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An Excerpt from Bull’s Whip

Bull Raleigh doesn’t do twinks, so why can’t he stop thinking about Jamie even while he’s pushing him away.

Here is an excerpt from the fourth novel in the Indiscreet Series, Bull’s Whip:

So, he spent the next week working hard and trying to talk to make friends with Bull. He’d meet him in the kitchen getting coffee and he’d say, “Good morning, Master Bull,” All he’d get for his trouble was a grunt.

He went to Bull’s office and attempted conversation. “Reed and Bear want me to keep track of expenses; could you give me your expense report for the outside training? I’m going to need it for the monthly report?” Then he waited at Bull’s office door, leaning provocatively against the frame. Looking around he saw that Bull’s office was as austere as Bull himself. Nothing was out of place and it was all minimalist.

“Yeah, here.” Bull shoved the report at him and then closed his door.

He tried being helpful knocking on his door Jamie asked, “I’m going to the kitchen to get some coffee and a scone. Sir, would you like me to bring some coffee back for you?” He asked in a bright, cheery tone, smiling broadly at the thought of being able to do something for his man.

“No, if I want coffee I’ll get my own.” Bull said snappishly; then he walked out of his door and down to the kitchen pointedly ignoring Jamie.

He tried flirting. “I’m leaving to spend some time at the bar tonight. I’m looking to do a scene, are you interested; or we could have a drink and get to know each other?” He stood in front of Bull wearing little more than a loin cloth, his armband showing.

“I’m busy tonight. I have a scene set up with Masato.” Bull said. Jamie thought that Bull took great satisfaction in telling him he was busy.

“Maybe next time,” Jamie said, leaving the office.

As he walked down the hall he heard Bull say, “Not if I can help it.”

Damn, he was doing Masato. Masato was a Eurasian who was beautiful to look at. He eyes slanted slightly and his skin was golden. Masato was handsome in the masculine way Jamie knew he was not. Masato was also built. He looked like he could take anything Bull dished out, not like his own small frame which looked delicate but was wiry and very strong.

The next day in frustration, Jamie asked Bull, “Did I ever do or say something to offend you? Every time I speak to you, you barely answer me and you look at me like I’m shit on your shoe.”

Bull answered in a blunt and forceful manner, “I don’t like twinks.” He got up from behind his desk and loomed menacingly over Jamie.

Jamie answered in disgust, “I’m not a twink. If you took the time to get to know me, you’d know that the way I look has nothing to do with who I am inside.” He dared to step into Bull’s space….

Happy Holidays everyone and have a healthy and happy New Year.

Holiday Season – Here We Come

Wishing everyone the best holidays ever! I hope you had a Happy Chanukah—or, as we said this year, Happy ThanksgivukkahMerry ChristmasHappy Winter Solstice! Joyous Kwanzaa! Happy New Year! Sending you the best regards as you’re gearing up to celebrate!

During this hectic time, how do you relax from all the shopping, decorating, baking and other seasonal activities? I hope you get the chance to kick back with a good book, the hot beverage of your choice and a gingerbread goodie or three. Here’s are two suggestions for fun reads when you do get a chance to relax—a sexy trilogy and a classic Christmas story.

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In each of the three sensuous contemporary Teach Him Tonight romances, a determined woman provides an essential lesson in love to a deserving guy. This often includes cool, delicious chocolate and hot, sweaty sex: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BOX5YEO

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Photo Finish:  Ambitious attorney Cassandra Harrell is primed to battle her hot, hunky opposing counsel Alex DeLuca—a.k.a. Alexander the Great—in the courtroom. Though she fantasizes about getting him into her bedroom, she’s determined to avoid this bad boy distraction and focus on her career.

Alex spots the author photo on the back cover of a steamy romance and recognizes Cassandra. Who knew the desirable but icy lawyer had such a fascinating sensuous side? When he teases her about the book at a deposition, she furiously denies any connection.

Her sister wrote the book and, for a prank, used Cassandra’s photo. Outraged at Alex for embarrassing her in front of clients, Cassandra plots a revenge lesson. This teacher comes out on top until her student raises the stakes—and the heat.

After Class: K.C. Corrigan’s book hit all the major best-seller lists. To celebrate this sweet victory, she contacts Todd Marek, the sexy teacher whose writing class she flunked. To her chagrin, he turns her down.

Todd considered K.C. a hot, talented writer—except she put too much romance in her writing. They disagreed, he failed her and she went on to huge success. Now he wants to distance himself from her. To keep his job, however, Todd has to convince K.C. to sign with the school’s agent. Todd’s not big on groveling.

