Friday, February 27, 2009

Going Squiddy

Need a new name for Ms. Pinkie? Check out our Quiminology lens on Squidoo. Meditations on names for “down there”—with pictures! Let us know what you think.

New Releases

New reads just in time to heat up your weekend, from suspense to paranormal, all with Ellora’s Cave’s trademark blend of erotic romance. Don't forget we now also have free reads available for immediate download!

Hard Candy by Amy Ruttan
A golden ticket to a hedonistic club, that's the marketing idea Lenore Byrne offers her newest client Pallator Sinclair as a way to promote his Innocent Pleasures Candy Company. Candy that is for adults only. Landing this account will make her career and it doesn't hurt that her client is damn sexy.
Line: Moderne (contemporary)
ISBN: 9781419919862
When Lily Brown receives a visit from her foster brother, aspiring actor Mikey, she has a feeling that her peaceful life in Iowa is about to be turned upside down. She's right. Mikey slept with one of Hollywood's leading men, Houston Bowers, secretly filming the rendezvous. Now he plans to blackmail the actor.After Mikey runs, leaving a reluctant Lily holding the evidence, it doesn't take long before gun-toting men trash her home and threaten her life. Terrified, Lily seeks refuge with her sexy neighbor, Roberto Gutierrez.
Line: Breathless (romantic suspense)
ISBN: 9781419919589
Sam's ordinary life changes when he rescues aspiring African American actress Krystal after she is dumped by her boyfriend in the middle of Hollywood without a place to live. He allows her to stay with him and their mutual attraction is hot and instantaneous. They have nothing in common as far as bleached-blond computer geek Sam can tell, and he can't imagine what she would see in someone like him.
Line: Moderne (contemporary) Interracial elements
ISBN: 9781419918452
Middlemarch Mates, Book Seven.
Lion shifter Leticia Huntingdon has FIV, the feline version of AIDS. For months she's been in remission, treated by Gavin Finley, the Middlemarch feline doctor. Now the disease has returned. Her feelings for Gavin can't go anywhere because of the FIV, so it shouldn't hurt when Gavin turns to Charlie, the new male cop.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) Menage, M/M, Shapeshifter elements
ISBN: 9781419920196

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Releases

Ellora's Cave brightens Hump Day with four sexy new ebook releases every Wednesday! This week, meet a lonesome vampire, a reluctant shapeshifter, a gay trucker and a horny candymaker.

Being a vampire sucks. Just ask Cori Lewis. The "Change" didn't change her enough. She's still shy, quiet and she never feels as though she belongs anywhere. Not even with the people who took her in after the vampire attack that left her near death. But other things have changed a lot. Cori needs sex—now! She goes in search of a one-night stand—hot sex with an anonymous man in a dark alley—and her life changes yet again. He's a connection to the past she thought was lost and he's everything she's ever dreamed. But when he finds out who she is, he might never be able to forgive her.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) Vampire theme
ISBN: 9781419920660

Natalie Semenova has everything she wants. Except her younger sister's college tuition is past due and Nat can't even begin to remember the last time she had sex. When two large orders are placed in her candy shop, everything starts to look up. Until a horrible mix-up involving chocolate penises brings Nat's ex-lover to her door. Dane Falken knows he has to make up for the biggest mistake of his life to win Natalie back, but all she's interested in is the orgasms he gives her. When two people determined to get what they want end up in bed together, what happens is sweeter than candy.
Line: Moderne (contemporary)
ISBN: 9781419919855

Chuck rolls his rig across the no-longer-United States, from Montana to Arkansas. He expects a fast run with no complications. What he doesn't expect is Seven, a pretty blue-eyed drifter who turns not only his head but makes his blood boil. His gayness tattooed into his very skin, Seven needs Chuck's help to escape the very limited life the area now called Heartland forces upon him. And when the even more repressive Confederated States take an interest, Chuck and Seven are in for the ride of their lives.
Line: Aeon (futuristic/sci fi) M/M theme
ISBN: 9781419919473

Book 2 in the Altered States series
Dylan wakes from a blackout, horny as hell, naked and stuck in a cage. Adding to his frustration is the sight of sexy wildlife officer Haley holding a gun on him. He thinks Haley is crazy to insist the cage held a rescued wildcat. Haley wants to enjoy Dylan's hot body but must force him to accept the fact that he changes into a jaguarondi. Haley wants the passionate man, not the wildcat, and devises an erotic game to teach him to control the shifting. Hating to be submissive, Dylan knows he must trust Haley to train him to command the beast within.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) Shapeshifter theme
ISBN: 9781419919480

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tender Muffins for Tough Times

How to talk a failed investor off the ledge
By Hot Mama

When the going gets tough, the tough bake muffins. With humble ingredients, they’re inexpensive to make, and baked goods are the ultimate comfort food.

