Storm Watch: Book Three in the Unfinished Business Series

Storm Watch: Book Three in the Unfinished Business Series
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

A New Erotic Short by Andrew Richardson: Eton Mess

Andrew Richardson is a writer with a considerable range. He can effortless go weaving a tale based on Celtic myth and legend, to supernatural horror, and contemporary erotica. I recently finished reading Eton Mess, a tasty little tidbit.

In the same vein as Art Class, Eton Mess is a sexy bowl of pudding and another of Andrew Richardson's imaginative erotic shorts.  He has a knack for characters that find love in all sorts of mundane places. Kerry-Jane is up to more of her tricks in Eton Mess, Andrew Richardson's new erotic fiction release from Keith Publications.  This story is in the same vein as Weekend Treat,  Bank Manager, and Art Class, which I featured here when each was published.  I love the British twist in these stories.

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To relax after a day’s work, Kerry-Jane and her friend Amy head for a local Greek restaurant. Their eyes at first are drawn to the twin waiters, then to the contents of the sweet trolley. Kerry-Jane and Amy enjoy flirting, and the friends soon dare each other to remove items of clothing for the waiters. Kerry-Jane is a little shy at first, but soon enjoys the experience as much as Amy and their audience. When one of the waiters makes a suggestion involving Amy’s favorite pudding, the friends are in no mood to decline. They soon find themselves enjoying the contents of the sweet trolley in a way Kerry-Jane could never have expected.

You’re going to do this, aren’t you?” 
“Too right.” Amy rummaged in her shoulder bag. “Here’s my camera for the proof.” She placed it on the table. “What we’ll do is flirt a bit –” 
“Well, me or we will let them think it’s their idea. God, fifty quid to take my skirt off for these two hunks.” She touched the blue material. “And all you can do is eye up the sweets.” 
“I like Eton mess.” 
“Yeah, so do I.” Amy’s eyes sparkled. 
“Have you ever had a bloke eat strawberries and cream off your tummy?” Kerry-Jane tutted. “I’ll bet you’re about to tell me you have.” 
“Yeah. I think their names were Eric and Adrian.” Kerry-Jane tried to disapprove, but could only imagine the cool cream against her stomach and eager tongues slipping over her bare flesh. She licked her lips while she looked at the Eton mess and imagined – 
“You’re thinking about it, aren’t you?” 
“No. I’m thinking about eating it, that’s all.” Amy’s brows rose. 
“Well, maybe a little…”

Tell us a bit more about this and the related shorts, Andrew.

Most of my stories include a cool brunette and her friend, a flightier blonde, and Eton Mess is no exception.  I wanted a change from putting the duo in the stressful situations of my usual horror stories, and to let them have some fun.  So, Kerry-Jane and Amy were born.  They are two PhD students studying archaeology in a fictional university in a town somewhere near London.  Most of my erotica centers around Kerry-Jane and her attempts to match Amy’s bravery, then gaining the confidence to outdo her friend.  I see Kerry-Jane as a ‘shy exhibitionist’ who always ends up overcoming that shyness.

So, I guess everyone can see where the excerpt is leading. Can't say too much more or I'll spoil the dessert.

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Author Bio

Andrew Richardson lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife, a cat, a lot of tropical fish, and his son who occasionally drops in during university holidays. He is within easy reach of Stonehenge and other historical places whose regal solitude provides a clear mind for working out plot difficulties and story ideas.

Most of Andrew’s work falls squarely into the horror/fantasy genre, but he also enjoys writing some erotica so his characters can have some fun for a change instead of being scared out of their wits. He has a dislike of laptops so adopts the old and quaint approach of typing with a desktop, which at least has a screen big enough to avoid the need to squint.

Andrew has a background in archaeology and has worked in several trenches. It’s not really a surprise that most of his work reflects this interest and experience, even if it’s as peripheral as his characters studying archaeology at university. When he’s not writing or working as a science administrator Andrew follows Aldershot TownFootball Club and takes long walks over rugged countryside. 



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sofie Darling On Her New Release: Three Lessons of Seduction

Welcome to Sophie Darling, celebrating the release of Three Lessons of Seduction: Book One in the Shadows and Silk Series

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Paris, September 1824
Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago. 
Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent. Even if the thought makes his blood boil.
Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slippingCan she trust the spy who broke her heart?

Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick. Now she has the chance to best him at his own game, an opportunity she can’t resist, even as her view of him begins to shift. Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband . . . 

It’s only a matter of time before mad passion ignites, a passion never convincingly extinguished. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart.

