Once Upon a Twisted Time – Autographed copy to launch Breaking the Nexis Blog Tour with Lindsay Avalon

Lindsay Avalon’s latest release will be featured on my blog tomorrow as her blog tour kicks off.  She’s graciously agreed to provide an autographed copy of Once Upon a Twisted Time as a gift for one lucky blogger who leaves a comment on my blog!  Drop by and visit!  Leave a few words of support for this talented author and be automatically in the drawing for the autographed copy of the anthology, Once Upon a Twisted Time!  Here’s a link to Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/d7o3xqk            

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I’ll be doing interviews with the following authors. Be sure to check back for their featured guest spot. If you’re an author and would like to be featured on my blog, go to Guest Author Guidelines for more information.


Dec. 1 – Lindsay Avalon

Dec. 8 – Greta van der Rol

Dec. 9 – Trish Marie Dawson

Dec. 16 – Alexandra Anthony

Coming in January – Dorothy Dreyer

Victoria Embers – Today’s Guest Author

Today our featured author is Victoria Embers and I’m very excited to have her on my blog today. She has recently released her first short story called “Conquest” and I can tell you it is one hot read! But I will have to admit it left me wanting more. At only 2,500 words, it’s a quick read!

I asked Victoria several questions in this interview for my blog. First let me tell you that Victoria has “Conquest” FREE on Smashwords. You can download the first short story in her series, My Vampire Lover. Click here for download options.

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Now on to the interview:

Catherine: Thanks for being on my blog, Victoria. I think you are the first author I’ve featured who writes about vampire erotica. So I need to ask you before we learn more about your series, what is an erotic short story series and why did you decide to release your stories separately and not in one full book?

Victoria: That’s a great question, Catherine and by the way, thanks so much for letting me be on your blog.  Yes, I’m writing my series, My Vampire Lover as a serialized series of short stories. I have the attention span of a ferret and I have heard other Indie authors say that it is very tough to write a full 80,000 or 100,000 offering of an ebook. I learned recently that an ebook that size is called an Epic. That was too scary for me and too much pressure and I am a very impatient person when it comes to getting tasks done. So with that in mind, I thought releasing each story separately would be something I could accomplish, start small and build on it. Does that make sense?

Catherine: It does actually. I haven’t thought of doing it that way before. So you’re confident in this approach then?

Victoria: To make a long story short…yes, I decided after a lot of soul searching to put myself out there in the sea of Amazon in a little boat, instead of a big boat. Lol! But seriously, I’m hoping to release a short story each month to readers, around the end of the month.

I think it’ll be a very exciting experience for both me, as a writer and the reader. I’m hoping if the reader is ready for my approach and that they will enjoy the anticipation of getting the next story, without having to wait too long. And I’ll get to learn more about what they think of the recently released story and get feedback. I like interacting with my friends on Facebook and other social networking sites, so I hope I get feedback from anyone who starts reading my series, My Vampire Lover. You know? It’s going to be fun.

Catherine: It does sound interesting. The interaction from readers is a really cool concept. Do you think you may shape the story depending on comments you get from readers?

Victoria: You know, why not? I think it may be a fun approach. I know I remember reading in school about how authors wrote for magazines and if the public liked a story or didn’t when it came out a month before, the author would re-shape or revamp, if I can use that word here, re-vamp the next story. I have no idea where this story of Caroline and Raphael is going, so I like that idea. Yes, readers can share their feedback with me.

Catherine: How long do you think each story will be? Who will tell the story? I know in this first story, Conquest your female lead is a werewolf. Will she tell the story?

Victoria: I plan for each story to be one scene or a few scenes, averaging around 2,500 to 5,000 words each. I’ve only written the first story so far of course, so we shall see. I’m working on the second one now. Originally I thought Caroline, my werewolf heroine who is kidnapped by her vampire captor who turns into her lover, would tell the story. It is called “My Vampire Lover,” but now I want to have each story go back and forth. I think that will be more fun. Caroline has told the first story from her point of view in “Conquest.” The next story will be told by her vampire lover. I like the name Raphael. He will tell the next story.

Catherine: Do you have a name for the second story yet? Or a cover?

Victoria: I think I like “Release” or “Redemption.” I’ll have to think more about it. Ally Thomas is doing all of my covers so I’ll have to talk to her. As long as I keep the title of each story short, I’m good to go. She gets fussy if I want a long title like Anticipation or Caroline’s Sensation.

Catherine: Redemption seems long, but I like it. I’m sure Ally won’t mind. She does all my covers and I love her work!

