Monday, 24 August 2015

This is...The End - With Anne Lange

I am delighted to welcome author Anne Lange as my guest today, She has two sizzling new romances out. You'll read about those in a moment, but first, she has something to say about those two little words that can signify so much...

The End. Two little words, but they have such a big impact at different points in our life. 

The end of labor.  We or somebody we know has just given life to a precious new little person. 

The end of school. Maybe it’s just for the summer or maybe it means no more school – EVER!  That diploma is framed and you or your child is ready to begin the next phase of life.

The end of childhood.  That precious little person is now all grown up and ready to move on. We now have to learn how to cook for less people. We don’t need to tuck them in at night, help with homework or feed and clothe them through growth spurts.

The end of a job. Hopefully it’s because we’re moving on to a more exciting and challenging opportunity. 

The end of a good book. Sometimes we’re a little sad that the book came to an end, because we want more. 

The end of a relationship. Regardless of the circumstances, what was familiar is now changed. Perhaps the search is on for a new partner, or we’re learning how to live life on our own. 

The end of life. The hard one. The painful one. The one that brings tears. Somebody is no longer with us and now we only have memories to get us through each day.

The end of a project. All our hard work has come to fruition and we now have something to show for it. Hopefully this brings a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. 

The end of a series. We’ve spent time with the characters, we consider them friends and now we have to say good-bye.

As a writer we see these two little words often. We look forward to them. We strive to achieve them. It can take days, weeks, months or even years to get to them.  

Sometimes we get there with ease. I think every writer looks forward to the one story that essentially writes itself and we’re just along for the ride. Quite often however, it’s a very bumpy trip, sometimes even painful. We get lost and need direction. We meet new people, some we don’t like. We go on side trips (and get lost again). Sometime we fall in a hole and have to drag ourselves out. But I think we all feel the excitement build as we get closer to the end. And then there’s a huge sigh of relief that we finally made it.

I actually don’t write “the end”. I’ve tried to once or twice, and each time I’ve deleted the words. Perhaps it’s just a quirk of mine. Maybe it’s a superstition. But I think it’s because I’m not 100% certain the story is over.  Yes, it may appear to be finished. I’ve wrapped up the plot. I’ve given the characters a happily ever after or happy for now ending. 

But maybe I like to leave the door open just in case there’s more to be told. After all, who am I to decide they’ve told their entire story? 

Anne Lange reads many genres of romance, but prefers to write sexy stories, often with a dash of humor, and usually with a side of those sinful pleasures your mom never told you about.  And always with a happily ever after. 

While embarking on this wild, Anne juggles a full time job and a family. Though not always successfully. Who needs a clean house every day?  And what’s wrong with cereal for dinner? She lives in Ontario, Canada with her wonderfully supportive husband, three awesome kids who are growing up way too fast, and the family pets, Rocky the bearded dragon and Lily the chocolate lab. 

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Anne’s latest two releases include:

A quarterback facing the end of his career must come to peace with his past, and accept his present, before he can move on with his future.
Mitch Ryland accomplished what his father said he never would—he made something of himself.
When his wife suggests she’d like to start a family, Mitch is thrown for a loop. He’s never told her about his life before he ended up with his foster parents or his plans never to become a father. So when he’s taken out of the game, his failings from the past come back to haunt him, and Mitch blames his injury on his loss of focus. He’s unprepared for his career as a professional quarterback to be over. Nor is he ready to tell his wife about why football is so important to him. He’d rather put emotional and physical distance between them and focus on getting back in the game.
Serena Ryland has dreamed of becoming a mother. But when she mentions the idea to her husband, he freezes her out and she has no idea why. She’s worried that if they don’t start talking soon, she’ll lose him forever. When he refuses to come home to mend from an injury, she takes matters into her own hands, determined to spend more time with him, hoping to reignite the romance in their relationship. But she’s unprepared for the things she learns on this trip. Her husband has been carrying a few secrets that just might change the outlook of their future.
Reader Advisory: This book contains oral sex in a public environment and light bondage.
Publisher's note: This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone title.

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Two men. One woman. How wonderful wicked can be.

Jamie prefers one-night stands to the risk of hurting someone he loves. He's not willing to repeat the past. Years ago his naïve attempts at Dominance left his girlfriend bruised and frightened, and she mysteriously left town rather than show her face around him again.

Daniel wants something more. He hopes that one day he and Jamie will find that perfect woman to share forever. As members of the prestigious BDSM club known as The Vault and co-owners in a veterinary clinic, he never thought she'd walk through their door. Or ask for his best friend.

Melissa has done everything she can to protect the only man she's ever loved. Finally rid of her abusive ex, she's living on her own terms. Only she never counted on Daniel, a man who ignites enough sizzle in her body to compete with her passion for her first love, Jamie. And in order for them to be happy, she needs to find a way to put the past, and the people who won't remain there, behind her for good…and convince Jamie that he was never the monster he thought himself to be…

Reader discretion: contains spanking, bondage, voyeurism, sex club, m/f/m ménage romance elements

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Women of a Certain Character...

 ...and What Makes Them the Prize to be Won
Shehanne Moore


Let’s start by defining what I mean by certain character. I mean I may have gotcha there.  This is a very sumexy blog Antonia has here after all and my new heroine, Lady Malice is the courtesan half of the title of my latest book.

