All posts tagged erotica

Guest Author GM Scherbert with Doc’s Ember

Published July 29, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, weekend is finally here – woot! I have some friends visiting, which I’m very excited about, even if it does mean I have to catch up on all the cleaning I’ve been putting off while trying to catch up on the writing lol! Still, I’ve managed to squeeze in a break to chat with the fab GM Scherbert, who is chatting about her new release, Doc’s Ember – part of her Devil Iron MC Series.


So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

logoI was born on a brisk late April morning and grew up in a small town in the Midwest but, quickly decided that was not the life for me. I quickly moved away for college and thought better of returning to that small town on a long term basis. City living is the life for me and I found that out while studying abroad in Europe.

My day job working with people on the Autism spectrum keeps me on the go most of the time. That is when the three small daughters and husband are not pulling me in a million different direction.

I am the kind of gal who is quirky, unique, smutty, hard to hate, harder to love. Taking my love for telling stories to the next level by putting my hat in the romance writing game.

If you are interested in romance with twists and some darker themes Author GM Scherbert will be right up your alley.

Sounds like you’re definitely kept busy! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I think it didn’t really hit me until the first time I hit the publish button on Amazon.

It’s a unique feeling isn’t it? Part awesome, part completely terrifying! 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I use to… I have recently given birth to my third daughter and am not yet in a routine with my writing, I am hoping that quickly changes because these stories will not write themselves.

Aww, well congratulations on the new arrival! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Romance and more specifically Erotica. The draw to me started with an avid interest in reading and grew like wildfire from there.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Too many to mention.

What five things could you never do without?

My children, my husband, coffee, reading, and wine.

Sounds like a good combination 🙂 Tell us a bit about your new release.

13443118_10153804152391848_8492132203615874962_oMy most recent release is Doc’s Ember. It is the 4th story in the Devil Iron MC Series. It follows a relationship that develops in the previous books. Ember is a young woman who is forced to leave to keep the ones she loves safe- or so she thinks. Doc is the man who loves her and will do anything to have what he wants.

Ooh, I do love a good MC book. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

My vivid imagination. I have had most of the books in the series plotted out since before I started writing the first book about a year ago.

Wow, organised! I’m lucky if I have the characters when I start lol. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I always find researching scenes an enjoyable part of writing. Of course, if I die someone come clean up my browsing history. PLEASE!!!

Hehe, yup I feel you there. It would definitely make for some *ahem* interesting reading. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Just finding time in the day to write is hard. After that keeping the plot points and timelines straight have always been a difficult part of the process for me.

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I think that my favorite character in this book has to be Doc. He is such a strong caring man, but only the woman whom he loves sees that side of him.

Aww. Why should we run out and buy it right now? 🙂

If you like a steamy read with a happy ever after this book will be right up your alley.


Hehe, who doesn’t? 😉 Well, I’m convinced! The book info is here:



When Ember walked out on me I was ready to be put to ground. I barely gave a f*ck what happened to me before, but after she left, I didn’t care at all. The brothers always knew me as a hard ass with no feelings, which only got worse after she left. The night I ran into her at the Dungeon, those feelings of pain, love, and lust returned in an instant. Then I found out about our son, and the pain I had been living with for the past five years blew up, with no one to blame but her. When I find out the truth of why she left, no one will be safe.


I thought that what we shared was in the past, leaving me with the most precious of gifts, my baby boy, Vincent. I came back to be closer to my father and thought that no one would notice I was back. I was wrong. As soon as I saw Doc again, all the feelings from the past came rushing back, I lost my heart to him on the spot, for the second time in my life. He is so angry and upset with me for leaving, but I had my reasons, and he will never get an apology from me for that.

When he finds out the truth, no one will be safe from him. Not even me.


And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Enjoy your weekend and take care x

Guest Author Amo Jones with Hellraiser

Published July 1, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s weekend! This has been a busy week and have been off taking photos at a wedding all morning so am glad to finally have a chance to put my feet up and have a chat with the fab Amo Jones about her new release, Hellraiser.


So let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I’m from New Zealand but currently living in Australia. I have four kids, a puppy and a partner who should really be classed as another kid, judging by his inability to place his washing in the hamper instead of just dropping it beside it.

Hmm,it seems to be a common problem! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not really. I was in the car while waiting for my kids to finish school and Perilous Love’s (my debut book) story just came to me.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I find this changes with what book I’m currently working on. At the moment I’m writing book three in The Devil’s Own series, it’s very dark and evil… so I find that I write best at night when the house is dead and all I have is the whispering cries from my thoughts.

Ooh, spooky. Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I think as a base genre I write contemporary. But I also dip my writing brush into the dark category and new adult. All centered around MC and/or Rock stars. But I am working on a standalone also that is very different.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

There are so many authors who I look up to, but I love Hunter S. Thompson and Stephen King.

I do love Hunter S Thompson! What five things could you never do without?

Wine, sour gummy bears, Spotify, school hours, and bed times.

FB_IMG_1465489028915Tell us a bit about your new release.

Hellraiser! It centers around a very filthy alpha who knows no bounds, and a very sassy female who knows how to give lip. It was my favorite book to write, I just loved the two of them.

Hehe, definitely sounds intriguing 😉 Where did your inspiration for it come from?

They spoke to me throughout the entire first book in the series, it was a struggle for me to keep them quiet and get them in line. So when it was their time, I couldn’t stop.  

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The banter and the love/hate pull they have. I laughed, cried, and threw tantrums as I wrote their story. It sure was an experience.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Ending them! I didn’t want to push those two words “The End”—for once—, I cried when I did because I became so attached to them.

