Anna Is Appreciative…A Week of Awards

Crossroad to Love coverWelcome back to Anna’s World!!!! OMG!!! I woke up this morning to a tweet from Authorsdb saying my first book, Crossroad To Love, is now a FINALIST in their 2013 Book Cover contest!!!!! The beautiful cover was designed by Bret Poinier and has received compliments from the first day I shared it. Simple, elegant, and beautiful, it’s a romantic cover and I have always loved it. I guess other people do too and for that I’m very grateful. Keep your fingers crossed for me and Crossroad To Love!

For those of you not familiar with my beloved Fab Five series, Crossroad To Love is the first book in the series, followed by The Road To Her Heart, The Road To His Soul, Love’s Winding Road, A Rocky Road To Romance, The Road To Forever, and the one I’m currently working on, A Dangerous Road To Destiny. Each of the books in the series has the word “Road” in the title to distinguish it from my books that aren’t part of the series. They are available as eBooks at Amazon, AllRomance.com, and Barnes and Noble. You can find the buy links for these and all my books on the Buy Links page of this blog. The series doesn’t end with Book Seven either.There are several more planned as the Fab Five continue to find drama and romance in their lives and the lives of their families and friends.

Tonight I actually wrapped up Book Seven. I’ll need to go over it once more and tweak it a little more but it’s almost ready to send to LazyDay after months of hard work. After that it’ll be time to start on a few other projects…

In other exciting news of the past week, I was one of the Rebel Ink Press authors chosen to receive the Best of 2013 award! So honored to receive this!

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I’ve been writing all day and it’s snowing here, but I just had to tell you all my exciting news. Stay tuned, I have some exciting things coming up…and some awesome other authors sharing my blog soon!

Stay warm and dry and if you have to go out, be careful! For those of you in a warm climate…well…I have nothing to say. LOL

Love,

Anna

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Out With The Old And In With The New…

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It’s almost 2014 and and as this year comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting on my first year as a published author.

The two words that immediately pop into my head are #1…CRAZY and #2…AWESOME!

Crazy in a good way, as I attempted to find the right groove in which to do all the things necessary to get my name out there. Working a full-time day job made things somewhat tricky as to finding time for writing, editing, picking out cover photos, and promoting. I found the time, however, because a lifelong dream was realized in January when the first book hit the ebook venues. I wasn’t about to let it stop there! I set a goal for myself, one that many said was unrealistic. Well, guess what…I met that goal and exceeded it!

Things really got crazy when a reader, who I had met through another author, approached me and asked if she could start a street team for me. She also offered to be my assistant, to help me with some of the things I didn’t have the time to do. Up until then, marketing had been a one-woman team…ME.  After some thought and lengthy discussions with Anne, I decided to take her up on her offer. Soon, a few other readers she and I were acquainted with offered to join the bandwagon. So, Anne, Crysty, Deb, and I started the street team, Anna’s Fab Friends. Personal friends soon got on the bandwagon and the group began to grow. Lee, another friend from way back in the hometown days had begun to market for me in the state he lives in so I asked him to join the group. He did and is now an integral part of the team. He and Anne work together behind the scenes planning signings, contests, and many other marketing ideas. We have over fifty members now, adding more as we go along. We have members from the US, Australia, Canada, Scotland, and many places. We have aspiring authors, published authors, a country singer, and a wide variety of readers in the group. My daughter and my niece have joined. We run contests, they promote for me, and we have a good time. Most of all, we’ve become a close knit group, always willing to send a word of encouragement if one of us is having a bad day. We can joke with each other, we can cry with each other, and we ARE truly the Fab Friends. Ironic, since the Fab Five series that I write is  about an awesome group of friends. In fact, many of us are planning to meet in May in New Orleans at the RT Book Reviews Convention. Fabs are coming from Australia, New York, Tennessee, Florida, maybe Pennsylvania, and I don’t know where else but I do know it’s going to be a blast!

