So, there's some stuff happening in blogland these days. A person named Amanda claiming an epublished author JJ Massa plagarized her work, Another Time, Another Place, retitled the work and had it published...twice.
You can read side-by-side excerpts from both the fanfic piece by Amanda and the published book by Massa on This Blog. If you check the comments, you'll find Amanda's comment a few down from the top.
I'm in no position to say (or even guess) who is the plagiarizer and who is the plagiarizee (probably not real words, but you get my drift). But I will say the excerpts are similar enough to convince me there's something shady going on. Either way, it's very sad that someone felt they needed to borrow another's work and pass it off as their own.
How will this end? We'll have to wait and see. Amanda claims she's taking the issue to court. And that may happen. But call me a cynic, I doubt anything will come of it. From what I can see, the work was fanfiction. It cannot be sold and therefore I can't see her suffering any financial damages. I'm no lawyer, but from what I understand, if she did not file a copyright (highly unlikely, although not necessary), there are limits to what she can expect to receive, even if she wins a court case.
From the US Copyright site: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic? Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration” and Circular 38b, Highlights of Copyright Amendments Contained in the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), on non-U.S. works.
In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection. Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the following:
Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.
If made before or within 5 years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
If registration is made within 3 months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney's fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner. (boldface added by moi)
Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U. S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies. For additional information, go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import. Click on “Intellectual Property Rights.”
Registration may be made at any time within the life of the copyright. Unlike the law before 1978, when a work has been registered in unpublished form, it is not necessary to make another registration when the work becomes published, although the copyright owner may register the published edition, if desired.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I'll be watching this, to see how it all works out.
"She’s a socialite down on her luck, he’s a vampire in need of a queen to save his kingdom...and it all takes place during DARK MASTER, Tawny Taylor's terrific tale of love and bondage, of a vampire king incapable of love and a woman who won’t settle for less. Humor laced with romance, seasoned with terror and tragedy to create an absolutely delicious tale of absolute opposites who still manage to find true love between the hours of dusk and dawn. A thoroughly entertaining tale by a talented new voice."
Kate Douglas, author of Wolf Tales
SURRENDERING COMPLETELY ALWAYS LEADS TO...
Completely broke, Regan Roslund is stuck selling bondage gear to a kinky clientele in order to pay her bills. She has no interest in her salacious merchandise until she feels a leather choker tight against her neck--and gets a glimpse of the muscular, model-gorgeous man who holds her captive. Suddenly, temptation ignites...
THE MOST INTENSE PLEASURE...
Newly crowned king of the undead, Shadow Sorenson knows he can protect himself by taking a wife. He hopes Regan, with her new-found curiosity, will be unable to resist obeying even his most deviant demand. But Shadow would prefer she surrender willingly. For thirty nights, he’ll show Regan what it’s like to lose control as he explores every inch of her naked flesh, leaving her hungry for release--and moaning in anticipation of an ecstasy she never knew existed...
For those who might be interested, the Ellora's Cave editor blog (Redlines and Deadlines) is asking for sample query letters. This could be a terrific opportunity to get some professional advice on how to polish up your letter.
I hope everyone had a terrific holiday yesterday, and for those who braved the stores/malls today, I hope you survived...and scored some great deals.
Me, I stayed home, to write. I have a book due at the end of next week and need to stay focused. But luckily, I've done a lot of my Christmas shopping already. For those who didn't know, Amazon has free shipping for most toys right now. No crowds. No lines. And GREAT prices. They're beating everyone, including Walmart, on most things.
You know what, there was a time when I wasn't liking the way Amazon was offering toys shipped from third-party vendors, but it's working out a lot better than I thought. I'm finding great deals and the vendors I've purchased from have shipped faster than Amazon. Terrific service.
Tomorrow, I'm heading back to Another Look Books in Taylor for a book signing (3:00 pm until 5:00). This will be the first signing I'll have with my new Ellora's Cave print release, Immortal Secrets (yay!). Wish me luck. The store wants me to read an excerpt (ack!). I'm going to be inserting a lot of *bleeps* for naughty words, LOL.
Just popping in to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving blessed with the love of family and friends...and lots of pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream (YUM!)!
What am I thankful for this year?
