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Friday, April 30, 2010

Looked What The Cat Dragged In For Evelyn by C.R. Moss

Title: Look What the Cat Dragged In for Evelyn
Author: C.R. Moss
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Release Date: 04/01/2010
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Paranormal/romance (non-erotic) with ghost elements
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Blurb: Myrddin, Cassandra's frisky feline familiar, has his work cut out to get two lovers together. Evelyn is in love with Raritan Manor's resident ghost, Quinn, but can only experience his embrace in her dreams. Quinn, who doesn't realize he's a ghost, loves Eve and wishes she'd stop saying they can't be together. While at the manor, her friend, Julie, is prompted by Cassandra and Myrddin to invite their cousin, Alex, for a visit. When Alex arrives, Evelyn's hopes rise. Perhaps she will be able to have a real relationship after all. Alex, though, has no interest in Evelyn. Yet, every time Myrddin comes around, Alex feels like a man possessed and wants Eve with a passion, but the moment the cat leaves, he's back to his old self again. Caught between loving a ghost and putting up with a man who can't make up his mind, Evelyn is at a loss of what to do and feels as if she's losing her mind. Can Myrddin get the right people together without causing too much heartache in the process?

Welcome to Sizzling Releases, C.R. Moss. I’m so pleased you could join me today. What is your Sizzling Release?
My Sizzling Release, Look What the Cat Dragged In for Evelyn, is available at Devine Destinies and is the first book in my new series that centers around a cat, Myrddin, who believes he’s a matchmaker. 

What is Look What the Cat Dragged In for Evelyn all about?
In this story, the ghost who haunts Raritan Manor is brought forward with the help of frisky feline familiar, Myrddin. Evelyn is able to experience love with the man of her dreams who happens to be the resident ghost. 

That sounds like a fun read. How did you come up with the idea?
This story idea came to me in the 90’s. If I remember correctly, there was this old house in my neighborhood and I said to myself “I wonder if it’s haunted” and the story took off from there. 

I know this is book number one in the series Look What the Cat Dragged In. Did you begin writing with a series in mind, or did your muse take over?
The Look What the Cat Dragged In series was supposed to be one story following secondary character, Philip, from my novel Concealed Affairs, but my characters had different ideas. So the one story morphed into three and Philip will be Cassandra’s love interest in the third book. 

As a multi-published author, what advice do you have for those just beginning a career as a writer?
Learn the craft! This means grammar, characterization, plot, etc., all the good things that go into a story. You might be able to ‘tell’ a good story, but if you can’t write it by showing what the characters are doing/feeling, your writing career won’t go anywhere. Get involved in a critique partnership/group. Learn the non-creative side of the business as well. Be prepared. 

Tell the readers about your back list.
I have lots of other stories available: Three short stories in anthologies (A Stone’s Throw vampire series); The Dirty Little short stories which follow demon Ash and his conquests; The Si’Ludo books, both erotic and non-erotic, that follow the lives of humans with sanguine & psychic vampire properties along with special powers; and various single title works ranging from horror to contemporary romantic suspense. For information on all these books, feel free to visit: 

What are you working on now?
This summer and fall will see the release of the other two ‘Cat’ books—For Julie & For Cassandra. The second and third books I’m working on will follow cousins Julie and Cassandra as they fall in love. Julie’s story will have time travel in it – a Native American gets brought forward during a ritual. Cassandra’s story will have a blast from the past turn her world upside down and readers will see how her familiar, Myrddin, came into her life. There might be a fourth revolving around the ladies of the ‘Bridge Club,’ but I’ll see how the first three go. I also have another Dirty Little story slated for release in May (Dirty Little Girl) and a longer version Dirty Littlestory in progress (a spin off of Dirty Little Girl) that I’m hoping to find a home for soon. 

What is your creative process?
To get my mind in the creative process, I’ll light incense and/or a candle. Take a hot bath. Go for a walk. Or listen to music that can put my mind into a specific frame of reference: spa, alternative, new wave, etc. Sometimes I’ll plot and follow an outline, other times I’ll let my muse just speak to me. 

