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Download Lover by Chance FREE!

You can now download my short historical, Lover by Chance, FREE in all eReader formats at Smashwords!

Mississippi riverboat gam bler, Jedidiah Nash, knows he’s a scheming bastard. After defeating Richard Laurent at cards, the two come to a scandalous agreement. The stakes? Laurent’s wife for one night.

Jed has no intention of bedding the married Creole beauty. Instead, he expects to part her from the rest of Laurent’s money in exchange for her virtue.

Angry at her abusive husband for gambling her away, Elena Laurent concocts a scheme of her own. And after one night in a stranger’s arms, she might just be playing for keeps.

 

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My Writing Process

I hope you’re having a fantastic Monday! I’ve been invited to take part in a “My Writing Process” blog tour where authors tell about how they’re inspired and how they create their characters, choose their settings, and craft their stories.

I was graciously invited to join the tour by author, Katherine Bone, who blogged about her process last Monday on her own blog. Katherine writes fabulous tales featuring swashbuckling characters and unforgettable adventure. Thanks for including me, Katherine!

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I’d like to start with a new technique I’ve employed to speed up my writing: plotting. I’m the consummate pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants, letting my characters drive the story. While I’m still a pantser, and like to allow my stories to unfold naturally, I’ve started – with the help of some author friends - plotting the characters’ backgrounds, motivations and goals in more detail. By knowing the characters better up front, it’s easier for me to write cleaner and faster.

What am I working on? Right now, I’m writing Lashwood, a Victorian historical follow-up to Rakehell. Like most authors I fell completely in love with one of Rakehell’s secondary characters. Lashwood is contracted with Ellora’s Cave and will tell Benedict’s story.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I love old school Victorian erotica. It’s naughty. It’s not completely PC. My heroines are a blend of feisty femmes and damsels in distress. While they might swoon when swept into the arms of the hero, they’re also very likely to save his life in the end.

Why do I write what I do? I majored in history and very much love how the mores and taboos of past centuries add to the conflict. I love to read historical romance, to be swept away by the settings and costumes (or lack thereof!).

How does your writing process work? I don’t have a set time where I sit down and write. Sometimes, it’s difficult to get a few paragraphs on the page between my two precocious daughters and my glaring of diabolical cats. Usually, I look at images of people (mainly actors and actresses) who inspire the look of my characters. I peruse images of settings, antiques, grand estates, clothing of the period. I collect historical accounts, letters, biographies and stories to enrich my writing. I save all these in a sort of virtual scrapbook to which I will refer many times while writing. My favorite part of my process is creating a unique playlist from my extensive library of soundtrack music.

So, there’s my writing process.

Up next week:

Naima Simone - Shaping the lives of the unique men and women who experience the first, hungry bites of lust, the dizzying heights of passion and the tender, healing heat of love— nothing compares to it. http://NaimaSimone.com

Alexandra Christian - Writer of erotica, paranormal romance, horror, splatterpunk– basically all things dark and sexy. http://lexxxchristian.wordpress.com/

Paisley Smith - Erotic romance author, Paisley Smith, pens steamy lesbian historical, paranormal and contemporary romance for Ellora's Cave, Loose Id, and Cleis Press. http://PaisleySmith.net

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Meet My Cat, Sheldon!

My kitten, Sheldon, is being interviewed about what it's like to be a writer's cat by author, Jocelyn Dex, as part of her Meow Monday blog series. Visit her site HERE to see what he's got to say! And if you love sexy paranormal romance, look around Jocelyn's site to see what she's working on now.

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Today, I'm celebrating the release of my new Victorian historical, Rakehell. Can a bad British Lord be redeemed by love?

Lady Primrose Black has a dilemma. Her father-in-law’s dying wish is that she reunite with her estranged husband and produce an heir. She hasn’t laid eyes on Lord Black since their wedding night five years ago, when he left Scarborough Hall in a rage.

Nevertheless, she resolves to find him, knowing once she does she will have to use every method at her disposal to entice the rake she never stopped loving.


Viscount Adam Black harbors dark needs and he will accept no less than his wife’s complete and utter surrender. Each sensual encounter leaves Primrose wanting more but as she submits to her husband’s every decadent desire, she resolves not to lose him again. For the secret that drove Adam away still haunts him. And this time it could prove fatal for them both.


Inside Scoop: This nineteenth-century heroine explores her naughty side in this Victorian romance with BDSM elements.


A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Susana is going all out to celebrate the release of A Twelfth Night Tale!

Join me in welcoming historical author, Susana Ellis!  Susana is going all out to celebrate the release of A Twelfth Night Tale!

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Mummers’ Plays

The term “mummers” originated in medieval times, referring to troupes of actors who would perform during the Christmastide, either in public houses or going door-to-door to offer their brand of entertainment for a few coins, usually plays and songs. Unfortunately, the plays performed have not survived the ravages of time, so no one knows for sure what type of entertainment was performed.

Later, on certain feast days, people would put on masks and celebrate the day by visiting their neighbors. Henry VIII is known to have taken his court social mumming—incognito, of course—but later, when the practice was discredited as immoral, he banned it and brought the custom of masquerades to court instead.