Aww, it’s always a bittersweet feeling. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Hella! Definitely Hella. And Melissa, she’s a wild child.

Why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because if you like them filthy, I mean real filthy, the kind that won’t scrub off in the shower, then you need to by this.

Hehe, I think we could be convinced by that 🙂 The book details are here:


They say there are defining points in your life – moments where you f**ked it all up, moments that make you its bitch, moments that shape you into the person you are.
The day I met Braxton Ward was one of my moments.
My name’s Melissa Hart, and I don’t think you’re ready for this story.

I go by a few names: Hella, Brax, 112, or, depending on whether I’ve been balls deep in you or not, C*nt. I don’t push the boundaries because in order to do so, one must have them. I’ve never had them. Being homeless at the not-so-tender age of fifteen morphed me into an emotionless shell, and when The Army recruited me, that shell turned into steel.
They say if fire is hot enough, it can melt steel; the hate that burns between Melissa Hart and me just might be hot enough.
Shit doesn’t come easy for us. Enemies are expanded, secrets are revealed, and lives will be taken. Yeah, I’m Braxton “Hella” Ward, and you bet your f*cking ass that you ain’t ready for this story.

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Hope you have a good weekend. Take care x

Guest Author – Daily Hollow with One Night in Charlotte

Published May 27, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, weekend is finally here! I know I’m definitely ready for it – the two jobs is wearing me out a bit lol! Still, the weekend is off to a good start with the fab Daily Hollow dropping in for a visit 🙂


So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I currently reside in the Carolinas, married to a wonderful wife, and have a beautiful but rambunctious five year old boy. I am reservist in the military and hold a Bachelor’s degree in English/writing and an MBA in business administration. I enjoy traveling with my family, reading, writing, and exercising (though I don’t do nearly enough).

Sounds like you’re busy anyway! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was in the fifth grade, I wrote a story about a hobbit who defeated a giant. My teacher hung it on the wall for all to read. I always liked books, but since I was little, I knew I would one day write them.

Hehe, well hobbits are always a good start for a writing career 😉 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I don’t really have a routine, but I do get many ideas from my morning walks/runs. I’m also in a writing group (ERA) and we have flash fiction Sundays. One of my 198 word stories became a 40k word novella (Leslie’s Dilemma).

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

At the moment I write erotic romance. I kinda stumbled into it by accident. I was looking for writing contests and during my Google search, I stumbled upon Literotica, a website for those who like reading and writing erotica. I started reading some of the stories and said to myself “I can write that.” However, when I was in college, I wrote mostly paranormal and horror. I think I will eventually go back to writing that genre.

Lol, well it’s a bit of a change from horror! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I’ve always been a Stephen King fan. I also like Dean Koontz, James Patterson, and Robert McCammon. I don’t really read a lot in the genre I currently write. If I do, it’s a short story. However, I do recommend Rosemary Wilhide, Spencer Dryden, Mikey Rakes, Lena Black, and Ghiselle St James. Ian Smith is another new author and I helped beta read his current novella, A Knight’s Errant. It should do very well.

What five things could you never do without?

Shrimp tacos from Real Mexico in Columbia SC, watching sports, my laptop, spell check, and, of course, my family.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

It’s a BWWM erotic thriller that is a part of the Tirgearr Publishing’s City Series. It’s about a female Jamaican assassin who begins to fall in love with the man she’s hired to kill. It’s about 25k words and features a lot of hot sex. There’s sex in a car, outdoors, a masturbation scene, and a bed even gets broken.

Ooh, *fans self* just a wee bit steamy then? Where did your inspiration for it come from?

A friend of mine posted the link to the series on FB last year, and it really intrigued me. I couldn’t get started right away because I was in the middle of doing edits for Leslie’s Dilemma and A Night of Firsts. However, once the idea planted itself, it stayed with me like a naughty lover.

Yeah, those little idea seeds do tend to latch on 🙂 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Incorporating my friends. Most of the minor characters are friends of mine in one of the small FB groups I belong to. I thought that was neat, and, of course they did too.

Aww, what a fun idea – might need to try this! I may need more secondary characters though lol. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Editing. God, it was hard to edit, and it also requited a bit of research. My friend Ghiselle’s from Jamaica and she helped with some of the logistics. I also scouted youtube videos as well as the internet about bullet proof vests. I even consulted a police officer friend.

Good friend to have 😉 Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Gabrella for sure. She’s HOT!

So, just in case we’re not convinced already, why should we run out and buy it right now?:)

Because it’s a page turner. Once you read it, you won’t put it down. One of the editors at Tigrearr said she almost missed the formatting deadline because she kept stopping what she was doing to read. There’s also a some pretty hot sex for those who like that sort of thing 🙂

The man knows us 😉 If you’re wanting to know more the book details are here:


Mark Jenson is a handsome, easy going man who enjoys drinking with his buddies and the occasional Myrtle Beach golf outing.

Gabriella is a beautiful, yet intimidating Jamaican assassin who has nearly fifty kills to her credit. Because Mark unknowingly insulted a mobster’s daughter after they had a drunken night of sex, Gabriella is hired to end Mark’s life. Gabriella had an unusual ritual – she would take souvenirs from her victims. Since this was her last job, and Mark being extremely good looking, his final gift to her is going to be a child.

After hooking up at a club in Charlotte, North Carolina, Gabriella finds herself attracted to Mark. The more she tries to convince herself she needs to complete her job, her feelings for Mark deepen.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

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Take care x

Guest Author Brantwijn Serrah on Creating Book Trailers & Promo Art

Published March 20, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

How’s your Sunday? Mine’s off to a good start, since I have the fab Brantwijn Serrah visiting. She’s going to chat to us about an extremely important issue for any author – promotion! In particular the pretty picture side of it; ie book covers, trailers and promo graphics and art. I’m thinking I can definitely learn something here, so I hope you all find it helpful too. *sits back with her brew and biccies* Take it away, Brantwijn.