AWESOME…is thirteen books released in twelve months! Twelve under Anna’s pen name and one under my spicier side, Isabella Kole. Ah yes…Isabella or IzzyB as we call her in the Fabs…she was another goal of mine. I normally write sweet, sassy, sensual books but the readers and other writer friends were encouraging me to try something a little different. With the popularity of Fifty Shades Of Grey, books about BDSM were being released like crazy and doing quite well. It wasn’t something I had ever considered writing, but after much thought, I decided to try my own version, a tamer yet sexy version. Accepting His Terms is about a couple experimenting with a light form of domestic discipline. It’s been well-received and the readers as well as the publisher want more. And so it begins.

My first book, Crossroad To Love, reached the semi-finals in the Authorsdb Cover Contest! The results of that contest will be announced in February. My team worked hard to get votes so I’m anxious to see how that goes!

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I’ve been a bit slower with my writing the last few months. I needed a breather, to catch up on my personal life, and work on promoting the thirteen books already written. I did some book signings, attended a book show, and got my batteries recharged. I’m ready to go into 2014 full steam ahead with many things already in the works. The Fab Five series has more books to be added, Remember Our Promise is now the first in a trilogy rather than a stand-alone, IzzyB has more to offer, and I’ve come up with an idea for something other than a romance novel…

So as 2013 comes to an end, I want to thank all of you for making it a fun, exciting, and worthwhile year for me.

Anne designed this and my street team shared it on Facebook…so sweet

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As we enter 2014, I am more determined than ever to make it an even better year! Happy New Year to all of you and I’ll see you back here next year!!!!!

Love,

Anna/Isabella

Happy Birthday LazyDay Publishing!

December tenth marks a very special day, the birth of LazyDay Publishing!
My beloved Fab Five series is published through LazyDay as well as my spicier side, Isabella Kole. Isabella made her debut on October ninth with her erotic romance, Accepting His Terms.
Stop by and like LazyDay’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to keep up with new releases.
If you are an author, check out their submission guidelines.
Happy Birthday, LazyDay!!!

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Sable Hunter’s Halloween Blog Hop…A True Ghost Story…

halloween-blog-hop.jpgWelcome to Anna’s World. I am taking part in Sable’s Halloween Blog Hop today and I want to share  a true to life ghost story that was told to me by a friend. I am familiar with this bit of local folklore and thought it would be fun to let all of you read it during this Halloween season.

Huron, IN is a small town located in southern Indiana and it is also the home of a real life ghost story.  The local cemetery is the home of a headstone with a chain link that grows each year. The stone has been replaced numerous times, but the chain just keeps appearing. The story goes that the chain represents the love of a man that was in the army and his girlfriend that waited for him. They were going to get married before he left, but his parents kept them from seeing each other and from getting married when they heard about the news. He went off to the war and she waited for him even though they couldn’t be together. The guy was killed in the war and they brought his body back here for a proper burial. The young girl attended the funeral, but she stood across the road and watched it from a distance. They say that today you can see the chain glow at night, and sometimes during the day you can see the young lady dressed in black standing on the other side of the road watching the funeral.  I researched this story as part of a Folklore class that I took at Indiana University.  The day I visited the gravesite, I could sense that I was being watched.  When I looked around I saw, what appeared to be, a woman in black dress, a veil covered her face, and then she disappeared.

Wow! Gave me goosebumps, how about you? We all have a ghost story or have heard one, but this one is a well-known story in the area I grew up in. People actually do visit the gravesite in hopes of seeing the chain grow another link or to catch a glimpse of the young girl dressed in black…

Now that I’ve treated you to a proper ghost story and haven’t tricked you, how about a contest? I’m giving away an ARC copy of Isabella Kole’s Accepting His Terms. She’s the spicier side of Anna, you know. I’m also giving away a signed paperback copy of Remember Our Promise and an Anna Kristell tote bag.

All you have to do is provide me with a pic of your Halloween decorations…from this year or years past. At the end of the blog hop this weekend, we’ll pick the best one, that’s all there is to it. So get out your cameras or your old pics and get busy! We’ll post the winner’s pic here next week.

Email your pics to: lee_vanhoy@hotmail.com and I, along with my assistants, Anne and Lee, will pick a winner.

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Who Is Isabella Kole?

