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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Music Playlist for Beyond The Rules by Anna del Mar



The Playlist for Beyond the Rules


If you’ve followed my posts before, then you know that my playlists are all about the characters, which songs make me think of them in the story, which songs somehow reflect their lives and emotions as they move through the story.

My new erotic romance, Beyond the Rules, is a ménage a quatre that entails three very sexy, brawny and brainy alphas and their mission to conquer one woman’s heart. In the story, Nina Leon is a brilliant hacker who crash-lands in the rugged mountains of Montana while fleeing from a deadly enemy and a painful past. She runs straight into the arms of three hot, brave, mysterious ex-SEALs who have an agreement to share everything, and now that includes her.

Tanner Vazquez is a healer at heart, a kind, giving, thoughtful personality profiler, a man who soothes Nina’s broken heart. Aiden Black is sweet, earnest and straightforward, a techy with an off-the-charts IQ who understands how her mind ticks. Balthazar Flint is an enigma, passionate, hard, intense. When he glares at Nina, she has to repress an impulse to kneel at his feet and ask for mercy. He’s a man who could very well unlock the darkness in her soul.

I’d like to introduce you to Nina, Tanner, Aiden, and Zar through the songs that speak to me about their characters.

Nina
Just like Fire by Pink

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

Tanner
Am I wrong? by Nico & Vinz

Counting Stars by One Republic

Aiden
Use Somebody by Kings of Leon

When I see your face by Bruno Mars

Zar
Take me to church by Hozier

Believer by Imagine Dragons

And finally…happy endings for all!
Shut up and dance with me by Walk the Moon



Beyond The Rules
An At the Brink Novel
Anna del Mar

Genre: Erotic Romance.

Publisher: Anna del Mar

Date of Publication: August 15th, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9799682-6-6

Number of pages: 290 pages approx.

Word Count: 113,000 approx.

Cover Artist: Mayhem Cover Creations

Tagline: A brilliant hacker fleeing for her life runs straight into the arms of a trio of ex-SEALs bound by a sacred, battle-forged pact, men who have agreed to share everything…including her

Book Description:

When Nina Leon crash-lands in the rugged mountains of Montana, she’s fleeing from a deadly enemy and a painful past, desperately searching for the legendary hacker who can help her defeat the ruthless terrorist stalking her. Instead, she’s rescued by three brave ex-SEALs who will do anything in their power to protect her.

Tanner Vazquez, Aiden Black, and Balthazar Flint live by a pact forged in battle and signed with blood. It’s a bond that has saved their lives more than once. They’re committed to watching each other’s back and sharing everything.

Everything.

As different as they are, Nina hits all their buttons. They agree. She’s the one they’ve been waiting for.

But Nina’s not looking to commit to anyone. She doesn’t believe in love. Her life has made her the ultimate skeptic. Lust? Yes. Sex? Absolutely. Love? What a crock.

Protecting Nina is gonna be hard enough. But convincing Nina to stay, fulfilling her sexual fantasies and getting this brilliant hacker to trust and love them—all three of them—for good?

That’s gonna be a hell of a mission.

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Excerpt:

