Correcting the Coeds…cover and blurb reveal! #spanking #1950s #college

The 1950s…a time when men were men…

 and women were spanked!

Correcting the Coeds - Final Medium 600X900Coming Tuesday, August 18, Correcting the Coeds, a collection of historical spanking romances set on college campuses in the 1950s.  Celeste Jones came up with idea and invited me, Sue Lyndon and Renee to join in. Expect lots of spankings and hotness! My story in Correcting the Coeds is called Educating His Bride.

Educating His Bride blurb

Never much interested in her studies, Margaret Atwater attends college hoping to graduate with an Mrs. degree instead of a bachelor’s. When she catches the eye of English Professor Henry Thurston, she’s thrilled to marry him, drop out of school, and begin a new life as a married woman and faculty wife. However, Henry is a kinky man who has much to teach his eager young bride—in, and out, of the bedroom. As Mrs. Henry Thurston, Margaret’s education has just begun.

An excerpt from Educating His Bride

In this scene, Margaret has failed to do well on an assignment, and her professor calls her into his office.

“Now, tell me why you believe I grade you harder than anybody else.”

She wet her lips. “Because you do.”

“My standards are no more exacting for you than they are for any other student. I expect excellence from each of you.”

“I’m sorry. I’ll try harder.”

He flipped open a record book and ran his finger down a list. “As it stands now, your grade is a shaky C minus. If you don’t do well on the final next week, you run the risk of getting a D in the course.” He snapped the grade book closed. “We had a discussion after your last paper, did we not?”

“Yes.”

“I believe I warned you what the consequences would be if you failed to get at least a B.” He opened his middle desk drawer.

Yes, they’d talked about—but he couldn’t be serious.

He withdrew a thick, heavy eighteen-inch measuring stick. “Lock the office door, please.”

Her feet obeyed, even as her mind rebelled. Will he really do this? Her hand shook as she twisted the key. She supposed she could have fled screaming down the corridor, except ladies did not run, let alone scream.

Henry closed the Venetian blinds and switched on a lamp.

She leaned against the stout wood of the door, her eyes riveted on the nasty ruler.

“Come forward, please.” He beckoned with a curl of his fingers. “Put your hands on the desk. Do not remove them until your punishment is over.”

“Henry, please,” she beseeched.

“Now, Margaret.” His expression implacable, he folded his arms. There would be no budging him.

Seeing him so, so stern did something funny to her insides. Made them quiver. It wasn’t all nerves, either. She shuffled forward to place her palms against the blotter. I can do this. How bad can it be? He won’t spank me hard. He only intends to scare me.

He moved the chair out of the way. “Fifteen spanks.”

Fifteen? She’d expected two or three at most. Hadn’t expected any if the truth be told.

She sensed movement and then the ruler struck her backside, blazing a line of fire, and she cried out.

“That’s one,” he said.

The only thing worse than being spanked would be the humiliation of discovery. She clamped her lips together and braced for the next strike.

Another pain-laden streak lanced through several layers of clothing. She couldn’t imagine the impact on bare skin.

“Two,” he said.

Thwack! The length of the ruler struck both cheeks at once, and her hands flew off the desk to protect her bottom.

“You know where your hands belong. Put them there unless you want extra strokes.”

She slapped her palms onto the desk.

“That was three,” he said.

A whoosh then the measuring stick seared the crease where buttocks met thigh and, despite her resolve to remain silent, a little cry escaped.

“I’m sorry I have to punish you, but you promised to do better. You made a commitment. That was four.”

Margaret sucked back the tears. “Maybe I didn’t break a promise. Maybe I’m not smart enough.”

“I don’t believe that about you for an instant. You didn’t do well because you didn’t apply yourself.”

He applied himself with another stroke that got Margaret dancing on tiptoes in an attempt to alleviate the burn.

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Sue Lyndon – A Husband for Betty

Celeste Jones – Back to Her Future

Renee Rose – Stepbrother’s Rules

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#8Sunday: An excerpt from STRANDED WITH THE CYBORG, #SFR

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Stranded with the Cyborg, a science fiction romance,  is a work-in-progress. The first draft is done, and I am working on the revisions with an anticipated Sept. 22 release date. This week’s Weekend Writing Warriors post is the first “unveiling.”

“What was so urgent it couldn’t wait until I got back from Darius 4?” Brock flung himself into the wide-backed sensa-chair, which conformed to the angles and lines of his body to provide optimal support and comfort. He would have preferred that an android pleasure worker curve her realistic feminine form around his body than a piece of furniture—as he’d been about to experience when the Cyber-Operations director’s summons had come through. “You’re the one who insisted I take respite time.”

