Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Café au lait with THE COMPANION OF HIS FUTURE LIFE Author Jack Caldwell

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! 
First of all, allow me to apologize for the "Content Warning" - I assure you it has aught to do with my guest for Coffee this morning! I felt obligated to add it because of  "My Sexy Saturday" last week with an  excerpt from Alicia's Possession, which as the name implies IS sexy. So if you're cool with that but want to be heated up, you can check it out.

Today, I am absolutely thrilled to introduce one of my fellow Austen Authors as well as a displaced Louisianian and New Orleans Saints devotee (we'll ignore that he occasionally has the poor taste to pull for Green Bay), Jack Caldwell! That's right: It's a man, baby! His motto is "It takes a real man to write historical romance;" and he is a wonderful writer of Austen-inspired fiction, including his latest release, The Companion of His Future Life. Once you have had a taste of THIS re-imagining - oh boy! - I know you are going to want to see where this is going! So get a beignet and a cup of café au lait (even if it's in spirit only) and prepare to be entertained...
~Colette 


About The Companion of His Future Life
http://www.cajuncheesehead.com/COHFL.htmlA funny happened on the way to Hunsford—what if Mr. Collins had chosen a different companion of his future life?
Legions of Pride and Prejudice aficionados have wondered why Mr. Collins didn’t turn to Mary Bennet rather than Charlotte Collins after Elizabeth rejected his marriage proposal. Author Jack Caldwell decides to tackle that very subject, and the results are surprising, yet familiar.
Mary Collins invites both Elizabeth and Jane to visit Hunsford over Easter, where they meet a very different Anne de Bourgh. Of course, Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are there, too, so fans of Jane Austen know what’s coming!
A light-hearted, fun twist on an immortal classic, Caldwell transfers Austen’s unsurpassed dialogue to different characters, with hilarious results. Those who have read Caldwell’s Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner know they’re in for an amusing and satisfying ride as they follow the characters’ trials to discover their own companions of their future lives.
Available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kindle.



Excerpt from The Companion of His Future Life
Elizabeth Bennet sat in the pew of the Meryton Church, trying to understand what was going on. There, before the altar, was her sister Jane, a participant in a wedding ceremony but not as the bride. Jane was the bridesmaid. For her sister Mary. Who was getting married. To William Collins.
What has happened?
Six weeks earlier, Jane was enjoying the attentions of Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth was enjoying her contempt for Mr. Darcy, and both were trying to avoid Mr. Collins. Now, Mr. Bingley and his annoying sisters and friend were gone from the neighborhood. Mr. Wickham, the soldier who had been so entertaining to the Bennet ladies, was paying exclusive attentions to Miss King. And Mary was uniting herself for life with Mr. Collins.
What has happened? No, no, this is wrong. It should be Jane marrying Mr. Bingley. Perhaps this is

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Alicia's Possession and How to Feel Sexy...

Gentle Readers,
http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.at/2014/01/youre-sexy-to-me-mysexysaturday.html
I am back again this week with my THIRD  "My Sexy Saturday"! With this blog hop, authors share a sexy snippet of 7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs from one of their books or a work in progress.

The theme this week: Feeling Sexy
"We love the stories where the characters are confident in their sexuality. We love those stories where one of those characters has to teach the other that they really are sexy. We love it every time when they get together and show us just how sexy they feel. Share them with us this week!"

So today, as with last week, I have an excerpt from the Romantic Suspense Alicia's Possession, which has BOTH such characters.

Alicia's ex-husband John was, as one reader put it, a "douche." He betrayed her, not only breaking her heart but stealing her self-confidence as well. She thinks that, because he wanted someone else, there must be something wrong with her. After all, she wasn't sexy enough for her own husband, and he went looking for someone who could fulfill his desires.

Mason, on the other hand, is not just confident in his own sexuality; he understands Alicia's vulnerability and self-doubts, and he is determined to prove to her how truly desirable and sexy she is - and introduce her to some new desires of her own that she never knew she had!

To illustrate this fully, this time I must provide you with 7 paragraphs, but some are quite short. (FYI: Her "safety word" is apple.)

WARNING: This is an ADULT excerpt! Read at your own risk.... and Enjoy~

Thursday, February 13, 2014

HELP! Having Cocktails with Sex Therapist Dr Charley - What Should We Talk About?

Martini à la Colette: Very dry and a little dirty
Greetings, dear readers! 

For whatever reason, Dr. Charley Ferrer has asked me BACK on her talk show, even after my second disastrous performance on January 20th. (If you missed the chat live, you can listen to the recording; but allow me to apologize in advance: I think I had had one or two (or twelve) cocktails too many, so I sound like an idiot.  An INSANE idiot, but an idiot nevertheless. In short, I was what my daughter would describe as a "hot mess." 
BE WARNED: is definitely for ADULTS ONLY, a no-holds-barred frank discussion about sex, answering some of the questions my readers had submitted...and other topics as well....Doctor Charley is known as "America’s BDSM Expert," so we devoted most of the show to that topic.

