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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

An Interesting Discussion

Over on the Romance Divas forum, someone posted a link to This Article, titled What Editors Hate.

Generally, I can see where editors are coming from with the pet peeves they've mentioned. Many of them are commonly known. But one in particular sparked a conversation among the Divas.

Many agents hate prologues.

Many published books have prologues.

This discussion makes me wonder--what do readers feel about prologues?

I guess I'm indifferent. However, I'll admit, I often skip them and get right to the story. Only if I feel like I've missed something important will I go back and read the prologue. So even though I don't have anything against prologues in theory, I don't bother reading them very often.

What about you? Do you read prologues? Skim them? Hate them? Love them? Opinions anyone?

Tawny

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:43 AM | 2 comments

Friday, September 19, 2008

I got a facelift today

Hi all! TGIF!

I bet you think I'm talking about one of those quickie Lifestyle Lifts :) No. That's not what I'm talking about. Though I'm getting close to needing one. I swear my eyebrows are sagging. Gah!

Instead, my website (and my blog) got a face lift. I gave it some much-needed tightening and toning and an allover cosmetic makeover. I hope you'll check it out and tell me what you think!

Have a great weekend!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:13 PM | 0 comments

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Check out this cover!

Droolllll...

Interesting placement of that sword, eh?



The book sounds as yummy as the cover...

PIERCING THE VEIL, Available September 17th from Ellora's Cave
Genre: Paranormal erotic romance/menage

Here's the blurb:
Twins Hawk and Val are Fianna warriors under the vengeful curse of a scorned goddess. Following the prophecy in the Book of Veils, they search for the one who can help them retrieve the Claiomh Solais before their enemies get the chance. Their quest leads them to Linnea. One touch and there can be no doubt that they have found their match. But will she accept them once she knows the truth?

Linnea is no one special. So why is she on the run from evil faeries and her egotistical ex? Why is she suddenly spending time in the company of dragons, druids, and one kinky Viking with a split personality? All she knows is she has to keep her daughter safe from those who hunt her, and her heart safe from another betrayal.

To protect one gifted child and all of humanity from the dark god that seeks retribution, they must learn to trust each other. To have a future together, they must find the perfect balance.

***

Purchase at Ellora's Cave and don't forget to visit RG's website.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:32 AM | 1 comments

Monday, September 15, 2008

Do you see these? They're tears of joy.


I just received the most amazing review of MASTERS OF ILLUSION and I couldn't be happier. I *really* needed some good news today. It received a Recommended Read. That was great but what made me all weepy was the review itself.

Snippet:

MASTERS OF ILLUSION by Tawny Taylor is awesome, awesome, awesome. I can’t think of enough complimentary words to describe how absolutely delicious this story is. I am not normally a big fan of m/m erotic, but Tawny has a special way of writing that makes the scenes in this book wonderfully sexy and heart tugging at the same time. I felt how beautiful the emotions in those scenes really were.


The rest of the review is absolutely fabulous! I wish I could post the whole thing here.

HUGE thanks to Becky at Dark Angel Review!

About MASTERS OF ILLUSION:

Ruby - Masters of Illusion By Tawny Taylor
Illusion. A word shaded with nuance, making the men who practice it — the masters — enigmas. Particularly when they magically materialize from the shadows of a woman's dark past.

It's been fifteen years. No longer the tormented young men Blair knew and loved so long ago, Damon and Trey still know how to touch her heart, how to draw out her secrets, and how to bring her to the edge of ecstasy.

Blair has two weeks to unravel the mystery of the ruby and decide if the magic her seductive masters are wielding is real or illusion. The answers to her questions are hidden within the facets of the ruby gifts she receives each night, the mysteries veiled by their illusions…and the dark desires burning in her body.

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes with same-gender sex, and references to child abuse.

