Monday, November 30, 2009

Author Interview ~ Randall Lang

It’s the beginning of another lovely week, and it’s the beginning of another lovely interview here at the Menagerie. For the first time ever we are featuring a male erotic author! Yes, we’ve had men here before, but they were part of a writing team… this is the first time one has braved the Menagerie all on his own. Although, when I mentioned this he didn’t seem too worried… like I said; brave man. So, let’s not be too rough with him… he is here of his own free will. His name is Randall Lang and he is definitely a charmer.

Welcome to the Menagerie, Randall. We’re so glad you could join us today. And since you’ve already charmed us, let’s get started so you can charm our readers. What inspired you to write your first book?

Firstly, let me thank the Menagerie Authors, Kealie, Mysti and JennyKat, for inviting me here today. I have enjoyed reading erotica since discovering those 'naughty' books, hidden from the eyes of family and guests behind the front row of 'nice' books on my Mother's book shelf. After feeding my pubescent fervor with the likes of Peyton Place, Bramble Bush, Fanny Hill, and The Harrad Experiment, I became hopelessly hooked on quality written erotica. As the years passed, it seemed that all that was available to a maturing erotica addict was drivel with a lot of capital letters and rows of exclamation points. When a job change left me with intermittent periods of idle time, thoughts of what I considered good erotica began to haunt me. I decided to try my hand at erotica writing and, in a relatively short time, I had assembled a book of erotic short stories and what would become my first book, Trailer Park Nights. I wanted to write erotica that was tasteful; free of gratuitous foul language, ridiculous situations, and stereotypical characters; yet would leave the reader eager for companionship. Once I started writing, I have not stopped, but I have changed direction away from erotica and toward erotic romance.

I have to agree, so much “erotica” is drivel. So glad I’m not the only to think so. LOL. How did you come up with the title?

For my recent release, Magnificent Man, the title is based upon an attribute of the hero, Coyote. It is a novel of adventure and romance that takes place in the contemporary American southwest. Cassandra, the heroine, is rescued from a group of murderous thugs by Coyote. He kneels before her and addresses her as "my lady". She is confused by him and his strange, anachronistic mannerisms. He treats her as a knight would treat a queen in the Middle Ages. It is not until later, as she begins to understand him, that she realizes what a truly noble and magnificent man he is.

He sounds very interesting, gotta love a man who treats a woman like a queen. Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I am deathly afraid of those e-mails that ask, "Who told you that?" Or the ones that say, "I've lived in that area all my life, where did you come up with such bogus crap?" It is my nature to try to be as factually accurate as possible. When I started to write Magnificent Man, which is based in the desert southwest, I had a problem. Specifically, I had never been there. Big problem! I needed to do research and lots of it.

I spent several weeks in Arizona and New Mexico travelling through the area on back roads and visiting places where I was an obvious stranger. I found places and people who exist below any kind of radar screen, and whom you could not find without seeking them out. They have ways that are deeply rooted in their own culture. The effects of the modern world are present, but there is a deep undercurrent of culture that remains unshaken.

I also did a tremendous amount of research on the internet. It’s amazing how much information is available. I was able to get historical information, geographical information, and even information about largely extinct unwritten Native American dialects.

I think every author lives in fear of those emails. It’s great that you want to have such attention to detail. How much of the book is realistic?

See previous answer. This is one of the secrets about the book, and is a point of pride for me. The book is VERY true to reality. Not so much in the story line, but the route that Coyote and Cassandra travel IS real. Anyone who cares to can follow their journey on a map. Only the villages of Peligroso and Esperanza; and, Bishop County, Texas are fictional, but by carefully following the route, a reader can see where they would be if they were real. The town, the buildings, and even some of the people are real. I did change people’s names, but, if you lived in a mentioned town, you probably could identify the individual(s).

LOL, makes you wonder if you WANT them to figure out who they are in there or not. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

This is going to sound like sacrilege, since our collective world runs on romance and erotic romance, but I do not read much romance. I’m actually hooked on history, and in particular local history. Much of my working life was spent in and around the coal mining industry. One of my favorite writers is Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys, the book that became the movie October Sky, He has numerous published books and many of them are about his youth in Coalwood, a small company town deep in southern West Virginia. I had met his Father, a mine supervisor featured in several of his books, and I was familiar with the town and its people. Reading Homer’s work taught me that an author could write an interesting and captivating story in plain words. Before that, I had assumed that authors had to have a PhD in literature from an Ivy League college and be fluent in four languages before they could write a book. Homer opened the mental doors that had held me back. I have seven of his books but he only has one of mine. I have to catch up.

Okay, I’ll pretend I didn’t hear you say that… But that’s a good author to admire. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Simply keeping myself working. I have this inertia problem that I call the 'slug monster'. It wants to drag me away to more relaxing and fun pursuits instead of sitting down and working. I am the victim of an ongoing internal struggle. (Start violin music now)

*snort* The slug monster, love it. Yeah, I’ll go get our personal violinist… he’ll play “My Heart Weeps for You.” What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I enjoy bicycling. Please do NOT misunderstand, I'm NOT one of those characters in the spandex suits with the silly little plastic hats. My blog post "Some Serious Spandex" lampoons them. I'm just a plodder in jeans and tee shirt grinding away the miles on any of the wonderful rails-to-trails conversions that exist all over the country. We have two excellent trails here in Wheeling, several nearby in Pennsylvania, and more (as of yet unexplored) in Ohio.

I also enjoy kayaking. I must admit that I'm a 'wimp-water' kayaker rather than the classic Mountain Dew swilling white-water kayaker who is out playing in waterfalls and protruding rocks. I do enjoy four or five hours of quietly drifting down a scenic river. I have other more personal enjoyments but those I'll keep to myself.

