Sunday, August 31, 2008

What's On Your Mind?

This is the last day of August and so ends the 31 Sultry Scarlet Nights. Today I'd like to open the blog up to everyone and make it a free for all.

What's going on with your life, your writing, whatever? Let us know.


Winners of the 08/30/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Christina Phillips - winner of Sex, Lies And DVDs by Lynne Logan
Blog - lyn - winner of Perfect by Jennifer Leeland

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

KyAnn's Blog Day

Good morning, (well, almost afternoon in the east coast. :))

So did you know...

The average male orgasm lasts 6 seconds. Women get 23 seconds.

German researchers say the average intercourse lasts 2 minutes, 50 seconds, yet women perceive it as lasting 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
Men can reach orgasm less than a minute after erection.

Women it's impossible to determine but it can longed than 30 minutes.
Only 30% of women orgasm from penetration alone. So it's the penis fault! lol

Do you have any other interesting facts about sex?

I'll be posting excerpts from my books in the comments. Let me know what you think.


Winners of the 08/29/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - today4us2 - winner of Cowboy by Delilah Devlin
Blog - Hollie Brooks - winner of Hot Blooded by KyAnn Waters

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Winner of the Scarlett Sanderson Blog contest

Winner of the Scarlett Sanderson Blog contest is:


Please send me an email at:

And I'll have your gift certificate sent :)

Congratulations, lyn!!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Winners of the 08/28/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Cheryl Pierson - winner of An Afternoon Tryst by Modeska Rose
Blog - last - winner of All She Wants For Christmas by Crystal Jordan

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


How far would you go to fulfil your one desire?

In my erotic romance, Devil’s Dance, Tessa Connelly has a secret yearning to be dominated by a man. Deep down, she has submissive sexual fantasies and yearnings. Luc Campbell offers her a deal – one month of sexual mastery, if she’s courageous enough to accept…

As an author I love writing about the sexual adventures of characters that aren’t afraid to fulfil their desires and take control of whatever fantasies they keep locked away. My question to you is what is your secret desire?

Do you desire to be captured by some handsome hunk in a faraway realm?
Do you desire to be ‘dominated’ like Tessa? Or do you shiver at the thought of being a Domme to a submissive male?

Do you desire to cover Viggo Mortensen in whipped cream and devour him slowly?

Sorry, that last fantasy was mine…*ahem*
Please, don’t be shy! The authors and readers of The Wilder Rose Press would love to know what YOU desire. Would you go as far as Tessa in accepting a deal with a stranger for a month of wild, wanton sex?
As an added incentive, anyone who posts a comment with automatically be entered into a prize drawing to win a $10 Wild Rose gift certificate.
*Winner will be announced on the blog tomorrow.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Winners of the 08/27/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Samantha Gentry - winner of The Mask She Wears by Jennifer Leeland
Blog - alisha page - winner of Bound By Blood by L. Rosario

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


IN HIS SLEEP by Hollie Brooks

Blurb for IN HIS SLEEP by Hollie Brooks
Angie Thompson is desperate for a hot, male--a last minute replacement model for the most important shoot of her photography career. When she stumbles upon Chad Gregory wandering the halls of her hotel in nothing but a pair of boxers, she can't believe her luck. Not only does Mr. Sexy agree to help her out with the shoot, but he gives Angie the best orgasm she's ever had...right there in the hall...up against the wall. The catch? He won't remember a thing. Chad is sleepwalking.
Have you ever met anyone who was sleepwalking? Talking in their sleep? I have. That's where I got the idea for this story. My husband is a sleepwalker. First time I saw him do, scared the pants off of me. He kept walking around the room, naked, scratching his head and mumbling something. I finally asked him what he was doing and he said, "What? I have to explain everything to you? Isn't it obvious?" That's when I realized he wasn't awake. Since then (and it's been 20 years), he has tried to sell me a car, make me jump out of an airplane, try and save me from a wild bird, paint the bathroom and I once found in the front seat of his car in his underwear. A few times, he's even gotten a little frisky. He once called me at work and asked me if had done anything the night before! Said he had a wild dream. No dream. At least, not for me. Normally, he vaguely remembers the things he does in his sleep.
So, I want to know, what is your most wicked dream? What do you dream about? Fantasize about? Desire only in the darkness of the night.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sorry everyone for the blog problems. For some reason, it was only showing my post in Firefox. I've got the blog working now.

See below for Toy Play or the Natural Way?


Winners of the 08/26/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Ali Flores - winner of Branded by Liza James
Blog - sky - winner of Santa Knows I'm Naughty by Tessa Rae

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Toy Play or the natural way?

Are you the kind of gal with an arsenal of batteries in your closet for that 'toy emergency'? You know, when the explosive chain saw shaking of your favorite 'friend' dies down to barely a buzz. If so, is your special someone jealous of your favorite 'big boy'? Does he roll his eyes when you want to enhance the moment by pulling out your 100 pound duffel bag of vibrating vipers? Or does he break out the tequila and lime and join the party?

I consider myself lucky that my guy likes 'play time' as much as I do. Some men and women just aren't into all the frills and they prefer playing nice to playing naughty. They want to focus on the intimate moment without any added distractions.

In Santa Knows I'm Naughty, Aimee loves the new 'toy' her hubby, Nathan, got her for Christmas. Nathan and her new 'friend' know exactly how to make her happy.

Eve and Shay don't use toys in Vertical Climax, but they do come up with some very interesting positions.

So which do you prefer – toy play or the natural way?

Nice Girls Play Naughty!

Santa Knows I'm Naughty, December '07
Vertical Climax, coming soon

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Winners of the 08/25/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Devon Gray - winner of Give It To Me by Desiree Holt
Blog - cathey - winner of Welcome To Eden by Rynne Raines

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Stockings or Skin?

