The problem with purple headed yogurt slingers…

NaughtyWords200x300I was putting the finishing touches to Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus, when my husband, who had gone to breakfast with the guys called me. (They’d obviously been talking about the book).

Husband:  Do you have a purple headed yogurt slinger?
Me: What?
Husband: Do you have a purple headed yogurt slinger?
Me: No. What is that?
Husband: It’s a word for pecker.

Funny? Yes. Romantic or erotic? No.

The conversation illustrates the challenge created by the limitations of the English language: much of our vocabulary to describe sex doesn’t set the right mood or tone for romance or erotica. When I wrote my first erotic romance back in 2009, I immediately noted how few positive, romantic synonyms there were to describe sexual intercourse. English words are either cold and clinical, crude, or ribald. A standard thesaurus offers a woeful lack of synonyms and the internet only those of the purple yogurt slinger variety.

So word by word, I created my own thesaurus by filling a spiral notebook with verbs and nouns I could use. I wracked my brain for words to describe desire, orgasm, male and female sexual organs, etc. Since 2009, I’ve read close to 500 erotic romances. Whenever I came across a fresh usage of a word, I made a note. And I searched the internet too, culling down the lists to only those words that could be used in romance.

I ended up with more than 1,200 synonyms in 25 different categories.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is available on in paperback and ebook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In addition, it’s available in PDF through All Romance eBooks, so authors can keep a copy on their laptop or tablet for when they write away from home.

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If you’ve struggled to find the right tone for your romantic sex scene, stared at the computer for 15 minutes trying to come up with the perfect verb, become stymied because some terms are too crude while others are too flowery, or found yourself reusing the same words over and over, Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus can help you break through those barriers. Cara Bristol, the author of 17 erotic romances, has written a guide to help you find the erotic words to write a sex scene that sizzles.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 1,200 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are 28 different “erotic word lists” such as male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, specific sexual acts and kink, sexual noises, spanking terminology, and much more. The guide offers suggestions on how to write a sex scene and how to tighten your writing so it sings.

With an emphasis on verbs, this guide will help you “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you’re writing a “fade to black” scene or a graphic and explicit one, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will give you the words.

 

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Cover Reveal: Bound to You by AR DeClerck #SFR

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Bound to You Blurb

Jackson Baine is a man with a gift, and he has never had a problem with selling it to the highest bidder. His newest job is with one of the biggest terraforming companies in the universe, and the money he stands to make will allow him and his crew to retire on any planet in any galaxy they choose. His biggest problem: Ferrell Terraforming has assigned him a company liason to see to his needs and protect their interests. But that’s not his only problem. Lia Bernardi is smart, beautiful and strong, and she entices Jacks in a way no other woman ever has. She is a distraction he cannot afford on the surface.

Anatolia Bernardi is ready to climb the corporate ladder, get out from under her egotistical boss, and impress her overbearing father. All she has to do is turn one dead, empty planet into an oasis. Her company says Jacks Baine is the key, and it’s her job to make sure he’s productive and happy. Both of which, she soon learns, are harder than she’d thought they’d be. For some reason Jacks can get under her skin and break down every wall she’s constructed between herself and the world.

On the surface of a long-dead planet Jacks and Lia will be forced to face the startling realization that the past never really goes away.

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AR DeClerck lives in the Quad Cities, IL. She is a wife and mother of two daughters. She has two dogs and a cat, and always has her nose in a book. She’s either reading one, or writing one. She writes romance in many sub-genres, and has always had a soft spot for sci-fi romance. She credits her love of reading and writing to her mother, who always keeps a book handy.

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Who were the mythological Amazon women?

No one knows if mythological Amazon women existed, but the myth is an intriguing and powerful one for women. Throughout history, the “weaker sex” has been dependent upon men for support and protection—yet here was race of women who didn’t need men for anything—except reproduction.

According to Greek mythology, the Amazons lived without men until they needed to procreate once a year. They kept and raised the female children, but killed or delivered the male ones to their fathers. Amazons reportedly cut off or burned off their left breast so they could better shoot a bow and arrow, while keeping the right one for nursing.

Interestingly enough, none of the depictions of the Amazon on Greek pottery show the Amazons missing a breast.