My first discussion with her on Cocktails with Colette did not fare much better. (If you missed that chat, here is the link: http://bdsmwriterscon.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Everything-you-want-to-know-about-SEX-but-feared-Taboo-2013-12-13-2.webm)  

Would you believe she's actually asked me to come be on her show for February 17th?!?!?
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UPDATE:  Many thanks to all of you who contributed topics. We didn't get to all of them, but Doctor Charley said she will try to cover them in her next broadcast.

As we were recording last night for Monday, I will post the link to it as soon as it's available.

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I need your help!  We are actually recording the show TONIGHT, February 13th, and she has asked ME what we should talk about and if any of you have any other topics or questions. So please tell me what you would like us to talk about.  You can leave your questions anonymously below or email me:  colette@colettesaucier.com .   

Dr. Charley is a world renowned Clinical Sexologist and Sex Therapist, as well as the award winning author of over thirteen books on self-empowerment, women’s sexuality, and BDSM. Her upcoming books include 30 Shades of Kink and Sexploring:  30-Days to a Better Sex Life.
Also, you can join us as tonight LIVE as we record the show and join the discussion. The information to log in and listen, chat, or ask questions is below. Now is YOUR chance to find answers to any of those intimate or embarrassing questions you have always wanted to know but were afraid to ask!


~Colette

Sunday, February 9, 2014

It Was 50 Years Ago Today ~ JFK, The Beatles, and Me

Originally published for Austen Authors as "I Read the News Today, Oh Boy"

You might not have realized it since we kept it rather low-key, but last year was the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. I'm kidding, of course, since we Austen Authors commemorated it throughout the year with our P&P 200 series (and now we have it collected in our special tribute Pride & Prejudice:The Scenes Jane Austen Didn't Write ). I even had a cake and champagne on the anniversary date of publication! (Of course, I will use any excuse for cake and champagne...)

As years pass, human nature tends to place more significance on anniversaries that represent some sort of milestone. I doubt anyone had cake and champagne for the 199th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. Even in marriage, the first anniversary has that ripple of excitement lacking in the 2nd and 3rd and on and on. Most people I know even freeze the top layer of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary. (Forget that! We took our top layer on our honeymoon and I bought an identical cake the next year—to go with our champagne. I'm serious when it comes to my cake!)

In September, my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary—one of those "milestones." This is so much a part of our collective consciousness that it's reflected in the "traditional" anniversary gifts. After year fifteen, you’re on your own until the 20th, and then it's every five years after that, as if to say, "Hey, if you two were able to stick it out for fifteen years, you should be able to fill in the gaps! Check back when it's an 'important' year."

Last year also saw the 50th Anniversary of the President Kennedy assassination, which launched a tidal wave of retrospectives. As it has for the last thirty-three years, the anniversary of the assassination of John Lennon passed a few weeks later but with little fanfare—unlike the 20th anniversary, when I actually went to Strawberry Fields in Central Park across the street from the Dakota where he lived and died; and the 30th anniversary, on which day my daughter did the same.

These two men, each taken from us by an assassin's gun at such a young age (John Kennedy 46, John Lennon only 40—so strange to think I am older than both of them) seventeen years and three weeks apart, have no other obvious connection—until we note the other events reaching that 50-year milestone.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Come Undone Sexy ~ My Sexy Saturday

Gentle Readers,
http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.at/2014/01/youre-sexy-to-me-mysexysaturday.htmlFirst, I would like to invite you to come back here on Sunday, February 9th, for my special blogpost tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles on the 50th anniversary of their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. I hope you'll enjoy it!

Now last week I posted in my very first  "My Sexy Saturday" blog hop with a spicy excerpt from Pulse and Prejudice. With this blog hop, authors share a sexy snippet of 7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs from one of their books or a work in progress.

videoThe theme this week:
~COME UNDONE ~                    
(And I've added a little music for you to go with the theme...sorry, music only works on PC)
Characters who just couldn’t wait to be all over each other, no matter what the circumstances.

This perfectly describes the passion between the hero and heroine in Alicia's Possession, who cannot resist their magnetic attraction despite their lack of trust.