That’s why Hot Mama knew just what to do when the call came in that a certain real estate magnate was perched on a girder of the Skyway Bridge, contemplating an end to it all. Like everything else, the Florida real estate industry is in the toilet, and I knew it was just a matter of time before one of my poker buddies decided life was not worth living if he lost his Lexus.

I’m dreadfully afraid of heights, so there was no way I was going to climb up there to talk to him. And besides, what would I say? “Really, you’ll still be virile and attractive, even if you drive a Hyundai.” Who would believe that?

No, the only thing that might make a man want to live when he’s lost everything is the irresistible smell of something delicious. Fortunately, I just happened to be taking peach jam muffins out of the oven when I got the call. I put them in a basket, packed a thermos of tea, and headed for the bridge. Within minutes of my arrival, Bernie was sitting in my car, literally eating out of my hand. These muffins might not save your life, but they will make your troubles seem smaller if you share them with a friend.

Muffins to Live For
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup walnut oil
1/2 cup peach jam (marmalade works great too, or any flavor of jam)
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
Combine dry and wet ingredients separately, then mix together just until dry ingredients are moistened. Mixture will be a bit lumpy. Spoon into greased muffin tins or tins with cupcake papers. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until surface springs back under gentle pressure from a finger.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Faye's Secret

Author Faye Adamos, reveals an erotic secret men should know in her interview with Lady Jaided to promote her new release ROCK HARD

What do you wish men understood better about women’s sexuality?
That it takes time to fully arouse us and that our ability to be turned on is intimately connected to how we’re feeling about our partner at that moment. That’s pretty subtle, though, and there is one other very simple, straightforward thing men who want more and better sex should know. We have an erogenous zone that few men seem to fully appreciate and almost every woman I’ve spoken to agrees is hugely effective. It’s the back of our neck. Kissing, nibbling, even breathing on the back of a woman’s neck overrides nearly all of her faculties for critical judgment and seems to disconnect her ability to stay mad or say no. And if you bite her there at just the right moment with just the right pressure, instant orgasm. (I’m guessing it’s a vestige of the days when humans copulated with the male mounting from behind, like most other species. (I think that’s probably true of the G-spot too, since it’s really only stimulated by the penis in that position.) Lots of male animals seem to understand the neck thing instinctively. If you watch them “courting,” you’ll often see the male grasp the female by her scruff. Her immediate response is to arch her back, move her tail and give him full access. My minor in college was ethology. I’ve seen pretty much every animal on the planet do it, and understanding animal behavior has been at least as useful as my degrees in psychology.

Tell us about your recent Ellora’s Cave release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.
Most of ROCK HARD takes place in a world where everyone literally worships pussy, each of which they consider to be an altar of the Great Goddess Nila. The heroine of the book, Lana, thinks this place is a just figment of her overactive (horny) imagination. She’s a dreamer whose real life is boring but who has this vivid and exciting fantasy life. She’s dowdy and timid on the outside but in her imagination, she’s a strong, lusty warrior and adventurer who likes her men tough and her sex rough.

When Lana suddenly finds herself transported to the dangerous world of her imagination, it scares the hell out of her. She’s immediately abducted and carried off to Machland, a patriarchal nation most women fled generations ago because of its repression of females. Lana is to be a prize in The Games, a series of gladiator-like events in which sex-starved men, most of whom have never even seen a female, will fight to the death to win the right to mate with her. That’s when she realizes the only way to survive is to become the warrior she so often imagined herself to be.

Oddly enough, it is her abductor, not her friends, who helps Lana become the woman she needs to be. Tor, a high priest of the Church of Nila, who has trained for many years in sacred art of altar worship—and in the ways of selecting, abducting and preparing women for The Games. Of course he and Lana fall in love and have to overcome all sorts of obstacles to be together, not the least of which are their vast cultural differences, and the fact that he abducted her. This book answers once and for all the perennial question, can a timid earth girl find true love and happiness with a macho alpha male from a different world who considers her vulva holy and has spent his whole life learning ways to pleasure it?

I hope readers enjoy the humor, the adventure, the romance, the sensuality and the exuberant, imaginative sex in ROCK HARD. I hope they enjoy visiting a world where female pleasure is holy, and seeing Lana come into her power. Oh yeah, and I really hope they enjoy the three very handsome, very different alpha males who all play important roles in Lana’s life.

What is your favorite word and why?
Verve. It’s a fresh word that you don’t hear very often, and its meaning is close to my heart. It means vivaciousness of spirit, especially in creative pursuits. I strive for verve in everything I do. A close second is “underpants.” I don’t know why, but that word cracks me up every time I hear or read it.

Least favorite?
Bemused. It’s one of those words that doesn’t mean what most people think it does. Even writers often misuse it, and it drives me crazy when I see it in a book or article written by someone who obviously meant amused.

Besides your significant other, who would you make love with if you could pick anyone in the world, any time throughout history and why?
Bruce Springsteen or Albert Einstein. I’m a sucker for brains, and I’ve always had a thing for Einstein. He had very soulful eyes. I fell in love with Bruce when we were both much younger. Anyone who can dance like that has got to be a good lover.

