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AUTHORS SHARE THEIR PUBLISHING JOURNEYS
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Posted: May 03, 2021


Queries, Qualms, & Quirks asks published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from first spark to day of publication. Author Sarah Nicolas interviews authors of all genres about how they got started writing, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication.

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Blood Rising
The first of the BLOOD TRILOGY from Amber Anthony. Watch for the second enthralling book, BLOOD EMERALD, January 10th, 2018. The trilogy is completed with BLOOD DRAGON, April, 2018
Holographic Havoc
Hayden Knight's job is simple. All he has to do is sell his father's latest invention to Tate South, the Acquisitions Manager of the biggest supplier of the best in cutting-edge technology. The virtual assistant is designed to help the user in all aspects of their life, but Hayden views the holographic helper as nothing but a nuisance. Keeping his annoyance to himself is relatively easy until a major technical glitch causes Tate to see and hear Hayden's assistant. Hayden and Tate are thrown together while they try to figure out what has happened, and the chemistry between them is electric. Hayden soon finds that convincing Tate that he needs a Holo-Assistant isn't as important to him as persuading him he needs Hayden in his life. The attraction is mutual and the sparks fly. If only they could get rid of their holographic third wheel.
New Release
First in the new Phoenix Sidewinders series! AJ Donohue, the Phoenix Sidewinders star third baseman, has two problems. His minor but immediate need: a pet sitter. His major, more comprehensive need: fix his not-so-stellar performance at the plate. A community college dropout with no other skills, AJ believes his career rides on signing a huge contract at the end of the season. Carolina Markland-Contreras is back in town, trying to repair her academic reputation after an ex-boyfriend embroiled her in a cheating scandal that forced her to leave her dream university. Enrolled in a local university's doctoral program in statistics, she finally feels like she's back on track. When her sexy neighbor needs a favor, she's happy to care for his pet. When she discovers he's a baseball player in need of statistical assistance, she steps up to the plate. As AJ coaches Carolina on the nuances of baseball and she works the numbers for him, their attraction for each other grows exponentially. But AJ is worried about striking out with super smart Carolina and she's unsure if his interest goes any further than her calculating mind.
Broke Deep
The story of the Troilus is interwoven with the Capell family history. When amateur historian Dominic Watson inveigles himself into seeing the ship's timbers which make up part of Morgan's home, they form a tentative but prickly friendship that keeps threatening to spark into something more romantic.
French Kissing Vampires For Beginners
When a dentist meets an average suburban vampire, it may just be a match made in heaven. Tom is your typical modern vampire. He lives in a detached house in the suburbs, pays his taxes, and bemoans the price of bottled blood. He doesn't usually tell people what he is, but sometimes it can't be helped, like now, when he has toothache and needs the assistance of a dentist. Martyn's night isn't going too well at all. He's working late, his patient is a vampire, and now they're being mugged. But what sort of a vampire is Tom if he can't leap to the rescue and use his superpowers to save them? There's only one way to find out and Martyn, a self-confessed geek with a love for all things vampire, intends to get to know Tom better, despite the bloodsucker's fear of dentists.
99c - The Unexpected Santa
When a rugby bad boy butts heads with a retired Marine, which alpha male becomes top dog? Scottie Monk came out of the womb angry at the world. He's selfish and bitter. "Bah humbug!" rolls off his tongue far easier than "Happy Christmas." Gray Baird has dedicated his life to public service as a Marine Corps officer and later as a police chief. The decorated hero finds it impossible to ignore autistic twins in desperate need of holiday spirit. He'll be the grumpiest Santa in the world if it puts a smile their faces. And he'll drag a reluctant Scottie along for the ride. This December, Gray and Scottie collide while unexpectedly playing Santa. The short story The Unexpected Santa is book five in Dahlia Donovan's international bestselling gay romance series, The Sin Bin. Each one features hot rugby players and the men who steal their hearts.
