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Don Fedora has been released

Don Fedora has been released

Hello, everybody!

In an attempt to establish credentials for treasure-hunter Don Fedora, the main character of “Cairo Heat”, I thought it might be a good idea to present personal testimonials from other characters in the story:

“Mr. F is a tawdry novel with a nice cover.”
—Ms. Victoria Chase, celebrated photographer

“Him? He steals things.”
—Lester, part-time thug and body guard.

“How could I focus on driving with him in the backseat, kicking me in the head?”
—Max, chauffeur

“Don Fedora got me killed.”
—Amun, personal acquaintance and business associate (now deceased)

“I don’t know his name, I’m vague about his face, and I’m trying very hard to forget his manners.”
—Mr. Felton C. Carew, esq.

Gee, if only I could get recommendations like that! Anyway, if you like adventure stories with romance, suspense, a mummy or two, and shocking fits of temper, then I think you’ll enjoy “Cairo Heat”.

(Actually, the fits of temper aren’t so bad—I just succumbed to a little promotional hyperbole)

Anthony Diesso


Cover reveal for Awakened, The Fetish Club #6 (Out Aug 27th)

Cover reveal for Awakened, The Fetish Club #6 (Out Aug 27th)

Nina St James divorced herself from romance a year ago when she divorced her cheating husband. Still, as an erotic romance author, she has deadlines to meet. Hoping to be inspired, she heads to the local fetish club to research all the exotic toys and furnishings, and of course the unique people.

Deven and Daniel Jacobs remember the vibrant sexy writer whose books had intrigued them since they’d moved to America. The woman who faded into insecurity after she caught her bloody bastard of a husband cheating. Deven and Daniel vow, after seeing her in a local fetish club, that they will reawaken, and claim, the kinky sex kitten they’ve been fantasizing about for years.

5 Great Lines from Suzanne Brockmann, Out of Control

5 Great Lines from Suzanne Brockmann, Out of Control


“I’ve been talking my ass off for more than an hour now, telling you shit no one’s ever heard anything about, hoping that I’ll say something, Jesus God, anything that will convince you to have sex with me.”


“If you want, I can carry you—”
“I’m fine,” she said shortly. “Let’s go.”
He’d said that wrong. He should have said, “I want to carry you.”


“You love me,” he said. “That’s all I need to know.”
“You always say the right thing,” Savannah told him, her eyes so filled with love that he almost wept. “Sometimes it takes you awhile to get to it, but you always get there, and what you say is always worth waiting for.”


““I’m going to carry you now,” he told her, “so we can move even faster. I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. Any response from you is unnecessary and unwelcome.”


“This wasn’t Weirdville, this was fricking Wonderland. Alice here was all grow up, but she was still chowing down on too much of that psychedelic mushroom.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines from Elizabeth Hoyt, Wicked Intentions

5 Great Lines from Elizabeth Hoyt, Wicked Intentions


“Like the legless man, I’m unaccountably fascinated by those who can dance.”


“Every word you have ever uttered, is engraved upon my heart.”


“If he presses, tell him it’s a female matter. That stop any question.”


“You’ve used me to punish yourself, haven’t you?”
He watched dawning realization spread over her face, a confirmation more positive than anything she could ever say, and that arrow twisted deep in his
chest. Yet still he had to ask the last question.
“Am I anything to you but a punishment?”


“I’d walk through fire for you,” he rasped, his voice hoarse and broken. “I have walked through fire for you.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines from April Dawn, Crushing Desire

5 Great Lines from April Dawn, Crushing Desire


Reena’s hands twisted at her skirt, and she bit her lip, willing
him without a sound to face her. Suddenly, he turned in her
direction and their eyes met. A vibrant shock ran through her
body. She stared at him entranced for a moment. If his hair was
the sandy beach, his blue-grey eyes, the lake on which mysterious
clouds had formed.


“What? You know as well as I that the twins are merely courting
me because of their rivalry. I still remember the day in that
alleyway. They fought each other so that each ended with the
other’s head in his arm. It was rather ridiculous.” She grinned at
the memory, in spite of herself. “Anyhow, they are competing for
me. Remember when Uncle Howard had to turn them away when
they started to bring me flowers? It started with a single red rose
from Michael.”
Emily grinned as she grabbed the dress from the bed. “Your
uncle was quite put out with a house full of flowers and poor
Martin on the doorstep with four dozen roses.”