“Drink?” Carter punched a button on his console, a cabinet slid open, and he removed a decanter. After pouring two shots of bronze liqueur, he shoved one glass across the desk.

Brock’s internal warning system flashed yellow alert. “What’s the bad news?”

Unofficial blurb for Stranded with the Cyborg

The daughter of the Terran president, Penelope Aaron resented the rules and restrictions imposed upon her, but that was no reason to take it out on the man assigned to protect her. She regrets how she wronged Central Protection Office Agent Mann and got him booted from the security force. But now that she’s an interplanetary ambassador about to embark on her first diplomatic mission, she still doesn’t want him tagging along. Especially since he seems to be stronger, faster, more muscled, and sexier than she remembers. And pretending to be husband?  This mission couldn’t get more impossible!

Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what going back a decade when he’d been assigned to protect her in the Terran executive residence. Much has changed in ten years: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up and is about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock, well, he was transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber-Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going gets impossible. So when he’s unexpectedly assigned to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA may become his most impossible assignment yet.

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#Writetip: dos and dont’s of using backstory…

The backstory is the event(s) or life moment(s) occurring before the actual story begins that shaped your characters and made them who they are: the abusive childhood, the painful divorce, fighting in the war, etc. Often this information needs to be conveyed to the reader so he/she can understand the character’s motivation, but you don’t want to clog up your story with it.

It used to be common to present backstory in a “flashback,” but that’s not done so much anymore. Instead, authors dribble in backstory in the present. Here are some dos and don’ts for how to handle it:

  • Do ensure the information is relevant. Just because your heroine has a past, doesn’t mean everything in her past matters. You as the author might need to know it to develop her character, but it might be superfluous to the reader.
  • Do not “data dump.” Once you’ve established that her horrific childhood or his painful divorce impinges on the present, don’t just dump it out there in one expository lump.
  • Do dribble in the details as the reader needs to know them.
  • Do not, please, I beg of you, pull an “As you know, Bob.”

“As you know, Bob” is an awkward device whereby one character tells another character a tidbit of information that he/she already knows just so the author can clue in the reader. It goes something like this:

(A sister is speaking to her brother)

“Ever since our parents were killed in a fiery car cash and we went to live with evil Aunt Jane, our lives have been hell.”

What’s wrong with that? The brother already knows! His sister doesn’t need to tell him that! But the reader doesn’t know it. So, weave the details into natural sounding dialogue:

“I can’t stand living with Aunt Jane. She’s mean!”
“I know. If only mom and dad had survived.”
“Nobody could have lived though that car crash.”

The same information is conveyed, but it occurs in a conversation that two people might actually have.

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False Pretenses, Rod and Cane 2, now #FREE with #KindleUnlimited #spanking

CaraBristol_RandCSociety_FalsePretenses_400x600False Pretenses, Book 2 of the Rod and Cane Society spanking romance series, is now free with Kindle Unlimited.

False Pretenses is about an enterprising freelance reporter who infiltrates a secret organization of domestic discipline practitioners and finds out that her new boyfriend is a member. Can she get the story? Or will she get spanked?

False Pretenses blurb

Aspiring journalist Emma Dupree needs a blockbuster story to boost her career into the big leagues. When she learns of a secret organization of men who spank, she goes undercover at the Rod and Cane Society to expose the organization and give her career a needed boost. Unbeknownst to Emma, her new boyfriend Dan Tanner is a member of the society and itches to get his hands on Emma’s bottom. When his secret comes to light, Emma will have to decide…will she choose the story… or love?

All the Rod and Cane Society novels are now in Kindle Unlimited, and all the books  can be read as stand alones.

False Pretenses on Amazon

See the entire Rod and Cane Series on Amazon

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A sooper sekrit spanking book, a sex scene championship and a scavenger hunt!

 

As I write this, I’m in the eye of the hurricane—the calm before the storm. August is gearing up to be a busy, busy month with a whirlwind of activity. Here’s what to expect:

Monday, August 3 – the cover and blurb reveal for a sooper sekrit spanking romance project. If you love spanking romance, you won’t want to miss this one.

Sex-Scene-Banner-copyFriday, August 14Irresistible Attractions, Rod and Cane 6, will compete in Scorching Reviews’ 2015 Sex Scene Championship. Winners will be chosen by readers (that’s you!). The Sex Scene Championship will occur in mid-August. Irresistible Attractions enters the ring on Aug. 14.

Monday, August 17 – September 17 – Night Owl Review’s Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt. I’m one of the stops. Readers search for a hidden graphic/secret word on participating blogs. The grand prize is $100 Amazon gift card.

Tuesday, August 18 – Release day for the sooper sekrit spanking romance.

SummerFun2015_ENTER_NOWAlso during August, I need to revise my still untitled Cyborg sci-fi romance and get it off to my editor for editing and formatting. I need to work on the cover and get started on the promotional campaign. I anticipate a late September release date. I also have a weeklong out-of-town trip for my husband’s high school reunion and a day-trip with my mom.

Unofficial Cyborg blurb:

The Terran’s president’s rebellious daughter Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what going back a decade when he’d been assigned to protect her. Much has changed in ten years: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up, become an ambassador about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock, well, he was transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber-Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going becomes impossible. So when he’s tagged to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA redefines impossible.

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#8Sunday: A romance author emerges from the writing cave…

Billy writes erotic romance. Mary Sue is his neglected wife. Here’s another snippet from Stolen Moments, a humorous romance that tells it like it is! I think this will be the final snippet for Weekend Writing Warriors; next week I might switch to my cyborg sci-fi romance.

StolenMoments600x900His cheeks dimpled with pleasure, and the last vestiges of her irritation melted away. His large hands dwarfed the beer can as he popped the tab. Tossing his head back, he took a long, slow pull. Mary Sue watched him, enjoying the movement of his Adam’s apple as he drank. Billy had a killer smile and laughing eyes, a perfect-V torso, and a muscled physique. The accident and subsequent surgery had left him with a few jagged scars on his back, but they didn’t affect his good looks an iota. No one would ever guess this poster boy for machismo wrote romances under a female pseudonym. Of course, if they did, he might sell even more books.

Mary Sue could envision female fans lining up in droves to meet him. She’d have to beat them off with a stick, and she wouldn’t hesitate to do it either.

Get Stolen Moments for 99 cents on Amazon

Is it crazy to be jealous of a fictional character?

While Mary Sue is proud of her construction-worker husband Billy’s new-found success as an author of spanking novels, she also finds herself resentful of Beverly Golightly, the fictional heroine who gets everything Mary Sue wants: her man’s undivided attention, lots of hot loving, and many delicious spankings.

But is Mary Sue’s jealousy any crazier than the plan she hatches to recapture her husband’s attention?

Note: Even though Stolen Moments contains spanking, it’s a light, fun book. Don’t be afraid of the spanking. Give it a try! It’s only 99 cents (and free with Kindle Unlimited).

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#SFR Cyborg! Read the unofficial blurb, help me pick a title

I finished writing a cyborg science fiction romance novella earlier this week. By finished, I mean the first draft is complete. I still have about a month’s worth of revisions, editing, and proofreading to do. I am planning to publish mid-September or early October. (To be notified of its release, sign up for my author newsletter).

Here’s the first cut, unofficial blurb:

The Terran’s president’s rebellious daughter Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what going back a decade when he’d been assigned to protect her. Much has changed in ten years: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up, become an ambassador about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock, well, he was transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber-Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going becomes impossible. So when he’s tagged to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA redefines impossible.

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For Cyborg, I picture a cover like this, only with a “space” background.

Help me title this book!

I picture the cover with a buff macho guy on it, similar to my paranormal romance Longing, only with a “space” background. Initially, I was going to call my Cyborg Operation: PIA (A Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance). The parenthetical part would not be printed on the cover, but would appear in the Amazon listing.

Now I’m leaning toward Cyborg Protector (A Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance).

What do you think? Any other suggestions? I want to emphasize the hero and want a title with a hook to entice readers  to take a closer look.

 

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Where/how do you get your story ideas?

Ideas and creativity in businessPeople often ask authors, where do you get your ideas?

Occasionally,  I’ll hear a news report or somebody will say something that will trigger an idea. But usually an idea, a “what if” will materialize out of the ether while I’m daydreaming. I don’t only get story concepts and plot snippets, but also promotional strategies or insights into why something is or isn’t working.

In prioritized order, ideas come to me in these ways:

  1. While I’m walking. I walk every day for exercise and “zone out” while I’m doing it. Walking is so great for idea generation, that often when I get stuck, I’ll take a short walk to figure out what happens next.
  2. In the shower. I get a lot of ideas in the shower. If I didn’t mind becoming a prune, I’d spend more time in the shower, and then I could conquer the world!
  3. While driving.
  4. At 3 a.m. And I don’t just mean in the wee hours of the morning, I mean 3 a.m. My muse often wakes me up at this time. “Hey, I’m talking to you! Wake up!”
  5. When I don’t have the time to write. Often when my husband and I are preparing to go out of town and I have no time to write, I’ll get a flood of ideas.

Once thing I’ve learned is when the ideas materialize out of the ether–write them down! Because they can disappear into the ether just as quickly.

What works for you? Where do you get your ideas? 

Enter to win a $15 Amazon gift card in the Stolen Moments book tour! Visit one of these participating blogs, on or after the date listed.

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July 13: BooksChatter
July 14: Dena Garson – Real… Hot… Romance
July 15: Books Are Love
July 16: Behind Closed Doors
July 17: Long and Short Reviews
July 20: A Book Addict’s Delight
July 21: Romance Novel Giveaways
July 22: Punya Reviews…
July 23: Blog of author Jacey Holbrand
July 24: Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books!
July 27: Books and Other Spells
July 28: Erotica For All
July 29: The Blog of C.R. Moss
July 30: Harps Romance Book Review
July 30: The Booksnake Etc.
July 31: Christine Young

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#8Sunday: How a man gets into writing romance…

How does a man who’d never read a romance, start writing one? In Stolen Moments, a romantic comedy in which the hero is an erotic romance author, this is how Billy got his start.

StolenMoments600x900“Billy’s been rushed to Myrtle Creek General Hospital,” he said. The buzzing in her ears had drowned out the Top 40 tunes playing over the diner’s speakers, the clatter of dishes, the hum of conversation.

The tears had started even before she began to speak. “He’s going to be okay, isn’t he?”

“I can’t lie to you, Mary Sue. It’s bad. He fell off the roof of a two-story house. He hurt his back.”

Billy had been temporarily paralyzed and had undergone months and months of intense physical therapy before he regained function. Her blood curdled at the prospect of him climbing up onto a roof again.

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Stolen Moments blurb

Is it crazy to be jealous of a fictional character?

While Mary Sue is proud of her construction-worker husband Billy’s new-found success as an author of spanking novels, she also finds herself resentful of Beverly Golightly, the fictional heroine who gets everything Mary Sue wants: her man’s undivided attention, lots of hot loving, and many delicious spankings.

But is Mary Sue’s jealousy any crazier than the plan she hatches to recapture her husband’s attention?

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Book news for readers: Freebies, #99cent reads, coming attractions & more

Great news for readers! Summer is a great time to cash in on special offers, including prize drawings and 99 cent reads. Here’s the lowdown:

$15 Amazon (or BN) gift card prize drawing!

Visit one of the participating blog stops on the Stolen Moments book tour and enter to win a $15 gift card in the rafflecopter drawing. You can enter by posting a comment on the Stolen Moments excerpt, following me on Facebook, or subscribing to my newsletter.

Visit one of these sites on or after the date listed to enter the contest:

July 13: BooksChatterBBT_TourBanner_StolenMoments
July 14: Dena Garson – Real… Hot… Romance
July 15: Books Are Love
July 16: Behind Closed Doors
July 17: Long and Short Reviews
July 20: A Book Addict’s Delight
July 21: Romance Novel Giveaways
July 22: Punya Reviews…
July 23: Blog of author Jacey Holbrand
July 24: Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books!
July 27: Books and Other Spells
July 28: Erotica For All
July 29: The Blog of C.R. Moss
July 30: Harps Romance Book Review
July 30: The Booksnake Etc.
July 31: Christine Young

99-cent books!

Longing600x900This summer I’m offering two 99-cent short reads.

Stolen Moments is a funny, light romance about a wife whose husband is an erotic romance author. He spends more time writing than he does with her, and she is fed up.

Stolen Moments on Amazon

Longing, a re-release of an older book, is now 99 cents too! This is a paranormal romance about a vampire half breed who despairs of finding his mate.

Longing on Amazon

Both of those books are also available through Kindle Unlimited.

Irresistible Attractions news

CaraBristol_RandCSociety_IrresistibleAttractions_400x600Irresistible Attractions, Rod and Cane 6, released on May 26. Since that time, it has remained on Amazon’s top 100 list for BDSM romance! As of this writing, it’s No. 49. Irresistible Attractions is about a college student/maid who gets caught playing with the spanking equipment in the disciplinary chamber of the Rod and Cane mansion. It is the hottest and most erotic of all the Rod and Cane series books.

Irresistible Attractions on Amazon

Coming Soon! New releases

I have completed a 1950s historical spanking romance to be published mid-August. This project is still sooper sekrit. It’s my first ever historical romance, and I had much more fun than I’d anticipated getting into the 1950s. I did a lot of research to make it authentic.

A blast from the past: my 1950s Pinterest board

Also coming up: a cyborg sci-fi romance! I’m still in the middle of the first draft on this one, but you can expect a fall release, end of September or early October.

After that, I’m kind of thinking about writing Rod and Cane 7, which would be Julian and Tiffany’s story.

To be notified of these releases, sign up for my new release newsletter. You can do it here: Cara’s Newsletter OR visit one the Stolen Moments book tour blogs and do it there. If you do that, you’ll be entered into the drawing for a $15 Amazon gift card.

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