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Friday, April 27, 2012


Long and Short Reviews welcomes back Denysé Bridger. We are always glad to have her chat with us.

I wondered what books or authors had influenced her own writing.

"Conan Doyle is the author I’d have to say has influenced me for attention to detail and tight, concise plotting. The Sherlock Holmes stories, their subtle detail, and the atmosphere that dominates them. Also, for fantasy and world-building, it would have to be Terry Brooks and his Shannara series. I’ve read that several times, and each time I find myself swept up in the magic, it’s wonderful. If I could write something like that, I’d die happy!! Also, for the romance aspect, Margaret Mitchell’s epic Gone With the Wind is one I have read repeatedly–for sheer scope and splendour, you can’t get a better story!!"

She told me that she has the most wonderful and supportive readers an author could hope to have. She hears from them daily on her Facebook pages as well as via Twitter and her newsgroup, often getting lovely notes in her email, as well.

"When I ask for input on what they’d like to read, or share something I feel is worth discussion, they’re always there to give me very thoughtful and intelligent opinions," she said. "The notes that tell me how much they’ve enjoyed books, of course, are just delightful, and I cherish them, but really, it’s an on-going relationship that I hope I can always maintain, because every opinion is valid and I want to always hear from people about what they like or don’t like."

One of the things she can count on her readers for is calling her on it if her facts are wrong, especially in a specialized field or an historical. Denysé loves western and Victorian settings and can often write them without a lot of detailed research, because she's read so much of it over the years, but admits there are still things you need to look up for the sake of accuracy and authenticity.

"If you’re writing contemporary, thrillers or anything with a specialized character, he or she has to have the right background and credentials," she said. "It’s always the small details that make a story live and breathe, so they have to be acknowledged and presented properly, or it’s going to be a reviewer’s pleasure to point out all those little things you got wrong."

When Denysé is thinking about her characters' descriptions, eyes come first to her, because that tends to be the first real awareness and contact between people.

"If you look up and see someone watching you, the first thing you take note of is often their eyes," she explained. "From there it depends on the situation, the setting, and the type of story. If it’s paranormal, odds are you will be impressed by the air of mystery that surrounds the otherworldly character, and probably the general size of the vampire/shifter; in contemporary, it’s going to be a more basic and every day notice, hair colour, general build, voice if they are speaking. Historical will often lead to type of dress, etc., because that tends to determine the social standing of your characters in many settings."

"How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?" I asked.

"Emotional investment is often the thing that distinguishes genres, even within them. For me, pornography is just sexual titillation, sex for the sake of it, and often graphic and without emotion attached to it. Erotica is sexuality with sensual settings, some kind of connection between the characters that runs deeper than their physical enjoyment of each other. Erotic romance is the love stories we’ve read since we were first enchanted with the whole genre, but they’ve grown up, and the love-making is detailed and passionate in emotional and physical terms. I tend to think of erotic romance as HEA, erotica is HFN, and pornography is immediate release."

Denysé writes what feels right for the story—sometimes that means passionate sex scenes, so she tries to let them work with intense emotion and strong, seductive language.

"If you have two very strong, physical characters, it’s natural that their emotional connections will be drawn out by their physical actions. In other stories, it’s more about the falling in love than the falling into bed, so to speak," she said. "Erotic romance is in many ways much more 'reality based' than sweet romance. Yes, people DO fall in love without sex, at least initially, but the reality is, sex is the natural act between people who are intensely attracted to each other. It’s a universal human response, like love itself. Erotic romance is about the romance and the evolution of a strong bond between two people, the kind of connection that readers know will endure and last forever."

"Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book," I said. "Where would you most likely want to go?"

"No brainer, really…Rome, Italy–for reasons personal and professional. I’ve got three new novels set in various parts of Italy, a fantasy novel set in Sicily, a werewolf tale set in Venice, a paranormal set in Naples, and several other projects that are set in parts of Italy. So, yeah, a wealth of material waiting to be 'researched' and enjoyed!"

Not to mention enjoying her love of Italian food—she thinks dishes with pasta and rice are the most delicious things in the world. However, she has rather strong feelings about scallops.

"I totally loath and despise scallops." She shuddered. "OMG, they are vile, slimy things and the mere thought of them makes my stomach twitch."

Finally, I asked Denysé, "What advice would you give an author who wants to write erotica?"

"Be sure it’s what you want to create, and make sure your family knows about it. They don’t have to like it, but they really should know. Then, find a publishing house that you can work with, where you are comfortable. Good editors are wonderful, and if you are lucky enough to get one who works well with you, recognizes your strengths and helps you master your weaknesses, you’ve got a great shot at having a wonderful time while you create. Be at ease with language and don’t shy away from risks; they’ll be what sets you apart in a sea of writers who are vying for readership."

About the Author:
During the past eight years it’s been my good fortune to work with over a dozen publishers, and many, many wonderful people in this industry. I never really stop writing, and I’m always looking for new challenges to keep it exciting for me, and fresh for readers. I like to write in a wide variety of genres, though I seem to have become a paranormal author to many readers. Historical has always been my first love, and often even the contemporary stories find their roots in an historical setting. When I write paranormal, I get the best of both because the characters often have back-stories that can be told in their historical settings. I’ve won awards, been a best-seller with several publishers, and chat with readers from all over the work on a daily basis–this business is something I love, and I am exceedingly grateful every day for the opportunity to make people smile and entertain them with something I’ve created! Thank you to everyone who shares this amazing journey with me, you make it so much fun!!

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Angelique Devereaux is a dark legend, once a Chosen Warrior of god, she betrayed her oaths to love one who was forbidden. Cast out, cursed and scarred, she continues her battle alone. Until a soul as tortured as her own stumbles across her path. Asher Elliot is lost in his own darkness when he first sees the tall warrior known to legend simply as The Slayer. Tortured by the deaths of his wife and children, this grieving warrior is nonetheless drawn to the timeless, cold being he witnesses at work. Like him, she deals in death and her justice is swift, sometimes messy, but always final. He follows her, watching, growing ever more captivated by her, until finally he must reach out to claim what his reawakened heart wants most…

Book Two in the exciting new series WARRIOR MINE, Retributions continues the passionate and ever-changing relationship that is building between Asher Elliot and Angelique Devereaux.

