Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Seducing Amanda - Cover Reveal!

A lonely girl, a haunted house and a ghostly passion from the past


Seducing Amanda


In an isolated Victorian mansion, a lonely young woman meets a beautiful couple who visit her for nights of passion. But who are they? Where do they come from? Why are no words ever spoken? 

When she meets the daughter of the former cook, Amanda discovers she is not the first of her family to enjoy their sensual delights. But the pleasure comes at a price. As the snow falls on Christmas Day, there is a knock at the door. Amanda must decide. But will her head—or her heart—win?


I am delighted to announce the 'birth' of my sizzling new Paranormal Erotic novella. Just in time for Christmas!

WARNING: Seducing Amanda contains scenes of strong sexual content and is strictly for broadminded readers aged 18+.  Don't say I didn't warn you!


To be published
 by Etopia Press
7th December 2012 

and will be available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and all usual e-book stores.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Time for Hot Chestnuts and Gluehwein!

Christkindlmarkt, Rathausplatz

Yes, it's that time of the year again, when Vienna decks itself in pre-Christmas finery and markets spring up all over the city.

For there are not one, not even two, but at the last count, no less than TEN Christmas Markets in Vienna. From the Prater to Spittelberg, Schoenbrunn to the Belvedere, all sell traditional Christmas toys, candies, decorations and the lights twinkle and win over even the most cynical of hearts.

The most famous is the Christkindlmarkt in the Town Hall Square. Every year one of the regions of Austria donates a Christmas Tree and this year it is the turn of Lower Austria. And pretty magnificent it is too! Around and about you will also see the other trees decked out. Probably the most famous is the one they decorate with illuminated red hearts.






But not only is there much to see and admire at any of the markets, there are the wonderful smells that, for me, help to make Christmas. In the chill air,  you will smell cinammon and other spices from the Punsch and Gluehwein. These mingle with the aromas of hot roasting chestnuts and friend potatoes that burn your tongue, yet make you smile.

I love to go to the Christmas Market at the Schoenbrunn Palace and try to make it there at least one evening.  One Christmas lingers especially in my mind. I arrived on a freezing evening, wrapped up in a long woollen scarf, thick coat and hand-knitted gloves. Snowflakes were dancing in the chill breeze as I wandered from stall to stall before arriving at my favourite Gluehwein station.


A choir was just starting to sing carols and, as I moved closer, clasping my mug of hot, spiced wine in my hands, they began to sing my favourite, Silent Night, and, strangers though we were, my fellow shoppers and I crowded as friends around the rostrum and joined in:

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

 

For more information on Vienna's world famous Christmas markets, click here


The Christkindlmarkt at the Rathausplatz can be viewed on live webcam every day until Dec 24th

Monday, 12 November 2012

Eden - with Kiran Hunter





Today, I'm delighted to welcome fellow Etopia Press author, Kiran Hunter. Join us as we talk about writing, wild, dark places and why Kiran would like to bring James Mason back from the dead...

Antonia:  Where did you get the idea for Eden, your short story in the Halloween Heat I anthology?

Kiran: I always had this strange idea as a kid that the world reflected in a mirror isn’t quite the same as the one we’re standing in – that there is something just a bit off – after all the face we see when we look at our own reflection isn’t the face everyone else sees. We walk around with one image of ourselves in our head – and we actually look completely different to others (unless you have a perfectly symmetrical face!). I explore that idea a little in my short story Bedevil, but with Eden I took it a step further – literally. Jack sees a whole other world hidden inside the mirror, which is the gateway between this world and a wilder, darker place. I also love overgrown ruins and gardens that have run wild, with hidden nooks and follies... so you don’t quite know what (or who) is around the corner.

Antonia: Your stories have a wistful, otherworldly atmosphere which I love. Is this intentional or do they just write themselves this way?

Kiran:  I think I have a rather wistful, otherworldy mind – or, in other words, I’m a bit of a daydreamer – I seem to write in the same way I think. (I can just hear Tristram La Roche saying, “yeah... you’re away with the fairies...” )

 Antonia: What are you working on at present (and do you have anything else in the pipeline awaiting publication)?

Kiran: I’m currently working on a couple of projects – a short story and a novel – neither of them will be erotic, although sex and sexuality play a strong part in both stories.

 Antonia:  Where do you write? What do you have around you when you’re working?

Kiran:  I have two desks – one I use for what I call the ‘day’ work – fiddling with the website, writing guest blogs and doing research. It’s cluttered with notebooks, headphones, reference books and asssorted gadgets. I tend to write more at night – and have a desk upstairs where I can shut myself away with just the desk lamp on. I also have a board covered with images relevant to whatever I’m working on, and mementos picked up over the last couple of years – notes from writer friends, cover art images... and I have a scorpion keeping me company (not a live one).

 Antonia:  Which writers inspire you most and why?

Kiran:  I go from one extreme to the other. I like writers who are edgy... who don’t shy away from the grittier and darker aspects of life. Although it seems that there isn’t really a darker side to life anymore – particularly when it comes to erotica. What was once taboo can now be picked up in the supermarket along with a loaf of bread and some duct tape. I also like writers who can make me laugh (or even cackle unbecomingly).

