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A thirty-plus heroine and her real-life connections #MFRWAuthor #Giveaway

Caitlin Shanahan is a heroine in Seducing Cat (Meghan’s Playhouse Book One). She’s thirty-four. Our plot hinges on the fact that she’s finally given up on finding a man and has decided to purchase the house of her dreams—alone.

When this book was first released, more than one reader commented that thirty-four was way too young for any woman who wanted a partner to conclude it’s too late. Maybe that’s true – certainly the age of first marriage has risen in our culture, and lots of women choose to pursue careers into their mid-thirties or beyond before committing to a romantic partner.

Choosing to wait, though, is different from giving up hope, and this is where Cat finds herself. Is that realistic? Where does it come from? The book is a novella, so we didn’t fill much space with her backstory, other than to convey that her efforts to form relationships have been unsuccessful and painful. But one of us knows those experiences at a personal level – I was in my early thirties when my first husband announced he wanted a divorce.

Though I probably never ceased hoping for love at some level, I spent the next couple years believing it would never happen for me. It wasn’t a matter of wanting to avoid pain – I had simply come to the understanding that romantic love wasn’t in my future. I had started to explore buying a condo for myself when I met Mr. Kraft at the university where we were both teaching.

For now, I’ll spare you the details of the one-year-minus-one-day that transpired between our first date and our wedding, though snippets have turned up here and there in our stories. Finding love again later in life is a trope we love to re-visit in our fiction, and so far we haven’t set an upper age limit on who we might write. We have main characters in their sixties, and even secondary characters as old as their early seventies. Love – and hot sex, since we write erotic romance – are possible as long as we live and breathe. And huzzah for that!

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BLURB

What could college English Professor Caitlin Shanahan ever have in common with the brash carpenter Kurt Davis?  The sexy sprite Meghan Keenan, that’s what. 

Level headed English Professor Caitlin Shanahan has finally earned tenure and purchased the century-old two-story house of her dreams in the college town of Burntside, Wisconsin—at thirty-four, she’d better face facts: her future is teaching college and writing plays, not falling in love.  So why is she so drawn to foxy little hometown actress Meghan Keenan, who’s rented her upstairs apartment, or worse, to the girl’s gorgeous hunk of a lover Kurt Davis, a carpenter who’s never even been to college?

Twenty-year-old Meg has a plan. First she’ll seduce the reluctant professor, then she’ll share her sexual delights with both Cat and her brawny carpenter, and when she’s successfully brought them together, she can make her escape and explore what’s beyond the only town she’s ever lived in.

Kurt can’t stand the up-tight professor who’s hired him to build a gazebo and refurbish her old house—the house he wanted for himself. Even if Meg’s scheme succeeds, he knows Caitlin would never look at him twice.  No need to go there in his fantasies…

 

Guest H K Carlton: Dark Erotic Paranormal Romance and an Irish Castle @authorHKCarlton #MFRWAuthor #EroticRomance

It’s St. Patrick’s Day – the perfect time for a guest whose latest series involves an ancient castle in Ireland… Take it away, H K!

Thank you so much for having me today, Adriana Kraft! I’m delighted to be here and excited to share with your readers a bit about the re-release of The Lustful Possession series, new to eXtasy Books. These short stories have been re-edited and outfitted with some new artwork.

Bucking the Rules

~ H K Carlton

Imagine you are a publisher.

What would you think if one of your authors [me] pitched a dark erotic paranormal romance series. No wait, multi-generational saga. Sound good? On board so far?

Okay so what if the series starts out contemporary, then mid-way through takes a sudden medieval, time-travel twist, but then switches back to contemporary, then back to historical.

Am I losing you? Sort of like tennis match, right. Sore neck?

I rush on, excitedly sensing the “You can’t do that” to come—

Me: What if there are also m/f and m/m pairings? And m/m/m, f/f, and m/f/f encounters. That ticks the erotic boxes, right?

Publisher: But readers who read only m/f won’t appreciate the m/m content and m/m readers won’t tolerate the m/f components.

Me: But there are also readers like me, who just plain love to read and will read anything. No matter the genre, sub-genre or pairing(s).

Publisher: True… but… that really cuts down on your reader base.

I learned a long time ago, you can’t please everyone

Wringing  handstake a deep breath

Me: There might also … possibly be … borderline infidelity?

Publisher: Hard No! Cheating in a romance! No way, no how. There’s no such thing as borderline. You’ll lose your audience, for sure. Not to mention get some nasty comments on Goodreads and in reviews.

Me: Okay, so maybe it’s not “true romance” then. We’ll adjust the tags and genre categories, even put a warning along with the blurb. Perhaps it’s a dark erotic paranormal series/saga with romantic elements.

