Stealing Beauty

Help! I’ve lost my muse.

My drunken slut of a muse up and disappeared on me about two months ago, and I haven’t been able to find her since. I have no idea what happened. Did we fight? Did I bother her with my incessant replay of Lana Del Rey while writing? Did she find her soulmate and wander off? I have no idea.

What I do know is it’s been really, really, hard to get into writing lately. Sure, I have projects. I joined Camp Nanowrimo with my Stealing Beauty publisher (*ahem* Deep Desires Press *ahem*) for our upcoming Coffee series, I’m trying to submit a novella for a Zombie-themed erotica anthology, and I’m working on Book 2 of the Fairy Tales After Dark series, Finders Keepers.

With the projects I have lined up and the looming deadlines, both pre-set and those I’ve set for myself, one would think the writing would just flow. If not from creativity, but from sheer fear of not getting them out in time.

NOTHING IS HELPING!

Lana is still keeping me company (by the way, have you all heard Lust for Life? OMG. Just constant repeat) but she isn’t able to bring my muse back. Maybe that little whore wants… I don’t know…. 30 Seconds to Mars. She is quite a fan of Jared Leto, both as himself and Mr. J.. My muse and I have that in common I guess.

I get such energy from nature, and I’ve been feeling great lately…. just not creative.The weather is gorgeous; the perfect balance of warm sun and breeze, without making you want to shed your clothes – in the not fun way.  But nope. She’s not where she should be – on my deck, with her sunglasses, sipping a martini as she works her magic.

I’ve been reading novel after novel, night after night, trying to get inspiration. Nothing. I either hate the books I’ve been reading, or they’re so far outside the erotica genre it doesn’t spark anything. It’s like she’s laughing at my frustration.

Oh… and the little bitch teases me, too!

I have ideas. Lots of them. At all sorts of times. I’ll have an idea while driving, or at the supermarket, or even that one time at work when I should have been paying attention in the meeting yet somehow began to imagine the sexy motorcycle ride my Ali and Jayla (Finders Keepers) are going to take. I’ll normally voice record the ideas quickly to not lose them, but once I get home, sit down, and begin to type…. nothing. The scene I literally wrote, word for word, on my drive home from work disappeared once I sat to write it.

I actually had a dream about two weeks ago where I was reading a novel. A FULL NOVEL I was really enjoying. I woke up, realized it was a great read, tried to remember what I… well I guess what I read AND wrote in my mind, but it was gone. Just like that. *Poof*

Just. Nothing.

I finally decided – after weeks of sitting in front of the computer, looking at a blank word document, banging my head on the table, and then opening up Facebook just to distract myself – “screw it, I’m just going to free write”. Strangely – this has helped a little, albeit it makes me nervous.

Take my Zombie erotica submission. I have literally NO idea what’s going to happen next. I just sat and decided to write what comes to mind, and it’s actually been coming along pretty well. I’m about half way through and… for not having any direction whatsoever…. I’m quite proud of what I’ve accomplished.

Now I just need to keep it up. I’ll never really be content with only a paragraph or two a night, but at least it’s something. I’m learning perhaps I need to let my muse wander off, sow her wild oats, and then return when she’s ready. Because it’s what she’s doing anyway. Let’s face it – she does what she damn well pleases.

I’d love to hear about your muses. What struggles do you have with them, and how did you make up and get another story going? Comment below. 

Happy Reading

~Jessica

Author Spotlight: K.L. Roth

Good evening loves!

I know, I know. I said I was going to be on more frequently and then 3 weeks pass with silence. What can I say? A LOT has happened in a short time frame. I’ll fill you all in, but today I have an amazing Author Spotlight from the sexy erotica author, K.L. Roth. I’ve learned this is her first author interview, so I’ll be sure to be gentle with her. This time 😉

Welcome! I promised I’d go slow, so let’s ease into the questions, shall we? Tell me a bit about your writing journey. 

