Welcome to the Belmont Hotel

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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

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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.

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/22gFPjV

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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

http://meganhart.com/

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Romance on a Budget

 

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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!

 

Release Day!

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Today’s the exciting day! In His Bed is now live for ebook download. This story is a fun, sassy, sexy story that’s sure get your blood pumping and your thighs shaking. Colin Marshal is a twenty-three year old cop who’s come home from college to find his mom’s best friend is as hot and curvy as the day he’d left. His desire is in overdrive and he must have her in his bed at all costs. Lea Covington is about to turn forty and ready to enjoy her success. After a bitter divorce she’s done dating men who fail to send fireworks shooting from the bedroom. When she sees Colin again her sexual heat blisters her forbidden thoughts as she imagines her legs wrapped around his broad shoulders. The thought could ruin a dear friendship. With Colin’s dominant advances she’s getting worked up and finding it harder and harder not to give into a night of passion they both want. Come take a peek at this new book in the Taboo: Forbidden Fantasy Series. Only $.99! Kiss level: kiss levelkiss levelkiss level

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Please Welcome Amy Lane

Today on the monthly author spotlight I’m welcoming the amazingly talented Amy Lane. Her books have changed the face of gay romance with richly developed characters and emotional plots. I’ve read many books in this genre and Amy’s books have always pulled at my heart and stayed with me long after the last page. I’ll be discussing a few of my favorite titles and how the characters are built on a platform of hurt to triumph in the arms of the men they love.

TRUTH IN THE DARK’s striking cover pulled me in the moment I saw the colorful palate and a lion looming in the background. Like many of Amy’s novels, this book slowly builds, letting the reader get to know the heroes and invest in a personal relationship. The concept was fresh and exciting. This wasn’t a shifter romance. This book was about the soul and how we view beauty. In the dark both heroes are sensual, their bodies perfect for each other. In the light, Knife endures physical challenges. Aerie has been cursed to walk the earth as a beast. Together they find love through experiencing sexual and emotional ties. The book used the senses other than sight to place the reader in middle of this passionate affair.

I followed TRUTH IN THE DARK with SIDECAR. Oh, be still my heart. The plot was spot on romance and in Amy Lane fashion the sexual tension slowly builds so when the love and attraction is revealed you’re on the edge of your seat. What starts as a mentor giving his charge the basics to survive and comfort from loneliness develops into a loving relationship. While one hero struggles with his feelings, the other grows from a teenager to an adult. They find love overcomes all barriers at the right moment. This story made me cry and cheer for the heroes I dearly loved.

I knew CHASE IN SHADOW was going to be a dark and deeply emotional romance, but the journey I took while reading about this broken, loving hero made my heart ache for this young man. I don’t want to reveal too much about this book because the plot is so moving and the hero has to fight all odds to have a healthy life. Love can heal many things and CHASE IN SHADOW proves it’s possible.

When I saw the cover for BEHIND THE CURTAIN I was instantly drawn to the simple, yet elegant, artwork. I really like these types of covers because I know they are going to be character driven and this book didn’t disappoint. A young dancer dedicated to his craft, even at the risk of destroying his health finds love in the arms of a stage hand who is willing to show him life can be more than pushing through what doesn’t make us happy. There is some suspense and that makes for an exciting anticipation as one hero risks everything to be with the man he loves. This plot was touching, while the characters were well thought out. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

I’ve read many more of Amy’s books and know that whenever I purchase a title I’m guaranteed to shed tears and burst into laughter. There are plenty of “awe…” moments. Amy writes gay romance for any reader to enjoy. The romance is sensual and builds into a wonderfully endearing connection between the author and the reader. I highly recommend Amy Lane for a lasting placement on your go-to book shelf for quality writing.

Now, let’s have a little fun. Amy was kind enough to let me pick her brain! Take a look…

  1. What is your favorite drink while you’re writing? Iced coffee, sugar free vanilla, kiddie-pool size.
  2. Which song most inspires you to write? Bleed it Out, by LInkin Park
  3. Movies or TV shows?  Either one– as long as it’s fiction. Reality shows make me hurl.
  4. New York or Mississippi? New York
  5. Shifters or Vamps?  A big happy preternatural apartment complex for the terminally furry, the fey, and the undead. (Seriously– that’s my Little Goddess series. I hate making choices.)
  6. What is your favorite Contemporary book right now? Fish Stick Fridays —by Rhys Ford
  7. Stranded on a tropical island…who is there with you? My Mate.
  8. Okay…I need you to elaborate on this one because I’m dying to know the answer! What drives you to write such broken heroes?  Hmm… My own imperfections? The times in my life when I’ve made wrong choice after wrong choice, sometimes from the best of reasons. Teaching for eighteen years and seeing kids fuck up a thousand times worse than I ever had–and wanting something good for them, even after all of that. Maybe a combination of all of it–I’ve realized that some of the greatest people I’ve known have been broken and overcome. I want them to have stories.
  9. Fried or grilled chicken?  Saute`d
  10. Introvert or Extrovert?  Introvert who does good in crowds. As long as I have my introvert time, I’m just fine. Otherwise, I get growly and weepy and whiny and bitchy and some of the other less attractive dwarves.

Extra bonus question!

What is your current WIP?  Fish Out of Water — I”m trying action adventure this time, with a murder mystery thrown in. It’s scary. So many people do a better job than I do!

 

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Author Spotlight Posts for 2016

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Are you ready to get to know my favorite authors? Here’s your chance! 2016 is the year I share some of the books that made an impact on my life and fueled the excitement for my writing career. I’ll be discussing the author’s writing style and break down the titles that I enjoyed. Each author was gracious enough to take the time to answer a list of questions I thought the reader would enjoy reading. These posts will give insight from not only a readers thoughts, but from a fellow writer as well. 

Here’s the line up:

January 19th Amy Lane

February 16th Megan Hart

March 15th Christa Wick

April 19th Kate Pearce

May 24th Jan Irving

June 21st Angela Verdenius

July 19th Bonnie Dee

August 23rd Kele Moon

September 20th JA Rock

October 25th Lissa Matthews

November 22nd-to be announced