Naughty Words for Nice Writers now on #Kobo, #iBooks, #Nook (Amazon, too).

Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Romance Novel Thesaurus is now available in ebook on Kobo, Nook and iTunes! Previously, Naughty Words was only available in Kindle and paperback on Amazon and paperback on Barnes & Noble.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is a thesaurus and sex scene writing guide for authors of erotic romance, sweet romance, and erotica. Naughty Words doesn’t just provide functional, useful sexual synonyms, it offers tips and suggestion for how to craft your love scene.

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What Naughty Words users say:

“Invaluable resource. Love it. Use it all the time.”

“A brain saver.”

“Recommend as THE definitive source.”

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“Perfect resource for any level author.”

“A must-have for any writer’s reference shelf.”

“Great asset for any romance author.”

“Awesome thesaurus.”

“A must have for anyone who writes spicy romance.”

“Every writer of steamy romance needs this.”

Book Description

For authors of sweet romance, erotic romance, and erotica.

If finding the right words for your romantic sex scene is challenging, Naughty Words for Nice Writers can help. USA Today Bestselling Author Cara Bristol has written a thesaurus for romance authors to help you find the appropriate words to make your sex scene sizzle.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 2,000 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are more than 50 word lists for male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, kissing, sex scene locations, specific sexual acts, 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 provide the tools.

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Insider secrets: from Deception….to Redemption. Hidden plot clues

I love dropping little clues that hint at the story or the theme of my romance novels.

One way I’ve done that in my steamy, funny Alien Mate scifi romance series is with the name of the ship that ferries the women to planet Dakon.

In the first book, Alien Mate, Earth is getting rid of its female criminals by shipping them off to become mail order brides to aliens. So, I named the spaceship the SS Australia. As you know, to relieve overcrowding in its prisons, the British government established penal colonies in Australia in the 18th century.

The ship of the book 2, Alien Attraction is named SS Deception because both the heroine and hero have secrets.

For Book 3, Alien Intention,  I considered several ship names that would capture the theme of the story. Among them were: SS Fait Accompli, SS Provocation/Provocateur, and SS Shenanigans.

But what I finally settled on was….SS Redemption!

The hero of the Alien Intention was a “bad guy” in book 2, Alien Attraction, so he has lot to make up for. But the names that didn’t make the cut also hint at the story.

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Coming in July 2018 ~ Alien Intention!

Their attraction unleashes a perfect storm…

I’m Stormy Weathers.  My love life on Earth is one natural disaster after the other.  I’m attracted to bad boys, rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I’ll manage to find the jerk. All I want is a man who’ll love me and my young son, so I’m going to Dakon to become an alien’s mail order bride. This time will be different! The chemistry I feel with Romando is electric. It doesn’t matter what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, so I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando, an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But, what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blows into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingle. She is meant for me, but I resist the instinct to claim her. You see, she’s related to my nemesis responsible for my outcast state. Honor and pride dictate that I reject her as a suitable mate. If only I could get her out of my mind…

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The crafting of a romance novel blurb, from draft to final…#romancewriting #fictionwriting #writecraft

 

I write blurbs the same way I write a novel–by pantsing, not plotting. I let the ideas come to me. If I attempted to sit down and craft a blurb, I would stare at a blank screen going uhh….

Right before or soon after I finish the first draft of the novel, I get away from computer (this either means a walk or a drive or a shower, lol) and I start reflecting on the characters, the story, and the conflict, the story. I let the characters talk to me and retell the story in their own words. And that’s how the blurb gets written.

With Alien Mate series, the blurbs are in first person because the story is written that way. The books alternate between his and her points of view, so the blurb does, too. I thought I’d share the iterations of the blurb I wrote for the soon-to-be released third book, Alien Intention.

