Happy Dancing all over the house!

It’s time. There were days when I wondered if it would ever happen again. The One and Only is available for sale. After an incredibly long dispute with the original publisher, I own the rights again. I also put the book back to the way I had wanted it in the first place.

I’m done with editors who don’t understand a single thing about the lifestyle telling me how to ‘correct’ my story. I could write a 10k page book on some of the absurd changes I’ve been told to make over the years. My family and friends duck for cover when it’s editing time. I’ll stare my computer and scream random phrases – What do you mean that’s impossible? Have you ever had sex before? Independent body part? Eff you! It’s written in her POV for heaven’s sake. On and on it goes until ‘my editor’ is as frustrated with me as I am with them and then they turn me over to a group that is supposed to look for only the grammatical errors. Of course, you’ll get one or two of them that have to comment on the content and the fun starts all over again. By the time it’s done my head is ready to explode.

This one is all mine. For better or for worse.  amazon.com/author/toricarson

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The cover was done by my soon to be son-in-law. I absolutely LOVE his work. If you’re publishing a book, please consider working with him. Unlike my previous art designers, he actually listens to my ideas. I wanted something elegant, romantic and a touch dark. I wanted the Dom to be the focal point. We discussed the story line and plot of each book. After that, I turned him loose and hoped for the best.

He came up with the series design and matched each cover to the individual stories. Small details, I hadn’t noticed at first, such as the type of plants that run along the top are specific to plot elements. I am very impressed with his work. The covers are amazing and I couldn’t be happier. He’s awesome. If you’re self publishing – give him a shot. You’ll love him.

Check out his website at katz-concepts.com or shoot him an email at ryan@katz-concepts.com

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Family Times

Yesterday, the family drove the 160 miles to a ‘local’ Renaissance Faire. It’s a tradition. For the last ten years or so, we all dress in costume and attend the opening weekend. At times, we’ve added friends and extended family. We have closets full of costumes and can easily dress a small army of revelers.

Toward the end of the day, my kids took off and it was just my husband and I. We’d already enjoyed the shows and shops, but we’d never been there alone. It was a decadence we couldn’t pass up.

Although I like sharing the experience with a large group, it was so nice to just do what we wanted. We didn’t have to worry about leaving anyone behind or addressing everyone’s wants or desires. Slowly, we’re adjusting to being DINKS (dual income no kids) again.

We only experienced six short years of DINKness when we began our marriage. Having never had children, we didn’t fully appreciate the time we had alone. Now that we’ve been given the chance again, we’re taking full advantage of it.

That’s not to say we’ll break the tradition and go solo. We wouldn’t trade our family time to anything, but it’s oh so nice when we can enjoy the experience both ways.

It seems popular right now in romance novels to have the couple expecting a child by the end of the book. Although I’ve followed that trend a time or two, I only do it when the couple hunger for a sense of family. If their baggage (and we all have it) doesn’t involve some sort of family heartache, I prefer to end the story with the couple starting their life together.

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February is the month of love…

February is one of my favorite months. We don’t usually do much for Valentine’s Day. My love has an issue with ‘made up’ holidays. He once told me he doesn’t need anyone to tell him when to express his love and appreciation.

We began dating February 28th, 1981. He approached me at lunch while I was sitting with my friends in the high school cafeteria. I felt a presence behind me and turned to see what was going on. I remember looking up, way up and seeing his deep blue eyes gazing down at me. He had an easy smile, beach blonde shaggy hair and a very fit body. His chest was thick and his arms were huge. It took some effort not to melt onto the litter strewn floor.

With supreme confidence, he asked me on a date for Saturday night. Little did we know that was the beginning of something really special.

By the time Valentine’s day rolled around on the calendar, I knew my love. I’d already been showered with cards and gifts – some he handmade, some purchased on a whim. He wrote me poetry and long letters during boring classes or at night when our parents were using the phone. (Our kids never had the torture of one phone line per household). When we discussed his dislike for ‘Hallmark’ holidays, I knew he wasn’t vying to get out of a special evening or purchasing a gift. Even at 16, my guy went his own way and didn’t give a damn about societal pressures.

After we’d graduated and we were choosing our wedding date, he bucked the norm again. He was adamant that we marry on the anniversary of our first date. By then it was 1984 and February 28th landed on a Tuesday. Tuesday is not the first day you think of for a wedding, but the date mattered to him. We were already catching flak from both families. Both of us had siblings that had married young and failed. Our loved ones didn’t want us to face the same fate. They argued, they bribed, but eventually they gave up and supported us. They even took off time from work to attend our Tuesday wedding.

