Guest Blog: Meet the Authors of the BROUGHT TO HIS KNEES Boxed Set

Hey, a few of my friends are in a steamy boxed collection, and they combined for a guest post here today.  Enjoy!

Brought to his knees_3dMeet the Authors

Welcome to the world of men brought to their knees by love! This STEAMY collection by acclaimed erotic romance authors will test their heroes to their limits! Read on for more about this steamy set by A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richards, Cynthia D’Alba, Danica Avet, Felice Fox, Jennifer Kacey, Lynne Silver, Sabrina York, Sayde Grace & Tina Donahue.

We sat down with the ladies and asked them one important question:

Where did you get the idea for your story?

A.M.: “I’ve been kicking around the idea for Dark Wolf Enterprises for a couple for a couple of years now. I actually started the book last year and had to put it down to finish other projects. When the opportunity came to write a story for this multi-author box-set, I brushed it off and picked it right back up. I think it’s a great story about a pack of wolf shifters who are putting pack life above everything else, even love. I’m actually excited to see how long takes each of them down.”

Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin—Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.

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Amy: “When I spent almost a month out west in Alberta in the summer of 2012. We saw a lot of the province and spent a lot of time on my sister-in-laws ranch. She was getting married and there were a lot of cowboys in their starched jeans at the reception, but it was also the landscape. Mountains, prairies, foothills and badlands. I could stay there permanently except the winters are brutal.”

Building Bridges by Amy Ruttan—A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other…

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Anya: “I come from a country where gay men aren’t accepted and risk losing their families, and even their lives in extreme cases, if they’re honest about their sexuality. Despite that, the brave ones step forward, knowing they have to fight for change. On the other hand, Canada is known for its tolerance, yet there are still men, and women, who hesitate to come out. It’s that dichotomy that led to this story.”

Three Strikes by Anya Richards—Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.

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Cynthia: “It really a combining to my two favorite story settings, a ranch and a Caribbean resort, with the excitement and sexual tension that comes from a new relationship.

All my stories are character-driven much more than setting driven however. So my story came from Brock Wade (my hero) really needing to get away.”

A Cowboy’s Seduction by Cynthia D’Alba—One exhausted cowboy + One uptight account x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?

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Danica: “I’ve been wanting to write a friendship turned hot relationship romance for a while now. I was always a bit of a tomboy growing up, and still am to an extent, so I thought we tomboys could use a little hot romance too. And Sin gave me the perfect opportunity for that.”

Born to Sin by Danica Avet—A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn’t easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.

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Felice: “I’m a big fan of the sport of bull riding, so I knew one of the Cameron brothers would end up riding bulls! Brody doesn’t have a typical bull rider’s body, but he’s cocky, sexy and has the fortitude to get on top of a 2,000 lb. beast and hang on! I wanted him to be forced to experience a woman’s body in a way he never had before—sex had always been about his own pleasure, but in The Sound of Your Name, Ellie’s sexual needs come first, out of necessity, and that changes Brody from within.”

The Sound of Your Name by Felice Fox—Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.

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Jennifer: “I actually don’t remember. Could have been from a dream. I know Kellan Lutz inspired Radigan. That’s all I remember. ***GRINS***”

Beneath the Pages by Jennifer Kacey—One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.

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Lynne: “It’s a reunion story at heart, and I’m always curious about what happens when you run into your first love, especially if you broke up for logistical reasons. Will the flame still be there?”

Cruising for Love by Lynne Silver—A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can’t resist.

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Sabrina: “The story was inspired by our Brought To His Knees Theme.”

Whipped by Sabrina York—A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have…

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Sayde: “My genius brain of course!! Ha, I wish I was a genius. But really, I’ve always written about cowboys and strong women. I ended my last series of cowgirls and wanted to do a series with a set of cowboys as my main focus. I played around with some ideas but finally came down to the Sin Boys. I actually watch an old western TV show called The Big Valley and I love the brothers in that show. I always want them to find the perfect wife but they don’t so I kinda put them into this series, only modern and in Texas.”

Chief Sin by Sayde Grace—A taste of Sin isn’t enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.

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Tina: “I knew I wanted to do a menage for Brought to His Knees boxed set. As I started thinking about a romantic triangle, the characters just popped in my head. That’s usually the way things happen for me. I could be grocery shopping, enjoying dinner with friends, watching TV and suddenly I see a scene, sort of like a movie playing in my thoughts, and I think “What if…” After that, it’s off to the races, so to speak.”

Make Me Surrender by Tina Donahue—She has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.

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Be sure to grab your copy of the entire set on August 19th for the unbeatable price of 99¢. And tell your friends!  BUY LINKS BELOW:

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Consumed and Shadowed Are Hitting the Book Shelves!

