Serpent’s Kiss, a BDSM club owned and operated by Katrina Mayer, a Domme. I think I can safely guess that Drew and Beth, characters who are alluded to but we don’t get to meet in this series opener, are going to end up together. What remains to be seen is what trials they’ll have to go through to get there, plus there are hints of several sub-plots which are poised to unfold as the series progresses.

Meant for mature readers due to explicit scenes of a sexual nature, I believe this is a series to watch if you enjoy BDSM themes, especially ones where the Lady wields the power.

*I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review by the author*

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An Interview With Elena M. Reyes

Elena M. Reyes is the author of the Marked and Ardor series, as well as the tantalizing Teasing Hands. Today, she's releasing a companion novella Taunting Lips. Today, she sat down with Lissa Bryan for a chat.

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Lissa: It’s awesome to see another fanfic author succeeding in the world of original fiction. What do you think the fandom taught you the most, as a writer?

Elena: To believe in myself.

The love and support the fandom provides its authors is astounding…it builds you up, and pushes you past the fear of rejection. They taught me that my voice was unique enough to stand out in the crowd, and be heard. It’s humbling and exciting to have people follow your work and believe you are “good” enough to share your ideas with those outside our tightknit community. It’s because of them that I pursued this career and I couldn’t be happier.

What was your first piece of erotic writing, and what made you decide to take the plunge into that type of storytelling?

My first fanfic story was the cherry popper so to speak. ;)

Basically, I wrote what I thought was sexy—attractive.  While I enjoy a good romance like most women out there, I hate the concept of fading to black. I’m an adult and open minded. Show me the passion—the raw animalistic need that the main couple feels when being in the heat of intimacy. It’s what I like and in turn, love to write.

You’re releasing Taunting Lips on the 10th of December. It’s an accompaniment to the novel Teasing Hands. What made you want to linger with these characters for another story?

It all came down to the fans and their need for more. When I began to write Teasing Hands, it was meant to be a stand-alone, and still is in a sense. What I didn’t take into account when I hit publish was how the public would feel about that decision. They asked for more. My editors, and even the woman now in charge of my PR, wanted more. How could I say no?

I love these characters and enjoyed every second of putting their love story together.

I might even revisit them at some point in the future if the need wasn’t fulfilled with this novella.

What is the most erotic scene you’ve ever written? 

The most erotic scene for me has to be the tattoo scene from Marking Him. It was the act of Talan putting his work on Maya, fulfilling his need to ink her with his mark. It was symbolic of their commitment and love. It was intense and sweet.

Marking Him Excerpt

“Bet my fucking life on it.” Talan groaned; his eyes zeroed in on my fingers parting my pussy lips. “There’s nothing sexier than watching you lose control. Back arched, eyes rolled into the back of your head … having your pussy walls locked down around my dick. It’s a beautiful pain.” 
“Then why aren’t you taking me—taking what’s yours?” 
“Because I have a goddamned appointment, who’s going to walk through that door and see you naked and waiting. Fuck.” His hands punched the door. “Get dressed, babe, please.”
“Baby, look around. Tell me if anything stands out.” Poor man, he hadn’t noticed the reality of this situation. 
“Other than my fantasy of you, naked and in my chair becoming a reality?” Talan smirked; his eyes roamed my body from head to toe. “No. Not a damn thing.”
Dear God, how much more obvious could this be? “You really are dense.”
“What the he—”
I interrupted him before he fucked up this evening. “What part of Merry Christmas didn’t you understand?”
Talan’s eyes brightened. He got it. “You mean?” I nodded and smiled. “Fuck yes.”
“How? Esther booked . . .” he trailed off. It wasn’t hard to understand. 
“I’ve wanted to do this for so long. Since that night you showed me my design all those months ago.” 
Talan’s eyes softened at this. “So you waited for Christmas?”
“It felt like the right time. Special.”
“Thank you.” He breathed and pushed himself off the door frame. It still wasn’t close enough. “Are you sure you want this? My mark?”
“More than anything.” Staring up into his eyes, I took a deep breath and continued. “Wearing your mark, a peace of your ownership, will be an honor. I love you.”
Like a magnet finding his polar opposite, he launched himself at me. His arms grabbed onto my waist and pulled me toward the very edge of his chair. The file which had been placed at the end of his chair, fell to the floor, and scattered around his feet.
He hovered over me, caging me in, making me feel small and safe.
“Your beauty leaves me breathless.” Talan moaned. My legs wrapped around his waist and held him against me. Hard cock to needy pussy. “No one will ever love you harder than me. So complete, and with every fiber of what makes him a man. You doing this, for me … no fucking words could describe what I feel. Thank you.”
“I was meant to be yours; it’s only fitting that I bear your imprint. Love you.” His hungry lips were on mine the moment the last syllable left my lips. It was rough, passionate. His tongue sought out mine, entwined with it, and savored my taste. 