Stockings or Skin?

Times like this made cramming into a downtown Manhattan pub on a Saturday night worthwhile. Johnny Aklin took a long pull on his cigarette and arched in his chair to get a better look. Sleek, strong, and of course they went on for miles, he observed when they strutted through the door balanced elegantly on three-inch fire engine-red stilettos. Christ, a man could lose himself in legs like those.
Beyond the screaming guitar from the sound system and the laughter that boomed with a crowd of two-twenty he imagined the click of those heels against the golden oak hardwood as they made their way from the entrance to the single empty stool at the bar.
Smooth. Those legs were smooth.
He imagined his lips coasting up them from delicate ankle to slender inner thigh. Then they crossed themselves in that slow, tantalizing, brutally erotic look at me fashion. His blood caught flames and he reached for his glass. Certainly, those legs were made for his hands. He let the scotch roll over his tongue before he swallowed then yanked his tie loose and wondered…stockings or skin?
As an author of erotic romance, I’m highly interested in what appeals to the opposite sex. It’s always been up for debate. It could take place around the poker table, at a boy’s night out at the local pub after a baseball game or silently in the mind of your lover while he watches you in evening ritual stroking apricot lotion from ankle to hip. There’s no getting around it ladies, men will forever love legs. We’ve already established this but does your man have a preference on Stockings vs Skin?
Mine has a weakness for garter-belts—as most men probably do. On several occasions, I’ve heard him complain that the invention of the full pantyhose has made the use for garters obsolete when in the past with the thigh-high stockings they were absolute necessity. So for him, he would choose thigh-highs over skin but skin over full hose. He’s a complex character, isn’t he?
Personally, I love stockings of all kind. From the moment the nylon touches my toes, slides up my calf and hugs my thighs, I feel empowered, sexy and ready to take on the world. It could be I’m heading out for a night on the town, a romantic dinner or I’m just scooting over to the mall in need of new skirts to join my already immense wardrobe. Regardless of where I am or what I’m doing, when I’m in a pair of stockings I feel damn good about myself.
How about you, do you have a preference? Is there a reason you would choose one over the other?

Available Rynne Raines titles from The Wild Rose Press:

~The Awakening
~Welcome To Eden
~Better Late Than Never (Free Read)
For more information visit:

Monday, August 25, 2008

It's All About Me

Who is Anita Philmar?

Good Question with no easy answer.

We are all unique in our own way. Yet, when you start telling others about who you are or what you're like, the descriptions all begin to sound the same.

I don't want to be the same. Wild and Crazy, meak and shy, at times we all have these characteristics, some of us more than others.

I'm a normal person with a husband, two kids, and two dogs. I love people and enjoy meeting new friends as well as old friends. I spend most of my time alone, because I chose to be a writer.

For some this would be the kiss of death, for me it's a joy because I can visit new worlds and go to exotic places. No rules, except the ones I create. Bad characters that my characters can slay. Situations that I control. Oh, but its great to be all powerful.

In my first erotica, I tried to put everything I enjoyed reading, a mystery with an off-world romance with lots of sex.

Hey, what more could a person want?

Happy with the results of Black Dragon's Blood, I couldn't leave the people with dragon blood alone and wrote two more books in the series.

I'm currently doing the edits for Black Dragon's Moon.

It should be out in the next couple of months.

As you can see authors fall in love with their characters as much as the readers do.

The last book in the series is Black Dragon's Heart. Don't know yet when that one will be showing up on the book shelves, but I think it's my favorite.

Now, you know for than you ever wanted to about me, but if you want to check out some of my favorite fantasies visit my blog -

Hope you have a wonderful day full of fun-loving sex.


Winners of the 08/24/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Eve Savage - winner of Bedside Manner by Sophia Rae
Blog - Stacey Graham - winner of Secret Santa 4U by Paisley Scott

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Doctor, Doctor!

"Oh, doctor, I have an ache."

"Where does it hurt, my dear?"

"Mmm, anywhere you're not touching me."

During childhood, most of us played dress up and acted out a fantasy. Whether it was playing house, doctor or teacher, it was our way of mimicking adults. Some adults never lose the need to act out fantasies, making role playing a popular device in the bedroom as well as in erotic romance.

What do you think makes role playing hot? And what's your favorite fantasy/role to play?


Winners of the 08/23/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Amy Smith - winner of Naked Bluff by Betty Hanawa
Blog - blessedheart - winner of Desert of Desire by Dara Edmondson

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Saturday, August 23, 2008


My apologies for yesterday's missing blog. I could claim it was a test to see if you guys were paying attention, (LOL) but the fact of the matter is, I was drawing a blank about what to blog and decided to come back to it later. Only later never came. I got busy and that was that.

So, on to today's subject...

Strip poker, have you ever played it, would you ever play it and why? I for one would never have played it when I was younger (no confidence) and now that I have the body, at least not one I'd share. But it's a fantasy.

Have a great day!

Winners of the 08/22/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Angela Stubbs - winner of All She Needs by Crystal Jordan
Blog - angietheresa & tamic - winner of Wicked In Wales by Eve Savage

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Winners of the 08/21/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Tina - winner of Talk Dirty To Me by Christine Daily
Blog - danetteb - winner of Candy Cane For Christmas by Anna Bookner

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Favorite Things

So I have this list of some of my favorite things that I thought I'd share (warning: longish), and to humor me since today is my birthday and all, I'd like everyone to list some of their favorite many as you like...okay, seriously, no more than say...41. Yeah, 41 favorite things is the limit...LOL

‘These Are A Few of My Favorite Things’ Lists By Liza James

Favorite Ice Cream – Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food...Chocolate ice cream, gooey marshmallow, swirls of caramel, yummy little chocolate fishies....ahhhh, it doesn’t get much better than that! I also recommend Karamel Sutra, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, New York Super Fudge Chunk & Coffee Heath Bar Crunch!

