IndieWritersReview New Release Spotlight! WOLF AMONG SHEEP by Sara Dobie Bauer (HOT INK PRESS) Guest Post Feature


Happy Saturday All! I’m very happy that today IndieWritersReview is participating as one of the hosts for WOLF AMONG SHEEP   Hot Ink Press by  Author Sara Dobie Bauer!

 

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

New Release February 27th!

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Sexy Woman in lingerie With Glass Of Wine

WOLF AMONG SHEEP is now live on Amazon:
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Synopsis: “What exactly do you deduce we proposed?”
“That I enter into a sexual relationship with a married couple.”Avery Collins is an ambitious young journalist in early-1900s Charleston, South Carolina, when exotic newcomers Timothy and Vonnie Duke spot him at a fancy gala on the Battery. The Dukes like bringing pretty playthings to their marriage bed, and with a promotion in mind, Avery entertains their advances not knowing lust can quickly turn to love — and love to murder.Vividly atmospheric and told from three points of view, this novella proves sexual prowess can get a man far in life in exchange for his soul.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is the author of Life without Harry, Forever Dead, and Wolf Among Sheep. World Weaver Press will release her novel, BITE SOMEBODY, this summer.
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 Author Sara Dobie Bauer

Erotica doesn’t have to be obscene

When I tell people I occasionally write erotica, some of them blush. I suppose it’s assumed that all erotica involves whips, chains, and anal plugs, but not so! Erotica has been around since way before EL James got her hands on it, and the genre can be classy, sexy, and downright scorching without grossing you out.

My new novella, Wolf Among Sheep, (Hot Ink Press) is undeniably erotic in nature, but it takes place in 1909 Charleston. The time period and clothing are enough to make this story more romantic than raunchy, as does the way the story is written.

Word choice and tone are keys to writing good erotica, as well as characters we’re not only attracted to but care about. Let me give you some examples so that you don’t end up winner of the Bad Sex Awards.

 

  1. “Don’t Ball the Boss” from The Stoneslide Corrective

My mind cannot compute, so my penis solves the equation. I put my hand on the back of his neck and crush our mouths together. He tastes like scotch and smells like every man should. My penis continues to run things as I shove his body against the nearest wall and kiss, kiss, lick, suck—God, this is so much better than even my dirty mind could muster. I want him naked underneath me so I push him on the bed. 

This is obviously quite silly, considering I give a penis a personality. HOWEVER in terms of this tone, this narrator, it works, because the tone is brash and funny—so the sex should be, too. We aren’t dealing with bodily fluids (thank goodness), and the men in this scene are actually just kissing, but it’s hot. It works because there are sensory details (very important when writing sex) but not too many and nothing overly explicit. There is hunger and passion. And notice: you never actually see these characters having sex. I’m a firm believer that, in fiction, sexual tension can be hotter than the act itself.

  1. “This is Not a Safe House” from Archive of Our Own

With him above her, she watched the way his expressions changed. She paid attention to the way his hands clenched and released her hips. She knew he was close when he buried his face in the crook of her neck and wrapped his strong arms around her petite upper torso. Irene wrapped one leg around to the back of his and pushed her pelvis up to meet him. On the verge of her own orgasm, she whispered, “I love you, Sherlock Holmes,” and he tumbled over the edge, Irene right behind him.

I’ve got a thing for Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, which is why this scene reads so differently from the first. Sex alters depending on the characters you’re working with. Here be some deep, tortured love. We’re dealing with two tragic characters, entwined in what might be their last night together—so make it feel that way. See how she studies him, memorizes him. And yeah, there’s an orgasm here, but it’s not a money shot. It’s not porn. It’s an orgasm, and it’s quiet, soft, and lovely. Sex does not have to be screaming and broken furniture.

  1. Wolf Among Sheep, brand new from Hot Ink Press

He shifts her body sideways, half off the bed, so I can watch as he kneels on the floor and lifts the red fabric up over her calves, her thighs, pressing chaste kisses up her dark skin as he goes. Then, he reveals her fully, and I am shocked—duly impressed even—with the way her flower blooms for him. She is wet, heaving, and he has done all this with nothing more than trifling kisses and the touch of his hand. He reduces her to a whimpering mass of flesh.