Tawny

posted by Tawny Taylor at 3:34 PM | 0 comments

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Open Call for Submissions

Forwarded with Permission:

Call for Submissions: 2009 Firemen Series: Hearts Afire


Phase two of the Call for Hearts Afire submissions is now open!

What is it about Firemen that gets our mojo burning? Is it their hard bodies, taut muscles, and unending strength and courage? Their willingness to risk their lives for us and our loved ones? Or the super sexy way they handle their hoses? How about all of the above?

Liquid Silver Books is publishing a 12-book duet series throughout 2009. Each month we will publish a Fireman duet consisting of two novellas and two authors.

This series is open to any genre, but must have a firefighter as a central character, male or female. We will be accepting submissions in both our Liquid and Molten heat levels, and each duet will be compiled of novellas within the same heat level.

Submissions are open to all authors currently published with Liquid Silver books and those wishing to be published with Liquid Silver Books. All works must be new material. Previously published works or works currently part of a series will not be considered. All submissions must be exclusive to Liquid Silver Books; if we decline your submission; you are free to submit elsewhere. A total of 24 novellas will be accepted for this series.

Submission requirements:

Full manuscript in Ariel, 12pt saved as RTF.

Length: 20k – 30K

Genre: Any, must feature firefighters.

Heat Levels:

* Liquid Silver - We are looking for the build up of passion, the explosion of a sexual relationship between a man and woman and not just a story with one sex scene after another. We are looking for the traditional "happy ever after" and the commitment of the man and woman involved. We want to see strong stories, stories which could stand on their own if the sex was omitted. However, by the addition of explicit sex throughout the book, the entire work then takes on a titillating aura from beginning to end. The sex must carry the story along and not just be included as though it was an afterthought in order to submit it.
* Molten Silver - Liquid Silver Books is known for publishing classy, hot, distinctive erotic romances. In our Molten Line, our stories rise to a hotter, steamier level. We're looking for the naughty, the boundary-pushing, the "holy crap, that was awesome." Stories that include BDSM, multiple partners, same-sex loving, anal play, or anything else that tickles your fancy. Just make sure to give us a happily ever after (or, happy for now) ending.

Please refer to our submission guidelines for further information.

Submissions for this call are open until October 27th. The final decision for stage two submissions will be announced November 3rd.

To submit, please send manuscript via email at subs2008@liquidsilverbooks.com with FIREMEN SERIES in the subject line. Include your author bio in the body of the email and attach the completed manuscript and a one page snapshot synopsis.

I look forward to getting fired up over your submissions!

Tina Burns
Publisher
Liquid Silver Books

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:46 AM | 0 comments

Friday, September 12, 2008

Epub Liquid Silver Announces New Submission Guidelines

Forwarding from Romance Divas:

Announcing new and improved submission guidelines for Liquid Silver Books!

* Condensed (yet pertinent) FAQs
* New Heat Level added - Sterling
* Heat Level Descriptions - Sterling, Liquid, Molten
* New Minimum Word Count - 15K


Follow the link and see for yourself!


posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:40 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Free Best/Worst First/Last line writing contest

Forwarded from the Ellora's Cave Editors' blog:

"Last Line" Contest

Most everyone has heard of the Bulwer-Lytton contest for the best Worst Opening Line of an imaginary novel. So we are going to run a contest for the proposed best and worst LAST line of an imaginary book. There will be four categories:

1. Mystery novel - Best last line: A final sentence that is moving or heartstopping or just so perfect for closing a mystery.

2. Mystery novel - Worst last line: A silly or parody-type or just-plain-awful ending for a mystery story, something that leaves us groaning or laughing or screaming.

3. Romance novel - Best last line

4. Romance novel - Worst last line

So put on your creative or goofy thinking caps, invent some really unique and imaginative last lines for ficticious fiction books!

Post your entry (or entries) in the comments here on the blog. We'll scoop them all up by September 20 and announce the winners the following week.

Prize: Well, we'll send you a book - either a mystery or a romance!