I started writing when R. L Weeks asked me to co-write Royal Lies with her. I was excited beyond words. I started as a personal assistant to many authors, R. L Weeks among them, then skipped off to writing. The Fallen is another book R. L Weeks and I wrote together. It’s available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited right now.

I love R. L. Weeks’ work. She also has a Fairy Tale series, which is obviously a genre-love of mine considering I’ve written one as well! Other than R. L., who are some of your favorite authors?

Pepper Winters, J.A. Huss, Aleatha Romig and E. K Blair. Pepper Winters’ Indebted Series gave me the “bug” for writing.

It’s always wonderful when I hear authors finding inspiration from other authors. Where else do you draw writing inspiration?

I find my dreams very inspiring. When I do sleep..lol. My dreams are extremely vivid, so much sometimes that when I wake I have to make sure it was a dream.

I hear you on the lack of sleep, lol! Speaking of dreams… which fictional character would you want to have a drink with, and why?

J.A. Huss’s Ford. He is super intelligent and has some mean computer hacking skills.

Ok, ok, enough about everyone else. We know R.L. Weeks helped convince you to write, but what about solo works?

Howl for Me was slated to be my first book by myself. It will be releasing sometime in May. Right now I’m shooting for 5/15. However, thing have changed with Royal Lies and R.L. Weeks

How did you celebrate your first published novel?

My husband took me out for dinner to my favorite Thai restaurant.

Sounds delicious, and well deserved! Even though you’re a “newer” author, I have no doubt you’ve, like the rest of us, have done Google searches on topics you never dreamed about before! What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had to research thus far?

I have done a ton of research for Royal Lies. I would have to say the weirdest of them all so far would be what they call the long shirts women wear under their gowns in the 15th century.  They are called houppelande. How ridiculous is that name?

Almost as ridiculous as having to wear them, lol! Speaking of difficult things… what’s the hardest part of being an author for you?

I’d have to say the hardest part is lack of sleep. I’ve been off work due to a surgery since December but I’ve been so busy writing. I stay up late and sleep when my son is in school.

Such a busy bee you are! Make sure you get some time for you! (I know, it’s the counselor in me). So for those who don’t know you yet, how would you describe your writing style?

My style is a bit of everything. I love to write historical since my favorite shows and movies all revolve around kings and queens. I read it all therefore I want to write it all.

Currently I have 2 paranormal romances – both will become a series – and 1 historical romance series. I am rewriting Howl for Me, a shifter Ménage that will also become a series. I get involved with the characters and put myself in their shoes so there will always be more than one book to the majority of books I am working on.

Sounds awesome. You’re a bit into every genre already. What drew you to the idea of Royal Lies?

Royal Lies was R. L Weeks idea. Together we forged a story line and went from there. We write very well together and easily come up with great ideas for our characters. Royal Lies is a mixture of The Tudors and Reign. Two shows we both love.

With such a great collaboration, I’m sure Royal Lies will be an instant best-seller. Any fun facts about this book?

I actually witnessed a Pagan initiation ritual in order to get the facts correct for the book.

Wow. That prompts so many questions… but I’ll ask you privately about those, haha. I’m a “visual” creature myself, so in thinking of your main characters for Royal Lies, who would you choose to play them?

Alice, I’d love to see Dakota Fanning portray. James, I’d have to go with Alex Pettyfor and Elle Adelaide Kane from Reign.

I love Alex Pettyfor! Ok, what’s one movie adaption of a book that you cannot stand, and why?

I know I’m going to get some bad comments for this, but I’m being honest. Fifty Shades of Grey…the movies so far have not given the book much credit. No use of items from the Red Room of Pain and no sex scenes. As soon as it gets steamy on screen, they cut it out. The whole point of the book is the sex and relationship the two have together and how it changes the two of them.

Trust me, no hate here. I have problems with both the movie and the novel of 50 Shades! What’s next for K.L. Roth? 

I have a few anthologies and two box sets I am working on with several other authors and a new series of my own.

With such a busy schedule, does anything get in your way of writing?