Victoria: I agree. I’m sure it’ll be fine. Lol!

Catherine: What is Conquest About?

Victoria: In the first short story, Caroline, a werewolf and golden guardian of the realm, has discovered a new love in her vampire captor. She’s willing to risk everything, even her life, to prove to him she loves him and has forsaken all others including her family and her pack.

Catherine: Do you have an excerpt you can share with my readers today?

Victoria: You bet! This is the final scene actually in the first story. Of course because I have an extreme love for vampires, Caroline gets bitten by her vampire lover straight away. It ends with the question of whether she makes it or not after he bites her.

WARNING! Please note explicit language and adult content is below. You must be 17 or older to view the following full sample.

I felt his warm, wet tongue dart in my mouth, sucklingly my bottom lip. A sting of pain surfaced.

I shrieked, quickly pulling away from him.

He held me fast in his arms. Our eyes locked.

Again I tasted the sweetness of blood, but this time it was my own. Carefully, I licked my bottom lip where he had bitten me.

Another gleam from the moon shone upon his face, his bright eyes sparkled with a savage knowledge beyond lust and desire, one of sheer hunger. He would be mine.

Before I could stop him, he slashed at his well-toned chest with his nails. Lines of blood formed across his muscles.

“Drink of me.”

Then he resumed fucking me fiercely, refusing to stop.

I stared at the streams of blood rolling down his chest as I rode him. The wolf in me instantly awoke. Warm rushes of power and hunger rose up in me. The wolf was coming for me and I wouldn’t be able to deny him.

“Let it go,” my vampire lover whispered into the night. “Drink of me. I’ll make you queen when Father dies and we’ll rule this kingdom together despite them.”

The moon bathed him in its lush glow and I couldn’t resist marveling at his naked form. He was exquisite. His thick, muscular chest glistened with blood and sweat and I held on to his shoulders as I drove my hips down upon his, feeling his magnificent cock serge deep inside me. Each stride I took sent me ever closer to him forever. I took his mouth with a savage intensity I had never known and then I lavished my kisses upon his chest, licking his blood and sweat in long, broad laps.

We will be together.

I leaned my head back, exposing my neck completely. “Do it. Do it now. He’s here!”

Answering my request, he pulled me into his embrace and sank his teeth into my neck.

I cried out, instantly thrusting myself upwards to meet his fanged kiss. A flood of raw, electrifying sensations exploded inside me and multiple orgasms rocketed through me.

He lifted me slightly off the bed and he drank from me, holding me gently in his arms the whole time.

I pressed my back into his firm hands and focused on meeting his tempo as I rode him. The room began to spin. Blood trickled down my chest, running past my belly button and along the inside of my thighs. A delightful shiver of fear passed through me as my vampire shuddered and came inside me. I will be his.


Catherine: Oh my god! That was wonderful! I loved it! Thanks again for being on my blog and I’d like to wish you the best of luck with your series.

Victoria: Thank you! I really appreciate it! Good luck with your books too. I picked up the sample of The Lady in the Mist yesterday.

Catherine: That’s great. Thank you. Let me know what you think.

Victoria: Absolutely. Thanks again!

Full Story is Free:

Remember you can read “Conquest (My Vampire Lover #1)” for Free on Smashwords. Click here.

Victoria EmbersLearn more about Victoria:

Victoria Embers splits her time between being a stay-at-home mom and reading vampire fiction. She believes good romance should make you purr while good erotic fiction should make you scream, but in a good way of course. Embracing her love of vampires and werewolves and the naughty situations they find themselves in, she’s currently writing an erotic short stories series called My Vampire Lover with a blend of paranormal romance and erotica featuring, you guessed it, vampires and werewolves.

Learn more about Victoria at these links Amazon Author page | Facebook | Twitter | My Vampire Lover series on Facebook | Victoria’s blog


Some may say that reviews aren’t a true test of a writer’s skills.  Cynics give reasons like the review came from a friend or a professional reviewer.  I’m not here this morning to argue the point one way or the other.

Since I’m an Indie Author of e books and Amazon is my main platform for sales, I check my book pages out of habit several times a week.  Yesterday I came across this reader’s opinion of The Lady in The Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend.  Thanks in advance for allowing me to ‘toot my on horn’ this morning and bask in the warmth of writing for writing’s sake.