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If you’re an indie author like me, chances are you don’t get a lot of promo or marketing material arranged for you. For most of us, things like book covers or web banners are things we have to pay professional artists for, and I’ll be the first to say I’m no professional. I’ve been lucky to have some skill and interest in graphic arts, but not everyone does, and not everyone has skill enough to compete with paid career illustrators.

That doesn’t mean you can’t at least try to create your own promo now and again, if you’re not exactly able to afford a professional marketing assistant or team. Here are some things I’ve learned from my experience creating my own graphic marketing material.

Book Covers

My first subject is probably the one for which I have the toughest advice. Book covers.

If you aren’t familiar with—and skilled at—using a good graphics program like Photoshop, or working with stock art, I highly suggest you do not create your own covers. Covers are the first thing your readers see and like it or not, we do judge a book by its cover. Not only do you have to have a handle on making that image look clean, polished, professionally arranged, and attractive, you have to make it something that will communicate. Your readers should look at the cover and have a good feel for something about that book which interests them.

There are quite a few quick tips, covered quite nicely in Rayne Hall’s Book Why Doesn’t My Book Sell, among them suggestions such as creating an asymmetrical rather than centered image, and keeping text clean and minimal. But the bottom line on covers is that if you can’t make it look absolutely phenomenal, you’re better off hiring a professional. This is an area where I personally suggest very little compromise. While I can’t take the time here to exactly conduct a course of graphic arts design, I can however give you a few thoughts on what you can do.

If you are planning on undertaking your own covers, you should invest the time in learning advanced uses of a graphic arts program. You should be able to do things like:

* Splicing together multiple images from stock photos to make them appear to naturally be part of the same image.

* Use layers and blending techniques to eliminate “rough edges” or obvious “Photoshopped” elements (like one model’s head on another model’s body).

* Use color adjustment techniques to give the cover a consistent tone, if you’ve used several elements from separate stock or if you’ve adjusted some colors already.

* Interpret the importance of pixel dimensions and high resolution.

* Be familiar with text tools as well as layer options to make your text pop and yet not appear overworked.

Never, ever use images that you do not own or did not personally purchase from a stock image website such as Shutterstock or Fotolia. Don’t use images of celebrities for your characters, and don’t ever use artwork by an artist you have not paid for their work.

Stock Images for Promo Art or Book Trailers

Promotional art like web images, twitpic banners, and book trailers are a little easier to work with even if you’re not a pro.

I suggest you always use stock art. This gives a clean and polished look, and even if you can’t turn your stock model into a four-armed alien woman with shimmery green skin and intricate Martian tattoos over half her body, you can work with elements to create something effective, if not a literal interpretation of your character.

Again, I highly, highly advise against using pictures of celebrities. Besides possibly inciting some form of cease-and-desist, using photos of celebrities waters down the independent creative work you are trying to promote. If you are asked to create a “Dream Cast” for your story, then of course celebrity association is expected and in fact, is your goal. In any other circumstance, however, feeding me promotional art of your story pasted all over with pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston or Robert Downey Jr, or famous depictions of Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Dean and Sam Winchester, etc, is only going to make me feel like your book is really a veiled attempt at an ode to your celebrity boyfriend. Outside of a “dream cast” request, try to avoid describing or depicting your characters by association with celebrity pop culture icons.

When creating promotional stills, such as a Twitter or Facebook picture, banner, or card, make sure any text in the image is minimized, easy-to-read, and balanced against the visual space. You don’t want to have your graphic element overly crowded by your text. Don’t overdo text art or text effects, and don’t fall in love with a particularly difficult-to-read font. This is my weakness: I see fonts as a reflection of the “voice” I’m trying to invoke, and I hate using the same style font for everything. However, overtly ornate fonts are harder to read, and you don’t want to gamble on a font at the cost of losing a significant deal of your audience. No matter how pretty Edwardian Script is and how well it evokes your Victorian historical romance, it’s not worth using if no one can read it.

In promotional stills focus on one, at the most two, major visual elements. You want to communicate a lot about your book in a small space, and you don’t want your audience distracted or misled by exceedingly complex visual elements. Choose something that has a striking look to it and a strong evocation of your story’s theme or spirit. A character, normally; a particularly important or striking object, such as a silver pocketwatch or set of dogtags or a piece of jewelry, can be very visually affective (as long as it significantly relates to the story, of course).

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Creating Book Trailers

I use a combination of Audacity, Powerpoint, Windows Media Player and my stock art programs to create my own book trailers such as the ones here and here. Many of the same rules apply as we discussed above, such as the amount of text and the quality of your artwork.

Another thing to consider when it comes to book trailers, though, is time. As a general rule, I try to keep my book trailers to about 2 minutes. It should be something viewers can click, enjoy quickly, and not require a lot of extra comprehensive absorption.

To create a trailer using PowerPoint, at first treat the trailer as a presentation. Plan out where you wish to stake your claims about the book (or use reviews, or tidbits of the text) and create a number slides to contain this “presentation”.

Arrange the transitions and animations for the trailer over the slides. Try to avoid overly fancy or cheesy effects (like “Swing In”). Personally I find a simple fade in and out to be useful. As with still promos, avoid crowding up too much space with text, but when there is important text to highlight, make sure to include it.

I most heartily suggest anyone who wants to do these things when marketing their new indie release, definitely go for it. Try it out; pay attention to details, get a sense for the layout and process other authors have gone through before you. We may not have professional marketing teams on hand… but the Indie Community is coming together to understand more about the act of marketing ourselves.


