Welcome to my little corner of the gay erotic romance universe . . . well, half of it, anyway. (You can find the other half at RachelHaimowitz.com.) This is the place to come for sneak previews of new projects, release information, and the occasional M/M book review. I'll also share thoughts on the industry on occasion, and I hope you'll come share yours in return.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Traveling the World with Stephanie Draven, Laura Kaye, and Leia Rice

A Sexy World Trip for One:
Travel the World with Three Erotica Authors

While Harlequin is known primarily for romance, they also offer hotter fare. Today, authors Stephanie Draven, Laura Kaye and Leia Rice are here to tell us about the unique settings of their books.

Stephanie Draven: The Fever and the Fury is a contemporary paranormal erotic novella set in Budva, Montenegro, near Greece. I chose this location for a few reasons--not the least of which is that it’s known as sort of a place for sinners. Without an extradition treaty to the United States, it has become a sort of wild resort beach town, complete with bright blue ocean and terracotta rooftops. I would love to be sitting under a beach umbrella listening to the ocean during the day, then climb up into the old fortress of the old city where open air theatre takes place under the starlit sky to enchant visitors. It seemed like a very sexy and very hot place to set an erotic novella and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Laura Kaye: In the Service of the Vampire King is an erotic vampire romance novella set on the cliffs of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. This story is the first in my new Vampire Warrior Kings series, and each will tell the story of one of the seven remaining warrior kings and be set in a new exotic location (the second story, which I’m writing now, is set in Moscow, Russia!). Kael was the first of my heroes to speak to me, though, which is why I started the series in Ireland. One of my goals for this series is to weave in the unique culture, history, and material culture/architecture of each featured location into the series, and Castle Dunluce, a real historical site, and the wealth of Celtic symbols (for tattoos), both offered a rich pool to draw from. I’ve never been to Ireland, but it’s on my bucket list of places to visit, particularly as I can trace some of my ancestral roots back to southern Ireland.

Leia Rice: My novella takes place in Revolutionary France, which I find to be such a daring and passionate time in history. Emotions were already peaked then, and people from all over France pushed for change and found it, albeit violently. You’d think it would be hard to write erotica set during a war, but I love the dynamic of it. Soldiers and patriots, Royalists and Citizens. There are so many facets that you can explore and manipulate into really sexy and dramatic situations.

So how about it? Where do you want your erotic romances to take you? Is there somewhere you wish authors would write about?

About the Authors:

Stephanie Draven is a multi-published award-nominated author of myth-inspired paranormal romance. Writing for HQN Nocturne, Stephanie’s Mythica series asks the question: What if the monsters of ancient mythology still walked the earth...and what if you found out that you were one of them? Currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies, Stephanie lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.

Laura Kaye Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of a half-dozen books. Hearts in Darkness is a finalist for the EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Leia Rice is an avid lover of everything Parisian, Ancient Grecian and Ancient Roman. She wishes that women would still wear the pretty dresses and petticoats that they did back in the 18th century, but she’s well aware how much of a pain they must have been. Leia writes historical fiction, romance and erotica in these  areas, because she cannot get enough of each respective time period.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th Blog Hop Stop - Win a Kindle!

*waves at all the blog hoppers*

Given the theme of today's hop, I almost did something horror-related, but in the end decided to post a preview of mine and Cat Grant's upcoming pair of novels releasing this spring, Power Play: Resistance and Power Play: Awakening. (Which, who knows, might horrify some of you after all ;-p) If you scroll down to the previous entry, you can see the first of our ridiculously amazing cover art, custom-painted courtesy of Riptide Publishing. And if you click beneath the jump, you'll see, well, something distinctly not safe for work. And also, of course, the link to the next blog in the hop, which you'll need to make your way to the entry form for the day's big prize--a shiny new Kindle! (If a little guy-on-guy kink play isn't your thing, scroll down past the excerpt to find the next hop link.)

Clickety clickety!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Drop-dead Gorgeous New Cover Art!

Hello my lovelies! I have been sadly neglecting this little corner of the internets lately, and for that I apologize. But I assure you, it's because Fun Things Are Afoot. In other words, I've been writing. And writing, and writing, and writing. And also editing a lot, because, wow, the Little Publishing House That Could has taken off like a, well, runaway train, and it's full of happy readers and happy authors and just generally keeping all of us kind of insanely busy.

But the other thing that's been eating my time (and my brain) these days is--no, it's not zombies, Kari, shut up--a massive pair of contemporary BDSM novels I've been co-writing with the lovely Cat Grant, she of Once a Marine fame. The first book, Power Play: Resistance, clocks in at 90,000 words of crazy-hot vaguely dubconny nonstop kinkgasm, and is currently in edits for an anticipated Spring 2012 release (Aprilish, hopefully). The second book, Power Play: Awakening, is currently at 32,000 words and rising, just as kinktastic as Resistance, and also happens to feature a chapter-long cameo by Devon and Nicky of Master Class and SUBlime fame. We're aiming for a summer release for this one--the idea being not to keep you waiting more than a couple months between Book 1 and Book 2--so apologies in advance if things remain a little quiet on the blogging front.

Although, I will be back here in two days as part of a Friday the 13th Blog Hop where we'll be giving away a Kindle to one lucky commenter :D

Anyway, you're here for the Power Play: Resistance cover art. And boy is it a doozie. I think it may be my favorite yet. Of kind of anything ever, actually. It's beneath the jump. Don't forget to click to embiggen.

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