If you could have one magical power, what would it be?
The ability to transport myself anywhere instantly. I love to travel but I hate long plane rides.

Batman or Iron Man?
Iron Man because I am totally in love with Robert Downy Jr. and Iron Man is smarter than Batman. Plus, that Batman head mask is dorky, though I do love his car.
Tuxedo or jeans?
Tuxedo. Every man looks good in one and it makes a man act like more of a gentleman.
Pickup truck or sports car?
Pickup truck. I’ve got stuff to haul!
Chocolate or flowers?
Flowers. Chocolate is fattening and flowers smell good and last longer.
Jewelry or lingerie?
Dick or cock?
Dick. It’s less macho and it gives you a nice double entendre.

What else should we know about you?
I love reading books that are so engaging and enjoyable I’m sad when they end and I miss the characters. I believe character is at the heart of all good stories and I work to create multi-dimensional ones who are believable and lovable despite, or sometimes because of their flaws and how they deal with them. I root out and destroy clichés to make my work fresh and engaging, and I try to tell a story in a way that you cannot stop reading because you have to know what happens next.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Releases

Aliens, candy magnates, Cubs fans and soldiers await your reading pleasure at Ellora's Cave right now.

Book 3 in the Alien Affairs series
Special Agent Drago's hatred of an alien species makes him the perfect man to infiltrate their slave colony and stop their alleged plans for escape. After undergoing conversion treatments to give him their characteristics, he infiltrates the colony as a crossbreed slave. He uses lust and friendship to earn the trust of two irresistibly sexy slaves, Tasia and Staff. With them, Drago experiences a physical and emotional connection he never dreamed possible. As love overcomes his hatred, his objective is no longer clear. He must decide whether or not he wants to fulfill his duty or sacrifice himself to secure freedom for his lovers.
Line: Aeon (futuristic/sci fi) with Menage, M/M themes
ISBN: 9781419920134
One blackmailed beauty and two delicious brothers in the candy biz equal one very sticky situation for all three. Reilly's Rockets executive assistant Sherry Martin is coerced into spying on the candy corporation's number one professional rival by a man from her former life and now Reilly's new VP of Marketing. She comes face to face with Ethan and Sterling Lancaster, the notorious and gorgeous Lollipop Kings. That's when Sherry discovers firsthand that there's more than one way to lick the competition.
Line: Moderne (contemporary)
ISBN: 9781419919459

For Kari Loftin life is all about control, in every aspect of it. But she realizes that at 42 she has managed to shut out every form of pleasure by keeping a tight rein on herself. With her beloved Cubs on a winning streak, she tosses away her control for one night and ventures into the world of Petey's Sports Bar. Little does she expect to meet a hot young stud like Riley Tucker, who shows her a side of herself she'd never dared to explore. One night together and Riley wants more. Much more. Getting past the age difference could be a stumbling block for Kari—although it doesn't seem to bother Riley at all.
Line: Sophisticate (older woman/younger man) with Light BDSM
ISBN: 9781419919619

Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Conlan, United States Navy Seabees, knows he's not in Kansas anymore when he steps off the launch at the small island of Ile Dorée and sees gorgeous Frenchman René Dubois waiting for him on the dock. The year is 1943, the place is the Pacific and the world is at war. Free from the censure of the military, Gabe has an explosive affair with René. But when the world intrudes, Gabe denies René and tries to forget the best sex of his life. Line: Spectrum (gay) 20th Century Historical, M/M
ISBN: 9781419921599

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Snapshot of Pam McKenna

Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.
PHOTO PLAY started with a simple premise, and I got totally carried away writing it.
Darla Carmody is bored with her fiancé and their lackluster sex life. Being the inexperienced, self-effacing person she is, she figures it must be her fault—she’s just not sexy enough. The solution? She’ll present her man with naughty lingerie photos of herself. She doesn’t count on the photographer, Konrad Drummond, being a too-sexy-for-words Dom with a taste for shy women who haven’t a clue about their own sensual appeal. What should have been a sedate, professional photo session turns into a BDSM sex-fest as Kon introduces Darla to the erotic pleasures of bondage, spanking and acts she never imagined consenting to. The all-seeing eye of his camera captures her complete sexual submission, making her feel more exposed, and more sexually alive, than she ever thought possible. Kon teaches Darla to embrace a part of herself she never knew existed, yet he refuses to acknowledge his feelings for her. Ultimately, PHOTO PLAY is about self-discovery, both sexual and emotional.
I love stories like this, which find their own energy and sweep you along for the ride.

What is your favorite word and why?
Cockalorum. How can you not love a word that means “self-important little man”?
Least favorite?
Promiscuous. How many times have you heard that word applied to a man? I rest my case.

Besides your significant other, who would you make love with if you could pick anyone in the world, any time throughout history and why?
This week? Daniel Craig. Ask me again next week.

