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Good news, you don’t have to. Against the Odds is now available for early download!

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

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.

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Sasha is a brilliant interior decorator. Her designs are coveted by the rich and influential. She has a mysterious air. No one knows about her murky past and she’s determined to keep it that way. She survives by relying on no one and avoiding all personal connections. After a break-in at her office brings unwanted police attention, she feels the noose tightening. She must choose between escape and making a stand. To break free, she’ll have to do the unthinkable. She’ll have to learn to trust.

Crazy Month

February is shaping up to be a crazy month. I have three books coming out. Three! I still can’t hardly wrap my brain around that.

All Grown Up is book two from the Master’s Touch series. This one was sidelined for a long while because of editor issues, but that’s been resolved and it will be available at all the major E-retailers on Feb. 18th. I just loved Cat Tails. The club and it’s members were too much fun to stop with only one book. In this story, Steven, the club manager, is reunited with his first love. Sounds romantic and fun right? Not really, she ripped out his heart, shredded his confidence and financially ruined him. He wonders what she’s after this time.

Bondage Unlimited, the sixth book in the Desired Discipline series will be available for pre-order on Feb. 27th. This is Eva’s story and one of my favorites. She and Gio were awesome characters and I really had a lot of fun writing this one. I can’t wait for it to come out. This is also the last book slated for this series. I may revisit DiscipliNation at some time in the future, though.

Against the Rules is the first book in the new series, Bound for Justice. It’s also available for pre-order on Feb. 27th. These stories are a bit different and I’m really excited for the launch. Teague has been targeted by a drug cartel and he’s out for vengeance until Chantel lands in his lap. After that, his world is turned on its ear. He just isn’t sure if the fiery, redheaded submissive is his lifeline or his downfall.

If that isn’t enough excitement, our thirty-first wedding anniversary is 28th. What a month!

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Character’s Perspective with Tania Havers from Touched by Jaye Peaches

Touched in ways she never thought possible, Tania meets a man who will take her completely.

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What do you hope reader’s take away from this retelling of your story?

I’ve always been one of those crazy busy kind of people. I steam-roller my way through life, giving my best, and setting myself challenging goals. I didn’t truly think of the impact it had on me. It made me selfish, too. I’m not proud of that. Those ideas I had – making time for me and finding companionship – when it came to the crunch, I ditched, because it meant exposing my weaknesses and fears. The stupid jogging machine I bought collected cobwebs in the corner of the room, the parties I skipped, the one-night stands I endured. Do I have to say more?

Life was a runaway express train and I didn’t want it to slow down, because if it had, I’d see the great big holes in my life.

What have I learnt? Make time. Keep those special to you close and don’t let them go, because nobody knows what is around the corner.

Oh, be adventurous. If you don’t try, you won’t succeed because trying is what it’s all about. You see, I would never have imagined my life would have been turned around by one man and a visit to a massage parlour. It was supposed to be a one-off.

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

When it comes to replaying my screw-ups, I’m just thinking about so many things that make me cringe. Yes, I made a bad judgement call at work, but the one that I would go back and change was that damn letter I wrote. I should have spoken to Adam in person, never by letter. Looking back, I’m ashamed. Not necessarily about what I wrote, but not facing him and being honest to his face. Whatever you do, when it comes to the big decisions, do it in person.

What first attracted you to your love interest?

Oh my, his hands.  An easy one. It was all I knew of him at first. Of course, I could see what he looked like, heard his voice, but it was those incredible hands that reached out and plucked my silly heart strings. Men are often portrayed as having rough hands, not Adam, he’s the man with the sensual touch. He knows what they can do and he uses them to perfection. I’m not saying any more, I’m blushing.

Were you reluctant to have your story told?

Yes! Seriously, why is it a book can make you out as a heartless bitch. That’s how I feel when I think back on how I was before I met Adam.  Maybe, I’m being a bit harsh on myself. I’m always generous with my best friends. I don’t want readers to see what I used to be like, how I obsessed about work and slept around, not often, but I didn’t think about relationships other than for sex.

Also, to be honest, I’m a little embarrassed about the massages. Don’t get me wrong, they’re divine, but having them described in all that detail, what he did with his hands and my responses. Crikey, my story teller didn’t hold back.

What surprises you most about your love interest?

Adam? I could simply say that it’s his job as a masseur – a tantric masseur. That would make a few people sit up. However, that isn’t what surprised me. It was what he did to me in the basement of his apartment. I remember the first time I stepped into that room. My heart pounded, my mouth went dry and, I can own up to it now, I went quite weak at the knees imagining myself in that room with Adam.

What is your favorite chapter of your story?