Beginning in the 18th century, however, the plays performed usually centered around a quack doctor, who is asked to bring a dead character—either the hero (usually named George) or the villain—to life. These actors wore outrageously gaudy costumes with bright colors and spangled caps. Mummers sometimes wore masks or face-obscuring hats or painted their faces, as many did not want to be accused of begging. Oftentimes, the mummers were agricultural workers who didn’t have work in the off-season, and mumming could be a quite a lucrative proposition for them.

In some parts of England, mumming was a popular pasttime for All Soul’s Day or even Easter. Plough Monday, which is the day after Twelfth Day (Epiphany) and when the farm laborers are called back to work after the Christmastide, is a traditional day for these Plough Plays in some parts of England and Ireland.

During a time when there was little other entertainment and most likely children home for school holidays, the appearance of mummers at the door was a welcome occurrence for the entire family.

A random commenter on this post will win a Twelfth Night Tale Christmas charm bracelet. 

Besides the Grand Prize—a Giant Treasure Box—she is giving away a Twelfth Night Tale Christmas charm bracelet (silver-plated) for one random commenter on each of the twelve stops of the tour. Click here for the Rafflecopter for the Giant Treasure Box!

A Twelfth Night Tale Giant Treasure Box*

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*In lieu of the treasure box, a winner from outside the U.S. will receive a gift card from the book retailer of their choice.

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About A Twelfth Night Tale

A wounded soldier and the girl next door find peace and love amidst a backdrop of rural Christmas traditions.

Without dowries and the opportunity to meet eligible gentlemen, the five Barlow sisters stand little chance of making advantageous marriages. But when the eldest attracts the attention of a wealthy viscount, suddenly it seems as though Fate is smiling upon them.

Lucy knows that she owes it to her younger sisters to encourage Lord Bexley's attentions, since marriage to a peer will secure their futures as well as hers. The man of her dreams has always looked like Andrew Livingston, her best friend's brother. But he's always treated her like a child, and, in any case, is betrothed to another. Perhaps the time has come to put away childhood dreams and accept reality…and Lord Bexley.

Andrew has returned from the Peninsula with more emotional scars to deal with than just the lame arm. Surprisingly, it's his sister's friend “Little Lucy” who shows him the way out of his melancholy. He can't help noticing that Lucy's grown up into a lovely young woman, but with an eligible viscount courting her, he'll need a little Christmas magic to win her for himself.

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A Blush® Regency romance from Ellora’s Cave

Chapter One

The Barlow Home

near Charlbury, Oxfordshire

23 December 1813

“It’s so kind of you to call, Lord Bexley. The flowers you sent are simply lovely, are they not, Lucy?”

Unable to miss the warning tone in her mother’s voice, Lucy sat up straight in her chair and smiled sweetly at their caller.

“Oh yes indeed. They are undoubtedly the most beautiful I’ve ever received, my lord.”

Of course, she did not mention that they were the first flowers she’d ever been sent by a gentleman. And considering that there were few opportunities to meet eligible gentlemen in the quiet little neck of the woods where the Barlows resided, the arrangement was quite likely to remain the only floral tribute to come her way.

Her caller beamed with pleasure. “They were the best I could find at the florist, but of course they cannot hold a candle to your beauty and sweetness, Miss Barlow.”

Lucy swallowed and forced herself to reply. “You embarrass me with your flattery, my lord.”

“Not at all,” he insisted. “You were quite the belle of the Christmas Ball last evening, Miss Barlow. I was much envied to be allowed the honor of two dances with you when so many gentlemen had to be turned away.”

The “Christmas Ball” was merely a small celebration at the local assembly rooms. Her mother had encouraged her to favor Lord Bexley, but in truth, Lucy herself had not found him objectionable. He was an accomplished dancer and quite distinguished-looking, in spite of the fact that he had at least twenty years over her.

At eighteen, she was of an age to be out in society, and Lord Bexley, a wealthy widower from Warwickshire, was undoubtedly the most eligible gentleman in the county. Recently out of mourning, he was seeking a new wife and a mother to his three children, and as Mrs. Barlow kept telling her, Lucy should be flattered that he seemed to be favoring her for the role.

Well, she was flattered. Wasn’t she? The number of young ladies far exceeded that of eligible gentlemen, and she didn’t wish to be left on the shelf. With her family in financial difficulties and four younger sisters to be married off, Lucy knew she owed it to them to marry well and do what she could to find her sisters suitable matches as well.

She was prepared to do her duty and make the best of it, but somehow, when she thought of marriage and children, it was not the kindly Lord Bexley who came to mind. It was the face of the strapping, dark-haired Adonis with laughing gray eyes who lived on an adjoining estate with his younger sister—her bosom friend Jane—who had teased her unmercifully from the time she learned to walk. She couldn’t remember a time when she hadn’t been in love with Andrew Livingston—she’d even asked him to marry her at the age of five when he’d been twelve and about to leave for Eton. He’d laughed and quipped that it would be like marrying his sister, and she’d nursed a broken heart ever since.