All of the blessings I have received this year, both personal and professional, the birth of my first grandchild. My health. My children. My husband.And the many new friends I've found through my writing.
And for you brave souls who venture into stores on Friday, HAPPY SHOPPING!
1. Write 50 pages on my Erotic romance wip. 2. Draft a synopsis for my YA wip 3. Clean the house (again!) 4. Do laundry, laundry, and more laundry 5. Eat an insane amount of food tomorrow. 6. Blog Monday through Fri. 7. Prepare for booksigning this Sat. 8. More Christmas shopping
Usually, I post about writing stuff, submissions, craft, whatever. This time, I wanted to do something different. Let's talk about one of my fave reality shows--The Bachelor.
I don't know how many of you watch The Bachelor, but I'm not ashamed to admit, I'm an addict. If you've watched former seasons, you know how this thing is supposed to work. There's a bachelor, who is financially stable, attractive, successful (relative term) and there are twenty five bachelorettes for him to weed through in his quest for true love.
This season's bachelor was bar owner and entrepreneur Brad Womack and he was down to two girls, a Pheonix Suns dancer and a real estate agent and bartender. Both girls told him they were falling in love with him.
Now, in past seasons, it went something like this: Girls tell the bachelor they love him. Bachelor chooses the wrong one (in my opinion), he proposes, they try to make it work long distance, make a few public appearances, and then a few months later the bachelor is spotted getting snuggly with a Miss Universe contestant. Let's just say the success rate for romances spawned on the show isn't great.
So, this season, it seemed Brad Womack decided to go a different route...
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS POINT IF YOU TIVO'D LAST NIGHT'S EPISODE AND HAVEN'T WATCHED IT YET.
Brad didn't chose EITHER bachelorette. They were both sent home ringless and roseless. And you know what? If Brad did that for the reason he stated (Saying I love you is a big commitment and I'm not ready to make that kind of promise to you. I care too much for you to do that.) then I REALLY respect him, and just maybe this bachelor was on the show for the right reason--because he was hoping he'd find the love of his life. If you watch his face as the girls are pouring out their hearts to him, it gets red, tense. You can tell something is VERY wrong, bothering him something fierce. I think it was killing him, not being able to tell the girls exactly how he felt. This guy was doing his best to be for real. At least, that's what I see.
Anyone else have an opinion? What do you think? Lying jerk? Or a guy trying to do what is right?
Three years ago, we set out to design and build an entirely new class of device—a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers. The result is Amazon Kindle.
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- The Amazon Kindle Team
Sounds great, doesn't it? You want one, don't you? I know I was curious after reading this. Wireless, no syncing needed. That sounds great. No searching for wireless hotspots. No monthly access fees. Adjustable text size and long battery life. Great!
And then I took a closer look.
The screen is black and white. And no graphics. (Is this true?!) The price is crazy ($399!) Reportedly, you may only read ebooks compatible with the reader, which means no pdf's, or other formats. (Cannot verify if this is true or not) No touchscreen. What happens when it becomes obsolete? And did I mention the price?!
I don't know. I'm thinking Team Kindle may need to head back to the drawing board. Now, if I could buy this for $100...that would be an entirely different thing.
'Twas the Monday before Thanksgiving and all through the house...
How are you all doing with your Thanksgiving preparations? Ready for The Big Day? Or will you wait until Wednesday to shop?
Me, I've spent the past two weekends preparing, and we're not even having any company. It'll be a quiet day spent at home. But I wanted the right mood...which means the Christmas decorations had to be put up. Yes, I have not one but two Christmas trees up in my home already. Although one is only wearing lights at the moment. And feeling a little nekkid. I have pretty green garland draped over my enormous doorwall and more over the fireplace. It all looks so warm and cozy and inviting.
I also bought all the food for Thursday. The turkey's defrosting in the fridge. My work is just about done. I feel like I've accomplished so much. Ahhhh.
The best part about this year--my husband has promised to do ALL the cooking AND cleaning that day. What a switch. For the past ten years, it's been all me. I'm SO looking forward to sitting back, doing some reading, relaxing and eating myself into a coma.
What about you? Are you ready? What are your plans?
GOOD NEWS! One participating student will win a very special prize: a critique from Kara Cesare, Executive Editor for New American Library. She will read and comment on the first two chapters and synopsis of the winning student's work. NAL is an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). Ms. Cesare is the editor for many talented authors, including J.R. Ward. Winner will be chosen by random drawing.
Instructor: Nationally bestselling author Michele Bardsley will show writers how to polish their work until it shines. With twenty-three years of editing experience, she has worked with newspapers, publishers, and authors to craft better prose. She's presented Editing Boot Camp and other workshops at numerous conferences and online venues.
Workshop: In ten days, you will learn how to examine your work with the eyes of an editor. After Editing Boot Camp, you'll be able to deliver cleaner, better written manuscripts. As part of the class fee, Michele will critique five pages OR a synopsis for each enrolled student.
Students will be subscribed to the workshop list. Michele will post information and homework each day. The course is at your-own-pace. Your participation level is up to you. The list will remain open for discussion and questions during the full two weeks.
We will cover the editing process, word choices, description, passive writing, critique groups, and much more!
When: November 26th – December 7th. Monday – Friday.
Where: Online. After payment is received, students will be subscribed to the workshop list.
Today I’m starting a new story. Whoo hooo! Beginning a new book is a thrilling challenge. There’s a new set of characters to meet, a new story to discover.
Every author has his or her unique system for starting a new project. But for me, I start with a title and a synopsis. Why? Because the title sets the tone for the story. And the synopsis gives me a rough framework to build upon as I write.
So what is this survey I was talking about? It’s regarding titles. Lately, it seems that cute titles like clever twists on common expressions or clichés are pretty much out... and sexy, grittier titles are all the rage.
Opinions anyone? I’d be so grateful if you’d give me examples of your favorites (or least favorites) in the comments. I need inspiration. A good title can make a HUGE difference in the success of a story.
As a few of you know already I've been out with a family emergency. Unfortunately, I have to make a change in priorities in my life at the moment and my family comes first.
It is with deep regret that I must close the doors to Chippewa Publishing LLC and Lady Aibell Press. I would like to thank all of you for sharing your wonderful stories with the company and our readers and giving us the opportunity to publish them.
All rights will be returned to the authors on November 30, 2007. This will give me time to remove the books from the shelves as it isn't an overnight process. Please remember that even though books are removed from the e-shelves that I do not receive immediate payment from the wholesalers. Royalties will continue to be paid until all payments are sent by the distributors and they owe no more. Sometimes this can take up to a year to be paid. If you do see your books at any of our distributors after November 30, 2007, please tell me immediately so I can demand they're removed from the site.
I will be happy to write a letter of release to any future publisher you choose for your story. I will not have dedicated computer access until the end of November, but I can send letters through my assistant Karin.
I've enjoyed working with all of you and I appreciate the time and commitment you have given to me and the company. I wish you luck in all your writing adventures. Please keep me posted on new releases that you have as I will need to buy more books to read in the future.
Sincerely, Rebecca Pack ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Authors, it is in your best interest to carefully choose which publishers you submit to. Contact authors published by the house. Check resources like Preditors and Editors and Piers Anthony. Sometimes it's very difficult to get a solid handle on a prospective publisher's financial stability. Just understand that there's always a risk of things going sour. Have a backup plan. Spread your work around. And be particularly cautious with new epublishers.
Alec Somner, fire investigator and Guardian Protector, wants to stop a devious arsonist. But he’s been trailing the Hunter for years and hasn’t been able to stop him. In fact, he’s set the latest fire under Alec’s nose. And now, Alec has an unwanted distraction in the form of one blonde who has to merely flutter her eyelashes to spike a blaze in him. She’s in danger and he must protect her. But oh, the agony.
This morning, I received a couple of really great surprises in my email box...and it's not even my birthday :) What were these gifts? Two terrific new reviews for my Changeling Press books, Obsidian Mirror and If Looks Could Kill. A BIG thank you to both reviewers!
Right from the beginning, _Obsidian Mirror_ drew me in. The author's straight-up and sassy narrative brings life to her characters and the story. Skylar is a tortured soul, wounded by a horrific childhood, but she never lapses into self-pity. Skylar is vulnerable but not wimpy or whinny and I love the way she embraces her need for dominance. While I enjoyed the sexy and dominant Trace, I wanted to know more about him and wished the author could have explored him in more depth. Still, Trace is a strong man that any woman would want in her bed. Just like Skylar, Trace embraces his need to dominate even though it springs from dark place. I don't want to give anything away, but I think readers will appreciate both characters reasons for their sexual needs. Ms. Taylor has written an engaging short story that just grabbed me and didn't let go until the last page. The sex scenes were hot, detailed, and definitely arousing. The sex was so enticing that I found myself wanting more of Skylar's need for dominance and Trace's need to provide it. Overall, I recommend _Obsidian Mirror_ for readers who enjoy stories that have a bit rougher sex without over-the-top brutality. JustEroticRomanceReviews
Blurb: Once a year, for one magical night, they come. They take. They dominate. And then they return to their world behind the glass. Warriors from another dimension, seeking relief from their carnal hunger. But when the time is right, they must help their hostess accept her true mate, the one man who will heal her wounds and make her whole.
Skylar Morissey is perfectly content to have her once-a-year carnal visit from her dominant warriors. She can have twenty-four glorious hours of no-strings, kinky sex with not one but two gorgeous hunks. What girl wouldn't love that? Sure, there are those women who might like something more stable -- more grounded in the real world -- but not this girl, nope. She has her reasons for not getting into anything too complicated, very compelling ones. Until her very real neighbor, Trace Blackshaw, makes an unexpected appearance, and a few demands of his own.
Trace and Skylar share a dark past, one that has stained their souls and scarred their hearts. Skylar would rather forget. Trace cannot let it go. Nor will he let Skylar go, now that he’s found her.
In the end, it will be Skylar’s choice. Submission to the one man who shares a soul-deep bond with her, or hide from the pain and content herself with one night a year with two dominant lovers…from the obsidian mirror.
Tawny Taylor has written a nice finale to the love triangle of Burke, Sylvie and Miko. The shocking twist at the end, who was behind everything, including the framing of Burke, took me by surprise. I also liked the insight into Sylvie’s past and why she needs the love of these two men. The idea of two men bringing such happiness to a lonely woman’s life makes IF LOOKS COULD KILL a wonderful love story. Sylvie is a woman after my own heart.
Blurb: Blurb: One determined entrepreneur. Two seductive vampires. A brutal murderer... ...and a bar where every vampire knows your name. Gives new meaning to the expression "Thrilling Nightlife"
Nightclub owner -- and mate to two dominant, powerful vampires -- Sylvie Durand is kidnapped and learns her death is the key to a killer’s bizarre and demented plan. Bound and imprisoned, she’s forced to face her darkest fears, ghosts of a past she can no longer escape.
Time is quickly running out.
Sylvie will die if her vampire mates -- former enemies Miko Dvorak and Burke Langton -- can’t put their past differences behind them and learn to trust each other. All three must not only conquer a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, but also clear Burke’s name, pay back debts owed to lifelong friends, and shatter the chains that have bound them to their private demons their entire lives.
If they fail, none of them will get the happily-ever-after they deserve... or the blood-bond they desire.
Good morning and happy Hump Day! I signed on this morning to find a brand spanking new cover in my email. And I am absolutely thrilled by the way it turned out.
The cover is for Carnal Hunger, the second book in my Twilight's Possession series. Check it out... Here's the blurb:
Jasmyne Vaughn’s mother has--once again--vanished into the dark world of drug addiction, or so Jasmyne assumes. Until a call in the middle of the night sparks a frantic search in places so depraved Jasmyne couldn’t have imagined them in her worst nightmares. But before she can find her mother, and recover the package her mom has stolen, Jasmyne is kidnapped by two powerful strangers.
Sons of the Twilight Asher Pryce and Draven Falk have their own problems. Asher is desperate to reclaim what has been taken from him. And Draven has learned his conflicting loyalties are going to cost a number of people--Asher included--a dear price. And then there’s the desperate hunger that has driven them both to near death. Propelled by honor, duty and love, the three spend their nights searching for Jasmyne’s mother and the ancient Greek relic she’s stolen. And days spent sating their unrelenting carnal hunger.
Two men, one woman—and a driving sexual hunger that none can resist—in a race against time to save the innocent…or destroy themselves.
How about a little teaser? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
He inhaled deeply, drinking in the aroma of his prey’s terror. He wanted her.