This year we celebrate 32 married years together. Our love is stronger now than I ever imagined possible. And if you promise not to tell a soul, I’ll divulge a secret – our love is hotter too. Time hasn’t dampened the flame. Nor have we slipped into what others have described as a comfortable partnership. Oh, we are partners, no doubt about that, but the idea that marriage will evolve into a mostly celibate friendship is absolutely abhorrent to us. I need to be with my love intimately as often as our crazy life will allow.

Of course, his creativity and romantic nature always keeps it fresh and exciting. He was always a kinky guy who actively sought knowledge. About fifteen years ago, he learned about D/s. We’d been heading that way naturally, but now we had a name for it. A term to describe our emotions and tendencies.

The more he learned, the more we talked, the hotter sex became. I suppose it only makes sense that the stories I write are D/s. I’m happier than I thought possible and I want to share that with others. (Before the hate mail pours in – believe me I know D/s isn’t for everyone and I’d never suggest it is. It’s one of the reasons why I try to make sure the back cover of my books mention BDSM or D/s so consumers know what they’re getting if they read a story of mine.)

It’s crazy to think I now have three book series on the market. Eleven, hot, Dominant men who meet and eventually capture the hearts of their subbie. Six of the men are from the Desired Discipline series, three from Master’s Touch and two so far from the Bound for Justice series. They are available from most retailers, but you can find the entire collection easily at  amazon.com/author/toricarson

After being asked by several readers where they could buy nipple nooses with bells that tinkle and other fun toys, I guess it wasn’t a huge jump that we opened an erotic shop. We add new products all the time. If you’re so inclined, I hope you’ll check it out. https://www.etsy.com/shop/DesiredDiscipline

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, I hope you find a special way to celebrate your love.couple on the beach silhouette

 

Against the Odds Pre-order

Once their paths cross, their fates are sealed.

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Sid is a master at solving cold cases. His mind thrives on the challenge. He has a knack for finding elusive clues and piecing the puzzle together, until he starts on the trail of a privileged teenage debutante who in a fit of rage burned down her design studio and brutally murdered her closest competitor.

As the years go by, the case becomes an obsession. Using age progression techniques, he knows the girl has grown into a beautiful woman. He wonders how many others have fallen into her web of deadly deceit.

https://www.totallybound.com/book/against-the-odds

Character’s Perspective with Detective Nick Peyton from Peyton’s Pursuit by Jenna Byrnes.

A home invasion leaves one man dead. Can the KCPD track down the killer before anyone else is murdered?

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What is one thing your storyteller got right?

The instant attraction between me and the man I now share my life with. From the first moment I walked into Hewlett Pawn, I fell into a deep case of lust with one of the owners, Rob Hewlett. His eyes, his lips, his long ponytail…my mind did not want to stay on the case I was working. In fact, and I’ll deny this if you repeat it, but I probably got a little distracted from my case because of the immediate attraction Rob and I shared.

Excluding your own, what is your favorite book?

Must admit I enjoyed Dixon’s Duty, about my friend at the KCPD Dix. Oh, and NYPD Heat by Jenna Byrnes. That one rocked!

Pick a scene in your story. What song is playing in the background?

When Rob stops by the police department to drop off my stuff—This Ain’t Goodbye by Train

Who would you want to play you in a movie-retelling of your story? Who would play your love interest?

I’d go with Alex O’Laughlin for myself and Bradley Cooper for Rob. Drooling already!

Your storyteller told some pretty embarrassing tales about you. Is there any secrets you’d like to share about them?

Oh yeah!  Jenna can’t keep a secret worth a damn. She really didn’t need to tell that I’d like to have mirrors on my bedroom ceiling. Or that I cry when I get emotional. That was intrusive, to say the least! So I’ll just let you know here and now, she cries watching Little House on the Prairie, even the episodes she’s seen a hundred times.

What is your favorite chapter of your story?

The epilogue. It’s not giving anything away because Jenna always writes happy endings. But I freaking love that ending.

What is a quote you live by?

It’s one Jenna uses in her bio: Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.

Want to learn more?

I knew you did. Check out this blurb froPeyton’s Pursuit by Jenna Byrnes

This is book two in the Kansas City Heat series.

A home invasion leaves one man dead. Can the KCPD track down the killer before anyone else is murdered?

