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St. Patrick’s Day Hide and Seek by aubreyleatherwood
March 6, 2011, 7:05 am
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St. Patrick's Day Hide and Seek Icon
For the Good Times

In an attempt to fill his love’s new e-reader, Paddy the leprechaun has been visiting lots of author’s websites. Unbeknownst to him there was a hole in his pocket and he has lost his gold. He needs your help to refill his pot and ensure a Happy St Patrick’s Day for everyone going to the party at the Rainbow’s end. What you need to do is visit the author’s sites and find where the gold fell out of Paddy’s pocket

(Note: The image on this page doesn’t count.)

Keep a list of who and where you found it and in one (1) email send your answers to corinnedavies @  (no spaces)

Be certain to type: St Patrick’s Contest in the subject box.

The contest is open from 12:01am, March 7st to 11:59pm on March 17th .  Entries with all the correct answers will be entered into a drawing.

One (1) prize will be awarded per winner.

The names of the winners will be listed on the site of all participating authors. Each winner will be contacted by the individual author of the given prize.

Participating authors & prizes:

Mechele Armstrong     ~ A green candle set

Drea Becraft     ~ A surprise of Irish goodies

Savannah Chase       ~ An electronic copy of her novel, Pleasure After The Pain

Kris Cook     ~ An electronic copy of Perfection

Corinne Davies      ~ A one of a kind pendant made by Shameless Fashions

Stacey Espino      ~ A $10 gift certificate to either Siren or Evernight Publishing

 Erin M. Leaf     ~ An electronic copy and autographed print copy of Appassionato

Chloe Lang    ~ a $10 Strandbucks gift certificate

Aubrey Leatherwood ~ An electronic copy of her novel, Model Lover

Missy Martine     ~ An electronic version of any book on her site, along with a printed t-shirt,  hat, cloth tote bag and some swag (pens, magnets, etc)

Sophie Oak    ~ An autographed copy of Two to Love and Three to Ride & $25.00 Strandbucks gift certificate

 Heather Rainier      ~ $20.00 gift card for Hips and Curves

 Zenobia Renquist    ~ 2 copies of Harley on the Rocks    (**2 winners**)

Jenika Snow       ~ Readers choice, an electronic copy of any of her books

Regan Taylor     ~ A shamrock necklace

Kiera West    ~ A $10 Strandbucks gift certificate

May the Luck of the Irish be with you!!!


Writer Beware – Contests by Tymber Dalton
July 2, 2010, 9:33 am
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Well, making the rounds are advertisements for a new e-book “contest.” They claim to be the “only awards program in the world” for digital publishing.

Let’s start off by blowing that claim out of the water. The EPIC contest (for electronic publishing) has been around for a dozen years or so. And off the top of my head I don’t remember if they are the oldest, but they are certainly one of the oldest ones around. (And yes, while EPIC members have sent them notices that they are NOT the only one around, they have yet to change their website to reflect the correction. To me, that’s blatant misrepresentation.)

Secondly, this “contest” claims to be “unaffiliated,” yet it’s being run by a book promotions and marketing company.

Hmm. Conflict of interest much?

That’s not to mention the outrageous entry fee for said contest.

Before you start willy-nilly entering contests, do your research. Find out about said “contest” because like the old poetry and short story “contests” of old, chances are it’s just a front for a money-making scheme. I remember in high school entering a poetry “contest” and *gasp* lucky me, I was able to purchase a copy of the anthology my poem was published in even though I didn’t win the grand prize! So they made money off me with the entry fee and with buying a copy of the book.

I mean, yeah, I know better now, of course.

This is why it’s vitally important for writers to join professional groups. RWA, EPIC, or even non-official groups like the Internet Writing Workshop or Absolute Write forum where you can network with other writers and find out more information before plunking down money you might or might not be able to afford. Surf the Preditors & Editors site. Now, I don’t go so far as saying don’t enter a contest with an entry fee. I’m saying do your research first. Make sure the contest is affiliated with a reputable organization.

And make sure it’s more than a money-making scheme.