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries ‘n’ Cream...Okay, the cream isn’t technically ‘fruit’, but I can’t eat strawberries without it.

Mix well one 8 ounce cream cheese with one 7 -7 ½ ounce jar Marshmallow fluff and chill.

Favorite Vegetable – Zucchini...I love it baked with a savory mix of bread crumbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese. But nothing beats chocolate-chocolate chip zucchini bread. Here’s the recipe – enjoy!

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Mix together: 3 cups flour1 ½ teaspoons baking powder½ cup sugar1 teaspoon baking soda2/3 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon salt1/3 to ½ unsweetened cocoa powder Then add: 3 beaten eggs2 cups shredded zucchini¾ cup vegetable oil2 teaspoons vanilla1 cup chocolate chips

Mix well, divide between two greased bread pans, and bake at 325 for about an hour.

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Favorite Soup – Cream of Potato...Nothing makes my husband happier than a bowl (or three) of homemade Cream of Potato Soup! The key is the leeks, I won’t make it without them.

Favorite Meal – Swedish Meatballs, and no, not the Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup kind! I like them over white rice, I like them over noodles, but nothing is yummier than Swedish Meatballs over mashed potatoes, baby!

Favorite Dessert – Chocolate Dreams...Which is exactly what they are, literally, since Piggly Wiggly’s bakery no longer carries them...:::sniff:::... Moist Chocolate cake, a huge dollop of real whipped cream, covered in a thick blanket of chocolate ganache. I miss you, my little darlings!

Favorite Food To Have Eaten Off Of Me – Hot Fudge...Because it’s nice and sticky and takes a lot of extra licks to get off. ;-)

Favorite TV Series (past) – Little House on the Prairie & Buffy the Vampire Slayer...Okay, yeah, from one end of the spectrum to the other...LOL But both of these shows were phenomenal in my book.

Smart, snappy dialogue, monsters galore, and two of the hottest vampires ever, Angel and Spike...sigh...Luckily, Santa Claus bought my daughter the whole series on DVD for Christmas last year, so mommy can get her Angel/Spike fix any time she needs it. ;-)

No one tugged at the heartstrings like Michael Landon in Little House on the Prairie. And those episodes were written with such emotion...something I try to incorporate in my own stories. I’ve seen each episode numerous times, yet if I’m flipping through the channels and I come across one, I can’t help but stop and watch (same with the movie Roadhouse starring Patrick Swayze ).

*side note – The pen name Liza James is a play on Walnut Grove’s school teacher/Laura’s sister-in-law, Eliza Jane.*

Favorite TV Series (present) – Bones & House

The only thing I’d ever seen Hugh Laurie in before House was the Stuart Little movies, so I wasn’t sure if this series would interest me. Boy, was I wrong! Hugh Laurie is not only funnier than I ever imagined he could be, but each episode manages to grab & hold my interest until the very end. I sure hope House has several more seasons in its future! I hate saying goodbye!

Bones is another homerun for me. Yes, I love me some David Boreanaz, but the whole cast is awesome. And the chemistry between Booth and Bones is undeniably hot!

Favorite Food Network Shows – Iron Chef (the original & America), all of the Food Network Challenges, and Good Eats! I could listen to Alton Brown talk all day...LOL

Favorite Soap Operas – All My Children, Days of Our Lives & One Life To Live.

Favorite Sitcom – Two & A Half Men...LOL Funny! I swear, some episodes I have to sit with my legs crossed I laugh so hard!

Favorite Publisher - *Warning-the following answer contains heavy sucking up* The Wild Rose Press.

Favorite Review – Branded - By Liza James Written by Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies"Liza James’ short story BRANDED will have readers’ toes tingling with the intensity of the sexual encounters between Troy and Lily. From the first page right through to the last there’s no doubt that this couple is meant to be together. What I hadn’t expected was to become so enraptured by the tale that I didn’t want it to end. At only nineteen pages BRANDED is an excellent short story that will satisfy your need for a hot story when you don’t have a whole lot of time to invest in reading. Wonderfully written Ms. James!”

Favorite Yahoo Group –

EroticCravings is a group of erotic romance writers who are very close to my heart: KyAnn Waters, Meagan Hatfield, Eden Rivers, and me! I’m so lucky to be a part of them!

Favorite Season – Fall! Perfect weather, gorgeous foliage, pumpkin pie, and Halloween!

Favorite Holiday – *See Favorite Season*

Favorite Way To Relax – Reading a great book in a hot bubble bath!

Favorite Movie Genres – Horror & Comedy...some of my all-time favorites, just to name a few:

Horror: The Changeling, Dracula (1979), Salem’s Lot (1979 - what can I say, it was a good year), The Ring, The Exorcist, The Shining, The Omen, Christine, Carrie, My Bloody Valentine,, I could go on forever!

Comedy: Arthur, Just One of the Guys, Easy Money, Stir Crazy, Back To School, Porky’s, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Bachelor Party, National Lampoon’s Vacation (Okay, so I’m stuck in the 80s. )

Favorite Gangster Movies – Goodfellas & Scarface (I can’t decide!)

Favorite Song – All Right Now by Free (Yep, I’m a rocker!)

Favorite Sports – Football & Figure Skating...Yeah, I know, weird, right? LOL

Favorite Football Teams – I can’t choose between The Packers & Da Bears!