Detective Nick Peyton lands a homicide case involving stolen property. He finds himself with the tedious task of visiting pawn shops, showing photos of jewelry and other missing items. When he meets store owner Rob Hewlett, Nick suddenly feels like this is the best job he’s ever had.

Nick and Rob share an immediate attraction and act on it without much thought. With his mind on other things, Nick exchanges only the most basic information with the hot stud who has captivated his heart and soul. He soon comes to realize how little they know about each other and that, sometimes, secrets can be deadly.

https://www.totallybound.com/peytons-pursuit

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About the Author

Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”

Website: http://www.jennabyrnes.com/
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Character’s Perspective with Viv from N.J. Nielsen’s Family Connections

Ray and Viv realise love isn’t always what they expect it to be, but learning to deal with the road ahead can be worth the heartache.

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 Welcome Viv. Glad you stopped by. Please tell us, what do you hope readers take away from this retelling of your story?

To be honest—I hope that they just get it. That the story makes sense and touches them in some way. I’ve never been one to put myself out there on the line until that line was forced on my by interfering friends and family. I want the readers to see that no matter how this started out and even though I may have been a bit of an arse in the beginning things eventually worked out in the end. I also want them to see how happy I am.

What is one thing your storyteller got right?

She listened to what I had to tell her, and even though she sided with Ray more often than not she still managed to show the real me. Insecurities and all.

What is one thing your storyteller misrepresented?

Probably how easy it was for me to switch sides in who my desired lover should be. I mean, I was straight. I’d always been straight and then she kind of pushed Ray right into my line of sight—I never believed in insta-love, so in reality I think it would have been stretched out a little more.

If you could have changed one of your actions – just one – what would it be, and why?

I would have never have let Grace into our lives. I would have…actually I don’t know what I would have done. They say all things happen for a reason. Mistakes sometimes get made and Grace Kennedy is my biggest mistake that I will regret until my dying day.

Who would you want to play you in a movie-retelling of your story? Who would play your love interest?

Shane Brolly—the guy who played Kraven in underworld…NJ says he was the role model for my looks… so I guess he’s as good a guy as anyone.

What is a quote you live by?

Life is like an ice-cream cone – when you think you have it licked – it drips all over you.

Excluding your own, what is your favorite book?

David Eddings: The Diamond Throne—Sparhawk is the best character ever written.

What would you have named your story?

My Knight in Tarnished Armor, but too many people thought it would make people think it was a historical instead of being set in the here and now… Ray once told me I was his night in tarnished armor and I jokingly told him he was my damsel in disgrace. So yeah. I would have called it that.

What event in your life would make a wonderful short-story addition to your story?

If you want something romantic then maybe my wedding day—or, more so my inner thoughts of everything that was happening.

Was there anything your storyteller left out that you’d like your fans to know?

Honestly. I think for people to understand me, they need to see the younger me. Surviving my mother and step-father… it would be sad, maybe even a little scary… but it would go a long way in explaining why I am the way I am.

Were you reluctant to have your story told?

No…Yes… Oh Hell, I was a little apprehensive about people learning all there is to know about me and realising I’m not at cool, calm, and collected as I like people to think I am. It was a little daunting to know the readers were going to see the real me—warts and all, but other than that I was kind of excited for everyone to see that—hey, it really does get better. All you have to do is take that first step.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would like to be more open and honest with the people who are important in my life. I try to be but sometimes I catch myself standing back and watching from the sidelines. Ray is so much better at all this stuff than I am. Most times he sees the whole picture while I just see the part I’m standing in.

Did your storyteller take any artistic liberties? If so, please set the story straight.

Yes… NJ made me more together than I usually am. When reading through the story of my life I sometimes found myself wishing that I was that guy. I was at first reluctant to put myself on display for the world to see—so sometimes NJ needed to give me a little kick in the arse.

In what setting would you have preferred your story to have taken place?

Well, don’t tell anyone but I really am a bit of a sci-fi geek… I would have loved for us all to have lived on a space station. The setting in our story is real—Grandma really did let us move in and take over her house. I know she’d share my vision of living on a space station—it’s never mentioned, but Grandma is a secret Star Wars fan. Her and I have spent a few afternoons watching the movies.

Your storyteller told some pretty embarrassing tales about you. Is there any secrets you’d like to share about them?