Thanks so much for sharing, Brantwijn. I think I’ve definitely got some points from that, so am sure everyone will have.

Brantwijn also has a fab new release out. Check out the details here:

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Finn expected a quiet birthday: a night off, touring the local bars with his sister Reagan. But his two princesses, Nineva and Nerissa, have already planned a big surprise. Before he knows it, Finn finds himself in a version of Wonderland, racing the Red and White Queens for his fondest birthday wish. Can he best the Red Knight, find the White Rabbit’s missing token, and outsmart the Chesire Cat, before he gets turned into a sheep?

And can Nina and Neri possibly know his true birthday wish…is them?

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Champagne Books

Barnes & Noble


And don’t forget to follow Brantwijn on social media to stay up-to-date with her news and releases:


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Take care x


Guest Author Lisa Bilbrey with Forgotten Awakenings

Published March 18, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’ve had a good week. I’m happy it’s Friday, though am stuck having to go into the EDJ today. It’s normally my day off but had to take kitty to the vet yesterday to get her vampire-looking front fang checked out lol. Still weekend is almost here and it’s off to a good start since I have the lovely Lisa Bilbrey visiting to chat about her new release, Forgotten Awakenings (woot!)

Thanks so much for being here, Lisa. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

profilepicsmallI’m Lisa—a mom, a wife, a librarian, and a writer. I love books, I love writing, and I find myself longing to be deep in a love story, letting the raw emotions flow through my words.

Sounds like one of the best places to be 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

There wasn’t one moment that really stands out. As a little girl, I always had stories running through my head and my dolls often acted them out, but I never thought I could write. I struggled in school and let fear and doubts keep me down. So, when I made the decision to try, I was terrified, but I fell in love with the process.

I was the exact same way! Put it for ages because it was just much too scary – and tbh it still is but the good side turns to make up for it now lol. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Not really. I write every day, or try to at least. I have to have music or the T.V. on. I just can’t handle the silence.

Ooh, every day is dedication. I try and get into the routine, but it doesn’t always work! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Everything I write is a romance with a sub-genre that often changes depending on the book. I have several contemporary romances, a paranormal romance, an erotica romance, and have a suspense romance in the work.

Some nice variety then 🙂 Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

JK Rowling is the one who stands out the most. I think she’s brilliant and has such an amazing way to tell a story. I loved her Harry Potter novels, but I also love her Cormoran Strike Series that she writes under a penname, too. R.E. Hargrave, Lindsey Gray are a couple more.

I love JK Rowling – when I first moved here was really excited that was living in the same area of town (though the less ‘posh’ bit lol!). Sadly though, never saw her and believe she’s moved now *sighs* Ah well, moving on, what five things could you never do without?

My family is the most important to me. They’re so incredibly supportive and often give me plot twists. Also, my laptop, my flash drive, my cell phone, and sunflower seeds.

FAReleaseHehe, now I’m wondering if they’re for munching or for growing sunflowers 😉 Tell us a bit about your new release.

Forgotten Awakenings is the second book in my Awakenings Series. In the first book, Forbidden Awakenings, Elle and Sadie, who have been friends with benefits for years, meet Derek and Callum, who have been best friends for years. The four decide to pursue a relationship that defies social standards, and by doing so, Elle finds herself facing a lot of heartache. Without giving away too much, in book two, Elle struggles to deal with the aftermath of a dangerous situation that threatens to tear her away from her lovers. The books are passionate and full of love, sex, and passion, but mostly, they’re about being true to who you are and loving yourself.

I think that’s something everyone can relate to, no matter the genre or group pairings. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I’ve always been a believer in love and passion and believe that it doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bi, or whatever. When I started writing this series, I knew there would be those who didn’t get it, who didn’t understand, and I wanted to write these characters in a way that made them want to at least try.

Aww, I very much hope they do – love is love at the end of the day. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Finishing a novel that I’ve really struggled with and loving the way it turned out. I always set my books aside for a few weeks and then sit down and read through it again. By doing this, I’m able to read it more objectively. Often I surprise myself with the way I write things, or plot twists that I come up with.

Lol, I must admit I have a terrible memory when it comes to my own writing and I’ll often go back and find it suddenly coming back to me! What was the hardest part about writing it?

Not letting doubt keep me down. I don’t have a lot of confidence in my writing, even though I do think I am a good story teller. And it’s hard to put myself out there, I worry about being rejected, but I keep striving to get past my fears and become a better writer. And the only way I can do that is by continuing to write.

I think it’s something we all struggle with as writers, but like you say the only way to get past it is to keep going 🙂 Speaking of, who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Oh, that’s a hard one! But I would have to say Derek. He’s this passionate, immature guy, who loves with every part of him. He says things that make me swoon, and he’s honest and real.

Hehe, well now we’re intrigued about him. Just in case anyone isn’t convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because it will make you laugh, cry, smile, and wish love like this was real.

Aww, sounds like some lovely weekend reading 🙂 Here’s the book details for you all:

ForgottenAwakenings KindleBlurb

Two bullets — one just under her right breast and the other in the middle of her left leg. That’s all it had taken to destroy Elle Reid, to leave her weak and useless. Just two little bullets.

Elle gave into her desires and allowed herself to love. The road to redemption hasn’t been easy for her, or her lovers, but together, she, Sadie, Callum, and Derek strive for a life of peace and harmony. But will they get their happily ever after, or will a madwoman’s quest for revenge shattered their dreams?