Chalk It Up To Love
First book in the Aspen Ridge series, come home to the picturesque mountain town of Aspen Ridge, Colorado, a small town with an open heart. Can two people with damaged hearts find a way to heal?
Dreams Do Come True - Book 1
Sandi's career has taken off as a model and she loves her photographer…just not the way he wished she did. The men of her past abused her one too many times and the one woman in her life is being treated the same way. Can she get Kiera away from her abusive relationship and show her what true love really is? The two of them have been roommates for a year where Sandi has reached out to comfort Kiera each time she's been abused. Determined to put a stop to it, Sandi shows Kiera a new relationship already exists for her. #LesbianRomance #LesbianErotica
Colorado Sunset
When June's car breaks down near Peakview, Colorado, population 100, she not only finds the help she needs but a chance at love as well. Come back to where it all started in this first book in the Peakview Series, where even the rugged cowboys find romance.
The Colony
Not everyone will make it out alive. Responding to a distress call, Officer Alexander Valerian and the rest of his security team arrive at the human colony on the planet of Jangala to find blood and gore all over the walls. All the colonists are dead or missing except for Dr. Elisa Everett, a pretty paleontologist he finds injured and nearly suffocated in a ventilation shaft. Now Alex has to figure out how sixty-nine colonists were wiped out in a single night, but Elisa's account of killer monsters just raises more questions. Has the colony really been attacked by bloodthirsty beasts, or did everyone succumb to a powerful hallucinogen that made them turn on one another? He had better find out fast, because Elisa's life is in his hands.
Magical Rescue
Christmas is only a few days away. New Year's Eve, with all its terminal finality, would, thankfully, bring an end to Daniel Sherman's traumatic, pain-filled, empty year. It seems like an appropriate time to bring everything in his world to a close. Spirit broken, Daniel's plan is to enjoy maybe his last holiday in the icy cold of his beloved wilderness. It would be a comfort to end his days wrapped in the peace and solitude of the mountain -- If only he didn't feel like he was being watched, a feeling he'd had since his accident. Maybe adventure wasn't out of his life yet.
Sporting A Red Butt: Four M/m Tales Of Sports And Spanking
By J.A. Rock writing as Ace Regent In the world of competitive sports, adrenaline runs high—and egos run higher. Some young men can't check their attitudes without a little help from a coach, a teammate, or a good friend. Some young men have a secret craving to be kept in line the old-fashioned way. Two longtime friends discover another side to their relationship during a high stakes table tennis tournament where the loser faces stinging consequences. A talented but lazy college swimmer receives some extra motivation from his coach. A shy, ambitious equestrian experiments with an unorthodox method of stress relief with his trainer, and an arrogant wrestler who embarrasses his mentor during a dinner party finds the tables turned in humiliating fashion. Bratty or shy, ambitious or indolent, the men in these four tales all end up getting exactly what they need: hard disciplinary spankings at the hands of those who care about them.
Liam's Luck, Out Now!
Lucky Number 13 in the Lords of Hawksfell Manor series of erotic MMF Historical Romances is out now! Liam Hawk has the luck of the Irish, according to his mother. Except for the Hawk curse that forces him to satisfy his lusts anywhere he can. When he's invited to Hawksfell Manor, his mother insists he take her ward with him. Charlotte Crane is a temptation he avoids. He wants her, but she's better off without his Hawk beast's desires. Charlotte loves Liam, but he always seems angry at her. At Hawksfell, Liam learns he's the Earl's half-brother and finds family he's never known. He can't deny he wants Charlotte and Jackson Hartley, his valet at Hawksfell. Jackson's role at Hawksfell is a solitary one. Liam and Jackson have much in common there. Jackson and Charlotte share kisses and more, and they both speak of Liam. The three embark on a liaison, their hearts and passions mingling until none can imagine life without the other two. Can Liam be lucky in love? Or will he deny his good fortune?
High Test
Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the "no relation" part to himself when he meets dashing, older Neal Kirchner, a successful architect from an old-money family. Hayden doesn't exactly lie, but he figures it can't hurt for Neal to believe he's a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn't want Neal thinking he's a gold digger. The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it's all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.