Nina

My jeans were scorched in places, so Tanner lent me a black T-shirt and helped me into the single pair of panties I owned, fresh out of the dryer. I was clean and my hair was combed and almost dried. My knees were still shaking from the orgasm, but on the upside, I didn’t have to walk far. Aiden insisted on carrying me down the stairs. The smells of bacon and biscuits scented the house and sent my stomach into a growling fit.
            Aiden looked down on me and cocked his broken eyebrow. “Hungry?”
            I flashed an apologetic grin. “Starving.”
            “No worries.” He settled me on a stool by the kitchen island and went over to the huge fridge. “We’ve got you covered.”
Wow. When was the last time someone said that to me?
A quiet beep lit up over the discreetly paneled door that slid aside to reveal Tanner, leaning on his crutches, shuffling out of the elevator. “Ready to chow?” He winked at me and then joined Aiden and Zar at the kitchen counter, picking out cutlery from one of the drawers.
I caught an excellent view of three very nicely built backsides, broad shoulders, tapered waists, asses chiseled from granite. Holy hell. These hunks made menial kitchen work look like a sexy, seductive dance.
I fanned my burning face with my bandaged hand. “Can I help with something?”
“No need,” Tanner said. “Sit tight.”
            Zar was parked in front of the stove, firmly in charge of some gigantic omelets, plus a pan of bacon and the biscuits he maneuvered out of the oven. A distinguished touch of silver frosted his fair hair at the temples. It had to be premature gray, because he was otherwise too young and fit. Or else he worried too much. Yeah, that could be.
He glanced over his shoulder. His eyes were startling. His irises were a shocking color, azure flecked with Lapis. I couldn’t decide whether his gaze reminded me of the oldest glaciers in the world or the flame’s hottest fire. A million questions gleamed in his stare. He considered me as if he was debating whether he should send me to the corner or spank me. If I had a choice, number two, please.
Balthazar Flint. The name suited him to perfection. It had gravitas. It also matched his demeanor, down to the hard edges of his powerful body. It occurred to me that, in another life, I could’ve been the steel to his flint and we would’ve made lots of sparks. Dream on, girl. Like that could ever happen.
Zar transferred the last of the omelets to the plates and Aiden plunked a cup of tea in front of me, Earl Grey with lots of cream. Before I had time to ask Aiden how he’d known exactly what I liked in my tea, Tanner picked up the mug and tipped it against my lips. I took a deep draft, enjoying the sweet heat that warmed my stomach and spread to the rest of me. The four of us sat at the kitchen counter, facing our loaded plates. After examining my right hand, I was about to give the utensils a try, when Aiden beat me to the fork.
            “I promised I’d be your hands when you needed me.” He speared a chunk of eggs and lifted them to my lips. “You need me.”
So freaking sweet. Panty-melting cute. “Thanks,” I mumbled through a mouthful. Had I died and gone to heaven?
I chewed my food, enjoying every bite, studying the men as I did. These guys were military or ex-military, like my brother had been. They spoke, moved, and acted like trained warriors. Tanner had admitted to training as a corpsman and Aiden had mentioned they’d designed the house while they were on deployment. I had to get to Ulysses, but I couldn’t help being fascinated by the remarkable trio that had taken me in.
I stole a glance at Tanner. At six feet or so, he was the shortest of the three, tall to my five foot five. Fit and compact like a soccer player, he was a head-turner. The striking contrast between his smooth, dark olive skin and his light green eyes gave him an exotic flair that conjured images of distant shorelines, sun-kissed dunes, and fabulous spice markets.
There was no question that Tanner appealed to me. What he’d just done to my body challenged my skepticism at every level. With his chiseled chin, his body’s perfect proportions and his hair, cropped in a clean, sharp cut that spiraled from the cowlick at the back of his head, he should be strutting some runaway in Milan.
My gaze shifted to Aiden. His size alone should’ve made him lumber and yet when he moved, he did so elegantly and efficiently, as if he’d trained his body to function in a world that didn’t always fit him. Aiden looked like a basketball player. Or an Olympic swimmer. The scar that nicked his eyebrow gave character to his face and the curls and facial scruff added a roguish touch that reminded me of pirates and Vikings. I bet he’d taken a few shield maidens to Valhalla.
My eyes went to Zar, downing his food with automatic precision. Height-wise, he was somewhere in between Tanner and Aiden, but he was built like an NFL linebacker. His muscular neck was made to carry the weight of a dangerous world. His solid pecs could serve to bulldoze entire armies. His thighs were as brawny as the beams that held up the house. When he glared at me as he was doing now, I had to repress an impulse to kneel at his feet and ask for mercy.
“You got enough in you to talk?” He set down his fork and nailed me with his skull-piercing gaze. “The sooner we deal with this, the better.”
He was right and I needed to get back on track.

The first two chapters of Beyond The Rules are available here: http://www.annadelmar.com/pages/excerpt_beyond.html


About the Author:

Amazon Bestselling author Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass heroes who defy their limits to protect the women they love.

A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories.

When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she splits her time between Colorado and Florida where she lives with her indulgent husband and a very opinionated cat.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The 5 Big Lies You’ve Been Told About Self-Publishing, And Why They Tell Them




The ad promised riches.

All I had to do was purchase their product to learn the secrets of self-publishing, and the money would start rolling in.

Fortunately for me, I’d bought enough snake oil over the years from ads that promised I could rub away that ugly scratch on my car’s fender, or let a little robot clean my apartment while I relaxed.  Which is an excellent idea—if only it worked. The truth is there is no magic bullet, and ads that promise one are more than misleading, they’re deceiving.

