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Friday, 12 May 2017

Guest Post: Spicing Up Romances with Menage by Kelli Wilkins

The More the Merrier! Spicing Up Romances with Ménage
By Kelli A. Wilkins
Hi everyone,

As most people know, I write romances in nearly every genre – historical, gay, contemporary, and paranormal – and each book varies in heat level from mild to super-spicy. My latest erotic historical/fantasy trilogy (Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights) contains very intense ménage encounters.

When I got the idea for the Naughty Nobles trilogy I didn’t let the historical setting deter me from creating scorching-hot love scenes. Throughout history, people have loved and lusted after each other, regardless of social, political, or so-called “moral” rules. Forbidden romances and “kinky” behaviors aren’t anything new. Long ago, there were plenty of sordid affairs going on behind closed doors. People were having sex (in all sorts of combinations), but it wasn’t mentioned openly or discussed in proper social circles.

I thought about this and decided to write a romance (Midsummer Night’s Delights) that addressed that “taboo” and eventually became the theme to the trilogy. (Basically, a respectable man in high society is running an invitation-only sex club for swingers.) These novellas gave readers who considered historical romances boring a real shock!

Midsummer Night’s Delights started out with a shy newlywed couple (Julian and Annabelle) exploring their hidden desires and soon blossomed into same-sex and ménage encounters. Why? They were ready to indulge in their wild fantasies. Over the course of the books, Julian and Annabelle get to experiment, be naughty, and break from the norm without any guilt or worries. The threesomes liberate the characters and everyone leaves satisfied. Of course, as the trilogy continues, things get complicated.

My ménage scenes are as varied as my characters. I write M/F/F, M/F/M, F/M/F, or any combination I can think of. The most common threesome I include is M/F/M. I often write these scenes from the female character’s point of view and show how she’s enjoying herself while being “taken” by two lovers. But everyone gets equal time in my books. Sometimes a hero wants to be dominated and ravaged by two eager ladies, or a man and a woman, or… you get the idea.

As a writer, I can use ménage to explore my characters’ thoughts and motivations. A threesome can bring the hero and heroine closer together if it’s something they share as a couple (invite a friend over to “play”, or a wife gives her husband the gift of a threesome for his birthday). It can also give a single character a chance to break out of his or her shell and indulge in a secret fantasy, whether it’s a one-time thing or an ongoing activity.

It’s important that writers understand why the ménage is in the story and not just drop it in there for a shocking effect. (Two young women are at home in their lingerie one night and the cute and horny pizza man shows up…) Why do the characters do it? For fun? To have crazy sex? Rebellion? Revenge? Or is their reasoning deeper? Maybe they have the urge to control or be controlled. Or maybe it’s something else…

Ménage can also be used as a plot device. Suppose a character becomes jealous after a ménage encounter. What if he (or she) starts stalking a member of the threesome? Maybe one partner loved the experience and wants to do it again, but the other one has regrets or guilt. What if someone is being blackmailed? (I incorporated that idea into Ultimate Night’s Delights, book three of my trilogy.) Is the hero or heroine hiding a “shameful” threesome experience from a current lover who wouldn’t understand? Complications can arise, and authors can use ménage (whether it happened recently or in a character’s past) to add conflict and drama to the story.

Ménage adds a bit of spice and can heat up a love scene with something unexpected, but keep in mind that not every reader is willing to “go there” with the author and the characters. Some readers are completely turned off by the idea of threesomes, others may only read certain ménage combinations, and then there are those who read super-hot books and delight in the ménage when it comes along.

Whatever your preference is, enjoy!

Happy Reading,
Kelli A. Wilkins

Here’s the summary and a mild excerpt from…


 

Midsummer Night’s Delights
At this Midsummer Ball, couples pair up everywhere—but not for dancing!
Young newlyweds Julian and Annabelle are miserable. Their arranged marriage is lacking everything—especially sex. Julian suffers from a lack of confidence and is harboring a secret urge. Innocent Annabelle’s longings go unnoticed and unfulfilled, no matter what she tries.
But all that changes when they are invited to a Midsummer Ball. Their unconventional hosts, Vincent and Sabrina, introduce them to a world where their most intimate desires and hidden passions are explored—and fulfilled. Swapping and naughty games are just a few of the surprises awaiting them…
Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the second book in the Naughty Nobles Trilogy: Midwinter Night’s Delights.