Accepting-His-Terms-CoverWelcome back to Anna’s World! Today I have a surprise for you. I’m going to introduce you to someone very near and dear to me. Her name is Isabella Kole, or as I affectionately call her, IzzyB. Just who is Isabella Kole? Well, to be quite honest, she’s me…or the spicier side of me…

A few months ago, a group of writer friends who write erotic romance and spanking stories asked me why I didn’t try one. As most of you know, if you’ve followed me at all, Anna writes mainstream romance, some dramatic, some light, but all just a little sweet and sexy. I mentioned this to one of my publishers in passing one day and she wasn’t opposed to the idea, so I wrote a rough draft. Then one night, Sable Hunter invited me to chat with her street team and promote my books in her group. She encouraged me to come forward and tell them about IzzyB. Up until that time, I was keeping the fact that IzzyB and Anna were the same person a secret. So I told them a little about the story, Accepting His Terms, and was met with such enthusiasm I couldn’t believe it. In fact, several of the people I met that night, came to me a few weeks later and asked if they could start a street team for me. And that’s how Anna’s Fab Friends began.

The writer friends who had first encouraged me came together and helped me too. One helped me kick around different ideas for a title until together we came up with the perfect one, another read the story and offered suggestions, another one did the same. All were supportive and encouraging. Members of the street team beta read for me as the story progressed. As I began to tell people about the new book, other author friends offered to host Isabella on their blogs. Everyone, including my readers, were very receptive to the idea.

My street team and I decided to market Isabella as the spicier side of Anna…because that’s exactly who she is. Isabella’s debut erotic romance is an Anna love story with Isabella spice. There is no better way to describe it. So if you like Anna’s romances but would like it spicier…Isabella’s your gal. If you prefer Anna’s sweet and sexy stories, there are plenty of them around and more to come.

Accepting His Terms by Isabella Kole debuts October 9th from LazyDay Publishing, the same publisher who released Anna’s Fab Five series. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook, it’s one you won’t want to miss. Not your ordinary spanking story…I wanted to do something just a little different…I did it my way…and I hope you’ll give it a chance. Branching out is never easy but I was determined to see this through because of all the support I was given from author friends, readers, friends, family, and my publisher. Will there be another Isabella Kole book in the near future? That remains to be seen as Anna is very busy at the moment, but if you like it, please let me know by leaving a review. If I know you like it, Isabella might be persuaded to do an encore.

Now here’s the blurb for Accepting His Terms:

Jill Lincoln has the hots for her stern, hunk of a boss, Jarrod Baine. With his piercing steel-gray-blue eyes, hair as black as coal, and a body to be enjoyed, she wonders what it would be like to be his woman. But she’s only one of many who would give her eye teeth to be in his bed.

 The day Jarrod rescues her from a would-be assault by a young mail clerk; she finds that he is as attracted to her as she is to him.  As the two begin a relationship, it becomes very apparent to Jarrod that Jill is a nervous, high-strung lady and he searches for the best way to ease her tensions. Together they begin to form a strong bond as they experiment with discipline.

 As the couple realizes their feelings run much deeper than an office affair, Jarrod asks her to be his wife. As they enter into a hot, passionate marriage, complete with the discipline, by mutual consent, a deeper emotional bond is formed that continues to grow much stronger over time.

But when Jill suffers a heartbreaking miscarriage and Jarrod is not by her side, she retreats into a deep, dark depression, turning away from the one man who can save her.

Will their bond be severed forever?

Did that whet your appetite at all? Just in case, let’s throw in a small excerpt:

On Saturday morning, Jarrod kept his word and phoned Jill to tell her he would pick her up at noon.

She flew around her apartment, straightening, fluffing pillows, and making sure everything was in place. Then she treated herself to a long soak in a cherry-blossom scented bubble bath before getting dressed for their date. She chose a green floral sundress and a pair of sandals. It was spring in Tennessee and the weather had turned warm. After her makeup and hair were near perfect, she sat on the couch waiting for him to arrive.

At eleven-forty-five, her doorbell rang, she sprang from the couch and let him in.