Now that she’s successful, K.C. has lots of new “friends”. She doesn’t need aggro from the teacher who flunked her—and who also keeps showing up in her hottest fantasies. Much as she’d love to teach the teacher lessons in romance, Todd’s the slowest of learners—at first.

Happy Reading and Happiest of Holidays!

Overjoyed

Overjoyed
Written By: Tracey H. Kitts – Dec• 11•13

I always knew what that word meant, in a technical sense. However, until recently, I never truly “felt” overjoyed before. I’ve experienced happiness, but this goes so far beyond that.

Lately, I have been so excited as 4 of my books climb the charts over at Amazon. I’m not posting this to brag, but to share how I’m feeling right now. It seems that a lot of other writers get angry when they see someone posting about book ratings or good reviews. I think they are missing the point. Being happy for someone else when they succeed is the very best way to assure your own success.

Most people do not share their “wins” to be jerks. They are just thrilled that something good has happened to them. As I watch those numbers climb higher and higher, I don’t want to rub it in anyone’s face. Here’s an example of what’s going through my head.

“I can pay my bills now!”

“So, THIS is what it feels like to make real money doing what you love!.”

“Oh, my GOD. People are actually reading my work and “getting” me.”

“This is amazing!”

“I feel like a real author now.”

There are not words to express how happy I am. That is what being overjoyed feels like. Not only are my book’s rankings improving, so is my author ranking. Right now I’m in the top 100 in Horror and Paranormal Romance. That is freaking amazing! As far as I know those are two of the hardest categories to break into, simply because there is so much horror and paranormal romance out there. LOL

I’m positively giddy right now. I am watching my dreams come to life one day at a time. I wish I had the words to let you know how that feels.

Say What Needs To be Said

No rants this month LOL I’m too tired of trying to be politically correct or smooth someone’s ruffled feathers to go off about anything. I am trying to be patient, Really! I am trying HARD not to loose my temper. But for goodness sake can we all just take a freaking chill pill?! Granted, there is a lot going on in the world- Aaron Rodgers got hurt, Rick Harrison got married and Lady GaGa got naked on stage…ahem…But it’s not the end of the world!

Yes Obamacare has turned out to be a total pain in the ass. Yes the federal government closing it’s doors for several days because they couldn’t pay the light bill sucks. And yes like everyone else I am having to make money go a lot farther than it ever has before. But these are the facts. These are things we can’t change but need to work around.

Get a grip. Move on. Smile and hug your kids!

It makes no sense at all to scream and hollar about a publisher refusing to take your 200k word epic (you should have checked the specs before you submitted the thing). There is no logic in verbally assaulting the young lady at the clothing store because your coupon doesn’t work on THAT sweater (check the fine print on all coupons before you try and use one). And there is simply no excuse for treating another human being with disrespect or disdain simply because they exist and happen to be irritating you at the moment.

Ask a question – get an answer.
Give your opinion but remember the person you are talking to may not agree with you.
Take a stand but realize that your line in the sand is YOUR line not theirs.

I’ll stop short of saying something stupid like “can’t we all just get along” and instead say this: say what needs to be said then shut the hell up!

Shoot! I guess I wasn’t too tired for a rant. LOL

TTFN

New Release Dancing

Okay, so I’m dancing because I have a new release, but the new release also involves dancing.

In August 2012, Pink Petal Books (now Jupiter Gardens Ignite; same company, different name) published my M/M contemporary novella Dancing Away, about ballet dancer Merit Hartwick’s encounter with Cole Dellany, his high school crush–and bully. Cole has tracked Merit down to apologize for an incident ten years earlier, on their prom night, and to confess that he’s loved Merit since ninth grade.

Dancing Away was a sequel to an M/F contemporary novella about two West Coast Swing dance instructors, Erin and Stefan, who fall for each other as Erin is attempting to finally move on from the death of her former competition dance partner. You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This was released in early 2011.

Now I’ve continued Merit and Cole’s story in a new novella that’s a direct sequel to Dancing Away. Although the two men are in love, they’re having trouble adjusting to their new relationship, especially since Cole also has to adjust to moving from his small hometown to the city where Merit lives. Merit’s schedule with the ballet troupe in which he’s a principal dancer, along with his side job teaching dance, take more time away from Cole than Cole can handle. They have to redefine their relationship or decide whether it’s even worth the trouble.

With My Heart will release November 14 from Jupiter Gardens. (As of this writing, I don’t yet have cover art to share.)

And the holiday season begins…

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for the annual holiday blitz to begin. Every store will be playing carols. The television will bombard us all with commercials for the latest “it” toy. Frantic shopping will ensue.

Can you tell I’m a complete Grinch?