It’s April and spring is here. What is your favorite season?
Actually, it’s spring. Love this time of year, aside from the allergies! Lol! 

With Easter just past, how did your family celebrate?
We’re not big on the traditional religious holidays. We lounged around, watched some movies, and I worked on writing. 

Chocolate bunnies or Cadbury Eggs?

Thank you so much for being here. Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
People can check out my new website and blog at and 

And before we go, can we get a juicy excerpt from Look What the Cat Dragged In for Evelyn?
Of course!

   Quinn breathed in heavy pants. "My sweet innocent Evelyn, I have waited so long for this, but I shall stop if you want me to."
   "What do you mean stop?" her sultry voice questioned.
   Quinn lay on top of her and kissed her. His body fit hers perfectly and his hardness pushed at her through his pants. That's when she understood. An aching need she never felt before brewed within her. Returning his kiss with just as much force, she put her hands between their bodies.
   "Evelyn?" Quinn propped himself up on his elbows.
   She didn't respond. Her desires had taken over and she worked quickly to remove his shirt. His skin was hairless, smooth and soft. He quivered when her fingers traced the muscles of his chest and abdomen. She leaned up and gave his chest a quick kiss.
   "Evelyn, does this mean?"
   "Yes." She pulled him down to her, taking his mouth with demanding command. She sensed the thrill of his arousal once he removed his pants. Their bodies entwined, skin to skin, woman to man. She needed more. 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lush Velvet Nights by Tina Donahue

Title:  Lush Velvet Nights
Author:  Tina Donahue
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Release Date: April 14, 2010
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, M/F, Romance

Lush Velvet Nights - When wanton desires & love demand all… 
During the day, Adriana’s a lonely corporate heiress, helming a supermarket empire. At night, she hires escorts, scripting provocative fantasies of kidnapping, lust, submission and endless longing. It’s all she has to excite her until she meets Nathan Wynn. Tall, blond and muscular—like a modern-day Viking—Nathan’s a labor relations attorney representing Adriana’s union employees. His imposing presence intensifies her basest desires. When he protects her from an escort he believes is an attacker, she knows he’s wonderfully dominant and unrestrained. Fascinated by Adriana’s underlying sensuality, Nathan brings her to his secluded mountain estate, determined she submit fully to his hunger. At a gentleman’s club, he makes certain she denies him nothing. Engaging in a seductive sexual journey, Nathan’s caught off-guard by his stunning need for Adriana. An attraction he fears because of past events in his life. A growing emotional connection she will not let him deny.

Welcome to Sizzling Releases, Tina. I’m so pleased you could join me today. What is your Sizzling Release? 
Hi! Thanks for having me.  My Sizzling Release is Lush Velvet Nights. 

What is Lush Velvet Nights all about? 
It’s a love story that begins with sensuality. . .anything and everything erotic and turns into so much more for the characters. However, my hero – damaged by an event in his past - resists the emotional connection, while my heroine refuses to give up on her man. Although he’s a true Alpha male, dominant and unrestrained, she will make him see things her way. . .and she will have him.

That sounds sexy. How did you come up with the idea? 
I was watching cable and there was a report on women hiring escorts to act out their fantasies. I began to think about that for a plot but I wanted a bit of a twist. So I began to wonder what would happen if the heroine hired an escort to be a pretend kidnapper? And what if the hero, who she really likes, sees the man trying to abduct her and ‘saves’ her? What then? After that, the story just took off! 

As a multi-published author, what advice do you have for those just beginning a career as a writer? 
Don’t give up. Unless you’re very, very lucky, you’ll have rejection along the way. Lots of it. That doesn’t mean you’re not good. Excellent editors and houses reject authors all the time with those authors going on to become major successes. You simply have to hang in there, perfect your craft and keep submitting. 