Both much more vigorous pursuits than I would try for. As for the more personal enjoyments… you should know by now… keeping stuff like that to oneself only serves to make us guess… and somehow I think our guess are a bit more wild and hairy than your actual pursuits… just saying. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I offer a few thoughts in general, not aimed at anyone in particular, but born of frustration. Let me scream this from my well-worn soapbox. D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y! For GOD’S sake, learn to spell and learn to use a dictionary. Misspelled words are giant gaping potholes in the story that distract the reader from the journey that you have written. DO NOT depend upon ‘spell-check’, get a dictionary and USE IT. TOO and TWO are not the same as TO; DO is not the same as DUE and certainly not DEW; there are apostrophes in contractions and possessives; and, GOD is a proper name. Writers should be held to a higher standard, this is not YAHOO.

A grammar guide is essential. Again, DO NOT rely upon the grammar-check of MS Word. That was developed by Chinese people who went to Argentina for a one-week training course in English. It does not even know the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ or ‘its’ and ‘it’s’. If you wish to call yourself a writer, you must learn how to punctuate and when to capitalize. One of the absolute best reference sources I have found is . In the archives, they have actual answers for those sticky grammatical questions.

Finally, every writer should have a good thesaurus. When the editor screams about a writer overusing words, the thesaurus will help to correct that problem. I was always taught that, “You don’t have to remember this stuff now, but you must know where to find it later when you need it.” AMEN to that. A writer without reference guides is a blind man driving a bus. Your writing represents you and you DO NOT want it to say ‘moron’.

LOL, I’m really laughing myself silly right now. I know, you’re serious, but this is a conversation Mysti, Jenny and I have had ad nauseam. So, you’ll need a bigger soap box because we’re right up there with you on this one. And now, for the “absolutely nothing to do with writing” questions: Do you hate how you look in pictures? Why or why not?

Yes I do. Hate how I look in pictures that is. I have never been one to take good candid pictures and the best I can hope for is 'not too bad'. The professional pictures are good, but without the help of a professional, I end up looking like a troll. Sigh. My daughter and son, on the other hand, could crawl out from under a wrecked bus and look like models in a Macy's catalog.

I have yet to find a single author who doesn’t feel this way. Might be why we’re writers… just a thought. You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

January 6, 1958. I would prevent my Father from getting into his car. We were a classic 'Leave It To Beaver' 1950's family until that night. Afterward, we...struggled.

I’m sorry. It’s always hard dealing with the fallout of things like that. What were you doing at midnight last night?

Sitting in front of a slot machine at Wheeling Island Race track and Gaming Center, drink in hand, and hoping for the bonus round.

Hmmm… something tells me you’d either do really well here in Vegas… or really horrid. What’s a saying you use a lot? From where did it originate?

I have two quotes that I repeat often. The first is, “Even a blind squirrel gets an acorn sometimes” by anonymous. That sums up the rare occurrence of luck in my life. The second is, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage”, by Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Abuse your body as if you’re renting it and you’ll quickly understand that one.

LOL, as a former dancer I can certainly understand that last quote… (okay, we’re kind of like the Marines… once a dancer always a dancer, but still…) Are you a morning person or a night person?

I am most definitely a night person. Being nocturnal by nature my best hours are from eight in the evening until about four A.M. Inside and outside of the house are quieter and my mind can be more free. If things are cooking along and a story is flowing, I may work all night. It's just really nice to have that option after so many years of fighting my own natural hours.

Again, I can relate. I’m sure you can imagine how hard it is with four young children in the house… I’m all out of whack. If you could wish for anything, what would you wish for?

I would like to take my grown-up brain with all of its knowledge and transfer it into the body of a healthy twenty year-old. That, my friends, would be fun.

Let me again say thank you to the Menagerie Authors for your courtesy and for inviting me here today. I am,

I am your most humble and obedient servant.

I think we all have that wish… but think of the havoc it would wreak. Yeah, I know, that would be half the fun. It’s been great to have you here hanging out on the couch with us today, Randall. Good luck with all of your future endeavors, and don’t be a stranger.

Randall Lang grew up in the tough coalfields of southwestern Pennsylvania where nothing comes easily. It is a world of limited opportunity and few roles to follow. Dreams are quickly vanquished in the shadows of necessity and creativity is usually buried beneath an avalanche of cynicism. However, epiphanies come in all shapes, sizes, and in a wide range of locations. In the dark and quiet world of the underground worksite, the stories within him began to take form. Years later, Randall Lang is the author of eight books of erotic stories published by Renaissance E Books, has contributed to two erotic anthologies, and the recently released Magnificent Man, an erotic romance published by Midnight Showcase. Randall’s erotic works include the five volume Trailer Park Nights series and three books of erotic short stories. These are available at His newest release, Magnificent Man, is available from Midnight Showcase at See the book trailer at Visit Randall’s website, The Worlds of Randall Lang, his blog, The Mind of Randall Lang, It’s a strange place to be. Randall now lives historically on an historic island in historic Wheeling, West Virginia.

Magnificent Man by Randall Lang

Life has not been easy for former beauty queen Cassandra Taylor. Abandoned by her worthless former husband, she is a single mother struggling to hold a home together for her teen-aged daughter and her mother with health problems. An ad in a Hollywood fan magazine offers her the hope of beginning anew with a more financially secure life and the glamour of Hollywood. She spends her meager savings chasing this dream only to have it dashed by an offer she must refuse. When her car breaks down on a desert highway, it leaves her alone, desperate, and at the mercy of strangers. She is rescued from a life or death encounter by a large, handsome man who rides the desert on a motorcycle. He agrees to take her home, but she is suspicious of him. To her surprise he calls her ‘my lady’ and treats her as if she were a queen and he, her knight escort. It is during this long and convoluted journey of adventure that she finds herself falling deeply in love with Coyote, the spirit rider. Although he resists, he also becomes helplessly in love with her. She quickly comes to realize that she could not survive in the harsh desert world where he is loved and respected, and he could not survive in the modern world that he does not understand and which will not accept his anachronistic ways. They seem doomed, as the sun and the moon, to always be apart even though their love bonds them helplessly to each other. Join Cassandra on the journey of a lifetime with her strange desert knight, her Magnificent Man.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Book Commercial ~ Magnificent Man by Randall Lang

Magnificent Man by Randall Lang

Beauty queen Cassandra Taylor sought Hollywood’s glamour. When she’s abandoned on a desert highway, a handsome man on a motorcycle rescues her. He calls her ‘my lady’ and treats her like a queen. On her journey home, she finds herself falling for Coyote, a spirit rider, her Magnificent Man.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Fun

John invited his mother over for dinner. During the meal, his mother couldn't help noticing how beautiful John's roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between John and his roommate and this only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between John and the roommate than met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, John volunteered, "I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Julie and I are just roommates."