Favorite Ice Dancers – Torvill & Dean...1984 Olympics, All perfect 6.0s. J

Favorite Cartoon Character – Jimmy Neutron, much to the disgust of my daughters...LOL

Favorite Game Shows – Press Your Luck & The Gong Show...remember those?

Favorite Stooge – Curly! It’s not even a competition!

Favorite Vampires – The Black Dagger Brotherhood! What a sexy bunch of ass-kickin’ blood suckers...Thank you, J.R. Ward!

Favorite Authors (past & present, in no particular order) – Lori Foster, J.R. Ward, Lara Adrian, Janet Evanovich, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Judith McNaught, Dorothy Garlock, Rebecca Paisley, Julie Garwood, Catherine Hart, Johanna Lindsey, Karen Robards, Mary Jo Putney, Norah Hess, Catherine Coulter, Katherine Sutcliffe, Elizabeth Lowell...I could go on and on and on....

Favorite (or just plain memorable) Books – A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught, Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney, A Fire in the Heart by Katherine Sutcliffe, Island Flame by Karen Robards, Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood, Cry No More by Linda Howard, Say No To Joe? by Lori Foster, Hawke’s Pride by Norah Hess, Angel by Johanna Lindsey, Angel In Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde, Nightrose, Wild, Sweet Wilderness, Annie Lash, Midnight Blue, and the River and Wind Trilogies by Dorothy Garlock, and anything written by Rebecca Paisley.

Favorite Anthology – Welcome To Redemption by Donna Marie Rogers & Stacey Joy NetzelJ

Favorite Stephanie Plum Book – Hard Eight, and all you Ranger fans will know why...LOL

Favorite Craft book – The Bald-Headed Hermit and the Artichoke, An Erotic Thesaurus by A.D. Peterkin...Okay, honestly, I just like the title, but it does have some interesting pictures...LOL

Favorite Heroes – Joe Winston (Say No To Joe? by Lori Foster), Royce Westmoreland/The Wolf (A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught), Ricardo Carlos Manoso aka Ranger (Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich).

Favorite Heroines – Lady Madelyne (Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood), Jennifer Merrick (A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught), Stephanie Plum (Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich), Peachy McGee (Midnight & Magnolias by Rebecca Paisley).

Favorite Liza James story – How am I supposed to choose just one of my babies? I love ‘em all!

Available from The Wild Rose Press:

~Only Man For the Job
~Mischief in the Dark
~Game On
~Mischief in the Garage (Free Read)

Winners of the 08/20/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Donna Kowalczyk - winner of Take Me Again, Sam by Megan Kerans
Blog - Judith Legar - winner of Game On by Liza James

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Winners of the 08/19/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Phyllis - winner of Hired Hands by Wendi Darlin
Blog - dawnm - winner of Addicted by Devon Gray

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Oh, Aren't We Clever?

As a writer, one of my favorite things is when I experience what I like to call "writer's literary bliss". Usually some kind of impromptu dance around my office ensues, so high am I on my sheer brilliance. Because really, could anyone else be so clever? So bright? So...funny? Of course, the moment is short-lived and I remember that little monster called subjectivity. What I find to be one of the greatest literary gems ever to be penned will be seen by others as, well, words on the page. Words their eyes roll over, bringing them to a passage they find clever, a string of words that did nothing for me. I believe that writers have their favorite passages in the books they create and send prayers heavenward the editor won't try to cut "this scene...this line...this incredible fruit of my creative mind". In my book "Addicted", here is one of my passages that delighted me to no end (excerpt contains explicit sexual if you care, right?).

He leaned in and kissed me, his tongue running along my bottom lip in a coaxing tease. “I want to make you come, Jane. But I want to do it with my mouth. Please let me taste you.”
I never said yes. I never said anything at all. This is the kind of reaction that results in your underwear being shoved into a man’s back jeans pocket. I didn’t think about my lack of response, however. It was difficult to think of anything after his mouth was on me.

As readers, we also have passages and scenes we have experienced from an author's voice that live with us. I'll never forget a scene I read years ago from a Nora Robert's novel titled "Command Performance". Here's the short version: Eve is girl who grows into a woman who has always had a crush on Prince Alexander (her father is close to the royal family), but is overly intimidated by him. She is friends with the other royal siblings, calling them by their first name, but only addresses Alexander by his title. The prince has always harbored feelings for her, and is frustrated to no end that she is so standoffish, and very jealous of her close relationship with his brother. When she stumbles upon him in the stable, he confronts her about how she addresses him (I'm getting all tingly just thinking about what's to come). He corners her, fitting his hand into her hair at the nape. "Say my name," he says in his intimidating timbre, hovering over her. When his name spills tenatively from her lips, he is on her like white on rice. Hot. So, what book scence hangs in your mind?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How Bad do YOU want to be?

Fortuneteller, my current release, is being followed at some point by Bad Enough. Bad Enough's heroine is Lindy Cooper, a PI who appears by name only in Fortuneteller.

Lindy's on vacation in Costa Rica, breaking out of her good girl routine, and testing whether she's got it in her to be a bad girl. Her motive? She solves a major case, fulfilling her life-long dream, and in the process of fulfilling HER dream, finds herself at odds with everyone she knows. Her parents are worried about her safety, so they disapprove. Her fiancé ... well, let's just say THAT relationship doesn't last. Which actually kind of works out...if only because it makes Lindy realize that things have got to change.

So off she goes to fulfill a few other dreams...and that's where it gets fun!'s the question: if you were Lindy, heading off to Costa Rica (or any other place you like—the important thing is you know no one think) planning to break some rules, live out some fantasies....AND someone you've known for years, someone you're attracted to, shows up...and he's willing to help...