Oh, yeah, we're also open to suggestions on what to name our contest.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 12:11 PM | 0 comments

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fabulous FREE Workshop

Forwarded with permission.



Kick A$$ Characters By Authors Who Know How To Kick A$$



September 12-13 at Romance Divas




Featuring:


Bob Mayer


Lori Avocato


Maggie Price


Lindsay McKenna


Barry Eisler


Linnea Sinclair


Larissa Ione


Merline Lovelace



Want to know how to write authentic action, suspense, law enforcement, and military romance? Ask authors who know firsthand! Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with some of the hottest names in the genre. It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register by entering the site and clicking on Forum.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:56 AM | 0 comments

Monday, September 08, 2008

Wanna Read an Excerpt?

NEW RELEASE

Available Now!

“Blackmailed” by Tawny Taylor


Check out Tawny’s other titles


Length: Short Novel
Price: 5.20
Publication Date:
Sept. 3, 2008

BUY HERE (or click cover to buy).

Blurb:

Sometimes freedom can only be gained through captivity…

Elena Caine has secrets. The kind that could devastate her life if they're revealed. And now a selfish bastard is dragging the skeletons out of her closet. She's being blackmailed. There's no way out. Then the quietly seductive Dom Kyler Pierce decides to blackmail her too.

As Kyler and Elena face their common enemy, overpowering sexual heat sizzles between them. They want each other. Need each other. But happiness may be beyond their reach. For this determined Dom and reluctant submissive to have any chance at love, Elena must learn the most essential lesson of Dominance and submission — to trust her Dom. Even when she is on her knees…and her world is tumbling down around her.

Excerpt:

An Excerpt From: BLACKMAILED

Copyright © TAWNY TAYLOR, 2008

All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

An uncomfortable silence hung between them, and despite the sensual awareness warming her skin and making her all tingly, a question hung from the tip of her tongue. A question that would totally put a dampener on the date-like vibe of the moment.


How would she ever sleep? In a strange house, with the stress of a job loss—and maybe jail, gah!—looming over her head.


She needed a little of that wine. Not a lot. She wasn’t a big drinker, had the occasional glass on special nights, holidays, that kind of thing. She hadn’t gotten loaded since college. Tempting as it was to do so tonight, there was no way she’d do something so idiotic.


“Mind if I upgrade to something a little harder?” She lifted her glass, motioning toward his.

“Sure. What can I get you?” He popped another loaded cracker into his mouth. A tiny smudge of orange clung to his upper lip, and she couldn’t help staring at it.


“How about some of whatever you’re drinking?”


“Coming right up.” He got her a fresh wineglass, grabbed the bottle sitting on the counter next to the wine cooler and sat back in his seat. He poured her a full glass then handed it to her. “There you go.”


“Thanks.” Her gaze still locked on that bit of orange on his lip, she took a cautious taste. Ooh, yum. She took several more swallows then pointed at her own mouth. “Um, you’ve got something there.”


“Where?” He wiped the wrong spot, like people always did. And she was forced to lean closer and actually touch his face with her finger. “There.”


A big jolt of electricity charged up her arm, almost feeling as though she’d just touched a live wire. She froze, unable to pull her hand away, unable to move at all. He leaned closer, and she realized he was looking at her mouth.


Oh God, was he going to kiss her?


“I…uh…have always admired your shoes,” she jabbered, so nervous she didn’t even know what she was saying. Her brain was stuck, like an old-fashioned record, playing the same thought over and over.


He’s going to kiss me. He’s going to kiss me. Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod!


Then their mouths were touching. Just barely. And she quit breathing, which was not good. She closed her eyes, frozen in place, waiting, dizzy.


He cupped her face in his hands and gently brushed his mouth back and forth over hers. It was the softest, most sensual kiss she’d ever experienced.


“Oh God,” she heard herself say.


He answered with a rumbling, sexy chuckle that made her warmer yet.


