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If You Asked Me To: Recommended Read at ARe by aubreyleatherwood

There’s no containing the excitement, peeps. If You Asked Me To has just been reviewed by Susan at AllRomanceeBooks. And it is good… Recommended Read good. ūüėÄ

She says, ” If You Asked Me To by Aubrey Leatherwood held me captive not because of the hot sex scenes but by the raw beauty of Ray‚Äôs feelings for Shelley.” and later she adds, “If You Asked Me To is the perfect novel for readers who want romance with substance, readers who treasure thought-provoking stories over fleeting moments of hot sex. But don‚Äôt get me wrong, Shelley and Ray have a very passionate sex life…”

Awesomeness. You should read it if you haven’t. If you have, stop by and let me know what you think.

Read the full review here: http://www.arecafe.com/books/if-you-asked-me-to-by-aubrey-leatherwood/

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All in for High Stakes Lust!

Buy If You Asked Me To anywhere eBooks are sold.

–Aubrey

http://www.aubreyleatherwood.com

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Happy Birthday AMP from Aubrey Leatherwood by aubreyleatherwood

Welcome to my blog!

I’m Aubrey Leatherwood and here are five things about me:

  • writer of contemporary erotic fiction and 2008 Romantic Times nominee for Best Erotic Fiction
  • favorite afternoon is a hot day in the pool with a mimosa and friends
  • a¬†word-o-phile, but not an edit-o-phile (working on the second part there)
  • it’s possible that I was writing erotica as a virgin, lol
  • I grill and barbecue like nobody’s business. Men… don’t touch my grill!

I’d like to take a moment to tell you abou the scariest erotic piece I’ve ever written. More scary t han vampires, werewolves, demons, or bad boys you just can’t quite let go of. What could it possibly be? you ask, or maybe you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway. The scary business in this story is the heroine’s¬†debilitating disease.¬†Her physical impairment 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 a song in mind. I don’t usually write with songs in my head or even with music playing inthe background, but this time I used a phrase to inspire where the story went. I wanted intrigue, a caper through a string of Caribbean islands, a heroine with a dark past and trouble always on her heels, a hero who can’t help but get her out of it. That’s what I wanted. The story and the characters wanted something different. So I said to myself, I’ll write that story another time, where’s this one going.

Next phase was me writing this piece 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.¬†If¬†You Asked Me To¬†ended up¬†way, way, way too long to be a part of an anthology. And, well it seemed like it needed to be its own animal.

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 read the story, go ahead, click here:

http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/romance-erotica/erotica/if-you-asked-me-to/prod_329.html

Aubrey Leatherwood

http://www.aubreyleatherwood.com

Friend me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aubrey.leatherwood

Cover for If You Asked Me To

All in for High Stakes Lust!

Next stop Melissa Aires who will seduce you with dark tales at the Del Fantasma. http://melisseaires.blogspot.com/

Tour Rules:
1) Tour Starts: Monday, August 1, 2011 at Midnight (EST)
Tour Ends: August 7, 2011 at Midnight (EST)
Final Celebration is August 7th from 6pm-11pm (EST) at the AMP Community Loop.
Grand Prize: a Kindle (Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E-Ink Pearl Technology) is the Grand Prize. Drawing will take place and be announced on August 7, 2011 on the AMP Community Loop at 11pm (EST). Only comments posted before 10pm (EST) on August 7, 2011 are eligible to win the Kindle. Winner will be notified by email on August 8, 2011 if they are not present on the Loop for the announcement.
***Individual winners from author contests will be drawn and posted August 8, 2011 on their individual sites.***
2) Participation at every blog on the tour is not required but the more blogs a person comments on, the more chances they have to win. If a person comments on one blog, they are entered into the Grand Prize Drawing once. If they comment on ten different blogs, they will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing ten times. Only one comment per blog per person will be entered to win the Grand Prize.
3) The winner of the Grand Prize must be a resident of the United States with a US mailing address. Non-US winners will be eligible for $50 US in Aspen Mountain Press books from the AMP Website.
4) Prizes at individual author blogs are completely at the discretion of the individual authors and are not in association with Aspen Mountain Press and its prize system. To enter the contest on any given blog, you must follow their contest rules and objectives.
5) By commenting on any blog in the tour, the participant is agreeing to these rules and policies.
6) All prize winners will be chosen randomly by using Random Line Picker.
Thank you for Touring my blog! 