Would you take him up on it? And where would you go, and what would you do? BTW, you can use your imagination and make it all up...if your DH or SO walks into the room and says "honey, I never knew you wanted to get down and dirty on the slopes of a volcano in Iceland with Bubba from next door" you can say with all honesty you're just saying that to make the blogger-of-the-day happy, and all you really want is to be trapped in a hurricane, getting wet with him...besides, Bubba drinks dirty martinis and thinks toothpick architecture should be an Olympic sport...

Winners of the 08/18/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Tami Cullen - winner of Black Dragon's Blood by Anita Philmar
Blog - angietheresa - winner of Tinsel & Takeovers by JT Schultz

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


You Wet Yet?

I'm posting from Central Florida, where we're on our way to a wet, windy, generally icky day. Perfect for...well?

As a writer, I can think of lots of things to do (real and imagined) during a tropical storm. One of the benefits of exercising your imagination deliberately is it goes on autopilot. At least, I think it's a benefit. My friends and family might be a bit over the part where someone cuts them off in traffic and I voice an entire life story that gives them a good reason for such rude behavior.

I like doing this—which is, perhaps, obvious. Like making up stories about people (real and imagined), especially ordinary people who find themselves in unusual situations, or sensible people faced with irresistible temptation.

Rarely do I write reunion stories, which gives me an interesting challenge when writing erotic romance—because, really, what good reason is there for an ordinary woman to jump into bed with some guy she's just met? I'm assuming, of course, that the man isn't worried about reasons LOL. My favorite reason is love at first sight.

In The Fortuneteller's Lay, when Detective Devon Cole walks into Miranda's fortunetelling tent, the usual rules apply—he's irresistibly hot, she's irresistibly sexy, sparks are flying and threatening to set fire to's love at first sight, whether they know it or not. But the thing is, there's something more going on than hot cops and sexy fortunetellers...anyone know what it is that convinces Miranda to throw caution to the winds? There's a tarot candle in it for the first three correct answers (I'm allowing for variations on the theme). If you've read the story, you absolutely know it; if you've seen the excerpt (on my blog, posted in June), you probably know it; and if you've even read the blurb you can make a pretty good guess. Email me separately at if you want to play for prizes.
Meanwhile, back on the blog, what do you think about love at first sight? Ever felt it? Lived to regret it or did it work out? Inquiring minds want to know...

And give me a little time to answer, 'cause I'm gonna get wet....
PS I'm going to try to post again around noon

Monday, August 18, 2008

The One That Got Away

When two hearts, denied in youth, reunite, yesterday's forbidden desire becomes today's unquenchable passion.

Kathleen Sullivan has loved Bryce Donovan since the first time she saw him, but he was the governor's son, the golden boy, and being groomed to follow in his father's political footsteps. She's the daughter of the woman who washes his laundry. But after years of separation, the chemistry is still there and some longings simply won't be denied.

Reunited lovers...they theme seems to strike most readers in that soft spot where certain memories linger. I believe almost everyone has someone they never forget, their first love. For me, the one that got away wasn't a keeper.

Is there a man from your past you'd like to catch up with?

Darah Lace

Winners of the 08/17/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Amber Leigh Williams - winner of Wrong Number, Right Man by Darah Lace
Blog - Eliza Knight - winner of Yesterday's Desire by Darah Lace

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Great Places to Make Love...Not!

We all read about heroes and heroines making love in wonderfully romantic and creative places--the beach, an airplane restroom, etc. But are those locations really as good as they sound? I mean, who can really enjoy the moment when you're worrying about sand getting into places it shouldn't? Or when you're wondering how sanitary the airplane restroom is and who was doing what in there earlier? Ick!

Today's question is...what locations sound great in romance novels but leave much to be desired in real life?


Winners of the 08/16/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Debby Creager - winner of Seduce Me, I'm Irish by Allie Standifer
Blog - Kaye Manro - winner of Princess Slave by Sara York

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Winners of the 08/15/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Cheryl Pierson - winner of One Sinful Night by Jalena Burke
Blog - karen h in nc- winner of New Year's Resolution by Samantha Lucas

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Putting Summer Olympics Non-Stop Watching to Good Use

Are you sleep deprived because you've been watching the Olympics for the past week until all hours of the night? Does your latest hero look remarkably like Michael Phelps or Kobe Bryant? (I've seen more of those two in the past week than I have in the past year!)

I am so there. I live in Georgia (the U.S. version, not the U.S.S.R.) and the Olympics begin here at about 8:00 pm. I've been watching until 12:00 midnight, sometimes 1:00 am, and I've got to be up by 6:00 am in the morning. So why is it that the Summer Olympics has such a draw for those of us who wouldn't be caught dead watching an entire table tennis tournament or canoeing on television?

Okay, so before I get slammed for belittling your favorite sport, here's the question for the day:

Give us your tip for putting the Summer Olympics watching to good use in your writing or reading, and be the lucky winner of a book download from The Wilder Roses of The Wild Rose Press!

(The racier, the better!)

Jennifer Haley, Editor
Scarlet Rose

When did you fall in love with romance?

For me it was in the sixth grade. The first romance I read was one of the old "malt shop romances" written in the 40s and 50s. I think they were already out of print by the time I read them in the mid-70s. Do any of you remember Rosamond du Jardin? She was my favorite. I devoured all of her books. My favorite was Marcy Catches Up, set in Colorado, which is now my home. The young love and happy endings enthralled me.

Also in sixth grade, I discovered Harlequin. Back then they only published the sweet romances, but for an adolescent girl, reading about adult love was very exciting! The first one I read was called Helping Dr. Medway. I don't recall the plot or the author, but I do recall being totally immersed in the story.

