Tee is a very brave soul to take on SHADOWS, since she's more of a YA/UF lady! But she rates SHADOWS 5/5! W00t! Make sure to stop by and say hi, and share any questions, comments, or vague misgivings, and check out Tee's summary!
There's still more stops to come, including author and character interviews, more reviews, and a great giveaway, including:
GRAND PRIZE: A fun set of kinky toys related to SHADOWS, along with a free ebook copy of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS
FIRST PRIZE: A $10 Gift Certificate for All Romance Ebooks and a free copy of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS
They say that if you're naughty, you don't get a visit from Santa Claus at Christmas time. Well I say, phooey on that! Naughty is nice, in my book. At least when it comes to bedroom fun! Consenting adults who indulge in kinky fun are NICE, dammit!
In honor of those of us who are naughty AND nice, I'm giving away a copy of my Kinky Vampire BDSM novelette, IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS!
All you need to do is comment with your name, email address, and let me know: What's your favorite kink, literary or otherwise? Do you like BDSM? Any particular flavor? Do you like a nice vampire bite? A possessive werewolf who declares his (or her) mate "MINE!" We all have something -- and though they may not be "kinky," if it's something we need for a story to turn us on, it's still our special kink. What's yours?
Besides my own book, the sponsors of this hop are giving away a fun holiday kink toy box. Check out the main page for details!
Don't forget to check out the other sites on the hop for more awesome prizes and chances to win!
Title: If Wishes Were Shadows Series: The Shadows Series, #1 Author: A. Sangrey Black Genre: Paranormal, Erotica, Menage (m/m/f), BDSM, Vampire Publisher: Cobblestone Press Ebook Words: Approx. 14,000 Purchase: Cobblestone Press |
Calinda Byer is all assertiveness in her daytime life, but when it comes to the bedroom, she leaves her will at the door with her clothes. Her vampire Dom, Adam Straton, refuses to turn her until she has witnessed the darker side of immortality and the true depths of his sexuality -- including his male vampire lover. A weekend at his country estate promises dark, twisted delights the likes of which Calinda could never have imagined. All she has to do is use the safe word, and she can return to the "normal" world alone. But will she?
Best of all is the giveaway! Besides copies of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS, there will be a special kinky GRAND PRIZE at the end of the tour, so don't miss a date!
SHADOWS is an old-fashioned kinky menage story that explores the dark, secret world of vampire kink. Heroine Calinda Byer thought she knew what BDSM and vampirehood meant... until she goes to her immortal Dom Adam Starton's house on the weekend in the story.
With her safeword in hand, she climbs down, literally, into the darkest parts of Adam's needs and desires. The question becomes: can she get out alive again, and does she want to?
When it comes to steamy, smutty, sexy fun, two is good -- but MORE IS BETTER. There's nothing quite as much fun as a three or more sex scene, or the emotional complications of a menage relationship.
You can mix up your genders to whatever floats your boat that particular day, or you can have all the roles be a single gender. A special challenge as a writer, but well worth it when it's done well! Even better, you can find menage erotica and romance in ever sub-genre. One of my all time favorite menage scenes is between the delicious Jean-Claude, Richard, and Anita, the vampire, werewolf, and ... whatever Anita is these days LOL in the Anita Blake Vampire Series book, INCUBUS DREAMS. HOT, and long, LONG awaited for a kinky reader like me. Frankly, there should be less of the other 15 guys in Anita's bed and go back to that basic three. More than enough drama there!
But back to the matter at hand: the Menage! One of my all time favorites is MENAGE by Emma Holly. But if you want to find more, try some of the great Listopias at Goodreads:
The lists include all kinds of sub-genres, from Gay to BDSM, to menage a quatre, and more.
Of course, I have a particular fondness for my novella, IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS. This hot menage will be reappearing in future stories, but you don't want to miss the scene that brings all of the characters together for the first time.
I don't want to give away too much, but let's just say that while the heroine, Calinda, has signed up for a weekend learning the deepest of her vampire Dom's dark secrets, the third sexy vampire that joins them changes the entire dynamic of the scene, and her thoughts about her life, forever.