Direct from my head to the computer (no rewriting)…

1st draft

I’m Stormy Weathers. I’ve wanted to become an alien’s mail order bride ever since I heard about the Earth program that sends women to planet Dakon. I’m a single mom, and this may be my only chance to find a man who’ll love me and my young son. It hasn’t worked out for me on Earth. I’m attracted to bad boys, the rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I’ll manage to find the jerk. However, this time, it will be different! The moment I saw Romando, the chemistry between us was electric. I don’t care what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, he’s the man for me. A mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, and I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando. I’m an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But, what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blew into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingled, and I wanted to claim her immediately. I felt sure she was meant for me until I discovered she was related to my nemesis responsible for my outcast state. I have no choice but to reject her as a suitable mate. If only I could get her out of my mind…

I thought it was pretty good, but I didn’t have a catchy tagline for it. I posted the draft in a couple of Facebook groups, asking for feedback. My friend, author Lea Kirk, did a rewrite of the blurb and sent me this version:

2nd draft 

I’m Stormy Weathers. My dating life on Earth is one natural disaster after another. I’m attracted to bad boys, rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I always manage to find the jerk. All I want is someone to love me and my young son. That’s why I jumped at the chance to be a mail order bride to Dakon, and I’m glad I did. Romando isn’t just an atmospheric disturbance, he’s my perfect storm. I don’t care what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, he’s the man for me. A mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, and I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando. I’m an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But, what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blows into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingle. She is meant for me, yet I must resist my instinct to claim her. You see, she is related to my nemesis…the man responsible for my outcast state. Honor and pride dictate that I reject her as a suitable mate. If only I could get her out of my mind…

I liked how Lea had incorporated the weather aspect, because Dakon is stuck in an ice age and climate plays a big role in series. I also liked the hook of a perfect storm, but it didn’t quite fit with the story context as written. So I did a little revising.

3rd and final draft.

Their attraction unleashes a perfect storm…

I’m Stormy Weathers.  My love life on Earth is one natural disaster after the other.  I’m attracted to bad boys, rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I’ll manage to find the jerk. All I want is a man who’ll love me and my young son, so I’m going to Dakon to become an alien’s mail order bride. This time will be different! The chemistry I feel with Romando is electric. It doesn’t matter what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, so I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando, an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But, what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blows into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingle. She is meant for me, but I resist the instinct to claim her. You see, she’s related to my nemesis responsible for my outcast state. Honor and pride dictate that I reject her as a suitable mate. If only I could get her out of my mind…

How & when do you write your blurbs? Do you have any blurb-writing tips?

(Alien Attraction cover by Sweet ‘N Spicy Designs. Model photo from Vikkaszone.com).

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Cover and blurb reveal for Alien Intention (Alien Mate 3)!

Cover by Sweet ‘n Spicy Designs

Coming in July 2018 ~ Alien Intention!

Their attraction unleashes a perfect storm…

I’m Stormy Weathers.  My love life on Earth is one natural disaster after the other.  I’m attracted to bad boys, rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I’ll manage to find the jerk. All I want is a man who’ll love me and my young son, so I’m going to Dakon to become an alien’s mail order bride. This time will be different! The chemistry I feel with Romando is electric. It doesn’t matter what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, so I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando, an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But, what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blows into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingle. She is meant for me, but I resist the instinct to claim her. You see, she’s related to my nemesis responsible for my outcast state. Honor and pride dictate that I reject her as a suitable mate. If only I could get her out of my mind…

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Romando, the hero of Alien Intention, was a secondary character in book 2, Alien Attraction. All the Alien Mate series romances are standalone reads.

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An office ‘stuffed’ with books…the writing space of Kim Knox #AuthorsInSpace

By Kim Knox

My writing space is the small box room in our house and fairly stuffed with books.

It’s south facing and bright most of the days—yes, north west England gets sunlight!—though the house is Victorian with insanely thick walls, so even with warming sunlight I’m often to be found at my desk wearing all the wool I own. Even in the summer. When we have one…

I admit, I hoard books. Most of the shelving in my room is packed two or three books deep. And can I ever find the book I want? No. They hide. Also possibly breed…as I now seem to have two different books on medieval Scandinavian witchcraft that I do not remember buying. By this time next year, there’ll probably be three. I also love old maps and building plans. They’re so good for helping me visualise spaces and moving my characters through them. I have more maps to put on my wall—Charles Booth’s London Poverty maps *bounce*—but sadly I’m running out of space.

My children buy me Funko Pops for various occasions…which is why I have a little Death Eater revel happening on my external hard drive with a rather surprised looking Sherlock and an uninvited grindilow. I also rescued Fluffy and Fawkes from my now teen boys rooms. Every printer needs a cerberus guarding it, after all.

And that’s me.
I know this room is a luxury. I have a door that I can shut and a place I can focus. I can write in peace…when the books behave themselves.

Author bio

USA Today Bestselling Author, Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England.

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Hunting Evander by Kim Knox

Narda is on a hunt.

Her target, Doran Van Evander, has holed up on a mining planet. But her hunt won’t be simple or easy.

Planet Lisala-7 is in the grip of a festival, one they’ve made compulsory. Five days of licensed debauchery and now, with her body on fire from the touch of strangers, Narda must find her target before her time runs out. Failing is not an option.

But in this game, who is the hunter and who is the prey?

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Marie Dry combines living room & office for a comfy, cozy writing space #AuthorsInSpace

By Marie Dry

I arranged my living room so that it also doubles as my office. Since I live alone I don’t need a space to get away from noise and I have always worked with the television on for background noise. I lived in Spain in a small flat for four years and had no choice but to work in my living room and it actually suited me well. When I moved back to South Africa I had a big enough room to act as library and study which worked well but my living space was cold and impersonal and people coming to visit preferred to be in my library. When I moved to a smaller place I just decided that the living space will double as my work space and its working well. I do miss the library shelves though.

Marie Dry bio

Ever since she can remember Marie Dry wanted to travel. She had had the privilege of living in Zambia, Morocco, and Spain and sees herself as a bit of a gypsy. Every few years she gets restless and has to be some place new.

She read romances since she was nine and was fairly young when she decided she would write the perfect story that had all the elements she looked for in a romance. In 1997 she decided to go all out with her writing and to get published. Being published by Black Opal Books is a dream come true for her. 

There are several wonderful moments in her life that she would never trade for anything. One of them is meeting President Nelson Mandela and the second being published.

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Alien Captured by Marie Dry

In a bleak future, where government systems are breaking down and poverty and violence reign, on an abandoned farm in Montana, Susannah had a simple plan. She’d capture an alien, sell him to the resistance, and use the money to save her son.

Instead, Susannah had an arrogant alien trapped in a pit who acted as if she was the prisoner. He wanted to kill her dog and insisted she should care for the wound he sustained when he fell into the pit she dug to trap him. On top of that, she had no way to know if the resistance got her message. Every day that passed, she doubted her decision to hand Azagor over to the resistance.

But her son, her baby, was being held by people who considered him unclean because he was conceived out of wedlock—and time was running out.

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“Funny, sexy and action packed” Alien Attraction gets rave reviews

Thank you readers for your praise of Alien Attraction on Amazon!

“I was immediately enticed by their passion, fierce personalities, and their troubles. It was easy to love them…the ending was wonderful.”

“Right from the start you like these characters. They both made me laugh at the things they say and do.”

“Reads like a movie. There is a lot of emotions, action, funny and tender moments.”

“The story is full of humor, a bit of danger, a lot of romance.”

“When I started reading I couldn’t put it down I read the book in one day.”

“This was a fun, quick, lighthearted read. I loved it and cannot wait to read Stormy’s story! I’m sure Sunny’s reaction is going to be priceless!!”

“An amazing job of world-building, creating realistic and intriguing characters, and the romance is very sweet.”

“This is a highly satisfying romance with so many touch and go situations.”

“Funny, sexy and action packed, this second book in the Alien Mate series is sure to please.”

“Alien Attraction is a graceful, easy story to read, perfect for that tender spot deep inside. And the eroticism is pretty darn good too. I finished the novel with a sigh and a smile. I bet you will too.”

I loved the way reviewer/blogger Deanna’s World summed up the plot:

“Alien Attraction is a light, fun, steamy story with a desperate reality show star, an equally desperate horned alien, an unscrupulous show producer, and a lottery for gaining a mate on an icy, barren planet. What could possibly go wrong?”

The official blurb:

How insane is it to marry an alien as a publicity stunt?

I’m Sunny Weathers. You probably recognize me from my reality show, Sunny Weathers’ Excellent Adventures. I’ve had to perform a lot of crazy stunts in my career, but this one takes the cake! The producers are sending me to another planet to become an alien’s mail-order bride. I’m not allowed to tell anybody it’s a put-on, and as soon my contract is up, I’ll be leaving planet Dakon. Unfortunately, I hadn’t counted on my attraction to Mr. Tall, “Darq,” and Handsome…

I’m Darq. The moment I laid eyes on the female with pretty mud-colored hair and a sunny smile, I knew she was mine. Competition for females is fierce, and I was determined to claim a mate from the latest shipment from Earth, so I broke the rules. If anyone finds out, my own brother will banish me to the icy wilderness, and I’ll lose my mate. I will do anything to keep her…

Get yourself some tall, “Darq” and handsome. Download Alien Attraction today!

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The ‘best’ of Authors in Space…my favorite writer offices…

Author offices are as varied as the writers’ books. Every Saturday for Authors in Space a different science fiction/science fiction romance author shows where she or he writes. It’s not always an “office.” For this week’s post, I’m presenting some of my favorites from previous posts. To view the original post/photos featuring that author, click on the author name.

A themed office (and the first Authors in Space post!)….Laurie Green

An office with a beautiful view… Susan Grant

Idea I’d like to steal, the book wall…M.K. Eidem

Screen Envy…Pauline B. Jones

Prettiest multipurpose room…Tasha Black

Best author photo, love her smile…Carol Van Natta

The post that made me laugh…Vivien Jackson

Neatest office, and the best way to submit an Authors in Space post…JC Hay

Most incredible story boards…Lance S.A. Nielsen

Most “authorly” look…Eva Caye

 

Do you have a favorite author office photo (one here or one published in previous post)? Leave a comment so I know you visited.

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My first podcast: why I write #Scifirom, why I don’t write #spanking stories anymore

Author and Magi Romance co-host Veronica Scott interviewed me for Magi Romance’s podcast. She and host Mellissa Landrum had a lot of questions for me: why I started writing about cyborgs, why I’m writing about aliens, why I stopped writing spanking romance, and what I’ll write in the future.

You can listen to the podcast on the Magi Romance website, or for your listening convenience, download it (free!) from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Player, or Tune in.

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The photo above is a reenactment of the podcast recorded last Friday. During the actual podcast, I was in my jammies.

I bought the headset on Amazon so I could do the podcast. They were inexpensive, but worked great. I also use them for listening to videos. See them here.

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Alien Attraction has been released! #Kindle #Nook #iBooks #GooglePlay #Kobo

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How insane is it to marry an alien as a publicity stunt?

I’m Sunny Weathers. You probably recognize me from my reality show, Sunny Weathers’ Excellent Adventures. I’ve had to perform a lot of crazy stunts in my career, but this one takes the cake! The producers are sending me to another planet to become an alien’s mail-order bride. I’m not allowed to tell anybody it’s a put-on, and as soon my contract is up, I’ll be leaving planet Dakon. Unfortunately, I hadn’t counted on my attraction to Mr. Tall, “Darq,” and Handsome…

I’m Darq. The moment I laid eyes on the female with pretty mud-colored hair and a sunny smile, I knew she was mine. Competition for females is fierce, and I was determined to claim a mate from the latest shipment from Earth, so I broke the rules. If anyone finds out, my own brother will banish me to the icy wilderness, and I’ll lose my mate. I will do anything to keep her…

An excerpt from Alien Attraction

(Note: Mr. Buddy is a teddy bear).

Rustling sounded behind me, and I spun around to see Darq about to slide his leggings down his hips. “What are you doing?” I squeaked. The appropriate behavior would be to avert my gaze; instead, I stared, taking him all in.

“I’m getting ready for bed.”

“You’re taking off your clothes?”

“That’s the way I sleep.”

“What are you wearing underneath?”

He glanced down. “Nothing. What else would there be?” He motioned. “If you get into bed first, I’ll get the lights. The fire will illuminate the room somewhat, but I wouldn’t want you to trip.”

“Lights out. Good idea.” I grabbed Mr. Buddy as a tangible reminder of my mission. I was here to save Devon, not canoodle with a toned, tanned, naked alien who treated me like I was Terra’s gift to Dakonian kind.

I flung back the top layer of the kel.

“You’re not going to undress?” he asked.

Oh, hell no. I regretted stripping down to my robe and panties. I needed more armor. Maybe metal. Like a chastity belt. Or were those leather? Supple, tanned, chocolate leather like his pulsing horns…

“No,” I squeaked. “This is the way I sleep.” And tomorrow night, I would come to bed in every stitch of clothing I had with me.

Before I could utter so much as a peep or slap the teddy bear over my eyes, he’d pulled his pants off and kicked them aside. Without any self-consciousness, he paraded across the cave to the lights.

Okay, so I peeked! Can you blame me? Inquiring minds wanted to know what kind of package he was sporting. If tentacles were involved, I needed to know. I was relieved and pleased to discover Dakonian penises resembled Terran ones, except Darq’s was better. If his top half was impressively manly, there was nothing understated about Mr. Johnson. His penis was a prime specimen of aroused manhood.

Oh, Sunny, girl, you are in so much trouble…

He extinguished the second Illuvian lamp, and the firelight flickered over his smooth, naked flesh. Oh, to be the fire… I dug my fingers into the bear.

Do not touch the alien.

I felt a breeze of cooler air as he tossed back the top kel and got into bed. He smelled warm, male, spicy, and his body heat drifted to my side. If I stretched my arm…I wanted to curl up next to him and lick him like he was a chocolate Dakonian ice-cream cone.

This was no one-night stand where both parties knew the score. I’d had my share of flybys. If a woman wanted to get laid on Terra, she pretty much had to go with the flow. On this planet there were no one-night stands, no friends with beneficial arrangements, only lifetime commitments. I was here to do a show, after which I would leave, and he would be hurt. I’m not saying he would fall in love with me, but he had different expectations.

A teddy bear wasn’t much of a chaperone, but I tucked it between us. My eyes had adjusted to the dimness, and I stared unblinking, wondering how I would survive. Tonight, I could handle. But then there was tomorrow, and the day after that, and next week, next month. How long could I deny myself before I cracked?

“G-good night,” I said.

“You must be very tired after your journey,” he replied.

Tired? If tired was spelled with a W. I couldn’t have been more keyed up if I’d had six espressos. My buff-and-buck-naked alien with the pulsing horns lay a pinky’s width away. If I streeeetched out my finger…no, hands off the alien! “Not so bad,” I said.

He rolled to face me. “I would like to mouth-mesh with you.”

Mouth-mesh? “You mean, kiss?” I’d never expected him to be so direct.

“Yes, kiss.”

“Oh, Darq…” That was such a bad…Yes!…bad idea. I had to let him down easy to spare his feelings.

I dug my fingernails into my palms. That damn teddy bear had failed at chaperoning! Failed miserably! I had only my willpower to save me. Don’t touch the alien. “Kissing isn’t…isn’t…something you should do when you’re naked.”

“When should you do it, then?”

 

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