But seriously—I justify—can having sex with a ghost who has taken possession of your boyfriend’s body, technically be considered cheating? Especially when said boyfriend is also cavorting with a female ghost who has overtaken the girlfriend? Not cheating, in my book. — LOL! See what I did there—All bodies used in the sexual acts are still that of the boyfriend and girlfriend, how can that be infidelity?

Publisher: Splitting hairs.

Sheepishly, I continue—full disclosure

Me: Though… in the third instalment, The Fall of Cairnnon Castle, the lines really get blurred when there are brothers involved. Twin brothers, no less. Chiselled, rugged, Irishmen, fighting for the love of the same girl. And, um, this book sort of verges on horror, too.

Publisher: You’re pushing it. There are just way too many genres, sub-genres and pairings.

Me: Is this a bad time to mention the demons?

Publisher: Now let me get this straight. You are proposing a dark erotic paranormal romance, that isn’t a romance in the true sense, with a contemporary, historical, time-travel…

Me: Mhh-hmm, and U.S. and Irish settings.

Publisher: Dark, erotic, paranormal, contemporary, historical, time-travel, horror series, with m/f and m/m pairings, along with m/m/m, f/f and m/f/f encounters, which also incorporates demons, ghosts and supernatural possession, set in the U.S. and Ireland. Have I got that right?

Poised on the edge of my seat, I nod.

Me: Oh and cliff-hangers… nervous laughter…

Publisher: Is that all?

Me: Well, most of it.

Publisher: There’s more?

Me: Much more!

Publisher:  … … … … SILENCE … … … …

So, my virtual publisher, would you take a chance on this series?

I know it won’t appeal to everyone but it was a hoot to write.

Readers who enjoy variety: Welcome to the Lustful Possession Series… the haunting saga that breaks all the rules. Well, most of ’em, anyway. We hope you’ll join us for the ride… one more time.

Here is a quick rundown of the installments in reading order, along with the sub-genres and pairings, for each:

The Lustful Possession Series – Parts 1 thru 7, in order

Meet Me in the Dark

 

(m/f, paranormal, erotic, contemporary, ghosts, possession)

 

Crishtin Davenport and newbie paranormal investigator Josh Hewes are drawn into a heady web of desire when two overactive spirits take possession of their unwitting bodies, and use them at their whim.

 

 

 

Dark Foursome

 

(m/f, paranormal, erotic, contemporary, ghosts, possession)

 

A foursome takes on a whole new aspect when a fledgling couple comes face to face with the two randy spirits taking over their lives.

 

 

 

The Fall of Cairnnon Castle

(m/f, time-travel, Ireland, historical, paranormal, dark erotic, verging on horror)

A team of paranormal investigators descend on one of the most haunted castles in all of Ireland. One of the renowned international scientists—unearths the secret behind the evil that haunts Cairnnon Castle but before she can divulge her findings, the castle crumbles, trapping her and the elemental, within.

Meet the O’Cairnnon’s—A fate most do not survive.

And Coming Soon…

Rising From the Darkness

(m/m, paranormal, erotic, contemporary with an m/m/m encounter)

Dark Seed

(paranormal, erotic, contemporary, m/f story with m/m interaction)

Bending Darkness

(m/f, paranormal, erotic, time-travel, historical)

Dark Defeat

(paranormal, dark erotic, time-travel, historical, an m/f story with f/f and m/f/f interaction)

Follow The Lustful Possession Series at:

eXtasy Books

The first three books are available now

Universal Links

Meet Me in the Dark
Dark Foursome
The Fall of Cairnnon Castle

Pre-Order Book Four @eXtasy Books – Rising From the Darkness

+ 18 Excerpt from Meet Me in the Dark – Part One

Slowly, Crish came to the realization that Shelley’s spirit was no longer with her and now she hung in aching suspended need, right on the verge of climax with a ghost—a man long dead, balls deep inside her.

“Crishtin?” he panted, stilling. He sounded confused.

“Oh, god, Miles, don’t stop.” Crish couldn’t believe what she was asking, but the sensations he’d stoked in her were burning her alive. “Please!” she begged, working her own hips, encouraging him.

“You feel so good, Crishtin. I love your naked pussy. Skin against skin. Ahhh, I’ve never experienced anything so exquisite. I thought Shelley had shown me everything a man could possibly ever dream of. But this is beyond…”

His sentence was cut short when Crish pulled him down and planted her lips on his, shutting him up. She didn’t want to hear what he thought. She didn’t want to think at all. This whole experience was bizarre, and the only thing on her mind was mind-blowing bliss.

Blurb:

There’s nothing in the dark that isn’t there in the light…

Crishtin Davenport thought she was attending a simple Halloween event—a good scare to get the blood pumping. But instead she finds her pulse racing over one of the event’s organizers.

Josh Hewes loves nothing more than investigating paranormal activity, but after meeting Crishtin, the only thing he wants to explore is her.