And it's really hot. *G*
Let's face it: why just take one partner, when you can have two or more? Hands and mouths everywhere, bodies entwined so that it's hard to keep track of whose are where.
It's fun to be naughty at holiday time! In celebration, I'll be giving away a copy of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS, to satisfy the kinkiest of your menage vampire BDSM fantasies.
All you have to do is share your favorite menage form (M/F/M? M/M/M? Not really picky?) What's your favorite menage story or author? Answer in the Comments, and enter in the Rafflecopter below!
If you're interested in reviewing the novella, or hosting me for a guest blog, character skit, WHATEVER, the awesome FMB Blog Tours is scheduling dates from December 27 to January 25th. I would love to get to know you and help you get some more exposure for your blog!
The nights are getting cool, or even COLD, outside... but that doesn't mean that has to be the case between the sheets! Or in a hot shower, or on the thick rug in front of the fire, or in the nice, toasty dungeon.
Now, this is a PG-13 hop, so we have to keep things to TV level, so cool it, all you kinky ladies and dudes. ;)
There are lots of ways to warm up when the leaves are falling (or... the snow, where I am). I'm thinking grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup, a long, hot bath (alone or with a friend), tucking up under your Snugee with a good book... or between the sheets (with a book or a friend... or with a book and grilled cheese, a melting candle, and a friend...) I think there's a pattern developing here, involving hot cheese and a friend.
There's no hot cheese in my novella IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS, but there are definitely HOT friends and HOT action involved. If you like it twisted and dark and full of vampires. Which I do. Follow the Rafflecopter bread crumbs below, chat me up in the comments, and you could win a copy.
But if you comment here, that's not all you're in for! The hop is offereing a terrific grand prize of $155 to really heat up your nights! At least, if you can get something fun from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (Let's put it this way... you know how Amazon sells MORE than books? Yeah, well, let your naughty imagination go from there!)
First of all, I'd like to thank Carrie Ann of Carrie Ann's Blog Hops for sponsoring yet another fun and wonderful hop! It was a quickie, and smaller than the usual ones, but I still got to meet some wonderful new people.
The winners of a copy each of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS are:
Veronika and LisaRayns!
I hope you ladies enjoy your prize, and that everyone had a great holiday -- and didn't get trampled in the Black Friday MADNESS! LOL
I just returned from visiting relatives, so it's going to be a bit before I catch up, but I'm working on some new activities and offerings for the blog in the future! Stay tuned and stay kinky! ;)
I don't know about you, but I think Black Friday is just a complete obscenity. Dragging workers out of their homes on Thanksgiving to go out and feed our mindless need to have EVERYTHING. RIGHT. NOW. Big business could easily offer exactly the same prices on, say, the following Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. But no, they've set up this disgusting display of consumerism that brings out the very worst of western culture, all packed in a single day of frenzied madness. People get trampled, robbed, and SHOT, for heaven's sake! And for what, the last Furby? A particular gadget over another exactly like it?
I've never once gone anywhere near this madness. I shop online almost exclusively for the holidays, except on Small Business Saturday, when I patronize local businesses and support my local economy. I'm certainly not going to let my hard earned dollars support this kind of greed and thoughtless grubbing.
But not to get all preachy -- this is supposed to be a FUN alternative to all that madness, for those of us sane enough to stay home. The BLACK FRIDAY BLOG HOP is about getting presents RIGHT HERE in the online book community from authors you love, or maybe from some new ones!
I will be giving away one copy of my new dark BDSM vampire menage novellette (phew!) IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS for a special winner of the drawing.
But there's MORE!
the rest of the US is out handling the crowds, fighting for their
holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore
Black Friday all to together. This year, join us in our second annual
Black Friday Blog Hop! It's a ONE DAY hop where we're giving away
prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely eating left over
The hop is November 23rd and is ONE DAY only.
while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over
200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that's not all....
We have THREE grand
prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email
address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
Now what are those prizes?
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag
Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats,
magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
Save yourself the stress and get some presents for yourself or the reader in your life!