Antonia:  OK, a fun question: Imagine you are stranded on a desert island. You know you’re going to be there for a year. Which four people (aside from friends and family) would you most like to be stranded with and why? You can choose real people or fictional characters.


Kiran:  I’m something of a loner so I’d really be quite happy there on my own. *thinks* Bit of a toss up between Arrow (Green Arrow) and Hawkeye (I have a thing for archers, what can I say?), although I don’t think Arrow would be too chuffed about being stuck on a desert island again – and of course I’m thinking practically – excellent survival skills! Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre – I’d like someone who is a challenge, to keep me on my toes. If I were stranded along with some books, I’d like James Mason be there to read them to me (yes, I know he’s no longer with us but  I love his voice)... and I’d be lost without some music... so... maybe Jared Leto if there’s an acoustic guitar to hand. Heaven on a desert island...

 










Antonia: Sounds perfect. Thank you for being my guest today, Kiran. Here are some links so that we can connect with you:
 
Halloween Heat I is available in digital format from: Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo Bookstrand and most other online booksellers and is also now available in Paperback


 

Friday, 9 November 2012

The Vampire and the Fae - Breaking The Rules with Lillian Diamante



Today I am delighted to welcome Paranormal Erotic Romance writer, Lillian Diamante whose pulse racing short story, Tied is included in the recently published Halloween Heat III anthology. Join me as I find out more about her and explore her story of a relationship that crosses the boundaries and breaks the rules...


Antonia: Hi, Lillian, I really enjoyed Tied. A fae and a vampire getting it together. That doesn’t happen every day! Do you plan any more outings for them?

Lillian: Hi, Antonia! It’s a pleasure to be here. I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed Tied. It’s very unusual for a fae and a vampire to get together—in fact, it’s forbidden!

Nicco and Sana’s journey is just beginning. I’m going to have to check in with them and see what they’ve been up to…something naughty, I’d suspect. ;)
 
Antonia: I see you live in a mansion you’re currently renovating. It sounds quite old. Have you come across any ghosts yet? How are the renovations going?

Lillian: LOL! No ghosts…at least none that have made their presence known, ha! The house was built in 1783 and was owned by a famous bell maker and steel mogul. Not sure who lived in the house when, but I’ve got a bunch of steel gurters in the basement to prove it! And several local bells and some in Europe are still out there!
 
Antonia: Sounds fascinating. If only the walls could share their secrets...OK. Let’s talk about our profession for a moment. What is your favourite/least favourite thing about writing?


Lillian: My favorite thing is getting to know the characters. I can picture them pretty clearly at the start and once I know what makes them tick, it’s a lot of fun following them on their journey.

My least favorite thing? Getting my work out there enough to be noticed. There’s so much competition, it’s easy to drown, LOL! The nice thing, though, is that getting back to the basics—which, for me, is writing!—helps me to push through the crowd and say, “Hey! Lookie here! I got something cool to show you!”

Antonia: I can really relate to that! What/who do you like to read?

I love all things paranormal, but I gotta say The Siren by Tiffany Reisz and, well, anything by Rachel Firasek are some of my all time favs!

Antonia: Who inspired you the most in your life?

Lillian: Great question! My mom has been the most inspirational person for me. She’s always been supportive and never gives up. She’s also a master at pacing herself and being patient—two things that I still need to learn, LOL!

Antonia: Great qualities. Now, tell me, what is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?

Lillian: Wow, um, I don’t think anything strange has happened. Thank goodness!

 Antonia: Don't worry, it'll happen someday! So, what do you do when you’re not writing?

Lillian: I spend a lot of time in work, but I also enjoy reading, blogging, watching movies, playing with my cats and corgi, and just hanging out on my screened-in porch during summer.
 
Antonia: What are you currently working on and what can we expect from  you in the future?

Lillian: Right now, I’m helping my alter ego promote her work. She writes young adult paranormal romances and her prequel novelette, New Pride, just came out. She’s got a novel, Shifing Pride, coming out in December. 
As for my future, perhaps I’ll go find Nicco and Sana…I’m sure they’ve got loads to tell me!
 
Antonia: I'm certain they have! A couple of fun questions now: firstly, imagine you have won a two week holiday. You can take 3 people with you- real or fictional, living or dead, but they cannot be friends or family. You can choose anywhere in the world and any type of holiday. Who would you choose (and why)? Where would  you go? What type of holiday would you choose?

Lillian: Teehee! I’d return to Italy—either Florence or Venice—and I’d hang out with Lestat from Interview with the Vampire and Khayman from Queen of the Damned, and Hannibal Lecter (but only if he promises not to eat me!).

Antonia: Interesting (and quite scary) companion choices! Finally, I know Halloween has been and gone but witches can cast spells all year long. You can cast one, so what will it be?

Lillian: I’d love to be able to fly. 

 Antonia: Thank you for being my guest today, Lillian.
 
Halloween Heat III is available from All Romance Books Amazon Barnes and Noble  Kobo or wherever you normally buy your ebooks and is now available in paperback  as Halloween Heat M/F too where you'll find nine sizzling, highly erotic stories to set your pulses racing!