Like I said earlier, we’re dealing with 1909 Charleston in Wolf Among Sheep, so the vernacular is way more romantic and sensual—and serious. You’ve just watched a man give a woman oral sex, but never once did I call it that. Never was I even overt about what was going on. Sure, there’s imagery (as there should be). There is kissing, touching, and sound (as there also should be). Yet, using a gentle hand, I have managed to portray a highly sexual encounter without traipsing into lewdness or the obscene.

 

It’s all about tone.

It’s about word choice.

It’s about knowing your characters and how they perceive the sexual experience.

 

True, obscenity has a place in erotica, but it’s not necessary to make something hot. If you’re a novice erotica reader, you just need to find your own happy medium. I’d start with fan fiction, no joke. You can choose your rating and go from there. Or, obviously, buy my new novella, Wolf Among Sheep. I promise I won’t traumatize you—much.

 

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IndieWritersReview Welcomes Hell Bent by Karen Crompton! (Excerpt Feature)


Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today I’m so excited that IndieWritersReview is host for Hell Bent by Author Karen Crompton! Please check out the awesome excerpt feature below for a peek!

 

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Synopsis:

He’s charming. He’s rebellious. And he’s as beautiful as he is damaged. 

South Shore’s bad-boy surfer Beau Huntington has a solid plan to get through life: one night stands, getting wasted, and walls so high no one can ever get in – it’s all about numbing the pain. 
And his plan’s working fine – until he meets Corrie Johnson. 

Corrie is smart, determined, and focused on an elite swimming scholarship. But she has a dark past of her own, and keeps her secrets closely guarded. She’s made promises to herself not to let history repeat – ever. But is there more to Beau than he’s letting on? And is it time to let herself feel again? 

It’s summer holidays and that’s when things start to unravel. 
Because falling in love was never part of the plan. 

It’s time for Beau to learn that the fight of his life doesn’t involve his fists. 

Hell Bent is a story that matters – about life, love, and death. 
It’s a story of how life can spiral out of control for those left behind. 
And it’s a story of hope…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Karen Crompton writes from the heart. Hell Bent is a highly accomplished debut novel that explores both the joys of young love and the pain of loss. Hell Bent is book #1 in the South Shore Beach Series. Keep an eye out for book #2 coming soon.

Having always had a great interest in Young Adult / New Adult films and literature, Karen says that having a book published — one that means so much to her personally — is a dream come true.

Karen was born and bred on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia, where she still lives with her husband Geoff, a family of wild possums, a pair of nosy King Parrots and one very loudmouthed Kookaburra.

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She makes a sort of gagging noise. “You’re a walking cliché.”

“I don’t do anything by the book,” I protest.

“Is your motorbike parked out the front, bad boy? The one you ride shirtless, showing off your impressive abs, your nipple rings and your surfing tattoos. Let me guess … a Ying and Yang no doubt. Or did you scab a ride with one of your stoner friends?”

I instantly see red. She thinks she has me worked out. Stuff that. I’ve done a lot of shit lately, but I don’t do drugs. Never have. And my tattoo is something else all together.

There are only two high schools in South Shore. The public school I go to with the rest of the riff raff and then St Magdalena’s on the other side of town. This chick definitely doesn’t go to my school, so I take a lucky guess.

“How would you like it if I just assumed you were an uptight, conceited snob? Daddy’s little rich girl, who wears cardigans to Sunday school and reads Shakespeare just for the kick of it?”

She gasps. “I’m nothing like that.”

I let my annoyed tone ring through loud and clear. “And how the hell would I carry my board on a motor bike? Tell me that Princess, bet your olds are glad they wasted a small fortune on your education.”

Her eyes shift to my lips as I speak, glaring at them. She’s just as pissed off as I am, but knowing she’s looking at me like that plays havoc with my head. I press my lips together and catch myself trying to imagine how her perfect mouth might taste.

I’ve never wanted to kiss someone so badly in all my life.