“You came to me and said:
‘Excuse me, but could I trick you into sailing to America where
you know no one and then leave you in a gutter with nowhere to
She laughed.
“You’ve discovered my plan.” Reena put a hand to her chin
as if in contemplation “Well, I’ll just have to come up with a new
one.” She


“Reena closed the book and held it for a moment. She wanted
to get another peek at him. She loved to study Joshua, and when
he didn’t know she was watching, she could really take her time.
Her foot began to tap, and then her leg began to shake. Before Reena
even realized she’d made the decision to move, her book was
on the table, and she stood at the window of her uncle’s study.


“No tears now, my love. This is a moment for happiness, love,
and passion.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines from Kresley Cole, Dreams of a Dark Warrior

5 Great Lines from Kresley Cole, Dreams of a Dark Warrior


“For the record,” she continued, “it’s not my fault I came in here looking like Chesty LaRue. You caught me on laundry day, so I have no undergarments on. Though I will cop to a little extra spring in my step for your benefit.”


She murmured, “You’re unfinished.”
“Aye, precisely.”
“I need to go.”
When she moved to get up, he shoved her against his side and slapped her arse to keep her there. “You stay with me.”
She snapped, “What do you want from me, Chase?”
He drew his head back in confusion. “I want everything. You’re mine, Regin.”


“Your ultimatum didn’t sit well with me, so naturally, I voiced my opinion.”
“Which was?”
“That you should go copulate with a pig. It sounded way cooler in medieval French.”


“One day I’m going to make that little piggy cry all the way home.”


“I can draw you a diagram. Hint: I’m slot B, and you’re tab A.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines from Jill Shalvis, Simply Irresistible

5 Great Lines from Jill Shalvis, Simply Irresistible


“There isn’t any poison oak in the winter. It’s hard to convince a girl you’re sexy when you can’t stop scratching your ass because of the rash.”


“Smile…it makes people wonder what you’re up to.”


“She’s drunk dialing contractors. Someone should stop her.”


“Sorry,” he said. “Let me drop the belt-”
“No.” She held on when he would have pulled away. “Don’t. I like it.”
Again, he lifted her face, and he smiled. “The tool belt turns you on.”
“No.” She closed her eyes and thunked her forehead to his chest. “Little bit.”


“I’m already yours. Always have been. All you have to do is step into the ring.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines from Sarah Mayberry, Can’t Get Enough

5 Great Lines from Sarah Mayberry, Can’t Get Enough


He couldn’t just come right out with it, could he? No, that would scare her off. He had to be subtle, build up to it. Explain himself.
“I love you.”
Of course, straight to the point was also an effective strategy.


“Excuse me, your attention please.”
He waited until the whole floor had stopped what it was doing and turned to face him. For a split second his impulse control kicked in, but by then his mouth was fully engaged.
“For the record, Claire Marsden and I are not having sex.”


“She didn’t sound overjoyed. She didn’t sound even slightly joyed.”


“Just leave me alone, I want to be alone,” she said when Jack tried to open the car door. She hit the lock, and wound the window up. Since the roof was down, it was a fairly pointless exercise.


Then Jack turned to her.
Safari? That was the best excuse you could come up with for me not being at a meeting?”
She winced apologetically. “I’m sorry. I’m a terrible liar.”
What was wrong with simple sickness? A nice, normal bout of food poisoning?”
He was in a bad mood. I kind of got carried away,” she admitted.
Boy, are you lucky I watched Tarzan so much as a kid.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines from Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary

5 Great Lines from Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary


“It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”


“I will not fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, people with girlfriends or wives, misogynists, megalomanics, chauvists, emotional f@ckwits or freeloaders, perverts.”


“Being a woman is worse than being a farmer. There is so much harvesting and crop spraying to be done: legs to be waxed, underarms shaved, eyebrows plucked, feet pumiced, skin exfoliated and moisturized, spots cleansed, roots dyed, eyelashes tinted, nails filed, cellulite massaged, stomach muscles exercised. The whole performance is so highly tuned you only need to neglect it for a few days for the whole thing to go to seed. Sometimes I wonder what I would be like if left to revert to nature — with a full beard and handlebar moustache on each shin, Dennis Healey eyebrows, face a graveyard of dead skin cells, spots erupting, long curly fingernails like Struwelpeter, blind as bat and stupid runt of species as no contact lenses, flabby body flobbering around. Ugh ugh. Is it any wonder girls have no confidence”


“Can officially confirm that the way to a man’s heart these days is not through beauty, food, sex, or alluringness of character, but merely the ability to seem not very interested in him.”


“Come on, let’s get you a drink. How’s your love life, anyway?”

Oh God. Why can’t married people understand that this is no longer a polite question to ask? We wouldn’t rush up to them and roar, “How’s your marriage going? Still have sex?”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines – Jennifer Crusie, Faking It

5 Great Lines from Jennifer Crusie, Faking It.


“You’ve lived in America for twenty years. Eat badly, damn it.”


“Very few people mate for life with the people they fall for at twelve. Doesn’t mean is isn’t real, doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt, doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter, but basically, we’re talking a practice swing in the big game of love.”


Mason was leaving her for a fifty-four-year-old woman who didn’t moisturize


“Everybody’s crooked. The trick is to find out how they’re bent.”


“Dempseys are never in trouble. We just have stretches of life that are more interesting than others.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines Married By Morning, by Lisa Kleypas

Today’s 5 Great Lines come from Married By Morning, by Lisa Kleypas. Enjoy.


“You are not a perfect woman.You have an evil temper, you’re as blind as a mole, you’re a deplorable poet, and frankly, your French accent could use some work.” Supporting himself on his elbows, Leo took her face in his hands. “But when I put those things together with the rest of you, it makes you into the most perfectly imperfect woman I’ve ever known.”


“I have a very pure soul. It’s only my private parts that have gotten me into trouble.”


“Fencing isn’t really fighting. It’s more like chess with the risk of puncture wounds”


“You seem to think you have a choice,” Cam said “But you have it backwards. Love chooses you. The shadow moves as the sun commands.”-


“I’ve told you before, I love like a madman,” he said. “Immoderate, jealous, possessive…I’m absolutely intolerable.”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

5 Great Lines – J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover.

5 Great Lines from J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover.


“You’ve won the evolutionary lottery: You’re a vampire. Let’s go to Disneyland!”


The half-human was the hottest thing he’d ever gotten anywhere near. And he’d cozied up to a lightning strike once or twice before.


“Perfect date material, she thought. A vampire with the social equivalent of road rage.”


“Tell me something,boys. Do you wear that leather to turn each other on? I mean, is it a dick thing with you all?”


Wrath dragged Beth into his arms and hugged her hard, talking in that other language again. When he pulled back, he ended the monologue with something like leelan.
Beth: “Is that vampire talk for bitch?”

Ava Delany
The Fetish Club Series, The Homecoming Series, and The Beginnings Series.
Look for my newest release- A Surprising Day – on Kindle, Allromanceebooks, and many other places where ebooks are sold.

The Most Important Five Things My Editor Taught Me

 I consider myself an old/new writer. Old because I have been working the pen and the muse for nearly twenty years, and new because that’s the very first thing my editor taught me when he accepted my manuscript for publication.

In fact, his exact words were, “okay, now the real work begins!” What? Real work? is he kidding? My story is 100% finished, fin-ee-to…I should know! I wrote it!  So when I told him, he emailed me back…”hun…it’s a good story, but we need to work on it…so here’s what I need you to do…..

His email came with a list of corrections that to me seemed a mile long. All I could do is picture my editor sitting behind his desk, wicked grin on his face wringing his hands together…muaaahahaahahahaha!

Swallowing mt pride, I obeyed my Editorial Sensei and did all the corrections he suggested, revised, rewrote…added some new scenes and fixed my prose. Hmmm, it actually sounded pretty darn good, better than the original….

I just learned Lesson Number One…Just because you can write a good story doesn’t mean you know how.  I know that sounds crazy, but it is true.  I can weave a tale. In fact I did just that. However,  I didn’t know poop about the rules, technicalities or the minute nuances that can make the difference between being a published Author or just an amateur story-teller… 

I had several issues with POV in the first six chapters of my Novel. My editor pointed that out and redirected me to read several blogs and literature about POV and deep POV, which I humbly read, I even took a class on POV tutored by my Editor and learned a ton of valuable information, which helped me pinpoint all my POV issues and fix them before I returned the manuscript. The result was, a much smoother, faster paced novel.

Okay so I fixed the manuscript, patted myself on the back and returned it to my editor. A few days later I got an email back from him. Oh yeah this is it, my release date. Hear this world, “I AM AUTHOR hear me ROAR!”

My roar quickly fizzled to a barely audible whimper.” Great Job on the POV grasshopper… but now we need to work on the edits.”

WTF? Edits! With a shaking hand I opened the attachment. OMG! My Manuscript had been turned into a collage of red, black and yellow highlighted blocks of passages that had been marked with editorial notes or simply striked through….