A year or so later, I stumbled upon a book called Forever by Judy Blume. Now I know you've all read that one! Though not technically a romance, because the hero and heroine don't actually end up together, it was a graphic depiction of a young woman's first sexual experience. Remember Ralph? LOL.

So my question today is, what is the first romance you ever read? For some of you, it will be The Flame and the Flower. Naughty me -- I only read that one for the first time two years ago! But I did discover Danielle Steel when I was younger, and a new series called Silhouette showcasing some new authors, one of whom was an unknown named Nora Roberts.

I can't wait to read all your responses!


Winners of the 08/14/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Kealie Shay - winner of The Fortuneteller's Lay by Lara Dien
Blog - Linda Laroque - winner of Naughty In Norway by Layla Chase

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Winners of the 08/13/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Paisley Scott - winner of Moonlighting by Kris Eton
Blog - tamic - winner of Drive Me Crazy by Janna Lee Hayes

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Like a Cyclone

I wish my characters' words and personalities would hit me like a cyclone sometimes. See, I'm the kind of writer that agonizes about every phrase selection. Did I use 'that' too often? Is this mental image what I'm going for? Does the reader understand my character? I like to have the most perfect finished product possible. I like it when words just flow from my brain to my fingertips and onto the page. When I take the time to reread what I've written and say to myself Damn, girl, you're a good writer. Does that happen often? Sadly, no.

Which doesn't make me a very prolific -- or fast -- writer.

So while my characters are swirling around inside my mind like, yep, you guessed it, a cyclone, I'm struggling to carve out time to write then sweating about the choices they're making once they appear on screen.

Anyone else need more hours in the day?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shopping and Security Guards

Have you ever wanted to get back at an ex? Buy the prettiest dress you can find and show off all of your assets so that jerk wished he'd never treated you wrong? If so, then you'll love Kara, who wants to buy the hottest dress she can find for her divorce hearing. Unfortunately for her, the mall closes, and no one bothers to check the dressing room where she's trying on hot little black dresses. So when Jack, the hottest mall security guard ever, shows up, he believes Kara to be the sexiest thief he's ever caught. Of course, Jack figures out the scenario quickly, though he's immediately smitten with the lovely Kara.

I loved editing this book because the characters were so believable. Who hasn't wanted to get back at an ex? Who hasn't wanted to find a hot cop moonlighting as a security guard? The chemistry between Kara and Jack is practically combustible, and the sparks really fly as Jack and Kara explore their fantasies. I love how the ex finally gets what he deserves, though I won't tell you if Kara gets what SHE deserves--a happily ever after with Jack!

Pick up MOONLIGHTING today and find out how delicious a part time job can be!

Trish Owens
Scarlet Rose Editor

Winners of the 08/12/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Renee Knowles - winner of Mr. Fix-It by Donelle Carroll
Blog - Eva S - winner of A Lesson In Pleasure by Crystal Jordan

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rainy Days

We've had rain and thunderstorms rolling through over the past few days, cooling things off and making me want to sleep in or nap during the day. Before kids, rainy days on weekends were the perfect excuse for a little fun under the covers. Ah, there's nothing like cuddling next to the one you love and listening to the rain hit the roof.

What do you like to do on rainy days?


Winners of the 08/11/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Donna Kowalczyk - winner of Unexpected Encounter by Samantha Gentry
Blog - pam p - winner of Improper Nights by Leslie Dicken

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Male or Female?

Pretty simple--today's question is...

Do you prefer a feisty female on the cover or would you rather have a hunky hero?


Winners of the 08/10/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Jane E. Jones - winner of Blood Ritual by L. Rosario
Blog - Lara Dien - winner of Dream Strokes by Desiree Holt

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

In Your Dreams

Today's question is inspired by both the blog and the loop giveaway, Dream Strokes by Desiree Holt and Blood Ritual by L. Rosario. In Dream Strokes, the h/h have vivid dreams about each other but have never met. Blood Ritual isn't about a dream but if memory serves, the concept for the story came in a dream about a woman willing to die for the man she loves.

So, my you have vivid dreams and what's the strangest one you've ever had?

Have a great day!


Winners of the 08/09/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Rynne Raines - winner of Mi Toro by Brenna Zinn
Blog - dawn m - winner of Matinee Idol by Lorelei Chain

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Winners of the 08/08/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Kristin Daniels - winner of Beauty's Beast by Jane E. Jones
Blog - laura k - winner of Double Deutsch by Shayla Kersten

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.

Good Morning everyone,

So you make the plan. Blankets, chips...gum, a splash of perfume an easy access bra and loose flowing skirt. If you're going for a home run, you want to make rounding the bases easy. lol and no, we aren't talking baseball but yep, the dying art of Drive-in Movie Theater makeout.

A warm summer night, the bed of a pick-up, and a movie I didn't really want to see or one I've already seen so I don't care that I'm missing most of it. If it's a double feature all the better. Strong hands on my quivering flesh and deep, wet kisses sending a tingle through my system and curling my toes.

I happen to be lucky enough to live a couple miles from one of the last drive in theaters. In their height of popularity in the 1950's there were nearly 4000 drive in theaters in the US. now there are approx 430. (the first opened in 1933)

So do you have a drive-in movie theater near you? And have you ever had a romantic night in the giant parking lot with rowdy teenagers in the nearby trucks? (okay, most of my experiences were from when I was one of those rowdy teenagers. And I think the toe curling was from the steel bed of the truck digging into my back. lol. they're fond memories anyway.)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Daring the Forbidden

Double Deutsch by Shayla Kersten

Needing a fresh start after her husband divorces her for a younger woman, advertising exec, Catherine Lakeland, takes a position in Germany. Curious about sex with a man other than her husband but wary of the complications of a relationship, Cat trades places with her new friend, a sex worker at a brothel, for one night of pleasure but double the fun.