What is the most seductive thing a man can do for you?
To make me feel beautiful when I know I’m a wreck.

If you could have one magical power, what would it be?
To time-travel into the future and the past.

What do you wish men understood better about women’s sexuality?
That they’ll never understand women’s sexuality. Embrace the mystery, fellas (but keep trying).

Batman or Iron Man?
See, now you’re asking me to choose between Robert Downey Jr. on the one hand and Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton on the other. I mean, Bob Jr. is cute and all, but please.
Tuxedo or jeans?
I’ll take George Clooney in the tuxedo and Daniel Craig in the jeans.
Pickup truck or sports car?
Hmm…a dinky two-seater vs. something with a “bed.” Tough choice.
Chocolate or flowers?
No contest. I never got an endorphin high from eating flowers. And God knows I’ve tried.
Jewelry or lingerie?
I’ll take one of those diamond bras from Victoria’s Secret. (Betcha never saw that one comin’!)
Dick or cock?
Sure, cock has more meanings, but dick is more linguistically versatile. As in “What a dick,” “Stop dicking around” and “Did you see the cock on that private dick?”

What else should we know about you?
I’ve written a bunch of romance novels under a different name, but my number-one passion is erotica. When it comes to five-alarm stories, I hold nothing back. The “squirm factor” is everything. I figure if I’m not squirming when I write it, my readers won’t be squirming when they read it, so it’s wild ride all around!

New Releases

Visit a world where women’s sexual pleasure is sacred, meet a violinist whose music is an aphrodisiac, watch a BDSM photo session, and taste a sweet candy sexual aid. All that and more in today’s new releases from Ellora’s Cave!

Rock Hard by Faye Adamos
Enter the sexually frustrated, nicotine-addicted, thoroughly boring world of Lab Tech Lana. Unless, like Lana, you find that place entirely too dull. Then enter her fantasy life instead, where she is flying-motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking, free-loving Warrior Lana, who patrols the skies fighting bad guys with her cohort and occasional booty call Rock Hardin. It's a corny name, but hey, it's her fantasy. And he lives up to his name.
When an argument with her obnoxious boss finally sends her over the edge, Lana keeps going—right out of this world, where she finds herself in a new dimension. Suddenly, Warrior Lana's world is the real world, a dimension where men and women really are from different worlds and women's sexual pleasure is a sacred duty for all. And she's about to meet red-hot Tor, who is determined to rock her world and love her hard.
Reader Advisory: This story contains a few scenes of light domination, plus one rather intense scene in which she wields the cane!
Line: Xanadu (fantasy)
ISBN: 9781419920622

Sex Symphony by Madison Blake
A magic violin that rules them all in lust.Chelsea is enthralled by the charismatic violinist Kyle Montgomery, and at the first pure notes that trilled into the night she is bombarded by a lust so powerful she loses her breath. She can no longer control her body and she hungers constantly for the hardness of a man's arms around her. To confound her further, she finds herself attracted to the equally compelling brilliant composer Grant Thornton—who dislikes her.Bound by the magic that flows from the violin, the three are inexorably drawn to one another to assuage their deepest needs. But when the notes fade away, who will be left to play the symphony?
Line: Spectrum (gay) Menage, M/M, Paranormal Elements
ISBN: 9781419921261
Sophia Maddox is not only living her dream, but her fantasies, creating edible Body Candy to aid in sexual fulfillment. Until a sexy detective knocks on her door and threatens to expose her secrets. Little does he know, Sophie will do anything to protect those secrets, even using him as a sexual guinea pig for her newest candy creation.Though not what he seems, Brody Burkett must investigate a murder, save his silent partner, and prevent his death. But add Sophie to the mix and his sweet tooth—and desire for her—can't be satiated, even with both of their lives in danger.
Line: Moderne (contemporary)
ISBN: 9781419919374
Shy Darla Carmody decides to jump-start her flaccid love life by presenting her fiancé with sexy photos of herself. She doesn't bargain on the photographer, Kon Drummond, being a hunky Dom determined to personally demonstrate what she's been missing. The photo session turns into a BDSM marathon as Kon introduces Darla to the erotic pleasures of bondage, spanking and complete sexual submission—all under the unforgiving lens of his camera. Never has Darla imagined herself on the receiving end of such treatment, or guessed the ecstasy it would bring.Kon has been burned by three expensive divorces and refuses to acknowledge his emotional connection to Darla. He taught her to embrace a part of herself she never knew existed. Will he let her return the favor?
Line: Taboo (BDSM)
ISBN: 9781419921353

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

CAPA Award Winners

Congratulations to EC authors Tilly Greene and Lauren Dane, winners of Romance Studio’s Cupid and Psyche Awards!
Lauren Dane won in the Paranormal Erotic Romance category for Fire and Rain, the love story of a werewolf and an artist with a secret past.