There’s nothing more misleading than all the information that’s out there about self-publishing. If you are a writer interested in self-publishing, everywhere you turn you’re hearing conflicting information: Self-publishing is hard, self-publishing is easy, self-published authors don’t make any money. Use Scrivener, don’t use Scrivener. It’s enough to make you go batty.




The truth is, self-publishing isn’t for everyone.  In my new webinar, The 5 Big Lies You’ve Been Told About Self-Publishing, And Why They Tell Them, I break down the 5 big lies. Afterwards I discuss all of your publishing options so you can make an intelligent choice about which option is best for you.

Those of you who know me know I’ve had a lot of success in my 30 year career as a writer: Bestselling novels, a 2015 award winning novel, novels optioned by Hollywood, movie scripts, and I am an Emmy and Academy Award nominated writer. When it comes to writing, I know how to be successful, and I’d like to share some of my success secrets with you.

If you’ve thought about self-publishing but didn’t know where to begin, start here: https://app.webinarjam.net/register/43154/f8922b4d83 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Character Profiles - Guardian Unforgiven by Nollen Bradley


Character Profiles from the Book Guardian Unforgiven: Werewolf Awaken

Mark Melbourne: The main Character is a forty-five-year-old professional small-town Kansas veterinarian, Desert Storm Army vet. The Vin Diesel look alike tries to make the appearance that everything in his life is fine and normal, Even after the tragic death of his wife. Considered a pillar of his small community, smart and successful. Mark is the quiet and confident type but hiding secrets that effects his relationship with his daughter and everyone who is close to him.  

Rhonda: The tall blond haired blue-eyed doctor who works at the local hospital, uses her ‘Barbie Doll’ looks to push her relationship with Mark to the next level. The responsible, super intelligent physician has a charm about her, strong willed and never takes ‘no’ for an answer. She will do whatever it takes to get what she wants.

Page:  A newcomer to the small-town, the free spirit Black haired beauty has cunning eyes and a dark past. Her tattoo’s and piercings draws you in with the impression that she can handle herself in any situation. Sassy, but get to know her and if she lets you in… a gentle touch. 

Sara Melbourne: Mark’s daughter, a typical twenty-year-old college student. Her ‘bubbly’ personality matches the stereo type you would expect from her age. But, it’s an act, a self-protection reaction following the death of her mother and seeing her father’s response. Taking care of herself and at times her dad, giving him the sense that she still needed him. 

Chief:  The tall older Police Chief for the local Indian Reservation. His long hair mo-hawk style gives the impression of strength and understanding that nothing in this world is black and white. From years of experience he knows the secrets of just about everyone in the area, especially Mark’s.

Jeff: The forty something, Italian looking County Sheriff. Another Desert Storm Army vet came back home after feeling the burn out from the high stress under-cover world. His OCD gives him a slight edge at his job that satisfies his inquisitive mind. His large muscular frame intimidates most and he uses it to find answers.

Jenny Melbourne: Mark’s Aunt, the seventy-one-year-old has stepped up in helping raise Marks daughter. Jenny tries to look after Mark, when he lets her. But, Jenny’s strict style and firm opinions are old fashion. Her stern look can make anyone do what she asks, regardless of age. 

These characters make me wonder. Are we, as an individual being the person we are supposed to be? 

Or, are we being something we only thought we should be, because we never thought there was anything else. 

Thanks for reading,
Nollen Bradley

Guardian Unforgiven
Book One
Nollen Bradley

Genre: Werewolf Erotic Thriller

Date of Publication: 7-05-2017

ASIN:  9781521565940

Number of pages: 241
Word Count: 81,290

Cover Artist: Nollen Bradley

Book Description:

Family secrets are hard to hide, sometimes they claw their way out.

The werewolf, most believe to be folklore or legend. For centuries, the existence of werewolves were kept secret and guarded by a warrior class of lycan descended from a fierce ancient line known as the Guardians. These Guardians, sworn to uphold the peace between the wolf and humans. But, some werewolves not satisfied with living in secrecy start lashing out, hunting and killing all with the ancient gene to push humanity into extinction.