Great advice. Tell the readers about your back list. 
My first Ellora’s Cave release Adored recently won second place in the NEC RWA contest. It also received a 4 star rating from Romantic Times and excellent ratings from numerous other sites. Adored is about a woman who yearns to make her sexual fantasies come true with a man she’s known for years. 
My second EC release Deep, Dark, Delicious was recently nominated for the Book of the Week at Whipped Cream Reviews.  It’s also received praise from many online review sites. It’s about a woman who’s afraid to trust love, she’s been hurt too badly in the past, and about the man who won’t let her get away. . .he wants her for his own. 
I also have several books with Kensington (Brava) and Zebra, including Close to Perfect (4 Stars Romantic Times), Take My Breath Away (4 ½ Stars Romantic Times, an RT Top Pick)and Tempt Me, Tease Me, Thrill Me in the Bad Boys with Red Roses anthology. 
What are you working on now? 
Another erotic romance with a slightly darker plot – far more suspenseful than I usually write. I can’t give anymore details about it until my editor accepts it – sorry!  
Do you have an evil day job, and if you do, how do you find time to write? 
Oh yes. I work full-time. I write in the morning before I go to work, during my lunch hour, and when I come home at night. I also write on the weekends.  

What is your creative process?
I think of a situation first as I did with Lush Velvet Nights, then put a twist to it. Generally, while I’m researching the heroine’s and hero’s occupations other plot points come to mind. After that, the characters start to take over and basically they’re telling the story and I’m simply recording the scenes I see in my mind. 

What does your family and friends think about you being a published author? 
After so many books, they’ve gotten used to it!  However, they’re always happy to learn when I sell a new one. 

It’s April and spring is here. What is your favorite season? 
Definitely spring. I absolutely hate summer – way too hot. Winter’s too cold. Fall is nice, but spring is my fav. 

How did you and your family celebrate Easter? 
We went out to brunch, letting someone else do the cooking and far better than I ever could.  

Chocolate bunnies or Cadbury Eggs? 
Chocolate bunnies all the way.

Thank you so much for being here. Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know? 
I’m hosting a Lush Velvet Nights blog tour. At most of the stops I’ll be offering a scavenger hunt or contest with one of my books as the prize!  Details can be found at my website on the main page (just click on the Scavenger Hunt link). I also host monthly contests, details also on my website. And if anyone would like to subscribe to my monthly newsletter, I’d be happy to send it to them. 

And before we go, can we get a juicy excerpt from Lush Velvet Nights? 
Gladly. In this scene, Nathan has just ‘protected’ Adriana from her escort, a man Nathan believed was an attacker. Now, the fun really begins.

