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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Fabulous Review!


A big thank you to Amanda at the Romance Junkies for the wonderful review of Wicked Nights.

Here's a snippet: "Sexy, sensual and passionate as hell, PASSION UNBOUND: WICKED NIGHTS has all the attributes for a best seller in the making!"

Read the rest of Amanda's terrific five-ribbon review on Romance Junkies.

Tawny




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Yet another call for submissions

Please note: The publisher below is new and therefore I cannot give any kind of personal opinion on the house, good or bad. I recommend every author considering submitting to any publisher do their homework first, talk to authors who are published with the house, before signing any contracts.

Now, on to the submissions call:

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Dragon Spell Publishing is now accepting all submissions!


Tales From the Shadows - Halloween Anthology

Get in touch with your sinister side. Let your imagination step into the dark and win a contract with Dragon Spell Publishing!


Dragon Spell is now open to submissions for their Tales From the Shadows October 2008 anthology. All submissions must be at least 20,000 words and have a Gothic theme. Working on that ghost romance? Just about finished with that creepy vampire romance? Polish it up and submit it and you could win a contract with DSP and become part of our first anthology, Tales From the Shadows, releasing October 20th 2008.

All submissions must state in the subject line of the email that it for Tales From the Shadows contest. The deadline for submissions is June 1st 2008.

Warm Summer Myth - Summer Anthology

We are now accepting submissions for our summer anthology, Warm Summer Myth. All submissions must be 20,000 - 30,000 words and have a summer setting with the theme being the Hero/Heroine as mythical creature - any mythical creature, so let your imagination fly.

All submissions must state in the subject line of the email that it for the Warm Summer Myth Anthology. The deadline for submissions is March 1st 2008.

Please visit our submissions page for guidelines at http://www.dragonspellpublishing.com/submissions.html

We look forward to hearing from you!
Frank and Renee Rocco

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Call for Submissions

Forwarding for those who might be interested...

Call for submissions: Samhain Publishing Tickle My Fantasy Anthology

Demons, vamps, werewolves, ghosties, ghoulies and things that go bump
in the night. We love to love them, but can they make us laugh, too?

I'm very pleased to announce an open call for submissions for a new
anthology. I'm looking for contemporary paranormal romances with a
strong humourous voice. I'm open to any paranormal creature, but it
has to be funny, and it has to be romantic.

The anthology will include novellas from 18,000 to 20,000 words in
length and will be released individually as ebooks in February 2009
and packaged for a print release the following year.

Submissions are open to all authors, published with Samhain or
aspiring to be published with Samhain. All submissions must be new
material, previously published submissions will not be considered.
Additionally, manuscripts previously submitted, whether individually
or for past anthologies, will not be considered either. Please be
aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be
resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor.

To submit, please include the full manuscript of 18,000 to 20,000
words with a detailed 2 – 4 page synopsis and a cover letter that
tells me a bit about you and your background.

Submissions are open until May 31, 2008. The final decision will be
made by June 16, 2008. Please send your submission to
editor@samhainpublishing.com and include Tickle My Fantasy Anthology
in the subject line.

I'm happy to answer questions about this anthology either on the
Samhain Author loop, the Samhain Café, on the Romance Divas forum, or
by private email.

*permission to forward granted

Laurie M. Rauch, Editor
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
"It's all about the story."
www.samhainpublishing.com

laurie@samhainpublishing.com


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Friday, January 25, 2008

Yes, I'm alive...

...but sadly, my computer (or rather, my computer's hard drive) is not. *sob*

I had to have my computer's hard drive replaced. Which meant I had limited internet access this week, and also lost several important files. Luckily, I tend to use my laptop as a backup, and the techy guy was able to retrieve some of my files from my mostly-corrupted hard drive, but I wasn't able to get back everything.

I feel so lost!

So please, bear with me while I make this adjustment and try to get my virtual feet back beneath me.

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Come and chat!

This afternoon, we're having a kidnapping-themed party on the Changeling Press Yahoo group. Come join the fun!

If you could be kidnapped by your fantasy man, who would it be?

If you're not a member, send an email to: ChangelingPress-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

See ya there!

Tawny

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

If you could be kidnapped by your fantasy man...