Asher's past has come back to haunt him in a way that threatens to open old wounds just as they've begun to heal. When he is contracted to do a job, he shuts "Angie" out and goes to exact his personal vengeance for the sins committed against those he loved.

Angelique has never been part of humanity, is still struggling to find her way in the midst of love and passion that is alien to her immortal soul. The ties of blood have revealed Asher's pain to her, and she will not allow anyone to hurt him if she is able to stop it.

As the two warriors each set out on the path of retribution, they are once again drawn back to each other. Face to face with Asher, Angelique wonders if he can forgive her, and her beloved male is trying hard to understand her fear of not being good enough for his love.

They have a long way to travel before true understanding will make them whole, will their love be strong enough to keep them together for their journey?

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Once in awhile you create a book that seems to resonate with people, and this is one of them. A historical Western that was born in my fascination for my childhood hero, Paladin. So, Dylan Coulter is a combination of Paladin's urbane charm and sophistication and his lethal side, of course. Maggie is a woman a little ahead of her time, strong, compassionate, and independent. I hope you'll like her. I hope you enjoy their story, it's exciting, and passionate, and has some surprises in store too!


Genre: Historical/Western Erotica Novella

When Dylan Coulter rides into Sparkling Springs, he quickly discovers the woman who runs the local saloon is worth the risk of facing the hangman. Things get ugly fast when Dylan is accused of killing the only son of the richest rancher in the area. Unwilling to leave her behind, Dylan takes Maggie with him as he tries to dodge bounty hunters and a determined Pinkerton agent who just happens to be Maggie's old love...

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Long and Short Reviews welcomes Sarah Mäkelä, whose latest release, a western paranormal erotic romance called Captive Moonlight is now out. I asked her to tell us about the story.

"It’s about a woman named Charlotte whose betrothed, Joe, is taken by a group of men looking for werewolf laborers. She tries to get help from the town, but the sheriff doesn’t feel it’s his place since Joe is a werewolf. It’s then up to Charlotte to do whatever it takes to track down Joe and win him back."

She's currently working on the third book of her cyberpunk romance series Hacked Investigations, Blacklist Rogue.

"I’m excited to be going on another adventure with Ian and Hannah," she told me.

When Sarah was a child, she read a collection of her mother's poetry and first became inspired to writer herself. Then, in the seventh grade, her English teacher encouraged her to enter a writing contest at the school and she won an award. However, what finally convinced her to write, especially in the genres she does, was reading Laurell K. Hamilton and Christine Feehan.

"Their worlds really hooked me, and I instantly fell in love with urban fantasy and paranormal romance," she explained. "I loved them both for different aspects, and I knew what I wanted to write when I put pen to paper, literally."

She started writing Jungle Heat, which was published last year, when she first started writing over ten years ago—along with a romantic suspense novel she hasn't finished yet. She finished her first complete novel in 2005.

Sarah considers herself somewhere between being a plotter and a pantser.

"Kind of," she qualified. "Certain projects swing certain ways. Some manuscripts are flat-out pantsed, and some I have an outline for. I tend to have plot points and a general 'road map' for how I know the story should go, but the stories usually surprise me, and I find out things along the way as they happen."

Typically, an idea will come to Sarah and then she figures out who the characters are. They, in turn, help build the plot.

"It pretty much depends on the story though since some books come to me in different ways than others," she explained.

"How do you do research for your books?" I asked.

"Usually, I’ll work on the story, and if I don’t know about something, I’ll make a note and continue writing. If it affects the storyline, I go ahead and do enough research to keep me going. I make notes at the spots I stop at. During my second draft, I go back through the manuscript and fill in the blanks of what I didn’t know. I tend to use Google and Wikipedia at the beginning of my research process. If I’m not finding what I need, I’ll visit the library."

She and her husband share an office; her black desk is on one wall and his desk is on the opposite wall.

"We share pretty well, and he knows when to not disturb me. My desk needs a little cleaning, but it’s not too bad," she said. "I don’t have a typical work schedule. Writing related business is usually done in the afternoon. Most of my actual writing happens at night. It depends on deadlines and what else I have going on though. My main goal is finding any time I can in a day to do whatever writing I can."

Sarah doesn't suffer from writer's block much—mostly when she's feeling stressed. She just sits down and writes through it, if she can. If she can't do that because she's not sure where the story is going, she'll take a day or so to back off and read—then she has a brainstorm session with her husband and/or her critique partner.

"What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?" I wondered.

"I think the most important elements of good writing are the characters. If a story has a hero and heroine that the reader can really cheer for. If the characters fall flat, then it’s pretty hard to get sucked in even if the plot is brilliant. A good grasp on the craft of writing is helpful too."

Finally, I asked, "What advice would you give a new writer just starting out? Keep with it! Getting published is a long process, and it can be discouraging at times. Join a good writer’s organization like Romance Writers of America. Also, don’t let others deter you from your dreams. If you feel passionate about writing, then focus on it. Sit down and do something toward your goal every day."

About the Author: Sarah Mäkelä lives in North Carolina with her husband and cats. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, computer and console games, and traveling all over the world. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapters.

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When her betrothed, Joe, is taken captive by a group of men looking for werewolf laborers, it's up to Charlotte to track him down and win him back -- even if that means putting her own life in danger.

Monday, April 23, 2012



Long and Short Reviews welcomes Ryan Field.

Ryan has been writing since he was a child. He wasn't the best math/science student in grade school or high school.

"I didn't like anything about math or science; they didn't like me either," he admitted. "So I would ask my teachers if I could write papers on something math or science oriented. If they let me, I would try to come up with something creative, regarding math or science, and the teachers would give me extra credit toward my grades. I never got below a B in math or science when I was allowed to do this. I even wrote a paper on graphs in college for a math class I was having problems with. The professor wound up giving me an A and using the paper for her other classes. For me, writing wasn't always just for pleasure. In some cases it was for survival."

