Thursday, January 31, 2013

Born Into Fire Blog Tour Starts February 1st

Join me and Tarah Scott on the Born Into Fire Book tour. On all of the days of the tour, Born Into Fire will be FREE on Amazon.

Join us on each stop along the way.

 Tour Schedule Link:

Tour Schedule:

Feb. 1st- Full Moon Bites 
Feb. 6th- Sweet n' Sassi 
Feb. 7th- Froggarita's Bookcase 

Ryalda--the Element heroes of old--leak from the dark void of nothingness, Ghen, and bring with them beauty, desire...and destruction.

Air Element, Erion aches to feel the heat of Kenna's emerging fire. However, merging his wind with the woman on the cusp of transformation comes with great risk. A risk he's unwilling to take. But with a male Fire Element intent on enslaving Kenna, Erion reconsiders his vow. To protect her, they must merge, but he will not bond his wind with her fire.

Aspiring glassblower, Kenna Lang finally has a showing that could launch her career—with Drakaura, blown glass replicas of the dragons of her dreams. A chance meeting with Erion ignites an attraction hotter than the furnace used to blow glass. Drawn into an erotic joining, Kenna is born into fire. Now her world is going up in flames.

Merged as Air and Fire, their power is unimaginable. However, both are unprepared for the emotions awakened by their joining and the timeless battle waged against them. Only together can they defeat their enemies, both Element and Dragon, and escape the darkness of Ghen.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Spy Games: Lethal Limits by Mia Downing

Spy Games: Lethal Limits
by Mia Downing

Secret Agent Jake Anderson would rather have the measles than love his best friend's wife. So when she gives him a mission--to find his own woman to love--he knows just the woman to target. Exotic beauty Tia Richards--his new partner--is wild, twisted, and has no limits when it comes to adventure, in bed and out. She's perfect for him. Now he just has to get Tia and his heart to agree.

Sexy spy Tia Richards has a problem, and the solution is Jake. The last time they hooked up, he left her bound and begging, unfulfilled, so close to finally getting the fireworks she deserves. But Jake loves his former partner, and Tia refuses to be second best. Will she listen to the ache in her heart that whispers she has what it takes to be first in Jake's life, or will lethal limits separate them forever?

Click here to read an excerpt.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Contract

For an unpublished romance writer, a period of pure exhilaration follows the receipt of the acceptance letter from the publisher. There is shrieking, bouncing up and down, a face gets grabbed and lips get mashed, and your spouse temporarily loses hearing in one ear. Because, damn it, you're riding a wave and you want the world to know.

If your joy is excessive, the Snoopy Dance gets performed on the front lawn in full view of the neighbors. (It was okay, really, my neighbors already thought I was strange.) And a rep for eccentricity adds to the writer mystique, right?

Then there comes a second email with the mysterious contract, full of confusing and intimidating legalese. The moment the lengthy file opens on the screen, that initial haze of happiness becomes a daze of bafflement. The contract gets printed and perused—squinting eyes and a crease in the forehead as the author attempts to discern the meaning inherent within the words.

Of course, if you're like me, then you really only care about seeing your work finally published. By the time that I received my first publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press, I would have gladly signed away conjugal rights to Mr. Snark. (It's a good thing those lady editors never found out just how sexy the mister is…)

So you scrutinize it and familiarize yourself with some legal terms, because that's what you're supposed to do, even though you really have no concept of what it all means. (Unless you're one of the few unpublished authors with an agent.)

In the end, you sign it anyway, because you'd do anything to see the baby you've labored over, shed tears and laughter for, finally make it into the hands of readers. And you reassure your spouse—"Don't worry, Mr. Snark. I'd never sign away rights to your studly services. Unless, maybe, there's a movie offer on the table…"


Melissa Snark

twitter: @MelissaSnark

My website: Melissa Snark author site
Today on my blog: The Contract

Monday, January 7, 2013

On Rejection

As a writer, the most common (and maybe most valuable) advice received is: develop a tough skin and learn to take rejection well.

I've received my fair share of rejection through the years, and in fact, it became a point of pride that I learned to take it well. I got so good at receiving rejections that I'd write thank you letters to agents and publishers, thanking them for having rejected me.

Thank you so much for your time and the consideration of my novel. I thank you profusely for having rejected me and I hope to one day submit another story to you for future rejection.

I became so skilled and eloquent that Hallmark offered me a gig writing for them. Unfortunately, I had to turn them down because I am unable to confine my thank you efforts to just one line.

Eventually, I became so accustomed to rejections that I didn't know how to react when The Wild Rose Press offered me my first publishing contract for A Cat's Tale. I actually emailed Angela Anderson to be sure there had not been an egregious mistake.

Dear Angela,

Thank you so much for your time and consideration of my novel. I thank you profusely for having rejected accepted me, but I feel compelled to allow you the opportunity to retract your offer in the event that it was sent in error.

Sincerely yours,

Melissa Snark
twitter: @MelissaSnark
My website: Melissa Snark author site
Today on my blog: On Rejection

Friday, January 4, 2013

Tempted By The Storm
by Maxine Mansfield

Larksong Hammerstrike has always been just the younger sister of Princess Aryanna. Never quite as pretty or as smart, always lacking, a mere empath whose power gets her into trouble more often than not. But at Carnalval, the festival of all things sexual, she unleashes her sensual side for a night in the arms of a masked stranger. When morning dawns, Lark can't resist a peek beneath the mask of her lover and is once again crushed by fate. The man of her lusty adventure is none other than the future Lord of the High Elves and destined to marry her sister.

As heir to the kingdom of Landis and current instructor of wizardry at the Academy of Magical Arts, Sarco Sunwalker is honor bound to rise above the temptation of the beautiful empathic student who invades his mind, body, and soul. But when sparks fly, lightning strikes, and thunder rolls, Sarco finds himself more than tempted by the storm of Lark's passion and vows to find a solution that will prevent a war between races, fulfill an infamous quest, and win Lark's hand.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Third Floor Encounter
by Samantha Gentry

Dani Foreman is determined to expose the secrets of the mysterious Third Floor club in order to secure her career as an investigative reporter. Problem? So far, many have tried but none gained access to the private club. An encounter with the sexy bartender might just be her way inside the club to discover the truth behind the rumors of orgies among the rich and powerful.

Mitch Sinclair is a man of many secrets, including owning the Third Floor, an exclusive sex club. He doesn't know who Dani is, but he does know she is not what she claims. His need to protect the secrets of Third Floor runs deep and very personal. But his attraction to Dani is strong and he must decide whether to trust her or compromise the single most important thing in his life.

Click here to read an excerpt.