Spring Fling 2016 Review


I attended Spring Fling on May 20-21st in a suburb of Chicago, Schaumburg, which was a lovely area outside the hustle and bustle of the busy Windy City. This particular convention was designed for the writer and industry people, however we are all fans first so it was an enjoyable experience meeting other writers and discovering new authors with titles that sparked my interest.


The Hyatt Regency was the perfect location for this event. The hotel was easy to navigate in order to find the sessions and get back to the room in a timely manner. The room was well appointed and the staff friendly and helpful. The coffee shop was a staple for all the authors and had great little nooks to sit and collect your thoughts. We were served buffet style for lunch and dinner and the final gala event on Saturday night was a plated dinner. The food was fabulous and it was fun sitting at the tables and meeting new people. Everyone was friendly and welcoming with energized discussions about our personal lives and current projects.

I have to admit, the two days were exhausting. Non stop on the go and plugging away at informational sessions was insightful, but at times also overwhelming. On Saturday night I bypassed the gala dinner and dancing for a quiet night in the room with a pizza. I have to thank my good friend Lissa Matthews for talking with me and letting me vent about all the information I had collected. 

Now, onto the carnival of events that whizzed by, filling my brain with wonderful information I’ve already implemented into my new projects and selling techniques on the Amazon powerhouse.

I opted not to pitch to the agents and editors attending from Harlequin, Sourcebooks, Berkley, Penguin Random House, and Entangled. However, I had a grand time letting other writers practice their pitches with me and giving them support as they fought the overwhelming nervous jitters as they prepared to talk with the trad pubs. I also attended a critique session at a round table discussion. That was an eye opening experience. I was proud of myself because I had true insight and something to contribute to the group. I found out I know more than I thought about this business and the craft of writing. I have my mentors to thank for help along this journey. 

I’ll break down the sessions I attended and give a brief statement as to my experience.

Risky Business: Driving Your Career Off the Beaten Path (Jenny Trout): I loved this session. It was one of my favorites. She encouraged us to find new avenues for creativity by taking the leap to change a stale brand and write what inspires because it can lead to great things. This was perfect for me because I followed my heart a couple of months ago and decided to go for broke and exclusively write MM erotic romance. I changed my brand and came out of the box swinging and it paid off. Ms. Trout was entertaining and I left the room energized.

The Art and Science of Writing Deep POV (Jeanette Grey): The handout we received was simple and easy to follow. The information was on point and put writing deep pov into an easy to understand formula. Ms. Grey also touched base on ways to invoke your character and warned against the emotions writing well crafted deep pov can play with the author’s psych. She left plenty of time for questions and discussion. I would highly recommend authors at any level take a course like this. 

How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon (Penny Sansevieri): Holy goodness! This session was incredibly valuable. I, literally, sat in the session on my phone and toyed in KDP and within two hours noticed a rise in my Amazon ranks for one of my books. Keywords, my friends, are the “key” to success. I read the first edition of the book, the same title as the session, a couple of years ago and have now downloaded the updated version. This book is loaded with information of how to ride the Amazon algorithms and keep up with the every changing waves of the virtual book store. Book Link

Plotting Through Characterization (Briana MacPerry): This was a wonderful class and Ms. MacPerry led a meditation session at the end. She combined The Hero’s Journey with building solid character traits to move the plot forward. The only draw back to this session was that she wouldn’t give the presentation hand out unless the attendee signed up for her mailing list. When I went to her website, you have to sign up for classes in order to get the slides from the presentation. I didn’t think that was appropriate considering we had already paid the $250 to attend the sessions in the first place. Other than that, it was an enjoyable class.

New Adult: Is it Just YA with More Sex? (Anne Marie Ortega and Kimberly Sullivan): I had fun in this presentation. It was open discussion and the handout was easy to follow and summed up the basic criteria to be slotted in the New Adult genre. Personally, I love to read this genre and have a New Adult MM book coming out in October, so this class was very interesting. Ann Marie was charming and her book review site is a great place to find interesting New Adult titles. New Adult Book Reviews

As for Leveraging the ‘Social’ and the ‘Media’ in Social Media to Sell Books (Joanna Shupe and Sonali Dev): I didn’t get a solid base of information from this session. It was fairly disorganized and I have a bottom line…does the promo sell books? If not then ditch it. At the end of the class I raised my hand and asked the presenters if their adds on Facebook sold more books, the short answer was “No”. I added the benefit of Instagram and Tumblr for the younger audience. Again, I didn’t get much out of this one.