And you can get your hands on a copy here:


Barnes and Noble

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Take care x

Guest Author Raissa Phoenix with Owned

Published March 11, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a good week! I’m still a little stuffed up but hey, it’s weekend so things are looking up. Not to mention, I have the lovely Raissa Phoenix dropping by for a chat and to tell us all about her new release, Owned.

Thanks so much for being here, Raissa. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

<Insert something interesting here. Please. No? Okay, okay. Fine. Fair warning: as Brandon Sanderson says, “This is going to take a while. I’m a fantasy author. We have trouble with the concept of brevity.” I may not write straight-up fantasy, but brevity is not my thing…which makes total sense considering how much I favor writing short works. Go figure.>

My world imploded late last year, and I traded my cushy (read: mind-numbingly boring) job to stay at home. Somewhere along the way, I decided it would be a fantastic idea to not only be a stay-at-home mother and housewife, keeper of the apocalypse garden and duck-herder extraordinaire, but to also return to school full time in a completely new area and publish books.

I never said I was sane, and I never said I’m good at all of those things, but it’s the thought that counts…right? I keep what little bit of sanity I have left by chatting with different people online and reading when I can steal the time.

I think Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil is a goddess incarnate, I got dragged kicking and screaming into the Whovian conversion chamber a few years back, and I have a bit of a hard-on (so to speak) for words and their meanings.

Lol, brevity is rather over-rated and, hey, welcome to the Whoniverse 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

In fifth grade, a teacher named Cynthia Hargrove encouraged me to write. The fact that I can remember her name is a testament to how amazing she was, because I couldn’t tell you the names of most of my other teachers. She read The Witches by Roald Dahl to us and convinced us she was wearing a wig, and she introduced me to A Wrinkle in Time.

I have a filing cabinet next to my desk filled with stories I’ve written since then, and I have notebooks stacked in the closet from when I wrote every single day. (The manila envelopes are ominously marked DO NOT READ. Yup. Most people want their browser history deleted upon death. I want this stuff gone, too!) Yes, I was every bit as fucked up then as I am now. I blame a serious lack of interesting children’s and young adult books in my library–and V.C. Andrews. To this day, I’m not sure how I managed to get through school without my writing getting me in trouble…

Yep! I was just a wee little lass, and I wanted to share all of my disturbing stories with the world. Then life disillusioned me, and it wasn’t until recently that I decided to go after it.

I had a similar story, loved writing as a kid and then you get older and it seems so much scarier to share your random imaginings with the world! Still, we got here in the end 🙂 Speaking of which, do you have a particular writing routing, or any special rituals?

I try to write on a schedule, but my muse is too much of a prima donna to adhere to anything so common. Instead, I get insanity-inducing glimmers of ideas at the most inconvenient times. It usually starts with a sentence or a phrase, a character or a thought, and then I just write. I’ve started trying to write at specific times, but my muse and I are still negotiating terms.

Hehe, yup those ideas do seem to come at the most interesting times sometimes! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

In a general sense, I write M/M Paranormal Dark… things. (Yes, I’m sure you’re convinced I have quite the way with words as an author.) I stubbornly insist that Recoil, Ravel and Owned are Dark (Erotic) Romance, and I concede that Bought is Dark Erotica. I’m not a visual thinker, so my sex scenes tend to be more about the effects the actions have on the participants rather than the actions themselves. And that, of course, is a side ramble.

At some point, I started to wonder why supernatural creatures hid–and if they stopped hiding, why on earth would they be content to live as second-class citizens? Sure, humans have the advantage of numbers, but as wars have shown us over the centuries, numbers aren’t everything. The “Ripples in the Status Quo” (RISQ, because I’m lazy) universe explores a world where “supes” got tired of hiding in the shadows and decided to claim it for their own. It’s been in my head for years, but it took me a while to get up the nerve to do anything with it.

Ooh, interesting concept. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

There are four in particular that I’ve settled on at this point, and I’ll ramble a little bit about each one: Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson, Mercedes Lackey, and Tiffany Reisz. (And give quotes. I love quotes.)

Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files, Codex Alera, and Cinder Spires, astounds me. He manages to combine snarky humor with serious moments, and I’ve literally cried during his books. I’ve laughed many more times (Ramirez, I’m looking at you and Lara Raith), but his range is spectacular–and he gets better with every book. The quote that resonates most within me regarding writing, especially concerning the RISQ world, is from Ghost Story:

“Oh,” the girl said, shaking her head. “Don’t be so simple. People adore monsters. They fill their songs and stories with them. They define themselves in relation to them. You know what a monster is, young shade? Power. Power and choice. Monsters make choices. Monsters shape the world. Monsters force us to become stronger, smarter, better. They sift the weak from the strong and provide a forge for the steeling of souls. Even as we curse monsters, we admire them. Seek to become them, in some ways.” Her eyes became distant. “There are far, far worse things to be than a monster.”

There aren’t words to describe Brandon Sanderson. If anyone ever sold their soul to the devil for artistic talent, it was him. He writes a lot and he writes often, and his world-building is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I think I have more quotes saved from him than anyone else. His unique magic systems are like nothing I’ve read. He has as many profound quotes as he does humorous ones, but here’s a funny one to lighten the mood a little after the last:

“It is a writer’s greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of his books. It goes back to authors being terrible people who delight in the suffering of others. Plus, we get a kickback from the caffeine industry…”

The first erotic novel (with a plot) I ever read was The Siren by Tiffany Reisz, and it’s shaped the way I see the genre. She taught me that there’s so much potential, and damn, the woman can write. (I’d love to see Nora Sutherlin in the same room as Harry Dresden…) My idea of romance and erotica seem to be most in line with sentiments expressed in Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series. In The Siren, Nora notes:

“I know people think erotica is just a romance novel with rougher sex. It’s not. If it’s a subgenre of anything, it’s horror. Romance is sex plus love. Erotica is sex plus fear.”