“Do you not understand how difficult it is to find a lady’s maid who speaks English in Paris? She is as rare as a Woolly Mammoth in London.”
“A Woolly Mammoth in London?” he asked with a confounded laugh.
“Given my involvement with The Progressive School for Young Ladies and the Education of Their Minds, I spend a good deal of time perusing London’s museums.
Nick cocked his head. “I would have thought finding you in a stuffy museum would be as rare as finding a Woolly Mammoth in London.”
“I enjoy it.” She sounded defensive. Drat. “And I happen to know that the Museum of Natural History in Paris has its very own Woolly Mammoth.”
In fact, she was disappointed to have missed it on this trip. But Nick needn’t know that. She’d revealed too much about her life already.
“That’s,” he began, a reflective note in his voice, “new.”
“Actually, they acquired it more than one hundred years ago.”
“I wasn’t speaking of the mammoth.”
Mariana’s traitorous insides went light at his words and at the implication within them. The moment could grow soft, and a sense of ease could steal in, if she allowed it. It was an ease she’d felt the first time they’d locked eyes at a dinner party at Uncle Bertie’s country estate—so very long ago. She’d felt they were two halves of the same whole and had been waiting all their lives to be joined together.
She gave herself a mental shake. Such memories were a trap.
Over the last decade, she’d done quite well forgetting what she liked about her husband. She wouldn’t allow softness to shake her resolve.
This was Nick. He was as soft as a razor blade.

Sounds like this book has some suspense and intrique mixed in with romance.
Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.
After some worldwide adventuring with my husband in my early twenties, we decided to settle down and raise a family. As the boys grew up, though, I realized I wanted to write the sort of books I loved. So, in my thirties, I went back to university and finished my English degree with the intention of becoming a historical romance writer. When I was pregnant with my first son, I fell in love with the genre, tearing through every Kathleen Woodiwiss and Mary Jo Putney novel I could get my hands on. Now, six years after graduating, my dream is coming true!

Do you write full time?
One of my sons flew the coop this year, so I’m still part-time mom / part-time writer.

What are your writing inspirations?
Mostly, I find inspiration through reading other genres, especially upmarket women’s fiction and historical non-fiction. Sometimes, though, I find a spark in real people and situations.

How did you come to write this story?
Funny enough, when I conceived this series, Three Lessons in Seduction was supposed to be book two of the Shadows and Silk series. However, after I’d written the manuscript for “book one,” a critique partner explained to me why the books needed to be switched around. She was right, and I did. So I wrote Three Lessons. Although, I must say, it’s been great having book two of the series already finished.

Tell us a bit about the characters and who we might be meeting in the future.
The story centers around a married couple, Nick and Mariana, ten years after they became estranged due to a very public scandal. Now, they must learn to trust each other as they work together to prevent the assassination of the King of France. The next book, Tempted by the Viscount, will center around Mariana’s twin sister and the man she can’t seem to keep out of her life!

What project are you working on next?
Since Tempted by the Viscount is already finished and in the hands of my editor, I’m currently writing book three of the series.

Tell us one surprising or interesting fact about yourself.
I took up marathon running several years ago. Now, I meet up with an out-of-state friend in a different state every year for a “masochistic girls’ weekend.” Actually, it’s a blast. We’ll be running our fifth one this Fall. It’s been a fantastic way to see to see the country.

Author Bio
Sofie hails from Austin, Texas. She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.
When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Welcoming Catherine Castle and Her New Release: A Groom for Mama

I love when the title of a book makes you want to read it, and this cover is the icing on the cake.

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Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.


With a sweep of his hand, Jack spread the photos out on the table in front of Allison and Beverly. “Here’s a few I just grabbed from the database. Any of them interesting?” He studied Allison’s reaction. She didn’t bat an eyelash as she scanned the men’s pictures. Then, without warning, she scooped them up and shoved them at him.
“I told Mama I wasn’t going to do this. It’s a stupid idea.”
“I’ll admit it’s not the ‘some enchanted evening, see a stranger across the room’ romantic way to find a husband, but it’s not totally unacceptable. Several of the couples my company has brought together have married.”
“And lived happily ever after?” she retorted.
“It’s a new company, Allison. I don’t have the stats yet.” He pushed the photos across the table. “Just take a peek. What harm can it do?”
Beverly grabbed the photo of a particularly handsome man. “How about this one? His coloring complements yours. You’d have beautiful children.”
Mama!” Allison snatched the photo away. “We’re not going to discuss my possible, yet unlikely, progeny in front of Jack.”
A flash of Allison kissing this guy flew through his head. He grabbed the photo from her. “He’s not your type anyway.”
“And just how do you know?” she asked.
“I dated you, remember? You ditched me for some suave, corporate hotshot. At least it’s what you said.”
“Allison!” Beverly exclaimed. “You never told me that.”
Allison shot him a fierce scowl. “I’m not comfortable discussing my love life with you, Mama. Besides, what’s done and over with should be buried . . . in the past.” She picked up another photo. “What about him? Or him and him?” She pointed to two nerdy-looking fellows. “They seem corporate.”
Mama leaned over and checked out the pictures Allison had indicated. “Too ugly,” she said. “He’s got to be handsome. Like Jack. I want to know my grandbabies will be as beautiful as you two.”
He grinned. “Thanks for the compliment, but I know I’m not your daughter’s type.” He laid a sheet of paper on the counter. “Fill this out. Then I can get a better idea of what you want in a husband.”
“I don’t want—”
--> “I know,” he interjected. “But, for your mom’s sake, just pretend you do.