Most of what he has written, he does under his own name. His photos on the Internet are him, and he's planning on getting some new ones done soon. He has, however, used pen names, and he thinks they are important to writers for a variety of reasons.

"Some erotic authors have day jobs and they can't let their employers know about their writing. Some don't want family or friends to know. I wanted to make this point about pen names so other authors who do use pen names don't feel bad about doing it," he explained. "I've seen a lot of authors feeling bad about pen names recently and I don't like it. Authors have been using pen names since the beginning of fiction, for their own personal reasons, and no one should question them about their motivations. Sometimes publishers request an author to use a pen name and they don't have a choice. There's almost always a good reason for using a pen name." The reason Ryan does occasionally is so his readers in specific genres won't get upset if they pick up a book written in a different genre than they are expecting.

He has two favorite authors, one contemporary and the other more classic, but both who provide perfect examples of excellent fiction—Anne Tyler and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"Their works are tight and clean, without a single word they didn't need. The narrative is balanced with the dialogue. And the plots are well-planned," he explained. "You can read their books from cover to cover fifty times and learn something new each time...from a writing standpoint and a creative plot standpoint."

He doesn't believe that it's possible to pinpoint good writing, because it's too subjective. However, he believes it is possible to spot bad writing.

"If I'm shopping for e-books and I read excerpts and see too many 'said bookisms,' on the first few pages of a book excerpt in the dialogue...or dialogue tags with too many adverbs...I know the book is not for me. For example, if I saw this, 'But why not?' Jack mumbled quizzically I would not buy the book. The 'said bookism' and the adverb combined (one or the other is bad enough) makes my skin crawl," he told me. "I'm also not a huge fan of authors who don't use dialogue tags at all. It's confusing. Who's speaking? They are taking me out of the story and making me go back and figure out who is saying what. And I probably wouldn't read a book that is more dialogue than narrative, at least not if I saw an excerpt and glanced at it. Dialogue should only be used to explain something or move the story forward. Dialogue without any reason just slows the book down and makes the reader wander."

Ryan usually starts thinking about both plot and characters while he's still working on another book. And, he takes notes on everything he can find—from napkins to his iPhone. Once he actually start a new book (always on a Friday, by the way), he lets the characters take control.

"More often than not, a character will lead me in a completely different direction than I'd planned originally," he said.

"What's your writing space like," I asked.

"I laugh whenever someone asks me this. I owned a few businesses and did well buying and selling real estate in the 1990's...back when you could still do that. I have a large home with more space than I really need and I could have a fantastic killer office in more than one place. However, my writing space, the place where I feel the most comfortable, is down in the empty, unfinished section of my basement, beside the washer and dryer, under steel beams and unfinished ceilings. It's a plain white room with cinder block walls, glass block windows, and a concrete floor. It's void of everything, there isn't even basement junk (I hate clutter). People think I'm nuts. But it's my comfort zone. And, my laundry is always done on time."

He's usually up at six every morning and runs for about four miles. He starts writing around nine and works until four or five in the afternoon. Then, he edits every night between nine and midnight.

"I'm lucky because I've never required more than four or five hours of sleep at night," he told me. "I usually take weekends off for 'life' things and errands, cleaning the house and caring for the property. But I've been known to work seven days a week at certain times of the year."

He doesn't have the social life he'd like to have because of putting work first, and that's hard on him. But, he said, "It's just the way I'm wired. The work comes first."

"What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your books?" I wondered.

"Sometimes things that I write as pure fiction wind up coming true. And they are usually very personal things, so I can't go into detail. But I've learned to stop before I write something and think about whether or not there will be any consequences...or if there's even a chance this might really happen in real life. It doesn't happen all the time, where things come true. But it's happened enough to freak me out a little more than once."

Finally, I asked, "How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?"

"This is an excellent question. I think I do this is because I try not to read too many authors in my genre. I love m/m romance, and sometimes this kills me when a book is released and I want to read it. But I don't like reading too much m/m romance as a rule because I don't want to be influenced by anyone. My reading tastes are eclectic. I'm just as likely to read a volume of Toni Morrison books as I am to read a volume of romance novels. And because I also have a few pen names, and write in different genres, I try to keep my own reading habits across the board, so to speak."

About the Author: Ryan Field is a fiction writer who has worked in publishing for almost twenty years. He has worked as an assistant editor and editor for magazines and non-fiction publishers. And aside from writing over eighty-four distinct published works, his short stories have been published in anthologies and collections by Alyson Books and Cleis Press. His short story, "Down the Basement," is part of a collection of short stories in the Lambda Award winning book, BEST GAY EROTICA 2009. He blogs at You can follow him on twitter @ryanfield. And on facebook, goodreads, or Google+, under Ryan Field.

In this ninth stand alone book in The Virgin Billionaire series, Jase decides to attend his twenty-fifth high school reunion and winds up going through a mid-life crisis that leaves Luis absolutely baffled.

Although Luis has doubts about attending Jase's reunion, he knows he doesn't have much of a choice. Besides, he's curious about what the hot, young version of Jase was like in high school, before he had a billion dollar empire!

But Luis soon learns more about the young, over-sexed Jase than he ever thought he would, when he ends up unconscious at the reunion, barely able to breathe. When he wakes up, he's back in the year 1986, and handsome eighteen year old Jase is standing over him in a football uniform.

With this odd reversal of fortune, will Luis really find out what it was like to be with Jase before he had money and power? Or will the bizarre events that happen to Luis back to l986 ruin his perfect future with Jase forever?

Monday, April 16, 2012



Long and Short Reviews welcomes Megan Slayer, the LBGTQ alter-ego of erotic romance author Wendi Zwaduk. Her latest book, Fallen, is about a fallen angel.

"She’s not your average kick-butt angel. She’s actually pretty meek. She’s wandered the earth looking for her use in the world. Being a fallen angel, she doesn’t even have her wings. Writing about her wings and how she gets them back was a lot of fun. I got to do a bunch of research. Want to kill a demon? Lop his/her head off. Yep. I learned that in my research. Who knew?"

She currently working on the next in her Glow series.

