Guest Blogger: Natalie St. Clair ~ Erotic Romance Author


My guest today is Natalie St. Clair. Natalie is a self-published erotic author who gives us some insights into making it in the world of publishing. Her book is available for sale from Amazon.



Q. As a self-published author can you tell us what the main obstacles are in the whole process?

A. Promoting. Promoting your book is the most difficult thing to do as a self-published author because it is something that most authors do not anticipate when they decide to go it alone and it can be quite time-consuming.

Q. How long did it take to get your first book published from start to finish?

A. It did not take long. I finished writing the manuscript after a month and it took me five days to have it published and distributed to all major retailers

Q. Where did you get the idea for, Pleasuring A Scandalous Marquess?

A. The idea just came to me really. I had been looking for an idea for a novel for days then as I was sitting in my living room watching Jane Eyre the idea of a Victorian governess turned naughty began to quickly form in my head.

Q. Tell us a bit about the hero and heroine in, Pleasuring A Scandalous Marquess.

Read the 1st Chapter of Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire Boss Free




SEDUCED BY HER TEXAS BILLIONAIRE BOSS


Guilty Pleasures 6

JAN BOWLES
Copyright © 2012






Please note the prologue is not included in this free excerpt.

Chapter One

Frances Denning screwed the top on her fountain pen and placed it on the desk, then steepled her fingers together in contemplation. “So what other positive attributes do you think you could bring to Brannigan Enterprises, Tess?”

The head of human resources arched a curious brow as she looked across the desk that separated them. About fifty years old and impeccably dressed in a dark gray business suit, Frances Denning had proved a formidable interviewer, or should that be inquisitor? In quick succession, she’d fired hard-to-answer questions at her for the last half hour. However, Tess now sensed a subtle change in Frances’s approach, and followed her lead by relaxing back in her chair, allowing her hands to rest peacefully on her lap. 

“Well, Mrs. Denning, as I’m sure you already know, I have four years’ experience working in a similar position for the food giant Aeries. I headed their public relations department for two of those four years. During my time there, I developed a good working relationship with the media.”

Frances Denning muttered something under her breath, which she didn’t quite catch, but guessed wasn’t good. “With all due respect, Tess, Aeries makes candy bars. Heading the public relations department at Brannigan Enterprises will be entirely different. I’m sure you understand that an out-of-control oil fire is a far more urgent situation than someone complaining about the taste or size of their favorite confectionery. Think about this, with the pressure mounting, how would you cope with the media clamoring for more information?”

Guest Blogger: Clair de Lune - Erotic Romance Author (part 2)



Welcome Clair de Lune!  This is the second part of her open and frank interview. Clair also has her latest release out today, it's called Master Eric's Virgin Sub, and can be bought from Bookstrand HERE

As a way of wetting your appetite, here's the blurb and cover for Clair's latest release, Master Eric's Virgin Sub

Master Eric Ballater, the Dom behind the bar at Prometheus in Chains, a BDSM club, meets Emma Browne, a beautiful blonde virgin waiting for her hero, at a Collaring Ceremony. Curious about the club, she returns for an exploratory visit—and likes what she sees.
She is happy with her new life until someone steals her identity, sending abusive e-mails in her name and spending large amounts on her credit card. Why is it happening to Emma?
Eric, determined to find out, sets a successful trap, snaring the stalker. Thinking all is over, she explores BDSM with Eric, and they fall in love. But Emma is torn between her love for him and the disapproval of her family if they find out about his involvement in BDSM. At the club's anniversary celebrations, the stalker returns and attacks Emma. Can Eric save her and win her heart completely?


Clair congratulations on your latest release.

Q. What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your writing?

Release Day for Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire Boss


It's Release Day for............

Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire Boss 

Available from Bookstrand HERE

The Guilty Pleasures series features hot billionaires and their even hotter love lives!

Warning: Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire Boss contains, light BDSM, bondage, role play and a sexy hero to die for. Will Kyle Brannigan give Tess Morgan the happy ever after she desires, or will their relationship simply crash and burn? 

[Siren Everlasting Classic: Erotic Cowboy Romance, consensual BDSM, role play, sex toys, HEA]
Kyle Brannigan, the legendary forty-year-old well control expert, and boss of Brannigan Enterprises, lives life on the edge—it’s what gives him a buzz. There’s only one thing that compares to the adrenaline rush of his demanding job, and that’s the adrenaline rush he finds in the bedroom. When he hires beautiful twenty-eight-year-old Tess Morgan as his personal assistant, he decides to mix business with pleasure.
Tess knows all about Kyle Brannigan’s womanizing ways, and though deeply attracted to him, vows never to become another of his sexual conquests. However, just watching her new boss in action, as he tames the dangerous environment he works in, causes her libido to run out of control.
Can Tess resist Kyle Brannigan’s unique charm and Alpha male persona, or will she be seduced by her billionaire boss?
A Siren Erotic Romance

My Secret Obsession

With my latest book Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire Boss, coming out tomorrow, I thought I would let you into my secret obsession ~ cover making.

You may not be aware that I have just started making my own cover art, and I have to confess that's it's become something of an obsession. It goes beyond deciding what the hero and heroine should look like, but encompasses some of the emotion in the story.

First I had to choose a hero

Kyle Brannigan in my latest book, is a wild, devil-may-care guy who has built an empire with his own bare hands. His expertise in well control is second to none, and I needed to choose him carefully. I think he really looks the part, don't you?