“I’m early, I know, these are for you,” he said as he entered the room and handed her a bouquet of flowers.

“Flowers?” she asked, “Thank you.”

“Have you eaten?”

“No, I had a late breakfast,” she replied.

“Good, there’s a nice little Italian restaurant in the winery. I thought we could have lunch there before we do our wine tasting.”

“Oh, that sounds fantastic. I love Italian food.”

He grinned. “Are you ready to go?”

As he drove to the winery, she said, “I thought it would seem odd to be out with you, but it doesn’t. The other night at dinner was the only time we’ve been together outside the office.”

“It feels perfectly natural to me, Jill,” he replied as he cast a sideways glance in her direction.

She smiled and asked him about the music playing in his CD player.

When they reached the winery, he walked around and opened her car door, helped her out, and took her hand as they walked inside.

They sat at a corner table and as Jill looked around, she said, “This is nice. I like the atmosphere.”

“Romantic?” he teased.

She blushed and took a sip of her water.

“So after we finish touring the winery, what would you like to do?” he asked.

“You mean there’s more?” she asked with a smile.

“If you’d like; we can extend this afternoon date into an evening date. Do you dance?”

“I love it,” she replied.

As his hand reached across the table to caress hers gently, she shivered. As her gaze met his, she saw amusement in his eyes.

“Are you cold, sweetheart?” he asked with a sexy grin.

“Uh… no…” she stammered.

Their lunch arrived and the moment passed. As they made pleasant small talk and enjoyed their food, Jill found herself becoming aroused. The sound of his voice, the look in his eyes, and the touch of his hand made her nipples harden and heat to flow through her veins. She caught him watching her and she was sure he’d looked down at her breasts. She shivered again.

“Are you sure you’re not cold?” he asked again, the amused look back in his eyes.

“I’m really quite… warm,” she answered with her sweetest smile.

“I can see that,” he said in a low voice as he leaned across the table. “I think we should get started on our tour before you get any… warmer.”

She stood up and took the hand he offered. As they made their way to the winery, he leaned over and whispered in her ear, “You’re cute when you’re… bothered.”

“Bothered? What makes you think I’m bothered?” she asked.

“Your body betrays you, my dear,” he teased as he leaned over to kiss her.

They began their tour, tasting many of the different wines offered and finally Jill chose her favorite, a sweet red.

“We’ll save it for a special occasion,” he said as they walked to his car.

“Where are we going dancing?” she asked.

“Well, this is Tennessee. Where else but a good old country dance hall?” he asked.

“You… like country?” she asked in surprise.

“I’m an old-fashioned southern country boy at heart.”

“I never would have guessed that,” she said as he pulled out of the parking lot.

They arrived at one of the well-known bars in town and as they sat waiting for the band to begin playing, he asked if she was hungry.

“A little, how about you?” she replied.

“They have great wings here, how about it?”

“Sure, that sounds good.”

They talked some more about movies they’d like to see, books they’d read, and when their wings arrived, they ate, laughed, and talked some more. It was becoming more and more natural for her to be in his company. He really was quite different away from the office. There was still a commanding presence, but there was also a softer, more romantic side to Jarrod Baine.

“Oh, look, the band is ready to play,” she said as she looked up at the stage.

“And they’re starting with a slow song. Let’s go,” he said as he stood and took her hand.

As she was whisked into the arms of the man she’d spent months dreaming about, Jill melted. The moment he pulled her close to his chest, she knew there was nothing she wouldn’t do for this man. She was his. Whether he knew it yet or not, she would surrender to him, and she would love him for as long as he wanted her in his life.

She looked up at him and caught sight of the corners of his mouth turned slightly upward. His eyes danced as they gazed at her. She put her head on his shoulder and as he pulled her closer, he whispered, “I could stay like this all night.”

She nestled closer, letting her right hand tease the hair at the nape of his neck. Her body was on fire, as a warm wetness flowed from within. Her nipples were aching, begging for attention. Her left hand moved down his back.

“If you don’t stop that, I’m going to take you to the parking lot and have my way with you in the car,” he warned as he nibbled at her ear.