What Readers Want: Exploring “Diverse Books Don’t Sell” and Other Publishing Myths (large panel): Bottom line, finding books with multi cultural characters is difficult. Finding authors who write characters with diverse ethnic backgrounds is challenging and this panel encouraged authors to explore writing characters from multiple cultures.

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The author signing period lasted four hours and was fun. I purchased print books for my friends and co-workers to share. I also shared the swag I received in the welcome bag. 

I learned a great deal while attending this con and one theme was evident…FAN FIC IS HUGE! I’ve never written fan fiction nor do I care to dive into that realm, but Christina Lauren started the Beautiful Bastard series from Twilight fan fic and the series exploded. So, that might be an avenue some writers could explore for inspiration when their creative spark has fizzled.

Overall, I enjoyed this conference. While face paced, I learned a great deal and will attend in 2018. The price was affordable. The con was $250 and the room $246 for two nights. Total I spent was approximately $700. 

I started spring off with a bang and can’t wait to attend Spring Fling again. I look forward to meeting more new authors. If you have any questions about the information I received at any of the sessions, feel free to email me at paulineallanerotica@yahoo.com and I can send additional comments.





Exciting News!

Currently, my other publisher, Loose Id, holds the rights to the first book in the Hot Southern Nights Series. The title is GILDED LILY. I’m excited to announce that the rights to this book will be returned to me June 3, 2016. Currently, this book is priced at $7.99. This is a full length novel, but I understand that most people can’t, or don’t want to, pay this much for an ebook. I ask for your patience. On June 10th GILDED LILY will be only $1.99 for a limited time. The price will then increase to $2.99 where it will remain. I want everyone to be able to afford to read the books I release. The follow up, CLAIMING DANE, will release on June 21st. GILDED LILY is a BDSM, MM, bisexual menage. CLAIMING DANE is a MM erotic romance. The third book, EVE’S SEDUCTION, will release early 2017. That book will be a BDSM (focusing also on Domestic Discipline), MM, bisexual menage.

The link on Amazon to GILDED LILY is here if you’d like to take a look at the book.

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Adam’s ferocious sexual appetite for submission has left him frustrated and alone. He turns to the photo in his wallet. The woman’s full lips smile with laughter. The yellow sundress hugs her soft curves. The beautiful muse. His elusive flower.

Lily has a dark secret. A submissive without a Dominant, her life had derailed with grief, solitude, and rejection. Until a mysterious stranger’s erotic education led to unfathomable pleasure.

Tony knew Lily’s training would be his last attempt to escape the void in his life. An experienced Dom with the very nature of his control shaken, he has to run. There’s one last responsibility to take care of before he can leave. Lily, his once timid sub, is testing her boundaries and craves more. A love he can never give.

The new cover:


Tony’s story continues in CLAIMING DANE.

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Your summer is about to get hotter! Welcome to the Hot Southern Nights Series.


Your Room Is Ready


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Welcome to The Belmont Hotel where the staff is always here to please. The first installment in this sexy MM Erotic Romance short story series is ROOM SERVICE.

I like the bartender. Sexy, hot, ass looking fine in those blue slacks, Neil. I have forty-eight hours, one conference, and a private sauna. Time to order some room service.

Each story opens the keyhole and gives you a peek into a private, passionate, and sometimes explosive encounter between the guests and the eager-to-please staff.

The Belmont Hotel opens its doors on April 21st with ROOM SERVICE. Want a quick read while you’re kicking back in the lawn chair, burying your toes in the sand, or enjoying your coffee break at work? Open your mind, have a fresh pair of panties on hand, and relax because your room is ready!


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Welcome to the Belmont Hotel


I have exciting news! The BELMONT HOTEL is open for reservations. This MM/Gay erotic short story series is packed with heat guaranteed to make your thighs vibrate. Each book ranges from 8,000 to 10,000 words, so you can imagine the quick pace and sexy action that quickly fires up in these little tales. Each story has a happily ever now and reads as individual stand alone stories. From an escort who shacks up in the wrong room to an unexpected crush crashing a bachelor party, the naughty fun echoes off these luxury walls. The first release is ROOM SERVICE. What happens when a hot businessman checks in for a financial conference and the hunky bartender offers him more than a scotch on the rocks? Well, the sauna gets even hotter and the guys who are watching aren’t disappointed. So, get your room keys ready because you never know what’s going to happen at the BELMONT HOTEL!