I will deny I ever said this if she finds out, but… NJ once went screaming bare-arsed naked up the street when a huge spider jumped on her in the shower. She had the shower curtain in her hand as she ran 4 doors down demanding her friend get the spider off of her. True story I tell you—one of her neighbours said those that were home and in the yard gave her a standing ovation. She has never lived it down…Did I mention she is terrified of spiders?

Retell your story in a haiku.

I’m not good at this sort of thing but here goes.

Crazy filled life

Finding true love

Lasting forever and a day

I’d just like to add that I’m a researcher, not a poet…

Sounded great to me! Let’s pretend your story is being made into a musical. What’s the name of your song?

Don’t Ever Let It End—by Nickelback.

Pick a scene in your story. What song is playing in the background?

The scene where Ray walks in on me and Grace in the office. Maybe this is just me be spiteful, but this song is aimed at Grace and not Ray or myself… Theory of a Deadman’s: The Bitch Came Back.

Great songs! What is your favorite chapter of your story?

Chapter 3, because it’s where Ray’s and my story really began. If Girly and Dan hadn’t decided to interfere than we wouldn’t be sitting here having this chat today.

If price was no consequence, what gift would you buy your love interest?

Anything he wanted. Ray deserves it all.

What first attracted you to your love interest?

His crooked smile.

What surprises you most about your love interest?

His heart and how much capacity he had to love everyone in his life

At what moment did you know you were in love?

When I was sitting on the plane and I said the words out loud, and for the first time it finally clicked that they were no longer just words. I wasn’t playing a game anymore—for me it was scarily real.

If you could watch your love interest’s childhood as a film, would you?

Only if he wanted me to. I know there are some things in his past that are painful and better left where they are. I know I’d love to see a montage on all the gigs they’d played over the years.

What is one moment in your love interest’s life – before you met – you wish you could have experienced?

I wished I could have been with him the day he found out his sister had left him as guardian of his niece. Ray and Girly are really close. He’s a great father but I would have liked to have been there for the early years. I know the time wasn’t all roses and candy that there were some hard things and I wish I could have been the one to support him—thank God he had Grandma.

Put three items in a time capsule you will open in 25 years. What are your items?

  • Our first family photo. To show people our story is real.
  • A David Bowie CD, so everyone else gets a chance to listen to a legend.
  • A beer glass with the Declan’s logo. As my nightclub is where I first laid eyes on Ray.

Thank you so much for being here today, Viv! I’m sure my readers are excited to read your story!

Let’s learn a little bit more about N.J. Nielsen

NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe. It’s an addiction that she never intends to find a cure for. When you don’t find NJ writing about the wonderful men in her stories you find her reading work by others who she greatly admires. NJ lives in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career even if she does occasionally call them by her character’s names. NJ thinks that anyone taking the time to read her stuff is totally awesome.

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Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd

 

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Long long ago, in a galaxy far far away my ex-fiancé revealed to me that he was bi-sexual and he had a boyfriend. I was seventeen and I was in shock. This was long before the time I was a romance writer, especially a male-male, ménage romance writer.

The way he told me could have been a scene in a book. He took me to a party which turned out to be a gay party where I was the only female. If that wasn’t strange enough to me (it took a few minutes to dawn on me what kind of party it was) my fiancé French kissed another man. Then he introduced me to him as his boyfriend.

Why I didn’t run out of the party screaming and crying I don’t know. I guess it’s good I kept my cool. The truth is I was in total denial. I couldn’t process what was going on.

Then the man tried to persuade me he wasn’t cheating on me by being with another man. That it would only be cheating if he was with another woman. He also succeeded in convincing me that all men were attracted to other men.

For years I believed that and had great difficulty believing men when they told me they were attracted to me, or (gulp) loved me. I was badly scarred. Perhaps I still have trouble believing that any man is only attracted to women.

Since then a lot of changes have happened to me. One of my best friends is gay, my oldest child is transgender female and is attracted to females not males, and now, believe it or not, I write male-male and even ménage romance.

And most recently, I used one of my book covers as my icon on one of my social media outlets. When I realized too many men were flocking to my profile and especially when they began making lewd proposals every time I went online, I knew for a fact that many men are attracted to women.

It’s been a long journey with a lot of bumps in the road but now I know that people are people. Each one of is a unique individual with different desires and needs. And so I write stories with a mixture of sexual orientations (mm, mf, mmf, mfm, mmm, transgender and maybe one day ff) because people are people.

In Business or Pleasure, the heroes are gay much to their families’ dismay. Luckily, they don’t let other people’s views about their sexual orientation bother them. They have other issues they’re struggling with.