-Lesli Richardson (aka Tymber Dalton)

Coming Soon: If You Asked Me To by aubreyleatherwood
June 13, 2010, 11:37 am
Filed under: Coming Soon, fiction, romance, writing

Cover for If You Asked Me To

All in for High Stakes Lust!

OK, so I’m taking a big breath and, well, now I’m releasing it. It looks as if I have just received a contract offer and I’m ecstatic! Hugely! I can barely contain myself, lol! This contract is for a romance (I don’t think it’s quite erotica) that is near and very dear to my heart… and also the scariest romantic piece I think I’ve ever done.

Why is it scary? you ask, or maybe you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway. It’s scary because the heroine of the story is physically impaired. Yep. She has a debilitating disease and it is not just a side note about her. Shelley’s condition is up front and center in the novella If You Asked Me To.

I started this story with the hopes of donating it to a charity anthology. The anthology’s purpose was to emphasize the fact that we all need love, to be touched, and to connect on the most primitive of levels with another human being. I ended this story figuring out that it was way, way, way too long to be a part of an anthology. First things first, I had to become engaged with Shelley, I had to be her just a little bit and let her be me just a little bit, so that a reader, any reader wouldn’t pity her, disease or not, and would relate to her instead. We’re all a bit damaged in one way or another, and intense friendships–love for characters–are born from the bond of adversity. Building that, however, takes time, and space and growth. OK, OK, so I admit it freely, I just couldn’t keep the story short :).

In paying respect to Shelley, I had to make her real, making her both strong an vulnerable, in paying respect to the romance, I had to give her a man, a gorgeous, sexy, man who was also both strong and vulnerable, and just a little flawed so that he, too ,was real. Then Ray Costas took over! Somehow, in all of this, writing a romance about a woman with a “disability” turned into writing a romance about a man trying to love a woman with a “disability”. And you know, I have to say, I like it better this way, and I’m hoping you and other readers will, too.

Ya know what else? I did mention that at it’s heart, this story is a romance, but, you guys know me, It has to be, has to be, HAS TO BE hot! Yep, there is one scene, that I literraly fantasize about at least once a week, and hell I wrote it! LOL!!! So come on, If you’d like to ge t a sample of the story, go ahead, click here:

Aubrey Leatherwood

Spark of Desire is in Print! by Christa Maurice
March 10, 2010, 11:12 am
Filed under: fiction, life, new release, Obsession, publishing, romance, writing | Tags:

I just got the author copy. Oh yeah, it’s here, live and in my hands. My mom will be so proud!

Spark Of Desire

Come Fall in Love with Blair Langerud by aubreyleatherwood
March 10, 2010, 9:52 am
Filed under: fiction, romance, writing | Tags: , , , ,
Model Lover

Cover for Model Lover

“Every rugged, long-blond-haired, blue-eyed, beefy inch of him seduced her…”

OK, so there’s no denying it. I easily fall in love with a hot leading man, but come on, I’m not the only one. I think as romance and erotica authors, we have to have a visceral response to our characters. They don’t all look the same or move with the same swagger, but they all make our hearts beat faster, stronger.

My most recent infatuation is Blair Langerud, the Nordic heartbreaker in Model Lover, who knows just how to use his good looks to get what he wants. Only, what happens when he comes across a veteran, a woman who has been around the most gorgeous of men her whole life and has made a trade of her own good looks? You get to find out when Blair meets Pam Lane, model agent extraordinaire.

Here’s an excerpt for you:

Pam ran her fingers through his hair.

“It’s clean, of course.”

That didn’t stop Pam from leaning over him and sniffing. The heavenly scent of Old Spice greeted her. Old Spice?

“You wash your hair with Old Spice? You can’t wash your hair with Old Spice.” She stepped in front of him. “What will your sponsors say?”

Blair grabbed her and pulled her close until she had one knee on the loveseat. He buried his head between her breasts. “Keep interrogating me, and I’ll ask why you’re so familiar with the smell of Old Spice. I’m sure neither of us wants the answer to that.”

“There’s gray in here,” she remarked.

He didn’t say anything.

“A whole lot of gray at the root.”

He grunted.

“You really are older than me.”

“Are you going to cut it, or just play around up there?”