Although these women were considered fierce warriors (and fought on the side of Troy in the Trojan War), they lost every battle they fought. The ancient Greeks, a male dominated culture, couldn’t allow a race of women to best the men—but neither could it be an easy win for the men because there would be no glory it. So myth built them up to be strong warriors—but had them lose.

I drew inspiration from the Amazons in my fantasy/sci-fi romance The Goddess’s Curse by creating a tribe of women who live without men until “libidinal fever” forces them to mate. The Goddess’s Curse is book one of a new series called Heartmates.

Coming March 15, 2015 — The Goddess’s Curse — in paperback and ebook

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the women are forced to mate.

Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Sharona Princess Reena jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to acquire what the Lahon need.

When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lives in the palace in time to save her life?

 

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#8Sunday: From The Goddess’s Curse…what the hell happened to her?

Greetings weekend hoppers! In two weeks  The Goddess’s Curse, my new fantasy/sci-fi romance will be released in ebook and paperback! If you were here last weekend, you read a short excerpt in which the hero caught sight of the heroine’s portrait. What he saw then, and what exists now, is significant, so if you haven’t read it, take a peek here before reading this week’s.

But here’s the latest. In this scene, Garat was skulking about in the woods when Reena stopped to pick a flower. After she leaves, he reflects:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]He dug the unguent from his pocket and flung the jar into the woods. Useless stuff. He’d reacted to a painting! And now to a skin and bones wraith with sunken cheeks and a figure that more resembled an immature Lahon’s than a Sharona’s…She had seemed familiar, yet he was certain he had never met her. Bony wrists had jutted out from her sleeves when she’d lifted the flower to her nose. Her white robe lay slack against a flat chest and sharp hips. Gauntness extended to her face, enlarging cyan eyes shadowed by dark rings.

What do you suppose happened to her? The clue is in the blurb:

The Goddess’s Curse

Coming March 15, 2015 in ebook and paperback

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the Sharona are forced to mate.

Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Reena, the Sharona queen’s daughter, jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to take what the Lahon need.

When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lies in the palace in time to save her life?

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The Underground #SFR #GLBT romance series by Jessica Subject #99cents

The Underground frontIn the future…

The corporation Planet Core holds all of the power. They place restrictions on the lives of those living within their boundaries, including who they can love. And there is no escape.

 Deception runs deep…

The rebel group, calling themselves The Underground, is disputing the corporation’s leadership. With the desire for freedom, they will fight.

 And betrayal can come from anyone…

Will the rebels defeat Planet Core, or end up fighting for their lives?

The Underground series includes: Never Gonna Let You Go, Never Gonna Desert You, and Never Gonna Say Goodbye. Related Title: Rebels and Romance – print anthology of The Underground series

An Excerpt:

The door slid open, and Brook rushed into the room she’d left less than an hour ago. After she’d been told Melina had been killed by the same creature that had attacked Calla. Now she knew the truth. Now, she had to get on the mission.

Her father glanced up, his hard brown eyes steely in their determination. “Brook, what are you doing here?”

“Daddy, I—” No, I can’t be weak anymore. I have to stand up to him.With a deep breath, she took the empty seat beside Jager, the new mission commander. “Malock, I request permission to join SFEA-4. You are short a biologist, and I am the only one left sufficiently trained for the mission.”

“Denied. Now, please leave the room. You do not have clearance to be here.”

Brook stood, flinging the chair against the wall. Wrong answer. She refused to back down from him anymore. Slamming her hands on the table, she leaned forward and glared at him. “Your last biologist was attacked by an unknown predator, the mission commander killed. You need me there to study it, find out what we’re up against.”

“The answer is still no,” he growled.

She straightened her back. “It’s because I’m your daughter, isn’t it? You’d rather keep me sheltered here while you put everyone else’s life in danger.”

Malock stared, nostrils flaring. “This has nothing to do with the fact that you’re my daughter.” He sighed and shook his head. “But if you want to go, fine. It’s your death sentence.”

He stood and nodded to Jager. “You know what to do.” He turned his attention to the rest of the table. “Your mission directives will be presented to you before departure. Please be familiar with them prior to setting up camp.”