About a week later, Julie came to John and said, "Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the beautiful silver gravy ladle. "You don't suppose she took it, do you?" Julie said, "Well, I doubt it, but I'll write her a letter just to be sure."

So he sat down and wrote: "Dear Mother, I'm not saying you 'did' take a gravy ladle from my house, and I'm not saying you 'did not' take a gravy ladle. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner."

Several days later, John received a letter from his mother which read: "Dear Son, I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Julie, and I'm not saying that you 'do not' sleep with Julie. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now. Love, Mom"

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

What a crazy and amazing year it has been! Now is a perfect time to be a little introspective and realize how truly blessed life has been. It's so easy to caught up in the small stuff and forget to see the good stuff.

I'm so truly fortunate to live in the United States, and I'm so very thankful for the men and women who serve our country. My DH served in the Navy during Desert Storm, and my father was in WWII. I have many relatives who have served, and I can't begin to express how grateful I am to their sacrifices.

I am having my first contracted story released next year! How exciting and amazing is THAT? Less than two years ago I was challenged to write an erotic short story (which was subsequently published on the Whipped Cream Reviews site) and then Kealie and I challenged each other to write something a little longer. "Shut Up & Kiss Me" was the result.

This segues nicely into my thankfulness for my friends. There are days I don't know how I'd get by without them. They may not say or do much, but just knowing they're there (IRL or virtually) with a heart for me is so incredible.

My thanks for family is also something that needs expressing. Don't we take them for granted a little too much? I forget some days how my DH expresses his love for me by doing things. He works outside the home so I don't have to, fixed the cars, cares for the house, and so much more. Even when he drives me crazy, I need to remember that he's a good man.

I could go on and on... the little things and the big things are just such blessings.

What are you thankful for this year?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pondering Joy and Thanks This Week

As my sweet monkeys decided that they needed to give food to those families who don't have that opportunity (entirely without our prompting) I was dumbfounded. Did I teach this to them? They got together three whole boxes of groceries that are non-perishable and a full Thanksgiving meal for some of those that are less fortunate than we are. They're good kids and it got me to thinking.

I look forward this week to spending time with my extended family as those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving here in the states gather to show our thanks for our family and friends and those around us. I think of my friends who are deployed and my family stationed in other places who won't be able to join us. I think about the family members that we have lost so recently and the fact that this will be our first big holiday without them. I think about the friends that I made this year, and hope they have a happy holiday... and the friends who have been my friends for a long time as well.

I am incredibly thankful for that family I will be spending time with this year, both the family I was born into and the family that I married into. They are amazing people and while I am usually exhausted after a day with them... I wouldn't have it any other way.

I am thankful that I live in a country where we are proud of our service men and women who go forward and do their best to secure freedom where they can. I am thankful to their families, as we ARE their families sometimes. I know how hard it is to watch the one you love walk away and go into battle and fear that you may never see them again. I know the sheer gratitude each time you get an email or phone call or they step off that plane/bus/transport and see their gorgeous face again.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know the family members we lost. They were absolutely amazing people and they are truly missed. They left a legacy of love and joy and even peace in all our lives. And I'm thankful my children will have such wonderful memories of these amazing souls.

I am thankful for my new friends and for my old friends. The ones who make me laugh even when I want to cry, and the ones who have seen me cry so much they know just what to say to pull me back from the edge. And all the ladies that I write with and work with who have become my rocks when I feel like I'm going under. All my author friends who poke me when I disappear too long with a loud, "Hey, what's up with you, girl?" Or the ones who corner me in a chat and make sure I know they've been thinking of me and hope all is well in my world. Well, for all y'all out there... I hope you know what you mean to me, I am so very thankful for every single one of you and hope you never have any reason to doubt that.

So, how about you? What are you thankful for this year? Are there people in your life that you wish you could make sure they knew how much you appreciated them, adored them? What are your plans for this coming holiday... if you even celebrate it? I hope everyone has a great time and that everyone remembers what they need to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving and we can move into the Christmas holidays. Enjoy! :-D

Monday, November 23, 2009

Author Interview ~ Nicole Morgan

Today on the couch we have an author from my crit group. I'm so glad she's able to come and let us torture her... ahem... let us hang out with her. Our guest author is Nicole Morgan. Let's all make her feel welcome!

Good morning, Nicole, it's so great to have you here with us day. Let's go ahead and get started: How did you come up with the title?

Actually I come up with all of my titles the same way. I think of keywords that kind of explain certain emotions that (I hope) the book conveys. Then after I have quite a bit written down I just play with them until something works.

Very clever girl! I can never make them work for me. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

AJ Llewellyn, because on more than one occasion he has shown me that it is possible to juggle a million balls in the air and still stay true to yourself and be a person that others may look up to.

Oh, isn't AJ so sweet? I adore him and his philosophy of life and writing. Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. My dream is to one day live on my writing and the joy I get from doing it.

Isn't that the dream of most writers? Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I do a lot of traveling on the information superhighway known as the internet. LOL. I do most of my research that way.

I find it's the best place for research and you imagination can fill in the rest! Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes I would say above all else, try to stay positive and focused. What one person loves others may hate and vice versa. Keep in mind your goals and don’t give up until you’ve satisfied yourself.

Good advice! What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have a tendency to write blind. I don’t plan anything out, but rather let the story tell itself.

Ahhhh another pantser like myself. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I was 8 years old. It was called Cave In.