Today's question is...would you dare the forbidden if you knew you wouldn't get caught?

Winners of the 08/07/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Samantha Gentry - winner of Devil's Dance by Scarlett Sanderson
Blog - nascarandbeans - winner of One Night With You by Jane E. Jones

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Men in Uniform

One Night With You by Jane E. Jones

A storm hits, and a terrified Alice pulls off the highway to wait it out. She's relieved when a cop drives up and offers to keep her company. It doesn't hurt that he's probably the sexiest man she's ever met.

Not the type to flirt, let alone ask a guy out, Alice lusts after him quietly and wishes she had enough confidence and courage to act on her desires. But the storm passes and she drives away, sure she'll never see him again.

Today's question...Do you have a thing for a man in uniform? If so, name the uniform that turns you on.

Enjoy the day!


Winners of the 08/06/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Mysti Holiday - winner of Blackout by Dara Edmondson
Blog - Dannettb - winner of Turquoise Dreams by Betty Hanawa

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Trapped in the Dark?

Blackout by Dara Edmondson

Kendra's boyfriend accuses her of being a cold fish then dumps her for a coworker. She laments her sorry love life. But when a blackout traps her in an elevator with a sexy Latin, she discovers her inner vixen and sets out to make up for lost time.

So, today's question is...

If you were caught in a dark elevator during a blackout, who would you want to be trapped with?

Have a fun day!


Winners of 08/05/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to today's winners!

Loop - Mary Martinez - winner of Masked Encounter by Samantha Gentry
Blog - Crystalgb - winner of Deep Down Under by Myla Jackson

**Please email me privately to receive your prize.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Good Morning

Welcome to my day to blog for the Sultry Scarlet Nights!
Here's a little bit about myself:
I have lived my entire life in the Salt Lake City Valley, where my husband and I have raised a family of six children, three of mine and three of his, a regular Brady Bunch. One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my six grandchildren.
I'm a member of the Romance Writers of America and several sister chapters. I served as 2006-2007 Vice-President. Though I love romance, writing suspense is my favorite. I would love the opportunity to attend ThrillerFest.
My husband and I love traveling, our favorites are the Caribbean for relaxation and Italy for the wine. Our experiences have given me valuable insight for her stories.
I have a spicy hot story coming this fall, Enchanted Dreams from The Wilder Roses I'm very excited, I had a blast writing something so different.
Here's a blurb:
According to the Runes, whimsical Wiccan shop owner Cassandra Ballard must wait for her soul mate—she’ll know him when he enters her life. However, recent erotic fantasies and dreams have left her wanting and frustrated.
Sexy handy man, Dylan McCabe, bears a striking resemblance to the man in Cassie's dreams. Every time he enters her shop, her heart beats to the drum of a ritual older than time.
With the arrival of Samhain drawing near, will Cassie resist Dylan’s persistent advances or can he possibly be the man of her Enchanted Dreams?
Unedited Excerpt:
Cassandra opened the car door and tossed in her purse. Before she could climb behind the wheel, a hand clamped over her mouth. Her knees went weak. This was New York and it was dark. Her pepper spray now lay on the passenger side floor, out of reach.
“Trust me?” The whispered words sent a delicious tremor down her body. She knew that voice. Jed Gallivan, CEO of Cosmo Engineering. She tried to turn, his grip although iron, was gentle and prevented it.
“Trust me?” He repeated.
A shiver ran down Cassandra’s spine, her pussy instantly started to throb at the memory of his magic fingers in the elevator. Whatever game he played the tremor of nerves caused her to nod her head. He nibbled a little on her neck turning her knees to jelly, then whispered, “don’t turn around I’m going to walk you to the other side of the car.”
Letting him direct her she kept her eyes straight ahead, he had finally moved his hand from her mouth. He took the key from her hand and reached around her.
“Stand still.” He spoke so quiet she barely heard the words.
Not moving, as directed, the sense of adventure caused her mouth to go dry. What would he do next? He placed a red silken scarf around her eyes and tied it at the back of her neck. She wouldn’t be seeing after all, but feeling could be so much better.
He put a hand on top of her head and gently helped her bend into the car. The procedure was something she’d seen on CSI when the cops put their prisoners in the back seat. Without the scarf of course.
He closed her door, a few seconds later, the car dipped as he slipped into the drivers seat.
“Where…” Cassandra began.
“Shh… No words, only feeling and sensation from now on.” He followed his own instructions.
The engine purred to life, the motion of the car vibrated through her body. Her heart pumped as her thoughts turned to the fact she didn’t really know him. Instead of frightening her, as it should, her excitement heightened. She closed her eyes behind the scarf and tilted her head back on the seat.
Warm fingers came to rest on her bare knee—with the temperatures of summer she’d foregone nylons, even though it was against the firm’s policy to go bare legged. The electricity started at her toes as his hand inched up her thigh and traveled toward her already sopping pussy. His thumb started to nudge her panties away from her throbbing clit. Anticipation caused her to suck in her breath, but the exquisite torture stopped. Disappointment flooded through her, she sighed in protest, and he shushed her.
Her body dipped as the car turn, revealing why he had needed his hand. Expecting him to start where he had stopped she was dismayed when he stopped the car, and then climbed out. She could do nothing but wait.
Several minutes passed, she contemplated removing the blindfold, and then the door opened. Again, she felt the gentle pressure of his hand on her head, and his other grasped her elbow to guide her. He still hadn’t uttered a word. He led her somewhere, she could smell the tang of autumn in the air, but it didn’t give her any clues to where they were.
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Winners of 08/04/08 Drawing!