Cartoons on tv. I sit on the loveseat with my laptop and listen to music so when my S/O is watching cartoons, I have to watch. I love them.

Those pesky S/O’s throwing our game off! I feel ya. Mine likes to watch my favorite movies just as I sit down to write, lol. Any big mistakes you feel you’ve made in your writing career thus far?

Howl for Me was rushed to meet the deadline and I had writer’s block so bad. I am working on re-writing now to make it a full novel. I learned my lesson on rushing.

Sounds like some good advice there on taking your time. I hate deadlines for the same reason. Sometimes the book comes out less organic. Any advice for novice authors?

Talk to other authors. Most of us don’t bite and we are more than happy to help you out. Take time with your stories and build your characters carefully. Find a good editor and make your covers shine.

I agree 100%. We’ve heard about writing Royal Lies, and you’ve whet my appetite. Can you give us the blurb from the novel?

Royal Lies
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James is about to get everything he ever wanted. He’s about to become the next of King of England. He’s engaged to rich Lady Alice, and England has never been wealthier.
He’s about to get it all until everything shatters around him.

The palace is stalked by demons from his past, hiding in the shadows, waiting.
Deadly truths are etched onto the portraits of the late queen who was beheaded, taking a secret to her grave that would change everything.

As he takes on the role of being the most powerful man in England, he realizes that everyone is hiding secrets, the noblemen are pulling strings, and he can’t even keep his sister under control.

When he finds out the truth, how far will he go to hold onto his crown?

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk about yourself and your novels!

Thank you for having me. Love to all!!

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~Jessica

 

Stealing Beauty is here!!!

After much anticipation, my debut novel, Stealing Beauty, has released!!

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She wants him. He needs her.
This time, it’s the Beast who’s going to attempt to tame the Beauty.

Anabelle Lehala just wants to spend time with her best friend, finish law school, and provide a good life for her and her father. Her world is knocked upside down when she meets a mysterious, captivating stranger who tempts her like no one before. Refusing to be just another notch in his belt, Belle forces herself to stay away from him at all costs.

Rich, powerful, and handsome, Aleksandr Wolfe has been accustomed to getting whatever he desires. That is, until he meets Belle. Immediately captivated by her, Aleks can’t understand why she won’t give in to the obvious mutual desire between them. Helpless to stay away from her, Aleks wonders if she’ll be the one thing he can never have.

When Anabelle finds herself in danger after refusing the advances of Gabriel Avenant, a man who believes she is his and his alone, Aleksandr vows to protect her. As their attraction grows, they each must decide if they are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice—their hearts.

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Want a little more to whet your appetite? Your wish is my command….