IndieWritersReview Welcomes Falling Star and New Release Perfect Harmony by Laura Deluca!


Happy Tuesday All! I’m so excited that IndieWritersReview is participating as a host for Author Laura Deluca’s  Falling Star & New Release Perfect Harmony!

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Falling Star on sale for $.99 Blurb
Drew DiPalma feels like he’s living a lie. He’s had it with his Hollywood persona, the high-maintenance women, and his sleazy agent. To escape the madness, he flees to a tourist town he’d often visited as a child. He never expected to find love on that little island. Then he stumbles upon Lainey alone on the swing set of a deserted beach.
After a dozen internet dating disasters, Lainey Riccardo has give up on romance–until she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart. But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who’s constantly scandalized in the tabloids.
When she learns the truth, will the small town Jersey girl be able to accept Drew’s fast-paced life? Or will the truth drive her away forever?
Falling Star Buy Links
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In Perfect Harmony Buy Link
In Perfect Harmony  Blurb

Erin Conway swore off men completely after her last boyfriend left her to raise a child alone.

Ravi Dawes is a musician running from the grief that nearly destroyed him.

When the two meet on an internet dating site, sparks fly and they both believe they’ve found the perfect match. Unfortunately, Erin’s influential family doesn’t approve of Ravi or his career. And Ravi knows his shady past could destroy their relationship before it begins.
Can two people whose lives are marred by sorrow and regret find healing in each other’s arms? Or will the past sour their perfect harmony?
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Author Bio

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her four children. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. Her works include romantic thrillers, paranormal fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult. Visit her website at http://www.authorlauradeluca.blogspot.com for more information.

Author Links:  Website      Facebook      Twitter     GoodReads      Pinterest

IndieWritersReview Welcomes EXPLOITS AND ESCAPADES by AR DeClerck’s Pre-Order Event!


Happy Friday All! Today I’m very excited that IndieWritersReview is participating as a host for  the 3 full-length novel + bonus novella bundle  pre-order event from Steampunk/Fantasy Author AR DeClerck!  Now is the prime time to check out this very talented author’s works for only $0.99! What’s Included?  Bound to You (SFR) Desolation (FR) The Alchemist’s Kiss (steampunk) The Clockwork Countenance novella (steampunk). Woot! What an awesome deal!:)

Go grab your pre-order now! lol

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Book Link:

Preorder 99 cents

www.amazon.com/author/ardeclerck

Exploits & Escapades

Adventure for the Romance Enthusiast

Bound to You: On a lonely planet, far to the edge of the December Quadrant, Jacks Baine and Lia Bernardi will face an evil unlike anything they’ve ever encountered. The only thing that might save them is the strange bond that seems to grow stronger day by day.

Desolation: Lavinia is the goddess of Love. Afflicted with the terrible illness called Desolation, her only hope lies with a man who would like nothing better than to forget her. Together Gage and Vinnie travel the Mythical Kingdoms in search of a cure, and the answers to mysteries better left unsolved.

The Alchemist’s Kiss: 1869, London. Wizard and Alchemist Icarus Kane is tired of the blood and death of war. Recently returned from the American Civil War with his best friend and his protégé he wants only to live the rest of his life in relative peace. But his sudden understanding of his love for Cora Mae Jenkins and the arrival of a dark wizard in London means that peace and quiet will be put on hold. Again.

The Clockwork Countenance: Ember Addams has searched for the mysterious box that can save the man she loves. Now that she has it in her grasp she will have to fight against those who want it as much as she does. The Countenance can do incredible things, but can it save Reginald and bring them together at last?

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Author Bio:
AR DeClerck is a wife and mother of 2 daughters. She lives in the Quad Cities, IL and works as a dialysis
technician. She grew up in the mountains of NC and has always been an avid reader. She started writing
in high school and never stopped.
AR writes adventure romance novels in many sub genres. She publishes through Nevermore Press and
currently has 5 novels available with a few more in the works and thousands more in her head. She
credits her love of reading and writing to her mother who always has a book handy.
Links:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/authoramydeclerck
Twitter: https://www.twi*er.com/@ARDeClerck
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/ardeclerck
Website: www.sites.google.com/site/amydeclerckauthor

 

IndieWritersReview Welcomes Incandescence by Xunaira J (Excerpt Feature!)


Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today I’m very excited that IndieWritersReview is hosting Incandescence by Author Xunaira J! 

 

Incandescence

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Blurb: CAN LOVE REALLY HEAL ALL WOUNDS? 

Alisha had everything she ever wished for: a loving family, a career and friends who doted on her. But a late night at work, a cup of coffee, and a burning candle changed her life forever. Then Anis–a tall, dark, and handsome engineer, heir to his father’s vast empire–walks back into her life. After a brief meeting a few years ago, she isn’t sure he’ll remember her. When he does, he wants to help her overcome her life-changing injuries. Has her accident scarred not only her skin, but also her soul? 

Incandescence is a story of love and friendship in the face of disaster, and one young woman’s quest to make the most of her new life.

 

 

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Bio: As a thirteen year old teenager, Xunaira J. aspired to be an author someday. From short stories to novellas, she has written them all but as an adult now, she has published two short stories and is now aiming to publish her first Novel, Before Time, scheduled for November release. Xunaira resides in Islamabad, Pakistan and enjoys a hot cup of cappuccino, a good romance novel and her favorite music from the 80’s. Apart from that, when she’s not working on her current literary project, she loves developing mobile applications and studies as a software engineer.

 
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What happened next was totally unpredictable. One second, I was looking at my picture on the desktop, all smiling and beautiful on my graduation day, while the next second, I thought I’d seen a ghost. The face that was looking back at me had a rather distorted face with a leathery texture. The right side of the face was covered in something that was a weird color of yellow and white; it looked like it was made up of play dough, while the left side was all clean, normal and soft. The skin looked leathery, almost gaunt and scary. It was charred at some part of my cheeks and towards my neck. The eyes that stared back at me were the same colors as mine, chocolate brown, and the skin on the normal side of the face looked like my skin as well. It was my face; just a distorted version.
I tried to touch the left side of my face, but it felt smooth under my skin. My breathing hitched as I realized that the ghostly skin, the gauntness in the eyes—it was all mine. And then I screamed at the top of my lungs. I saw the ghost in the screen in front open her mouth, but the only noise that I heard was of my own howl. This can’t be me! This can’t be me! I tried to tell myself again and again. The door flung open, and the nurses rushed in, looking around at my source of terror, but she found nothing.
She came towards me and glanced at the laptop. Seeing the Photo Booth application open, she quickly, picked up the laptop from my knees and shut the flap. “You’re not supposed to use that yet!” she scolded me as she put the laptop back on the side table. I was having difficulty breathing and my heartbeat was going a mile a minute.

IndieWritersReview MOVIE Monday Spotlight! Independent Film No Footing by Mixed Nuts Productions!


Happy Monday All! Thought I’d do something a little different. Over the next few weeks my Music Monday will also share its space with a special MOVIE Monday Feature! I will spotlight awesome Independent Films and their creators!

So today check out a very talented group called Mixed Nuts Productions and their award winning Independent film No Footing!

Mixed Nuts Productions

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Welcome to Mixed Nuts Productions, the home of Living in 8 Bits, No Footing, Films, Music Videos, and other fun and exciting stuff.  We’re a group of South Jersey Filmmakers specializing in quality independent film and video production. We’re perhaps best known for our web series Living in 8 Bits, a sketch comedy web series about the loveable world of retro video games and a featured series on RetrowareTV.

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We’re also known for our multi-award winning independent feature film No FootingNo Footing is the story of an artist named Madison Parker.  Fresh out of college, stuck in a dead end job, relationships falling apart, and a complete lack of inspiration to aspire for more, Madison attempts to jump start her career and get her life started.  The full film can be viewed on YouTube.

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Along with our own productions, we assist many other projects by Cinevore Studios including their web seriesNerd vs Geek and Moot.  On top of Short and Feature Films, we have produced Music Videos for many artists including Rich Cronin, Payton TaylorHonah Lee, and MC Lars.

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No Footing (Full Feature Film)