Her father made his way around the table, stopping beside her. She tensed when he rested a hand on her shoulder.

He shook his head. “You left me with no choice.” Then he marched out of the room.

Jager took the floor, and Brook picked up her chair and returned to her seat. The new mission commander projected a holographic image of the foreign landscape across the table, but she couldn’t concentrate on his presentation. Her father’s cryptic words echoed through her mind. Your death sentence…. No choice….

Was the entire mission doomed for failure? Were they all being sent to die? Why would Planet Core do that? Airondelle was supposed to be the corporation’s future.

Brook focused on Jager, but his words went in one ear and out the other. A pit of worry grew in her stomach. Would her father really allow her to be ripped apart by a predator in the night? No, I can’t think about that. She’d demanded to go on the mission. And if Melina could survive on the planet, so could she. She just had to find her first.

“Okay, let’s roll out.”

Out? Time to go, already?

The rest of the crew pushed away from the conference table and trooped out the door with excited murmurs. A far cry from the turmoil rolling through her.

“Let’s go, Malock.” Jager raised his eyebrows. “Or did you change your mind?”

She stood and released a deep breath. Even with her trepidation, she refused to back out now. Melina waited for her. “No, I’m looking forward to seeing Airondelle for myself.”

Brook spun away and rushed to catch up with her comrades. If she revealed her plans, she’d be stopped before she could find her lover. She would have to hide Melina right under their noses to bring her home. She pushed her shoulders back. I can do this. I have to.

The all-terrain vehicles sat loaded with equipment for the mission in front of the swirling mass of the portal. Her father certainly wasn’t wasting any time getting a team back to Airondelle. Crewmembers already filled the first vehicle, so she hopped into the back of the second.

Jager passed around everyone’s mission directives then shoved in on her left. Thank goodness he was the last to load. With his bulk, he occupied both of the remaining seats.

Before she had time to read her personal orders, they proceeded into the portal. She passed through the spinning matter, her body pulled and stretched in every direction.

Unknown forces pushed on her chest, making it difficult to breathe. She gripped the seat, hoping she wouldn’t get pulled out. But the awkwardness didn’t last long. The transporter room light years away, clean, fresh air poured into her lungs. The alien vegetation of the foreign planet lined the rough dirt road they traveled. She yearned to explore the flora and fauna on a more intimate level. And she would, after setting up camp.

She opened the folder with her mission directive inside. Instead of the stack of papers detailing what Planet Core expected of her, she found a single sheet. Her father’s handwriting scrawled across the page. You can never know the truth.

Hard, cold steel pressed against her temple. A gun. Her breath caught. What the fuck is going on? She grabbed her knapsack and launched out of the vehicle.

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Jessica E. SubjectJessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Cold Nights, Hot Reads…An excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse

feb-hop-white-letteringWelcome to Cold Nights, Hot Reads, a sexy little blog hop with some fabulous prizes:

  • 1st Prize:  $125 Paypal Cash or Gift Card
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  • 3rd Prize:  $35 Paypal Cash or Gift Card
  • 4th Prize   $20 Gift Certificate for Phaze Books.

To enter for those prizes, use the Rafflecopter link below. But wait, there’s more! On this blog, you could win a $10 Amazon gift card.  All you have to do is comment on the excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse (Heartmates book 1) and you’ll be entered!

The Goddess’s Curse is a fantasy/sci-fi romance inspired by the mythological Amazon women warriors. In this scene, Princess Reena, the heroine, who had never seen a man before, was abducted by one.

An excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse - coming March 15, 2015

Reena sighed and snuggled in her bed. As her illness had progressed, a persistent chill had pervaded her bones. The heaviest robe, the thickest blanket could not banish it. But this morning? So comfortable and cozy. Her blanket, though unusually heavy, was oh so warm, and so was the pillow beneath her head. But hard. What kind of feathers could make a pillow so firm, yet still tickle her nose? She rubbed her cheek against it, absorbing the unusual, but pleasant scent. Musky, but earthy. Like wood smoke or fresh evergreen. Or a combination of both.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]If only every morning could be like this. She hugged her pillow. Soon an attendant would arrive to rouse her for breakfast, but maybe she’d feign sleep. Naughty. She smiled.