Her heart started banging hard against her breastbone and she took a little frantic gasp of air.

She felt as if she was melting inside, her bones softening, the rest of her turning into slick heat. A tingly warmth gathered between her legs.


“You want this, don’t you?” he asked against her mouth.


She did, most definitely. In fact, crazy or not, she wanted a whole lot more than a teasing, sultry kiss. But all she could say was, “Ahhh…”


She slid her hands up the smooth material of his shirt until she felt the stiff collar. By the time she had her fingers wrapped around his silk tie, she was more than a little desperate for the kiss to deepen. Enough to take matters into her own hands. She climbed to her feet, so that she could wedge her body between his legs, and pressed against him. Her nipples were sensitive, hard little peaks, roughened against the lace cup of her bra.


And still, he kept that kiss soft and fleeting, the worst kind of torture. She looped her arms around his neck, angling her mouth. “You’re so mean,” she murmured.



“And you like that too, don’t you?”


She did. In a way. And in another, she most definitely did not. She pulled on his neck, trying to force him to possess her more fully with his mouth. But instead, he skimmed his lips over her cheekbone then kissed a tingly path from her ear to her collarbone.


He gently pulled her arms from his neck, pushing them down then forcing them behind her back. He used one fist as a handcuff, holding them together. With the other one, he supported the back of her neck.


Oh…she was going to need a whole lot more support than that, very soon. Goose bumps tickled the skin of her neck and back, her chest and stomach. Her bones were melting, her muscles twitching.


She could hardly believe this was happening. Kyler Pierce, the guy all the women in the office lusted after but no one got—including Nikki the office babe—was nibbling her neck right now. Hers!


So much for the theory that he was gay.


For the first time today, she was actually kind of glad she’d been blackmailed by Matt Becker. Look where it had led her. Into the arms of an absolute hunk. Gorgeous. Successful. Sexy.

* * * * *

“Time for bed,” Kyler mumbled, tearing his lips from Elena’s neck. Damn, but if he didn’t put some distance between the sweet-tasting little lady and his hot self right now, he’d do something he’d seriously regret.


Business first. He had to deal with the Becker thing before he let himself explore the sizzling chemistry between them. It was only fair.


He jerked her against him one last time. Dammit, she fit against him so perfectly.


She looked bewildered when he finally released her. “Uh, okay.” She caught the back of the stool, steadied herself.


He licked his lower lip, tasting her. Raked his fingers through his hair. His balls were heavy and tight, like lead. Her hair was mussed, her cheeks flushed, lips swollen, and he could still see those two beautiful, hard nipples poking through the fabric of her top. A woman ripe and ready for a good, long fuck.


But not tonight.


Wondering if a guy could die from blue balls, he downed the rest of his wine and led her up the stairs to the guest bedroom. After making sure she had everything she’d need for the night, he left, heading straight for the shower.


It was a poor substitute, but he’d have to settle for his hand and a bar of soap to relieve the pressure. But someday—maybe—he’d have the real thing. With the first woman who’d intrigued him in a long, long time.


BUY FROM Ellora’s Cave

Don’t miss Tawny’s other summer releases:

Behind the Mask (ebook), Samhain

Three nights of uninhibited kink—and you’re invited.

Kelly Bennett is about to embark on a journey into a strange and foreign world, where men and women play erotic games of power and lust, hiding behind masks. A dark world of bondage, of domination and submission, of masters and slaves. The world of Masquerade Weekend.

But her journey is not a solitary one. She’s found a willing guide in Rogan Cayne, a man who knows his way around. A man with the strength to keep her safe as she indulges in some experimentation, and maybe a game or two of cat and mouse. As she lets Rogan slowly lure her with a touch, a look, and a few whispered words, she suddenly finds she’s a mouse with one very fierce cat on her tail.