Spanish Caresses
Charlie isn't much interested in vacationing in Spain or in seeing a flamenco concert while she's there. But she has let her best friend talk her into both, and when her eyes meet those of the darkly handsome guitarist onstage, she is instantly mesmerized. A member of a secret blood-drinking race, Nikolas occupies his time killing daemons and playing guitar. He has given up on finding his soul mate after centuries of searching, and suddenly one night out of the blue, there she sit, spellbound as she watches him play. Now all he has to do is convince her that she belongs to him and protect her from a pissed-off shapeshifting daemon Charlie never knew existed.
Bodice-ripper Becomes Breeches-ripper!
Will a virgin captive surrender to this pirate's sinful touch? "[L]oads of very hot dirty sex in which Nathaniel is a very willing participant.... Just as their relationship is developing, the action kicks in with battles at sea, treachery, daring rescues, heroic actions, and suffice it to say that your swash will be thoroughly buckled, and your timbers definitely shivered!" ~ Gay Book Reviews Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it's concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he's sailing to the fledging colony, where he'll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family's financial gain. Then pirates strike and he's kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World. Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don't deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel's father—the very man whose treachery forced him into piracy—and he's sure Nathaniel is just as contemptible. Yet as days pass in close quarters, Nathaniel's feisty spirit and alluring innocence beguile and bewitch. Although Hawk knows he must keep his distance, the desire to teach Nathaniel the pleasure men can share grows uncontrollable. It's not as though Hawk would ever feel anything for him besides lust… Nathaniel realizes the fearsome Sea Hawk's reputation is largely invented, and he sees the lonely man beneath the myth, willingly surrendering to his captor body and soul. As a pirate's prisoner, he is finally free to be his true self. The crew has been promised the ransom Nathaniel will bring, yet as danger mounts and the time nears to give him up, Hawk's biggest battle could be with his own heart. Buy or borrow now in Kindle Unlimited!
Seducing Cat
What could college English Professor Caitlin Shanahan ever have in common with the brash carpenter Kurt Davis? The sexy sprite Meghan Keenan, that's what. Seducing Cat Meghan's Playhouse, Book 1 Level headed English Professor Caitlin Shanahan has finally earned tenure and purchased the century-old two-story house of her dreams in the college town of Burntside, Wisconsin—at thirty-four, she'd better face facts: her future is teaching college and writing plays, not falling in love. So why is she so drawn to foxy little hometown actress Meghan Keenan, who's rented her upstairs apartment, or worse, to the girl's gorgeous hunk of a lover Kurt Davis, a carpenter who's never even been to college? Twenty-year-old Meg has a plan. First she'll seduce the reluctant professor, then she'll share her sexual delights with both Cat and her brawny carpenter, and when she's successfully brought them together, she can make her escape and explore what's beyond the only town she's ever lived in. Kurt can't stand the up-tight professor who's hired him to build a gazebo and refurbish her old house—the house he wanted for himself. Even if Meg's scheme succeeds, he knows Caitlin would never look at him twice. No need to go there in his fantasies…
Management Skills: A Bsdm Love Story
When CEO Grant Edmonds meets with his new production manager, he immediately recognizes her as Silver, an exotic dancer who once mesmerized him at an exclusive fetish club. Though he was forbidden from pursuing her back then, there's nothing standing in his way now. He's not looking for an after-hours fling--he wants to own her. In every way. As much as Allie Fairfax tries to deny her past, and the way her body responds to Grant, she soon finds herself having mind-blowing sex with the boss. Despite her own desire to surrender to Grant's sexual authority, she's not willing to risk her career. After all, she's been owned before, and it ended badly. It's all or nothing for Grant. If Allie wants more of the fiercest orgasms she's ever experienced, she must consent to his rules...
Free Book!
Carnal Twilight is now FREE at eXtasy Books. The gods smile upon a weary warrior… Brenn, a warrior, returning home from battle, rests by a tempting magical pool and meets a siren who changes his life forever.