Please Forgive The Mess



Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to say hello and read my posts. Please be patient as I am redesigning this site to make it more user friendly and packed full of exciting material. Thanks!

Savior: A Tattered Club Story Links

We’re sailing along! Best Seller in overall category and Best Seller in New Adult genre. I’m posting the buy links here. Book two: DAMAGED will release June 27th, 2016. That will be Ben and Luke’s story. Please remember, if you want to show an author some love…leave a review! I hope you enjoy the book.


Amazon: http://amzn.to/22gFPjV

ARe: http://bit.ly/1U9MAQe

BN: http://bit.ly/1WufZCc

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1XyBlhK



March 15th, 2016 Savior Release!

saviorteaser4I’m so proud to announce SAVIOR: A Tattered Club Story will release on March 15th, 2016. This is the first book in the Tattered Social Club Series and will have four books to follow. Damaged (Ben’s story) will be book two to release in November of this year. This series is near and dear to my heart and I hope you love it as much as I do. 

How Did I Get Here?


I remember the dust mostly, well, and the smell of stale books. Page upon pages of yellowed beige spines staring at me from the five shelves. Hardbacks scattered with old Harlequin paperbacks, how to weave the perfect macrame flower pot hangers to the mechanic’s guide to building an engine. At eighteen I had been venturing into antique stores for several years. My stepmom would drop me off at the local shop and leave me for a couple of hours to hunt for treasures, but it was always the musty smell that made me feel at home. I found comfort in connecting with the things people once owned, at one time, cared about.

On one particular day a certain book struck me. The dingy white spine didn’t fit in the collage of the other books. I tugged the book from the shelf and thought, why is this cover so simple? Who is O and why is his/her story so important as to write a book? I opened the hardcover and sniffed, as I did all the books, then pulled it from the row of titles. O was a woman and, after flipping through several pages, apparently very interesting. I flipped through the pages and quickly knew this was a book I had to read.

The summer of my eighteenth birthday was spent devouring the books that would forever shape my writing, I just didn’t know it at the time.

The books that followed, The Beauty Series by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) and Exit To Eden by Anne Rampling (Anne Rice) stunned and fascinated me. a1e5a50fddb3ba08f99b45d75b7ede5d 439c0a1111d84a9e343ef19c84a1da85Seeing a theme here people? The BDSM lifestyle intrigued me. The psychological impact on the practitioners was mesmerizing. Mostly, because I subconsciously related.

Edgar Allan Poe’s work, the darkly written romance of his torment, lulled me. I was the woman in the oval portrait, studying him behind the frame as he inhaled opium and dreamed. I was the man floating with the oblong box, carrying my beloved. To Ulalume a Ballad was graceful and Elysium Fields, beautiful.

The rain has always sparked my creative flowing thoughts while music has kept in time with the rhythm of my writing. Groups like Enigma, Nine Inch Nails, and The Cure are staples on my playlist alongside Banks, Madonna, Darling Daughter, Tori Amos, and FKA twigs. Music has been a driving force in my writing.

084728cff7521dc9da4fa475d4465471New Orleans has been a Mecca for me over the last eight years. The haunting beauty and rich history of the city has sparked many stories in my career. Many of my books are set in the South, hence one of my series, Hot Southern Nights. I live twelve hours away from the Crescent City, but have always made time for the pilgrimage to my beloved city. Every time I go, I find new corridors of lusty stories and interesting people.

Gilded Lily, was inspired by a BDSM exploration and its ties to many concepts of the Southern culture. My goal was to describe the lush landscape of such a unique area where it seems time as slowed and preserved history.

My life has been one creative process, ever evolving and changing. The influences that have carried me to this point have been steeped in romance, mystery, lust, and a little humor thrown in for good measure. My writing journal has been built in layers, each experience preparing me for the next adventure.

So, Yeah. She’s a Rockstar…Megan Hart!