Calinda Byer is a self-assured, assertive businesswoman who knows what she wants -- and vampire Dom Adam Stratford is it. Their wild love life has awakened her inner submissive, introduced her to the special freedom of leaving her power and will with her clothes on the bedroom floor. She is ready for eternity with him to begin, to taste the world of immortal BDSM, where bodies are all but indestructible and there are no rules to keep things sane or safe.
Stratford has been around long enough, and known enough humans, to realize that the idea of being a vampire is often more romantic than the reality. There is innate violence, a relationship with blood and pain that mortals can't begin to understand, even in the depths of the most depraved dungeon. His truly deep feelings for Calinda prevent him from agreeing to her pleas to become a vampire until she has a much better idea of the things he does in the shadows when she isn't beside him. A weekend at his country home promises dark delights like nothing Calinda ever dreamed, and surprises beyond her understanding. Will she risk her very soul to step into that sensual darkness, or will she say the safeword and run for her life?
Calinda’s heart thundered, her stomach fluttering
with nerves, and she relished each sensation, tucking it away in her
memory like some women might keep tickets to a show she’d attended with
her lover. She had been an adrenaline junkie since the day she was born.
Instead of drugs, she far preferred driving fast cars, jumping out of
airplanes, and dating ancient, sadistic vampires than pills or needles.
This occasion, with its mysteries and uncertainties, was better than any
shot of pure heroin straight into her system, and the vampire she loved
was giving it to her. He had become so many things to her in the two
years they’d been together, and adrenaline dealer had been one of the
greatest of them from the moment they met.
She remembered with an electric shiver through her
system the first moment when she realized what he was, when she invited
him home knowing what he could do to her. The biggest charge of her
life. She gave his hand a squeeze in thanks. No, she had no difficulty
in taking this journey. There was only one thing that could be at the
bottom of this staircase, spiraling them into the depths of the earth
together: the darkness he kept talking about, made manifest. The deepest
shadows inside him. She was so eager to see it she was already wet.
Their relationship had started out like a scene
from some romance novel twisted just the way she liked it. Adam had been
sitting at the bar in Ernesto’s, an exclusive Italian bistro she enjoyed
after business meetings in the city. She’d worn her dark blonde hair
down that night and had on the tidy, well-tailored navy business suit
that never failed to make an impact paired with red heels just a tad too
high to be strictly proper. Those shoes had a tendency to impress
clients just a tad more than the clothes.
Calinda spotted him from her accustomed table in
the corner by the door, the perfect location to watch the crowd of rich,
beautiful people coming and going. Adam caught her eye the moment he sat
down, all yummy and big and dark, just the way she liked them.
Six-feet-two at least, broad of shoulder and back with neatly trimmed
black hair, and a pinstripe suit that no doubt cost ten times more than
her own was worth. His bold, straight posture told her beyond any doubt
that he was the king of all he surveyed. No, emperor was closer to the
But it was one fine detail that had grabbed her
attention and imagination in a vise grip and wouldn’t let go, that set
her pulse racing and her junkie heart pounding…
His lack of reflection in the mirror above the bar.
Calinda checked at least four times, even shifted to different places in
the restaurant to be certain, but no matter where she went… there he
It was by far the biggest adrenaline rush of a
lifetime spent awash in them. A vampire. An actual vampire. They not
only existed, but there was an unbelievably hot one sitting right there
in her favorite restaurant, casual as you please. Anyone who looked hard
enough would be able to tell—what kind of balls did that take?
How could she resist?
She’d sidled up to the suddenly mysteriously empty
seat beside the gorgeous vampire and slipped onto the high stool. Not
one much for subtlety, she let her skirt ride up just high enough to
allow a peek at her lacy stocking tops, crossed her long, slender legs
to show off the heels, ordered a red wine for herself, and turned to her
attention to her soon-to-be-new vampire friend.
“So I wonder,” she said, looking directly at the
place where his face should appear in the mirror. “Do you drink… wine?”
She caught his smirk out of the corner of her eye.
“Why, would you like to be… I’m sorry, excuse me, buy my drink?”
They laughed. There was no secret about what he
was. No doubt that she knew. They were made for each other. It had been
all adventure and blood, paddles and leather, feathers and handcuffs,
hot wax and hot sex in wild and often public and dangerous places ever
since. She didn’t know if it was obsession or love, and she didn’t care.