Next stop Melissa Aires who will seduce you with dark tales at the Del Fantasma. http://melisseaires.blogspot.com/



If You Asked Me To Now on Amazon and AllRomanceEbooks by aubreyleatherwood
July 31, 2011, 11:24 am
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Cover for If You Asked Me To

All in for High Stakes Lust!

 
Yeah, baby! I’m ecstatic to announce that If You Asked Me To is now available on Amazon and AllRomanceEbooks!
 
Get your copy of this contemporary erotic piece featuring a differently abled heroine and some excellent gambling action now!


Christmas Scavenger Hunt! by ~ Me ~

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Hello all. This being Thankgiving day, it feels like a great time to announce a special surprise I’ve been planning for my readers. A scavenger hunt! The rules for playing are explained below.

This is a Read, Play, and (hopefully) Win game. The prize is a $25.00 giftcard to Barnes & Noble.

Step #1. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to read all the way through my book Brought to Life. (You knew that was coming, didn’t you? I’m a sneaky, sneaky lady.) Brought to Life is a paranormal romance/time travel ebook that can be found here.

Step #2. Email me at: dara [at] daraenglandauthor [dot] com with the answers to these two questions (these answers can only be found in the book). *1. What is the name of the heroine’s roommate? *2. What famous author does the heroine meet at the end of the book?

Step #3. Wait. I’ll randomly select a winner out of those who answered correctly and will notify them via email on 1/1/10. If there are any questions, please post them below.

Happy hunting and happy holidays!

~Dara England



*Inhale!* Ahhh…. Fall has…fell! by Tymber Dalton
October 1, 2009, 12:57 am
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Here in Florida, we do actually have seasons. Not drastically different ones, which is why so many people move down here from the north every winter. The past two days, we’ve had a “cool front,” which this time of year means the humidity has dropped from the 90% range down to 60-70%. The temps are a little lower, but that’s relative.

It. Feels. GREAT!

I am an A/C kind of girl — as in, my A/C runs 24/7/365. But the past two days I’ve been able to turn it off and open my windows.

Ahhhh.

This only happens a few days a year for me, seriously. Because there has to be a perfect combination of low humidity, great temperature, and no wind blowing through my windows for me to do this.

I hope the guys painting the house under construction across the street enjoy Red Hot Chili Peppers, because I was blasting the Californication album at high decibles today. *LOL*

Coming March 2009!

Halloween is this month, or Samhain depending on your preference. So I thought I’d toss out one of my books to commemorate the occasion – “Out of the Darkness,” a romantic paranormal thriller set in Florida. An evil haunted, house, a dark spirit, and a Labrador Retriever. What more could you want? *LOL*

You can get it from Lyrical Press at:

http://www.onceuponabookstore.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=65

The video book trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1wKd_s-qHk

Blurb:

Ancient evil forces a woman to fight for her life – and true love.

Man may forget horrors, but the land remembers. Built on a cursed patch of ground, George Simpson’s house of evil has ruined many lives over its hundred-year existence.

Author Steve Corey rents the place as an early anniversary surprise for his wife, hoping it might repair the deep rift his alcoholism has created in their marriage.

Before they moved to the Simpson house, Samantha Corey thought getting Steve sober was the hard part. But the house’s dark nature has turned her thoughts to Matt Barry, Steve’s best friend and agent…and her old love. Can they overcome the ancient evil threatening them all from OUT OF THE DARKNESS?

Warning: Love, sex, violence, and a Labrador retriever who’s no Lassie.

http://leslirichardson.com



Spotlight on ‘Winner Takes All’ by Sandra Sookoo by ~ Me ~
July 28, 2009, 3:40 pm
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WinnerTakesAllCoverArtLily Henderson’s greatest passion is knowledge. Christopher Farnsworth thrives on order decorum. But Lily’s penchant for Suffragette rallies and logical reasoning soon clash with Christopher’s quiet, controlled ex-military lifestyle over a bowl of potato soup. The two soon find themselves agreeing to a wager and love is the intended outcome.

The premise? A suitable match by Easter. If he loses, he’ll attend Easter church services dressed in one of his aunt’s outrageously colored and beaded gowns. If she loses, she’ll ride, Lady Godiva-style, around the heart of Indianapolis.