She sighed as she frequently did when she thought of Andrew and his affianced wife, and her mother glared at her. Fortunately, Phillips wheeled in the tea cart and Mrs. Barlow’s attention was mercifully diverted.

“Please do the honors, Lucy. An excellent opportunity to practice your housewifely skills.”

Lucy flushed. Could her mother’s intentions be more obvious? But Lord Bexley did not seem to notice. He smiled kindly at her somewhat shaky inquiry as to his preferences, and thanked her graciously when she brought him his tea and a plate of cherry tarts.

“Quite charming,” he commented as he regarded her with obvious approval. It was unclear whether he was speaking to her or to her mother, and Lucy wasn’t sure how to respond.

Fortunately, there was a shriek followed by the sound of fierce arguing from the back rooms of the house. Lucy turned instinctively to the door, which was promptly thrust open and filled by the figure of her sister Lydia, who was breathing hard and wringing her hands in agitation.

“Do come, Lucy! Lila and Louisa are having one of their rows again, in the kitchen of all places. Lila broke one of Cook’s mixing bowls, and Cook swears she’ll leave if someone doesn’t stop them and you know you’re the only one who can, Lucy!” She flushed when she saw Lord Bexley and her mother’s angry face. “Oh…pardon me, I didn’t realize we had a guest.” She backed out into the hall, shooting Lucy a pleading look as she did so.

Relieved for an excuse to terminate the social call, Lucy muttered her excuses and scrambled out of the room. But not before she heard her mother’s mortified apology and Lord Bexley’s soothing reply that he found it quite agreeable to discover a young lady so accomplished in the maternal skills.

Goodness, he really was intent on courting her! She should be flattered. She was a sensible girl, and it was pointless to set her cap at Andrew Livingston, in any case. Lord Bexley would be an excellent match for her. His three daughters could not possibly be as troublesome as her two youngest sisters, after all.

She gritted her teeth and hurried to the kitchen, the ineffectual Lydia as usual trailing behind her. The second eldest Barlow daughter was as helpless as their mother at controlling the two youngest children. When Lucy married and left the house, as she would in time, her bookish middle sister Laura was going to have to take up the reins.

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About the Author

A former teacher, Susana is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical—Regency in particular—is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.

In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around the UK and visit many of the places she’s read about for years, and it was awesome! She is a member of the Maumee Valley and Beau Monde chapters of Romance Writers of America.

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Rakehell Has a Release Date!

My new Victorian historical romance, Rakehell, will be released by Ellora's Cave on December 18, 2013

Book Description

Lady Primrose Black has a dilemma. Her father-in-law’s dying wish is that she reunite with her estranged husband and produce an heir. She hasn’t laid eyes on Lord Black since their wedding night five years ago, when he left Scarborough Hall in a rage. Nevertheless she resolves to find him, knowing once she does she will have to use every method at her disposal to entice the rake she never stopped loving.

Viscount Adam Black harbors dark needs and he will accept no less than his wife’s complete and utter surrender. Each sensual encounter leaves Primrose wanting more but as she submits to her husband’s every decadent desire, she resolves not to lose him again. For the secret that drove Adam away still haunts him. And this time it could prove fatal for them both.

Inside Scoop: This nineteenth-century heroine explores her naughty side in this Victorian romance with BDSM elements.

A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Click HERE to buy Rakehell from Ellora's Cave December 18

Contest: If you'd like to read an excerpt, check out my blog post at Romance Magicians and be sure to leave a comment because I'll randomly select one lucky commenter to win a free download in their preferred ereader format on release day!

Cover Reveal! Rakehell by Debra Glass Coming Soon From Ellora's Cave

The cover gods have definitely smiled on me with this scrumptious cover for my upcoming Ellora's Cave, historical release, Rakehell.  Look for Rakehell in December 2013 or January 2014! 

Rakehell

Debra Glass

Lady Primrose Black has a dilemma. Her father-in-law’s dying wish is that she reunite with her estranged husband and produce an heir. She hasn’t laid eyes on Lord Black since he left Scarborough Hall in a rage on their wedding night five years ago. Nevertheless, she resolves to find him, knowing once she does, she will have to use every method at her disposal to entice the rake she never stopped loving.

But Viscount Adam Black harbors dark needs, and he will accept no less than his wife’s complete and utter surrender. Each sensual encounter leaves Primrose wanting more, but as she submits to her husband’s every decadent desire, she resolves not to lose him again. For the secret that drove Adam away still haunts him. And this time, it could prove fatal for them both.

Inside Scoop:  This nineteenth-century heroine explores her naughty side in this Victorian romance with bdsm elements.

A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

Blog Blast at Southern Magic

Southern Magic is celebrating this month our Romance Readers Luncheon by giving away books and other goodies, including the grand prize of a Kindle Fire HD 7″ Tablet.  To win the tablet, be sure to comment throughout the month. On September 30, we’ll draw from everyone who commented (*see blog for exceptions – sorry) and announce the grand prize winner.

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