2015 CinnamonTreats Challenge via SJ Warner

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Cinnamon Treats – Multi Author Advent

Hosted via the amazing SJ Warner on her website!

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Come celebrate the build up to christmas with fabulous, daily christmas themed posts from lots of wonderful authors.

As some of the poems/ stories will be erotic I ask that this event is kept 18+ only, Thank you.

Some will be spicy
Some will be sweet
Some will leave you shaking
From your head to your feet
But each and every one
Will be an absolute treat!

SJ Warner (2015)

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Raven Anxo

CR Lemons

Jane Heron

Chris Kuhn

Amy Davies

KB Mallion – Part One

KB Mallion – Part Two

MB Feeney

Ethan Radcliff

Samantha Harrington

Amber Escalera

KA Hobbs

Amanda Carrington

Zoey Hart

Steve Richards

Charming Man

Suzzana C Ryan

Sabine Sam

AM Harding

Kit Tinsley

CJ Heath

Shawn D Standfast

Nina D’Arcangela

Adhamh

Angel Poet

Allana Walker

SJ Warner

Laurie Lee

BL Ronan

Olivia Purley – Part One

Olivia Purley – Part Two

Mark Davis

Caroline Juliette

Sarah Michelle Lynch

Linda Apodaca

Alistair Stone

Sydney Taylor

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Merry Christmas 2015

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A Happy New Year in 2016 to all!

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A short story… The Contract by Author Paige Thomas

A brilliant short story by a great Australian Author Paige Thomas… Enjoy! ~ Debs Xox

Paige Thomas

The Contract

Piper Maddison sat in her old run-down kitchen, her hands trembling as she allowed the contract to fall from her fingers to the table. When Mr. Corby had personally handed her the plain white envelope on her last day working for Corby Industries, and insisted it not be opened until after she arrived home, she didn’t expect to find what it contained.

She’d taken the three month temp position while his long-standing personal assistant was on maternity leave. Now, Piper found herself unemployed once more and within a matter of weeks the bills would quickly accumulate and remain unpaid unless she found another job—and fast.

For the second time, she scanned the handwritten note which accompanied the two-page document, the black ink scrawled across the thick, embossed paper causing her heart to pound wildly in her chest.

Was the man certifiably insane?

Mitchell Corby was a highly successful, extremely attractive…

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No Weddings Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway by @KatBastion @Stone Bastion @No_Weddings

I had to share this great “No Weddings” by Authors Kat & Stone Bastion – Book Blog Tour with you via my friend Susi’s Blog!!! I have followed Kat Bastions previous Books and she is an awesome writer!!! I have just finished reading this collaboration with her husband Stone and Highly Recommended it to all… it’s brilliant! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Debs xox

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Blog Tour – No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion

Guest Post and Giveaway

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Synopsis:
Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.

I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.

Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.

When my three sisters and I form an event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes…

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Meet the Damned: Joseph A. Pinto

I have recently become aware of this talented crew “Pen of the Damned” and Joseph Pinto and his talented writing skills… so had to share with you all… Enjoy! ~ Debs xox

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Next up in the Meet the Damned roll-call is one of our co-founders and The Tale Weaver himself, Joseph A. Pinto. Joe takes to pen and paper the way a fish takes to water. He masterfully crafts intriguing, evocative and wonderfully unique yarns of horror that leave the reader marveling over the inspiration; glancing over their shoulder in desperation; and awed at the precision with which the story is told. Not only does he strut his stuff in our darkest nightmares, but he is also a poet, lyricist, and the author of the beautifully touching contemporary fantasy novella, Dusk and Summer, dedicated to his father. Now, let’s find out what makes this Maestro of the Macabre tick!

Who Dat? It’s The Tale Weaver come to bare his soul!
Joseph A. Pinto

JosephAPinto_HeadShot_LargeI was damned as a kid.

How could I not be? As a six-year-old back in 1976, my…

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“Kafka on the Shore” by Author Haruki Murakami

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I came across this book via Tumblr, which I am currently reading…. it’s an interesting read so far and I wanted to share!

Synopsis:

Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle – yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.