“In that case, I won’t stop,” she teased.

“Oh, you’ve got such sass… you know I owe you a spanking for putting yourself at risk, for staying late that night, and now with all the sass and teasing you’ve been throwing around, I think you’ve had your three strikes. You’re out, baby.” He spoke in a low, husky voice.

“Three strikes? I’m out?” she asked as she raised her face his.

 Hmmm…what’s gonna happen next? You can find out by downloading Accepting His Terms at either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

http://www.amazon.com/Accepting-His-Terms-ebook/dp/B00FPWB1QK

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1117061855?ean=2940148463177

 

 

You can find Isabella on Facebook. Please swing by and give her a “Like”…she’ll appreciate it.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Kole-Author/580591041984962

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have my good friend, Ginger Ring, here on the twelfth talking about her first release which comes out on October 10th!!!! So excited for her!!!! And on the 22nd, I’ll be telling ghost stories…as part of Sable Hunter’s Halloween Blog Hop so you’re not going to want to miss that…contests and prizes too!!!

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An Interview with Emily A. Lawrence

HopefulDreamscoverWelcome back to Anna’s World! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Emily A. Lawrence. She’s going to tell us about a couple of her works. I’ve enjoyed talking with her and I’m sure you will want to hear what she has to say.

 Author bio:

Emily A. Lawrence is extremely passionate about fiction. She’s been writing stories, mostly fan fiction, for years now, but only began thinking seriously about publishing approximately a year ago. Encouraged by her family, friends and fellow authors she pursued her dream, and received her very first acceptance in March 2013.

She loves creating new characters and losing herself in their worlds. Usually, she writes contemporary romance in three heat levels: sweet, sensual and erotic. However, she would like to try her luck at other genres one day, such as paranormal or mystery.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, new sceneries, food and meeting new people, or simply reading a good book.

What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

My stories contain explicit sex scenes, so they are addressed to 18+ readers. I enjoy reading a good romance which does not have sex behind closed doors. I have a wild imagination, but I’d rather read it than imagine it, so I guess this is why I decided to include such scenes in my books.

My first series of short stories featuring Carly and Robert (The Weekend Getaways Series) is erotic romance, but the “Soul’s Desire Series” I am working on at the moment is mainstream romance, which is more accessible to larger audiences.

We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Balancing time is never easy. I have a day job that keeps me busy 8 hours a day, but I manage to do a lot of editing while I’m at work. I do most of my writing during weekends or when I come home from work. Writing the book is just the first step. Promoting it is time consuming, but it is essential, so I do my best to do a little bit of everything every day.

Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

I prefer writing strong female and male leading characters. “The Guardian of my Soul”, the first book in the “Soul’s Desire Series” coming soon, is a good example of that. Both of them are strong, stubborn and independent characters, but they also have a weak spot.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

There are a lot of authors I love. Some of them are Stephenie Meyer, E. L. James, Dan Brown, Suzanne Collins and others. E. L. James’ story has inspired me the most, because just like her I too have been writing fan fiction for years, but never showed anything to anyone. After reading Fifty Shades, I turned one of my stories into Fifty fan fiction just to see what people thought of my writing. Even though the stories are so different from one another and I basically only borrowed the names of the characters in Fifty, I can honestly say that it was the readers’ reaction to it that has encouraged and motivated me to keep writing. Now that story will be part of the “Soul’s Desire Series”, so yes, my favorite authors have inspired me to read, write and express my creativity.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

Every writer’s nightmare is having writer’s block. It’s happened to me a few times and it can be very frustrating. So when that occurs, I detach myself from the book, go for a walk, go shopping, read or edit something else, but never force myself into writing. I like it when ideas come naturally to me, and that’s when I’m most efficient.

Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

 Guilty? Hmmm…I really love pizza.

Tell us about your newest book.

“The Guardian of my Soul”, the first book in the “Soul’s Desire Series” will be published next month with Beau Coup Publishing.

Currently I have the first two books in the “Weekend Getaways Series” on sale, published by Secret Cravings Publishing. “Hot Dreams of a Lonely Soul” is the first and “Hopeful Dreams and New Beginnings” is the second. The third book in the series, “A Dream Come True” will be released in December.