Adam told her he had never known anyone like her in two thousand years,
and without a doubt, she had never known anyone like him in twenty-six.
After a brief, nerve-shaking eternity, they reached
the bottom of the stairs. Before them stood a formidable steel door that
belonged in a high-tech science facility, not an eighteenth-century
country house, complete with an elaborate security pad on the wall to
the right. Adam keyed in a code and pressed his thumb to the surface,
and the silver door whooshed open. Inside was a pristine white
antechamber, walls lined with tall, lacquered bureaus and hooks in the
wall above them. A veritable smorgasbord of clothing hung from the
hooks, with shoes arranged on top of the bureaus, and no doubt a wider
selection waited in the drawers. Everything from soft cotton loungewear
to outfits created from shining patent leather strips and nothing else
were in evidence.
Costumes didn't really interest her as they usually
might. She was fixated on what lay in wait for her on the other side of
the final door just ahead.
Two days until the release of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS!
Calinda Byer is a powerful woman in the everyday world. She owns her own business teaching others to take control of their own professional lives, to be assertive, straightforward, to communicate and climb the ladder of their chosen careers. But when she steps through the door at home, she leaves her will at the door along with her clothes. Two years in love with a vampire, exploring the edges of BDSM, have shown her that taking the submissive role, putting her trust in the ultimate being of power, gives her more than any other relationship she could have imagined.
But she and Adam, her Dom, have reached an impasse in their relationship. He has always held back the full meaning of what it meant to be a vampire from her, not wanting to bring her into what he sees as his darkness. She loves him and the kinky path they've walked together. The possibility of eternity with him holds no fear for her, but the idea of losing him does. They comprimise: she will have a taste of the part of his existence he's kept from her. A weekend of depraved delights at his country estate, a demonstration of the depths of his desire, his hunger. Meet his longtime vampire lover. If all of these things please her, if she still wants him to bring her across, then...
All Calinda has to do is say the safe word, and she can return to the "normal" world... or can she?
IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS contains ADULT MATERIAL, and may not be appropriate for all erotica fans. It includes extreme hardcore BDSM, vampire violence and bloodplay, m/m and m/f/m sex, and dirty talking fun!
In other news, my next short story, the m/m paranormal short DIE FOR YOU, is off on its first submission journey. This is the most difficult of the process for me, the waiting. Rejections don't bother me -- not every editor is going to enjoy my stories. I never take that personally, and that just means I need to find a more suitable home for that particular piece. Most rejections I've ever received have been very helpful, and included personal notes from editors talking about what they liked and why specifically they didn't accept the book or story. Constructive criticism is ALWAYS a good thing.
Okay, not freaking out. So uncool. But here it is -- I think it came out pretty great, but that's not unusual coming from the talented Sable Grey. Thanks Sable!
W00t! Yeah, baby. I don't know who to stare at first! I'm usually wary of faces on covers -- I don't like to make the decision for a reader what a character looks like. But his model is pretty much spot on to how I pictured Calinda, our adventure's Heroine!
Next I have to send these off to Holly over at FMB Blog Tours, who is arranging my tour from December 27, 2012 - January 25, 2013. I'll be sharing more details on that as they arise.
I was also remiss in announcing the winner of the very sexy lace masquerade mask for the MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE Blog Hop!
The lucky winner is:
MISHKA K.! Congratulations, Mishka! I hope your mask goes to good (and by "good" I mean "naughty" *G*) use!
I have many irons in the fire right now, and not a one is for branding. I finished the first draft of my M/M Vampire short, "Hot Hollyweird Night," and that's in edits for a second draft while I decide where I want to submit it since I decided not to rush it for October 31. I'm trying to consider where the best home for it will be considering the dark subject matter.
The project I'm working on right now is another M/M paranormal romance called "Die for You," (hopefully) for MLR Press' "Hot Blooded" vampire anthology. Aiming to have the first draft done by mid-week, and the final in plenty of time to submit before the deadline.