Alicia is the last person Detective Mason Crawley should pursue since she is at the heart of his investigation into a disappearance, which eventually turns into a hunt for a killer; but her palpable sadness and vulnerability awaken his Dominant nature and instinct to protect. Is he is falling in love with a woman who is dangerously delusional, a witness to a cleverly-concealed crime, or a murderer?

 
http://www.colettesaucier.com/alicias-possession/    Mason gripped her upper arms, forcing her eyes to meet his. He knew he’d made a mistake the moment her warmth bled through the silk of her robe and into his palms, sending a ripple of sensation up his arms and down his body. "Why did you lie about knowing Judith?" he asked, his voice low and gravelly but not in the terse tone he used to intimidate a witness. No, she might not recognize it, but he could hear his lust cradling each syllable.
   She squeezed her eyes tight as if to prevent her tears’ escape, but instead it forced them down her cheeks as she said, “I wasn’t lying—I don’t know her.”
         He lifted one hand from her arm and brushed the tears from her cheek with his thumb before running it across her bottom lip. Her eyes remained closed, and his chest rose and fell in rhythm with hers as he leaned in close enough to inhale her breath.

I hope you enjoyed this snippet for my second "Sexy Saturday." I would love to know what you think! If you want to find out what happens next, you can find Alicia's Possession in print and in all eBook formats, and soon it will also be available as an audiobook.

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Now this is a blog hop, so be sure to hop on over to visit all these other authors and see what sizzling 7s they have for you on My Sexy Saturday!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

WITHOUT A TRACE Author Laure White Comes for Coffee

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! 
Hey - How 'bout those Bronc-oh...never mind. That didn't turn out the way I had hoped (sorry, Seattle fans, but I had to pull for our local boy). Personally, I blame the Groundhog! I should have avoided the game in favour of writing. I did get in about 3000 words on my WIP (work in progress), but my major accomplishment this weekend was organizing my scarves! I also joined in the blog hop "My Sexy Saturday" for the first time with 7 sizzling sentences from Pulse and Prejudice, so be sure to check that out if you missed it. (Be warned: The ARE sexy sentences.)
Now - Guess who is back joining me for Coffee this morning! Fellow Secret Cravings author Laurie White is here to visit and talk about her latest release, the Romantic Suspense Without a Trace! Laurie joined us a year ago to introduce Twist of Fate, and after discovering that sweet and sexy romance, I couldn't wait to get my hands on her new novel. After you read this excerpt, I'm sure you'll agree. Her heroine needs a different kind of safety...
~Colette 


About Without a Trace


http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=22&products_id=817Magazine journalist Rachel Bennett has a reputation for getting to the heart of a story. However, when her sister disappears and is suspected of embezzling from her employer, the story has suddenly become personal. The last thing Rachel wants right now is the distraction of Matt Romero, the detective assigned to the case. She has no desire for involvement with a rough-and-tumble cop...or so she thinks.

Matt accepts the risk that goes with his job. Two years ago, his wife was murdered, a tragedy he blames himself for. He's vowed to protect his family and friends because he doesn't want to go through the pain of loss again. However, the lovely journalist soon begins breaking through the icy wall around his heart.

As Rachel and Matt search for answers in order to find her sister, they uncover a corruption that puts them both
in danger – and a passion that puts both their hearts at risk.

EXCERPT:

     Rachel fluffed the scrambled eggs with vigorous strokes, the plastic spoon clattering against the metal skillet as she dwelled on the discussion with Matt. Her temples throbbed, as they always did when she felt frustrated.
     Why wouldn't Matt listen to her? Why couldn't she make him believe Paige would never even consider committing a crime?
     What an insufferable, overwhelming man he was. He had to be difficult to live with, if not downright impossible. Rachel had never encountered a man like this rough-edged cop. The ones she usually associated with were those she considered safe—mild-mannered accountant  types who  wouldn't take  any unnecessary risks

Saturday, February 1, 2014

You’re Sexy To Me ~ My Sexy Saturday

Gentle Readers,
http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.at/2014/01/youre-sexy-to-me-mysexysaturday.htmlLast week I posted a blog, or blogged a post, or whatever, about how difficult it is for me to come up with blog topics (What Can I Say?). Well, lo and behold, Friday I found out about the "My Sexy Saturday" blog hop! With this blog hop, authors share a sexy snippet of 7 words, 7 sentences or 7 paragraphs from one of their books or a work in progress. Evidently, this has been going on for 33 weeks, but I just found out about it! (Probably a good thing since, with my soul-sucking day job, author events, and having only 20 days to move, I most likely would have missed about 20 of them.)


The theme this week: Characters who don't believe they will ever find anyone to love.

"This week we’re talking about those broken heroes and heroines who think they have nothing left to give to another person. They’ve stopped looking for their soul mates or don’t believe they even have one. They are truly surprised when someone falls for them."
http://www.colettesaucier.com/pulse-and-prejudice/
This is such a prevailing theme in Pulse and Prejudice, the paranormal adaptation of the Austen classic which tells Mr Darcy's story as a vampire, I knew I had to participate!

Throughout the novel, Darcy struggles with his overwhelming attraction to Elizabeth Bennet, often fearing he wants her blood as a creature of the night rather than wanting her as a man desires a woman. Not long after his transformation into a vampire, Darcy decided he could never be with a woman, and undeserving of love, would suffer through eternity alone.

ADULT EXCERPT - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK