Category Archives: Book News

Janus 14-15

Janus was the Roman god of gateways and beginnings. He had two faces, but on him they were a good thing. One face looked back, contemplating the road just traveled, and the other face looked forward, dreaming about the future.

Kiss Me Goodnight cover

Kiss Me By Moonlight

2014 was a good year for me. It saw the release of two mainstream romances, the Kiss Me series, easily two of the best stories I’ve ever written. Critics loved them, though they didn’t sell very well. Oh well–they were a labor of love, and I remain devoted to Lacey and Dylan. Their story made me laugh and cry, and their journey was equally heartwarming and heartwrenching.

2014 saw the launch of my own small press, Lost Goddess Publishing. At present, I’m keeping it small. I’ve taken on two other authors to publish, and that means I’ve transitioned to editor as well as writer. I don’t think that job is for everybody, but I turned out to be surprisingly good at helping authors flesh out their stories. And I’m a whiz with commas. I wasn’t always able to claim that title. Working with Nicoline Tiernan has been great. (No, she’s not me, but she is one of my closest friends.) Her writing and her style have evolved a lot in the past year. If you like MM and haven’t picked up Tristan’s Lover yet, you’re really missing out. I’ve also begun an occasional blog series called Dirty Grammar, where I discuss grammar while using examples from adult scenes.

Tristan's Lover 5002014 also saw the first of my backlist returned to me. Loose Id returned Re/Bound to me. I tightened it up a bit, mostly tinkering with the ending to make that last scene work better. It finally clicked, and the Amazon reviews for it skyrocketed from 12 to 30. As it’s available for lending on Kindle, it’s not available for sale through other venues. It was briefly nominated for the Golden Flogger award until the person who nominated it (who runs the conference) discovered it was originally published in 2012, and so it was disqualified. Ah, well. It was an honor to have been briefly nominated. Re/Bound is one of my favorite novels, and I’m just happy people are enjoying it.

ReBound-FJM_Low_Res_500x750Janus also looks forward, so here’s what I have planned for 2015–

January-February-March will see the launch of my new menage series, Dragon Kisses. Right now it’s a trilogy, but my beta readers have used strong language to indicate the series should continue. The premise behind it is science fiction-ish: Five humans wake up one morning to find they’ve been transported to a world where dragon shifters (Zmaj) keep humans as sex slaves. They feed on human sexual energy. Book 1 is told through Cassie and Niall’s eyes. We get to know the new world and the dragon culture. Both Cassie and Niall fall in love with the dragons who claimed them, and of course they balk at the idea of being sex slaves. The menage part comes from my scientific mind: There’s no way a 600-pound dragon can shift into one person. That ignores the law of conservation of mass. Six-hundred pounds can shift into 4-5 humanoid shapes, and so each dragon shifts into 3-5 aspects. The aspects may have separate bodies, but they function as one person. It’s quite an interesting concept that I hope you’ll come to enjoy as much as my beta readers did.

Book 2 follows Arabella, who is captured when a rival group of dragons raid the human settlement next to Zmaj. She has amnesia, and though Tobin initially lies to her about their relationship, they eventually fall in love–and that puts them both in danger from the Inamanida King, who treats humans as disposable flesh. This story also follows Jonathan, a man who was born on Zmaj and finds his world turned upside down when it’s revealed that his biological father was a dragon. Not only does he have to contend with coming of age and becoming a shifter, but he must deal with Laurel–the woman he likes who is terrified of dragons.

Book 3 brings all those storylines together. Arabella and Tobin are in Zmaj, where they’ve fled. Attack from the Inamanida is imminent. Not only do they want revenge on Tobin, but they want to destroy the Zmaj warriors who are protecting the few humans on the planet. Laurel is forced to confront her fears and her feelings for Jonathan. Cassie and Niall’s lives are put on the line as well. I meant for this to be the conclusion of the story, but some things happened that I hadn’t foreseen, and it leaves things open for more to the stories.

2015 will see the return of five Siren-Bookstrand titles to me. Some will be revised and re-released. Others will go away forever. Lettting Go should come back to me in February. As my first published novel, it hold an extremely special place in my heart. It will go away for a couple of months as I get ready to relaunch it. I’ve already done a lot of revisions to make it fit my original vision, and I’ve added parts in response to readers who’ve written me about it. I’ll also get back Hanging On, Irrepressible Force, Tomorrow Cries (under another name), and Two Masters for Samantha. I’m pretty sure I’m getting some Loose Id titles back–Re/Paired and perhaps the Oasis series (though there may be another year on that contract.)