Now, only a few descendants are left with the cursed bloodline, some don’t even know they have it…   

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Excerpt 1


 “…Walking closer, I started noticing her full jet black wavy hair, melding into her shoulders, her seductive eyes, wide then fading into a soft point, a deep blue color reminiscent of a wolf looking through you rather than at you. I could see the faint edge of a tattoo on her neck just under her left ear partially covered by her black leather jacket she was wearing, and a nose ring that I hadn’t noticed before. I never found tattoos or piercings to be attractive at all, well, really never, it was more of a turn off, but on her, it worked…”

About the Author:

Nollen Bradley is a pen name for Bradley Noll an American author residing near Leavenworth Kansas. The married, father of two grown children is new to the published author scene even though he has been writing song lyrics, poems and short stories all of his life.

Brad grew up on a farm outside of Winchester Kansas learning the value of hard work. Following college, Brad spent twelve years as a Paramedic until his second back surgery ending his successful career where he received several letters of commendation.

Brad spent time farming in his off days feeling the everyday pressures of the weather, markets and juggling the debt that is associated with large business. Brad also spent several years as an amateur Rodeo Clown (Bullfighter) working several local rodeos in the IPRA circuit. All the while, continuing to write songs and preform at local venues. Following a music CD he produced named “Make Believe” with eleven of his original songs and while in the process of producing his second Album he realized his talent was more suited for writing then music.

Brad takes the experience from the sweat stinging his eyes from the heat on a hot July day in Kansas. The heartache from having to tell a parent or a child that their loved one has died and there was nothing he could do, to the struggles of trying to pursue a dream and watching it crumble in front of him.

Brad has developed a style that draws on real life experiences to provided exciting yet believable story lines that captivate readers. Writing unbelievable tales with the realism of the struggles from everyday life in the painful cookie cutter suburban age. 




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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Our First Dance by P Nelson


Our First Dance
The Doms of the Cage
Prequel Novella
P Nelson

Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM

Date of Publication: August 11, 2017

ASIN: B073WCNVTT

Number of pages: 115
Word Count: 39, 291

Cover Artist: Veselin Milacic via Upwork.com

Tagline: The sizzling hot passion only betrayal could tear asunder

Book Description:

We met Calla and Master Flynn as the sub and Dom with so much sexual tension it set the dungeon of The Cage on fire. Find out how their love affair began and why it had to end to protect them both in Our First Dance.




About the Author:

P Nelson has just started her journey in Erotic Romance with her debut novel Take My hand. Our First Dance is a prequel novel to Take My Hand focusing on the characters of Calla and Master Flynn. Nelson calls Vancouver her hometown and is married with one young daughter. At 6.00pm most days she can be found with a G and T in one hand and either her daughter or a good book in the other.






Monday, August 14, 2017

Release Day Blitz The Accalia by H.L. Girton





The Accalia
The Accalia Series
Book 1
H.L. Girton

Genre: YA paranormal

Date of Publication: Aug 14th

Cover Artist: SK Designs

Tagline: The truth hurts more than secrets and lies

Book Description:

After traveling the country with her aunt, Genesis Berkley finally feels like she is home. Settling in Tillamook, Oregon, she begins a new life and everything seems to be going smoothly. That is, until she runs into a mysterious young man.

The feelings that he awakens are unsettling, and soon, her simple, peaceful world shatters. Lies and secrets are revealed, and danger lurks in every corner.

Now, Genesis must discover if she is strong enough to fulfill her destiny. Will she learn to accept the truth before it is too late.


Excerpt Three:

Liam slid his hand under the small of my back without breaking our connection. His arm wrapped firmly around my waist supporting me slightly before he adjusted me to fit underneath him. He pressed his hips into mine. All the tension that had built up between us melted away as we lost ourselves in one another. We explored each other in ways we had not yet dared. Everything until that moment had been lustful, a tease in the hindsight of temptation.
We were more than physical attraction, though our bodies burned and ached with desire to appease the longing for one another’s touch. Somehow, in some way, the universe had a hand in our destiny, pushing us together, encouraging our union. The fight to stay away was lost with a single touch. The urgency to protect him from himself was more damaging than giving in and fulfilling what was always meant to be. We were and always would be stronger as one. It was why I would always choose Liam.
         

About the Author:

Heather Girton has been a creative writer since her childhood, writing creative stories and poems for the love of imagination and literacy. It started out as an outlet for personal struggles and a way to cope with them through fictional fantasy and turned into a passion and need to share her aspirations with the world. It wasn’t until 2013 that she decided to share her talent through fictional novels due to the encouragement from her family and friends.

Since graduating high school in 2006, Heather has spent the last eleven years being a dedicated mother and military spouse. In that time she nurtured a family of four children all while traveling the country following her husband’s career. She spent the last five years working towards her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. She has done volunteer work with grief support organizations gaining experience with her field of study.