Funny how early it starts. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

At the time of this interview I have written 6 books. I love them all, but my favorite so far was probably Sweet Salvation.

And now for the "nothing-to-do-with-writing" questions: What animal do you think makes the best pet and why?

Well, I love my two dogs, so I would have to go with that. I have a Black Lab/Aussie Shepherd mix (who is my protector) and a Rottweiller (who is a giant teddy bear)

They sound like gorgeous dogs. Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)?

Sort of, but this is a typing habit. It is so strange though I had to share it. I bet I have the weirdest one yet. I don’t do this with any other word, but for some reason if I am on a roll and typing fast I almost always type ‘was’ for ‘saw’ and vice versa. It’s strange I know and only seems to happen with those two words.

LOL, I've done that before, I thought I was the only one who did that. When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

Oh Dear God!

LOL, common reaction. What were you doing at midnight last night?

LOL ~ No Comment. Next question please.

Now see, you shouldn't have said I'm so curious I'm ready to burst! Have you ever cried during a movie? If yes, which one and why?

Yes I have and your blog is not long enough to list them all. A few that stand out are Remember The Titans, The Notebook and We are Marshall.

Never saw The Notebook, but the others made me cry too. What is your favorite pizza?

Spinach…mmm yummy.

If you could wish for anything, what would you wish for?

It sounds so simple, but I would love for people to stop hurting each other, both physically and emotionally. There’s too much pain in this world.

Well, that's all for today. Thanks so much for hanging out with us today. It was great fun having you here.

Nicole will be giving away a copy of her newest release to one lucky person who leaves a comment. Sooooooo... let her know what you think and you just might win!
You can keep up with Nicole online at her website.

Intimate Persuasions by Nicole Morgan

Ann moved to Oakdale for a fresh start, and when she met Quinn, a sexy cowboy, she instantly fell for him. Unable to deny herself the need to have him, she gives in to a secret fantasy, only to fear their relationship will end before it truly starts.

Quinn soon realizes Ann means more to him than he ever could have imagined. He feels a connection with her that's much deeper than physical, but he has secret desires he keeps to himself, afraid to scare her with what he wants most.

Will they find a way to show each other their true selves and finally love each other completely? And if so, will Ann give him a part of herself she has given to no man before?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Book Commercial ~ Sweet Salvation by Nicole Morgan

Sweet Salvation by Nicole Morgan

After waking from a coma following a brutal attack Shelby meets a man who is a stranger to her. Rex, who found her bloody and beaten body, vows to never let anyone hurt her ever again. A bond forms between the two and after months of a casual and comfortable friendship things start to change for Rex.

Falling in love with his best friend was not what the consummate bachelor had intended. For some reason though, when it comes to Shelby he can't seem to control his emotions. Giving into his desire for her he kisses her.

While it was a shock to Shelby, it awakened something within her that she wasn't aware that she had possessed. Passion.

Rex and Shelby begin to fall in love, unaware of the stalker who has targeted her and has been watching her for months. As their relationship intensifies Shelby starts to remember more from her past. Abuse she had suffered as a teenager, which was long since buried is suddenly bubbling to the surface in a horrific wave of nightmares. Dealing with the pain of the past only brings the two closer together. This however, doesn't sit well with her stalker who is determined to have her for himself by any means necessary. As he sets his plan into motion and more memories come to the forefront, the two are forced to deal with more than they ever realized.

The questions of who will survive and who will be destroyed remains. And will a surprise from Shelby's past shock them all?


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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Winner of Best of September/October 2009

Okee dokee, I asked and y'all answered. The winner of the voting for Best Hottie of Sepetember and October is:

~ Eric Bivoino ~

Thanks everyone for voting. He'll go into the voting kitty... hee hee... sorry... into the kitty for voting at the end of the year for the Best Hottie of 2009. Can you believe we'll be voting again for Best of an entire year again in just a couple months? Nope, me either. So, enjoy, and next week, we'll have another new hottie for you to drool over.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Fun

Once there were twin brothers by the name of Jones. John Jones was married, and Joe Jones was single. The single brother Joe was the proud owner of a dilapidated row boat. It happened that John Jone's wife died the same day that Joe's rowboat filled with water and sank.

A few days later, a kindly old lady met Joe and mistaken him for John said; "Oh Mr. Jones, I am sorry to hear of your great loss, you must feel terrible".

Joe smiled and said, "Well I am not a bit sorry, she was rather old from the start. Her bottom was all chewed up and she smelled of dead fish. Even the first time I got into her, she made water faster than anything I ever saw. She had a bad crack and a pretty big hole in her front, and that hole got bigger every time I used her. It got so I could barely handle her, but if anyone else used her she leaked like anything. The thing that finished her was four guys from the other side of town. They came down looking for a good time and asked if I could lend her to them. I warned them she wasn't so hot, but they could take a crack at her if they liked. Well, the result was the crazy fools tried to get inside her all at once and it was too much for her. She cracked right up the middle".

Before he could finish the old lady fainted!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Editing, Writing and Submitting, OH MY!

Just got another round of edits on "Shut Up & Kiss Me" -- hopefully these are the last "real" edits... the next should just be typos, etc, and then we can get an official release date. I'm starting to set up the promo stuff as best I can without a release date. I'm having banners, a book video and a virtual tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions (want to host me? *G*), and am also working out outside interviews and what-not. I suspect I'm going to be exhausted by the time it's all said and done.

Anyone have any thoughts or secrets on promoting they want to share?

In other news, I finished and submitted another short story to my very patient editor (Lori LeBonde) at WRP, currently called "Blue Light Special". Hopefully I learned something from all the editing I did on "Shut Up & Kiss Me" and this story won't need quite as much work!

I'm also working on redoing another WIP to fit the "two rose" guidelines for WRP, because I was challenged by my editor to give it a go. *gulp* Wish me luck! Any tips on writing light bondage or menage scenes? I'll take anything you have.