Welcome, Catherine!

Tell us a little about yourself and your writing

Before becoming a romance writer I was a freelance writer for 10 years for a local newspaper. I had no formal training for the job. One day, I just thought, I can write as well as this reporter. Egotistical and naïve, I know, but sometimes that’s what gets us where we need to be. So I studied the paper, tried to come up with an idea to pitch, and with my knees shaking so hard I thought you could hear them knocking, I approached the editor.  He liked the idea.  I wrote the article for gratis and later asked what kind of articles they’d like to see. I was offered a contract as a stringer. You could have knocked me over with a feather I was so surprised. From there I started writing magazine articles, and children’s articles and curriculum for a local Christian publishing house.  I got interested in the local RWA chapter because I wrote a news article on their conference. I made some really good friends from that chapter, and the romance writer career was born. I’d been writing plays with my husband also, and full-length fiction seemed like a natural step forward.

My first book The Nun and the Narc is an inspirational romantic suspense, and has a lot of comedy in it. One of the reviews said, “You know that you aren’t supposed to laugh during a romantic suspense book, right?  And it’s a different kind of Inspirational Romance, too.  There were times in this book that I was rolling with laughter.  We needed the laughter considering that Maggie and Jed were dealing the Mexican drug cartel, trying not to get killed in the process and coming to terms with their faith and each other.  Oh and falling in love…”

I think I have a thing for comic relief in a story since it seems to creep into most everything I write. A Groom for Mama is a sweet romantic comedy, with a touch of drama. It will hopefully tug at readers’ hearts one minute and make them laugh the next minute.

Do you write full time? 

I’m a full-time writer who writes as the tyranny of the urgent hits me.  I don’t keep a regular writing schedule, but do most of my writing in the afternoon and evening hours. Mostly because I’m a bit of a night owl.

What are your writing inspirations?

I find inspiration everywhere. My daughter bought me a tee shirt that reads, “Watch out, or you might be in my next novel.” That’s true, because someone might say something that sparks an idea, or a title (which will spark a plot). I can see something or someone one on the street and get an idea, or read a news article and a story blooms. I have notes with descriptions of people that I know will end up in a book someday. Everything is fodder for my imagination.

How did you come to write this story?

A Groom for Mama was originally a radio play I had co-authored with my husband in 2003 for a local radio play contest. The radio play was entitled A Bride for Mama and featured a hero whose dying mother wanted to see him married before she passed. The whole play had to fit into a time slot of about 20 minutes. Events happened fast and furiously, with snappy dialogue, and a lot of sound effects to illustrate what was happening. The play finaled in the contest, but didn’t win. A few years after the publication of my first inspirational romantic suspense book, The Nun and the Narc, I was looking for something new to write and I asked my husband if he’d mind if I used the basic premise of our play for a sweet romantic comedy. He agreed, so I changed the main character to a female, gave her a string of disastrous dates set up by an old boyfriend in exchange for Mama seeking a cure, and A Groom for Mama was born.

You are very prolific, what project will you be working on next?

I’m currently working on a Christmas book with an angel as the heroine, and I’m also plotting another book with my husband.

One surprising or interesting fact about yourself.
I can write backward and with my non-dominant hand.

Is there anything else about yourself you'd like to tell us about yourself or your writing?

Not specifically about my writing, but writing in general. It took seven years to find a home for my first novel. I knew it was a good book. Editors had told me so. Readers had told me so, but it just needed the right editor and publishing house to find it. If you have a book you can’t sell, but know because of contest comments, wins, or placements that it’s a solid book, don’t give up on it. Don’t obsess over it either. Go on and write the next thing and the next thing. Eventually you will sell a book. It may be the one you’ve had a hard time selling, or it may be something entirely new. No matter what, all the hard work learning your craft will be time well spent.

As an added bonus, The Nun and the Narc will be FREE on Amazon from September 20-24!

Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.

Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable. 

Well that's another couple of things on my TBR list!

Thanks for having me today. It’s been fun.

Always a pleasure, Catherine!

Author Bio

Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.

Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award. Her most recent release, A Groom for Mama, is a sweet romantic comedy from Soul Mate Publishing.  Both books are available on Amazon

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