Lesson Number Two–Back to basics. I can summarize lesson two in three words, grammar, grammar and oh did I mention grammar? Okay just so I’m not coming across as a completely illiterate idiot, my syntax was not all that bad…really it wasn’t.  I had issues with word use, for example, their- vs- there, where- vs- were and capitalization.  Simple stuff, but stuff that will stand out and make you look like a moron to the person reading your story. 

Simply put, it is a very good idea to refresh your third and fourth grade english lessons. Yes we are never too old to go back and pick apart the english language, so we can re-educate ourselves about proper grammar usage. So I pulled out my ten-year olds english and creative writing text books and gave myself a refresher course on punctuation and the definition of nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives and pronouns. Then I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a pocket grammar dictionary, which is now my bible…

Okay fixed all the “edits”. I happily resent my manuscript with all the corrections. I didn’t pat myself on the back this time, but I did cross my fingers….

A week went by and I got another email from Sensei. Oh Boy! This was it, yep this was…NOT it…yet!

Lesson Number Three—This time I got an email from the publisher herself. She congratulated me and told me that my book was with the cover artist, yet there was an issue with my character descriptions!  I gasped, what could possible be wrong with my characters, my babies…I gave them personality, social history, emotions…they’re perfect…I made sure to make them believable, giving them real character flaws. Some I even modeled after a few close friends and family…

However, what I didn’t take into account was reader perception. Yep. Although my characters were thoroughly developed, believable and had awesome interaction with each other, within the context of my story, I did not consider that the way my characters are described, could be offensive. One of my characters had braided long hair. When I had initial described him, he seemed out-of-place from not only the era came from, but his ethnicity was much too  stereotypical. This could have come across as not only offensive, but turn off a major potential readership.  A very important detail in any story. I learned that if I am writing about an ethnic group it is important to get the facts straight about the culture and historical accuracy of that group.  Although in my book, the character in question was not of the particular ethnicity I had mistakenly alluded to, he simply appeared that way to the heroine.

So I corrected that and sent it back. Then I waited.  Finally I received the email I had been waiting for.  Cautiously, I opened the email. Yeah my cover and release date.  I was so happy. Oh wait….there’s an email from Sensei…gulp….

Lesson Number Four—Promotion!  I don’t care who you are….unless you have sold millions of copies, like  Kenyon, Meyers, Patterson…etc…You have to Promote, Promote and did I mention Promote!  Yes, it doesn’t end with the release of your book.  As my Sensei said, “Now for the hard part…”

Promoting my book has been such an eye opener for me.  I took my editor’s advice and  started a Twitter account, a Facebook account, a Linkedin account and I have sent out requests for  interviews to several  popular blog sites, as well as an on-line magazine publisher, where I have several short stories posted.  And it hasn’t slowed down. In fact, I’m up every night, half the night, working on blogs, promos and my next projects.  I feel  like I have two and a half fulltime jobs.  I have been working  roughly fourteen to sixteen hours a day, between my eight-hour  day job, mommy duties and then at least six hours at night for writing. I am Loving every minute of it…

So now I am a published author. I have been blogging my little tush off on three different sites, including my own. Will be guest blogging on many others in the near future. Have been promoting like a mad woman on all my social networks. I have interviews and author spot lights lined up in the near future….ahhh life is good…

Lesson Number Five—One book is not going to make you a household name or fill you pockets. Yep, Sensei again. If you want to be a serious author, then you need to start sending in those submissions and keep writing new books. Only this time Sensei said, “Make sure you’ve learned from the first experience.”  And the most important piece of advice he gave me, “Be ready, cuz the higher you go the harder you’re gonna work, that’s why you have to love what you do.”

I do love what I do….

Edited by Sascha Illyvich


Turning good into WOW

Your manuscript is complete, now what?
Send it off to the publisher and/or agent of your dreams, right?

Now that your manuscript is complete, and your story is told you have a lot of work ahead of you. First, you are going to want to polish your script. I wish I had known as much about this when I turned in Crushing Desire and Bound by Freedom, Unbound by Love as I do now. It would have made the final edit process easier and more fruitful.
You can’t finish a manuscript and say it is good enough. Unfortunately, it likely won’t fly in the publishing business. They will tell you, in no kind terms that the manuscript isn’t polished and they can’t accept it. I have discovered in my research about the craft that there are steps that you must take when you revise a manuscript and I will list them for you here.

Steps to a final edit…
I can’t say it enough. Edit your manuscript… Edit, edit, edit.

Step one…
Download a text to speech reader.
These things are amazingly helpful for first as well as final edits. When you are reading your manuscript, things might seem to be going smoothly. You know what you meant to write, and you are reading those words and getting wrapped up in the prose. Even your critique partner might miss a small mistake.