   Nathan advanced a step, reducing the space between them. His voice tempted and teased. “The activities I engage in would probably shock little Meghan and would make what you had planned this weekend seem downright docile.”
   With his admission, heat radiated from Adriana’s core to her limbs, sapping them of strength. Her breathing quickened at the thought of him ripping off her clothes, holding her prisoner with his brutal kiss and insatiable cock. His big body damp with sweat from his exertions, his weight trapping her, forcing her to submit as he took her repeatedly throughout the day and night, using her mouth, cunt, even her anus as he pleased. Animal hunger tore through her, making her voice breathy. “Really.”
   “Yeah, really. Care to find out?” 
   Her brows lifted, sending her reading glasses a bit farther down her nose.
   Nathan suppressed a smile. He’d shocked her again. Good. It made her forget her embarrassment. On the other hand, it had revealed his interest in her. A matter he’d been hesitant to convey these past weeks and wasn’t entirely certain of now.
   Unlike the women he generally approached, he found Adriana almost too interesting. She was fiercely intelligent yet unpretentious, elegant and surprisingly sexy with a smoldering sensuality her business wear and pulled-back hair couldn’t offset.
   During their negotiations, he’d caught her staring at him numerous times, her delicate nostrils flaring slightly as though his presence stole her breath. Beneath her strikingly exotic features and those incredible blue eyes, he’d seen an expression of naked need and vulnerability.
   She owned strength and the ability to yield without pretense, giving a lover her all. A dangerous level of engagement from a woman, especially for a man who wanted nothing of protracted relationships or commitment. Nathan had tried it once and failed miserably. Losing Echo had nearly killed him. Never again would he make the same mistake.
   And so he’d played at sex as Adriana apparently tried to do even though she seemed ill-prepared for the consequences, the lack of true intimacy, the sexual hangover when the lover left without a backward glance.
   A voice in the recesses of his mind told him to leave. His body, lust and an urge to protect her from guys like Ed wouldn’t allow it, no matter how misguided.
   You don’t know what it’s like to have to do something like this, do you? she’d asked.
   Not this exactly, though his membership at Zanes came to mind. Its nondescript name could have belonged to a restaurant, bar, or even a men’s clothing store, not a gentlemen’s club in Malibu that catered to every hedonistic delight.
   He hadn’t been boasting when he’d said his carnal activities would make her planned weekend seem tame. Since his divorce, he’d wanted nothing except unrestrained pleasure.
   Adriana’s flushed cheeks and parted lips said she believed him. She knuckled her glasses back up her nose. “Are you talking about you and me and…” Unable or unwilling to continue, she looked at him for guidance, her extraordinary eyes widened in wonder and a trace of misgiving.
   Nathan cautioned himself to heed her hesitation, knowing he would not. Too readily, he spoke to her wonder, telling himself she’d be better off with him than an escort who pretended passion. “That’s exactly what I mean.” Unwilling to resist her guileless allure any longer, he brought his hand to the edge of her coat, fingering the buttery fabric.
   Although she trembled, Adriana didn’t back away. Her head lowered, watching his fingers move to her suit jacket and to the edge of her blouse, the V-neck arrowing to her breasts. Her body heat warmed the lightweight silk. It fluttered with her ragged breathing.
   “I’m looking at a long weekend and so are you,” he continued in a deceptively mild voice. Having decided to make his move on her, he wasn’t about to let her go. He’d show her how to have fun and still protect her heart. He’d done it for years. “We can enjoy it together. I’ll take care of everything. All you have to do is exactly as I say.” Just like with her pretend kidnapper.
   Her lids slipped down in concert with her head lolling to the side. Pleased at her surrender, Nathan continued to run his fingertips up her throat, enjoying her hot, moist skin, noting the rapid thumping of her pulse. Before their weekend ended, he’d have her heart beating faster than she believed possible, her body writhing beneath his mouth, hands and cock, her voice screaming in pleasure.
   She forced down a swallow and spoke haltingly. “I rented a penthouse suite at the Mondrian.”
   He brushed the invitation aside. “Ed and Steve can use it. I have a place in Arrowhead. No maid or room service to disturb us. Just you and me.”
   She regarded him through slitted lids as a faint, guttural moan escaped her lips, followed by her throaty voice. “Isn’t it snowing up there? I’m not dressed for that kind of weather.”
   Slowly and playfully, he smiled, offering no comment. Words would come soon enough. Right now, he wanted her to think about what she’d just said and to realize clothes were the last things she’d need. Alone with him, secluded from the rest of the world, she’d be deliciously nude until they left for L.A. on Monday.
   Understanding finally tinted her cheeks a deep rose. Uncertainty of what else their weekend would bring drained her face of a bit of color, keeping her blush from turning as scarlet as her perfectly polished nails.
   Now, he spoke. “Once we arrive at my place, we’ll be in our own world, Adriana, where clothes aren’t allowed.” He ran his forefinger from her neck to the base of her throat to the V of her blouse, touching skin. A muscle in her chest jumped. His cock hardened painfully. His balls compressed, drawing tighter to his body. He ignored both, bringing back his hand, making her wait for his touch, to anticipate its arrival, building its intensity in her mind.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Poppy's Passions by Stephanie Beck

Title: Poppy’s Passions
Author: Stephanie Beck
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Release Date: April 19, 2010
Publisher: Lyrical Press
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Genre: Contemporary/Menage/Romance

Blurb: Poppy Maguire is tired of being a loser. Emotionally neglected as a child, she wants to find the courage to leave her family and the job she hates. She desperately wants to make a change. Little does she realize how much of a change sexy brothers Cody, Michael and Trevor Paraby will bring to her life when the friendly shoulders they offer turn into so much more.