“This was the first time I’d read anything from this author. Add that this was also a new genre to me, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the talent of the author as well as the characters and plot. I can’t wait for the next book to be released!”

by Karen A. Huffman

Cover Reveal for Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find the Hole by Jewels Moss

Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find Hole

Jewels Moss

Midnight Fire Erotic Publishing

Cover art by Alexia Prudy

Release Date – December 15th

Please leave a comment and receive an excerpt from the book for your trouble.  Thanks for stopping by!

Confessions by Wendy Ely

Today I have the special pleasure of sitting down with the author of Confessions, Wendy Ely.  Thanks for stopping by, Wendy.

“Thanks for having me, Catherine.  I always love visiting with you and your readers.”

I know you have a lot to tell my readers today.  So let’s get started.

What motivates you to write?

This might sound weird but the need to write. I have to create the stories in my head or I’m not a happy girl.

How did you come up with the title for your novel?

For the Desert Secret books, I wanted all of the titles based on one theme: secrets. The first book in the series, Confessions, seemed appropriate because Chelsea returns to her hometown to confess her secret to Jordan.

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

The biggest challenge was life getting in the way of writing Confessions. I had a boyfriend totally disappear just as Chelsea did to Jordan. I had already written that part of the book when it had happened to me. I sat in my home and cried for a long time. I didn’t want to write the story anymore but knew I had to keep moving forward. I relived my pain while I revised the scene when Jordan confronts Chelsea about leaving all those years ago.

Who is your most popular character?

My most popular character is Chelsea because people can relate to her. People make bad choices in their life occasionally and not always get a second chance. Chelsea gets her second chance.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Writing the difficult scenes. There are some gut-wrenching situations in the book and I had to feel every emotion along with the characters. It took me on a wild adventure.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There isn’t an intended message in Confessions. I feel that reading is a personal journey and hopefully the reader will get something meaningful to them out of each of my stories.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for reading the books I write and I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email me any time at authorwendyely@gmail.com.

Can you share a little of your book with us?

Set low to the floor, the bathroom vanity gave her a full view of her body in the mirror. She glanced down at the ink permanently marking her, above the soft dark red curls. Never allowing herself to look straight at the tattoo, she glanced away out of habit but decided this once she could look. After all, they were alone together in a hotel. If there was ever a good time for this, it was now. The fingers of her right hand slid over the ink as she walked closer to the mirror.

When they were sixteen Jordan had promised her his love forever. Instead of a removable, they felt it was more symbolic with something permanent.

The red ink of the heart stood out against her skin like blood on a white silk sheet. The handle of the knife sticking into the heart read “Jordan.” Did he still have his? Or had he visited the artist to have the knife handle colored in? She whirled around and turned on the hot water in the shower.

Confessions is available at Amazonhttp://amzn.com/B00A3FVT84

Thanks again to Wendy Ely for coming by today.  Any questions or comments you have, please feel free to leave for Wendy or myself.  I appreciate all of you who enjoy my blog and look forward to hearing from you.

Black Friday’s Blog Hop

Click the image to view other blogs participating in this blog hop.

Today it’s time for another blog hop sponsored by Carrie Ann who is fabulous at coordinating these events!

Enter to Win

While the rest of the US is out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all to together. This year, join us in our second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It’s a ONE DAY hop where we’re giving away prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely eating left over turkey. 🙂
The hop is today, November 23rd and is ONE DAY only.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

(Please Note that Carrie has said some shipping cost on your end may apply for the above prizes.)

How Do I Win?

To enter to win one of the 3 prizes above, leave a comment on this blog article today Nov. 23rd. Be sure to include your email address. Carrie Ann and her volunteers will be stopping by to collect everyone’s entries. Carrie Ann will announce the winners on her blog a few days after the blog hop ends.

Over 200 Blogs Participating

There will be over 200 Authors/Bloggers participating in this event. If you want to enter more than once you can do so. Actually you can enter over 200 times by posting a comment (with your email) on each blog that is participating in this blog hop. Go to Carrie Ann’s Black Friday page to see a list of ALL THE BLOGS and get started.

Black Friday

Tell us what you like about Black Friday or what you don’t like so much. Actually I haven’t participated in Black Friday, but I have shopped on Cyper Monday a few times. I love getting great deals without having to leave the house 😀

Interesting Facts

  • Black Friday as a term has been used in multiple contexts, going back to the nineteenth century, where it was associated with a financial crisis in 1869 in the United States. The earliest known reference to “Black Friday” to refer to shopping on the day after Thanksgiving was made in a public relations newsletter from 1961 that is clear on the negative implications of the name and its origin in Philadelphia.
  • More recently, Black Friday has been exported to nations outside of North America such the United Kingdom by major online retailers like Amazon or Apple. In 2011, IBM reported online Black Friday sales were up 24.3% according to a study that included 500 retailers.
  • Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States, created by companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled “‘Cyber Monday’ Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”.

