Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Witch's Touch with Tabitha Shay

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! Can you believe it already (almost) May??? Where is this year going? Soon we will need to switch to ICE coffee (or my personal favorite, a Mochasippi from CC's Coffee House). 
This week on Coffee with Colette, fellow paranormal author Tabitha Shay is here to tell you about her latest hot new paranormal romance, but whereas I write about vampires, she writes about witches! She knows how to catch my interest! One of my favorite films is Practical Magic, and I have been enthralled by witches since I was a kid, from The Wizard of Oz to Witchipoo on H.R. Pufnstuf - but they have nothing on the Winslow witches...
Do you like witches? You've never seen witches like this before!
Wait until you read Witch's Touch - Book SIX in her "Winslow Witches of Salem" series. Where does she find the time? I think she must have a touch of witchcraft herself!
PLUS - leave a comment with your email below and YOU could win your own copy of Witch's Touch

About Witch's Touch

Death takes an unscheduled holiday…
Giver of Life—Nyra Winters has two abilities that no witch before her has ever possessed—the power to heal and restore life. However, her constant interference in Death’s plans makes her a target of the angry god, King Titan, ruler of the Underworld.
Seeker of Death—Dym Satarius, Prince of Death, is sent to the magical realm of Ru-Noc to collect Nyra Winters. Devoid of all emotion, Dym believes this assignment will be no different than any other—collect the witch’s soul and return to hell—job done—but something goes terribly wrong and he is stranded in Nyra’s world without his powers or the ability to return to his realm.

Injured and marooned in a realm he doesn’t understand, Dym desperately needs a stroke of magic from the one person who has every reason to hate and fear him…

Excerpt from Witch's Touch

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Erotic, Erotica, or Erotic Romance? Marla Monroe Explains

Good morning, dear readers! 

Coffee with ColetteThose of you - and I am certain that means ALL of you - who read Pulse and Prejudice, might have been startled to find the words "Erotic Romance" on the title page. I know I was! I had thought the two scenes of sensuality at the end of the book were rather tame. That it was thus labeled became a running joke in our household. Hell, my daughter proofed it for me, and my mother-in-law's book group even read it. In fact, those two little words almost prevented my from being accepted by the Austen Authors! That is, until the actually read the so-called "erotic" scenes.

(By the way, Alicia's Possession IS an erotic romance, mystery-suspense, in the off-chance you haven't read it. All My Tomorrows and my current work in progress - The Widow - are safe for MIL consumption!)

I am absolutely delighted to have Marla Monroe here today, not only because she is a sizzling hot, fabulous author, but also because she discusses what qualifies as Erotic, Erotica, and Erotic Romance. How much is too much? Where would you draw the line? She will be presenting at the BDSM Writers Con in NYC in August (It isn't just for writers, so I hope you'll join us there!), and I can't wait to meet her in person. Until them, I am thrilled to share a virtual cup of coffee with her, and I know you will be too!

Erotic, Erotica, Erotic Romance

When anyone learns that I write I hear first, ‘What do you write?’ Then after I tell them they follow up with, ‘That’s not really writing. I mean, that’s just smut or porno’. The next thing I hear is, ‘I’ve always wanted to write a book, or I could write a book’. I bet most every writer has heard these words or something similar. It doesn’t stop with just writing erotic romance, but with writing romance in general. Romance isn’t taken seriously and erotic romance is down-right scoffed at as dirty.

There is a lot of confusion about erotic romance. First, because people confuse the terms. Erotica is something written to tease, titillate, and arouse. The story is about the sexual journey not a relationship. It focuses on the sex and not a story. It doesn’t mean there’s no plot, just that the plot centers around the sexual aspect of the book.

Erotic Romance or Romantica as Ellora’s Cave calls it, focuses more on the relationship of the characters and who they are to each other. It explores the paths they take to cement their relationship and discusses their sexuality and the sex act in frank open terms. The other part of it is that there is emotion that isn’t only based on sex like lust and arousal.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Are YOU a Darcy-holic? Monica Fairview Confesses her Addiction

Good morning, dear readers! 

Coffee with ColetteI confess, I have been a very bad blogger of late. I really am trying to finish writing my new novel. Really! 

That's why I was thrilled when fellow Austen Author Monica Fairview accepted my invitation to return for Coffee to share this fun and hilarious interview from Darcyholic Times - LOL! You might recall Monica stopped by in October to discuss Pride and Prejudice's (or PULSE and Prejudice's!) "Mr Darcy as a Type," as well as to introduce her new release Steampunk Darcy- which if you haven't read by now, stop everything and grab it! 

