My writing pal Katalina Leon has hijacked my blog today to talk about her release Asterion, a part of the highly-acclaimed anthology Something Wicked This Way Comes. Don’t you just love the title – and what a cover!!
For now, here’s Kat!
First, I want to thank Tina for being a gracious hostess and having me as a guest on her blog, I love visiting here!
As you might have already guessed, I’m here promoting a new book release, but this one is really special to me. One of my short stories “Asterion” is included in Ellora’s Cave latest anthology “Something Wicked This Way Comes Volume 2”. There’s a little bit of a backstory here, so I’m going to back up a little…
I bought my first Ellora’s Cave erotic-romance a few years ago. It was Jaid Black’s “The Empress’ New Clothes”. I read it with relish and was both thrilled and a little shocked that it was so different from any traditional romance novel I’d ever read. There was nothing coy about the love scenes. Not only was the bedroom door flung wide open—a few other partners were invited in too. In short it was a lot of inhibition-peeling, naughty good fun.
Ten seconds after finishing the book I ran back to Borders book store and bought another Ellora’s Cave book, Diana Hunter’s “Secret Submission”. Wow, what a gorgeous trip down BDSM-lane that book was! It opened my eyes to a strong female character coming to terms, on her owns terms with a BDSM full commitment relationship with a life partner. I shared this book with my husband and it meant a lot to us. Thank you Diana.
Not long after my husband suggested I write a short story for him. I was a little nervous. I’d focused on other things all my life and didn’t consider myself much of a writer, but I wanted to try. Several heart felt stories quickly appeared, which I wrote in spiral notebooks with a fountain pen because my typing was so poor. At the time I didn’t have my own computer and wouldn’t risk documenting my thoughts on a family laptop where someone might accidently read them, typos and all.
When I had a new story to share, my husband and I would lock the bedroom door, climb into bed and I’d quietly read it to him by the light of a clip-on book light. The stories were a hit with him.
Soon I felt encouraged enough to type a story and submit it to Ellora’s Cave. I just about fainted when they accepted it!
So last year when Jaid Black aka Tina Engler “The Queen of Steam” grand Empress and founder of Ellora’s Cave sent out an email asking EC authors to submit 13k stories for an anthology—I was on it pronto! Did I mention the original deadline was two weeks from the date on the email? Uh! I started writing my story an hour later. The deadline was later extended but it was still tight.
I submitted “Asterion” which was my take on a young Greek woman’s experience in the labyrinth of the Minotaur. It contains completely fictional paranormal elements and I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to create something wickedly different for this anthology. I wanted my heroine “Larisa” to discover what first appears to be a monster is really a handsome prince.
One morning, I knew I’d made it into the anthology because my email inbox was suddenly full of congratulations from friends. I actually read a few congratulations before I fully realized exactly what I was being congratulated on…
I glanced at the original email at the bottom of the page and saw my name included in the same volume as Jaid Black and Diana Hunter and almost cried. Everybody has their little moment when something hits hard, and this was mine. This affected me more than any review or contract had ever moved me. It was so personal. Seeing my name beside those two talented ladies who inspired me to write in the first place was extremely humbling to say nothing of the amazing Laurann Dohner, Regina Carlisle—whom I’m in awe for her super hot “Lone Star Lycans” and Aubrey Ross, who is so creative and talented!
So if you’re game to try something new and taste a few fresh flavors “Something Wicked This Way Comes Volume 2” might be just the treat for you. There are six Ellora’s Cave authors in one volume each offering something erotic, romantic and surprising.
Here’s the blurb:
Fatman & Robyn
Jake Chamberlin, star quarterback of the New York Bloods, has a not-so-little secret—he’s into chubby chicks. He does all he can to resist temptation, but when Jake bumps into the gorgeous Robyn DiMarco at a bistro in Little Italy, all bets are off.
Scarred and Kilt
Matty has a new neighbor, and she strongly suspects the kilt-wearing hottie is a vampire—he only goes out at night, has weird visitors and the blood bank is making regular deliveries. But he doesn’t seem to hurt anyone, so “live and let live” is Matty’s motto. Until she sees a guy armed with crosses and wooden stakes breaking into the neighbor’s house. Matty charges to the rescue—and ends up in Mr. Hottie’s bed…and on his desk…and…
Set in the same world as Jaguar Hunger.
Private investigators Nate and Daniel don’t expect to find their mate while working a case. But they recognize Olivia as theirs the second they catch the missing woman’s scent—the scent of a female jaguar shifter in heat. Nate and Daniel’s task? Find then claim Livvy in every raw, animalistic way possible…and release her inner beast.
Betrayed by her village chief, Larisa is brought to a mysterious island and left bound in a subterranean labyrinth, where drops of her blood summon the mythical Minotaur. She expects the man-beast to take her life…but it’s her body that’s sacrificed. Darron, a shapeshifting being, ravishes Larisa, and she gives herself freely to the pleasure—a decision that will change both their worlds forever.
Surely the dress Zoe purchased did not transport her to an alien ship, right? No. Hallucinations. Must be. Though…the gorgeous alien who greets her seems real enough. And the sex? Out of this world.
Vaden has waited years for his Decadent Dancer, and though Zoe swears she didn’t know what the dress could do, Vaden has been lonely too long to be easily thwarted. He’ll use every sensual trick he knows to convince Zoe she’s right where she belongs.
As a favor to a friend, author Carla Braun agrees to meet with archaeologist Josef Anderson to discuss his recent desert find. To her dismay, the man’s infuriating…as well as tall, blond, gorgeous—and into BDSM. If she can look beyond Dr. Anderson’s cool exterior, Carla just might discover some scorching Sahara Heat…
If you haven’t seen the book trailer for “Asterion” see it here. This trailer was made by husband and presented to me as a gift. (Thank you sweetie!)
“Something Wicked This Way Comes Volume 2” Is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble this Tuesday May 1st and Ellora’s Cave May 2nd.