"Glow? Sounds like a strange title for a series, you might be saying to yourself. You’d be right. But the punk band in the series calls themselves Glow. I’ve been able to write each band member’s story and I’m in the midst of writing Slash and Hiram’s love story. As much as I’ve loved writing their stories, I’ll be sad when the series ends," she said. "It’s my first ever series and I love the characters."

Wendi wanted to write LBGTQ stories and, even though her mother doesn't care, Wendi was afraid her dad would drop dead. So, she decided to write them under a pseudonym: Megan Slayer. Megan is actually her middle name—and Slayer?

"Well, I managed to fry three computers in the space of a very short time. My best friend informed me that I was the slayer of computers. The name sort of stuck. Megan needed a last name and Slayer was it," she explained.

"Do you ever suffer from writer's block?" I wondered. "If so, what do you do about it?"

She snorted. "Okay, I’ll answer this completely honestly. I listen to music to get me into the mood. Why? The parts where I tend to get writer’s block is when the characters want to get frisky. I have to be in the mood to write it and to do that? I use music. And I look at pictures that will inspire me. You know what I mean," she said with a nod and a wink.

Most of her titles are song titles. She doesn't deliberatel set out to write a story based on a song, but there have been a lot of songs that she's thought Hey, that would be a great story.

"I usually get my titles in the middle of the book; however, by the time I’d gotten to the end of Fallen I still didn’t have a title. Livia, the angel, snorted. 'Um, Fallen?” I thought, duh. And it was even funnier because I’d had the Sarah McLachlan song of the same title going through my head at the same time. Poof! Title."

She has to have noise going on when she writes—otherwise she won't get anything accomplished. She will usually have the television on (even if she doesn't have an idea what's playing) or itunes running on her laptop. And, with the laptop, her writing space is wherever she happens to be: the RV, the living room, the front porch on the swing.

"One of my favorite places to write is standing at the kitchen counter. Why? I can write in between loads of laundry, jotting down little notes, keeping pets from being themselves on my floor and watch the TV if I need another distraction," she said, then added, "I didn’t say I got a lot of writing done, just that’s where I like to write."

"What is your strangest habit?" I asked.

"Depends on who you talk to. I don’t think my habits are strange, but some might. I capitalize some of the letters when I write letters and lists. I have to alphabetize my CDs and make lists in my itunes according to what I’m writing at the time. Maybe those are strange. Who knows?"

"How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?" I wondered.

"Porn is sex for the sake of sex. Can be any grouping with any type of toy or furniture. Erotica is the sexual journey of the character. Erotic romance is a story with a heavy dose of romance involved. The characters are sexual individuals and the story holds up without the sex, but the sex certainly enhances the tale."

She told me that there are too many writers who write excellent erotic fiction to count, but there are a few she really enjoys.

"KA Mitchell writes fantastic characters that are so plain, they are exciting. Brannan Black writes paranormal stories I can’t put down. If I see a Mychael Black story on the coming soon page, I’m liable to snap it up. Always feel like I’m in a new world when I read his work."

Mitchell is her all time favorite because even though the characters are ordinary, Mitchell writes in a fashion that makes Megan remember them long after the book closes. Her favorite book is Regularly Scheduled Life by the same author.

"I was a teacher for a while and the scenarios in the book are very real," she explained. "The emotions are even more vibrant and I wanted to know more about them after the book closed. I wanted to know about them in the next book that wasn’t even about them."

"What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?" I asked.

She laughed. "I don’t know if it's weird, but I’ve gone to strip clubs in the name of research. And toy shopped. I also found out it’s possible to make a dirty book/toy store worker blush when you tell them you’re buying items in the name of research."

Finally, I asked, "What are you passionate about these days?"

"Making sure that what we teach our kids is the same things we practice. If we want our kids to not cut in line, we shouldn’t be shoving through the store to get what we want. If we want our kids to respect our elders, then we should show those same elders respect. Kids model what we do. How are they going to model this if we aren’t modeling what we tell them to do? I’m also passionate about the right to marry whoever you want to marry. Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl said it best: 'I will bring home anyone or anything that I choose, including a one-eyed Episcopalian kangaroo if that happens to be my kinky inclination.' Let people be themselves. Sheesh."


About the Author: When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.
When she's not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.
Currently hanging out every Wednesday and Friday at the Menagerie Authors site, hunting Hotties for the Saturday posts, and working on the next great story brewing in her head!

The cabana boys are willing to serve, unless she needs them. She always needs them. So be nice to Jeremy or he will bite--on command.

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He’s her salvation if she’s willing to lose her wings all over again.
Livia was cast out of heaven for the crime of falling in love with a human. So what’s a fallen angel to do when she meets the man of her dreams? Falling certainly has its perks.

Ty didn’t expect the angel at his party to be fallen or to have a murky past. He also didn’t expect her to end up in his arms. Now he’s not about to let the past stand in the way of their future.

Contains a Fallen Angel, A College Student smitten, and lots of hot sex with a little kink thrown in for fun. But it's not all giggles and heat. There's an unruly Demon determined not to go down without a fight.

Fallen – Changeling Press
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012



Long and Short Reviews welcomes RM Sotera, whose Cassadaga Moon is now out. I asked her to tell us a little bit about the book.

"I would love to tell you about my latest release. This is the book that was rejected 350 times from agents and publishers alike. Siren Publishing took a chance on this book, which was my first novel, and I am forever grateful to them for their belief in the book and me as an author," she said. "This book is about a good Catholic woman and a man who practices vampirism – not the mythical undead type of vampire - (drinking human blood) in his everyday life. It’s a book that takes the reader on a psychological journey through human behavior. It’s a book that asks the question, 'Can true love survive any circumstances?' It’s a wild ride that I hope entices the reader."

The author told me she writes under a pen name: R for her confirmation name of Rachel, M for her middle name, Marie, and Sotera means victory in Greek.

"Since I am a Greek/Italian Catholic woman, it just sounded like the right combination," she explained.

It took RM a total of seven years to do the research, write, revise, and edit Cassadaga Moon. Once she had it finished, she was ready to seek publication. After 350 rejection letters, she was ready to give up.

