Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Welcome Ashley Ladd - Her Man

Her Man
This is a male/female/male erotic romance.



Where I get My Story Ideas
By Ashley Ladd

I have a few books on tour and thus I’ve been interviewed several times recently. One of the questions I’m often asked is where I get my story ideas from and do they ever come from real life events.

Let me segue a bit. I went to the movies last night and saw ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ with Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda. Jane Fonda’s character is an author. Her children are mortified when she starts taking notes during a Shiva. They’re upset because this signals she’s about to write things about their lives in her next book. Supposedly she has a habit of using their most embarrassing moments as her book fodder.

I’ve read author interviews recently in which authors admit to doing this too.
Okay, I confess. I’ve done this also, much to the mortification of my daughter. In fact, my daughter has forbidden me from using real life events in my stories.

Thus I haven’t used actual events—lately. Usually I’m merely influenced by real life and change the events to protect the innocent. Aren’t we told to write about what we know? Research is good and necessary, but we have to rely on other people to relay and teach the truth in that case.

Well, maybe that isn’t true. My father is suffering from dementia and so is Guy’s father in ‘Business or Pleasure’, one of my recent releases. My dad became paranoid that his neighbors were out to get him and thus so is Guy’s father. It’s a sad sad thing but something that sometimes comes with dementia.

Also, in my soon to be released book ‘Pretend Lover’, the heroine has a cleft palate—like me.
Because I know my children don’t want me to use their lives as fodder for my stories, I haven’t used any of their funny stories for a long time. But about thirteen years ago my oldest child hacked into his school’s computer system and changed his vice principal’s user name to “Jack Ass”. After the vice principal read me the riot act and threatened felony prosecution, I was scared. But it turned out that’s all that happened and the school actually hired my son to work in their computer department after school. Whenever I told anybody about this story, they rolled on the floor laughing so I knew I had a gem. That gem became the basis of a story, sadly out of print now. But it was funny.

I’ve based other characters on me as well. Rick in ‘Self Defense’ is a disabled vet with hearing loss just like me. And Haley in ‘Purrfect Justice’ has a disability that prevented her from joining the police force (I wanted to join the FBI). Molly in my work in progress is an erotic romance writer who hasn’t come out of the closet to her friends, family, and coworkers which is also a lot like me. Lucky Julie in ‘Her Men’ is an ex-FBI agent. She was able to do what I wasn’t and which I could only dream about.

So now you know. Sometimes we (I) use real life events in our stories. We have to get our inspiration and our knowledge somewhere. That’s not to say I don’t ever dream up scenes or get ideas from news stories, TV, and movies because I absolutely do.



Title: Her Men
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary Erotic male-female-male romance
Book Length: 22,000 words



BLURB:

Forty-four year old Julie Weston has loved Timmy and James since her college days twenty something years ago. She's fantasized about both all these long years, never able to choose between them.

Hoping Tim and James will attend, she attends their college marching band reunion. When both men show up her dreams are answered. They're sexier than she imagined and she hopes they won't be disappointed by her older self.

It turns out both men came just to see her again and neither is happy about the other’s presence. They fight over her, confusing her more than ever. It takes a hot ménage…or two…for her heart to decide which one she’s in love with.



EXCERPT:

 Oh God. She couldn’t make up her mind, just as she’d feared. They were both fulfilling her dreams and almost her fantasies. Why couldn’t she be like Connie and love just one man?
“I’m single. And confused,” she admitted unhappily, hoping and praying her answer wouldn’t drive either man away before her heart could decide who it wanted. She held her breath, waiting for James to drop her on her ass and leave in disgust.
But he stayed. His eyes darkened. His fingers bit into her arms, but he didn’t walk away. Instead, he kissed her again, rubbing his groin against her. When he finally released her, he promised, “Game on.”
Tim stomped over and shoved James away. “What the hell was that?”
James pushed him back. “What in the hell does it look like?”
“Keep your hands off her.”
“I don’t see a ring on her finger, and she started it.”
Tim wrinkled his brow, captured her hand and yanked her to him. “She’s had too much to drink.”
Again she help up one finger and repeated, “I just had one.” She thought it best not to mention the Benadryl.
With sad eyes, Tim asked, “Who do you want? Me or him?”
Fighting back sudden, scalding tears, she freed herself, stepped back and regarded both men. “I don’t know.”
Tim’s expression grew incredulous as if she’d struck him. He echoed, “You don’t know? Since when do you like him?”
“Maybe since you dumped her,” James said with a sneer. He puffed up and faced off with Tim. “If you don’t like it, back out. I’m going to fight for her—like I should have before.”
Tim’s eyes grew large as saucers. “I had no idea. You were with Theresa…”
“Theresa dropped me like a hot cake. And you disappeared.”
“And I heard she was going out with Gus, not you.” Tim looked around as though to make sure Gus wasn’t about to pop out of nowhere.
She heaved a sigh. “Gus was my friend. He fell for me, not vice versa. I feel bad if I led him on. It wasn’t intentional.”
“Like me? You never realized I liked you as more than a friend,” Phil interjected as he danced nearby with Anita.
She blanched and wanted to evaporate.
James winked. “It seems you were quite the siren, leaving all of us shipwrecked in your wake.”
Stunned, she clasped her hand to her throat. “I swear, I had no clue. I’m so sorry.”
“Yet you’re still leaving us in your wake, honey.” Tim glared at all of them and fisted his hands on his hips.
Honey? She didn’t like the sound of that.