The basement – giggles…. Actually, I loved the shower scene. It was the first time Adam showed his true nature, the persona he kept hidden from view.

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

He traveled to some amazing places, took risks perhaps, learnt to look after himself, stay positive, to see the best in people and help them to heal. I wish I’d been with him then. Maybe, if I had, I might not have made those mistakes later on, after we met.

Want to learn more? Check out the blurb.

Tania Havers has no time for sex, never mind romance or boyfriends. Life as an investment analyst in the City of London gives her plenty of stress and competition from equally ambitious work colleagues.

On the advice of a friend, Tania tries out something different—tantric massages. Meeting Adam, an erotic masseur with hands that send her into sensual oblivion, she begins a covert affair, one that takes them out of the massage parlour, into a hotel room, then to her apartment and finally his basement, where Adam shows Tania his secret passion—one he wishes to explore with her.

While their erotic pastimes bring relief, Tania’s career intrudes on their relationship. Driven by ambition, she will deal with obstacles as she sees fit. Adam is about to find out whether Tania has room in her life—and in her heart—for him or whether she will sacrifice their love to save her career.

Jaye Peaches Bio:

Exploring the world of BDSM and romantic kinky lifestyles has been a passion of Jaye Peaches – to portray the desires beyond the erotic sexual encounters and unearth the personalities that lie beneath. Having written short stories and read many books, she issued a challenge to herself and decided to write her own novels of Domination and submission. By exploring the issues in a fictional context, whether in the bedroom or 24/7, now or in the past, she hopes to show how loving and fulfilling such relationships can be to those involved.

When not writing, Jaye is busy spending time with her family, enjoying music, sometimes composing or drawing and if the weather allows, gardening.

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Reflective Thinking…

I’ve never been the best at taking criticism. Like most people I’ve had my fair share of it both professionally and personally. When I’m faced with a critical judgement of my work or behavior, on the surface I take it pretty well. I smile and rely on manners  taught to me since I was old enough to speak. But inside, it’s a different story. I examine the critique from every angle imaginable, analyzing everything from the words used to the tone or method it was delivered. If I feel their judgement has merit then I begin to beat myself up for not doing a better job, for letting someone down and so forth. If I believe they didn’t see the whole picture or were in some way off base, their words still stay with me. I’ll come back to their summation time and again to reexamine my findings, to assure myself that I hadn’t been the one off base all along. It’s called reflective thinking and I was born with a double dose of it.

Over the weekend a friend of mine was speaking with me about one of my books. He didn’t like the way a certain scene unfolded. I smiled and listened to his critique. I’ve bounced his words around in my head many times since. They hurt. When my husband spoke to me about it later, in private, he told me he was proud of the way I handled it. I told him, you can’t please everyone all the time and our friend has a right to his opinion. 

Today, I opened up my email and found the same book was reviewed by The Night Owl Reviews. Their review was very positive. You can read it by clicking here. I appreciate the people at Night Owl taking the time to read my book and their kind words mean a great deal to me. 

Even though I try to focus on the positive, which review do you think will bounce around in my head longer? Which review do you think will sit on my shoulder as I try to write the next scene in my current work in progress? Which review has me rattled and not wanting to write today?

Yeah, you guessed it.

Character’s Perspective with Syler from Erik Clarke’s Monster

I’m excited to have with me today Syler from Erik Clarke’s second novel in the Spellbound series, Monster.

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What is one thing your storyteller misrepresented?

Well, I’m actually the storyteller in this case, but apparently I “completely misrepresented” Max when I dared to say more than once that he “purred”. Fucker gave me loads of shit over that one—“I’m not a cat, I’m a wolf, we don’t purr, blah blah blah.” But yeah. Totally purrs. Don’t listen to him.

What is a quote you live by?

In the book, I say I live by the mantra “If you don’t like it, then fuck off”, and I really still agree with that. If you don’t like something, then leave. Don’t hate on shit, or suffer through something you don’t like. Just go, and leave it to the people who do.

What would you have named your story?

If I was feeling sappy at the time, I’d name it “I Missed You”. I told Max that eventually, but I definitely took my sweet ass time with it. He deserved to know a lot sooner than he did. If I wasn’t feeling so sentimental, I’d probably go with something along the lines of “Even Assholes Need Some Love”. It’d be pretty accurate.

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

The day that I met Max. It was first year of college, and I was still trying to get into the swing of things. We ran into each other at a party—within five minutes of meeting him, I hated him, and I’m sure he felt the same way. Thirty minutes later, we’re fucking in the bathroom, with the line of people going halfway out the house. Suffice it to say, by the time we were done, that bathroom needed remodeled, and I almost had to get a wheelchair. It was perfect.