Comfort turns to passion and Poppy learns what life could be like in the arms of not one, but three men who love her. But what happens when the pink line on a pregnancy test doubles and she’s expecting twins, courtesy of a Parabys?

The brothers blow her mind by offering her the family and love she’s always longed for.  But do they realize what they’re in for? Cody is moving a little too fast, Michael may not be in for the long haul, and Trevor is a bit self-centered.

In order for Poppy to have the extraordinary love she fears she hasn't earned, everyone is going to have to do some growing. But can she break free from the bad seed of her abusive family and have the courage to bloom?

Welcome to Sizzling Releases, Stephanie. I’m so pleased you could join me today. What is your Sizzling Release? 
Thanks for having me! My contribution to the smoking hot month of April is Poppy’s Passions due out April 19th from Lyrical Press

What is Poppy's Passions all about? 
It's a ménage romance about three brothers and the woman they love. Poppy, the title character is that woman and while being the center of three wonderful men’s worlds is a good place to be, it also presents a boatload of problems she’s not sure she can overcome.

That sounds like a problem many women would want to have. How did you come up with the idea? 
I saw a program on polygamy and everyone was so negative about it. I got thinking that there had to be a scenario with the right circumstances to make a loving relationship which is where Poppy’s Passions began.

This is your first published work, that must be very exciting for you. What was it like for you to write your first book and get published? 
It has been very exciting. Every email that comes from my editor has drawn me deeper into the world of writing and made me a better writer. I think now, writing the book was the easy part. Cleaning it up and getting people as excited as I am is proving to be the challenging part.

Poppy’s Passions is my first full length novel, but at my website I have a full docket of free short stories from Freak Sorority. It’s a fun series about a paranormal group of friends who make their own good times while being way better than average.

What are you working on now? 
Lyrical Press actually just signed on for my next book, a BDSM themed novel, David’s Angel so I’ll be working on that a lot very shortly. I also have a sweeter romance that is just starting the submissions process that I have high hopes for.

Do you have an evil day job, and if you do, how do you find time to write? 
My evil day job is being a mother to my two beautiful children and helping out some friends by watching their children. I find time to write by mandating nap time and staying up a little later than I’d like to.

What is your creative process?
 It goes in a three phase spurt. First is the must write, right now phase. I can get a novel written in a month when that kicks in. When that fades out, my need to knit or read comes in and I don’t write at all for at least a week. Finally the need to fix and edit manuscripts starts after I’ve made a few dozen hats or scarves. It’s a pretty consistent pattern I follow. Right now a beautiful set of baby booties are being made while another story simmers.

What does your family and friends think about you being an author?
It wasn’t a surprise to my family. They’ve always known I wanted to write and how much I love romance in general. My friends were more surprised, especially by the content I write, but they are all very supportive and can’t wait to see what the finished product is. 

It’s April and spring is coming. What is your favorite season? 
I love fall, especially here in Minnesota. The leaves are gorgeous and the weather jumps around a lot, but usually it’s long sleeve t-shirt and jeans weather, my very favorite.

April is Easter time, how does your family celebrate?
We celebrate the day with lots of time with our church family and also with my husband's family. Our girls are young so there are baskets to fill, eggs to hide and find over and over again. We always hope for good weather so we can enjoy time outside as well.

Chocolate bunnies or Cadbury Eggs? 
We like both of those, of course, but we’re jelly bean people for the most part.

Thank you so much for being here. Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know? 
It was a pleasure being here. Thank you for the opportunity to chat and promote my book. I love romance and love sharing what I write and also other people’s stories. I hope people will head to Facebook and fan me there and join the fun we have with contests and prizes. 