Now she has returned to confess her struggles with Darcyholicism. Of course, aren't we all Darcyholics? So as with any 12-step meeting, grab your cup of coffee and join me in saying, "Hi, Monica!"

Darcyholics Anonymous


This interview is reprinted from the Darcyholic Times: A Magazine issued by the DARCY Program. The owner of this blog is not responsible for any of the opinions expressed.

As our guest today we would like to welcome Monica Fairview, author of two traditional Pride and Prejudice Sequels: The Other Mr.Darcy and The Darcy Cousins as well as her latest novel Steampunk Darcy. As an expert on the epidemic of Darcyholism that is spreading rapidly across the world, we are fortunate to be able to bring you this exclusive interview on how best to control expansion of this dangerous drug before it rages out of control.

Tell us a bit about Darcyholism.

Darcyholism is a very dangerous addiction. It starts when a woman – males are less likely to be affected by it – is exposed to a “Mr. Darcy” and comes to believe that he is the only romantic hero worthy of the name. It is a very insidious addiction and at the end quite mind-altering. It begins when that woman becomes dissatisfied with the males she meets and prefers to gaze at YouTube images of Mathew MacFadyen or Colin Firth. Every minute, somewhere in the world, someone is affected and eventually spreads it to someone else through exchange of books, films and other such unhygienic practices. It is important that we learn to avoid this danger because it is costing the individuals hundreds of dollars to satisfy their cravings for Darcy-related products and there seems no end to it.

Is it true that you, too, experienced Darcyholism first-hand?

Yes, I was a Darcyholic for a long time. Fortunately, I have now been Darcy-free for almost week.
It’s an ongoing battle, but I believe I can conquer it. I am currently enrolled in a program called DARCY (Darcyholic Addiction Recovery Center for Youth) and have high hopes that I will soon be able to put this strange obsession behind me. 

How did you become a Darcyholic?

It all started with the BBC 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I’d read the novel many times before and considered Jane Austen’s writing very amusing and sharp, but the moment Colin Firth gazed at me from the screen with those expressive eyes I was lost in Austen. The addiction had only just begun. 

What are the qualities in Darcy that made you a Darcyholic?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Forget the Tortoise and the Hare - Turtles are FAST!

Not to state the obvious, but turtles are wild! Either that, or my life has become really boring.

Last fall we moved to a new home on a lake. Several times a day, we take the dogs for a walk around the lake and have watched the passage of seasons (Yes, we actually had seasons this year - although generally they changed from day to day). Autumn gave way to winter - and we actually had snow! - and now with spring we enjoy the verdant landscape.

In addition to the changes we have seen on the grass and trees, we have watched the arrival and departure of wildlife. We consistently have egrets, which are a source of constant fascination to my dog, who always wants to introduce himself. (One time he got away from me, chasing after an egret, and I thought he was going to end up in the lake trying to fly after it!) In the fall, a flock of geese stayed for several days, and occasionally ducks stop by for a visit. 

The arrival of spring has brought with it a team of turtles, as our lake is now teeming with turtles! Based on the various sizes, from gigantic to tiny babies, I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of them. My husband and I are enthralled by these turtles and regularly report on their activity. We will see a dozen of them lined up sunbathing at the edge of the lake, but before we can get close enough to get a decent picture, they jump into the water - fast!

I don't know how they sense us coming. They are usually staring at the lake, but somehow they perceive our presence and get in the water quick. Sometimes they all jump in at once; other times they are like synchronized swimmers in an Esther Williams' film sliding in one by one in sequence. Eeeeevery once in a while, one will remain on the shore (?? Is it called a shore on a lake?) and watch the others leave, as if to say, "Where'd everybody go?" Then he'll notice our approach and think, "Oh, crap!" and jump in after them. I always wonder why they don't just escape into their shells. Isn't that what turtles are supposed to do?

Once in the lake, though, they don't disappear from sight completely - at least not at first. Their little heads will be stretched up watching us like German submarines. Then as we walk by, "plop - plop - plop," they're gone. Sometimes there might be an old turtle sitting (or lying?) alone, who ignores us, or a little baby by itself who doesn't know any better. I try to steer the dogs clear so we don't startle them into swimming for their lives.