2015 will also see the third book in the Doms of the FBI series finally come out. I’ve been sitting on that one for two years because, as I’ve realized, writing while under the influence of a concussion isn’t the best idea in the world. It’s been majorly overhauled, and at last I have the story I want. Call me picky, but you’ll be glad for that when you finally read it! I’ve already begun brainstorming book 4 in that series. Amy will finally get her happy ending.

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year! I hope it’s the best one yet!

Love, Michele

Cerra’s Choice by Nicoline Tiernan

The last of the Lovin’ U shorts is out! Nicoline Tiernan completes her quartet with Cerra’s Choice, the story of a college woman who decides she doesn’t have to choose between the two men who want her.

Final Cerra's Choice 500Summary: Why choose one boyfriend when you can have two? Cerra has fallen for both Liam and Blake. When she tells them she wants them both, will they try it out once or stick around for the long haul?

Warnings: MFM, MM elements

Word Count: 5739

Excerpt:

She lifted her shoulders and let them drop. There was no way they were expecting this. “I have made a decision. I want you both.”

Confused silence. Blake and Liam exchanged puzzled looks. Liam spoke first. “What does that mean—you want us both?”

“I mean I’m in love both of you. Liam, you’re the person I call when I’m stressed and freaking out. Blake, you’re the one I call when I’m upset. I love hanging out with both of you, together and separately. You’re both essential to me, but for different reasons. I can’t imagine having one without the other. When I picture the perfect man, it’s a split screen with both of your faces.” These were not the words Cerra had rehearsed, but what poured forth was heartfelt and desperate. This was a definite gamble, and her heart was on the line. “Both of you complete me.”

Liam’s mouth compressed in a frown. He leaned back and looked away.

Blake frowned as well, but his attention never wavered. “Are you saying that Liam gets you on Friday nights, and I get you on Saturday?”

Cerra shook her head. “I want you both to have me together. Sure, I’ll want time with just you or Liam, but mostly I want you both at the same time.”

Re/Bound Nominated for a Golden Flogger Award

2015 GFA NomineeWhen I opened my email this morning, I was elated to find out that Re/Bound has been nominated for BDSM Writers Con Golden Flogger Award for BEST BDSM Book of the Year 2015. I love this story–Malcolm and Darcy occupy a special place in my heart–and so I’m giddy with excitement just to be nominated. I’m in exceptional company, so I don’t expect to win. Just to be on the same list with some of these people is enough for me!

Thank you for nominating me, mystery person!

Link to BDSM Writers Con

Buy link for Re/Bound on Amazon (also available as part of the Kindle Owners Lending Library).

Guest Takeover: Jane Leopold Quinn

My buddy Jane Leopold Quinn has a wonderful new release that you need to check out!

Loving Ivy 200x312 FinalLoving Ivy

The Brothers Agee – Jake

by Jane Leopold Quinn

 

BLURB

 

Ivy Westlake, thought to be a demure young lady, comes alive at her friend’s hacienda in Mexico when she discovers the Flamenco. Her wild side is unleashed in the sensuality of music and dancing. She will not allow her father to force her into a marriage of convenience back East, so she runs away with the dance troupe.

Jake Agee, cowboy, horse trader, loner, has carefully built a life with no commitments. That life explodes in his face when Ivy dances. He doesn’t know she’s run away until he spots her performing in a small California town. He battles his desire to have this woman against his well-honed sense of independence.

Jake and Ivy perform their own style of pas de deux throughout southern California until their passions ignite in a desert cave in the middle of a thunder storm. Jake fights his growing love as Ivy fights her craving for their erotic pursuits. Jake’s long lost brother suddenly and mysteriously surfaces. Will this appearance tear Jake and Ivy apart? Will it destroy their love?

 

R- RATED EXCERPT

 

The drawers dropped.

He groaned. Her dancer’s body, one long graceful line from head to toe, reminded him of a painting he’d seen in San Francisco. He’d been wandering along Market Street near the Palace Hotel and caught a glimpse of a beautiful naked woman through a window. When he went to investigate, to his embarrassment he discovered he’d entered an art gallery. A painting—a woman rising from a pond surrounded by thick woods. Now he stared stupidly at the very image of the woman in the painting, at the real life woman’s pale translucent flawless skin. He had the living breathing Ivy here before him, not unobtainably flat on a canvas.

His palms itched to cover her full white breasts. His body flamed hot wanting the feel of her dark rosy nipples rubbing against his bare chest. And in his mouth. His clenched jaw ached. He growled deeply in his throat at the insistent throbbing of his cock, at the thickening inside his pants. Ravenous to touch her, her breasts, her belly, the dark triangle below it, he swallowed, suddenly nervous.

He lifted a hand to her hair, slipping his fingers through it, fluffing the damp strands out to spill down her back and over her shoulders to teasingly cover her breasts. The woman in the painting, her hair was like this. He’d stood so long in front of the painting that the gallery proprietor had to cough to get his attention. At the time he believed he’d never see a woman’s hair like that in the painting. But he was wrong. It was here, within his reach, rich and thick and wildly curling around her breasts, her nipples peeping through. Fingering the length of the waves drifting over her neck and shoulders, his hands shaking slightly, he reached the round cushions of her breasts. His breath caught in his throat as he brushed the backs of his knuckles down the center of her body.

His eyes widened to take it all in, his mouth watering to taste her. His lips softened, his breath rasped. He heard her sharp indrawn gasp and a moan echoed so deeply inside her he could feel its vibration on his fingers. Glancing up, he saw she was watching with fascination as his fingers skimmed around her breasts finally reaching their tips.

She looked up at him then, her lips parted in anticipation, her eyes swimming with desire. “Mm,” she sighed shakily, pursing her lips, her body quivering, her eyes glazed and dreamy as he drew the backs of his fingers over her.

His only reality was his hands on her body, on her hot skin. Curving his palms around her, he caressed her breasts, her neck and shoulders. He’d never made love like this, had no plan of seduction. Yes, he’d had sex before but never with the feeling that this time would be momentous. He wanted it to be good for her. If he was going to take her innocence, he didn’t want her to regret it.

“Ah.”

He leaned in, their lips meeting, soft at first, just a gentle brush.

“God, Jake.” She groaned into his mouth.

Their lips parted momentarily, then his kiss turned savage, his tongue plunging into her slippery mouth and intertwining with hers, filling her until he felt breathless and weak. Her fingers clutched the back of his shirt, nails digging into the skin beneath. The sharp sting kindled a spark in him. His hands raked through her damp hair, cupping her head in his palms, holding her as he moved over her lips, taking control of her mouth.

He caressed her shoulders and neck with his thumbs, nibbling at her brow and eyelids, nuzzling her ear and, with repressed ferocity, he bit her earlobe.

“Jake,” she murmured repeatedly. She pulled frantically at the front of his shirt, clumsily unbuttoning it. “I want to feel your bare skin,” she demanded, her voice lying low and husky. As the shirt fell open, her hands grazed across his chest followed by the hot softness of her breasts. Crying out at the contact, she kissed his shoulder. Her lips moved down, following her fingers as they skimmed over the light hair covering his chest, following the trail directly to his belly button.

He stopped her hand from going lower. Stupid son of a bitch.

 

 

Loving Ivy available at Amazon – B00NVLCP3A

 

Bio

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?” Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!

 

My Other Books

Ellora’s Cave

Lost and Found

Indie

Valentine’s Day

His Hers & His

The Keeper

Soldier, Come Home

Winning Violetta

A Promise at Dawn

Loving Ivy

The Long Road to You (coming soon)

Home to Stay (coming soon)

Hot Under the Collar (coming soon)

Siren

Undercover Lover

Mercenary Desires

I’ll Be Your Last

 

Labels/Tags:  historical western, romance, adventure, happily ever after, flamenco dancer, cowboy

 

Jane Leopold Quinn

My Romance:  Love With a Scorching Sensuality

http://janeleopoldquinn.BlogSpot.com  +  https://twitter.com/jelquinnauthor

 

 

Miranda and Those Holland Boys

Club Alegria #6 is here! Miranda and Those Holland Boys continues the series where those Holland Boys find love one menage at a time. This one is a little longer than the others at 6653 words.

 

Here’s the blurMiranda 500b:

Accountant Miranda has a knack for messing up her computer. When handsome Jeremy Holland shows up to fix it, she can’t hide her interest. Jeremy is entranced by the gorgeous woman he’d shared a dance with months before, and he hopes his love of menage doesn’t scare her away.

 

Warnings: MFMMM, MF, bondage, exhibitionism, four smoking hot brothers who work together and share.

Excerpt:

When she returned with an extra cup for Elena, she found a familiar man sitting at her computer, and her friend was nowhere around. With sculpted cheekbones, short blond curls, and clear blue eyes that twinkled with mirth, calling him handsome was an understatement. A step closer removed the cubicle wall as an barrier, and she took a moment to enjoy his amazing body. There was no way this man was from tech support. He was neither geeky nor awkward, and his muscles marked a man of action, the kind who could throw her over his shoulder and carry her up the stairs to throw her on the bed and…

Miranda shook away the images that were growing more pornographic as she pictured his mouth closing over her nipple. She’d met him several months before at a retirement party for three members of the nursing staff. They’d danced, and she figured he’s lost a bet because he’d looked everywhere but at her the entire time, and the conversation had been stilted.

“Hi,” she said. “Can I help you?”

He smiled, and the sparkle in his eyes turned impish. “Miranda St. James, I’ve come to save the day.”

Movies of the ways he could rescue her day wouldn’t stop playing in her brain. She frowned, more at them than at him. “Help me? How?”

He gestured toward her computer. “You’ve put in sixteen work orders for this machine in less than two months.”

She set her coffee on her desk and leaned against the edge. “Are you the computer fairy, come to replace this antiquated machine with something newer?”

He chuckled uncertainly. “Computer fairy? I’ve never been called that before. I’m Jeremy Holland, Quality Assurance Engineer. That’s a fancy way of saying you’ve broken this thing so many times, the boss has come to fix it.”

Miranda hedged. “I didn’t break it. The darn thing hates me.”

This time Jeremy looked her up and down. “I find it hard to believe that anything could hate you. Besides, computers don’t have feelings. They react to stimuli, that’s all.”

So did she, and the way he undressed her with a simple look was almost too much stimulation for her. It had been too long since she’d gone on a date, not that she was trolling for one at work. Besides, this guy was out of her league. He was hot and built, and she was currently engaged in a love affair with caramel-filled chocolate. He was a tech wizard, and she had was cursed when it came to the darn machines.

“Well, if the stimulation is when I lay a hand on the thing, then I must have one hell of an explosive touch.”

Things got awkwardly silent, and Miranda became embarrassingly aware of the innuendo in her assessment. Heat rode a bullet train up her neck and settled in her cheeks. Thankfully Jeremy only smiled, those sensual lips curving up with mirth. “Why don’t you tell me what happened, and we’ll see what kinds of bombs you’re setting off in the hard drive?”

Amazon Buy Link

All Romance eBooks Buy Link

Visit this book on the Lost Goddess Website

Lost Goddess Publishing is Open for Submissions!

My journey to the other side of publishing is nearly complete. I’m proud to announce that Lost Goddess Publishing will accept submissions beginning August 11, 2014. Guidelines can be found on the Lost Goddess website: http://www.lostgoddesspublishing.com/submissions.html

We’re looking for all genres and subgenres of quality romance, and we’re seeking various lengths–novels, novellas, and Hot Lunches. Because this company was started by authors, we’re very author friendly. As we grow, our terms will continue to be friendly and supportive of your work. Check us out! If you have questions or concerns (or feedback), contact me through the Lost Goddess website.

Club Alegria #4: Nora and Those Holland Boys

The next Club Alegria mini-series launches Monday, July 21, 2014. This series focuses on four brothers–Toby, Nathan, Jeremy, and Justin Holland–who share everything. Nicoline Tiernan penned four love stories that feature these hotties. Here’s a peak at the first one:

Nora 500Blurb: Growing up next to the four Holland brothers was no hardship for Nora Hayward. Every brother is a blond-haired, blue-eyed panty dropper, especially Nathan, but somehow they ended up as just friends. One night Nora bumps into the foursome at Club Alegria. When they invite her for a night of fun in the group room, will Nora end up with more than she bargained for?

Warnings: MFMMM, MF, bondage, exhibitionism, four smoking hot brothers who work together and share.

Nathan lifted her and set her on his lap. “You’re not ruining anything. In fact, you’ve saved the night. We were about to get going when we saw you.” He traced a finger along her bare thigh. “Remember when we graduated from high school? You promised you’d show me yours if I showed you mine.”
Nora giggled, nervous because Nathan didn’t smell of alcohol, yet he seemed to be putting the moves on her. She’d nursed a back-burner crush for him for as long as she could remember. Nobody she’d dated had quite come close to making her feel the way Nathan did. His touch felt good, and she didn’t want to stop him just yet. “You never showed me yours,” she said.