What do you think is the greatest challenge an erotica writer faces and how do you try to meet that challenge?

Standing out in this genre is difficult. There are so many talented authors out there at the moment…it’s hard to find your niche and stand out in the crowd.  It’s exciting and hard, but the erotic community is ever growing. Pushing the boundaries. I love the honesty and desire for more the consumers demand for on a daily basis. There are very little limitations on what’s appropriate, so the skies the limit with what we can do.

To be completely honest with you, there is nothing I do to battle the competition. I’m me. Simple and honest and write what I know and love. I’m blessed to have a small fan base that supports me and enjoys my work.

What’s the next project you want to tackle?

Finishing the Marked Series.

There are two more books in this series and a spin-off with my villain as its main focus. To me, Janice is special, and I want her to see past Talan. My biggest wish for her is to find love and some redemption.

What do you think is the most erotic piece of music you’ve ever heard?

For me it changes constantly. At the moment I am really digging:

 Take Me To Church by Hozier and Aminals by Maroone 5. They are on repeat while I write. The lyrics to both invoke such raw and primal carnal needs. Emotions and desires are visible and it moves me. They create scenes in my head that have to be put to paper. :)

Who is your favorite character out of everything you’ve written?

Hands down, Maya from the Marked Series. She’s feisty and fun, but loves Talan with everything she is. Her attitude and personality traits are mine.  Everyone that knows me, and has read these books, has joked about how easily they can see me saying the things she does in conversation.

What inspires you? How does a scene begin in your mind?


 I take things from my everyday life and put it into what I write. A silly joke my husband made or a story a friend told me. Even what we watch on TV or where we live. It all helps to spark the creative juices which create the world my characters live in.

Last, but certainly not least… what’s the best part about being an erotica writer?

I think the best part of being any kind of writer is the reader’s response. A small message left on a social media outlet to tell you that your books made their day. A review explaining the emotions that ran through them as they devoured each line.  There is no bigger reward than the appreciation of the hours of blood, sweat, and sometimes tears you shed, while ignoring the outside world. That it was all worth it.

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Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would. As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned. Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn't until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

NEW RELEASE: Welcome to Serpent's Kiss by Sherri Hayes

Release Day Blitz December 4th

Welcome to Serpent's Kiss (Serpent's Kiss 0.5)

by Sherri Hayes

After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize.

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

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“If the authors intention were to wet the readers appetite enough to make them 'want' to continue with the series; she hit her mark.” ~ Donna J, Goodreads 

Author Bio

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn't good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.

At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.

Nearly eight years later, Sherri is the author of eight full-length novels, and two short stories. Writing has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. You can find a current list of all of Sherri’s books and sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.sherrihayesauthor.com

Coming Soon

Burning For Her Kiss (Serpent's Kiss #1)

Beth Davenport has no interest in getting involved with another man for the foreseeable future. To say her last relationship ended in disaster would be a colossal understatement. The only reason she agrees to put in an appearance at Serpent’s Kiss, a private kink club in downtown St. Louis, is because her best friend, Nicole, won’t quit nagging her. When she walks in the door that night, the last thing she expects to do is meet a man who will have her reconsidering her ban on men.

As a captain with the St. Louis Fire Department, Drew Parker is used to being in charge. His crew relies on him to make sure they know what they’re doing and return home to their families after every shift. It isn’t, however, what he wants in a relationship. Drew decides to join Serpent’s Kiss to see if what appeals to him in fantasy is something he wants to explore in the real world. He’s also hoping that he’ll be lucky enough to meet a woman with whom he can explore his desires. The night Beth walks into the club, he is intrigued. Drew has to get to know her better.