Over the last two weeks I’ve chewed on idea after idea of what I wanted to say for this month’s Author Spotlight submission. I pulled all her books off the shelves in my office. Those heart crushing, lovely works by Megan Hart. I opened the closet and tugged those out too. Seventeen trade paperback books were scattered over the floor. I sat in the middle and stared. The proper thing to do, obviously, is to detail the novels and give my two cents as to why each book is wonderful. And then…and then I picked up the one. The book that started it all.


It was 2009 and I had come on shift at the hospital. A good friend and I had been sharing books for several months. She liked books with alpha males and I liked books with awkward love triangles. I recall my reaction when she set the book on the nurse’s station desk. The colors. The pale turquoise bleeding into slightly darker shadows of sea blue-green. The ocean was taking them. It was bleeding them, she holding on for life and he seemed to be content to take her under. The white elegant script. One word. A word that changed my view of romance forever. Deeper.

I devoured this novel. It exhausted me. Made my chest ache and my stomach hurt. My nerves frazzled with each turn of the page. Would she pick the tragic soul of her long lost love? Would she look to the reality of a stable future with a man who could offer a real life? I had to read. I sat in my car after work for an hour and continued to read. I read when I got home. I read while making dinner. I read. I read. Then I ran to Barnes and Noble and pulled the spines from the shelf and went deeper. I was content to drown in the melodically haunting words of Ms. Hart.

Broken let me know it was okay to be human. We are all broken and in that we are inherently lovely. You see, Ms. Hart’s books aren’t about a happily ever after. Oh no. They’re about standing beside your soul in front of a mirror. Squinting your eyes and wondering who is that mist? Then, with a curious wisdom, you slip it back inside and somehow feel different, more fractured, and in some way, more whole. Broken fractured me and Tempted made me feel whole.

I had written Gilded Lily in 2007, then it was titled Surrendering Lily. I had no intention of doing a damn thing with it. It was written as a way to cope with the grief over losing my beloved grandmother. I had read one erotic romance novel before I wrote that book, never had been interested in reading romance before that. After reading Deeper, I knew I was still that little nine year old girl who’d written the story about the neighbor woman who’d taken the soul of her best friend’s daughter because she’d lost her own daughter. It was a thriller my dad had been so excited to read.

I was still that nine year old young lady who could write. I was capable of telling a story.

It’s okay to be a writer. It’s okay to tell the difficult stories. Megan Hart, through her books, let me know I didn’t have to have an alpha male. I didn’t have to have a mated vampire falling for his long lost bride. I could write multiple contemporary genres and stand in front of that mirror and be proud of my soul because she told me I can write that story.

And I did.

I had the pleasure of meeting this rock god of the written word at RT in New Orleans several years ago. The privilege of talking with her was immense. She was kind, welcoming, and funny as hell. If any of you follow her on Facebook you know her quirky ways are endearing and fully entertaining. From her change of hair color to her witty Vine videos, she’s a true creative machine.

Her talent far expands romance. She delves into horror, suspense, and thrillers. Precious and Fragile Things stayed with me for months. I couldn’t read another book until my mind cleared of the images in my head. I follow her playlists for the books and that list tore me up. Hallelujah by Jason Manns. I’m playing that song right now and it gives me chills. I can still see that young man sitting at the kitchen table in that cabin. Her cutting his hair…and now I’m crying again.

This is what an author does. We transform your emotions. We take you to the brink, show you the edge, nudge  your toes to the cliff, then pull you back in and tuck you into bed. We tell you everything is going to be okay…until it’s not. We make no promises and promise to guide you through the darkness and celebrate when you walk into the light. But, we can’t promise that either. Hell, we can’t promise up isn’t down. Because in our world everything is possible. But, we can promise we will take you deeper, mend what has made you broken, keep you tempted to walk in the shadows, and praise you because you are made up of precious and fragile things.

Thank you, Megan Hart, for always answering my Facebook messages, talking to me when I met you, inspiring me to be proud that I’m a writer, allowing me to be brave when I tell my stories. You are a fucking rockstar!


Megan was nice enough to take the time to answer ten questions that I know you’ll enjoy!