Rogan isn’t about to let Kelly play it safe during this weekend of decadent, carnal exploration. In fact, before the weekend draws to a close, he intends to strip away her every defense and bring the luscious little submissive to her knees.

But is he willing to pay the price to discover what lies beneath her mask?

Masters of Illusion (ebook), Ellora’s Cave

Illusion. A word shaded with nuance, making the men who practice it — the masters — enigmas. Particularly when they magically materialize from the shadows of a woman's dark past.

It's been fifteen years. No longer the tormented young men Blair knew and loved so long ago, Damon and Trey still know how to touch her heart, how to draw out her secrets, and how to bring her to the edge of ecstasy.

Blair has two weeks to unravel the mystery of the ruby and decide if the magic her seductive masters are wielding is real or illusion. The answers to her questions are hidden within the facets of the ruby gifts she receives each night, the mysteries veiled by their illusions…and the dark desires burning in her body.

Naughty Nights (trade paper), Pocket Books

Veiled Pleasures (trade paper), Ellora’s Cave



posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:32 AM | 0 comments

Friday, September 05, 2008

Look what the FedEx guy just brought...

Cover flats for Wicked Beast! Whoo hoooooo!Back cover copy:

TAKE ME. TEMPT ME. TAME ME.

Cailey Holm is definitely not a cat person—in fact, she’s terrified of felines in al forms. Creating a sexy were-lion as the hero of her latest erotic romance was supposed to help her overcome that fear, but suddenly the tall, dangerous, domineering alpha-cat of her darkest dreams is standing in her living room—and then carrying her back to his world, demanding to explore her most erotic fantasies…

Set free from Cailey’s story, Lander Cornelius, King of the Werekin, now has a mind of his own—not to mention a magnificent, muscular body specially designed to make his mistress ache with desire. At first Lander’s only motive is to protect his people by controlling Cailey’s magic. But now, he intends to bring them both to the peak of ultimate ecstasy, showing her the intense pleasure of total submission, and unleashing a pure, animal passion that has no limits except in their wildest imaginations…

I love that Take Me. Tame Me bit :)

Wicked Beast is available for Preorder on Amazon already. They're currently offering 20% off and free shipping. I'll be posting an excerpt on my website soon. Just waiting for edits to be finished...

Tawny
Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction
www.tawnytaylor.com

posted by Tawny Taylor at 12:07 PM | 2 comments

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Available Now!!!


Blackmailed
Tawny Taylor

Blackmailed By Tawny Taylor
Sometimes freedom can only be gained through captivity…

Elena Caine has secrets. The kind that could devastate her life if they're revealed. And now a selfish bastard is dragging the skeletons out of her closet. She's being blackmailed. There's no way out. Then the quietly seductive Dom Kyler Pierce decides to blackmail her too.

As Kyler and Elena face their common enemy, overpowering sexual heat sizzles between them. They want each other. Need each other. But happiness may be beyond their reach. For this determined Dom and reluctant submissive to have any chance at love, Elena must learn the most essential lesson of Dominance and submission — to trust her Dom. Even when she is on her knees…and her world is tumbling down around her.

Read an excerpt
Genre : BDSM
Book Length: .Short Novel.


posted by Tawny Taylor at 12:20 PM | 0 comments

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I've been Giggled :)


A total rave or a colorful rant, Mrs. Giggles' reviews always amuse me. Such is the case with her review of my latest release, Behind the Mask. It's kind of both--rant and rave--though I'm thinking it's a little heavier in the former. She picks on the cover a little. The expression "one of the dorkiest" is used.

I dunno. Other people have said they like the guy in the mask. What do you think?


Anyway, my favorite line in the whole review:

Some cities have a powerful Don but Detroit has a powerful Dom, so ponder that, bitches.



LOLOL!
Anyway, if you'd like to read the rest of the review, you can find it HERE.

And if you'd like more information on the book, you can find that HERE.

Tawny

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:21 AM | 0 comments
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