Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Write about what you know… or not

I got this fantastic idea for a story (one I thought was fantastic, anyway) about a tennis player and his PR Exec heroine. 40k in and there are a lot of notes left through the wip going something like ‘research’, ‘how can you not know this?’ ‘more research’.

The problem is, though I watch the sport I know NOTHING about it, not even the scoring system. Of course, it’s a romance, I really didn’t think this was a problem.

I was wrong.

Until now, I’ve penned books about topics I’m at least a little knowledgeable about. I read up on Fashion Week because I like seeing what the latest trends are – so A Week in Milan was easy. I adore movies and also read the gossip rags so writing a behind the scenes love affair (Isle of Sensuality) was pretty easy too. Even Paris & Nicole’s TV series gave me an incline of how a hotel heiress would be, though Alexa from Sinfully Summer doesn’t live up to anyone’s expectations.

Sebastian Collins is a bloody nightmare. He’s been through a bad split, his ex is using his fame to her advantage and selling kiss-and-tells. The British (and international) press are pushing these stories and the stress is getting too much for him. He’s flunked out of a major tournament and his sponsors are getting cold feet.

The worst part? He's now very focused on his career, a career I knew very little about. 

I’m now putting in the time to learn, just in case I’ve missed anything crucial that might alter the direction of my story, although I actually never expected it to (but viola, tennis players have special diets so that pizza they ordered? Not a chance). Just goes to show a little bit of research really does help.

Pity my research is leading me astray and I find myself looking at half naked pictures of male tennis players. What do you think of him as my latest hero? He fits Sebastian to a T and has the cheeky smile to match.

Calling All Bloggers...

To celebrate the release of A Week in Milan I'm giving away a Kobo Mini and other prizes (to be confirmed).
If you would like to sign up to host the giveaway (Rafflecopter) and feature the book, please use this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MymhYkJtAIHVdjAVXCxXI15i-zsAXTK5GkzCfowuBrs/viewform   
A Week in Milan Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Length: short novella
Heat Level: 4
Release Date: 16th December 2013

Getting what she wants was never going to be easy.
Designer department store owner, Giovanni Monastero, thought moving to LA would help him forget the nightmare of his childhood. Until he visits Milan during Fashion Week with one of their designers he doesn’t realize how much his past still haunts him. 
Fashion designer Amanda Hart’s been chewed up and spat out by her son’s father. The only dating she does now is in her dreams. None of the guys she fantasizes about can hurt her, but when the star of those fantasies offers her the chance of a lifetime, no isn’t an option. With one dream coming true, will she have the courage to go after another?

Monday, 21 October 2013

Taking Flight

I have the lovely Tabitha Rayne on the blog today chatting about her latest release, Taking Flight!

Hi Aimee - my wee Scottish romance writing buddy :D

Thanks for having me over.
I've been thinking about location and coming to your blog in bonny Scotland makes me think even more. Where are my books situated? A Scottish lochside? A Canadian forest? A sweet French meadow? The truth is, I'm really not sure. I'm so awestruck by the world that I can only conclude that the location of my work is, planet earth!
Taking Flight my new erotic novel has a lot of outdoor scenes all completely and utterly based in the reality of my imagination. I think everyone will probably be able to recognise somewhere they know as I concentrate on the feelings, smells and sounds of places rather than what they look like or where they are placed.
Thanks so much for having me Aimee – here’s some info about my novel...
Taking Flight by Tabitha Rayne 

“Find me at the meeting point. We are more than the physical.”

Four generations from now, toxins are ravaging the land and the future of mankind is in peril. The surviving men are being rounded up and taken to holding facilities. Research scientist, Dr Deborah Regan is hoping to stabilise the decreasing male population before her lover, Marcus becomes one of those taken away.
When the authorities come looking for Marcus, Deborah abandons her research to go on the run with her lover. They flee to the forests where they stumble across a couple who are intent on finding an ultimate sexual union where at the point of climax their spirits break free from their bodies and unite. Plunged into a life of lust and survival, Deborah soon realises she can easily slip into this trancelike state and she and Marcus set out to create a transcendent bond of their own. Can they achieve the ultimate unity before fate separates them for good?
An erotic dystopian fantasy following a young couple trying to elude capture and separation.