"Perhaps my idea of a hero who practiced real vampirism was truly way to dark for a reader to grasp. Now, as a new writer, I was tempted to quit at this juncture, however, I had friends in the business who advised me to not give up, put the manuscript aside, and write something new. I did this, and thus my Dirty series came to fruition."

She has written six books that have been published and have several more still on her hard drive.

The characters always come first for RM. She pictures the character and dialogue in her head long before she develops the plot of the story.

"I know this sounds bizarre, but it is how it happens for me," she told me. "My stories usually are dialogue and character driven."

"What was the most surprising thing you discovered since you've been writing?" I wondered.

"Probably the most surprising thing I’ve discovered is that I’m a pretty good investigator when I need to be. Cassadaga Moon showed me how to dig for information when it wasn’t forthcoming. I’ve also learned that people aren’t always as open-minded as they say they are."

She did a lot of her research online, but also used books. When she did the research for Cassadaga Moon, she delved into the subculture of real vampires.

"Many of them were very gracious to me with information, as well as, glances into their lives," she said. "I literally stepped into the world of ‘real vampires’, aka, sang and psy. I began to research the lifestyle or as some say subculture seven years ago. I was preparing to write my first romance novel, and wanted something different. I needed a great hook. I’d always heard about people, who’d believed they were vampiric, however, I thought it was a hoax that is until I started doing my research. I read every book I could get my hands on, specifically those written by Arlene Russo and Katherine Ramsland. Then I started sniffing around online. The vampire community, specifically the Atlanta Vampire Alliance, helped me in understanding the subculture through several different interviews. And then I was lucky enough to meet-up with a few sang vampires in the Las Vegas area who helped my understanding even further. They are a very private group, which is totally understandable, so I let them choose the times and places of our meetings. So, I took what I knew about the subculture and decided that I wanted to push the envelope further by bringing the fetish of bloodplay into my story. I learned through my research that there is a fine line between the two, and that many people confuse vampirism with bloodplay. They are not the same. However, many people who are vampires delve into that fetish on occasion."

RM is currently working on the second book in her Stiletto Sanction series, a novella titled Las Vegas Moon.

"This short read will concentrate on Cindi and Tristan and then another novella will come shortly after that, New Orleans Moon, that will concentrate on Jamison and Victoria’s relationship. And then a second novel titled, Bleeding Under A Cassadaga Moon, will follow Mia and Jordan once again."

During the week, RM gets up every morning at 3, writes for an hour, then gets ready for work. On the weekends, she writes between 5:00 and 8:00 AM.

"I do my best to at least write for one hour each day, but sometimes my work schedule and family life make that difficult, so I do the best I can with the circumstances I’m given," she said.

"Are you a plotter or a pantser?" I wondered.

"I am a little of both, but I lean more toward a panster. Since I am character and dialogue driven with my stories, I usually piece in the plot. I do use a storyboard when writing what I’d like to happen in the chapters; however, most of the time my characters squash my ideas and insert their own. They are ornery little critters, but it is their stories after all," she admitted with a smile.

RM writes in both urban paranormal fantasy and contemporary, so she finds it helpful to find a hook no one has thought about to keep her writing different, hence the road she chose with Cassadaga Moon.

"However, if an author decides to go down an obscure path they must realize that publication might be non-existent or that publication may take a ton of leg work until it finally happens," she warned. "On the upside, you may have an idea that knocks it out of the ballpark! Writers must always re-invent themselves and their writing; that’s a given in today’s market."

If RM were going to write another series, apart from the three she currently has going, she might try YA. Why?

"Simply because I work in the public education system, and you'd be amazed what I see on a daily basis."

Finally, I asked, "What was the scariest moment of your life?"

"Getting mugged in broad day light by teenage boys was probably one of the scariest moments of my life," she told me. "It left me afraid for quite some time."

About the Author: R.M. Sotera is a romance vixen stuck in the body of a prim and proper woman. A transplant to Las Vegas, by day she is a wife, mom, taxi driver, counselor, and psychologist to her wild and, at times, crazy friends. But when the family goes to bed and the house is dark, she seeks refuge in her office where her deepest desires take hold.

And…ultimately a story is born.

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In the quaint town of Cassadaga, Florida, life isn’t quite what it seems. For the strictly raised Catholic Mia Christini, life is nothing like it seems. There are only three things Mia is sure of—her best friend Cindi might just be crazy, her boss is losing control, and morals are overrated.

Weary of existing by a moral compass, she is ready and waiting for a one-night stand. She’s twenty-something, and it’s about time. When Jordan De L’croix sets his sights on her, she finds out that her integrity isn’t the only thing she needs to worry about, especially from a man who gets, or takes, what he wants with ease.
And what he craves isn’t just her virginity. He craves her blood, redemption, and true love.

Note: Hero and heroine involved in acts of vampirism.

A Siren Erotic Romance

Monday, April 9, 2012



Long and Short Reviews welcomes Logan Belle, author of the erotic burlesque romance series Blue Angels, published by Kensington Publishers. Her third book in the trilogy, Naked Angel, has now been released.

Logan experimented with writing YA fiction and tried a few commercial women's novels before her boyfriend took her to her first burlesque show.

"I was so inspired that the Blue Angel series was born," she explained. "For me, there was no other way to tell it except through the lens of one woman’s emerging sexuality, and so I wrote something I never imagined I would write. I recently tried to write a novel without sex, and I can’t do it. For me, sexuality is the wizard behind the curtain: Freud wrote about Id and Ego – I think sex is our Oz. It pulls the strings, it makes us believe and want and risk. I can’t tell a story without it. I don’t know if I ever will."

For the Blue Angel series, Logan interviewed performers in New York, such as Gigi LaFemme, and in L.A., Courtney Cruz. She went to shows on both coasts and saw a wide variety of performances—sexy, political, old-school, neo-burlesque—in venues that ranged from ones held in basements that held only thirty people in the audience to stage-show extravaganzas that were like Broadway productions. She watched documentaries such as Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, along with reading lots of nonfiction—books by Dita Von Teese and a great account of burlesque in a socio-historical context: The Happy Stripper: Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesque by Jacki Willson.