He stooped, swept her into his arms and lowered her to the bed. As expected, she fought him, but he wasn’t as weak from the hunger as Asher. He easily overpowered her, pinning her on her back. He held her hands over her head. Her breasts rose and fell with each rapid gasp. Lust swelled within him. His cock hardened. His balls tightened.
“Now,” he said on a grunt, indicating with his head to Asher. He held her wrists tightly, although he knew the instant one of them bit the woman, the resistance would cease. Cold terror would be replaced by burning desire. Their terrified victim would become a willing participant.
Asher’s hand trembled as he struggled to unfasten her pants. He was going for her femoral artery, a wise choice. But not without its risks. Draven shifted, balancing himself above her torso to keep her still enough for Asher to remove the rest of her clothing from the waist down. Shoes. Socks. Jeans. Cotton panties.
Oh, her scent. A bouquet of woman and soap.
Shrill screams echoed through the room. Between the sounds and smells, he became instantly dizzy, nearly blind with need. “Hurry,” he pleaded as he repositioned himself. He used his arms to secure their quarry but angled his upper body so that he could bend down and taste her skin. More intoxicating scents swept into his nostrils as he nuzzled the crook between her shoulder and the slender column of her neck.
She shrieked again and then went dead still.
Asher had bitten her. His venom was pulsing through her blood vessels. It would take less than ten seconds.
Nine, eight, seven…
He ran his tongue along her jugular. Her heartbeat fluttered beneath her skin, a staccato tempo that beat within him.
Six, five, four…
He ached to sink his teeth into her sweet skin, to drink her essence and then give back the pleasure she deserved. But he had to wait a few more agonizing seconds until Asher had taken what he needed.
Three, two, one… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Enjoy and thanks for reading!
Looking for a sizzling paranormal romance paperback?
If so, I'm thrilled to let you know that I have a new book available for purchase from Amazon. My latest paperback, Immortal Secrets, includes the novel Light My Fire and a bonus novella, Spells and Seduction.
The blurbs: Light My Fire Bailee Boyd, secretary by day and struggling fantasy artist by night, needs to win an art contest. Only problem is, she's finding it hard to concentrate. Someone's sending her emails about local fires...before they've started! After a nearby chemical plant goes up in flames, she goes to the fire marshal's office to report the mysterious messages and meets a man who kindles some serious heat of an entirely different kind. Her troubles have only just begun.
Alec Somner, fire investigator and Guardian Protector, wants to stop the devious arsonist. But he’s been trailing the Hunter for years and hasn’t been able to stop him. In fact, he’s set the latest fire under Alec’s nose. And now, Alec has an unwanted distraction in the form of one blonde who has to merely flutter her eyelashes to spike a blaze in him. She’s in danger and he must protect her. But oh, the agony.
Neither Alec nor Bailee know what they’re up against--a cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started...and passion so scorching it will set their souls on fire.
Spells and Seduction While answering a Guardian’s plea for help, Second-level Mage, Malcolm Forester, finds himself thrown into battle with a demon. His loss means his soul is at stake. With only one chance to save both himself and the lives of every Guardian on the planet, he must find someone to give him the most precious gift of all. True, selfless love. There’s only one woman who might be willing to pay the price to save his soul. If he can live with the consequences.
Rory Denton’s sex life is in the toilet. All she wants is a little no-strings sex. In the midst of a hasty retreat after a blind date has pulled a no-show, she runs into a man she had thought dead for years. Ex-boyfriend Malcolm Forester is alive? Alive! And more than that, he’s promised to make her darkest, most secret fantasies come true. If she can find the courage to reveal them.
A lot of magic, a little bit of domination and submission, and one unusual ménage a trois pave a bumpy road to bliss. But neither Malcolm nor Rory are completely prepared for the destination that road might take them…
If so, you may want to check out THIS POST on DearAuthor.com. They are comparing several brands of ebook readers, including at least one e-ink model.
BTW, when I'm asked to give an opinion on this topic, I recommend a palm computer. There's very little difference in cost between a palm computer (such as a Dell Axim, which is what I own) and many of the dedicated ebook readers (like the Sony). I prefer the multi-use functionality of the palm versus the single use of a reader.