The prequel to A Clockwork Butterfly.
In a dying world – is love the only means of true survival?

Excerpt -This is from a part of the story where my leading lady has voiced her desire to be tied up in the forest...

Anyone could find her here, bandits, guards … She tried to rationalise her fear but her physiology took over, flooding her senses with fight or flight cortisones. The sensation started in her chest and swelled and radiated to every cell, making her soar above herself and stare down at the sight of a naked, dishevelled forest nymph, bound and hanging. The imagined sight made her part her legs and bear down, catching her arousal in her abdomen and forcing it into her pussy, where she tried to focus all the energy that was threatening to send her out of control. It took all her concentration to keep everything centred there – all her fear, desire, lust, euphoria – but she knew it was essential, somehow.
A sharp crack snapped her back to the reality of her situation again; someone was close. She tensed every sinew. Alert and staring, Deborah scoured her surroundings. Something moved in the shrubbery. It darted like an animal, low and erratic, as if cornered, but it didn’t add up. She strained her senses in its direction and tried to catch the scent on the barely breathing breeze. Human. Shuddering, she could feel her body expand to a vast canvass of nakedness. The nasal breathing of someone staring hard at the object of their intent filled her ears. Deborah gripped the strapping on each wrist tight and tensed her muscles in a way that she hoped would alert the watcher to her strength in this situation, not her vulnerability. Her skin flushed with warmth under the scrutiny of the shadowy, hidden figure. They stared at each other; she completely exposed and he – she could smell it was a he – completely obscured. There was a strange control conundrum going on in Deborah’s head: as long as he kept himself hidden and meek, she felt like she was holding the power. She let this thought roll around in her psyche and was amazed to feel her body relax and melt into this newfound confidence. Letting the ropes take her weight, she hung a little, shifting her feet apart and opening her legs to share her wet treasure with the voyeur. 
Taking Flight is book 2 in The Meeting Point trilogy – but don’t worry if you haven’t read book one yet (A Clockwork Butterfly) because it doesn’t matter which order you read the first two.
Buy Links for Taking Flight

Buy links for A Clockwork Butterfly


Tabitha Rayne has been told she is quirky, lovely and kinky – not necessarily in that order or by the same person. She writes erotic romance and as long as there’s a love scene – she’ll explore any genre.
Her short stories are included in anthologies from Xcite, Oysters & Chocolate, Cleis, Ravenous Romance, Mischief, and House of Erotica. She has novels with Beachwalk Press and Xcite Books.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Revenge in Rio, final teaser!

Who else can't wait till tomorrow? Over to Samantha...

Revenge in Rio 
Countdown Teasers

Are you ready for the 4th and final teaser? It's introducing the lovely Daniella Venancio to you. I adore Daniella and so did this reviewer, saying she's one of the bravest heroines that she has ever read! **Feels so proud** I hope you like her too.


Daniella Venancio

That's my teaser countdown finished. I hope everyone enjoyed them and more so, you enjoy the book itself, which is released TOMORROW!!! Eeeek! #Excited

'Til next time!
Sam :-) 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Happy Publication Day!

Congratulations to Romy, Sue and Sun. Don't these books look fab?

You can find out more about them here.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Revenge in Rio, Teaser no. 3

Not long now... Over to Samantha!

Revenge in Rio 
Countdown Teasers

Teaser No. 3 people! It gives you a peek at the book's hero, Luca Venancio and his gentlemanly charm but don't be fooled! 


Luca Venancio 

Hope you enjoyed that one....he's yummy, right? 

4th and final teasers next week! 

'Til next time 
Sam :-) 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Revenge in Rio, 2nd teaser...

I'm handing over my blog again to Samantha Darling who's sharing another exciting snippet from her 21st October release! 

Revenge in Rio 
Countdown Teasers

Welcome, welcome, welcome! I'm VERY excited to share today's teaser with you, not only because it's so damn pretty but also because it's from one of my favourite parts of the book and see's Luca whisking Daniella off to a gala for the social and business elite!

Again, a huge thanks to Laura for working her techno/design magic! I'd love to know what you all think of it!  


Let's go

See you next week for teaser No. 3.

'Til next time!
Sam :-)