"I am really into research – almost to my detriment. I can spend weeks on clothing alone," she admitted. "I’m going through the whole research process again for my next series set in the 1920s, and while I’m not interviewing anyone, I have a stack of books and a list of films to watch. By the time I start writing, I will see the dresses by Coco Chanel, hear the jazz, and taste the prohibition liquor!"

"What writers do you think write excellent erotic fiction?" I asked.

"It’s funny because I think I grew up reading excellent erotic fiction that wasn’t classified as 'erotica.' In my world, the original erotic novels that inspired me were written by Judith Krantz and Jackie Collins. They had strong women and sizzling sex. But as far as modern day 'erotica,' my first introduction was through anthologies. Collections like Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories and Best Lesbian Erotica introduced me to Rachel Kramer Bussel, Portia Da Costa, and Bella Andre. They really deliver every time."

She considers the sexiest book she's ever read to be Mistral's Daughter by Judith Krantz, even though it's not technically erotica.

"It’s about a brilliant painter who seduces two generations of women. The novel is full of drama, intrigue, beautiful places, and great sex. As for my favorite 'Erotica' novel, I really enjoyed Life on Top by Clara Darla. There were just some crazy scenes in there that inspired me to be inventive with my own novels," she told me.

In her own writing, Logan tries to have an interesting setting, to keep the tension sustained throughout, and she likes to throw in surprises.

"I know my writing is very sexual, but honestly the sex is secondary to the emotional tension within the characters and between the characters. And I think that sex can be this really transformative thing, so I want to see people who change as a result of their physical encounters," she explained.

Logan admitted she gets a distinct disapproval from some people ("ahem, family members," she clarified) and even from romance blogs that won't feature an erotic book.

"I guess people think they have no plot, or they are “just” about sex, or maybe that they are in some way misogynist. I think some people think erotic novels are about fetishes, or about a sexuality that is exaggerated or somehow outside the norm," she said. "Of course, sometimes they are. But I think people underestimate the reading experience as a whole."

She told me that she thinks her family is impressed that she actually wrote three published novels, but that they are a little appalled at the graphic sex. Her father and brother won't read them, however she does have an uncle who read Blue Angel in one sitting on the beach. Her two young daughters are proud of her and love seeing her books in the stores, but they know that the books are "rated R" and not for them to read.

"One of the challenging things about writing erotica is that you can’t exactly tell your entire family and friends and neighbors to go out and buy your book!" she said.

" What is the most embarrassing sex scene you’ve ever written?" I wondered.

"Yeah, I’ve written some crazy scenes. I think I appalled the reviewer at Romantic Times with Fallen Angel (she wrote 'one character in particular forces issues that not all readers will be comfortable with.') But that’s what I mean by writing what is true for the characters, not for the readers," she said. "Okay, I digress: the most embarrassing scene is one in which a character who is a kinky dominatrix gives another character a gynecological exam. But I needed for the character to realize something was wrong with her, that she was maybe physically addicted to this person who wasn’t good for her."

On a more personal note, Logan's favorite ingredient is sugar and her favorite food is either apple pie or butter cookies.

"I’ve gone periods of not drinking coffee, I’ve gone periods without drinking alcohol, but I can’t go a day without sugar," she admitted. "This means if I ever have to rely on the Atkins Diet or South Beach Diet I’m in trouble, so fingers crossed it won’t ever come to that."

On the other hand, one food she will not eat is mushrooms.

"I’m just eternally suspicious of them. I don’t think they are meant to be eaten. And I’m not even talking about the poisonous ones," she said. "And the texture is just gross to me. Sometimes it’s a lot of work to remove the mushrooms from Chinese food, but I will get every one of those suckers out before I eat the Moo Shu chicken. I like a project."

"If you could be anyone you wanted, who would it be?" I wondered.

"This question is really a quagmire for me. First, it brings me to a question I come back to sometimes: Would I rather be effortlessly gorgeous, or brilliant? I’ll admit, I used to think the answer was gorgeous. I mean, imagine how much less there is to think about when you just look perfect all the time. And the world just hands you stuff when you’re hot. So if I go with that scenario, I’d pick any model du jour and go there (not an actress because that would mean having to deal with Hollywood and trust that place will crush your soul.) but-- now that I am older and somewhat wiser, I realize how amazing it is to actually accomplish something and be able to share just a teeny bit of wisdom with others… so I’d pick someone like Margaret Atwood, who can write books that I still think about a decade after I read them. But then I start thinking, but what if she’s unhappy? I mean, how I can pick someone else without knowing if their talent or money or whatever actually makes them happy? So then I think I can’t think of anyone to be."

Body piercing is something that Logan would have to have a gun to her head to do and then, it would be a very small stud in the nostril.

"One of those tiny diamond chips that looks like an errant piece of glitter. Because piercing really skeeves me out," she assured me. "When I see people with those giant bars through their ears or the super wide circles in their earlobe – I can’t take it. And the whole idea of nipple piercing just makes my stomach ball up. And the naval piercing thing is played out. It’s just all bad for me."

Logan's favorite letter is J. Why? It's the first letter of the name she was born with, the name of her mother, childhood best friend, and her first boss and mentor in the publishing industry. Plus it's the first letter of the summer months as well as the first letter of jewelry.

"Clearly, the best letter in the alphabet," she declared.

"Can you tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi?" I asked.

"No, and yet I routinely act indignant when I order Coke at a restaurant and they say 'Is Pepsi okay?'"

Finally, I asked, "What advice do you give authors wanting to write erotica?"

"I feel strange giving advice because more than any other fiction-writing, erotica is such a personal genre. It’s personal in what the writer chooses to explore, and it’s so subjective in terms of what the readership enjoys. I think it’s important to write the plot with the readers in mind, and the sex without anyone in mind but the characters. Even when reviewers suggest I go too far with sex scenes or they are too kinky, I know the scenes are right for the characters and I would never second-guess them. And I never think about family members reading the books – I assume they never will."