Currently Heather lives in Texas with her husband, children, support dog, and lazy cat. She is an avid reader and loves it as much as she adores writing. She spends her free time sharing her devotion for it with her children. When she isn’t reading, writing or focusing on her family, Heather has a personal admiration for photography.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Interview - Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan




Columbkill Noonan, author of the just released “Barnabas Tew” and the Case of the Missing Scarab” drops in to talk about green living from the perspective of a biologist, the one little change you can make that will change the world, and, of course, her book!

So, Columbkill, you used to work for the Maryland Department of the Environment, and you are currently a faculty member in the Biology Department at a Maryland university. What, in your opinion, is the key to green living?

Lawns! Slightly unkempt lawns, that is; dotted with dandelions and clover flowers and little brown patches. We all get upset by the idea of corporations dumping pollutants into our waterways (as we should!) but what many people don’t know is that the single greatest source of pollution in our streams, rivers, and bays is…lawn chemicals! (Who knew? Sounds crazy, but it’s true!) Pesticides and herbicides are obvious culprits, but it’s fertilizers that are the most insidious. They seep through the groundwater and make their way into streams, where they feed algae, which then overgrows everything. Too much algae can kill off other aquatic vegetation, damage oyster beds, and cause fish kills…all terrible things! The solution, of course, is to be lazy about your lawn…no more chemicals. It’s a win-win, really.

Less yard work for you and healthy waterways for everyone (not to mention that butterflies and bees and all sorts of wonderful things that can now safely visit your garden…hello, baby bunnies!) So, my yard may have little dandelion heads popping up, and the grass is nowhere near as lush as my chemical-using neighbor’s, but I’ve got all the bunnies, which are way better than grass, I think!

Do you have any suggestions for how someone might make a change to their daily routine that could make a difference?

Right now I’m absolutely obsessed with the bulk food aisle, where everything’s in bins and you bring your own container and fill it and pay by weight. Weirdly I was a bit nervous to try it at first, because I didn’t quite understand how it worked. Then I just thought, well, what’s the worst that could happen? I brought my little container, and marched over to the customer service desk, and asked how to do it. They just weighed my container and it was done. So easy! It saves the environment from all that packaging waste, and it’s way cheaper to buy things this way, too. Right now I’ve just finished making a soybean and wheatberry salad (both bought in my little containers from the bulk food aisle) that I cooked up all morning. Then I added some fresh parsley from the garden, along with some chopped up red, yellow, and orange peppers (which, sadly, did not come from the garden, because I am terrible at watering my plants and whilst the parsley survived this abuse, the pepper plants did not. I murdered my pepper plants, really, and the tomatoes are in terrible danger, as well). But we all have room for improvement, right?

Now, on to your book, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab”. What would you like to tell us about that?

“Barnabas” is a fun, quirky, old-fashioned detective caper with a twist. The main character (Barnabas, of course) is a detective in Victorian London, although not an especially good one, if truth be told. He’s quite distressed by his lack of success, but things begin to turn around for him when he’s sent for by none other than Anubis, the Egyptian god of the Dead, who needs Barnabas to solve a very important case (one on which the fate of the world depends). Barnabas is in quite a bit over his head, and terribly perplexed by his strange new surroundings as well, but he is also persistent and surprisingly resilient for such a nervous little fellow.

I won’t offer any spoilers, but I will say that Barnabas learns a great deal about himself, and has some extraordinarily exciting adventures in the Land of the Dead. I must confess I had a great deal of fun in writing this, as well. Egyptian mythology is incredibly rich, and there are some really amazing characters that were very exciting to explore. It was also very interesting to me to think of these exotic gods and goddesses, and how a very prim and proper Victorian detective like Barnabas might react to them. Of course I have a biased opinion, but I think that he handled himself smashingly (indeed, he surprised even me more than once!)

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
Columbkill Noonan

Genre: Mystery/Mythology

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date of Publication: July 26, 2017

Number of pages: 273
Word Count: 84,467

Cover Artist: Adobe Stock/Lynea/Soqoqo

Tagline: Baker Street isn’t the only place in town

Book Description:

Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to make a go of it in Victorian London.

Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is riddled with anxiety and plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients. Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely.

The land of the dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the land of the living if Barnabas (together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) cannot set matters to right.

Pulled from his safe and predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.