Next I had to find a heroine for my hero
 
Tess Morgan had to have sex appeal, and a vulnerability all rolled into one. She was more difficult to find, and I spent hours trawling the web for someone who I thought fit the bill. I think I found my perfect heroine, with just the right amount of sassiness to keep my hero on his toes. Yep, she really fits the part. I think she can handle a billionaire, don't you?



My next port of call was the background

Now I needed something befitting, and incredibly sexy, but it was here that I made the mistake. I chose a beautiful bedroom scene, but unfortunately I didn't take into account the bedposts, which had an uncanny knack of sprouting from the heads of my hero and heroine. In the end, I had to erase the posts using some computer software. 

After manipulating the images for what seemed hours, this is what I ended it up with. So, although it took me a long time to make this cover, I'm very pleased with the results. Let me know what you think?  
Here's the blurb:

 Kyle Brannigan, the legendary forty-year-old well control expert, and boss of Brannigan Enterprises, lives life on the edge—it’s what gives him a buzz. There’s only one thing that compares to the adrenaline rush of his demanding job, and that’s the adrenaline rush he finds in the bedroom. When he hires beautiful twenty-eight-year-old Tess Morgan as his personal assistant, he decides to mix business with pleasure.
Tess knows all about Kyle Brannigan’s womanizing ways, and though deeply attracted to him, vows never to become another of his sexual conquests. However, just watching her new boss in action, as he tames the dangerous environment he works in, causes her libido to run out of control.
Can Tess resist Kyle Brannigan’s unique charm and Alpha male persona, or will she be seduced by her billionaire boss?
You can purchase Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire Boss HERE

Guest Blogger: Lori King ~ Erotic Romance Author


Today we have guest blogger Lori King, a fellow Siren author who has written two erotic paranormal romances. Find out about her latest romance Reflections of the Wolf, which was only released yesterday!

Hi Jan! Thank you so much, for letting me borrow your blog for a day! I’m Lori King, a newly published author with Siren-Bookstrand, as well as a full-time mom of 3 boys, a wife, PTO secretary, and I work a full-time job in the financial industry.  I’m an everyday woman, with a lot of things to juggle, and I use my writing as a way of stepping out of my shoes for a little while.

I write stories about Dominant men with a teddybear middle. I want them tough on the outside maybe even a little bossy, and gooey like melted chocolate inside, when it comes to their women. I write about women who are softies when it comes to their men, but stand on their own two feet the majority of the time. No wishy-washy whiners for me. I like to say put on your big girl panties and deal!

As for why I write erotic romance, well that’s pretty easy for me. I write to bring fantasies to life for regular women like myself. I want them to read my stories, and escape reality long enough to enjoy a moment in their own private world. I like to think that each story helps readers to see their own relationships and sexuality in a new way. Whether that’s by turning them on, or just by giving the hope that true love does exist.

Seduced by her Texas Billionaire Boss now on pre-order


Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire Boss 

Now on pre-order at Bookstrand HERE

The Guilty Pleasures series features hot billionaires and their even hotter love lives!

Warning: Seduced by Her Texas Billionaire Boss contains, light BDSM, bondage, role play and a sexy hero to die for. Will Kyle Brannigan give Tess Morgan the happy ever after she desires, or will their relationship simply crash and burn? 

[Siren Everlasting Classic: Erotic Cowboy Romance, consensual BDSM, role play, sex toys, HEA]
Kyle Brannigan, the legendary forty-year-old well control expert, and boss of Brannigan Enterprises, lives life on the edge—it’s what gives him a buzz. There’s only one thing that compares to the adrenaline rush of his demanding job, and that’s the adrenaline rush he finds in the bedroom. When he hires beautiful twenty-eight-year-old Tess Morgan as his personal assistant, he decides to mix business with pleasure.
Tess knows all about Kyle Brannigan’s womanizing ways, and though deeply attracted to him, vows never to become another of his sexual conquests. However, just watching her new boss in action, as he tames the dangerous environment he works in, causes her libido to run out of control.
Can Tess resist Kyle Brannigan’s unique charm and Alpha male persona, or will she be seduced by her billionaire boss?
A Siren Erotic Romance

Jan Bowles is a Siren-exclusive author.

Guest Blogger: Clair de Lune ~ Erotic Romance Author (part 1)

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Welcome to fellow Siren author Clair de Lune!  Congratulations on your latest release, The Locket, which is out today!! Can you please tell us something about the book?


Q. Where did you get the idea for, The Locket?

Thank you for having me on your blog, Jan. I have always loved the Regency period of English History. I have lost count of the number of books I have read about it from novels to biographies. After I had started to write the “Prometheus in Chains” series I realised how much I enjoyed writing. I had a really old, gold locket that has been in the family for generations. I gave it to my daughter on her 21st birthday as my mother had given it to me. The title came from that. My daughter’s reaction to being told about this book was,  ”Well it was only a matter of time.” She knows me too well. It was really the idea of identical triplets that set me off, as usual it’s the characters that start the book.
  
Q. Tell us a bit about the hero and heroine in The Locket.

The heroes are identical triplets, all with Mediterranean looks. Their father is of Spanish origin, having come over to England bringing horses, at the request of the Duke of Wellington. The de la Torre y Saavedra family breed Andalusian horses. The triplets are all involved in the family business. Rafael, the eldest, and the dominant brother, breeds the horses. Antonio runs the estate and Angel makes money and loves antique jewellery. Rafael’s mother wants them to marry and sends them to London to find a wife. They are not impressed by the giggling girls they find there, until they rescue Lady Alicia from a kidnapping attempt. She’s a widow. Her first marriage was unhappy and she is poor, at the moment. She struggles to accept that she can love and want three men. Needless to say they are only too happy to convince her. Singly and all at once.