About the Author:
Logan Belle is the author of the erotic burlesque romance series Blue Angel, published by Kensington Publishers. Her short fiction is featured in the anthology Obsessed: Erotic Romance for Women, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and published by Cleis. She lives in New York City. Her website is

Naked Angel

It's the biggest night of Mallory Dale's life. She's unveiling her sexy new burlesque club, The Painted Lady, and her boyfriend has a thrilling surprise for her. After four wild years, Alec is ready to propose, and he does it in her favourite place - onstage. Life is sweet - until Alec asks her to retire her pasties for good. But can she give up her boas in the name of happily ever after? Mallory isn't the only one torn between bliss onstage and off. An injury forced ballerina Nadia Grant to hang up her toe shoes, so now she's perfecting the art of the striptease and whipping the crowd at The Painted Lady into a frenzy. But one man is outraged - the man Nadia loves. Meanwhile, the club's financial benefactor is endangering his marriage - and the business - when he begins a sizzling affair with a young costume designer. Just when they're so close to having it all, will the stars of The Painted Lady lose everything?

Friday, April 6, 2012



Long and Short Reviews welcomes Celeste Hall, whose latest book Error: Please Try Again will be released soon. She published six titles last year, which included her Dream Seduction series. The series came to her in a dream, of course, yet not of the three incubi in the series were her original inspiration.

"The dream was actually about a sheriff that found a very young girl trudging down the middle of a highway in the Nevada desert. She had amnesia, but it was her leathery black wings which landed her in trouble," Celeste explained. " I titled the original manuscript All The Queen’s Men, but never did anything more than create a detailed storyboard for it. Instead, I wrote three sub-stories for the male versions of her species, and those became the Dream Seduction series. Considering how successful the series has been, I’m sure I’ll finish the original script soon and get it published as well."

She hopes to publish another six to twelve titles this year. Some have been completed and are sitting on the desks of potential publishers, while others she's still working on. One is a full-length, supernatural thriller she's had shelved for a while, but which has received some outstanding reviews from her editor and the small handful of critics that Celeste has allowed to read it, while the rest are romance or erotic romance stories.

"For you aspiring writers, a well written erotic story can really boost your sales. My erotic titles sell a hundred copies for every one romance title, although the romance titles are probably better written, with more actual story to them," she admitted. "It’s an odd phenomenon, but one that a beginning writer might benefit from knowing about. The key is writing it so you’re not selling 'porn' but an actual erotic story that draws the reader in and turns them on. It’s a tricky balancing act," she added with a smile.

When Celeste first started writing, she came up with a pen name for each of the genres she had written and wanted to publish in. Then she started doing some research and realized that she would have to market individually for each and every pen name.

"Whoa, that was a show stopper!" she told me. "I started reconsidering which manuscripts I would publish and which I’d simply box away for my kids to publish after I was dead. Yes, I hate marketing that much! Thank goodness for Tymber Dalton (aka Lesli Richardson, aka Macy Largo, aka Tessa Monroe)! She gave me a good, brain-rattling shake, and told me about her adventures in the pen name arena. As well as what she might have changed if she could do it all over again. After hearing her story I decided to go ahead and use my own name. One name to rule them all," she said with a laugh. "It would cut down on the amount of time I had to spend marketing – which I detest – and allow some crossover for my readers that enjoy more than one kind of fiction genre. I do the marketing a little differently for each genre, and the covers are obviously marked to show the distinction, but otherwise this system is working well for me so far."

Celeste's dad was a book dealer and collector who filled every wall in their home with his hobby.

"I don’t think he realized what a rabid reader I actually was, or he might have been a little more careful what he stocked those shelves with!" she told me. "By the age of eight I was devouring everything from dry old encyclopedias to an assortment of fantasy adventures, romance, and horror. With such ample fuel for my imagination I began writing my own short stories, and by the time I was twelve I was completing full length manuscripts. I’ve continued to write off and on for many years, but have only recently begun offering my work to the public. Can you guess which of my published books I wrote while still in my early teens? You might be surprised!"

"When did you first consider yourself a writer?" I asked.

"I knew I was a writer when I finished filling up the seventh thick journal my parents had purchased for me, and was begging them for another one for Christmas. I was probably around eight or nine at the time. I’ve always loved to write. I never considered myself an actual author – in my mind the titles mean different things – until I held the first edition of Fealty in my hands. That first cover looked nothing like a romance story, but it had my name on it and I thought to myself, 'Wow, I’m really going to do this.' To be honest, I’m still in that state of disbelief. I don’t think I’ll ever get over having complete strangers email or message me to say how much they loved my books. It’s the sort of praise you expect from your parents or friends, but I never expected to hear from anyone else."

Celeste is originally from Mesa, Arizona, and told me, "I miss it terribly! When I left home, I ended up hopping around the western states for awhile, but eventually moved to Utah to be near my siblings and all my little nephews and nieces. The move was a tough decision, because I don’t share their religious views - Utah is a very religious state - and I hate the cold weather in winter. But I love being able to spend time with my family, so everything worked itself out in the end."

She also loves to travel—in fact, travelling is a passion for her. She's trekked through the Amaon jungle, climbed to the top of Machu Picchu, meditated in Japan's most beautiful temples, hiked all over the European countryside, and enjoyed real Irish food and karaoke in the Hairy Lemon pub. She's hoping to get to India this year.

"What is your favorite food?" I wondered.

"I’m pretty carnivorous, but I like to think I’m open minded when it comes to food. I’ve been fed everything from live bugs and roasted guinea pigs to raw horse meat during my adventures abroad. My willingness to eat whatever you put in front of me has created a sort of ongoing challenge among my family members, who now have a special Halloween fear factor event they do every year in an attempt to make me gag. I think there are a few videos still floating around Facebook, and one that made it onto Youtube of me eating a live cockroach. My favorite meal is probably a rare filet mignon with sautéed mushrooms and mashed potatoes. That or Unagi sushi, if they don’t skimp on the eel."

And, for your viewing pleasure, here is the infamous YouTube video:

About the Author: I was tutored at home during childhood, first by my mother, and then a German woman with a passion for science and history. I could never find enough books to keep my mind busy, even with the vast library that my father kept.