And before we go, can we get a juicy excerpt from Poppy's Passions
Of course! This is a scene from Poppy’s first taste of what being with the brothers could be like. 

Poppy could see it, visualize the explosion of feelings and pleasure as it gathered, and she lifted to Cody with more urgency, grinding her clit to his pelvis when he was at his deepest. So close. He wore a condom but she could feel him finish in the jerk of his body, the pulse of him throbbing inside her just before she climaxed.
“Cody!” she wailed, so close to coming, the frustration drawing tears. “Please!”
“It’s okay, baby girl, we’ll take care of you.”
She shoved herself up to her elbows when another voice pierced the room. Cody was out of her and lying on his side next to her, barely winded from his efforts.
“This is all up to you, baby. I’ll take care of you or Trevor and Michael can join us, but it’s your decision,” he murmured, kissing her ears and the shallow places beneath them as he continued to tease her engorged clit with his slippery finger.
She trembled and ached with unsatisfied desire. Her tortured body was screaming at her mind to hurry the hell up and make a decision. Standing in the doorway, their chests bared, but jeans firmly in place, it was impossible for her not to want Michael and Trevor. Cody was beside her, keeping her on edge and doing something incredibly erotic to the crook of her elbow with his tongue.
“Did you plan this?” she croaked, helplessly arching into Cody but he wouldn’t finish.
“Maybe a little,” he admitted. “It’s still up to you though, darlin’. I meant what I said earlier. You decide what you want. Trevor can be in you in about four seconds, and Michael’s wanted to get his mouth on your pretty breasts since the first night he saw you.”
She moaned in answer and fell back onto her shoulder blades, her resistance gone at the sweetly erotic words. “Yes, both of you, hurry.” 
She grabbed Cody’s hand when he tried to back off again. “You. Quit teasing.”

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Sex by Laura Tolemei


Title: The Sex - Virtus Saga Book 1
Author: Laura Tolomei
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Release Date: March 15, 2010
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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Genre: Sci-Fi, M/M, M/F, erotic, romance

If Sendar stood a chance perhaps it would be thanks to the arbitrary twists and turns of a blind destiny. Or maybe someone would discover the truth about the ancient ways and compromise our peaceful existence forever. Either way, people needed a hero to shed new light on the age-old mysteries. And he was just about to answer their prayers.

Welcome to Sizzling Releases, Laura. I'm so pleased you could join me today. What is your Sizzling Release?
The title says it all, The Sex, Book 1 of a great new fantasy series, Virtus. 