Pam laughed. His hair was indeed peppered with gray. She could just imagine how it was going to look sheared, sexy, rugged, mature. She sighed and wavered close to him, accidentally brushing her breasts against his back.

She heard his intake of breath the same as her own. And she smiled at the way his muscles tensed and his body heat licked out at her.

Enough of that. Her thumb flicked against the switch on the clippers, and they began a low hum. The sound, though still low, went a little shrill as she made her first swipe at the side of his crown.

A silken lock of gold hair flittered over her forearm. So odd how up until that moment, this intimacy between them had been so comfortable, so connected. And now, now with this delicate touch of him, his falling hair against her skin, something had changed between them.

She came around and studied his magnificent face. With her clippers in one hand, she used the other to run fingers through the satiny length of hair still hanging on the left side of his head. He turned so that the tip of his nose stroked the delicate inside of her arm. His lips then followed the path, a kiss on her wrist, the inside of her elbow. When she started to pull away, he clasped her hand and brought his lips to place a kiss on her palm. He stood then, his body all steel as he pulled her against him. His arm locked around her waist, and his steely blue eyes held her gaze.

Pam dropped the clippers. “I’m not sure I’m ready for this, Blair.”

“I think I’m ready enough for the both of us,” 


Model Lover comes to you Friday, March 12, 2010 from Cobblestone Press.

Aubrey Leatherwood

I’ve Been Busy by Christa Maurice
February 7, 2010, 5:08 pm
Filed under: fiction, publishing, romance, writing

Let’s see:

New contract – check

Wild Rose will be publishing my short Traveling Violations. I’m in the middle of editing right now. Maggie is trying to get home from a year spent as a preschool teacher in Korea when she’s stopped in Secondary Inspection by Customs. Trapped there for three hours, her only saving grace is Jake. Jake has hung around because he likes her, or does he really think she’s a drug mule?

Request for full – check

Freya’s Bower sent a request for the full manuscript of the prequel to The Rock Star’s Retreat. Bear D’Amato, the drummer for Touchstone, has to go on tour soon and he’s not looking forward to it. One of the guys in the band just broke up with his supermodel girlfriend and he’s taking it suspiciously hard. Another is divorcing his wife because he caught her cheating on him. A third is caught in a bad marriage that looks good on the outside, but it rotten on the inside. When elementary school teacher Maureen rolls into his brother’s garage with squeaky brakes, he seizes the chance to take a vacation from his life. But Maureen isn’t a vacation, she’s a lifestyle and he’s got to admit that he’s been hiding a few things from her.

Print contract – check

Lyrical Press will be publishing Spark Of Desire in print format in May. Info and excerpt here.

Dream Job Search – check

I applied to work in Abu Dhabi public schools. Yeah, Abu Dhabi on the Arabian Peninsula. I’ve already passed the initial screening and now have to go to Atlanta for an in-person interview. This is a dream job. Excellent pay, excellent benefits, challenging work, great weather. I could take a long weekend and visit the Pyramids from there.

Latest WIP finished – no check

I’m writing a novella follow up to the follow up to Rock Star (making it the 4th title in what was not supposed to be a series <cough>.) I’m most of the way through it, but not quite finished. I’ve been busy.

Oh But It Gets Better by aubreyleatherwood
January 22, 2010, 5:00 pm
Filed under: fiction, writing | Tags: , , , ,
CAPA Nominee

Badge for Cupid and Psyche Award Nominees


I was already thrilled, already ecstatic when I found out that The People You Know; The Sex They Have was nominated for a Psyche Award over at The Romance Studio. But imagine my super-duper happiness at finding out that I am also a nominee for Favorite Erotica Author 2009 in the Cupid and Psyche Awards as well. Really, Me? Woo hoo! Now, before I start thanking my mom, God, and the Academy, I have to confess to being a little bit choked up. I’ve always just been happy to write. I don’t do it for the money. I don’t do it for the fame. I do it because I’ve always done it, love doing it, and live for those rare occassions when someone truly has a Vulcan mind meld with me on where I’m coming from in a story (yes, I did say Vulcan mind meld). Writing is not my job, it’s my love and having readers love what I’ve created or my “portfolio” means everything to me.