Tilly took the award in the BDSM category for Ride 'Em, a tale about a gentle soul and a reformed bad boy who find they have a lot in common after playing kinky games in the barn.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Something for Nothing (Really!)

What do a gargoyle, a cop, a shapeshifter and a lap dancer have in common? They’re all characters in Ellora’s Cave’s first ever free reads.

Who says you can't get something for nothing? Naughty Nooners are completely free sexy stories with no strings attached. Our gift to you. And this is just the start. We'll have more free reads soon. Just visit our fabulous new website and look on the left panel for the Free Reads link. The first freebies are Lap Dance by Sally Painter and Hot Moon Rising by Desiree Holt, which are now available for download.

Lap Dance is a fantasy featuring a gargoyle in human form who must have a woman accept his true form before sunrise to avoid being imprisoned in stone for another 20 years.

In Hot Moon Rising, a cop falls in love with a shapeshifter who makes his blood boil.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Vivacious Vivi

A Q&A With New Ellora's Cave Author Vivi Anna

What is the most seductive thing a man can do for you?
A full body massage with scented oils.

If you could have one magical power, what would it be?
The power to heal by touch.

What do you wish men understood better about women's sexuality?
That we have wicked fantasies. Ask us about them. We will tell you, and just maybe ask you to play them out.

Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.

My new release is called IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. It’s about a woman named Red (yes, that Red from Little Red Riding Hood). After witnessing her grannie’s murder, she becomes a hardened, bitter person with only revenge on her mind. Her whole purpose in life is to hunt down the Wolf and kill him. But when he rescues her and she starts to get to know him, she’s not so sure she wants him dead any longer.

What is your favorite word and why?
Vivacious. I love how it sounds in my mouth. My favorite letter in the alphabet is the V, for so many reasons.

Least favorite?
Snack. It sounds yucky and nasally.

Besides your significant other, who would you make love with if you could pick anyone in the world, any time throughout history and why?
Jensen Ackles. Um, hello? Have you not seen the show Supernatural?

Batman or Iron Man?
Batman, because he’s a tragic hero. He does what needs to be done not necessarily what others think should be done.
Tuxedo or jeans?
Tuxedo, because I like to dream about undressing him piece by piece, revealing the animal underneath the reserved attire.
Pickup truck or sports car?
Sports car. I’m all about style and comfort
Chocolate or flowers?
Chocolate. Flowers just die, but calories are forever.
Jewelry or lingerie?
Jewelry. But something simple and silver.
Dick or cock?

What else should we know about you?
That I love to hear from readers.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Paris is Burning

A Q&A with new Ellora's Cave author Paris Brandon

Batman or Iron Man?
Batman. He's got that whole dark, tortured hero thing going for him.
Tuxedo or jeans?
Tuxedo. A man who looks good in a tux looks good in anything.
Pickup truck or sports car?
Sports car. I have some very fond memories of a yellow MG.
Chocolate or flowers?
Bring me chocolate-covered candied orange peel and I just might follow you anywhere.
Jewelry or lingerie?
That's a tough one but I'm going with lingerie. I'm more likely to get a gift certificate to Victoria's Secret than I am the little diamond store on the corner.Dick or cock?Cock. Dick makes me think of locker room jokes and it's hard to type when I'm laughing.

Tell us about No Holds Barred and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.
When Raphaella Dotti catches a glimpse of younger man, Jake Truhorn, she's humming "happy birthday to me" before the handsome young artist starts flirting with her. It doesn't take long before he has her naked and breathless in his hotel room, where they spend the next 12 hours celebrating. Then she slips away while he sleeps but he tracks her down and charms her into a year of long-distance, Sunday morning phone conversations that pave the way to her agreeing to spend her next birthday with him, celebrating with a week of unbridled, no holds barred, anything goes sex.

What is your favorite word and why?
My favorite word is lyrical, because it's one of the few words that actually sound like their definition.

Least favorite?
Moisten. Let's just say that a word repeated too often can become irritating.

Besides your significant other, who would you make love with if you could pick anyone in the world, any time throughout history and why?
Nostradamus. Men talk in their sleep, and advance knowledge is always helpful.What is the most seductive thing a man can do for you? I've always thought that a foot massage is pure bliss.If you could have one magical power, what would it be?Multiplicity. If there were a Paris 2 and 3, they could be at the dentist and shopping while I work, without interruption, on my next book.

What do you wish men understood better about women's sexuality?
That getting there is half the fun!

What else should we know about you?
I have a serious addiction to Mahjong Titans. I play only when I've been working five hours or have stared at a blank page for 30 minutes. The concentration helps writer's block. At least that's what I tell myself.