What is The Sex all about?
Sex, love, power, destiny, politics, choices, truth, self-discovery, life and death. These are just some of the themes of my new release, but mostly of my new fantasy saga, Virtus.
Virtus Saga
Book 1 The Sex - available
Book 2 The Game - May 15, 2010
Book 3 The Festival
Book 4 The Fitting
Book 5 The Pledge
Book 6 The Heat
Book 7 The Trace
Book 8 The Guardian 
The World
Sex, sex and more sex without limits or boundaries--not in numbers, not in gender, whether it's the phase, the pledge or the heat--such is Sendar's very foundation, an apparently peaceful planet, without the usual pestilences associated with mankind, wars, hunger, violence. But is it really so?  
The Characters
Lost while returning home, Duncan Caldwell, only son and heir of Prince Charles Caldwell, finds shelter in Ylianor Meyer's rundown shack. The beautiful woman has a very familiar air, but for the life of him, he cannot remember who she is or resist the attraction he feels, despite his aristocratic tastes. So he offers her a job as Black Rose's stable keeper, only to find out she's the daughter of his father's mistress. But will this stop the fatal pull drawing him to her bed? 
Lord Christopher Templeton is fiercely in love with Duncan Caldwell, a love started before either was old enough to know what love is, which continues until Duncan decides it's time for him to find a woman. But Chris is determined to hold on to his prince no matter what it takes, even if he has to face the hated rival he had already driven away from his lover's side, once, so long ago. 
Ylianor Meyer has been in love with Duncan Caldwell since the very beginning, growing up with him on the green hills and cliffs of Black Rose. Banned by Prince Charles's mate, she hasn't seen Duncan for over 10 years, but when he walks in her rundown shack, she knows she still loves him as passionately as when she was merely nine-years-old. So she follows him, no matter what the consequences, no matter what his despicable lover will do to drive her away…again. 
Lord Arthur Fairchild, leader of the High Council, knows time is slipping away from his grasp and Sendar will be condemned if his hero doesn't come forth soon. So he summons him--not just him, but also the ones he's connected to by lifetimes of bonding love and feelings so strong they've transcended time and space. And the uncontrollable power, the Virt, the energy running wild on Sendar only complicate matters. 
The pyramid
Three-sided like the three lovers full of power and explosive feelings, Virtus controls Sendar in ways they have yet to discover and if they can, change. 
The story
Unknown to most, powerful forces dominate Sendar's feudal-like society, the ability to wield destructive energy so strong in some people, it's threatening to devastate their world. But to reach a new balance you have to learn, grow, blend with the world from which you come, then go beyond it before the world collapses into chaos. And that's what Duncan, Chris and Ylianor must learn to do if sex, power, magic, passion and jealousy won't stand in their way. 
The Sex is the beginning of everything, from Duncan Caldwell's meeting with a beautiful stranger who turns out to have grown up with him, to his undeniable love for a man, the fascinating but standoffish Christopher Templeton, and the start of a sweeping journey to learn about themselves and their world, which will turn out to change their lives forever.

That sounds fascinating. How did you come up with the idea?
Well, the characters played inside my head for quite some time before I set them down on paper. Mostly, I kept seeing this handsome dark prince with long hair flying wild as he rode on his black horse, utterly lost in a land he should've known but oddly didn't--a storm about to hit him just to make the situation more tragic--until he sees candlelight shimmering in a window.  When he gets to it, he realizes he's not lost at all, in fact he's very close to home, but with the storm's fast approach, he decides to stop there for the night if they'll offer him hospitality. But the woman standing on the thresholds feels awfully familiar, though he hasn't the slightest idea who she is or why she should feel like someone he's intimate with. Thus begins Virtus and from there on, readers will get more surprises than they've bargained for LOL 

I know this is book number 1 in the series Virtus. Did you begin writing with a series in mind, or did your muse take over?
Actually, the characters did it all by themselves. I never thought about a series before I started writing their story, which kept going on and on until it finally made sense. Yes, that's the very interesting part about it. Like any other reader starting with The Sex, I had no idea what the plot would turn out to be or why characters did certain things. For instance, why didn't Duncan remember Ylianor since he'd grown up with her? The solution to this came to me only in Book 4, The Fitting, which proves how little info the characters shared along the way. They told me where and how their story would progress while I simply wrote it down. So from the first line to the last, which is still to be written, I had no idea, I   learned the pieces until they composed a great picture that still amazes me for its complexity. 

As a multi-published author, what advice do you have for those just beginning their writing career?
To believe in your work no matter what. Virtus was the first book I ever submitted to a publisher and many, if not most of them, refused it for one reason or another. But I didn't desist until eXtasy accepted it and believed in it enough to allow me to make a series out of it, for which I can never thank them enough.  And this just proves how much believing in oneself can get things done.

What was it like for you to write your first book and get published?
Like touching the sky with a finger. And this is especially true for Virtus, which was the first book to be contracted back in 2007, though only today it sees the light. Actually, the first book I published was Trespassing: All Hallows Eve in 2008, which was the answer to my publisher's holiday season submission call. 