                                                             Hot Dreams of a Lonely Soul – Book 1

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Book blurb:

Sexy former bikini model Carly Smith chooses to stay away from men after getting out of a bad marriage. Still traumatized by her past with her jealous, abusive ex husband, she is afraid to engage in another relationship, let alone be intimate with anybody. However, sparks fly when she meets her new handsome boss, Robert Benton. Extremely attracted to him, she finds herself in a delicate situation as he is constantly in her thoughts and haunting her dreams at night, turning her entire body into a time bomb of need, ready to explode. Each time she wakes up disappointed and alone, craving for his touch, but lacking the courage to turn her hot dreams into reality. What happens when Robert unexpectedly shows up at her door one night? Will she manage to overcome her fears and allow him inside, or will she deny him access?

Excerpt:

Raw need twisted in her gut. Anxious to see the rest of him, she unbuttoned and unzipped his jeans, then watched him hook his thumbs inside the waistband and peel them down his hips together with his boxers, freeing his huge erection.

She gasped before she could catch herself, her insides liquefying more at the mere sight of it. Suddenly she was dying to feel him inside her, stretching her cunt in the most pleasurable ways.

“Is something wrong?” A hint of amusement edged his words as he regarded her mischievously. “You look surprised.” Pure confidence of male pride laced his husky voice.

Carly saw the twinkle playing at the corners of his eyes. “You’re big…” she murmured, but hardly recognized the sound of her own voice.

“I am as big as I need to be to make you scream like never before and beg for more,” he said with a confidence that only enhanced her impatience, her channel quivering with the need to be filled. His deft hands spread her thighs wide and his eyes took in the glistening pink folds of her pussy now exposed to him. “Gorgeous!” He swept his tongue over his lips to moisten them. “I’ve wanted to taste this the moment I first say you.”

“Robert…” Her throat tightened and her mouth went dry. The color grew hotter and hotter in her cheeks under his profound glare, and she fought with the urge to pull her thighs back together. However, the look in his eyes was nothing like that of her ex husband. His was of pure joy and admiration and his gaze seemed to be worshipping her, sweeping her from head to toe. The realization soothed her, little silvery wings of anticipation fluttering through her and causing all her worries to dissipate into thin air.

Buy links:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Lonely-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00CZXWGNO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369558098&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+dreams+of+a+lonely+soul

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreams-Lonely-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00CZXWGNO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378674432&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+dreams+of+a+lonely+soul

Hopeful Dreams and New Beginnings – Book 2

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Book blurb:

After two traumatic years spent with her abusive ex husband, Carly swore that she would never remarry. With a low self-esteem and haunting demons from her past refusing to relinquish their grip, she could hardly confide in men until she met Robert, her handsome boss who managed to sweep her off her feet and show her the time of her life.

With his help, her fears and frustrations became a swell of lust, a wave of desire that aroused her numb senses, restoring her lost confidence and reviving her need for a man’s touch and affection, needs that she had suppressed for such a long time.

Naughty, erotic fantasies are fulfilled while on a well deserved vacation to the AndrosIsland in Bahamas, adding more spice to their steamy sex life.

Will Robert manage to convince her to give marriage another chance and start a new chapter in their lives?

Excerpt:

“Why are you so afraid that I’m going to leave, anyway?” she asked, running her hand up and down his firm abs. She could feel his muscles contract under her fingertips.

“Because it’s happened before,” he answered in a low, feeble tone.

Carly tilted her head up to look at him, taken aback by his answer. “What?”

“Yes, I’ve been dumped before. After that I could no longer trust women. I refused to get emotionally involved with anyone. It was nothing but no-strings-attached sex for me.”

She took a moment to process his words. “Who would want to leave you? You’re the sweetest, craziest, naughtiest man I’ve ever met and if someone locked me up in here with you for the rest of my life, I’d be more than happy to accept such punishment.” She pressed her lips to the pulse that was pounding in his throat, amazed that a sexy, clever guy like him would have troubles in love. Unable to help herself and feeling the need to erase the unwelcome memories she had stirred, she gave in to the impulse and licked along a damp line up his neck, nipping at his chin on the way. She hoped that the sensual treatment she was giving him was enough to make him put everything behind.