The problem is neither Christopher nor Lily can find matches as good as themselves. Romantic sabotage is the order of the day. The original wager is forgotten and the only thing the pair gamble with is their hearts.

Purchase book here.

Visit author’s website here.

Posted by Dara England.



Now what do I do? by Cassie Exline
October 29, 2008, 10:23 am
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It’s my turn to blog. Yikes! What to do. What to say. Topic¬†choice was¬†eyebrow waxing or helping a fellow author. You see which won. So let me amuse you, author. ¬†(ohhhh bad pun, don’t spit your coffee on the monitor)

Let’s be serious for a mo.¬†You’ve just submitted or received a contract for your masterpiece. You have three to six months to kill. Yeah! What to you do in the mean time? Get your hair done? File your nails? Nope, there are lots and lots to do.¬† Come on let’s get started.

Here’s a checklist:

Website — if¬†you have a site, look it over and tidy, tidy, tidy. Check out other sites for newer ideas. No site and money is tight, there are free sites. My choice is tripod and freewebs. Both easy for the newbie who is not a computer wiz. Me!! Here’s a link for Free Hosts — it has¬†275 sites.¬† wow!

Special Note: A wise Webmistress once sent out a list of do’s & don’ts when creating a website. This is just a couple that stand out to me — no music. (I know, I know) The reasoning: a lot of people surf the net at the office. If music blares out at the visitor — no more repeat visit. (good reason for no music, I mourned for days).¬† Another tip — fonts. Make them large enough to read and color easy on the eyes.¬† Next — speed. In other words how quickly your web site loads.¬†¬†If it takes forever to load, you’ve lost a visitor.¬† People still use dial up and we want visitors to return. (Everything else she said is a blur, but I remember those pointers. lol)

Blogs: WordPress and Blogspot come to mind, and there are other free blogs.  The best feature about WordPress is being able to add pages. Love that!

Myspace: A necessary evil and a must to reach a large¬†number of people and make contacts.¬† (I was approached by an editor of a site to¬†submit a story via myspace and I was approached for a… never mind, that’s a topic for another day. lol Oh, I did send in a story and it’s still being used. If you want a copy let me know, it’s a free read.)

Now are the things that you may never heard of or thought about (I sure didn’t):

Tagline, Banner, Trailers ????? What in the name of all that is holy! That’ll keep you awake for awhile. lol

Tagline: No quick fix there.¬†You’re on your own, but you can bounce ideas on people. Mine: Cross the Line with Exline or Dare to Cross the Line or Sassy, Sexy and Saucy (my first one).¬† I know, I need a new one.

Banners: Fortunately, free banner generators are around. Here’s one:¬†Banner Fan. ¬†It’s easy to use. Or at Banner Sketch. I’ve also used PowerPoint and sized it to make a banner. There are more free sites.

Trailers:¬† My computer has a Windows Movie Maker. Not hard to use, especially since I can make a trailer. (If you wanna see it, let me know. It’s old, but it’s pretty. lol)

Next you’ll need:

Photobucket: Why? You’ll need to use codes in a lot of promo posts. Photobucket supplies four different¬†codes.¬† (I copy & paste all my codes and keep filed in¬†a yahoo folder to have when needed — ain’t I just so special .. lol)

Youtube: Post your trailer.

Next you’ll need to participate in loop chats. Why? To kill time. Duh! I thought I made myself clear at the beginning. lol Seriously though, you need to get your name out there and show support to other authors. Amuse them. (stop moaning! It’s my blog and I’ll pun if I want to, pun if I want to, pun if I want toooooo. If it was your blog, you’d pun too! coffee?)

One loop group in particular that I find useful is Marketing for Romance Writers. You don’t need to be a romance writer to join. The loop is great because there are members from all over the¬†globe¬†in¬†various areas of writing — authors, publishers, readers, lurkers, etc. I’ve gotten great¬†links and tips, plus met a lot of great people. It’s not a promo group, but it’s a help group¬†for marketing and promoting.

That’s about the end of my lecture. Hope I helped, hope you enjoyed, and hope you were amused. (you were too amused, I saw you smile, admit it!)

This has been Cassie Exline, coming to you live from my home office and under the influence of too much caffeine. Good morning and have a great day!