Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DARK DUET: Platinum Edition Countdown - 28 October

Today is October 28th

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!


DARK DUET: Platinum Edition

E-book Price: $9.99
Paperback: Various 


Dark Duet Stand-Alone: $12.64
Platinum Edition: $9.99

For the first time ever ALL the BESTSELLING BOOKS in the DARK DUET series are available in one complete set.

CAPTIVE IN THE DARK (BOOK 1):
Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb and he demands to be called Master.

SEDUCED IN THE DARK (BOOK 2):
What is the price of redemption?

Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.

The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.

Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?

Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

EPILOGUE: THE DARK DUET (BOOK 3):
It didn’t happen exactly as Livvie said. She’s been very kind to me in the retelling of our story. The truth is far more…complicated.

The Platinum Edition also includes: 
1) The NEW 32,000 word novella DETERMINED TO OBEY, featuring secondary characters Kid, Felipe, and Celia. Note: This novella is currently available for pre-order and will be available for purchase on its own (without other bonus material) on NOVEMBER 11th.

2) Eight scorching-hot fan-written Dark Duet short stories hand-selected by the author. 


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Monday, October 27, 2014

DARK DUET: Platinum Edition Countdown - 27 October

Today is October 27th
until 

While we're waiting...

There were several reviews and interviews from people and blogs I love I did not get to include in the bonus material. I was able to highlight Totally Booked a few days ago and today I'd like to say thank you to a very special woman - Rhonda from Sam, E, and R's Awesomeness Blog.
Thank you!


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

DARK DUET: Platinum Edition Countdown - 25 October

Today is October 25th
until 

While we're waiting...
Here's a little taste from:
Determined to Obey


1. Kid
He’s alone, absolutely alone…lost! He’s never been lost. He’s never wondered if he’ll ever see his family again. Kid is eight years old; he’s terrified for the first time in his life.  His eyes look everywhere at once, but he can’t see her. She should be there—on the bench—waiting. He wasn’t gone very long, he thinks, but can’t be sure. How big is the park? Where is she? Where is his mama? His tongue darts out across his upper lip: Salt. Dust. Desperation. He cries out, sudden and fierce, “Mama!”

No answer.

An old man turns to look at him, and every warning he’s ever been given about strangers—strange men especially—sings through his blood. Kid has been told how beautiful he is, warned he’s a temptation, and been given the talk about people who like to touch underwear parts. So when the old man takes a step toward him, Kid runs.

He runs, but has no idea where he wants to go. He just has to keep moving, searching, calling out—whatever it takes to find her. If he stops moving, he’ll fall down and start crying. His dad says there’s never been a problem solved by crying. 

He thinks about going back to the skate ramp to see if the boys he met left, but he knows they did. He only came back because they were leaving. He can’t remember where his mom parked the car. What if it’s gone? He brushes the thought away—his mother would never leave him.

“Kid!” his mother yells. He knows it’s her without having to lay eyes on her. Relief slams into him so fast he isn’t ready. His knees buckle and land on the soft grass at the same time his butt hits his ankles, and he cries. He cries loud and hard until his throat burns and his stomach cramps. 

His mother lands on her knees in front of him. He screams as his narrow arms are crushed within his mother’s grip—she’s never hurt him before. She gasps apologetically and rubs his arms. Her hands inspect him, checking and rechecking imagined wounds. She’s out of breath—she’s crying too.

“Oh, Kid…oh, God, thank God! I thought I’d lost you,” she says between sobs and messy kisses. Satisfied he isn’t hurt, she runs her fingers through his sweaty, blond hair, and then presses her nose to his scalp and inhales. She wipes tears from his crystal blue eyes and stares into them in the way only a mother can—like he’s the only thing that has ever mattered—like she’d die for him—like she’d kill.

Kid soaks in his mother’s love like a flower absorbs light, by turning toward it. He allows himself to cry within the cocoon of her embrace, because there are indeed some problems that can be solved by crying. He knows there will be consequences for running off, and yet it seems unimportant. His mother loves him, keeps him safe, and that’s all that matters. 

“Don’t cry, baby,” she sings into his ear and rocks him.


“Don’t cry.”

***End of excerpt***



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Friday, October 24, 2014

DARK DUET: Platinum Edition Countdown - 24 October

Today is October 24th
until 

While we're waiting...