Retell your story in a haiku.

Syler was a dick

Max showed there was more to him

But he’s still a dick

Does rhyming “dick” with “dick” in a non-rhyming form of poem get me bonus points?

Oh, absolutely! Pick a scene in your story. What song is playing in the background?

After the Vampire debacle, when Max finally gets me to hold still long enough to talk, and I tell him that I need him. Right Here, by Betty Who. It just nails it in this weird way, all the way down to that almost fleeting sense of reciprocation, like you just know that I’m gonna fuck it up soon, but right here, right now, things are perfect even though they won’t last.

What surprises you most about your love interest?

Max has always known that I was full of shit. Never even questioned it. Most people think that I’m really trying to be this hateful asshole, and they take the things I say so seriously. He brushes it off and fires back with just as much sarcasm and snarkiness, and that’s just what works for us. It’s always been that way—we never even had to talk about it. He’s one of the only people I’ve met like that, who just knew the kind of guy I was right off the bat.

At what moment did you know you were in love?

I’m not sure when it happened the first time we were together. It just sort of crept up on me naturally, without even really having to think about it—of course, I didn’t tell him that I loved him, even though he did tell me. But when we met up again after all those years, I realized I still loved him the moment that he told me he missed me, when we met up in his room that night. It made me realize how much I’d missed him too, had been missing him since the second I walked away.

Thank you so much for being with me today, Syler. It’s a pleasure, as always.

If you’d like to learn more about Syler and Max’s story, you check it out at the following websites.

http://erikclarke.com

https://www.totallybound.com/monster

Monster is available now for early download through Totally Bound. It will hit the major retailers May 16th.

Erik Clarke’s Bio

Erik Clarke is still trying to figure out how to balance work, school, writing, and the ever-elusive “social life”. He’s also still trying to figure out when the outlandish plots and crazy characters he’d scribbled into the margins of his notebooks for years somehow coalesced into an actual novel.

Born in Ohio and now struggling through the constant love/hate relationship that is living in the beautiful but sweltering Arizona landscape, Erik is thankful every day for the incredible, supportive family and friends that surround him—and for the sheer joy that writing two characters to their happily ever after can bring.

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Bondage Wedding

So excited. Total E Bound just contracted Bondage Wedding. It’s going to be available for pre-order on February 7, 2014. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this story. James and Amanda were very talkative. Several times they woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me more of their adventure. I’m definitely going to miss them. Luckily, they will make an appearance or two during Bondage Seduction.

It’s a bit of departure from my previous two books, Bondage Anniversary and Bondage Celebration. Amanda has a very distorted view of what BDSM is all about. In her opinion, it’s abuse and wants nothing to do it. James is a wonderful and caring Dom–who happens to have it BAD for Amanda. Slowly, and with a lot of patience, he breaks down those preconceived notions and shows her how erotic a D/s relationship can be.

Quiet? What’s that?

So, college is back in session and my youngest is still living at home and going to school. What’s the big deal? It’s only one kid and he’s an adult, right? Wrong!

He’s taking 18 credit hours, working and has his own writing career. You’d figure, what the hell, he’s never home anyway. Wrong again!

Keep in mind, I write erotic romance. More often than not I’m writing a hot love scene. Now, I don’t need Kenny G, and candle light to get this done. I’m pretty focused on my work. The TV can be blaring, the dogs can be barking and I can tune it all out.

What I can’t tune out is a houseful of college kids, with their professor giving a pod cast. They’re making fun of her horrible presentation (and it is truly horrible) while making cookies and other assorted junk foods.

After numerous attempts to stay focused and get into the scene, I give up and shut down my computer. So sorry, but kinky, raunchy sex will have to wait. Nothing blows the mood like the giggles and laughter of house full of college kids.

Big Author in a Small Kindle

I’m an avid reader. From middle school on I was never far away from a book. Mystery, historical fiction, crime drama, sci-fi and more recently romance stories have been my faithful companions throughout the years. I always had at least one stashed in my purse, just in case I found a few minutes and could drift away to some exciting world. The advent of e-readers has made this so much easier. I absolutely love being able to carry my entire–and quite extensive–library around at all times. I don’t have to pick and choose anymore, I just bring them all. I love it!

After book two, Bondage Celebration, completed the editing process and was submitted the final time, my editor asked what I was looking forward to most. I didn’t even have to think about that…I can’t wait to see it on my Kindle along with all my favorite authors. Just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes. To see my books along side of Christine Feehan, Lexi Blake, Kally Masters, and Sierra Cartwright, just to name a few is intoxicating. I may never reach their popularity, or sales goals, but at least in my little world, on my Kindle I’ll be right there with them 🙂