Congratulations to our winners!

Loop - Cheryl Pierson - winner of A Taste of Revenge by Karen Erickson
Blog - Jennykat - winner of The Pirage and the Pussycat by Paisley Scott

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Monday, August 4, 2008

A Hot Day In Heaven by Kathleen Scott

I love writing stories of mythological or emphereal beings behaving badly, while still maintaining a core of goodness. It's concepts like this that brought me to my story, A Hot Day In Heaven. Soon to be released from the Scarlet Rose line.

Here's a bit o' the blurb to tempt you...


Bad things always seem to come in threes, or so Sonia St. Marie discovers as she is kicked out of her apartment during a blizzard, her job teaching art classes at an adult center gets cut and she catches her boyfriend in bed with her best friend. Needless to say, it’s not been the best of days. That is until Archer DeAngelo shows up in his black SUV smelling of exotic spices and evoking a head full of sensual fantasies.

For years, Archer has been the distraction in the back of Sonia’s mind, tempting her to wonder about his decadent lifestyle he lives and the women he’s pleasured. Just looking at him makes her dream of all the things she wants to do with him and now she’s free from her philandering boyfriend, Gabriel, there’s nothing to stand in her way.

Seeing Sonia’s distress at her homeless state, Archer offers her a place to stay: his condo overlooking Central Park . Having nowhere else to go in such inclement weather, Sonia takes him up on his offer for shelter and much more. The sexual tension that always simmered between them goes into overdrive under such close proximity. The fact Archer has made it his mission to help her put her life back together has its own advantages. But then again, Archer is only doing his job.

Fallen from grace for a difference of opinion, Archer leads a group of disenfranchised guardian angels, who are currently staying mere steps ahead of the heavenly host who wants nothing more but to see them regain their rightful place at God’s right hand. A place they no longer care to occupy. The call of the flesh is much too powerful a lure for one who is now mostly corporeal.

For Archer, all his plans for the past few years have come down to this place in time. Since being assigned as Sonia’s guardian angel, he’s wished for the day when he could make her his. Unfortunately, his former friend, Gabriel, beat him to the prize. As head of the fallen, Archer has bided his time, knowing Gabriel would fall further than any of them ever could. It’s up to Archer to find a place for the fallen in the grand plan while trying to help Sonia realize her dreams, including the more erotic ones.

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Today's Giveaway

No, we're not giving away Johnny Depp (you wish), but since we had a little gliche in getting Kathleen Scott here this morning (I'm sure she'll be here later this evening), how about we take a look at today's REAL giveaway, The Pirate & The Pussycat by Paisley Scott. Um, we'll keep it simple. Who adores Captain Jack Sparrow and would he make you purr?

Winners for the 08/03/08 Drawing!

Good morning everyone!

The winners for 8/3/08 are:

Loop - Tami - winner of The Cougar Meets Her Master by KyAnn Waters
Blog - LindaH (readingissomuchfun) - winner of The Sea Prince by Brenna Zinn

Congratulations to today's winners!

**Please email me privately to receive your free download.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hot Fudge...Sundays!

Well, it's HOT and it's Sunday. And of course that brings to mind Hot Fudge Sundays. Yes, yes, I know it's supposed to be Sundae, but I'm thinking hot fudge syrup and lazy Sunday afternoons with an equally hot male. Just think of the fun you could have!

What are your favorite toppings on your...Sunday treat?


Winners for the 8/2/08 Drawings!

Good morning all!

Here we go again, another round of winners!

The winners for 8/2/08 are:

Loop - Christina Phillips - winner of Layover by Tia Dani
Blog - Amy Smith - winner of In Reference To... by Savannah Jordan

Congratulations to our winners!

**Please email me privately to receive your free download.


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ask Ima: An Interview w/Scarlet Rose Editors

I thought today might be a good day to introduce everyone to our Scarlet Rose editors. We have a lot of fun because as you might imagine we enjoy the subject matter of our work. ;)

The best way to introduce you is to point you toward the article for this month's Ask Ima article. Ask Ima can be found "In the Garden" on our website.

Truth be told, I didn't think anything could rattle Ima, but I'm pretty sure I saw her blush a few times during the interview.

Don't forget to post today for a chance to win a free download of In Reference To... by Savannah Jordan. And pop over to the Wilder Roses loop for a chance to win Layover by Tia Dani.

And have a great Saturday!


Our First Winners!

Hello everyone!

Thanks so much for posting yesterday. (8/1/08) It's my pleasure to announce our first winners in the 31 Sultry Scarlet Nights month long giveaways, and how fitting that the concensus of yesterday's blog topic fits right in with the prize, a winter romance by Mystique Devereaux, A Naked Holiday.

The winners are:

Blog - Kaye Manro - winner of A Naked Holiday by Mystique Devereaux
Loop - Kealie Shay - winner of Burn Baby Burn by Lynne Logan

Congratulations to our winners! Please email me privately to receive your free download.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Getting the Party Started!!!

It's August...the days are humid, the nights sticky...a perfect month
to enjoy a hot read.

Scarlet Rose
welcomes you to the steamy side of the garden
as we celebrate
31 Sultry Scarlet Nights!

The party continues all month long with daily drawings for free downloads and a Grand Prize at the end of the month.

To enter today's drawing,
post a comment in answer to this question:

What turns you on more......reading erotic romance during the hot and steamy weather when you can peel down to the barest essentials?
Or is it a bigger turn on when it's cold out
and you're all wrapped up in a cozy quilt by the fire?
Mmm, tough choice.