You meant to write:
They moved from the kitchen, holding hands as they went.
But what you typed was:
They moved form the kitchen, holding hands as they went.

This is a mistake you can easily miss. I know that I have missed it form time to time. JK. A reader -such as Natural Reader, which has a free download of their text to speech software- will catch these if you read along with it. I usually open the text in natural reader and my word processor as well. I can then follow along in the word processor document and make corrections while the reader reads the text.

Step two…
Remove repetitive words and beginnings.
It is important to remove repetitive words and repeated sentence beginnings in the text. Overused words can get annoying and you might not catch them on first reread. Look especially for words like had, was, and that. Make certain that all -ly words, such as lazily, have a purpose. If not, omit them. Pay attention to words you overuse, and try to pare them in step two. Check your manuscript for the words saw and noticed, and see that the are not telling instead of showing.

Jane moved into the room, and was surprised. She saw John sitting on the couch, his length lazily stretched along the cushions of it. She was sure that he knew that she had no dowry, so why was he here? Was she to believe that he thought that she would not know that it was he that had divested her of it?

This is a bit overdone, but you get the picture. It would be better written this way.

Jane stepped into the room, eyes widening in surprise. John reclined on the couch, stretching his length along its cushions. Her dowry was gone and he knew it, having divested her of it personally. So why should he be here?

Removing the repeated and overused words gives the passage a fresher sound. In fact, you could remove the term ‘in surprise’, and ‘stretching his length along its cushions’ in this passage as well. They really are implied. Surprise is suggested in the widening of her eyes. The word reclined insinuates that he is stretched out on the couch. As a romance novelist, however, I appreciate that some things are left in for the craft’s sake. It is up to you. Remove what you can of the repeated words without destroying your voice.

Step three…
Give the manuscript to one, or more, trusted reader(s)
A critique partner, or heck, even two or three of them can be invaluable. Give the script out to beta readers. People who will read your scripts and tell you (honestly!!!) what they think. They might give an opinion on the whole book or on something specific you ask for an opinion on, but they can be helpful in catching mistakes. Your readers can tell you if some question isn’t answered or if there is a major flaw. Some critique partners will go through chapter by chapter with you and give you a detailed critique.

I have critique partners who is critiquing my current WIP chapter by chapter. I also have two readers that read my WIP and tell me what they think on the whole.

Step four… Final read-through and polish.

Once you have all the feedback and have removed or reworded what must be fixed, it is time for the final polish. This is the spit polish, so to speak. You really want to do your best for this part of the final edit. I often use Natural Reader for this part as well. I want to hear how the final product is sounding. I keep listening until I can get all the way through without revision. Then my manuscript is ready.

Step five…
There is no step five… Yay… If you follow the previous steps, and polish your heart out, you will finally be ready to seek your agent or publisher. You will also have a far better chance that the search will be successful.

April Dawn
-Author of Crushing Desire and Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press, All Romance, and Kindle.

What I learned in 2010

I thought that I would talk a little about what I learned this year like I did in my post last year.

What I learned while researching-

-Your hero/heroine should meet within the first 3 chapters if you have a regular novel, sooner if it is short. (This is one that I think you can play with depending on your story.)

-You have to make your hero and heroine lovable, but you should also think about the smaller characters. (This is something I always try to do, but I thought it bore mentioning.)

-You can’t have a character under 18 be sexually active, even if it is a realistic thing for the time you are writing in.

-Reading about writing can give you ideas, so even if you know everything about a subject, you should still check it out. It can help.

-There are a number of websites to help you find the things you need. If you need to research how much money a stable boy made in the 18th century, or what an officer would do when responding to a shooting, you can find it on the internet. (Ava Delany is blogging on this very subject on Friday, and as she always reminds us, Just be sure to check the credibility of the information and the website). History teachers, librarians, even cops are all willing to take time to help you if you tell them you are writing a book.

What I learned personally in 2010-

-It always hurts to get rejected by that agent you really thought you would gel with or would make your work shine. No matter how prepared you are, or how many others you query, that one always hurts.

-You have to get out there, no matter how many acceptance/rejection letters you receive. And each one will be just as nerve-wracking as the last.

-You have to take chances in your writing. You never know what people will want next.

-Don’t be afraid to write what you feel. It may not be as dark or scary as you think. Besides, dark and scary can make for great tension. 😉

Hope these help those of you who are thinking of writing, and perhaps even those of you who have written often.

April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press, All Romance, and Kindle.