...who would it be?

My latest release, WICKED NIGHTS, the second book in my Passion Unbound series answers that question for one lucky freelance writer. (Changeling Press, Jan. 18, 2008)


The blurb:

If you could be kidnapped by any man, who would it be?

Freelance writer Cheryl Witte loves her romance novels as much as the next girl. Her favorite -- Dangerous Knights, the story of two dominant, sexy vampires, Cy and Maksim. To be possessed by two dark and dangerous Masters? One word, yum! But that’s just fantasy. It could never happen in real life... right? She wouldn’t want it to.

Then again, maybe it could...and maybe she would.

Cheryl is onto the story of the century, about a portal that allows real men--dangerous and barbaric ones --to travel into the human world and kidnap unsuspecting women. You bet she’s willing to take her chances for that kind of story. A paper cut and a few muttered words could make all her wishes come true, including a cover story in the NY Times. Not to mention bring the men of her fantasies, Cy and Maksim, to life.

She sets up some cameras, arms herself with a tranquilizer, and waits. And waits…until…one minute she’s sleeping, the next she’s dragged into a world of her imagination, to face her darkest desires... and most shocking secrets.

Cy and Maksim have their own challenges to face. But nothing can stop them from
introducing their fiery new bride to the rapture of complete submission.
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So, for our heroine Cheryl, the kidnappers of her fantasies were two sexy, dark and mysterious vamps from a novel she'd just read. And in the first book in the series, they were a pair of powerful feline shapeshifters from that heroine's fave book. I thought it would be a lot of fun writing stories about women who came face-to-face with their fantasy guys. And I was right!

Who would it be for you? Would he (or they) be a character in a book? Or maybe a movie? Or how about a singer in a fave band...or old crush from high school? Anyone want to share?

If you could be kidnapped by any man, who would it be?

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

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What are you reading now?

I took my Borders 25% off coupon over to our pretty, new Borders store and bought a copy of Shana Black's Decadent. Yummy story. Contemporary menage a trois. I'm finding I want to read more contemporaries these days. I think I finally burned out on paranormals.

What about you? What are you in the mood to read these days?

Tawny
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Wicked Hot Erotic Fiction

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

And speaking of fantasy men...

...how'd you like to win a virtual date with a hunk?

Check out Gemma Halliday's VD Day Bachelor Auction!

Details, including model biographies and current bids can be found at: http://www.gemmahalliday.com/contests/



In conjunction with the release of the Dreams & Desires Vol. 2 anthology (available February 1st!!), I'm bringing you some of the hottest hunks around. And, if you bid well, one of them could be your virtual Valentine!

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to benefit victims of domestic violence, so please help support an amazing cause while winning yourself a handsome hunk!

The prize:
Each bachelor has put together a prize pack of personalized items to send to the winner, plus, if you win the auction, you will be invited to an exclusive online Valentine’s chat party, February 16th (Sat) at 1pm PST/3pm EST, where your bachelor will accompany you as your virtual date!

Here’s how the bidding works:
1. send an email to gemmahalliday@gmail.com with the word “Bachelor Auction Bid” in the subject line
2. In the body of the email tell me a) which bachelor you’re bidding on and b) how much your bid is
3. check back here to make sure you haven’t been outbid!

Bidding will run from Jan.15th - Jan.31st
Happy bidding and good luck!!






Bachelor #1
John Antorino
Actor/Model



















Bachelor #2
Julian Fantechi
Playgirl Magazine’s Man of the Year 2007

Current bid: $75















Bachelor #3

Bill Freda
Actor/Model

















Bachelor #4
Joe Gruber
Romance Novel Cover Model



















Bachelor #5
Jimmy Thomas
Model


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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

It's Tuesday Already?!

I'm blogging over at the Divas of the Dark again. This time, it's about kidnapping fantasies. Come on over and join in the fun!

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

PW is Pulling out the Crystal Ball

What do they see?

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6516743.html?desc=topstory

Here are a few highlights. You can click the link above to read the rest.

1. Success for the Kindle.

2. Continual growth for ebooks.

3. Sales of customized books will become "substantial".

4. Apple will add ebook reader functions to the iPod and iPhone.

5. Publishers will shift their marketing efforts away from traditional media to the internet.

A few posts down, I took a stab at reading the crystal ball. What about you? What do you see happening in the world of books, ebooks or publishing?

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

And some more good news!

I heard from Samhain. My editor has accepted the contemporary erotic novella I submitted to her! Yay! The title is currently BEHIND THE MASK. We'll see if that title sticks. I'm also waiting to see when it'll release.

Have you heard any good news lately? Big, small, whatever it is...please, share!

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

It's Tuesday...

...and you know what that means, right?

I'm blogging over at the Divas of the Dark.

See ya there!

Tawny
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Wicked Hot Erotic Romance

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Some Great News!

I just received word that Ellora's Cave has accepted my recent submission, a contemporary BDSM novella titled BLACKMAILED. I'm absolutely THRILLED!

I don't have a blurby thing yet for it, so I can't post one yet. But it'll be coming shortly.

Woot! Have some cyber champagne with me. I SO needed this bit of good news.

Tawny
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Wicked Hot Erotic Fiction

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Somebody made me cry today....

...in a very good way.

It's so easy to get wrapped up in what I'm doing, where I want to be, and the frustration of not getting there. And then I read something like the blog post below and I realize there's so much more to this writing thing than which agent I have or what my next advance will be.

http://jodihenley.blogspot.com/2008/01/at-long-lastand-finally.html

Thank you Jodi. And congratulations on the upcoming release! This girl will be first in line to buy your book.

Tawny
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Wicked Hot Erotic Fiction

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Friday, January 04, 2008

I can SO relate to this...


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Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Future of EPublishing

This morning, I was doing some blog hopping, looking for inspiration for today's blog and I decided to pay a visit to one of my fave reviewer's blogs, Dear Author. Just before Christmas, one of the bloggers sparked a conversation about epublishing. I wasn't surprised by the majority of the opinions shared in the comments. I've heard the same things before: epublishing is becoming too narrowly focused, and readers want more than kink/menage/vampires. Oh, and that all the good authors are trading up for NY houses, leaving the smaller publishers who gave them their start.

Like every other industry, particularly those I would label as "entertainment" industries, I view publishing as a fluid entity. Epublishing/tree publishing, they will both be in a constant state of change. Trends come and go. Readers' demands evolve. So people who hypothesize that change is on the horizon will always be right.

But as far as the rest, where epublishing is headed, that's all speculation.

Epublishing authors either write what sells in their medium (which currently tends toward the racier side of erotic romance/erotica) or what they love to write (but has too limited a market to sell to a larger house). Because epublishers tend to turn books around faster (in some cases, MUCH faster) than traditional publishers, they are able to respond to the demands of their customers. As a result, I would be shocked to hear that any established epublisher would fail to produce books the majority of their readers want to buy. There may be a lag of a few months, but certainly not years.

Why the long explanation? I have to believe that what is currently being published is representative of what the epublishing houses' customers are buying. Kink. M/M. Menage. Publishers can only respond to customers who talk with their wallets. Sadly, the more mainstream romance reader has yet to respond to epublishing (in a financial respect). Until historical romances, for example, sell in greater quantity in ebook, you'll find very few historical romances being written and/or published by epublishers. It's a question of supply and demand. The economics of art.

Whipping out my crystal ball now, I see epublishing continuing to evolve and grow over the next decade. It's a great market for both upcoming talent and NY midlist authors who need to generate income from their writing. Great books will continue to be available to readers who are looking for them. Epublishers that are able to carve out a niche and generate income for their stable of authors will grow. Those that cannot will fail. Slowly, the ebook readership will grow and eventually the narrow focus of epublishing will broaden as ebooks become more mainstream. But I imagine that's years off yet. Until technology produces a cheap and yet functional and aesthetically pleasing ebook reader, and our technology-friendly kids become book buying adults, the market's going to be steered by the small, yet loyal, population of ebook buyers.

Anyone else have an opinion? What are your thoughts? What do you see in your crystal ball?

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Wait is Over!


Carnal Hunger (Twilight's Possession Book 2)

by Tawny Taylor
Available Today at www.ellorascave.com

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.

Read an excerpt

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