Excerpt:     
“You see,” said Anubis, “Khepre has gone missing. Are you familiar with Khepre?”
Barnabas shook his head.
“Khepre is our scarab beetle. He is responsible for rolling Ra across the sky every morning and then down beneath the earth every night. Without Khepre the sun cannot move. The sun will no longer rise and set as it should.”
“That is why it is so hot in here?” ventured Barnabas, proud of his deductive skills. He had noticed almost immediately how very bright the light was in this place and that the air was intolerably stuffy.
“Exactly,” said Anubis. “And if this continues for much longer, the heat and the constant daylight will spill out onto the mortal world. There will be famine and death and chaos. You can see that this must not happen.”
“Of course,” agreed Barnabas. “That sounds perfectly dreadful.”

“Dreadful, indeed,” said Anubis. “That is the task that I have for you. You must find Khepre for us. The fate of the world depends upon it.”

About the Author:

Columbkill Noonan has an M.S. in Biology (she has, in turn, been a field biologist, an environmental compliance inspector, and a lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology).

When she's not teaching or writing, she can usually be found riding her rescue horse, Mittens, practicing yoga (on the ground, in an aerial silk, on a SUP board, and sometimes even on Mittens), or spending far too much time at the local organic, vegan market.
  


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Has Kink Gone Pop? Dark Rooms by Sionna Fox


Love it, hate it, or anywhere in between, we have to admit that Fifty Shades blew the doors off the dungeon in popular consciousness. But has kink really gone mainstream?

In the book world, the lines between Erotic Romance and Romance are getting blurrier all the time. More authors than ever are incorporating kink into their stories, and the number of true taboos in contemporary romance is dwindling. Scroll July’s #RomBkLove hashtag on Twitter and you’ll see dozens of folks gleefully tweeting about their favorite kinky characters and books. 

Does that translate off the page? 

I think the answer is a resounding, “Depends.” 

As with most things, there are gradations. Tell someone you like the odd spanking or wearing fancy lingerie? Sure, no problem. Admit you dig latex or leather and love a good caning? That’s probably still going to raise some eyebrows outside of the kink community. 
Even in romance, there are lines drawn between what’s commonly acceptable and palatable, and what is a bridge too far for many people. Spanking, flogging, and other forms of impact play? Usually okay. But push the physical and psychological limits—anything that breaks skin, heavy roleplaying dynamics—and readers may tap out.

In real life, many people in the scene carefully guard their identities. Attending parties or clubs requires screening and vetting by the hosts, even the online community FetLife (like Facebook for kinky people) has gone to an invite-only model. Being out as a kinkster isn’t without risk, even in our post-FSoG world. 

The tension between kink life and real life is a major part of the conflict in Dark Rooms, aside from the whole professor-student issue. Aimee is cautious about mixing her two worlds because of her concerns about the consequences for her professional life should anyone find out about her sex life. 

Times are changing. Log onto Tumblr and there are a whole lot of younger people who will happily tell you about their various kinks, because even the word seems to be evolving in meaning. Kink is no longer reserved for serious fetishes, but can describe even a relatively benign act you happen to really like. Which is why Dark Rooms hero Wes, who is in his twenties, is less concerned. He came of age in a world where BDSM, at least parts of it, was out in the open. 

What do you think? Has kink gone mainstream? 

Or do you think we have a long way yet to go?

Dark Rooms
Sionna Fox

Genre:  Erotic Romance

Publisher:  Boroughs Publishing Group

Date of Publication:  27 July 2017

ISBN:  978-1-944262-82-2
ISBN: 978-1-548299-49-1

Word Count: 40,000 words.

Cover Artist:  Boroughs Publishing Group

Book Description: 

Aimee Eastman has never looked twice at a student. Until the hot, young Dom who had her bound and beaten on Friday night walks into her ten A.M.  Intro Photo class. She’s terrified of the consequences of mixing work and pleasure, but she can’t stay away from Wes Oliver. Especially not when he shows up in her dark room with dirty still life photos and an unflagging determination to make her his.

Every time their relationship dances on the boundaries between teacher and student, Aimee swears it’s the last time. If only the swearing worked.


About the Author:

Sionna Fox has been writing stories her whole life. Her first book was about dinosaurs, and according to her mother, it was adorable. Sionna was late to the romance game, but hasn’t looked back since picking up the habit and firmly believes romance novels can save your life. She lives in New England with her very patient husband and a very put-upon dog.







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