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Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humour and often incorporates humour and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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Please be sure to enter Ashley’s contest. You may be the lucky winner of a $20 Amazon gift certificate. It will last through September 30th.

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Character’s Perspective with Jorja Lovett’s Jonah Hamilton from First Floor: Cosmetics

Welcome to this weeks Character’s Perspective. I’m honored to have Jonah Hamilton with us today.

Take one younger man, add some illicit outdoor sex, and Maggie Fenton is inclined to forget she’s the oldest cosmetics girl at Kelsey’s Department Store.

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What do you hope readers take away from this retelling of your story?

I guess we want people to realize they don’t have to live their lives according to how other people think they should. It doesn’t matter how old, or young, you are, if you’re unhappy in your situation, do something about it.

If you could have changed one of your actions – just one – what would it be and why?

Ah. I can’t tell you the part of the story where I threw my toys out of the pram because Jorja would kill me for giving away too much. Let’s just say, I reacted very badly to some news and it was the one time the age difference between Maggie and I became apparent.

What event in your life would make a wonderful short-story addition to your story?

Well, as you know, I’m a bit of a free spirit. I think the journal I kept during my travels might make for an interesting read…

In what setting would you have preferred your story to have taken place?

Let’s be honest, a department store in rainy Belfast wasn’t the most glamorous setting! Given half the chance I’d have preferred to meet Maggie at a beach bar on a sun-drenched island.

What is your favourite chapter of your story?

I’m not going to lie, chapter three stands out <grins> Not only does Maggie agree to go out with me for the first time, but things get hot and steamy pretty quickly. What? I’m a guy, give me a break!

What first attracted you to your love interest?

It’s no secret that Maggie is stunningly beautiful, and there’s something sexy about a sophisticated older woman. But there was also an air of sadness around her and I really wanted to be the person who could make her smile.

At what moment did you know you were in love?

I probably fell for Maggie that same night but I didn’t realize it until she told me it was a mistake. I should’ve been happy when she tried to make it work with her husband, because up until then I didn’t do commitment. But, I couldn’t get her out of my head, and friendship simply didn’t seem enough. You have no idea how hard it was to lie in bed comforting her and not make a move on her. Pun intended!

What is one moment in your love interest’s life – before you met – you wish you could have experienced?

I should’ve been there to stop her from making the biggest mistake of her life in marrying that eejit, Peter. Although, I would’ve been, like, ten, so any grand declaration of my love then would’ve seen me laughed out of the church. In the end, fate knows what it’s doing.

 

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Blurb

Take one younger man, add some illicit outdoor sex, and Maggie Fenton is inclined to forget she’s the oldest cosmetics girl at Kelsey’s Department Store.

 

From the outside, it looks as though Maggie Fenton has it all. The glamorous head of the cosmetics department lives a life of luxury, but money definitely hasn’t bought her happiness. In reality, she’s married to a serial cheat who has made her life a misery for over a decade. With her husband chasing younger women, and her teenage co-workers’ catty comments ringing in her ears, Maggie’s resigned herself to being on the scrap heap. Until Jonah Hamilton puts temptation in her way and reminds her she’s still a red-blooded woman.

 

Commitment is a four letter word as far as Jonah is concerned. He has no intention of settling down when he has the whole world at his feet. The only reason he takes a summer job at Kelsey’s is to fund his travels. Well, that, and the sexy older woman he can’t help flirting with over the makeup counter. Maggie soon becomes a good friend and someone who shows him how good love can be.

 

The chemistry between them is undeniable but is a fling enough to satisfy their desires, or is it simply the start of something bigger?

Available to buy from August 15th

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Author Bio:

Jorja Lovett is a British author with both Irish and Scottish roots, which makes for a very dry sense of humour. Writing since she was old enough to wield a pen, it wasn’t until she joined her crit group, UCW, that she pursued her passion seriously.

Now, with Joe Manganiello as her permanent muse, if she can leave the pause button on her Magic Mike dvd long enough, she hopes to spend the rest of her days writing steamy romances.

 

 

Bondage Unlimited

Bondage Unlimited is about complete. The last couple of days I’ve been a writing fool. 

Eva, the heroine, was beginning to really annoy me. She wouldn’t see reason or cut Gio a break. He’s really a great guy, but she refused to even consider a relationship with him. Even the best sex of her life wasn’t swaying her decision.

Unless one of them throws me a curve (and it’s been known to happen) I should have it wrapped up by the end of the month.

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