She also says:

“A love story is not the same as a romance novel. A romance novel is the story of two people falling in love against their will. This is a story of two people who leave each other against their will. It starts to end the minute they meet.”

Then we get to Mercedes Lackey. I have a very contradictory view of happily ever afters. I want to see the trials and tribulations; I want to see the struggles that lead up to them. I want to know there’s a chance it could all go to hell, which is why I tend to avoid books that tell me outright they’re HEAs. Her early works are extremely dark, and her characters didn’t necessarily find their happily ever afters. (Though I got annoyed with the later Valdemar ones, because I knew how they’d end.) The Last Herald-Mage series was the first set of books I read with gay male characters. And this was 1989, folks. (Oh, Vanyel.) To keep with the theme, let’s drop a quote from those books, too…

“This I think I have learned: where there is love, the form does not matter, and the gods are pleased. This I have observed: what occurs in nature, comes by the hand of nature, and if the gods did not approve, it would not be there.”

Some fantastic quotes there. I’m a big Jim Butcher fan and I keep being told I’ll love Brandon Sanderson but haven’t got round to his books yet. Speaking of books 😉 What five things could you never do without?


Being able to ramble. No, seriously.

My computer. An Internet connection. Dashes. Ellipses. Books (Do I have to be specific? If I could only choose one book to ever be able to read again, it would be Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. It’s just spectacular.)

Hehe, well I was right on the books but I don’t think we’ve ever had someone choose specific grammar points as well 🙂 Tell us a bit about your new release.

Owned is a story set in the RISQ universe that picks up approximately three weeks after Bought and immediately after Recoil. (As a side note, Bought and Recoil can be read in any order, and Owned can be read without reading Ravel.)

I have a hard time writing short summaries–I know you’re shocked, if you’ve managed to read this far–but essentially, it’s about how far people are willing to go for even the chance for love. It’s a dark work, and it’s not a pretty story, but at the core of it, we see characters who are willing to sacrifice everything for something every bit as vital as food and breath. (For us mere mortals, anyway. Vampires are assholes.)

Sounds interesting, I do like the slightly darker works. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The intent with the RISQ books was to start out with stand alone works with various characters, slowly expanding the scope of the world and seeing them come together. Owned is my first attempt at bringing characters from earlier stories together. Ironically, I wrote Bought with the intention of it being a free one-shot sample of my work; as a new author, I’m just as willing as Khaz to sell myself to get readers–not as literally, though.


But despite how fucked up Jace and Elias were, they were the pairing people seemed to like the most. I wanted to continue Recoil (and I still maintain that it wasn’t a cliffhanger. What happened happened!) and the idea of being able to draw these four together was intriguing.

I wanted to play more in my sandbox, write something longer, and start letting my darlings play with each other. (*snerk* I’m mature. Really.)

Lol, aren’t we all 😉 Sounds like it was fun being able to tie all your characters together though. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Finding out what happened to these characters. Seriously. I’m a pantser, not a plotter, and while I have basic ideas going into a book, my characters tend to see a shiny and go running off after it. I had no idea what was going to happen when I started it, and it was just as much fun for me to see the story unfold as I hope it is for people who read it.

Yup, I am the exact same way! Those pesky characters never seem to do what you think they’re going to. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Not being redundant–and coordination. Sex scenes can be fun to write, but man, I don’t want to write octopuses (why isn’t octopi a word, anyway?) or have things seem repetitive. I also know I have a habit of falling to introspection and losing action and dialogue, so I had to be mindful of it.

Also, there was the part where I decided to break yet another cardinal rule of the writing world and beg a friend to beta read for me. She is no longer listed as beta reader. She edited it. My poor ego died a slow, painful death. I’m surprised y’all couldn’t hear it screaming. (Then again, I’m pretty proud of the final draft, so there’s that.)

Hehe I think we all need to leave our egos at the door when the edits come back. I’ve sadly learned to accept that red is my colour 😉 Where would we be without our editors though? Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)


This question is cruel and unusual punishment.

Elias. I’ve deliberately avoided writing anything from his point of view, and I intend to keep doing that for a while yet. But I’ll give you a hint: one of my favorite things to do is to see if I can make even the most irredeemable-seeming villain sympathetic. Yes, he’s a manipulative, sadistic, arrogant megalomaniac.

But as Sanderson writes, “every man is a hero of his own story.”

Plus, it’s fun to see just how far I can push with him.

Hehe, I’m sensing we have a lot in common. I have a bad habit of starting to sympathise with my villains, to the extent that half the time they end up wanting their own story. They’re just misunderstood really, right? *shifty eyes* Anyway, just in case we’re not convinced already, why should we run out and buy it right now? 🙂

Because somehow you’ve managed to read through all of this rambling, and you’re still awake–so there might be something you’ll find interesting! I’m extremely proud of Owned, and I hope it will appeal to those who like dark and gritty M/M stories with a paranormal twist.

So with that being said, there are some fucked-up scenes in these books. If you’re offended easily, you might enjoy Ravel and even Recoil, but Bought and Owned are probably not for you.

Though you can read Owned without having read Bought or Recoil, they’re both relatively short works, and I hope you’ll give them a chance. Bought (~9k words) is free, and Recoil (~19k words) is on sale for 99c for a limited time.

Also, I give really good puppy eyes.

If you’ve actually read all of this, thank you. I had fun writing it. I like to think I’m pretty approachable, and I’m usually up for a good ramble. I’m Raissa Phoenix on Facebook, and as socially awkward as I am, I do enjoy chatting with random people.