His voice was husky when he spoke, “I guess she had better plans…”

“Nothing could be better than this,” she stated and offered him a scorching kiss, devouring his mouth possessively. It was her turn to make him feel at ease. Determination oozed from every pore of her body, and she did everything she could to make him understand that she had no intention of leaving him.

“When you…showed up…for the job interview…” He tried to speak, but she kept interrupting him with kisses, his own tongue playing with hers with an eroticism that made her head swim and her need for him grow.

“Yes?” she asked, curious to hear what he had to say. She angled her head down and moved her mouth back to his neck, then swept it over the curve of his cheekbones, his stubble tickling her soft lips. Her palms were splayed against his chest and her fingers toyed with his nipples in a way that she knew inflamed him.

Robert let out a low roar and moaned her name unintelligibly, but he seemed to struggle to concentrate. “Carly…the moment I saw you…I was struck by your beauty. You innocent smile was the sweetest thing I had seen. I went home from work that day and nearly crashed the car twice. I couldn’t stop thinking of you. It was not something that I had experienced before and I wasn’t sure how to act. Then…once I found out what had happened to you I got so angry. I wanted you even more. I wanted you so much that I ended up knocking on your door in the middle of the night and asking you to sleep with me. Straightforwardness is my thing, but it was the first time I was doing that with somebody that I really liked. I acted on an impulse because I couldn’t stand one more day without holding you in my arms and loving you like you deserved it. I needed you…badly…”

Carly had stopped her playful assault and was hanging onto every word he was saying to her, their gazes locked in a heated clash. She felt an unusual sensation of weightlessness and the illusion held for a long moment as she stood enthralled by the promise in his eyes. “Any other man who would have showed up at that hour requesting such a thing would have most likely made me call the police. But you…I wanted you too even though I was scared as hell. I still can’t believe I did it. I could not recognize myself. But I do know one thing…that was the most beautiful, hot, sensual, enticing night in my entire life and I’d be more than happy to have nights like that with you for as long as I live.”

Their tender embrace turned to raging passion in the blink of an eye. Desire for one another spiraled higher, pushing away thoughts of the past and the future, lost in their happy place, their bodies yearning to move to the rhythm of a melody only they could hear.

Buy links:

Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/Hopeful-Beginnings-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00EQJ3RXS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377342537&sr=8-1&keywords=hopeful+dreams+and+new+beginnings

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hopeful-Beginnings-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00EQJ3RXS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377342451&sr=8-1&keywords=hopeful+dreams+and+new+beginnings

Secret Cravings Publishing: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=33&products_id=688

Barnes&Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hopeful-dreams-and-new-beginnings-emily-a-lawrence/1116735714?ean=2940045236157

Author contact links:

Blog: http://emilyalawrence88.blogspot.ro/

Website: http://emilyalawrence.wix.com/emily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmyALawrence?ref=tn_tnmn

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/20344150-emily-a-lawrence

Thank you for having me on your blog, Anna!

Hugs,

Emily

Thanks for joining me here today, Emily, and best of luck to you!  EmilyALawrenceHotDreamscover

Anna Welcomes Carlie Sexton

FallenForYou coverI am so happy to welcome Carlie Sexton to my blog today! I met Carlie last winter when my first book came out. She was writing then and we had several conversations about her work and about mine. I’ve asked her to answer some questions for me and she’s going to tell us about her books. Part 1 and Part 2 are now available and Part 3 will be out in September.

Anna: What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Carlie: My Killer Next Door series~ Fallen for You, Taken by You, and Given to You are erotic romance thrillers. The story itself is based on some of my real life experiences when I was in college (no, not the sex). I made the story erotic because that genre is growing rapidly. My books are different with the serial killer twist.

Anna: You’re right about that, the erotic romance genre is growing and the serial killer does give it a twist. Next question: We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Carlie: I am a full-time teacher, so fitting in writing has been a challenge. I, of course, do all of the elements pertaining to writing in the evenings or weekends. Time management is an issue and I think I have become a little one dimensional in attempting to find a balance. Still a work in progress.