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Julian followed Vincent down the carpeted corridor, lost in thought. Vincent’s crude words and lewd behavior in the garden had shocked him. Yet, he was intrigued by his claim to be able to “cure” him and awaken his passion. But the idea of attending a ball where everyone would screw, terrified him. What would Annabelle say when she learned of this? How could he ever bring up the subject with her?
Let’s go in here,” Vincent said, stepping into a room.
Whose bedroom is this?” he asked as Vincent gestured for him to enter. Like his own bedchamber, the room was elaborately decorated and had an enormous four-poster bed along one wall.
Shh, keep your voice down.” Vincent removed a painting of a castle from the far wall. He tossed the canvas on the bed and gestured for him to come closer.
He was about to speak when he heard a woman moan.
Oh, yes… Go deeper,” she said.
His skin prickled. Was a woman having intimate relations in the next room?
Vincent had his face pressed against the wall and was watching from a hole cut into the plaster. Had he no shame? Did he spy on all his guests in their private moments?
He crossed the room, curious, yet offended. “You shouldn’t watch—”
Shh. Don’t be a prude. Take a look for yourself,” Vincent replied, moving aside so he could look.
He peered through the small hole and saw a brightly-lit bedchamber. A naked, dark-haired woman was kneeling over another figure on the bed. After watching for another minute, he pulled away and frowned at Vincent. “It’s not right to peek in on people. That could be someone’s wife.”
It is. Mine. That’s Sabrina.”
His heart skipped a beat. “Don’t you care that your wife is in there with another man?”
Vincent shook his head. “She’s not. She’s in there with a woman. Annabelle.”
What?” He pressed his eye to the peephole again. Sabrina had moved on the bed and now lay on her side, her hand moving between another woman’s parted legs. He scowled. That couldn’t be Annabelle.
Julian readjusted his position to get a better view. He heard a giggle, then saw a flash of light brown hair. A second later, Annabelle leaned forward and kissed Sabrina on the mouth. His mind reeled as he stared at the two women.
His mouth went dry and he turned away from the wall. “Are they…”
Screwing? Yes. And from the sound of it, they’re enjoying themselves.” Vincent pulled the flask from his pocket and opened it. “You look like you need another drink.”
Julian took the flask and drank down the rest of the liquor. How could his innocent Annabelle be naked? Frolicking with another woman? Dear God, she was his wife and he’d never seen her completely naked himself.
How… how did this happen?” he croaked out.
It seems your delicate, repressed wife has learned to release her pent-up desires… with a bit of help, of course.” Vincent grinned as Annabelle whimpered in delight.
But how? They’re women, and—”
Take a look,” Vincent said. “You might learn something.”
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Read the Naughty Nobles trilogy from the start!
Get Midsummer Night’s Delights (Book 1 of the Naughty Nobles trilogy) here:

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Midwinter Night’s Delights (Book 2 of the Naughty Nobles trilogy) here:
Get Ultimate Night’s Delights (Book 3 of the Naughty Nobles trilogy) here:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

Her trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was released in spring 2017.

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

Kelli's third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.
Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

CATCH UP WITH KELLI

Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web
Website: http://www.KelliWilkins.com
Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Free Book Spotlight: Incanta by Avie Adams

Incanta
by Avie Adams
Paranormal Romance
Lost Souls Series Book 1
Currently free at all retailers: Amazon | Amazon UK | iTunes | BN

Blurb:

Darkness rules her life. A pitiless man wants her body. A Daemon craves her heart.

Cytriah is a talented soul-catcher – her songs can enslave souls in dead bodies.

It’s not a gift, or a curse.

It’s what’s expected of girls born on Daemon-controlled Malvaar Island, where failure is punishable with the worst any woman can fear.

Whilst Cytriah strives to join the elite of soul-catchers, a chilling secret from her past rips her life apart. Trapped between dangerous men and thrust into a struggle to survive, she’s left with one choice: to pact with a Daemon.

It is forbidden.

And it may bring her something far worse than death…

EXCERPT:

Cytriah sang in Daemons’ Tongue.

Nearly two blackhours had passed before her incantation yielded a result.

Seeping through the incense haze of the chapel, luminous against the thin smoke and blackness of the obsidian vaulting, her quarry floated back. Opalescent and ethereal. Wary. Sometimes—at random and in a heartbeat—it untangled itself into an endless array of glimmering threads, becoming a spectral wholeness a breath later. The matrons used to say these threads contained a life’s worth of memories. They enveloped and shielded the glowing scar running through its centre, the core.

It gleamed red.

No rebirth for this one. Having captured eighty souls, Cytriah couldn’t imagine it being any other colour. Red was the shade of a suicide, and another one wound to the melody woven on her breath.