I left home around fourteen or fifteen, staying with family and friends among the western States, and as the years passed I continued to read everything I could lay hands on.

In adulthood I began building towards a career in criminal justice, particularly criminal psychology. I received various certifications, awards and schooling in the field before discovering parapsychology and finding myself drawn into the mystery of the mind.

I received a PhD in Parapsychology but continued working towards a future in criminal justice until a car accident in 2005 left me with a traumatic brain injury and learning how to walk again in a swimming pool.

After two years of physical therapy I knew that my body was no longer capable of supporting the rigors of the career I'd chosen. I began channeling my passion for books into writing, and am surprised by how easily the words come for me.

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Marriage? Yeah, Cyn tried that. Epic Fail! When her best friend signs her up for an online dating site she’s mildly annoyed, until she opens an email she meant to send straight to her trash bin. Soon she’s emailing her admirer every night, and things are really starting to get hot. So why does she keep having erotic dreams about the guy next door, even though she hates him and they have nothing in common? She sets up a blind date to meet her secret admirer and that’s when she discovers that past mistakes really have a way of kicking you in the butt when you least expect it.

Monday, April 2, 2012


Long and Short Reviews welcomes Adele Dubois, author of the new release Tempted. Adele lives in rural eastern Pennsylvania between serene Amish country and city excitement.

"It's the best of both worlds," she told me. "We have a thriving town steeped in history and culture, gorgeous lakes and parks for fishing and picnics, and little crime. I love Pennsylvania and have lived here most of my life."

She remembers lying on the floor as a child and writing for hours in her composition book with a pencil and knew she wanted to be a writer by the time she was ten. Her first published short story appeared in a newspaper Sunday magazine when she was nineteen.

Adele is her real name and she told me she wouldn't want to use any other in her career.

"Authors develop strong identification to their pen names early in the publication process. I’ve often wondered how long it takes authors who’ve chosen pen names that sound silly when said aloud or are difficult to spell regret their choices," she said. "I hope to launch a new, but similar, pen name for the more mainstream romance novels I’ve written. Fingers crossed that I’ll have news soon!"

"Do you ever suffer from writer's block?" I wondered. "If so, what do you do about it."

"The only way to break through a story block is to write your way through the problem. If I’m struggling with a plot twist, a loose end that needs tying, or a critical turning point, I usually take a break from the story and go for a long walk. I let my mind wander and allow my subconscious to problem solve. This method has never failed me. I start writing again and the story flows."

She also likes to get out in her convertible and drive with the top down on a sunny day, any time of the year.

"Whenever I need an emotional lift, I get in my car and drive. On rare occasions, a warm day will arrive in the middle of winter. When that happens, I put on a jacket, put the top down on the convertible, and soak up the winter sun. Those are absolutely the best days, because they’re so unusual."

Adele writes, works on writing-related tasks, and her career every day, seven days a week. Her daily word count on her WIP varies depending on how well the story is flowing. She also does all her own promotion, which takes huge chunks of time. She is also the president of her local RWA chapter and that keeps her busy as well.

She also likes it to be quiet when she writes. She can't write in coffee shops or with music playing because there's too many distractions, so she works best in her home office. When she finishes writing for the day, she likes to watch television while she schedules blog posts, checks email, and catches up on other assorted publishing duties. She especially likes Revenge, Survivor, Glee, Happily Ever After, Grimm, The Good Wife, Covert Affairs, and Burn Notice. She also reads every night before going to sleep.

"Are you a plotter or a pantser?" I asked.

"My process is a hybrid of both. Before I start writing a story, I summarize the plot. I create character studies for the hero, heroine, and secondary characters. Afterward, I begin my research to make sure story details are accurate. Then I print everything out and place it in a folder. When the writing begins, I refer to the saved materials, as needed. Once I have the framework established, I start the creative writing process. All the story twists and turns are written organically. Many of them are as much a surprise to me as they are to my readers. I’ve discovered that the more preparation I do before the creative writing begins, the easier and faster the writing flows when I write the book."

All of Adele's books have been published in e-book format and some are also available in trade paperback. She owns a Kindle herself and loves the convenience of buying book and reading them on the Kindle.

"I do hope the day never comes when print books cease to exist," she told me. " There’s nothing that compares to the pleasure of reading a paperback in a lounge chair at the beach. And paperbacks don’t go dark in the middle of a story when the battery needs recharging. I want both e-books and print books."

Finally, I asked, "What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?"

"Learn as much as you can about the craft of writing and keep polishing your stories," she said. "Write every day. Be patient. Wait to submit to editors and agents until your book is complete, and you’ve worked with knowledgeable critique partners. Submit to a few contests to test the waters. Polish again.

Writers often fail because they submit manuscripts before they’re ready. Getting a book published is not the end goal; it’s the beginning. You’ll be expected to produce again and again— and please editors, readers, and reviewers every time. Be sure you have the necessary skill sets before you jump into the pool. When you do, I wish you great success."

About the Author:Adele Dubois is happiest when driving her convertible with the top down. She is a multi-published, award-winning author of erotic romance novels, novellas and short stories. Before turning to fiction writing, Adele wrote for newspapers and magazines in the USA, Caribbean and UK.

Adele is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and president of her local RWA chapter. When not at the beach or by the bay, Adele and her husband and family enjoy their eastern Pennsylvania home where she is working on her next novel.

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Emily never dreamed that interactive television would lead to so much trouble…

Is sexual fantasy cheating? If so, Emily’s got a problem. Though she’s never been unfaithful to her husband in reality, she’s found a new hobby with 3D Mental Image Projection. In the privacy of her home, she indulges her secret desires on interactive TV. What else is a lonely woman of a certain age to do?

When Emily wins a weekend getaway to mystical Isle de Paradises, she swears she won’t stray. But temptation lures her at every turn. Desirable men want her and beautiful women pursue her. When Paradises’ youth-restoring powers crumble her resistance, Emily is faced with an irrevocable choice. Her decision will forever alter her life and the fate of her marriage.

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