Have a great rest of the week :-)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Author Interview ~ Mary Corrales

Today, on the couch here at the Menagerie, we have incredibly gracious author, Mary Corrales. We’ve got her convinced we’re harmless… why are you laughing? Ahem… okay, so let’s get started: Hi, Mary, so great to have you here with us today why don’t you tell us your latest news.

My first paranormal erotic romance, Dhampir Passions, was just released on October 7th by Eternal Press. I’m very excited because I enjoy writing about vampires. It’s funny because the idea came from a simple sentence about the brother of Vlad Dracula, named Radu. So I created Dhampir Passions with the idea of Raduslav Dracula, a half-blood vampyr who was searching for the Draculesti family bloodstone.
I also currently have a short contemporary erotica, Clandestine Eyes, out through Breathless Press. It’s the story of covert agents who can’t keep their mouths off each other. It’s a quick, intense read with plenty of satisfying sex play.

Wow, congrats on your releases! Hopefully, it won’t be long before we’re joining you on the published bandwagon. So, what was the hardest part of writing your book?

I think the setting of Dhampir Passions gave me the most trouble. I based the story in a futuristic type world after a third and final world nuclear war. Therefore, I needed to combine both futuristic technologies, such as Radu’s solar motorcycle with southwest rustic living.

Oh, that WOULD be a challenge. I’m sure you pulled it off magnificently. And I’ll definitely have to take a look, this sounds really interesting. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Realizing I was an erotica writer is probably what has most surprised me. I like writing futuristic and paranormal romances, but didn’t realized how passionate I am about writing erotica. It gives me the chance to be even more creative and daring when writing in the futuristic or paranormal realms. It’s challenging to write erotica, and I’m one that enjoys a good battle.

LOL, it’s always a bit of a shock the first time your spicy story takes a turn for the incredibly naughty. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way, either. What books have influenced your life most?

I think Woman Who Run with The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, has been one of my biggest influences. It’s the type of book that I reread often on my journey to self realization. I love psychology based books because they really help me to develop deeper characters. Two other books in my reference section of my shelf are The Art of Seduction and The Art of Power by Robert Greene. They’re packed with interesting stories that illustrate the various points in the book.

Oohh… those sound good! I’ll have to check them out. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to suck on things while I’m writing. Candy canes are my favorite, but lemon drops or skittles will do in a pinch. So long as something is in my mouth, I’m happy. Hmm, please excuse that possible innuendo.

Oh, hon, you should know better than to say something like that to an Erotic Romance author! Yeah, sorry… I like the innuendo, so I think we’ll keep it. And you are more than welcome to hang out with us whenever you want. :-D So, if you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Actually, I’m fortunate to be friends with a writer I consider to be like a mentor to me in writing and life. Kari Thomas and I have been friends over ten years, long before either of us was published. She’s a fantastic writer, and her stories have the most engaging characters. She really sets the bar high.

That is fabulous that you have a friend that you can count on, and that she’s such a great support. What is your favorite animal?

Wolf. They’re majestic, powerful, pack oriented, and resilient. All the things I look for in an alpha male.

Well said. Have you ever cried during a movie? If yes, which one and why?

Yes, quite often. I think I might actually like crying during movies. I cried at the end of Con Air when Nicholas Cage was reunited with his wife and daughter. It’s funny because at the time my two nieces were also with me and had tears in their eyes. It was so much fun.

LOL, yeah some things can just set you off. Are you a morning person or a night person?

Night person, without a doubt. I enjoy the dark when it’s quiet and mysterious. I’m more creative and frisky. Mornings to me are a punishment, so I don’t wake up until noon if I can help it. The only problem with the night is that no one appreciates talking to you at three a.m.

Well… I dunno, maybe you’re not being appreciated by the right people. Do you like thunderstorms?

Thunderstorms can be very invigorating so long as you aren’t driving in them. I could do without the thunder but I enjoy the rain. It’s peaceful and soothing. Plus, thunderstorms can give you some seriously erotic dreams.

Yeah, thunderstorms can be pretty fun. If you could wish for anything what would you wish for?

I’m frivolous. I’d wish for a date with the lead singer of Nickelback. What can I tell you, he’s a sexy guy with a voice that could melt the panties off almost any woman. Hmm, might have said too much there.

Yes, he is quite sexy. I have a serious aversion to him though…he looks remarkably like my ex-husband… not that he IS, but still. I do love their music. Okay, now it’s time to say goodbye to our company. (M.I.C see ya real soon K.E.Y Why because we like you M.O.U.S.E). It was very nice hanging out with your today here on the Menagerie, Mary. Don’t be a stranger, let us know when you have knew releases and we’ll pass them along to our readers. Thank you very much for being here today.

Mary Corrales is a member of RWA and an avid reader of paranormal and futuristic romances. She has been writing for over ten years, before finally achieving success through publication this year. She has an associate’s degree in Psychology and enjoys studying human behavior. You can keep up with her on the web at her website: and she loves hearing from readers:

Dhampir Passions by Mary Corrales

Can everlasting love be found in a paranormal cauldron of greed, bloodlust, passion and murder?

Living in the post-war American Western Barrans, Linea Kamiya is in danger of becoming a vamp master’s minion. While she hides Desmondi’s evil mark from the townsfolk of Whickeup, the town council intends to take her farmland for themselves. Linea’s only hope lies with an enigmatic stranger.

Raduslav Dracula is hunting for the vampire who stole the Draculesti Bloodstone from his family’s gravesite. When Radu’s attraction to Linea turns physical, he knows he will have to battle with his heart as well as the demon Desmondi.

Is the half-blood Dhampir strong enough to embrace his own cursed nature to defeat Desmondi?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Fun

The queen of England was visiting one of Canada's top hospitals, and during her tour of the floors she passed a room where a male patient was masturbating.

"That's disgraceful," said the Queen. "What is the meaning of this???"

The doctor leading the tour explains, "I'm sorry your ladyship, this man has a very serious condition where the testicles rapidly fill with semen. If he doesn't do that five times a day, they would explode and he would most likely die instantly."