Liking it.

Believing it.

Unaware of the deception.

Shouldn’t be taking you so long, growled a voice in her head, an echo of a displeased matron from her days in the hive.

A similar, unspoken comment appeared along the tight line of Senior Reviver Amond’s mouth. He had been waiting on the other side of the catafalque all that time.

She avoided his eyes, not even trying to predict his reaction—it would become evident when the ceremony concluded. Using an old incantation, sung too many times before, was a foolish move. The worn combination of words didn’t take her to the highest point, the karrn–zilfe. Worse, she was forced to keep singing until she outwore the soul or her throat gave out.

Your voice must not waver, Incanta. Another reprimand from the past.

Somewhere high above them sat an invisible spectator—the Daemon who had brought the body from the World Beyond. She had never met a Daemon face to face, but could sense their presence while using Darkmother’s powers.

Her hands hurt from clutching the stoneheart: a piece of tumbled jasper, the size of a woman’s fist. Succulently scarlet, yet the gloom of the chapel and fluttering redfire turned the vibrant colour into a humble cousin of its own tint. Dark streaks lashed the stone. Branching like lighting, some of them split not unlike the arteries in a human heart. Engraved in it was the girl’s name: Loaire.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Series Spotlight: Cal Winter Series by Dominic Adler

The  Ninth Circle
by Dominic Adler
Thistle Publishing
Thriller/Suspense
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Captain Cal Winter, MC - disgraced Iraq veteran, recovering addict and reluctant assassin. Blackmailed into service for a shadowy private army, Cal’s bloody past catches up with him when he is assigned to protect a Russian oligarch.

Sergei Belov, multi-millionaire patron to a controversial internet whistle-blower, has access to secrets that the Russian FSB wants. The streets of London explode into violence when Cal hunts down the assassins, proving that the best form of defence is attack.

Cal’s rag-tag team of veterans enlist the help of a Russian intelligence officer, tracking the Russian mafia gang supporting the clandestine FSB operation and a bizarre cult of Dante-quoting dispossessed, who are also seeking to murder Belov.

The trail leads to a shattered nuclear reactor in Tatarstan and a web of treachery, spun in the dying days of Communism.

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The Devil's Work
by Dominic Adler
Thistle Publishing
Thriller/Suspense
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE 2016

A war-blighted African state, in thrall to the Chinese…

A rogue British security contractor, captured freelancing for a rebel general, interred in a high security prison…

An MI6 team under suspicion of betrayal, tasked with staging a rescue attempt…

Enter Cal Winter and the press-ganged mercenaries of The Firm, tasked with planning a daring assault on a remote, heavily guarded fortress. But Cal has another off-the-books objective: discover the traitor inside the MI6 team, believed to have been turned by the Chinese Ministry of State Security.

Cal’s mission becomes a desperate warzone whodunnit, the only prize betrayal or sudden death. Outnumbered and outgunned, Cal’s team are hunted by an elite team of Chinese commandos in a blood-soaked game of espionage and deception. As more of The Firm’s secrets are revealed, Cal Winter is left with a perilous choice…


Reviews:

'Channelling ‘The Wild Geese’ and ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ Adler’s hard-boiled, knowing homage to the action thriller has a dark, modern twist.'  - Harry Keeble, author of ‘Crack House’ and ‘Terror Cops’.

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The Saint Jude Rules
by Dominic Adler
Thistle Publishing
Thriller/Suspense

Cal Winter: Junkie. Murderer. Winner of the Military Cross for Gallantry.

Penniless and desperate, Cal Winter is coerced into working for a band of freelance paramilitaries known as The Firm. After a decade of deniable killing, he plots revenge. Armed with a secret file of The Firm's dirtiest secrets, Winter returns to London. There he discovers the organisation has evolved into something even worse…

Winter assembles a careworn team of The Firm's cast-offs and misfits. Their enemy: a ruthless warrior elite, information warfare specialists battle-honed in the West's 'Forever Wars'.

From Iceland to the City of London, to the lonely marshes of England's southern coast, Winter must stop The Firm. Not just to save the country he once scorned, but to fulfil his vow to be a better man.

Adler's prose is razor sharp, his characters flawed enough to be believable. A great read.’ - Alex Shaw, best-selling author of Cold East.

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About the Author:

Dominic Adler was born in London. After university, he spent over twenty years working for a UK law enforcement agency. Dominic is particularly interested in technology, military history, and the politics of the 21st century mercenary.