Forwarded from heartpresents.com Click the link for more details and tips ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CALLING ALL UNPUBLISHED WRITERS!
Have you always dreamed of writing for Presents?
The INSTANT SEDUCTION writing competition for original first chapters is coming!
The old saying goes that first impressions are lasting impressions – and when it comes to a book, that certainly holds true. If the first chapter doesn’t immediately grip the reader, then they just won’t bother to go on any further.
Regular readers of Presents will know that the hallmarks of all our stories are pace, passion and intensity – and that they expect to see them stamped on our novels from the very first page.
So, do you harbor a burning ambition to become a writer for Harlequin Presents? Do you think that you can grab readers’ attention and instantly seduce them with your characters, dialogue, emotional conflict and sizzling sensual tension from the moment they begin turning the pages?
Then we want to hear from you!
The INSTANT SEDUCTION Writing Competition
* The WINNER receives an editor for a year!
*TWO RUNNERS-UP will be given critiques of their first chapter entries and an editorial telephone consultation!
*Pre-competition writer tutorials on writing for Presents for all available on the iheartpresents.com site from November 1st! Look out for advice on: • Living with and loving the Alpha Male • Developing a Global Writing Voice • Generating Emotional Conflict • How to Write a Synopsis • How to be a professional writer
When can you enter? Competition runs from 1st January to 14th February 2008. Look out for the competition guidelines – coming very soon! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To celebrate the release, anthology authors Katrina Strauss, Kayleigh Jamison, and Emily Ryan-Davis invite you to win a $30 gift certificate to JT's Stockroom, an adult toy store. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your favorite online resource for BDSM fiction, lifestyle information, or sexy props, and head on over to http://www.stockroom.com to build your wish list. The contest winner will be announced at by 11:59 PM Wednesday, Oct 31. Gift certificate will be delivered via e-mail. Time is running out - enter soon!
Included in the anthology:
On Bended Knees by Canice Brown-Porter
Morgan has finally found her place in the world...at Lord Evan's feet. But will he accept her as his submissive after her training or must she find another Dom?
Little Book of Fantasies by Miranda Heart
Kaitlyn couldn't have been more surprised than when her boyfriend of three months suddenly kidnaps her and drags her to an abandoned train car. She doesn't know whether she's going to be tortured to death or remain for his pleasure, so why is she titillated by the whole thing?
A Scandalous Arrangement by Kayleigh Jameson
A well-bred lady and a rakish earl escape the ton and shed their inhibitions in A Scandalous Arrangement...
Sold into the service of a brothel madame to satisfy her brother's gambling debts, Lady Anna Boscawen finds herself catapulted into the scandalous, seedy underbelly of the ton when she is given a new name and her virginity is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Vere Fane, Earl of Westmorland is rich, powerful, and devilishly handsome, known throughout society for his carnal inclination and the pleasure and pain he inflicts upon the women he alternately ravages and worships. Bound together by unusual circumstances, Vere leads Anna through a whirlwind of emotions, teaching her to find the ultimate freedom - in submission.
Unwrapping Amy by Emily Ryan-Davis
Amy and Mac Corcoran have known one another for 20 years. They've been lovers for 16. Married for 14. Twenty years, and they still have secrets. Will confession hold them together or tear them apart?
Efflorescence by Katrina Strauss
It's the spring of 1920. The wholesome Gibson girl is fading from grace, while the spirited Flapper has yet to emerge. In the midst of this transition, a young and bored Hannah struggles to find her place. When she models for Russian painter Pavel, she meets a kindred restless spirit. As their friendship evolves, their sessions lead both to question their taboo desires. But as Hannah and Pavel gradually explore these desires, can they also find room in their lives for love? With themes of bondage, and a guest appearance by a young Anais Nin, Efflorescence explores one girl's coming-of-age at a time when women, as a whole, redefined their role in a changing world.
Touching Down by Joe Wilson
Joe flies a thousand miles to give a pink rose to a woman he calls Pita, and to demand she submit. When she obeys, he challenges her values and fears with lust and pain … six miles above the ground … in a lavish casino resort … at a pillar with a whip and a poem, and that damn pink rose. On an unlikely journey, a jaded dominant and a wary divorcee begin an adventure that will take the rest of their lives and teach them once again about love and trust.