After that, I've started work on a novella also for MLR Press, but this for their "Mix Tape" Anthology, a series of stories based on love songs. Being the classic rock girl that I am, I snatched up "Ready for Love" by Bad Company ASAP, and like one of those flashes of inspiration that just hits you now and then, what I think is a really great love story with fully formed characters just sort of sprang out of my head. It was going to just be a quickie, but like so many of my stories, it grew a plot. This one I'm really excited about! It's not due until March, but I suspect it will be submitted before then.
Well, I think that's it before now. My alter ego H.A. has NaNo words to crank out before loafing in front of Netflix for her daily dose of Dean Winchester.
Au revoir, my naughty babies!
Thanks to Close Encounters of the Night Kind and Natasha Blackthorne for sponsoring this fun hop, and to all the naughty boys and girls who stopped by to play here at Shadowed Hearts. I always enjoy hearing what's in people's toy chests and wicked minds. ;)
I hope all of you had a blast too, and stick around -- with the upcoming release of IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS, there will be a lot more wicked hot fun for all!
Do you have a secret crush you're afraid
to reveal yourself to? Worried they'll be either too sweet or too sour?
Does the thought of hiding behind a mask excite you? Would you like to
fall under the spell of a brooding dark vampire and let him sink his
fangs into you? Or how about a sexy shifter built thick and hard that you're
just dying to pounce on? Well then, come join us as we celebrate all
those things that are wicked on Halloween!
Take part in the Rafflecopter Giveaway and WIN a beautiful, sexy Mardi Gras mask!
It's hard to see the details, but it's a lovely lace mask with rhinestones around the eyes!
Wicked means a lot of things: coloring outside the lines in life and in the bedroom; being different than the average, run-of-the-mill. Wicked is an adverb that adds a flash of special to any descriptor, and if you're a surfer, you've just had the ride of your life. Let's not forget the classic Broadway show, either!
Of course, my favorite kind of wicked is the steamy kind. A little kink -- or a lot, depending on my mood. In my upcoming novella (out November 15 from Cobblestone Press!), IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS, the heroine, Calinda, definitely embraces her "wickedness" -- her heart (and other places) calls her to follow the man she loves into the ultimate depths of her desire, and it changes her forever in ways she never could have dreamed.
Wicked doesn't have to be about kink (although I really like it that way) -- it can also be a state of mind, an attitude the colors everything about a character. A wicked rogue from an old fashioned (or new, erotic!) historical. A smart aleck with a wicked sense of humor.
But it's the "after dark" part that's important here. The world of the paranormal and BDSM romance both offer opportunities to reach into experiences that might be considered "wicked" in other company, but around here we can revel in what really turns us on, can't we? Let me know what you think when you imagine "wicked after dark," and you'll be entered to win a $10 gift card from All Romance Ebooks, a great source for whatever scratches your itch. ;)
We writers of erotica, whether it's dark and kinky, or sweet and smutty, make our living with literary representations of the human body -- how we feel about it, what it feels like, what we like to do with it. We get lost in a fantasy world where all (or most) is pleasure and orgasmic bliss.
It's easy to forget that in real life, our bodies are so ultimately delicate. That so many of us suffer and die from cancers of those places we write so joyfully about in our fiction (among others).
Please check out the link above and take part in RSVP Erotica's anti-cancer campaign!
I received news today: I sold my first story as A! Titled "If Wishes Were Shadows," it will be published by Cobblestone Press during their Naughty November event. I don't have any firm details yet, but I signed the contract this afternoon!
Businesswoman Calinda Byer is a "ball buster" when
it comes to business, but when it comes to the bedroom, she is all submissive
masochist. Her longtime vampire Dom, Adam Straton, tells her that before he
would even consider turning her into a vampire as she requests, that she has to
witness the darker side of immortal life, and the true depths of his sexuality
-- including his male vampire lover. A
planned weekend at his country estate promises to be full of unexpected dark
delights, the likes of which Calinda couldn't have imagined in her most
shadowed dreams. All she has to do is say the safe word, and she can return to
the daylight world without him. But will she?
This tasty tidbit of a story is full of goodies: Hardcore vampire violence and bloodplay, bondage, whipping, BCT, and both M/M and M/F/M action.
I went all out for my first foray.
Stay tuned for further details as they become available.