Jeremy’s hand landed on her other thigh. He had graduated four years after her and Nathan. Justin was two years younger, and Toby was two years older. Jeremy’s hand moved higher. “You wearing anything under that skirt, Nora?”

“Black bra under a white shirt,” Justin observed. “My money’s on matching panties.”

“Lace,” Toby said. “I think Nora’s a lace kind of girl.”

Nora might be a lace kind of girl, but that didn’t mean she wanted to be manhandled in public. She halted Jeremy and Nathan’s forays. “Seriously, guys. What’s going on?”

On the sofa opposite the four of them, Justin leaned forward. “We were sitting here, all talking about how we’ve had the hots for you since you grew boobs, and we were wondering if maybe you felt the same way.”

 

Amazon Buy Link

All Romance Buy Link (ePub and PDF)

Master Jett’s Surprise (Club Alegria #3) is Here!

Club Alegria #3 is here!
Blurb: When Amy agrees to be Zach’s present to his Master, her wildest fantasies come true.
Warnings: m/m/f, m/m, spanking, bondage, flogging, sex toys

Excerpt:

MasterJettsSurprise500x776He nodded, accepting her word. He took his time undressing her, running his hands and fingers over the black silk and noting what made her tremble or breathe harder. Amy struggled to remain silent and still under as Master Jett learned her body in a new way. By the time he had removed her top, every nerve ending in her torso stood at attention. He pinched her nipple, and she moaned, so he did it again and again, searching for and finding her threshold for pain.

When he’d played enough, he said. “Turn around and grab your ankles.”

Turning, she found Zach rock hard and rigid with tension. His thick cock jutted from his nest of curls, curving the perfect amount. He would hit her sweet spot every time. Amy threw him a cheeky grin as she assumed her next position. She wished Master Jett would remove her panties. With them around her knees, she felt curiously more exposed. Nothing happened for a few moments. She knew Master Jett was looking at her private areas, studying the landscape and making her understand that she belonged to him. If he wanted to spend the night looking at her, then he would do just that. As she felt herself submitting to him from this powerless pose, her pussy grew wetter and wetter.

She closed her eyes and moaned when she felt his fingertips trace through her juices. He didn’t use much pressure, and sometimes that was the hardest thing to bear. A whimper escaped her throat before she knew it was there, and Master Jett chuckled. He had a nice laugh, the kind that was full of warmth. Knowing she’d pleased him with her unintended noise, she relaxed.

Buy from All Romance eBooks

Buy from Amazon

With Love and Lust,

Michele and Nicoline

Re/Bound: Re/Vised and Re/Issued

ReBound-FJM_Low_Res_500x750The classic tale of man meets woman, they fall in love, man turns out to be undercover and using woman as asset, man must make amends is back! Re/Bound will be available soon–probably tomorrow as I’ll be uploading it in a few minutes. It’ll be at Amazon with a brand-spanking-new cover by the talented Fiona Jayde. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’ll post buy links and such tomorrow.

If you haven’t had the distinct pleasure of Malcolm’s ropework and his talented performance with a single-tail, then here’s the blurb:

Picking herself up after the devastating loss of her master is more difficult than Darcy anticipated. Just when she needs someone the most, a handsome Dom steps in. Theo is thoughtful, dominant, and demanding—everything she needs. He pushes her boundaries, tests her limits, and takes her to new heights. With him, she remembers what it is to feel joy and love and a firm hand on her ass.

Agent Malcolm Legato is after a corrupt businessman, and Darcy is his ticket into the upper echelon of Snyder Corp. As he cultivates her as an asset, he falls hard for this feisty submissive, and he knows he’ll break her heart the moment she finds out he’s been lying to her all along.

When it all falls apart, will Darcy be able to find the strength to forgive Malcolm so they can build a life together and the courage to bring justice to the man she loved and lost?

 

With twists of rope and plot, this action-packed story will make you laugh, cry, and squirm in all the right ways. With Re/Bound, Michele Zurlo delivers a smart, bold, and sexy tale.

Lost Goddess Publishing is also dropping the price for this 110, 000-word book to $4.99. Get it while supplies last!