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AUTHOR BIO: 

Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Pride Promotion Presents Wet Paint by Will Parkinson and a Giveaway!



Book Name: Wet Paint

Author Name: Will Parkinson

Author Bio:

WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.
             None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.
             He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.
              

Author Contact:


Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press




Blurb(s):
Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.



Excerpt:
ADDY SAT in the car, worry creasing his brow. Not even an hour ago, he’d been so happy. Why was he so nervous now? His thoughts drifted back to his conversation with his dad. Would Benny still want him when he found out what had happened? Would he think Addy was too broken? Addy shivered. He tried to tell himself Benny would never be like that, but how could he know for sure?
“What’s up, little man? I can hear you thinking from over here.” Benny chuckled.
“Nothing, Benny. I’m okay.”
“Addy, c’mon. I can tell you’ve got something on your mind. I need to know what it is. I can’t help if you won’t let me.”
Addy took a deep breath. “I’m afraid,” he admitted. “Of what? Camp?” “No... of losing you.”
“I don’t understand. Why would you think you’d lose me?”
“Benny.” Addy sighed. “I need to tell you some stuff. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s really not going to be nice.”

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 Paperback: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5418






1. What drives you to write books for kids and teenagers?


 When I was growing up, there were no books geared to young adults. If there had been, I wondered how many lives would have been different or saved. I write YA because I want young people to know that there ARE others out there, and that life can have a happily ever after, no matter how rough it seems.

2. As a young adult, what were your favorite books and how does that compare to your favorites today?
As a young adult I loved to read. My favorite book (which still ranks high on my list) was ‘My Side of the Mountain’. Today’s books deal with a lot tougher subjects. Books are not nearly as sanitized now as they were when I was a kid, and I think that helps them relate better to young adults now.

3. How much of your writing is based on your own experiences as a child or teen?
Most things I write have some kernels of fact in them (though not everything). Taylor’s father isn’t happy with his art. Mine wasn’t pleased with my writing. Jackson wants to fit in somewhere. I knew that feeling.

4. What do you envision happening in the YA field in the next five to ten years?
The YA field is growing by leaps and bounds as people find out the stories are not just for young adults, but anyone who is interested in a story. Sex is not required to make a strong story, in my opinion.

5. What challenges do you think teens face today that you did not?
I think young adults are faced with a lot more bullying. With social media and the Internet, it’s impossible to hide. Things go viral so quickly and there is no way to keep others from seeing it, so like a school of piranha they pile on because they think destroying someone else makes them cool.

6. As an adult, how do you keep your finger on the pulse of today’s youth?

My stories are a little different, I think. Youth today are a lot more worldly in a lot of cases. Benny, for example, talks more like an adult. Addy still retains some of his youth. But I don’t think it does a lot of good to try and pretend that I’m a young adult writing young adult stories. I’m not. I think kids need someone who will talk to them like they’re adults, and not try to be anything else.




Friday, September 26, 2014

The Harvest:Taken (#2nd edition) giveaway


Book 1



Aliens?
Spaceships?
Breeding programs?
And life-changing events that’ll take you on a journey which will lead to the love of a lifetime.

Blurb:
In the year 2050, humanity finds out they are indeed not alone.

Massive space ships appear without warning above the capital cities of all major nations. The planet Tah'Nar is dying. Chemical warfare has reduced the once-intersexed warrior race to sterility. They need fresh DNA in order to reproduce and have an idea for a harvesting program... and so they turn to Earth.

Earth governments negotiate a lottery, and Dale Michael assumes he's safe since he's under the Harvest age limit. How wrong he is. He's illegally harvested and claimed by Tah'Narian starship captain Keyno Shou. From the moment Keyno sees Dale, he knows he must claim the spirited human male for his own. What he doesn’t expect is a spitfire with a mind of his own—and a deadly disease that will require a risky procedure to cure.




Yes! I have a new cover. And about 5K of new material has been added to the beginning of the book, and the scene with Ti and Colt has been put back closer to the original. Notice I said closer lol. It's still not as... brutal as what was on Lit.





Yup. I'm giving away 2 copies of the 2nd edition ebook. Just tell me:

YES-I think there are aliens out there and why
                          or 
NO-I don't believe there are aliens and why not


Make sure to leave your email addy for me too. :) I'll announce the winner late on the 30th.

~M