"Oh, I am sorry" said the Queen.

On the next floor they passed a room where a young nurse was giving a patient a blow job.

"What's happening in there?" asked the Queen, horrified.

The Doctor replied, "Same problem, better health plan."

Monday, November 9, 2009

Author Interview ~ H. C. Brown

Today on the Menagerie, we have author H.C. Brown hanging out with us on the couch today!. Welcome to the Menagerie, hon. Make yourself at home, we don’t bite… very hard. Let’s get started: Where are you from?

I live in Australia on the beautiful Gold Coast. I spend every day walking on the beach for an hour or so with my husband. The weather here is warm in winter so we can walk all year round. I was born in the U.K and I’ve lived in Australia for many years but to Australians I still have an English accent. Funny this because when I phone the UK they tell me I sound like an Aussie…. I can’t win!

Wow, Australia! Sounds wonderful, then again, y’all probably say the same thing about our countries… we always want to do where we’re not. :-D Okay, so tell us your latest news

My big news is that my highly erotic shape shifter Pride Brother series is a go with Noble Romance, the first m/s has been approved and Purrfect Seduction (ménage, spanking) will be released later this year followed, if approved, by My Purrfect Alphas (ménage, m/m, spanking and voyeurism). I have begun another two m/s in this series and I’m thrilled to be working again with Jill Noble.

Well, huge congrats on your good luck with your releases. What are your current projects?

I am currently writing the very erotic….so hot the pages will catch fire, Pride Brothers series and plan to complete a manuscript every two months. I’ m polishing another erotic Historical Romance set in 1666 about a very sexy English lord who masquerades as a Scottish highwayman. I am also writing a YA fantasy romance complete with Witches and Warlocks.

Very cool! Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Yes of course, here is an excerpt from Betrothed to the Enemy, a Historical Erotic Romance published by Noble Romance.

Angela’s heart raced as he scattered sweet kisses along her chin. His hot tongue licked her earlobe before he slowly nibbled her bottom lip. He lifted his head, his eyes locked on hers and he kissed her deeply, intensely. His warm, heady scent filled her nostrils, sending delightful vibrations fluttering deep in her belly. Angela felt no fear, no regrets when he removed her cloak. Her body responded instinctively to his touch. She arched her back and pushed her aching breasts toward him. She writhed in forbidden ecstasy as he cupped them with warm hands and circled his calloused thumbs over her sensitive nipples. He tormented, he teased, and he bent his head and licked a circle around one hard bud and then the other, drawing wet circles on her linen shift. His breath was so hot that when he lifted his head they cooled unbearably, rising to hard tight peaks.

She let out a short gasp as a warm hand ran up her leg, lifting her shift in the process. He clasped her bare bottom, easing her up onto his leather-clad thigh. She squirmed in pleasure as her legs parted and her slick, wet folds met his hard, cold knee. He took her mouth again, and as their tongues danced, he rocked her gently back and forth along his strong muscular thigh. Angela swooned at the exquisite sensations flooding her body, delighting in the forbidden heat strumming through her most intimate parts. Damien growled deep in his chest as he lifted her into his arms. He carried her across the room and lowered her onto the mat before the fire. He pulled her shift up and over her head, tossing it to the floor, and then stood back to admire her nakedness. Angela felt suddenly embarrassed and heat flooded her cheeks as Damien smiled.

“You are so beautiful, milady. I will keep this image in my mind forever,” he said as he began to remove his tunic and breeches. Moments later, he was as naked as she was.

Damien could only stand before her motionless. His prowess with women deserted him as he absorbed her splendor. Doubt flooded his mind and he stilled like a statue. She held his gaze, her eyes filled with trust. How could he think to deflower her? Was his mind inflamed with fever? This was the first woman who had ever mattered to him. He owed her his love, not a covering like a common whore.

But when Angela’s gaze travelled down to his achingly hard cock then back up to his face, all his misgivings fled. He nearly spilled his seed as their eyes locked and her teeth closed seductively on her bottom lip.

He discovered he could not blink as she casually reached behind her head to release a cascade of hair that tumbled like black silk across the floor. Her large, ivory breasts with their enticingly erect rose-pink nipples mesmerized him. His gaze drifted across her pure white skin to her softly rounded belly. His mouth went dry as he glimpsed the stark triangle of damp, dark curls nestled between her open thighs. She was beautiful and in this moment she was his and his alone.

He was lost.

Kneeling carefully between her legs, he leaned over her, supporting himself on his forearms. He kissed a slow, wet trail up her belly to the valley between her breasts. He kissed each white mound then lazily circled his tongue around each pink bud before gently suckling one and then the other. Angela began mewing and arching her back as he continued to torment her nipples, raking them with his teeth until they stood up, deep red and erect.

“Sir Damien, please. . . it is too good. I fear I cannot stand such pleasure,” she gasped.

Damien rose above her and kissed the tip of her nose.

“Do you want me to stop, my sweet angel?” He brushed a lock of damp hair from her flushed face and tenderly kissed her neck.

Angela shook her head. “No, please continue.”

Damien chuckled and lashed his tongue across her sensitive nipples. Dear Lord, she tasted like honey, so sweet. He fought for control, desperate to ensure his lovemaking remain gentle for her first time. Consumed with lust, he longed to bury himself deep within her and ride her hard to completion. He slipped his hand down to her quivering belly and let it rest there a while before slipping his fingers between her open thighs. He felt her tense at his touch.

“Oh sweet angel,” he whispered, “relax and allow yourself to enjoy.”

She was so very wet and his fingers glistened with her moisture as he tenderly probed her folds. Slipping a finger inside, he prodded gently. So hot, so tight. He found her pearl with his thumb, and circled it slowly. He wanted so to taste her, to drink her virgin honey, to suck her swollen pearl until she screamed out his name in passion. Her small hands slid down his back and held him tightly, her breath coming in short pants. He continued swirling his fingers and suckling her tender buds until she cried out and arched against him, trembling in ecstatic completion. He muffled her cries of pleasure with a kiss. He was well pleased when she pushed her hands through his hair and returned his kiss with passion.