                 He looked at her for a moment before continuing, voice low. “Let’s be honest for a moment, shall we? I’ve been fantasizing about you since the first night we met, and I can feel your eyes on me whenever I’m near you.” He paused a moment, tongue darting out briefly to lick his bottom lip. “We should just fuck and get it out of the way.”
Belle stopped breathing. She wanted to take him up on his offer — she had never wanted to sleep with a man as badly as she wanted him.
“Mr. Wolfe, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I own a club. I deal in attraction. You wouldn’t get a call back.” Belle narrowed her eyes back in a challenge. Ok, so she lied a little, yet he needed to know there wouldn’t be anything between them, no matter how often she thought about it.
“It that so?”
“Yes,” she huffed out a breath, proud of herself for staying strong against his attempts at her.
He stared at her for another moment, his penetrating gaze holding her in place. He stood, walking around the desk towards her, fingers on his left hand grazing the edge of the dark wood.
His face remained impassive, but his eyes, his eyes looked — calculating.
                   Oh, no. I know that look. I created that look. Belle moved to stand but Aleks was too quick. He leaned forward, a hand on each side of her chair, entrapping her in the small space. The earthy scent she was beginning to grow fond of flooded her nostrils. The muscles in his forearms flexed as he gripped the chair, and the heat from his body warmed her as he leaned forward, dangerously close into her personal space, forcing her head back against the leather.
“Women have pretended to say no to me before. Seems I always change their mind.”
His arrogance was the cold water she needed to focus. She wasn’t about to let him intimidate her. “Pretended? You’re such a prick. I’m not other women.
Belle held his gaze as his look darkened, blue turning cerulean, a slow smile forming on his face.
“Mm hm,” he uttered, not convinced. His voice dropped as he continued, “Tell me, did you think about it the other night? Me fucking you against the wall? Or perhaps you’re thinking about it now — being bent over my desk as I take you from behind?” He wouldn’t release her gaze, pupils dilating as he spoke. His facial expression, his voice, his sheer intensity, all mixed with his words; he was devastating.
“The only reason those thoughts cross my mind is because I have to listen to you talk about them.” She hated feeling the blush creep across her cheeks. He reached with one hand to stroke her cheek with his thumb, his fingers wrapping towards the back of her head.
“Your cheeks turn such a pretty shade of pink when you lie to me, Belle.” The touch sent a jolt through her body as a breath caught in her throat. She knew he heard, being so close to her. He leaned down into her, close enough she could almost feel his chest on hers. He placed his lips next to the ear opposite his hand and she felt his warm breath on her. His masculine scent engulfed her.
“Consider your challenge accepted. You will say ‘yes’ to me, Belle. In fact, you will beg for it.”
“I — I don’t recall offering you a challenge, Mr. Wolfe.” Her voice had sounded raspier than she had intended. She resisted the temptation to lean her face into his.
“You saying no is the challenge. You can tell yourself you won’t give in. You can try to resist me all you want, but it won’t work. I always win.”

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Author Spotlight – Whitley Cox

This week’s Author Spotlight features the contemporary erotic romance author, Whitley Cox. I met Whitley through Facebook and I have to say her blurbs and excerpts are always sizzling! She has an amazing library of works coming out throughout 2017 including titles such as Hot and Filthy, Hard Hart, Hot Dad, and more. Her books are easy to read, take you through a wide range of emotions, and include everything from beginner kink, to comedy, and even some darkness. (Be sure to check out all the links after the interview.)

Thanks for stopping by, Whitley! I always like to start with hearing how  you began your journey into writing. 

From early on the very first thing I ever wanted to be when I was growing up was “a writer.” I was always that kid waving their hand in class wanting to read her work, much to the chagrin of the other children. But was told that writers don’t make any money, so I spent my childhood bouncing around from one career idea to the next, marine biologist, lawyer, therapist, engineer etc. I started my undergraduate degree as an English major, but I didn’t like the constraints that the professors put on me and didn’t really see a future career in getting a creative writing degree, so I switched my major to psychology and graduated with a B.A. in psych. I’d still love to go back and get my masters in family counseling (that’s the ten-year plan). My husband and I went backpacking for six months for our honeymoon, we went to twelve countries, and during that time I read a lot. I read some great books and I read some not so great books. And it was these “not so great” books that caused the plot bunnies in my head to start hopping. When we came home and started life again I started writing, and the obsession was born.

I completely understand the bouncing around. I actually started out wanting to be a veterinarian, then a lawyer and ended up in Psychology as well before writing on the side! Your honeymoon sounds amazing. With such a diverse background of experiences, where do you draw your inspirations from?

Everywhere and anything. A lot of the conversations, situations or events have happened to me or my friends. So many text messages in a few of my later books are weird text messages I’ve had with my friends or husband. Movies, songs and other books are also great inspiration, they help to get the creative juices flowing.

I love that. It means the conversations of your characters are going to be realistic. Do you have any favorite authors?

Sylvia Day, Diana Gabaldon, Cindy Gerard, Rebecca Zanetti, Stephen Clarke, George R.R. Martin, Stephanie Bond.

Was there any particular book which gave you the writing bug?