  1. Do the seasons affect your creativity? no (I write all year long and though I like to take the summer “off” I don’t, really)
  2. Is there any day you refuse to write on? yes (my birthday)
  3. I know you love music. Which song is playing on repeat in your headphones? Keep Yourself Warm by Frightened Rabbit
  4. If you could to live anywhere in the world where would you choose? anywhere by the ocean
  5. Sexiest place to be found with a hot guy sporting a killer six pack? — dance floor
  6. Which of your books do you feel most connected to? — Tear You Apart
  7. 50 Shades of Grey or Story of O? — Neither
  8. Have you ever been ghost hunting? — not officially
  9. You’re stranded with Bradley Cooper. Where would you two be? — somewhere I could get someplace else, fast!
  10. Average time from concept to publication? — varies so widely, but generally a year or so


Bonus question!

What is your current work in progress? I’m about to start two interconnected books (romance with a mystery back story) for Montlake!

Leave a comment with your email address to register to win a free digital copy of your choice in Megan’s backlist!

Want to find this rockstar? Click on the links to get to know Ms. Hart.

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Kmsmz3

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Megan_Hart

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1PBiD6X

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1XuyuHk


AllRomanceebooks: http://bit.ly/246DfeG








Romance on a Budget




The day of love is quickly approaching. Valentine’s Day holds a special meaning in my heart because my wedding anniversary is on the 12th of February and we celebrate on the 14th. This romantic day doesn’t need to be filled with lavish vacations and expensive nights in a fancy hotel. There doesn’t need to be a wallet busting dinner to be followed by two dozen roses. Cupid is here to gently remind us that we need to slow down and take time for the ones we love. Today I’m suggesting ideas for an affordable, sexy, and fun day that will inspire couples to remember that romance can be experienced everyday without breaking the bank.

First, know your partner’s interests. If you’ve purchased flowers in the past and they sat on the counter to wilt with no attention then you can check that gift off the list. If your significant other is keeping to his/her New Year’s resolution and eating healthy, don’t sabotage their progress by stuffing a box of chocolates under their nose. Lingerie is nice, but let’s think outside the box.

These suggestions vary from free to $50. Intimacy is the goal for your special day. Two people, joined together, to take on the world. Activities to touch on this would be a cooking class scheduled for the evening. Does she like to dance? Salsa or swing dancing is popular and an evening holding each other and shimming to the groove is a perfect way to get the blood pumping for a sexy night. A murder-mystery dinner would be a great time. A night of wine and canvas would let you show your partner your creativity. Paint him a personalized picture while laughing and enjoying a lovely glass of wine. If you’re a beer or wine enthusiast maybe touring your local winery or brewery would be a nice suggestion then hit a little diner on the way home.

Love is free and so are the sexiest activities for Valentine’s Day. Remember the special tokens of devotion that make your partner feel extra special. Send sexy texts while your lover is at work. Drive him/her crazy with naughty talk and the occasional picture. Even sending a sweet smile showing you’re thinking about your partner is a great way to make the day special and built excitement for a romantic evening. For those of you who like to have fun, making a tent in the living room and having a movie night are cozy and cheap. Line up a couple of sexy movies like 9 1/2 weeks or 50 Shades of Grey to get the mood going.

I love a hot bubble bath. Taking a bath for two, if you have a large tub, can be relaxing and intimate. If your bath tub is made for a single person that can be perfect. Devote time to making your partner’s bath sensual and exciting. Light candles, play soft music, use olive oil or vitamin E oil to massage their shoulders and neck. Let them soak while you pamper them for twenty minutes. Making your partner feel special is the goal. Trade spots and let your partner give you the same romantic treatment then it’s off to bed.

Having a fun adventure at a flea market or antique store can be followed by a stop at your favorite coffee shop for a hot cup of Joe and share your favorite muffin. To explore the naughtier side of the holiday open your minds to exploring your fantasies. Try a blindfold and tease your partner with different sensations and they have to guess the item. You don’t have to pull out the flogger and crop to have a little fun with the BDSM concept. A loose necktie around the wrists never hurt anyone. If kissing and roaming your hands all over your partner’s body sounds like a great time, how about you do it in a semi-public place? Take your passion to the edge and keep your lover on her toes.

I hope you enjoy trying these ideas for a romantic and sexy Valentine’s Day while not breaking your wallet. This holiday doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on flowers that will wilt or lingerie that will only be worn for the five minutes it takes for your partner to rip it off your body. What’s better than a pretty bra and panties? Wait for your boyfriend or husband at the dining room table in your birthday suit! No matter which gift or exciting adventure you decide to have, make it intimate and a reminder that you two love each other more each day.

Happy hearts and kisses!