However, getting to know one another takes an unexpected turn when some randy spirits get in on the act. Crish and Josh are inexplicably drawn into a heady web of desire and want nothing more than to possess each other. But they’re not the only ones.

Be careful what you invite in to play…

This series is a re-release

Warning: This collection of short stories contains m/f and m/m couplings and cliff-hangers. Instalments must be read in order.

Author Bio:

H K Carlton is a multi-published Canadian author of romance and its varied sub-genres. From naughty to nice, historical to contemporary, time travel to space travel, and everything in between.

Variety is creativity’s playground—It’s where you’ll find me.

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Protecting his Alien Mate, by Clare Dargin @clarechlochette #MFRWAuthor #MMRomance

Protecting His Alien Mate

Genre:

erotic alternative romance, aliens, mm, anal sex, consensual D/s, spanking, HEA, male pregnancy

Blurb:

Damian Shepard is no ordinary prison guard. He’s a Solarian, an alien race that sought refuge on Earth over a century ago. They live peacefully and anonymously among humanity and prefer to live in the towns they have founded. Because they live longer and are stronger than humans, they’ve created their own system of justice designed specifically to punish members of their race who have committed crimes.

Shunned by his family for being gay, all Fletcher Voglar wants is a happily-ever-after with a sexy man who loves him. But when he is wrongfully sent to prison by a corrupt official, Fletcher gives up his dreams of having a life filled with love and happiness. One day Damian stumbles upon Fletcher during a routine check of the prisoners where he works. Instantly he knows that the frail yet beautiful human is his destined mate. Finding a mate is one thing but when that perfect man turns out to be an inmate at the prison where he works, Damian’s world is turned upside down.

But when the opportunity arises to get his mate out of there, Damian jumps at it. The crooked Solarians who threw Fletcher in prison are now after Damian too, and they won’t stop until they’re both dead. Can Damian win Fletcher’s heart and clear their names or will their enemies kill them before Damian gets a chance?

Excerpt: 

“My little sub, on your knees,” Damian said.

In one graceful move, Fletcher obeyed.

“Take everything off, pet.”

Fletcher winked as he slowly undressed. “I don’t see why I bother to wear clothes around you, I end up taking them off anyway.”

“Silence, little mate,” Damian said.

“Why do I have to be quiet now? You seem to like the way I make noise in the bedroom.”

Damian chuckled. His little mate’s cheeky nature was cute and sweet but very naughty.

“You have now earned your first spanking,” Damian said.

Fletcher mouth hung open and his eyes were wide.

“Why so surprised? You knowingly defied me.”

“I didn’t think you were actually going to do anything.”

“You thought wrong.” Damian patted his lap. “Over my legs, ass up.”

Fletcher screwed his mouth into a crooked line.

“Do I need to repeat myself?” Damian asked in a stern, controlled voice.

Fletcher said rolling his eyes. “No, sir.”

“Then place yourself over my lap.”

Damian lifted his hands out of the way as Fletcher lay down over his thighs. It wasn’t graceful, but it got the job done. He had no doubt in time Fletcher would able to do it without fumbling around since Fletcher was a bit bratty.

“I want you to count. I believe ten swats will be sufficient punishment.”

“Yes, sir.”

Damian’s dick hardened. He closed his eyes and concentrated. This was all too exciting. Every inch of his dominant nature was being satisfied.

“You need to pick a safe word. It’s a code word to get me to stop if I take things too far.”

“Sir, I have the word I want,” Fletcher said.

“What is it?”

“Velvet.”

“Are you certain this is the word you want to use?” Damian asked amused. He expected the word red or something close to it. Leave it to Fletcher to choose such a gentle and soft word.

“Yes, I’m sure.”

“Then velvet it is.” Damian rubbed the globes of his ass with his large, calloused hands. Damian growled then exhaled a long breath.

“This is not meant to hurt you but to teach you a lesson. If this becomes too much, I want you to tell me. Do not say the word stop. Use your safe word.”

“Yes sir.” Fletcher said.

“Because of your brattiness, you will receive ten strikes. You will count them out, is that clear?”

“Yes, Master.”

“I am not a tyrant. Nevertheless, I am your Dominant so you will respect me as such.”

Damian placed one of his hands on the center of Fletcher’s back and ran his other hand over the twin pale globes situated right in front of him. Fletcher’s ass was perfectly rounded and curved. After one smack, as the imprint of his hand came up in a nice rosy tint, Fletcher hissed, then his dick sprung to life.

Buy Link:

 Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Protecting-Alien-Mate-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B079Q2PJ3D

Clare On The Web:

Blog: The Embraced: Scribal Love- http://theembraced.blogspot.com/?zx=fb4cdcc18de2ce75

Twitter: https://twitter.com/clarechlochette

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/claredargin

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