To be perfectly honest (I know people are going to hate me for saying this) it was Fifty Shades of Grey. I read all three twice each (what else is there to do when you’re on a twenty-nine-hour bus from Laos to Vietnam and you finish the third book and find out there is still sixteen hours of travel left? You pick up the first and start over). I didn’t particularly care for the female heroine in the book. Yes, she was young, but she was also overly naïve and kind of stupid. And the fact that she had her very first orgasm solely from nipple stimulation irked me something fierce, so I said, “I can write better than this,” and came home and started writing. Now, whether it’s better is up to the readers, but I wanted to write something more realistic. But, as much as I didn’t care for the books, yes they were hot, and made for one hell of an adventurous honeymoon, I have to give props where they are due. The books have paved the way for my genre and they are what sparked my need to write.

Trust me, I had the exact same feeling. The premise of those books were great but there were so many decisions made which I found not just annoying, but almost made me as a reader feel like I had been thought of as just as naive. So now that we know which fictional character you don’t like, which fictional character would you like to have a drink with, and why?

Hmmm…that’s a good question. There are so many to choose from. Probably Claire Fraser from Outlander because, what a life, what a story. Cersei from Game of Thrones (I know she’s bad, but I’d love to pick her brain about living the life of a pariah), and probably Jean Luc Piccard from Star Trek The Next Generation, because I LOVE Patrick Stewart and even being around his fictional character would be the thrill of a lifetime.

What was the first story you ever wrote, and what became of it?

I think it was in Grade 5 about my stuffed animals and how they came to life and got up to mischief in the house. Either my mum has it or I do in big box somewhere.

Lol! The idea of animals coming to life is what those of us in psychology realm would call a collective belief! When you sold your first piece of writing, how did you celebrate?

Well, I decided (not sure why) to put my first release date as my daughter’s 2nd birthday, so we celebrated with cake and cuddles and singing and opening presents.

Sounds perfect. While as a writer there are a number of good parts – meeting fans, the joy when others’s enjoy our work – there’s also a lot of difficulty many don’t realize. For, you, what’s the hardest part of being an author?

Time management. There is never enough time. I have all these plot bunnies I want to get down, new WIP’s (work-in-progress) and yet so much of my time is spent doing the business side or editing a book.

Has there been anything exceptionally strange in any  of your research for your writings?

Sex scenes, particularly menage. When I get a scene or position in my head I end up having to watch a lot of porn to make sure it’s plausible. Sometimes it’s not doable and I wind up changing the scene. A few BDSM scenes and how things I haven’t tried myself might feel or work. I’ll read blogs or forums or testimonials of positions, toys etc that people have used and their experiences and then incorporate that into my writing.

As a fellow erotic author, I can attest to the amount of pornography I’ve had to view to get something right, lol! How would you describe your writing style?

I’m a quilter. I start at the beginning and then when the writer’s block hits I’ll skip forward and write another scene and then piece them together later.

My books are all written in first person past from the perspective of the heroine, however the prologue is from the perspective of the hero and how they meet. That is the only time you’re in his head, the rest of the time you’re in hers.

All my books are HEA and M/F, though some books have M/F/F and one has M/M/F, but they’re menage scenes where the couple goes and picks someone up, they’re not menage relationships.

You have quite a diverse catalogue! What drew you to the idea of your novel, Sex, Heat, and Hunger (The Dark and Damaged Heart Series)?

Although this is my third published book, this was the first book I wrote. I wanted to write a book that didn’t gloss over the grittier side of sex. I wanted to write a book that told you to go pee after sex, where the woman didn’t always orgasm and sometimes sex was interrupted. I wanted to write a book where things in the bedroom could go awry, they had to work at being the perfect fit and when things didn’t go smoothly the couple laughed about it. I wanted relatability, I wanted life and reality to be embraced.

Give me a fun fact about this book.

There are two scenes in this book couplet (both sexual) that were derived completely from real life. One of them involves a canoe!

Lol. I guarantee if I tried to have sex in a canoe we’d end up in the water! I’m a huge fan of visuals – which actress/actors would portray the lead characters of your book?

Rosie Huntington-Whitely  for Emma and Michael Fassbender for James. There is a twelve-year age gap between the characters so Michael would work.