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An Excerpt:

“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”
~ “Kafka on the Shore” by Author Haruki Marakami

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BLOG TOUR STOP: “Exposure” by Morgan and Jennifer Locklear

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It is my honour and pleasure today to be hosting a Blog Tour Stop of a new contemporary romance novel called “Exposure” by Authors Morgan and Jennifer Locklear!

Morgan and Jennifer are currently promoting and visiting numerous Blogs across the five Oceans… I connected with this talented duo a few years ago via Twitter and the Twilight Fan Fiction Site…

Included in this post is the Book Summary, a hot Excerpt, plus a Short Interview with the lead character Shaunna Nobel and the Authors Bio!

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Is a well written, entertaining story, and a must read!

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BOOK SUMMARY​:

Publicist Shaunna Noble is no stranger to the ego-filled dysfunction of Hollywood’s elite, but is she ready for her two biggest clients to turn into her worst nightmare?
Kyle Petersen and Michelle Cooper are Hollywood royalty, everyone’s favorite celebrity couple, but while on location filming their new summer blockbuster, Kyle ambushes his wife with divorce papers and orders Shaunna to destroy Michelle in the media. Unwilling to comply, Shaunna spectacularly and publicly quits her job, humiliating Kyle in the process.

David Quinn, a struggling actor cast alongside the A-listers, is caught in the crossfire. When pictures surface of David and Michelle out on the town, media and fans rush to crown them Hollywood’s new hot couple. Kyle explodes, tensions boil over, and everyone’s lives and careers are thrown into jeopardy.

So what’s a publicist to do? Especially when Shaunna finds herself falling in love with the sexy and talented David. Can she put out fires on the set while keeping the flames burning in the bedroom?

Love, lies and passion. What happens when the naked truth is exposed?

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EXCERPT:

When his eyes settled on Shaunna again, she was completely nude. Her pert nipples were beacons to the gentle valley between her round breasts. David’s stare followed the path of least resistance to the tiny and tidy garden of brown curls that split the river of skin.

He suddenly realized how very, very overdressed he was and fidgeted slightly as he dragged his heavy eyes back up to hers. “Allow me to reciprocate,” he murmured as he began to loosen his necktie. “Let me,” Shaunna offered as she stepped toward him.David obediently dropped his arms to his sides, allowing the naked woman to undress him.

“This is a nice tie,” she commented as she slid it from his neck. “You had it with you in Texas?” David nodded his head. “I brought all my clothes with me.”
“Of course you did,” Shaunna said as she walked around behind him and removed his jacket.

She especially liked the way men looked in vests when their jackets were off. She admired how David’s fit figure was accented by the corset nature of his pinstriped, three-buttoned special. Shaunna appreciated him as she completed her circle.
She then backed up to get, and give, a better view.

“Have a seat.” Shaunna gestured to a custom rock bench near the edge of the black tiled pond. David sat and she began removing his shoes. He looked down at the nude beauty working the laces and willed himself not to be ticklish for the next thirty seconds of his life. Her touch, however, was too delicate and he was just too tender-footed. David chortled and twitched, giving himself away. To her credit, Shaunna did not take advantage of her newfound knowledge until she had removed his other shoe and both his socks. She feathered the balls of his feet with her fingers before she allowed him to stand again.

“Don’t worry,” she assured him as she began unbuttoning his vest. “I’m ticklish too.” She opened it and then pressed her firm body up against his while she claimed another kiss.

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INTERVIEW with main character – Shaunna Nobel:

#DEB: Hi Shaunna great to have you take part in some Q&A thank-you!

Ok first up… Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? How would describe yourself?

Shaunna: My shyness is a defining characteristic, but if you ask my family and friends I think they would tell you that I’m not shy around those I love and trust. I can be feisty when I want to be, although that hasn’t always worked in my favour.

#DEB: What attracted you to David the most?

Shaunna: The first time I noticed David, he was working out in the gym and it was impossible not to admire his … form and technique. David is a very good looking man, but beyond his physique I was attracted by David’s modesty. It’s not a character trait you often encounter in my world.

#DEB: Yes he certainly going to be one of my New Book Boyfriend Favourites! Have you ever wondered about pursuing another career?

Shaunna: Others have tried to encourage me to go into acting, but it’s not for me. I suppose if I was going to consider doing something else it would involve working for my father’s production company. He’s always been supportive of me and I’m glad he’s allowed me to find my own way. I enjoy my job as a publicist, and am happy helping my clients achieve their dreams.