Thanks so much, Raissa, and I think the puppy dog eyes are definitely working! Here’s the book details:

Elias Ivers was promised a slave recently captured from the Rebellion, and it would have only been a matter of time before the witch broke a mere human to be his pet as a beautiful match to his already enslaved werewolf. However, when Malkhaz takes what should have rightfully been his, he’s determined to make the vampire pay; no one denies Elias what he wants–especially not someone who’s little more than dirt beneath his expensive shoes. Malkhaz had never imagine one hasty decision would both change his life and put him in over his head.
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Enjoy your weekend x


Guest Author Brantwijn Serrah – Religious Content in Erotic Stories

Published January 3, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s officially 2016. Hope your new year has got off to a good start. I’m thrilled to have the fab Brantwijn Serrah stopping by to talk about the rather interesting subject of religious content in erotic stories. Since I have my own angel-themed story out (though I must admit it’s not as *ahem* steamy as Brantwijn’s 😉 ) it’s something that has occured to me. Although I’m not religious myself, I would never want to offend someone with those beliefs through my stories, so it’s nice to see this kind of take on the subject. Take it away Brantwijn!

Faith and Sex are Not Mutually Exclusive

Brantwijn SerrahAs the title might suggest, Angel’s Keeping is a story involving angels. Fallen angels, at least, and a glimpse into their highly erotic, sex-centered existence. I found myself writing a short novella charged with erotic Sapphic love scenes alongside themes of faith, love, and redemption. I wanted readers to be able to connect with the spiritual themes of the piece…but I also wanted to arouse and inspire them to more fleshly pursuits. Angel’s is meant to be a one-handed read, quite frankly. I hope every person who reads it gets a salacious little thrill.

It might seem hard to reconcile meaningful religious inspiration and graphic lesbian eroticism. I didn’t find it to be so. I’m a highly spiritual person myself, with a Christ-based faith which is very important to me. I’m also bisexual, though, and eroticism, identity, and physical love are also deeply personal to me. They’re as much a part of my values as faith, fellowship, and prayer.

I’m out in various degrees to various people and needless to say, the religious community of my upbringing doesn’t always provide the most nurturing soil. But I’m alright with it. As I said, my faith is Christ-based—not church-based.

When it comes to sexuality and eroticism, I fail to see the correlation between the embrace of a sexual self and a fall from religious grace. I perceive a difference between healthy behavior and not-so-healthy behavior, but not an ostracism from God based on acts of the flesh. In fact I find some of the most basic beauty in sexuality has its own sort of holiness: that we may learn to love and honor our bodies and hearts, valuing the comfort and joy we take in them; that we embrace love and intimacy,

sometimes for others and sometimes for ourselves. To me, one of the most important aspects of both faith and sexuality is to experience love.

The Bible of course has its share of filthy stories and salacious entanglements. Song of Songs, its famous love poem, is full of highly erotic verse: “Your breasts are like two fawns, twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies” (4:5), “Take me away with you, let us hurry! Let the king bring me to his chambers” (1:4), and my personal favorite, “Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste” (2:3). One of the loveliest testaments to emotional and physical love, sensuous and erotic, directly out of the Good Book.

Does sex always have to be about love? No, of course not, or at least, not romantic love between parties. There’s a sanctity in sexuality stemming from a love of oneself, too. It includes discovering and loving who we are, celebrating our choices, differences, passions, and hopes.

There’s an intrinsic vulnerability and trust in sexual awakening and erotic discovery. I find my own sexuality to be one of my most spiritual qualities. It fits in just fine with my views of religious faith, as my strongest religious belief is in the commandment to love one another. I don’t mean to equate sex as a path to salvation (though for some, maybe it is). What I do mean is, Christian faith in my eyes all comes down to love, compassion, and fellowship. Each is also an intrinsic component in healthy sexuality. I see more commonality than conflict.

Angel’s Keeping is definitely an erotic story. Yet it takes place on Christmas. A fallen angel finds herself in church at holy Mass. A plan to corrupt another with sexual sin becomes a journey to recognizing love, forgiveness, and salvation.

No, I don’t think faith and eroticism are mutually exclusive. I think they make a pretty powerful pair.

And if you’d like to know more about Angel’s Keeping…

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Even fallen angels can wish for a miracle.

As a succubus, preying on humans is Raschael’s business, and mortal feelings are nothing but a waste of time. So maybe her king meant to punish her when he sent her out to hunt on one of the most holy mortal holidays. Or maybe he just wanted her far, far away, so he could banish Raschael’s one and only friend.

Now Raschael must track down a missing fallen angel, and she doesn’t have a clue where to start. Bigger predators are closing in, and Rasche’s only lead is a Christmas stripper named Noelle.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:


Have a great Sunday x

Review Post – Carnal Theory by Henry Corrigan

Published November 6, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hey all,

It’s Friday – woot! Hope you’ve all got fun plans for the weekend. It looks like I have a busy one lined up writing-wise, but I managed to take time out to read Carnal Theory by the fab Henry Corrigan.

Review – 4 stars

I will freely admit that erotica is not generally my first choice of read – mainly because I like a little more story with my sex 😉 – so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Carnal Theory not only had steamy sex scenes but also a well-formed storyline and decent character development.

Dr Elizabeth Spencer has a sexual theory that she’s determined to prove. To do this she needs a sexual partner, and has decided that Dr Michael Aaronson is the perfect fit. What she doesn’t count on is Michael’s unpredictable behaviour, or the fact that things quickly become much more than clinical between them. Elizabeth was a little hard to warm to as a character at first (though the way she ended things with her former sexual partner definitely had me giggling), but it was nice to see her soften and become more vulnerable as the story progressed. Michael I really liked, he was patient and funny, and it made me smile how much he could frustrate Elizabeth, while doing exactly what he was told 😉

Overall, this was a fun read, fast-paced with some twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. This is the first thing I have read from this author, but would definitely look out for more.