“I want to taste you, to feel you tremble against my mouth,” he said as he grasped her rounded bottom with both hands and lifted her soaking folds to his lips.

He felt her tense for a second before her fingers twirled in his hair and she moaned her approval. He drove his tongue deep inside, probing and swirling as she writhed in his hands. She tasted so sweet, and her nectar ran down his chin as he lapped. He found her hard pearl and sucked, holding her firmly until her whole body shuddered to conclusion.

Wow, looks great! Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I read copious amounts of books in all different genres. It would be hard to say that I have one favorite. I enjoy reading Terry Brooks and have all of his novels. I think that his ability to world build is what I enjoy most, I get lost in his stories. Carol Burg brings an intense reading experience filled with ambience; she was the first author to make me cry for the hero. Diane Gabaldon, her stories are fantastic and take the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. I love the historical background in her books and feel as if I’ve lived in the period when I finally put down the book….to me long as they are they’re never long enough. I’m looking forward to her new release. Denise Rossetti is another favorite, creates amazing 3D characters and I enjoy her work immensely.

I have to agree with Denise Rossetti, I can’t say as to the others, as they don’t look familiar. Who designed the covers?

Fiona Jayde. She is amazing and I’m sure has the ability to read minds…..the cover of Betrothed to the Enemy is exactly how I see my sexy blond hero, Damien.

LOL, you gotta love when your cover artist can bring to life what you see in your head. You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

I think we all make mistakes as we go through life. When I moved to the Gold Coast I had to find a home for my cat, animals aren’t allowed in the suburb where we live. Although the people gave him a very loving home he died in an accident. I’ve never forgiven myself for moving.

Oh, I’m sorry. But, yes, sometimes we can’t change something, and even if we did then we don’t know what all would have been changed in our lives. What do you want to know about the future?

Hmmm… so many things. What will people be reading on the Best Seller list in 2011?
Should I do the wash on Wednesday or will it rain?
Will they ever find the Fountain of Youth?

ROTFL, those are good questions. Let me know if you get those answers. :-D Do you like thunderstorms?

No! I would be the worst person to be with during a thunderstorm, totally useless. My husband the Alpha Male runs around the yard securing everything like a lightening rod while I curl up on the sofa shaking like a fool. I usually spend the whole time after that as close to him as possible….which can be fun if the power goes off…

I’m sorry, at least you have a truly good man to hug you and make you feel better, or at least safe through those ordeals. What is one thing scientists should invent?

A computer program that does historical research would be great for me. I enjoy the initial research but the cross checking can get a bit boring after a while and so time consuming. Secondly a car that will run on water would be good…but then I guess water would be $5 a gallon.

Don’t I know it.. and I don’t really do anything to do with historical, but what research I do do can be rather tedious. When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

I was happy the mirror was steamed up…..I looked pretty good WITH the steam.
Thank you for having me today

LOL, I think most of us go through the same morning ritual. Well, H.C. it’s been fun having you here. It was great to get to know you better. I hope you continue to drop on in and let us know when you have new books coming out… or to just drool over the Saturday hotties.

H.C.Brown lives in Queensland, Australia where she enjoys walking along the long white sandy beaches. She loves to read and finds peace in painting. Her passion is writing which she does on most days. She currently writes Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy Romance all with a healthy dose of erotica. She finds that variety is the spice of life and her stories include a Murder Mystery series. She married her very own Alpha Male and he is her love and inspiration.
You can keep track of H.C. on her website and blog.

Betrothed to the Enemy By H.C.Brown

After her father’s death at the Battle of Hastings, Lady Angela of Parr is defenseless. Dragged from her father’s estate and taken to London, she finds herself at the mercy of a ruthless Norman king. William, the new king of England plans to repay his loyal knights by offering them marriage to the Saxon blueblood ladies. Angela has no love for the Normans and puts her reputation in jeopardy by secretly meeting a young Norman knight, Sir Damien de Anesi. Their love blossoms until King William betroths her to a depraved old man.

Will Sir Damien turn against his liege and risk all to save Lady Angela from a fate worse than death?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Book Commercial ~ Purr-fect Seduction by H. C. Brown

Purr-fect Seduction by H.C. Brown

Jill Morfranna, a sassy redhead from New York, is enjoying a photo shoot in the Scottish Highlands when she stumbles into an alternate realm. Trapped in a frightening world of strange creatures, her life turns upside down when a sinfully handsome shape-shifter kidnaps her. Will she win Dare of Knight Watch’s heart or will he trade her for his sister at the next slave auction?

Special Content Alert: Light spanking, M/M and M/F/M (secondary characters)


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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Saturday Hottie: Eric Bivoino

Welcome to today's hottie: Eric Bivoino!!

Eric Bivoino, born in 1984, in Seattle, Washington, is an American model.

Bivoino graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in community health and health education and as of 2009, currently living in Los Angeles.

Bivoino's first modeling job came from working at Abercrombie and Fitch. As suggested by his managers at the store, he sent some of his pictures into their home office to try to get into the catalog. As shocked as he was, 6 months later, he was shooting for Abercrombie in the Florida Keys.

From there, Nous Model Management signed him up. He has since appeared on the number of magazines and editorials as well as gracing the cover of "Tetu" and "Numero Homme" .

When asked to describe himself, "I'd say RAD pretty much sums it up! If you didn't know RAD is an acronym for Random Acts of Dancing! So I'd say that I am a very active person and I like to be spontaneous." During his spare time, he loves biking, surfing and climbing.

We hope you enjoyed this week's hottie -- and that you didn't get too much drool on your computer keyboard.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Fun

Three guys go to a ski lodge, and there aren't enough rooms, so they have to share a bed.

In the middle of the night, the guy on the right wakes up and says, "I had this wild, vivid dream of getting a hand job!"

The guy on the left wakes up, and unbelievably, he's had the same dream, too.