Then sobered. Yes, she’d been naughty. She had displeased her cousin by refusing further treatment. But what had occurred after that? She crinkled her forehead, trying to remember. She’d poured out the tincture, and then…then…

A Lahon had burst from the foliage.

Then muscle cramps and searing pain. Paralysis.

Her eyes flew open. Roughhewn walls, large rustic furniture filled her field of vision. Gone were familiar accoutrements and luxuries. No finely woven fabric covered her, but a furry animal hide, and supporting her head was hard flesh covered by a thick mat of…of, hair. A man’s chest.

She bolted upright with a shriek.

The Lahon also sprang up, but without a sound.

“Help!” She tried to scramble from the bed, but he hooked an arm around her waist. “Let me go! Help!”

She slapped at his shoulders, his chest, his face. Neither blows nor screaming fazed him a bit, and she found herself flat on her back, her cries silenced by his callused hand, her arms restrained, her lower body pinned by his heavy muscular thigh, and something sizable and rigid poking her leg.

She stared into dark eyes. Be careful what you wish for—you may get it. She’d longed to see a Lahon up close and personal. It couldn’t get any closer than this. She could detect the pores on his face, discern that his “green” eyes were composed flecks of fern, moss, and teal, and that a muscle twitched in his square jaw. Long, unbound dark hair fell against broad shoulders.

Her heart fluttered like the wings of a frantic bird. What had happened? How had she gotten here? Where was Honna? And…and her robe? Oh Goddess. He was naked too. That, that, thing digging into her leg was his…his manroot.

The Goddess’s Curse Blurb

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the Sharona are forced to mate.

Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Reena, the Sharona queen’s daughter, jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to take what the Lahon need.

When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lies in the palace in time to save her life?

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Super power or curse? The fear of female sexuality…

A glimpse into how women’s sexuality has been controlled, past and present:

  • The 1484 Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch’s Hammer) written by two priests became a guide book for witch hunters. “All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which in women is insatiable,” the Malleus Maleficarum statedMany women accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s also were accused of fornication, adultery and other sexual crimes.
  • Women have been expected to be virgins until they marry, but rarely is there a corresponding expectation for men. In many cultures and religions today, female virginity is still enforced and punished if it turns out to not be the case.
  • To ensure purity, genital mutilation occurs to this day in many parts of Africa. Part of all of female external genitalia are removed (the clitoral hood, the clitoris, sometimes the inner labia) and sometimes sewn up so that the women have to be cut open for intercourse to occur. Lifelong pain and health issues result from this.
  • Many religious faiths (not just Islam) require women to cover up to maintain modesty to a far greater degree than they do men.
  • Until very recently, it was believed rape victims “asked for it” by dressing provocatively and a woman’s sexual past could be used against her at trial.
  • Women who have many sexual partners are called “whores.” Men are admired for their sexual conquests.
  • Prostitution is a crime but the female prostitutes are targeted more than the johns who frequent them.
  • In political scandals, when an official gets caught with his pants down, many blame the woman for leading him astray, despite the fact that he was in the power position and made his own decisions.
  • Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America crowned in 1983, was forced to surrender her title when nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse
  • Women who “sleep their way to the top (often a bogus accusation)” are seen as having an “unfair” advantage despite the fact that men have had the “old boys network” in their favor for ages.
  • Michael Jackson’s crotch grabbing didn’t generate a fraction of the outrage his sister’s wardrobe malfunction did or Miley Cyrus’s twerking.

This need to denigrate and control female sexuality arises out of the fear that women exercise some power over men who are at the mercy of female lust.

But what if men have been right all along? What if they are at the mercy of female lust? What if there is a reason to fear female sexuality? Beware libidinal fever, the Goddess’s curse…

The Goddess’s Curse – Coming March 15 – in ebook and print

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]The Goddess’s Curse blurb

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the Sharona are forced to mate.

Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Reena, the Sharona queen’s daughter, jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to take what the Lahon need.

When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lies in the palace in time to save her life?