#DEB: Do you have a pet peeve?

Shaunna: I can put up with a lot. I’m a patient woman, but I cannot stand disloyalty.

#DEB: I hear you, one of mine too!

Okay, name five items in your Handbag that is a must to have?

Shaunna: My iPhone, a pair of sunglasses, a hair tie, lip gloss, and my season pass to Disneyland.

#DEB: Favourite Music?

Shaunna: I enjoy a wide variety of music, but it all sounds so much better when David sings to me.

#DEB: Name the last three books you read?

Shaunna: My job doesn’t allow much free time for reading, but David encouraged me to read “The Shadow Year” by Jeffrey Ford. It was really suspenseful.

#DEB: How do you envision your future?

Shaunna: I’m looking forward to moving through life with David at my side. I’d prefer to lead a quiet, simple life, but given our careers we’ll have to endure the occasional spotlight now and again. One thing is for sure, I know life with David will never be boring.

#DEB: Well we wish you all the best and thank-you so much for your time!

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AUTHORS BIO:

Morgan and Jennifer Locklear met in 1989 as teenagers and became high school sweethearts. They have been married since 1995 and live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with their two children, a son and daughter.

Although both enjoyed creative writing in their youth, they have only been working as a writing team since 2010. Since then they have created a dozen full-length and short stories together.

Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization since 2000. She also enjoys participating in charitable activities, both locally and online. In her (limited) free time she is an avid reader.

Morgan has been employed in the hospitality industry since 1998. He has been active in the local performing arts community since childhood with many acting and directing credits to his name. He is also a musician and songwriter and has recorded 6 albums.

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Words on Books in 2014…

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So a New Year begins… and its going to be a huge one for me personally…  I already have a TBR List of 360 Books and counting and have listed some below that I’m really looking forward to reading!

Some of you already know that I am a bit of a Bookworm… I just love how reading a Book can open up your world and/ or lift and spur you on in this crazy thing called life!

Anyways hope I might have shared something to someone and it helps make their year, Cheers 🙂

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*My Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge is to read 104 Books *

You can check me out on Goodreads and/or Pinterest by clicking on the highlight name!

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# “Some Books from my TBR list are” &/ or “Are yet be Published in 2014”:

  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • The TimeKeeper by Mitch Albom
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Green
  • The Sullivans #12 & #13 by Bella Andre
  • The Raven by Sylvain Reynard
  • Captivated by you by Sylvia Day
  • Show Me Baby & Dark Haven #4 by Cherise Sinclair
  • Born of Mist and Legend & Found in Flame and Moonlight by Kat Bastion
  • Return to & Saving Poughkeepsie, Bittersweet Seraphim, Shackled  by Debra Anastasia
  • Awaken by Nina Lane
  • A Gentleman’s Affair & Secret by A.J. Linn
  • Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer
  • Tangled Series: Books 1.1, 1.5, 2 & 3 by Emma Chase
  • Beautiful Bastard Series; Books 2.5, 3, 3.5 by Christina Lauren
  • Between the Lines Series: Book 3 & 4 by Tammara Webber
  • Conversion Series: Books 1 – 4 by S.C. Stephens
  • Avoiding Series: Books 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 & Record Series by KA Linde
  • Chocolate Lovers: Books 2, 3, 3.5 & Playing with Fire Series: Books 3 & 4 by Tara Sivec
  • Hopeless Series: Books 1.5, 2.5 by Colleen Hoover
  • Cocktail Series: Books 2, 3 & 4 by Alice Clayton
  • Forgiving Lies Series: Books 1 & 2 by Molly McAdams
  • Some Like It Wild & There’s Wild Then There’s You by M. Leighton
  • The Blackstone Affair: Book 4 by Raine Miller
  • The Storm Series: Book 3 by Samantha Towle
  • Beautiful Series: Books 1.5 & 2.5by Jamie McGuire
  • This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • The Vincent Boys Series: Books 2 & 3 by Abbi Glines
  • Thorn (The Willows, #2) by Hope Collier
  • Losing It Series by Cora Carmack
  • Emancipating Andie by Pricilla Glenn
  • The Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro
  • Closer To You Series by A.L.Jackson
  • The Submissive Trilogy, Book 2 & 3 by Tara Sue Me
  • The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress & The Gift by Tiffany Reisz
  • Little Red Riding Crop, Submit to Desire & The Mistress Files by Tiffany Reisz
  • The Saint, Everything they Wanted & Daniel Pt 2 by Tiffany Reisz
  • Burnt, Chemical Romance & Chronicles by PJ Bayliss
  • The Mayfly by Cameron Lincoln
  • My Intimate Poetry: Beneath the Vin Rouge & Temptation Bites by Tammy L. Wilkins
  • Words of a Season by Lisa Fulham
  • The Muse Unguarded by Chris Kuhn
  • Paying the Rent & In the Kitchen by Dylan Cross
  • Erotic Escapades by Chase Boehner
  • Masterful Series by Ms. Quote
  • All or Nothing Series by C.C. Gibbs
  • The Attraction Series, Book 2 by AJ Walters
  • A Taste of Erotica by AM Harding
  • Resolution by Lesley Jones
  • Teaching the Teacher, Stormy Love & Lessons for Steve by Mark Davis
  • Give Me Hope, Give Me Desire & Give Me Love by Zoey Derrick
  • The Nightlife London by Travis Luedke