Then the guy in the middle wakes up and says, "That's funny, I dreamed I was skiing!"

Monday, November 2, 2009

Author Interview ~ Samantha Gail

Today, on The Menagerie we have the pleasure of hanging out on the couch with author, Samantha Gail. Let’s all make sure she feels nice and welcome here on the couch. So, Welcome Samantha! Let’s go ahead and get started as soon as you’re comfy. What are your current projects?

Right now I’m preparing for the release of the third (and final) story in my sci-fi romance series. Amanda’s Glory should be on the shelves later this month. I am also working with Keta Diablo on an erotic, paranormal ghost story. Our hero is an ancient who fought with Queen Boudicca against the Romans in 61 AD. It’s my first project with a co-author and has been great fun. For anyone suffering from writer’s block, I highly recommend co-authoring as an antidote.

That sounds like fun, you’ll have to keep us updated as to that one. Do you travel much concerning your books?

All the time! I jump at any chance to travel. Even an active imagination can benefit from the added flavor that comes from seeing a place first-hand. The experience bleeds through in your writing. Best of all, it’s tax deductible.

My next big foray out of the Alaskan wilderness will be the RT Convention in Columbus, Ohio this April. I thoroughly enjoy being one of the Faery Court sponsors. It’s such a fun experience. My editor is coming with me this year – double trouble

Well, that would be amazing, I can’t see my way clear to do much traveling yet… no matter how much I want to. So, who designed your covers?

Martine Jardin and Angela Waters. The gorgeous cover Martine did for Alliance of Passion was a finalist in last year’s Quasar Awards. It still gives me shivers every time I see it. I believe that book covers are extremely important in sparking a reader’s interest. They need to be eye-catching. Martine and Angela do a fantastic job.

Well, that’s what you want on your team, people who know what they’re doing and making you. Now I hate to ask this questions as I sound like a slacker: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

For me, writing comes from a quiet place. Internal and external. When I’m really concentrating on a project, I get up early in the morning and write till about noon. Then, it’s time for lunch, a long walk, some gardening and internet surfing before I settle down to read and revise what I wrote that morning. Evenings are total “veg-out” time. Hubby and I usually settle in for some mindless television entertainment.

I am SOOOOO not a morning person. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to hike and garden. I’m also an avid geocaching nut. My husband got me hooked on the sport a few years ago. At the time, I thought it was just an excuse to buy another electronic toy. Nowadays, I have my own handheld GPS. We’ve discovered some amazing places while searching for “treasure” caches that fellow geocachers have hidden.

Writing is a part-time endeavor for me. I have a wonderful career as a health care practitioner at a native medical center in southeast Alaska serving Tlingit and Haida tribes.

I’m not really an outdoorsy type of girl, so I admire any who can do all that stuff. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Seven. And there are many more on the horizon. Can’t help it…I love to write. Guarding the Coast is my favorite so far. The banter between Frankie and her crew still makes me giggle. The research was a total kick in the pants. The Coasties and smokejumpers were very willing to share their real life stories.

Wow, seven books!? GREAT! Now for the nothing do with writing.:What animal do you think makes the best pet and why?

I’m a dog lover. I prefer small, non-shedding lap dogs that are easy to travel with. Speaking of which, we’ve just adopted a new puppy. Webster is a Chiweenie – a Dachshund/Chihuahua mix. It’s been a long time since we had a puppy in the house and the little guy was barely weaned when we got him! He’s a real cutie, definitely worth the effort.

I’m a dog lover too, and my “puppy” is –part German Shepherd and part husky. He’s gorgeous. What were you doing at midnight last night

Watching my last DVD (a documentary on the Galapagos Islands) before mailing the lot of them back to Netflix.

I wised I had been asleep… ah well. A movie sounds like fun. Have you ever cried during a movie? If yes, which one and why?

Oh yes! I judge movies like I do with books. Can they make me cry? Laugh? The bigger the emotional response they elicit, the higher I rate them. My last really big cry was The Green Mile. I closed the curtains and just sobbed.

Haven’t read Green Mile, but that’s same way felt when I watched the movie. What is your favorite pizza?

We have a pizza parlor on our island called Zat’s. They make a delicious pie with spinach, green olives, feta cheese and sundried tomatoes. Nicknamed “Olive Oil”, it’s absolutely fabulous.

Do you like thunderstorms?

I love them. Those extra ions in the air must trigger some strange excitement nerve that hypes me up. I was the only kid in the neighborhood who ran outside to watch tornados rather than bolt for the nearest storm shelter. Very stressful for my loved ones! I could easily become one of those crazy storm chasers you see on the reality shows. Sad but true

I love thunderstorms too! If you could wish for anything, what would you wish for?

The rebirth of Nicola Tesla.

Well, that is all with Samantha Gail, I hope you liked hanging out on the couch with us. It’s been a blast.

Samantha Gail and her husband live in Barrow, Alaska - home to polar bears, Eskimos, snowy owls and arctic foxes, along with amazing northern light shows and plenty of snuggling to keep warm.

You can keep up with all of Samantha's latest and greatest news online at her website.

She Who Dares, Wins by Samantha Gail

When the NSA picks up intelligence that the world's premiere genetic researchers have been flocking to a small island in southeast Asia, they send their most productive field agent undercover to find answers. It doesn't take Isabelle Archer long to sniff out trouble.

The Sultan of the small, oil-rich country of Muldahar has been squandering his billions for decades. But oil reserves are dwindling and the desperate Sultan has a new plan to keep his coffers filled.

For Isabelle, getting evidence of this experimental project gone horribly wrong will take a miracle—specifically, a burly blond stunner with a rumbling voice of pure sin. Captain Quinton Herriman, on temporary VIP protection detail with Australia's Special Air Service Regiment, has been assigned to protect the Sultan's ten-year-old nephew.

Despite her better judgment, Isabelle's attraction to him is irresistible. She can't keep her hands off the sexy bodyguard. But to get his help when her mission gets deadly, she'll have to trust more than just her body to his safekeeping.