To be notified by email when The Goddess’s Curse releases, sign up to receive my New Release Newsletter. It comes with an anti-spam guarantee. You’ll only get an email when I have a new book out (4-6 times per year). Subscribe here.

 

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Naughty Words for Nice Writers now on Kindle (and in paperback)!

NaughtyWords600x900A little snafu occurred on release day when the paperback version of Naughty Words for Nice Writers went live sooner than expected while the Kindle version took longer than usual. But both versions are now available! In addition, Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus is on All Romance in the PDF format (and mobi and epub) so  you can keep a version on your laptop or tablet to use if you’re writing away from home.

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Naughty Words blurb

If you’ve struggled to find the right tone for your romantic sex scene, stared at the computer for 15 minutes trying to come up with the right verb, become stymied because some terms are too crude while others are too flowery, or found yourself reusing the same words over and over, Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesauruscan help you break through those barriers. Cara Bristol, the author of 17 erotic romances, has written a guide to help you find the erotic words to write a sex scene that sizzles.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 1,200 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are 28 different “erotic word lists” such as male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, specific sexual acts and kink, sexual noises, spanking terminology and much more. The guide offers suggestions on how to write a sex scene, and how to tighten your writing so it sings.

With an emphasis on verbs, this guide will help you “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you’re writing a “fade to black” scene or a graphic and explicit one, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will give you the words.

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Naughty Words for Nice Writers has been released!

NaughtyWords600x900Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus, has been published in paperback on Amazon.com. It will available as an ebook very soon. (Like later today. Check back on this blog for updates).  Update: It’s now available for Kindle as well.

Naughty Words on Amazon (print)

Naughty Words Kindle version

Naughty Words is also available in PDF on AllRomance eBooks. Why a PDF? So you can keep a copy on your laptop or tablet and if you’re writing away from home, you’ll have access to the thesaurus.

Naughty Words on AllRomance

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is a guide for romance, erotic romance and erotic authors, to assist with writing sex scenes. It contains more than 1.200 synonyms, plus some writing tips, to help with sex scenes.

Naughty Words blurb

If you’ve struggled to find the right tone for your romantic sex scene, stared at the computer for 15 minutes trying to come up with the right verb, become stymied because some terms are too crude while others are too flowery, or found yourself reusing the same words over and over, Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesauruscan help you break through those barriers. Cara Bristol, the author of 17 erotic romances, has written a guide to help you find the erotic words to write a sex scene that sizzles.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 1,200 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are 28 different “erotic word lists” such as male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, specific sexual acts and kink, sexual noises, spanking terminology and much more. The guide offers suggestions on how to write a sex scene, and how to tighten your writing so it sings.

With an emphasis on verbs, this guide will help you “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you’re writing a “fade to black” scene or a graphic and explicit one, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will give you the words.

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#8Sunday: From The Goddess’s Curse…his first impression…

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly blog hop in which author present eight sentence excerpts from their work. Mine is from The Goddess’s Curse, a fantasy/sci-fi romance inspired by the mythological Amazon women. Release date: March 15!

Before he meets her, Garat sees Reena’s portrait…

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]He leaned forward to set his goblet away from him, and his gaze fell on the portrait of a girl.

The artist must have loved her dearly to have painted her in such a flattering way. Long waves of gleaming midnight hair flowed to her waist. Her pale skin glowed as she were lit from within by the Goddess’s own light. Blue eyes absent of guile and warmed by gentle amusement peered out from the canvas. The sweetest smile—as if she’d just sipped from a goblet of nectar—applied a delicate curve to her lips.

There could be no fevered essence emanating from cloth or paint, but a shockwave of desire blasted through him. He found himself leaning toward the painting, and jerked back, tearing his gaze away, only to return to it seconds later. Heat flooded his face—and his loins.

Tune in next week to find out what she really looks like…Muwahaha….

The Goddess’s Curse blurb

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the Sharona are forced to mate.

Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Reena, the Sharona queen’s daughter, jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to take what the Lahon need.

When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lies in the palace in time to save her life?

To be notified by email when The Goddess’s Curse releases, sign up to receive my New Release Newsletter. It comes with an anti-spam guarantee. You’ll only get an email when I have a new book out (4-6 times per year). Subscribe here.

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