All source on Black Friday is from http://www.wikipedia.org

Click the image to read a FREE sample of my current series, the Western Werewolf Legend.

Click the image to read a FREE sample of my current series, the Western Werewolf Legend.

Featured Author – Wendy Ely

I had the unique pleasure of sitting down with Noah, who is a character from the creative mind of today’s Featured Author Wendy Ely. Noah is Jesse’s brother and both brothers are interested in the beautiful, Samantha.

It was a great interview and I‘m really excited to read Wendy’s new book. Learn more below.

About Jesse’s Brother

*Reader’s Choice award winner! One woman, two men: a single summer to choose between them. Sacrificing a summer to fix her relationship with her mother and find out what’s troubling her father isn’t so bad…right? Wrong. Or so Samantha learns upon her return to Portland. As if family drama wasn’t bad enough, first comes Noah. Then comes Jesse. Samantha is torn between the way her heart skips a beat each time Noah looks at her, and the way Jesse’s touch makes her yearn for more.

Will Samantha be able to choose between the men before their secret crushes her?

Buy at Amazon. Buy as a paperback.

My Interview with Noah

Catherine: I read the book and loved it. I do have a question though. Why didn’t fight harder for Samantha?

Noah: It might seem like walking away from her was the easy way out. At the moment I figured that I had put my entire effort into our relationship. If that wasn’t enough then she didn’t really want me. No matter how much I loved her, I wanted her to be happy.

Catherine: You are the total opposite of Jesse. What is that like?

Noah: Hard growing up. Jesse seemed to always be my father’s mini. I tried to go along the same path but when I was older I realized that person wasn’t who I wanted to be. I’m down to earth and enjoy working with my hands. Jesse has always been the one who enjoys a fat wallet and expensive things over people. I would’ve been able to accept him for who he is truly if my family had done the same for me. They didn’t, so I can’t either.

Catherine: She spent a lot of time with both of you. How did the lack of time she spent on her farm escape your attention?

Noah: Easy. I work a lot and it isn’t a 9 to 5 job like Jesse has. I work with animals and there were times when I couldn’t get away. She could’ve slipped out to see my brother during that time. When I did notice that she was gone, she always slid around the topic and we caught up with each other later. Her disappearance was never really noticeable enough to be an issue.

Catherine: Noah, I really want to know about the sex. Do recent the fact that your relationship hadn’t been as erotic as it could’ve been?

Noah: I enjoyed the passion we shared, but I don’t think Samantha had it in her heart to make love with both of us. She had to work out her decision on who she wanted to be with first before she could take either of us to bed. I respect that decision.

Catherine: Have you ever found out the details of their side of the love triangle?

Noah: No and I won’t ever ask her. The relationship she had with Jesse belongs to them. It isn’t my business.

Catherine: Where is Jesse now?

Noah: I don’t know and I don’t care. I left my family for a reason and intend to stay gone.

Catherine: Thanks for visiting with me, Noah.

Noah: Any time.

Author Wendy Ely  is a contemporary romance author. She writes some romantic suspense, really hot stories, and the wonderful happily-ever-after.

Her latest book is entitled Dreaming of Him and is available on Amazon. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her own real-life hero and her two teenagers.

Visit Wendy at these links Amazon Author page | Facebook | Creative Manuscripts

Emily Walker – Featured Author

I’m very excited to have Emily Walker on my blog today. She will be releasing her book, “The Reluctant Succubus” and it’s great she had time to sit down with me and answer a few questions. Here’s our interview.

1. When did you first decide you wanted to write?
I have always enjoyed writing. I liked creating stories in English class. The moment I realized that I liked to write enough to do it professionally was when I had to do a ten page book report for A Clockwork Orange and it ended up being 25 pages.

2. What is your favorite genre to write and why?
I think my favorite genre to write is Horror. I enjoy coming up with ways to shock people. My second favorite is Paranormal Fiction, anything can happen!

3. Please tell us about your upcoming book.
The Reluctant Succubus will be my debut in my real name hopefully with the same publishing company.

4. That’s an interesting sounding title. Tell us about it.

Julie is dead, she does not know why, and she does not know how. Something she did in life has given her the opportunity to return to Earth as a Succubus with her mentor the demon, Asa. She is not a Succubus in the traditional sense, she is simply a gateway to Hell for those that need to go there, there is no sex or seduction involved in her job.

5. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely imagination?
It is all out of the old noggin! I have written some things that are based on my life, but those may never see the outside of my laptop.

6. How did you come up with the cover?
The cover to this book is based on one scene in the book that is powerful, and telling. The great part is when this scene comes you do not know what it means, and you will not until the end of the book. My friend Khelsey Jackson who is an incredibly talented author created it for me. She did an amazing job, and I cannot wait for the reveal. The above image is a banner I’m using currently.

7. When and where will your new book be available?
I know that I want it to be completed by December. If it goes through my current publisher {crossing my fingers she loves it} then it will be available on Amazon first!

8. Do you have a favorite character you’ve written about so far?
I love all my characters equally. I enjoyed writing for Cassie though in Zombified. That is the release of my alter-ego Lyra Mcken. She is becoming this monster, and she is not handling it that well.

9. Does the character reflect on anyone you know?
No, I think that I put myself in their shoes, and do not really draw from people that I know.

10. If you could meet one character from a novel, who would it be and why?
This is a tough question. I think I would like to meet Mr. Knightley from Pride and Prejudice just to have some crumpets and tea.

11. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I have not had too many people give me heavy criticism. One thing that bothers me is when someone does not like the name I have chosen for my characters. They are my characters let me name them!

12. Who is your favorite author?
Robert Heinlein is my favorite author; I grew up reading his books.

13. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write, all the time. Carry around a notebook in case you have an idea, because you do not want to forget it. Read as much as you can, it can do wonders for your writing. Make sure that you write what you know and do not be afraid to be controversial.

14. Spaghetti or Lasagna and why?
Spaghetti always, especially spaghetti with meatballs, but I could eat it for every meal. My boyfriend makes it in a casserole dish and covers it with cheese, it is heaven, I tell you.

15. Anything you’d like to share with your readers and fans?
Thanks for reading this interview, and remember you have to make things happen for yourself. Thanks so much for having me Catherine. I truly enjoyed it.

I’d like to thank Emily for being on my blog today. Please be sure to view her links below. You can contact her at:

Emily’s Website – http://www.selfpublishordie.com
Facebook Fan Page – http://www.facebook.com/emilywalkerfans
Twitter – @authorewalker
Blog – http://www.lyramcken.com

NaNoWriMo week 2, Distractions and Excuses – Just Write!

Some of you who’ve never experienced NaNoWriMo may be asking yourself “What’s the big deal?  So you sit down an write, big whoop!”  Well, for an author to “sit down and write” can sometimes be a very big deal.  Especially when “life” gets in the way, work gets in the way, or the muse is not cooperating, or the family is to close for comfort and focus, or the sun is shining outside and the muse would rather go out and play.  What?  You thought we all did nothing but write?  I’m terribly sorry to disappoint, but the majority of writers have another job that actually pays the bills.  Writing is something we do because we have to let the voices out.  Sigh, if you write you understand what I’m talking about and if you don’t, may I challenge you to try it sometime.  The experience is very enlightening.

Week 2 of NaNoWriMo started off well.  The muse and I were one with the cosmos and the words flowed.  My characters began their first adventure in this new book, which, by the way, is the second in my Western Werewolf Legend series.  I’ve decided to share the trials of being a werewolf and being a newly turned werewolf in love with my readers.  Have you ever thought about it?  The concept is mind boggling to say the least.

To get back to the tale of week 2, I managed to compile in excess of 14k before the wheels began to wobble on Thursday when all I could manage was a paltry 300 words.  By Friday morning, I wasn’t feeling my best and decided to reconsider being up at 4:30 a.m.  Around 10:30 I resurfaced and decided while I felt better, I didn’t have time to write.  Instead, getting ready to go to work, I trotted out the door, heading out to begin the other half of my work day.  Commitments with family comprised the rest of my waking hours as I babysat my grandson, who is by the way, the most beautiful little boy in the world.  I’m just sayin’  🙂

By Saturday, I derailed myself again with commitments to complete a painting project while the temperatures were right for the paint to dry.  The project took all day and gave me a considerable back ache.  Now is when you’re suppose to nod your head and ponder the futility of the writing project.  I did.

However, along comes Sunday and a renewed vigor to complete some words in my story and so as I have learned over the last several weeks, if you want to get things done, GET OFF OF THE COMPUTER!

Week three update will follow soon,  Needless to say, I have some catching up to do.  Not down and out yet!  Although a pep talk or two couldn’t hurt.  Happy writing everyone, wherever you are!