Anna: You sound like me. As most people who know me are aware, I am still working my full time Monday through Friday job, as well, and all my writing related work is done in the evenings and on the weekends. Throw in social and family obligations and it sometimes gets tricky meeting a deadline. Now, on to the the juicy question. Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

Carlie: The hero in my series, Neil, is based largely on my husband~ confident, slightly controlling, demanding, affectionate, playful, intelligent, adoring, communicative. I like a hero who goes after what he wants.

My heroine Kate is more on the aloof side to begin with, but she becomes putty in the hands of the hero once he has won her over. I like heroine’s who are strong, but let the man be the man.

Anna: Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

 Carlie: This is an ironic question because Raine Miller did indeed inspire me to write. I work with her husband and found out she was writing books. Of course I bought Naked right away and devoured it. I decided I had a story to tell and began writing last September. She has been an inspiration and a mentor. Without her, I would have no idea how to promote my books and may not have even finished them at all. I also love Nicholas Sparks, Stephanie Meyers, Nora Roberts, Catherine Bybee, to name a few.

Anna: What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

 Carlie: Hands down it has to be promoting my books.

Anna: I have to agree with you there. It’s hard to get the word out there. Now, something I ask all my guest authors. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

 Carlie: I’m actually kind of boring. I do indulge frequently on mint chocolate chip ice cream. Ate some while doing this interview! Does that count?

Anna: Yes, it definitely counts. I love chocolate chip ice cream too but I prefer the vanilla rather than the mint. Now it’s time for you to tell us about your newest book.

 Carlie: I am releasing the third book in my series~ Given to You in September. I have already started a fourth book about two characters from the series, Mac and Natalie. I fairly certain it will be called Beholden to You. Mac and Natalie find themselves in a situation that she wants to keep secret from Kate and Charlie. They begin dating, but an old flame threatens to destroy their budding romance. There are complications and the choice of who to be with is spurred on because of the complications.

TakenByYou

Here are the links to find Carlie:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carliesextonromance?fref=ts

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/carliesextonauthor

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Killer-Next-Series-ebook/dp/B00D7NQSIU/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376094554&sr=1-2&keywords=carlie+sexton

http://www.amazon.com/Taken-Killer-Next-Door-ebook/dp/B00DTJXDIK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376094582&sr=1-1

Here’s the Blurb for Fallen for You The Killer Next Door Part 1:

If you believe your life is the sum total of your choices, what do you do when things just don’t add up? You are about to find out. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be dull. And surely, it won’t be safe. In fact, making just one wrong choice could put evil at your bedside watching you sleep.

And so it is with Kate Simmons, a young woman who, by choosing to regain her life, actually puts it at risk by the very choices she makes. After unimaginable heartbreak stops her world on a dime, Kate falls into a three-year blackness of self blame that brings her to the edge of life, itself. As time finally brings light back through tiny cracks of renewed desire, Kate moves out of the prison she made for herself in her mother’s home to find a new reality, rooming with her best girlfriend, Charlie. 

Yet, to be free is to be vulnerable, and Kate’s choices more than ever mark a splattered line between being happy and being dead. 

Care to choose? Here’s your menu: 
A strangely alluring building manager so possessed with wanting you for his own, he’ll bury more than the fact he has a girlfriend; a buff college student for whom you are clearly hot, as are all the other girls on campus; a pushy lawyer who is as handsome as he is intoxicated with conquest, who doesn’t take no for an answer, who gets what he wants — always.

Sometimes, it’s whom you choose. Sometimes, it’s who chooses you. If you’re Kate, it’s both, and it puts you on a perilous road where good looks and humor are the thin masks of jealous delusion and utter violence.

You’re in trouble when the sum total of your choices is written in blood red.

Thanks so much for being my guest today, Carlie, and best of luck to you with the new release coming up!

Don’t forget to stop back by next week, folks, for the Rebel Ink Press third anniversary blog hop! There will be a big giveaway!!!! Until then…Love, Anna