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# Some great Book Blogs that I follow are:

Go check them out by clicking oh their Website Name – they run great competitions, do Interviews with some wonderful Authors and Review loads of Books!

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#BlogHop 2014…

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Well a lovely friend that I have got to know over this past year, Chris Kuhn, whom wrote her first novel in 2013 “The Muse Unlocked”, has very kindly has asked me to answer these Four Questions below from my perpective as a Poet!

Blog Hop Q & A:

1. If you could achieve anything with your writing in 2014, what would it be?

Hmmm…. This year I hope to develop my knowledge into the different styles of Poetry and gain a better understanding into the processes… therefore I hope to become better writer!

2. What are the top 3 demons you must slay to achieve your goals in 2014?

Geez… Time is the biggest problem for me! Allowing myself to unwind from real life at times, feeling free to explore and unleash the words and creativity, at the moment it happens in sporadic waves.

3. Name three things that inspire you to write.

Life, feelings and experiences!

4. What advice do you have to give a new writer who is considering writing fiction and/ or poetry?

Wow ok…. well I don’t write Fiction at all and I consider myself a complete novice when it comes to writing Poetry as I am only really learning myself… but I suppose what I would say to someone who asked me about writing Poetry would be for them to imagine a feeling or picture… and then for them to close their eyes and let the words flow from their mind on how they want to express it and then as I write, I edit by reading it back to myself out aloud to see if its sounding right and that it has a type of flow to it!

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Ok so now I get to tag a few other people to answer these questions too… so… I’d like to give these wonderful writers a chance to share their own perspective on those four questions.

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2013 ~ A Recap on my Year!

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The main Genre that I’m into is Fiction, nothing like a good escape into Tolkiens’ magical world, a saucy Romance Novel and/or Erotic Story 😉 … But I have a wide taste and I am always open to reading new stuff!

Over the past 12 months I have found Goodreads and Twitter where the world has opened up to some wonderful Reads, Authors and Poets! And my to reads list is now “Humungous” 360 Books and counting… lol

I have also found some great Book Blogs that I now follow…which Recommend, Review, Interview and Run some cool competitions ~ I am having so much fun!

# Some of these Book Blogs are:

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*My Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge was to read 104 Books – I read 117 *

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You can checkout my Ratings and Reviews by clicking on the Goodreads Link below:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14046160-deb

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# Books Read in 2013 #

Non-Fiction:

  • Saving Private Sarbi by Sandra Lee
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • I’m your Fan: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons

Fiction:

  • Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard
  • Forged in Dreams & Magick, Bound by Wish & Mistletoe by Kat Bastion
  • Entwined with you by Sylvia Day
  • The Marriage Mistake & Merger by Jennifer Probst
  • Down London Road, Until Fountain Bridge, Into the Deep by Samantha Young
  • The Sullivan Series by Bella Andre
  • A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchey
  • The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly
  • How to fall in love by Cecelia Ahern
  • Anybody out there? by Marian Keyes
  • Things we never say by Sheila O’Flanagan
  • Masters of The Shadowland Series by Cherise Sinclair
  • The Submissive by Tara Sue Me
  • Beautiful Bastard Series; Books 1, 1.5 & 2 by Christina Lauren
  • Out of Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
  • Reckless by S.C. Stephens
  • Stealing Harper & From Ashes by Molly McAdams
  • Hopeless Series, This Girl by Colleen Hoover
  • Arouse & Allure by Nina Lane
  • Tangled by Emma Chase
  • Falling into You & Us by Jasinda Wilder
  • Forever Series: Books 1 & 2 by JM Darhower
  • The Mighty Storm & Whethering the Storm by Samantha Towle
  • Bad Boy Series, The Wild Ones, Until I Break by M. Leighton
  • The Red Head Series by Alice Clayton
  • The Dark Duet Series by CJ Roberts
  • Love Unrehearsed & Unscripted by Tina Reber
  • The Remembrance Trilogy by Kahlen Aymes
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  • Between the Lines Series: Book 1 & 2 by Tammara Webber
  • Avoiding Committment by KA Linde
  • Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
  • Summer at the Lake by Erica James
  • Lost Symbol & Inferno by Dan Brown
  • Throwaway by Heather Huffman
  • Poughkeepsie & Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia
  • Grave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover
  • Haven: The Willows by Hope Collier
  • The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
  • Along came Trouble & About last Night by Ruthie Knox
  • This Man & Beneath this Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • The Proposition by Katie Ashley
  • Beautiful Lie, Because of You  & Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec
  • Caterpillar & Streamline by Jennifer Lane
  • When I see You by Katherine Owen
  • Take This Regret Series, When We Collide by AL Jackson
  • Holiday Heat Series by Cameron Lincoln
  • Prodical Son by Michelle Day
  • Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
  • The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  • The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
  • The Neighbour Experiment by Mr. X
  • Bound together by Marie Coulson
  • Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
  • A Taste of You by Sorcha Grace
  • Geoducks are for Lovers by Daisy Presscott
  • Starlight by Alexandra Richland
  • Rules of Attraction & Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
  • Lady: Impossible by B.D. Fraser
  • The Dating Game by Susan Buchanan
  • Sinners Series by Olivia Cunning
  • The Blackstone Affair Series: Book 3 by Raine Miller
  • The Englishman by Nina Lewis
  • Shrinkage by Luke Young
  • Saviour by Lesley Jones
  • The William S Club by Riley Banks
  • Touchstone for Play & Giving by Sydney Jamesson
  • Finding Love’s Wings & Give me Reason by Zoey Derrick
  • Count Me In & Starstruck by Paige Thomas
  • The Nightlife Series by Travis Luedke
  • The Babysitter Extraordinary & TBE: Volume 2 by Penelope Jones
  • Downey Series, The Bird Day Battalion by Genevieve Dewey
  • Ariana, Beach Encounter, Night Vision & Mid Air Collusion by Charming Man
  • Smoke Signals & Smoking Boss Bitch by Cameron Lincoln
  • Out on Business by Lisa Fulham
  • The Mused Unlocked by Chris Kuhn
  • A Night on the Town by Jason Jaxx
  • Keeping Kara by Chase Boehner
  • Femme Fatale & Svetlana in Heels by Robert India
  • The Madison Banquet & Extra Marital Pleasures by Cameron Lincoln
  • Maria Unchained & Submissive Desire by Cameron Lincoln
  • Perfect Pleasures & A Friendly Rivalry by Cameron Lincoln
  • Virtual Love Affair & Risqué Business by Amanda Carrington
  • Snow, a winters romance by Mark Davis
  • An Acute Arraction by Amanda Walters
  • Second Chance Hero by Rebecca Sherwin

Poetry & Prose:

  • Restraint & Taboo by PJ Bayliss
  • Saudade by BL Ronan
  • My Intimate Poetry by Tammy L. Wilkins
  • Iniquitous Solace by Penelope Jones
  • The First Snowfall, Snowstorm, Dark Storm by Thomas Snow
  • From Where I Stand by Robert Zimmerman
  • M.R. Velvet by Clara Holden
  • Hearts & Roses by Gem Derbyshire
  • Erotic Midnight Musings Vol. 1, 2 & 3 by Mark Davis
  • Opus Angelicus by Stephan Richards

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BLOG TOUR STOP: “The Muse Unlocked” by Chris Kuhn

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I am honoured and excited to be sharing something new with you all today….a Book Blog Stop with Author Chris Kuhn and her Debut novel “The Muse Unlocked

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I met this Author earlier in the year via Twitter and reviewed her book, The Muse Unlocked, back in August!

Chris is currently holding a “Holiday Book Blogger Tour” visiting numerous Blogs across the 5 Oceans…

Today I am interviewing the two lead characters from her book – Cate Mullen and Oliver Sand! Plus the talented Author has written a new and original poem inspired by her novel… as she knows how much we love Poetry!

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(Picture created by PJ Bayliss)

THE INTERVIEW 

DEB: Welcome 🙂 It’s so great to have this opportunity to get to know you a little s’more! Firstly may I just say how much I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and how inspiring your love tale is!

Cate & Oliver: Thanks, it’s great to be here!

DEB: Ok Cate your up first…

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Q & A with Cate:

DEB: Cate, at the beginning of the story, you mention about being braver on FB than in real life! Why do you think that this is so?

CATE: I think the distance that’s usually between people on social media encourages you to be bolder, and I’ve been known to reserve my boldness for the characters I write about. *chuckles* For me, Facebook has been a place I can drop some of the pretense of everyday life and say what I really mean without standing there to see the reactions. Some people find that really attractive, a person being so blunt and honest. It can lead people to make strong connections because they feel like they’re based on truth more than some of their “real world” relationships.

DEB: You originally had a different actor in mind to play the role of Michael Bennington in the Movie “Madly” you’re working on in the story – could you name an actor to give us an idea of the type of character you were thinking about at that time?

CATE: Oh gosh, that’s not putting me on the spot now, is it? *laughs* I’d rather not say who I had in mind, because Oliver has more than made up for any of my expectations as a writer. When I wrote the part, I may not have envisioned someone so outwardly handsome and charismatic in the role but now I couldn’t see anyone else other than him play it.

DEB: <swoons> Yeah totally understand! What attracts you to Oliver the most?

CATE: Have you met him? *chuckles* Aside from the obvious, that he’s unfuc—, um, sorry – unbelievably sexy from head to toe, there’s this sweetness about him. He’s the most genuine person I’ve ever known, cares only about what’s happening with the person across from him and will do whatever it takes to help someone he cares about. I’ve heard that true gentlemen are hard to come by. Well, they’re not if Oliver’s standing in the room.

DEB: Lol ah yeah I hear you girl! Ok back to the interview… Why then in love relationships do you think some people are most vulnerable and internally blame themselves if it goes wrong?

CATE: I think, for many of us, it’s in our nature to apply blame internally when something doesn’t go as planned. I find it interesting that we’d never dream of taking the credit for it if it goes right and that’s the sheer irony of it all – if it truly is all about us as we seem to think it is, then why can’t we accept when some fantastic person wants to spend time with us? We see this is implausible but if a relationship goes sour, we have no problem with taking credit for being the cause of it. Chalk it off to human frailty and our natural inclination to shy away from embracing self-esteem or self-belief. We’re often taught it makes us vain or self-centered when it actually makes us strong and confident.

DEB: How would you describe yourself as a character in one of your screenplays?

CATE: Me? I’d be the bystander. If a scene took place in a restaurant, I’d be the woman sitting in the booth next to the characters listening in on the conversation. I am an observer, always have been. I think that’s why I’ve been able to take that and translate my tendency to hang back and watch and listen into scripts. I’d rather present that scene than be a part of it. I’ve been like that my whole life.

DEB: Have you experienced a major turning point in your life? If so what was it?

CATE: Professionally, it had to be meeting up with B.T., Benjamin Tuttler, our executive producer on Madly. As you probably know, he and I have been working together for many years now, first in television and then eventually film. I wouldn’t have been fortunate enough to experience any of the success that I have without B.T. entering my life. I owe a lot to him. And I’m excited that we have a new project we’ll be working on next together, this time abroad. Personally speaking, I would say that getting to meet Oliver and working on this current film have also been quite pivotal for me in my life. I’ve gotten a chance to get to know myself better and connect again creatively so I could begin writing my next book, so that feels more invigorating than any box office figures or award I could win.

DEB: What’s your pet peeve? What do you love most?

CATE: My pet peeve? I’m not a huge fan of delays on the movie set. I like to keep things moving along there. I’m not crazy about smoking. I’ve seen what it can do to people. What do I love? Oh, so much – gazing up at the stars, strolling through an art museum, sinking into the tub with a tasty glass of wine and a book that’s just as delicious.

DEB: Do you have a motivation in life?

CATE: I used to set all kinds of goals in my life and I’d achieve them, but I’d find myself still searching for happiness. I was with someone else at the time who was very helpful in keeping me focused and driven to pursue my career goals, and at the time it was what I needed. But now, my greatest motivation is I just want to be happy. And I don’t care what I’m doing. If I’m with the right people, the right friends and loved ones, that’s all that really matters to me. I know it probably sounds simplistic, but that’s really how I feel.

DEB: Okay, name five items in your purse, briefcase, or pockets.

CATE: Let’s see. *starts foraging through handbag* Pens, always some of them in there, and a notepad. You never know where or when your next idea will arrive. Lipstick. My wallet. Duh. Oh, and my Kindle. I never travel anywhere without bringing with me my little portable library. Sometimes on movie sets, we’ll have long delays and I enjoy sneaking away to a few favorite hiding spots to catch up on some reading if I don’t have other plans or people to see.

DEB: Lol it’s amazing what we carry in there! Ok, What are the last three books you read?

CATE: I recently finished reading a historical romance for which I’m currently adapting the screenplay, and that should be a very exciting project to tackle next summer. I also just finished this fascinating biography on Jim Henson. I did grow up on “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show.” Before that, I finished this book called The Controversy of Renaissance Art by Alexander Nagel. Really intriguing stuff.

DEB: Oh haven’t heard of them, cool! How do you envision your future?

CATE: Wow, Deb. That’s a really tough question. I stopped looking ahead to the future a long time ago. Now I take things day to day. Oliver’s taught me that. I find that I’m much happier living in the moment instead of planning everything. It’s a big departure from the way I used to live but I guess as we get older, we start to make some sense out of things. A little bit. *chuckles* I see a future that is full of possibilities, new places to visit and things to see. I’m going to keep an open mind.

DEB: Ok thanks Cate see you later, can you send Oliver in please! 

CATE: Sure!

Q & A with Oliver:

DEB: Ok Oliver, What initially drew you to Cate? And when did you develop real feelings for her?

OLIVER: I’ve told Cate this but I fell in love with her the first time I read her words. It was her first book. I loved the way she used language. Felt every single sentence, you know? When I got the script from my agent and learned that it was written by THE Cate Mullen, I couldn’t wait to read it. Then I met her. I was struck by the way she carried herself, such a smart, beautiful, funny woman who didn’t seem to have a clue about how smart, beautiful and funny she was. When you’re surrounded by people all the time who are told all their life how beautiful and talented they are, it’s like walking through a pageant hallway 24/7. Cate was a breath of fresh air. So I guess I fell in love with Cate’s words long before I met her but once I did, it didn’t take long to realize this was an incredible woman in front of me and I wasn’t about to let her get away.

DEB: Early in the story you talk about feeling fake… why did those few changes you made as an actor bother you so much?

OLIVER: People might assume that actors love to be in the spotlight, and it’s not true at all. Not for all of us anyway. We find out when we’re younger that people react a certain way around us and that it can help us get things or gain certain access. But when you make changes to make other people happy because they tell you it’s smart business, you start to wonder who people are admiring when they tell you they love you and your work. Do they like you – the real you under that disguise – or the only one they know, the pretty face with those features that may or may not be who you really are?

DEB: Oh ok I see what you mean! Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? How would describe yourself? What’s your strengths and weaknesses?

OLIVER: How you met me in the book – that’s me. I don’t pretend to get everything right. Sometimes I might take a wrong step and think I’m helping someone out when I’m actually hurting someone else I care about. I don’t do it maliciously; I just don’t always think everything through. I know this about myself. I can be a bit…rash. Make decisions in the heat of the moment. Hell, all you have to do is look at the ink to figure that out. *laughs* So I guess that’s probably my biggest weakness but I try to be a good person. I like to give someone the benefit of the doubt and be friendly to anyone I meet. Life’s too short to be miserable all the time. I’m usually a pretty pleasant person to be around.

DEB: Hmmm Readers certainly think so! You’ve mentioned before that you’re a Patrick Swayze fan. What is your favourite movie that he starred in?

OLIVER: Definitely Ghost. That may surprise some people, that I didn’t pick more of an action flick like Red Dawn or Point Break but I’m a romantic at heart. Well, I think readers have probably picked up on that by now. *chuckles* I don’t think Patrick did any finer work than that film or that performance. He lets his vulnerable side show in Ghost and it pays off – for the actors, who all turn in very strong performances and for the viewers who get caught up in a really beautiful story.

DEB: Yeah mine too! Ok, What is your most prized possession? Why?

OLIVER: I love my Harley. It’s no secret. I like the freedom of being able to hop on and clear my thoughts, feel the breeze on my face and ride. And it’s even better when I can invite someone special to join me. And I really love my album collection. Cate has tried to move me to the digital age and so have other friends, but nothing will ever beat vinyl.

DEB: Lol I understand, I love both! The book mentions that your relationship with your mother is strained, why do you think that is?

OLIVER: *sighs* I don’t really want to talk about that. It’s not something I feel good discussing. We’re two people who have never seen eye to eye on a lot of things. I don’t go out of my way to keep us at a distance but we just lead separate lives and look at the world in very different ways. That’s all I feel like saying about that. Sorry.

DEB: That’s okay. I understand. If you had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

OLIVER: Anything with Cate. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing. We could just ride out to the beach and spend the day reading. Or head over to a park and walk around. She would make every minute worthwhile. What can I say? I’m hooked on that lady.

DEB: That’s truly wonderful! Ok, When you’re driving down the road, what music do you listen to?

OLIVER: This always surprises people but I like listening to soul and R&B. Al Green, Ray Charles, Otis Redding. But when I’m on my bike, I don’t listen to any music. I like hearing the wind near my helmet and the sound of my bike and my surroundings as I’m traveling.

DEB: What have you always wanted to do but haven’t done? Why?

OLIVER: I don’t have a long list or anything. Usually if I want to do something, I do it. But one thing I haven’t done that I want to try is Broadway. I did some live theater when I first moved out here to Los Angeles but every actor looks at Broadway as the big challenge, so someday…

DEB: Hmmm interesting! Do you have any fears and if so what are they?

OLIVER: Not really. I’m sure there’s something I haven’t faced yet that will test me and I’d answer that question differently then. I guess the only thing I’m afraid of is losing someone special, people that mean a lot to me, like my sister, my brother. And Cate.

DEB: Where do you see yourself in the future?

OLIVER: I don’t have a crystal ball or anything. *chuckles* I just follow where life takes me. I do want to try other parts of moviemaking, maybe behind the camera, too. But I don’t have any special plans in mind. I want to be spending time with the woman I love and doing something for a living that makes me happy. That’s it.

DEB: Cool….ok that’s it, let’s go find the others and have lunch!

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A Poem inspired by “THE MUSE UNLOCKED” by AUTHOR Chris Kuhn

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Tipping Point

A telling glance,
The brush of a hand,
So small a flirty gesture
Yet leaves a lasting brand

What was that moment,
The single word or move,
That pushed two strangers
To merge into one route?

When did a pair of eyes
Lining up across from mine
Launch a new compelling vision
And boldly reset time?

Where did we finally uncover
The truth behind the smile
To beckon each heart forward
And abandon myth or guile?

Both simple and complex
Romance is to deftly dissect.
Often ignored and rarely planned,
Love arrives when you least suspect.

So I thank you for flirting back,
First a stranger, now a friend.
How great is a returned advance,
Where lives can change, hearts can mend.

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Thanks again gang for visiting us downunder it was a real honour and pleasure! Can’t wait to read the next Book “The Muse Unguarded“, which is to be released in the USA Summer of 2014!

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