I’ve found more models in stock photos that would make a perfect James than I have actors. Patrick seems the closest, though he doesn’t seem alpha enough…I’m not too sure. Tough question.

I understand. We get a picture in our head and it’s difficult to find someone to fit exactly. Is there one movie adaption of a book which absolutely drives you bonkers, and why.

I’m not too sure, I mean as attractive as he is Jamie Dornan is not my Christian Grey, so…

Me either!! I always thought Ian Somerhalder would be better. Have you had any odd fan encounters?

No. I’ve only been published for a two months. Nobody knows who I am. Ha-ha.

Well, hopefully this interview will help expose you to a new fanbase! What is your writing Kryptonite?

When I’m having a tough time in life my writing suffers. When I’m having a bad day, my hubby and I are arguing or my kid is being fussy I can’t focus and my writing is complete crap. My mood is my kryptonite.

Is there anything you’re currently working on now?

My first third-person POV (and of course I had to make it difficult on myself and have six main characters…) and it’s a Christmas erotic romance. A bit tamer than what I normally write, 3-4 flame rather than 4-5, and with no real dark elements, more whimsy and the spirit of Christmas with sex and romance woven in.

Wow, really getting ahead for the season. You’re a better woman than I, haha. What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made as a writer?

I’ve made a few. Personal blog posts that riled people up, poorly chosen (and money spent) promo deals, writing books that are so long they’ll cost over a $1000 to get professionally edited… Lots of mistakes.

It sounds like you’ve been properly hazed as an author! Any advice you would give to aspiring authors?

Don’t stop writing. With every book, you will get better.

Whitley, thank you so much for stopping by. I cannot wait to read more of your novels – lastly, is there anything else you would want your readers to know?

My brand is: For the Curious Kink in all of Us so I write for the everyday woman. Nothing in my books will ever send you or your partner to the ER. It’s all just about stepping outside of your comfort zone to spice things up in the bedroom. As I like to say, it’s just regular, everyday people doing filthy things to one another.

Thank you again for stopping by! As I mentioned above, Whitley has a LOT coming out this year. Her list of upcoming releases are as follows:

Upcoming releases 

Sex, Heat and Hunger: Part 2

Lust Abroad

Hot and Filthy

Hard Hart

True, Deep and Forever: Part 1

True, Deep and Forever: Part 2

Snowed in and Set up

Hot Dad

Blurb for Sex, Heat, and Hunger Part 1 – The Dark and Damaged Hearts Series.

He was her addiction; she was his everything…

Emma Everly is ready for her happily ever after. James Shaw doesn’t know happiness. But Emma knows that there is more to the brilliant and sexy millionaire project developer. Yearning to experience the world of pleasure that James is offering her, with no strings and no future, Emma agrees to the parameters of his proposition. No love, just sex —and lots of it. After only one weekend, Emma feels her heart begin to bind to the man, and she knows she needs more, only James’ walls are up and he remains guarded and distant. He’s hiding something. As Emma falls hard and fast into his intoxicating world of sex and passion she fears that her own checkered past and James’ secrets may be what’s keeping their happily ever after just beyond their grasp

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First Encounter

Th17197842_1623084741038373_447518380_nis week’s quickie is provided by one of the HOTTEST erotica authors I’ve encountered. Seriously, each “Random Thought” really revs my engine. I’m talking, of course, about CJ Cassidy.

With an intense following of loyal readers, CJ knows how to tease. Read below for a sampling of his style, and check out his novel, The Tortured Soul Trilogy of Pain and Pleasure. 

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A quick note from me, before your “quickie”..

This week’s quickie comes from the talented Jack Walker, a newly published author of erotica and horror. His first novel, Chocolate – Book 1, is available on Amazon. Jack has a number of short stories and poems on his website, yet this particular one really spoke to me. It’s not only sexy and romantic, but the end was such a sweet surprise, reminding me as an author of the entire audience out there. I hope you like it.

~Happy Reading