I’m honored to announce that following very speedy production by narrator Beizo Tierno, the Apparitions audiobook is available now. Many, many thanks to Beizo for such great work and prompt service!
Adoration. Desire. Passion. Apparitions explores something everyone is familiar with. Dreams. We all have them.
Written from a unique, anonymous, perspective, the narrator takes you on a journey through time and consciousness. And the multitude of physical and emotional responses experienced when you are attracted to someone.
Do they feel the same way? What should be done or said in their company?
Affection and love are the greatest gifts one can give another. No matter how old you are, love makes you young again. It is all encompassing, involving body, mind and soul.
Apparitions is a very emotionally driven story. One that will arouse, excite and delight the senses.
Buy Apparitions now to enter into a sensual, romantic, dreamy world.
Perfect Timing, my first full length erotic romance novel, will soon be available for pre-order on Amazon. To give you a taste of the novel, here’s Perfect Timing chapter one…
Chapter One First Impressions
The first moment Lou saw anything of Will, she felt a connection unlike anything she had ever felt before, and as she sat alone at her desk it brought a gentle smile to her full lips. All she knew, having just read an informative piece he had written, after succeeding her in the editorship, was they were both writers. And that she liked his style. Perhaps it was that, or maybe it was the weight which had been lifted now she had left the position? It might have been either of those things, but as she lifted her arms and stretched in her office chair, thinking about the words she had read and the man who had written them, it felt much more than that. But in that moment she had no idea why.
Tentatively, she typed a brief note to Will, congratulating him on the publication of his first piece, and saying that if ever he needed any support she would happily help. In spite of the fact that she had no inclination of returning to the voluntary role, she wanted to give him, or indeed any other successor, any guidance they might need.
It wasn’t until after she sent the note and a friend request, that she looked at his profile photo on the social network. He looked so smart, so professional in the posed shot, and she guessed it had perhaps been taken for work. Gazing intently at the image, she was instantly drawn to his smile. His dazzling and she had to admit, gorgeous, smile. He exuded an air of confidence and again the corners of her mouth turned upward. His appearance then was so different to her own in that moment. As an artist and designer who worked from home, her usual work wear was casual; a pair of jeans and a shirt. Today was no different in that regard, but as she stretched again, she wondered if it would be in any other way?
Turning her attention back to the design project she was working on, she was soon submerged in her work. Until the beep of her cell phone startled her. Picking it up from its usual spot on her desk, she instantly relaxed at the sight of Will’s name. His cheerful, thankful reply to her note was punctuated throughout with “Grin,” and as Lou read she did just that. She already liked the perceived air of confidence she had seen in his photo, and now seeing a possible mischievous side to him, liked that too!
Throughout the day, her mind frequently wandered from her work, to Will. She smiled so much that it gave her facial muscles quite a workout! Not that she minded either at all. Life had been tough for her for the past several months and smiles, even brief ones, had been few and far between. He was so handsome and it was impossible not to smile at the thought of him; while she at least attempted to focus on her work!
Lou would spend time each evening on the social network chatting to friends, or browsing their pages after seeing their various posts on her homepage. But that evening she focused on just one friend. Her newest. Will. She clicked on the last photo he had posted, and when the enlarged image filled the screen she once again found herself beaming at the sight of him. It was another posed shot, but this time he was casually dressed in a red button down shirt, beige khakis and a hat. Now, she could see his blue eyes more clearly and gasped at the sight. The brim of his hat offered only partial shade and they seemed to sparkle in the bright sunlight illuminating his face. It’s not just his smile that’s gorgeous, she thought, his eyes are too!
Somewhat reluctantly, she clicked the side of the captivating image and looked through the others in the album. A number showed Will in the same clothes and hat, surrounded by other people. Some were posed and others were more candid snapshots, but the dazzling smile that lit his azure blue eyes was constant, and she lingered on each image. She was equally enthralled by some scenic shots that had likely been taken by him. While gazing at them, Lou not only appreciated the stunning vistas, but also the perfect composition of the frame; as a keen photographer herself she always looked at the bigger picture.
She was clicking through another of his albums, gazing in wonder at the multitude of sights before her, when a chat window popped up, surprising her. Startled for a moment, she immediately relaxed when she realized it was Will.
“Hi there!” he said.
“I was hoping to catch you, to thank you again for your note. Grin.”
Lou smiled and replied, “No need to thank me. Thank you!”
“Yes there is. I’m still kinda new to all the goings on in the group… and your note and the offer of help… if I ever need it, is very much appreciated!”
Reading his words, she sighed contentedly, “You’re more than welcome, Will. I truly mean it. If ever you need any help at all, give me a shout and I’ll do all I can for you!”
“Sounds good to me. Thank you! Grin… I hope your day was great?”
She paused for a moment, thinking back over how unexpectedly wonderful her day had been, thanks to her new friend, “Yeah, it’s been great. Thank YOU! :)”
He appeared to hesitate for a moment, perhaps surprised by the emphasized personalization in her words. “I’m not sure why you’re thanking me… but you’re welcome!”
“Why?” She paused, suddenly shy, “Because you’re the reason it’s been great!” She blushed a tad as she hit ‘enter’ and sent the message.
“Yes! I gotta say, again, that I loved your post and…” She paused, “well, hearing from you afterward brightened my day considerably.”
“Grin! Good! I’m happy to help!” he replied before quickly adding, “You brightened my day too!”
“Oh yeah?” The smile at her lips now his trademark grin.
“YES! Grin. It was great to hear from you… and… it’s great to be with you now, Lou!”
The blush bloomed in her cheeks as she replied, “Aww Will, you’ll have me blushing! I HAVE to admit that the feeling is mutual. It’s great to be with you too!”
“You’ll have ME blushing! Grin… From what I can see of you, from the only photo I’ve seen… and am looking at right now… I can imagine that blush suits you!”
Her face was now a deep shade of crimson and the room a lot warmer than it had been. “Well, from what I’ve seen of you, I think blush would suit you too!”
“Ok… NOW I’m blushing! Grin.”
She sighed. She had rarely, if ever, felt so at ease as she did with Will, so soon after meeting anyone. Her shyness forgotten, she let an emoticon indicate her smile, “:) Your profile pic is great. Is it a work one?”
“Thank you! Yep, it is. The whole office had them done not long ago… and it felt as if we were back in high school having yearbook photos taken. The place was crazy! Grin.”
Envisioning the chaotic scene, she giggled. “I bet it was! It’s a GREAT pic!” Her earlier musings about his possible mischievous streak seemed to be spot on and she nodded in affirmation.
“Thank you! Now I really AM blushing!”
“There truly is no need to thank me,” she said, hoping, he was able to ‘hear’ the gentleness in her words, despite the lack of intonation in their typed form.
“Yes there is, Lou! I hope you don’t mind me saying… yours is a beautiful pic… you look so relaxed and happy.”
“I don’t mind at all. Thank you!”
Echoing her words, he replied, “No need to thank ME! Grin.”
She giggled. Her face was aching again from the smiley workout, and she hoped Will was enjoying her company as much as she was his. “Yes there is! One thing is for sure, I’m truly blushing now, but I’m also very happy!”
“Grin. Good! Me too, Lou!”
Their easy, playful conversation continued for some time, until eventually Will said, “I’d love to spend more time with you… but I’ve got an early meeting tomorrow, so I’m gonna have to make a move soon before I fall asleep. I’m sorry!!!”
Reading his words, she was suddenly aware how tired she was herself. “No need for sorry. I’d love to spend more time with you. Perhaps we can catch up sometime tomorrow?”
“Yes! Please! I’d like that. Thank YOU for a great evening… and a great day!”
She knew his words were genuine. “Oh, thank YOU! It’s been a truly wonderful day, thanks to you!”
“Grin. I’ll find ya tomorrow. Good night Lou!”
“I look forward to it! Sweet dreams. Good night Will!”
Smiling and happier than she had been in a long time, she sat for a few minutes. And through half closed eyes, watched the light indicating Will’s presence online go out. When it did, she whispered “Thank you, Will,” before reluctantly logging out and turning her computer off. “It truly has been a great day!”
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Amid all the excitement involving the Apparitions audiobook production, I am equally excited to announce that my first full length novel, Perfect Timing, will be simultaneously released in Kindle, audiobook and print format at the end of November 2016. Therefore I am honored to bring you the Perfect Timing covers reveal. But before I do, here’s a look at the book’s blurb…
Friendship. Desire. Romance. Lou’s life changes forever the first moment she encounters Will online during a brief break from work. Enlarging his photo on the social network, she is immediately captivated by his dazzling smile and azure blue eyes. Reluctantly refocusing on her work, she is frequently distracted as the image floods her thoughts. Who is that guy?
Later that evening while gazing in wonder at his photo albums, she is startled by an instant message from him. Hours fly by as they chat easily, discovering shared interests and passions.
Passions of a different kind are soon ignited as she feels her now best friend’s embrace across the miles. They have shared so many secrets, but her desire for the man who she openly admits adoring is one she dare not share. Not now. Not ever?
Perfect Timing is an enchanting story of romance in today’s technology driven world. It is the perfect example of how physical distance is no barrier to deep, all encompassing, all consuming love.
Buy Perfect Timing now to enter into Lou and Will’s sensual, erotic, romantic world.
Perfect Timing Covers Reveal
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Yesterday, St. Valentine’s Day, was billed as the most love-filled, romantic day of the year, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that today’s blog post is about romance.
In the article Porn or Erotic Writing, I mention that I’m both “a romantic and a dreamer.” I discussed the latter in last week’s Fantasy blog post, so it makes perfect sense, to me at least, to follow that with this one, regardless of the time of year.
Just as we did in both of those pieces, let’s start by looking at the dictionary definition of romantic according to Merriam Webster…
of, relating to, or involving love between two people : making someone think of love : suitable for romance : thinking about love and doing and saying things to show that you love someone
In addition to what I’ve already said about the timing of this post, romantic is mentioned in the related words section of the definition of dreamer that we discussed last week. To use a favorite analogy of mine, the two go hand in hand, like lovers, if you will, and I’ll say more about that in a little while.
Let’s now look at some of the definitions of both the title subject and something that goes hand in hand with it…
a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural : a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious : a love story especially in the form of a novel : a class of such literature something (as an extravagant story or account) that lacks basis in fact : an emotional attraction or aura belonging to an especially heroic era, adventure, or activity : love affair
Of course, there are literally countless definitions of love, so I admit that I’ve been very selective here, in referencing those that are relevant to both me and my writing.
Love is, itself, the most precious gift that anyone can give another. The gift of love, is, I believe, absolutely priceless.
For me, personally, the expression of love is much, much more than three little words. While it is, undoubtedly, beyond delightful to hear my husband say “I love you,” and for me to tell him the same, it is not the be all and end all. Far from it. I’m being totally honest when I say that we rarely say those words to each other. In truth, we don’t need to say them. Why? Because we both prefer to show each other how we feel.
Actions speak louder than words
One of the first things you’re taught as a writer is “show, don’t tell.” And it’s something that goes far beyond writing for me. It’s a principle, perhaps even a mantra, that I both write and live by.
There are infinite ways in which me and my husband show each other how much we love one another. Some are more obvious than others, including making love; the absolute connection of body, mind, heart and soul… a kiss, no matter how passionate… an embrace… holding hands (yes, I said I’d mention it again)… a tender touch… an adoring glance.
Others are perhaps less obvious, but just as important and today’s technological world plays its part… checking our preferred messaging app, but not saying anything, therefore indicating, thanks to the “last seen” notification, that you’re being thought of. It might be hard to believe, but I’m being totally honest, as always, when I say that more often than not we both check the app either at the exact same time, or a split second later. At other times it might be a quick message, if only to say “hi” or ask how the other is doing.
Aside from technology, it can be doing something that the other needed to do, or doing something unexpected. The possibilities truly are endless.
Like many topics I’ve discussed in these articles, my personal thinking is also reflected in my stories. In Serendipity, while their love and affection for each other, as well as their attraction, is evident pretty much from the beginning, only once does Sam actually tell Kate he loves her. And even then the phrase isn’t limited to just three words. Instead, referring to an aspect of her personality, he tells her “I love you for it.” Similarly, much later in the story, Kate says the same to Sam. Both of them prefer to show each other how they feel, instead of telling.
What does being romantic mean to me?
Most importantly it is not restricted, as I alluded to in my opening paragraph, to just one day a year. For me, for us and indeed in essence for the characters I create in the stories I write, it is a way of life.
That said, it’s not all hearts and flowers and doesn’t need to involve bought gifts. As I said earlier, for me, the gift of love is absolutely priceless. Spending any amount of time with my husband, is, for me, romantic in itself. That might sound like cliched nonsense, but in a world as crazy and stressed as the one we live in, it’s true. And I can assure you that he feels the same.
I, personally, feel that everything I mentioned in the section above, not only shows our love for each other, but they are also romantic. Yes, we do love the more traditional aspects of romance, such as candlelit dinners. But for us it isn’t just the meal itself that is romantic or indeed sensual. Actually preparing and cooking it together is too. In truth, it doesn’t matter what we’re making, it could be prime steak, or breakfast for dinner, the key ingredient is that we’re making it together. And that, for us, is what romance is about.
What does being romantic mean to you?
Do you agree with what I’ve said here? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please let me know by leaving a comment.