After what happened to her, Beth is reluctant to get involved with Drew. It doesn’t matter that he is sweet and charming. She’s been burned before and Beth doesn’t think she can survive having her heart crushed again. Drew, however, won’t take no for an answer. He wants a relationship and is determined to chip away at her defenses until she relents. Will she give him a chance, or did her ex leave her with scars too deep to heal?

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NEW RELEASE: Forbidden Awakenings by Lisa Bilbrey

Forbidden Awakenings
Book One in the Awakenings Series 

By Lisa Bilbrey



Elle Reid and Sadie Williams are best friends, turned lovers. Always considering themselves to be friends with benefits, they opt to let loose and celebrate after landing a high-profile project with the best architecture firm in San Francisco.

Callum Davis and Derek Flores have been the best friends since they met freshman year. While they've admitted their attraction to each other, neither have the courage to act on their feelings, both fearful of losing their friendship. At least, not until they meet Elle and Sadie at Club Venom.

Elle, Sadie, Callum, and Derek embark on a life-changing journey that defies what society tells them is normal. But when you find yourselves in love with multiple partners, how do you choose? And what will happen when their families find out about their unconventional relationship? Is their forbidden awakening worth unraveling the secrets they've been keeping?


“And when you moved to L.A., did you find what you needed there?”
Nodding, he said, “A part of it. I was terrified to leave home, but when I met Callum, got to know him, I found someone I knew I could count on. Callum’s my best friend, Elle. I’ve cared about him for a long time.”
“Are you in love him?” Elle questioned. Derek opened his mouth to reply, but clamped his lips together before he could utter a sound. “You are, aren’t you? You’re in love with him.”
“I don’t know,” he admitted, sliding his hand onto her hip. “I don’t know what I feel right now. He’s everything I never knew he could be. In my family, men aren’t supposed to love each other like this, Elle. They’re not supposed to want to kiss them, to make love to them, but I do want to kiss Callum and make love to him. I just . . . I just want him.”
“Hey, you don’t have to explain that to me,” she groused. “My parents would disown me if they knew anything about you, Callum, and Sadie. I learned a long time ago not to expect their approval, Derek. And not just because of my attraction to Sadie, either. They made it clear that I wasn’t the daughter they wanted me to be, but I’m okay with that because I’m happy with who I am. I have Sadie, and you and Callum now. My sister and her fiancé love me, support me, and I’m all right, ya know?”
“You know I care about you, Elle, don’t you?” His tone was almost pleading. “You and Sadie — you’re not just a causal fuck for me or Callum. It’s important that you know that you’re both important to us.”
“Of course I do,” she murmured, trying to keep her emotions from betraying her. “I care about you, too, Derek. So much that it scares me.”
“What scares you?” he whispered.
Elle’s eyes closed, and she took a ragged breath. “I don’t want to lose you. The thought of not having you in my life makes my heart ache.”
“Look at me,” he ordered and her eyes opened in a heartbeat. “We are not leaving you, at least not unless you want us to. Do you understand that? Callum and I will never pressure you to give us more than you feel comfortable with.”
All Elle could do as tears filled her eyes was nod. The warm drops sprinkled against her cheeks.
“Don’t cry, beautiful,” he cooed, leaning forward and brushing his lips across hers.
“Then don’t be so fucking sweet,” she whimpered, smiling through the cascade of tears. “I trust you, Derek. You, Callum, and Sadie — you’re everything I never thought I deserved.”
With a kick of his foot, Derek sent their dishes crashing to the floor before closing the small space between bodies and reminding Elle how much he wanted her.

Obsessive, compulsive, slightly crazed, but enough about her personality. First and foremost, Lisa Bilbrey is a mom to three and a wife to one. She loves to write, and spends the majority of everyday writing. It's who she is, and what she's meant to be doing. Words are her life, the air she breathes, and the nutrients of her soul. Finding a love in the written word, Lisa Bilbrey started writing as a way to express herself and let her voice be heard. From the first word she wrote, she'd found her heart and soul.

Always willing to learn, she's spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller.