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BREAKING LEILA is free


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...on Amazon, until Monday November 10th. Which is rather awesome, isn't it?


Bloody...Tuesday


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Today is special (and not just because I have a cupcake. Still. It's a good cupcake).

Today marks the hardback release of BLEED LIKE ME by Christa Desir, which is the kind of raw, honest (slightly filthy) book I wish had been around when I was a teenager. Actually I wish Christa had also been around when I was a teenager. It would have been exquisite carnage. Anyway. Where was I?

 From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy-like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just "Gannon" to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers-even her best friend, who is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding. Some days the only way Gannon knows she is real is by carving bloody lines into the flesh of her stomach.

Then she meets Michael Brooks, and for the first time, she feels like she is being seen to the core of her being. Obnoxious, controlling, damaged, and addictive, he inserts himself into her life until all her scars are exposed. Each moment together is a passionate, painful relief.

But as the relationship deepens, Gannon starts to feel as if she's standing at the foot of a dam about to burst. She's given up everything and everyone in her life for him, but somehow nothing is enough for Brooks-until he poses the ultimate test.

Bleed Like Me is a piercing, intimate portrayal of the danger of a love so obsessive it becomes its own biggest threat.

Falling in love doesn't instantly make you compatible with someone. God, how I wish this had been pointed out to me. Truth is, I think a lot of us get a bit lost in having our affections returned at all. It's not on tap for most people. So when it comes along, even if it's jagged around the edges, you're grateful because...isn't that how a good, honest person should feel? You're that good person. The validation of love proves it. Even as a teen, the sexual side of a relationship can play a big part in this massive fucked-up spiderweb. BLEED acknowledges this head-on rather than tiptoeing around it with an Edward Cullen stalker complex.

As an author I spend a lot of time looking for the beautiful bits in broken relationships because they're the ones that cut us deepest, so they're wounds a reader needs to balm the most. But not all of those relationships burst into hearts and roses just because the word love starts being tossed about. And I'm glad Christa was brave enough to tackle this.

Sometimes, it can feel painfully right and still be painfully wrong. BLEED explores this in bold, empowered detail. Yes, you want to read this. Yes, if your son or daughter is embarking on the miserable complicated world of teen relationships, they'll appreciate it too. And here I am, helpfully enabling you with links to Amazon UK, Amazon US, B&N and Book Depository. If you're in the US, you'll probably find it all shiny in your local bookstore; if you live in the UK, Amazon may take a little while to deliver it because despite the fact that you pre-ordered, they're still being dicks.

Not that I'm bitter or anything.




Top 10 Ways to Procrastinate While Writing a Book


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It happens to the best of us. We procrastinate until we're about five days away from deadline, then tot up how many words we still need to write and have ourselves a little mother-of-fudge moment. How has this happened? How did we get here? You had three months to write this book, you workshy plot dodger! You should be ashamed of yourself!

:(

Readers and writers, here are my top 10 favourite most common ways to procrastinate while writing that book I keep banging on about...

1) Think about/mock up the cover

Because having an idea of how your cover might look always helps to get you in the mood for writing, obviously. It's motivation. Usually goes something like this:

7pm: Lucy enters Stockphotolandia
2:38am: lkjlijgljfkjekfjhgpppphhh...sulk...stinging eyes...zzz

2) Make graphics

You know how it goes: write an awesome line. Feel smug, edit a few syllables out. Then edit them back in. And then remember you saved the PERFECT stock photo for THIS particular line. Make graphic. Spend at least twenty six minutes getting the text placement right.

Ten minutes later: sulk because you haven't announced the book release yet, so can't show anyone the graphic. Instant gratification: DENIED.

 

3) Browse for potential reviewers

There are so many review blogs these days, and you simply must keep track. You'll just scroll through the comments on this GoodReads page to find links to bloggers with relevant preferences for your reviewer list...

4) Troll Amazon for similar books

Because you need to know your market, right? And you don't want to write something too similar. It's important to look for cover trends you can exploit, or see if reviewers are responding well to a similar trope or plot point. This is just market research. It's work!

 

5) Watch crap on YouTube

You've written like, 984 words in the last hour, so now you can watch Reggae Shark or yodelcore puppets or that hot guy in the German medieval metal band. Yes, these things exist. And they're ALL AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.

 

6) Make a shopping list

A writer has to be organised and well-nourished. You probably shouldn't have Domino's for the third night in a row. And you wanted to try out that pumpkin marzipan doughnut cinnamon tofu bread thingy from that blog, so you need all those weird (but VERY healthy) ingredients.

7) Budget

Because Starbucks, Netflix and book swag don't grow on trees. But they should. Why has nobody engineered this yet? OMG PLOT BUNNY

8) Record and Expand on Plot Bunnies

If you don't write it all down right now, it may fade away into the ether and you will never taste its sweetness again. Of course it has nothing to do with your current book, but you have to plan ahead, right?

9) Fantasize about Book's Success

Imagine if you got a starred review at Kirkus or PW. Imagine if you sold foreign rights. Imagine if you sold film rights to Tim Burton. Imagine if you sold TV rights to HBO! Imagine if Joss Whedon read your book and Tweeted about it. And what would the soundtrack be like on the film trailer? You should definitely start thinking about that. They might want your input. Or a preferred cast list. You should start following Ansel Elgort on Twitter right now, butter him up a bit for when the role comes along...

10) Go to work

We've all been there: stay up most of the night going through points 1-9. Write the three best paragraphs of your life. Wake up, walk around, do stuff that tastes minty and is a bit cold. There are noises--voices, perhaps?--and whooshy things. You appear to be in this strange place called "work."

Feel free to expand on these--unless, of course, you should be working on that book, you complete SLACKER.

So here's a book you should read...


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...you know, if you like dudes who look like this (see below), witty dialogue, and sexual tension that leans out of your Kindle to stroke your fancy parts:



Kristen has been a friend of mine for a long time now, and I was fortunate enough to read THE HOOK UP a while back. I had very tired eyes the next day and an achy wrist (from holding my Kindle up for so long, perverts), but the lack of sleep was worth it--I couldn't put the damn thing down. So here's your heads up: it's finally out on September 8th, and you can pre-order it here. You can also see my review on GoodReads here (which is mostly about boobs and anal; always a win). THE HOOK UP sure taught me a lot about...erm, American football.

I'm off to fan myself and re-read some of the filthy bits. You: pre-order! Mush!


The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.


On AIDAN


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Aidan is probably one of my favourite characters, out of all my books. He's also the character I get asked about the most by FAR. Everyone wants to know when I'm writing Aidan's book.

Answer: when he finally sorts his shit out. Seriously, there's a lot of shit--it's always been there, ever since I wrote him--and trying to maul it all into a book with an HEA is quite the undertaking. I have started and stopped his book many times because he refuses to behave himself. I'm aware that as an answer, this royally sucks. But I can't just write him to order. He'd HATE me for that.

Aidan originally appeared in the Knives and Flowers books. Then he appeared in The Gentleman has Left the Building (which is free, by the way) and I elaborated on his backstory in Tainted Touch. In fact Art, Tainted Touch's hero and Aidan's little brother, was originally going to be in the Knives and Flowers books too...but he didn't quite fit. And his story needed its own book, really. It had a different tone.

A lot of people ask me why I didn't write Aidan's book as soon as I'd finished Leila's duo (which was back in 2010. Christ). The truth is, back then, nobody would have published it. Aidan's story, fucked up as it is, would have been waaaaay too taboo. Of course now I self publish, that issue isn't there so much, but I do still wonder if Amazon would actually sell the thing. They haz rules and standards (apparently).

I'm teasing here. I apologise. But suffice to say that when Aidan told Leila that he'd only ever been in love once, with a girl, a long time ago...he was telling the truth. And that girl was most definitely forbidden on every level; I think a lot of people would be truly freaked. There was never going to be an HEA for them (and while Aidan would love one with Mattman, Matt just doesn't like penis enough. Alas). Where does anyone go from there? He's a shockingly un-PC character too--full of rape jokes and the like, which I think is realistic given his job and his experiences--but this is not for everyone. It needs handling in a certain way.

A lot of writers seem to know exactly what the end game is for their characters. This is usually me; I'm a plotter. I have to know where everything is going. And yet Aidan eludes me, time and time again, as if he's still searching. He's larger than life that way. Tainted Touch definitely showed another side to him, and his sing-song whore boy behaviour was cast in a very different light. (I'd say it's like he was swelling inside of me, as a character. But we all know how that sounds, hmm?!) It brought his Daddy issues to the forefront--they go a long way to explaining some of his choices in life. And his reaction to finding Art showed us all how huge his heart is. But that heart, as he would say, has been fucked three different ways with a sledgehammer, mashed into something McDonalds wouldn't serve, and thrown out to the pigeons of Trafalgar Square. When I write in Aidan's POV, he's incredibly...dark. Sometimes I wonder if people would actually like that (and I welcome all opinions on that point).

I am not done with Aidan; nor is he done with me. It would be nice if he shut up about shoes and sex and random British comedians long enough to actually tell me what he wants, however. As soon as he does, you'll be the first to know.




TAINTED TOUCH is FREEEE!


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As in, no-charge free. $0.00 free. Free like a bird, or a shooting star, or Tim Robbins at the end of Shawshank Redemption


But only until midnight on Saturday August 2nd.

You can find it on Amazon US, Amazon UK, and all the other Amazons (apparently). And if you don't have a Kindle or the Kindle app, email me at lucyvmorgan@gmail.com before the end of Saturday and I'll send you the correct version for your Nook/iPad/wax tablet.

Now go forth and download that damned thing. Your hot boxer-slash-massage-therapist is waiting...


On TWISTED SUMMER


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I get a lot of the same comments about TWISTED SUMMER, time and time again. I've wanted to respond to them for a while, and recently I went back in and re-read the manuscript, figuring that while the answers were fresh, I'd get them down.

(I know, I know. It's over a year since the book was released so this is probably quite late. A little reflection time works wonders, however, and you lovely bunch of readers are still buying the book. Thank you a thousand times for this).

People say...

Gabe is kind of creepy. 


People have called Gabe predatory. He made a lot of readers quite uncomfortable with the way he came on to Danni. I can't tell you that he's a nice man who did what he thought was right. He absolutely was predatory; at one point, Danni yells to him through a door, "stop grooming me!" because that is precisely what he's doing.

But I wanted this ambiguity for him. Truth be told, it was all part of the taboo of the story. He is forbidden fruit of the highest order. I don't think Danni was ever alone in lusting after an older man she couldn't have, but lusting after somebody who played the role of a family member--now that's fairly uncommon. Danni had never really "met" him before so that removed a bit of the yuck factor where she was concerned, but she was still very aware that she was in his guardianship. On a dark level, she liked that.

If Danni hadn't returned Gabe's affections, this would have been a very different book. Part of me wonders how far he'd have gone to seduce her; pretty far, probably. He was frightened of the way she made him feel--physically and emotionally--and it made him cruel. He was addicted to it, too. Addiction does strange things to people. Addiction made him brave and stupid. That doesn't excuse the way he came on to somebody he shouldn't have; nothing really does. But it explains it.

I didn't realise Danni was going to be gay.

You know, when I was gearing up to release TS, I worried people would laugh at the whole "lesbian converted by cock" idea that was vaguely present within the story. (Danni is actually bi, but still). So when there was more of a negative reaction just to the f/f stuff in the book, I was surprised. Danni's "girlfriend" is mentioned in the blurb; I'm English, so "girlfriend" means sexual partner. Of course, in the US, it just means good friend...I hadn't noticed this, and it most likely added to the confusion.

There was, in contrast, also a lot of praise for the f/f element of the book, which was lovely to see--not just because it was celebrating diversity, but purely because it was different. I write "different" books, and I've learned that different is a very sharp double-edged sword. Frankly, I often forget how different they are, so any kind of mention of this always fascinates me.

It was too short! Where's the sequel?

I never imagined when I wrote TS that people would want a sequel. Really. I thought perhaps they'd read it and think they'd been through enough! Will there ever be a sequel? I honestly don't know. My schedule is stuffed. I don't know how I'd give people a sequel to TS that was quite as striking as the first; Gabe and Danni have done the hardest part of their journey already and I'd hate to over-stretch them. Of course, never say never...

Length...well. My novels are usually long. I can't help it. TS, however, was originally written as two novellas, so the structure was different from the beginning. I wrote them exactly the way I wanted to because a) I knew no publisher would take a pseudo-incest story and b) I didn't fancy self-publishing at the time. When I came to turn the two pieces into one longer story, I felt like adding anything else would be "filler." And God, I hate filler. There were ways I could have made the book longer, absolutely...I just didn't like any of them, and so the result was something of a mongrel. If it felt incomplete then I understand why.

It really was twisted.

I know the cover was kinda cutesy in a pretty way (it's still my favourite, of all my book covers). I can see why some people were shocked by the contents of a book with that cover. TS is made up of layers of light and dark, of normality and perversion. It was meant to subvert. Danni's desire for Gabe was dark and the way she used Esme was dark, but she had a bright, peppy sense of humour and the story took place in beautiful sun-drenched locations. That juxtaposition is difficult to quantify; twisted felt like a nice middle ground. Dark is almost a genre term these days--a very overused one, and a watered down one at that. Thus, as readers, we all have our own version of dark...but maybe not so much our own twisted. I think TS hit a nerve in that regard. I'm kind of proud of that.

As for my own definitions?

A dark book, to me, holds little promise of redemption for certain characters. We are forced to accept those characters exactly as they are--a struggle we feel subjected to, rather than something we actively enjoy. But nonetheless...it titillates us. 

That's the darkest thing of all.





New cover reveal for TAINTED TOUCH & Sale


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Boom!


Isn't it pretty? There's a bit of a story behind this new cover.

When I started to write Tainted Touch, I thought it would be another smutfest like Twisted Summer. But it didn't work out that way. (Not that there isn't smut in the book, but it's one of many elements, rather than an overarching theme). The book ended up a bit more in the chick lit/women's fiction/contemporary vein. I really wasn't sure how to market that, but when the book went out to reviewers, it was obvious--in a positive way--that they felt it was more suited to these genres.

And so...here we are. In truth, I think this cover tells readers more about my personal style. I don't write cookie cutter coupley romances; there's nothing wrong with them at all, but I wouldn't want a reader to expect one thing and get another when they buy my book. That's not really fair. I write with a bit of darkness and a lot of quirk; I write with unusual narrative arcs, at times. They're more into the contemporary fiction or women's fiction veins. I was worried that would be a bad thing.

I'm not worried any more ;)

(And yes, that is a blurb from the amazeballs Kristen Callihan, who has some gorgeous new covers herself. Her Darkest London series will be in UK bookshops soon, so keep an eye out).

To celebrate the new cover, TAINTED TOUCH is on sale for $1.49 (or £0.81 in the UK) at all vendors. It won't be at that price for long, so tell your friends!



Rejected cover designs for TAINTED TOUCH


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My cover designer puts up with a lot. ("Can we try a gnome of self pity in the corner? Yeah. Really." [Three hours of blood, sweat and tears later] "Oh. You're right. That looks like a bag of dicks, huh.")

So when I realised that I wanted a new cover for Tainted Touch, but I frankly had no idea what I wanted, I decided I'd save the poor bastard the hassle and just do it myself.

The new cover will be revealed on Tuesday 1st July (along with a 50% off sale, because I'm nice like that). But in the meantime, here are some of the many cover mock-ups I vetoed in the end, along with a little commentary--Lucy style.


1) Floating Dead-Eyed Cait


For: The Waves, right?

Against: nothing about this one really says "moments of genuine hilarity."

No, what I needed was something edgier...










2) The Misery Porn Edition


For: pretty water/waves relevance. EMOTIONAL TURMOIL

Against: it's all a bit "capture fantasy kink." Which is okay if the book involves capture fantasy kink, but this book doth not.

Perhaps I needed more than random body parts. I needed a concept cover...









3) Attack of the Flying Cupcakes


For: cute! Modern! Just a bit foreboding!

Against: "Lucy. It looks like udders." (Christa Desir, voice of reason)

Screw you, concept cover. What I really needed was...









4) Headless New Adult Ocean Smut Bonanza


For: screams "I'm a beach read. BEACH ME AT ONCE."

Against: bargain basement Okay Creations rip-off

Perhaps sexy covers are not my forte. You know, unless they're more subtle. Like...









5) Headless Cliche New Adult Subtext Blandtasy


For: pretty colours. Porkage obviously imminent, so subtext win.

Against: more forgettable than J-Lo's recent efforts.

Yeah. None of this was going so well. I gave up for a while.









After that lot, I imagine you have no clue what the new cover will actually look like. Funnily enough, at that point...neither did I. But I did figure it out, and while you can't see it until July 1st, here's just a teeny sneak peek...


This is nothing like any of my other covers. I can't wait to share it!

TAINTED TOUCH is getting a new cover...


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...in about ten days. I've seen it; it's rather lush, if I do say so myself, and also very different from my previous covers. I love the Cait and Art original cover, but I'd like the book to stand out a little more with something unique.

So...see you soon with a new work of Art ;)

Shailene Woodley, Feminism, and the Leila Vaughn Problem


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"I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance," Shailene Woodley, a twenty-two year old actress (and star of Divergent), told TIME magazine this week. "I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy."

I write a lot about the culture of platonic female relationships.The underbelly of them, if you will. Leila Vaughn (of Breaking Leila), who saw success lead to her undoing at the hands of female colleagues, is one example of this. Every now and then, something crops up to remind me that beyond all our discussion of feminism, it's never going to gain the traction it needs if we're not able to confront the issues within female relationships that tend to hinder a call to arms.

Shailene Woodley is, in her own words, not a feminist--apparently because the idea of women aiming to be above men in the social hierarchy is distasteful and illogical to her. This is, of course, not what feminism is; feminism is the belief that women are equal to men, and are entitled to equal choice, opportunity and privilege. Woodley's assumed misinterpretation of feminist principle has caused uproar on Twitter and other social media outlets in the past twenty-four hours, and no doubt will continue to do so.

Do I wish that a person held up as a role model had a more uplifting or technically correct message to offer her audience? Yes. Absolutely. But let us take this opportunity to examine exactly what is going on here. Let's learn (if I can say that without sounding like a patronising toad).

We all do questionable stuff when we're young (some of my younger characters will certainly attest to this). We don't teach feminist principles or theory in schools (or at least, we don't here in Britain. Which is a damn shame), so I'm not entirely sure why we expect all young women to understand a fundamentally complex set of ideas. The media feeds young girls a steady diet of "girl power," a dumbed-down concept that sounds more like a call for supremacy than equality, and the fact that feminist literature is not readily available to all is a basic feminist problem in itself. But what is far more shocking to me than Woodley's unfortunate misinterpretation of feminist values is the amount of vitriol she has received....from women.

The response I've seen on Twitter is very sad. The cheap jokes, the looking-down-the-nose comments, the patronising tone of people's response to Woodley's quotes; it smacks of hierarchal coterie within feminism, which is intimidating and unpleasant. We're all entitled to our opinions, but there is a problem with feminism if some of those who seek to spread its message on social media are preaching one moment, and then bashing a young woman the next.

In Breaking Joseph, my female protagonist, Leila, states: "Women rule each other. They say that behind every great man, there's a great woman, and they may well be right, but behind that woman is a not-so-great one, bawling her eyes out. She's not crying because she didn't meet the man's standards; she's crying because the other woman made them too high." And she's not really talking about competing for men. She's talking about competing for success and opportunity. For privilege. Men are quite often gateways or lubricants to such things, right or wrong as that is; Woodley, a product of a similarly competitive environment, touches on similar subjects. None of this is to say that patriarchal society is absolved of any influence--of course it is there. But as a gender, we are sometimes blindly participating. And we must stop.

"I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy," Woodley is quoted as saying. Men aside-- I want people to respect me, not genders--this whole debacle lies in the shadow of a great irony because Woodley is now the butt of many a woman's joke. We do indeed lack equality between our sexes, and countless injustices affect women every day that would not affect men, but this doesn't take away from the fact that sometimes, women are fucking horrible to each other. And this is a case in point. No, not everyone's response has been awful. Some have been understanding. But I have been troubled by the chorus of those who are not.

We're now talking to a whole new generation of young girls about feminism, but we're also just starting to emerge from an era where perfection is everything (see: every reality TV show made in the past ten years, the earlier and earlier sexualisation of young girls, and the increased acceptance of sex sold as commodity on television/the Internet. Then see increased career opportunities for women but without the safety net of Old Boys networks). This is an era where another woman is seen as competition--not for a man, but for success, in whatever form it may take. And success is, at its core, survival. This is primal stuff. To ignore it would be to do ourselves a grave injustice.

If feminism is off-putting to this generation of young women, and if it is misinterpreted by them as a result, we'd do well to ask ourselves why...and to stop proving their suspicions by taking the piss out of them. That would be a start.







Cover reveal: MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson


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I have known Megan via Twitter now for a while, and am delighted to share with you the cover from her upcoming NA romance. It sounds hot and funny--two of my very favourite things (besides Channing Tatum and cheesecake. Maybe they'll be in the next book in the series...?) Drumrooooll, please...


 
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend's gorgeous best friend, Alec...who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
 
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends--both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It's safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm's reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She's adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He'd never stab his best friend in the back...
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To MAKE IT COUNT, Alec must learn messy human emotions can't be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


 

Chapter One excerpt


Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.
“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.
She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.
She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.
Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.
His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”
Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”
His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.
But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”
See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”
He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”
Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.
  

***



MEGAN ERICKSON grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

Find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website

Coming August 2014: VIOLETTA


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"May the best man sin."

My name is Hugo de Grint.

I'm the man in the expensive suit who steals your breath in the elevator. The banker. The one they call Filth in the boardrooms and bars. I am many questionable things, but a bad big brother is not one of them.

When Tomas wanted the manor we grew up in for his beautiful young wife-to-be? I said yes. When he wanted to remortgage to finance his ailing business? I said yes.

And then, days before they married, I met her.

Violetta, from nowhere. Like the sun shot her out and she landed next to me, wispy edges still smoking. I am her friend and confidante...but I ache to be more. Though I have run from my obsession, her skin haunts me.

I tell myself I am a good brother--as boys, I took on his horrors; as we grew, I took on his debts. But Tomas is too much like our father, and not the good husband he should be.

I can fight it no longer.

I am going to take his wife.

VIOLETTA is a dark and erotic contemporary romance, told from Hugo and Violetta's points of view.



TAINTED TOUCH is now available at Amazon, B&N and iTunes


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Kobo will probably take about three centuries to upload it, but should you want a Kobo-compatible copy, you can buy one at Smashwords.  

Read the 5* review at Book Drunk Blog

Go forth and enjoy 366 pages of hot boxer awesomeness, complete with friends who use crap French, friends who wear mandigans, and roasted seagulls. Oh, and a 4000 word sex scene, just because you're all worth it. [L'Oreal hair swish]

Go on. He's looking at you...





Six days to go to TAINTED TOUCH


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"Every now and then, he says something that reminds me of smoke and punches and electric blue sparks..."

Another TAINTED TOUCH teaser...


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Thirteen days to TAINTED TOUCH...


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And oh, look at that. Come back on March 31st when TAINTED TOUCH releases, and you can even read the rest of it...


Favourite Reads


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I've been meaning to do this post for aaaaages. Today, I'd like to share with you some of my all-time favourite books.

I'm an eclectic reader. I love a bit of smut--especially the darker stuff--but I'm always skipping between genres. These books are part of the tapestry of my life, stories I always come back to. If you like my work, you might like some of these...and if you don't, you might like them anyway. Because they're awesome.


Jacqueline Carey's KUSHIEL series

My love affair for this alternate history/fantasy saga began on a plane to the Maldives, which is rather glamorous, hmm? I'd picked up the second book (unknowingly) at a store not long beforehand, and thought it would make an excellent companion for the thirteen hour flight due to its sheer size. And I was right.

Carey takes us to an alternate early Europe, and introduces us to Phedre, a courtesan "cursed" to find pleasure in pain. Her worldbuilding is intricate and intoxicating, and her characters are layered, shadowy beasts. The sheer scope of these books is breathtaking. Carey has built a global subculture around these books; she regularly shares fan art and fan tattoos on her Facebook page.

Start at the beginning with Kushiel's Avatar. (You may find the maps and huge dramatis personae intimidating--unless you're a George RR Martin fan, anyway. Press on. I promise, it's worth it).


Falling Under by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Current romance trends have spawned a whole subgenre of books featuring abused heroines working through their issues by exploring both their sexual and emotional selves. This is one of the "originals"--first published in 2008--and it does not disappoint in its grit or brevity. If you've recently enjoyed The Siren by Tiffany Reisz or Unteachable by Leah Raeder, you should give this beautifully written novel a go.





The Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Suzanne


This book is what Mad Men would be if it was all about the women. Set in the same era, it follows three young women on their individual paths to self-destruction. It is pulp fiction with fat spatterings of depressing realism, but I loved the characters all the same. A classic, and a thought-provoking read.









Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton


I miss Crichton. I was probably more upset by his death than I was about Buffy being cancelled, which is quite the feat. I'm a sucker for contemporary sci fi thrillers, and Jurassic Park managed to be wonderfully escapist to boot. The book goes into a lot more scientific detail than the film, and I adore this kind of thing because I come away feeling like I've learned something.













The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith


I only read this one recently, but it's one of my favourite reads for a long time. A sci fi/fantasy romance featuring...a lizard dude. You may think this isn't sexy; you see my lurve for the raptors above, so I was already half gone before throwing myself into this. But still, I like to describe this book as Jacqueline Carey and Joss Whedon having babies. It's something of a slow burn, but the world-building is done so carefully and the characters are so engrossing that I loved stretching it out, really taking my time with it--it's the posh box of chocolates of the book world, even if one of them is lizard flavoured. Read it.




Curio by Cara McKenna


Hot French male prostitute book. I actually don't read a great deal of straight romance/erotica (I'm too cynical. Weep) but this is something else.

This is erotica at its most introspective and provocative. The heroine is smart and believable, and the hero is a beautifully wrapped enigma. I've read a few of McKenna's books, but this one really stands out for me in terms of originality.











BZRK & BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant


Contemporary sci fi thrillers about nanotechnology. Loads of blood and guts--those nanobots get "down in the meat," as the characters say. The series comes pretty damn close to the glory of Crichton, though Grant's voice has a blunt, wry edge. These books have crack-tastic plots and geeky characters soaked in various shades of grey, with a satisfying romantic subplot. I wish I could write stuff like this.