As much as I love Halloween, and Thanksgiving, I’m not a fan of the Christmas hoopla. I see commercialism and frustration where others see joy and magic. I hate the pressure to find the “perfect” gift.

You would think, then, that I’d also hate holiday stories and movies, but nope. I love them! Every year, I stock up on Christmas, Hanukkah, and Solstice themed gay romances. I gleefully view the animated versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as many times as I can. I’ve even written a couple of Christmas-themed stories. One, Lessons Learned, Wishes Earned, is available at Dreamspinner Press.

The other will be released by Loose Id early in December. It’s a re-release (formerly titled Fantasies: Christmas) called Fantasies: Strings Attached. I’m excited to be able to share the cover now. For readers like me, who love holiday stories but hate the cold, it takes place in Hawaii. 🙂

How not to alienate the reader with too much overt history (Research part 4)

You’re an author. You’ve done all this fabulous research, you can see the era clearly in your mind and you’re writing like billy-oh. Here’s a big note of caution. Don’t show off to the readers. They’re here for the romance or adventure, the heart of the story, to be thrilled and saddened and get the satisfying ending they want. They don’t want to be bored or annoyed en route by you giving paragraphs of exposition about why people in the past did something or other. If they’re that interested they’ll go and find out for themselves. You wouldn’t explain why 21st century characters use an ipod, would you?

So, the sort of thing to avoid is:

Clarence had to hurry over the fields to get home to dress for dinner. Meal times were special occasions in a Victorian household and eating started with making sure that you were properly dressed for the event. While you could dress down slightly for meals at home, any outside dining event that took place after six o’clock was automatically a formal occasion. Ladies would have changed several times during the day and were expected to turn out for dinner wearing low-necked gowns, if such was the fashion, with short sleeves and gloves. Married woman opted for satin or silk while the unattached arrived in muslins or chiffon. Men always wore dark broadcloth and ‘fine linen.’

I’m bored with that already and I wrote the wretched thing. If you think your readers won’t get the whole ‘dressing for dinner tradition’, then you could include something about it, but make it light:

Clarence hurried home over the fields. There would barely be time for him to change, but he didn’t dare risk his mother’s wrath by turning up for dinner in his tweeds; he’d never be allowed to forget bringing such disgrace upon her table.

Another thing to avoid is introducing actual historical characters just for the sake of it, especially when their only function is for your hero to say “I met Oscar Wilde in the street yesterday. He didn’t look well.” And thereby establish himself as a Victorian man about town. There’s an award winning series of books, absolutely brilliant, where a couple of times just such a scene is included and it really creates a jarring, contrived note amongst a beautifully believable and realistic text. You can always get your characters to refer to well known people – all of us talk about celebrities or politicians around the dinner table or over the photocopier. Just make it natural and it’s got a chance of working.

“My wife says this country will never come to anything until we’ve got Winston Churchill out of office,” sounds much better than “I see they’ve elected Winston Churchill.”

The other reason you really don’t want too much historical information is that it would put you right off your historical leading man. He wouldn’t have used deodorant or shower gel, chances are he’d have had bad breath and dodgy teeth and what really went on below those lovely tight Edwardian breeches doesn’t perhaps bear thinking about. Can you imagine it?

Portsmouth 1804

Lieutenant Addison cradled his lover’s head, gently pulling the nit comb through his locks. “Look at this one, George. I’ve caught an absolute beauty, here…”

So what does the writer do? I’d say just don’t mention it. No gruesome details, but equally no flowery descriptions of how fragrant Lieutenant Addison smells as he steps off the Bellerophon after four months of blockading the French fleet. Maybe a subtle mention of how good he feels when he does get to take a bath ashore will imply the true state of affairs and not put off either his love interest or the reader.

Oh, and avoid making the language too realistically archaic. (Please avoid too many thees and thous and methinks as they’ll put the readers off and sound pretentious.) Subtle sprinklings all the way.

I need some Halloween mojo!

Six days until Halloween. There are palm trees outside my window and it’s 16 degrees out (that’s Celsius – I’ve lived in the states for 7 years now, and screw it, I’m going back to metric – it makes more sense!) Ever since moving to the US (Florida first, now California) I’ve had a lot of trouble getting into the fall/winter seasonal events like Halloween and Christmas. To me, Halloween is heralded by leaves changing colour, and then a crazy cold snap the day before trick-or-treating, requiring you to destroy your perfect costume by adding a bulky coat and/or snow pants. Christmas should involve snow and the potential for frostbite. Yet here, the time goes by in a season-less haze.