Dr. Elizabeth Spencer has a theory about sex.
As Northeastern State University’s leading behavioral researcher, the beautiful yet guarded doctor believes that lifelong satisfaction is no longer a couple’s only game.
After being left to her own devices thanks to years of disappointment, Spencer sets out to put her theory to the test.
But when she meets her subject, the handsome, stubborn and unpredictable Dr. Michael Aaronson, more than just the science begins to go awry.
As their sessions together heat up, and the two find themselves more and more on common ground, a sudden betrayal puts the entire project and their careers in jeopardy. Thrust into the national spotlight with questions flying on all sides, Spencer and Aaronson must face not only an uncertain future, but their own pasts as well.
Will Spencer lose everything she set out to prove? Or will she finally find the satisfaction she’s been looking for all her life?

If you’re looking to give it a try yourself, you can find Carnal Theory here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK


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Twitter: @HenryCorrigan


Have a fab Friday x

Author Interview with Casey Sheridan

Published October 11, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is going well. I’m very excited to be joined here today by the lovely Casey Sheridan – and since I’m on the nosey side (hey, it comes with the writer territory!) I get to ask all about her, and her latest release, Number 69.

Author Avatar Casey SheridanWell, the kettle’s boiled and the biccies are out, so let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Casey: Thanks, Shelli, for having me on your blog today!

I like to write erotic, fun, and romantic fiction. I’m an introvert and a chocolate lover, but I also like reading and watching movies. I love animals and I volunteer to care for feral/outdoor kitty pals. And this month (Oct 1-31), I’m donating all my book royalties to Alley Cat Allies to help educate others about feral cats and the things they can do to help make their lives happy and healthy.

Aww, well that’s definitely a cause close to my heart, my own little furbaby was found abandoned as a stray – though you’d never guess it from the attitude these days 🙂

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was just a kid and I used to daydream about being a famous author, or famous musician, or famous actor. Since I’m terrified of being the center of attention, musician and actor were not an option. I didn’t really take writing seriously until later in life when I wrote a short story and submitted it. Even though it was rejected, I was inspired to keep going.

Ooh, could have been talking to a famous actress instead 😉 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I know many authors like to write with music playing, but for me, I need it to be as quiet as possible. Not completely dead silent, but not noisy either. Music and television distract me. I end up dancing around my living room if music is playing. Lol

Otherwise, my routine is to have my laptop, a bottle of water, and my dictionary, thesaurus, and Emotional Thesaurus nearby and I can write all day.

Hehe, I have a similar problem, people laugh when I tell them I have to have ‘just in the middle’ tv, not too bad, but too good as then I get caught up in it! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write erotica and erotic romance, or erotica with romance. What drew me to it was the challenge of writing it and writing it well. Many people say writing is easy, and I guess it really is, but writing well, developing three dimensional characters, describing the setting, and having a plot that flows are all hard things to do. Writing a sex scene, and writing it well, is even more difficult. I like that challenge. I love being absorbed in the process of writing.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

When I first started writing seriously, author Shelli Stevens was a big inspiration for me. I read everything of hers.

There’s also author Eden Baylee. I love her work especially her latest mysteries/thrillers such as Stranger at Sunset, A Snake in Paradise, and Seal of a Monk.

Of course, classic authors like Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Oh, I do love some classic literature – am a huge Austenite 🙂 What five things could you never do without?

1) My cat, Cecil (or any of the cats, really) 2) Chocolate 3) My laptop 4) Electricity. How else am I going to charge my laptop? 5) Pen and paper (that counts as one, right?)

Of course, I think they have to be included together 😉 So, tell us a bit about your new release.

Number 69 is an erotic romance and it’s about how Melodie meets the mysterious man holding the remote to her vibrating panties.

Wow, okay, that definitely brings some interesting scenarios to mind! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

When a fellow author entered her short story into a contest, one of the prizes was a pair of vibrating panties. That got me asking myself all sorts of “What if” questions such as, what if they had a remote control? What if someone else had the remote? And so on.

It’s certainly an… intriguing concept 😉 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved envisioning the hotel where the match making party takes place. Mentally walking through it and seeing what my character was seeing was a lot of fun.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

The ending. I always have a hard time with endings.

Me too – I hate saying having to wave goodbye to my characters. Speaking of which, who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

This is a bit unorthodox, but my favorite character in the book is Cecil, the cat. Yes, I put my cat in the book. He’s in the first chapter, so, of course, he’s my favorite character.

Aww, so you’re now going to have a famous kitty as well! So, sum up for us – why should we run out and buy it right now?

Number 69 is a fun read and I think it has delightful characters (especially Cecil – lol). It’s not your typical erotic romance. Also, like I mentioned before, my book royalties for this month are being donated to help kitties. So, if you buy the book, you’re helping me help kitties to live happier and healthier lives.

So, a fun, erotic adventure and you’re helping save cat lives. I think I’m sold 🙂 Thanks so much for joining us today.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed chatting to Casey as much as I have, and if you want to get hold of her new release, Number 69, (and don’t forget it’s helping Alley Cat Allies charity) then read on for the details 🙂

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A matchmaking party was not Melodie’s idea of fun, and wearing vibrating panties was just plain weird. Or was it?

Should she go to the party? After all, she just might meet Mr. Right. And if he doesn’t show, she has the vibrating panties to keep things interesting.


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