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Releases

Happy Friday, dudes and dudettes! Bust out the silk sheets. Brand new hot reads to put some sizzle in your Valentine weekend:

Raphaella Dotti fights the urge to run when the sexy artist she can't forget tracks her down after a one-night stand to celebrate her 40th birthday. Charmed into a year of long-distance, Sunday morning calls, she agrees to celebrate her next birthday with him, exploring all her fantasies in a week of no-holds-barred, anything-goes sex.
Line: Sophisticate (older women, younger men)
ISBN: 9781419921285

Ex-prostitute and newbie vampire Amber thought she'd put her past behind her, but when her sire Marcus teaches her to feed her immortal needs, she once again must prey on men to survive. Marcus is ancient, powerful, unmated—a threat to his kind. His very existence is in peril. He has one last chance. Find his mate and bind her to him.
Line: Exotika (erotica) Vampire theme
ISBN: 9781419919961

A sexy werewolf spends six months planning a romantic proposal for his werejaguar mate. So, what does he do when the night before all his plans come to fruition, she suddenly proposes to him after a spicy tryst on the kitchen floor? He chokes, of course, and she runs off into the night.Get ready for a Valentine's spelling bee full of candy, fun and surprising twists, where everyone is a winner in the end.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) Shapeshifter and Valentine themes
ISBN: 9781419919466

Red, a hard-bodied, steel-hearted bounty hunter, cares about only one thing—killing the man who murdered her grandmother in front of her when she was only 12. But when she finds him, she discovers she might want to keep him alive after all. With his sexy body and punishing kisses, he pushes her beyond her physical and emotional limits to heights of passion she has never known.
Publisher Note: Contains scenes of ménage, light male/male and light female/female sexual exploration.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) Menage theme
ISBN: 9781419920431

Thursday, February 12, 2009

10 Ways to Beat the Valentine Blues

A guide to surviving Valentine’s Day—alone or with a lover
By Buffy the Valentine Slayer

Is there any holiday that sucks the blood out of a woman’s pride quicker than Valentine’s Day? Doesn’t matter if you’re single or attached. Doesn’t matter if you look like a Victoria’s Secret model and are perfectly happy with your partner or lack of one. One way or another, that chubby little winged bastard is gonna try to make you feel pathetic come Valentine’s Day.

If you’re single, your friends will look at you with pity and try not to brag about romantic dinners eaten and expensive baubles received. Coworkers will be patronizingly sympathetic and offer you a chocolate from their humongous red-velvet, heart-shaped box of candy. Maudlin ads and romantic television shows will tell you that everyone except for you is madly, passionately in love with a perfect lover who anticipates their every wish and grants it lavishly.

If you’re married or in a relationship, your friends will ask what your partner did for you and try not to purse their lips disapprovingly when you tell them you got a cheap stuffed animal or a half-dead, plastic-wrapped rose from the drugstore, and a burrito dinner at the neighborhood taco stand. When your coworkers hear about it, they’ll laugh out loud and make sure it gets on the office blog. Maudlin ads and romantic television shows will tell you that everyone except for you is madly, passionately in love with a perfect lover who anticipates their every wish and grants it lavishly.

Either way, you’re screwed. Oh, I know, lots of women out there are thinking, What’s she talking about? I get jewelry, a romantic dinner and 14 orgasms every Valentine’s Day. I’m happy for you, Gidget. I really am. You probably don’t need to read this unless you just want to feel superior and laugh at the rest of us—which can be fun—but I’m talking to the other 95 percent of women.

I say, slay that little bare-assed, heart-stomping Valentine vampire before he kills your self-respect. Here’s how:

Regardless of how many friends and lovers you may have, it’s important to be a good friend and lover to yourself. At no time is this more important than on Valentine’s Day. Like any good lover, you will need to plan in advance to please and delight that supremely gorgeous and fantastic creature that is you, wonderful you.

1. Ask yourself if there’s anything in particular you’ve been yearning for but refuse to buy because it’s too frivolous. An emerald bracelet? A silk robe or cashmere sweater? French perfume? Be as extravagant as you can afford to, but don’t put yourself in the poor house for your Valentine gift. Do make it something sensual and frivolous, though, even if it’s just a token bauble, like a new pair of earrings or a new CD.
2. Send flowers to yourself. Again, this could be a huge display of rare beauty or a single red rose. Sign the card something like, Happy Valentine’s Day from a secret admirer. You are an amazing woman! Don’t say anything, and don’t answer any questions. Just blush and shrug whenever anyone asks about it.
3. Buy some chocolate—again, anything from a bag of Hershey’s Kisses to a box of Belgium’s finest. Save some to take to work and give away after V-Day.
4. Get a sexy new piece of lingerie. A slip, a nightie or black lace undies, something that makes you feel good.
5. Buy something that makes your skin feel pampered: bath oil, lotion, a loofah.
6. Take yourself for a romantic walk in a beautiful place.
7. Treat yourself to take-out from your favorite restaurant or, if you love to cook, make your favorite dish. Don’t forget to have something special to drink. Doesn’t have to be alcohol, though I like a good bottle of wine when I’m wooing myself.
8. If you can afford it, get a masseuse to come to your house and give you a massage, or go to a salon and get a manicure and pedicure. Otherwise, take a luxurious bath and give yourself a pedicure.
9. Burn something, incense, a candle, a log in the fireplace, even an oil lamp or old love letters.
10. Whether you can afford it or not, get yourself a new sex toy — anything from a vibrator to an erotic book or DVD. No tearjerkers allowed. Only hot, happy stuff that doesn’t make you think too much.