And a throwback interview with
THE INDIE BOOKSHELF

The Dark Duet is a very intense series, possibly the most intense many of us at TIB have read.....were you, yourself, ever emotional while writing this story? MB

CJ: I was very emotional at times. You have to understand, I write these stories all alone in a room. There are times I laugh out loud and others that I cry. I’m very much in the moment when things are unfolding. And yes, sometimes I’m even bored to death as I’m writing, but I think all of it adds something to the storytelling.

How did you come up with the concept of Captive in the Dark? ST

CJ: It started one lonely night in Germany. I was sitting in my hotel room with nothing to do and no one to call and my mind began to wander. I’m a very anxious, slightly paranoid individual, so kidnapping and rape were first to come to mind. When that passed, I got bored and horny. So what’s a nerd to do on a Friday night if not dig out her laptop and start writing? LOL!

What kind of research did you have to do for these books, with this being such a sensitive topic? DS

CJ: I’m a people watcher, so a lot of the psychology comes from my voyeurism. Additionally, I spent time overseas where I witnessed some strange things. Nothing as horrible as what is in the book, but sad nonetheless. I also researched a lot of geography, cultural customs, military and government procedures, organizational charts, customs procedures, weaponry, small engine planes…you name it – at some point I researched it.

Was there any controversy over this book? If so, how did you handle it? ST

CJ: Yes and no. Some people have accused me of romanticizing rape or human trafficking, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a story about human nature. It’s a story about our definitions of good and evil and what they truly mean. It’s about the birth of evil and the struggle each of us has with our own dark side. It’s about redemption and our quest for forgiveness.

Is it sick? Yes.
Is it funny? Yes.
Is it dirty? Yes.
Does it make you think? I hope so!

The truth is, a significant number of women (between 40-60%) have rape fantasies. Additionally, 20% have them frequently. I chose to explore this through my world of FICTION, while also providing a thought-provoking subtext AND a storyline worthy of my readers attention. I did not approach this lightly and I think ultimately, my readers understood what I tried to do.

To those who didn’t understand it or found it disgusting: That’s okay. Read something else. This is not a story for everyone.


I want to know what her extracurricular activities are, LOL! But seriously, when you aren't writing, what do you do for fun? JH

CJ: I’m a karaoke fanatic! I’m not internationally known – but I’ve been known to rock a microphone! (LOL!). Aside from that, I’m usually reading m/m romance, riding my Harley, catching up on TV Series, or spending time with my family. I don’t have much time for anything else. Though, whenever possible – I LOVE to travel.

Livvie is such a strong character, which I think is part of what makes these books so intriguing. If she were a "wet blanket", the spell you cast over your readers may have broken. How important do YOU feel Livvie's strength in character is for the book and where did your inspiration for her come from? LS

CJ: Honestly, Caleb and Livvie are both pieces of me. One of my favorite lines from ‘Captive in the Dark’ is: “It had always seemed to me as though I were split into two people, but not equally.”

This line represents me the most and I had it tattooed on my arm. Livvie is strong – even when she doesn’t want to be and it’s a huge part of who I am.

There have been times in my life that I have wanted to lie down and give up, but DAMN IT, I can’t do it. I am incapable of surrender. It’s just not in me to give up and so I will always fight – even when I don’t want to.

After finishing CITD, what were your thoughts and feelings on continuing the story? CS

I knew I had a lot more story to tell. However, given the fact that CitD and SitD are two very different books, I knew splitting the story was the right thing to do. Some people were pissed and thought I was dragging things out – but I think the real fans understand that wasn’t the case.

CitD is about CAPTIVITY! SitD is about SEDUCTION. They are two very different things and the characters in each are very different indeed.

How did you feel about the ending to Seduced in the Dark? ST

The ending took me WEEKS to write. I struggled so much with how to end things and to be honest, I wasn’t sure how it was going to end until my fingers kept typing and I let them go where they wanted.

I cried when it was over. I mourned them. I mourned the end of this journey. Still, I was happy it was over too. I was happy they arrived at the place they wanted to be and I felt blessed I could take them there.

Seduced in the Dark was so eloquently wrapped up with a very hopeful ending of redemption and forgiveness. As a writer, how difficult is it to tie in a sequence of dark events and plot lines that you know must eventually lead to a (somewhat) happy ending? NG

I never wanted to subscribe to the forgone conclusion of a ‘happy ending’. To be honest, I originally ended the book very differently. What changed my mind was the yearning I could hear in my heart. This may sound strange, but sometimes I think my characters are REAL. They talk to me. And Caleb just wouldn’t let me sleep until I gave him what he wanted.

You are writing a spin off series based on at least one of the characters from the series, will we see any other familiar faces, specifically one with red hair? LS

Ah yes! Agent Reed and Sloan will certainly be making an appearance again. I really loved these characters when they burst into my consciousness. I think Matthew will be my guide into a more mainstream audience. He’s every bit as tortured as my Caleb, but unlike my anti-hero, Matthew has used his pain to fuel his hero complex. It’s going to make for a very interesting character indeed.

Additionally, I love Agent Janice Sloan. A lot of others didn’t care for her in SitD, but to be honest – the sick puppy in me LOVES changing their minds. LOL! When she’s good, she great, but when she’s bad – she’s better. ;)

Do you read books in the genre that you write? ST

I actually don’t. Additionally, I’m not sure I fit into a genre, but if I were to guess, I would assume most put me in BDSM erotica which I don’t read too much of. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s that so much of the genre doesn’t include a meaty enough plot and it’s so wrapped up in ‘Safe, Sane, Consensual’ that it reads more like a how-to instead of fiction.

I want to be taken to THE EDGE! If I wanted to play it safe, I’d read a romance (and sometimes I do).

Most typically I read paranormal (romance or otherwise), sci-fi, or thrillers. My favorites are M/M books of any genre. There’s just something about the way two men are written together as equals that appeals to me. You don’t find a lot of ‘equality’ in straight romances.

Are you working on anything at the moment? If so, will you share with us? ST

Reed and Sloan! I hope to have it out next year (if I ever get to start it! L)

What town were you raised in and did it have any correlation to your writing? CS

North Hollywood, California. Yes and no – I am a product of my experiences.

Where is your favorite place to write? Do you work on your books during the day or wake frantic in the night having to put your thoughts into words immediately? AM

Whenever inspiration strikes! I try to write during the day at my computer downstairs, or at the library when my house is hectic, but if I wake up in the middle of the night with one hell of an idea – I run (not walk) to my laptop to write it down. Never wait!

What made you decide to buy a new motorcycle? NG

Most of my friends in the area are bikers, my hubby included so it was a natural progression of my interests. I LOVE my new Harley. I can’t wait to ride it to Sturgis next year. J


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

DARK DUET: Platinum Edition Countdown - 23 October

Today is October 23rd
until 

While we're waiting...
Here's an interview I did for
Vilma's Book Blog
Literati Literature Lovers
and
Love Between the Sheets!



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Determined to Obey is Available for Pre-order! Release 11 Nov 2014

Hello Smutketeers!

As I blogged earlier this week, I have decided to publish my Dark Duet bonus novella Determined to Obey as a standalone.

I've been hauling tits to make it happen and I've been able to get it together before I leave for Love N' Vegas. So without further ado...


DETERMINED TO OBEY
RELEASE: 11 Nov 2014
Ebook: $2.99
Paperback: $6.99 
LIVE!!! Pre-order your copy



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Determined to Obey is being published independently at the request of thousands of fans who already own Captive in the Dark, Seduced in the Dark, and Epilogue: The Dark Duet--known together as the DARK DUET SERIES

Determined to Obey was written as part of the bonus material for DARK DUET: PLATINUM EDITION (Featuring Determined to Obey) and not meant to be read as a stand alone. However, it is possible to enjoy it as such if one prefers

WARNING: 18+ ONLY. VERY FRANK LANGUAGE, GRAPHIC SEXUALITY AND COERCION DO NOT READ IF MALE/MALE/FEMALE BOTHERS YOU! YOU ARE WARNED

Synopsis:
The character “Kid” appears in both Captive in the Dark and Seduced in the Dark

This novella takes place in Mexico and follows Kid after he and his girlfriend, Nancy, are taken hostage by a group of men led by Caleb. Unbeknownst to Kid or Nancy, they are taken to the mansion of Felipe Villanueva, an eccentric crime boss with a taste for the taboo.

Wrongfully accused by Nancy of the attempted rape and subsequent assault of Caleb’s escaped captive, “Kitten”, Kid is tortured by his captors.

We join Kid in the dungeon, where he is about to meet Felipe and his companion Celia for the first time...



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