New Release
NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL MAJOR E-BOOK RETAILERS Only You - Book 5 in the Willow Bend Series Brady Ferguson has been treading water for the past ten years. A gifted fashion photographer, he was forced to leave the job of a lifetime and has turned his talents toward industrial photography. Withdrawn and suspicious of most people in his orbit, he hesitates to accept an offer from Bella, the famous children's wear firm. Wrongly accused in the past, he can't bear the thought of dredging up those painful memories. Raphael Vargas convinces him to come back to his first love, and when he meets Savannah Mitchell he knows he's made the right decision. A single mother, Savannah has issues of her own. Together, can they learn to overcome the past?
The Discipline For A Lasting Marriage Series: Meet Charlie And Lydia, A Wwii-era Couple With A Dd ["spanking Marriage"]
Get to know this exciting, young couple, as they progress from their days in Hell's Kitchen, NYC to early middle-age in Los Angeles, CA. Charlie is a loving, but decidedly alpha male. He wants Lydia to be her own person and express her own mind and opinions. The one place he insists she submit to his authority is where it comes to her safety, health and well-being. Lydia is an independent, free-spirited, forward-thinking woman. But she negotiates a "spanking marriage" after being warned not to walk home alone late after theater rehearsals and performances through Hell's Kitchen. Follow them as their "spanking marriage" evolves to require a spanking contract, and as they face challenges and crises. The series is up to Book 17. NOTE: Please be aware these books contain graphic sexual descriptions, the spanking(s) of an adult woman [some non-consensual], scenes of domestic discipline, rough anal sex, and anal discipline.
Paperback Book Giveaway
OPEN TO 18+ (U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY), ONE (1) WINNER WILL RECEIVE A NEW PAPERBACK OF THEIR CHOICE:, Dantalion Of The Goetia:. Legacy, Tiny House Tale or The Silent Serenade FOLLOW BOOK GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES BELOW FOR CHANCE TO WIN: HOW TO WIN FREE PAPERBACK: SUBSCRIBE TO MY SITE: Share & Subscribe ADVANTAGE OF OF ANY OF MY CURRENT E-BOOKS (priced from 99 cents to 1.99). FREE E-BOOKS on 5/7/21 Link directly to the Books on Amazon from Once you have read any of my E-Books, Leave a Review on Amazon! After first 100 reviews, one Winner will be chosen to win a FREE PAPERBACK of their choice!
Authors Share Their Publishing Journeys
Queries, Qualms, & Quirks asks published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from first spark to day of publication. Author Sarah Nicolas interviews authors of all genres about how they got started writing, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication.
Exchange Of Power
Can an exchange of power lead to a happily ever after? Burned in the past by men who should have loved her, Lynette Winters is starting to give up on her happily ever after. She made a standing date with herself long ago. If by her thirty-fifth birthday she hasn't found the right man—one who will treat her as an equal and not the hired help—then she'll find a bar somewhere, toast the farewell of her girlish dreams, and fully embrace her life of solitude. After all, she has a great career, friends she enjoys, and the BDSM lifestyle, which keeps her firmly in control of the subs at the Vault. With her whip in one hand and her self-control in the other, she gets all the fulfillment a Domme needs. Even if she can't reach orgasm herself. Deacon Trisk and Blake Armstrong both noticed Lynette the first day she walked into the Vault. Working security for the club, they watch as she keeps others at arm's reach—including her subs—and they suspect this beautiful, little blonde Domme comes with a complicated past. Although Deacon and Blake aren't submissives, both men are ready to fall to their knees for a little attention from Mistress Lynette. And better yet, maybe they can convince her to let them take the lead. But when her past comes back to haunt her, Lynette refuses to give up her newfound control. Blake and Deacon will do anything to keep her safe. But when pleasure turns to danger, perhaps it's just too late for an exchange of power—even one that could give them more than they had ever dreamed...
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