Aside from the occasional party, as an adult, I’ve never done much for Halloween. Usually the hubby and I go to a movie because I completely have no patience for handing out candy. But, I enjoy everything that goes with Halloween. I love scary movies, I love reading and writing paranormal books. And I was just taking a look at my “ideas” folder. Apparently my muse wants me to start writing some darker stuff, because here’s a sample:

Possible cannibalism
Ghost army
Dead body in passenger seat
Halloween Horror Nights (yes, standing in line at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights sparked an idea, one that I really, really like)
Dead body in cabinet
Futuristic slavery war
2 different ghost stories

And yeah, sure, there’s also the more innocuous files labelled “penis euphemisms,” “Christmas novella,” and “a cat named Bob Marley.” You’ll see Bob Marley in my upcoming release, as a matter of fact, in Pen Name – Doctor Chicken from Dreamspinner Press. So, I eventually get around to using my idea lists in books, but yeah, right now, the majority are dark, dark ideas.

Of course, ideally I’d like to write a Christmas novella or a dark, scary story when the environment around me supports that. I guess most authors end up writing their Christmas stories in June or something, and have to fake it. I do love living in California, but there’s something inspiring about the fall and winter that I feel I’ve lost. Damn you, California sunshine!

Any suggestions about how to get inspired for writing Christmas sweet or dark and scary books when in the land of perpetual sunshine? I mean, it barely even rains here!

Sins of Lust Rainbow Award Finalist

I don’t usually enter book contests but I always submit a book or two for the annual Rainbow Awards. It’s a contest highlighting GLBT books – and the competition is fierce. So I’m excited that Sins of Lust is a Rainbow Award finalist in the Gay Paranormal category. It means my book scored at least 36 out of 40 points. Last Chance won in the same category a few years back, and it’s nice to get another nod. Especially for Sins of Lust…since it’s a book of my heart. One I had to write.

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea – it has many fantasy elements, an elaborate world and exotic storyline…it’s a fantasy, mystery as well as a romance. And, I touch on subjects that might be uncomfortable for some readers. One judge remarked that it had a marvelous setting and unique plot. Too unique, perhaps, but I had so much fun developing the world. I’m glad I wrote wrote Uri-el and Razi-el’s story and hope readers enjoy their journey towards their their happily ever after.

Thou shall not kill.

For archangel Razi-el, he had no choice. He would break God’s commandment again if it were to save Uri-el from a demon’s talons. Yet even God’s most trusted archangel cannot avoid punishment. No longer Razi-el, he is now Izar, a Protector sworn to kill for the angels.

When a Protector kills an angel, Izar is summoned to work alongside Uri-el to capture the killer. Izar is shocked when his bloodlust spikes hot for the archangel. He knows better than to go after forbidden fruit. Refusing to give in to temptation, he ignores his body’s tempestuous arousal for Uri-el until a heated argument turns his blood into molten lust.

As they rush to find the killer, their passion plays into the demon’s plan. Izar will have to make a choice between life and death if he is to save Uri-el again.

Excerpt  and info

Love and Peace!

Viki Lyn

Viki Lyn: Award winning author of male/male paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

Pride will be the death of him.

When psychic Nate Coleman dreams of a murder, he knows it’s a premonition. He can’t forget the image of his ex-lover with a bullet hole through his chest. Nate has no choice but to confront William and face the skeptical scientist’s ridicule.

Dr. William Ryner doesn’t believe in what he can’t prove. When Nate comes back into his life, it’s not to rekindle their love, but to bring up more of that mumbo jumbo that split them apart.

Despite William’s refusal to listen, Nate can’t ignore the premonition. And, William can’t ignore Nate. Before the gunman strikes, William must either trust in Nate’s ability or rely only on the facts, but if he does the latter, pride could be the death of him.

10 best things to do when you visit a new city

UK’s Female First online magazine offered my the opportunity to help them celebrate their 1oth anniversary. The challenge, come up with something that has to do with the number 10. Since I travel often, I decided to focus on that. Here’s what I came up with:

1. Use social media before you leave. You might be surprised to find a friend who lives there or will be visiting at the same time.

2. Find the used and rare books bookstore. Supporting independent booksellers.

3. Visit historical sites. Learn!

4. Ask the locals where to get the best lunch. Best food, best price.

5. Take that lunch–or the book you bought–to a local park. People watching is always the best entertainment.

6. Takes snaps of random things. You’ll best surprised how fun they are to show friends.

7. Hunt down resale shops. Better than a tourist shops, you’ll get unique items that reflect the city.

8. Check the newspaper for book signing, literary readings, free festivals, or concerts.

9. Check the library for events. A great way to meet authors and hear them read.

10. Check museums for films. Many museums run film festivals featuring the best in foreign films.