At least that’s what she tells herself she is. 

So, after thanking the lovely Antonia kindly for inviting me to her wonderful blog,  I’m going to talk about my ladies. I’ve never been very good at writing ‘nice’ ones.  I do set out to do that but they don’t come off the page that way. 

Take Fury. 
I really meant her to be dignified about the fact her back is against the wall and the only way to save herself is by taking a lover, only too glad when an old friend turns up to turn to him for ….advice. And in the process discover that there is no finer man.  

But this other woman leapt off the page….  Used to living entirely on her wits, sharp tongued, living behind a high wall, she’s constructed of necessity  and a blackmailer to boot.  I think I prefer writing about women who have been through the wringer.  Let’s face it, life is not exactly a straight road. The wringer shapes us all. Bottom line? Fury is a survivor who relies on herself, never playing the soft woman card. She wears that fact like a shield. It’s also a big flaw with her.   Underneath, Fury will do anything - give anything - for those she loves.  I’d say it makes her a prize to be won and really it’s no wonder she guards her heart with steal talons.    

Like Fury, Kara, the heroine of His Judas Bride, has had her sorrows to seek and these sorrow have shaped her into a woman who will battle anything and anyone, especially the hero, to get what she wants. That’s her son. There’s only one thing she fears and that is love itself. But Kara  always feels she’s the outsider, craving nothing so much that way as acceptance.  Kara, when you remind her is very much a woman who will make room in her life for everyone she loves. 

Sapphire doesn’t  give in easily. 

Having been sold to a gang of thieves as a child, she’s spent her life being owned and lives behind a mask of cool impenetrability, clinging to the notion that she was stolen from her rich parents.  She’s not good at being thought wanting in any regard.  Sex in particular! It’s what makes her irresistible to Lord Hawley.  Win Sapphire’s heart and she’ll pick a lock for you better than anyone.  She will also sacrifice herself for you. 

 So meet Malice, my new heroine. What makes her the same yet different? Well, like the others she’s strong willed, incapable of not saying her piece, doesn’t take the hero’s nonsense  and doesn’t spend too long thinking she does bad things, like running  a marriage-wrecking business. But where Sapphire has balls, she has sass and attitude and a lot of shoes. She’s femininely into the finer things in life. She’s also always been the unloved outcast. While she thinks she’s overcome that she hasn’t.  Win Malice and she just might come through time for you. 

I have tried to write women who aren’t fighters, women who look to men to sort things out, women who know their place in their time - always important in historical novels - but I descend from women who  never knew their place, who were before their time. Yet women who kept home and family going through all that, women who gave everything for their men…eventually—whatever it took. 

If you think I can write about them some other way, please tell me. 

Thank you so much for being my guest today, Shehanne. Now, here's an extract from The Viking and the Courtesan:

             “I don’t care what you want,” he gritted. “Shoes are what you can have. And jewels and whatever…” 

                Actually tipping her back onto the mattress so her flailing body was underneath him, wasn’t the smartest, although if Snotra had crept up the ladder and was staring through the drape, this tussle with the troll would certainly look convincing. On the surface anyway. He didn’t know how much muster it would pass if Snotra looked closer. He could and would make this Saxon she-wolf obey him now.

           “Do you understand?”He seized her wrists, dragging them above her head so she couldn’t move.  “You’re in no position to bargain here. If you can’t moan, I’ll get someone who can.”

             She stuck her chin in the air.  “So you say.”

            “And they can have the damned dress, the troll toothed shoes too.”

            “Viking shoes. Oh fortunate them.”

            “Start doing it now.”

                “So Snotra can tear my eyes out?” Her face was set in the blandest lines. “You know? I think not.”

                “Well I do.”

In 898 AD she wasn’t just from another land. 

Wrecking a marriage is generally no problem for the divorce obtaining, Lady Malice Mallender. But she faces a dilemma when she’s asked to ruin her own. Just how businesslike should she remain when the marriage was never consummated and kissing her husband leads to Sin--a handsome Viking who wants her for a bed slave in name only? 
She came from another time. 

Viking raider Sin Gudrunsson wants one thing. To marry his childhood sweetheart. Only she’s left him before, so he needs to keep her on her toes, and a bed slave, in name only, seems just the thing. Until he meets Malice. 

One kiss is all it takes to flash between two worlds.

But when one kiss is no longer enough, which will it be?  Regency London? Or Viking Norway? Will Malice learn what governs the flashes? Can Sin?  

Where worlds collide can love melt the iciest heart? 

 You can pre-order The Viking and the Courtesan here:

 About the Author:

When not cuddling inn signs in her beloved Scottish mountains alongside Mr Shey, Shehanne Moore writes dark and smexy historical romance, featuring bad boys who need a bad girl to sort them out. She firmly believes everyone deserves a little love, forgiveness and a second chance in life.

Shehanne caused general apoplexy when she penned her first story, The Hore House Mystery—aged seven. What didn’t she work at while pursuing her dream of becoming a published author? 

Visit her blog to find out about past releases and hear more about her forthcoming time-slip historical,  The Viking and The Courtesan.  

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