ChampagneI have fun and exciting news, and I’ll be in York, PA in November for a book launching!  I’ve never been to York, and I’m so excited to go!  Here’s the press release sent out yesterday:

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING PARTNERS WITH BOOKS-A-MILLION FOR LYRICAL HIGH NOTES, A NEW LINE OF EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL-TO-PRINT TRADE PAPERBACKS

August 19, 2014: Kensington Publishing Corp. has announced an exclusive partnership with retailer Books-A-Million to launch Lyrical High Notes, a new program through which select titles from the publisher’s digital imprint will be brought to print for the first time. These special editions will be made available for a limited period exclusively at Books-A-Million as trade paperbacks.

KensingtonSteven Zacharius, President and CEO of Kensington Publishing Corp, said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Books-A-Million to extend the readership of these fresh and edgy books. Each of the titles chosen for the Lyrical High Notes program was highly successful in its e-only format, and these special printed editions will give our digital-first authors the retail presence that they deserve.”

Consumed smThe program will launch in November 2014 with the release of three USA Today bestselling romances previously available only as eBooks: Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti, Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti and Playing the Game by M. Q. Barber. Following the release of two more trade paperbacks in January 2015, Crossing the Line by M.Q. Barber and Better than Perfect by Kristina Mathews, the program will continue with one new release per month for the remainder of the year. Books-A-Million will be the exclusive retailer for the Lyrical High Notes trade paperback editions for each title’s initial three months in print.

Margaret Terwey, Senior Buyer, Books-A-Million, commented, “I’m so excited to partner with Kensington for the opportunity to offer bestselling eBooks in print format exclusively for Books-A-Million customers.”

BAMKensington and Books-A-Million also have teamed up on a multi-channel campaign to promote the launch of the new program through online, social media, event and print marketing. In addition, a “Lyrical High Notes Welcome Committee” of bloggers will be tapped to support the arrival of the new books in print with online giveaways and virtual events.

Shadowed (eBook)These online initiatives will be coupled with an equally robust offline push that includes prominent in-store placement and a launch party on November 8, 2014 with Rebecca Zanetti and M.Q. Barber at the Books-A-Million store in York, PA. In advance of the release, each of the 260 Books-a-Million stores in the US will also receive a “Lyrical Launch Pack” containing promo items including branded notepads that will be given as free gifts to the first customers who purchase one of the line’s debut releases in November, personal thank you notes from the debut authors, and special gifts for the store employees.

Alexandra Nicolajsen, Associate Director of Social Media & Digital Sales at Kensington Publishing, said, “Kensington is a house where we pride ourselves on getting behind authors to help grow their careers—from their debuts to becoming bestsellers. This new Lyrical/Books-A-Million partnership will continue to build on that idea. Creating an in-store presence for Lyrical books along with additional marketing and promotion across all channels—in-person, in print, social media—will bring even more exposure to these successful titles.”

bookRebecca Zanetti, Kensington’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Lyrical Press author, commented on her upcoming print release saying, “As a reader, I love wandering the aisles in a traditional book store, and thus I’m thrilled that Books-A-Million will be featuring Consumed and Shadowed on their shelves!”

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How to Make it as A Writer

successI know a lot of authors, and like most writers, I study people.  At conferences, at book signings, at the grocery store…you name it.  And I’ve found a few similarities in behavior in authors that most of us agree are making it.

1. They work their asses off. Yeah, there might be some major talent there to start with…but every author I know who’s doing well is working hard. Really, really hard. No, they’re not digging ditches. But they’re upping the word count, they’re in the chair, they’re traveling to conferences, and they’re meeting deadlines. Self-imposed or contractual, they’re meeting those deadlines.

2.  They’re accepting fear and shoving past it. I think everybody in the creative field battles fear. Fear of rejection, fear of appearing foolish, maybe even fear of success. Fear can paralyze you, or you can use it. Take it, mold it, and put it in the current book. You know what’s worse than fear? REGRET. Don’t have that.

writing3. They use the NOW. There’s no waiting until Monday, or next week, or when the kids are back in school. They write now. While the kids are napping, in the line at school, in the doctor’s waiting room, during lunch break at work…they’re writing now.

4.  They’re kind and give back. I know I write romances and see the world as a happy place, but look around. The authors doing well are helping other authors with judging contests, giving workshops, even just giving encouraging words. There’s no competition here. If a reader likes a book, they’ll like another book, and the more readers, the better for all of us. Karma is out there, if you ask me.

5.  They never quit. I recently read a blog by a writer that said a couple of her critique partners didn’t understand her book a few years ago, so she stopped writing in disappointment for a while. How is that even possible? The only person who can make an author stop writing is…that author. Period. If somebody isn’t following their dreams…it’s on their shoulders, and their shoulders only. Either quitting is an option, or it isn’t.

perseveranceIT Isn’t.

To quote Mary Janice Davidson, ““Never, EVER give up. Not ever. Not EVER. Ever EVER!”

And here’s the biggest thing I think successful authors do: They Write. The focus is on the next book, and everything else slides away for a while. If you’re an author, and you’re struggling, go back to the book. It’s all there.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C. S. Lewis

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