Tell the readers about your backlist.
  • To Seduce a Soulmate novel, Dec. 15, 2009
  • Bloody Passion, novel, Oct. 31, 2009
  • Spying the Alcove, novel, August 1, 2009
  • Roman Seduction, short story, June 1, 2009
  • Sacrificial Sex, novella, March 1, 2009
  • Divinitas, novel, Jan. 1, 2009
  • Trespassing All Hallow's Eve, novel, Oct. 15, 2008
 What are you working on now?
I've got a lot of releases planned for 2010, first of which is Book 2 of the Virtus Saga, The Game, coming out May 15. Then the journey will continue with The Festival, Book 3, and The Fitting, Book 4. But while you're waiting for those, I've got a completely different genre coming out April 15 @ Whiskey Creek Press, Tasting Leon's Mark, an intriguing contemporary, GLBT, M/M about star-crossed lovers, having to reckon with their many past lives and the hot, passionate, sometimes dangerous sex that has driven them to chase one another through time and space. 

Do you have an evil day job, and if you do, how do you find time to write?
I wouldn't call my day job “evil”. In fact, it's very interesting and satisfying because it deals with international trade, which gives me a lot of opportunities to travel and help Italian companies export abroad. Where do I find the time? Simple! I practically never sleep LOL 

Is there something in particular that sparks you to write something new?
Could be news I hear on TV, something someone tells me--for Spying the Alcove, my mate told me of the finding of a Roman medallion depicting a man and woman having sex on a triclinium and it inspired me to write the story. To Seduce A Soul Mate, instead, a friend told me so much about one of her colleagues, Martin, that it set off my imagination until I wrote his story. Sometimes, it can simply be passing a shop in a street like it happened with Tasting Leon's Mark that began when I saw an auto repair shop and imagined what it would be life for a woman to work in one. Other times, it's enough to have the hot sun roasting my skin to spark off my fantasy and this is how Virtus began. 

What does your family and friends think about you being a published author?
My mate's enthusiastic about my writing. He supports me, reads everything I write, gives a lot of helpful advice, suggests new plots and even helps me with the sex scenes LOL
I must say, we have a lot of fun with this habit of mine! 

And before we go, can we get a juicy excerpt from The Sex? 


“Good morning, lover.” Chris’s sleepy voice cut through his thoughts.
Duncan returned to bed and kissed him warmly. “Good morning, Angel.” Chris turned on a side, revealing a hard cock, jutting up proudly and the prince could not resist grabbing it. “Were you dreaming of anybody in particular?” He teased, rhythmically folding the skin over the bulging head, then down to the bottom.
Chris grinned playfully. “No one in particular, just someone who can set me on fire with a simple touch.”
Feeling the shaft getting harder, Duncan increased the seductive slide. “Then it must be Arthur.” He teased.
Chris sat up straighter, giving the prince more leeway. “Sure, we have great sex, but nothing comparable to how you make me feel, lover.”
Duncan smiled mischievously. “You mean nothing comparable to this?” His mouth closed on the tip of the erection, his lips sliding in one sweep down to the balls.
Young Templeton gasped, his cock twitching in pleasure inside the wet cavity, enfolding it tightly, and Duncan’s shaft reacted immediately, so he stroked it forcefully while sliding his tongue down to Chris’s narrow hole that opened completely to accommodate his probing. Still tender from the other night’s repeated use, the flesh wrapped around the hard tongue tip, but Prince Caldwell’s need to stick something bigger made him flip his blond angel around and shove his huge shaft through the taut opening with a single thrust. And it was like plunging into liquid fire—a sensation Chris alone seemed able to give him—the burning flames feeling as real as if Duncan actually fell into a real fire that inevitably sucked the throbbing cock dry. This time was no exception, for the prince could never resist the fiery pressure, flooding his blond angel with convulsive jets the second before Chris’s own contractions squeezed all the fluid out of him.
“That’s exactly what I meant.” Rolling away from the stickiness clinging to the sheets, young Templeton trapped the prince, kissing him fiercely. “How can I ever dream of anyone else? Lover, you set me on fire constantly and that’s what keeps me alive.” Eyes fixed on Duncan’s face, the blond angel pressed his point. “And if sometimes I need some cooling down…” He shrugged nonchalantly. “Then Arthur, John, Michael or whoever the heck he may be comes in handy.”