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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Cover Love: Serviced - Volume 1

I'm interrupting the regular guest feature to bring you the cover art for my debut story, For One Night Only, which is being featured in Serviced - Volume 1 from Breathless Press.

All being well, this hot stuff - featuring ten stories from some fantastic authors - will be available from March 8th 2013 on the publisher's own website, and on third party sites as soon as possible after.

Happy ogling ;-)

PS Followers of my website's 'News' page got first looks at this yesterday, have you subscribed yet?

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Blog Guest: Kayla Jameth

I am delighted to welcome Kayla Jameth onto my blog today, author of From the Ashes published by Breathless Press.

In keeping in my favourite ‘three act structure’, here we go with another round of twenty questions as we try to get to know Kayla that little bit better.

Thank you, Aurelia. <Clears Throat Nervously> I hope I know all the answers to the questions.

ACT ONE – all about you…

A knight and a former princess, Kayla Jameth now spends her time writing m/m romance. A true Renaissance woman, she has done everything from cross stitch like a proper lady to welding with the best of them. An eclectic life has left her with an unique understanding of the world inhabited by men and an appreciation for the difficulties faced by men in m/m relationships. It is her devout wish that her experiences translate into a richer telling of such tales.

1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into?

It is something that I fell into. A friend asked me to help edit her Bleach slash fanfiction. Since she and I read a lot of yaoi, I was more than happy to help. So I became Kei-chan and started reading slash. Unfortunately, most of the Samurai Champloo slash was mediocre at best. I foolishly said, "I can write better than that!" and my friend made me back it up.

I had some friends who liked what I did enough to encourage me to continue. My first piece of non-fanfiction was From the Ashes. I continued to write erotic short stories based on "inspiration photos". One of which, Legends, was picked up by Breathless Press for an anthology.

Another photo inspired a much longer piece from me entitled Alexios' Fate and is my first novel. While working on the sequel to Alexios' tale, I revamped From the Ashes and now I can say that I am multiply published!

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual?

No, I can't say that I do. I just sit down and work on my story whenever I can.

3) I see that you specialise in male/male romance; was this always your intention – a conscious decision before you ever picked up a pen – or did you find yourself led in this direction by your characters?

I started reading yaoi years ago and was hooked. My friend Sara introduced me to m/m romances and there was no escape.

Since my first piece was a fanfiction slash, it's no surprise that I continued in that vein and have been writing m/m ever since. Besides, I find that I have no interest in het romances. I never have. I don't identify with the heroines. I'm too much of a tomboy.

4) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing?

AB Gayle and Deanna Wadsworth have directly influenced my writing. Alison edited all my fledgling attempts and taught me important things like POV and show not tell. I call Deanna the queen of gab. She has taught me how to increase dialog in my stories.

JL Langley's stories were an eye-opener and have influenced my sex scenes.

5) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know?

I am a former princess regent. In that post, I was responsible for the arts and sciences (culture) of a D&D based LARP. That means I can sew amazing medieval/fantasy costumes, and have worn chain mail into battle. I'm also a knight because of this.

I am a science/math geek. I graduated at the top of my class, even in college I've always been in the top 5%.

I'm a tomboy. I grew up on a farm. I can: weld, make maple syrup, drive a tractor, wrangle cattle, can veggies, sew, do cross-stitch/embroidery, and a slew of other things.

All in all, I am a bit of a Renaissance woman.

6) What five luxury items or gadgets would you hate to be without?

My Kindle DX

My Kindle Fire

My Kindle for iPhone and the iPhone it rode in on

Anything that has a copy of Word 2010 and DropBox on it

Umm... Maybe I'll get a Kindle Fire HD?

ACT TWO – all about your new release…

Available NOW!
Cinder is not just another pretty face. He aspires to be his own man, but finds himself longing to belong to another man.
Cinder never thought that he could rise from the ashes of his life, but an unexpected encounter with a woman claiming to be his fairy godmother may be just what he needs. Finding himself flung into his very own fairy tale, she sends him off to meet his Prince Charming. But was the gown really necessary?

7) Congratulations on your recent release of From the Ashes, already garnering fabulous reviews, but can you tell us what your inspiration was for writing Cinder and Henri’s story?

Thank you! I'm very proud of that boy and his prince.

How did I come to meet Cinder? A mutual friend, Linda Reilly, read the Samurai Champloo fanfiction slash I had written and suggested I write an m/m fairy tale for a submission call. I remember thinking at the time "Yeah, right! Who wants to read something I wrote?" But I like puzzles and so I found myself thinking about plausible scenarios for one. I finally settled on a Cinderfella (m/m version of the classic Cinderella story).

Once I came up with the scenario, Cinder wouldn't give me a moment's peace. Remember that fanfic I was writing? I was working on the third chapter and Cinder wouldn't let me finish it until I wrote his story. Insistent little thing! So I set Infinite Infatuation aside and went where Cinder wanted me to go.

8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

That first night, I wrote half the story! I finally tore myself away from his clutches at 4:00 am. I had to get up at 6:00 am for work. That pissed him off and he didn't talk to me again for a couple of days. But in the end, I got his story down.

9) How long did it take for the initial spark of the story to make it onto the page and then onto the publisher’s desk?