I don’t think I need to tell you what to do from there. If you prepare properly, you’ll have a truly enjoyable Valentine’s Day, with or without a lover, and will awake the next day relaxed, refreshed, and satisfied.
And you’re safe from that cute little Valentine blood-sucker for another year.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Releases

The Thing About Cowboys by Ciana Stone
Book 2 in the Sexplorations series
Delilah Jackson. That's me. My business is making people look good in photos. My passion is writing sexy romances. Becoming the next notch on Cam McIntyre's belt isn't part of my plans, no matter how much he strains the gauge on my lust-o-meter. Cam doesn't make it easy to say no. Damn man's sexy as original sin. My best friend Fenny says maybe I should give him a chance. She could be right. I do have this thing about cowboys and Cam's one hell of a sexy Texan. I'd be willing to bet that he'd give a whole new meaning to the word "satisfaction". Maybe I should consider saddling up for a test ride.

Line: Moderne (contemporary)
ISBN: 9781419919541

Sex With Strangers by Evangeline Anderson
In order to pay off her uncle's gambling debt, Lissa is forced to perform for X-rated webcasts. Touching herself for an Internet audience is awful but what Lissa really fears is that the two men she's in love with will find out. Matters come to a head on Valentine's Day when Lissa is offered a deal—her uncle's debt will be paid in full if she will perform one time only for another website, Bound and Forced.
Line: Twilight (paranormal)
Themes: Valentine, Menage, M/M, Shapeshifter
ISBN: 9781419920868

Nick feels lost when he finds himself in a 21st century candy store. The last thing he knew, he was on a Civil War battlefield in 1863. Now he's surrounded by sweet confections, none sweeter than Megan, the woman standing in front of him.
Line: Twilight (paranormal)
ISBN: 9781419919350

As much as she craves submission behind closed doors, Dr. Kinzie Sanders is anything but submissive in public. Yet she is used to playing by Chance's rules. Forbidden to contact him during his mysterious absences, she must bide her time while running a village clinic in a brutally oppressed African country. She daydreams about the sexy Dom returning, to once more take absolute possession of her fevered flesh.
Line:Taboo (BDSM)
ISBN: 9781419921667

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Scarlett Video

Ellora's Cave author Belle Scarlett has won two awards for her book trailer to promote her new release, The Woodsman. The new Covey Awards named it The Most Artistic Trailer for December 2008 and Readers Entertainment Television named it Best Author-Made Book Video. Maybe her success has something to do with her other life as a Hollywood story analyst. To learn more about her and her books, check out her website.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Singles Seeking Singles

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means. Married folks and those in a relationship are shopping for cards, candy and maybe even jewelry while single people are thinking about finding love. According to Search Your Love online dating service, more than seven million Americans a year use dating services to find that special someone and 48% of men and 53% of women have used a dating service. An ezine article puts that figure much higher, at 40 million, but neither cited a reliable source for their figures, so who knows for sure?

Search Your Love also had some other equally non-sourced but interesting statistics about the use of dating services:
“…67% of U.S. single men and 86% of U.S. single women find that someone who smiles a lot is a bigger turn-on over someone who is physically attractive, but has no personality.”
“…48% of first dates end with a kiss.”
“When there is chemistry, 97% of men will call within 72 hours to arrange a second date.”
“…68% of men in the U.S. would not waste their time and wouldn't go on a second date if there was no chemistry the first date. … 56% of U.S. women would go on a second date and hope chemistry develops”

The ezine article, titled Top 10 Dating Statistics Everyone Should Know said 2% of men and 9% of women have found relationships in a bar and that on a first date, men decide in 15 minutes and women in an hour if they want a second date

Online Dating Magazine estimates that120,000 marriages per year result from meetings via online dating sites.

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Releases!

HappyFriday! Four new Ellora's Cave books released today to spice up your weekend.

Katie Snow is content worshipping her object of lust from afar. After all, Jack isn't merely a crush, he's also her boss. And office romances are trouble. When Katie accompanies Jack to a weeklong conference in Rio, she's sure she can control her libido—until she discovers her boss's dominant nature extends beyond the boardroom. What's a good submissive girl to do?
Line: Taboo (BDSM)
ISBN: 9781419920554

Daphne Charissa isn't a chubby little guy with wings and a quiver of arrows. But she does belong to the Cupid race—a race of devastatingly beautiful creatures who excel at helping others find love while remaining loveless themselves throughout their long lives.When Daphne falls in love with Bion Chronos, she launches the two of them into a direct confrontation with the Furies as they fight to protect their own love and win release from the curse of lovelessness for the whole Cupid race. The problem is, the Furies have no intention of letting them win, and the lovers can't seem to keep their hands off each other long enough to form a coherent plan.It's gonna be an interesting battle.
Line: Twilight (paranormal) Valentine
ISBN: 9781419919688

WindVerse, Book Eight
Ryden Bakari is the Emperor of Aduaidh Prime, the most powerful man in the megaverse. And he is putty in the hands of the woman he loves. Miriam Quillan lost everything to the intergalactic war that claimed her first husband's life. But in the arms of the Burgon, she will come alive and her body will ache for want of his. While this is a stand-alone story, for maximum reader enjoyment it is recommended the WindVerse books be read in order.
Line: Aeon (futuristic/sci fi) Shapesifter
ISBN: 9781419919305

Psychic Aries Mackenzie is having nightmares of dying at the hands of a serial killer who feeds his victims drug-laced chocolates. Aided by one of Atlanta's finest—tall, black and handsome Detective Trip Washington—Aries attempts to use her powerful intuition to solve the recent string of deaths.To activate her sixth sense, however, she has to put herself in the victim's shoes. Literally.
Line: Twilight (paranormal)
ISBN: 9781419918896

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Vagina Dentata: Pussy as Predator

Smart and dangerous, the vagina dentata is a sharklike predator, a killing and eating machine cruising for unsuspecting phallic prey. Latin for toothed vagina, this term refers to early folk tales about the dangers for men of sex with women. Intentional or not, the term is deeply gynophobic and misogynist, though it is oddly empowering. I suspect that if I were a woman alone at the mercy of rapacious males in a primitive culture, I would have promoted the idea that I had teeth in my vagina that could bite off any penis that entered without my consent.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Releases at Ellora's Cave

Wednesday is release day at The Cave! Here's info on new books from Cheryl Dragon, Rena Marks, Anh Leod and Shayla Kersten.

Can you go home again? Columbo Balbane still misses his ex, even though he's far away from her, transporting cargo around the solar system. He's still in love…and in lust.Teasy Rose never told Columbo she's a witch. In the ten months since their relationship ended, she's decided to stop living without magic. She's sold her candy shop and founded Ex Factor, a facility where people simulate last meetings with old lovers.
Line: Aeon (futuristic/sci-fi)
Paranormal Elements
ISBN: 9781419919251

Adam Rayne is in serious trouble. The hot new guy at work is interested in him. Even worse, Parker Mullins is a telepath and can read every X-rated thought Adam has. Assigned to a case together for Rayne Paranormal Investigations, he and Parker are barely through the door when they give in.
Line: Twilight (paranormal)
ISBN: 9781419916786

Ellis Rae Morgan is being married to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, her new husband doesn't simply ignore women, he has a hidden perversion strong enough to harm them. Ellie is unexplainably attracted to their powerfully built, gorgeous neighbor. Alpha wolf Duggan Baddeaux knows his neighbor's new bride is destined to be his pack mate. Duggan takes what he wants, no holds barred. And he wants Ellie.
Line: Exotika (erotica)
ISBN: 9781419917202

Chicago attorney Gabe Layton's life has just turned upside down. His lover of six years is cheating and his supposedly straight best friend of twenty-something years claims to be in love with him.
Line: Spectrum (gay/lesbian)
ISBN: 9781419921278

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ellora's Cave Author Appearances

EC authors certainly are busy in February! Here's where you can meet them this month:

February 7
Signing with Cindy Spencer Pape, Rosemary Laurey, Paige Cuccaro, Marcia James Saralee Etter and M.A. Ellis.
Barnes & Noble #2078
1738 Hill Rd. North
Pickerington, OH 43147

February 8
9pm EST
Koko Brown and Taige Crenshaw chat
Sistah Friend Chat Room

February 9
9pm EST
Koko Brown and Taige Crenshaw chat
Romance Junkies

February 13
Michelle Pillow
Barnes & Noble
1920 N. Rock Road
Wichita, Kansas
Northeast Ohio RWA

February 14
Amarinda Jones
Beerwah Library
Peachester Road
Beerwah, Queensland 4519

February 14
Amarinda Jones
Coolum Beach Library
Park Street
Coolum Beach, Queensland 4573

Sunday, February 15
2pm Pacific Time
Interview with Diana Hunter (Diana Allandale in SL)
Alliance Virtual Library
This is the blog of the Alliance Library System, a real-life collection of libraries that have banded together to bring literature to Second Life

February 20-22
Various times
Amarinda Jones
Australian Romance Readers Convention
Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth St.
Melbourne, Australia

February 25
6pm Pacific Time
Diana Hunter (Diana Allendale in SL) reads excerpts of her work, live and in-person!
Warning: this is a clothing-optional sim!
Second Life Nudist Paradise

February 26
3pm Pacific Time
Diana Hunter (Diana Allandale in SL) reads excerpts of her novels in this BDSM-themed sim. Things get pretty spicy!Second Life Island of Pain