I wrote the original draft nearly three years ago in about a week's time. Then in May of last year, I worked it over and sent it to my favorite beta readers. I sent it to my editor in June and she picked it up.

10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence that you would like to tantalise us with?

Just one??? <Sigh...> Ok, I'll give it a try. Let's see.
The man caught his eye and smiled, somewhat more predatorily than Cinder was entirely comfortable with. What was going through the aristocrat's mind? Cinder began to feel like one of the small cakes the footmen carried on silver trays.
There! I did it, but there is so much more I want to tell you too.

11) Over to you, what can you tell us about From the Ashes, to make us rush out and buy it?

From the Ashes is a sweet m/m take on the classic Cinderella tale, but with some twists that you may not be expecting. Not to mention the hot sex scenes!

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now?

I have a short story entitled 496 BC, Alexios' Fate 1.5, due out this year in an anthology.

I'm working on books two and three in the Apollo's Men series. The continuation of Alexios and Galen's story is currently untitled and approximately 2/3 through the rough draft stage. A Spartan Love, book three, is in the initial stages. The intro, also known as Taming Theron in which our young hero discovers that food is the way to a man's heart, is being expanded before the original story line starts. My beta readers love Andreas.

QUICK FIRE ROUND – it’s pop quiz time…

13) Plotter or pantser?


14) Secret Seven or Famous Five? (please tell me you know them!?)

The Mad Scientists' Club

15) Digital books or print books?

Both, but I can carry a lot more ebooks!

16) Tea or coffee?


17) Cats or dogs?


18) Extrovert or introvert?

Depends. I'm an extrovert at work and introvert at home.

19) Save or spend?

Primarily save, but if I really want something I will spend. You should see my book/ebook collection!

20) Facebook or Twitter?


And that's a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Kayla, and for such great answers!

If you would like to keep in touch with Kayla, you can connect with her here:

Facebook     Twitter     Blog     Goodreads

And now the important part...

Buy it now:
ISBN: 978-1-77101-910-1
Released 4th January 2013
Heat Rating: 3 / Word Count: 24017

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Blog Guest: Megan D. Martin and a GIVEAWAY

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had a magical Christmas and a very happy new year.

It brings me great pleasure to kick off 2013 with a guest post, with the added bonus of a giveaway, brought to you by Megan D. Martin. And I must say, her debut novella sounds fascinating and is already reaping great reviews.

So without further ado, I shall hand over to Megan...

A common theme within Forbidden Angel is strength. Sarah Brenner, the main character, is a Jewish woman who finds herself, along with her family, placed in a concentration camp at the end of WWII. She has to be strong for her mother and sister as well as for herself. It would be easy for her to just give in and let the bad things that keep coming her way drag her down. (Cause yes, being placed in the camp is only the beginning of the bad fortune that heads her way.) But she doesn’t. There are times in everyone’s life where we feel like we’ve hit rock bottom or that we have gone through so many things that we just can’t go on—that there’s no way to dig ourselves out of the hell we’ve landed in. Sarah finds herself in this place, but she doesn’t give up. A feat that seems impossible. 

Sarah is confronted with the ultimate challenge in her life, a situation that most people cannot fathom or understand. She is trapped in a place with knowledge that she probably won’t live to see the outside world again yet she still doesn’t give up. She is woman with true honor who will do anything to save her family. Strength of this nature is not something we see every day. As a writer, Sarah has taught me a lot (yes, I know she is my own character, but it’s amazing how characters teach their writers, lol). That giving up isn’t the option and strength is the best and sometimes only way a woman can prevail when the world has her down. 

With that being said I hope you will check out Forbidden Angel and follow Sarah’s journey through the biggest challenge in her life, one where she is forced to make life altering decisions and fight for the ones she loves.

Thank you so much for that great post Megan!

Now let's find out more about the book and the lady herself...

Forbidden Angel
by Megan D. Martin

Timeless-Historical Romance
When captured by the Nazi's, Sarah finds herself in a concentration camp that not only brings her closer to death...but closer to love.
Sarah Brenner, a young Jewish woman, is terrified when she finds herself in the heat of a railcar bound for a work camp in Nazi Germany. For years she, along with her mother and sister, had hidden from the SS, but no one could hide forever. Her hatred for those who have enslaved them is ever-growing, especially when they arrive and she encounters the shockingly handsome Nazi doctor who can’t seem to keep his eyes—or hands—off her.
Aurel Rothstein is not your everyday concentration camp physician. The endless prisoners and lack of care he's allowed to give have made him numb to the work he so coveted. It isn’t until he comes face to face with a beautiful prisoner that his heart becomes involved with his job—a forbidden and fatal move to any Nazi. 
When a vile soldier takes direct interest in Sarah, she will be forced to make a choice that will change her life forever: ignore the pull toward the handsome doctor or give in to the forbidden passion he awakens with only a look. Either way they both risk everything...

Buy it now
Breathless Press    Amazon     Amazon UK     Bookstrand

Megan D. Martin was born and raised in a small Texas town, where she still resides with her delightfully rotten son. She is an English Major at Texas Woman's University where she is furthering her passion for reading and writing each day. Megan works for Breathless Press as a content editor.

In her spare time she enjoys decorating her home with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks. Forbidden Angel is her debut novella.

To learn more about Megan and her writing check her out on these social networking sites:

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And now for the giveaway...